Recent Events

Alde Valley Fun Day
Sunday 16th July – Alde Valley Academy
The Club had a stall at the Fun Day and ran a tombola. It was also an opportunity to display promotional materials for the Film Theatre and raise the profile of the Club.

Annual Barbecue
Friday 14th July - Knodishall Village Hall
Our annual barbecues have been a popular club event since the first at The Wardens, Sizewell in 2000. This year was no exception with the 80 tickets being sold out. We were grateful that it didn't rain allowing the chefs, Richard West and Cedric Bennett, to barbecue in perfect weather. It has come to our notice that not everyone is aware of the patio tables and benches at the rear of the hall in a lovely grassed area. If needed, additional tables could be set up. We are also reviewing the seating layout in the hall. If you have any comments to make on this or any other event please let us know.

Pimms And Puddings
Saturday 17th June – 4.00 pm - 2 Minden Drive, Leiston
This was our third Pimms & Pudding and is proving to be a popular event with tickets quickly selling out. The earlier start time of 4.00 pm. proved ideal and this year we had The Ukulele Band entertaining us with musical interludes which seemed to be well received. It was also a hot sunny day this year with thankfully no rain or thunderstorms like last time. A big thank you must go to Brian and Tessa for the use of their lovely garden and to everyone who made the desserts.

The Swing Machine Big Band
Saturday 27th May – Leiston Film Theatre
This event was planned by the Club as part of Leiston’s Big Weekend celebrations.
The Swing Machine is an Ipswich-based 15 piece big band which recreates the much-loved sounds of the 30s, 40s and 50s.
This was a very enjoyable concert with the band playing to a packed audience a wide variety of popular material with songs performed by two talented soloists.

Saturday 18th March – Leiston United Church
Once again we joined the United Church for their regular Saturday coffee morning. As always there was a friendly atmosphere with everyone enjoying a chat over a cup of coffee and biscuits. We ran our usual stalls of cakes, draw and tombola.
Many thanks to everyone who made cakes and donated draw prizes.

Annual General Meeting
Saturday 4th March – Leiston Film Theatre
The Club's Annual General Meeting was well attended by the committee, Club members and the general public. The committee and officers remain unchanged from last year.
COMMITTEE for 2017/18
Chairman - Mrs. Lesley Hill
Vice-Chairman – Miss. Carol Churcher
Secretary - Mrs. Pat West
Treasurer/Joint Publicity Officer – Mr. Richard West
Membership Secretary/Joint Publicity Officer - Mr. Michael Hill
Mr. Brian Ginger, Mrs. Tessa Ginger, Mr. Stephen Ginger, Mrs. Jackie Kingston, Mrs. Jacque Hall, Mrs. Ann Bennett, Mrs. Linda Hodgson, Mrs. Margaret Butcher, and Mrs. Joan Whale.

Dayglo Indydarc Puppet Show
Wednesday 15th February – Leiston Film Theatre
This was a new venture for the Club to give an opportunity for children to come to the Film Theatre. It was seen as a half term treat for the whole family introducing live theatre to the younger ones. The show which included a popular free draw was a sell out to the extent that some people were disappointed.

Fish & Chip Supper
Friday 10th February – Leiston Community Centre
As we are exploring new ways to continue holding our popular Friday evening dinner events we tried a fish and chip supper. With 3 options for the first course: cod and chips, sausage and chips and a vegetarian option of spring roll and chips. This was pre-ordered and delivered by Tasty Bites, one of Leiston’s Fish & Chip shops. The committee provided a dessert of meringue, mixed berries and cream. The uptake on tickets was as good as previous events and we had the same format of a table quiz and draw. In the main the feedback was good and just a few negatives comments to think about if we do it again.

Sunday 22nd January - 2.00 pm - Leiston W.I. Hall

The classic film ‘Some Like it Hot’ (1959) starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe, was well attended with 40 tickets sold. The title was very apt as it was one of the coldest days of the year so we needed the wall heaters on! Everyone seemed to enjoy this popular film, even those who hadn’t seen it before. They, of course, all enjoyed the refreshments afterwards.

Saturday 10th December – 10.00 am to 12.00 pm – Leiston United Church

Christmas Coffee Morning
This was well supported with the United Church providing and serving tea and coffee as per their usual Saturday event. Our thanks to members who donated cakes and draw prizes.

Friday 4th November - Leiston Community Centre

‘My Life At Ladybird Nursery’ – With Bob Booker
Mr Bob Booker gave a very enjoyable Powerpoint presentation to a large audience on the history of the Ladybird Nursery. He brought along various examples of plants and gave a demonstration on preparing hanging baskets. He kindly donated a potted plant to the draw. The evening included a question and answer session followed by light refreshments. Our thanks to Bob for a successful event.

