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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 (0.2 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, Colchester (14 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 (21.5 miles)
Come and spend the day with Thomas and his friends

Sketchbook Strolls, 30th September 2018, 10:00 at Stable Café, Holywells Park, Cliff Lane (1 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 (2.4 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, Colchester (14 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)

Stealing Time -When only mellow will do, 7th October 2018, 19:00 to 22:00 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (14 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)

The Mariner, 11th October 2018 to 13th October 2018, 19:30 to 22:30 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (14 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 (0.2 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 (19.8 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, Colchester (14 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 (10.2 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.

Bernstein Centenary Celebration, 20th October 2018, 19:30 to 22:00 at St Mary-le-Tower, Tower Street, Ipswich IP1 3BE, Tower Street (0.1 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 (20.8 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, Colchester (14 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, Colchester (14 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 (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 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

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

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