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April 2014 Number 96

Open Books and Open Pubs

Snape schoolchildren dressed up for World Book Day last month, while the Crown Public House reopened after a remarkably short recovery period following December’s flood. See page 16 for the full story and page 2 for more on Snape’s flood and it’s aftermath.

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News Drop in Exhibition and Discussion with the having to find alternative accommodation. She is hoping to E nv i ro n m e n t A ge n cy Rega rd i n g t h e return to her home in May. Flooding at Snape in December 2013. Several people attended the 'Drop-In' event at the Snape Village Hall on 20th February 2014 where they had the opportunity to speak to people responsible for protecting this area from flooding. m

On the morning of Friday 6th December 2014, 26 properties were flooded in Snape. There were two peaks to the flood and two large maps laid out on a table clearly showed the affected areas where there had been defence damage. Paul Hayden from the Regional Flood Coastal Committee who is responsible for assessing 2,800km of flood defences from North Norfolk to London Bridge said that most of the defences had worked, but that this was no comfort to anyone flooded out of their own home. Snape and similar places still presented a challenge to keep safe and solutions had to include what local people wanted. He agreed there was a need to work with the community and to create something better than what they had now. The government guidelines are 'people and property first' and decisions made must be the best ones for the situation. m

Sarah Gallagher's house opposite the Golden Key was flooded. Her first warning that something might happen was a notice pushed through the door informing her about the flood. She received an automated phone call, packed her camper van, moved it to higher ground at the Golden Key and returned home to watch the progress of the flood on Twitter feed. When she stood in the road at 2.15 am, it was dry. At about 2.45am she heard a clanging noise outside and realised that no lights worked in the house. When going downstairs she found her kitchen was 4-5 inches deep in water still trickling through the back door. Outside, the water was 3 feet high to the allotments and the clanging noise she could hear was the sound of the drain covers being pushed up by the water. There was no-one around and she knocked on her neighbours door but was unable to wake them. When she returned to her house 40 minutes later after checking her campervan at the Golden Key, the water had gone. It has been a difficult time for her and others affected by the flood, with houses and property damaged and the added cost of

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Carol Mayston, Community Resilience Advisor, talked about the EA helping communities to develop a Community Emergency Plan. The aim is for the community to work together to create a Snape Community Emergency Plan. With this in place, people will know what can be accessed and what is needed to help the community, such as equipment, vehicles, shops, rest centres and emergency services. The plan is to get going this initial movement of what to do in the event of a flood. We look forwards to any further developments that can help protect Snape from this type of catastrophe in the future.

Snape Flooding – Update Following on from the successful 'Drop in' on 20 February at the Village Hall, organised by the Environment Agency and attended by over 80 people, a further 'flood resilience' workshop - also hosted by the EA – was held at the Village Hall on the evening of 3rd March. This too was very well attended, with over 50 people able to highlight issues arising from the recent flood and suggest ways in which the various agencies could learn from them. The EA agreed to capture the relevant issues in a draft 'Flood' Plan and send it out by the end of the month to all those attending for information and comment. A group of half a dozen local people, including some of those directly affected by the flood, volunteered to work together to incorporate the draft into a village Emergency Plan which would also address other risks such as a prolonged power cut. At its meeting on 6 March, Snape Parish Council agreed to actively support this process and also heard of an offer of financial support from District Councillor Phillip Dunnett.

Alde and Ore Estuary Partnership Annual Meeting The Annual Meeting of the Alde and Ore Estuary Partnership (AOEP) will take place on Thursday 8th May at 4.30 for 5pm in Thorpeness Country Club. Sir Edward Greenwell Bt., will talk about the previous year's activities followed by a community consultation on the proposed Estuary Plan which details the up-grading of the defences. This plan will then be submitted to the statutory bodies for a Sustainability Appraisal. Parishes within the Estuary Boundary concerned with potential flooding or as a recipient of irrigated water drawn from aquifers within the floodplain will all be invited to send representatives. Parishes concerned are Bawdsey, Alderton, Hollesley, Boyton, Capel St Andrew, Butley, Orford and Gedgrave, Chillesford, Blaxhall, Tunstall, Farnham, Knodishall, Snape, Sudbourne, Iken, Friston and Aldringham cum Thorpe. Representatives from landowners, businesses,

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News householders, tourism and leisure activities in the estuary will also be invited. However, this meeting is open to anyone interested in being involved in how we defend our land and communities. Without your wholehearted support we will not be able to raise the necessary funds. Please contact Amanda Bettinson on 01394 450863 or if you would like to attend.

from The Grumpy Old Men of Suffolk, the Fullers, the Edwards', from Inga at the Golden Key after their February Quiz Night and for a share of the proceeds from the Carol Singers in Snape. The Village Hall Committee is truly heartened by the terrific support and ongoing generosity from villagers. Since early 2013, fundraising and donations total £2,474 (excluding the grant from Suffolk Community Foundation) - a magnificent community effort.

