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with Barham, Claydon, Henley & Whitton Rural Volume 9 • Issue No. 4 • FEBruary 2019

First Signs of Spring by Paula Irvine


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A WORD FROM THE EDITOR My husband believes there are two kinds of people; those who see the positives in almost everything, and those who always see the negatives. If opposites attract, we must be the perfect couple, so when Daniel played this song by Kacey Musgraves I’m pretty sure he was making a point. It’s called Miserable.

BIG BAND JAZZ WITH THE IMU BIG BAND Presented by Henley Community Centre

Your heart’s as heavy as the stones you throw Can’t see the flowers for the weeds you grow You blow your bubbles just to watch ‘em burst For you it’s always bad to worse And you can’t win unless you lose You try to tell me you want happiness But you ain’t happy unless You’re miserable Your neighbor’s dirty laundry’s cleaner And the wolf at your door’s always meaner The sky’s still grey when the sun’s around But you can’t set sail if your anchor’s down

Back for 2019 with another swinging session of great big band music

And you can’t win unless you lose You try to tell me you want happiness But you ain’t happy unless You’re miserable I’m miserable

Henley Community Centre, Church Meadows, Henley IP6 0RP

Can’t liven up for the both of us We have enough for the whole of us If misery loves company Then I can’t keep you company no more He got me good! I don’t think I’m this miserable, but when life is going well, I live in dread of what’s bound to come, and it’s bound to be bad! I think it’s an inherited trait, but it’s not one I want to pass on. Is it possible to change? I sure hope so because my New Year’s resolution is to prove Daniel wrong!


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10 FEBRUARY 2019

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JIGSAW PUZZLE EVENING Back by popular demand

Our Jigsaw Puzzle Evening returns on Friday, February 15 at 7.30pm Come and get a piece of the action at Henley Community Centre Tickets £6.50 from Margaret Gerrard: 01473 831463 Hot dog and choc ice included / Bar open

an evening with Bishop Darlington Bendankeha The Claydon Group of Churches Invites you to an evening with Bishop Darlington Bendankeha of Kagera. Saturday, February 16, 6.30pm St Peter’s Church, Henley Followed by refreshments in the vestry. Find out at first-hand about life in our link diocese in Tanzania. For more information contact Chris and Anji Dawkins: 01473 831423

BARHAM CHURCH As churchwardens it’s our responsibility to care for our church and churchyard. In the past the rules have rather lapsed and we are working hard, together with families, to bring them up to date. This is our duty and we apologise for any stress caused.


NEWS CLAYDON & WHITTON PARISH COUNCIL BARHAM PARISH COUNCIL Winter Advice As colder weather approaches, Suffolk County Council have issued detailed advice on being prepared of which a summary is as follows:

The parish council has discussed the option of purchasing additional waste bins for the parish. If residents have any suggestions as to the location of these bins please contact the clerk.

If you are travelling by motor vehicle: • Check the weather forecast before setting off and consider whether your journey is absolutely necessary.

The council has received notification of a resubmission of planning application for Church Lane (1856/17). At the time of writing we are looking to instruct an external consultant to review the latest submission.

• Make sure that basic maintenance on your vehicle is maintained e.g. lights, tyres, etc.

We would like to thank Councillors Milward and Allan for their research and installation of the new battery for the village speed sign.

• Clear snow, frost and condensation from all windows before setting off on a journey. • Allow extra time for your journey and drive at a sensible speed. • Take a fully charged mobile phone with you and some emergency kit in the car, including a torch, ice scraper, de-icer, first-aid kit, warm clothes and in severe weather, a shovel, a pair of boots, a blanket, any medication, food and a hot drink. To protect yourself: • Get vaccinated against seasonal flu if you’re eligible. • Check you have shoes with good grip, to prevent falls in cold weather. • Wear several layers of clothes to stay warm. • Remain active in your home and limit going outside unless it is necessary. Be a good neighbour: Icy roads and snow can often mean that older or more vulnerable people are not able to get out and about. If you have an elderly, vulnerable neighbour or relative please look out for them in the winter months. They may need help with shopping, clearing paths, walking a dog or just seeing a friendly face. If the curtains are not opened during the day, or there are no lights on in the evening, there may be something wrong. Try knocking on the door to see if there’s an answer. If not, contact a relative or friend who you think may have a key or get in touch with your local police force on 101 or 999 if you have immediate concerns. For a list of full advice please go to: (or Mid Suffolk District Council Building Control MSDC is keen to raise awareness amongst members of the local community of all the building control services which it runs. Your council can help if you are thinking of building an extension, internal alterations, i.e. removal of walls, converting your garage or creating an annex. Mid Suffolk District Council has a dedicated, independent and impartial team with over 100 years combined specialist knowledge in the construction industry. They can help guide you through the processes to make that allimportant alteration to your home, while ensuring you meet mandatory building regulations. They understand fitting home improvements around your job can be a challenge. Their team will find a way to support you that fits in with your diary and, if required, inspections can be booked by 10am on the day. If you want to find out more about the services your local council offers, just speak to one of the team by heading to: The council also deals with demolitions and dangerous structures. You can always contact them to report a dangerous structure online at: Meetings in February The next finance committee meeting will be held on Monday, February 11 at 7.30pm in Claydon & Barham Village Hall. Members of the community are very welcome to attend and opportunity will be given at the beginning of the meeting for them to speak on items included on the agenda or other issues about which they have concerns. Agendas will be available from our parish clerk prior to the meeting: Mrs C Greenan, 129 Poplar Hill, Stowmarket IP14 2AX / 07887 459989 /


Over the New Year period the parish council received complaints regarding barking dogs in the village. If residents find this excessive they should contact Mid Suffolk District Council on 0300 1234000 (option 7 for environmental health and general enquiries) or use the reporting tool on the website. The next full parish council meeting is on Monday, March 4 at 7.30pm in Claydon and Barham Village Hall, with our finance committee meeting being held on Monday, February 4 at 7.30pm, also in Claydon and Barham Village Hall. Future meeting dates and agendas are available via the website or can be viewed on the village noticeboards located near the entrance of the Co-op and at Barham Green. If you would like a specific topic discussed as an agenda item please email the parish clerk. The agendas have to be published at least three clear working days before the meeting date, so any items received after this would have to be added to the next council meeting. For the latest news and information relating to the villages visit: Barham Parish Council Clerk Jo Culley 07958 402335 /

HENLEY PARISH COUNCIL The new year should see great opportunities for Henley if it sees steps towards meeting the need expressed by residents for more housing in the village. The parish council is awaiting the outcome of conversations Hastoe Group has been holding with local landowners, and is hoping the result will be a move towards good quality, well designed, affordable homes for local people. The housing needs survey conducted in the village came up with a clear view: to encourage the next generation to stay in Henley, their needs to be a supply of the right sort of houses. Equally, the older generation needs smaller and more manageable homes to move into when the time is right. Do you want to help with this process? Parish council meetings are open to the public and residents are more than welcome to come along and have their say on housing – and any other – issues. And there is still a vacancy on the parish council for an additional councillor. If you are interested in playing a hands-on role in developing the future of the village, just contact us. Any resident can put their name forward and training is available. The whole council is up for election in May; there are seven seats available and we will publish information about the timetable and process for nominations as soon as we have it. The new parish council will be the one which looks forward to and plans for big and positive changes in the village. If you are interested, just get in touch. You can find our privacy notice on the Henley website. If you have any questions about this or anything else to do with the parish council, don’t hesitate to contact us. If you are not on our village email list and would like to be, just send a simple request to or and we will sort it out. And don’t forget to keep an eye from time to time on our own website where we publish all sorts of useful (we hope!) information and contacts. Parish Council Clerk Rod Caird: 07785 331217

