Man On Wire
This is a letter about gifts, talents, and being driven.
It is actually taken
from an assembly I gave at school but in writing it, I ended up
thinking about it so much, I thought Id share it with you all!
I firmly believe that we all have gifts and talents whether they
are academic, musical, sporting, or people oriented.
Im not sure that we always make the most of them
This is a story about a French man, Philippe Petit. He was born in 1948,
and was a talented tight rope walker, juggler and pantomime artist in
He developed a love (which became an obsession) of high wire walking,
and at the age of 19, he started planning his dream to walk on
a high wire between the Twin Towers in New York City.
He spent years, making scale models and calculations necessary for the
walk. He gathered a team of helpers and managed to sneak into the
buildings (illegally) during their construction, to make observations.
Finally, they shot a fishing wire across, and set up the 450lb
cable between the 104th floors of the buildings. For the first time in
the history of the Twin Towers, they were joined. The 'artistic crime
of the century' took six years of planning, during which he learned everything
he could about the buildings, taking into account such problems as the
swaying of the towers because of wind, and how to get the steel walk cable
across the 140-foot (43 m) gap between the towers.
On August 7, 1974, shortly after 7:15 a.m., Petit stepped off the South
Tower and onto his steel cable. The now 25-year-old Petit made eight crossings
between the mostly-finished towers, a quarter mile above the sidewalks
of Manhattan, in an event that lasted about 45 minutes. During that time,
in addition to walking, he sat on the wire, gave knee salute and, while
lying on the wire, dialogued with a gull circling above his head. He made
8 crossings between the Twin Towers, carrying a home made 7.9m balancing
pole. The police tried several times to stop him he merely danced
on the wire, and continued on his way.
Now I wouldnt advocate that you try this in your back gardens
but it does make one consider how driven it is possible to be. Philippe
Petit had to achieve his dream and he used his talents as fully
as he could.
We all have talents and though I accept that Petit was driven more
than most people, it does make me stop and think that gifts and talents
need a little bit of driving if they arent to become dormant
Lets all find our talents, and give them a bit of a prod!
Church Altar Flowers and Cleaning Rotas
12th, 19th April Christine Jarrold + all help for Easter
26th, 3rd May Christine Jarrold
Cleaning - Team A
12th, 19th April Mrs Ward + all help for Easter
26th, 3rd May Mrs Munson
Cleaning Mr & Mrs G. Dunnett
12th, 19th April Mrs A. Rumsey
26th, 3rd May Mrs A. Chapman
Cleaning Mrs A. Rumsey
5thApril Mrs D. Hill
12th, 19th Mrs R. Cage
26th April, 3rd May Mrs V Large
Somersham Church Notes
Please check times of services in Somersham church in the Link magazine
or with a churchwarden, as there may be changes to the regular pattern
during the interregnum. We look forward to welcoming Rev. Canon Bernard
Rose to Somersham Church and working with him in the future.
At the time of copy
date the Trivia Quiz is still to happen, but many thanks to Steve &
Kate Dines for once again setting the questions and being excellent question
The Annual Parochial
Church Meeting will take place in the church on Monday 27th April. All
those on the church electoral roll and other members of the parish are
invited to this meeting, when churchwardens, PCC members and other representatives
for the coming year are elected, and the annual reports are received.
If you are not already on the electoral roll and would like to be, please
contact Pat Woolhouse (831080).
The fundraising committee
and PCC have decided that the charity to benefit from 10% of the profits
from the majority of fundraising events during 2009 should be Air Ambulance.
Looking ahead to the
summer, please put the date in your diary for our Summer Fete, which is
planned to take place on Saturday June 27th.
Chernobyl Children Lifeline
Mid Suffolk Link
Registered charity number: 1014274
Have you got a few hours to spare?
Can you help in our new Charity Shop
Opening 28th March
The Old Town Hall
High Street Needham Market
(opening hours Monday to Friday 10am till 4pm and
Saturdays 9am till 2:pm)
Not necessarily the same hours each week, if you have just an hour
or two spare and would like to help us staff our new Charity Shop
you could make a tremendous difference to us and to the children
See a large selection of different items all priced to sell!
