Altar Flowers and Cleaning rotas
May 4, 11 Mrs Faith Jaggard
May 18, 25 Mrs Angie Osborn
June 1, 8 Mrs Judith Newman
Cleaning Team B
May 4, 11 Mrs Ward
May 18, 25 Mrs Munson
June 1 Mrs Laflin
June 8 Wedding
Cleaning Mr and Mrs J Prentice
May 4, 11 Mrs Anne Chapman
May 18, 25 Mrs Audrey Pinson-Roxburgh
June 1, 8 Mrs Julie Spurling
Cleaning Mrs Luxmore
May 4, 11 Mrs Hill
May 18, 25 Mrs Cage
June 1, 8 Mrs Large
You should find a
Christian Aid envelope in within this months magazine. Volunteers
will be coming round during Christian Aid Week, May 11-17th, to collect
the envelopes and would be very grateful if you can put an amount in,
however small. Last year Somersham raised over £400. It would be
fantastic to reach a similar figure this year.
From the registers:
Reginald Frank Laflin, long time a farmer in Flowton, and latterly of
The Old Rectory Nursing Home, Barham,who died on March 15th aged 91 years.
His funeral was held in Flowton Church on April 2nd and taken by the Reverend
Gerald Drew. It was followed by interment amongst the Laflin family graves
in the churchyard
May he rest in peace
and Heart of Suffolk Walking Festival!
The first South and Heart of Suffolk Walking Festival will be taking place
between 10th & 26th May. This new Festival will give visitors and
local people alike the chance to explore the Suffolk countryside with
the aid of local guides, historians and naturalists. Further information
on all the walks can be found at www.southandheartofsuffolk.org.uk or
by calling the Mid Suffolk Tourist Information Centre on 01449 676800
for a free, colour Festival Brochure.
SOMERSHAM CYCLE SPEEDWAY
Although the 2008
Season is now underway 2 Somersham riders, Steve and Barry Copping, are
already planning ahead for 2009 when they will be making another trip
to Australia as part of the British Lions Tour.
Somersham now have the names of the Kesgrave riders who have secondary
registered to the club so that we can compete in the Norfolk & Suffolk
League: Dan Croft(who was secondary registered with us in 2007),Martin
Berry, Aaron Daley, Paul Jay, Daniel Johnson, Peter Ingram, Ryan Jay &
Stars rider Barry has 2 secondary registrations this season, with Kesgrave
for South-East Division 1 matches(along with elder brother Steve when
he is available, Gary Brown and Peter & Andy Mittell, the latter 2
when they have recovered fully from a knee injury and glandular fever
respectively) and also, for a 2nd consecutive season, with Norwich in
the Premier League.
Barry was the 1st Somersham rider (on March 9th)to take to the track in
competitive action when he rode in the Norwich Grand Prix on their newly
resurfaced track but could only manage 6 points in an event won by Polish
rider Lukasz Nowacki who rides for Leicester.
There was a 3 week gap before the next action when Somersham staged the
opening round of the 2008 South-East Grand Prix series. There was Somersham
representation and their results are as follows:
Under 13:Harry Reece 4th in the B Final
Under 16:Ryan Jay* 3rd in the A Final
Senior A Final: 1st Gary Brown,3rd Daniel Johnson*,4th Barry
Senior B Final: 1st Paul Jay*,2nd Mark Cooper*
The next action was on Saturday 5th April where the 1st regional round
of the British Youth & Junior League took place at Kesgrave. There
was Somersham interest as Joe Hodge (Gary Browns nephew) rode in
the Under 10 age group and won the C final and Ryan Jay, one
of our Kesgrave loanees, emulated Joes feat in the Under 16 age
The following day saw the 1st South-East League team match to brave the
weather as our partner club Kesgrave hosted Ipswich in Division 1 action.
