me tell you about Cat, a blackbird and breakfast. Cat is a backdoor cat.
She turned up several years ago and now lives in an old wooden cabbage crate.
When it is cold or wet she stays inside but, like her African cousins, she
prefers the elevated position on the top to survey the goings on in the
courtyard. Blackbird lives in the winter flowering jasmine a swoop and a
glide away from the back door. She is feeding her second brood and dried
cat food is tasty, available and beaksized.
Today, Cat is disdainful of bought dried food. She is considering something
fresh for breakfast and her half full bowl is good bait. The morning is
pleasantly warm and she appears to be asleep. The intended breakfast has
found the bait, has filled her beak and flies off well pleased. Cat is also
well pleased because she is not really asleep. She comes down from her box.
Blackbird returns. Does she not notice that the hunt has begun? The all
powerful predator advances but the proposed victim keeps hopping just out
of reach until they are both past the rosemary bush where blackbird flies
off with a loud warning call. Thwarted, Cat sits down to a dedicated session
of washing, which was,of course, her original intention. Blackbird may appear
to be frightened but her plan has worked and she flies around` the back
of the garage and returns to the bowl to enjoy an undisturbed breakfast.
And so, hour by hour, day by day life goes on in this little part of Suffolk.
In all our lives there is a continuous manoeuvring and repositioning: there
are successes and failures; we are determined on one matter and acquiesce
in another. Jesus knew this when he spoke with his disciples in his last
days. He did not get on a podium and rally the troops with trumpets, banners
and. stirring rhetoric. Instead, he condensed all his ideas, all The Ten
Commandments and all The Law to these words: love one another.
We have just had the Church Fete Season. Many people work for hours, even
days, to keep these going. There were wonderful flower arrangements involving
much planning and preparation but the church was not always full; some looked
after games and stalls but were not always busy; some mowed huge areas of
grass; some did mountains of washing up and then there was all the clearing
up. Most of the people involved would not normally do this on a weekend,
indeed many only rarely come to church but because they give their time
freely they are doing it for love; they are loving one another.
In the courtyard, mother blackbirds life continues on a knife edge.
She had an accident and spent days hopping around on one leg only but now
she is back on two and more cheeky than ever. Life goes on for us as well.
Some of us may go to church and worship collectively but at the end of the
day we stand alone, for our relationship with God is entirely individual.
So, if today, we cannot achieve the Grand Scheme, let us make
sure that at least each step we take, each situation, each part of our journey
reflects the unconditional love of Jesus: we can do this by giving freely
of our time to help each other. May the Lord bless you.
Lewis Michael Bell, Olivia Jane Martin-Smith, and Tessa Buxton,
who were baptised in Offton Church on 18th June.
May they grow in faith
Dorothy May Hynard who died aged 95 years and was buried in Offton
Churchyard on June 27th
Colin Robinson of Springfield Road, Somersham, who died in hospital
aged 67 years. His funeral took place at Ipswich Crematorium on July 5th
and his ashes will later be interred in Offton Churchyard. Our sympathy
goes out to Anne and Jeanette, and his many friends.
Phyllis May Hudson, who died at Bethesda Eventime Home aged 96
years. She lived for some years in Springfield Road, Somersham. Her funeral
took place at Ipswich Crematorium on July 10th and her ashes will be interred
later in Ashingdon Minster churchyard. Our sympathy goes out to David
and Joyce, her grandchildren and great grandchild.
they rest in peace
After a break for the summer holidays we will look forward to catching
up with our friends from both our own meeting and also the ladies of Somersham
Baptist church who have invited us to join them for their Anniversary
afternoon. This will be on Friday, 8th September at 2.30pm and transport
can be arranged by ringing 658330.
By the time we meet at the end of the summer some of us will have been
up to Boston to visit our old friend and Indoor Member, Maisie Race. We
remember and speak of Maisie at every meeting and usually someone has
spoken to her on the telephone and can give up-to-date news of her. Likewise
our other indoor member, Janet Woods is always in our thoughts and prayers
and we realise how much we value our continued contact with them both.
Although they cannot attend our meetings now we feel they are truly still
members and friends no friends like old friends they say! Certainly
it is good to share memories with people who have walked the same path
over the years and there is always plenty of that at our meetings!