If you would like to help or if you have something to donate then
please contact us on:
01449 760343: email email@example.com
free to drop in and browse or to come along to our open evening
Meet some great people and find out more about us.
MEETING 7th April
The Swan Public House 7:30pm
behalf of the Children of Chernobyl the Committee would like to
thank Adrian and Cora Smith for their generosity in supporting this
SOMERSHAM/CHALLAIN LA POTHERIE VILLAGE LINK
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
21st-25th MAY 2009
We look forward to welcoming the Challainois to Somersham again. These
weekends provide an excellent opportunity to get to know each other, our
cultures and languages. Many long-standing friendships have already been
made and new people are always welcome to join with us on our exchanges.
More families are joining us this year so if you are interested in hosting
a family or being involved in any way with the village link then we would
be very pleased to hear from you. If you think you would be interested
please contact one of the following to find out more:
Gill Fordham: 831529;
David Haughton: 831511;
Janet Hodge: 832296; Pat Woolhouse: 831080
Parish Council meetings
You are very welcome to attend any meeting of the parish council which,
unless stated, commence at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
Wednesday 1st April 2009 - (Annual Parish Meeting)
Wednesday 6th May 2009 - (Annual Parish Council Meeting)
Wednesday 3rd June 2009
Summary of Parish
The March meeting is the final parish council meeting of the financial
year ending 31st March and the parish council resolved to make the following
donations and grants to local organisations:-
Link Newsletter £100
Mid Suffolk CAB £150
Golden Link £75
Age Concern £50
Coffee Caravan £50
In addition the parish
council has allocated £2000 in support of the Community Shop and
is supporting the Community Association again in 2009 by providing financial
support for grass cutting of the playing field. At its meeting in May
the parish council will consider the level of support for the maintenance
of the churchyard. The parish council is delighted to be able to support
Councillor Julia Truelove
has been very supportive of the parish councils efforts in improving
road safety which is greatly appreciated by all members of the parish
council. Councillors were pleased to learn that a vehicle activated sign
is to be positioned on the approach to the Chapel Lane/Main Road junction.
Any opinions or views of regular users on the benefit of this sign would
be welcome once it is in position.
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting takes place on Wednesday 1st April in the Committee
Room of the Village Hall. Sara Blake and David Bailey will be giving information
about the Your Place Pilot Project. This locality pilot projects
enables local people to be involved in shaping services and addressing
local issues. The presentation will be followed by annual reports from
local representatives and light refreshments and all residents are welcome
Thank you very much to the people who have supplied details of collisions
at Chapel/Hall Lane junction with Main Road and the bend on Main Road
at the Pump House. The parish council is still working on the list of
priority schemes and welcomes any further details of collisions you were
involved in or witnessed to add to its evidence, as soon as possible please.
Complaints are once again being received concerning dog fouling on all
the footpaths around the village and also of dogs being allowed to run
loose on private land. The parish council wishes to point out that it
is the responsibility of dog owners to clean up after their pets and also
to keep them under control. Once again we ask those inconsiderate owners
responsible for this to abide by the law, and the country code and keep
their pets under control. Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment
Act 2005, the parish council does have powers it can implement which would
have cost implications. It is sad that a few are spoiling our village
and we would appeal to them to think of the community in which they live
and keep Somersham a clean and healthy place to live.
Review in Suffolk
You will no doubt be aware that a further delay has occurred in the timetable
of the recommendation of the Boundary Committee for England to the Secretary
of State on the future structure of local government in Suffolk. The Boundary
Committee will be consulting for a final time from 19 March until 14 May.
If you have any further views please contact them either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by post to:- Review Manager, (Norfolk and Suffolk Reviews), The Boundary
Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London, SW1P
Home from Hospital
British Red Cross Scheme
The British Red Cross is launching a new scheme next month helping people
to regain independence following a stay in hospital. The service will
include assistance with shopping or collecting prescriptions, offering
companionship, rebuilding confidence, signposting to other support agencies
etc. The service will be based at Ipswich Hospital and commences in April.
