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A TALK by Sheila Wright at the March meeting of the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group was held at Kelsale Village Hall; nearby roadworks contributing to a lower than average turn-out. Nonetheless, those who
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safely negotiated the traffic cones were rewarded with another exquisitely presented talk from the ever-popular Sheila Wright.
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Red Nose Day at Alde Valley Academy
ON Friday 15th March, Alde Valley Academy support Comic
hosting a talent show with a 50p entry and the choice of non-school uniform with the donation of £1. Brave students entered the
talent show to support Comic Relief and to showcase their talents to all of their teachers and peers. The judges had an extremely hard time rating the students’ performances out of 10 because of the variety of talents that were performed; from singing, to dancing, to rapping and even stand-up comedy. However, an ecstatic Year 7, Lily, won the show with her solo singing and guitar performance with an amazing score of 39/40! The atmosphere was electric. Mr Mayhew, Headteacher, commented, “ I am really proud of Alde Valley who continue
to support Comic
Relief. Well done to all the students who participated in the talent show”. In total we raised £405.18!
Thatch Celebration Day 12th May,
St Peter’s Westleton
ON Sunday 12th May at St Peters Church, Westleton, 10am
refreshments all day. Church
11am – 4pm. Heritage booklets exhibition, Stephen Thatch presentation.
Wildflower tours, kids bug hunts. Supported by
Historic Churches Trust, Allchurches Trust Ltd, the Garfield Western Foundation.
Starting with a brief summary of the history of school provision in England, from the early Sunday Schools founded by Robert Raikes, to the State run education system we know today, Sheila led us seamlessly to intimate reminiscences of ex-pupils of Drinkstone Village School, including memories of their teachers. Illuminating her presentation with numerous photographs, as well as comprehensive plans of the original school buildings, Sheila brought numerous tales to life, deft touches of gentle humour blending with moving observations on the spartan facilities, including the absence of electricity and running hot water until 1949 and 1960 respectively. We found ourselves giggling like schoolchildren at the story of Mary Cocksedge, who contrived to insert a counting bean up her nose and had to be taken to hospital. Next we learned of how the school was cut off by deep snow in the winter of 1958, when biscuits and cheese had to be brought in from the local shops because the ingredients for school dinners had been delayed. The ex-pupils also told many colourful stories of schooldays spent against the backdrop of World War two. We heard of lifetime friendships established with evacuee children, farmed out from London to Suffolk during the early days of the conflict, and invariably blamed for any outbreak of fleas, lice or nits. Far from being terrified by the threat of enemy bombing, many of the children regarded the war years as a huge adventure. Air raid practices provided a chance to play ‘hide ‘n’ seek’ under their school desks, the wearing of gas masks was treated as a bizarre game of dressing-up and the arrival of American soldiers meant regular children’s
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The children were also called on to ‘do their bit’ to support the war effort, gathering ‘rose-hips’ for the production of ‘Rose Hip Syrup’, in the absence of imported fruit, including oranges, lemons and bananas. In these circumstances, it was fascinating to discover that children’s health actually improved during the war years, because the government took steps to provide free daily milk and subsidised school meals. Of the teachers who passed through Drinkstone, the names of the ‘Misses’ Gobbit and Collins received special mention, the latter being described as ‘able and gifted’ in a 1950s inspection report, with her ‘singing and dancing classes’
praise. As an acting headmistress at Drinkstone, Sheila was also able to provide fascinating insight about the school
the years before its closure in 1986. She also showed us impressive pictures of the lavish new home, with large extension and games room, constructed within the solid red brick walls of the original school buildings. For anyone keen to find out more about life at Drinkstone School, as well as other interesting subject matters, the full range of Sheila Wright’s meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated books can be viewed on her website: www.ki
. Failing that, we look forward
to hearing more
captivating stories of village life, when Sheila returns to a future meeting.
Funding boost for Leiston
LEISTON is celebrating receiving a financial boost to roll out new information points for visitors and residents. Leiston Town Council, in partnership with
Together, has been granted £43,850 from the Coastal Revival Fund, to create information points for visitors and residents in the heart of the town. Coincidently, the building adjoining Leiston Film Theatre, both owned by the Town Council, recently became vacant and it was decided that the ground floor space would be used to extend the theatre’s foyer, so the new information points can be located in the popular venue. “Tourism is an important part of our local economy and we are now able to offer visitors an information point where they can find everything they need to make the most of their visit to this beautiful part of Suffolk. “The
also means that it is a great opportunity to create a community information point where residents can easily get all the relevant community news and information in one place.” John Rayner, Leiston Town Clerk, said: “Leiston Film Theatre has over 30,000 visitors each year, many of them tourists, so this is the perfect location for the new information points.” Work to complete the project has already started, with the ground floor wall between the two
buildings having been
knocked down to expand the theatre’s foyer.
The project is expected to be completed and running by late spring/early summer – just in time for the holiday season. Visitors and residents can also visit www.visit-leiston.co.uk
to find information such as events, accommodation, food and drinks, shops and more.
Friston Car Boot Sale on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May
ON the Village Green, this has become increasingly popular in recent years being smaller in scale and friendlier (?) with a diverse range of boots as residents and visitors declutter. All boots are just £7 on the day so, there is no need to pre-book. Enthusiasts tend to arrive from 7.30am onwards and formal selling anytime
9am, usually closing down late in the morning. For all
their breakfast, there will be refreshments
Contact: the Village
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A TRIO of jazz concerts are to be held at Saxmundham’s Market Hall during the coming warmer weather months. Pulsing Salsa, smooth contemporary, and rhythmic swing will resonate around the venerable hall bringing back the golden eras of the 30s, 40s and 50s for the New Orleans- rooted music. The concerts feature Swing
SAXjazz is coming to the Market Hall
very best of jazz music styles to
Machine (Saturday 11th May), I-Salsa (Friday 21st June) and Horn Factory (Saturday 28th September) with tickets at £10 per head, available from Crisps newsagent
L Jewellers both on the High Street, or email saxmusicfest@ btinternet.co
m. There will be a licensed bar, and all proceeds after
costs will go to the
Market Hall renovation fund. Concert organiser and
jazz fan Rosie Hoare said: “These
concerts bring the
local residents and those living further afield to enjoy a great night out, whether they are jazz aficionados or those who just love some lively, engaging, upbeat music with their families and friends. We want to encourage people to come early at around 7pm to learn or practice some dance steps – jive, swing or salsa – and to show off their moves during the concerts which start at 8pm”.
The concerts are branded in association with the Sax Music Fest whose organiser Terry Barrow explained: “SAXjazz is designed to be part of the annual Sax Music Fest and to extend its presence beyond the now well established July event to become in time a year round celebration of the arts and music in Saxmundham”.
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