Flowers and Cleaning Rota
With many thanks to
all those who will be cleaning our churches and arranging flowers for
March 27th and April 3rd -Mrs Christine Jarrold and all help please
Cleaning -Team C
March 27th and April 3rd -Mrs Veronica Munson and all help please
Cleaning - Dr and Mrs Goodess
March 27th - Mrs Janet Dickson
April 3rd -Mrs Alison Rumsey
March 27th and April 3rd -Mrs Fisher and all help please for flowers and
A BIG THANK YOU
Christine and Michael would like to thank all who contributed to our beautiful
bouquet of flowers, travel and garden vouchers. It was a very pleasant
We naturally miss
you all on Monday evenings, be it on the doorstep at Griffin Cottage,
or visiting you at your home, but we are managing to find other things
to do on Monday evenings.
We would liked to
have continued delivering the prescriptions had it stayed on Mondays.
Thank you for your
kindness -Christine and Michael
(The Link Committee Apologise that this was missed from last month's
A travel guide to Jerusalem speaks of "a ramp of stones striated
in brutal ridges to make firm the hooves of horses. Laid where the entrance
thrust into the fort, the stride of cohorts had cracked and polished them.
Over their roughness Christ must have carried his cross."
I remember walking
in that area in 1978 as I tried to make the transition from Asia to Europe,
which I found difficult after two-and-a-half years. Roman history seemed
stark, after the gracefully-decorated caves of the Silk Route, examples
of the glories of ancient India.
The original floor
still visible, this fort was built in honour of Mark Anthony and formed
a complex of massed towers and ramps.It housed cavalry, and Pilate occupied
Herod's apartments. Later, in the course of rebuilding by Hadrian and
others, the Via Dolorosa has cut the old fort in two.
There we can imagine
the 'street of sorrows' among crowded, narrow streets, noisy so that it's
difficult to make out what is going on. And there we don't really find
out what the first Easter was all about if westand as spectators.
Jesus made his way
without the usual comment people are asked to make outside a courtroom.
Another guide to these streets says, "I shall find Him as King and
Lord when I set my foot on His pathway. He will reveal Himself to me when
I have the courage to walk a path of humiliation..and nevertheless continue
This sounds like a bold experiment. Happy Easter!
Bert Mee, who died at home in Brook Way, Somersham on January 6th,
at the age of 86 years. His funeral was held in Somersham church on January
18th followed by interment in the grave of his late wife, Vera. Bert grew
up in Ipswich and following wartime service in France, North Africa and
Egypt, he worked first as a cycle mechanic and then as foreman at Fisons.
Retiring with Vera to Somersham he enjoyed gardening, and was latterly
cared for day-to-day by his son Jack, but also by his other son Peter
and his family.
Percy Minns who died at the age of 91 years. His funeral was at
Ipswich Crematorium on January 28th, followed by interment of his ashes
in Offton churchyard on February 5th, in the grave of his late wife, Dorothy.
From the age of two, Percy lived in Offton at Channel Cottage, then at
Bridge Cottage. A keen gardener and a member of the Royal British Legion,
his active service was as driver and chauffeur in North Africa and the
Middle East. A valued member of Alston's furniture delivery staff, he
will be very much missed by his friends in and around Offton, also his
four children, nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
eternal grant unto them O Lord,
and may light perpetual shine upon them
Gospel Readings for
our Sunday Worship taken from the Revised Common Lectionary. It is good
to be sharing the reading of Scripture with Christians - both Catholic
and Protestant - across the world.
6th March Mothering
Sunday Luke 2. 33-35
13th March Fifth Sunday
of Lent John 11. 1-45
20th March Palm Sunday Matthew 27. 11-54
27th March Easter
Day Matthew 28. 1-10
Revision of the
Church Electoral Rolls takes place as follows:
March 1st and March 15th
Flowton between March 6th and March 30th
Offton between March 14th and April 7th
Willisham between February 22nd and March 8th.
The Annual Parochial Church meeting is on Tuesday 12th April at 7.45
pm in the church.
There will be no service
at the church on Sunday 6th March, instead we will be joining our friends
at the Baptist Church for a joint worship at 11.30am. We hope as many
as possible will be able to join us there.
On Easter Sunday,
27th March, there will be a short service of prayers, readings and
Easter hymns at 10am. We hope that this will be popular with many;
it will be a "child-friendly time" and as it will only last
for about half an hour, would be suitable for those with young families.
The amount raised
at the Trivia Quiz last November was £155. Once again many
thanks to Helen, Dave & Harry Thorne for all the hard work involved
in putting on the quiz.
There's another opportunity to take part in a Trivia Quiz this
month, on Friday March 4th. See advert elsewhere in the Link for
We need more support for the Open Gardens Weekend in the village
over the weekend of 9th and 10th July! Would you be willing to open your
garden or have a stall etc. in it, or have you got some interesting photos
of the village for the "Somersham on Show" exhibition in the
church? They will be copied so the owner can have them back again without
the risk of any damage. We hope to have a range of stalls, games and refreshments
dotted through the village, but need more people to come forward. Please
let Denis Picton, Christine Jarrold or Pat Woolhouse know if you can help
in any way.
envelopes will once again be included in with the May Link magazines.
