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A WORD FROM THE EDITOR I’ve just been informed that Auntie Sarah will be visiting Suffolk on December 3 and as it’s the perfect opportunity to get Christmas presents to that side of the family (all 11 of them) I’m now on a deadline! Thank goodness there are many, many Christmas markets and festivals coming up. They are a particularly useful place to find locally produced gifts for out-oftowners. I’m definitely focused on finding handmade gifts this year, possibly inspired by the beautiful Christmas Tree decoration I received from a close friend last year. It was one of my favourite presents and I’m secretly hoping she gives me another this year. I have been dropping heavy hints since June or thereabouts so I’m quite hopeful. There are many good reasons to shop local at Christmas, not least the fact that your spending will boost the local economy, save or indeed generate jobs, support local entrepreneurs and create a more vibrant and engaged community. There’s also the social aspect, the fact that you are more likely to find quirky, one-off items, maybe even try before you buy and get a better deal or some advice. According to a new study, UK shoppers are predicted to spend £73 billion this Christmas, with online sales accelerating to unprecedented levels. Apparently convenience, price comparison and avoiding crowds and queues are three of the main reasons why online shopping is so popular, but don’t assume than ‘online’ and ‘local’ are entirely contradictory. Most of our local retailers sell online so you can take advantage of the benefits of online shopping and support local business at the same time. For me, Christmas means cleaning the house from top to bottom (sad I know, but deeply embedded) and down ‘n’ dirty old style shopping with the crowds, the queues, the Christmas music, carol singers, hot chocolate, mince pies and a glass or two of mulled wine to soothe aching muscles. I can’t wait. On behalf of my colleagues here at Mansion House Publishing I wish you and yours a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.

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NEWS COUNCILLORS SHORTLISTED FOR NATIONAL AWARDS On Tuesday, November 1, Babergh and Mid Suffolk members joined other representatives from across the UK to pay tribute to the best and most innovative councillors in the country. The councillors gathered in London for the LGiU’s Councillor Awards. This seventh annual awards scheme is the only national showcase honouring the hard work of councillors from across the country. The winners were selected by a judging panel made up of local government experts and councillors. One Babergh member and one Mid Suffolk member were shortlisted for awards out of more than 200 submissions: Councillor Jennie Jenkins, leader of Babergh District Council and member for Leavenheath, was shortlisted for the LGiU award for Leader of the Year and Councillor Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council Portfolio Holder for Business Growth and Increased Productivity and member for Stowmarket (South), was shortlisted for the LGiU award for District Councillor of the Year. Sadly neither received the award for their category, but the evening offered a chance to meet with outstanding councillors from across the country and learn how other authorities are meeting the challenges all local government is facing. Councillor Jennie Jenkins said: “The LGiU puts us in touch with other councillors across the country and it was an honour to be shortlisted from such a vast pool of women and men working hard for their communities. A leader is only as good as their team and being on that list of seven was a testament to the dedication and talent of all the councillors and staff at Babergh who have worked so hard to keep delivering the services our communities need in a changing world.” Councillor Gerard Brewster said: “Being shortlisted for District Councillor of the Year was a great experience and I want to thank the LGiU for the work they put into the awards. This shows that we in Suffolk can lead the country in the way we deliver for our constituents and communities and I look forward to continuing to work hard, both for Stowmarket and for all of Mid Suffolk, over the coming years.”

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DEMENTIA FRIENDLY HADLEIGH We are delighted to report that three new businesses have signed up to become dementia friendly this month. Gotlee Solictors, Keith Avis Newsagents and Hall Street have all signed up to support the work of the alliance and have been formally recognised as dementia friendly businesses. Tracey Loynds, chair of the HDAA says: “This makes 27 dementia friendly businesses that are supporting our work, working to become a dementia friendly Hadleigh.” Businesses included are: Ageing with Optimism Ainger Holbrows Ltd Allied Healthcare Group – Hadleigh Anchor Trust Ansell Community Centre Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council Barclays Bank – Hadleigh East of England Co-op Gotelee Solicitors Hadleigh Baptist Church Hadleigh Boxford Group Practice Hadleigh Mobility Centre Limited

Hadleigh Town Council Hadleigh United Reformed Church Hall Street Healthwatch Suffolk Hollow Trees Farm Ltd Keith Avis Newsagents Magdalen House – Alysia Caring Osteopathy in Suffolk South Suffolk Leisure St Mary’s Church, Hadleigh Sue Ryder – The Chantry Suffolk Artlink Suffolk Family Carers The Hadleigh Ram Winch & Blatch Ltd

If you are a local business and don’t see your name on the list, please contact us and we will be happy to show you how easy it can be to become a dementia friendly business. Trudy Avis from Keith Avis Newsagents said: “We are working to become a dementia friendly business supporting the work of the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance. The shop management and staff have been provided with information sessions from the HDAA. A great deal has been learnt and we now feel more in touch with understanding dementia.”

If you would like to get involved and become a dementia friend or dementia friendly business, contact chair Tracey Loynds: 01473 823470 / TIPS FOR SUPPORTING PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA AT CHRISTMAS Given by carers and families of people with dementia and compiled by Alzheimer’s Society. IN THE HOME Get everyone involved: There are many ways to involve people living with dementia at Christmas time – from something as simple as hanging a bauble on the tree to doing a spot of Christmas shopping. The important thing is to remember to make sure they are included. Slowly does it: Introduce the Christmas environment slowly. Think about putting up decorations gradually over a few days so it doesn’t come as a big change to the person’s usual setting. Bring back old memories: Whether it’s an old song they used to enjoy or a classic Christmas film, find something fun you can take part in. Making a family photo album or memory box could be a nice way to spend time together. Don’t over do it: Someone with dementia may feel overwhelmed by lots of noise and unfamiliar people around, so try and keep visitors to a few at a time. Schedule periods of rest throughout the day or have a quiet room they can retreat to in case things become too much. It’s good to talk: Christmas can be a very stressful time, so don’t bottle it up. Alzheimer’s Society’s Talking Point forum is a place to ask advice, join in discussions and feel supported by others living with dementia. Or call Alzheimer’s Society’s helpline on 0300 222 1122.

