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December 2019

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The Hadleigh Environmental Action Team (HEAT) was formed in autumn 2019 in response to the climate emergency. We are an informal group of local people committed to working together to take practical community action to limit environmental damage and act on climate change. The climate emergency can seem overwhelming however we believe that action groups like HEAT are the local solution to a global crisis. Our ethos is very much about sharing ideas and joining together to develop practical, community solutions to make Hadleigh a more climate-friendly town. We also want to work together to spread awareness of changes we can make as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint. To date we have held three meetings with numbers and interest increasing each time. We have lots of ideas, so please keep reading our progress reports in this paper to see what we are up to. Our first project has been to secure a double allotment on the Gallows Hill allotments site which we intend to develop as a group into a community allotment project. We hope to turn this rather unloved space into a vibrant nature friendly allotment and social space, growing organic vegetables, fruit and herbs, which can be enjoyed by all those who volunteer and also to donate fresh produce to the local foodbank who support people in need in Hadleigh. We have already had a second-hand greenhouse donated to the project and some of our volunteers have cleared rubbish from the site and had a general tidy up. We will continue with this work over the winter ready for planting in the spring. If anyone is interested in getting involved with this particular project in a big or small way, we need lots of helping hands: please do get in touch. On the 7th December HEAT will be appearing at the Hadleigh Christmas event, to launch Hadleigh’s Pledge for the Planet 2020 Campaign. There will be a sculpture made out of recycled and found materials to delight you and you will be invited to sign a ledger specially designed for Hadleigh. If you are interested in joining HEAT or just coming along to see what it’s all about we would be delighted to welcome you at our next meeting at the Royal British Legion in George Street at 7pm on Wednesday 18th December. For further information please search for 'Hadleigh Environmental Action Team' on Facebook or contact us on


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Sudbury Solicitors Recognised as Top Tier Firm in South East Holmes & Hills Solicitors in Sudbury have been named among the top law firms in the region by the Legal 500. The solicitors firm who also have offices in Braintree, Halstead, Coggeshall and Tiptree, have been placed in the top tier of planning law solicitors in the South East of England and have also been ranked highly in relation to family law and commercial property. Holmes & Hills was acknowledged in the prestigious publication as having a team which is ‘particularly strong’ and ‘extremely knowledgeable’. Also mentioned was a number of prominent work highlights which were undertaken by individuals and teams throughout the year. Family Law Solicitors Success Holmes & Hills family solicitors have seen huge success, with partner of Holmes & Hills and head of family law Carol Toulson being cited as a legal 500 recommended individual who is described as 'committed and outcome driven'. Senior solicitor and trained collaborative lawyer Sue Wardropper has also been listed as a recommended individual for her experience in divorce and separation. Other members of Holmes & Hills staff were also accredited individually for their success. Consultant in planning and development David Whipps has been recognised as a leading individual in planning law for many years, placing him yet again among the leading solicitors in the region. Furthermore, senior solicitor Jo Lilliott who specialises in planning and highways law has been named as a rising star in planning and development. In regards to commercial property, Holmes & Hills associate Wendy Martin has been named as a rising star for the second year in a row. The Significance of Legal 500 Legal 500 is a comprehensive directory of the most highly recommended law firms and solicitors in the UK, which is published annually. The rankings are a clear reflection of the hard work of the Holmes & Hills teams throughout 2019, which are made up of highly specialist solicitors able to offer expert legal advice on a range of matters. Carol Toulson commented on the firm’s success ‘I am so proud of the Family Team who continue to go from strength to strength. Although it is lovely to have Legal 500 recognition, the best recognition is from our clients and the recommendations they give. Huge congratulations to our Planning Team who are now Tier 1 in the Legal, 500 showing the depth of their experience and expertise in this area.’ Holmes & Hills Solicitors, 96 North Street, Sudbury, CO10 1RF Call 01787 275275

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It’s drawing nearer again! We just can’t escape evidence of Christmas festivities no matter how hard to we try! Though many may enjoy all that it entails, it is important to think about those who find it a sad time, especially the bereaved. Even if surrounded by friends and family Christmas can be a challenging time for the bereaved and feelings of loss and loneliness are often accentuated. Sometimes friends and family can feel awkward about mentioning a loved one who has passed and this may not help. The following expresses what many feel especially at this time of year: ‘maybe they didn’t know what to say or how to say it, but I really wished they had said something to show that they understood the significance of my loss’. Others have said that rituals are helpful, such as lighting a candle to acknowledge the memory of a loved one. At this time of year in particular, it can be a comfort and a tangible reminder that a loved one is very much in their thoughts. If this blog is meaningful for you in connection with a bereavement, be it recent or further back in time then why not come and join a Suffolk Bereavement Support group? Our afternoon group is held in central Hadleigh on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 1.30pm-3.00pm and our Capel St. Mary group meets in the early evening on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 6.30pm-8.00pm. Each meeting finishes with refreshments and informal chat. We would love to hear from you if you would like to join us at any time. Please ring Margaret or Patrick: 07469 201337 or 01473 824066; email:; web site:

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Becoming hard of hearing? Finding it difficult to communicate? Fortunately, help is at hand in Hadleigh with a wellestablished lip-reading class. This season, it has a new tutor, Steph Moon, who is keen to welcome new recruits, not just from Hadleigh, but from the surrounding area. She also runs successful sessions in other parts of Suffolk. The classes are friendly, fun and, in addition to lip-reading, give pupils all sorts of lifestyle tips in coping with everyday situations where hearing is difficult, as well as an opportunity to “swap notes.” “Hearing difficulties can be debilitating and can make people feel inferior – even going to the shops, the doctor, or eating out can be a trial as well as social gatherings. But we’ve seen people’s confidence soar after attending even a few classes,” said Steph. They realise that other people have the same difficulties. Many people have discovered lip-reading an absolute boon in overcoming such problems. The Hadleigh and district lip-reading classes take place at the Ansell Centre, Market Place, between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon on Tuesdays. They are run by Suffolk Hearing Advisory Service, part of a registered charity. Young and old are welcome - it could be a revelation! A charge of £7.50 (£6.00 concessionary rate) is made per session, which most people find is extraordinarily good value, given the quality of the help. Those interested in joining should email Steph Moon at: Alternatively, contact Suffolk Hearing Advisory Service on 01473 286060 or email

How not to gain weight at Christmas Christmas is always a time of temptation and excess but if you’re trying to keep your waistline in check, here’s a few simple tricks to avoid gaining pounds: • Only eat at the table - eating while watching TV means we can eat 40% more! • Keep the nibbles and chocolates out of sight – the more visible they are the more difficult it is to resist. And put all leftovers away in the fridge as soon as possible. • Remember, you don’t have to try everything at once and you’ll enjoy it more if you haven’t stuffed yourself to bursting point. • Use smaller plates and use a tall slim glass instead of a short stubby one. Go easy on the booze! • Go for a brisk walk after your Christmas dinner before settling down to watch the Queen. • Don’t overbuy the goodies – much more damage is done eating up all the extras afterwards – Christmas is 2 days not a month!! Donate unopened boxes of biscuits or chocolates to a worthy cause. To avoid that “oh my goodness I can’t move” feeling stop eating as soon as you’re satisfied, or better still, a bit before as it takes 20 minutes for the brain to register that you’re full. But, if 2020 arrives and you’ve still got some excess weight to lose why not try THE 1:1 DIET by Cambridge Weight Plan. It’ll help retrain your eating habits for a healthy New Decade..! You’ll have no embarrassing moments at group meetings, just me, your very own private 1:1 Consultant, confidentiality assured. I’ll help you decide which plan is right for you - THE 1:1 DIET has several different plans to suit just about anyone and I have 11 years’ worth of tips & tricks to help you all the way to goal and beyond – helping you maintain your success long term. If this is what you’re looking for give me a call on 07519 177645, email or for more information go to *Research proves that dieters are more successful with support

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Now we are five! The Christmas Present Trust will be five years old this December, and thanks to the wonderful community in Hadleigh and the surrounding areas, we are able to provide a traditional Christmas meal and entertainment at The Ansell Centre on Christmas Day for anyone who, for whatever reason, cannot be with family or friends. We cater for all ages and circumstances, from young carers, to single parent families, forces families, people who have been bereaved, people with dementia and their carers etc. There is still time to nominate yourself, family member, friend or neighbour as a guest, or to volunteer over the Christmas period for what promises to be our biggest party yet. We can cater for all dietary requirements and can provide transport to and from the event for those who need it. For further information, please visit our Facebook page at or call 01473 - 829246 and speak to Simon or Sarah Thompson. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers past and present, and of course to the generous businesses and individuals in Hadleigh and the surrounding areas who have helped us to reach our fifth year. Also, where would we be without Team Avis and the Hadleigh Community News distributors who enable us to get the word out there? We are genuinely grateful to all of you and wish you all the very best this coming season has to offer.

Sudbury & District Citizens Advice I live with my two children and partner in a small semi-detached house. During the winter we use more heating and electricity as we’re home more. Do you have any tips on how I can keep the cost of my energy down during the winter? There are a few things you can do to save some money during the winter period. Check when your energy contract is due to expire. If you're at the end of your contract use by Citizens Advice to see if you could save money by switching supplier or tariff. If you're on a prepayment meter you could save money by replacing your meter with one that lets you pay after using energy rather than in advance. Most suppliers won’t charge you for removing a prepayment meter, though many will run a credit check or ask you for a deposit. You may also be eligible for certain grants and benefits. These could include Warm Home discount or help with energy debt. Here's a few practical tips to help keep costs down: 1. Using a timer for your heating, lowering your thermostat and using radiator valve controls could save you over £100 per year 2. Changing light bulbs to an energy-efficient one could save £50 over the lifetime of the bulb 3. Turn appliances off standby mode to save around £30 a year 4. Seal cracks in floors, skirting boards and add draft excluders to letterboxes, doors and windows. Some energy suppliers also offer grants to allow improvements to your home, like insulation or a new boiler. What help you can get depends on your circumstances and what would help your home. You don’t need to be a customer of one of these suppliers to apply but you’ll need to check your eligibility. Sudbury & District Local Citizens Advice can help you do this. At Sudbury & District Local Citizens Advice we are aware that people do not always know that there are ways to save money on heating their homes. We can give you detailed energy advice on how to switch energy companies and on energy saving tips and information about grants that are available. If you need help with any of these issues contact Sudbury & District Local Citizens Advice, Keyse House, Acton Lane, Sudbury, CO10 1QN. Telephone 01787 321400 or 0300 330 115, email or call in to the dropin advice sessions Mon to Thurs between 10am and 1pm. We also offer a drop-in advice session on the first Thursday of every month at the Ansell Centre in Hadleigh, no appointment necessary. If you are a patient of the Hadleigh Boxford Group Practice an advice session runs every Tuesday morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm at the Hadleigh surgery. Contact the surgery on 01473 822961 to make an appointment. For further information see


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Suffolk-based artist Jo Chapman has been commissioned to work with community groups in Hadleigh to design a sunshade for the new pool. Jo Chapman will now work with local community groups in Hadleigh, including the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance, to look at themes to inspire the sunshade (brise soleil) design for the new swimming pool at Hadleigh Pool and Leisure. The groups will explore themes such as the importance of wellbeing and exercise, the pool environment, local landscape and more. This work forms part of a £2.4m investment by Babergh District Council, with £200,000 of funds provided by Hadleigh Town Council and a Sports England grant (£150k), to build a new swimming pool at Hadleigh Pool and Leisure. Built by local firm Rose Builders the pool is expected to be opened to the public in summer 2020, with the old pool re-landscaped into park land, resulting in no net loss of open space. Jo Chapman, said: “It’s always exciting to be part of a big public project like this and being able to work with the community to inspire a design. I know Hadleigh, and the pool especially, is a special place for many people in Babergh and I look forward to being able to capture those feelings in the final design.” Cllr Derek Davis, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “It’s exciting news we’ve now been able to announce Jo as the local artist who will work on the pool’s sunshade design. “We recognise the importance of remaining healthy and active, so this investment in our leisure facilities and infrastructure shows that commitment. I look forward to seeing how our community and Jo work together to create the final design.” Tracey Loynds, Development Director for Abbeycroft Leisure, said: “We hope that the artwork will show the history of swimming in Hadleigh to the current day. “The new pool will be in a stand-out location for the community and this art project to create a sunshade design will provide something important to the people of Hadleigh for years to come.”

Sustainable festive spirit at Orchard Barn The festive time of year is renowned for massive amounts of waste, whether it's excessive packaging, plastic decorations or unloved gifts that never get used. Our ancestors didn't do things this way and we don't have to either. As part of our recent green woodworking course, volunteers have been learning skills to create beautiful items that can be gifted to their loved ones, or sold to someone else who appreciates the love and care that goes into making one of a kind gifts that combine beauty and functionality. Several of our volunteers have been making spoons, bowls, dibbers, benches, plant labels, mallets and more from locally sourced wood, some of which has been given to us to sell in order to benefit the ongoing environmental education at Orchard Barn. We aim to guide visitors, volunteers and trainees to reduce their carbon footprint one step at a time to live more sustainable lives. Buying a handmade gift, made from truly sustainable, zero waste materials is our idea of festive spirit, alternatively you could give the gift of learning a skill with a voucher towards one of our courses, a great way to encourage sustainability. If you’d like to find out how you can get involved and make or buy a handmade gift at Orchard Barn, come to our website or drop in between 10-4 on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or whenever our gate is open (IP14 2LY).

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Travel Stop Invites You... Holidays by Rail Presentations 7th December One of the best things about train journeys is the opportunity to see a destination from its best vantage point – winding through the towns, cities, and countryside on board an incredible range of trains. Join expert, Clare, who will delight you with the number of destinations available and the experience that your Tour Manager brings to your holiday. Complimentary presentations at 10:15am & 11:45am at Travel Stop, 57 High Street, Hadleigh. To reserve your place email: or call 01473 828728

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Hadleigh Art Club Activities December programme. Water is the subject for the first meeting of the month. Water crashing over rocks or still water capturing reflections from the bank. Bring photographs or rely on your memories. December 10th “Something old, something precious.” Interpret that as you wish. On the 17th of December a Christmas party to celebrate the last meeting of the year. 2019 has passed very swiftly and now we look forward to 2020. Our first meeting will be on the 7th.of January, new members are welcome just turn up! Meetings are held in the Seminar Room at Hadleigh Library on Tuesdays at 2pm.

