From the Registers:
Peter Carter and Jacqueline Smith who married at Flowton on 22nd September
and are now living at Cedars Park, Stowmarket.
We wish them all many happy years together
Colin Smith of Springfield Road, Somersham, who died on September 19th,
aged 67 years. His funeral took place on October 1st in Somersham Cchurch,
followed by burial in the churchyard. Our thoughts are with Linda, her
children and grandchildren.
he rest in peace
Sunday November 3rd at 3.00pm
Our Annual Service for the Bereaved
will be held in Great Bricett ChurchThe Preacher will be the Reverend
Barbara Stanton, Priest-in-charge of Bildeston with Wattisham and Lindsay,
Whatfield with Semer, Nedging and Naughton.
Invitations have been
sent to relatives of anyone whose funeral has taken place from our 8 parishes
during the last 2 years, but all are welcome to attend and if you wish
your loved one, whenever they died, to be remembered by name please contact:
Revd. Linden Fletcher
on 01473 657768,
Or Michael Hodgson on 01449 720365,
or Mary Carter on 01473 658522
All booking enquiries:
Mrs Hilary Bridger - 01473 831552
Flowton Church News
Tuesday November 6th is the date for the half-yearly Parish Meeting
in the Church Vestry all welcome.
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.
November 22nd Sunday after Trinity
Service for the Bereaved - Preacher: Revd. Barbara Stanton
Communion by extension
November 23rd Sunday after Trinity
United Remembrance Service
United Service for Remembrance Sunday
November 24th Sunday after Trinity
Service + comm. by ext.
November Last Sunday after Trinity
Worship for all ages
Communion by extension
OFFTON AND WILLISHAM PARISH COUNCIL
Council at its next meeting on November 12th , and thereafter, will include
on the Agenda an item "Public Participation Session", giving
an opportunity for any members of the public to address the meeting on
business items included on the agenda
Having been kindly allocated a piece of ground by Mr Jonn Hitchcock, a
seat has been placed near to Tye Farm. The Council is grateful to
County Councillor Julia Truelove for a grant of money towards its cost
and to Councillors Keith Earl and Andrew Cox for installing it.
The seat at Flint Cottage Offton has been repaired and is now safe to
The next Council meetings are on November 12th and January14th
Pip Sands Parish Clerk
Tel 01449 721173
CARPET BOWLS CLUB
With the new season
started and only four weeks of the new Winter league under our belts,
there is unfortunately - due to unexpected fixture cancellations and therefore
beyond our control - not a lot of bowls news to report for the month of
The first two matches for league play against Elmsett and Tattingstone
were both postponed, and are re-scheduled to be played later in the season.
Consequently our first
foray into competitive bowling was straight into home and away leg Cup
matches against Martlesham who were always going to be tough opposition
as they usually play in the top division. Hopes of causing an upset were
soon dashed: in the home leg of the encounter Somersham were without some
regular bowlers and although Somersham showed valiant effort, the visitors
ran out winners by 14 shots and took the win.
Hoping to find some improvement for the return match it was off to Martlesham
a few days later to complete the away leg. Whilst coming to grips with
their mats from an early stage, and two of the fours pushing their games
to a close finish, it proved again to be the home team showing the better
form and Martlesham ran out very worthy winners.
The overall result in their favour sees them going through to the next
round of the Cup to play Barking
and we wish them well.
With a more regular
number of league matches due to be played over the next few weeks, the
Club look forward achieving good and consistent results which we hope
to report on success or otherwise -in the next edition of the Link.
To celebrate the founding of the Church and the Lords kindness to us through
the years, on Sunday evening 4th November at 7.00pm we have a buffet followed
by a presentation on the historical background, origins and life of the
church by historian Paul Davies. Again do please join us.
Remembrance Day Service
10.45am Sunday November11th. Again we join with the Parish Church at St
Marys to mark the sacrifices made in armed conflict and acknowledge
the mercy of God towards us a nation. Our 10.00am prayer meeting will
be held at 1 Church Close.
Regular Sunday Morning
Programme (You are welcome to join us for all or part of the morning).
