Easter services: there will be a meditative service on Good Friday
at 2pm, and on Easter Sunday our Family Service with Communion by extension.is
Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday April 23rd at 7.45pm
in the church. All on the Church Electoral Roll are invited to attend.
We are very pleased
that the Co-op Singers have agreed to put on another concert in Somersham
Church on Saturday 28th April at 7.30pm. More details in separate
envelopes will be distruibuted to Somersham residents with next months
Link magazine. Volunteers will then collect the envelopes during Christian
Aid Week May 13th 20th. If you are willing to collect a few envelopes
please contact Pat Woolhouse. The more volunteers, the fewer houses anyone
has to call on!
We will be holding
our Summer Fete & Flower Festival over the weekend of June
16th and 17th. The fete will be on the Saturday and the Flower Festival
in the church over the whole weekend with lunches being served on both
days. We are very grateful to Sally and John Caston for once again agreeing
to let us use Church Meadow for the fete. If you can help in any way please
contact Faith Jaggard, Pat Woolhouse or Christine Jarrold.
16/17 June "Life of our Community".
Invitations have been
sent to Somersham based organisations for them to take part. It is hoped
we can show the full life of our village in flowers.
There will be a meeting
for representatives of the organisations that have kindly agreed to take
part in this event on Monday April 30th at 7.30pm in the church.
If your organisation
has not yet replied to the invitation or your invitation did not arrive
and you are interested in taking part, please contact:
Mrs. Faith Jaggard, 4 Brook Way (tel. 833747) as soon as possible
to assist with planning.
Somersham Gardening Club
Theres no meeting on Monday 9 April as this is Easter Monday. Our
next meeting is on Monday 14 May when we visit
DANECROFT COTTAGE GARDEN.
Non-members are welcome too!
Beanpole Festival, Northgate allotment, Ipswich.
with Karen Kenny
Sunday 29 April from about 10am.
You can buy your hazel poles and peasticks here!
SOMERSHAM/CHALLAIN LA POTHERIE
Our friends from our
link village from the Loire Valley in France will be visiting us in Somersham
in the spring. They have fixed the date as:
NEXT VISIT TO SOMERSHAM - 17th 20th MAY 2007
We welcome new people to join with us on our exchanges. If you are interested
in hosting a family or being involved in any way with the village link
then please contact one of the following:
Gill Fordham: 831529;
David Haughton: 831511;
Janet Hodge: 832296; Pat Woolhouse: 831080
"Wildlife in our Villages"
Readers may be interested to know that one evening in late February,
whilst driving down our drive after dark, in Flowton about 10.00
pm, I saw a woodcock among our budding daffodils. Woodcock normally live
in woodland, so what it was doing in our daffodils, and at such a
late hour, I do not know - but I am certain it was a woodcock. Has
anyone else seen one?
St Marys Church Somersham
The Co-op Singers
Evening of Light Music
Saturday 28th April
in Somersham Church
(including light refreshments)
from Christines Haircare,
Somersham Garage or
Pat Woolhouse (831080)
of profit will go to the Air Ambulance
Rural Coffee Caravan Information Project
The Coffee Caravan
will be at
An opportunity to chat to neighbours and friends over a cup of tea/coffee
and homemade cakes
an opportunity to gather a wealth of information about a complete
range of issues and resources from many local and national agencies
visit is free but donations are welcome
email@example.com Tel: 01379 855338
St Marys Church Somersham
Saturday 16th June from 12 midday to 4pm
Lunches served from 12-2pm
to test your skill and strength including:
Welly throwing Bowling the Pig
Rough Golf Cycle Challenge
White Elephant Plants & Produce
for all ages!
visit the Flower Festival in the church
of profit to the Air Ambulance
The normal pattern of services changes
over the Easter weekend. Please refer to the list at the back of this
issue of The Link for all relevant information.