Snape Village Hall On Thursday 13th February we held another very successful coffee morning. A generous donation of £50 brought the total raised to £175. Thank you to all who helped set up and put away, supplied raffle prizes, donated bric a brac, baked a cake and attended and made the morning worthwhile. Special thanks to the children from Snape School and Mrs Skinner and a colleague, who sang to us all – a beautiful, enjoyable performance and they all looked very smart in their uniforms and were a credit to their families and the school. The highlight was the impromptu singing of 'Happy Birthday' to Peter Bunn, especially as two of his grandchildren were part of the school singers! To finish off the morning, the children helped with the draw for the raffle which was much appreciated. The new (silent) heaters were fitted into the hall on 6th March and are grateful to Suffolk Community Foundation for a grant of £900 towards the cost. We are also grateful for other donations received recently

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The next Coffee morning is on Thursday 1oth April from 1011.30am. As well as a raffle, bric-a-brac and book sale, Elaine Warmingham will be demonstrating how to create a spring flower arrangement. The Village Hall AGM is on Monday April 7th at 7.00pm. Some long-standing members are stepping down so we would welcome new members. Alternatively, if you're willing to help out in other ways rather than sit on the Committee, volunteers are always welcome and it's a great way to get to know others in the village. Please contact Caroline Beach on 01728 689136, or come along to the coffee morning on the 10th April.

Great Glemham Six Charities Fete The annual Six Charities Fete will be held on Saturday 14th June, starting at 2pm. The event takes place this year on the Butcher's Field Open Space, which is easy reached from the footbridge at the back of Great Glemham Village Hall. There will be all the usual stalls, including plants, white elephant, tombola, raffles, books, toys, nearly-new clothes, RNLI stall, etc. There will be plenty of space for games, and we hope that the Maypole Dancers will be performing for us again. The charities we are supporting this year are Red Cross, RNLI, Mind, East Anglia Children's Hospices, East Anglian Air Ambulance and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Everyone is welcome, so please put a note in your diary and come along and join us at this popular event.

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Local History What Happened to APG 588?

E&F would love to receive more old photos, stories, and We received a letter this month that left me torn between the history from across the benefice, so please email us if you history page and the letters page, but having opted for the have something we could feature, or even if there’s something you’d like us to look into. former I’ll hand you straight over to Karen; DOES ANYONE REMEMBER my Father, Mr Baker, driving this car in the 1950' and 1960's? Sadly, it was taken away by W. J. Mills of Hollesley in the 1960's and I have always wondered what happened to it. There were very few made of this make, an Austin 12 (1933), and I would like to think that someone saved it from the breaker's yard. Karen Baker

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Village Voices: interviews with interesting people from around the benefice Marion Walker from Snape Marion Walker moved to Snape with her young family in 1994 and ran the village post office for 10 years. She loved her job but eventually she felt it wasn't as rewarding as before. As she puts it “when I found myself taping daytime TV because customers were interrupting my favourite soaps I knew that was sad and it was time for a change”. She'd always been sporty, playing league hockey and swimming regularly and had left school with the ambition to become a PE teacher, so at the age of 50 she embarked on a course to become a personal trainer. She now provides a wide range of fitness classes in Leiston, Kesgrave, Saxmundham and Snape.

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Running had never appealed to Marion until she happened to watch the London marathon on TV. “That looks hard” she thought, “I like a challenge, I'll have a go”. She ran her first one in 2001 and completed the gruelling course in 4 hours 40 minutes at the age of 46. Her goal had been to finish in less than 5 hours so she was pleased with her result. By now she had joined a running club and was enjoying the social side that came with it. But running wasn't enough and in 2004 she entered her first Olympic triathlon which consists of a 1 mile swim followed by a 25 mile bike ride ending with a 10 k run. She had found a competitive event she loved. And then she heard about the Ironman Challenge. The brainchild of a US Naval Commander and created in Hawaii its motto is: 'Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles - BRAG FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE'. In 2009 Marion won her age group in her first Ironman in Bolton. Her coach had told her she needed at least 2 years hard training to reach the required level of fitness – she'd done it in 1. And so at the awards ceremony she signed up to do the next one in Hawaii 10 weeks later. Luckily, she had her credit card with her! She has since run 2 subsequent London marathons and brought her time down to less than 4 hours so that as she gets older she gets swifter. Her next big event is the Ironman in

