Hadleigh Community News, January 2022

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2021 a challenging year for the Hadleigh Boxford Group Practice The past year was a challenging time for all of us at Hadleigh Boxford Group Practice but the whole team have pulled together in these difficult times, and we have been so well supported by the community and our PPG. You will all be aware of the Covid clinics that have been the stand-out achievement and a massive 24,000 Covid vaccines have been delivered in the surgery, and more recently St Mary’s Church. In addition to this are the hundreds of vaccines delivered by our team of mobile jabbers to the residence and staff at the four care homes we look after and the numerous house-bound patients too. Many of those delivering the vaccines are our retired nurses and doctors, and we are indebted to them for their incredible support. None of the vaccination clinics would have been the huge success they were without the army of PPG volunteers that have been out in force come rain, gales and even snow! They have worked so hard to support us and the community and we are extremely grateful to every single volunteer. It has been a herculean effort from everyone at the surgery that, despite all the Covid disruption, the Covid vaccinations, the isolations, and lockdowns we have also delivered nearly 5,000 flu vaccines and remained open seeing patients throughout the pandemic. We are all aware that the demand on GP surgeries in England has steadily climbed over these last 12 months and we have felt it here too. We have worked tirelessly to do our best to meet this demand including adapting our working pattern, incorporating more technology to support us in delivering care and recruited 12 new people to our team. Although we have sadly had to say goodbye to some staff that have left, we have grown in numbers at the surgery. We are proud to have 3 more receptionists, extra secretarial and data team personnel, as well as an additional doctor and nurse. Our hope for 2022 is to continue to provide high quality care, while being responsive to the shifting landscape of the NHS. We will remain approachable and accessible to all our patients, and above all, our hope is to have Covid gone! We wish you all a very happy and healthy 2022

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From the Spring of 2022, under current government plans, separating married couples will be able to divorce without one party having to allege fault. The timescales for divorcing a spouse and the ability for one spouse to obstruct a divorce will also change. Currently, for a couple to divorce, one person is required to accept responsibility for the relationship breaking down. Or, if neither person is willing to accept responsibility, they must be separated for a period of two years (where both individuals agree to the divorce) or five years (where one spouse does not agree to the divorce). Other than in the event of extended separation, this means one party accepting that they have committed adultery, behaved unreasonably, or have disserted the other. For many years campaigners have demanded changes to divorce law, recognising that many couples simply drift apart; that no one party is to blame for the relationship breaking down, or that both spouses mutually and amicably want to separate. From April 2022, under current plans, divorcing couples will not be required to apportion blame or wait a period of two or five years of separation to pass to be able to commence divorce proceedings. Under the proposed changes, couples will be able to apply for a divorce simply because their marriage has broken down, paving the way for a mutually agreed and amicable divorce process. In situations where the divorce is not amicable or mutually agreed, proposed new legislation will also remove the ability for one spouse to prevent the other from divorcing them and in these and other cases will provide for reducing the time it takes to formally divorce, compared to current legislation. If you are considering separating from your partner, have made a full and final decision on separating from your spouse, or have delayed commencing proceedings due to not previously having grounds to divorce from your spouse, call Holmes & Hills Solicitors for initial advice and guidance. Your options may have changed or be about to change. Holmes & Hills has a team of specialist divorce solicitors that is independently ranked as one of the leading teams of divorce solicitors in the region. The team is noted as a ‘strong choice for advice on financial settlements’ by the Legal 500 directory of the county’s top law firms. When you contact Holmes & Hills, you can speak with an expert Family Law solicitor who will help you to understand your options and legal position when considering separating from a spouse. This specialist advice will be aimed at protecting your interests both now and in the future. When discussing your circumstances and legal position with a solicitor at Holmes & Hills, you can talk about the incoming changes to legislation and what this means for you and your options. Call Holmes & Hills on 01787 275275. Holmes & Hills can offer initial advice via in-person appointment, video conference or telephone call. Initial advice appointments are offered a discounted fee rate

Dissolution Notice Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance It is with great sadness that the Executive for the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance issues this dissolution notice effective 1st January 2022. The HDAA was the first town in Suffolk to be formally recognised as working to become a dementia friendly community in 2014. Great work has been completed by many volunteers and community groups during this time which has been greatly appreciated and thank you all for your support. The terms of reference for the group allow for dissolution and the Executive have agreed to split all remaining funds between the Abbeycroft Leisure Together Tuesday programme and Ansell Centre Charity - Ansell Memories Café programme to ensure funds are spent for the support of those living with Dementia in our community. The Executive, Phil Wells, Sue Calver and Tracey Loynds


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Once upon a time, two little dogs named Gypsy and Sam arrived at SESAW. Years passed, Gypsy became arthritic and the volunteers despaired of them ever being rehomed because the duo disliked all other dogs. Fortunately, the reprobates won the heart of one lady who succumbed to their dubious charms. The two little girls did go for the ball when Rachel took them home to play with her dogs including one that was equally reactive to other mutts. She also gave Gypsy a new lease of life with a set of Winston's Wheels which enabled her to walk, run and frolic with the pack. (There are photos and videos of them on our website and Facebook pages.) Winston's Wheels is a registered charity and Rachel's canine wheelchairs enhance the lives of hundreds of other dogs. Email rachelcansell@icloud.com for more information. Rachel will join us at our Easter Fair in Long Melford on Sunday 3rd April, Covid restrictions permitting. Unwanted Christmas presents gladly received, to sell or use as Raffle prizes. Please leave donations at SESAW, clearly marked “For Easter Fair” or phone to arrange collection. We welcome enquires from anyone looking for a new four legged friend. If you can bring some magic into a difficult dog’s life, please leave a phone message or email. Meanwhile it’s dinner time - Oh yes it is! I’m off to the kitchen to see what Mum is cooking for all the residents including me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua. Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, Registered Charity No.1124029, Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP. Tel: 01787 210888 www.sesaw.co.uk

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Hadleigh Town Council Update on Layham Road Sports Ground Regular readers of the Hadleigh Community News may recall it was a year ago that I gave you an update on the vision and project plans for the Layham Road Sports Ground. So what has been achieved in 2021? 1. Architects have completed our plans for a full size 3G pitch located at the Layham Road Sports Ground. 2. Architects have prepared draft plans for the new sports pavilion. 3. You can view these plans on the Town Council’s website https://hadleightowncouncil.gov.uk/major-projects/layham-road-sports-groundpavilion-agp/ 4. We have completed a Program of Use based upon the needs of Hadleigh Football and Rugby Clubs and other local clubs and organisations who have already registered their interest in using the new facilities. The Programme of Use indicates full utilisation of the 3G can be expected on weekday evenings and at weekends. Members of the public and other organisations will be able to register their interest in using the facilities at other times. 5. In preparation for the demolition of the old pavilion that was damaged by fire in 2020 we have put in place temporary changing rooms, a shower unit and toilets to allow the Rugby and Football clubs and the public to continue to use the Layham Road Grounds whilst the new facilities are developed. We are very grateful and thank the Hadleigh Scouts leaders for granting the Town Council permission to locate the temporary units on their land. 6. We have made the old pavilion building safe and ready for demolition and installed a new power distribution unit in readiness to feed the new facilities. 7. We are currently in the process of estimating the costs for our plans and the Layham Road Sports Ground Sub Committee will be reviewing these estimates early next year. 2022 Next steps: • Hold a public exhibition of the plans. • Submit Planning Applications. • Complete the Business Case. • Obtain quotations for the management of the new facilities. • Submit Grant applications to various organisations with a view to securing 85% funding. As you can see steady progress has been made in 2021 and 2022 will be the decisive year to establish that we can deliver our vision to the Hadleigh Community. Happy New Year to everyone. Cllr. Rolf Beggerow, Chair of Layham Road Sports Ground Sub-Committee

Happy New Year from The Cock Inn Happy new year folks. As I write this post it’s about 10 days before xmas and just an hour prior to Borris’ Cobra meeting at No 10 to discuss Omicron. Fingers crossed but let’s hope there is not another ‘lockdown’ or severe restrictions that make pub life uneconomical. My fear is that while we need to keep safe and we are yet to understand the full consequence of this new variant, the government may not be able to afford more closures within hospitality, so may well hang us out to dry with severe onerous restrictions. Let’s see. By the time you read this we will know of the outcome. If you read this edition in the bar, things turned out ok. If you are stuck at home, well things turned out differently.. January is a good time to start new hobbies and interest and to think about resolutions. One could be to take advantage of our range of cask conditioned ales. This is what we call real ale. It’s different to ‘keg’ beers and of course very different to lagers, which so many people drink. Cask ale is delivered in a barrel (normally made of aluminum now and not wood as in days gone by) and is still brewing whilst inside. When we receive the barrel we need to treat it like a new born baby and it has to be stored at the correct temperature. Too warm and the beer deteriorates quickly. Too cold and the ale loses taste and becomes hazy.. It needs constant attention. The barrel is placed on its side in a rack and left to settle for a day or two. We then tap in a soft wooden spile. This allows the Co2 to start to escape, to be replaced by air, starting the secondary fermentation process. After approx. two days of fermentation we then hammer in a tap, which serves as an outlet for the ale once ready for serving, normally the day after the tap was inserted. So, some five days later the ale is ready to serve from a cellar kept at a constant temperature of c12 degrees. A clean cool glass and the hands of a skilled person on the bar will deliver the perfect pint! Simple eh. The Cock Inn has a great name here in Hadleigh for quality cask ales and a super range which has recently been expended. We always have five ales available and sometimes six at weekends. That’s a super choice and the largest selection in the town. We frequently offer ales from local and national small and large brewers, including Fullers of London, St Austell of Cornwall, Mauldons of Suffolk, Nethergates of Lavenham, Belhaven, Scotland’s oldest brewer, Brains of Wales and even Abbot from nearby Bury St Edmunds. Popular ales such as Spitfire, Trelawny, ESB, Bass, Old Peculiar, Brewers Gold, Black Sheep and Black Adder are all coming soon. Oh…and if you want to suggest a favourite of your own, feel free to tell us. We will do our best to help. The Cock Inn, 89 George Street, Hadleigh Tel 01473 879907 www.thecockinnhadleigh.co.uk

