will be a meeting of the Link Committee at 8pm on Wednesday, 25th March
at Gunns Farm. As always comments, suggestions and even criticisms!
are welcomed to help us to continue to provide a useful service to
our community. Contact the secretary on 658330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Churchwardens of the 8 parishes are pleased to announce the appointment
of Rev. Canon Bernard Rose as Priest-in-charge of Somersham, Flowton,
Offton, Willisham, Barking, Battisford, Ringshall and Gt. Bricett. The
Bishop will announce the date for licensing in due course.
Revds Tim and Trish ffrench from Elmsett write:
Does the world of the bible seem very distant from our day-to-day lives?
There may be a gap of 2000 years but there are surprising connections.
As we journey through Lent, churches in our diocese are using a set of
six Suffolk Postcards to start conversations between where
we live, our world, and the world of the bible.
So the first one shows a picture of fishing boats on the beach at Aldeburgh,
and the Bible reading is of Jesus walking on the shore of the Sea of Galilee,
where he calls two fishermen to Come, follow me. They are
asked to give up their homes and jobs and take the risk of following Jesus.
The postcard suggests that we think about what it feels like to be on
a beach, and what sort of people have come and gone from Suffolks
shores. And then it asks whether our faith in Christ is about feeling
secure, or about taking risks?
Its a challenging question, as what Jesus offers is the immense
security of knowing a God who absolutely and totally cares about us
even knowing the number of hairs on our heads. But, if Jesus were to suddenly
call us to come and follow him into something thats
unknown, our faith is really put to the test, and it can often feel very
With todays financial climate, we are realising more and more that
things we thought were secure are not as dependable as wed hoped.
For some the security of their homes, their jobs or their savings is at
risk. There seem to be many more uncertainties than usual, and perhaps
some of us are finding the need to trust the Lord in a much deeper way,
which can then feel more risky. Yet surely this is true faith!
Whatever issues we are facing in life, it is good to know that the Bible
can speak into that situation.
With best wishes,
Tim and Trish ffrench
Church Flowers and Cleaning Rotas
There are no flowers on the altar during Lent
March -Cleaning Team C
April Cleaning Team A
Marchthe Family Worship group
AprilMr and Mrs G Dunnett
March cleaningMrs J Dickson
April cleaningMrs A Rumsey
March 1st, 8th Ms J Hardman
March 15, 22 Mrs M Fisher
March 29, April 5th Mrs D Hill
From the registers:
Jacob Dube, whose baptism took place at Offton church on Sunday 18th January.
Jacob is the son of Mike and Cat from Elmswell, and grandson of the Boltons
May he grow in faith
John Dickerson (Poppy
Collection Organiser) would like to apologise to Mrs Frances Southgate
for omitting her name from the list of local collectors. I am sure we
would all wish to thank her for her work for this much needed fund.
Thank you Frances, and all the rest of the team.
Somersham Church Notes
On Mothering Sunday, March 22nd, we will be having a joint service with
the Baptist Church in the chapel starting at 10 am.
We will be holding a Trivia Quiz on Friday 13th March. These are always
great fun and popular so book your table (up to 6 in a team) by contacting
Pat (831080), Christines Haircare or Somersham Garage. See ad for
Thank you to everyone who bought a Christmas Trivia Quiz Sheet. 139 were
sold which means £139 was raised for church funds. Many congratulations
to the winners, John & Yvonne Barber of Willisham, who got 57 out
of 60 correct. Very bad luck to Mrs V. Lankester, also of Willisham, who
got the same number of correct answers but was not as close on the tiebreaker.
