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A WORD FROM THE EDITOR Recently I spent time with an friend who is caring for her elderly dad. Sarah is exhausted, sad, stressed and worried, worn out from sleeping on chairs next to her dad’s hospital bed. She talked about the ongoing struggle to get the support they both need, the ever-changing nature of her dad’s condition and her fears for the future, but also of the people she calls ‘Angels’ who she has encountered along this difficult journey. These ‘Angels’ are few in number, but they stand out because they are so remarkable. One she particularly remembers is Sam. He operates the overnight tea trolley in A&E at their local hospital. A&E is never a pleasant place to be, particularly so at 3am, but when Sam arrived, pushing his tea trolley quietly so as not to disturb or agitate patients, my friend was amazed by his smile and the gentle manner in which he approached people. She watched him make his away around the room and was astonished by the effect he had. People returned his smile, grateful to have a hot drink and to chat for a moment to someone who actually looked happy to be there. As he approached, my friend prepared herself to speak for her dad, but Sam spoke directly to him. He said: “I have a cup of tea for you and something tells me you’d like it with sugar.” Her dad hadn’t said a word for hours, but to Sarah’s surprise he replied and he and Sam had a brief chat. When Sam departed with a smile and a wave, Sarah’s dad continued to chat into the morning. This one brief encounter had lifted his spirits and for a short time Sarah and her dad chatted about all and sundry. For this Sarah will forever be grateful to the ‘Angel’ with the tea trolley. I share this story because it has had such an impact on me. I have never been, and will never be, an ‘Angel’. I try to be positive, I really do, but it doesn’t come to me naturally. If I had to push a tea trolley around A&E at 3am I’d be more likely to leave a trail of despair. I dread to think what my work colleagues might have to say! When I’m feeling sorry for myself I think of Sam and my friend’s tears as she recalled her all to brief encounter with him. January is a difficult month for many people for many different reasons. Do you have the capacity to be an ‘Angel’ in someone’s life for a brief moment? I hope I do!


NEWS 1st CAPEL ST MARY SCOUT GROUP Our 50th anniversary year in 2018 was a great success, with our St George’s Day Parade and Service in St Mary’s Church in April and our celebration camp at Vauxhall Farm, Great Wenham at the end of June. The group were also very pleased to be involved in the dedication service for the new War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday; we had almost a full turnout from our members to take part in the parade on what was a very special day for the village. Now as we begin a new year we are still urgently in need of a volunteer to fill the role of treasurer on our executive committee. If you are interested or would like to find out more information, please contact Gill Williams: 07837 154947 / Please help 1st Capel St Mary Scout Group continue to provide the fun, challenge and adventure of Scouting for future generations of young people in our village. Thank you.

ST ELIZABETH HOSPICE The hospice is looking for a wide variety of prizes to use at their tombolas at forthcoming events. Prizes will include drinks, cans of food, sweets and toiletries. Anything you could spare would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me on 01473 311651 if you would like to donate and I will arrange to call and collect. Thank you in anticipation, Linda Morrison

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Will the spoilt, high-life living Prince ever discover his true self? Will King Geoffrey ever grow a backbone? Will Dame Trixie ever find her missing daughter? Get ‘tangled’ up in our pantomime adventure Running at Capel Community Centre from Thursday, January 10 to Saturday 12 with performances at 7.30pm each evening and at 2.30pm on Saturday 12 Box Office: 07793 820215

ACORN VILLAGE Happy New Year to you all and thank you so much for supporting adults with learning disabilities at Acorn Village throughout 2018 and most recently at the Christmas Market. Your support truly does make the difference. To start the year we have a January Sale on Saturday 26 with more details to be found on our website so please take a look. We will also have the Witchfinder Trail Run/Walk returning on Sunday, April 14. We hope you all had a peaceful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2019.

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REPORT TO PARISHES, MID-SAMFORD WARD: DECEMBER 2018 BABERGH DISTRICT COUNCILLOR SUE CARPENDALE There are three key responsibilities for a district councillor: to provide a policy steer and approve resources for council business and services; to be mindful of the whole district, including both its own needs and the obligation to co-operate with neighbouring authorities; and to represent and promote the interests of the residents in their local ward. A fair amount of training and briefing goes on out-of-meeting to help councillors get to grips with their role. In recent weeks, in addition to formal meetings, I have attended sessions dealing with: the shared legal service; housing; the emerging Joint Local Plan; new types of planning applications; neighbourhood planning and the revised National Planning Policy Framework; CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy); the development of three major strategies for the environment, for communities and for leisure and recreation; Community Action Suffolk; Healthwatch Suffolk; crime and community safety; emergency planning; the development of Babergh’s organisational values and culture; and corporate parenting. Coming up soon is the all-important heads-up on next year’s budget and our ongoing financial strategy. There are many cross-overs between district, county and other agency functions, for example, by ensuring a supply of appropriate homes the public sector can jointly address both social care and health and wellbeing, agendas also served by the district planning facilities for leisure and recreation. If large developments are approved, county and health providers must plan for schools, transport, health care and so on – vital

infrastructure to balance ‘harm’ versus ‘benefits’ (Unfortunately that doesn’t always seem to work!). ‘Corporate parenting’ is not something which obviously involves a district council, but not only do our housing and leisure agendas have a role to play, we should help to promote the message that there is a great need for more people to foster and care for looked-after children. Hundreds of young people in Suffolk start off at a disadvantage, often achieving less well academically, vulnerable to exploitation, being disadvantaged throughout their life time.  A new scheme has been developed by Volunteering Matters for ‘Grandmentors’. This encourages inter-generational relationships which are making a big difference to those in need. The scheme works with Leaving Care teams matching young people aged 16-24, who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) with a dedicated volunteer mentor over the age of 50. Lasting up to 12 months, the volunteer can boost confidence, develop skills and generally help people who lack support. Care leavers benefit from these sessions. It may be the first time they have ever had someone’s full attention and a listening ear. There are so many basics that can be passed on – how to cook, shop, pay rent, deal with bills, turn up for work or training – many things we take for granted. There’s a scheme running in Ipswich. If you would like to find out more, please email:

BABERGH DISTRICT COUNCILLOR FENELLA SWAN Homelessness Reduction Act 2017: Last month’s meeting of the Scrutiny Committee reviewed the first six months of the enactment of the Homeless Reduction Act 2017 and the impact on the Housing Solutions Team at Babergh and the outcomes delivered to residents. The new act places many new statutory duties on councils and has brought about the most significant changes in more than 40 years to how those who are homeless, or at risk of becoming so, are dealt with. The service provided by Babergh has been restructured and capacity increased to manage the new workload. The review showed that despite a significant increase in caseload, the team has prevented and relieved more homelessness cases than in previous years showing that performance is high. Former Council Offices, Hadleigh: Babergh District Council have submitted planning applications for 78 new homes in Hadleigh, with proposals to develop both the former council offices on Corks Lane and the former care home at Angel Court. The planning applications, validated and available on the council’s Planning Pages website, propose to build 53 dwellings on the site of the former Corks Lane offices, with an additional four homes proposed just across the River Brett at Bridge House, along with 21 flats at the former Angel Court site.


