People say It is the biggest commitment of your life.
Until recently we
always took this in vain and thought, how hard could it be? Loads of people
We were in for a shock.
Im talking about looking after a baby!
On Thursday evening
we went to Ipswich as we often do, as Peter goes swimming. Pete dropped
me off at my Mum and Dads. My Mum was babysitting my new nephew
Later that evening I found out that my Mum was working the next day, so
I offered to look after him for the night as I
wasnt working the following day.
From the age of twelve
I have had younger brothers. As a young girl I had a big part in their
upbringing. I loved it; little did I know that I only saw a half of the
Pete got back to find out that we were going to have a guest for the night-
somewhat hesitantly he agreed. Dad and Pete packed the car and we went
home with Oliver in tow.
The next ten hours
were tense and nerve racking. Oliver slept from 11.30pm until 6.30am the
next morning, we were very lucky.
Even though we knew Mum was only a phone call away, the thought that this
gorgeous little package was totally reliant on us was scary.
He was the only person in the house to have a good nights sleep
as we kept waking up to make sure he was okay.
This experience made
us realise what a big commitment having a baby really is. A baby is a
gift and we hope one day we will be blessed with our own family, but just
We certainly wont
be taking this saying in vain anymore.
Jackie Smith and Peter Carter
Altar Flowers and
August Cleaning Team B
August 5th Flower Fund
August 12th, 19th Christine Jarrold
August 26th, Sept, 2nd Angie Osborne
September Cleaning Team C
September 9th, 16th Pat Woolhouse
September 23rd Flower Fund
September 30th, Oct. 7th Judith Newman
Cleaning -Mr and Mrs K Grimwood
August 5th, 12th Mrs Fawcus
August 19th, 26th Mrs Grimwood
September Cleaning Mr and Mrs P Ward
September 2nd,9th Mrs Ward
September 16th, 23rd Mrs Munson and all help for harvest
September 30th, Oct 7th Mrs Laflin
Cleaning Mrs Maartje Rondeboom
August 5th, 12th Mrs Janet Crickmore
August 19th, 26th Mrs Maartje Rondeboom
September Cleaning Mrs S Pinson-Roxburgh
September 2nd, 9th Mrs Sue Pryke and all help for Harvest
September 16th, 23rd, 30th Mrs Silke Pinson-Roxburgh
October 7th, 14th Mrs Sheila Pinson-Roxburgh
Flowers and Cleaning
August 5th Mrs Fisher
August 12th , 19th Miss Taylor
August 26th Weddings
September 2nd, 9th Mrs Cage
September 16th, 23rd Mrs Large
September 30th, Oct 7th Mrs Hodson
Hannah Ashlyn Noble who was baptized on 8th July at St Marys,
May she grow in faith
Stephanie Gales and Neil Hodson who were married on 16th June at
St Marys, Willisham;
Lisa Mc Dowell and Mark Bowers who were married at St. Marys,
Offton on 23rd June;
Elizabeth Dickson and Stephen Boyle who were married on 30th June
at St Marys, Offton.
wish them many happy years together
Timothy Tothill Martin of Somersham, who died aged 60 years and
whose funeral took place at Ipswich Crematorium on 2nd July.
May he rest in peace
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
Generosity in almost
all the eight parishes has surpassed all expectations : £1,214 in
all. In the last four parishes, over a dozen people collected from door
to door. A big thank you to all Christian Aid Collectors!
Totals before Gift Aid are :
Great Bricett £67
SOMERSHAM CHURCH NOTES
The Fete, Flower Festival
& Art Show was a very successful weekend, despite the weather being
rather unsettled. We hope you all got a chance to visit the wonderful
display in the church. A great deal of hard work was involved in the weekend
with preparations starting many weeks beforehand. We are very grateful
to the Caston family for allowing us to once again have the fete in Church
Meadow and all the support they gave. Special thanks also to Faith Jaggard
for co-ordinating the Flower Festival, and to Nicky Heming for holding
the Art Show. Thank you to all involved and everyone who supported the
event. The total amount raised from the weekend came to a fantastic £1140.
