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ON THE HORIZON

  • Free Concerts The Rural Coffee Caravan will be working with the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra to host four free concerts in May. This an amazing opportunity for Suffolk folk to hear some of the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra’s top musicians play ‘on their doorstep.’ We have hosted these concerts before and they are wonderful, uplifting occasions. To book your free place call us now on 01379 855338 or email us.

    • 17th May  at All Saints Church in Worlingham
    • 18th May at Hollesley Village Hall
    • 19th May at The Salvation Army Citadel in Ipswich,
    • 20th May at St Mary’s Church in Halesworth. 

    Poster to advertise the Suffolk Philharmonic Concerts hosted by The Rural Coffee Caravan in May 2022

  • The Suffolk Show is taking place from 31st May – 1st June. This annual two day event celebrates everything that is great about Suffolk is coming to life once again. A fun day out for the whole family to enjoy.

    We are delighted to be attending with some of our vehicles, so come along and see us. We will have the kettle on, so come and have a chat with us over a cuppa and find out more about our services across the county and how we might be able to support your community. To find out more about this event and how to buy your tickets visit the Suffolk Show website.

    The Suffolk Show 2022

  • Euston Rural Pastimes 12th June  A Country Show set in the grounds of Euston Hall, depicting our Rural Past, tractors, heavy horses, steam engines, everything! Plenty to see and do on the day. Held once a year on the second Sunday in June and all proceeds go to various charities.

    We are delighted to be attending with some of our vehicles, so come along and see us. We will have the kettle on, so come and have a chat with us over a cuppa and find out more about our services across the county and how we might be able to support your community. To find out more about this event and how to buy your tickets visit Euston Rural Pastime website

    Euston Rural Pastimes 2022

  • The Great Get Together takes place from 24th – 26th June, this year, it’s all about encouraging people to embrace the idea of ‘welcome’ as part of their Great Get Together celebrations, extending a hand of friendship driven by Jo Cox’s belief that ‘we have more in common than that which divides us’. Find out more by visiting  The Great Get Together website

    The Great Get Together June 2022

  • The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”. Everyone will be encouraged to play their part to enhance our environment by planting trees during the official planting season between October to March. Tree planting will commence again in October 2022, through to the end of the Jubilee year. Community groups are encouraged to get involved. The Woodland Trust is a partner of the QGC and their Free Trees for Schools and Communities Scheme is a great way to get involved with tree planting. Across 2021 and 2022 they have over three million saplings in tree packs, available on a first come first served basis. Information on how to apply for the free saplings is available through the Woodland Trust website or contact them on  0330 333 3300

    Queens Green Canopy Logo

  • Stamp Are Changing! Royal Mail are advising that from 31st January 2023, stamps showing 1st and 2nd class will no longer be valid as they are moving to a barcode system. However, if you have a store of stamps you will be able to exchange them for free for barcoded ones under their new ‘Swap Out Scheme’. For more information on the changes visit the Royal Mail website .

  • NHS Free Food Scanner App The app gives you an easy way to scan your family favourite foods so you can find a what healthier options are available, so you can swap them next time you shop. The app is available to download for free from the Apple Store or Google Play.  Find out more about how the app works on the NHS website where you can view the video.

    Food Scanner App

  • FREE Tablet Courses for 55+ in Bury St Edmunds, Lowestoft and Woodbridge. Learn new valuable skills including how to use the internet, emails, Zoom calls etc.  To book your place on a course at any of the venues, contact: Tracey on 01449 707030.

    BSEVC Tablet Courses  BSEVC Lowestoft Tablet ClassesBSEVC Woodbridge Classes

  • Kindness is not an act, it is a lifestyle

    With the frequent news headlines about the rise in energy and food prices, its not hard to recognise that the coming winter is going to be very difficult for many people, more people in all probability, than last year. Keeping connected to neighbours family and friends is vital as we go through these tough times and we work hard on this as you know, with our village visits, our MeetUpMondays network and our c-a-f-e network. With the best will in the world though, these wont pay the bills!

    If you are in a position to help financially, we would like to suggest three ways this can be done:
    1. Winter Fuel Allowance. If you don’t need yours, you can donate it to Suffolk Community Foundation ‘Rebuilding Local Lives appeal’ and they will redistribute the funds to households that need help.
    2. Sign up to 500 Suffolk Reasons and donate £1 a week to create a pot of kindness for a household struggling to cope. At the moment these awards can only be made once a month but as the membership grows so will the number of beneficiaries. 500suffolkreasons.org for more info.
    3. Donate to our Slow Cooker appeal: Cooking With Kindness Again Slow cookers are very cheap to use and make delicious meals out of the cheapest ingredients. Last year we gave out 500! We want to do this again if we can.
    All of these ways to help mean that your gift stays local, something we know can mean a lot.
    We are all in the same storm but not necessarily in the same boat
    …so if you can help, you won’t change the world but you will make the world of change to someone who needs this kindness. Plus in our experience, kindness begets kindness and we know that beneficiaries in the past have ‘paid it forward’ , so its really a win win situation.
    Any questions, do please get in touch by calling 01379 855338, or by emailing us, or via our social media.
    Thank you.
  • Mindful May! Action For Happiness have created a daily calendar, full of  ideas on how we can choose to respond to things we cannot always control. Being able to focus our thoughts on things that really matter can help us to make a real difference to our happiness, health and wellbeing.

