me the stories of Jesus . . . .
Bible stories illustrate what God has done for us
- what He has done in history. Events in the life-story of Jesus are portrayed
against the vivid backdrop of history, geography, superpowers, local vested
interests and social forces. In this narrative we gain a clearer picture
of who God is, we get to know his son, Jesus of Nazareth, and we find
out what Jesus can do and be for us. The gospel tells us Jesus died for
our sins, was buried, and was raised again on the third day.
Language used by
people in the story tells us that they are people like us, for instance
the disciple who says, "Don't you care?" This is St. Mark's
direct-speech version of an episode on Galilee which is quite volatile
weatherwise, and a worrying place to be : it doesn't take much to imagine
ourselves there in terms of the ups and downs. During Lent we read of
Jesus being led into the wilderness where he was tempted, and withstood
temptation : it's not difficult to visualise ourselves wandering
into a place we don't recognise, where everything gets out of proportion.
The story creates
a world before our eyes in a way that draws us into face-to-face involvement.
There is no once-for-all reading of a story :
different facets will affect us at different points in our lives. It's
a great gift to be able to tell a story as though we are hearing it for
first time. This we can re-create as we tell the story of Lent,
Holy Week and Easter to those of any age who are unfamiliar with
the sequence of events. From 'way back then', we can see ourselves in
a new light, amidst the bigger scenario of God's purposes.
then we trust less and less in this world's estimate of merit, but
find ourselves going on with God into a well - lit sphere
of completely disproportionate grace.
Pass it on ........
with best wishes, Linden
and District MU
The final official
event of the Somersham and District MU was lunch at the Malborough on
Wednesday, 29th November. The meal was excellent and much enjoyed by members,
friends and three husbands too! We would like to thank Roger and
Hazel for the lovely food and warm welcome they gave us. Although the
occasion sadly marked the end of an era we were buoyed by the promise
of meeting together again for Tea and Chat in the Spring when everyone
will be welcome at Gunns Farm on Wednesday, 14th March.
Wednesday 7th March 2007 Committee Room, Village Hall
Wednesday 4th April 2007 Village Hall, (Annual Parish Meeting)
Wednesday 9th May 2007 Committee Room, Village Hall (Annual Parish Council
All meetings commence
Annual Parish Meeting
As listed above the Annual Parish Meeting takes place in the Village Hall
on Wednesday 4th April commencing at 7.30pm. It is intended that the meeting
will begin with a presentation on a topical subject. Full details of the
speaker for the meeting will appear on the notice boards in due course.
This is your meeting and your opportunity to raise any concerns or issues
you may have. Light refreshments will be available and all are welcome.
If you ever say, Why doesnt the council do something about
it now is your opportunity to get involved in making real decisions
affecting your local community.
As reported in earlier editions, Parish Council elections take place on
3rd May 2007. A booklet has been produced by Mid Suffolk District Council
and the Suffolk Association of Local Councils which explains how to become
a Parish Councillor. Copies of this booklet are available from Mid Suffolk
District Council or the Parish Clerk. If you would like to stand, nomination
papers will be available as above in early March and must be returned
to the Returning Officer during the period 13th March 4th April.
Papers returned after the 4th of April will not be accepted. If you have
any queries on the role of a councillor, please contact any of your current
councillors, or the Parish Clerk.
Rural Coffee Caravan
The Rural Coffee Caravan will be returning to Somersham each month from
May October 2007. The caravan is a mobile information centre and
carries information on a wide range of subjects. These visits have become
very popular so whether you need help or advice, or just a social chat
over a cup of coffee and homemade cakes, a warm welcome will await you.
Each year the Parish Council endeavours to make donations to local voluntary
organisations and will be considering its donations for the 2006/7 year
at the next meeting in March. If you are a member of a voluntary organisation
in Somersham that you would like to be considered, please write to the
Clerk as soon as possible, but in any event before the 7th March.
Mid Suffolk District
Council Local Plan
The District Council is in the process of updating its Local Plan, along
with other District and Borough Councils. The new document will be called
the Local Development Framework and will include strategic objectives
and planning policies within the District. It will also eventually include
an indication of where significant development will take place and the
policies against which planning applications will be determined. Parish
Councils are involved through the consultation process and have the opportunity
to comment on the document on issues relevant to their respective community.
Somersham Parish Council has made the point that the sustainability of
existing services in smaller villages should be protected. We are aiming
to ensure that the future we build is the one that we want.
Due to technical difficulties it has not yet been possible to add the
Emergency Response Plan to the councils website. It is hoped this
can be rectified in the near future, but in the meantime a copy is available
by email from the Parish Clerk.
