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Stradbroke is a thriving village.
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Two articles were missed from The Stradbroke Monthly this month. They were submitted underneath another article that did go in and the team occidentally missed these articles underneath. In response the Secretary of FOASS has written a letter for publication which we include under their articles, along with our response.
The Editorial Team, The Stradbroke Monthly
FOOD WITH FRIENDS FOR FUN AND FUNDS
A new fund raising initiative has commenced in Stradbroke to raise money for badly needed repairs to All Saints Church.
The basic idea is that each month participating couples undertake to entertain 3 other participating couples to a meal at their own cost, whilst charging each guest £15 per head. Guests would provide their own wine. This way £90 would be added to the fund each month, making £1,080 each year.
Meals could be a formal dinner party, a BBQ, a curry evening, fish and chips etc - the list is endless. It is, of course, not a competition, just an excuse to get together with other like-minded people for an enjoyable evening.
Two of these evenings have already been held and both were unanimously declared to be a great success. If you would like to join in the fun, please email email@example.com
HRH the Prince of Wales has kindly donated a Highgrove Cuvee of Champagne together with a pair of oak and silver coasters to the Friends of the Church. These items are being offered as the prize in a limited ticket raffle of 100 tickets at £5 each. This is a unique opportunity for someone to own a "piece of royalty". With a limited number…Continue
Stradbroke High School is celebrating record GCSE results today with 72% of pupils achieving 5 A-C Grades including both English and Maths. Headteacher Andrew Bloom told the EDP:
We are delighted that a stunning 72pc of our pupils achieved the benchmark of 5 or more A*-C grades including English and mathematics. It is incredibly pleasing that the hard work and commitment of pupils, the dedication of staff and the support of families has made this possible. Nearly 30pc% of all entries achieved grades of A or A* and of particular note were the outstanding results of Mathew Lynch (10A*, 2A), Holly Read (8A*, 2A), Joe Harris (8A*,3A), Jo Capp (5A*, 5A) and Hollie Hunter (5A*, 4A)
Well done to the teachers and pupils at Stradbroke High School! (Headteacher Andrew Bloom pictured)
Our monthly meetings are far from quiet, but at our August meeting an air of calm could clearly be detected, all due to Hattie with her cello. After welcoming members and visitors and with the business completed, Dorothy introduced us to our speaker the musician Harriet Bennett. She was a joy to listen to. Coming from a musical family, (her parents both played in the famous Halle Orchestra) she told us in a lively and humorous way of her life steeped in music, and her love of the cello. The cello had once belonged to her father and was often played by Sir John Barbirolli the conductor of the Halle Orchestra to demonstrate what he required from his musicians. Her love of music has taken all over the world, and she interspersed her talk by playing well known pieces by Schubert Tchaikovsky and Saint- Saens, to name but a few. As Hattie played the calm descended, and members were clearly moved by her music. Hattie who lives in Felixstowe, with her talented musical family nearby, organises many festivals. Her ‘Music of Felixstowe ‘Festival is now in its fifteenth season. We all loved Hattie. Prue Rush gave a moving vote of thanks.
In September we welcome Peter Banham with his talk on ‘Old Sayings and Origins’ Why not join us for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening.
Ollie Last, Vice-Chairman of Stadbroke Parish Council has issued the following statement announcing the appointment of Odile Wladon as Parish Clerk:
Stradbroke Parish Council are pleased to announce the appointment of Odile Wladon (pronounced Vladon) to be our clerk starting 1st September 2015.
Odile lives in Wickham Skeith working with her husband. They have 4 children. Although this is Odile's first position as a clerk of a parish council, she has a lot of relevant experience which includes carrying out necessary administration for a business, book keeping, PA to a Main Board Director at Laura Ashley, including minuting Board meetings, a school governor for 15 years (8 as Chair), and much more. Odile has shown to be very proactive and organised in many areas and has the full confidence from all councillors who have met her.
Odile is already booked on a training course and will get up to speed very quickly. Although Carol Smy has now left the council, Carol has kindly offered to provide some guidance and handover to Odile in the coming weeks, for which we are very grateful and would like to thank Carol for her ongoing support.
We do not have a PC meeting in August, but we will next convene at 7.30pm on Monday 14th September in the Community Centre.
Good news for just over half of Stradbroke today as BT and other providers began to accept orders for "superfast" broadband. Sometimes know as fibre broadband or FTTC this should give speeds up to 76MBps. Orders placed today seem to be given an activation date at the end of August.
You can check online to see of you can get superfast broadband.
We still do not know the date the rest of the village will get faster broadband although once people start to migrate to the "superfast" service in enabled areas the existing broadband should at least see speed increases...
You need to contact your existing Internet Service Provider (such as BT) to place an order to upgrade to the new faster service and extra charges may apply. BT customers upgrading to "Infinity" (the name they give for superfast) can upgrade free if they commit to stay with BT for 18 months but additional monthly charges apply depending on what package you choose.
As a reminder the map below shows where you can expect to receive superfast broadband: