of Somersham School
Finally some confirmed dates
for your diaries:
Saturday 21st June- Wild West Themed Summer Fete
Friday 18th July- Summer Leavers disco
Friday14th November- Christmas Craft Fair
Clare Davies tel 832569
Flowton Fete - Sunday
July 6th – a new attraction will be 2 Shetland Ponies which
Juliet is going to bring and offer rides on - if your children plan to
ride please bring them a sturdy pair of shoes to wear.
usual Flowton attractions-
games for all ages, raffle, cake stall,
bric-a-brac stall, cream teas,
of money raised goes to another charity
Cycle Speedway Club
April 2nd saw the Suffolk GP
series get under way at Ipswich with the Under 13's,15's,17's & Seniors
having their opening round. Gary Brown was the only Somersham representative
where he scored 13 points from 4 rides.
3 days later it was the start of the British Youth & Junior League
at our partner club for 2008,Kesgrave. We were originally down to have
the 1st South-East Regional Round with Kesgrave staging round 4 on June
7th.Round 4 will now be held at Somersham on that date. In a meeting where
the cold weather was tough for riders and spectators alike, Joe Hodge(in
the Under 10's) and one of our Kesgrave loanees Ryan Jay(in the Under
16‘s) provided the Somersham interest with both riders winning the
“C” finals for their respective age groups.
The following day our partner club Kesgrave hosted Ipswich in the 1st
match to brave the cold weather in the South-East League. The final score
was Kesgrave 86 Ipswich 91 after the visitors took the lead in the latter
stages. Enthusiasm was high, and this was a promising start for the new
look team. Gary Brown, returning to the team where his career started
back in 1982, was top scorer with Dan Croft and Scott McDowell also in
7 days later Somersham had their 1st match of the season in the Norfolk
& Suffolk League and this saw Mark Cooper, Ryan Jay, Adam Gifkins,
Dan Johnson and Paul Jay all made their Somersham debuts, with the latter
impressing with his team riding. Barry Copping top scored this time as
Somersham went down by 96 points to 84.This was a promising start to the
season with some whole hearted efforts mixed with some slips and misunderstandings.
Wednesday 16th saw more Suffolk Grand Prix action, this time at Great
Blakenham where the Under 9’s and Under 11’s had their 1st
round. Joe Hodge provided the Somersham interest, scoring a very impressive
Saturday 19th saw Somersham send 2 riders to Hethersett for the 40th running
of their Breckland Autos sponsored Charity Cup. In an event which saw
former Somersham rider Joshua Brooke retain the trophy he won in 2007,
Gary scored 17 points but finished 3rd in a 4 way race-off for 2nd and
3rd places. Barry was due to ride as well but he picked up a stomach strain
in mid-week so older brother Steve Copping replaced him, scoring a creditable
11 points to finish tied for 10th.
The following day saw Kesgrave make 2 changes to the line up from the
match against Ipswich as they faced their 1st away match at Great Blakenham,
Aaron Daley replaced the unavailable Mark Cooper and Ryan Jay replaced
the injured Scott McDowell. It was a tough match as the Panthers failed
to provide a race winner, going down by 109 points to 70. It was Dan Croft’s
turn to be top scorer this time with Gary, Barry and Dan Johnson also
picking up double figure scores.
1 week later at Hethersett it was Round 2 of the South-East Grand Prix
series. Kesgrave loanees Dan Croft and Paul Jay rode, Dan in the Under
19 age group where he finished 2nd in the final. Paul rode in the Seniors
where he was joined Gary Brown who repeated his 1st round victory after
a fortunate inside gate in the final. Paul wasn’t so lucky, hurting
his knee. He didn't actually fall (until he arrived in the pits!) but
an awkward corner bent his leg back and he was forced to withdraw from
Assistant Secretary,Somersham Cycle Speedway Club
CARPET BOWLS CLUB
With the Winter League bowling
behind us and promotion settled, this month is mostly taken up with in-club
competitions and friendlies before the start of the Summer League at the
beginning of May.
We kicked off with the Paul
Chapman Cup – a longstanding annual competition between Offton/Willisham
and Somersham - formatted for bowling throughout Saturday afternoon with
fours, triples, pairs and singles. Both teams started well and were closely
matched throughout the first half; and with successes on both sides the
overall score was evenly balanced at the interval.