10.00-10.30 Prayer Meeting (11th November at 1 Church Close)
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 9th November.
Contact Mark if you need transport.
Friends and Neighbours 7.45pm 19th November, Green wellies and manure
with Christine Hart.
All events are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP84
QE, and Transport is always available.
Mid Suffolk South
Mid Suffolk District Council Offices,
131 High Street Needham Market
Suffolk IP6 8DL
Tel: 01449 724997
Hello again ,
Crimes of interest
13 th September damage was caused to play equipment by driving
a vehicle through a fence
Protect it, Register
Suffolk Police are joining forces with online property database Immobilise
to help keep property safe and reunite stolen items with their rightful
owners across the county.
Many items of identifiable property are either lost or stolen each year.
By taking the time to register property on the Immobilise database, people
can take a positive step towards reducing the crime, as their property
would be identifiable to all law enforcement agencies across the country.
This in turn will help the police reunite property to their lawful owners
and will also help to catch criminals.
Almost any possession with a serial number can be registered for free,
* Mobile phones
* Ipods, other MP3 players and games consoles
* Laptops, computers and PDAs
* Satellite navigation and in-car equipment
Watches, jewellery, art and antiques can also be registered for a small
fee. Users who upgrade can also add photos and certificates of ownership
to their account.
Inspector Ben Cook, Suffolk Constabularys Crime Reduction Officer
says: "Many items of property we recover from criminals are not restored
to their rightful owners, as without information on serial numbers or
property marking we do not know who they belong to. We will now be routinely
checking the Immobilise database, which will give us an additional method
for locating the owners of property.
"Spending five minutes registering details of your valued possessions
on immobilise.com means your details are instantly available to us and
all other forces across the country. If an item is stolen you can update
your record to tell us, so if we or any other force find your MP3 player,
sat nav or bike, we have proof it belongs to you, not the offender. With
the theft of such items becoming increasingly common, this database is
a valuable tool to hit back at these criminals and bring them to justice.
"The Immobilise data base can also be used before purchasing second
hand electrical items. By checking the CheckMend facility on the website
before buying, it is possible to identify a stolen item. My message is
to never buy any item that has not got its serial number displayed, as
I can not think of any reason why they would need to be removed legitimately."
Suffolk Police have produced a leaflet to help people gather information
on their property to add to the database. These are being handed out at
schools, colleges and businesses. When people register on www.immobilise.com
database they also get the chance to win one silver 4GB iPod Nano per
week for the next ten weeks, thanks to support from Bennetts Electrical
and the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit.
To enter the draw and a chance to win one of ten iPods go on the www.immobilise.com
website and register your identifiable property; ensure you tick Suffolk
Police when you get to the section where did you hear about
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
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
Mid Suffolk South
Safer Neighbourhood Team
The Friends Of Somersham
School would like to begin this article by wishing you all a Happy
New Academic Year. It does not seem possible that we are already
half a term into the new school year. We would like to welcome the new
children to our school and hope that those children that left in July
enjoyed their Christmas Leavers Disco and have now settled in well at
their new schools. Our final profit figure for our fete at the end of
June ended up being just short of £1200 so we were all delighted
with this amount.
In Mid-October we were holding our AGM at the school and we will report
in next months Link magazine the appointments and news arising from this
We are already well on our way to planning some events for 2007/08. The
school fete has already been discussed, but themes and dates will be confirmed
at a later date. We are having a Body Shop Party on the evening of Wednesday
14th November in the school hall starting at 7.30 p.m. This is usually
a really nice evening and an opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping
without having to travel into town! We charge an entry fee of £1.50
which includes a glass of wine or juice and some nibbles. We usually have
a raffle and a make up demonstration and you also have the opportunity
to try some of the products. Even if you do not want to buy any products,
it is a nice evening out. We hope some of you will come along and join
On Saturday 17th November from 10a.m 1 p.m. our usual photographer
Hazel from Tempest will be coming along to the school to do some Christmas
photographs. Why dont you take this opportunity to have an up to
date family photograph taken or just some nice casual photographs of the
children, babies or individuals. We have been extremely pleased with the
photographs taken in previous years. Just come along between the above
times and we will get your photographs taken as soon as possible. You
can bring the family pet along too! The photographs are usually returned
and delivered within 2-3 weeks.