Clerk to the Council
Tel. No. 01473 830398 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further to our appeal in the November edition of the Link we can now confirm
a definite link between our Flowton and a building of the same name near
Sydney in Australia. Thanks to information supplied by John Minns from
Whites Directory of 1874 and by Mark Hudson from the Records Office
we learn that the du Faur family owned land and property in Flowton and
obviously took the name of the village for their house in London, where
Frederick du Faur was a solicitor. When his son, Eccleston du Faur, went
out to Australia he used the name again for the house he built there .We
have yet to discover if the family actually lived in the Hall at Flowton
but it would seem quite likely as the name obviously meant a great deal
We are indebted to both John and Mark for the trouble they have taken
to supply this information and our correspondent in Australia is very
grateful indeed. We may well hear more from her shortly because Eccleston
du Faurs daughter, Freda, was quite a lady it seems. She was the
first woman to climb Mount Cook in New Zealand in 1910 (quite a feat apparently
and people still die today attempting this climb). Recently Fredas
memory has been honoured with a ceremony in Manley Cemetery, Sydney where
she is buried and her life is being researched with a view to a documentary
being made of her achievements. If we hear more, we will keep you posted.
in our villages
There are frequent sightings now of the Little Egret around our villages.
Harry Parcell reports seeing one in the stream behind Somersham Garage
and there are other sightings along the stream to Offton. In fact, one
lucky man saw three flying together near Tudor Grange so it does seem
likely that these birds have established themselves in our area
and we are delighted to welcome them.
Please do continue to let us know of any unusual wildlife in your village.
We are all interested to hear and share news of birds or beasts or flowers.
Flowton Friends - Coffee Drop- In
On the morning of Wednesday, 7th February 15 Flowtonians and 2 dogs met
for an experimental drop-in coffee hour in the vestry. After much happy
chatter and good humour it was agreed to be an excellent idea for the
vestry to continue to be open and available as a regular meeting place
for the village. This would provide a monthly opportunity to share a coffee
and catch up with news of friends and neighbours as well as to discuss
matters of local interest or concern. St. Marys has benefited greatly
over the years from the wonderful support of the village in fund raising
and the church council is keen to show its appreciation by providing this
After some discussion about what we should call ourselves, Dianas
suggestion of Flowton Friends was adopted. Pat and Margaret
agreed to put the kettle on at 10 am on the first Wednesday morning of
each month so that folks could feel free to drop in for as little or long
as they wished whilst walking the pram or the dog or en
route to a meals on wheels duty! or whatever else!
See you there whenever you have time to drop-in!
We are having a Trivia
Quiz in Somersham Village Hall on Friday March 23rd. See the separate
ad for details it is sure to be an enjoyable evening and we hope
you can support it with a team. (Thank you to Offton & Willisham Village
Hall committee who agreed to change the date of their planned quiz as
it was the day after one at Somersham)
We are very pleased
that the Co-op Singers have agreed to put on another concert in Somersham
Church on Saturday 28th April at 7.30pm. More details in separate ad.
We will be holding
our Summer Fete & Flower Festival over the weekend of June 16th and
17th. The fete will be on the Saturday and the Flower Festival in the
church over the whole weekend, with lunches being served on both days.
If you can help in any way please contact Faith Jaggard, Pat Woolhouse
or Christine Jarrold.
The Church Electoral
Roll has to be renewed this year, which means that everyone currently
on the Roll will be asked to complete a new form. This has to be completed
before our Annual General Meeting on April 23rd. If there is anyone not
already on it who would like to be included on the Roll please contact
THANK YOU TO ALL
Just before Christmas I fell and broke my hip, ending up in hospital to
have a half-hip replacement.
I would like to thank all of you who sent me cards, flowers and get-well
messages. You are all very kind.
I am making good progress now and hope to be out and about once again
Thank you all.
The answers to the Christmas quiz sheet are below. Thank you to everyone
who bought one, and especially to Old Barn Stores, Christines hairdressers
and Somersham Garage for having them on sale. 167 were sold altogether.
Ive had several compliments about it, as well as others complaining
of sleepless nights and family disagreements over it!! Obviously there
were some where alternative titles may be just as good (or even better!)
but Im sticking to my answers. There were three entrants with the
highest score of 93/100 so it went to the tiebreaker. The one nearest
the total of the numbers for the Lottery on Saturday 3rd Feb was Mr Terry
Long of Ashbocking. Congratulations to him and bad luck to the other two.
1.Wind up fruit Clockwork
2.Not yet a toddler Babe
3.Young sheep are quiet Silence of the Lambs
4.Big cat is pale red The Pink Panther
5.Red, yellow and blue Primary Colors
6.24 hours of crushed pig? Groundhog Day
7.Fighting celebs Star Wars
8.Composers middle name Amadeus
9.Mr Bunny has been fitted up, but by whom? Who Framed RogerRabbit?
