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Dear Friends - this
is the story of Justin. It was nearly Christmas and many young people
had received an invitation from the king for an Activities Day followed
by a banquet in the castle. A coach would collect them from the village
Justins mum altered one of his fathers old suits and, as a
present for the King, she wrapped two jars of her homemade strawberry
jam in gift paper. He left in good time with clean fingernails and shiny
On the way he met his Nanna at her gate. She wanted him to take some letters
to the post box and became noticeably deaf when he said that he had a
bus to catch: old bones and arthritis was her response! He ran there but
it took too long and when he got to the village green they had all gone.
He could not go back so he set off on his bike for the great adventure.
It turned out to be a lot further than he expected and at midday he stopped
at his uncles house. It was not a happy household. Uncle Jack had
a job interview the next day but he felt that he could not attend because
his clothes were so ragged. Justine lent him his suit and the shiny shoes.
He did not know what he would wear at the banquet but his uncles
need was greater.
Not far from the castle he came across a man trying to smash his way into
a car in which a mother and her daughter were cowering down. Justin did
not know where he got the courage from but he shouted that he had brought
the man a present. The man was so surprised that he stopped and glared
at Justin who nervously gave him the Kings presents. The man tore
off the wrapping and tried the jam. It tasted good. His anger was abated
and he left. The police soon came and Justin slipped quietly away
When he got to the castle everyone was inside preparing for the banquet.
Justin walked slowly around the castle walls, he was late, had no suit
and no present. He came across a small door and a group of people dressed
in white. They were kitchen staff and one asked him if he wanted a job.
Justin became the errand boy. The chef was very angry because everything
was now ready but the principle guest had not turned up. Justin was told
to go into the banqueting hall and hide behind a pillar and let the chef
know as soon as the guest turned up. He peered around the pillar. Everyone
was sitting down. There was a raised table at the far end for the King,
the Queen and the nobility. There was one empty chair. Justin felt that
he was being watched. It was the King who turned and spoke to the Queen.
She smiled and rose up and walked down the whole length of the hall towards
Justin and said that they had been waiting for him. Everyone was quiet.
Justin walked with her as if in a dream. At the raised table he could
not look up.
I have no right to be here he said, I have no suit,
no present and I am working as your lowest grade kitchen boy. The
King put his hands on Justins shoulders.
Look at me Justin. The invitation was for you as a person, not your
clothes or your status. I judge you by the feelings of your heart and
your actions and they are as pure and radiant as any suit. You have given
me wonderful presents. You gave your time freely, you lent your suit and
you used your gift to help others. What more can I ask of anyone. Sit
beside me and let the banquet begin
As everyone enjoyed the Christmas meal Justin thought about all that had
happened. How amazing it was that an ordinary person like himself, who
thought he had been a complete failure, should be received as the Principle
Fellow travellers, Jesus did not come as a king but as a shepherd. He
calls you now to celebrate his birth and to accept his invitation to join
him at his banquet. Ian Dickson
from Mary Carter
People have been asking
what is happening on the new Vicar front well, nothing at present.
The Archdeacon hopes he can come up with a new idea to attract someone
soon. On the more cheerful front not all clergy think that 8 parishes
is too much two priests recently said if they were younger they
would find the job attractive. Sooooo
.we just have to pray that
God is calling someone younger with lots of energy who will answer the
call and also find the post attractive.
Church Altar flowers and cleaning rotas
7th December Mrs C. Cooper
14th 21st Mrs. L. Warren & all help for Christmas
January 4th 11th Mrs. C. Jarrold
18th 25th Mrs. P. Woolhouse
February 1st Mrs. J. Newman
Cleaning - January Team A
December 25th,28th Jan 4th Mrs. M.Laflin & all help for Christmas
January 11th, 18th Mrs. M. Carter
January 25th, Feb 1st Mrs. D. Fawcus
Cleaning - Mrs Fawcus, Mrs. Laflin & Mrs. S. Hitchcock
January 4th, llth Mrs. S. Bolton
January l8th, 25th Mrs. H. Derriman
February lst, 8th Mrs. P. Whiting
Cleaning - January Mrs Susan Bolton
December 7th, 14th Mrs. D. Hill & all help for Christmas
December 21st, 28th Mrs. R. Cage
January 4th, 11th Mrs. V. Large
January 18th, 25th Mrs. E. Hudson
Thanks are due to
all those who have provided and beautifully arranged flowers through another
year and also to everyone who has cleaned and lovingly cared for our churches.
It is hoped that you are all willing and able to continue in 2009 but
if you wish to be removed from the rota would you kindly contact the person
responsible in your village.
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 14th 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.
Somershams Carol Service is on December 21st at 3pm.
