Most of the time our lives are interspersed by various anniversaries, events
and memorable dates that help colour our lives. As I write this letter,
a new memorable date has just been announced, May 6th, the General Election
day. Some of these dates in our lives can be painful as for example the
loss of a loved one, but many of the dates can be happy occasions for others
Several of these special dates are very notable moments and we enjoy the
annual cycle of seeing these emerge as the years pass. Countless people
enjoy their birthday anniversaries; in particular, the more significant
birthday dates that somehow act as marker points along life's road. The
other week Janet and I attended one of these golden moments with a lady
who was celebrating her 90th birthday. Two years ago, I celebrated one of
my own marker posts, my '60th'. My family and friends bought me one of those
experience gifts. My experience was to go to Cambridge airfield and take
the controls of a two-seater duel control helicopter. This fulfilled a dream
I have had for many years and the experience of flying and hovering this
helicopter was for me, out of this world, (I just cannot imagine why those
army boys at Wattisham won't let me take the controls of one of their Apaches!).
I'm sure many of you can recall a particular anniversary when you may have
done something very different or memorable be it child or adult. These special
moments can enrich our lives. They can give us something to look forward
to as well as leave us with some precious memories. The other anniversary
I want to mention is that Janet and I have been at Willisham now for a whole
year. We have gained many friends in out first year and it's a joy and privilege
to live and work amongst you all. Never mind the hard work, with God beside
us to help us; we are having a ball among such lovely people!
None of us can remember our own birth, though we can easily celebrate others.
One anniversary date we can celebrate is the birth of our Church of Jesus
Christ. This will take place during the month of May. This occurs every
year exactly 50 days after Easter at the celebration called Pentecost. This
year it is on 23rd May. Pentecost is when we recall the time that the Holy
Spirit rested upon the apostles and they took the message of the Good News
of God out to all who would listen and so began the church that we are part
of today. If you come to one of the churches, I cannot guarantee that you
will get jelly and ice cream and a balloon to take home as we did when we
were children when we attended a birthday celebration but I can guarantee
you a warm welcome and a chance to spend some quality time with God.
(Bernard Rose, our
Altar Flowers and Cleaning Rotas
May 2nd Flower Fund
May 9th & 16th Angie Osborn
May 23rd & 30th Christine Cooper
June 6th &13th Faith Jaggard
Cleaning Team B
May 2nd & 9th Mrs Ward
May 16th & 23rd Mrs Munson
May 30th & June 6th Mrs Laflin
Cleaning Mr and Mrs J Prentice
May 2nd & 9th Mrs Aine Luxmore
May 16th & 23rd Mrs Audrey Pinson-Roxburgh
May 30th & June 6th Mrs Jean Waters
Cleaning Mrs A. Luxmore
May 2nd Mrs J Somerville
May 9th & 16th Mrs M Fisher
May 23rd & 30th Mrs E Hodson
Cleaning as above
John Bridgewater-Rowe who was buried at Flowton Church on February 24th.
Simon Crick who died
on February 20th and was buried at Somersham Church on March 9th.
Chris Newman, who
died on March 16th and was buried at Somersham Church on March 26th.
May they rest in
THE BENEFICE CHOIR
Do you enjoy singing?
If so, come and join the benefice choir.
Male and female voices required for friendly choir who sing at special
events and services held in our four linked churches
Regular church attendance not essential and no auditions required.
We meet about once
a month for practices.
If interested, please contact:-
Mary Carter 658522
Sarah Judge 658742
or any choir member
The Benefice choir
were very sad to hear of the passing of Chris Newman. Although in pain,
he had sung with the choir as recently as the Christmas carol services.
We will all miss him, not just his voice but also his knowledgeable input.
Graham, in particular, will miss their extra practices together.
Members who were available were pleased to be asked to sing at his memorial
service on March 26th. Our thoughts are with Judy and their family.
Christian Aid Week
9-13th May. You should have received an envelope with the Link magazine.