The five listed buildings on the Corks Lane site will be repaired, refurbished and converted into residential accommodation to retain their distinctive presence on the site. In addition, the office pavilions, constructed in the 1970s, will be converted into apartments rather than demolished, maintaining the backdrop to Hadleigh Cricket Ground. These proposals have been drawn up in consultation with heritage consultants to ensure the proposals cause the least possible harm to the buildings. The open space immediately north of the River Brett, which forms a popular route for walkers, will also be retained as far as possible and continue to be publicly accessible. The plans include both maintaining as many of the existing trees on the site as possible, with replanting proposed to ensure there is no net-loss of trees. Vehicles accessing the Corks Lane site will continue to use Corks Lane, while those visiting the Bridge House site will use the current entrance route to the car park, meaning future use of the site will be via the same routes that were used by Babergh staff when the offices were operational.

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Meeting held Monday, December 10

Sharing Your Medical Record Your medical record is highly confidential, but sometimes the practice needs to share it with other health professionals, such as hospital clinicians, community nurses and out-of-hours GPs, to ensure your treatment is safe and appropriate. However, the practice will only share your record with your consent.

Present were Councillors Bishop, Harris, Kilby, Matthews (Chair), Rogers, Streatfield, Weaver, County Councillor Jones, District Councillors Carpendale and Swan, Julie Lawes (Clerk) and three members of the public. The following Planning Applications were recommended for approval to Babergh District Council: Dilkusha, Days Road; Capel Community Church, Days Road. Capel St Mary Parish Council gave no comment for the application relating to 18 Boydlands. There have been no changes in proposals for development within the village and we await updates. The Neighbourhood Plan questionnaires have been collected and the information will be collated to help create the Neighbourhood Plan for Capel St Mary. The Capel Community Trust is progressing with plans to build a new pavilion at the playing field. Julie Lawes The next meeting of Capel St Mary Parish Council will be on Monday, January 14 in the library. There is an open session at each meeting when members of the public may speak. The actual minutes of the meeting are available for viewing at the parish council office at 27a The Street, Capel St Mary, which is open on Tuesdays from 10am-noon and on Fridays from 1-3pm. The parish clerk can be contacted on 01473 314103 during these times. An answer phone operates outside these hours and messages are picked up every day. Alternatively contact can be made by email at:

NEW YEAR = NEW YOU! January is a good time to reflect on where we all are health wise and what we want our goals to be for the next year. Scary statistic for you – in 2016 a survey found that 26.2 per cent of adults in England were obese and a further 35.2 per cent were overweight meaning than 61.4 per cent of all adults in England were overweight and those numbers are still rising. We are turning into a generation of sedentary people with unhealthy eating habits and lifestyles. Another scary sets of statistics – almost 3.7 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes and a further 12.3 million are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes – this is strongly linked to obesity. There are some things in life that are outside of our control, but leading a healthy lifestyle is not. A healthy diet and regular exercise is vital to turn these statistics around. We hold two drop-in clinics each month in Capel which are both open to all Capel residents. There is no need to book an appointment, just turn up. The sessions are: First Wednesday of the month at Dove Close, 9.30–11.30am Third Tuesday of the month at Capel Library, 9.30–11.30am We can help with general health advice, check your blood pressure, work out your body mass index (BMI) to see what weight category you fit into and talk through current recommendations for diet and exercise including signpost you to where you can find out further information. This is a free service. Blessings, Capel Parish Nurses Team Caroline: 07588 706869 / Margaret: 07588 698284 /


There are two ways sharing can happen. First, a Summary Care Record has basic information that is useful for NHS clinicians. It shows if you have allergies and it lists your medications. Including ‘Additional Information’ will add your illnesses and any health problems, vaccinations, operations and information on how you would like to be treated. Second, your full electronic health record held by your GP surgery can also be made available to health and social care staff if they are involved in your direct care. Staff must still ask for your permission before they look at your record. This also allows your surgery to see what other staff are doing to support and treat you. If there are certain parts of your record that you wish to keep private, your surgery can do this. It is important to note that your record can only be seen by staff who are currently involved in your direct care, have a need to see it and have asked for your permission. The only exception to this is in case of an emergency. For instance, if you were taken to hospital unconscious, a doctor could look at your record without your permission. Please ask the surgery for a form to give consent to share your record or let the clinician know the next time you visit the practice. If you change your mind at a later date just tell us and we will update your record. Flu Vaccinations Despite the complexities of delivering our flu vaccination programme this year, including the introduction of an additional vaccine for over 65s and phased vaccine deliveries, our main flu clinics were a great success. At the time of writing, official NHS figures suggest the practice has vaccinated over 73 per cent of over 65s. That’s the fourth highest achievement across all 40 GP practices in Suffolk! We also raised over £250 for the British Heart Foundation and £600 for Ormiston Families, so thank you for your generosity. However, many patients have yet to be vaccinated, including under 65s and children. If you have received a letter inviting you or your child for a flu vaccination, simply contact the practice and we will arrange an appointment. If you’re not sure about eligibility we can quickly check it for you. It’s not too late and we have plenty of vaccines. Training Days A reminder that the practice will be closed from 1pm on Wednesday, February 13 for staff training. The Capel St Mary building will be open to enable access to the pharmacy, but the practice reception will be closed. East Bergholt reception will be open. Please note that there will be no clinicians at either building after 1pm as they will be attending training off-site. If you phone the practice the recorded message will ask you to ring 111 for medical assistance if your problem cannot wait until the next day. Practice Manager Pete Keeble

EAST BERGHOLT HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATION INDOOR CAR BOOT SALE East Bergholt High School Sunday, February 24, 10am-noon Admission 50p / Refreshments Available Free Car Park Tables £5 in advance, £7.50 on the day Doors open 9am to set up ( 07776 291445

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Advance Closure Notice: We shall close at 5pm on Friday 11 and at 12.30pm on Saturday 12 to enable our friends the Orchard Players needing the space to change for their pantomime. If you are returning books you can use the letterbox in the wall and they will be dealt with when we are next open. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

A warm welcome to 2019 – may it be a happy and healthy year for us all. We are pleased that at last the renovations are in hand to replace the bay windows at the front of the pub. This will make it all much cosier and smarter too, and we hope it can be done with a minimum of disturbance. The pub will remain open while the work is being carried out so do join us. Here are some dates for your diary. Open Mic Night: A week later on Tuesday, January 8 because of New Year’s Day.