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NEWS COUNTY & DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S REPORT JOHN FIELD’S REPORT TO GIPPING VALLEY: JANUARY 2019 Full Council Three proposals were put to members at the council meeting on December 6. My group called on Suffolk County Council to do more to tackle single-use plastic waste in the county. All councillors agreed to use sustainable or re-useable plastics in all council buildings, and to create a plastic-free Suffolk network of councils, businesses and other organisations. Later, the administration refused to set an annual carbon budget and create targets for reducing carbon emissions. This seemed strange as the county council already checks its carbon emissions. We proposed the council makes this process open, transparent and accountable. Cooperation returned when we unanimously agreed to commit Suffolk County Council to follow the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and do all it can to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking in Suffolk. In addition, the council will review its procurement processes to see where they can be strengthened to fully comply with the Modern Slavery Act. Cuts to Citizens Advice After budget scrutiny it was decided to phase the cut to CAB funding over two years. It will be reduced by £184 000 in 2019/20, before being removed entirely in 2020/21. I remain concerned by these proposals, which will have a huge impact on a service that is great value for money and supports our most vulnerable residents. Hackneys Corner Work appears to be progressing again with new contractors. Mary Evans, the Cabinet member, visited Great Blakenham Parish Council and issued a series of apologies for the contractor’s delays and poor county council communication. What we need is improvement; apologies don’t do a lot of good. Roads I have been trying yet again to get Highways Network Assurance to take account of residents’ views as well as the interests of the businesses concerned when road closures are proposed. Unfortunately, the total resistance I get to any attempt to minimise disruption to people’s lives is in line with the problems other councillors suffer. The renewed effort was encouraged by a proposed closure of the road into Baylham village for seven weeks to enable the care centre to lay a pipe to connect its sewage processing plant to the village mains drains. Seven weeks of a single-track diversion route with few passing places appeared unreasonable. Other routes for the pipe exist.


New equipment that heats the road surface and melts the material surrounding a repair is being used to try to produce longer lasting pothole repairs. It is too early to report the impact, but I will keep you informed. Scrutiny When reviewing the quarterly performance report at Scrutiny last month we found wide variations in spend on temporary staff and contractors across the council. We shall be investigating this in in detail. Information about Suffolk Highways performance did not include comparison data for the same season last year. It will next time, together with the time taken to respond to residents’ issues. After some grilling about delays to highways works, particularly in Gipping Valley, the Cabinet Member for Highways was asked to review the Highways Reporting Tool and make it easier for residents to report problems. As we reviewed the Highways Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey results, we were told that Suffolk’s approach to highways management has received national recognition and the assistant director is clearly deeply engaged with governmental and national organisations on behalf of Suffolk. MSDC draft Budget MSDC’s Cabinet is recommending a two per cent Council Tax increase this year, generating an added £185k and expects a growth in the taxbase (the number of dwellings) of 1.3 per cent per yielding £83k. It is surprising that the tax rise is necessary given next year’s estimated surplus of £1.6m. However, there are considerable uncertainties in the economy. A new £1.6m commercial risk management reserve will be created to mitigate risks associated with the commercial investment and development that the council is undertaking. The investment is £25m in commercial property and £6m in the Gateway 14 project. Despite concerns about this form of investment, Cabinet is now recommending a further £25m investment by 2021/22 to generate another £435k per year income. If you have any queries, please phone me on 01473 831306 (you will need to say your name and press #) or 07545 423808 or email me at: I do have Twitter (@JohnFieldjd) and Facebook (fieldjd) accounts and my website is at:

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A free educational resource for schools, colleges and clubs In 2018, almost half of all visits to the Suffolk energy-from-waste facility were educational visits from schools, colleges and clubs. We provide age appropriate educational activities for all visitors from age seven and up and have been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge for our commitment to sustaining high quality learning outside of the classroom. We would like to encourage these visits even more; it’s a great opportunity to see first-hand what happens to non-recyclable waste in Suffolk as well as learning about reducing, reusing and recycling. If you know of any groups that would be interested in a visit to the energy-from-waste facility, we host visits five days a week for schools, colleges and universities, and in the evenings for clubs. For all enquiries please contact us at: 01473 839149 / We’re on Twitter Did you know that Suffolk’s energy-from-waste facility is on social media? For more frequent facility updates, fun facts and all the handy tips you could ever need about rubbish, recycling, and food waste, follow us on Twitter: @suffolkefw Any questions? If you have any queries about our operations, please to contact the facility at: 01473 839149 / OTHER USEFUL CONTACTS Environment Agency: 0800 807 060 SUEZ Communities Trust: 01454 262910

Q&A WITH IPSWICH CANINE CRECHE – LUXURY DOG DAY CARE You have been open almost one year already. I bet that’s gone quick? It sure has! We opened on Farthing Road Industrial Estate in Sproughton in February 2018 and we are amazed how well we have done. Our luxury five-star rated dog crèche has proved very popular and we are still growing. We have a large custom designed 4,500-square-foot unit where dogs run freely as one happy pack. We have toys, stimulation games, Wendy houses, climbing frames and even comfy sofas for snoozing! Sounds great, how do you keep the dogs safe? Safety is paramount. All dogs have to be registered and pass a temperament test, and not every dog is right, or would be happy to attend. This ensures every dog is suitable and maintains the high standards of safety and wellbeing. Wow, what’s a typical day look like? No two days are the same, however we do follow a routine. On arrival we get the pooches arranged into the correct groups for age, energy and size. We then progress to free play, with mental and physical games, enrichment toys and activities. We have a break at lunch and a power nap. Afternoons are more varied, followed by storytime. Yes, we read to them! Then home, tired and content to their family who have had a guilt free day, knowing their pups have had the best day. So how can I arrange to bring my dog? We are open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and offer both full and half days. We take dog of all ages, from puppies to golden oldies. Ipswich Canine Creche, Unit 7, The Sterling Complex, Farthing Road Industrial Estate, Ipswich IP1 5AP

On December 28 we were up at 4.30am to travel to Gatwick with the group of children who had been with us for the December visit. The children were obviously looking forward to seeing their families again, but they were also really pleased to learn that we would be travelling with them. There had been lots of fun and great enjoyment during the month, both for the visiting children and the families who hosted them. The children enjoyed everything, no matter how small, and each new experience was greeted with appreciation and delight. These children came from some of the poorest families and I am sure we have given them memories that will last a lifetime. On arrival in Belarus the children went on their way home and we began our five-hour drive to Stolin for our Father Frost Christmas present delivery program. This was a very long and sometimes stressful nine days, but all 300 presents were successfully delivered and an additional party held for children we couldn’t reach from outlying areas. After the party one 14 year old girl went to Santa and said: “this is the best day I have ever had in my life, thank you so much for all the fun”. We not only visited many families in their homes, but also three different hospitals and two social shelters. Traditionally children may receive a box of sweets at Christmas and obviously for organisations that donate gifts this is the easiest option. However, we were told time and time again by children, parents and hospital doctors and administrators that receiving a Christmas Stocking full of presents had made the children so happy. It was something they had never experienced and would give them a ‘forever’ memory so that in itself made all the hard work worthwhile. It’s not possible to detail our journey in this short article, but a full write up will go out by email to all of those who subscribe to our mailing list and further details will be posted on Facebook. Please do get in touch if you would like to receive email updates. We are now looking towards the summer group visit and will be confirming the list of host families within the next few weeks so if you haven’t already registered your interest please do so as soon as possible. FORTHCOMING EVENT On March 23 we will be holding a pig racing event at Stowmarket Football Club. Come and see the pigs race down the lanes! There is no entry fee, but refreshments will be available to purchase on the evening. We are very aware that there are now more charitable causes than ever all needing support. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supports us; you may think you only do a little, but without you we could not survive. Link Chair Elizabeth Parker: 01449 760343 /