Somersham Church Flower Festival
Our Flower Festival Weekend revealed some wonderful artistic talent. All
the organisations were invited to take part with displays to represent
their group / business. Some were able to sponsor a display and provide
information, others produced some very imaginative arrangements.
The end result was a beautifully decorated church conveying the message
"Somersham is a lively village".
Thanks must go to the designers and the arrangers for what was a truly
magnificent array of talent.
Displays ranged from simple to complex, self-explanatory to well documented.
One last comment - how good everybody was at tidying up behind themselves,
it was such a bonus.
There will be another opportunity to hear our talented local bands at
a Folk Evening on Friday 12th October. The last two concerts have
been sell-outs so make sure you get your tickets early! See ad for more
details. (Apologies for incorrect date in last months Link)
will be on Sunday 14th October at 10am. Once again gifts received will
be taken to the Womens Refuge. The women and children there often
have had to leave their homes in a hurry with only what they can carry,
so toiletries are always welcome as well as non-perishable food items.
Dawn, Rachel and Oliver would like to thank everybody for the letters,
cards and messages of sympathy received on their recent sad loss of a
very much loved husband and dad.
Thanks also to his many friends that attended the funeral service and
to those who kindly gave donations to Papworth Hospital, which amounted
Coddenham Village Hall
Saturday October 13th
Worship through Drama & Music, Children & Schools work,
Buildings & Fundraising
Bookshop by Nutshell of Stowmarket
Licensing of new Rural Dean
opportunity to share ideas & gain insights.
Tel: Bridget Sayers on 01449 720019 to book your place
or contact Rev. Linden Fletcher for more details
When Jane and I came to the service of Songs of Praise it was very pleasant
and no surprise to be greeted most warmly by you all.
Indeed, when we were presented with beautiful flowers and wine together
with a framed picture of the church, which I was particularly glad to
receive, we were taken aback but quite delighted. It was only when we
opened the envelopes at home, thinking they were good wishes cards, that
we discovered the tokens of your overwhelming kindness and generosity
you had given to us. As there are so many of you and from parishes other
than Somersham who have contributed to this quite remarkable collective
gift I hope you will forgive us for not responding individually.
Jane and I always enjoyed our time at Somersham especially working with
the PCC and the Fundraising Committee. It was therefore a particularly
happy occasion for us to meet you all again and we shall always remember
the warmth and kindness of your gifts.
With our sincere thanks
and good wishes,
Denis and Jane Picton
(Jane and Denis were presented with vouchers, flowers, wine and a framed
photograph of Somersham church. The collection in recognition of all their
work for Somersham church and the benefice came to £165.)
Golden Link are running a coach to
Clacton on Tuesday August 28th
leaving at 10am.
There are a few spare seats at £8 adults, £2 children.
book or for more details please ring
Colin Burrows 0n 830132
Marys Church Somersham
Pluck & Squeeze Kate & Steve
JCB Scott, Ted & Rohais
Friday 12th October
in Somersham Church
(including light refreshments)
Christines Haircare, Somersham Garage
or Pat Woolhouse (831080)
of profit will go to Air Ambulance
SOMERSHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB
Hoping to carry on
with the improved bowling in June as we played in May did not quite come
up to expectations, and we have found it hard work to achieve the winning
Our first away match was to Claydon - who certainly know their mats very
well - and this encounter despite good effort left Somersham struggling
somewhat with only one win out of the four games bowled. Hopefully for
the return match on our mats we will be able to give a more positive account
Also during the month
three members entered the Suffolk Ladies Triples Competition; an annual
competition which Somersham won last year. Whilst looking to retain the
Cup, the team of Bell, Eleanor and Rosemary found themselves up against
stiff opposition in the early rounds and after a mixed bag of results
soon found that success this year was not to be. It will therefore be
a case of trying again next year!
