The other day I heard Speed the plough, Suffolks own Regimental
March. If I were marching I think I would find it hard to keep up, because
this pieces distinctive feature is the speed. Moving swiftly from
plough to tractor, and car stickers proclaiming particular allegiance in
football, I mused about the importance of emblems in letting our loyalty
A rallying-cry or an emblem gathers people.
A cross high on the
apex of a church is a beacon for the surrounding countryside. This is
what we now have at Ringshall, a stone cross re-instated after some years,
above a roof beautifully repaired and now to be re-dedicated (see inside
back page for details).
An individual person
wearing a cross demonstrates his or her particular allegiance. Each one
is a reminder of the cross on which Jesus died. And when a cross is placed
at the East end of a church, it is very much the focal point. It draws
everyones attention there, and their hopes to what lies beyond.
As Jesus said, I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will
draw all men to myself. He said this to show by what death he was
to die. (John 12, verses 32 & 33)
Beyond, for Him, was
Resurrectionwith Him, we can be raised from death. Together, we
An emblem is there for everyone : a rallying cry means onward
its a call that tells of hope.
Cassie Amanda Griffiths, daughter of David and Amanda, and sister of Bethan,
who was baptised at
St. Marys, Offton, on 22nd January 2006
May she grow in faith
Leonard James Morley Jarrald, who died aged 87 years. A thanksgiving service
for Lens life was held at
St. Marys, Offton on 16th January 2006, followed by his funeral
and burial at North Elmham.
Rest eternal grant unto him O Lord,
and may light perpetual shine upon him
Revision of the
Church Electoral Rolls takes place as follows:
February 13th and 27th
Flowton between February 26th and March 12th
Offton between March 13th and April 6th
Willisham between February 22nd and March 8th
In twos and threes around the eight parishes we will follow five practical
explorations of Forgiveness, using the first letter of St John and drawn
from Voices of Rwanda interviews.
To join in this way of preparing to enter more fully into the Easter Story,
please telephone 01473 657768
Lent Courses in Needham Market will be:
Life in all its fulness, perspectives from Malawi, on Thursdays
at 10.00am at The Ark, tel 01449 613178 by 5th March
Life attitudes, the Beatitudes, on Wednesdays at 7.30pm at
Christchurch, tel 01449 723444
and Cleaning Rota
There are no flowers
on the altars during Lent
Cleaning - March - Team C
April - Team A
Cleaning - Mrs Laflin
Cleaning - Mrs Janet Dickson
Cleaning - February 26th - Mrs Fisher
On Wednesday, 8th
March we will have begun the season of Lent and Mary Carter will be leading
a short service of meditation for us. If you are not a regular member
of our meeting but would like to join us for this service you will be
most welcome. We meet as usual at 2 pm in the vestry of Flowton church.
The Link Team wish
to say thank you to Mrs Lucy Vignoles who is retiring from the editorial
team. The February magazine was her last editorial task and we thank her
for her service and support over several years. She will be missed by
If any of our readers would like to join the team we would welcome them
contact any of the team named on the back cover of The Link for
Somersham Church Notes
The APCM for Somersham will be on Monday 27th March at 7.45 in the church.
All are invited to attend this meeting.
12 tables took part
in the Trivia Quiz in January, which made nearly £200 profit. We
are very grateful to Kate & Steve Dines who compiled the quiz and
were excellent quizmasters, also to everyone who supported the very enjoyable
There were 120 Christmas
Trivia Quiz Sheets sold this year, and about 50 completed entries were
returned. As there were a lot with all the right answers, the winner was
the first out of the hat. Congratulations to Tina Armstrong of Colchester
Road, Ipswich, who wins a £10 book token. Thank you to everyone
who bought a quiz sheet and a special thank you to Michelle & Rob
at the village shop, Christine & Michael Jarrold and David & Rohais
at the garage for selling them. The answers to the quiz are elsewhere
in the Link.
Please note that on
Sunday 2nd April we are invited to join our friends at the Baptist Church
for a combined service. This will replace our normal service.
dates to put in you diary:
There will be another chance to hear the Ladies Co-operative
Choir on Friday 5th May in the church. Those who came to their previous
concert will know what an enjoyable and entertaining evening it was. Tickets
will be £5 with a light supper included. More details next month.
There will be a Coffee
Morning on Saturday 13th May from 10 to 12 oclock at March House.