Please put what you can into it ready for the collectors who will be calling
during that week. If by any chance you haven't got an envelope the collectors
always have spares! If you miss your collector the envelope can be given
to Christine Jarrold (at Christine's Haircare or Griffin Cottage), John
Gibbons at 3 Park Cottages or Pat Woolhouse at The Willows Chapel Lane.
A reminder of events
later in the year for your diary:
Summer Fete Sat 10th July - more details next month.
Folk Evening in October (date to be confirmed)
Christmas Tree Festival and Bazaar 27/28th November - please contact Christine
Jarrold if you or your organisation would like to get involved in helping
A packed church at
his memorial service was a fitting tribute to Chris Newman, who died on
March 16th. Chris had many interests and was involved in many different
organisations, including the benefice choir. He will be greatly missed
by many, and our thoughts are with Judith and the family.
Anne Cullen of Swan Acre, Nettlestead, (01473 831202) requires an occasional
driver. Payment per mile, from and back to driver's home. Helper to quote
price per mile.
The family of Simon Crick, together with his partner Jo, would
like to thank all family friends and neighbours for the cards, flowers
and messages of sympathy received on their recent sad loss of Simon. Special
thanks to Stella and Cole for being with Simon when he was taken ill,
Al for his wonderful tribute, the Rev. Rose for all his help and support,
his work colleagues and the football teams and supporters for their kindness.
Thanks to all who attended the funeral service and gave floral tributes,
and all who so kindly gave donations in aid of the British Heart Foundation
and the East Anglian Air Ambulance. The final total has not been disclosed
yet but we will hope to announce it in next month's Link.
On a happier note, we can announce the safe arrival of Joanne and Simon's
little boy, Lucas Samuel, born on 26th March and weighing 7lbs 9oz. Both
Mum and baby are doing well.
Once again, Thank you all so much. Simon's and Jo's family.
Once more another
dear old friend has passed on. John Rowe of Bleak Hall will be missed
by all who knew him. A man who valued the simple things and ways in life,
but a man who had a great talent when it came to the not so simple things.
He was a first rate engineer and could turn his hand to anything you asked
for. He was always ready to help and I remember him making new keys for
Somersham church. He was more than happy to do so and he said it was his
contribution to the church.
John liked a drink
with his friends at the 'Limeburners' and was a master at drinking 'the
yard of ale' - that was in the good old days! John - rest in peace, it
was a pleasure to have known you. B.J.G.
Race for Life
Last Easter I was
recovering from a bowel cancer operation, followed by six months of gruelling
chemotherapy. I am pleased to say I now feel fit and very well but, of
course, with ongoing tests. With thanks to God and my family and friends.
I am pleased that I can once again enter the 'Race for Life' in June to
raise money for Cancer Research UK.
If any readers of
the Link would be kind enough to sponsor me I would be most grateful.
Donations could be left at Christine's Hairdressers or Griffin Cottage
in Somersham or sent direct to me at 37 Adelaide Road, Ipswich, IP4 5PE
(tel. 423690) If you are a taxpayer please include your address so that
your donation can be gift aided.
We hope that, with
the help of kind friends, we can send a good donation to help save even
more lives. Marion Plummer
Somersham Primary School
had a wonderful end to the term before Easter with the performance of
a show called 'Uncle Crumble's Mad Machine' involving all of the pupils
in the school. Here at Somersham we put a great deal of emphasis on helping
the children to become more confident when expressing themselves in front
of others; the children regularly read and present their work to others
in the class and are expected to do a presentation each half term of their
homework project to their classmates. The confidence they have built doing
these regular activities really shows when we do performances as the children
always stand up and act, sing and dance with a cool assurance that I never
fail to find amazing!
I was intrigued recently
when it was reported to me that people in the local area had heard that
the school was under threat of closure. I had heard no such thing, and
was interested to know where someone might have got some information that
I hadn't! So, I decided to contact the Local Authority and ask them if
there were any such plans, well I have to say they were as shocked as
I was. Both the Area manager for schools and communities, and the Senior
Education Officer for Access & Admissions contacted me separately
to say categorically that there are no current plans to even consider
closing the school, in fact the school's name hadn't even be raised in
relation to possible closures in the future. So I think we can all rest
assured that Somersham will still have its school for many years to come!
