I suppose if there were to be a new national Festival, launching it would
resemble an Olympic bid.
Our Christmas Festival is because God came as a member of the human race,
submitting himself to the same ordeals of birth and death that are common
to everyone. Not in the same league, therefore, but much more low-key, this.
Why did he come......how did he come...... and what's the connection with
having a good time, presents, gathering of the clans, a feast?
I came that they may have life,
and have it abundantly"
That's why - abundance.
How he came is not
straightforward, because the announcing of his coming was to Mary in the
northern town of Nazareth.
From Nazareth to Jerusalem is some 70 miles as the crow flies. Travelling
on the ground is a different matter; only the first twenty miles is at
a height of less than 1,000 ft. above sea level, and the after that the
way across the hills is neither straight nor level.Roman efficiency was
the reason for having to make this perilous journey with no accommodation
booked at her intended husband's ancestral home of Bethlehem.
I am very impressed with Roman census-taking for the purposes of tax:
by contrast, I understand that our national statistics on homelessness
in major centres of population are collected by local officers going out
and counting heads/occupants of sleeping bags, and in areas such as ours
by sending in a rough estimate which is rounded to the nearest ten or
naught. So we have street-dwellers who don't count, for they haven't been
counted. How did Christ come? Like them, he arrived homeless, in a strange
giving himself through death to resurrection, Jesus transforms and can
transform - amending us from all our hollowness, indifference, neglect
and deliberate sins. So we have confidence in his abundant life for ourselves
and everybody else as well.
His coming is therefore an exceptional reason for celebrating : for welcoming
to our home a relative we don't see very often, maybe neighbours we don't
normally stop to speak with, and helping in some charitable way to supply
shelter, warm meals and therapeutic attention when we might have ignored
people's needs for the rest of the year. This season is different and
extra-special - and I hope the Christmas season is special and happy for
From the Registers:
Niamh Eleanor Mary, Abigail Charlotte May, and Elliott George, the children
of Joanna and Glyn Thomas of Five Gables, Flowton, who were baptized on
October 28th in Flowton Church at the Family service.
they grow in faith with the support of family and church friends
Cards for Good Causes
Multi-Charity Christmas Card Shop
Salvation Army Centre, 1 Station Road, Sudbury
Monday-Saturday 9.30am -4.00pm until December 17th
On September 9th Somersham
staged round 7 of the South-East Grand Prix series and it saw the following
results for Somersham riders: Under 10:Harry Reece 2nd in the C
Under 13:Our Kesgrave loanee James Day 2nd in the A final
Under 16:Our Kesgarve loanee Andy Turnbull 4th in the A final
Senior:Gary Brown 3rd in the A final,despite picking up a
knee injury,Barry Copping won the B final
Veterans:Peter Mittell 3rd despite a heavy fall which saw him concussed.
September 15th saw
the Breckland Autos Charity Cup staged at Hethersett and the Copping brothers
Steve and Barry provided the Somersham interest,Steve having his 1st cycle
speedway meeting since June 17th as the fixtures have unfortunately for
him had fallen when he has had to work and also he did pick up a nasty
leg injury whilst refereeing at Newport in July. In an event which was
won by a former Somersham rider (from 2005),Joshua Brooke,Barry scored
16 points to finish just outside the top 3 and Steve scored 9.
The following day saw the Stars face 2006 South-East League Division 1
champions Norwich in a tough encounter at Somersham. Inevitably,an incomplete
team with 2 riders nursing injuries was never going to do well, but most
of them had at least one good race in the 66-107 defeat,the exception
being the luckless Peter Mittell. Despite trying to avoid trouble, he
was the innocent victim of a pile-up where he gave his knee a painful
knock.He was unable to continue, for the second week running. The one
bright spot was the return of Wil Kitcher. It was the first chance he
has had to race this year, and he visibly improved as the cobwebs were
wiped away as he scored 12 points.Barry Copping was top scorer with 18
points with Andy Turnbull and Gary Brown scoring 13 each.
At Leicester on September 22nd the final national round of the Wosskow
Brown Solicitors British Youth & Junior League took place with Andy
providing the Somersham interest in the Under 14 age group.On
the day he was 2nd in the B final which was enough to give
him 3rd overall behind Exeter rider Thomas Reed and Hulls Matt Beharrell.
The following day saw Somersham riders involved in events at Hethersett
and also at Horspath in Oxford.At Hethersett it was the penultimate round
of the South-East Grand Prix series and this saw the following results
for Somersham riders:
Under 10:Harry Reece 2nd in the C final
Under 13:James Day won the B final
Under 16:Andy Turnbull 3rd in the A final
Under 19:Dan Croft was the only rider present
Senior:Gary Brown 2nd in the A final.He has won this category
overall so congratulations to him.Meanwhile at Horspath Barry was turning
out for Norwich in their final Premier League match of the season where
he scored 5 points from 3 rides but Norwich went down by 102 points to
Barry put his Somersham shirt back on for the trip to Ipswich 3 days later
which for the 2nd time this season was wet-and cold as well.the track
was in superb racing order however but once again we had an incomplete
team and it was no surprise that the end result was a 94-65 defeat.Barry
was top scorer once again,this time with 16 points,with Gary scoring 15.Kesgrave
loanees Dan Croft and Andy Turnbull also had good meetings, and Peter
Mittell was there as well supporting the team, despite being on crutches
following his spill against Norwich.Because of this his leg was in a splint
for 2 weeks.