We feel it would be more successful to have these envelopes collected
form each home in the village rather than asking for them to be left at
certain drop-off points. If you feel you are able to call -just the once-
on about 20 houses to collect envelopes during the week of May, please
let Pat Woolhouse (831080) know. The more volunteers, the fewer each would
have to collect! Thank you.
you to everyone who bought a Christmas quiz sheet,
Round the World in 80 days.
Answers and result
Day Answer (and alternatives)
3 Martha's Vineyard
5 Fort Lauderdale
9 Brigham City
16 Port Moresby
17 Suva (allowed capital of Tonga)
25 Kuala Lumpur
27 Phnom Penh
41 Addis Abeba
44 Antananarivo/ Tananarive
45 Port Louis
47 Port Elizabeth
49 Kinshasa/ Brazzaville/Leopoldville
51 Lake Chad
56 Corralejo/ Puerto del Rosario
60 El Alamain
62 Omdurman (allowed Khartoum)
65 Damascus (alternative claims)
73 Porto (oporto)
78 Mohne/Gunne (or other dams)
79 Hook of Holland (or other routes)
A big thank you to all those who bought copies of the quiz sheet and spent
time puzzling over them. £183 was raised for church funds. We are
grateful to the shop, Christine's and the garage for having the quiz sheets
for sale and many individuals who sold several of them.
Many entries got most of the answers expected but possible alternatives
were checked and allowed where appropriate. We were prepared to be flexible
where answers were not as specific as the ones hoped for (such as Crete
instead of Knossos) if this made a difference to the winner. This was
not necessary in the case of the winning entry.
The winner was Peter Haughton of Battisford with 79 out of 80 correct
answers. Well done! Peter receives a book token for his efforts.
- to Marion Plummer who with a friend acted promptly after the Indian
Ocean tsunami disaster to organise a Coffee Morning to raise money for
the relief fund. St. Michael's church in Martlesham gave their hall for
the venue and support came flooding in. A wonderful cake stall amongst
others, a raffle and a volunteer who provided music and charged 50p to
play requests! Two hours - £846 was realised! Well done girls -
Somersham is proud of you!
(Marion and husband Brian were both born and grew up in Somersham, moving
to Ipswich when they married. Both remain close to our village life and
often join in our church services)
from our link village are planning to visit us on the weekend of
This is the fifth
year of our link with the people of this village, which is of a similar
size to our own and is situated in the Loire Valley. We do exchanges every
other year - they come to us one year and we go to visit them the next.
It's been really interesting to learn of each other's way of life and
to get to know individuals and families well. Many lasting friendships
have been formed and much goodwill flows between the two villages.
Then contact one of the following:
Fordham: 831529; David Haughton: 831511;
Janet Hodge:832296; Pat Woolhouse:831080
The members of FOSS
are busy arranging more fund raising events for this year with some of
the old favourites coming up and some new ideas (to us anyway) in the
pipe line. When you read this we will already have held a "beetle
drive" for the children. They really enjoy this and hopefully we
will be holding a bingo session before too long.
There is going to
be a Jumble Sale in the village hall on 19th March from 10 a.m. 'til 12
noon. If you have any jumble you would like to dispose of either bring
it along to the school or phone the school on 831251 and we will arrange
to pick it up. Then make sure you come along on the morning for a bargain!
We have decided on
a theme for this years Summer Fair - "Rock and Roll !" One idea
that has already come up is a children's fancy dress parade; everyone
dressing up as Elvis of course! After all he would have been 70 years
old, something worth celebrating. This is going to be held on Saturday
25th June so make that a date now.
Please remember, we
still need Box Tops and empty ink jet cartridges/old mobile phones. As
they say "every little helps". Thank you.
Next month we shall
be telling you about the latest things that you money has bought for the
Saturday 19th March
10 a.m. 'til 12 noon
Lots to tell you this
month, so here goes.
The children in Class
2 have been going to Hadleigh Swimming pool and are doing really well
but by the time you read this Class 1 will be having their turn. This
is something our children have always been very good at and we can see
no reason why they shouldn't be this time around. The younger children
have been having dance lessons with Vicky, who. like Jack before her is
a qualified instructor. They are also learning ball skills.
Class 4 have been
learning about lots of different types of transport and have just had
a day out in Ipswich. The trip started by going to town on the public
bus, from there we went to a travel agents, onto the "green buses"
for a ride up to the train station, walked down to the Fire Station, where
we met the firemen (and lady) back up to the rail station for lunch and
a look around and then........a train ride!........back to Stowmarket
where we then had to get back to school by car. It was such an exciting
day and so much happened it would take the whole of this book to tell
you about but believe us when we say it was brilliant!
On the 2nd of this
month we are all going to Nettlestead with the Woodland Trust who have
invited the school to plant trees on behalf of all the children in the
villages. It will be on Lord Blakenham's land and the school will be able
to go back at various intervals to see how the trees are growing. a wonderful
thing for the children to be able to do and can you imagine when they
have children, they will be able say "I planted that tree".
Before we break up
for Easter, we have a very special treat for the children. We are having
some visitors at the school. Well, actually they are going to be born
there. It's called Living Eggs! The eggs arrive and within days they should
start to hatch, we then have to care for the chicks until the end of term.
We are sure this will be a huge hit!
More next month.
