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Deben Flower Club

Deben Flower Club
The next meeting of the Flower club will be on Tuesday 9th May 2023 at 7.30pm in the Church Hall.
Our demonstrator will be Elizabeth Robertson demonstrating the intriguing title “My Family and Other Animals.”
Visitors are always welcome £6.00. Tea coffee and biscuits will be available after the demonstration. Elizabeth’s arrangements will be raffled and there will be a fundraising plant sale.
If you require further information, please email  or telephone Sandy on 07910 463158.

Suffolk Day

24th June 2023 from 12.00 to 4.00pm
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Kirton & Falkenham Recreation Ground (Back Road) will be alive with events celebrating our local area. There will be tractors, motor bikes, Suffolk horses, etc. We have booked JoJo the excellent face painter who will be painting faces for free and Steff will keep us entertained blowing bubbles. Lots of free entertainment for children and things to try.

The Grand Ring will host the Fun Dog Show, Poloz Majorettes, motor bikes and a display by Sophie the amazing Dog Trainer. Dogs can be entered for the Dog Show on the day at £1.00 a class.

Our Scouts will provide the BBQ and White Gold will be there with their fish and chips; in addition there will be local Kirton Pizzas and Ice Creams to enjoy. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available in the Pavilion all day and beer and wines at the ‘Bar’.

Local people will run stalls selling all kinds of items plus there will be a Grand Draw.

Take this opportunity to enjoy and celebrate living in our lovely part of Suffolk.

Information from

Flower Festival

Deben Flower Club Presents
Musicals in Flowers
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th June At St Mary's & St Martin's Church, Kirton IP10 0PT
Refreshments Available 10am-4pm Afternoon Tea (Pre—Bookings Only) Raffle & Plant Sale
Contact: Or 07910 463158
Free Entry. Donations welcomed.

Scout Jumble Sale

1st Kirton Spring Jumble Sale
Saturday 11 March 2023
Time: 2pm - 3:30pm
Location: Kirton Church Hall, 3 Church Lane, Kirton, Ipswich IP10 0PU
(GPS 52.00928,1.32255 PlusCode 285F+P2 Ipswich ///milder.starring.unusable)

Jumble Sale to raise money for 1st Kirton Scout Group.
All Welcome.
Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Available.
Toilet facilities.
We hope to see you there.

Entrance 50p (children free)

Pickup: Wednesday 8 Mar 6:45pm-8pm
Dropoff at the Hut: Wed 8 Mar 7pm-9pm, Sat 11 Mar 10am-1pm
Sorry no electricals
Facebook: 1st Kirton Scout Group

Falkenham Snowdrops

The churchyard at St Ethelbert's, Falkenham is renowned for its beautiful carpet of snowdrops. For a number of years now, this has provided a fantastic backdrop for what has become an important event in Falkenham's social calendar – our Snowdrop Day!
Please join us on 18 February when hopefully the snowdrops will again be in full bloom.
Coffee, tea and homemade cake will be available between 10 am and 2pm, with homemade soup and a roll available at lunchtime. It’s a great opportunity to meet up with friends and neighbours so come along for a chat and see the lovely snowdrops!
Donations will be invited for the refreshments. Funds raised will be shared between Falkenham Church and the Suffolk Community Foundation's "Surviving Winter" cost of living appeal.

Village Sale Trail Result

The sale trail was once again enjoyed by many and for once the weather was on our side.  We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who booked a stall to go on our map and to everyone who volunteered their help on the day in various locations, selling maps, refreshments and checking in on the stall holders.
Also of course thank you to those who came  to have a look around the stalls, grabbed some goodies and stopped in for refreshments at the village hall.
We raised a fabulous £265 in total to donate to local groups, charities or good causes.  Some of this will be donated to the local Osprey Explorers group who meet weekly at the scout hut, we are still looking for suggestions for at least one other to donate to
– if anyone has any suggestions please let me know by email Read More...

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

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The Jubilee is nearly upon us & we have some exciting events planned which we hope will entice you to join us. The extended Bank Holiday stretches over 4 days so we are hoping for good weather so we can all be outside to enjoy the fun.


Ride & Stride 2021


Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this year’s Ride & Stride, including all who sat in the church recording the participants and the very generous sponsors who sponsored both Susan Harvey and myself.

The total raised was £508, which considering there was no Brownies Lunch again this year, was a very good result.

