Grace Eve Allen of Vinchelez, Main Road, Somersham, who was baptised at
St. Marys, Somersham on November 6th.
May she grow in faith
Raymond Hutchinson aged 79 years whose funeral took place at Ipswich crematorium
on 24th October. Raymond lived at Marshmoor Park, Offton with his wife
Jean, to whom we extend our sympathy at this time of great sorrow.
he rest in peace
Is a new scheme aimed to help support members of the 50+ age group who
are looking for employment. The scheme is supported by Suffolk ACRE and
is free. (There is another scheme for over 24s)
To find out more contact Diane Piperno (Vigour! Support Officer)
tel: 01473 242500 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
& Pud Lunch
of Ringshall & Barking WI would like to thank all those who
came along to the Soup & Pud Lunch
on Saturday 22nd October in Barking Village Hall.
The event raised a staggering £500 for the East Anglian
Childrens Hospice. Once again, many thanks for your support
OFFTON & WILLISHAM
VILLAGE HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
We are still looking
for someone to act as Treasurer.
We would be very pleased to hear from anyone who might be interested.
Please contact our Chairman Tony Webber, on 01473 658550 who would be
pleased to discuss what is involved with you.
The season ended in
tradition with the Club Championship, and the pleasant conditions attracted
a healthy line-up. Even the sponsors from GB Contracts (Landscaping) had
The handicap formula saw riders split around the track with up to a lap
separating them. It was a little complex, but it ensured every rider stood
a chance. After the qualifiers it was all down to an exciting final race.
And it was Joshua Brooke who took the honours, forcing a way past reigning
champion Jordan Chester-Flatt and then young Morgan Borrett (who took
the award for the top junior). Brooke had a good month as he also won
the U-16 group of the South East Grand Prix. In the Seniors Gary Brown
Mittell was the top Somersham rider of 2005, substantially increasing
his race point average to finish top dog. He won more races than his teammates
and was the only Star to go through a league match unbeaten. Gary Brown
actually scored the most points, but he also had the most rides. He and
Barry Copping were the only 2 who rode in every team meeting throughout
Some of the lesser
known stats were:
most tapes exclusions Dave Palfreyman,
most shirts worn in one meeting - Barry Copping,
most likely to knock me off - Jack Barnes,
quickest pre-meeting welder Peter Mittell,
strangest looking bike - Peter Mittell,
most cups of tea made - Debra Mittell.
It's been a successful season but it will be good to have a rest. The
winter recess is important to recharge physically and mentally, so that
in March we are fresh to face the challenges of 2006.
you can contact us
via (01473) 831474, e-mail email@example.com
or take a look at the
new Somersham Cycle Speedway website: www.btinternet.com/~SomershamCSC
Hedgerow Survey Willisham
Hedgerows are a vital
element of the Suffolk landscape and a habitat for a wide range of wildlife.
All the parishes in Suffolk have been asked to take part in a survey of
their existing hedgerows. A record will then serve as a base line from
which to measure future changes. We will seek the co-operation of landowners
and then co-ordinate the hedgerow survey, in Willisham, on behalf of the
Parish Council. Other parishes have either completed or started their
own survey.This note is to alert people to this survey, which will start
taking place in Spring 2006. We will need volunteers who are prepared
to identify the vegetation growing in short distances of hedges in the
parish. Help, assistance and support will be provided and initially we
are looking for volunteers who are interested in taking part, learning
about the countryside and how to identify trees, etc. Age is not relevant
and we would hope that anyone who is interested in learning about the
countryside would consider volunteering.
If you are interested
please contact us on Ipswich 658734.
John & Yvonne Barber
AND WILLISHAM PARISH COUNCIL
Offton Village sign
A problem has arisen
with the refurbishment. The galvanising will have to be redone and the
sign left to 'weather ' for six months before it can be repainted. It's
a pity but perhaps it is better not to have it during the winter months
rather than the summer when more visitors could be passing through the
village.Pensioner's Christmas lunch
This successful event,
arranged by the Council, will again take place this year. It is to be
held on December 3rd, and Janet Crickmore has been in contact with her
'regulars' but if anyone also wishes to come they are welcome, just phone
Janet on 01473 658547 beforehand.Pip Sands Parish Clerk 01449 721173
Homeless Unit and West Villa
send an invitation
to you all to join them for coffee, mince pies and conversation
on Thurs. Dec. 1st, 10.30am-2.30pm
Christmas Coffee Morning and Sale
in Flowton Church
Coffee, cards, bring and buy, bric-a-brac, chat, raffle, etc.
the church is now well heated so you will be comfortable!!