We hope that many of you will be able to come along for these special
services you will be made very welcome.
Looking ahead to next
year, were planning a Trivia Quiz on Friday 13th March 2009. More
details in the next Link, but perhaps you would like to start getting
a team of up to 6 together.
S&DGC 2009 PROGRAMME
January 12 GREENHOUSE GARDENING
February 9 PRUNING, TRAINING & GRAFTING TOP FRUIT. (There will
be plants for sale)
March 9 AGM followed by GARDENERS QUESTIONS TIME
April 13 FUCHSIA: from its origins to present day. (Fuschia for
May 11 FAIRPLAY SEEDS: ways of saving & sowing
MAY 16 ANNUAL PLANT FAIR: 10-12 noon
June 8 VISIT : OLD ROSE GARDEN, Claydon
July 13 Garden Visit in Westleton
August 10 GREEN THUMB LAWN MAINTENANCE
September 14 FOOD FOR FREE! FOOD (FROM THE WILDS OF SUFFOLK) Involves
October 12 AUTUMN VEGETABLE & FRUIT PROPAGATION
November 9 PLANT HUNTERS
past and present
December 14 CHRISTMAS SOCIAL .
We have a speaker
each month & several visits/events organised each year.
Discuss gardening problems/successes over refreshments.
£7.00 pa membership.
Guests/visitors: £1.00 per meeting.
Raffles and sales table
Meetings every 2nd Mon ay of the month.
For more information: 01473 657023
Come and join us.
You will be most welcome!
CARPET BOWLS CLUB
Getting another new
and it was a home game for Somersham. As previously
reported in the November newsletter, the last match of last month was
an away leg - which we lost - against Claydon in the Joe Rice Cup, and
it was now our turn to complete and host the home leg.. Whilst it
was a close match on our mats, the games were very evenly contested and
we obtained the win on the night - by 3 shots; it was Claydon who took
the aggregate result over the two legs
and we wish them well for
the next round.
Joe Rice Cup
Claydon 45 - 26 3 -1 Lost Away leg
Somersham 36 39 1 -3 Win Home leg
Our early exit from the Joe Rice Cup now gives us less-pressured opportunity
to concentrate our efforts to do well in the league; and the first match
of the month saw us travelling away to Brantham. Difficult access to the
upper floor saw us having to bowl with a reduced team. However everyone
put in a good performance: and very close games ensued - with Brantham,
disappointingly for Somersham just taking shots in 3 out of the
4 games to win the match by the very narrow margin of 5 shots.
Our first in house competition of the Winter session brought
club members together as randomly drawn pairs to bowl against each other
for the Russell Thompson Cup. With the need for only one bye, bowling
soon commenced and resulted in some close tussles by everyone in an effort
to make it into the next round. At the end of the evening - and played
over 7 ends - it was left to the pairs of Bell Deaves/ Joan Smith and
Rosemary Southgate/ Roy Spratt to fight it out in the final. It was a
worthy final, and after the allocated ends had been played the result
was still not decided as both pairs were on the same score. With a sudden
death extra end introduced for the deciding roll, it was Bell and
Joan who emerged triumphant
and well done to both.
If carpet bowls matches can get exiting then the away fixture at East
Bergholt did it for us!. With never more than 3 or 4 shots difference
all through the evening it was a very nip and tuck match all the way.
Being again one down on regular bowlers we brought in one of the new members
to the Club to fill the vacancy. Never having bowled before and with only
four club nights practice, it was case of in at the deep end for league
play. However the daunting prospect of playing on an away mat was soon
overcome and our new player (Jacky) bowled extremely well. In the end
it was a very fair result with both teams splitting the result for a well
October Results: -
Team Shots Points
Brantham 49 - 44 8 - 2 Lost Away
East Bergholt 37 - 37 5 - 5 Draw Away
Whilst three enthusiastic newbies have recently joined the
Club, the loss of a couple of former bowlers means we would still like
to increase the number of members in the Club with the choice to bowl
in the Winter league
. so why not come along to the Village Hall
one Tuesday night and try carpet bowls to see if you can help consolidate
the membership. You will find it is a very social evening.
Decker, representing Team England in the Toronto Marathon on Sept 28th.
Although the wind and humidity cost her 11/2minutes in the last 12k or
so, Helen stormed the final 100m, finishing in 2:45:15, a new personal
best by nearly 21/2 minutes on her London time. She was 2nd Team England
lady, 12th lady overall, 1st prize winner in her age group and 41st in
the entire field. Helen has achieved this level of performance while at
the same time holding down a full time job with the National Trust. Like
so many British athletes there is little support available and Helen will
be looking for sponsorship to achieve her full potential and have 2012
in her sights. If anyone is interested in assisting Helen with trainers
or kit please contact her parents, Steve and Elaine Martin (Offton) on
At the end of another
year the thanks of all the readers of the Link are due to our delivery
team who regularly and faithfully bring the magazine to our doors. Your
voluntary work is much appreciated by us all thank you and we wish
you a very Happy Christmas! Also to Joan Clarke of Willisham who does
a sterling job in putting the Link on the internet for us.
