Harkstead Village Grapevine

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8th July 2017

Planning Application for Replacement dwelling off Shore Lane

As you may already be aware, a planning application has recently been submitted to Babergh Council, to replace the existing dwelling at ‘Copperas Reach’ with a new dwelling, of larger size

The public notice of the application (ref B/17/01150) was sited in Shore Lane on 22nd June, but has more recently been moved to the gate of Copperas Reach itself.

Members of the public can submit comments on the application – but the deadline is fast approaching … 13th July.

A copy of the application plans and supporting documents – including a detailed ‘Design and Access Statement’ and landscape assessment, are viewable on the Council’s Planning web-site search pages – and are well worth looking at for anyone interested in proposals for this sensitive site in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

As you may also be aware, but possibly only if you walk the footpaths regularly, there has also recently been an application of a similar nature (but with a different design approach) to replace the present ‘Gallister Cottage’. That application (reference B/17/01071) has now been Approved by Babergh , but details of the proposals and supporting information are still viewable on the Council’s web-site (application reference B/ ) and are of relevance in relation to the proposals for Copperas Reach.

Rod Lay, ‘Rosecroft’, Holbrook Road

Quiz at The Bakers

Next quiz date : July 18th – Mike & Tina 8pm £2 per head to include a buffet.

After a discussion last evening, it was decided by a more or less unanimous vote, that we will take a break from quizzing during August – so the first one after the summer break will be on September 4th, when Evie has kindly volunteered her services! …. not to be missed!

30th April 2017

Trio2Toledo – A marathon bike ride (over 1,000 miles)

Geordie, Sean and Greg, plus supporters, will be meeting at the Bakers Arms, Harkstead, at about 2pm on Sunday 30th April for the start of their epic bike journey in aid of research into Parkinson’s Disease.

All are welcome to come along to see them off.

The first leg of their trip is to Shotley, when they catch the 4pm foot ferry to Harwich, where Stena Line have given them a free passage to the continent, which gives a second chance to wave them goodbye and good luck from the peninsula.

22nd April 2017

Supper Evening at The Bakers

Thurs 27th April 7 for 7.30pm

Choice of

  • Smokey Sausage Casserole, or
  • Lamb in a Mint & Rosemary Gravy, or
  • Vegetarian Smokey Sausage Casserole

All served with Creamed Potatoes & Fresh Vegetables

Fresh Rhubarb with Custard Or Fresh Fruit Salad

£12.95 pp – ring Michael to book on 326904

Quiz Night

As the roll-over pot reached £100 last Tuesday, it was decided to donate it to the Parkinson’s Disease charity being supported by Geordie and friends on their marathon bike ride to Toledo in Spain.

Next quiz nights are 8pm Tuesdays 2nd and 16th May £2 per head which includes a buffet supper.

Harkstead Annual Parish Meetings

The Annual General Meetings of the Harkstead Village Organisations and Charities will be held on Monday 8th May 2017 commencing at 7.30pm.
This will include the Annual Parish Meeting, the Village Hall Trustees as well as the Millennium Green Trust and the Good Neighbour Scheme as well as reports on the village charities.

Please come along and hear the reports of what has been happening in the village over the last year as well as showing your support for these organisations.

Farmers’ Market

The next Farmers’ Market is 20th May 9am-noon in the Village Hall.

5th April 2017

Baker’s Arms – Charity Night

8pm Saturday 8th April

Michael & Sheila are hosting a charity music night to raise funds for research into Parkinsons Disease.

This is part of a number of such events being organised by Geordie (Green Man) together with friends Sean & Greg to support this important work. Music will start at 8pm and include performances by local singer and guitarist James Nunn from Chelmondiston and a Rock & Roll group performing classic tracks and general up-tempo foot tapping songs. Donations will be invited, with a guide figure of £5. Michael and Sheila will be providing a buffet and there will be a raffle.

Charity Cycle Ride

Later this month Geordie, Sean and Greg will be undertaking a fundraising cycle ride from the peninsula to Toledo in Spain (over 1,000 miles!). Anyone willing to sponsor Geordie can get further information from Michael at The Bakers Arms.