On the 29th there was a busy day of action at Eaton with the East Anglian
Under 10,13 & 16 Individual Championships as well as matches between
Norfolk & Suffolk at Under 13 and Under 16 level.Our Kesgrave loanees
Andy and James were involved.I will endeavour to publish their results
in a later issue.
The weather was much better (compared to the Wednesday) when Ipswich visited
Somersham the following day.However only 4 riders turned up and we lost
56-84.It was Andys turn to top the scorechart ,this time with 19
points from 6 rides,Barry backing him up with 17.
Into October and the 6th saw the East Anglian Under 19 and Senior Individual
championships take place at Kesgrave.In the Under 19 event Andy provided
the Somersham interest from a riding point of view as he finished
joint 5th in an event which was refereed by Steve.For the Senior event
Steve swapped his black and white striped referees shirt for his
red and yellow striped Somersham shirt to make up the numbers following
a series of withdrawals,Gary being among them due to his knee injury.Brother
Barry was also called into action and scored 13 points to finish joint
7th,missing out on a run-off for a rostrum place following an exclusion
in his 1st race which he held 2nd for virtually all of the race but fell
on the final turn on the last lap,leaving former Somersham rider Richard
Williamson nowhere to go.Steve ended up joint 12th with 9 points.
A report on the following events will appear in the next issue:
7/10-South-East Grand Prix Final Round at Kesgrave;13/10-South-East Division
1 & 2 Riders Championships at Ipswich;14/10-Our final league match
which took place at Hethersett; 21/10-Club Championship.26/10 & 27/10-The
International Weekend which took place at Edenton,North Carolina,USA and
featured Barry.Thats it for now
Steve Copping,Assistant Secretary(email@example.com)
Club Secretary:Peter Mittell(01473 831474)
YOUTH UNDER 11S
It seems a long time
ago now but back in the spring of 2006 we had an idea to start up a village
youth football side, training began on Wednesday nights and almost immediately
we had 25 to 35 lads and lasses, from 5 year olds to 15 year olds all
happy to sacrifice the playstation for the playing field and underline
my feelings that on the whole we have a pretty good bunch of kids in the
After many friendlies, our application to join the league was accepted
and this meant we had to focus on the U11 age group.
A pre season tournament at Whitton Sports Centre was a big success with
the lads gaining runners up spot ahead of more established sides and really
enjoying their football.
At the end of October we have played 8, won 2, drawn 4, and lost 2, with
this being our 1st season this is quite some record, we have a full squad
of 16 very enthusiastic young David Beckhams and with one starlet asking
for an agent after the first game, we may have a job keeping their feet
on the ground.
Home games are quite a team effort, even before kick off, the ladies are
busy buttering and slicing in readiness for usual stampede toward the
pavilion for bacon rolls, Dill struts over to aid with goal erecting,
having marked out the pitch with his usual diligence only days before,
and after the game Quinny is awoken by the smell of sizzling bacon and
helps take down the goals.
We now have an under 9s team who are progressing weekly under the watchful
eye of James and at the time of writing hope to be playing their first
friendly very soon.
After much work from the Community Association, Stuart Dyper, Max and
John Caston, the new pitch has just been seeded and may be ready for the
Beckhams next season, agents permitting of course.
For all of the above, sincere thanks both to those named and those not,
SOMERSHAM VILLAGE HALL
All booking enquiries:
Mrs Hilary Bridger - 01473 831552
The Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday 1st December from 2 till
4 pm. There will be all the usual stalls, games and attractions.
Ideal for all ages,
there will be a concert of songs from Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat, on Sunday 9th December at 3pm in Somersham Church, performed
by some choir members of All Hallows Church in Ipswich. Refreshments will
be served afterwards. Tickets cost £4, children under 16 £3,
available from Christines Haircare, Somersham Garage or Pat Woolhouse
The Folk Evening was
once again a great success, with the church full to capacity. Our very
grateful thanks to the four local bands performing on the evening, to
all who contributed to the excellent buffet supper and of course to the
audience for supporting the event. Profits amounted to £565.
Christmas Quiz Sheets
are now on sale for £1 from Christines Haircare, Somersham
Garage or Pat Woolhouse. The closing date isnt until the end of
January, so if you think you can sell half a dozen please let Pat know.
The Toy Service will
be on December 9th at 10am, when gifts (unwrapped please) may be brought
for distribution to the Womens Refuge. Childrens toys and
books, and toiletries for their Mums, are very much appreciated.
Service is on December 23rd at 3pm.
Communion is at 11.30pm on December 24th.
We hope that many
of you will be able to come along for these special services.