Acupuncture Clinic Kersey Mill Would you like to give the gift of wellness and good health to a loved one this Christmas? Chinese Medicine Acupuncture works on the nervous system and hormonal systems to promote homeostasis (balance) resulting an increased feeling of mental well being, strengthened immunity and resolution of pain related problems. Gift vouchers are available to purchase over the phone or in the clinic, please call or email for more information. If you are struggling with anxiety, stress, pain, fertility or any other health problem book in for a free consultation at the clinic monday-friday including evenings and find out how I can help you. Ben Hymas, Unit 1 Kersey Mill IP7 6DP Tel 07717 314961

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Gwen wishes all family and friends a very Happy Christmas and A Prosperous New Year, I will be making a donation to St. Elizabeth Hospice in lieue of Christmas Cards. Gwen Baxter

Well Above the Parapet Cllr Mick Fraser - Suffolk County Council Babergh District Council â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Hadleigh South Due to the forthcoming General Election, all Council business has been suspended and I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t therefore be writing any comments this month. Of course, the very hard working and dedicated staff at our councils will continue providing their respective services as normal. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a peaceful and joyous Christmas with families and friends and may everyone have good health and prosperity in the New Year. My monthly surgery will be held on the third Saturday, 21st December between 11am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12pm in the Sharron Elliott lounge of the Royal British Legion Club, George St. Should you need to speak to me about an issue, then please contact me at - email: or; Tel: 0793 551 2591; or facebook: @mickfraser4hadleigh. Highways faults can be reported at: or by telephone on: 0345 606 6171

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Well here we are nearing another year end. My gosh... time flies. Some great news for customers at The Cock Inn Firstly, the new management team is in place and a warm welcome goes out to Maria and Simon who have moved across from The Skinners Arms in Manningtree. Please come along and introduce yourselves. They are extremely friendly and want you to have a great time at the Pub. Secondly, the lounge bar has been completely refurbished. Its lighter and brighter with new furniture, a new floor and the bar billiard table has been relocated and is now available to play at all times, except for every other Thursday evening when there is a team event taking place. The dart board has been relocated too, allowing for far greater vision for those watching the matches. Thirdly, the tickets are now available for our extremely popular New Years Eve Fancy Dress Party. Entry will be by tickets only, purchased in advance. Tickets are £10 and includes your first drink. (terms apply). There is a buffet too though as in previous years, there will be no entry after 9.30 pm. The tickets are available from the Pub. Fourthly, there is a full list of live music events throughout December, with our Sunday Soiree taking place every week at 3 pm. It’s a great afternoon of music where you can sing along, dance or simply relax. Between Xmas and New year there is a great Saturday Night Live event too on the 28th, starting at 8.30pm. Fifthly, it’s still not too late to book the lounge bar for your factory or office Xmas afternoon get together. Available from 12 noon till 6.00pm. We can provide a buffet too! Finally, its football-football-football throughout December. In addition to Sky & BT Sports, Amazon will transmit their very first Live Premiership football matches on TV, showing all the Premiership games live on the 4th and the 26th December. Amazon will use the BT Sports platform and so we are able to show 3 different matches at the same time. Check the media for kick off times and arrive at the Pub early to claim the best seats. Remember we have the Big Screen too! Have a great Christmas & A Happy New Year from all of us at The Cock Inn, Hadleigh. The Cock Inn, 89 George Street, Hadleigh Tel 01473 879907

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DECEMBER Events Sunday 1st Live Music Adam Harrod 3-6 pm Sunday 8th Live Music with Jazmine Launa & Acoustics 3-6 pm

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Wed 4th Man Utd V Spurs 19.30 Leicester v West Ham 19.30 Liverpool v Everton 20.15

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French’s Care Haven It is all systems go at the moment for French’s Care Haven. I have had some wonderful voluntary help from local people who have been working on the fencing and ground preparation, to get ready for the animals to come over to their new home. There is still a lot to do and things we need to have in place. One being plastic guttering...does anyone out there have any second hand or new ‘would be great’, lengths of guttering please, we need quite a bit so anything you may have would help. I am hoping to move the animals over just before Christmas when Andrew and Debora plan to move into the barn house. There have been a few donations from Hadleigh residents whom I would like to thank, Simon and Val Haines for their amazing donation of the cost of a field shelter, plus donations from Gale Pryor and Charmaine McKissock, their donations have allowed me to be able to buy water troughs and some fencing. We did have another donation that came from our donkeys sponsor, she has a business in Hadleigh, but would like to remain anonymous. Thank you N for your continued support and for the wonderful help buying our donkey’s field shelter. If you would like to volunteer or sponsor a donkey/horse please do get in contact with me, we could do with your help. Once we get the winter out of the way and spring summer times are here, I would like to get a lot more locals involved with our work of ‘Helping Animals Helping People’ so more of you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and environment in which the new farm is now based. I would like to thank our volunteers Dr Flather, John Purser and his friend Mike (pictured putting a post in) also Ken, David, Lindsey and Paul, who are all are retired or semi-retired. They have been a massive help, I could not have got this far with repairs and clearing if it had not been for them. We have a Go Fund Me page running to try and help us with purchasing equipment needed for us to continue. We also need help with donations to go towards our winters hay, as our hay/haylage costs are usually in the region of £800-£900 a month! Please do go to the page and have a look, see some of our photos and have a read. If you possibly can, please make a donation. For any more information regarding any of the above, I am happy to talk to you. Please contact: Jann Turner 01473 833944 or 07747 755556 Email:

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Hadleigh Steering Group The Hadleigh Steering Group is a forum for sharing useful information and is open to everyone in the town. We met on Monday 11 November 2019, with the largest attendance of the year, chair was Ian Grutchfield 1. Main Guest Speak Kay Baker – Gotelee Solicitors - Lasting Power of Attorney & Later Life Planning Gotelee have existed for 136 years and Kay works at their office on Church Street Hadleigh. Kay specialises in later life practices, encouraging people to put measures in place to make life easier for the whole family. The talk focused on Lasting Powers of Attorney Two types: (1) Property and Financial Affairs (2) Health and Welfare. The presentation included a comparison with the previous systems of Enduring Power of Attorney; the benefits of making a will and latest tax regulations. Gotelees also offer a free Will storage service. The discussion raised many questions from the audience in particular on circumstances when people need care, and the resolution of family disagreements. For further and full information, as everyone’s situation is different, contact Gotelee on 01473 822 102 or at 2. Updates 2.1 Hadleigh Town Council Councillor Schleip reported the Town Council has updated the Standing Orders and revised all meeting times to 7pm where possible. Councillors continue to be busy in the community. Hadleigh Christmas Event: Sat 7 Dec 5-9pm. In the Market Place a skating rink in Toppesfield car park. Pre-booked 15-minute skating slots only. Apply to: First come, first served. £5 each slot and over half already sold! Marquee to put on hired skates. A “skating chair” will be available for those who are physically challenged but would still like to join in and “penguins” for small children. Tree Lighting 7.15pm. 40+ Christmas stalls inside Town Hall complex. Santa’s Grotto: nominal £1 charge and all children receive a present. Hot food stalls and bar available. Road closed to general traffic (except emergency vehicles) from Market Place/High Street to the Ram from midday to 10pm and Toppesfield car park will be unavailable due to the ice rink. Access to the Health Centre and Mill Pharmacy will not be affected. 2.1 Babergh DC District Council is in pre-election Purdah so all meetings (except Planning and Licencing) are postponed until after the 12 December. You can still register for a postal vote. In 2020 BDC are to host the Armed Forces Week (2226 June). Community support will be encouraged. Decriminalisation of parking now expected to be announced in January to take effect around April 2020. BDC to repair out-of order ticket machines in car parks – particularly the machine near the disabled spaces in the High Street Car Park. The timing for the proposed car parking controls near the railway walk in Station Road, are yet to be agreed. 2.3 Visit Hadleigh A reminder to pass on dates of all events in 2020 for uploading to website - please Email: 2.4 Hadleigh Legacy Group / Community Gardens The second set of railings for the Cedric Morris Garden is expected by year end. The Thrift Shop has kindly donated money for bulbs and plants for the Market Place. 2.5 Tidy Town Work continues in and around Hadleigh despite the inclement weather. They are now collecting more recycling than rubbish. 2.6 Hadleigh & Boxford Patient Participation Group There is a new art display by Hadleigh resident Gilly Dutton who is raising money for cancer and donating 10% to the surgery’s charity. In future there are plans to display photographs, cartoons and textiles. The PPG Is still focusing on loneliness and isolation in the community particularly for men. There is an initiative called Men’s Sheds which originated in Australia and is now a national project in the UK where a “shed” is set up in any environment (portacabin, warehouse, garage etc) which is kitted out with tools and equipment of various sorts where men can meet to share friendship, knowledge, skills and laughter. This initiative needs men to come forward to support - please make yourself known as a future meeting. 2.7 HEAT George McKissock reported on the Hadleigh Environment Action Team. This is an open forum, for anyone to attend. Next Meeting is Weds 27 November, 7pm at the RBL. There is a Facebook page: “Hadleigh Environment Action Team: Heat”. They have many initiatives including a plan to identify pockets of public land suitable for planting trees/fruit trees in and around Hadleigh. It was further suggested that when HEAT are considering organising an Environmental Fair in 2020 along the lines of Hadleigh on Show. It was noted that Babergh plan to donate a tree for every baby born in their district for the family to plant either in their garden or elsewhere. 3 Dates for 2020 3.1 Dates in the overall Hadleigh calendar 2020 - as ever please inform the Visit Hadleigh website for their free listings. Would everyone please email any known event dates for 2020 It is planned to share a list of dates at the next meeting, as ever May and June are busy. 3.2 HSG Meeting Dates for 2020 will be confirmed as soon as they are booked, but it is planned to remain at 4.15pm on the second Monday of the month at Hadleigh Pool & Leisure. The only change being that meetings in April, July and October are at 6pm to allow businesses, residents and other services to attend who are not available during the afternoon. Next Meeting: Mon 9 December 2019 @ 4:15pm. Hadleigh Pool & Leisure Chair: Sylvia Martin MBE Guest Speaker: Will Akast: Environment Agency – The River Brett

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Issue 55 (December 2019 – January 2020) When starting the occasional series entitled ‘Lost buildings’, I never thought that there would be so many structures to be included: in this issue, the horse-hair factory in Friars Road comes under focus. Although the buildings started life as part of Letts Nursery (when the street name was Cemetery Road), in 1951 a Lavenham company took over the large weather-boarded warehouse and a greenhouse as spaces for preparing horse hair ready to be sent to manufacturers elsewhere to make many different products. Jeff Ward contributes to ‘Tales from our neighbours’ with ‘Brothers Three’ concerning members of his Layham family in the 19th century. With considerable diligence, he has not only constructed detailed biographies for all three men but also filled in the background history of the time so events that formed their lives are included. It is surprising the places our ancestors visited – well, Jeff’s at least! A picture feature looks both ways ‘At the centre of town’ where Church Street and George Street meet High Street at times when the milestone obelisk was still in its original position. Even the photograph from the 1960’s has a distinct lack of traffic compared to today. ‘On the edge’ passes along Hadleigh’s eastern boundary through a grove of trees, a deer park, a garage and California! ‘The manors of Hadleigh: Hadleigh Hall’ continues by introducing the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral as owners of this manor, which was leased out to a series of tenants. Instead of relating the stories of distant churchmen, who received the rent and probably never set foot in Hadleigh, Part 2 concentrates upon the lessees of the manorial title rights starting at the end of the 16th century and taking the story as far as 1741. Some of these tenants lived with their families in the manor house Hadleigh Hall, while others had estates elsewhere. They included the brother of the second Englishman to circumnavigate the globe; men whose memorials can be seen in St Mary’s Church and in Kings College Chapel, Cambridge; and George Gaell, who has, unfortunately, been rather neglected as the founder of one of the town’s charities that still functions today. In 1954, Hadleigh Urban District Council moved its offices into Toppesfield Hall and the following year produced a guide book to the town, which is the source of information for ‘The Way We Were: the mid-1950s’. At that time, Hadleigh was a very different place from that of today: an aerial photograph shows farmland coming right into town (which has been subsequently built upon). The railway was still functioning, albeit for goods only and many other facilities have now gone: for example, the registrar’s office for births, deaths and marriages and an employment exchange (Job Centre). There were twelve public houses and in High Street two garages that delivered petrol to customers@ cars parked at the road side by swinging pipes over the pavements. The only school building in use then that is still a school today is Station Road. Issue 55 is now available price £4 at Avis the Newsagent and at Idler Bookshop in Hadleigh High Street and at Hollow Trees Farm Shop in Semer. A one-year subscription (6 issues and postage) costs £30 from Sue Andrews, 17 Manor Road, Bildeston, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 7BG (01449 740673)

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Local Cake Shop Owner Wins Award The owner of the Hadleigh cake shop, EriVica Cakes (also known as EVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) has won an award at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cake International in Birmingham. This was the first year that Terri Newman had entered the competition, billed as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The largest cake decorating show and competition in the worldâ&#x20AC;?. The concept for Terriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cake came to her while watching the film Doctor Doolittle 2 which stars a circus-performing bear called Archie. Her entry into the carved/sculpted cake category at the competition, held at Birminghamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NEC, bagged Terri a Bronze Award, something she never dreamed of achieving with only her first entry. One of the entry requirements for the competition was that the entire piece had to be made from edible products, so every single part of Terriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cake is food based, including the pool in which Archie sits. Archie the bear is just one example of the sort of cakes that Terri produces every day at EVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Inside the shop at 22 High Street, Hadleigh the walls are covered in photographs of some of the cakes that Terri has made for customers since opening EriVica Cakes in August 2018. Terri prides herself on being able to design and create cakes to fit each individual customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s requirements. When it comes to the design of a cake your imagination is the only limit! Terri has created cakes in many various shapes and sizes, including some gravity-defying cakes! The flavour and finish of the cake is always the customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice, ensuring that all EVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cakes not only look good, but taste good too! Terri offers no obligation one-to-one wedding / celebration cake consultations which can be booked in person, by email, phone or facebook messenger. EVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also offers a range of Tea Time cakes and Cupcakes packaged as bouquets or hampers. The majority of cake flavours on offer are also available in a vegan option. EriVica Cakes 01473 828192

Hadleigh Choral Society Christmas Concert After an exciting fall performance of Mendelssohn's Elijah, Hadleigh Choral Society returns to St. Mary's Church this Christmas season with a carols concert in support of local charity Cancer Campaign in Suffolk. Featuring a mix of old and new carols, the concert will also offer some opportunities for audience participation. Join us for refreshments afterwards and help support a very important charity. Concert date: 14th December at 6:30 pm. Free entry with a retiring collection for Cancer Campaign in Suffolk. Visit our website for more information:

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European Day of Languages Hadleigh High School celebrated the European Day of Languages by inviting Year 7 to come and enjoy a French breakfast of croissants, brioches and juice. 111 pupils took part with some coming up for a second helping! The European Day of Languages is celebrated across Europe every year and asks schools to celebrate the linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe. In addition to the breakfast, we completed a quiz in form time which asked pupils to match the teacher to their favourite place in the world. Congratulations to 7A and 10G for correctly guessing all 13 teachers.