January is the time we spend more time indoors and that means we can get into planning mode for the coming year. Whether it’s travel to a new and different country or a new garden or allotment space, there is a book for it. Browse the library catalogue at  and reserve the books of your choice to be delivered to the library of your choice. You will be notified when the book is received.

Quiz Night: The January quiz will be on Saturday 26. There will be a curry supper provided by Esther of Esther’s Best, who already produces our popular Sunday lunches. We expect high demand, so booking for the curry is essential.

Did you miss the block buster when it was in the cinema? DVD releases of these films come soon after general release. Premier or new release DVDs cost £3 per weekly hire, other general release titles are just £1 per weekly hire. Do not miss out. This represents good value.

Games Evenings: This month sees the resumption of our winter games evenings, starting on Saturday, January 12. Come with a friend or on your own – there will be plenty of groups to join. Games are provided, but if you have a favourite, bring it along!

You can renew your books online for a further three weeks providing no-one else has reserved the title.

Moroccan Evening: Following our very successful Italian Evening in November, we are hosting another themed meal on Saturday, January 19. Demand for this is likely to be high, so book early to ensure your place. Check the website and Facebook for details. Annual Members’ Meeting: We are holding our AMM at The Case on Monday, January 28. This is where we update our shareholders on progress throughout the year, and also elect the management committee for the coming year. This year we will have at least three vacancies, so if you are a shareholder and would like to be considered for election, please write to the chairman at: Fifth Anniversary Celebrations On Wednesday, April 17 it will be five years since The Case reopened its doors as Suffolk’s first community pub and we will be holding a weekend of events to celebrate this landmark occasion. In addition, we are hoping to put together an album of photographs taken over the last five years of the events that have helped to make The Case such an important part of our wonderful community. If you have one or two photographs showing an event held at The Case that you are happy to share, please email these to the chairman to arrive no later than January 31: Even if you’re not a shareholder, why not support your pub by volunteering for one of the many duties around the pub? It doesn’t have to be bar work – there are many behind-the-scenes jobs which need doing. Ask at the pub for details.

Please inform the staff of any change of address, email or telephone number changes so that we can keep your records up to date. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Baby Bounce: restarts on Tuesday 8 at 2pm with lots of shaking of instruments and singing, progressing to finger rhymes. Open to all under-fives and their parents/carers, this activity is free of charge. Minecraft: Meets on Sundays 13 and 27 between  10.30am and 12.30pm. Under-eights are to be accompanied by an adult. No charge for this event. Capel Creators: Saturday 18 between 10.30am and-12.30pm. A small charge of 50p to cover refreshments is made. Suitable for all children; under-eights to be accompanied by an adult. Capel Library Book Group: Friday 18 at 2.30pm. Come and join in with this lovely, small group to discuss the latest book. OPENING TIMES Monday: Closed Tuesday: 9.30am-12.30pm & 2-5.30pm Wednesday: 9.30am-12.30pm Thursday: 9.30am-12.30pm Friday: 2-5pm & 5.30-7.30pm Saturday: 9am-3pm Sunday: 10am-3pm Contact: 01473 311699

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DEATH CAFÉ The next Peninsula Death Café will be on Sunday, January 6 in The Compasses, Main Road, Holbrook. We meet for an hour and a half from 10.30am. We are very grateful to The Compasses for allowing us to use their lounge where we were made very welcome in November with tea, coffee, fresh scones and muffins. For more information about the Death Café contact Jane Gould: 01473 780777 /

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ST MICHAEL’S MONTHLY MARKET The next market at St Michael’s, The Church on the Park, Woolverstone is on Saturday, January 12, 9am-12.30pm. All your favourite market stalls selling fruit, vegetables, cakes, bread, meat and an interesting range of handcrafted items which make ideal presents. East End Butchers are pleased to be the market’s resident meat supplier. If you would like to place on order with them it can be collected at the market each month. Their number for orders is 01206 392190. Come along to mingle with your friends, have a cup of coffee and a bacon buttie and enjoy the lovely venue. New stalls welcome. Contact Jane Gould: 01473 780777




Well here we go again with another New Year, let’s hope it’s a good one!

Thank you to everyone who helped and supported our latest jumble sale and made it a great success. If you missed this last sale, there will be another in April/May so watch this space!

I’m sure everyone will have read about the planned library closures in Essex. Fortunately, at the current time, Suffolk Libraries are not going down this route, however this is not to say that it will not happen in the future. Our libraries are an important community resource and once lost will not return. Any closure will be based largely on usage, so please, please use them as much as possible. Don’t leave it until it’s too late – use it or risk losing it! Our AGM is being held in the library at 4pm on Saturday, January 26. Please come along if you would like to find out more about what we have been doing during the last year and what our plans are going forward. Our trustees do a sterling job of arranging events both for the community and to enable us to raise funds to support the continued renewal and upgrading of equipment and facilities within the library. We meet bi-monthly and spend no more than an hour a week working on projects. If you would be interested in assisting or becoming a trustee, please attend the meeting or contact us via the library. Can I also remind everyone that membership of the Friends Group is now due for renewal? Membership is £1 a year; if you are renewing or would like to become a member please pick up an application form in the library. As a member you may also like to join the 100 Club for a cost of £12 a year, giving you the chance to win a cash prize in our monthly draw. Our first film of the New Year is The Bromley Boys and will be screened on Tuesday, January 15 at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm). Tickets are now on sale at the library. Returning to our popular run of true stories, this film is about: “A boy, a girl and the worst football team in Britain – you can’t choose who you fall in love with. The Bromley Boys is a funny yet touching coming of age football memoir played out to the sights and sounds of late 60s Britain. Based on the hilarious novel by Dave Roberts, it recounts the author’s highs and the lows supporting the worst football team in the country at the time, Bromley FC.” Happy New Year. Trevor Stevenson

BRANTHAM AMATEUR THEATRICAL SOCIETY Presenting Off to Treasure Island, a swashbuckling adventure by Lisa Butley, at Brantham Village Hall from February 20-23 with evening performances at 7.30pm and a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets (£9 / children £6) available from December 1 at Bakes & Blossoms and at:

STOUR VALLEY MEN’S PROBUS CLUB On December 5 Peter Parfitt presented Reflections on The Scilly Isles and our December 19 meeting featured Brantham’s famous quizmaster Paul Oliver who presented his now very famous Christmas quiz.