SOMERSHAM & DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB The second meeting of the new year will be on Monday, February 11 in Offton and Willisham Village Hall at 7.30pm. Lisa Rawley, the daughter of one of our members, will be giving a talk on conservatory plants, which should be very interesting. Please come along and see for yourself. If you require any further information please ring: 01473 254941/830600


OUT & ABOUT CLAYDON AND BARHAM COMMUNITY CENTRE Monday: Abi Dance for Fitness 6-7pm / Short Mat Carpet Bowls 7pm / Bar Open 7-10pm Tuesday: Karate (all ages) 4-7pm / Carpet Bowls / Ladies Darts / Crib with single and double teams high in the East Suffolk League / Bar Open 7pmmidnight Wednesday: Bingo 7pm / Local League Pool Team / Bar Open 7-11pm Thursday: Street Dance for Young People 6.30-8pm Friday: Karate (all ages) 4-7pm / Bar Open 7pm-midnight / Weight Watchers in the Compton Lounge 5.30-6.30pm – entry via the rear gate on the school side of the community centre. Money Box is drawn on Friday evenings at approximately 10pm. It starts with 15 keys and the prize increases until the key turns the lock. Come and try your luck! The hall is available on Friday evenings for your suggestions. Saturday: Co-Op Juniors Dance Company 9am-noon / Bar Open 7pm-midnight Sunday: Bar Open noon-4.30pm / Christmas Saving Club and a traditional meat draw Don’t forget the full size pool table where you get three games for £1. The table cloth has been upgraded to match quality. We have several popular lagers and real ales, plus soft drinks, wines and spirits (including the latest gins) at very competitive prices (cheapest in the locality). The Main Hall and Compton Lounge are available for hire. Contact: / 01473 831805 Thursday, February 7 An evening with the psychic Ryan Gooding organised by Claydon Pre-School. For tickets contact: 01473 831648


Moo Music Stowe School of Dance Sound Bath Session

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Monday 4

Barham PC Meeting


Thursday 7

Young Families Silver Surfers Slimming World

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Friday 8

Moo Music Private Hire

10am-noon 6-10.30pm

Monday 11

Crafts Addicts


Tuesday 12

Women’s Institute


Thursday 14

Young Families Silver Surfers Slimming World

9.30-11.30am 11.30am-2pm 5.30 & 7.30pm

Friday 15

Moo Music Stowe School of Dance

10am-noon 4-5.30pm

Monday 18

VHMC Meeting


Thursday 21

Sunshine Service Silver Surfers Slimming World

10am-noon 11.30am-2pm 5.30 & 7.30pm

Monday 25

Crafts Addicts Claydon PC Meeting

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Tuesday 26

Table Tennis


Thursday 28

Silver Surfers Slimming World

11.30am-2pm 5.30 & 7.30pm

Saturday, February 9

Please visit the Claydon and Barham website and use the online booking process. Follow the notes on the bookings page.

Pre-Valentine Dance with music from the ABBA tribute group Karen Beu.

If you have a problem please phone Geoff on 01473 836972 or email us at:

Tickets are available at the community centre.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES GROUP Knitting Group The Knitting Group has two new projects on the go, knitting hats to go on Innocent Bottles in aid of Age UK Suffolk (patterns available at: and 36-inch square lap blankets for St Elizabeth Hospice. We meet at Alasdair Place in Claydon on the first Thursday of the month from 10.30am to noon. Book Club The Book Club is growing in numbers and we read two books over the Christmas period to keep us going. Our next meeting is on Thursday, February 28 at 10.30am at The Claydon Crown. 4Ever Men’s Club The club meets at 10.30am on the third Wednesday of each month at The Claydon Crown. New members with new ideas for activities, speakers and events are welcome. Do come along. Walk ‘n’ Talk Group For those interested in a steady walk, chatting along the way, meeting on the second Thursday of the month (February 14, March 14, April 11) at The Claydon Crown Car Park, Claydon. The walks will last about 1.5 hours, returning to The Crown around midday for coffee. Footpaths and roads will


be used. Participants are asked to wear sensible walking shoes or wellington boots if necessary, and to bring a bottle of water. The walks will go ahead in drizzle, but heavy rain may see it cancelled; please judge accordingly. No need to book – just come along. For further information contact Rev’d Carl: 01473 833542 Meet ‘n’ Eat Lunch Club The Meet ‘n’ Eat Lunch Club is going from strength to strength. We had a most enjoyable buffet meal in January. We meet at The Parish Room, Gt Blakenham at noon on the first Friday of each month. There is still room for more people to attend. Just turn up. Gipping Valley Art Society After a Christmas and New Year break the art group met on January 8. We are looking forward to planning outdoor sketching and activities during the year. We meet every Tuesday afternoon from 1-4pm at The Parish Room, Gt Blakenham. Anyone interested in joining should phone Ann on 01473 831031 or Margaret on 01473 830135. AGM Our annual meeting will be held at The Rectory in Claydon at 10am on February 8 should anyone wish to attend.

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We returned from our Christmas break on January 9 and were greeted with a selection of cakes to enjoy with our tea/coffee from Tommy. Thank you Tommy, it was a really nice gesture.

Thank you to all the members who gave towards the amazing collection of items for Ipswich Night Shelter. There were 43 pairs of socks, 12 pairs of pants, nine woolly hats, five scarves, two pairs of pyjamas and one pair of slippers, plus five gift packs of toiletries, a further 15 individual toiletry items and a large box of pre-loved pyjamas and men’s clothing. They will be so appreciated by those coming to the night shelter. Apparently they have already hosted 32 guests, and have a further 10 weeks to run, so your items will be put to excellent use.

Our last event of 2018 was our hamper draw and chocolate tombola stall. Once again it proved to be a great success and boosted our funds for this year. We would like to thank everyone who donated towards both the chocolate and the hamper, especially people who aren’t even involved with the ‘seniors’. Through donations we also had four other prizes to raffle. A big thank you to those who gave time on the stall; it was gratefully appreciated. The hamper was won by a very excited Mrs Burrows from Ipswich, so much so, that she sent a letter to us expressing how much her and her husband enjoyed it and enjoyed sharing some of the contents with friends. The bottle of whisky was also won by a lady outside the village. As she isn’t a drinker she wished for it to be given to someone who is. We have therefore put it in a safe place and will use it again next year. The port was won by Irene Nutton and the box of chocolates by Nicola (nee Redshaw). Thank you everyone who also supported us on the day.

BRAMFORD TREFOIL GUILD Our meeting in Bramford Scout and Guide HQ on January 7 was our AGM. All the officers were re-elected, as was the planning committee. We then had refreshments and Helen led us in a game of Christmas bingo which caused many laughs. Judy, our latest member, was enrolled into the group so it was a good start to 2019. This month’s meeting is on Monday, February 4 at 2pm when Ken Lightfoot will speak about his national service days. If you would like to join us please contact Linda: 01473 462317


Our January meeting is the AGM when suggestions and ideas for the programme are planned for the coming year. We meet on the second Monday of each month in members’ houses who wish to host. The evening includes either a speaker or discussion and the act of worship lead by volunteers generally follows the theme of the evening. We also arrange three meetings a year which are held in the afternoon and no meeting is complete without refreshments. We attend diocesan events which gives us the the opportunity to visit other churches and MU groups during the year. The Mothers’ Union is a movement of four million women and men in over 80 countries around the world, supporting and promoting family life. To find out more about what happens in our area please visit or contact Clare on 01473 832808 if you are interested in finding out more about our group. Alex Pratt

Prayer for the month from the MU Suffolk website Grant O Lord, that as the years change, we may find the energy that we need in and through you and your Bible and your holy Church; may we meet the challenges of this new year bravely, sure in the faith that you are ever the same guiding us with your wisdom and protecting us with your love; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen Give us a sense of humour, Lord, and also things to laugh about; give us the grace to take a joke against ourselves and to see the funny side of life; save us from annoyance and bad temper, or resentfulness against our friends, and fill our minds and our words with the love of Jesus, for his Name’s sake. Amen

Wednesday, February 27: Lost Railways of Suffolk by Nathan Dodd Wednesday, March 28: Zeppelin Raids over East Anglia by Ian Mclachlan We meet at 7.30pm at the Salvation Army Citadel, 558 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich; entrance via the rear car park, visitors £3.50, members £1.50 including refreshments.


