Hurry if you still havent got tickets to hear our talented local
bands at the Folk Evening on Friday 12th October. Its likely to
be another sell-out! See ad for more details.
Harvest Festival will
be on Sunday 14th October at 10am. Once again gifts received will be taken
to the Womens Refuge. The women and children there often have had
to leave their homes in a hurry with only what they can carry, so toiletries
are always welcome as well as non-perishable food items.
Keys to success!!
Piano pupils of Mrs
Lynne Holton have been successful in obtaining the following Associated
Board of the Royal Schools of Music Examinations -
In the theory exams: Alice Wilden Grade 5 Merit; Jessica Atherton
Grade 3 Distinction; Danielle Chester-Flatt, Laura Dickerson, Rachel
Dickerson and Yasmin Picton all passed Grade 2 with Distinction.
In the practical exams:
Jane Hakes passed Grade 4 and Emily Lewis passed Grade 2
Well done to all pupils
and very special congratulations to Laura Dickerson who passed
Grade 2 theory with 100% marks!
Marys Church Somersham
Pluck & Squeeze Kate & Steve
JCB Scott, Ted & Rohais
Friday 12th October
in Somersham Church
(including light refreshments)
Christines Haircare, Somersham Garage or Pat Woolhouse (831080)
of profit will go to Air Ambulance
The rain in Spain
stays mainly in the plain so we thought that for our first venture on
foreign soil wed head for the hills. Weve been doing long
distance walks in Britain for some years and when we met last year to
plan the latest, James said that hed heard good reports of the ancient
pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella. The city of Santiago, in
the north-western Spanish province of Galicia, is the acknowledged burial
place of St. James the Apostle and has been a place of pilgrimage since
the early middle ages. Indeed, the city appears to have largely developed
in the first place to serve the needs of the very large number of pilgrims
who made the journey to pay homage at the tomb of St. James.
are many and varied, (the basic idea is to get to Santiago by your own
efforts from wherever you choose to start) but most of the main routes
start in France and converge in the Pyrenees before running more or less
due west through northern Spain. We didnt have time to do all of
that so chose a start point, on the main route, 120 km. east of Santiago;
a place called Triacastella.
In early June this
year, the English contingent (Richard Browne, James Crickmore, Terry Fordham,
Peter Jay, Steve Woolhouse & myself) took an early morning Ryanair
flight to Santiago where we met Eddie Fagg who had driven over from his
new home in southern France. Our communications officer, James (hes
got a GCSE in Spanish!) then negotiated a couple of taxis to take us to
Triacastella, a very pleasant little place in the foothills of the Picos
There are many traditions
and rituals associated with the pilgrimage and we were anxious to comply
with these wherever possible. It is traditional for pilgrims to carry
a scallop shell in days gone by these would have offered protection
against attack by bandits since attacking pilgrims seems to have been
considered a particularly heinous crime and so we dutifully wore
our replica scallop shells; pewter badges purchased via the official website.
In order to qualify for the certificate at the end, it is necessary to
walk at least 100km and this influenced our choice of start point. To
prove that wed actually done it, we had to collect stamps from the
places we visited along the way. For this purpose we all had a Pilgrims
Record book in which to collect the stamps, from churches, tourist
offices and bars; although it is suggested, very politely, that you should
try and collect at least some stamps from places other than bars!
On arrival in Triacastella,
we had noticed that a Pilgrims Service was due to be held
in the local church that evening and this seemed to be a fitting way to
start our pilgrimage. Although conducted mostly in Spanish, the priest
did ask an Australian girl to read (somewhat inaccurate) English translations
at strategic points in the service. The visit to the church also gave
us the opportunity to collect our first stamp!
The other big difference
between this walk and our previous ones was that, this time, we had not
booked accommodation in advance, preferring to leave it flexible. This
meant that we had to carry everything with us, rather than just the days
rations as before. Back in England, therefore, wed all made frantic
efforts to reduce the weight of our packs to a minimum some more
successfully than others. Because of the likelihood of hot weather, we
had also taken the decision to go for early starts and try and get the
walking done before the main heat of the afternoon. This suited Steve
W. pretty well since hes normally up and about by about 4am anyway,
but it was a bit more of a challenge to some of us.
The weather for the
first couple of days, at least, proved the wisdom of the early starts
as it very quickly got very warm and we were grateful to enjoy the afternoon
of the first day sitting outside a café in Sarria with a cold beer
rather than slogging up a steep hill. However, the early start proved
even more difficult for some the next day since the church clock outside
our bedroom window continued to chime the quarter hours throughout the
night. There are some advantages to being a bit deaf, after all!
the walk was mostly in hostels; very cheap, dormitory style (i.e. bunks)
accommodation. We were a bit surprised to find out early on that these
were mixed but at least it means that one or two of us can now dine out
on stories along the lines of I once spent the night on top of a
tres joli French lady! On only one occasion, the penultimate
night, did we find accommodation a bit elusive and then, after a rather
longer day than planned and still 5 miles from the finish point, we decided
on a night in a more luxurious hotel rather than 5 miles extra slog.
