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A WORD FROM THE EDITOR Some years ago I was invited to take part in a ‘Grumpy Women’ segment on Radio Suffolk. Each guest was asked to choose one topic, a task I set about with relish. When I met my fellow grumpy women in the green room before the show we chatted about how difficult it had been to choose. I was embarrassed to discover that while they had struggled to find a topic, I had struggled to select from a rather long list. I’d chosen people who eat from noisy packaging at the theatre or in the cinema, but the shortlist had included people who interrupt all the time, rude drivers who don’t acknowledge when you give way, the pseudoscience used to sell skin creams and cosmetics (just what is a free radical?), people who spit in the street… When I told my husband about the green room conversation he howled with laughter, until he noticed my silence. “Well you’re hardly surprised are you,” he said. “I’ve never known anyone who gets so easily annoyed about small things.” I’m sure you can imagine how that conversation went, but I’m making no apology for my grumpiness, though I prefer to see it as sensitivity! Of course this conversation took place at least 10 years ago and I think I’ve become a nicer person since I started working at In Touch. It’s impossible to be angry and judgemental when I’m constantly reminded of the good in people. Every month I hear from people who are raising funds for charity, organising local events (a significant and often thankless undertaking), setting up or leading support groups, promoting social opportunities for people who are otherwise isolated… the list goes on. We are so fortunate to live in a society where people care, where they look out for each other and give their time to make local communities stronger. The least the rest of us can do is turn up. Of course locally owned businesses are the beating heart of every strong local community, often supporting local causes, investing in the local economy and creating local jobs. Support each other and together we can look forward to a ‘grump free’ future!

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NEWS LOCAL CHILDREN TO RAISE MONEY FOR CANCER CHARITY Two local children, Amelia and Rosie, were so inspired by Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ appeal they are planning a fundraising event to support the charity. On Saturday, April 14 they will have a ‘biscuits and buns’ stall at the Woolverstone Monthly Market and Car Boot Sale.

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Amelia commented: “The real-life story I saw on the television programme about an 11-year-old girl who had cancer inspired me to do my bit to make a difference.” Rosie added: “Our handmade cakes and decorations will have a spring theme and we’ve some special biscuit recipes planned. We hope lots of people will visit our stall when visiting the event.” The monthly market showcases local producers selling bread, cakes, vegetables, meat from East End Butchers and a range of handmade gifts by local crafts people. The café sells bacon butties and coffee for an ideal Saturday brunch. The market and car boot sale take place on April 14 at St Michael’s, The Church on the Park, Woolverstone from 9am-12.30pm. To book a stall contact Jane Gould:

WOMEN’S AND GIRLS’ RUGBY WARRIOR CAMPS Over the last eight to 10 years rugby has become one of the fast growing female participation sports in the UK with in excess of 18,000 women and girls regularly playing in England alone. That number is increasing all the time and the RFU is working to grow this to 100,000 through a number of strategies. Success at the top level with England’s Red Roses lifting the World Cup in 2014 and finishing runners-up in 2017, along with the creation of the Tyrrells Premier 15s women’s league, have helped to raise the sports profile and the opportunities now available, but where can they go to begin to fulfil their potential? It’s not all about being the best and playing for England. Rugby is a sociable game; more women and girls are playing because rugby clubs have a welcoming, family atmosphere and the sport is a great way to get fit. Mistley RUFC is one of those clubs which has been offering girls aged 11 and below the chance to learn and play rugby in a mixed environment with the boys. Now many of those girls are reaching the age where they can no longer play alongside the boys, so Mistley have launched a girl’s section this year for 11 to 18 year olds who want to continue playing or want to take up rugby with an eye on progressing to a full women’s team in the future. Mistley Rugby Club will be hosting an ‘Inner Warrior’ camp which is a fun-packed, commitment-free way for girls to get outside, get muddy and experience the dynamic, exhilarating sport of rugby for the first time. With plenty of help on hand, we will introduce you to the basics of rugby – passing, kicking and tackling, coupled with enjoyable fitness routines – helping you step out of your comfort zone and unearth your Inner Warrior. This free event will take place on Tuesday, April 17 from 6-8pm at Furze Hills Playing Fields, Shrubland Road, Mistley CO11 1HS and is open to all girls in School Year 6 and above.

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SUFFOLK LIBRARIES IN SHOTLEY The weekly library held every Monday at Shotley Village Hall has now been open for 12 months – and is set to continue until at least March 2019!

The Royal Harwich Yacht Club based at Woolverstone on the Shotley peninsula has announced a Try-a-Boat Open Day on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7. The event is open to adults and children who would enjoy an introduction to the fun and excitement of sailing on the lovely River Orwell – and it’s completely free! The club will provide a range of dinghies and larger sailing boats, and an experienced club sailor will be on hand to take you out and show you the basics. All safety equipment will be provided – just bring a waterproof/ windproof jacket and a pair of soft-soled shoes and you are ready to go. The clubhouse will be open from 9am, with sailing sessions from 2-5.30pm. The child-friendly clubhouse has a well stocked bar where you will be able to buy food and refreshments. For an information pack and to book your place at this exciting event visit or contact: 01473 780319 /

PLANS FOR NEW PLAY EQUIPMENT IN CHELMONDISTON Chelmondiston Playing Field Committee (PFMC), led by its chairman Mr Sam Nunn and supported by Chelmondiston Parish Council, is pleased to confirm a grant application from local waste company Viridor for £6k towards a new outdoor gym. An Awards for All grant through the National Lottery has also been applied for to fund a new zip wire (£10k). Both pieces of equipment were very popular in recent questionnaires completed by village residents and the PFCM are delighted and proud to be working on behalf of the community in wanting to deliver “what the community needs”. A £750 grant has already been awarded from Suffolk County Councillor David Wood towards the playing field equipment. The decisions for both grant applications should hopefully be through in May.