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ORWELL DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY Our first next lecture of the new year will be on Wednesday, February 6 when Andrew Spira will deliver what we are sure will be a fascinating talk entitled The Art and Architecture of St Petersburg. On Wednesday, March 6, Doug Gillen will give a talk entitled Hidden Canvasses: Street Art and the City. So why not join us and enjoy good company and interesting talks? We meet at Tower Hall, Broadlands Way, Rushmere St Andrew IP4 5SU on the first Wednesday of most months. Talks last about an hour, commencing promptly at 2.15pm, with tea and coffee served from 1.30-2pm. Guests and non-members are welcome provided we have enough space. Exceptionally popular lectures will have a visitor limit of 20 spaces. Please contact Wendy Robbins before the day on 01394 823807 to check if there is available space. For the latest events and news please visit:

We held our Christmas party On December 13, initially starting our celebrations with drinks and canapés in the bar, then onto the Boughton Room. We trimmed the tables with tartan for that festive feel and provided little favour boxes for every member. We enjoyed a very delicious buffet while making our own entertainment. Kay Briggs produced a short play in which the committee took part. Following on, Sue Challener provided the musical accompaniment to Christmas carols on piano keyboard. The food was delicious and the wine flowed gently. As ever we rely on each other’s skills and talents. All the food was homemade. The nine Santas which had graced our tables were won by our own members and claimed at the end of a very successful and enjoyable evening. On December 20 we had our Christmas Carol Service at St Peter’s Church, Henley, where we raised £60 for Ipswich Night Shelter. We wish to thank all those who supported us and generously gave to this worthy cause.


OUT & ABOUT STOWMARKET & DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB Would you like a new hobby this New Year? Why not come and join the Stowmarket and District Flower Club? We meet every fourth Wednesday (except August) at 7.30pm in Woolpit Village Hall (Mill Lane, IP30 9QX), when talented and experience flower arrangers give entertaining demonstrations. The results are raffled off, followed by refreshments and a chance to mingle and purchase flower arranging items from the sales table. We also visit other clubs on their open days and shows around the area, hold workshops to show you how it’s done and competitions too. Annual membership is £30, or visitors pay £6 per meeting if you don’t want to commit yourself straight away. Come and join us; you may have a hidden talent you were unaware of! Our next meeting is on Wednesday, February 27 when Jenni Baker from Harleston is giving a demonstration entitled The Feminine Touch. We hope to see you there.

GREAT BLAKENHAM CRAFT CLUB Open to anyone living in Great Blakenham and the surrounding areas, the club meets every Monday other than bank holidays in Great Blakenham Parish Room (opposite the Chequers PH) from 2-4pm. The building is fully accessible. Members pay £2 per meeting to cover hall hire, refreshments, the monthly workshop goody bag and weekly raffle prizes. Alternatively you may wish to bring your own project and enjoy our company and make new friends. Members take it in turns to make the tea. OUR PROGRAMME FOR 2019 February 4: New Year New Life March 4: Seaside April 1: Fact and Fantasy May 13: Village Life and Little Mice June 3: Summer Sewing July 1: A Bit of Bling August 5: Autumn’s Coming September 2: Take Heart October 7: Fabric Cards November 4: Christmas Cards with a Twist December 2: AGM   There is currently room for new members so please get in touch if you would like to join us. Although the club is all ladies at present, gentlemen who would like to learn crafts are welcome. Unfortunately I can’t accommodate children.

GREAT BLAKENHAM CINEMA Sunday, February 24 is a date for your diary. This is the launch of the Great Blakenham Cinema, open to all of the surrounding villages and held at Great Blakenham Village Hall. The idea is to bring the whole community together for a chance to meet neighbours, friends and family and enjoy a film without having to travel far. Working with the Suffolk Cinema Network, films will be shown on a 10ft x 7.5 ft screen. Doors will open at 2pm with free tea and coffee. There will be a raffle and the bar will be open ready for a 2.30pm start. We are trying to make the event accessible to all and to be dementia and autism friendly. Our first showing will be The Greatest Showman and tickets will be half price at £2 for adults and £1.50 for under-18s. Other dates for your diary are March 31 (Mary Poppins) and April 28 (Paddington). This is a not for profit business run by volunteers with any funds raised going back into the venture to improve the experience. We have been lucky enough to be supported by Power to Change whose vision is to create better places through community business. If you feel you could give some time once a month, or join the rota of volunteers, donate raffle prizes or help spread word, please get in touch at or call Becky on 07852 472082.

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GREAT BLAKENHAM OVER 50’s CLUB Open to anyone over-50 living in Great Blakenham and the surrounding area. We meet from 2-4pm in Great Blakenham Parish Room (opposite the Chequers PH) on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. The building is fully accessible. The cost per meeting is £2 which includes whatever activity is programmed for the afternoon, refreshments and the raffle. On afternoons when we may play a couple of games of bingo the tickets are £1 each. We started back on January 9 and though few in number had an enjoyable Beetle Drive in the afternoon. Our programme for the first half of the year is: February 13: The History of Valentine’s Day February 27: Social Afternoon March 13: On this Day March 27: The History of Mother’s Day April 10: Spring Raffle and Bring-and-Buy April 24: Celebrating the Queen’s Reign May 8: Games Afternoon May 22: Social Afternoon with Brenda June 12: TBC June 26: TBC July 10: Social Afternoon with Sandra July 24: Summer Party New members are always welcome so if you would like to come along and see what goes on we will be pleased to see you. Jackie Durrant: 01449 672690

IPSWICH & DISTRICT PROBUS CLUB Probus clubs are for retired or semi-retired gentlemen. We meet monthly at the Masonic Hall in Soane Street, Ipswich on the last Wednesday of each month for lunch, followed by talks and lectures on a variety of subjects. In addition we hold social events including outside visits when we invite our spouses, partners and friends to join us. If membership appeals to you, please contact our secretary, Ken Stanley, for further details: 01473 274898 /


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OUT & ABOUT MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY LEAVING AN EVERLASTING GIFT The Leave an Everlasting Valentine Gift Will Month is being supported by Jackamans Solicitors (Ipswich), Ross Coates Solicitors (Ipswich) and Norton Peskett Solicitors (Halesworth), who have kindly offered their services to offer people the opportunity to make a basic single or mirror will in return for a suggested donation to Cancer Campaign in Suffolk. The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of making a Will, as well as highlighting the work of the charity, and is a special way to make a difference and celebrate Valentine’s Day in February. Around 60 per cent of people in the UK do not have a will and planning for later life is essential! People are living longer and with ever-changing family lives; second marriages, extended families, civil partnerships, long-term care needs, lasting power of attorney, funeral costs, inheritance tax… Choosing who you want to leave your gifts to is ever more important so your wishes are fulfilled as complications can arise which can become costly. Making a will gives peace of mind and ensures families and loved ones are cared for in the future. It also gives people the opportunity to leave a lasting gift to a charity that will make a difference to others as well as reduce the inheritance tax bill for the beneficiaries. Karen Hare, Chief Executive of Cancer Campaign in Suffolk, said: “We are delighted that Jackamans Solicitors, Ross Coates Solicitors and Norton Peskett are supporting the Leave an Everlasting Valentine’s Gift scheme by giving their time and offering a will writing service for a donation to our charity. All the monies raised stays in Suffolk to help before, during and after cancer.”

