holidays are now long gone and all we are left with are memories, photographs
and perhaps film of all that we saw and did. I hope that you have happy
memories of the summer months.
One of my memories
is of the green at Pakefield, next to the church, overlooking the cliffs
and sea. There is a row of seats on the green, each one with a name on
a plaque or etched into the wood. Family or friends have remembered the
life of someone they love. At the same time they have provided a facility
for others to sit and rest and enjoy the sea view. It seems like a good
idea to me.
November is, of course,
the month of remembrance when we remember those who have died in the two
great wars of the last century, as well as in more recent conflicts. The
words We will remember them will be said in churches, halls
and open-air gatherings all over the nation at services on Remembrance
Sunday and on November 11th. For those who have memories of family members
or friends it will be a particularly poignant moment, but all of us need
to be reminded and to be grateful for the sacrifice of young lives on
Christians have a
time to remember in the communion service. We eat bread and drink wine
to bring to mind the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. As the hymn says
He died that we might be forgiven,
He died to make us good,
That we might go at last to heaven,
Saved by His precious blood.
As we remember again
in this month of November let us be grateful for those whom we love, whether
still in this world or not, and live in the knowledge that true love never
Brians point about the benefits we can all enjoy from memorial seats
is such a good one. All four of our villages have such seats in their
churchyards and are havens of peace for everyone to share villagers
and visitors alike. We are grateful to those who have given them over
The Annual General
Meeting of the Link committee was held at Gunns Farm on 30th
September. Mary Carter and Margaret Laflin were re-elected to the Chair
and as Secretary respectively. Steve Woolhouse was elected as Treasurer.
Kate Dines was welcomed onto the editorial team and it would seem to be
a good opportunity to thank all our editors for the time and effort they
put in on a regular basis to produce our magazine. Probably only their
families realise just how much is required to bring together all the news
and activities in our villages each month. Thank you all.
From the Registers:
Welcome to Amelia
Grace, daughter of Jonathan and Nicola Greenfield, who was baptised in
Willisham Church on 14th September 2008.
May she grow in faith
Flower and Cleaning Rota
November 2nd, 9th Frances Southgate
November 16th,23rd Christine Jarrold
November 30th, Dec 7th Christine Cooper
Cleaning Team B
November 2nd, 9th Mrs Ward
November 16th,23rd Mrs Munson
November 30th Mrs Carter
Cleaning Mr & Mrs P Rawley
November 2nd Mrs Gay Tollemache
November 9th, 16th Mrs Lois Seddon
November 23rd, 30th Mrs Carol Langford
Cleaning Mr & Mrs Perry
November 2nd Mrs T Southall
November 9th, 16th Ms J Hardman
November 23rd, 30th Mrs M Fisher
Somersham Church Notes
Please note that on
9th November, Remembrance Sunday, the service will start at 10.45
am. We are pleased that the Baptist Church will once again be joining
The Folk Evening was once again a very enjoyable occasion. We were
entertained by Folk on the Hill, Pluck and Squeeze, Ted Sampson and friends,
performing a wide repertoire of styles of folk music to a very high standard,
appreciated by all in the packed church. Many thanks to all the performers,
to those providing the refreshments and especially to Robin, who gave
the whole church a beautiful atmosphere with his subtle lighting. The
amount raised from the evening was a tremendous £497.15.
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 following Harvest Festival.
If you have been into church in the last few weeks you would have noticed
that seating is much more comfortable on some pews thanks to the addition
of Pew cushions. Materials for these have been purchased from a donation
from the family of the late Agnes Abbott, and made by Hilary Bridger.
We are very grateful to Miss Abbotts family and Hilary for her excellent
sewing skills. Everyone is very impressed and we hope to be able to put
them in all the pews in due course.
The Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday 29th November from
2 till 4 pm. There will be all the usual stalls, games and attractions.
See advert elsewhere for more details.
Before the Folk Evening concert in Somersham church there was a presentation
to a very special guest, Billy, who has recently retired from being Somershams
postman for over 30 years. To show our appreciation of his cheerful and
helpful approach, Billy and his family were presented with an engraved
glass paperweight, flowers and bulbs, chocolates, a money box in the style
of a postbox, and a cheque for £660.
Billy has been in
touch since his presentation and has asked that we let everyone know how
overwhelmed and grateful he and his family were by the reception they
got and the gifts they were presented with. He says a very big thank you
to everyone and hopes to drop in to the Somersham area soon to see as
many as he can.
Marys Church, Somersham
Saturday 29th November
from 2 to 4 pm
Somersham Village Hall
of profit to Air Ambulance)
and District Gardening Club
November 10 at 7.30pm
RESEARCHING AN EDWARDIAN SUFFOLK FOLLY
(Garden designer and landscaper)
or not you are a member, you will be most welcome!
Raffles, refreshments available.
£1 VISITORS & guests
Sat. 22nd Nov. 2.00pm 4.00pm
(Doors open at 12 Midday for any Donations)
Next-to-New, Bric - A - Brac
Draw Prizes, Tombola,
The next Village Coffee
Drop-in will be on Wednesday November 5th in the church vestry all
Flowton PCC will meet
at 7.30pm on Friday November 7th in the church Vestry.
Day will be on Saturday November 15th in Earl Stonham Village Hall.
It will be from 10.00am until 1.00pm, but if you cannot manage all three
hours perhaps you would like to come and hear Bishop Nigel speak ; he
should finish by 11.00am.
The Parish Meeting
is on Wednesday November 12th at 7.30pm in the church vestry.
Saturday November 29th
10.00am-11.30am in the church
We hope you will come for coffee,
cake stall, etc.
