The Link by post thanks to everyone who has responded
promptly with their payment for 2009 enabling us to get ahead with printing
envelopes for the year.
We send out 52 copies of the Link to places far and wide in this country
from Cornwall in the south to Merseyside in the north - and all points between!
Two copies will cross the channel to France this year - to Mary and Eddie
Fagg (ex Somersham) and now to Biddy and Tony Webber (ex Willisham) who
live in Brux, France. We are delighted to welcome them onto our mailing
list and look forward, as always, to exchanging news with old friends.
As always, I seek
inspiration in the family and have been thinking about a riddle my grandson
set me recently from the back of the car as we drove across the autumn
countryside competing with Vermont for colour this year. What can
you lose and still have in your hand grandma? - I concentrated on
a nasty blind curve on a hill and played for time. Ah yes! That is the
answer! It dawned on me. Time. Time wasting, losing, passing, keeping,
taking, marking, saving, even doing. The wonders of the English language
and even more the wonders of time and how we take it for granted.
I found myself continuing to dwell on this subject of time in the run
up to the end of the year as I prepared to write this letter for February
2009. I am sure, at least I hope I am sure, it will be snowdrop and crocus
time, and possibly the odd early daffodil around. I am sure, at least
I hope I am sure, the shops will be full of red hearts and Valentines.
Some of us may even be toying with holiday plans, most of us, I suspect,
will be counting our pennies and wondering whether this time we must not
expect to rush off to an exotic destination hoping we will have that oh
so perfect a time so well advertised in the glossy travel brochures.
The Americans forces used the phrase R & R meaning to rest and recover
when they took their short leave in the Philippines during the Vietnam
war, a time to escape the horrors. I prefer to think of R&R as reflect
and recover as we need to stop and take the time to think in our fast
moving globalised age. It is tempting to imagine we stop when we flop
in front of the television but we rarely give ourselves the time to reflect,
to look back and see how we have spent the day, what we have achieved,
where we went wrong, the best bits, the moments when we laughed with our
kids, the happy moments shared with a friend. Each moment takes time and
is gone for ever, but, in reflecting, we have the chance to value these
precious moments to give us the energy and enthusiasm to look forward
and value each day as it comes.
Give my love to the
daffodils in Offton and love to you all from Balkerne gate in the Roman
wall of Colchester on a most beautiful sunny day - yes we do get them.
Above all make time to thank God for these moments of happiness and the
time to enjoy them.
CHURCH FLOWER AND CLEANING ROTA
February 1, 8 Mrs.
15, 22 Mrs. C. Jarrold
Cleaning - February
- Team B
February 1, Mrs. D. Fawcus
8, 15 Mrs. P. Grimwood
22 Mrs. M. Carter
Cleaning - February
- Mrs. D. Fawcus, Mrs. M. Laflin
and Mrs. S. Hitchcock
February 1, 8 Mrs.
15, 22 Mrs. Peta Whiting
Cleaning - February
- Mrs. S. Copping
Willisham (flowers and cleaning)
February 1, 8 Mrs.
15, 22 Mrs. T. Southall
[No flowers during
Debbie Mittell of Somersham, who died on 10th November 2008, aged 51 years,
and who was buried in Somersham Churchyard following her funeral;
Also to - Joyce Evelyn Whitton of Somersham,who died on 14th November,
aged 83 years, and who was buried in Somersham Church yard after the funeral
on November 27th;
Also to - Geoff Bye, formerly resident of Offton, whose funeral took place
in Offton church on December 4th, followed by interment in the churchyard;
Also to Jane Groom, resident of Needham Market who regularly attended
services in Offton Church, who died on December 25th, and whose funeral
took place in Offton Church on January 7th, followed by interment in Needham
May they rest in peace
We would like to thank
everyone who supported the Christmas Bazaar - the helpers, everyone who
contributed to the stalls and those who came to support the event. We
raised £320 for church funds.
Thank you to everyone who has bought a Christmas Quiz Sheet, and especially
to Christine, David and Judith for doing such a good job in selling them!
The winner and answers will be in the March Link.
We will be holding a Trivia Quiz on Friday 13th March. These are always
great fun and popular so book your table (up to 6 in a team) by contacting
Pat (831080) or Somersham Garage. See ad for more details.
Peter, Richard and
Andrew would like to express their sincere thanks for the many cards,
flowers and messages of sympathy received during their recent sad loss
Also thank you to everyone who attended the service and came back to the
village hall afterwards and to those that helped with the refreshments.