The recent door-to-door collection in aid of the Royal National Institute
for the Blind raised £95.64. Thanks to all who contributed for your
generous support. NRC.
Airfield Liaison Group
The Chairman, Nick Carter, welcomed the group to its first meeting in
Flowton on Wednesday 21st September. The Airfield Manager reported on
the recent events at the airfield, which continues to operate at much
the same level as previously, and well within all its various limits.
There has been a small increase in visits by aircraft spotters, and both
local and national charities have benefited from sponsored events by airfield
staff. Partly as a result of recent terrorist outrages, security at the
Airfield has been increased, and two extra CCTV cameras have been installed.
Next meeting will be on Wednesday 15th March 2006.
Somersham Baby and Toddler Group
for 0 4 yrs
We meet on Wednesday
mornings 9.45 11.15 am in Somersham village hall.
We are all involved in running the sessions, with a variety of activities
such as painting, sticking, playdough, singing and story time. We have
a good range of toys in good condition.
The themes for this term have been autumn, weather and Christmas. The
children have been busy making conker necklaces, pictures with leaves
and a weather mobile.
The group has been in existence for years and used to meet in the old
village hall and pavilion before moving to the newer hall around the corner
from the school. While most Mums and Tots attending come from Somersham
there are regular faces from all of the neighbouring villages.
The Group is great
way for the children to learn to interact and make local friends before
going to school - and a good excuse for the adults to get out of the house
and have a chat!
The session costs
just £1.50, which includes refreshments for the child and parent/carer.
New members are very welcome: just come along or phone Alison on 01473
LADIES JUBILEE CHOIR at Great Bricett
St.Mary and St.Lawrence Church, Great Bricett are looking forward to the
concert of Christmas Music to be given by the renowned Stowmarket Ladies
Jubilee Choir in the church on Saturday 10th December followed by refreshments
in the Village Hall.
Tickets will be on
sale shortly from Avril Triggs 01473 658590, Julia Shawe-Taylor, 01473
658609 and Hilary Jeffery 01473 658536.
Do come along and
enjoy the beautiful accoustics of Great Bricett Parish Church and put
yourselves in the mood for Christmas.
SERVICES in our 8 linked parishes
If you think there
may be a mistake in the rota please contact your Churchwarden.
4th 2nd Sunday of Advent
11th 3rd Sunday of Advent
and Carol Service
18th 4th Sunday of Advent
24th Christmas Eve
of the Crib
traditional service of lessons and carols
Communion of Christmas
December 25th Christmas Day
Communion by ext.
Half hour of carols and readings for Christmas
Communion by extension
+ Comm. by ext.
parishes Holy Communion
services for February 5th:
Marys Church Somersham
Pluck & Squeeze Kate & Steve
JCB Scott, Ted & Rohais
Friday 9th December
in Somersham Church
(including glass of wine & light refreshments)
Christines Haircare, Somersham Garage
or Pat Woolhouse (831080)
of profit will go to T.W.A.M.
Marys Church Somersham
Friday 20th January
Somersham Village Hall
of 6, £2.50 per person
Bring own drinks, glasses and nibbles
(Tea / Coffee provided)
your teams place by contacting Christines Haircare,Pat
Woolhouse, or Somersham Garage.
of profit will go to T.W.A.M.
Marys Church, Somersham
Saturday 3rd December
2 to 4 pm
Somersham Village Hall
Cakes Tombola Crafts
Kiddies Craft Corner
of profit to T.W.A.M.)
Somersham Church Notes
Please note the changes to the normal pattern of services in December.
We do hope you will be able to join us for some of them.
The Christmas Bazaar
is on Saturday December 3rd, starting at 2pm, with all the usual attractions,
and on Friday December 9th its a special Folk Evening, featuring
local bands, at 7.30pm in the Church. See adverts elsewhere in the Link
for more details.
The Christmas Trivia
Quiz sheets should be on sale, price £1, by the time you read this
from the usual outlets. You have until 31st January 2006 to puzzle over
them why not buy an extra one or two to pop in with familys
or friends Christmas cards?
In the New Year, theres
another Trivia Quiz on Friday January 20th in the Village Hall, so start
getting your team of 6 together!
