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Sixty years After....
they were never wrong,
W. H. Auden. Musee des Beaux Arts. December, 1938.
With holiday beaches like Normandy in mind, and the commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of D Day just finished, we now look forward to our summer holidays which are, no doubt, for many just around the corner. We continue to be amazed when we think about the many brave young men and women who gave their lives, or risked losing them to free Europe and the wider world. Without those heroes, we quite possibly would not be able to enjoy holidays in Britain as we know them, let alone holidays in France, the rest of Europe and even further across the globe.
Since the end of World War Two, we have witnessed much change in the world, particularly in the advancement of science and technology. Progress in aviation and lower cost fares, modern ferries, motor cars and not forgetting the 'every motorist's nightmare', the caravan, have made it possible for us to holiday in countries that in the past, only the 'better off' would have been privileged to visit.
In spite of the outcome of the Second World War however, and the massive changes for good that have followed in its wake, some lessons appear not to have been learnt. Whilst we have the ability to travel, to take pleasure from our leisure time and holidays, it is easy to forget that, perhaps, the country next door or close to where we are staying does not enjoy the same freedom, independence or democracy that we treasure. Some countries and states throughout the world still know of nothing but suffering, civil war or unrest.
As summer comes upon us and we exchange school and work for the long awaited annual break, let us not forget those less fortunate than ourselves, those who have never known peace, or had the freedom to travel. Whilst we are riding a camel in Egypt, lying on a sun-kissed beach in Spain, climbing a hill in the Auvergne or fishing in the Lake District and Scotland, let us pray for the continuing movement towards peace in countries of unrest. Together with this, may we the lucky ones, help in our own little way to bring change and reconciliation to these nations.
Let us hope that during the next sixty years our prayers will have been answered, and we will be able to say we have a totally peaceful world, as was the wish of the heroes of World War Two.
Wherever you travel
this summer, have a wonderful time and keep safe. Mary Fagg
she rest in peace
Winnie Jackaman was Flowton born and bred. She had a great fund of stories about life in Flowton during the 20th century - especially interesting were her stories of Bostock's circus - but she could talk about all aspects of life in the country.
Winnie had many interests -Speedway, showing rabbits, the Royal family, Whist Drives, thimble collecting, keeping hens, walking her dog, doing jigsaws and knitting. When local radio began she listened avidly and also contributed to programmes. But she was also a kind and supportive godmother, a caring daughter and sister. She was down to earth but with a Christian heart of gold, full of compassion and caring. She knew pain, suffering and loss of memory, but remained interested in what was going on in her home village.
Bible Readings and Psalms 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.
4th July Fourth Sunday
11th July Fifth Sunday
25th July St. James
For our last meeting before the summer break once again we are kindly invited to Miss Joan Dorrell's home in Ipswich for our Wave of Prayer service. This is an afternoon we all enjoy greatly and hope for a fine day to enjoy her garden. Transport will leave from the village at 1.40 pm.
July 4th and 11th
July Cleaning Team A
July 4th Mrs Grimwood
July Cleaning Mr and Mrs G Watkins
July 4th 11th Mrs
July Cleaning Mrs Crickmore
July 4th & 11th
Cleaning as above
Various people have been asking about a flower festival and gardens open event next year - well the response earlier this year was very poor so I discarded the idea, and now people are saying, "Well, I just thought you would count me in." Well, I did not wish to presume so did not.
So now I am asking you all if you would like to plan for a Flower Festival and Gardens Open event in summer 2006?
I know that it is a lot of work for everybody but it was a superb result last time and generated a lot of interest throughout East Anglia and I think that if we all become involved in some way we could do as well or even better next time.
Please complete the response slip below, or contact me in some way before the end of July - if you do it soon after reading this magazine you will not forget! Thanks. Mary Carter
Contact via: telephone
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.