Nacton - who only
bowl friendlies and no league matches - were our first visitors of the
month; and as always it was an enjoyable night of bowling in a very friendly
atmosphere. The night produced some bowling by both clubs, each mat was
closely contested and at the end resulted in a very fairly drawn match.
A cuppa and refreshments concluded the evening.
Offton and Willisham
were our next League opposition an away match played with
good friendly rivalry, and resulted in a win for our opponents. Being
much closer than the shots suggest, we are very much looking forward to
the return leg on home mats in August.
Bowling against the higher division clubs and with the need to maintain
a good standard is certainly bringing out the best in our team members.
Our final opponents
of the month were Sproughton (Tithe Barn) on their home mats. A superb
result for Somersham with 2 teams winning and 2 losing, but with overall
shots going to Somersham this gained the extra points allotted. Another
friendly, entertaining evening and everybody looking forward to the return
match in the coming month.
Summer League - June
Results : -
||60 - 26
||8 - 2
SOMERSHAM VILLAGE HALL
HIRE CHARGES from 01/09/2007
At the AGM it was agreed that it was necessary to increase the charges
for hiring the hall due to the increase in electricity over recent months.
The last increase for residents was in 2003. New rates will come into
effect from 1st September 2007.
Type of Hire Residents Non-Resident
Whole Building (Weddings, parties etc.)
Full day £120.00 £180.00
Evening (Sat) £90.00 £140.00
Main Hall only
Evenings - Hourly Rate (Sun - Friday) £8.00 per hr. £10.00
Morning/Aft. - Hourly Rate £6.50 per hr. £9.00 per hr.
Regular Users (Evenings) £20.00 per session
Regular Users (Morn/Aft.) £18.00 per session
Committee Room only
All day - Hourly Rate £ 4.50 per hr. £ 7.00 per hr.
Session Rate £ 8.00 per session £12.00 per session
Booking: 50% of the
hire fee must be paid at the time of booking. The balance of the hire
fee together with a refundable £100.00 damage deposit must be received
7 days before the hire date.
Cheques: Made payable to Somersham Village Hall
Resident: Persons living in the Parish of Somersham
The Session Rate is only for groups who have regular meetings
of up to 3 hours per session.
All booking enquiries:
Mrs Hilary Bridger - 01473 831552
June 3rd saw Stars
rider Barry Copping donning the colours of Norwich for a Premier League
fixture at Sheffield.Norwich trailed by 18 points after the 1st 11 heats
but then when all seamed lost the mother of all come backs began &
Sheffield began to lose their nerve at vital points of the match courtesy
of 4 exclusions in the next 3 heats.Barry scored 6 points,including his
first race in the Premier League but Sheffield held on to win 89-85.
On the 16th the final
regional round of the British Youth & Junior League took place at
Hethersett on a track that was made heavy by 2 hefty showers during the
day.Stars Kesgrave loanee Andy Turnbull provided the Somers ham
interest, finishing 2nd in the A final of the
The following day
saw Hethersett make their 2nd visit to Somersham in the space of 4 weeks,this
time in the Norfolk & Suffolk League and Somersham ended a run of
defeats with a comfortable victory.It was a rare occasion in that Somersham
were at full strength-indeed,9 riders turned out and the result was no
coincidence - a 101-77 win. Dave Palfreyman top scored but Dan Croft and
Barry Copping were equally impressive as they raced unbeaten by an opponent.
Scott McDowell made his Somersham debut and wasted no time getting into
the action. He looks a good signing after quickly gelling with his new
team mates.The meeting was marred when Hethersett rider Tiffany Collins
crashed and had to withdraw. She had survived a battle with Steve Copping
in the 4th heat but then a slide on the last corner ended her day. A visit
to hospital later revealed 2 broken bones above the ankle.
