Stowmarket set for live music bonanza!
With StowBlues set to take place at the Museum of East Anglian Life on Saturday 25th May and StowFest scheduled for the 31st May and 1st June, live music fans in Stowmarket are in for a treat!
StowBlues will start at around 2pm and will feature seven or eight blues acts from around the region. Acts confirmed so far are Jamie Williams and the Roots Collective, Loop Garou, The Magic Dragons and Blues Situation. We will be adding the full lineup with timings to the StowBlues web page when we get them so keep checking www.stowblues.co.uk. As well as the live music there will be a well-stocked real ale bar and a barbeque. Entry to StowBlues costs £2.50 on the door or £2 in advance with tickets available from the Mid Suffolk Tourist Information Centre which is located at the Museum. Entry for under 16s accompanied by an adult is free.
StowFest will kick off on the evening of Friday 31st May with a charity rock night at Chilton Fields featuring three bands with Stowmarket connections who have each nominated a charity to support. Serious Delirium, East Town Pirates and 23X will take to the stage for free, having agreed to donate their expenses fee to their charities which are Adenbrookes Hopsital, MacMillan Cancer Support and St Elizabeth's Hospice respectively. Entry will be free but donations are requested whilst there will be additional fundraising activities taking place throughout the event. The live music will start at around 7pm. The Saturday will see two main stages - The John Peel Centre Stage and The Total Driving Stage, plus the Amplitude Stage for young bands and the StowFest Dance Tent. The main stages on the Saturday will see a diverse range of qulaity acts as StowFest regulars have come to expect. Local acts The Aurora, Beanstalk, Benjamin Bloom, Primo Nelson, Growler, Navacross and Polar Collective will perform alongside The Soul Circle Gang from Leeds, Federal Charm from Manchester, The Common Tongues from Brighton and The High Commissioners, John Blood and the Highly's, The Maccaferri Club and Lester Clayton, all from London. A number of solo acts are also lined up including Matthew P (pictured left, who wrote the song from the match.com advert set on a railway station platform!), Freya Roy, Fern Teather, Rayon Nelson, Lee Vann, Simeon Pattison and Rhys Butterworth-Bowman.
Please visit the StowFest website at www.stowfest.co.uk to check out the bands and for more information about the event.
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The closing date for both applications is Friday 7th June 2013.
Thorntree Lunch Club Celebrates 40th Birthday
A lunch club in Stowmarket for over 60s celebrates its 40th birthday in July. The Thorntree Lunch Club, which operates from Stowmarket Town Council's Milton House complex in Milton Road South, first opened it's doors in 1973 when it was located at 15 Station Road. It took its name from the Throntree Tea Rooms which had previously occupied the premises. The club moved to Milton House in July 1977. The club has provided a meeting place for people to have a chat, refreshments and company as well as a reasonably priced hot dinner. The club is entirely run by volunteers, many of whom are volunteers themselves.
All former and existing volunteers and customers of the Thorntree Lunch Club are invited to attend the 40th Anniversary Celebrations which will take place at Milton House on Thursday 4th July between 11.30am and 3pm. Refreshments will be provided.
The Mayor, Councillor Mrs Anne Whybrow said, "I send my congratulations to the organisers of the Thorntree Luncheon Club on reaching 40 years of providing not only wholesome meals but most importantly the warmth of companionship. Many in Stowmarket and the wider area will join me in applauding the dedication of the volunteers, we owe them a debt of gratitude."
All Change on Stowmarket Market
Two familiar faces have departed Stowmarket Market in recent weeks. Firstly, Market Warden John Harvey - who had fulfilled the role since 2006 - retired at the end of April. John was dedicated and conscientious in the way that he ran the market and his presence on a Thursday and Saturday will be missed. John has helped to bring many traders to the town over the years and was also responsible for bringing several popular continental markets to Stowmarket. John's colleague, Chrissie Day used to cover half of the markets and will now work both the Thursday and Saturday markets. Chrissie, who has worked at the Council since 2007, said of her new role, "I've enjoyed working with John on the markets and am now excited by the new challenge."
Another departure from the market is fruit and veg trader, Carol Elsden who has traded on the market for around 40 years. Carol finally hung up her scales on 4th May after deciding to take retirement. Chrissie Day said, "Carol has been a dedicated trader on this markets for nearly four decades which is incredible. The next longest serving trader after Carol has been here for 25 years which is a long time - but still 15 years less than Carol! Having stood outside on the market in all weathers for so many years now, I think it's fair to say that Carol's retirement is well deserved and we wish her all the best."
Council Welcomes New Community Liaison Officers
Two new staff members - Sian Copeman and Stephanie Edmans - joined the Town Council in May as Community Liaison Officers. Sian and Stephanie will be responsible for working on community projects around the town such as play area improvements, the snow clearance scheme and the community support scheme. They will also be involved with manning the Town Council's reception.
Stephanie moved to Stowmarket six years ago and quickly fell in love with the pace of life. "The location of the town is perfect having both the advantages of local shops and services alongside the beauty of the rural countryside and close proximity to the sea," she said. Stephanie is excited by her new role, adding "I am looking forward to making a real difference to the people who live and work in the town by working with them on community projects making Stowmarket an even better place to live."
Sian had been working at the Council-run Regal Cinema prior to the switch to her new role and as her appointment coincided with her also being chosen as the new Stowmarket Carnival Queen! She said, "I’m very excited to be joining the enthusiastic team at Milton House. It's been a very exciting time for me what with also being crowned Carnival Queen! I’m thrilled to be playing a part in one of Stowmarket’s traditions. Get the dates in your diaries - it's from 19th to 21st July!"
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- FREE Healthy Living Weight Management Service for the whole family this Summer
- Cyber Youth Project - Free activities for 11-19 year olds, every Friday
- Stowmarket Carnival looking for committee members and helpers
- New netball team - "Stowmarkers" looking for new players
- Ink Recycling Service in Stowmarket benefiting schools in Africa
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