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Conscience tells us when things are not right, but I can spend ages trying to work out the why and wherefore of some misdoing, instead of calling it by its proper name which is 'sin'. Facing up to corruption in the wider world just has to be more straightforward than admitting our own sin. It's not easy for anyone, whatever their age or circumstances. The Bible's word for getting things right again is 'expiation', which is what Jesus came to do.
Before that time,
the Psalmist said:
Lent begins on the
25th of this month, and it can be a very useful clearing-up season in
all sorts of ways. Best wishes!
May they grow in faith
May they rest in peace
1st February Presentation
of Christ in the Temple
8th February 3rd Sunday
15th February 2nd
Sunday before Lent
22nd February Sunday
next before Lent
29th February 1st
Sunday of Lent
Jars of Grace
With this magazine
you will find a leaflet about "Jars of Grace", a UNICEF initiative
which we are given the opportunity to support during Lent. (Lent begins
on February 25th)
This is our chance to help to provide water hand pumps and the local knowledge to maintain them. We can also help the provision of water purification tablets to prevent infection where the water is not clean enough, and oral rehydration salts to help children suffering from diarrhoea (often caused by dirty water) to re-hydrate and recover.
When water pumps are provided in a village, the time that young children have used fetching water from further away (up to 6 hours a day in all weathers) is then freed for them to attend school and so lead to a better life. Where women have been fetching the water they are able to give more time to cultivating food for their families, which leads to less hunger and healthier children.
Please consider how often you turn on a tap or use water each day -then give thanks by placing a coin in your "Jar of Grace" that others may have some of your freedom.
In April Link we will publish a list of places where you may hand in your gift.
Once again we can
look back to the end of November and report a very happy and successful
Christmas lunch, although not as we had planned it! Due to quite unforeseen
circumstances we needed to make alternative arrangements at the last minute
and were delighted to find that Somersham Village Hall was available.
It proved to be a most convenient venue with it's excellent catering facilities
and Mary, Frances, Jennie and Margaret between them served a meal which
everyone seemed to enjoy. It was a great pleasure to have the company
of three husbands with us. (We told them they were only there to do the
washing up - but somehow they seemed to manage to avoid it!) Our thanks
go to everyone who helped on this occasion and to those drivers who have
given invaluable help with transport through another year - we couldn't
function without you!
Flower and Cleaning Rota
February 1 Mrs. Pat
February 1 & 8
Mrs. Sam Copping
February 1 Mrs. Hardman
No flowers in Lent. Easter Sunday April 11th.
Somersham Church News
The Christmas Bazaar raised £430. Many thanks to all involved in the event and everyone who came to support it.
There will be a Trivia Quiz on Friday March 12th. See advert elsewhere in the Link for more details.
You may be aware that there will soon be a ramp in the church porch to assist those who find steps difficult. Thank you very much for the anonymous donations that have been given towards the purchase of the ramp.
Christmas and New Year Greetings to all in Somersham and surrounding villages and Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annee to our friends in Challain la Potherie.
AND VILLAGE VISIT MAY 2004
Following the very successful visit of the "Challainois" to Somersham last May, some of us were lucky enough to be able to make personal visits to Challain during the summer. All of us report on being made very welcome and with lots of good wishes to the people in Somersham being sent back with us.
We have now been invited to make another village visit to them. This is planned to take place over the first Bank Holiday in May. A coach will leave Somersham on Friday morning of 30th April, 2004 (we didn't like travelling through the night last time) and return on Monday 3rd May, 2004
We will have approximately 40 places available for this visit and the cost will be £70 per person. The cost includes all travel, accommodation, food, and entertainment, plus the good companionship of our own villagers and the opportunity to discover the wonderful hospitality of the real French people in a village very similar to our own.
I/We would like to be included in the village visit to Challain la Potherie. May Bank Holiday, April 30-May 3, 2004 at a cost of £70 per person.
From Miss Joan Lawrance
Joan would like to thank everyone who has sent her cards and letters over the recent weeks. She is sorry it is impossible to reply individually, but she much appreciates all the kindness and help she has received.
It was with great sadness that the former members of the Somersham branch of the Royal British legion learnt of the death of Mr Eric Burroughs before the arrangements were completed for the laying-up of the Standard. This ceremony, placing it in the keeping of the Parish Church, will form part of the 3pm Evening Service at St. Mary's on Sunday 22nd February. All are welcome.