From our new Headteacher
As the new headteacher
of Somersham Primary School, I was pleased to be asked to write a little
about myself as way of introduction to the community.
My name is Ms. Jeanette (Jan) Hubbard, I have been qualified as a teacher
since 1979, but had a break in my career from 1982 - 1987 to spend time
at home with my two children, Peter and Jennie.
I have taught in a
range of schools, but spent ten years teaching in St. Mary's RC Primary
School in Ipswich. I led the Key Stage One department and then became
acting deputy headteacher and Key Stage Two leader. This gave me a taste
for management (!), which led me to spend seven very happy years at Fairfield
Infant School in Felixstowe, where I was deputy Headteacher.
I had a desire to return to primary education and was delighted to be
appointed Headteacher at Somersham in July 2004.
My intention is to
build upon the good practice I have found here 'Somersham School is a
good school' - (OFSTED) - and to enable staff and pupils to reach their
When I am not working,
I am a keen folk dancer, dancing with a local morris side and enjoying
ceilidhs and folk festivals. I enjoy visiting the theatre and cinema and
I sing with a local choir.
I am a member of St. Mary's RC Church in Ipswich where I am a reading
minister and a flautist in the folk group.
If you have children
coming up to primary school age, please come and have a look around Somersham
School. I'm sure you will be delighted with what you will find.
Palmer's Memorial Bench
We would like to thank
everyone who has donated money towards a bench, in memory of Sam Palmer.
Linda and Joe are very moved by the overwhelming support they have had,
and the contributions to the memorial fund. Linda hopes this bench will
be used by all who visit Sam, as it will hopefully be situated in the
churchyard. The bench is in the process of being made and will hopefully
be finished in two to three weeks.
Special thanks to Rebecca, Victoria and Danielle, who took the time to
deliver and collect donations, also to Somersham shop where contributions
are doing well.
If you wish to donate please contact Steve or Debbie Cotterell on 831530.
Hopefully next month we will be able to enlighten you on the amount raised
and to where the bench can be found.
& District Community Association
Project - Update
Since our last article
we have made some significant progress.
We have been granted
planning permission for all our proposed improvements and this has enabled
us to move forward confidently with the search for funding.
Our application for
funding to Living Spaces (a scheme set up by the Office of the Deputy
Prime Minister to help local people improve their local environment) has
been successful and we have been awarded £33,000. This matches the
amount already secured and so we have £66,000 of funding so far.
This will enable us
to progress a first phase of the project which mainly involves replacing
all the play equipment and installing new fencing around the playingfield.
We have based the new play equipment on a survey of school children, which
indicated that traditional activities of slide, see saw, roundabout, swings
and climbing were needed. In addition we also aim to include trail type
activities. We are hoping for this phase to be started in May 2005.
To realise the rest
of our plans we have several funding applications being considered which
total £152,517. Our plan includes buying extra land to square off
the playingfield to provide a larger field sports area; a multi sports
arena; meeting area; better car park and various items of equipment.
When the installation
work gets under way we will need some local volunteers to help with things
like cutting back hedges and trees to make way for the fencing and also
planting new hedging. Please volunteer to HELP.
If you would like
to know more about the project or would like to HELP please contact any
of the following:
Terry Fordham - Tel 831529 Mike Shelmerdine - Tel 831661
Steve Woolhouse - Tel 831080 Richard Fordham - Tel 423792
Derek Ottaway - Tel 832562
Somersham Football Club
The 1st Team
After a longer break
than the manager would have liked Somersham's first game of 2005 was on
the 8th January. Southwold Town Reserves were the visitors to the playing
field and both sides were striving to win a place in the Quarter Finals
of the Suffolk Primary Cup. From the start of the game it was evident
that Southwold had a much stronger team than last season when we were
drawn against them in the same competition. On that occasion Somersham
won 4-1 but it appeared that that kind of score line would not be repeated.
The first half was, as expected, very tight and the score remained 0-0.
The second half was much the same, but Somersham were having the better
of the chances. Eventually the breakthrough came from Dave Jousiffe with
one of his points winning interventions. Somersham were pleased to hear
the final whistle and progress to the next round.
After this cup game Somersham welcomed local rivals Claydon to the field
on 22nd January. All 3 points in this match were imperative if Somersham
were to dent Claydon's title hopes. This soon developed into a classic,
robust entertaining game of amateur football. The referee let plenty of
challenges go for both sides and a good game, played in the right spirit,
unfolded. Somersham had the better of the first half, but were unable
to convert numerous good chances Close to the end Claydon finally got
the goal they deserved and salvaged a point with a 1-1 result.
29th January and Somersham were at home again in the Primary Cup. This
time against Tuddenham Rangers Reserves from the Cambridgeshire league
in the Quarter Final. Somersham started well and were soon 1-0 up thanks
to Kieran Cotterell. Tuddenham soon scored an equaliser. Somersham again
took the lead in a game they were once again controlling, but failing
to convert chances to finish the contest. Tuddenham scored to take the
game to extra time. The first half of extra time was close, in the second
half of extra time Somersham were back on the attack. Another inspired
substitution by Quinny saw John Jousiffe take to the field, soon sliding
an excellent pass to the wing where Adam English swivelled on the proverbial
sixpence and Somersham were 3-2 up with around 10 minutes to go. Before
Tuddenham could recover John Jousiffe calmly slotted in Somersham's 4th
of the game. Next stop the Semi-Final - Walton Rangers from our division.