The final score was Kesgrave 86 Ipswich 91,Ipswich having moved in front
with 5 races to go. Of the regular Somersham riders to ride Gary Brown,
returning to the team where his career started back in 1982, was top scorer
with 15 and a bonus point(for following a team-mate home) whilst Barry
scored 12 points, despite having a mechanical problem with his bike in
his 3rd race which ultimately cost Kesgrave a league point.
Action at Somersham
Wednesday 7th: Round 2 of the Suffolk Grand Prix for Under 13,15,17 and
Senior riders at 7pm.
Sunday 18th:Hethersett are the visitors in the Norfolk & Suffolk League
with an 11am start
Wednesday 28th:Suffolk Under 10 Team Tournament at 7pm
hopefully will be arranged but dates are not known at this stage so please
check the clubs website or signs on the village green.
Thats it for now. Steve Copping, Assistant Secretary(email@example.com)
Club Secretary: Peter Mittell:(01473) 831474
Club Website: http://www.btinternet.com/~somershamcsc
CARPET BOWLS CLUB
Only two league matches
to report on this month and which proved to be two very crucial matches
for Somersham. Winning both meant almost certain promotion into Division
2. Winning just one would have left the position outside our control and
in the hands of other results: but grasping the situation we took on the
The first match was very promising with an overall win away at Shotley,
which closed our position (2nd.) closer to the top of the league placings,
and which was eventually going to prove vital to the outcome in the last
match see below.
In the first half the two games were evenly split with Shotley and Somersham
winning one mat each; and improvement in the second half with everyone
bowling well - saw us move up a gear and achieve the two wins required
to obtain a very heartening result.
Riding on the success
from the Shotley win we were eagerly looking forward to the final match
of the Winter League against Bentley who were placed only one point
behind us in the league table. This at home encounter
with both teams so evenly placed - turned out to be the best match of
In the first half it was a case of mixed fortunes and lots of pressure
which saw a good win for Somersham on one mat, although on the other it
was a case of the four unaccountably bowling below par, which allowed
control to Bentley to take the win.
In the knowledge that Somersham only needed the win against Bentley and
by any margin, the mood in the second half took on an air of determination.
In this half the mats were very closely contested by both teams as one
would expect in the circumstances, and it was nip and tuck all the way.
Both our fours attained outstanding results
mat it was a case of the margin of success achieved by the number of shots;
and for the other four it was coming from behind in the last
end to gain a very worthy draw.
At the end of the
evening the final result - the win - culminated in a happy conclusion
to our Winter League season
The significance of this achievement only becomes more evident when no-one
within the Club can readily recall when Somersham bowled in a higher league!
and dates in the late 80s have been suggested when the Club
bowled in the old village hall.
We now look forward
to meeting new faces and going afield to new venues when the Winter League
in Division 2 starts again in September 2008.
Winter League - February
Team Shots Points
Shotley 36 - 53 2 - 8 Win Away
Bentley 34 - 44 3 7 Win Home
As an aside to league
play we also say
to Bell and Keith Deaves, Sue
Skinner and Rosemary Southgate for playing in a weekend tournament which
sees them through to play in the concluding matches of the Suffolk Championship
Finals. The outcome will be noted in the next copy of the Link.
What do you get up
to on a Summers evening? .
. We are still asking for new bowlers
to join the Club!
... Could this be you?
the Club are looking for new bowlers and would like to invite anyone to
come along to the Village Hall and try carpet bowling on any club night
(Tuesdays) throughout the Summer.
Please ring either Keith/ Bell on 01473 831157 or Mike/ Rosemary on 01473
831515 for details
Youll find everyone to be very friendly.
garden in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice
Hall ,Little Bricett, Offton
May 11 2:00pm 5:00pm
to four acres of gardens, including lawns, borders, shrubs and ponds
as well as woodland walks.
fee: £3.00 donation to St Elizabeth Hospice
Friends of Somersham School
Finally some confirmed
dates for your diaries:
Saturday 21st June- Wild West Themed Summer Fete
Friday 18th July- Summer Leavers disco
Friday14th November- Christmas Craft Fair
Clare Davies tel 832569
Flowton Church News
On Wednesday 2nd April Flowton Folk remembered the families and friends
of both Reginald Laflin and Brett Williams, whose funerals were held that
day. We continue to hold them in our thoughts at this difficult time.
