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A WORD FROM THE EDITOR Gosh life is a juggling act sometimes. I find myself running from one responsibility to the other at such a ferocious pace these days I wish I didn’t need to sleep and could use those hours to catch up instead. Add something extra to the mix, such as making an Iron Age costume for school, sewing on Beaver badges, ordering a guitar case which has no chance of arriving on time, feeding the neighbour’s chickens while they are away... well I don’t know which way to turn. But I cope, perhaps not to everyone’s satisfaction, least of all my own, and treasure the moments when I can hit the pause button, take a deep breath and just stop. Everything we do to relax has involved some degree of work or stress for someone else, whether it’s watching a movie (consider how many hours of planning and effort go into making a 10 second clip of a movie like Moana) or going to the football (imagine the paperwork required to run an Under 8 football team), but when I snuggle up on the sofa or sit on the side of the pitch with a nice cup of tea I really don’t care. It’s my turn to escape. I’m ashamed to admit I’m equally selfish when it comes to many local events. Of course I want them to happen, but I want to enjoy the experience without any of the responsibility. Thank goodness there are others who are far less selfish than I. Presumably they find other ways to escape, but as you read through this month’s edition consider those who do make things happen, who open village halls, who schedule speakers, who organise fundraising events, who make the calls, send the emails, get the quotes, who cajole and harangue others to help, who take the minutes, boil the kettles, buy the biscuits, put up the posters, complete the funding applications... These are the people who provide moments of escape and fun and togetherness for the rest of us to enjoy. One day soon I will raise my hand and get more involved, but right now I need to make a torque!

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NEWS POPPY APPEAL 2017 KEY DATES October 28 to November 11: House-to-house and static collection period November 11: Armistice Day/Poppy Day November 12: Remembrance Sunday Poppy collections can take place officially from October 28 for house-tohouse collectors and static collection points. It is often noted that people in the public arena (TV presenters and the like) wear their poppies before the ‘official’ dates for Remembrancetide.  This is not illegal or wrong contrary to popular belief. The problem is that often ‘selling’ poppies is confused with ‘wearing’ them. The Royal British Legion have a licence to collect all year round, but have an agreement with other major charities to keep main ‘street’ collections within their own dedicated two week period. It is not illegal to wear a poppy all year round, nor is it illegal to sell/collect for poppies at any time. In the Holbrook area house-to-house collectors will be deployed from Saturday, October 28 and static boxes will be placed in all the usual retail and public outlets such as shops and pubs. There will be a team of collectors outside the Co-op in The Street during the second week in the run up to Remembrance Sunday and they will be delighted to help you part with any loose change you may have either as you go in or as you leave (or both!).  As well as regular poppies there will be other Poppy Appeal items available from the collectors such as small wooden crosses, wristbands, 1917-2017 enamel badges and bracelets. Wreaths can be sourced for a donation, but need to be ordered in good time to ensure they are here for Remembrance. A wider range of Poppy items can be found at: www.poppyshop.org.uk Last year the Holbrook and district collection total was £4629.68, plus a further £179.75 in Gift Aid contributions. There is a dedicated team of regular house-to-house and Co-op collectors, but as age creeps up on some of them getting around becomes less easy so any additional volunteers would be welcome to augment the team.  Details on becoming a collector or any additional Poppy Appeal items can be obtained from Simon Page: 01473 328352 / simonppage@btinternet.com

2018 CALENDAR IN AID OF ST ANDREW’S CHURCH We have produced a calendar with old and current photographs of Chelmondiston and Pin Mill which can be obtained from The Butt & Oyster, The Pin Mill Studio, Hers & Sirs, Orwell Stores, The Post Office and The Red Lion or you can contact Shirley on 01473 780084. It costs £6 and the profits will go to the work of St Andrew’s Church.

CHELMONDISTON VILLAGE RUMBLED THEIR JUMBLE September 2 was largely bright and sunny and more than 30 households took part in the Jumble Trail. A lot of chatting went on between houses, between neighbours and between friends and visitors. St Andrew’s Church would like to thank you so much for your support. We raised more than £510 for the work of the church. We hope this can become a regular event! Our next event on Friday, October 6 is our Harvest Supper in Chelmondiston Village Hall, 6.30 for 7pm. Please do join us if you would like to, you will be most welcome. We only ask for a donation and all money collected goes to charity. Bring the family and have a sing song! With many thanks, Sally Letman

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NEWS SHOTLEY PIER GROUP RAISES £116,000 The Shotley Pier Group has been successful in raising the money needed to proceed with the purchase of the pier. This is the first stage of our efforts where we needed to raise at least £100,000 to buy the pier and start activity to restore it. The community locally and further afield purchased community shares to the value of £58,000, which has been match funded by national co-op Power to Change by another £58,000 making the grand total of £116,000. More than half of the 300 investors are from the IP9 area, the rest live all over the UK, and a few internationally with roots in Suffolk. Chairman John Davitt said: “We are overwhelmed by the support of all our investors and look forward to the hard work of planning the next stage.” Fundraising events included special events at the Bristol Arms, the Shotley Rose and the Red Lion in Chelmondiston. The fundraiser at the Red Lion raised £2,000 at a special supper and rum tasting evening. We have some lovely comments from people who have contributed. “My Dad took us to the pier and told us all about his Ganges days. He said on his time off they would stroll on the pier and mess about.” “Me and my dad went fishing off the pier back in the day, I want to buy a plaque.” “My angling club was trusted with a key to the pier, so we could go night fishing and it was very enjoyable.” “I was in the police force in 1980 and we used to moor the police launch at the pier to go into the Bristol Arms for a break and a chat.” “I took my kids paddling under the pier in the 1970s, now I’ll buy them a share each.” “My sweetheart and I went courting on the pier in the 1950s, and maybe under the pier too… we have been married for many years now, so no harm in admitting it!” A lady who lives in Scotland has contributed. She said: “I love piers and paddle steamers. I picked up your appeal from a National Piers Society re-tweet. I am a member. I was motivated to contribute by the fact that your community has made the effort and no doubt put a lot of hard work into the project.” Councillor Margaret Maybury, Babergh District Council Cabinet Member for Communities said: “This is fantastic news, huge congratulations to everyone involved in the fundraising efforts, this is a wonderful achievement.  Now the exciting work of buying the pier and getting started on the restoration can begin in earnest.  We are really looking forward to supporting the steering group over the coming months as this project really starts to take off.” As soon as the purchase of the pier has been completed, a number of grant applications will be submitted and further fundraising undertaken. The group expects the fundraising and renovations to be done in stages over the next three years, with an apprenticeship scheme to be included to develop civil engineering skills which can be used in the regional economy. The group plans to bring the pier back to be used by fishermen, sightseers, birdwatchers and for small yachts to berth alongside, and for people who just want to enjoy a gentle stroll down a uniquely British pier. Trading has already commenced, with t-shirts and rum being early choices of items to sell, available to view and test!

