Annual Parochial Church Meeting
At the meeting on 25 April the following appointments were made:
Vignoles (lay chairman)
Martin (electoral role officer)
Dickson is an ex officio member)
Church Fete is upon us!
Saturday 11 June at 2 pm!
- do not forget!! Further details from
Lucy 658480 or Ian 658637 if you have missed earlier advertisements!
of Talents :- A happy afternoon with a varied programme : piano &
poetry, trumpet & tales of Suffolk, songs & solos plus, of course,
the ever popular Offton Song. More verses and more fun! Wine afterwards
and time to chat and look at the artwork and exhibits in the church. Thanks
to Scott and his team for all their efforts to make the festival such
a success and to all those who contributed and, last but not least, to
all of you who came along to support them.
At the time of writing I have been struggling with little or no voice
for over a week. (A penance for me, as many of you will realise!) It is
not particularly painful, but the effort of communicating is exhausting.
Teaching has been quite a challenge. The children are generally sympathetic
and co-operative when they see the problem and love the responsibility
of calling the register or acting as my loud-speaker to convey an instruction
to the class. It makes me chuckle that a whispered conversation on my
part so often brings whispered replies from the child in return! The hardest
part without a voice, of course, is the actual teaching. Some things can
be written down, but this is limited especially with young children. We
have a child in the class who signs, so some of the more obvious signs
have a wider usefulness for all of us. Mostly, it has been a matter of
sitting quite close together on the carpet to be able to see clearly and
listen carefully to the best stage-whisper I can manage. A lot depends
on the listening!
It is a relief then that teaching is only part-time these days. However,
the combination at home of my lack of voice and Steve's limited hearing
hasn't been much more restful. Although he's a good listener and is used
to lip reading, misunderstandings have been frequent and conversations
could easily have been taken from some of those old 'Two Ronnies' scripts!
The hardest part is making him realise that I'm trying to say something
in the first place. Leaning across with arms flailing seems to do the
It's all so much more difficult than usual. It's made me think again how
any communication is after all a two way process, speaking and listening.
So what about communicating with God? Luckily we don't need a loud voice
to make Him hear. The merest whisper will do, even unspoken thoughts,
since we already have His attention. And what about an answer? It can
be hard to tell what He wants to say to us. The first thing is to know
that He wants to reach out to each one of us, then to respond with our
attention. If we are too busy with all the things around us and aren't
listening, we just won't hear.
And I, for one, really appreciate a good conversation.
CHURCH FLOWER AND CLEANING ROTA
June 5 12 Wedding
June 19 26 J. Newman
July 3 A. Osbourne
June Cleaning - Team C
July Cleaning - Team A
June 5 12 Mrs. Grimwood
June 19 26 Mrs. Turner
July 3 Mrs.Carter
June Cleaning - Mrs. S. and Miss A Pearman
July Cleaning - Mr. & Mrs.Watkins
June 5 12 Mrs. J. Spurling
June 19 26 Mrs. L.Seddon
July 3 Mrs. J.Crickmore
June Cleaning - Mrs. C. Langford
July Cleaning - Mrs. J. Crickmore
June 5 12 Mrs. Gilson
June 19 26 Mrs. Southall
Cleaning - as above
WILLISHAM CHURCH NOTES
Songs of Praise
We look forward to seeing you at our service at 3.00pm on Sunday the 12th
June. The Benefice Choir will be there to lead the service of hymns already
chosen by members of our congregation.
Church Spring Clean
In readiness for the above service, we have decided to spring clean the
church from 10.00am on Saturday the 11th June. We would be delighted if
you could join us, come with your duster, and stay as long as you are
July Evening Prayer
On Sunday the 10th July, at 3.00pm our service will be lead by Nora Daniels,
who took so many of our afternoon services during the last two interregnums.
We do hope you will be able to join us on this occasion.
Church Fete - Saturday
the 16th July
Please see our advertisement for full details. However, we are still looking
to volunteers to help - we have lots of good ideas for stalls etc., but
I'm afraid we can't man them on our own!! Please 'phone 658387 is you
are able to help. We have decided to have a VE Day Theme, so come in your
best 1940s clothes.