After the tea-break it was again a case of both teams bowling well with
some close fought ends although Somersham managed to find the extra shots
to decide some of the games such that the outcome was decided before the
final singles were bowled with the latter ending with one game each.
Bowled in the best of friendly rivalry it was an entertaining afternoon
enjoyed by all; with the added bonus of repeating last years result which
saw Somersham retaining the trophy for a second year.
Funds for each club were raised from the tombola and draw; and the afternoon
was rounded off with a tasty fish & chip meal which was enjoyed by
Offton/ Willsham 90shots Somersham 104 shots
Result 12 - 20
The first match of the month
was a friendly played away against Nacton and with the opposition showing
fine form, it was a really good nights bowling with both teams very closely
matched. Although showing the consistency gained of our good form carried
through from the Winter League the result looked in doubt at the halfway
stage with Somersham managing only a draw from the first two games. It
was all to play for in the second half to influence the result, and getting
to grips with the carpet and some good bowling from both fours saw us
take the necessary wins to gain the overall result.
A thoroughly entertaining Nactonevening rounded off - as always - with
a superb buffet supper and a great draw with numerous prizes.
The Village Shield came into
being 3 years ago and is played for annually between Somersham and Brantham.
Up to the present time neither club has been able to retain the trophy
for more than one year.
So it was this year: depleted in numbers we were unable to put in a successful
defence of the trophy losing the match by a fairly sizeable margin.
Brantham started with positive momentum – winning the 4’s
on all mats, and this carried on through the afternoon. Valiant efforts
were made in the following triples in an attempt to recover the position
but Somersham were never in the hunt. On the day we came up against a
side on the top of their game and this better form saw the trophy returning
to Brantham for 2008 and Congratulations to them on a fine result.
One of our in-club competitions
is the John and Rosemary Shield bowled on a regular club night. Although
it was a reduced turnout this year; the pairings - randomly drawn - nevertheless
produced some excellent bowling with unexpected results: and it was Sheila
Bromwich and Rosemary Southgate who eventually saw off all-comers to win
the Shield - Well done to both.
To finish the month Somersham took part in a Sunday charity event at Old
Newton playing 4’s in aid of the MacMillan Nurses. Everyone bowled
well to steadily progress through the preliminary rounds - beating some
strong teams en-route - to reach the final. However at the end of a longish
day Brantham ran out worthy winners which left us with runners up medals
to conclude an enjoyable day.
Bowling Results (April): -
Team Shots Points
Nacton 26 - 33 3 – 5 Win
We would still like to encourage
new bowlers to join the Club! …. so why not come along one Summer’s
evening to try your hand.
If interested …. then you are invited to come along to the Village
Hall and try carpet bowling on any club night (Tuesdays) throughout the
Summer. You can just call in, or alternatively ring either Keith/ Bell
on 01473 831157 or Mike/ Rosemary on 01473 831515 for details.
You'll find everyone to be very friendly; it's a social thing, and we
also throw in a cup of tea and a biscuit as an introductory offer!
Pre-school (Registered Charity 1020882)
Letters have been flying as
the children have been learning all about how post is generated and delivered.
We were very lucky to have our local postman come and visit and tell us
all about his job and show the children his van. Everyone had written
letters to send home and there was much excitement when the children saw
the letters they had posted the previous day arrive on their doormat.
Now that the weather is improving we will be able to spend more time outside.
We are pleased to announce that we have secured funding from Suffolk County
Council for some portable fencing that will safely section off an area
of the car park so that the children can pedal their ride-on cars and
bikes on a hard surface. This will encourage more outdoor play and help
develop physical co-ordination.
Children can start pre-school from the age of 2½ and from the term
after their third birthday, the Government funds the sessions. The pre-school
is open every weekday morning from 9.30 until 12 noon during term time
and children can attend any number of sessions per week (space permitting).