Debbie loved the village and the people in it and it was so gratifying
to know that the people of Somersham loved her as much as they did.
A very special thanks
to Mark Newcombe for conducting a very special and personal service and
for all the support he has given the family.
Please accept this
as our very grateful acknowledgement of all the kind and generous support
given to us from so many people at this very sad time.
Poppy Appeal 2008
Collections for Somersham
amounted to £393.48.
Sincere thanks to
Mrs Bridger, Mrs Marsburg, Mr Haughton and Mr Mason.
Marys Church Somersham
Friday 13th March
Somersham Village Hall
Teams of 6, £2.50 per person
Bring own drinks, glasses and nibbles
(Tea / Coffee provided)
Book your teams place by contacting Christines Haircare,
Pat Woolhouse (01473 831080) or Somersham Garage.
CONCERT FOR FRANCES
SUNDAY, 8TH FEBRUARY 2009
AT 3 PM IN MUSEUM STREET METHODIST CHURCH, IPSWICH
(Entrance in Black Horse Lane)
This concert, arranged by the Ipswich Arts Association, will celebrate
the life of our late friend Frances Gilson. Taking part will be
the Ipswich Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the Orwell Singers and
the Trianon Music Group, along with other friends and colleagues.
priced £1, will cover refreshments and a programme and there
will be a retiring collection for the charities named by Frances:
(St. Elizabeth Hospice and Willisham Church)
For tickets call Margaret (01473 658330)
Jean (01473 658063) Pat (01473 831080)
Anne (01449 721181)
and District Community Shop
An update on the progress
of the proposed Community Shop. There is a lot of work going on behind
the scenes. The Steering Group are holding regular monthly meetings, with
sub-groups meeting more often. A Community Interest Company has been registered
with Companies House, this is a company which is regulated and for the
benefit of the community and transparency of operation is paramount.
A business plan has
been written, which is essential for gaining funding, and this will have
to be updated as plans progress. Meetings are held regularly with Ian
Toye of ViRSA (Village Retail Services Association) an experienced consultant
who has been involved in setting up many of the 180 community shops already
in England and Wales.
with the Community Association we are planning to locate the proposed
community shop at the car park end of the playing field. We are currently
investigating what type of building would be most suitable and the costings
of this. Funding is also being explored and we already have promise of
funding from County Councillor Julia Trueloves locality budget.
Suffolk County Council and Mid Suffolk District Council have also suggested
that they would look favourably at funding assistance.
The Steering Group
would like to congratulate Stutton Community Shop which recently opened
after three years of planning. The Stutton group have provided us with
invaluable help and advice (as have other community shops). Some of our
members recently visited the Stutton shop and were very impressed with
the layout, the volunteers and the number of customers using the shop,
to see such an excellent outcome is very heartwarming and gives us encouragement
in our own endeavours.
The Steering Group
members are: Janet Hodge Chairman; Steve Bullard Treasurer;
Geoff Tottle Secretary; Graham Amiss; Richard Browne; Terry Fordham;
Mike Freeman; Mrs Freeman; Gavin Hodge; Anne Macfadyen; Barbara Tottle;
Somersham Parish Council
2009 Schedule of Parish Council meetings
You are very welcome to attend any meeting of the parish council which,
unless stated, commence at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
Wednesday 4th February
Wednesday 4th March 2009
Wednesday 1st April 2009 - (Annual Parish Meeting)
Wednesday 6th May 2009 - (Annual Parish Council Meeting)
Wednesday 3rd June 2009
Wednesday 1st July 2009
Wednesday 2nd September 2009
Wednesday 7th October 2009
Wednesday 4th November 2009
Wednesday 2nd December 2009
The Annual Parish Meeting is a meeting for the electorate and is your
opportunity to raise any concerns/issues you may have.
Any unplanned Parish
Council Meetings will be notified on the Parish Notice Board.
The parish council has approved its budget for 2009/10. Councillors felt
it was not possible to absorb the increased costs faced by the council,
but agreed that any increase should be kept to a minimum. After a long
discussion an increase of 3% was approved which means the precept for
2009/10 will be £12,458. The council would like to point out that
the annual payment of a long standing loan accounts for over 50% of this
Your Place Pilot Project
Suffolk County Council, Mid Suffolk District Council and Suffolk Police
are leading on a new pilot initiative in the Mid Suffolk South area, which
aims to give local people more say in how resources for the area are used.
