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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

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Ipswich Weather ~ Live:

"Ipswich Weather - LIVE Current Weather Details, Lightning / Storm Detection, Satellite Imagery, Meteorological Records and Weather Forum for Ipswich, Suffolk, UK "

Welcome to the Ipswich Weather Site

Containing detailed meteorological records, both live and historical, for Ipswich Suffolk UK and a variety of satellite images and Storm Tracking / Lightning Detection for the United Kingdom. We have added a forum for the discussion of Suffolk weather and for photo sharing.

The weather station is situated in North East Ipswich and updates every 60 seconds. This site is not commercially funded and data is presented without any legal guarantee of accuracy.

Saturday, August 26, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers

The Felixstowe Musical Theatre Company, whose president is Roy Hudd, will be performing Ali Barber and the Forty Thieves at the Spa Pavilion Felixstowe. The pantomime, which is based very loosely on the tale from Arabian Nights and written by Alan P Frayn, will be performed from Thursday 30th November until Saturday 2nd December.

Tickets are sure to be in demand so if you would like to attend, then visit their website at www.felixstowemusicaltheatre.com There are attractive discounts for party bookings. Enquiries to d.apcook@btopenworld.com


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A reminder that the online poetry and short story competitions both close for entries next Thursday, 31st August so there is still time to enter. The topic for both is SUMMER.

If you are not already a member then registration is free and quite straightforward.


Keep Scribbling.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Art on the prom 2006: Big order for rock art.

EDP24 - Big order for rock art:

"But even he was taken aback when a prominent Suffolk artist rang him with a request for 30,000 sticks of rock - to turn into an edible sculpture.

Mr Docwra, 57, whose family has run Docwra's Rock Shop in Regent Road, Yarmouth, since 1922, said: 'The first thing I had to do was check to make sure it was a genuine order.'

He discovered that his sticks of red-and-white rock would be taking pride of place on Felixstowe beach at the Suffolk resort's third Art on the Prom festival on September 3.

Felixstowe artist Bryony Graham, who has earned international recognition for her striking modern work, will be fashioning the rock into a circular mound on the beach.

In a quirky twist, her work will gradually be dismantled during the day with the expected 30,000 visitors taking away a stick to eat."

Thursday, August 24, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers

It was lovely to see so many past and present Felixstowe Scribblers along with representatives from The Lost Sock in the congregation at Walton Church Felixstowe last Monday, all paying their respects to Jack and supporting his poor bereaved parents. Special mention of Debbie from Online Scribblers who drove over from northern France in the morning then drove back home again in the evening.

Should anyone wish to donate to the collection for either of the preferred charities selected by Caz and Karl, the East Anglia Children's Hospices or CLIC Sergeant, then they may do so. The Scribblers have chosen the East Anglia Children's Hospices charity that Jack supported himself, and will finalise their collection at the next meeting on 5th September.

Alternatively you may contribute personally to either charity via the East of England Co-operative Society Funeral Services 213 High Street, Walton, Felixstowe, IP11 9BQ.

Our thoughts remain with Caz and Karl.


There is no meeting this coming week, the next is on Tuesday 5th September.

Meanwhile, have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend.

Keep Scribbling!


Felixstowe Scribblers

HUBERT MOORE launches his latest book of poetry on Sunday 3rd September at 7.30pm in the Unitarian Meeting House, Friars Street, Ipswich. Admission is free.

After retirement from his job as Head of English at Cranbrook School, Hubert Moore is a volunteer mentor with Write-to-Life clients at the Medical Foundation for the care of victims of torture.

His sixth full collection of poetry, "The Hearing Room", has just been published by Shoestring Press.

His reading at Ipswich will be the launch and the first public reading of the book.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Acts of possession: Guardian Books' John Sutherland examines questions of copyright and authorship.

Who owns a story or the ideas in a novel? Acts of possession: Guardian Books' John Sutherland examines questions of copyright and authorship "

Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Acts of possession:

The New Writer Magazine: Competitions 2006.

The New Writer Magazine: "It's different and it's aimed at all writers: the short story writer, the novelist, the poet, feature writer, anyone with a serious intent to develop their writing to meet the expectations of today's editors. Launched in September 1996, in every issue you'll find original short stories, a showcase for new poetry, articles, book reviews, market information, news and readers' views. "

Prose and Poetry Prizes 2006
sponsored by The New Writer magazine

One of the major annual competitions for short stories, novellas, single
poems, poetry collections, essays and articles; offers cash prizes as well
as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection - special
edition of The New Writer magazine each July.