12th March 2017

Baker’s Arms – Supper Night

7.30pm Thursday 30th March

Choice of

  • Steak & Kidney Pie with creamed potatoes
  • Beef Lasagne
  • Roasted Vegetable Lasagne

All with winter veg and sour dough bread Followed by Chocolate Torte Fresh Fruit Salad £12.95 per head – book with Michael on 326904

Harkstead Village Spring Auction

Saturday 1st April 10am

Our very popular twice yearly Auction will be held in the Village Hall starting at 10 am. If you would like more information or to book lots in for sale, please ring the ‘Loosers’ on 01473 328649 or email harksteadauction@btinternet.com Lots will be taken in on Thursday 30th March between 2 pm and 8 pm, however, it is essential to book in items for sale in advance as we will again be limiting the number of lots to about 250. ‘First come first served!’

The hall is open for viewing the items on Friday 31st March between 11am and 1pm and again from 4pm to 8pm as well as from 9am on the Saturday of the Auction itself. There is ample parking and refreshments will be available.

Eastern Angles At Harkstead Village Hall

Thursday 6th April. 7pm for 7.30 pm

A Riotous Romp of Devilish Encounters & Wild Music . Venture across the wintry Scottish Borders for Eastern Angles’ next spring tour show – The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart by David Greig. Follow Prudencia – an academic, on her way to attend a conference in Kelso. As snow starts to fall, she begins a mystical adventure of self-discovery accompanied by plenty of folky musical moments. The strange and beautiful Scottish tale is told by four mischievous storytellers. Sometimes they speak in boombastic rhyming verse, sometimes through beguiling traditional folk songs, which will set your toes tapping and your heart racing!

Pull up a seat and enjoy the unforgettable experience of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart!” Part live folk-gig, part folk tale, part barn-storming comedy.

Tickets £10. Booking: Margaret 328657 harward@btinternet.com

Baker’s Arms – Quiz Nights

8pm Tuesday, 11th and 25th April.

£2 per head, which includes a buffet supper. Everyone welcome.

Harkstead Farmers Market

Village Hall, Saturday April 15th 9am-12 noon.

All the usual ‘foodie’ stalls plus crafts and plants. Ample parking and refreshments available.

Hidden Harkstead Hikes

Roger Harward Easter Monday, 17th April

Take this opportunity to put some fresh air in your lungs.

Work up an appetite by joining us on a stroll around some of the less used footpaths, lanes and common land in the parish. A chance to view the beautiful countryside that we often miss when we drive through.

Starting Time: 10.00am Finish : 12-12.30pm approx –you decide !!

Meet: The Baker’s Arms car park1: The Baker’s Arms will be open for post walk refreshments. Arrive a few minutes early and pre-book. Sensible rough walking clothes & shoes / boots recommended – there are stiles to climb and other obstacles.

1 car parking at the Bakers for those ‘refreshing’ afterwards or 70m round the corner at the Village Hall.

Event subject to suitable weather – 328657

14th Febuary 2017

Baker’s Arms Quiz Nights

8.30pm Tuesday 21st Febuary, 7th March and 21st March. £2 per head which includes the cost of a buffet. Individuals or teams very welcome. Cash prize available for the picture round.

Baker’s Arms Supper Evening

7.30pm Thursday 23rd February. £12.95 per head. Book with Michael on 326904. The Menu is:

  • Steak and Kidney Pie with creamed potato
  • Or Beef lasagne
  • Or Roasted Vegetable lasagne
  • All served with Winter Vegetables and Breads
  • Followed by Chocolate Torte or Fresh Fruit Salad

OPEN VERSE at the Bristol Arms in Shotley

Thursday 23th January 7 pm. A change of venue for an evening of verse & prose recital on the theme of COMIC. You are welcome to listen to or recite a poem or piece of prose. No charge but there is food and drink available for purchase.

