Hopefully you will have received a Christian Aid envelope with this months
Link magazine. Volunteers will then collect the envelopes during Christian
Aid Week May 13th 20th. If you are willing to collect a few envelopes
please contact Pat Woolhouse. The more volunteers, the fewer houses anyone
has to call on! If you miss your collector the envelope can be taken to
Christines Haircare, Pat Woolhouse in Chapel Lane or given to any
Everyone is very sad
to see the Village Shop and Post Office closed. A big thank you to Michelle
and Rob for the excellent service they have given to the village community
and for all their support in church fundraising.
The Trivia Quiz in
March raised £180 and was very well supported. Thank you especially
to Kate & Steve Dines for putting together an excellent set of questions,
and to everyone who supported the event.
You may be aware that
one of our Churchwardens, Denis Picton, has moved from Somersham to Boxford.
He has kept on with his duties until the APCM but has now resigned. We
would like to express our sincere gratitude to Denis for all his hard
work and especially for his fundraising efforts. He and Jane will be greatly
missed and we hope they will come back to see us every so often. We wish
them every happiness and good health in their new home.
We will be holding
our Summer Fete & Flower Festival with Art Show over the weekend of
June 16th and 17th. The fete will be on the Saturday and the Flower Festival
in the church over the whole weekend with lunches being served on both
days. The art show will be at the home of Nicky Heming, Springfield Road.
We are very grateful to Sally and John Caston for once again agreeing
to let us use Church Meadow for the fete. If you can help in any way please
contact Faith Jaggard, Pat Woolhouse or Christine Jarrold.
Fortunately most people
appreciate and enjoy the facilities and its lovely to see them being
used now the evenings are lighter. Dont forget if you feel you can
help the Association in any way please do let Mike Shelmerdine know.
(Tel- 01473 831661 or Mike@sable86.freeserve.co.uk).
Nicky Heming (Sec)
Village Hall Committee
like to invite you
to the AGM
on 27th June 2007
in the Village Hall.
The Link editors would
like to remind readers that they will not print any items that come in
Our friends from our
link village from the Loire Valley in France will be visiting us in Somersham
this month. Look out for them and have a chat!
VISIT TO SOMERSHAM
17th 20th MAY 2007
We welcome new people to join with us on our exchanges. If you are interested
in hosting a family or being involved in any way with the village link
then please contact one of the following:
Gill Fordham: 831529;
David Haughton: 831511;
Janet Hodge: 832296; Pat Woolhouse: 831080
St Marys Church Somersham
Saturday 16th June
from 12 midday to 4pm
Lunches served from 12-2pm
to test your skill and strength including:
Welly throwing Bowling for the Pig
Rough Golf Cycle Challenge
White Elephant Plants & Produce
for all ages!
visit the Flower Festival in the church and Art Show in Springfield
10% of profit to the Air Ambulance
Rural Coffee Caravan Information Project
will be at
WEDNESDAY 23rd MAY
2.00 pm 4.00 pm
An opportunity to chat to neighbours and friends over a cup of tea/coffee
and homemade cakes
an opportunity to gather a wealth of information about a complete
range of issues and resources from many local and national agencies
ALL WELCOME *****
visit is free but donations are welcome
firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 01379 855338
Somersham & District Community Association
The March Annual General
and Regular Meetings were quiet affairs. This could be for one of three
reasons, (1) everything is going OK so no one had anything to worry about,
(2) no one wanted to be landed with a job, or (3), no one cares anyway.
Let us hope it is number one! Yet again the Chairman expressed his wish
to stand down and once again no volunteer came forward. However the Project
Leader for the Playing Field Improvements scheme has offered to take on
some of the work that should help us through another year. All other officers
and elected members agreed to stand. Just as well as there were no volunteers
here either. Where has the community spirit gone? The facilities provided
for such a small village are very good indeed and are well used, but if
it were not for a dedicated few the whole project would collapse. Sadly
it seems to be the same all over now. It would be nice to welcome some
new faces and possibly new ideas at the meetings. The meetings are laid
back and friendly and only held bi-monthly so its not that arduous.
A couple of days of
fine weather in February and March gave the volunteers time to get a bit
more clearance work done on the extension to the playing field, for which
many thanks indeed. All the plans for this are going ahead seemingly on
schedule. Until the great day when it is ready for use the Under 10s are
joining a Sunday morning league enabling them to play on the senior pitch.
This is really too large but will enable them to carry on playing at home
in the interim. Lighting is lagging behind a bit but the materials have
been purchased and await installation. The new grass-cutting contract
kindly funded by the Parish Council is now in place and the first cut
of the pitch under the new regime took place in March. The edges have
also been cut and the previously hidden litter removed.