Marys Church, Somersham
Saturday 1st December
from 2 to 4 pm
Somersham Village Hall
Cakes Tombola Crafts
Raffle Kiddies Craft Corner
of profit to Air Ambulance)
Marys Church, Somersham
from Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
All Hallows Church Choir
Sunday 9th December
in Somersham Church
Children (under 16) £3
(including light refreshments)
or Pat Woolhouse (831080)
of profit to Air Ambulance
SOMERSHAM/CHALLAIN LA POTHERIE
Christmas is a busy time for us, and so it is proving for our friends
in Challain. Veronica sends news that they are busy making stars,
Christmas trees, and candles to go on the new
lampposts in the main street in the village. Brian will be using his skills
to make the creche/stable for Mary and Joseph which will stand
outside the parish church. A tree will stand in the village square and
a carol concert is to be held with the English singing their favourite
carols and the French doing likewise, with everybody singing along to
the ones that have the same tunes, such as Silent Night.
More news is that
Vincent and Stephanie have another little girl, Perrine, join their family.
Everybody in Challain
sends us best wishes for Christmas and the New Year, and to say that they
look forward to seeing us soon.
DIARY DATE - NEXT
VISIT TO CHALLAIN-LA-POTHERIE - 2nd 5th MAY 2008
We welcome new people to join with us on our exchanges. If you are interested
in joining us for the visit then please contact one of the following:
Gill Fordham: 831529;
David Haughton: 831511;
Janet Hodge: 832296; Pat Woolhouse: 831080
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
Tel: 01449 724997
Hello again ,
Crimes of interest
21 Oct vehicle damaged Mill Lane .
5th/6th Nov window of motor vehicle damaged
New Interactive Website - Crimestoppers has launched a new interactive
youth website www.shadowcs.co.uk aimed at young people aged 11 to 16 plus.
Young people in Suffolk can view the website and discuss issues focused
around crime that affect them and their communities. The website has games,
competitions, reviews, celebrity gossip, as well as chat forums and a
section which offers a guide to the law.
Operation Staysafe - as the winter draws in and the weather worsens, Suffolk
police today joined forces with The Evening Star to urge drivers to take
extra care on the county's roads.The Star is re-issuing its message to
Light Up, Belt Up and Shut Up in a bid to reduce road accidents.
The campaign seeks to raise awareness of the importance of motorists using
their lights, wearing their seat belts and not using hand-held mobile
phones. The onset of winter and the turning back of the clocks unfortunately
means more accidents on our roads.
Remember to allow more time for your journey and if there are poor weather
conditions and visibility, remember to slow down and use dipped headlights.
The campaign, originally launched this time last year, has already been
backed by two major safety groups.
Road safety charity Brake and the Royal Society for the Prevention of
Accidents (ROSPA), have both supported the drive.Along with police, the
crusade has also been launched in partnership with a number of other agencies
including the fire brigade and Suffolk County Council.
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 email@example.com
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
On Monday 15th October, the Friends Of Somersham School held their Annual
General meeting. Our Chair and Treasurer reflected on the past years activities
in their reports. Details of the funds raised and items bought were discussed,
and all members of the committee were thanked for all their hard work
which had resulted in another successful year. When it came to the election
of the main committee members, Jenny King agreed to carry on as Chair.
Wendy Hiskey is now the Treasurer and will be assisted by Annette Barnes.
Tracey Maitland is now the Secretary. We are also pleased to confirm that
we still have a very large and supportive committee which we hope will
enable us to arrange some exciting events in the next year for the whole
Our AGM meeting was followed by a normal FOSS meeting at which we finalised
our plans for the Body Shop Party and Christmas Photos which were being
held in November. We hope that the children enjoyed the opportunity to
make some special Christmas cards and that everyone will be pleased with
their photographs which will be delivered as soon as they are received.
FOSS members will also be involved in the Christingle Service at the church
in early December and be providing mince pies and mulled wine in the school
hall in the evening.
Thank you to everyone who kindly ordered items out of the Webb Ivory catalogues
and to the committee members who did all the ordering and sorting. With
some of our funds, we are currently in the process of buying a collapsible
stage for the school of which we are sure they will make good use.
In the new year, we are looking at the possibility of having a Childrens
Fashion Show. We would definitely like to try and arrange another Archive
Film Evening and at present, we have agreed to hold our Annual Fete on
Saturday 21st June 2008.
Please can you continue to collect the vouchers from the large supermarkets
and send them into the school.
Finally may we take this opportunity to thank all those people involved
in the production of the Link Magazine. We very much appreciate all their
hard work and the fact that through their publication, we are able to
advertise the events that we organise. We hope that you all have a very
Merry Christmas and our best wishes go to you all for the New Year.
Following the last French Film Club Tintin screening, Sammy Cattermole
in Class 2 won 1st prize in drawing a Tintin book cover competition, with
Hannah Weston and Sam Pooley close runners-up.
