Robert William Walford, aged 82 years, whose funeral took place at Ipswich
Crematorium on 20th February October. Bob will be much missed by everyone
at Offton Church, and our sympathies go to his stepchildren, Ken and Betty.
he rest in peace
and card making for children -
-parents also welcome-
10.00am 12 noon
Friday April 14th in Flowton Church.
Mary on 01473 658522 if you need more details.
Baby and Toddler Group for 0 4 yrs
meet on Wednesday mornings 9.45 11.15 am
in Somersham village hall.
session costs just £1.50, which includes refreshments for
the child and parent/carer.
New members are very welcome: just come along or phone Alison on
Already, we find ourselves in the month of April and hope that we will
have had a successful Jumble Sale on 11th March. As usual we are busy
arranging future events. We are holding a Beetle Drive for the children
in the school hall on Thursday 20th April (6 p.m. start), which is usually
a very noisy, but enjoyable event. Later in the same month on Friday 28th
April, we are having an Archive Film Evening in Somersham village hall
starting at 7:30 p.m. We hope that many of the people who came along to
our Local Chat Evening will join us again for an evening of nostalgia
and reunions with people that they may not have seen for some time. The
plan for the evening is to have a selection of films lasting approximately
90 minutes. We will have an interval, during which time you can have a
chat with your friends and enjoy a plate of food that will be included
in the admission price. Teas, coffees and cold drinks will be available
and we will also have a raffle.
Provided that there are no changes in circumstances, two of the films
to be shown are: The Harvest Shall Come a film scripted
by Harold Freeman, previously of The Shoulder Of Mutton (now Armigers)
in Offton. It was filmed in 1942 and features Maurice Razor
Taylor at the age of 13. Locations include Saxmundham, Needham Market,
Badley, Barking Tye, Offton and Willisham.
A Writers Suffolk a film looking at the work
of George Ewart Evans and based around the village of Blaxall. Locations
also include Helmingham, Needham Market, Wickham Market and Stoke By Nayland.
For catering purposes we need to know prior to the event if you are coming
along. Tickets may be purchased from Jenny King on (01473) 830623 and
Leita Minns (01473) 658352.
Adults £5.00, Children £2.50.
Apologies to anyone on the French Exchange Trip, as we were unable to
arrange a date without other events on the same evening!
F.O.S.S. committee members are busy making arrangements for our School
Fete on Saturday 24th June. This year we are having a fete with a 1960s
theme, so it will not be long before we are searching the charity shops
for our outfits! We also intend having another Scarecrow Festival in mid
September and hope that many of you in the village of Somersham will once
again join in with this fun weekend. Details of all our future events
will be included in the Link Magazine
Please remember that
we are always happy to receive any ink/toner cartridges and old mobile
phones for recycling. If you shop at either Sainsburys or Tescos,
please would you collect the vouchers and send them into the school. Nestle
box tops or any other vouchers/tokens are also collected.
We should, by now,
have new toilets and washbasins in the cloakrooms in the Key Stage 2 corridor.
The walls are being tiled and the paintwork redone. Should be a pleasure
to go to the loo now. We can feel a mass exodus on the cards. "No,
you cannot go to the toilet, wait until break time".
What else has happened?
Oh yes, Class 2 and 4 have held class assemblies (on different occasions
you understand). We had a group called XXL come and sing Sea Shanties
(we enjoyed that). Key Stage 2 children have had a dance workshop with
the Dance East people and, best of all, we have been on Lord Blakenham's
land planting more trees. If you remember we did that last year and had
such a lovely time.
And now we are on
our Easter break......again!
p.s. did you know
Mrs. Chinnery is having a baby?
are having an
ARCHIVE FILM EVENING
SOMERSHAM VILLAGE HALL
FRIDAY 28TH APRIL 2006 at 7:30p.m.
ADULTS £5.00 CHILDREN £2.50
BY TICKET ONLY
AVAILABLE FROM JENNY KING (01473) 830623
AND LEITA MINNS (01473) 658352.
ADMISSION PRICE TO INCLUDE FOOD.
HOT & COLD DRINKS AVAILABLE - RAFFLE
APPEAL FOR ROMANIA - FORTHCOMING EVENTS.