I would like to thank the neighbours, volunteers and farmers for their kindness towards us during the few days the ‘Beast from the East’ affected us. I didn’t go out, but I heard that the local farmers were very good at keeping the roads open, especially at Chelmo where the roads were blocked, enabling people who had to use the roads to do so. Our sincere thanks to them all. Eileen Bugg

Since March 2017 the library has had more than 1,500 visits from peninsula residents who between them have borrowed over 2,500 books. The pre-school singing sessions and after school club both remain popular each week, and more than 30 children enjoyed the recent art workshop with local artist Emma Graham. Suffolk Libraries and Suffolk County Council will be working together to deliver more sessions aimed at older residents over the next few months. Everyone on the peninsula is welcome to come to the library every Monday between 1 and 5pm to borrow books, take part in activities and use the IT equipment. More information can be found at local or by searching for @SLLShotley on Facebook.

SHOTLEY WALKING CLUB REUNION Now I have finished running Shotley Walking Club, I would like to celebrate its 24 years and have booked the Ski Lodge Restaurant, Wherstead, on May 13 at 12.30pm for a get-together for anybody who came on any of the walks during the 24 years. It would be lovely to see some of the old faces again. Please let me know by May 4 if you would like to come. If the weather is fine, we will do a short walk to Suffolk Food Hall and back at about 2.30pm. Hope to see you. Jill Nunn, 01473 787504

HARKSTEAD PARISH COUNCIL Harkstead Parish Council are considering installing fitness/exercise equipment on Harkstead Millennium green and would like residents to express their views as to whether they support this idea or not. The equipment, consisting of a sit up bench, sky stepper, combination pull down/power push and a rowing machine will give encouragement to those striving to lead a slightly healthier lifestyle. This will also be of use to those accompanying children on the existing play structures. The intention would be to install these between the playground and the point opposite the village hall driveway. The Millennium Green trustees are supportive and we would seek grants to help with the cost. Quotes for the equipment have been received and the most favourable is £7,400 which includes installation. If you support this initiative or are opposed to it, please let the parish council know your views. Councillor contact details are on the parish noticeboard and on our website or email our clerk, Pam Tunbridge:


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NEWS SHOTLEY PARISH COUNCIl UPDATE Storm damage to the Coastal Path and Phase 3 Coastal Erosion Protection Following the parish council’s request on January 6 to SCC (Flood and Coastal Policy and Rights of Way Team) for a meeting to be held in order to look at ways of addressing the recent coastal path damage and Phase 3, Suffolk County Council has thankfully agreed to chair a meeting on March 27, which will hopefully be well attended by all the relevant statutory bodies.

the parish council would like to reassure parishioners that both Natural England and the RSPB were fully consulted and informed prior to the works in order to ensure that our wildlife was looked after. We were very lucky to have the Community Payback Team helping us, but it was difficult to keep a straight line and we went over by about one metre, for which we apologise. Further work will take place once the bird nesting season is over to ensure a continuous fire break all the way down the cliff in order to protect the adjacent properties.

Although this meeting is not open to the public at this initial stage, the parish council has asked for the possibility of a second meeting that parishioners can attend. In the meantime, we will continue to provide as much information as possible on both topics on our website ( and we would encourage members of the public to refer to it as the only source of verified accurate information. Unfortunately, information posted either on social media or third-party websites is sometimes quite inaccurate, regardless of the source.

Gate Farm Road Caravan Park Update received from Mr Simon Bailey, Team Leader – Heritage & Planning Compliance, BDC

The very last section of gabions which is where most damage has occurred is quite challenging as its installation did not follow due process and breached most of the permissions that were in place. It is on land which is RSPB reserve (not parish council) and was not part of any of the plans or licences approved by the parish council or statutory bodies. SCC Coastal and Flood Policy Manager Jane Burch kindly arranged for an independent technical assessment by the Internal Drainage Board which returned an estimate of £55-£60K for a full repair of this 63m section. The parish council engaged the original project manager, Mr Andrew Hawes, who returned a repair estimate of £29K, and our vicechairman, Councillor R Wrinch, who himself has carried out sea defence work on his land, approached his contractor, who may be able to carry out a simple repair for under £5K. However, this repair would be a temporary measure and may not last the next storm. We encourage you to have a look at the reports provided by the professionals (on our website) so you have a good understanding of all the different aspects. A full detailed report will be produced by the parish council following the meeting of March 27 and we aim to ensure that our parishioners are kept fully informed throughout the process. Felixstowe-Shotley-Harwich high voltage electricity improvement scheme – River Stour Directional Drill at Whinny Queech, Shotley UK Power Networks will be returning to Whinny’s Queech, off Stourside, on March 19 to finalise the directional drilling works. Most of the work will take place on the Harwich side of the river, however there will be a requirement to operate the drill intermittently for a two to three day period within Whinny’s Queech during the first phase of the programme. The equipment used means that some disturbance is unavoidable, but every effort will be made to minimise any unnecessary noise and our works will be limited from 7am to 7pm Monday to Sunday. A representative from contractor McNicholas will be on site at other times; contractor’s careline 08452 000214. Heritage Park Maintenance Works With regard to the recent clearing of a fire break in the Heritage Park,


