Archive: 2016

Help us keep music alive!

Our current band hut has come to the end of its’ useful life after serving the band well for many years. We have planning permission to demolish it and to build a purpose built hall with a small kitchen area and an adapted toilet. Our current hut is also used by The Jubilee Singers and

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Gislingham WI Update

At our AGM in November, after 4 years as our president, Dilys Sewell stood down and I have taken over the job. Big shoes to fill but with the help of the Committee I shall do my best. Gislingham WI is now into its 71st year, having celebrated our 70th birthday and Christmas at a

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Law making: how does it work?

This month, following a School visit to the Houses of Parliament, Years 5 and 6 learnt about Law Making in Great Britain. Have you ever stopped and considered how a law becomes a law? If so, you’re in luck. The process of making a law is very complicated and takes a lot of thought. A

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Colourful winter gardens

You could be deceived into thinking the winter is the drab time in the garden but if you are lucky enough to have evergreens or plants with coloured bark or stems along with some winter flowers then you are in for a visual treat. Evergreens too make a wonderful backbone to your garden with an enormous range

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In conversation: Jeff Norman and Lawrence Thompson

It’s “Goodbye” from him and it’s “Hello” from him! Jeff is taking over editorship of The Messenger, and conducted an interview with the outgoing editor to mark the occasion. JN: So, this is your final edition as Editor, it’s not too late to change your mind, if you want to? LT: There comes a time

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Parish council update

Due to the deadline for The Messenger this month I cannot review the business of the Parish Council Meeting held on 21 November. Instead, like last month I should like to make some announcements. There will be Carol Singing around the Village Christmas Tree in front of the Village Hall on Monday 19 December starting at 6:30pm.

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Not quite organic!

I often get asked if I garden organically. To me organic gardening is all about being as environmentally friendly as possible using naturally occurring materials rather than chemical weed killers and pesticides. This of course means using alternative means and techniques. Many of my gardening friends take the organic route extremely seriously but for me,

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In conversation with Gary Avis and Tim Holder

This month, I talk to Gary Avis and partner Tim Holder about the herculean task of bringing Covent Garden to Suffolk with their “Gary Avis & Friends” Show and also living in their “private paradise.” JN: How do you go about creating a show like that? Gary: The only reason that I could create a

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Parish Council update

Rather than give a summary of the proceedings of the last Parish Council Meeting held on 17 October, I will use this space to make some important announcements. Those interested in MSDC planning decisions will be pleased to know that Mr Philip Isbell will give a brief presentation followed by a Q&A session preceding the next PCM on

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Gislingham woman admits six thefts

A woman from Gislingham may face a jail sentence after changing to a ‘guilty’ plea in a case involving multiple theft. Karen Robinson of Broadfield Road was due to stand trial at Ipswich Crown Court before changing the original ‘not guilty’ plea. According to the Diss Express, the woman’s lawyer said that she had been

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