from David Haughton
Ive now lived
and worked in Somersham for over 25 years, which I really cannot believe.
Its gone so fast and its been a hard, but very
My first memories
of coming here are as a small child, to visit my great grandmother (Mrs
Marjoram) and my great uncle Fred. I can
remember arriving in Somersham when we reached the ford, then the black
barn as you came into the village Keeches Barn, which stood where
the garage does today the building site, which was of course Springfield
Road, and, the thing which fascinated me most, Grannys outside loo.
How things have changed:
Somersham has gone from a rural village, with its agricultural workers,
to more of a commuter village. The old characters have gone and sadly
so much of the old-fashioned respect. I grew up always addressing my elders
as Mr or Mrs and still at times find it hard to
call my elders by their Christian names, even when they ask me to. When
I started work as an apprentice, I had to address everyone by their title
and even now, when I speak to my old boss, I still call him Mr Gower.
We now see so many
examples of people showing a lack of respect, whether it is for other
people, animals, or the planet we live on. Will it ever change? One thing
I have learnt since Ive been here and as Ive got older, is
that everyone is different. We all have different ideas and values that
others may or may not agree with. But its important to respect all
opinions, to learn to tolerate and listen to all points of view.
Nobody knows everything and looking or talking about something from a
different perspective can sometimes highlight what we cannot or dont
want to see ourselves.
On the evening of Tuesday, 2nd June Barking church was filled to capacity
to witness the Bishop of Dunwich licensing the Rev. Canon Bernard Rose
as the Priest-in-Charge of the eight village churches of our group. It
was a memorable service and the beautiful June evening added to the special
atmosphere of the evening. The warmth of our welcome was made tangible
when the procession of clergy and churchwardens left the church and Mary
Carter raised three cheers for Bernard as the brave man willing to take
us all on! The perfect evening was completed with lovely food and happy
chatter in Barking Village Hall, everyone wanting to meet the Rose family
who must have been more than ready for bed that evening!
On the following Sunday, 7th June in Willisham church there was another
capacity congregation from the eight churches joining together for Bernards
first service with us. It was another warm and happy occasion when even
the torrential rain this time could do nothing to dampen our enthusiasm.
Bernard, by now you should know that we are delighted to have you and
Janet with us and look forward to working with you and our friends in
the churches of our group. May God bless us all in the days and years
Errata Have you noticed how easy it is to mishear an s
for an f on the telephone! Well, we did just that in our new
priests letter in the June Link! We owe our apologies
to Bernards son, Finter Rose, whom we wrongly called Sinter
in his fathers letter last month. He took the mistake in good
part and kindly quipped that a Rose by any other name would smell as sweet!!
The last two sentences of the first paragraph of that letter should have
read like this:-
The other thing to note is that Janet constantly tries to turn me
out in a reasonably tidy manner (but often has to admit defeat!). And
we have three grown up children in our family Lisa, Finter and Rebekah
and three (soon to be four!) grandchildren.
We are really very
sorry Finter, but now at least everyone will remember your name!
Church Flowers and Cleaning Rotas
July 5, 12 Faith Jaggard
July 19, 26 Judith Newman
August 2, 9 Lois Warren
Cleaning Team A
July 5, 12 Mrs Ward
July 19, 26 Mrs Munson
August 2, 9 Mrs Laflin
Cleaning: Mr & Mrs G Watkins
July 5, 12 Mrs. Janet Crickmore
July 19, 26 Mrs. Leita Minns
August 2, 9 Mrs Maartje Rondeboom
Cleaning Mrs. J Crickmore
July 5th, 12th Mrs. M. Fisher
July 19th, 26th Mrs. D. Hill
Cleaningas flower rota
Somersham Church Notes
There will be a report
on the Summer Fete in the next issue of the Link, but many thanks to everyone
who helped in any way with this important fundraiser.
The Christian Aid
envelopes collected in Somersham raised a
magnificent £404.94. A very big thank you to everyone who gave,
and especially to those volunteers who did the house to house
Summer quiz sheets
- These are on sale for £1 from Christines Haircare, Somersham
Garage or Pat Woolhouse. Closing date is the end of August.