Our staff are committed, enthusiastic and well trained and work hard to
organise a wide variety of fun and educational activities including crafts,
cooking, music, story telling and construction. We have many toys to play
with and activities to do so there is bound to be something to capture
each child's imagination. It might seem a bit soon, but you may want to
start thinking about a place for your child for the next school year starting
in September. We are more than happy to invite parents/carers along for
a visit to come and see who we are and what we do. Contact either Veronika
Pryke (our pre-school leader) on 01473 658368 or Helen Smith on 01473
833285, to arrange a visit.
FELLOWSHIP BRASS BAND
Invites you to a
SUMMER CHARITY CONCERT
5th July 2008 at 7.30pm
Village Hall, Elmsett
will be a retiring collection for
ELIZABETH HOSPICE, IPSWICH
EAST ANGLIA'S CHILDREN'S HOSPICE (EACH), IPSWICH
Annual Meeting of St
Mary's Church - Offton
The Annual Meeting, to which
all parishioners were invited, was held on 28 April in the church. This
annual event is important for the church, as it is here that the churchwarden(s)
is/are elected to serve for a year by those parishioners who are on the
electoral roll. Additionally, this is the meeting when the PCC members
are elected to serve the church for a further year. Without such an event,
the parish church could not technically be run. The PCC is therefore grateful
to the few parishioners who attended and gave their support.
Mr Ian Dickson was elected
to serve for a further year as churchwarden. There were no other volunteers
to fulfil this vital role, and so Ian will have to shoulder a heavy burden
during the coming period while the church has no resident vicar. The following
people were elected to serve on the PCC for the forthcoming year:
Mr Paul Chapman - Treasurer
Mrs Anne Chapman
Mr Mike Bolton - Secretary
Mrs Peta Whiting
Mrs Carole Langford
There were no volunteers to serve as representative to the Deanery Synod.
The PCC would welcome any new people who may like to join them and assist
in running Offton church and its various events for the coming year –
just contact one of the above members.
The meeting also received the
various annual reports that had been prepared.
Between the drafting of this
article at the beginning of May and the distribution of this June Link
magazine at the end of the month, a Family Bells Service will have been
held on Sunday 18 May. It had been decided to hold such a service to commemorate
the 25th anniversary of the commissioning of 2 treble bells, thus bringing
the set of bells up to 8. This year is also the 50th anniversary of the
re-hanging and augmentation to 6 bells from the previous 5. Hopefully,
many people attended this service and enjoyed the glorious sound of the
various peels that were rung by Brian Whiting and his small band of bell
ringers. This group are always looking for more members, and if you are
a lapsed bell ringer, or just someone who might like to ';give it a go',
please phone Brian on 01449-677766. You will be made to feel very welcome.
Our Annual Fete will be held
in the churchyard on Saturday 7 June starting at 2.00 pm. The Fete will
feature all the usual village fun events plus others that you may not
have seen before (such as the Teddy Bears Picnic – bring your own
teddy bear along), live brass band music, refreshments, cake stall, plant
stall etc. This is always greatly enjoyed by all who come, whatever their
age, and it is an event that helps to provide income to maintain our ancient
church. So please come prepared to spend a little money for such a good
cause, and enjoy all the fun.
If you can provide any suitable prizes for the Tombola or Raffle, please
either let Peta Whiting 01449 677766 or Mike Bolton 01473 658304 or Paul
Chapman 01449 721181 know, or just bring them along on the day and hand
them in at the appropriate stall.
Elsewhere in previous editions
of the Link, you may have read that Willisham was holding its Open Gardens
event on 7 June as well. Please note that Willisham has agreed to delay
their event to the following day Sunday 8 June, and Offton Church will
combine with Willisham at Willisham Church in a Songs of Praise Service
on 8 June in place of the usual Evensong Service at Offton. Details of
the service and all other services are published elsewhere in the Link.
With the approach of the summer
holiday season, there are few other special events planned before Sunday
21 September when we will be holding a Family and Animal Blessing Service
at 10.00 am. All suitable pets will be welcome dogs, cats, hamsters, snakes,
birds various etc will make the grade as long as they are correctly secured
and controlled. Unfortunately, horses are too large to come in to the
church, although they can be tied up outside; indeed, our grass cutters
might welcome their eating habits! More details will appear closer to
Church Fact File
Here is a little known fact
about Offton Church. Although St Mary’s Church, Offton is presently
in the Diocese of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich, this was not always the
case. From circa 950 – 1071 it was in the Diocese of North Elmham,
and then it passed in to the Diocese of Thetford until 1094. From then
until 1914, the church came within Norwich Diocese’s area of responsibility,
and only then at the start of WW1 did it change to its current home. Just
how important is this piece of knowledge??