After the previous two weeks of excitement Somersham were at home again,
this time to Walsham Le Willows. Hopes were high of a similar performance
to those seen recently, but against a lesser quality side. Somersham controlled
the game from the start and were 2-0 up at half time through 2 excellent
finishes by Kieran Cotterell. In the first few minutes of the second half
Adam English and Dave Jousiffe scored. Walsham pulled one back through
a truly unstoppable free kick to make the score 4-1 but Adam popped up
again before the end to complete a satisfying 5-1 victory. Special mention
to manager Quinny Warner for his performance in goal, aside from him getting
penalised for holding the ball for more than 6 seconds, which lead to
the Walsham goal. One wag expressed surprise that Quinny could hold a
ball for that long and another felt that his misdemeanour stuck out like
a "blind cobblers thumb"!
The reserves ended 2004 with a much needed 3-0 win over struggling Peasenhall
United Reserves. After a very shaky start the Reserves went ahead with
a strike from Tom Booth. Later in the first half, Dale Poole battled well
to claim the Reserves second of the match, and a fantastic individual
effort from John Ely gave the Reserves their third. Peasenhall battled
well in the second half to deny the Reserves a fourth. Final score 3-0
2005 kicked off with an away trip to Elmswell Reserves. A very scrappy
game, mainly due to the blustery weather conditions. Poor defending in
the second half gifted Elmswell a two goal lead. John Ely gave the Reserves
some hope late in the game, but the game ended 2-1 to Elmswell.
On the 15th of January the Reserves entertained Tacket Street BBOB Reserves.
Somersham started the game well, and found themselves 2-0 up with goals
coming from Stefan Nielson and myself. Tacket Street came out fighting
for the second half and quickly made it 2-1. Dale Poole made it 3-1 to
Somersham. Then Tacket Street grabbed another to make it 3-2. Mid-way
through the second half, Steffo claimed his second goal of the match,
which gave Somersham a much preferable two goal cushion. Late on, Scott
Johnson put the game beyond Tacket Streets' reach, making the final score
5-2 to Somersham. A fine performance from the Reserves, who deserved to
take all three points.
The 22nd of January saw the Reserves take on Albion Mills Reserves at
Dumbarton Road. Somersham started the game slowly. The Reserves then picked
up the pace and everyone began playing at the top of their game. Steffo
'the cat' Nielson opened the scoring mid-way through the first half. Scott
Johnson then headed home to get Somersham's second. Somersham quickly
got a third in the second half through yours truly, which put the game
beyond Albion Mills. Steffo then added another to make it 4-0. After having
a solid game up front, Scott Johnson was replaced by Alan Bentman, who
quickly made it 5-0. Alan Bentman scored his second and Somersham's 6th
of the match. The Albion Mills keeper pulled out some heroic saves to
deny Alan and Steffo their hat-tricks. Special mention goes to Luke Emerson,
who was unlucky not to get on the score sheet himself. Final score 6-0
to the Reserves. By far the best performance from the Reserves this season.
Jim is too modest
to mention it, but by all accounts his goal at Albion Mills was a cracker.
Hit on the half volley on the outside of the foot from fully 26.5 yards,
it was reminiscent of those I used to score!!.....honestly!
Happy Easter from us all.
See you on Saturday!!! DON'T FORGET YOUR PAINT!!!!!
Al Chester Jim O'Neill
Somersham Parish Council
Parish Council Meetings
Wednesday 2nd March 2005 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall
The Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Wednesday 6th April
2005 at 7.30pm in the Pavilion
The Annual Parish Council meeting will take place on Wednesday
4th May 2005 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall
Casual Vacancy on the Parish Council
Somersham Parish Council currently has a vacancy and invites applications
from Parishioners who would like to become a co-opted member of the Council.
If you would like to be involved in protecting and supporting your local
community by joining the Parish Council please apply in writing to the
Clerk of the Council.
New Park and Ride
Service to Ipswich Hospital
Visitors to Ipswich Hospital can now benefit from a new through ticket
that will take them from any of Ipswich's park and Ride services to the
hospital. A new bus stop has been installed on the 'central reservation'
on the Woodbridge Road and Colchester Road junction, just north of the
hospital. Tickets from Bury Road and London Road cost just £2.30
for up to 5 people. Concessions for over 60s are available.
Rural Coffee Caravan
The Rural Coffee Caravan will visit Somersham on Wednesday 18th May from
10am - 12 noon. The caravan is well equipped with coffee, tea and home
made cakes, along with all sorts of information about organisations and
the services they offer. The caravan can provide residents with the opportunity
just to socialise and get to know people, but the Project has strong links
with a many agencies providing information on a whole range of concerns.
Mid Suffolk Citizen's Advice Bureau, Mid Suffolk MIND and the Farm Crisis
Network are in partnership with the Project. The caravan will be located
on a central site in the village, the exact location in next issue. If
you need advice on concerns relating to a specific issue which may need
the attendance of, eg. the rural police officer, please advise the Clerk
so the appropriate person can be invited by the Project.
Responsible Dog Owners
The Parish Council are to provide 3 more Dog Litter bins for the village.