Churches Cycle Ride
This year's sponsored cycle ride takes place on Saturday the 10th September.
By taking part you can raise money for the Trust and also your local church.
(We also need people to help man the church on the day) For full details
In aid of Willisham Church
celebrating the 60th anniversary of VE Day
SATURDAY 16TH JULY
CROW HALL, WILLISHAM
Gospel Readings for our
Sunday Worship taken from the Revised Common Lectionary. It is good to be
sharing the reading of Scripture with Christians - both Catholic and Protestant
- across the world.
5th June Second Sunday
after Trinity Matthew 9. 9-13, 18-26
12th June Third Sunday
after Trinity Matthew 9. 35-10.8
19th June Fourth Sunday after Trinity Matthew 10. 24-39
26th June Fifth Sunday
after Trinity Matthew 10. 40-end
to the gallant band of folk who are turning out regularly to cut the grass
and trim the churchyard. It is looking great and your hard work is appreciated
by all who worship in, and visit, our lovely church. Thank you.
The Fete this
year is on Sunday June 26th at 2.00pm. We would love some new ideas and
volunteers to help with the event. Please contact Diana (658335) Margaret
(658330) or Mary (658522) if you can offer any help at all.
- many thanks to all who contributed and also the several collectors.
Details in next Link.
Two dates for your
* October 12th is the date of the half-yearly Parish Meeting, 7.30pm
in the Vestry.
* November 18th is the date for a special Trivia Quiz -or maybe
not so trivial! - to be run by our friend John Minns in aid of Flowton
church. It will have a Suffolk theme.
More details later,
but we have booked Somersham Village Hall so will have plenty of room
for you and your friends to make up several teams we hope.
Sunday, June 26th
in the churchyard
and games for
Straight after half-term
a group of year sixes are off on their activity trip. They will be departing
Monday morning and the parents will have five days of wonderful peace
(if not a bit of worry). The place were the children are going is in Buckinghamshire,
so there will be no going home at night time; but as experience has taught
us, it's a great confidence building trip for the children. So have a
great time everyone and be gentle with Miss Weekes, Emma and Jonathan!
Oh! and you can do some accounts for next months Link.
While they are off, don't think the grass will grow under the schools
feet waiting for them to come back. We are having an art week! There is
going to be lots of activities based on "Summer". There will
be a special picnic on the field (please don't let it rain) prepared by
Tanya with the help of the children, and best of all, on the Thursday,
we are all going to Felixstowe for the day to collect natural materials
for an extra special day on the Friday. The area Art Co-Ordinator is spending
the morning with us to do a "big" art display on the field.
Also this month, Class 3 are off for the day to Easton Farm Park as part
of their animals and growth project.
Years Five and Six are involved with a pyramid rounders tournament and
yes, it's that time of year yet again, when, motorists watch out, year
Six are taking their cycle proficiency test!
We had a very enjoyable time at the Beetle Drive during April. You really
should come when we have one of these evenings. They're a real hoot and
it only cost a pound!
Our latest purchases for the school are a storage box for the children's
outdoor playtime equipment and more non-fiction books for the library.
This will be an ongoing thing as the books are getting rather tatty. If
you have any books of this nature, maybe because your own children have
grown out of them or perhaps you need the space, we would be very grateful
to receive them.
During the weekend of 17th-18th September, we are having a Scarecrow Display.
This will incorporate scarecrows around the village for you to hunt out
so book at least one of those days so you can have a look but more information
on that nearer the time.
Of course the most
important info you need this month is about the Summer Fair. This is going
to be on the school field between 1.30 and 4.30 p.m. As you can see elsewhere,
this year we are having a "Rock and Roll" theme. This will incorporate
a fancy "dress like Elvis" competition for the children, various
stalls, both familiar ones and some new ones, the now famous "Vices
Ices", "Emma and Di's Dodgy Diner" (B-B-Q really), Ernie's
Rock Around the Clock music, refreshments and so much more, you'll just
have to come and have a look for yourselves.
You all know by now what a good afternoon you can have by supporting us
so there's really no need to say anymore other than
Thank You in advance.