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SHOTLEY AND ERWARTON JUBILEE COMMUNITY COUNCIL Our 39th Flower and Vegetable Show was well supported with 200 entries from 24 exhibitions. The quality of entries was very good. CLASS WINNERS Vegetables: Ian Palmer Fruit and Flowers: Pam Rowe Cookery: Eileen Bugg Photography: June Edwards and Jill Nunn With next year being our 40th (our ruby anniversary) it would be fitting to have a bumper entry.

HOLBROOK PARISH COUNCIL Key points from the meeting held on August 21 Alton Green It was resolved that a task and finish group led by Councillor Ball would research the requirements of a management plan for the green and would report back when appropriate. Consultation with local users would be key at all stages. An offer has been received from SCH AONB to carry out further work on the pond on February 20, 2018. Local volunteer support would be appreciated to work alongside the AONB volunteers. Road names on the Taylor Wimpey site In accordance with the parish council’s submission, chosen from suggestions received from members of the parish, the road names have been confirmed as Abbott Way, Wagstaff Close and Rodwell Close. This will continue the local theme of using Holbrook-related family names. Full minutes of this and all other meetings are available at www. holbrook.onesuffolk.net or by contacting the clerk. Future meeting dates are: October 16, November 20, December 11, January 15, February 19, March 19 and April 16. Neighbourhood Plan Public Meeting, October 16 A public meeting with officers from Babergh’s Community Planning Department has been arranged for Monday, October 16, 6.30-7.45pm. This meeting could be the start of a long process to produce a legal document which will help shape the detail of development in Holbrook for the next 20 years. Volunteers with varied skills and experiences will be needed to help with the project as the council will need active support from the community. If you are interested in contributing to the future shape of development in Holbrook, please contact one of your councillors or the clerk. The future of The Swan Public House Holbrook Parish Council has applied for a six-month moratorium during which time consideration can be given to a community-based bid for The Swan. If you are interested in the future of The Swan and have time to contribute to the feasibility project, please contact the clerk or one of your councillors. Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan consultation Public consultation on the Joint Local Plan is underway and the first stage closes on November 10. This is a very important document which will define planning policy and shape development across the area for the next 20 years. Holbrook Parish Council will be making comments on the plan; parishioners are welcome to contribute their views to the parish council’s response as well as to comment as individuals. For example, the boundaries of settlements (villages) have been updated and if you believe that they are inaccurate, you can ask to have them changed. For further information on any of these items, contact the clerk: holbrookparishclerk@outlook.com / 07999 583017

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NEWS SHOTLEY PARISH COUNCIL Support for Local Groups Although going through a financially challenging time due to unforeseeable expenditure incurred over the last 18 months, Shotley Parish Council has still managed to support a number of local groups and good causes, such as The Shotley and Erwarton Good Neighbours, Shotley Social Club, Shotley Drama Group, Shotley Open Spaces, Tiffers – The Bus Shelter, Ipswich and Shotley Explorer Guides. The parish council also gifted the Village of the Year award of £1,500 received in 2015 to Shotley Village Hall Car Park refurbishment project. Parish Council Vacancy There is currently a vacancy for a councillor and an election is due to take place around November 9. Please contact the clerk or BDC for further details. Ganges Development The parish council continues to work with developers and statutory bodies in an effort to ensure that the village’s needs are met and the development progresses as smoothly as possible. The parish council has approved a letter of support to assist Babergh District Council in their bid to the Housing Infrastructure Fund of (up to) £10M which, if successful, will help the developers with some of the main infrastructure costs, i.e. the spine road and roundabout and refurbishment and repair of the HMS Ganges iconic mast and HMS Ganges Parade Ground, both of which are of great interest to the community. Gate Farm Road Caravan Park Concerns continued to be raised over the number and size of caravans, ongoing building works, recent police presence on the site and whether planning permissions were being breached. The matter was in the hands of Babergh District Council’s Enforcement Team who had recently visited the site. Shotley Gate Post Box It was saddening to report that although the chairman, the clerk and even County Councillor D Woods had tried many times to effect the replacement of this post box, Royal Mail continued to dismiss or simply ignore all contacts made. This was despite the chairman, Councillor B Powell, offering to pay for the transportation and installation costs of a replacement post box. Highway Matters The same, unfortunately, was being experienced with SCC Highways. The maintenance of some verges and paths, the moving of the village sign, removal of obstructions to disabled access and the like continued to be chased by the parish council and would now suffer further delays due to the ongoing restructuring of the Highways department. Free! No charge! Gratis! Yes, it is totally free to advertise your business, event or special date on the Shotley website. That ‘Fully Booked’ sign outside your pub or ‘Appeal for Draw Prizes’ for your charity event is just a click away. Please send us your updates, news, and any other contributions to shotleypc@ btinternet.com or call me on 01473 788248 with your details. We look forward to hearing from you! Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer Dina Bedwell

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UNIQUE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES Uniqueness has proved so popular for the Outrageous Cake Company they have moved to bigger and better premises. Don’t worry though, owners Graham and Tina Weare have only relocated yards from their previous unit at The Cookhouse, next to Suffolk Food Hall, to the flagship unit at the entrance to the array of artisan kitchens. “It has been excellent fun dealing with an ever-growing list of happy clients, but we needed the extra space and facilities in order to accommodate our extra classes and to cope with demand,” said co-owner Tina Weare. “We have an incredible portfolio of uniquely decorated cakes made for an amazing array of people who never fail to surprise us with their ideas.” Cookie decorating, free cake and an open day marked the official launch of the new workshops, which attracted lots of new faces and offered an opportunity for loyal customers to pop in and say hello. The larger premises will also allow the Outrageous Cake Company to host other bespoke artisans offering workshops for those looking to learn new skills, or expand their knowledge. For more details contact: 01473 786687 / info@the-outrageous-cake-company.co.uk www.theoutrageouscakecompany.co.uk

HARKSTEAD AUCTION Our next auction is at the village hall on Saturday, November 4, starting at 10am. Please contact David and Janet as soon as possible to book your lots as we have to limit the numbers due to the auction’s popularity: 01473 328649 / harksteadauction@btinternet.com Pre-booked lots will be received at the hall between 2pm and 8pm on Thursday, November 2, Viewing will be on Friday, November 3 from 11am - 1pm and 4pm - 8pm, as well as on the Saturday from 9-10am. 

