next meeting of the Link committee is at 8 pm on Tuesday 16th March at Gunns
Farm. Any comments or suggestions you would like the committee to discuss
should be given to the secretary on 658330 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The end of March will
take us to the brink of the most important event in the Christian calendar,
Easter. If there had been no resurrection of Jesus on that third day after
his death, there would never have been any Christian belief. The death
and resurrection of Jesus is the culmination of Gods great covenant
with humanity. From the moment Jesus stepped from his tomb, he initiated
a change for the whole world because he proved beyond measure that our
lives have an eternity that crosses the boundary of death. So began this
momentous act of salvation.
The passion and resurrection of Jesus is a story of unfolding chapters
that require us to engage with if we are to have a greater understanding
of why this all took place and to deepen our relationship with Jesus.
To follow the steps of Jesus from Palm Sunday when he entered Jerusalem
until he re-appeared outside the tomb and spoke to Mary Magdalene brings
a richness and depth to our faith.
To this end, from Palm Sunday until Easter Day there will be a service
or activity every evening of Holy Week in one of our Churches.
Monday at Gt. Bricett 7.30pm, we will follow the last steps of Jesus from
the moment Pilate condemns him to death; this is known as Stations of
the Cross. I have known more than one person to be reduced to tears at
a service of this nature, as the full impact of Jesus suffering
is laid bare.
Tuesday at Flowton 7.30pm, there will be a service of Taize, a time of
song and meditation on what Jesus achieved for us.
Wednesday at Willisham Rectory 7.30pm, Janet and I are hosting a Jewish
Passover meal (Hagadah). Numbers are limited to 20 people and booking
a place can be done by telephoning me on 01473 657153. I already have
some names on the list so book early if you want to come.
Maundy Thursday, is when Jesus had the Last Supper with his disciples;
we will be holding Holy Communion with the stripping of the alter at the
end of the service at Offton Church 7.30pm.
Good Friday, a workshop activity time for children is to be held at Flowton
Church between 10.00 11.30am and a service of the Last Hour will
be at Barking Church 2.00-3.00pm.
Saturday, a childrens workshop takes place at Offton Church 10.00-11.30am
and a Service of Light will be at Willisham Church at 7.30pm.. This is
a very different form of when the worship newly kindled light of Easter
is taken into a dark church.
Easter Sunday, Our Easter day will begin at 6.30am on Barking Tye where
we will hold an informal Holy Communion at sunrise. If the weather is
kind to us, it is an experience worth trying. There will also be a Holy
Communion at 6 of our 8 churches for Easter Day (details will be in the
To attend a service on Easter day is an obligation every Christian person
should do; to share the journey of Holy Week that leads to Easter is a
discipline that I recommend to all even if you can only dip into some
of it. Bernard
From the Registers
Farewell to Edwin
William Russell Prentice of Somersham, who died on 13th Jan 2010. His
funeral and burial took place on February 2nd at Offton Church.
May he rest in
As you read this, Nick and I are preparing to return to England after
visiting John and Caroline and grandson Jasper in New Zealand, To date
we have had some rain - parts of it torrential! and lots of sunshine -
top temperature so far 30C We have visited places like Dunedin and Invercargill,
seen glaciers and snow, waterfalls, temperate rainforest, and lots of
other lovely wonderful things. We can see Lake Te Anau and mountains with
snow on the top from John's house! Love to all, Mary C
Flowers and Cleaning
(No flowers in Lent)
April 4th, 11th Christine Jarrold + all help for Easter
Cleaning: Team C
(No flowers in Lent)
April 4th, 11th Mrs Laflin + all help for Easter
Cleaning: Family Worship Group
(No flowers in Lent)
April 4th, 11th Mrs Peta Whiting
Cleaning: Mrs J Dickson
7th March Mrs. D. Hill
14th, 21st March Mrs. R. Cage
28th March, 4th April Mrs. V. Large
We are invited to
share in a joint service with our friends at the Baptist Church in Chapel
Lane on Sunday 21st March at 11am.
Events for 2010
Our Summer Fete will
be on Sat 10th July.
We will be having another Folk Evening in Octoberdate to be confirmed.
At the end of the year we plan to hold for the first time a Christmas
Tree Festival with the Bazaar on 27/28th November.
The answers to the
Christmas Quiz can be found elsewhere in the Link. Out of the 23 returned,
16 were all correct. The nearest in the tiebreaker and therefore the winner
is Mr R. Steward of Bramford. Congratulations to him and thank you to
everyone who bought a copy. The quiz sheets raised £137 for church
Residents of Somersham
and the surrounding area would like to thank Keith and Bel Deaves for
the many years they were village hall caretakers, both at the new hall
and the old one! We wish them a very happy retirement and hope Keiths
I would like
to thank everyone who sent us lovely cards totally unexpected
but so very very welcome. It was harder for me as, though I still
have a husband and Paul still had a father, I could not get through
to Fred that we had lost our dear son. Dementia is a terrible affliction.