Here are the answers:
1. Tea 2. Martini
3. Carlsberg 4. Port
5. Bitter lemon 6. Shandy
7. Gin and Tonic 8. Mead
9. Cider 10. Coffee
11. Pimms 12. Bucks Fizz
13. Green tea 14. White Russian
15.Milk Shake 16. Hot Chocolate
17. Bloody Mary 18. Old Speckled Hen
19. Sherry 20. Lemonade
21. Snowball 22. Screwdriver
23. Champagne 24. Ribena
25. Guinness 26. Ovaltine
27. Manhattan 28. Water
29. Mackeson 30. Cosmopolitan
31. Milk 32. Dandelion & Burdock
33. Adnams 34. Punch
35. Tequila Sunrise 36. Iron Bru
37. Baileys 38. Mulled wine
39. Red Bull 40. Orange squash
41. Black and Tan 42. Snakebite
43. Rum 44. Margarita
45. Apple juice 46. Greene King
47. Pina Colada. 48. Black Sheep
49. Cordial 50. Pernod
51. Lager 52. Black Velvet
53. Brandy 54. Vodka
55. Coca Cola 56. Whisky Mac
57. Singapore Sling 58. Stout
59. India Pale Ale 60. Horlicks
Visit for Chernobyl children 2009
A group of 14 children
will be coming over on 5th July, all very special kids that are in remission
from Cancer. They will be aged 7 to 10 years and some of them may have
been abroad before as due to their illnesses the Charity do try and get
these kids out every year if possible. They will be staying in and around
the Needham Market area.
We have some really good fundraising events coming up and hope that everyone
will support us as much as possible so we can raise the finds to give
these kids a great time, no one knows if or when their illnesses may or
may not return so lets really pull together and let them go home with
something to remember for ever. All the events are listed on the website
but just in case:
April 4th: Snail Racing
Nite in Needham Market, tickets now on sale. Please contact Pat Bellay
01449 721359/07974 424374 if you think you can sell some or get a poster
May 9th Abba Tribute Evening: Needham Market. Tickets will be available
at next meeting. This is expected to be very popular, dont miss
out on this one!
May 19th: Golf Competition and Auction at Bramford Golf and Water Park.
Hosted by Roy and Sarah Woodage. If anyone has Sporting related items/memorabilia
that they would like to donate for the auction, please get in touch.
Tesco Clubcard points
are a great source of funding so if anyone has any spare ,please let us
know as you get 4 times the purchasing value with them.
We are extremely fortunate
in that we have been offered the use of empty premises to use as a Charity
Shop in Needham Market. This would be a marvellous opportunity, not only
to raise funs but also to raise awareness of the Charity and about the
children who are coming this year. We would like to do this for about
three and a half months being the period prior to the children arriving
but before we commit to anything I need to know that we can staff the
shop. I am not at all worried that we will get enough stock as we are
already well in hand with items we have been given, however, without volunteers,
we could not operate the shop.
So, if there were enough people willing to give just a few hours a week
we could really have a crack at this. I would hope to open the shop Mon
to Friday from 10 till 4 and possibly Saturdays from 10 till 1.
Many thanks for your
Lisa & Kevin Parker
01449 760343 Elizabeth@alphacenturi.com.
Or contact Heather
Dickinson on 830068 for more details
Marys Church Somersham
Friday 13th March
Somersham Village Hall
of 6, £2.50 per person
Bring own drinks, glasses and nibbles
(Tea / Coffee provided)
your teams place by contacting Christines Haircare,
Pat Woolhouse (01473 831080) or Somersham Garage.
You are very welcome to attend any meeting of the parish council which,
unless stated, commence at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
Wednesday 4th March
Wednesday 1st April 2009 - (Annual Parish Meeting)
Wednesday 6th May 2009 - (Annual Parish Council Meeting)
The parish council has been in discussion with Suffolk County Council
regarding locations in the village which cause concern for highway safety
reasons and is now compiling a list of priority schemes for consideration.
The two areas which are particularly being looked at are the Chapel/Hall
Lane junction with Main Road and the bend on Main Road at the Pump House.
You can help by letting us know if you have been involved in, or witnessed,
any collisions at either of these locations, or if you feel any other
location should also be considered.
Please let us have as much detail as possible, including dates and times,
if you have been unfortunate enough to have been involved in an incident
at these, or any other, junction in recent months.
Annual Parish Meeting
Each year parish councils organise and facilitate an annual parish meeting.
However, this meeting is not a parish council meeting, but an opportunity
for groups to come along and give a report on the activities of their
organisation during the preceding year. It is also an opportunity for
residents to tell their local representatives how they would like the
community to develop in the future.
This year the Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the Committee Room
of the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 1st April. An invitation has
been extended to a member of the Community Board of the Your Place
Pilot project to attend to inform us how our community can be helped in
this project. It is the role of the Community Board to listen to what
local people say and agree local priorities so it will be of great benefit
if the views of the village are made known and passed on.
Unfortunately at the time of writing we are unable to confirm who will
be attending, but confirmation will be displayed nearer the time on the
website and in the village. Refreshments will be available after the meeting.