Race4Life Friday 8th November saw a ‘Race for Life’ at Hadleigh High School in aid of Cancer Research UK. Cancer affects many of us, either through having to battle it ourselves, supporting a family member or a friend who is going through their own battle, or having to cope with the loss of a loved one through cancer. With this in mind, the ‘Race for Life’ seemed the perfect way to engage staff and students alike, and to raise lots of money for a great cause. Suffice to say, many signed up to take part and get sponsored from family and friends. On the day itself, the rain stopped just in time for the start! There were many students and staff wearing pink (the colour of cancer awareness) or yellow (the colour for childhood cancer awareness), whilst the cadets ran in full kit! Competitive runners lined up along those who were taking a more relaxed approach to the course. and a great time was had by all.

Focus on Science When the Trust announced in April this year that they were allocating funds to refurbish the science department we were all incredibly excited. The new money would allow us to bring the labs up to modern specifications for Health and Safety and with a facelift provide a much more pleasant learning environment for our pupils. The prep room would also benefit from new storage and be an easier place for our hard-working technicians to perform their daily miracles in supporting teaching and learning. Now that we have our shiny new labs it is difficult to remember the old ones. Everyone agrees that they feel much larger and brighter and are an excellent learning environment. We are all looking forward to taking Science here at Hadleigh forward into its next new phase.

Year 7 It’s been a wonderful start to the year for our Year 7s who are settling in brilliantly. The transition from Primary school to Secondary is always a challenging one, however our students have acknowledged these difficulties, seeking guidance when needed from staff and building confidence to help others themselves. This term our Year 7s have really thrown themselves in to the many different activities that Hadleigh High has to offer, from lunchtime inter-house dodgeball tournaments to presenting speeches and volunteering at Open Evening. I am extremely proud of how well our Year 7s have settled in to life at Hadleigh High School and how much they have fully immersed themselves in to Hadleigh High’s values “Aim High, Work Hard and Be Kind.” I very much look forward to seeing what incredible things are yet to come for this very talented year group.

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Christmas Wishes “We cannot do great things on this Earth, Only small things with great love”. Mother Theresa. If you are looking for a new Christmas tradition for you and your family, then perhaps you will help support us again with our Reverse Advent Calendar by donating food or toiletries which will be given to the Hadleigh Foodbank to those less fortunate than ourselves who are struggling at Christmas time. Our collection will run from the 1st until the 20th of December, so if you would like to donate to our hamper please pop in and see one of the team. Did you know that we sell Gift Vouchers here at the practice which can be used for all products and services and make the perfect Christmas gift? Christmas Closure - Hadleigh Physiotherapy will be closed from the 24th until the 27th December inclusive. Thank you for choosing us and we look forward to seeing you in 2020.

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The wrap trap What do families argue about at Christmas? Well, one in ten have rows about the amount of waste they produce! We use more than 8,000 tonnes of Christmas wrapping paper and 40 million rolls of sticky tape each year - the equivalent of approximately 50,000 trees. This year, we’ll bin around 100 million bags of packaging, unless you choose to use greener ways to conceal your gifts. Recycling different types of wrapping paper is so confusing. Paper containing dyes, metallics, and plastics can’t be recycled. Mixing these with recyclable paper in your bin means a whole paper load could be rejected for recycling. Recycled brown paper, aluminium foil and bright-coloured fabrics - without sellotape attached - are greener options. Or use something that would otherwise be thrown away, such as magazines, dressed up with reusable ribbons or natural string. You could dispense with wrapping altogether: bags, boxes and tins can be recycled by you, and the person you are giving them to. Why not think outside the box and gift somebody an ‘experience’? The joy of material gifts fades quickly: 55% of us are overwhelmed with clutter and 80% have no idea how to overcome it. You could gift a tree, sponsor a sanctuary animal, a pamper session, a membership, or beebombs (native wildflower seedballs that need no gardening skill and help bring the bees back). And what better than a gift that costs nothing at all? Money Saving Expert came up with the idea of giving a ‘Priceless Promise’. The idea is to offer your time or skills as your present, for example doing the washing up for a month; mowing the lawn; making the dinner once a week throughout next year; offering to car-share; or provide a night’s babysitting. Write your promise in a card, pop it in an envelope and give it to the lucky recipient. This month we nominate John Cunningham as our eco-hero: he has spent countless hours along the riverside in all weathers, getting stung by nettles, trying to eliminate the Himalayan Balsam. This is a non-native weed that spreads rapidly, smothering other vegetation. John gifts his time freely to us all. Tell us what you or somebody you know is doing to help the environment and you could be our ‘Eco Hero of the Month’: nominations to Article written by C. McKissock, member of HEAT Hadleigh Environmental Action Team

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Don’t forget the Fishman! In last month’s edition I wrote a piece entitled Top Things to Buy at Hadleigh Market and it was quickly pointed out to me (to put it politely!) that I had missed out the fish. Of course this was completely unintentional and I have apologised (more than once!) for this complete oversight. And so this month, I pay homage to David the Fish Man. David Coote has been in the fish industry for almost twenty years and he has been trading at Hadleigh Market for seven of these. He drives from Lowestoft every Friday morning, throughout the year come rain, shine or snow to bring the freshest fish to the Market Place. David buys as much fish as he possibly can from Lowestoft Fish Market and he supplements this with regular trips to Billingsgate where he hand picks the rest of his stock. With many years of experience he knows exactly what his customers like; at this time of year the most popular fish are what he describes as ‘winter hearty’ – smoked haddock, salmon, cod and skate. During the summer months the stars of the show are tuna, prawns and dressed crabs but these are just a small selection of the fabulous line up he has each week which also includes scallops, Red Mullet, monkfish, mackerel and John Dory. Working in the fishing industry is tough. Fish prices are constantly rising, profit margins are dropping and the winter brings long cold dark days but when you ask David what it is he loves about his work he immediately replies ‘my customers’he genuinely loves serving fish to his customers. Over the years he has built up a fabulous rapport with many people and, as he explains to me, he is always learning from them. Many of David’s cooking tips and recipe ideas have been passed on from customers that he has served over the years and it is this relationship with communities that he loves most about his job. In addition to Hadleigh Market, David also attends Southwold Market on Monday and Thursday, Wickham Market on Wednesday and Newmarket on Saturday. You can also call David on 07712 659325 to make an order and collect from the market. So, next time you are near Hadleigh on a Friday, why don’t you go along to the Market Place, just off the High Street and get everything you need for a Winter Hearty Fish Pie and don’t forget to tell him that you read an article all about the Fishman in the Hadleigh Community News! Hadleigh Market, Market Place, Hadleigh, IP7 5DL Every Friday Morning 9am – 2pm E:

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ZOR Boutique at Kersey Mill Christmas is just around the corner and we have seen a rise in customers buying that perfect present for someone special. We have a wide selection of gifts available to suit all budgets with a variety of price points. A few of the most popular gifts so far include; glass nail files at £3, scarves from £5 and the lovely make up bags ranging from £5- £7 as well as the silver plated fashion jewellery £6- £16, chunky reversible scarves at £19 and our gorgeous jumpers priced £28- £46. We have just received a massive order of over 100 new scarves. These always prove popular for presents, stocking fillers or secret Santa gifts, starting at only £5 with many different designs and colours. (All pictured are £5 each.) Our winter clothing is proving very popular. So popular that we are having orders arrive of new jumpers, cardigans and tops weekly. Many of the new jumpers come in a selection of colours and styles as well as different threads, as some customers love a thinner jumper to layer up with a scarf and coat, and others prefer a chunky oversized knit for that warm toasty feel. These can all be worn casually or more formally with one of our stunning necklaces. We are pleased to announce that on Sunday 1st December we will have been open 5 years. We will be celebrating our 5 years by having a shopping day on the 1st (10:30am-4pm). There will be complimentary prosecco and nibbles. We hope to see you in the shop at Kersey Mill soon. Zor Boutique, Kersey Mill, Kersey, IP7 6DP Phone: 07969 525859 Email:


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100 Years On - Lest We Forget As I stood at the memorial waiting for the parade with my son and daughter, grandson and two great grandsons, so many memories came to mind from so many years ago. I never knew my paternal grandad, as he lost his life in 1915 in France. He has no known grave but is on the wall at the Arboretum. We have just a photo but never forget. My other grandad served in Egypt and Palestine and came back to us. In the second conflict he was a local fireman and spent many hours at the docks in Wapping to help put out fires caused by the bombing. My father was in the Territorial Army but spent the war on the land and the Home Guard. The second conflict started and my war lasted ten years but that is another story. The first three years we lived in a cottage with no running water (pump your own) no electricity and sanitation but dad made us comfortable and we always had something to eat, we also had school dinners. I remember powdered egg and mash we called Pom. Still it tasted alright. One afternoon in the garden I heard a loud noise. We were near an airfield and suddenly the sky was filled with Dakotas pulling gliders. My friends in the ARP post told me later what it was all about. Some time later a convoy of lorries filled our entire village street. They were making camp at various places. I saw different troops from USA, Australia, New Zealand and India. As each lorry stopped next to us my mum made a cup of tea for as many as possible. A few weeks later they were all gone, on their way down to the south coast. Then it was all over and we had a new cottage. Running water and a bath and electric light. Sheer bliss. The village had a celebration in the village hall. There cooking the sausages were the village blacksmith and the village sweep, you couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it up. Then in 1955 it was time for National Service. I joined the RAF hoping to see a bit of the world. Sadly no, but I can show you around Salisbury Plain. I was part of the funeral parade for Lord Trenchard in London. I then had the honour of meeting Grp Captain Johnny Johnson. I escorted him round my base and took him to our C.O. he shook my hand and said thank you. What an honour. The next stage of our service to the country belongs to my son. He joined the Royal Engineers and saw service in Germany, Cyprus and the Falklands. Then we paid our respect to the young lady who lived next to me from about the age of six. We remember local lass St/Sgt Sharron Elliot who sadly lost her life in Iraq whilst helping others. R.I.P Sharron. So, the service ended and the very large crowd made their way home. I think everyone remembered someone. So let us never forget all those who gave their yesterday for our today. C. A. Petts

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This term we have been very busy! We had another very fun filled October holiday club, we got to visit the Zoo, hollow trees farm, a pumpkin patch, the park and we also had some Halloween craft days. We have had our Halloween party thank you so much to the community for supporting this event, we have also had our very popular Halloween lunch, creating poppies for Remembrance Day, visiting the local market to get fresh fruit and bread from or local traders and we even got an invite to the care home for their Halloween party. Thank you Hadleigh Hall we really enjoyed the trip and hope to visit you again at Christmas. We are also looking forward to our Christmas lunch with a visit from Santa and we are very lucky and treating the children to a visit from little city for our Christmas party, with a special visit from The Mayor to open the session for us. We have welcomed a new staff member Erika Fletcher to our team, Erika has many years’ experience in the childcare sector and will be covering my (Megan current manager’s maternity leave). We are almost at full capacity here at Parkside and only have a few remaining spaces for January 2020 if you are interested I would urge you to come along to our open mornings on Tuesday 3rd and Friday 6th December 10-11am, we will have tea, coffee and cake on offer while your child explores the setting. We will also be at the Christmas lighting up celebration so pop along and see us in the Guildhall crafts, games and a chat to staff. We accept children from 18months until reception class and we are a feeder into all schools in Hadleigh and surrounding villages. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Parkside Pre-School. Find us on Facebook Hadleigh Parkside Pre-School, or call us on 01473 827702 or email on ask for Megan, Erika or Mica to get more information on the setting

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The Partners and staff are delighted to welcome Andrew Breckenridge to the firm from 4 November 2019. Andrew joins as an owner of Gotelee Solicitors LLP and has more than 25 years’ experience in commercial dispute resolution and finance litigation. He has relocated from Leeds, where he had been a national firm’s Head of Banking Litigation for 7 years. The Legal 500 UK 2019 referred to Andrew Breckenridge as a “complete star” having routinely worked for banks, building societies and other specialist lenders in relation to complex disputes. He is also recognised as a specialist in SIPP property litigation, for professional negligence claims and has wide experience of other commercial disputes. “Having relocated to Suffolk from Yorkshire, I would be delighted to meet with key decision makers, business owners and influencers in the region and really look forward to learning about the region’s economy, industry and culture.” Andrew West, the new Managing Partner at Gotelee, comments: “Andrew brings a wealth of heavyweight litigation experience and expertise to the firm which will clearly benefit any business or organisation in the commercial and financial sectors in the region when they need robust litigation support and advice. We are delighted that Andrew joins us to head and expand our Dispute Resolution team, and to add a new dimension to Gotelee’s commercial offering. Andrew Breckenridge will be based at the Ipswich office. Please get in touch with Andrew at, telephone 01473 211121

Arthur Raymond Charles Brown ‘Robert’ June and family of the late Robert Brown would like to thank everyone for their kind words and donations to UNICEF, in aid of ‘The Children of Syria Appeal’. The total raised was £1493.33. Thankyou.

