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Gospel Readings for our Sunday Worship taken from the Revised Common Lectionary. It is good to be sharing the reading of Scripture with Christians - both Catholic and Protestant - across the world.
1st May Sixth Sunday of Easter John 14. 15-21
8th May Seventh Sunday
of Easter John 17. 1-11
22nd May Trinity Sunday Matthew 28. 16-end
29th May First Sunday after Trinity Matthew 7. 21-end
From the Registers:
John Anthony Large (aged 8) and Dominic Marcus Large (aged 7) were baptised on Easter Sunday, March 27th, at St. Mary's, Willisham.
May they grow in faith
The UK government is committed to making 2005 a year when poverty is on the international agenda. To tackle poverty it must address the injustices of world trade. Christian Aid Week this year asks churches to call for trade justice.
Louise Mahahele works on a sugar plantation in Mozambique, earning enough to feed her family. She is the only member of her family to have work. Her job is one of thousands that have been created since the Mozambique government helped its sugar industry by attracting investment to it. It set the price for imported sugar which means that the locally produced sugar is able to compete with imports.
But Mozambique is an exception. Other poor countries are prevented from helping vulnerable industries and farmers because rich countries and institutions that lend money to poor countries force governments to accept free-trade policies.
For instance, in Ghana the government was forced, in exchange for loans, to open up its markets to international trade and take away the government help given to small farmers such as Kofi Eliasa. He can no longer make a living selling his produce and now works 12 hours a day breaking rocks in a quarry. He struggles to earn enough to feed his family and send his children to school.
Free trade means that
governments may not interfere in the market place and all traders must
face each other in open competition. This gives the poorest no chance.
To begin to make a decent living for their families they need some help
from their government to support their industries -they need trade justice,
not free trade.
To learn more go to www.caweek.org or call 08080 006 006
The Fete this year is on Sunday June 26th at 2.00pm. We would love some new ideas and volunteers to help with the event. Please contact Diana (658335) Margaret (658330) or Mary (658522) if you can offer any help at all.
Flower Festival -The PCC have agreed with the suggestion made at the planning meeting for the Flower Festival in 2006, that the charity to receive 10% of the profits should be the Air Ambulance.
Concert -Alan Munson has kindly agreed to take on the organisation of a concert for Saturday October 1st, beginning at 7.00pm. If you wish to take part and he has not yet spoken to you, please contact him at The Priory.
Christian Aid -you will find an envelope enclosed in this magazine. During the week beginning May15th several collectors will be calling door-to-door in the village to collect the envelopes. Please give generously to a charity which helps both in emergencies (like the tsunami) and also in giving training and support so that people can become self-supporting once more.
ELMSETT AIRFIELD LIAISON GROUP
Nick Carter, representing
Flowton Parish Meeting, was Chairman of the meeting on March 26th. From
the various salient points made, the following were the main issues to
affect the parishes.
0800 515544 is the freephone advisory service helpline on Military Helicopter Activity. The villages in this vicinity are in Low Flying Area 10 (LFA 10) and the Ministry of Defence website is www.mod.uk/issues/lowflying/heli-helpline.htm 01473 824116 is the Elmsett Airfield contact number.
Somersham Primary School
Before we broke up
for the Easter holiday the children were busy thinking about other people.
We're very proud to inform you that not only did they raise £77.70
for UNICEF, they then went on to raise just over £200 for Comic
Relief. (Will we ever forget Mrs. Svendsen's BIG hair?) Just after all
that happened they had the Book Fair arrive and managed to buy enough
books so that the school had £99 in commission to purchase books
for the library.
Hope you will all
take a few minutes to read the classes for the Flower / Produce / Craft
Show which will be held at the Somersham School Summer Fair.
OF SOMERSHAM SCHOOL - SUMMER FAIR 25TH JUNE 2005
It's been a bad few
weeks for crime particularly if you are a car owner and live on the route
between Somersham and Barking Tye. Overnight Monday 28th Feb several vehicles
were stolen and then abandoned a few miles away; they were taken from
Offton, Somersham, Nettlestead, and other villages around Stowmarket.
