Recent Events

Annual Barbecue
Friday 12th July – Knodishall Village Hall
The diary wouldn’t be complete without the Annual Barbecue at Knodishall Village Hall. 68 members and guests enjoyed this year’s event. Rain was threatened but thankfully never materialised with a gazebo put up over the two barbecues just in case. Our chefs were Richard and Cedric, who have barbecued for us for several years now, aided by Michael who delivered the loaded trays to the kitchen.
During the barbecue a presentation was made to Pat Challis and her marking assistant Mary for the many quizzes they have held on behalf of the Club which have raised hundreds of pounds. Pat received a Notcutts voucher together with a gavel to help her ‘keep order’ during her quizzes. Mary, who we understand is a keen gardener, also received a Notcutts voucher.
Our thanks to Sizewell Sports & Social Club for their help in transporting, setting up and clearing away the hired barbecue equipment and gazebo. The evening raised £429.60.
Pimms And Puddings
Saturday 15th June – 2 Minden Drive, Leiston
This was our fifth Pimms & Pudding afternoon to be held in Tessa and Brian’s garden. Early weather reports suggested there could be rain but apart from a short cloudy interlude the afternoon was dry if a little chilly at times with the club’s gazebo on standby just in case.
Musical interludes were performed by 14 members of a local Ukulele Band who returned to entertain us with a selection of summer melodies. The £30 fee for the hire of the band was kindly returned as a donation to the club. The afternoon raised £243.61.
Coffee Morning
Saturday 18th May – Leiston United Church
This was a successful morning raising £266.20. The United Church held their usual Saturday tea and coffee morning which helped to refresh the committee and visitors alike. A £20 donation has been made together with our thanks to the United Church for the use of the Church Hall. The Committee thanks members who provided draw prizes and cakes and those who came along to support the event.
Social Evening With The Friston Players
Friday 3rd May – Leiston W.I. Hall.
This was an enjoyable social evening with the Friston Players who despite having two members unavailable performed a slightly shortened programme of entertaining sketches and monologues. This was followed by refreshments and an opportunity to chat before the draw was held. The evening raised £346.00. Our thanks to Linda Hodgson who arranged the evening with the players.
Fun Quiz – With Pat Challis

Friday 5th April - Knodishall Village Hall

Pat Challis was quiz master at another of her popular quiz evenings to raise funds for the Club. 14 teams took part at an enjoyable social evening which raised an excellent £482.31 for the club. We are grateful to Pat for her continued support.
‘My Life In Showbiz’ With Barry Dye

Friday 8th March - Leiston Community Centre

Unfortunately, due to poor ticket sales this event had to be cancelled.
Annual General Meeting

Saturday 2nd March – Leiston Film Theatre

The AGM was attended by the existing committee, 33 club members and general public.
COMMITTEE for 2019/20
Chairman Mrs. Lesley Hill
Vice-Chairman Mr. Stephen Ginger
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, Mrs. Jackie Kingston, Mrs. Jacque Hall, Mrs. Ann Bennett, Mrs. Linda Hodgson, Mrs. Margaret Butcher, Miss. Maxine Read and Mrs. Joan Whale.
Sausage Supper Evening

Friday 8th February – Leiston Community Centre

As our first event of 2019 we were delighted to be able to offer a winter warmer supper evening. Rob Ingram, a qualified chef, prepared and cooked for us a two course meal with sausages and vegetables for the main course and an apple crumble which has received ‘rave’ reviews. Together with the draw this made a profit of £496.04.
During the evening our guests were requested to complete a survey as to what type of supper they would like next. A fish and chip supper proved the most popular and we are organising this event for 8th November.
25 Yrs Of Leiston Film Theatre Support Club – With Michael Hill

Friday 2nd November – Leiston WI Hall

Michael presented a slide show of photographs, documents, posters and video of fund raising and social events since the founding of the club. The audience enjoyed this nostalgic dip into the past, spotting their younger-selves together with family members and friends. Later in the year it is proposed that Michael will present a second show covering events not already included giving you another opportunity to look at the various events the Club have held over the past 27 years.


This event attracted a number of people from Leiston and the wider community and it was pleasing to see so many new faces. Delia brought along many examples of her work and explained how she had produced each piece of work. At the end of the presentation everyone was able to have a closer look at the exhibits on display and to ask Delia questions. More information on Delia’s work can be found on her website.
We are extremely grateful to Delia for agreeing to hold this event.
An Evening Of Vintage Film With Jimmy Cecil

Friday 19th October - Leiston WI Hall

Once again Jim presented another of his popular archive film shows. Films included, from the 1980s the lead up to Sizewell B. This featured shots of Leiston and surrounding villages together with interviews with local people. The major servicing of a steam locomotive in 1938 and short home cine films of novelty items and of local interest. Our thanks to Jim.
This was our second concert by the 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 music of the period with two talented singers with a ‘Swing at the Movies’ theme. The event attracted an audience from a wide area and the evening made an excellent profit for the Club. The band had also commented on how much they
enjoy playing at Leiston Film Theatre.
Christmas Coffee Morning
Saturday 8th December – Leiston United Church
It was good to see members at our last event of the year. We think numbers were slightly down which could be due to the fact that it is a very busy time for people and that they might have been attending the Leiston On Ice Event. The United Church provided and served tea and coffee and the Club ran a draw, 50/50 draw, hamper draw (1st and 2nd prize), tombola and cake stall.
We thank everyone who donated draw prizes and items for our stalls and came along to support the event.
The United Church do not charge us for the hire of the hall but the agreement is they retain the profits from the teas/coffees. As a goodwill gesture the Club agreed to give a donation.
Also on the 7th December the Club ran a draw at the Through the Decades (Roy Orbison/Buddy Holly) Live Show at the Film Theatre.
The draw was held during the Swing Machine Big Band Live Show with 38 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 £280.00. The total amount of profit for the Grand Draw is £801.30 which is an excellent result. All the prizes, including the cash prizes were donated, and our only expense was the printing of the draw tickets. 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.

Below are our sponsors who generously donated draw prizes. Letters of
thanks have been sent.
Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council ~ Victory Car Sales Ltd ~ Brian Harrison ~
Bright Sparks ~ Sandlings ~ Simply Delicious ~ Carolyn’s ~ Lady Dyes ~ Leiston
Trading Post ~ George East (Housewares) Limited ~ Chris Newson ~ East of
England Co-op ~ New Wolsey Theatre ~ L.B. Shotter & Son ~ Waitrose ~
Leiston Press ~ Platt’s ~ Reactor Tattoo ~ Additions ~ Londis ~ Sheila & Susan
Hairdressers ~ Titlows ~ The Original Factory Shop ~ Flick & Son ~ Nichols
Family Butchers ~ Sizewell Sports & Social Club ~ Gracie’s ~ Bill Turnbull
(Patron) ~ East Coast Promotions ~ Screwbolt Fixing Ltd ~ The Hair Shop,
Aldeburgh ~ Acecom Solutions ~ Club Members