HMS GANGES MUSEUM HMS Ganges Museum will remain open to visitors until the end of October this year, reopening again at Easter next year. A special display marking the centenary of the Women’s Royal Navy Service being formed is the centrepiece of the museum and focuses on WRNS serving at HMS Ganges when it became a hostilities-only base and the boys’ training was switched to the Isle of Man. Many interesting items and photos make up the display, some showing the Jenny Wrens handling weapons, and a torpedo. This is part of a wider collection of artefacts at the museum, dedicated to the history of HMS Ganges and the 160,000 boys who went through basic training at the base. People visiting from further afield can now stay in the Shipwreck Lofts bed and breakfast, which have been built on the top floor above the museum (see page 2). HMS Ganges Museum is housed in the former Enright Block, now part of Shotley Marina and is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday until the end of October. Special group visits during the week can be arranged; for details please visit: www.hmsgangesmuseum.com

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NEWS NEWS FROM HOLBROOK AND SHOTLEY SURGERY Flu vaccinations If you have missed our flu clinics, but still need a flu vaccination, please contact reception and ask to book into one of our catch-up clinics. Adult and Community Services (ACS) Adult and Community Services (Social Care for 18+) offer a range of advice and support which could help you: •

A chance to discuss your situation

Signposting to organisations that could give you the advice and support you need.

Advice on simple equipment and what equipment could be provisioned to help you

Advice on, for example, financial matters and the costs of care.

Help (where appropriate) with accessing care and support.

ACS will be available to speak to patients on the following dates: •

Tuesday, November 7 from 1.30pm in Shotley

Monday, January 8 from 1.30pm in Holbrook

Online Sharing We may be asking you for your consent to add ‘additional information’ to your Summary Care Record (SCR). For many people the idea of sharing their medical information can be concerning, but the SCR is there for a very good reason. If, for example, you were on holiday in Devon and were taken to hospital following an accident, the consultants would have access to your demographic information, allergies, sensitivities and current medications. This will assist the consultant in deciding on the correct treatment for you. All patients are automatically opted into this (unless they have already opted out). Additional Information (AI) will include current medical problems, reason for medication, care plan information, communication preferences, end of life preferences and immunisations. This information could be vital if you are unable to give answers for yourself in an urgent situation so please think carefully before making your decision. More information can be found at: www.nhs.uk Online Prescriptions Many patients may have received flyers from pharmacies inviting them to get their prescriptions online. Our medical practice has also moved to the new electronic prescription service, but our dispensing patients need do nothing more as they should not notice any difference. Our dispensing patients do not need to sign up to a pharmacy as they are automatically allocated to get their prescriptions from the dispensary. If you do sign up to receive your prescriptions from another pharmacy, you are free to change your mind at any time and elect to collect your prescriptions from us or any other pharmacy – just let us know. Training days Our next training afternoons will be on Wednesday, October 4 and Thursday, November 16 when we will be shut from 1pm. Please ring 111 for advice if your query cannot wait until the following day. In an emergency, dial 999. Practice Manager Julia Smith

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DISTRICT COUNCILLOR DEREK DAVIS – BERNERS WARD Shotley, Erwarton, Chelmondiston, Woolverstone and Freston As well as dealing with micro-local ward issues for individuals there are three main topics of conversation occupying Babergh matters of late.  Probably the most important, and potentially controversial, is the new joint Babergh and Mid-Suffolk Local Plan which is going through the consultation period right now. You can find the proposed Local Plan on the Babergh website and use the online facility to air your views: www.babergh.gov.uk The importance of this document in terms of planning, strategy and the economics of the peninsula and beyond cannot be under-estimated as weight will be given to the Local Plan when planning issues arise, even with the lack of a five-year land supply. Among the many proposals are plans to elevate Shotley and Chelmondiston to Core Village status, from the Hinterland status both are currently labelled as, with Holbrook the nearest core village at the moment. While Shotley now clearly meets the criteria with the facilities it enjoys, such as three pubs – The Shipwreck, Bristol Arms and Shotley Rose – the recently expanded Premier Stores and post office run by Manish Patel and his family, a thriving primary school, well used village hall and a raft of very popular and active community and church groups, councillors in Chelmondiston are not convinced their parish should be made a core village, with the housing targets that could bring. There is also an argument that Pin Mill should be treated as a separate area in planning terms. Another more localised issue coming from the Local Plan is the way council tenants are being represented on the peninsula. This is something that needs addressing. As part of the consultation process Babergh will be holding a series of drop-in events, with one for the peninsula being held on Monday, October 9 in Tattingstone Village Hall, School Road, Tattingstone IP9 2NA, between 2pm and 7pm. A second talking point, although this is probably something elected representatives are more concerned about than the actual electorate at this stage, is the Boundary Commission plans to cut the amount of councillors and making changes to ward boundaries. That consultation can also be found online, where your thoughts are sought. The plan is to reduce the number of Babergh councillors from the current number of 41 down to between 31 and 34. Suggestions so far include reconfiguring Berners ward, where Shotley and Chelmondistion would have one ward member apiece, with neighbouring parishes going in with one or the other depending on the geography and traditional ties. The third concern is an ever-increasing feeling that merger by stealth in order to combine Babergh and Mid Suffolk into one local authority is being manipulated by the leaders. Although a referendum held in Babergh in 2011 made it clear residents in this district did not wish to be lumped in with Mid Suffolk, there are concerns the Conservative group leaders at both councils are in talks with the chief executive to combine the authorities without the need for a fresh vote by the electorate, thus ignoring the wishes of the people of Babergh. If you have an issue you would like to discuss please contact: derek.davis@babergh.gov.uk / 07824 167196 My Facebook page is: Derek Davis-Your Independent Councillor

