... a bit Suffolk
th 25 Jul
The Prima Donna festival at the end of next month near Pettaugh does pretty much what it says on the tin.
fr 12 Jul
Voices floating past in near the coast and the early hours of Sunday will be the Dunwich Dynamo.
th 11 Jul
Roughcast Theatre are touring Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer's Night Dream around near the coast finishing with a dash over the channel for two shows in the Dordogne ... perhaps because it might be their last chance:) Tomorrow there's a free performance at the Laxfield Low House.
Driving from much of near the coast to Norwich there was no petrol station until Long Stratton and that one on the wrong side. Since May there's been a BP petrol station on the Scole A140/A143 roundabout near Diss.
mo 1 Jul
To disprove that everything happens in June Mid Summer Music is at Grundisburgh House this coming Saturday. ♫
su 9 Jun
Expect some delays tomorrow around near the coast when the 2019 Women's Tour 2019 journeys from Beccles to Stowmarket.
sa 25 May
♫ near the coast's other notable warbler Laura Wright joins our peeps in Suffolk page.
sa 18 May
The free entrance airfield museum at Debach opens during summer on the last Sunday of the month running until the last Sunday in October. So the museum will be open tomorrow week.
th 2 May
Council elections around near the coast today but you would be hard pressed to know it. A stunning lack of information about who the candidates are.
su 7 Apr
th 28 Mar
su 10 Mar
Building work at the Co-op petrol station Stowupland will continue until at least May and possibly July.
A Wing and a Prayer is a large, colourful, glass art piece by Arabella Marshall which is expected to be installed into the ruined chapel at Minsmere this summer. It will launch a three year programme of arts, nature and heritage based activities.
th 14 Feb
Starting Monday Roughcast Theatre have an eight date Suffolk tour of the comedy Hobson's Choice. near the coast venues are Hoxne, Wingfield (nearly SOLD OUT) and the Halesworth Cut.
we 23 Jan
It's all the go in and about near the coast, temporarily closing petrol stations to re-model them, not an insignificant matter when there are so few to start with. Woodbridge (has it re-opened yet?), Co-op Stowmarket (not closed but building going on), Haynings Framlingham (reportedly will have a 24 hour self service pump) and now the BP garage on the west bound A14 near Newmarket. Fortunately services just off the A14 on the other side of Cambridge are copiously resourced ... three Costa Coffee machines!
th 3 Jan
All we could find on the web about Sunday's motorcycle trial was it was Sunday and somewhere around Butley. In the event it was a mile or two from the village, well signposted with orange pennants, had a burger van and an enormous free car park. Lots of women judges and unlike our last trial visit eleven! years ago there were a lot more modern bikes including two electrical jobbies. We always like the surreal cinema image of a single motorbike making its way through the woods.
tu 1 Jan
We could rant about the relentless building around near the coast making rural Suffolk increasingly suburban with little if any improved infrastructure but we'll console ourselves that it's still a pleasant place to live. We have bubbling a slight change to our look and very probably stylish merch. In 2019 no doubt there'll be continued sightings of Ed Sheeran, the East African will report local fury about something or other and there'll be even more building ... wishing you the best for 2019.
Donate your retiring Christmas tree to entertain the meerkats at Stonham Barns.
sa 29 Dec
su 16 Dec
Yesterday's matinee performance of The Scarlet Pipistrelle at the Seckford Theatre Woodbridge had dancing, singing, joking, lovely ladies and plot. The audience attempted to clap the Brexit joke and we particularly enjoyed the sausage puns, great stuff! Common Ground Theatre tour the show around near the coast ... more here
sa 15 Dec
Immediately post Christmas (27-30 December) A Crag Path Christmas in the Jubilee Hall Aldeburgh hosted by the Alde and Ore Estuary Trust. The river Ore runs through near the coast but is little more than a ditch by Framlingham.
tu 11 Dec
Only tickets in advance for dinner and Basil's Christmas Carol at Stonham Barns Saturday 15th December.
sa 8 Dec
The Shepherd and Dog at Forward Green (it's between the A140 and Stowupland) still has a TO LET sign outside.
fr 16 Nov
Starting next Thursday for four days the Grundisburgh Cribfest.
th 15 Nov
Saturday there's a fish and chip supper and auction of promises in Kelsale village hall we think in aid of the church St Mary and St Peter.
mo 8 Oct
Sunday week 21 October will be the last opening this year of the Bentwaters Cold War Museum.
mo 1 Oct
The jeep run yesterday at Debach Airfield was their last open day of this year.
we 26 Sep
Don't know if the Women's Tour of Britain will be returning to near the coast next year but we do know it will be a day longer,
fr 21 Sep
fr 7 Sep
♫ Stuff to do around near the coast this weekend includes tonight a music quiz at the Framlingham Crown, the free Laxitude all weekend with Lyrical Jukebox and naughty Harleston boys Red Mecca playing tonight plus Maritime Woodbridge tomorrow and Sunday.
sa 28 Jul
It's going to be a busy Sunday tomorrow with the Dunwich Dynamo passing through near the coast in the early hours, open gardens in Double Street Framlingham, free step dancing at the Blaxhall Ship, classic car day at the Debach Airfield and St Lawrence's Brundish will be visited by The Right Reverend Martin Seeley Lord Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, probably the first visit by the diocesan bishop in sixty years and there's a picnic as well.