Outside Foundation Learning Area,
the Playtrail and Wild Garden and the Willow Garden.
Thursday 16th June at 2 p.m.
on the school field.
Refreshments will be served.
We will be delighted to see you all.
Summer Fair incorporating
our annual flower/produce/craft show
saturday 25th june
1.30 'til 4.30
on the school field
this year we have a
"rock & roll"
Come and have some fun with us and please feel free to dress
PC Kevin Shields
Community Beat Officer
Tel: 01473 613500
From our Community
Pc 980 Kevin Shields
Tel: 01473 613500
When you read this
it will be June and we will be having the first days of a wonderful summer.
Well I can hope, can't I?
Lovely light evenings, family barbeques, drinks in the garden, kids able
to play outside all day, lots of events such as fetes and parties. All
should be wonderful
.But to some people it's a nightmare; To
some, kids playing is a beautiful sound, but when it's in the wrong place
or becomes too loud and the language becomes abusive it's suddenly not
so beautiful. Barbeques are fun, but not if your music is so loud as to
upset the neighbours or folks several houses away. That leaves fetes and
suchlike - what do I get as complaints about them? Mainly inconsiderate
parking blocking access both for residents and emergency vehicles. So
what am I asking?
Only that everyone has a little consideration for those that live around
Don't let it be your children who get their names added to the Youth Nuisance
Register. Where are they and what are they doing?
Don't let it be you receiving a letter from Environmental Health about
excessive noise. Consider your neighbours.
Don't let it be you receiving a fixed penalty ticket for obstruction.
Think before you park.
One last thought.
Whilst enjoying yourself.
You can drink more than you think.
Think before you drink before you drive.
That's the moan of
the month so now on to crime matters.
For most of the area it has been a quiet month. However car crime has
continued particularly in the Somersham area, where overnight 13th April
a Peugeot car had its rear screen smashed for no apparent reason as nothing
Also in Somersham in the early hours of Wednesday 20th April a GPS navigation
system was stolen from a vehicle. This item was worth around £2700.
Several reports have been made of persons trying to sell pictures door
to door. Please take the same precautions you would with any other salesperson,
and report any suspicious sightings. In some cases they have been quite
forceful in their sales techniques. Call the police if this is the case.
Those of you who like
a laugh might like to see myself and PC Elding again in Needham Market's
Raft Race on 12th June this year. If we can get a team! Our colleagues
seem to run away whenever we mention it.
If you can assist with or require further information about any incident
mentioned in these notes, please contact me on 01473 613500 (Force Headquarters).
If I am not on duty ask to leave a voicemail message for Pc980 Shields.
Please remember there are periods when I am rest day for 4 days. If you
require urgent action do not leave message, speak to another officer.
PC Kevin Shields
01473 383390 Stowmarket Police Station
01473 613500 Police Headquarters
To go to the Suffolk Police web site please click here
go to the Neighbourhood Watch site of Suffolk Police click here
OFFTON & WILLISHAM VILLAGE HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Over the past twelve
months the committee have been busy trying to make progress on site for
the intended new hall. We have had consultations with our architects,
who have come up with various schemes to enable the Lower Coney Grove
site to be used. We have finally arrived at a layout that appears to cover
all the points raised regarding access for vehicles, access for the disabled
and keeping the removal of earth to a reasonable minimum. However whichever
scheme we use, the cost of removing the earth is very high.
A meeting with Mid-Suffolk District council has been held, to inform them
of our ideas and to gauge their reaction to them. It was a very positive
meeting and the committee came away greatly heartened, feeling that we
could be making some progress at last.
As the cost of building the new village hall has risen in recent years
it is proposed that the development takes place in three stages, stage
one the construction of an amenity area, followed by car parking and finally
the village hall itself. In the meantime we intend to refurbish and modernise
the existing hall to a standard which will enable the numbers of hires
to be improved and more functions organised. We are now awaiting a reply
from MSDC after we formally wrote to them setting out our proposals.
