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You are warmly invited to the next WEA talk on Wednesday, March 21st at 2.00pm in the Community Centre. Our speaker is Stuart Bowell – a former WEA tutor – who is very popular and engaging – with a lively, illustrated talk not only about the events themselves but the people involved and the stories that emerged. I can guarantee that everyone in the audience will be thoroughly entertained. 
The cost is £6.00 to include tea/coffee served at 1.45pm. Please book your place by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01379 384248 or 07730011951 

Advance Notice: Mark Mitchels is returning to Stradbroke on Thursday, April 26th at 2.00pm to talk about the poet, John Clare. More details next month.

August 2018

August 9th and after weeks of endless sunshine the heavens opened to soak the parched countryside. Of course it did it was the evening of the W.I. summer meeting and rain is positively traditional for the occasion. However, the elements did not win as after years of ducking the weather for this outdoor event we have cunningly changed our garden meetings to indoors ,simple but effective. The community centre is decorated with flowers and attractive table settings, we are warm and dry with lots of good food all organised by the ladies of the committee.
As the members gathered for the evening they were greeted with a Pimmsor a soft drink and encouraged to buy a raffle ticket or two as they chatted together waiting for the main event to commence. It has to be said that our members are a pretty smart bunch and really get into the summer theme as they come dressed fit for a garden party at Buck House, lovely. A few safety notices and a splendid rendition of Jerusalem then the feasting commenced.
There was a lovely summer buffet of salads, meat ,cheese and bread rolls followed by some scrumptious desserts and more cheese and biscuits, plenty for everyone and pretty much all home made, we have yet to master cheese making and bread making takes forever. All this followed by tea and coffee and supported by some music from the 60s and 70s which had a few ladies moving in interesting ways and throwing some impressive shapes ,still got it.
The evening passed quickly , the raffle was drawn and slowly the members left the party and made for home the rain having stopped . It was a good evening and thanks to all the workers and all who joined in the fun.
Our next meeting will be on September 13th when Jo Statham will give a talk on Alfred Hitchcock films, this is an open meeting so non members are welcome to join us , there will be a small charge for refreshments. Come and try us out you just might like us. Prue Rush

July 2018

We all met on a balmy summer evening ready for another interesting evening with the W.I.AsGill was away Carol our Vice President stood in for the evening and, after the usual offices, we sang Jerusalem and saw the birthday posies safely presented. A slight change from our usual procedures had Carol introducing our speaker at the start of the meeting and so we settled in to listen to Sheila Harrison talk to us on the subject of Village People.
Some of us sat back and waited for the music to start and to see and hear about the Indian chief, the fire fighter, the sailor, and so on who made up the group famous for singing about the Y.M.C.A. but hold hard we enjoyed instead a beautifully told story about the lives, works, and general history of the folks who lived in Weston Longville, a village a few miles outside of Norwich. According to the census of 1801 there were 365 people, 2 pubs, 1 shop and a blacksmith. Her main character was Parson James Woodford who was all things to his congregation, landowner,employer, spiritual guide, and the person most turned to for help and guidance. We learned about the social hierarchy from the Squire down to the farmers, the labourers, and the lowest of all, the skipjack or backhouse boy.The lives of the housemaids and scullery maids, the manservants,all of whom worked very hard and were poorly paid. Disease was rife and tuberculosis along with smallpox were a deadly pair waiting to take off the weak, the young, and the elderly. The crimes of the day sounded familiar,robbery, burglary, smuggling, and even drink driving when in charge of a horse or horsedrawn vehicle. So nothing new there but perhaps we don’t see too many drunk pigs these days !! The entertainment was usually homemade but boosted by visiting fairs and freak shows where deformed people were displayed for the delectation of the villagers, I guess we can’t criticise when you think of the oddball TV programmes we have available today. Sheila held us enthralled through the evening and gave us a very enjoyable insight to the life of our ancestors.
As we moved to the refreshment table for a cheerful chat, we realised how glad we were to have been born in this era, well most of the time anyway.
The full business followed and we were happy to hear that our quiz team had done well and that our next meeting on August 9thwill be our summer meeting when the committee will provide a lovely salad buffet for all membersto enjoy, so see you all in August ladies.
The next full meeting will be an open meeting on September 13th when Jo Statham will give a talk on Alfred Hitchcock films so see you all then. Prue

June 2018

As usual the meeting opened with strong rendition of Jerusalem then we settled to the business of the evening. Gill dealt with the routine business and Carol gave the general report .
Caroline and Loreli were thanked for the floral offerings and refreshments to come , birthday posies were presented then Gwyneth was invited to give a report on here trip to Cardiff where the resolutions were to be debated and discussed. Our own branch meeting had previously discussed and rejected the resolution which concerned mental health needs as it was felt that the matter already had a very high profile but the conference voted to support it and the resolution was carried. We all know folks with problems and have probably needed some support ourselves at times so let’s hope and work to improve the lot of others who perhaps don’t have a good bunch of W.I. friends to help them through.

Next Jane Merritt bravely took the floor to explain the vagaries of the new heating system which seems to be a little troublesome and having teething problems. Hopefully there will be no more chilly meetings but for those who muttered I must inform you that the colour of the walls will remain ,hey ho can’t win them all but we appreciate the explanations, thank you Jane.
As reported previously there is concern that older people and others in our local area are lacking in the activity and exercise areas and that loneliness and a sense of isolation are apparent and a problem. To this end SCC will be providing a mentor for Stradbroke and Fressingfield to come 1 day a week to help support set up and encourage solutions to some of these problems .This will be for the period of 1 year and will be launched on June 28th. No further details yet but it is hoped that the surgeries and other local institutions will be involved with referrals to this project . Thank you to Annie for the update . The ladies then agreed to support the local sports day July 14th and will provide refreshments.

Our speaker for the evening was Steve Pomeroy who to the musical strains and narrative which is the opening to the film War of the Worlds came to talk to us about bamboo. Steve a self proclaimed bamboo nutter, and I quote, was overflowing with enthusiasm for bamboo in all its colours and forms and presented us with a quick quiz on our knowledge of bamboo thus providing us, according to how many points we scored, with our own certified, and I choose that word carefully, level of bamboo nuttery, umm. The various colours through black, variegated, bright yellow and green through to the pale bamboo we all know was surprising and offered great interest of colour in the garden. Many other uses were described including fabrics for clothes, building materials ,cooking utensils and crockery , not to mention weapons and useful in the garden and somehow not surprisingly it is used in some medicines. We enjoyed seeing the samples of bamboo and the slide show of so many varieties of bamboo including the hooligan Robusta variety which spreads rapidly through the garden and is used with great caution as rather vicious looking spears push rapidly up through the grass and look positively dangerous. It was a jolly evening and we thanked Steve for sharing his nuttiness with us.After refreshments Dorothy reminded us of the Blossom Appeal at Ipswich Hospital raising money to provide an all in one place breast cancer care unit and we agreed to help to support this project and help to raise money for this, watch this space.