If the pre-Christmas timetable permits we plan to show a real French,
festive gem Lenfant au grelot (Charlies Christmas),
in which a postman finds a baby in the forest! This will be suitable for
the younger children too.
It has just been announced
that the whole of Somersham Primary School will be off to London next
May to visit the Tutankhamun exhibition at the O2 arena in Greenwich.
The news has created a ripple of excitement, particularly as the announcement
coincided with the revealing of Tutankhamuns face in the press.
Class 1 culminated their work on the Victorians by presenting their own
assembly. Parents and carers were invited and enjoyed a most informative
afternoon. Our head teacher donned her gown and mortar board and had the
opportunity to wield her cane! The afternoon ended back in the classroom
with 21 children giving a demonstration toot on their clarinets. Due to
popular demand Miss Knowles has begun a Monday after school Clarinet Club.
The children are very keen to practice, ( - as were sure are their
Class 3 have been studying the Hindu festival of light, Diwali, as part
of their Celebrations topic. Tutors and pupils have modelled
decorative tunics and hands have been artistically decorated with washable
coloured pen used instead of henna.
At Somersham Primary School, Friday afternoon assemblies are devoted to
awarding house points and rewarding pupil achievement. Certificates have
recently been presented to individuals for always being kind to
other children and setting a good example for others to follow.
If you would like to visit our school or obtain further information, please
contact Mrs Maguire, school secretary on: 01473 831251.
Ganesha drawn by Danni Warner, age 7
CARPET BOWLS CLUB
After a delayed commencement
of our Winter league campaign due to postponements, matches for the month
eventually got started with a an away visit to Burstall. Whilst taking
a little while to settle down and get used to the mats - which is quite
usual - Somersham then put pressure on the home team and gradually set
up a lead. Continuing the good run through the evening, Somersham held
form and came out winners by 18 shots overall.
Looking to carry on with a good sequence of results Tattingstone was the
first team to be welcomed for league play on the Somerham mats. As the
home team it was to our advantage that we quickly settled down with some
consistent bowling to overcome the opposition: although each of the games
on all mats were closer than the result suggests. Nevertheless another
good win for Somersham.
Our last fixture for the month against Kesgrave proved to
be one of the closest matches played so far. Little did we realise at
the start of the evening what a nip and tuck encounter this would turn
out to be, as the overall result never any more than 3 shots apart at
any time and the eventual outcome could have gone either way. Everybody
knuckled down and did their very best and - as Kesgrave previously bowled
in a higher league - a fair result was obtained in the form of a well
..Kesgrave taking two games
. Somersham one
and drawing the fourth, with overall shots going by two to Somersham.
a very slender margin for success.
Winter League - October Results : -
Burstall 29 47 4 6 Won Away
Tattingstone 29 44 2 - 8 Won Home
Kesgrave 37 39 5 5 Draw Home
Match results for
the final winter league matches played in 2007 will be reported
in the next Link; and therefore ending on a very festive note
Somersham Carpet Bowls Club would like to wish all readers
... A Merry Christmas ...
Somersham Football Club
Im back by popular
demand with the latest update on the village football club. The 2007-2008
season is well under way with the First team competing in Division 3 of
the Suffolk & Ipswich League and the Reserve team in Division 5. The
First team are being run this season by Michael Caines younger brother
Keithy Lawrence, with assistance from me, and the Reserves are under the
guidance of Matty Whitton and his junior associate Quinny Warner.
The 1st Team
Saturday 1st September
Tacket Street BBOB - Div 3 (A) Won 3-0
A very good start to the new season. Somersham were on top throughout
the game with 2 goals from Matty Bowers, joining Somersham for his third
spell with us, and 1 for new boy Dale Munson.
Saturday 8th September Waterside - Div 3 (H) Drew 1-1
A below par performance from Somersham resulted in the first draw of the
season against a team we should have beaten. Kieran Cotterell scored his
first of the season.
Saturday 15th September Parkside United - Div 3 (A) Lost 5-2
Somersham cruised to a 2 goal lead, with goals from Stefan Nielsen and
John Tunaley before stand-in centre-half Luke Emmerson broke his wrist.
From this point the team played as if they had not seen each other before
and conceded 5 sloppy goals.
Saturday 22nd September Martlesham Athletic 98 - Div 3 (H) Drew 1-1
A better team display against good opposition with Dale Munson scoring
the Somersham goal.
Saturday 29th September Clare Town Res - Primary Cup Rnd 1(H)
Somersham did enough against unknown opposition to progress to the 2nd
round. Apologies to the scorers, but I cant remember who you were!
Sure youll let me know!
Saturday 6th October Stowmarket Stag- Omnico Cup (A) Won 2-1 AET
A very tough game against the ever competitive Stag team. Somersham scored
first, but Stag equalized close to full-time to take it into extra-time.
Tom Warren scored a wonder goal early on and a fantastic team performance
kept Stag at bay and took Somersham into the 2nd round.
Saturday 13th October Coplestonians A - Div 3 (H) Won 5-0
Despite the scoreline this was an average performance from Somersham with
all the goals coming in the last 20 minutes. John Hughes and Dale Munson
scored 2 each and Stefan Nielsen got one.