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The Stour Valley’s Spanish food shop: ‘sibarita’ attracted great interest at the Hadleigh Christmas Fayre Sibarita, Spain’s Organic Larder, participated, in the Hadleigh Christmas Fayre on Saturday, 4th December which, after a worryingly wet morning, turned bright and dry in time for the Fayre. Sibarita’s stall had a constant stream of visitors: a number of them had seen Sibarita’s adverts in our community magazines and made a beeline to the stall to meet Operations Manager, Jack Footitt. Jack was joined at the stall by Ed Martin, an experienced Chef, well known in the area. Ed’s enthusiasm, experience and practical product knowledge helped create a great deal of interest in the products displayed. We have written previously about health benefits of Sibarita’s wide range of Pulses: beans, chickpeas and lentils. As with many of Sibarita’s products, they go a long way to meeting the needs of vegetarians and vegans. However, Covid has highlighted the risks associated with low levels of zinc which can affect the body’s immune system, increasing the risk of dangerous infections, such as pneumonia. The body’s immune system needs zinc to work properly and most of the zinc in our diets comes from meat and fish. Vegetarians and Vegans really do need to ensure that their diet contains sufficient zinc. This can be achieved with pills but there are natural vegetable products that can go a long way to providing the zinc needed. Sibarita’s pulses, particularly lentils, are right at the top of that list. Sibarita is planning to introduce new products in 2022 so keep an eye on the website. As always, Sibarita welcome feedback from customers including suggestions for products that you would like to see in their product range but not yet short shelf-life products requiring frozen or chilled storage. For more information give Sibarita a call on 01787 323933 09,00-17.00, Monday to Friday Or send an email at any time: hello@sibarita.co.uk

Come and Join HEAT in 2022 The weather may be cold but no one disputes that the climate is heating up and wildlife is suffering. Sometimes it feels as if there is so much to do yet so little time left. So Hadleigh Environmental Action Team (HEAT) is gearing up for a year of activities, events, campaigns and projects. We had an busy 2021 despite the restrictions of Covid and today we can celebrate having over 70 members and lots of great projects led by people with energy and enthusiasm. If you want to do something about the climate crisis and help the environment HEAT will have lots of things for you to choose from. You can join our river monitoring group and learn how to identify invertebrates, test for chemicals and find out how healthy our river Brett really is. Alternatively, you can be part of the Plastic Free Hadleigh campaign to reduce single use plastics in businesses and community groups, help out with sustainable gardening on the HEAT allotment or join our team of volunteers doing conservation work in Hadleigh’s nature reserves. We will also have wildlife activities for young and old as well as speakers to listen to and visits to go on. Watch this space! HEAT will be stepping up its activities in 2022 keeping our focus on local change and working with the people of Hadleigh. Sometimes it feels as if the challenges the Earth faces are too enormous for individuals and local groups to make a difference. We believe that all change, however small, when added together can make a difference. Interested? Just email us at hadleigh.heat@hotmail.com Hadleigh Environmental Action Team - working to help people and organisations in Hadleigh to always take climate change and the resilience of the natural world into account when they make decisions.

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Hintlesham and Chattisham C of E Primary School Christmas Nativity On two afternoons in December the children from Early Years and Key Stage 1 performed "We are going on a baby hunt" to parents in school. For many of the children this was their first performance of any kind to a live audience, but they sang and performed wonderfully well. Their rendition of The Camel Song had everyone smiling and joining in. Greatest Black Britain's competition We were also pleased to hear that after entering each class into the national 100 Greatest Black Britain's competition, Ruby class has been declared as a winner from over 1500 entries. The children completed a project about the life and work of Mary Seacole. This competition and the work based around it has further inspired the whole school to request looking at this subject again. It has also formed part of the motivation to continue to fully embed cultural diversity into all areas of our curriculum in school. Victorian Day - Diamond Class Year 5 and 6 experienced an immersive day to understand more about life as a Victorian child. They definitely agreed that school was much tougher then, than it is today. They took part in activities such as chanting times tables, handwriting and learning to recite latin phrases. However they enjoyed it so much that we were asked to keep their tables in rows for some subjects - which certainly wasn't the outcome we expected! Mrs Debbie Jackson, Headteacher Hintlesham & Chattisham C of E Primary SchoolTelephone: 01473 652344 djackson@hintleshamchattisham.suffolk.sch.uk www.hintleshamchattishamschool.com

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Award winning hearing specialists relocate in Hadleigh Local award-winning hearing care specialists, The Hearing Care Centre are relocating to brand-new premises in Hadleigh this January. The clinic which has been housed within Health By Design in Hadleigh High Street and more recently at a temporary home within Kersey Mill, is opening its own bespoke practice located at Stone Street Court, next to Hadleigh Bowls Club. The new practice which is set amongst beautiful quiet countryside, offers modern and comfortable facilities all on ground floor level and plentiful free onsite parking. The Hearing Care Centre, which has won many top awards for the customer service it provides its patients, will continue to hold hearing care weekly clinics in Hadleigh, providing hearing assessments, fitting of the latest hearing aid technology, as well as specialist advice and support for those experiencing hearing loss. The company’s nursing team will also be providing specialist earwax removal clinic each week, offering patients both ear irrigation and microsuction methods. Michael Shade, Hadleigh Audiologist for The Hearing Care Centre, was very pleased to confirm the news. “Finding our own premises in Hadleigh has been long in the making and we are delighted that it has finally happened. I’m sure all of our patients will be very pleased with our new surroundings and we cannot wait to welcome them!” To celebrate their move, the company is offering complimentary hearing assessments at two special ‘Hearing Care Days’ during January. On Friday 21st and Friday 28th January 2022 attendees can book an appointment with an expert audiologist, saving them the normal consultation fee of £30. For further details or to book a complimentary hearing assessment call The Hearing Care Centre on 01473 354071 or visit www.hearingcarecentre.co.uk

Hadleigh Walkers A complete change of venue for January’s walk on Saturday 8th. We tried this route West of Lavenham a few years ago in rather foul weather and had virtually no takers. This is a very pleasant walk and takes in an area where we don’t usually walk – so we’re trying again. We will meet at the car park next to the Cock Horse pub opposite Lavenham church at 0930. The walk is about 8.5 miles and takes in Balsdon Hall Farm, Alder Carr, Bridge Street, Alpheton, Clapstile Farm and then the St Edmunds Way finishing up at Lavenham Church in time for a beverage at the pub at around 1300. If anyone is in need of a lift to Lavenham please email us and we will do our best to help. At the time of writing this announcement we have just completed a recce of the walk and one stretch of about 50m is flooded and very difficult to get through. Therefore, we will have an alternative (starting at the same time and place) planned out just in case Everyone is welcome, including well behaved dogs. Strong shoes or preferably walking boots should be worn as the ground can be muddy and rough in places at any time of the year. As usual, route maps can be requested from the web site. For further information about these walks go to www.hadleighwalkers.com, email us at hadleighwalkers@gmail.com or contact Mike Keeling on 01787 210104 or 07483 887658.