Thanks to Mark who came at the exact time of Pauls funeral
to offer prayers and readings. I could close my eyes and, in spirit,
be with Pauls brother and four sisters who were at his funeral
in Finland. Once again thank you all.
Mrs Joy Pryke
Somersham Parish Council
You are very welcome
to attend any meeting of the parish council which, unless stated, commence
at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
Wednesday 3rd March
Wednesday 7th April 2010 (Annual Parish Meeting)
Wednesday 5th May 2010 (Annual Parish Council Meeting)
Can You Help?
For some years the parish council has been pressing the county council
for some form of speed control through the village, particularly at Pump
House Corner and the Chapel Lane/Hall Lane junction. Councillor Julia
Truelove has also been concerned at the speeding issue and has worked
hard to bring about a solution to this ongoing concern. Thanks to her
efforts it now looks as if some funding will be available in the near
future to provide electronic signing along Main Road.
In addition, the Speeding
Working Group has also offered funding for a Community Speedwatch Scheme
to operate in the village. This scheme is operated by volunteers who are
able to commit approximately one hour each week. Volunteers will be fully
trained by the Police in the use of a hand held speed gun and will work
in groups of two or three at recommended locations. (It is planned to
link the scheme with another village so volunteers will not be working
in their own area).
A team of a minimum
number of six volunteers is needed. Although there has been some interest
more volunteers are needed.
The Police are willing
to hold an information session for anyone who is interested, so if you
would like to know more please let us know and we will be able to put
you in touch with the Police contact who will organise the information
At one of its future meetings the parish council will be considering the
provision of grit bins in the village. The spells of snow and ice this
winter have caused problems in some areas. Grit provided in the yellow
(or green) bins is for use on the footpaths and roads for the use of the
community and is not intended for private driveways. People who take the
grit for their own personal use could be putting lives at risk as the
county council only rreplenish grit on their planned rounds. The parish
council would appreciate your co-operation in ensuring the grit is only
used for the purpose it is iintended.
On the other hand
the parish council would be pleased to hear from you if you have a location
that in your opinion would benefit from the provision of a gritbin. location
that in your opinion would benefit from the provision of a grit bin. Suggestions
will be brought forward to the councils attention when consideration
of grit bins is on the agenda.
Annual Parish Meeting
The parish council is delighted that Colonel David Turner, current Station
Commander at Wattisham Airfield has agreed to speak at the Annual Parish
Meeting which takes place at 7.30pm on 7th April in Somersham Village
Under the command
of Colonel Turner Wattisham Airfield has taken steps to integrate more
closely with its neighbouring communities and has recently offered the
use of its sporting and leisure facilities to local youth organisations,
which is a wonderful opportunity for our youngsters to use first class
facilities at the airfield.
presentation will be the first item at the Annual Parish Meeting and residents
from our neighbouring villages would be very welcome to join us. Following
this various organisations will be giving their annual reports and as
this is not a convened meeting of the parish council it is your opportunity
to let us know your views on what you would like to see in Somersham for
National Grid Consultation
The parish council hopes that many of you took the opportunity to visit
the exhibition by the National Grid which was held at the village hall
last December. The parish council appreciates the increased demand for
electricity, but has expressed its disappointment to National Grid that
burying whole, or part, of the line was not sufficiently explored.
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 changes currently taking place in local government
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
Janet Clarke Tel.
No. 01473 830398
Clerk to the Council E-mail: email@example.com
Sarah and Stephen would like to thank all those that sent them good wishes
cards and gifts on the birth of their daughter Poppy Erin 9th January
Thank you also from Grandparents Christine and Michael for all the cards
and good wishes. Family all doing well.
Lost and Found
When staying in Somersham in January, Eddie Fagg (who lives in France)
lost his camera, possibly when out walking his dog and taking pictures
in the snow. It might have been lost in the fields close to the village.
If you have found a camera please contact Pat Woolhouse (831080).
Kate and Steve Dines
of Sugarloaf Cottage, Somersham have been looking after an all-black cat
since the autumn. While they are happy to give it a home, they are conscious
that perhaps someone is missing a much-loved pet. He is very friendly
and it is clear he has been well looked after. Perhaps someone has moved
away and the cat has tried to find his way back. If you think you know
who the cat may belong to, please contact Kate & Steve on 658487.