Only one indoor car
boot sale remaining at Gt Blakenham Village Hall. Sunday 2nd April. 8am
- 12pm (sellers 7am.) Hot food and light refreshments available. Plenty
of car parking space available. Free entrance to buyers. Tables £5.
On Saturday 29th April Ipswich Appeal For Romania are presenting their
annual pig racing night at Gt. Blakenham Village Hall. This event appeals
to young and old alike and with a hog roast, craft stall, raffle and bar
a great night is in store! Race programmes are only £2 (which includes
entry). So if you fancy a good laugh come along and join us as farmer
Peter Trotter races his delightful pigmy porkers and keeps everyone in
stitches with his West country banter and jokes. Enquiries to 01473-833292.
The first 2 practice
sessions and the first league match of the 2006 season (at home to Norwich)
will have taken place by the time you read this article. A brief report
from that match will appear in the May issue.
After a very quiet March there is plenty of action to look forward to
in April. There are 2 regional rounds of the British Youth & Junior
League taking place, the first of these is on Saturday April 1st at Spixworth.
A brief report on this will also appear in the May issue. The 2nd regional
round takes place on April 22nd and this will be staged at Somersham.
The Suffolk Grand Prix also starts in April with the Under 9s,11s
and 13s having their 1st round at Ipswich on Wednesday April 5th.
One week later it is the turn of the Under 15s,Under 17s and
Seniors for their 1st round, this time at Great Blakenham. On April 19th
there is a Suffolk Under 16 Team Tournament at Great Blakenham open to
all Under 16 riders.
April will also see
the start of the East Anglian Grand Prix series(formerly the South-East
Grand Prix series) and Ipswich will stage the opening round on Sunday
Somersham will also be in league action on 2 Sundays during April, starting
on Sunday 16th with a double header at Somersham in the Norfolk &
Suffolk League. At 11.00am we race Eaton and then at 3.00pm it is the
turn of Hethersett. The final league match in April sees us visit Ipswich
in the South-East Division 1. A round-up of all these events will appear
in the June issue.
We hope to fit in some practice sessions during April but we are not sure
of the dates yet so please check the village green for signs or feel free
to get in touch if you fancy a go.
Thats it for now.
Steve Copping (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Club Secretary: Peter Mittell 01473 831474
Magical Musical Moments
It has been a privilege these past few winters to drive to Offton for
the MMM evenings at St. Marys Church with its excellent acoustics.
My knowledge of music is limited. Do I really know whether the musicians
I am listening to know their stuff? Do they have command of their instruments?
I do know that I have sat in total silence, enraptured with what I was
hearing and seeing. It is likely that I do not appreciate the technical
aspects of these performances, but you know when something wonderful is
happening in front of you.
And so it was again when the Seven Up Brass Ensemble entertained us in
the middle of February. Seven friends who got together, apparently to
play at another friend's wedding, thoroughly enjoyed each other's company
and found that a good sound ensued, so they decided to see if others would
be interested in sharing their joy of brass. And, YES, we did.
Three cornets accompanied by a horn, tuba, euphonium and trombone made
a great sound with a variety of music from Lennon & McCartney to Scott
Joplin to Schubert and back again. Great!
Further variety, in both halves of the evenings entertainment, was provided
by the vocals of Juliet Parker & Michelle Pilborough.
With a generous interlude to enjoy an excellent glass of wine and a number
of less common cheeses it was a great night.
People like me dont buy tickets to listen to brass ensembles, chamber
music, saxophone /clarinet quartets, etc. at Snape or Glyndebourne (yes,
I know thats opera), but I have been given the opportunity at Offton
to have a taster of several of these. Thoroughly good evenings which really
should not be missed by anybody. You might not like some of it, but at
least you will find out what your taste really is!
The organisers are to be applauded for their efforts and enthusiasm in
staging these evenings. This winter MMM raised £1375 to help Offton
Church Fabric Fund and a number of charities.
PS Gift aid helps the church even further. That is why you are encouraged
to pay by cheque and sign a form. You can still do this. If you would
like to contribute in this way please contact Mr Paul Chapman on 01449-721181.
Magical Musical Moments
The season has come to an end and we thank all who came to support the
events. You may like to know that a share of £1375.00 has been distributed
to St Elizabeth Hospice, Macmillan cancer relief, Alzheimer's Society
and Offton Church Fabric Fund.
