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name Lammas is from Old English 'hlaf' meaning 'loaf' and 'mass'. In some
places each worshipper would present in church a loaf made of the new wheat
as an offering of the first-fruits. Elsewhere the first wheat cut would
be threshed, ground, and made into bread to be used at the next communion
I have no desire to return to the scythe with its dangers or the threshing machine with its dust. But we would do well to retain that notion of interdependence expressed by the standing together of reaper and baker. God our Provider, our Maker and Sustainer, knows our every need.
May they grow in faith
May she rest in peace
1st August Eighth Sunday after Trinity Luke12. 13-21
8th August Ninth Sunday
after Trinity Luke 12. 32-40
22nd August Eleventh Sunday after Trinity Luke 13. 10-17
29th August Twelfth Sunday after Trinity Luke 14. 1, 7-14
5th September Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity Luke 14. 25-33
12th September Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity Luke 15. 1-10
19th September Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity Luke 16. 1-13
26th September Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity Luke 16. 19-31
CHURCH FLOWER AND CLEANING ROTA
August Cleaning Team B, September Team C, October Team A
Mr & Mrs Grimwood
Cleaning -as above
Somersham Church Notes
Many thanks to everyone who helped in anyway at the Summer Garden Party. There will be a full report in the next Link magazine but the total raised from it is likely to be around £400. We are especially grateful to Jane & Denis Picton for allowing us to hold the event in their beautiful garden, and all the work that they put in preparing for it.
A Harvest Concert with the Suffolk Police Choir is on Friday 8th October in the church, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 including a Ploughman's supper. These concerts are always popular so book your tickets now! See ad. elsewhere for details of where to get them.
We are also planning to have another Trivia Quiz in November. More details on this in the next Link.
Thank you to everybody who contributed to the envelope collection for Christian Aid. A total of £114.96 has been sent from Flowton to support the work of that organisation.
Another thank you - this time to everybody who came forward to help in anyway at all with the fete - cutting the grass before it rained, offering to run stalls and games, putting up the tent kindly loaned to us, providing things for the stalls, working on the day, and clearing up afterwards. A really happy event raised a grand fantastic total of £836.
Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Cycle Ride takes place on Saturday 11th September. Mrs Wilma Watkins has sponsor forms and other information and will be putting them in church. Please consider getting 'on your bike' for this event, or sponbsoring someone else who is riding for St. Mary's Flowton. Half the money raised is returned by SHCT directly to the churches and chapels. That day is also a good chance to visit interesting churches which unfortunately are usually locked during the week.
If you haven't yet contacted Mary with your thoughts about a Gardens Open and Flower Festival for summer 2006 please do so as soon as possible -
Contact via: telephone
Harvest Supper -October 15th -book tickets with Diana Fawcus
Somersham & District Gardening Club
June saw a small group of members visiting three private gardens opened especially for us in Offton. The evening was balmy and the gardens delightful. Whilst they all incorporated similar features they were quite different, expressing their owners individuality. A pity several members missed this visit.
July will have been and gone with a talk from Sue Robinson on Scents for All Seasons.
9th August is a members visit to Shrubland Park Nurseries.
13th September back in Somersham Village Hall for a talk on Water Gardening by P. Bateman. The meeting commences 7.30 pm. New members and guests are always welcome to our meetings.
The resident flying
school would be moving to another operating base from the end of June
and the airfield is looking to fill the vacancy.
Please note that there are fewer services this month to allow worship leaders to take their holidays. We wish them, and you, a refreshing and relaxing summer, and our farming community a good harvest.
August 1st - 8th Sunday after Trinity
August 8th - 9th Sunday after Trinity
15th The Blessed Virgin Mary
22nd 11th Sunday after Trinity
August 29th -12th Sunday after Trinity
Joint Family Communion for the Eight Parishes followed by Bring and Share Picnic 11.00am Flowton
(Flowton folk look forward to your company and will provide a variety of liquid refreshments, cutlery and plates)
5th - 13th Sunday after Trinity
12th - 14th Sunday after Trinity
19th -15th Sunday after Trinity
26th - 16th Sunday after Trinity
Somersham Primary School
Just to let you know, the children joined in this years Readathon. This is a national sponsored reading event that is held in schools each year. All the money raised is donated equally between Sargent Cancer Care for Children and The Roald Dahl Foundation. We are very please to tell you that 20 children decided to take part and raised the wonderful sum of £225.70. Congratulations to all those 20 children.
Hope everyone who came to all our summer events (Summer Fair, Shakespearean Evening, Sports Day, Leavers Assembly) had a great time. We look forward to seeing you all next school year.
Firstly we must say a huge thankyou to everyone who attended the Summer Fair. The weather wasn't as kind to us as it had been in previous years but you the public were! We took -wait for it- £1444 on the day. Amazing!! There are some expenses to come out of that but needless to say everyone at the school is delighted with the outcome.
Don't forget to look out for the "Informal Evening of Chat" we plan to hold in the school hall in September. As this is written there are no definite plans but these should be coming to fruition shortly. We shall put notices up around the village and probably notices through doors. Please come along, it will be very interesting to listen to the older members of our community and we're sure there will be lots of things you'll hear that you didn't know about.
A Shakespearean Evening
Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th July, Class One, that is years five and six at Somersham Primary School, performed one of William Shakespeare's magnificent plays. It was the one and only 'A Midsummer's Night Dream." The play was performed excellently.
had started rehearsals for the play but after he
Months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds were put into the play, rehearsing all the singing and acting. After all that time and effort put into the play, all the children were learning more and more, faster and faster. They had started to get the props ready, the stage ready, the graffiti wall ready and basically everything ready.
