Baby and Toddler Group
We are pleased to
announce that Somersham Mother and Toddler Group has been awarded a grant
of £1,111 by The Local Network Fund which is administered by Suffolk
ACRE. This money will be going towards new toys and craft materials for
the children. We expect these to be purchased over the next few months,
so if you are a mum, dad or carer of a child between 0 and 4 come along
and see our fantastic new additions.
We meet every Wednesday
during term time at the Village Hall between 9.30 and 11.00am. A session
costs £1.50 and includes a snack and drink for the child and carer.
We are a small and friendly group and would be very pleased to see you.
Please contact Helen on 01473 833285 for more details.
This is the month of the dreaded SATS and although, at the end of the
day, it doesn't make any difference to the children's futures, it nice
for them if they get good results. So good luck to Years Six and Two.
This is the last
term of the school year and once the tests are all out of the way we can
start enjoying the summer. Of course there is still lots of formal learning
to be done but we can also take time to enjoy more outside pursuits.
Sport is becoming more important in schools again and while the boys are
enjoying football with Jack after school, so we are hoping to start up
a netball club for the girls. This will hold us in good stead when the
tournaments come around.
Mrs. Downie has been planting vegetables with some of the children, so
we are all looking forward to those growing. In fact our grounds are becoming
more and more covered with things growing. Should be a sight to behold
in 2 or 3 years time when everything is well established.
At the time of writing we are still waiting for the first lot of Key Stage
2 toilets to be completed, long job it seems, we may be lucky and get
them both finished by half term, who knows?
Thank you to everyone who sends in tokens. We do purchase some rather
nice things with these. The latest being sports equipment from Tesco.
A bundle of dance ribbons came in one parcel. They are really beautiful
and the children love them.
With the Tesco Computer tokens we hope to be able to purchase a couple
of new printers, so keep collecting.
The Sainsbury tokens are for more sports equipment and that will probably
be more balls. Don't know how children lose so many (or where they go!)
The Box Tops purchase DK books for the topic boxes. If you haven't come
across these books, they are wonderful. Not only are they full of information
in small snippets, they have lovely pictures on every page. This means
they can cross the whole range of ages within the school.
So keep collecting, the more the merrier! Thank you!
May we begin this month by thanking all the people that kindly donated
things for our jumble sale on 11th March and for coming along to support
our event. We were astonished at how many people were waiting at the doors
when we opened, and in just two hours we made a profit of over £250.
The F.O.S.S. sales representatives on the stalls made sure that things
were sold for a fair price, but there were many bargains too!
The committee are delighted to inform you that they have recently purchased
a new projector for the school which can be linked up to the computers
in the IT suite. The teachers can direct a lesson from one computer onto
the screen, the children follow, much quicker and easier than having to
go round to each individual so useful piece of equipment for the teachers
that will be of benefit to all the children in the school.
On Thursday 20th April we will have had a Beetle Drive for the children
in the school hall, and at the time of writing this article we had already
sold nearly 80 tickets for the Archive Film Evening in Somersham village
hall on Friday 28th April. Some people are travelling down from Norfolk
and Bungay and there will be many reunions between friends.
F.O.S.S. committee members are continuing to progress with the arrangements
for our School Fete on Saturday 24th June. We are delighted to tell you
that we will be having a display by the Sudbury Pet Dog Training Club,
starting at 2 p.m. They will provide you with advice about basic dog care
and the good citizen dog scheme. Some of the dogs will show you their
agility skills and it may be possible that they will also do a musical
demonstration! We are sure that this will be very entertaining to everyone
and hope that you will come along to meet the 8 10 dogs of all
shapes and sizes that will be taking part.
If any of you could help to run a stall at the fete we would be very grateful
if you could contact Jenny King (01473 830623). We really look forward
to seeing as many of you as possible at our fete so that we may provide
extra funding to benefit all the children at Somersham Primary School.
IPSWICH APPEAL FOR ROMANIA - FORTHCOMING EVENTS.
Craft Fare on Sunday
18th June at Great Blakenham Village Hall 10am-4pm. Hot food, snacks and
light refreshments will be available .
Our first craft fare -lots of interest from many exhibitors-unusual and
fascinating crafts-. Lots of car parking space and free entry for all.
Proceeds will help us buy computers for an orphanage in Transylvania.