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The darker months and colder weather naturally forces us to spend more time hunkered down inside and leads inherently to a state of reflection on the year that has passed. And so I find myself thinking over my year at the library. I have been at Hadleigh for less than two years and yet it has become hugely important to me, as I know it is to many others. I have seen, heard and learned more about what our community needs and wants more than I can say and am proud to be part of Suffolk Libraries, a charity, which fundamentally is there to help, support and enrich the lives of everyone who comes to us. At our core, we offer the important staples of knowledge, information and a place to come and learn, but we are also adapting to the growing needs of our society. We provide a safe place that anyone can come to without judgement, whether it’s for a group activity or to just quietly sit and read the paper. We look for new ways to excite and inspire with events and activities and, of course, we are on hand to help you use our public computers and technology services. But more than that, we are your community space and we hope that when you come in to see us you feel as happy as we do to see each and every one of you walk through our doors. We wish you all, a very happy Christmas


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Bildeston Primary School Learning and Growing Together Children in Need Schools across the UK got together at 9am on Friday 15 November to get active and raise money for BBC Children in Need. Live-streamed on the YouTube channel, we joined schools all across the UK in an exclusive activity session tailored just for schools! Children also wore spotty or Children in Need accessories for the day! We also had a cake sale after school for Children in Need. We are grateful to all families who provided cakes for us to sell at this popular event. Overall we raised £204 this year to support disadvantaged young people across the UK – thank you to everyone for their donations. Tag Rugby Event Pupils within our pyramid of schools attended a small schools rugby tournament at Whatfield Primary on 31 October. It was the first time taking part for some of our competitors and they all had a great time as the event was a practice for further tag rugby events up to the end of term. OBH Year 5 Girls’ STEM Olympiad Year 5 girls across our federation enjoyed a day at Old Buckenham Hall School enjoying workshop challenges in Maths, Science, ICT and Engineering. Whilst they did not make the top three schools, they all had a wonderful day taking part in tasks, challenges and experiments. School Council Elections took place across the school to determine our school council representatives from each class. In KS2 particularly, the pupils were asked to share with their class why they would make a good class representative. This helps with gaining confidence whilst speaking in front of their class mates. PTFA Christmas Fayre The PTFA Christmas Fayre will be held on 29 November 2019 from 5 – 7pm at the school. There will be a Santa’s Grotto for the children as well as festive refreshments and of course some wonderful stalls to help with those Christmas presents! So do please come along to support this event and bring along the whole family. The PTFA held a very successful cinema night for the children recently and they all came with their bean bags and enjoyed a movie and popcorn! Great fun! Is your child due to start school September 2020 or at any time in the future? If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, then you will need to apply for a school place for academic year which starts in September 2020 before the deadline of 15th January 2020. Admission forms, information and procedures are available from our school office. Visits by prospective parents are most welcome. Bildeston Primary School Newberry Road, Bildeston, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 7ES Tel: 01449 740269 Or visit our brand new website:

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Workers Educational Association (WEA) Welcome to the new WEA learning group in Hadleigh. We meet in the library on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30 to 3.30pm and have a program of 5-week courses held during the year. Become a House Detective: research the history of the home’ 26th February to 25th March Medieval festivities in East Anglia - 22nd April to 20th May Writing Suffolk: from Jemima Puddleduck to the Tempest 10th June to 8th July All courses are £38.50 per person. Free for those on benefits. Please enrol on-line at or by phone 0300 303 3464 Local Co-ordinator - Frank Minns

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Nearly one million older people say they feel lonelier at Christmas. However, loneliness can affect anyone from any walk of life especially if they have been through bereavement, a relationship breakdown, have moved to a new area or suffer from physical or mental health challenges. Christmas on your own, particularly the first one, can be really hard. People often feel that there is a pressure to be happy and we are bombarded with images of smiling couples and close-knit families by the media. The Mental Health Foundation has found that loneliness is an even bigger concern for young people than the elderly. What can you do if you’re on your own? You might decide to curl up with your favourite snacks and a movie or go for a walk in the frosty air. If you haven’t chosen to spend Christmas alone and you’d like some company, have a think about what you might like to do. You can visit the Community Christmas website for older people, for younger age groups or to find details of community Christmas events taking place in your area. You could consider volunteering at the Christmas Present Trust (01473 829246) who provide a traditional meal and party on Christmas Day for those in the Hadleigh area who, for whatever reason, are by themselves at Christmas. You will also be welcome as a guest. Volunteering can be a great way to meet likeminded people. Visit to see where your nearest volunteering opportunity is. If you know other people who are also spending Christmas alone you could suggest that you go out for a meal as a group or organise a get-together where each person brings part of Christmas lunch. What can I do to support someone who is lonely? If you’re having a Christmas party, think about inviting people in your neighbourhood or others who you know are going to be on their own – the more the merrier! Don’t forget that some people may prefer to spend Christmas on their own, so keep any offer casual – you don’t want to put anyone under pressure. It can also be tough to spend Christmas Day surrounded by someone else’s family all opening presents, so consider inviting someone for just part of the day, like Christmas Lunch, or for a drink in the evening. You could drop a gift round to someone’s house part-way through the day, invite someone out for a walk or a trip to the local carol service or just pop in for a cuppa and a chat. If you know an older person who is lonely, you could offer to help them find local community events over Christmas. Community Christmas has listings of events for lonely older people happening across the UK. A Merry Christmas to All from the Hadleigh & Boxford Patient Participation Group

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Christmas Collections: Christmas is fast approaching and preparations are well advanced for the traditional journeys around the town with Santa and his sleigh. However a major problem has just arisen which may jeopardise the whole operation: Sos! Sos! Sos! The Club is in urgent need of a volunteer to tow the float on various days and evenings. The driver must have a robust vehicle with tow bar etc and be experienced in manoeuvring a large, heavy trailer between parked vehicles and in tight turning circles. Please help if you can, otherwise the collections may have to be cancelled. If you believe that you may be able to assist please telephone David 01473 827226 as soon as possible. In the hope that the collections go ahead here are the dates and routes: Saturday 14 December: Morrisons Car Park 10am to 3pm Monday 16 December: Malyon Road and Matilda Groome Road area 5.30pm to 7.45pm approx Tuesday 17 December: Oxford Drive 5.30pm to 7.45pm approx Wednesday 18 December: Edwin Panks Road to Yeoman Crescent 5.30pm to 7.45pm approx Thursday 19 December: Aldham Road to Pykenham Way 5.30pm to 7.45pm approx Friday 20 December: Clopton Gardens - Wilson Rd - Highlands Rd - Gaell Crescent 5.30pm to 7.45pm approx Saturday 21 December: Morrisons Car Park 10am to 3pm. If it is impossible to complete the rounds this year or necessary to cancel any due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather the Club apologises in advance. Finally Your co-operation is sought in leaving enough room for the float to pass. Club Activities: 1 The Club attended the very successful ' Hadleigh on Show' and members were pleased to meet quite a number of people. There was a ShelterBox and equipment on display as this is one charity strongly supported by Rotary as a small part of its many diverse activities. A collection was taken for the Bahamas storm disaster and this will make up part of the Club's donation to help the islanders. 2. The Club was represented at the Remembrance Day parade by President Richard Whiting who laid a wreath at the memorial. End Polio Now: Rotary was pleased to learn that the Government had pledged £400 Million between 2020 and 2023 to support 20 Million health workers who will vaccinate 400 million children each year in the final push to eradicate polio worldwide. Rotary ,of course, continues to fully support this programme. Membership: The Club recently welcomed Rotarian Frank Ivory into the Club as he transferred from Sudbury Club. It would benefit from recruiting a few more members as this would enable it to expand both its social and charitable activities. Perhaps a New Year resolution could be to visit Hadleigh Rotary Club and find out more about it. You may be pleasantly surprised. For more information please telephone David 01473 827226 or visit the website Rotary Club of Hadleigh. Christmas Greetings: President Richard and all Members wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


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Conductor Kay Bartlett Our Christmas concert will be on Sunday, December 8th. at 6.30 p.m. In St. Joseph’s Catholic Church - where we can be warm and comfortable. Very popular items will include: Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, Mary’s boy child, and the Beatle’s ‘Yesterday. We shall also play Bach’s ‘Sheep may safely graze’, and a shortened version of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. As usual there will also be popular carols to sing, accompanied by the Orchestra. As is our custom, there is no entrance charge but we shall be appealing for a charity at the end as you leave. This year we have decided to support Hadleigh’s Christmas Dinner Club. This offers a free Christmas Dinner to people who will be on their own at Christmas time. We look forward to seeing you all again at this concert. John Druce (Chairman)

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The autumn term is flying by! Outside, the old ball boards have been replaced by a splendid set of outdoor fitness equipment, which is getting lots of use before and after school and during break times. The children are enjoying this opportunity to be active and have fun, and are putting into practice what they have learned about taking turns and being kind! Fitness is high on the agenda, with the older children relishing their badminton taster session and the whole school taking part in regular active maths lessons. Also, we are delighted to have formed a partnership with Northampton Saints Rugby club and the children have been enjoying expert rugby coaching this term. The children have put their skills into practice at a rugby festival at Hadleigh High School. On Life Suffolk have delivered a sequence of lessons to two classes to promote healthy lifestyles; they have also provided a workshop on good sleeping habits to children and their parents. Our Nursery now offers morning and afternoon sessions, which are proving to be very successful. The cabin in the courtyard has been transformed into a sensory space – it is now a peaceful place to relax, with music, story CDs, gentle activities, fairy lights, a lava lamp and disco ball, and a giant beanbag sofa. It is available for all children as a reward or calming place. Year 3 have been out on a trip to Ipswich Museum to link in with their Ancient Egyptian topic. The children took part in a question and answer trail, held Egyptian artefacts, looked at stuffed animals and shabbatis, clay slaves buried with the Pharaohs. Back in class, they have made and painted mud-rock death masks, which look very dramatic! We have been glad to welcome visitors to our Collective Worship, such as Father Jo, with his lively stories, and Keith Brisland, former deputy head, to help the children focus on this term’s Christian values of Thankfulness and Trust. How proud we were of the children who participated in Harvest Festival at St Mary’s Church, by carrying candles in the opening procession, doing the readings and prayers, and acting in Father Jo’s talk! Pastor Chris has visited Worship to talk to the children about renewing the school’s Christian vision and we were inspired by the President Kennedy’s and Martin Luthor King’s visions of the future. Anglian Water gave a presentation to the whole school, and then a workshop in year 4 about water conservation and cleaning, and sewage disposal. The children learned that to fill up their own water bottles, rather than buying them in the supermarket, cost 0.001p! Year 6 are producing lots of work after their wet but wonderful week away at Aylmerton Field Studies Centre. They studied coastal erosion and sea defences, took part in team building exercises and were taken out of their comfort zone by a twilight safari! Year 5 have been looking into e-safety, creating a presentation for their parents. Some of them enjoyed a day at BT Adastral Park with children from other local schools, programming bots to light up, stop, go and turn and follow tracks, with a race at the end. Alfie said, ‘I enjoyed making the bot do what I told it to do!’

Year 2 have been busy writing fantasy stories involving dragons, working hard at extending their sentences using adjectives and varying their sentence openers. In Science they have been investigating the absorbency of materials, devising their own investigations. Dinosaurs have been spotted in year 1, with eggs being taken home to hatch! The children have practised their IT skills by writing a non-fiction article about dinosaurs on the laptops. In RE they have looked at christenings and baptisms, and had fun acting out a baptism service complete with pretend parents, godparents and a baby! Reception children have been experiencing the colours and textures of the autumn season by going on an autumn walk and exploring various autumn objects. They have listened to the book, ‘All Kinds of People’, and have painted self-portraits, mixing paints to create the right skin colour. The whole school enjoyed a funny and exciting production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by M&M Theatre Company which inspired some great story, letter and diary writing. Year 6 took part in a workshop after the performance, learning about lighting, the sound system and scenery – in fact the whole sequence of production, from casting and rehearsal to performance on stage. Just before the half term break, everyone spent a day looking at and discussing positive role models – people who have succeeded in achieving their goals after overcoming obstacles relating to race, gender stereotyping, disability or ill-health. The children talked about the people at home and in public life who have inspired them. They shared their ideas in a final assembly and took away Poppy’s uplifting thought: ‘look beyond what you can see’. Recently, we have enjoyed an art theme week; parents came in to support their children and watch the work in progress and then the week culminated in a wonderful art show. Parents and friends were invited to view and were suitably impressed! Remembrance has been at the forefront this term: Year 5 walked to the cemetery to hear Mark Brennan talk about the soldiers from the First and Second World Wars who had sacrificed their lives for their country. Later, in class, the children found out about soldiers from the Caribbean, who also served in the Second World War. Our new Worship Council led an assembly about Remembrance so that all the children could reflect on service and sacrifice.

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Kenny Mowles Mr Kenny Mowles was 94 last month. The staff at the Cock Inn made him a birthday cake and had a great celebration. He visits the pub every day for 2 to 3 hours. Kenny was born in 1925 and is one of 9 children. He has 7 brothers and 1 sister. He originally worked at the Brett Works before joining the Merchant Navy where he worked as a steward. Other jobs included working as a store-man at Hadleigh MOD, a window cleaner and even a chimney sweep. More recently, Kenny worked as Kenny with Barmaid a cleaner and gardener at H. Erben up until Kim Wade, who made retirement. his 94th birthday cake He married his childhood sweetheart, Marjorie Maskel and they spent 57 happy years together. He lived at Garden City, Angel Street before moving to Pykenham Way. Kenny has two daughters, 2 grandchildren and 5 great grand children. Kenny likes to spend the early afternoons at the Cock Inn in George Street where he sips away at his favourite tipple, either Victoria Bitter or Greene King IPA. He still has a great sense of humor and often swaps banter with the pub locals. A keen football fan and player, he turned out for Whatfield and was known as Sixer Mowles.