10.Mashed? No, not true Pulp fiction
11.Left with flatulence Gone with the Wind
12.A famous WW2 general- and no half measures! Full Monty
13.Burning carriages Chariots of Fire
14.Biography of a snail? Life of Brian
15.Giant number 99? Titanic
16.Yankee follows gang and gets Richard! Moby Dick
17.Tennessee Beauty Memphis Belle
18.Dark western Midnight Cowboy
19.Man man MAN man man The Third Man
20.Murder charge Kill Bill
21.One of 14, red and round, seen twice a week Thunderball
22.White House Casablanca
23.Canis Lupus for a foxtrot? Dances with Wolves
24.Running a temperature at the weekend Saturday Night Fever
25.Arrives by umbrella Mary Poppins
26.She doesnt believe in burning Mrs Doubtfire
27.Mr Enfield bumps into Ms Gunnell When Harry Met Sally
28.Gospel man has a chilly body part Cool Hand Luke
29.Feathers from a dark bird Black Hawk Down
30.Scottish reptile Crocodile Dundee
31.Attractive place for washing My Beautiful Launderette
32.Dot and dash E.T.
33.Paths are dangerous with this Psycho
34.Crash into Derek Rambo
35.Centre of Indian? Braveheart
36.A description of people who eat Vindaloo Some Like It Hot
37.An outstanding number Magnificent Seven
38.Pets in water storage Reservoir Dogs
39.Valuable digit Goldfinger
40.Tack on fire Blazing Saddles
41.Corporal Clinger in Mash? Mad Max
42.Greenbacks or red cents? The Color of Money
43.Acne found in regular exercise Trainspotting
44.Greeting for Asian country Good Morning Vietnam
45.Briny bourbon Seabiscuit
46.French butterfly Papillion
47.What to do if nothing on terrestrial TV Reach for the Sky
48.Matched four pairs and dispatched one Four Weddings and a Funeral
49.The cannibals pleased he consumed his wife we hear! Gladiator
50.Late train? Its very quick! Midnight Express
51.Lazy medic Dr Doolittle
52.Ringing noise in the ears? The Sound of Music
53.Attractive female Pretty Woman
54.Italian Morse? The da Vinci Code
55.Going quickly, but not skating Bladerunner
56.Well polished? The Shining
57.Chilly about how old you are? Ice Age
58.Occupied making a pizza The Italian Job
59.Island in the Indian Ocean Madagascar
60.A very long walk for these creatures March of the Penguins
61.Nasty dream of tree lined road A Nightmare on Elm Street
62.Showing old wounds Scarface
63.The way to go straight? Walk the Line
64.Is Oskar going shopping? Schindlers List
65.Chauffeur to the little flower Driving Miss Daisy
66.He needs an umbrella! Rain Man
67.Left the continent Out of Africa
68.Venison for dinner? The Deer Hunter
69.Little fish lost amongst the sharks Finding Nemo
70.Not getting round to tying the knot A Very Long Engagement
71.Did she keep her gun in the lobby? Annie Hall
72.Linking Calais and Paris The French Connection
73.Dressed in red? Designer of course! The Devil Wears Prada
74.Teaching Miss Heyworth? Educating Rita
75.Keep an eye on the neighbours from here? Room with a View
76.He has a BA The Graduate
77.Entertainment in the nightclub Cabaret
78.Linking Myanmar and Thailand Bridge on the River Kwai
79.Accommodation in the attic Room at the Top
80.ER The Queen
81.Swashbucklers from Jamaica Pirates of the Caribbean
82.Tickling the ivories The Pianist
83.Playthings account Toy Story
84.I hear its a little dear Bambi
85.Happy despite the weather Singin in the Rain
86. Almost bad-tempered in the woods? Forrest Gump
87.Did they attack when Noah was missing? Raiders of the Lost Ark
88.Get that violinist down! Fiddler on the Roof
89.A very short meeting Brief Encounter
90.Get the devil out of here! The Exorcist
91.She just disappeared into thin air! The Lady Vanishes
92.Georges cross with the bird The Maltese Falcon
93.Magician from down under The Wizard of Oz
95.Herbs offspring Rosemarys Baby
96.Bearing 37 30 North by Northwest
97.Dont go near the edge! Vertigo
98.Ruler of the jungle The Lion King
99.Attractive to opposites The Magnet
100.Story told over a cup of tea? Memoirs of a Geisha
SOMERSHAM/CHALLAIN LA POTHERIE
Our friends from our
link village from the Loire Valley in France will be visiting us in Somersham
in the spring. They have fixed the date as:
NEXT VISIT TO SOMERSHAM
17th 20th MAY 2007
We welcome new people to join with us on our exchanges. If you are interested
in hosting a family or being involved in any way with the village link
then please contact one of the following:
Gill Fordham: 831529;
David Haughton: 831511;
Janet Hodge: 832296; Pat Woolhouse: 831080
Somersham & District Community Association
Date for your
The Annual General Meeting will take place on 22nd March 2007 at 7.30pm
in the Pavilion on the Playing Field; a Regular Meeting will follow this.
