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Adult Education

West Suffolk College

WSC offers a wide range of courses for adults in local centres in Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Ipswich, Stowmarket and Thetford. To find out more about what's on offer, click here


Ancestry Group - [currently suspended]

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Ever wondered where your ancestors lived, what they did for a living, or what became of them over the years? All will be revealed at in Thurston Library on Friday afternoons. We welcome beginners to experienced researchers. 

Bring your own laptop or tablet, or use the library's desktop computers. The library has a Fast Fibre Broadband internet connection. You will have access to international ancestry records online using the ancestry.co.uk website, which is free to use while you are in the library. Professional support available, so don't be shy. Do come along.

Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. 


Jayne Cage thurstonancestry@gmail.com

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Thurston & District Gardening Club - [Currently suspended]

We meet in New Green Centre on the second Monday of the month for a variety of talks loosed based on gardening. There is no formal membership. Anyone with an interest in gardening is welcome to come along. 

Admission £3.00, including refreshments


Mrs S. Tanner  01359 230457 
[Image courtesy of Aleska D. at FreeDigitalPhotos.net]


Sewing Group, Thurston Library - [Currently suspended]

Bring your own needlecraft projects and enjoy the social side of sewing.We are a friendly group open to all for sewing, knitting and crocheting. There are sewing machines you can borrow for use in the library. Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own machine. We meet on Friday mornings during term time from 10:00 am to 1:00pm.  

All welcome. For more details, speak to Cathy in the library (01359 235048), or drop by during opening hours. 

Donation of £1.00 per hour for the Friends of Thurston Library appreciated.  


Thurston Knitters & Crochetters - [Currently online only]

Unfortunately we can’t meet at Thurst as a group!  Each Tuesday morning at 10:00 am there will be a FaceTime meeting so we can still meet, albeit via the computer, tablet or phone as we need to make sure we are all ok and give each other encouragement and company in this very trying time. 

We also have a Facebook page which we are continuing to keep with each other for advice on knitting & crochet hints and tips, but also most importantly at a time like this for our well-being. 

Blackbourne Day Centre

Are you, or do you know an older person who would like a day out once a week in a friendly environment?

Or, are you a Carer in need of a well deserved break, and wanting to find somewhere that is a warm and welcoming place for the person you care for?

Then why not join the Blackbourne Day Centre;

Where: the New Green Community Centre, Thurston

When: Every Tuesday from 10am — 3pm

A hot meal and refreshments throughout the day will be provided along with activities and occasional days out.

For further details or just to get to know us please contact

Care Manager, Bev on 01359 233367

Pilates Classes

Pilates Matwork Class at New Green Community Centre

Mondays 6.15pm — 7.15pm - £7.00 per session

Warm up, Technique, Slow gentle moves, stretches and additional moves for the more experienced.

Please bring mat and head towel.

Thurston W.I. - [Currently suspended]

We meet on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the Cavendish Hall, Church Road, Thurston. 

We have a speaker every month, also outings, fundraising events etc.

We are always pleased to welcome new members and guests.

Visitors always welcome!


Vicky (president)

01359 231465 

Lynn (secretary)

01359 232645

To visit the Thurston web page on the national W.I. website, click here


Green Ways - [Currently suspended]

Concerned about climate change? Eager to help the environment? Worried about waste & recycling? We are a friendly new group open to everyone who would like to make the world a greener, better place for our children and grandchildren. We are non-partisan and non-political. Whether you have tips to share, or need ideas and inspiration, you are sure of a warm welcome.

Interested? Join us for coffee.

We meet on the third Thursday of the month, 10-11.30am, Thurst Coffee Shop, New Green Centre, Thurston. 

Hosted by Green Team members: Sue Tytler (07766 341112) & Wendy Turner (07799 402531).


Mothers' Union - [currently suspended]

The MU is a worldwide Christian group that welcomes everyone who has been baptised, or wishes to be baptised. MU members are not all mothers, nor even all women. We hold monthly meetings in the Rock, in the grounds of St. Peters’ Church, Church Road, Thurston. 