On October 18th a
group of 14 children and also some of their parents met for a workshop
with Peta Whiting in the Church. They made nativity figures from papier
maché pulp moulded on to bottles. Their creativity and skill was
astonishing. Peta took the models away to dry and we had a second workshop
on November 8th to paint them. Here is a picture of Peta with some of
the children and their unpainted models.
Thank you, Peta,
for a lovely workshop.
Thank you to everybody
who contributed fresh produce, packets and tins, for the Harvest Thanksgiving
they were taken to the Ipswich Womens Aid and they have
sent a letter of thanks for it all.
Thank you to everybody who recently contributed to the collection for
the RNIB. A total of £62.47 was raised.- Nick Carter
At the recent PCC meeting it was agreed that next year the Fete would
be held on Sunday July 5th.
We hope we might be able to hold a Trivia Quiz in the spring.
Looking further ahead, it is hoped that we can hold a Gardens Open and
Flower Festival weekend on 19th & 20th, 2010.. We will arrange a meeting
soon so that outline ideas can be aired. Please start thinking about a
theme for the Flower Festival and chat about the event
The last Village Coffee
Drop In of 2008 will be on Wed 3rd Dec when mince pies and Christmas greetings
will be the order of the day. Come and join us any time between 10-11.30
The final phase of the building project is now under way. We hope soon
to be able to give a full report of of the work undertaken together with
details of the funding which enabled us to make the improvements.
Our Advent Carol Service will take place on Sunday 14th December at 3.00
pm when we will be joined by the Benefice Choir. There will not
be a service at Willisham Church on Christmas Day. Details of services
at other churches are given at the back of this newsletter
Bonfire and fireworks
night (stop press!)
The weather was kind and we all had a great time. Thank you to everyone
who worked hard to make our Bonfire Evening on 7th November such a success.
A special thank you to Rod Holder, as always, for allowing us to use Crow
Hall, and to everyone who attended, for their generosity. We raised
£550.00 for church funds.
New Year's Concert by Candlelight
Saturday 10th January 2009
OCTAVE VOCAL ENSEMBLE
who with their varied programme give us a jolly start to
MMM is always sold out, even if it coincides with major events elsewhere.
Therefore, order your cushioned seat asap from
Nigel Coleman on 01473-657191 or nrjcoleman@hotmail
£10 including champagne & sumptuous refreshments
Full details www.onesuffolk.co.uk/magicalmusicalmoments
Offton Church News
Recent Events and
On Saturday 1 November, the first of our annual Magical Musical Concerts
for the new winter season took place. This concert featured the New Burlington
String Quartet playing a programme of music by Mozart and Beethoven. The
packed audience really appreciated the fine playing and music, and the
candle lit church provided an ideal setting. Refreshments and fine wine
were enjoyed in the interval, and all for just £10 per ticket. What
a bargain! All proceeds from this concert went to the Suffolk NSPCC.
Our annual Remembrance Day Poppy Service was held on Sunday
9 November. Capt Garry Badley from 7 Battalion, Wattisham, volunteered
to come and to speak at the service from his many experiences on the front
line today in Afghanistan. His words put the church service in to perspective,
for on this day, we remembered all servicemen and women who have given
their lives in service to the nation, including the 16,500 who have died
since 1945. Capt Badley also played a fine Last Post on his
bugle, bringing a tingle to the skin, and a tear to the eye. We hope to
repeat this programme next year, so if you missed it this year, watch
out for next November. Remembrance Day is an important event in the life
of the nation, and it is hoped that many members of the parish found time
to attend these special services.
Future Events and
The next concert in the current MMM series takes place on 29 November,
and will feature well known cellist, Orlando Joplin, who will be playing
a selection of Bach Suites. The proceeds from this concert will all go
to the churchs fabric and repairs fund. The third and final concert
will take place on 10 January, when the audience will be able to enjoy
the Octave voice ensemble singing a variety of music in different styles
More details are to be found elsewhere in the Link. Tickets are available
from Mrs Maartje Rondeboom (tel. 01473 658024) and Mr Nigel Coleman (tel.01473
Christmas Services at Offton will be held as follows:
21 December at 10.00 am - Annual Carol Service to be followed my mince
pies and wine
25 December at 10.00 am - Short 30 minutes Christmas Service and Communion
28 December at 11.00 am Communion Service
The PCC hopes to welcome many families to the Christmas services. Carol
singing will be led by the Benefice Choir which is always looking for
new members. So if there are singers out there who would like to join
the choir for some Christmas carolling, please contact Mrs Mary Carter
whose details can be found on the back cover.
