Please note the change to our regular pattern of services for Remembrance
Sunday on Sunday 12th November, which will be at 10 30am. We are very
pleased that once again our friends from the Baptist Church will be joining
us for this service.
The Folk Evening was
thoroughly enjoyed by a packed audience how lovely to see the church
so full! We were entertained with a wide variety of songs and instrumentals
from our local very talented bands of Scott, Ted & Rohais, JCB, Kate
& Steve and Pluck & Squeeze. We are very grateful to them for
once again performing for us, and a very big thank you also to Robin for
putting up the lighting, which gave the church a wonderful atmosphere.
There was a lovely table of refreshments provided by members of the fundraising
committee. A staggering £700 profit was made on the evening. Thank
See the separate ads
for details of Trivia Quiz on Friday 10th November and another concert
by the Suffolk Constabulary Male Police Choir on Friday 15th December.
Many thanks for all
the gifts that were brought to our Harvest Festival. These were taken
to the Womens Refuge in Ipswich (thank you to Frances and Gordon
for transporting them) and were greatly appreciated.
The Christmas Bazaar
will be on Saturday 2nd December from 2-4pm, with all usual attractions.
The Toy Service is on Sunday 10th December at 10am and our Carol Service
on Sunday 17th December at 3pm.
Marys Church Somersham
Friday 10th November at 7.30pm.
in Somersham Village Hall
Teams of 6, £2.50 per person
Bring own drinks, glasses and nibbles
(Tea / Coffee provided)
Book your teams place by contacting
Christines Haircare, Pat Woolhouse,
or Somersham Garage.
of profit will go to St Elizabeths Hospice
Marys Church Somersham
by Suffolk Constabulary
Male Voice Choir
Friday 15th December
in Somersham Church
7 for 7.30pm.
(including light refreshments & a mince pie)
available from Christines Haircare,
Somersham Garage or
Pat Woolhouse (831080)
10% of profit to St. Elizabeths Hospice
To our friends at
Somersham and surrounding areas - Greetings from Mary and Eddie in Villereal,
Lot and Garonne, South-West France.
We thought it was about time we wrote again, letting you all know how
things are going. Well, we are now truly settled in
and have just about got our old stone town house as we want it.
The summer has been very hot, so we have spent much time in the courtyard
garden tending the pots and enjoying many meals 'alfresco'.
At present, Eddie is under-going a course to allow him to work in France.
He is hoping to register very soon and will be painting and decorating
homes around the area in the near future, if all goes well. As for
me, I have joined two choirs-both French! The first is the local
parish church choir, and the other, Villereal community choir. In
both cases, I am the only English member! Within the choirs,
only two members have any knowledge of English, so it is at times a challenge!
Nevertheless, my school-girl French is slowly improving, and it is surprising
how many of the tunes I already know, in spite of the words
being so obviously different!
What with choir, and Eddie and I both attending French classes, we are
gradually getting to grips with the language, or at least being understood
or understanding others!!
Over the past months, we have had several visitors, which has been lovely.
We have seen Pat and Steve Woolhouse, Margaret and Denis Laflin and friends,
and Gill and Terry Fordham. Amongst family members, mum has been
here and had a wonderful time. Indeed, she enjoyed it so much, she
is coming again at Christmas with Baz and Colleen. Sophie and Tom
have visited, as well as my sister Christine and her husband. All,
we hope, had a great time. We expect Joe and family very
We would just like to remind you all of 'The Studio', our self-contained
apartment at the top of the house. The Lot and Garonne is a beautiful
area in the South West of France, and the scenery is undulating to quite
hilly. Late spring and summer is very warm and dry, and the area
is perfect for a memorable holiday. For those who enjoy medieval hilltop villages,
fields of sunflowers, lovely rivers and sloping vineyards, this is
the area for you. We are also next door to the Department of the
Dordogne and a couple or so hours away from the Atlantic. The Pyrenees
and Spain are about three and a half hours south. With regards
to getting here, Villereal is served by Bergerac airport, only 30 minutes
away, and regular flights are out of Stansted. Fly-Drive is available.
'The Studio' is twin-bedded and obviously suitable for a couple or two
friends. For anyone who has one or at a push, two children however,
and is interested in a holiday here, please do not hesitate to get
in touch with us as well. We look forward to welcoming many of you
here next year. Our Telephone number is 0033 (0)553493883 and the
Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
please give us a ring or send a message.
Finally, it is getting very close to that special time of the year again,
and you will all be in our thoughts at Christmas, as will the
village of Somersham. However, we look forward to our first 'French Christmas'
here, especially with mum, Baz and Colleen arriving. Sophie and Tom
will be in New Zealand. I know is is a little early, but we
wish you all a happy and peaceful time when Christmas comes. (Oh,
and a big hug to all church and choir members, (especially Mary C.
Frances G. and Margaret L!!)
Much love, Mary and
Since my last entry
in The Link a surprising episode has affected the club. First team manager
Darren Breeden, assistant Shaun Barnett and coach Rab have withdrawn their
combined services and resigned from the club. A number of the players
that were signed during their time at the club have also left and all
this happened on the eve of the start of the league season.
I would like to take
this opportunity to thank Darren, Shaun and Rab for their input to the
club. The way it has ended is not what anybody at the club would have
wanted, but that is the way it has happened and we all need to move on
and play some football.
Although Darren and
Shauns time at the club was not as successful on the pitch as all
would have hoped, they did introduce a lot of good things to the club
including new sponsors and fresh training and footballing ideas. My hope
is that the club and the players will make use of these new ideas and
get Somersham back up the league and beyond.
