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Black Sheep

Black sheep photo copyOurs wasn't a big bedroom, but it was larger than the one I'm in now.
I remember, when she hurried me through the door, I caught again the once familiar view from the window. The lighthouse along the coast in Southwold stood out clearly today - I spotted it against the clouds before Ellie even opened her mouth.
'I don't know why you're here,' she said, 'but that's nothing new. You've always been a bloody mystery to me.' She crossed to the marble-topped bedside table and stubbed out her cigarette before she continued. 'Say your piece and go, Billy. The kids are downstairs, and they've got big ears. I don't want them upset again.'
Her high-handed attitude, that assumption of control; when had that first crept into our relationship? Surely we used to discuss things, be a little more considerate with each other? It killed my hopes, that dismissive tone. I'd wound myself up for this, determined to try one last time, but she wasn't going to listen. Even if I tried to say the words I'd rehearsed. Not in that mood.
I wasn't going to hit her. I'd never done that, not even when she threw out my things. That wasn't what I'd come back for. I just wanted to warn her off Graham, in case the rumours I'd heard were true, and she really had moved on from my best friend to my long-lost brother. Maybe she'd be grateful, eventually - that's what I'd thought.
'Look, Ellie, I don't want to fight.' Her eyes followed me, but her look was of scorn, not interest, 'About Graham—'
'Yeah? The question is: why the hell didn't I meet him before I met you, eh? I got the control-freak, the petty-minded loser, didn't I?'
That hurt. Graham's the shyster in the family; the cheat, the jailbird. The bully.
'You don't know him like I do, Ellie. He's not—'
'Just shut up, Billy! You're not going to ruin the rest of my life, too!' She'd taken a step towards me, her finger raised in angry command. I tried to grasp her hand, to calm her down, but she slapped at me, 'Graham's not the black sheep, Billy, you are!'
It turns out that I am. Because I did hit her, then, and she staggered back, trod and stumbled on a stray shoe. Crashed down onto the bedside table. The sound of skull on marble was sharp and loud. Sickening.
In this small bedroom I have no view at all. The window is high, and barred.

 

Will Ingrams

B1116 Laxfield Road, Fressingfield, Suffolk
31 October — 31 October
Delays likely Diversion route
Name: Diversion 2- Northbound diversion
Location: Laxfield Road
Description: Streetworks / License - Streetworks
Responsibility for event: Suffolk
Current status: Planned

B1116 Laxfield Road, Fressingfield, Suffolk
31 October — 31 October
Delays likely Diversion route
Name: southbound Diversion
Location: Laxfield Road
Description: Streetworks / License - Streetworks
Responsibility for event: Suffolk
Current status: Planned

B1116 Laxfield Road, Fressingfield, Suffolk
31 October — 31 October
Delays likely Diversion route
Name: northbound Diversion
Location: Laxfield Road
Description: Streetworks / License - Streetworks
Responsibility for event: Suffolk
Current status: Planned

B1117/B1116 Station Road, Laxfield, Suffolk
31 October — 31 October
Delays likely Diversion route
Name: Diversion 1 - Southbound diversion
Location: Laxfield Road
Description: Streetworks / License - Streetworks
Responsibility for event: Suffolk
Current status: Planned

Hoxne Road, Denham (mid Suffolk), Suffolk
05 November — 16 November
Delays likely Diversion route
Name: Diversion for Denham Corner
Location: Hoxne Road
Description: Streetworks / License - Streetworks
Responsibility for event: Suffolk
Current status: Planned

Roadworks

B1117 Laxfield Road, Stradbroke, Suffolk
06 November — 08 November
Delays possible Traffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: Opposite the junction of NEAVES LANE on LAXFIELD ROAD...
Works description: STRADBROKE V33 - PON 569442 - Overlay - Lay approx 10m of Duct 54/56 in Verge/fw to link existing B...
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: BC006MU1WSEP00IBW4K6CE01

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Despite the extreme hot weather 80 intrepid gardeners and bakers managed to produce over 300 entries for this year's show. The cups were won by: 

Roly Copping - best vegetables 
Roly Coping - best flowers
Kathelene Loane - best cookery
Margaret Streeter - best flower arrangement 
Ivor Hyde - best allotment produce

Another successfull year and thanks to Roly, Mary and all the other volunteers that helped on the day and behind the scenes beforehand.

