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Breathe Easy January, February & March 2019

Breathe Easy, January, February & March bookings will take place in the Orwell Room which is situated in the main building 

 

**KWMCC CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS**

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Please also note that the KWMCC offices will be closed from 4pm on Friday 21st December 2018 and will re-open on Wednesday 2nd January 2019 at 9.00am

 

We Will Remember

Staff and trustees of Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre (KWMCC) organised a small gathering on Monday 12th of November to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

Regular hirers and members of The East Anglian Reserve were invited to the centre for the unveiling of a commemorative half tree bench with plaque, to remember those that lost their lives.

The bench commissioned by KWMCC and funded by District Councillor Stuart Lawson from the Enabling Communities budget, has been placed in the garden area around the oak tree for visitors to take time to sit and reflect, whilst children from the centres resident play group Humpty Dumpty, created a fabulous display of homemade poppies to go around the tree, made especially for the occasion.

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District Councillor Stuart Lawson said:
“I am honoured to have funded this special bench, set in a lovely peaceful area of the garden where visitors can sit and take time to remember the sacrifices made by so many. Well done to all those involved in this commemorative initiative.”

Refreshments were provided, along with a brief welcome from the centre’s Chairman of the board of trustees Richard Baird, followed by a talk on the end of the war by the Kesgrave Royal British Legion’s, Don Whinney.

The unveiling of the bench was performed by The East Anglia Reserves in full uniform accompanied by ‘The Last Post’, played by local buglers Andy Gaffer and Neville Woolnough, followed by two minutes silence.

LEST WE FORGET

BOOK YOUR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION TODAY

Still looking for that perfect venue to hold your Christmas party this year, then look no further!

We have the function room (big or small) and the fully licensed bar, we can even recommend and help you with caterers, discos and anything else you might need to make your celebration a special one.

 

photo booth wedding party girls 160420 2 fa2bfThe centre is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas this year, whether you are looking for a venue for your work Christmas party or a celebration with family and friends.

We have a choice of function rooms with a fully licensed bar and welcoming staff, who will ensure that you have a fabulous time.

Take a look at our party suppliers to help make your celebration complete, from caterers to the all important interactive selfie mirrors to capture those memorable festive moments.

We have dates available throughout December, give us call on 01473 612648 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can help you get your Christmas celebrations all wrapped up.

 

 

 

 

Caretakers Required

KWMCC are looking for evening caretakers to work up to 3 evenings a week. 

This is usually from 4.30pm through to 7pm, and then for an hour later on in the evening to lock up the building.

The job is physically demanding and requires someone who can manual handle equipment and furniture.

Holiday and sickness cover hours will also be available.

Current hourly rate of pay is £8.30 per hour, with a payrise anticpated on 1st April 2018.

For further information, please contact Cheryl on 01473 612648 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BECOME A COMMUNITY CENTRE TRUSTEE

DO YOU LIVE IN KESGRAVE AND HAVE THE TIME TO BECOME A KWMCC TRUSTEE?

Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre are looking for local residents to become Trustees. 

This includes attending a once a month meeting lasting approximately 2 hours, supporting the delivery of the Community Centre Business Plan, and supporting projects either with your experience or your enthusiasm.

For further information please contact Cheryl at KWMCC on 01473 612648 Option 3 during office hours.

 

MEETINGS & CONFERENCE FACILITIES

Meetings & Conferences

Kesgrave Community Centre makes an ideal meeting location, offering the following;-

  • A choice of five function rooms
  • Two large free car parks
  • An attractive enclosed garden
  • Flexible catering options and hospitality upon request.
  • Digital Projector and screen
  • PA system and microphones (Available in two function rooms)
  • Free Wi-Fi

Find the most suitable room for your business event, or contact the bookings secretary on 01473 612648 (Select option 1) or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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MONTHLY BUSINESS NETWORKING

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Kesgrave Community Centre are very pleased to present their informal monthly networking events, sponsored by Bates Wells & Braithwaite Solicitors, Ipswich. The events take place in the conference centre on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 9.30am -11.30am.

The Centre's aim....

'Provide small businesses and business owners with a resource to come together and grow their businesses'

These events are an opportunity for local business owners and/or their representatives to get together over a cup of tea or coffee, build friendships and develop working relationships in the local community. 

No membership fees, just turn up and pay £2 on the door which will be donated to St Elizabeth Hospice.

