Our summer fundraising event is returning to The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich on the 19th of August.
As always, we’ll be offering a fun, family friendly atmosphere, with live music through out the day and night, along with food and much more.
Once again, we’ll be raising funds to provide therapy through music for local children with life changing illness, injury or diagnosis. Your money can really help make a difference.
From midday to 5pm, it will be the family fun day with acoustic music from Paolo Morena, T@9, Bill Pipe, Lewis Pratt, Hackett 2 Death, James Morgan, Fanny Adams and Johnny Skeates. Along with raffles, cake stall, a bouncy castle, arts/crafts, games, our famous rain gutter regatta and more!
Then from 7pm till late, it will be our punk party with the Special Duties, Red Flag 77, Waxies Dargle + a special guest. There will also be some more raffles and games!
We look forward to seeing you there, just be sure to spread the news!
We are now in our third year of our Summer Fundraising Day, and we want to see you there again!
On the 23rd July, the Krissy And Friends Annual Summer Fundraising Day will return to the Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich.
As you probably already know by now, we provide music therapy for children in Suffolk with life changing illness and injury. And we’ve just launched our referral applications!
But back to the event…
First up we have the FAMILY FUN DAY from 12pm-6pm, where we will have family friendly activities from a bouncy castle, raffles, stalls, cake and bake sale, a bouncy castle, acoustic music and much more!
However, possibly our favourite part of the day is the 2nd annual raingutter regatta and boat building – which you can read about in full here.
Then we’ll follow it up in the evening with LIVE MUSIC from 7pm till late, where we will host some of Suffolk’s best bands for a mere £5 entry.
The line-up of which so far includes:
The brilliant three-piece Denial Twist, a garage rock band from Ippo and Colchester, that claim to be influenced by red wine, The White Stripes, Nirvana and Katy Perry!
The Dreggs, who started out as a laugh between the three of them (or really, an excuse for more Les Dawson moments from Kev, drumstick throwing from Rayna and falling over from Seamus), but will now be aired to the public! As as the three of them claim they “can’t sing for toffee”, they’ve managed to bribe/beg/threaten a number of guest vocalists to join them and among them shall be their shipmates from East Town Pirates for a couple of never played live before, new ETP songs.
The evening will then end with Smart Alex,who are a veritable supergroup of East Anglian punksters. Their set is full of frenetic old school Adicts and Sustained tunes from way back when.
Plus if you want to be sure you don’t miss this entertaining evening of fabulous music with a dash of chaos, please contact us for tickets or head over to Steamboat Tavern or Out Of Time Records to pick some up.
Feel free to spread the word, join the Facebook event, invite your friends and family, and we hope to see you there on the big day!
Shirley Boland is a very brave woman, who like John Adams in 2014, decided to shave off all her hair in order to raise funds for our charity at our Summer Fundraising Weekend on the 19th of July. This alone, managed to raise more than £850 so helping us to achieve the total sum of £2,376.75.
A huge thank you once again to Shirley, to our supporters and to the Steamboat Tavern for hosting.
Shirley Boland is a very proud and dedicated supporter, and after the success of John Adams’ head shave last year at our first Summer Fundraising Weekend, she has decided to do the same to raise money for us.
She will be shaving all of her hair off on the 19th of July, at the second day of the Summer Fundraising Weekend.
The first ever Krissy & Friends and Steamboat Tavern Raingutter Regatta is a boat race event open to everyone!
Entrants (teams or individuals) will need to create a boat (following the specifications below) – you are free to paint and decorate your boat as you chose and prizes will be awarded for design, as well as race winners. Boats can be constructed prior to the day or materials will be provided on the day. Sailboats will race along a specially adapted raingutter filled with water.
The race will take place on Sunday the 19th July at The Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich, as part of the Summer Fundraising Weekend: Day 2. For more information visit the Facebook event page or our events page.
All boats and Captains must be registered by 3pm in order to participate.
Trophies will be awarded to First, Second and Third place winners of both the Race and for Design, so make and name your boat, assign your captain and RACE!
1) Boat Specifications:
No other form of propulsion besides the sail is allowed.
Length: up to 18cm (maximum).
Height: May not exceed 18cm from the top of the deck to the tip of the mast.
Sail: The sail can be made from any material, but the dimensions should not exceed 14cm high and 10cm wide.
Width: There is no official maximum or minimum width for the boat although the width of the raingutter is about 12cm wide and the boat must sit down inside the gutter in order to race.
Weight: No weight restrictions.
Decorations/Additions: Objects such as sailors, cannons, etc. may be added. All such decorations must be firmly fastened to the boat, and may not be placed in such a manner as to exceed the boat dimensions as listed above.
Bowsprits (large spars projecting forward from the stem) are prohibited in racing competition, as they extend the overall length of the boat, providing an unfair advantage.
Body: The body can be made from any materials. It may be shaped, hollowed out, or built up, as long as it meets all other specifications.
Boat must be able to carry a Krissy & Friends / Steamboat Lego mascot (these will be provided on the day) from start to finish.
Tip – a winning raingutter racer stays on an even keel, moves in a straight line, keeps the bow above water and does not drag.
2) Inspection and Registration:
Before the race begins, all participating “Captains” must check-in with their boats. Here are the pre-race check-in details:
Before a boat may compete in the regatta, it is subject to a technical inspection by the Raingutter Regatta Commodore, to verify that it meets the prescribed specifications (see 1) Boat Specifications above for details). If a problem is noted, the Captain may be asked to correct it before the boat is registered.