Leaving anything in
your car provides a target, even an empty bag. The offenders don't know
it's empty until they have broken in and looked and that could mean your
car badly damaged!
Other Local Crime
Badley Church suffered
an attempt to steal part of the church organ during Easter Sunday when
the top section was partially moved off its base.
SOMERSHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB
We travelled to Shotley for the opening match of the month. Four very different games within the match, two of which Somersham won by the narrowest of margins and the remaining two we were beaten decisively by better teams on the night.
Another good match followed a week later, and this time it was a home visit by Burstall. A close encounter again which was split evenly on games, but ended in defeat for Somersham with the final outcome - by a small margin - decided on shots. A good evening's bowling nevertheless, and a Club we always look forward to entertaining; and in respect of the latter arrangements are being negotiated at the present time for an annual 'trophy match' to be played home and away between the two Clubs.
The final match of the season was a return visit by Brantham, and which turned out not to be the result we were hoping for. With a confident position in the League the visiting club were bowling particularly well with three of their four teams winning their games to Somersham's one. Consequently another defeat for the home team drawing a disappointing months bowling - and the season - to an end. . We do congratulate Brantham with their win as it takes them out of our league and into the higher league - so it's back to the practice mats for Somersham!! . and a chance to improve our performance over the Summer months.
The end of the Winter League gives the clubs a little respite, but not for long as it will be all systems go for the Summer League which begins in May: and also the "in-club" competitions such as the Fred Johnson Cup and the John and Rosemary Shield which all Club members look forward to.
We are pleased to
report Somersham Cycle Speedway Club has received a £100 grant from
Mid Suffolk District Council to help with equipment for our junior members.
The club acknowledges the tremendous support we have had from the Council.
Annual Plant Sale
Somersham Village Hall
IPSWICH APPEAL FOR ROMANIA
Ipswich Appeal for
Romania has arranged and indoor car boot sale at Great Blakenham Village
Hall on May 1st between 8am and 1pm.
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held at 7 pm on May 9th in the Village Hall. Parishioners are welcomed to attend and make known to Councillors their view on matters related to the wellbeing of the Parishes.
The Freedom of Information Act is now operative and people are entitled to look at Council papers. Our website will be launched shortly and the minutes of meetings will appear there. Do contact me at any time.
I'm sorry that the
repainting of the Willisham village sign has taken so long- sometimes
things have a habit of running into difficulties, but as you
Do please come to
the meeting, the Councillors want to hear from you.
SERVICES in our 8 linked parishes
If you think there may be a mistake in the rota please contact your Churchwarden.
May 1st Easter 6
May 5th Ascension Day
May 8th Easter 7
No service at Flowton this evening -please support your churchwardens at Bricett in the afternoon
May 22nd Trinity Sunday
29th Trinity 1
car thieves have targeted Somersham and surrounding villagers, and several
cars have been stolen, or broken into and items stolen.
all your car equipment, such as your stereo, with your postcode. Have
your car registration or VIN ( Vehicle Identification Number ) etched
on all windows and headlamps.
SMART USE OF YOUR
TIME CAN HELP PREVENT CAR CRIME
You should already have the envelopes for Offton enclosed with the Link magazine last month. We will try to collect them from you during the beginning week 15th May. Alternatively you can leave the envelopes at
(Call Lucy on 658480 if you need further info or can help collect.)
Saturday 13th June Offton Church Fete
Please call either Ian on 658637 or Lucy 658480 with offers of help and donations please.
Christian Aid envelopes are included in this month's Link magazine. A collector should be calling during the week of 15th- 22nd May; if you miss them please drop your envelope in to Christine Jarrold at Christine's Haircare or Griffin Cottage, or Pat Woolhouse, The Willows, Chapel Lane. Thank you.
Apologies for putting the wrong date for the Coffee Morning in June - it is on Saturday 25th June from 10 till 12 o'clock.