2 days later over
a dozen youngsters came and tried Cycle Speedway, at Somersham's Come
& Try it night as part of National Bike Week. The club was able to
loan out bikes and helmets for people to try out and they appeared to
enjoy racing round the track. Former speedway World Champion Mark Loram
visited to give moral support and his appearance went down well.
The 24th saw us visit
East London and it was a tough affair with many riders unavailable for
various reasons. Those who did make the journey tried their best but received
little reward in the 106-55 defeat, Gary Brown top scoring with 14.Peter
Mittell deserves special mention after working late all the previous week,
and nursing leg injuries, but never complaining during his 6 rides.
The only action scheduled
to take place at Somersham in July(on the 18th),the Suffolk Qualifying
round for the East Anglian 4s Under 16 Cup, will have hopefully
taken place by the time you read this. If it did take place then I will
have a report in a future issue.
An event worthy of
mention taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend is the British
Senior Individual Championship. Somersham will be staging 2 of the Senior
Semi-Finals, on Saturday 25th starting at 4pm and on Sunday 26th at 3pm.The
Final takes place at Ipswichs Whitton Sports Centre on Bank Holiday
Monday 27th at 3pm. Thats it for now
Club Secretary:Peter Mittell.Tel No.(01473) 831474
13 August 2007
Garden visit to desert world
(Barry Gaytons garden in Thetford forest).
Desert World, Thetford Road, Santon Down, Suffolk IP27
meet outside the entrance to the garden by 7.15pm. Suggested voluntary
contribution of £2 each for refreshments and a tour of the
For more details, please contact 01473 658063
Whether or not you are a member, you will be most welcome!
After a lot of hard
work and many hours of preparation, it was a bit disappointing that the
weather was not in our favour for our annual fete on Saturday 30th June.
Like many other fetes that have been held this Summer?, sun was not guaranteed!!
However, despite the rain, it was not cold as such, but more of a nuisance
and thankfully the rain was not coming down in buckets! (apart from on
the Soak Your Friend game). Most of us had a busy afternoon
and there appeared to be some local rivalry and family competitions taking
place on a lot of the games which helped to boost our funds. There
are so many people that we need to thank for all their help, it would
be difficult for us to name them all, but hopefully you know who you are!
Our sincere thanks go to Ernie who once again provided some
fantastic nostalgic 1970s music and particularly to everyone from
SADPA the Suffolk Academy Of Dance and Performing Arts- for a wonderful
display, despite the rain.
After a very hectic
couple of days and a lot of tidying up we were amazed to find that we
had made a profit of over £1,100 a fantastic amount. Once
again, our sincere thanks go to all those people that so kindly gave up
their time to help and support us on the day, as well as all the kind
people that donated prizes, items for the stalls or generally just came
along to the fete to spend some money and have an enjoyable afternoon.
At a time when the number of children at our school is falling, the money
that we raise at such events makes a great difference and the amount we
raised on the day, makes all our hard work worthwhile.
On 20th July, we hope
that all the children enjoyed the leavers disco at the village hall. We
were having a Christmas Party (yes in July!) to send the year 6s
and Jan Hubbard on their way to their new schools.
At the beginning of the September term, FOSS committee members will be
meeting again to start to plan the next events for the academic year 2007-08.
In October, we will be having our AGM and will always welcome any new
members to join us.(Contact Jenny King for date and time of meeting).
We meet every 6-8 weeks (unless we have a big event like the fete coming
up), and generally have a good evening planning future fundraising events
and general fun evenings for the children. We hope to have
things like an Autumn Fair, Christmas Photographs and a Body Shop Party
evening in October/ November. All details will be advertised in the forthcoming
Again, our sincere
thanks go to everyone for all your support in the last academic year.
We hope that you all have enjoyable holidays if you going away during
the Summer break.