IN THE COMMUNITY Become a Dementia Friend: By wearing your Dementia Friends badge with pride while out and about this Christmas, you’ll make a big difference by showing your support and understanding to those affected by dementia. Christmas shopping: With a bit of planning, Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be too stressful. Shop in the morning when it’s quieter and you can take your time. A number of major retailers now have employees who are Dementia Friends in stores, including Argos, Barclays, Homebase, Lloyds Bank and M&S. So look for the badge and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Musical events: Try to include people with dementia when attending carol services, as singing carols is a great joint activity and can bring back lovely memories.

Suffolk-based solicitors Gotelee are also on board. Kay Baker, a solicitor specialising in private client law at Gotelee’s Hadleigh branch, said: “As we are specialists in elderly client matters including estate planning, lasting powers of attorney and Court of Protection work, it is very important to us that we understand the challenges facing those living with dementia. We want to ensure our approach, our manner and even our offices are dementia friendly, and that’s why we are proud to join Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance and help to make a difference.”


Accommodate: If you’re organising a party or event, have a quiet room set aside and make sure facilities are clearly labelled. Knowing where to go will really help someone with dementia feel more confident. Be patient: It’s easy to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, but if someone seems confused or is taking a bit longer to do something, take a breath and be patient.

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NEWS EXCITING NEWS FOR NEW BEREAVEMENT CHARITY Suffolk Bereavement Support (SBS), a new charity operating in Hadleigh, has recently received the exciting news that their funding application to Suffolk Community Foundation’s Rural Fund has been successful, making it the main funder enabling them to establish. Gordon Jones, Suffolk County Councillor for Samford Ward, who has been appointed to the Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board and is Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills, has also provided support to help SBS get off the ground.

by an experienced group leader who creates a warm and trusting environment in which group members can share their experiences and find ways of coping during what can be a difficult time. Groups meet fortnightly over a period of 16 weeks with some flexibility depending on individual need. Co-founders Patrick and Margaret Palmer are sincerely grateful to both sources of support and are able to report that their group is now meeting regularly at a venue in Hadleigh. Names are now being taken so that further groups can be established.

Those recently bereaved or experiencing a delayed reaction to loss are now able to access support through the therapeutic group work approach which the charity offers. Meetings are facilitated

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SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM CHERNOBYL CHILDREN’S LIFE LINE We now have confirmation that there will be a group of seven children and one interpreter travelling to Mid Suffolk in December. The girls are aged 11 to 14 with one 12-year-old having her birthday on December 19. We will of course have a birthday party for her which in itself will be an amazing experience as the children do not have birthday parties as our children do. Usually they will receive a small gift, possibly just some sweets or a few rubles to spend, and there might be a small family gathering. As previously requested in our articles, any good quality secondhand clothing for these girls would be greatly appreciated as they will only have the clothing they have travelled in when they arrive. Our Facebook page has now been revamped so please do visit and Like us. We will endeavor to keep it up-to-date with news and photographs. We also have a page dedicated to our charity shop where we regularly receive new donations and stock is frequently rotated so the shop is well worth a visit, as is our Facebook page where new items of interest will be highlighted: www.facebook. com/Ccllmidsuffolk The charity continues to enjoy your support and for that we are extremely grateful. Please remember, if you are having a clear out before Christmas, all those unwanted gifts you have put away and don’t know what to do with make fantastic raffle prizes for our fundraising. If you are interested in sending a Christmas present/shoebox to a Chernobyl child, please do get in touch. Each year we provide details of a child who would love to hear from someone in the UK as to receive even a letter is very unusual and appreciated, but a present is something really special. Finally, if you would like to consider becoming a host for our 2017 summer group, please do get in touch as although it might seem a long way off preparations are already under way. Anyone can apply regardless of status or financial circumstances. We operate a day centre Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm, so hosts can follow their own occupation or other interests and the children live with the hosts as part of their family at all other times. With grateful thanks as always to everyone for their continued support. Elizabeth Parker 01449 760343/

As we look forward to Christmas 2016 and the New Year 2017, I have a few wise words which I hope you will take the time to read. We all know how stressful and expensive Christmas shopping is and that children and friends look forward to receiving gifts from us. Don’t let theirs and your Christmas be ruined by opportunist thieves who stumble across open doors and windows, cars or sheds, to find neatly wrapped Christmas presents. If you go out make sure your house is secure, lights have been left on and valuables are out of sight. Cars on driveways should be locked and any valuables put in the boot. Why make it easy for someone else to enjoy your hard work and money? Use timer switches at home to give the impression of someone being in now that the nights are darker sooner. Try not to leave presents wrapped and visible from a window. The less incentive there is, the lower the risk you have of a break in to your property. If you are considering making expensive electrical purchases, consider marking them with a security pen and photographing their serial numbers for your records. is a free property registration service and a very powerful tool in the fight against crime. We would encourage you to register your valuable and identifiable possessions on this website. Please remember to include make, model and serial numbers where possible. It may be this winter that we experience snow flurries as well as ice cold temperatures. Make sure that you are prepared for this if using your car on the roads. Make sure your fluids are topped up, think about a blanket or warm clothes in the boot in case you get caught in a road closure. It is also worth having your tyres checked by a garage to ensure they are legal and safe to use on the roads. Decent tyres can be lifesavers, and bad ones could cost you your licence. Many people get caught out by sudden changes in road conditions; be prepared to drive slower and plan well ahead for your journey. Suffolk Police will again be taking a zero tolerance approach to alcohol fuelled crime and anti-social behaviour this Christmas. Please drink sensibly when out, have designated drivers; you will not want to be the person who is arrested on Christmas Eve and has to spend the following day in police custody. Remember you can now follow the Safer Neighbourhood Team at Hadleigh on Twitter @HadleighPolice. Finally, from all officers and staff at Hadleigh Police Station we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous New Year. Until next month, PCSO 3173 Julia Bignell, Hadleigh SNT, Magdalen Road, Hadleigh IP7 5AD Email: For emergency calls 999 / non-emergency calls 101


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Flu, Pneumococcal and Shingles Vaccinations We held flu clinics at East Bergholt on October 11 and Capel on October 20. We vaccinated 2,137 patients over the two days which was higher than last year. Representatives from the Patient Participation Group helped to direct patients and both days went well with a steady flow through each afternoon. Thank you to all patients for making the day so successful and for your kind donations to Age UK and EACH.