Thankfully it's rained and no doubt will again soon ... mind you it's already becoming a bit annoying.
fr 27 Jul
This is an interesting double, around 9pm tonight there will be the longest blood moon this century. About the same time the Beeb are forecasting (let joy be unconfined) a second thunderstorm for near the coast.
su 15 Jul
Looks like it probably won't rain today St Swithin's day.
sa 14 Jul
Sign in Ashbocking advertising free horse manure not surprisingly by the stables with a dressage ring right on the B1077.
th 5 Jul
Village fetes this Saturday include Cretingham, Bedfield (on the sports field) and Otley both of which start at 2pm.
th 28 Jun
Batteries stolen earlier this month from speed indicators in Chillesford, Hollesley, Snape and Tunstall.
Here's a new one (to us at least) Splat Quack Go Suffolk's Muddiest Mud Run. superficially a Woodbridge happening tomorrow but in fact just outside Hollesley ... entries accepted on the day and it sounds a teensie bit like those Zombie Evacuations.
tu 12 Jun
Expect delays and parking difficulties when the Women's Tour of Britain starts in Framlingham tomorrow (we enjoyed the 2014 stage start in Felixstowe), takes a turn around near the coast, returns to Framlingham and then goes on to finish in Southwold.
sa 19 May
There's an initiative for the community to buy the Brundish Crown, we hope they succeed, near the coast certainly doesn't need fewer pubs.
su 13 May
Stonham Aspal may have lost it's pub but the village hall is very active with bingo, film, pub and quiz nights.
th 10 May
It's the fourth Pirate's Ball this weekend starting tomorrow night in Thorington. ♫
mo 7 May
We've paid for Suffolk Coastal's garden rubbish collection starting this month. We've opted for the bigger bin and were looking forward to re-purposing going forward the old bin to store yet to be chopped up kindling ... but the bigger bin doesn't arrive until August.
su 6 May
♫ Musical nights out tomorrow around near the coast include 5 In A Bar at St Mary's Sweffling with refreshments (we last 5 In A Bar at the 2014 Great Glemham Christmas show), and Man in the Hat at the Knodishall Butchers Arms. ♫
we 28 Feb
The Shepherd and Dog at Forward Green (it's between the A140 and Stowupland) has a giant TO LET sign outside. Tripadvisor and someone who told someone else seem to think it's closed and has been for a bit. We're pretty sure the letting agents are Fleurets who specialise in pubs and shops but we can't find it on their website ... maybe that's why it's got stuck.
fr 16 Feb
Through some oversight or possibly just good old fashioned incompetence last year we didn't make it to Common Ground's Christmas show Sherlock Holmes and the Hooded Lance. We will try harder for their autumn tour of The Mariner and they have a shiny new website to tell you all about it.
tu 6 Feb
A fine example of enviable near the coast local authority communication skills.
th 18 Jan
A bit windy last night ... eh?
th 28 Dec
The Friston Chequers now seems to be the Friston Old Chequers and has a fresh looking coat of paint.
tu 14 Nov
FOR SALE In Bruisyard and on Gumtree a 12 x 8 greenhouse for £150.
th 2 Nov
Tonight at the Wingfield Barns Open Space Theatre start a tour around near the coast of Tennessee William's Suddenly Last Summer. Performance this Saturday at the Huntingfield Hub and the Saturday after at the Halesworth Cut.
we 25 Oct
As you approach Hoxne from Stradbroke on the B1118 there's now traffic calming giving priority to traffic coming the other way.
we 4 Oct
tu 12 Sep
Yesterday a motorist was assaulted and robbed between Metfield and Fressingfield.
sa 9 Sep
As predicted the Tour of Britain flashed through near the coast yesterday but perhaps the helicopter got lost? It only seemed to turn up as the peloton was leaving Framlingham.
tu 5 Sep
The Tour of Britain will be passing through near the coast Friday round about lunch time. You will know it's approaching when you hear the helicopter, expect it to flash past and best not to get in the way. Wednesday the day before there's an individual time trial around Clacton, if you download the start sheet you'll know who's likely to be coming along next and there will be several hours of spectating to do.
tu 29 Aug
th 3 Aug
Saturday the Hasketon village fete on the green.
su 23 Jul
su 16 Jul
Bentwaters Cold War Museum open today.