Mr & Mrs Munson of Flowton were the lucky ones to win the Stena Line
You will appreciate only many hands make these evenings possible. Thanks
therefore go to Alan, Alison, Christine, Elizabeth, Eric, Fred, Gay, Helen,
Hilary C, Hilary D, Ian, Josie, Janet, Judy, Lucy, Mike, Nigel, Paul,
Pieter, Robin, Sue, Ted and Val for various parts played.Though we look
forward to next winter with new MMMs, we now focus on enjoying spring
and summer. Whilst on the subject, note the following:
Since there will be no more Magical Musical Moments events until the end
of the year a range of items used on those evenings lie idle. If you are
planning a party and would like to use some of our items, these can be
hired at modest cost, though the bar tables incl cloths will be £
3 high bar tables with cloths
3 buffet tables
100 Royal Doulton small snack plates, white
6 large 5-section serving dishes, white
60 champagne glasses
36 medium sized coffee cups, white
Please contact Maartje Rondeboom on 658024 or email@example.com
GOOD FRIDAY WORKSHOP
Pottery and card
making for children parents also welcome- 10.00am 12
noon on Friday April 14th in Flowton Church. Contact Mary on 01473 658
522 if you want more details.
Sunday April 3rd
is the date for the Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting at
7.15pm in the Church Vestry. This is when we elect the Churchwardens and
26th is the date for the Annual Parish Meeting at 7.30pm in
the Church Vestry.
FLOWTON OPEN GARDENS
& FLOWER FESTIVAL WEEKEND
Friday 16, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June
Please see the full
page advertisement for full details.
Songs of Praise
Sunday June 18th at 7.30pm in St Marys Church
All proceeds from the weekend in of St Marys Church fabric fund
& the East Anglian Air Ambulance
& FLOWER FESTIVAL WEEKEND
Friday 16, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June
16 JUNE AT 8 PM in ST MARYS CHURCH
Serendipity Sings light music for a summer
by this fabulous sub-group of Hadleigh Choral Society
Followed by cheese & wine in churchyard
An enchanting evening not to be missed
Book tickets at £6 (to include cheese & wine) from Margaret
on 01473 658330 & Margaret@Laflin.fslife.co.uk
17 & SUNDAY 18 JUNE
Flower Festival in Church to theme The Four Seasons
with local history, photograph & dolls house exhibitions
Lunch in the churchyard
Flowton Open Gardens
Discover the hidden gardens of Flowton
with cream teas, other refreshments, croquet, games,
stalls for plants, jams & preserves
Raffle of gardening items, programme prize draw
All available to following programme:
10am-5pm Flower Festival in church (also open
12noon-2pm Lunch in churchyard
12noon-5pm Open gardens
3-5pm Cream teas served
Entry on arrival: £4 (accompanied children free) for both
(Lunch, refreshments & activities extra)
Songs of Praise Sunday at 7.30pm
Contact Mary on 01473 658522 & firstname.lastname@example.org
PC David Clark
Community Beat Officer
Tel: 01473 613500
Notes from your Community
Police Officer- PC 466 Dave Clark
Hello again, As per normal for this time of year the weather has been
cold and wet
and this means we tend to use our cars more and have
to drive during periods of bad weather and darkness. Please check not
only that your lights work, but that the lenses are clean they
are not only there to help you see to drive but for other road
users to see you.
Crimes of interest
Offton overnight 9th 10th February damage to window
of a Motor Vehicle
Nettlestead overnight 10th 11th February - another break
in to farm building chain saw stolen
Frequently we receive
reports of doorstep callers sometimes trying to sell cleaning products,
pictures or similar items. Although they can be often nothing more than
a nuisance we have recently received reports from Cambridgeshire Police
of a group who are targeting the elderly in particular and will often
use aggressive tactics to try to get a sale. These people do travel extensively
so please be on your guard.
you have unexpected callers purporting to be from the electricity, water
gas or similar companies please check their ID. If you are not
happy with them, look up the companys telephone number in the phone
book and give them a ring (never accept any number given by the caller).
Any genuine caller will be happy to wait outside whilst you make these
Any genuine caller will never pressure to come into your home.
If you are suspicious of the caller and he is not prepared to wait them
please ring 999 and we will attend to check.