The next meeting will be on July 12th when Sheila Harrison will give a talk titled Village People. Come and join us 7.30 pm at the community centre you will be very welcome .
Prue

May 2018

The evening opened with the usual offices with Gill reporting on an enjoyable group meeting hosted by the Fressingfield W.I. and a brainstorming session organised by M.S.D.C. and B.C.
discussing the issue of inactivity in the older population and others and how to address the problem. There were many interesting ideas but most of them scuppered by the lack of transport and funding,
nothing new there. Next Jennifer lead us through the resolution for this year which was to lobby the government for parity between the care provision for physical health and that provided for mental
health issues. A short quiz demonstrated some scary statistics regarding the numbers of mental health sufferers and there was a great deal of lively discussion where most members agreed the
principal but not the presentation of the resolution. A vote was taken and the resolution failed on the grounds of agreeing with the principal but nothing positive in lobbying the government as this
was already a big issue fully in the media with high profile supporters. Thank you Jennifer. Our speaker for the evening was our own David Merritt a retired commercial pilot who came
to talk about his flying experiences and the background to being a commercial pilot. David began by explaining the strict criteria for pilots, the ongoing training and examinations the hours that could
be flown in a year and the routine medical and physical health checks that they have to pass to keep their licence to transport hundreds of people around the world thousands of feet in the air with only
one set of wings between them. These rules we all found very comforting but then we heard about the fun things that can happen!! The obvious risk of terror attacks are well known and our
unpredictable weather can cause chaos on the ground as well as the skies but we would not think about temperature changes as the plane passes over factories with furnaces causing air turbulence
or ice forming on the wings and around the engines making control and power of the aircraft more of a challenge, the placing of some runways that require extreme precision to negotiate safely and of
course the Irish version of a precision radar controlled landing in the fog which translates to the air traffic control looking out of their window and talking the pilot down. I may never fly to Ireland or
anywhere again. In all good sense David and his thousands of passengers are still alive to tell the tale so perhaps it’s not all bad. We also heard about the use of morse code and the phonetic
alphabet used universally in communications and were given papers demonstrating both methods. Now for all quizzers did you know that all the Piper manufactured aircraft are named after Native
American tribes e.g. Cherokee Apache e.t.c. . Caroline gave our vote of thanks to David for a fascinating talk then we all rushed off to find a hot drink to warm and soothe us in equal measures .
Our next meeting will be 7.30pm on June 14 th when Steve Pomeroy will talk to us about all things Bamboo ! so do come and join us you will be most welcome at the community centre .

Prue

April 2018

Claim your free evenings
Women of Stradbroke and neighbouring villages - did you know that you can come to 2 meetings for free as a taster? Come along for a visit and find out for yourselves what a sociable, educational, active and outgoing bunch we are.

April business concerned:-
Education.
Healthy living, alternatives to plastic, food poverty, heart research and fun group quizzes.
Activities within the village.
Litter pick-up days in April, local food banks, debates regarding assisting the elderly with physical activity.
Social Events
Trips to Southwold theatre as a group, organised walks for the Association of Countrywomen of the world, group meeting to be at Fressingfield 25th April.
Also the usual monthly circle dancing, kurling, book-club and lunch club meetings.


The evening speaker.
As a physical chemist Don Darling has spent much of his working life in ice cream and he came to talk to us about the challenges and innovations involved in providing the public with the happiness that is ice cream.
Amazingly, fruity-ice foodstuff was thought to have been brought to Europe via Mesopotamia in approximately 2000BC, via China in about 1000BC and with Marco Polo to Italy. The Italians added dairy to it, and little did they know what a delightful craving they would start. The first ice cream machine being patented in the USA in 1840 lead to even more accessibility and ice cream factories beginning to titillate the public palate. The first of these factories in the UK was opened in 1922 by Bird's Eye-Walls.
Modern ice cream is a complex combination of dairy products, fats, sugars, ice, air, stabilisers, thickeners and flavourings. It is formed by processes of mixing, pasteurising, freezing and hardening. We enjoy it in tubs, lollies, floats, ice cream sandwiches and rippled gateaux - and any colour from white to blue.
Without the inventions of innovative chemists and engineers we would not have chocolate coatings, crisp cornets, ruffled ripples or coated ice creams on a stick.
Different cultures enjoy their ices in many forms. The Germans are partial to spaghetti shapes; the Japanese like ice cream within rice cakes; in Thailand it is made to order on a frozen platter at street stalls and in Turkey they enjoyed the sticky-elastic maras dondurma, which is also sold from street stalls.
We were informed that the best way to use our home machines is to aerate the mixture well by whipping, before adding flavourings.
That being noted..........we all ate ice cream! And very nice it was too, accompanied by Kamal's wonderful baking. What more could we need?
Thanks to our hostesses,Roz and Kamal, for the evening and to Don for providing a fabulous evening.

Next meeting is May 10th when David Merritt will regale us regarding air navigation.