CHERNOBYL CHILDREN LIFE LINE
Elizabeth and Kevin Parker are delighted to announce that the craft sale
in Needham Market on Saturday 13th September 2008 raised over £1000
They are also very happy to announce that between 7 9 of the children
from Belarus are to return for Christmas via Private invitations,
which means the costs will be paid for by their host parents. A wonderful
outcome to the visit. If you are having a declutter before Christmas please
remember that toys, games, puzzles, stationery items and craft materials
in good condition make ideal gifts for the children. Also in great demand
are soft toys for the Minsk Childrens Cancer Hospital. Even the
older teenage patients love soft toys, which are not readily available
Donations can be left at Christines Haircare Somersham or 5 Chapel
Lane Somersham or if you need items collected telephone Heather on 01473
An exciting event is to take place on Saturday 6th December at the Community
Centre in Needham Market, start time 7pm. Tickets will be on sale prior
to the event, which is an evening of Chocolate Bingo. This is a family
event and children are welcome, ticket price will be £7.00 for adults
and half price for children under 10. A meal is included in the ticket
price and there will be many fun features as well as the Bingo, which,
as the name implies, will have a chocolate theme. There will be a chocolate
themed raffle together with Russian Craft on sale giving lots of unusual
and inexpensive gift ideas for Christmas. Any donations of raffle prizes
would be much appreciated, as all funds raised from this evening will
go towards bringing the next group of children to the UK for a respite
visit in July of 2009. Raffle prizes can be chocolate or chocolate themed,
i.e. Chocolate colour, a book about chocolate, DVD etc
All enquiries about
the Chocolate Bingo night or regarding the forthcoming visit of the children
to Elizabeth on 01449 760343.
Offton Church News
Recent Events and
On Saturday 4 October, 21 people from the village met at the church in
the evening to enjoy a rather unusual event Supper in Church.
In fact, it was a high quality 3-course dinner with wine. Our gratitude
goes to Anne, Sue, Jan and Judy for their culinary skills and generosity
in its preparation, and others who worked set-up table and clean up afterwards.
In the setting of an ancient, candle-lit church, it was an occasion to
be remembered. This was a fund raising event, and so a small raffle was
included to boost the church finances, and a gain of £254 was raised.
A Deanery Healing
Service was held on 12 October for the benefit of all members of the churches
in our Benefice. Rev Christine Everett officiated.
Future Events and Special Services
With the shorter daylight
hours and the need for central heating, we have arrived at that time of
year when we can look forward to the series of winter concerts in the
church that are organised by Mrs Maartje Rondeboom. There will be three
concerts which will be held on 1 November, 29 November and 10 January
at 7.30 pm. More details are to be found elsewhere in the Link. Tickets
are available from Mrs Maartje Rondeboom (tel. 01473 658024) and Mr Nigel
Coleman (tel.01473 657191). You are advised to book early as these concerts
are always a sell-out.
Our annual Remembrance
Day Poppy Service will be held on Sunday 9 November at 6.30
pm. This year we are hoping to have a military speaker who has recently
returned to Wattisham Station from active service in Afghanistan (this
is subject to confirmation at the time of writing).
As always, details
of all church services are on the inside back cover of the Link, but it
is worth noting now that Christmas Services at Offton will be held as
21 December at 10.00 am - Annual Carol Service
25 December at 10.00 am - Short Christmas Service and Communion
28 December at 11.00 am Communion Service
The church PCC hopes that as many people as possible in the parish will
be able to find time to enjoy one of these services, for without the truth
of the events that took place two millennia ago, there would be no Christmas
holiday to enjoy. Please find a place in your Christmas for a visit to
your local church.
On 3 January 2009,
the 20th and last Rectors Plate Indoor Bowling Competition will
be held in Needham Market. This has been a major fund raising event for
the church for the past two decades, but unfortunately good things do
not always last for ever. We are therefore hoping for a great turn-out
Church Fact File
As noted above, on Sunday 9 November we will hold our annual Remembrance
Day service. Everyone recognises the poppies that the British Legion sells
to mark the day, and to raise funds for the marvellous work that the British
Legion does in supporting servicemen and servicewomen, particularly in
times of trouble. On that day, we will remember not only the fallen from
past wars and other armed conflicts, but also all current serving personnel
who are even now being sent by the politicians to fight in far flung places.
When politicians fail with the political process, it seems all too easy
for them to turn round and send in the military in order to satisfy foreign
policy goals. Such has always been the role of the armed forces. So what
has this got to do with our Church Fact File?
In Offton church on
the north wall facing the main south entrance door, there is a brass plaque
that lists the local parishioners that died in the Great War 1914-1918
Their honoured names are:
Harry Samual Crick
Herbert Dennis Downes
Arthur William Emsden
Charles John Simpson
Arthur John Steward
John Stanley Steward
Are any of their relatives still living in our locality? If so, it would
be lovely if they could attend the service on 9 November to also remember
their past relatives. If they do attend, we ask them to make themselves
known. It would add great interest to the service.
Pew cushions -
As treasurer of Offton Church I would like to thank all those people who
have given so generously to provide every pew in the church with a cushion.
So now whether it is a church service, an MMM concert or a community event,
a comfortable seat is there for all to enjoy.
A COMPETENT AND CHARITABLE CHAP
Over the past six years MAGICAL MUSICAL MOMENTS Concerts by Candlelight
in Offton Church have raised significant sums of money for worthy causes
from which several local and national charities have benefited.