The children have to leave the institution at the age of 15 - with no
care, support or place to live they face a daunting future. Learning basic
IT skills will increase their chances of finding jobs. We think this is
an important project.
Ipswich Appeal For Romania are also putting on a general knowledge Quiz
Night on Friday 30th June at Great Blakenham Village Hall at 7.30pm. Teams
of 4 or 6. So come along and demonstrate the depth of your knowledge!
£5 per person. With a raffle and bar it'll be a great night!
Enquiries for craft fare or quiz night call Lee on 01473-833292.
SOMERSHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB
The last month of the Winter League saw Somersham as the hosts for a visit
from Hadleigh B. A very close match is an understatement. The whole result
going down to the wire. The shots were so very close, but the result in
points was a good win for Somersham. The reason for this being each of
the four Somersham teams only winning by a single shot or so, matches
dont come much closer than that, which makes for great interest
all through the evening.
Our next encounter took us to Whatfield. Another close result, this time
going the way of the opposition, almost a complete reversal to the Hadleigh
B match, our excuse being we were on away mats, but another evening was
enjoyed by all.
In amongst the league matches a friendly was arranged with Nacton, who
are always good hosts. A light hearted match as Nacton dont bowl
in any leagues but nonetheless played in the best spirits with all the
rivalry of a league game. A return match will be bowled later in the year
at Somersham when we will be the hosts, enabling us to fully return the
hospitality and also hopes of a match winning performance.
The penultimate match of the Winter League was a visit to our very near
and friendly neighbours Burstall, who being very close to the top of the
league are always a good club to try and beat. A great result went Somershams
way as the games finished even on games, and the win was achieved on overall
The last of the Winter
League was an away match for Somersham at Elmsett. A good one to finish
on. We are always made very welcome by their Club So close yet again,
only two points separating the two teams. Probably the closest matches
all through the season for a long time.
We now look forward
to the Summer League, played in the light nights and warm weather.
Winter League - March Results : -
||40 - 42
||2 - 8
Finally: with a distinct
lack of response from Offton and Barking - and despite a number of attempts
by our Club to make bowling arrangements for the Paul Chapman Cup - it
was reluctantly decided that there was insufficient interest on which
to proceed with the competition this year.
Good news however: rather than miss out on the chance of an annual
match, Somersham decided to go ahead with an alternative inter-village
game, and invitation was extended to Brantham who were more than happy
This competition took place in the Village Hall on Saturday 1st. April
and proved to be a very enjoyable hard-fought afternoons bowling, with
Brantham finishing up first winners of the Inter Village Shield. Such
was the success that it was agreed to repeat the competition again next
year with Brantham providing the venue. Thanks was expressed to all involved
in the organizing and taking part.
Somersham CSC News
The season has now
started with the news that Kesgrave have withdrawn from the South-East
Division 1 and Norfolk & Suffolk Leagues. This has proved to be Somershams
gain as Richard Williamson has rejoined Somersham in addition to riding
in the Premier League for the Wednesfield Aces team based near Wolverhampton
in the West Midlands. Their fixtures will take precedence when there is
a clash with our fixtures.
Our first league match
of the season took place on March 19th when we welcomed a strong Norwich
team who won 90-69. We were without Andy Mittell due to illness and Dave
Palfreyman due to family problems.
SOMERSHAM SCORES: Gary Brown 17,Richard Williamson 17, Barry Copping 13,Steve
Copping 8,Peter Mittell 6, Adam Cotterell 5
and Carl Gooding 3.
That was to be the only action in March as the Clubman Trophy Individual
meeting at Spixworth on the 25th, which would have seen the Copping brothers
represent Somersham, was cancelled due to a waterlogged track.
April 5th saw the
start of the Suffolk Under 9, 11 and 13 Grand Prix series at Ipswich.
At the time of writing this article it wasnt known if there was
any Somersham representation so apologies for not including the Somersham
riders results here. I will endeavour to have that information for
the next issue, along with a brief summary of the other April fixtures.
The month of May sees:
the 2nd round of the Suffolk Under 9, 11 and 13 GP series on the 3rd at
Gt Blakenham(7pm start) with the Under 15s, 17s and Seniors
having their 2nd round at Kesgrave 1 week later(7.30pm start).