Elizabeth Highton

Easter Activity

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Some changes to the April Review

Following the recent update to The Review, please note that Kirton Church will remain locked. Some advertised events have been cancelled.
Please check
The Diary for the latest information.

K&F Review now online.

The Kirton & Falkenham Review is now available for download or viewing online. Read More...

Village Diary & COVID-19

I’m updating the online diary as I hear of cancellations but some organisations haven’t yet stated if their meetings/events have been cancelled.
To amend (or cancel!) your local event, email

Star Party 29 Feb

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The Fete - change of venue

The Fete on Saturday
Due to the forecast high winds for tomorrow (Saturday 8 June) the Fete will now be held in and around the Church Hall.
Parking on the Village Green,
not at the Hall.

Church Hall booking fees

Church Hall booking fees from October 2018. See here. Read More...

Church Hall booking

The new Booking Manager for Kirton Church Hall is
Sue Claydon
26 Rectory Lane, Kirton, IP10 0PY
K 448690


BBQ planned for 8 July is CANCELLED.

The BBQ planned by Friends of Kirton Church for Saturday 8 July (and advertised in The Review) has been cancelled.

Bucklesham Primary School Summer Fair

Bucklesham Primary School Summer Fair
Friday 30th June
5.30 - 8pm
Traditional fair, BBQ, Raffle, Tombola's, Games and a Magic Show at 6.30pm. Read More...

Kirton and Falkenham Churches Summer Fete 3rd June 2017

Recreation Ground 12.30 to 4.00.

The fete is nearly upon us again and many thanks for those who have offered (or have had arms twisted) to run stalls. The band is booked for 12.30 for an hour which will help to set the scene. The BBQ and bar teams are ready to go and Chris the clown will be there to entertain the children. All we need is a fine day.

Click Read More for details

Blokes Club

Blokes Club now has its own page!

The Village Fete

Yes, it’s that time again.
The K&F Villages Fete will be held on the Recreation Ground, Back Road on Saturday 3rd June 2017 12:30 – 16:30.
The Organiser is Susan Harvey who will be delighted to receive offers of help!
More news anon….

Snowdrops at Falkenham

As many of you will know, the snowdrops in the churchyard at St Ethelbert's, Falkenham are truly magnificent. We are planning a soup, cake and fellowship event on 11 February when hopefully the snowdrops will be at their best.

Coffee, tea and cake will be available between 10 am and 2.30pm that day, with soup and a roll available at lunchtime. Donations will be invited for Church funds. Please put the date in your diaries – all welcome! Read More...

Christmas Bazaar 3 Dec 2–4pm

The Christmas Bazaar will be held in Kirton Church Hall on Saturday 3rd December from 2–4pm

Santa visits Kirton!


The young children of Kirton will be pleased to know that they will have two opportunities of meeting Santa Clause in the village this year.

He will be at the Church Bazaar in the Church Hall on Saturday afternoon, 3rd December, then he will be back again on Wednesday, 21st December, when he will be traveling around on his sleigh with Rudolph.

On the 21st he will have the local Scouts with him and they will be collecting for the Save the Children Fund and for local Charities supported by the Rotary Club of Felixstowe.

Please be generous and give as much as you can so that these organisations can continue with helping the disadvantaged in this area. Read More...

Tree Lighting

Kirton & Falkenham Parish Council Invite You to The
Tree Lighting Ceremony & Carols With a Musical Accompaniment
On Friday 2nd December 2016
At 6.00PM on the Village Green

FREE refreshments!!

Collection for AgeUK Suffolk

Beacon lighting in celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday - 21st April at 8.30pm

A reminder that we'll be lighting up at 8.30, and we'll kick off proceedings about 10 minutes before lighting up time (National Anthem, etc).
We also plan to offer a glass of wine/ fruit juice in exchange for a charitable contribution (EACH - East Anglia's Children’s Hospices).

This information & further detail is on the K&F Parish Council web site, which will include any further updates. Please register for email updates at

KAFPA All That Jazz, 6 and 7 May

kafpalogo Presents: All That Jazz
Friday 6th & Saturday 7th May 2016, 7.30pm at Kirton Church Hall. Read More...