Recently our busy school council agreed a new school motto Small in size,
BIG on learning. Everyone in the school is really happy with it, as we
think it really sums us up. Our small size is such a strength, allowing
us to know each and every child, their needs and their personality, and
from that teachers are able to personalise learning and help every child
to achieve their best. We are so proud of our new motto we've even had
it printed onto rulers and pens which are selling at school like hotcakes
along with Somersham School erasers and lanyards.
As always, we are keen to meet new people and learn new things. So if
you would like to pop in and see us, or just have a tour around our school,
just contact our secretary Mrs Maguire on 01473 831251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Allison (Headteacher)
Monday 10th May at
LOVE YOUR SWEET PEAS
by JOHN HEWSON, HORTICULTURALIST
In Somersham Village
Visitors and guests welcome entrance £1-00
Rural Coffee Caravan Information Project
comes to Somersham
The Coffee Caravan
will be found at Brook Way
Wednesday 26th May, 2.00 pm -- 4.00 pm
a wealth of information about local and National agencies and
We offer an opportunity to chat to neighbours and friendly volunteers
over a cup of tea / coffee and
Our visit is free but donations are welcome
Supported by Neighbourhood Watch Somersham
Parish Council MAY 2010
Parish Council meetings
You are very welcome to attend any meeting of the parish council which,
unless stated, commence at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
Wednesday 5th May 2010 (Annual Parish Council Meeting)
Wednesday 2nd June 2010
Wednesday 7th July 2010
Summary of Annual Parish Meeting
The meeting commenced with a very informative and professional presentation
by Colonel David Turner, Station Commander of Wattisham Airfield. Colonel
Turner gave an overview of the history of the Wattisham site, together
with its current operations and aims and objectives for the future. The
presentation was followed by a question and answer session. Colonel Turner
was accompanied by Colonel Neale Moss who is succeeding Colonel Turner
as Station Commander in the near future,. It was very clear from the presentation
that the Station Command Team are doing much to engage with neighbouring
parishes. The offer of use of their excellent sporting facilities has
benefitted several local youth organisations and the Wattisham Children's
Centre is soon to be improved and will be able to accommodate some local
children. Wattisham personnel benefit the economy of the local area, but
the officers would welcome any comments, or concerns, local residents
may have on their presence here. Concerns can be forwarded by the parish
After this presentation,
as well as an annual report from the parish council, County Councillor
Truelove, District Councillor Wright, the Police, Neighbourhood Watch,
the Somersham Town Land Charity and the Community Shop Steering Group
reported on their activities for the preceding 12 months.
Vacancy for a Parish
Somersham Parish Council currently has a vacancy for a parish councillor.
If you would like to be involved in protecting and enhancing your local
community using the powers of local democracy please apply in writing
to the parish clerk. If you would like to know more about the role of
a parish councillor please contact any of the current parish councillors.
The question of traffic calming through the village is ongoing, but one
result is an undertaking to place a vehicle activated sign in a westbound
direction near Somersham Garage. This sign will record the speed of each
vehicle. The parish council will continue to press for measures at the
other end of the village.
If you are over 60, living alone and don't receive care or regular visits
from relatives and friends a FREE service could help you with Home Fire
Security in the Home
Health and Wellbeing
Help with Benefits
To find our more contact the Homeshield Plus team on: 0845 603 4715, or
email homeshield email@example.com.
of the Parish Council
The next meeting of the parish council is the Annual Meeting when the
Chairman and other officers are elected. The practice of a 15 minute public
forum before the meeting is convened will continue. If you have any comments
on agenda items or other matters of relevance you are welcome to convey
them to the council during the forum.
Janet Clarke Tel.
No. 01473 830398
Clerk to the Council E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
PC 255 Tina Fairness and PCSO 3155 Sian Uttley
Our local Safer Neighbourhood officers
Mid Suffolk South
Safer Neighbourhood Team
131 High Street, Needham Market, Suffolk, IP6 8DL.
Telephone: 01473 613500 e-mail::email@example.com
(Please always remember to dial 999 for an emergency)
Local Crimes reported in March
Somersham - 2 crimes reported. 1 x Criminal Damage to vehicle, tyres slashed
overnight of the 4th/5th March. 1 x Miscellaneous.
