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Brandeston 2008-03

fr 12 Dec

Under 9 netball A teamBrandeston Hall and Framlingham College have a whole bagful of sporting successes for this term; the 1st XI hockey team, the under 9 hockey team and the under 9 netball A team have all had unbeaten seasons, and 12 year old Kristian Williman has been picked for the under 13 Barbarians, we think as a scrum half.  Excellent!

mo 1 Dec

Over the weekend a spare wheel stolen in Hacheston and last week a sit-on mower, a concrete mixer and aluminium scaffolding were stolen from a building site in Brandeston.

fr 28 Nov

LtoR Melissa Embleton and Rebecca Cowley ~ pic ContributedBefore the clocks changed bringing perpetual darkness Rebecca Cowley and Melissa Embleton organised a ladies charity tennis tournament at Brandeston Hall that raised over £1,000 for the Bobby Moore Fund.

tu 23 Sep

Saturday Brandeston Hall marked it's 60th anniversary with a flypast from a Tiger Moth in the school colours, Peter Stewart the first boy over the threshold in 1948  and Michael Wright the first head boy planted a lime tree.  The tree replaces a lime tree destroyed in the 1987 hurricane which was so popular with the children (it was easy to climb) they'd given it the nickname Basil Brush.

sa 16 Aug

Roger UttleyThe most famous squashed nose in rugby will be at Brandeston Hall at the end of the month when ex-England captain Roger Uttley visits to coach youngsters.

th 12 Jun

Getting Josh's attention without looking awayThis morning parties of years 5 and 6 from the Bedfield, Charsfield, Easton, Laxfield and Robert Hitcham schools joined pupils from Brandeston Hall in their gym for fun mental challenges and games presented by Josh Miller of the Happy Puzzle Company.  Though you stayed with your friend you joined a table with children from other schools so you had to work as a team with people you didn't know; then you got to run about outside in the lovely meadow.  Perfect!

fr 2 May

Kristian Williman and Max ElliotUs?  We can't even hit the bloody thing so we were particularly impressed by 12 year old Kristian Williman (on the left) scoring over a hundred in his debut for Brandeston Hall.

fr 28 Mar

They just seem to have so much fun at Brandeston Hall.  This time it was ghost stories by fire and candle light with storyteller Robert Lloyd Parry in period costume making a very convincing M R James.

we 5 Mar

Anglian Prep Schools Cross-Country Champions Brandeston HallBrandeston Hall prep school are Anglian Prep Schools Cross-Country Champions again ... well, there are enough of 'em!

we 6 Feb

The Eastern Angles take Cuckoo Teapot out on tour next week starting Wednesday and Thursday in Saxmundham.  Over the next three months venues will include Eye, Brandeston, Bredfield, Westleton, Hacheston, Woodbridge and Orford.  Take them in before the blue meanie Arts Council finish them off.

we 12 Dec

We may have lost in this year's Rugby World Cup final but who knows?  By 2019 maybe these guys will be contributing.  Brandeston Hall pupils Jack Scott, Will Owen, Matthew Warren and Jack Pearson were recently invited to play for the Prep School Barbarians; seems like a good start.

sa 17 Nov

Susannah Reid wearing her medal - contributed picSmiling modestly and wearing her medal  Brandeston Hall pupil Susannah Reid beat over two hundred other runners to win the West Suffolk Minor Girls Cross-Country Race in Ipswich, her first race of the season ...

fr 12 oc

Hockey Tournament at Brandeston Hall

fr 28 se

Smart grey suit from Ted and Ruby'sAt Brandeston Hall this morning youthful models were doing a fine job on the catwalk for The World's Biggest Coffee Morning and as you can see above sometimes even finding the press pen (actually we were wandering round getting in everybody's way).  As far as we could see no Naomi backstage hissy fits but some understandable youthful pre-show peekings between the curtains:)

su 15 Jul
St Swithin's Day

Malcolm RussellAll Saint's, Brandeston is a little way from what might be called the centre of the village (well the pub anyway) and hard up against Brandeston Hall.  Like many Suffolk village churches its unassuming simplicity is engaging, helped by particularly attractive flower arrangements.  It says All Saints, Brandeston from the road something about this part of the world that on a very sultry day the church doors were left open and traffic noise did not disturb the concert ... but then All Saints is set back from the road.

Organ concerts in churches are odd affairs as the pews force the audience to sit with their backs to the performer, a bit like being on a bus the driver has decided to reverse round his route.  Regrettably no duets as family matters prevented Suzanne Williams from singing but soprano Lindsay Gowers and organist Malcolm Russell clearly engaged the audience and they finished with "the" aria from Handel's opera Alcina.

Concert goers lingering afterwards

tu 14 Jan

Brandeston Queens  des' dinners 33

There was a last minute venue change because Barry from the Boyton Bell's new pub, the Moats Tye Gardeners, is presently opening eveningsThe Brandeston Queen's pub sign only.  The Queens was serving at least four Adnams beers including the brain damaging 7% Tally Ho, described by the Norwegian landlord as almost a barley wine.  The menu is very imaginative if a tiny bit expensive and Spadge much liked the "steak in ale".  Conversation included Mollywotsit's Hierarchy of Needs and the pantomime outside The Framlingham Station Sunday night.  (first visit  subsequent lunch  previous lunch)

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