We were pleased to host another well received talk in early October at Capel Methodist Church. Consultant cardiologist Dr Nick Robinson talked about advances in heart surgery and how to prevent heart disease. As the nation gets heavier, blood pressure is also rising, increasing the risk of stroke and heart problems. With illustrations he showed that modern heart surgery is far less invasive and extremely effective, such as inserting stents to re-inflate collapsed blood vessels. He also talked about signs to look out for – including a feeling of indigestion after exercise.

Patients who are eligible for free NHS flu or pneumococcal vaccinations but were unable to attend one of our flu days can now book an appointment at one of our weekly mini-clinics. Due to supply issues we were not able to vaccinate patients eligible for the pneumococcal vaccination at our first flu day, though we did have supplies for the second one at Capel. We now have ample supplies. Note that patients were informed by letter if they are eligible for the pneumococcal vaccination. The practice has written to patients who are eligible for shingles vaccinations. These can then be booked with one of our nurses. Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) The practice implemented the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) in November. This is a national system which is now being rolled-out across Suffolk. The system will enable many prescriptions to be processed by the practice electronically. This will speed up the process and minimise errors. However, the practice has had to undertake extensive work to ensure that medication is recorded in a way consistent with the new system (e.g. medication must be stated as the number of tablets and not the number of packs of tablets). Inevitably there are likely to be teething problems so please check all repeat slips and medication you are dispensed to ensure it is correct and let the pharmacy or practice know immediately if you believe there is a problem. Please also note that you must nominate a pharmacy for your prescription to be processed electronically. You can inform the pharmacy or the practice, and change your nominated pharmacy at any time. Training Days A reminder that the practice will be closed from 1pm on the following dates for staff training: Wednesday, December 14 and Thursday, February 9. On these afternoons the doors will be closed so please ensure any prescriptions are picked up well beforehand. 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

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We asked those present at this talk, and at our previous talk on diabetes, to suggest future topics. Suggestions so far include: dementia, healthy living/weight loss, men’s health, women’s health (including dealing with menopause), kidney problems, mental health, dementia, stroke, asthma and CPR (resuscitation). If you have any other suggestions please either email us at or use one of the PPG comment cards in the waiting rooms. We are alternating the venue for the talks between Capel St Mary and East Bergholt. Please look out for notices on future talks in village magazines, in the waiting rooms and on parish council noticeboards. Kathy Pollard, chair: 01473 311384

HADLEIGH COMMUNITY CHOIR’S WINTER CONCERT 2016 Hadleigh Community Choir will present its annual winter concert at 7.30pm on Saturday, December 3 in Hadleigh United Reformed Church, Market Place, Hadleigh. Tickets are now on sale (£8 each, children under 12 free) from Keith Avis Newsagents and The Idler bookshop in Hadleigh High Street. The choir will be singing a mix of songs and carols with additional performances by choir soloists. We will again be inviting our audience to join in a Christmas carol sing-along; words will be included in the programmes. After the concert everybody is welcome to the ‘afterglow’ in the Ansell Room with wine, soft drinks and festive fare, all included in the ticket price.  There will also be an opportunity to enter our now famous and popular prize gift draw. A proportion of profits will be shared between The Christmas Present Trust and Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information call Josie or Nik: 01473 824462


OUT & ABOUT CAPEL LIBRARY HADLEIGH EVENING WI At the November meeting of Hadleigh Evening WI, president Sophie Rickards gave an informative talk on hair. She started by describing the anatomy and physiology of normal hair and how to keep it in a healthy condition. She then talked about abnormalities, how these may be caused and what can be done to improve the situation. Sophie had examples of wigs and hair pieces used to treat problems of clients she sees. Jane Haylock was congratulated for winning the 2016 Community Action Suffolk Event Organiser of the Year. Jane instigated the Hadleigh Year of the Sheep, a well organised event that pulled the town together including special interest groups, local choirs and scouts. The library and a team of local ladies created sheep bunting to decorate the High Street and other public areas. Jane’s award and certificate were displayed and admired. During the meeting we paused to remember Beryl Allen who died recently. She was a founder member of Hadleigh Evening WI and served as president for three years and treasurer. She was a brilliant and amusing auctioneer. Every November members would bring in lots to sell. Beryl persuaded ladies to buy what was on offer. The money raised was a useful addition to our funds. Beryl sang in St Mary’s Church Choir from 1938 until 2013. To show the respect and appreciation local people had for her, a memorial service will be held at the church on December 9, starting 2pm. Our next meeting will be held in the seminar suite above the library on Tuesday, December 20 at 7.30pm. Jan Byrne will talk about the changing face of Hadleigh. Refreshments to celebrate Christmas will be served. Visitors and new members are welcome to join us. Philippa Carruthers / 01473 823057

The weather has turned colder and the days are definitely drawing in so why don’t we just curl up on the sofa, under a warm woolly blanket and read? Sounds ideal! What! No book to read or no woolly blanket? Well, the library offers you both. We have lots of knitting and craft books and of course plenty of reading material. Or perhaps you might want to listen to a storybook. We have a good range on offer and of course you can order anything from the online catalogue. Browse and select to pick up from a library of your choice. DVDs are also available to hire on a weekly basis. Thank you for your support of the local library – may we wish you a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year. ADVANCE NOTICES We shall be closed for the Christmas break on December 25, 26 and 27, re-opening with normal hours on Wednesday 28. We will also be closed on Sunday, January 1. Please use the book drop letterbox for any returns made on these dates; the books will be dealt with by staff upon re-opening. We also notify of closures in January to enable our friends the Orchard Players to prepare for their pantomime. The library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 13 and from 12.30pm on Saturday 14. Again please use the book drop letterbox for returns. Don’t forget that we first and second class stamps and also book tokens. CLUBS FOR DECEMBER Baby Bounce: Tuesdays 6 and 13 at 2pm Book Club: Friday 16 at 2.30pm Minecraft: Sundays 4 and 18, 10.30am-12.30pm Do ask the staff for details of our clubs and we will endeavour to answer your questions. NEW: We now offer an iPad lending service. Conditions apply, but do ask for further details. We have an IT whizz offering help on an appointment basis on Tuesday mornings. Again do ask for further details. New Year dates for your diaries Our next Creative Arts East showing is The Car Man on January 26, doors open at 1.30 for screening to start at 1.45pm. The Friends of Capel Library AGM is on January 28 at 4pm. Further details will be published in the January edition. OPENING HOURS 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 Tel: 01473 311699