Whilst talking about unwelcome calls you may like
to have the following links:
Junk Mail to reduce the amount of junk mail received register with
the Mail Preference Service
www.mpsonline.org.uk or call
Phone Calls to reduce cold calls register with Telephone
Preference Service www.tpsonline.org.uk
or ring 0845 0700707
Emails If you receive Scam e-mail you can normally report the offending
email to the web provider by putting the word abuse before the @sign
of the sender
i.e. if the scam came from a hotmail address forward
it to email@example.com
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NEEDS YOU"
The Neighbourhood Watch scheme for Offton Lodge has been without a Co-ordinator
for nearly a year now and a volunteer is required in order to keep the
scheme going. It is not an onerous job - you would simply act as a point
of contact for the local Community Police Officer and will be kept up
to date with any crimes happening in the locality. The scheme covers the
24 properties between Prospect House and the Elms.
Unfortunately, if a volunteer is not forthcoming, the scheme will close
and this will impact on those of you who claim a reduction in your household
insurance for being a member of NHW as you will then have to advise them
that you are no longer a member.
If anyone is interested in more information or would like to volunteer,
please contact Theresa Jones, the Community Watch Liaison Officer at Stowmarket
Police Station, on 01473 383388."
Lastly, if any one
has any amusing stories , jokes or anecdotes connected with the police
please contact me by email if possible
. I will included
them in future editions
If you have any information or would like any advice on police matters
I would be more than happy to discuss this with you.
I can be contacted at Stowmarket Police station on 01473 613500 or by
Pc Sally Parkes will be my deputy she can also be contacted on
the above telephone number or firstname.lastname@example.org
If your call is of an urgent nature please ask to speak to an officer
PC 466 David Clark
To go to the Suffolk Police web site please click here
go to the Neighbourhood Watch site of Suffolk Police click here
Two events coming up! Please note the dates!
Sunday 14th May in
Offton Church at 4 pm
Contact Scott (telephone 01473 658733) for further information or to participate.
Also - a weekend
of flowers plus the fete -
in the church,
Saturday and Sunday June 10th and 11th
2 - 6 pm on Saturday
10.30 am - 6 pm on Sunday
in the churchyard
Saturday June 10th
at 6.30 pm in the
church on Sunday June 11th
OFFTON & WILLISHAM VILLAGE HALL
Annual General Meeting
Offton & Willisham Village Hall Management Committee
will be held
Offton & Willisham Village Hall
Thursday 27th April 2006 at 8 p.m.
Members of the public are welcome to attend
Festival of Talents
Once again the good
folk of Offton and the surrounding area are presenting their artistic
and performing gifts to the community at the Festival of Talents, 4pm
on Sunday 14th May at St Mary's Church.
in participating at the event whether, playing, singing, reciting or even
miming - please do get in touch with Scott Dolling the festival organiser
on 01473 658733.
SERVICES in our 8 linked parishes
If you think there
may be a mistake in the rota please contact your Churchwarden.
There are some special
changes for this month only.
2nd Passion Sunday
Service at Baptist Church
Prayer + Sunday School
9th Palm Sunday
12th Wednesday in Holy Week
Communion for Mothers Union, but everybody else welcome
13th Maundy Thursday
14th Good Friday
and card making workshops for children (parents also
of Witness from St Marys
Service for the Last Hour on the Cross
16th Easter Day
Communion + Baptism
Communion by ext.
Communion by extension
23rd Second Sunday of Easter
Communion by extension
April 30th Third Sunday of Easter
Communion for 8 parishes
Probable services for May 7th Fourth Sunday of
Prayer + Sunday School
Please note that on Sunday 2nd April we are invited to join our friends
at the Baptist Church for a combined service. This will replace our normal
There will be another
chance to hear the Ladies Co-operative Choir on Friday 5th May
in the church. Those who came to their previous concert will know what
an enjoyable and entertaining evening it was.
There will be a Coffee
Morning on Saturday 13th May from 10 to 12 oclock at March House.
There will be the usual refreshments, Bring & Buy, cakes and plants
for sale, as well as the opportunity to chat with friends and neighbours.