On 3 January 2009, the final Rectors Plate Indoor Bowling Competition
will be held throughout the day in the Needham Market Community Centre.
Indoor bowlers from around the region will know all about this event.
As this will be the last competition after 20 consecutive years, we hope
that there will be a great turnout of both competitors and supporters.
As always, the kitchens will be operating to provide tea, coffee, bacon
sandwiches etc, and the bar will also be open. Proceeds will go to our
Work in Progress
Visitors to the church will have noticed on-going structural work by contractors.
The PCC has to maintain the church for future generations, and to comply
with the 5-yearly survey of the church that is done by specialist architects
who are appointed by the diocese. The exposure of the foundations on the
south side of the church is to allow damp on the south wall to dry out.
This is likely to take several years.
The cost of the work for the present schedule will be approx. £16,000,
which is why your donations at services and other fund raising activities
are so important. This money has to be found in addition to the annual
Parish Share that the church has to raise for the Diocese; this year that
amount is £7,000 and is likely to be raised by a further 5% for
2009. So please support the many activities that we organise to help raise
these large amounts. Another full house for the concert on 29 November
will help considerably.
Church Fact File
Offton church is fortunate to have an old oak lectern that is carved in
the shape of an eagle with out-stretched wings. Our particular Eagle Lectern
was given to the church in 1885 during the time that Rev Thompson was
the resident vicar and who did so much for the restoration of St Marys
Church, Offton. The lectern is used to support a large church bible from
which lessons are traditionally read. However, with our informal approach
at Offton church, the reader will usually use his/her own bible to read
from. Eagle shaped lecterns are commonly seen in Christian churches and
cathedrals. The eagle is highly symbolic on two counts. Firstly, it symbolises
St John the Apostle. In religeous art, John is often depicted with an
eagle. As one of Jesus 12 apostles, John is credited traditionally
credited with writing several works in the New Testament, namely: the
Gospel of John, the Epistles of John, and the Book of evelation. Why not
come and take a look at our eagle lectern for yourself and reflect on
what it symbolises.
Barking Pre-School (Registered Charity 1020882)
Thank you to everyone
who supported our Christmas shopping evening on the 6th November, the
evening was a great success and was enjoyed by everyone who attended.
We also have our Christmas Fayre on the 13the December which starts at
11am until 1pm, the stalls will include a cake stall, tombola, name the
teddy bear and the pre-school staff will be running a craft table for
the children which is always lots of fun. We will also have our Grand
Prize Draw, which has prizes donated by local companies, this year we
have a Pressure Washer donated by Bosch, Stowmarket, 2 rounds of golf
at Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham, plus many more fantastic prizes.
Please come along and find out what other great prizes there are to win.
We look forward to seeing lots of people there.
Children can start pre-school from the age of 2 ½ and from the
term after their third birthday, the government funds the sessions. The
pre-school is open every weekday morning from 9.30 until 12 noon during
term time and children can attend any number of sessions per week (space
permitting). Our staff are committed, enthusiastic, well trained and work
hard to organise a wide variety of fun and educational activities including
crafts, cooking, music, story telling and construction. We have many toys
and activities so there are bound to be something to capture each child's
If you would like a place for your child please contact us. We are more
than happy to invite parents/carers along to see who we are and what we
do. Contact either Veronika Pryke (our pre-school leader) on 01473 658368
or Hayley Aldous on 01473 657515.
PC David Clark
Community Beat Officer
Tel: 01473 613500
Mid Suffolk South Team
Mid Suffolk District Council Offices,
131 High Street Needham Market Suffolk IP6 8DL
Hello again ,
Crimes of Interest - no crimes to report
We are still suffering with spates of thefts of domestic heating in the
general area and thefts from motor vehicles frequently left unlocked
Its that time of year
This is the time of year when our thoughts turn to buying presents ready
Every year we get reports of thefts of Christmas presents from vehicles
left unattended in car parks or driveways.
Please do not leave items like Christmas presents in your vehicles and
in particular on display, it takes only a matter of seconds for a theft
to break the window and steal them
Dont give a thief a happy Christmas this year
Do you know someone who needs a hand?
Home Shield is a project run with the Suffolk County Council and other
agencies to identify vulnerable persons who may have difficulty in managing
in their own homes affecting their quality of life.
