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We apologise to those of our readers, mainly in Willisham and also those of you who have the Link by post, who had to wait for almost 2 weeks for last month's edition to be delivered. The printing machine broke down towards the end of the run and we were some 120 copies short. It was most unfortunate but we all understand that these things happen sometimes and the situation was beyond the control of our printers who did their best to get the machine repaired as quickly as possible.

This might be the ideal time to remind you that you can access our website at any time to read the Link, and such a facility would really come into its own if, for any reason (as above!) we could not deliver the magazine on time.

This will also be an ideal opportunity to thank Joan Clarke of Willisham who manages the Link website for us. Thank you Joan for providing such a valuable service.

Stop press - Simon Crick's family have just heard that £800.50 was the total given in memory of Simon (£245.50 for the Heart Foundation and £555.00 for the Air Ambulance). Their heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to such a wonderful total.

Dear Neighbours,

Frank Etheridge, in his book 'Salt on a White Plate', recounts various stories about the goings on in a Suffolk village in the nineteen twenties. In one, a visiting rector came to take a service and found only Old Isaac, the dairy farmer, as the congregation. He asked Old Isaac if he should take the service.

"Look here, master," said Isaac, "when I take a load of hay down to the bottom meadow to feed my herd and only one turns up, I feed it."

The rector thought, "well it looks as if he wants me to take the service," which he did, for a full hour and a half.

"Was that all right?" he asked Isaac at the end.

"Look here, master," the old farmer replied, "when I take that load of hay down to the bottom meadow to feed my herd and only one turns up, I don't give it the whole durn load!"

There are three in this story: the faithful few represented by Old Isaac; the persevering church represented by the rector and Jesus, who has to keep his word Matt.18:20 "Where two or three a come together in my name, there I am among them".

Old Isaac and the rector served the Lord in their own ways and will now be resting in a country churchyard but Jesus had far too much energy to be constrained by time or place; for him service and love went hand in hand. When Jesus walked this earth, he amazed the religious orthodox around him by sitting and eating with so called sinners, social outcasts and those who had lost their way. Jesus said that he had not come for the righteous but for those who really needed him, Matt. 9 and later in Matt 11,"Come unto me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest".

With the constraints and strains imposed on our families now by debt, uncertainty of employment and inadequate housing these words, for many, will only offer a far off glimpse of comfort.

I know that many people do not have the time to come to church but are not forgotten. Jesus does not sit shivering in the empty chancel; his spirit is with all those who call him, however covertly or quietly. Be aware that when the church bells are rung their sound is the same for everyone, letting all know that a service is being held and that the successors of Old Isaac are still keeping the seats warm for when they are needed.

Ian Dickson

Flower and Cleaning Rotas
Somersham :
June 6th, 13th Faith Jaggard
June 20th, 27th Pat Woolhouse
July 4th, 11th Lois Warren
Cleaning: Team C

June 6th Mrs Laflin
June 13th Mrs Carter
June 20th, Flower Festival Mrs Munson, and all arrangers for weekend
June 27th, July 4th Mrs Fawcus

June 6th Mrs Jean Waters
June 13th, 20th Mrs Julia Spurling
June 27th, July 4th Mrs Mary Brower
Cleaning Mr & Mrs K Langford

June 6th, 13th Mrs M Fisher
June 20th, 27th Mrs D Hill

From the Registers

Kenneth Russell Lay 1929-2010 Cremation at West Chapel Ips. Crem. 6th April

Darryn Geoffrey Barrell and Samantha Isgrove 24th April at Offton Church

Georgia Freya Gibbons 3-6-06 and Francesca Eve Gibbons 23-10-09
Parents, David and Janette Gibbons
18th April at Somersham Church

Somersham Church Notes

We are invited to join our friends from the Baptist church for an open-air service on Sunday June 20th. For more details see their notes at the back of the magazine.

A very big thank you to all the volunteers who collected for Christian Aid Week and to everyone who generously gave. If you missed the collector and would like to give something, please pass it on to Christine Jarrold, Pat Woolhouse or John Gibbons.

A reminder of events later in the year for your diary:
Summer Fete Sat 10th July - see ad elsewhere in the Link.
Folk Evening Friday 22nd October
Christmas Tree Festival and Bazaar 27/28th November - please contact Christine Jarrold if you or your organisation would like to get involved in helping with this.

