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

Fundraiser Ceilidh for Fi’s Charity Peruvian Adventure - 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, exciting experiences and opportunities for people of all ages and abilities with Down’s Syndrome, helping them 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 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


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society that often to the

world the beauty of Down’s Syndrome; giving people with Down’s Syndrome a voice in a

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: carolynsfabrics@ Twitter: @ FiOReilly1


THE Club’s New Season starts on Tuesday

Flower Club 10th


with a demonstration by Adele Kent from Norwich in Norfolk. Adele’s title is “Top Hat and Tales”. We meet on the second


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Tuesday of each month except August at 7.30pm. in Kirton Church Hall, Church Lane, Kirton, IP10 0PU Visitors cost £5 or should you wish to become a member the annual subscription is £35 which can be paid in two payments if you wish. (September £17.50 and January £17.50). You will always be assured of a warm welcome and time to chat and make new friends over a cup of coffee or tea after the demonstration.

Quiz Night. Deben Flower Club will be holding another one of their, now, very popular Quiz Nights on Saturday 12th October in Kirton Church Hall, Church Lane, Kirton IP10 0PU 7pm for 7.30pm. Once again this will be a light- hearted fun evening and will include a Ploughman’s Supper. Why not join in the fun and bring along a team of six. If you do not have six people for your team you may be asked to share a table with other club members. Tickets need to be purchased in advance and are £8 each including supper. Please bring your own drinks and glasses. For further information please

Tel. 01394 411422 or email

THE sailing season which only just seems to have started is nearing conclusion.


& Diana Foster’s Blackwater Cruise will be but a blush on the cheek when you remember what you said and did in the lock at Heybridge Basin and the Mill’s cruise to Walton Pond a mere regret that you were not on full form for the annual Boules match against Walton

& Frinton Club. Was there Yacht really a

boat with a beach hut on top in St Katharines Dock. The last cruise to the ‘3 Waters’ starts on September 14th and culminates with the end of season dinner at Royal Harwich for which organisers Andy & Sue Larwood are expecting a record turnout. The cruise itself will take in the rivers Orwell and Stour as well as Hamford Water and these are all picturesque but it is a shame that despite being shown to be common land there is still no access onto the quay at Mistley, a town well

Woodbridge Cruising Club

worth a visit. It hasn’t been a bad year, have

there been have place as planned. plenty mostly of

favourable winds and the cruises

taken Reports

in the club magazine (‘On Watch’)

boast of yachts

reaching speeds of 7,8,9 even 10 knots and skippers are on their honour that engines were not involved, but this is chicken feed

compared with

the 40 Knots (getting on for 50 mph) claimed for the new boat built

for Alex Thompson to

sail in the next ‘Vendee Globe’ (roughly French for round the world!). Mind you it cost in excess of £5m and stands over a metre out of the water on a giant foil and would you want to be on that in the 30ft waves of the southern ocean?

No if

you can get your thrills at 6 knots why would you go to all that expense for a few extra? Taking the ferry at Southwold. Every year sees a few mishaps and although in deference to the snowflake

generation the Boob Cup is no longer awarded it would be unfair to leave out the skipper who reversed at such speed that his rudder jammed, making steering impossible and he had to be lifted out of the water for matters to be corrected. Nor he who thought that the whistling kettle was boiling only to find that this did not mean tea was ready but that the engine was overheating. There were one or two groundings and there was some confusion between left and starboard but as the saying

happen at sea’

goes ‘worse things and no great

harm ensued. There’s still some mileage (or should it be ‘knottage’) left in the cruise programme


plans are already in discussion for the

winter Further information

programme. about

the club and how to join can be found on WWW.

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OUR next event:- RSPB 70 years at Havergate Island by Steve Everett. It is 70 years since the RSPB took over ownership of Havergate Island, 267 acres of nature reserve in the River Ore, just below Orford.

Join Steve Everett for an illustrated talk about the history, wildlife and people that have shaped Suffolk’s only island over the years.

Steve Everett is a volunteer guide, photographer and presenter for the RSPB at their Havergate Island and Minsmere reserves.

When he is not leading guided walks, photography tutorials or driving safaris, you’ll find him pointing out wildlife in hides and hotspots across the reserves together with his wife, Davene. Monday 14th


7.30pm at St Michaels Church Centre,

The Drift, Martlesham Heath, IP5 3PL. Admission £5 at the door.

Light refreshments and raffle.

The venue is fully accessible and there is adjacent free

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

& Bobby Moore Fund - 39 years this year

Saturday 7th September 8am-1pm £5 Pre-booked and on the day

For you, your family and your business

• Refreshments/Toilets available • Free Parking Tel: 01394 420812 or 07836 270339

In aid of Cancer Research UK & Bobby Moore Fund Cancer Research UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464)



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The Roger David Burrows Music Fund parking.

Profit from the evening will be going to The Roger David Burrows Music Fund, which was set up in 2012 in memory of Roger David Burrows (1980-2012) by his family. With this Music Fund we are offering small grants to groups or individuals which we hope will inspire all abilities, adults and children in music making. Information about The Roger David

Burrows Music Fund

will be available on the evening. Grant Applications for The Roger David Burrows Music Fund. Applications for a grant are welcome from individuals

and from groups. Application forms should be submitted to the address below by January 1st 2020.

Grants will generally be of up to £150, eg. towards the cost of instruments, music, music related equipment and musical activities. Further

information and

grant application forms can be obtained from the website or from - The Roger David Burrows Music Fund, c/o The Burrows family, 17 Squires Lane, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk IP5 3UG. Tel. 01473 625196.


Woodbridge Camera Club July's Meeting, Judge

Peter Norris got ‘Up Close’ to examine the 63 entries for our latest

competition. The

Prints submitted were all of an exceptionally high standard and after setting aside 19 prints to award the top scores to. He left just two vying for first place with top scores of

20 points, Sue Garrod did it again for the second time this year, leaving Graham Wood as runner up. With 32 attending to witness the battle a great night was enjoyed by all. The gloves are off for top

place at our Annual Exhibition at the Longshed, August 9th- 11th, come and see the entries.







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