You may notice when
visiting the church over the next few months that an area on the northern
side of the church is being left to grow more naturally. Churchyards can
be very important for wildlife, providing a refuge for a wide range of
wildflowers, birds, animals and insects. As the grassland hasnt
been fertilised or reseeded it is often rich in wildflowers that are scarce
elsewhere. We have asked the Suffolk Wildlife Trust for advice on managing
the area, and they are going to record species that are found. The area
will be cut twice a year, after species have flowered and seeded. Pathways
will be cut to enable everyone to have access to all parts of the churchyard.
We hope you agree that this is an important way of encouraging wildlife
in our area, as well as enhancing the quiet tranquility of the churchyard.
To our friends at Somersham and surrounding areas-greetings from Mary
and Eddie in Villereal , Lot and Garonne, South-West France.
The last time Eddie and I wrote a note for the Link we were making our
way, with our caravan in tow, down the Valencia-Alicanti coast to visit
Since last autumn, much has happened. Following our trip to Spain,
we made the life-changing decision that our next home would be in
South-West France. With the Pyrenees and Spain behind us, we headed
for Lot and Garonne, having only a little idea as to how we would start
searching for the right house.
Fortunately, we were helped by friends we had met earlier - Margaret Laflins
niece Lyn and her husband Derek. This lovely couple suggested various
villages and towns they thought might be suitable for us to look at.
It took only a dozen house detail leaflets and half a dozen or so viewings,
for us to find our near perfect house. Our new or rather 400
hundred year old house would be in Villereal, a Medieval Bastide ville
built around the 13th century. A Bastide town was at the time, considered
a new concept and a truly planned and purpose-built community. The houses
were built on a square, with a covered market in the middle, and the often
twin towered and pinnacle turreted churches were built close-by.
Such is the lay-out of Villereal.
The need to return to England and back to France again on a couple of
occasions was then necessary. We immediately started the ball rolling
with regard to buying the house, while also visiting Eddies mother
who had become ill in the autumn. When Eddies mum sadly passed
away, we made the decision to stay in England for Christmas. We moved
to France in the New Year when the contracts for the house were complete.
With freezing cold weather and the heaviest snow known in these parts,
there was nothing more we could do but get on with the planning of the
house as we wanted it. Now, writing at the beginning of March, we
look forward to a warm spring and hot summer. The South-West of
France has almost always lovely warm dry summers, and we are sure this
year will be the same. We remember from last year the bright blue
skies, the fields of sunflowers and the green sloping vine-yards.
As for our new home, we love it. It is a town house on three levels,
beamed and full of character. On the top floor the attic has been
fully renovated (as has the whole house) and converted into a studio apartment.
The Studio is a large space, light with velux windows, beamed
and with its own en-suite shower-room and toilet. Added to
this, we are very shortly having a small kitchenette added, making the
space totally self-contained. Indeed from the beginning of May,
The Studio will be available for family, friends and acquaintances
to use for holiday accommodation, in this beautiful part of France.
The Studio is twin bedded, would suit two adults, but parents
with up to two children over the age of six could also get in contact
with us. (We love little ones, but whilst the stairs have a banister,
they are a little steep and perhaps unsuitable for toddlers) At
the back of the house we have a small courtyard garden and guests would
be welcome to sit there and enjoy the sunshine and a cool drink.
For those who wish to travel a little further afield, we have the lovely
Lot Valley, La Dordogne and about 3 hours away Arcachon and the Atlantic.
Add another hour to your journey and heading south and you are in the
Pyrenees and Spain.
Villereal has the
added advantage of being just 30 minutes away from Bergerac airport, to
where, during the summer, there are 2 or 3 flights out of Stansted.
Fly-drive is available. Also, there is of course the regular Calais
to Dover Ferries.
If you are at all interested in a holiday here in the Lot and Garonne,
please give us a ring on 0033 553493883 for more details. We hope
to see some of you later this year. Oh, and a very big thank you
to all of you who kindly sent us greetings and cards to our new home.
Mary and Eddie Fagg.
on Saturday 13th May
at March House, Main Road, Somersham
from 10 till 12 oclock
& Buy Cakes Plants
and have a chat everyone welcome!
I like to treat
other people as I would like them to treat me was the waitress's
reply to being thanked for the positive, cheerful way she had served us.
A sentiment that we could all adopt as part of our way of life.
It is a very different sentiment that says, I treat people the way
I want them to treat me The first is an expression of hope that
our own attitude will bring a positive response; the second is telling
others that this is how they should behave to us.
