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  • Susan’s Witterings – Feb 2024

    Well here we are again already one month in to 2024 how time flies. The Christmas lights are down and trees have been packed away for another year and we sigh and say ‘back to normal’. I like Christmas as most surfaces are covered in cards and candles which means I don’t need to dust! As many of you who know me realise this is never very high on my agenda! Not too many needles from the Christmas tree this year either, possibly as I bought it early and gave it lots of water. I know they are harder work but I do love the piney smell. Some of our decorations were given to my brother as a 2 year old by neighbours and they were old then. Every year I unwrap each precious glass ornament and delicately hang them on the tree. Each decoration is valued. We also have candles on the tree.

    What is normal? We live in wonderful villages with lots of things going on. How about trying something new this year. There are lots of classes advertised on the ‘Village Page’ in this review. Short Mat Bowls, Table tennis on the Recreation ground as well as football, Gardening Club, WI, Line Dancing, Pilates, Judo, Whist Drives, Chair exercises to help with balance and help to prevent falls, Dorian Singers, Community Tea Shop, Methodist Coffee morning. How about visiting the Mobile Library? We once took the award for being the Most Active Village.

    We have a wonderful Scout, Cub and Beaver unit for girls and boys in the village. Have you thought about being a helper or becoming a leader or taking your children along? Scouting is excellent fun for all ages and the youngsters get a lot out of gaining experience in practical skills. A couple of hours a week volunteering is not a lot to commit to. All these things are run on your doorstep for everyone to enjoy.

    Nassau Trust

    We have allotments for local people to rent, we have one spare at the moment. We also have a couple of raised beds free if people want to try to grow small amounts of produce at waist height. These allotments produce an amazing amount of fruit and veg and there is always someone who will be happy to give advice. Why buy imported veg when you can grow your own! Contact me if you would like to look around our allotments with a view to renting one.

    The Trust also supports people in the village who are struggling to make ends meet when too many bills come in at once.

    Our Mini Top Up Box is still on our driveway which contains all kinds of things for people to take. People are very generous with donations both monetary and supplies. There are leaflets in there should anyone wish to take one with Trust contact details on.

    The Falkenham Road Flood

    Having had a lot of water on the road since 20th October I was surprised to see lights flashing outside our bedroom window at 11.00pm just before Christmas. No they were not neighbours’ Christmas lights but big orange ones on vehicles pumping water. One on Fakenham Rd and one on Meadowlands corner. In the morning all the water had gone. The recent rain caused another flood but it disappeared within a couple of days. Watch this space and if it floods please, drivers, do slow down, pedestrians are getting fed up with being splashed as they try to make their way through the flood.

    Please contact me for any information.

    Susan Harvey. May Cottage, 29,Falkenham Road. 01394 448780 07786392878

  • 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

    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.

  • Eastern Angles


    Eastern Angles will be performing “Medieval Miracles”, Two Tales of Mischief, Devils and Song at Kirton Church Hall on 13th May, at 7.30 pm. 
    Tickets costing £12.50 are available from or phone 07307 527802

  • Falkenham Bells


    I expect many of you have been aware of the Ring for the King project, what with it being on the news a few times! This has been a call for new and lapsed ringers to ring on Coronation day, so that all the bells in the country can celebrate on the day. To do this, we have been training up new recruits all over the country, and encouraging lapsed ringers to take part, so that we have sufficient numbers to perform this mammoth task.

    At Falkenham, I have been teaching two new students (it takes about 15 hours to learn to handle the bell, but obviously not all done in one session!) and we have a lapsed ringer as well. This is really good news for Falkenham as we need to build up our numbers. If you been out and about on Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings, you may have heard a single bell ringing. That’s our learners practising and doing very well, too, I have to say.

    If you’d like to see how it’s done, just let me know at the email address at the bottom and we can arrange for you to have a go and see whether you’d like to carry on and learn properly. There’s more to it than meets the eye!

    Lesley Barrell mail[at[

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