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REPORT TO PARISHES, ALTON WARD: Babergh District Councillor Alastair McCraw JOINT LOCAL PLAN CONSULTATION This might seem to be one just for the politics junkies and nerds, but the results will affect a large swathe of Suffolk for the next 20 years. Babergh & Mid Suffolk have a consultation on the above running until 5pm on Friday, November 10, so it’s quite lengthy. http://www.babergh.gov.uk/jointlocalplan The consultation for the current plan, the Core Strategy 2011-2031, was both confusing and frustrating. How effective it proved to be can be judged by the fact that we’re doing it all over. Government policy keeps changing too! This consultation is intended to be more considered and logical with a proper structure. Now there are 77 questions contained in the consultation which is a little intimidating. Most respondents therefore are going to be parish councils, planning professionals and the like. But it is open to all and you don’t have to answer all the questions. Officers from the Strategic Planning Team will be holding events for the public. The closest one for anybody on the Peninsula is at Tattingstone Village Hall, School Road, Tattingstone IP9 2NA on Monday, October 9. It’s an open walk-in event from 2-7pm where you can ask questions and discuss the plan with the people who understand it. Your parish councils are already working on their responses and I’m holding myself open to providing any support and understanding I can, not least as part of the Brantham Parish Council team. It is technical, it can be boring and even tedious, but it’s also necessary. The eventual Local Plan will be the prime document for deciding planning applications here for up to 20 years. It would be nice to get it right this time. As an aside, I got into this whole district council thing starting from the 2013 responses to late modifications to the last plan. Since then, I’ve built up a much better understanding of the principles and policies. There is reason to it, but you have to understand the language. You could consider this document as the dictionary and grammar. You too, can be as boring on the subject as me. PUBLIC ACCESS To view Babergh’s End of Year Report visit: https://tinyurl.com/ycqsfqkg It’s a mixed bag of good and not so good (in my opinion), but it is worth a look. In the modern age it also contains some video links. Contacting the council is now best done through www.babergh.gov. uk or by phone on 0300 123 4000. I think the phone service has improved recently, but let me know. Walk-in access, very rarely used these days, will be at Stowmarket and Sudbury from October 1. The council itself will be at Endeavour House in Ipswich, as will most meetings from the same date. As ever, I can be contacted as below, or look for me on the Blue Claud Butler bicycle, visiting a variety of places, but back to wearing the high visibility jacket and warmer clothing. alastair.mccraw@babergh.gov.uk / 07812 564188 Facebook: Alton, Alastair McCraw & Harriet Steer (an open group)

Local maintenance of pathways continues with a volunteer working party out on September 7 cutting back the overgrowth between East View Terrace and Mole End at Shotley. With the children back at school we are helping to make this regular walking route as comfortable as possible – the rule of thumb is ‘wide enough for a double buggy or parent and child to walk side by side’. Our Health Walk programme is proving popular and the next one is on Wednesday, October 18, starting at 11am opposite the Bristol Arms. Remember, these walks are for the faint hearted, easy strolls at a gentle pace, a chance to meet new people and unwind, plus take in some exercise. In the New Year we’ll be having health walks starting from the Shotley Rose car park; we’ll keep you posted. Our Walkers are Welcome status appears to be attracting visitors to the area, and the Arthur Ransome Walking Trail is hugely popular. To continue the Arthur Ransome theme, there is a book reading of We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea at Pin Mill Sailing Club on Saturday, October 21, commencing at 9am, lasting till around 5pm. The first hour or so will cover areas of Pin Mill, the River Orwell and Shotley Gate as the ‘Goblin’ sailed on its adventure. Very soon the Walkers are Welcome badge will extend to the Suffolk towns of Clare and Eye, and we are working with them through the Suffolk Walkers are Welcome Alliance to help make this happen. And finally, our 2018 Calendar is now available for sale. The theme is Shotley through the Seasons and there are some stunning photographs taken by local people. We only wish we could show them all. However, they will all be loaded on to our website by November for public viewing. Thanks to all who submitted photos, your work is very much appreciated. If you want to purchase the wall calendar, which will be on sale at £7 each, contact Marian Pug: 01473 787182 / marian.pugh@btinternet.com Alternatively contact any member of the SOS team or buy them from Shotley Stores, Kingsland. To be included on the growing Shotley Open Spaces email list, please contact Geraint Pugh (g.pugh1@btinternet.com) or Gary Richens (gary. richens.583@btinternet.com), and check out our website or Facebook Group: Shotley Open Spaces Report by Gary Richens www.shotleyopenspaces.co.uk

ST MICHAEL’S MONTHLY MARKET The next monthly market at St Michael’s, The Church on the Park, Woolverstone is on Saturday, October 14, 9am-12.30pm. Fruit, vegetables, cakes, bread, meat and an interesting range of handcrafted items which make ideal presents. Get in some early Christmas shopping. East End Butchers are pleased to be the market’s resident meat supplier. If you would like to place on order with them it can be collected at the market each month. Their number for orders is 01206 392190. Come along to mingle with your friends, have a cup of coffee and a bacon buttie and enjoy the lovely venue. New stalls welcome. Contact Jane Gould: 01473 780777

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SHOTLEY CHURCH HERITAGE 700

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Castalian String Quartet: Sunday, October 22, 4pm at St Mary the Virgin Church, East Bergholt SATURDAY 28thEVENING OCTOBER CHEESE & WINE Shotley Village Hall HALL SHOTLEY VILLAGE Saturday, October 28, 7.30pm Starting at 7.30pm Tickets: (adults £7 / children £2) available from Shotley Post Office, Norman Tickets: Bugg (787358) and Pat £2 Scholfield (788521) £7 adults children Available from Shotley Post Office; Norman Bugg (tel: 787358) and

SHOTLEY CHURCH HERITAGE 700 CLUB Pat Scholfield (tel: 788521)

August Draw Winners 1: £25

M Rogers (086)

2: £20

Mrs J Lawford-Randall (133)

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W Sarchet (007)

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Programme: Haydn’s Quartet op20 no2, Schumann’s Quartet in A minor op41 no1, Beethoven’s Quartet in A minor op132 Formed in 2011, this outstanding young quartet with its “richly romantic energy and passion” (Strad Magazine) is fast becoming a favourite of audiences in the United Kingdom and abroad. Almost immediately they were offered an award by the Elias Fawsett Trust and also the Countess of Munster Trust among others. In 2011 they achieved a Masters Degree in Chamber Music at the Hannover University of Music, Dance and Theatre, they then won first prize at the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition in 2015 and in 2016 they won third prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. SVAM’S 67th season continues with: Sunday, November 12: Trio con Brio Copenhagen, St Mary’s Church, East Bergholt, 4pm Sunday, December 3: Gold and Dirt – Reflections on an Architectural Journey, illustrated lecture by architect John Lyall, Constable Hall, Gandish Road, East Bergholt, 4pm

New members are always welcome to join the 700 Club at a cost of £1 a month which can be paid at intervals of three, six or 12 months. To join contact Norman: 01473 787358

Tickets: 01206 298426 / svamtickets@btinternet.com / www.svam.org.uk

DEATH CAFé at st. michael’s

On October 11 John Wrigley will present a talk entitled Jewel of the Canaries.

