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Events this Month

Suffolk Mac User Group meeting, 26th September 2018, 19:30 to 22:00 at Museum Street Methodist Church, Black Horse Lane, Ipswich (13.7 miles)
Apple wants us to move away from storing our stuff on hard drives and move everything to the cloud. But how safe is it? Is it for you? How do you use it? Is it a good thing? During the evenings presentation, Mark Elliss will discuss iCloud, its merits and dangers, and illustrate live how we can best use it.
Admission three pounds, including refreshments.

An Ideal Husband , 26th September 2018 to 29th September 2018, 19:45 to 22:45 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North (0.1 miles)
Sir Robert Chiltern is seen by all as the ideal public figure: an incorruptible and honest politician. But this has not always been the case, and his past is about to catch up with him. Wilde's political comedy touches on themes of honour, forgiveness, trust and human relationships. Fun is poked at the ruling classes whilst posing some thought provoking moral questions which feel as relevant today as they were when written. "Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do."

���£10 (full), ���£8 (conc)

Saturday matinee performance at 2.30pm

Day Out With Thomas, 29th September 2018 to 30th September 2018, 9:30 to 17:00 at Colne Valley Railway, Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham, Halstead (13.4 miles)
Come and spend the day with Thomas and his friends

Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot & The American Car Show on 30th September from 8am #carboot, 30th September 2018, 8:00 to 14:00 at Stonham Car Boor, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal (20.1 miles)

Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot is on this Sunday 30th September. Disappointing weather last Sunday but we are back with a bang this Sunday with The American Car Show which is going to be packed. This runs at the same time as the Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot so make sure you sell at this one and hurry with the Covered stalls as they will go fast this week. This is A must sell at Car Boot Sunday. A week after that the Stonham Barns Antiques, Vintage, Retro & Collectors Fair (7th October) - all of these will have big additional crowds. All must sell at Sundays at the Car Boot as everyone walks through the Car Boot & we are free to browse around. You can sell from Five Pounds on each of these days at the Car Boot.

So, just turn up from 8am this Sunday. We also have Covered stalls available each Sunday (Ten Pounds). These are great for protection from the sun/rain and no need to bring a table 07817539168 to pre book. (These are the only stalls that can be pre-booked. You can book any Sunday at any point). Otherwise just turn up on the day from 8am and sell from only Five Pounds. (NO BOOKING NEEDED) AND FREE BROWSING. Stonham Car Boot gets busier every week and Stonham is alive with people camping, the Holiday Homes full up and the popular attractions drawing more & more visitors to the Owl Sanctuary, numerous Shops and New Play area & now open New Crazy Golf (which looks immense). The Car Boot is one of only a few Traditional ones where you can really enjoy a friendly, peaceful day in the countryside at a venue that has so much for everyone to see and do. So why not come and have a great day out at Suffolk's friendliest Sunday Car Boot and come & see the NEW Stonham Barns with so much on offer. Early risers can get there for 7am but the sensible ones turn up from 8am.

Make sure you turn up & sell from Five Pounds. Covered stalls are Ten Pounds (Let me know ASAP if you want one by texting 07817539168 to reserve NOW - you can book any Sunday at any point). We also have the additional bonus of regular events that run at the same time as the Car Boot so check the link so you can sell to the extra crowds. There are many more events this year at Stonham now which means that we will have many more sellers and of course many more buyers.

We have a lot of events coming up next is The American Car Show on the 30th followed by the Stonham Barns Antiques, Vintage Retro & Collectors Fair on the 7th October. Most of these are huge events so make sure you don't miss these. The Car Boot runs at the same time as these and you can sell from Five Pounds on these days too.

If you haven't been to Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot come this Sunday 30th September and you'll love the friendliness of Stonham. Better still you can still sell from Five Pounds (no need to book). Just turn up from 8am. Below is a little bit more about Stonham and the Car Boot, make sure you visit our Web Page and Facebook pages as it tells you a lot more about Stonham and what is going on weekly as it rarely is the same each week. We are open from March till November every year.

Stonham Barns Car Boot is still the one to go to if you want a completely stress-free day without the buyers climbing into the back of your car We have had 150 sellers on some weeks last year and we are lucky to have buyers that actually buy. Stonham is known for its one-off sellers and Antiques (as well as all the normal Car Boot items) and in our Sixth year we are getting a good regular crowd of sellers and buyers. Everyone loves Stonham as its unbeatable when the weather is good. It has a great atmosphere, a knowledgeable friendly crowd made up of all ages. Families, young and old, dog friendly and caters for the disabled. You can still sell from Five Pounds right up to Ten Pounds for Covered stalls. These are really a hit with the sellers as you can book by texting 07817539168, pull up behind, set up and sell and pack up and leave at the end of the day. Alternatively, we are still the cheapest in Suffolk so you can just turn up from 8am and sell.