Marion reaches the finishing chute at Hyde Park

Marion is passionate about her job in which she helps people of all ages and levels of fitness. Her advice is “keep active, keep moving, anything that burns calories! Walking is one of the best things you can do. And exercising with someone else, or in a group, makes it highly enjoyable.” But she knows it's not easy. “Boredom makes us eat and because food is so readily available it's hard to resist. We all eat too much. The important thing is to maintain an even keel so that the calories in are equal to the calories out.” Part of her role as a personal trainer entails devising strategies for changing bad eating habits. It's almost impossible to believe that Marion is approaching her 60th birthday. She looks at least 15 years younger and has the physique of a professional athlete which coupled with her cheerful positive attitude make her an inspiration to us all.

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Dear Friends, As I write it seems that Spring has finally sprung. Whether it will appear so when you receive your copies of Ebb and Flow is anybody's guess. Easter is rapidly approaching and brings with it all sorts of special services and events throughout the Benefice. Although Easter is the event on which our Christian faith is founded, it seems that people in general find it more difficult to relate to Easter then they do to Christmas. It is easy for most people to identify with the birth of a baby – it happens all the time - but someone coming back from the dead is not part of our everyday human experience! For the Son of God to be born and live among us was amazing, but if that was all that happened then the story would probably end there. It is the events of Good Friday and Easter that make the Christian story so astounding and which has such significance for us. We must remember also that the story did not end at Easter but continues every day with God at work in the world through us and the power given by the Holy Spirit. Easter blessings to you all. Nigella

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News Snape W.I. March Meeting When we were planning the programme for this year, we could not have foreseen that our guest speaker for this month's meeting would have become quite such a regular visitor to Snape, or that a talk about managing the Suffolk coast and its estuaries would be quite such a topical one. Members who had attended the recent flood meetings in our area had already met Karen Thomas, a senior coastal advisor for the Environment Agency. Karen has been responsible for dealing with the aftermath of the December floods and has been doing the rounds of all the villages and towns that have been affected in our area. As Snape village was badly flooded, we were particularly interested to hear about the very valuable work that Karen and the Environment Agency does to help protect our very precious coast and estuaries. It could have been a lot worse. Increasing sea levels and decreasing government funding, particularly in rural areas, pose quite a challenge for the Agency. Karen talked about how the EA has had to adapt to deal with these conflicting pressures and the problems of balancing what is required/desired with the money available. This has meant the Environment Agency works more closely with local communities and groups like The Alde & Ore Estuary Partnership, formed to take on the responsibility for managing a sustainable future for river defences in the estuary. Although the Environment Agency continues to have overall responsibility for flood defence, local communities have to help fund areas that do not meet government cost benefit assessments. Lack of money has meant that communities and the Agency have had to be more creative in their approach to flood defence. Karen explained that simply building up flood defences isn't always the right answer because it can have a negative impact further along the estuary. Karen was keen to stress the vitally important role that saltmarshes have in coastal protection. As well as providing grazing, saltmarshes provide a cleaning function by absorbing nutrients, heavy metals and oil from the estuary system. They also bind

together sediments to stabilise the intertidal and keep pace with sea level rise and protect seawalls and other habitat from wave attack. Three trial saltmarsh regenerations projects have recently been commissioned in Orford and Aldeburgh, using hazel faggot bundles to help retain the sediment and although early days yet, the sites show positive results. It was a fascinating talk and we were very grateful to Karen for coming to talk to us at such a busy time for her. She also very kindly donated her fee to the Snape flood defence fund which was immensely generous. Thank you very much indeed, Karen. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 2 April when Karen Lear will be talking and showing us how to create floral designs.