Saturday 20th October Albion Mills - Div 3 (A) Lost 4-0
A black day for the Somersham defenders and goalkeeper. The 3-man defence
made a mistake each and the keeper completed the set to gift Mills
Saturday 27th October Hempstead United - Primary Cup Rnd 2(A)
Once again Somersham faced an unknown quantity but were good value for
the result. Dale Munson scored the first with Matty Bowers adding the
other two. Thankfully no need of extra-time.
The first team are
doing well in the cup competitions but are struggling to find consistency
in the league. They have had an alarming run of injuries to key players
and with these players imminent return, hopes of improvement are high.
Saturday 1st September
Salvation Army Reserves - Div 5 (H) Won 4-2
The reserves completed a great opening weekend for the club with a sound
victory. Craig Fordham opened his goals account with a hat-trick and new
signing Patricio Pascarella registered on his debut.
Saturday 8th September
Bacton Utd 89 Reserves - Div 5 (A) Lost 3-1
Patricio Pascarella scored for the second game running, but Bacton proved
too strong on home turf and took the points.
Saturday 15th September
Tattingstone Utd - Div 5 (H) Lost 4-2
Not a great performance from the home side, losing to the team who were
relegated with them last season. Prolific goal scorer Jim ONeill
got his first 2 of the season
he wont get many more!
Saturday 22nd September AFC Hoxne Reserves - Div 5 (A) Lost 5-0
A strong Hoxne side and weakened Somersham team lead to this sound beating.
Saturday 29th September
Saturday 6th October
AFC Hoxne Reserves
Football Kitz N Pieces Cup (H) Won 3-1
After a hiding from the same team 2 weeks previously Somersham turned
the tables and put Hoxne out of this ridiculously named competition (Please
dont ask me what it means!). Craig Fordham and Patricio Pascarella
scored a goal each and Brendan Keegan got the other.
Saturday 13th October
Salvation Army Reserves - Div 5 (A) Lost 7-1
This match continued a run of alarming results in the league for Somersham,
with Army gaining revenge, and then some, for their opening day defeat.
Craig Fordham notched the Somersham goal.
Saturday 20th October
Albion Mills Reserves - Div 5 (H) Won 3-2
Back to winning ways in the league at last with Craig Fordham already
registering his 2nd hat-trick of the season. A very good team performance,
especially from the goalkeeper and defence.
Saturday 27th October
Henley Athletic Reserves - Div 5 (H) Won 1-0
Patricio Pascarella wore Craigs shirt for this match, so had to
score. Thats what Craig reckons anyway!
As with the 1st Team,
the Reserves are struggling to find consistency, but with players returning
from injury both teams will hopefully reap the benefits.
All at Somersham FC
wish you a splendidly Merry Christmas and Joyous New Year.
Get over the field
and have a gander!!!
Wednesday 5th December 2007 7.30pm Committee Room, Village Hall
Wednesday 9th January 2008 7.30pm Committee Room, Village Hall
Wednesday 6th February 2008 7.30pm Committee Room, Village Hall
Sewerage Problems in Main Road
The parish council has been informed that the CCTV survey of the sewerage
pipes in Main Road has taken place. We are now awaiting results and details
of actions which might be necessary.
Beware Postal Scam Chain email
There is currently a chain email circulating, warning of a postal scam
where a card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel
Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel
and that you need to contact them on a premium rate number and that you
would be billed £15 for the phone call.
Trading Standards have confirmed this is an old message- the telephone
line was in fact closed down in December 2005 and the company involved
were fined £10,000. Please ignore these chain emails and do not
forward them on place them where they deserve to be in the
More information can be found on the PhonepayPlus website.
Somersham Parish Council still 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.
DEFRA estimates that over 300,000 black bags and 290,000 van loads of
rubbish are dumped illegally each year which costs tax payers in excess
of £48m per year to clear up. Flytipping cost Mid Suffolk District
Council £15,549 for the 12 months up to May 2007 and MSDC now has
an Enforcement Officer responsible for flytipping. If you see rubbish
being dumped, please collect any details possible, i.e. vehicle registration,
mobile phone pic etc., and contact the Enforcement Officer, David Abbott,
at MSDC on 01449 724941.
Members of the parish council are still looking at the possibility of
establishing a community shop in Somersham and are currently looking at
site options and funding. If you have any suggestions, or comments please
contact Janet Hodge, telephone 832296 or Terry Fordham, telephone 831529.
First Responder Scheme
It has been widely publicised that the first few minutes following a heart
attack are the most vital for the patient to receive medical care. In
rural communities it may mean paramedics have to travel some distance
and therefore care in this vital timescale is not available. Many communities
are now establishing First Response Teams which are made up of volunteers
from the community who are trained in the use of cardiac equipment. The
parish council has already offered financial support in setting up a scheme
in the village, but this is not possible without volunteers. An incident
in the village a few months ago, highlighted the value of a first responder
being in the locality. Please let us have your views and opinions.