Visit to Challain-la-Potherie
We are planning to
visit our link village on the weekend of the first spring Bank Holiday
28 April 1st May 2006
This is the sixth
year of our link with the people of this village, which is of a similar
size to our own and is situated in the Loire Valley. We do exchanges every
other year they come to us one year and we go to visit them the
next. Its been really interesting to learn of each others
way of life and to get to know individuals and families well. Many lasting
friendships have been formed and much goodwill flows between the two villages.
Travel by comfortable coach from Somersham to Challain and stay with host
Cost for the weekend
is expected to be £75 per person
Then contact one of the following:
Gill Fordham: 831529;
David Haughton: 831511;
Janet Hodge: 832296; Pat Woolhouse: 831080
PC Kevin Shields
Community Beat Officer
Tel: 01473 613500
Your Community Police Officer- Kevin Shields
This will be the last
newsletter I write for you all. When the next one is published in February
I will have completed 30 years in the Suffolk Constabulary and will have
hung up the uniform for the last time. My final working day is 20th December
I would like to thank everyone in all my parishes including those I have
never met for making the last three years very enjoyable and helping to
keep this area one of the safest in the country. Some deserve special
thanks including Pam Smith of Ringshall, Peter and Margaret Harrington
from Gt. Bricett, Colin and Chris Burrows from Somersham and Peter Wright
from Barking. There could be many, many more but the magazine doesnt
have enough pages. I am not running away to foreign climes like some and
will still be about the area. (Probably looking for a job! Although my
family seem to have a long list for me already!) Thank you once more.
My replacement as
Community Police Officer will be Pc 466 David Clark who takes up the job
from 1st January 2006. David has worked in the area for several years
and knows it well. Many of you will probably recognise him. In the meantime
my deputy Sally Parkes will be available.
Please give David the same co-operation and help you gave me. I dont
know if he will be up for getting gunged at Barking Fayre or appearing
in pantomimes but Im sure he could be persuaded.
Now back to normal
Christmas is coming. How many shopping days left? How many thieving days
with cars full of presents left on display in car parks and bags stuffed
with shopping and a purse or wallet on the top. How many ATMs have been
doctored in order pass your card details on to those who would
like to empty your account. It will all happen this year it always does.
Please try not to become a victim. Ensure your shopping is locked in the
boot or out of sight and your purses and wallets cannot be snatched. If
you see anything suspect about an ATM dont use it, report it to
the Bank or Police immediately. Of course have a very Merry Christmas
and a happy New Year.
Firstly overnight of the 4th November in Flowton on Blood Hill a British
Telecom Cable serving most of the village was cut through apparently with
an axe. Apart from the damage this action put residents lives at risk
by cutting them off from emergency services for a considerable time. ST/05/3932.
Also in Flowton a quantity of eggs was stolen from a farm overnight and
thrown at several dwellings along a route towards Bramford. ST/05/3797.
In Nettlestead an attempt burglary occurred at an isolated dwelling overnight
3rd October when damage was caused to a door.
There have been thefts from motor vehicles in Willisham, Offton and Nettlestead
over the last month. Please ensure your vehicle is secure and property
Finally there have been number of arrests for drink driving over the last
month in my area. This simple message will be the last thing I write for
this newsletter as a Police Officer
DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE
IT KILLS PEOPLE
If you know anything
about any incident mentioned in these notes please contact me on 01473
613500 (Force Headquarters) if I am not on duty ask to leave a voicemail
message for Pc 980 Shields. (After 19th December contact PC 466 Clark)
Please remember there are periods when I am rest day for 4 days. If you
require urgent action do not leave message, speak to another officer.
My Deputy should I be on leave is Pc 718 Sally Parkes
Police Constable 980
From Pc Sally Parkes.
Around 5.30pm on Monday the 7th November, two young girls on a paper round
in Somersham were spoken by the driver of a Ford Escort. The conversation
disturbed and upset the girls. The vehicle is described as being bright red,
has a spoiler, and is noisy and 'gary'ed up'. The driver was male, clean-shaven,
between 18 and 24. If you know this vehicle please contact Sally.
On behalf of all involved with the Link & its readers, we wish Kevin
a long and very happy retirement and sincerely thank him for his work
with and support given to the villages.
PC Kevin Shields
01473 383390 Stowmarket Police Station
01473 613500 Police Headquarters
To go to the Suffolk Police web site please click here
go to the Neighbourhood Watch site of Suffolk Police click here
Boxing Day 2004 cannot
be forgotten; more than 300,000 lost their lives in the South Asia Tsunami.