There will be the usual refreshments, Bring & Buy, cakes and plants
for sale, as well as the opportunity to chat with friends and neighbours.
is on March 26th which would normally be Somershams Evensong
service. We have decided it would be more appropriate to have a Family
service, which will be at 9am, lasting about 35 minutes.
We do hope that as
many mums and their children (whatever their age!), as well as the rest
of the family, will be able to come and share this time together.
(Perhaps the children
might like to try to make a list of mothers and their child / children
that they can think of in the Bible. There may be a small prize for a
Did you know the mobile
library comes to our villages every fortnight?
It stops at:
Rd 10.30 - 11.10
Willisham: Council Houses 11.15 - 11.25
Offton: Castle Meadow 3.05 - 3.20
Somersham: Watering Close 3.25 - 3.45
Flowton: Church 3.55 - 4.20
Calling on Mondays
March 13, 27
April 10, 24
May 8, 22
June 5, 19
July 3, 17, 31
September 11, 25
October 9, 23
November 6, 20
Answers to Somersham Christmas Quiz sheet
1 DRAB FORM - BRAMFORD
2 BID ED GO ROW - WOODBRIDGE
3 BAG CHINS OK? - ASHBOCKING
4 LACY NOD - CLAYDON
5 A MARKABLE GHENT - GREAT BLAKENHAM
6 HEY, LEN! - HENLEY
7 A REVS KEG - KESGRAVE
8 SHOTGUN PRO - SPROUGHTON
9 ICED FLOCK - COCKFIELD
10 EWES LIFT OX - FELIXSTOWE
11 CANNOT - NACTON
12 PEN ROTS - PRESTON
13 I TOP OWL - WOOLPIT
14 NUT TOTS - STUTTON
15 A HILL SWIM - WILLISHAM
16 HAD MARS - DARSHAM
17 A STONE - EASTON
18 SHOT A KEN- HASKETON
19 RE SKYE - KERSEY
20 LOCH UP - CULPHO
21 WINCH DU - DUNWICH
22 THIN AS HELM - HINTLESHAM
23 LED NON TWO - OLD NEWTON
24 LO! A HOLDING - DALLINGHOO
25 HAND ME DOC - CODDENHAM
26 HARD MEN - RENDHAM
27 HERES RUM - RUSHMERE
28 FIX A DELL - LAXFIELD
29 METTLES - ELMSETT
30 KIM THREW A MACK - WICKHAM MARKET
31 HAP ARM - PARHAM
32 WE ASK MR TOT - STOWMARKET
33 A WEDDING FRILL -WALDRINGFIELD
34 MAG HELM - GLEMHAM
35 NOT LAW WALTON
36 A CENT RID TROLL - LITTLE CORNARD
37 HMM, A SAD NUX - SAXMUNDHAM
38 HMM, HELGA IN? - HELMINGHAM
39 EL TOY - OTLEY
40 COLD CO. - OCCOLD
41 THICK ROW - ICKWORTH
42 DR E. N. FOGMOLL - LONG MELFORD
43 I ETCH HOVE - COVEHITHE
44 A RUM HOG - ROUGHAM
45 A VAN HELM - LAVENHAM
46 FOXY ROD - YOXFORD
47 NOT FOWL - FLOWTON
48 STY HOLE - SHOTLEY
49 PROD A FLY - PLAYFORD
50 SNIDELY - LINDSEY
51 MAD FERNS - FRAMSDEN
52 DING ENG - NEDGING
53 LOB RHO OK - HOLBROOK
54 HAL STORM - RAMSHOLT
55 A THERMAL SON - EARL STONHAM
56 NOT ELM - MELTON
57 A SMART HELM - MARTLESHAM
58 TOFF? NO! - OFFTON
59 HAH MIG - HIGHAM
60 TONK FRED - KENTFORD
61 A GIRLS HENS - RISHANGLES
62 BE CHAD - DEBACH
63 FAD WRONG - WANGFORD
64 A HONG NUT - NAUGHTON
65 INVENT LOG - LEVINGTON
66 NESTLE TWO - WESTLETON
67 COB KEGS - GOSBECK
68 MEN A DARK THEME - NEEDHAM MARKET
69 A DASH TREK - HARKSTEAD
70 ELMS FOR A DR - MARLESFORD
71 HARM MOSES - SOMERSHAM
72 PING PIG - GIPPING
73 RUBYS DU - SUDBURY
74 PANES - SNAPE
75 SAT WITH MA - WATTISHAM
2006 has seen a change of fortunes for the two Somersham teams. The first
team cant stop winning and the reserves, although not in major trouble,
have lost more games then they wanted to. The first team lost their first
game of the year, but have won everything since. The reserves also lost
their first of 2006 and followed this with a poor draw, but have won the
rest of their matches this year. The injury problems at the club have
subsided a little and thankfully goalkeeper numbers are back up!!