During that time MMM
evenings became popular, not only for the excellent quality of music in
candlelit surroundings but also because luxurious refreshments are always
included and raffles or draws are not. Yet, overheads are as low as can
be, mainly by the generosity of private and commercial sponsors. Finally
yet importantly, it should be mentioned that musicians are often willing
to forfeit or reduce their fee.
In that respect MMM
is fortunate to present on 29 November 2008 Orlando Jopling; composer,
conductor and cellist from London, with a programme of music and chat,
which he calls Orlando's Cello Pilgrimage. During his performance of 3
Bach Suites, G Major, C Minor and Eb Major, the cellist takes the audience
on a journey from the most well known to one of the more soulful suites
and ending with a more flamboyant one.
What is so special,
you may ask. Well, this musician does not charge for his performance on
the understanding that his fee is deposited in the coffers of Offton Church
and the money will be used towards the maintenance of the fabric of the
building. A charitable chap indeed!
seats at £12.50 may be ordered from
Mr Nigel Coleman on 01473-657191 or email@example.com
and via www.onesuffolk.co.uk/magicalmusicalmoments
CARPET BOWLS CLUB
Our elevation to the rigours of Division 2 bowling - following our promotion
from last years Winter League - took us on the short trip to Whatfield,
a team who incidentally moved up to the higher division in the previous
Somersham began well with two wins from the first two games - albeit one
win succeeding by a single shot, but nonetheless a good start. The second
half however saw a change of fortunes for the home team who showed great
determination to retrieve the situation with two wins, and also taking
shots with the final result overall going to Whatfield.
Next: on Saturday
20th. September a pre-arranged social event pleasantly interrupted the
early season as club members attended a mid-day meal at the Barham Sorrel
Horse to celebrate our promotion to the higher league. With a good choice
from the menu, the meal was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and the afternoon
was aptly rounded off with some fun bowling in the Village Hall.
The next league match
of the month was at home against Kesgrave who were the other team also
elevated with us from Division 3 at the end of last season. At that time
Kesgrave very narrowly pipped us from deservedly finishing in top spot,
so - with perhaps a point to prove - this match was always going to be
hard fought. All four Somersham fours were in good form - showing consistent
performance which never looked liked being beaten - and ran out worthy
overall winners. A resounding victory to boost confidence and an encouraging
home start to the season for Somersham.
Winter League - September Results: -
Whatfield 46 - 33
6 - 4 Lost Away
Kesgrave 24 - 52 0 - 10 Win Home
Our final fixture
of the month saw us slotted into an early round of the Joe Rice Cup -
contested on a home and away basis - with the first leg played away at
Claydon. With fairly infrequent visits to this venue Somersham always
find it difficult to get to grips with the mats in the early stages of
the games and again it was an evening of mixed fortunes. An excellent
score by one of our fours in the first half saw shots evenly balanced
after two games, but this changed in the second half when Claydon showed
some more consistent bowling - although a four again pushed close for
the result. This result leaves us with a shots deficit to hopefully be
made up when the return home leg is played next month
. and the
overall result will be duly reported in the next Link.
Joe Rice Cup
Claydon 45 - 26 3 -1 Lost Away leg
Somersham Still to be played Home leg
We are still looking
to increase the number of members in the Club to participate in the Winter
. so why not come along to the Village Hall one Tuesday evening
and try carpet bowls to see if you can help consolidate the membership.
Somersham Primary School
We have just enjoyed
our Harvest Festival at St. Mary's Church.The children read their harvest
poems,gave a performance of A Little Red Hen and the youngest sang their
own song -ACORN and of course they sang all the usual favourites with
great gusto: Autumn Days, One Potato Two Potato, Paint Box, The Farmer
Comes and All Things Bright and Beautiful. The children also brought harvest
gifts, which are taken to the Womens' Refuge in Ipswich.
At the beginning of term the children were given the opportunity to rename
their classes, so instead of them being numbered class1,2 and 3 they have
named them after wildlife. Class 1 (oldest) are called Hawks, class 2
are called Ferrets and class 3 (the youngest) are called Squirrels. The
boys in class 2 are particularly pleased with their new name!!
Last term we asked you to collect coupons from the Evening Star. As a
result of your support we came second and received a cheque for £500.00!!
We were very pleased and have purchased 5 more clarinets; we now have
6 altogether! Thank you all very much for your support! The afterschool
Clarinet Club will begin again after half term, and will be open to Hawks
only. We are already looking forward to their next concert!
The library refurbishment is almost at an end and the children have invited
a special guest to officiate at the opening ceremony.A donation from BT
will be used to purchase a new computer to scan all books in and out of
the library. We are looking forward to having a fully functioning library
If you would like to visit our school please contact our School Secretary,
Mrs. Maguire 01473 831251 or visit our website
PC David Clark
Community Beat Officer
Tel: 01473 613500
Mid Suffolk South
Mid Suffolk District Council Offices,
131 High Street Needham Market Suffolk IP6 8DL
Hello again ,
Crimes of Interest
5TH 8TH Theft of produce from allotment
5th 8th - Theft of building equipment from building site
Theft of vegetables from allotments and small holdings is becoming more
common due to the high price of food etc , if you have an allotment or
live near , could I ask that you give extra attention and report any suspicious
activity immediately to police .
There has been a rise of Bogus Callers again in the local area .They target
the elderly in particular, and this type of crime can be very distressing
for all concerned .If you have elderly relations or neighbours you might
like to give them the following advice to prevent them being the next
victim: Lock Is your back door locked? Always check it is
as soon as someone knocks at your door or rings your bell.
Bogus Callers often have an accomplice who may try to enter your home
by the back door whilst you are distracted.