We will also be selling gifts that the children can buy with their pocket
money for Mum and Dad. Second hand books and some nearly new items will
also be for sale and of course there will be refreshments available. Between
10a.m and 12p.m. there will also be a workshop for children to have a
go at making some hand made Christmas Cards.
Please can we ask you all to continue to collect any vouchers that become
available at the local supermarkets and send them into the school. These
are usually handed out at Tescos and Sainsburys. We also collect the Nestle
Box Tops and recycle old mobile phones and toner/ink cartridges. The income
generated from the recycling and the tokens collected are much appreciated
at the school.
SOMERSHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL
WEDNESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 2007 AT 7.30 P.M.
DEMONSTRATIONS £1.50 INCL WINE/JUICE AND NIBBLES.
CHRISTMAS PHOTOGRAPHS & GIFTS
17TH NOVEMBER 2007
10 A.M. 1 P.M.
AT SOMERSHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL
A professional photographer will be coming along to the school
to take photographs of babies, family groups, friends or individuals.
Please come along between the stated times. Photographs will be
delivered within 2-3 weeks.
will also be Christmas gifts and cards that can be purchased
ideal presents for children to buy with their pocket money for Mum
and Dad. Secondhand books and nearly new items.
A Christmas card workshop for the children between 10 a.m. and 12
contact Jenny King on 01473 830623 for further information.
Please note that on 11th November Remembrance Sunday the service
will start at 10.45 am. We are pleased that the Baptist Church will once
again be joining us.
The Christmas Bazaar
will be held on Saturday 1st December from 2 till 4 pm. There
will be all the usual stalls, games and attractions.
At the time of going
to the printers, the Folk Evening has yet to happen, but a special thank
you to the four local bands who have been rehearsing for the evening.
A full report will be in the next Link.
Harvest Festival gifts
were once again taken to the Womens Refuge, where they are greatly
appreciated. Thank you to all who brought gifts, and especially to the
school children, who came in for their Harvest service on the Monday.
If you bring your dog into the churchyard please keep it on a lead and
clear up any mess it may leave!
Link Autumn Fayre
Saturday November 24th 2 to 4 pm
Doors open12 noon to receive any gifts.
for draw prizes and saleable gifts welcome.
Can be picked up by ringing Colin Mayes 831587
Or Betty Game 748279
& District Community Association
Despite the terrible
weather during the summer nearly all the hoped-for improvements to the
Playing Field have been completed. The heavy rain played havoc with the
timing for completing the tennis courts, the siting of the extra storage
container, and work on the new sports pitch. However the container is
in place and awaits a couple of coats of green paint to help it blend
in with the surroundings; the tennis club hut could well do with the same
treatment. The tennis courts are fully equipped and proving popular, although
access is a bit tricky while the Sports Pitch is being prepared. A junior
coach has been helping out and the Sports Development Officer for MSDC
and the Lawn Tennis Association held an event in October.
The new Sports Pitch
was ploughed and rolled and a few stalwarts have been on stone picking
duty they deserve a medal; however mechanical stone removal will
still have to take place. All the rubbish has been removed. The lighting
for the arena is now complete and the area is presently lit from 6pm to
9pm. The completion of the lighting will enable the Association to claim
the balance of the funding from Foundation S&A. The cycle speedway
circuit has been banked and the British Qualifier and the East Anglia
Grand Prix rounded off the season. The new footbridge is in place and
the Crispin memorial plaque installed. Photographs of the finished bridge
have been sent to the Crispin family who sent their thanks and asked to
be remembered to any who knew them. As well as all the improvements outside,
the damage caused by the robbery at the Pavilion has been put right and
a new TV set installed.