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Hadleigh & District Garden Club Monday November 11th 2019: As you can see from the photo our recent speaker is enjoying a well earned cuppa after his talk to the club last month. Rob Brett, the curator at RHS Hyde Hall gardens in Essex, came to speak about our need for plants. Though we are all aware of the role they have to play in food production and climate change, as he explained they are also essential in other areas which we may not be as familiar with. For example construction, bio fuels, medicine, technology, pharmaceuticals, research and genetic modification. His wide ranging talk explained all these areas and many more. He also touched on the important role the RHS is taking in community outreach projects to help people, and especially children, reconnect with plants and to learn where their food comes from. A relatively new project at Hyde Hall is the Global Growth Garden which is playing a key role in supporting this work and well worth a visit if you are down that way. The room was almost full once again I am pleased to say, so much so that extra biscuits had to be provided! The competition was won by Jan, one of our new members - congrats to her, and even though November can be a low point in the gardening year there was still plenty to choose from on the plant and produce stall. Monday December 9th 2019: December wouldn't be the same without our end of year quiz and this year we have been promised a music round to add to the excitement! There will be plenty to eat and drink and by special request, a Christmas raffle! We meet in the dining room of the Town Hall at 7.30pm. Entrance is £2 for members and £4 for non members it is always an enjoyable evening and we hope to you see you there.

Hadleigh & District Flower Club HDFC welcomed Bedwells of Ipswich to demonstrate at the November meeting. The mother and daughter team gave a wonderful demonstration to put us in the mood for Christmas. They used beautiful flowers and Mum regaled us all with her knowledge of the Floristry Business. Based in Ipswich, Bedwells have been providing the community with flowers for 60 years and needless to say they have a lot of loyal customers. Judging by the wonderful flower arrangements they produced, they thoroughly deserve the reputation they have built up. We ended the evening with coffees and teas and the raffle. If you would like to join us for any of our demonstrations, the venue is the URC in Hadleigh, the start time is 7:30 pm and we meet on the second Tuesday of the month. Next month we will be enjoying National Demonstrator Gill McGregor. Her demonstration is entitled ‘The Splendour of Christmas’. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Christmas stalls, Raffle & Refreshments. Come and enjoy a truly wonderful demonstrator.

Hadleigh U3A For our monthly meeting at 2.30pm on December the 9th, Hadleigh U3A have a talk by Frances Boardman entitled, 'Medieval Christmas', to get us all into the festive spirit. If you are retired or semi-retired and would like to know more about the U3A and what it can offer, please come along to the talk, pick up some information and meet us all. We meet once a month at the United Reform Church in Market Place, Hadleigh and look forward to welcoming all new and existing members.

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Down to Earth ...with Dave By the time you read this we will be into December, where has this past year gone? Any tender plants such as non hardy fuchsias, salvias, pelargoniums and other succulent types should be put under cover. We are lucky that most of ours can be squeezed into the greenhouse, in the past we have tried covering some of them with fleece outdoors, but this was not a success as the fleece kept blowing about and ripping. One salvia that was new this year was Amistad, this had been planted in one of the beds but had grown rather large. Although it still had lots of flower spikes on it, it was cut back quite hard, dug up and put in the biggest pot we have, then stood in the greenhouse. It is such a lovely flower we wouldn't want to lose it. We have been giving the various bushes around the garden a bit of a trim, the climbing rose over the arbour was getting a bit out of hand so it has had quite a haircut. The buddleia has had the top growth cut back, if left the rather soft stems will break if we get any high winds. Whilst we don't have much grass now it is still possible to give any grass a trim if we get a bit of dry weather. A rotary lawnmower is an easier way of picking up the autumn leaves and once shredded they will rot down a lot quicker. Try to keep paths clear of fallen leaves as they can become very slippery and potentially dangerous, if the leaves are brushed onto the flower beds then the worms will soon pull them down onto the soil. In a recent editon of Which? gardening magazine five pages were devoted to unwelcome garden visitors, the top ten were - cats, grey squirrels, foxes, rats, magpies, badgers, moles, pigeons, deer and rabbits. All sorts of ideas were suggested including motion triggered water sprayers, not leaving any food out, all sorts of wire netting covering, tree guards, blocking up any access holes in fences or under sheds, using male urine to deter foxes and numerous animal repellent products now on sale. Generally though it would seem that we should learn to live in harmony with our wildlife, not so it would seem with seagulls. On a recent visit our granddaughter was telling us of a problem they were having with seagulls, she works in a high rise office in Canary Wharf in London. What happens is that the seagulls chase other birds like pigeons so that they crash into their office windows, once stunned the pigeons are pounced upon and eaten, leaving only the wings. As all birds are protected by law it is quite a difficult problem, we have all seen seagulls being a nuisance at the seaside but this is something new. As this is the last article before Christmas I wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year, Dave

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Looking forward to a blooming Spring The Community Gardeners have been busy planting spring bulbs in the Market Place and we hope to have a magnificent display next year. We are grateful to the Thrift Shop and a local nursery for their generous donations which have made this possible. Jane Haylock

Hadleigh Walkers We had 15 walkers for our November walk on a beautiful crisp sunny day. Our December walk on Saturday 14th will be a circular walk starting and finishing in Hadleigh. We will leave Stonehouse Road at 0930 and walk via Toppesfield Bridge, Bullocky Fen, Rands Farm, Doles Farm, Millwood Cottage, Wyncollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm, Cobblers Corner, Overbury Hall, the hunt kennels and back into Hadleigh via Tinkers Lane. We will end up at The George to celebrate another good year of the walking group and discuss ideas for 2020. The walk is a fairly gentle 7 miles and we should be back in Hadleigh around 1230. Everyone is welcome, including well behaved dogs. Strong shoes or preferably walking boots should be worn as the ground will be muddy or rough in places. As usual, route maps can be requested from the web site. For further information about these walks go to, email us from the website contact page or contact Mike Keeling on 01787 210104 or 07483 887658

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HADS Panto time Well, well, well it's nearly panto time again where has the year gone? HADS are busy at it again and bringing you probably one of their best pantos. Alice in Wonderland - written by the very talented local Sarah Jane Clarke. Lots of laughs and brilliant catchy songs that you will recognise and won't be be able to resist singing along to and for the first time a LIVE BAND will perform along the cast. There’s funny scenes and the march hare and mad hatters scene is completely, well.. . . Mad! Lots of new members this time and I'm told this year has the biggest cast list. Tickets are available in the new year from Keith Avis Newsagents and online. Just £7 for under 16s and £10 for over 16's. Look out for the HADS family around the High Street on the 18th of January. In the meantime we wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.

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Lavenham Christmas Fair Friday December 6th, 5.30 - 8.30 pm Saturday December 7th, 11 am - 5 pm Sunday December 8th, 11 am - 4 pm Make a note of these dates for your Christmas shopping and entertainment! Come and join us in the lovely historic village of Lavenham for the perfect start to your Christmas. A three-day traditional extravaganza of festive fun, food and fizz, entertainment, Dickensian dressing-up, children's fairground, fifty stalls and attractions for all the family. We start off at 5.30 pm on Friday with the arrival of Father Christmas and the lighting of the Christmas tree in the Marketplace, followed by non-stop entertainment and late-night shopping throughout the village. Children can meet Father Christmas and his Elves in his grotto, the popular Big Wheel will be action (great for enjoying a bird's-eye view of Lavenham), enjoy a Hog Roast and other delicious hot foods as you stroll around, you can prop up the pop-up wine bar, then shop at more than 50 stalls selling a wonderful variety of artisan food, local meats and wine, mulled wine, chocolate, cheese, cakes, Christmas puddings, handcrafted silver and jewellery, clothes, toys, books, Christmas wreaths, garlands and trees and much more. We will be dressing up Dickensian style so come along and join in the fashion fun. There will be a prize for Best Costume, and also a prize for the Best Dressed Dickensian shop window. Entertainment includes Sudbury based singer/musician/composer Ben Smith, the fabulous D'Ukes Ukulele Band, Donimo the Jester Magician with his comical invisible dog, singer Serena Grant, traditional Christmas songs and carols performed by the Sudbury Choral Society and Morris Dancing and a how-to-do-it workshop from Stowmarket's Danegeld Morris Men and Women. Don't miss out on buying tickets for our Giant Raffle with fantastic prizes, including overnight stays in some of our unique holiday cottages, beauty treatments, shopping vouchers, local wine and food packages and many yet-tobe revealed prizes. The three day programme also includes a guided lantern tour of Lavenham on Saturday -roll up for folklore stories of traditions, legend and ghost tales, ending up with mulled wine and mince pies at The Swan Hotel. Our famous Little Hall, in the Marketplace, will be the venue for the sale of handmade ceramics, jewellery, crafts and textiles made by Potters and Friends. All the village shops, restaurants, tea shops, pubs and hotels will be entering into the Christmas spirit with special offers and attractions. Admission is free AND parking is free. There will be attendants on duty to help with parking and enquiries. The stalls and entertainers are under cover of marquees, so whatever the weather Lavenham will give you a warm welcome. For further information: or

A Dedicated Christmas Workshop It was with very mixed emotions that the Country Thread Group came together for their annual all day Christmas workshop. As this has been a popular fixture on the group’s calendar for many years it made the recent loss of one of their most loved members, Lin Slaughter, all the more noticeable. Lin’s exceptional craft skills and ideas contributed so much to the group’s success while adding to the much needed funds for St Elizabeth Hospice at the same time. However, it seemed a fitting tribute to her life-long dedication to fund raising to continue with the workshop even though Lin and her craft and baking talents were sorely missed. This year the focus was on Christmas Trees and many attractive versions were completed ready for delivery to the Made with Love shop at the Hospice’s Day Centre. A creative, peaceful day which was much enjoyed by all who came along. If you would like to be part of this informal friendly group which meet every Wednesday at 7pm in the URC Rooms why not give their leader, Mavis Gordon, a call? 01473 824 398. Everyone welcome.

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Parish Council The main matters discussed at the meeting of 30 October 2019 were: • Public Forum - Speeding All the parishioners present for the Public Forum were interested in the speeding survey and what action might be undertaken; they all felt that speeding had become worse over the past few years. In addition, there was concern that the bus now stopped in a different place near a bend, but children still had to walk up towards the bus stop. The importance of letting the PC know about incidents and accidents was stressed, as the police were not always aware. The lack of road markings was also raised. Councillor Curran explained that the survey had been carried out on the B1070 at each end of Upper Layham during a seven-day period starting on 2 October. The working party had analysed the data, which showed the percentage of vehicles speeding through Upper Layham was extremely high with an average of over 60% exceeding the speed limit. Councillor Jones said the Police felt Community Speedwatch was useful; the Chairman said this was one of the options the working party would be looking at. As far as ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) was concerned, there had been slow progress but he was hopeful that there would be some action by spring 2020. It was agreed that there was obviously a need for some urgent action and the working party would be looking at various options to bring back to full Council. • District Council report The special meeting to debate whether to change the name of the district council from Babergh District Council to South Suffolk Council had been postponed to enable more detail on the financial benefits to be provided. The Joint Local Plan Consultation had now closed. The Strategic Planning Team would now be going through the comments received and considering how amendments to the draft plan. Work was underway on the new swimming pool at Hadleigh Leisure Centre, expected to be completed in Summer 2020. • County Council report Since the report was produced, there had been a Cabinet reshuffle – Councillor Andrew Reid had taken over responsibility for Highways and Councillor Jones now had responsibility for Finance and Resources. A Boundary Commission review was under way and the consultation period had been extended until 2 January 2020; it proposed that the number of councillors be reduced from 75 to 70. Councillor Curran had responded to the Sizewell C consultation on behalf of the PC; Councillor Jones said he had raised concerns about pylons at the Cabinet meeting, as had the AONBs. • Emergency Plan Councillor Curran had produced an updated communications tree. A recent amber warning had highlighted the importance of PC members pairing up so that if one person was away, the other would be able to contact their Emergency Link Volunteers. It was agreed to hold a training/ briefing session; the Clerk would notify all involved when the date had been finalised. • SCC Community Self-Help Scheme Following a meeting with SCC a report had been circulated to all Council members. A risk criteria matrix was now in place and all work undertaken by Suffolk Highways was assessed against this. The focus on statutory maintenance had impacted on what SCC classed as ‘cosmetic maintenance’, which in turn had led to an increase in volunteers working on the highways; the Self-Help Scheme had been developed as a direct response to this, to try and support volunteers through training and access to resources. It was agreed in principle that the PC should sign up to the scheme. However, there were three different levels of agreement and there would be a discussion at the November meeting to decide which level was the most appropriate. Layham Autumn Clean-up 26th October We owe a big thank you to the 35 volunteers who gave up their time and energy to help with our Autumn Clean-up - they’ve made a real difference to our village. It was gratifying to see that there was very little litter before the clean up started; parishioners are clearly disposing of their rubbish responsibly and many are routinely picking up litter when they see it. This means we were able to have teams of people focussing on a range of tasks. As well as litter picking we had a team removing lower branches of trees in the playing field making grass cutting a lot easier and making the area look even more attractive – the photograph shows Graham Coleman, Lesley Garnett and Neil Riches at work. The flowering meadow and other areas in the conservation area have been cut and raked and more wild flower seeds have been sown; the verge at Blacksmith’s Corner in Lower Layham has been cleared ready for the erection of a bench or picnic table; grass edges have been cut near the river on Brett Green; signs have been cleared and cleaned; hedges tidied; and the grass around the defibrillator on Brett Green has been cut. We are grateful to Babergh District Council for lending us extra brown bins and for removing the collected rubbish.