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Group Managing Director Marcus McGee believes that Which? have endorsed Cloudy2Clear’s long standing company policy of delivering the highest standards possible at all times. ‘Our service is simple. If your double glazing has misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with a new 25 year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people money, although that obviously helps. Whilst a number

of tradespeople perhaps don’t focus on customer care as much as they should do, we make sure we turn up when we say we will, do the job the customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. Locally Cloudy2Clear service the Ipswich, Woodbridge, Manningtree, Hadleigh, Stowmarket & surrounding areas and manager Andy Kerridge agrees that this approach is a major factor in his success. ‘The truth is that it’s not just the personal satisfaction that I get from doing

a good job but also it makes good business sense. I get a huge amount of business from friends and family of people I’ve done work for, which just goes to show how much a little bit of effort is appreciated as both my customers and, obviously a body as nationally important as Which? now recognise.’ So, if your windows are steamed up, broken or damaged give Andy a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118 and he’ll be happy to help!

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OUT & ABOUT STOUR VALLEY U3A 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 www.stourvalleyu3a. where membership secretary Val Pretty may be contacted.

STOUR VALLEY MEN’S PROBUS CLUB On November 2 John Stark introduced us to the Mid Suffolk Light Railway and on Wednesday, November 16 a representative from Homestead Senior Care spoke to us about senior fraud. Both informative meetings were much enjoyed by our members. December meetings December 7: Entertains, Robin Finch December 21: Christmas Quiz with Paul Oliver We are also holding our popular Christmas Lunch at The Venture Centre, Lawford on Sunday, December 11.

On Wednesday, November 9, Adrian Wright FRGS presented a talk entitled Earth on Fire. Hawaiian larva oozes continuously while Krakatoa and Vesuvius have been dormant for decades – sometimes centuries – between cataclysmic events. This illustrative talk examined volcanic variety, exploring reasons for such diversity.

Our only January meeting will be on Wednesday 18 when Dr J Knight will talk on the life and works of Sir John Betjeman CBE, an English poet, writer and broadcaster who described himself in Who’s Who as a “poet and hack”. He was Poet Laureate from 1972 until his death in 1984.

While we don’t have a speaker meeting in December our popular Christmas Lunch will take place on Wednesday, December 7 in The Constable Hall. On Wednesday, January 11, Dr Geoffrey Kay, former lecturer at Norwich School of Art and Anglia Ruskin University, will speak on Drugs, Sex & Death – the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.  In the mid19th century a group of young artists began to sign their work with the initials PRB. For a short time gallery visitors baffled. What was it that united these artists and how did they determine the course of British art for the next 50 years?

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. We meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month at St John Ambulance HQ, Manningtree CO11 1EB at 10.30am. For further details please contact Brian Rolfe: 01206 393665

We meet at The 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 August and December.  It’s never too late to learn! Join the 361,477 members across 969 U3As throughout the UK today!

Raising money for Stratford St Mary Church Roof Fund Tea and Cakes Local Crafts and Bric-a-brac Musical Interludes Children’s Activities Village Archives Stratford St Mary Church Saturday, December 10, 11am-2pm Whether you’re an artist, a baker, a candlestick maker, or indeed if you simply want to de-clutter, any items you wish to donate for the stalls are all greatly appreciated. Call Julie: 07989 639583

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OUT & ABOUT SUFFOLK BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT Recently bereaved or suffering a delayed reaction to loss? Are you in need of help and support? Why not join a small focused group of five-10 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 free and open to Suffolk residents able to attend the Hadleigh venue. For more details or to reserve a place contact Patrick or Margaret: / 01206 299832

SUFFOLK PHOENIX BRASS This time of year gives the band the opportunity to play carols and raise funds for St Elisabeth’s Hospice, as we have done for many years. Our main Christmas concert is at Raydon Church where we have played for 25 consecutive years, raising funds for repairs and improvements to the church. We have noticed the changes since we first played there in 1991. The first few times we performed at the church it had no heating and no toilet. With the help of our Christmas concerts it now has toilet facilities. No more going across the road to a parishioner’s house to use the loo! The church has been very supportive of the band over the years and we are looking forward to playing there again on Saturday, December 11. Since the first concert when we sat and shivered as we played, the membership has changed considerably with five different conductors. If you fancy joining our happy brass band visit www.suffolkphoenixbrass. or contact Bob on 01473 438821.