The first Death Café was held in St Michael’s Church, Woolverstone on Sunday, September 3. Eight of us met for an hour and a half and chatted around the subject of death with coffee, tea and cake. The group decided that they would like to meet again and the next Death Café will be at 11am on Sunday, November 5 so it should go with a bang. We will meet in St Michael’s Church from 11am-12.30pm. You are welcome to join us.

VILLAGE LINK CLUB Future talks this year: A Year as Mayor of Ipswich, Christmas Special Message and Carols, First Aid and AED, Dad’s Army Legendary TV Programme, History of Scarecrows, Pray Silence for ? and History of Butley Priory. Meetings are held at 10am on the second Wednesday of every month in Tattingstone Village Hall. Following the speaker we have refreshments (when there is time for a chat with other members) and a raffle. New members and visitors are welcome to join us. Roger Felgate: 01473 311684

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OUT & ABOUT OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

THE LONG DAY CLOSES Music for an autumn evening by The Abbot Consort of Voices

We would appreciate your help in sending filled shoe boxes to children abroad who will have very little at Christmas. IN HOLBROOK Holbrook Methodist Church will be the local collecting point for this year’s Operation Christmas Child – Shoe Box Appeal. We plan to have a ‘shoebox preparation event’ at HMC on Wednesday, October 25 between 10am and 3pm. When the boxes are ready they will be sent to the central collecting point in Ipswich on November 1. Before each shoebox leaves Holbrook, we are asked that there is a contribution of £3 to £5 to cover the transportation costs of getting each shoebox to the country where the box will be given to a child. If you want to contribute to this event in any way, please see the noticeboard at HMC for more information. In the meantime, please find as many empty shoeboxes as possible so we have enough to fill on October 25. IN STUTTON Looking Good hairdressing salon in Stutton has very kindly agreed to take filled shoeboxes during October – any items or donations are always welcome. Leaflets are in the salon and the community shop so you will know what to put in them. Boxes should be delivered to Looking Good by Saturday, October 28. Angela Neale is unable to take part this year for health reasons. Any queries please contact Mary (327644) or Kath (328118).

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Directed by Martyn Bagnall, presented by Brian Robinson St Michael and All Angels, Woolverstone. Saturday, October 7 at 7.30pm Tickets (£10 / £5 students including light refreshments in the interval) available on the door. Venue details from: jane.gould@btinternet.com / 01473 780777 Fundraising concert for St Michael’s Church Facebook: @AbbotConsortofVoices

CRAFTS FAYRE AT HOLBROOK METHODIST CHURCH Friday and Saturday, October 20 & 21 Fairly Traded foods, crafts and cards from around the world on sale. All day refreshments, soup lunches on the Friday. Open on Friday from 10am-4pm and on Saturday from 10am-noon.

SHOTLEY SOCIAL CLUB (0VER 60S) Our meetings for October are on Thursdays, October 12 and 26, 1.50 to 4pm.

A craft club meeting on the first Monday of the month (except for bank holidays when it’s the following Monday). Saturday workshops (10am4pm) and Monday meetings (7.30-10pm) are held in Wherstead Village Hall Meeting Rooms.

This month seems a bit quiet as we have had so much going on. We start our meeting with the minutes of the previous meetings, Eileen reads her report and everyone is registered. Then we play bingo and enjoy refreshments, usually with homemade cakes. Afterwards we have a special draw, with dominoes and whist. We are a very happy club, and everyone gets on thenvv each other, which is very good.

The AGM in September was followed by an entertaining evening with Heather Prince demonstrating and teaching us folk art painting.

For information or if lifts are required please contact Norman and Eileen: 01473 787356

Monday, October 2: No Sewing Cushion Cover (Debbie)

CHELMONDISTON OVER SIXTIES

Saturday, October 7: Open day for all members and friends (10am-4pm) to delve into the stock box with lots of past projects to try. We will also have a table with craft materials and items for sale, and a chance to say good luck to Debbie who will be leaving us for six months to work abroad. Refreshments will be available.

Wiltshire Farm Foods will pay us a visit on October 5 for a tasting session so come along and try them out. On  December 7 we are having a Christmas Bash with the Banjo Man providing the musical entertainment and, as on the previous years, going to The White Horse, Stoke Ash, for our Christmas Lunch on December 14.

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

New members are always welcome so come along on a Thursday  afternoon for a cup of tea, a bit of cake, and a lot of natter from 2-4pm.

Contacts: Ann 01473 780298 / Jill 01473 713534

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OUT & ABOUT SHOTLEY AND ERWARTON WI

CHELMONDISTON WI We had a really fun evening in July when Rachel Bennett instructed us on African drumming and other noisy instruments. We really surprised ourselves with our unsuspected amazing musical talent. A lovely toe-tapping time was had by all, and we are asking her to come back next year for more musical fun.