Between those 2 events is Round 1 of the East Anglian U16 & Open 4s
League at Eaton(Norwich) on May 7th(2pm start).
May 14th sees the visit of Gt Blakenham in South-East League Division
1 action, start time 11am.
3 days later we travel to Ipswich for a Norfolk & Suffolk League match,
starting at 7.30pm.
May 24th -Suffolk Under 13 Team Tournament will take place at Kesgrave
May closes with 2 league matches involving ourselves and Gt Blakenham.
The first,at 1pm on May 28th,sees us travel to Gt Blakenham to face their
06 team in South-East League Division 1 before they come to
Somersham 2 days later in the Norfolk & Suffolk League.
Steve Copping (email@example.com)
Club Secretary:Peter Mittell 01473 831474
The village is abustle
with preparations for the Concert and Flower Festival and Gardens Open
weekend on 16, 17, 18 June. Hopefully every nook and cranny in the church
will be filled with flower arrangements on the theme of The Seasons
in time for the concert on the Friday evening. Gardens are being prepared
and lunches and teas planned for the Saturday and Sunday. The valiant
grass cutting team will, I expect, be out in the churchyard well before
you read this note.
Rebecca Smeaton has offered to host the secondhand bookstall in the garden
of their new home so please get those together and drop them off at the
church in plenty of time. For the weekend itself, cakes, jams and pickles
will be welcomed by Sue Pearman at Tanga Lodge.
Thank you to all the residents of Flowton who kindly contributed to the
collection in January for the National Childrens Homes charity.
The amount raised was a splendid £87.54. My thanks also to Mr Hale
for his help and time every year. Thank you again. Sue Hitchcock.
Christian Aid Week
You will find an envelope
in this magazine and a collector will be visiting during this week. Please
support the work amongst those who are far worse off than us with a donation
(which may be gift aided). Thank you.
PC David Clark
Community Beat Officer
Tel: 01473 613500
Notes from your Community Police Officer
PC 466 Dave Clark
Hello again ,
As its now officially Spring it is very nice to see the
days becoming longer and the sun at least trying to come out now and again,
what it means to us is a reduction in the number of accidents but an increase
So as we are all out and about more, please keep an eye open for anything
suspicious and report it.
Just as a reminder these are some of the details to look out for -
Vehicle - if possible
obtain the registration number colour and type of vehicle
also does it have any distinctive markings? Any damage? Any badges?
Anything that makes it different to another vehicle of the same model
Person if male/ female ethnic background age
height-build hair colour /length and style clothing
jewellery tattoos accent - facial hair scars.
Depending on the circumstances it is appreciated that it may not be possible
to gain all the above information - but any little part might be a very
useful to us.
But please NEVER put yourself at risk.
Crimes of note
Offton 4th March plant equipment stolen from commercial
premises recovered .
In Essex - 27th March Gooch make, twin axle double horsebox and
ride-on lawnmower stolen
If you have any information or would like any advice on police matters
I would be more than happy to discuss this with you. I can be contacted
at Stowmarket Police station on 01473 613500 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
As previously Pc Sally Parkes will be my deputy she can also be
contacted on the above telephone number or email@example.com
Please remember that there are occasions when I am on rest days for 4
days so if your call is of an urgent nature please ask to speak to an
officer on duty.
Thanks very much.
PC 466 Dave Clark
PC David Clark
01473 383390 Stowmarket Police Station
01473 613500 Police Headquarters
PC 466 David Clark
To go to the Suffolk Police web site please click here
go to the Neighbourhood Watch site of Suffolk Police click here
Looking forward to
the weekend of June 10th and 11th - see the full details in our advertisement.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!
A Warden's Lot
It is that time of
year when the grass is really starting to grow again and the mowing team
have to 'gird their loins' to keep the churchyard looking neat. Some patches
of grass grow so much faster than others that you wonder, who is buried
beneath them: can you judge a person's worth by their grass?
I took the Evensong
Service and felt that it did not go well. The mechanics were all correct
and the familiar words were intoned but I was having a low day, a low
week and I lacked sufficient passion and enthusiasm, vital ingredients
in a presentation. Jesus also had times when he needed to get away and
once he went with his disciples in a boat to a lonely spot but somehow
the crowd got there first. We don't know what he said when he saw them
but the Bible states that he had compassion on them because they were
like sheep without a shepherd. So he did not get his rest but had to carry
on and in my small way so must I, especially as I am one those sheep.