The Gate Farm case remains active as an investigation and enquiries are being made with the BDC Electoral Services team and the Shared Revenues Partnership at Ipswich Borough Council. Once enquiries are completed, the information will be assessed in order to ascertain whether there is an indication of permanent residential use, and if any permanent residential use goes beyond what is permitted at the site. With regard to the rumours regarding the delivery of 40 caravans to the site, if there is no planning permission in place at the time of delivery the placement of the caravans will, of course, constitute a breach of planning control. Unfortunately, BDC is not able to take action against a breach which has not yet happened. General Matters The parish council will seek to carry out the regular maintenance of the path between Mole End and East View Terrace (route to school) on a regular basis, as recent cut backs to maintenance by SCC mean that the area only gets cut once a year. We also hope our parishioners and visitors enjoy the two newly installed benches in that same area. These should provide a lovely resting place with a view over the Orwell and Felixstowe Port. The parish council has also funded the cutting back of the protruding overgrown branches on Lower Harlings. The parish council approved the Shotley Open Spaces request for a letter of support to SCC Highways for the installation of one ‘Walkers Are Welcome’ sign at the entrance to the village. Plastic waste on our foreshore Still using the help of the Community Payback Team, once they had finished at the Heritage Park, a substantial amount of plastic and other waste has been cleared from our foreshore. However, and pardon the pun, that was only a drop in the ocean! If you venture the other way past the marina, it is a never-ending challenge and one that we need all the help we can get in tackling. So, if this is a matter close to your heart and you have some free time on your hands please get in touch. For these and any other parish matters, please contact us – shotleypc@ / 01473 788248 – or visit: Shotley Parish Council would like to wish you all a Happy Easter! Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer Dina Bedwell

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Hadleigh SNT (Safer Neighbourhood Team) is based in Hadleigh and cover 49 parishes in parts of Babergh & Mid Suffolk. The area is diverse, covering a predominantly rural area, but also the Pinewood Ward on the outskirts of Ipswich and the Shotley peninsula south of Ipswich.

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Hopefully by the time you read this the weather will be getting warmer and you will be thinking about getting into the garden or onto the allotment. We are fortunate that many of the areas we cover have access to allotment space; on the downside, due to the locality of many allotments they can often be vulnerable targets for damage and thefts. It is worth considering the guidelines below to ensure you do not become a victim of crime. • Fit good quality mortise locks to BS 3261 standard or closed shackle Sold Secure police approved padlocks and hasps. • Don’t forget hinges as they can be a weak point, so use coach bolts or oneway security screws so they cannot easily be undone.  • Cycle locks and good quality closed shackle Sold Secure approved padlocks and chains can be used to secure equipment to a strong anchor point or to each other using a closed shackle padlock.  • Protect your shed with a ‘shed bar’ across the door to prevent access. This and other approved security products will improve the security of your shed or outbuilding and can be found at or  • Consider whether you really do need a window as it is another way in for thieves. Make sure you lock windows and either paint over or cover the glass to avoid people looking in to see what you have to steal. Wire mesh can be used on the inside to improve overall security.  • Remove high value items and store at home.  • Gates should be securely locked out of hours and have anti-climb features.  • Perimeter fencing should be in good condition, visually open, 2m high, (removed) so any suspicious or criminal activity can be seen. 

The Annual Parish Meeting This will take place on Wednesday, April 18 at 7.30pm in the village hall. The meeting provides an opportunity for the parishioners of the village to meet and to receive updates from the parish council and other local organisations. Light refreshments will be available after the formal part of the meeting. The Holbrook Boat Owners Association and the Village Hall Management Committee will hold their AGMs immediately prior to the parish meeting so that local opinions can be heard. If you would like to present a report (written or verbal) or reserve a table to display information about your organisation, please contact the clerk before April 6. We hope that you will be able to join us. War Memorial Research Samantha Lanier had conducted detailed research into the names of the individuals who were missing from the war memorial in Holbrook. A detailed discussion took place following the report as it was unclear who owned the war memorial. It was agreed that the clerk should investigate further to find out the owner of the war memorial before any decision could be made regarding adding additional names. If anyone has any information or knowledge regarding this issue, please contact the clerk who would be very grateful for any assistance in this matter. Holbrook Parish Council’s new website A new website has been launched for the parish at: www. Please contact the clerk if you have any news stories or events that you would like published. Full minutes of this and all other meetings are available on the new website or by contacting the clerk: / 07999 583017 Future meeting dates: April 16 and May 21

• Consider planting thorny shrubs inside the fence at low level to stop climbing. Shrubs/trees adjacent to fencing gates should not provide climbing aids. • If shed alarms are in use, consider noise to adjacent properties and have procedures in place for if the alarms are activated. If secluded, consider GPS alarms or similar.  • If there is an electricity supply, good levels of lighting are advised especially if allotments can be seen from passing members of the public via footpaths, adjacent properties and roads.  • Make a property list detailing the make, model, serial number, value and description of valuable items. Use photographs to aid identification.  • Overtly mark your property with your house number and postcode so that marking is permanent and property is less attractive for a thief to sell. See property marking section for more information.  • Consider setting up an ‘asset register’ for the whole allotment scheme. • Consider investing in one large secure metal alarmed container for the storage of valuable items for all allotments.  • Consider holding property marking days with the local Safer Neighbourhood Policing team.  • Register your property at This is a free web based property registration service approved by the police.  See details below for help organising a property marking day or to contact police on any other matter. The next parish forum meeting is on Wednesday, April 11 at 7.30pm at Hadleigh Leisure Centre; all are welcome to attend to discuss local priorities and concerns. EMERGENCY: ALWAYS CALL 999 NON-URGENT INCIDENT: CALL 101 EMAIL: (non-urgent, should you wish to contact local officers FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @HadleighPolice