Stop Do not open the door until you have looked through
a window or used a door viewer to see who is on your doorstep. Remember,
you do not have to open your door to anyone, especially someone you are
not expecting or do not know. If in doubt, keep them out by keeping your
door shut. Consider calling a friend or relative, if you have a warden
call or community alarm press your button and call them. If the caller
looks suspicious in any way or you are frightened, do not open the door
and call 999.
Chain If you feel that you need to speak to the caller,
use a door-chain.
Do not open the door unless you put the chain on first so that you can
see the person on your doorstep. Find out who they are and what they want.
Close the door again while you do the following:
Check Check their identity. If they say they are from a
Water, Gas or Electricity company they will have photo I.D. If they cannot
produce a bone fide I.D. card, send them away and close the door.
What if a caller states it's an emergency?
Even if they say there is an emergency DO NOT LET THEM IN.
One of the common ruses used by bogus callers is to say that they are
from one of the utility companies or Boards as they used to
If a caller claims they are from the Water Board, Gas
Board or Electric Board DO NOT LET THEM IN! Those
Boards do not exist anymore.
No utility company or council employee has any right of entry to your
home without a warrant from a court. If there is any real emergency involving
water, electricity or gas they will not knock on your door unless accompanied
by police officer.
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 01284 774100
Our e mail addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Please remember that there are occasions when we are on rest days for
4 days so if your call is of an urgent nature please ask to speak to any
officer on duty.
note for your diary
& WILLISHAM VILLAGE HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
be holding a
Saturday 31st January 2009 at 7.30 p.m.
the Village Hall
of 6 or less.
£2.50 per person
your own food and drink. Tea and coffee provided.
book a table please contact 658547 or 657431
An allotment for Willisham and Offton
If there were allotments
available, would you be interested?
The issue will be discussed at a forthcoming meeting of the Parish Council
if there is a good response.
Please contact Jessica Tappenden: 01473 658063
Having just completed
our sponsored walk in aid of Wood Green Animal Shelters, Bryan and Cassie
would like to thank all those who sponsored us. We managed to raise
a total of £107 for this very good cause. Thanks again.
Bryan and Cas.
Somersham & District Community
2008 must go down as the year in which the S&DCA finally accomplished
their aims and finished off the playing field. When the idea
of buying the field for community use was first mooted and the first tentative
fund-raising efforts began no one could have foreseen how long it would
take and just how much hard work would be involved. Like all community
projects it has involved many different people over the years and to all
of them we should say a very big thank you. The recent work involving
the Arena and the new sports pitch are now complete. The Tennis Club has
worked equally hard, organising the courts. The Parish Council has been
most supportive as have MSDC. On top of the thanks to all concerned should
go congratulations to the S&DCA fund organising team who balanced
the books, exactly matching plans to funding. Well done everyone concerned.
Now all we have to do is to keep the ball rolling to make sure that running
costs are met so that this great facility will be there for a long time
One of the last items to be sorted out was the storage containers. These
have been painted to blend in with the surroundings, although they looked
a bit odd for a while with one side left in P&Os colours because
the paint did not go as far as expected. The anti-vandal paint strip round
the top of the containers is also in place. Be warned! Many thanks must
go to Kester Hawkins for this paint job as well as that on the woodwork
of the Pavilion. Work on the sports pitch has been greatly helped by Max
Caston and Stuart Diaper whose generous use of their time and machinery
have kept down costs, Richard putting in the last bit of work by re-seeding
the bald patch left by the stone pile near the new pitch. The stone pickers
may be needed for a few months to come as the surface settles down this
winter. The only person not to have helped much is Mother
Nature. The weather has been so erratic that in some places the new grass
is not growing as well as in others so soil tests are being taken in an
effort to sort this out.
Back in September Suffolk Coastal Petanque League asked if there is enough
interest in Somersham to start a team, perhaps using the car park. Interested
people phone or email Terry Fordham on Ipswich 831529, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tennis has taken off in Somersham, why not petanque?
Nicky Heming, Secretary
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Wednesday 5th November 2008
Wednesday 3rd December 2008
All meetings commence at 7.30pm in the Village Hall and the press and
public are welcome to attend.
After a lengthy discussion at its October meeting, the parish council
resolved to approach Orwell Housing Association as a partner in progressing
the development of an affordable housing scheme in the village. The next
stage of the process is to identify a suitable site within the parish.
If you have any questions or opinions on this aspect of the scheme please
contact Terry Fordham on 831529 who is the lead parish councillor for
Telephone Kiosk in Main Road
The BT Adopt a Kiosk scheme was mentioned briefly in the previous
edition. It would appear that BT wish to remove the kiosk and the only
way in which it can be retained is for the parish council to apply under
this scheme. The Adopt a Kiosk scheme would only retain the
kiosk itself - without any phone equipment inside. The parish council
therefore considered the second option under the scheme which is to sponsor
the kiosk. Under this option the parish council contributes towards the
cost of the maintenance of the kiosk as a working payphone (card). The
parish council was of the opinion that the telephone was necessary, if
only for emergency use, due to the poor mobile reception in the village
and the close proximity to the playing field and therefore had no alternative
but to apply to sponsor the phone at a cost of £500
per year. The parish council will review this arrangement each year.
At the next meeting councillors will begin their deliberations on the
budget and precept for 2009/2010. More details will be provided as discussions
progress, but the council would be pleased to receive any suggestions
or requests from residents on any facilities or items they would like
the council to consider.