Fortunately most dog owners are responsible and use the bins to clean
up after their pets, but there is still a minority who do not. The Parish
Council appeals to those few to help keep the village clean and healthy
by cleaning up after their dogs. Please do not risk the health of our
residents - particularly our children.
There are currently vacant plots at the Somersham Town Land Allotments.
The rent for a 5-rod plot is just £5 per year, payable in October.
If you would like any further information please contact the Clerk.
Janet Clarke, Clerk to the Council
Address: 7 Drury Road, Claydon, IPSWICH, IP6 0ED
Tel. No. 01473 830398 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
VANDALS FORCE WITHDRAWAL OF RECYCLING FACILITIES IN SOMERSHAM
Due to recent events
of vandalism and misuse, the Somersham Playing Field Recycling Banks have
The District Council has taken this action due to acts of vandalism and
arson where recyclable materials have been removed from the banks and
thrown around the site, and the setting alight of the bottle bank and
paper bank at the site, which has ruined the local community efforts to
recycle and wasted the Fire Brigade's valuable time.
to many, are a valued community facility, providing funding to local charitable
causes and an environmentally friendly way to dispose of recyclable materials.
Therefore, the District Council is actively seeking an alternative site
for a recycling centre in Somersham, and welcomes proposals from the local
community for a suitable location for a new facility for the village.
Once a suitable
site has been agreed and the banks are sited, the Council may install
covert CCTV system to monitoring the banks with an aim of discouraging
anti-social behavior. If person(s) are caught on CCTV then legal action
will take place.
Please contact Mid
Suffolk District Council on 01449 778678, if you know of any suitable
local sites, or for information regarding recycling sites.
Hannah Bridges, Recycling Support Officer
From: Robin Richardson, ( District Cllr. Barking & Somersham Ward).
I feel I ought to
make my views on the removal of the recycling facilities clear.
I have supported fully the Parish Council's efforts to come up with suggestions
for a new site, or indeed more than one new site for this facility, which
will undoubtedly be needed as recycling of glass usually increases after
the introduction of Twin Bins, expected in March. I have passed on some
suggestions for possible new sites to the relevant department at MSDC.
Whilst I agree that the reported vandalism cannot be condoned and has
made the facility into more of a nuisance for some local residents, I
was not aware that the removal of the recycling bank was imminent until
after it had happened, and I would not support the permanent removal of
recycling facilities from the village. Destructive acts like those which
have lead to the removal of the banks, will ultimately result in higher
Council Tax or reduced facilities for local people. As a member of the
Liberal Democrat group on Mid Suffolk District Council, I will continue
to press for better facilities for the residents of this area, and for
even more attention to be paid to the protection of our environment and
its resources, locally and globally. I would hope that everyone will support
the Recycling Support Officer and her team at Mid Suffolk in her request,
and that a new site or sites will be provided as soon as possible. Robin
Recycling in your area
To make recycling easier for residents, Mid Suffolk District Council has
introduced a new integrated refuse and recycling service called "TwinBin
Recycling" which has been a tremendous success. This service will
mean recyclable products, such as paper; card, plastics and metal cans
are collected from your doorstep.
Mid February the local parishes of Offton and Willisham are being introduced
to the scheme. The new TwinBin collection scheme will begin on April 4th
2005 with information being delivered beforehand to all residents.
The aim of the TwinBin Scheme is to encourage residents to throw away
less and recycle more. In order to continue the success of this project
we need your help. Please continue to recycle your household rubbish by
using your TwinBins and your local recycling banks. For any further information
contact our TwinBin- helpline on 01449 778678
Residents please note: information packs will be contained inside the
green recycling bin upon delivery.
SOMERSHAM FIRST RESPONDERS
Would you be prepared
to attend certain specified medical emergencies voluntarily in the Somersham
and the nearby area to give life saving help until an Ambulance arrives
at the scene?
IF SO, YOUR COMMUNITY
Somersham Parish Council
has kindly agreed to fund the start up costs of a Volunteer First Responder
Scheme in Somersham working on behalf of and being called out by the East
Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust.
You will be:
* 18 to 70 years of age,
* physically fit,
* be prepared to undergo a CRB check,
* resident in Somersham or immediate surrounding area
* have access to a motor vehicle to attend calls.
No experience is necessary
as full training will be given but you must have lots of enthusiasm. Initial
training will take place in Bramford over a weekend with an assessment
taking place the following weekend. Other training will take place locally.
If enough people show interest in starting a scheme in Somersham and
immediate area, then we will hold a meeting to explain the system more
fully before we go any further.
If you meet the above
criteria and feel you can manage the training requirements and want further
information or to register interest then please contact:-
COLIN FRENCH, 01473
PC Kevin Shields
Community Beat Officer
Tel: 01473 613500
Everyone seems to
be trying to sell me something these days so I thought I would join in.
Last month I talked about property marking and several people have asked
me where they can by Ultra Violet property markers. These are on sale
at your local police station for the princely sum of £1.00.
But that's not all. Thanks to the Mid Suffolk Crime Reduction Group we
also have shed alarms for £8.50 which are easily fitted to your
garden shed or garage and personal alarms which require no fitting at
all. Just carry one in your pocket (not in your handbag please ladies
if the worst happens an attacker is not going to wait whilst you look
for it). Personal alarms vary in price from £3.50 to £5.50.