The October earthquake in Pakistan took 80,000 lives. The scale of these
disasters is incredible; both regions will need years of support. But
how soon we grow tired of reports from these places. We make an initial
contribution, giving our attention and money, but then compassion fatigue
sets in and we move on with life.
God does not behave
like that, he is not half hearted and distant, but as our Christmas celebrations
remind us, he came to earth to save his people with the amazing sacrifice
of his own son, Jesus. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so
that you through his poverty might become rich1.
to human need was to send a redeemer and representative. Jesus cancels
our debt of sin and provides a worthy life. Many consider this response
inappropriate, with death and misery on the scale of the last 12 months,
never mind personal suffering. But if Gods response to human need
was to send a saviour then he must consider our moral state a more pressing
need. This calls for a new perspective on life, a priority of getting
right with God first, then putting the needs of others before our own.
A new way of life, one where he takes centre stage, and calls for us to
provide the support that the people of Thailand, Indonesia and Pakistan
6.30pm Candlelight Carol Service
10.30 - 11.30am Family Christmas Worship
Regular Sunday Morning
Programme (You are welcome to join us for all or part of the morning).
10.00-10.30 Prayer Meeting (Communion 1st Sunday)
10.45-11.15 Bible Study
Children and Young
People (During term time); Wednesday Club 6.30-7.30pm for primary school
children, 14+ Fridays 8.00-9.30pm Year 9 upwards.
Meetings for Ladies; Womens Fellowship 2.30pm 9th December, 13th
Friends and Neighbours 7.45pm 16th January.
Pastor Mark Newcombe 01473 831940 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Colin Low 01473 464833 or Edwin Mayhew on 01473 658100. Web site www.somersham.com
18th December Traditional
Carol Service at 10 am. There will be wine, fruit juice and mince pies
after the service.
24th December Christmas Midnight Mass at 11.30 pm with communion and carols.
Events coming up:
3rd December - Magical
Musical Moments Concert in church.
7th January 2006 Rectors Plate Carpet Bowls in Needham Market
details elsewhere. Offers of help are really appreciated!
14th January 2006 - Magical Musical Moments Concert in church.
Church Supper one diners view!
Can you think of a
better social occasion than a candlelit supper in a glorious setting?
Offtons medieval church, which continues to thrive as the village
focal point, hosted just such an occasion in October.
The newly created space in the nave has expanded the opportunities established
by the legacy of Harrys room. Our thanks go to chefs Jan and Lucy,
with support from Anne, Ian and also Mike (who never seems to miss the
opportunity to raffle off the contents of peoples wine cellars).
A delicious repast was enjoyed by familiar faces and new neighbours and
the church coffers were boosted by £136 to boot. Cheers!
A Wardens Lot Offton
Evensong Big stress
thinking out the talk. How do you link the readings of the Israelites
dancing around the Golden Calf, Moses in his fury smashing up the Ten
Commandments, Jesus discomforting the church leaders and finally a general
talk about what the people around Jesus thought about Him. I concluded
that our communal religious life would be a lot easier if we could worship
something visible like a Golden Calf, VW Golf GTI, a film star or whatever
but that Christianity concerned our individual spiritual relationship
with a spiritual God, based on faith, and the difficulties of interpreting
the words ensure that our search would not go stale and would last a life
time with only occasional feelings of connection. Had a busy service
even rang the bell.
Sunday Marys Service The Church heating, I have preset, switches
off too early in one of the quiet parts of the service and there is much
pinging and crackling as it cools down. have to creep to back of
church to reset it. Concentrated so hard to follow the tune in the last
hymn, quite forgot to do the collection and had to do it as a separate
thing. Mary had by chance chosen every hymn number with a one in it, some
even had double ones, so ran out of ones to put on the board. When going
up to read the lesson did a detour to move some top ones down to bottom
of board. I was responsible for the prayers. These took a long time to
think up; not always easy to sing unto the Lord a new song but Paul Simon
helped; I borrowed the words from his song, Bridge over Troubled Water.
When youre weary
feeling small - when tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all. Im
on your side. When times get rough and friends cant be found. I
will lay me down, like a bridge over troubled water. I will lay me down.
Saturday My wife (Mrs.
