Blues Extravaganza, The Bank Arts centre, Eye

DECEMBER 7th sees an incredible

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Eye. All three acts, booked by Barry Hopwood, are accomplished Blues musicians who have played at his now infamous Blues Barn in Essex. Owned and built with Barry’s own hands, the Blues Barn has seen these musicians return as guests to this amazing venue as well as becoming firm personal friends of his. Tom Malachowski, a young guy who picked up a guitar at a late age of 26 but has took to it like a child does to sweets and he has a voice the would make an angel envious Benjamin Bassford, a young

man with a very mature head on his shoulders and a matching attitude, he plays from a time forgotten but makes you want to go back there, you will not be disappointed

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Dave Ferra, with wit and wisdom this guy can entertain in spades, one minute he's old school Blues the next he can Rock your socks off. The three together on one bill, well it doesn't get much better! The Bank Arts Centre Is a Community Interest Company (Eye Open CIC), its volunteer Directors work tirelessly on behalf of people in South Norfolk and North Suffolk to build ‘Community Resilience’.

It uses many

different ways to do this - mainly through arts to expand knowledge and understanding and by stimulating creativity and innovation.

IT has been a really busy term already at Bungay High School with lots of activities events taking place.

From a

Careers point of view, we have had 3 drop in sessions from Apprenticeships, Construction Sectors and NHS careers, whilst also hosting a Careers Exploration day for the whole school.

All Year 10 students

attended the Suffolk Skills show at Trinity Park in Ipswich in order to research the diverse employment

sectors in the

region and all Year 11 students have had a post 16 interview to help focus their ideas. The new school council has

been elected and meet once a month in order to develop and improve the whole school community, congratulations to:

The Centre provides stimulating


spaces for all, encouraging fun and enjoyment; people can participate

also groups such as Knit & Natter,


There are Eye

and accessible where

and appreciate many forms of art, craft, music, drama and hobbies.

Environment, Choir and Co- working. The centre also work with local schools supporting their Community engagement projects. The

Bank hold regular

Arts Centre exhibitions

and work in partnership with organisation

such as

the Workers Educational Association

(WEA), Eye

Family Carers, HomeStart, Emmaus and Suffolk Art Link. The coffee shop serves

the community as a social hub and offers snacks and exceptionally good cakes. We provide employment for a small number of part-time staff. We are always seeking more support from new volunteers particular folks with management skills. Peter Brooke is our current chairman whose background spans a career in Engineering and Project


but more recently in mental at MIND and community projects. Tickets for the event are available

online and by

visiting The Bank Wed-Sat 10:30am – 3:30pm. Leading up to this

Eye has it annual late night Bungay High School Gryffin Councillors: Charlie and

Wilks, Edgar Bloomfield, Libby Mayall, James Thurston. Pegasus Councillors: Soledad Stangward, Evelyn


Harley Harrison, Kaja Pederson, Megan Fuller. Phoenix

Councillors: Megi

Muslia, Emma Gunton, Rosie Potter, Nick Potter. Wyvern Councillors: Daniel Jillings, Isabel Aukland, Sophie Crawley, Lucy Williams. Sixth Form Councillors: Sam Skuse, Millie Jones.

There have been several fundraising days including a wear yellow for World Mental Health Awareness day that raised

nearly £200 whilst

staff and students swapped their uniform for jeans and raised over £750 for Jeans

for Genes Day, which raises money for Genetic Disorders UK, the charity that aims to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders. These affect 1 in 25 children in the UK – that’s more than 30,000 babies born each year. Their associated mean that

health genetic

problems disorders

are the biggest cause of death of children aged 14 and under.

Jeans for Genes co-

ordinator Jonathan Thawley said, “Bungay High School have been supporting Jeans for Genes day for many years and once again the students have responded positively to a very worthy cause and I am delighted by their generosity.”

Clinton Gillett Rumburgh Morris present cheque to Emmaus in Ditchingham

ON Friday 1st November members of Rumburgh Morris met with Cecile

to present

of a stable living environment and work experience


and her staff at Emmaus in Ditchingham

Roberts a

cheque. The donation of £250 for Emmaus was raised during their summer season of Morris dancing.