Funding Opportunity The Suffolk Foundation
There is a new funding opportunity available now for local groups that
have been set up prior to the 31st December 2006 and have an annual income
of under £20,000 per year. Groups do not need to be a registered
charity but they do need to be working towards alleviating disadvantage.
The programme is aimed at addressing the diverse needs of community organisations
and therefore funding is available for a wide range of
Purchase of equipment
Costs of putting on a local event or workshop
Staff costs to enable the employment of individuals
Contribution to rent, related to service delivery
Costs of attending a conference or event
Training for volunteers
Additional activities to expand an existing funded project
Activities that support community activity
Activities that meet an identified need in the county
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These are only examples of what you can apply for.
Please visit our website suffolkfoundation.org.uk for more Grassroots
funding information and the application form and guidelines
Somersham Parish Council has a vacancy for a councillor. Applications
are welcome from anyone aged 18 or over who is on the electoral register.
The only mandatory duty of a councillor is to attend meetings of the parish
council, but it gives councillors an opportunity to become involved in
community life. With the change to unitary government coming to Suffolk
there will be a greater opportunity for parish councils to take on additional
powers if they so wish. If you would like further information on the role
of a parish councillor please contact any of the current councillors or
Janet Clarke Tel.
No. 01473 830398
Clerk to the Council E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Somersham Cycle Speedway
August started off
with round 5 of the South-East Grand Prix at Eaton on the 3rd and saw
the following results for Somersham riders:
UNDER 8:George Cracknell 4th in A final, Jake Cracknell 2nd
in B final
UNDER 10 B FINAL: An all Somersham race which finished in
this order: Chantelle Cracknell, Lewis Cracknell, George Sundalskliev,
SENIOR: Gary Brown 4th in A final
VETERANS: Peter Mittell 3rd in the final
3 days later the younger riders took to the Somersham track for the final
round of the Suffolk Grand Prix for Under 9 and Under 11 riders. The Somersham
scores were as follows(all from 4 rides):
UNDER 9:Joe Hodge 10,Lewis Cracknell 8,Daniel Leggett 7,George Cracknell
6 and Jake Cracknell 4
Joe competed in all 4 rounds and finished 5th overall in this age group
UNDER 11:Chantelle Cracknell 6,Herry Reece 5,Louise Cracknell 4
On the 10th the senior riders saw action for our partner club Kesgrave
where they were away to Ipswich in the South-East League Division 1.The
Panthers won 91-87 to move off the foot of the table. Gary top scored
for Kesgrave and there was solid scoring throughout the team.
The 13th saw the juniors
back in action at Somersham, this time in a junior 3 team tournament comprising
the Stars, Ipswich and a Suffolk Select. It was Ipswich who won, scoring
106 points with the Suffolk Select scoring 78 and Somersham 56.Although
finishing well behind the other sides it was a rarity to see a full Somersham
squad with the oldest rider just 11. Everyone had some good races, Joe
Hodge top scoring with 11 and Harry Reece deserving more than he scored.
The August Bank Holiday
weekend meant one thing-the British Championships and there was Somersham
interest as Steve & Barry Copping made the trip to Poole for the 1st
time in their careers. If either of them were to have made the final on
the Bank Holiday Monday they would have had to negotiate a pre-qualifying
round, and then a semi-final on the Sunday(where a top 8 finish would
be needed to qualify for the final).Unlike Steve, Barry left it to the
very last race before he managed to negotiate the pre-qualifying stage
and advance to the semi-final but the effort it took him to get there
took its toll as he could only manage 5 points in the semi-final.
On the 27th it was the Suffolk Under 10 Individual Championship at Great
Blakenham where 29 riders took part,7 of them in the red & yellow
of Somersham. In a meeting which was won by Michael Blackwell from the
host club and the top 15 finishers would advance to the East Anglian Final,
Chantelle Cracknell managed to get amongst those 15 riders scoring 14
points. Other Somersham scores were Joe Hodge 13,Lewis Cracknell 13,Daniel
Leggett 8,George and Jake Cracknell 7 each and George Sundalskliev 6.
August should have
closed with a double header for the senior riders with matches at Somersham
(against Eaton in the Norfolk & Suffolk League) & our partner
club Kesgrave(against Norwich in the South-East League Division 1).However
the Somersham match was called off due to the withdrawal of Eaton from
the Norfolk & Suffolk League but the Kesgrave match went ahead-and
although Norwich left with the league points they were made to work very
hard for it by a determined Panthers side. It was the Panthers who actually
took a 4 point lead after the first 2 races but they would be trailing
by 10 points after heat 9(the halfway stage),their cause not being helped
by Barry Copping and Chris Gooch picking up an exclusion each. The deficit
was reduced to 2 points after heat 11 thanks to 3 exclusions for Norwich
riders, 2 of them in that heat 11.There was a dead-heat in the following
race as Dan Johnson and Norwich rider Kieran Parr could not be separated
as they crossed the finishing line. This put the gap up to 3 in Norwichs
favour which was maintained in the next race before the Panthers pulled
2 points back in heat 14 to reduce the gap to 1 point with 5 races to
go. The gap was maintained in the next race before Norwich took a maximum
7-3 score in heat 16 to go 5 up with 2 to go. This meant t hat the Panthers
needed to get a 7-3 score and a 6-4 score in the last 2 heats to sneak
the win. Dan Croft & Paul Jay combined for the 6-4 score in heat 17
but Gary Brown & Martin Berry were unable to find a way past Norwich
rider Leigh Cossey in the last heat which gave a final score of Kesgrave
85.5 Norwich 88.5
Thats it for
Steve Copping, Assistant
Club Secretary: Peter Mittell (01473)831474
Club website: http://www.btinternet.com/~somershamcsc
OFFTON AND WILLISHAM PARISH COUNCIL
OFFTON AND WILLISHAM PARISH PLAN - a mesage from the Chairman,
An initial meeting for parishioners was held at the village hall on Thursday
9th October. Mrs Annette Gray from Suffolk ACRE gave an interesting and
detailed presentation with reasons for developing a Plan and highlighted
the processes involved in its preparation.
