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Getting Back on Track

 

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The Rail Haverhill group campaigns for the restoration of a railway link between the City of Cambridge and the fast growing market town of Haverhill in Suffolk. In 1967 such a link was closed down, post Beeching cuts, just as the town was expanding from its then population of 9,000 to its current population of close to 30,000. Over the next 15 years it is expected to expand by another 10,000 persons as a further 3,700 houses are scheduled to be built. Haverhill is isolated due to its poor road network and is rapidly becoming a dormitory town because both business and people do not want to have to use a road network that is failing. Only by restoring a railway link can the town once again become a thriving source of both jobs and people.

Read more at : http://www.railhaverhill.co.uk

 

Nethergate Open New Brewery

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Nethergate Brewery have recently opened their new Brew House at Rodbridge Corner just outside Melford. The New Facility includes a tap room open to the public and a shop that stocks beers, wines and spirits as well as local produce. The new facility will allow members to take guests on guided tours and also receive discount prices for all the products in the shop. Membership costs £30/per year but the shop is open to everyone.

More at www.nethergate.co.uk

 

 

The year of the big freeze : Walking on the Thames

 

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The latest cold snap may leave Britons shivering in their snow boots, but it has nothing on the chill of 1963. That year, the UK had one of its worst winters in living memory and the coldest January since 1814.

To see pictures of what the cold winter of 1963 was like follow the link below

http://www.itv.com/news/2013-01-17/walking-on-the-thames-1963s-big-freeze-in-pictures/

 

 

UBER Project Elevate : Those magnificent men with their flying machines

 

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Uber’s “flying car” project Elevate came whizzing back into view recently with a number of key announcements about where it will first appear, who will be working on it, and how this futuristic service will look when it ultimately takes off.

In a speech at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Uber’s head of product Jeff Holden announced that the company is adding a third city, Los Angeles, to its list of places where it hopes to pilot its aerial taxi service by 2020. LA joins Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai as cities announced to be working with Uber on the program.  To find out more about this wiz of a machine follow the link below :

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/8/16613228/uber-flying-car-la-nasa-space-act

 

 

British Win Super Gold at World Cheese Awards

 

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British cheeses recently won no less than 12 super gold medals at the World Cheese awards 2017. This allows the cheeses to be placed in the prestigious top 60 list. Many of these cheeses can be bought on line. So if you would like to sample a world class cheese then follow the link, download the winners list and take your pick. For more info goto :

https://gff.co.uk/awards/world-cheese-awards/

 

 

New Gin On the Block : Suffolk Dry Gin from Glemsford

 

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Gary Wilkinson and his family from Glemsford are busy earning an enviable reputation for the quality and taste of their new gins. Marketed under the Suffolk Distillery label they have three gins to try. As well as the traditional Dry Gin they also make a Mandarin and Cranberry alternative and a new Navy Strength version. The gins can be bought at local outlets including Willow Tree farm shop in Glemsford. More about the Suffolk Distillery can be found on their facebook page – Suffolk Distillery -

 

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=suffolk%20distillery

 

 

Call for Strings

 

Sudbury Symphony Orchestra is calling for viola players and violinists to join their friendly upper strings. If you are Grade V or above, are learning, have not played for years and would like to give orchestra a     try, or already play and are curious, please call Clare Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic and ask for Uschi. They look forward to hearing from you! 

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Sunday classical!

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Sudbury Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the return of Thomas Isaac, one of Britain's up and coming cello superstars, to perform Dvorak’s masterful cello concerto in their concert on Sunday 26th November.  Thomas began playing cello at the age of 6, and is continuing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music where in 2015 he won first prize for his performance of Bach’s Suite for Cello no 2.  He performs with many leading orchestras and as Principal Orchestral cellist both in the UK and Europe and has appeared in a BBC Proms Extra concert.  As a soloist Thomas has performed in many venues including the Wigmore Hall. 

Dvorak's cello concerto is an exquisite piece, giving voice  to the whole range of cello registers from soprano to haunting soft melodies to deeper, passionate  intensities and stunning chords, neatly blended with instrumental leads and echoes from woodwind, brass all interwoven into a backdrop of orchestral sound.

Sudbury Symphony Orchestra will also be performing Beethoven's 1st symphony. The lyrical but unusual introduction, sometimes referred to as a 'musical joke' as the chords are in 'the wrong key', gives way to a vast spectrum of melodic sounds as the movement and the symphony unfold around you.

 

We hope you will join us for a very special musical evening.

Concert details:

Sunday 26th November 2017 at 6.00pm

St Peter’s Church, Market Hill, Sudbury CO10 1TL

Conductor: Matthew Andrews – www.matthewandrews.net

Soloist: Thomas Isaac

Leader: Steve Calder

 

Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B Minor

Beethoven: 1st Symphony in C Major

Tickets: Adult £12, Child £2

Available mid October onwards from Compact Music, North Street, Sudbury and Sudbury Tourist Information (library).  Or email: tickets@sudburysymphonyorchestra.com

A limited number of tickets will be available on the door.

www.sudburysymphonyorchestra.com

Contact for photos or  further info:

Uschi Grounds

Mailing/Publicity SSO 

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THE FOCUS RED BOOK

 

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Are you looking for a list of local clubs and societies?  Do you want to know the number of a local pub or restaurant? Or do you need to know the contact number for one of the emergency services or community support groups? Well search no longer. The Focus Red Book has all the answers.

 

The Red Book is a local Telephone Directory that provides a comprehensive list of all those local services you want. It is small but bright so it can be easy located. The perfect companion to your home phone. The Red Book has been produced in response to requests from the community for a handy list of local contacts. The contents are supported by The Focus Website where additional information on Clubs and Societies is available.

 

Where Can I get My Copy

You can collect your Free Copy from many local outlets or by contacting Focus Publications directly. We will deliver you a copy if you can’t find one in your area (subject to availability).

 

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CLARE COUNTRY PARK

Situated to the south of the picturesque, historic town of Clare, just two minutes walk from the town centre, Clare Castle Country Park is a beautiful quiet area to relax, play, get close to nature and learn about Clare's fascinating history.

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For more information on The Clare Country Park please follow the link below :

http://www.clarecastlecountrypark.co.uk

 

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