July 4th - 4th Sunday after Trinity
July 11th - 5th Sunday after Trinity
July 18th - 6th Sunday after Trinity
25t St James the Apostle
Somersham & District Gardening Club
May was a busy month for the Club with 37 members enjoying a visit to Bresworth House Garden in Cotton. After a rather wet time we were lucky with the weather that evening and after a guided tour by owner Mr Bullock we were served refreshments on the terrace and had the opportunity to buy plants.
The following week a group of members were taken around Bonny Wood by Suffolk Wildlife Trust Guide Richard Cage. It was a chance to see different wood management techniques and enjoy the wild flora and birdsong.
Also in May was our club's Plant Sale. We raised approximately £170 for the Speaker Fund, and thanks must be given to those who donated plants, manned the stalls and cleared up after our sell-out. Do hope all those purchases are now thriving in your gardens.
By the time you read this we should have had our June Meeting - visiting gardens in Offton.
The July meeting is
Our speaker is Sue
Guests and new members
Kevin Shields, Pc980
The Golden Link are
running a coach to Bury St. Edmunds on Wednesday July 14th, leaving Somersham
at 10.15am and Bury at 5pm.
Somersham Primary School
For those of you who haven't heard Mr. Marrable is no longer with the school, having accepted a new job as Headteacher at Orford School. A new Headteacher should be appointed by the beginning of next year, with Mrs. Svendsen carrying on as Head until then.
Miss Knowles has also decided to leave and is looking for a change of career for a short while. While this is a blow to the school, we do wish her well and hope she will drop in to see us from time to time. We shall know what she's up to though, because one of her best friends, Miss Weakes, has been appointed as full time teacher to Years Five and Six.
Hope you all came to the Summer Fair. What do you think of the field? Great isn't it? The children love it and can you imagine what it will be like in a few years time when everything is well established!
July is always a busy
but enjoyable time at school and can also be rather a sad time of year
when the Year Sixes leave us. This year the Leavers Disco has had to be
moved to an earlier date all due to "Busted" deciding to come
to Christchurch Park on the last day of term. Did they not know that is
the traditional date for the Leavers Disco? Oh hum, never mind, all you
children who are
Something else special is happening in July, see the invite else where in the Link. Please make the effort to come to the children Shakespeare Evening they have worked so hard for it, coming into school each Thursday evening for months. Should be a lovely evening.
All that is left to say is we hope as always that the children moving up into the High School have a wonderful time when they get there. That they work hard and play hard and are proud to be "Fusties". (It only lasts a year!)
Here hoping everyone at Somersham School have a lovely summer holiday and that the sun shines on you all.
A big thanks to everyone who ran, helped or came to the Summer Fair. We don't know how well it went at this point in time as we're writing this at the beginning of June but here's hoping it went really well and that everyone enjoyed themselves.
At this time of the year we like to tell you of the items that FOSS money has paid for. Firstly, in December, the children all received a book from Father Christmas, then a travelling theatre came three times, once paid for by the parents (The Pied Piper) the other two by FOSS (Robin Hood and then an afternoon of Tudor history. This was a huge hit with the children. Well worth the money.
The class teachers asked for "Wet playtime games" which are now in place in each classroom in nice boxes, that is apart from Class 4 who had CD ROM's for the computers instead. (Well, with all the play equipment in there they didn't really need games as such.)
It was also requested that a new set of books be purchased for group reading, which were duly bought.
Next on the list was a digital camera with all the things that go with it. This has already been used time and time again and has proved invaluable to the school.
And now the best bit!
We have purchased netball posts, and to go with that a set of skirts,
tops and bibs for the girls to wear when they play tournaments. Then there
will be two five a side football posts and a football strip consisting
of shirts, shorts and socks so the boys look as smart as the girls when
playing away from home. The girls' skirts are red with black shorts, white
t-shirts/socks. We would have liked black t-shirts but almost impossible
to get unless you pay a fortune for them. The colours chosen for the boys
are red and black (we did think to start with red and white like the men's
football team but it was requested by a mum, who is going to look after
the kit, that perhaps red and black might be better - she was thinking
about boys and mud, with the occasional grass stain up the sleeves!).