For those of us, who sometimes feel rather small, let me tell you about
the Valiant Rasper. The warm weather lingered long last autumn and those,
who should have taken their winter sleep, spent some weeks being drowsy
and irritable. One of these was the Valiant Rasper. I first became aware
of this creature in going into my garage, cum store, cum refuge in the
evening. All was dark outside, owls hooted, creatures of the night prowled
and the resident mice busied themselves in the roof. Soon after the light
was turned on as I surveyed numerous unfinished projects I heard the sound
as of a rasp grating across wood. Some new bird sound I thought and stuck
my head out of the door. The rasping stopped. Back in, it started again.
This intriguing situation continued until eventually I looked up above
my bench where some old skirting boards are stored and there, hanging
upside down stood a Peacock butterfly looking very defiant. The sound
came from it rapidly rubbing its wings together. To my surprise it began
rasping more loudly and started to move towards me. I decided that it
was using up valuable energy, which it may need in the proper winter and
I moved away. (That's my story anyway.) The next day the north wind brought
winter and Valiant Rasper went to sleep. It must be equal to me advancing
towards the largest dinosaur. A bold butterfly the Valiant Rasper.
I assisted in planting a tree in memory of Lewis. It was a bitterly cold
day and snow blew around us. The tree seems to be happy, especially as
lots of bone meal was spread around it, which seemed a bit bizarre in
a graveyard. Whilst on the subject of trees, Offton church planted a yew
to celebrate the millennium. Our yew is rather small, somewhat smaller
than the Willisham one. Now I know this is not relevant, us all being
friends in the great family of the church etc., but, well, you know its
not really on and I am going out now to dose it with bone meal and tell
it to get a move on. I.D.
Offton and Willisham Parish Council
The Spring Clean Suffolk
Week participants, Councillors and helpers had a rewarding Saturday morning
on 25th March. Upwards of 25 large black bags of litter were collected
from the verges in Offton and Willisham. And we enjoyed it so much that
there is a view to repeat it in the Autumn.
Remember the Annual Parish Meeting on May 8th with guest speaker Tracey
Brinkley from MSDC's Affordable Housing unit.
Pip Sands Tel 01449 721173 Parish Clerk
We welcome to Suffolk:
Pastor Iain Shaddick at Battisford Free Church from 6th May.
The Venerable David Brierley, our Archdeacon from 7th May.
The Reverend Diane Williams to be licensed as priest-in-charge of Needham
Market with Badley on Friday 26th May.
Canon Neil Collings, to be installed as Dean of St Edmundsbury at the
Cathedral on September 16th.
SERVICES in our 8 linked parishes
If you think there
may be a mistake in the rota please contact your Churchwarden.
7th Fourth Sunday of Easter
14th 5th Sunday of Easter Christian Aid week
21st Rogation Sunday
Communion + comm. by ext
Prayer (Please note new time)
28th 7th Sunday of Easter
services for June 4th Pentecost
The A1 Steam Locomotive
Trust East Anglia Group Middy-Best of Three
Saturday, August 19th 2006
The East Anglia Support Group of The Trust has arranged a Middy-Best
of Three steam driving day on The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway near
Stowmarket on Aug 19th
We will have exclusive hire of the railway for the day, which will include
rides on The Middys vintage train and a chance to drive 0-4-0 Barclay
Little Barford steam locomotive. Driving will be under the
supervision of a Middy crew and will involve precision practice at stopping
the locomotive accurately. Participants get three goes at this, and the
best in each group will also drive the train for one return trip on the
line. There will be three trips down the line, one before and two after
lunch. All participants and guests can ride the branch trains. A buffet
lunch will be provided in the café. Drinks and light refreshments
also be available for purchase throughout the day. Real ale available
on-site! Also museum, shop and curio coach.
During the day you may also wish to explore the future extension and picnic
site (note: there is no access to the running lines). There is also normally
some restoration activity to view on Saturdays. www.mslr.org.uk
gives more information.
The absolute maximum number of driving places is 27; the day will commence
at 10am. Cost of the day is £28 including lunch. Driving time will
be allocated and notified before the day. This format provides a lot of
fun for participants and their friends/family, so be sure to invite as
many non-drivers as you wish, to come and view yours and others efforts!
