Back By Popular Demand – Framlingham Sausage Festival Tickets Go On Sale

YOU may be aware from posters around Wickham Market that there will be an Escape Room in the Village Hall on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June from 9.30am to 7.30pm. Teams have booked their time slots over the two days, and only 4 slots are not taken, at the time of writing this article. If all the slots are not taken, there will be an opportunity for small groups to have a “guided walk through” for those people who have been wondering what it’s all about, and didn’t want to commit to taking part, explaining what to do and how to solve some of

Wickham Market Workhouse Activities Days

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the clues. Watch out for further details on the Wickham Market Round Robin and village web site.

Alongside the Escape Room

the Village Hall will be open all day Saturday and Sunday for all sorts of refreshments, the Archive Centre’s exhibition about the Workhouse, and a variety of children’s activities. For the children there will be all sorts of activities to take part in, suitable for all ages, which will include puzzles, solving clues, etc. Come along and find out more about the Workhouse and have some fun.

Wickham Market Area Archive Centre Walks and Talks

TICKETS have officially gone on sale for the Framlingham Sausage Festival, following a huge demand for it to return despite a planned sabbatical. Organisers had planned

to take a year’s break from the event to re-evaluate what direction they’d be taking it in, with the festival having grown well beyond what was expected in its formative years. Last year thousands

of visitors flocked to Framlingham

for the day

event, with Hutton's of Earl Soham coming winning producer.

out as the

Chair of the Festival, Michael Kehoe said: "We received so much positive feedback about the festival. With

many requests from

previous visitors, as well as businesses in the town, we have decided to carry on the

great work.” This year’s festival,

which is being supported by Framlingham Business Association,

will take place

on Sunday, 13th October, with sausage tasting taking place throughout the town between 10am and 4pm. In a change from previous

years, there will not be long to wait for the results, with the awards ceremony taking place at 5pm.

Mr Kehoe added: “Everyone

can look forward to a fantastic day. We have some new sausage ideas, including


vegetarian selection. We’ll also have great music

from local talent, places to buy the products that have been tasted, an extended market and a VIP section. The experience has had a total makeover; we want everyone to talk about

this for years to come.” Victoria Perkins, chair of Framlingham

the Business

Association, believes the Sausage Festival really helps to draw attention to the area. She said: “Framlingham is such a wonderful town with lots to see and do. We have the famous castle, lots of wonderful shops, pubs and restaurants, museums, and much, much more. For a while now, the Sausage Festival has been a big attraction, and has really put us on the culinary map. If you love sausages, or simply food in general, this is an event that you absolutely must come and visit.” Tickets are available from just £3, with the tasting tickets priced at £6. Family tickets can be purchased for £20. The

includes access to the VIP lounge

VIP with

lunch provided,

queue jumps, drinks, one-to- ones with the producers, VIP parking and a goody-bag to take away, is available for just £150. To purchase yours, head

to OUR April


Fellowship was Keep Fit with Clare Hassler. We all took part and can confirm that chair keep fit is very enjoyable and gets the heart pumping. Our very grateful thanks to Clare

for this session and hopefully we will continue with some of the exercises at home. Our next meeting on June

20th will be our outing to Bury St Edmunds and then

our meeting on July www.

framlinghamsausagefestival. com.

18th will include a visit to

Debach Airfield Museum. For further details please contact us on 01728 621674. The programme for 2019 is varied and we look forward to seeing new faces at our meetings.

FRAMLINGHAM Badger Sett: The Badgers, who are all aged between seven and 10 years old, are now working towards their First Aid and Global Badger. As part of Global Badger, we are looking at St John in other parts of the world and local customs. We welcomed

from Callendars the Florists to make special

Sheila and Mary Mothering

Sunday arrangements and find out where the flowers came from over the world. The badgers were surprised to learn that some were actually grown at Leiston. Our thanks to Sheila

ticket, which

GUIDED walks: To book a place on our walks around Wickham Market and Easton, phone 01728 746058, and make payment on the day. Wednesday 12th June – Historic Wickham Market (from the Archive Centre behind Wickham Market Village Hall). Saturday 6th July – Historic Easton (from Easton village car park). Tuesday 23rd July – Historic Wickham Market (from the Archive Centre). Friday 16th Aug – Historic Easton (from the village car park).