We will be holding
another Folk Evening featuring local bands on Friday October 9th. These
occasions are always very popular with a packed church, so do make sure
you get your tickets early. There will also be a Flower Festival in the
church over the weekend of 11th / 12th October with our Harvest Festival
service on the Sunday.
More details next month.
Saturday 25 July
Wednesday 1st July 2009
Wednesday 2nd September 2009
Wednesday 7th October 2009
All meetings commence
at 7.30pm in the Village Hall and the press and public are welcome to
Engineers from Anglian Water had to attend on 3 separate occasions within
a five-week period to clear a blocked sewer in Main Road. These blockages
cause a great deal of distress to those properties where the
sewage floods into their gardens. In the past the parish council has met
with Anglian Water on several occasions and has been told that our
sewers are adequate. It must be remembered that the sewerage system in
rural communities is not the same as in towns and cities when the sewers
are gigantic and you can help by not putting nappies and other personal
items into the sewerage system.
The Somersham Town Land Charity is a small charity set up to benefit the
poor and needy of Somersham. A few years ago the Deed of Covenant was
amended to enable the charity to also make donations to local voluntary
organisations. If you know of any person or organisation which would like
to be considered please contact the parish clerk.
Confidentiality is assured for individual cases.
Mid Suffolk District Council is seeking nominations for its Community
Achievement Awards 2009. The awards are an opportunity to say thank you
to someone in the local community who deserves recognition and praise
for their efforts. For example, fundraising activities, conservation work,
long and dedicated services to the community, a campaigner for improved
services or someone who has given their time freely to do something innovative
and original for their community. The closing date for nominations is
17 July 2009.
For more information
e-mail email@example.com or
Damage has once again been caused to the Parish Council Notice Board on
Main Road. The cost of these repairs has to be borne by the parish council,
which may have to consider an increase in the precept in the future to
offset these charges. Please help by being vigilant, particularly when
in the proximity of the notice board, and report any suspicious activity
to the Police.
Gateway To Choice
Mid Suffolk District Council has recently introduced a new scheme called
Gateway to Choice, which is a new method of allocating Council and housing
association properties. People seeking accommodation have to register
and are then assessed and placed in one of 5 bands (A to E). Each week
vacancies are advertised and applicants are able to express an interest.
This is called bidding. The best way to bid is online as applicants can
see a picture and details of the properties advertised. Properties are
offered to the person who has bid who is in the highest band. If more
than one bid is received from that band then it will be offered to the
person who has waited the longest. The government is keen for choice based
lettings schemes to permit cross boundary movements, therefore applicants
will be able to bid for priorities in any of the districts in the scheme,
currently Babergh, Braintree, Colchester, Ipswich, Maldon, Mid Suffolk
and Suffolk Coastal.
For more information
Sue Lister on 01449 724758 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Janet Clarke Tel. No. 01473 830398
Clerk to the Council E-mail: email@example.com
LA POTHERIE VILLAGE LINK
A warm and sunny weekend greeted the 46 French visitors to our village
in May when host families and friends welcomed guests from our link village
of Challain-la-Potherie in the Loire Valley. As usual we had a full programme
of events to occupy them and ourselves.
Following their eagerly awaited arrival we were able to enjoy a reception
at the Baptist Chapel thanks to Mark and his volunteers.
A large group of more than 60 English and French hosts and guests visited
the Long Shop Museum in Leiston, followed by a lunch laid on for us by
the Leiston Womens Institute. We were made very welcome by both
organisations and we had a huge surprise when the Mayor
(or Chairman) of Leiston arrived to greet us. A delightful time in the
town and an extremely warm welcome by all.
We carried on from here to Southwold where Trinity House had opened the
lighthouse for us to view and climb all 100 or more steps to the top,
show us the lantern and explain how it works and to see the town from
a birds eye view. A bit of free time to see the town and go to the
An impromptu evening followed when one set of hosts opened their garden
to all and most of our hosts and guests enjoyed their hospitality and
the time to mix together socially.