Somersham Tennis Courts
The parish council wishes to extend its congratulations and appreciation
to Penny Pearson and her small team for the successful completion of the
tennis court project. The courts were officially opened on the 26th October
and are proving to be a popular additional facility to the village
Everyone at the parish council wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a
Prosperous 2008. See you next year!
Janet Clarke Tel.
No. 01473 830398
Clerk to the Council E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
RNIB- the recent door-to-door collection in Flowton for the Royal National
Institute for the Blind raised £75-86. Thanks to all who contributed
Thanks also to those who were at the Parish meeting AGM earlier in the
year and spontaneously donated £50-50 to the Headway charity.
After the coffee morning
in church at 10.00am on December 1st,
we look forward to the Traditional Candlelit Carol Service at 6.30pm on
and then Holy Communion by extension at 8.00am on Christmas Day.
We wish you all a
very Happy Christmas!
OFFTON CHURCH NEWS
The Supper in Church on 6 November was a great success. 20 diners enjoyed
a lovely 3-course meal and fine wine, and the raffle helped to boost the
church coffers. Thanks must be said to Anne, Sue and Jan for providing
such lovely food, and to all other helpers in preparing the church so
Our first concert of the winter season will be in the church on Saturday
8 December at 7.30 pm. We will be entertained by a group dressed in period
costume called Cantocordia that will play early music of the
medieval, renaissance and baroque periods using authentic copies of original
instruments. Please see adverts in this Link for booking details.
The second winter concert will be on Thursday 10 January, and will feature
the internationally renowned Collegium Regale singers from Kings College
Cambridge. This group, formally known as the 'King Singers', performed
brilliantly at Offton's MMM in January 2007, and we are very lucky to
have been able to secure a return concert. The final concert of
the season will be on Saturday 8 March. These evenings are just
too good to miss. More details will be in next month's Link; however,
we advise booking early through Maarje and Pieter.
Thank you to all on the flower rota who have kindly contributed flowers
for Offton Church throughout the year - a wonderful display from you all.
I would like to hear from anyone would like to join us; you do not have
to be an expert, just to be able to put flowers in a vase. Happy Christmas
to all of you.
Janet Dickson (Tel: 01473 658637)
Church services for this festive month are listed on the inside cover
of this magazine. Our Christmas Carol Service will be held on Sunday 16
December at 10.00 hrs. This is for all the family, and there will be mince
pies and mulled wine or fruit juice to enjoy at the end of the service.
This will be followed by a Communion Service on Christmas morning 25 December
at 10.30 am.
The annual indoor
bowling competition, known as the Rectors Plate, will be held in
Needham Market on Saturday 5 January.
Although it seems
a long way off, this is early warning that the annual Quiz will be held
on Saturday 29 March at 7.30 pm in the village hall. So put it in next
years diary now and try to make up groups of 6-8. Further details
will be given closer to the time.
Church Fact File
When you enter the church, one of the first things that you see is the
15th century carved stone, octagonal font. This font includes in its fine
carvings the crown and arrow arms of St Edmund, who was King of the East
Angles and who was martyred by Danish invaders in 869 AD. St Edmund of
course gave his name to the town of Bury St Edmunds. These carvings can
be seen on the photo attached. Around the stem are four lions standing
guard, above which there is a band of carved flowers and angels with outstretched
wings supporting the bowl. Octagonal fonts are quite common in early East
Anglian churches, but this is a particularly fine example. Come and see
Due to a lack of response
to previous suggestions in this page that children might like to find
events in history to correspond with various dated church items, there
is no request this month for children to relate this font to similar dates
in their history lessons. Perhaps history lessons are not as popular in
these parishes as had been hoped!
A ¼ peal of Cambridge (1280 changes) was rung on 21st August 2007
to celebrate the birth of Jasper George Carter on 5th July 2007. The
1. Janet Hohl 2.
3. Sally Munnings 4.
5. Gorden Slack
6. Alan Munnings
7. Joanna Gray 8.
Winston Girling (Conductor)
Many thanks and congratulations to a fine team from John, Caroline, Jasper,
Nick and Mary Carter.
Charity Concerts by Candlelight
Early Music from the 12th to 16th Century
Tickets £10 including Wine & Cheese Board
in aid of Ipswich - Beira Health Initiative
8 December 2007 at 19.30 hrs
info from email@example.com/01473-658024
MAGICAL MUSICAL MOMENTS
Concerts by Candlelight in Offton Church
Saturday 8 December
2007 - Cantocordia Early Music £10
Thursday 10 January
2008 - Collegium Regale of King's College Cambridge
A Boy Band with a Difference £15
Saturday 8 March 2008
- Four Voices - From Mozart to Musicals £10
All concerts start
at 19.30 hrs
All are in aid of Ipswich-Beira Health Initiative
Free Wine & Cheese in the interval
No raffle or Tombola
Visit our brand new website for more info
Enquiries about availability of tickets:
Somersham Baptist Church
A gift especially
selected for you this Christmas
Christmas is a special
time of year where the whole nation tries to please their friends and
families. There is a special joy in receiving gifts that have been carefully
and lovingly chosen. The act of giving can be rewarding in itself. So
much of our time is spent thinking of ourselves, that Christmas makes
us think of others. Perhaps the problems we often have in choosing the
right presents for those we care about, is because we dont know
them as well as wed like to think, or we havent taken the
time to find out what theyd really like for Christmas.