Think that's about it for this year!
A big thank you to Miss Knowles for being a part of FOSS, we shall miss you. If we don't see you around have a lovely life.
And a big thank you to you on behalf of the children of Somersham School. If it weren't for you there would be no point in FOSS running.
Just to finish, good luck to the children who are moving on to High School, as they say "break a leg!"
FOSS are planning an informal evening of local chat at the school in mid September. The plan is that we shall have local guest speakers who shall reminisce about their life in and around Somersham and will be open to questions from the audience and/or memories of their own. Hopefully we shall be able to record the evening for future reference. The evening will be open to all ages. We can remember how interested the children were when we had a similar event at the Millennium Celebrations.
For the older members of the community transport can be laid on as long as we know about you. Phone the school on 831251 and leave your name and number/address and we shall get back to you.
Please look out for further information in and around the villages and if there is anyone who you think would be interested please let them know too.
Somersham CSC News
Somersham's first win can't be far off if the home fixture against Hethersett is anything to go by! This was another cracking match with a full strength Stars line-up scoring solidly throughout, but going down by a small 87-90 margin. At the half way stage we actually held a 5-point lead but the tactics to ride safely and defend that lead backfired. The opposition finished with strong pairings and took the lead in the penultimate heat, meaning the Stars had to beat the British Champ in the last race. It was all over at the gate with limited grip hampering the Stars' efforts to pass.
In the sport's national cup competition we were knocked out at Norwich losing 93-79. There were numerous unexpected falls on the slippery surface but Barry Copping displayed stunning form and was unbeaten. A rider who never turns down the chance to race, Barry has now developed the track craft to match his gating skills. He also top scored at Kesgrave where it rained just like last year!
Lee Ridgewell made his team debut in this meeting scoring a solid 11 points, but we still lost 105-75 to a squad tipped for honours.
Better news on the individual front as the South East Grand Prix kicked off at Hethersett. Andy Mittell sprang a surprise on the home favourite, beating him twice on the way to winning the U-16 group at Hethersett. In the seniors Gary Brown finished second.
Next fixture at Somersham
is a Junior Meeting on June 30, 19:00, an
By popular request Offton Song - version 3 May 2004
I've always been an
boy, I've journeyed up and down,
A motorist stopped,
and said to me - 'I want to make a visit,
I'm glad we have a
village pub, The Limeburners by name,
No need to cook on
Tuesday nights, its easy to survive;
You get to know what's
going on if you read the Link:
Yes - Our magazine
tells everything, no matter good or bad,
The saga of the village
hall has had its ups and downs,
Some workman built
this concrete plinth up in Castle Road,
I'm happy now I live
my life in a country way,
Thank you to everyone who donated to Christian Aid Week by leaving envelopes at the designated places. There were 26 envelopes handed in, but there may well have been others who chose to send their donations directly to Christian Aid.
The Jars of Grace collection through Lent raised £17.03 in Somersham, which has been sent to Unicef.
The Garden Party will be on Saturday 10th July at Park Farm - see ad. elsewhere, but please remember any donations for the various stalls would be most welcome. We would love to receive cakes, plants, raffle prizes, tombola prizes, items for the crafts stall and produce. If anyone feels able to help on the day that would be great too! Don't forget the Teddy competition. If you have some items but can't get them to Park Farm on the morning of the Garden Party, please ring Pat Woolhouse (831080) so that we can arrange to collect them. There will be a pick up service from Brook Way to Park Farm between 1.45 and 2.15pm.
Looking ahead to October there will be a Harvest Concert with the Suffolk Police Choir on Friday 8th October in the church, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 including a Ploughman's supper. These concerts are always popular so book your tickets now!
