Dr Dan Poulter, MP

BEING at home in Suffolk over the summer months makes me appreciate all that is good about our county – its rural character, great sense of community spirit and vibrant market towns, not to mention the temptation to indulge in our great Suffolk hospitality and outstanding food offering. During a recent visit to the Bengal Restaurant in Wickham Market, I couldn’t fail to be impressed with the authenticity of the menu and the enthusiasm and friendly approach of the staff.

It was

this that led me to enter the team at the Bengal into the highly

prestigious annual

Tiffin Cup competition, which aims to find the very best South Asian restaurant in the United Kingdom.

Nominees are

submitted by their local MPs and then one restaurant from each region is shortlisted and invited to participate in the Grand Final “Cook-Off” in the House of Commons.

Although not successful in making it through to this

year’s Grand Final, I was delighted that The Bengal was Highly Commended in the competition. It is unfortunate that they didn't reach the Grand Final, but this is a prestigious award and to be honoured in this way is testament to the fantastic efforts of all the team at The Bengal. The team at the restaurant always go above and beyond and I am delighted that their efforts have been recognised in this way.


gave me great pleasure to visit the team last week to present them with their Certificate of Achievement and specially commissioned embroidered Tiffin Cup 2019 apron. I was also pleased to recently meet with members of the Save the George community group to learn more about their efforts and aspirations to have the pub restored and returned as a much-loved community hub and asset.

The Save the George committee has submitted its bid for up to £1 million of Heritage Lottery funding and

it goes without saying that

I remain happy to help in supporting this bid, which I have done directly with the Heritage Lottery Fund. After meeting with members of the Committee and a number of local residents, it’s clear to me that there is overwhelming support for the retention of a pub in Wickham Market. The demise of the George has been a great loss and I have enormous respect and admiration for the dedicated team of residents and volunteers who have driven the project forward thus far. The Heritage Lottery bid has enormous merit, not only in helping to preserve and restore a key part of the village’s architecture, but also in helping to provide a space to house the pub and a variety of other activities, not currently available elsewhere within the village. I wish the team every success with their endeavours and look forward to hearing the outcome of their application.


COULD you be the difference in Framlingham?


seeking new volunteers to help provide first aid in the local community. We believe that nobody should die

because they

needed first aid and didn’t get it. Volunteering with St John Ambulance means you can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved, whether it’s by assisting a member of your family, a neighbour or someone visiting this beautiful part of Suffolk. As well as first aid and radio communications


uniformed volunteers attend a variety of events in the county where they meet lots of people, make lifelong friendships and experience life changing situations. If you’re over 18 years old and are interested in becoming a volunteer, go to www.sja. for more information. In Framlingham, the younger generation

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names for our Badger waiting list, so if you are aged between seven and 10 years and would like to become a Badger and be added to our list, contact us on 01728 621674 or email uk.

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treat stings, heat stroke,

sun burn and other common conditions. You can find a range of free resources on the St John Ambulance website at aid-advice.aspx.

Defibrillators save lives. We are now the proud owners of a brand new defibrillator which is located on the wall of our unit HQ at The Westbury Centre. Defibrillators, when deployed alongside

CPR during a

cardiac arrest emergency, can have a dramatic impact on patient survival rates. Our defibrillator is registered on the NHS database so if you find someone collapsed and unresponsive in the local area

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Our sincere thanks to Taylor

Wimpey for their generous donation of this defibrillator. First aid cover at public The adult volunteers


have been providing first aid cover at public events, in addition to training and attending courses.

All our

members are volunteers who kindly give up their time to attend these public duties. When large crowds gather for public events there needs to be first aid cover to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those attending. Our volunteers are trained in advanced first aid and life saving skills and attend many events each year. In the event of an accident or illness occurring,

our volunteers'

skills are vital in preventing further harm and saving lives. They provide essential support until the emergency services arrive. We’d like to remind

organisers of events that the more notice you can give, the more likely we may be able to provide the necessary first aid cover. At least six weeks’ notice is preferred. For further details call 01473 241500. Please note, with an increasing number of requests, it may not always be possible to provide the first aid cover as requested. First aid training. Why not learn life saving skills here in Framlingham? By training locally, you can save transport and parking costs, as well as learn vital skills which could be the difference between a life lost and life saved. The courses include First

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Fundraiser Ceilidh for Fi’s Charity Peruvian Adventure

ON Saturday 9th November, renowned Cambridge based ceilidh band, Stumpy Oak will be playing their lively brand of folk music for an evening of fun, frolics and fundraising at Woodbridge Community Hall. The ceilidh,

or barn dance,

has been organised by Fiona O’Reilly, a nurse at Aldeburgh Community Hospital, as part of an 18 month fundraising effort culminating in a sponsored trek to Macchu Pichu in Peru, in aid of a small Suffolk based charity - Project 21.

Doors will be opening on the night at 7pm, with dancing starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Eventbrite ( at

a cost of £10 (£7.50

concessions) plus booking fee. If you’ve never been to a ceilidh, don’t worry Stumpy Oak has a friendly, patient caller to talk you through the dance moves for each dance so that everyone knows what to do and can have loads of fun. Project 21 is a new charity formed in June 2018 by Alex Munns, a graduate of the University of Suffolk, to provide innovative,


experiences and opportunities for people of all ages and abilities

Syndrome, helping

to exceed expectations and continually push boundaries. Project

21 currently works

with 35 people in Suffolk with Down’s Syndrome, aged seven to 40 - the charity is

with Down’s them

also branching out to provide services in North Essex. Currently, Project 21 run a weekly Musical Theatre Group (every Saturday), regular trips to the theatre, Singing Workshops in a professional recording

studio and the

opportunity to rehearse and perform on stage! Its aim is to provide more activities and continue to raise the profile of the

Down’s Syndrome

Community in Suffolk. Project 21 is passionate about showcasing to the world the beauty of Down’s Syndrome; giving

people with Down’s Syndrome a voice in a society that often grossly underestimates them. Before starting the charity, Alex had been a care worker for Alfie, who is a family friend of Fiona’s. So Project 21 was the obvious choice for Fiona to support when she decided to fulfill a lifelong ambition to trek to Macchu Pichu. She has already raised over £700 for Project 21 and has plenty of fundraising activities in the pipeline,

including a Grand

Charity Draw with over 40 prizes to be drawn at the ceilidh and a Justgiving page ( fundraising/fi-oreilly).

For further information please contact Fi Mobile: 0751 543 7041 Email: Twitter: @FiOReilly1

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