If you are interested in having a small display stand, giving a brief talk about your business or even running an activity at one of the monthly events, please do get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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WE ARE RECRUITING

We are currently recruiting for the following:

Holiday and Sickness Cover Caretaker

Bar Staff

Glass Collector 

Hospitality Staff

Click here for further information on all these posts

WEDNESDAY MORNINGS - COMMIT TO GET FIT

Commit To Get Fit -Bite Sized Exercise Session

Wednesday mornings 9.15am to 9.45am

This session will help you to become physically fitter enabling you to deal with the rigors of life. Consisting of a variety of core stability exercises, circuits and body toning exercises.
£2.50 per person per session

To pre-book any of the above activities, please contact KWMCC on 01473 612648 Ext 20 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further health and fitness activities at KWMCC use the following link http://www.kwmcc.co.uk/health-and-fitness.html

Weddings at the Centre

Your Wedding, Your Way.

Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding!

Kesgrave Community and Conference Centre (KWMCC) is an attractive and spacious wedding venue and we understand the importance of making your wedding day the best and most memorable day of your life.

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Photography by Him & Her Wedding Photography taken in Ropes Hall and at All Saints Church, Kesgrave 

 

Dates for your Diary

The Centre of Networking- Monthly

Organised and hosted by KWMCC and sponsored by Bates Wells & Braithwaite Solicitors Ipswich. These monthly networking events take place in the conference centre on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 9.30am -11.30am.

No membership fees, just turn up and pay £2 on the door which will be donated to St Elizabeth Hospice.

This is networking with a difference, we wanted to incorporate a fun element, whilst making new connections and supporting a worthy cause all at the same time, which we think we have achieved, but you can always come along and find out for yourself!

If you are interested in having a small display stand, giving a brief talk about your business or even running an activity at one of the monthly events, please do get in touch.

For further information or to get involved please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

       

Free Monthly Social & Friendship Group for people aged 65+ Pop Up Chinwag Kesgrave

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Kesgrave Catwalk 2019 - Friday 19th October 

All details TBC

Christmas Shopping & Pamper Evening - Friday 22nd November 2019 

All Details TBC

Monthly Quiz Nights in aid of Age UK Suffolk TBC

These Quiz night events are still to be confirmed

For all you quizzers out there, we are pleased to announce that The Centre will be working with Age UK Suffolk to organise monthly Sunday evening quiz nights on the last Sunday of every Month Dates TBC

Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start, Teams of 4-6 people (Entry fee TBC), light nibbles included

Cash bar (Serving bottled drinks only)

Raffle for Age UK Suffolk

To register your interest please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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To register your interest in any of the above ‘Dates for your Diary’ please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

   

 

 

 

Kesgrave Running Club Wins Award

Congratulations to Kesgrave Cruisers for winning the 'Club of the Year Award' such a huge achievement in such a short space of time.

This all inclusive running club meet at Kesgrave Community Centre, on a Tuesday evening from 7.00pm - 8.00pm. Every ability is catered for from first time beginners to dedicated competitors, it's a great opportunity for people to meet and run in a fun and safe environment.

Em Mortimer who started the running club said:

"I started the club as I was going to be training on my own and I thought I would open up my session to others to join in to help them improve. I got diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome early last year so wasn’t able to run myself and so in March I did my first coaching course and since then it really has given me the confidence to push the club and to help others. Last year the club would have a maximum of 30 runners completing a warm up session, which involves interval work and a cool down. I regularly have over 100 now on a Tuesday night at kesgrave community centre and last Tuesday there was 140.

I am on cloud nine still and I am so made up to have won this award. All I want is for adults and kids to enjoy their running and for it to be fun, friendly and safe. This is certainly the theme at kesgrave kruisers. Every week I have someone thanking me for a personal best, a good session, saying that they have made so many friends at kruisers and that they are loving their running again since coming along! It makes me feel emotional sometimes but every single one of my runners is fantastic and the support and attitudes of those who are Kesgrave Kruisers is like nothing I have experienced before anywhere else. I wouldn’t have been able to do all of this though without my amazing committee behind me! "

You can find out more about this award winning local running club via their Facebook or Twitter pages

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Fabulously Festive Charity Event Success

What a fabulously festive evening we all had at the annual KWMCC & Cedarwood School Christmas Shopping Evening.

The venue looked amazing again this year with the help of Let's Party Venue Decor and the beautiful displays by all the stall holders on the night.

Visitors were able to browse and buy from over 30 exhibitors offering some lovely festive gifts, whilst Hungry Tums provided lots of tasty treats. Therapists were kept busy with their massage and mini pamper treatments and Pip Duffy kept everyone in the mood with his wonderful singing.