You are invited to
A Tea Party /Fete
in the Bishop's garden in Park Road
on Saturday July 3rd,

Stalls, and games for the children

Later that same day
Music Evening from 7.30pm-10pm
With a jazz band in the Bishop's garden

Bring your own picnic.

The Rural Coffee Caravan Information Project

comes to Somersham

The Coffee Caravan

Will be found at

Brook Way

Wednesday 23rd June
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 homemade cakes

******** ALL WELCOME ********

Our visit is free but donations are welcome

Supported by Neighbourhood Watch Somersham

Piano teacher Lynne Holton from Somersham has pleasure in announcing her latest pupils' results in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examinations.

In the practical exams: Thomas Cherry and Daniela Di Franco passed Grade 1 with Merit, Diane Chester and Crystal Chester-Flatt also passed Grade 1, Victoria Cotterell passed Grade 2 with Merit, Bethany Clarke passed Grade 3, Emily Beckett passed Grade 4 and both Jane Hakes and Alexander Jones passed Grade 6.
In the theory exams: Victoria Cotterell and Maria Dalby both passed Grade 1 with Distinction, Marsha Dalby and Hugo Douglas passed Grade 3 with Merit, Holly Fifield passed Grade 4 with Distinction and Emily Beckett passed Grade 4 with Merit.

Well done to all pupils and special congratulations to Maria Dalby who passed Grade 1 theory with 100% marks.

Many of you may know that I worked in Uganda in Feb this year - and as a result, am aiming to set up a formal partnership with Buhumba Foundation College, Uganda. The school is in S.W Uganda, not far from the Rwandan border. A lunch project has been established - basically, cabbage, beans and posha - and this is enough to encourage students to stay at school for an entire day - it is the only meal they get! The numbers attending the school have risen amazingly as a result of the project, and primary school achievement has shot up. The project has now been extended to the secondary school.

It costs £24 to feed a child for a year - not a lot -but we cannot at present fund the project sustainably.

I am walking the Orwell 25 mile walk on June 29th, and am hoping that you may sponsor me to do this, and all money will support the project.

I will be working with the school again in Feb 2011, but would hope to send some money over for the September term.

I would love to hit the £1000 target. If you would like to sponsor me please contact me at or at Offton Place. I will provide you with a report at the end of this year.

Many thanks,
Helen Thorne


Christopher Newman
I should like to thank the many kind neighbours and friends, including the Rev. Bernard Rose and Pastor Mark Newcombe, who were so supportive to Chris and myself throughout Chris's cruel illness. You really helped us to cope during this difficult time.

The lovely Memorial Service was as much a testament to your generosity of spirit as well as a tribute to Chris's courage.

Well over £500 was donated to Woolverstone Wish and St. Elizabeth Hospice in memory of Christopher Newman.
May he rest in peace.

Thank you
Judith Newman

Congratulations to Helen Decker who smashed her own personal best time in the London Marathon. Helen stopped the clock at 2hrs 36mins 56 secs. Helen was the third British lady to finish! We are very proud of our local girl and will be cheering her on when she runs later this year in Barcelona or the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Exam Success
Alan Munson, Piano tutor at Flowton, would like to congratulate the following pupils on their achievements in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Spring Exams:

Grade 2 Theory
Hollie Gregg - Distinction
Max Raven - Distinction

Grade 5 Theory
Alice Downie with Distinction

Grade 7
Boya Robinson - Merit

Tel: 658425


In aid of St Mary's Church Somersham
Summer Fete
on Saturday 10th July
from 2 to 4pm
in the churchyard,

Free admission

Games Tombola
Cakes Raffle
White Elephant Plants & Produce
Ice-creams Refreshments

Attractions for all ages!

10% of profit to Woolverstone Wish

Flowton News

Just a little reminder that the final meeting for arrangements about the Flower Festival is on:
Friday June 4th at 7.30pm in the Vestry
If you cannot make the meeting but want to add anything please contact Marion Ward or Betty Dunnett about flowers, and Margaret Laflin or Diana Fawcus about anything else. Thank you.

Join us on Wednesday 2nd June - you never know who you might meet!
Thank you, Nick, for making a sign to hang on the church gate advertising the Village Coffee Drop In. It had been up only a couple of days last month when PCSO 3155 noticed it and dropped in for a cuppa and a chat with us. It was good to meet her and she used the opportunity to give us a tip or two about how we could help the police to combat the theft of car number plates used in armed raids, particularly topical that day when the post office at Capel St Mary had been targeted yet again! You were most welcome Sian - come again!