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The gates of RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden have closed now until next Easter, except for a few special weekends. The last of our Green Christmas Weekends, to coincide with the National Trust’s Tudor Christmas events, is December 3 and 4, 10.30am-3.30pm each day. Do come along and join us. In line with our ‘green’ theme, there will be a woven willow Christmas Tree, festive bird feeders and simple willow decorations to make, an RSPB volunteers’ craft stall to browse and some jolly wassailing in our tiny orchard. We’re also hoping for a visit from the Green Mother Christmas. Flatford Wildlife Garden has established a tradition of opening up for The Big Garden Birdwatch weekend at the end of January and for two special Snowdrop Weekends in February, and we plan to continue with these events, so do keep an eye on our website for further details nearer the time:

As Christmas approaches, it’s sometimes a relief to get away from all the preparations and out into the fresh air to slow the pace down and spend some time with nature. Have you visited Stour Wood lately? There’s ample car parking at the entrance on the B1352 and a footpath map can be downloaded from: A choice of circular trails lead through the trees to stunning views over the estuary, where many winter migrant birds have now arrived to feed on the mudflats and roost on the saltmarsh. If the tide is right, you may see the Brent geese who’ve flown in from their Arctic breeding grounds and a host of other waders and ducks. Keep your eyes on the sky for flocks of dunlin wheeling over the water, their white underwings shining and twinkling in the sunlight as they twist and turn en masse. A wonderful sight, and right on our doorstep – aren’t we lucky? The river is home to good numbers of teal at the moment too, the male dabbling ducks with their strikingly distinctive broad green eye-patches, and both sexes showing bright green wing patches in flight. The woods themselves are an oasis of peace and calm at this time of the year. Find the time to rustle through the leaves or swoosh through some puddles in your wellies and take in the sound of the breeze through the branches and the song of the robin. Your blood pressure will thank you for it. If you have some spare time available and would be interested in volunteering with us at the RSPB locally, do get in touch for information about the range of roles available: / 01206 391153 Visitor Experience Officer Sharon Barker

HADLEIGH WEA SPRING COURSE The Hadleigh Branch of the WEA is running a seven-week course, The Wildlife and Habitats of East Anglia, on Wednesday afternoons under tutor Alex Bass, commencing on February 1. The course will explore the extensive range of flora, fauna and wildlife habitats/reserves of East Anglia, including heathland, woodland and estuary. Some climate change and habitat erosion issues will also be included. Lectures are two-hours with a tea/coffee break halfway, and take place at Hadleigh Pool & Leisure Centre, Stonehouse Road, Hadleigh IP7 5BH on February 1, 8, 15 and 22 and March 1, 8 and 22. The course fee is £50.50. For further information or to make a booking, please contact the secretary, Miranda McIntosh: / 01473 822596 14

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SCHOOLS The first topic was food. Students researched their own French and German recipes, choose one for each country and then created the recipe, took photographs and noted down their opinions. Shakespeare at Dance East

Band Academy During the October half term, a small group of students participated in Band Academy which is run by former members of Polar Collective, where they wrote, performed and filmed a music video. As the Central Outlaws, they produced a song called Replace which received more than 1,000 views on YouTube. Christmas Concert, December 19 On Monday, December 19, 7.30-9.30pm, Hadleigh High School are putting on a Christmas concert featuring a variety of different acts from Hadleigh High, such as the flute choir, the orchestra, the string group, Hadleigh Harmony choir, Ukulele Heroes, the cast of Cinderella in Wonderland, GCSE musicians and many more. Doors at the United Reformed Church open at 7pm. Adults £3, concessions £2, pupils £1. Please come along to help us raise some money and to see some incredible talent. The Hadleigh Great War Memorial Event 2016 In 2016 it is easy to picture a young man standing near the water’s edge on a sandy beach in Turkey. He might be on holiday with friends, having some fun, before returning to the realities of work, life and English weather. It is a little harder to get a clear image of the same scene 101 years ago. However, that is just what our students were asked to do at Hadleigh Cemetery on November 10. We stood by the grave of Private F.C. Eighteen, a 19-year-old man who died from his injuries during the battle of Sulva Bay. Here was a young man who just one year before worked in a factory and lived at home with his family, but in August 1915 he was shot while attempting to clear snipers from battlefield ahead of a major offensive. If the bravery of F.C. Eighteen were not enough, we also learned that he was one of five brothers who served in the Great War, making it a truly remarkable story of sacrifice and duty. This was just one of many stories that engaged eight of our students as they took part in the ceremony to remember the men of Hadleigh who gave their lives in the 1914-18 conflict. This year the honour of laying the main wreath was given to Hadleigh High School. This is just one of the many events the Switch Forum (our active citizenship club) have organised to help commemorate the fallen of the Great War. Year 7 Languages and Culture Passport The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department has recently launched the Year 7 Languages and Culture Passport. Every student in Year 7 has been given a passport and the MFL department hope that they will enjoy completing this over the next nine months. The purpose of this piece of independent research is to broaden students’ awareness of aspects of both French and German culture and to give them the opportunity to explore areas of French and German life. Students have been set seven tasks over the course of the academic year and further details and suggestions for each topic are published regularly in the Hadleigh Times, our weekly newsletter. The deadline for the entire passport to be completed is Friday, June 30 with short term deadlines being set for each individual task. In Touch with Hadleigh

After months of hard work and rehearsals, students took part in the Shakespeare Schools’ Festival performing Julius Caesar at Dance East on November 16. They performed a dress rehearsal in the afternoon and then performed to the public in the evening. The festival is the largest youth drama festival in the world and thousands of students take part each year. We spoke to Jared White who played Julius Caesar and he told us: “I was very excited to get up on stage and perform after months of practice.” Mr Pryke, subject leader for English, would like to give a special thank you to Hadleigh Thrift Shop and the Rosa Simon Music Fund as without their support the school couldn’t have taken part in this wonderful experience. SPORTS NEWS Table Tennis: Two Year 10 teams attended an U15 boys’ sports fixture on November 4. All 18 all got to the semi-finals, but were sadly knocked out. Badminton: Year 10 and 11 badminton team participated in the Suffolk Schools’ tournament. The team consisted of Lewis Woolston, Lewis Hallums, Tommy Macken, Sam Stone, Rio Simpson, Matthew Sellen, Joshua Gray and Guilhem Bilbault. The U15 girls team also competed and came second overall, winning themselves a place in the county finals in January 2017. The ‘A’ team consisted of Megan Barlow, Olivia Davies, Eliza Bennett and Neve Woulfe-Flanagan who competed as the double team. The ‘B’ team of Isabel Chaplin, Kirsten Spooner, Anna Vince and Chloe Perry also played extremely well. Rugby: Two teams recently went to a Woodbridge Rugby Festival. Unfortunately, the Year 10 team lost, but the Year 11 team won even though they were out of practice. Football: The Year 8 boys went to Northgate and were sadly knocked out despite making a valiant effort. Year 7 played Ormiston and sadly lost 1-0, but it was a close game. Top of the Bench Competition at Briar Chemicals On Friday, November 11, four students travelled to Briar Chemicals in Norwich to take part in the Royal Society of Chemistry Top of the Bench heat. This is an annual event where students from across the region compete to attend the national finals in 2017. The day is derived of students working in a professional laboratory completing a series of experiments and deriving answers to problems which they submit for judging. The theme of this year’s competition was the Olympics, and some of the practicals included testing medals for their metal purity and testing urine samples for drugs. At the end of the competition, students competed in a quiz before the top three teams were announced. Our students did very well to come in the top six and organisers reported how impressed they were with them. Massive congratulations to Michael Anthony, Vito Calvino, Seamus Smyth and Sony Tene for their team work and effort on the day. FORTHCOMING DATES December 19: Christmas Concert being held at URC, 7.30-9.30pm (doors open at 7pm) February 6-8: Cinderella in Wonderland, 7-10.30pm High Lands Road, Hadleigh, Ipswich IP7 5HU T: (01473) 823496 / F: (01473) 824720 E: / W: 17


