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As the lockdown restrictions are eased more shops in neighbouring towns and villages will be re-opening as will National Trust and English Heritage gardens. We have the opportunity to get out more and support other local businesses, but let’s not forget our wonderful local firms.
Thanksgiving Street Party
Thankyou to all those readers who responded to our last newsletter. Your views were much appreciated and as a consequence, at the recent Parish Council meeting, it was agreed to work with the Community Centre to pursue the idea of a Street Party and other events in the centre of the village. This will be a long term project which will only be implemented when government guidelines permit. Our aim is to give thanks to all those who have put their lives at risk for the benefit of others – Nurses, Doctors, Care-homes etc. More locally we would also like to give thanks to those that have kept us supplied with almost everything we need during lockdown by applauding the efforts of our local shops, businesses and services within the village.
If anyone would like to be involved with this project then feel free to get in touch, either by reply to this newsletter or by contacting Jane Merritt (388382) or James Hargrave (384405) directly
Dennis Merritt (our footpath warden) has produced another guided walk around the village, details of which you can find here. This time just a gentle 2.75 mile stroll. Two new permissive footpaths will be opened shortly. Full details will be posted on the website and in the next newsletter.
Star & Mouse Drive-in Movie
There’s no Stradbroke Cinema for the time being but, Helmingham Hall is welcoming the Star & Mouse Drive-in Movie from the 4th - 19th July. Expect Hollywood glamour, lashings of Americana swagger, DJ sets, car bingo, quizzes, live music and food & drink for a spot of pre-film entertainment before the movie starts at sundown. The three week line-up is fit to bursting, boasting a full house movie program of 80’s classics, as well as introducing you to some newerblockbuster hits. To register your interest or reserve your space for special dates, head over to starandmouse.com
Stradbroke Sports and Community Centre remains completely closed. The Centre will re-open as soon as regulations allow and all necessary procedures are in place such as new cleaning regimes, sanitisers etc.
Illegal Money Lending
The England Illegal Money Lending Team are concerned that loan sharks may be preying on people with increasing pressure during the Covid-19 lockdown.The England Illegal Money Lending Team is a government funded enforcement team set up to identify, investigate and prosecute loan sharks. They also support people who have been the victim of a loan shark and work to prevent people using loan sharks in the first place.The offence of illegal money lending carries a maximum 2 year sentence but is often linked to other criminality – such as money laundering, organised crime and blackmail. The team prosecute for every offence that they find and have a 100% success rate over the last 15 years.
To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the link http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us. Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.
The following links offer advice and support regarding this crime – www.stoploansharks.co.uk 24/7 helpline 0300 555 2222 and www.loansmart.org.uk