Harkstead Fireside Chats

Thursday 2nd March at 7.30pm in the Bakers Arms. Irene Jarrett, introduced by John Carey talks about her lifetime of sailing adventures with her late husband, Dick

£15, which includes a 2-course meal (menu tbc). Book with Michael on 326904

Harkstead Farmers Market

Saturday 18th March 9am-noon in Harkstead Village Hall. Ample free parking

Harkstead Village Spring Auction

Our very popular twice yearly Auction will be held on Saturday 1st April in the Village Hall starting at 10 am. If you haven’t been before, this is good fun and an enjoyable and profitable way of recycling those household goods that are too good to throw away. For buyers it is an opportunity to pick up collectors items and those of us with an eye for a bargain. Please put this date in your diary. If you would like more information or to book lots in for sale, please ring the *Loosers” on 01473 328649 or email harksteadauction@btinternet.com

The lots will be taken in on Thursday 30th March between 2 pm and 8 pm, however, it is essential to book in items for sale in advance as we will again be limiting the number of lots to about 250. ‘First come first served!’

The hall is open for viewing the items for sale on Friday 31st March between 11am and 1pm and again from 4pm to 8pm as well as from 9am on the Saturday of the Auction itself. There is ample parking and refreshments will be available.

Eastern Angles at Harkstead Village Hall

Thursday 6th April. 7.30 pm.

A Riotous Romp of Devilish Encounters & Wild Music Venture across the wintry Scottish Borders for Eastern Angles’s next spring tour show – The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart by David Greig.

Follow Prudencia – an academic on her way to attend a conference in Kelso. As snow starts to fall, she begins a mystical adventure of self-discovery accompanied by plenty of folky musical moments. The strange and beautiful Scottish tale is told by four mischievous storytellers. Sometimes they speak in boombastic rhyming verse, sometimes through beguiling traditional folk songs, which will set your toes tapping and your heart racing!

Part live folk-gig, part folk tale, part barn-storming comedy

Tickets £10.00 Booking: Tony 328687 tleeson@lineone.net or Margaret 328657 harward@btinternet.com.

10th January 2017

Happy New Year to everyone

Baker’s Arms Wednesday Curry Night

A choice of several curries of varying heats plus a sweet and sour option for those who don’t care for the heat of a curry.

Baker’s Arms Quiz Nights

8.30pm Tuesday 17th January, February 7th and February 21st. £2 per head which includes the cost of a buffet. Individuals or teams very welcome. Cash prize available for the picture round.

Baker’s Arms Supper Evening

7.30pm Thursday 19th January. (Menu to be confirmed)

Open Verse at the Baker’s

Thursday 26th January 7 for 7.30pm. An evening of verse & prose recital on the theme of food & drink. You are welcome to listen to or recite a poem or piece of prose. £3 per head, which includes a buffet supper.

Harkstead Farmers’ Market

Saturday 21st January 9am-noon in Harkstead Village Hall

Illustrated Garden Talk with Q & A – Downsizing Without Tears – Helen Yemm

Saturday January 28th at 3pm in Harkstead Village Hall.

Helen Yemm is best known for her Thorny Problems column in the Daily Telegraph Saturday Gardening section, her television series and her books on practical gardening. She will be giving a beautifully illustrated talk in Harkstead on the challenges of downsizing her own garden. The talk will be practical and entertaining and is intended to provide inspiration and information for everyone, not just those finding themselves in a similar situation.

The talk will be followed by an informal gardeners’ question and answer session, and refreshments which are included in the ticket price.

Tickets £10 on the door or £9 in advance from Patty Shone shonepatience@gmail.com tel 787586

Ticket proceeds are in aid of Harkstead Church

11th December 2016

Pub Hours

No curry at The Bakers this Wednesday 14th December – bar open as usual.

