Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Felixstowe Town Pastors Summer Newsletter

Felixstowe Town Pastors have produced a Summer Prayer Newsletter.  It is reproduced below and is also available for download as a pdf here.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

EBA Assembly

The EBA have released details of the 2016 Assembly which this year is going to be held here in Felixstowe from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th June. The keynote speaker is Dotha Blackwood from Spurgeon's College. Do take the opportunity to come to this event as it's a great opportunity to be encouraged and hear what God is doing in the East of England.  The programme for the weekend is as follows:

BBQ and fellowship at Maidstone Road Baptist Church

Children’s and youth programme
Worship and Bible study
AGM and discussion groups
Break out groups
13.00- 15.15
Family Fun
BMS World Mission
All age celebration
Break for tea
Evening Event - European Football at Maidstone Rd Baptist Church 18:00 (Wales 2nd half) & 20:00 (England)   Otherwise, enjoy the resort. Why not gat a takeaway and bring it to the church?

Final worship
Assembly ends

You are strongly advised to bring your own picnic lunch if you are participating in afternoon activities.  The Academy is in a residential area with limited places to  pick up lunch within walking distance.  However, if you are willing to drive off site, Felixstowe is a seaside town with no shortage of places for lunch.

We have produced a guide to Felixstowe, including directions to the Academy for those not familiar with this seaside town.

Guide to Felixstowe for EBA Weekend

The main assembly sessions will be held at Felixstowe Academy which is on Walton High Street on the outskirts of town.

Getting there
For sat nav users, the address is  Felixstowe Academy  IP11 9QR and it is signposted from Walton High Street.   Stewards in hi-vis jackets will be near the entrance road on the Saturday morning.   There is a large car park on site.  If you are arriving in Felixstowe on the A14, leave it at junction 59 (Trimley Villages) and drive through Trimley.  The academy is just after the bridge over the A14 on the right.

For those of you going to events at Maidstone Road Baptist Church, it is in Maidstone Road IP11 9ED.  The church car park is accessed through the driveway on the right hand side of the church.  Maidstone Road is also just off Walton High Street.

Felixstowe is served by buses 75,76 and 77 from Ipswich.  Ask the driver to put you off near Felixstowe Academy.   It is also served by an hourly train service from Ipswich.  Trimley Station is nearer the Academy than Felixstowe.

Accommodation in Felixstowe
Felixstowe has a variety of types of accommodation available being a seaside town.  The Visit Felixstowe website has a comprehensive list of places to stay.

Eating Out
Felixstowe Academy is in a residential area and there is only one cafe in Walton and a bakery and a couple of shops to buy lunch from.  We advise you to bring a packed lunch if you are participating in the afternoon activities at the Assembly.  If you are going off site for lunch, then the best place to pick up something is on the sea front where there are a wide variety of eateries.  There are many cafes and coffee shops in the town centre as well.

If you are staying over in Felixstowe, there are a large number of restaurants and cafes to cater for all tastes and wallets.  There's a list on the Visit Felixstowe website.  Here's a few favourites that local people like.

Bombay Nite - one of Suffolk's best Indian Restaurants and here in Walton too!  
285 High St, Felixstowe IP11 9DZ

The Regal Fish Bar,  Sea Rd, Felixstowe IP11 2DH - Trad fish and chips.

The Owl and Pussycat, Grange Farm Ave, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 2FB - good value pub grub 

Cafe Bencotto, 128 Hamilton Rd, Felixstowe IP11 7AB 

The Alex, 123 Undercliff Rd W, Felixstowe IP11 2AF

Fish Dish, 69-71 Undercliff Rd W, Felixstowe IP11 2AD

Viewpoint Cafe, Landguard IP11 3TW - popular, good value and great views over the Port of Felixstowe and Harwich Harbour but closes at 6pm.

Things to Do   
The Assembly has a full programme on the Saturday.   We suggest those who are staying over enjoy some of the amenities of the resort on the Saturday evening as many are open until 9pm on the seafront.   If you stay around for Sunday, there's plenty to do in the afternoon on the seafront, including a large Sunday market.  

Felixstowe is a great place for coastal walks.  There is a 3.5km main promenade and a second promenade in Old Felixstowe that leads out to Felixstowe Ferry on the River Deben.   For a less built up walk, why not try walking out to Landguard  Point which also has a disabled trail.   

Felixstowe is also the largest container port in the UK and you can get excellent views of it as well as Harwich Harbour at Landguard Viewpoint .  The sunsets are good here too!  If you've got time on Sunday afternoon Landguard Fort and Felixstowe Museum next door, are both interesting visits.

You'll find more details and directions on the Visit Felixstowe website as well as other ideas for things to do.   Most of Felixstowe Town Centre's shops are closed on a Sunday.