All participating members are entitled to take part and all will be most
At this time of the
year most playing fields are too wet to use and look miserably deserted.
Somersham playing field bucks the trend with the all-weather arena being
used a great dea.l Having a paved playing area has proved popular with
the younger generation. This year lighting will be put in place as a further
improvement. Naturally the older generation are back in all weathers on
the football pitch for matches and training.
The Community Association is pleased to welcome two new Clubs. The Junior
Football Club, with its qualified junior coach, is already using the pitch
for early evening training on Wednesdays and looking forward to having
their own pitch to play on in 2008. In 2007 there will be a great deal
of work to be done in this area and the pitch is expected to be in use
at the start of the 2008 season, it will even be floodlit! The recently
formed Tennis Club should be able to use the courts this year after rigorous
efforts fund raising. We expect there to be a thriving club with lots
of competitive matches and special times for non-members to use the courts
as well. With the long hot summers that people keep predicting this should
be a real asset. Believe it or not, not everyone wants to kick a ball
about, some like to hit the thing as well. They will also have a grass
training area and naturally have to cool off in the Pavilion after matches!
We will be laying on power so that when funds become available the courts
will also be lit. The Club is to be congratulated for their efforts raising
the funds for this venture. Getting the courts and the junior football
pitch up and running alongside each other in what is a relatively tight
corner, is going to be a masterpiece of co-ordination and co-operation.
Add these two new
members to the regular users such as the Cycle Speedway, Senior Football
Club, Twinning Group, Parish Council and Church and Chapel groups and
it begins to look as though Somersham is at last waking up to the excellent
facilities on offer. The Association also works closely with other groups
in the village who may not be regular users but who can always ask for
help and support. Alongside this Somersham also has a beautifully kept
village hall run by a separate, but equally enthusiastic group, so there
is a lot on offer to the community. Of course we rely on voluntary help
whether official or not; thanks to the unsung heroes who do the litter
picking and grass cutting, odd maintenance jobs and turn out to help with
ground clearance ahead of the contractors. We are always ready to welcome
anyone with a bit of time to spare who would like to contribute in any
(Mike Shelmerdine on 01473 831661 or Mike@sable86.freeserve.co.uk).
Thanks are also due
to the Parish Council who has kindly agreed to organise and fund the grass
cutting for the entire field for 2007. This will be a great help to the
Association as it works its way through the first year with upkeep of
all the new facilities.
Secretary (01473 831594) Sulbyart17@aol.com
Marys Church Somersham
Friday 23rd March
Somersham Village Hall
of up to 6, £2.50 per person
Bring own drinks, glasses and nibbles
(Tea / Coffee provided)
Book your teams place by contacting
Christines Haircare, Somersham Garage or Pat Woolhouse (831080).
10% of profit will go to nominated charity
Marys Church Somersham
Saturday 28th April
in Somersham Church
(including light refreshments)
from Christines Haircare,
Somersham Garage or
Pat Woolhouse (831080)
of profit will go to nominated charity
Somersham Football Club
The first month of
2007 has seen mixed fortunes for both teams in some challenging playing
Saturday 6th January
Sizewell & Aldeburgh Div 3 (A) Won 1-0
On the wettest day for sometime a bare bones team made the trek to Sizewell.
In atrocious conditions Somersham prevailed with John Tunaley scoring
the only goal of the match.
Saturday 13th January Ipswich United Div 3 (A) Lost 3-0
With a few more players available than the previous week the team were
hoping to gain another win. In blustery conditions Somersham struggled
to find any rhythm and finished up on the wrong end of 3 goals.
Saturday 20th January
Ufford Sports Div 3 (A) Won 3-1
A much improved performance saw Somersham take a 2 goal lead, with Stefan
Nielsen scoring first and captain Terry Lawrence beating the keeper from
the halfway line. Stefan added another before Ufford scored a consolation
goal 10 minutes from time.
Saturday 27th January Saxmundham Sports Div 3 (A) Lost 1-0
Saxmundham had beaten the first team 4-0 at Somersham at the beginning
of the season and a difficult game was expected against the Divisions
solid front runners. In a very closely contested encounter Somersham were
robbed of at least a hard earned point in the closing minutes. Saxmundham
converted an undisputed, but unnecessary penalty kick.