PosterDon’t miss an afternoon of fun and frivolity for all the family. There is something for everyone, young and old alike. You can either, come along and watch others make fools of themselves, or take part yourself in a series of ‘silly’ games and competitions. Events include the very old sport of “Welly-throwing” and, if you fancy your hand as a slip fielder, you can take part in the egg throwing (and catching!) competition. There are also some old favourites from the “its-a-knockout” days which involve wheelbarrows, space-hoppers and water-buckets, and of course there is the customary obstacle race. We also have some new challenges including Walking the Plank, the Dam Busters, and Human 0’s and X’s. If you want to find out what these are, then you’ll have to come along on July 14th. There is no charge or registration, just turn up and enjoy yourself. Light refreshments will be available courtesy of the Stradbroke WI


Maria Smith, Julia Nowell, Don Darling, Tony Potts

Preceeded by a fanfair of police motorbikes of which there wee dozens, all the riders suddenly appeared round the bend at the top of Neaves lane, and in a flash they were gone!

Ladies Cycle race

Photo curtesy of Sam Clarke

 Womens Tour posterOVO Energy Women’s Tour comes to Stradbroke

Following last year’s major success when the men’s tour came through Stradbroke the women’s race is set to take Stradbroke by storm on Wednesday 13th June. The route comes along the Wilby Road and then turns rights at New Street T junction and proceeds along Church Street and out of the village towards Laxfield.

This year not only do we want everyone to cheer the competitors on and decorate the route/houses but later in the day we’re having a party!

Fun for the whole family on the Playing Field. Crazy bikes, Simulators, Open Air Cinema (Jungle Book), Radio Stradbroke, BBQ (Fressingfield Scouts), Licensed Bar and soft drinks.
If the great British weather lets us down then we move everything into the Community Centre. The fun starts at 6pm and goes on until 9pm everything is free of charge except food and drink.

Do bring your own chairs, rugs, woolly hats and anything else you might to ensure a great evening.

Access Roads From B1118 to Properties, Wilby, Suffolk
13 June — 15 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: Debenham Road, Mickfield, Suffolk...
Works description: Debenham Road
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: SCCDR/SCCDR/3445686/028

B1077 Cranley Road, Eye, Suffolk
18 June — 30 June
Delays likely Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Roaming TO15E from 53 Lowgate Street to Mill Cottages....
Works description: TO ACCESS MANHOLE TO EXISTING BT UNDERGROUND DUCTING ROUTE FOR THE PURPOSES of CLEARANCE OF ANY BLOC...
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: BC005KN1W000YV5022-NSS-5

B1077 Lowgate Street, Eye, Suffolk
18 June — 30 June
Delays likely Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Alley next to No.41
Works description: TO ACCESS MANHOLE TO EXISTING BT UNDERGROUND DUCTING ROUTE FOR THE PURPOSES of CLEARANCE OF ANY BLOC...
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: BC005KN1W000YV5022-NSS-4

B1077 Lowgate Street, Eye, Suffolk
18 June — 30 June
Delays likely Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: 01. Pink house on Lowgate Street/Castle Street 02. Outside No.14 03. Outside No.29 drive way 04....
Works description: TO ACCESS MANHOLE TO EXISTING BT UNDERGROUND DUCTING ROUTE FOR THE PURPOSES of CLEARANCE OF ANY BLOC...
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: BC005KN1W000YV5022-NSS-4

B1117 Church Street, Stradbroke, Suffolk
13 June — 15 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: B1117 New Street, Stradbroke, Suffolk...
Works description: B1117 New Street
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: SCCDR/SCCDR/3445684/001

B1117 High Street, Laxfield, Suffolk
13 June — 15 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: B1117 New Street, Stradbroke, Suffolk...
Works description: B1117 New Street
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: SCCDR/SCCDR/3445684/006

B1117 Laxfield Road, Stradbroke, Suffolk
13 June — 15 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: B1117 New Street, Stradbroke, Suffolk...
Works description: B1117 New Street
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: SCCDR/SCCDR/3445684/003

B1117 New Street, Stradbroke, Suffolk
13 June — 15 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: Debenham Road, Mickfield, Suffolk...
Works description: Debenham Road
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: SCCDR/SCCDR/3445686/032

B1117 Rowes Hill, Laxfield, Suffolk
13 June — 15 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: B1117 New Street, Stradbroke, Suffolk...
Works description: B1117 New Street
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: SCCDR/SCCDR/3445684/008

B1117 Station Road, Laxfield, Suffolk
13 June — 15 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: B1117 New Street, Stradbroke, Suffolk...
Works description: B1117 New Street
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: SCCDR/SCCDR/3445684/004

