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Events this Month

Beautiful Thing, 25th May 2022 to 28th May 2022, 19:45 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (14 miles)
Beautiful Thing is a gentle and hugely optimistic play. Teenagers Ste and Jamie are next door neighbours on the Thamesmead Estate in South
London: Jamie is being bullied at school, and Ste is being bullied at home. When it all gets too much Ste seeks refuge at Jamie’s and their awkward but joyous relationship develops. Underscored by a Mama Cass soundtrack, this play perfectly captures the wonder of first love.

Strong language - suitable for ages 12+

Tickets £12, £10 plus booking fee.

Saturday Matinee at 2.30 pm.

Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot & Stonham Lorry Show on 29th May 2022, 29th May 2022, 7:00 to 13:00 at Stonham Car Boot, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal (7.9 miles)

Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot – 160 Sellers last Sunday and a really busy day. This Sunday we have the Stonham Truck Show running as well where proceeds go to The East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity. So another great day to sell at Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot. As usual no booking needed so just turn up and sell or browse. Covered stalls are available but these always go quickly, text 07817539168 to reserve one for any Sunday.

Buying is free as is parking & everyone welcome to just turn up and sell Sunday without booking.

I'd had a few questions about when we actually start. We always used to start at 8am and most people do still turn up at 8am but, we do get people arriving stupidly early onwards. So, it's really up to you. 7 onwards is sensible.

Events run at the same time as the Car Boot so a huge crowd always expected. The next one is Sunday 29th May, this is the Stonham Truck Show.

Prices have remained the same with selling at £6 for cars. Cars with trailers £8.50, Small Vans £8.50 and large vans £12 Vans with Trailers are also £12. There is NO NEED TO BOOK. Covered Stalls are available for every Sunday/Monday but these do go very quickly as there are only 20. These ONLY can be pre-booked on 07817539168 (text to pre-book). These offer some shade to sellers as well as a tabletop & protection against wind & rain. These are on the main field and you pull in behind them and set up. Everyone else wishing to sell at Stonham can just turn up on the day.

Also, you don't have to arrive at 6.30am as many don't turn up until 8/8.30am 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. We have enough space for everyone.

Everyone loves Stonham as its unbeatable when the weather is good. It has a great atmosphere and a knowledgeable friendly crowd made up of all ages. Families young and old, dog friendly and it caters for the disabled. You can still sell from Six Pounds right up to Twelve 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 and that’s every Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays from April to November. We are also lucky to benefit from regular events at Stonham where the Car Boot crowd is often doubled & that’s on top of a very big buying crowd. Dates are these are visible on our website and updated weekly.

Again, a big thanks to the majority who followed the distancing and one-way routes and abide by our strict no harassment policy which is why Stonham Barns Car Boot is always such a friendly place to sell and buy at.

We let Buyers in at the same time as sellers but – please allow me to get everyone into position so please don’t hinder this 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. The reason we have become so popular is because we don’t have people harassing sellers. If anyone oversteps their mark we will stop buyers entering the field until gone 7am.

We are outdoors only but offer covered stalls. We will always try to open every week irrespective of the weather as we still get buyers and sellers.
Last thing – anyone bringing plants. You can if they are HOME-GROWN and you have other things as well. Please don’t bring plants only.
Stonham Barns Car Boot every Sunday

07817539168 for much more information on the Car Boot or

Kelly Bayfield & David Edward Booth Live at The Headgate, 29th May 2022, 19:45 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (14 miles)
Kelly Bayfield brings a perfect blend of classic Laurel Canyon singer-songwriters and folk singing traditions from both sides of the Atlantic. Her voice has the power to reduce any room to pin-drop quiet and she emerges into 2022 with a debut solo album of emotional depth, musical breadth and songwriting maturity. Her close collaborator and producer David Edward Booth writes songs of deep authenticity and poetry, delivered with a rich, down-tuned guitar and a weathered, unpolished honesty. Kelly and David will be playing songs from both their catalogues, along with new tracks they wrote together for Kelly's album. Special guest Roisin O'Hagan will be joining the duo.

Tickets £ 12,£10 plus booking fee.