A new footbridge across
the channel from the road to the playing field is still awaiting permission
to proceed from the Environment Agency. The site for the tennis courts
has been marked out and approved. A container for extra storage is high
on the wish list at present and much needed maintenance both inside and
outside the Pavilion is now on the agenda. Unfortunately some users of
the facilities are inflicting some maintenance costs. Vandalism resulted
in the destruction of a litterbin and broken glass around the area after
a party hiring and some dog owners are using the excuse that notices prohibiting
dogs from the field are too small to see.
Somersham Parish Council
Wednesday 9th May
2007 7.30pm Committee Room, Village Hall
(Annual Parish Council Meeting)
Wednesday 6th June 2007 7.30pm Playing Field Pavilion
Wednesday 4th July 2007 7.30pm Playing Field Pavilion
Closure of Shop
and Post Office
The parish council was shocked and saddened to learn of the closure of
the sub-post office and shop, which was such a valuable asset in the village.
The concern of the parish council has been expressed to the Post Office,
with regard in particular to the effect of the closure of the sub-post
office and the shop on the elderly and disadvantaged of Somersham. It
is hoped a way can be found to resurrect the service in the near future
and the parish council will see if there is anything it can do to help
Everyone at Somersham Parish Council extends their sincere thanks to Rob
and Michelle for all their hard work over the past three years and wishes
them well for the future.
Once again complaints about dog fouling on the footpaths have been made
and the parish council would remind the owners of the offending dog or
dogs that not only is this a very unpleasant health hazard it is also
illegal and carries a maximum fine of £1000. Dog fouling is classified
as antisocial behaviour and antisocial behaviour orders have been issued
to some dog owners. If you own a dog then please clean up after it and
keep Somersham a clean and healthy place to live.
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting took place on the 4th April where Kelvin Laybourne,
District Emergency Planning Officer for the Mid Suffolk and Babergh districts
and Richard Browne, Vice Chairman of Somersham Parish Council, gave a
very interesting and informative presentation on Emergency Planning. Some
very useful ideas and suggestions were made at the meeting which the parish
council will follow up during the next few months. In addition to the
presentation, Janet Hodge, Chairman of Somersham Parish Council, gave
a comprehensive report on the activities of the council during 2006/7
and the councils financial report was made. County Councillor Julia
Truelove, District Councillor Robin Richardson, Pc David Clark and Colin
Burrows, the Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator also gave annual reports.
2006 was in general a successful year and the parish council was able
to support community projects such as the new tennis courts, as well as
update its administrative procedures and introduce a Risk Assessment policy
and an Emergency Plan. The council has used its budget wisely and judiciously,
keeping its finances in good order. The overspend of expenditure over
income is mainly due to the contribution made to the Snoasis Public Inquiry
of which 50% has already been paid. The council decided to pay this out
of reserves rather than burden the precept. There is much talk about devolving
more responsibility to parish councils in the future and Somersham Parish
Council is very much looking forward to serving the community once again
when the new term starts after the election.
Mid Suffolk District
Council Community Open Day
On Saturday 7th July 2007, Mid Suffolk District Council are opening their
doors from 10.00am 4.00pm to give residents the opportunity to
learn more about the work of their local district council. There will
be council officers and councillors available to offer advice and answer
queries as well as fun interactive activities for all to enjoy.
Activities, demonstrations and information will be focused on a Cleaner,
Greener, Safer, Healthier theme. Planned highlights include art
mural activity, planning application advice, street cleaning and twin-bin
demonstrations, a heritage tour of the high street and energy efficiency
advice. The police and fire brigade will also be on site to give demonstrations
and provide advice.
Clerk to the Council
Tel. No. 01473 830398 E-mail: email@example.com
and District Gardening Club
& District Gardening Club
On Monday 14 May
DANECROFT COTTAGE GARDEN, near Stowmarket
If you would like
further details, whether or not you
are a member, please contact 01473 658063
then our annual......
SALE!!! ......Saturday 19 May from 10-12noon at Somersham Village
A wide variety of
plants, pots and other garden related items for sale!
Also on sale are GREETING CARDS, RAFFLES, REFRESHMENTS
PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT US!
Piano pupils of Mrs
Lynne Holton have been successful in passing the following Associated
Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams.
In the practical exams:
Aaron Beckett, Grade 8 Merit; David Wade, Grade 5 Merit; Alexander Jones,
Grade 2 Distinction; Lauren Hunnibell, Grade 2 Merit and Anna Marsburg,
Grade 1 Distinction.
