Experience Prayer Weeks

EXPERIENCE Spring, refreshed and revived – isn’t that something that most of us would welcome. St Mary’s Church, Woodbridge has recently tried to do just that, inviting people to explore

new ways into prayer with their Experience Spring Prayer Weeks. The church was filled with a variety of prayer stations, with topics such as Forgiveness, Healing, Belonging, Togetherness,

Hopes and

Dreams, and Giving Thanks – something for everyone. Although the event was set up with the children of St Mary’s School in mind, there were multi-sensory prayers that all ages could relate to: the scent of Oil

of Frankincense, reminding us of the power of healing, and the

sight of bubbles

floating high into the air, representing our worries and concerns being lifted from us and carried away. Just two examples of a wide range on offer.

Pupils from St Mary’s School and the


School visited the church and explored the prayer stations in small groups. As a final act of worship, they coloured in outline pictures of flowers, leaves and insects that were then placed in praise on a giant poster of the Lord’s Prayer. The completed collage was presented to St Mary’s School as a reminder of this very special time.


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and there is no doubt that this has been a good experience for both the teams of people who worked together to prepare the prayer spaces and the pupils, visitors and members of the congregation who made time to take part. As one visitor wrote in the book, ‘probably the most active church I have seen for a long time!’

Wickham Market Village - 71st Annual Show

THIS will be held on Saturday 3rd

August 12.30pm to 4.30pm and Sunday 4th August 12pm to 3pm. At 3pm there will be a presentation of awards followed by the raffle. Schedule and entry forms still available from the Teapot Tearooms, R & S Hardware and the Library.


sandwiches, teas, cakes, tombola and raffle on both days.

Woodbridge & District Lions Club News

WOODBRIDGE and District Lions Club have continued their busy schedule of fund- raising events.

Framlingham parkrun – Up and Running

FOLLOWNG a successful launch on June 8th, Thomas Mills parkrun is now firmly established on the Framlingham weekend scene. Routinely attracting over 100 participants each week, parkrun starts every Saturday at 9am, and provides a free weekly timed 5K run over a two lap course around the Thomas Mills playing fields and adjacent farmland.

“It has been an amazing and heartwarming start,” says parkrun organiser Robert Mawson, “and especially when we see new faces coming each week to give it a try – some local, many from further afield.” Nor do participants need to be runners, he adds “parkrun is for everyone, a true community activity for all ages and abilities, with many coming just to walk the course, or jog, or push buggies,

or simply spectate,

many come to volunteer as marshals and helpers too.” Walk, jog, run, volunteer, to

find out more visit the website at thomasmills/ or come along any Saturday and see for yourself!

MELTON CAR BOOT SALE Melton Playing Field In aid of Cancer Research

& Bobby Moore Fund - 39 years this year

Saturday 3rd & 17th August 8am-1pm £5 Pre-booked and on the day

For you, your family and your business

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The Club held a hugely successful Pig Race Night at Hacheston Village


at the end of May with all funds raised in aid of the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice. The evening raised just over £800 and the Club decided to round this up to £1,000 and a presentation was made to EACH at our July meeting. The Woodbridge Regatta is our main summer fund raiser and we are pleased to report that a total of just over £1,100 was made at this year’s event which will be used for the benefit of local charities and good causes. We would like to thank all the members of the public who supported us

by sponsoring ducks for our Duck Dive event, both from our sales in the Woodbridge Thoroughfare over the preceding two weeks and on the day. The lucky Duck Dive winning numbers were; first prize 928, second prize 1389, third prize

430. All

prizes have been claimed and special thanks to the winners of the second prize who kindly decided to donate their winnings to charities.

Presentation of the cheque by Club President Roy Benton to Louisa Smart from EACH.

WOODBRIDGE Camera Club are working toward their ‘Highlight’ event of the year, The Annual Exhibition of Members Work. August 9th-11th at The Longshed, Tidemill Way. Woodbridge Riverside Trust are allowing us to present our exhibition for the second year on the Mezzanine floor in their


prestigious venue the Deben

Waterfront & Tide Mill. We

Woodbridge Camera Club last year’s amazing

supporting other

are aiming to present more digital and printed images than

total of 120, these will be judged by Alan Sarsby - F25 Photography and Training. We will also be displaying some of the images taken by members

organisations:- Woodbridge Riverside Trust, Woodbridge Regatta

Hospice and others. and St Elizabeth







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