Sunday 8 June
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
church with flowers
Stalls: cakes, cards, plants, new church guide & notelets, secondhand
exhibition of old local photographs and map
of praise service at 6.00 pm
(accompanied children free)
available from marked gardens and the church on the day
(01473 658063 for details)
parking and toilets available
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
Tel: 01449 724997
Hello again ,
Crimes of interest In the area
Somersham -No crimes Willisham - No crimes
Flowton - 26h and 30th April - Burglary at farm office , computers and
digital camera stolen
Police Direct strikes
A local example of how the Police Direct system helps the community ,
on the 9th April 2008, we received a report of persons in a van stealing
charity bags left outside homes in the Great Blakenham area, the registration
number of the vehicle was taken by a resident and immediately sent out
on the police direct system. As a result of the message - we had several
calls from residents in Stowmarket who saw the vehicle and two persons
were arrested for theft
The Police Direct system is
free and available to everyone , to receive up to date information on
crime related matters in your area.To find out more go to http://www.suffolk.police.uk
and follow the featured link to Police Direct , or contact us , details
If you have any information or would like any advice on police matters
PCSO 3155 Sian Uttley or myself would be more than happy to discuss this
with you. Our e mail addresses are email@example.com or
firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 01284 774100
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
of Somersham School
Howdy Partners! With the biggest
fundraising event of the year coming up on Saturday 21st June, preparations
are in full swing for this years fete. FOSS members are busy arranging
stalls and coming up with exciting new ideas for our theme this year,
which is the wild west.
We would like to ask for your
help in finalising some of the entertainment…
Are you in a line dancing club or similar, and would like to come and
show off your talents?
Would your band like to play at the fete?
Do you know of anyone who can hire us a bucking bronco rodeo ride for
a very reasonable price?!!
We are looking for someone locally who can supply us a quantity of straw
bales we can borrow to use as seating for our main arena
Are you able to donate any prizes which would be suitable for our raffle?
We would be very interested to hear from you if you can help to make our
fete an even bigger success than last year. Don't be shy! If you might
be able to offer your services then please contact me to discuss. We would
love to hear from you.
Oh, and don't forget to come
along to the fete, pencil it in your diary and tell your friends! It’s
a chance to don your stetson & spurs and make your way on down to
the school field for what will be a fun packed afternoon that will take
you back to the good ol’ wild west.
Last month was The Archive
Film evening, which was a great success, with all 150 tickets being sold.
FOSS were delighted to see so many of you there. It has been said that
people were heard reserving their tickets for next year already! A special
thank you goes out to Leita & John Minns for managing the ticket sales
on behalf of FOSS.
Finally, a reminder to everyone
to keep on collecting all those school vouchers for computers/ sports.
Never turn them down at the supermarkets; the school will happily accept
them! We also recycle ink cartridges and old mobile phones.
Dates for your diaries:
Saturday 21st June- Wild West Themed Summer Fete
Friday 18th July- Summer Leavers disco
Friday 19th September- Fashion Show- contact if you would like to take
Friday14th November- Christmas Craft Fair- bookings being taken for tables
Clare Davies tel 832569
Elmsett Airfield Liaison Group Meeting Wednesday 12th March 2008.
The aircraft movements at Elmsett
have been lower than last year due to unfavourable flying and runway conditions
but the number of aircraft based at Elmsett remains the same. There have
been a few complaints which have been dealt with by the Noise Abatement
Procedure. All pilots do endeavour to stick to the approved routes but
occasionally weather conditions can result in the need to deviate from
the routes. Whenever a complaint is received the situation is always investigated
and the pilot spoken to which helps to reduce the number of problems.
The airfield operators will continue to rigorously follow up any complaints.
Details received from the National Air Traffic Control Services about
the possibility of them creating a stacking system for Stansted over Wattisham
were discussed. It is expected that if this does materialise it won’t
happen very often and is likely to have very little impact on the airfield
or local residents.