Christian Aid Week
- April 11th-18th you will find an envelope in this copy of the
Link please consider making a donation. The envelope will be collected
by one of our team of local collectors during the week. Thank you.
Sunday July 6th a new attraction will be 2 Shetland Ponies which
Juliet is going to bring and offer rides on - more details later.
OFFTON CHURCH NEWS
Schedule of Church Services
During the period
of inter-regnum when we do not have a resident priest, services
will continue as in the past, but with a variety of ministers and lay
church people taking the services. The normal pattern for Offton is as
1st Sunday in month
(Communion at Willisham 9.30am)
2nd Sunday in month 6.30pm Evensong
3rd Sunday in month 10am Family Service with
Communion by extension
4th Sunday in month 11am Holy Communion
5th Sunday in month 10am United Holy Communion Service alternating around
the 8 local parishes
Details about all
services held in the 8 local parishes are to be found on the inside cover
of the Link.
Offton Church is a
900 years-old Grade-1 Listed building, and as such, it is the role of
the PCC to maintain it to the highest standards for the enjoyment of present
parishioners, and also for future generations. As part of the process,
a 5-yearly inspection is undertaken by the Deanery architect, and we now
have his latest report. We were pleased with the report, but still have
much maintenance to undertake over the coming 5 years to maintain the
church at the standards expected. This will take thousands of pounds to
achieve. If you are proud of your local church, or like to visit beautiful
old buildings such as these, or just enjoy the feel good factor,
please do not forget to make a small bequest to Offton Church when writing
your will. Any amount, however small, will be most gratefully received.
If you would like to discuss this further with a member of the PCC, please
contact one of the following:
Ian Dickson (Churchwarden)
Paul Chapman (Treasurer) 01449 721181
Mike Bolton (Secretary) 01473 658304
Review of Recent
The final Magical
Musical Moments (MMM) concert for this winter season took place on 8 March.
Once again, a full house enjoyed a varied programme of music and singing
by the 4 Voices accompanied by professional pianist Lisa Cheadle.
These concerts are organised by Maartje and Pieter Ronderboom, and a review
on the past concerts appears elsewhere in this Link magazine. If a varied
programme of classical and light music, set in an ancient, candle-lit
church, accompanied by fine cheeses and wines during the interval is your
thing, there will be another series of three concerts in the church
next winter to look forward to. Further details will be provided later
in the year.
On 29 March, Ian and
Jan Dickson organised their Annual Quiz in the Village Hall. Around 60
people enjoyed a fun filled evening answering a range of questions on
many topics both local to Suffolk and the wider world. Food and
drink accompanied the festivities and a total of £260 was raised
for the church maintenance fund. No less than 17 prizes were available
to the draw.
Easter services were
available in the local churches from Maundy Thursday through to Easter
Sunday. A particularly pleasant and relaxed service was held by our churchwarden
on Easter Sunday with fine readings by members of the congregation. This
evening service was very well attended.
By the time this article
goes to press, our annual Festival of Talents will have taken place
on 13 April. This is organised by Scott Dolling, and features musical
recitals, poetry readings and other such events by local parishioners.
The event is always well attended and enjoyed.
A Family Bells
Service will be held on Sunday 18 May at 10.00 am. This service
is to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the commissioning of 2 treble
bells, thus bringing the set to a full 8. This year is also the 50th anniversary
of the re-hanging and augmentation to 6 bells from the previous 5.