If the person agrees a co-ordinator will call and help with many aspects
Help claiming benefits
Income and finances
Basic needs such as heating and food
Safety and security in the home
If you have someone in mind who may benefit from this service then please
contact the below named officers
I hope you have all had a wonderful and safe time over the festive period
- please remember that the bad weather is with us and if you are driving
particularly early in the morning the roads can be very icy there
have as usual been many minor accidents over the recent period
most of which could have been avoided just by taking a few simple precautions
checking that your lights are clean and working correctly
not moving off before the windscreen is clear by slowing down and driving
according to the conditions.
If you have any information or would like any advice on police matters
PCSO 3155 Sian Uttley or myself would be more than happy to discuss this
with you Our contact telephone number is 01284 774100
Our e mail addresses are email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remember that there are occasions when we are on rest days for
4 days so if your call is of an urgent nature please ask to speak to any
officer on duty.
Thanks very much PC 466 Dave Clark
Somersham Cycle Speedway
October started with the East Anglian Senior Final at Hethersett on the
4th where Gary Brown provided the Somersham interest, scoring 17 points
and finished 4th after losing a run-off for 3rd place with ex-Star Josh
3 days later it was the Kesgrave Club Championship which was won by Dan
Croft, with Barry Copping scoring 14,the same as Gary. On the 11th it
was the South-East Division 1 Riders Championship at Norwich where Gary
& Barry would don their Kesgrave shirts. In an event won by ex-Star
Adam Peck, Gary once again recorded a 4th place finish, this time scoring
16 points whilst Barry could only manage 8 points from 4 completed rides
as he did not take his final ride after picking up a hand injury when
falling trying to avoid the already fallen Hethersett rider Ben Collins.
The final 2 rounds of the South-East Grand Prix took place on successive
days(18th at Hethersett & 19th at Ipswich) and there was Somersham
involvement on both days. At Hethersett Steve Copping provided the only
Somersham interest in the Senior category, scoring 8 points in the qualifying
heats before finishing 3rd in the Final. The following day at Ipswich
Joe Hodge provided the Somersham interest in the Under 10 age group. Despite
being slow from the start, Joe pulled off some great dives in the heats
on his way to 13 points and a place in the A final, but when
he tried it again in the final he was not so lucky and hit the dust. Gary
provided the Somersham interest in the Senior category and was unbeaten
in the heats, going on to win the senior final and the overall championship.
The International Weekend on October 24th & 25th closed the season
for the Edenton club in the USA and the Copping brothers travelled over
as part of this. On the 24th the American style races opened the proceedings
and the brothers were the only riders in the Leon Nixon Catering Senior
Mens race staged over 25 laps of the 160 metre American track with
a 5 minute break after lap 13.Barry won the race ahead of Steve who was
lapped in the closing stages. The action then shifted across to the International
track for a Pairs event sponsored by Chowan Hospital and the rain fell
throughout that event where Barry and his partner Jessica Gilbert finished
in a 3 way tie for 2nd on 30 points, Barry scoring 16 of those. Meanwhile
Steve and his partner Logan Byrum, who had won the event last year with
Sheffield rider Jamie Brown, finished 5th with 29 points of which Steve
scored 16. The following night the Team Competition, sponsored by the
Chowan-Edenton Optimist Club, saw the same formula used as in league racing
in this country. The 2 teams were named after Edenton local sponsors,
Phelps Logging and Smith Heating & Air. It was the Smith team containing
Steve(who scored 16 points) triumph in a last heat decider over the Phelps
team containing Barry(who scored 14) by 90 points to 88.The Individual
competition closed out the weekend and Barry & Steve scored 16 and
15 points respectively to finish in 5th & 6th positions. Back in England
Gary rode in the East London Old Masters event on the 25th, scoring 16
The Somersham Club Championship closed the season on the 2nd November.
The event was in doubt until a free date in November was found, and then
persistent rain leading up to the meeting tried its best to cancel proceedings.
Although it was a bit soggy going up to the first bend, the track actually
rode extremely well and didn't dampen the racing. With several key riders
failing to support the meeting some Kesgrave juniors were invited, and
young Panther Pierce Bacon was certainly glad about that! He finished
top dog after an exciting final featuring the top 4 scorers.
Somershams 9 year old Joe Hodge headed the qualifiers, and lined
up alongside Bacon in the final. Joining them on the grid was top Somersham
rider Gary Brown, but under the handicap system he would have to do an
extra lap. Completing the line-up was 2007 champion Steve Copping - starting
on the back straight. The first attempt was sportingly stopped after Hodge
bizarrely lost a shoe, but in the rerun Bacon shot from the tapes to take
the lead. Hodge pressured right to the finish but could not find a way
past. Copping and Brown were left to reflect on how much progress the
youngsters have made this season.Ironically Brown was the only rider to
take a fall in the qualifiers. He ran out of track in heat 6 as all 4
riders approached the finish at the same time. It suggested the handicaps
were spot on for this race!