Please save all your goodies but, if this is a problem, we can collect sooner. Pam Rament

CAPEL IRISH SET DANCE GROUP Capel Irish Set Dance Group meets at St Mary’s Church Hall on the third Sunday of every month (except August and the second Sunday in December) from 2-5.30pm. We are a friendly group and it’s not necessary to have a partner. In fact you’re welcome to come along just to enjoy the music. 2019 Dates: January 20, February 17, March 17, May 19. June 16, July 21, September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 8 (no meeting in April and August). Hille and Trevor Peartree, 01473 310146 Chris and Marjorie Haste, 01473 311615

STOUR VALLEY U3A We don’t have a speaker meeting in December but held our popular Christmas Lunch this time at the Best Western Hotel, Copdock on Wednesday, December 5. This is always a very popular event and was enjoyed by all who attended. On Wednesday, January 9 Sally Dearman will present Woman Can Fly. This is the story of one women’s journey from  jumping  out of a landing window, then out of planes, to  becoming a civil pilot and the first women through the RAF’s fast-jet flying trains system. An Afternoon with Joyce Grenfell by Gillain Grinham is the subject for our meeting on February 13. Gillian is an author, former teacher and a director of plays and musicals. She will perform a series of monologues and songs from Joyce’s repertoire,  interspersed with details of her much loved entertainer’s life.  Family historians and authors Toni Neobard and Kate Broad will present For Better or For Worse on March 13. This will be a light-hearted look at marriage and relationships through the eyes of Victorians. What happened if they  didn’t marry and what if you did but weren’t happy with your choice? It will be a glimpse at bizarre goings-on showing wedded bliss  wasn’t always so! Each month The Coffee Grinders meet at The Lambe School, Gaston Street, East Bergholt CO7 6SD from 10am to noon. This meeting especially welcomes new members and gives all members the opportunity to meet the activity group leaders and  the committee while enjoying a cup of coffee. The next meeting is on Friday, Janaury 25..

Our club endeavours to be simple in structure, free of the constraints and obligations of service clubs and involve members at minimal cost. The club is directed primarily to providing fellowship between members who are compatible with each other and the opportunity for development of acquaintances. New members are welcomed.

Our main purpose is to encourage lifelong learning for those who are no longer in full time employment and emphasis is always placed on making learning active and fun as well as helping in developing friendships. We have a wide range of groups including language study, country walking and computer studies and groups that visit gardens, churches and historic buildings. In the main, membership is drawn from communities in the lower Stour Valley and adjacent areas including Brantham, Capel St Mary, Dedham, East Bergholt, Holbrook, Lawford, Manningtree, Raydon and Stratford St Mary. We are affiliated to the ThirdAge Trust, have over 260 members and 21 groups. For further information please visit where membership secretary Gillian Gibbs may be contacted.

We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at St John Ambulance HQ, Manningtree CO11 1EB at 10.30am. For further details please contact speaker secretary Dave Carman: 01255 880202

We meet at Constable Hall, Gandish Road, East Bergholt CO7 6TP at 2.15pm. Annual membership is £12 which entitles members to attend meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, except in December.

John Hammond will explain the skill of will writing at our meeting on January 16 and we hold our New Year Lunch at the popular Haywain, Little Bromley, on February 6 when our spouses and Probus widows join us for what will be an enjoyable event and a tasty meal. 


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OUT & ABOUT BENTLEY TUESDAY CLUB Our afternoon club runs in Bentley Village Hall from January to December on a fortnightly basis. We have had an interesting year of varied speakers, entertainment, sessions of chair aerobics and two summer outings – a Deben river cruise in June and our annual visit to Dunwich for a fish and chip lunch in September. We concluded our year with Christmas Lunch at Beth Chatto Gardens, followed later in the month by our Christmas Party, with afternoon tea and entertainment provided by Judy and Glynis playing a selection of carols and Christmas music on their accordions. We recommence on January 15 when Moira Usher will be giving us an illustrated talk on Baltic Capital Cities, and on January 29 we will have a session of chair aerobics` followed by our Annual General Meeting. Both meetings start at 2pm. You are very welcome to join us. For information contact Margaret Blackmore: 01473 310655

CAPEL LADIES CLUB Our Christmas shopping trip on November 15 was to Chelmsford, a different destination for us and one that was to prove very popular. Our coach dropped us off near the station, which was very convenient for all the shops. There was a covered market with a variety of stalls, plus two different shopping malls with a very good selection of shops. We had had an early start and many of us wondered whether there would be enough places to look round and shop in, but we needn’t have worried. Plenty of eating places too for coffees and lunch! A good day out! We wish all our members (and readers) a very happy and healthy New Year. If your New Year’s resolution is to try something different this year, why not check out our website or ring Di Barker on 01473 311870 for more information. See you in 2019! Sue Woolgar


‘Easing loss through group support’ Recently bereaved or experiencing a delayed reaction? Are you in need of help and support? Why not join a small group sharing bereavement issues? Groups are led by an experienced facilitator creating a warm, safe environment in which to explore the many aspects of loss. Groups are held in Hadleigh (afternoon) and Capel S Mary (evening) and are free to Suffolk residents For more details or to reserve a place contact Patrick or Margaret: / 07469 201337 / 01206 299832

CRAFTERS UNLIMITED A craft club which meets on the first Monday of the month (except for bank holidays when it’s the following Monday). Saturday workshops (10am4pm) and Monday meetings (7.30-10pm) are held in Wherstead Village Hall Meeting Rooms. Monday, January 7: Floral Embroidery (Debbie) Monday, February 4: Cardboard Trug (Jill) Monday, March 4: Clock (Debbie) Monday, April 1: Easter Table Decoration (Anita & Mary)

Samples of each project are displayed the month before and other projects are available.


Contacts: Ann 01473 780298 / Jill 01473 713534

Wednesday, January 9, 10am in Tattingstone Village Hall: Rumour – A Suffolk Scandal


Our aim is to bring communities together and over the years we have attracted members, all ages, male and female, from many villages. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month from 10am-noon. I would like to welcome former members back and to see new members from all local villages at our meetings, either as visitors or members in readiness for our 25th celebration.

The next meeting of Poetry Plus will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday, January 8 at the Red Lion, South Street, Manningtree.

Chairman Linda Evans: 01473 311262

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All those interested in poetry are invited to attend either to listen to the spoken word or to read poetry themselves. Some people will be reading their own poetry and some will choose to read the work of other poets. There is no admission charge.


OUT & ABOUT MANNINGTREE & DISTRICT PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY Our speaker on November 8 was George Fossey who spoke about garden photography and delighted us with some wonderful images. George has had many images published and some have found their way into hotel rooms around the world so some of us may have seen his work during our travels! Our competition on November 22 was Photography as Art – a subject that made us think differently about our images and produced some interesting results. Some of the winning images can be seen on our website. Our first meeting of the new year is on January 10 when two club members will show photos and share helpful hints. The meeting on January 24 is Composition Beyond the Thirds with Alan Sarsby. Meetings are held twice monthly (on the second and fourth Thursdays) at 7.30pm at the St Johns Ambulance Centre, Station Road, Manningtree CO11 1EB. A number of informal ‘Rookie Club’ evenings are also arranged where members can refresh their skills and share experiences.