  • Christmas Eve – Bar open 12-3 and 6-11. Food available 12-2
  • Christmas Day – Bar open 11.30 – 2. No Food
  • Boxing Day – Bar open 12-4. Food (light bites) 12-2
  • Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th – Pub Closed
  • Thurs 29th – Bar open 12-3 and 6-11 Food available 12-2
  • Friday 30th – Bar open 12-3 and 6-11 Food available 12-2
  • New Year’s Eve – Bar open 12-3 and 7-1 Food available 12-2 and buffet in the evening
  • New Year’s Day – Bar open 12-4 Food available 12-2

Christmas Quiz at The Bakers

Tuesday 20th December 8.30pm £2 per head
All on a Christmas theme. Everyone welcome – individuals or teams

Harkstead Village Supper Club

Wednesday 21 December 2016

Christmas Menu

  • Crown Of Roast Turkey stuffed with sausage meat, marsala and cranberries
  • Baked Ham Served With Cranberries
  • Vegetable Wellington
  • All Served With Italian Style Potatoes & Fresh Vegetables
  • Christmas Pudding With Fresh Cream
  • Berry Pudding With Fresh Cream

£17.95pp Ring Michael on 326904 to book your place.

Merry Christmas Everyone

15th November 2016

Harkstead Village Supper Evening Thursday 24 November 2016

Menu

  • Breast of chicken wrapped in bacon, with brie,
  • Served with fresh vegetables & new potatoes
  • Hungarian pork stew, served with linguine, pickled cucumber and breads
  • Cauliflower steak with chimichurri sauce
  • rice pudding with apple
  • fresh fruit salad

£12.95 Tel. Michael on 326904 to book

Helen Yemm – Downsizing Without Tears

An illustrated garden talk with a question and answer session

This will now take place on Saturday 28th January at 3pm in Harkstead Village Hall.

Gardener, writer, author, teacher and hardy perennial ‘Thorny Problems’ columnist for The Daily Telegraph, Helen Yemm suddenly found she had to ‘up sticks’ and leave her much photographed and admired two acre Sussex cottage garden. This lavishly illustrated talk – the story of how she ‘downsized’ her garden and started again with a tiny neglected patch – is personal, practical and entertaining. It is intended to provide inspiration and information for everyone, not just those finding themselves in a similar situation. The talk will be followed by an informal gardeners’ question and
answer session, and refreshments.

Tickets £10 on the door, £9 in advance, available from Patty Shone shonepatience@gmail.com. All proceeds in aid of Harkstead Church

Quiz Dates – 8.30pm start. £2 per head which includes a buffet supper

  • 15th November – Evie
  • 6th December – Chris & Jane
  • 20th December – Roger as our ‘Festive Quizmaster’

Bakers Arms’ Fireside Chats – Thursday 1st December 7.30.

£15 which includes a two course meal.

Guest speaker – Jeremy Cooper, MD of Ipswich Buses who will be talking about the future of public transport in the rural community. There will also be a Q & A session. Ring Michael at the Bakers to book 328904

13th October 2016

Church concert

We welcome the Abbot Consort of Voices on Saturday 15th October at 7.30 pm. Tickets (including light refreshments) £10.00 adults, £5 students, are available from Eleanor, eleanor.soar@gmail.com 01473 327266.

Bakers Arms Supper Evening

Thursday 20th October 2016

Menu

  • Shank of English Lamb in a Rosemary & Mint Jus
  • Chicken En Croute
  • Both Served With Creamed Potatoes & Fresh Vegetables
  • Lentil Shepherd Pie with a Champ Topping
  • Syrup Sponge Pudding with Custard
  • Fresh Fruit Salad

£12.95pp – book with Michael on 326904

Open Poetry Evening

Open poetry evening at the Bakers Arms – Thursday 27th October 7 for 7.30pm. £3 which includes buffet supper. The subject this month is Witches & Wizards.

Bakers Arms Fireside Chat

Bookings now being taken for Thursday 3rd November 7.30pm – ring Michael on 326904. £20 per head, which includes a 2 course meal and a talk by Charlie Haylock, Suffolk’s well known leading entertainer. Dinner will be followed by one of Charlie’s hilarious sketches of Suffolk life, with the possibility of a bit of live music as well.

Pub Quiz

Next date for the Pub Quiz is Tuesday 18th October at 8.30 . Followed by November 1st and 15th. Just £2 per head which includes a buffet supper. Individuals or complete teams very welcome.

Village Hall Auction

Village Hall Auction 10am Saturday 5th November. Lots must be booked in on 328649 or emailed to harksteadauction@btinternet.com by noon on Thursday 3rd and brought to the hall between 2-8pm on that Thursday. Viewing is Friday 11am-1pm and 4-8pm or Saturday 9am for an hour before the sale starts.