A free day on Saturday meant that a wide variety of venues were chosen
to take guests, from towns, villages and local pubs.
The children, 16 from Challain and an equal number from here, together
with adults took part in a trip to Sudbury where they visited the brickworks
and played hilarious, but highly competitive, games of baseball and football.
On Saturday evening the youngsters again became very sportive and competitive
when they took on the challenge of a tug-of-war. This year, the older
teams who have been good sportsmen for the past eight or nine years
- gave over their places and allowed the teens and
pre-teens to become acquainted with the rules of tug-of-war. Challain
won the trophy this year and Somersham came second. Next year, with more
experience, who knows which will win, no doubt Somersham will wish to
claim the trophy back then.
A barn dance and fish n chip supper in the village hall rounded
off a very successful weekend. The visit was all too quickly over when
our visitors had to return home on Sunday morning, but we look forward
to seeing them again next year when it will be our turn to visit them
in their village in the Loire Valley.
To those who organised and worked hard to make the weekend such a success,
the hosts, their families and everyone who had anything at all to do with
the village link to make the weekend such an enjoyable occasion
very many thanks indeed.
Gill Fordham: 831529 David Haughton: 831511
Janet Hodge: 832296 Pat Woolhouse: 831080
SOMERSHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB
The first match of the summer league did not get off to the good start
we had hoped for! Against Sproughton in previous encounters and, especially
on our home mats, Somersham usually bowl with good results. This time
the outcome was somewhat different. In the first two games of the fours,
one of our teams struggled to a creditable draw whilst it was a loss for
the other. The second half we fared slightly better in the triples
with the games finishing in a win for each side. Overall - despite losing
- a very enjoyable evenings bowling.
The next match was a friendly against Nacton - a team who dont participate
in any league games and bowl purely for fun, but are still very competitive
on the field of play. We extended a welcome to them - our mats - for the
first games of the home and away fixture. All members from both clubs
bowled well and three of the four games were very close and the results
only sorted out in the latter ends of the games. Even the remaining game
could have been closer but luckily for Somersham the woods ran in our
favour. Somersham won by a margin of 12 shots. Both sides enjoyed the
evening and we now look forward to the return match to be played at Nacton
Result: Win 3
1 Somersham 45 shots Nacton 28 shots
With some club members
unable to bowl due to other commitments we turned out with a much depleted
side for our away match with Great
Blakenham. This meant some team members having to bowl twice which can
be quite tiring. Any visit to the Great Blakenham venue is daunting, and
very controlled rolling of the woods is the only way to get close to the
jack. Obviously they are used to their mats and we are not! .... consequently
the first two games went decisively to the home team. A similar pattern
followed in the second half although one of the Somersham triples
excelled themselves by taking advantage of a healthy early lead which
- much to our opponents surprise - was held onto from start to finish.
Although points were shared in the second half the result was never close
and Great Blakenham won with the higher score on overall shots.
May ended with the
Clubs AGM, which gave opportunity for reflection on the past year
in the Club, the chance to appraise the situation and air views; and to
essentially consider the way forward for the year ahead.
Team Shots Points
Sproughton 4428 73 Lost Home
Great Blakenham 6619 82 Lost Away
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With a projected appraisal
made at the Clubs AGM it is apparent - looking ahead - that a critical
situation may likely occur at the start of the Winter League (September)
whereby the Carpet Bowls Club will have insufficient numbers to field
a full team for matches.
The next couple of
summer months are therefore the ideal time for you .... Yes you reader!
.... to come along to a Tuesday Club evening and try your hand. Those
who have come along and tried it ... like it!
Somersham Primary School
The Hawks class have
finished their SATS and are making the most of the remaining weeks of
the summer term. The high point so far has been coming 3rd in the Eastern
Region Rugby Tournament. It was the greatest of achievements, and we have
all been proud of the teams grit, determination and sportsmanship.
Mr Marshall is continuing to teach tag rugby and is treating the team
to a MacDonalds for all their efforts.