Several piano pupils of Mrs Lynne Holton of Somersham took part in a concert to raise money for Children in Need recently and raised a sum of £35.10 in voluntary contributions. Much fun was had that evening - well done to all.
to the pupils who attained Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
examination results -
Somersham Football Club
November was a month of mixed fortunes for both of Somersham's sides. Saturday 8th November saw the first team at home to St Edmunds 65, of Division 3, in the Omnico Cup. Somersham began brightly and scored midway through the first half. Before half-time however, two defensive mix-ups gifted St Ed's a 2-1 lead. The second half saw a hard fought competitive game from both sides and with little time remaining the match was balanced at 3-3. Final score Somersham 3 St Ed's 4. Disappointment all round, but this is a competition in which we would have to play extremely well to win and there is always the league and Primary Cup to concentrate on. Somersham Reserves were away to local rivals Claydon in a Division 6 encounter. Claydon won the game 3-1 and according to sources this was a fair result.
For the First team, Saturday 15th November brought the arduous journey to Wenhaston to play their reserve team in a Division 4 fixture. Another sound first half performance brought a 1-0 lead at half-time. The second half found a far more determined Wenhaston side and with the an equalizer, things began to look a little tricky. With 10 minutes remaining when left winger, Matt Ruffles, picked up the ball on the left, cut inside and curled an unstoppable shot in at the far post. Final score 2-1 to Somersham. The Reserves entertained AFC Hoxne Reserves, but came out on the wrong side of a 1-0 result. The result was particularly bitter as the home side had played extremely well.
Saturday 22nd November found the Reserve team without a fixture, but the first team were at home in the league to close rivals Ufford Sports. A close game was played out and the final quarter of the match saw the teams level at 2-2. The manager decided to shuffle his pack and lay his winning hand. Almost immediately the breakthrough came to Somersham and the final score remained 3-2 to Somersham. Thankfully Quinny emerged at training the following Tuesday none the worse for his exuberant evening of celebration at the Limeburners .unlike the surface of the 'Burners car park!
Saturday 29th November brought Primary Cup action back. The visitors were Southwold Town Reserves who play in the Lowestoft league. Yet again defensive shenanigans gifted the visitors a goal, but Somersham responded well and went into the break 2-1 in front, with both goals coming from goal factory Adam English. The second half found Southwold a spent force, which might explain how I managed to score 2 second half goals to end with a 4-1 Somersham victory. We are now in the last sixteen of this competition and hoping for a favourable draw in the Quarter Finals. The Reserve team were back in action, away to St Clements Hospital Reserves in the league, they came home having been defeated 1-0. The general feeling was that the opposition were quite poor and so the result was all the more disappointing.
Saturday 6th December once again left the Reserves with no game, as Shotley called off at the last minute. The first team were in action though, at home to Needham Market 'B' in the league. Somersham started well and were 1-0 up at the break thanks to a Ross Cater goal. With 10 minutes remaining the points looked to be in the bag. However, the ball was given away cheaply on the half way line and the Needham striker found his way into the penalty area. He was promptly up-ended leaving the ref no choice but to give a clear penalty. The penalty was converted and final Score 1-1. This was the most disappointing result for sometime as the game should have been buried, but hopefully the team will have learned a lesson to take into the remaining games of the season.
The 13th December dawned with the first team set to face Ufford Sports at Ufford. Somersham got off to a poor start conceding a soft goal early on. Ufford added another to reach half time 2-0 in front. The second half saw a better display from Somersham, but Ufford were awarded a free kick 25 yards out in front of goal. This was dispatched in Beckhamesque fashion to leave Somersham trailing 3-0. With 10 minutes remaining Somersham scored a consolation goal, but it was too little too late. This was a very disappointing result, but credit must go to Ufford who were defiantly more "up for it" than Somersham . The reserves were back in action at home to Tacket Street Reserves. The game ended in a 1-1 draw with Kieran Cotterell scoring once again. Not a bad result against tough opposition.
Saturday 20th December
meant a drive up the A12 to play Halesworth Town Reserves in the league.
