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The next Link Committee
Meeting will take place on Wednesday 28th April at 8.00pm at Gunn's Farm.
Bible Readings and Psalms for our Sunday Worship taken from the Revised Common Lectionary. It is good to be sharing the reading of Scripture with Christians - both Catholic and Protestant - across the world.
4th April Palm Sunday
11th April Easter
18th April Second
Sunday of Easter
25th April Third Sunday
We meet again in Flowton Vestry this month for a service of Holy Communion for Easter conducted for us by the Rev. Fletcher. We think of this celebration as being open to everyone and hope that anyone who cannot get to a communion service over the coming weekend will feel free to join us at 2 pm on Wednesday, 7th April.
Many thanks to everybody who has kept a Jar of Grace during Lent.
The Annual Parochial
Church Meeting will place on Sunday 18th April following a half-hour
"Songs of Praise" service at 6.30pm and refreshments. We hope
that many of you will choose to attend both the service and the meeting
as this is where you can help to appoint the Churchwardens for the coming
The Patchwork and Quilting groups will meet together in Flowton Vestry on Monday April 26th at 7.30pm. They will be sewing small bags by hand. If you wish to join them contact Mary on 658522 for more details.
SERVICES in our 8 linked parishes
The new rota of services began in October - if you have any doubts about this listing please contact the churchwardens. Thank you.
April 4th Palm Sunday
April 8th Maundy Thursday
9th Good Friday
April 11th Easter Day
April 18th Second Sunday of Easter
25th Third Sunday of Easter
Hopefully the willow will be starting to shoot and the field drying out so the children can play on it again. They are always so much happier when they can get on the field and have a really good run around.
Please take time to read the FOSS page. They are a valuable part of our school and it would be lovely if they get lots of support for the Summer Fair.
See you all next month, with hopefully lots more news!
This month we want to concentrate in telling you about the Summer Fair. (June 26th) As reported in last months issue of the Link, we are doing a 1940's theme this year. The flower show will again be held and hopefully by the time you receive this, the entry classes and forms will be available from the usual outlets. Please take a little time to pick one up, you might decide to have a go at some of the things on the list. It's rather a nice piece of fun!
A fancy dress competition will be held on the day for the children. 1940's gear of course! We know it can be done as Class 2 have already had a go.
If you have any ideas as to what we can do for the fair, please let us know.
Has anyone got any photos of local villages / families during the war that we can borrow and scan? We thought a display in the school hall would be interesting. If you have can we have them at school or contact Jenny or Leita please. And don't forget, if anybody has war time recipes we would love a copy of them.
Lots more information next month, but don't forget to pick up an entry form.
A date for your
Hope you made it to the Jumble Sale. Sorry we didn't put it last months Link. Unfortunately we missed the deadline.
Think that's it for this month. Be having a good think about the Summer Fair/Flower Show!
OOPS! Forgot! Any Tesco Computer vouchers will be gratefully received. Thanks.
Vehicle crime - Vehicles are continually being targeted across the Mid-Suffolk sector. Whether it is vehicle damage, interference or theft from motor vehicles. I would like to remind everyone to make sure that they don't leave any items visible in their cars which would attract would be thieves. Always remember to keep your cars locked. Report any unusual activity or suspicious vehicles, as the chances are that those responsible may not live locally. The force has just adopted a new campaign to combat vehicle crime called Keep It Safe and Secure (KISS) where members of the public can apply for a Safe Sack (to carry their personal items) from Police stations. For more information speak to Pc Shields or myself.
Anti-social behaviour - Its now the time of year that the nights become lighter, which means that the local children and teenagers may gather at various places around the villages. I am aware that there are not too many places for the youths to go but I would ask they refrain from gathering where they may become a nuisance to residents or where they place themselves or others in danger i.e. the local roads. If you do experience an on-going problem with children/teenagers gathering please let us know, but I do ask that you show some tolerance. Remember that under 18's are NOT ALLOWED TO DRINK ALCOHOL IN A PUBLIC PLACE and that it is an offence to provide them with it for that reason! Some of the problems associated with under-age drinking are anti-social behaviour, which can lead to crimes such as criminal damage.
Speeding motorists - Just a reminder on behalf of Pc Shields in relation to speeding motorists. I know that some of our villages are situated on main roads and often have people travelling through. We often get complaints of speeding and if you notice particular vehicles ignoring the road signs then please pass us the details. Remember the limits are there for a reason.
Drop zone box - the one in Somersham is available to all and while Pc Shields is away I will be checking it regularly, so if you want to leave a message to your Local Community Officer then please make use of this. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE MESSAGES REQUIRING URGENT ATTENTION
I am predominately a response officer but will endeavour to do the rounds of the beat where possible but if there is any matters you wish to speak to me about then I am contactable via the same methods as Pc Shields.