The 1st Team
Saturday 7th January
Halesworth Town Div 2 (A) Lost 3-2
Somersham played much better football here and were unfortunate to concede
late on to surrender all 3 points. Goals from John Hughes and Stefan Nielsen.
Saturday 14th January Salvation Army Div 2 (H) Won 4-0
An outstanding performance from the whole team. Gaols scored by Craig
Morton and own goal and, you guessed it, 2 more for Stefan.
Saturday 21st January Murray Rangers Div 2 (A) Won 4-0
Another splendid display with goals this time from Kieran Cotterell, Stu
Wright and another 2 for Stefan!
Saturday 28th January Dennington United - Div 2 (A) Won 3-1
A very good result to difficult opposition. Goals from Kieran, Stu Wright
and just 1 for Stefan.
Saturday 4th February Bramford Road Old Boys Div 2 (H) Won 2-0
Starting February as January ended with another sound victory. Lets
hope the corner really has been turned. Goal scorers information
For the first time
this season I can write about the first team without using the word disappointment!
A fantastic run of results which if continued will see the team safely
up the league and away from the relegation zone. The use of young local
lads in the team appears to be paying off, long may it continue.
Saturday 7th January Trimley Red Devils Div 5 (H) Lost 4-0
A very hard fought game with Trimley scoring their first in the last 25
minutes and then capitalising on Somershams efforts to equalise.
Our first lose of the season, which is an obvious disappointment, but
Trimley are a good team.
Saturday 14th January Stonham Aspal A Div 5 (A) Drew2-2
After the Trimley game everyone wanted to get back to winning ways and
it showed as Somersham lead 2-0 at halftime with goals from Adam English
and Lee Beckley. However, Stonham were not beaten and threw everything
at us which lead to a couple of errors which allowed them to equalise
from the spot with the last kick of the match.
Saturday 21st January Salvation Army Reserves Div 5 (H Won 4-1
After the previous two weeks this was a welcome result with goals from
Adam English, Adam Todd, Jamie Tynan and Luke Emmerson.
Saturday 28th January Albion Mills Res Harpers Intersport Cup (H)Won
4-1 This was a quarter final match against Albion from Division 6. An
excellent hat trick from Adam English, who is still not yet fully fit,
and a goal from Dale Poole sent us into the semi-finals where we will
meet Coddenham Reserves on March 18th. Saturday 4th February Stowupland
A Div 5 (A) Won 5-1
Somersham were always in control here and with goals from Adam English
(2), Dale Poole (2) and Al Bentman were pleased to record an 11-1 aggregate
score over Stowupland this season.
Due to those 5 dropped
points at the beginning of January the reserves have now slipped to second
place in the league. When you consider that they have lost just one game,
that seems unfortunate but rivals Meadlands have yet to lose in the league.
However, at the time of writing the reserves next game is at home to Meadlands.
If a win is gained here the difference will be goal difference.
Hopefully Ill have good news next month. See you on Saturday!! DONT
FORGET YOUR PAINT!! Al ChesterSomersham Football Club are urgently seeking
new and exciting players for their under 10 year old football development
With onward development onto senior level starting in the summer
of 2006. Parents must be committed to their childs travel to and
from games, etc.
We can offer you: First Class football; tuition on a brand new football
pitch; changing rooms; tea rooms; flood-lit pitches; top class coaches.
All our coaches are level 1 coaches forwarding up to EUFA coach level.
Football kit suppliestrain on all weather pitches all year round.
All players must have some ability, either played at school or club football!!
Please reply a.s.a.p. to Steve Cotterell on 01473 831530 after 6pm or
Email to : Football_coach@tesco.net
Somersham & District Community Association
Playingfield Improvement Project - Update
You have probably
seen a lot going on down the playingfield lately. The perimeter fencing
is complete and by the time you read this the all weather multi sports
arena should be installed next to the pavilion. The arena is available
for all to enjoy and does not need to be booked although organisations
are invited to make arrangements with the committee for regular usage.
