Craft-A-Noon Tea - 1st Thursday of every month (12-3pm). Free to come along, meet other crafters, get advice/help on current projects and have fun.
Craft-A-Holics Anonymous - 3rd Wednesday of every month (7-10pm). Free to come along, meet other crafters, chat, get advice/help on a project, craft and have fun. The meetings are at The Three Horseshoes, 74 Church Road, Fordham, Essex, CO6 3NJ. For more info call Emily: 07388.
Traditional Summer Theatre Re-Launched with Local Producer at the Helm
A traditional summer theatre season which has been running in two Suffolk seaside towns for over 60 years has been saved from closure by an award-winning local producer and is being relaunched for 2019.
Matthew Townshend has taken over production of what was ‘Suffolk Summer Theatre’ which will now be called ‘Theatre on the Coast’. It will present four shows, each playing for a fortnight, opening on Wednesday, July 10, at Southwold Arts Centre and running until August 31.

From 1953, several repertory theatre groups performed at the St Edmunds Hall in Southwold (now the Arts Centre) before the Summer Theatre was taken over by Jill Freud & Co. in 1984. Since then the season has enjoyed more than 30 years of success, providing professional theatre in repertory for both residents and holidaymakers of Southwold and Aldeburgh. Now, the Summer Theatre has been re-branded and refreshed under new ownership.
Matthew said: “We are thrilled to be taking on the heritage of Suffolk Summer Theatre and continuing the legacies of all who have contributed to this staple of the East Anglian arts scene for the last few years. Our aim is to bring a fresh new look to the repertoire, whilst making sure that we honour the great tradition of entertainment on the coast. I’m very excited to rebuild the sense of ownership held by local people of their own Theatre.”
“I am honoured to have the task of continuing a long heritage of professional theatre in repertory which has almost disappeared in the UK. Over generations, the summer theatre has provided work and training for performers, directors, designers and technicians and quality entertainment for its audiences.”
The season will start with ‘The End of the Line’ by Patrick Marlowe, who is an East Anglian writer and actor who has appeared at the National Theatre and closer to home with Eastern Angles. He has written many plays for Frinton Summer Theatre, which is where ‘The End of The Line’ was first produced in 2011.
Next up will be ‘A bunch of Amateurs’ by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman: Ian Hislop (editor of Private Eye, star of BBC TV’s Have I got News for You) and cartoonist Nick Newman first wrote ‘A bunch of Amateurs’ as a film; released in 2008, it would be one of the last cinema releases to star Burt Reynolds.
The third show in the run is ‘The woman who cooked her husband’ by Debbie Isitt. Debbie Isitt is now as well known for her hit comedy films Nativity and Confetti.
And, to end the season, one of the greatest classics of the British stage, Harold Brighouse’s immortal Lancashire comedy ‘Hobson’s Choice’. Starring John D Collins, best known from BBC TV’s smash hit Allo! Allo!, this new production has already earned four-star reviews across the board and will tour again following its Suffolk revival.
Tickets can be bought in person, by telephone or via an email order through the Arts centre box office. Public booking opens on 02 April and will be available online via the Ticketsource website (booking fees apply).
Alongside the season of plays, mtp is also planning several associated events, including a music night with upcoming young Ipswich musicians the Ben Goble trio with J S and the Lockerbillies, who've appeared over the last two years at Glastonbury and Latitude, a ‘meet the playwrights’ event and two days of drama workshops for younger people in Aldeburgh with actors from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
For more about the shows and the new producer, visit
Step back in time for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Vintage Fair at Cressing Temple Barns
Vintage and retro lovers are being invited to roll back the years and dress to impress for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity’s Vintage Fair on Sunday 30th June 2019, as we celebrate all things vintage from a bygone era.
Celebrating its 10th year, this annual charity event is held at Cressing Temple Barns near Braintree and will showcase a myriad of vintage stalls including affordable vintage fashion, retro second hand items, pop up hair and beauty parlour, kitchenalia, fashion, jewellery, pre-loved furniture and lots more!
Over 130 classic cars and motorbikes will be on display including vehicles from an American cars club, a Sunbeam, classic Fords, Mustangs as well as Morris Miners, Triumphs, a Wolseley Hornet and members of the Rochford Hundred Vintage Tractor & Engine Club with their stationary engines.
There will be live music from rock’n’roll band Kingsmen who will be playing instruments from the fifties, and dancing from LJ’s Jive School where you can watch or join in with modern jive dancing, and singing from the fabulous Harmonettes.
Cressing Temple Barns are steeped in history dating back to the 1100’s when it was given to the Knights Templar and home to three Grade I listed barns as well as Tudor built Walled Gardens.
Pre-loved and vintage shopping is an affordable and sustainable way to acquire unique and new items whilst also supporting a worthy cause. In addition, shopping at Helen Rollason Cancer Charity’s Vintage Fair directly impacts the vital care and support offered to those living with cancer and their loved ones in the community. It’s a double win!
Hurrah! It's our Open Day and Fun Dog Show on the 28th July when old friends and new join us for an afternoon of fun, food and furries! Stalls, games, gifts, pet supplies, BBQ, refreshments, homemade cake, ice cream and music from the Hadleigh Ukulele Group. Pooches can try the Scurry or enter many classes including SESAW Dog of the Year for those homed by us.
Most important of all, visitors can meet the animals including Sky, a Whippet/Lurcher and her companion Biscuit, a Chihuahua/Jack Russell cross. This inseparable pair arrived in January. Biscuit is not keen on other dogs but both are very friendly and love a fuss. They will stay with us until the right person comes along. Could it be you?
It's been cold and wet recently but I must pop outside to thank the friendly team of volunteers from Waitrose. They spent two days sprucing up the Sanctuary ready for our big day. The new path has been laid, look closely and you will see someone left a few footprints in the wet cement. All I know is, it wasn't me! Please visit us on the 28th, gate opens at midday. We will be ready to greet you, whatever the weather. You might even see little old me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.
Suffolk and Essex Small Animal Welfare, Reg.Charity No.1124029. Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP. Tel: 01787 210888 Usually open 10-1pm Thursday to Sunday but please check first.

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