If you can assist with or require further information about anything mentioned in these notes, please contact me on 01473 613500 (Force Headquarters). If I am not on duty, ask to leave a voicemail message for either Pc 839 Mills or Pc 980 Shields. Please remember that there are times when Pc Shields and myself have a four-day rest period and that we both work on the same shift pattern. If you require urgent action, do not leave a message, ask to speak to another officer.
Simon Mills Pc 839
The 2004 season has started but were the Stars ready in time?
When the fixture list came out there was a shock with 3 meetings scheduled for March - perhaps the earliest ever start. And with the track still too wet for an 11th hour outdoor practice the team didn't have the best preparation. Print deadlines mean you'll have to wait till next month to see how we got on.
During the winter the club staged its AGM where we planned the season ahead. Everyone was happy to forge ahead with another assault in the top South East division and a plethora of other age related competitions. Barry Copping picked up the rider of the year award after easily topping the votes, while Ray Pike joined the managerial ranks as the new Team Manager. Long serving Steve Copping (secretary) and Gary Brown (chairman) retained their roles. The club's biggest requirement is still the need for an influx of new talent but we appear to struggle in this area compared to clubs in more built up areas.
It's easy to try cycle
speedway racing as we have spare bikes and equipment for loan, and practice
sessions are free. It would be great if we could field a team full of
young local people in the British Junior League!
SOMERSHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB
The first match of the month was a home game with Whatfield; and we were looking forward to this game with confidence as everyone had practiced with enthusiasm. We were not to be disappointed with 3 of our 4 teams notching up success to make it a fairly decisive win. The remaining team whilst having a good game unfortunately could not make it a full house, but - with Whatfield placed high in the league - we were well satisfied with the result.
Our next fixture -
another very enjoyable match - was against Bentley, who always make us
very welcome. We were again hoping for a win but after a close contest
it was not to be, as on the night they bowled slightly better than we
did to narrowly pinch the result. There were good tussles on all mats
throughout the match and with a kinder roll of the woods - who knows -
the result could have gone our way
Easter: Certificate 18
Easter has always
been unpopular at Somersham Baptist Church, guests aplenty arrive for
the carol service, but Easter has become almost an in house celebration.
We considered that the Easter message is too violent and too personal
for comfort. At least one of our assumptions has been confirmed by the
censors rating of the Mel Gibson film, 'The Passion of the Christ', so
violent that it gains an 18 certificate. It's not released in the UK until
26th March so I will have to trust those who have seen the film in the
US, or in the UK previews.
Thankfully, the original gospel writers avoided so graphic a portrayal of the events, but then the violence of crucifixion was not limited to the silver screen but could be seen firsthand. From their accounts the Church has been able to teach the death of Jesus and its' meaning as an offering for our sins to every age range. The realisation of the pain and suffering of Jesus has brought many to be convinced of their own guilt and the overflowing love of God towards the human race. Jesus himself said 'greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command' (John 15:13). For Jesus crucifixion was not the end, we celebrate Easter because he rose from the dead three days later. His death gives the Christian confidence that sin has been cleared and His resurrection the hope that we too will be raised to life at His glorious return.
This good news of Jesus is announced every week, certificate U, in your local Church. No need to pre book.
Six sessions, which deal with Jesus, Salvation and becoming a Christian,
to find out more contact Mark.
Somersham Church Notes
The Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting will take place on Tuesday 20th April at 7.45pm in Somersham Church. This is when churchwardens are elected for the coming year and the last year's accounts are presented.
We are grateful to everyone who donated books, tapes, CDs and records for the sale on March 6th. Although there was not a great number of people there, those who came seemed pleased with their bargains, and £135 was taken. Thank you for your support.
As the Trivia Quiz is still to happen at the time of going to edit we don't know how well it has done, but it looks promising with about 12-14 teams having booked a place. Many thanks to Rohais for putting in all the hard work to compile the quiz, to her Mum for helping keep score and everyone else involved on the evening.
The Garden Party will be on Saturday 10th July at Park Farm - once again many thanks to Jane & Denis for allowing us to use their wonderful grounds. More details next month.
Christian Aid Week May 9th-15th: Christian Aid envelopes will be distributed in next month's Link, with details of where you can drop off your contributions.
It was an outrage! I ask you, 3pm on a Sunday afternoon...good snoozing time at that. Actually there was an air of excitement, of expectation, with even an element of concern if not fear of the unknown. Can I actually sing 100 hymns?
Some seventeen stalwarts
started smartly on time with the organist, famed now in all eight parishes
of our group and resplendent in academic robes, leading the way at a cracking
pace and working through the hymns chosen by the four 'Link' parishes.