Despite a leaflet inserted into last months LINK which went to all householders,
notices on the village notice boards and notification by word of mouth
there was sadly a very poor turnout from the two villages. Nevertheless
all who attended agreed that a Parish Plan which would identify the needs
and requirements of people in the villages was highly desirable.
In order to take the project forward we need to establish a Steering Committee
that will consist of four volunteers from each village, two of the members
may be Parish Councillors. This a project that will take around twelve
months to complete. If YOU are interested in obtaining further details
and perhaps volunteering to becone a member of the Committee please contact
your Parish Councillor or telephone Mike Bolton on 01473 658304.
A Parish Plan is going to become an essential tool for rural communities
to access funding, grants and other amenities due to the proposed changes
that are ongoing for local government.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The Parish Council will again be resourcing the Christmas Lunch for the
older residents of our villages, early in December
The Council have applied to 'adopt' the telephone box in Offton which
BT have decided to disconnect. If the application is accepted it will
be stripped of its equipment and then become Council property.
The next Council meeting is on November 10th
Pip Sands Parish Clerk
& Willisham Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch
year the lunch will be held on
Saturday 6th December
you are 60 or over and would like to come but have not received
an invitation in past years,
please phone Janet on 658547 before 14th November, or Lois on 657082
after that date.
The first month of the season has passed already and the 1st Team have
got off to a great start. The Reserves are starting to find their feet
after a ridiculous first match and player availability appears to be greatly
improved on last season.
The 1st Team
Saturday 6th September St Clements Hospital - Div 3 (H) Won 4-2
A sound start to the season with Kieran Cotterall starting his goal tally
with a hat-trick and John Hughes scoring the other.
Saturday 13th September Coplestonians A- Div 3 (A) Won 4-1
A good result against a young Coplestonian side. The goals were scored
from all over the team with Kieran Cotterall, Damon Crick, Dan English
and John Hughes all getting on the scoresheet.
Saturday 20th September AFC Crowley - Div 3 (H) Drew 1-1
Crowley were known as Stowmarket Stag last season and missed out on promotion
by just 2 goals, so a difficult game was expected. Somersham began slowly
but held Crowley at bay for sometime before going a goal behind. The home
team then rallied and new signing Dave List came of the bench to head
Saturday 27th September John Bull Utd - Div 3 (A) Won 2-0
Two more goals for Kieran Cotterall secured 3 more points on the road
to give Somersham a very lucrative points tally for September.
Saturday 4th October Woolverstone Utd- Div 3 (H) Lost 2-1
Kieran Cotterall scored another to give him 6 goals in 5 games, a superb
goal return, but unfortunately it wasnt enough to secure points.
Hopefully this will prove to be just a blip.
Saturday 6th September East Bergholt Utd A - Div 6 (A) Lost
A horrible start to the season by the Reserves. Bergholt fielding a stronger
than normal side and the Somersham 11 never having played together before
didnt help things, but a better 2nd half gave hope. Kester Hawkins
scored an excellent first goal for the club and Lewis Rivers scored the
Saturday 20th September Benhall St Mary Reserves - Div 6 (A) Lost 1-0
As the result suggests, this was a close game which showed much improvement
in defending and the general feeling was that Somersham deserved at least
a point for their efforts.
Saturday 4th October Sproughton Sports Reserves - Club Colours
Cup(A) Won 2-0
The first of 3 matches this season against the local rivals went the way
of Somersham. Another blast from the past, Nick Hammond, scored the first
goal and Dave List scored the second. Somersham were very comfortable
against Sproughton and progressed to the next round. Al Chester.
We have been busy learning about OURSELVES through a range of activities
and play. The children made their own laminated place mats to use at snack
times, painted or collaged family portraits and played All about
Me feely bag games. Shoe boxes were taken home to decorate and fill
with favourite things such as toys, photos, leaves and books, and we really
enjoyed talking with the children about their Me boxes when
they brought them back to playgroup. We have also had fun sharing a Funnybones
story, and following the childrens interest we made skeletons using
craft materials, and had to put the Big skeleton back together on the
We have also been looking at Autumn changes around us during outdoor play
and walks, and collecting leaves for printing (Please can dog owners using
the meadow and Buckles Wood clean up their dogs mess and use the
bin provided, as it is not very nice if the children find it!). This term
we will be making firework pictures and continuing our learning about
Natalie Highland, Playleader
The pre-school this year are producing a tea-towel made by the pre-school
children. These will be available to buy for £3 each and all money
made will go towards providing new equipment for the children. If you
wish to pre-order a tea-towel then please call me on 658726, they will
also be available for purchase at our Christmas shopping night.
Christmas shopping night
Once again this year the pre-school have put together a night of Christmas
shopping, pampering and fun on Friday 21st November 7pm 9pm. Tickets
cost £2 each and will include a goody bag and a complimentary drink.
Tickets are available through the pre-school or from Elmsett post office
stores. For more information please see the posters or make contact with
Victoria Gregory Pre-school fundraising team
Stepping Stones is a friendly group where mums and dads can bring their
babies and young children to play games do crafts and play with our
fab range of toys plus tea/coffee and a friendly chat for parents. Join
us on Wednesday mornings 9.15-11.00 Elmsett Methodist Church (during term).