Event Organisers Jo (KWMCC) & Fiona (Cedarwood PFC) said:

“We would like to thank everyone who came along to the Christmas shopping evening at Kesgrave Community Centre on Friday night, it was a fantastic evening. Special thanks to all the wonderful stall holders, therapists, volunteers, KWMCC staff, singer, Pip Duffy who entertained us throughout the evening, and of course our event sponsors, Kesgrave Cars, Let's Party, Tax Rebates, Spin Ipswich, Jo's Word Art and Polstead Press. Your support has helped to raise £1748.49 for the Community Centre and the Parents & Friends Committee of Cedarwood  Primary School” which is fantastic.

This is a great community event so please make sure you get the date in your diaries for next year... Friday 22nd November 2019!

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Our Festive Thanks!

Did someone mention Christmas! 

We decided to thank our Christmas Shopping event sponsors by making them wear their Christmas hats and pose for a photo!! well why not, it is nearly Christmas after all. 

Special thanks to all our sponsors, Polstead Press, Let's Party, Jo's Word Art, Kesgrave Cars, Spin Ipswich and Tax Rebates, we couldn't do it without you.

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Get your Christmas all wrapped up at the Cedarwood School and KWMCC annual Christmas Shopping evening, taking place on Friday 30th November from 6.45pm, tickets and further information available here

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities at KWMCC for 2019 events, we would love to hear from you please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion Show Success

Kesgrave Community Centre (KWMCC) was transformed last Friday evening for their first 'Kesgrave Catwalk' fashion show, organised by KWMCC and hosted by Pam Davis director of Fashion Candy Style, the event showcased autumn and winter collections by local retailers.

Richard Garrett, owner of Sound 4 Pro Audio created a wonderful set up, of lighting & sound and a fabulous catwalk for the models to show onlookers the latest outfits on offer from the shows retailers.

The event was very well attended and featured a raffle for the Papworth Trust, raising over £300 for the charity on the night.

Jo Barker Business & Events Co-ordinator at Kesgrave Community Centre said:

“It was such a special evening, with a great atmosphere. We have received very positive feedback about the event and hope to organise another one for next year. The centre looked amazing thanks to Sound 4 pro Audio and Let’s Party, whilst the catwalk show hosted by Pam and her team of models and catwalk retailers was fantastic. A great big thank you to everyone involved in the event and to everyone that bought tickets. We were very pleased to be able to support the Papworth Trust with a raffle on the night and we look forward to the next one.”

Ticket holders were able to enjoy an evening of exclusive shopping (before and after the show), Prosecco, canapes and a one hour catwalk show. Catwalk collections were provided by local retailers Cake & Catwalk, Zeebra Chic, Simply Splendid, Tilley & Grace and Maud’s Attic.

Special thanks to the event sponsors Kesgrave Cars, Sound 4 Pro Audio, Let's Party and Polstead Press

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New Cricket Facilities for Kesgrave

Congratulations to Kesgrave Cricket Club on their 25th anniversary and for their amazing fund-raising efforts to provide new practice facilities for their club.

The  club celebrated the opening of their newly built outdoor practice facility on Sunday 1st July with Graham Napier, ex Essex and England cricketer, now with RHS Sport, visiting the club to formally ‘cut the ribbon’.

Graham then held a Q & A session encouraging all the young players who attended the opening, to practice hard but always remember to still enjoy playing the game, this was followed by an interclub T20 match and BBQ to celebrate the club’s 25th anniversary.

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Photography by Kesgrave Cricket Club

Post event statement from the cricket club;

The club at Kesgrave had raised £40,000 over the past three years in order to fund the new practice facility through a combination of grants, donations and fund-raising events. Club Chairman, Richard Bradley, said “A major contribution of funds was made by local charity SPARK (Sport and Recreation in Kesgrave) to whom we are very grateful”. He added “The club is always looking to recruit new coaches and players, both junior and adult and we particularly hope these new practice nets will generate enthusiasm for the game from school aged youngsters locally”. Details on cricket coaching for young people from age 8 upwards is available on the club website at kesgrave.play-cricket.com

The club is currently enjoying their most successful period ever. After winning the league title for the last two years, the first XI are now top of Division 3 of the Two Counties league and the second XI are top of Division 9 East.

The clubs new cricket nets are also available for hire by recognised clubs and groups. For further details and enquiries please email the club chairman Richard Bradley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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KWMCC Networking Success

Celebrations for ‘The Centre of Networking’ 

Kesgrave Community centre (KWMCC) celebrated the success of their monthly networking events this month. ‘The Centre of Networking’ organised and hosted by KWMCC and sponsored by Bates Wells & Braithwaite Solicitors, Ipswich, opened its doors last September to provide an informal and fun monthly networking event for local businesses to attend and get connected. Thanks to the support of the event sponsors and those who regularly attend the networking group, they have also been able to support local charity, St Elizabeth Hospice by raising over £600 to date.