Despite the recent cold weather it’s been great to see so many people out walking around the peninsula. Our Shotley Rose Health Walk in February attracted 18 people despite it being a very wet and windy day. We also launched the revised Shotley Walk Explorer Guide and free copies of this can be picked up locally from the pubs and shop in Shotley, downloaded from our website or picked up from outdoor leaflet dispensers dotted around the village. It’s exactly a year since we achieved Walkers are Welcome status for our village. To celebrate this we are holding a family fun day on Easter Monday, April 2, at the Bristol Arms, Shotley Gate. Starting with a short circular walk (of course!) at 2pm, it includes a family quiz and treasure trail where children (and big children) can win Easter treats. Please join us if you can. Our next Health Walk is on Wednesday, April 18, starting from the Bristol Arms at 11am. Remember these walks are just gentle strolls for an hour-anda-half, and hopefully we should be getting better weather (famous last words, ne’er cast a clout till May is out...). Finally, as you know we try to help strim and mow open spaces and footpaths in the parish that need a bit of TLC. Please keep an eye out for our team working around the village and if there are any paths or areas that you think need sorting out let us know and we’ll see what we can do. If you wish to be included on the growing Shotley Open Spaces email list, please contact Geraint Pugh (, Gary Richens ( or Tony Lawford-Randall ( Report by Gary Richens

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Babergh District Councillor Alastair McCraw

Shotley, Erwarton, Chelmondiston, Woolverstone and Freston

COUNCIL TAX As I write, Council Tax bills are being issued by Babergh. That might make it look like we get all that money, but in fact we’re just the billing authority. We pass more than 90% of it on and our share is 9.6% of the total. The vast majority (75.6%) of it goes to Suffolk County Council. You may notice that the amounts for SCC are split to include a special Adult Social Care precept. The total increase from last year is 5%. The next largest component of your bill (11.5%) goes to the Police and Crime Commissioner to use for Suffolk Constabulary. A very large increase of 6.8% has been applied this year. Babergh have increased their bill by £5, the maximum we are allowed without having to have a precept referendum. It is not a coincidence that this increase and a minimal one at Mid Suffolk bring our Council Tax into much closer alignment. One more year could see them being identical, hypothetically, maybe, possibly, probably. Draw your own conclusions. To achieve a balanced budget at Babergh, we have had to transfer £329,000 from our reserves, but sometimes that is what reserves are for.

Adversity often brings out the best in people and the recent Beast from the East coupled with Storm Emma certainly showed what great spirit we have on the peninsula.

Our parish councils, as ever, have shown restraint and are all at, or under, a 2% increase. I say this every year, and admittedly I may be biased, but they remain the best bargain in local government. We calculate the Council Tax on the basis of Band D properties. Those were assessed decades ago and remain unchanged. A Band D property (the sort of average) in Alton Ward will have a Council Tax bill of about £1,650 for the 2018/19 financial year. It varies a little between the three parishes due to differences in their precepts. How much are you paying per week to each of these councils? In Band D, about £1 a week goes to your own parish council (a bargain!), about £3 a week to Babergh (less than you may have thought), £3.65 a week to the PCC and £24 a week to SCC. It’s just under £32 a week as a whole. If you live in a Band C property (the most frequent size) you pay eight-ninths of the above figures, Band B is seven-ninths, and Band E is ten-ninths. Why ninths? Well I suppose Band A at six-ninths is two thirds and that seemed about right when this system was set up. I know figures can be a little dry, but it’s your money. We have to be aware of that! Next month, space permitting, I’ll run through our spending of that money at Babergh. ALTON WARD NO MORE? The Boundary Commission have come back with another set of new draft recommendations for Babergh. As before, we drop to 32 councillors, the peninsula from five to four. The new proposal in this consultation suggests a single member ward for Brantham, but a massive three member ward to stretch from Stutton and Tattingstone to Shotley and Belstead. I think that’s unwieldy and unlikely to serve you well. The consultation link is at https:// and it closes on April 30. My own work on this matter so far shows a possible ward for Shotley and Erwarton, leaving a two member ward elsewhere, which although not perfect would be an improvement. Unfortunately, the numbers projected (and the current ones) for Stutton, Tattingstone and Holbrook are just far too large for electoral equality and thus a viable new Alton Ward around Alton Water. I’ll be working further on this and will keep you posted (see below as to where). This has maybe been as dull as ditch water for you, but in both these subjects the numbers do matter. As ever, I can be contacted as below, and I’ll be out and about on that old blue Claud Butler pushbike. Alastair McCraw 07812 564188 /

The gritting team from Suffolk Highways battled on through the freezing nights and days to keep our roads as clear as possible. When even their valiant efforts were not quite enough, social media told of how our local farmers and members of the community rallied to pull stranded drivers to safety, or clearing the way as drifting snow moved in. The heart-warming story reported by Shotley Peninsula News and Features about Kevin Pitcher getting new-born Elsie Rae home after mum and dad, Kirby and Ollie, were trapped on the way back from hospital, and the Pendles from Harkstead freeing a lady and her daughter, also coming back from hospital, highlighted the good work done by many. While Babergh did everything it could to get our waste services team collecting bins, most people were understanding when things went a bit awry. Procedures put in place by councils and emergency services worked well, although lessons can be learned and improved for next time. Spring though has now well and truly sprung and no doubt, being British, we will soon be complaining about how hot it is, and how we as a council can do better. Planning Applications for more housing, and now a glamping and events hosting site, continue to be a source of concern for peninsula residents. Permission has been granted for nine homes in Erwarton, and another seven at Chelmondiston. All are for much needed two and three-bedroom homes, which people are crying out for. Babergh is working with Iceni Housing Association to build seven or eight social houses on Queensland, Shotley, with plans still undergoing tweaks before permission is sought. An application for six glamping pods, complete with aluminium built outbuildings, event hosting facilities, including a café, has been put in on vineyards at Frogs Alley in the oldest part of Shotley, down by the church and next to the Commonwealth war graves. This can be viewed and commented upon on Babergh’s planning application website. Reference number: DC/18/00873 If you have an issue you would like to discuss please contact: / 07824 167196 My Facebook page is: Derek Davis-Your Independent Councillor

CHELMONDISTON PLANNING COMMITTEE The meeting scheduled for April 3 has now been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 10 at 7pm at the pavilion on the playing field.

