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th 17 mr 16St Patricks's Day

The constabulary warn about telephone scams involving council tax, one in which the caller claims to be from the district council.

su 6 mr 16

Review of house sales near the coast over the past ten years.

fr 4 mr 16

A male pony was found dead in a Hollesley field yesterday afternoon was thought to have been shot but a post mortem at the scene indicates the death is not suspicious.

tu 1 mr 16St David's Day

Spices in gherkin jarsLife Skills 9:  Supermarkets that have a world food section (the Norwich Hartford Bridge Tesco has Nigerian 6% Guinness!) may have those large cellophane bags of ground spices at a pro rata one fifth the price of Schwartz refills.  We decant them into large one time gherkin jars and even then the jars aren't big enough.  Couldn't see any large bags in the Martlesham Tesco today but not surprisingly the Hackney Tesco does stock them.

mo 29 fe 16

Fram Con Club bar Saturday nightWe lost useful broadband Saturday morning (thank you BT) which was a pity as we wanted to tell you about wrestling that evening at the Stonham Barns and The Outlaws at the Framlingham Con Club.  Coming back from The Outlaws we passed The Railway at 10:50pm just as a nun ran past presumably not wanting to miss last orders ... honest, a nun ... a bloke but in a wimple and habit.

fr 26 fe 16

Part of the Wyverstone ammunition stashThe thing about chairman of the parish council James Arnold's highly illegal 460+ firearms stash in Wyverstone (the other side of Stowmarket from near the coast) was the some 200,000 rounds of ammunition and other explosives.  Kept in close proximity and a single room if there had been an accident there would ... more here

sa 6 fe 16

House sales busy in Woodbridge ... but then it's quite a big place for ntc.

mo 4 ja 16

EA-CAT (pronounced 'ee'-cat) is the Eastern Community Assistance Team ... Same people, same commitment.

we 2 de 15

#bloodychristmas ... eh?Tomorrow 10am-6pm the Friday Street farm shop on the corner of the A12 and the A1094 for Aldeburgh is having a Christmas food tasting.

mo 30 no 15St Andrew's day

On a Long Stratton corner opposite the Shell garage the smaller open all hours Co-op is now Funeral Services so on Sunday nights useful the Stradbroke Spar is open for travellers returning to near the coast.

we 25 no 15

Brundish Christmas Fair2pm Saturday afternoon it's the Brundish Christmas Fair in the village and there's an important  CHANGE OF VENUE  the candlelit advent carol service Sunday week has moved to St Ethelbert's Tannington because restoration in St Lawrence the Brundish church means the organ won't be available.

mo 9 no 15

Bury Saints tiny running back 27As most of the grass near the coast was sodden Saturday we expected Thetford rugby club to be the same but either the pitch is remarkably well drained or it's been drier in that there Norfolk.  Despite a 31-0 shut out on international visitors the Rotterdam Trojans the Trojans sportingly played a final post game rush where hosts the Bury Saints brought on a tiny running back who took it in for a TD.

On the B1117 between Heveningham and Walpole Tuesday afternoon a black Volkswagen failed to stop after a collision with a Vauxhall Corsa.

mo 26 oc 15

Campsea Ashe farm machinery auctionWe thought it a little odd that the police were having a meet and greet at Clarke & Simpson's Campsea Ashe and definitely surprised by the packed car parks when we arrived.  The mobile police station and PCC Tim Passmore were there but the attraction was a farm machinery auction.  Very enjoyable, people in wellies poking at lumps of rotating metal whilst discussing it on the mobile and a Harwich farmer who told us of using a pole to force stacked bales off a sledge before sledges got a hinged tipper and then were made illegal.

sa 3 oc 15

Tomorrow lunchtime is Bucklesham Plough Day ... we recognised the name but had to look it up, Bucklesham is just off the A12 near the junction with the A14.

fr 11 se 15

House sales eh?

mo 31 au 15

It's not near the coast, it's not even Suffolk but we just love the name, next weekend is the Strumpshaw Steam Weekend.