Quattro Amici concert Saturday 21 May

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Suffolk Walking Festival

Suffolk Walking Festival 14th May - 5th June 2016
The 2016 Suffolk Walking Festival kicks off on Saturday, 14th May and continues for three weeks until Sunday, 5th June. The varied programme of 77 themed walks across the county range in length from a gentle stroll of one mile, to a challenging 60 miles in 24 hours and will take place along Suffolk's glorious coast, through scenic, gently undulating countryside and around our medieval towns and villages. Read More...

Village Hall Quiz

Friday 9th October at 7.30p.m.
Quizmaster: Mr. Roger Salter
Teams of 4 players
Tickets:£6.50 each to include
A cheese platter
Tickets from Edna Stuckey - Tel 448764

Raffle in aid of the Archie Appeal
Bring Your Own Drinks

Kirton Light Railway

The annual visit of the Chernobyl children took place on July 22. The group consisted of eighteen children, mostly aged around ten years, together with their supporters from both Ukraine and the Lions Club.
The day was sunny and warm, and ideal to ensure that all the kids (as well as the Chernobyl children!) got at least a couple of rides on the garden railway. A big thank you is due not only to the members of the Lions Club but also to the usual group of local helpers. A special mention should be made of the sterling effort made by Brenda Reditt who cooked or supplied almost all the refreshments for the children. Never were so many sandwiches, cakes and buns consumed in such a short period of time!
When the train rides were over there were smiles on all the faces, and we were also able to hand over to the Tree House Children’s Hospice in Ipswich a cheque for £180. The group was then taken by the Felixstowe Lions Club for lunch and to visit the beach – a rare treat for residents of the Chernobyl area.
Thank you to all who supported the event in so many different ways.
Fred Last
Station Master

Gardeners Club trip to France

Our gardeners club will be making their 12th. trip to Europe in May and will be based in Troyes, France.   Trip takes place over the late May bank holiday weekend, departing Kirton green Thurs. 21 May and returning Sunday 24th. May. We have our own touring class coach, travel via the tunnel , be based at the Ibis Style Hotel on B & B basis and visit gardens and places of interest in the scenic Aube area.
Cost is £310 per person ( single supp. £99 )  and includes club's coach, services of our guide throughout, entrance fees and gratuities.  For further details please contact Alma Mallett on 01394 448616. Open to non members. Read More...

Partial Solar Eclipse Friday 20th March

Orwell Astronomical Society (Ipswich) are organising a solar eclipse event by kind permission of Isaacs on the Quay, Ipswich on 20th March for the best eclipse visible locally for many years. It will be 85%. As it is a Friday morning, you are advised to get it in your diaries now, especially those who have to book leave from work. Certified solar glasses to use and keep will be available for the public to purchase on the day at a very reasonable price.
See poster..

Thank you from Gary

A huge THANK YOU to all those who recently supported a fundraising cheese and wine event held at Kirton Church Hall on Friday 21st November in aid of the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. I have been astounded how the people in the village have supported the Essex & Herts Ambulance service as well as my family and I during the time since my motorcycle accident.

Thanks to everyone's generosity in purchasing tickets, donating raffle prizes, purchasing items from the air ambulance stand and cash/online donations the evening raised a grand total of £ 1701.50 for the charity.

More good news is that whilst reviewing its charitable grants, the Parish Council, inspired by the information at the event, voted to grant Essex & Herts Air Ambulance £200.

Running alongside this event an ebay auction was also in place with all donations once again going to the Essex & Herts Ambulance service. Funds from this added to the above brings the grand total to £2711.43. This means together, as a community, we have donated enough to cover the full cost for the cost a life saving flight for someone in their moment of need.

So once again I would like to extend thanks to the community of Kirton, family, friends, plus Ian, the Air Ambulance volunteer, along with Waitrose who generously donated all of the cheese and wine for the event and Martin & Lorraine who helped in running the evening. I still cannot believe we have achieved such a good result. Thank you.
Gary Hawksworth

Arts & Crafts Fair

Thank you to all who supported the Kirton Art and Craft Fair on Saturday 25th October.
The whole event, including the raffle, raised £420 and this will be divided between Woolverstone Wish and the Kirton Church Hall Fund.

Pam Cole

Gary's Cheese & Wine i.a.o. Air Ambulance

A full house at the Cheese & Wine on Friday 21 November held in Kirton Church Hall.
Thanks to Waitrose for their support, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and all who came, donated the many raffle prizes and bought tickets.
Pictures follow.