A Final: Pierce Bacon(Kesgrave Junior), Joe Hodge,Steve Copping, Gary
B Final: Harry Swallow(Kesgrave Junior), Charlotte Hodge(sister of Joe
Hodge), Barry Copping, Roy Brown(father of Gary)
C Final: Daniel Leggett, Martin Berry, Luke Gifkins(Kesgrave Junior)
The British Indoor Championships on 29th & 30th November will close
the season as far as Steve & Barry are concerned. These will have
probably taken place by the time you read this so there will be a report
on this in the next issue.
Thats it for now it. Steve Copping
Somersham Football Club - Youth Under 12s
Last season saw us finish sixth in our first season of league football
quite some achievement really, all the boys re signed for the new season
and weve set our sites on a top 3 or 4 finish.
The new goals arrived early October and Radio Suffolks James Hazell
officially opened the new pitch before another large gathering of supporters.
The boys are starting to find their feet on their new pitch but the majority
still have another gear to go.
07/09/08 Woodland Colts H Won 10 - 0
14/09/08 Barons Youth A Won 2 - 1
21/09/08 Chantry Grasshoppers H Won 4 - 2
28/09/08 Cornard Cynamos A Draw 1 1
19/10/08 Stowupland Falcons H Won 2 1
02/11/08 Whitton Sports Centre H Won 3 - 0
As I write we sit
in second place with the meanest defence in the league but with some tough
fixtures on the horizon our feet are firmly on the ground.
Thanks for all the support and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year
from all at Somersham Youth. Martin
SOMERSHAM PARISH COUNCIL
Wednesday 3rd December
Wednesday 7th January 2009
Wednesday 4th February 2009
All meetings commence
at 7.30pm in the Village Hall and the press and public are welcome to
Following the appointment of Orwell Housing Association as a partner to
provide an affordable housing scheme in the village, an initial meeting
has been held between Orwell Housing Association, Mid Suffolk District
Council and parish council representatives on the first stage of the procedure
which is to identify options for a suitable site for the development.
An affordable housing development can be constructed outside the settlement
boundary, but it must abut the boundary. Three locations were identified
as possible options, but for each site there could be difficulties could
arise, mainly with access. A Planning Officer from Mid Suffolk attended
this meeting and her report is now awaited on the viability of these options.
Telephone Kiosk in Main Road
Following the parish councils approval of sponsoring
the payphone on Main Road the contract has now been completed and sent
to BT. Once the contract is signed by BT and returned, the parish council
will be invoiced for the first annual payment of £500 which is the
contribution required by BT towards its upkeep and maintenance. The payphone
will be converted from cash to card only payment which again is a condition
laid down by BT. This was the only option open to the parish council if
the payphone was to remain, which in effect means that the village will
be paying for the maintenance of this historic telephone kiosk. The parish
council has taken this action to safeguard the payphone because of its
possible benefit in emergency situations ad historic interest. In view
of the contribution by the people of Somersham the parish council hopes
this village amenity will now be treated with respect. If anyone sees
the kiosk being abused or vandalised please report it immediately. This
sponsorship arrangement will be reviewed each year.
Over the next couple of meetings the parish council will be setting their
budget and precept for 2009/2010. Please contact any of the councillors
if you have any, any suggestions or requests you would like the council
Safe and Secure
Mid Suffolk District Council has launched a scheme ro assist homeowners
secure their homes. It is a free home security upgrade for homeowners
and private tenants living in Mid Suffolk who are over 60 and/or receiving
benefits and/or are disabled. The Safe and Secure Scheme covers door chain/viewer,
outdoor security light, windows locks, upgrading to more secure door locks,
smoke detector, etc. For more information about this scheme please contact
Private Sector Housing on 0845 606 6174.
Somersham Parish Council has a vacancy for a councillor. Applications
are welcome from anyone aged 18 or over who is on the electoral register.
The only mandatory duty of a councillor is to attend meetings of the parish
council, but it gives councillors an opportunity to become involved in
community life. With the change to unitary government coming to Suffolk
there will be a greater opportunity for parish councils to take on additional
powers if they so wish. If you would like further information on the role
of a parish councillor please contact any of the current councillors or
Finally on behalf
of us all at Somersham Parish Council may I take this opportunity to wish
you a Very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and successful 2009.
