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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).


Nethergate Brewery on the move


Big changes are underway at  local company Nethergate Brewery. Currently the Brewery  operates from a site in Pentlow but all that will change when the brewery moves to its new site at Rodbridge just outside Long Melford.


The Brewery recently announced the purchase of the Rodbridge site, which has been the home to a car sales company for many years, and has already begun works to convert the existing building into a new  brewery, visitor centre and shop with a tap room. The new brewery will allow different styles of beer to be brewed, as well as the favourites already in the range, which includes

Suffolk County and Old Growler. Externally there have been few changes so far, but builders are    removing internal walls and doing a lot of preparation work on the inside of the new building for the building works on the new brewery.  The next step will be new signage for the brewery logo underneath the apex of the existing wood faced building and the removal of the existing signs.


A new Silo will be added to the rear of the building to allow Malt to be stored on site, and a cold store and warehouse in the same style as the current building will sit to the rear of the site, enabling Real Ale to be correctly stored and conditioned. The new brewery will be open for tours and events also, and the staff hope that local people will take full advantage of the opportunity to become “members” of the brewery and to engage with the brewers on some of the products! The new tap room will be used to showcase the companies’ beers and for people to experience true brewery fresh beer on the premises, as well as to offer take-outs in a number of different formats.

The company branding will also be updated over the coming months, with a refreshed look and feel on the bar, in the company’s glassware, and online purchase functionality through a new website.”The new Shop and visitor centre is expected to be open for Easter, with the brewery to be fully operational toward the end of Summer 2017. Rob Crawford, general manager of the brewery said”: “We are completely happy that our new equipment can produce our existing beer range perfectly, but we will also be developing new beers to reflect consumer trend changes within the industry”. The Brewery site will feature increased closed top fermenting capacity, and will significantly add to the brewing capabilities of the company, which has historically specialised in dark beer and ales. A new flagship beer will be launched alongside the new plant, which will be christened through a brew naming competition with local people.“We aim to provide great traditional beers with a modern twist, and to develop ales which provide huge drinking satisfaction to our consumers across our free trade, with our national partners, as well as within our own shareholder pub estate,” said Richard Gray, director of sales.


LeeStock FESTIVAL 2017


Newton Faulkner confirmed as headline act

Organisers of LeeStock Music Festival have recently announced the first three acts that will appear at the event at Melford Hall in May, including singer/songwriter Newton Faulkner who will top the bill.

In addition to Faulkner, and in celebration of the 10-year milestone, American rockers Wheatus and British act Toploader are both set to return to the festival for a second time for what is being billed as a ‘greatest hits’ line-up.

The festival is held annually in memory of 21-year-old Sudbury musician Lee Dunford, who died in 2006 after a battle with cancer. During the past decade, it has raised more than £100,000 for the Willow Foundation, a national charity that provides special days for seriously-ill young adults, including Lee shortly before he died.


12 Sided pound coin out in March




The new UK £1 coin will enter circulation in March 2017, and The Royal Mint is producing 1.5 billion of the new coins.

The final specification of the coin and method of introduction were decided after a ten-week public consultation which looked at the physical and material characteristics of the coin, as well as the parameters for the transition. Her Majesty’s Treasury and The Royal Mint are continuing to work with industry to introduce the new coin in a manageable way.

The new coin has a number of features that make it much more difficult to counterfeit.

12-sided – its distinctive shape makes it instantly recognisable, even by touch.

Bimetallic – it is made of two metals. The outer ring is gold coloured (nickel-brass) and the inner ring is silver coloured (nickel-plated alloy).

Latent image – it has an image like a hologram that changes from a ‘£’ symbol to the number '1' when the coin is seen from different angles.

Micro-lettering – it has very small lettering on the lower inside rim on both sides of the coin. One pound on the obverse “heads” side and the year of production on the reverse “tails” side, for example 2016 or 2017.

Milled edges – it has grooves on alternate sides.

Hidden high security feature – a high security feature is built into the coin to protect it from counterfeiting in the future.


Bury St Edmunds Festival 2017


What’s On

The Bury Festival offers something for everyone from :

Street Theatre to a concert of Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Along the way you can meet The Acoustic Beatles,  Martin Newell and the Hosepipe Band, enjoy a wine tasting session or meet an old Goodie.


The 2017 Bury St Edmunds Festival also has a host of FREE art exhibitions for you to enjoy..


‘Annual Exhibition’ by The Royal Photographic Society’s East Anglia Region at The Apex Gallery Wednesday 3 May - Sunday 4 June 2017
This year’s annual exhibition showcases work by members of the Society’s East Anglia Region featuring a broad range of high quality and inspirational images. The exhibition includes

landscape, nature, photojournalism, portraiture, creative, night photography and monochrome.