Come along and see!
are just a selection of the beautiful exhibits at the Flower Festival
The Tales of Beatrix Potter
The Jungle Book
The Shell Seekers
Ring of Bright Water
Counting my chickens
You will remember
no doubt that we asked you to look in the dark recesses of your cupboards
for leftover knitting wool for our friend, Janet Woods. We are delighted
to report that many of you responded and Janet is most grateful for all
the lovely wool you have passed on to her and would like to thank you
very much indeed. Thanks also to Christine Jarrold who collected up all
the wool at the hairdressers in Somersham and passed it on to Janet for
It will never be too late of course for more to come in Janet is
knitting continually for charity. Just a reminder that it is double knitting
wool she uses mainly.
Church Flowers and Cleaning Rota
July 30, August 6 Christine Cooper
August 13, 20 Christine Jarrold
August 27, September 3 Judith Newman
September 10, 17 Frances Southgate
September 24, October 1 Angela Osborne
October 8, 15 Lois Warren and all help for Harvest on October 8th
August cleaning Team B
September cleaning Team C
July 30, August 6 Mrs Munson
August 13, 20 Mrs Laflin
August 27, September 3 Mrs Fawcus
September 10, 17 Mrs Crick
September 24 Mrs Carter
October 1, 8 Mrs Grimwood and all help for Harvest on October 1st
August cleaning Mr and Mrs K Grimwood
September cleaning Mr and Mrs P Ward
August 6, 13 Mrs Maartje Rondeboom
August 20, 27 Mrs Sue Pryke
September 3, 10 Mrs Silke Pinson-Roxburgh and all help for Harvest on
September 17, 24 Mrs Sheila Pinson-Roxburgh
October 1, 8 Mrs Elaine Martin
August cleaning Mrs Maartje Rondeboom
September cleaning Mrs Silke Pinson-Roxburgh
Willisham ---flowers and cleaning
August 6, 13 Miss Taylor
August 20, 27 Mrs Cage
September 3, 10 Mrs Large
September 17, 24 Mrs Hodson
October 1, 8 Mrs Gilson and all help for Harvest on October 8th
There will be a full report of the Summer Fete in the next Link, but what
a wonderful afternoon it was! A very big Thank you to Sally
and John for the use of their meadow and sorting out electricity and water
supplies, also to other members of the Caston family for all their help.
We had lots of volunteers offering to help on the day, which was very
much appreciated, and thank you to everyone who came to spend their money!
Well have the exact figure for the next Link, but it is around £750,
a truly superb amount. THANK YOU!!
There will be another
opportunity to hear and enjoy local bands at a Folk Evening on Friday
October 6th. Our talented local performers will have a different selection
of songs and music to entertain you, so make sure you get your tickets
early! See ad for more details.
A Trivia Quiz is planned
for Friday November 10th, with the usual format. More details in the next
From Vivienne Mumby:
I would like to say
a big Thank you to all my family, friends, neighbours, in
fact everyone, for all the cards, flowers, presents and messages for a
speedy recovery, following my two recent operations. You have all been
so very kind and thoughtful, and it has all been very much appreciated.
I have now been given the all clear pending an appointment
with my surgeon in 6 months time.
Once again, thank you all so very much.
Love from Vivienne
Wednesday 6th September 7.30pm Committee Room, Village Hall
Wednesday 4th October 7.30pm - Playing Field Pavilion
Wednesday 1st November 7.30pm - Committee Room, Village Hall
The Parish Council is currently putting together an Emergency Plan for
the benefit of all residents in the event of any type of emergency. The
minimum objective of the plan is for volunteer co-ordinators to be in
possession of a list of resources available, e.g. medical personnel, generators
and also a list of those most vulnerable, e.g. the physical disabled or
the elderly. It may well be that a questionnaire will have to be distributed
to each household in the future to help identify the needs and resources
available. More information will follow in the future, but if you would
like to help the community in putting this document together please do
contact the Parish Clerk who will forward your name to the council.
Suffolk Handyperson Service
A safe scheme has been launched by Suffolk County Council to subsidise
repairs for Suffolk residents which will be available to anyone aged over
65. If you are over 75 and on means-tested benefits, the labour will be
free, but will be charged at cost for people aged over 65. You can provide
your own materials, or they can be purchased at cost if required. Examples
of work they can do: securing carpet, fitting curtain track, replacing
taps or washers, fitting locks, plumbing in a washing machine etc. So
if you need someone you can trust for small repairs, or just an extra
pair of hands for that awkward job, contact 01473 228678 and ask if they
New Parish Council
You may have noticed a new notice board which has been erected on Brook
Green near the end of Brook Way, fronting Main Road. This notice board
will give the parish council the opportunity to display minutes and other
notices in full, as there is insufficient room to do this on the parish
notice board outside Barn Stores. Unfortunately only parish council notices
can be displayed on the new notice board.