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Hadleigh Stars Gymnastics We wanted to write and thank all of our lovely members for the support they gave us last term. Not only have parents shown understanding and flexibility in changing procedures, changing times of training sessions and lift sharing to ease congestion in the car park you also overwhelmed us at the end of term with some really thoughtful Christmas gifts. Last term several of our young coaches attended and passed their first official BG coaching course and they are all doing extremely well putting the skills learnt into practice. Our squad gymnasts have been working hard on routines for the February County Grades Competition. With over 20 girls competing for the first time, we are keeping our fingers crossed that it goes ahead and wish them all luck. Our parent toddler sessions run in the mornings every Tuesday through to Friday. Please see our website for further details. www.hadleighstarsgymnastics.co.uk

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Optical Assistant required Dunstone Optometry is proud to have provided eye care in Queen Street for more than 30 years. The practice has developed considerably and continues to grow and welcome many existing and new patients. We offer Swept-Source Optical Coherence Tomography (SSOCT) scans as part of the eye examination, as well as up to date spectacle and contact lens fitting, supply and aftercare. We are looking for a new member to join our team, to assist in the provision and delivery of the highest standard of optometry services to patients in our ethical and well-equipped independent practice. The new team member will uphold and demonstrate daily the values and beliefs Dunstone Optometry by constantly providing our patients with a delightful professional experience. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a friendly team in a ‘brass plate’ optometry practice in the beautiful market town of Hadleigh, South Suffolk. The Practice serves the community Monday to Friday (including Tuesday evenings) and is closed at weekends. Post available: Optical Assistant/ Receptionist - providing front of house services to a high level, assisting with dispensing of spectacles and the smooth running of the Practice. Experience in optometry is not essential although a relaxed and easy manner with the public, good written, computer and oral communication skills and excellent organisation are essential. We offer training and the opportunity to perform an important role in community eye care. Hours: 31 hours per week (negotiable for the right applicant). To find out more about the Practice, services available and the new post see dunstoneinsight.com Dunstone Optometry, 3 Queen Street, Hadleigh, IP7 5DZ 01473 823755

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Trustees of the King Guthrum Group: Huw Roberts, Sue Andrews, Kathryn Grandon and Jimmy Wilding, standing in St Mary’s churchyard, Hadleigh, a possible burial place of King Guthrum. (Photo courtesy of P Cutts.) The formation of the King Guthrum Group has been announced, to promote the heritage link between Hadleigh, Suffolk and King Guthrum. The aim is to make people more aware of the town’s link to this historically significant figure, to ensure Hadleigh’s local heritage is better understood and appreciated, and to help promote tourism to the town, as well as helping the local economy. The King Guthrum Group has applied to the Charity Commission for Charitable Incorporated Organisation status. The King Guthrum Group will seek to raise funds to support activities such as public events, education, tourism, historical research and publications, community engagement, and to foster links with other locations and organisations associated with King Guthrum, his life and times. A memorial or statue for the town may also be considered as a possibility. Guthrum (c.835 - c.890) was King of East Anglia in the late 9th century. According to chronicle, and later tradition, King Guthrum is buried in Hadleigh, Suffolk. He is the first person associated with the town to be named in historical records. The King Guthrum Group hopes to make a positive impact on the town’s appreciation of its heritage, the local economy, and give the people of Hadleigh something to enjoy in challenging times. The King Guthrum Group consists of a small number of trustees and is seeking help and support from other individuals and groups. Huw Roberts, Chair of The King Guthrum Group said: “We welcome contact from people with all sorts of skills and interests: running events and attractions, fund raising, engaging with schools and education, design and production of posters, leaflets, website and video production, art, community engagement, communication, an interest in history and culture. Supporting the Group will not take up too much time, and even if you don’t have specific skills, you can contribute the most important thing: enthusiasm!” To get in touch, email us at: kingguthrumgroup@hotmail.com

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Tuesday 14 December 2021 - Chair: Sylvia Martin 1 The Chair welcomed everyone. 2 Report Of The Last Meeting. Agreed with an amendment to Tidy Town read out. Matters Arising 2.1 No matters had been raised since the last meeting that needed reporting to Richard Baldwin (BDC). 2.2 The Hadleigh Deanery Tower meeting has had to be postponed until January 2022. 3 Standard Updates 3.1 Hadleigh Town Council HTC’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting. Cheryl explained the Loyalty Card scheme had been sponsored for the past six months by HTC, as agreed, with financial sponsorship from the Hadleigh Thrift Shop and sadly, no business had come forward to continue with the initiative. The Christmas Shopping and Lighting Up event on 4 December had been a great success and was very well attended despite the weather. Congratulations were offered for excellent organisation. 3.2 Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Council No-one in attendance. Report received and circulated prior to the meeting. Under “Innovate Local Market Stalls) it read that “…new businesses were offered a free pilot pitch and equipment for a set time…” This needed clarifying as it is ambiguous. Stallholders need to provide their own stalls/gazebos. 3.3 Visit Hadleigh: snowdonjane@hotmail.co.uk Visitor Services: Following visits to other wool towns (Clare, Sudbury, Lavenham & Long Melford) guided walks and other events will be promoted through the medium of Visitor Services. A location for Visitor Centre in Hadleigh is still required – preferably in the High Street or appropriate historic building, to open four days a week. A good amount of display stock has been built up which needs to be housed in a warm, dry space. www.visithadleighsuffolk.co.uk. Reminder for services, organisations and events to post their information. Reciprocal links to other websites welcome. 3.4 Tidy Town Email: ourtidytown@gmail.com The team picked following the Christmas Lighting Up Event on 4 December and were pleased that all bins had been used and there was relatively little mess. Elaine has been in touch with the High School who are running the Duke of Edinburgh Award course and has asked if a student undertaking the course would like to come and speak at an HCF meeting in 2022. 3.5 Hadleigh & Boxford Patient Participation Group www.hadleighhealth.co.uk. The PPG is now back to full strength of 12 members, including a Doctor from the practice and the Practice Manager, meeting once a month. Their main focus has been on assisting the practice with Covid vaccinations and boosters and this will continue for as long as is required. To date, some 25,000 vaccinations have taken place with more sessions planned for 20, and 22 December and, if required 23rd. These will be by invitation only. They are hugely grateful to all the wonderful volunteers who are committed, reliable and indispensable. The PPG assisted with the recent Patient Survey which will identify areas for improvement. Four paintings have been sold from their in-house art exhibition with the proceeds going to the Practice’s charity. The needs of the town’s younger people are being addressed in conjunction with the Porch Project and other organisations. 3.6 St Marys Church stmaryshadleigh.co.uk Current external works are coming to a conclusion and the top layer of scaffolding has been removed. The rainwater gutter around the base of the spire - the first ever to be used – is now visible and bat boxes and swift boxes have been put in place. The new windows are in place in the Vestry and new decorative security bars and safety rails at the top of the spiral staircase will hopefully be in place in the New Year. This will give the church a safe and secure area for the first time. With the flexibility of chairs we have been able to turn around the church from a place of worship to a covid vaccination centre (and vice versa) in around 40 minutes. It is a pleasure to be able to service our community in this most appropriate way. Through use of our church, over 5,000 vaccinations have been made. Without St Mary’s this would simply not have been possible. There are still those who deem the church “not a proper church without pews” but these comments are mainly from people who never come into church. The diseased ash tree in the churchyard has been removed and it is suggested it be replaced with a mulberry tree. The Lime Tree Project (saving and displaying a slice from the base of the tree with its historical timeline) is taking a slightly different turn. Plans are advancing and it is hoped to have something rather special to offer our community in Spring. 4 AOB 4.1 Lorry Routes: There is a concerted campaign, by petition, to have current sat nav routes changed and designated no-through routes. After a final name check by HTC, it is expected that over 200 signatures will have been received. Primarily, this affects Lady Lane, Angel Street, High Street, Bridge Street, Gallows Hill and, of course, Benton Street. (it will not affect deliveries to premises). Everyone approached on these streets was keen to add their name. Hopefully this petition will go to full Council this week and, if approved, will go to Suffolk County Council Highways. The meeting closed at 4.52 with some mince pies kindly brought in by Cheryl Tye, Hadleigh Town Council Manager NEXT MEETING: Tuesday 11 January 2022 @ 4:15pm. Hadleigh Pool and Leisure. Chair: Jan Devey


Report by District Cllr Dr Siân Dawson Hadleigh North Ward and Cabinet Member for Environment Dear Residents, I trust that you have all had an enjoyable Christmas with your families and looking forward to a better year ahead. The Christmas period gave me time to reflect on the importance of friends and consider family members that we have all lost, and who created lasting and long memories that brought great comfort during those very difficult times we have all had to endure in the last year. My thoughts have been with you all over this festive period. Looking ahead, I am working on what I can do to influence and improve the local environment, to make it prosperous, safe and enjoyable for all. In the October HCN, Mr Bobby Gale wrote ‘arriving in Hadleigh, you thought you had entered a run down, poor economically depressed backwater that had lost investment and interest in its appearance’. As the now appointed Cabinet Member for Environment, I hope that I can endeavour to address his issues. We rely upon all residents as ‘Our eyes and Ears’. We welcome emails advising of specific areas where we can focus our efforts on the mess in our streets and general untidiness. Each month, I attend the ‘Tool Box Talk’ with my team. All the Public Realm Team meet at the Stowmarket Depot at 7am to discuss specific items prior to starting their rounds. It is a chance also for me to thank the team for their dedicated service and seek out individuals who have exceeded expectations and gone beyond the call of duty. Our team take pride in what they do for our community and so please, if you see them, those four words that mean so much, but cost so little, Please Thank The Team. Hadleigh progress: • All banners without planning permission on the High Street car park railings have been removed and hedges cut. • All banners on the bypass and hanging from trees without permission will also be removed due to the distraction to drivers. • Pay and Display machines for Hadleigh ordered and arrive Jan, installation expected February 2022. • 1248 survey responses to the Parking Consultation to analyse. • Hand over 101 Tree for Left Trees to parents and children. • The Waste fleet has commenced using hydro treated vegetable fuel in Hadleigh. • Applied to Forestry Commission Local Authority Treescapes Fund for 60 trees at Broom Hill. • Successful in securing funding of £20K from the Waste and Resources Action Programme to support a litter and fly-tipping campaign and purchasing solar bins. I plan to instigate a Saturday morning Community Collection to assist in resolving the fly-tipping issue and pay for this from my Locality Budget. This will take place in early Spring. I welcome specific area requests please?? • The winter schedule Grounds team will visit all areas on the current grass schedules to crown lift trees that have been problematic during the mowing season. • All our hedges and ditches in and around Hadleigh should have been completed by December 31st. • In January we shall commence in ongoing repair and maintenance of play areas and fencing. • Finally, we have purchased a pavement sweeping vehicle which I have requested to come to Hadleigh soonest to cleanse the High Street and all roads adjoining in the first instance. Please do not hesitate to contact me of any concerns on environment, planning or any other issue that I can assist with. Cllr Dr Siân Dawson, sian.dawson@babergh.gov.uk