All we ask is that users look after the arena and aim to include others
who want to take part. So the mottos are : It will last as long
as you let it
Inclusive play NOT exclusive play
There are still plenty of finishing touches for the project team to organise
like lighting for the arena and training area; patio for the pavilion,
renovation and extension of the car park, new hedging and storage. In
addition we need to think about turning the extra land into a playingfield.
This is not as straightforward as you might think with drainage, earth
preparation and grassing to be considered.
However, there is enough light at the end of the tunnel to make plans
for an opening celebration. The committee have selected Saturday 20 May
06 for the event, so put that date in your diary. We aim to make it an
event that everyone will enjoy. We will give you more detail in future
articles but the outline is to have competitions in the arena and on the
play equipment, bar/refreshments and a BBQ is planned. Any local organisations
are invited to have a display/stall.
We are pleased to say that Claire Cutler has joined our team to help us
with the event. Please come forward with ideas or offers of help. You
can contact Claire on Tel 831806.
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 Derek Ottaway Tel 832562
OFFICIAL OPENING EVENT - SATURDAY 20 MAY 06
Just to let you know we did very well for the school over the Christmas
period and are now in the position were we can buy a new projector for
the computer suite. This is no small purchase and will cost in the region
of £1,000 so thank you once again for your continued support.
Not too much to report other than the children had a great time at the
"Beach Party" which was held last month. Unfortunately lots
of the children were ill and couldn't come; maybe we can do it all again
We have got one fund raiser this month. A good old Jumble Sale, details
below. If you have anything you want collected please phone Julie on 832460
or Jenny on 830623
11 a.m 'til 1p.m.
will be served
see you there
Somersham Primary School
Like FOSS we haven't too much to report (or have weyou decide!)
Mrs. Chinnery has
been absent from school, but has been on jury duty. Mrs. Marsburg has
been in Class 3 in her place and the children have been learning all about
Chinese New Year/Chinese children. They have had a wonderful time finding
out about the Year of..... eating Chinese food, looking at Chinese clothes,
making dragons, making wishes, and so many other things too numerous to
Class 4 have been learning about different types of transport. In the
class room we have built a ticket office, a space ship and a pirate ship
and had lots of fun. Near the end of half term, we had a trip which consisted
of the following: a bus ride, a visit to the travel agents, another bus
ride, a visit to the fire station, a train ride to Stowmarket and a car
ride back to school. Good fun even if we did choose the coldest day of
Class 2 have been going to Hadleigh for their swimming lessons while Class
1 will be going in the weeks leading up to Easter. Of course they have
been working much, much harder than the little children........or so they
By the way, did you know Emma Evans has left us? Yes, after more years
than she would like to admit working at Somersham Primary, Emma has gone
to Otley College where she is enjoying working with older children. The
Somersham children in Class 2 wrote rather wonderful letters to her telling
her how much they missed her. One quote "things are much harder now
you have gone" Ah! Lovely.
Somersham Cycle Speedway
Another Cycle Speedway
season is upon us and as with last season after some deliberation Somersham
Stars will once again compete in the top South-East division. The deciding
factor was a reduction in the number of riders in a team from 8 a side
(plus optional reserves) to 6 a side (plus optional reserves). We finished
3rd in this division in 2005 so it is hoped we can maintain that for 2006.
Participation is the key thing and while the league racing will be aimed
at the senior riders, as ever many junior events for the younger riders
will also take place.
At the clubs
AGM Andy Mittell took on the team managers role, taking over from
Gary Brown who will be Assistant Team Manager. Peter Mittell was voted
the 2005 rider of the year, just edging out son Andy in one of the closest
votes ever. His efforts, both on and off the track were obviously appreciated.
the first practice session of the season will be held on March 5th at
11.00 and repeated the following weekend. Any new riders will be most
The provisional fixture
list sees the first match of the season scheduled for March 19th but this
is not confirmed at the moment. Please check the village green for further
information nearer the time.
Unfortunately 2006 membership fees are now due. This money goes towards
competition, affiliation and insurance fees the club has to pay while
we try and cover the cost of equipment through sponsorship. The fees for
2006 are unchanged from 2005, that is Seniors £20, Under 19s
£15, Under 16s £10, and Under 13s £5. Age
groups refer to age of rider on 1/1/2006. Please note all riders must
join the British Cycling Federation for insurance purposes.