If you know of anyone who will be returning from a stay at Ipswich Hospital
and may need help please contact 01473 702485. If you are interested in
becoming a Home from Hospital volunteer please contact the Project Development
Manager, Mark Bradley, on 01473 219260 or email email@example.com
Janet Clarke Tel. No. 01473 830398
Clerk to the Council E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our annual meeting,
to which all members on the churchs Electoral Roll and other members
of the congregation are invited, will be held at 7.00pm on Monday 20 April
in the church. This meeting will be to elect a churchwarden(s), PCC members
and other representatives, and to receive the annual reports. The full
agenda for the meeting will be on the church notice board.
Future Events and
The PCC continues
to plan events for the enjoyment of all parishioners and members of the
village, and of course to raise funds for the church. So whether you are
a regular churchgoer or not, please try to come to support these occasions:
18 April Spring Quiz at 7.30pm in the village hall. Participants
should try to make up teams of 6-8 people, but if you cannot, please still
come and we will assist in making up teams. Bring you own food and drink,
and be prepared for some laughter. Cost £2.50 per person. Tea/coffee
will be available in the interval.
13 June Summer Fete in the church grounds starting at 2.00pm. All
the usual fun attractions for all ages will be there, plus music by a
large brass band. Even if it is a wet day like last year, we will work
hard to make it a worthwhile event, so put it in your diary now if it
is not there already.
21 June This one is for animal and pet lovers our annual
Animal Blessing Service will be held outdoors in the church grounds, so
there will be room for horses and goats as well as dogs, cats, spiders
and snakes. All Gods creatures will be welcome - animal and human
12 July Offtons Open Gardens to be followed by a Songs of
Praise service. Many village people have generously offered to open their
gardens for this event. Refreshments will be available at various locations,
and the toilet in the church will also be open. So plan on a great day
out with lots to see a must for all gardeners.
Offton Church Restoration
Over the last few months we have been able to carry out work to the parapet
and string course of the tower, one of the Norman windows and the re-plastering
of the south wall together with improved drainage. This has once again
brought the church up to a high level of maintenance.
The cost of this work was £13,964. We are most grateful for the
grants of £4,000 from Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and a further
£500 from the Suffolk Churches Capital Fund.
Paul Chapman Treasurer Offton PCC
Offton Church, Good Friday , April 10th, 10 am to 12
activities including making the Easter garden and an Art workshop,
There will be refreshments with Hot Cross Buns!
You can just come on the day, but if you let Peta know that you are coming
(tel 01449 677766)
it will help to estimate how many to cater for.
OFFTON AND WILLISHAM PARISH COUNCIL
The discussions with
Hitchcock Farms regarding the deletion of crossfield footpath 2 (from
Tye farm to Holly road) and the new classification of the concrete track
as a bridleway have been completed. Additionally Hitchcock Farms have
licensed to the Parish Council the use of the strip of land extending
beyond the seat at Tye Farm It remains however for MSDC to complete the
legal processes associated with these and the other parts of the changes
packaged by Hitchcock Farms. Until that is done the agreements will not
be implemented and the existing provisions remain in being. Cllr Storey
has worked tirelessly with Hitchcock Farms, whose cooperation is much
appreciated, in achieving these benefits for parishioners.
Details of the provisions
by the Council under the Freedom of Information Act are available on the
Pip Sands Parish Clerk
Tel 01449 721173
(tables of six)
& Willisham Village Hall
from Ian Dickson (tel. 658637)
tea & biscuits provided
Bring your own drinks & nibbles!
aid of Offton Church Funds
OFFTON & WILLISHAM NEW VILLAGE HALL - PROGRESS REPORT
We are delighted with the progress that has been made in the last year
towards our target of providing a new village hall and an amenity area
on the Lower Coney Grove site. As many residents will be aware, this project
started about 15 years ago with negotiations for the land. At this point
last year, outline permission had just been granted. Since then the following
has been achieved:
* The land and funds
tied to the legal agreement have been transferred from Mid-Suffolk District
Council into our control.