As part of the pilot
new a Community Board is being formed which will bring together councillors
and a mix of local people. It will be the role of the Community Board
to listen to what local people have said and agree local priorities for
It is anticipated that there will be about 5 meetings per year and that
these meetings will be held in the evening.
The project is seeking
the involvement of local people from all parts of the community. If you
are interested please contact Sara Blake on telephone number 01473 260761
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Donations to Local
The parish council is always keen to support local groups and each year
tries to make small donations to local worthy causes. Under Government
legislation a group must have been of benefit to one or more local residents.
The parish council will be considering this item at its March meeting.
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that all requests will be successful,
but if you are a member of a local group which would like to be considered
please contact the clerk by the middle of February.
Janet Clarke Tel.
No. 01473 830398
Clerk to the Council E-mail: email@example.com
FRENCH CONNECTION SOMERSHAM/CHALLAIN LA POTHERIE
Our friends from our link village from the Loire Valley in France will
be visiting us in Somersham in the spring. They have fixed the date as:
NEXT VISIT TO SOMERSHAM - 21st-24th MAY 2009
We look forward to welcoming the Challainois to Somersham again. These
weekends provide an excellent opportunity to get to know each other, our
cultures and languages. Many long-standing friendships have already been
made and new people are always welcome to join with us on our exchanges.
If you are interested in hosting a family or being involved in any way
with the village link then please contact one of the following:
Gill Fordham: 831529;
David Haughton: 831511;
Janet Hodge: 832296; Pat Woolhouse: 831080
Golden Link members wish to thank all who contributed to our Christmas
Fayre. We had a splendid draw and £130 cash donations, we
took £232.63 in the hall; after expenses net profit was £336.63
Our thanks to the young men who came in to help put the tables away.
Special thanks to Pauline and Lennie for their support as usual,
and to Lennie for disposing of the leftovers, which is always a
Betty Game (Secretary)
& District Gardening Club
9 February 2009 @7.30pm
PRUNING, TRAINING & GRAFTING TOP FRUIT
Whether or not you are a member, you will be most welcome! £1 visitors
Raffle and refreshments available.
Somersham Village Hall
Piano pupils of Mrs Lynne Holton, Somersham have been successful
in the following Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
In the practical exams:
Felicity Payne Grade 5 Merit, Alexander Jones Grade 5 pass, Hugo
Douglas Grade 3 Merit, Bethany Clarke and Emily Mayhew both passed
Grade 2 with Merit, and Marsha Dalby also passed Grade 2.
In the theory exams:
Amanda Jones passed Grade 5 with Merit, Alexander Jones passed Grade
4 with Merit, Emily Beckett, Laura Dickerson, Anna Marsburg and
Debbie Moore all passed Grade 3 with Distinction, Rachel Dickerson
also passed Grade 3 with Merit, Julie Smith, Bethany Clarke and
Jordan Chester-Flatt all passed Grade 1 with Distinction.
Well done to all pupils and good luck in exams for 2009.
The Stars held their
AGM on October 30th in the pavilion on the playing field and there was
a poor turn-out which undoubtedly influenced the path of the meeting.
After much discussion and consideration it was decided that Somersham
would not be competing in 2009. With insufficient riders to form a league
team, insufficient personnel to run meetings, and little prospect of improvement,
the loyal few decided that enough was enough. The attendees did not want
to be responsible for closing the club down, so have left a small hope
for the future, should circumstances change for the better. Commitment
was made to register the club, so that riders can still represent Somersham
if they wish. And, as always, the track will be available to anyone in
the community for training purposes.
At the meeting, there were several changes of personnel as secretary and
track manager Peter Mittell reluctantly stood down. Peter has been the
driving force of the Stars throughout the decade and owes the club nothing.
He has been responsible for getting many improvements turned from dream
to reality. As our most local member he has probably done more work on
the track than any of us will ever know.
Barry Copping will be the new track manager whilst older brother Steve
agreed to reclaim a previous role and tackle any secretarial duties that
arise. While on a lighter note, club chairman and treasurer Gary Brown
was voted Rider of the Year for the 3rd time - an award he genuinely values.
The British Indoor Championships closed the racing season as far as the
Copping brothers were concerned. Both were drawn to ride in the 1st of
the Open Individual Semi-Finals on the Sunday but both failed to make
the top 8 positions to advance to the final, Barry scoring 6 points and
Steve 4 (having picked up a rib injury in his 1st race which restricted
his score). The focus for the brothers now is Australia 2009.