KW SPORTS MASSAGE Hi all, This month I thought I would talk about hydration. As I type, it is about five degrees outside, but just because it isn’t hot, it doesn’t mean we should ignore our hydration levels. Water makes up 50-60% of our body and every cell in our body uses it to function. Staying hydrated is important because it: • Improves brain function and therefore productivity • Reduces headaches and that foggy head feeling • Improves sporting and physical performance, and • Improves our complexion So, you can see how important it is to keep drinking fluids throughout the day. The recommended daily amount of water for an adult to drink is two litres, but find what feels right for you. If water is boring, why not try adding different fruits to add some flavour: cucumber, strawberries or a splash of lemon juice for example. Personally, I favour orange squash, but have a play and find what works for you. If you work at a desk, try having a glass to hand so you can sip at it throughout the day, or if you are out and about, reusable drinks bottles are a perfect way to monitor your intake. Alcohol does not count towards hydration and in fact does the complete opposite, hence the hangover! Try having a glass of water during the evening to counteract the dehydrating effects of the alcohol and definitely a large glass before bedtime. Coffee, tea and fizzy drinks are also mild diuretics and can contribute to dehydration so these also need to be balanced by good old water. Why not try increasing your water intake for a couple of weeks and see how you feel?

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AN EXCITING NEW VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY Do you enjoy talking to people and have a passion for helping older people in your community? Here at Age UK Suffolk, we believe it’s important that older people in Suffolk know how and where to access all of the help and information that is available to them. Age UK Suffolk provideS many services, including telephone befriending, aimed at older people who are lonely or isolated. We also have our information and benefits advice line for people who have questions about the challenges of ageing, but may not know where to turn. Unfortunately, many of the people who most need our help are unaware that help is available to them, and don’t come to us until there is a crisis. By being there for people earlier, we can help to prevent a crisis with support completing benefit applications, home adaptations, a diagnosis of dementia, or just simply someone to talk to. WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are trying to reach more of the people who need our help by raising awareness of the services we provide. To help us do this, we are recruiting a network of community links volunteers – people who are willing to become links within their community. Your role as a community links volunteer will be to share information about Age UK Suffolk with older people, their families, carers and local groups, and also to feed back to us the wants and needs of older people in your neighbourhood in order to help us to improve our services. If you have a few hours a week to spare, enjoy talking to people and are passionate about improving the lives of older people in your community, please get in touch with Lucy Evans: 01473 298684 / 07525 817984 /


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OUT & ABOUT / SCHOOLS EAST SUFFOLK NATIONAL TRUST ASSOCIATION If you are a member of, or a volunteer for, the National Trust, we invite you to get more out of your membership by joining our association where a warm welcome awaits you. We meet at Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 1JF at 7.15pm. Our next meeting is on February 19 when Marcia Whiting, Curatorial Associate of the Munnings Museum, will speak on the life and works of Sir Alfred Munnings. Sir Alfred, born and educated in Suffolk, is famous for being one of England’s finest painters of horses. Possibly less well known, he was also a significant artist of the Great War. In her talk Marcia will be paying particular attention to his collection at the Munnings Museum in Dedham. On March 19 Nick Collinson, General Manager for East Suffolk National Trust, will talk about the properties in East Suffolk, with particular reference to Sutton Hoo. The meeting will be preceded by a short AGM Visitors (even if not National Trust members) are welcome; the entrance fee is £3. National Trust members/volunteers can join us for £8 per year (£12 per couple at same address). For more information contact our membership secretary at: / 01473 723761


CLAYDON HIGH SCHOOL The spring term has started in earnest with Year 11 students undertaking internal exams in preparation for the real thing in the summer. It can be a stressful time, but lots of support is offered, especially in the form of after school revision sessions. Later this month they will take part in a Revision Bootcamp on Mersea Island in Essex. As well as learning some useful revision strategies they will attempt some challenging physical activities including high ropes and a climbing wall to build confidence and prove to themselves that if they have a go they will succeed! Hopefully in addition to returning home cold, tired and muddy they will feel more confident moving towards their exam season. Elsewhere in school, having successfully impressed the judges to beat Ipswich School in the first round of the English Speaking Union’s Schools’ Mace Competition, our debating team are preparing to battle it out against St Benedict’s High School and The Royal Hospital School in the next stage of the competition to be held at Langley School in Norfolk. In the following week they will also take part in a public speaking competition hosted by Youth Speaks; we wish them the very best of luck! This month we have two overseas trips taking place. Two students have been chosen to represent our school on the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme, a national programme funded by the government. Accompanied by a teacher, students will visit battlefield sites in Belgium and France, participate in remembrance ceremonies and record, reflect and share their own experiences. In addition to this, we will continue to run our annual Battlefields trip (open to students in Years 9 and 10) in July, offering them the same experiences with an additional focus on the history and English curriculum as well as keeping the memory and legacy of this war alive for future generations. In half-term, 40 students will travel by ferry and coach to Obertauern in Austria for our bi-annual ski trip. This seven-day trip will include daily ski lessons, exploring the local area and organised evening entertainment. As well as the physical challenge, this trip will allow students to try something new, experience the wider world and develop independence, resilience and confidence. This term will remain busy into March as we look forward to a number of activities and events including a rock band workshop, art exhibition, Globe Theatre trip and a return visit from our Spanish exchange students. If you would like to visit the school and see us in action, please come along to one of our open mornings. The next one is on Thursday, February 14. Please telephone my PA, Ms J Saunders, on 01473 836110 to book a place.

We began the school year being awarded the School Games Gold Award, recognising the level of participation of our children in sports clubs and competitions. We are very proud to have been awarded this for the second year running and we are aiming for gold again this year. During the autumn term we had lots of sports clubs running. After school we offered netball, football, multi-sports, quick sticks hockey and gymnastics. During lunchtimes, we offered football for both boys and girls, a running club, dance and a tag-rugby club. Some of our children are even active before school and enjoy attending a basketball club which starts at 8am. We entered a range of inter-school competitions and festivals which included football, tag rugby and netball. We have also started playing in a local school league for football and netball. We are looking forward to continuing with our league matches this term and to entering many more inter-school competitions. As well as competing against other schools, we offer all of our older children the opportunity to compete against each other. Last term, the Year 3 Lions won their handball and football skill competitions, the Orangutans won the Year 5 basketball competition and the Year 6 Crocodiles won their intraschool football competition. Congratulations to them all!

Headteacher Maéve Taylor

HENLEY PRE-SCHOOL We are getting ready to explore Chinese New Year through food tasting, books and crafts and Valentine’s Day by cooking for someone special. We are a small, rural and friendly setting based at Henley Community Centre. We pride ourselves on high levels of staff to children ratios and therefore providing the maximum care and learning for the children. All staff are highly trained and continue with regular training to build their knowledge further. We provide an extensive range of resources and activities to suit all ages and abilities, ensuring all levels of development and play within the EYFS are explored. Parents play the most important role in children’s lives so we work closely together to ensure we work in partnership. We also hold stay and play sessions each term that are very well supported by parents/carers. Session places are currently available. We accept eligible 30-hour funded children plus two and three-year-old funded. We are open in term time only from 9am to 3pm.

The boys football team is pictured above proudly showing their new kit sponsored by the Premier League Primary Stars.