March 2018

Record of the WI Meeting on February 8th 2018
Welcome Gill welcomed 37 members , which included one new member who joined this evening, Linda Webb and we had 2 guests Jean Wilde, Iris’s friend and our speaker Sharron Jarvis. Fire exits pointed out and Jerusalem sung. Record of the last meeting on the table and no matters arising.
Secretary’s Report S F W I News p2 An article about the Suffolk show and the scarecrows and that our “ Mr Trump” caused alot of interest having his photo taken with many different children. P 7 A good poem to read. P 10 The skin and bones talk and members were asked if there was any interest in one ticket available. Possibly Carol Bird to join Betty, Dorothy and Jane G. I mentioned the 200 club again and managed to get the rest of the money and about 6 new members.
Financial Report Gwyneth explained what the ACWW box was for and that there was only £14.81p in it so asked members to approve increasing it to £45. Accepted.
President’s Report Gill thanked hostesses Dorothy and Betty ,who helped as Jenny unwell, and thanked them for the flowers and gave posies to Carrie, Jane Merritt, Yvonne and Patricia. A letter from Nick and Sue Stones was read out thanking the WI for all the work done for Mary’s funeral, which was much appreciated and the WI was given a donation of £100. Dorothy ,a good friend of Mary, then thanked Gill for organising the members to help with the food and gave her some flowers. A certificate ,sent to Dorothy, was read by Gill thanking us for 71.1 kilos of food bank items enough for 63 meals. We were then reminded that the food bank box was available again. Gill then reminded members of the bursary available and asked for names to be put in the box. Members were then asked to think of any ideas for fund raising and let us know.
Speaker Sharron Jarvis
Sharron then gave a short explanation of her work with dementia patients and handicapped people and how singing helped them. We then were encouraged to sing various songs, which I am sure most of us enjoyed and also felt better.
Carrie gave the Vote of Thanks and said that she certainly felt better after her singing. Refreshments followed.
Gill then asked if anyone might be able to create a fun and bright poster to promote the WI. Annie will possibly do this. Also any other ideas to promote the WI could be given to Committee members. Reminder that there will be no kurling on 13 th
June then ran the Raffle.
The next meeting Ruth Miller talking of her experience as a Foundling. March 8th
Meeting closed.

February 2018

Record of the WI Meeting on February 8th 2018
Welcome Gill welcomed 37 members , which included one new member who joined this evening, Linda Webb and we had 2 guests Jean Wilde, Iris’s friend and our speaker Sharron Jarvis. Fire exits pointed out and Jerusalem sung. Record of the last meeting on the table and no matters arising.
Secretary’s Report S F W I News p2 An article about the Suffolk show and the scarecrows and that our “ Mr Trump” caused alot of interest having his photo taken with many different children. P 7 A good poem to read. P 10 The skin and bones talk and members were asked if there was any interest in one ticket available. Possibly Carol Bird to join Betty, Dorothy and Jane G. I mentioned the 200 club again and managed to get the rest of the money and about 6 new members.
Financial Report Gwyneth explained what the ACWW box was for and that there was only £14.81p in it so asked members to approve increasing it to £45. Accepted.
President’s Report Gill thanked hostesses Dorothy and Betty ,who helped as Jenny unwell, and thanked them for the flowers and gave posies to Carrie, Jane Merritt, Yvonne and Patricia. A letter from Nick and Sue Stones was read out thanking the WI for all the work done for Mary’s funeral, which was much appreciated and the WI was given a donation of £100. Dorothy ,a good friend of Mary, then thanked Gill for organising the members to help with the food and gave her some flowers. A certificate ,sent to Dorothy, was read by Gill thanking us for 71.1 kilos of food bank items enough for 63 meals. We were then reminded that the food bank box was available again. Gill then reminded members of the bursary available and asked for names to be put in the box. Members were then asked to think of any ideas for fund raising and let us know.
Speaker Sharron Jarvis
Sharron then gave a short explanation of her work with dementia patients and handicapped people and how singing helped them. We then were encouraged to sing various songs, which I am sure most of us enjoyed and also felt better.
Carrie gave the Vote of Thanks and said that she certainly felt better after her singing. Refreshments followed.
Gill then asked if anyone might be able to create a fun and bright poster to promote the WI. Annie will possibly do this. Also any other ideas to promote the WI could be given to Committee members. Reminder that there will be no kurling on 13 th
June then ran the Raffle.
The next meeting Ruth Miller talking of her experience as a Foundling. March 8th
Meeting closed.

January 2018

As usual January blew in cold and wet but there was still a good turnout of members and after the routine business and presentation of birthday posies, and thanks to our hostesses the members settled down to hear our own Dorothy Readman give a talk on the Jam Factory that ran during the war years in Stradbroke. This was a war effort instigated under the auspices of the Ministry of Food but which was run by the Stradbroke W.I. A fine lady called Mrs Biddle wife of the local vicar was the President at this time and, as the excellent organiser that she was, instigated the start up of the jam factory in The Hay Barn in 1941. Fruit and sugar were purchased under the control of government licence and the ladies of Stradbroke set to and made their jam and later chutney which was sold locally at a fixed price . A great effort on behalf of the whole community providing workers ,storage space ,oil stoves and all that was needed for this enterprise ,we should be very proud of them all. Dorothy has researched this subject and written some of the history and details in a small book so if you would like to know just ask her I am sure she will be happy to answer your questions. Following the talk refreshments were served and naturally with jam as the evenings subject we served scones with jam and cream , absolutely scrummy . Our thanks to Dorothy for all her hard work in preparing this most interesting talk it was greatly enjoyed by all.
Our next meeting will be on February 8th when Sharron Jarvis will present Singing for health. Do come and join us you will be most welcome. 
Wishing you all a happy healthy 2018

Prue Rush

 Workes Education Association (WEA)

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) was founded in 1903 and continues today to provide high quality, professional education into the heart of communities. Its original goal was to raise the level of literacy and numeracy among the under-privileged groups mainly in large cities. Classes would be offered without charge to factory and industry workers often in church halls or libraries. The scheme was enormously successful and the WEA grew with the demand and its offer fanned out across the country.

Today, this charitable organisation has thousands of members, teachers and facilitators. Much of the work lies in partnership with Job Centres where unemployed people can attend courses to increase or improve their skill bases in order to gain employment in today’s world. Another very successful branch of the organisation works closely with immigrants into Britain helping them to integrate into communities through language and cultural classes.

However, the WEA also recognise that rural communities have a need as well and there is a firm and long-standing network of small branches in market towns and villages. Suffolk once had 39 branches to boast of. This is now reduced but the branches are no less important in providing inspiration, stimulation and education to their members. These branches tend to concentrate on cultural, historical and intellectual development of their audiences and offer a meeting place for discussion and debate as well as a social forum.

In Stradbroke, there has been a kaleidoscope of opportunity with short courses on Art, Nature, History, Literature, Philosophy and so on. We have also had single lectures on diverse subjects eg Charles Dickens, India, Oliver Cromwell, Hollywood Greats and others. The next course is From Page to Screen - Adapting Literature for the Movies that begins on January 24th at 2.15pm in the community centre.

This year the Stradbroke branch is forming a partnership with the Eye branch so that we can expand our offer to the local community. The short courses will continue to take place in Eye while in Stradbroke we shall be focusing on one day or half day courses on more diverse topics such as Improving Your IT skills, Mindfulness and creative arts. Look out for details regarding these in the coming months.

If you would like to find out more about the WEA do visit their website wea.org.uk where you will also find all their courses.