All the walks start at 2pm, and the cost is £5 per person. Bi-monthly talks: Our next

talk will be held on Friday 31st May, when the speaker will be Sarah Doig, who is the Chairman of The Friends of the Suffolk Record Office. She is

a well known local speaker, and her subject will be Framlingham St John

and Mary for making flower arrangers out of all of us. To complete our Global Badger, we went on an Easter Egg hunt around the world’s landmarks. We are now able to take names for our Badger waiting list, so if you are aged between seven and 10 years old and would like to become a Badger and be added to our list, contact us on 01728 621674 or email framlingham-suffolk@sja.


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“Beyond hatches, matches and dispatches: curious tales from Suffolk parish registers”. This is sure to be an entertaining evening, and you are very welcome to join us.

Another date for your diaries

– the following talk will be on Friday 26th July, when the speaker will be retired judge, Malcolm Knott. The talk will be called “A life in crime”, and promises an interesting look at cases and criminals that Mr Knott has dealt with. The talks will be held at

Wickham Market Village Hall, with doors open at 7pm, for refreshments, and will start at 7.30pm. The cost is £5 payable on the door.

For more information,

visit our web site – www. Philip Tallent, Chairman

DURING April marathons come along thick and fast with most weekends having at least one available for distance running enthusiasts. Over the Easter weekend, April 19th and 20th, Church Farm, Barrow, Bury St Edmunds hosted two marathons, one on Good Friday and one on Easter Saturday. Guy Hayward, who seems to enjoy putting his body to the test, ran both of these and was faster on Saturday (4:08.19) than

on Friday (4:08.19).

What stamina especially when you bear in mind that on the previous Sunday, he had set a PB at the Brighton Marathon. On April 28th it was London Marathon day when a coach load of Flyers, supporters and runners, descended on the capital for a day of excitement and fun. Of the eight Flyers taking part one, David Watson, was running the distance for the first time. Rather brave at 65 perhaps. There were 42,428 finishers in total, 42% of these being female, and all nine Flyers finished safely with five of them running their fastest ever marathon thereby setting PB’s. First

timer, David,

finished in 5:14.11, our only female Flyer taking part, Mandi Moyse lowered her PB by one minute to 3:50.59, Will Aldred finished in 3:14.28, not what he hoped for but he is running the Liverpool marathon at the end of May so has another chance to improve on his previous

best 3:09.29. Tom Haslam was running in his 3rd London and 8th marathon. He finished in 3:07.35, 6m 45 faster than his previous best. Ashley Smy was running his 3rd marathon in seven weeks, the previous two being Tokyo in March and Boston USA on April 15th. He was hoping for a sub three time and got it with 2:59.59. That’s three sub three hour marathons in seven weeks. Adam Howlett, who had already


eight London’s amongst his overall total of 35 marathons, finished in 2:58.32, two weeks after running Brighton. Lee Barber, who was awarded the Flyers club place, lowered his best marathon time by a staggering 31 minutes from 3:28 to 2:57.13. This should give him automatic entry into next years event. Chris Leek also lowered his PB from 3:00.57 to 2:53.35 and could also have automatic entry to next year’s race. The first Flyer to finish, and one of the leading Suffolk runners, was Jim Last, a veteran of 15 previous marathons, five of them in London. His previous best time was 2:42.22 set in 2017. He lowered this to 2:37.23 which ensures him a place next year, if he chooses to run, starting in the group immediately behind the elite runners. There was great excitement on the coach journey back to Framingham at the end of another great day for the club.







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