Closing date 30 November 2006

Recent TNW subscribers can renew their subscription to the magazine and the
e-newsletter at the old rate of £22.50 pa up until 30 June 2006. Simply let
us know in a cover note or type "ex TNW sub" in the Comments box on our
secure online sub form at:

Prose and Poetry Prizes 2006

Essays, Articles, Interviews - covering any writing-related or literary
theme in its widest sense up to 2,000 words. 1st prize £150, 2nd £100, 3rd
£50. Single entry £4 (TNW subscribers two entries at same fee).

Short Stories, Serials/Novellas - stories up to 4,000 words,
serials/novellas up to 20,000 words on any subject or theme, in any genre
(not children's). Previously published work is not eligible. Short Stories:
1st prize £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100. Novella: 1st prize £300. Entry fees £4
per short story (TNW subscribers two entries at same fee) or £10 per

Single Poems and Collections - single poems up to 40 lines and collections
of between 6 - 10 poems. Single poem entries must be previously
unpublished; previously published poems can be included as part of a
collection. Collection: 1st prize £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100. Single: 1st
prize £100, 2nd £75, 3rd £50. Entry fee £4 per single poem (TNW
subscribers two entries at same fee, £10 per collection.

All work should be clearly typed, double-spaced (except poetry), on one
side of white A4 paper and paperclipped. Entrants may make as many
submissions as they wish but please include your name, address, title of
entry, word count and category on a separate cover sheet with every entry.
Preliminary judging will be carried out by The New Writer editorial board
with guest judges making the final selection so there should be no
identifying marks on the entries. Judges in recent years include Mimi
Thebo, Jane Draycott, Ros Barber, Margaret Graham, Phil Whitaker. Entries
are non-returnable. A full list of winners will be sent provided SAE is

Further information including guidelines and entry fees at
or send SAE for printed Entry Form to The New Writer, PO Box 60, Cranbrook,
Kent TN17 2RE
tel 01580 212626; fax 01580 212041; admin@thenewwriter.com
or writers can enter at the secure credit card server at

Last year's winners are listed at http://www.thenewwriter.com/prizewinners.htm

Sunday, August 20, 2006

TEARS FROM HEAVEN : Monday 21st August 2006

1994 - 2006


In a packed St Mary's Church at Walton, Felixstowe, the service to celebrate twelve and a half year old Jack Wilkinson's life was held today, Monday 21st August 2006.

The cortege arrived amid torrential rain that followed a short but brief thunderstorm. Conducted by the Reverend Peter Harris, the service included the hymns, All Things Bright and Beautiful, Kum Ba Yah and Lord of All Hopefulness. In between Jack's mother Caz bravely read her own poem and tribute before his father Karl relayed a wonderful ten-minute eulogy of their beloved son. It revealed how Jack put everyone before him, and told of all the challenges he had undertaken for charity together with his love of animals and birds in the natural world.

At the end of the service Reverend Harris observed the rain on the flowers that lay on Jack's coffin and remarked that they were 'tears from heaven'. They added to the many tears that flowed during the celebration of his life.

The committal followed at Ipswich Crematorium.

Saturday, August 19, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers

Felixstowe Scribblers Report of Meeting 15th August 2006

Apologies were received from Kay who should, subject to flights, be in Norway, Mavis, who is on a residential writing course, Gordon who is caring for Rexie prior to a hospital procedure, and Liliane who is in Belgium.

And my sincerest apologies because in the last report - heaven knows how or why, I recorded Mavis as Muriel and Liliane's daughter as Marsha instead of Rani. It must be creeping senility!

Also apologies that our crockery and provisions (biscuits!!!) were locked in the meeting room kitchen at the Library. Not certain what happened there but the investigations continue!

In attendance were Scott, Tony, Di, Peter, Dick, Alex, Ruth, Louis, Les, Debra, Sheila, Ann, Kate, Morag, Zoe, and Dave.

The meeting began with a one-minute silence for


As you will be aware, our young friend Jack passed away last Friday at the tender age of 12. A Service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 pm on Monday 21st August at St Mary's Church, Walton, Felixstowe, Suffolk. This will be followed by a committal at Ipswich Crematorium at 3.15 pm then afterwards at the family home in Felixstowe.