The season is now closed.
With Somershams withdrawal from league racing for 2009 Steve Copping
will, subject to work commitments, race for Kesgrave on a secondary licence
for the 2009 season. Gary Brown is expected to follow suit. At this stage
Barry Copping is undecided about his racing plans team wise for 2009.
The Somersham colours will still be getting an airing during 2009, especially
during the month of February as on the 6th Steve & Barry Copping fly
out from London Heathrow to embark on their 2nd Australian adventure following
on from their 2005 visit. Amongst the matches they are expected to appear
in will be the 2009 World Individual Championships and a report on this
and any other matches in which they feature will appear in the April issue.
This article ends on a very sad note as we have to report that Deborah
Mittell, wife of Peter and mother to Andrew & Richard, died suddenly
on 10th November 2008 aged 51. Deborah spent many years helping the club
by running the club's refreshments, frequently single handed, and this
brought in much needed revenue for the club. It was not just the cup of
tea that people enjoyed but the friendly chat that came with it. She got
a great deal of pleasure from watching Andrew develop his cycle speedway
career before he was struck down by illness. She would always accept that
Peter would spend many hours tending the Somersham track when her own
garden could have done with some much needed work!
Peter, Andrew and Richard would like to acknowledge everyone for all their
kind and generous support given to them at this very sad time.
Steve Copping Secretary, Somersham Cycle Speedway Club
St Elizabeth Hospice for the Walk of Thoughts
Sunday 22nd February 2009
Circular walk from Leiston taking in Thorpeness
Join St Elizabeth Hospice for a peaceful six mile coastal walk starting
in Leiston, taking in grassy lanes and cliff paths before arriving
at picturesque Thorpeness. The route will then wind back across
scenic heathland and sandy tracks.
The Walk of Thoughts is an opportunity to remember a friend or loved
one or to simply enjoy walking in beautiful surroundings. The walk
is a circular route, beginning at Leiston Leisure Centre at 10am.
Entry is £5 per person (under 16s £2) and we hope that
you will aim to raise sponsorship of at least £80 or £120
For more information or a registration form, please contact the
fundraising team on 01473 723600, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.stelizbethhospice.org.uk
CARPET BOWLS CLUB
After the celebrations of Christmas and into the New Year, its time
to pick up for the second half of the league and report on the match results
left outstanding from last year.
November in fact saw club members doing battle for the in-club Poppy Appeal
trophy played as singles; and a case of everyone for themselves which
tends to bring out the best competitive efforts. After some closely contested
preliminary rounds before the tea-break, the mat was laid out for the
final between John Prentice and Rosemary Southgate. After some good bowling
it was Rosemary - on her birthday - who maintained the momentum to run
out as the winner.
Two away matches played next in the same week were to be the start of
a bad month for both results and points, which left us with a low morale.
All teams struggled on our away visit to Stutton as everyone as one seemed
unable to get to grips with the mats, and consequently all fours suffered
varying degrees of defeat. At the end of the evening we were - disappointingly
- well beaten; and this left us with much to learn about life in Division
The other away match at Old Felixstowe fared little better and saw a continuance
of the below par form, although one team did manage a creditable win by
a single shot on the last end, and another four narrowly missed out on
success by a similar margin.
Our last match of the month against Copdock & Washbrook concluded
what has been our poorest run of results since leaving Division 3. Our
first match at home for some while, our hopes were on a win, but unfortunately
things didnt pan out that way. Although it was a very close match
the final score would tend to suggest it was another whitewash
but this was definitely not the case and every game was hard fought. Two
games were lost by a single shot, and the other two mats were equally
unlucky to come up against experienced opposition to lose by a couple
of shots. After last months disastrous results and having now dropped
into the bottom area of the league, December began on a more promising
note with a home match against Hadleigh currently one of the higher
placed teams. Everyone played to their best ability throughout the evening
- with all four games hard fought on each mat and Somersham achieved
the best result possible to take all points ... together with the welcome
boost of confidence.
Our away visit to Sproughton Tythe Barn brought the first half of the
Winter league to a fairly disappointing conclusion. It was perhaps unfortunate
that very cold weather prevailed on the night of play, which was not conducive
to comfortable bowling: we were unable to settle to the usual bowling.