Saturday 16th August – Art Workshop Day at St. Ethelbert’s Church, Falkenham

Saturday 16th August is an Art Workshop Day at St. Ethelbert’s Church, Falkenham. A short talk on the history of St. Ethelbert’s Church and Falkenham followed by a day painting and drawing. Music will be played inside the Church to reflect the workshop, but this is a day about Art not Music which I thought people form Kirton and Falkenham might like to take part in. Read More...

Spectacular Hats 23-24 August

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Fete 2014

This year’s Fete was opened by the lovely Lynne Mortimer, columnist from the EADT, who also helped judge the children’s Fancy Dress competition.
Pictures now online!
Olivia says Michael J Fitch is the BEST magician she’s ever seen! Read More...

Village Quiz Saturday 25 January at Church Hall

Contrary to what you may have read in today’s (Friday 17 Jan) EADT/Star...
The annual Village Quiz with new Quizmaster Paul Voller.
Saturday 25 January 2014 at 7:30pm in Kirton Church Hall
Tickets £6 including refreshments
Tickets from Jenny, Susan or Linda - see Read More..
BYO drinks and glasses

Village Christmas Tree lighting

Village Green Christmas tree lighting up ceremony will take place at 6.00pm on Friday 6th December. There will be a short carol service and refreshments. Read More...

Orwell Park Observatory 22 & 23 November

Orwell Park Observatory will be open to the public on Friday 22 November 7:30pm to 10:00pm and Saturday 23 November
Hosted by Orwell Astronomical Society
Observations of the Moon, Jupiter and the Night Sky.
Observations will be made using the 10” Tomline Refractor and a wide selection of other smaller telescopes.
Subject to favourable weather!
If you have a pair of binoculars we recommend that you bring them with you.
Wear appropriate clothing – it will be cold!
Entrance Adults £3, Child & Concessions £1.50

Village Hall

The Kirton and Falkenham Village Hall is available for private hire, daytime or evening, throughout the year.
Now with a recently modernised kitchen and ample chairs and tables the hall is suitable for all types of lettings – dances, quiz evenings, weddings, children’s and family parties, plus most types of private functions.
The hall has a large car parking facility at its location on the Falkenham Road.
Booking secretary: Vic Wilkinson 07961 594360


An Evening of
Murder & Romance

7.30pm Fri 8th & Sat 9th November 2013
At: Kirton Church Hall

Unpremeditated & Café Sirocco
Join us for an evening of intrigue and farce in two plays,
can you identify the murderer in the first ?
And can there be love through deceit in the second?

Tickets Just £ 10.00 Incl Dinner..!!

From: Norah & Michael 01394 448238

Kindly Sponsored By: MACINTYRE Transport Ltd

Kirton Arts & Crafts Fair 26 Oct

Kirton Church Hall
26TH OCTOBER 10am to 3pm
Free Admission Car Parking Light Refreshments

A percentage of the profits will be donated to St Elizabeth Hospice & Kirton Church Hall Fund


Music for an Autumn Evening 28 September

Friends of Kirton Church present
Saturday 28 September
7:30pm Kirton Church

Illuminati, an a capella group of some 20 singers under the direction of Andrew Gosden, will be performing in Kirton Church.
The programme will be a wide range of choral music from Elizabethan times, music of Thomas Morley John Dowland and others of the period who wrote magnificent madrigals which are still being sung today, and have come down through the centuries. Different periods have embraced them and given them voice along with many other genres of music but all through these, folk songs have been a link and are with us today in many different forms. Gerald Finzi, Michael Tippett in the 20th century, and even singers given to more modern modes have produced music which hopefully will survive as of old.

The evening in Kirton Church will be an exciting and uplifting one that will appeal right across the board to many people.

There will be no tickets but a retiring collection at the end of the evening. Refreshments will be served in the interval.

Come along to Kirton on the 28th of September for an evening of joyful and melodic sounds.

Open Evening for Astronomy at Newbourne Village Hall – 9 November

Open Evening at Newbourne Village Hall
The Orwell Astronomical Society are holding an open evening on Saturday 9 November from 5:30pm for anyone interested in astronomy.
There will be a display of various types of telescope for visitors to look through (weather permitting) and members will try to guide you around the night sky.
If the weather is bad/cloudy the display will be in the hall.