For further information please call 01473 833848 during session time (9am-3pm) or email Bridget Wyatt, our manager, at:

Bridget and the team


SCHOOLS / ON THE GRAPEVINE CLAYDON & BARHAM YOUNG FAMILIES Claydon and Barham Young Families is a Mothers’ Union project which has been run by Mothers’ Union members and supporters for 27 years. We welcome mums, dads, carers and grandparents from Claydon, Barham, Great Blakenham and the surrounding villages with babies or children under five; entry is just £1.50 per family. This month we meet from 9.30-11.30am on February 7 and 14 in Claydon and Barham Village Hall. At our regular sessions families can enjoy a themed craft activity where children can be creative and try out different materials to produce an individual masterpiece. Playdough and all sorts of toys that encourage children’s imaginative play and physical and social development are available.

CLAYDON PRE-SCHOOL 100 CLUB The draw on December 18 was a week early due to the pre-school being closed on December 27 for a well-deserved break. The winners were: 1: Barbara Chinnery (12) 2: Phil Harman (15) 3: Kirsty Cattermole (100) Please do encourage family and friends to join. Entry forms are available from Claydon Pre-school or by emailing:

For parents and carers it is a good opportunity to meet others with pre-school children or babies. There is also a prize draw for the children.


This month we would like to wish a happy birthday to Amina and Charlotte.

By way of an introduction, I am Police Constable 710 Michael Small and I have recently taken up the post of Community Engagement Officer for the Ipswich West and Hadleigh Safer Neighbourhood Team. I have been a police officer in Suffolk for 26 years and have worked in a number of areas of Suffolk including Leiston and Ipswich, both as a response officer, roads policing officer and a community ‘beat’ officer. I have most recently been a trainer at our training school, teaching new student police officers. I am really looking forward to the opportunity of returning to community policing in my new role.

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CLAYDON PRE-SCHOOL At the time of writing the children had just returned from their Christmas break – well rested and ready to start the new term. We have lots of exciting things planned already for this term and it’s really good to have the option of outside play in all weathers thanks to our new canopy. Thursday, February 7, 7.30pm: We are holding a Ryan Gooding Psychic Night at Claydon & Barham Community Centre. Tickets are £10 and available from Claydon Pre-school, the community centre or by calling 07914 994170.  This fundraising event is open to everyone. As we are now open all year (except bank holidays and the Christmas period) we can take children up to five years old for additional sessions during the school holiday weeks, subject to availability. If you would like to book any days during the Holidays, please contact the administration assistant for more details. We can take children who are entitled to 30 hours funding. Simply register at Childcare Choices to find out if you are eligible. If you would like an application form or any further information, please contact Lisa Read: Claydon Pre-school, Old Scout Hut, Thornhill Road, Claydon IP6 0DZ / 01473 831648 /


From September 2019 Claydon Nursery, which is attached to Claydon Primary School, will be open all day, offering a morning and afternoon nursery session led by a teacher, with the option of wrap around childcare from 7.45am to 6pm. We warmly welcome you to our nursery for a visit. You can ring the school office on 01473 830439 to book a morning visit in the week beginning March 18. We look forward to seeing you.


I work as part of a committed team of Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers on the Safer Neighbourhood Team. Our remit is to react to issues in the community with a problem solving approach to policing. We work closely with our partner agencies, responding to reports of crime and anti-social behaviour with the aim of making your areas a safer place to live and work for the whole community. In order for us to achieve our goals, we rely on our communities to inform us of the issues in their areas that are a cause for concern. I aim to engage with your through traditional methods of patrolling your area and attending public events and forums as well as providing you with updates on social media and through our constabulary website. You can do this by following us on Facebook @IpswichWestPolice and on Twitter @HadleighPolice. In addition to our social media posts we are promoting Police Connect. This is a free messenger service for those who do not use social media, which means you can receive texts messages or emails with up-todate information about policing in your area. You can register online at or request a form from us via: Since the start of the New Year, I have been looking at crime trends in the rural areas around Suffolk. There have recently been a number of domestic burglaries. Please be vigilant with your home security as some of these offences have occurred where properties have been left insecure. A typical crime of this nature now involves criminals taking car keys from within a dwelling and then stealing vehicles from a driveway or garage. Avoid leaving keys hanging near to access points such as letterboxes or cat flaps where they can be easily accessed by the offender. Another alarming crime trend involves something known as a ‘distraction’ or ‘artifice burglary’. This usually involves the perpetrator pretending to be someone of authority such as a police officer of someone from a service industry. They convince the occupant to allow them access to the property and then either steal items from inside or deceive the occupier into giving them money. Please be extra vigilant in relation to this type of crime and support elderly or vulnerable people in your community who may be more trusting of this type of caller at their door. Our Suffolk police website has advice on preventing these and other crimes through our First Principle scheme. Please visit our website and go to the ‘Advice’ section. If you have any quires or questions please contact Hadleigh SNT at Hadleigh Police Station, Magdalen Road, Hadleigh IP7 5AD Emergency: Call 999 / Non-Emergency: Call 101

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ON THE GRAPEVINE / SPORT QUESTIONS ON CASH Your questions answered by Independent Financial Adviser Nick Plumb Paul from Stowupland is just one of many people who has contacted me to ask what can be done about poor performing ISA funds. He writes: “I have around £60,000 in a stocks and shares ISA with Legal & General and a cash ISA with Barclays Bank. The stocks and shares ISAs have lost over £4,000 in the last six months and have never produced any significant growth, and the rates I am getting on the cash ISA, is awful. I wondered if I could move them?” Yes. If you are unhappy with your stocks and shares ISA investments, you can move them to another fund manager while keeping the money within a taxefficient ISA wrapper. To do this, you instruct a financial adviser to effect an ISA transfer. You can also move a cash ISA into a stocks and shares wrapper, by the same ISA to ISA transfer process. However, before you rush out to do this, you should first investigate whether you could make an internal fund switch into other funds within your existing ISA provider’s range. Legal & General offer quite a wide choice of investment funds within their ISA range, and this would normally be the most costeffective way of changing the investment funds within your ISA. However, this may not be an option if you are invested in a structured product ISA or if your ISA does not have access to the full fund range. It may therefore be just as cost effective to switch to a new fund manager altogether. If you do wish to transfer, then you may wish to consider using an investment platform to hold your ISAs on. An investment platform is an online service that allows you to hold, manage, and track all of your investments in one place. Using a platform means that you only have to give one instruction to one provider and you only receive one statement. You can use a platform to buy new investments, or to consolidate a number of different plans that you already hold into new wrappers. There can also be savings in charges when you have your investments all held on the same investment platform. Platforms also allow you to invest in a wide range of investment funds from many different providers which ensures a wider spread of assets and less volatility, and less dependence upon a single fund manager. A platform will usually provide access to a range of managed portfolios and multi-asset or multi-manager investment funds, which give you access to a wide spread of investment in line with your identified attitude to risk, with the bonus of professional investment management of the fund at a competitive cost. At the moment, I would suggest that a good combination would be to access the Brewin Dolphin Managed Portfolio Service or MPS through a platform such as Novia Financial. The Novia platform has very competitive charges and gives you online access to your investments 24/7, and the Brewin Dolphin Managed Portfolios have a good track record over the last five years, with a low annual management charge of 0.36 per cent per annum, including VAT. They are available to investors with a risk profile of anywhere between cautious and high risk and there are no initial or entry charges for people transferring ISAs into the Brewin Dolphin MPS when it is held on the Novia platform.