Thanks to those who have submitted recipes. Unfortunately we have not
yet received enough to make a book. We have, therefore, decided to postpone
the Taste In , planned for the 20th April, and to re-arrange it later
in the year, when we have sufficient recipes so please keep them
coming to 9 North Acres or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday the 12th May
Starting 5.30pm (sharp)
walk will be approximately 5 miles and will start from Derrick Hall
at 5.30pm, returning at about 8.30pm for a cup of tea
and light refreshments. There will be a charge of £5
all proceeds to Willisham Church
Please note that the walk is at your own risk
Suitable footwear and clothing essential
For more information and to book
Contact John Minns on 01473 658353
Willisham Church Fete Saturday 14th July
Fetes dont just happen, and to this end we are holding a fete Planning
Meeting at 9 North Acres, Willisham at 10.00am on Saturday the 14th April.
Please do come and help make this years fete an even bigger success.
If you are unable to come on the 14th, but are able to help on the day,
please contact Frances Gilson on 01473 658387.
Saturday the 26th May at 9 North Acres, Willisham, from 10.00am All proceeds
to Willisham Church.
Found in Willisham
An Ordnance Survey map. If you think this may belong to you, please phone
Somersham Cycle Speedway
The new season is upon us and we have managed to obtain the services of
3 Kesgrave riders on secondary registrations, Andy Turnbull (who started
his cycle speedway career at Somersham), his brother Simon and also Daniel
Croft. Great Blakenham rider Scott McDowell is also expected to sign on
a full transfer.
League wise we will be competing in Division 1 of the South-East Regional
League as well as the Norfolk & Suffolk League. As usual there will
be all sorts of other competitions taking place. The first meetings will
have already taken place by the time you read this, including our 1st
league match at Hethersett on March 18th. The first home match is 2 weeks
later, against Great Blakenham starting at 11am.East London provide the
opposition 2 weeks later, again starting at 11am.
Thats it for now
Somersham Parish Council
Forthcoming Parish Council Meetings
Wednesday 4th April
2007 7.30pm Village Hall (Annual Parish Meeting)
Wednesday 9th May 2007 7.30pm Committee Room, Village Hall (Annual
Parish Council Meeting)
Wednesday 6th June 2007 7.30pm Playing Field Pavilion
Annual Parish Meeting
A final reminder that the Annual Parish Meeting takes place in the Village
Hall on Wednesday 4th April commencing at 7.30pm. A speaker has been invited
to give a short presentation on the value of an Emergency Plan to the
community and how your life is safer now a plan is in place.
This is your meeting and your opportunity to raise any concerns or issues
you may have. Light refreshments will be available and all are welcome.
Road/Hall Lane Junction
The parish council is seeking your views on any improvements you feel
could make this junction less hazardous. Do you frequently use the junction;
do you have any ideas on how it can be improved? Suffolk County Council
has recently moved the give way lines forward slightly; do you think this
has helped? If not, please tell us what you think could help. From time
to time the parish council receives reports of near misses at this location
so if you have any ideas of safety measures which could be introduced
to help the situation we will be more than happy to take them up to with
the county council.
Somersham has a site in the One Suffolk website and the Clerk is looking
for contributions or links to add to the site. The Somersham site is receiving
an average of over 200 hits per month and we would like to expand the
site, so if you are a member of a local organisation with or without its
own website who would like to be added or linked - to the Somersham
site, please contact the Clerk. Access to the site can be gained by using
the following link: http://www.onesuffolk.co.uk/SomershamPC
At its March meeting, the parish council approved the following donations
for the 2006/7 financial year:
Link Newsletter £100
Victim Support £50
Suffolk Accident Rescue Service £75
French Connection £75
Mid Suffolk CAB £100
Suffolk Family Carers £50
In addition the parish
council has donated £100 during the 2006/7 financial year to the
Parochial Church Council and is considering a further request for help
towards the costs of maintenance of the churchyard. Financial support
has also been extended to the Community Association to help with the costs
involved in cutting the grass on the playing field for the 2007 season.