Come and see the revamped Children's Corner in the church. There's chairs just right for little bottoms, pictures to colour, books to look at and toys to play with - everything to keep little ones amused during services! Let us know what you think, along with any other ideas to make the church more "children-friendly".
(Many thanks to Mary Fagg for sorting through and adding to the corner.)
Somersham & District Community Association
Playingfield Improvement Project - Update
Since our last article the committee has been working hard to put together a funding plan and to complete the application forms to the potential funders. The funders that we hope will support us are:
* Living Spaces
We already have a contribution of £5,000 from Baroness Ros Scott, our County Councillor, out of her Locality Fund. It is good to get something in the pot to start us off.
The committee have also made sure that the project costs are kept up to date as estimates have a limited life and it is important to know accurate figures when talking to the funders.
We are in the process of considering options for the final plans which are being professionally prepared. These will then be used for the planning application.
If anyone would like to know more about the project, have any comments or would like to help please contact any of the following:
Terry Fordham - Tel
831529 Mike Shelmerdine - Tel 831661
Mike reported that the debt incurred to the Parish Council for building the pavilion has been paid off. He mentioned the vandalism of the pavilion, litter on the playing fields and touched briefly on the several complaints about the state of the playing field and the equipment. The old slide is to be taken away in the near future. Grass cutting had been maintained and litter was cleared when the grass was cut. Litter is an ongoing problem and he appealed to users of the field to clear any litter found.
The response to his brief report was a lively exchange from the floor concerning the state of play equipment and pressing for a definite date for repair or replacement; however you can't be specific when relying on the goodwill of local assistance. Some felt the lack of public awareness of the Community Association stopped volunteers from offering help with the running of the Association and the upkeep of the playing field. There had been no reports in the Link for some time. The Chairman apologised for the fact that few committee meetings had been held recently. He explained that a small sub-committee was meeting regularly to search for funds to implement improvements to the playing field. The floor felt that their progress should be reported as often as possible. The Chairman agreed that quarterly committee meetings be held and accepted an offer by Mrs Heming to act as Communications Officer, reporting progress, however slow, in community newsletters. Eligibility for membership was queried by some present. As the Community Association is a charitable trust it is bound by a standard constitution issued by the Charity Commission with the ability to translate this to suit local needs. A chairman, treasurer and secretary are the elected officers; the committee consists of a representative of any active association in the village. It is up to the individual club to keep the C.A. up to date with their representatives' names. As with any club or association it is up to the Committee whether committee meetings are open to the public, or even the full membership.
Election of officers. The Chairman felt that new officers with fresh ideas might forward the Association's aims. The critics unaccountably ignored this opportunity for change. Chairman, Mike Shelmerdine and Secretary, Steve Woolhouse were re-elected. The Treasurer was not present and having moved to Ipswich, may not be willing to carry on in which case a volunteer will be needed. A summary of the association's accounts was available.
Terry Fordham then reported on fundraising for the playing field improvement plan. This is going forward slowly, each funding body having a different set of criteria. The plan, as drawn, is not set in stone and if, by the time funding is available, fashions for play equipment have changed, this can be taken into account.
The usual cry of why haven't we got a fete this year, met with the usual answer, no volunteers. However, everyone was delighted when Claire Cutler said she would take on next year's fete providing a viable committee could be formed. Claire can be contacted on 01473 831806. All those who "want to see something done", can now rally round and make sure it is!
A lively meeting ended with the Chairman's thanks for attendance and assurances that any future offers of assistance with the Community Association would be gratefully received. (Contact Mike on 01473 831661).
SOMERSHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB
The start of the Summer League, we were looking forward with enthusiasm to the first match - against Great Blakenham. A very good match took place at the Somersham Village Hall, very close from start to finish but unfortunately the visitors ran out the eventual winners on points, so we were quite disappointed.
