Christmas Crackers

Why wasn't Rupert allowed to take part in vaccine trials?
Why didn't Joseph and Mary make it to Bethlehem?
See the answers to these and many more cracker jokes
Send us your favourite Cracker Jokes to the editors ( and we will publish the best  on the website for all to read

Christmas Decorations
It’s great to see that Stradbroke is getting into the Christmas spirit with so many households decorating their homes for everyone to enjoy. It’s worth a walk around the village after dark to see so many spectacular displays. 

Christmas Walk

We’ll all miss the Christmas walk to Battlesea Hall and the warm hospitality extended by the Lawson family with their mulled wine and the mince pies provided by the generous cooks.We look forward to it resuming next year but in the meantime we shall have the new Stradbroke half-marathon walk (you can run it if you like) coming in the Spring.

Stradbroke Cinema and Learn have had successful screenings of films this winter and both are planning exciting new programmes for the New Year. More details in the next newsletter.

Stock up on stamps

Royal Mail are increasing prices from 1 January as follows:
A first-class stamp for a standard letter will rise by 9p (12%) from 76p to 85p.

A second-class stamp for a standard letter will rise by 1p (2%) from 65p to 66p.

A first-class stamp for a large letter will rise by 14p (12%) from £1.15 to £1.29.

These increases are way in excess of the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) at 0.7% in October. Royal Mail blame the Covid pandemic.


Church Services during Christmas
The church will be open during Christmas week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm. Christmas flowers and tree and craft packs for children to take away.

The Baptist Church
The Church are having Carols around the Tree (socially distanced in the car park) on Sunday December 20th at 4pm and Christmas Eve at 7pm and Family Worship Service - Christmas Day at 10.15am'

Shops and Services 
A special thank you to all our service providers this year and to our shop workers who will be especially busy in the run up to Christmas.
Opening times over the holiday period are:

Stradbroke Bakery: Christmas Eve 7am – noon; Wednesday 30th 8am – noon; Thursday 31st 8am – noon; Saturday 2nd January 7am – noon.

Rolfe Butchers: Christmas Eve 8am – 1pm; Tuesday 29th 8.30am – 5pm; Wednesday 30th8.30am – 5pm; Thursday 31st 8.30am – 5pm; Tuesday 4th January 8.30am – 5pm

Spar: Christmas Eve 8am – 5pm; Saturday 26th 8am – 1pm; Thursday 31st 8am – 5pm; 1stJanuary 8am – 5pm. All other days as normal except Christmas Day when closed.

Poppies and Daisies: are selling homemade mince pies, Christmas tea and festive chocolate orange hot chocolate right up until New Year.
Pizza is still available Thursday nights, Friday and Saturdays all day to eat in or takeaway.
They will be open until Christmas Eve 10am-2pm and then will reopen again on Monday 28th. In the cafe there is also lots of new stock from local craft sellers in the gift shop for any last minute presents.

Christmas Tree Recycling
There will be no brown bin collection on Tuesday 29th December. Normal services resume on Monday 11th January. There are a number of Christmas Tree collection points in nearby villages where your tree can be recycled - see here. 

Waste collections
  Normal Day Revised Day  
Recyclin Monday 21st Dec Monday 21st Dec No change
Waste Monday 28th Dec Tuesday 29th Dec 1 day later
Recycling Monday 4th Jan Tuesday 5th Jan 1 day later
Wilby Road        29th Oct - 24th Dec

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