* We have secured
a substantial grant from Suffolk CC regeneration scheme.
* As a committee we
developed an outline building requirements and internal layout that we
discussed with a local company who can provide a timber-framed building
at an affordable cost.
* An architect has
translated all these ideas into detailed plans for the hall together with
a site layout complete with flat grassed play area and a terraced car-park.
The proposed building is clad with modern, high insulation and low maintenance
finishes, but has been designed to be sympathetic with local architecture.
We are proposing a dark timber clad effect over a red brick plinth and
topped with a red tile effect. Very similar in style to many local barn
* The plans and artist
impression were shown to those attending the recent quiz night and received
* Together with the
architect we have been addressing the reserved matters and
conditions on the planning consent. With the support of the Parish Council
we are now almost ready to make an application for the final planning
We are now able to
share these plans with the whole community. The plans will be on display
at the existing hall from 4.30pm and into the evening of Thursday 23rd
April. This will be followed by our AGM where we will be ready to
take comment and feedback.
There is still much
to do, and we remain some way short of the required funding given the
devaluation of the existing site. We are still in the grant application
process and looking at options for releasing funds from the existing site
to enable the present hall to continue to be available for use while the
new one is being built. If anyone does have any good fundraising ideas,
please let me or one of the committee know.
Timescales are still
fluid, but after a recent meeting with the architect and proposed
builder, we feel it is still possible to have the construction of the
new hall under way this year. However, it depends on having no issues
with planning, building regulations, funding, archaeological survey and
of course the weather.
I am looking to expand
the committee during this crucial year and would welcome anyone who feels
able to contribute to making it happen. Again, please speak
to any member of the committee.
Robin Derriman - On
behalf of the Offton & Willisham Village Hall Management Committee.
and Willisham Village Hall Management Committee
The 2009 Annual General Meeting will be held at
8pm on Thursday 23rd April
In the Village Hall.
will be preceded by an exhibition of plans for the proposed new
village hall from 4.30pm and into the evening.
& District Gardening Club
13 April @ 7.30pm
From its origins to the present day.
Refreshments, raffle and bric-a-brac and card sales table
£7 annual membership £1 Guest/visitor
GEORGES DAY DISCO
17th April @ Whatfield Village Hall
Bar and Raffle
Adults £6.50 Children £3.00
(Food included in ticket price)
To purchase a ticket please contact
Whatfield School (01473)823309, Mary (01473)822665, or Lisa
A very big thank you to everyone in Flowton for their very
kind donations received on behalf of the charity Action for Children
(previously National Childrens Homes) collected during January.
The wonderful sum of £100.40 was collected and sent to the charity.
Thank you once again with kind regards, Susan Hitchcock.
The Annual Meeting
of parishioners at which the Churchwardens are elected will take place
on Friday April 3rd at 7.30pm in the church Vestry. All parishioners are
invited to attend and vote at this meeting. It will be followed by the
election of the PCC and its officers.
Children (and their
parents) are invited to meet at the church on Saturday, 11th April at
10.00am to build the Easter garden, decorate the church, and other activities.
There will be refreshments provided to encourage the activity!
Instead of delivering
and collecting envelopes for Christian Aid, we are asking for people to
walk, or sponsor walkers , for the Christian Aid Monopoly Walk around
Ipswich on Saturday April 25th. It will take place between 10.00am and
More details and forms available from Mary Carter.
For every £1
collected in sponsorship,
the EU will contribute £3
towards Christian Aids water project in Ethiopia.
walking or sponsoring a walker***
Village Coffee drop in - Last month was a particularly happy, buzzy
get together and we look forward to seeing many of our friends again on
the first Wednesday in April, which is actually the 1st day of the month!
Hope to see you then.
Somersham Primary School
The Hawks are very busy -preparing their fortnightly Maths Mag and newspaper,
the SSPress; hopefully they will be writing for the Link in the near future.