Plans for the "Somersham on Show" weekend (9th and 10th July 2005) are coming together, but we could do with a few more gardens for visitors to walk round. Or why not think about having a stall in your garden? For just £2.50 per day you can go on the Open Gardens map. Then you can keep all the proceeds for yourself, donate them to Somersham church or your own chosen charity. So get clearing out all those unwanted items now. Book with Pat (831080) or Christine (830710). We also need some more photos of the village for the exhibition in the church. They don't have to be particularly old, so look through your albums to find anything of interest - perhaps the last big snowfall, or the road when it was flooded, or when there was major building work done on a house or building. The photos will be copied so the owner can have them back again without the risk of any damage. Please let Denis Picton, Christine Jarrold or Pat Woolhouse know if you can help in any way.
NEW PLAY EQUIPMENT!
We have ordered the new play equipment which will be situated more or less where the existing play equipment is.
The existing play equipment will be removed between the 7th and 14th May and the new equipment installed by the end of May.
The design of the new equipment is :
The central feature is a two tower, multi-level Mohican Pathfinder Multi-Play Unit that provides a fantastic array of high and low level physical activities including a 1.5m high slide, ladder, access net, firemans pole, rock wall and a rope bridge.
To the west of the Multi-Play Unit is a Steel See-Saw, either side of which are a set of 1.8m high Toddler and 2.4m high Junior Swings. The swings are positioned to prevent the need for swing barriers by ensuring no desire lines to other equipment cross the moving path of the swings.
A steel Pluto Orbitor roundabout is positioned to the east of the Multi-Play Unit.
All this equipment is installed upon approved safety surfacing and additional matts have been laid to create a continuous surface between each item.
Finally, an extensive low-level timber Trailblazer course encircles the Multi-Play Unit and Orbitor creating a continuous trail that links to the Multi-Play Unit and forms a natural boundary to the Playground. Our Trailblazer scheme consists of seven separate 'action stations' including the Pilgrims Way, Jacobs Ladder, Everglades, Klondike, Niagara Falls, Amazon Basin and Offa's Dyke. Although the system can be accessed at any point it has been designed so that the children can go the whole way round without touching the ground; this adds significantly to the fun and skill required. In total, our Trailblazer scheme provides over forty linear metres of continuous play for as many as thirty children at the same time. All items include an element of movement, which adds to the challenge and excitement yet the user is never any more than 600mm from the ground.
The design has aimed at children up to the age of eleven. We have not forgotten the older children as our project also includes a multi-sports arena. Since our last report we have made good progress with our funding applications and expect soon to be able to determine our approach for the completion of the project.
If you would like
to know more about the project or would like to HELP please contact any
of the following:
Visit your local studios and pick up a catalogue and see the work of Peter Lister, wood carver, 7 Church Lane, Somersham, 11th/12th and 18th/19th, and artists, Nicky Heming, 17 Springfield Road, Somersham, 18th/19th and 25th/26th; Joe Lawrence, Barn cottage, The Tye, Barking, 4th/5th and 11th/12th, and Irene Hart, Chapelfields, Lower Farm Road, Ringshall, all four weekends in June. All venues will be sign posted.
Nicky Heming Tel: 1473 831594
Somersham Parish Council
Address: 7 Drury Road,
Claydon, IPSWICH, IP6 0ED
The 1st Team
19th March found Somersham at home to fellow promotion rivals Bildeston Rangers. With Bildeston free scoring for most of the season, this appeared to be a tougher fixture than last weeks and so it proved to be. Somersham began the game poorly and were luck not to concede earlier, as the home defence put in their shakiest performance for a long time. Bildeston, encouraged by this, attacked and found success to take the lead. Somersham finally rallied and Dave Jousiffe finished off a neat move to bring Somersham back into it before half time. The second half brought a great improvement in the home defence, which began to look more itself. Chances came and went for both sides, but Kieren Cotterell stole the show with a marvellous effort to secure the three points for Somersham.
On Easter Saturday Somersham travelled to take on Waterside, the bottom placed side. The English brothers scored all the goals in a 3-0 victory, two from Adam and one for Dan, in what was described by the manager as very poor Somersham performance. Luckily for Somersham, Waterside were a very poor side themselves, but at least three more points were gained.