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James Cartlidge writes Member of Parliament for South Suffolk As we face a new variant of Covid that is now apparent able to spread around society at a much greater pace than its predecessor, it is essential that everyone gets boosted. A total mobilisation of booster vaccine capability is required, driven by the PM from the centre and with all of us playing our part by getting boosted and encouraging everyone we know to do the same. The Prime Minister has therefore announced an Emergency Boost appeal to get all eligible adults boosted by the end of December, and I would strongly encourage all of my constituents to either attend walk-in vaccination centres or book their jab as soon as possible. Inevitably, trying to deliver such a scale of jabs will come with friction and strain. But we have already made great strides boosting the most vulnerable, and we should not underestimate the progress we have made, particularly locally. Nevertheless, the NHS will need to match its best vaccination day and then beat it day on day. To achieve this, some appointments may need to be postponed and 42 military planning teams will be deployed across every region, setting up additional vaccine sites and mobile units, extending opening hours so clinics are open 7 days a week. I recently had my own booster jab at St Mary’s Church, Hadleigh. The experience was very professionally and painlessly delivered, and I pay tribute to the NHS staff and volunteers on site doing their bit in the battle to beat Omicron. In these worrying times it can be difficult to forget just how far we have come in our fight against this deadly virus. The good news is that we now have so much more resistance from the vaccine to aid our fight, especially when it’s topped up by the booster.

Hadleigh Community Primary School Application for School Places for 2022/23 “Do you have a child whose date of birth is between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018?” If so, you need to apply for a school place for the Reception Year 2022/23 by the deadline of Saturday 15th January 2021. To apply for a place or for more information please visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/admissions We are taking bookings for tours of our school, after school hours from 3.30pm. If you would like to see what our school can offer your child, please telephone on 01473 822161 to book an appointment. Sport On Friday 3rd December 2021, we took 10, Year 5 pupils to participate in a trampolining session at Hadleigh High School. The pupils got the opportunity to learn new skills, moves and routines which they all absolutely loved! Thank you to Mrs Clarke from the High School for allowing the children this opportunity and thank you to Mrs Kirk for organising it. Well done Year 5!

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Bildeston Primary School Learning and Growing Together Children in Need Super Pudsey Face Masks in Goldcrest Class - you all look super! We raised £185 for Children in Need – thank you to everyone for supporting us including bringing in your decorated teddy bears. The children certainly enjoyed the day!

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Ofsted “Good” Christmas Table Decorations What super Christmas table decorations made by Kingfisher class today! Henri Rousseau Artwork KS2 Children in KS2 produced some stunning artwork influenced by the famous artist. Decorate a Star Competition A huge thank you to everyone who entered the competition. Mrs Shaw kindly judged the entries, a task she found very difficult, as the standard of the entries was very high. Our winners are shown here with all the star entries adorning our cherry blossom tree at the front of the school. £1.00 per entry was donated towards our Big Hoot project for Saint Elizabeth Hospice Charity and a total of £65.00 was raised. MP Christmas Card Competition We had a surprise visit from Mr James Cartlidge, our local MP. We are incredibly proud to announce that Maisie in Kestrel class won his Christmas Card competition. Mr Cartlidge presented Maisie with a copy of his printed card with her front cover design, a certificate and a small gift. Congratulations Maisie, a superb piece of work! Prime Minister Boris Johnson with his card from our local MP! If you are considering Bildeston Primary as a school for your child, we would welcome a visit. Please phone the office on the number below. We would love to meet you. Bildeston Primary School Newberry Road, Bildeston, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 7ES Telephone: 01449 740269 Website: www.bildeston.suffolk.sch.uk

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Brendan Mann Carolyn Mann and family would like to thank everyone for their care, love, kind messages, cards, flowers, help and the amazing amount of people that attending Brendan's funeral in September, we were overwhelmed. We would like to also thank, the First Responders, GP's at Hadleigh Surgery, District Nurses, Hassan in Boots Chemist Hadleigh, Ipswich Hospital, Heart Failure Clinic at Ipswich Hospital and Addenbrookes Hospital, Cardiology and Neurological Departments, everyone looked after Brendan so well and done all they could, we couldn't have asked for more, you are all amazing. Thank you for the donations of £500 for the Papworth Charity Trust and we raised £2013.75 on a sponsored walk for Brain Tumour Research. This year I will not be sending Christmas cards, I will make a donation to Papworth Charity Trust in Brendan's name. As Brendan would say ‘Be Happy’.

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Hadleigh & District Gardening Club It was with regret the gardening club decided to cancel our December meeting. The rising Covid infection rates made us consider the safety of our members. We hope you managed to celebrate the festivities in some way. Our January speaker will be talking on the Revival of Benton End on Jan 10th at 7.30 pm in the Guildroom. Let’s hope this can go ahead as it promises to be informative and of great interest to locals and visitors. Sending New Year wishes for a brighter and healthy 2022.

Hidden Gardens of Hadleigh After the 35 open gardens, a recordbreaking number of visitors and over £6500 raised in 2021, what are we looking forward to now? No, no, not Santa…..it’s 11th June 2022 and next year’s Hidden Gardens, of course. So if you want to join in and open your own garden, please let us know. We welcome gardens of all types and sizes, those with lawns and borders, wild gardens, courtyards and everything in between. If you want to talk it over first or just ask questions, our email is below. And we’ll be running the photographic competition again for fun in the lead up to 11th June, one photo of your garden taken in 2022, with a prize for the winner and runner-up; we’ll broadcast details of how to enter soon and they will be on our website too. So dig out your cameras and let’s get going! The event is organized by the Friends of St Mary’s Church (and Deanery Tower) in Hadleigh with all funds raised going to the upkeep and repair of these two historic buildings. Hidden Gardens of Hadleigh 11th June 2022 hadleighgardens.co.uk hadleighgardens@gmail.com

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A pilot scheme to support small businesses in Babergh and Mid Suffolk has been hailed a success as it reaches its six-month milestone Since its launch in July 2021, the Innovate Local initiative has supported 11 small businesses by providing a free pitch at either Stowmarket or Hadleigh markets for up to four weeks. In addition to a regular spot on the market, business owners were offered support to run a safe and successful stall, mentoring, business advice and training opportunities both before and after the pilot to help them maximise the opportunity. Feedback from the traders who have taken part in the scheme has been overwhelming positive with several investing in their own equipment to use on the market or other events. Following the initial success of the pilot, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are investigating ways to expand the Innovate Local scheme during 2022. Kelly Clark runs Apothekelly Skincare and is currently benefiting from Christmas shoppers visiting Hadleigh market. She spoke about being involved in the pilot Innovate Local scheme: “Meeting real customers face to face has been invaluable to my business, and I am so glad I decided to go ahead with the Innovate Local scheme and really feel that I am taking my business in the right direction. “Not only has my business got off to the best start possible, it has also given me the confidence to know how good my products are and how they have been received by the public first hand.” The Innovate Local scheme is part of a programme of activity to support high streets in the Districts post Covid-19. Commenting on the success in Hadleigh, Cllr Michael Holt, Babergh District Council cabinet member for economic growth said: “It has been really rewarding to see local start-up businesses benefiting from the experience of being on a busy market and engaging with customers. It can be daunting to try and launch a new business, even before the impact of a pandemic, so I am delighted that the feedback from traders involved in the Innovate Local scheme has been so positive with many feeling more confident to take their business to the next stage.” The Innovate Local scheme is open to businesses that have been operating for less than a year and do not currently have a place on a market. As part of the Innovate Local Initiative, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils will also be opening an innovation hub in Eye and a pop-up hub in Sudbury later this year. Businesses interested in being part of Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council’s Innovate Local scheme should visit www.babergh.gov.uk or www.midsuffolk.gov.uk