Non-driving places will be available for persons accompanying driving
participants. The cost for non-drivers will be £10.00 includes buffet
lunch, rides and site entry.
To book a place please complete the slip below, returning it, with your
cheque for the appropriate amount, A.S.A.P. NOT LATER THAN JULY
Visit to The Middy August 19thth
Please reserve me:
driving places @ £28 = £
non-driving places @ £10 = £
I enclose a cheque for this amount made payable to Alan Lusby
Post Code: ______________________Tel no:______________________
Send to: Alan Lusby, Little Park Nursery, Flowton, Ipswich, IP8 4LN
We would appreciate it if you would enclose an S.A.E for return of your
ticket and confirmation of driving time etc.
Alan may also be contacted by e-mail on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Somersham Baptist Church
Thank you to everyone
who attended our Christ of the Canvas evening with Stuart
Currie. I am sure we will never look at a painting the same way again,
with so much going on in the painting just what the artists have done
with motion pictures!
At the moment Stuart is creating a presentation on the art in Dan Browns
book the Da Vinci code, look out for Stuarts return to Somersham when
the DVD of the film is released.
has been extremely popular, its a jolly good read, but it remains
a work of fiction. The Gospels we have in our bibles pre date the documents
carrying the stories of the marriage of Jesus to Mary Magdalene that form
the basis for Browns book.
Christianity is based on the life, ministry, death and resurrection of
Jesus, and is wholly dependant upon both the early record of the apostles
and the reliability of the writers testimony.
In fact as the years pass more NT documents are discovered from increasingly
early dates; the earliest so far being a fragment of Johns gospel
from 125 A.D. These documents confirm the accuracy of the latter copies
we were depending on for the New Testament. So as the years pass we are
more sure of the New Testament not less.
Christian belief about God does not depend on philosophy of theologians
but upon revelation; in the past God spoke to our forefathers through
the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days
he has spoken to us by his Son1. Philosophy makes my head ache,
scripture makes my heart rejoice. The New Testament brings good news in
popular format, as Peter the Apostle of Jesus said we have the word
of the prophets made more certain2.
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)
Next Month; Praise on the Playing field Sunday June 11th at 11.30am followed
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 12th May, Guests Mothers Union, speaker,
Friends and Neighbours 15th May 7.45pm Hand bell ringing.
Pastor Mark Newcombe 01473 831940 Mobile 07930 543583. e-mail email@example.com
Colin Low 01473 464833 or Edwin Mayhew on 01473 658100. Web site www.somersham.com
Our Flower Festival and Gardens Open weekend will get off to a flying
start with a Concert and Cheese and Wine event on the evening of Friday,
16th June at 8 pm in St. Marys church, Flowton.
We are delighted that
the Serendipity singers have agreed to perform a concert of light music
for a summers evening. Their programme will include songs from the
shows, madrigals, spirituals and folk music.
Serendipity came into
being a little over two years ago as an offshoot of Hadleigh Choral Society
and have already made an excellent reputation for themselves. This choir
is much in demand and we are extremely lucky to have secured them to open
our Flower Festival.
We look forward to
a perfect evening the church will be filled with fragrant flowers
and there will be an interesting cheese and wine supper for concert goers
to enjoy afterwards.
Tickets at £6
(including refreshment) can be booked by telephoning 01473 658330 or email
OPEN GARDENS & FLOWER FESTIVAL
Friday 16, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June
Proceeds in aid of St Marys Church fabric fund
& East Anglian Air Ambulance
16 JUNE AT 8 PM IN ST MARYS CHURCH
Serendipity Sings light music for a summer
by this fabulous sub-group of Hadleigh Choral Society
Followed by cheese & wine in churchyard
An enchanting evening not to be missed
Tickets at £6 (to include cheese & wine) from Margaret
on 01473 658330 & Margaret@Laflin.fslife.co.uk
For full details visit: www.flowtonopengardens.co.uk
17 & SUNDAY 18 JUNE
Flower Festival in Church 10.00am-5.00pm
to theme The Four Seasons with wildlife photographs,
Local history and dolls house exhibitions
Home-made quilt display and a bookstall
Lunch in the churchyard 12noon to 2.00pm
Open Gardens 12noon-5.00pm
Discover the hidden gardens of Flowton
Cream teas 3.00 to 5.00 pm
Other refreshments A bookstall Croquet
Stalls for plants, jams & preserves & much more!
for both days: £4 (children free)
Sunday at 7.30pm in St Marys Church
01473 658522/658335 & firstname.lastname@example.org
For full details visit: www.flowtonopengardens.co.uk
Weve a busy month with lots going on during May!!