Womens Fellowship News On Tuesday, 3rd March, we welcomed Kevin Stannard, owner of the butchers shop in Saxmundham, who gave a demonstration on boning and stuffing a chicken. He brought with him a free range 4 1/2lb bird which he said would cost around £11. After removing the all the bone, he filled the chicken with a mixture of sausage meat, cranberry and orange stuffing before tying the chicken back together so it looked like the original bird. Cooking time for this would be 1 hour 40 minutes. Kevin told us that he acquired his free range chickens from a breeder at Stratford St Andrew with birth to slaughter being 25 weeks. All his meat is locally sourced and he makes many varieties of sausages (including gluten-free) on the premises. Tastes have changed over the last few years so rabbit, skirt and shin of beef and belly pork are much more fashionable these days, thanks to popular TV chefs such as Nigel Slater and Valentine Warner. After leaving school at 16, Kevin accepted an apprenticeship with the butcher in Halesworth, started at the bottom and worked his way up – it was three years before he was allowed in the shop to put meat into the back counter! After 9 years as a butcher, he got a job with the Essex and Water Authority but, when the butcher's shop in Saxmundham came up for sale about 10 years ago, he decided to return to his former profession. There was a raffle for the stuffed chicken which was won by Kate Groom. Next month's meeting on the 1st April is a slide show presentation by Paul Mothersole.

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Local Food & Recipes Recipes for April As supplies of winter fruits come to an end, the appearance of new season rhubarb is always very welcome. At least, it is to most people. It's never been a favourite of mine, probably as a result of vile school dinners when it was picked too early, stewed to a pulp and with so little sugar added that it was ridiculously tart. I decided to review this prejudice when I was served rhubarb fool at a dinner a few weeks ago. It was absolutely delicious. Enthused by this rediscovered delight, I asked the ladies of Snape W.I. to pass on some of their favourite rhubarb recipes. Use the stalks only. The leaves are very slightly poisonous. Rhubarb Tray Bake With Oat & Walnut Topping Makes: 16 portions. Takes 1 hour -------------------------------------------Ingredients: 100gms plain flour plus one tbsp half tsp baking powder 250gms rhubarb cut into 1cm pieces one tbsp soft brown sugar 125gms unsalted butter at room temperature 100gms caster sugar two eggs one tsp vanilla extract ---------------------------------------------For the topping: 75gms unsalted butter melted 75gms plain flour 125gms soft brown sugar


50gms walnuts roughly chopped 50gms oats ----------------------------------------------1/ Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 - 190C centigrade - fan 170C centigrade. Butter a 20cm square tin and line with non-stick baking paper. To make the topping fork together the butter, flour and sugar into big crumbs then mix in the walnuts and oats. Then chill. 2/ In a bowl mix 100gms flour with the baking powder and a pinch of salt. In another bowl combine the rhubarb, the one tbsp flour and the soft brown sugar. Using another bowl and an electric hand mixer beat the butter and caster sugar for about 3 minutes until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and combine. Then beat in the vanilla and then the flour mix. 3/ Spoon the mix into the tin. Cover with half the topping, the rhubarb, then finally the remaining topping. 4/ Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean --------------------------------------------------

Rhubarb Chutney Recipe 1.8kg (4lb) rhubarb 3 medium red onions 25g (1oz) root ginger peeled and grated 700g (1 1/2 lbs) cane sugar 1 tablespoon sultanas 600ml (1 pint) red wine vinegar Approx 6 jars 450g (1lb) Jam pot covers Clean sterilize and warm the jam jars. Remove the leaves of the rhubarb and wash. Chop into 2.5cm (1in) lengths. Put all ingredients into a heavy bottomed preserving pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for a minimum of 40 mins until mixture has thickened and reduced. Cool slightly and then fill the warm jam jars. Seal with jam pot covers. Serve with bread and cheese.

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News Snape Affordable Housing ,

Snape Parish Council are pleased to have been part of a bold partnership project between the East of England Co-op, Orwell Housing Association and developer Hopkins & Moore. Thanks to this, families from in and around Snape, who are in desperate need of local housing, have now received the keys to a brand new home. The homes, at Pryor Close in Snape, were constructed by Hopkins & Moore as part of their St Benedicts Place development and comprise one 4-bedroom, three 3bedroom and four 2-bedroom properties. In December 2013, the East of England Co-op purchased the properties which were then leased to Orwell Housing for rental to those on the local housing register. As a leading local provider of affordable homes, Orwell Housing will manage and maintain the homes at Pryor Close under a 25 year lease on behalf of the Co-op. By joining forces, Hopkins and Moore, the Cooperative Society and Orwell Housing have helped address the acute need for local housing and ensure that more families continue to live in the parish. As and when tenants terminate their lease, the houses will be advertised again on the Gateway to Homes Choice website and will again be allocated to residents with a local connection to Snape. Anyone interested in renting one of the properties should register on the website and regularly monitor it. On 26th February 2014 project partners and local residents celebrated the completion of the affordable house-building project by unveiling the new road sign and presenting new tenants Megan and Mark Stevens with the 'keys' to their new home. Members of Snape Parish Council had been invited to name the new road and chose 'Pryor Close' in memory of the late John Pryor a local resident who tirelessly served his local community both as a parish councillor and volunteer for over 30 years. The new road sign was unveiled by his widow, Mary Pryor and she was presented with a bouquet of flowers. Members of Snape Parish Council attended along with the Clerk and several other village residents. Even Breeze the dog