Offton and Flowton - No crimes reported
Willisham - 1 x Miscellaneous.
Come along and meet members of the local policing team and help us decide
out priorities for the up coming months - or just come along for a chat.
13/5/10 - The Parish
Rooms, Stowmarket Road, Gt. Blakenham 6.30pm
10/06/10 - Norton
Village Hall, Norton Road, Norton 6.30pm
08/07/10 - Somersham
Village Hall, Main Road, Somersham, IP6 3ND, 6.30pm
in conjunction with various partners, is working hard to stamp out unruly,
anti-social behaviour, which can cause misery to many residents.
Anti-social Behaviour is defined as 'behaviour by a person which causes
or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more other
persons not of the same household as the perpetrator'.
The definition describes
the consequences of the behaviour as opposed to the behaviour itself,
which can be quite wide ranging and includes: verbal abuse, vandalism,
noise nuisance, writing graffiti and smoking or drinking alcohol while
There is a wide range
of measures available that can help make a difference, including: The
Youth Nuisance Register, Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, Anti-Social Behaviour
Orders and the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003.If you have any information
relating to anti-social behaviour which you would like to pass on to the
police, call 01473 613500.
If you need immediate
assistance always dial 999. You should dial 999 when life is threatened
or people are injured, or if there is a crime in progress or an immediate
police response is necessary.
SNT Website & Email Address Please check out our website at: - www.safersuffolk.org.uk
for information on your Safer Neighbourhood Team and upcoming events we
will be attending.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
PCSO 3155 Sian Uttley
Somersham & district Community shop
Following the closure of the village shop and post office the Parish Council
initiated a proposal to look at the possibility of setting up a community
shop. A public meeting was called in March 2008 to ask if local residents
would like a community shop to be opened in Somersham. Eighty people came
to that meeting and it was agreed to go ahead with this project. At that
meeting a number of people agreed to volunteer in various capacities and
12 agreed to form a Steering Group to carry the project forward.
After that public
meeting the Steering group looked at various locations for the shop, including
the village hall, but it was the Community Association, following consultation
with the Charities Commission, who generously allowed the proposed shop
to be situated in a corner of the playing field, next to the car park.
Over the past year the Steering Group has met regularly every two weeks,
with members carrying out specific tasks meeting more often than that.
Funding workshops have been attended, presentations given to funders,
a stall was held on the Playing Field on a Sports Day, the Business Plan
has been updated. Reports on progress have been given at every monthly
Parish Council Meeting, and articles have regularly been placed in the
LINK newsletter to keep residents aware of the progress. Legal aspects
of the project are being carried out with the help of ProHelp who offer
their services free of charge and meetings with the architect have been
carried out regularly.
The Steering Group
have worked closely and consulted with the Planning Department of MSDC
at every step of the way. A major set-back occurred, however, when it
was found that the chosen site was now on a newly designated flood plain
following Government national guidelines after widespread flooding in
2007. This site has never been flooded in living memory and the architect
contacted the Environment Agency. After taking levels and a lot of work
over several weeks with the Agency, they agreed that a flood risk here
was less than one in a thousand years, and permission was given that this
site could be used for a shop, provided there were higher and stronger
foundations with engineering bricks.
were invited to submit quotations for the building of a shop, but it is
hoped to use local businesses as far as possible, and a Suffolk company,
who have been involved in several community projects in the county is
one of those now being considered.
Of course, all this
takes money and obtaining funding has been a very large part of work undertaken
over the past year. Our estimated cost of the project is £100,000
and this is our funding target. Each funder requires precise details of
the project, with each funder requiring different details - a huge amount
of work. We have been most fortunate to have obtained funding support
so far from:
Julia Truelove's Locality Budget - £5,000
Mid-Suffolk District Council - £20,000
Suffolk Regeneration Fund - £20,000
COMMA - Aggregates - £8,000
Suffolk Re-Use and Recycling Fund - £5,000
Somersham Parish Council has earmarked £2,000 for the project as
has Somersham Land Charity Trust - £100.