TALES FROM THE 19TH HOLE I am grateful to former HOGS scribe Bandit Bill for once again providing me with sufficient notes to report upon the one event of the year I struggle to attend, our Christmas event at Seckford Golf Club. I’m particularly grateful as he had to make a prompt departure, missing the post-match banter and meal due to a restaurant booking in Leicestershire that evening. Thankfully there were equal team numbers so no adjustments had to be levied by competitions director Steve Brock. Historically these have been difficult to understand, so Bandit Bill was saved from having to interpret such complex explanations. There were a couple of father and son combinations in two of the teams, although Clarke Junior was thankful his clubs had been retrieved from the loft when the decorations were brought down earlier in the month. Whether this was undertaken by Clarke Senior is unreported, but could this have been the activity that resulted in his early declaration of a bad back? Texas Scramble rules decree everybody plays a tee shot. The best placed ball is chosen and the other three players pick up their balls and play from this same ‘best’ position. This continues until one ball is putted. Team Brock’s tactic was to adopt an aggressive approach which backfired early as they found themselves playing their third out of the bunker. Where the other three ended up is anybody’s guess! They weren’t put off however, sticking doggedly to this tactic which, after a steady par on the second, saw them have birdie putts on 12 of the remaining 16 holes. The best ball from each players tee shot can only be used four or five times in this format so, with Brian and Terry both having used their allocation early, pressure was borne on Simon and Steve (who had previously been inconsistent) for the final seven holes of the round, They coped with this admirably though; the team came in with a three under par score of 63. Bill didn’t get to hear many tales of the other two rounds before his departure, but latterly caught up with Steve who was surprised that the winning score was 63. Team Gerrard brought in a par score of 66, meaning that for the first time since its inception, Paul was not on the winning team and would unfortunately not be taking home the trophy played for in his father’s honour. Team Clarke finished with 69 points, but Tim must have stretched out his back enough to get the longest drive marker placed. However, it was out driven by Brian, but then surpassed with a one-in-a-million shot from team mate Steve. Grahame Hughes won the nearest the pin competition with a pinpoint accurate shot. There was some late controversy back in the clubhouse due to insufficient signatures on two of the three scorecards, but I will not dwell on this and anticipate that this matter is unlikely to be raised in the future! The meal was enjoyed by the golfers, their wives and partners, and guest of honour Margaret Gerrard. It was rounded off by a speech and jokes from Captain Brian, which by all accounts was not to have been missed. He must have been saving it up for the big finale event as at previous meeting throughout the year they had been short and sweet. For the record, the overall scores were: Steve, Simon, Terry and Brian 63; Paul G, Grahame, Paul C and Tom C 66; Tim C, Dan C, Peter and Keith 69.

So, if you are unhappy with the performance of your existing ISAs, an ISA to ISA transfer could be the answer – but remember to take independent advice first. Nick Plumb is an Independent Financial Adviser. Send your questions to Nick at Plumb Financial Services, Baylham Business Centre, Lower Street, Baylham, Suffolk IP6 8JP, email them to, or telephone Nick on 01473 830301. Nick’s answers to reader questions in this column are provided only as a general guide and do not constitute personal financial advice. Any readers who require specific advice should contact Nick to arrange a complimentary initial meeting to discuss their own position and requirements.



NEEDHAM MARKET BOWLS CLUB We are now well into the indoor bowls season at the Meadlands. If you need information on indoor bowling please contact David Hindley: 01449 613144 / 07717 940270 Friday, February 22 is ‘Big Quiz’ night. It’s getting more competitive every year, so get your brain in gear and let’s have a really good night. Food to help power the brain will be soup and a roll and pudding. Members £3, nonmembers £6. Friday, March 22 is Bingo with a fish and chip supper and the opening drive will be on Sunday, April 14; details will be provided soon. Meet and Greet days will be Saturdays, April 27 and May 4 from 10.30am. Anyone wishing to discuss any aspect of NMBC can contact either Alistair Bailie (01449 720759) or Pat Hadden (01473 831308).

Gipping Valley Bowls Club held their annual presentation dinner on Saturday, January 12 at Ipswich Sports Club. Award winners included Ladies Singles Winner Edith Roberts, Men’s Singles Winner John Hooper and 4-Wood Singles Winner Terry Griffin. The Most Improved Player award went to Keith Page.   On February 9, eighteen members of the club will be attending the Ipswich & District Dinner Dance where they will receive the trophy for winning Division D of the Ipswich & District League 2018.

CHELMONDISTON CARPET BOWLS In December we hosted a match against Claydon, who kindly donated several Christmas prizes for the raffle. That with a donation from Chelmondiston enabled us to donate £80 to EACH. Alan Storey


CLAYDON & DISTRICT BADMINTON CLUB It’s still not too late to get your exercise regime back on track. Why not get back into badminton right on your doorstep here at Claydon High School? Claydon & District Badminton Club is a social badminton club which meets on Monday nights from 7-9pm during school term time in Claydon High School Sports Hall. Although we are a popular club we have some space and you would be very welcome. If you fancy a game you can have a free taster session. Come along to meet us and have a few games at the Sports Hall on any Monday night during school term. For more information visit our website or get in touch with C&DBC chairman Dik Langan: 01473 831692 /

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Have you always wanted to try a new type of exercise to boost overall fitness, make new friends and have a laugh as a team in your local area? If yes, why not try a game of walking football which is suitable for ages 50 and over?

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The rules are similar to a five-a-side game, but you can only walk with the ball. It can be played by all abilities and fitness levels for men and women. Playing team sports can improve player’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, while reducing social isolation and loneliness among this age group in the community. “I fully enjoy taking part in these sessions as it gets me back playing football again which I thought would never happen, there is plenty of banter and a great atmosphere, having fun, making new friends, a great way to boost my fitness and wellbeing.” As a team we take part in weekly sessions, friendly games, festivals, tournaments and charity games throughout the year. Sessions are based at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre Astroturf pitch every week and are organised and run by a FA qualified football coach. If interested in joining in the sessions please contact Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre on 01449 674980 or Laura Worsley on 07801 532059 for more details.

JIGSAW PUZZLE In 1760 (approximately) the first jigsaw puzzle was made. Englishman John Spilsbury mounted a map of England on a thin sheet of mahogany board, used a hand-held fretsaw to cut round the county boundaries and sold the boxed pieces for children to assemble. They were known as ‘dissected maps’. In the early part of the nineteenth century, puzzles were made almost exclusively for wealthy children and almost always with education in mind. Towards the end of the century great strides were made in many manufacturing techniques, making them accessible to more people. Adults became interested in doing jigsaws and this spurred the manufacturers to widen the range of subjects available and to make them more difficult to do. Source: At the start of this year our family started a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle based on the London Underground map. The colours of the different tube lines helped get a good amount done. Place names, black on white, have had varying degrees of difficulty, but having the picture on the box has been helpful. The remainder of the jigsaw puzzle is white and currently remains unfinished. Jesus knew what His mission was when He came to earth. Many Old Testament prophets spoke of all that was planned for Him. Where our jigsaw puzzle remains unfinished, Jesus completed His work when He died on the cross for our sins. Just before He died He cried out: “It is finished!” This was no cry of failure, but a cry of victory. The work of Jesus completed means that if we turn to God we can receive forgiveness of sins and have peace with God. When the last piece of our jigsaw puzzle goes in I think there will be a victorious cry of: “It is finished!” A greater cry of “I’m forgiven!” remains for those who will put their trust in Christ. WEEKLY EVENTS Monday fortnightly: Little Owls Toddler Group, 10am-noon Tuesday: Weekly Prayer Meeting, 7.30-8.30pm Wednesday: Coffee Morning, 10am-noon. All welcome. Thursday: Home Group, 10-11.45am Friday: Children’s Club (primary school age), 6.30-7.30pm Sunday Morning Service: 10.45am-noon For more information contact Michael: 01473 839785