Somersham should be
proud of and grateful to all those who have worked so hard to get the
Playing Field Project this far, from the fund-raisers to the volunteers
who do much of the work needed, as well as the local professionals who
give their time and advice free of charge. The facilities now offered
would not be available without them. Naming them will no doubt bring blushes
but you will know who you are a big thank you for past help and
that still to come.
Just because most
of the improvements are either complete or very nearly so does not mean
the Committee can sit back and enjoy the fruits of many years labour.
Ongoing costs for maintenance, insurance, grass cutting, etc. will all
have to be paid for. No grants are available for running costs. We need
lots of people to hire the pavilion for parties and meetings, and to make
full use of the Sports & Social Club. It would also be great if someone
out there came forward with some new ideas for raising money. Think about
it when you are using the facilities and contact Mike Shelmerdine if you
have any good ideas.
(Tel- 01473 831661 or Mike@sable86.freeserve.co.uk).
Marys Church, Somersham
Saturday 1st December
from 2 to 4 pm
Somersham Village Hall
Cakes Tombola Crafts
Raffle Kiddies Craft Corner
of profit to Air Ambulance)
Forthcoming Parish Council Meetings
Date Time Venue
Wednesday 7th November
2007 7.30pm Committee Room, Village Hall
Wednesday 5th December 2007 7.30pm Committee Room, Village Hall
Housing Needs Survey
From time to time residents voice their concern to councillors at the
lack of affordable housing in Somersham and how their young families will
need to move away to get on the property ladder. Last year the parish
council asked for volunteers to work with the council to produce a questionnaire
to ascertain the needs of the community regarding affordable housing.
Very disappointedly no responses were received. In view of the comments
still being expressed by some residents, the council is again looking
at the feasibility of conducting a housing needs survey in Somersham.
All that is needed is a small working party from the community to work
with the Rural Housing Enabler in compiling a questionnaire pertinent
to our village. The parish council needs your input in moving forward
with affordable housing provision which could enable your family to remain
in the village. Please contact any one of the councillors, or the Clerk,
if you can spare just a few hours to enable us to get on the first rung
of our ladder.
for Local Organisations
If you are a local organisation and are planning a local project for the
future, the parish council may be able to help towards the cost. Any requests
for financial support during the year 2008/9 should be made by the end
of November at the latest, so they can be considered by the parish council
during its budget deliberations. Please write to the Clerk giving details
of your organisation and the project you are considering.
Somersham Parish Council has one vacant seat and is looking to co-opt
another member to the council. These are changing times for parish councils
with the likelihood that principal authorities will devolve more powers
to parish councils over the next few years. If you would like to be a
part of these exciting times in grass roots democracy and help influence
the way in which Somersham develops, further information on joining the
parish council can be obtained by contacting the chairman, Richard Browne
on 831321, the Clerk, or any of the other councillors.
The over-run of the Public Inquiry looking at the Snoasis planning applications
resulted in a deficit in the expenditure of the Snoasis Community Alliance
which has had to turn to its members for more financial support. Somersham
Parish Council agreed to make a further contribution of £750 towards
these additional costs. The decision of the Planning Inspector is expected
in January 2008.
Free Fire Safety
Suffolk Fire and Rescue is offering free home fire safety checks to people
who have a carer. A Fire Officer will visit the persons home to
assess the risks. If you have, or know anyone who has, a carer, please
telephone Ipswich 260586 to arrange your free home fire safety check.
Patient and Public
The parish council has been contacted by the Commission of Patient and
Public Involvement in Health (CPPIH) which is seeking volunteers for forums
in this area. Forums are made up from groups of volunteers who have an
interest in health and the way that local services are delivered. Forum
members come from a broad variety of backgrounds and have a range of experiences
and skills. Further details are available from Aneka Watts, Recruitment
and Membership Officer, CPPIH. Tel: 0121 222 4419, or email email@example.com
The parish council is very grateful to Richard Toone and his team who
have worked so hard over the past 2 years in successfully completing the
Somersham Hedgerow Survey. Following the loss of the previous team, the
parish council struggled to find someone else to take on this task. Thankfully
Richard came forward and has done an excellent job in surveying and cataloguing
the hedgerows in the parish. Hopefully this will help protect them for
many generations to come.
