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Events this Month

Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot on 16th May 2021, 16th May 2021, 6:30 to 12:45 at Stonham Car Boot, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal (7.9 miles)

Another great weekend at Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot with over 158 sellers on Sunday. We seem to be getting busier each week and we have another two event days coming up after this weekend.

It will be packed this Sunday but busier still the following 2 weeks with the Stonham Barns Steam and Vintage Show on the 23rd May and The Stonham Truck Show on the 30th May 2021. Both events are highly popular and increase the crowds at the Car Boot.

Covered Stalls are available for every Sunday but these do go very quickly as there are only 20. These can be pre-booked on 07817539168 (text to pre-book). They are all booked for this Sunday but text for a cancellation or any other Sunday. Everyone else wishing to sell at Stonham can just turn up on the day from 6.30am until 9am. Most people arrive at 8.

The only bad news is that following additional costs at the Car Boot we have had to increase the pitch prices minimally from £5 to £6 for cars, Cars with trailers £8.50, Small Vans £8.50 and large vans £12. Covered stalls will now be £12. I hope this is ok with everyone?

Once again you do not need to book to sell at Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot you just turn up. You don't have to arrive at 6.30am as many don't turn up until 8/9am that's just the time we open. I really would prefer it if everyone turned up from 7am onwards as the Car Boot doesn’t liven up until after 8 and we have enough space for everyone.

Again, a big thanks to the majority who are following the distancing and one-way routes and abiding by our strict no harassment policy which is why Stonham Barns Car Boot is always such a friendly place to sell and buy at. Back again on Sunday 16th May 2021 & every Sunday until further notice. Last year we enlarged the sales areas as we are using three different fields so again I apologise for the extra walk for buyers but, the Car Boot is literally right next to where you park once everyone is in. Disabled parking is near the Owl Sanctuary or in the Coach Park. Please don't park there if you don't have a disabled badge. One last thing for buyers to note. If I have marked an area for sellers it doesn’t mean you ignore it and park in the seller’s areas - that includes disabled parkers as there are disabled spots. Ask when arriving.

I expect there will be more Sunday Car Boots open this year but, make sure you are organised and bring everything that you need to feel comfortable at the Car Boot. We do have food and drinks (hot and cold) and the toilets are open with a strict one in one out system. These are cleaned constantly throughout the opening times. You can literally just turn up on the day and sell. If you can’t get to the food van/toilet I am coming round to take pitch fees so ask me or ask your neighbour to look after your pitch. With the size of the car boot growing it does mean a longer walk to the toilet though.

Thanks to everyone last year who followed all that I asked. For your safety I suggest that sellers bring gloves, sanitiser & possibly masks if they choose to. These are for your own peace of mind and obviously because you are handling cash. You still need to decide whether you allow buyers to pick up items or not and please clean items if you allow them to. These are suggestions only – you need to decide how you can sell and feel comfortable and safe.

Sellers will be allowed to enter the field from 6.30am onwards. NO ONE WILL BE LET IN UNTIL 6.30 SO DON’T ARRIVE BEFORE THEN AS YOU CAUSE TRAFFIC JAMS. Buyers will not be allowed in until 7am but – please allow me to get everyone into position so you don’t hinder this, thanks and please don’t stand behind cars whilst they unload. No one is going to jump in and buy before you as it just isn’t that kind of car boot.
There will be a one-way viewing system which needs to be followed. I will place Way in and No Entry signs down each aisle. BUYERS – PLEASE FOLLOW THESE as they are very important for everyone’s enjoyment & safety.

We will have sanitising solution available to purchase if necessary but, ideally all will bring some. Go to the food van if you need any sanitiser.

Again, I ask the buyers to be patient and to make sure they are aware of the opening times and to follow the one-way system. If you see anyone going the wrong way – please politely point this out to anyone oblivious to the numerous signs.

I will be out attempting to guide everyone into position and again I ask for patience as I will decide where everyone goes as the positioning of everyone will be vital and everyone needs to be positioned as I suggest.

Last year was a great success and I can only thank everyone that acted intelligently and sensibly.

At the end of the day though, we are an extremely friendly car boot with a lot of regular sellers. You’ll find that you can speak to and ask anyone selling at the car boot and they’ll point you in the direction of myself or the various people working at the car boot. I will be wearing a high viz jacket this Sunday so the person covered with small beetles will be me. Please feel free to ask anything. Otherwise ask at the food van.