Housing Needs Survey
Somersham has several excellent facilities which need to be sustained
for future generations. One option is to build some affordable housing
in Somersham to give more people the opportunity to get on the property
ladder and stay in the village thereby ensuring the viability of local
amenities. The first stage would be to assess the needs of the community
by distributing a housing needs questionnaire. The parish council would
welcome any views you may have on whether it should undertake a housing
needs survey in the near future.
Clerk to the Council
Tel: 01473 830398 E-mail: email@example.com
The evening in aid
of Offton & Willisham Village Hall comprised an interesting mini musical
'round the world' tour. The members of the village hall management committee
played a big part in hosting this particular event. Not only by selling
tickets, providing an excellent spread and arranging beautiful bouquets,
but also by manning the bar and fixing additional lighting. Their work
was rewarded by seeing every available seat taken and people having a
Meanwhile, giant cheques
have been presented to the beneficiaries of this sequence of MMM: £100
to Frances Gilson for The Link, £450 to Ian Dickson for the Fabric
Fund of Offton Church, £504 to representatives of Macmillan Cancer
Support and a most pleasing £660 to Colin & Silke Pinson-Roxburgh
towards the renovation of the village hall. The latter record result was
achieved by the generosity of several individuals. Thank you all and well
Magical Musical Moments
In addition to providing truly Magical Musical evenings, these concerts
also raise money for local charities and organisations. On Sunday the
25th February the 2006 recipients of these donations, gathered in Offton
Church for the official presentation of cheques.
The organisations concerned were: Macmillan Cancer Support. Offton Church,
Offton and Willisham Village Hall and The Link Newsletter.
The presentations were made by Maartje Rondeboom, after which Paul Chapman
paid tribute to her (and her band of helpers) for providing Offton and
the surrounding villages with such a varied programme of concerts, combining
an evening of superb music with an opportunity of raising money for local
MMM from a Performer's Perspective
at Offton Church, Saturday 24th February 2007
Concerts in Offton
church are always warm and friendly affairs, and Saturdays Nightingale
Quintet concert was no exception. For this newly formed group of local
players, it was an ideal venue to launch their woodwind quintet into the
Suffolk arts calendar.
Offton church is a
very intimate space with an excellently clean acoustic. Because of the
friendly ambience, it's not at all daunting playing to a packed church
of around 100 people, even with the nearest audience members within a
couple of feet of the flute and oboe. The good acoustic helped the ensemble
considerably, as it was very easy to hear each other.
Offering a wide variety
of music, from Ragtime to Hungarian Dances, and Granados to Mozart, seemed
to go down well with the enthusiastic audience, as did the sets of readings
which interspersed groups of musical items. We hope that the event achieved
its charitable as well as entertainment aims.
PS If you are interested in our ensemble, please visit nightingalewinds.org.uk
Nothing But Elbow
Grease When You Want Shining Brass.
Preparing for a MMM
event in St Mary's Offton always involves brass polishing, and what an
effort thát is! There were occasions that Mrs Eva Coppinger from
Little Blakenham did this on her own - which takes a good part of a week.
Luckily, for the latter concert she was joined by a nice little gang:
Sue Bolton ( who actually has helped many times), Sam Copping, Leita Minns,
and Audrey Pinson-Roxburgh. It was a superb sight after they had gone.
Very well done girls, you can come anytime!
The next Link committee
meeting will be held at Gunns Farm on Friday, 20th April at 8 pm.
As usual we welcome any of our readers to join us or to send comments,
suggestions or criticisms to the secretary before the meeting.
Email : Margaret@gunns.prodigynet.co.uk
or ring 658330
& CLEANING ROTA
April 8, 15 C. Jarrold + all help for Easter on Saturday 7th
22, 29 A. Osborn
Cleaning: Team A
April 8, 15 Mrs Crick + all help for Easter
22 Mrs Carter
29, May 6 Mrs Fawcus
Cleaning: Mr & Mrs G. Dunnett
April 8, 15 Mrs Sam Copping
22, 29 Mrs Alison Rumsey
Cleaning: Mrs Alison Rumsey
April 8, 15 Mrs Fisher + all help for Easter
22, 29 Miss Taylor
The Easter event is the very core of Christianity, it defines our beliefs.