Mrs Hitchcock would like to thank all the residents in Flowton who kindly donated to the door-to-door collection in January for the charity Action for Children. The collection came to £100.30. Thank you once again.

Garden enthusiasts may like to extend their visiting to Chattisham on June 20th, when 14 village gardens will be also be open from 11.00-5.30 in aid of their own Church restoration fund, admission £3, under 14s free. There will be a Rabbit Show, activities for children, stalls with plants, cakes & crafts, and lunches & cream teas available.




Discover the hidden gardens of Flowton!
Come to Flowton & tour the World!
View the Flower Festival -"Countries of the World" & local
history & wild life photo exhibitions!
Plus a scarecrow competition for children!

Visit plant & other stalls & take part in various exciting activities!
Enjoy lunch, cream teas & other refreshments!

All available to following programme:
10am - 5pm Flower Festival in Church
12noon - 2pm Lunch in churchyard
12noon - 5pm Gardens open
3 - 5pm Cream teas at Flowton Hall

Admission: £4 (accompanied children free) valid for both days.
Lunch, refreshments & activities extra.

Proceeds in aid of St Mary's Church, Flowton & East Anglia's Children's Hospices Treehouse Appeal
Contact: 01473 658335 or 658522

Come & join us in our gardens - & bring your family!

Somersham Parish Council
JUNE 2010
Forthcoming Parish Council Meetings

Wednesday 2nd June
Wednesday 7th July
Wednesday 1st September

(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 year 2010/11:-
Chairman - Chris Mills Tel: 831667
Vice Chairman - Richard Browne Tel: 831321
SALC representative - Richard Browne
Parish Liaison Rep. - Chris Mills
Comm. Assoc. Reporter - Terry Fordham Tel: 831529
Village Hall Rep - Richard Browne
Footpaths Rep - Penny Pearson Tel: 831436
The remaining councillors are:-
- Vic Pryke Tel: 831436
- Barbara Tottle Tel: 830867
Please contact any of the above councillors if you have any information or concerns.

Speeding through the village

The vehicle activated electronic sign reported in the previous edition should be in situ very shortly and the parish council welcomes any feedback you may have on whether this improves the situation. As also mentioned the parish council is still working with Suffolk County Council to get some traffic calming at the other end of the village, particularly for the Chapel/Hall Lane junction and Pump House corner.

Unfortunately the funding offered for a Community Speedwatch scheme has now been awarded to another parish as we were unable to recruit sufficient volunteers within the timescale. The parish council wishes to extend its appreciation to those who did volunteer and of course may well discuss this scheme again in the future and join with another parish to reduce costs to the residents.

Funding for Highways Safety Projects

A new locality initiative from Suffolk County Council will enable parishes to bid' for funding for highways safety projects. This is your opportunity to put forward any ideas you have which could improve highways safety in our village. This topic will be discussed by the parish council at its next meeting so please let us have your ideas as soon as possible.

Council Vacancy

Somersham Parish Council currently has a vacancy for a parish councillor. If you would like to be involved in protecting and enhancing your local community using the powers of local democracy please apply in writing to the parish clerk. If you would like to know more about the role of a parish councillor please contact any of the current parish councillors.

Donation to Parochial Church Council

Councillors approved a donation of £500 again this year to the Parochial Church Council as a contribution towards the cost of churchyard maintenance.

Audit of Parish Council Accounts 2009/10

The accounts of the parish council are currently available for inspection until the 12th June. A notice outlining the arrangements for inspection is on display on the notice board. Please contact the Clerk if you have any queries.

Janet Clarke Tel. No. 01473 830398
Clerk to the Council E-mail:

Somersham Community Shop

We are eagerly awaiting news from Mid Suffolk regarding the planning application. Hopefully this should be imminent, to give us the go ahead to start the building work for your village shop.

On behalf of the Community Association we have instructed Solicitors (through ProHelp) to draw up a lease for the land where the shop will be sited. This is progressing.
With the assistance of Mid Suffolk, we are still working very hard completing funding applications. The requirements for the Big Lottery fund are very time consuming but well worth it in the end! We need to raise £100,000 and we are over half way which is a very good sign. More news next month.