Maths Mag is prepared by a small group of year 5/6 pupils. They compile
a series of mathematical problems aimed at the whole cross section of
abilities at school. SSPress is similarly organized by a group of year
5/6 pupils. They write news items about their school. Both groups are
taking their roles very seriously and have created a real buzz amongst
Mr.Marshall from Westbourne School has been teaching the Hawks tag rugby,
in preparation for the Claydon pyramid tag rugby tournament. The class
have really enjoyed his lessons and even the girls have liked getting
muddy! Mrs. Raspin (Claydon pyramid sport's coordinator) is now running
an after school netball club, in preparation for the pyramid netball tournament.
Thanks to extra tuition from parent governor Alison Scahill last year,
we actually came second in 2008 -we were all rather proud!! We're hoping
to do as well in 2009! In culmination of a school badminton club run by
Jo Hughes last term, and continued at Claydon High School this term, Hawks
and Ferrets have attended a badminton festival too. The children are lucky
to have so many opportunities to try many sports, learn new skills and
then compete against their fellow pupils from the pyramid (that is all
the feeder schools for Claydon High). It all helps when they make the
transition to high school.
Emma Shackleton is a second year student from Canterbury Christchurch
University, and is spending this half term in the Squirrels class as part
of her teacher training qualification. Somersham School is very pleased
to welcome her. As a small school we are continuing to build our network
of contacts and links to the wider community. Emma is our first degree
We are also constructing a third raised bed so that each class can grow
their own vegetables. We are grateful to the main gardening team -Gemma
Addicott and Benji Marsburg, for all their hard work and efforts. Tanya
our cook enjoys having her own supply of fresh vegetables! Do the children
enjoy eating them??? I hope so.
Somersham has also teamed up with a local toddler group and the Meredith
Children's Centre and is hosting a first aid course for parents. We also
hosted a parents' reading course last year, which has now been put to
good work with lots of parents now coming into school to hear children
read. The next film for French Film Club has been chosen too. It will
be La Prophetie des Grenouilles, or Raining Cats and Frogs. It is an animated
modern day Noah's Ark -with English subtitles. These screenings are always
well attended and the French snacks much enjoyed!!
We are still seeking a community governor for our school. Is anyone interested?
Those wishing to visit our school should contact the school secretary
Mrs. Maguire 01473 831251: email email@example.com
(Registered Charity 1020882)
With the worst of
the weather hopefully behind us, the children are able to spend more time
outside, to take advantage of the new and safer bridge that Barking Parish
Council has supplied to the play and activity area behind the Village
Hall, weve also received funding from Suffolk County Council to
purchase a fence that enables the staff to cordon off part of the car
park so the children can safely enjoy the ride on toys in a larger area.
We are doing well with the attendance figures at the pre-school, but if
you would like a place for your child please contact us. We are more than
happy to invite parents/carers along to see who we are and what we do.
Contact either the Pre-school on 07754892077 or Sally Aveling on 01449
744510. Children can start pre-school from the age of 2 ½ and,
from the term after their third birthday, the government funds the sessions.
The pre-school is open every weekday morning from 9.30 until 12 noon during
term time and children can attend any number of sessions per week (space
permitting). Our staff are committed, enthusiastic, well trained and work
hard to organise a wide variety of fun and educational activities including
crafts, cooking, music, story telling and construction. We have many toys
and activities so there are bound to be something to capture each child's
CARPET BOWLS CLUB
Our journey in the
Second Division so far in the Winter league has been a real rollercoaster
.... good highs and very low lows, interspersed with the occasional close
match. Most certainly the away form has been somewhat lacking over the
The wintery conditions - and also a diary mix-up with one of the visiting
teams - caused the postponement of matches at the beginning of the month
and resulted in some necessary re-arrangement of fixtures.
Of the three matches
remaining to be played, the away visit to Hadleigh turned out to be another
disaster night for Somersham. Struggling to raise a full squad, all four
teams were much below par on the night and failed to offer any real opposition
against our opponents. This was disappointing as we had beaten Hadleigh
at home at the end of last year by the maximum margin. They were obviously
intent on not letting this situation happen again - on their mats - and
maintained steady consistent bowling to take a fully deserved result.
