Features

In conversation with Richard Adams and Michael Stevenson

This month, I talk to Richard Adams and Michael Stevenson, Co-Directors of the forthcoming Gislingham Variety Club production of “When We Are Married” – Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th April, Gislingham Village Hall. JN: What is the play about? MS: When We Are Married is a comedy by J. B. Priestley. It was first performed

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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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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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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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Introducing Red Glass

Jeff Norman interviews Liam Hayes of local youth band Red Glass. JN: So Liam, when I first met you, you were seven years old and playing the Cornet in the Gislingham School Brass Band. You would play at the annual school Music Festival etc. and my memories of you in those days were your passion

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John Watson and the origins of the Watson Bowl

September 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Gislingham Village Hall and there will be a special celebration on Saturday 12 September to mark the occasion. So this month it seems timely to write about Phillip Watson the “project manager” for the building of the Village Hall, and his son, John Watson.

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Review of the Variety Club’s show ‘Guys and Dolls’

Guys and Dolls is a gangster musical all about the love relationships of two of the gamblers. This production opens in Broadway. The scene is well set before the first musical number, “Fugue for Tinhorns”. I hate to think of the hours that Nicely-Nicely (Peter Lucas), Benny (Richard Adams) and Rusty (Keith Ridgeway) rehearsed getting this

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What is Gislingham United Charity and what does it do?

Gislingham United Charity was formed in 1988 from eight separate charities that were established, in some cases, very many years ago. The Charity Commission which supervises UK charities wrote a new Governing Document to combine the eight charities and make their administration easier. The charities were originally set up for the benefit of the residents

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All’s Fair in Gislingham

The sun did its best to make an appearance for the Gislingham Fair on Saturday 29th June. Events started off with a procession by the Silver Band from the Six Bells to the school playing fields where the various stalls were set up. For the rest of the afternoon, there were stalls from various village

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Gislingham website redesign – the story

The story of the Gislingham Village Website redesign is now featured on the website of .Net magazine telling about how it was used as a mentoring project for budding up-and-coming web designers, under the watchful eye of freelancer Laura Kalbag. Laura also gives her report on the project on her own website. The original impetus for

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