For some people Christmas may be a difficult time, full of memories of
loved ones that they have lost or the feeling of loneliness because there
are no special gifts or any reason to celebrate Christmas with friends
and family. The thought of another Christmas approaching only makes it
But everyone has one
present this Christmas that has been especially selected for them by God
himself - the gift of his own son, Jesus. The birth of Jesus is so clearly
a statement of love, that every person is precious to God.
He is determined not to abandon us in our hopeless state but to clear
us of our guilt and transform us into people like Jesus. The gift of his
son was a carefully chosen gift that fits our greatest need of forgiveness.
Jesus was the perfect person to pay the penalty for our sin - a perfect
life to be accepted and copied. Jesus is exactly what we need and not
just for Christmas! He calls everyone to abandon their life and to live
for him - to rely on the power of Gods Son to forgive and transform
Come and celebrate
the most precious gift that God could ever give us at our Christmas Eve
Candlelight Carol Service at 6.30pm
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;
Womens Fellowship: Friday 14th December lunch at Corn Craft, leaving
the Chapel at 11.15am.
Contact Mark if you need transport.
Events are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP84 QE,
and Transport is always available.
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.
December Advent 1
December Advent 2
Communion by ext.
December Advent 3
Carol and Toy Service
and Christingle service
December Advent 4
of the Crib
Worship for all ages
December Christmas Eve
annual Traditional service of Lessons and Carols by candlelight
25th December Christmas Day
Communion by extension
Service +shortened Communion
January Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Service + comm. by ext.
Worship for all ages+ Christingle
Our Advent Carol Service takes place on Sunday the 9th December at 3.00pm,
when we shall be joined by the Benefice Choir.
There is no service at Willisham Church on Christmas Day, please see the
back of The Link for a full list of services at other churches.
We are delighted to report that we have a received a grant offer, totalling
£2,000, from the National Churches Trust. Full details of the work
of the Trust appear later in this issue.
We were so fortunate to have perfect weather for this years event.
Thanks to everyone who helped make the evening such a success we
raised £278 for church funds
We have been asked by the Salvation Army at Lyndon House to thank everyone
who contributed gifts to this years appeal.
The recipes continue to arrive, but a few more are needed to complete
the book. If you have not yet contributed, please do so to: Frances Gilson,
01473 658387 or e-mail to ivan.gilson@btinternet..com
A final decision will be made in the New Year as to whether or not to
go ahead with our Open Gardens plan. If you would be willing to participate
in this fund raising event, please contact Frances Gilson on 658387, or
any member of the PCC.
A Happy Christmas
from Willisham pcc
NATIONAL CHURCHES TRUST
Were evolving! Now is a good time for anyone who is passionate about
churches to join as a Friend of the Trust. The Historic Churches Preservation
Trust (HCPT), the independent national charity helping churches with grants
towards repairs, has just become the National Churches Trust. The reason
for the change is that it has become clear that the task of giving modest
grants to churches in need is no longer sufficient. The average cost of
repairs continues to rise considerably faster than inflation. New and
significant sources of funding need to be identified for the sector and
new ways of working need to be developed. In 2008 the National Churches
Trust will be implementing a structured programme of national fundraising
initiatives and developing an enhanced, robust and innovative new grants
programme. Our legal restructure enables us to address more readily the
need of churches across England and Wales to repair, maintain and adapt
buildings for their communities. The HCPT and Incorporated Church Building
Society (ICBS) will continue to operate as restricted funds within the
National Churches Trust, which aims to make an impact commensurate with
our status as the leading national independent body concerned with the
protection and welfare of churches throughout Britain.
The Historic Churches Preservation Trust has given out over £28
million in grants since 1953. The support we have given to churches has
helped a large number of buildings, but church communities need much more
support and help than the Trust can currently provide.
In 2006 the Trust received 335 applications which turned into 297 grants
helping 281 churches in England and Wales. There are a large number of
initial enquiries that are not followed up by the churches. We are
seeking to find new ways to help communities that are struggling with
the management their priceless buildings. The majority of church
communities need recognition, encouragement and support.
The average cost of work per church in 2006 was £185,000.
This has risen from £82,000 in only 8 years.
30% of communities applying to HCPT have a total population of 500 or
The total given out in grants in 2006 was just over £1.5 million
to 281 churches.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Trust receives no financial aid from government or church authorities.
You can help by joining as a Friend for a minimum annual subscription,
currently £25 for the first year and £15 per year thereafter.
We are developing our volunteers programme. If you are interested
in giving some time to help us please contact us.
