Steve Burch 2016 Suffolk Coastal Business and Community Award



THE judging of the Suffolk Coastal Business and Community Awards, has been completed during July and the finalists have been confirmed.

Steve Burch, our 1st Leiston Group Scout Leader, has been voted as a finalist in the category Services to the Community Award and Charity Champion. This is a tremendous achievement against some incredibly tough competition this year.

The finalist in all the categories can be seen on

Scouting exists to help make young people’s lives better, helping them realise their full potential and make an impact on their community. Steve has certainly played his part with 30 years of service. Steve has been a key figure in our community and has been able to give young people from all backgrounds invaluable life skills, opportunities and development.

His commitment to both the local group in fund raising and the wider scouting community has seen him attend : the world scouting jamborees held in Thailand; the 100 year centenary in the UK; many district group camps; Honoured and presented with the Rose Bowl from Saxmundham and District Rotary Club in recognition of his 25 years charity work supporting their East Coast Heritage Walk; Guest of honour at the annual Rotary Club presentation evening in 2015; Raised over £20k last year to replace the Scout Hut Roof.

Congratulations to Steve Burch for being voted as a finalist in each of the above categories. and wish him every success and a very enjoyable evening to remember. The Awards presentation took place on Thursday 15th September at 6.30pm and the winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 15th September at The Hangar, Milsoms Kesgrave Hall.

Fancy a Final Fling at the Long Shop Museum?

THE Long Shop Museum will once again mark the end of the season with a spectacular celebration of steam on Sunday 23rd October. Final Fling is our annual steam and activity day with full size and miniature engines being demonstrated in all their working glory. It runs from 11am to 4pm and highlights how the museum’s site in Leiston’s former Garrett Engineering Works, was a hub of industrial production with the design and manufacture of a prolific and diverse array of magnificent machines.

The lovely Consuelo Allen’, the Museum’s own 1923 Garrett steamroller, will be on display and of course the much loved shunting engine Sirapite will be in full steam and available for rides. Acquired by Garretts in 1926, she became a symbol of the works and a source of local pride and was renovated in recent years to become a key exhibit. Our portable engine is in the process of being lovingly restored by our Men’s Shed team so visitors can chart her progress following re-assembly earlier this year. Other engines large and small will be on display including a guest from Bressingham Steam Museum.

Why walk when you can take a tractor ride from nearby car parks and get a sense of the sights, sounds, smells and sensations on offer through a mobile slice of agricultural history?

Home-made refreshments including lovely hot soup will be available and the girl guides will be on hand helping serve in our pop up vintage tea-room. Activities for children, a prize draw, and further attractions are to be announced. There will be a range of visiting exhibits and visitors can look around the Museum’s original Garrett Works buildings and exhibits. Don’t miss the Final Fling of 2016, a static and moving pageant of engineering history – and a steamy affair!

Ticket prices are to be confirmed but please bear in mind that regular promotions and annual passes will not be valid for entrance on event days. For details of this and other events at the Long Shop, go to

Mettingham Autumn Flower and Vegetable Show

METTINGHAM Autumn Flower and Vegetable Show will be held on Saturday 24th September at Mettingham Village Hall.  
Doors open 2pm.  Entrance £1.  Teas, Raffle, Auction of produce
On Friday 14th October there will be a Sausage & Mash Supper with Slide Show, 7pm for 7.30pm also at the Village Hall.  Price £6.50 (to be confirmed).




THE film evening starts by showing a trailer followed by the feature film ‘Our Kind of Traitor’ starring Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard and Damien Lewis on Friday 21st October at Alburgh Village Hall (Low Road, Alburgh). BBFC 15.

Doors and Bar open 6.30pm, film starts at 7.30p. Adults: £4, children (U16) £2.

Ices available during the interval. Fish & Chips available from a mobile van on site - you are welcome to eat them in the hall prior to the film.

Future dates showing November 18th ‘Eddie The Eagle’ (PG) Comedy. or 01986 788477.

Woodbridge Art Club Summer Exhibition - Last Chance to Visit

THE weekend of September 24th-25th is the last chance to visit Woodbridge Art Club's summer exhibition which closes on Sunday 25th at 5pm after another successful season. However, we will be open again on October 29th and throughout the month of November, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm, giving visitors a chance to look for some unusual and original Christmas presents. The choice ranges from big oil paintings or small watercolours through a range of pottery items, useful bowls of all sizes or a variety of quirky ceramic figures and all sorts of delicate lace items; bookmarks, bowls, jewellery and even Christmas decorations. There will be the usual selection of original hand painted cards.
If you are not in buying mode you are still very welcome to come in out of the cold and browse around.