made an appearance. Acting chairman of the parish council Andrew Wilmot said: "The Parish Council has at last been able to bring to fruition a long-held desire to provide affordable housing for those with a connection to the village who would otherwise have had no prospect of a local home of their own. The allocation of the affordable homes has been very much as the Parish Council had planned, and the new tenants moving in are delighted with their new homes.� In our photo, Mary Pryor cuts the ribbon on the new street sign with L-R Simon Bryan, Nick Denny, Greg Dodds, Andrew Wilmot and Mike Hill.

Benhall and Snape Primary School Children perform at the Suf folk Schools Music Festival Earlier this month children from Benhall and Snape Primary Schools attended the Suffolk Schools Music Festival at Snape Maltings. The Theme of the festival this year was Music and Me. The children from years 5 and 6 performed two songs Magic Changes from Grease, and Let the Music Heal Your Soul by Bravo All Stars - and took part in the finale, which was orchestrated by music legend Ken Burton. It was a fabulous evening and the children did the school proud! Alice Cosgrove, one of the children involved, wrote a short report on the event. 'On Monday 3rd March, we performed on stage at Snape Concert Hall with 5 other schools. We left school at lunch time and rehearsed all afternoon. We had our own dressing room and there were lights around the mirrors, just like in the movies. It was so nerve-racking going on stage with all those people staring at me, but Mrs Jenkins helped me to keep the beat of the drums by tapping on the stage. We were so pleased that we didn't mess up, it was a huge relief. The last song all the schools sang together, we only learnt it on that day, but it was really good. We sat and watched all the other schools and they were awesome too. I have kept the programme and my families tickets as souvenirs.’

Alice Cosgrove

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Top: Snape schoolchildren singing at Snape Maltings., and, above, dressed up for World Book Day. Far Right: Blaxhall’s Spring Concert saw an afternoon of fun performances. Right: Teresa and Garry, extremely pleased to be back behind the bar at The Crown PH. Below: Last month’s EA event at Snape Village Hall.

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Photos Top flowers: Joanna Poole has provided a photo of a rather unusual four-petalled Iris reticulata that has bloomed in her garden. This is apparently due to unusual spring conditions, where warm days give way to very cold nights. It certainly seems very happy in her rockery-boat! Below that is Snape Church and dafodils, by Tim Cocker. The top right photo shows Megan and Mike Stevens with the key to their new house in Snape, while below at Great Glemham’s 40's Night, put on by the Alde Valley Players, the sing-a-long proved very popular – especially with the older members of the audience who didn't have to use the song sheet. Well done all those in the audience who took up the challenge to arrive in 1940's mufti - some of which were equally as good as the hosts!

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News Good Friday Workshop It is a longstanding tradition in this Benefice to hold a Good Friday Workshop in Snape Village Hall. This year the workshop will run from 2.30pm to 4.30om on Good Friday (18thApril). There will be a presentation of the Good Friday story by the Open-the-Book team and the opportunity to participate in various craft activities with an Easter theme and, of course, the traditional tea and hot-cross buns.

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The Royal British Legion (TRBL) – Snape and This is a Benefice event open to children of all ages. If you Farnham Branch. have not attended one of our workshops before then do come along and 'check it out' - you will be most welcome. If you are a regular attendee then we look forward to seeing you again.

Passover Meal This year the Passover Meal will be held at Benhall Church in the Schoolroom on April 17th (Maundy Thursday) at 7pm. If you would like to attend please contact Nigella on 01728 688660 so that we know how many to cater for. The symbolic meal and associated words are full of special meaning and help us to better understand our faith heritage.

Blaxhall Spring Concert An enthusiastic Blaxhall audience were given a real treat on 1st March when the Spring Concert in the village hall featured the BecclesTutti Swing Band and the junior/youthTutti Folk Band – both very well led by Marie Young. The joint gig by the two bands resulted in a wide diversity of music for the audience to enjoy. The Swing Band (Saxophones, trumpets, guitars and drums) opened the programme, filling the hall with sound. The Folk Band then demonstrated their abilities on a range of instruments with a diverse range of pieces – it was very noticeable that all of the young people played at least two instruments during the course of the programme. We then heard more from the Swing Band and for the final set returned to the young people and their music. This was simply an amazing afternoon and those of us there felt privileged to have had the experience, which was rounded off with an awesome Blaxhall Tea.