Noticeably good quality vocals these, but so they should have been, with
half the Benefice Choir testing their endurance. Perhaps there was less
volume than usual, maybe some were holding back for the long haul. Indeed,
all the verses were to be sung, though siren voices urged selected verses
Harder and slower now with the Ancient and Modern. Who in the world chose this one, eight verses, and this one, with choruses after every verse! Still plenty of quality and volume though, and on they went again. Three hours to the minute, a brief pause.
Came the last quarter. This was getting tough. Several were sitting down now; throat lozenges running out, yet on and on went the relentless organist (gangmaster) ever faster it seemed. An electronic organ this, melodious but powerful. Was it rising and sinking with the change in tempo or just weary eyes snatching a moment from the hymn book? Could the voices be flagging now, beginning to break up like a satellite link? But the end was in sight. And there it was, the very last one, done and dusted! Applause all round, especially to "Howard the Heroic" for four hours playing almost without interruption (even if he was sitting down) and to Mrs Gibbons for deftly feeding the endless supply of sheets of music.
So was it all worthwhile? Was it just the cash so sorely needed by our respective churches? Most would agree it was very satisfying to have sung all those verses of all those hymns. All would say it was good fun even if saying anything was quite difficult for a day or two.
NB. Our collective
thanks are gladly given to the wardens at Offton for making us welcome
in St. Mary's Church.
Somersham Football Club
St Valentine's day saw Somersham first team entertain Sizewell & Aldeburgh Sports. Having suffered a miserable 1-0 defeat at their place in October, revenge was high on the agenda. The match was a close affair with Sizewell showing improvement from earlier in the season, but another sound performance from our boys ensured all three points were secured and the away fixture defeat was now easier to bear.
February 21st and the first team were away to local rivals Sproughton Sports Reserves. In the home encounter in October Sproughton had been soundly spanked 6-0. Hopes were high of a similar result. Sproughton set their stall out early on with most of their lads behind the ball, a tactic which proved spot-on. Try as they might, Somersham could not break them down and as the match progressed Sproughton began creating chances. The positive point for Somersham was the way they defended resolutely as Sproughton grew stronger and the game ended with both defences on top at 0-0.
The 28th saw the return leg against East Bergholt 'A' at Somersham, the away leg, played just 3 weeks earlier, saw Somersham run out comfortable 4-0 winners. The first half of the match pointed toward Somersham continuing where they had left off against Bergholt. Time and again the visitors defence was torn open by the Somersham midfield and attack, but failure to convert more than one chance left the supporters hoping the gods were not against us. The second half found a far more spirited Bergholt team and as the game progressed, they improved at the same rate that Somersham faded. The rewards for Bergholt's efforts were a 2-1 win and all 3 points, in a game they really should have been out of by half-time.
The first team were on their travels again on the 6th March, this time along the A14 to Haughley to take on Haughley United 'A'. After the previous 2 disappointing results manager Quinny was on the warpath demanding 3 points to stop the rot. Somersham started brightly, on what could best be described as an agricultural pitch, and took the lead early on through Damon Crick after he pounced on a half saved shot by the Haughley keeper. Haughley rallied and scored an equaliser close to the end of the first half through some poor Somersham defending. Again Somersham were letting the game slip by them and would have conceded a second had it not been for the sound goalkeeping abilities and graceful acrobatics of Terry O'Neill in the Somersham goal. After a sound berating from the boss at half-time Somersham attacked with more verve in the second period and thought they had earned their reward when Ross Cater slid home from 8 yards, only for the referee to disallow it for offside. Minutes later Ross was on hand again, this time he flicked the ball over the keeper with the back of his head. Again the linesman's flag signalled an offside, but this time after long deliberation, the ref correctly let the goal stand. Somersham lost their way for a spell after this but rode out the storm and got over the line to bag all 3 points. Special mention this time goes to manager Quinny who brought himself on with 5 minutes to play to show the lads how it's done. As Crumpy will vouch, the lads did well to hang on!
The first team are
still in second place in Division 4, still with a number of games in hand.
However, although Claydon did lose once during this sequence of matches,
any ground we could have made up disappeared with our defeat by East Bergholt,
and so their lead is maintained.
As always, your support would be greatly appreciated by all at the club, so please come and join us and help propel us back to Division 3 next season.
See you on Saturday!!! DON'T FORGET YOUR PAINT!!!!!
SOMERSHAM PARISH COUNCIL
Somersham Parish Council
Parish Council Meetings
Wednesday 7th April
2004 at 7.30pm in the Pavilion
Wednesday 5th May
2004 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall
It has come to our attention that there are problems with the bottle banks in Princes Gardens, again. Children are asked not play near the bottle banks, and everyone is asked not to use the bottle banks at unsociable hours.
Every year the Parish Council gives money to deserving charities, under the power of section 137, in the Local Government Act 1972.
We welcome requests from any local group or organisation, if funding is required. So if you are a member of a local group or organisation, and wish to obtain funding for a specific project or to help with general costs, please contact the Clerk to the Council.