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NEWS / OUT & ABOUT SHOTLEY VILLAGE HALL The adverse weather at the beginning of March meant both our Annual General Meeting and the auction had to be rearranged. An auction report will be published next month.

HARKSTEAD SPRING AUCTION Our spring auction will take place on Saturday, April 7 starting at 10am at the village hall. If you want to put any items in to sell, please book them in with David and Janet on 01473 328649 before Thursday, April 5. Pre-booked items will be received between 2 and 8pm, limited to the first 250 lots booked in. Viewing will be on Friday, April 6 between 11am and 1pm and 4pm and 8pm, and from 9am on the morning of the sale.

bentley toddler group FUNDRAISING JUMBLE SALE Saturday, May 12 from 2pm at Bentley Village Hall If you have anything you wish to donate, please bring it along to the hall from 9am on the day or contact Pam (01473 310283) or Aimée (01473 311311) who will arrange to collect it from you. If you would like to come to our sale, the hall will be open from 2pm. Tea and coffee will also be available. We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your support.

SHOTLEY DRAMA GROUP QUIZ NIGHT Saturday, May 5 at 7.30pm in Shotley Village Hall Teams of four to six, tickets £8.50 including supper Please reserve a table by May 1 by contacting Mandy Peters: 01473 787460 /Carol Blumfield: 01473 787353


OUT & ABOUT HORIZON THEATRE PRESENTS BETTE & JOAN BY ANTON BURGE With Petra Risbridger as Bette Davis and Jayne Lindill as Joan Crawford, directed by Philip Steward.

ST MICHAEL’S MONTHLY MARKET The next market at St Michael’s, The Church on the Park, Woolverstone is on Saturday, April 14, 9am-12.30pm, when there will be a car boot sale in addition to all your favourite market stalls. Fruit, vegetables, cakes, bread, meat and an interesting range of handcrafted items which helps present buying. 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

QUILT AND NEEDLECRAFT EXHIBITION AT HARKSTEAD St Mary’s Church, Harkstead is hosting a Celebration of Quilts and Needlecrafts on April 28 and 29. We shall be displaying all kinds of quilts made by people living in the area, as well as a number of heritage quilts kindly lent for this exhibition. Needlecraft exhibits will encompass embroidery and other textile work, as well as knitting and crochet. The exhibition will include sales stalls and demonstrations of their craft by exhibitors. The exhibition is open from 11am to 5pm each day, with light lunches, cream teas, cakes, tea and coffee on offer. Entrance is £3 for adults with children free. There is also a raffle. The exhibition is presented by Harkstead PCC and Harkstead Church Heritage to raise funds for urgently needed repair work to the church. Our last exhibition of quilts and needlecraft in 2012 was a huge success and we hope you will come and support us this time. If you are interested in exhibiting your own work, or would like to know more about what can be included, please contact Eleanor Soar for further details and entry forms: 01473 327266 / We look forward to hearing from you!

ART AT HARKSTEAD CHURCH This August 11 and 12 artists are invited to exhibit their work in the beautiful Harkstead Church. As we are fundraising for Shotley Pier and Harkstead Church we ask for an entry fee of £5 and for 25% of the sale price of your work. All media welcome! The closing date for entry is July 1 and entry forms are available from the art organiser Peta Hillier at:


One of the greatest rivalries in the history of show business is portrayed with humour, wit and affection. Once grande dames of Hollywood, by 1962 Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were in danger of becoming has-beens. Then an opportunity came along to appear together in a new movie called Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Bette & Joan depicts the two stars, in adjacent dressing room, between takes on the set of Baby Jane. While Joan manages her anxiety by lacing her Pepsi with vodka and signing photographs for her beloved fans, Bette chain-smokes and muses on her love life and her ability to pick a decent script, never a decent man. Behind the bitching and practical jokes we see each woman’s insecurities and regrets, and their rivalry is revealed to be underpinned by a grudging respect as they attempt to identify their new roles in life as well as in their careers. Horizon Theatre will donate a portion of ticket sales for this production to Woolverstone Wish at Ipswich Hospital: Follow Horizon Theatre on Facebook and Twitter: @suffolkhorizon Each performance starts at 7.45pm: Felixstowe: Wednesday, April 18 – Orwell Hotel, Hamilton Road, Felixstowe IP11 7DX Hadleigh: Friday, April 20 – Hadleigh Ansell Centre, Market Place, Hadleigh IP7 5DL Shotley*: Wednesday, April 25 – Shotley Village Hall, The Street IP9 1LX Shotley: Thursday, April 26 – Shotley Village Hall Sproughton: Friday, April 27 – Sproughton Church Hall, Lower Street, Sproughton IP8 3AA * Horizon Theatre will donate a portion of ticket sales for the Shotley performances to the Shotley Pier restoration project. Booking: Contact: 07864 084423 /

BELSTEAD VILLAGE MONTHLY MARKETS A market is set to take place in Belstead Village Hall from 9am-noon on the first Saturday of every month – starting on Saturday, April 7 – to raise vital funds to support refurbishment of the kitchen and ladies toilet. With an extensive range of tables, a raffle and refreshments, the market is the perfect place to meet with friends for a chat over a cuppa and a piece of cake while supporting this essential local amenity. You can also support Macmillan who will have a table laden with homemade goodies for sale. If you can sew, make or create and would like to hire a table (£10) please contact: 07981 335859 /

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OUT & ABOUT SHOTLEY & ERWARTON WI At our meeting in February we were instructed in how to take care of ourselves if we suspect we are being followed. Be aware, stop, turn and extend your hand while shouting loudly: “Are you following me?” The villain will then turn tail and run. We left a little anxious in case we practised what we were taught, succeeding only in alarming perfectly innocent pedestrians! It was a serious subject handled with humour and practicality by Nicky and Laurence Schofield of SMART in Holbrook.