Obtaining funding is still very much an ongoing process and work is currently
being carried out to apply to the Big Lottery Fund and also to Awards
The shop project has
been registered as a Community Interest Company. This means that any profits
in the future will be ploughed back into the community so that other organisations
can also benefit from the shop. It also means that local residents can
put money into the project by buying £5 non-profit making shares,
so far 20 people have contributed in this way, and many more are welcome,
so should anyone wish to contribute to the community by buying shares
or making a donation this would be gratefully received.
Plans have now been submitted to Mid-Suffolk District Council and we hope
to have a positive outcome from this and be able to commence building
in the near future.
A village shop will provide a heart to our community. We look forward
to a very successful shop in our village, which will be used by local
people and those from the wider community.
The Steering Group would very much like to thank the Parish Council, the
Community Association, County Councillor Julia Truelove, Somersham Land
Charity Trust, Suffolk County Council, Mid-Suffolk District Council, Suffolk
ACRE, National ACRE, Ian Toye of ViRSA, Stephen Bullard of Mid-Suffolk
Accountancy for his professional services given without charge, and the
local community for their great support and encouragement, without them
it would not have been possible to go forward with this project.
Steering Group members
alphabetically: Graham Amiss, Richard Browne, Steve Bullard, Terry Fordham,
Gavin Hodge, Janet Hodge, Anne Macfadyen, Barbara Tottle, Geoff Tottle.
Children Life Line
Registered charity 1014274
TRASH, TREASURE AND JUMBLE SALE
at 5 Chapel Lane Somersham
on Saturday and Sunday 5th and 6th June
10am until 4pm
If you have anything you would like to donate to this event including
plants and cakes, they can be left at the above address
or be collected by contacting
Heather on 01473 830068 or
Angela on 01473 831422
would also like to borrow a gazebo or banqueting tent for the weekend
Thank you to everyone for the support you have given to this event
The Lions Club of Stowmarket and District present
The 8th Annual Sponsored Rhythm of Life Walk
On Sunday 13th June 2010
The Rhythm of Life walk will be held on the "Aggregates Trail"
which travels through the Gipping Valley from Needham Lakes to Barham
Picnic area and returns along the same route. It is approximately 14 Km
long and should take around three hours and a half hours not allowing
for any sightseeing stops alongside the River Gipping. Refreshments will
be provided near Baylam Lock. Shuttle transport will be available at the
Barham Picnic site for anyone wishing to shorten the walk to 7Km. There
is a picnic area at Needham Lakes should anyone want to use it at the
end of the walk.
forms will be entered into a draw. The winner will receive a £150
voucher for Ince's Outdoor Shop, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, kindly donated
by the owner, John Kingsley. Anyone wishing to participate in this event
please email email@example.com or telephone 07875 647589
and leave your name and address so that an entry form can be posted to
you. An entry form and more details can be found on www.stowlions.org.uk.
Proceeds from the walk will go to Papworth Hospital and Lions Charities
so please take part in this walk and call on your sponsors to donate to
these good causes.
Age Concern Suffolk - Here to help.
With help centres,
shops and services throughout the county, Age Concern Suffolk offers a
local service for older people and those that care for them. We provide
information, benefits advice and a range of support services
We are a local, independent charity whose aim is to enable older people
and their family carers to manage the challenges that may come with ageing
while retaining choice in, and control over, their own lives. We are pleased
to have received support from Somersham Parish Council and write to tell
local people more about our local services - perhaps we can help you or
someone you know?