It has been brought to the Parish Council's attention that rubbish is being dumped at the Somersham/Flowton Road junction. We would ask that people do not dump their rubbish, anywhere in the village, except in the litter bins provided.
If the problem persists the Parish Council will take action, and will bring in mobile CCTV equipment to catch the culprits.
Offton Church News
To remind you there will be Easter Workshops for the children on Thursday and Friday 8th and 9th April in the Church from 10 am to 12 noon. Do come along. There will be working with clay and other activities. Further details from Pam Redman 658896.
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting:
The meeting will be held on Monday 26th April 2004 at 7pm in Offton Church for the purpose of electing the churchwardens for the coming year. Members to serve on the Parochial Church Council will also be elected at this meeting and the Accounts for 2003 will be presented.
Just to remind you:
Coffee Morning First
Thursday of the month April 1st and May 6th. 10.30 in the church
Festival of Talents Sunday May 9th
Church Fete on Saturday 12 June 2004 in the churchyard.
Philip Redman 1929 - 2004 lived in Offton for more than 20 years and was an active member of the village community. He served on the Parish Council, four years as Chairman, belonged to the local Conservative Association and worked tirelessly for the church serving for several years on the PCC. He supported Pam in all her endeavours and she supported him in his and most particularly during his last months of debilitating ill health. Many people will remember him for his generosity, warm welcome and hospitality at Mount Pleasant and his easy sense of humour. He was greatly loved by his extended family and will be sorely missed. LJV
Pam and family would like to thank so many of you who showed such love and care over the passing of Philip. Your cards have been greatly appreciated. Thank you to friends and neighbours for your support.
April is the season of Annual Meetings and of celebrating the Resurrection. I started wondering what, if any, is the connection between the two. It's within our Annual Parochial Church Meetings that we elect churchwardens, two per parish. Churchwardens have been in existence since the thirteenth century. From the fifteenth century onwards, they have been chosen annually, all adult parishioners having a voice at the meeting which elects them. On behalf of everyone in the parish, churchwardens record information about the church, its contents, and the churchyard, they allocate seating, keep order if it should ever prove necessary, and are the officers of the Bishop. The importance of this ancient office is that parishioners all have their say.
The Resurrection of
Jesus is about making all things new. Whether or not as an individual
you're able to say "I believe in Jesus", it is important to
ask, Who did Jesus die for? He did not die just for churchgoers. All things
- all people are the reason why All-mighty God let his Son take upon himself
the sin of the whole world and take it far away.
Being raised from
the dead, Jesus will bring with him all those who ask. From God's point
of view, the good news of Resurrection is for everyone, or for none at
all. From our point of view, people of each generation look at what has
been achieved for them once and for all, and choose whether to follow
the one in whom they can place their trust.
Cleaning: Mrs P. Brooks & Mrs B. Dunnett
Cleaning: Mrs Dickson
Magical Musical Moments
For the third and final performance in the successful series of Magical Musical Moments concerts, Offton welcomed the Opus clarinet quartet to the church on Saturday 28 February.
Once again, tickets were sold out for this performance, although some empty seats were evident when the threat of snow discouraged a few visitors from further afield.
The cold evening was, however, immediately warmed by the group's opening piece, their arrangement of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, a composer and theme that they would return to later in the programme with Summertime from Porgy and Bess.
The programme ranged from the smooth sounds of city jazz through to more swinging jazz numbers and the inclusion of popular compositions by Henry Mancini, Scott Joplin and Duke Ellington had feet tapping in the pews.
For those who would like to hear more of Opus, this wonderfully versatile group have recently recorded a CD which they plan to release in March.
The main programme was supported by local talent, Alice Porter, whose delightful playing at the keyboard both before the performance and during the interval added to the ambience of the candlelit church.
provided the now familiar delicious spread of quality international cheeses,
breads and wines and credit needs to be given to the team of volunteers
who have so ably supported this programme of concerts in support of such
The series has come
to end. The audience liked what was offered and the musicians were unanimous
in the view that the candle-lit church had atmosphere and was a pleasure
to perform in.
pleased to acknowledge the generosity of the audience (including those
kind people who had to cancel without demanding a refund) ánd of
the musicians, all of whom forfeited their fee.
I've always been an
urban boy, I've journeyed up and down.
We're having a new
village hall, at least that is the plan.
We dedicated an extension
- last year - back in May,
The fete last May
had stalls and teas, and a cow that you could milk,
I saw it in the paper
and could not believe my eyes.
Some people in the
village had this great idea,
WILLISHAM CHURCH NOTES
We have no service on Easter Day - please see details at the back of The Link for times of services in the other churches.
Fete Planning Meeting
- Saturday the 24th April
David the Milkman
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