Wow! Isn’t it getting cold outside. We have been enjoying warm snacks including making our own soup to eat and lots of hot chocolate to drink. We made some poppies using paper plates to remember the fallen and also made some hedgehogs to remind us of the animals that need to be cared for over winter. We will soon be focusing our sessions on the exciting build up to Christmas, starting with letters to Father Christmas. At the end of the term we will be visiting St Andrew’s Church to have our Christmas Service and maybe even sing a few Christmas songs. Watch this space for information on our next fundraising event. We are going to host a chocolate bingo evening which will be a family event that everybody can enjoy, with lots of chocolate prizes to be won. Layham Playgroup CIO is a feeder group for all three primary schools in Hadleigh. Government funding is available for three year olds and in certain cases for some two year olds. If you are looking to creatively occupy your two-four year old and would like an information pack or to arrange a visit, please contact us: 07999 866419 / Our toddler group takes place on Wednesday mornings from 9.30-11am in term time and is open to all children up to five years. Parents are free to enjoy a drink and a biscuit while their little ones let off steam joining in a variety of activities.


Baby Bears The Baby Bears have made the most of autumn by exploring the colours and textures which it brings. They have been finding and collecting an assortment of leaves in our garden and listening to the crunching sounds they make in their hands. They have also had a great time making cookies and creating new colours when practising their mixing skills.  Toddling Tigers We started the month celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights. We created our own coloured rangolis which are now on display. Tigers have also been taking part in World Nursery Rhyme Week, splashing in puddles for Doctor Foster, making our own Baa Baa Black Sheep and much more. Gruffalos As you read, we are practising for our nativity play which we present to parents. We love singing the songs. Over the last month we have celebrated Diwali and World Nursery Rhyme Week, learning new songs and enjoying some old favourites. We also explored the changing seasons, supported by Nick Butterworth stories, our favourite author. The animals in the stories joined us in our outdoor sessions, teaching us about hibernation, the environment in which they live and how to have fun outdoors. Throughout December we will be celebrating all things Christmas, including Christmas traditions. If you would like information about Robin’s Childcare, please contact Vicki on 01473 310767, visit or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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ADVERTORIAL DEVELOPING LITTLEGARTH The children rise to this challenge with great enthusiasm and they really enjoy working hard in the classroom, playing in sports teams and ensemble groups and taking part in school productions. We encourage them to participate in a wide variety of activities and this has a very positive impact on their classroom performance.

Staff, parents and governors look back on the achievements of all our children in 2016 with significant pride while we also look forward to the exciting opportunities ahead as the school embarks on an exciting new building project. Our Year 6 children achieved outstanding academic results earlier in the year, gaining 10 grammar school places and a record 36 scholarship awards to independent schools. These awards were not only for academic excellence but they also included recognition of extremely high levels of achievement in sport, music, art and drama. The school is extremely proud of the fact that 23 of the 38 Year 6 children were awarded a scholarship for excellence in one or more areas of the curriculum. These results are achieved through a broad and balanced curriculum which provides expert tuition across a wide range of activities. Specialist teachers support the class teachers from Nursey through to Year 2 in drama, French, music and sport and in Year 3 the children also receive specialist lessons in science and art/DT. As the children progress their timetable is similar to that of a senior school as subject specialist teachers work to help the children develop key skills in their individual subject areas.

This year we are seeking to improve the quality of the children’s education by providing an outstanding range of specialist facilities to support them in their learning. An exciting building development will provide new Reception classrooms which will be adjacent to our Nursery, new classroom facilities for Years 5 and 6 situated next to a large library and IT Suite with plenty of space for project work and study. Above the library there will be a spacious art and DT facility and a learning support room for the senior year groups. Finally, we shall also be building a new performing arts centre. This wonderful new specialist facility will help our children to develop their skills further and will also provide more space across the school so that each child will benefit in the future. The staff and governors have been working on this project for a considerable number of months and we are now enjoying watching our new building grow. You can follow its development at: We look forward to welcoming you to Littlegarth.

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SPORT EAST BERGHOLT UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB It was a reasonable month for the First Team, registering two victories, one draw and one defeat and maintaining a mid-table position. The Reserves slipped back a little, suffering two defeats to go along with one win and one draw, but are still well placed in League A. The A Team had a tough October in the B League. Having won their first match, they failed to gain any further points and are now in a mid-table position. You may well have noticed that our dug outs at Gandish Road are now looking much better. We are very grateful to G&C Softwoods for supplying the materials to make this possible. A reminder for all spectators. Kick off times have reverted to 2pm now that the clocks have gone back. They return to 2.30pm at the end of January. UPCOMING FIXTURES 1st Team Senior Division Sat, Nov 26 Achilles (A) Sat, Dec 3 Henley Athletic (H) Sat, Dec 10 Ransomes Sports (A) Tue, Dec 27 Capel Plough (A) Mon, Jan 2 Coplestonians (H) Sat, Jan 7 Witnesham Wasps Bob Coleman Cup R3 (A)