Both are better than the Blow you, Jack, I'm alright attitude
that is so common in the world today. That clearly tells us that the speaker
does not really care about us as long as he/she is alright.
Sentiments are O. K. in their place many will tell you but when it comes
to the crunch it is what is happening to me that matters. And yet every
year those same people will applaud the Citizen of the Year awards and
similar events. We admire the people, young and old, who give selflessly
of themselves for others. I particularly admire those youngsters who get
Young Carer awards.
Later this month we will remember the actions of the Greatest Carer
of all time as we come to Easter. Why do I say the greatest carer
? Because despite all the abuse that generations of people had given him
God sent his Son into the world to treat humankind the way that he wanted
then to treat one another with family love of the highest quality.
On the face of it the move did not work because they treated Jesus with
scorn and ridicule, they put to death by the cruelest method ever devised
by the human race the most innocent man that ever lived.
When we try to help somebody and face rejection we may keep trying for
a while but then we give them up as a bad job and leave them to their
own devices. Not God he stuck at it for thousands of years with the Israelites
in particular. But instead of giving up he put his all, in the form of
His Son, into a bigger effort and widened the scope to include all, yes
you and me, and in human terms, logically, lost. But HE WON and lives
to love today
Think on that love
when you open your Easter eggs !!
FLOWER & CLEANING ROTA
April 16, 23 Christine Jarrold + help for Easter
30 Flower Fund
May 7, 14 Josie Irons
Cleaning: Team A
April 16, 23 Mrs Fawcus + help for Easter
30 Mrs Carter
May 7, 14 Mrs Crick
Cleaning: Mr & Mrs G. Dunnett
April 16 , 23 Mrs Jo Gray
30 Mrs Janet Dickson
May 7, 14th Mrs Anne Chapman
Cleaning: Mrs Alison Rumsey
April 16,23 Miss Taylor + help for Easter
30, May 7 Mrs Cage
Cleaning: As Flower Rota
Somersham & District Community Association
Playingfield Improvement Project - Update
It is all really coming
together now and hope you like what you see! The major items are complete
being play equipment, arena and perimeter fencing.
Hopefully by the time
you read this you will also see a re-vamped and extended car park, a patio
area adjacent to the pavilion and also some litter bins. A number of children
have asked when the litter bins are arriving and so there is little doubt
they will be used (we hope!).
We hope the children
(and parents / guardians!) are enjoying the new facilities and are remembering
the mottos :
It will last
as long as you let it
Inclusive play NOT exclusive play.
There are a few more
finishing touches to go like lighting for the arena and training area,
new hedging and storage. In addition we need to think about turning the
extra land into a playingfield. If anyone has any expertise or contacts
on this subject please get in touch with the project team.
Plans are going well for the official opening day and at the moment the
PLAYINGFIELD OPENING DAY
SATURDAY 20 MAY 2006 from 12.30PM
Opening by Baroness Ros Scott
BBQ (why not come down
Football coaching in Arena
Cycle speedway display
Basketball coaching in
Trailblazer time trial
Various stalls inc cakes,
books, plants, Tombola
Contact Claire Cutler on 831806 if you or an organisation you represent
want to be involved.
you would like to know more about the project or would like to HELP
please contact any of the following:
Fordham Tel 831529 Mike Shelmerdine Tel 831661
Steve Woolhouse Tel 831080 Derek Ottaway Tel 832562
Our meeting this month
falls in Holy Week and so we are particularly pleased to welcome the Rev.
Linden Fletcher who will take a service of Holy Communion for us on Wednesday,
12th April at 2 pm. For anyone who will not have an opportunity to take
communion at Easter, this is an ideal opportunity to do so and we welcome
any ladies or gentlemen to join us in Flowton church on this occasion.
Transport can be arranged by calling 658330.
to hear the
Ladies Co-operative Choir
on Friday 5th May
in Somersham Church
(includes a light supper and glass of wine)
Wednesday 5th April 2006 7.30pm - Village Hall
(Annual Parish Meeting)
Wednesday 3rd May 2006 7.30pm - Playing Field Pavilion
(Annual Parish Council Meeting)
Wednesday 7th June 2006 7.30pm - Village Hall
Wednesday 5th July 2006 - 7.30pm - Playing Field Pavilion
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting takes place in the Village Hall on Wednesday
5th April 2006 at 7.30pm. This meeting belongs to parishioners and is
a chance to hear annual reports from County and District elected representatives,
the Parish Council and the Police. This is your chance to come along and
hear what has been happening in Somersham during the past year, and more
importantly, to let us know what you would like to see happening next
year. This is your meeting; dont miss the opportunity to raise any
issues or concerns you may have.