Steve Copping (email@example.com)
Club Secretary:Peter Mittell 01473 831474
SOMERSHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB
No sooner were the seasons festivities over and it was straight into our
first match of the New Year which was a two leg affair against Martlesham
in the Plate a competition in which the clubs are automatically
entered into after they have been eliminated from interest in the Cup
which happened when Somersham were beaten by Brockley. The first
leg was played at home; and - with Martlesham being a well placed First
Division side - we perhaps surprised the opposition somewhat on our home
territory, and ran out worthy winners by 3 games to 1. It was a general
view all round by both Clubs that it had been a well bowled match, and
in generous comment Martlesham indicated that our bowling was of a much
higher standard than they expected.
The away return leg
with Martlesham was always going to be closely contested, and true to
form it was. However the Club were again able to maintain the previous
weeks good form, and bowling well on the night produced another superb
result for Somersham. Even though we were beaten by two and a half games
to one and a half, on aggregate over the whole home and away games, we
won by half a game, automatically getting us through to the next round,
which we are looking forward to tremendously, this will be against Stanningfield
another team whom we shall find stiff opposition.
The first league match
of the year for Somersham was home to Stratford St. Mary. This we were
looking forward to very much because playing them on their own mats earlier
in the season resulted in a loss for Somersham by just one shot We knew
it would be another close match, and it was, with mixed results from the
four games ... two teams won - two lost
but the overall shots went
to Somersham by a margin of 16, and thus was a very pleasing win to begin
the year. We are very much hoping to keep up the good form, and carry
Our only away game
of the month took us to Tattingstone. A very friendly club, and a good
match was enjoyed by both sides. With the carpets laid on a typical Village
Hall floor we were unable to get to consistently get to grips with the
roll of mats; and unfortunately for us the home team bowled were also
well on form and showed us the way home - but still very much enjoyed
and a fair result.
League - January Results: -
PC David Clark
Community Beat Officer
Tel: 01473 613500
From our Community
Pc 466 David Clark
Tel: 01473 613500
Tel: 01401284 774341 (Voicemail)
or 01473 613500
As my commitments
have allowed, I have been going around the area introducing myself to
various parish councils and neighbour watch co-ordinators this month
if you are expecting a visit from me and I havent made contact please
bear with me I only now appreciate how many people are involved in the
eleven parishes I have responsibility for
.I will get round to everyone
as soon as possible .
Crimes of note in
Nettlestead 12th 13th January , a red Honda quad bike was
stolen from farm building
Somersham 12th 17th January , a childs Suzuki quad
bike coloured yellow and black stolen from a farm building
There has been a similar theft of a quad bike in the Little Blakenham
area as well .
If you own any farm
buildings where these or similar items such as trailers are stored , please
have a closer look at your security to see if it could be improved
If you would like any further advice on security of any type of premises
Mr Dave Gilson , the Crime Reduction Officer
at Stowmarket Police Station who is always happy to help.
On a similar note
can I also ask that people have a look at their garden sheds, garages
outbuildings etc try to think how secure they are - would security
be improved by fitting mesh or bars ? better quality locks ? fitting
a security light ? fitting bolts through the door instead of screws which
can be removed from the outside . Also a good security device is a shed
these are fairly inexpensive and easy to fit and available
from any good hardware store. If you would prefer
have a quantity of these for £9.50p each available via from Mr Gilson
Even if you dont
keep much of value in your shed and dont think spending money on
security is worth it
bear in mind that items found in sheds are
often used to break into houses
Lastly there is a
new system called Suffolk SAFEKey
for both business and residential
premises where keyholders details are kept in case of emergencies. The
basic changes, are that details are registered on line
.on a secure
only the police or other appropriate partner agencies have
access in the event of an emergency.
This scheme is open to both residential and business premises .
full details of this scheme can be found at www.suffolk.safekey.org.uk
Suffolk Police will no longer hold any keyholder details directly
If you have any information
or would like any advice on police matters I would be more than happy
to discuss this with you. I can be contacted at Stowmarket Police station
on 01473 613500 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pc Sally
Parkes will be my deputy she can also be contacted on the above
telephone number or email@example.com
Please remember that there are occasions when I am on rest days for 4
days so if your call is of an urgent nature please ask to speak to an
officer on duty.