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Half plots are available now at £16 per annum plus £5 membership. If you live in or around Capel and fancy a go at ‘Growing Your Own’ please contact Dennis: 01473 310988 / Welcome to 2019 Our monthly column aims to help you enjoy your gardening while keeping costs down. Eighty per cent of our members do not have an allotment but still enjoy the benefits of our bulk buy prices and seed scheme. Membership is just £5 per annum. You can join by visiting ‘The Hut’, going on line to our web site or by emailing us. The Veg Plot Continue winter digging, incorporating well-rotted manure or composted garden waste. Apply bone meal. Sow peas and broad beans. Plant rhubarb. Empty compost bins and rebuild if necessary. Fruit Apply winter tree wash to control over-wintering insect pests. Order and plant trees and bushes with a dusting of bone meal. Feed trees grown in grass with nitrogen and potash. Prune soft fruit bushes removing a third of old blackcurrant stems to ground level. Other currents and gooseberries reduce side shoots to two buds and cut out dead, diseased and overcrowded branches. Greenhouse Empty greenhouse and wash down with Jeyes. Line with bubble plastic. Spray whitefly. Sow main crop onions, leeks, lettuce and sweet peas in pots. Sow broad beans in plugs. Water plants sparingly. Make a final sowing of carrots in a large pot. Wash pots and trays on a warm day.

Lawns Aerate badly drained areas. Lay turf in favourable weather. Clean and overhaul equipment. Contact Steve Blake for repairs and service on 07813 814623 or TGC Garden Machinery Services Tattingstone for repairs and service and new equipment at very competitive prices on 01473 327737.


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Invitation We are pleased to invite you all to our showroom open day on the 12th January. There will be plenty of tea, cakes and of course bottles of bubbly for everyone to enjoy whilst looking at the new kitchen ranges we have to offer. We are offering an extra 5% off our existing 25% sale on all furniture, to everyone who attends.


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Flowers Tidy boarders and mulch with chipped bark or peat. Plunge dahlia stools into dry peat and protect from frost.




ALLOTMENT NEWS The Hut will be open from Saturday, February 2, 10am to noon for our members. New Trial Product If you have an open fire, a multifuel stove or a closed appliance, we are now running a trial supply of Mixed Ovoids at just £7.50 for 25kg (several outlets supply 10kg bags of a similar product for £5). I have been very pleased with the performance of this product on an open fire. Graham Site Visits If any groups would like to visit the site and the wildlife area please email Philippa Brandon to discuss what is available to you. And finally, the Allotments Association and the Allotment’s Management Committees wish all of our members and readers a happy and healthy New Year. For a full version of this report visit:

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OUT & ABOUT VILLAGE HALL DIARY, JANUARY 2019 Thursday 3 Orchard Players, 6.30-10.30pm, Hall Tuesday 8 Beacon Coffee Shop, 9am-12.30pm, Vine Lounge Friday 11 Orchard Players Panto Saturday 12 Orchard Players Panto Monday 14 Parish Council Meeting, 7.30-10pm, library Tuesday 15 Beacon Coffee Shop, 9am-12.30pm, Vine Lounge Carpet Bowls, 1.30-5pm, Hall Ballroom (private lessons), 6.15-8.15pm, Hall Ballroom (all levels), 8.15-9.15pm, Hall Community Cinema, 7.30-10.30pm, Library Wednesday 16 Carpet Bowls, 6.30-10.30pm, Hall Thursday 17 Orchard Players, 6.30-10.30pm, Hall Capel Ladies, 7-10.30pm, Library Bingo, 7.30-11pm, Vine Lounge Friday 18 Strength and Balance Class, 10.30-11.30am, Hall Saturday 19 Dog Training, 9.30-11.30am, Hall Sunday 20 Trampoline Club, 9.30am-noon, Hall Monday 21 Association Meeting, 8-10.30pm, Stage Allotments, 7.30-10.30pm, Library

CLASH AVOIDER This diary has been introduced to help avoid date clashes in the village. Every effort will made to keep this list up-to-date, but please be aware that sometimes dates may be cancelled, postponed or re-arranged at short notice. This diary is not intended to be an all-inclusive what’s on and will only highlight significant dates. If you want to add an event please submit in the following format (date, event, venue and contact) to with Capel Event Diary in the subject line.

Tuesday 22 Beacon Coffee Shop, 9am-12.30pm, Vine Lounge Carpet Bowls, 1.30-5pm, Hall Ballroom (private lessons), 6.15-8.15pm, Hall Ballroom (all levels), 8.15-9.15pm, Hall Bereavement Counselling, 6-8pm, Library Wednesday 23 Carpet Bowls, 6.30-10.30pm, Hall Thursday 24 Orchard Players, 6.30-10.30pm, Hall Friday 25 Strength and Balance Class, 10.30-11.30am, Hall Dementia Café, 10am-noon, library Saturday 26 Dog Training, 9.30-11.30am, Hall Library AGM (see FRIENDS OF CAPEL LIBRARY on page 10) Sunday 27 Trampoline Club, 9.30am-noon, hall Monday 28 Trust Meeting, 7.30-10.30pm, Library Tuesday 29 Beacon Coffee Shop, 9am-12.30pm, Vine Lounge Carpet Bowls, 1.30-5pm, Hall Ballroom (private lessons), 6.15-8.15pm, Hall Ballroom (all levels), 8.15-9.15pm, Hall Wednesday 30 Carpet Bowls, 6.30-10.30pm, Hall Thursday 31st Coffee Shop, 10am-noon, Hall Orchard Players, 6.30-10.30pm, hall CONTACTS Village Bar: 01473 311766 Mandy Marshall (events and hiring): 01473 312026 /

CAPEL COUNTRYSIDE CLUB Our first meeting for 2019 will be a talk by Miss Helen Reeve entitled The Love of Cows, which will follow a very short AGM. I believe Miss Reeve is a farmer’s daughter, so should have first-hand knowledge of cows. Our committee has all agreed to stand again for 2019 so let’s make it a good year for the club! Hope to see some new members as well as old in the Methodist Church Lounge at 7.30pm on Tuesday, January 8. Doreen Parker: 01473 311267

Thursday 10 to Saturday 12 January: Rapunzel at Capel Community Centre. Contact: 07793 820215 Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23: Village Scarecrow Trail. Contact Jim Hill: 01473 311294 Saturday, March 2: Scout Jumble Sale 2-3.30pm. Contact Sandra: 07557 237501 Saturday, March 9: Nearly New Sale at Copdock Village Hall. Contact Lisa: 07745 520564 Saturday, October 5: Nearly New Sale at Copdock Village Hall. Contact Lisa: 07745 520564