Set in twelve acres of land just outside Ipswich KWMCC has a choice of function rooms, free parking and is easily accessible, making it an ideal location for these type of events. The group set up a year ago by KWMCC celebrated their first anniversary at last week’s monthly event, along with representatives from the hospice, sponsors Bates Wells & Braithwaite, guest speaker Glenn Savill from Aston Shaw Accounting and networking attendees from local businesses.

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Photography BY KWMCC  left to right Debbie Austin (St Elizabeth Hospice), Christopher Mason (Bates Wells & Braithwaite), Chris Chenery (Chenery Creative LTD) and Nigel Poorly (Poorly PC)

Jo Barker, Business & Events Co-ordinator at KWMCC, said: “We are so pleased with how popular our networking events have become in our first year, our aim has always been to provide a friendly and relaxed environment for local business people to meet and network on a regular basis. The fact that we can also support our chosen charity, St Elizabeth Hospice through these events is fantastic and this has only been made possible by sponsors Bates Wells & Braithwaite Solicitors in Ipswich. Through their support and the people who attend our networking we are able to donate everything we raise from entry fees, to fun activity donations. The hospice is a great charity, we know how vital fundraising is for them to be able to continue their hard work within the community.”

Jazmin Peach, Corporate Fundraiser for St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “We’re really grateful to all those involved with Kesgrave Community Centre’s Networking and thank everyone who has attended one of their sessions over the last year and donated to the charity. 80% of the care we deliver happens away from the hospice, in our local community, and the money raised here could help us pay for seven home visits by one of our community nurses, helping those living with a progressive or terminal illness in their own homes.”

Their next monthly networking event will take place on Tuesday 11th September from 9.30am-11.30am. For more details please visit www.kwmcc.co.uk or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

New Play Area Open

A new play area aimed for children under the age of 11 has now been officially opened by Kesgrave Town Council, located on the corner of the KWMCC sports field. It is hoped that the new play equipment will be used by those with young children on their way to and from school, whilst parents can relax in the seating area provided.

KWMCC have worked closely with Kesgrave Town Council to get the new play area in place, which has been funded by SPARK, (Sport, Amenities Recreation in Kesgrave) who through their finance made the project possible.

Since the opening, there have been many young families taking advantage of the good weather and the school holidays to visit the play area and try out the new equipment, we look forward to seeing it fully utilised over the coming months.

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Photography By Kesgrave Town Council

New Image for KWMCC

You may of noticed that KWMCC has recently changed their logo.

Both the staff and board of trustees at the centre felt that the KWMCC logo had become dated and it was time for a new design,  Aislinn and Tracy at Polstead Press in Stowmarket were happy to step up to the challenge, but little did they know quite what a challenge this would be!

Having worked with Tracy on a few other design and print projects over the past few years Polstead Press were the obvious choice for us. 

So how important is a company's logo?

A company's logo is very important, identity is visually expressed through it's logo, along with the company's name and it is one of the main things that makes a business memorable.

KWMCC worked closely with Aislinn at Polstead Press to achieve a design that delivered the intended message, with such an array of facilities on offer, from sport to conference the logo needed to achieve the importance of the centre being a place for everyone in the community to use for all kinds of celebrations, activities and events whether it be for private or business use.

We think that with the help of Polstead Press we are starting to achieve our aim of establishing the KWMCC brand as 'The Venue for all Occasions and Events'.

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Kesgrave Fun Day Competition Winner

Thank you to everyone that visited the KWMCC stand at the Kesgrave Fun Day on Saturday 9th June, we hope that you all had a good time and took advantage of the free face painting and ballon modelling that KWMCC provided at the event. 

The sun shone which attracted more than 1,000 visitors throughout the day, well done to the Kesgrave Town Council for organising such a great community event. 

KWMCC hirers Bounce and Zumba Ipswich were performing some high energy fitness routines along with some entertaining displays from the Torwood Wheelers. 

The event was also a great opportunity to launch the new KWMCC logo design along with a newly designed banner created by Polstead Press in Stowmarket, thank you to them for all their support over the last couple of months.

Special thanks to Samuel from VIP Balloons for all his hard work on the day entertaining the children and to our resident yoga teacher Michelle Mellor who helped out on the KWMCC stand.

Congratulations to Sophie Rose aged 8, from Grange Farm, Kesgrave. Sophie visited the KWMCC stand and managed to achieve the closest guess as to how many sweets were in the jar, much to her brothers dismay whose guess was just one less closer than Sophie's!!

