January 2020 breakfast –

A Mix makeover, pigeon flapping and a worthy cause.

Our first breakfast of the new year and decade took place in January 2020 in the newly-revamped and very stylish Cabbages and Kings restaurant at The Mix.

The restaurant now boasts a black and dark wood colour theme, a cosy chatting corner complete with leather sofas as well as new tables and chairs.

The 23 people attending were, however, treated to the usual high-quality pick and mix Full English and 60-second presentations from a wide range of businesses.

..and pigeon flapping? That was how Colin Tapscott, of Everyday Leader, described a pigeon trying and failing to pick up some crumbs. Because it was flapping its wings, the crumbs just kept blowing away. After a few repeated attempts, it realised its actions were counter-productive and walked slowly towards its goal. It was a good analogy for the way some approach a business problem!


A worthy cause from our guest speaker

Julia Keeble, Ormiston FamiliesJulia Keeble described the work of the charity Ormiston Families

Ormiston Families was started by the family of a young woman, Fiona Ormiston Murray, who died whilst on her honeymoon.

The charity works with families in East Anglia to help them to build positive family relationships. Julia said they worked collaboratively with women who had had at least one child removed from them into care but did not understand why.

The idea is to stop it from happening again by tackling the issues that caused the removal, such as drug abuse and relationship problems.

“We believe in early preventative action and our services help people to build stronger networks, learn from experience and feel in control of their wellbeing,” she said.

There are many ways people can help the Trust’s work, said Julia.  They include donation, volunteering, joining its lottery, running a fund-raising event or providing sponsorship.

The trust is holding a Quiz and Mezze night at Fynn Valley Golf Club, Ipswich, from 6.45 pm on Tuesday, February 4. You can find the details on their website.


Our Treasurer announced

a new offer for breakfasters. Pay upfront for four breakfasts and you will get them at 2019 rates.  There are more details at this link on our website.


Tell us what you want

Allan is happy to receive any suggestions for what members want to see the Chamber doing in the future. Please send your ideas (and your want lists) to [email protected].


Dates for your diary:


February Coffee  February Breakfast
Needham Market Community Centre The Mix, Stowmarket
Friday, February 7 Friday, February 21
10.00am-12noon 6.45 am

For more information contact Keely Taylor

phone: 01449 770965

e-mail: [email protected]


Anyone who has a story to publicise should contact marketing officer Alison Withers:

[email protected]


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