Did you know that Stratford once had the largest discarded white goods mountain in Europe? It now houses the Olympic Park and iconic Olympic venues, our August outing with 44 attending. Our coach took us past the high-rise flats with glasshouse gardens each worth up to £20million. The Olympic village which originally housed 18,000 people is now 3,000 flats. We stopped at the Olympic Velodrome and from here we could  see the Arcalor Mittal Orbit Tower painted in lucky red and claimed to resemble the Olympic rings. This was a Boris  Johnson inspiration and cost around £22.7million. Since few  saw fit to pay £25 to go to the top, a silver tube helter-skelter was installed, which takes 40 seconds to travel down. None of us tried it. We passed the Aquatic Centre and Olympic Stadium which is home to West Ham United FC and is still used for  sporting events such as the International Athletics in which Mo Farah featured. Our day ended with a cream tea cruise on the River Lee. Our monthly meetings are held in Shotley Village Hall and start at 7.15pm. We are a friendly bunch and would love to see you. Why not give us a try and see what you think. Programme for 2017 October 18: Jin Shin Jyutsu, the art of harmonising your life energy November 15: AGM plus a talk about ACWW (raising women´s living standards around the world) December 13: Zahara Belly Dancing

ALTON BELLES WI QUIZ NIGHT Tattingstone Village Hall, Saturday, October 21 at 7.30pm £5 to include a ploughman’s, bring your own drinks. Raffle on the night. Quizmaster: Garry Kilworth Teams of no more than six; please contact: Annette: 328499 / Tamzin: 328670 / Elaine: 326882 T​ his will be a light-hearted affair. We can make up teams from individual couples or individuals if they wish.

Our August meeting was a sampling session of the recipes we are putting into our cookbook and we all stitched big red hearts to hanging in the trees outside our village hall to mark Organ Donor Awareness week in September. The most popular visitors at our September meeting were Maddy and Mindy, two gorgeous dogs that came to visit with owner Clare from Pets as Therapy. Very small, very friendly, white and fluffy, and totally cuddly, Maddy and Mindy visit care homes, prisons, special schools, hospices and even courts to help comfort unhappy and troubled people. PAT dogs was founded in 1984 by Mrs Ordish who realised how therapeutic dogs and cats can be. Currently 5,000 dogs and 140 cats are visiting around the UK and PAT is the largest voluntary organisation using pets to befriend lonely and troubled people. These two girls were totally delightful and most of us wanted to take them home. We were very happy to hear that Pat, our president, has won a bursary for a course at Denman College in October so will expect a full account at our next meeting. We are running our annual table-top sale on October 7 in the village hall, with lots of the usual yummy WI home-made cakes and super bargains. To book a table call Pat on 780358. We will have our recipe book ready for sale just in time for Christmas. We will once again be running the hot chocolate and cake stall at Chelmo Fireworks evening in November. The October meeting will be a course on self-defence (who will volunteer as victim I wonder!), November is our AGM (usual groaning buffet table) and in December Sheila Cooper will be showing us how to make beautiful Christmas decorations. Our meetings are at the village hall every second Tuesday in the month at 7.30pm. Always fun and interesting – and good cakes too!

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OUT & ABOUT STOUR VALLEY U3A

SHOTLEY 1st SCOUTS

Being a woman racing driver and racing at Le Mans is the subject of our talk by Celia Stevens on October 11. She will talk of her experience of racing historic cars three times at Le Mans Classic, once at Nuremburg and all over the UK. And she is still racing!

Beavers Brave the Elements As the nights are starting to draw in the Beavers are making very good use of the dark evenings. They are working towards their camp craft badge. The Beavers have to try fire lighting, tent erecting and make a start on a camp blanket. These are all useful skills that were put to the test as the Beavers joined the Cubs and Scouts on camp at the end of September.

On Wednesday, November 8, event organiser Eve Regelous, who worked closely with Harrods, will give a glimpse of behind the scenes of day-today life in this world famous company, including its history. We don’t have a speaker meeting in December, but have our popular Christmas lunch at the Constable Hall on Wednesday, December 6. This is always a popular event and so early booking is advised. For further information please visit www.stourvalleyu3a.org.uk where membership secretary Gillian Gibbs may be contacted. We meet at Constable Hall, Gandish Road, East Bergholt CO7 6TP at 2.15pm. Annual membership is £12 which entitles members to attend meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, except August and December.

1st SAMFORD VALLEY (HOLBROOK) SCOUT GROUP Beavers 1st Samford Beavers (boys and girls aged 6-8) are coming back after a lovely summer of camping and barbecues. We have loads planned this term from backwoods cooking to tobogganing at Suffolk Ski Slope. We will have a few spaces in January. If you want your son or daughter to join, please contact Tiffany Sims: tiffany2104@hotmail.co.uk / 07818 298511 Cubs The Cubs (boys and girls aged 8-10) are also looking forward to a busy and varied term ahead. We would like to welcome our new Cub Leader, Jed Stone, who is stepping up from Assistant Leader. Term begins with a visit to Holbrook Fire Station, followed the next week by a trip to the circus in Felixstowe. With the nights drawing in, we are planning some indoor badge work, introducing the Cubs to the culture and food of the Czech Republic, under the guidance of our new helper Andrea. We are very grateful to Stutton School for allowing us to use their hall as our new indoor base this term. We’ll still be making the most of the great outdoors, with a night hike around Alton Water and tobogganing at the ski slope. All in all, it looks like an exciting term. If you know a boy or girl who’d be interested in joining us, please contact Jed Stone at: matregs@hotmail.com

Cubs Crave Darkness The Cubs have also been making use of the darker nights. They went on a night hike around the local area. The children always love it when they can get their head torches out. Shadow puppets anyone? Or maybe a game of manhunt! Scouts Skills are Put to the Test Scouts were put through their paces when they had a Taskmaster evening. Taskmaster is a popular programme on the telly where comedians are given lots of bazaar challenges to complete. The Scouts had a thoroughly good time trying to complete numerous tasks, the weirder the better! Phil the Bag Reminder The Phil the Bag drop-off is Saturday, October 7 and collection is the following Saturday, October 14. Blue Paper Bin Some of you may have noticed that a blue paper bin has been put next to the bottle banks in the village hall car park. The proceeds of the paper bank will be going to 1st Shotley Scout Group, so if you have any waste paper, please make use of this. Any queries contact Jane on 01473 787416.

1st HOLBROOK BROWNIES Our Brownies demonstrated excellent teamwork once again to build shelters that prevented the girls getting wet, regardless of how hard Sooty Owl tried! I don’t know if the shrieks of laughter were loudest from the girls inside or those watching the last group being showered with water. As usual we had lots of fun and excitement which was a lovely way to welcome everyone back. In the next few weeks we will be visiting Ipswich Fire Station, welcoming Helen from Hovel Pottery who will be making beautiful ceramic hearts with the girls, and Theresa to teach disco dancing with authentic lights to add to the atmosphere. If your daughter (aged between seven and 10) would like to enjoy a variety of activities, take part in new challenges, make lasting friendships and, above all, have fun, please register on Girlguiding UK. We currently have a waiting list for five and six year olds and please don’t leave it until your daughter is seven to register – presently they may have to wait for up to a year to start Brownies!