Food also proved to
be pleasantly inexpensive and, since we lived for the most part on lunchtime
bocadillos or ensalada mixta and evening menus
del dia, it turned out to be a relatively cheap holiday all round.
The track was well
marked with the scallop shell way markers and with so many
other walkers following the same route it was not difficult to find the
way. The countryside was, on the whole, rolling and green and put us in
mind of some of the Welsh border countryside that wed been through
on our Offas Dyke walks. Our route took us through Sarria, Portomarin
(a relatively new town to which the old church had been moved stone-by
stone to save it from the reservoir which claimed much of the old village),
Palas de Rei (sounds grander than it is!) and Arzua. As on previous walks,
any possible tedium was relieved by the constant opportunity for interesting
and stimulating conversation on politics, religion, sports, art and culture
(in its widest sense!) and the finer points of ironing and hanging out
And so, after 6 days
walking, we arrived at our destination, Santiago de Compostella, first
glimpsed from the top of Monte del Gozo (Mount of Joy) earlier
in the day. Wed allowed an extra day before flying home, to explore
this fine city with its magnificent cathedral and numerous historic buildings.
We had the added bonus of meeting up again with Mary, Eddies wife,
who had spent the week in their caravan in Santiago. Of course, we also
had to buy our T-shirts and visit the Cathedrals Pilgrim Office
to collect our certificates (the compostellas) which we felt
were well earned although not, perhaps, quite in the same league
as those of some of the pilgrims we met on the way whod travelled
from all over Europe, often spreading their pilgrimage over many years!
PS. In case youre
wondering, the title of this piece is taken from the greeting exchanged
whenever two or more pilgrims meet. It means something like Have
a good walk! and, I surmise, may be a shortening of ir por
beun camino, which means be on the right track according
to my dictionary.
annual round up of our main fund-raising events in the summer of 2007
At the time of writing
we can say quite safely that the summer has been non-existent and
so it is more than remarkable that the odd dry, even sunny days were reserved
for our four village fetes! As each one came and went the organisers of
the next felt that the good fortune couldnt hold but it did,
and how grateful we were.
First off the mark was Offton -
The 9th of June dawned amazingly hot and sunny, despite forecasts of rain
earlier in the week! The team were there before 9am setting up and a busy
morning followed as people brought their offerings and set up their pitches.
New games and the traditional ones were much enjoyed, beautiful flower
arrangements graced the church alongside the fascinating historical displays.
Delicious cakes, stunning plants, crafts, browsable books and fascinating
bric-a-brac were avidly bought. The Hospital youth band entertained us
magnificently whilst tea, hot dogs and ice cream refreshed us. The raffle,
Tombola, bell ringing and Teddy treasure hunt all added to the fun. Although
some stalwarts were unable to be there this year, new recruits kindly
stepped in and the day went marvellously well, a huge thank you to everyone
involved, raising £1000 for church funds!
A big weekend for Somersham
came next with perhaps the least favourable weather of the four, but -
Despite the weather being rather unsettled our Fete, Flower Festival &
Art Show Weekend was very successful.
Preparations started many weeks beforehand and the church displays revealed
some wonderful artistic talent. All village groups and organisations were
invited to produce or sponsor an arrangement, resulting in a truly wonderful
depiction of the message that Somersham is a very lively village.
The fete as always had a super variety of stalls, including cakes and
produce, a variety of games for all ages and opportunities to win great
prizes. As always it relied on residents, friends and family to man the
stalls, their help was greatly appreciated. Once again thank you to the
Caston family for letting us use Church Meadow, and all the support they
gave. The Art Show in Springfield Road gave us another opportunity to
admire the talent and work of local artist Nicky Heming; many thanks for
her generous gift of the raffle prize.
The total amount raised from the weekend came to a fantastic £1140.