If the weather's good Stonham is a great place to sell & you won't find a friendlier Car Boot and such a friendly buying crowd plus there are always great bargains as we are renowned for our one-off novice sellers. We are also on the Coastal Route & in Summer have the Campsite and Holiday Homes full up and filled with Car Boot lovers and so many visitors to the Attractions and shops. If the sun comes out Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot is so popular.

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.

The prices are Five Pounds Cars, Small Vans Seven Pounds Fifty so are Cars with Trailers, Large Vans are Ten Pounds, Covered stalls are also Ten Pounds. Buying is free as is parking.

07817539168 for information on the Car Boot or

Sketchbook Strolls, 30th September 2018, 10:00 at Stable Café, Holywells Park, Cliff Lane, Ipswich (13.8 miles)
We welcome all ages of any skill, no experience necessary.
A chance to:
Make new friends
Develop you drawing skills
Increase your fitness
All attendees will be given a free sketchbook and pencils, though you're more than welcome to bring your own.
Book your free place by emailing

Public Meeting, 3rd October 2018, 16:30 to 18:30 at Ravenswood Community Children's Centre, Hening Avenue, Ipswich (14 miles)
Pop in to discuss the proposed Headway Suffolk neuro rehab hub and housing project to be built on the Ravenswood Estate

Boeing Boeing, 4th October 2018 to 6th October 2018, 19:30 to 22:30 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North (0.1 miles)
It's the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms. A riotous farce that recently enjoyed hit revivals in London and New York, Boeing Boeing is now set to arrive in Colchester - fasten your seat belts!

Saturday Matinee performance at 3pm.

Tickets: ���£14, ���£12.50 (conc)

The Spitfires, 5th October 2018, 18:00 at Chinnerys, Southend, Marine Parade, Southend-On-Sea (22.3 miles)
The Spitfires
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Stealing Time -When only mellow will do, 7th October 2018, 19:00 to 22:00 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North (0.1 miles)
A duo singing and playing laid back tunes - harmonically rich and a delightful sound. Stealing time are playing to raise funds for Colchester Gateway Charity who provide essential services for people with learning disabilities in the local area.

Tickets: �£10 �£8 (if you have learning difficulties)

Rosewood Lunchtime Concert, 11th October 2018, 13:00 to 14:00 at Museum Street Methodist Church, Black Horse Lane, Ipswich (13.7 miles)
Rosewood brings together East Anglian folk musicians who play and sing contemporary and traditional tunes and songs, some of which they have written themselves. Squeezeboxes and vocals: Simon Haines. Strings and vocals: Phil Lyons. Wind and vocals: Val Woollard. Their unique features are the variety of their source material and the range of instruments they play. Their varied repertoire stretches from Marco Uccellini (1610-1680) to Kirsty McColl (1959-2000) with lots in between. An entertaining afternoon is guaranteed!

Admission is free with a retiring collection to defray expenses. Donations of at least �£2.00 per head are valued to maintain the series. Tea and coffee are served from 12.30pm.

The Mariner, 11th October 2018 to 13th October 2018, 19:30 to 22:30 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North (0.1 miles)
Common Ground return with this enthralling, slightly surreal adaptation of Coleridge's 'The Rime of The Ancient Mariner', with its themes of ecological disaster, man's destructive compulsions, and the death and rebirth of imagination and faith.

Saturday Matinee at 2.30 pm

Tickets: ���£12, ���£8 (concessions - under 21, income support

Craft & Gift Fair, 13th October 2018, 10:00 to 16:00 at St Peter's by the Waterfront, St Peters Street, Ipswich (13.7 miles)
Discover handmade gifts for family and friends, cards for that special someone and children's books along with many more great items.
Entry is free and refreshments are also available from our bar.

Bury St Edmunds Farmers' Market, 14th October 2018, 10:00 to 16:00 at The Traverse, The Traverse, Bury St. Edmunds (22.5 miles)
The farmers' market is held on the second Sunday of every month (apart from January when the market is closed) on The Traverse in the centre of Bury St Edmunds where you will find a fabulous line up of the region's very best local producers, delighting shoppers with freshly baked local bread, honey, homemade pies and savouries, delicious cakes and fudge, Suffolk pork and beef, fresh fruit and vegetables, traditional puddings, vegan and gluten free products, sauces and chutneys and lots more.

Be My Baby , 17th October 2018 to 20th October 2018, 19:45 to 22:45 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North (0.1 miles)
Set in 1964, Be My Baby follows the fortunes of Mary Adams,19,a respectable girl from a nice middle class background, in love with her medical student boyfriend - and seven months pregnant. A stay at St. Saviour's mother and baby home is arranged, so her predicament can be kept secret and the baby quietly adopted. In the oppressive atmosphere of the home and its strict regime of work, isolation and punishment, Mary bonds with her fellow 'inmates'. Her Dansette record player is always at hand as the girls escape into a fantasy of romance with their favourite songs . Based on fact, Be My Baby is brimming with humour, heartache and the music of the Sixties.