If you wish to find out about any of the Eye and Stradbroke courses please contact me on: 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring me on: 07730011951

 

It all began with a short course held by Suffolk Adult Education at Stradbroke High School. This foray into Creative Writing formed a small but enthusiastic group who became known as the BigSky Writers.

When the course had finished, some of the attendees continued to meet regularly and Nikki McDonagh, the course tutor, coaxed the group to produce enough short stories and poetry to produce a book and so the first volume was created. Since then there have been some changes as a few members have left and others have joined but the group published their 2nd volume in 2016 followed by a double page feature in The Suffolk Magazine and their 3rd volume in November 2017.

The group meet twice a month. One session is on a Tuesday morning and this is where the imagination flies as there is a stimulus, a discussion and debate before a silent writing period. At the end of the session, the group shares its work and advice and opinion are kindly given before individuals retire to the comfort of their own writing spaces at home either to expand or archive their pieces. Often the discussion around the stimulus and the subsequent pieces leads to much laughter and is certainly always entertaining. We have all become good friends through this sharing of experiences and trust each other’s judgements implicitly. The other session is held on a Tuesday evening and is the business meeting where logistics of publishing and finance are discussed and agreed upon. Not all members attend this meeting but might simply attend the morning creative one.

We are always looking for new ideas both for jump-starting our work and how to launch it and welcome new members who have desire to write but who also have bright lively thoughts and opinions to inject into the activities. If that is you - please do contact me on:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07730011951

The WEA - Workers’ Educational Association - was founded in 1903 and continues today to provide high quality, professional education into the heart of communities. Its original goal was to raise the level of literacy and numeracy among the under-privileged groups mainly in large cities. Classes would be offered without charge to factory and industry workers often in church halls or libraries. The scheme was enormously successful and the WEA grew with the demand and its offer fanned out across the country.

Today, this charitable organisation has thousands of members, teachers and facilitators. Much of the work lies in partnership with Job Centres where unemployed people can attend courses to increase or improve their skill bases in order to gain employment in today’s world. Another very successful branch of the organisation works closely with immigrants into Britain helping them to integrate into communities through language and cultural classes.

However, the WEA also recognise that rural communities have a need as well and there is a firm and long-standing network of small branches in market towns and villages. Suffolk once had 39 branches to boast of. This is now reduced but the branches are no less important in providing inspiration, stimulation and education to their members. These branches tend to concentrate on cultural, historical and intellectual development of their audiences and offer a meeting place for discussion and debate as well as a social forum.

In Stradbroke, there has been a kaleidoscope of opportunity with short courses on Art, Nature, History, Literature, Philosophy and so on. We have also had single lectures on diverse subjects eg Charles Dickens, India, Oliver Cromwell, Hollywood Greats and others. The next course is From Page to Screen - Adapting Literature for the Movies that begins on January 24th at 2.15pm in the community centre.

This year the Stradbroke branch is forming a partnership with the Eye branch so that we can expand our offer to the local community. The short courses will continue to take place in Eye while in Stradbroke we shall be focusing on one day or half day courses on more diverse topics such as Improving Your IT skills, Mindfulness and creative arts. Look out for details regarding these in the coming months.

If you would like to find out more about the WEA do visit their website wea.org.uk where you will also find all their courses.

If you wish to find out about any of the Eye and Stradbroke courses please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07730011951

 

Over 60s Club

The club aims to give everyone a place to come and meet new friends, have a chat and some refreshments. We meet at the Stradbroke Community Centre on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, from 2pm to 4pm.  The meetings always vary, with games - bingo, beetle, and hoy, we also have entertainers a few times during the year, all enjoyed of course with a cup of tea and biscuits.

We have about 30 members, most of whom attend all the meetings and whilst the majority of our members are ladies, we also have some gentlemen who join us. Although we are a Stradbroke club we are always pleased to welcome new members from other villages in the area and we’re not very strict about our ‘Over 60s’ age group.

We do make a small charge for each session to cover our costs but, once someone has been a member for six months, all our outings are free. Funds for the club are raised from raffles, auctions, and we also have a coffee morning/table top sale in October. Our members also enjoy a Christmas lunch in early December, with raffle and presents, plus entertainment.

We also have at least five outings during the year to various places of interest, to the coast, gardens and shopping to name but a few. Last year these included:

Fakenham Garden Centre,

Steam Train from Holt to Sheringham

Saffron Walden & Linton Zoo,

Clacton

Bury St Edmunds.

Our first meeting for 2018 is on 15 February.

If you would like to join us or would like further details come along to the Community Centre or contact:

Carole Sach 0137 388577 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to seeing you.

                                                       2018 Programme of Events

Date Time Event Venue
Jan 20 8.30 am Cake Stall Church Street
       
Feb 9 7.30 pm Cash Bingo Community Centre
Feb 13 7.30 pm Pancakes and Beetle Drive Chapel Room
       
Mar 17 10.00 am - 4.00 pm Book Sale and Stalls All Saints Church
Mar 18 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm Book Sale and Stalls All Saints Church
       
Apr 13 7.30 pm Cash Bingo Community Centre
       
May 2 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm Art Exhibition Preview All Saints Church
May 3-7 10.00 am - 6.00 pm Art Exhibition All Saints Church
May 26 9.00 am Cake Stall Church Street
       
Jun 8 7.30 pm Cash Bingo Community Centre
Jun 23 9.00 am Coins and Cakes Queens Street
       
Jul 21 10.00 am - 4.00 pm Village Show Community Centre
       
Aug 10 7.30 pm Cash Bingo Community Centre
Aug 18 8.30 am Garage Trail Around the Village
       
Sep 22 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm Jumble Sale Community Cntre
       
Oct 12 7.30 pm Cash Bingo Community Centre
Oct 19 7.30 pm Cheese and Wine Supper Community Centre
       
Nov 17 10.00 am - 11.30 am Coffee Morning and Raffle Community Centre
       
7 Dec 7.30 pm Cash Bingo Community Centre
8 Dec 8.30 am Cake Stall Church Street

 

Contact for all events: Mary Ellis 01379 384642

December 2017

THE REPORT OF THE DECEMBER 2017 AND JANUARY 2018 MEETINGS OF STRADBROKE W.I.