Later than usual
this year Flowtons Fete was on 15th July
This years summer fete was held on the day following St Swithins
day and the forecast was not promising. As ominous dark clouds threatened
we prepared to move from our normal venue in the churchyard to the knave
of the church. Without warning the sky brightened, the clouds were swept
aside and we enjoyed a perfect summers afternoon. Highlights included
Nick Carters games especially the Get Nick Wet event;
it did not pass unnoticed that peoples aim had improved over the
previous year - had they been practising?! In a moment of madness Wilma
took Nicks place under the bucket and the attraction of a new victim
was too much for the crowd to resist! The numerous stalls did a brisk
trade; the raffle with many generously donated prizes, a very busy bric-a-brac
stall and irresistible cakes. Many of us took the opportunity of combining
the double pleasures of warm sunshine and a superb cream tea whilst catching
up on the gossip with village and other friends. A superb total of £641
was raised and it remains only to thank everyone who took any part in
the event and all who supported us. Susan Skinner
Finally came Willishams
The planned date for Willisham Fete had been the 14th July, but as the
year progressed a number of our regular helpers had to pull out, owing
to other commitments, and the date was changed to the following Saturday.
The change of date did mean the loss of our regular live music
(Stacks of Sax) however, several new residents of Willisham volunteered
help and we were able to run more stalls and attractions this year. In
addition to the very popular tractor rides, fishing, air rifles, plants
etc. there was also a Have-a-Go Clay Pigeon Shoot and the chance to operate
a mechanical digger; we were also able to re-introduce the coconut shy.
The Limeburners provided a bar and the BBQ and other refreshments did
a roaring trade.
In spite of the fact that 2007 has become one the wettest summers on record,
Saturday the 21st July was dry, warm and sunny, which I am sure contributed
to the £1,000 raised for church funds. Our thanks to those who contributed
items for sale, ran stalls etc. and, of course, to Rod and Denny Holder
for allowing us to use Crow Hall and organising so many of the attractions.
Thanks to all four
villages for happy and successful events
WILLISHAM CHURCH NOTES
A full report of our fete appears elsewhere in The Link, but we would
like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this years fete
the success it was - the stall-holders, those who ran the various competitions,
activities and attractions, those who provided items for sale etc. and
last, but not least, Rod Holder for providing Crow Hall as a venue. One
raffle prize remains unclaimed (a pale blue ticket, No. 72)
We are very pleased to be able to report that a further £2,000 has
been received from a local charity, towards the £20,000 we need
to complete the repairs. We have applied to many other organisations for
grants, and if anyone knows of a charitable trust we could approach, please
let us know.
This service takes place at 3.00pm on Sunday the 14th October, when we
will be joined by the Benefice Choir. We shall be decorating the church
on Saturday the 13th October and would welcome gifts of flowers, vegetables
as well as non-perishable goods. These donations will be taken to the
Salvation Armys Lyndon House in Ipswich.
Friday the 2nd November Crow Hall
We hope you have this date in your diary for full details
see separate poster.
We have received a flurry of recipes recently, but more are required to
make a substantial book, so please send your contribution to Frances Gilson,
01473 658387 or e-mail to ivan.gilson@btinternet..com as soon as possible.
It would be nice to have a book available for Christmas!
Thank you to those who have expressed in interest in this venture. However,
more offers are required, so if you would consider opening your garden
in aid of our roof appeal, please contact Frances Gilson. No decision
has been made regarding the date, but May or June would be possibilities.
BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS
In aid of Willisham Church
2ND NOVEMBER, 2007
Adults £2 Children £1
Family Tickets £5 (2 adults + 2 children)
From Frances Gilson 01473 658387
Rosemary Cage 01449 722627 (or on the gate)
BAR & HOT FOOD
CHORAL SOCIETY AUTUMN CONCERT
7.30 Saturday 24th November 2007
St Marys Church, Hadleigh, Suffolk
COMES TO HADLEIGH!
Hadleigh Choral Society is extremely fortunate to have the internationally
acclaimed pianist John Lill to join them in their Autumn Concert,
to perform Beethovens 3rd Piano Concerto in C minor.
This work is framed by two choral works Haydns splendid
Te Deum in C and a little known but beautifully scored Mass in D
by Hummel. The Colchester Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by
our director Christopher Phelps.
are £15,00, (children under 16 years of age £5.00).
Available at The Idler Book Shop, High St, Hadleigh, or by telephoning
EARLY BOOKING IS ADVISABLE.
Arguably Britains most well known pianist, who has recently
celebrated his 60th birthday with a series of concerts throughout
the UK, first came to international attention when he won the coveted
Tchaikovsky award in Moscow in 1970. Known for his aristocratic
interpretations of Beethoven and the great masters of the 19th and
20th century piano repertoire, John Lill performs all over the world
and was awarded the CBE in the 2005 New Years Honours List.
Contact:-Brian Dagwell - 01473 828157/ Mob. 07929856919
8 october 2007 @ 7.30pm
Graeme Proctor of Crown Nursery will be giving a talk with slide
GARDEN PLANTS FOR WINTER INTEREST
Somersham Village Hall
£1 entry for guests and visitor.