The site outside of Jerusalem that Jesus was led to was place of punishment.
The crime Jesus was convicted of is hard to identify initially, because
his accusers used another charge to get a Roman conviction carrying the
death penalty. That charge was subversion, tax evasion and rebellion against
Rome (claiming to be King of the Jews).
But he was found guilty to of a religious crime by his enemies, he identified
himself with God as his Son, the religious leaders interpreted this as
a claim to be God. So he was condemned for blasphemy.
On another level the disciples picked up Christs teaching and understood
that there upon the cross Jesus was acting as sacrifice for sin, God loading
him with his followers guilt and punishing him instead of them.
Jesus understood that people were guilty sinners before a holy God, and
only the sacrifice of Gods own Son could clear them of guilt.
Because Jesus was so significant a victim there was a remarkable resolution,
three days after his death and burial he rose from the tomb. Victorious
over death, the penalty fully paid his disciple lived and died telling
of the gift of forgiveness given through faith in Jesus.
Easter also determines
our behaviour. It should be no surprise that a faith with a cross at the
centre should be an uncomfortable faith; Christs was a selfless
act of love and obedience, the drama played out in the Garden of Gethsemane
bears witness to the cost of involved. So Christians have a hard act to
follow, selfless loving, living for God and others and practical obedience
to the commands of Jesus. It is a behaviour challenging and changing faith.
Jesus always invited people to count the cost of following him, as well
as that cost of not doing so.
This Easter it will
be well worth another visit to the cross and tomb, you will be well rewarded
by a faith that is both relevant and robust.
Please join us for
our Easter Celebration at 11.30am 8th April.
We also have an evening
Fair Trade Dinner Party followed by a presentation on slavery, past and
present on Sunday April 15th at 7.00pm. Please reserve a place by contacting
Carolyn Newcombe 01473 831940, Brian Ward 01473 740565, or Jean Mayhew
Regular Sunday Morning
Programme (You are welcome to join us for all or part of the morning).
10.00-10.30 Prayer Meeting (Communion 1st Sunday)
10.45-11.15 Bible Study
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 Friday 13th April 2.30pm. Contact Mark if you
Friends and Neighbours 7.45pm 16th April Italian Night.
All events are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP84
QE, and Transport is always available.
Contacts: Mark Newcombe (Pastor) 01473 831940. Mobile 07930 543583. firstname.lastname@example.org
Edwin Mayhew 01473 658100
On Friday 23rd February
we had a very enjoyable pyjama party/disco at the village hall with nearly
all the children and the helpers suitably attired! Some committee members
were a bit concerned about the secretary of the committee in their pink
flannelette nightie! We certainly hope that HE doesnt wear this
too regularly, but at least he gave us all a good laugh! All the teddies
were very well behaved too!
At the time of writing
this article in early March, we had already sold over 60 tickets for the
Archive Film Evening and we had not really advertised the event! Please
remember, if you would like to come to see the Archive Films, tickets
or further information can be obtained from Leita Minns on (01473) 658352
and Jenny King on (01473) 830623. Admission charges will be £5.00
for Adults and £2.50 for Children and will include food. Teas, coffees
and cold drinks will be available and there will also be a raffle. This
event was sold out last year and you will therefore have to ensure that
you have your tickets before the evening. No tickets will be sold on the
door. People are already looking forward to seeing some of their friends
from the past, as well as the films! Why not come and join them for a
At our next meeting we will be making arrangements for preparing all the
food for the Film Evening including lots of homemade cakes. Then we will
continue to progress our plans for our 1970s fete on Saturday 30th
June. Some people have very kindly agreed to come along and support us
again. We will provide further details in the next Link magazine of all
the different attractions and sideshows etc.
Please remember that
we continue to collect old mobile telephones, chargers and ink cartridges
from printers and copiers. If you also visit some of the large supermarkets,
please always accept the vouchers that they give for items of equipment
etc. we would very much appreciate them.