In the theory exams:
Amanda Jones and Emily Mayhew both gained a Distinction in Grade 3; Emily
Beckett Grade 2 Distinction; Henry Moore, Grade 1 Distinction and Jake
Teader-Reed Grade 1 Merit.
Very well done to you all and special congratulations to Aaron on his
Grade 8 (final) result at the young age of 16.
WILLISHAM CHURCH NOTES
The recipes continue to arrive, but we still need more to make a successful
book so please keep them coming to 9 North Acres or via e-mail to
Saturday the 12th May
Starting 5.30pm (sharp)
walk will be approximately 5 miles and will start from
Derrick Hill at 5.30pm, returning at about 8.30pm for a cup of tea
and light refreshments. There will be a charge of £5
all proceeds to Willisham Church
Please note that the walk is at your own risk
Suitable footwear and clothing essential
For more information and to book
Contact John Minns on 01473 658352
(Apologies for incorrect number last month)
SATURDAY THE 26TH MAY
9 NORTH ACRES, WILLISHAM TYE
Bring & Buy Raffle Plants
All proceeds to Willisham Church
Willisham Church Fete
At the recent planning meeting it was discovered that many of our regular
helpers would be away on the 14th, so it was agreed Willisham Church fete
should now take place on Saturday the 21st July. Help to run the various
stalls is urgently required, please phone 01473 658387 if you are
able to help.
Christian Aid Week 13th 20th May
A Christian Aid envelope should have been delivered with this issue of
The Link Newsletter. If you would like to contribute and your envelope
is not collected personally, please return it to Jean Hardman, Foxgloves,
Main Road, Willisham or Frances Gilson, 9 North Acres, Willisham.
Annual Church Meetings
At the recent meetings all the officers were re-elected to serve for another
Songs of Praise
Sunday the 10th June 3.00pm
If you would like your favourite hymn to be part of the above service,
please pass on your request to any member of the pcc.
With the arrival of spring, work has once again started in Willisham Churchyard.
We are very grateful to everyone involved in keeping the grass cut. At
the time of writing, the bench has been removed for varnishing. Once again
our thanks to the gentleman concerned.
Gift Aid Scheme
The amount of tax re-claimed for the past financial year amounts to approximately
£550, which is a substantial help with our finances. Thanks to everyone
who has signed up for the scheme. If you would like to take part, please
speak to Jean Hardman.
(Registered Charity 1020882)
The end of term was full of creativity with the children having fun making
Easter baskets and cakes and then having an impromptu party where they
all took it upon themselves to dress up and dance! With the weather having
seemed to have turned a corner, they have also been able to spend more
time outside where they have all planted flowers. Now they will be able
to help water and care for them watching as they grow and bloom.
The theme running throughout the Summer term is transport and the children
will learn all about different modes of travel and hopefully be able to
explore this with their families and with their parents on the organised
trip we shall have later on in the term. It is an especially exciting
term as we shall be celebrating our 20th year climaxing in a big Summer
Party at the end of term.
With all the fantastic equipment available to us the children will have
lots of wonderful ways to explore their environment with all of their
senses and learn through the enjoyment of play and creativity.
The children meet every morning at 9.30 until 12 noon during term time.
The Pre-school is run by a committed and enthusiastic team of qualified
Early Years Practioners, who work hard to organise a wide variety of fun
and educational activities including crafts, cooking, music, story telling
and construction. The group is well equipped with many new toys and books,
and has a spacious area within which to play.
There is also a secure garden, behind the hall, which is used when the
We are registered as a member of the Suffolk Early Years Development Plan
and are Ofsted accredited. Some of the aspects highlighted in the last
report were The high staff to child ratios ensures that all children
are included and supported by staff Staff support the children
in developing their confidence and self esteem as they form relationships
with adults and other children in the group.
We currently have free spaces for 3 to 4 year olds and children are able
to stay with us until they are ready to join main stream education in
the reception year around their 5th birthday, two local schools that we
are affiliated to are Ringshall and Somersham Primary School.
The continued success of Barking Pre-school relies upon sufficient numbers
of children to make it viable. Please tell your friends, neighbours and
family about our pre-school. If you have or know of any pre-school age
children who would like to reserve a place then please ring Veronika Pryke
(our pre-school leader) on 01473 658368 or Helen Smith on 01473 833285.
The next fund raising event is a Table Top Sale on Saturday 12th May at
Barking Village Hall from 10am until 12pm. If you would like to reserve
a table, then please contact Sally Aveling on 01473 833056.