The Airfield Open Day will be on September 20th 2008. The YAK aircraft
has been relocated but Nigel Wilson will still be helping to arrange the
events for this year's Open Day. It is hoped to be able to offer charity
flights for local residents but these will be on a first come first served
basis. It is hoped that many members of the local community will take
part in the day and that everyone will enjoy it.
A lot of aircraft spotters regularly visit the airfield and these are
Charles Course Whitehouse Farm. Chairman EALG
Please check times of services
in Somersham church in the Link magazine or with a churchwarden, as there
may be changes to the regular pattern during the interregnum.
On Sunday 8th June we will
be joining the Baptist Church for their annual open-air service at 11.30am
on the playing field. This will replace our normal family service in the
The concert by the Melody Makers
is still to take place at the time of going to press, so there will be
a report in next month's Link.
Our Summer Fete will be on
Saturday July 5th so put the date in your diaries. We are very grateful
to the Caston family for once again allowing us to hold the fete on Church
Meadow. we will be very grateful for any donations of raffle prizes, tombola,
cakes, produce and plants.
As the Christmas quiz sheet
seems to be so popular we are going to have a summer one! These will be
on sale soon for £1 from Christine's Haircare, Somersham Garage
or Pat Woolhouse.
Christian Aid Week took place in May. Thank you to everyone who put something
in the envelopes and especially to the volunteers who went to every household
in the village to collect them. The total amount collected will be in
next month's Link.
CHILDREN LIFE LINE
In August our friends Elizabeth
and Kevin Parker are once again bringing 22 children over from Chernobyl
for a well-deserved holiday. There are 16 girls and 6 boys all between
7 - 8 years of age. If you could help in any way it would be appreciated.
They are in need of clothes and footwear all in as new condition, also
toys, games, puzzles, craft materials and vitamins. They will also need
outdoor toys for them to play with while here, also booster seats so the
children can be transported around.
Any donation can be dropped off at Christine's Haircare Main Road Somersham
or 5 Chapel Lane Somersham or collected by ringing Elizabeth on 01449
Residents in Somersham may
be aware that Billy the village postman for about the last 30 years, is
due to retire this summer. He has been on sick leave following a recent
operation but should be back soon before finishing for good around August.
Many of us felt we would like an opportunity to show our appreciation
of the service Billy has given to us all, and the care he shows to the
villagers, especially the elderly.
A collection is being arranged
to mark his retirement and any donation can be left in an envelope with
your name and address on it at:
David Haughton at the garage,
Sue Browne, Hawtorns, Mill Lane, or
Heather Dickinson, 5 Chapel Lane.
Please hand in your donation
by July 31st so that we can plan a presentation for Billy.
Southwold & Dunwich
Tuesday July 1st
Coach Departs Somersham
At 10.00 am
With an Adult
£8 Children £2
All enquires to
6 Brook Way
SOMERSHAM/CHALLAIN-LA-POTHERIE VILLAGE LINK
Visit to Challain-la-Potherie
A large bright and airy coach
was waiting for us on a sunny morning when 38 local people met at Somersham
village hall for the start of the visit to our link French village.
A warm welcome awaited us as
our hosts and friends gathered for our arrival. Big smiles, hugs and bonjour
all round, and refreshing drinks in the village hall before back to our
hosts’ homes for an evening meal and a chance to practice our smatterings
of French and English on each other. Sign language, dictionaries and laughter
also helped the communications along.
Our hosts had planned an action
filled weekend for us. A visit to a slate mine – La Mine Bleue –
a 20 minute drive from Challain, saw everybody donning hard hats and descending
down a fernicular railway to the work face. A son et lumiere show gave
us an insight into the harsh working conditions of the slate miners of
yesteryear, who provided the material and shaped the end product of the
traditional roofing materials of the region. A long lazy lunchtime in
the open air and sunshine followed, adults chatting and Vincent energetically
organising the children into hilarious team games.
Sunday was free time with hosts.
Some went to the National Stud and racecourse where we were given a guided
tour of the stables and others went boating and picnicking by the river.