Janet Clarke Tel. No. 01473 830398
Clerk to the Council E-mail: email@example.com
At Elmsett Preschool our aim is to provide a play-based curriculum,
where children learn and develop in their own unique way supported by
staff. Activities and resources are child-centred and initiated by the
children themselves, in addition to a range of imaginative adult led activities
for small groups. The importance of a play-based approach is emphasised
in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework for children in all
early education settings, including preschools, nurseries and reception
This term we are learning about Night and Space, with activities including
making planets, Moon pizzas, splatter painting, junk model space vehicles,
shape aliens, as well as exploring Alien slime! We are also looking forward
to helping Santa wrap up presents in his workshop and exploring Christmas
colours, sequins & lots of glitter as we make decorations and cards.
Stepping Stones is a friendly group where mums and dads can bring their
babies and young children to play games, do crafts and play with our fab
range of toys, plus tea/coffee and a friendly chat for parents. So join
us on Wednesday mornings 9.15-11.00 Elmsett Methodist Church (during term).
3rd December: Painting giant Xmas tree, baby gym (tents and tunnels)
10th December: Decorating the Christmas tree, and making Christmas cards
17th December: Christmas party, with our special guest Father Christmas
7th January: Making snowmen/snowflakes fun with glitter
14th January: Baby gym (tents and tunnels)
21st January: Sticking and gluing with pasta
28th January: Decorating yummy biscuits
We would like to wish
all of the Stepping Stones and Pre-School children a very Happy Christmas
and a fun filled New Year. We would also like to thank all of the parents
and villagers for their support during the past year, and wish you all
a very Merry Christmas.
There's a bang, fizzle,
crack and whizz! all around as we write to you of Somersham School's latest
news, knowing that such familiar sounds are a prelude to the festive season
which will be in full throes when this magazine falls through your letterbox.
Many Somersham School pupils have demonstrated that while they appreciate
that Maths is Marvellous - as shown to parents in an enlightening afternoon
earlier in the year, their creativity is not to be overlooked - a Papier
Maché Nativity workshop enabled them to demonstrate their artistic
skills on two Saturdays at Flowton church, hosted by the ever-enthusiastic
Clarinet and Badminton clubs continue alongside the bi-termly French Film
Club which in October showcased the talents of actress Audrey Tatou and
offered pupils sirop de menthe by way of refreshment. Only weeks after
offering Harvest gifts at Somersham church, many pupils and parents spent
their half term rehearsing Christmas wrapping by preparing shoe boxes
for underprivileged children overseas c/o the Samaritan's Purse charity.
Pupils of the Week have been entered in to a weekly raffle to win day
passes kindly donated by Play 2 Day of Martlesham which is an added incentive
to all children to work even harder than they already do!
And while our hardworking
staff unearth the costumes for this year's Nativity (many of which were
worn by some of our pupils' parents @ 30 yrs ago!) our pupils have not
been resting on their literary laurels. After Year 6's sensational book
reviews as part of the Kate Greenaway Awards culminating in a visit to
BBC Radio 4 where 3 lucky pupils interviewed the winning author/illustrator,
Emily Gravett in July, we are delighted to announce that the author has,
on the cusp of a tour of the States agreed to officially open our newly
refurbished, completely revamped library next May! The author will not
only meet the Hawks who reviewed Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears but
will engage in a workshop with the whole school based on one of her books.
We feel such a coup is incredibly exciting for our little, Suffolk school.
After an industrious and very exciting year - the first academic year
for Lynette Allison as our Head, all staff, Governors and fundraisers
FOSS wish all of our local, supportive community a very Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year!
To visit the school please contact our School Secretary, Mrs Maguire on:
01473 831251 or visit our website: www.somersham.suffolk.sch.uk
of Somersham School
As I write, we are in the process of finalising the arrangements for our
Christmas shopping evening, held on 14th November. This was our first
shopping evening and so we were delighted that there were so many traders
who wanted to come along. In fact, we ended up with a reserve list as
we couldnt fit everyone in. We would also like to thank the stall
holders for their generosity in providing prizes for a great raffle. Well
done to all the winners! We hope that everyone who came had a lovely evening,
enjoyed the homemade mince pies and sausage rolls and managed to purchase
plenty of gifts for Christmas.
The family Christmas photos were taken on 22nd November. We hope everyone
is pleased with the results and that the children enjoyed the craft session.
In October we held our AGM and are delighted that we have retained most
of our members. We have 13 on the committee with Jenny King remaining
as Chair, Wendy Hiskey as Treasurer and Steve Maitland as Secreta;ry.
Disappointingly, there were no new faces this year, but any parents who
couldnt make it to the AGM and would like to offer support for their
childrens primary school will always be very welcome
At the AGM, we summarised our years events and spending.