W) checks the church flowers and we notice that the churchyard grass has
got spring in its roots so Mrs.W rides the big mower while I hand mow
all the edges and where the ground has sunk into ancient graves. Always
a few visitors on Saturdays, normally grave tending or family research,
but today it is the turn of toilet visitors. These are people from other
churches (Falkenham this time) who want facilities and are sent out to
get ideas from doing the rounds of those that have them; and Offton, thanks
in the main to Harry Crick and to many of you, is well up on the visiting
list. They got lost coming here but not as badly as the next visitor,
the Chaplin from Saint Elizabeths Hospice, who came to look at the
church before coming in early November to take part in our memorial service.
She asked three residents of Ringshall to direct her to Offton and they
did not know where it was!
Saturday night our first grandchild is born. Katherine Elizabeth.
Sunday went into church early to set the heating and lay out the
Communion Table. One of the pleasures of the job is setting up neatly
the Lords Tent on the altar. It is something you do for all the
people of Offton and friends from elsewhere; keeping their own church
running properly for when they need it. Swept up all the dead flies and
grass clippings. My personal prayers did not take long: could think of
nothing else but thanks for the granddaughter. I.A.D.
Carpet Bowls Competition
7th January 2006
9.30 am an all day event
refreshments and bar
this fundraising event
in aid of
St Marys Church Offton
Further details, offers of help
or contributions to the raffle or tombola
Call: Lucy Vignoles 01473 658480 or Anne Chapman 01449 721181
CARPET BOWLS CLUB
The beginning of
October and the Winter League started off for Somersham with a friendly
match against Belstead. Having bowled them on our mats last May and recorded
a draw we hoped for something better, but on their own territory they
were quite a formidable force and showed us the way home. Although we
were not overwhelmed by their more consistent bowling, we nevertheless
were beaten by the better team on the night. Three mats were available
for all to bowl on, and Belstead won 5 of the 6 mats bowled, but not all
were by the greatest of margins. Nonetheless lessons were learned, and
Somersham will have to improve somewhat to be a challenging force in the
future, we live in hopes and much practice.
Our first league game of the month took us away to Harkstead. Never knowing
how the teams will perform on the night we were well pleased with everyones
effort, resulting in a good win. Three of the four teams won and the fourth
recorded a draw. Harkstead are a very friendly club and this made for
a very enjoyable evening.
Carrying on with our
winning streak, the next league match was at home against Tattingstone,
and we were able to inflict their first defeat of the season. On our own
mats we again found good form and were able to notch up our second win,
when three of the four teams recorded good wins, and the fourth team managing
a drawn game. Tattingstone however collected the bonus points with a better
overall shots tally.
With new found confidence, we are looking forward to next month when we
shall be bowling against Brockley in the Joe Rice Cup.
Winter League -
October Results :-
duly commenced with a Cup match against Brockley. Quite a formidable team,
but a challenge to us, as it is not often that we get to bowl against
teams in higher leagues.
We did not disgrace ourselves on our own mats. A draw was the outcome
with two wins and two teams losing. As a knockout competition the away
leg will now be the decider to see who progresses into the next round
- so it is all to play for.
Match results for the final winter league matches played in
2005 will be reported in the next Link; and therefore ending on a very
Carpet Bowls Club would like to wish all readers
... A Merry Christmas ...
December is with us again and with it all the Christmas activities which
the children enjoy. Christingle might have happened by the time you read
this as we are holding it in the church on the 2nd December. If not please
feel free to join us, either in the afternoon or evening. This year it
will be more like the traditional Carol Service with the younger children
doing the Nativity.
This leaves the rest of the term for us to concentrate on the Old Time
Music Hall. If you would like to come along watch out for posters around
the village displaying the dates and times of the performances. We are
really looking forward to it.
Then of course there is the Christmas story to be retold, trees to put
up, parties, decorations to make and of course, everybody's favourite...Christmas
Dinner....cooked by Tanya and Maxine. Yummy.
Congratulations to Somersham School children! You did a magnificent job
in collecting for the shoe box appeal. Give yourselves a pat on the back.
That just leaves us to say Happy Christmas everyone and may you all have
a very merry New Year (especially all our lovely ladies who work
with us at school)
We hope to see you all at the Christingle service and then afterwards
in the school hall for our traditional refreshments. And, yes, we will
be at the Old Time Musical Hall with a raffle, and again, tea and coffee.
SEE YOU THERE!
We would like to thank everyone for their continuing support during the
year, hope you have all enjoyed at least one thing we have put on and
will see you all again next term.