Karen Smith was the winner of the competition for homemade energy bars. Marian Pugh was presented with a bouquet of flowers as a thank you for her time on the committee. A birthday posy was given to Pauline Wright. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, April 18 at 7.15pm and the talk will be on crop circles. A warm welcome awaits you.

JUBILATE SUNG EVENSONG AT WOOLVERSTONE Jubilate return to St Michael’s Church, Woolverstone on Sunday, April 22 to offer a real treat in the form of a Sung Evensong. Jubilate is a choral group under the directorship of Martyn Bagnall and have delighted a full church in Woolverstone with their sung evensongs before. The service starts at 4pm and is on Sunday, April 22. Tea, chat and cake to follow the service.

SHOTLEY CHURCH HERITAGE 700 CLUB February 2018 draw winners 1: Mrs J Lawford (134) £25 2: Mrs E Bugg (095) £20 3: Mr A Rudland (158) £15 4: Mrs A Taylor (078) £8 5: Mrs R Bembridge (088) £7 We are always happy to welcome new members into the 700 Club at a cost of £1 a month; 50 per cent is for the restoration and improvement of the church and 50 per cent for the prizes. There are no expenses. Subscriptions can be paid annually or at three or six month intervals. To join contact Norman on 01473 787358. Good Neighbours A big thank you to everyone who has helped in any way during the bad weather at the beginning of March; well done – your efforts are appreciated.

Canterbury Cathedral Choristers present a concert in St Michael’s Church, Woolverstone on Wednesday, June 27 at 7pm. Tickets are £12.50 including summer refreshments. For more information and to secure your tickets contact Chris Hodgkinson: 07764 285928 / All proceeds to St Michaels Church Woolverstone and the Choir House Choristers Social Fund.

SHOTLEY OVER 60s SOCIAL CLUB Our next meetings are on Thursdays, April 12 and 26, and May 10, all from 1.50-4pm. We have sorted out our holidays for this year. Full details are available on request. On Thursday, April 5 we leave Shotley at 10.30am. We will visit the Spa Pavilion at Felixstowe for an afternoon performance of the Good Old Music Hall Days. Because this date is cheaper for us we will be going to the Alex for lunch before the show. We now hire a coach with a lift, which is easier for people who cannot use the steps. The village hall will be the pick-up point as it’s easier for the driver. On May 2 we will be going to Aldeburgh for the morning, and then on to Dunwich for a fish and chip lunch. For information about the club and outings please contact Norman and Eileen: 01473 787358



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

In March we celebrated our 92nd birthday with lovely food and fun organised by our wonderful committee. As ever there was much hilarity and a good time was had by all.

Monday, April 9: Demonstration, talk and making of a wire bird with Louise Harward Monday, May 14: Henry or Janet (details to follow) Samples of each project are displayed the month before and other projects are available. Contacts: Ann 01473 780298 / Jill 01473 713534

SHOTLEY WHIST DRIVE There will be no whist on Thursday, April 5 so the next dates are Thursdays, April 19 and May 3, both 1.50-4pm. For information contact Norman and Eileen: 01473 787358

On April 10 we will be celebrating spring, whether the weather is spring-like or not! We’re planning to have a go at a pretty spring themed craft and find out how much we actually know about the season with a light-hearted quiz. On May 8 we are really looking forward to hearing from  Jeanette Moser whose talk is entitled Alive, Aware and Alert and includes some fascinating anecdotes from her life. Why don’t you come along and give us a try for free? We would love to welcome you to our meetings, which take place on the second Tuesday of each month at Chelmondiston Village Hall at 7.30pm. We provide great cakes to have with your tea or coffee! 


OUT & ABOUT HOLBROOK BROWNIES Our Brownies were particularly enthusiastic when it came to learning vital first aid skills. All the patients were very cheerful, considering their injuries! Brownies with bandages were like kittens with balls of wool, getting tangled up just added to the fun. Thank you to Woodbridge Medical Services for your expertise. There were certainly lots of excited Brownies when we headed to The Peninsula Sports Centre for our roller skating activity. Roller skating can be terrifying when your feet just want to slide in any direction so it was wonderful watching all the girls give it a go and the smiles of achievement once they let go of the wall or a friend! Likewise, it was great to see those more proficient with the skates, demonstrating their skills. Trying something new and doing your best is what Brownies is all about. This term we still have 10-pin bowling, pasta making and creating individual beach huts – just to get us in the mood for summer! If your daughter or ward (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 lots of fun, please register on Girlguiding UK. We do currently have a waiting list.

VILLAGE LINK CLUB For our February meeting Dave Steward gave us a potted history of Dad’s Army and its main characters. Afterwards, members enjoyed lunch at a local hostelry. The title of the talk on April 11 is Pray Silence for ?. We then look forward to The History of Butley Priory and a further programme of talks is currently in planning. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month in Tattingstone Village Hall at 10am. 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

STOUR VALLEY MEN’S PROBUS CLUB Grant Elliot returned on Wednesday, March 7 and this time his subject was  The Life of Chic Murray. Our Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday, March 21 when the president, treasurer, secretary, speaker secretary and committee were voted in.  On April 4 Bob Milne will talk on The Assignation of the Italian Barber and Oliver Paul from Suffolk Food Hall, voted the best local food venue in the UK and Ireland in the Countryside Alliance Awards (Rural Oscars), will present Food and Farming Heritage on April 18. We have two interesting speakers in May; on May 2 Joyce Kimber will present Britain’s Finest Hour and on May 16 Brain Kelly will enlighten us on The Life of a British Consul.