Gavin and Janet Hodge - 832296
Terry Fordham - 831529
Geoff and Barbara Tottle - 830867
Richard Browne - 831321
Anne Macfadyen - 831288
Stephen Bullard - 831439
Graham Amis 834094

Mid Suffolk South Safer Neighbourhood Team
131 High Street, Needham Market, Suffolk, IP6 8DL.
01473 613500
(Please always remember to dial 999 for an emergency)

Annual Crime Reports (1st April 2009 to 31st March 2010)

Thefts from motor vehicles - none (down by 9)
Burglary other building - 3 (down by 2)
Burglary dwelling - none (same as year before)
Criminal damage - 7 (up by 2)
Miscellaneous offences - 6
16 offences reported this past year; this is down by 9 from the previous year where 25 crimes were reported. Calls to police are also down; we received 59 calls this year, this is down by 10 from the previous year where we received 69 calls.

Thefts from motor vehicles - 1 (same as year before)
Thefts - 2 (up by 2)
Burglary other building - none (down by 2)
Burglary dwelling - none (same as year before)
Criminal damage - 1 (down by 1)
Miscellaneous offences - none
4 offences reported this past year; this is down by 1 from the previous year where 5 crimes were reported. Calls to police have gone up from 11 to 17.

Thefts from motor vehicles - none (down by 1)
Thefts - none (same as year before)
Burglary other building - 1 (same as year before)
Burglary dwelling - none (down by 1)
Criminal damage - none (same as year before)
Miscellaneous offences - 5
6 offences reported this past year; this is up by 4 from the previous year where 2 crimes were reported. Calls to police have gone up from 18 to 23.

Thefts from motor vehicles - 3 (up by 3)
Thefts - 1 (same as year before)
Burglary other building - 3 (up by 2)
Burglary dwelling - 1 (up by 1)
Criminal damage - 1 (up by 1)
Miscellaneous offences - 2
11 offences reported this past year; this is up by 8 from the previous year where 3 crimes were reported. Calls to police have gone up from 35 to 37.

Countywide - 2009/10 End of Year Performance
" Incidents of rowdy and inconsiderate behaviour fell by more than 5% (that's more than 1400 fewer). Overall ASB is down by 2.4% or 1000 incidents.
" Public perception of the level of anti-social behaviour is the 3rd lowest in the Country
" Criminal Damage dropped by 8%, meaning there were 890 fewer crimes.
" 130 more drug dealers were dealt with last year, total being 408. Public perception of drug dealing in Suffolk is the lowest in the country
" There were more than 100 fewer offences of carrying a weapon
" 88% of people in Suffolk feel safe where they live
" 96% of emergency calls are answered within 10 seconds
" 97% of those reporting incidents think that it is easy to make contact with Suffolk Police
" 89% of emergency incidents are attended within 15 minutes
" 81% of people reporting incidents think the action we take at the scene is good
" 83% of people reporting crimes and incidents think the overall experience is good
" Suffolk is placed 1st in the Country for treating people fairly
" Crime in Suffolk this year is at its lowest for a decade. There were 7,000 fewer offences than in 2003/4
" The chance of being a victim of personal crime in Suffolk is the 4th lowest in the Country
" Robbery offences dropped by 9%
" Vehicle crime has halved in the last 10 years, reducing by 834 offences this year

Tasking Meetings
Come along and meet members of the local policing team and help us decide out priorities for the up coming months - or just come along for a chat.
08/07/10 - Somersham Village Hall, Main Road, Somersham, 7.30pm
PCSO 3155 Sian Uttley

If you need immediate assistance always dial 999. You should dial 999 when life is threatened or people are injured, or if there is a crime in progress or an immediate police response is necessary.

Golden Link

Day Trip

Southwold & Dunwich

Tuesday June 15th

Coach Departs Somersham At 10.00 am

Children Welcome With an Adult

All enquiries to

Colin Burrows
6 Brook Way

Tel: 01473 830132



Annual Church Meetings

These were held in Willisham Church on Tuesday, 13th April. Rosemary Cage was elected as churchwarden and all the members of the PCC were re-elected for a further year.

Open Gardens
Willisham Open Gardens and Flower Festival will be on Sunday 6th June. Nine gardens will be open and there will be floral displays in the church plus lunches, refreshments and other stalls. Please see separate poster.