CHILDREN FROM BELARUS
Thank you so much
to everyone who donated sweets, toys and clothes for the children from
Belarus. Special thanks go to Pat, Angela and Christine.
Lisa, Kevin, Heather
Flowton Church News
Thank you to everybody
who contributed to the total of £209, plus Gift Aid, donated for
Christian Aid. Thank you also to the group of collectors who gave up their
time during the week of collection.
Services during August
in Flowton are at 8.00am on August 12th and 6.00pm on August 19th.
Our Harvest Festival
is on 16th September at 4.30pm, followed by a shared tea for all. This
service is for young and old and the tea is becoming a new tradition.
The next all-age Morning
Worship service is on September 23rd at 10.00am. This service is followed
by refreshments and a time for adults to chat together whilst the children
use a variety of craft materials.
Supper will take place at Flowton Hall, by kind invitation of Graham
and Diana Fawcus, on Friday October 12th from 7.30pm. Tickets available
in September from Diana, Margaret Laflin and Mary Carter. This annual
event is great for catching up on all the news and summer happenings in
- Friday October 19th at 7.30pm in the church vestry.
Trivia Quiz Friday October 26th at 7.30pm in Somersham Village
Nick and Mary Carter
are pleased to announce the arrival of their first grandchild Jasper
George Carter on July 5th, in Invercargill, New Zealand. We hope
that the new family will be able to visit England mid-August until early
October so we will have a chance to egt to know the little lad.
From New Zealands Department of Conservation internal newsletter:
Carters return to Kakapo Castle with two prizes
Last week Caroline and John Carter not only celebrated the arrival of
Jasper, the junior JC of the Carter household, but their home was also
recognised at Environment Southlands annual environment awards.
The couple picked up the Environmental Innovator Award for their eco-friendly
home, otherwise known as Kakapo Castle.
After learning what
it would cost them to connect their new dwelling to the national grid
they decided self-sufficiency was a better option for them and for the
environment, so they set about harnessing the energy of sun and wind power
for their electrical requirements.
Their commitment to a sustainable lifestyle and minimising their environmental
impact has seen the pair turn a Gold Pine storage shed into an eco-friendly
apartment styled home.
Rainwater is collected
from the roof and grey water is disposed of through a unique double filtering
tank system, none of it used to flush their toilet though. The non-flushing
toilet separates solids and is emptied out about every six weeks, the
waste buried to compost while a small fan keeps odours at bay.
Cooking is by gas,
washing is done once a week and TV is watched through their computer.
Resene environmentally friendly paint has been used throughout the house,
and the downstairs floor is compressed bamboo sourced from a sustainable
The five acre section has been planted with over 150 beech trees and many
other native plants and has a veggie garden and worm farm.
Even the familys recent addition does not faze them from being environment
friendly biodegradable nappy options are being looked
into by the Carters.
The annual Summer Fete took place in glorious sunshine in the churchyard
on 9 June. Tea, cakes, hotdogs and ice-cream were consumed in great amounts
to the musical rhythms of the Ipswich Hospital Training Band. A full range
of fete activities had been excellently organised by Peta and Brian Whiting
and the bell ringers, and Ian Dickson undertook his usual Master of Ceremonies
duties. The event raised a praiseworthy £1,000 for the church funds.
Thank you to all who took part and to the many visitors who spent their
hard earned income and pocket money.
August is the big holiday month when people are away enjoying a rest.
Consequently, there are no special events this month. The cycle of church
services still goes on, slightly changed for the holiday month
details are inside the back cover of this magazine.
September kicks off
with the Harvest Festival Service on 9th at 5.00 pm. Please come
along with perhaps a food gift for those less fortunate than most of us,
and enjoy a colourful service followed by sausage rolls and wine.
Later in the month
on the 29th, John Minns will once again run the annual Whist Drive
in the Village Hall. Book your place early as play will start promptly
at 7.30 pm. Tea etc will be served in the interval, and there is always
a nice range of prizes to be won.