Do you feel affordable housing is needed in Somersham?
In recent years concern has grown over village life, where communities
have been threatened because, among other things, local families have
been unable to obtain suitable homes. This affects mostly younger people
who cannot afford local prices and often there are no suitable homes in
the village anyway.
It is possible for a community to create a local housing needs scheme
which results in a small housing development solely and permanently for
local people. Also, arrangements are made to enable local people to afford
the housing. This can be done by shared ownership arrangements or renting.
The council would like to investigate this issue and in order to make
a start it is necessary to carry out a survey of all residents in order
to find out what the needs of the people of Somersham are. We will need
volunteers to help with this survey and if you would like to help in any
way please contact the Parish Clerk.
Do enjoy the summer break, but do not forget the dangers of the sun and
use plenty of sun cream. We will be back again in the autumn.
Clerk to the Council
Tel. No. 01473 830398 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOMERSHAM/CHALLAIN-LA-POTHERIE VILLAGE LINK
After a very successful
visit to Challain-la-Potherie in May, we are now starting to plan for
our French friends to come over again in May 2007. We will be holding
a social evening on Friday 15th September in the Pavilion at 7.30pm, when
there will be opportunity to see photos of previous visits, share ideas
on places to visit etc. If you would like to get involved, or just want
to find out some more information, do come along; you would not be committing
yourself to anything!
Gill Fordham: 831529; David Haughton: 831511;
Janet Hodge: 832296 ; Pat Woolhouse: 83180
PC David Clark
Community Beat Officer
Tel: 01473 613500
Your Community Police Officer
PC .466 Dave Clark
Hello again Im sure if I mention the name Pam Smith, even if you
dont live in the Ringshall area you have probably heard of our Pam
she has done a fantastic job for the last 15 years running the Neighbourhood
Watch Scheme . So it was great news when Pam was recently given an MBE
in the Queens Birthday Honours for her services
well done Pam ....nice
to see some one who gives their time and enthusiasm as you do, get the
recognition you deserve
As the weather improves it is very common for windows to be left open
please bear in mind that an opportunist thief will
be on the lookout for vulnerable premises
I have been to houses which
have been entered in this way when the occupants have only been in the
next room !!
HORSE ATTACKS: There has been a nasty spate of cruel attacks on horses
being reported across the country some of the incidents involve
acts which defy description. Our county is not immune from such sick offences
as two horses in a field in the Boyton/Hollesley area -, both sustained
cuts in what are believed to have been separateincidents. A three-year-old
horse was found to have a cut to its leg on Sunday, 4 June, and a young
foal was found to have a wound to its leg on Wednesday 7 June.
If you live near stables or fields where horses are kept be aware
that not all those paying attention to them are animal loving upright
members of society
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 email email@example.com
As previously Pc Sally Parkes will be my deputy she can also be
contacted on the above telephone number or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remember that there are occasions when I am on rest days for 4
days so if your call is of an urgent nature please ask to speak to an
officer on duty.
Thanks very much.
PC 466 Dave Clark
PC David Clark
01473 383390 Stowmarket Police Station
01473 613500 Police Headquarters
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
The first league match
in June (on the 13th) was the match with Great Blakenham in the South-East
Division 1 which should have taken place in May but was postponed due
to the weather. The final result was a fairly comfortable win for Somersham
by 88 points to 71.Gary Brown and Richard Williamson both scored paid
maximums with Barry Copping and Peter Mittell also double-figure scorers.