With a couple of weeks
practice between two of the matches we were looking to improve our recent
poor performances ... and this was to happen in the next match by the
closest of results.
This turnaround in
performance came about when we welcomed Old Felixstowe to our mats. Very
likely peeved by the non-show of East Bergholt for the match on the previous
evening was perhaps the kick up the backside needed which saw everyone
determined to put in a good effort. All four ensuing games couldnt
have been closer in the winning or losing by either side. The games for
both teams in the first half were won or lost by the single shot, and
in a very competitive second half the battle for points similarly continued
to a nail biting finish. After all shots were totalled up at the end of
the match the overall result was in favour of Somersham winning by a single
shot. A good result!
Our final match to close out the monthly report was away against Kesgrave
who like ourselves are presently languishing in the lower area of the
league table; and for this reason the match was always going to be a dour
struggle .... and so it was! All teams gave of their best over the four
games and the results were evenly split and - for our part - those losing
were only disadvantaged by the roll of the away mats. However it was Kesgrave
who collected the more shots and eased themselves into the win. Nevertheless
we remain above them in the league but it is now going to be difficult
for either team to avoid dropping down into the lower division for next
years Winter league.
February Results: -
Team Shots Points
Hadleigh 65 - 26 10 - 0 Lost Away
Old Felixstowe 35 - 36 4 - 6 Won Home
Kesgrave 41 31 6 4 Lost Away
We still look to consolidate
the membership of the club
. so why not come along to the Village
Hall one Tuesday night and try your hand and enjoy a friendly evening
of carpet bowls.
OFFTON AND WILLISHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB.
The winter season has continued, starting with the first round of the
Joe Rice cup, in which we faced a tough challenge against Hundon, the
first leg was played at home and after some tight games, we managed to
win 2 and lose 2, the away leg was a hard contest and we managed to win
only one game, losing the match 3-1, thereby losing the tie 3-5. So our
campaign in the cup was short lived, let us hope we have better luck in
the plate competition for first round losers.
Our first match of the winter league was at home against Brockley always
tough opposition, we halved 1 game, won 1 and lost 2, the shots total,
was home team 39- visitors 34, unfortunately, owing to sudden illness
we were a player short, and as per the league rules, we were unable to
claim the 2 extra points, so we lost the match 3-5.
Our next three matches in the league have involved travelling, first to
Barrow where, after some closely fought, but friendly games, winning two
each, the home team managed to score more shots, and they won the match
6-4. Next we visited Hoggards Green, generally our teams found the mats
difficult to master, but one of our teams managed a win, the match ending
47 -23 to the home team , the match score was a 2-6 win for Hoggards green.
We started November with a visit to Stanningfield here the home team out
played us in three of the games, but one team managed to salvage a draw
in a tightly fought game, the shots at the end of the match was 27-46,
giving Stanningfield a 9-1 win. The evening ended, as with all the matches,
in some tasty refreshments, a raffle and some friendly chat.
Not the best start to the season, but we hope to fare better in our next
group of games in which we have one away match and four home ones.
We are still looking
for new members to boost the clubs strength, no experience is required,
any age, any fitness level, all are welcome, we play at Offton and Willisham
Village hall on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7.30pm, why not give
it a try you may be pleasantly surprised at what fun it is.
For more information call 01473 657023.
Elizabeth Hospice is inviting women of all ages and fitness
levels to join together to help raise funds for their local Hospice by
taking part in the
Walk on Saturday 23rd May.
The eight mile circular
route leaves Copleston Centre on Foxhall Road in Ipswich at midnight,
walking around Ipswich town centre, returning approximately two - three
hours later depending on how quickly you walk! There will be attractions
along the route to keep you smiling and entertained.
The Hospice is looking for 800 ladies to take part so invite your friends,
family and colleagues to come along, support your local Hospice and join
us for a night to remember.