Somersham Parish Council occasionally receives complaints of vehicles
speeding in the village, particularly along Main Road. At its next meeting
the parish council will be hearing about a Community Speed Watch Scheme
which is undertaken by volunteers, trained and support by the Police.
If you would like to know more about this scheme you are very welcome
to attend the meeting of 4th March. Alternatively if you have any views
please pass them on to any of your parish councillors, or to the Clerk,
contact details given below.
Somersham Parish Council has a vacancy for a councillor. Applications
are welcome from anyone aged 18 or over who is on the electoral register.
The only mandatory duty of a councillor is to attend meetings of the parish
council, but it gives councillors an opportunity to become involved in
community life. With the change to unitary government coming to Suffolk
there will be a greater opportunity for parish councils to take on additional
powers if they so wish. If you would like further information on the role
of a parish councillor please contact any of the current councillors or
As mentioned a few months ago, the parish council felt that the telephone
kiosk was an important service, particularly in view of the poor mobile
phone reception in Somersham and the class proximity of the kiosk to the
playing field, which could prove vital in the case of emergency. The contract
procedure has now been finalised and BT will shortly be changing the payphone
equipment to card, if they have not already done so. The parish council
has now paid the first annual payment and will be monitoring the situation
over the coming years.
Age Concern Food
n Friends Club
The parish council has been informed of a project by Age Concern which
is being run by Gavin Hodge. The project involves setting up miniature
lunch clubs by a host, usually in their own home, on a non profit
basis, with clients paying a small sum to the host to cover the cost of
food and drink. It is particularly aimed at enhancing the lives of older
members of the community, especially those living along. If you would
like further details please contact Gavin (Thursday or Friday) at Age
Concern on Ipswich 298686, email email@example.com
Janet Clarke Tel.
No. 01473 830398
Clerk to the Council E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Somersham Primary School
I write on a chilly
Wednesday morning at the start of February with the last patches of snow
gradually fading from our field. We all had a fabulous day at school on
Monday, pulling on coats and wellies and making the most of the snow to
do art and science and of course, just having some fun. We took lots of
photos to look back on when we (hopefully) get a hot steamy summer!
seems like it was a long time ago, we still have some great memories from
December. The children enjoyed presenting the traditional Christingle
service at St Marys church here in Somersham with carols, a nativity
and a performance from the clarinet club. Then after a busy week of rehearsing
they performed their fabulous Christmas around the world show
at school where every child had a part; sharing song, dance and drama
about the traditions of other countries during 3 packed performances.
Not forgetting the Christmas post box, Christmas dinner and parties where
Father Christmas visits with a present for each child, its always
a magical time!
The New Year has bought
change at the school as we have been lucky enough to have our hall decorated,
it looks fresh, smart and modern and were all very pleased. We have
also now dedicated part of our playground at a quiet area
for those children who dont like to play running games. We have
a special sign to remind us to be calm and quiet in this space and weve
even got lovely giant outdoor beanbags so we can sit and read or chat
with our friends. The children decided they would like to have this area
during a school council meeting last term, our school council has 2 representatives
from each class and we try to meet every half term.
Children in Hawk class
have recently decided to run a maths quiz for the other pupils in the
school and the staff! They set tricky questions each week and then pick
out correct answers for a prize! Theyve also just started a fortnightly
school magazine, we hope to see the first edition later this week
I believe the headline story is something about Mr Roper setting a good
example by cycling to school!
As always theres
lot going on in our busy little school! If you are interesting in helping
at our school or just having a look around, dont hesitate to contact
the secretary Mrs Maguire on 01473 831251 or e-mailing on
Friends of Somersham School
We have started to
plan this years events and fundraisers. Our first event of the year
was a fun bingo night for the children (and some regulars from Wednesdays
chocolate bingo!) which was held in the School Hall on 27th February.
We are very grateful to Hilary Bridger for being our bingo caller on the
night, and to everyone who came along.
Our next event will be on Saturday 14th March, where we are holding a
table top sale in the school hall. The hall will be open from 10am until
1pm so come and grab yourself a nearly new bargain and enjoy a mug of
tea and a bacon roll! Entry is free. If the event is a success, we will
hold another similar event on a larger scale later in the year.