December was our Christmas party evening and the ladies and several gentlemen arrived in their party attire ready for some fun and were greeted with a smile and a glass of sherry kindly donated by the wine club, the sherry not the smile. The hall and tables had been beautifully decorated by the committee members and with Christmas lights and bright chatter the evening was soon in full throw .A greeting and welcome from our President Gill Bird and then the excellent food was served by the cheerful catering staff. Our music was provided by a glamorous lady called Blossom who sang a mixture of blues and jazz accompanied by Steve on his guitar ,you could almost believe you were in a sophisticated restaurant somewhere ,well almost. Towards the end of the evening yours truly made an entrance dressed in nurses uniform and cap pushing a trolley of instruments and other goodies .The reason for this was to perform some health and safety checks on the audience , to provide necessary medication and support for those with health problems to prepare them for what was to follow. Once they had demonstrated some muscle strength and an ability to perform C.P.R. to the tune of Staying alive it was considered safe to proceed to the next part of the evening when to the accompaniment of Blossom singing Hey Big Spender our own our very own Lorraine dressed to kill and moving with amazing agility sashayed seductively around the floor shaking and shimmying with considerable skill. There was a great deal of laughter at our little party piece for which we were grateful and the evening gradually drew to a close and I hope a good time was had by all.
As usual January blew in cold and wet but there was still a good turnout of members and after the routine business and presentation of birthday posies, and thanks to our hostesses the members settled down to hear our own Dorothy Readman give a talk on the Jam Factory that ran during the war years in Stradbroke. This was a war effort instigated under the auspices of the Ministry of Food but which was run by the Stradbroke W.I. A fine lady called Mrs Biddle wife of the local vicar was the President at this time and, as the excellent organiser that she was, instigated the start up of the jam factory in The Hay Barn in 1941. Fruit and sugar were purchased under the control of government licence and the ladies of Stradbroke set to and made their jam and later chutney which was sold locally at a fixed price . A great effort on behalf of the whole community providing workers ,storage space ,oil stoves and all that was needed for this enterprise ,we should be very proud of them all. Dorothy has researched this subject and written some of the history and details in a small book so if you would like to know just ask her I am sure she will be happy to answer your questions. Following the talk refreshments were served and naturally with jam as the evenings subject we served scones with jam and cream , absolutely scrummy . Our thanks to Dorothy for all her hard work in preparing this most interesting talk it was greatly enjoyed by all.
Our next meeting will be on February 8th when Sharron Jarvis will present Singing for health. Do come and join us you will be most welcome.
Wishing you all a happy healthy 2018 Prue Rush

 

November 2017

This was our annual meeting when the years’ work and efforts are reported on and discussed by the members. This has been a busy and successful year with great speakers and 4 new fully fledged members. We thank them for choosing our W.I and welcome them to our ranks and hope they will be happy active members. Our treasurer gave a full financial report and was pleased to announce that all is well and healthy with our monies and that we have had a successful year with our fundraising. Gill our president gave a general report on our activities which have been many and varied and thanked the committee for all their efforts on behalf of the members. A special thank you went to Vivienne Goffee for all her work and help behind the scenes as she regularly wields her marigolds and gentle humour to aid the frontline workers and for this she was presented with a silver cup to clean for the next year, umm to the workers comes more work methinks. Two members from Fressingfield W.I. Christine and Mary came to assist us as tellers for the official business of electing a new committee and Lady President and they were welcomed and thanked by Gill and presented with posies as a mark of our appreciation for their efforts. The business commenced and the old but not ancient committee was re-elected to continue with their efforts and after further voting Gill was re-elected as our Lady President. Good luck to everyone and thank you for carrying on.
The activity for the rest of the evening was organised by committee member Patricia and this was a silent auction where many articles all of which had been donated by members were divided into
small groups with comic titles and quiz questions to match the contents, all great fun with the ladies scratching their heads over some of the questions mixed in with the odd whoop as some groups realised they knew a tricky answer and were excited at their brilliance. Bids were placed on the groups of items and the last bid was the winning bid. With refreshments being served the evening continued until it was time to close the proceedings with Gwyneth announcing that we had raised just short of £100 over the evening. The ladies with the winning bids collected their goodies the evening closed with thanks and goodbyes as the members left anticipating the next meeting which will be the Christmas party meal with some homemade entertainment, so watch this space for the next report. As the next meeting is for current members and partners we look forward to seeing new interested ladies at our January meeting. Meanwhile if anyone would like more help or information about us just give me a call Prue Rush 01379586468

October 2017

There was a definite buzz in the air as members and many visitors gathered to join our open meeting with our speaker Paul Yaxley owner of the Fox and Goose restaurant in Fressingfield who was to give a cooking demonstration for our edification. The evening started in good time as we sped through the routine business and presented birthday posies to seven of our members all of whom were able to join us in their birthday month. Our visitors and members then settled in for a splendid evening of culinary expertise.
Paul was introduced and explained that he would demonstrate how to produce a three course meal in somewhat limited circumstances. As the evening progressed he showed us simple ways of doing preparation and cooking and how to present simple food in such a way as to look professional and artistic. His beetroot mousse was so easy with the quick baking of the beetroot in foil, much less messy and easier to peel and the preparation and cooking of the pork , sealing it carefully before roasting it lightly was delightfully straight forward. This was complimented by a butternut squash mousse all of which looked and smelt scrumptious. This was all topped by the production of a wickedly chocolate creamy tart some of which we were all able to taste test at the end of the evening ,oh my it was special. Throughout the evening there were opportunities to question Paul who happily and wittily gave us the tips that we craved even on how to use a knife correctly and how to test the tenderness of the meat ,all good and useful help. The evening flew by and with a bit of Blue Peter work of here is one I made earlier to help with the restricted timing the evening concluded with more questions followed by refreshments and a sample of the chocolate tart . A vote of thanks from Jennifer heartily endorsed by all and the members and visitors went happily on their way licking their chocolatey lips.
Our next meeting is on November the 9th our annual meeting and with a silent auction to ease our way to Christmas. All very welcome as visitors or possible new members

Prue

September 2017

The meeting opened with the usual offices presented by Gill and Jane ,birthday posies were handed to Dorothy ,Carol B and Mary Stones . Mary was unable to join us but her posy would be delivered to her. Thanks were offered up to our hostesses Iris and Sue for the lovely flowers and their preparation and dispensing of refreshments all much appreciated. Gill also announced that the Circle Dancing group are celebrating their 10th anniversary and to mark the occasion Dorothy the ring or circle leader of this group was presented with a bouquet of flowers for all her hard work. Next Gwyneth our treasurer put to the ladies the suggestion that to save the rummaging for plain white sheets to use as table covers each time we have a slightly more upmarket meeting and the even bigger scrummage at the end of said meeting to find the correct home for the sheets, that perhaps we could purchase sufficient sheets and solve the problem. Prices and numbers agreed Gwyneth will go ahead with this purchase with our thanks . A little bonus in the form of gift aid returns helped this decision forward.