The next match was
another close affair, this time against Whatfield, but again the result
went against Somersham, the teams dividing the games 2 apiece but Whatfield
running out the winners on shots.
The games differ slightly in the summer league whereby each club fields 2 teams of '4 players' and 2 teams of 'pairs'. The Winter League consists of 4 teams of 4 players. This is because during the summer months there are not so many club members available for selection due to summer holidays.
Since the last Link entry the club has had its AGM, which gave the club the opportunity for the members to air the year's events, and put forward any suggestions and modifications beneficial to the Club.
What a wonderful range of talents was on display at this year's Festival on 9th May. I would like to thank all those who took part for the entertainment they gave to the "audience". The programme was so very varied and delightfully played, sung or spoken by a wide age group from 8 to 76 years old.
After a number of years arranging the festival I have asked Scott Dolling if he would like to take this on from next year. I am sure that you all know Scott who lives in Castle Meadow and played the flute and drums in the Offton Trio at this year's festival. It is with great pleasure that I am able to tell you that Scott has agreed to this request so when the time comes he will be contacting you about taking part in next year's festival will be held on 8th May 2005. Scott's telephone number is 01473 658733. Again my thanks to you all, Paul
Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Bicycle Ride September 2004
Thanks to Terry Lock of Flowton for this article. It would be most interesting to hear from readers if they have sightings of any different or unusual birds (or butterflies - see last month's article by Terry Proctor) in their gardens. Do let us know and we will share with our readers. Contact the Link secretary on 658330 or email to Margaret@laflin.fslife.co.uk
Somersham Baptist Church
Revival, will it ever happen again?
As a Church we delight
in the good news of a God who enters human history to provide determined
sinners with forgiveness, bearing their punishment and fulfilling their
duty. We see ourselves not as good but as guilty people, not deserving
this favour. We love the bibles teaching on the nature and character of
God, and look for every opportunity to speak of him to others. But we
long for the experience of God that revival brings.
Sunday 13th July No meeting at the Chapel. We have hired the conference centre and grounds of Wetheringsett Manor for a Church, family and friends away day. Please call Mark for further information.
Six sessions, which deal with Jesus, Salvation and becoming a Christian,
to find out more contact Mark.
A most enjoyable evening of music and prose commenced with young musicians Anna and Oliver Cartwright, Hannah Eaton, and Megan Conway all played exceptionally well on their instruments Flute, Clarinet, Piano and Guitar respectively. This was followed by a Guitar duo Jonathan and Iain Conway, eloquent singing by Rohais and Lisa, travelling all the way from Sussex, playing the cello. Brenda entertained us with "How to give a cat a Pill" Sentiments cat owners (can one ever truly own a cat) could sympathise with. Ted, Cara and Scott who not only entertained us with their now familiar style but lead a 'singalong' of "All around my hat". The performance finished with Simon and Jamie, part of the local rock band "Stone Idols", adding a something for everyone feel to the evening. Between the acts our MC Gordon Watkins kept us amused with a few yarns. Afterwards musicians and performers could mingle with the audience, enjoying the wine and refreshments.
Our thanks to all
the musicians and performers and the MC, Gordon who kept everything running
smoothly, to Mary and team for the catering, Gordon and Wilma for arranging
the draw prizes, Graham and Peter for running the bar and the flower ladies
who made the church attractive for this event. The evening raised over
£350.00, which goes towards church funds and 10% towards a local
Offton Church Fete score over £1000 rain DID NOT STOP PLAY!
A huge thank you to
every one. There were loads of contributors helpers in all sorts of guises
including plastic bags when the heavens opened. It is impossible to write
personally to everyone so please take this as a sincere thank you to you
for your personal efforts. Happily the sun came out, the cow was milked,
the bears parachuted from the tower. The exhibits in the church were varied
and fascinating. The stalls from tombola to plants were busy, the teas
welcome and the games enjoyed. My grandson wants to come back next year
and I hope everyone else does too.
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