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March Meeting Due to other engagements for several committee members our monthly meeting had to be cancelled. However, please note the following events being organised by the Branch.

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Saturday 21 June 2014 The Riverside Centre, Stratford St. Andrew 7pm for 7.30pm Tickets: £11 Licensed bar Excellent raffle -------------------------------------------------------------------------------WW1 Commemorations with Snape Church The Branch will be assisting Brian Boulton with his exhibition in the church, which will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

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Our next meeting: The Benhall Club on Monday 7th April 2014 at 7.30 pm. Lifts can be arranged if required. For more details on any of the above please contact:

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News Benhall Preschool is looking for m o r e Shoppers Bus Service to Woodbridge and Ipswich friends…. We now have our Friends of Benhall Preschool scheme underway. This gives members of the public the opportunity to show their support by donating as little or as much as they like via a monthly direct debit into our new building bank account. By joining the Friends of Benhall Preschool, you will receive regular updates regarding t h e progress of our new build as well as a personal invite to the opening event.

The Fairline Coaches Service 121, which calls at Great Glemham on its way to Woodbridge and Ipswich, has proved so popular that it is about to start running twice a month. From 8th April it will operate on the first and third Tuesday of each month. It stops outside the Old Phone Box in Great Glemham at 10.08, arriving in Woodbridge at 10.30 and Ipswich (Old Cattle Market) at 11.03. The return journey departs Ipswich at 13.40 (14.10 during School Holidays), arrives in Woodbridge at 14.07 (14.37) and is back in Great Glemham at 14.33 (15.03)

If this is something you are interested in please contact Jenny This service is not sponsored by Suffolk County Council. Bus Driver on 01728 605940 Monday to Friday 8:30am till 4pm or passes can be used; adult and child fares are available. Fairline Coaches can be contacted on 0780940445. send an email to I would also like to thank all those who have contributed to our building fund so far including: Benhall and Sternfield Parish council, Farnham and Stratford Parish Council, Benhall and Sternfield Flower show committee, Little Angel's photography, Stratford Riverside Centre, Benhall Mother and Toddler group, Benhall Open Gardens, members of the community who raised funds - and many more. These donations have been a great help in getting us closer to our target although we still need support from the local community. If you are interested in holding an event for us or have a fundraising idea please get in touch using the details above. We currently have over 40 children on roll at the Preschool, and only have afternoon spaces available, therefore showing the need to keep Benhall Preschool going in the future to fulfill the needs of childcare within this area. Thank you in advance for your support

Jenny Driver Preschool Manager

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Graham Charles Forward Our dear neighbour Graham, who lived in Snape, passed away on the 8th January 2014. Graham was 76 and he died after a long stay in Ipswich Hospital. He was cremated at the Seven Hills Crematorium on the 24th January. Janet King

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News Great Glemham Litter Pick Volunteers are needed for the Great Glemham Litter Pick on Saturday 26 April. Meet at the Village Hall at 10 am. Gloves, bags and litter pickers provided. Please come along and help clean up our village. Tea and coffee afterwards in the Village Hall.

The Help (12) Friday 11th April, in Great Glemham Village Hall Skeeter is a southern society girl who returns from college to Jackson, Mississippi in the early days of the civil rights movement, determined to become a writer. She turns her friends' lives upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of their families. Aibileen is the first to open up, to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community, who fear for her safety in those dangerous times. Skeeter's life-long friendships suffer, but she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories - and as it turns out, they have a lot to say!

Doors open at 7.15pm and the programme begins at 7.45.

Alde Valley Luncheon Club At our lunch on April 8th we shall be serving roast beef, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and seasonal vegetables followed by trifle. If you have any queries regarding the Club, please contact Brigid on 602030.