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Town Mayor’s Update How lucky we were for our Hadleigh Christmas event on 4 December – the weather was fine if very cold, for a start, but I don’t think people minded that, and meanwhile in Chelmsford, not that far away, it was bucketing. That would have cast a real blight! And the Omicron variant of the coronavirus was not yet on the scene either. It was such a joy to see a real Christmas event, carols in the Marketplace, the High Street closed and lined with stalls, so many of our own shops open late, and a special joy to see so many families with young children. The festival of Christmas is paralleled in many other cultures as a bright moment in the long, dark nights of the end of the year, and we need that particularly strongly right now as the pandemic grinds on. It looks like 2022 will be dawning in a way we had all fervently hoped we would not see again, as I write this on 17 December. Let’s look forward, though, to a year that, all being well, remains full of promise - the return of the May Show will be close to all our hearts, and then two weeks later there is the nationwide celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a landmark no previous monarch has ever achieved. These two big events are framed within the longer Festival of Suffolk, which I have written about before, and this all starts some 6 months from now, so there is every reason to hope that it will all go ahead as planned. It is by keeping these things in mind that we can soldier on, even if for some of the meantime things are grim. We shouldn’t forget though that the previous waves revealed an astonishing community spirit in Hadleigh, a feeling that we were all in this together and that through shared effort we could help everyone here come through the ordeal – and it was so successfully done that we emerged a more cohesive and a kinder place. That change has, it must be said, had some of the shine rubbed off it, but I am in no doubt that it will reappear if things do become tough again, as I deeply hope they will not. So no matter what happens, let’s remember the happiness so many of us shared that Saturday, the fun we can look forward to in the summer, and the sense of community with which we have overcome previous hardships. We are lucky enough to live in a town that, while it certainly has a few problems, is unusually blessed compared to so many others, and which – as we have already seen – can surmount those problems and become an even better place to live for everyone here, of whatever age. So may I wish you all a New Year that, however it may begin, brings you happiness and Hadleighness, a word I just invented for the unique virtues of our town, Frank Minns Town Mayor

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The Hadleigh Archive Hadleigh’s History on your doorstep

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Picture of the month Corn milling was one of the notable industries of Hadleigh in past years, both wind or by watermills. One of these mills, a water mill, was located in Bridge Street on the right-hand side immediately before the Iron Bridge. The various channels dug out to control the river water flow can still be seen. This photograph shows the mill standing alongside the highway, and it would be difficult today to imagine a horse and waggon, or later a motor lorry standing on the slight bend in the road outside the mill with sacks of grain being hoisted upwards and into the mill ready for grinding. This was all long before the Hadleigh by-pass had been constructed. The mill developed in size from 1830 when James Deeks was the owner of ‘Hadleigh Bridge, Water Mill’. John and Robert Deeks followed, but by 1888 Thomas Singleton was the new mill owner and he enlarged the mill and installed an alternative means of power, being steam, and a tall square brick chimney was a new addition to the Hadleigh skyline. Singleton was not at the mill for long and by 1898 the Cocksedge Brothers acquired the mill, and they expanded the business to include being Corn Merchants. Additionally, they also acquired the smock type windmill, known as Tower Mill at Tower Mill Lane at the top end of George Street. The next owners, and known from 1925, was Daniel Alderton, and he further updated the power source with a suction gas system. Conveniently, the Hadleigh Gas Works and gasometers, were located on the opposite side of the road. The windmill at Tower Mill Lane had ceased working during the 1910’s, but Alderton was also owner of the Toppesfield Water Mill. After the Second World War, local milling was in decline; Toppesfield Mill was destroyed by fire in 1954 and three years later the Bridge Street Mill was demolished. This signalled an end of a long era of milling in Hadleigh extending since medieval times. Picture reference: 182-B-16 The Hadleigh Archive is administered by the Hadleigh Town Council, The Guildhall, Market Place, Hadleigh. IP7 5DN. A team of experienced volunteers look after the Hadleigh Archive and meet on a regular basis to catalogue and transcribe its large number of documents and images. Visitors are welcome, by appointment only. E-mail; hadleigharchives@gail.com Tel: 01473 823884

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Parish Council The main matters discussed during the Parish Council meeting of 24 November were: • District Council report A request for enhanced support to assist with Covid had been submitted by Public Health Suffolk; Cllr Ward said hospitals were currently full, but coping. The additional funding was helping to increase the roll-out of boosters, as well as vaccinations for younger people. Babergh and Mid Suffolk’s Joint Local Plan had been submitted, but they had been asked to reconsider site allocations, which would mean the Plan would be unlikely to be re-submitted until early in 2023. • Review of lorry routes in Suffolk It was agreed that the PC should respond to the consultation concerning the review of recommended lorry routes across the county. Councillors were concerned that weight limit signs continued to be ignored by a large number of lorries, and also highlighted the ongoing problems in Benton Street. • Draft budget & precept for 2022-23 It was agreed unanimously to accept the recommendations from the working party and approve the draft budget. • Speeding A flyer had been delivered to every household in Upper Layham asking for volunteers to help with moving the SID device; however, there had been no responses. There had been a request from a parishioner that another device should be considered for Stoke Road in Lower Layham; the working party would look into this. It was agreed that the Clerk would contact SCC about extending the speed limit on Stoke Road. A quantity of 30mph stickers for wheelie bins would be ordered. • Green Team Cllr Woods would discuss the issue of the wood piles on the playing field with the Playing Field Committee. Climate Change would be an agenda item for the January meeting; in the meantime, parishioners would be asked to try to make at least one change. • Queen’s Platinum Jubilee The report from the Events Community Group was noted; there would be regular updates in the HCN and via community emails. • County Broadband The current broadband network used copper cables and was installed pre-internet; it was already at full capacity. County Broadband provided infrastructure to rural locations with fibre optic cables from the cabinet to individual households. The aim was to provide faster speeds and a more reliable network. To be kept up to date on the rollout of this project, parishioners could register their interest at www.countybroadband.co.uk/register. • 2022 meeting dates The schedule of meetings for 2022 was agreed. The next meeting would be at 7.30pm on Wednesday 26 January 2022, in the Village Hall. Combatting speeding in Layham The Parish Council has had some stickers made for your wheelie bins in a bid to encourage motorists to slow down! These are primarily for use on the 'main' roads in the village, rather than areas where they cannot be seen (eg the raised pavement in Mill Lane). They are probably not necessary on Brett Green either where it would be difficult to exceed 30mph. So, if you would like a sticker (or 2 or 3, depending on how many bins you have), please let Jane Cryer, our Parish Clerk know and they will be deliverd. We, however, urge you not to leave your stickered bins out all the time, just on collection days as usual. Apart from anything else, it's the element of surprise that counts! Keeping Layham green Thank you to all those of you who continue to collect litter on a regular basis. Ryan Dodson deserves a special mention for the big difference he has made in Upper and Lower Layham in his work towards his Duke of Edinburgh Award. Other improvements include the removal of Himalayan balsam near the playing field, the sweeping away of a blanket of conkers on Overbury Hall Road, clearing of vegetation from road signs, and the cleaning of the war memorial. In the spring look out for the wild flowers, snow drops and daffodils that have been sown or planted on our verges by residents. Parts of Brett Green and the wide verge at Blacksmith’s corner have been kept tidy by parishioners who live nearby, and the Playing Field Committee continue to provide us with a safe and attractive area for leisure activities. Climate change has been one of several worrying issues that continues to be a growing concern as we move into 2022. Please play your part and make at least one change to help reduce your carbon footprint. We know that many of you will have already made a New Year’s resolution to this effect. A good one is to make sure all aluminium drinks cans end up in the blue bin – they have a real value for recycling. Guidance and financial support are available for a variety of green projects including the planting of trees – please let us know if you’d like more information. We look forward to 2022 when we hope we can once


again have our organised ‘clean up’ sessions, in the meantime please keep doing your bit to make Layham greener - thank you. Sheila Roberts Leader of Green Team, Layham Parish Council ...also…thank you Andreas In addition to local residents who help to keep the village in good order, Andreas, a resident of Hadleigh who regularly runs the circuit from Hadleigh to Layham and back, has been motivated to help us out. He sees the amount of litter along his running route and comes back on another occasion to clear it up. He is pictured with his basketwork backpack on the main road from Lower Layham to Hadleigh. Layham Village Hall The village hall committee met in early December. Thank you very much for your responses to the survey – we had over 60 replies. We are currently exploring the three most popular suggestions: An exercise class; Foreign language classes; A book club The last suggestion leads me on nicely to a date for your diary - 15 May 2022 – a BOOK SALE. If you have any books you can donate please contact 871043janmcnelly@talktalk.net or phone 01473. The target is to have 3000 books for sale on the day. If you would like to hire the village hall then contact Rosey by email: rosey.emma@btinternet.com or phone: 01473 822878and she will be happy to help. Happy New Year everyone. Layham Playing Field – New Year resolution The problem of dog fouling continues on what is primarily a children’s playground – let’s ask those who don’t always clear up after their dogs to resolve to do better in 2022. Thank you. Layham Playgroup We had lots of fun in the run up to Christmas, completing lots of crafts and cooking yummy treats. Now, as we start a new year, we will be turning our attention to winter. We have already started to feed the birds, which we can watch from our windows eating the food we put out for them. We also hope to make some soup for snack times to keep ourselves warm. We still have some playgroup sessions available, so if your child is two and you would like to arrange a visit to come and see the fun we have, please contact us on 07999 866419 or email: admin@layhamplaygroup.co.uk Layham Playgroup is a registered Charity Incorporated Organisation 1160254. PS. We will be planning a quiz night, for the grown-ups, in the new year, so watch out for more information!