& CLEANING ROTA
October 7, Judith Newman
14, 21Christine Jarrold + all help for Harvest
28, Nov 4 Christine Cooper
Cleaning: Team A
October 7 Mrs Laflin
14, 21 Mrs Crick
28, Nov 4 Mrs Fawcus
Cleaning: Mr & Mrs A Munson
October 7, 14 Mrs Sheila Pinson-Roxburgh
21, 28 Mrs Elaine Martin
November 4, 11 Mrs Gay Tollemache
October 7 Mrs Hodson
14, 21 Mrs Gilson + all help for Harvest
28, Nov 4 Mrs Southall
Wednesday 3rd October
2007 7.30pm Playing Field Pavilion
Wednesday 7th November 2007 7.30pm Playing Field Pavilion
Wednesday 5th December 2007 7.30pm Committee Room, Village Hall
Thank you to everyone who responded to the article in an earlier edition
of this magazine asking for comments/suggestions on how this hazardous
junction could be improved. During the summer, members of the parish council
attended a meeting at the Chapel Lane/Main Road/Hall Lane junction in
an endeavour to resolve the hazards faced by users of this junction. As
the junction does not meet criteria laid down by the Government, it does
not attract high priority for improvement, but it is hoped that the county
council will, at the very least, be able to improve the signage to warn
drivers of the hazards. More details will be given when available.
Members of the parish council were delighted to see that the new bridge
is now in place from the playing field to Main Road. The bridge will be
known as the Crispin Bridge in honour of Chris Crispin who was involved
in so many aspects of community life in Somersham whilst the family lived
here. The parish council wishes to thank the Crispin family for donating
funds to enable this bridge to be built in the village and hopes it proves
to be a fitting tribute to their father and also to their mother.
Closure of Old
There is no doubt that the closure of Old Barn Stores has left a huge
gap in the amenities of Somersham, as it was the only shop in the village.
The attempts to get more information from Royal Mail are still ongoing,
but since the Government announcement of the closure of over 2000 sub
post offices throughout the country the future of re-establishing a full
time sub post office in Somersham does not look hopeful.
The parish council is currently investigating options to bring back some
form of shop to the village, one of which is the setting up a community
shop, possibly even a part time sub post office, which works well in several
nearby villages in similar circumstances . The success of such an enterprise
needs the support of the local community as the shop would be run by volunteers.
Would you be able to help in any way? If this project goes ahead it is
likely to be organised by a small working party, would you like to be
involved in this, could you spare an hour or two on a regular basis to
help run the shop?
It would be extremely useful for the parish council to have your views
and opinions on how the loss of the shop/post office has affected you,
as well as any offers of help in the locating, setting up or running of
a shop. The parish council needs to know the level of support this project
would receive to enable to gauge its viability. Please contact Janet Hodge
on 832296, Terry Fordham on 831529, or email the Clerk at the address
The parish council has received complaints that cars and motorbikes are
racing up and down Springfield Road and are causing concern to residents.
There are many children who live and play in Springfield Road and the
parish council would ask that the offender/s stop this dangerous activity
immediately, before a tragedy occurs. The Police have been asked to monitor
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.
Car Share Scheme
Suffolk ACRE in partnership with Suffolk County Council and the Suffolk
Chamber of Commerce has launched SuffolkCarShare.com, a journey matching
website designed to encourage car sharing across Suffolk. Registration
and use of the site is free for individuals, who can log on at www.SuffolkCarShare.com
There are currently over 850 members registered on the site, with a successful
journey matching rate of over 30%. Car sharing can help to reduce congestion
and pollution by decreasing the number of cars on the road particularly
at peak travel times. For further information log on to the website or
contact Chris Dashper, Suffolk ACRE Rural and Community Transport Manager,
on Ipswich 242518.
Clerk to the Council
Tel. No. 01473 830398 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Luke is known as gospel writer and author of the book of Acts, and
as fellow-worker travelling with St. Paul, who called him 'the beloved
physician'. In the special prayer of the 18th October, St. Luke's day,
"by the grace
of the Spirit and through the medicine of the gospel, give your Church
the same love and power to heal"
In day-to-day life,
you or I may have been called upon to heal a rift, to pour oil upon troubled
waters, to soothe the fractious and restore calm when quarrelsome elements
seem about to prevail. There is just as much need for harmony in creation,
for the painstaking work of reconciliation among tribes and nations. Wholeness,
safety, peace, well-being are all translated by the same word in Hebrew
which is 'Shalom'.