One of the fours commendably obtained a good result whilst the other three
were unable to offer any real opposition, and Sproughton top of
the league - ran out worthy winners. Our hosts did however provide the
usual welcome supper and hot drink to conclude the evening in friendly
| Copdock and
The approach of the seasons festivities gave the opportunity for
other relaxed matters to the month with enjoyment of the annual traditional
Christmas meal - this year at the Sproughton Wild Man, and rounded off
in the afternoon with a friendly tournament bowl in the Village Hall.
The final get-together before Christmas sawenjoyment of a club fun night
with frivolity, silly games, accompanied by the requisite assortment of
sausage rolls, mince pies and other tasty nibbles together with liquid
With the start of the New Year - and whilst we have recently welcomed
new bowlers to the Club - we are still on a quest to find additional bowlers
to increase Club numbers so why not make it your resolution
and come along to the Village Hall one Tuesday night and try carpet bowls
to see if you can help consolidate the membership. How friendly it is
could surprise you!
Flowton Church News
The date of the Summer
Fete is probably going to be changed as it clashes with the Wimbledon
mens final day and Andy Murray has made such a good start to the
Thanks to everybody who helped to arrange the different parts of the Carol
Service on Christmas Eve and to everybody who took part and came
to sing. And I think we all enjoyed Howards impromptu concert as
we drank coffee and enjoyed a mince pie. We hope that the coming year
will be happy for you all.
The PCC plan to maintain the current rota of services but are always open
to suggestions for change if you have any ideas for improvements. The
format and length of the services on the first and fourth Sundays of the
month are especially suitable for families with children; BUT everybody
is welcome to any of the services, and often the person who is taking
the service will adapt hymns and prayers to the congregation who attend
on any particular Sunday.
Just to remind you
that the Village Coffee drop-in will not be open this month. We meet up
again on the first Wednesday in March when we hope there will be signs
of Spring in the air.
Munson, Piano tutor at Flowton would like to congratulate
following pupils on their achievements in the Associated Board of
the Royal Schools of Music Autumn Exams:
Eleanor Seddon: Grade 4 with Distinction
Alice Downie: Grade 3 with Distinction
Alistair Grant: Grade 2 with Merit
Natasha Downie: Grade 2 with Merit
Jade Squires: Grade 1 with Merit
Melissa Canham: Grade 1 with Merit
Susie Tucker: Grade 1 with Distinction
Catherine Funnell: Grade 1 with Merit
Misha Dewes: Grade 1 with Merit
OFFTON CHURCH NEWS
Recent Events and Special Services
On 29 November, a packed audience in Offton church was once again fortunate
to experience another concert by candlelight in the well known Magical
Musical Concert (MMM) winter series that are organised by Mrs Maartje
Ronderboom. This concert featured the well known cellist, Orlando
Joplin, who explained and then played a selection of Bach Suites.
Mr Joplin played sublimely, interpreting Bachs musical scores with
great technical ability and feeling, and his explanation for each piece
brought the music to life. At the end of the concert, Maartje presented
the PCC with a cheque for £800 to go to the churchs fabric
and repairs fund. This fantastic sum represented the proceeds from
this concert, including Mr Joplins usual fees which he had also
very generously donated.
The Christmas Carol Service was held on 21 December when a large congregation
enjoyed some fine carol singing by the Benefice Choir, and by themselves.
This was followed by mince pies and wine, thanks to Paul and Ann.
On a crisp Christmas morning, a short communion service and carols was
held to be followed 3 days later on Sunday 28th by the usual communion
service. So there was something for everyone over the festive season,
and the PCC hopes that everyone in the parish had a chance to attend one
of these festive services which are always a highlight in our calendar.
The PCC thanks all those people who decorated the church so splendidly
with flowers etc.
Rectors Plate Indoor Bowling Competition
On 3 January, the final Rectors Plate Indoor Bowling Competition
was held throughout the day in the Needham Market Community Centre.
Indoor bowlers from around the region know all about this annual event;
however, this was the last such competition to be held after 20 consecutive
years. As always, the kitchens were operating to provide tea,
coffee, bacon sandwiches, cakes etc, and the bar provided other refreshments
and bonhomie, and for some, possibly solace. This event raised the
magnificent total of £1,771 for our church funds. The
Rectors Plate has been organised each year with great distinction
by David and Jane Schofield, formally from Offton parish. Over the
years, the competition has raised over £23,000 for Offton church,
and the PCC and members of the congregation feel humbled by such a generous
effort over two decades.