Audit of Accounts
The auditors have now completed the audit of the parish councils
accounts for the financial year 2006/7 and had no concerns in the way
the council is conducting its finances. Copies of the auditors report
are on the noticeboards.
Members of the parish council are keen to improve the community for all,
but do need to know what hopes and aspirations residents have. Please
pass on your suggestions, ideas or opinions to any councillor if there
is anything you feel could be improved or changed for the benefit of the
Janet Clarke Tel.
No. 01473 830398
Clerk to the Council E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Time is marching on and soon there will be preparations for Christmas
a rather scary thought. All the pupils are working hard and enjoying
the new challenges of the Autumn term.
Class 1 (years 5 &
6) are studying Queen Victoria and investigating how children lived during
Victorian times. They are looking forward to their Victorian Day at school;
the opportunity to dress up and experience Victorian school life and rules.
Just a little bit different from today - and with no computers!
All of Class 1 are
lucky enough to be learning the clarinet this year with a visiting tutor,
alongside Miss Knowles. Mrs Derry is teaching Class 2 (years 3 & 4)
the recorder too, so hopefully we can look forward to the children showing
off their newfound talents soon maybe performing at Christmas?
Class 2 have also been studying Henry VIII and the children seem to like
the more gruesome aspects of this topic!!
The current topic
in Class 3 (Reception & years 1 & 2) is Ourselves
and pupils have been using the idea of aliens visiting as a stimulus.
As part of this Somersham Space Odyssey, maps for aliens have been drawn,
pictures painted and farewell cards made.
We are very fortunate
that Rebecca Smeaton, a parent Governor has recently launched a French
Film Club at the school. In the Summer term the children watched Etre
et Avoir, to be and to have, a film set in a very small school
in rural France and shown in French with English subtitles. The brioche
in the interval proved to be just as exciting, although we do wonder what
other French delicacies the children may be sampling ahead?! In October
the children watched Red Rackhams Treasure, one of Hergés
Adventures of Tintin. Both classes 1 and 2 are learning French and enjoy
the opportunities to embrace all aspects of French culture and further
The whole school continues
to participate in Activate for ten minutes at the beginning
of each morning and afternoon session. Activate is a series of brain
gym exercises which progress week by week. The children enjoy these
fun sessions and they have a positive effect on their schooling
as well as keeping the teachers fit too!
Members of Class 1
have been training at the start of the Autumn term to be play leaders,
to encourage the rest of the school to play games during their lunch time
break. Somersham school also continues to provide lots of opportunities
to play sports via links with Premier Sport and the South Suffolk School
Sports Partnership either in school time or as an after school
club. This term hockey, tag rugby and gymnastics are being taught along
with the very popular, 4 week Judo club.
If you would like
to visit our school or obtain further information, please contact Mrs
Maguire, school Secretary on: 01473 831251.
2007 Christmas Lunch for
& Willisham Senior Citizens
will be held on Saturday 8th December
you would like to come,
but have not received an invitation in past years,
please phone Janet on 658547
& WILLISHAM VILLAGE HALL MANAGEMENT
Saturday 17th November 2007 at 7.30 p.m.
the Village Hall
your own food and drink. Tea and coffee provided.
of 6 or less.
£2.50 per person
book a table please contact 658547 or 657431
OFFTON CHURCH NEWS NOVEMBER 2007
This was held on 9 September and enjoyed by a fair sized congregation.
Our thanks go to all who decorated the church so beautifully and for the
gifts provided. All gifts were given to the Salvation Army at Stowmarket
This annual event was held in the village hall on 29 September, and was
once again led by John Minns. £140 was raised for church funds.
Our thanks go to Anne and others for providing the refreshments, and of
course to John Minns for the way he kept the evening flowing. Once again,
John said that this would be his last Whist Drive, but with so many people
enjoying his humour and abilities
..who knows next
The Supper in Church
event that had been scheduled for 6 October unfortunately had to be postponed.
