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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...

Found necklace

Necklace with 7 large pink beads found on the Rec. Now repaired! Contact Webmaster or 45 BHL. 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!

Ballroom dancing lessons, anyone?

There is a proposal to run Ballroom Dancing lessons in the Church Hall on Friday.
There could be children’s lessons at 4pm and adult lessons at 7pm.
This all depends on the support given and advertisements are going up now!
Please spread the word and book with either Vera or Mike on 282285 if you are interested yourself.

Telephone scams again

Telephone scams continue. You may receive a call from a “representative” of BT, informing you that he is disconnecting you because of an unpaid bill. The caller will even demonstrate that he can block your phone. Don’t be fooled. By simply not hanging up, any caller blocks your phone for up to 6 minutes so you will not get dial tone when you try to make a call. If you receive such a call, inform the police.
See the links page (Computers and Internet) for sites that will tell you all about the latest wheezes the criminals are trying. Read More...

The September Review is online

You can download the full colour edition of the September Review from the download area. Read More...

Wine Pudding and Song

Friday 3 Sept : Wine Pudding and SongSt Martins Church, Trimley 7.30pm Friday 3rd September
Adhoctet, a group of local singers, will perform a range of songs from traditional to modern styles.
Tickets £7.50
Available from Sue
On 01394 211004
Includes a glass of wine**
and pudding In aid of Church funds and the Boost Bus. ** Soft drinks will also be available

Poster follows

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...

An Evening of 1940's Music – Friday 20 August

Music in Felixstowe presents
An Evening of 1940's Music – Friday 20 August
7.30 p.m. Kirton Church Hall

Emily Bennett and André Softeland – singers
Martin Waddington – keyboard
Harriet Bennett – cello

Tickets £10 from
Elizabeth Highton 01394 448399 and Stephen & Susan Harvey 01394 448780

Includes light refreshments, tea & coffee – BYO bottle & glasses
Profits to help maintain our lovely Domesday Church

Digital switchover transmitter details

Ofcom have published details of the transmission characteristics which the television transmitter network will adopt at digital switchover.
The report is available as a pdf file here. Read More...

Music in Felixstowe

Music in Felixstowe July newsletter

We start the month with a new initiative – a series of lunchtime concerts given by talented young Suffolk musicians.
The youngest is harpist, Imogen Ridge aged 13 and the oldest are the 17 and 18 year olds, busy in the middle of their A levels.
The series starts with a lively performance by children from Kingsfleet Primary School here at Old Felixstowe. I regularly help with their singing practice and it’s a real pleasure to have them along to launch the series.

All the concerts are on Wednesday lunchtimes at St Andrew’s Church at 1.00pm and you are welcome to bring your lunch along – we’ll supply the drinks. There is no charge to come in but we will be having a retiring collection. The full list of concerts follows, plus the last three concerts in our Summer season. Please book on 01394 670633 for the concerts at Felixstowe Ferry – the Sailing Club and St Nicholas church – as both have a limited capacity. 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

Telephone scams

Malware-pushing scammers appear to be stepping up their use of telephone-based pitches, resulting in an increase in reports from the UK of high-pressure cold calls designed to trick people into installing rogue antivirus products and other nasties. See Read More...

Break-in on 21 June

Overnight Monday 21st June in Burnt House Lane, Kirton a garage attached to a house was broken into. The up and over door was forced open causing damage and a set of screwdrivers were stolen but no entry was gained to the house.

Were you in the area in the early hours of this morning? Residents at the address were disturbed by a noise at around 4am, did you see or hear anything? Calls relating to this incident should be made to Felixstowe Police on 01473 613500 reference FE/10/1330


Please use this link to pass any useful information to Suffolk Police about this incident.


Police Direct Team

Suffolk Coastal Council Leader Defends Planning Policy As Key To Protecting The District

While recognising that there is scope for improvement, Suffolk Coastal’s Leader has robustly defended the work of the Council’s planning service after it was strongly criticised by three of the district’s parish councils.

Falkenham on Leslie Dolphin show today

Had a call from BBS Suffolk just now. They are featuring Falkenham on Leslie Dolphin’s show this afternoon. Read More...

The Gardeners have returned from France!