& District Gardening Club
HOME MEADOWS NUSERY
Preceded by a short A.G.M
In Somersham Village Hall
Visitors and guests welcome
Raffle and refreshments available
SOMERSHAM/CHALLAIN LA POTHERIE VILLAGE LINK
NEXT VISIT TO CHALLAIN-LA-POTHERIE
30th APRIL3rd MAY 2010
Coach travel from
Somersham stay with host families
Our next visit to
our link village in the Loire Valley of France will take place over the
first spring Bank Holiday. Total cost for the weekend will be approximately
£80 per person and includes travel, accommodation, all meals and
We will be pleased
to see again those who have been before and welcome new people to join
with us on our exchanges. If you are interested in joining us for the
visit then please contact one of the following:
Gill Fordham: 831529;
David Haughton: 831511;
Janet Hodge: 832296; Pat Woolhouse: 831080
Following on from
Februarys update, we are pleased to advise that the Environment
Agency have written confirming that all issues have now been resolved
with the site of the shop. Now we can proceed to submit the planning application.
(Which was done beginning February.)
We have been promised
funding from Suffolk County Council, Mid Suffolk District Council, Somersham
Parish Council, COMMA Aggregates and are now applying to the Big Lottery
Fund and Awards for All. Also more good news we are now VAT registered.
The shop has been
set up as a Community Interest Company which essentially means that any
surplus profit can be used for the benefit of the community. There will
always be an opportunity for any member of the community/wider places
to be able to play their full part in the CIC and we would welcome subscribers
to non-dividend-earning shares
Please phone any of
the steering group members below if you have any questions, comments.
Plus, if anyone would like to volunteer please get in contact with one
Gavin and Janet Hodge
832296 Terry Fordham - 831529
Geoff and Barbara Tottle 830867 Richard Browne 831321
Anne Macfadyen 831288 Stephen Bullard 831439
Graham Amis - 834094
Here are the answers
to the Somersham Christmas Quiz sheet:
Knowing me knowing
you - Abba The wonder of you - Elvis Presley
You wear it well - Rod Stewart Whiter shade of pale - Procol Harum
The boy does nothing - Alesha Dixon I will always love you - Whitney Houston
Teenage Kicks - Undertones The Long and winding road - Beatles
The sound of silence - Simon & Garfunkel These boots are made for
walking -Nancy Sinatra
White Christmas - Bing Crosby Knock knock whos there - Mary Hopkin
Like a prayer Madonna
I guess thats why they call it the blues - Elton John
Warrick Avenue - Duffy Wonderful tonight - Eric Clapton
Walk of life - Dire Straits Little Red Rooster - Rolling Stones
Human Killers I remember you - Frank Ifield
Chasing pavements Adele Leaving New York - REM
Sound of the underground - Girls Aloud Cant take my eyes off you
- Andy Williams
Take on me - A-ha Bend me shake me - Amen Corner
Morning has broken - Cat Stevens Stay another day - East 17
I think were alone now Tiffany Everything I do I do it for
you - Bryan Adams
Chasing cars - Snow Patrol Millennium - Robbie Williams
Parklife Blur This charming man - Smiths
How deep is your love - Bee Gees New kids in town Eagles
I saved the world today Eurythmics You cant hurry love - Phil Collins
Behind a painted smile - Isley Brothers Halfway to paradise - Billy Fury
Good golly miss molly - Swinging Blue Jeans
Spinning around or Sail Away - Kylie Minogue or David Gray
Driving home for Christmas - Chris Rea Leave right now - Will Young
Do you want to know a secret - Billy J Kramer
You don't have to say you love me - Dusty Springfield
Born to run - Bruce Springsteen Sound and vision- David Bowie
Stop in the name of love Supremes Unchained melody - Righteous
Babylon or Breathe / Butterfly - David Gray or Kylie Minogue
Say youll be there - Spice Girls Lady in red - Chris de Burgh
Heal the world - Michael Jackson One more night - Phil Collins
American Pie - Don McLean
You'll never walk alone - Gerry & the Pacemakers
That'll be the day - Buddy Holly Merry Xmas everybody - Slade
Here you come again - Dolly Parton
I'll do anything for love (but I won't do that) - Meatloaf
Holding back the years - Simply Red Cracklin Rose - Neil Diamond
I'd like to teach the world to sing - New Seekers Come away with me -
Local boy in a photograph - Stereophonics (sorry, this should have been
Everybody changes Keane Message in a bottle - Police
When youre in love with a beautiful woman - Dr Hook
America Razorlight Fight for this love - Cheryl Cole
Killing me softly with his song - Roberta Flack
Puppet on a string - Sandie Shaw When I need you - Leo Sayer
Secret Love - Kathy Kirby Greatest day - Take That
When you say nothing at all - Boyzone
(They'll be blue birds over) The white cliffs of Dover - Vera Lynn
Were all going on a summer holiday - Cliff Richard
White Flag Dido Weve only just begun - Carpenters
I just called (to say I love you) - Stevie Wonder
Don't look back in anger Oasis Pretty flamingo - Manfred Mann
Yellow Coldplay Love is all around - Wet Wet Wet
My baby just cares for me - Nina Simone Three times a lady Commodores
Perfect Day - Lou Reed The boat that I row Lulu
What a wonderful world - Louis Armstrong My way - Frank Sinatra
Nine million bicycles - Katie Melua I'm Mandy fly me - I0CC
We are the champions - Queen Nights in white satin - Moody Blues
I walk the line - Johnny Cash Not ready to make nice - Dixie Chicks
Girls just want to have fun - Cyndi Lauper
SOMERSHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL
A slight feeling of
déjà vu at the time of writing on the cusp of half term
- here we are with a scene like a leftover Christmas card!. Fortunately
we only had to close the school for one day when the weather was at its
most treacherous in early January but the radio stations confused many
by being slow to announce closures and even giving out the wrong information!