The risen Christ brings
new life and hope when we come together to worship him. Sometimes He supplies
a cure for a specific ailment. Sometimes this takes place in a service
of prayer for Healing, and on the fourth Sunday evening of each month
we have such a service in one of the churches in our Deanery. Such prayer
can include the laying-on of hands and, if requested, may involve anointing
Whatever our condition, each of us is made in the image of God, and there
is no place in our lives for anything which mars God's image in us. His
overriding purpose is to restore each person to wholeness, bringing tranquility
and a sense of peace in our hearts. Hence the solution to a request for
healing may not be specifically what was asked for : God's healing may
be a more gradual process, taking time to bring deep restoration at more
than one level.
Healing is mostly
ministered by the modern counterparts of doctor Luke, and so we trust
and follow the advice of healthcare professionals and we pray for them
most of all.
May we be channels of God's grace, Linden
Samuel Manning and Harry James Allen, both baptised at
St. Mary's, Somersham on 22 July
Jake Anthony Bell baptised at St. Mary's, Offton on 19 August
James Frederick Fishenden baptised at St. Mary's, Offton on 26
Zak John Smith baptized at St. Mary's, Somersham on 2 September
Perrins & Sarah Jarrold who married at Somersham on 11 August
Paul Hill & Diane Bird who married at Willisham
on 18 August
Neil Partridge & Rachel Andrews who married at Willisham on
Martin Webber & Susan Miles who had a Civil Marriage at Stowmarket
Register Office on 25 August, followed by Blessing of Marriage at Willisham
wish them all many happy years together
Coddenham Village Hall
Saturday October 13th
10am 4pm (lunch provided)
Worship through Drama & Music, Children & Schools work,
Buildings & Fundraising
Bookshop by Nutshell of Stowmarket
Licensing of new Rural Dean
opportunity to share ideas & gain insights.
Tel: Bridget Sayers on 01449 720019 to book your place
or contact Rev. Linden Fletcher for more details
SOMERSHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB
Bowling against all
Division One teams in the Summer League has certainly brought out the
best in the team members. To start the month of July we visited Felixstowe.
Although beaten by the home team, we were not disgraced as the shot difference
was only 11. We were quietly pleased with the result and looked forward
to welcoming our opponents back to Somersham later in the season, hoping
to benefit from the familiarity of our own mats and obtain a result to
Our next match
the return home leg against Tythe Barn (Sproughton) was another very close
encounter. Somersham were again in good form and ran out the winners,
as in the away leg, but again by a marginal number of shots, thus keeping
up the high spirits and enthusiasm.
Most certainly a game
of two halves was the result of our visit to Martlesham. The teams of
fours bowling in the first half got things off to a good start with Somersham
winning one game and drawing the other
a pretty good result for
us as the visitors. Then the home team found improvement and upped their
game in the second half when the trios met. Martlesham ran away with both
the games leaving Somersham struggling. Were still not quite up
to First Division standard, but most certainly are giving our all!
Having bowled Claydon away on their mats at the beginning of the Summer
League and being well beaten; we were looking forward to welcoming them
to our own mats and hoping for revenge. Playing with confidence and not
to be disappointed or overawed, we ran out overall winners of a closely
contested match. A very satisfactory result to end the month.
August began with
an out of league return match at home with Great Blakenham.
A very enjoyable, friendly and laid back night it turned out to be. Evenly
matched, and so a draw was the result with Somersham just taking the overall
points by a few shots.
Trying to hold our own against First Division Clubs through the Summer
League has been a quite daunting experience; and the next match at home
against Offton and Willisham was no exception. It was quite a close result
shots-wise and we were marginally beaten by four points which saw us dropping
down in the league.
Coming towards the end of the summer session, our penultimate game was
against Tuddenham. Somersham playing on home mats had an advantage and
made the most of it. Winning two of the four games and forcing a draw
in the third: perseverance by the home team proved the deciding factor,
making it a successful and enjoyable evening all round for Somersham,
and a close match all told.
Finishing the Summer
League - as at the start of July - against our friends from Old Felixstowe.
A great evening much closer than the score suggests with both teams winning
two games each, but on this occasion the extra shots came our way to clinch
Summer League -
July/ August Results : -
||51 - 40
||8 - 2
DID YOU KNOW?
That for the past
23years there has been an Offton and Willisham Carpet Bowls Club where
you can spend Wednesday and Friday evenings enjoying the company of very
friendly people, playing an intriguing game (with a little bit of exercise)
and light refreshments. Just come along to the Offton and Willisham Village
Hall and see for yourself. Anyone can play from ages 9-90 and no equipment
or special clothing is required.
It will cost you nothing
for the first three nights but we are confident you will enjoy it and
will join our happy band.
We play in the Suffolk
County league division 1, have club championships and play friendly matches
against other local teams.