Our next big event will be held on Friday 1st May. Due to popular demand
we are holding another Archive Film Evening. The films will be shown by
Geoff Clarke this year, who will be putting together a programme of popular
local films for us. The films will begin from 7.30pm, but the village
hall will be open an hour earlier from 6.30pm with a chance for you to
catch up with friends before the films begin. Booking is essential- you
can book your tickets with John and Leita Minns on 01473 658352, or with
Jenny King, on 01473 830623. We strongly suggest booking early to avoid
disappointment as the evening has proven to be a sell out in previous
years. Tickets prices are £6 for adults and £3 for children.
The price includes light refreshments during the interval. It may be possible
for us to arrange a lift for you if you would like to come, but have difficulty
in getting there. Please enquire when booking your tickets.
As always, please remember to drop in to school any supermarket tokens,
used ink cartridges, and old mobile phones to recycle and raise funds
for the school.
Finally, some dates for your diaries:
Table Top Sale 14th March
Archive Film Evening 1st May
School Summer Fete (theme to be confirmed!!) 20th June
Clare Davies 832569
CARPET BOWLS CLUB
The first match of the New Year - and a not too distant journey to Martlesham
on a very cold night - was to play the away leg of the Chairmans
Plate competition: and with hopes for a good start to the year. The first
two games of the evening looked quite promising for Somersham with
one of the fours winning and the other very narrowly losing out on shots.
The second half of the match unfortunately followed a completely different
pattern with neither of our fours getting to grips with the mats and as
such incurred a considerable shot deficit which contributed to the heavy
defeat shown by the final match result.
The only consolation to be held onto for Somersham was the possibility
of avenging the result the following week when Martlesham came to us to
complete the second leg on our mats.
Though we were soundly beaten in the first leg of the Plate in the previous
week; Martlesham came to Somersham to play the return leg
home we fared much better in the contest and a very close match ensued.
Showing improved form the final result was very close with Somersham having
to concede the result by a single shot. However with the aggregate home
and away scores over the two legs Somersham were well beaten overall and
it was Martlesham who progressed into the next round: and we wish them
well against their next opponents.
This exit from the Plate left us to now concentrate on the task of bettering
our position in the Winter league.
Martlesham 73 - 24 3 -1 Lost Away leg
Somersham 36 - 35 2 -2 Draw Home leg
The first league fixture was an away match at Copdock & Washrook and
as it turned out was an absolute disaster night for Somersham. It was
our first visit to Copdock Village Hall and the character of the mats
was very much an unknown quantity. Struggling for team members due to
illness and non-availability added to the problems on the night. Consequently
we were unable to make any impression in the match and were totally overwhelmed
by the division 2 bowling quality of the opposition. The size
of the score line left the whole team somewhat disheartened at the end
of the night and the feeling that our performances are quite definitely
in need of improvement.
Our first home league match since last year gave the chance for us to
recover the situation of the past few weeks and to rectify the poor run
of results. With hopes of soon returning to winning ways we welcomed Brantham
to our mats. Our two teams in the first half of the evening had mixed
results one win and one loss. However the closeness of play instilled
some confidence and we went into the second half looking to improve on
the situation. Again it was a case of one win and one loss from the two
games, with signs again that there were areas of our game which need to
be improved. However we were generally encouraged to grab the overall
result by winning the match 6 -4.
With more home matches to be played in the next couple of months we are
still looking to further improve our lowly league position with a continued
run of good results.
January Results: -
Team Shots Points
Copdock & Washbrook 71 - 22 10 0 Lost Away
Brantham 28 - 43 4 6 Won Home
News item: The outcome
of our in-club Christmas Pairs competition unfortunately went un-mentioned
in the last Link report, so - belatedly - this result is now included
to print. The final pairings were decided by a mix of club members completing
a series of repechage rounds. In the final it was the consistent bowling
by Club captain Bell Deaves ably assisted by new club member Jacky Lloyd
bowling her socks off who saw off the opposing pair with some ease
so Well done to the two of them on a successful result.
We are still on the
lookout for new club members
. so why not come along to the Village
Hall one Tuesday night and try carpet bowls to see if you can help consolidate
the membership. It is a really friendly evening with no pressures.