Come along to find out more about our activities and how you can get involved.
If you’re thinking of buying some equipment for Christmas, you may be sirprised at how low cost can be.
We can help you avoid buying unsuitable gear and help you set up and use what you buy.


Michael J Fitch Magic Evening 26 October

Contrary to the information in the FOKC newsletter, this event is SOLD OUT!

Astronomy in the Park

The Orwell Astronomical Society (Ipswich) are hosting a public outreach meeting at Christchurch Park in Ipswich to show visitors our local STAR (our Sun) with specially adapted and dedicated solar Telescopes.

This event is FREE to all comers!!!
The venue is in Christchurch Park, the Bolton Rd. entrance, adjacent to "The Reg Driver Centre"
The dates are 24th and 25th of May from 11.00am to 4.00pm. Hoping for sun this time!
There will be talks and demonstrations to suit all age groups.
There is limited parking in the park, but there are usually plenty of spaces in Bolton Lane.
Toilet facilities and food vendors are close by.

Further details from OASI

Deben Flower Club Quiz 23 March

Kirton Church Hall
Saturday 23 March 7 for 7:30pm
Ploughman’s Supper
BYO drinks & glasses
Tickets £6 each including supper

Woodbridge School Swing band – 16 March 2013

Concert in Kirton Church Hall
7.30 PM Saturday 16th March 2013

In aid of the Friends of Kirton Church

The ever popular Woodbridge School Swing Band will present a concert in the Church Hall at 7.30 pm on Saturday March 16th 2013. The concert will be in two halves with an interval for light refreshments. Admission is free with a retiring collection for the Friends of Kirton Church and the Swing Band music fund.

The Swing Band last played in Kirton in 2009. The hall was packed to bursting and a wonderful concert was enjoyed by over a hundred people. The Head of Music tells me that this year the band is again producing an excellent sound and we are confident that this year’s concert will be every bit as good as the last one. We look forward to seeing you there.

Enquires to:
STEPHEN HARVEY 01394 448780
Or any member of the ‘Friends’ committee

Kirton Village Quiz – 26 January 2013

Come and have a ball at the Kirton Village Quiz
Saturday 26 January 2013 7:30pm Kirton Church Hall

Make a team of 6 or BYO team
BYO Drinks & glasses

Ticket £5-00 includes refreshments
From:– Jenny 45BHL 448213 or Susan 448780

Christmas Tree lighting ceremony

The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on the Village Green on Friday, 7th December.   As a reminder of the successful jubilee weekend celebrations in the Parish, back in June this year, we will also be using the opportunity to re-light the Jubilee Beacon. The beacon will be lit around 5.45pm and the tree lighting will follow at 6.00pm, after which there will be carol singing accompanied by the Felixstowe Salvation Army Band, during which a collection will be taken up for charities. The fish and chip van will be on the green as usual and for those wishing to partake there will be a complimentary sherry or soft drink available. 
Parish Council

Kirton bears the Olympic flame!

See the home page!

Zumba classes

You may all recognise me as the girl who serves your fish and chips, Sarah Julia Jones is my name and now I bring to you ZUMBA Fitness Classes. ZUMBA Fitness is great FUN and very EASY to pick up, making it a pleasure for anyone and everyone to take part in. It’s a great way to get fit, stay fit and every class has that party feeling. I will be starting on the 6th of July in the Kirton and Falkenham Village Hall I will run two classes! The first will start at 7.00pm and will last for an hour then the next class will start at 8.00pm. The first week will be FREE TO ALL (men and women)! This gives you the opportunity to come and see if you like the class and get your feel for the music. Come dressed to work out with a towel and water, I look forward to welcoming you all and having some fun!

For further information please feel free to email me:
redszumba [at]

Kirton's Olympic Torch bearer

Kirton and Falkenham Parish Council were delighted that their nomination of John Beer as an Olympic Torch Bearer was successful. John was the founder of Kirton Kestrels Junior Football Club in 1986 and has worked tirelessly and selflessly ensuring the club’s continued success for 25 years, firstly as team manager then as secretary and treasurer. After retiring John was instrumental in gaining the FA Charter Standard for the club’s ten teams including the formation of the girls’ team. In addition, John took on extra time consuming roles of pavilion caretaker and groundsman; preparing three pitches weekly. John also undertook a long period of service to the village as a Parish Councillor. He led recreation ground projects including the erecting of floodlights, and planning and raising £230,000 funding for the new pavilion, which opened in 2005. He is an inspiration to the fulfilment of hundreds of young lives.
John will be taking part in the Felixstowe leg of Olympic Torch Relay on Thursday 5th July at around 5pm.  He will run between Granville Road and Arwela Road. 
The parish council encourages all of John's supporters to come along and cheer him on.