Stonham Car Boot has always had a great atmosphere where the public (sellers and buyers) have made the whole occasion really enjoyable. We don't have or allow anyone to harass sellers and it has never been an issue. Which is why everything works so well. But, because of restrictions we will have to follow set guidelines for sellers and buyers and everyone needs to read these and follow carefully.
We will have Covered stalls in position but, these will need to be pre-booked in advance – Text 07817539168 with your number plate and vehicle size to reserve one and specify which Sunday you would like to attend. If you cannot make a date please text beforehand to let me know. Any Sunday can be reserved in advance. These are covered stalls (outside) with an overhead canopy and table to place items on. These are £12 for any vehicle size. If the forecast is heavy winds the overhead canopies may not be placed on the stalls for fear of the stall being blown into your car’s bodywork.

Anyone wishing to attend on the day will be charged £6 cars, £8.50 small vans, £12 Large Vans, car with trailer £8.50, Covered stalls £12. Buying is free.

Food & drinks will be available as usual at the Car Boot. There will be only 2/3 people in the food van and they will also have gloves & masks. All Food and drinks will follow Covid 19 government guidelines. Sellers will not be allowed to sell cold drinks, Hot/cold Food without prior arrangement plus if you wish to sell plants you will need to sell Home grown only and also sell a variety of other normal car boot items. So plant only vans will be unable to sell unless permission has been given.

We are outdoors only but offer covered stalls. We try to open every week irrespective of the weather as we still get buyers and sellers.

07817539168 for information on the Car Boot or

Local Clubs

Belly Dancing classes meet at Brantham Sports and Social club (upstairs), New Village, Brantham, Manningtree (6.9 miles)
Every wednesday 7pm til 8pm £5 learn to belly Dance, while having fun and keeping fit. Excellent music, and the chance to perform at local charity events. from begineer to professional.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Mandie on 01206 299733

Chimneys CMC meet at Claydon Community Centre, Church Lane, Claydon (3.2 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01728 689033

Coppleston Badminton Club meet at Copleston Centre, Copleston Road (1.5 miles)
An informal and social get together for a few friendly games of badmington on a Tuesday evening.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Paul Skirrow on 01473 212800, email Paul Skirrow or visit thier website

Deben Rotaract Club meet at The Brewery Tap, Cliff Quay (1.2 miles)
Rotaract is an organisation for 18-30 year olds with clubs throughout the world. It enables members to meet people, try new activities, and make a difference in their local community.
Deben Rotaract club meets up regularly (generally on Tuesday evenings) for community, charity and social events. Amongst our ranks we have (and have had) students, doctors, nurses, radiographers, commodity traders, IT experts, retailers, pharmacists, secretaries and many other professions.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Mark on 01394 388414 or Michelle on 01473 721153, email Mark or visit thier website

East Bergholt United Services Club (EBUSC) meet at Victory Hall, White Horse Road, East Bergholt, Colchester (7.1 miles)
East Bergholt United Services Club is a Sociable Snooker Club situated in Victory Hall, White Horse Road, East Bergholt.
Club nights are from 7pm until 11pm on Tuesdays and Fridays and has a licensed bar
New members (over 18 years) Welcome
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Ron Barfoot on 01206 298040

East Ipswich Camera Club meet at The Tower Hall, Broadlands Way, Rushmere St. Andrew (2.3 miles)
The East Ipswich Camera Club is everything a good club should be, fully committed to encouraging and enhancing member's photographic skills mainly through the more modern medium of digital imaging but also traditional methods.  The atmosphere is light hearted and friendly and new members are always made most welcome and soon feel at home.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website

Essex & Suffolk Border Motorcycle Club
The club is long established and affiliated to the sports governing body the Auto Cycle Union.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website

Ho Wan Martial Arts Academy meet at Ho Wan Martial Arts Academy, Charles Street (0.2 miles)
We are a very diverse and high stadard Martial Arts school (BCCMA accredited) based at Charles Street in Ipswich (behind Crown Pools). We teach everything from Shaolin Kung Fu and Wing Chun, through Kickboxing to Tai Chi, Womens Self Defence, Knife Trainingand many more. We are currently in the process of launching a set of training videos and also run one off Fast Track course for those unable to attend regularly. Feel free to visit the academy on Charles Street
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01473 225458 or email the club

ICENI Computer Club meet at Bourne Vale Social Club, Halifax Road (1.1 miles)
A local computer club for computer hobbyists and enthusiasts. Meeting on the first Wednesday of every month.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website

Ipswich and District Photographic Society meet at St. Francis Church Hall, Hawthorn Drive (1.4 miles)
We’re a friendly club, with space for everyone – regardless of your ability or experience.
We meet in and around Ipswich from September to May. As well as the main Society evenings – which include lectures, competitions and social events – we have specialist groups for people interested in prints, transparencies, digital imaging, monochrome photography, studio and audio-visual work.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Arthur Griffiths on 01473 611507, email Arthur Griffiths or visit thier website