Playing Field Improvements
It is a marvellous sight to see the new multi-sports arena being enjoyed
by so many youngsters, which has been noticed by many passing motorists!
These improvements to the playing field have given the village an enhanced
recreational facility, which it is hoped will be enjoyed by all sections
of the community. The Parish Council wishes to congratulate the Somersham
and District Community Association, especially Terry Fordham, for all
the hard work and efforts in bringing the project to fruition. Although
there is still more work to be completed we can now begin to see what
a fantastic amenity this is going to be.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our appeal about broadband connection
problems. The Parish Council will continue to co-ordinate replies in an
attempt to find a solution. Initial enquiries have drawn a blank, but
further efforts are being made to identify the reason for intermittent
connection problems suffered by so many. If you would like to be added
to the database of residents with problems, please contact the Clerk with
the following information: -
Make/model of modem + ISP,
Nature, times and dates of problem, is it affected by weather,
Have you changed your modem or ISP, if so has there been any change in
Watch this space!!
Rural Coffee Caravan
Last year many of you enjoyed the visits of the Rural Coffee Caravan Information
Centre and we are delighted to announce that the project now has a new
caravan. Even better, the new Rural Coffee Caravan has chosen Somersham
for its launch. This will take place on Monday 15th May 2006 at 2.00pm
at the Village Hall. Amelia Reynolds from BBC Look East will officially
open the event, so come along, have a cup of tea or coffee,
enjoy a homemade cake and meet new friends. The caravan contains a wealth
of information leaflets about a vast range of subjects and we can guarantee
a warm welcome.
There is a vacant plot at the Town Land Allotments at a rent of £5.00
per year, payable from October each year. The Town Land Charity administers
the allotments. Please contact the Clerk for further information.
Clerk to the Council
Tel. No. 01473 830398 E-mail: email@example.com
Somersham Baptist Church
Getting to grips
The backdrop to Easter, a garden, a cross, and a grave are familiar scenes.
These locations provide a snapshot of Christianity that focuses understanding
of this faith.
A Garden: The
final hours of Jesus life provide a pattern for Christians
to follow, one of complete obedience to the Fathers will and love, compassion
and service for people.
Jesus readily accepted the task of saviour and at the first Easter the
time had come for him to deliver what he had agreed upon. The reason Jesus
endured persecution, abuse and in the garden of Gethsemane inner turmoil,
was because he was committed to saving a lost humanity. In following Jesus
Christians take on that same commitment, which can only be fulfilled by
obedience to the Father and with love for people.
A Cross: The
death of Jesus is our assurance of forgiveness, it is those who recognise
the guilt of their sin and commit themselves to him that are true followers
of Jesus. To use a banking illustration, sins of omission and commission
can only be cleared from our account by receiving his deposit, have our
penalty charges paid, and his credit transferred to our account.
The followers of Jesus take sin seriously and exercise personal discipline
to abandon its practice on a daily basis, this discipline is our cross.
But also this message of forgiveness based of Jesus death must be
told to others.
A Grave: The
resurrection of Jesus our hope. It is no dead leader we follow, but one
who was raised to life and promised his presence always. In his strength
and by his direction Christians live, and it is this hope of personal
resurrection that fortifies the Christian when facing loss, persecution
and suffering. Just like the belief in his resurrection fortified Jesus
for his Easter experience.
Getting hold of Christianity
can be confusing; Easter is the handle to grasp it with.
Sunday April 2nd at
11.30am at the Chapel the Parish Church joins us for Worship.
Please join us in
our Easter celebration on Sunday 16th April at 11.30 a.m.
Regular Sunday Morning
Programme (You are welcome to join us for all or part of the morning).
10.00-10.30 Prayer Meeting
10.45-11.15 Bible Study (Communion 1st Sunday)
Children and Young People (During term time); Wednesday Club 6.30-7.30pm
for primary school children, 14+ Fridays 8.00-9.30pm Year 9 upwards.
Meetings for Ladies; Womens Fellowship 2.30pm 21st April.