Fete pictures now available

Some pictures of Saturday’s Fete are now online.

The Fete! Saturday 9 June 2012

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National Scout Community Week 14–20 May


National Scout Community Week

14th – 20th May 2012

National Scout Community Week challenges all Scout Groups to do something for their community. During the week the 3 sections will be litter picking around the village during their usual meeting times.
Cubs on Monday, Beavers on Tuesday and Scouts on Wednesday. Please look out for them.

On the 20th May we will be holding our annual Car Boot Sale on the Recreation Ground. For more information please contact Kerry Banham 01394 211320.

The Band of the Honourable Artillery Company

The Band of the Honourable Artillery Company
celebrating their 250th anniversary present a concert at
The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe
26th May 2012
Tickets £15 (concessions £9) available from the Spa box office 01394 282126
We welcome your support
All proceeds are to the Royal British Legion

Drum Camp Festival

D R U M  C A M P  F E S T I V A L  201 2
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th July, Bungay, Suffolk
A Celebration of Rhythm Voice and Dance from Around the World

Please see below details of this year's amazing Drum Camp Festival.
The line-up is incredible and of course the same wonderfully exclusive atmosphere and top-notch workshops all day.
If you book before 30th April, full event and weekend tickets are £20 cheaper!!!
So read on...


Tree Lighting Ceremony

to the
at 6.00PM on the VILLAGE GREEN
FREE refreshments!!

Fish & Chips available as usual [not free!]

Collection for Salvation Army & St Elizabeth Hospice

The Fete result

Dear All,

This years net profit is £5,846, (cf result for 2009 was £5,665).

Regards...David (Treasurer)
With grateful thanks from (and to) the Organisers - Maddy & Susan (Ivy & Holly)
[very seasonal, I’m sure... Webmaster]
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Gardeners Club pics

They’re back! See the Gardeners Club page for some pictures.

The Fete!

Kirton & Falkenham Churches

In a Country Garden
Summer Fete
11 June 2011
12:00 – 4:30pm
The Old Rectory, Kirton
by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Garnham


The Mechanical Museum & Bygones - outing

Coach outing from Kirton on the afternoon of August 11th 2011
To include a tea provided by EARL STONHAM W.I.

£20 per person, which covers entrance to museum, tea and coach fare.

If you would like to come please contact Valerie Bines, Kirton and Falkenham W.I. on 01394 448487

Fete 2011 poster competition

Two classes
• under 18s

• 18+
All entries must be on A4 paper and have a white background (for photocopying purposes).
They can be any medium, including electronically produced but must not include copyright material.
Entries to be submitted by 30 April.
Hard copy (Size: A4 or smaller) to: Fete Poster Competition, 45 Burnt House Lane, Kirton, IPSWICH IP10 0PZ
Email to
File types: pdf, png, tiff, jpg only, please.

Posters must include the following details

Kirton and Falkenham Churches Fête
Saturday 11th June 2011
12noon - 4.30pm
Old Rectory Garden, Kirton
The entries will be judged by Martin Richmond-Hardy, Pat and Mike Todd of The Reunion Gallery Felixstowe.
The winner in each category will win £10 and free entry to the Fete for their family.
One of the winning entries will be used for the posters; the other will be used on the Fete programme.

Book the Church Hall online

You can now make a booking enquiry for the Church Hall here Read More...

African Drum Classes

Celebrate life with the vibrant energy of African drumming
Learn to enjoy and develop your natural sense of rhythm

Venue:  Village Hall
When?  Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30 (not 2nd Thursday of each month)
Contact:  Mark 077 66 88 31 71 or 01394 44 88 79
First session is free or just come and watch some time.

Mark Trewartha
Barefoot Beats

The Quiz – Saturday 22 Jan

Kirton Annual Quiz
Quizmaster: Alan Davy
Saturday 22 January 2011 at Kirton Church Hall
Tickets £5-00 (including refreshments) are available from
Jenny Richmond-Hardy 45 Burnt House Lane, 448213
or Susan Harvey 29 Falkenham Rd, 448780

Track Santa!