1st SHOTLEY SCOUT GROUP The Beavers had a very special evening thinking about one of the most important people in their lives: their mums. They made their mums a lovely gift out of willow and recycled material. The willow, which was sourced locally from golden wood, was bent and shaped into hearts. The Beavers then used granny knots to tie strips of recycled fabric onto the hearts to produce lovely willow wall hangings. The Beavers also had time to make lovely cards to be given to their mums on Mother’s Day. The Cubs had an evening of tent erecting in preparation for their camp which is planned for early May. Hopefully the weather will have improved by then and the Cubs don’t end up waking up in snow. The Scouts had a wonderful evening at Ipswich Observatory. Luckily for the Scouts the sky was clear and the telescope was in great working order. They even managed to see craters on the surface of the moon! How cool is that? The Scouts were also given a full history of the observatory; many thanks go to the volunteers at the observatory for giving up their time. ‘PHIL THE BAG’ REMINDER The bag drop-off is April 7 and collection will be the following Saturday, April 14. The October ‘Phil the Bag’ made an impressive £623 thanks to all who put their bags out. PENNY MILE The Penny Mile this year is on May 19; we will start in the layby near Shotley Garage and hopefully make it to the village hall. We start at 10am and finish about noon. If you have any pennies please come by and drop them in our bucket. Lastly, you may have seen a big blue container in the village hall car park for recycled newspapers, etc. The money collected from this goes to the Scout group, so if you do have any old newspapers please feel free to pop them in as every little helps.

EAST SUFFOLK NATIONAL TRUST ASSOCIATION If you are a member of or a volunteer for the National Trust, we invite you to get more out of your membership by joining our association where a warm welcome awaits you. We meet at Ropes Hall War Memorial Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave IP5 1JF. The start time is 7.15pm. Our next meeting is on April 17 when John Field will be talking on the historic buildings of Ipswich. John will be aiming to create greater awareness of the many buildings and features of national importance within the town. He will review over one hundred buildings and features, explaining their historical and architectural importance. Many of the town’s listed buildings, churches mansions, parks and halls will be included. A must for those who love our county town. On May 15 Peter Lawrence will talk on stately homes in England, explaining how they reflect the power, wealth and influence of their owners.

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.

Visitors (even if not National Trust members) are welcome, entrance fee £3 each. National Trust members/volunteers can join us for £8 a year (£12 a couple at same address). We publish three newsletters a year for members and enjoy interesting day outings and other events.

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

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OUT & ABOUT SOCIAL SEW-AND-SO’S The first Social Sew-and-So took place on Saturday, March 3 for those brave enough to venture out after the Beast from the East and Storm Emma. There were two quilts (a sewn quilt with the edging being completed, the other being crocheted in a lovely wave pattern) and some personalised fiddle blankets being worked on. A child’s dinosaur soft book took a step closer to completion (there is now hope it will be completed before the recipient’s birthday), some humorous office bunting started and a knitted tea cosy continued. The most unusual item was a Christmas tree – plastic milk bottle tops being covered in Christmas fabric. We hope to see some of the finished projects in the coming months. Our next few meetings are Saturdays, April 14, May 5 and June 2, 9am-noon at Harkstead Village Hall. Tea, coffee and cake is available for purchase on the day. Chat, laughs and giggles are free! Please pop in during this time and join us – even if you only have an hour free. There is space and plugs for sewing machines, and those in the know are more than happy to help advise how to set them up if you are unsure. For further information, please contact Sarah Donnison: 01473 328692

EAST SUFFOLK ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND An independent and voluntary charitable organisation promoting the welfare of blind and visually impaired people in East Suffolk since 1914. Membership is free. We also hold a social on the last Wednesday of every month at Stutton Community Hall from 2-4pm when we provide entertainment, afternoon tea and a raffle, and twice a year we have a lunch at a local hotel. If you would like to join us, contact Ian, our community support worker, for more information: 01473 788380 We are always in need of volunteer drivers to assist us with our monthly social event. If interested please contact Barbara McDonald: 01473 328907

CHELMONDISTON OVER 60s January was a quiet month with coughs, colds and chilly weather. Let’s hope spring is just around the corner. We have booked What No Cake? ukulele band for 2pm on May 10 as our first musical event of the year, so put the date in your diary. Everyone welcome and there WILL be cake! We will be holding our AGM on Thursday, March 29. Come along and join us for a social afternoon in our village hall. Mike and Michele Rutherford: 01473 780718 Apologies if this reaches you after the AGM. Your editor apologies for missing this article out last month.

SHOTLEY MOTHERS’ UNION Our next meeting is on Wednesday, April 4 at 2pm in St Andrew’s Church Room when Carolyn and David Howlett present a talk entitled Statues and Art in Ipswich. It promises to be most interesting and friends and visitors are very welcome to join us. The afternoon includes refreshments and time for a chat. A further date for your diary is Thursday, April 12 when we celebrate Lady Day Banner Service with Holy Communion at Rushmere Church at 11am and a visit from our worldwide president Lynne Tembey who will give the address, followed by a bring-and-share lunch in the adjoining church room. Lifts are available: please contact Christine (780621), Pam (780796) or Thelma (787660) who will be pleased to arrange. Charity Stall The March charity stall was well supported with many thanks to the generous donations which amounted to £116.50 which I was delighted to send to the Meningitis Research Fund. Pam Ross


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OUT & ABOUT CHELMONDISTON & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Our meeting on April 24 is something a bit different. Our guest will be Bryan Thurlow, an actor with a passion for plants. Bryan has combined these talents to produce a dialogue based on a fictional character, who he calls Mr Potter. Born in 1900, Potter narrowly escaped the First World War and spent his working life as a full time gardener in a large Suffolk garden. Potter shares his love of plants and his dream of restoring a much neglected knot garden. Bryan performed for Shotley Gardening Club last year and comes with a definite recommendation from them. For just £2 non-members are also welcome.