Finally, time switches are available for £5.50 to switch on your
lights or radio to give the impression that your house is occupied whilst
you are away.
These items may also be available through your local N/Watch coordinator.
That's my sales pitch over but staying on the subject of sales there have
been numerous reports of 'Security' companies cold calling or ringing
residents and saying they are calling on behalf of or working with Suffolk
Police to check your security. We do not work with any security company
and any such calls should be dealt with accordingly. If you want to
improve your security deal with a well-known company or better still go
by recommendation and always get more that one quote. Leaflets offering
advice are available at your police station.
Mini motor cycles
and powered scooters appear to have been popular as Christmas presents
and better weather means that the owners want to use them more. Please
be aware that they are motor vehicles and as such cannot be used on a
road without all the correct equipment and documentation. They were
made as toys to be used on private land, with permission of course and
if used on the road or footpaths the rider will commit more offences than
I can list here. That is apart of course from the very high risk of accidents
to the rider or other road users
So what's been happening? Thankfully, not too much.
In Somersham a building site was entered in Church Road and power tools
stolen by offenders who disabled security lights.
In Barking another building site was entered and an attempt made to enter
a storage container, this time without success.
In Battisford on 10th January a Yamaha 49cc motorcycle colour white index
M419UWB was stolen from Valley Road after being involved in an accident
whilst awaiting recovery by the owners.
In Badley a person was spotted by police stealing cable from a building
site skip and was arrested.
As you will be aware there has been a continuing series of robberies and
burglaries at post offices and rural shops over the last few months. Please
be aware of what is happening around you when you visit any of these premises
and report anything suspicious.
If you can assist with or require further information about any incident
mentioned in these notes, please contact me on 01473 613500 (Force Headquarters).
If I am not on duty ask to leave a voicemail message for Pc980 Shields.
Please remember there are periods when I am rest day for 4 days. If you
require urgent action do not leave message, speak to another officer.
My deputy should I be on leave or otherwise away for any length of time
will be Pc 1242 Matt Nickson, he is contactable on the same telephone
numbers as myself.
PC Kevin Shields
01473 383390 Stowmarket Police Station
01473 613500 Police Headquarters
To go to the Suffolk Police web site please click here
Many thank to everybody
who has offered help for June 2006 Gardens Open and Flower Festival -have
you started taking photos?
The Annual Parochial
Church Meeting will take place on Sunday April 17th. In the Vestry. Evening
Prayer will be at 6.30pm. followed by refreshments and the meeting at
Claim to Fame!
Some people do clever
or brave things to achieve fame - we seem to have become famous (or notorious!)
by losing a calf last month! As a consequence of Radio Suffolk kindly
putting out an appeal for sightings of the recalcitrant 2 month old Aberdeen
Angus calf a great many people showed interest and followed his progress
until his eventual return to the fold (or rather the calf shed!) some
12 days later. We were grateful after a sighting against the fence of
Wattisham airbase for the help of Ringshall Neighbourhood Watch, the police
and a helicopter from the base which went up to locate him and which,
by hovering in just the right spot, enabled us to close in and capture
him with a rugby tackle!
During the time of his elusive wanderings around neighbouring farms and
villages (Offton, Barking, Ringshall) in cold, damp and very windy weather,
he found his own food and shelter. So many people have been concerned
for his welfare - thank you and yes, he was remarkably fit and healthy
and suffered no ill effects whatsoever - it was the rest of us who were
on our knees.
Margaret Laflin, Gunn's Farm
A steaming bowl of
lentil and pumpkin soup with coriander, full grain loaves followed by
rice pudding with water to drink. A simple Lenten Supper in Offton Church
with a table for eleven set up under the Bell Tower. A magical atmosphere
by candle light. We all enjoyed the meal with good company and conversation.
As Mary gently reminded us our simple meal would have been a feast for
so many elsewhere in the world, we thanked God in our grace together.
Thank you to Peta for the supper and Ian for the table. A collection was
taken for the Christian Aid tsunami appeal.
- events in 2005
Mothering Sunday 6th March Joint Service with Willisham in Offton
Sunday 8 May Festival of Talents at St Mary's Church.
If you live in Offton
and have a particular talent, contact Scott Dolling on 01473 658733. In
particular he is interested to hear from anyone who would like to display
home made art, crafts and other ideas.
on Saturday 11th June 2005!
In the Church grounds
Music cakes plants and more!
Bric à brac
All the fun of the fête!
Ian 658347 or Lucy 658480
with offers of help, ideas and contributions please.
Stacks of Sax is a Suffolk-based saxophone group that has been performing
around the county for the past eight years. The music for the Offton concert
will be drawn from their repertoire of swing and jazz numbers to create
a programme of Gershwin, Miller, Brubeck, Ellington and others. http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/stacks/
Concerts by Candlelight in Offton Church
For the last concert in the current series we proudly present
four saxophonists and a quartet of close harmony singers.
These eight musicians are bound to make you feel good.
Offton is the place for a distinctly different experience!