You must be interested
so please turn up at 7.30pm on a Wednesday or Friday evening or ring the
following for further information:
Club Captain Peter
Harvey 01473 657701
Valerie Lankester 01473 657023
Flowton Church News
take place at Flowton Hall, by kind invitation of Graham and Diana Fawcus,
on Friday October 12th from 7.30pm. Tickets available in September
from Diana, Margaret Laflin and Mary Carter. This annual event is great
for catching up on all the news and summer happenings in beautiful surroundings.
PCC meeting - Friday
October 19th at 7.30pm in the church vestry.
Trivia Quiz Friday October 26th at 7.30pm in Somersham Village
6th is the date for the half-yearly Parish Meeting in the Church
Vestry all welcome.
On 6th October
we will have the annual Supper in Church an event that is in its
third year. At the time of writing this (late August) there are still
some places available, although by the time this Link reaches you that
situation may have changed. Nevertheless, if you would like to attend
this event, please phone Mike Bolton on the number below to find out if
spaces are still available. Tickets cost £10 and are limited to
only 20. The ticket price covers a 3-course meal plus a first glass of
wine in a beautiful candle-lit setting. There will be a raffle and much
Later in November,
we will hold our annual Autumn Quiz in the village hall. At the time of
writing this Link entry, the date for this function is still under discussion.
Full details will appear in next months magazine. If further information
is required, please contact Ian and Jan Dickson (see number below).
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 10.00hrs.
Offton PCC, the group
of volunteers that organises church events and generally keeps thing running
on an even keel, still has room for more 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
Mike Bolton Tel: 01473 658304
Paul and Anne Chapman Tel: 01449 721181
Church Fact File
In July, we challenged
any school children to relate historical dates that had been learnt at
school to dated parts of our ancient church. Unfortunately, there was
no response. Perhaps parents reading this magazine might like to encourage
their off-spring to relate something in the 14th century that happened
to coincide with the construction of the churchs tower. Any response
to this challenge should be sent/given to Mike Bolton Churchs
Ipswich Road - Offton IP8 4SF.
The square western tower was erected in the 14th century. The tower has
four fine gargoyles that throw rain water clear of the north, east and
south faces. The western gargoyle has a particularly ugly and frightening
The towers ringing
chamber, which probably dates also from the 14th century, houses a ring
of eight bells covering a period of around 500 years. The earliest sixth
bell dates back to the late 15th century while the latest bells, the treble
and the second, were hung in 1983. The tenor bell, which dates from 1700,
weighs nearly 430 kg. The very enthusiastic bell ringing group, led by
Brian Whiting, can be heard practising on most Tuesday evenings, plays
before each Sunday service, and may be heard peeling on special
local days to herald events, and on some national days. The bells are
very fine and are sought by visiting campanologist groups for ringing.
So come on parents:
take your children to view the horrible gargoyles that children
always find interesting, and listen to the bells a real free family
treat. The best gargoyle photo (digital please) may be printed at a later
date in the Link, along with the historical challenge entries.
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.
October 18th Sunday after Trinity
October 19th Sunday after Trinity
October 20th Sunday after Trinity
Service + comm. by ext.
28th October 21st Sunday after Trinity
Worship for all ages and baptisms
Prayer with Prayer
Regular Sunday Morning
Programme (You are welcome to join us for all or part of the morning).
10.00-10.30 Prayer Meeting
10.45-11.15 Bible Study (Communion 1st Sunday)
Children and Young
People (During term time);
Wednesday Club 6.30-7.30pm for primary school children,
14+ Fridays 8.00-9.30pm Year 9 upwards.
Meetings for Ladies
Friends & Neighbours
All events are held
at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP8 4QE, and Transport is
Contacts: Mark Newcombe (Pastor) 01473 831940. Mobile 07930 543583. email@example.com
Edwin Mayhew 01473 658100
PC David Clark
01473 383390 Stowmarket Police Station
01473 613500 Police Headquarters
PC 466 David Clark
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Mid Suffolk South Team
Mid Suffolk District Council Offices,
131 High Street Needham Market Suffolk IP6 8DL
Tel: 01449 724997
Hello again ,
Whilst writing this
report in the glorious sunshine I am wondering if summer has eventually
It is normal for us all to open windows and doors of our houses and cars
in an effort to keep cool , but this does give rise to reports of opportunist
thieves entering houses and cars and stealing contents etc .