Ipswich Aviation Society meet at Maryon Road, Maryon Road (2 miles)
Meetings consist of talks, slide shows, visits and guest speakers, catering for all types of aviation. Meetings on 1st Tuesday of the month
If you'd like more information, you can email the club

Ipswich Buddhist Centre meet at Ipswich Buddhist Centre, Thoroughfare (0 miles)
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website

Ipswich Jazz Club meet at The California Club, Foxhall Road (1 miles)
The town's top regular venue for the best in Jazz. Regular concerts take place on the 3rd Sunday every month at THE CALIFORNIA CLUB on Foxhall Road. Performances 8.00 to 10.30pm. Doors open 7.30pm.
As a non-profit making organisation run by a voluntary committee the IPSWICH JAZZ CLUB is entirely dependant on income from our audience. We receive no funding from any other source. The club is dedicated to bringing the best possible modern and mainstream jazz to Ipswich.
Full program, articles and artists photos on the website
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website

Ipswich Ladies Hockey Club
Ipswich Ladies Hockey Club is the only Premier National League club in Suffolk and we aim to cater for all standards of players. We run 3 Senior teams, 1 in the National Premier League, 1 in the East Premier league and 1 in the East league Division 2. We also run a very successful U19 team that plays on Sundays.
All new players welcome!
If you'd like more information, you can telephone the clubhouse on 01473 259060 or visit thier website

Ipswich Outdoor Group meet at The Dove, St Helens Street (0.4 miles)
We are affiliated to YHA as a local group. These are groups of like-minded people who meet regularly to enjoy hostelling trips and other social activities such as barbecues, slide shows, badminton, pub trips etc. The YHA stands for Youth Hostels Association - a registered charity providing accommodation for all. There is no age limit and, yes, you can drive to hostel.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website

Ipswich Radio Club meet at Golden Hind Pub, Nacton Road (1.9 miles)
We are affiliated to Radio Society of Great Britain and meet twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays. On the first Wedneday we now meet at The Golden Hind public house on Nacton Road - near the old Ipswich Airport site.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club

Ipswich Real Nappy Network meet at St Pancras Church Hall, Orwell Place (0.2 miles)
We are a voluntary group raising awareness and promoting washable cloth nappies. Nappaccino meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 10.30-12.30 at St Pancras Church Hall, Tacket St, Ipswich where we have a second hand nappy exchange, provide independent advice on the care and use of cloth nappies and promote local cloth nappy retailers. We also give talks and demonstrations to groups, health professionals and day care providers and have available an up to date local directory of cloth nappy retailers and laundry services.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 0870 246 1693, email the club or visit thier website

Ipswich Recorded Music Society meet at The Meeting Room, Tower Street (0.1 miles)
The meetings of the society are held in the Meeting Room at 19 Tower Street, Ipswich on alternate Thursday evenings at 7:30. The aim is to provide a wide range of music, from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Enid Hunt on 01473 725516 or Peter Partridge on 01473 422386

Jenny's Dance Ranch meet at Coddenham Village Hall, School Road, Coddenham (5.5 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Eve on 01473 78573 or 07803 549871

Kesgrave Salsa Club meet at Kesgrave Social Club, Edmonton Road, Kesgrave (2.8 miles)
Kesgrave Salsa Club. Venue at the Kesgrave Social Club. at the junction of Main Road and Edmonton Road every Thursday night. Beginners/Improvers 7.15 pm until 8.15 pm Intermediate 8.15 pm until 9.30 pm. The Cuban Wheel and Freedance until 10.15 pm
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website

Lait Dance Club meet at St Matthews Hall, Clarkson Street (0.4 miles)
The Lait Dance Club was founded in 1974 by Tom and Pat Lait. It is situated in Ipswich, Suffolk and has very good facilities which include a large ballroom with a maple sprung floor and a licensed bar. There is a full programme of events at the Club including Saturday Night Social Dances, Afternoon Tea Dances, Practice Nights, Medal Tests and Competitions.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01473 215543, email the club or visit thier website

Manningtree ACF meet at The Drill Hall, Mill Lane, Manningtree (7.6 miles)
We are a youth group for 12 - 18 for girls and boys. We are at The Drill Hall, Mill Lane, Manningtree. Open on Tuesday night at 19:30 to 21:30
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01206 573066

Meditation Classes meet at The Venture Centre, Wignall Street, Lawford, Manningtree (8.3 miles)
New Meditation Classes being run, Start to connect mind, body and soul together and learn to relax and switch off the constant chatter and images that are ever present in everyday life by learning meditation and visualisation techniques. Meditation has been known to help on every level of your being.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club