The high point in the history of Somersham School will be Emily Gravetts
visit. She is a much celebrated author and illustrator. She spent the
day at school doing workshops, speaking to the children about her life
and how she came to begin writing and illustrating. The day finished with
the official opening of the library, a question and answer session and
book signing. The excitement remained at
fever pitch all day!
As part of their Castles topic, Squirrels very much enjoyed their trip
to Framlingham Castle. Any excuse for a dressing up session! Both teachers
and pupils all arrived as knights with swords and shields at the ready.
Whilst the Hawks are away on their residential trip to Hayling Island
the rest of school will be enjoying both a Nature and India week.
During these cross curricular weeks the normal school timetable is abandoned
and the children find this different approach invigorating. Indian food
will be prepared and sampled and the Ferrets are already investigating
The rest of term is always busy. FOSS are very busy preparing for the
Summer Fete and we are all hoping the weather will be kind.
Anyone wishing to
visit our school should contact the school
secretary Tel. 01473 831251 Email.firstname.lastname@example.org
SOMERSHAM FOOTBALL CLUB
With most of the club
scribes preparing for long distance holidays in the sun, Ive been
asked to, Put a bit in the Link, or at least I think thats
what they said, anyway, apologies for any mistakes, any duplication or
if this just isnt the finest piece of literature you have ever read,
but here goes.
Shane Davis and James Plummer have assembled a large squad of boys over
the last 12 months and have just finished their first league season at
7 a side.
The lads have competed well against some well established clubs, gaining
valuable experience, displaying a passion and desire that will see them
do very well next season as they step up to 11 a side.
The under 12s came close to promotion, a win on the last game of the season
would have seen them through in runners up spot, however it just wasnt
to be, the boys battled hard but lost 1 0 to a Cornard side with
an exceptional keeper, in fact he was reported to be driving the team
bus but nothings been confirmed.
Manager Steve Cotterell will add to the squad during the summer as we
plan to go all out for promotion next year.
Under the leadership of Quinny Warner and the departing Matt Whitton the
reserves were only one or two results from promotion, this was quite some
feat and an indicator of the strength in depth that Somersham now has.
Congratulations to the 1st team who were promoted as runners up in Division
This was a fantastic team achievement managed by Keith Lawrence and Derek
Ottaway but special mention must go to Kieren Cotterell who not only finished
as the clubs leading goal scorer for both the reserves and the first
team but for the division as well.
Keith like Matt will be stepping back from team management next season
but SFC is grateful for all their contributions in making the 08/09 season
On behalf of all
the teams special thanks to our Chairman, David Sillet and to all those
who have supported us, either with work behind the scenes or as one of
our many fans from the touchline.
Rural Coffee Caravan
comes to Somersham
The Coffee Caravan
will be found at Brook Way
Wednesday 29th July 2.00 pm -- 4.00 pm
We provide a wealth of information about local and
national agencies and organisations
We offer an opportunity to chat to neighbours and
friendly volunteers over a cup of tea / coffee and
******** ALL WELCOME ********
Our visit is free but donations are welcome
Supported by Neighbourhood Watch Somersham
Chernobyl Childrens Life Line Needham
Market Charity Shop
shop was originally opened to help with the necessary fundraising for
this years group of children and was only going to
operate for the three months preceding their arrival on July 5th .
However, we have had so many requests from everyone to continue that a
Committee Meeting was convened to discuss the future of the shop and I
am pleased to report that we have decided to continue at least until Christmas
after which a further review will take place. We have decided to close
on Tuesdays so our new opening hours will be Monday, Weds, Thurs and Fri
10:00am until 4:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. I would like
to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers who work so hard
in the shop and those who have donated goods and made this venture a possibility.
Apart from the fundraising
side this has been a great opportunity to raise awareness of our Charity
and once again I would ask if you have any new or nearly new clothing
for children aged 7 to 12 year it would be gratefully received. We are
always in need of items for the shop also, in particular childrens toys
as these are always very much in demand. Unfortunately we cannot accept
electrical goods and duvets (duvet covers are fine). Heather Dickinson
of 5 Chapel Lane Somersham (01473 830068) has kindly offered to allow
people to drop anything for the children, or the shop, with her and she
will bring them into the shop for us.