Songs of Praise
We will be holding our Songs of Praise service on Sunday, 13th June, at 3-00 p.m. The benefice choir will be joining us and we hope to have a large congregation.

Church Fete
The Church Fete will be held on Saturday 17th July at Crow Hall Farm, Willisham. There will be a fete planning meeting on Saturday, 12th June at 10-00 a.m. at the Rectory in Willisham. Anyone who would like to help with the fete will be most welcome to attend.


Sunday 6 June
10.30 am - 5.30 pm

9 Gardens plus
Floral Displays in Church
(Willisham Cook Books, Church Guides and Notelets for sale)

Lunches, refreshments
Stalls: cakes, plants, raffle exhibition of old local photographs

(accompanied children free)

Programmes available from marked gardens and the church on the day
or beforehand (01473 658063 for details)

(parking and toilets available)


Recent Events

On Saturday 17 April, Mr Roy Tricker gave a talk and slide show at Offton church titled 'In Praise of Churches'. Roy is a charismatic speaker, author and broadcaster, and an acknowledged authority on old church buildings. He has written many of the church guides in East Anglia including that of Offton church. In his talk, Roy took the audience back to the early days of Offton church, noting its record in the Doomsday Book dated 1086 AD which showed that a church had been on the site for some period before that to have been so recognised. From the early Norman 11th century brickwork in the south entrance, through to the new 21st century kitchen and toilet extension called Harry's Room, Roy described how the church had been built and developed through the centuries. The audience of 38 greatly enjoyed the evening which included a cheese and wine interval, and £225 was raised for the church.

On 19 April, the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) was held in Offton church. This annual mandatory event is held around this time each year to elect the churchwarden(s) and the church council representatives, and to receive various annual reports from those people who have held positions during the past year. Mr Ian Dickson was elected as churchwarden, Mr Paul Chapman as treasurer, and Mr Mike Bolton as secretary. Additionally, the following were elected to serve on the PCC for the forthcoming year: Mrs Anne Chapman, Mrs Peta Whiting, Mrs Jean Waters, Mr Jeff Waters and Mrs Carole Langford. All members of the PCC are there to serve the church and the parishioners' needs, so if you have any queries or points to raise regarding the church, any of them will be delighted to hear from you.

An Animal and Pet Blessing Service was held on Sunday 9 May at 3.00 pm. A report on this event will appear in the next Link magazine.

Future Events

Our annual Fete will be held in the church grounds on Saturday 12 June at 2.00 pm. This happy event is always well attended, so please come and meet friends and neighbours, and join in this traditional rural entertainment. Once again, The Ipswich Hospital Band will entertain us.

There will be a Quiz later in the summer to be held in the Village Hall, but the date has not yet been agreed. Watch this space for further details.

There will be a Harvest Festival Service on Sunday 12 Sep at 5.00 pm. This annual service is held to thank the Lord for his bounty and provision after the harvest has all been brought in. We live in a beautiful rural location surrounded by farm land, and this industry contributes greatly to our way of life. So please come and join in this service.

There will be a Supper-in-Church event on Saturday 9 Oct at 7.00 pm. Due to limited space available at the rear of the church, there will only be 20 places available on a first come basis. Places will cost £12.50 each. Please contact Mike Bolton on Tel 658304 for further information or to reserve a place.

The Remembrance Day Service will be held on Sunday 14 November at 6.30 pm. In recent years, we have been very fortunate at Offton to have had a bugler from Wattisham Station to play the Last Post and Reveille. We are hoping that this will be a feature of the service again this year, so Offton is the place to remember those who gave their lives in the Great War to ensure that we live in freedom. Serving men and women from the armed forces are sadly dying on a regular basis in Afghanistan today, so it is a poignant time to reflect on their courage and sacrifice.

Although the spring has just arrived, we are still thinking forward and have put a marker down to hold our Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 19 Dec at 10.00 am.
And even further ahead, we will be holding an Open Gardens in Offton next year on Sunday 10 July 2011. So, any Offton gardeners who may be willing to expose their gardens to public view and show off their talents, now is the time to start planning.

Somersham Gardening Club

Monday 8th June
Members visit


COST £4.00 per head
Including refreshments and tour of garden.