9 April 2005 at 20.00 hrs
Tickets £ 8, cheese and wine included
Cheques made payable to St Mary's Church Offton please
proceeds of this charity concert go to:
* St Elizabeth Hospice
* Motor Neurone Disease Association
* Alzheimer's Society
* Fabric Fund of Offton Church
* Offton & Willisham Village Hall
For seats ring 01473-658024 or email email@example.com
Dear Boxholders All,
A very big THANK YOU to you all. A great sum of £184.92 has
been collected in 2004. This money goes towards helping children in the
UK in many ways and the Society and children who receive help are very
grateful indeed. I hope you will be pleased to continue your help and
support through 2005. Thank you very much to you all.
WILLISHAM CHURCH NOTES
- 6th March
There will be no service at Willisham Church on the first Sunday in March.
Instead we will be joining with Offton Church at their family Mothering
Sunday service at 10.00am. We hope you will be able to attend this service
and if you need a lift, please telephone 658387.
Easter Sunday -
Our service takes place at 11.00am and will include two Baptisms.
Large Print Books
We now have some bold print hymn books and Order One Holy Communion books,
which have been purchased in memory of Mrs. Dorothy Crick. If you would
like to make use of these at one of our services, please ask.
Some more dates
for your diary:
Annual Church Meetings - Tuesday 5th April
The annual meetings will be held in Willisham Church at 7.00pm
This is an opportunity for members of the Electoral Roll to come and give
their support to the Parochial Church Council
Church Fete - Saturday
We hope you already have details of our fete at Crow Hall. However, to
have a successful day, a great deal of help is required. We were very
fortunate last year, but we can't rest on our laurels. We are, therefore,
holding a fete planning meeting on Saturday the 16th April, at 9 North
Acres, Willisham at 10.00am. Please do come and help to make the 2005
fete even more successful.
Village Walk -
Saturday 14th May - 5.30pm start
Full details in next month's Link but as this event becomes more popular
every year, you may wish to have your name added to John Minn's list now,
if so, please 'phone him on 658352.
- Saturday 28th May
A coffee morning, in aid of Willisham Church, will be held at
9 North Acres, Willisham, from 10.00am. Everyone welcome
Sunday 12th June
- Songs of Praise - 3.00pm in Willisham Church
We will be asking you to select your favourite hymns for this service.
AND WILLISHAM PARISH COUNCIL
The Council approved
the Precept for 2005/6 at £5900, an increase of 3%. This is the
first increase since 2001/2.
Regarding the Electoral Review, details concerning which were placed on
the notice boards, it was decided since no representations were received
from parishioners, that the Parishes would best be served if no changes
were sought and this would be the Council's recommendation to the District
Council. If agreed it would mean that the Parish boundaries, the enjoining
of the two Parishes under one Parish Council and the composition of the
Council would not change.
Pip Sands Parish Clerk
Tel 01449 721173
& WILLISHAM VILLAGE HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
the time you read this the first event of the year, the Quiz
and Supper Evening
will have taken place.
Thank you for your support.
next event is the Auction of Promises and Cheese & Wine Evening
on Saturday 2nd April at 7.30p.m.
Tickets £5.00 including 2 glasses of wine.
As previously mentioned we need your PROMISES.
can take many forms.
A few suggestions are:
Ironing, gardening, a meal out, a trip to the theatre, decorating,
curtain making, a trip round a place of interest (this could be
a place of work),
a boat trip, a round of golf etc.
Please support us in this move to increase the profile of the Village
and at the same time raise some much needed funds.
a reminder to make a note in your diary for Saturday 9th July when
we are holding a
Dance in the barn at Crow Hall, Willisham.
Dance to a mixture of music from Country and Western and Modern
Pop provided by Sarah Louise, a young singer who comes highly recommended.
Tickets are £8.00.
There will be a bar and BBQ.
further details, tickets and offers of promises contact:
Tony Webber Tel: 01473 658550 or
Janet Crickmore Tel: 01473 658547.
& DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB
Next Meeting - Monday
14 March Somersham Village Hall - 7.30 pm
AGM followed by 'Gardeners'
Question Time' - a chance to put your gardening queries to expert Steve
Coghill, Head of Horticulture at Otley College.
Guests and New Members
SOMERSHAM CSC NEWS
The winter break is
over, cycle speedway is back, and after some deliberation, Somersham Stars
will again compete in the top South East division. A tough season is in
prospect but we continue to face the
challenge. Participation is the important thing and while the league racing
is aimed at the Senior riders, many junior events will be run throughout
the season for our younger brigade.
At the club's AGM
Peter Mittell took on the role of secretary, taking over from Steve Copping
who had held the post for 9 years. Gary Brown will be team manager as
well as treasurer. The rider of the year award was also voted for with
popular Andy Mittell winning again.
Weather permitting, the first practice session of the season will be on
March 6 at 10:30, and repeated the following weekend. Fitness and technique
will be under scrutiny with team places at stake. New riders
are most welcome. The provisional fixture list sees an early start to
the league programme at Kesgrave on March 20, while our first home fixture
is one week later, at 11:00 against Eaton.
Unfortunately I need
to mention that 2005 membership fees are now due. This money goes toward
competition, affiliation and insurance fees the club has to pay, while
we try and cover equipment costs through sponsorship. For this season
we have introduced a new tier for our younger members who are under 13.
The cost for them is £5. The cost for seniors is £20, under
19s is £15 and under 16s is £10. Age groups refer to age on
January 1 2005. Please note that all riders must also join the British
Cycling Federation for insurance purposes.