Garden Talk

There is an illustrated garden talk at the Village Hall at 4pm Saturday 12th November, followed by questions and answers. The speaker is Helen Yemm, columnist from the Daily Telegraph, on the challenges of downsizing her own garden – her talk promises to be personal, practical and entertaining. There are refreshments included in the ticket price of £9 if purchased before the 12th or £10 on the door. Book with Patty Shone on 787586 or shonepatience@gmail.com

BT Phone Box

BT are going to remove the telephone box in River View Road in the new year. The Parish Council have been offered the chance to buy the box for just £1 if the village can come up with a good use for it. Other villages have used theirs as housing for a defibrillator (we don’t have one as yet), a library or just to house a floral display. There would be ongoing maintenance costs of course, depending on the use we have for for the box, but the Council would be pleased to learn what support there would be to keep the box. Contact the clerk, Pam Tunbridge,20 Beacon Lane, Little Bealings IP13 6LZ or email p.tunbridge@btinternet.com

10th September 2016

Bakers Arms’ Supper Club Thursday 22nd September 7 for 7.30pm:

Menu

  • Beef Stroganoff With Basmati Rice & Sour Dough Bread
  • Salmon Fishcakes, New Potatoes & Mushy Peas
  • Aubergine & Mozzarella Bake With Rice Or Bread.
  • Chocolate Sponge Pudding
  • Fresh Fruit Salad.
  • £12.95pp – Book with Michael on 326904

Bakers Arms – Open Verse Thursday 29th September 7 for 7.30pm £2 which includes a buffet supper.

The theme this month is MELLOW FRUITFULNESS. Open to anyone who enjoys just listening to poetry, rather than reading it out loud. Prebook with Sharon-Anne Kennedy at maithanbhean@btinternet.com Ideas welcome for next year’s programme.

Bakers Arms – Quiz Nights

For the new season it has been agreed to hold the quiz nights on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, starting at 8.30pm. The next dates are 20th September, 4th and 18th October. It costs £2 per head, which includes the buffet supper and a contribution towards the cash prize on offer to winners of the Picture Round. Individuals or teams of 4/5 are very welcome.

Harkstead Village Hall – Farmers’ Markets

9am-noon on 17th September and 15th October

Church Concert

Harkstead Church hosts a concert on Saturday 15th October at 7.30pm. Music is provided by the Abbot Consort of Voices with Peter Crompton as their guest conductor. Tickets, which include light refreshments, are £10 for adults, £5 for students. Please book with Eleanor Soar at eleanor.soar@gmail.com

Peninsula Triathalon

The Peninsula Triathalon is being held on Saturday 9th October which means there will be about 250 cyclists going through the village over quite a short space of time. Actual timing is not known as participants have to swim upteen lengths of the RHS pool first, then cycle 20 miles around the peninsula back to RHS where they then run 5k. I don’t know why cycle rides are measured in miles and runs in kilometres but that’s the mystery of sport for you.

Bus Service

Bus Service – the changes to the bus services seem to be causing confusion and anger in equal amounts, with people in Lower Holbrook being left without public transport almost altogether. Those who have ridden it report it being a pretty route but rather bumpy and much slower. One poor driver met the bus at the start of Lings Lane and had to back her car out onto the main road to let it get through – the buses don’t back for anyone who is unfortunate enough to meet them on the back lanes. We’ve also had one bus stuck trying to get round one of the very tight corners in Harkstead – none of the drivers seem to have been taught the route properly and he missed the turning into River View Road. If you wish to comment on the route change, please contact Ipswich Buses on 0800 919390 or email info@ipswichbuses.co.uk

Good Neighbours Scheme

Don’t forget the Good Neighbours Scheme can nearly always help with transport (or other) problems. Prebook on 328326

9 August 2016

Free Concert in Harkstead Church:

A group of young musicians will be having a short summer school/band camp in Harkstead with the cellist Orlando Jopling who gave a memorable cello concert in Harkstead Church a couple of years ago. Their music practice and rehearsal will end with an informal concert on Friday 26th August at 2pm. Entry is free. The young people would appreciate an audience so If you’d like to come to this, you would be very welcome. No need to book just come to the event.