Thanks very much . PC 466 Dave Clark
PC David Clark
01473 383390 Stowmarket Police Station
01473 613500 Police Headquarters
PC 466 David Clark
To go to the Suffolk Police web site please click here
Somersham Parish Council
Forthcoming Parish Council Meetings
Wednesday 1st March 2006 7.30pm - Playing Field Pavilion
Wednesday 5th April 2006 7.30pm - Village Hall ,(Annual Parish
Wednesday 3rd May 2006 7.30pm - Playing Field Pavilion
(Annual Parish Council Meeting)
Thank you to everyone who responded to our appeal in last months
issue about broadband connection problems. Enough replies were received
to confirm there is a problem which affects a wider area than Somersham.
Attempts will now be made to contact those who may be able to offer a
In recent years concern has grown over village life, where communities
have been threatened because, among other things, local families have
been unable to obtain suitable homes. This affects mostly younger
people who cannot afford local prices and often there are no suitable
homes in the village anyway.
It is possible for
a community to create a local housing needs scheme which results in a
small housing development solely and permanently for local people. Also,
arrangements are made to enable local people to afford the housing.
This can be done by shared ownership arrangements or renting.
The Council would
like to investigate this issue and in order to make a start it is necessary
to undertake a survey of all residents in order to find out what the needs
of Somersham people are. A questionnaire will need to be prepared, delivered,
collected, recorded and results published.
We need volunteers to make this happen and if you have an interest
in this subject or just have some spare time please contact the Parish
Somersham Town Land Charity
The Somersham Town Land Charity is a small charity managed by 3 Trustees
who administer the Town Land field, currently used as allotments. The
Charity was set up during the early part of the last century for the benefit
of needy parishioners in Somersham. In the latter part of the 20th century
the covenant was amended to include not only individuals but also organisations.
If you know of any person or organisation that would benefit from a donation
please let the Clerk know. The nominee must reside, or be based, within
The Somersham Hedgerow Survey is not yet completed and volunteers are
sought to undertake the survey between May October 2006. A small
team of volunteers and a volunteer co-ordinator are all that are needed
to complete the work undertaken by the previous team during 2003/4. Would
you please consider helping us to get this important survey completed
to protect our hedgerows. No previous experience is needed and the survey
is enjoyable. All paperwork is supplied and a training session has been
arranged for the 13th May 2006. If you can help please contact the Clerk,
who will be able to give you further details.
Unfortunately we still have to report that Somersham Parish Council has
a vacancy for a Councillor. Attending monthly Parish Council meetings
is the only mandatory duty of a Parish Councillor, but holding a council
seat does provide an opportunity for a resident to get involved in shaping
the future of the village and improving the everyday life of the community
using the powers of local government. If you would like to find out more,
please contact any of the Councillors or the Parish Clerk.
Clerk to the Council
Tel. No. 01473 830398 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
and District Gardening Club
SPEAKER FOR March 2006
Freelance Garden Broadcaster
Monday 13 March @
At SOMERSHAM VILLAGE
IPSWICH APPEAL FOR ROMANIA -FORTHCOMING EVENTS.
Don't forget there
are still at least four more indoor car boot sales left at Great Blakenham
Village hall on 12/3, 19/3, 26/3, and 2/4. Tables only £5. Plenty
of car parking. Food and light refreshments, and buyers get in free.
Enquiries to Lee or Anna-Maria 01473-833292.
On Saturday 29th
April, Ipswich Appeal For Romania are presenting their pig racing
night at Gt. Blakenham Village Hall. This is a annual event which starts
at 7.00pm appeals to young and old alike. With a hog roast, raffle and
bar a great night is in store! Race programmes are only £2 which
includes entry. So if you fancy a fun night out come along and cheer on
the pigs as farmer Peter Trotter races his pigmy porkers and keeps everyone
in stitches with his West Country banter and jokes. You may end up winning
a pot full of money or a great prize in the raffle! Enquiries to Lee or
Ipswich Appeal for Romania are looking for sponsors for their pig racing
night. If you or your company could kindly sponsor a race you will appear
in the race programme with a race named after you or your company.
There is a meeting for all Flower Festival flower arrangers on Tuesday
March 14th at 7.30pm in the Vestry.
anybody planning a display for the Flower Festival? It would be good to
know what is available and how people would like to display their art.
Please contact Mary Carter on 01473 658522 or email@example.com.