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


We had a swarm of bees on our larch tree this afternoon (27 May 2010)


No Unitary Authorities For Exeter, Norwich And Suffolk

The independent Boundary Committee had recommended that these councils not be given unitary status as they failed to demonstrate it would provide value for money for the tax payers and extra fragmentation of council services would not help the residents.
See

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...

Music in Felixstowe

Hello – I hope none of you got marooned abroad in the recent ash debacle. I had a 36 hour journey across Europe this week (9 trains and various buses, etc) My main worry was to get back in time for rehearsals with John Stafford, the pianist in our cello and piano recital next Sunday.
The programme opens with a lovely set of variations by Beethoven on a theme by Mozart. We then play the sonata by Benjamin Britten – a fantastic work where he experiments with the instruments to create some amazing effects. I last played this work about 15 years ago and the audience were knocked out by it.
To finish the programme we are playing the well-known F major sonata by Brahms – a work of great scope and dimension.
It being the Bank Holiday weekend I hope some of you will think that coming over to Felixstowe to hear such wonderful music is a good idea.
Sunday May 2nd at 3.00pm   St Andrew’s Church Felixstowe
Admission  £10 adults, children free
All the Best - Hattie

Annual Parish Meeting


of the above Parishes will be held at the

RECREATION GROUND PAVILION on MONDAY, 19th April 2010 at 7.30 p.m.

Signed Colin Shaw Clerk

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

Music in Felixstowe & Haiti Concert

Just reminding you that we have a lovely concert at St Andrew's Church Sunday 7 Feb at 3.00pm. Mark Messenger, Head of Strings at the Royal College of Music will be leading us in Brahms' G major sextet and Mozart's C major Quintet. Both are glorious!
If you feel like warming up your vocal chords to help the poor people in Haiti and also to help you prepare for our Faure Requiem in March.
Cheers Hattie

Messiah for Haiti
Come and Sing Handel's Messiah at Hadleigh Church, Sat 27 February.

All proceeds to DEC Haiti Earthquake. Essential rehearsal 2.30-5.30. Public concert at 7pm.
Bring own score if possible. Dress code: DJ/Long black if possible.
Min. donation £10 for singers and audience alike. Details at
Tel: 01449 743990 for singer registration and box office

Break-ins alert

There have been a lot of break-ins in and around Felixstowe. Make sure your place is locked when you go out.
4 February between 08:10 and 16:30 Church Lane Kirton: jewellery, 2 games consoles, large flat screen TV were among the items stolen from a house break-in. Anyone with information on unusual activities (white van) contact the police on 01473 613500 ref FE/238. Read More...

Tree Warden

Would you like to play an active role in conserving and enhancing your local trees and woods, if so we are looking for a

VOLUNTEER TREE WARDEN for Kirton and Falkenham

Tree Wardens are volunteers who keep an eye open for tree problems, instigate tree and hedge planting and may coordinate a veteran tree or hedgerow survey in their Parish. A programme of events and training courses are offered during the year, you receive a comprehensive tree manual and a newsletter. If you would like further information go to

If you are interested in this voluntary position, please contact Geoff Christian on 01394 448816


Helping Suffolk stay safe in bad weather

Information from the Suffolk Resilience Forum 6 Jan 2010

Suffolk Police’s top tips for winter driving
Gritting information from Suffolk County Council
NHS Suffolk advice for keeping healthy, particularly for older people
Look out for vulnerable people
East of England Ambulance Service urges public to use 999 wisely
Take fire safety precautions – advice from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service
School closures – information from Suffolk County Council
Refuse collections – advice from borough and district councils

Members of the Suffolk Resilience Forum, including Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Constabulary, NHS Suffolk, and district and borough councils, are working together once again to ensure the county’s residents stay safe during the current adverse weather conditions.

The Forum is issuing a series of key messages and top tips to let people in the county know what’s being done to deal with the bad weather and how they can keep safe in the snow and ice.


Snow pictures

Some pictures in the snow this morning, 8 January 2010... Read More...

Music in Felixstowe

Concerts in Felixstowe
February 7, March 7, 28, April 11, June 6, 27, July 24, August 19
Location: St Andrew’s Church at 3.00pm unless otherwise stated.
Details follow...

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