There will be another
chance to hear the Ladies Co-operative Choir on Friday 5th May in
the church. Those who came to their previous concert will know what an
enjoyable and entertaining evening it was. See ad. for all the details.
We are holding a Coffee
Morning on Saturday 13th May from 10 to 12 oclock at March House.
There will be the usual refreshments, Bring & Buy, cakes and plants
for sale, as well as the opportunity to chat with friends and neighbours.
The church will be
having a Cake Stall and Tabletop Sale at the official opening of the new
playing field on Saturday 20th May from 12.30pm. We would be very grateful
for any cakes, savouries and homemade sweets, etc. as well as any items
for the tabletop sale. Please let Christine Jarrold or Pat Woolhouse have
your donations, or bring them down to the field during the morning.
The Summer Fete will
be held on Saturday July 8th at the church and Church Meadow, thanks to
John and Sally Caston., from 12 till 4pm. We will be serving lunches,
and there will be all the usual attractions. More details next month.
A big thank you
Eddie and I would like to thank everyone who kindly contributed to the
gift of Euros last summer, at our going away party held at Pat & Steves.
Your generosity made it possible for us to buy several plants and pots
for our just completed courtyard. Included in the plants were
a lovely olive tree, a beautiful bougainvillea, box and a stunning spikey
plant - without a label on it!! - as well as several herbs.
I will finish as I
did in last Months Link, and that is to say we have a self-contained
studio at the top of the house: if you are interested in a holiday here
in the beautiful Lot & Garonne, please ring us for more details.
Our phone number is 0033(0)553493883, and our e-mail address is email@example.com
All the best! Mary and Eddie Fagg.
Rural Coffee Caravan Information Project
year the Coffee Caravan Project has a new caravan.
It will be launched in Somersham by
Amelia Reynolds, BBC Look East presenter.
Come along and see what its about
Will be found at the
2.00 pm 4.00 pm
We offer an opportunity to chat to neighbours and our friendly volunteers
over a cup of tea/coffee and homemade cakes.
also provide a wealth of information about a complete range of issues
Literature is available from many local and national agencies and
ALL WELCOME *****
visit is free but donations are welcome
tel: 01379 855338
on Saturday 13th May
at March House, Main Road, Somersham
from 10 till 12 oclock
and have a chat everyone welcome!
Profit to church funds
with 10% St.Elizabeths Hospice
Marys Church Somersham
Co-operative Society Ladies Choir
Evening of Light Music
Friday 5th May
in Somersham Church
(including glass of wine & light refreshments)
from Christines Haircare, Somersham Garage or Pat Woolhouse
10% of profit will go to
St Elizabeths Hospice
February and March
have seen the first team continue with their much improved performance
and they have steadily climbed away from the relegation zone. Hopes are
high of retaining Division 2 status and as can be seen, aside from receiving
a thumping from top of the table opposition they are learning to win by
the odd goal more regularly rather than the other way around. The reserves
began the period losing to championship rivals Meadlands. Performances
have certainly dipped from earlier in the season, but they are in a good
position to attain promotion and are striving to do this in second place.
In a season where the reserves have performed so well the club are elated
this endeavour has been rewarded with a place in the Harpers Intersport
Cup Final to be played at Framlingham on Friday 28th April.
The 1st Team
Saturday 11th February
Coddenham Div 2 (A) Won 1-0
After losing by the reverse scoreline at Coddenham earlier in the season,
Somersham earned an excellent result here with the winning goal coming
from new signing Mr Fisher.
Saturday 18th February Mendlesham Kings Head Div 2 (A) Lost 5-0
According to sources, this result was not far wrong. It was not that Somersham
were no good, but rather that Mendlesham are an exceptional side who rather
enjoy their home matches.
Saturday 25th February Bramford Road Old Boys Div 2 (A) Lost 1-0
Having beaten BROB at home 4 weeks previously Somersham were confident
of a result here, but were denied once again this season by the single
Saturday 4th March Stradbroke United- Div 2 (H) Drew 1-1
On fireworks day Somersham were abject away to Stradbroke and shipped
six goals. Now in March, the team have improved to the extent that they
were unfortunate not to take all 3 points. Dan English scored the Somersham
goal to restore some pride.