Our Annual Fete will
be held in the churchyard on Saturday 7 June. Planning is well under way,
and the event will feature all the usual village fun events, plus live
brass band music, refreshments etc. This is always greatly enjoyed by
all who come, from toddlers to grand-parents, and an event that helps
to provide income to maintain our ancient church. So bring your wallets,
purses, pocket money, gold blocks etc, and join in the fun. If you would
like to be more involved in this fete, please contact Peta Whiting on
Although much later
in the year, you can put this one in your diary now if you have pets in
the family. On Sunday 21 September, we will be holding a Family
and Animal Blessing Service at 10.00 am. Suitable pets will be welcome
cows unfortunately do not make the grade! More details will appear
closer to the time.
After the completion of the extension to St Marys Church, Offton
with the kitchen and toilet facilities, Maartje Rondeboom had the wonderful
idea of holding concerts in the church to raise money for charities of
her choice, and so, Magical musical moments was born.
There have now been fifteen concerts over a five year period and Maartje
has found all the performers and artistes who have taken part and has
made all the arrangements which have gone to make the concerts the amazing
success that they have been.
With Pieter to back Maartje up and find some fine wines to go with the
cheese-boards for the interval feast at the concerts, together they have
given people from far and wide wonderful entertainment.
To date Maartje has raised over £7,000 and this has benefited the
Offton &Willisham Village Hall £ 760
St Elizabeth Hospice £ 450
Alzheimers Society £ 639
Motor Neurone Association £ 674
Offton Church £1,875
Macmillan Cancer Relief £ 804
Link Newsletter £ 200
Cancer Research UK £ 459
Tools with a Mission £ 100
Family for Children Tsunami Relief Fund £ 100
Ipswich-Beira Health Initiative £1,200
Magical Musical Moments
certainly lived up to its name
AND WILLISHAM PARISH COUNCIL
The next meeting of the Council is on May 19th. It will be preceded
by the Annual Parish Meeting at 7 pm. This meeting is the forum
for parishioners to freely bring to the attention of Councillors matters
which concern them, and it is hoped advantage will be taken of this opportunity.
Council's application to have the K 6 telephone kiosk in Offton listed
has been turned down by English Heritage
A request has been made to SCC to add road curbing in Willisham extending
past the village sign to help reduce the verge erosion by passing
Pip Sands Clerk 01449 721173
Barking Pre-school (Registered
Easter may have come
early but the children have still been busy finding out about and celebrating
Easter. They have been decorating eggs and baskets and had an Easter egg
hunt and played games on the grass. We try to spend time outside each
day (weather permitting) and the children really enjoy using the play
area and having the space to run about and play different games.
We wish to thank everyone who attended and supported our recent race night.
It was a great success and we managed to raise over £1,500. This
money will be very useful in helping to support the pre-school over the
next term. Well done to all the committee and parents in organising and
staging the night.
Children can start pre-school from the age of 2½ and from the term
after their third birthday, the Government funds the sessions. The pre-school
is open every weekday morning from 9.30 until 12 noon during term time
and children can attend any number of sessions per week (space permitting).
Our staff are committed, enthusiastic and well trained and work hard to
organise a wide variety of fun and educational activities including crafts,
cooking, music, story telling and construction. We have many toys to play
with and activities to do so there is bound to be something to capture
each childs imagination.
It might seem a bit soon, but you may want to start thinking about a place
for your child for the next school year starting in September. We are
more than happy to invite parents/carers along for a visit to come and
see who we are and what we do. Contact either Veronika Pryke (our pre-school
leader) on 01473 658368 or Helen Smith on 01473 833285, to arrange a visit.
Mid Suffolk South
Mid Suffolk District Council Offices,
131 High Street Needham Market Suffolk IP6 8DL
Tel: 01449 724997 http://www.onesuffolk.co.uk/safersuffolk
Hello again ,
Crimes of interest In the area
Somersham and Willisham No crimes
Flowton - 25th March Burglary other building vehicle engines
The Mid Suffolk Volunteer
Property Photographing Scheme has been set up to enable householders to
have items of value within their homes photographed and recorded on a
The scheme is available to anyone living in Mid Suffolk but
is prioritised towards those people who are vulnerable or do not
have their own digital cameras and computers.