Another long lunch in hosts’ gardens, games of boules, then the
TUG-OF-WAR. Somersham had won over the past two years, so the French were
well geared up to take the trophy this year and to give us the booby prize
of the FROG.
A social evening rounded off
the weekend, with more delicious food and entertainment provided by members
of both villages. The sight of Rene-Luc and his three companions dressed
in wet suits and flippers performing and leaping a frog dance is something
that will stay in our memories for a long time. (A lot of effort had gone
into making sure the frog returned with us.) A little bit of Somersham
will stay in Challain as our hosts were presented with a magnificent weather-vane
made by David, our garagiste and his dad. This beautiful piece of work
carries the village sign on it and will be a reminder to the Challainois
of us all.
A brilliant weekend, thanks
to all who organised it and to those who came along and made it all so
enjoyable and worthwhile. If you would like to join us on these exchanges
please get in touch with:
Gill Fordham: : tel: 831529;
David Haughton:at Somersham Garage, tel: 831511; Janet Hodge: tel: 832296
Pat Woolhouse: tel: 831080
St Mary's Church Somersham
Saturday 5th July
from 2 to 4pm
White Elephant Crafts
Plants & Produce
for all ages!
of profit to E.A.C.H.
Rural Coffee Caravan Information
be found at
2.00 pm -- 4.00 pm
provide a wealth of information about local and
national agencies and organisations
offer an opportunity to chat to neighbours and
friendly volunteers over a cup of tea / coffee and
ALL WELCOME ********
visit is free but donations are welcome
by Neighbourhood Watch Somersham
Wednesday 4th June 2008
Wednesday 2nd July 2008
Wednesday 3rd September 2008
(No meeting in August)
All meetings commence at 7.30pm
in the Village Hall and the press and public are welcome to attend.
Annual Parish Council Meeting
At the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council the following officers were
elected for the next year:-
Chairman - Richard Browne Tel: 831321
Vice Chairman - Chris Mills Tel: 831667
SALC representative - Penny Pearson Tel: 831436
Parish Liaison Rep. - Richard Browne
Comm. Assoc. Reporter - Terry Fordham Tel: 831529
Village Hall Rep - Richard Browne
Penny Pearson will continue
to look after the Rights of Way and footpaths in the village.
Please contact any of the above councillors if you have any information
or concerns relating to their particular responsibility.
Representatives of Suffolk ACRE and Mid Suffolk District Council gave
a summary at the Annual Meeting of the results of the recent Housing Needs
survey which showed a need for a small development of affordable homes.
The council will now consider the options available and will make a decision
at a future meeting on the most appropriate way forward for Somersham.
Main Road/Chapel Lane/Hall
The parish council has been notified that revised signing and road markings
will be carried out at this junction within the next few weeks in an attempt
to improve safety at this junction. The county council has also advised
it is currently developing speed management guidelines which will be used
to determine which sites will be given priority for treatment in the future.
The parish council had suggested that a variable message sign (VAS) (flashing)
could be erected on the approach to this junction but we will have to
wait until the new guidelines are adopted and in use.
The parish council also decided to remove the traffic mirror opposite
Chapel Lane as it is no longer in good condition and is therefore of no
Audit of Parish Council
This year BDO Stoy Hayward, Chartered Accountants of Southampton, has
been appointed by the Audit Commission as external auditors for councils
in Suffolk. The parish council accounts will be available for inspection
by any elector from 16th June to 11th July, Monday to Friday between the
hours of 10am to 6pm . Please contact me for an appointment. The notice
setting out the full arrangements will be displayed on the notice boards
from 2nd to 15th June.
Local Planning Authorities are moving more and more towards an electronic
planning service and planning applications can now be submitted via the
Mid Suffolk District Council website, www.midsuffolk.gov.uk . Additionally
the Government funded Planning Portal can give you all the help, guidance
and information you need to make a successful planning application and
is free of charge and available 24/7/365. Visit the site on www.planningportal.gov.uk
for more information. (Broadband connection is needed to access this site).
Potential Removal of
The parish council has been advised that BT is proposing removal of several
payphones in the district including the payphone in Somersham. The parish
council considers the kiosk should remain for emergency use in view of
the sparse network coverage for mobile phones in the village and also
because of its historical interest (it carries the motif of George VI).