For further information Contact Pamela Mclennan
01473 658152
Refreshments available



The final term of the year is upon us and with spring's arrival our grounds are starting to look very inviting! Just yesterday it was lovely to see that each and every class was outside, the Hawks doing art, the Rabbits learning tennis, and the Squirrels were up to all sorts in their outdoor learning area. We like to get out onto the field come rain or shine, but the shine is always preferable (to the staff at least!)

On the subject of our grounds, we were saddened after Easter to come back and find that some people had been into Squirrels class' outdoor area over the holiday; there was not much damage done, just a rope that'd been cut, but the area was in a muddle which took our Nursery Nurse Julia precious time to sort out. We occasionally seem to have overnight 'visitors' onto our grounds who move things around and sometimes take small things like footballs, which is upsetting for the children. We have asked the local PSCO to help keep an eye on the school for us, and hope that we don't have to use precious financial resources investing in security lighting in the future.

At Somersham we have been working hard to help the children with their writing. The staff recently attended some training for 'Big Writing', a method which helps children really get to grips with the nitty-gritty of writing such as using a variety of vocabulary, joining words, sentence openers and punctuation. As part of this method the children have started to have some lessons where they become really absorbed in their writing, using special pens, working very quietly with classical music playing and scented candles lit. This has been very popular so far and we hope to hold a sharing event with Mums and Dads soon to show off everything that we have achieved.

As always, we are keen to meet new people and learn new things. So if you would like to pop in and see us, or just have a tour around our school, just contact our secretary Mrs Maguire on 01473 831251 or email

Mrs Allison (Headteacher)


That's the name of the gardening club at Somersham Primary School and we wanted to let you know what a difference the Morrisons Let's Grow vouchers have made. With your help we have been able to kit out our club with child size tools, seeds, compost and many other useful pieces of equipment.

We are now busy sowing seeds, taking cuttings and growing plants and produce to sell at the school on Saturday 26 June. You'll also be able to enter our competition to guess the height of the tallest sunflower growing on the school grounds.

Thank you once again.
Jemma Addicott
Head Gardener, Somersham Primary!

Friends of Somersham School

Forthcoming Events:
Our school Summer Fete on Saturday 26th June is football world cup themed! F.O.S.S. members are busy planning all the stalls and games to make the most of football fever!! Don't forget to put the date in your diaries; it promises be a great afternoon of entertainment for all the family.

Don't forget that this year, we are offering the opportunity to hold your own stall at the fete, for £10 a pitch, and whatever you take on the day is yours. You will need to bring your own table. Please contact me to reserve a pitch. Bookings being taken now!

If you are able to donate any prizes for the raffle, we would be very grateful. Please contact me or the school if you can help us.

Thanks to the many of you who came along to enjoy an evening of old films at the archive film evening. We raised a respectable £400 which will be used to purchase a sound system for the school hall. Thank you for your support!

F.O.S.S. have a hot water urn available for you to hire for your events and parties. Contact Jenny King 01473 830623 for further details.

What we collect
We collect all of the supermarket tokens and old mobile phones, which you can drop into the school.

Contact: Clare Davies 832569 or


WORLD CUP Theme Summer Fete

26th June 2010
Somersham SCHOOL

Opens AT 12 NOON



We have once again reached the end of the winter league season and managed to stay in the first division. Our final two matches were both away games, firstly against Hundon, this was as usual a hard fought match, and we only managed to win one game, we lost the match 2-8, the next match against Hoggards Green was another tough game, unfortunately we were several team members short, but we managed to win two of the four games, but lost the match due to forfeiting so many shots, the match result was 4-6 to Hoggards Green. At this point our position in the league was undecided as other teams had outstanding matches, but the results were in our favour, and we again scraped through.
We completed the season with several games in the Friendly league, first we entertained Needham Market, the games were keenly fought, though played in a light hearted manner, the points were shared 7-7, and the evening ended as usual with light refreshments and chat, the next week we went to Hitcham, here we were more successful, we won three games and lost three, but we had a better shots score so took the match 8-6.

On Easter Saturday we played the annual match against Somersham for the Paul Chapman Trophy, the bowling by both teams was good and after some hard games, and at the end of a thoroughly enjoyable afternoons bowling, the match was decided on the slimmest of margins, after 19 games we were level on points, but Offton and Willisham had scored more shots, and we managed to retain the trophy.

We rounded off the day with a fish and chip supper, our thanks to Somersham carpet bowls club for organising and hosting the match.