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Dear Sir Our congratulations to Cllr Sian Dawson for stopping the myopic Babergh Cabinet decision to introduce car parking charges in Hadleigh when the current pandemic is still raging. The retail sector needs as much support as we can provide as it struggles with recovery, and anything that works against that never made sense. Babergh DC can comfortably manage the cost of supporting free parking within its overall budget and can do so for the foreseeable future. However, car parking charges is only half of the problem. The next challenge is the provision of sufficient car parking to meet Hadleigh’s long term requirements. The Babergh draft Joint Local Plan for Hadleigh shows that the Council is likely to approve the building of more than 700 houses between 2018 and 2037, just when the Council plans to give up a roughly 100 vehicle car park at Corks Lane for housing development. To do so is yet another example of non-joined up thinking by Babergh. It is likely that the building these 700 houses will lead to more than 1000 additional cars, that will require car parking provision in a town that is already at capacity. Babergh will claim that it needs to build four properties on the Corks Lane car park to make its development of the old Council buildings viable. That claim no longer holds water as its original anticipated costings for the development have been overtaken by significant increases in building materials to the point that they are meaningless. The trade-off of losing 100 car parking spaces to create just 4 houses never did make sense, and Babergh should now look at selling off the old Council offices to a developer which would in turn potentially allow for retention of the car park. Babergh has been talking about a Hadleigh “Vision” for years, and it’s time that the talk was turned to action. Residents are tired of short term planning decisions and a good starting point for joined up vision in 2022 would be to look at how it can retain all three main car parks in Hadleigh, rather than give one up for a questionable return with no alternative solutions on offer. Alan Ferguson


Ebony’s Blog Life at The Shelley Centre The fundraising committee has pulled off another brilliant result: the Christmas Raffle consisted of a whopping big hamper so full of goodies that the lid can’t shut (see the photo) and eleven runner-up prizes, raising over £1,000 for the Centre. Behind this effort is one of our coaches, Jan McKillop. Not only is she a coach, but chairman of Fundraising. Adapting to changing times because of the pandemic, the committee has continued to raise money to keep us lucky horses going. Thank you to the committee and to all the punters who bought the tickets. Here is a lovely photo of Jan teaching on the last Friday before Christmas. Despite all the Friday helpers and riders watching the draw take place on 26th November, the hamper was won by a Wednesday volunteer from Bildeston. Congratulations, Amanda! The stable block is to be reroofed in the holidays. After 32 years the time has come to cure the leaks and remove the incumbents who have taken up residence above us. It will be an interesting operation for me to watch from my room. I bet the live horses and ponies will be astonished! The firm Chisnell’s is doing the work so we shall be in safe hands, they know us! We are about to have a new webpage. Andrew Gourlay has kindly operated it for us over 20 years of pro bono work for which we are extremely grateful. Just as he began to want to retire, another wonderful person, Jennifer Price, offered to build us a new page that is compatible with phones, and has a great new look. It will be live before the new year. Have a look and see what’s looking good on there. The yard was well decorated for Christmas. Our carol service in the stable yard was wonderful and Father Jo from Hadleigh blessed all the live ponies. Babs and I didn’t feel left out since we could watch everything that happened, and our room was used as ‘Wardrobe’ for the participants in the crib scene. We had lots of visitors. Well, we pick up the gossip that a new form of Covid is on the march. We just want to say to all our humans attached to Shelley, be careful, look out for each other and keep smiling! We all want to see you back up here from 17th January. Mat you all have a very happy New Year. Website: shelleyrda.com Telephone: 01473 824172

Hello from Dogs Trust! Your local Dogs Trust branch at Snetterton would like to briefly make you aware of a few services that we provide free of charge: The first, our Canine Care Card scheme, is a free service for dog-owners whereby, in the event of their death or illness, we will look after their dog, providing them with all the care they need until we can find a responsible, loving new home for them. This is often a great concern to the elderly, as their dog may be their only friend and companion – Dogs Trust can give them peace of mind, knowing that their canine companions future is safe, should the worst happen to them. Every year, we care for more than 14,000 dogs at our nationwide network of rehoming centres and we never put down a healthy dog Secondly I wanted to make you aware that we provide free talks to local community groups. I cover the whole of the East Anglia region, to talk about the varied work of Dogs Trust, where we come from and where we hope to be in the future. There are no speaker fees or travelling expenses so please let me know if you believe that your local club would be interested. If anyone has any further queries, or would be interested in booking in a talk, please contact me by emailing emily.matthews@dogstrust.org.uk or phone 01953 497912 - www.dogstrust.org.uk

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A Merry Christmas from HCS Thank you to everyone who attended our Celebration of Christmas on Saturday 11 December at St Mary’s Church, Hadleigh. We hope you enjoyed our evening of carols and Christmas music as well as the mulled wine. Our retiring collection for Alzheimer’s Research UK raised £358. In January our rehearsals begin in earnest for our spring concert on Saturday 2 April 2022, kindly sponsored by Matthew Douglas Limited. Our programme will include the work of American composer, Leonard Bernstein which is very exciting for the choir. Bernstein is most well known for his musicals West Side Story and On The Town. He was born to Russian immigrant parents in 1918 and began to play the piano aged 10. His parents weren’t supportive and he had to fund his own lessons for many years. He went on to study music at Harvard. His big break came when he was assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. On November 14, 1943, Bernstein was called at 9am because the guest conductor, the very prestigious Bruno Walter, had fallen ill and Bernstein was invited to take his place. Bernstein shared a passion for both popular and classical music which bridged the two and made him popular to wider audiences. Our spring concert programme will include the Chichester Psalms, first performed in 1965. The Chichester Psalms are made up of three movements, quite challenging – sometimes very tender and in other parts, so dramatic. Spring seems far away as we prepare for Christmas in the grip of the pandemic but we must continue to be positive and make plans that we can look forward to. Bernstein has been in the headlines recently as the new release of West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg, opens to five star reviews. Many of us will be planning a trip to the cinema to see it, something to look forward to over the Christmas break and early new year. Let’s hope that 2022 is full of music and singing with friends and family and our theatres, cinemas and music venues can continue to welcome audiences. In the meantime, on behalf of everyone at Hadleigh Choral Society, enjoy your Christmas, the magic and the music, and we look forward to seeing you in 2022. Our rehearsals start on Tuesday 11th January. If you would like to join us find more details at www.hadleighchoralsociety.org.uk

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Ansell Memories Cafe and Lunch Clubs We are pleased to report that both lunch clubs and the Memories Cafe were able to go ahead with their Christmas celebrations. The Ansell Centre was well ventilated, guests and volunteers were required to wear masks when not seated and mixing between tables was discouraged. Christmas Lunch Club As you can see from the photos, everyone had fun and we were able to put aside any worries for a little while as we enjoyed each other’s company. The Wednesday Lunch Club was pleased to welcome our district councillor, Kathryn Grandon. The Memories Cafe re-opens on Thursday January 6th, and the lunch clubs on January 5th and January 21st. All members will be contacted with details should we have to cancel any of these events. For information about these activities, please see contact numbers below. Memories Cafe Christmas Party Hollywood in Hadleigh We had hoped to produce our six-film brochure for the first three months of 2022, but sadly with cases of Covid on the rise we have decided to return to the system of taking bookings for one film each month. Our first film of 2022 will be “Emma” on 21st January at 7.30 pm. Details are elsewhere in this publication. Memories Café Call Sue on 07941 497927 First Lunch Club Call Barbara on 01473 808835 Wednesday Lunch Club Call Vic on 07719 496112 Digital Cinema Call Jan on 01473 823413 General Contact Information Call Ruth on 01473 823045 Email Jan at janetmdicks@gmail.com Take a look at our website www.ansellcc.org.uk

Churches in Hadleigh - Praying for Hadleigh The people of the churches in Hadleigh are committed to praying for our town. Over the course of each year we plan to pray for every street in Hadleigh. During November we will be praying for the following streets:Week Commencing 2nd Jan 2022 Streets Together for Christmas and New Year; Week Commencing 9th Jan The Green, Tower Mill Lane, Millers Close; Week Commencing 16th Jan Timperly Road, Timperly Close; Week Commencing 23rd Jan Wentworth Close, Dyers Court, Buckenham Road, Meriton Rise; Week Commencing - 30th Jan. - Wilson Road, The Granary, Banks Close, Dunns Close. If you know people who live in these streets, we would be very pleased if you also would pray for them. If you live on one of the streets being covered during a particular week and would welcome prayer, please get in touch. Hadleigh Baptist Church pastorchristodd@hadleighbaptist.org.uk Hadleigh URC Wendy Atkins 822535 wendy@whitecat.me.uk St Joseph’s RC Church Anita Rosbrook 810057 a.rosbrook@btinternet.com St Mary’s CoE Joyce Willis 823165 willisjm@lineone.net