    Mindful May Calendar 2022

  • The Orwell Challenge 2022 The Orwell Challenge was first held in 1976 and was the brainchild of past Rotary Club member Derek Jarman. The concept at the outset was to arrange an event that anyone could use both as a healthy challenge in our wonderful Suffolk countryside and to raise funds through sponsorship for their chosen charities or good causes. This basic concept remains at the heart of what is done today.

    Would you like to raise funds for the Rural Coffee Caravan or another charity by taking part in The Orwell Challenge?  Registration is now open online via the Rotary Club Of Ipswich East website.  You can sign up on the day but you may not guarantee a medal or t’shirt. To contact the organisers Rotary Club of Ipswich East call: 01473 411347

    Orwell Challenge Flyer 2022

  • The Food Museum Formally know as the Museum of East Anglia are touring from April – June with their exhibition ‘Food Stories’.  The exhibition celebrates East Anglian recipes, cooking, farming techniques and dialect words that have been passed down the generations. Visitors will be able to interact with the displays on view and will be able to contribute their own receipes and memories by bringing them along to the exhibition. Find out more by visiting The Food Stories Museum website

    The Food Stories exhibition will be joining us at our village visit to Mendlesham on Friday 6th May, from 10am – 12 Noon. located at the Mendlesham United Reform Chapel.

    Food Stories Exhibition Logo

  • The Red Rooster Festival 2nd – 4th June  A whisky sippin’, guitar strummin’, banjo pickin’, rib suckin’, weekend of Southern blues and country in the heart of Suffolk County, at Euston Hall, Suffolk.

    We are delighted to be attending the festival with some of our vehicles, so come along and see us. We will have the kettle on, so come and have a chat with us over a cuppa and find out more about our services across the county and how we might be able to support your community. To find out more about this event and how to buy your tickets visit  The Red Rooster Festival website.

    The Red Rooster Festival 2022

  • The Big Jubilee Lunch Taking place from 2nd – 5th June, the UK’s annual celebration for neighbours is inviting communities across the UK to come together for The Big Jubilee Lunch as part of the official celebrations for HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee! Find out more about the Big Jubilee Lunch by visiting the Eden Project Communities  website

    The Big Lunch and Jubileee Lunch

  • The Festival of Suffolk is a whole series of fantastic events and activities taking place from May – October . Launching with a torch relay on 13th May the Festival will encompass existing Suffolk events as well as a Beacon Lighting Ceremony, ’Best of British’ concert at Thorington Theatre in the Woods, Festivals of the Sea, ORA singers at St Edmundsbury Cathedral and much more. View the programme of events on the Festival of Suffolk website.

    Festival Of Suffolk 2022

  • Suffolk Dog Day  Taking place on 31st July, this is no ordinary day in the doggy diary, but a day to celebrate our furry friends in all their guises. Enjoy a great day out of doggy themed activities, entertainments and demonstrations with your dogs, family and friends at Helmingham Hall in Suffolk.  For More information visit the Suffolk Dog Day website or call 01473 786918 

    Suffolk Dog Day Logo

  • The Suffolk Advice and Support Service helps people across Suffolk, to access information or support relating to debt, benefits, housing or employment.  The service is also responding to the financial impact that Covid-19 on families across all of Suffolk.  Contact the helpline on 0800 068 3131 Monday to Friday, between 9am – 5pm or visit their website 

    Suffolk Support and Advice Service with Logo 

  • Work Well Suffolk Drop In Service Do you need support with education, training, employment, self-employment and wellbeing?  Work Well Suffolk are running a regular drop in service at the Chantry Library – every Wednesday 10.30 to 12.30pm and Gainsborough Library – fortnightly on Thursdays 10am to 1pm.  Support is available if you are:  18 + years old ♦ Unemployed / economically inactive ♦ Have a long-term health condition ♦ Have barriers to learning / employment ♦ Have poor mental health/autism/learning disabilities.  For more information contact Wendy Frost on 07784 360831 or email: wendy.frost@suffolk.gov.uk

    Work Well Suffolk Poster