Saturday 11th March No game
Saturday 18th March John Bull United Div 2 (A) Won 2-1
Another turn around of a previous result here for Somersham. Somershams
goals came in the form of an own goal and Kieran Cotterell bagged the
Saturday 25th March Halesworth Town Div 2 (H) Won 5-1
In Halesworth in January Somersham lost 3-2, but once again this result
was avenged with a superb display. Kieran banged in his first hat-trick
for a while and fellow striker Kenny Copeland almost equalled Kierens
achievement with the other two goals.
Saturday 1st April Claydon Div 2(A) Lost 1-0
The local derby is generally a close, bad-tempered affair, and this game
didnt disappoint. A draw would have been a fair result, but Claydon
won the match at the end, scoring from a hotly contested corner decision.
Although rightly disappointed, the team again put in an excellent performance
to be proud of.
This set of results
sees Somersham in a much healthier league position than at the turn of
the year and team spirit is also now at a season high. Well done to all
concerned for turning things around and lets hope they finish the
season as strongly as possible.
Saturday 11th February
Meadlands Div 5 (H) Lost 5-0
The much anticipated top of the table clash was a wash-out from Somershams
point of view. This effectively ended any hopes of winning the league.
Saturday 18th February Stowmarket Stag Div 5 (H) Drew 2-2
Stag were our close rivals for promotion and as a result another hard
game was anticipated. Somersham performed much better than the previous
week, but had to be satisfied with a share of the points with goals from
Dale Poole and Jamie Tynan.
Saturday 25th February AFC Hoxne Reserves Div 5 (H) Won 2-1
After an extremely physical away fixture a similar game was expected for
Hoxnes visit. Although there was not the same degree of physicality
Hoxne gave us another hard game, but 2 goals from Adam English sealed
Saturday 4th March Mendlesham Kings Head Reserves Div 5 (A) Won
This game coincided with injury and unavailability leading the management
to field the ever ageing Quinny Warner at centre half and manager Derek
Ottaway had to don the footie togs once more as the only sub. With a bare
bones side and a number of players not playing in their accustomed positions
Somersham performed admirably and got all they deserved with a solid 1-0
victory. Captain Dale Poole conjured up the goal.
Saturday 11th March Stonham Aspal A Div 5 (H) Drew
After Stonhams last minute equaliser at their place Somersham were out
for revenge. After going behind early on Somersham dominated but could
not convert their chances. It fell to Stefan Nielsen, available due to
the first team not having a game, to come off the bench and save a point.
A disappointing result as Stonham were there for the taking.
Saturday 18th March Coddenham ReservesHarpers Intersport Cup (H)
League concerns were put to one side for this much anticipated semi final.
Im afraid I dont remember too much of the match as one moment
has been seared in my memory. After normal time the score was 2-2 in a
very even match and as the second period of extra time began it seemed
penalties were inevitable. That was until Damon Crick got the ball 25-30
yards from goal and let fly into the top corner. This goal deservedly
won the game and takes the reserves to the final. What a goal!
Saturday 25th March Old Newton United A Div 5 (A) Won
The first half of this match was abject by both teams. After a stiff half
time talk from manger Ottaway things improved beyond recognition and Somersham
took the points with a strike each for Jason Brame and Adam English.
Saturday 1st April St Clements Hospital Reserves (H) Drew 1-1
Another very poor Somersham display in this match brightened only by the
first half goal from Dazza Luck.
Hopes of winning the
Division have now evaporated, but second place and promotion to Division
4 are still on the cards. The reserves last game of the season will be
the cup final mentioned above. This will be against Coplestonians A
currently in Division 3 and also current holders of the cup. Last season
Somersham first team record a win and a draw against them in the league,
so with a fair wind who knows!
See you on Saturday!!! DONT FORGET YOUR PAINT!!!!!
Football Club End of Season Presentation Dinner Dance
Sunday 28th May 2006
year we are holding this event at the Elizabeth Hotel Copdock,
in the Elizabeth Suite. Tickets will be £25 per person
including transport by coach to and from the venue from Somersham.
all begins at 6:30pm and finishes at midnight.