Saturday 3rd February
Sizewell & Aldeburgh Div 3 (H) Lost 2-1
The combination if a lack lustre Somersham first half display and a couple
of perplexing refereeing decisions saw the home side fall behind 2-1 at
half time. An improved effort in the second half was not enough to save
anything from this match. Stefan Nielsen scored the Somersham goal.
The above results
saw Somersham get what they deserved in each one, aside from the game
against Saxmundham. A couple of poor, lazy performances saw defeats by
Ipswich United and Sizewell & Aldeburgh and two positive, switched
on performances saw defeats of Sizewell and Ufford. Lets hope the
lesson has been learnt!!
Saturday 6th January
Waterside Div 4 (H) Lost 5-2
On an extremely slippery Somersham pitch the reserves battled hard to
the end, but Waterside capitalised on some Somersham mistakes to take
the game 5-2. Somersham goals scored by Brendan Keegan and Allan Chester.
Saturday 13th January East Bergholt United A Div 4 (A)
I knew it would happen in January. A fine battling performance from Somersham
with goals from Martin Booth and Tom Warren saw 3 points added to the
reserves account at last. Congratulations to all concerned.
Saturday 20th January
Henley Athletic Div 4 (H) Lost 2-0
After breaking their duck the team were hopeful of gaining more points
but it just wasnt to be.
Saturday 27th January Ipswich Exiles Reserves Div 4 (H) Lost 4-2
A good Exiles side took the points in this fixture in what was yet another
well fought performance from Somersham. Martin Booth and Tom Warren scored
the goals again but more errors at the back saw the points escape.
Saturday 3rd February
In what is proving
to be the most challenging of seasons for the reserves there was at last
a ray of light in the form of the winning of the first match of the season.
Credit to the management and players for not losing belief that it would
happen and congratulations on the win. Unfortunately the other results
were all negative, but with the knowledge that they can win games I expect
a view more to be registered before May.
As I mentioned in
the last notes, the club have organised a race night for 31st March at
the village hall. Full details will be on display around the village and
within The Link. Once again I urge you to please come and join in with
what is always a great night. Anybody wishing to sponsor a race is more
than welcome to and can contact myself, Ray Smith, Dill Sillett or any
member of the club for further details of this. Likewise, further details
of the night are available from the same sources.
See YOU there!
See you on Saturday!!! DONT FORGET ANYTHING!!
Thank you very much
to those who very generously donated clothing, toys, money etc. for the
children from the Ukraine who have been staying in the area. You can be
assured that they were thrilled with everything that had been given, and
will be able to take the things home with them after their stay to make
their lives a little more comfortable and fun.
& WILLISHAM VILLAGE HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Due to a clash of
dates with Somersham Church we have rearranged our
from Saturday 24th March 2007
Friday 20th April 2007 at 7.30 p.m.
is being held in the Village Hall
Bring your own food and drink. Tea and coffee provided.
Tables of 6 or less. £2.50 per person
tickets or to book a table please contact 658547 or 657431
March 25th is the
200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. One of the key
figures was William Wilberforce, MP for Hull and Parliamentary leader
of the campaign for the abolition of the slave trade. This was a campaign
that took 46 years of Williamss life, his first interest being roused
in 1787. On Sunday October 28th he wrote God Almighty has placed
before me two great objects; the suppression of the slave trade and the
reformation of manners. Within two years he was able to make a compelling
speech of 3 1/2 hrs duration from a single sheet of paper with key headings
on them. So effective was his speech that Melvyn Bragg included it in
his 12 books that changed the world. Following the abolition of the trade
in 1807, William continued to campaign for the abolition of slavery from
the British Empire. He died in 1833 shortly after an act was passed in
parliament to abolish slavery in the Empire.
William took on this
mighty work as a result of a religious conversion. As a boy
at his Uncles house he came under the influence of Evangelical Christians
John Newton and George Whitfield, but when his mother and Grandfather
heard of it they took him home to Hull, in case he became a Methodist!
Williams life then took a very different course, theatre, balls,
dinners and card parties. He had enough wealth to not need work, and spent
his time idle or pursuing pleasure. This was the first slavery he encountered,
it was whilst on holiday with teacher from Hull grammar school that his
life was changed, and he found freedom in Jesus.
Being a Christian
affects the whole of life, its not just a Sunday hobby. Williams
Christianity proved the motivation for his political life; he championed
the welfare of animals and the suppression of vice.
is not complete, though illegal, there are Eastern European women bonded
into domestic labour or prostitution, children trafficked between West
African countries, and men forced to work as slaves on Brazilian agricultural
estates. We still need a Christianity that will set people free from slavery
of sin and champion the cause of the oppressed.
www.antislavery.org, 12 Books that Changed the World, Melvyn Bragg, ITV.
William Wilberforce and the Abolition of Slavery; Peter Kinley.