Enquiries to Age Concern Suffolk often start at one of our three main
help centres -your local centre is Ipswich, details as below .After making
their initial enquiry, people go on to find out about the variety of services
we can offer. These include Benefits Advice Workers, an Independent Advocacy
Service and staff who can home visit to give information and talk over
any problems or worries older people have about staying independent in
In addition we run a number of day centres and services around the county
and have a popular home help service which can help with housework, laundry,
shopping and much more. We also have carefully selected volunteers who
provide friendship to isolated older people all over Suffolk through our
Telephone Befriending Service. In the Ipswich we also offer home visits
This is just a snapshot of some of our services - to find out more please
contact our local Help Centre or view our website www.ageconcernsuffolk.org.uk
Ipswich Help Centre, 41a Upper Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1DU
Tel 01473 257039 E mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Open 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday
OPEN GARDENS & FLOWER FESTIVAL
19 & 20 JUNE
the hidden gardens of Flowton!
Come to Flowton & tour the World!
View the Flower Festival -"Countries of the World" &
local history & wild life photo exhibitions!
Plus a scarecrow competition for children!
plant & other stalls & take part in various exciting activities!
Enjoy lunch, cream teas & other refreshments!
All available to following programme:
10am - 5pm Flower Festival in Church
12noon - 2pm Lunch in churchyard
12noon - 5pm Gardens open
3 - 5pm Cream teas at Flowton Hall
£4 (accompanied children free) valid for both days.
Lunch, refreshments & activities extra.
in aid of St Mary's Church, Flowton
& East Anglia's Children's Hospices Treehouse Appeal
Contact: 01473 658335 or 658522
& join us in our gardens - & bring your family!
Many thanks to Bernie for the rich variety of services he organised for
Holy week and Easter. The early service on Barking Tye on Easter Day was
The children met in Flowton Church on Good Friday to help decorate the
church windows-and a good job they made of it. We enjoyed hot cross buns
and other refreshments to keep us hard at work!
On Easter Day children formed a large part of the congregation of over
20 which celebrated a Family Communion. At the end of this everybody had
As usual a warm welcome
will await all our friends at the Village Coffee Drop In on Wednesday,
5th May ,
anytime between 10-11.30 am
A Flowton Flyer should
accompany this Link Newsletter-if not, please contact Mary Carter. Briefly:
" owners of gardens which are going to be open should please let
Mary or Graham have a few lines about the garden;
" flower arrangers should collect any church vases that they wish
to use by the middle of May;
" we need volunteers who can give an hour or two to look after the
church and vestry -let Mary Carter know if you can help, PLEASE;
" Mary would also like to know who is planning a scarecrow!
All the preparations
are running ahead for the Flower Festival and Gardens Open Weekend-Thank
you to everybody who is planning to take a part-your help and support
is vital for its success.
Christian Aid On April
17th several people from the village did a Sponsored Walk in Ipswich -the
sponsorship is specifically for a water project in Burkino Faso and funds
raised are quadrupled by the EU. If you would like to add money to the
sponsorship please contact Diana Fawcus at Flowton Hall.
OFFTON CHURCH NEWS
On 20 March, the final
concert in the Magical Musical Moments (MMM) series took place. This concert
in some ways reverted back to the earlier concerts that started back in
2002, being of a much lighter musical style than we had become accustomed
to over the past few years. The New Burlington Quartet of string instruments
entertained the audience with well known popular and show music, and the
locally based Acafella Barbershop Quartet balanced the programme with
fine, unaccompanied singing. However, for many in the audience, the star
was our very own troubadour, Ted Sampson, who produced yet another version,
his ninth, of the much loved 'Offton Song'. Over £700 was donated
to the Woolverstone Wish charity. The MMM concerts will be sorely missed
next winter, but we wish Maartje and Pieter Rondeboom a happy retirement
from their superb organisation.
On Easter Saturday, Peta Whiting's Children's Workshop was attended by
around 20 youngsters accompanied by parents. The children produced a New
Life Collage, dressed an Easter Window, and made a Crucifixion Display
that were on show in the church over Easter. The children did a fantastic
job, and our thanks go to all those involved.
