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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 Club

Graphic depicting a tree with a family tree diagram superimposed over it

We are pleased to announce the club is up and running again. Our first meeting is taking place on 6th November. For all your family history research needs, please join us to start or continue your journey into your past to discover more about the people who helped to make you, you! 


Thurston Library, Norton Road, Thurston, IP31 3PB

When: 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month
Email: Jayne thurstonancestry@gmail.com


Watercolour Art Group

Vector graphic of artist's palette and paintbrushCalling all aspiring artists. Come and join our sociable art group. Fancy dabbling in watercolours? Whether you're new to painting in the this medium or taking it up again after a break, do come and join us. New members welcome.

When: Wednesday afternoons
Where: Thurston Library, Norton Road, Thurston, IP31 3PB
Phone: Library 01359 235048


Last Tuesday Baking Club

Vector graphic of a cup cake with a swirl of pink butter icing on topFriendly baking group. Different theme each month. No expertise needed! The aim here is for a sociable group to chat, eat yummy things with a cuppa, share tips and see where the chat takes us. 

When: Last Tuesday of the month
Where: Thurston Library, Norton Road, Thurston, IP31 3PB
Booking required: No - just turn up
Phone: Library 01359 235048


Cavendish Bridge Club

Photograph of a deck of playing cardsFriendly, informal bridge club. Visitors welcome, however please phone before attending. We are not affiliated to the English Bridge Union, though we do play to EBU law and rules.

When: Wednesday afternoons

Cavendish Hall, Church Road, Thurston, IP31 3RU

Nick Hall
07594 761309
More info: website


Thurston & District Gardening Club

Cartoon of young woman doing the gardeningWe meet once a month. The Club has no formal membership and anyone with an interest in gardening is welcome to come along. 

When: 2nd Monday of the month: 7:30 pm

New Green Centre, New Green Avenue, Thurston, IP31 3TG

Phone: 01359 230457

Lunch Club

Diagram of knife, fork and spoon on a plateWe are a friendly club. In addition to serving a two-course hot meal, we have afternoon coffee and biscuits, raffle, bingo, board games, bring & buy, and book stall. We also arrange outside visits. New members over 55 are most welcome. Potential members may join us for a meal before committing themselves to join. Lifts can be arranged. All lunches must be pre-booked. 

When:  2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month

New Green Centre, New Green Avenue, Thurston, IP31 3TG

Meal bookings: Jan 01359 231922
New members/enquiries:: Helen 01359 231196

Mothers' Union: Great Barton & Thurston

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 support charitable projects in the UK and abroad through personal donations and fundraising activities. We are a friendly bunch and welcome new members.  


meetings alternate between Great Barton and Thurston



(Jill Rood)
01359 231647


Friday Sewcial: Social Sewing Group

Vector graphic of a sewing machineBring along your latest sewing project for some companionable stitching over a cuppa. You may use your own sewing machine or borrow one of the ones provided in the library. Ironing facilities available. New members welcome.

When: Friday mornings - term-time only

Thurston Library, Norton Road, Thurston, IP31 3PB

Phone: Library 01359 235048

Knit & Natter: Thurston Knitters & Crocheters

Illustration of ball of green wool and knitting needlesSociable knitting and crocheting circle. All ages and levels of ability welcome, including total beginners.

If you've never picked up a ball of wool and would like to try your hand at knitting or crocheting, do come along and have a go. We are happy to help beginners. For the more experienced among you, we make items to sell to raise funds for charity. Some examples of our work are pictured on our Facebook page.

When:  Tuesday & Saturday mornings
Where: Thurst Coffee Shop, New Green Community Centre, New Green Avenue, Thurston, IP31 3TG
More info: Facebook


Bury St Edmunds Liberal Democrats: Thedmere Branch

Penny Otton
01449 738482

Conservative Association: Thurston, Beyton & Hessett Branch

Roger Bowden
01359 2700084

Pregnancy, birth & early motherhood

Awe & Wonder

Line drawing of pair of arms cradling a babyAwe & Wonder run a range of workshops and short courses to support the health and wellbeing of mothers-to-be, new mums and babies up to six months.

When: various dates and times
Where: Tutor's home in Thurston
Email:  kimberleygoldsmith@calmfamily.org
Kimberley Goldsmith
07815 122342
More info: websiteFacebook


Thurston Library Book Club

Vector graphic of young blonde woman, sitting cross-legged, reading a bookLove reading? Then why not join our Book Club. Max 10 places available. Please phone before attending.  Each month will feature a different book for discussion at our next meeting. 

When: 2nd Wednesday of the month
Where: Thurston Library, Norton Road, Thurston, IP31 3PB
Phone: Library 01359 235048

Women's Institute

Thurston WI

The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to make new friends,  to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. 


1st Thursday of the month - evening


Cavendish Hall, Church Road, Thurston, IP31 3RU


Vicky (president): 01359 231465
Lynn (secretary: 01359 232645 

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