At least we know we can consult our new school learning platform (VLE)
on which our Head posts vital information.
January saw Squirrels participate in a multi-skills festival at Claydon
High school while in February Rabbits joined other pupils from the Claydon
pyramid in a Badminton festival. Never ones to miss out on a sporting
chance, the Hawks have enjoyed Netball on Monday lunchtimes as well as
Mr Marshalls Tag Rugby club after school.
Many younger pupils who had never experienced Tag Rugby (Im told
it involves Velcro?) have had a chance and now caught the bug. Claire
Lane, our musical Governor continues to run the hugely popular Friday
clarinet club with Senior Teacher Miss Knowles and French Film club returns
after the break. Superbe.
The Hawks dived straight into a project on rivers, exploring the Amazon
and rising to the challenge of creating a shelter to withstand water,
wind and a heavy weight; pupils were seeing carrying all sorts of imaginative
contraptions into the playground!
Rabbits turned their attention to the Second World War, particularly the
experiences of evacuees. As part of the new school homework scheme their
choice of project was to create a model, write a diary or produce annotated
drawings to support their research. Authors like Michael Morpurgo and
fiction set in the Blitz have inspired the class. Relatives have rummaged
in attics and sent children in with precious ration books, gas masks and
other relevant memorabilia to show all hugely appreciated!
The Suffolk snow set a timely backdrop for the Squirrels study of
animals in Arctic climates and many parents are now attuned to characteristics
of the Arctic fox and the tricky job a penguin has of incubating an egg.
While deer are regularly spotted in the Flowton fields well be sure
to let you know if there are any live sightings of the another creature
studied this term The Gruffalo!
Next time we hope to tell you about our Friendship bench but
until then, if anyone wishes to visit our school please contact the Secretary
on: 01473 831251 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be having another popular workshop in Flowton church on Good Friday,
2nd April from 10 12 (popular with parents as well as children!)
We will decorate the Easter Garden, have some activities and a story and
there will be coffee and fruit drinks and hot cross buns. We will look
forward to seeing you there, with a specially warm welcome for any who
are joining us for the first time.
Regulars of the Village
Coffee Drop In will be pleased to be meeting again for the first time
since December on Wednesday, 3rd March. This month we are responding to
an appeal from the Diocese for parishes throughout the county to hold
a Big Brew event serving Fairtrade tea and coffee.We look
forward to seeing you at any time and for any time you can manage
between 10 and 12.
Friends of Maureen
Goodess will want to wish her a speedy recovery to full health and strength
after her recent spell in hospital, Our thoughts and best wishes are with
her and John.
Advance notice of
the Christian Aid Sponsored Walk in Ipswich which will take place on 17th
April. Last year 5 or 6 Flowtonians did the walk and had a most enjoyable
morning with a break for coffee on the waterfront and the bonus of a nightingale
singing beside the river within a stones throw of the Ipswich railway
station! We are hoping more friends will want to join us this year so
make sure and put the date in your diary. More details next month.
On Friday, 5th March
at 7.30 pm in the Vestry there is a meeting to dot the is and cross
the ts of plans for our forthcoming Flower Festival and Open Gardens
Weekend. Do be there if you are involved in any way or can offer help.
OPEN GARDENS & FLOWER FESTIVAL
19 & 20 JUNE
the hidden gardens of Flowton!
View the Flower Festival Countries & Counties
Take part in various exciting activities!
Enjoy lunch, cream teas & other refreshments!
All available to following programme:
10am 5pm Flower Festival in Church
12noon 2pm Lunch in churchyard
12noon 5pm Gardens open
3 5pm Cream teas served
on arrival: £4 for both days
(accompanied children free).
Lunch, refreshments & activities extra.
in aid of St Marys Church, Flowton
& East Anglias Childrens Hospices
Contact: 01473 658335 or 658522
& join us in our gardens & bring your family!