To take part, please contact us for a registration form or download one
from our website www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk. There is a £10 registration
fee which includes your Midnight Walk t-shirt and goody bag which will
be available to collect on the night. Once we have received your registration
form, we will send you further information about the Midnight Walk and
a sponsorship form. For more information, please contact the fundraising
team on 01473 723600, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
our website www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk
Perhaps this next
one is more for the men
Following on from the success of our 2008 Zip Slide at Ipswich Town Football
Club, the Zip Slide is back by popular demand on April 25th.
This time you have a once in a lifetime opportunity to zip off the Suffolk
New College building in Ipswich. The famous tall building in the Ipswich
skyline is due to be knocked down later this year so our Zip Slide really
is unique. Whether you are a former student, a current student or just
fancy doing something exhilarating, this Zip Slide will be fast, furious
Details available from www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk.
WILLISHAM CHURCH NOTES
Annual Church Meetings
These will take place on Monday 20 April at 7.00 pm in Willisham Church.
This very popular walk will take place on Saturday 9 May, at 5.30
The walk will start from a different point this year WILLISHAM
Afterwards, refreshments will be provided, as usual, at John and
Leita Minns home, Derrick Hill.
There will be a charge of £5.00, proceeds going to Willisham
Church. Please note that the walk is at your own risk and that suitable
footwear and clothing are essential.
For more information, and to book, contact John Minns on 01473 658352.
Coffee Morning and Nearly New Sale
This will take place on Saturday 23 May at Foxgloves, Main Road, Willisham
from 10.00 am.
There will be Nearly New clothes, books, CDs and other items on sale,
and there will be a raffle.
If you have any good, nearly new items that you would like to donate,
in aid of the church, please contact Jean Hardman (658063) or any member
of the PCC.
There will be a Marquee so please come even if the weather is unfavourable.
Bulletin from the Webbers (ex Willisham) in Brox
What do you give someone
who has everything they need? The answer is a years subscription
to the Link! That is precisely what two very good friends did for us Christmas
Tony and I moved here
to France on a permanent basis in late November 2006, having spent the
previous 3 months going to and fro from Willisham to Lapiteau with van
loads of junk!
The hamlet we live
in has 14 dwellings, all natural stone, some in the throes of renovation
by French couples, with only one other English couple who have proved
to be great friends and great company.
We are gradually integrating
with the French. Msr and Madame Beau who live directly behind us on the
other side of the road have become friends and invite us into their home
and visit us. Etienne is 83, still rides his bike, has three large veggie
plots throughout the village, and when I was trying to cut a small tree
down he mumbled something, went away, and came back with his axe - one
chop and that was that. August 2008 Lapiteau hosted a lamb roast with
an Algerian man cooking the lamb, it started at 12.00 noon with aperitifs
and nibbles, moved on to the starter, homemade rough pate and tomatoes,
lamb with potatoes, 5 choices of cheese, and then dessert of crème
brulee or tart tatin. Of course our glasses were never empty. About 5.00
someone suggested we have a game of boules on their drive, so off 10 of
us went and played until we were called for evening aperitifs and time
to eat supper. What a day, I was very much hung-over and slept well!
Lapiteau is very quiet
- a farming community with no shop, church or bar. Bread comes daily,
I can see deer in the field across from our garden, hunting is still very
much the order of the day in this area,. a great many varieties of birds
come into the garden, along with the wretched souris, large
mice like rodents who will eat all my bulbs and the young leek plants
as soon as I put them in. The weather in general is good, cold in the
mornings but the afternoons have been wonderful.
Best wishes to the
Link and to everyone who knows Tony and myself.
SATURDAY 9TH MAY
OF GOOD QUALITY USED CLOTHING
BOOKS & PLANTS
& COFFEE SERVED ALL DAY
a bit of a secret, even for those who live in the area. The garden is
normally open from March to July, and it is best known for its bluebells.
Unlike grander gardens it doesnt normally do teas or sell plants
The garden had its first winter opening on the 14th and 15th of February
to celebrate its snowdrop collection. Hearts were in mouths because
of the bleak snowy weather, and the snowdrops were at least three weeks
behind their normal flowering pattern but the weekend was a success. Teas,
coffees and homemade cakes were very welcome for those who adventured
round the garden and the wood, and plant sales were brisk. Umbrellas only
had to be borrowed once for a brief shower
The garden is going to do another Special Opening on the 4th and 5th
of April, this time to celebrate the many different magnolias that
flower in the woodland. The whole garden will be open again and there
will be teas and coffees and cakes as well as sales of spring flowering
plants and shrubs. The proceeds of the weekend will go to Suffolk Together.