Somersham began the match playing into a very strong head wind, but defended
well and managed to get to the opponents penalty area a couple of times
resulting in a goal to reach half time 1-0 in front. The second half saw
Somersham boss the game with the wind at their heels and a smattering
of sleet. Two further goals made the final score 3-0 to Somersham. Special
mention goes to John Tunally for most inventive wind assisted goal of
the season. The ball was played to him from a free kick and from the edge
of the area he scooped the ball up to the required height and let the
wind and sleet carry the ball over the helpless goalkeeper into the net.
The goalkeeper back pedalled furiously to stop the effort, but in his
awe of this amazing harnessing of Mother Nature only managed to header
the goalpost. Strange days indeed!!
The first Saturday of 2004 brought the first team the next round of the Primary Cup. Bungay started the match in a very strong manner, but the final 10 minutes of the first half found Somersham on top with Simon Chambers scoring his first goal for the first team to go in 1-0 up. The first 20 minutes of the second half saw Somersham double their lead with a penalty from Matty Whitton to maintain his 100% record from the spot this season. Bungay pushed 3 men into attack in an effort to get back into the match and Somersham found themselves pegged back to 2-2 with minutes remaining. Bungay pushed forward again and destroyed Somersham's hopes of progressing any further by scoring with only seconds left of normal time. The cup run has however left the first team with a number of games in hand in the league, so concentration can now be given to that.
The reserves first game of 2004 was a home fixture to St Clements Hospital Reserves who they lost 1-0 to in the away fixture. Unfortunately revenge could not be gained as St Clements repeated the away game, winning 1-0. .
You may remember I mentioned a coach trip to Mildenhall Greyhound track in past notes. This took place on the 13th December and a full coach departed Somersham. An excellent night ensued with some winning a few quid and some losing a few, but a good time was had by all and thanks to Ray Smith for the idea and organisation, helped by Quinny Warner, Matty Whitton, Dill Sillet and, undoubtedly, by Mrs Smith. Hopefully another bash will be on the cards before the end of the season.
Changing the subject, I have had an urgent appeal from Head Groundsman Denzil Mumby for paint to mark the pitch out with. So if you have any old white or Magnolia WATER BASED paint lying around that hasn't found its way to the dump yet, please feel free to send it round to Denzil's - the address is:- Park Avon, Main Road, Somersham. Its located 2 doors from the village shop towards the playing field. If you are coming down to support the team on a Saturday you could also bring your paint with you and leave it with a member of the club at the pavilion. Many thanks.
By the time you read
this Christmas will be a dim and distant memory. I and all at Somersham
Football Club hope you had a Merry Christmas and are enjoying a splendid
New Year. Let us be the first to wish you a Happy Easter. See you on Saturday!!!
Make a difference, become a councillor
The Parish Council is unable to run unless people of the parish get involved, it is there to help the people of the village obtain all of the services and benefits of living in the village.
We currently have vacancies for councillors, and we need you to fill them. You can get involved in as a much as you like, from a few hours a month, to as many hours as you want!
If you wish to know more about becoming a councillor contact Andrew Mayhew, the Clerk to the Council, details at the end of this article, I can put you in contact with existing councillors who will be able to talk you through what they do, as well as giving you information myself.
Unfortunately there was not a huge turnout at our Youth Forum in November 2003, but we still wish to know the opinions of the young people from the village.
Please get in contact with us, either through:
We are very keen to find out what you want in the village, so that it is a village you wish to be a part of.
The Parish Council are always looking into different things to help improve the village, here are some of the things which have been completed recently, or will be completed shortly:
If there are any other improvements you would like to suggest please contact the Clerk to the Council, and the Parish Council would be happy to consider the idea at our next meeting.
There is currently one allotment available to rent on the allotment land beyond Stocks Hill.
If there is anyone interested in renting this allotment please contact the Clerk to the Council for more information.
Somersham Town Land Charity
The Somersham Town Land Charity is a small charity which was setup to help villagers in a condition of need, hardship or distress.
Recently the charity has moved on to also provide funding for local groups to help with small projects.
If a resident or group in Somersham would like the Trustees to consider an application please contact the Clerk to the Council for further information.
The following meetings are planned for Somersham Parish Council up until April 2004. All meetings begin at 7.30pm.
Meetings for the second half of the year will be shown in the April article.
A leaflet showing all meetings is available on the Parish Council's website, from the Clerk to the Council and from the Village Shop/Post Office.