All events are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham.
Pastor Mark Newcombe 01473 831940 Mobile 07930 543583. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Colin Low 01473 464833 or Edwin Mayhew on 01473 658100. Web site www.somersham.com
SOMERSHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB
Quite a varied month
for the club. We had hoped to carry on the good bowling from January,
but the first match of the month brought us up against Harkstead. A great
match against a friendly club, but unfortunately for Somersham the visitors
were on good form and by the very narrowest of margins came out the winners.
Wins dont come any closer than by one shot, and that was the result
of this match (see below).
Our next encounter
took us to Stanningfield, which was the next round of matches in the Chairmans
Plate. We do not usually go so far afield as the teams we bowl against
in the league are quite local, but on this occasion it was the case of
an away trip into the sticks. Cup and Plate matches depend on what clubs
are left in the competition in the later stages and the distance to travel
becomes a bit of an unknown.
As in the Cup matches
last month we struggled again, and over the home and away ties we unfortunately
came off second best. Consequently this knocks us out of the Joe Rice
Cup and also the Plate; so now we will have to concentrate on the final
league games, and hopefully finish higher up the table than we did last
Winter League - February Results : -
OFFTON and WILLLISHAM PARISH COUNCIL
Following from Councillor
Bolton's initiative, the Council is delighted that curbing has been installed
around the Green and between the Church Porch and the Village Hall.
Elections to the Parish Council are due in May 2007. Although the
Council have protested it seems certain that the number of Couincillors
will be reduced from twelve to ten. MSDC have imposed this judgement
and they claim that it could result in more Councillors being elected
rather than being coopted.
The Annual Parish
Meeting will be held on May 8th at 7 pm in the Village Hall. If
there are issues involving our Parishes which you would like to discuss
with Councillors then this is your opportunity and I'd be quite happy
if you want to let me know of them beforehand though of course you don't
have to. It is hoped that an Officer from MSDC will attend to talk
about Affordable Housing with time for debate and questions.Pip Sands
Tel 01449 721173
of Class 7JWT Chantry High School to St Mary's Church Offton
It was a bitterly cold day and fortunately for them, the class had been
told to dress warmly, to recreate how the church would have been in Mediaeval
times - no heating.
Comments from the
-The things I really liked were the stained glass windows especially the
Mary ones with the lilies on because they looked really pretty and its
amazing how you manage keeping them nice and clean and uncracked. Rachael
- I didn't feel that comfortable walking over the grass where there were
graves - Kelly
-My best bit was when I was put in the choir section because it felt that
I was really singing - Aiden
-I would have liked to play the bells - Shannon
-I was not interested in Jesus but I am now. I would love to come back
to your Church - Jade
-Our class had a nice time looking in and around the Church. We learned
quite a bit about what kind of things happen and what people do in churches
-I really liked the altar it interested me. I never was interested in
Jesus but now I am - Kerri
-I drew the font it was hard but I did it and I drew the gargoyle that
was scary - Jordan
-Things I liked best and why was the font and the stained glass window
because I have never ever been near a font and the stain glass windows
were fab, especially the one with Mary holding a lily - Cherry
- My feelings of the people that have died is sad all those people lost
their lives in a family, so sad I hope they are in heaven having a good
time - Louis
- I liked sitting behind the organ. I would love to come again - Michael
- I liked how the church was set out - Terry
Date for your diary. Late entry
Craft Fare. Great Blakenham Village Hall. Sunday 18th. June 10am-4pm.
Exhibitors may set up their tables from 8am. Tables £10. Hot
food, snacks and refreshments.
Buyers enter free. Enqs. 01473-833292
We should, by now, have new toilets and washbasins in the cloakrooms in
the Key Stage 2 corridor. The walls are being tiled and the paintwork
redone. Should be a pleasure to go to the loo now. We can feel a mass
exodus on the cards. "No, you cannot go to the toilet, wait until
What else has happened? Oh yes, Class 2 and 4 have held class assemblies
(on different occasions you understand) We had a group called XXL come
and sing Sea Shanties (we enjoyed that) Key Stage 2 children have had
a dance workshop with the Dance East people and best of all we have been
on Lord Blakenham's land planting more trees. If you remember we did that
last year and had such a lovely time.
And now we are on our Easter break......again!