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Cuttings from the Walled Garden: Jim Mountain It seemed as though we had come through the winter gales relatively unscathed but, following one of them, I thought I had detected a slight lean in Eucalyptus nitens. This large evergreen tree, at least 60 ft tall has a wide spreading, dense crown making it impervious to the wind. At two o'clock on the morning of 16th February, Marion heard a crash loud enough for us to go out and investigate by torchlight. The eucalyptus tree had been blown over, just clear of the road and its massive root was sticking out of the ground leaving a hole 6ft deep. Cutting it up with the chainsaw, I was able to uncover some of the plants on which it fell: Pinus cembra, the Arolla Pine with its leader broken, and a large blue Juniper reduced to half its height. These trees had been severely shaded by E. nitens and if I can encourage them to regain their shape, they will ultimately benefit from receiving increased light. Walking up the drive on a sunny day I saw the wonderful white ascending trunks of E. dalrympleana which had previously been hidden. The wind blows through its more open canopy and although as tall as its neighbour, it had survived unharmed. Every year we buy in a substantial number of plants in plug trays. Propagation nurseries root or sow plants straight into these trays which contain between 80 and 300 cells, depending on the type of plant grown. The cells usually taper towards the bottom to squares, rounds or octagons; sometimes with grooves to prevent roots circling round, and sometimes are shiny white so the plants can be easily extracted. This year one of our suppliers introduced a new shape with a small sump at the base which acts as a small reservoir. Plants can be removed by pushing a pencil sized cane up through the drainage hole. The plants come out of these cells far less easily than the conventional types and slow down the potting speed. The

expense in producing these trays must have been massive. It will be interesting to see whether they are around next year or whether the design is good in theory and not in practice. The workshop is almost rebuilt and the areas most used on the sales side have been paved. The forklift now moves over the main path with a delightful stability and even when loaded with a ton of compost, doesn't cause the pavers to move. We cleaned out the irrigation tank a month ago in time to fill it with 40,000 litres of rainwater. Making the most of the mild spring and hoping for no severe frost, we have primed the pump and switched the nursery irrigation on, giving lots of free rainwater at a decent pressure through every tap. The simple things in life make it a little easier. Jim Mountain

Little Glemham Church Annual Parochial Church Meeting th Wednesday 9 April 2014 7pm in St Andrews Church m

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News The Crown PH Snape On the morning of 20th February, Theresa and Garry opened the Crown PH at Snape for business and had 46 people in for lunch. The bar space has been newly created as the old bar, made of chipboard, rotted because of the water getting in and the wooden floor had to be taken up and plastered and the wall to the side of the bar had to be bricked and re-plastered. At lunchtime the day before the flood, Teresa received a phone call saying 'pack a bag' and a visit from the police. They said she had to be out of the pub by 6pm. Animals were moved to temporary homes - 24 goats to Gedgrave and 24 pigs to Woodbridge – and other animals to Abbey Farm or to friends and neighbours. 40 sandbags were bought and filled (all available had gone to Aldeburgh) to try and protect the building. The doors in the pub were boarded up, furniture moved upstairs and freezers put on 3' high pallets. When Teresa returned to the pub, by now an island in the flooded road, the water was up to the 30mph road sign and came over the top of the tractor that gave her a lift there. Inside the pub the kitchen was flooded and glasses, the Christmas tree and the Lifeboat collection box all floated in the water in the bar. 17 barrels of beer, expensive racks of wine and all kitchen equipment except the grill and combi-oven were lost. Of the birds remaining, only the male ducks survived. Nothing could be heard from the turkey barn - the water had engulfed them and the chickens. There was no electricity so 60 humidifiers from Curles were brought in to begin the process of drying the place out. Local people have given her so much help – by moving animals to safer places, clearing up on the Saturday after the flood and giving homes to animals that survived the

St Mary's Church Farnham with Stratford St Andrew, Annual Parochial Church Meeting th Wednesday 9 April 2014 7.30pm at the Riverside Centre m

To receive the Annual Report and Financial Statement, Elect Churchwardens and PCC, etc and discuss matters of interest – All are Welcome

Blaxhall Festival including Art Exhibition St. Peter’s PatronalService Flower Festival and much more

Saturday and Sunday th th 28 and 29 June 11 am onwards

flooding. She has also received donations towards the cost of replacing the chickens. Today, she feels that things are at last getting back to normal. She is still waiting for the rest of her insurance claim to be settled and it will cost £40-£60,000 to flood defend the pub. In our picture, Teresa and Garry are joined by Lauren, whose dad Shane Gissing made the new bar and settle.