OUT & ABOUT / SCHOOLS CAPEL ST MARY GARDEN CLUB Karen Kenny on Composting Twenty-one members enjoyed an evening with Karen on November 22 when she talked on a subject which many gardeners and allotmenteers struggle with – composting. As she put it very succinctly – anything that has lived and died can be composted. Care with any meat though, it attracts unwanted visitors like rats. She started with the basics – how to make a compost heap. Pallets are the best because they can be covered on both sides and then the gap between can be filled to provide insulation which enables heat to be retained and improves the speed of the whole process. The top should be covered to keep out the rain which will leach out the goodies produced in the process. The bacteria involved can be remembered as physchos, mesos and thermos – much easier than trying to remember their full names. Between them they complete the process from start to finish creating temperatures between 13 and 92 Centigrade – it is the last one which kills off pathogens and weed seeds. The heap (this is the worst job) should be turned every two weeks to help the process along by providing more oxygen. Anything can be used as long as there is a balance between the various constituents – not too much dry stuff and not too much wet. Any imbalance will only slow the process – it will get there in the end. Remember to check and water if the heap is drying out. You can use a wide variety of things – weeds, small sticks, kitchen waste (not cooked), eggshells, paper, cardboard (cut or torn up), and any green material (but only small quantities of leaves). The aerobic way (with the bacteria) is the fastest (6-8 weeks) while the anaerobic (where you just pile it all on the ground and leave it alone) is much slower (1-2 years) and will not heat up enough to kill off the pathogens and weed seeds. She pointed out that a compost heap is basically a factory, one which needs food, water, air and shelter. If we provide them all then the factory will work, and it will become home to lots of useful creatures like nematodes, fungi, centipedes, wood lice, ground beetles, and compost worms. And, in the end, produce something which is of great benefit to all gardeners. And finally, the question of what to do with grass cuttings arose (if you do put them on a compost heap, do so in small quantities) when one of our members spoke about her husband’s obsession with the perfect lawn. Once the lawn has been cut to its normal height leave any subsequent cuttings on the lawn. They will decompose back into the lawn to fertilise it and will help to control any weeds. Regular cutting will eventually kill off even the most obstinate weed. And don’t worry about wormcasts – they are the most fertile soil you can have in a garden – even better than compost! Our first meeting of the new year is on Thursday, February 28 when we have our AGM in the library at 7.30pm.   We are always happy to welcome new members (£8 a year or £2.50 if you want to attend a particular meeting as a visitor). Any queries, please let me know. Chairman Edwina Cox: 01473 311121

BENTLEY & COPDOCK PRIMARY SCHOOLS Here we are starting our second term of the academic year! Happy New Year to everyone from both our schools. Having spent much of last term thinking about and preparing for Christmas with singing, tree services, decoration making, church services, assemblies, performances, lunches, fayres and fun, we are all refreshed and very excited about starting the new term and the upcoming season.

While last term was mainly focussed on Christmas events, we still managed to participate in some other things. Key Stage 2 children had trips to the cinema to see Goosebumps 2 or Rock Dog and Foxes class had a trip to Framlingham College to watch their Year 7/8 pupils put on a play about evacuees. We took part in a tag rugby festival and came together for a day in Copdock Village Hall to explore a multicultural experience. We had a special day on Children in Need Friday when everyone came to school dressed in coloured clothes supporting the themes of diversity, equality and respect. Pupils baked cakes as part of the Great Rainbow Vegan Bake-off – these were entered into a national competition and auctioned off at the end of the day. Together we raised £217 for Children in Need. Last term our after school clubs included a Christmas Cake Making Club which was again an enormous success. Our Lego Club at Copdock resulted in us hitting top spot in the national competition held via the company Kids with Bricks who organise the club. Our rocket was the best! The children have enjoyed it so much that we are continuing into the spring. Bentley pupils have been taking part in a Wednesday Walking Bus meeting at the War Memorial to try to relieve some of the parking difficulties outside school. The Sports Council requested that we had an after-school club to develop a federation football team. We responded with training together throughout the term. We hope to have some fixtures over the coming months to explore how well we are developing together. At Copdock we have raised money through the PTA to have an outdoor gym installed. This should be available for the pupils to use on their return to school with their New Year’s resolutions still fresh in their thoughts. Maybe some of the staff may be keen to try it out too! Bentley are keen to install an outdoor gym soon and will be crowd-funding and offering a sponsorship opportunity to raise funds for it. Look out for this in the new year. This month we have some first aid training lined up for our older children, and a whole federation trip to the New Wolsey Theatre to see Cinderella. Excitement is already brewing. For more news and up-to-date information about the schools, please visit:


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SCHOOLS / SPORT ROBIN’S NEWS Baby Bears The Baby Bears have enjoyed cooking and exploring different tastes and textures. We made banana cupcakes, chocolate rice crispy cakes and iced biscuits! We have also had a week focused on sensory activities and treasure baskets where we have played with shaving foam, jelly, popcorn, Rice Krispies and many more resources. Our treasure baskets have contained a variety of everyday household objects for the children to freely explore. These included light switches, recycled objects, pinecones and a variety of different fabrics and materials


Toddling Tigers The Tigers turned our garden into a ‘road’ to play traffic light games with their toy cars and the ride-on cars and bikes. They listened to each other, followed instructions, built on their role play acting out police and ambulance services.  During Forest School the Tigers have spent time bird watching, balanced over a beam to avoid the ‘crocodiles, learnt how to safely use a hammer and made ‘soup surprise’ in the mud.  The Tigers have built an awareness of the Forest School boundaries and their team building skills working together to push and pull the trollies over to the field.

The A Team had a disappointing month with a reverse in League C and exiting both the Club Colours Cup and the Suffolk Primary Cup.

Gruffalos The Gruffalos have loved cutting and making Christmas decorations at Forest School. We have learnt how to fix it all together with elastic bands to create a tree. We have had sausages, bread, popcorn and hot chocolate from the fire. Even the office staff joined us! Our nativity went like a dream; all the children loved dressing up and performing. We would like to thank all the parents/ carers who attended and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.  For nursery care, pre-school, before and after school care or our holiday club activities please contact us: 01473 310767 /

November started in great fashion for the First Team with a great 3-1 victory over near neighbours Capel Plough. However, disappointingly, that was followed by two narrow defeats (the second on penalties) in both the Bob Coleman and Suffolk Senior Cups which ended First Team interest in the cup competitions for this season. The Reserves had only one fixture, which ended in a defeat to high flying Coplestonians, but remain mid-table with games in hand.