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St.Andrew’s – your parish church - Services during December Sunday 1 December 9.15am Morning Worship with baptism Sunday 8 December 9.15am Sung Eucharist, 4.00pm Hunt Supporters’ Carol Service. Sunday 15 December 9.30am Café Church Friday 20 December 7.30pm Carol Concert Sunday 22 December 9.15am Joint Eucharist with Shelley in Layham CHRISTMAS EVE Tuesday 24 December 4.00pm Crib Service CHRISTMAS DAY Wednesday 25 December 9.15am Family Eucharist Sunday 29 December 10.30am Deanery Eucharist at Stoke by Nayland Remembrance Sunday The Remembrance service started in the burial ground around the war memorial where a good crowd gathered to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the two world wars. After two minutes silence the service continued in the church. The sum of £211 was passed to the Royal British Legion from the collection. Fund raising for the Porch Project On 23 October the Porch Project held a quiz at Water House , Layham by kind permission of the Cranfield family. Twenty teams totalling 190 people took part with huge amounts of paella being cooked by Mark and Annie David and served by the Porch Project fundraising team, the Porch Projects youth workers and four of the young people who come to the Porch Project. The questions were set by Sally Westwood and the Quiz Master was Jonathan Benson from Reeman Dansie who kindly sponsored the drinks on arrival. The two Layham teams can carry their heads high as they did brilliantly well finishing in the top five. The evening raised £5,597.77 for the Porch Project which was a fantastic result. Thank you everyone for coming and supporting Porch Project. Layham Playing Field If you walk round the conservation area at the river end of the playing field you will see the cricket bat willows are marked up with painted numbers or symbols. That is because they will be ‘harvested’ next year after which new young trees will be planted. The trees are a valuable crop and will bring us several thousand pounds. Layham Playing Field 120 Club We have sold 116 of the 120 tickets now available. If you missed out we can offer the last four at £10 (as the October and November draws have been made). If you are interested in supporting the great facility of our playing field then contact Simon Bewsher on 824567 or at . The winners of the October draw were: £25 Ticket No 50 Elford, £15 Ticket No 78 Green. The winners of the November draw were: £25 Ticket No5 Parker, £15 Ticket No 105 Woolridge. Layham Playgroup We have continued to think about autumn in our crafts and activities this month. The children found plenty of conkers, fire-cones and sticks on their walks, we have had lots of fun with these... counting, sorting, using them in the mud kitchens and most fun, transporting them in the garden with dumper trucks, diggers and wheelbarrows. We are now getting excited as we will be starting to prepare for Christmas! If you are interested in seeing Layham Playgroup for yourself and would like to arrange a visit, please contact us on 07999 866419 or email us at Layham Local History Group Steven Grimsey, a lifelong follower of the Essex and Suffolk Hunt, has loaned us a scrapbook of newspaper reports and photographs as a starting point for researching the history of the Essex and Suffolk Foxhounds. This photograph shows two employees of the hunt, exercising the hounds in 1967. Does anyone know the names of the men? Is there anyone else in our community who has ephemera that would help us to put together a history of the hunt? If so, please contact our archivist Charlotte Britton on 01473 823351 or Email

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A Busy and Successful 2019 for Hadleigh CC

In aid of Breast Cancer Now and Wear it Pink 18th October 2019 was our 10th year of raising awareness and fundraising for this incredibly important charity that is close to many of our hearts. Fran started the Pink Pub Crawl in 2010 and it has been continued every year since, not only in memory of Fran but in memory of all those we have lost, for all those we know who are fighting and for all those who have survived. This year we have raised a fantastic total of £614.04 which includes a cheque for £200 from The Thrift Shop who have supported us each and every year without fail. We thank them and all the establishments in Hadleigh for their continued support and having collection tins for us on the bar - The George, The Cock Inn, The Kings Head, The British Legion, The Eight Bells and Finnezza Pizzeria. The grand total raised in the 10 years is an incredible £10,123.06! Massive thanks to Barb who puts so much effort in each year to encourage everyone to join in.

Hadleigh Cycling Club’s members have enjoyed another fruitful year. We have built on the Club’s ethos’ cycling for all, with a successful Junior season and many social rides. In September, we successfully organised our fifth Gayford Flyer sportive and 200 cyclists of all ages enjoyed a safe and memorable experience. It would be impossible to do this without very active committee members who volunteer, coach and promote the Club. It is important to acknowledge the dedication of Simon King, our Secretary, together with the Junior team (Adam Chamberlin, Roger Kerr, Martin Nichols, Gale Pryor, Lucy Jay, Rickaby Shearly-Sanders and Perrie Higgs) that has run the sessions at the Primary School. Parents who have witnessed their children develop as confident and skilful cyclists have expressed their gratitude for the hard work of coaches and helpers. Adult social rides have always been an essential element of the Club’s offer. They have been organised this year by Farhad Abdly, Julian Cecil, Kate Billingham and Fiona Holland. Thanks to Nick Webber, the Club’s finances are on a sound footing and our website has been re-designed and overhauled by Tim Collins. The Club was delighted to be involved in the Hadleigh on Show event and to speak to many potential and lapsed cyclists. We are already considering how to develop new approaches to encourage more people to get out on their bikes next year. The Club’s AGM is at 6.30pm on 6th December at The George PH and members and non-members are invited to attend. Why not try our Sunday morning social rides from the George starting at 9am, weather permitting. Adults and “capable children accompanied by an adult” are all welcome. The distance is around 25 miles. Check out our Facebook page. Visit or connect with the club via Facebook: Hadleigh Cycling Club @HadleighCycling Happy Christmas to all of you and stay safe on your bikes in 2020

Christmas Fayre and Market 13th Dec 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm - Hintlesham community hall A warm welcome awaits you at the annual Christmas Fayre and Market which is raising valuable funds for Hintlesham and Chattisham CoE Primary School. An opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy festive traditions such as mulled wine, mince pies, Santa's grotto. We're delighted to have a number of local craft and product stalls join us to offer handmade gifts, luxurious skincare, candles, pottery, jams and more. Plus a song performance by our very own school children at 4pm! A fun afternoon for all of the family. Raffle, Homemade cakes, Teas/coffees, Mulled wine, Mince pies, Tombolas, Games, Face painting, Santa's grotto

The Orchard Players Panto 2020 Red Riding Hood (Jan 9, 10, 11) Not many things can upset the villagers of Fermley on the Fiddle – that is except Werewolves and Politicians! This Panto season, join us as we tell the story of the most famous Red Hood around. Can the Woodcutter outwit the Wolf? Will Red get to Granny in time? Or will the evil Baroness hoodwink them all? You’ll be in for a howling experience! Performances: Thursday 9 & Friday 10 January at 7:30pm, Saturday 11 January at 2:30 & 7:30 at Capel St Mary Community Centre. Tickets: £8/£6 concessions - Box Office Number: 07793 820215


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Anglo Saxon enthusiasts urged to ‘Stick An Oar In’ to back ship build A raft of opportunities for Anglo Saxon history enthusiasts to back a unique shipbuild has launched with the chance to sponsor one of 84 oars. Benefactors are being sought by the team reconstructing the Saxon ship which was buried at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk for more than 13 centuries. The oars, which are being made to row the vessel once it is completed, are being offered up to history, archaeology and maritime enthusiasts for £1,000 each in exchange for having their name burnt into the wood. Philip Leech, chairman and director of the Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company, which is responsible for the build, said: “This is a hugely exciting project which will see archaeologists, historians, experts in shipbuilding and volunteers come together to raise a ghost ship. “We hope there will be lots of people out there who would like to ‘own’ part of this adventure and see their name emblazoned on an oar. But it’s a limited number that can sponsor an oar so it will be first come first served. The 90ft ship is being built in the Longshed, Woodbridge, Suffolk leased by Woodbridge Riverside Trust. The release of the oars is the second phase of a crowdfunder programme - Make Ship Happen - which hopes to raise £1 million towards the project. Along with the oars, larger sponsorship packages are available including funding the keel, the planks and the stem and stern. In August, more than 3,500 numbered metal rivets that will hold the ship together were offered to the public for £20 each. Mr Leech said: “We have had such an incredible response from people wanting to be a part of this. “Now we need big backers to put their oar in and help us move forward.” The ship will be built over a two-year period by a number of volunteers who have been taught traditional building methods. Once finished, it will be tested at sea with a full crew. If it looks possible, the team will erect a mast and see how well it sails. Mr Leech added: “The build is a serious scientific endeavour and an example of experimental archaeology which is carried out by replicating or approximating the feasibility of ancient cultures. “This is done by employing a number of methods, techniques, analysis and approaches based upon archaeological source material - in this instance raising a ghost ship based on the indent left by the original vessel. “Everything will be carefully recorded so we can learn from the construction.” All that was left of the ship, buried beneath the sand of Sutton Hoo in the 7th century was an impression of the rotted-away ship’s timbers. Plans for the shipbuild have been produced digitally from the measurements taken at the excavation back in 1939 which revealed an early medieval burial ground that included the grave of Raedwald, an Anglo-Saxon king. To sponsor a rivet or an oar email For more information on the project visit

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Royal British Legion Hadleigh Branch & Club December Entertainment Fri 6th disco Sat 7th The Luminors Fri 13th Karaoke Sat 21st The martells Fri 27th Karaoke New Year’s Eve 31st Coast From all of us here at the British legion we thank you for your support Meat Raffle held Sunday Lunchtimes Thursday nights are Bingo nights, come along for a game from 7:30pm Super League Darts Tuesday nights Watch live sport on our 110inch Wide screen Keep up to date by visiting our Facebook page Membership If you have paid your annual RBL subscription of £17.50 and received your membership card you will also need to come into the Club and pay your Club Membership Fee of £8.00 / £6.00 OAP to obtain your Club Sticker. If you decide not to pay the Club fee you will not benefit from the reduced entrance fee for entertainment nights and will only be permitted to use the Club on two occasions during the month at a fee of £1.00 per visit.

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Dear Sir, May I, through the columns of your magazine, announce my resignation as Town Councillor to the residents of Hadleigh. Since being elected, I have increasingly felt frustrated and ineffective as a Town Councillor. I do not feel that I have been able to influence progress, nor utilise my knowledge, skills and abilities, to the extent that I had hoped or had promised. The resulting levels of stress have proved to become unhealthy for me. Therefore, it is with deep regret, and much sorrow, that I have resigned from Hadleigh Town Council. I thank all those who voted for me and I hope that they can understand my decision. Vic Faccini

Dear Sir, I am writing to firstly thank all of the electorate who voted for me in the May 2019 elections for Hadleigh Town Council, and secondly to inform readers that I have tendered my resignation as a councillor. The reason for my resignation is primarily because, as of the end of October, I have undertaken a new career role, which is outside of the local area, and due to the demands, will seriously limit my ability to commit time to the Town Council. I firmly believe that the town, and the Council, deserves a council where members are able to commit to attending meetings regularly, and when attending the meetings, to be well prepared to engage in a meaningful discussion, and I will not be able to fulfil these duties as I would wish to. Therefore, it is only right that I stand down and allow the town to choose a successor who will be able to make this commitment. I was elected under the banner of openness and transparency, and so therefore in these interests, I feel it would be wrong for anyone to maintain a seat on the council in the knowledge that they would be unable to engage in discussion and challenge others on the council to make decisions in the best interests of the town. The new council is still in its infancy, and is encountering the teething problems that may well be expected with any organisation made up almost entirely of new members who are getting to know their role and each other. It is therefore crucial that all councillors are able to fully take part, and that all councillors ensure that they are reflective on decisions, to challenge thinking in a professional manner, and ensure that the decisions are made for the right reasons for the benefit of the town. I know that with the training that is currently underway, and with the appointment of the new Town Manager, that a lot of these teething issues will be addressed. I look forward to seeing the hard work that councillors are putting in coming to fruition in the many ideas that I know they are working on for the good of the town. I have thoroughly enjoyed playing a small part in trying to bring about improvements within the Council, and the Town itself, and I will continue to try to do this via the public gallery when I am able to. With best wishes to you all, and my thanks once again to those of you who enabled me to serve the town for this time, Emma Wilson-Downes

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The recent success of ‘Hadleigh on Show’ prodded me into reflecting on our first 18 months in Hadleigh. Apart from the wonderful ‘eye-opener’ of this 81 stall display, showcasing the admirable work which goes on largely behind the scenes, I’d also like to commend some of the other initiatives which help make Hadleigh a great place to live. The way in which plants and flowers are used, whether the hanging baskets which adorn the High Street all Summer, or the wildflower and bedding displays in Magdalen Street or Market Place, all contribute toward the sense of a place which is made more beautiful because it’s cared for. The contributions made by the assiduous litter-pickers, and the welcome addition of the ‘pop-up’ visitor information centre, all demonstrate a town which cares about visitors as well as its ‘own folk’. Speaking of the latter, we have a convenient leisure centre, an efficient ‘first responder’ scheme, excellent medical centre, Porch Project for younger people, Ansell Centre activities for older people, friendly, top-quality jazz, folk & cinema clubs, community choirs, orchestra, bowls club, U3A, and many other admirable organisations catering for a wide range of interests & ages. If I wore a hat, I’d be doffing it at this point, to say a humble thank you to all who have enriched our lives here. George McKissock

Dear Sir, Just want to take this opportunity on behalf of all the lads who play for the Hadleigh United Under 10s to thank our sponsors L. J. Baalham Transport Limited, Skar Precision Mouldings (courtesy of Paul Denny) and Mark Ward who have contributed towards our training kits, matchday kits and tracksuit tops. Anyone who has been involved with youth football will know how hard it can be to find funding, and to have support from local businesses to continue to provide our children with kits and equipment so they can pursue their football dreams. Thank you so much from all the lads at Hadleigh United Under 10’s

Dear Sir, According to the article on the front page of November Hadleigh Community News, it seems that the new pool building will be ‘connected to the existing centre’. Therefore there will be a loss of open space equal to the footprint of the new pool building. Please clarify. M. Andrews

