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Farnham~Stratford St Andrew


fr 30 ja 15

Keith Kendrick and Sylvia NeedhamIt looks like the Everyman Folk Club at the Riverside Stratford St Andrew is every last Friday of the month, tonight it's Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham. ♫

we 15 oc 14

Valerie Leverett in her Farnham workshopOn the industrial estate by that bend in Farnham is Valerie Leverett Memorials named for their principal Valerie Leverett.  Inevitably computers are involved in the design process but the headstones are still hand made.  On that saddest of occasions when a child has died it may be that materials can be recycled to reduce the expense to younger parents.

fr 1 au 14

An unlocked lady's shopper bike stolen in Leiston and a load of tools taken from a van in Stratford St Andrew.

sa 7 jn 14

Fat Band and the Broadside BoysTONIGHT! The Fat Band (prepping for a gig in Jerusalem?!) and the Broadside Boys at the Riverside Centre Stratford St Andrew + Maverick Festival pre-festival hog roast and hi-jinx at the Easton White Horse.  The festival is 4-6 July with a lineup including Hank Williams' granddaughter Holly ... we just want to touch her. ♫

tu 14 ja 14

Neil Innes at last year's Maverick festival♫ Farnham resident ex-Bonzo and unofficial seventh Python Neil Innes will be on Radio 4's Chain Reaction 6:30pm tonight in conversation with Grant Morrison who suffers from the soubriquet comic book legend.  As is the way with Chain Reaction next Tuesday Neil will be speaking with Graham Lineham who created Father Ted and The IT Crowd.

we 11 se 13

Chainsaw stolen in Farnham last week.

tu 23 ap 13St George's Day

Last week a Charsfield garage was broken into and petrol pinched, four chainsaws stolen in Brandeston but just one in Stratford St Andrew; two disc cutters burgled in Melton over the weekend, worryingly three shotguns, two rifles and ammo stolen in Otley yesterday but the good news is a man's Rotary watch was handed in to Woodbridge police station Saturday.

fr 19 oc 12

We've just been told by what must be a lifetime Farnham resident that the fireworks at the Riverside Centre are always on 5th November, we salute their very admirable traditionalism ... mind you I was once told the Riverside is always open on a Wednesday night, except that is when the pool team is playing away ...

th 4 oc 12

Things to do this Saturday include John Cooper Clarke at the Ipswich Corn Exchange (as we think he lives near Colchester he may even not be late), Framlingham Writers will be reading their work in the library and the Fat Band with Polly Gibbons and traditional hog roast at the Stratford St Andrew Riverside Centre.

mo 10 se 12

The Friday Street boot sale yesterday morning was fulsomely attended and has moved to the side of the road opposite the farm shop ... maybe it moved decades ago and we just haven't noticed.

tu 26 jn 12

A fish and chip supper is just part of the Suffolk Gun Dog's Summer Shindig at the Stratford St Andrew Riverside Centre this Saturday.

mo 7 my 12

The Friday Street boot sale still looked lively enough yesterday around 11am despite the weather.

sa 14 ap 12

Argentine Tango are back in Stratford St Andrew tomorrow with a tea dance including an hour from guest teacher Michael Lavocah.

mo 29 au 11

Stratford St Andrew malongaThe tangos at yesterday's malonga in Stratford St Andrew were not the overly dramatic jobbies you've seen in films but attracted dancers from Northampton and Cambridge to the evocatively lit room with its decorated tables and next door mountains of tuck ... impressively as many men dancers as women.  Suffolk Tango are in Saxmundham at the end of October, we'll be there.

mo 25 jl 11

Castle Street FramlinghamHay in a field was set alight last night in Farnham, a money changing fiddle in Castle Street, Framlingham last week and pumps plus other stuff stolen from a garden in Lower Hacheston (that's the one east of the A12).

we 22 se 10

Air weapon fired at a car in Stratford St Andrew last night.

th 2 se 10

The Stratford St Andrew garage was broken into last night but the thieves failed to rob the cash dispenser; more encouragingly an engraved gold watch has been handed in to the Woodbridge cop shop.

th 19 au 10

An art and photography exhibition this weekend at the Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew.

su 2 my 10

Pinkness at the Thorpeness Heritage Coast Run/WalkOnly the burger van on the field for the Stratford St Andrew boot sale when we passed this morning.  Arriving at Thorpeness in forceful wind and icy rain for the Heritage Coast Walk/Run the pa was playing ELO's Mr Blue Sky ... not surprisingly no tutus, only Runners starting at Thorpenessone pink wig we saw and the ninja look was popular though much pinkness in the Suffolk Breakthrough tent.  There were three different starts and we heard shouted at the departing second group That's the half marathon you donut!  Total respect to everyone who turned out.  More pix on Facebook

sa 17 ap 10

Pond Gallery at the Snape MaltingsTwo new artists (including painter Cyndi Speer) for the collective who showed atChloe by Cyndi Speer Brandeston in February and now showing at the Snape Malting's Pond Gallery until Wednesday.  Their next show is 20-22 August at the Stratford St Andrew Riverside Centre.

th 18 fe 10

Missing teenager Bobby Joe SkeltonFlying objects in Farnham and 14 year old Bobby Joe Skelton has been missing from his home in Lowestoft since Tuesday.

tu 27 oc 09

Neil InnesEx-Bonzo, Ruttle and endearing local celebrityette Neil Innes is playing the Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew this Friday, tickets limited but try Shelia Woods 01728 602740 (thanks to the GP).

mo 26 oc 09

Big sign outside the Stratford St Andrew petrol station 'FULL TIME STAFF WANTED'.

th 15 oc 09

Boot sale this Sunday at Farnham/Stratford St Andrew.

mo 15 jn 09

Some 500 ltrs of red diesel stolen from a Farnham farm.

th 14 my 09

Freebie at Stratford St Andrew club tonight about keeping period properties warm, and it's not being too warm is it?

su 5 ap 09

John Daniels was the landlord of the Farnham George (and Dragon), we're pretty sure, some time in the 80s.  His son was also called John Daniels so the George pool team would wittily sing in the style of a football chant There's only two John Daniels.  John Daniels senior passed away last week aged 79.

mo 9 fe 09

Saturday theft from a car in Farnham, a little like the weekend before in Great Glemham

th 8 ja 09

We first alighted near the coast in 1994 just a few feet from the A12 in Farnham.  The shop had closed the previous year and the post office was a booth in Coastal Glazing but the George and Dragon pub had a pool table in the back bar and Tolly's bitter, keg mild, a choice of two brown ales to go with it, sometimes poker dice and always conversation in the front.

Leon Bonds behind the bar of the Farnham George

We will be eternally grateful to the then, and as it transpired penultimate, landlord Leon Bonds for providing a place for us to join in the life of the village.  Sad to report Leon died suddenly of an aneurysm last Friday aged just 57.

th 8 my 08

Farnham George and DragonWhen we first saw this early 50s pic of the Farnham George and Dragon we assumed it was the village not the pub sign but no, it's the pub sign and how unusual for a pub sign.  We think the G&D closed in 1995 but it was certainly our local when we first moved near the coast and it was serving Tolly's then.

we 19 mr 08

Temporary traffic lights on the A12Temporary traffic lights on the A12 in Farnham just before that sharp left when travelling north.

sa 19 my 07

Don't Dance on Glass

Last night Don't Dance on Glass were tearing up the Saxmundham Market Hall and in Farnham it was quiz night and, as everywhere, the raffle winners were pleased to win.

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