Doubtless some of you have tracked Santa on previous Christmas Eves and, thanks to NORAD and Google Earth, the flight of the sleigh will be fully covered once again this year. If you have never joined the tracking of the flight before, you are in for a real treat. Sadly, due to the nature of the evening, there is no chance to contact Santa direct but you can see where he is at any given moment in real time. To find out more now and to follow the flight on Christmas Eve go to:

Gardeners' Club 10th anniversary

Matthew Wilson cuts the cake made by Jen R-H

Tree lighting ceremony

Around 40 parishioners and children braved the freezing temperatures on the evening of the 3rd December to celebrate the switching on of the Village Green Christmas tree lights. Having been welcomed by the Chairman, Michael Paul, Rev. Helen Davey offered a prayer and dedication for the tree, before all joined in singing carols, accompanied by the Salvation Army Band. A charity collection realised £42, which will be divided between the Salvation Army and Ipswich Children’s Hospice.

Colin Shaw, Clerk 


On 23rd October 2010, we will be performing the final part of ‘The Village Hall Trilogy’
 ‘The Wedding’ By John Bartlett will be directed by Stuart Brindle.
The previous two parts sold out so hurry up before its too late!
Tickets £10 per person by calling 01394 448238 and we can post them to you if you do not live locally in Kirton. This is at no extra cost!

Raising money for Help for Heroes and 107.5 FM. All proceeds will be divided between the beneficiaries.
30th October 7.30pm onwards. Tickets are just £5.00 per person. BBQ & Buffet included in the price.

If you buy tickets for ‘The Wedding’ you can buy the same number of ‘Halloween Party’ tickets for just £2.50 each! (Normally priced at £5.00. This is an over 18 years only event)

More details...

African drumming 7 & 21 October VH

Village Hall 7:30 – 9:30pm
£5 / £3
Celebrate life with the vibrant energies of African drumming
Learn to enjoy and develop your sense of rhythm.
Connect with new people.
Contact Mark on 01394 44 88 79 or 077 66 88 31 71
Bring a drum if you have one or ring first if you need one.

Poster follows...

Christmas dip

Are you brave enough to have an early morning dip on Christmas Day?
On Saturday 25th December hundreds of St Elizabeth Hospice supporters will be taking part in the annual Christmas Day Dip in the sea off Felixstowe. 
Registration has just opened so if you are thinking of taking the plunge sign up today! Read More...

Scout Barn Dance - CANCELLED

The Barn Dance scheduled for Saturday 25 September has had to be cancelled – only 12 tickets sold.
Sorry folks but that’s what happens when you leave it to the last minute to buy a ticket. Read More...

‘Bawdsey Research Station’ Commemorations 2010

In recognition of the historic events that took place in 1935 and 1940 which played a significant part in Britain’s war effort, commemorative events have been taking place at Bawdsey Manor during 2010. To commemorate the end of the Battle of Britain radio stations will be operated from the Manor on Saturday & Sunday 11 & 12 September. The Bawdsey Radar Museum (in the original transmitter Block) will also be open on Sunday 12 September.

During its time as a radar research centre and as an operational station for Chain Home radar, it was known by the acronym BRS – Bawdsey Research Station. It was here that Sir Robert Watson-Watt and his colleagues turned the ideas on which the well known experiment at Daventry (26 Feb 1935) was based into a full operational system, without which the outcome of the Battle of Britain would almost certainly have been quite different.

You may have watched the rather unimpressive demonstration of radar on Coast recently (you
can detect aircraft before you see them!). Come and see how it was really done!

Suffolk Open Weekend 23-25 July

Suffolk celebrates London 2012 Open Weekend
Open Weekend 2010 takes place from 23-25 July and will include hundreds of cultural events across the UK.
Suffolk's response to this celebration is a fantastic range of events planned across the county, each one offering a unique opportunity for you to join in and take part, and they're all

and our own event

Friends of Kirton Church - 10th Birthday Festival
A celebration of the 10th anniversary of The Friends, dedicated to the up-keep of the Church and its environs. Includes a flower festival, an exhibition of locally created vestments, stone masonry, traditional oak carpentry and stain-glass making. Read More...