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Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Saturday 20th December saw the return of our Chocolate Bingo event. It was good to see so many regulars come along and join in the fun and we were able to raise over a thousand pounds for the Charity. A great night was had by all. The final prize of a giant Hamper filled with all things Chocolate and fifty pounds cash was won by the lovely lady in the photograph. We were all so pleased as she had a false call, thinking she had won, but still had the number 65 on her card. Two numbers later up came 65 - hoorah! She DID win after all! Big thanks to everyone who helped on the night and to everyone for helping to us all to stay safe. Rumour has it that this was going to be the last of our Bingo events but am pleased to say we have decided that, with a few changes, we will be continuing so the next event will be the Easter Themed Bingo 2022! - watch out for details in the New Year. We will be setting off to Ukraine on 5th December to deliver over 300 stockings to the Chernobyl Children. Many areas are now in lockdown but we are very hopeful that one way or the other we shall make sure all the children receive these gifts, even if the Covid situation means that we are not able to visit them personally as planned, our partners in Ukraine will work on our behalf to complete the program in time for Christmas. Many of you have sponsored the cost of delivering the stockings, thank you all so much for your support, we could not have done this without you. We will of course post updates of the visit in the Newsletters and our Facebook page. We are now urgently looking for donations of Christmas stocking to replenish our much depleted stock as work will start on the program for next year immediately after Christmas. Previously we would have bought stockings in the January Sales but having had none for the last 2 years we do not have many on hand to go forward with. Elizabeth Parker, Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline 01449 760343

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School’s Out schemes support families through the Christmas holidays Hey Presto! Magic, circus skills, football, swimming, and outdoor cooking, are amongst the fun activities on offer from Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils and partners during the Christmas school holidays. The councils are working with a range of partners to deliver the varied programme of activities to help families through the festive period as part of the Government’s holiday activities and food programme. Abbeycroft Leisure and Explore Outdoor are once again offering outdoor cooking masterclasses to families in need during the school break in several locations across the districts – cementing the councils’ commitment to reducing health inequalities, as set out in their recently adopted Wellbeing Strategy. Families are given the opportunity to learn how to cook a hearty and nutritious meal in the outdoors. In addition, they receive a free box of ingredients and recipe cards so they can prepare healthy, tasty food at home – supporting the councils’ ongoing ambition to combat holiday hunger. There are also sessions for budding magicians and circus performers, free swims and lunch at a number of council leisure centres, football fun factories, arts and crafts sessions, sports days and even recording studio slots on offer for youngsters, with events at Stowmarket, Eye and Stradbroke in Mid Suffolk, and at Great Cornard, Sudbury, Hadleigh and Brantham in Babergh. Although free places are allocated on a needs basis – with local schools identifying families in receipt of free school meals or eligible for other reasons – children not meeting this criteria are also welcome to participate in many of the events for a small cost. Babergh’s cabinet member for Communities, Cllr Derek Davis, said: “As a parent myself, I know how hard it can be to entertain children during the school holidays, so I am delighted that our council continues to work closely with leisure providers to offer a range of activities to beat boredom and encourage everyone to lead fit and healthy lives. More importantly, we can make sure no child is hungry or lonely because of their family finances.” Full details of all the activities available, and how to book, are on the councils’ website

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Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are working with town and parish councils across their districts this National Tree Week to plant nearly 5,000 trees and hedgerow plants, to help tackle biodiversity loss. With tree planting season in full swing, nearly 300 locally sourced trees and over 4,600 hedgerow plants are being planted across Babergh and Mid Suffolk, thanks to a new local tree planting scheme launched in 2020. The scheme forms part of the councils’ Biodiversity Action Plan, aiming to protect and strengthen the districts’ plant and wildlife for generations to come. Last year, the councils put out a call to their towns and parishes to apply for free trees and hedgerow plants to plant on Cllr Elisabeth Malvisi, Babergh their own publicly accessible land. More than 20 successful applications District Council’s cabinet member for climate change were received, with some parishes applying to carry out more than one planting project. The largest projects include Coddenham, Monk Soham and Bedfield, Long Melford and Great Bricett. The trees and plants, as well as stakes, guards and planting advice have been provided by the district councils. However, the town and parish councils will be responsible for maintaining the trees and hedges. Cllr Elisabeth Malvisi, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable transport, said: “Increasing the number of trees across our district is a vital part of tackling biodiversity loss and achieving the aims of our Biodiversity Action Plan. But, the council can’t increase it to the levels we need on our own. This is why we’re supporting our town and parish councils to work with us to ensure Babergh’s environment remains a place people are proud to live and work in for generations to come.” Cllr Jessica Fleming, Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “This scheme is an important building block in the work already underway to increase the number of trees and plant life in Mid Suffolk. Upping our tree coverage across the district is an important part of our Biodiversity Action Plan, and we hope that by working with our towns and parishes we can have an even greater positive impact on the environment for our residents. We’d love to see even more parishes coming forward with their projects next year – big or small – to make Mid Suffolk a greener place we’re all proud to call home.” The scheme is due to reopen for applications for 2022 planting schemes in the New Year. Guidance around eligibility Cllr Jessica Fleming, Mid Suffolk and how to apply will be sent out to all District Council’s cabinet member town and parish councils and posted on for environment the councils’ website. It builds on steps already taken by the councils to increase tree coverage in their patch, including: • gifting over 1000 trees to new parents through their Tree for Life scheme • successfully securing a share of £150k with other Suffolk councils to plant around 3,000 trees in the county. 200 of these will be located across Broom Hill in Hadleigh, Needham Lake in Needham Market, and Greens Meadow in Stowmarket and dedicated to the Queen’s Green Canopy in Suffolk, being coordinated by the Suffolk Lieutenancy • carrying out mapping of existing and potential wildlife corridors, as well as a survey of the districts’ current tree canopy The councils continue to engage with local town and parish councils to establish the most appropriate locations to plant wildflower meadows across the districts.

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Hadleigh Art Club Activities We hope you had an enjoyable time over Christmas and the New Year. We resume our sessions on the 11th of January. We meet from 2.00 until 4.00 pm on Tuesday afternoons during term time in the Seminar Room above the Library. For those that ask, we try to give advice/guidance/constructive criticism but there is no 'teacher'. We all do art because we enjoy it, not necessarily because we are good at it, we all have pieces that turn out well and others that don't, so please don't worry about your ability, just come along and join in, we're a friendly group... We charge £3 per session to cover cost of room hire and tea/coffee. You only pay for the sessions you attend and the first one is free so you are welcome to drop in and see us on a Tuesday afternoon. Annual membership subs are £5, due in May. There is a list of weekly topics but these are only suggestions for anyone who wants ideas on what to do. Some people will be working on one of the topics (not always the current weeks) while others will be working on their own subject. Here is the program for January: 11/01/2022 - Birds on a bird feeder/table - you may have been feeding them recently and have your own photos - or have Christmas cards with similar pictures 18/01/2022 - Children playing games. How about a snowball fight, or building a snowman? 25/01/2022 - Onions, shallots, garlic bulbs - these can make very good pictures. 01/02/2022 - Mists and misty scenes; for example, mist over water at dawn.

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Following the death of family members to Alzheimers and being a keen walker I decided to walk for the Alzheimer’s UK charity. A Christmas present challenge from my wife Linda led to a Lands End to John O’Groats walk! Due to a few diversions the distance to be achieved is 1083 miles. I also set a personal target of £1000 to be raised. To date I have already passed this mark due to peoples kindness and generosity. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped me raise this sum of money. If anyone would like to kindly make a donation through my Just Giving Page that links directly to the Alzheimer’s Charity, just search , would be sincerely grateful. Happy New Year to everyone, Russell Moore https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Russell-Moore4? utm_campaign=lc_frp_share_transaction_fundraiser_page_ launched&utm_content=9a7d5cf2-7d57-4c63-b1bb-b1df49bdba1b&utm_ medium=email&utm_source=postoffice&utm_term=1637593907117