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Reserves League A Sat, Nov 26 Sat, Dec 3 Sat, Dec 10 Sat, Dec 17

Achilles Res (H) Old Newton Utd Res (A) AFC Hoxne Res (H) Ipswich Athletic Res (A)

A Team League B Sat, Nov 26 Sat, Dec 3 Sat, Dec 10 Sat, Dec 17 Sat, Jan 7

Coplestonians A (A) Trimley Athletic Res (H) Trimley Red Devils Res (A) Henley Athletic Res (H) Bacton United ’89 Res (A)

Fixtures subject to change. To confirm visit: We are always looking for people who can help the club as a committee member, whether it be 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 all offer potential exposure for your business while supporting a local organisation. Steve Butcher, secretary:



KENNY’S SESAW NEWS Here we are again, at the end of another year, approaching another festive season.   Apologies for my unenthusiastic introduction, but like everyone at SESAW my little heart is very heavy just now. It’s difficult to be cheery as mum’s dear husband, Ron, passed away recently. The two of them started animal rescue decades ago, right here in their own home.  My canine pals Barney, Daisy and Tyler were dad’s constant companions and are nearly as inconsolable as mum, but everyone has been very kind.   SESAW is closed, except by prior appointment, and the wonderful volunteers are working hard to keep the sanctuary running as smoothly as possible. We are grateful to all our supporters, both at this sad time and throughout the year. Without all these good people, SESAW could not exist.  Despite our sorrow, animals in need continue to arrive.  If you are looking for a family pet or companion to share your hearth please get in touch and someone will contact you as soon as possible. Meanwhile, best wishes for a happy, healthy and safe Christmas from me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, Stoke Road, Leavenheath CO6 4PP 01787 210888 /

QUESTIONS ON CASH With Independent Financial Adviser Nick Plumb Steve from Woodbridge asks: “In a previous article you stated that your world-wide assets would form part of your estate on death and could be liable for UK inheritance tax. We live around eight months of the year in Portugal where we have a property, and we also keep a flat in Suffolk. We also have around £200,000 in an offshore bond in Jersey. If we died, would the property in Portugal and the money in the bond be included in our estate and liable to inheritance tax or would the property and the bond be dealt with under Portugese and Jersey probate respectively?” The short answer is ‘Yes’ Steve. Both assets would be potentially liable to UK inheritance tax. Onshore or offshore, if you are domiciled or deemed domiciled in the UK, any assets that you own will count as part of your estate on death. An offshore investment may have some income tax advantages, but it will not escape the attention of HMRC when it comes to paying UK inheritance tax. However, we need to remove any confusion between probate or property succession law, and inheritance tax law. They are not the same thing and one does not preclude or cancel the other. Many people assume that if their assets are in another country, they will not form part of their estate on death for tax purposes under UK tax law, but that’s not the case. What drives UK inheritance tax is your domicile status, which is much more complicated than just your residency status. If you were born in the UK and are a UK citizen, and you pay or previously paid UK income tax, and still have UK property or assets, you will almost certainly be domiciled or deemed domiciled in the UK. If HMRC say you are domiciled or deemed domiciled in the UK on death then all of your assets regardless of where they are located in the world, will form part of your estate for the calculation of UK inheritance tax. How those assets are then administered is a completely different and entirely separate thing altogether to how they are treated for tax purposes. In your case Steve, the Portuguese property will be distributed either in accordance with any Will you have made in Portugal or if you have not made a Will, in accordance with Portuguese property succession laws. Portuguese property laws are complicated and very unlike UK property law. If you haven’t already done so, make a Will in Portugal in regards to your Portuguese property. The offshore bond provider will almost certainly require a Jersey Grant of Probate to release the funds to the executors of your English Will, but in some cases, they may accept a grant issued by an English Probate Registry. You will have to check direct with the provider. There are some offshore investments that can be held in special ‘discounted gift’ trusts that allow you to gift capital to your children now, and still enjoy a tax efficient income from the fund ongoing. This type of plan may help you with your inheritance tax planning if you are happy to gift a reasonable sum of money into trust. However, you should understand that once the capital is gifted into the trust, although you can have an income from it, you will not be able to ever get the capital back during your lifetime. That will obviously not appeal to everyone, but if you have some capital that you will not need to access in retirement, but which you would like to take an income from, then these discounted gift trust plans can be a great inheritance tax planning tool. Nick Plumb is an independent financial adviser and practice principal at Plumb Financial Services of Baylham in Suffolk. The information within this column is provided only as a general guide and does not constitute personal financial advice. If you would like to take advantage of a complimentary meeting to talk over your options for your own investments, pensions or general financial planning you can contact Nick at nick@ or by calling the office on 01473 830301. Plumb Financial Services is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.


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ON THE GRAPEVINE SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH BACKS TRUST’S VISION FOR NEW SUFFOLK BROADS NATURE RESERVE HLF has approved the Trust’s initial plans for the land purchase, together with proposals to improve the reserve for visitors and develop wide-ranging education activities. HLF has awarded the Trust a development grant of £246,300 to work on the detailed plans necessary to secure a full grant of £4m for the project. The enthusiasm of HLF for the Trust’s vision brings the project a step closer and Suffolk Wildlife Trust is now launching a £1million fundraising campaign towards the land purchase.

Sir David Attenborough has urged people to get behind Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s campaign to raise £1million and create a giant nature reserve for people and wildlife in the Suffolk Broads. Following initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Trust now has the unprecedented opportunity to buy land flanking the existing nature reserve at Carlton and Oulton Marshes to form 1,000 acres of wildness in the Broads National Park. It is hoped the site will ultimately become the Suffolk Broads National Nature Reserve. The land purchase, the biggest attempted in the Trust’s 55 year history, will lead to the creation of a mix of wet habitats that so many nationally rare animals and plants depend on.