Somersham Parish Council
Wednesday 7th December
2005 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall
Wednesday 4th January 2006 in the Playing Field Pavilion
Preparing for Winter
Following such a mild autumn, we must not forget that winter is approaching
with dark evenings, long nights and cooler temperatures. Now is the time
to ensure we have candles and tinned food in an easily accessible place
in our homes just in case of power cuts during the winter months. There
can be nothing worse that groping around in a dark cupboard under the
stairs for a candle, which you are sure you put there that is a
personal memory!! Be prepared, after all Suffolk is mainly a rural county.
Somersham Parish Council still has a vacancy for a Councillor. Attending
monthly Parish Council meetings is the only mandatory duty of a Parish
Councillor, but holding a council seat does provide an opportunity for
a resident to get involved in shaping the future of the village and improving
the everyday life of the community using the powers of local government.
If you would like to find out more, please contact any of the Councillors
or the Clerk to the Council.
Local Network Fund
One year grants from £250 - £7000 are available to small voluntary
or community groups working with children and young people. The LNF is
a government small grants community development programme managed locally
by Suffolk ACRE. Contact Wendy Jephcote on 01473 242523 email@example.com
for more details.
The Parish Council is currently constructing web pages which will go onto
the onesuffolk website. The onesuffolk website is operated by Suffolk
County Council and more and more towns and villages are joining. The aim
of onesuffolk is for every town and village in the county to be represented
on the website thus making it a definitive information centre for the
entire county of Suffolk and easier for those surfing the internet for
information. The Parish Council invites all local organisations in Somersham
to join to the Somersham site. All that is needed is the text and photographs
(jpeg format please) to be emailed or sent on cd to the Clerk.
Retirement of the
Local Beat Officer
The Parish Council wishes to convey a very sincere thank you to PC Kevin
Shields who is retiring at the end of December after 30 years service.
PC Shields has worked tirelessly for Somersham for several years and his
good humour and congeniality will be missed. We all wish him a long and
As we approach the end of 2005, everyone at the Parish Council sends very
best wishes to you all for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful
2006. We look forward to working with you again next year to protect and
improve the community of Somersham.
Clerk to the Council
Tel. No. 01473 830398 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Somersham Football Club
One thousand and forty
six apologies to the massed ranks of avid Somersham FC followers for the
lack of notes since the end of last season. I would provide an explanation,
but I know that none of you would expect that!
There have been a number of changes at the old lady that is Somersham
FC this year.
Both teams deservedly won promotion last season and so the First team
will be in Division 2 of the SIL and the Reserves Division 5. A fresh
management team have taken over the running of the first team after three
years of much needed stability and improvement under Quinny Warner; great
thanks go to him for those 3 vital years from all at the club. Welcome
to the new management team of Darren Breden and Shaun Barnett and new
club coach Alan Woods. Darren played for the club a few seasons ago and
has now returned to help take the club to the next level.
A smattering of new players have been signed and a few have chosen to
move on, welcome to all of the new players and backroom staff and the
club wish those leaving us good luck in the future. The Reserves will
continue to be managed by Derek Ottaway, who did a first class job last
season and I know will want to continue in the same fashion this season.
Tom will be running the bar again in his professional manner for all home
games this season. Finally the most important change to the set up is
in the form of David Dill Sillett, who has taken over the
groundsman duties with his usual enthusiastic gusto whilst continuing
in his role as Chairman, cleaner etc. Cheers Dill.
The 1st Team
Saturday 3rd September
Saturday 10th September No Game
Saturday 17th September Salvation Army Div 2 (A) Won 2-1
After a 2 week delay the team won with both goals scored by Kieran Cotterell.
Saturday 24th September Murray Rangers Div 2 (H) Won 5-0
3 goals from Kieran and 2 from new signing Kenny Copeland.
Saturday 1st October Figleaves - Primary Cup (H) Won 5-0
Defender Terry Lawrence scored his 2 goals for the season others from
Kieran, his brother Lee and Dale Poole.
Saturday 8th October Coddenham Div 2 (H) Lost 0-1
A close match, where failure to take chances cost the team
Saturday 15th October Mendlesham KH Div 2 (H) Lost 1-2
Another close match ending in defeat. Similar problems to the previous
Saturday 22nd October St Johns Div 2 (A) Lost 0-5
A disastrous result for the team which left management seething.
Saturday 29th October Bildeston Rangers Pri Cup Lost 1-3
A weakened first team were kicked into defeat by Bildeston. The cause
not being helped by a weak referee.
