Supporting the young people of Mozambique to enable them to make a sustainable living and support their communities

Registered Charity Number 1154635


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Thomas' Voice

We are working closely with Rust and Stardust and the Head of Orford and Bawdsey Schools to ensure that, subject to COVID rules, the Thomas Marshall Education Fund collaboration with puppet company Rust & Stardust and Orford and Bawdsey schools to present their re-scheduled project on Friday 9th July in Orford Church will still go ahead. There will be two performances; the first at 1.00pm and the second at 6.00pm.

It is said that Iken is the land of Icanho that St Botolph was granted by King Ethelmund to build his minster in the 7th century. There were marsh demons in these parts during those times and one can still feel the eeriness of the area with the mysterious Yarn Hill where Botolph reputedly drove away the ghosts and marsh demons in order to build his minster. It was eventually completed on the site of the historic church at Iken which still bears his name and you can see St Botolph’s stone cross which is on display in the church.

Many people will remember the performances of Rust and Stardust in Orford Church over the past few years. The members of this talented young puppet company have presented their interpretation of many local Suffolk folk tales including The Wild Man of Orford, The Green Children of Woolpit and Black Shuck. This last one was a collaboration with the children of Orford school producing their own puppets as part of the national Arts Award Scheme and running wild as Shuck’s pack through Orford Church to the delight of the audience in 2018.

Rust and Stardust have been successful in securing an Arts Council grant to fund another collaboration with Orford School and Bawdsey School this year.

The theme of this year’s project will be The Marsh Demons of Iken covering the curious goings on with St Botolph and Iken Church. Anyone who witnessed the enthusiastic children performing Black Shuck won’t want to miss this event. Anyone who missed Black Shuck doesn’t know what they missed and should make sure they don’t miss The Marsh Demons of Iken.

Refreshments will be available. For further details email

Originally scheduled for April 2020, this production is the latest in a very popular series of local Suffolk tales featuring the puppet company and the pupils and developed jointly as part of the Arts Council Arts Award programme. The aim of this scheme is to support young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills and achieve a national qualification. The awarding body responsible for Arts Award is Trinity College London.

2020 was a difficult year for fundraising and we were limited to the remarkably successful Lockdown T4Thomas plus contributions from regular donors and various online based funding systems.

Hopefully, the actions taken by the government and the development and distribution of vaccines should result in more opportunities in 2021 to reach out to our regular supporters as well as new ones to generate more funds for our vital work in Mozambique.

Our traditional T4Thomas Garden Party is usually scheduled for early June to coincide with Thomas’ birthday but that would be before the date set in the Prime Minister’s roadmap for easing the restrictions on large events and performances. We have, therefore, set a provisional date of Sunday 1st August to welcome everyone back to the lovely garden at Chantry Cottage.

Fumble in the Jumble was scheduled for the first Saturday in August last year, but we have set a target date of Saturday 23rd October during half-term this year for the opportunity to ferret out bargains at this top quality bric a brac sale. Venue to be decided.

Later in the year we hope to welcome the return of Leiston's Band of the Royal British Legion and the St Bartholomew's Church Christmas Bazaar to Orford Church. Then in late winter or early spring next year we hope to hold a musical evening in the same venue.

We look forward to welcoming friends, old and new, to these events.

eMails from Mozambique

The restrictions imposed in an attempt to control the spread of Coronavirus made it impossible for us to hold our planned fundraising events

for most of 2020

However, our friends in Mozambique still need our financial support,

so we have added to the ways that you can help.

Amazonsmile is an easy to use system that allows you

to donate to TMEF while you shop through Amazon.

Simply register TMEF as your chosen charity and shop through the Amazonsmile portal to raise money for us at no cost to you.