PC David Clark
Community Beat Officer
Tel: 01473 613500
Mid Suffolk South
Mid Suffolk District Council Offices,
131 High Street Needham Market Suffolk IP6 8DL
Hello again ,
Crimes of Interest
January 1st February damage caused to the Parish Notice
Flowton31st January 1st February damage caused to
Offton -27th 28th January criminal damage to a floor planer
Willisham -5th 6th January burglary to domestic dwelling
Road Safety and Crime Reduction evening
24th March 2009
There will be a meeting at Topthorn Equestrian Centre, Grove Farm ,
Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket , Suffolk .IP14 6BX .
The meeting will start at 7pm , and is hosted by Mid Suffolk South &
Central Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
The meeting is free , and if would like to attend please contact PC 1330
Yeldham Midsuffsouth.email@example.com or Tel: 01473 613 500 .
Be aware when selling
When selling items in a paper, magazine or on the internet. There is a
scam that has been going around for a long time which I know that many
of you are aware of but we still get reports of people being caught.
When putting items in the newspaper for sale, these are often also put
on the papers website as well.
The scam starts with an offer to purchase the item and the buyer
offers to send a cheque for a much larger amount, then requests that you
send the excess back to them often by MoneyGram or similar.
A cheque can actually take much longer to process by the bank than you
may think even if it shows as credited to your account. The scam
is that they rely on the fact that you believe the cheque has cleared
and send them the excess via Money Gram. By the time the bank has notified
you that it is a fraudulent cheque the offenders will have cashed the
excess you have sent them .
Money Gram is a legitimate company but should only be used to transfer
money if you are 100% certain the buyer is genuine. If you require any
further assistance Trading Standards can offer advice.
If you have any information or would like any advice on police matters
PCSO 3155 Sian Uttley or myself would be more than happy to discuss this
with you Our contact telephone number is 01284 774100
Our e mail addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Please remember that there are occasions when we are on rest days for
4 days so if your call is of an urgent nature please ask to speak to any
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
go to the Neighbourhood Watch site of Suffolk Police click here
and District Gardening Club
Monday 9 MARCH @7.30pm
AGM followed by
Answered by STEVE COGHILL
(Head of faculty for Horticulture at Otley College).
Somersham Village Hall
Refreshments, raffle and bric-a-brac and card sales table
£7 annual membership £1 Guest/visitor
John Minns has kindly offered to act as Question Master for another
on Friday March 27th
at 7.30pm in Somersham Village Hall
in a team of 6,
or make one up on the night.
Bring your own drinks and glasses, nibbles etc and we will provide
tea and coffee.
for Flowton Church, with 10% going to the Ipswich Iceni Project
Somersham and District Community Association
Annual General Meeting
7.30pm Thursday 26th March
Playing Field Pavilion
Please come and have your say about the facilities and the work of
the Community Association.
Everyone is welcome especially new members of the committee.
The final concert for this winter in the well known and appreciated Magical
Musical Moments series was held in the church on 10 January. The Octave
Vocal Ensemble, consisting of seven unaccompanied voices, entertained
a full house to a variety of music both classical and modern. As
usual, a long interval was enjoyed with fine wine and a buffet - and all
for only £10 per ticket. At the end of the performance, Mrs Maartje
Ronderboom presented a cheque for £1,000 to the local branch secretary
of the NSPCC. This magnificent sum represented the profit from two of
the concerts. Maartje has already booked artists for next winters
series, and rumour has it that our very own Ted Sampson will be on stage
again at some point, so watch out for yet another version of the Offton
Annual Meeting - APCM
Our annual meeting, to which all members of the congregation are invited,
will be held in April; however, at the time of writing, the date has not
been finalised. It will be notified in the April Link and on the church
notice board. If anyone in the parish would like further information on
this event, please call any member of the PCC. Contact details are on
the back cover.
Planning is well under way for our annual Fete that will be held on Saturday
13 June, and an Open Gardens event to be held on Sunday 12 July. Further
details will appear in later Link magazines, but now is a good time to
get these dates in your diary. It is good to think about such warm summer
events in these dark, cold winter days.
Church Fact File
I am grateful to Mrs Jan Dickson, wife of our churchwarden Ian, for passing
to me the following interesting historical event that concerned a former
resident vicar at Offton. In previous Church Fact File articles, I have
referred to Rev. John Thompson who arrived to take over a rather dilapidated
church in 1858. It was Rev. Thompson who did so much to develop the church
building in to what we enjoy today. Not only did he restore the church,
but he was responsible for building a new school for the children of Offton
and Willisham which he managed from 1872 until his departure in 1903.