SHOTLEY GARDENING CLUB The AGM business was dispatched with our usual speed and efficiency on September 11 and we spent the remainder of the evening eating cake, catching up and discussing possible future activities and additional outings. The new programme of events has been prepared and we await confirmation of one date and one destination. It will be ready by the next meeting on October 9 when Graham Procter will be speaking about autumn interest in the garden. The competition of a plate of home grown vegetables and fruit was won by Carole Davis. Next month’s competition will be a photograph featuring water.

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OUT & ABOUT / SCHOOLS CHELMONDISTON & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

CHELMONDISTON C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL It’s the start of a new school year and I would like to welcome any new readers to this column in In Touch. I write each month to keep parents informed about what’s happening at Chelmondiston Church of England Primary School.

October will be our last meeting with a speaker for this year. Hopefully it won’t be raining that night as the topic for the talk is Drought Gardening. Sonya Burrows will be giving us some ways to cope with living in the driest part of England and if it doesn’t feel that way at the moment, just remember back to this spring. The meeting is at 7.30pm in the village hall on Tuesday, October 31 and non-members are always welcome.

STUTTON CEVCP SCHOOL Our children have already made a great start to the new academic year. We have lots of different events planned. An exciting creative music project with Ian Heywood, based on Theseus and the Minotaur, will be enjoyed by the whole school this term. As a continuation from the Arthur Ransome Script, Sketch and Sail Project, our KS2 children will be visiting the Nancy Blackett and will have the opportunity to sail under the instruction of Neptune Sailing School on a barge with sail designs created by our children. As a school, we are keen to further develop links with our local community and on August 1 were delighted to be able to reopen the play area on the school site to the public. It has been enjoyed by many over the summer break. Now that the academic year has begun, we have had to restrict opening to weekends, school holidays and afternoons after 3.30pm. We are pleased to continue to welcome Worship for All on the first Sunday of each month, as well as Stutton Presents, a local drama group. Having Stutton Young Explorers located on our site is a most welcome addition and we look forward to the pre-school children joining us for story time each week. This year we are delighted that the Cubs are returning to Stutton and that we will be providing them with a venue on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm. I believe that the local Cubs organisation was initially started in Stutton, so we are particularly pleased to have them back. We enjoy watching the toddlers in Stutton Young Explorers and sharing special events with the residents from Oak House helps to remind us of the importance of life-long learning, working collaboratively and developing connections with our local community and beyond. Anne Clarke

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I would like to welcome a new member of teaching staff to the school. Miss Emily Fisher joins us straight from university and brings with her exciting ideas and new ways of doing things and we are very much looking forward to her becoming a part of our school community. I would also like to welcome our new children. It is always exciting to see the new children come into school for the first time. They are so keen and eager to learn and it is fantastic to take them on the next step of their education. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish good luck to the children who left us at the end of the summer term. The academic results at the end of last year were very pleasing. The children in Key Stage 2 achieved 76% at the expected level for reading and writing, while in maths it was 68%. In spelling, grammar and punctuation the figure was 80%. The government publishes a combined result of the number of children who achieved the expected level in reading, writing and maths. For us this was a figure of 64%, nationally the figure was 61%. My thanks go to all the staff for all of their hard work and that of the children who achieved these very impressive results. Key Stage 1 results were also very pleasing. In reading the score was 88%, in maths 75% and in writing it was 68% at or above the expected standard. This year also marks the first full year of our school becoming part of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Multi Academy Trust. The school will retain its characteristics but will grow from the involvement of working with likeminded schools. I am confident that this year will allow the school to grow further in terms of its academic excellence and with all the other things that make Chelmondiston Church of England Primary School a special place. We are looking forward to a full range of extracurricular activities too. Running club has already begun as have guitar and drums. We hope that we cater for all children’s interests and we intend to have something for everyone. It is our desire that the school is an important centre for village life and if you have anything that you would like to contribute or think that the school could be doing, please do not hesitate to contact me. Headteacher Sean Cornish

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SPORT / CHURCH NEWS SHOTLEY WHIST DRIVE

CHELMONDISTON CARPET BOWLS

We next meet on Thursdays, October 5 and 19 and November 2, from 1.50-4pm. We play 12 games of whist before refreshments, usually homemade cakes, and then a draw. This is, I hope, a friendly afternoon.

Suffolk Carpet Bowls Association

This group has been going for about 25 years, having started in the old village hall. I believe we are now the only whist drive on the peninsula. We always welcome new members; please give us a go. Lifts are always available.

As you can see we finally finished fourth in the league – not a bad result. What a difference a couple of more points would have made. We start the winter league at the end of the month with a visit from Old Felixstowe who were promoted last season.

Contact Norman and Eileen: 01473 787358

PIN MILL SAILING CLUB We recently enjoyed a very happy evening trying out wines thanks to the generosity of the East of England Co-op who provided a great selection of wines for us to taste while listening to words of wisdom from Mike Unsworth of Bancroft Wines. As I write, we have hosted another successful regatta and are looking forward to smack and working boats putting themselves through their paces and looking wonderful in the process We are now heading to a very busy time in the club as the winter evening programme kicks off with such delights as a tribute evening for recently departed pop stars, children’s Halloween party, a pizza bake-off and our traditional shanties and ditties evening.

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On the social front we have a trip booked to see Legally Blonde the Musical in Norwich next March. Please let me know as soon as possible if you wish to go as the tickets have to be bought and paid for by the end of the month. Alan Storey

TWO RIVERS SERVICES ST PETER’S, STUTTON October 1

8am

Holy Communion

10.30am

Worship for All – Stutton Primary School

October 8

9.30am

Holy Communion

October 15

9.30am

Holy Communion

October 22

11am

Informal Service

Benefice Service in Freston October 29 11am ALL SAINTS, HOLBROOK October 1

4pm

Harvest Festival Afternoon Tea

October 8

10am

Matins

October 15

8am

Holy Communion

10am

Informal Service

Shotley Rose Bowls Club has had another amazing season this summer, repeating last year’s triumphs by achieving promotion for both teams for the second year running.