Then on 6th October
we will have the annual Supper in Church an event that is in its
third year. Due to the limited space available for laying a formal table,
tickets costing £10 will be limited to 20 on a first come, first
serve basis. The ticket price covers a 3-course meal in a beautiful candle-lit
setting plus a first glass of wine. This is a fund raising event and will
also feature a raffle. To book your place early to avoid disappointment
please phone Mike and Sue Bolton on the number below.
In the June edition of the Link, we noted that the group that
organises church events and generally keeps thing running on an even keel
(the PCC), had room for more members. This is still the case, so if you
would like to offer a little time and assistance, please call one of the
Ian Dickson Tel: 01473 658637
Mike Bolton Tel: 01473 658304
Paul and Anne Chapman Tel: 01449 721181
Church Fact File
In order to meet the Links production schedule, this article is
being drafted before we know whether any junior members of the parishes
will respond to our invitation made last month for making a link between
their history lessons and some of the 13th and 14th century construction
work of Offton church. Watch this space in the next edition of the Link
for any results.
Fact File concerns the large tomb that faces the main south entrance door
(see photo below). This is without doubt one of the county's most unusual
outdoor tombs. It shows a weeping woman holding a horse by the head, while
a body lies slumped on the ground. The body depicts John Wyard who was
the tenant farmer of Castle Farm when he died in a fall from his horse
in 1867. Records show that John moved to Castle Farm with his wife Sarah
in the mid-1920s from Somersham where he was born. At the time, the farm
was owned by the trustees of one Bishop Andrews, and amounted to 210 acres.
Interestingly, this is similar in size to the 240 acres farm recorded
on the site in William the Conquerors Doomsday Book of 1086. Four
members of the Wyard family are shown on the sides of the tomb as being
buried there: John 1791-1867; Sarah 1795-1848; James (son) 1813-1889;
and Amy (daughter) 1827-1889. The tomb was restored several years ago
and the underground vault is no longer open. John and Sarah had eight
further children, and the initials of all the family members are carved
into bricks on the west facing wall of a shed at Castle Farm. These can
be easily read from the public footpaths that meet at that point.
The Wyard Tomb is
well worth a visit. Take a walk and see for yourself.
AND WILLISHAM PARISH COUNCIL
With the co-option on Mr Nigel Coleman to represent Offton, the Council
now has its full complement of ten members. Nigel is welcomed and
warmly thanked for his willingness to serve on the Council.
Willisham has a new seat installed at the end of Tye lane. Its cost
was partly met by a contribution from County Councillor Julia Truelove,
and the Council is grateful for her help .The Council would also like
to thank Guy Hitchcock of Hitchcock Farms, Ringshall, for his co-operation
in permitting us to place the seat on their land.
The notice board in Offton was vandalised on Saturday afternoon 7th July.
It is thought that the offenders were small boys who were seen throwing
stones nearby and the Constable Dave Clarke has been informed. If anyone
can add more information please let Dave or myself know.
PipSands Parish Clerk Tel 01449 721173
I am sure many of you have noticed the recent activity in the churchyard
and you may even have seen some investigations taking place on the chancel
roof. The pcc is delighted to be able to tell you that Willisham church
has been awarded £56,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, towards the
cost of re-roofing the chancel and renewing the rainwater goods, including
below ground drainage works.
This award is part of £225,000 of repair grants for three Grade
II Listed places of worship in the east of England - the other two churches
are from Norfolk and Hertfordshire - so you will understand how extremely
fortunate we are to be part of this award package.
Without this financial support we would be unable to contemplate undertaking
this work, which will help preserve Willisham Church for use by future
However, the total estimated cost of the work amounts to £77,972,
leaving us with a balance of nearly £20,000 to find. We hope to
raise this through other grants and, of course, by local fund raising.