After a hastily convened
huddle of available committee members Keith Lawrence, father of first
team captain Terry, has taken on the management of the first team with
assistance and guidance from Quinny. The reserves are being managed by
the man who had just announced he was stepping down from the role, Derek
Ottaway. Matty Whitton, who has just stopped playing, has taken the role
of assistant to Derek. The legendary Ray Smith has taken over the difficult
task of training the players after his year off and a hefty welcome back
to him. A huge thank you is due to these for men from the rest of the
club, especially all of the players. Without them volunteering their services
its possible the club could have been sunk. So with management and training
issues resolved the club was able to attack the new season with gusto.
The 1st Team
Saturday 2nd September
Martlesham Athletic 98 Div 3 (H) Won 2-1
A great start for the new managers. Martlesham were very strong, but a
battling effort from the lads brought home the first 3 points of the season.
Kieran Cotterell and Luke Emmerson were the scorers.
Saturday 9th September Sporting 87 Div 3 (A) Lost 2-0
After the previous weeks excellent performance, this was poor from
Somersham. Things were not helped by the loss of captain Terry Lawrence,
through injury, during the first half with the score 0-0. A couple of
defensive errors accounted for the goals, but the team never really looked
Saturday 16th September Sproughton Sports Div 3 (H) Won 3-0
This highly anticipated local derby came early this year. Somersham played
well and were good for the victory. Goal scorers were Kieran, with his
second of the season and Stefan Nielsen with his first. The other goal
was a Sproughton own goal.
Saturday 23rd September Albion Mills Div 3 (A) Won 1-0
The game at Dumbarton Road, affectionately known as dog-**** alley, got
underway after the pitch had been cleared of deposits. It was worth the
wait as Somersham gained their first away points of the season. Stefan
scored his second of the season to join Kieran as top scorer so far.
Saturday 30th September
Saxmundham Sports Div 3 (H) Lost 4-0
This was a bad all round performance from the team against fairly good
opposition. Hopefully lessons have been learned by the players and there
will be no repeat performances this poor this season.
Despite the last game
of the month, September has seen Somersham safely into the top half of
the table and playing, at times, some good football. I think on 1st September
all would have taken 9 points from a possible 15. Lets hope they
can continue in this manner.
Saturday 2nd September
Saturday 9th September East Bergholt United A Div 4
(H) Lost 0-3
East Bergholt played some good football and proved too strong for Somersham.
Saturday 16th September Stowmarket Stag Div 4 (A) Lost 8-2
Stag were as strong has they had been last season and bossed the game.
One silver lining however was the return of Al Bentman who scored both
of Somershams goals.
Saturday 23rd September Wenhaston United Reserves Div 4 (H) Lost
This was a closely contested match which saw Al Bentman on the score sheet
again, but unfortunately still no points for Somersham.
Saturday 30th September Henley Athletic Div 4 (H) Lost 4-1
Henley were too strong for Somersham to cope with and ran out the victors.
However, there were promising signs from the players that things are improving.
Lee Cotterell scored his first of the season to give Somersham a consolation.
September was not
as kind to the Reserves as it had been to the First team. As expected,
the combination of promotion last season and the loss of players from
the club during the summers upheaval have been felt strongly by
the Reserves. The team has changed considerably from last season with
some new players coming in with little experience of football at this
level. However, Derek and Matty are confident that things are going in
the right direction and the team is beginning to gel. Hopefully Ill
be able to report some Reserve team success next month.
The club are holding
a Christmas get together again this year at the village hall. The date
for this is Friday 8th December and as ever, one and all are welcomed
and encouraged to attend. There will be some beer, some music and a lot
of dancing, so please come and join us.
See you on Saturday!!!
DONT FORGET YOUR SANDTEX!!!!!!!
Wednesday 1st November
- 7.30pm - Committee Room, Village Hall
Wednesday 6th December - 7.30pm - Playing Field Pavilion
The administrator of the Parish Group which is made up of parishes likely
to be affected by the Snoasis development, gave a comprehensive and informative
presentation to the parish council at its October meeting. The main concern
is the impact on the road network which could affect all communities in
the surrounding area. It is likely the Public Inquiry will begin in the
new year and the councillors will decide at the November parish council
meeting what level of contribution Somersham can offer towards the legal
representation at the public inquiry. The councillors would welcome any
views you may have, please contact any of the councillors or the clerk.
Over the past few weeks the parish council has been compiling an Emergency
Plan for Somersham. It is planned to have a register of resources along
with a list of those more vulnerable residents who would need extra help
in the event of an emergency. More details will be provided in the next
edition of this magazine.
Still on the subject of emergencies, the Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning
Unit has produced a self-help emergency guideline leaflet, which is contained
in a magnetic backed plastic folder and can easily be stuck to a metal
surface in the home.
The leaflet gives information on what to do and who to contact for various
emergencies and gives a list of telephone numbers for the different authorities
and utilities. We are informed the packs are available in council offices,
libraries and doctor's surgeries, but in case you have not yet got one
we have enclosed one for you with this magazine.
The Parish Council was delighted to hear that the Somersham Hedgerow Survey
has been ? completed this year and wishes to record its appreciation to
Richard and his team for the excellent progress they have made during
the summer. It is hoped that the survey will be completed next year.
The Parish Council elections take place on the 3rd May 2007 and over the
next few months further details will be publicised. Next May Somersham
Parish Council will be reduced from 9 to 7 seats and nominations must
be made during a three week period from March to April 2007. If you are
interested in joining the council please watch for future articles in
the magazine, or on the noticeboards, telling you how you can become a
Clerk to the Council
Tel. No. 01473 830398 E-mail: email@example.com
Marys Church, Somersham
Saturday 2nd December
2 to 4 pm
Somersham Village Hall
Visit Father Christmas!
Cakes Tombola Crafts
Kiddies Craft Corner
of profit to St. Elizabeths Hospice)