Monies can be paid
to either Peter or Gary, and they will be happy to
answer your questions about the season ahead.
you can contact us
via (01473) 831474, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or take a look at the
new Somersham Cycle Speedway website:
SOMERSHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB
The New Year started
for Somersham with a great game away against Elmsett and
first match to start the second half of the Winter league it was a very
closely fought contest throughout the match. With the final outcome going
right down to the wire it could have gone either way as the teams - at
the end of the night - had completed a draw winning two games each and
were separated by only 4 shots. However shots in the end were the deciding
factor with the result unfortunately just going against Somersham.
The next match - as
an early round in the Chairman's Plate - was against Burstall, with the
benefit of a home leg for Somersham. A very good and close encounter played
in competitive spirit, resulting in a creditable 4 - 4 draw, with Somersham
holding a slight shots advantage (35 - 30) to take away to Burstall for
the return leg.
Away it was yet another closely contested and low scoring match with Burstall
just having the edge (40 - 29) on shots, therefore putting Somersham out
over the 2 legs. We shall have to wait another year before trying again,
and hopefully progressing further in the Plate. Nonetheless we retain
our expectations for the future.
League games were
few and far between this month; and the last was against Tattingstone
on their mats. A very friendly atmosphere is always the norm at Tattingstone,
and with signs of consistent bowling ability, a good match was enjoyed
by everyone. On balance Somersham played slightly better games - and with
one team taking a good win - we were able to take the overall points.
Winter League (January
||45 - 41
||6 - 4
||30 - 37
||4 - 6
Evening of Russian Music
Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, Borodin
19th March, 2005
St. Mary's Church, Hadleigh
£9 £7 concessions
Available at The Idler
37 High Street, Hadleigh
at the door
or contact Tel:01473 824419
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The Tsunami of Boxing
Day has led to many hard questions about God, again his existence is questioned,
his love and his power. Loss of life on this scale demands every Christian
should review their faith.
For Christians the
prime response of God to peoples need was Easter, with the crucifixion
and resurrection of Jesus, Son of God. That such a barbarous act can hold
centre stage is for some too much, it betrays primitive roots that are
at odds with educated modern man. I suggest that such educated ears are
not listening to message of the bible. Our great danger is sin and its
Our greatest need
then is forgiveness and relief from punishment. That is exactly what Easter
was about, penalty for sin paid by Jesus as he bears our punishment upon
the cross, and secures forgiveness.
If this is our greatest
need then we are desperate indeed considering the other tragedies of human
experience, including the Tsunami! Faced with this emergency God does
not fail, in Jesus he takes on our sin and suffers, that we might be saved.
To all who follow Jesus by faith he becomes a precious saviour, sin becomes
the object of personal discipline. This faith should led to loving action
for all in need, a sharing the good news of Jesus, and the support of
A Baptist Church in Chennai has adopted a fishing village on the coast
and has begun supporting the community, and are planning to buy fishing
boats and nets destroyed by the Tsunami. For more details contact Mark.
Growth: these last months have brought a lot of encouragement which culminated
in the baptism of Steve and Lois in the Village Hall in December, and
the baptism of Daniel in January at Crowfield. Baptism is a New Testament
response to faith in Jesus. As our present building has no pool to baptise
in, we had to borrow a pool for use in the village hall, and invade Crowfield
Baptist Church in January.
Meetings for March
Mothering Sunday 6th
11.30am Combined Worship with the Parish Church at the Chapel.
Easter Sunday 25th 11.30am Worship.
Regular Sunday Morning
Programme (You are welcome to join us for all or part of the meeting).
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.
2.30pm Friday 11th March.
Friends and Neighbours 7.45pm Monday 21st March
Pastor Mark Newcombe 01473 831940 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Colin Low 01473 464833 or Edwin Mayhew on 01473 658100. Web site www.somersham.com
SERVICES in our 8 linked parishes
If you think there
may be a mistake in the rota please contact your Churchwarden.
6th Mothering Sunday
-united service for Willisham and Offton
Service with Baptists
13th Fifth Sunday of Lent
Communion by extension
service + baptism
Communion by ext
20th Palm Sunday
Service with communion by ext
March 24th Maundy Thursday
March 25th Good Friday
27th Easter Day
Summer Time begins
- please put your clocks forward one hour.
Communion by extension
readings, prayers and Easter Hymns-a half-hour service with Mrs Liz
Communion + Baptisms
Communion by extension
Hunters Creek Care
London Road, BOSTON, Lincs. PE21 7HB
MAISIE, JANE AND GIL
would like to thank every one of my relatives and friends for the care
and kindness shown to me during my long stays in hospital and St Edmunds
Nursing Home. Also for my very caring visitors who gave their time, particularly
Anna, Marion and Brian, Nina, Gwen, Joan, Olive, Mary, Margaret, Frances,
Eddy and Dorothy, Christine and Michael, my MU friends and many more for
their letter, phone messages and prayers.
I shall miss you all very much but will keep in touch when I have my telephone.
I shall never forget you all and will love to see any of you if you are
ever up this way. It is a lovely place and of course near to my loved
ones. I am happily settling in and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
A very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year to you all and your families.
God Bless you. I have so many happy memories of Somersham and I love you
(So sorry this was missed out last month)