If goods need collecting
or if you would like to help in the shop or know more about our charity
please feel free to call me on
01449 760343 or email email@example.com .
Our website also includes more information about the charity and our work.
Lastly, as the Boot Sale on 28th June was intended to coincide with the
closure of the shop and allow us to sell off remaining stock, this has
now been cancelled and we hope this does not cause anyone any inconvenience.
PC David Clark
Community Beat Officer
Tel: 01473 613500
Mid Suffolk South Team
Mid Suffolk District Council Offices,
131 High Street Needham Market Suffolk IP6 8DL
Hello again ,
CRIMES OF INTEREST
Offton: 7th May Burglary from insecure shed electrical and
gym equipment 16th May Burglary from shed , door forced, lawnmower
stolen located nearby
Somersham, Willisham, Nettlestead: No crimes
APPEAL FOR VIGILANCE TO PREVENT ANY UP AND COMING RAVES FROM OCCURRING
As you are all aware the onset of the lighter evenings brings the possibility
of Illegal Rave activities anywhere within the Suffolk area and the likely
hood of Exessive Noise, Criminal Damage, Public Disorder, Anti-Social
Behaviour and Litter.. As a result please be vigilant and help us to make
1) That gates which give access to fields are secure
2) Ensure that all vulnerable out-buildings are secure
3) Report any sightings of large convoys of cars making their way onto
4) Keep an eye out for large vehicles transporting sound equipment
5) If you are involved in booking any type of function at village halls,
clubs or community centres, make sure that any late bookings are thoroughly
NEW ROGUE TRADER SCAM
A new SCAM appears to be emerging whereby previous victims of rogue traders
are being cold called by individuals claiming to be "Trading Standards
Officials" who point out the poor standard of the work they have
had carried out on their addresses. They then request a substantial admin
fee which they promise will be returned along with the full amount paid
to the original rogue trader.
As has long been suspected, Rogue Traders are clearly communicating with
each other and sharing intelligence about vulnerable people and their
locations. Gwent and South Wales have had a number of these incidents,
but in 2008, Norfolk had several similar offences.
Please note; Trading standards officers never request cash from consumers
and would always make an appointment before visiting.
If anyone has had any information on similar incidents please contact:
Trading Standards on 08454 04 05 06
We often get complaints
regarding the riding of the small mini motorcycles ( mini motos ) in public
areas etc . I have been asked to explain the law regarding use of the
Mini Moto motorcycles
Where can mini-motos be ridden legally?
On private land? Yes,
but with exceptions.
Minimotos can be ridden legally on privately owned land,where permission
from the owner has been given, as long as it doesnt cause harassment,
alarm or distress, or a statutory nuisance. In most cases this would be
land owned by private individuals, such as gardens, and would not include
parks and housing estates where permission has not been given
No. It is illegal to ride mini-motos on the pavement, under section 72
of the Highways Act 1835.
On the road?
No. In virtually all cases, it is illegal for mini-motos to be ridden
on the road.
The Government regards mini-motos to be motor vehicles which
need to meet the mandatory European construction requirements to be ridden
on roads. The majority of mini-motos are not manufactured in such a way
that allows them to meet these requirements, and would need to be modified
significantly to do so.
Consequently, for a mini-moto to be legally used on roads, not only would
it need to meet construction requirements, but it would also require the
registration with the DVLA;
road tax; and
a driver aged 17 or over (or 16 if the vehicle meets the definition of
a moped see section 108 of the RTA 1988) with:
a suitable safety helmet;
appropriate insurance; and
a driving licence that authorises the use of that vehicle.
If you have any information or would like any advice on police matters
PCSO 3183 Vince Whitrow or myself would be more than happy to discuss
this with you Our contact telephone number is 01284 774100
Our e mail addresses
are are Vincent.Whitrow@suffolk.pnn.police.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remember that
there are occasions when we 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
Several of us went to Bernards licensing as our priest and we have
since introduced him to our style of PCC meeting! and the long
chats that follow afterwards!