Donations can be made to East Anglia Children's Hospices or CLIC Sergeant. via East of England Co-operative Society Funeral Services 213 High Street, Walton, Felixstowe, IP11 9BQ. The Scribblers have chosen the charity that Jack had supported himself, the East Anglia Children's Hospices and if you would like to contribute please contact scribblers@ntlworld.com

There have been many emails and messages received from all over the world and these have been forwarded to Caz and Karl. They have replied :

Dear Dave and All Our Friends

We are overwhelmed and in tears to read so many wonderful messages of love and sympathy from so many lovely, caring people. God Bless you all and thank you.

The house is like a florist and the postman brings in excess of 20 cards a day - a true measure of how much love there is in this World for Jack and for us. We are very, very grateful to everyone and feel very humble.

See you on Monday if you can make it but it you can't we understand.

Lots of love to you all

Caz, Karl and Kai xxx

You may like to know that both the Ipswich Evening Star and the East Anglian have featured Caz and Karl's tributes to Jack.


It was welcome back to the fold for Ann who has been missing for a number of meetings. She has been very busy of late, not least with a position at Landguard Fort, together with a writing course that has benefited from a change of tutor. Peter has returned from refreshed and better from holiday.

A special welcome to Debra who came along to Scribblers for a meeting about five years ago but has been keeping in touch online. She recently went on a residential writing course with the Arvon Foundation (which she highly recommends) and returned come home all fired up and raring to go again. Debra enjoys fiction and also writing dialogue so has signed up for the play-writing day at the Seckford Theatre.

From way down under, in Australia, Geoff and Belinda have sent their fondest wishes to all their friends at Scribblers.

Congratulations to Scott and Aimee who have finally moved into their new home so should feel a bit more comfortable now.

Morag has been informed that the sequel to her last book, Green Wellies and Wax Jackets will be published, hopefully quite soon.

Under Kindred Spirits in the Ipswich Evening Star Dave recalls memories of his younger (much younger!) days in Ipswich, including an encounter with well-known Australian celebrity Rolf Harris…


Contact has been made with the Library over the kind offer by Maureen Budner for a writing competition in memory of her late husband Bill.

Basically the plan is to organise a writing competition open to all ages with leaflets being distributed at Felixstowe Library and information also available via the Scribblers websites. It is possible that Maureen will offer a theme for the competition, or, it may be an open topic. We will need to set a word limit, prepare entry forms and rules. Felixstowe Library are willing to read each entry then select five or six stories that will be passed to Maureen for her to choose the winner. There is no rush to organise the competition although it would be best to start the ball rolling soon.

Felixstowe TV are currently discussing possible plot lines for their locally based blockbuster and will soon be making contact with us. It is possible that most of the original Lost Sock scriptwriting team will be invited to create the script.

The Felixstowe Scribblers, photographs and all, are featured in the September edition of Writers' News whilst Morag is published again, this time in the Writers' Magazine.

The short stories that were supplied to the BBC Radio Suffolk Website have been published on the website and can be viewed at

Tony is hosting an Evening of Musical Mayhem on Saturday 23rd September. Admission is by full bottle of liquid and packets of nibbles - details from Tony at the next meeting(s).


Membership has crept up to 42 in number. There have been nearly three hundred posts on the site and there are still the August poetry and short story competitions on the subject 'Summer' to enter. Not only are they free but good fun and will be a real morale booster if you win. Have you entered yet? If not, then why not have a go. The entries are anonymous, voting by members will also be anonymous so that is another good reason to have a go! Entries should be sent to
summer@onlinescribblers.com for short stories or summerpoetry@onlinescribblers.com
The competitions close on 31st August.

Debbie has worked hard fine tuning the site, and is continuing to do so.

THE WEBLOG NEWS at http://nar8or.blogspot.com

The weblog keeps rolling along, with topical and informative items together with details of competitions being included from time to time. There has been a sudden and significant drop in the hits from the USA that seems strange, but generally the site is well supported from not only our local area, but from other parts of the world too. Nice to know that we are still attracting international visitors.

If you have any news or items you would like to include on either the weblog or the new site then please contact Alex at fswebsite@hotmail.co.uk.

