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Those of you who have been in the church during Advent and Christmas will have seen the beautiful new crib set that has been knitted by a village resident. The figures have a lot of detail in them and must have taken a great deal of patience to complete. Very many thanks to the lady who so kindly made these for the church.
The Christmas Bazaar raised £425 for church funds. Many thanks to everyone who helped at and supported the event.
Answers to the Christmas
quiz sheet will be in next month's Link.
In December a hearing loop and PA system was installed in the church. After a few minor adjustments it seems to be working well and benefiting those who are rather hard of hearing. Thank you to all who have helped in fundraising for this.
At the beginning of 2004 the PCC pledged 10% of profit from the year's fundraising events should go to East Anglian Children's Hospices. A cheque for £200 was sent at the end of December. Thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising efforts through the year.
The Golden Link over
60's club members wish to thank very much all who gave and all who came
to our Autumn / Christmas Fayre and spent so freely. We made the grand
total of £326 for which we are most grateful.
Betty Game (Secretary)
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Lots of correspondence has been taking place over the last few weeks between our village and Challain. Seasonal greetings were sent between the two villages over the Christmas and New Year period and news of activities taking place were exchanged. Apparently Père Noel visited the children of Challain at the Salle de Tilleuls, which those who have visited will remember, and the roads and the square by the church were decorated with lights and Christmas trees.
We are now looking forward to the spring and the visit of our French friends to Somersham. It looks likely that the visit will be in May and unconfirmed dates are 5-8 May. More news when the dates are finally confirmed, but we hope that as many of us as possible will be able to welcome the visitors when they arrive.
Having French guests in our village gives a wonderful opportunity to any students of the French language to practice their skills. You don't have to be hosts or involved in any other way, except to come along to one of the social events we will be organising, and meet with them then if you would like.
If you are interested in being a host to French visitors when they come, or in being involved with the activities taking place, then please contact one of the following:
Gill Fordham: 831529;
David Haughton: 831511;
The 1st Team
November 13th saw St Clements Hospital visit Somersham in a league encounter. As the previous week, the home side were buoyant as St Clements were propping up the table. Unfortunately the game mirrored the previous week's fixture with Somersham having by far the best chances, but not applying the killer touch and then conceding a poor goal. Final score 1-1, again a very disappointment result which could have dramatic effects on the final league placings.
The 20th November found Somersham away to Tattingstone United. Somersham were again creating good chances, but for the third week on the trot were failing to convert them. The introduction of Ross "The Chimp" Cater from the bench changed all that. He claimed and excellent poachers hat-trick, whilst "Diesel" Crick scored a 20-yarder, Dave Jousiffe cracked in a beauty and Kieran Cotterell scored one of the finest angled chips I've seen in a long long time. An excellent 6-1 final score and maybe now Somersham could continue scoring more freely in future weeks.
The last game of November was in the Primary Cup away to Bures. In age old Somersham tradition, navigation to these unfamiliar parts was carried out by the guess work and so we arrived later than planned. This didn't upset the lads who again began brightly against an extremely robust Bures side. Bures scored first after a lapse from four different Somersham players, but, after a sound rollicking from Quinny, Somersham equalised from an excellent free kick by "Diesel". Matty Whitton calmly dispatched a penalty kick soon after which was the final goal action of the game. Somersham were always the better side and the final score of 2-1 certainly flattered the home side.
4th December, Somersham were back at home to face Sizewell & Aldeburgh FC in the league. Somersham controlled the game throughout and ran out 3-0 winners, with Kieran scoring two and unfortunate not to get his hat-trick.
11th December meant the trip to the airport to trade blows with promotion rivals Walton Rangers. Walton had been banging in goals all season and not letting many in themselves, so a stiff test for the visitors was expected. There was also a slight feeling of concern in the dressing room as it was announced by manager Quinny Warner, that due to an incredible chain of events he was going to have to take the goalkeeping gloves for the afternoon. As expected Walton started the stronger, but soon the game developed into a midfield battle with neither team able to gain the advantage. That changed as Walton pressed and tried their luck from 25 yards. With keeper Quinny unsighted the ball sailed into the roof of the net. Somersham were by no means out of it and equalised through Kieran. The rest of the game was a tight affair with both teams adding a goal each to leave a final score of 2-2. Special mention to Dave "Crumpy" Crick for running the line in the second half, what a star!!
The final match of 2004 was in the league away to Elmswell. Somersham controlled the game, winning 2-0, with goals from Dave Jousiffe and wait for it ..Quinny Warner, playing for the second week in succession, this time at centre half.
At this point I would like to introduce our new correspondent James O'Neill who has kindly volunteered to furnish us all with reserve team reports. Here is his first offering.