Then suddenly before they knew anything the play was right around the corner. On the first night everything ran smoothly, well nearly everything went according to plan. All the tickets were sold and there were even more people standing at the back. On the second night, again the play went smoothly and there were even more people standing at the back. It truly was an amazing experience.
the performances Mrs. Dickerson counted all the money from the tickets
and refreshments and we had made enough money to cover the cost of the
script and to cover the cost of the musical CD and to tune the school
piano. So overall the two productions turned out to be absolutely superb.
So thanks all around, especially to Miss. Weekes, Mrs. Evans and Mrs.
I think that all
who were able to attend the production will want to thank everybody who
was involved in the event. Well done.(Ed.)
As we go to print
early in July we have experienced some of the most 'un-summerlike' weather
imaginable (and the long term forecasts are not promising any really settled
warm weather either!). As a consequence we have seen very few of the usual
visitors to our gardens. On the butterfly front Terry Proctor reports
glimpsing the Yellow Brimstone and Comma passing through and Mary Carter
has seen freshly hatched Privet Hawk Moth in Flowton churchyard. Several
people in Flowton have reported that Flycatchers are back and nesting,
and Blackcaps are seen feeding constantly on a Berberis shrub.
A well done is also due for the pupils at Somersham and Ringshall schools who took part in Cycle Safety Training this year. My thanks go to the pupils for their hard work and to staff, parents and Neighbourhood Watch who all assisted during the courses. Without such help they are impossible to run.
It will be August when you are reading this and hopefully it will be on a warm sunny day and we will all be outside enjoying ourselves. But please make sure that whilst you are outside no one is inside helping himself or herself to your property. If you are in the back garden make sure the front of your house is secure it only takes a moment to steal a handbag or wallet.
Many of you will be
off on holidays. Make sure you take all precautions to secure your property
and ask neighbour to check for papers and post. Leave details of where
you can be contacted in the event of an emergency. Just because you are
away from home don't relax on precautions against theft. Credit cards
are a favourite target and also we tend to carry more cash when on holiday
so split your cash rather than keep it all in one purse or wallet.
SOMERSHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB
We have to report a low key start to the Summer League. No win so far for Somersham, even though we have had some good matches home and away. Most of the games have been close fought, but our opponents have won the overall game by scoring more shots. It is - by more practice on Club Nights - the intent to definitely do something about this situation, otherwise without some resolve we will find ourselves languishing in the lower regions of the league by the end of the season.
The first match of May against Hadleigh showed us we had to improve our game as a whole, as we only won 1 of the 4 games as the points and shots prove. The home team were a much better team on the night. Hopefully if we apply our endeavours the return match at home will favour Somersham.
Moving into the matches for June; our visit to Elmsett fared a little better as we shared the games but still lost on shots and points even though we shared the team games two a piece.
The end of the month saw success at last and the tables turned as we won our first match away against Polstead. On the night everyone weighed up the mats and enjoyed a good game; and this in turn has lifted our spirits somewhat and certainly improved our confidence. We look forward to now continuing this form.
Summer League (June
Somersham Baptist Church
The success of the Greek national team in the Euro 2004 has set us up nicely for the Olympic Games in Athens. What a summer of top class sport we have in store. The dedication of the athletes, and their families, deserve our praise.
The Apostle Paul may have witnessed the Isthmian Games in AD 51 whilst he was at Corinth; he certainly used sport to help illustrate his writing. Noting that athletes observe a severe period under specific rules, and exercise self denial in watching there weight for 'a crown that will not last' he encourages his readers to press on with similar determination and commitment to gain 'a crown that will last forever'.
I thoroughly enjoy
sport, and encourage getting involved, but even those with special talents
need to be single minded and determined to succeed at the highest level.
And as we can all see from the panel games and pundits, the success is
short lived. So if all that energy does go into something of temporary
significance, how much more energy should be expended on that which has
eternal value. Jesus said, 'Do not work for food that spoils, but for
food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.'**
Being serious about Jesus may not be popular, but it is certainly rewarding.
Six sessions, which deal with Jesus, Salvation and becoming a Christian,
to find out more contact Mark.
Once again - and unbelievably
- it is time to give you notice of the Link magazine committee's Annual
General Meeting. It seems only a couple of months ago that we were celebrating
the tenth anniversary of the current production team and now another whole
year has gone by! Well, if you turn up at Gunn's Farm on Friday, 24th
September, 2004 at 8 pm you will have the opportunity to make your views
known about the newsletter - and even get elected on to the committee
if you are not careful! Failing that, please let the secretary have any
matters you would like raised at this meeting.
Still unable to report
on a win, but some even better news this month! In June we staged a Come
and Try It event as part of National Bike Week and what an unexpected
success this turned out to be. There were loads of local youngsters eager
to have a go at cycle speedway and when they had, their friends wanted
a go to! The senior riders brought their bikes along expecting a practice
opportunity but they didn't get a look in on this occasion!
Onto team matters
and it's a shame that effort alone is insufficient to win matches. We
lost 86-94 to Kesgrave, where Richard Williamson dropped just one point,
and 83-97 to Gt. Blakenham which saw Gary Brown top score after a few
poor performances. Individually, one rider steals all the headlines this
month - Andrew Mittell. The local lad won the Suffolk Under 16 Champion
title with an unbeaten performance after passing his key rival in a last
Other dates to note:
Sunday 11 October
Animal Blessing Service at 4.30 pm
Thursday 11 and
25 November at 7 pm Adult Pottery Group
Tuesday 30 November Taize Service in Flowton Church, 7.45pm
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