Included in the price is a three course meal with coffee, followed
by dance floor shenanigans to the Tony Mills Roadshow.
If you, your family
or friends are interested in joining us you will be extremely welcome.
Menu options and travel arrangements are available from Jan or Dill Sillet
on the number below.
This is always a great
night out and how many times are likely to see me in a suit? See you there!
& District Community Association
Official Opening of Your New Playingfield
20 MAY 2006 from 12.30PM
and help celebrate the new playingfield
Opening by Baroness Ros Scott
coaching and competition in Arena
coaching and competition in Arena
BBQ (why not come down for lunch!)
Music by local band I blink fast
Stalls inc. cakes, books, plants, tombola
enquiries please contact Claire Cutler on 831806
Wednesday 3rd May 2006 7.30pm - Playing Field Pavilion
(Annual Parish Council Meeting)
Wednesday 7th June 2006 7.30pm - Village Hall
Wednesday 5th July 2006 - 7.30pm - Playing Field Pavilion
Wednesday 6th September 7.30pm Village Hall
Annual Parish Meeting
About 20 people attended the Annual Parish Meeting, which took place in
the Village Hall on Wednesday 5th April. Annual reports were received
from the County Councillor, Julia Truelove, the District Councillor, Robin
Richardson, the Community Police Officer, David Clark and the Neighbourhood
Watch Co-ordinator, Colin Burrows, as well as the Parish Council Chairman,
Janet Hodge. The County Councillor reported on the difficult situation
faced by the County Council which has had to reduce its spending considerably,
but a successful year for Somersham was reported in all disciplines from
a reduction in crime figures to the improvements taking place on the playing
field. The improvement and extension of the playing field has been s a
major project for Somersham during the past year and the Parish Council
has congratulated the Community Association on the work undertaken so
In the future the Parish Council will be looking at the feasibility of
a Good Neighbour scheme, local requirements for affordable housing and
is also looking to encourage young people in the village to understand
the working of the Council and have some input and suggestions of their
needs and wishes.
Thank you to everyone who is keeping us updated on the situation regarding
their broadband connection problems which the Parish Council is continuing
to co-ordinate. We are making some progress in finding an answer to the
problems, with the assistance of BT, and understand that in some areas
already there has been an improvement. The work will continue.
Somersham Hedgerow Survey
Until the introduction of Hedgerow Legislation in 1997 local authorities
had no control over the removal of hedgerows, but now hedgerows have considerable
protection particularly those which are species rich or of historical
Although evident that
many hedgerows had been lost prior to 1997, there is no accurate record
of what remains. Each parish is encouraged to undertake a Hedgerow Survey
to ascertain the number and state of our hedgerows.
Two thirds of the
survey has already been undertaken, but volunteers are still being sought
to help complete the Somersham Hedgerow Survey. A small team of about
4 6 volunteers (including a co-ordinator, or joint co-ordinators)
who are able to give at least 6 half days per year, May to October, is
all that is needed to complete the survey. Two people have already kindly
volunteered to participate in this survey but a co-ordinator and additional
help are required. All necessary paperwork is supplied and no previous
experience is needed. Participation in the survey is good fun and most
enjoyable. A training session from 9.30am 12.30pm takes place on
Saturday 13th May and Thornham Field Centre. If you would like to help
and can spare 6 half days this summer, please contact the Clerk.
Council Meeting and Council Vacancies
The next meeting of the Parish Council is the Annual Parish Council Meeting
on the 3rd May at which the Council elects its officers for the forthcoming
year. The Parish Council still has vacant seats, so if you would like
to help us to continue with our efforts in improving the everyday life
of the community through the powers of local government we would be pleased
to hear from you. You just need to be over 18 and on the Register of Electors.
Please contact the Clerk, or any of your Parish Councillors, for further
Clerk to the Council
Tel. No. 01473 830398
Week 14th 21st May 2006
You should have received
a Christian Aid envelope in with this months Link magazine. There
will be a door-to-door collection by volunteers during Christian Aid week
and we would be most grateful if you feel able to make a contribution
in the envelope.
If you miss the collector,
envelopes can be dropped off at Christine Jarrolds (Griffin Cottage
or Haircare), Pat Woolhouse (The Willows, Chapel Lane) or Colin Mayes