Is it too late to wish you all a happy New Year? I do hope that 2019 has started well for you and as the Chinese New Year starts on February 5 perhaps I’m ok! As I write this on January 2, I’m debating whether to keep my Christmas decorations up until 12th Night (January 6) or whether to take them down before then. I usually like to keep them up until the full 12 Days of Christmas are over because otherwise the Christmas ‘Season’ seems to be over and done with in a flash. All that anticipation from November onwards and then by January 1 the shops are starting to sell Easter Eggs! We do seem to live in an age where we want everything yesterday and are either not prepared or able to enjoy a period of anticipation. Even the church has only four weeks of Advent as opposed to the six of Lent which precedes the Easter Festival! I know that this is a difficult time of year for some people as we long for warmth and sunlight. We have to wait for winter to turn into spring and anticipate being able to walk the dog without a torch in the morning, being able to turn the central heating off, or being able to be out and about meeting friends and neighbours. In the meantime we wait, and while it may be enforced perhaps we can enjoy it for what it is – an opportunity to let our batteries charge, to make plans for the future, to catch up with friends and families via phone calls and letters (remember those!) even if the weather doesn’t entice us outdoors. So, if the winter is dragging on for you, why not pick up the phone and ring someone you’ve not spoken to for a while? Or if you are able, pop round to a neighbour who isn’t able to get out, particularly in wintery weather. Christmas is a time when we celebrate – we talk of love, joy and peace to all – don’t let those sentiments stop on 12th Night when the decorations come down! Rev Mary Playford Ministers The Rev Mary Playford (URC): 01449 711798 The Rev Rita Carr (Methodist): 01449 612619 Sunday Morning Worship: 10.30am (including crèche and Sunday Club) Service of Holy Communion: Second Sunday WEEKDAY ACTIVITIES IN CHRISTCHURCH HALLS Tiddlers: For mums and babies up to four years, Monday from 9.30-11.15am in term time. Contact Victoria: 07725 037026 Scrabble Club: Monday from 2-4pm. New players please contact Sheila Norris: 01449 720871 Knit for Peace: First Wednesday, 2.30-4pm. Contact Sheila Norris: 01449 720871 Christians Together: 10am-noon. Contact Tony Leigh Pollitt: 01449 403105 Coffee Morning: Second Saturday, 10am-noon, always with a selection of cakes for sale. OTHER REGULAR BOOKINGS Weight Watchers: Saturday 8-10am Yoga: Monday 6.45-8.45pm / Wednesday 9.15-11.15am Moosical Moo: Sing, dance and play for 0-5s, Tuesday from 9.15am-noon in term time Osteo Stretch & Exercise: Tuesday 12.30-1.30pm Karate: Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm Karate: Wednesday 5.30-7.30pm (term time) Karate: Friday 6.30-8.30pm Rainbow Guides: Thursday 5.30-6.30pm (term time) Brownies: Thursday 6.30-7.30pm (term time) Exercise Classes: Friday 9-10.30am HALL LETTINGS: There are spaces available for hire. To arrange a visit to view or for further information ring: 07851 742847 CHURCH CONTACT: Lindsey Gomez, 01449 722418


CHURCH NEWS THE CLAYDON GROUP OF CHURCHES The Church of England in Claydon and Barham, Henley and Great Blakenham We offer you a warm welcome to all our events and services. For enquiries about baptisms, weddings and funerals contact: Priest-in-Charge Rev Carl Melville, Claydon Rectory 01473 833542 /

FEBRUARY CANDLEMAS: Light to the Church Simeon proclaimed Jesus as a light to lighten the Gentiles Gt Blakenham Church: Sunday, February 3, 11am Henley Church: Sunday, February 10, 9.30am Barham Church: Sunday, February 17, 10am Refreshments available at all of our services. All welcome!

Letter from the Vicar February is the month of love, with Valentine’s Day now a massive money maker for shops and businesses. Couples will be venturing out for meals and lots of people will be getting down on one knee to propose to their loved one. The Bible has a lot to say about love. Love, we’re told, is not simply an emotion or feeling, but is physical and real. More than that, we are told that God is love. If God is pure love, then there can be no room for evil or bad in him. When God created the world and us, he created it all out of love – out of himself, because he is love! We are made in his image and therefore we should reflect his truth and love. Love isn’t always that easy, sadly. But love never boasts, or never hurts, it never tires, never angers or never counts wrongs. Love never fails. When we tap in to that love that God so freely gives, we tap into God. When we do that we find our relationships and world changed for the better. Married, engaged, single, divorced – God’s love is waiting for you. Why not come and find it? The Revd Carl Melville: SERVICES IN FEBRUARY Henley Church: every Sunday at 9.30am Barham Church: every Sunday at 10am Gt Blakenham Church: every Sunday at 11am Sunday, February 3: Candlemas 8am Holy Communion Barham Church 9.30am Holy Communion Henley Church 10am Holy Communion Barham Church 11am family@blakenham Gt Blakenham Church Sunday, February 10: 4th Sunday Before Lent 8am Holy Communion Barham Church 9.30am family@henley Henley Church 10am Holy Communion Barham Church 11am Holy Communion Gt Blakenham Church Sunday, February 17: 3rd Sunday Before Lent 8am Holy Communion Barham Church 9.30am Holy Communion Henley Church 10am family@barham Barham Church 11am Holy Communion Gt Blakenham Church Sunday, February 24: 2nd Sunday Before Lent 8am Holy Communion Barham Church 9.30am Café Church Henley Church 10am Holy Communion Barham Church 11am Elevenses@GB Gt Blakenham Church 4pm Evensong Henley Church Sunday, March 3: Sunday Before Lent 8am Holy Communion Barham Church 9.30am Holy Communion Henley Church 10am Holy Communion Barham Church 11am family@blakenham Gt Blakenham Church HALL BOOKINGS Barham Church Hall: Zoe Groom, 831804 Gt Blakenham Parish Room: Reg Barton, 839958 Henley Church Vestry: Margaret Gerrard, 831463


Further services can be found at: Facebook and Twitter: The Claydon Group of Churches NEWS Four Communities Activities Groups: mentioned on page 10, the groups continue to thrive and run, including Meet ‘N’ Eat and our new Walk ’N’ Talk group. Holy Conversations (Home Group): The first Tuesday of the month at 7pm at The Rectory. All welcome for Bible Study and reflection. Visiting: If you, or anyone you know, would like a visit from a member of our pastoral team, please get in touch with Revd Carl, Revd Cathy or Revd Jenny. This might be at home or in hospital. Lifts to Church: If you’d like a lift to your local church, please contact Revd Carl who can organise this for you. Lent 2019: Ash Wednesday kicks Lent off on March 6. We will be holding the traditional Ashing Service at 7pm in Gt Blakenham Church. Please do join house groups during Lent, where we’ll be looking at the theme of ‘giving’. These meet at various places which can be found on our website or in next month’s In Touch. Pancake Day: Why not celebrate Shrove Tuesday with us from 6.30pm in Gt Blakenham Parish Room? Pancakes and puzzles! Open to all ages. No charge, but donations welcome. Church AGM: All three parishes will join together for one APCM on March 28 at Claydon Community Centre. At this meeting we will elect our churchwardens and church PCC members as well as look at the vision for the year ahead. It’s also a chance to thank those who do so much for our churches. Thanks to a few volunteers, Claydon Church is currently open during daylight hours. If you can spare a few minutes one day a week to open/close the church, please contact Revd Carl. Following the wonderful Candlelit Carol Service in December, we’re looking forward to the St Peter’s Songs of Praise on Saturday, June 29 at 4pm, followed by a picnic tea. FUTURE DATES February 9: Coffee Morning GB Parish Room, 10am-12noon February 9: Wedding morning for couples planning their weddings, 10am Barham Church February 9: Safeguarding Course, 2pm Barham Church February 15: Puzzle Evening at Henley Community Centre March 5: Gt Blakenham Pancake Evening March 16: Gt Blakenham Quiz Night May 27: Wedding Festival at GB Village Hall June 8: Barham Church Fete June 15: Henley Church Fete June 29: Barham Picnic and Band Concert June 30: Songs of Praise, St Peter’s, Claydon July 13: Gt Blakenham Village Fete and Doggy Day August 7-9: J-TEAM at Barham Church

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