On Easter Sunday, a very full church enjoyed a lovely, short Songs of
Praise service that was organised by the churchwarden, Ian Dickson. Fine
singing came not only from the audience, but by Ted (guitar) and Jose
(tambourine) who sang a popular spiritual hymn. Holy Week had been very
full of services at each of the benefice churches, with Offton holding
the Maundy Thursday service consisting of Communion and Stripping the
Altar. This service was much appreciated by those who attended. Our vicar,
Bernard, had a truly busy week, and we all thank him for such a tremendous
As noted last month
in this space, author and broadcaster, Mr Roy Tricker, will be giving
a talk and slide show titled 'In Praise of Churches' on Saturday 17 April
at 7.00 pm. This event will be reported on in next month's Link.
The Annual Parochial
Church Meeting (APCM) will be held in Offton church on 19 April, and this
will also be reported on in the next edition of the Link.
An Animal and Pet
Blessing Service will be held on Sunday 9 May at 3.00 pm. All children
and grown-ups who have appropriate pets will be very welcome. Regrettably,
horses and similarly sized pets will have to remain outside the church,
but all will receive a blessing.
And not long after
this, we can look forward once again to our annual Fete which will be
held in the church grounds on Saturday 12 June at 2.00 pm. Many of the
well known village fete events will be there, and fun for all ages is
assured. Once again, The Ipswich Hospital Band will entertain us. This
is a 'must' for your diary.
Somersham Cycle Speedway
The remaining events of 2009 saw Steve Copping fly the flag for Somersham
in the British Championships where he failed to get past the pre-qualifying
round as Wednesfield.He was back in the Midlands on September 19th along
with team-mate Gary Brown where they rode in the 2nd semi-final of the
British Individual Grand Prix at East Park,Wolverhampton(virtually alongside
Wolverhampton Speedway).Steve was only called into the event on the Monday
to replace East London rider Denis Hubble but was unable to capitalise
on his call-up,however Gary qualified for the final as 2nd reserve.
That was to be Steve's last action of 2009 as he suffered a recurrence
of his leg problem which hospitalised him in Australia in March.Gary however
was involved in the East Anglian Senior Final at Great Blakenham on October
3rd where he finished 2nd after a 3-rider run-off.before rounding off
his season by deservedly winning the 13th London Old Masters at East London
on October 31st.Gary was unbeaten in all 5 of his races winning heat 17
against fellow unbeaten over 40's leaders Ian Lawrence and Norman Venson
in the individual to claim grid 1 in the GP Final. The trio was joined
by local favourite and twice event winner Dennis Hubble (2001 &2).
This was a cracking final race of the season with Norman Venson taking
the lead in a second lap positional shuffle only to be overtaken by a
focussed Brown on the penultimate lap.
Unfortunately with no new members forthcoming, Somersham Cycle Speedway
Club has been forced to cease current activities. With the club down to
only one regularly active member there was no chance of any club based
racing, let alone a team.The track will still see competitive action in
2010 as the following events,all of which will be run by the Suffolk Cycle
Speedway Association,will be staged:
Jun 8 19:30 Suffolk U18/Sen/Vets GP
Jun 16 19:30 Suffolk U19 Championship
Aug 18 19:00 Suffolk U9/U11 GP
Aug 25 19:30 Suffolk U13/U15 GP
It is anticipated that the Deborah Mittell Charity Shield will be staged
in 2010 but at the time of writing no date had been announced.
If you fancy a go at Cycle Speedway please get in touch and we'll give
you the info you need. And if you think you can bring life back into the
club and get a team together then great, we won't stand in your way. In
the mean time the track is, as ever, available to the community for training
WILLISHAM CHURCH NOTES
We would like to thank everyone who helped to prepare the church for Easter
either by cleaning or arranging flowers. Your contribution was really
appreciated. We are also grateful to Rev.Bernard Rose for providing such
a rich variety of services in the benefice during Holy Week.
There will be no Evening Prayer service at Willisham Church at 3-00 p.m.
on Sunday, 9th May. At this time there will be an Animal and Pet Blessing
service at Offton Church.
Christian Aid Week
A Christian Aid envelope has been delivered with this issue of the Link.
We hope to collect as many of these as possible between Monday 10th and
Saturday 15th May but, if we call when you are out and you would like
to contribute, please return the envelope to "Foxgloves", Main
Road, 13 North Acres, or to "Freshwood", Fiske Pightle, all
in Willisham. Last year, villagers were very generous in their support
of this excellent charity.