mo 17 au 15

It was a collision between a vintage tractor's trailer and a Golf that closed the A12 yesterday.

su 16 au 15

11:45am: A12 problems both ways just north of the A14.

mo 29 jn 15

We might have to review our opinion that everything is happening near the coast this Saturday the fourth, the Saturday after the 11th is getting pretty busy.  Cretingham fete is on the 11th though we're not sure where.  In Stradbroke Stradisphere is back with loads of local bands.  Last year it was extremely well organised, let's hope this year they're rewarded with a better turnout.

fr 26 jn 15

We're pretty sure another thing happening near the coast on 4 July is the Kenton church fete but we've lost the bloody bit of paper!

th 25 jn 15

The Gentleman Plumber setting up last yearAnother thing happening near the coast on 4 July is the 2015 Dunwich Dynamo will be passing through.  The Gentleman Plumber's pop up café by the water tower on the Saxmundham Road will be serving home slow cooked pulled pork.

fr 15 my 15

Nothing to do with near the coast but a beautifully crafted involving nine minutes.

su 3 my 15International Dawn Chorus Day

Difference of opinion between Dr Dan Poulter MP for much of near the coast and a Stradbroke councillor and a prospective Stradbroke councillor.

sa 2 my 15

We've been trying to crowbar this since February, with the catchy title Flaunt your Flowers you can help the St Elizabeth Hospice by opening your garden for half a day this summer.

tu 21 ap 15

 JOB  Part time nanny urgently needed in Monewden.

sa 25 ap 15

Last week a burglary, thefts and a car stolen in Friston, and thefts from cars in Benhall and Sternfield.

sa 28 mr 15

English DemocratsLooks like the expected parties and all new faces (except for sitting MPs) in the constituencies Coastal and Central Suffolk this general election.  The only real bandit is Tony Holyoak standing as an English Democrat for Central Suffolk.  The English Democrats despite the name stand for Britishness apparently.

So far no SNP candidate but near the coast you never know ...

tu 24 mr 15

Framlingham town councilThis coming May Stradbroke will have a contested parish council election, around near the coast most places probably won't bother ... don't know about Stackton Tressel.  Surprisingly applications to be a parish/town councillor have to be delivered to the district council by hand, in Stradders the parish clerk will deliver it for you.

su 22 mr 15

Mobile Police StationThe cuts have meant that the mobile police station near the coast now only goes out every six weeks and even the station seems to have shrunk.  OTOH they are going out until the end of the year with the next set of visits starting in Campsea Ashe at the end of the month.

sa 14 mr 15

Barn blaze in Hoxne (thanks Bunty).

we 11 mr 15

Last night a woman died in hospital after a two car one driver collision in Friston.

mo 9 mr 15

A handbag and a satnav stolen from two cars in Shottisham last week and a large amount of fishing kit stolen from an Alderton garage at the end of last month.

mo 23 fe 15

The DAB (digital) radio network is to get 182 new transmitters with near the coast benefiting from new transmitters at Aldeburgh and Blythburgh.  Picking the bones out of a government document is an unsatisfying experience and we can't find a date for these two newbies beyond completion of all by 30 September 2016.

fr 30 ja 15

 JOBS  An assistant manager wanted at the Framlingham Sue Ryder, the ad is saying it's too late to apply but the interview's not until 17 February ...  Deben Inns whose pubs include the Melton Coach and Horses and the Westerfield Swan are looking for bar, waiting and kitchen staff including chefs, send your cv to

we 14 ja 15

Deben RadioInternet community station Deben Radio ended broadcasting at the end of last year but listen again has remained up but today is its last day.

we 7 ja 15

Dacre Peck♫ Once the new year is out of the way near the coast tends to go into lock down especially if the weather is miserable so pleasant to see the open mike behind the Framlingham Castle this Sunday is hosted by Peck and Ramsay (that's Peck of Vix and the Kix she does the make the effort).

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