Volunteers from Mid Suffolk Crime Prevention Panel will visit householders
and take digital images of valuable items and then in the presence of
the householder, download those images onto a CD using a portable CD burner.
If you would like further information please contact the crime reduction
officer at Stowmarket police Station on 01473 383400.
If you have any information
or would like any advice on police matters PCSO 3155 Sian Uttley or myself
would be more than happy to discuss this with you Our contact telephone
number is 01449 724997
Our e mail addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Please remember that
there are occasions when we on rest days for 4 days so if your call is
of an urgent nature please ask to speak to any officer on duty.
Thanks very much.
PC 466 Dave Clark
WILLISHAM CHURCH NOTES
This years walk takes place on Saturday the 10th May at 5.30pm from
Derrick Hill. Full details will appear in the next issue of the Link,
but please book this date in your diary now. The popularity of this event
grows every year and we are very grateful to John, Leita and Jenny for
once again organising a walk on behalf of Willisham Church. To book, or
for more details, please contact John Minns on 01473 658352.
Somersham Baptist Church
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 14th March.
Friends and Neighbours 7.45pm 17th March.
Contact Mark if you
Meetings are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP84 QE.
Pastor Mark Newcombe, 01473 831940, 07930543583, firstname.lastname@example.org
Services during April
in our eight linked parishes
Please contact your Churchwardens if you think there is a mistake.
Thursday 1st May Ascension
9.15am Bramford Holy Communion
7.30pm Stonham Holy Communion
4th May Sunday after
9.30am Willisham Holy Communion(Canon C Chapman)
11.15am Somersham Holy Communion(Canon C Chapman)
11.15am Battisford Morning Prayer
3.00pm Barking Evening Prayer
6.30pm Flowton Holy Communion (Rev. R. Excell)
11th May Pentecost
8.00am Flowton Holy Communion (Canon R. Dedman)
10.00am Somersham Family Service
10.00am Bricett Holy Communion (Rev. T. Wilcox)
11.15am Barking Holy Communion (Rev G. Drew)
11.15am Battisford Family Service + baptism
(Padre M Stevenson)
3.00pm Willisham Evening Prayer
6.30pm Offton Evening Prayer
18th May Trinity Sunday
8.00am Somersham Holy Communion ( Rev T. Hall)
10.00am Offton Bellringers Family Service
10.00am Bricett Family Service
11.15am Battisford Holy Communion
6.00pm Flowton Evening Prayer
25th May 1st Sunday
9.30am Ringshall Holy Communion
10.00am Flowton Morning Worship for all ages
10.00am Barking Morning Prayer
11.00am Offton Holy Communion
6.30pm Somersham Evening Prayer (D. Ames)
1st June 2nd Sunday
9.30am Willisham Holy Communion
11.15am Somersham Holy Communion + baptism
(Rev S Ritchie)
11.15am Battisford Morning Prayer (Ray Taylor)
3.30pm Needham Market Archdeacons Visitation
6.30pm Flowton Holy Communion (Rev. R. Excell)
Somersham Parish Council
Wednesday 7th May
2008 (Annual Parish Council Meeting)
Wednesday 4th June 2008
Wednesday 2nd July 2008
All meetings commence
at 7.30pm in the Village Hall and the press and public are welcome to
* * * * *
Report of Annual
Following a very interesting presentation by David Bird, Chairman of Suffolk
Lowland Search and Rescue, annual reports were received from the County
Councillor Truelove and District Councillor Steve Wright, along with Police
and Neighbourhood Watch reports. The parish council wishes to extend its
appreciation to David Bird and Tim Gillott from SuLSaR for their presentation
and the valuable work they undertake in the county.