June 17th saw the
final Regional Round of the Wosskow Brown British Youth & Junior League
take place at Ipswich. There was Somersham representation in the Under
8s where Joe Hodge scored 10 points to qualify for the C
final where he finished last. In the Under 10s Morgan Borrett scored
13 points to qualify for the A final where he finished last.Jake
Copping also rode, scoring 5 points and finishing 3rd in the D
1 week later the British
Under 19 Individual Championship took place at Norwich. With 22 riders
entered a pre-qualifying round was necessary (which was refereed by Steve
Copping,his 1st significant event) and Andy Mittell qualified comfortably
for the final at the 1st attempt. In the final itself 17 points from Andy
was enough to see him deservedly win the title having missed the 1st 2
months of the season with Glandular Fever. It also means that once again
Somersham Cycle Speedway Club has a British Champion in its ranks. While
that was happening Andys father Peter was riding in the European
Veterans Scottish Grand Prix at Edinburgh where he finished 3rd in the
Super Vets category.
It was back to Norwich the following day for a South-East Division 1 League
match but despite 19 points (plus a bonus) from Andy Mittell and 18 from
Gary Brown Somersham lost 74-86.
2 days later Ipswich came visiting in Norfolk & Suffolk League action
where we would be without Dave Palfreyman but new signing Will Kitcher
made his competitive debut in a match which we lost by 1 point.Gary Brown
scored 21 and a bonus, Andy Mittell scored 20 plus 3 bonus (dropping only
The following day saw the 3rd round of the Suffolk Grand Prix for Under
9,11 and 13 riders at Kesgrave and there was Somersham representation
in the Under 9s with Jack Barnes scoring 13 points, Morgan Borrett
12,Fraser Borrett 10 and Joe Hodge 4(all from 4 rides).
Among the August events:
Wednesday August 2nd-final round of the Suffolk Grand Prix for Under 9,11
and 13 riders.
Saturday August 5th-British Open Club Championship at Ipswich
Sunday August 6th-Ipswich visit us in a South-East Division 1 match August
Bank Holiday Weekend-The British Individual Championship takes place in
the Manchester area. The Copping brothers have entered so there will definitely
be Somersham representation.
Thats it for now
Steve Copping (email@example.com)
Club Secretary:Peter Mittell 01473 831474
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Early morning on Saturday 24th June, we were a little bit apprehensive
as there was a short shower, but thankfully the sun soon came out and
helped to make it a perfect day for our annual fete. On behalf of all
the committee members of FOSS and the staff and children of Somersham
Primary School, may we thank all of you that attended our fete and hope
that you had an enjoyable day. Our sincere thanks go to all those people
who worked so hard to make our fete a success, either by manning a stall,
helping us to set up and clear up, or by kindly donating prizes etc for
the raffles and tombolas. We would also like to extend our sincere thanks
to the wonderful people (and dogs) from the Sudbury Pet Dog Training Team
who so kindly gave up their Saturday afternoon to give us a fantastic
demonstration on a very hot day. The dogs were very well behaved and obviously
enjoy everything that they do with their owners! Despite competition from
the World Cup football and many other events, we are delighted to inform
you that we raised just under £1000. A fantastic sum for such a
small school thank you.
We hope that you were impressed by some of the outfits that were worn
by the staff and committee members this year! We are already searching
out outfits for our 1970s themed fete next year. So why not dig
out your flares, Bay City Roller scarves, Donny Osmond hats or David Bowie
makeup and join in with us next June!
At the end of the school year, we will have had our Leavers Disco
at the village hall to say farewell and good luck to all the year six
children who will be moving to Claydon High School in September. As the
new term then begins in September, FOSS members will be finalising the
arrangements for the scarecrow festival to be held in Somersham on 16th
and 17th September 2006, 1p.m.-4p.m. We hope that as many of you as possible
will join in with this fun weekend. There is no theme to the Festival
so you are all able to use your extensive artistic talents in making your
scarecrows. However, if you wish to join in, PLEASE can you contact Jenny
King on (01473) 830623 by Tuesday 12th September at the latest, so that
the location of your scarecrow(s) can be included in the programme. This
year, the scarecrows will be judged and there will be prize for the winner.
If you do not live in Somersham, but would like to join in, we can make
arrangements to display your scarecrows at the school where the programmes
will be sold and refreshments will be available.
For safety reasons, we would ask participants to put their scarecrows
in a safe place overnight and to ensure that their scarecrows are displayed
from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.
We look forward to seeing your wonderful creations!
Ipswich Appeal For Romania
will be departing for Romania on 1st August to present computers to a
small childrens orphanage in Transylvania.
The computers will be received with much gratitude and will give youngsters
the chance of being taught basic IT skills before having to leave the
institution at the age of 15.
If you would like to support the good work of the charity please contact
Lee or Anna-Maria on 01473-833292.