Obviously nobody wants to turn their houses into a fortress , but just
a few simple precautions will deter them .If you are leaving windows ajar
, make sure that the catch is secured to prevent access .and never leave
the door open even if you are going into another room for a short time
There have been occasions when an offender has entered a house whilst
the occupants were sitting in the next room and they didnt even
know they had been burgled until much later
Crimes of interest
SOMERSHAM -A Vehicle was entered and property stolen overnight 22nd
23rd August 2007
OFFTON- A notice board outside the Village Hall in Offton, was damaged
by 2 young children throwing stones at 3pm on Saturday 7th July.
entered overnight 24th 25th August 2007
Theft of garden furniture and statue from garden between 11th July
4th August 2007
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
PC David Clark
01473 383390 Stowmarket Police Station
01473 613500 Police Headquarters
PC 466 David Clark
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Ipswich Appeal For Romania
CHARITY PIG-RACING NIGHT
If you're looking for a sizzling, fun-packed, family night out - then
come and join Farmer Peter Trotter and all the gang at our charity pig
racing night on Saturday 27th October at Great Blakenham Village Hall.
First race starts at 7.30pm and with a hog roast, bar, grand raffle and
charity stalls - a piggin' great night is in store! Just think, you could
win a trough full of prizes, as Farmer Trotter races his delightful pigmy
porkers and keeps you in stitches with his west country banter and jokes.
So don't just sit there and grunt - bring along your friends and come
and join in the fun! Race programmes (includes entry ) cost just £2.
For further information call Lee on Ipswich 833292.
Pre-school (Registered Charity 1020882)
We are pleased to announce that during our recent Ofsted inspection we
received a good grading. This means that all aspects of the
pre-school strongly met the criteria set out by the government inspectors.
The report also mentions that (the) group is led by a supervisor
who is very experienced and dedicated, parents are welcomed
in by very friendly staff, (c)hildren are cared for in a warm
and welcoming environment and (c)hildren are valued by staff
who respect their individuality which is helping them develop a good sense
of belonging. This is excellent news for the pre-school and shows
all the hard work put in by the staff and committee over the last three
years. If anyone wishes to see a full copy of this report it can be found
We have sadly had to say goodbye to some of our children. We wish them
well and know that they will have every success at their new schools.
We also wish to extend a warm welcome to several new children starting
at pre-school this term. We hope they will soon settle in and have fun
joining in with all the interesting and exciting activities that have
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. Please tell your friends, neighbours and
family about our pre-school. If you have or know of any pre-school age
children who would like to reserve a place then please ring Veronika Pryke
(our pre-school leader) on 01473 658368 or Helen Smith on 01473 833285.
Our next fundraising event to put in your diaries is our Christmas Shopping
Evening, which will be on 8th November at Barking Village Hall from 7:30pm.
Many stalls have already been confirmed and more details about this event
Somersham Cycle Speedway
July 14th saw Andy Turnbull provide the Somersham interest
in the 1st National round of the Wosskow Brown British Youth & Junior
League at Newport where he finished 2nd in the A final of
the Under 14 event.
2 weeks later a new competition for 2007 took place at Norwich, the South-East
Youth Grand Prix for Under 12 and Under 14 riders, The line-ups for these
competitions were the top 16 scorers from the regional rounds of the Wosskow
Brown British Youth & Junior League. Andy Turnbull provided the Somersham
interest in the Under 14s competition which he won on
the day but I am not sure where he finished overall. I will endeavour
to have that information included in a future article.
Moving into August and the 5th saw round 6 of the South-East Grand Prix
take place at East London where there was Somersham success as Gary Brown
and Dan Croft won the Senior and Under 19 events respectively. Andy Turnbull
also rode, finishing 4th in the Under 16s A-Final.
3 days later it was the final round of the Suffolk Grand Prix for Under
15, Under 17 and Senior riders and this saw Andy Turnbull finish as top
under 15 rider on the night, scoring 10 points, whilst in the Seniors
Gary Brown scored 11 points.
The 2nd National Round of the British Youth & Junior League took place
at Great Blakenham on the 11th and Andy once again provided the Somers
ham interest where he finished 4th in the Under 14 category.
The following day it was back to Great Blakenham, this time for a South-East
League Division 1 match and it resulted in a 50-102 defeat, not helped
by the fact that 2 riders were missing due to work commitments. Gary Brown
was the top scorer for Somersham, scoring 13 points.
1 week later Eaton were the visitors in a Norfolk & Suffolk league
match and it was the same story as with the match at Great Blakenham as
Somersham again failed to provide a full team. This meeting was rearranged
at the request of the visitors, but the original date was probably the
only one that suited us! We lost 68-92 but it was good to see fine form
from Barry Copping and Andy Turnbull in preparation for the British weekend.
A pre-meeting shower made track conditions rather tricky, but the abundance
of shale at least reduced any track damage.