Happy Easter to everyone.
SOMERSHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB
Following straight on from the last Link report our first match of the
month saw us pitched into the Chairmans Plate against near neighbours
Bramford who are in the top three of Division One. Contested over
two legs the tie saw us playing the first leg at home, and resulted in
a very encouraging outcome of 2 games each so it was all to play for on
the return visit to Bramford. Everyone seemed fired up for a good away
leg, and we didnt let ourselves down as it was 2 games to Somersham,
1 to Bramford and 1 drawn game. This shock result saw Somersham
edge through to the next round on the narrowest of margins. It means now
having to travel a bit further than our usual locality, and a trip to
Brockley near Bury St. Edmunds beckons for the next round.
Back into League match
fray, we travelled the near distance up the road as Whatfield were our
next opponents. A great evening was enjoyed by all, although unfortunately
for us the result was a very good win for the home team. Whatfield taking
all the points and thoroughly deserving their win proving to be the better
team on the night and taking full advantage of their own mats.
Our next venue was - by invitation - a visit to Nacton to play a friendly
match with their Club. Not all clubs choose to participate in league competition,
preferring to just play friendlies - Nacton being such a club. It was
a great evenings entertainment enjoyed by all although Nacton had the
competitive edge and we were beaten fair and square by 3 games to 1, and
by 15 shots. The match was rounded off at the end by a very good selection
of supper refreshments, and a cup of tea. We are looking forward to playing
host to Nacton in the return leg during the Summer when we hope to return
the favours, and obtain the win.
With the last match
of the month we welcomed Harkstead to our mats. After a practice on the
Club Night before, Somersham were on form to win three of the four games
and hopefully this result - a very mixed bag of results - will set us
up for some good matches during March to see out the end of the Winter
As this report is
written we now look forward to an imminent encounter in the next round
of the Chairmans Plate against Brockley who promise to be stiff
opposition - so for the outcome it will be a case of watch this space
in the next edition of the Link.
27 - 45 8 - 2 Won
Winter League - February Results : -
Team Shots Points
Whatfield 54 - 35 0 - 8 Lost Away
Harkstead 27 - 45 8 - 2 Won Home
& WILLISHAM VILLAGE HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Offton church was
packed out for the latest Magical Musical Moments Concert on the 25th
February. We were entertained by The Nightingale Quintet and it was a
most enjoyable evening both musically and socially.
Your committee are grateful to Maartje Rondeboom for giving us the opportunity
to organise the event and for £660.00 from the proceeds handed over
for Village Hall funds.
Our next fund raising
event will be
in the Village Hall
on Friday 20th April 2007
Tables of 6 or less. £2.50 per person
Bring your own food and drink. Tea and Coffee provided
To book a table please
phone 658547 or 657431
You are invited to
attend our Annual General Meeting at the Village Hall on Thursday 19th
April 2007 at 8 p.m.
Oh to be
in England now that Aprils there.
It is easy to understand
Robert Brownings thoughts when he wrote those words from abroad
so long ago. In so many ways April must surely rank as being one of the
nicest months of the year, and this is so apparent in a beautiful rural
area such as this one in which we live. Everything is coming to life again
after the dark and dormant winter period. Spring is all around us, and
how lovely it is. How fitting that the supreme event of the Churchs
calendar Easter should occur at this lovely time of year.
Over the years I
have thought a lot about Easter. My conclusions, such as they are, fall
into the same category as do those of several other things about which
I have also thought.
The first motor vehicle
I ever possessed was an old Ford van. It was fairly basic, and when looking
inside the bonnet I think I knew what each component was, and had some
idea of how it worked or, not infrequently, why it did not work. Nowadays,
in a modern car, I have no idea what many of the various parts are inside
the engine compartment, and I have even less idea how they work. But work
they generally do.
Nor can I really understand how a jumbo jet gets off the ground, or how
a television really works, or a video recorder, or a pocket calculator,
or a mobile telephone
.. the list is endless. Despite some knowledge
of the laws of physics, these things are to me little short of miracles.