Parish council expenditure for 2007/8 was £19,471 with total income
being £15,491. The excess of expenditure over income was largely
due to the contribution made to the Snoasis legal representation at last
years Public Inquiry which was paid from reserves.
Annual Parish Council
The next parish council is the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council. At
this meeting the parish council will elect its officers and representatives
for the forthcoming year. It is hoped that a representative from Suffolk
ACRE will be present to explain the result of the recent Housing Needs
Survey and provide information on the next stage.
All allotment holders have renewed their tenancy for a further year which
means that no vacant plots will be available in the foreseeable future.
This is likely to be unwelcome news for the six residents currently hoping
for an allotment who will be advised as soon as a plot becomes vacant.
Income from the allotment rents is paid to the Somersham Town Land Charity
which is able to make small donations to local residents or organisations
facing hardship. A meeting of the Trustees will be held shortly so please
contact me if you know of any person or organisation which could benefit
from a donation from the Town Land Charity fund.
The parish council was delighted at the success of the recent public meeting
regarding the setting up of a community shop and also that a Steering
Group has been established to take the project forward. The Steering Group
meets again in May and the parish council wishes success to the Steering
Group and will do all it can to support the initiative.
of local government in Suffolk
The structural review of principal authorities (county and district councils)
in Suffolk is currently underway. This review will not affect parish councils.
The Boundary Committee has a very tight timescale and is currently meeting
with current principal authorities. Their proposal must be with the Secretary
of State by the 31st December 2008. The Committee is looking for a unitary
pattern of authorities in Suffolk following the rejection of the previous
bid by Ipswich for unitary status, but will not consider an altered two
tier system. Following the publication of draft proposals early in July,
the consultation period runs from 7th July to 26th September when comments
from any interested party will be welcome. All concepts and representations
will be placed on the Boundary Committees website which is www.boundarycommittee.org.uk
. This website also contains other useful information about the process
and sets out the criteria the Boundary Committee has been given for this
review. Representations will be accepted from all but should contain as
much evidence and reasoning as possible to back up the arguments put forward.
Janet Clarke Tel.
No. 01473 830398
Clerk to the Council E-mail: email@example.com
Please check times of services in Somersham church in the Link magazine
or with a churchwarden, as there may be changes to the regular pattern
during the interregnum.
On Saturday May 10th
we will be holding a concert by the Melody Makers, in the church at 7.30pm.
See ad elsewhere for more details.
On Sunday 8th June
we will be joining the Baptist Church for their annual open-air service
on the playing field. This will replace our normal family service in the
Our Summer Fete will
be on Saturday July 5th so put the date in your diaries. We are very grateful
to the Caston family for once again allowing us to hold the fete on Church
Meadow. More details next month, but we will be very grateful for any
donations of raffle prizes, tombola, cakes, produce and plants.
As the Christmas quiz
sheet seems to be so popular we are going to have a summer one! These
will be on sale soon for £1 from Christines Haircare, Somersham
Garage or Pat Woolhouse.
You should find a Christian Aid envelope in with this month's magazine.
Volunteers will be coming round during Christian Aid Week, which is May
11-17th, to collect the envelopes and would be very grateful if you can
put an amount in, however small. Last year Somersham raised over £400.
It would be fantastic to reach a similar figure this year.
Somersham and District Community Shop
A well-attended public
meeting was held at Somersham Village Hall in March to hear about the
possibility of creating a Community Shop in Somersham.
people were present to hear Ian Toye of ViRSA (Village Retail Services
Association) give a presentation of the implications and opportunities
of starting up a community shop in the village. He said that there are
170 community shops currently known and the numbers are growing; they
provide a focal part of village life, provide a meeting place and put
heart into a village.
Ian said that there
were many key issues to address, such as finding suitable premises, gaining
planning permission, raising capital and staffing a shop. He gave us information
on what funding might be available, what equipment would be required,
what sort of goods to stock.
had already done a good bit of groundwork and the need now was for a Steering
Group to be formed to start the hard work of making a business plan, accessing
funding, and setting the plan in motion. Ian said this would not happen
overnight and would take several months to come to fruition.