B1117 The Street, Laxfield, Suffolk
13 June — 15 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: B1117 New Street, Stradbroke, Suffolk...
Works description: B1117 New Street
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: SCCDR/SCCDR/3445684/005

B1117 Ubbeston Green, Ubbeston, Suffolk
13 June — 15 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: B1117 New Street, Stradbroke, Suffolk...
Works description: B1117 New Street
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: SCCDR/SCCDR/3445684/009

B1117 Vicarage Road, Laxfield, Suffolk
13 June — 15 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: B1117 New Street, Stradbroke, Suffolk...
Works description: B1117 New Street
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: SCCDR/SCCDR/3445684/007

B1118 Brundish Road, Wilby, Suffolk
13 June — 15 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: Debenham Road, Mickfield, Suffolk...
Works description: Debenham Road
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: SCCDR/SCCDR/3445686/027

B1118 Church Road, Wilby, Suffolk
13 June — 15 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: Debenham Road, Mickfield, Suffolk...
Works description: Debenham Road
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: SCCDR/SCCDR/3445686/029

B1118 Stradbroke Road, Brundish, Suffolk
13 June — 15 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: Debenham Road, Mickfield, Suffolk...
Works description: Debenham Road
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: SCCDR/SCCDR/3445686/026

B1118 The Thoroughfare, Brundish, Suffolk
12 June — 13 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: From junction Tannington Long Road until Access Road From B1118 To The Grove...
Works description: Patch Repairs 08:30 - 16:30...
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Work in progress
Works reference: LY300TTBRC-1

B1118 Wilby Road, Stradbroke, Suffolk
13 June — 15 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: Debenham Road, Mickfield, Suffolk...
Works description: Debenham Road
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: SCCDR/SCCDR/3445686/031

B1118 Wooten Green, Wilby, Suffolk
13 June — 15 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: Debenham Road, Mickfield, Suffolk...
Works description: Debenham Road
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: SCCDR/SCCDR/3445686/030

Low Street, Hoxne, Suffolk
18 June — 24 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: until heath lodge
Works description: Carriageway patching
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: LY300LSHRC

Shelton Hill, Stradbroke, Suffolk
13 June — 15 June
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: B1117 New Street, Stradbroke, Suffolk...
Works description: B1117 New Street
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: SCCDR/SCCDR/3445684/002

B1118 Green Street, Hoxne, Suffolk
12 June — 15 June
Delays possible Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: For full length of road...
Works description: Rolling programme to install fibre optic cables in existing underground duct...
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: BC006KNOVBNAT0DICKLEBGH6

Cranley Lane, Eye, Suffolk
18 June — 30 June
Delays possible Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Roaming TO15E with 2 points of work, 1 either side of uplands farm....
Works description: TO ACCESS MANHOLE TO EXISTING BT UNDERGROUND DUCTING ROUTE FOR THE PURPOSES of CLEARANCE OF ANY BLOC...
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: BC005KN1W000YV5022-NSS-7

Mill Road, Laxfield, Suffolk
12 June — 13 June
Delays unlikely Traffic control (give & take)
Works location: New development- south of Noyes Avneue...
Works description: Rectification of kerbs installed defectively...
Responsibility for works: Suffolk
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: SCCDCS00001670

Many congratulations to Evie Kingdom for getting though to the next stage of the Chris Evans' writing competition. The competiion is now in it's 8th year and is one of the most successful storywriting competitions for youngsters in the world and is open to every five to 13-year-old in the UK.  Last year the competition attracted around 100,000 entries and Evie is now down to the last 5,000.

We all wish Evie the best of luck in the next round

Read more at: Diss Express

A very welcome return to Bob Kerr and The Anglia All Star Jazz band on Saturday 12th May. For those readers who are not familiar with Bob's jazz connections, he was originally a member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and then joined The New Vaudeville Band, before forming his own Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band. When he lived in Stradbroke he organised the annual Jazz festiful which usually lasted 2 days and attracted hundreds of jazz enthusiasts from around the country. By special request he is returning to Stradbroke for a one-off jazz night to be held in the Community Centre this coming Saturday.

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The WEA are delighted to welcome Roy Tricker to Stradbroke on Tuesday, June 19th at 2.00pm when he will be giving a talk about Eccentric Clergy in Suffolk and beyond followed by a visit to All Saints Church, Stradbroke where he will share his expertise about the church. As a former Regional Officer for the Churches Conservation Trust, Roy’s love and knowledge about churches, their treasures and people is infectious and he was recently awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to Heritage in Suffolk.

If you would like further details please contact Gill on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01379 384248 or 07730011951.

The cost will be £6.00