When the boat passes inspection, it is then registered along with the boat name and the Captain’s name.
Registration cutoff will be no later than 30 minutes before race start time for all participants. Boats that have not registered by the cutoff deadline (3pm) will not race, so plan to arrive early enough to get your boat registered.
3) Race Procedure:
Every race has to have rules, and ours is no exception. Here’s what to expect:
Power: No motors, paddles, or other devices allowed. An unattached straw to help direct wind at the sail is allowed, but only the captain can provide the wind.
Each race heat will involve two equal lengths of raingutter (approximately 3 metres long) filled with water.
The race heat begins once the official starter has placed the competing boats against the back wall of the gutter and commands the boats to “GO!”
Pushing the boat forward is NOT allowed while righting a capsized or stuck boat by hand. Pushing may result in disqualification.
The first boat to reach the finish line (the opposite end of the gutter) is the winner of that heat. The finish line official(s) will have the final and only say in determining the winner. In the unlikely event of a tie, the heat will be rerun.
The race will be run as a double elimination format, with the winners of each heat advancing until the third, second, and first place winners are determined for each rank.
First, Second, and Third Places will be awarded either Design or Racing awards.
Ungentlemanly or unsportsmanlike conduct by any participant or spectator may be grounds for expulsion from the competition and/or the race area.
As you may (or may not) know, almost a year ago now we pulled off our very first official event, which was our “family fun weekend”, hosting a gig on one night and a family fun day the following day.
But this year, we’re back… bigger and better!
On Saturday the 18th of July we will be hosting an evening of music with Red Flag 77, Casual Nausea and Suspect Device. Entry will be £5 on the door. Prepare yourself for loud music, food, fun, a booze raffle and more! Join the event on Facebook.
On Sunday the 19th of July we will be hosting a second day of fun, with an event suitable for all the family! We will have live acoustic performances, an open mic (for all ages!), kids & adults raffles, cakes & savouries stalls, a BBQ, games, dancing, music workshops and the first annual rain gutter regatta where you build your own boat (in advance or on the day) and the will be prizes up for grabs if you’ve got the best boat! See the full version of the rules here. Entry is free.Join the event on Facebook.
See the event poster below:
Also keep checking our website, Facebook, Twitter and events tab to keep yourself in the loop for other events and further updates.
From Thursday until Saturday we spent all our time with the wonderful folks that are CAMRA at Ipswich Town Football Clubs training pitch. It was the 32nd Ipswich Beer Festival and we were CAMRAs chosen charity.
Then to follow that, on Sunday we had a delightful afternoon at Grundisburgh’s ‘Hidden Gardens’ event as we were also the chosen charity for their events. See more upcoming events that are part of the GBCHS Horticulture festival at www.gbchs.org.uk or on our events page.
Regarding the Beer Festival, we would like to say a huge thank you to GrapevineLive for helping us provide music at the beer festival, to Stephen Foster for an exciting music quiz and a MASSIVE thanks to all our volunteers who turned up at both events, in all weather, and donated their time and support to make these events as successful as they were. Similarly, a massive thank you to YOU, are loyal and new supporters because thank to you…
In total we have managed to raise a HUGE £1,831.40 this weekend at the Beer Festival, so once again thank you to EVERYONE who dug deep into their pockets. This is a massive amount that will go a long way to helping families in our community. On behalf of all the trustees … THANK YOU xox
First and foremost, we are pleased to announce we are one of the chosen charities for the Grundisburgh, Burgh & Culpho Horticultural Society and they have the following events taking place to raise money for us:
13 and 14 June – Hidden Gardens
18 July – Village Show – including a performance from Rosie Reeves (who performed for us at our family fun day as part of our music weekend at the Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich last year)
18 July – Summer Dance
7 August – Evening Garden Party
17 October – Pumpkin Festival
We will have representatives from our foundation at the events. For further information visit www.gbchs.org.uk and below are two flyers for some of the earlier events.
Secondly, we will be holding another Family Fun Music Weekend at The Steamboat Tavern on the 18 and 19 July. There will be more information later.
Finally, all other dates for your diary, including Bury Folk Festival, Inter-Band 5-a-side Football Tournament and our first Winter Warmer can be found on the current events section of our website. We hope we will see lots of you there!
We can officially announce that Krissy and Friends (that’s us!) are the officially sponsored charity of this year’s Beer Festival in Ipswich!
We will be working with CAMRA to make the 32nd Ipswich Beer Festival family friendly.
This year’s Ipswich Beer Festival is to be held at Ipswich Town Football Club (on the Practice Pitch with access from Sir Alf Ramsey Way).
The family area will be in operation 12 June 5-8 pm and 13 June 12 noon-8pm.
We will be offering a multitude of family friendly activities to keep you and your youngsters occupied. You can try your luck at our ‘Penalty Shoot Out’ or test your creative skills at our ‘Make It, Play It’ area. Why not ‘Have A Go’ at playing our instruments or record yourself at the ‘I Hear Me’ van. There will also be Storytelling, Mini Melodies, Majorettes, Face Painting and if that’s not enough there is a ‘Busk Stop’ to show the world your talents. We will also be collecting donations by the door if you want to help us continue to raise funds. There’s lots of fun to be had, and we’re very excited. Hope to see you there!
Here is our official poster!
Keep your eyes on the Facebook and Twitter for all the latest information. Hope to see you there!