Outing to Carter’s Vineyard

The W.I. is arranging an outing to Carter’s Vineyard, Essex on the 26th August. There will be an informative video, a walk round the vines, a tour of the winery and cellar and a tasting of five wines. This will be followed by a cream tea.
The coach will depart from outside the Village Hall at 12.30 and will return about 5.00pm. The cost will be £17 for coach and tour. Money to be paid in advance please.
If you are interested please phone Val Bines on 01394 448487 or Iris Hitchen on 01394 273656

Summer Garden Party

1st Kirton Scouts invite you to their
July 17th, 12.00 noon to 4 p.m

Three very different gardens on Falkenham Road will be on show with happenings in each one, as well as quizzes. There will also be garden games for children and adults plus other attractions.
One of the gardens, number 18, will also have refreshments, a sizzling BBQ, delicious Cream Teas, tea with mouth-watering homemade cakes and local Strawberries & Cream. A stall selling local organic produce grown on the Kirton Allotments and more.
This will be a lovely way to spend a summer afternoon and help the 1
st Kirton Scouts to realise their dream of a big new Scout Hut.
Tickets are £1 for adults and 50p for children.
Parking will be available on the Village Green and there will be signposts to show the way.
For further info ring Keith on 01394 448817

"Happy Birthday" to Friends of Kirton Church

A 10th Birthday Festival is being held in and around Kirton Church on the 24th of July 11 a.m to 5 p.m to celebrate 10 successful years of the Friends.
Set up in 2000 as a Millennium project, the Friends have accomplished a great deal in caring for the fabric of our lovely Domesday church of St.Mary and St Martin.
The 24th of July will be a great occasion with many attractions to see and take part in.
Free entrance for all – so come, see and enjoy all that is on offer.

Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Cycle Ride

Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Cycle Ride
It’s nearly upon us again, time to think about the cycle ride. A lovely day out and a chance to help the Church funds. The Cycle ride is on September 11th you may do as many or as few Churches as you wish, just enjoy the ride and the variety of Churches available to see. I should have the sponsor forms soon, so please think about it. The whole family can go, make a day out!!

See Joy Bignell 44839, or 6 Rectory Lane, Kirton

The Gardeners have returned from France!

See the Gardeners’ Club pages for an overview of their trip to Picardie. Read More...

Friends of Kirton Church 10th Birthday Festival

Friends of Kirton Church
On Saturday 24th July from 11am to 5pm we will be celebrating our Tenth Birthday Festival, and we hope everyone will come and join us. There will be flowers and music in the church, and a chance to see the wonderful collection of embroidered vestments. There will be craftspeople at work, exhibitions of church and local history including the Felixstowe Family History Group and lunches and teas in the Church Hall.
There will be children’s activities, Felixstowe Vintage Prams, and best of all, the Mummers are coming! UPFRONT Productions will present a mummers’ play several times during the day.
More details will be published as the arrangements are confirmed, but it promises to be a lively and interesting day for all ages.
The plan is coming together, but we do need a few more volunteers to help on the day, so if you would like to help in any way please contact Eddie Colvill on 448378.

If you're not a Friend already and can't make it to our Celebration, then maybe you would consider joining us. Annual subscription is only £8 individual or £12 family. If you sign up you'll receive a free copy of our “Guide to the Church & Its History” (RRP £5) along with regular newsletters and know you'll be helping to preserve this unique testimony to local history. A Church was mentioned here in Domesday in 1086. The core of the present building dates to the 13
th Century. To join or for any queries please contact:
Eddie Colville on 01394 448378

23 May: Plant sale, Flower Festival, Open Garden

23rd May: After you’ve taken your plants home from the legendary Methodist Plant sale, there is a Flower Festival in Falkenham Church and a Garden open at Lodge Cottage, Falkenham.  2.00 to 5.00.  Admission: donations.  Teas, refreshments, cakes will be available. In aid of St Elizabeth Hospice. Read More...

Haiti Appeal Charity Car Wash

Felixstowe Fire Station Saturday 13 February 10:00 – 16:00
The Fire fighters of Felixstowe will wash your car for a donation of £5+
Money raised on behalf of British Red Cross

Suffolk Show

Tom Wells’ spreader wins 2nd prize in the restored Restored implement with tractor competition.
Pictures follow.

Gardeners' Club visit France

Under the guidance of Johan during 22–25 May 2009, we packed in a visit to Paris, gardens and châteaux en route and in the area. See Gardeners’ Club pages for details and pictures. Read More...

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