Hopefully by the time
you read this Judy Ewing will have contacted all the potential tea
persons but if you can offer help and have not yet been contacted
please call her on 01473 657795.
If you can offer 1
or 2 hours manning the church over the festival weekend please
contact Mary Carter we need 2 people on duty all the time to both
welcome visitors and care for the items on display.
Annual Parochial Church
Council Meeting will be held on Sunday April 9th at about 7.15pm, following
the 6.30pm service of Evening Prayer. All adults living in the parish
are welcome to come and help elect the Churchwardens for the coming year.
The revision of the
church Electoral Roll will take place between February 26th and March
16th and you should contact Judy Ewing if you wish to come on the electoral
The Flower Festival
will begin on the Friday night with a concert by Serendipity next
month we hope to publish more details and begin to have tickets available.
Festival of Talents
please note the correct date is
Sunday 14th May at 4 pm
The Annual Parochial
Church Meeting is on April 24th in Church at 7 pm.
This annual meeting
covering church affairs and voting for the PCC members is held each year
in the church and is open to everyone in the parish. You will be made
very welcome so do come along.
Red Nose Fun
Red noses are good
Red noses are funny
Red noses are cool
Red noses make us have fun
Be happy, be happy, be happy
And have some fun. Chloe Durrant
AND WILLISHAM PARISH COUNCIL
Starting in the East of the County, over a period of time, the barriers
at the County Council's waste recycling centres are to be raised to two
metres to permit taller vehicles to enter.Changes to the local bus service
have been posted on the notice boards.Spring Clean Suffolk Week is 20
to 25 March. As I mentioned in the last LINK, our Council is taking part
and I have earmarked material from MSDC for our use.
The Council determined
its budget for 2006 at the January meeting, and set its precept at £6246.
The next Council meeting is on March 13th, at 7.30pm
Pip Sands, Parish Clerk 0149 721173
The second of this
season's Magical Musical Moments Concerts by Candlelight held in Offton
Church on Saturday 14th January was given by The Rigotti Ensemble, one
of the few flute, oboe and clarinet ensembles in the country.
This young and gifted
group consists of Katie Bedford (flute), Michael O'Donnell (oboe/cor anglais)
and James Meldrum (clarinet), all of whom are students at the Royal College
of Music. That they have all had a wide experience in orchestral and ensemble
playing became immediately obvious in their performance of such widely
diverse items as Beethoven's Grand Trio (Op 87), De Lorenzo's Trio Romantico
(a real tour de force), Holst's Terzetto (written in three different keys
simultaneously) and Arnold's Divertimento.
In all the pieces
they displayed a deep understanding of the music, a great sense of ensemble
playing and a sensitivity to dynamics.
A nice touch during the evening came after the interval, which included
some excellent refreshments, when the audience was able to discuss with
the trio their experiences in music and for them to demonstrate the difference
between an oboe and a cor anglais. If the standard of performance that
the capacity audience heard and thoroughly appreciated is to be found
in all our conservatoires, then 'classical' music is in safe hands and
these three young players have a very bright musical future indeed.
Barry Salmon, Ipswich
Dates for your diary
Wednesday 5th April
Annual Church Meetings
These take place in Willisham Church at 7.00pm. This is an opportunity
for members on the Electoral Roll to come and give their support to the
Parochial Church Council.
Saturday 13th May
Full details of this very popular event will be in next months Link,
but you may wish to book your place now by phoning John Minns on
As usual, the walk starts at 5.30pm and will be 4 ½ - 5 miles long.
Saturday 27th May
A coffee morning in aid of Willisham Church will be held at 9 North Acres,
Willisham from 10.00am everyone welcome.
Saturday 15th July
The fete will be held at Crow Hall and details of our planning meeting
will appear in next months Link in the meantime, please be
thinking of ideas to make this years event even more successful.
Sunday 10th September
Songs of Praise
3.00pm in Willisham Church
Saturday and Sunday
7th/8th October Gift Weekend/Harvest
We have decided to combine our Harvest Service with a Gift Weekend.
Friday 3rd November
Family Bonfire and Firework Evening
As usual this event will take place at Crow Hall.
Sunday 10th December
3.00pm in Willisham Church.
Please note these
dates in your diary now.
We have recently received
a Quinquennial Report on the state of the church structure and fabric,
which shows that repairs to the roof are our main priority. In February
we spent over £530 on replacing tiles as a holding measure, but
will be faced with raising thousands of pounds to complete the work required.