To mark the occasion, Jane was presented with a bouquet of flowers and
David a bottle of whiskey. However, a more permanent record for
their efforts will be made in 2010 when the silver platter will be presented
to David and Jane as a permanent reminder of the pleasure they have given
to so many people, and the gratitude of Offton PCC.
The winners silver plate was originally presented by Rev John Potter
in 1989, and we were delighted that his widow was able to be present at
this event, accompanied by their daughter who, as a jeweller, found the
plate and did the cutting/engraving work.
Future Events and
Planning is well under way for our summer highlight events the
annual Fete that will take place in the church grounds on Saturday 13
June, and an Open Gardens event combined with a Songs of Praise that will
take place on Sunday 12 July. Further details will be published
in the coming months; however, if you had a new 2009 calendar or diary
as a Christmas present to record future events in, why not put these dates
in them right now so that you do not double book later.
The village needs your support.
Church Fact File
In the December/January issue of the Link, the eagle eyed reader will
have noted an error that appeared in the Church Fact File
which stated that
the eagle (lectern) is highly symbolic on
and then proceeded to list only one as being symbolic
of St John the Apostle. The other symbolism is that the eagle represents
the spreading of the word of God. This error was unwittingly caused
by the Link editorial team that needed to reduce the length of the article.
You will note from what has been reported above and in previous Link articles,
that St Marys church in Offton is used for secular activities as
well as religious services. With church attendance numbers down
nationally as supermarkets, the high street and sporting events compete
for everybodys time and money, the Offton PCC knows the importance
of using our beautiful and historic church as widely as possible.
In a national survey recently undertaken by a soft drinks company, and
reported in the Daily Telegraph on 24 November, one of the things that
came to light was that the British public mourned the loss
of Sundays as a day of rest. Interestingly, other British institutions
that the public felt so threatened included the loss of village post offices
and the old red telephone boxes. We all know about those in these
villages! If you are also nostalgic for old Britain and its way
of life, please contact any member of the Offton PCC (details on the back
cover) to suggest how we may continue to use the church more in our local
community, and whether you may be willing to help in some way.
AND WILLISHAM PARISH COUNCIL
The Council must thank on its own behalf and I'm sure also of the
elderly residents who participated, the group of volunteers who prepared
the hall and provided the Christmas lunch. In particular
Janet and James Crickmore, Lois and Trevor Seddon, Silke Colin Pinson-Roxburgh
but also everybody who pitched in.
The footpath from
the Bildeston road on to and through the environs of Tollemache hall
has now been waymarked by Suffolk County Council enabling a variety
of circulations within the parish to be enjoyed. Also the path up
from The Old School house in Offton up to Middlewood has been opened
up by the County Council.
At its meeting on
January 5th the Council set the precept for 2009/10 at £7720
which is very slightly below last year's figure.
The Council is keen
to produce a Parish Plan covering the two villages with a view to enhancing
and promoting the villages but also because it realises that any funding
from MSDC would be withheld for development schemes eg Village hall, unless
the need had previously been identified within the Plan submitted
to it. A Steering Committee is close to being formed to carry the
Pip Sands Parish
Clerk 01449 721173
WILLISHAM CHURCH NOTES
We held a very successful Carol Service on Sunday 14 December and thanksare
due to all those who contributed, especially to Mary Carter who, once
again, conducted the service.
There will be no service of Evening Prayer at Willisham Church on Sunday
8 February. On that date a concert in memory of Frances Gilson, organised
by the Ipswich Arts Association, will take place at 3pm in the Museum
Street Methodist Church, Ipswich. Admission is by ticket only, price £1.00
(with a retiring collection) and available from the Tourist Information
Centre, Ipswich or, in Willisham, from Jean Hardman (658063).
The Building Project
has now been completed, the chancel has been re-roofed, the drainage system
improved and the concrete path renewed and extended to give access to
the West Door.
The work has been excellently carried out by our builder, John W Younger,
of Sudbury. We should also like to thank and acknowledge the contribution
made by our architect, David Whymark, and Ivan Gilson for taking responsibility
for liaison with the architect and builders.
We are grateful for grants from the following:
English Heritage, who provided the bulk of the money needed for
the project and without whom we would have been unable to go ahead, and
four other charitable sources from whom we received generous donations.
They are: Suffolk Churches Capital Fund; The Ganzoni Trust; Suffolk
Historic Churches Trust (www.shct.org.uk); and National Churches
If you would like
to know of ways in which you could help these charities which help churches
in need, further information is available in Willisham Church, or on their
OFFTON AND WILLISHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB.