Sophie recently visited the centre with her dad to receive her prize - the 'huge' jar of sweets and an Amazon Voucher from Richard Baird (KWMCC Chair of the board of trustees) and Punna Athwall (KWMCC trustee).

Well done Sophie and we hope that you enjoy the sweets and spending your voucher.

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KWMCC AGM

The Community Centre's Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 20th June in the Conference Centre at 7.00pm.

Kesgrave residents are invited to attend. 

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Kesgrave Fun Day June 9th

The Kesgrave Fun Day is taking place on Saturday 9th June at the Millennium field and KWMCC are very pleased to will be supporting this popular annual event by way of a community centre stand.

The stand will be run by the centre's trustees and a children’s entertainer has been organised to provide FREE face painting and balloon modelling throughout the event from the KWMCC stand.

The event organisers (Kesgrave Town Council) are expecting around 500-700 visitors though out the day.

KWMCC would love to hear from any of the clubs and groups that use the centre on a regular basis regarding the opportunity to display information/leaflets on the KWMCC stand for your group or clubs activities and events that take place here at the community centre.

If you would like to have your leaflets displayed on our stand on the 9th June please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Any leaflets you wish to display on our stand at this event will need to be delivered to the centre by Wednesday 6th June.

Autumn Fashion Show Planned

Kesgrave Community Centre are very excited to be teaming up with Pamela Davis Managing Director of Fashion Candy Style Ltd, for an Autumn Fashion Show to be held here at the centre.

The event is planned for the evening of Friday 19th October 2018 starting with a glass of fizz and canapes on arrival followed by a fabulous catwalk show.

Further updates will follow over the next few months with more details about the event and how you can get your hands on these exclusive tickets. To register your interest please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Let us brighten up your Autumn with a fabulous evening of fashion and style.

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Supporting The Big Chinwag

We are very pleased to be the chosen venue for AGE UK Suffolk's new free monthly friendship group.

Age UK Suffolk are launching a new monthly social & friendship group for people aged 65 + and living in the Kesgrave, Martlesham & Rushmere area, these events will take place on the third Friday of every month starting on the 20th April from 2.00pm-4.00pm and are totally free to all attendes over 65.

Entertainment and refreshments will be provided, so if you fancy a good old chinwag over a nice cup of tea or coffee pop along and join us! 

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GDPR Expert announced as Guest Speaker

Still in need in need of some expert advice on GDPR for your business!

You are invited to join us at our next monthly networking event on Tuesday March 13th in the conference centre from 9.30am-11.30am, £2 entry fee on the door (donated to St Elizabeth Hospice).

We are so pleased to announce that Lenitha Bishop from Lentado will be our guest speaker at next month's event.......

Lenitha was born and raised in South Africa, Lenitha moved to the UK in 2006 with a Business Management Degree and career as an accomplished project manager within a multinational organisation. Lentado was born out of two passions; data and marketing. With the purpose to provide local businesses, that do not have the resources to employ a full time Data Protection Officer (DPO). The ability to make sure they take the necessary steps toward compliance, in preparation for the new data protection regulation.

Lenitha is a Certified EU GDPR Practitioner with strong relationships within the data protection industry. Offering practical advice, guidance and training sessions to navigate this very complex field.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is all about the rights of individuals. To process information, or data, about you, any business regardless of size must have a lawful basis to do so. This lawful basis and the rights that you have, relates to information about you, that a business may collect and use.
These rights are as set out in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will become enforceable from 25 May 2018, it is already law so there is no escaping. The GDPR is designed to protect and support the personal data rights for everyone in the UK and any organisation dealing with personal data will need to comply.

If you are still in need of some expert advice on GDPR for your business, make sure that you join us on March 13th at Kesgrave Community and Conference Centre

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about these events or you can book your place here

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Science Holiday Camp Workshops

This February half term we are pleased to offer something new and exciting to our venues holiday camp activities.

The Little Scientist Company - Science Workshops!

National Curriculum specific workshops or just for the love of science, youngsters will be able to experiment and discover with our new science camps at Kesgrave Community & Conference Centre

Interactive and engaging workshops run by a fully qualified teacher.
The Little Scientist Company aims to engage learners in Science to encourage curiosity, creativity and a love of learning.