THE WEBSITE at http://felixstowescribbler.com

The site is up and running and attracting a few more hits recently. It will be updated soon with our Jack sadly being added to the In Memoriam pages.



Morag read the second chapter of her rediscovered Western novel. The cowboy Jude is on the run and heads to the hills. There he discovers a terrified young woman who thinks that he may have been the one who raped her…

Tony continued his story of the student who found himself trapped in a sealed room with a leaking gas cylinder. He survives and gradually the plot emerges that the attempted assassination was to do with the Americans whose country is in turmoil with the balance of power shifting following the Alaskan Revolution.


Debra: An Unfinished Conversation: A successful first attempt at dialogue involving a two way conversation between a man and his wife and the constant interruptions of Winston the dog.
Kate: Three poems: Everything But: Lighthouse Keeper: Anniversary. Three excellent poems complete with well-crafted words that only Kate can compile so professionally.

Ann: The Opening passages of a Crime Story. Regular Tuesday trips to Scotland by train. Sitting in the first class diner he notices the stranger with a rolled up umbrella despite the heatwave…

Sheila: Ghost Story: A disappearing figure into the mysterious shed yet, on investigation the door hasn't been opened for years…

Les: Jack A Tribute: Always his favourite (as well as everyone else's) Les wrote the words that others would have liked to have done. An emotive moment that saw Ann read on his behalf.

Louis: Out of the Black: A car full of visitors to Scotland with all the tensions of the journey erupting. Their destination? A remote writer's retreat. A tale that demands expansion into a full length story.

Ruth: Family Snaps: Sam 's young friend Annette appears with an engagement ring and is about to elope to Gretna - a graphic encounter capturing the teenage genre and read so confidently. If it does not go into book form then it should make the radio at least.

Alex: Untitled: Kenny is out sailing at night near the Hebrides - the boat slowing as the wind fell making entry to the harbour dangerous. Above him the stars in the sky blackened out by the invisible gulls gliding in the dark.

Dick: A Dram Too Far: Two men on holiday in Scotland, one hating the place but loving Scotch Whisky. An ingenious plan to get a free dram on a tour of each distillery, change into a disguise for a second tour and free dram was scotched by security who confiscated the plastic bags hiding the disguises.

Peter: First Time in Scotland: A vividly factual report of his first and recent visit to Scotland, describing blankets of colourful flowers, all the wonderful scenery, and the lochs too.

Dave: Stag Night Hangover: Loosely based on true events, the story of a stag night to remember. Inebriated, locked in a guards compartment on a sleeper train in only his underwear, the groom-to-be wakes up in Edinburgh and is met by the British Transport Police.

THE NEXT MEETING is in THREE weeks time on Tuesday 5th September at 7.30 in the Library.

1,500 WORD OPEN-THEMED WORK will be written by Diane and Dick.

THE THEMED HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT is 500 words on ANNIVERSARY - to be written in dialogue.

Keep Scribbling!


Monday, August 14, 2006


A Service to Celebrate Jack's Life will be held at 2 pm on Monday 21st August at St Mary's Church, Walton, Felixstowe, Suffolk. This will be followed by a committal at Ipswich Crematorium at 3.15 pm and afterwards all are welcome at the family home for light refreshments.

Family flowers only please but if desired donations can be made to East Anglia Children's Hospices or CLIC Sergeant. via East of England Co-operative Society, Funeral Services, 213 High Street, Walton, Felixstowe, IP11 9BQ.

Sunday, August 13, 2006


WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS is the third book by Rochelle Moore, a member of Online Scribblers. The book is dedicated to everyone on a healing journey and is to be released in September.

The principle behind the book is that it is a 10 step guide for those who have psychological or physical ailments such as anxiety, depression, fears, phobias, diet, health, exercise, sexual problems etc.

It is an interactive book whereby the reader takes small tests in order to see where they are at the present moment in their lives and where they want to be. Rochelle's publishers website can be found at www.mandala-press.com

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Ipswich Film Theatre Website.

I found this interesting website for the threatened Ipswich FIlm Theatre which no site about the culture of the area should fail to mention.

From the IFT website....

'Situated in the centre of Ipswich, IFT is East Anglia's premier independent cinema, screening a wide range of films from around the world, both contemporary and classic, and hosting special events and education courses.'

