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.
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
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
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.
Flower and Cleaning Rotas
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
Kenneth Russell Lay 1929-2010 Cremation at West Chapel Ips. Crem. 6th
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
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
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
that same day
Music Evening from 7.30pm-10pm
With a jazz band in the Bishop's garden
Bring your own picnic.
Rural Coffee Caravan Information Project
be found at
Wednesday 23rd June
2.00 pm -- 4.00 pm
We provide a wealth of information about local and National agencies
offer an opportunity to chat to neighbours and friendly volunteers
over a cup of tea / coffee and homemade cakes
ALL WELCOME ********
visit is free but donations are welcome
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at Offton Place.
I will provide you with a report at the end of this year.
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
May he rest in peace.
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.
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
Boya Robinson - Merit
Tel: 658425 email:email@example.com
aid of St Mary's Church Somersham
on Saturday 10th July
from 2 to 4pm
in the churchyard,
White Elephant Plants & Produce
for all ages!
of profit to Woolverstone Wish
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.
FLOWTON OPEN GARDENS & FLOWER FESTIVAL
& SUNDAY 19 & 20 JUNE
the hidden gardens of Flowton!
Come to Flowton & tour the World!
View the Flower Festival -"Countries of the World" &
history & wild life photo exhibitions!
Plus a scarecrow competition for children!
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
£4 (accompanied children free) valid for both days.
Lunch, refreshments & activities extra.
in aid of St Mary's Church, Flowton & East Anglia's Children's
Hospices Treehouse Appeal
Contact: 01473 658335 or 658522
& join us in our gardens - & bring your family!
Somersham Parish Council
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
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
(Please always remember to dial 999 for an emergency)
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
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
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
- 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
" 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
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 Somersham
Southwold & Dunwich
Departs Somersham At 10.00 am
Welcome With an Adult
All enquiries to
6 Brook Way
WILLISHAM CHURCH NOTES
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
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
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
Floral Displays in Church
(Willisham Cook Books, Church Guides and Notelets for sale)
Stalls: cakes, plants, raffle exhibition of old local photographs
(accompanied children free)
available from marked gardens and the church on the day
or beforehand (01473 658063 for details)
and toilets available)
OFFTON CHURCH NEWS - JUNE 2010
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.
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.
BY KIND PERMISSION OF KAY LACEY
COST £4.00 per head
Including refreshments and tour of garden.
further information Contact Pamela Mclennan
NEWS FROM SOMERSHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL
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 email@example.com
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.
Head Gardener, Somersham Primary!
Friends of Somersham School
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CUP Theme Summer Fete
AT 12 NOON
STALLS AND GAMES
SADPA DANCE DISPLAY
Refreshments INCLUDING ENGLISH CREAM TEAS
OFFTON AND WILLISHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB.
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
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
17th July at 2.00 pm
of Skill Stalls Raffle
for All and Free Admission
OFFTON AND WILLISHAM PARISH COUNCIL
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
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
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
Pip Sands Parish Clerk,
Tel 01449 721173
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
TREASURE AND JUMBLE SALE
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
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
Meetings are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP8 4QE.
Pastor Mark Newcombe, 01473 831940, mobile: 07958 830103,
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.
Services in our eight
6th June Trinity 1
Communion by extension
June Trinity 2
June Trinity 3
Festival and Gardens Open weekend at Flowton - no service
June Trinity 4
for all ages Flowton
4th Trinity 5 - Probable services are:
Communion by extension