His spiritual and temporal welfare of the Parish over such a long period
was quite remarkable. The East Anglian Daily Times recorded his departure
in their paper on Thursday 2 July 1903:
On Monday evening, the parishioners and members of St Marys Church
Offton met in the schoolroom to present their beloved vicar (Rev. J.E.Thompson)
and his devoted wife with a small token of their appreciation for the
45 years during which they have laboured so faithfully. Mr Morgan made
the presentation, and on behalf of the parishioners begged Rev. and Mrs
Thompson to accept an elegant solid silver tea tray, suitably inscribed.
Rev Thompson was also presented with a silver plated, richly embossed
tea and coffee service on behalf of the past and present teachers and
scholars of Offton and Willisham School. The Rev. Thompson was deeply
We have clear visual reminders of Rev. Thompsons time in Offton,
the most prominent being the East window that he had made which depicts
Jesus greeting his young daughter Helen, who had recently died.
As the saying goes, the Rev. Thompson was and will be
act to follow.... Are there, perhaps, any descendents of the Rev.
Thompson who have any very early photographs of their remarkable (great)
grandfather? If so, we would really like to know about it.
Maureen & Eddie Green write:
In the seventies we were regular worshippers in Offton church; we
eagerly anticipated, therefore, a return visit not to worship but to attend
the New Year Concert.
The evening was extremely cold but as we entered the church the candlelit
atmosphere certainly gave a sense of welcome and the anticipation of a
The brasses were shining in the reflected light and the flowers quite
fitting making a bold red and white statement in each window.
The Octave ensemble, although depleted in numbers owing to illness amongst
the members, gave an outstanding performance with great variety of song
and instrument; all the pieces were put in context so that we could fully
enjoy them and there was a lightness of touch in the humour.
The food and drink enabled us to enjoy a variety of cheeses and savouries,
all well labelled so that we knew what we were eating and we were given
an imaginative choice. During the interval people conversed animatedly
and the atmosphere was of great inclusion whether a regular concert goer
For us it was especially memorable to meet with many with whom we had
shared times in the village.
The money raised for charity was generous and substantial; a great tribute
to the organisers.
It was a pleasurable and original setting in which to experience a concert.This
winter's MMM series raised £1000 for NSPCC and £1250 for the
fabric fund of the church.
Maartje Rondeboom, School House, Offton IP8 4RP Tel 01473-658024
WILLISHAM CHURCH NOTES
We are delighted to announce that there will be a service of Holy Communion
at Willisham Church on Easter Day, Sunday 12th April at 10.00 am. It is
many years since we had a service on Easter Day and we hope that it will
be well attended.
The Village walk, organised by John Minns, will take place on Saturday
There will be a Coffee
Morning and Nearly New Sale on Saturday 23rd May at Foxgloves,
Main Road, Willisham.
The Church Fete will
be held on Saturday 11th July at Crow Hall and the Bonfire will be on
Friday, 6th November at the same venue.
Further details will
be available in future issues of The Link.
Annual Church Meetings
These will take place on Monday 20th April in Willisham Church at 7.00
Donations in memory of Frances Gilson, including the funeral collection,
amount to £1090.00. The PCC wishes to thank Ivan, Rachael and everyone
for their generous donations.
Concert for Frances
On the afternoon of
Sunday, 8th February some 375 family, friends and colleagues of the late
Frances Gilson met in the warm and welcoming Methodist church in Museum
Street, Ipswich for a concert to celebrate her life. Choirs and soloists
with whom Frances had performed throughout her life took part in what
was agreed wholeheartedly to be a warm and fitting tribute to a remarkable
lady who gave so much of her many talents to the community during her
There was a real village family feeling throughout the whole
afternoon, with Ivan and Rachael greeting everyone at the door as they
arrived, the benefice choir joining the Trianon singers and then serving
refreshments afterwards, and Nick Carter driving a coach to deliver villagers
right to the door of the church! Unbelievably, in the midst of some of
the worst winter weather we have known for some years, the sun shone all
day and added its blessing on the afternoon.
Thank you to everyone involved: performers, organisers, helpers on the
day, Nick Carter for driving us there on a coach, and all of you who attended
or made donations. But special thanks must go to Ivan Gilson, Professor
Chris Green and Margaret Laflin for all the work they lovingly put into
this event. Also to the staff of Museum Street Methodist Church who generously
allowed us to use their building.