Link: Ipswich Film Theatre - Home

Friday, August 11, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers

Hi Scribblers,

The next meeting takes place this coming Tuesday 15th August at 7.30pm in the Library. The homework assignment was set as 500 or so words on Scotland with Tony and Morag doing the 1,500 open themed work.

Snippets of news:

Morag has a letter published in the September issue of Writing Magazine.
Writers' News carries a feature on the Felixstowe Scribblers.
The BBC Radio Suffolk website carries the short stories that we submitted. These can be viewed at

Don't forget to enter the onlinescribblers 'SUMMER' short story and poetry competitions that are open until 31st August. No prizes, but just the prestige for the winner.... There is also news of other competitions in the writers' forum...

Hope to see you Tuesday,

Until then,

Keep Scribbling!


It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you that our Jack passed away just before three pm this afternoon.

Karl, on behalf of Caz, wishes to thank everyone for their support throughout Jack's illness and wishes to apologise that they cannot inform everyone personally.

Our deepest sympathies go out to them for their terrible loss.

Jack will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.


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On Tuesday 18th July a few close friends and I formed a committee and launched the ‘Summer Holiday Find Luke Campaign’. The aim of the campaign is to keep Luke’s disappearance in the public eye, the main ways in which we intend doing this are:

· By asking the general public to be vigilant and to be the eyes and ears of the campaign. Also, to be mobile publicity by displaying a flyer of Luke’s disappearance in their car. Flyers can be printed off of the http://www.blogger.com/ website. Anybody with a MySpace site can put a link to Luke’s site on it.

· We are appealing to both local and national companies to support the campaign by putting a hyperlink on their website to the http://www.blogger.com/ site and to display flyers prominently wherever appropriate, whether it is in premises or on vehicles.

· On Thursday 17th August it will be fourteen weeks since Luke was last seen; we intend to hold an evening to highlight Luke’s disappearance. The plan is to meet at the Zest nightclub, (Princes St, Ipswich) in the car park at 8pm and to walk the route Luke was known to have walked in the early hours of the morning of Friday 12th May. All support will be most appreciated and welcomed, but please do let me know by email as numbers have to be given to the police. http://www.blogger.com/

The police working on Luke’s case have been fantastic and are chasing up any lead that comes in, they believe that Luke maybe in the Ipswich area or that someone from the Ipswich area certainly knows something, however, because there is still no positive sighting of Luke since 4am on Thursday 12th May, the further a field the publicity goes the better.

Thanks to everyone of you in supporting me and Alicia and all that you are doing to help find Luke.



Thursday, August 10, 2006

Great Felixstowe question finaly solved: what the hell is a 'Fludyer' anyway.

The Fludyers arms as Im sure nearly all readers will know is a popular Felixstowe hostelry that has become increasingly popular for its very consistently good food over the last few years.

A truism blurted out frequently after one or two of the beers from there is observing .... 'What the hell is a 'Fludyer' anyway.' Well the matter is permenantly cleared up thanks to the new website http://www.fludyers.com/.

From the http://www.fludyers.com/ website....

History: "The Fludyer name comes from Sir Samuel Fludyer - grandson of the presumably more famous Sir Samuel Fludyer (1705-1768) - who was Lord Mayor of London in 1760. The grandson died in 1833 and is buried with his wife locally.

The original Fludyer (or Fludyers ?) Arms is a wooden building dating from at least 1884. The current brick building was built in 1903 and both brick and timber buildings obviously co-existed alongside each other for a time."

Related links:


Tuesday, August 08, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers
Regular Felixstowe Scribblers will already know of this amazing offer.

"MCNA is awarding an £18,000 writer's bursary to an aspiring writer, novice or experienced, who would like to dedicate up to 12 months writing a fiction novel. Applicants are invited to write about any subject, so long as it is substantially one of fiction and imagination, and, the writer retains full copyright ownership over their finished work.

Comprehensive detail on the bursary, together with information on the judging panel is available by visiting:


We have designed the bursary for a writer to work on a novel, however, we are accepting applications from candidates who would prefer to work on a collection of short stories/novellas.

Michelle Sheppard, Bursary Administrator."

The website is worth visiting as it is, as said, comprehensive and includes the reasons why MCNA are offering the bursary.


Felixstowe Scribblers

The 70-100 word short stories that were requested by the BBC Radio Suffolk website have now been published on line.