Make a donation online at our website via your credit card using the Give
now secure facilities provided by the Charities Aid Foundation,
which enables you to increase the value of your gift, at no extra cost
to yourself, if you are a UK taxpayer.
If you'd like to remember us in your will, please contact the office,
or visit our website.
National Churches Trust Tel: 020 7600 6090 Fax 020 7796 2442
31 Newbury Street Web: www.nationalchurcestrust.org
London EC1A 7HU Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lady required to help keep house clean 3 hours a week. Salary negotiable.
Tel: 01473 658268
FOR SALE: 2 lean-to greenhouses, each 6' x 4'; horticultural plastic
glazing; galvanised steel frame (green); sliding door, £80 each
or both for £140 (originally £125.00 each) Still in original
boxes. 01473 658063
Somersham Village Hall 10.40-11.30
Willisham Church 11.35-11.45
Willisham North Acres 11.50-12.00
Offton Castle Meadow 3.55- 4.05
Flowton Church 4.15 - 4.25
Calling 3,17 and
31 December, 2007 and 14 and 28 January, 2008
For further information
call the mobile library office between 9am and 12noon, Monday Friday
on 07872 676698 or the mobile library on
December 8th 2 4pm
Father Christmas at his Magical Grotto
Craft and Christmas Stalls Refreshments Tombola
and much more
FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY
9TH DECEMBER 2pm 5pm
Stalls Face Painting Craft Activities for children
Bottle Tombola Raffle Mulled Wine, Tea, Coffee
At the Community Centre, Wattisham Airfield 01449 728928
CHURCH FLOWER AND CLEANING ROTA
December 2 Pat Woolhouse
December 9, 16 Faith Jaggard + all help for Christmas
December 23, 30 C. Jarrold
January 6 C. Jarrold
January 13, 20 Angie Osborn
January 27 Judith Newman
February 3 Judith Newman
December Cleaning Team C
January Cleaning Team A
No flowers during Advent
December 25, 30 Mrs. Ward + all help for Christmas
January 6, 13 Mrs. Munson
January 20, 27 Mrs. Laflin
February 3, 10 Mrs. Carter
December Cleaning Mrs. R. Lock
January Cleaning Mrs. D. Fawcus & Mrs. M. Laflin
December 2, 9 Mrs. C. Langford
December 16, 23, 30 Mrs. Jo Gray+ all help for Christmas
January 6, 13 Mrs. Susan Bolton
January 20, 27 Mrs. Hilary Derriman
February 3 Mrs. Janet Dickson
December Cleaning Mrs. G. Tollemache
January Cleaning Mrs. S. Bolton
December 2 Mrs. Fisher
December 9, 16 Mrs. Gilson + all help for Christmas
December 23, 30 Mrs. Cage
January 6, 13 Mrs. Large
January 20, 27 Mrs. Hodson
February 3 Mrs. Gilson
Cleaning as flowers
DECEMBER DIARY OF EVENTS
1st Flowton Pre-Christmas
Coffee Morning and Sale 10.00am Flowton Church
1st Somersham Christmas
Bazaar 2 4pm Somersham Village Hall
8th Offton &
Willisham Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch
8th Ringshall School
Christmas Fayre 2 4pm
8th MMM Concert
Cantocordia Offton Church 7.30pm
9th Songs from JOSEPH
by All Hallows Church Choir Somersham Church 3pm
9th Scallywags Christmas
Fayre 2 5pm Community Centre, Wattisham Airfield
10th MMM Concert
Collegium Regale of Kings College Cambridge Offton Church
14th Somersham &
District Gardening Club Steve Wright Cultivation and uses of hops
Somersham VH 7.30pm
The Link Newsletter
is prepared for printing during the second week of the month and, as such,
news of The Revd. Linden Fletchers departure came too late to be
included in the main body of the magazine. The following was announced
at church services on the 18th November.
The appointment has
been announced of Revd. Linden Fletcher as Vicar of Llanfair Caereinion,
Llanllugan and Manafon in the Archdeaconry of Montgomery and the Diocese
of St Asaph. Her five and a half years as Priest-in-charge of Ringshall,
Great Bricett, Barking with Darmsden, Battisford, Somersham, Flowton,
Offton and Willisham have seen the drawing-together of two former benefices.
She has enjoyed the very well-planned central base at Willisham Rectory
and gives thanks to God for unstinting support from the nearly sixty members
of Parochial Church Councils and fellowship with Christians of all denominations
in our villages. Her last Sunday here, to be arranged, may be as early
as 3rd February.
Ian Dickson writes
on behalf of the churchwardens of Offton, Somersham, Flowton and Willisham
The three Parishes
near Montgomery in Wales are gaining a Vicar and we are losing ours. Linden
has been the Incumbent in our Parishes for five years, at a time of radical
changes in the overall church management structure and greatly increased
requirements from national legislation. The profession of Parish Priest
requires many skills especially with the responsibility of eight Parishes.
Numerous people have
been helped by Linden through times of difficulty and distress and this
is but one of her many duties that will be greatly missed.
We wish Linden well
in her new position.