See you on Saturday!!! DON'T FORGET YOUR PAINT!!!!!
There will be a spring clean of Somersham Village Hall on Saturday 19th February from 9am. All are welcome - the more who help the easier and quicker the task!
The first of the bi-monthly regular meetings was held on 2nd December. It was agreed to try to organise these on the second Thursday of the month, the next one being in February. Representatives from a wide variety of village clubs were present. Friends of Somersham School are the newest recruits, nice to have them on board.
The Playing Field Enhancement scheme received planning permission at the end of November, with a minor objection on the floodlighting. If only this was the biggest problem. Funding is still the main issue and juggling the requirements of the various funding bodies is a nightmare and most want the funding matched. March/April is a critical time, as many of the applications will be decided then. Proposed play equipment has been based on a survey amongst the village school children. The new equipment at the school looks pretty good and the supplier may be approached for prices.
The additional piece of field, the so-called "Community Corner" has been discussed; just one of the ideas being a tennis court to meet the needs of a couple of young hopefuls aiming for the top. More details, including management/ownership and local access to the court are needed before any decisions are made. At this stage in the funding negotiations moving the goalposts may not be helpful, this corner was previously earmarked for Stage 2 of the enhancement.
Response to the plea for help with a summer fete has been very disappointing, in fact, non-existent! Even those directly approached have not been willing to help. Time is running out and Claire Cutler feels it's now too late to organise a proper fete, but some sort of May Day celebration might be viable. Even if it's not a full-scale fete, Claire will still need help. Don't waste the opportunity. It's not often someone volunteers to run a fete. Claire can be contacted on 01473 831806.
Complaints about unsociable use of the bottle bank were raised. This amenity serves many of us and brings in a bit of cash. Please use it sensibly, clinking bottles at 6.30am doesn't please the neighbours. The bottle-breaking problem will hopefully solved by changing the containers so that bottles cannot be removed.
Other subjects discussed were the storage of documents from the very early years of the Association; a suggestion that the Records Office might be a good home will be followed up. The Cycle Speedway Club reported an increase in membership and is aiming to increase the number of proper bikes (the thought of the riders on improper bikes is mind boggling!). Janet Hodge verified that the Parish Council couldn't buy on behalf of the C.A. in order that we can reclaim the VAT. Vatman will be asked to clarify the position of the C.A.
Offers of help, information on eligibility of membership etc. can be obtained from Mike Shelmerdine on 01473 831661 or e-mail: Mike@sable86.freeserve.co.uk
SOMERSHAM PARISH COUNCIL
Following the resignation of Nicky Heming, Somersham Parish Council currently has a vacancy for a Councillor. If you live in the parish, have an interest in protecting and improving the local environment and would like to become involved in the heart of the community, please contact the Clerk for more details. The Council would like to record its appreciation to Nicky for her 4 years of excellent service as a Parish Councillor.
The bus shelter is now resplendent in a new coat of pink and blue paint, thanks to the efforts of a group of girls on a chilly December morning from the Somersham Baptist Church Youth Club. The project was a joint venture by the Youth Club and the Parish Council who are very grateful for the support of the Youth Club and in particular the 5 young ladies who gave up their Sunday morning to complete the work. It is hoped the Youth Club and the Parish Council can work together again in the future.
Parish Precept 2005/2006
At its January meeting, the Parish Council set the Parish Precept for 2005/2006 at £11,000. The Precept has not been raised for several years and the Council has absorbed ever increasing prices during this time. The Council always seeks to achieve the best value for money, but this year felt that unless the Precept was raised the level of service would fall below the level it wished to provide for its electorate.
A representative of
the East Anglian Ambulance Trust attended a recent Parish Council meeting
to give information on their First Responder initiative. Assuming the
EAAT are able to recruit sufficient volunteers, the Parish Council has
decided to offer financial support to the scheme towards the purchase
of the necessary kit. Councillors are also currently considering promoting
other community schemes which will benefit parishioners, including the
Good Neighbour scheme and the Rural Coffee Caravan.
Address: 7 Drury Road,
Claydon, IPSWICH, IP6 0ED
May they grow in their love for each other
eternal grant unto them O Lord,
Gospel Readings for our Sunday Worship taken from the Revised Common Lectionary. It is good to be sharing the reading of Scripture with Christians - both Catholic and Protestant - across the world.