We are now getting ready for the fete and then on Saturday September 12th
it is the annual Suffolk Historic Churches Cycle Ride could you
find sponsors and ride for us?
Or even walk round some of the churches?
Or, sit in church to welcome cyclists who come to visit us on their way
Half the sponsorship
raised is returned to the cyclist/walkers designated church.
If you feel able to help, please contact Wilma Watkins, or look in church
for forms and details. Thank you.
27th is Flowton Harvest Festival at 4pm, followed by tea at 4.45pm.
There will be a Harvest Workshop for the children on Saturday September
26th at 10.00am in the church.
Flowton Harvest Supper
is Friday 23rd October more details later
OFFTON CHURCH NEWS
2 June A most important event occurred on 2 June when The Rev
Cannon Bernard Rose was licensed by The Right Rev Clive Young, Bishop
of Dunwich, in Barking Church to be our new priest-in-charge. This follows
a period of 16 months in which we have had no resident priest, otherwise
referred to as an interregnum. Offton offers a very warm welcome
to Bernie and his wife Janet. They have taken up residence in the vicarage
at Willisham. See Church Fact File below for more
Summer Fete 13
June By the time that this July issue of the Link appears in
your letterbox, this eagerly awaited annual event will have been held
in the church grounds. Offton church relies on the fete as a core event
to bring people together and to raise funds to keep our ancient church
is such fine condition, so to those of you who attended to enjoy what
was on offer we offer our thanks. A report on the Fete will be included
in next months Link.
Open Gardens 12
July There can be no excuse for missing what will be an excellent
and interesting day for anyone vaguely interested in gardening. Refreshments
will be available at various locations, and the toilet in the church will
also be open. A Songs of Praise service will follow the delights of nature
and hard work by owners of the gardens that you will have been lucky to
13 September Please make a note of this event that will take
place soon after the summer holidays. This service, when we thank God
for his bounty of food, will be held at 5.30 pm in Offton Church. All
offerings of produce will be passed to the Salvation Army in
Stowmarket for distribution to those in need who are far less fortunate
than most of us, and are finding life so hard at this time.
Church Fact File
The Rev Cannon Bernard
Rose is the new resident priest-in-charge for our benefice of churches
which includes the parishes of Offton with
Willisham, Somersham with Flowton, Ringshall with Battisford, Barking
with Darmsden and Gt Bricett. This is a huge undertaking covering eight
active parish churches together with a combined population of around 2,500.
An inner city church may well have a parish of several times that number
of people but with only one church to worry about.
Our benefice covers
a very large rural area. Each of the eight churches endeavours to hold
a regular cycle of services for all parishioners needs including
morning family, communion, evensong, wedding, baptism and funeral services,
as well as special services at other times of the Christian calendar such
as Christmas, Easter, Harvest Festival and so on. And all churches want
to have their priest-in-charge to officiate as much as possible. So Bernie
is going to be a very busy vicar.
It was not always
like this. Looking back around a century, we find that on 29 June 1904,
The Rev Albert Bosanquet was inducted as Vicar for just Offton and Gt
Bricett following a 10 months interregnum. Even then, there appears to
have been a shortage of people becoming clergymen. Back then, the village
school was still in full swing, and the reports show that the teachers
and the pupils of Offton School lined the path from the Vicarage to the
church for the induction service.
The picture on the
following page records all vicars since William Bottulfe arrived in 1537.
However, there were many more going back to the first appearance of Offton
church around 1,000 years ago.
Now we have another
name to add to a long list.
WILLISHAM CHURCH NOTES
Please note that there will be no Evening Prayer Service at Willisham
on Sunday 12th July. Instead, we shall be joining our friends at Offton
Church for their Songs of Praise.
We look forward to seeing everyone at Crow Hall on Saturday 11th July
at 2.00 pm. Please see separate poster for details.