Monday (Animal Studies & Conversation) & Tuesday (Little Engineers) for age 5-11yrs Key stage one & two

Wednesday- All welcome (Potions Master)

Thursday (Zoology) & Friday (Forensic Science) from age 12-16yrs Key stage three & four

One day session £25
Two Days £40
Wednesday half day £10
2.5 days £45
Breakfast & After Camp Clubs are an additional £5 per session

Sessions run from 9.30am - 3.30pm (Wednesday 12.30pm finish)
Breakfast Club 8.30am-9.30am Monday-Friday
After Camp Club from 3.30pm-4.30pm (Not available on Wednesday)

Your child will need to bring a drink and a packed lunch for a full day session

Please contact The Little Scientist Company by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 07540379146 

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Date announced for Christmas Shopping Evening!

Following the success of last years event, the centre will be teaming up again with Fiona Farrell supporting Cedarwood Primary School to host another splendid Christmas shopping event.

With over 30 stalls to browse and buy from, live music, refreshments and pre-bookable beauty treatments, it's going to be a magical evening for you to enjoy.

Ticket are just £5 which includes a glass of mulled wine & a mince pie and now available by calling Fiona on 07739 848910

To keep up to date follow our event on Facebook here

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Networking Event Success

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who attended the launch of our monthly networking events last week.

We were so pleased with the number of attendees and the feed back has been really positive. 
Not only was it fun and informative but we also raised enough funds to pay for 3 hours of nursing care at St Elizabeth Hospice, this has been possible just from everyone who attended paying a £2 entry fee.

So a big well done to those of you who came along and supported such a worthy cause!

Special thanks to our sponsors Bates Wells & Braithwaite, especially to Chris Mason whose talk was very entertaining and we look forward to hearing from him again hopefully at next months’ event.

Also to Hannah Snowling at SnapUX for providing some great entertainment with the interactive selfie mirror.

We would also like to thank Nikki Brown from St Elizabeth Hospice for her emotional story about Zoe, giving us an insight into how the hospice works.

Our next networking event is on Tuesday 10th October 9.30am-11.30am and we look froward to seeing you there.

For more information about our monthly networking events please follow our facebook page here or contact Jo Barker on 01473 612648 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also reserve your place via Eventbrite

For more information about the hospice and what they do please visit their website https://www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/

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Co-opted Trustee Vacancy

 A vacancy has arisen for a co-opted trustee at Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre

Find out more here 

 

New Monthly Networking Events at the Centre

We are very pleased to introduce our first informal monthly networking event, sponsored by Bates Wells & Braithwaite Solicitors in Ipswich and you are invited to join us!

Our first event will take place in the conference centre on Tuesday 12th September from 9.30am -11.30am.

These events will take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month and will be an opportunity for you to build friendships, develop working relationships and support a local charity at the same time.

The Centre's aim....

'To Provide small businesses and business owners with a resource to come together and grow their businesses'

No 60 second introductions and no membership fees, just turn up and pay £2 on the door which includes refreshments (donated to St Elizabeth Hospice).

If you are interested in having a small display stand, giving a brief talk about your business or even running an activity at one of the monthly events, please do get in touch.

For further information or to get involved please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Summer Fun Activities

As the summer holidays are fast approaching and we all have high hopes for some lovely summer sunshine. The centre has organised plenty of activities and sports for the youngsters to take part in, whether they like sport, dance or science there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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Looking for something 'out-of-this-world' for your children this summer!
Inspire your children about the world around them and they will get to see science come to life before their very eyes... If your child is aged between 4 -11 years then look no further for a brilliant, investigative activity camp to fill your school holidays. The Mad Science Holiday Camps run from Monday 8th – Friday 12th of August and you can register now via the Mad Science website http://east.madscience.org/

Inspire to Engage is Premier Sport’s brand new holiday course initiative.

Your children will keep busy and active with a huge variety of sports and activities during the school holiday. If you are looking for a fun, safe and active environment for your child this summer, you can book your place now via the Premier Sport website.
Courses are available for children aged 5 -12 years, to find out more and to book your child’s place please visit http://sport.premier-education.com/

 

For the adult members of the community
The centre will be running their evening casual badminton sessions throughout the summer holidays on Tuesdays from the 26th July - 23rd August, 8.00pm-10.00pm and on Friday’s from the 29th July - 26th August, 7.00pm-9.00pm.
What-ever your choice of sport or activity this summer, the centre and its staff look forward to welcoming you.

Centre's 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Last weekend the centre opened it's doors to their regular hirers, clubs, groups and associations to celebrate 50 years as a charitable trust. Along with the trustees and staff of the centre the guests were invited to enjoy an afternoon of varied summer fun entertainment.

Enjoying displays from the Torwood Wheelers performing wheel gymnastics, dance demonstrations by the Ipswich School of Dancing, balloon modelling by VIP Balloons and live music from Arbutus String Trio and Annika Rands.