The winter season has continued, starting with the first round of the
Joe Rice cup, in which we faced a tough challenge against Hundon, the
first leg was played at home and after some tight games, we managed to
win 2 and lose 2, the away leg was a hard contest and we managed to win
only one game, losing the match 3-1, thereby losing the tie 3-5. So our
campaign in the cup was short lived, let us hope we have better luck in
the plate competition for first round losers.
Our first match of the winter league was at home against Brockley always
tough opposition, we halved 1 game, won 1 and lost 2, the shots total,
was home team 39 visitors 34, unfortunately, owing to sudden illness
we were a player short, and as per the league rules, we were unable to
claim the 2 extra points, so we lost the match 3-5.
Our next three matches in the league have involved travelling, first to
Barrow where, after some closely fought, but friendly games, winning two
each, the home team managed to score more shots, and they won the match
6-4. Next we visited Hoggards Green, generally our teams found the mats
difficult to master, but one of our teams managed a win, the match ending
47 -23 to the home team , the match score was a 2-6 win for Hoggards green.
We started November with a visit to Stanningfield here the home team out
played us in three of the games, but one team managed to salvage a draw
in a tightly fought game, the shots at the end of the match was 27-46,
giving Stanningfield a 9-1 win. The evening ended, as with all the matches,
in some tasty refreshments, a raffle and some friendly chat.
Not the best start to the season, but our next fixture in November, a
home match in which we entertained Cockfield, had a much better outcome
for O/W, after a keenly contested match, we ended the evening winning
the match 10-0. The next two matches were in the Friendly League, we drew
at home to Barking, and just lost away to Needham Market.
We ended the year with a visit to near neighbours Barking, The host club
were masters on their own mats, and we were well beaten in all the games,
losing the match 10-0.
Heres hoping we start 2009 on a more successful note!
We are still looking for new members to boost the clubs strength,
no experience is required, any age, any fitness level, all are welcome,
we play at Offton and Willisham Village hall on Wednesday and Friday evenings
from 7.30pm, why not give it a try you may be pleasantly surprised at
what fun it is.
For more information call 01473 657023.
Poppy Appeal 2008
Collections for Willisham
and Offton amounted to £197.59.
Sincere thanks to Mrs. L. Ruffle, Mr. Roy Holloway and Mr. K. Bradley.
John Dickerson, Local
After many changes during the Autumn term, we are pleased to start 2009
with new Session Supervisors Karen Craig and Emma Hughes, and Play Assistant
Kelly Mires. We also welcome Melissa Laflin & Cara Woog into Preschool.
At Preschool our aim is to plan and provide activities that are play based,where
children learn and develop in their own unique way supported by staff.
The theme for this term is 'Animals past and present' including the Chinese
New Year which will include activities such as dinosaur junk modelling,
salt dough dinosaurs, making cheesy dino biscuits, dragon masks and animal
We are also focusing on a few letter sounds & letter shapes each week,
and all children can bring in an item to put on our Letters & Sounds
table for us to talk about. In addition we provide enhanced activities
for small groups of older children (rising 5's) such as phonics games.
Come and join our friendly Parent and Toddler group on a Wednesday morning,
9.15-11am at Elmsett Methodist Church.
Wed 4th February Play doh fun
Wed 11th February Baby gym
Wed 18th Feb ½ term
Wed 25th Feb Messy week
School, Offton Road, Ringshall December 10th 2008
I am writing this surrounded by tissue, glue and glitter all the usual
accompaniments to a primary school Christmas. Our Early Years children
are busy preparing for the Nativity Tableau and Carol service next week
whilst the older children are delivering cards from the Ringshall school
post box. It is hard to believe that it is nearly a term since I joined
the staff here, at Ringshall School. I have had such a warm welcome that
time has simply flown by.
This term has been very busy and eventful term for the children with lots
of exciting things happening.
At the start of the term we held our Harvest Festival. The children made
some beautiful flower arrangements using Autumn flowers. The children
took the arrangements to Barking Nursing home.
The Parents and Friends organised a very successful Apple Bobbing evening.
The proceeds of this purchased a bright Elmer rug for our new parents
area. We have also been lucky enough to have received a grant to enable
us to install a computer as an information point for parents.
We hold regular coffee morning drop-ins on alternate Friday mornings for
parents and friends.