Saturday 5th November Stradbroke Utd Div 2 (A) Lost 0-6
The worst result of the season so far. An extremely poor Somersham performance
by all accounts.
Obviously all at the
club are very disappointed by the first teams down turn in form, but the
first 3 defeats were to teams expected to finish at the top of the division.
With plenty of hard work there is plenty of time to rectify these below
Saturday 3rd September Needham Youth Div 5 (H) Drew 2-2
Very close game with Somersham equaliser coming in the last minute from
Al Bentman. Stefan Nielsen scored the other.
Saturday 10th September Trimley Red Devils Div 5 (A) Won 3-2
Another very close game with Somersham clinging on at the final whistle.
Two goals from Dale Poole and the other from Al Bentman.
Saturday 17th September Halesworth Tn Res Harper Cup (H) Won 1-0
Despite the scoreline, Somersham were never in danger of losing this one.
Saturday 24th September Salvation Army Res Div 5 (A) Won 2-1
Another game where Somersham huffed and puffed. Goals from John Tunally
(JT) and Dazza Luck.
Saturday 1st October No Game
Saturday 8th October Meadlands Div 5 (A) Drew 1-1
Another close affair with Somersham goal from Al Bentman.
Saturday 15th October Bacton Utd 89 Res Div 5 (A) Won 8-2
This was more like it. 3 goals from JT, 2 from Lee Beckley and Stefan
and a first for the club by Jamie Tynan.
Saturday 22nd October Mendlesham KH Res Div 5 (H) Won 6-2
Another convincing win but sloppy goals conceded. Full list of scorers
unavailable, but Lee Cotterell got a cracking header and Craig Fordham
got the last.
Saturday 29th October Old Newton A Div 5 (H) Won 7-0
Defending and scoring balanced. 3 goals from Kenny Copeland, 2 from Stu
Wright, 1 from the repatriated Damon Crick and an OG.
Saturday 5th November Stradbroke Res Div 5 (H) Won 8-0
This was against a very spirited 9 men. 3 goals for Stefan, 2 for Kieran
and 1 each for Lee Cotterell, Luke Emerson and Al Bentman.
In complete contrast
to the first team, the reserves are, after a fair start, now flying. This
sequence of results sees them at the top of Division 5, which will put
them in the firing line for all the other teams in the division. The true
test will come in the next couple of months when they encounter the teams
just below them.
Finally a few words
for my writing partner of last season, Jim ONeill. Jim has recently
left to begin a career in the forces and so will not be doing half my
job for me anymore. Hell be missed at the club for his playing ability
and sharp wit, but his drinking ability will benefit from a more disciplined
approach! Myself and the club wish him luck and Im sure he will
be available if required during periods of leave.
from all at Somersham FC.
See you on Saturday!!!
DONT FORGET YOUR PAINT!!!!!
14 January 2006 at 7.30 pm in aid of Macmillan cancer relief
James Meldrum-clarinet, Katie Bedford-flute and Michael ODonnell-oboe/cor
anglais have been together for four years and the trio was formed
whilst all three were in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
They performed chamber music in informal concerts whilst on the
orchestra's courses, but when all three were offered scholarships
to the Royal College of Music (in their last year in the National
Youth Orchestra), they decided to pursue the ensemble seriously.
The Trio gave their first formal concert in September 2002 and since
then have performed regularly in and around the Royal College of
Music. Recently they completed a tour of the UK performing in prestigious
festivals and venues including the Bournemouth, Halifax and Perth
Festivals, Lincolns Inn Fields, St. Michael's, Chester Square,
St. Mary Abbotts, Kensington and the V &A Museum to great
critical acclaim. The Ensemble won the Royal College of Music Chamber
Music Prize for 2005.
The Trio are guided by professors, Jaime Martin (English National
Opera, Chamber Orchestra of Europe), Gareth Hulse (London Winds,
Nash Ensemble), Chris Cowie (Philharmonia Orchestra) and Janet Hilton
(ex Manchester Camerata, Scottish Chamber Orchestra)
Along with current bookings for British festivals, the Ensemble
have also started developing educational outreach projects and have
already commissioned two new works for this unique combination of
Needless to say that we are proud to present these three young people,
as one day they will be famous.
bubbly and international cheese board
free entry in a draw for a return crossing for a car and two
passengers, courtesy of Stena Line, Harwich.