Some language in Be My Baby may offend.
Suitable for age 11 and above.

Saturday matinee at 2.30pm

Tickets: ���£13 and ���£11

Stowhealth: Free Hearing Tests, 18th October 2018 to 19th October 2018, 9:00 to 17:00 at Stowhealth, Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket, Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket (18.7 miles)

If you are experiencing problems with your hearing, why not come along and meet The Hearing Care Centre's award winning team, and learn more about groundbreaking new hearing technology that is helping to transform their patients' lives.

In relaxed surroundings you can take advantage of having your hearing tested free of charge, as well as receiving professional advice on your hearing loss and the very latest solutions to help.

To book your appointment, call us on 01473 230330 and speak to our team.

Wizards and Witches, 20th October 2018 to 28th October 2018 at Marsh Farm Country Park, Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford (18.5 miles)
Pick your FREE pumpkin and enjoy a full day of spooktacular family fun!

Bernstein Centenary Celebration, 20th October 2018, 19:30 to 22:00 at St Mary-le-Tower, Tower Street, Ipswich IP1 3BE, Tower Street, Ipswich (13.9 miles)
Following on from their First World War Centenary concerts earlier in the year, Ipswich Choral Society mark another centenary, the birth of Leonard Bernstein. Leonard Bernstein (25 August 1918 - 14 October 1990) was a world renowned musician, conductor and composer. He served as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic and conducted the world's major orchestras. A highlight of the concert will be a performance of Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, commissioned by the Very Reverend Walter Hussey for the 1965 Southern Cathedrals Festival.

Another highlight will be discovering more about Leonard Bernstein with Ipswich Choral Society President Cem Mansur who will give a talk during the interval. Cem studied with Bernstein at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute and has since gone on to work with major orchestras and opera houses across the world.

Ipswich Choral Society will also be performing settings of two psalms The voice of melody and Idols by British-French-Israeli composer Nimrod Borenstein, whose music is widely performed throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and Japan. The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra recently performed the world premiere of his second Cello Concerto.

A retiring collection will be made after the concert for Ipswich Choral Society's nominated charity for 2018, Diabetes UK, Ipswich & District Support Group. Their goal is to provide support and advice to people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes as well as their family and friends.

Robin Walker, ICS Music Director
David Poulter, Organ
Daniel Law, Piano

Tickets: �£15, U16s and Students �£5 (includes programme)
Available from the ICS Ticket Line: 01473 625208, ICS members and online at
Retiring collection in aid of Diabetes UK, Ipswich & District Support Group
Interval refreshments available
Ipswich Choral Society Registered Charity Number 278866

Brightworth's School of Magic, 21st October 2018 to 26th October 2018, 10:30 to 16:00 at Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham (12.7 miles)
Do you have a young Witch or Wizard? Brightworthâ??s are opening their doors this Halloween half term to welcome a new class into their School of Magic.
Every day from the 21st â?? 28th October, Castle Hedingham will be host to budding Wizardâ??s and Witches who wish to enrol at Brightworthâ??s. The magical doors will open twice each day, morning 10.30am to 1pm and in the afternoon from 1.30pm to 4pm.
You will meet the Brightworth teachers to learn and take part in their specialist subjects; from Magic Wands to Potions and Enchanted Animals to Mystical Spells.
The entire event happens inside our Magical Academy, so no need to worry about the weather. Costumes are allowed, sorcery themed outfits encouraged! Brightworthâ??s Magic School is aimed at ages 3 to 14- but older kids and parents may just learn a spell or two too!

An Evening of Clairvoyance with Ronnie Buckingham, 22nd October 2018 to 23rd October 2018, 19:30 to 21:30 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North (0.1 miles)
Ronnie reconnects members of the audience with their friends and loved ones in the spirit world, and passes on messages and information generally only significant to the recipients. Sceptical? Come and see for yourself!

Tickets: �£15

The Big Top - Performance Workshop, 23rd October 2018 to 26th October 2018, 9:30 to 16:30 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North (0.1 miles)

Our autumn workshop for 8 - 16 year olds will be circus based! Looking at the fantastic story of P T Barnum, immortalised in the popular film The Greatest Showman, participants will learn performance and theatre skills (and maybe even some circus skills!) in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Booking is by completion of an application form which can be downloaded from our website or obtained from the theatre.

Participants must be between 8 and 16 years old at the time of the workshop.