In our branch we support MU projects in this country and abroad. AFIA (Away from it all) provides holidays, days out, or school outdoor visits, giving a much needed break for families who are going through stressful times. We head up our church Christmas Bazaar which raises money for our church and our own MU. We raise money via personal donations, cake stalls and our Bring and Buy at each meeting. We support Storehouse along with the congregation and we knit hats for seafarers alongside other knitters; some of us volunteer for other charities; we pray regularly with guidance, if we wish, from our MU prayer books and other Christian publications. A new one is coming out now (called Words of Comfort) with prayers, poems, and reflections compiled by our members in Suffolk. We promote Fair Trade by having a Fair Trade stall in church once a year – our church is a Fair Trade church. We support the Women’s Aid centre in Bury with donations of vouchers at Christmas and with good quality used household linen, and with toiletries.


Joy Bolwell (Branch Leader)

01359 231301

Jill Rood (Branch Secretary) 01359 231647


Thurston Lunch Club - [Currently suspended]

This club is open to all Thurston residents aged 55 and over. We meet at New Green centre on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month when members can enjoy a pre-lunch drink from 11:30 and lunch is at 12:30. Occasional outings and speakers too.

Further information from Margaret (Chair) on 270795

To order lunches book with Myrtle 231399

Mid Anglia Rail Passengers Association (MARPA)

Rail users' group for the Ipswich - Cambridge/Peterborough line. Affiliated to RailFuture.

  • Chairman: John Drake, 51, High St, Cheveley, CB 8 9DQ. 01638-730292
  • Secretary: Ross Taylor, 1 Norfolk Rd. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. IP32 6AY
  • Treasurer/Membership Sec.: Mrs Ann Henderson, 48, High St, Ixworth, IP31 2HJ. 01359-230139

Bury St Edmunds Liberal Democrats

Thedmere Branch

  • Chairman: Larry Otton, 01449 738482
  • Membership enquiries to Cllr Penny Otton, 01449 738482
  • Treasurer: Nicky Turner

Conservative Association

Thurston, Beyton & Hessett Branch

  • Membership & other enquiries to the chairman: Roger Bowden 01359 270084. All enquiries welcome. 


Millennium Farm Trust

Interested in helping the Trust?

Minutes secretary wanted

There are vacancies for volunteering and paid work.


Avenues Group

(formerly OPTUA)

If you know someone who would enjoy Share or if you would like to volunteer, please call Optua 01473 836777. For more information about the day or to download application forms you can also go to the website at www.avenuesgroup.org.uk.

Contact: info@avenuesgroup.org.uk

West Suffolk Voluntary Association for the Blind

VIP club for the Visibly Impaired

We have a friendly meeting each month @ Moreton Hall Community Centre, within easy reach of Thurston, with speakers, raffle, teas and events. We offer welcome to people with sight problems, who may be house bound, to meet other members with similar problems and enjoy a laugh and a chat. If you are visibly impaired, or know of someone who is, then contact Maureen 01359 270786 for more details of this friendly club.

Cats Protection

Cats Protection (Bury St Edmunds Branch) is the local branch of the National cat charity covering this area.. Our aims are to rescue stray and unwanted cats and kittens, rehabilitate and re-home where possible, to encourage the neutering of all cats and kittens not required for breeding and to provide information to the public on the care of cats and kittens.

Contact details: Cats Protection (Bury St Edmunds Branch) Branch helpline: 01284 850887
Website: www.cplbury.org.uk

Haughley Hoofers

We are your local ladies North West clog dancing group. A friendly welcome awaits anyone who would like to join us at our Sunday practices, in Haughley Village Hall at 7.30 pm. All the dancers are ladies, but men and women play in our band - however good or bad you consider yourself to be come along and give it try.

Joining Haughley Hoofers not only keeps you fit but can open up a new social life for you and your family. During the summer we dance at many local events as well as making weekend visits to various different counties in England, and sometimes to Europe. We are a very friendly enthusiastic troupe.

If you think you would like to join, or just watch to see what we are all about, we begin our Sunday practices at 7.30pm September 30th please pop in any Sunday evening after 30 September to see what happens. If you wish to chat to someone about joining the group as a dancer or musician, or if you wish to book us for an event please contact Dorothy our Squire on 01449 766372, or Sharon, secretary on 01449 676083.

We also have a website - www.haughleyhoofers.org.uk

Yoga classes

Cavendish Hall, Thurston. IP31 3RU

Fridays 2-3 pm

Bethany Last

Serenity Yoga Suffolk

'Bringing you calm and tranquillity in every day life'

07930 199582