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Quirky clubs to join in the New Year

PUBLISHED: 16:18 31 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:59 02 January 2018

Dive into a scuba diving club. Picture: Sutton Images

Dive into a scuba diving club. Picture: Sutton Images

Find a new hobby, or rekindle an old one, this New Year with one of East Anglia’s most exciting and quirky clubs.

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Norfolk Amateur Radio Club

Interested in contacting people all over the world, developing international friendships and competing in international competitions to test how effective your equipment is and how good you are as an operator? If so, joining the Norfolk Amateur Radio Club could be for you. There’s no better way to explore the world of radio communications than by becoming a radio amateur, and through weekly club meetings, you’ll be able gain the knowledge and skills to become just that.

Presto Park Slot Club

For those who spent their younger years whizzing toy cars around impressively-constructed tracks, the Presto Park Slot Club, encourages this hobby continue – no matter how many years later it may be. From club HQ in Hevingham, race night is every Wednesday evening and takes place on a four-lane, 97-feet track.

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Suffolk Land Rover Owners Club

The SLROC has had a very busy year with plenty of competitions and driving days, and is now looking forward to a great deal more in the New Year. Got your own vehicle? The club welcomes all types of Land Rover, from the classic Series models to Winch Challenge trucks and modern Discoveries. Monthly driving days are held at the club’s own site in Newbourne, and throughout the year trials drives are run regularly to allow club members to put their off-road driving skills to the test.

Sudbury Tudor Archers

Ever fancied yourself as a modern-day Robin Hood? Then why not give archery a go and see if your aim is a good as you think! Target shooting nights are held on a Monday evening, however many more fun events are held throughout the year, such as field shoots, which involve aiming at 3D animal targets in a wooded environment, and family fun days, which are held for members and their families.

Paddeboarding and kayaking is available to try at a handful of locations in Suffolk and Norfolk. Picture: ThinkstockPaddeboarding and kayaking is available to try at a handful of locations in Suffolk and Norfolk. Picture: Thinkstock

Run For Your Life

Although it brings together people from all backgrounds and all levels of running experience, every member of Run For Your Life has one thing in common - a passion for the sport. Run For Your Life is an umbrella group of running enthusiasts, and while it organises frequent group runs, the group is non dedicated and is often simply a place for runners to find others with similar interests. The community offers help, advice and support, as well as great friendships, while its members make the most of the opportunities running bring them both physically and mentally. You never know what you’re capable of achieving until you try, especially with a large support system alongside.

Suffolk SUP Club

Despite its home, Alton Water, being the perfect water sport location, members of this paddle boarding club also enjoy trips down Stour and the Orwell, along the shore at Felixstowe, and even occasionally tuck into post-paddle boarding refreshments by the river in Waldringfield.

An annual Mini Run from Bury St Edmunds to Aldeburgh. Picture: Phil StearnAn annual Mini Run from Bury St Edmunds to Aldeburgh. Picture: Phil Stearn

Deben Canoe Club

It may be a little cold right now, but this Woodbridge-based canoe club offers a programme of activities throughout the whole year. River paddling is enjoyed throughout the year, however most is done in the summer months – but during the winter, members can practise their skills during pool sessions.Thursday nights are the main club night, when members paddle from the Watersports Centre along the river Deben, even in the dark.

Caston Camera Club

Whether you’re an expert behind the lens or a novice who simply enjoys being a little ‘snap happy’, this camera club is a great place to meet friendly people who love the art of photography, but who all have different abilities and different photographic interests. Meetings are in Watton, and are held on the first and third Tuesday of every month. The first meeting of the month is a training evening that is occasionally out on location, while meetings on the third Thursday of the month alternate between internal competitions and visiting guest speakers.

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Bury Mini Club

To chat over a drink about latest upgrades, engine problems, Mini runs, club stands at local events and other Mini related matters, the Bury Mini Club meets on the last Thursday of each month at The Manger in Bradfield Combust.There are many events already planned for Bury Mini Club’s diary next year, which follows a jam-packed 2017, including a number of mini runs from as close as Bury and Southwold, all the way to Portugal.

Felixstowe Swimscapes Outdoor Swimming Group

With a mission to encourage and support individuals to become confident sea swimmers, the friendly open water group swims off Felixstowe beach year-round.The club meets twice a week from May to October and only once, on Saturdays, from November to April and encourages anyone interested in joining them for a dip to get in touch. Wetsuits optional, bright swim hats recommended!

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West Norfolk Sub Aqua Club

Founded in the early 1970s, West Norfolk Sub Aqua Club meets for diver training every Tuesday evening at Alive St James’ Pool, King’s Lynn. The training takes the form of both formal lectures and practical in-water sessions, and there is a wide range of equipment available to members, including two RIBs (rigid inflatable boats), a compressor and diving equipment, which is used for training purposes. The club arrange day and weekend trips to sites such as west coast Scotland, the Farne Islands and the south and west coast of England, as well as Norfolk’s nearby coast.However, occasionally more exotic locations are included, such as the Red Sea.

Clandestine Cake Club

The Clandestine Cake Club is all about cake. Members bake it, members eat it, and members talk about it too. The most important rule at Clandestine Cake Club however? No cupcakes, muffins, brownies, pies or tarts. Yes really. Why? As far as this club is concerned, slicing and sharing is most definitely caring. The logic behind its cake only rule is simple: It believes that slicing into a cake sparks interaction and conversation. Club meet-ups aren’t average either, meeting in secret locations all over the world. But with multiple groups in both Suffolk and Norfolk, you really can have your cake and eat it!

South Norfolk Climbing Club

This climbing club is committed to encouraging people to get together, get active and get climbing! Its superb new state-of-the-art climbing wall, The Morley Wall, offers 12 lines, 36 routes, a 1.6m overhang, top rope and lead climbing, with graded routes to challenge all levels of ability. South Norfolk Climbing Club’s casual climbing sessions are ideal for adults and juniors aged 16 and above, who are confident climbing independently, whereas adult beginner and refresher courses are perfect for those are new to climbing or who haven’t climbed for a while.

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