Dear Sir, My grandfather was Ben Whiting, Hadleigh’s Ropemaker and is featured in many books on old Hadleigh and in a short, silent but colour film by Peter Boulton which is in the archives. He lived at 2 Lady Lane, Hadleigh and when I was 5 (66 years ago) he took me across the road to the old monastery and in a corner he pulled off some old packing, underneath was a large piece of old wooden fencing, he pulled this aside to reveal some rough worn steps leading down to an entrance. This, he said was the tunnel that lead to St Mary’s Church. He said it went down under Angel Street, veering left nearing the bottom then under Queen Street to St Mary’s. He took me down the steps and just inside the entrance, but the smell of rotten eggs was so bad he took me back up the steps and covered it all up again. In 2016 I eventually sought out George Gray who was from an old Hadleigh family and lived in the family home in nearby Aldham Road and knew of “local things”. Not only did he confirm the existence of the steps, the entrance and the tunnel, he said his father had helped my grandfather clear the steps and the entrance. Sadly, George Gray has since died, can anyone from an old Hadleigh family who lived in that area or saw the steps and entrance or were told of their existence, add to this. A.J. Whiting

Dear Sir, Soon after opening Hadleigh Cleaners in 1990 we were approached by the Chamber of Trade to take a stand at the Expo Exhibition at the Town Hall & Complex. It was a 2 day event in November to showcase the industrial, retail and commercial firms of our town. At the Chamber meeting which followed it was generally agreed to have been a success and should be repeated in the future. No Expo has happened since, but here we are nearly 30 years later with a totally different format embracing every aspect of Hadleigh life i.e. Hadleigh On Show. May I join in congratulating all the Hadleigh On Show organising committee and volunteers for such a superb event. David Walmsley


Hadleigh Town Council It’s been a busy couple of months for Hadleigh Town Council as Councillors continue to make good progress on a number of issues, in addition to exploring new opportunities and initiatives. The Council has revised its community grants and donations programme and has awarded its first grants to HADS to support their pantomime, the Porch Project to support new IT equipment and Visit Hadleigh to support their tourism website. Full details of the new programme are available on our website. Hadleigh Town Council has also provided £3000 towards the upcoming Christmas event, which is being organised by a Council-led working group made up of Councillors and residents. The event takes place on Saturday 7th December from 5pm - 9pm and promises to be a fun and festive evening for the whole community. The Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity committee continues to make good progress on outstanding issues relating to The Guildhall, which include commissioning an assessment by the Ethical Property Foundation to explore potential options for running it more effectively in the future. The Council Matters committee has been exploring a number of improvements, including increasing user-involvement in its management of Layham Road Sports Ground, whilst the Town Matters committee has considered a number of community-related issues, including supporting a new county-wide campaign to improve public health. Councillors continue to consider planning applications as and when they arise. Following a long period without a permanent Town Clerk, Hadleigh Town Council is pleased to have appointed a new, full-time Town Council Manager, who will be joining us in January 2020 and will assume all responsibilities previously held by the Town Clerk, in addition to supporting Councillors on developing a number of plans and initiatives where we also hope to involve local residents. Don’t forget you can find more information about Hadleigh Town Council, including upcoming meetings and minutes of recent meetings, on our website and we’re also on Facebook and Twitter (search for HadleighTC).

Mayor’s Update In October, Carolyn and I attended the annual Hadleigh Bowls Club dinner and presentation evening, where we were made to very welcome and had the pleasure of presenting the annual awards. The club is thought to be one of the oldest institutions in Hadleigh, being referenced in the Ipswich Journal as long ago as 1754! We’re looking forward to going back for a game in the Spring. We were invited to attend the Hadleigh On Show thank you party, where we were pleased to have an opportunity to thank the volunteers from Visit Hadleigh for putting on such a fantastic event in October. Over 90 local groups and organisations were represented at the event, which attracted 1300 visitors, and we were pleased to be able to chat with many of them on the day and hear how their work makes a positive difference in our community. The Ansell Centre is another important local group making a difference and I was pleased to attend their AGM and hear about their activities, including lunch clubs and a regular film night, which bring the community together and reduce isolation. Once again, like so many activities in Hadleigh, it's a group of dedicated volunteers who are the powerhouse that keeps this important community resource going. November saw Hadleigh Town Council supporting a number of events to mark Remembrance Day. I joined pupils from local schools on a poignant tour of the cemetery to visit the final resting places of those who lost their lives in the first and second world wars. The visit was hosted by Mark Brennan from the Royal British Legion, who shared stories about some of the servicemen with the children, many of whom have parents who serve in the armed forces. On Remembrance Sunday itself saw the remembrance parade and service at St Mary’s church, where we were joined by representatives from the armed forces, local scouts and guides and others to pause and reflect. The following day, we met at the Royal British Legion to mark the two-minutes silence. It was a poignant week end for a town that still has such a close connection with the armed forces and I'd like to say thanks to Mark Brennan in particular, who clearly puts a lot of time into organising these events and ensuring that Hadleigh remembers its fallen. The Hadleigh Hares invited me to start their annual 5 mile and 10 mile road race and fun run later in November. I may have become the first mayor to cause a false-start for the fun run after getting confused between 3,2,1 and ready, steady, go; but thankfully I was given an air horn to start the main race and wasn’t required to count. Once again, it was a fantastic event, which brings many visitors to the town, so well done to Race Director Jacqui and the team for all your hard work. Finally, I was thrilled to cut my first ribbon this month after conducting an ‘official’ opening of a cake sale, organised by Freddy Tibbott and Sam Reynolds, both 10, for BBC Children in Need. The cakes were amazing and the boys raised over £200. Well done, it's always great to see local children doing their bit to help others. Cllr Steve Allman, Hadleigh Town Mayor

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Hadleigh Town Council Meeting Thursday 21st November, 2019 Report by District Cllr Dr Siân Dawson Hadleigh North Ward General Election – 12 December, 2019 - As you will be aware, a General Election has been called, which means many Council Committee meetings will be cancelled for the next six weeks until after the Election. Councillors given more time to consider name change Babergh District councillors are being given more time to consider a proposal to change the name of the council in order to allow time for further discussions. The council met in late October to discuss a proposal to change the name of Babergh District Council to South Suffolk Council, making the council geographically consistent with its neighbouring authorities in the county. This means any name change is now unlikely before April 2021. I requested a detailed analysis of the estimate inward investment income this name change would generate to Babergh. A new Tree for Life scheme means families across Babergh can claim a free tree to mark the arrival of a child, enhancing biodiversity in the districts - The initiative, which has been running in neighbouring Mid Suffolk since 2018, offers parents with a new born or newly adopted child the chance to mark their arrival by planting a tree, benefiting families, communities and the environment by boosting the number of trees in the district. It is open to families who have welcomed a new arrival between 1 January and 31 December 2019, the scheme is also available to parents who may have lost a child during the same period to apply for a memorial tree. I would like to think ‘Any Tree for Life’ will be planted locally in Hadleigh. Also, a plant pot grown tree will also be available for those without access to a garden. Families in both Babergh and encouraged to apply for this year’s trees, ahead of the 12 January 2020 deadline. More free swimming for youngsters Following successful summer take up, Babergh District Council extended their free swims offer during half term and will also be running the initiative over the Christmas holidays too which aims to help promote healthier and active lifestyles in the district. Please promote the free swimming ahead of the Christmas holidays from 20 December, 2019 to 5 Januar,y 2020 inclusive at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre and Hadleigh Pool and Leisure. Babergh pledges to protect wildlife - During Full Council on 24 September councillors passed a motion with a range of pledges to enhance and protect biodiversity in Babergh. These included wildflower verges, free trees for families, and a map showing Babergh’s wildlife networks. The environment and climate change taskforce will look to fulfil the pledges and explore the ways biodiversity corridors can be enhanced in Babergh to protect wildlife. Free recycling talks for residents Suffolk's Recycling Centres offer free ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle- not a Waste of time!’ sessions to interested parties to learn more about ways to reduce waste and improve recycling. Neighbours, parishes or community groups are invited to set up a session, offering an ideal additional or alternative way to access information about recycling which is also available on the Suffolk Recycling website. To book a visit from their Information and Education Manager any interested parties can email Sharon Lockhart at Suffolk Recycling website. Traffic Enforcement - Tougher crackdowns on illegal parking in Suffolk will take effect early next year, which look set to put more parking wardens on the streets and end the “wild west” situation in some of the county’s problem spots. The transfer of civil parking enforcement powers in Suffolk from police to councils is due to be rubber-stamped in January following lengthy delays and rolled out in the early months of 2020. The changes mean that councils can employ wardens to crackdown on problem parking, with income collected from parking fines able to be retained by the councils rather than being sent to central government, which police must do. Cllr Dr Siân Dawson

Hadleigh Community Choir Our next concert in December is in aid of Fresh Start new beginnings, a local therapeutic service that helps children who’ve been abused and supports their families. This time the songs are mostly about winter and Christmas (yes, a lucky coincidence, I thought that too), and the music team have dug out songs that are mostly new to us and possibly to you. ‘Ring out Solstice Bells,’ anyone? or maybe ‘Torches’? You can reminisce over Paul Simon and Tori Amos numbers or maybe feel a bit sad about that old lover of yours (oh come on, you know who I mean) with Tim Rice and ‘A Winter’s Tale’. A special treat for those of you in Hadleigh who happen to be 17th century native Canadians, you can sing along to The Huron Carol, and there’s the old Wizard classic ‘I wish it could be Christmas every day’ for people who will insist on being happy over Christmas. So come along to our concert, have fun and enjoy a wide range of songs and support a very worthwhile charity. 7.30pm on 7th December at the United Reformed Church in, Hadleigh Tickets available at The Idler and Keith Avis, newsagents or on the door. If you like singing or you’d like to try it, come along when we practice on Thursdays at 7.30 at the United Reformed Church in Hadleigh or contact Stella (01473 823477) or John (01473 823791). Facebook: Hadleigh Community Choir


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We are sorry that there will be no film screening in December as there are so many other events in the build up to Christmas. However, Hollywood in Hadleigh will be back on 10th January with “Yesterday”. Full details of our January films will appear in the next issue of the Community News. Our new film brochure will be available soon in the Library, the Thrift Shop, the Ansell Centre and other outlets about town. A Review of our Year’s Activities Our AGM took place on 29th October and was followed by afternoon tea for all our wonderful volunteers, four of whom you can see in the picture. Our chairman, Tom Tebbutt, presented his report for the year, a summary of which appears below. We were also delighted to welcome our Town Mayor, Steve Allman, to our celebrations. “What makes Hadleigh a good community? Recently I have realised that there is far more to this locality and its people than I was aware. So Four of our many people are willing to give some of their time volunteers to help others in the area in so many ways. The United Reformed Church has contributed by making the Ansell Centre available for the town. We, the Ansell Centre Charity, have used the facility to provide activities for the different groups of people. With the help of our many volunteers we have been able to give our retired and those living alone a chance to enjoy sociable lunches at a reasonable price. We have provided a regular cinema which allows locals to see good films without the hassle and expense of travelling into Ipswich.

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We also in the last two years added a Memories Cafe to give those living with dementia and their carers a chance to get out of their homes into a safe and enjoyable venue. We have also extended this to include others who would like to be more sociable. We have been able to provide this facility thanks to funding from the Big Lottery and donations from local charities for which we are very grateful. We look forward to continuing to provide these activities for the people of Hadleigh and surrounding villages into 2020 and beyond. “ A very Happy Christmas to all our members, volunteers and friends. We look forward to welcoming you again to our Digital Cinema, our Lunch Clubs (first Fridays and third Wednesdays) and the Memories Café during 2020.

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So now the weather starts to disrupt the programme of rides and our riders can’t always be sure they will get up on a pony and enjoy an outdoor lesson. That’s where I can help because on really wet days each rider can have 10 minutes on my back, practicing skills that might not be possible on a live horse. The best thing I help with is rising trot. Looks easy? Ha, you just try that little uplift of your bottom whilst keeping yourself sitting tall, and balanced, and in rhythm with my body as I emulate the trot for you! At least if the rider clutches tightly on the reins by mistake, I won’t slow down or get confused. My mouth is pretty tough so the rider is forgiven. Its also good fun teaching this skill, there are often squeals of laughter from my room as the bouncing escalates. In addition to this session with me, a cancelled outdoor ride gives time for revision of the horsemanship skills needed to pass grades and earn certificates. RDA is committed to teaching each rider to gain knowledge and understanding of the horse world, and to reinforce the learning that school pupils are receiving through the national curriculum. Having a riding lesson during school hours will complement a person’s learning journey. This is also the season of mud, as any horse owner will know. Our live horses live out nicely rugged up against the wet, but their field gates become well ploughed up by their hooves, and in fetching them in or leading them out, our volunteers have to wade through the quagmire. Its not fun, but ‘all in a good cause’ as we say. Luckily I don’t have mud in my room, and we can switch on the heater in the worst of weather. Christmas will soon be celebrated around the world, whatever the local climate may be. I think we are lucky that it happens during our winter when darkness descends early and there is every excuse for candlelight. Once again, our carol service will begin here in the yard with riders and their families gathered in; we shall have prayers read by some of the riders, music kindly provided by the Serendipity choir and the Boxford Methodist Silver band. There will be mulled wine and mince pies. As darkness falls the Shetland ponies lead the large Shelly family down the hill to the lane and along the lantern lit route to Shelley Church. Each pony is represented by a candle, carried by one of their riders, who place it on the altar for a blessing. It’s the perfect way to remember our connection with a far away, much more primitive stable being mentioned all over the planet at this time of year. Our volunteers will be having their Christmas party, no doubt. I shall pick up the gossip afterwards, but not be there myself of course. I hope all my readers have an enjoyable festival and keep well and happy throughout this busy time. See you in the new year! Website: Telephone: 01473 824172

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 December we will be praying for the following streets: Week commencing Sunday 1st December Pykenham Way, Wellington Close and Charter Close; Week commencing Sunday 8th December Shearman Road and Lister Road; Week commencing Sunday 15th December Station Road and Station Yard; Weeks commencing Sunday 22nd and 29th December Christmas and New Year break. 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 Greg Frost 823804 Hadleigh URC Wendy Atkins 822535 St Joseph’s RC Church Anita Rosbrook 810057 St Mary’s CoE Joyce Willis 823165