Traidcraft products at Flowtons Village Coffee Drop
In on Wednesday,
3rd March between 10 and 12 oclock
us for a warm welcome and a fairtrade cuppa
Somersham & District Community Association
Doesnt time fly? I cannot believe that it is time yet again to remind
everybody that the next meeting of the S&DCA will have a double agenda
the AGM and the first General Meeting of the next term. The AGM
will be held on the 25th March in the Pavilion at 7.30pm and all interested
parties are welcome. Any member of any of the village associations and
clubs who has been elected to speak on their behalf is very welcome indeed
and is automatically given a vote on the proceedings. Likewise anyone
with an interest in the community and the facilities provided on the playing
field, or ideas on how they can be improved can come along also. As with
all these things, none of it could happen without willing volunteers and
these will be more than welcomed. The playing field facilities have been
very well used since their installation and are a credit to the hard work
and perseverance of those who raised the money and continue to support
and maintain them.
Talking of volunteers
the litter-picking rota is working satisfactorily. If only the litter
louts would work as hard to prevent the job being necessary it would be
wonderful. Talking of wonderful, there is an unsung hero/heroine who has
been clearing up the car park where litter is often ankle deep. The clearance
was noticed way back in November and grateful thanks were Minuted then.
The sec. was asked to publicly acknowledge this in the Link and as usual
got the Christmas period publishing dates muddled up. So a belated but
heartfelt thank you to the public spirited person who has been clearing
up all the mess.
Not much else is happening
at the moment; quite a bit of maintenance is waiting on drier warmer weather,
the drainage of the new pitch is working very well and the resident mole
population has taken itself elsewhere for the time being. Our volunteers
can make the most of the quiet before the spring comes and wakes us all
be lonely join our club!
meet every Monday and Wednesday.
Come to as many or as few meetings as you wish.
Our activities range from just a cup of coffee and a chat,
to shopping outings, visits to places of interest, theatre, etc.
Dont drive? Dont worry
we have drivers who will pick you up and even take you home!!
Mary Woods on 01473 730283
Or Audrey Thomas on 01449 781310
OFFTON CHURCH NEWS
The winter weather
took its toll on planned events at Offton Church, and the Magical Musical
Moments (MMM) concert that had been arranged for 9 January had to be postponed.
This concert has been re-scheduled for Saturday 20 March. The programme
includes two classical quartets one strings and one vocal
plus Offtons very own troubadour, Ted Sampson. (The big question
is: Will Ted have yet another version of the Offton Song to sing?) But
before that, there is another MMM concert to be held on Sunday afternoon
21 February when the audience will thrill to the sounds of the internationally
known singers of Coppella Neerlandica and their programme of ancient passion
music. All details can be found on their web site http://www.onesuffolk.co.uk/magicalmusicalmoments
and at other places locally and in this magazine. Tickets are available
from Nigel Coleman Tel: 01473 657191.
A St Valentines
Supper-in-Church will be held on Saturday 13 February, just after this
article has to go to press. A report will appear in next months
issue of the Link.
On Easter Saturday
3 April from 1030 1200 hrs, Peta Whiting will be holding another
Childrens Workshop similar to the highly successful one that which
she organised at Christmas. All those parents and children who attended
the Christmas workshop will want to come to this Easter event, and all
other children in the local parishes will be made most welcome.
Looking further ahead,
on Saturday 17 April at 7.00 pm, author and broadcaster Mr Roy Tricker,
who is an expert on Suffolk churches, will be giving a talk titled In
Praise of Churches. Entry will cost only £5, and this will
include a Cheese and Wine interval. This is a rare chance to find out
about the many local churches in our region.
An Animal and Pet
Blessing Service will be held on May 9th at 3pm. This will be followed
by our annual Fete to be held in the church grounds on Saturday 12 June
at 2.00 pm.
Finally, all the church
services leading up to Easter are listed at the back of this magazine.
We hope that there is something in our programme of events that will entice
everyone in the parish to come to their local church.
Church Fact File
Offton Church is very fortunate to have a full set of eight church bells,
but this did not happen by accident; rather by a great deal of effort.
Half a century ago, there were just five bells at Offton (still more than
most other rural parish churches). Then a local band of enthusiasts, led
by a Mr Gilbert Goodship, managed to raise sufficient
funds to provide a sixth bell. This new bell was dedicated on 31 July
1959. Between 1967 and 1977, bell ringing waned, and it took the arrival
in the benefice of Mr Brian Whiting, an enthusiastic bell ringer, to once
again pick-up the mantle. Looking at the four parish churches in the local
benefice at that time, Somersham (where Brian had taken up residence),
Offton, Willisham and Flowton, only Offton had sufficient bells for traditional
ringing. Somersham had two bells, and Willisham and Flowton just one bell
each. A bell-ringing group was formed, and a commitment by the PCC to
increasing the ring to eight was taken. There followed much local fund
raising to achieve the goal set by the Bell Fund. The treble bell from
the redundant church of St Peter in Ipswich was donated. This bell was
originally cast by John Darbie in 1682, and re-cast by Alfred Bowell in
1902. It was now to be re-cast again, this time by John Taylor, but on
the condition that the inscription and Bowells founders mark was
reproduced in facsimile. A second bell was also cast at the same time,
and both were dedicated by the Archdeacon of Ipswich the Venerable Jeremy
Walsh, and the local vicar the Reverend John Potter, on Sunday 15 May
1983. At last, Offton had its full peal of eight bells.
The church towers
ringing chamber probably dates from the 14th century, and the eight bells
cover a period of around 500 years. The earliest bell, the sixth, dates
back to the late 15th century, and was cast at the mediaeval foundry at
Bury St Edmunds. Whilst of some historic interest it is unfortunately
of poor tonal quality and mars the overall sound. It would be lovely if
one day we could think about replacing it. The tenor bell, which dates
from 1700, weighs nearly 430 kg.