Partly, I suppose,
to excuse my ignorance, I decided years ago that I did not really need
to be able to explain all these and many other things to be
able to appreciate them or to make use of them. Life would lose some of
its fascination if I could explain all its workings. The Loch Ness monster,
for example, would lose so much of its appeal should it ever be conclusively
proved that it did, or did not, exist. Easter too can fall into this category
in my simple mind. No, I cannot explain it, nor even understand it, but
to my mind it exists, and it happened. Life is to me far easier and more
interesting if one accepts and admits ones ignorance. Not for me
the deep theological or evolutionary arguments. It all gets too confusing
and, incidentally, causes too many disputes amongst intelligent people.
Meanwhile, I am more
than content to get on with enjoying April, and every other time of the
year. I will leave the difficult bits to those who profess to understand
them. Surely it is better to leave that to the experts and
for me to attempt to put my little corner of the world into order and
to try to make life better for those with whom I come into contact.
surely, is the greatest gift one can give anybody.
Farewell to Steve
A celebration of the life of Steve Hollands (who died on Feb. 22nd) was
held on February 28th at Ipswich Crematorium and taken by the Reverend
Mark Newcombe. The chapel was packed with his friends and donations were
made to the Hospice.
Christian Aid Week will be May 13th-20th
If you would like to help collect in your parish please contact your churchwardens
soon. Thank you
Flowton Church News
Good Friday, April 6th, there will be workshop in Flowton Church
for children and accompanying adults. You are invited to arrive at around
10.00am to start the story PROMPTLY at 10.15am.
It will include the story of a Very Sad Day and how that led to a Very
Happy Day, making a cross of flowers, building the Easter Garden, making
clay figures for the garden, and enjoying hot cross buns. We will finish
between 11.30am and 12 noon.
Contact Mary Carter on 01473 658522 if you require more details.
25th Annual Parish Meeting at 7.30pm in Flowton Church Vestry
A very big thank you to everyone who kindly contributed to the childrens
charity, NCH, during the month of January. The collection raised the wonderful
total of £101.10. Thank you also to Mr Hale for his continuing help.
Flowton Friends met
again on the first Wednesday of March enjoying coffee and a good chat.
Disappointingly this month they were not joined by any dogs or babies
- but better luck in April perhaps! Drop in on the first Wednesday, anytime
between 10-11.30 ish.
On Monday April 2nd there will be a Meditative Service in Offton
Church at 7.30 pm
On Easter Sunday there will be an Evensong Service at 6.30pm
The Annual Parochial
Church Meeting is on Wednesday April 18th at 7pm in Offton Church
when everyone is welcome to come. It is at this meeting the churchwardens
are elected for the coming year. Also the annual church report and
accounts are presented
Sunday May 6th
Sunday 6 May sees the annual festival of talents return to St Mary's Church,
There is no charge and the service includes a wide variety of performances
- music, recitations and poetry - participants range in age and ability
but there is always good entertainment polished off with a glass of wine!
Ted Sampson's Offton Song will no doubt have some new verses to
add a slice of fun, so please do join in for a celebration of local talent.
If you would like to take part and can sing, act, talk or even mime -
please contact Scott Dolling 07733 306946
Offton Fete June
It is not too early to think about baking some cakes and putting
them in the freezer for this years Offton Fete on 9th June.
Several regular helpers will be away this year, so please, if you feel
you can help in any way, by running a game or stall, collecting bric a
brac, baking or donating plants then ring Peta Whiting on 01449 677766
Thank you, all your efforts will help to maintain our beautiful church.
Festival of Talents
Songs, poetry, tales,
All performed free
of charge by local people.
Sunday 6 May,
St Marys Church Offton 4pm
Hospice - Helen is running again!
Our daughter Helen
is running in the London marathon again this year, on 22nd of April. She
will try to better her time of 2hr.56min.52 secs that she did last year.