Julian Roughton, chief executive of Suffolk Wildlife Trust said: “This is an opportunity to create wildness as far as the eye can see and restore a magnificent landscape in the UK’s most nature-rich National Park. Buying this land will create an Water vole Gavin Durrant amazing place for wildlife that people can enjoy forever. It’s an ambitious vision and raising £1million will enable us to make it happen.” To donate what you can to help create the Suffolk Broads nature reserve visit: Each donation will effectively be tripled by the legacy gifts the Trust has already received, Gift Aid and through the charity’s approaches to funders like the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Sir David Attenborough, President Emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts, said: “England’s wildlife is under great and ever growing pressure. It is vital that we restore our land on a landscape scale so that it can support more wild plants and animals. Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s ambition to extend Carlton and Oulton Marshes is a unique opportunity to do just this and it has my whole-hearted support. Carlton Marshes-John Ferguson “Please help Suffolk Wildlife Trust rescue this precious corner of East Anglia and bring back wildlife in all its splendour. By giving generously you will be investing not just in wildlife but in the happiness and fulfilment of thousands of people now and in the future.” The new reedbed will be the largest in the Broads, supporting breeding marsh harrier and bittern, as well as reed bunting, grasshopper warbler and lesser known species like white mantled wainscot moth, which has only been found in Suffolk. A seven mile network of restored freshwater ditches will be amongst the best in the UK and will allow Broadland specialists including plants, water voles and the rare fen raft spider to spread across the landscape. More than 150 Carlton Marshes-John Ferguson acres of marsh, fen meadow and shallow pools will be created, with thousands of metres of soft muddy edges, for wintering wildfowl and nationally declining waders like lapwing and redshank to feed.

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COME AND MEET US We are a family of ordinary people who love God and trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. We would be delighted to welcome you to our church office in George Street and to any of our services, activities, courses and events. Sunday Services (live streaming) 10.30am: All Age Worship including crèche, teaching and activities for three-13 year olds 6.30pm: Evening Service Audio recordings of our services are available on our website, YouTube and as podcasts from iTunes.

Christianity Explored If you are unsure what Christianity is all about but would like to find out, we regularly run free, friendly and informal Christianity Explored courses. You will not be asked to read or pray aloud but will be given the opportunity to ask your questions. Many people have found this course helpful. Midweek Groups We have seven small groups that meet on two evenings (Tuesday and Wednesday) and one that meets Thursday daytime in the chapel lounge and in homes around Hadleigh and the surrounding area for Bible Study, fellowship and prayer. FREE CAP Money Management CAP Money is a comprehensive yet surprisingly simple money management course that lasts three weeks to help you get, and then stay, in control of your finances. Proven to be effective for thousands of people. Baby, toddler, children and youth groups We have two midweek groups. One, run jointly with our friends from the URC, is for babies and toddlers with their parents or carers and is called The Ark. It meets on Friday mornings from 9.30-11.30am. We also hold a group called 7-Up! for young people in School Years 7-9 on Thursdays from 7.45-9pm. CONTACT DETAILS AND HOW TO FIND US George Street, Hadleigh IP7 5BE: free parking in nearby public car park on Magdalen Road Tel: 01473 829602 and speak to either Greg or Chris, our pastors Twitter: @HadleighBaptist

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ELMSETT AND CAPEL METHODIST CHURCHES WHO, ME? At the beginning of 2016 who would have thought we would have Prime Minister Teresa May, Chancellor Phillip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and President-elect Donald Trump by the end of the year? On Radio 4’s The Now Show, Steve Punt asked the question: “Is it just me that finds it confusing that we have Hammond and May in charge of the country? It makes me worried that Clarkson might be in there somewhere!” Any one of those suggestions earlier this year would have evoked the surprised response “Who, them?”. So many surprising things happening during this year. Of the four I’ve listed, three were positioning themselves for these post and Boris was probably the only one who might have been surprised when the call came and asked the question himself “Who, me?”. Have you ever been asked to do something amazing and answered “Who, me?”. We are so surprised that we are asked. Sometimes we may try to make excuses for not doing it, other times we might relish the challenge. If being chosen for this amazing thing involves making some sacrifice, again we might not be so willing. Mary was asked to do an amazing thing, to be the mother of Jesus. Her first response “Who, me?”. Then I guess she thought about the consequences, what her fiancé would say or do, and her parents – the potential for shame was enormous. Mary’s parents and Joseph may have asked the question with surprise “Who, Mary?”. But her response was: “I am willing, let it happen as you have said.” Then her parents accepted it, her fiancé married her. Mary was changed as she made herself available to God. The story of Mary calls for a similar response from us. We will hear the stories of the birth of Jesus again in this coming month. We love the story, we’ll enjoy the carols, but actually Jesus wants us to be part of his team, Team Jesus. As the old joke says, Jesus, a carpenter’s son, is looking for joiners! He wants us to be part of his team and I hear you say with surprise “Who, me?”. Jesus responds “Yes, you!”.


If you want to discover more of what that means, please drop me a line (email or post), text or ring, or join us at one of our services and make yourself known. Rev Andrew Sankey, Minister at Elmsett and Capel Methodist Churches 8 Roundridge Road, Capel St Mary IP9 2UG / 01473 311178 / 07966 187216 AT ELMSETT METHODIST Sunday 4 9.45am 6.30pm

Worship with Mr Geoff Wilson Worship with Rev Martin Dawes

Sunday 11

9.45am 6.30pm

All Age Worship with Mr Mike Stock Worship with Rev Jo Jacobs

Sunday 18

9.45am 6.30pm

Worship with Mrs Marilyn Watsham Village Carols at St Peter’s

Sunday 25 10am

Christmas Day Worship with Rev Andrew Sankey

AT CAPEL METHODIST Sunday 4 10.30am 6.30pm

Worship with Mr Peter Davidson Prayer

Sunday 11 10.30am 6.15pm

Worship led by a Home Group At Chelmondiston with Rev Julian Pursehouse

Sunday 18 10.30am 6.30pm

All Age Worship with Rev Andrew Sankey Carol Service with Rev Andrew Sankey

Saturday 24 7pm Community Carols in the Precinct Sunday 25 9.30am Christmas Day Worship with Miss Emma Bowyer

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