If any unplanned meetings become necessary, such as planning meetings, these will be advertised on the village notice board, outside the Village Shop, and in the village newsletters if there is sufficient time, which unfortunately there rarely is.
All meeting information, including agendas and minutes are available on the Parish Council's website:
Only three matches and a cup match to report on during November and December, due to the small number of teams in our winter league.
With the first being at home with East Bergholt; we felt in confident mood at the start of the match as our two opening teams had fine wins. The second half was a very different story, as East Bergholt had other ideas and we finished up narrowly beaten by losing on the total shots, making the final score 6 - 4 to the visitors. Obviously still more practice needed for the Somersham team.
Our next visit was to Harkstead and made for another good and close match. This time Somersham coming out on top, two of our four teams winning, one drawn and the other team losing, but not by too many shots as the final scoreline indicates.
The Christmas Pairs was the next in-club occasion with members drawing names out of the hat to do friendly battle within the club. The various games proved to be extremely competitive, with the Winners Shield eventually going to Belle Deaves and Peter Haughton.
Our match with Brantham - the last before Christmas - proved to be another disappointing result for Somersham with 3 of our 4 teams being beaten. Consequently whilst enjoying the end of match refreshments we were left only to ponder on where the games had been lost.
After the long journey out to West Suffolk in the first week of January, our hopes in the Cup away to Hundon were dashed from the outset with the home team running out 8 - 0 winners, and by 55 - 24 shots. We therefore have to look to recovering the situation when the home leg in played on our own mats, and this result will be reported in the next Link.
Finally in concluding our entry for the Link - the first for 2004 - the Carpet Bowls Club would like to wish all readers ....a Happy New Year.
AND DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB
We have now completed
three years since formation and have forty plus members. Have you heard
of us and wondered if it is the club for you?
Please contact Mary Carter and let her know how you feel about the idea of Gardens Open and Flower Festival in 2005 -a few people have kindly done so but more responses are needed if we are to know how people really feel about the idea. (01473 658522 or Otterditch, Flowton)
For your Diary
Church Annual Meetings
The Mystery Hampers
RETIREMENT OF OUR
David has delivered our milk for many years, and has always managed to get through however bad the weather. I realize there is very little time, but wondered if we should mark his retirement in some way. Any ideas to Frances Gilson 658387, by the 4th February.
In the series Magical
Musical Moments tickets for Trio Ted, Cara & Scott sold
out within 48 hours. At the time of writing there are only a few seats
left for the third and last concert. Opus' four clarinettists will
play blues with Alice Porter demonstrating her dexterity on the
keyboard. If you are interested please act swiftly.
Dates to note for events in 2004
Saturday 7th February
8 Parishes Supper - 6.30 for 7 pm in Ringshall Village Hall £5
Watch the Link for details of other possible events.
The Carols and
Mulled Wine evening organized by Silke and Colin Pinson-Roxborough
just before Christmas was a happy one with mince pies, quiche and excellent
mulled wine. There was a lot of singing with everyone in good voice with
Paul on the keyboard. Over £60 was raised for the church.
It gets better every
year! Thank you to David and Jane for all the thought and hard work given
to this event. It truly was a wonderful day for both bowlers and onlookers
and a superb financial help for Offton Church. The sum of £1415.05
was raised which is a record. This was achieved through entry fees from
the bowlers (who come from throughout the county and beyond), tombola,
various raffles and competitions and refreshments being served all day.
Thank you to all who contributed.
The Chick Chat Club finished off the year with a cheerful party on 13 December which included singing accompanied by Peta and some fun forfeits. The group has met twice a month and covered a number of subjects ranging from make up to vegan recipes, but role play remains the most popular activity. Meetings start again on March 10 and will be held twice a month on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm. in Offton Church. (March10 & 24, April 14 and 28, May 12 & 26 and June 9 & 23) Do come along if you are in year 8, 9, or 10. Further details from Lucy Vignoles 01473 658480.
Historic Churches Trust
A big thank you to Helen and David Thorne, Simon Gray and Thomas King who all took to their bikes for this year's Sponsored Ride, and to Jan Dickson, who dispensed with wheels and completed her journey on foot!
Total sponsorship money amounted to £329.40p, half of which will go directly to St. Mary's Church.