Also on offer were close up magic tricks from Chris North, a casino table by Let's Party, The Pop Up Puzzle Room and a hog roast and bar provided by Prestige Bars & Catering, Simply Sweet Candy Co. provided an ice cream tricycle with some very tasty ice cream treats and a beautiful anniversary cake created by Jess at Pickacake.

Chairman Richard Baird said

" It's great to bring the community together as that is what the centre is all about, the afternoon is about thanking all those people who have given their time and energy to the centre and it's community over the last 50 years and we would like to think that those who were unable to join us, would be proud of what it has become today"

The centre were also raising funds for local teenager Kim Sale by way of a tombola and 50-50 competition.

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Suffolk 100 Cycle Challenge

We are very pleased to be hosting once again, The Suffolk 100 Sportive event on Sunday 19th June.
Three wonderful routes take in a variety of Suffolk’s best scenery, from forest and coast to quiet countryside lanes. Whether you’re a seasoned spinner, or just enjoy cycling on a weekly basis there’s a route for you.
For more information please visit the Sportive UK website http://www.sportiveuk.co.uk/suffolk-100-sportive-bike-event/

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Kesgrave Family Fun Weekend

In celebration of HM the Queen's 90th Birthday Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th June at the Millenium Sports Ground

 

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50 Years of Community Life

Kesgrave Community Centre has been the centre of the Kesgrave community dating back to the end of the Second World War, when it was decided that the £200 victory fund would be used to create a living memorial with a new community centre. Although the original hall was demolished when the new Grange Farm development was put forward, a new one was then built taking advantage of more land to allow sports activities and in more recent years a conference centre, sports centre and sports pavilion have all been added to the site.

As the centre continued to develop over the years it has become a social hub for many, offering activities and events for all ages to enjoy. The Centre is available for private functions, corporate and business events, weddings, christenings, funerals and private parties. The excellent facilities, coupled with a safe and secure environment, makes the centre an ideal choice of venue.

The grounds and outside space, including 2 large free car parks, are home to a variety of clubs, associations and organisations, and is regularly used for fundraising and charity events.

To celebrate our 50th anniversary as a charitable trust a special event is being organised in July where staff and trustees will celebrate the occasion alongside their regular hirers.

As a registered charity, all the money received is used to enhance and develop services and facilities to the Community.

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Professor Stephen Hawking coming to Kesgrave

Leading neurology charity Headway has announced that world-renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking will headline the Headway Suffolk conference being held here at Kesgrave Community Centre in October.

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To book a place at the conference, visit www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/events or call 01473 712225.call 01473 712225.

Tickets are £30 for professionals and £5 for others to cover lunch. Early booking is advised.

90 Years Young!

Congratulations to one of our 'Active Adults' John Mittel who celebrated his 90th birthday last week-Happy Birthday John from everyone at KWMCC.
As you can see we spoilt him at last weeks class with a home made birthday cake!.

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INDOOR TABLE TOP SALE

Kesgrave Community Centre are holding a table top sale on Saturday 20th February 2016 from 10.30am-2.30pm, Sell your unwanted items or come along and grab a bargain. £1 entry fee (Under 14's free) on the door to charity.

Refreshments and tombola, kids corner

Tables must be pre-booked

£10 a table (6ft tables)

Trade tables £15-(limited space available)

For further details and to book a table call Jo on 01473 612648 Ext 21 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Up Market Event raises cash for Age UK Suffolk

More than 30 stalls featuring a host of homemade crafts, jewellery, cakes and pastries, textiles and beauty products were on sale at Kesgrave Community Centre at the weekend for an up market shopping experience.

The event organised by Kesgrave Community Centre and Age UK Suffolk was held all day Saturday with a special preview evening on the Friday night, featuring live music, prosecco and canapes.

The event raised over a £1000 for the locally independent charity.

If you would like further information about Age UK Suffolk and the services they provide, visit www.ageuk.co.uk/suffolk

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Upmarket Shopping Event

How would you like to browse and buy from some of the loveliest Suffolk treats, try some free canapés, enjoy a welcome drink and pamper yourself with a mini treatment and not forgetting your free goody bag... if this sounds good to you then we have the perfect event coming soon for just £7 .......

As promised plans are under way for our Upmarket Shopping Event all in aid of Age UK Suffolk.

The event is being held at KWMCC with an exclusive preview evening by ticket only on Friday 30th October 7-9.30pm and then continues again on Saturday 31st October 10.30am-4.30pm for just a £2 entry fee.

Making it the perfect opportunity for some early festive shopping.

Now you can look good, feel good and do good!