The activity for the evening was a demonstration in felt making and the creation of felt poppies. Thanks to Patricia Woodward our own committee member we launched into a fascinating craft session. Armed with raw wool of different colours, bowls of water , sheets of bubble wrap, rolling pins, sushi mats and some soapy solution the ladies set to in making coloured felt and turning it into poppies. Now an outsider may have been forgiven if they thought that they had stumbled on a slightly odd cookery lesson or a playschool session for grownups ,such was the noise and splashing not to mention the banging and very vigorous rubbing followed by loud giggles and gulps as the odd set of dentures came slightly askew with all the effort put into the felting process .Refreshments were taken halfway through the session as a surprising amount of physical effort was required but then back into the fray and Patricia demonstrated how to complete the shaping by pushing the damp felt circles into egg box sections and allowing them to dry and hold their petal like shape , most impressive. A great session and our thanks to Patricia.

We were reminded that there is to be a group meeting at Mendham and Withersdale on the 26thSeptember when an ex policewoman will give a talk and demonstration on self defence .Last but not least our next meeting at Stradbroke will be at 7.30 pm on October 12th when we will be pleased to great Paul Yaxley from the Fox and Goose who will be giving us a cookery demonstration .This will be an open meeting so please come and join us on the night ,all are welcome. All good wishes  Prue

July & August 2017

July seems a long chilly time ago and our meeting a distant memory. Actually it was a straightforward evening of business followed by an interesting talk from a lady called Denise Billinghurst who told us of her time in Africa where she frequently travelled . The main purpose of her visits was to assist at a lion orphanage where rescued lion cubs were raised and helped back into the wild on a safe reserve . We were treated to some fascinating photos of lion cubs at various stages of their care and rehabilitation and, surprisingly, photos of Denise up close and personal with some oversized pussycats. Denise was obviously an enthusiast and had also embroiled her husband in her fund raising and visits to Africa. An interesting lady and a pleasant evening for us all.
Now we are in August and that means our summer supper organised and served by the committee. The members played their part by turning up in their summery finery ready for a special evening and happily partook of a splendid glass of Pimms or fruit drink to get the party going. Before we got down to the serious business of having fun Moira Gibling put forward her suggestion for a resolution to be sent to headquarters for consideration. This resolution says that the W.I. consider the ritual slaughter of animals without being stunned for religious purposes is barbaric and inhumane and totally unacceptable in this country. The resolution says this practice should be banned and urges the government to act urgently. Moira spoke eloquently on this most unpleasant of subjects and a vote at the end was unanimous in agreement with her proposition and that it should go forward to headquarters. Business over we moved on to serving up a delicious summer salad buffet to our members who were all in great form as they took their food back to beautifully decorated tables for a good chat and satisfying supper . All went well and we moved on to the entertainment . Now hold on to your hats folks as I tell you that we gathered in teams for a tournament of tiddlywinks , yes that's right tiddlywinks and it was so much fun and there was so much laughter that the rest of the evening disappeared in a flash. The raffle was called and thanks were expressed to the committee and to Wendy and her marigolds plus others who swept in and washed up as if they had done this for years which of course they have. A great evening and we all left feeling good.
Our next meeting is on 14th September when Patricia Woodward will be doing a craft demonstration titled "Poppies" ,do come and try us out.
Prue Rush

June 2017

JUNE MEETING OF STRADBROKE W.I.
This was an open meeting and so we whipped through the usual offices, thanks to the hostesses for the beautiful flowers and presentation of birthday posies and then we sat back for an evening of song and laughter. Picture the scene the room was full of members and visitors plus two brave chaps who had been persuaded to join the fun and in floats this lovely vision in a beautiful scarlet dress and a wide smile welcoming us to an evening of song poetry and chat, well we were all set for a magical evening. Rachel Duffield introduced herself and explained her interest as an historian, in the life and times of Marie Lloyd and songs of the past. The first half of the evening was to be songs of the seven ages of woman with songs that matched the different ages starting with a glorious rendition of somewhere over the rainbow and as we were duly invited to do so we joined in shyly at first but with gusto by the end. Rachel talked about music in childhood and took us all back to the days of junior school when we were obliged to do music and movement to the radio in the assembly hall . This was supported by an hilarious performance of a song written by Victoria Wood about a little boy who plainly did not enjoy soppy stuff like this and great gusts of laughter echoed around as we watched Rachel become this reluctant small boy, marvellous .Next we heard from the musical 'Witches' which involved a schoolgirl giving advice on how to be Popular, the title of the song, then moved directly to an older girl singing I just can't say no from Oaklahoma , um every mothers nightmare. A poem about how we view our bodies and the changes or differences that just have to be accepted by all of us had us listening and nodding in agreement , relevant to us all at some point. Joyce Grenfell represented our older years and a wonderfully funny performance of an older lady who is singing in church and suddenly realises that she can't remember if she has turned the gas off under a saucepan and mixes her anxieties of the consequences with the hymn ,a rapid amen and a dash for home , we loved it.
Refreshments were served at the tables and then we settled in for the second half. Rachel returned in costume as Marie Lloyd and gave us a brief history of the times and fashions of the era and of how a young Marie used to stand on the tables at various pubs and sing for pennies to help support her large family. We heard about the difference between draws and bloomers and the type of female who would wear the bloomers with the gap or the draws with the draw string and no gap, who knew? Marie gave her first music hall appearance in the Eagle at the age of 15 and was rocketed to fame from there. The song The boy I love is up in the gallery , was performed with plenty of audience participation and the chap a waving of his handkerchief was roundly applauded for his efforts. During another song the other gentleman was subject to a little flirting which brought a huge smile to his face and laughter to the audience ,all good fun. We were taken through the life of Marie which was never dull but sometimes difficult as she in turn shocked and thrilled her audience with her songs and behaviour , nothing new there. The evening moved on with traditional music hall songs and recitations all beautifully performed by Rachel and thoroughly enjoyed by us all and the story of Marie Lloyd concluded as we heard about her comeback performance to aid recruiting for the war in 1914 when she collapsed and died on stage at the age of 50, she died as she lived so much in the public eye.
Dorothy gave a heartfelt vote of thanks to Rachel for such an excellent evenings' entertainment roundly supported by us all, it was so much fun. Our next meeting will be on July 12th when Denise Billinghurst will give a talk called Walking with Lions, do come and join us you will be most welcome. Prue Rush

May 2017

The meeting opened with the usual offices and notices where Gill thanked our hostesses Dorothy and Jenny for their beautiful flowers and the hoped for refreshments. Birthday posies were presented to Wendy Reeves and in her absence a posy was collected on behalf of Carol Philpott. Our thanks were also offered to Dorothy, Vivienne and Sue for their work in collecting sorting and delivering our magazine to us , thank you ladies. As it was the resolutions meeting our next task was to discuss and vote on the two resolutions which were To alleviate loneliness and to take action to clear the plastic soup that is filling our oceans. The actual wording of the resolutions was more precise . The members voted to support these resolutions and so we moved on to the evenings' entertainment.

