Suffolk at Play in Stowmarket booklet

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The Suffolk at Play booklet is full of anecdotes shared by the residents and pupils during the project.

You can see the booklet for yourself, by clicking on the booklet image below. The link will open in a new tab, so you’ll be able to come back to this site easily.

Meanwhile, everyone thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories – and checking that I’d got my facts right.


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What a Celebration!

What an amazing day!

It started atCedrus House SAP2 Cedars Park Community Primary School, with an assembly for the whole school.

After telling them a little about the project, we all watched the animations created by some of the Year 6 students – and the reactions were marvellous.

They really enjoyed the films and apparently a Year 5 student asked their teacher if they could do the project next year – what a lovely thought.

Then the Suffolk at Play Cube arrived, and it is now taking pride of place in the school reception area.

Visitors, staff and pupils will be able to watch the animations, browse through the booklet of stories, and enjoy the beautiful scrapbook compiled during the project.

After a quick debrief with the artists involved, it was over to the residential home, for an afternoon screening of the animations, plus tea and delicious cupcakes, kindly provided by Cedrus House.

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The children came over from the school and joined the residents, with whom strong friendships have developed over the months we’ve been working together. Residents’ family and friends also attended and, to quote Michelle the Manager: –

‘It was indeed a lovely celebration. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it, and the film is just fabulous.’

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You can see the film by clicking on the animation tab and selecting Suffolk at Play in Stowmarket.

Stowmarket celebration

We are really looking forward to Monday, 23rd May, when we’ll be having not one but TWO Suffolk at Play celebrations.

We start with a special assembly for all the pupils at Cedars Park Community Primary School – where the children will see for the first time the wonderful animations they created, with voice overs by the residents at Cedrus House. Each of the participating children will receive a DVD of the animations, a copy of the booklet of some of the stories they collected, and a certificate.

In the afternoon, we all meet up again in the Cinema Room at Cedrus House Care Home, to show the residents the animations and share a special celebration tea. Family and friends of both residents and participating pupils are most welcome to join us and we look forward to seeing you there.


Stradbroke Library Post Office wins prestigious EDGE Award

In early March, Stradbroke library manager Maureen John travelled to Edinburgh, to take part in the EDGE conference – and to hear whether the library had won an award for which they were nominated earlier in the year.

The EDGE conference was developed by City of Edinburgh Council, as an opportunity to share good practice and discuss future developments in library services, and has become a highly-regarded annual event.

There are three categories of awards  – Physical (buildings, layout, targeted spaces), Social (work involving communities or target groups, engagement or making a difference) and Digital (websites, apps, virtual library, digitisation).

There is one winner in each category, plus a runner up, and this year Stradbroke Library won the Social category. Maureen said: –

“It was a bit nerve-wracking, waiting to hear, as they didn’t announce the winners until right at the end of the evening and no, it wasn’t like other ceremonies, we didn’t know beforehand. Of course I’m very pleased – last year the award went to a Glasgow library initiative, Macmillan@GlasgowLibraries, so to have Stradbroke Library win it this year is really something.”

And of course here at Suffolk Artlink we are thrilled, as the Suffolk at Play Cube will be exhibited in the award-winning library after Easter – hopefully doing its bit to involve communities, and making a little bit of a difference.

Places to play in Lowestoft

Whilst the Suffolk at Play Cube was in the town library in Lowestoft, lots of people posted cards about the places where they liked to play. Here are just a few of their comments about secret places to play: –

“We used to often go and play in parts of the harbour where we were not allowed at all – it was, and still is, a naval harbour.” Lowestoft resident, aged 74

“In the hollow of a tree, which went from the top almost to the bottom. It was on the roadside opposite Wakefield Prison.” Lowestoft resident, aged 59

On the subject of a ‘favourite place’ to play, here are just a few of the responses we received: –

“The disused canal which ran behind the wall at the end of our garden in Camberwell. We’d climb the 8 foot high wall to get there.”

“My friend’s and my bedroom – it’s sooooooo comforting.”

“In my back garden with a football.”

“Lowestoft library and also at the Ark Centre.”


Stradbroke Celebrates

It was lovely to go back to Stradbroke today and see everyone again.

The day started with a celebration assembly – with over 100 pupils from Years 7 and 8 at Stradbroke High School seeing the DVD.

At lunch time, the student participants were joined by the adults who took part, and together we watched the animations, mused over the booklet, and generally recalled how much we had enjoyed it all.

As ever, my thanks to the staff at Stradbroke High School, for accommodating the project and making us feel so welcome.




For some, it was a surprise to see themselves in print – and to remember what they had said about the games they played.DSC_0060

But everyone agreed that they’d had a lovely time – and that the animations were very, very good.

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We’re all very animated

The children have been busy making their animations, whilst the adults have been telling us stories about the teddies they had when they were younger.




This is the cautionary tale about frozen ponds and bonfires.





And this is the story of learning to ride a bike – and avoiding cows.




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