Oskar Foxtrot Musical Theatre meet at Regal Theatre, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket (9.5 miles)
We stage original musicals and are always looking for new members to join our cast and band of thirty five young people aged between 11 and 22. We stage our Productions at the Regal Theatre in Stowmarket and meet weekly at Stowmarket Middle School on Monday evenings at 6pm. Band members need to be grade five standard or above, but budding actors, singers or dancers do not necessarily need to be experienced. We audition in June but accept new members at other points in the year.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Sarah on 01473 423606, email Sarah or visit thier website

Otley Gym Club meet at Chapel Road, Chapel Road, Otley (6.2 miles)
We are a recreational gymnastics club based in Otley near Ipswich offering training for toddlers to 18 year olds.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01473 735244, email the club or visit thier website

Riverside CWC meet at Riverside Club, Stowupland Street, Stowmarket (9.8 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01449 675571

Sun Star Sub-Aqua Club meet at Fore Street Swimming Pool, Fore Street (0.4 miles)
A friendly BSAC Scuba diving club based in Ipswich, they meet every Monday at 8:20 at Fore Street pool for social swimming, diver training before heading to the pub for a chat and a beer or two.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 07932 070628, email the club or visit thier website

The Lions Club of Ipswich
For over 30 years the Lions Club of Ipswich has been working within Ipswich to help raise money for those less fortunate. A totally voluntary organisation and are always looking for people who either need our help, or want to help us put something back into the local community.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website

TinyTalk meet at Stowmarket Community Centre, Hillside, Stowmarket (9.2 miles)
the UK's favourite baby signing classes
TinyTalk is the leading baby signing organisation in the United Kingdom.
We provide experienced and well-trained baby signing teachers, delivering quality educational and fun baby signing classes for babies.
TinyTalk offer baby signing and singing classes for mums (or dads!) and their babies or toddlers across the UK.
In each 1-hour baby signing class...
· You and your baby will learn a number of baby signs for useful everyday words and phrases - allowing you to talk to your baby for the first time by baby signing
· You'll spend time singing favourite nursery rhymes and action songs
· Apart from learning baby signing, your baby will also have time to play with a variety of toys - whilst the mums relax with coffee and biscuits!
The TinyTalk approach is both professional and relaxed. TinyTalk baby signing classes are structured but they are also great fun. Parents and babies seem to adore w hat the TinyTalk baby signing classes formula offers!
· All of our baby signing classes are run on a drop in basis and not pre-booked
· We sing familiar, well-known songs while baby signing
· We charge only once per family (not per child)- i.e. that twins, triplets etc. are not penalised!
· The baby signing classes are lots and lots of fun with a structured but relaxed atmosphere
· TinyTalk use British Sign Language signs in our baby signing classes, enabling everyone to not only communicate with their hearing baby, but also start communication with the Deaf Community
· Our baby signing classes are suitable for 0 to 2 year olds. Even newborns are most welcome! Children over 2 years old can also attend at the discretion of the class teacher.
If you'd like more information, you can visit thier website

Trianon Music Group
Formed in 1959 Trianon's Symphony Orchestra and Choir perform three major concerts a year in various venues, such as Ipswich Corn Exchange and Snape Maltings. Members also take part many other musically associated activities including the annual series of 'Community Concerts' held across the region in support of local churches and other charities.
The Group recruits across a wide age range. Many of its members are at School, College or University, and Trianon provides opportunities for young players to have their first chance to take part in the performance of large scale works. The membership is not confined to young people - there are members who have been in Trianon for many years.
Rehearsals take place in Ipswich during college and school vacations periods, thereby enabling members to belong to Trianon as well as benefit from membership of musical organisations which meet in term time.
New members are always welcome. It is expected that instrumentalists will have achieved a minimum standard equivalent to grade 5 (Associated Board) and be competent sight-readers. There is no audition for either choir or orchestra, although members may be invited to participate on a 'trial' basis.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone The Choir Secretary on 01394 448783 or The Orchestra Secretary on 01473 612898 or visit thier website

Weight Watchers meet at Woodbridge Community Centre, Station Road, Woodbridge (6.3 miles)
Day: Tuesdays, Times: 10:00am & 5:30pm & 6:45pm
"Nothing taste as good as slim feels like"
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Berit on 01728 684884 or email Berit

Weight Watchers meet at Northgate Sports Centre, Sidegate Lane West (1.3 miles)
Day: Fridays, Times: 9:00am & 10:15am
"Nothing taste as good as slim feels like"
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Berit on 01728 684884 or email Berit

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