The new date is not available as this article is being written to meet
publication time scales; however, it may be in November. Anyone interested
in attending should contact Mike Bolton on the number below. Tickets cost
£10 and are limited to only 20. The ticket price covers a 3-course
meal plus a first glass of wine. There will be a raffle to swell the coffers.
The church heating will be on, the church interior will be beautifully
lit, and the emphasis will be on good conversation and happy friendship.
Our annual Autumn/Winter
Quiz will be held possibly in the New Year in the village hall. Although
the entry cost will include tea and coffee in the interval, participants
are encouraged to bring their own food and drink, and to lay a table to
make a full evening of the event. Teams of 6 are ideal, but if you wish
to come on your own, you should be able to make up teams with other people.
This is a great fun evening, and apart from prizes for the
winners, there will also be a raffle. Further details including the date
will appear in a future Link magazine.
Church services this
month are listed on the inside cover of this magazine. You may like to
note in your diary that the Christmas Service at Offton will be held on
Sunday 16 December at 1000 hrs.
Offton PCC still has
room for more willing members. If you would like to take part in this
activity, or have any questions regarding what is involved, please call
one of the following:
Ian Dickson Tel: 01473 658637
Paul and Anne Chapman Tel: 01449 721181
Mike Bolton Tel: 01473 658304
Peta Whiting Tel: 01449 677766
Church Fact File
Over recent months
in this column, children have been invited to make a date link between
events taught in their history lessons at school with dates published
here about the development of Offton Church over the past 900 years or
so. As no response has been received so far, the writer assumes that periods
around the 14th century are too early for modern history students. So
here is something much more up to date to challenge the youngsters.
In 1858, a certain
Rev. John Thompson started his ministry at Offton where he remained as
parish priest for the following 45 years. Shortly after arriving, his
young daughter, Helen, died. In her memory, Rev Thompson had a new, beautiful,
four-light East window made in stained glass by Mr John Hardman. The window
illustrates Jesus blessing the children, among whom Helen is said to feature.
Rev Thompson and his family generously bore all the costs. This window
is worth a visit and must to viewed from inside the church with the light
shining through to reveal all its glory.
So come on children:
in memory of young Helen Thompson, what historical events took place in
or around 1858? Something must have happened somewhere in the world that
year. Answers to Mike Bolton please.
(Registered Charity 1020882)
The children have been enjoying seeing some more real life animals. We
have had a visit from Zoolab where Peter bought in some mini-beasts and
talked to the children all about them. The children (and parents) were
able to ask questions, touch and even hold a giant snail, millipede, a
hissing cockroach and even a snake. The children were very brave in wanting
to hold them although not all of the adults were quite so keen!
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 weather allows.
We currently have some spaces in our 2½ to 3 age range and a number
of funded spaces for 3 and 4 year olds. Children are able to stay with
us until they are ready to join mainstream education in the reception
year and we are happy to work with any school although the majority of
children go to either Ringshall or Somersham Primary School.
The continued success of Barking Pre-school relies upon sufficient numbers
of children to make it viable. If your child is not yet old enough to
start but you would like to know more about the pre-school please contact
us to arrange a visit and come and see what we do. With a first child
it is often confusing about when they can start pre-school, what happens
there and what to expect. We would be happy to chat to anyone to help
make this process any easier. If you have or know of any children who
would like to attend Barking, either at pre-school age (who could start
now) or any younger children (who would like to reserve a place for in
the future) then please contact Veronika Pryke (our pre-school leader)
on 01473 658368 or Helen Smith on 01473 833285.
Just a reminder about our Christmas Shopping Event being held on 8th November
at Barking Village Hall from 7:30pm. Come and spend an enjoyable evening
doing some Christmas shopping without all the hustle and bustle of Ipswich
town centre. Tickets cost £2.50 and include a drink and some nibbles
and can be purchased in advance from Sally (01473 833056) or on the night.
Our next event is the Christmas Fayre, which is on Saturday, 1st December
between 2 and 4pm. There will be plenty of childrens games and Christmas
crafts and of course our grand prize raffle will take place. More details