Church bells sometimes
have inscriptions. At Offton these are:
Treble HOLINESS TO THE LORD
BOWELL & SON FOUNDERS IPSWICH 1902
RECAST JOHN TAYLOR & CO LOUGHBOROUGH 1983
2.2.14 in Bb
Second RING ME TO THE GLORY OF GOD
JOHN TAYLOR & CO LOUGHBOROUGH 1983
2.3.10 in A
Third I CALL PLEASE COME
JOHN TAYLOR & CO LOUGHBOROUGH 1959
3.0.18 in G
Fourth THOMAS GARDINER SUDBURY FECIT 1735
3.2.3 in F
Fifth HENRY PLEASANT MADE ME 1700
3.3.23 in Eb
Sixth SANTA MARIA ORA PRO NOBIS
4.2.16 in D
Seventh JOHN DARBIE MADE ME 1667
4.2.20 in C
Tenor HENRY PLEASANT MADE ME 1700
8.1.18 in Bb
The figures represent the weight (cwt, qrts, lbs) and are followed by
the musical note.
One of the joys for
people living in Offton is to be able to listen to the traditional church
bell ringing group, still led by Brian Whiting, practising on most Tuesday
evenings, and ringing before each Sunday service and on special
local days to herald events and on some national days.
The bells are very
fine and are sought by visiting bell-ringers.
Indeed, there will be visiting bell ringers coming to Offton this Spring:
Tuesday 13 April 1100 1200 hrs
Saturday 1 May 0940 1020 hrs
Tuesday 11 May 0945 1030 hrs
We hope that you enjoy their efforts!
If you would like
to learn to ring and become one of the bell ringing team please contact
Brian on 01449 67766.
Adverse weather conditions
were the cause for the cancellation of the much anticipated New Year concert.
It was not easy to find a new date that suited all musicians involved.
20 March at 7.30 pm
(no Josie, sorry)
concert will now be the 21st and have a festive flavour!
If you wish to rebook, please do so asap.
at £12.50 including wine & refreshments
are available from
Nigel Coleman 01473-657191
Children's life Line; Registered Charity No 1014274
5th & SUNDAY 6TH JUNE
CHAPEL LANE SOMERSHAM
TRASH, TREASURE & JUMBLE SALE
We are now collecting any TRASH, TREASURES or JUMBLE that you might
like to donate even small bits of furniture. So if you are
about to have a SPRING CLEAN please think of us.
Items can be dropped off at 5 Chapel Lane, or The Glebes, Hall Lane,
Somersham where they can be stored in readiness or please ring Heather
on (01473) 830068 or Angie on 01473 831422 to arrange collection.
Although we will soon be collecting clothes for the children coming over
in this years group, I was wondering if anyone might have some clothing
suitable for younger children, aged 3 to 6 years.
I recently watched a film called Chernobyl Heart, which shows footage
of Baby Orphanage Number 1 in Minsk. The children that are abandoned because
they have been born with birth defects end up here and whilst as a Charity
we do not provide Aid as such, Kevin and I recently sent back some clothing
for these children and would like to be able to send some more shortly
and with our group when they return in August. This Orphanage did not
exist before the Chernobyl disaster, therefore it is generally agreed
that all of the children here are only so as a direct result of Chernobyl.
I think we are only looking for indoor clothes, as I doubt
very much these children ever go outside.
If you have anything you think might be suitable please let me know, am
happy to arrange collection or if you are passing, please drop into the
Charity Shop with a note on them for me rather than the shop.
Many thanks Elizabeth
In addition to our usual services there will be a Service of Light
on Easter Saturday, 3rd April, at
7-30 p.m. This service will be taken by Rev. Bernard Rose.
The village walk, organised by John Minns, will take place on Saturday,
8th May, and will start at Chapel Farm, Ringshall at 5-30 p.m. The
walk will end at Chapel Farm and everyone taking part is warmly invited
to Hollytree Cottage, Derrick Hill, Willisham, as usual, for refreshments.
Planning is well under way for our Open Gardens Event on Sunday,
6th June. There will also be flower displays in the church.
