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Black swan

Dilly dally in Melton
Just saw one down near tide mill woodbridge. It was having a fight with a mute swan and flew away from it. Had white flashes on its wing. Are they rare?
Hanne G
I suppose they would be rare, as they are not native to this country. Australian I believe, so they, or it, must have escaped from somewhere. It is a looker isn't it?
Charmian B
We did have a pair on the river a few years back so i am guessing that they could fly here same as other birds migrate to different countries but this one doesn't seem to have a mate so don't know whether it would pair up with a white swan or not!

Has anyone had problems with their hot water pressure?

Laurence H in Rushmere St Andrew
We were finding that our hot water came on full flow then cut back to about half flow so we got our trusted heating engineer out to sort it.  Seems that he has had to change the Regulator on our Hot Water cylinder as the old one had sand like particles ... [ more ]

Walking for leisure

Sue V in Bucklesham
I moved to Kesgrave a couple of years ago and formed a walking group. We walk three times a week but that's not obligatory! The usual distance is about 3 miles and we get to see the beautiful surroundings we have in this area. If you are interested in ... [ more ]
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Lost cat

Tina B in Little Bealings
Hi, today at 6am our beloved cat Toby went out of our house after eating breakfast and has not yet returned, he has never done anything like this before and has lived with us for 12 years, we are desperate to find him , he is very fluffy and black and ... [ more ]
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Tina B
Hi Stephanie thanks so much for your comment I really appreciate it, thankfully we found him after a terrible night worrying, he's clearly traumatised after his 24 hour roam about tho as has hidden in a bedroom since being found. Thanks again

Woodbrige Autumn Treewatch

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Meet at teh Bandstand in Elmhurst Park
Charlie Z in Martlesham
Join local tree expert, Martin Minta, for a gentle 2 hour (approx) walk around Woodbridge looking at our wonderful autumnal trees. Meet at the Bandstand Elmhurst Park. £2.50 / person (ALL money raised will go to planting trees in Woodbridge and ... [ more ]

Dogs and or cats need Foster Homes now please

Laurence H in Rushmere St Andrew
My wife is a volunteer at the Blue Cross centre in Felixstowe.  Her duties include socialising with the cats to keep them accustomed to human company and to walk and excercise the dogs.  She was telling me yesterday of how some of the dogs get very ... [ more ]

Discussion Group Starting

Debbie C in Broke Hall
I am interested in starting a discussion group somewhere local like the Farmhouse pub. Is anyone interested in joining a few people discussing anything that interest them. I am retired now so it could be afternoon or evening, whatever suits everyone.
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Debbie C
Thanks to everyone who came to the discussion group last week. We had an enjoyable couple of hours talking about a wide variety of subjects and I for one certainly learnt a few things! If anyone wants to join us this week, it is at the same place and ... [ more ]

Martlesham Heath Aviation Society monthly Meeting

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The Martlesham Heath Community Centre, Felixstowe Road, Martlesham Heath IP12 4PB
Howard K in Martlesham
What's On....... Martlesham Heath Aviation Society. Monthly Meeting FRIDAY 6th November 2015 at 7:30 p.m. The Main Hall, Martlesham Heath Community Centre, Old Felixstowe Road (behind Tesco), Martlesham Heath Suffolk IP12 4PB Clive and ... [ more ]

Martlesham Heath Remembrance Day Service

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The Barrack Square, Martlesham Heath. IP5 3RF
Howard K in Martlesham
Martlesham Heath Remembrance Day Service Sunday 8th November. 3 p.m. The Barrack Square (near the entrance to BT Adastral Park. Martlesham Heath, Suffolk. IP5 3RF Everyone welcome.

Double glazing, soffits and fascias

NorthernBlond in Bucklesham
Recommendations for excellent quality double glazing, soffits and fascias. Need all new windows and doors but don't want the nationals, would ather someone local who is highly recommended.
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New local gym - Grangeside Fitness - now open on Grange Farm

Grangeside Fitness in Grangeside Fitness
This new gym opened on 26 September 2015.  Quality equipment on 2 floors.  First 100 members will receive a free t-shirt and 30 minute induction/personal training session.  Subscription £25 per month. Get in touch and have a look. Address: Unit 5 The ... [ more ]
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Grangeside Fitness
Richard - Grange Fitness closed about 2 years ago.  This is a new gym - same location - but new owners and excellent  equipment - longer opening hours and no booking system.  Suggest you take a look at their website -  Thanks

Handyman for painting windows- Also Forever Home wanted for Fostered Lurcher

Tina C in Kesgrave
My friend is trying to find someone to prepare and stain 5 windows and 3 doors on a house in Leiston. Any suggestions? Happy to pay cash. I am wondering if this forum can help me find a loving home for a 4 year old Lurcher that I'm currently fostering. ... [ more ]
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Sandra M
I would love to take on a dog and like Lurchers. Unfortunately I work and therefore would have to leave it alone for long periods.