During the year we have run a team quiz, which was a great success and
we will shortly be having the music in Crow Hall barn. Unfortunately we
had to postpone the auction of promises due to lack of response with the
promises. Perhaps we didn't give ourselves enough time to gather the promises,
we will know next time.
We have had some problems with vandalism at the hall. In the first instance
the cistern was torn from the wall in the Gents toilet, which meant that
the hall was flooded. This has been repaired and the floor refurbished
to look like new. A power polisher has been given to the village hall
by Colin Pinson-Roxburgh, we are grateful to him for that. The second
incident was the smashing of the coin meters, which have been replaced.
We have also had our first instance of graffiti. At this time no one has
been brought to book on any of these things.
Vacancy for a Treasurer
At our recent AGM we were sorry to receive the resignation of our Treasurer,
Nick Banks due to family and work commitments. Our Chairman has taken
on the role on a temporary basis, but we urgently need someone permanent.
If you are interested, please contact Tony Webber on 01473 658550, who
would be very pleased to hear from you.
And finally don't
in the Barn at Crow Hall, Willisham,
and Western to Modern Pop
Saturday 9th July,
8 p.m. to midnight
There will be a cash bar, BBQ and raffle
For tickets please contact:
Tony Webber Tel: 01473 658550 or
Janet Crickmore Tel: 01473 658547.
your friends and have an evening to remember!!
Somersham CSC News
Good quality racing
last month, like the exciting home league clash against East London. The
Stars demonstrated some brilliant team riding to take it to another last
heat decider but lost out 87-93 in the end. Barry Copping and Gary Brown
deserved their big scores, but Peter Mittell was less fortunate - collecting
a facial injury when his chain mysteriously came off.
The British Junior
League round at Ipswich was a mammoth meeting due to the number of riders
taking part. And with a good turn-out of Somersham youngsters, we pipped
Hethersett for second by 2 points - our best ever performance in this
competition. Morgan Borrett showed good speed on his way to 3rd in the
Under 8's, while Michael Garrad and Carl Gooding impressed in the Under
12's. They didn't get many points but the effort was clearly evident.
We dominated the Under 18's with Andrew Mittell and Lee Pike taking the
top two positions.
Mittell was at it
again when he made the long trip to Newport. The Welsh Junior Open was
the first meeting at this new track, which appeared to have been completed
only hours before! Our Somersham Star superbly beat the local hero him
from the back in a run off for the title.
The South East Grand
Prix series kicked off at Somersham with another large line-up of riders.
Reece Saunderson-Copping was the most impressive homester, riding some
clever lines on his way to third in the Under 10's. Perhaps the biggest
success was off track though, where refreshment sales hit an all time
high. It was all down to the hard working Deborah Mittell. The funds raised
will help towards purchasing another club bike. Running a meeting like
the Grand Prix is not easy when you are riding as well, and we'd welcome
anyone who can help out on race days sweeping the track, or waving the
flag and so on.
This is a busy time
of the year and June 1st sees a Suffolk Junior event at Kesgrave for riders
13 and under. Our next home fixture is June 5 against Hawbush at 11:00.
Kesgrave visit on the 14th at 19:30, while Gt. Blakenham are the opposition
one week later.
you can contact us
via (01473) 831474, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or take a look at the
new Somersham Cycle Speedway website: www.btinternet.com/~SomershamCSC
TwinBin Recycling in your area.
To make recycling
easier for residents, Mid Suffolk District Council, has introduced a new
integrated refuse and recycling service called 'TwinBin Recycling,' which
has been a tremendous success. This service will mean recyclable products,
such as paper; card, plastics and metal cans are collected from your doorstep.
In September the following
parishes are being introduced to the scheme: Braiseworth, Earl Stonhan,
Stoke Ash, Thornham Magna, Thornham Parva, Walsham Le Willows and Wortham.
The aim of the TwinBin
scheme is to encourage residents to recycle more and reduce the amount
of rubbish being buried. In order to continue the success of this project
we need your help. Please continue to recycle your household rubbish by
using your TwinBins and your local recycling banks. For further information
contact the TwinBin Helpline 01449 778678.
will be contained inside the green recycling bin upon delivery.