Lunches and teas will be available and more details will be given at a
Annual Church Meetings
These will take place on Tuesday, 13th April, at
7-00 p.m. in Willisham Church.
of Somersham School
We have decided already
on the theme for this years school Summer Fete- we will be joining
in the World Cup fever, and putting on a football world cup fete! As usual,
all the stalls and games will be themed appropriately, based on the participating
This year, we are
offering the opportunity to hold your own stall at the fete, for £10
a pitch, and whatever you take on the day is yours. You will need to bring
your own table. Please contact me to reserve a pitch. The date is set
for Saturday 26th June beginning at 1.30pm.
We will also be holding
another of our very popular Archive Film Evenings, in the village hall
showing a selection of old local films. The event will follow a similar
format to previous years, with doors opening at 6.30pm to allow an opportunity
to catch up with friends before the films start. The film show will begin
promptly at 7.30pm. Light refreshments will be included in with the price
of £6 (£3 for children). John and Leita Minns have again very
kindly offered to organise the sale of tickets. Booking is essential;
you can reserve your tickets with John or Leita on 01473 830623.
F.O.S.S. are putting
on a school disco for all the children in early March with Cowboys &
Indians fancy dress.
F.O.S.S. are the proud
sponsors of the Schools Easter Panto production this year- we cant
wait to see what they have in store for us!
We have funded the
renewal of the First News Subscription - a newspaper for children,
which is very popular.
We will be looking
to make a purchase of some new outdoor furniture as the weather gets warmer
with some of the money we raised last year. If you are able to make any
local recommendations, please contact the school.
With the money raised
from the Christmas Shopping Evening, we have been able to donate £500
for books for the school library, many thanks for all your support.
F.O.S.S. would like
to say a huge, huge thank you to James Bertollas family (Squirrels
class), who have made us a very generous donation indeed.
What we collect:
We collect all of
the supermarket tokens and old mobile phones, which you can drop into
Dates for your diaries:
Archive Film Evening- Late April/ Early May (exact date TBC) 6.30pm
Summer Fete- Sat 26th
June 2010 1.30pm
Contact: Clare Davies
832569 or email@example.com
Snape Maltings Concert Hall
on Saturday 27th March at 7.30 pm.
Orff: Carmina Burana
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
(soloist John Lill)
Finzi & Ireland
(£18, £15, £12)
available from Sally Caston (831352)
or box office: 01728 687110
FLOWTON JOINS GROTON PYLON ALLIANCE
National Grid requires
a new 400kv overhead line from Bramford to Twinstead near Sudbury to take
care of the new electricity generation planned for East Anglia. Four possible
corridors are proposed. Two of them (Corridors 3 & 4) require brand
new pylon lines & pass immediately south of Flowton. Flowton has joined
the other 17 villages which make up the Groton Pylon Alliance. The Alliance
is strongly opposed to yet another line of pylons desecrating our beautiful
Suffolk countryside. It therefore opposes these two corridors & supports
Corridor 2 which requires no new pylon line, but only the raising of the
height of one existing one.
The Alliance itself
& individuals in the villages have been making their views clear during
the consultation period which ended on the last day of February. The Alliance
has taken professional advice in putting together our case. This has been
expensive & is being afforded mainly through donations from individuals.
If you would like
to donate to help keep Suffolk as free as possible from yet more pylons,
contact Graham Fawcus (01473 658335) or
St Peters Church, Elmsett on 13th/14th March from 11.00am
A celebration of angels and their place in religion and mythology.
our faith, angels hold a special place in our hearts.
spiritual beings can bring us comfort, hope, inspiration and assistance.
can encompass their mystic and mythic power to bring about valuable
and rewarding change in their lives.
is not necessary to believe in the literal reality of angels to
feel their power, but by using our imagination we can create a positive
force for help and feeling.
refreshments soup & rolls, tea/coffee & cakes, served
all day. Chocolate tombola and raffle.
13th at 7.30pm: Cheese and Wine. Tickets £7.50 available from
01473 658743 or 822723.
Mid Suffolk South
Safer Neighbourhood Team
131 High Street, Needham Market, Suffolk, IP6 8DL.
(Please always remember to dial 999 for an emergency)
I hope everyone has had a pleasant start to 2010! The main bit of news
from the SNT is that PC Dave Clarks replacement is due to join the
team in March. PC 255 Tina Fairness will be joining us from Bury Rural
SNT. PC Fairness has worked for Suffolk Constabulary since 1987, recently
working as a Response Officer based at Stowmarket.
Local Crimes reported
County Council Radarlux Speed Sign damaged
Offton theft of fuel from Motor Vehicle at Marshmoor Park
Willisham No crimes reported
Flowton No crimes reported
Come along and meet members of the local policing team and help us decide
out priorities for the up coming months or just come along for
18/3/10 - Needham
Market MSDC Offices Lecture Theatre 6.30pm
15/4/10 - Elmswell
- Venue to be confirmed.
Parish Rooms, Stowmarket Road, Gt. Blakenham 6.30pm
Public Survey Results
for Local SNT.