She is sponsoring the St Elizabeth Hospice again so if any one would like
to sponsor her please contact Elaine Martin 01473 658708.
Services during April in our eight linked
Please contact a Churchwarden if you think that there is a mistake in
April Palm Sunday
April Monday in Holy Week
April Good Friday
for children-see advert
procession of Witness
April Easter Day
Communion by ext
Service + Comm. by ext
April Second Sunday of Easter
Service + comm.. by ext
April Third Sunday of Easter
Communion + baptism
April Fourth Sunday of Easter
Communion for the 8 parishes with activities for children
6th May Fifth Sunday of Easter
With apologies to
our young footballers for omitting their report last month so 2
for this copy. MC
v Shotley Rangers Sat. December 30th 2006
Christmas came and went (blew away) the rain ceased and the sun shone
to reveal a fantastic winters morning, the perfect setting for Somersham
Youths first 11-a-side match. The lads gathered from near and far while
a crowd of 80 to 100 surrounded the pitch unaware of what an exciting
game of football was just about to unfold.
Shotley started well with some fine passing and good movement all over
the pitch, manager Daniel had them firing from both barrels but it was
Somersham who came closest to breaking the deadlock as Harry Halls
runs from the left resulted in him swinging some great balls into the
mixer where Samuel Lucock and Andrew Rutter both came close.
Shotley took the lead in the second third after a neat through ball and
a rare defensive error cost us, 1-0.
Not to be downhearted, Somershams boys pressed hard for a goal only
to be caught short at the back, a ball lobbed high over the head of our
keeper (Rhys Lucock) hit the post rebounded for an easy tap in, 2-0.
The last third saw th home team unpack their tents and camp in the Shotley
goalmouth, Harry, Samuel and Andrew were all denied by Shotleys
fantastic young keeper.
A breakthrough came when Rhys fired his trademark inch-perfect corner
on to the head of Zak Whitton, 2-1.
The last 3 minutes were again all Somersham, but with Gordon Banks in
the opposition goal it was not to be. Final score 2-1 to the Rangers.
We cannot mention any special player as each and every one played with
Passion, Belief, and above all a SMILE.
Well done to Shotley, the tea ladies, the parents, the crowd who cheered
both teams and to Quinny, who despite having several pints the night before,
still managed to put up the goal posts.
Steve and Martin
Woodbridge Under 10s v Somersham Under 10s
Sunday February 4th 2007
We are very pleased to report that interest in Somershams Under
10s setup has grown in recent weeks with players coming from near
and far, adding ability and enthusiasm to training sessions that often
exceed 25 youngsters.
The chance to take on an established Woodbridge side gave Somersham the
opportunity to see where they were and in some ways where they were not.
Somersham took a strong squad of 16 players to Woodbridge, this enabled
al players to participate in the two seven-a-side matches.
Game 1. Squad: -Thomas Hiskey, Rhys Cotterell, Jack Barnes, Reece Lucock,
Joe Baldry, Tom Sheern and Samuel Lucock.
This game was end-to-end for the entire 30 minutes.
Woodbridge adopted a passing strategy form kick-off and were unlucky not
to score early on and surely would have but for some good work in the
Somersham goal by Reece Lucock.
Somersham were unable to get their passing game going but they broke in
numbers time after time and they too were unlucky not to score, final
Game 2. Squad: -Andrew
Rutter, Brandon Payne, William Horwood, Daz Bland, Robert Turpin, Sam
Allard, Joe Baldry and Jack Cessford.
This game was to be the first time that these players had ever played
together, and all can be proud of their efforts.
After an even first half in which Sam Allard excelled at the back, Woodbridge
took the lead early on with a scrambled goal, Somersham immediately replied
with a Brandon Payne thunderbolt from at least 3 miles out.
The last 10 minutes were all Woodbridge who secures the win with a fine
strike close to the end. Final score 2-1.
Special mention goes to Robert Turpin for volunteering to go in goal and
pulling off some outstanding saves.
Martin and Steve.