The Bank Holiday Weekend saw Somersham host 2 of the qualification meetings
for the British Individual Championship. Club members, especially Peter
Mittell had been working hard in preparation for the event and there has
been positive feedback from the weekend.Somersham's top riders Gary Brown
and Barry Copping were eliminated from the competition during the qualification
heats, scoring 22 and 13 points respectively over the 2 days. The British
Under 16 Championship was also staged during the weekend and 2 semi-finals
were staged at Kesgrave and Great Blakenham, where Andy Turnbull scored
12 points but unfortunately finished 2nd in a 3-way run-off for the final
qualifying spot which meant he lined up as 2nd reserve. One Somersham
rider experienced the biggest moment of his career in the U-16 Final and
that was Steve Copping. But Steve swapped his bike for a whistle on this
occasion as he refereed his 1st ever British Final. Steves next
target is to referee at international level.
2 days later the Suffolk Under 10 championship was staged at Kesgrave
and there were 2 Somersham riders involved, Harry Reece scoring 15 points
and Joe Hodge scoring 11, both from 6 rides.
Into September and the 1st saw the 3rd National Round of the British Youth
& Junior League take place at Bury, Manchester and this saw Andy Turnbull
finish a magnificent 2nd in the Under 14 A final
The Somersham staged Suffolk Senior Final on the 5th saw Gary Brown, Barry
Copping & Peter Mittell represent Somersham scoring 13, 11 and 7 points
respectively, Gary qualifying for the East Anglian Final which will be
staged at Kesgrave in October whereas Barry missed out by 2 points.
As a club Somersham were not involved in the East Anglian 4s at
Great Blakenham on the 8th but 2 of our Kesgrave loanees,Andy Turnbull
and James Day rode, scoring 13 and 3 points respectively as Kesgrave finished
4th in the Under 16 competition.
One event worthy of a mention and that is the annual Club Championship
which at the moment is provisionally scheduled for October 21st. Thats
it for now
Steve Copping, Assistant
Club Secretary:Peter Mittell(01473 831474)
Lady required to help keep house clean 3 hours a week. Salary negotiable.
Tel: 01473 658268
A new year has started
here at Somersham primary school, and as the new Acting Head I am keen
to keep in touch with the communities in the surrounding villages that
have always been so supportive of our school. At the end of the last academic
year our school was sorry to say goodbye to Ms Hubbard who had worked
very hard as our Headteacher for over two years. However, we are now looking
forward to the year ahead and embracing the changes!
As I have taken on the role of Acting Head we have a new teacher for Class
One. We have been fortunate enough to recruit a teacher who has worked
here at Somersham before. Many past pupils will remember Miss Knowles,
and as a staff we look forward to working with such a dedicated and experienced
Many of you will know that due to a small intake this year we have decided
to incorporate the foundation stage class with years 1 and 2 so we now
have all of KS1 together. The class are very fortunate in that they now
have the use of 2 classrooms, as well as the purpose built outdoor play
area all to themselves! The class has also had additional funding for
equipment including several new laptop computers. The older children also
have their share of new technology to look forward to with a complete
re-fit of the ICT suite planned for this term.
With lots of other exciting events and changes, not to mention Harvest
festival and Christingle in the church, and hopefully another Christmas
panto, it promises to be an exciting term!
Please remember, we always welcome helpers and visitors so feel free to
come and see us! We are also in particular need of a community governor
to work with our keen and committed board of governors so if you would
like any information regarding this, dont hesitate to phone or pop
We hope to see you
Mrs Lynette Allison.
Alan Munson, Piano tutor at Flowton would like to congratulate the following
pupils on their achievements in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools
of Music Summer Music Exams:
Alistair Grant from Elmsett for passing Grade 1 Theory with Distinction.
Boya Robinson from Willisham who passed Grade 3 Theory with Merit.
Tel: 658425 email:email@example.com
We are your local
ladies North West clog dancing group. A friendly welcome awaits anyone
who would like to join us at our Sunday practices, in Haughley Village
Hall at 7.30 pm. All the dancers are ladies, but men and women play in
our band - however good or bad you consider yourself to be come along
and give it try.
Joining Haughley Hoofers
not only keeps you fit but can open up a new social life for you and your
family. During the summer we dance at many local events as well as making
weekend visits to various different counties in England, and sometimes
to Europe. We are a very friendly enthusiastic troupe.
If you think you would
like to join, or just watch to see what we are all about, we begin our
Sunday practices at 7.30pm September 30th please pop in any Sunday evening
after 30 September to see what happens. If you wish to chat to someone
about joining the group as a dancer or musician, or if you wish to book
us for an event please contact Dorothy our Squire on 01449 766372, or
Sharon, secretary on 01449 676083.
We also have a website