Payment for the workshop cannot be made online and must be done via the Box Office. For more information please ring 01206 530257

Fees: �£100 per child, payable in advance. �£90 if paid for by 30th September 2018

Local Clubs

Belly Dancing classes meet at Brantham Sports and Social club (upstairs), New Village, Brantham, Manningtree (7.3 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

Bounceability meet at 157 Colchester Road, Colchester Road, West Bergholt (2.1 miles)
Bounceability is something we are born with. Think about a child learning to walk. No matter how many times they might stumble and fall, they get right back up again and try again until they get it right. The trouble is that as we grow up our view of the world is shaped and fashioned by our experiences, and sometimes we become fearful of trying again. We get stuck into negative patterns of behaviour and ways of thinking and sometimes just don't know how to change. Have you got stuck or just forgotten how to be happy? Have you given up trying? Maybe you could use some Bounceability.
So whether you feel as if you are in a rut but can't figure out how to get out of it; if you have made bad choices and are struggling with the consequences of your decisions; if you have a bad habit that you want to eliminate; if you want to lose weight or stop smoking; if your nerves are getting the better of you or if something outside your control has had an impact on your life, or whatever is stopping you from living the life of your dreams, you need some Bounceability.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01206 240510, email the club or visit thier website

Buffalo Springs CMC meet at Tolleshunt Knights Village Hall, Top Road, Tolleshunt Knights, Maldon (7.2 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01245 491252 or 01245 281488

Colchester & District Model Railway Club meet at Club Room at Armoury Farm, Upton Close, West Bergholt (2.4 miles)
The Club meets every Thursday evening at 8PM at the Club House in West Bergholt. New members are welcomed., please contact us for any further information.
The Club's website includes data on the layouts that are available for exhibition through the club. The site gives information on the Annual 2 day Exhibition held in October and the Club Open Day.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website

Colchester Phoenix Amateur Swimming Club for the Disabled meet at Colchester Leisure World, Cowdray Avenue (0.6 miles)
Colchester Phoenix ASC was set up in 1993 to provide disabled people with the same opportunities for swimming as are available to able-bodied participants. It is based at Colchester Leisure World
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website

Colchester School Of Gym meet at Brinkley Grove Road, Brinkley Grove Road, Mile End (1.7 miles)
Colchester School of Gymnastics (CSG) provides gymnastics coaching to children and young people throughout the Colchester area. The School aims to offer access to gymnastics to all and works to increase participation by those with disabilities. CSG is committed to developing the skills and confidence of each individual. The aim is to have fun while reaching the highest standards of performance.
The club currently has over 600 young gymnasts participating in many different levels of gymnastics which we are able to offer. These are structured according to ability and allow the children to develop at their own rate.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01206 844188ENQ, email the club or visit thier website

Crab & Winkle CWC meet at Brightlingsea Community Centre, Lower Park Road, Brightlingsea (6.5 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Mervyn/Julia Lumley on 01206 734699

Daves Gymnastic Academy meet at Unit 8 Commerce Way, Commerce Way (1.4 miles)
The coaching is led by Dave Schadek, High Performance Coach, ably assisted by a large team of coaches.
All our coaches hold British Gymnastics Coaching qualifications, enhanced CRBs, and have attended 'Safeguarding and Protecting Children' courses. Every session has appropriately qualified first aiders amongst the coaches.
We have weekday and Saturday morning Recreational classes for those children doing 1 hour a week, learning there basic gymnastics and working towards lots of different badge schemes. Our Parent and Toddler classes are open class they are run on a Monday and Friday morning.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01206 797288, email the club or visit thier website

East Bergholt United Services Club (EBUSC) meet at Victory Hall, White Horse Road, East Bergholt (6.8 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

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

Essex Acorn User Group meet at Great Baddow Village Hall (18 miles)
Each meeting is on the second Tuesday of the month.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club

Essex Otters
Essex Otters represents and supports the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) in the Essex region
Our aims are to provide information on otters in Essex, as well as advice on what you can do to help them.
If you'd like more information, you can email Verity

Level Crossing meet at Ardleigh Village Hall, Station Road, Ardleigh (3.8 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01206 231579

Little Willy's CMC meet at Stanway Rovers F.C., New Farm Road, Stanway (1.9 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Avril on 01206 330817

Manningtree ACF meet at The Drill Hall, Mill Lane, Manningtree (6.9 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 (6 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

Scanilon's Saloon meet at Greenstead Social Club, Blackthorn Avenue (1.3 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Mike on 01206 791929

Tiptree United CMC meet at Tiptree Social Club, Chapel Road, Tiptree (7.2 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Graham on 01245 491252

Tumbleweed meet at St John's & Highwoods Community Centre, Highwoods Square, Highwoods (1.5 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone David Crane on 01376 553545 or Paul Harrigan on 07752305548 or email David Crane

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