A retiring collection realised £1,500 which will be donated to the
St. Elizabeth Hospice and Willisham Church after minimal expenses are
Offton & Willisham Village Hall
from Willisham has very kindly compiled a picture quiz to raise funds
for the Offton & Willisham Village Hall. The quiz questions are available
for just £1 from:
c) Janet Crickmore (01473 658547) Offton or
d) Jessica Tappenden (01473 658063) Willisham.
Please support this
worthy cause and sell or buy as many as you can. The prize value will
be dependent on the amount sold. So please buy your copy now and some
for your friends, too.
The deadline for this
quiz is Saturday 11 April 2009. The answers will be published in the June
Pre-School(Registered Charity 1020882)
Before half term in
February we threw a big party to say goodbye to our Pre-school leader
Veronika who, after 15 years, has made the big decision to leave the Pre-school
so she can spend more time with her family.
Veronika has been a dedicated leader, who is loved by all the children
and highly respected by all the parents and staff. She will be sadly missed
by everyone at the school but we wish her all the best and hope she will
stay in touch. She will, we are sure, enjoy her well deserved rest.
We welcomed our new Pre-school leader after the half term and we hope
she will settle well into Barking Pre-school and know she is looking forward
to working with the children, staff and parents.
Children can start pre-school from the age of 2 ½ and, from the
term after their third birthday, the government funds the sessions. The
pre-school is open every weekday morning from 9.30 until 12 noon during
term time and children can attend any number of sessions per week (space
permitting). Our staff are committed, enthusiastic, well trained and work
hard to organise a wide variety of fun and educational activities including
crafts, cooking, music, story telling and construction. We have many toys
and activities so there is bound to be something to capture each child's
If you would like a place for your child please contact us. We are more
than happy to invite parents/carers along to see who we are and what we
do. Contact either the Pre-school on 07754892077 or Sarah Osbourn on 01473
Ringshall School, Offton Road, Ringshall
January 26th 2009
May start by introducing myself? I am the new Headteacher at Ringshall
Primary School. I was lucky enough to join the school in September last
year and what a busy time it has been! It is hard to believe that my first
term here is over and we are into a new year. The time has simply flown
The coming term promises
to be an eventful one. Following a successful trial in Year 2 last term
we have begun using new approaches to our curriculum. The children are
following some exciting new themes.
In Year 1 the children are learning all about Babies and Play, Year 2
are learning about Fire! and Years 3 and 4 have begun the term by studying
Wallace and Grommits home village and designing allotments.
This morning I was
teaching in Beech class, Year 2, where we were learning how to celebrate
Chinese New Year. The children had a wonderful time finding out who could
eat rice, or noodles, with chopsticks. There were some quite ingenious
solutions from those who had never used chopsticks before.
We have some new school
clubs starting this term. I am looking forward to finding out all about
Speed Stacking. The Music Club makes wonderful music using a wide range
of percussion instruments; we have even linked with Creeting St Mary to
run a Tag Rugby club.
The teachers are all
very jealous of our new classroom, freshly decorated and furnished. The
children chose the colours, yellow and pale turquoise, and have quickly
made the room their own.
We now have the huge
responsibility of planning our new ICT provision. Whilst being very excited
at the prospect of a new ICT suite and more classroom computers we have
to make sure that this will take us forward and contribute to the future
development of the school.
As you can see, there
are exciting times ahead.
Yours faithfully, Monica Gibbs Headteacher.
Elmsett Pre-school Playgroup
At Preschool we aim to plan and provide activities that are play based,
where children learn and develop in their own unique way supported by
staff. The importance of play-based approach is emphasised in THE EARLY
YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (EYFS) framework for children in all early education
setting, including preschools, nurseries and reception classes.
Karen Craig has attended a letter and sounds course and is attending an
observation & assessment workshop (all courses are emphasising the
importance of children learning through play based activities right though
to the end of reception class) and is due to attend training in Autism,
Asperger syndrome & Semantic pragmatic Disorder. Speech & Language
Disorders in children and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHA).
Emma Hughes has completed her first aid training, food hygiene and is
due to do her safeguarding training.