During April we had three games in the friendly league to finish the season, first we visited Bildeston, where we lost 4-10, then we welcomed Barking at home and we lost again by the same score, we managed to win the last match of the winter league, at home against Bildeston 10-4.

To celebrate the end of the season, and staying in the first division, the club members had a very pleasant evening with a meal at The Brewers Arms at Polstead.
This week we start our campaign in the summer league with a home match against Martlesham.

New members are very welcome at the club, if you would like to give the game a try, we play on Wednesday and Friday evenings, please contact Valerie on 01473 657023 or any club member


Willisham Fete
Crow Hall


Saturday 17th July at 2.00 pm

Games of Skill Stalls Raffle

Tombola Band

Refreshments Rides Barbecue

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Fun for All and Free Admission


Councillors Mike Bolton and Keith Earl were unanimously reappointed as chairman and vice chairman for the year 2010/11

Council received an invitation from Somersham Parish Council to join with it in the Speedwatch exercise, sponsored by the Police but decided it was not appropriate for our villages.

The phone box in Offton has been refurbished beautifully by Ken Southall. Do take a moment to have a look at it and note paricularly the care taken, even to the extent of repainting the crown gold, faithfully reproducing the original. The Council is delighted to have brought this about because its earlier attempt to have the box listed as an historic item was turned down by English Heritage. Council have yet to decide how best to use the box, so if you have any suggestions, do let me know.

Councillors and helpers have been busy picking up litter within the parishes, under MSDC's Spring Clean initiative. Trying to keep the villages looking their best is an important priority for the Council.

Councillor Keith Earl and residents have completed the surfacing of the path between the bungalows in Tye Lane, barrowing several tons of road planings into place. The material was supplied free by Suffolk County Council and we are grateful for its assistance.

The accounts for the year ending 31st March 2010 have been presented to Council and agreed. They will now be submitted to the external auditor for acceptance as is legally required.

Pip Sands Parish Clerk, Tel 01449 721173


Hazeldell Residential Home would like to thank Mr and Mrs Pinson-Roxburgh for the wonderful cage they donated to the home. At the time of going to print awaiting the arrival of two new residents to occupy the cage

in aid of Chernobyl Children's Life Line charity
at 5 Chapel Lane Somersham
on Saturday and Sunday
5th and 6th June 10am until 4pm


Somersham Baptist Church

Do come and join both Somersham Churches on the playing field on Sunday 20th June for our Open Air Service and Barbeque at 11.30am. Our guest band Peershaped will lead the worship, followed by a Christian message. Share a burger over lunch and enjoy some good company.

Regular Sunday Morning Programme
(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
11.30-12.00 Worship
12.00-12.30 Sermon

Other Meetings
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 2.30pm Friday 18th June.
Friends and Neighbours: 7.45pm Monday 21st June.

Contact Mark if you need transport.
Meetings are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP8 4QE.
Pastor Mark Newcombe, 01473 831940, mobile: 07958 830103,

CHURCH SERVICES in our 8 linked parishes

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Services in our eight linked parishes


6th June Trinity 1

Family Communion by extension 9.00am Flowton


9.30am Willisham
Eucharist 11.15am Somersham
Morning Prayer 11.15am Battisford
Evening Prayer 3.00pm Barking


13th June Trinity 2

Eucharist 8.00 am Flowton
Eucharist 10.00am Bricett

Family Service

10.00 am Somersham
Eucharist 11.15am Barking
Family Service 11.15 am Battisford
Songs of Praise 3.00pm Willisham
Evening Prayer 6.30pm Offton

20th June Trinity 3

Eucharist 8.00am Somersham
Family Service 9.30am Willisham
Family Service 10.00am Offton
Eucharist 11.15 am Battisford
Flower Festival and Gardens Open weekend at Flowton - no service

27th June Trinity 4

Eucharist 9.30am Ringshall
Morning Worship for all ages Flowton 10.00am Flowton
Morning Prayer 10.00am Barking
Eucharist 11.00am Offton
Evening Prayer 6.30pm Somersham

July 4th Trinity 5 - Probable services are:

Family Communion by extension 9.00am Flowton


9.30am Willisham
Eucharist 11.15am Somersham
Morning Prayer 11.15am Battisford
Evening Prayer 3.00pm Barking

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