TwinBin Recycling, Mid Suffolk District Council, Council Offices, 131
High Street, Needham Market, Ipswich. IP6 8DL
SERVICES in our 8 linked parishes
If you think there
may be a mistake in the rota please contact your Churchwarden.
5th 2nd Sunday after Trinity
12th 3rd Sunday after Trinity
Communion by extension
Open Air Service and Bar-B-Q
On the Playing Field
19th 4th Sunday after Trinity
Communion by extension
Service + Baptism
26th 5th Sunday after Trinity
3rd 6th Sunday after Trinity
SOMERSHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB
With a clear month
between the end of the Winter league and the beginning of the Summer league;
the month was taken up with in- club competitions, and also the Paul Chapman
Cup - which is played annually between the villages of Offton, Barking
and Somersham. With good space and after the success of the event last
year in Somersham Village Hall it was decided to use the venue again.
With many close fought
games in the 4's, pairs and singles it proved to a very enjoyable afternoon's
bowling. In the end Barking ran out worthy winners with Offton and Somersham
filling the runner up spots. With everyone putting in good effort, the
afternoon was rounded off with a bangers and mash feast, followed by a
very filling desert. Many thanks go out to all the cooks and helpers for
seeing that the food-side went off without any undue hitches. It was pleasant
to see all Clubs entering into the spirit of what is an inter-village
The next Club event
was the Fred Johnson Cup - which is a singles contest open to all Club
members picked by random selection on the night, so bowling is down to
the merits of each individual.
As always it was a night of close bowling by club members with success
or defeat determined by shots. Belle Deaves successfully overcame all
opposition and concluded the evening by securing the Cup in good style
with a win over John Prentice in the final.
The John and Rosemary
Shield later in the month with everyone - this time - bowling in randomly
selected pairs concluded the last of the in-club competitions. With competitive
edge shown by all there were some very close tussles throughout the interim
rounds; and despite the added ingredient of husband and wife rivalry,
the pairing of Belle Deaves/ Kevin Licence ran out the eventual winners
by seeing off the determined opposition of Bill King/ and Jane Licence.
In the 'close season'
between Winter and Summer Leagues there are no match results to report;
and the Club are looking forward to the first match of the Summer agenda
with a friendly to be played against Belstead, ahead of the first league
match due to be played at home with Elmsett. The first set of results
will appear in the next Link, and the Club are hoping for some encouraging
results against stiff opposition.
Road, Little Finborough, Stowmarket, IP14 2LA.
I imagine most of you will know by the time you read this letter, that
I am your newly elected County Councillor, replacing Baroness Ros Scott.
You will probably also be aware that I live in our County Division so
I shall be relatively close at hand when my involvement is needed.
Please contact me when you feel it is necessary.
I shall continue to work closely with our District Councillor, Robin Richardson.
As I am now your County Councillor, the work we do together will be further
strengthened at both District and County levels.
Likewise, working with the whole community I see as an exceptional privilege,
and which will give satisfaction to you. I look forward, over time, to
meeting as many of you as I can.
Yours sincerely, Julia Truelove
Somersham Baptist Church
At 11.30am Sunday
5th June we celebrate together with the Francis family as we dedicate
baby Eoin (pronounced Owen) to God.
During that week we
have set aside Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.00am to pray for Revival.
History reveals that most Churches grow during a special period of spiritual
awakening. The last significant revival in Suffolk was in the early 1920's.
If you haven't been to Church lately, then we know that the reason probably
lies with us, too compromised and showing barely any signs of spiritual
life. May God hear our prayers and revive his Church for your benefit,
ours and his reputation. If you share a similar concern join us at the
Chapel or prayer at home around the same time.
The Friday and Saturday
of 10th and 11th July sees an annual gathering of similar Churches at
Wetheringsett Manor, 175 years of association of which Somersham Baptist
have enjoyed 170 of those years.
Sunday the 12th is
the Open Air Meeting where both Baptist and Parish Churches meet to celebrate
faith in Jesus. We meet near the pavilion at 11.30am and will follow the
service with a BBQ, do come and join us.
The following two Sundays return to the more regular programme.