Emmaus Norfolk & supports

people who have experienced

homelessness by offering a home for as long as they need it and the opportunity to gain new skills in its social enterprise. The combination

people the chance to regain their confidence, self esteem and dignity so they can rebuild their lives. Rumburgh Morris is a mixed-sex

side Suffolk, with formed in

2008, dancing Cotswold Morris. It is based in the village

of Rumburgh, The Buck

as headquarters, although practice sessions are held in the village hall at St Margaret South Elmham on Tuesday evenings starting at 7.45pm.

New dancers or musicians are always welcome.

For more information

contact bag@rumburghmorris.

L to R - Back Row: Peter Jackson, Cecile Roberts, Guy Bennett, Derek Darlison, Mary Rollinson,

Eamon Moore,

Richard Taffine, Diana Gale, Frazer Marr, Tricia Hazell. Front Row: Theresa Gilbey, Janine Clarke, Rita Jackson, Sue Glazer.

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shopping festival November 29th with live music and Christmas Light turning on ceremony. Jean Knappitt -Blues Matters

Album and Gig reviewer, Park Radio programme presenter as well as Social Media, PR & Marketing


Fashion blogger and now Events organiser - I am just delighted to have been introduced

to the Blues

scene and as a result become involved with The Bank Arts Centre. I hope this Blues event will be fabulously successful and we will start to host these events more often. TRULY LOCAL RADIO Park Radio is your local radio station for Diss, Harleston, Eye and surrounding villages in the Waveney Valley. Park Radio’s aim is to provide an all-day truly local service every day for the area it covers on the Norfolk and Suffolk border. Our aim is to fill a local radio void, with stations in the regional centres of Norwich

and involvement needs.

Park Radio offers a distinct voice allowing local people to contact, inform and involve the community. It is owned and run by local people on a not-for-profit basis and is operated

by volunteers

from the coverage area. It is

supported by advertising, grants and fund-raising.

offering little or no coverage and


Ipswich local

Weybread Craft, Food & Local Produce Fair

WEYBREAD Craft, Food, and Local Produce Fair will be held in St Andrew's Church and Hall Farm Barn, Church Road, Weybread, IP21 5TR on November 23rd and 24th, 10am - 4pm. A One Stop Christmas Fair. You will be able to buy Christmas presents and decorations, cards, cakes, knitted items, alpaca wool items, preserves, pottery, stained glass, portraits, handbags, crochet, pork, beef, fruit and vegetables. Orders can be placed for Suffolk Turkeys poultry, fruit and veg from Anglian Organics, and Shears pork, beef & lamb.

Refreshments will be served in the Barn.

Enjoy homemade soup, turkey or brie rolls with cranberry, cakes, scones, tea and coffee. There will be a Giant Hamper of locally produced items to raffle in aid of Parkinson's

UK & St

Andrew's Church as well as a stall with knitted items for the two charities. A raffle will also be held with a variety of prizes. Children will be able to spend their pocket money at many of the stalls. Contact Sue 01379 586434.

Harleston Ladies Evening Group

OUR members had a very jolly but noisy time at our last meeting held on October 16th. We had a fish and chip supper followed by games of beetle drive. Cathy and Caroline ended up with the

highest score with Jean and Janet having the lowest score, all received a prize. Our next meeting to be held on November 20th is our Annual Dinner at the 'Farmer’s Market'.

Bungay Choral Society

BUNGAY Choral Society is at present rehearsing for their Christmas Concert on December 14th at St Mary’s Church, Bungay, with their Musical Director Jason Collins.

Jason has selected a variety of music with arrangements of our well known traditional Carols plus a selection of both old and some more modern popular classics, we will be joined with some items by the pupils of Ellingham Primary School. Rehearsals take place with Jason in the Emmanuel Church rooms every Wednesday at 7.15pm in a very relaxed atmosphere, no auditions are required, we just enjoy singing and try to present choral music which is enjoyable to perform as well as pleasant to listen to and

sometimes has a little bit of a challenge. Tickets are £10 in advance and available from Wightmans, Earsham Hall or by contacting Jason via email; Alternatively tickets will be available on the door for £12.

In the New Year we will rehearse for two concerts; one in May and the other being The Bungay Proms. Dates to be announced. New members are always welcome, just come along on a Wednesday evening to the Emmanuel Church Rooms, make music and give it a try! More details on our website:


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