Volunteer Centre - Mid Suffolk
5 Poplar Hill
Tel: 01449 612486
I you live anywhere in Mid Suffolk and can spare some time to help a voluntary
organisation or charity, we can find you the right opportunity. Also,
if you run a voluntary organisation we can help you advertise your volunteering
needs, help you with best practice in their management and
find you any necessary training for them. Please contact me at the address
Mrs Helen M Fairweather
The AGM for the pre-school will be held on Tuesday 5 May, 8pm at Elmsett
Methodist Church. As you know, Stepping Stones and Elmsett Pre-school
are run by a group of volunteers (the Management Committee). Each year
some parents are lost, due to the natural progression of children to the
school, and it is essential that new volunteers fill these positions so
that the groups continue to run smoothly. With such a large group of children
leaving the pre-school in September, we have vacancies for the roles of:
Chair/ Vice-Chair Treasurer Secretary Fundraising team
Advertising General committee members.
Could you take on any one of these roles? By doing so, you will be making
a vital contribution to the first stages of your childs education,
and without a committee, Stepping Stones and the Pre-School would not
be able to continue. If you are interested and would like to find
out more, please see me or any member of the committee. Many thanks and
Happy Easter, Sarah Laflin.
Dates for the diary:
Nearly New Sale - Baby/Childrens Clothes, Toys, Pregnancy Wear etc.
Saturday 25 April, 10-11.30am, Elmsett Village Hall. To register as a
seller contact Victoria Gregory on 01473 658726
Elmsett Pre-School Playgroup AGM Tuesday 5 May, 8pm, Elmsett Methodist
Spencer Brown Photography Session Saturday 26 June, 9am onwards, Elmsett
Methodist Church. Back this year by popular demand! For stunning individual
or family portraits in a studio style at a very reasonable price, look
no further. Session times will be available to book in advance at the
pre-school nearer the time or contact Victoria Gregory on 01473 658726.
Somersham Baptist Church
We have arranged a
family night at the village hall with Steve Price, gospel Illusionist
at 6.30pm Wednesday 29th April. Steve uses intriguing tricks and entertaining
illusions to present the message of Jesus
is professionally crazy. He's a full-time illusionist and a member of
The Magic Circle. Steve uses his unique mix of comedy, magic and mayhem
to amaze and amuse audiences all around the United Kingdom.
web site www.stevepriceillusions.co.uk
Tickets are available
from Mark Newcombe, contact 01473 831940 email@example.com
Donations towards costs on the night please.
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:
Lunch and Listen 12.00 noon 23rd April 2009
Friends and Neighbours: 7.45pm Monday 20th April.
Contact Mark if you
Meetings are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP8 4QE.
Pastor Mark Newcombe, 01473 831940, mobile: 07930543583, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SERVICES in our 8 linked parishes
If you think there
may be a mistake in the rota please contact your Churchwarden.
Please contact a Churchwarden
if you think that there is a mistake in the listing. Thank you.
April Palm Sunday
Family Communion by extension
Rev S Ritchie
Communion Rev S Ritchie
April Maundy Thursday
Holy Communion Rev M Wainwright
10th April Good Friday
of readings, hymns, prayers and time for meditation
April Easter Day
Holy Communion by extension
Rev S Ritchie
Communion by extension
Communion Rev S Ritchie
April 2nd Sunday of Easter
Communion (Rev C Everett)
Service + Holy Comm. by ext.
Service Rev T Wilcox
Communion Rev T Wilcox
April 3rd Sunday of Easter
Communion Rev S Ritchie
worship for all ages
Communion Rev S Ritchie
Prayer John Andreason
May 4th Sunday of Easter
Family Communion by extension
Rev S Ritchie
Communion Rev S Ritchie