Regular Sunday Morning
(You are welcome to join us for all or part of the morning).
10.00-10.30 Prayer Meeting (Communion 1st Sunday)
10.45-11.15 Bible Study
Children and Young
People (During term time)
Wednesday Club 6.30-7.30pm For Primary School children.
14+ Friday's 8.00-9.30pm Year 9 upwards.
Women's Fellowship 2.30pm Friday 10th June.
Friends and Neighbours 7.45pm Monday June 20th - Janet Smith,
Pastor Mark Newcombe 01473 831940 e-mail email@example.com
Colin Low 01473 464833 or Edwin Mayhew on 01473 658100. Web site www.somersham.com
A big thank you
to all who helped with the collection in the village for Christian Aid
week. If by any chance you missed them please drop your envelope in to
Christine Jarrold at Christine's Haircare or Griffin Cottage, or Pat Woolhouse,
The Willows, Chapel Lane as soon as possible. Thank you.
Please note that Somersham's
Family Service on Sunday 12th June is a joint one with the Baptist church,
held on the playing field at 11.30. After the service there will be a
barbecue to which everyone is invited.
See advert elsewhere
for details of the "Somersham on Show" weekend. It's not too
late to get involved or help in various ways, so please contact Denis
Picton, Christine Jarrold or Pat Woolhouse.
Saturday 25th June
at March House, Main Road, Somersham
from 10 am till midday
& Produce, Bring and Buy, Raffle
All donations gratefully received
Profit to church funds with 10% to TWAM
aid of St. Mary's Church
Somersham on Show
9th July 10am to 6pm
Sunday 10th July 10am to 5pm
Display of the Village
past & present
for weekend £2.50 (accompanied children free) available from
weekend will conclude with
Songs of Praise
& District Community Association
Somersham & District
Community Association held their AGM on 2nd April. This will not be a
blow-by-blow report of proceedings; interested parties can view these
at any time by contacting the secretary, or even attending a meeting occasionally!
As with all AGMs it started with the acceptance of the previous year's
minutes and went on to the election of officers. Mike Shelmerdine was
re-elected Chairman although he says this is definitely his last year
in the post. Mike has staggered along under the weight of the CA for a
long time and wants a break. Secretary Steve Woolhouse stood down but
will continue as a committee member. Silvie Borrett volunteered to take
on the Minute keeping. Treasurer Richard Fordham has moved away and the
post is vacant, although Mike Shelmerdine is carrying it in the interim.
We badly need a volunteer to carry out this very important task especially
this year when all the new equipment will be arriving.
The Chairman's report was fairly brief and covered the usual vandalism
and litter problems but enthused over the progress being made towards
the improvements. Terry Fordham padded this out with details of funding
for the project, received and still to come, land purchase, fencing, community
meeting area, play area and equipment, car park etc. The arena is not
planned until August so that equipment lorries crossing the field do not
interrupt the football season. The tennis area is being funded separately.
Although most of the money is now available or definitely promised this
is not the end of fund raising efforts as the improved park will require
maintenance, and safety inspections which all cost money. So even if you
don't volunteer to help please support any fund raising events that may
occur or our lovely new park will quickly deteriorate.
By the time this is published you will hopefully be nursing blistered
hands and rubbing sore backs with all the effort you have put in to the
necessary preparation for the improvements. If you have helped you certainly
deserve everybody's thanks. There are children, grandchildren, teens and
tweenies who should be thanking you for your effort on their behalf. If
you haven't helped with the project then please, when you make use of
it, think of the efforts of those who did, and look after the area and
above all, use it for what it is, a COMMUNITY facility. The only members
of the community who are excluded are our canine friends; it is strictly
no dogs allowed.
One thing came out at the Meeting, that is most people don't realise what
the Community Association is, what its aims are and what it does. Most
people seem to think it is either the Parish Council or the Football Club.
It is neither; it is a voluntary organisation set up in 1964 to provide
playing field facilities for the district including Nettlestead, Flowton
and Little Blakenham. A brief history of its aims and achievements will
follow in the near future.