This term the children have been learning about Animals past and present,
so far we have covered Dinosaurs and Farm Animals. In addition we also
covered Chinese New Year where the children tasted different types of
Chinese food for snack and made dragon masks and enjoyed taking part in
a dragon dance to Chinese music. Over the next half term the children
will be learning about Jungle animals, Pets and Mini Beasts through a
range of activities; we will also be covering Mothers day and Easter.
Come join our friendly parent, baby and toddler group on a Wednesday
morning, 9.15-11am at Elmsett Methodist Church. March activities:
Wed 4th March - Paints and printing fun.
Wed 11th March - play doh fun cars and ride ons.
Wed 18th March - Making Easter pictures and cards.
Wed 25th March - Baby gym
you dare take on St Elizabeth Hospices Great Xscape?
St Elizabeth Hospice is inviting teams of four people to sign up for the
Great Xscape on Saturday 21st March. Teams will be blindfolded, driven
to a secret location in the Suffolk countryside and not told where they
are or the quickest way to get back. How you return is up to you!
Teams are not allowed any help from friends and family and will be without
money, mobile phones, navigational equipment or even a map so a good sense
of direction will certainly help. Once at the secret location there will
be a buffet to recharge your batteries and a raffle. There will also be
a prize awarded to the team who make it back in the quickest time and
for those who wish to take the challenge a step further, there will be
a prize for the best fancy dress.
To download a registration form, please visit our website www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk,
contact the fundraising team on 01473 723600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Climbing new heights at Leisure Centre
A new climbing wall was opened offically on February 25th at Mid
Suffolk Leisure Centre.The purpose built bouldering wall, which will be
built into one of the existing squash courts, has been designed with a
combination of curved shapes and menacing overhangs, as well as a mix
of overlaps, arêtes and grooves. Bouldering is a fast growing sport
in its own right, and involves lower level climbing with the emphasis
upon technical skill.
The existing bouldering wall will be converted into a traverse wall, for
climbers to warm up on before using the top roping wall or the new bouldering
wall. There will also be a new higher section installed on the main top
roping wall so it will now be up to eight metres high. The wall has been
funded by Mid Suffolk District Council, working in partnership with SLM
who operate the facility.
Anyone interested in doing a beginners course or having private
tuition should contact the Leisure Centre for further details on 01449
Somersham Baptist Church
What happens at the
10.00am Prayer Meeting?
A regular group of
up to 14 meet in our chapel conservatory. The prayers offered are our
own personal creation, but not all present offer spoken prayer. To help
focus our prayers a short bible passage is read with a brief comment.
Our first prayers
are offered in praise and thanksgiving to God, then turn to various ministries
that we are involved in, whether in the Church or further afield. We particularly
pray for those involved in missionary work, Christians who suffer persecution
for their faith, and national and international crisis.
A short time is spent
sharing our personal concerns then pray for each other, and we conclude
our prayer meeting in asking the Lord to bless the remainder of our meetings
before breaking for refreshments.
You are always welcome
to see what happens at our meetings, why not just call in for the prayer
meeting this month.
Mothers Day Service
22nd March at 10.00am
We are joined by St Marys Parish Church as we celebrate Gods
wisdom in placing us in families with loving mothers, do come along with
Regular Sunday Morning
Programme (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 Friday 13th.
Friends and Neighbours: 7.45pm Monday 16th.
Contact Mark if you
Meetings are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP8 4QE.
Pastor Mark Newcombe, 01473 831940, mobile: 07930543583, email: email@example.com
4th April at 7.30pm
In St Marys Church, Hadleigh
Mass in B minor by Bach
Colchester Orchestra, conductor Christopher Phelps
Tickets from Idler Bookshop, or on the door £10, Concessions
£8, under 16s £2
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 Lent 1
Family Communion by extension
(Rev T Wilcox)
Communion (Rev T Wilcox)
March Lent 2
Communion by extension
Communion (Rev S Richie)
March Lent 3
Communion (Rev C Everett)
Service + Holy Comm. by ext.
Service (Rev M Wainwright)
Communion Holy Communion (Rev M Wainwright)
March Mothering Sunday
Family Communion Rev C Everett
Family Worship for all ages
Joint service at the Baptist Chapel
Communion Rev C Everett
March Passion Sunday
Summer Time begins put your clocks FORWARD 1 hour
8 parishes communion Rev M Wainwright
April Palm Sunday
Family Communion by extension
Rev S Ritchie
Communion Rev S Ritchie