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Merry Christmas Market came to Trinity Park, Ipswich raising over £24,000! Shoppers flocked to Trinity Park Ipswich on Saturday 4th December for the very first Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Christmas Market raising over £24,000 for the charity! Funds raised will enable the charity to provide complimentary therapy treatments to 960 clients, helping us to enable quality of life while living with cancer. Showcasing over 90 small businesses from across the region, the market had an exciting variety of high-quality, unique gifts, decorations, crafts and festive foods to get guests in the Christmas spirit at Trinity Park in Ipswich (home of the Suffolk Show). The venue lent itself to a large wellventilated undercover barn space to protect buyers and sellers from the cold conditions while guests wrapped up warm against the Winter weather. Alongside the shopping stands, there was a range of food and drink stalls, serving up alcoholic beverages including festive hot drinks and mulled wine. Santa was due to make an appearance but sadly Mrs Claus was taken ill – we wish her better soon. There were smiles all round with games including name the bear, tombola and raffle with the chance to win £250! Karen Mitchell, Community Fundraiser for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity said: “We’ve been absolutely blown away by the amount of visitors that we’ve had at our Christmas Market – incredible for our first event! We’ve already received some fantastic feedback about the quality and variety of products on sale and everyone’s been really impressed with the food and drink on offer. We need to raise almost £900,000 a year to provide our services so this event has helped us achieve that considerably. It’s been wonderful to see so many people coming out to show their support. Thank you to all our fantastic volunteers involved in planning, setting up, clearing away, our stallholders and everyone who attended the event, spent money or donated to the charity. Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is dedicated to supporting people whose lives are touched by cancer. Our Support Centres offer a range of complementary therapies to patients in an environment of peace and tranquillity, including counselling, reflexology, aromatherapy, manual lymphatic drainage and support groups. We support men and women with all types of cancer at all stages – whether newly diagnosed or longer-term, throughout treatment and after treatment is completed. We rely on donations, fundraising and money raised through our charity shops to continue operating our Support Centres.”

Monks Eleigh Whist Drive Join us on Wednesday January 26th at 7.30 for a Whist Drive (Progressive) at the Village Hall Meeting Room. Do you enjoy cards, if so come and play a game of whist? We play 18 hands with a break for refreshments, £3.00 to play and we have a friendly bring a prize, win a prize raffle. Contact Angela on 01449 740414 for more details


Stoke by Nayland Golf Thursday 2nd December - On a very cold breezy Thursday the hardy Stoke By Nayland Ladies went out to play an 18 hole Stableford on the Gainsborough course. Katie Clark came in with the winning score of 32pts followed by Elaine Harris with 27pts and Angela Cudmore with 26pts. Saturday 4th December - After a very wet start to Saturday morning the weekend ladies played their 18 hole Stableford competition on an absolutely sodden Gainsborough course. The rain stopped and the sun came out just as the ladies started their competition, they played in warm sunshine for the whole round obviously suiting Jo Little’s game who scored 42pts, playing her best round of the year. Her playing partners said it was “like a Masterclass in how to play golf!” Katie Clark was in 2nd place with 29pts. Elaine Harris 3rd with 26pts. On Saturday 4th December Richard Allen, previous Men’s Captain of Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, presented Nikki Goodman from Ferriers Barn Day Centre with a cheque for £310.06 from money raised in the Ferriers Barn Trophy held in May each year. This year’s trophy was won by the pairing of Matt King and Greg Smith. Ferriers Barn is located just outside Bures and provides a Day Centre for adults with disabilities. The money raised will be invaluable to the centre in providing the service that it provides. Some 52 players took part in the annual Yuletide Scramble on Monday 13th December, on a Gainsborough course which had some incredibly wet fairways, but surprisingly played really well – especially the greens, which are as good as anyone can remember in December. Once again the event was also a fund raiser for the Sudbury Storehouse Foodbank, with all donations being co-ordinated by Roger Davies. Entry fees for today’s event all went towards the foodbank, as well as other donations made separately by players who did not take part. In total £1,120 was raised. Fittingly perhaps, since Roger was the fund raising co-ordinator, he was also a member of the winning team. With a fantastic net score of 55, Roger, Phil Hickley, Allen Brown and Paul Gregan took the honours. Second was the team of Reg Reid, Barry Hitchcock, John Russell and Gordon Bryan with 57. And third, on countback, was Ian McKay, Martin Brown, Alan Line and Ian Berry with 59.

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Playstation Pre-School Last month was so busy we all needed a well deserved break for Christmas. We finished the term with an on-site party which was a huge hit with the staff as well as the children. Morrisons kindly donated all the food we needed for the day, which was a huge help, so thankyou. A big thankyou also to everyone who supported our pop-up shop and hamper raffle by donating or buying tickets. We raised a massive total of £120 and this money will go towards equipment for the outside area. Thanks must also go to our very generous parents for their lovely gifts. This term we look forward to welcoming some new children and we have lots planned as we explore the change of seasons from Winter to Spring. Parents can keep up to date with what is happening by joining us on facebook. If you would like specific information please email playstationhadleigh@gmail.com or telephone us on 824271

Lavenham Players Spring 2022 play Thursday 3rd to Sat 5th March 2022 at Monks Eleigh Village Hall Lavenham Players is pleased to announce that rehearsals have started for its Spring 2022 play ‘Saving Face’ by Lavenham playwright Alison Parkes, a topical and touchingly comic and thought provoking play for our times. Lavenham musician Nigel Ashcroft is also gracing us with his talents. Tickets available in New Year - www.lavenhamplayers.com

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Ainger Holbrow.......................01473 823286

T. J. Griggs .............................01473 824315

L.S. Eaves ...............................01206 262123

Tomlinson Groundcare............01449 736060

Complete Car Services............01473 828991

Hair and Beauty

Paul Wilding ...........................01473 827272

Hadleigh Hairloom ..................01473 822191

S. T. Services Simon Tydeman.07783 033401

Just Beauts .............................07957 080688

Crockatt Garage ......................01473 824342

Hardware

Invicta Garage.........................01473 823172

M. W. Partridge........01473 824183 / 822333

Chimney Sweep / Fireplace Services

Health and Fitness

TL Chimneys...........................07733 420611

Hadleigh Boxford Practice ......01473 822961

Clothes

Hadleigh Dental Surgery .........01473 823092

ZOR Boutique .........................07969 525859

Hearing Care Centre................08000 962637

Cycle Repair

Sally Mowles Foot Health Care .01473 822902

Pedal House............................01473 828129

Hadleigh Physiotherapy ..........01473 810185

Doors, Windows & Blinds

Acupuncture & Wellness.........07717 314961

Andy Grimsey .........................01473 823584

Backs for the Future................07818 420029

Mobile: 07860 775509

Elaine Everitt Osteopathy ........07587 743850 I.T. and Computer Services Home Computer Services .......01473 829552 Vulcan Computer Services......07711 904439 Locksmith T.J. Griggs ..............................07850 630389 Laundry Services Press Gang .............................01473 558448 Mortgage & Protection Advice GKM Financial.........................01473 898065 Newsagents Keith Avis................................01473 823131 Nursing & Care Services Laxfield House .........01787 247340 / 247495 Waterfield House ....................01473 944654 Opticians D. J. Dunstone ........................01473 823755 Painting & Decorating Simon Farthing .......................07823 333451 CPH Painting & Decorating.....07717 059370 Luke Baldwin ..........................07975 790165 Pest Control Vermoush Pest Control...........07805 999544 Lister Countryside Services ....07919 287656 Picture Framing ALB Framing ...........................07769 858076 Blue Magpie, Lavenham..........07788 508520 Plant Hire Hadleigh Hirebase...................01473 828509 Plumbing and Heating Gallagher ................................01473 828806 Plumbmate .............................01473 810088 Roundhouse Plumbing ...........07939 082630 Spear ......................................01473 829863 GJ Watts .................................01473 829644 MSL Plumbing........................07979 288844 CJ Plumbing & Heating...........01473 822775 Andrew Pipe ...........................07766 311575 BUDDHA .................................07710 081745

Pubs, Restaurants, Food & Drink The Cock Inn Hadleigh............01473 879907 The George Hadleigh ..............01473 822151 Royal Bengal...........................01473 823744 Cobblers Cafe/Waffle Shop .....01473 828577 Eight Bells...............................01473 822234 DPL Catering...........................07720 899816 The Peacock Chelsworth.........01449 743952 Security Abacus....................................01473 824601 Septic Tank Emptying A.K. Services ..........................01473 822694 Shops Hollowtrees.............................01449 741247 Health Foods For You..............01787 828262 Brett Gallery............................01449 741553 Skip / Waste Removal G. Leeks Skip Hire ..................01473 824256 Solicitors / Wills Holmes & Hills........................01787 275275 Sports & Hobbies Snowys Bait & Tackle..............07766 140624 Hintlesham Golf Club ..............01473 652761 Storage Elmsett Storshops ..................01473 822162 Structural Engineers Brett Design............................01473 822047 Surveyors MS Surveys ............................01473 249020 Taxi Beaumont Cars .......................01473 855111 5 Star Cars..............................01473 875435 Tiles Cut Price Tiles & Bathrooms.....0473 932910 Veterinary Surgeons Highcliff Veterinary Practice....01473 822704 Water Softeners Patmore ..................................01473 713600

Tim Allen Windows .................01473 827086

Equlibrium Therapy.................07903 722746

Printers

Window Cleaner

Hadleigh Glass........................01473 822415

Body & Mind As One .............07506 350 455

Keith Avis Printers ..................01473 823366

C&D Services..........................01473 828626

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