For further details and tickets for the preview evening on Friday 30th October please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  01473 612648 Ext 21 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  01473 353071 

For what's on in Suffolk you can visit the Suffolk Tourist Guide Website here

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Cake, Coffee & Chat

Macmillan Coffee morning

Cake, Coffee & Chat, 11:00AM on 24 September 2015 in the conference centre at KWMCC

CAKE TASTES BETTER TOGETHER AND WE HAVE THE PERFECT RECIPE FOR A DELICIOUS COFFEE MORNING!

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On Thursday the 24th September, KWMCC & Kay Fletcher Fitness will be teaming up to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, by joining the world’s biggest coffee morning.

Cake, Coffee & Chat is being held at Kesgrave Community Centre, from 11.00am-1.00pm. You can come alone, bring a friend and even bring a cake, everyone is welcome.

For those keen bakers amongst you, a Bake-a-cake competition will also be running with some special guest judges.

This event is the ideal opportunity to catch up over a cuppa and enjoy some gorgeous treats – every cake shared helps to support people affected by cancer, every pound raised will help to make sure that no one faces cancer alone in Suffolk and across the UK.

Every cake shared helps to support people affected by cancer, together we can make sure that no one faces cancer alone.

So go on...have another slice.

We hope to see you there!

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TRAVELLERS PUBLIC MEETING ANNOUNCED

Travellers - Public Meeting on Thu 16 July at the Millennium Jubilee Hall, Kesgrave

Suffolk County Council have called and are Chairing a meeting this Thursday 16 July at 7.30pm regarding the traveller situation.
The meeting is to be held at the Jubilee Hall at the MJH. Due to the restricted access onto this area, please note, no parking will be available.
An agenda will be forwarded out as soon as its received

Suffolk 100 Sportive

Kesgrave Chosen as 2015 Headquarters for The Suffolk 100 Sportive

2015 is Suffolk's year of cycling and the Suffolk 100 will be starting from the county’s reigning “Most Active Town”, Kesgrave on Sunday the 26th of July 2015.
Kesgrave Community and Conference Center has been chosen as the event Headquarters, not only are we easily accessible by road and rail but also offer riders virtually traffic free access to the wonderfully quiet country roads this sportive has to offer.

For more information or to secure your place on this years Suffolk cycling event visit the Sportive UK website.

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KWMCC Cycle Roadshow

To celebrate the Women’s Cycle Tour starting in Suffolk this year, KWMCC are organising a special Cycle Roadshow event on the 14th June at Kesgrave Community Centre 10am-2pm

These are just some of the activities and exhibitors you can expect to see on the day.

Police Pod, and possibly tractor
Security marking of bikes
Ridesmart – cycle skills
M.A.D Mountain Bike Stunt Display Team
Local cycle shops TBC
Local cycle clubs TBC
Refreshments
Fluorescent cycling kit on sale
Smoothie Bike
Watt Bikes from Cycle Suffolk
Moped awareness
Moped Simulator
Ipswich Rider Training - Offering moped rider courses

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Cheryl Tye 01473 612468 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kesgrave-the most active town in Suffolk!

Forget the Brit Awards and the Oscars we have won our very own award here at kesgrave! Did you know that Kesgrave has been crowned the most active town in Suffolk and KWMCC are very proud to be at the heart of this active community.

Suffolk County Council has crowned Kesgrave this year’s winners of Suffolk’s most active community competition

http://www.mostactivecounty.com/news/suffolks_most_active_communities_crowned__1/

REGIONAL CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to the Torwood Wheelers (German Wheel/Rhoenrad) - 5 of their members took part in the Regional 'German wheel' Championships in the Netherlands. They came home with a Gold medal in the Junior section and a Silver and Bronze in the senior section. Now the big challenge is to take part in the qualifying competition for the World Championships and get a big enough score to qualify.
We wish them the best of luck in qualifying for the World Championships.

Get Online with KWMCC

Concerned that many of us in our local community are missing out, we are offering Computer courses for complete beginners every Thursday at KWMCC, to help you get online.

These lessons are for complete beginners and offer easy-to-follow training in a small friendly group, with the aim that as many of us as possible ultimately enjoy the advantages of computers and the internet.

We have a couple of places available on a Thursday afternoon from 1.45pm - 2.45pm for just £2.00 per session, for more information or to book your place please call Cheryl on 010473 612648 ext 22

Christmas Fair a Success

Well done to Gail our resident Slimming world Consultant who organised a Charity Christmas Fair at KWMCC on Saturday, raising
a fantastic £745 for EACH.
Thank you to everyone who came along and enjoyed some early Christmas shopping and for supporting Gail and her chosen charity.