Gt Glemham: Frivolity

Alde Valley Players' 1940's

AVP cast would like to thank all those who came along to the above cabaret at Gt Glemham Village Hall. There was much fun, with antics including 'Mum's' Army, Joyce Grenfell and The War Time Cake. With music from Lucy Sampson and her ukulele who learnt some George Formby numbers, singers Jacci and Katie - and of course - the 'Alde Sisters'. The eats provided by Sandra and Hazel proved a hit – especially the jelly with evaporated milk. Thanks to Shirleen for the most delicious looking fake cakes we have ever seen and Ros for fitting us in when busy with FADS; also Dave did a grand job with the music and sound effects.

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From the Registers The funeral of Miriam Elizabeth COOK aged 99 years took Contact Us th place at St Peter's church Blaxhall on 17 February 2014, If you wish to contact the Ebb and Flow team with followed by burial in the churchyard. The funeral of Ivy May MEADOWS aged 90 years took th place at St Andrew's church Little Glemham, on 25 February 2014, followed by burial in the churchyard.

contributions, questions, letters, advertising enquiries, etc please email Please remember we are a small team of volunteers so may not get back to you immediately, but will try to do so within a few days.

The funeral of Dennis BLOOMFIELD aged 80 years took st place at St Mary Magdalene church Sternfield on 21 February 2014 followed by private cremation. The funeral of Roger PETERS aged 88 years took place at St Mary's church, Benhall on 21st February 2014 followed by burial in the cemetery. February rainfall (mm) in Great Glemham 6


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Total 78mm As I’ve been sitting here making some final touches before going to press the weather station touched 16.8 degrees - easily the warmest day of the year - so fingers crossed by this time next month spring will really be upon us! St Mary’s Church Farnham with Stratford St Andrew


Please come along and bring your friends to enjoy a cup of coffee and take the opportunity to browse and buy from a variety of stalls If you would like to bring items for stalls we are delighted to accept any donations or you may prefer to donate in advance by contacting 01728 602851 Monies raised are for St Mary’s and in this their 25th Anniversary year, a donation will be given to St Elizabeth Hospice “Sponsor a Nurse Appeal”

STALLS WILL INCLUDE ALMOST EVERYTHING! Books, Bric a Brac, Gifts, Clothing, Cakes Preserves and a Raffle


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News & Puzzles

April Crossword

April Sudoku



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Quiz, Letters & Leftovers

April Quiz - Suffolk Geography 1) Which capital city lies approx 500 miles east of Lowestoft? 2) Which country lies approx 2000 miles west of Lowestoft? 3) Is the county area more or less than 1000 square miles? 4) How many administrative areas are there? 5) Which river almost reaches the sea at Aldeburgh? 6) Where would you once have found St Peter’s, St Martin’s and St Leonard’s? 7) Which is further north, Beccles or Bungay? 8) Is the county’s highest point more or less than 100m? 9) How many English counties have a larger area? 10) Which is further south, Saxmundham, Framlingham, or Leiston? 11) Is Ipswich east or west of Norwich? 12) Which local village was once home to Saxon kings? 13) Which river divides Suffolk from Essex? 14) Ipswich’s population is greater than the next three largest towns combined; true or false? 15) Our coast is on the North Sea, but where was it in 1913?

Don’t forget ... Great Glemham Art Show is this year on the last weekend of August - 30th-31st - at All Saints Church. Don't miss it! th

The Dorcas Sale is on Saturday 12 July from 12pm3.30pm at Sternfield House.

Snape Brownies joined with Saxmundham Brownies and guiders to celebrate 100 years of Brownies with a sleepover at Aldeburgh church hall on Friday 21st of February. We all rose early at 6am on Saturday to be on Aldeburgh beach for the Brownies to renew their promises at sunrise on World Thinking Day. The Brownies enjoyed several activities and crafts on the Friday evening including decorating 100 cup cakes for their birthday challange badges and each girl making an owl lantern to hang in their windows at home on the Saturday night to mark World Thinking Day. Any girls between seven and ten years wishing to join in the fun of being a Brownie can contact Mrs Hazel Hammond 01728 688813, or go to the Girlguiding website for details.

Top: Snape schoolchildren at Snape Maltings for the Suffolk Schools Music Festival. Above: Blaxhall Community Coffee Morning. Some of the Coffee Morning “lunchers” relaxing over coffee and sweet things after enjoying a delicious All Day Breakfast. On 1st April we will meet as usual for coffee and cakes at 10.30am in the YHA lounge. And in May we will have a lunch again – menu to be discussed on April Fool's Day!! Please book for the lunch in May, either at the April Coffee Morning or by phoning Sue on 689177. Everyone is most welcome to join these community gatherings, whether a Blaxhall resident or not.


Ebb & Flow April 2014