Charity Events at Gt. Blakenham Village Hall.
Craft Fares Sunday 24th September and Sunday 2nd December
Pig Racing Night Saturday 16th December
Indoor car Boot Sales start Sunday 29th October and continue on
the following Sunday mornings.
Nov 5th Nov 19th Jan 7th Feb 11th March 11th and April 1st
FRIENDS OF SOMERSHAM SCHOOL ARE HAVING A
SAT. & SUN. 16TH & 17TH SEPTEMBER
1 P.M. 4 P.M.
PROGRAMMES AND REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE AT THE SCHOOL
CONTACT JENNY KING ON 01473 830623 TO INCLUDE YOUR SCARECROW
IN THE FESTIVAL.
SOMERSHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB
With apologies to
the bowlers, this is the report sent in for July and August magazines.
With the start of the Summer League it is just two matches to report on
for the month of May.
As briefly noted in the June Link its the usual all change for the
Summer League as the clubs we bowl against are not the same clubs we come
up against during the Winter League. It seems this year we have been allocated
fixtures against Clubs from the higher divisions so it could make for
many struggles and hopefully some very close matches
Firstly our opening
encounter was a home match and a welcome to our first visitors to the
Club Old Felixstowe; and this match against experienced opposition
proved to be a good competitive game. Our opponents came with a reputation
as winners Division 2 East so it was very pleasing that a close match
resulted with Somersham running out as worthy victors with two teams winning,
one creditable draw with critical shots achieved on the last end, and
the other team losing by the narrowest of margins. A good result for the
opening match by any standards.
The fixture list shows that we are due to play the corresponding away
match at Old Felixstowe during mid-July so it will be a summer visit to
the seaside, and hopefully another good result.
Our second match took
us away to Martlesham, so it was a relatively short trip round the A14
to their Village Hall. It was another close match and even though all
teams showed good effort and bowled well for Somersham, Martlesham somehow
managed to scrape home by a very narrow margin. Two teams winning their
games and two losing. Right up to the very last shots, the win could have
gone either way.
All mats bowl very differently, and a game can be won or lost in the first
few ends. Get too far behind with the new triple format and catching up
again can be very difficult. Therefore reading the mat in the early stages
of the game is essential.
- May Results : -
||33 - 48
||3 - 7
||43 - 40
||4 - 6
With the Summer League
now well in progress there have been several matches played, but with
only a modicum of success. The first was a visit to near neighbours
Claydon; and which turned out to be a contest on two very different mats,
one of which we mastered to record narrow wins and unfortunately on the
other mat we were never able to get to grips with a consistent game. End
result was that we achieved a draw in games but were well beaten on shots.
Our next match was
at home to Martlesham and proved to be one of the closest matches of our
season so far - evenly contested on both shots and points, with Somersham
in the end achieving a creditable draw.
After League duties
it was time to fit in a friendly at home against Nacton always
a sociable evening ; and as usual this was the case with the games being
bowled in the friendliest of spirits. The Club had a good winning result,
and are looking forward to the invite for a re-match at Nacton in the
The next fixture on
the calendar was away to Gt. Blakenham the village with the possible
spectre of SnOasis looming; and is probably a match best forgotten as
we were outplayed by the more experienced opposition and lost by a considerable
margin. We hang onto the hope that we can make it a closer match when
the return is played at home on our mats
Final match of the
month was at home against Sproughton, and was closely fought out end by
end overall all four games drawn on the mats but with Sproughton
just edging the result on total shots
- June Results : -
||73 - 25
||6 - 4
||36 - 36
||5 - 5
||79 - 21
||10 - 0
||39 - 35
||6 - 4
Message for our church
cleaners a big thank you to everyone who turned up to give the church
a special once over on the weekend before the Flower Festival.
It was a credit to the regular team that it wasnt such an enormous
task and apart from some high level cobweb removal the rest was
putting an extra special sheen on any piece of wood we could find. And
did it smell good afterwards but admittedly not quite as good as
when our friends on the flower rota had finished their work on the next
Thank you to everybody
who contributed to the Christian Aid collection a total of £139.67
The grand total for
the Festival weekend of June 16, 17,18 was £3,528.62, from which
£353 has been sent to the East Anglian Air Ambulance fund. Thank
you all for your efforts.