Finally a warm welcome to Angela and Oskar plus Harrison and his mum Laura.Stepping
Stones activities for November:
5th November: firework collage + rhyme time (singing)
12th November: baby gym (tents and tunnels)
19th November: teddy bears picnic biscuit decorating (bring your teddy)
26th November: making Christmas decorations + fun with ride-on cars &
OFFTON AND WILLISHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB
Our summer league campaign continued with some very mixed fortunes, we
had a good 10-0 home win against Bealings, it was their first year in
the league, and they found our mats difficult, but they put up a good
fight. At the beginning of July we had two disastrous results, first away
to Martlesham and then Felixstowe losing both matches 10-0, The next encounter
was at Claydon, here we managed to win one game, in a hard fought match
going down 8-2. We followed with four home matches but we were unable
to fully capitalise on the home advantage, we started with the match against
Tythe Barn, this was a closely fought contest, and the match ended in
two games each, O/W had a superior points total and took the match 6-4.
Next we welcomed Tuddenham and Martlesham, we were keen to reverse the
10-0 defeats that we suffered when we visited both teams earlier in the
season, both matches were played in a friendly but competitive spirit,
O/W lost a game in each match, the final results being 8-2 to O/W. Our
fourth home match of the group was against Claydon, this was a closely
contested match, the opposition played strongly and adapted well to our
mats, the match ending two games each with equal shots, resulting in a
draw, sharing the points 5-5. We ended the month of August with two away
matches, firstly at Bealings, where with a much reduced team, owing to
holidays, we were lucky to win 6-4. Our final match was against Somersham,
As usual a closely fought match, after some good games, the match ended
two games each, but the home side had a better shots total and took the
We ended the summer league in sixth place.
We began the winter season at the end of September, with a match in the
new Friendly League, travelling to Hitcham, the matches in this league
are played under a different format, two singles, two pairs and two rinks
(4s), we had an enjoyable evening, the match was played in a friendly
but competitive manner, O/W won two games and drew one, so the home team
won the match 3 ½ - 2 ½
Want something to
do on a cold winter evening? Why not try carpet bowls? No experience needed.
To find out more, drop in to the Offton and Willisham Village hall on
a Wednesday or Friday evening from 7.30pm, you will be very welcome, for
more information call 01473 657023.
WILLISHAM CHURCH NOTES
We look forward to seeing everybody at Crow Hall for our Bonfire Evening
on Friday 7th November 2008. The event will begin at 7.00 pm and the entry
will be £3.00 per adult, £1,00 per child or £7.00 for
a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children). See separate poster.
We are very pleased that Nora Daniels will be leading our service at 3.00
pm on Sunday 9th November.
The current building work is continuing and we would like to apologise
for any inconvenience that this has caused. A full report of the work
carried out will be given on completion.
Flower and Cleaning
We would like to thank everyone who has provided flowers and cleaned Willisham
Church during the past year. Vanessa Large will be drawing up our rota
for 2009 and she would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like
to help us to keep the church clean and welcoming. If you are interested
please ring Vanessa (01473 658786) to find out more.
Toulouse: Le Trek!
After last years venture into foreign lands (following part of the
ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella in northern Spain),
we were wondering what we could do next. Eddie (Fagg), now resident in
Villereal in southern France, provided the answer when he discovered another
bit of the pilgrimage route in his new neck of the woods. There are many
routes by which pilgrims used to make their way to Santiago. Those from
north of the Pyrenees generally converge in the mountains before following
the Camino Frances through northern Spain. Within France there
are 4 main routes; the one we chose starts at Le Puy-en-Velay in Haut-Loire
and is known as the Via Podensis. We didnt have the time (or the
stamina!) to walk the whole route so chose a section between Figeac and
Moissac which meant that most of our walking was in the Lot region, crossing
into Tarn et Garronne about 30 km from the end.
Wed agreed on an autumn walk this time, largely to accommodate my
main holiday plans which clashed with our usual choice of June (thanks
chaps!). Thus, at around teatime on 17th September, the same party as
last year (Richard Browne, James Crickmore, Terry Fordham, Peter Jay,
Steve Woolhouse, Eddie & myself) met up in Figeac. For the English
contingent, this had meant a 4.30am start, a flight to Toulouse and a
train and short bus ride to our destination.
Besides suggesting the route, Eddie had already served us well by arranging
accommodation throughout. In this, he had been helped considerably by
Corrine at the local tourist office. The rest of us never met Corrine
but, based on Eddies reports, we understand that she is a very helpful
and accommodating lady. The first night was to be spent in a Gite dEtape
(a sort of self catering walkers hostel) in La Cassognole, the birthplace
of Louis the Pious, son of Charlemagne. Although only about 4 km from
Figeac, the walk there did involve a long, steep climb out of the valley
and was quite a challenge near the end of a day which had started so early.
I guess the beer in Figeac didnt help either, although it was very
welcome at the time.