UPCOMING FIXTURES 1st Team: Senior Division Sat, Dec 22: Claydon (H) Sat, Dec 29: Leiston St Margarets (A) Sat, Jan 5: Bramford Utd (H) Sat, Jan 12: Crane Sports (A) Sat, Jan 19: Grundisburgh (H) Sat, Jan 26: Henley Athletic (A) Reserves: League A Sat, Jan 5: Bramford Utd Res (A) Sat, Jan 12: Framlingham Town Res (H) Sat, Jan 19: Achilles Res (A) Sat, Jan 26: Sporting 87 Res (H) A Team: League C Sat, Jan 5: Somersham Res (H) Sat, Jan 19: Kesgrave Kestrels (H) Fixtures are subject to change. To confirm visit: Ladies and Juniors We are looking for new teams, boys or girls, of any age group to come and join us as we look to grow the club. If you are interested please contact David George: Darts Competition Night: January 5 (please contact us for more details)

The club is running 19 teams this season, which includes 15 youth sides. The four adult sides include an over-35 team known as the Veterans with their side containing some very experienced players, some of whom used to play in the Eastern Counties League. They play in the Norfolk and Suffolk League and recent results include a 4-2 defeat against Felixstowe Town with goals from Archie Arnold and Wayne Pannell and a 2-2 draw against Bury Town in the League Cup with midfield dynamo Ross Dorward scoring one and making the other which was turned into the net by a defender, with the side winning the penalty shootout 5-4 to go through to the next round.

We are always looking for people who can help the club as committee members, whether on the playing side or just in the background. If you would like to sponsor the club in some capacity we would also be delighted to hear from you. Club strips, dugouts, banners or boards on matchdays are potential exposure for your business while supporting a local organisation. Steve Butcher:

Our Sunday morning team drew 0-0 with Playford in their League Cup, but once again the Ploughmen won on penalties by 4-2 to progress in the competiton, but lost 5-1 to Walton Wanderers in the league with Oliver Blew scoring our goal. Our Saturday Reserves are having a tough season in the Senior Reserve League and recently lost 4-1 to league leaders Claydon, while our Saturday First team had a poor November, being knocked out of the Senior Cup 5-4 at Haverhill Borough despite a hat trick from Sean Gunn, before losing 4-2 to Stanton in the Bob Coleman Cup with our scorers being Gunn and Jack Reddington. They were also beaten 3-1 in the local derby against East Bergholt in front of a crowd of 100 spectators, with Danny Garrard our scorer, and were then knocked off the top of the Senior League after losing at home 5-0 to second place Henley Athletic. Finally, I will finish by wishing all the club’s players, officials and supporters a Happy New Year. Enjoy your football. Up the Plough! BOB THE PLOUGHMAN


CHURCH NEWS CHRISTIANS in Capel The members of all the churches foster a closer fellowship and understanding between the respective Christian communities in Capel St Mary. They endeavour to co-ordinate common interests and where practical share common resources to meet specific needs. For times and details of Sunday services, Alpha and Home/Life Groups, please contact one of the following: The Parish Church, St Mary the Virgin The Rev Canon Jim Pendorf: The Rectory, Days Road, Capel 01473 312225 / 07973 265037 The Catholic Church Father Peter Raj St Mark’s Church, 180 Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich 01473 684963 Capel Community Church David Owen, 18 Bushey Close, Capel 01473 310454 / 07752 921135 The Methodist Church The Rev Andrew Sankey 8 Roundridge Road, Capel St Mary 01473 311178 / 07966 187216 INTER-CHURCH MIDWEEK ACTIVITIES The following church groups welcome new members. TREKKERS For ages 7-11, meets on Thursdays at the Methodist Church from 3.45 to 5.15pm during school term time. Contact Margaret Sankey: 01473 311178 YOUTH GROUPS AT THE METHODIST CHURCH Life Group: Wednesdays, 7.30-9pm / Year 10+ Junior Life Group: Thursdays 7-8.30pm / Years 7-9 Junction Club: Fridays, 7-9pm for School Years 7-9 Contact Caitlan Mower: 07465 414870 PARENTS AND TODDLERS • Tuesday – 9-11.30am, Capel Community Church, Days Road Contact Margaret Beard: 01473 311219 • Wednesday – 9-11.30am, Busy Bees, Methodist Church Contact Maggie Boswell: 01473 310766 • Wednesday – 10am-noon, Twins & Multiples Group at CCC Contact Chris Matthews: 01473 311368 SENIOR CITIZENS’ LUNCH CLUBS • First Monday, Capel Community Church, 01473 311368 • Third Tuesday, St Mary’s Church Hall, 01473 310583 • Last Thursday, Methodist Church, 01473 310635 NETWORK FELLOWSHIP Third Tuesday, from 2.30pm, Methodist Church. Anyone welcome to attend. Contact Judy Steward: 01473 310799

BEATING THE WINTER BLUES January can often feel like a bit of an anti-climax after the joy of Christmas. Festivities are over. Daylight hours are at a premium, and breaking those well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions don’t make it any easier to remain cheerful. So how can we beat the winter blues? Due to lack of sunlight, we tend not to get enough serotonin, the ‘feel-good’ hormone. So, this is bound to affect our mood and motivation. Many recommend getting fit to find that serotonin hit. Yet, on cold days, why do I feel more like staying under the duvet, than getting up early to exercise. Well, I guess most of us have an inkling on what we can do to help keep our bodies in better shape, especially after the seasonal indulgence! Cut the junk foods, eat healthily, light exercise and get the sleep our bodies need. But how can we take better care of our minds and spirits? The Bible has some wisdom for us: “Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. May I never forget the good things he does for me.” (see Psalm 103) Worshipping has an amazing way of lifting your spirit. Not only does this bless the Lord, but singing releases serotonin and gives us the ‘feel-good’ factor we need. Notice, the psalmist tells himself to praise. I think this is because we can become downcast sometimes, and we need to make a choice that takes us out of introspection. Then in the New Testament we read: “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you.” (1 Thessalonians) Gratitude is a marvellous antidote to the blues! There really is so much to be thankful for! I often just take a moment to bring to mind all that I am blessed with. This certainly improves my mood and zest for life. I thank the Lord that I am loved, and best of all that He loves us! Also, the Bible coaches us to fill our minds with all that is good, “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (From Philippians) This guards us from being negative in our thinking. It causes us to be more positive about ourselves and others. We become those who look for the good in people and situations. We can show grace, kindness and mercy to those who are in need. Finally, God’s word tells us to be community-minded and make time to be with the ones we care about. Seeking to live outside of ourselves is great for our mental health: “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another.” (See Hebrews) As well as some happiness in your new year, I would also wish you good physical, emotional and spiritual health! God bless you! Amanda Firmin, Leadership Team at Capel Community Church

BEACON COFFEE SHOP EVERY TUESDAY 9am-12.30pm, in the Vine Lounge, Capel Village Hall AEROBICS AT CAPEL METHODIST CHURCH Fridays from 10.50-11.50am, Young at Heart (slower paced). Contact Jill Sharp, 01473 311546 PILATES • Tuesdays – 7pm and 8.10pm, Capel Methodist Church • Fridays – 8.30am and 9.40am, Capel Methodist Church Contact Jill Sharp, 01473 311546 R.O.M.E.O. Lunch for Men at Wenham View, Dove Close off Days Road Third Thursday at 12.15pm. Book with Peter Ellis: 01473 310096. Also Coffee Drop-in from 10am on the first Wednesday at Dove Close.