In October we held a day of Circus skills training. The children learnt
to spin plates, balance on the high wire! (8 off the ground) juggle
and do rhythmic gymnastics. They showed their skills to their parents
at a special assembly.
The children in Oak have taken part in an exciting Victorian project with
a Victorian School day, when they dressed in Victorian clothes and were
taught by a Victorian School maam. They were very pleased that local
sculptor, Sean Hedges-Quinn, came to school to help them make a moving
model of Stevensons Rocket, complete with passengers.
Earlier in the term the school was visited by Willy the Wizard, as part
of our Book Week. He left all sorts of messages and puzzles for the children
Thanks to an army of volunteers we have been able to decorate and completely
refurbish the Year 1 classroom ready for January.
There are lots of things planned for the next year including
I better keep that to myself and tell you about it next term.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Monica Gibbs, Headteacher email@example.com
Pre-School (Registered Charity 1020882)
Wed like to
begin by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year, and we hope you all had
an enjoyable Christmas.
At the end of the
last term we said goodbye to a few of our children who are starting primary
school, we wish James, Emily and Imogen and their families all the best.
We will of course be welcoming new children over the next few months,
which is always an exciting time, we hope they will enjoy their time at
In November we held our Christmas shopping night which raised just over
£400 which is a fantastic boost to our funds, thank you to everyone
for making it such a great success. We also held our Christmas Fair on
the 13th December thank you to everyone who supported us again and congratulations
to the lucky people who won a prize in the Grand Prize Draw. Thank you
also to all the local companies who provided us with great prizes, your
generosity and support is always greatly appreciated.
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 imagination.
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 Laura Woods
on 01473 830118.
Elmsett Airfield Liaison Group (EALG ) Meeting
held at Wattisham Airfield on Wednesday 15th October 2008.
Prior to the main
meeting members the committee were given a guided tour of the Air Traffic
Control Centre at Wattisham Airfield. They were able to observe, on radar,
the air traffic over the area covering Stansted, Luton and Norwich civilian
airports and the various military airports in the area.
The current system
of air traffic control was explained and the problems which could occur
with light aircraft in the area. The possible effects of the proposed
new stacking system for aircraft heading for Luton and Stansted was discussed.
The most likely impact would come from the lowest altitude for aircraft
being reduced from 7500 ft. to 6000 ft.
Jonathan Ralph was
elected Chairperson for the next 12 months, commencing with the meeting
to be held on 11th March 2009.
Charles Course advised the group that he had recently purchased the airfield.
There are no plans for re-licensing the airfield for training or use as
a commercial airport.
The aircraft movements
at Elmsett have been consistent with previous periods and the number of
aircraft based at the strip have remained constant. There have been a
few complaints which have been dealt with by the Noise Abatement Procedure.
The airfield operators will continue to rigorously follow up any complaints,
with updated laminated copies of the procedures to be sent out to local
New contact details
for any complaints are:
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org and
By post : Charles Course, Dairy Farm Office, Semer, Ipswich IP7 6RA
By telephone : 01449 744685
It is hoped to hold
to hold another Open Day next year, with a provisional date of 19th September
2009. The Chairman and organisers will endeavour to ensure that the event
is publicised locally and will also try to ensure the Open Day does not
clash with any local village events.
Charles Course Chairman EALG
Somersham Baptist Church
Lunch and Listen
You are welcome to a light lunch followed by a thought for the day at
12.00 Noon on Thursday 26th February.
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 we give thanks to God.
Morning Programme (You are welcome to join us for all or part of the
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 13th.
Friends and Neighbours: 7.45pm Monday 16th.
Contact Mark if you
Meetings are held
at the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane,
Somersham IP8 4QE.
Pastor Mark Newcombe,
01473 831940, mobile: 07930543583, email: email@example.com
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.
February Epiphany 4 / Candlemas
Family Communion by extension
(Rev T Wilcox)
Communion (Rev T Wilcox)
February 3rd Sunday before Lent
Communion by extension
Communion (Canon S Richie)
Communion (Canon S Richie)
February 2nd Sunday before Lent
Communion (Rev C Everett)
Service + Holy Comm. by ext.
Service (Rev M Wainwright)
Communion Holy Communion (Rev M Wainwright)
February Sunday next before Lent
Communion (Canon S Ritchie)
Family Worship for all ages
Communion (Canon S Ritchie)
Prayer (John Andreason)
March Lent 1
Family Communion by extension
(Rev T Wilcox)
Communion (Rev T Wilcox)