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2019 was another very successful year for the Thomas Marshall Education Fund and the trustees would like to thank everyone who supported our fundraising efforts last year.
The year began with our biennial Valentine's Tea Party in February. Bart's Hall was filled with lots of happy customers enjoying afternoon tea served by a team of volunteers and TMEF trustees.
Then came a concert by Joanna Eden in Orford Church as part of her national tour of churches, chapels and cathedrals to launch her new album, Truth Tree. The Thomas Marshall Education Fund originally organised the concert to raise funds for its ongoing support of education in Mozambique. However, a devastating cyclone hit Mozambique and destroyed the accommodation and possessions of the students that we support. Fortunately all of our students were safe but it was decided to donate all the proceeds to help rebuild their lives. Generous sponsorship from Jacki and Nigel Maslin and The Brian Mitchell Charitable Settlement enabled us to cover our costs so we raised around £1,850.
The evening started with local musician Ben Scarce. Ben was coming off the back of a long hiatus from song writing which has involved him becoming an adult and acquiring a mortgage; a career and a family. Accompanying himself on guitar and singing with confidence, he came close to stealing the evening with a mix of covers and self-penned tunes but then Joanna Eden joined Ben on stage to sing a brilliant duet of a James Taylor song. Joanna happy to act as the backing for Ben with some beautiful harmonies before a programme of Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald songs plus tracks from her latest album. She held the audience in the palm of her hand with 130 people in Orford Church singing along with their old favourites.
Thank you to everyone who attended the concert or who donated to the TMEF Cyclone Relief Fund directly.
On June 9th, Wendy and Guy Marshall opened the garden of Chantry Cottage in Gedgrave Road for the annual T4Thomas all day garden party. With the TMEF trustees and a group of hard-working volunteers preparing and serving delicious food and drinks, the event was very successful with a garden full of happy and generous guests.
If you haven’t experienced this friendly event or are looking forward to returning, we would love to see you in June this year.
In November and December we were in St. Bartholomew’s Church three times. First, the annual Christmas Bazaar, second, an extremely relaxed Christmas Wreath making course with mulled wine and mince pies. Teresa Cook gave a very interesting and informative presentation and eager pupils then produced some amazing results under Teresa’s guidance. We then finished the year with the return of The Band of The Royal British Legion, Leiston playing seasonal tunes.
As a result of these events and some very generous donations we are now in a strong position to provide this year’s funding for education support in Mozambique and are currently waiting for our ambassadors to submit the details of their plans for 2020.
Thank you again to everyone who has helped us to help the young people of Mozambique, but we are not resting on our laurels as we have already been planning events for 2020 and we would love to see you at some or all of them.
We are constantly looking for new ways to raise funds
for helping the young people of Mozambique
If you would like to help please contact us on email
Many people will remember the performances of Rust and Stardust in Orford Church over the past few years. The members of this talented young puppet company have presented their interpretation of many local Suffolk folk tales including The Wild Man of Orford, The Green Children of Woolpit and Black Shuck. This last one was a collaboration with the children of Orford school producing their own puppets as part of the national Arts Award Scheme and running wild as Shuck’s pack through Orford Church to the delight of the audience in 2018.
Rust and Stardust have been successful in securing an Arts Council grant to fund another collaboration with Orford School and Bawdsey School this year.
The theme of this year’s project will be The Marsh Demons of Iken covering the curious goings on with St Botolph and Iken Church. Anyone who witnessed the enthusiastic children performing Black Shuck won’t want to miss this event. Anyone who missed Black Shuck doesn’t know what they missed and should make sure they don’t miss The Marsh Demons of Iken.
For further details email email@example.com
We are currently rescheduling this event due to the Coronavirus
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It is said that Iken is the land of Icanho that St Botolph was granted by King Ethelmund to build his minster in the 7th century. There were marsh demons in these parts during those times and one can still feel the eeriness of the area with the mysterious Yarn Hill where Botolph reputedly drove away the ghosts and marsh demons in order to build his minster. It was eventually completed on the site of the historic church at Iken which still bears his name and you can see St Botolph's stone cross which is on display within the church.