Somersham's first game of April was away to local rivals Sproughton. A very hard fought game was anticipated, but nobody expected it to be quite so hard. Once again Somersham put in a poor team performance, but this time they were up against a team who put in a very good one against them. Somersham soon found themselves 2-0 behind, but pulled one back before half-time to make the score 2-1 and give themselves a chance. However Somersham didn't continue their revival in the second half and conceded 2 further goals to end the game on the wrong side of a 4-1 score line. A very disappointing result as in the previous weeks, league leaders Claydon had dropped 5 points to give a glimmer of hope to Somersham's title aspirations.
Somersham were in action on the 12th March at home to Staffbank. Revenge was on the cards after the previous encounter where Somersham were beaten 4-1 after a sub standard performance. Somersham were also looking to extend their excellent five game winning run and began well taking a 2-0 lead into half time courtesy of Alan Bentman. In the second half they added a third through Lee Beckley, a classic strikers goal from the centre half, who ghosted in unmarked at the back post to clinically finish from a good ball in. Staffbank scored a late consolation goal and could have had a second, if not for the heroics of the goal keeper Russell Welham, who ensured the match ended 3-1.
After a week off Somersham were at home again, this time to Dennington United Reserves. Somersham completely destroyed their hosts with a 6-1 win. A hat trick from Alan Bentman, and one each from Dale Poole, Stefan Nielsen and John Hughes secured the points in an altogether excellent team performance.
Somershams first game of April was at home to Peasenhall United Reserves. Peasenhall were low in the league and the home team were hoping for another large victory. Somersham began well, but Peasenhall took the lead from a massive deflection which looped over stand-in keeper Lee Beckley, hit the inside of the post rolled along the goal line hitting the other post and in! After this Somersham attacked with purpose and played some good football, however their finishing was woeful and several chances went begging to leave them 1-0 down at half time. The second half saw Somersham continue to miss very good chances. Peasenhall scored a second on one of their rare attacks, which left manager Derek Ottaway to reshuffle his pack and go for all out attack. The tactic worked with Somersham at last scoring courtesy of Dale Poole, from a very offside position! Unfortunately Somersham were unable to add to this and so finished the game losing 2-1.
This defeat was only the second of 2005 and congratulations must go to all of the players and the manager, Derek, for putting together an excellent run of seven straight wins, which has left the team with a real chance of gaining promotion to Division 5.
A mention here for Damon Crick, who has left us for the remainder of this season and won't be back until after the beginning of next season. He is currently in Iraq serving his country and we all wish him well and look forward to seeing him back at the end of summer ready to pull on the Somersham shirt again.
As I write this, the whole club are excitedly anticipating the first teams' participation in the County Primary Cup Final against Needham Market 'A'. The last time the club were in this position they lost 2-1 in the final moments of the game and as a participant of that match I hope the luck is with us this weekend (April 9th) and some ghosts are laid to rest. A report will be in the next issue of The Link, but if we are successfully I'm sure you will all know the details of the match and will have attended the open-top bus parade and civic reception at the Village Hall!!!!
See you on Saturday!!!
DON'T FORGET YOUR PAINT!!!!!
Somersham Baptist Church
Regular Sunday Morning
Programme (You are welcome to join us for all or part of the morning).
Children and Young
People (During term time)
Already we are planning for a really big event in the annals of the MU in this diocese. At the end of next month, on Saturday, 25th June we are to host the Annual General Meeting of the worldwide Mother's Union in the Portman Road Football Ground. Delegates will attend from many countries and the previous evening, Friday 24th June there will be a service, open to everyone. This promises to be largest gathering of Christians seen in East Anglia in modern times - and you can be part of it! Entry is free but because of health and safety regulations you cannot just turn up. Ring Margaret Laflin for further information and to obtain a ticket in good time.
PRESS - hotfoot from the last of this season's Magical Musical
Moments held in Offton church on Saturday evening, 9th April we can report
another truly delightful evening. The entertainment supplied by the group,
'Stacks of Sax' was first rate - and it wasn't all 'sax' either! They
brought along with five saxophones, a ladies quartet, an accompanist and
an excellent compere (who had a good fund of the obligatory between-items
jokes!) The capacity audience revelled in Cole Porter, Richard Rogers
and Glenn Miller favourites to name a few and altogether were treated
to a varied programme from a versatile group. The interval was a happy
hubbub as friends chatted and enjoyed the excellent cheese and wine.
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