On Sunday March 4th we are joined by the Parish Church and will worship
together at 11.30am
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+ Fridays 8.00-9.30pm Year 9 upwards.
Meetings for Ladies;
Womens Fellowship Friday 9th March 2.30pm, speaker is Mrs Kettle.
Contact Mark if you need transport.
Friends and Neighbours 7.45pm 19th March.
All events are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP84
QE, and Transport is always available.
Contacts: Mark Newcombe (Pastor) 01473 831940. Mobile 07930 543583. email@example.com
Edwin Mayhew 01473 658100
At the first FOSS meeting of the year, the committee had an interesting
evening discussing our forthcoming events and possible ideas for future
fundraising. One idea that was discussed was the possibility of FOSS members
trying to help and coordinate a committee of dedicated people to try and
put on a traditional pantomime early in 2008. Obviously we understand
that there would be a tremendous amount of work involved in such a project
and that our committee could not do all the work for this on their own.
Not only would we be looking for actors, actresses and singers, but also
people to help with the directing, writing, costume making, scenery making,
musicians etc. etc. A few of us had seen some magnificent productions
over the Christmas period and really felt that this would be a wonderful
thing to do not only for the village of Somersham, but for the surrounding
villages too. Obviously we would be looking for adults/children of all
ages to take part and help, and we are sure that there MUST be a secret
dame somewhere in the village! IF any of you would possibly consider being
involved in such a project, could you please contact Jenny King on (01473)
830623 and express an interest in helping us. Depending on the response
that we receive, we will then consider whether we should arrange another
meeting for these people to get some ideas together of the work involved.
We hope that all the
children enjoyed their pyjama party/disco at the village hall on Friday
23rd February. Hopefully all the accompanying teddies enjoyed themselves
too! In the near future we also hope to arrange a childrens fashion show,
called Kids On The Catwalk. As soon as we have made the arrangements
we will publish the details and hope that many of the children from the
school will be our models for the evening.
Plans for our 1970s fete on Saturday 30th June are progressing and
we are currently arranging the different attractions and sideshows etc.
We are delighted to
confirm that Frances Jacobi has kindly agreed to present another Archive
Film Evening at Somersham Village Hall on Friday 27th April 2007. For
those of you that attended last year, the evening will follow a similar
format with approximately 90 minutes of film and an interval part way
through the evening. Provided that there are no changes to the format
we hope to have the following films:
Ipswich On Film several clips of film by Don Chipperfield
who was a professional film maker and keen cinematographer. There will
be approximately twenty short films on Ipswich from 1912. Including Trolley
buses in the 1930s, Orwell Works and Nacton Works in the 1940s,
the Railway Station in the 1950s, Ipswich Streets etc in the 1950s
and 1960s and finally finishing with a short film on the building
of the Orwell Bridge in 1981.
After refreshments and the interval, the following films will be shown:
Cambridge The Leading Motor Engineers 1932
Haughley Mid Suffolk Light Railway 1952 (Known as the
muddle and get nowhere!)
Brockford - Mid Suffolk Light Railway 2002
Thames Estuary Posford Divivier 1942/44 Roughs
Fort off Felixstowe.
Suffolk Spring Offensive 1940. Filmed at Clopton and Kelsale
and includes film about evacuees, land army girls and how farmers put
every possible acre to the plough.
If you would like
to come to the Archive Film Evening, tickets can be obtained from Leita
Minns on (01473) 658352 and Jenny King on (01473) 830623. Admission charges
will be £5.00 for Adults and £2.50 for Children and will include
food. Teas, coffees and cold drinks will be available and there will also
be a raffle. This event was sold out last year and you will therefore
have to ensure that you have your tickets before the evening. No tickets
will be sold on the door. We hope to see you all there again, not only
to enjoy these wonderful films, but also to have reunions with all your
Friends Of Somersham School
Are Having An
ARCHIVE FILM EVENING
SOMERSHAM VILLAGE HALL
FRIDAY 27TH APRIL 2007
AT 7.30 p.m.
ADULTS £5.00 CHILDREN £2.50
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM:
JENNY KING (01473) 830623
AND LEITA MINNS (01473) 658352.
ADMISSION PRICE TO INCLUDE FOOD.
- HOT & COLD DRINKS AVAILABLE
Moments by Harry Thorne
Collegium Regale had a lot to live up to after the previous MMM concerts,
because the audience expected great things from the Kings College
music scholars. They were not disappointed.
After a brief introduction Collegium Regale's first part of the concert
included music by Byrd and Tallis, which was gloriously performed, with
melodies intertwining perfectly. The singers were confident and knew their
parts faultlessly. The group then moved on to something lighter, folk
songs. These were delivered with the same precision as before but sounded
more relaxed. During the interval, cheese and German sekt was served and
people talked amongst themselves in anticipation of the next part.