These are some of the events we held:-
*Body Shop evening *Christmas photos and bazaar *Webb Ivory orders
*Christingle raffle and refreshments *Panto raffle *Beetle Drive *Disney
Disco *Archive film evening *Wild West Fete *Leavers disco *Fashion Show
Of notable success were the popular archive film evening, the fete which
was fantastic and the fashion show which was extremely well supported.
For those of you who come along to our fundraising events and support
us, every raffle ticket purchased and every donation received goes towards
benefiting children at the school. Here are just some of the things that
we were able to purchase last year with the money raised:-
*Garden Equipment *Reluctant Readers scheme *Donation for Tutankhamun
trip *Renewal of subscription for First News *£1000
donation for the library *Donation for Rivers Trip *Contributions to workshops
and theatre groups *Donations for residential school trip for year 5/6
We are already thinking towards events for 2009. We are likely to be holding
another archive film evening in April so if you are interested let
us know. We have even set the date for our summer fete, which will be
on Saturday, 20th June.
Finally, for a few other ways you can help us raise extra funds
if you get a new mobile phone for Christmas or in the January sales, please
drop your old one into the school for recycling. We will also recycle
your old printer cartridges and we collect all of the supermarket tokens.
You are very welcome to come along to the Christingle at the church on
Friday 5th December at 6pm refreshments and raffle and small gifts
to buy in the school hall afterwards.
We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Clare Davies (tel. 832569)
Somersham Baptist Church
Worth the wait
America has a new
President, but we must wait until Jan 20th for him to take over. It has
been 40 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King (April 4th
1968) and black America has been waiting for this day, that some thought
would never come, waiting for justice and freedom.
2000 years ago a priest was the first to know of the fulfilment of another
long promised hope, the birth of a new king - Jesus. A hope, generated
back in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15) and slowly becoming stronger
throughout the Old Testament, until the announcement to Zechariah by the
angel that his son was to be the one who would prepare the people for
Jesus the Messiah. Since the death and resurrection of Jesus, Christians
down the centuries have waited for his return in glory, also waiting for
justice and freedom on an even greater scale.
Many hopes lie upon Barack Obamas shoulders. Some will, no doubt
not be realised. But those that lie upon the shoulders of Jesus certainly
will. While we wait for Christ to finally take his office upon earth,
we work to implant his policies. Waiting time does not mean idle time.
As Christians meet together, we look not only to learn from Jesus but
to obey Jesus. However long or short the wait, it will be worth it. Why
not wait with us?
Please be assured that you will receive a very warm welcome as we celebrate
the birth of Jesus with our Christmas Eve Candlelight Carol Service at
6.30pm, Wednesday 24th December
New for 2009. A Light Lunch 12.00 Noon on Thursday 24th January. We hope
this will be a welcome break from eating at home and provide an opportunity
to mix. If this proves popular we shall attempt to make it a regular monthly
14 years of Independence
on Feb 1st Guest speaker Timothy Alford
After many years of support from other local Churches, Somersham Baptist
had been strengthen enough to manage her own affairs, for these past 14
years years we give thanks to God.
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 Friday 12th December and 9th January.
Friends and Neighbours: 7.45pm Monday 15th December and 19th January.
Contact Mark if you
Meetings are held at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP8 4QE.
Pastor Mark Newcombe, 01473 831940, mobile: 07930543583, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many of our readers
will be coming together to sing carols in our churches this Christmas
and so this poem by John Betjeman seemed an appropriate way to round off
this seasonal edition of the Link. We hope you enjoy it and agree that
a little Betjeman never comes amiss!
the man who goes to light
The church stove on an icy night
Lets praise that hard-worked he or she
The Treasurer of the PCC
Lets praise the sleazier of the aisles
The nave and candlesticks and tiles
Lets praise the organist who tries
To make the choir increase in size.
Or if that simply cannot be
Just to improve its quality.
Praise the ringers in the tower
Who come to ring in cold or shower
But most of all lets praise the few
Who are seen in their accustomed pew
Throughout the year whateer the weather
That they may worship God together
These like a fire of glowing coals
Strike warmth into each others souls
And though they be but two or three
They keep the church for you and me
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 2nd Sunday of Advent
Family Communion by extension
December Advent 3
Communion by extension
Communion (Canon S Richie)
Communion (Canon S Richie)
December Advent 4
Communion by extension
December Christmas Eve
service of carols by Candlelight
of Christmas (Rev M Wainwright)
25th December Christmas Day
Communion by extension
Service and Communion by extension
and Communion by extension
Communion (Rev S Ritchie)
Family Communion by extension
(Rev. S Ritchie)
Communion (Rev. S Ritchie)
Communion by extension
Communion (Rev C Everett)
Service(Rev M Wainwright)
Worship for all ages
Family Communion by extension