Exterior painting and general maintenance

Hugh G in Martlesham
Can anyone recommend a person who can do minor maintenance and exterior painting please?
Jackie G
AMG Services from Martlesham. 07860263686 I use him for all my property maintenance. Very reliable and trustworthy.

Home grown produce

Stephanie H in Kesgrave
We have quite a lot of quince, free to anybody who can pick them up......but can we have a couple of jars of whatever you make?!
Deborah P
Hi, would be very interested in some quinces, when I can get them I bottle them with apples or pears for winter use, whereabouts are you?  My baby quince tree has two whole quinces (first year of cropping), more would be very welcome! regards, Deb
Stephanie H
Hi, We have given them to the greengrocer in Woodbridge to sell, we may get some back, as most people don't know what to do with them! In which case will come back to you.

The 95th Rifles are back at Landguard Fort

Laurence H in Rushmere St Andrew
The 95th Rifles are a Napoleonic re-enactment group and they will be living in Landguard Fort all over this weekend.  They will be parading, drilling and from time to time firing their rifles.  This can upset dogs and small children but excite the older ... [ more ]

Comedy Tonite-An Evening of Musical Fun

Martin K in Melton
Tickets are still available for the Deben Rotary Club's Comedy Tonite show at the Seckford Theatre on Saturday October 17th. The show, starring Gordon Peters of Dad's Army and One Foot in The Grave, promises an evening of comedy songs old and new. Half ... [ more ]

Hand Operated Mincer

Debbie W in Brightwell
Does anyone have metal above that you attach to kitchen table. Like grandma used to have! Thank you.

Water Pressure in the Hartree Way Area

Charlie R in Martlesham Heath
Has anyone else noticed a drop in mains pressure lately ? Is Anglia Water trying to save consumption ??
Iain M
Worth checking your water meter. When we lived in Turing court the water meter broke internally, our water pressure dropped massively. It was easy to see something was up as the meter stopped going round!

The Permaculture Way - Free Film Night!

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Council Chamber, Suffolk Coastal District Council, Melton Hill, IP12 1AU
Charlie Z in Martlesham
Hello! Transition Woodbridge & The Green Print Forum will be showing a free film about Permaculture. Learn more about Permaculture and join us for a discussion afterwards, including hearing all about our Forest Garden! Refreshments will be provided. ... [ more ]

Young Violin players

Mike P in Rushmere St Andrew
Hi, our son is currently learning violin at school but its a struggle to motivate him to practice. Despite this, he is quite good and his teacher wants him to do grade 5! Anyone else in the same predicament? Or know of any 9-11 yo violin players looking ... [ more ]

Bathroom tiling

Julie C in Kesgrave
We are looking to have our bathroom completely retiled, walls and floor.  Can any recommend a good local tradesperson to do this please
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David B
Ceramic Elegance [found on] did a first class job on our kitchen. Contact Alan Peters for a free quote at

Up Pompeii - Stage Door Theatre Company

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Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre
Allan R in Playford
Following the success of last years Fawlty Towers, Stage Door Theatre Co are bringing this iconic comedy to life on stage in Kesgrave. Up Pompeii is a hilarious romp based on the TV show of the seventies, written by Miles Tredinnick. The action centres ... [ more ]
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Allan R
Hi Karen. Tickets can be bought via the Wolsey website, or will be available on the door before each performance. Card or cash payments only. Hope you enjoy the show! 

Circuit Training

Stephen P in Warren Heath
I am looking for a circuit training session around Kesgrave or Ipswich, can anyone recommend a good one to go to that is friendy and inclusive. Thank you
Cheryl H
Good Morning Stephen You do not mention if you are looking for day time or evenings?   Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre have circuit training during the day on a Wednesday morning.    Alternatively  Matt Hunt runs sessions on a Tuesday evening ... [ more ]

Wanted: Tree surgeon

Dave R in Martlesham Heath
Hi, I have 3 25-foot-high trees which need a tidy-up. Can anyone recommend a tree surgeon who knows their stuff and are reasonably priced? Thanks!
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Julia G
Hi, To throw another into the mix, you could also try Ben Jordan, Jordan's Tree Care Solutions on 07549 401040.  Again,  good tree surgeon, good and fair price and also really good at clearing up afterwards.  Good luck.


Stephanie H in Kesgrave
Any recommendations for a local gardener, someone who can mow the lawns, trim shrubs when needed, generally help keep our garden tidy, husband now finding it very difficult due to illness.
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Stephanie H
Going to hang on to your number Stephen, and will come back to you. Husband thinks next year when our garden really needs attention. Thanks.