6th February Sunday next before Lent Matthew 17. 1-9
13th February First
Sunday of Lent Matthew 4. 1-11
27th February Third Sunday of Lent John 4. 5-42
I shall miss you all very much but will keep in touch when I have my telephone. I shall never forget you all and will love to see any of you if you are ever up this way. It is a lovely place and of course near to my loved ones. I am happily settling in and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
A very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year to you all and your families. God Bless you. I have so many happy memories of Somersham and I love you all.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 9th
year we will begin Lent with a simple supper
The simple veggie food will be free and we suggest that people donate to the collection for charity what they would have spent on their supper.
Contact Peta Whiting on 01449 677766 to book your place.
We have received details of a Lent course to be held in Bramford.
It is called "Better
together?" and is a course on relationships in 5 parts:
For something different
to try in Lent -A Vegan pâté
On behalf of the PCC and all who worship in Flowton Church, I should like to thank all those who clean the church, arrange the flowers, and keep the churchyard in good order. Some people are in more than one of the 'teams' and we are grateful to you all.
Margaret has mentioned to the cleaners that we have visitors from various countries - many arriving by bicycle. We now have available guides to the church in French, Dutch and German and we are grateful to Mesdames Bouteldja, Rondeboom and Pinson-Roxburgh for their hard work in making the translations which necessitated research into technical terms not encountered in general conversation. Thank you all. Mary Carter
Many of you will have given in to one of the charities involved in the appeals made following the December tsunami. During February there will be a retiring collection after the Flowton church services for Christian Aid, one of the charities giving aid and ongoing support in the affected areas. We hope to have envelopes available at the back of the church for anybody to use if they are not coming to a service but wish to contribute. They may be returned to Susan Skinner or Mary Carter. (If you are a tax payer please consider giving the details required for Gift Aid, which can enlarge your gift by 28%. Thank you)
Somersham and District Gardening Club
Anyone who's not able to drive for whatever reason, and would like to join the S&DGC they can contact the Chair (Veronica Munson) for a list of members in their village who could give them a lift.
PROGRAMME FOR 2005
SOMERSHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB
Christmas and the
New Year have been and gone once again, and we at the Bowls Club hope
each and everyone enjoyed the festive period in their own particular way.
Winter League (November /December results)
Ipswich Appeal for Romania is arranging a number of indoor car boot sales at Great Blakenham Village Hall on the following Sundays between 8am and 1pm.
SERVICES in our 8 linked parishes
If you think there may be a mistake in the rota please contact your Churchwarden.
February 6th Sunday next before Lent
9th Ash Wednesday
20th Second Sunday of Lent
Another year begins as I write this and I hope you have all had a good start to it. Only another 200 or so shopping days to Christmas!
There is always something
to be done to prevent and reduce the opportunity for crime whatever the
time of year. Those of you who are keen gardeners will be looking out
the tools and preparing for the new season. A few of you will find the
tools are no longer there! Every year towards spring garden sheds become
a target. Tools are easily sold on boot sales and markets. Make yours
un-saleable by marking them with your postcode and house name or number.
The best is method is engraving but paint will have a good deterrent effect.
But while I'm on the subject how many of you have marked those expensive
Christmas presents or photographed the jewellery bought for you?
I know I go on about property marking but it is a good deterrent and gives you a chance of having property returned if lost or stolen which you otherwise would not have.
What been happening
over the last couple of months?
Gates were a topic
one of my previous articles including the theft of the gates from the
Barking Fox Public House these have now been recovered and replaced and
enquiries continue regarding those responsible.
If you know anything
about any of the above incidents please contact me, Pc 980 Kevin Shields
or my deputy, Pc1242 Matt Nickson. Telephone 01473 613500 Please leave
a message on the voicemail if I am not on duty.
Six sessions, which deal with Jesus, Salvation and becoming a Christian,
to find out more contact Mark.
With thanks to everyone who supported and took part in the pottery workshops at Offton, a total of £55.65 was raised for church funds.
The Festival of Talents takes place each year at the Church and, under the stewardship of Paul Chapman has grown in strength and stature. This year Scott Dolling is aiming to emulate Paul's success and include as many talented villagers as possible.
In addition to the usual mix of singers, musicians, poets and orators, other home grown talents are being encouraged to be showcased in May. So if you live in Offton and have a particular talent, contact Scott. In particular he is interested to hear from anyone who would like to display home made art, crafts and other ideas.
The Festival of Talents will take place on Sunday 8 May at St Mary's Church.
Scott can be contacted on 01473 658733
Magical Musical Moments
Building work in Offton church means that no concerts can be arranged for a number of weeks. Watch this space for future announcements.
The Offton Limeburners
is well known for its Sunday night busking sessions but from February
there will be a smoke free session too. From 8pm on the first Wednesday
of every month starting in February, local musicians and session goers
are welcome to come and join in or just listen in a smoke-free environment.
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