The meeting finished
with a great of deal questions and support for the project. Ian said this
looks very positive for the future.
We were lucky enough
to have 12 members of the community offer their services to form a Steering
Group and 20 more volunteering to help when the shop is up and running.
The first meeting of the Steering Group took place at the beginning of
April and the wheels are starting to turn.
We look forward to
having a very successful and useful community shop in Somersham and will
keep you informed of events as they happen. Anybody wishing to volunteer
to help in any way, either as part of the Steering Group or when the shop
gets up and running, will be very welcome.
For any information
Richard Browne - 831321; Terry Fordham - 831529 or Janet Hodge - 832296
The following piano
pupils of Mrs Lynne Holton have been successful in passing the Associated
Board of the Royal Schools of Music examinations:
In the practical examinations:
Emily Beckett passed Grade 3 with Merit, Rachel Dickerson and Laura Dickerson
both passed Grade 2 with Merit.
In the theory examinations:
Amanda Jones passed Grade 4 with Distinction.
Well done to all pupils.
The Coffee Caravan will be in Somersham on Brook Way on last Wednesday
afternoon of each month during the summer:
MAY 28th 2.00
JUNE 25th 2.00 4.00pm
JULY 30th 2.00 4.00pm
AUGUST 27th 2.00 4.00pm
SEPTEMBER 24th 2.00 4.00pm
The Rural Coffee Caravan
Information Project provides a rich source of information as well as a
community café for the village to enjoy as a social event. All
St Marys Church Somersham
Cole Porter, Gerswin, Irving Berlin and many more
Saturday 10th May
in Somersham Church
(including light refreshments)
Somersham Garage or
Pat Woolhouse (01473 831080)
of profit will go to Ipswich Holiday Help for Children
Somersham & District Community Association
The AGM has been and
gone, and you missed it! As with most voluntary organisations today, there
were no nominations to fill vacant or take over current posts so your
Chairman & Treasurer remains Mike Shelmerdine, the two elected members
are Steve Woolhouse & Terry Fordham who also spearheads the Playing
Field Improvement Project, and I am the Minutes Secretary. The question
was asked why the membership list looks good and the attendance is so
poor. The straight answer being that all clubs and organisations in the
area wishing to nominate a representative are entitled to be fully voting
members and until they ask to be removed from the list will be classed
as such. All organisations suffer from the same problem these days; busy
lives and in small villages too few people to cover all the jobs needed.
Its not all gloom and doom, theres plenty going on its just that
no one seems to have time for just one more meeting. Also the S&DCA
spent the last few years concentrating on the Playing Field Improvement
Project, leaving neither time nor funds to answer calls for help from
members so some may think they have not stake in the Association. Glad
to announce that the project is all but finished and design and equipment
are a credit to all the hard work done especially given the space restrictions.
Now we just have to maintain it (despite the destructive efforts of a
few locals) and find new ideas for raising funds for this and use in the
The AGM followed by
a regular meeting covered just about everything from mole hills and rat
catching to memorial bridges, lighting, goal posts, vollyball, dog fouling,
fencing and even mentioned finances for the coming year. But the year
cannot end without a big thank you to all those who have helped in any
way from litter picking, stone picking, disposing of rubbish, cleaning
the pavilion, emptying the rubbish bins, spending hours chasing grants,
replacing lights and stray fixings, organising fund-raising events and
simply by using the facilities. The Sports & Sports & Social Club,
Football Clubs, Cycle Speedway and the fledgling Tennis Club all provide
good support by regular use of the Pavilion and care for their particular
areas of pitches, track and courts.
If you want to hire
the pavilion for small groups or parties, to nominate a representative
to the S&DCA, to simply promote your own idea of a good community
activity, or help in any way please contact Mike Shelmerdine on 01473
Nicky Heming 01473 831594