Changes to the Buses from 4th September 2016 – the service is operated by Ipswich Buses, tel 0800 919390

Whilst Harkstead village will continue to have their usual service into Ipswich from 8.08am until 6.09pm (weekdays) and 10.32am to 6.09pm on Saturdays, there is a change in route so only the weekday bus at 8.08am and 4.34pm and 4.34pm on Saturdays will go to Ipswich via Lower Holbrook and Holbrook village. All the other buses will go via the Church and Lings Lane, then turning left in Chelmo to go to Ipswich. Coming back from Ipswich, those arriving at The Bakers at 9.26am and 3.44pm (3.36 on a non school day) on weekdays and the 9.26am and 3.36pm on Saturdays, will be the only buses coming through Lower Holbrook. All the other buses will reach The Bakers via Lings Lane and the Church. This obviously means very little opportunity for Harkstead residents to get to and from Holbrook and leaves Lower Holbrook with a just a skeleton bus service. The full timetable will be on the Ipswich Buses website and printed copies will be available from 22nd August

In the meantime, the complete timetable at The Bakers Arms will be:

  • To Ipswich: Weekdays: 08.08, 10.32, 12.32, 14.32, 16.32, 18.09
  • Saturdays: 10.32, 12.32, 14.32, 16.32, 18.09
  • Of these, the 08.08 and 16.32 (weekdays) and 16.32 (Saturdays) will go via Lower Holbrook
  • To Shotley: Weekdays: 09.26, 11.34, 13.34, 15.44, 15.36(non school day)
  • Saturdays: 09.26, 11.34, 13.34, 15.36
  • Of these, the 09.26 and the 15.44/15.36 (weekdays) and 09.26 and 15.36 (Saturdays) will arrive via Lower Holbrook

3 August 2016

The Baker’s Arms

The pub is offering reduced hours over the next week – 4-11th August – due to Michael and Sheila taking a break in Ireland.

The changes are Thurs 4th – closed all day, Friday 5th – Bar only open 6-11pm, Saturday 6th – Bar only open 6-11pm, Sunday 7th – Bar only open from 12 noon-4pm, with Light Bites available 12 noon -2pm. Monday 8th – closed all day. Tuesday 9th – Bar only open 7-11pm. Wednesday 10th – Bar open 7-11pm with Curry Night 7-9pm. Thursday 11th – back to normal

Supper Evening: “BLAST FROM THE PAST MENU
THURSDAY 25th AUGUST 2016
WHOLE TAIL WHITBY SCAMPI
CHAR GRILLED PESTO MARINATED CHICKEN
VEGGIE BASKET WITH DIPS
TEMPURA BATTERED SEAFOOD
All served in baskets with paprika roast potato wedges & mint pea puree
xxxxxx
FRUIT JELLY & ICE CREAM
FRESH FRUIT SALAD
£12.95pp

Book with Michael on 326904

Did you realise how much goes on in the village that you can participate in:

There is a library van that stops near the Church and again near the Bakers once every 4 weeks – next visit 19th August

There are concerts 3-4 times a year in the Church. A very varied selection of music, usually with refreshments to round the evening off. Next date is 15th October. There is an annual Art and Craft Exhibition in early summer in the Church featuring the talents of local artists. There are also the bell ringers and the flower arrangers who make sure the church is always suitably decorated.

The Village Hall offers weekly Drawing Classes and a long standing weekly Art Group. There is a coffee morning every Wednesday morning and a Farmers Market on the third Saturday of each month 9am-noon. There are Auctions twice a year in spring and autumn. There is also a visit every two years from Eastern Angles, a professional touring theatre group.

Apart from their regular drinks and food trade, The Bakers hosts a regular darts team. a book club, a weekly quiz, a monthly Supper Evening and a monthly Poetry evening. Over the last few years the pub has also hosted village celebrations such as the Anniversary of VE Day and several Royal Occasions, which have been very well attended, pleasurable occasions.