Thank you also to all those people who manned the Church throughout the day, and provided refreshments for the 34 cyclists who visited Offton Church on their travels. Alison Rumsey
(and thank you too to Alison for organizing it every year!)
Offton and Willisham
Senior Citizens Christmas lunch - this year the kitchen and meal was
managed by Janet Crickmore and Lois Seddon and thanks is due to them and
all the other helpers, the entertainers and those who contributed gifts
and Christmas goodies to make it such a good event.
Noel Yvette Domini 1902? - 1994
The tapestry in Offton Church of the Last Supper was worked by Noel Yvette Domini when she was in her eighties. It was donated to St Mary' Offton by her foster son Daniel following her death.
Noel was born into abject poverty, deserted by her mother, found by Dr Barnado's and finally fostered here in Offton. The years she spent here were the happiest of her youth. She referred to them frequently. As she aged, Noel would look forward to being reunited her foster mother after death. Her faith was very strong and she was certain that her deepest desire would be met.
All of Noel's long life was fraught with difficulties until she reached old age when she finally allowed her foster son Daniel to care for her, which he did till her death. Danny was the middle child of her 'three jewels'. Sadly her eldest adopted son Bernard did not live long after his mother's death, but Danny and his sister, Ruth, still remember their mother's strength, her ability to survive against all the odds and her constant struggle to keep the family together, whatever it took.
On her death it was arranged that her ashes be interred in the soil which contains the remains of her foster mother, in St Mary's Churchyard. Noel's greatest wish has been achieved.
It may be February
but this is the first chance I have had to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous
These notes always include some crime reduction advice, which inevitably repeats itself over time. If there is any crime reduction topic readers think would be of interest to others just pass me the details and I will do my best. For February, having got Christmas and New Year out of the way, I would suggest a recheck of your property marking. Has anything new been marked with your postcode? Has any new jewellery been photographed for identity purposes? And so on. Your Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator can advise you and Ultra Violet markers are only £1.00 from the police station.
On the crime side
of things I will go through events since the last newsletter, some are
rather old but someone may some information to pass on to me:
For advice on property marking of any sort please contact your Crime Reduction Officer Dave Gilson at Stowmarket Police Station or myself.
Offton can by no means be called a crime hotspot but it does benefit from having a neighbourhood watch, however at present it does not have a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator to receive or pass on any messages of interest to the parish. I hope that by the time this is read a volunteer will have come forward because without a co-ordinator a scheme cannot exist. If you can assist in any way please contact me.
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 Pc980 Shields. Please remember there are periods when I have a rest day for 4days. If you require urgent action do not leave a message but speak to another officer.
My deputy should
I be on leave or otherwise away for any length of time will be Pc Simon
Mills, he is contactable on the same telephone numbers as myself.
Somersham Baptist Church
Love is in the air.
Valentines Day kind of dominates this month, hoping for a valentine, dreading a valentine, disappointment that all valentines are passed. But is true love real or an illusion. Cher is quoted as saying 'the trouble with women is that they all excited about nothing, and then they marry him'.
The Apostle Paul is
sure of love 'Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does
not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it
is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight
in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails'. This love is more
demanding than the TV version, a definition of love we will never attain.
But wouldn't all our relationships, especially marriage benefit from this
realistic love of the New Testament. The source of this kind of love is
God, who the Apostle John says 'is love'. As someone has helpfully pointed,
out Jesus could well replace love in the quotation from Paul. So if I
put a little more Jesus love into my marriage maybe I will get a valentine
Thanks to all those who joined us for our carol service.
Hospital visits; During term time Mark is regularly at Heath Road Hospital, so if you know of someone who would appreciate a visit please contact him on 01473 831940 or 07930 543583.
Six sessions, which deal with Jesus, Salvation and becoming a Christian,
to find out more contact Mark.
SERVICES in our 8 linked parishes
The new rota of services began in October - and there are changes for the holiday. if you have any doubts about this listing please contact the churchwardens. Thank you.
February 1st Presentation of Christ in the Temple
February 8th Third Sunday before Lent
February 15th Second Sunday before Lent
22nd Sunday next before Lent
Wednesday 25th February Ash Wednesday
February 29th First Sunday of Lent
Please see Somersham Parish notes for full details of this event.
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