Corinne Roper the Web Content Producer says:

"I really enjoyed reading the pieces. I've included them in the RaW section on the website. Go to :


Thanks for all your wonderful work. Let me know if you have any more ideas for creative writing contributions.

Best wishes,

Corinne Roper"

The published writers are from both the Felixstowe and the Online Scribblers :

Debbie Sutton,
Jan McGeachie,
Scott Fairburn,
Jojo Eastern,
Morag Clarke,
Tony Shearman,
Vincent West,
Dave Feakes.


Felixstowe Scribblers


Now here's a different idea that may interest the poets amongst you. Go to the following website


Call the phone number shown and you can then recite 40 seconds of your poem that could, if you are chosen, be 'aired' over the Internet.

Thanks once again to Jan for the information.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Essex Poetry Festival 2006.

Chelmsford Borough Council - Essex Poetry Festival:

From the Chelmsford Borough Council website....

"Essex Poetry Festival
Friday 20 - Saturday 21 October
Essex Poetry Festival

Friday 8.00pm
Performance and open-mic night
Starring You! A chance to perform your poems in front of a friendly, appreciative audience. Readers sign in from 7.30pm, performance starts 8pm.
Tickets: �4.00

1.00pm-2.00pm Workshops
Improve your writing technique with experienced and published poets Anne-Marie Fyfe and Marita Over.
Tickets: �8.00 (places limited)
2.00pm onwards
Readings by some of the brightest names in modern poetry.
Winners of the Essex Poetry Festival 2006 present their winning entries.
Special guests, including Hugo Williams, present their work.
Tickets: �12.00 Concessions �10.00

For full programme visit www.essex-poetry-festival.co.uk"

....unfortunately www.essex-poetry-festival.co.uk hasnt been updated for the 2006 festival yet at the time of writing but Im sure the information is coming soon.

Your definitive guide to Clacton and the Essex Sunshine Coast

Interesting website all about our neighbours across the Orwell Estuary in the North East corner of Essex who have decided to market themselves to visitors as the 'Essex Sunshine Coast'.

There is the usual about and whats on list


Your definitive guide to Clacton and the Essex Sunshine Coast

Saturday, August 05, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers

From our friend Jan comes notice of a very interesting competition that is not necessarily to think about but to act on!

It is the 100th Edition Novel Writing Competition organised by the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook

The competition is free to enter subject to online registration with A & C Black. Send up to 10,000 words of your novel together with a one page synopsis by January 31st 2007. Full details including winning entry benefits will be found at:


Friday, August 04, 2006


Felixstowe Scribblers

Felixstowe Scribblers Report of Meeting 1st August 2006

Apologies from Caz and Jack, (see below) Judy (see below), Christine has still not fully recovered from her fall so hopefully we may see her at our next meeting. Sheila is staying with her family whilst Peter telephoned his apologies but is now back from his long holiday.

In attendance. Kay, Diane, Lisa, Ruth, Liliane, Marsha, Gordon, Les, Louis, Scott, Zoe, Dick, Alex, Muriel, Tony, Morag and Dave.

URGENTLY NEEDED: One volunteer to collect the Library keys prior to our next meeting as Liliane has decided to go on holiday - for a rest! Please let Dave know on scribblers@ntlworld.com if you can help out. Thankyou.


A special welcome back and warmest congratulations to Louis who has just returned from his honeymoon after getting married. A really special day and one to always remember.

It was nice to see Diane again, making the most of the summer break from her studies and also Gordon after having a rather hectic time recently.

Surprise visitor was Liliane's daughter Marsha who has been enjoying the peace of Felixstowe for a few days.

Congratulations to Scott and Aimee who have now purchased a house in Trimley and move this weekend.

The in-house Libraries & Heritage magazine, Chapter and Verse has now been discontinued in its present format and may soon be produced on line. Dave, who co-edited the final edition which included another Suffolk dialect feature, has been asked to assist with the online version when it is born. It has been a busy time for him recently, having received first hand information on the death in Australia of Mrs Bonny Sanders. Her speedway rider son, Billy who took his own life in 1985, and Dave relayed the news to the media together with providing other information on an area of Ipswich back in the 1950s-1960s.

An update on Jack.