Saturday 29th October – 10.00 am until 1.00 pm - Leiston Film Theatre

Open Day
This was an event organised by the Film Theatre to give the local community the opportunity to view the venue. There was a constant stream of people during the morning who viewed the new dressing rooms and facilities. The Club served tea/coffee and biscuits and held a small draw.

Friday 28th October – 7.30 pm - Knodishall Village Hall

General Knowledge Quiz
This was an enjoyable evening with 10 teams competing. Our sincere thanks to Pat Challis, our quiz master who complied the quiz and to Mary who assisted with the marking.

Friday 21st October – 7.30 pm - Leiston Community Centre

Sausage Sizzle
Our ever popular social evening for Club members and their guests was a sell-out.

Friday 30th September – Leiston Film Theatre

Grand draw

The draw was held during the 'If It's Laughter You're After' Live Show with 44 prizes to be won. Our thanks to everyone who bought tickets and helped sell them on our behalf. In the Co-op, our volunteer sellers raised nearly £300.00. The total amount of profit for the Grand Draw is £1,021.45 which is an excellent result. Details of prize winners has been posted on the Club notice board in the Film Theatre foyer.
As in past years we had an excellent response from many local businesses and individuals.

Friday 16th September 7.30 p.m. – Leiston Community Centre

Suffolk punches

A well attended evening with Chris Miller giving an interesting and informed talk and Power Point presentation on the Suffolk Punch Horse, past, present and future and the work of the Colony Stud at the Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley. He also brought along some early stud books, one over a century old, with reference to the Suffolk Punch and the Garrett family. After the talk, light refreshments of tea/coffee and cakes were served. Chris is a volunteer at the Colony Stud and made no charge for his talk.

Saturday 20th August – Recreation Ground, Victory Road

Cinema in the park

This was organised by the Film Theatre Management team to celebrate the 40 years since the Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council saved the Film Theatre from closure. It was a free event with a showing of the remake of 'The Jungle Book' (2016). Despite being cloudy and a little cold, it was an excellent evening with an estimated 2,000 people attending. The Club had a presence with club information and selling Grand Draw tickets. With sponsorship and generous support from the public by way of a bucket collection following the magnificent firework display at the end this covered the cost of the event.

Friday 22nd July 7.00 p.m. - Knodishall Village Hall

Our annual barbecues have been a popular club event since the first at The Wardens, Sizewell in 2000. This year was no exception. We were grateful that it didn't rain on this event allowing the chefs, Richard West and Cedric Bennett, to barbecue outside in perfect weather and for the patio tables and benches to be used.
The quiz abandoned at the Pimms & Puddings event was used. With all the questions relating to summer we actually had the weather to match the questions this time. There was plenty of food provided by the committee and a good draw with all prizes having been donated.

Saturday 2nd July – 5.00 p.m. - 2 Minden Drive, Leiston

Introduced last year this was a popular event with tickets sold out. Rain squalls were predicted so a large tent and 3 gazebos were erected. The rain arrived and everyone headed for cover, many had brought umbrellas along which proved useful. It added a bit extra to the evening but did not unduly spoil the occasion other than causing the table quiz to be cancelled.
A big thank you to Brian and Tessa for the use of their garden. Also, to Ernest for music via his vintage wind up gramophone, for the donations of puddings and to everyone for coming despite the weather.

Sunday 12th June 12.00 – 5.00 p.m. - Recreation Ground, Victory Road

This was a very successful event for the town. Our stall included a photographic display of past events to promote the club, also, a draw, tombola and 50/50 draw.
We were usefully sited next to the Film Theatre stall which ran a popular lucky dip and sold candy floss.

Saturday 4th June – 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. – Leiston United Church

The morning was well attended with the United Church providing and serving refreshments as per their usual Saturday event.
There was a friendly atmosphere with members enjoying a chat with the committee and church regulars over a cup of coffee. The winner of the 50/50 draw kindly donated £10.50 back to the club and the remaining £11.50 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Our thanks to the United Church for the use of the church hall and the kind donation of half the refreshments takings to the club.

Friday 13th May 7.30. p.m – Leiston Community Centre

“CHUGGING ALONG A DITCH” - Canals and Narrow Boats

The evening consisted of a talk and slide presentation by Richard West. This was an enjoyable and informative evening. Richard shared his passion for narrow boating, giving a short history and explaining the protocols and techniques. There were two quizzes at the end, just to make sure that everyone had being paying attention. This was followed by refreshments and the draw. Our thanks to Richard.