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Adult - General Interest

Thurston and District Garden Club

Amateur and armchair gardeners meet monthly for a variety of talks loosely based on gardening.

Second Monday of each month.
Mrs S. Tanner 01359 230457 

Adult Local Learning Centre

Stowmarket Local Centre is a branch of West Suffolk College offering Adult Education courses in Thurston and surrounding area

01449 613903

Email stowmarket@wsc.ac.

Ancestry Group

If you are interested in family history or local history, the Ancestry Group meets at the Library, Norton Road, Thurston on Tuesdays at 3:30pm.

The Ancestry and Findmypast genealogy websites may be used free of charge anytime in the Library. New and existing researchers welcome.

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.

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!


  • Cathy Bacon (President) 01359 270926
  • Maxine Wilde (Secretary)  01359 230842

Green Ways - New Group!

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).


Thurston Knitters and Crocheters

We meet in Thurst Coffee Shop, New Green Community Centre, every Tuesday morning between 10am and 12 noon. All ages and abilities welcome, so feel free to come and join our friendly group. You can also join our Facebook page. 

Thurston Lunch Club

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

Bury St Edmunds Conservative Association

Thurston, Beyton & Hessett Branch

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

Coffee morning dates for your DIARY 2017

  • Tues March 14th @ Poplar Meadow, Thedwastre Road, Thurston IP31 3QY
  • Tues June 13th @ 52 Barton Road, Thurston, IP31 3PD
  • Tues September 5th @ Hill House, Church Road, Thurston, IP31 3RU

Entry for all coffee mornings is £2.00 per head, all commence at 10:30 a.m.

  • Saturday December 2nd A Christmas Coffee Morning will be held @ Field House, Thedwastre Road, Thurston, IP31 3QY (details of cost and time to be confirmed at a later date)


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