Please change these in your diary
Harvest Praise on
October 1stservice at 4.30pm, with tea to follow at 5.15pm
Harvest Supper will
be on Friday, October 13th at 7.30pm at Flowton Hall. Tickets will be
on sale in September.
PCC meeting on October
6th at 7.30pm in the Vestry.
at St. Marys Flowton, Friday, 16 June
Serendipity is a group
of 20, or so, singers from Hadleigh Choral Society, with several of its
members coming from our own parishes.
Paying homage to the venue, they opened with Vivaldis Gloria. The
rest of the varied programme ranged from folk songs and Spirituals and
included Standfords The Bluebird and The Long Day Closes, by Sullivan.
A medley from South Pacific, by Rogers and Hammerstein and an arrangement
of Lullaby of Birdland rounded off the evening.
All the singing, under the direction of Nansi Browne and accompaniment
(on the piano) by Patrick Friend, was delightful.
There was a further, unexpected, treat from three final year choral students
from Magdalen College, Cambridge. Nansis son, Owain, (baritone)
and Rebecca Lowe and Lauren Williams (soprano) sang a selection of solos
What a lovely way to open the Flower Festival! The church looked a picture
adorned in flowers, depicting the Four Seasons, and the capacity audience
revelling in pleasing sounds of Light Music for a Summer Evening.
Offton Church News
The collection for
Christian Aid held in Offton raised £54.17 and a letter of thanks
has been received from Christian Aid.Thank you to all who contributed
to make the Fete/Flower Festival, in aid of Offton Church, such a success.
Even the weather was good and the World Cup wasn't a match to what we
had on offer. £l604 was raised for the fabric fund.Found over the
weekend of the Fete:
l. A pair of specsaver glasses.
3. A camera case (off the roof of a car)
Tel. 658637 if you think they may be your property.
This is not an account of all the wonderful book stories that were displayed
at the Flower festival in our church, or the story of the Fete on that
world cup afternoon. But it is an opportunity to say thank you very
much indeed to Ian and Janet Dickson for all the thought, inspiration
and hard work they put into what was a glorious weekend that resulted
in a record total of over £1600.00 for st. Marys Church. Thank
you both. PaulForthcoming events.Saturday 28th October QUIZ (on a theme
to be decided) in aid of Offton Church, to be held in The Village Hall
at 7.30 p.m. Admission £3. Tickets from Ian 658637.
Looking to the
A busy weekend in September..
8th at 7.30pm
Contact Mike Bolton on 01473 658304
Or Anne Chapman on 01449 721181
SCHT Cycle Ride
Phone Alison Rumsey on 01473 658591
For sponsor forms
Or offers to spend an hour in church during the day.
10th at 5pm
Followed by a glass of wine and sausage roll!!
All offerings brought
to the church will be taken to the Salvation Army in Stowmarket.
appreciate non-perishable goods such as tins, etc.
The Offton Song
Festival of Talents, May 2006 (Version 6)
Ive always been
an urban boy, Ive journeyed up and down
Once I lived in Accrington, and also London Town
Ive tasted many fruits of life, of apple, grape and quince
Then I came to live in Offton, and Ive never looked back since.
Weve got to
have an Offton song, and Scott was quite explicit
That if I didnt do one then he certainly would miss it
Maybe the idea could catch on, now wouldnt it be comical
To supersede the Doomsday book with a local, vocal chronicle.
The village is now
famous for the concerts that we hold
With glittering brass and candles, the concept is quite bold
The music is important, but more so the social scene
Next time well have two intervals, with music in between.
The concerts they
raise money for many a worthy cause
The Hospice, the Alzheimers group, for thought we briefly pause.
Cheques were presented after church, ten thirty on the dot but
The Alzheimers lady didnt show, maybe she just forgot.
Its sad to see
a selling sign outside someones house,
It means for them theyre moving on, so we shouldnt really
So for two cheerful village ladies, we only wish them well
Maybe theyll come back now and then, but only time will tell.
Every village has
its sign, standing proud and tall
Depicting local history, praps, or the baronial hall
In Offton, we have just the post, standing stark and bare
Our identitys in crisis with the village sign not there.
The Council said it
must return, and they have played their part
The site it has been girded with new kerb stones really smart.
I see they go just part-way round did they get in a muddle?
No the rest are by the phone-box to stop that nasty puddle.
How are you doing
with your bins in this alternating way?
Have you ever put your garbage out on a recycling day?