With the building of the Vale, we seem to be coming full circle. The Community
Association started with the co-operation of the villagers and in-comers
in 1964. The improvements may be ready in time to welcome a new batch
of incomers in 2005. You never know we may even get a treasurer and some
new members from the Vale.
piano teacher Mrs Lynne Holton is pleased to announce the results
of her pupils'
Associated Board of the Royal schools of Music theory examination
In Grade 1- Jessica Atherton, Maisie Clover, Alexander Jones, Amanda
Jones and Daniel Sycamore.
In Grade 3 - Georgia Butler and Emma Smith and in Grade 4 Jean Hardman.
pupils passed with distinction - Jean Hardman gaining 100% marks!
Somersham & District Community Association
Project - Update
Hopefully by the time
you read this you will see the first of our plans in action which is the
removal of our old play equipment and the installation of modern replacements.
We hope all users enjoy them but please look after them. If everyone could
treat them sensibly, and perhaps challenge those that do not, they should
remain a great facility for our community for many years.
We are still getting
good news on our search for funding and are optimistic that we will be
fully funded. Our list of confirmed funders now comprises:
* Living Spaces
* County Councillor: Ros Scott
* Somersham Parish Council
* Section 106 contribution
* Mid Suffolk District Council
* Suffolk Environmental Trust
We are awaiting final
confirmation from one more funder.
In the meantime the
committee has also been busy choosing suppliers and keeping up to date
We hope that most
of our plans will be in place or under way by September. For those of
you who missed our previous updates, in addition to the new play equipment
we also aim to buy extra land to square off the playing field to provide
a larger field sports area; install new perimeter fencing; provide a multi
sports arena; meeting area; better car park and various items of equipment.
If you would like
to know more about the project or would like to HELP please contact any
of the following:
Terry Fordham - Tel 831529 Mike Shelmerdine - Tel 831661
Steve Woolhouse - Tel 831080 Richard Fordham - Tel 423792
Derek Ottaway - Tel 832562
Suffolk Open Studios.
During the weekends of June, artists from all over Suffolk will be welcoming
visitors to their studios for a look behind the scenes. Artists who are
regularly in the public eye and those who are not so well known will be
happy to have you browse amongst their masterpieces and their failures.
If you can't draw a straight line but like to see others do it, or look
at paintings and find out how they are done, then please do call in on
your local artists. There are also sculptors, potters, embroiderers, stained
glass makers, metal workers, printers, and wood carvers, in fact just
about something for everyone in the art line. There is also a major exhibition
at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham if you want to see a sample of all the artists'
work, as well as smaller exhibitions around Ipswich. Full details are
in the Suffolk Open Studios Directory available from libraries, tourist
information centres, art shops and lots of other outlets.
Visit your local studios
and pick up a catalogue and see the work of Peter Lister, wood carver,
7 Church Lane, Somersham, 11th/12th and 18th/19th, and artists, Nicky
Heming, 17 Springfield Road, Somersham, 18th/19th and 25th/26th; Joe Lawrence,
Barn cottage, The Tye, Barking, 4th/5th and 11th/12th, and Irene Hart,
Chapelfields, Lower Farm Road, Ringshall, all four weekends in June. All
venues will be sign posted.
Nicky Heming Tel:
Somersham Parish Council
Parish Council Meetings
Wednesday 1st June 2005 at 7.30pm in the Pavilion
Wednesday 6th July 2005 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall
Wednesday 7th September 2005 at 7.30pm in the Pavilion
The Parish Council would like to extend their appreciation to Stephen
Hollands for his stalwart work over the past two years. Regrettably Stephen
and his wife are shortly to move out of the area and the Parish Council
extends its best wishes for the future. Somersham Parish Council now has
three vacant seats and would welcome applications from Parishioners who
would like to become a member of the Council. Please apply in writing
to the Clerk of the Council.