(*As of 12 November 2009, based upon 146 surveys from the Mid Suffolk
South Safer Neighbourhood Team area.)
to agree the Police are dealing with the things
that matter to people in their community!
60% strongly/tend to agree the Police and local council are dealing with
the Anti-social behaviour and crime issues in their area
Feelings of safety
94.5% feel very/fairly safe in their local area.
66.4% consider the local Police as excellent or good!
Police Direct is a high tech messaging service provided by Suffolk Constabulary,
which is designed to bring you up to date information about crime and
policing issues in your area.
We can send you information by email to your computer, by text to your
mobile phone, or by leaving a message on your landline.
The service will give you a range of information relating to policing,
which includes the following:Latest information on local crime, Warnings
about bogus callers, Crime reduction advice, Updates from your Safer Neighbourhood
Team. Its free to join Police Direct and you choose how you want
to receive the alerts, via email, text or phone or any combination
You can register up to three postcodes in total. This could be any of
the following: Your home address, your work address, the address of a
relative, a Marina, a Stable Yard, a Farm or even an Industrial Premises.
You can also register
by telephoning 01473 613997 or contacting your local Safer Neighbourhood
PCSO 3155 Sian Uttley
money and take up the energy challenge
From 4 February 2010,
energy monitors will be available to borrow for free from all Suffolk
The scheme wants to
help householders to reduce their electricity bills by showing them instantaneously
from inside the comfort of their home, how much electricity they are using
and what it is costing them in £s and pence. By raising awareness
and changing behaviour, these devices typically save householders between
£25 and £75 off a £500 electricity bill.
Tell us how much you
have saved and what your top tips are and you will be entered into
the monthly prize draw to win an energy saving Power-down
plug. Not only will you be saving money but you will help to create Suffolk
as the greenest county.
So, take up the challenge
today, and see who out of your friends and family can save the most.
For advice on how
to reduce your energy usage, visit www.greensuffolk.org or call the Suffolk
Climate Change and Energy Helpline 0800 0288 938 or you could follow us
One Voice: Global Poverty Prayer Week 1st to 7th March
International Christian charity Tearfund have partners linked with local
Churches throughout the world seeking to make a difference. Last year
over 1 million people had their lives transformed. Tearfund seeks to mobilise
churches to pray consistently about poverty, to campaign for governments
to act to end poverty, and to give so that more communities can be transformed.
Tearfund projects include climate change, HIV, water and sanitation, and
food security. Let us take time out to pray, campaign and give. For more
details see www.tearfund.org
Passion for Life
At the launch meeting in Ipswich 43 churches were represented, all keen
to share Gods Passion for Life. God has so much passion for
life he sent his own Son for the life of the world.
To hear of Gods passion for you three main public events are being
Friday 12th March 7.30pm at Stowmarket United Reform Church
Saturday 13th March 7.30pm and Sunday 14th March 7.00pm Ipswich Corn Exchange
With the Saltmine Theatre Company and Christian speaker Stephen Gaukroger.
Other events include a Paella Puddings and Jazz evening, Youth night,
and a Mens breakfast. Contact Mark for more details.
During this season
of Lent the Parish Church will join the Baptist Church in Chapel lane
on Sunday March 21st at 11.00am, please join us.
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 12th March.
Friends and Neighbours: 7.45pm Monday 15th March.
Contact Mark if you
need transport. Please note the new mobile number.
Meetings are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP8 4QE.
Pastor Mark Newcombe, 01473 831940, mobile: 07958 830103, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOSPICE NEEDS YOUR OLD FURNITURE
Donations of good quality second-hand furniture are urgently needed to
sell in the St Elizabeth Hospice shops.
If you are thinking of buying a new sofa, table, cabinet or chairs, drivers
will come and collect your old one, if it is suitable, even on Saturdays.
Furniture sold in St Elizabeth Hospice shops raises money to fund services
for patients, their families and carers.
If you have furniture to donate please call 01473 744080 for more details,
or perhaps keep this number handy for when you have something to donate
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 3
March Lent 4 Mothering Sunday
March Lent 5 Passion Sunday
Baptist Church (Joint service)
March Palm Sunday
Prayer John Andreason
in Holy Week
Monday 29th March
7.30pm Gt. Bricett Stations of the Cross Rev. B. Rose
Tuesday 30th March
7.30pm Flowton Taize
service Mary Carter
Wednesday 31st March
7.30pm The Rectory
Passover meal (Hagadah) Bernard and Janet
Maundy Thursday 1st
7.30pm Offton Eucharist
and Rev. B. Rose
Stripping of Altar
Good Friday 2nd April
Childrens Workshop Mary Carter
Last Hour Worship Rev. B. Rose /
Holy Saturday 3rd
10-11.30am Offton Childrens Workshop Mary Carter /
7.30pm Willisham Service
of Light Rev. B. Rose