Willisham Open Gardens and Flower Festival will be on Sunday 6th June.
Nine gardens will be open and there will be floral displays in the church
plus lunches, refreshments and other stalls.
Please see separate poster in this magazine.
Will be held at Crow Hall on Saturday 17th July. More details in next
month's issue of The Link.
Our thanks go to Ken Southall for making our lovely new noticeboard.
Saturday 8th May @ 5.30 pm
shorter walk this year starting at Chapel Farm, Ringshall, the home
of Mr & Mrs Guy Hitchcock, William and Katherine.
to get to Chapel Farm: from Barking, take the B1078 towards Bildeston.
At the car sales garage (Pumpkin Garage) turn right and go as far
as the telephone box opposite the village hall. Turn right and after
150 yards take the cement road left to Chapel Farm. There's plenty
walk mustn't be missed as there are things to be seen that will
make this a very enjoyable evening.
When the walk is finished we will return to Derrick Hill as usual
Remember: be early to start sharp at 5.30 pm and wear suitable clothing
and footwear. You go at your own risk.
Suggested donations of £5.00 will go to Willisham Church funds.
Please book as soon as possible as we need to know numbers. Phone
John Minns on 01473 658352
WILLISHAM OPEN GARDENS
Sunday 6 June
10.30 am - 5.30 pm
Floral Displays in Church
(Willisham Cook Books, Church Guides and Notelets for sale)
Stalls: cakes, plants, raffle
exhibition of old local photographs
(accompanied children free)
available from marked gardens and the church on the day or beforehand
(01473 658063 for details)
and toilets available)
Somersham Baptist Church
The media would have
the country in the grip of election fever, but people are disappointed
and sceptical when it comes to politics. In choosing government, for possibly
the next 4 years, we are hard pressed to choose between the parties, all
parties offer some degree of suffering following the recession. When you
look at their policies no one party fits you.
The Apostle Paul reminds
his Christian readers in the Greek city of Philippi that their 'citizenship
is in heaven', at present we are in
The basis of this
citizenship is the saving work of Jesus, accepted through faith. This
means choosing a new King - Jesus, no term for his office, once for life
choice, it is a kingdom of righteousness, justice and love. Suffering
is also guaranteed till Kingdom is completed!
If Christians are
exiles, then our vote ought to be cast for others not for ourselves. Our
interests are catered for in Christ, so we should look out for the interests
of others, the sick, disadvantaged, vulnerable, in this country and the
One of the last acts of parliament was to pass a law on Debt Relief (Developing
Countries), this means that 'we never again have to see a country as poor
as Liberia or Zambia sued in a UK court on the basis of a debt which dates
back to the 1970s and has been bought by a vulture fund for pennies in
the pound'. (Jubilee Debt Campaign website )
Thanks to some persistent MP's and cross party support, the interests
of others have been served.
Regular Sunday Morning Programme
(You are welcome to join us for all or part of the morning).
10.00-10.30 Prayer Meeting (Communion 1st Sunday)
10.45-11.15 Bible Study
Children and Young People (During term time) Wednesday Club: 6.30-7.30pm
for primary school children; 14+ Friday's: 8.00-9.30pm Year 9 upwards.
Meetings for Ladies:
Women's Fellowship 2.30pm Friday 14th May.
Friends and Neighbours: 7.45pm Monday 17th May.
Contact Mark if you
Meetings are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP8 4QE.
Pastor Mark Newcombe, 01473 831940, mobile: 07958 830103,
SERVICES in our 8 linked parishes
If you think there
may be a mistake in the rota please contact your Churchwarden.
Please contact a Churchwarden
if you think that there is a mistake in the listing. Thank you.
Services in our eight
May Easter 5
Communion by extension
May Easter 6
Animal Blessing Service
13th May Ascension Day
Deanery United Service
May Easter 7
Service + Communion by ext Offton
for all ages Flowton
May Trinity Sunday
6th June Trinity 1
Communion by extension