Busy week­end? You’re not the only one

There’s no end to what we get up to in those pre­cious cou­ple of days, Les­ley dis­cov­ers

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DID you have a good week­end? What did you do? Ev­ery Fri­day on my show on BBC Ra­dio Suf­folk it’s Shout Out Fri­day when I give peo­ple a men­tion if they let me know what they’re do­ing over the week­end. I find it fas­ci­nat­ing to hear about the amaz­ing and var­ied things we all get up to and, I can tell you, we are a busy lot.

Week­ends are a rel­a­tively new thing. It was only in the 1940s that the 40-hour work­ing week was fi­nally es­tab­lished in the UK. Be­fore then there weren’t such things as ‘days off’, ex­cept Sun­days when we would be ex­pected to go to church. I don’t know how many peo­ple at­tend church these days, but my Shout Outs re­veal we find plenty of other things to fill the time. Here’s a snapshot of what we did on the first week­end in Septem­ber.

It was Art on the Prom in Felixs­towe, and it was brilliant. It took us three hours to see all the stalls be­cause we kept stop­ping to chat to peo­ple, and it cost us a few pounds in pic­tures. Peo­ple also en­joyed Cars by the Lake, and a craft fair or­gan­ised by the East and Mid Suf­folk branch of Guide dogs. Andy went on a mo­tor­cy­cle run, rais­ing money for cancer char­i­ties. I get lots of re­quests to men­tion fundrais­ers, as peo­ple raise thou­sands of pounds each week­end. Suf­folk res­i­dents are very gen­er­ous – peo­ple like Gareth who wanted a shout out for his amaz­ing new Bus Shel­ter. His fam­ily were so moved by the plight of home­less peo­ple that they bought and adapted a bus for rough sleep­ers,

I love a good vil­lage show, the ta­bles groan­ing un­der the weight of beau­ti­ful veg, jars of pick­les and freshly baked cakes. Claire Whit­ing wanted a men­tion for the au­tumn show in her vil­lage of Hoxne. She was en­ter­ing sev­eral classes, in­clud­ing the pre­serves with a gin and lemon mar­malade. (I’ll see if I can get the recipe). David Cole was get­ting ready for the Capel St Mary al­lot­ment show. Not sur­pris­ingly there were also sev­eral Shout Outs for mu­sic events. Ali was with the band Hur­ri­cane Al­ley in Ip­swich on the Satur­day night, Glynis was per­form­ing clas­sic jazz, and there was a free party at the Blax­hall Ship with three hours of rock ’n’ roll. Def­i­nitely no need to stay in on a Satur­day night in Suf­folk.

There were also men­tions for more un­usual events, in­clud­ing Tim King check­ing that his crossword ap­peared in the i news­pa­per, Mark meet­ing up with col­leagues he hadn’t seen for 35 years, and Barry Burns off do­ing some cam­era work. Sue was go­ing to be read­ing from her book, Har­mon­i­cas Round my Hat, at the East Anglia Fes­ti­val of Cul­ture in Low­est­oft, and you could even go and learn how to re­store a rare piece of Tu­dor History at the Or­chard Barn at Stow­mar­ket.

Aren’t we a var­ied lot? It’s the ra­dio equiv­a­lent of peo­ple­watch­ing, one of my favourite pas­times. I’ll be re­ally in­ter­ested to hear what you’ll do with your week­ends over win­ter. Will you still head out run­ning, or to the pub, or a craft fair? Or will you stay in and hun­ker down? I so en­joy look­ing ahead to the week­end. Have a good one what­ever you’re up to.

Left: Hun­dreds of vis­i­tors flock to the an­nual Clas­sic and Sports Cars by the Lake event at Forn­ham in aid of St Ni­cholas Hospice Care. Photo: Andy Ab­bott

Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Thou­sands of peo­ple flocked to Felixs­towe for Art on the Prom.

Les­ley Dol­phin

Lis­ten to Les­ley 1pm-4pm Mon­day to Fri­day on BBC Ra­dio Suf­folk CON­TACT les­ley­dol­phin@bbc.co.uk

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