Baroness Ros Scott
Baroness Ros Scott has stood down as Ward County Councillor on Suffolk
County Council and the Parish Council would like to thank Baroness Scott
for all the hard work and support she has shown to Bosmere Ward during
the past few years. The Parish Council wishes her well in her role at
The Annual Parish Meeting took place in April and the Parish Council Chairman
reported that the Council had made grants of £350 to the Carpet
Bowls Club, £100 to the Golden Link Club, £1000 to Somersham
Primary School, had pledged £2000 to the Playing Field extension
and provided 2 seats in the playing field at a cost of £1300. In
addition £400 had been donated to various other local causes. The
introduction of community schemes had been considered by Councillors who
had pledged support to the First Responder Scheme and the Rural Coffee
Caravan. Other schemes such as the Good Neighbour scheme would be given
further consideration at a later date. The Parish Council seeks to support
as many local organisations as possible, please let us have details of
any scheme or project you would like to see considered.
The Annual Parish
Council Meeting took place in May and elected the following officers:
Chairman - Janet Hodge
Vice Chairman - Penny Pearson
Village Hall Representative Richard Browne
SALC/MSDC Representative Penny Pearson
Terry Fordham has been nominated as the Community Association. reporter
to the Parish Council.
Following the blockage which occurred in Main Road earlier this year,
Anglian Water are planning to clean a large section of the main sewer.
Unfortunately no timescale for this work has been given.
Suffolk County Council will be resurfacing the Main Road/Chapel Lane/Hall
Lane junction sometime in June/July and modifying the give way markings
once this is complete. This work is an attempt to improve safety at this
junction. Additional pedestrian warning signs, marker posts and an additional
junction warning plate will also be provided shortly.
Several complaints have been received about the amount of litter being
dumped around the village. Not only is this a health hazard, it is also
extremely unsightly. Please, please use the bins provided or take your
litter home and encourage your family members to do the same. Let's keep
Somersham a picturesque and clean village. If you have any ideas which
would help in the promotion of anit-litter, please pass your suggestions
to the Parish Council, as this issue will be discussed further.
There seems to be some confusion regarding areas of responsibility in
the village and the Parish Council would like to point out that the Community
Association is responsible for the playing field and any queries relating
to this area should be addressed to them.
Clerk to the Council
Address: 7 Drury Road,
Claydon, IPSWICH, IP6 0ED
Tel. No. 01473 830398 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOMERSHAM/CHALLAIN LA POTHERIE
SPRING VISITORS FROM CHALLAIN
It was with great
pleasure that 15 local families received 46 visitors from our link village
of Challain la Potherie when they arrived over the weekend of 5-8 May.
We were pleased to
see old friends as well as greet new visitors to our village. During the
first morning of the visit a tour of the village started by meeting in
St Mary's Church when we were able give our visitors an insight into village
life and history. We were delighted to have been able to visit the primary
school and be introduced to the children and teachers and it is hoped
firm links will be established between our two schools.
Much activity took
place over the weekend with visits to Bury St Edmunds, a reception by
the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Roger Fern, who also gave us a tour of
the Mayor's Parlour and showed us the Town Regalia, which was then followed
by a guided tour of Ipswich.
A social evening started
with the friendly rivalry of a tug-of-war competition. Visitors from Challain
won this year and were presented with a trophy made by one of our number.
It should arrive back in our village next year! Morris men from the East
Suffolk Morris gave a traditional flavour to the evening, and local talent
from both sides gave renditions of music and song. Speeches were made
and gifts exchanged. Eating and drinking together played their part and
the evening finished with dancing to a local band.
We would like to thank
the Baptist Chapel for their warm reception on the arrival of our visitors.
Also thanks to the Limeburners for so ably coping with the demands of
more than 60 people for the fish-and-chip lunch as we gave our visitors
a taste of a 'real English pub'. Thanks to Max and Anna for the use of
the barn, thanks to the cooks and many thanks to all who helped so much
by organising, hosting and participating in a wonderful weekend.
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If you are interested
in being involved in the village link then please contact one of the following:
Gill Fordham: 831529;
David Haughton: 831511;
Janet Hodge: 832296; Pat Woolhouse: 831080
ANYONE WHO FEELS
Mental health problems
meet at the Red Cross Hut, Station Yard, Stowmarket
on Monday lunchtimes and Wednesday mornings
living in Mid Suffolk District Council area will be welcome
Transport available locally