(This is before we are able to consider the other work specified in the
Report) You will, therefore, appreciate that we will need the support
of everyone to help safeguard the future of our church.
A Wardens Lot January 2006
At our Epiphany service the three wise men finally came to the Nativity
Scene, which was a good thing because they seemed to have been travelling
up the church for ages. I found a dusty and forlorn reindeer on a window
ledge, who was also looking for a home.
The positive get up and go of these travellers has much to
commend it in a world full of pessimism and gloomy forecasts. The same
positive energy was found in my garden where on a dank January day a single
bright yellow primrose flowered amongst the brown rotting leaves of last
year. What joy to the heart from this single flower. If a small flower
can do that what more can we do with a simple positive act in spite of
any feeling of insignificance we may have in the greater world.
|in the 10.00 oclock service we all sat at the back of the church
leaving Mary in solitary splendour at the front. Mary soon pointed out
the error of our ways by saying that any new people coming into the church
would prefer to sit at the back and that the only person with the right
to sit at the back was the churchwarden, who was responsible for controlling
unruly members of the congregation. This puffed me up with a flatulent
ferocity that was soon curbed by someone saying that it was the Churchwarden
who needed controlling!
One of my jobs is inspecting the graves and keeping the graveyard tidy.
It all seems to be in good order. Looking around graveyards has always
interested me and I notice that there are more carved images appearing
on gravestones, sometimes even on the backI have seen tractors,
aeroplanes and horses: makes grave watching even more interesting.
It was dusk on a Saturday and I was telling Mrs C. to convince a small
bird that it was easier to leave the church by flying out of a door rather
than hitting the windows. Some visitors arrived, one of whom was a young
man. He asked me a question so direct that it could have come from Jesus.
Do you believe in God? A simple question to a child: a difficult
question to a man whose faith has been repainted many times. I looked
back down the vista of years to a small stuttering boy in a scripture
lesson asking questions; to a communal confirmation on a summers
day; to the years in a spiritual desert when achieving a ton on a motor
cycle was sufficient sustenance; to being brought home to the faith of
my childhood by a hitchhiker; to sampling different dogmas and of coming
to Offton where there was a need. I looked through his unblinking eyes
to the eyes of another man two thousand years ago. Yes, I believe. The
bird quietly found its own way out to join the congregation in the hedgerow.
Christ of the Canvas
In preparation for
Easter, on Friday March 31st at 7.30 pm we have a presentation by art
lecturer Stuart Currie on the subject of The Christ of the Canvas.
Stuart has lectured
at the Tate and National Galleries, and is presently working as the Multi
Media Project Coordinator and lecturer at Brunel University.
Stuart uses a data projector to show a number of religious paintings and
reveals their meaning. His presentation takes about 1½
hours and will include a comfort break.
Sunday April 2nd at
11.30am at the Chapel the Parish Church joins us for Worship.
Regular Sunday Morning
(You are welcome to join us for all or part of the morning).
10.00-10.30 Prayer Meeting
10.45-11.15 Bible Study (Communion 1st Sunday)
Children and Young
People (During term time);
Wednesday Club 6.30-7.30pm for primary school children,
14+ Fridays 8.00-9.30pm Year 9 upwards.
Meetings for Ladies;
Womens Fellowship 2.30pm 10th March,
Friends & Neighbours 7.45pm 20th March:
Pottery with Malcolm MacGregor.
All events are held
at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham.
Contacts: Mark Newcombe (Pastor) 01473 831940. Mobile 07930 543583. firstname.lastname@example.org
Edwin Mayhew 01473 658100
SERVICES in our 8 linked parishes
If you think there
may be a mistake in the rota please contact your Churchwarden.
5th 1st Sunday in Lent
Communion by extension
Communion by extension
Communion by extension
12th 2nd Sunday in Lent
Communion by extension
Service and re-dedication of roof with Rt. Revd. Richard Lewis, Bishop
of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich
19th 3rd Sunday in Lent
Communion by extension
Communion and APCM
26th MOTHERING SUNDAY
Please note that British Summer Time begins this morningset your
clocks one hour FORWARD
Service followed by shorter Communion
age Morning Worship
morning Prayer with hymns and songs for families
2nd Passion Sunday
service at Baptist Church
Prayer + Sunday School
Communion by extension