Structural review of
local government in Suffolk
As reported in the previous edition the Boundary Committee is conducting
a review of local government structures in Suffolk at county and district
level. The concepts and representations will be available for viewing
on the Boundary Committee website www.boundarycommittee.org.uk . The Boundary
Committee has advised that change WILL happen, the status quo is not acceptable.
The public consultation period is from 7th July to 26th September and
all residents of Suffolk will be able to comment on the proposals, either
by email at email@example.com or by post to:- Review Manager,
(Norfolk and Suffolk Reviews), The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan
House, Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 2HW. Representations will be accepted
from all but should contain as much evidence and reasoning as possible
to back up the arguments put forward.
Janet Clarke Tel. No. 01473
Clerk to the Council E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
11.30am Sunday 8th June Open
air service on the playing field:
Both churches again meet on the playing field for this service. Our guest
band Peershaped return for another year and Ray and Joy are stocking up
on burgers and sausages for the BBQ that follows. Over the years we have
been blessed by some good weather so do wander down and join us.
Many thanks to all who attended
the Born in a Barn evening in April, £120 was raised for the Cogwheel
Trust Charity who assist deprived children in India and Uganda.
Regular Sunday Morning Programme
(You are welcome to join us for all or part of the morning).
10.00-10.30 Prayer Meeting
10.45-11.15 Bible Study (Communion 1st Sunday)
Children and Young People (During term time); Wednesday Club 6.30-7.30pm
for primary school children, 14+ Friday's 8.00-9.30pm Year 9 upwards.
Meetings for Ladies;
Women's Fellowship: No Meeting in June
Friends and Neighbours 7.45pm 16th June.
Contact Mark if you need transport.
Meetings are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP84 QE.
Pastor Mark Newcombe, 01473 831940, 07930543583, email@example.com
from our bishop, the Rt Reverend Nigel Stock
St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich
These last six months have
been an extraordinary time of discovery. Not only discovering Suffolk
in all its wonderful diversity, but discovering the Diocese of St Edmundsbury
and Ipswich. Every region and Diocese in country has it’s particular
characteristics, and a new bishop has to try and learn something of these
as quickly as possible.
At the time of writing I have
spent a day in sixteen of the nineteen deaneries, and will have visited
them all by the beginning of June. One thing that is true of all places,
is that the church community is always a good way of finding out about
an area as a whole. It is worth remembering that when people accuse the
church of being out of touch. The church people of Suffolk have been very
generous in giving their time to meet me. From them I have heard so much
about what concerns local communities.
Part of the privilege of being
a bishop, is to see the work of the church over a wider area. It is a
genuine privilege to see so many examples of faithfulness, mission and
enterprise. Of course there is more to do, we never can do enough in responding
to the generous love of God in Jesus Christ, but I do find myself encouraged
by the Christian witness that I encounter.
In July, just before the Lambeth
Conference, this diocese will be hosting eight bishops from overseas.
We are told not to overload their schedule, as the Lambeth Conference
will be hard work in itself. But they will be seeing something of the
Diocese, and parishes will be invited to send representatives to a Cathedral
Evensong at 3.30 pm on Sunday July 13th where our visitors will be attending.
Please will you keep the Lambeth Conference in your prayers? There are
difficult issues to be faced, and I do hope that we can do that in a prayerful
way. But one thing I can say is that I will be very proud to show the
visitors something of this Diocese and County. Thank you for all you do
as followers of Christ, and every blessing on your continuing pilgrimage.
Evening Walk - Saturday
Thanks to the 80 people who took part in what many felt was the best Village
Walk ever. £382.50 was taken on the day, and when the Gift Aid is
added to this, over £470 will have been raised for church funds.
Our sincere thanks to John Minns (ably assisted by Richard) for once again
organising such a splendid event, also to Leita and Jenny and all their
helpers, for providing such a wonderful selection of food afterwards.
See separate poster giving full details of Willisham’s first ever
open gardens. Please do support this event.