The second half was all announced from the stage. It consisted of more
modern items. The repertoire Collegium Regale sang ranged from a Welsh
traditional tune to Billy Joels And so it goes (my particular
favourite). It was a very entertaining and varied second half, which impressed
all the audience.
The concert was a complete success with Collegium Regale selling many
CDs and receiving a huge amount of praise.
£500 was raised by the concert in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
A huge thank you for booking these superb singers and supplying food and
drink for the ever grateful audience.
SOMERSHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB
A visit to Elmsett
started off our New Year, and a great start it was!. Three of our four
teams notched up their first victories of the year thus enabling Somersham
to record a good win over the opponents and Whew!
by just a single
shot. The whole evening was rounded off with the usual supper refreshments
enjoyed at the end of a Winter League match.
Next it was Shotley
who were the first visitors for our opening home match of 2007. On a very
cold evening it was a mixed fortunes result for Somersham with two teams
winning and two losing. As Shotley finished more consistently and with
the most shots, they took the two extra points to achieve the winning
result and subjected Somersham to their first defeat since November of
With three League
games to be played in January, the third match was an away trip at Bentley.
Occasionally it is difficult to get to grips with the away mats and sometimes
uneven floorboards can negate the bias and cause the woods to have a mind
of their own. Despite our best endeavours it was a win for the home side,
and - although only by the margin of five shots: it was nonetheless another
defeat for Somersham. It was no comfort that this happened to be a reverse
of the result in the first half of the season when Somersham gave a good
account of themselves winning by the same score at home.
We now look forward
to more league matches in February, and also the inclusion of a Plate
match - home and away legs - against Bramford. Bramford are a Division
1 side so it seems we will likely be up against stiff opposition. The
result will be due in the next edition of the Link so watch this
Winter League - January
Results : -
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||2 - 8
||42 - 29
||6 - 4
||39 - 34
||8 - 2
WILLISHAM CHURCH NOTES
The Bonnywood Shoot
Following a very successful New Years
Day shoot, Willisham Church has received a cheque for £430 for church
funds from the Bonnywood Shoot, and thank everyone involved for their
The recipes are beginning to arrive, but we still have a long way to go,
so please send your favourite recipe to Frances Gilson at 9 North Acres,
Willisham or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dont forget
the taste in on Friday the 20th April at Willisham Rectory.
Annual Church Meetings
These take place in Willisham Church on Monday the 26th March, commencing
7.00pm. These meetings are normally only attended by members of the parochial
church council, and it would be lovely to welcome other members who are
on the church electoral roll.
A surveyor from English Heritage has visited the church, to carryout a
full inspection, and we await a decision on our grant application later
John Minns is organising another Evening Walk on behalf of Willisham Church
on Saturday the 12th May starting from Derrick Hill at 5.30pm sharp, returning
at approximately 8.30pm for a cup of tea and light refreshments. There
is a charge of £5. For more information and to book, please contact
John on 01473 658352. There will be more information in next months
Link, but those of you who have been before, know how popular this event
is, so please book your place as soon as possible.
There will be a coffee morning at 9 North Acres, Willisham on Saturday
the 26th May, from 10.00am
Two more dates
for your diary
Church Fete Saturday the 14th July at Crow Hall (we will be arranging
a planning meeting in April and will be very grateful for as much help
Bonfire Evening Friday the 2nd November once again at Crow
Hall. We are very grateful to Rod Holder for supplying the venue for so
many of our major fund raising events.
There is very little church news to report this month-- a few dates
to remind you of
Mothering Sunday on March 18th. There is Family Service at 10am
when there will be posies for children (of all ages!) to give to their
Easter Sunday service (April 8th ) will be at 6.30pm
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting is on Wednesday 18th April
at 7pm in church.
A completely new Church Electoral Roll is being compiled this year. Please
contact Elaine Martin (658708) before March 19th if you wish your
name to be on.
Don't forget that if you would like any village news included in
the Link you can send it to Mary Carter at Otterditch Flowton (e-mail
Remember that all items are to be with Mary by the 8th of the month
A new website for walkers in Suffolk
Theres no doubt about it, walking is good for you. Its good
for your heart, its good for your lungs, its good for the
muscle and bone growth of your children and its good for your feeling
of wellbeing! Strong scientific evidence now supports the many benefits
to health of regular walking it is recommended that we take at
least 10,000 steps a day.