We got off to a very good start with last years Gift Day and we
hope that our Fete and Bonfire Evening will swell the funds. If you have
any ideas for events, or any connection with charities or organisations
who offer grants or donations please let us know, so that an approach
can be made.
One idea already suggested is that we should stage a Willisham Open Gardens
event next year. If you would be prepared to open your garden (large or
small) or serve teas or ice-creams, please let us know as soon as possible.
More recipes are still required please send these to Frances Gilson
at 9 North Acres or e-mail to email@example.com
Historic Churches Trust
This years Bike Ride takes place on Saturday the 8th September.
If you would be prepared to ride on behalf of the Trust and Willisham
Church, please contact Frances Gilson for the appropriate form and full
Sunday the 14th October at 3.00pm
Friday the 2nd November at Crow Hall, Willisham
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.
August 9th Sunday after Trinity
Village Green Open Air Service
August 10th Sunday after Trinity
August 11th Sunday after Trinity
Service + baptism
August 12th Sunday after Trinity
Communion + Baptism
September 13th Sunday after Trinity
September 14th Sunday after Trinity
September 15th Sunday after Trinity
Service + comm.. by ext
Festival and Tea
September 16th Sunday after Trinity
Communion + baptism
Worship for all ages
Prayer with Prayer for Healing
October 18th Sunday after Trinity ( some of probable services)
Somersham Baptist Church
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)
Sunday 9th Sept 7.00pm A light meal and discussion about Forgiveness,
who needs it?
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 Date to be confirmed.
Friends and Neighbours; 17th September Hawaii 5-0 with David
All events are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP8
4QE, and Transport is always available.
Contacts: Mark Newcombe (Pastor) 01473 831940. Mobile 07930 543583. firstname.lastname@example.org
Edwin Mayhew 01473 658100
PC David Clark
Community Beat Officer
Tel: 01473 613500
Mid Suffolk South
Mid Suffolk District Council Offices,
131 High Street Needham Market Suffolk IP6 8DL
Tel: 01449 724997
Hello again ,
There has been an increase in the number of thefts from motor vehicles
in Mid Suffolk over recent weeks and, sadly, many of them are from insecure
vehicles. Dont make life easy for would-be criminals! Always lock
your vehicle, no matter how short a time you are leaving it for and always
remove any personal items from view. If you see anyone acting suspiciously
near vehicles ring the police immediately.
When making transactions using your credit, debit or charge card over
1. Don't give your card number over the telephone to 'cold' callers. Only
make telephone transactions when you have instigated the call and are
familiar with the company2. Have the card in front of you. The retailer
will ask you for information including the card number, expiry date, the
three or four digit card security code on the signature strip, issue number
where applicable, and your name as it appears on your card.3. NEVER give
your Personal Identification Number (PIN) to anyone over the telephone.
If anyone asks you for your PIN, even if they claim they are from the
bank or the police, they are probably a fraudster.4. Always ask the retailer
to confirm the full price that is being charged to your card, including
any booking fees, delivery charges etc. Make a note of this at the time.5.
If the retailer sends you written confirmation of the order, check the
bill to ensure that it is correct. Keep any such receipts and check them
off against your next statement.6. Always check the statements from your
bank or card issuer carefully as soon as you receive them. Raise any discrepancies
with the retailer concerned in the first instance. Contact your card issuer
if the matter is not resolved to your satisfaction.7. If you find any
transactions on your statement that you are certain you did not make,
contact your card issuer immediately. You may be asked to sign a disclaimer,
confirming that you did not undertake the transaction.Remember - Report
lost or stolen cards, or any suspected fraud, to your bank, building society
or card protection scheme immediately.
You will find the 24-hour emergency telephone number for your bank or
building society on your last statement or by calling directory enquiries.
If you have any information
or would like any advice on police matters I would be more than happy
to discuss this with you My contact telephone number is 01449 724997
My e mail address is email@example.com
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 any officer on duty.
Thanks very much PC
466 Dave Clark