Songs of Praise
Our open gardens concludes with a special Songs of Praise at 6.00pm. This
replaces our normal 3.00pm Evening Prayer service, and Offton Church has
generously agreed to cancel their Evening Prayer service and to join in
our act of worship. We shall be joined by The Benefice Choir.
A select band attended the planning meeting on the 10th May. However,
all the necessary arrangements were made, for what we hope will be another
very successful event. Please see separate poster for full details, but
YOUR help is required, so please contact Frances Gilson or any member
of the PCC
Following last month’s issue we have received offers of more recipes,
but these were from existing contributors, and it would be very nice to
be able to include a few recipes from those of you who have not yet submitted
anything. Please put on your thinking cap and share your favourite recipe
with us, to – Frances Gilson or by email to ivan.gilson @btinternet.com
We have now applied for Stage II of the English Heritage Grant to repair
our chancel roof and hope that repairs will soon take place.
Willisham Church Notelets/Church
Our new church notelets and church guide will be on sale at all our summer
fund raising events. Please look out for these two new items.
Tony and Biddy Webber
Friends of neighbours of Tony and Biddy will be sorry to learn of their
car accident in France on the 15th April, following which Tony suffered
a stroke. Tony is paralysed down one side and, at the time of writing,
remains in hospital. We send our very best wishes to them both.
MARQUEES FOR HIRE
Willisham and Flowton churches jointly own two marquees which, when they
are not in use for their own churches functions, they are willing to hire
out for other church and/or private events at £10 per hire. For
further details and to book, phone 01473 658387 or 01473 658330.
If people from Poland are called
Poles, why aren't people from Holland called Holes?
If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?
Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?
If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that
electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models
deposed, tree surgeons debarked and dry cleaners depressed.
MARY'S CHURCH, WILLISHAM
BAR REFRESHMENTS STALLS
COMPETITIONS PLANTS RAFFLE
CLAY PIGEON SHOOT
(with qualified instructor)
OF SAX 08
to church funds
Altar Flowers and Cleaning Rotas
June 1, 8 Mrs. Judith Newman
June 15, 22 Mrs. Frances Southgate
June 29 Lois Warren
July 6 Lois Warren
Cleaning Team C
Would there be anyone out there who would like to help with flower arranging
in our pretty little church in Somersham?
All abilities welcome. Please contact Christine on 830710
June 1 Mrs. Laflin
June 8 Wedding
June 15, 22 Mrs. Carter
June 29 Mrs. Fawcus
July 6 Mrs. Fawcus
Cleaning - Mrs. S. and Miss A. Pearman
June 1, 8 Mrs. Julie Spurling
June 15, 22 Mrs. Mary Brewer
June 29 Mrs. Janet Bickson
July 6 Mrs. Janet Crickmore
Cleaning – Mr. & Mrs. Langford
June 1, 8 Mrs. Large
June 15, 22 Mrs. Hodson
June 29 Mrs. Gilson
July 6 Mrs. Gilson
brief round up from
SOMERSHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL
Miss Knowles and Class 1 have recently enjoyed a trip to Redgrave and
Lopham Fen. The class divided into two groups to walk a section of the
River Waveney and each group was lucky enough to have a really good view
of a marsh harrier. The next premises project is an overhaul of the library.
The Governors work hard to continue Somersham School's progress, but always
seems to be short of enough Community Governors! Any offers? Please collect
the cash for schools coupons in the Evening Star. There is a £2,000
prize for the school that collects the most. Anyone wishing to visit our
school should contact our School Secretary Mrs. Maguire. Tel 01473 831251.
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.
June 2nd Sunday after Trinity
Communion + baptism (Rev S Ritchie)
Prayer (Ray Taylor)
Communion (Rev. Marian Carter)
June 3rd Sunday after Trinity
Communion by extension
Communion (Rev G. Drew)
Service + baptism (Padre M Stevenson)
with the Baptist Chapel for an
Open Air service on the Playing Field
June 4th Sunday after Trinity
( Rev C. Everett)
Service + Holy Communion by ext.
( Rev C. Everett)
( Rev C. Everett)
June 5th Sunday after Trinity
Worship for all ages
Prayer (D. Ames)
June 6th Sunday after Trinity
8 parishes Holy Communion (Rev.S.Ritchie)
6th 7th Sunday after Trinity