we 5 Jul
Next Saturday/Sunday night the 25th Dunwich Dynamo will be passing through near the coast. This year the Gentleman Plumber will not be popping up his cafe near the Framlingham water tower but may be back next year.
fr 2 Jun
JOBS Around near the coast The Detectorists have one day's paid work next month for bearded mechanic type aged 40-80, filming in Staverton Park Butley. Jobs also going for removal/builder types, a milkman and two male mourners in Framlingham and lots more, scroll down here.
we 17 May
Horham Open Village and Fete Saturday afternoon.
fr 12 May
♫ The Maui Waui Pirates Ball weekend at Thorington kicks off tonight with an outdoor showing of Pulp Fiction.
su 30 Apr
The annual Hasketon book and plant sale tomorrow afternoon.
tu 25 Apr
Wrestling tonight at Stonham Barns, first bell 7pm.
su 26 Mar
JOB Warehouse Staff wanted in Pettistree.
mo 6 Mar
There were daffs on a Tannington grass verge yesterday in full bloom.
mo 6 Feb
Driving round near the coast Purple Bricks seem a popular alternative estate agent.
fr 27 Jan
Radio Stradbroke fund raiser tomorrow night in Syleham and Wingfield village hall (a new venue to us) with rock/indie/covers band Red Glass and a cheap bar ... sounds brilliant.
mo 9 Jan
A quantity of cash was stolen in an Otley burglary last week.
tu 6 Dec
Police advice on leaving your car unattended after Carlton and Westleton have 14 vehicle break ins at the end of last month.
sa 19 Nov
♫ Henley is the other side of Ashbocking a few miles north of Ipswich. Tonight the Fat Band supported by duo Honey and the Bear (containing local ukulele goddess Lucy Sampson) are playing the community centre ... cash bar and light supper.
we 16 Nov
Around near the coast theatre companies are putting their Christmas shows together. In Fressingfield Sunday Roughcast Theatre were rehearsing a Christmas Carol with an impressive Marley's ghost and a live choir. The show goes on the road next month with visits to Huntingfield, Stowmarket, Hoxne, Southwold and Wingfield.
th 27 Oct
su 9 Oct
SOLD In Grundisburgh a Saab 93 2.0t Vector Sport ... sounds tasty.
th 29 Sep
fr 23 Sep
Sunday the Debach Airfield Museum will be open for the last time this year.
su 4 Sep
We arrived at the Maui Waui festival Theberton yesterday along with the first significant rain for weeks which wasn't that disruptive but OTOH didn't help. The living art show was part burlesque part catwalk and the combination of electro swing soundtrack, highly effective lighting and a enthusiastic audience made quite an event ... looking forward to next year.
sa 27 Aug
Free wedding open day at Butley Priory today 11am-3pm.and Free (the music not the beer) beer and music (sounds like a good combination) festival at the Hoxne Swan this bank holiday weekend. ♫
tu 23 Aug
we 3 Aug
fr 15 Jul
A woman died in a motorcycle accident yesterday evening in Walpole.
su 26 Jun
Driving through Witnesham last weekend we thought That PC repair shop has gone, well it was very isolated, looks like a private house now. Passing today we saw it's End of a Rainbow, they've been there eighteen months but sadly (if appropriately) this weekend was their last.
mo 20 Jun
Police speed checking in Walpole and Yoxford today.
th 2 Jun
near the coast in 2014.
fr 27 May
Speed cameras today in Eye, Kenton, Melton and Woodbridge.
th 26 May
Sunday afternoon the Debach Airfield has an open day with military vehicles, 1940s music, the Eastern Angles and free admission to the museum and car parking.
we 18 May
Over the past seven years FESPA have awarded more than £38,000 of bursaries to near the coast acting, dancing, music and stage management students. If you are hoping to start a performing arts course this autumn make an application.
sa 23 Apr
Entertainments around near the coast tonight include the second and last night Music Hall Moments (comedy, songs and sketches) in the Great Glemham village hall or the FRAmlingham residents have a St George's night of tuck and fun (including ♫ from the Broadside Boys) at Tommy Mills.
su 10 Apr
Despite a pleasant morning here in near the coast we suspect that this year's Paris-Roubaix could be a muddy one. Either way we won't be chasing it around the Internet because we'll be near Thetford snapping the Bury Saints v Sussex Thunder rematch that was such an outstanding semi-final last year ... it's free admission.
th 7 Apr
sa 2 Apr
♫ Don't know what we make of musical parodist Mitch Benn, he's a permanent on Radio 4's The Now Show and seems to be a chum of near the coast's own gentle and brilliant parodist Neil Innes. You can make your own mind up tomorrow when he closes the show at Ipswich's Jokers.
th 17 Mar
tu 1 Mar
Life 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 Feb
We 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 Feb
The 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 Feb
mo 4 Jan
EA-CAT (pronounced 'ee'-cat) is the Eastern Community Assistance Team ... Same people, same commitment.