The attendance this year broke all records. One hundred people took part
in the walk on Saturday 9th May. We are extremely grateful to John Minns,
who organised the walk, and to Leita and Jenny, who provided very welcome
hospitality at Holly Tree Cottage. Thanks also to Richard, who prepared
and led the walk with John, and to Richard Cage for sharing his knowledge
of the woodland. A total of £532.50 was raised for Willisham Church.
Coffee Morning and Nearly New Sale
A very successful event was held at Foxgloves on Saturday 23rd May. Many
thanks to all involved for their hard work and
contributions, and to those who gave donations. A total of £363.35
was raised for church funds.
Thank you to everyone who generously donated to this most worthy charity.
A total of £266.74 was raised in Willisham.
From 2.00 pm
Elmsett Fellowship Brass Band
Exhibition of local photographs
ADMISSION FREE ALL WELCOME
a good afternoon and meet your friends
OFFTON AND WILLISHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB.
The club members
and guests celebrated the end of the season and managing to stay in division
1 with a meal at the Bramford Cock, a good meal and a pleasant evening
were enjoyed by all. Tributes were paid to our team captain Marion for
getting us through a tough season.
The Summer League has started and in the summer we play against different
teams from those we meet in the winter.
We began our campaign with a home match against Kelsale, the match was
hard fought against tough opposition, both teams won two games, but O/W
had the better shots score, 47-34 so we won the match 6 points to 4.
For our next encounter we travelled to Little Bealings, a fairly new club
who have only played in the league for a couple of years, they have come
on strongly and have some good players, we managed to win one game and
draw one, so we lost the match 3 points to 7, the evening ended, as usual,
with some tasty refreshments and friendly chat.
For our third match we entertained Martlesham, again good opponents, there
was some good play by both teams, but the advantage of playing on our
home mats showed in the end, and O/W won the match 8 points to 2. At the
end our visitors were entertained with the usual tea and sandwiches etc.
For our fourth match of the season we visited Old Felixstowe, again a
tough team to take points from on their own mats, one team managed a good
win, so we came away with 2 points, the match score being 2 points to
8 for Old Felixstowe, once again the home team provided some lovely refreshments,
including a wonderful cream sponge!!
In the middle of
June the club has arranged a boat trip on the river Deben, followed by
a meal at the Maybush, to which we are all looking forward. This should
set us up nicely for the second half of the season.
Once again we welcome
new members as you can see we have social events as well as playing bowls,
we need some new blood to strengthen our team, experience not required,
why not give it a try? For more information call Valerie on 01473 657023.
and Willisham Parish Council
Councillors re-elected Mike Bolton and Keith Earl to serve another year
as Chairman and Vice Chairman.
Also appointed as Council representatives:-
Suffolk Association of Local Councils Lois Seddon
Tree warden Colin Pinson Roxburgh
Village Hall Management Committee Chris Storey and Colin Pinson
Transport Alison Rumsey
Wattisham Liaison Group Mike Bolton
Footpaths David Cattermole (Offton),
Keith Earl ( Willisham)
2nd August 2-6pm
Tollemache Hall Gardens
are open in aid of the Red Cross.
signed off Ringshall Road or down Offton Channel.
Plenty of free parking, plant stall, homemade teas.
Entrance £3, children enter free.
Punches on view
Including Michael Tollemaches 2year old Clemhill Anya,
who was Supreme Champion Suffolk Punch at the recent Suffolk Show.
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
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: 2.30pm Friday 10th July.
Friends and Neighbours: 7.45pm Monday 20th July.
Contact Mark if you
Meetings are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane,
Somersham IP8 4QE.
Pastor Mark Newcombe, 01473 831940,
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.
July 4th Sunday after Trinity
Family Communion (Canon S Ritchie)
July 5th Sunday after Trinity
July 6th Sunday after Trinity
26th July 7th Sunday after Trinity
Communion + baptism
Prayer John Andreason
the time of going to print we do not know the services for August when
the pattern is often different.
Please watch the noticeboards or ask the churchwardens if your Link does
not arrive in time.