First Breakfast of the New Year

First Breakfast of the New Year

26 Jan 2012


28 members including two guests sat down to another of Jordan’s wonderful breakfasts at the Stowmarket Rugby club to enjoy the accompanying feast of entertaining presentations on a variety of businesses.

Welcome back to Simon Burton of 8CW whose early morning starts generally prevent his attendance.  You may remember his useful tips on the various uses of vinegar last year. This year the substance of choice will be Sodium Bicarbonate – we await with bated breath!



Congratulations to award winner Annya Stoddart of the Pain Relief Clinic, who can now be added to the list of illustrious members featured in our January e-newsletter. Annya is the proud winner of a Healthy Ambitions Suffolk award for giving good health advice.

Nigel George, the bicycling solicitor, announced the launch of his new business. Happy Endings, which will help people to celebrate the life of a loved one after their death.

The aim is to offer a customised funeral service and make it an occasion to remember joy and happiness as well as mourning the person’s passing.

Email him on

Featuring entertainment from two regular literati and a newcomer

Here are more entertaining presentations from our stalwarts plus a newcomer!

First, another tip from Jonathan Steed, of Gipping Press:

Tip 3 - listen to your customers and try to understand what makes them tick

Don't be like Herbert
Last Boxing Day Billy met Herbert and he was sporting a black eye.
'What happened Herbert?'
'I went to the Carol service at the parish church yesterday and sat behind the vicar's wife. Couldn't help notice when we stood up for the  hymn she had her skirt caught in her tights So I pulled it out! I though she's be pleased but she turned round and hit me'
'I should think so too you idiot. You cannot do that to the vicar's wife.'
Two weeks later - same thing happened again - another black eye!
'Surely you weren't fool enough to do the same thing again?'
'No' said Herbert. 'But when we stood up for the first hymn she had her skirt caught just as before.
I didn't do anything, but the bloke next to me pulled it out.
Well I know she doesn't like it out so I tucked it back in!'

Moral of the story - your customers are vital. Handle them with care.

Another episode of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from Allan Scott, of Newsletter Genie:

THEY were standing under a tree, each with an arm round the other's neck, and Alice knew which was which in a moment, because one of them had "DUM" embroidered on his collar, and the other "DEE". 'I suppose they've each got "TWEEDLE" round at the back of the collar,' she said to herself.
'I know what you're thinking about,' said Tweedledum; 'but it isn't so, nohow.'
'Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.'
'I was thinking,' Alice said politely, that you might both make a little more sense with some help from one of the writers at Newsletter Genie – someone like Alison, for example. I really can’t understand a word you’re saying.’
So if you know someone who struggles with their words, please follow Alice’s advice and send them to me, Allan Scott – so we can be good news for THEIR business.

A new orchestra for Suffolk – and a plea for help

Our special presentation for the morning came from Leslie Olive who is instrumental in setting up a new, professional Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra.  The aim is to bring fine professional performances to play great orchestral pieces at Suffolk’s greatest venues.

However, it will also seek to perform in small groups to take live music into village halls, churches, hospitals, hospice and workplaces and to work with young people in schools.

The orchestra will be launched at the 2012 Bury St Edmunds Festival with a performance  in the cathedral of Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Britten and John Adams, conducted by Leslie.

It takes place on Wednesday May 23 at 7.30pm.

It is hoped the orchestra’s first full season will start this September.  Leslie is seeking sponsorship starting from £200 and anyone who would like to support the orchestra should contact him on:

Peter’s Bees

Peter and Queen Bee had a number of updates:

1  A committee meeting was held earlier in the month at which the treasure, Kate Kelly, reported that the bank account has a healthy balance of £1,000.
He also reported that work on the website is progressing well and that the website will be live in the next two or three weeks.

2  The Chamber joined with the Royal British Legion and a number of other business sponsors, including Nigel George, Tim Meadows-Smith and Gipping Press, for a special evening event offered by the army to tell people what they get for the money and with a “no holds barred” Q and A session at the end. It was held at the Cedars, on January 18 with an attendance of 55 people.

3  The chairman has responded to a request from the Suffolk Education Business Partnership offering the services of members at a careers fair the EBP is running at Stowmarket High School on February 21 10.30am to 4pm.  Anyone willing to run a 15-minute workshop on Employability Skills, or interviews, or CV and applications hints and tips or perhaps talk about their business please contact Peter on
as soon as possible
4 Anyone who, like Annya Stoddart, has a success to publicise should contact publicity officer Alison Withers, of multimedia reputations for help with drafting press releases at a small discount for members.

5. Given Peter’s well-known respect for the brewer’s art it is no surprise that he felt it necessary to represent the chamber at the opening of the new Weatherspoons in Stowmarket.  We are reliably informed that there is a decent selection of Camra ales and a family atmosphere!!

6. And finally, Shelli Moyes is organising teams for the mayor’s charity quiz night on February 11.  We have three so far so anyone who would like to add to numbers please contact her pronto:

Dates for your diary : 

next chamber breakfast at the Rugby Club

February 17
Remember the earlier start – 6.45 am!
Please book with Keely
phone: 01449 770965




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