Donovan's Summer Show , 2nd June 2022, 18:30 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (14 miles)
The talented young people from Donovan’s Academy perform a selection of songs and sketches -
featuring everyone’s favourite ogre…. and a donkey!

Tickets £ 15,£10 (3-18), Children 3 and under go free. plus booking fee.

A Saucerful of Floyd, 4th June 2022, 19:30 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (14 miles)
A Saucerful of Floyd is a Pink Floyd Tribute with a difference.

Saucerful of Floyd portrays the music of Pink Floyd in a more traditional, authentic light with four musicians representing the four members of the original band along with a more intimate but powerful light and laser show along with all the desired sound effects and amazing music taking the audience on a journey from where it all began at The Piper at the Gates of Dawn to where is all ended at The Division Bell.

Tickets £14 plus booking fee.

From Page to Stage, 8th June 2022 to 11th June 2022, 19:45 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (14 miles)
Enjoy reading? Love theatre? Then you’ll love this novel concert about musicals based on books! Whether you’re a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber or Stephen Sondheim, some of the most popular, and most loved musicals are inspired by or based on works of literature. Colchester Operatic Society’s ‘From Page To Stage’ pays homage to just some of these great works.

Evening performances at 7.45pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets £13, £11 plus booking fee.

Counterfeit Sixties Show, 10th June 2022, 19:30 to 22:00 at Diss Corn Hall, St Nicholas Street, Diss (19.2 miles)
Re-live the sounds of the swinging sixties, as Britain’s No. 1 tribute show brings alive the magic of the sixties with their tribute to over twenty five bands of that era. The show encompasses everything from that period, from the clothes that were worn, to flashbacks from television history, including: TV programmes, adverts and even clips from the original bands.

The Counterfeit Sixties presents a showcase of the great bands of this unforgettable time. The fantastic music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks and The Monkees - to name but a few – all recreated in this stunning show. The band members have performed their unique tribute shows all over the UK and abroad, and have a wide range of experience in that field. The members of the band have individually worked with notable sixties’ artists such as The Searchers, The Ivy League, The Fortunes, The Tremeloes and many more.

Join us for a night of sixties nostalgia!
Tickets £16.50 & £18
Box Office: 01379 652241

Mosquitoes, 15th June 2022 to 18th June 2022, 19:30 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (14 miles)
It’s 2008 in Geneva and science is on the brink of one of its greatest discoveries, the elusive Higgs boson, the fundamental particle that explains the universe. Alice, a physicist, is poised for a career-defining moment, but chaos reigns at home. As the world’s largest particle accelerator powers up, the family triggers its own high-energy collisions.

Lucy Kirkwood’s lightening-paced script is both funny and terrifying, a tough and tender family drama that reaches for answers to the biggest questions for all of us.

Contains adult themes and strong language. Some flashing lights.

Evening performances at 7.30 pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets £ 15, £ 12 plus booking fee.

An Evening of Clairvoyance with Ronnie Buckingham, 20th June 2022 to 21st June 2022, 19:30 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (14 miles)
If you’re not already convinced about an afterlife, why not come along, listen to Ronnie and let him help you decide? He’ll communicate with loved ones in the spirit world and pass on messages to members of the audience with information relevant only to the person concerned.

Tickets £20 plus booking fee.

From Ricotta With Love – A Tale of Young Horatio Shirts, 22nd June 2022, 19:30 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (14 miles)
A tale of young Horatio Shirts: ex-army officer, naive spy and hopeless romantic. In this rollicking, comedy adventure, set across Europe in the 1930s, our hero is on the trail of a fiendish plot involving deranged scientists, the Catholic church and a great quantity of cheeses. Who can stop this unholy plan? Will Shirts find true love? Why is there a vat of fondue in the Vatican? Find out the unlikely answers to these implausible questions in an exciting new show from Colchester’s silliest theatre company.
This is a live recording of an audio play.

Ticktes £10 plus booking fee.

MC Friday night Magicians, 24th June 2022, 20:00 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (14 miles)
Impresario and magician Martin Cox presents a cabaret evening of laughter and wonder. Join a trio of world-class magicians whose very different and unique styles of magic will provide something for everyone in this treat of a show. Suitable for those aged over 11 years.

Tickets £15, £12 plus booking fee.

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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