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21st September 2018

Stowmarket News

Work starts on railway extension

On Sunday 26th at 12.45 The Middy staged a small ceremony for the ‘Cutting of the ‘First Sod’ with the railway’s President Mr. Tony Alston and Mr Rob Patten from TES 2000 Ltd, railway contractors, who are helping with advice and equipment. A train full of well wishers witnessed Mr. Patton, the Project Manager for

War Memorial unveiled at Middy

On Monday 27th August The Middy held a service of remembrance to dedicate the new memorial to MSLR staff who were killed on active service in the First World War. When the war broke out in 1914 there were some 60 staff working on the Middy. Of those who answered the call to the colours

Final Middy runs of Summer – this weekend

26th and 27th August are the last of the Middy Line’s normal summer opening programme, but visitors will be able to see the progress the Middy has been making this season and the remarkable results the happy band of volunteers have achieved. It’s a real testament to the skills and dedication of the team. On

Come follow the band

Following their sell-out performances of Made In Dagenham in May, Stowmarket Operatic and Dramatic Society are now presenting their next show, Come Follow the Band, a spectacular selection of songs from the stage and screen with some favourite classic pop songs in the mix, all performed with a live band. Performances are at the John

M.E.A.L. – a great day out for all!

The Museum of East Anglian Life is located in the heart of Stowmarket, Suffolk and features 75 acres of stunning Suffolk Countryside, historic buildings, animals and lots for families to see and do, it is the largest independent museum in Suffolk. With a packed programme of Summer Activities, families can take part in drop in

Stowmarket’s 22nd Beer & Brewing Fest

The Museum of East Anglian Life is back with the 22nd Festival of Beer and Brewing from Thursday 5th ­– Saturday 7th July 2018. Excitement is brewing for Stowmarket’s favourite event, set within the Museum’s stunning 13th Century barn. The fun and friendly atmosphere attracts visitors from all over East Anglia every year, celebrating the

July at Stonham Barns

Summer has arrived and at Stonham Barns during July there is lots to do for the whole family. There is the History Alive on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July with thrilling combat displays, living history encampments from Viking warriors to American settlers. Re-enactment groups and demonstrations, periodic music and entertainment, craft stalls, fun

Signing in at the Owl Barn

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary’s beautiful owls, other birds of prey and pretty grounds have become a favourite destination for a huge diversity of visitors. Children, students, parents, teenagers and the elderly all find elements of the centre appealing. The sanctuary is constantly striving to ensure that all areas of the site are interesting and accessible

Historic step in Middy loco restoration

On Sunday 24th The Middy will be testing the rolling chassis of their own loco, no.1604, one of the last working steam locomotives in East Anglia, for the first time since the major restoration began some years ago. 1604 will be coupled to the railway’s special guest locomotive, another Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST very similar in

Middy in the War Years

Bank Holiday weekend, 6th and 7th May, will see two days recreating the atmosphere and scenes of World War II at The Mid Suffolk Light Railway with two days of living history. Featuring wartime displays, reenactment demonstrations and military vehicles, including a Sherman Tank, this year’s event will see an expanded range of displays for

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