Charmaine Cooper a young member of our W.I . talked to us about her love of music and how she has been involved with music all of her life . Her family are musical and number music teachers among them, her mother and grandmother .We heard how at the age of 12years she realised that she had potential and would be able to forge her future around music and set to to do just that. This may sound a bit dry but I must tell you that her stories were interspersed with hilarious anecdotes and beautiful musical interludes to demonstrate her progress through her education and training to become a music teacher to young people. We were treated to some of her early favourite pieces and on to exam pieces by composers with unpronounceable names but amazing talent. The evening flew by with an enthralled audience who were captivated by her piano playing and her expertise on the flute. Apparently it is not a good idea to change your haircut just before performing on the flute as it appears a mouthful of uncontrolled new hairstyle can cause havoc with the playing of said flute. We had a wonderful evening and eagerly await the next instalmentthank you so much Charmaine.

Our next meeting is an open meeting on June 8 th at 7.30pm when we will be treated to the songs of Marie Lloyd by Rachel Duffield who will be in character. Visitors will be asked to pay £4 for an evenings' entertainment with refreshments so please come along and join us. Tickets available from Gill Bird, June Hampson and Jane Gemmill .

Prue

April 2017

We were all delighted and relieved, at our April meeting, to see Gill firmly back in the chair after her illness. Business was swiftly dealt with. The members who had represented Stradbroke at the March quiz night, were congratulated on coming a respectable 7th. The evening's hostesses, Roz and Jane Merritt were thanked, and the delightful birthday posies given out. Food bank donations were left for collection, and delivery to the depot.
Next we welcomed Ben Garland, our speaker for the evening. Several of our members know Ben, as he, until recently, was part of the Framlingham Veterinary Practise, and had treated many of our dogs, cats and other pets. He has been very much missed since leaving a few months ago. He began by telling us about his road to graduation from The Royal Veterinary College in London, just over two years ago. The RVC is one of the largest veterinary schools in the country, with an annual intake of 250 students, roughly 100 applicants competing for each place. After he graduated, Ben applied for a place to study for his CAVP, (Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practise), but wasn't accepted. He was, however, offered an internship at Framlingham Vets, and spent two years there before moving to a practise in Bury St. Edmunds. This, like Framlingham, is a private organisation, but very much larger, with four practises employing twenty one vets. Ben spoke about the contrast between being at Veterinary school and working as a vet. At first, the huge responsibility, challenges and emotional stress were almost overwhelming. He explained that a vet will carry out up to thirty consultations a day, up to eight operations, many routine x-rays and scans and dentistry work, plus being on call for up to three full nights a week. A consultation for a vet requires assessing information from the owner, plus that gleaned from assessing the animal, and often coping with what he called "Doctor Google". Although he sometimes finds it helpful to have well informed owners, it isn't always the case. I'm sure that a few of us would have felt just a little shamefaced hearing this; a little knowledge can be an annoying thing! Our GPs would no doubt agree. Ben listed, what he called, "the good bits", puppies and kittens(!), the team work, great outcomes and making a difference. On the down side are bad outcomes, euthanasia, stress and non-cooperative clients. I presume the latter could mean pets or their owners. There is no space to mention all the interesting facts that we learnt during the talk, but it is maybe worth mentioning the strangest thing that Ben has ever removed from an animal. It was a toy windmill, measuring 46cm, which had been swallowed by a 4 month old Labrador. It reached from the dog's throat to the base of the stomach and had to be removed through an incision made in the neck. The little boy who owned the windmill, who had been furious that the puppy had swallowed his and not his brother's, was most upset that it wasn't returned in working order. At the end of his talk, Dorothy took her Springer Spaniel Bonnie up for a demonstration of how to carry out an examination. Poor Bonnie had been patiently waiting under a table for the whole evening, but complied with good grace and was rewarded with lots of attention at the end of the evening. Carrie gave the vote of thanks, and then Caroline gave us a short description of her four days at Denman on a course of Water Colour and Mixed Media, which she found very enjoyable, but a little tiring. Refreshments were then served and the raffle drawn. Our next meeting will be Resolutions and musical entertainment on the 18th May.

