The life and very lively times of Phillip Thicknesse

Landguard Fort, Felixstowe: September 28th – October 1st

Something fabulous is happening in Felixstowe. The story of Philip Thicknesse, Governor of Landguard Fort 1753- 66, is being brought to life in the place where it all happened. A site specific production developed by the Woven Theatre Company with widespread community involvement and a whole new perspective on a man who should be better known as an important figure in Felixstowe’s and Suffolk’s history.

Landguard Fort is a spectacular location with a big a central courtyard surrounded by rooms, fortifications, underground passages, an outer bailey and a moat and Philip Thicknesse is a character you will never forget. He was a man with very little respect for authority and made countless enemies but gained great loyalty from his men because he believed corporal punishment was a barbaric practice. And he was adored by his wives, especially his third wife, Ann, a talented musician and writer who was determined to make her own way in the world.

Written by two local playwrights, Peppy Barlow and Sally Wilden, the production will be led by four professional actors and will include cartoons from primary school children, crowd scenes developed by students at Felixstowe Academy, the involvement of the Felixstowe Community Choir and the group of historic re-enactors based at the Fort. Other parts will be played by members of the public and the audience will feel very much part of the experience as they are welcome to join in with the communal songs. The Governor’s monkey, Jacko, and Ann’s parakeet will also be central to proceedings in the form of specially commissioned puppets.

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Flu Jabs at Holbrook and Shotley

It is difficult to think of flu season when the weather is so lovely but we have organised our clinics for this year as follows:

  • Wednesday 27th September at Holbrook
  • Thursday 5th October at Shotley
  • Thursday 12th October at Shotley
  • Tuesday 17th October at Holbrook
As always, no appointment is necessary, please just turn up at either site (you don’t have to go to your normal site) between 2pm and 6pm and book in at reception. If you are over 65 you have automatic entitlement, those patients under 65 who are identified as eligible will be contacted by letter prior to the clinics starting. Please note that if you are not eligible, we are unable to give private vaccinations at the surgery.

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Events in the next 7 days

Event Location Category Day Date Start End
Church Services for September 2017 Church Church Sun 24 Sep 09:30 10:30
2017 Flu Clinics Holbrook General General Wed 27 Sep All Day
Philip Thickness Friend or Foe General General Thu 28 Sep 18:00 21:00
Philip Thickness Friend or Foe General General Fri 29 Sep 18:00 21:00

Events up to 30 days from now

Event Location Category Day Date Start End
Philip Thickness Friend or Foe General General Sat 30 Sep 18:00 21:00
Philip Thickness Friend or Foe General General Sun 01 Oct 14:00 16:00
Philip Thickness Friend or Foe General General Sun 01 Oct 18:00 21:00
2017 Flu Clinics Shotley General General Thu 05 Oct All Day
2017 Flu Clinics Shotley General General Thu 12 Oct All Day
Harkstead Mobile Library Church Church Fri 13 Oct 13:50 14:05
Harkstead Mobile Library Bakers Arms Bakers Arms Fri 13 Oct 14:10 14:40
2017 Flu Clinics Holbrook General General Tue 17 Oct All Day
Harkstead Farmers Market Village Hall General Sat 21 Oct 08:00 12:30

Future Events

Event Location Category Day Date Start End
Harkstead Mobile Library Church Church Fri 10 Nov 13:50 14:05
Harkstead Mobile Library Bakers Arms Bakers Arms Fri 10 Nov 14:10 14:40
Common Ground Theatre General General Thu 16 Nov 19:00 21:00
Night Hike Harkstead General General Sat 18 Nov All Day
Harkstead Farmers Market General General Sat 18 Nov 08:00 12:30
Harkstead Mobile Library Church Church Fri 08 Dec 13:50 14:05
Harkstead Mobile Library Bakers Arms Bakers Arms Fri 08 Dec 14:10 14:40
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