The walk was very rural in character and many of our overnight stops were
in places somewhat devoid of any kind of nightlife. As a result, the availability
of suitable food quickly became a prime concern and Richards skills
with the French language (we all had a smattering but he was the only
one with the confidence to use the phone) were put to good use phoning
ahead to secure suitable assurances about what we could expect when we
arrived. Our concerns about food surfaced on the first day proper when
we were scheduled to cover about 26km to arrive in Cajarc, a small town
beside the River Lot. Our guide book had indicated a hotel/bar/restaurant
at Grealou, 16km on from our start and we aimed to have lunch there. Half
an hour or so before Grealou, the sky darkened and we were soon trudging
along in a thunderstorm so that, by the time we reached the hotel/bar/restaurant
we resembled drowned rats. Still, wed found our lunch place and
it was somewhere to rest up, wait for the storm to pass and refuel
we had overlooked the other words in the guide book; meals by reservation
only. Not to worry, we thought, we only want a
snack but no! this particular hotel/bar/restaurant had no
food whatsoever; not even a bag of crisps or bar of chocolate. Even our
request for seven coffees (seven?!) was not greeted with the delight that
one might expect such a massive order to elicit. Had the reaction of Madame
been audible, Im sure it would have been Sacre bleu!
Nevertheless, she did produce the seven coffees, we gorged ourselves on
the meagre rations we were carrying and, by the time we left, she did
manage a bit of a laugh and joke, no doubt won over by our Anglo Saxon
Thus, ways of securing sufficient rations became part of the daily plans
and there were no further shortages quite as serious as the famine
of Grealou. On one occasion, however, we did find ourselves having
to share out six baguettes between seven having cleaned out the only shop
in town. Eddies multi-facetted knife (including ruler) and Steve
Ws mathematical logic solved the problem cut each into two
unequal pieces ( 3/7 & 4/7 ) and then three people each have 2 of
3/7 and the other 4 each have 11/2 of 4/7 it works!!
Apart from the potential difficulty with food, it was quite refreshing
to find that the countryside through which we walked and the towns and
villages that we visited were largely untouched by the usual excesses
of the tourist industry. Whilst Cahors, the largest place on our route,
has an attractive bustle, other towns, such as the historic bastide
hill town of Lauzerte, remain pretty well free of postcard and trinket
shops. We spent two nights in religious establishments; one a former presbytery
adjoining a church and the other a magnificent convent, resembling a chateau.
And we didnt really have any difficulty with food; on both of these
occasions we were treated to some delicious home cooking and everywhere
else we were able find at least one (and in Lauzerte it was just the one!)
suitable café/restaurant. Cahors even provided us with the opportunity
to partake of a curry, not always easy to find on the continent. This
one was courtesy of Brian, en ex-pat Englishman who now runs Curry
Cahors also provided us with the opportunity to wash some clothes (again,
thanks to the ever fluent and domestically resourceful Richard) so that,
by the time we crossed the wonderful Ponte Valentre, Cahors medieval
fortified bridge across the Lot, we were, for a time at least, spick and
Apart from the aforementioned thunderstorm, the weather for the whole
trip was glorious, if a little warm for some sunshine all the way
and temperatures generally in the low 20s centigrade. In all, we walked
about 100 miles in the six days. That meant, for most days, about 15 miles
to be covered but the spacing of the accommodation dictated a couple of
longer days at the beginning. After completing our second day of about
23 miles, we all agreed that it had been something of a struggle and that
maybe we needed to acknowledge that we are not as young as we used to
be! That night, in the convent, I think we were all in bed not long after
Despite that, all agreed it was a good walk. Of the various emails exchanged
since we returned, Terrys perhaps sums it up as well as any: a
very enjoyable week and I'm sure I will be even more convinced once the
Steve Dines, October 2008
(Registered Charity 1020882)
The children have been enjoying learning about autumn and have been able
to spend a few of the sunny days outdoors collecting leaves and
conkers. We still have tickets available for the Christmas Shopping Extravaganza
on the 6th November at 7.30pm, if you would like tickets please call Lucie
Platt on 01449 743706 they are £2.50 each and include a glass of
wine and a mince pie. We also have a Christmas Fair on the 13th December
held at the Barking Village Hall it starts at 11am and finishes at 1pm
we will have many stalls and the staff will be organizing activities for
the children, so if your children dont attend the pre-school at
the moment it will be a great way to meet the staff and parents and see
how much fun the children have. We also hold a raffle which has fantastic
prizes donated by local companies.
Children can start pre-school from the age of 2 ½ 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, 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
and activities so there are bound to be something to capture each child's
If you would like a place for your child please contact us. We are more
than happy to invite parents/carers along to see who we are and what we
do. Contact either Veronika Pryke (our pre-school leader) on 01473 658368
or Hayley Aldous on 01473 657515.
Somersham Baptist Church
Whilst I was preaching away one Sunday in September, we recorded the highest
number in the congregation (36), for a regular Sunday meeting for forty
years or more. This is a great encouragement in these days of declining
attendance, and perhaps there is a message there for me!
14+ Got off to a poor start this term. The regulars have now moved
on leaving room for younger ones again, so if you know someone who is
in school Year 9 and above, at a loose end on a Friday night, they will
find a warm welcome. Pool, table tennis, PS2, tuck and a short talk at
the Chapel between 8-9.30pm.
A Bucket Ball competition and Unihoc are planned at Shepherd Drive Baptist
Church, Ipswich on 21 November and 2 February.
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
Remembrance Sunday 9th November
Prayer Meeting at 10.00am at 1 Church Close, Somersham
United Service at St Marys at 10.45am
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 14 November.
Friends and Neighbours: 7.45pm Monday 17 November.
Contact Mark if you need transport.
Meetings are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP8 4QE.
Pastor Mark Newcombe, 01473 831940, mobile: 07930543583, email: email@example.com
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 4th Sunday before Advent
Communion by extension
for the Bereaved
November Remembrance Sunday
Communion by extension
United Remembrance Service
November 2nd Sunday before Advent
Family Service + communion by extension
November Christ the King
November 1st Sunday of Advent
8 parishes Holy Communion
December 2nd Sunday of Advent
Family Communion by extension