Health and Art in Practice Hard to believe that the Hadleigh Health Centre is hosting its second art exhibition this year. Recognising that seeing artwork in a care environment can reduce anxiety and aid recovery, the Patient Participation Group has transformed the old pharmacy into a mini art gallery. Art can brighten up spaces, reducing stress for patients and in some settings provide positive distractions. Hadleigh resident, Gilly Dutton (pictured), has submitted eight pieces for display until 31st January 2020. Gilly took up painting and sketching once she had retired from successfully running her own business and could devote more time to a relaxing hobby. Her materials range from pen, ink and pencil drawings, to acrylic and watercolour landscapes. Her frequent holidays in UK and Europe have provided plenty of subject matter for her canvases and this clear from the variety of the pictures in the exhibition. If you wish to continue to enjoy any of the paintings long after the exhibition has closed it is possible to buy any of the works with 10% of the purchase price going towards The Hadleigh and Boxford Medical Practice Charitable Trust. We hope that you will take the time to view the display even if you are not ill. To buy any of the artwork please contact Jan Devey or 01473 827091

It has been another busy year at Kersey Mill and time has whizzed by! All the work to convert the Mill ready for Santa’s Workshops is now complete and we can report that Santa and his helpful band of elves are eagerly awaiting all the visitors in the run up to Christmas! The Santa’s Workshops start from 1st December and the hour long sessions run each Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am to 5pm. For the final weekend, additional Workshops have been added to include Friday 20th and Monday 23rd December. Tickets are selling like hot cakes, however for any last minute tickets you can still purchase these either by phone 01473 829317 or on-line, so please get in touch! All proceeds go to the restoration fund and we thank everyone who helps with the event and supports it by attending. We are also pleased to report good progress has been made with the restoration work to the Mill itself and now that the millstones and associated furniture have been reinstated, we can look forward to commencing work on the final stages to the mill elevators and bolters next year. Work completed during 2019 included: • Replacing the millstone runner stones • Maintenance carried out to the water wheel, sluice gates, head and tail race (the channel leading to and from the water wheel) • Clearing and tidying the riverbanks • Repair/replacement of some of the weather boards and guttering • Repair/reinstatement of the three glut boxes to the water-driven stones • Oak floorboards lifted and closed up on the first floor (as unfortunately they had shrunk) • Building of the tuns (wooden casing for the millstones) During 2019 it was pleasing to see so many visitors to the site and we invited numerous groups and societies along for our free guided tours of the Mill and gardens. We also welcomed students from Cambridge on an Historic England tour of Kersey Mill to witness the restoration work in progress. The Suffolk Mills Open Weekend held in May and two nationally organised events, Drive It Day and National Heritage Week held in April and September respectively, certainly helped to raise the profile of Kersey Mill and were highlights in our calendar. The goal is to have the Mill working occasionally and be available to the public for recreational and educational purposes, so it becomes a working museum for all to enjoy. This project still requires substantial funds and expertise along with many hours of work of varying degrees, including administration, fundraising, working alongside builders, carpenters and general labour. We already have a small number of people offering support for the project but desperately need more. If you are a large organisation or a single individual who would like to be part of the restoration or arrange a visit to see work in progress or help create this legacy for generations to come, please do get in touch via our website A special thanks is extended to everyone who has volunteered at our fundraising events and to "The Friends of Kersey Mill", who have continued to support us with the restoration project. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Hadleigh Community Primary School Key Stage 2 – STEM Club STEM club was a great success with x20 children meeting each week to build and design various science and technology based gadgets, such as windmills, slime and vibrating bugs. This is culminating in a STEMFEST trip to the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook. E-Safety We welcomed EST-E-safety Training, better known as the 2 Johns, to talk our parents through the dangers that lurk on the internet. Over 50 parents attended and picked up valuable information on the risks presented by Apps such as Tik-Tok and Road Blox as well real life examples of ways to help them keep their children safe and openly communicating about what they do online. The feedback we have received has been incredibly positive with many saying that this course was 'essential for any parents allowing their child access to the internet'. A big thank you goes to the staff who laid on a movie night for pupils and the HSA for providing popcorn for this.

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After frosts and heavy rain the week preceding the races the weather gods looked favourably upon us for the weekend and marshals were treated to temperatures of 7 degrees out on the course. The Turners Blinds and Shutters 10 mile race, John Chisnall 5 mile race and 2k fun run, kindly supported by Jim Lawrence were all sold out in advance. This is the first time in the event's history that the 2k fun run has reached capacity. Supporters and runners alike were entertained at the start / finish by music from Clarke Entertainments and Rob’s wonderful commentary! The event fielded runners from all over the region, with competitors from established running clubs and unattached runners from the local area. Hadleigh Hares A.C. chairwoman, Rachel Bodsworth, explained, ‘Hadleigh Hares introduced the five mile race because we saw a gap in the race calendar for shorter races in the autumn. We wanted to encourage people from Hadleigh and the surrounding area to feel they could take part in a race close to them. Our ten mile race is over an undulating, and often muddy, course and can seem intimidating for a new runner. We are over the moon that we continue to have a good split of club runners travelling to the races and local people.’ As the ten mile race had been chosen as the Suffolk Road County Championship 10 mile race for 2019 it attracted a competitive field. The race for the top spot was run by Danny Rock from Felixstowe Road Runners in a winning in a time of 54:00, followed by Hadleigh Hares Scott Ramsey in second place in 55:19 and James Calvert from Ipswich Jaffa came in third in 57:28. The ladies race was won by Emma Drury from Sudbury Joggers in 1:07:37, followed by Kate Creak in 1:07:52 and third place went to Madeline Lewis from Harwich Runners in 1:12:46. Hadleigh Hares AC were awarded third team place for both male and female teams. Well done to Amy Plumbly, Kay Oxford, Elaine Turner, Scott Ramsey, Aden Bell and Dean Wright. The 5 mile race was just as keenly contested with Lee Barber from Framingham Flyers coming out on top with a time of 27:45 and Kerry Dennett winning in 33:37 for the ladies. Second place for the men’s race was a draw between John Scaife from Hadleigh Hares and Garry Cullum from Felixstowe in 29:12. Second in the women’s race went to Jess Gooderham from St Edmunds Pacers in 33:56 and third to Catriona Ward Self from Vegan Runners in 35:05. Hadleigh Hares won the 5 mile female team prize; well done to Rachel Bodsworth, Fiona Holland and Nathalie Hooper. Hadleigh Hares AC would like to thank the local community for their support with the event and are looking forward to next year’s event on 15th November 2020.

Hadleigh United Youth Community Football Programme Our current U7s recently took part in a Suffolk FA 4v4 festival on Hadleigh United’s main pitch. The festival involved 25 other local football clubs. Much fun and laughter was had by all the children. If you are interested in our community football programme for boys and girls aged 4-8, please contact Gavin Peters at

Hadleigh Badminton Club Club Nights on Wednesdays 8 to 10 pm Hadleigh High Leisure Centre, Highlands Road All abilities and ages (14+) welcome Come and try a free test session on any club night For further information call Alan Hughes 01473 823517

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Once again there is a rustling of shredded paper at SESAW as more hungry hedgehogs demand their dinner. They will stay with us until they put on enough weight to fend for themselves. Despite our best efforts, some of our rescue stories do not have a happy ending. One such is Titch, a gentle giant of a mastiff, found tied up on a London building site. She needed a leg operation upon arrival but soon recovered and went to live with one of our volunteers and her pets. Unfortunately dogs became jealous of each other and who should share the sofa with the humans. She returned to SESAW to enjoy her walks and playtime again until a sudden decline in her health. Our usually boisterous girl was found to have a massive growth and sadly, is with us no more. It seems those that get dealt the wrong cards throughout their lives cannot have a happy ending. My, how we all miss her ugly ol’ mug gazing at us saying “come on give us a cuddle”. If you have room in your heart and home to give one of our other residents a new start, leave an answerphone message or email us. Please check the website if you plan to visit as we will be closed for a few weeks. Season’s greetings and best wishes for 2020 from all of us at SESAW, including me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua. Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, Reg.Charity No.1124029, Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP. Tel: 01787 210888, Check opening times before visiting in November

Hadleigh United Youth Girls Wildcats have recently been awarded Suffolk Grassroots Project of the year Award.

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Whatfield Village Hall Saturday 8th February 10 am - 2 pm Get rid of your Post Xmas clutter or grab a bargain! £5 per table in advance; £7 on the day Book with Christina: 01473 399215 50p Entrance Refreshments available, enjoy a bacon roll or home made cake Run by Whatfield Community Council in aid of village projects

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Fireworks Display Two massive ‘thank you's’ firstly to all the helpers for their hard work on a damp day to get set up ready for the display, secondly to all the spectators who turned out once again to made this annual event a very successful night. Hopefully we will do it all again in 2020. Once again a Big Huge Thanks everyone First Team News Since our last notes ‘lady luck’ has still deserted us as we have lost the last four matches, a narrow loss at home to Thetford (3-2) followed by a 6-1 defeat at Long Melford with new signing Gavin Van-oene scoring in both matches, a slightly improved performance against Swaffham on Saturday 9th November saw us lose 1-0, 16th saw a trip to Norwich Utd saw us lose 4-1 but we put in a much more battling performance despite the scoreline which did flatter the hosts. One winner in all of this was loyal supporter Tommy Chisnall who won the 50/50 raffle at Norwich Utd. Reserve Team News The scheduled match at Cornard on the 26th October fell victim to a waterlogged pitch, next up a trip to the seaside (Holland-on-sea) to play Holland Res saw us return home pointless in a 9 goal thriller as we came back from 4-1 down at the interval to lose 5-4. 9th November a Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup match saw a 2-1 win over Long Melford and a place in the quarter finals when we host Woodbridge Town Res on 29th February 2020. Saturday's home match on 16th against Diss was called off due a waterlogged Millfield pitch Under 18's News Better news for the Under 18's although losing by the odd goal (2-1) against Stowmarket the side has been playing with more confidence which saw them record their first league win of the season way at Coplestonians on Thursday 31st Oct with a convincing 7-0 victory although the hosts made us work hard for the win, buoyed by this win the next home match on 6th Nov saw the second win of the season recorded with a 3-2 victory over Felixstowe & Walton coming back from going a goal down we battled hard to go 3-1 ahead in the second half but a late rally by the visitors saw them pull a goal back to set up a tense final few minutes as we held out for the points Veterans News October 27th saw both teams in action the Vets winning 6-0 away to Ipswich Revolution while the Brettsiders drew 1-1 away to Coplestonians Sunday 3rd Nove both teams were in Cup action with the Vets winning 7-1 away at AFC Kesgrave to progress into the next round, but the Brettsiders lost 7-3 away to Bury Town Vets. Last Sunday 17th Nov both scheduled matches were called off due to waterlogged pitches December Matches First Team: 7th Hadleigh v Walsham-le-Willows, 14th Wroxham v Hadleigh, 21st Hadleigh v Newmarket Town, 28th Hadleigh v Brantham Athletic Reserves Only one scheduled match away to Walsham -le-Willows on Sat 7th Under 18's Weds 4th Hadleigh v Whitton Utd, Thurs 12th Framlingham Town v Hadleigh Veterans Sun 1st AFC Kesgrave v Hadleigh Vets Sun 8th Felixstowe Falcons v Hadleigh Vets (NSVFL Cup), Sun 15th Hadleigh Vets v Witnesham Wasps & Hadleigh Brettsiders v Ipswich Phoenix. October 200 Club Winners 1 John Day (74) £100; 2 Rolf Beggerow (8) £50. A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all from Hadleigh United Football Club

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Hadleigh Bowling Club We’d like to thank all our sponsors for their valued support over this and many years, and to wish them a Happy Christmas and a successful 2020. Crockatt Garage Ltd, S. Cowle Electrical, Colourfence, Gwinnell & Sons Travel Stop, Gotelee Solicitors, Hunters Exclusive, Hintlesham Barns WJ Green Ltd, Home Computer Services, Smugglers Catering Chisnall & Sons, Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance Of course the green and outdoor bowling will have to wait till the better weather and the new season next April. So why the sunny outdoor photo, you ask? The club stays busy during the winter months, indoor short-mat competitions thrive, and the socialising goes on with Pie & Quiz nights, Sunday lunches, buffets, New Year’s Dinner and Valentines Dinner Dance and all the rest. Ah, yes, the photo. Well, to be honest it’s just fun to torture everyone because they’re all counting down the days till the green opens up again. Come on people, get a grip. Play with your kids or something. It’s not long. If you fancy trying indoor short-mat, ask any member you know or contact Jan on 01473 828212 and she will organise it for you

Pause For Thought What is your opinion? Whisper it quietly, but is it possible Christmas is overrated? I do enjoy festive lights, I love turkey and a good Christmas film. I really appreciate a thoughtful gift. I like reading Round Robin letters. Unless….. Unless, like some social media messages, they are a platform to convince you how wonderful life is for others. The fabulous holidays, fulfilling jobs, adoring partners, hectic social calendar, compliant families and beautifully decorated Christmas trees. TV adverts also attempt to portray the perfect family myth. That’s not my life. I do have very happy days; with many blessings, but mixed in there are days when life is a challenge. Illness, accidents, sadness, loss and grief are part of life. I feel disappointed in people, and I disappoint others. This is the reality, and although it is Christmas things will still go wrong. So, is there anything at Christmas to be really excited about? Yes. God saw the mess people had made of His world and their lives. His heart of love was moved with compassion and He promised to send the gift we needed. We all break God’s laws and so He sent Jesus to die a horrific death on a cruel cross to make it possible for us to be forgiven and free. For God so loved the world, He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3.16. The best Christmas gift of all can be yours. For the asking. Christine Hart

Chelsworth Christmas Fair Saturday 7th December Are you stressed by busy high streets? Is internet shopping too impersonal? Treat yourself to a peaceful and personal, Christmas shopping experience at Chelsworth Christmas Fair on Saturday 7th December from 11am until 4pm. The Fair is held in Chelsworth’s beautiful medieval church and is a truly festive experience. There will be about 20 stalls selling crafts, gifts and festive foods. There will also be seasonal refreshments and some musical entertainment from Serendipity; plus, of course, the famous and fabulous, Chelsworth Christmas raffle. Entry is £3 for adults, children free and also free entry for Chelsworth residents. Car parking is free at a nearby farm. Chelsworth is on the B1114 between Lavenham and Bildeston


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