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CHURCH NEWS THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH Happy New Year to you and yours! We all stand at the gate of the year. A new year is dawning, and it’s time to say goodbye to the old. We look back with nostalgia for that which has already passed, and we look forward with anticipation of what is before us. Although no one can know what the new year will bring, we can be confident God knows! There is a great lesson to be learned from generations past. It comes from a message to the people of a nation as they endured a time of uncertainty and fear. More than eight decades have since passed, but the truths of that message remain. As we stand at the gate of the new year, we can do no better than still to remember such unshakable truths. A message to a troubled nation then and an unsettled one now: In December 1939, King George VI addressed this country in a BBC radio broadcast on Christmas Day, and in the uncertain last days of 1939 the king spoke words of peace to calm his nation. He reminded them of the only true King, the One who can provide true peace and real rest in troubled times. As King George concluded his message of encouragement, he read the preamble of a poem that had been brought to his attention by his then young daughter, the Princess Elizabeth. It was written by British poet Minnie Louise Haskins (1875-1957). Published in 1908 and entitled God Knows, the poem was part of a collection in a book titled The Desert. Years later this poem gained popularity with a new title,  The Gate of the Year,  taken from the poem’s first line. King George read the poem’s preamble to reassure everyone their future was secure in the hands of God. The poem’s wisdom was true for the English people on that Christmas Day in 1939, and it is still true for us today in 2019.

CAPEL ST MARY METHODIST (UN)CERTAINTIES IN THE NEW YEAR As I write, there are still four weeks to the new year when this will be published. What will the new year look like? How will the vote go in parliament over the Brexit plan? Will Theresa May still be prime minister? Are we going to have a peoples’ vote? What will be the plan for leaving the EU? I can’t remember a time when there was so much uncertainty as we enter a new year. By the time you are reading this there may be some answers to some of these questions. Two and a half years ago, the country made a binary choice and chose Brexit. The route has raised all sorts of questions marks along the route. Those questions still abound and there is a huge amount of uncertainty along the route. We are going into unchartered waters. I’m not going to provide the answers, because I just do not know how things will turn out. One thing I sometimes say at funerals is that there are many uncertainties in life, but one thing is certain – we will all die one day. What will happen after you die depends on decisions you have made before you die. If you agree with God that you have done some wrong and selfish things, then you can choose to ask him to forgive you. When you realise that the cost of your forgiveness was the death of Jesus on a cross, you will want to get to know this Jesus better because he has shown you love when you don’t deserve it. You will discover an unfolding plan for your life and you can choose to follow his amazing plan.

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

There will still be some uncertainties in that life, but you will know that the eternal destination is heaven (not because you deserve it or have earned it, but because it is the promise and gift of Jesus). There will be twists and turns along the route and even storms, but Christmas means God is with us. Jesus, who was born in Bethlehem, was crucified outside Jerusalem for the sins of the world. He rose from the dead and offered the kingdom of heaven to all who would believe in him. That’s enough certainty for me to enter the new year with hope and a sense of expectancy, despite the turbulence of our times. Brexit can’t change my eternal destination.

And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand in the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”

The Rev Andrew Sankey, Minister at Capel Methodist Church 8 Roundridge Road, Capel St Mary IP9 2UG / 01473 311178 / 07966 187216

So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.

JANUARY SERVICES Home Groups on various days and times – contact the Minister

As the new year dawns, why not remember God’s only son, Jesus the Christ, who is indeed our only safe harbour. He is our only true hope. He will lead and direct our lives when we put our trust in Him. He will light our path and direct our steps as we go into and through 2019.

The words of this poem were a message of assurance to a nation at war. They were words of comfort in the loss of loved ones, and they were words of hope for war to end. They were words of truth that our God is in control, and we need not fear. What more assurance do we need in a time of political anxiety?

Sunday 6

10.30am 6.30pm

Worship with Mr Jim Ross Prayer

Sunday 13

10.30am 6.30pm

Worship with Rev Sue King Worship with Rev Andrew Sankey

Saturday 19 3.30pm

Messy Church

Sunday 20


Worship with Mr Guy Fairweather

Sunday 27

10.30am 6.30pm

Covenant service with Rev Andrew Sankey United Service for Week of Prayer at St Mary’s




Parish Priest: Fr Peter Raj 180 Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich IP2 0QQ / 01473 684963 SERVICES FOR JANUARY Tuesday 1: Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God     9.30am Morning Prayer 10am        Mass Sunday 6: The Epiphany of The Lord 9am Mass Tuesday 8      9.20am Eucharistic Adoration 10am Mass Sunday 13: Baptism of The Lord 9am Mass Tuesday 15 9.30am Morning prayer 10am Mass Sunday 20: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time  9am Mass Tuesday 22 9.30am Morning Prayer 10am Mass Sunday 27: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time  9am Mass Tuesday 29 9.30am Morning Prayer 10am Mass The weekly newsletter, with weekly mass times, is always displayed in the cabinet by the front door.

negative; 9)  Don’t  try to convert somebody,  respect others’ beliefs; 10) Work for peace. Events & Diary Dates The 100 Club draw took place on Sunday, December 23 at Holy Family when three lucky winners shared a £157 prize pot. The club, set up to support the life and mission of our parish, has grown from strength to strength since its launch. New members are always very welcome  and the newsletter, that includes an application form, can be found at the rear of the church or online at: Every last Thursday of the month a Bring & Buy Coffee Morning takes place at Viv & Wyn’s home, Paddock Gate, Whitehorse Road, East Bergholt CO7 6TR from 10.30am-noon. We are raising funds for a new carpet for the parish room and all are very welcome to join us. There will be no December event and the next one will be on Thursday, February 28.  Supporting our Local Hospice All parishioners are asked to collect used postage stamps, all year, not just at Christmas, and place them in the box at the rear of the church to help support the outstanding work of our local hospice. The Sick & Homebound Please let Fr Peter know of anyone who is ill at home or homebound so that they can receive appropriate pastoral care. If you or someone you know is going into Ipswich Hospital and would like the ministrations of the church while there please inform Fr Peter or leave a message on Deacon Clive’s answerphone on 01206 396319. All are very welcome to attend Holy Family services; it’s not necessary to be a Catholic and enquiries about the Catholic faith are always welcome. Please contact the presbytery, as above, or a local person whom you know is a Catholic.

Catholic Commentary Many people make resolutions at the start of a New Year and it can be difficult to consider what they should be.  So a review of  Pope Francis’ Top 10 Secrets To Happiness can provide many ideas. 1) Live and let live; 2) Be giving of yourself to others; 3) Proceed calmly in life; 4) A healthy sense of leisure; 5) Sundays should be holidays; 6) Create dignified jobs for young people;  7)  Respect and take care of nature; 8)  Stop being


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