Studies show that walking can:
Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
Lower blood pressure
Reduce high cholesterol and improve blood lipid profile
Reduce body fat
Enhance mental well being
Increase bone density, hence helping to prevent osteoporosis
Reduce the risk of cancer of the colon
Reduce the risk of non insulin dependant diabetes
Help to control body weight
Help flexibility and co-ordination hence reducing the risk of falls
Walking offers a great way to help kids get the active habit. If parents
express excitement about the prospect of a walk in the countryside, they
are more likely to transmit this feeling to their children. Its
important to treat the walk as an exploration or adventure and to go at
the childs pace, no matter how often they want to stop and look
at things; take treats to eat and plenty to drink; and head for some landmark
that will appeal to them such as a castle, a playground, an ice cream
van or a boating pond. If children experience walking as part of a fun
activity they are more likely to want to go again.
So, how do you find out what is on offer? John Harris, a keen walker,
got fed up with the lack of information on walks that were going on in
the County. So, he decided that if he couldnt find what he was looking
for he had better create it! It was a steep learning curve (not
having had anything to do with websites before) but eventually www.walkinginsuffolk.co.uk
came into being.
www.walkinginsuffolk.co.uk gives you all the information you need for
the best walking in the County:
Guided walks: Local groups who offer guided walks are listed together
with links to their web-sites.
Books of walks: There are nearly fifty books of walks for the County.
All the details are here.
Leaflets of walks: Over sixty leaflets are produced around the County,
many of them difficult to find. Not any more! www.walkinginsuffolk.co.uk
list them all.
Walking groups: Every walking group in the County is listed.
There are also links so that you can check: the weather for your walk,
links to other useful sites, how to get to your walk by public transport
and more is being added all the time.
So check out the website and get walking!
Ipswich appeal for Romania
Craft Fare - Sunday 18th March at great Blakenham Village hall 10am-4pm.
(Exhibitors set-up time 8am-10am.) Tables £10. Hot food and refreshments
Tombola. Free entry. Lots of car parking. For enqs. or to book tables
call Lee on Ipswich 833292.
BIG BAND DANCE - SATURDAY 31ST MARCH - DANCE TO THE SOUND OF
A BIG BAND!
If you're looking for an evening of great music then come and join us
at our big band night on Saturday 31st March starting at 7.30pm. at Great
Blakenham Village Hall featuring the accomplished and ever-popular 18
piece "Horn Factory".
Whether you just want to sit and sway to the music, tap your feet to the
rhythm or get up and dance, this is the place for you.
If you'd like to dance but feel a bit embarrassed or self-concious, don't
worry 'cos we'll be dimming the lights real low and with candles on your
table you'll feel more in the mood!
With a bar, raffle and craft tables, you'll have a great time.Tickets
are just £5.
If you bring some friends along, we'll even reserve you a table.
Proceeds are to help buy computers for an orphanage in Transylvania.
For enqs. or tickets call Lee on Ipswich 833292.
Lee Arthur co-ordinator. Ipswich Appeal For Romania.
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.
March 2nd Sunday of Lent
March 3rd Sunday of Lent
March Mothering Sunday
Service with posies
March Passion Sunday
Service with prayer for Healing
April Palm Sunday
Prayer +Sunday School
We carry on with the theme of shapes, numbers and colours, but we will
also relate this to our senses. As the weather begins to get warmer we
will be able to spend more time outside observing nature and spotting
all the differences in the season which follow. We will also bring the
outside in by listening to sounds and noises we might hear and recording
them on tape for our activities indoors. On our nature walks we will collect
objects to put in our sensory box for recognising their shape and texture
in new way. With all the fantastic equipment available to us the children
will have lots of wonderful ways to explore the environment with all of
their senses and learn through the enjoyment of play and creativity.
The children meet every morning 9.30-12 noon during term time. The Pre-school
is run by committed and enthusiastic team of qualified Early Years Practitioners,
who work hard to organise a wide variety of fun and educational activities
including crafts, cooking, music, story telling and construction. The
group is well-equipped with many new toys and books, and has a spacious
area within which to play. There is also a secure garden, behind the hall,
which is used when the weather allows. Recently the children had lots
of fun experiencing the stormy weather we had, taking some activities
We are registered as a member if the Suffolk Early Years Development Plan
and are Ofsted accredited. Some of the aspects highlighted in the last
report were The high staff to child ratios ensures that all children
are included and supported by staff and staff support the
children in developing their confidence and self-esteem as they form relationships
with adults and other children in the group.
We currently have free spaces for 3to4 year olds and children are able
to stay with us until ready to join a Reception class around their 5th
birthday. The continued success of Barking Pre-School relies upon sufficient
numbers of children to make it viable. Please tell your friends, neighbours
and family about our pre-school. If you have, or know of any pre-school
age children who would like to reserve a place then please ring Veronika
Pryke (our pre-school leader) on 01473 658368 or Helen Smith on 01473
The next fund-raising event will be a Race Night on March 3rd at Ringshall
village Hall from 7pm. A sausage and chip supper is included in the £5
ticket. Please contact Sally on 01473 833056 for more details.