The village website Harkstead.com gives information on the village. There is also the monthly Church & Village News and In Touch – both these give information on things that are happening in other villages on the peninsula as well as supplying adverts for local tradesmen.

If you would be interested in more information on any of these activities please contact harward@btinternet.com in the first instance. New participants are always warmly welcomed.

17 June 2016

Saturday 18th 9am-noon in the Village Hall – Farmers Market. A chance to buy local produce, cakes and numerous other items. Refreshments and Grand Raffle.

Thursday 23rd 7.30pm after you have been to the hall to cast your vote in THAT referendum, a welcome return to a monthly Supper Evening in the Bakers. Menu is a choice of:
BEEF LASAGNE " AL FORNI"
served with salad and sourdough breads
OR: CORNISH SARDINES
served with new potatoes, salad and sourdough breads

OR: BUTTERNUT SQUASH
stuffed with onions pine nuts and cheese.
Followed by:
ETON MESS
OR: FRESH FRUIT SALAD
£12.95 per head – Book with Michael on 326904
Please note that any cancellations received after 10am on 23rd will be charged in full

Thurs 30th June at The Bakers – An evening of Open Verse returns – theme is Busting Out All Over (rather apt after some of Sheila’s meals). Starts 7.30pm with break for buffet at 8.30pm. £3 to include the buffet.

The weekly Quiz continues at The Bakers on Tuesdays 8.30pm. More participents are always welcome, either individuals or teams . Cost is £2 per head which covers the cost of the halftime buffet.

Other News:
The Coffee Morning to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday held in the Village Hall on June 11th raised £370 for Riding for the Disabled. Many thanks to those who organised this event and those who supported it so generously.

The swings and other equipment on the Millennium Green have been repainted in rainbow colours. Many thanks to Roger Harward, Simon Leatherdale and Tony Leeson for all their hard work.

Parish Council: At the Annual Parish Council meeting, Simon Leatherdale was voted as Chairman in place of William Wrinch, who decided to stand down after many years of leadership. Thanks is due for all his work for the village and members are pleased William is carrying on as a Councillor. There are vacancies so if anyone is interested in becoming a councillor, please contact any of the current councillors for more information. Basic requirements are you need to be over 18 years of age and on the electoral role.

25 May 2016

The Baker’s Arms: We are pleased to welcome Michael and Sheila back in a fully functional Baker’s, although sorry for their sakes that the sale of the business has fallen through. Michael has kept it ticking over for the last few weeks, living in a flat with just a lilo to sleep on, but now Sheila has returned, organised some furniture and the restaurant is now fully open for business: lunches Wednesday through to full Sunday Roast and evening meals Wednesday (Curry & Sweet n Sour Night) to Saturday. As Monday 30th is a Bank Holiday, they will be serving food during the day then also. Quiz Nights, Darts and, hopefully, the Poetry Evenings and Supper Club will all carry on as before.
Enquiries and bookings – 326904

Hustings – 7.30pm tonight Thursday 25th in the Village Hall. Your chance to hear live debate on whether we should be In or Out of Europe and to put questions to the panel.

Sat 11th June 10.30am Coffee Morning in the Village Hall to celebrate The Queen’s 90th Birthday. Cakes and refreshments, Raffle, Bring & Buy stall and Memorabilia table. All proceeds will go to Riding for the Disabled. There will be representatives of the charity there with information on their work enabling disabled people of all ages to ride in a safe environment.

Suffolk Open Studios. Over two weekends in June artists will be welcoming people to visit their work areas. The dates are 4th & 5th June and 11th & 12th June, 11am to 5pm. There are studios opening all over Suffolk (see suffolkopenstudios.org) but in Harkstead we have Rodney Freeman at Lavender Cottage (also selling plants)- oil paintings, Louise Harward at The Baker’s Arms (her studio at Suffolk Food Hall was not open when this event was planned)- willow and wire animal sculptures and paintings, Usch Spettigue at Rectory Cottage – ceramic pots, jugs and plates, and Sue Stannard at Lower Road – paintings in various media.

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