October 22

9.30am

Holy Communion

October 29

11am

Benefice Service in Freston

This year’s Monday team, playing in the Samford League, finished second (on 51.5 points) and won automatic promotion from Division E. The team played 12 matches, winning eight and losing four. Captain Martin Stiff said: “I am delighted with the team’s overall performance and most of all its consistency. Who knows where this group of players can go?”

October 1

No Service

October 8

Holy Communion

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AN AMAZING SEASON

The Wednesday team did one better in the Ipswich and District Triples by winning Division D. They also played 12 games, but won nine (five at home and four away) and lost only three (one at home and two away). They were captained by Len Haines who stated: “This was a brilliant season for us and I am particularly pleased with the 181 shot difference between our scoring bowls to that of our opponents. This shows a consistent level of high performances and bodes well for the future.” Club chairman Bill Sarchet reported that he was as “proud as punch” of how the club had progressed over the last two years. “It is hard for a small village team to compete against much larger clubs as we have a very small pool of players and far fewer resources to look after our green and provide hospitality and transport. Yet time and again Shotley Rose Bowls Club has come up to the mark and defeated and surprised far larger clubs.” Although a lot of time and energy has been put into winning promotion from the two leagues the club has still run its internal competitions. We would like to congratulate Andrew Coulson on winning the Roger Page Cup and Martin Stiff who succeeded in securing the Mick Chaplin Cup. If anyone is interested in joining Shotley Rose Bowls Club next season you will be very welcome. Please contact Norman Bugg: 01473 78735.

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ST MARY’S, WHERSTEAD 11am

October 15

No Service

October 22

11am

Informal Service

October 29

11am

Benefice Service in Freston

ST PETER’S, FRESTON Morning Prayer:

Every Friday at 9am

October 1

Harvest Festival

11am

October 8

No Service

October 15

Holy Communion

11am

October 22 October 29

11am

No Service

Benefice Service

ST MICHAEL’S, WOOLVERSTONE Wednesday Worship:

Wednesday’s at 6.30pm

October 1 4pm

Harvest Songs of Praise followed by Traditional Harvest Ploughman’s Tea

October 8

11am

Worship the Woolverstone Way

October 14

9am-12.30pm St Michael’s Morning Market

October 15 October 22

11am 11am

Morning Prayers Holy Communion

October 29

11 am

Benefice Service in Freston

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CHURCH NEWS SHORELINE BENEFICE

CHELMONDISTON & HOLBROOK METHODIST CHURCHES

ST ANDREW’S, CHELMONDISTON October 1

9.15am

Holy Communion

October 8

9.15am

Holy Communion (Harvest)

October 12

10am

Midweek Holy Communion

October 15

9.15am

Holy Communion

October 22

9.30am

Family Service

October 29

9.30am

Benefice Holy Communion, Harkstead

ST MARY’S, ERWARTON For information on services please go to: www.shorelinebenefice.co.uk ST MARY’S, HARKSTEAD October 1

9.30am Holy Communion

October 8

9.30am Morning Prayer

I realised I had learnt lots of facts and stories about Jesus, but hadn’t ever ‘come’ to Jesus. I knew about Jesus, but didn’t know him. At that meeting, I knew something had changed in me. Jesus knew all about me and my mistakes and failures and still loved me.

October 15

9.30am Holy Communion

October 15

9.30am Holy Communion

October 29

9.30am Benefice Holy Communion

ST MARY’S, SHOTLEY October 1

10.45am

Shotley Family@Church Harvest

October 8

10.45am

Holy Communion

October 15

10.45am

Worship For All

October 22

10.45am

Holy Communion

October 29

9.30am

Benefice Holy Communion, Harkstead

Please check website or church noticeboards for any change to service times and places.

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When I was 18, I went to a youth gathering in the Potteries. I was struck by the number of young people who were saying “God said this to me”. I felt uncomfortable. I knew a story from the Bible of how young Samuel had heard God calling him at night. He didn’t realise it was God and thought it was Eli, the elderly priest. Three times he went to Eli in answer to the call. On the third visit, the penny dropped and the priest said “it is God calling you”. Eli had grown so accustomed to God not speaking because many people were doing lots of wrong things so even he was taken by surprise. As an 18-year-old, I had thought that it was just super good spiritual people who would hear God speaking to them. Here at the youth meeting ordinary young people like me were talking about what God was saying and doing in their lives.

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My prayer life began to change – not just talking at Jesus, but with him – giving him a chance to get a word in. As in Eli’s time, we can get used to silence from God and forget he wants to communicate with us. That’s blaming God! The fact is He wants to communicate, and we are bad listeners, we are taught independence and choose not to give God time. Whether you have begun that journey or not, or whether you are in the doldrums and not hearing, you can always start again. If I can help, please get in touch. The Rev Andrew Sankey apsankey@gmail.com / 01473 311178 / 07966 187216 AT CHELMONDISTON METHODIST Worship with Rev Michael Ayden Sunday 1 10.45am 6.15pm Worship with Rev Andrew Sankey Worship and Communion with Sunday 8 10.45am Rev Andrew Sankey Worship with Rev Michael Allen 6.15pm Sunday 15 Worship with Rev Paul Howes 10.45am 6.15pm Worship with Rev Andrew Sankey Worship with Mrs Margaret Brock Sunday 22 10.45am 6.15pm Worship with Mr Ted Jack Sunday 29 10.45pm Worship with Prof David Welbourn 6.15pm Worship and Communion with Rev Diane Smith AT HOLBROOK METHODIST What’s on in October (HCT Holbrook Churches Together) Mondays, 2.30-4pm: Tea and Chat (HCT) Home Groups: First and third Tuesdays at 7.30pm & Thursdays at 2pm (ring for venue) Saturday 7 10-11.30am Coffee morning 10am Worship with Mr Martin Ellis Sunday 1 10am Worship with Rev Michael Allen Sunday 8 3.30pm Messy Church (HCT) Friday 13 10am Family Friendly Worship with Sunday 15 Rev Andrew Sankey Sunday 22 10am Worship with Mrs Alyson Ellis 10.45am Worship and Communion with Sunday 29 Rev Andrew Sankey 6.30pm Something Different with Rev Andrew Sankey Please see the noticeboard on the front of the chapel for all events in October. For more information about Messy Church, Tiddlers and Family Live (HCT) contact Alicia Holmes: ajnholmes@gmail.com / 01473 658478

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