Archive: 2017

Book review: Blood Symmetry by Kate Rhodes

This book choice is a topical one. You may have seen the government has announced an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 people dead. In the 1970s and 1980s thousands of NHS patients, many of them haemophiliacs, were given blood products from abroad infected with hepatitis C and HIV. It

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Duke of Cambridge makes a flying visit to Gislingham

When Lynda Robinson was playing with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lily on her lounge floor one evening, little did she know that within twelve hours, HRH The Duke of Cambridge would be standing on her doorstep. Unfortunately, for Lynda, whilst playing with Lily she slipped a disc in her back and was unable to

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News from Gislingham village hall

It is with regret that the Chairman informed the Trustees that he had received a letter of resignation from Jane Franklin. Jane had been a Trustee for many years and had worked tirelessly to help make the Village Hall an integral part of the village. At present there are vacancies for Trustees on the Village

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Gislingham playgroup news

This term we have been very busy enjoying our garden and walks around the village. We took part in sports day with the school, and the children starting school in September have been into reception class meeting their teachers and meeting new friends. We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Summer Holiday,

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In conversation with Chris Saunders

This month I talk to Chris Saunders about the 2nd “Gis-Fest” music festival he is organising at Gislingham Village Hall on Saturday 24th June. JN: How did the original idea for a Music Festival come about? Chris: Back in 2015, the GVHC proposed to organise some kind of event to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of

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Snorkelling with snappers

We arrived in Auckland, although not the capital of New Zealand it really seemed hard to comprehend that this is the country’s largest city. The weather was mixed and a totally different climate to Sydney our previous stop. On a day of bad weather, we went to the museum and on the better days climbed

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Help me make a difference to impoverished communities

My name is Edward Griss and I am a member of the Primates Scout Explorer unit in Mendlesham. I am a resident in Columbine Way, Gislingham. I have been selected to be part of the 120 strong Explorers and Leaders expedition to South Africa representing Suffolk Scouts which will take place in July/August 2017. During

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Gislingham Spring Litter Pick Team 2017

There was a fantastic turn-out on Sunday 23rd April in Gislingham for the “Spring Litter Pick”. Over twenty-five adults and young children turned out in force to pick up all the litter from the road sides, grass verges and foot paths, and even the road signs were given a wash and clean up! This was

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Tip off, rip off – the dangers of Facebook

Most of the information fraudsters need to steal your identity can be found on Facebook……… Fraudsters need just three pieces of personal information to steal your identity, most of which can be found on your Facebook profile. All it takes is your name, date of birth and address for fraudsters to steal your identity and

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Sydney, Australia

Although travelling Thailand had ended, our next stop was Sydney, Australia for a few days. Due to our lack of time we were true tourists and saw the monumental sights. On the first day any fear of height was cured when climbed the harbour bridge. This was a great experience learning about the history and

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