Carol Darling

March 2017

The March meeting was chaired by Carol Darling, our vice president, as our president Gill Bird was a little under the weather , hope you are much better now Gill, and was ably assisted as usual by Jane our secretary. All business and notices were dealt with and the birthday buttonholes distributed .The hostesses Jennifer and Annie were thanked for their efforts and we moved on to a report about the S.E.F.W.I. A.G.M. held at Trinity Park in Ipswich on 7th March. This was a good day out for a small group of us and we were treated to some excellent speakers who kept us awake in a rather warm hall. Thank you to Dorothy for taking notes and presenting our report. There were reminders about the Quiz night on March 27th and the group meeting at Withersdale and Mendham village hall on April 23rd when Duncan Slater will be talking about his adventures with Walking with the Wounded.
Next we welcomed our speaker Professor Valerie Pomeroy who specialises in neurorehabilitation, a long word which means she helps people who have suffered any kind of brain injury to retrain their injured brain to regain as much use and bodily function as possible after an injury which has caused loss of normal functions. It has to be said that such a talk raised mixed emotions in our members as most of us have had some experience with friends or relatives who have suffered such injury ,mainly from having a stroke, but we were all soon at ease with her positive and practical approach to the subject. As this talk was of interest to so many, husbands partners and friends were invited to join the meeting and they joined in with the activities and Q and A session during the evening. Valerie explained that since the advent of M.R.I scans that were able to identify which parts of the brain were active during specific functions such as speech ,moving a limb, answering a question etc , it had helped to understand what problems would be created when specific areas of the brain became damaged , and how to set about the rehabilitation of the patient. We were told that our brains are not solid but have a plasticity that helps them to 'rewire' and use other parts of the brain to perform lost functions and improve connectivity. A great part of the evening was to help us feel and understand how a stroke victim might struggle while trying to retrain their brain. An attempt to draw in a given space using only a mirror to view the drawing caused laughter and frustration in equal measure , our hands did not obey us even though we knew what was needed to perform the action, feeling inside a bag with our eyes closed and wearing rubber gloves trying to identify objects in the bag and wearing spectacles with half shades on one side to demonstrate half vision loss was also rather bizarre. The general message was that rehabilitation was not easy but required long hard work over a long time but that with the greater understanding that scientists now have of how the brain works and which areas are involved there is so much more hope and positivity for some degree of recovery and retraining. The message is still to eat healthily exercise daily, don't drink too much and don't smoke and don't ignore warning signs of possible troubles, but now there is the added message of hope and positivity for improvement in the outcome for stroke and brain injured people. Our thanks to Prof Pomeroy for a fascinating and encouraging talk we wish her well in her research and endeavours ,also our thanks to Pat Fill who stood up and gave testimony to the truth of all we were hearing in that she herself has made an impressive recovery from a stroke ,thank you Pat. Amidst much chatter we turned to the refreshment table for a well earned cuppa and biscuit and many discussions about the things we had heard continued well into the rest of the evening.
Our next meeting is on April 13th at 7.30 pm when Ben Garland will talk to us about being a vet, all are welcome to pay us a visit
Prue Rush

February 2017 

Our February meeting took place on a cold and miserable evening, but that didn't daunt the lively group that assembled in the Community Centre, the hall was positively buzzing. 
Once Gill have given her opening address, she welcomed Joy Ayres, who had joined the W.I. that evening. Warm welcomes were also extended to our visitors Vicki Batley, Abbie Clements and Linda Sedgewick. 
To support the National Federation's 'Show the Love' on Valentine's Day, hearts of green felt were given to members, and Gwyneth asked that they decorate them, and wear them on February 14th to show their support and bring awareness to climate change. Gill thanked Jane J. and Vera our hostesses for the evening, and thanked them for their lovely flowers, which were truly a touch of Spring. The birthday posies of golden tulips and freesias, were presented to Carrie, Lorraine and Yvonne. 
Members were informed that the Spring Federation Quiz was to be held here in Stradbroke on March 27th at 7.30pm. Volunteering to represent us in the quiz are Jennifer, Betty, June, Carol. Rose and Joyce still to be contacted.
A new Kurling Group has now been formed and will play fortnightly, commencing on the 14th February.
Something to really look forward to is the proposed visit to 'The Suffolk Punch Trust' in May. More information will be available at our next meeting.
Gill then had the pleasure of welcoming our speaker for the evening David Ecclestone, who ironically had on this cold and bleak evening come to share his knowledge with us of 'The Hudson River School of Art.' A movement which was formed in America in 1825, by artists known for their paintings of landscapes and particularly of 'Paintings of American Snow'. With such a cold subject, we might have expected to shiver, but David's sheer enthusiasm, warmth and extensive knowledge of his subject ensured that we were absorbed and made to feel at times as if we were in the amazing snowy pictures that were portrayed on the screen. Annie gave a warm and appreciative vote of thanks on behalf of the members.
After a break for refreshments Gill gave details of another 'Silent Auction' being planned for later in the year. This was followed by a reminder of our next meeting when we welcome Professor Valerie Pomeroy talking about 'Stroke Recovery'. As Gill pointed out a stroke could affect anyone of us at any time, irrespective of age, so coming along to the meeting on March 9th at 7.30pm could be advantages to us all. As always visitors are very welcome.

The meeting was then closed.

January 2017

Here we are at the start of a new year and ready to jump in to the fray and have some fun .Last year ended with an excellent Christmas dinner in lovely surroundings beautifully decorated by the committee, excellent food and great entertainment, of the musical variety, organised by Charmaine who was most impressive with her virtuoso performance and a quirky quiz, thank you Charmaine .Our January meeting started with greetings and welcome from Gill and the hope for an interesting new season of events. Thanks and apologies were given the business and notices dealt with ,birthday buttonholes eventually delivered to their owners, one was late the other unwell and with the L plates removed from the officers after a years' probation we launched into the evenings activities. This was to be a social evening with extra tea and coffee and some lovely cakes to enjoy. For the livelier members there was a session of kurling to join in with and many members did just that showing great skill in some cases and even greater enthusiasm in others. There was much laughter and a generally relaxed and sociable evening passed well. There is hope that if enough folks are keen then a fortnightly session of kurling at the community centre can be organised . The evening was completed with the draw for the raffle and the ladies went on their way looking forward to an interesting year of events.

The next meeting will be on February 9th at the community centre 7 for 7.30 when there will be a talk by David Ecclestone titled ' Painting American Snow' and about the Hudson River school of art, new members and visitors are always welcome so please join us.

Prue Rush

We are a friendly group of people from Stradbroke who meet at 14.30 on the last Thursday of each month, in the Library.  We select a book each month which we read and then discuss.  Sometimes we like what we have read and sometimes we don’t but, either way, we enjoy the discussion and get as much enjoyment from saying why we didn’t like a particular book as we do from one which we did like.

We read both fiction and non-fiction and we usually have about 8 – 10 people at our meetings which makes for some lively opinions.  New members are always welcome and if you would like to join us, please contact Maureen John at the Library or call her on 01379 384465.

Some of the recent books we have read include:

The Muse Jessie Burton
The Essex Serpent Sarah Perry
To the Bright Edge of the World Eowin Ivey
The Outrun Amy Liptrot
Strange Weather in Tokyo Hirome Kawakami
Moving Jennie Eclair

 



  


 

      

Badminton iconStradbroke Badminton Club is a very friendly, successful club. The Mens team came 3rd in the Ipswich League, (Div 4) this season which was a very creditable result given that we came up from Div 5 last year

We are always looking for new members. All standards of players are welcome. We meet on Tuesdays, (7.30 – 10.00pm) playing at Stradbroke High School, IP21 5JN.  Please go to the About Us page to see the dates when we meet through to Christmas 2017.

Please note that our first Club night is Tuesday, 5th September                                                                       

Come along to try out your skills and meet us – we are a very sociable club and the first night is free.

For more information contact: Keith Lead on 01379 388031.