Last Thursday Jack had a diamorphine shunt fitted that was traumatic for everyone. It has allowed him to sleep better as he is much more comfortable and out of pain. He has had many weeks that have been very difficult for him and his parents Caz and Karl.Jack and Caz have prayed together for help, even though she was having doubts about her faith. Jack, God bless him, assured his Mum that Felixstowe was only a small dot on the Globe and that God was helping war torn areas of the World and looking after children who had no food in the famine torn areas of the World. So despite his own illness which has been so horrendous especially during the past few weeks, he still worries for others and is showing us all a lesson in humanity. He is a remarkable young man indeed.If you are religious then please continue to pray for Jack and his parents otherwise please think of them all.


More worrying news comes from Judy about Ron's sister who is very ill following chemotherapy at Ipswich Hospital. Judy also says that our senior member Allen has had a fall from his mobility scooter outside the Cherry Tree pub (I don't think he was OTT) and injured his shoulder. Since then he has been staying with his daughter in West Mersea and now with his other daughter in Wales. Judy has sent our wishes to him.

The kind offer from Maureen Budner for a competition in memory of Bill.

We still have to follow this up firstly with Felixstowe Library and then contact will be made with Maureen to make sure that she is happy with the idea.

In respect of the offer from BBC Radio Suffolk website to submit short work for inclusion on their site, stories have been forwarded but the editor is on leave until next week when hopefully all the work will be included. Anyone interested in adding their 70 to 100 words stories should send them to me scribblers@ntlworld.com for onward posting to the BBC. Some suggested themes are :
first love … dark secret … best journey … bad luck … funniest minute of my life …

The website can be viewed at


There are now 38 members of the Online Community. Two new competitions are now open for submissions. We know that most people have more on their minds at this time of year than our competitions so this is why submissions can be made up to the end of this month, so there's still plenty of time to enter. Remember you may send in one entry for each competition. The theme for both is 'Summer' with a word count for the writing competition up to around 1,500 words. There is no line limit on poetry. All submissions will be shown anonymously meaning that the entries will be judged purely on their merit.

Send your entries by email, preferably as an attachment, to summer@onlinescribblers.com and 'Newsbot' will enter them into the competition. Hope this will meet with everyone's approval.

If you are already a member of Online Scribblers, please consider entering the competitions or join in the forums. If you are not a member, then why not register and join in the competitions?

THE WEBLOG NEWS at http://nar8or.blogspot.com

Alex has added some interesting items to the weblog including a Felixstowe Scribblers exclusive. Go to http://nar8or.blogspot.com/ to check it out!

Don't forget that if you have any news or items you would like to include on either the weblog or the new website at http://nar8or.blogspot.com/ then please email Alex at

Both the website and the weblog are the result of Alex's hard work so let's keep the ball rolling with information.


Les: To the Dogs. From school to stonemason to animal sitter! A list of many of his lifelong occupations.

Liliane: No Regrets. What with cats, birds and parrots, just who talks to the chickens?

Alex: Untitled. A war zone battlefield of carnage, reminiscent of Dunkirk.

Dick: There's a Way. An ingenious method of ridding farmland of unwanted travellers - introduce them to the bull…

Scott: Sconin the Barber. Another precious gem from Scott's marvellous collection.

Gordon: The World's Oldest Profession. No. Not what you're thinking at all! A tale of a day or two in the life of a dung beetle!

Marsha: Programme Sellers Soul. An extract from a story about a man who vanished without leaving any clues.

Ruth: Sacrificial Man. More from Ruth's files, this time covering a probation team, allocating work and assisting suicide.

Lisa: I left Behind the Corporate World. A brilliant story in rhyme of all the attractions of motherhood.

Diane: Traveller. Di's first creative work for over two years about a stranger in the room and a time traveller.

Kay: Occupation. A graphic account of an occupying army blockading a city including the horrendous murder of an angler landing his catch.

Dave: Dream Assignment. Written from a female viewpoint about house sitting a Spanish villa.

Tony: Ordinary Monday and Work Pollution. Two very interesting poems, the first referring to all the odd shapes and sizes to and from work and on the lunch breaks.

Muriel: Occupation. Early retirement, feeling lost, taking up those forgotten hobbies once again for very busy and more fulfilling life.

THE NEXT MEETING will be held on Tuesday 15th August at 7.30pm


1,500 WORD OPEN-THEMED WORK will be produced by Morag and Tony.

Until next time

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