Have you ever put the wrong stuff in like garden waste or rubble?
If they stick on a red label, then you really are in trouble.
Im happy now
I live my life in a country way
And now I know how good it is, in Offton I will stay
With city life it seems to me, theyre always in a fix
Its better for your peace of mind to live out in the sticks.
By Ted Sampson
Wildlife in field and garden
We begin with a report
of flycatchers reared successfully in a garden in Flowton, together with
several boxes of bluetits. Most of us see a good number of these birds
in our locality these days, together with many yellowhammers which we
understand are a comparative rarity in many parts of the country. The
folks on the green in Flowton have been lucky enough too to be visited
by the privet hawk moth and the hummingbird hawk moth (the latter seeming
to be showing a preference for busy lizzie plants which many people have
in their gardens so hopefully this fascinating moth will become
a common sight for more of us).
In Somersham there have been daytime sightings of badgers right in the
village near the Marlborough. One theory is that badgers may be particularly
hungry this year because the unusually dry weather will have caused a
shortage of earthworms, their main source of food. There are suspicions
also that badgers may be responsible for the ravaging of precious green
pea crops in the village! In any event, it is extremely unusual for badgers
to be seen wandering about not only in daytime but in close proximity
to human activity. Another interesting report came from Somersham of a
kite circling the village (and before anyone makes a wisecrack
no, it wasnt attached to a string!)
The year so far has been poor for numbers of butterflies, brilliant for
the widespread of orchids (even seen on grass verges around our lanes)
- and muntjac deer! Many gardeners regret the spread of these dainty little
creatures and report the devastation of much of their hard work this spring
and summer. Rabbits too are back in full force - yet another hazard for
farmers and gardeners. But it isnt all bad news though, because
there is very little evidence of greenfly this year and that must
be a bonus!
(Thanks to Terry Proctor of Flowton and Harry Parcell of Somersham)
At the time of writing these notes our fete is still a week away, so we
will be unable to report on this event until the October issue of the
As there are usually changes to our normal pattern of services in August,
please refer to the list at the back of the Link.
This years event takes place on the 9th September and is the 25th
year of the ride. If you would like to cycle on behalf of Willisham Church,
please contact Frances Gilson for a sponsor form. Half the money raised
goes to Suffolk Historic Churches and half to your nominated church.
Songs of Praise
Sunday 10th September
The Benefice Choir will be leading our 3.00pm service. Please let us have
details of your favourite hymn as soon as possible, so it can be included
in the service.
Weekend 7th/8th October
Full details will appear in the next issue of the Link, but please put
this weekend in your diary now.
and Fireworks - 3rd November
This event will take place at Crow Hall full details in the next
issue of the Link.
SERVICES in our 8 linked parishes
If you think there
may be a mistake in the rota please contact your Churchwarden.
Please note that the
services are much reduced during August.
We hope that you all have refreshing and revitalising holidays.
6th August 8th Sunday after Trinity
August 9th Sunday after Trinity
August 10th Sunday after Trinity
August 11th Sunday after Trinity
September 12th Sunday after Trinity
September 13th Sunday after Trinity
Communion by extension
Festival, and refreshments
September 14th Sunday after Trinity
Service +Communion by ext.
Service (Derek Ames)
September 15th Sunday after Trinity
Worship for all ages
Festival with Elmsett Band
followed at 5.15pm with harvest tea.
with The Red Balloon Theatre Company
From Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd September we have a visit from a childrens
theatre company. They will hold Drama Workshops for Children on Thursday
evening and on Saturday morning. A sketch show for teenagers will be performed
on Friday evening.
Numbers at the events are limited to 50 to enable the full involvement
of all, please register your interest with Mark: 01473 831940, email@example.com
Red Balloon will also visit Somersham and Claydon (tbc) primary schools
involving the children in drama workshops.
Mid Suffolk Accountancy Services Ltd (01473 831547) have assisted the
Church financing this visit.
Y Course Brian Ward
is leading a series of 8 sessions in the autumn exploring issues related
to faith including; Y so many religions, Y suffering. Look out for further
details coming soon.
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,
restarts 8th September.
Meetings for Ladies;
Womens Fellowship 2.30pm 8th September, contact Mark if you need
Friends and Neighbours 17th July 7.45pm Romania re visited; Linda Ward
All events are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP84
QE, and Transport is always available.
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