ALTON BELLES Alton Belles met at Tattingstone Village Hall on Thursday, February 15. We welcomed Linda Sexton who talked to us about the journey from Ipswich to Yarmouth by stagecoach. We heard about the toll roads, the toll houses and keepers and the inns that supported the business. We also learned that the local people were required to turn out with pick axes and spades to repair the roads on a particular day of the year. If the weather was bad on that day, the roads were not repaired! We welcome a variety of speakers throughout the year. We are a democratic, social and educational organisation for women, giving them the opportunity of working and learning together to improve the quality of life in the community. If you want to hear more about how you could get involved in our vibrant and forward-looking WI, but feel nervous about coming along, just contact either Tamzin (328670) or Jane (327865) and we will make sure you are looked after.

STOUR VALLEY U3A The Life and Times of Sir Alfred Munnings was the subject of Marcia Whiting’s talk on March 14. On April 11, in a talk entitled GM Crops – Where Are We Now?, Professor Wendy Harwood will cover what the technology is, how it has developed from  the first  GM crops, how the new technology of gene editing fits in, the current situation worldwide and what’s in the pipeline. Roger Kennell will present William Pretty  –  A Suffolk Family & Corset Manufacturer on May 9. His illustrated presentation follows the major corset making business of William Pretty & Son at Ipswich (and its outpost factories) which was part of the Footman Pretty department store, now Debenhams. On June 13 Tony Diamond will tell us of the history of the colourful discovery and spread of the hot drink to Europe, astonishing aspects of chocolate and an overview of the financial importance of chocolate to the UK. Our main purpose is to encourage lifelong learning for those who are no longer in full time employment and emphasis is always placed on making learning active and fun as well as helping in developing friendships. We have a wide range of groups including language study, country walking and computer studies and groups that visit gardens, churches and historic buildings. In the main, membership is drawn from communities in the lower Stour Valley and adjacent areas including Brantham, Capel St Mary, Dedham, East Bergholt, Holbrook, Lawford, Manningtree, Raydon and Stratford St Mary. We are affiliated to the ThirdAge Trust, have over 260 members and 21 groups. For further information please visit where membership secretary Gillian Gibbs may be contacted. We meet 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. It’s never too late to learn!  Join the 361,477 members across 969 U3As throughout the UK today.

SHOTLEY GARDENING CLUB Simon Leatherdale, who spoke to the gardening club on February 19, is the proud and happy owner of a small but beautiful ancient wood. Once a part of the lands belonging to Stanstead Manor and recorded in the Doomsday Book, it is all that remains of a once extensive natural wood. Simon is a forester who had a lifelong ambition to own an ancient wood. Tylers Wood is the resolution of that ambition and his account of his research into its provenance and the story of its acquisition and development made for a fascinating evening. He has slides that document the wood’s history on tithe maps and in aerial photographs, some taken by the Germans prior to invasion in 1940, right up to recent Google Earth photos. His slides (and some short pieces of film) document the development from a wood with no tracks or access through it, to a managed and preserved wood, full of ancient plant specimens and the home of badgers, foxes, owls, snakes and insects, not to mention fungi and slime moulds! He has developed ponds, coppiced the trees, created and opened clearings and pathways while protecting the plant heritage. He speaks from the heart, inspired and inspiring. He is a lucky man, and we were lucky he shared this with us. We were pleased to welcome five new faces as visitors. Many of our meetings are open to non-members, though, of course we welcome new members too. The next meeting was back to the usual second Monday (March 12) and was a plant swap evening. Much affected by the recent weather, only two of us had any plants to swap, but a sale by donation raised some funds for the club. We were also treated to an informal but very informative introduction to the extensive work being done at Shotley Primary School on their gardening and environmental activities to which we hope we might be able to make some contribution in the future. On April 9 Sonia Burrows will be talking to us about spring flowering bulbs. For more information about the club contact chairman Karen Smith (787731) or secretary June Edwards (787422). June Edwards


SCHOOLS STUTTON CEVCP SCHOOL I am delighted to be able to write with such good news – news that no doubt you have probably already heard; our school received a judgement of ‘good’ in every category when we were inspected by Ofsted in January, and we have been given the go ahead to join ASSET Education. Consequently Stutton Primary now has a secure future. We have been very appreciative of the support that we have received from our local community which has contributed to our successful outcomes. Our Ofsted report and information about ASSET Education and multi academy trusts can be found on our website. To celebrate our successful Ofsted report, we spent an afternoon singing as we toasted marshmallows on a fire pit on our school field, before going inside to play parachute games. This was the staff’s way of thanking the children for being such superb ambassadors for our school during the inspection. The KS2 children enjoyed a fantastic day at Tunstall, experiencing an archaeological dig first hand with Duncan Allan, head of Hands on Heritage which is funded by Suffolk Archaeology. They found Victorian artefacts in the first layer of soil and, as they dug deeper, were delighted to discover ‘Roman remains’, including mosaics. We managed to remain open during the snowy days and the children enjoyed supplementing their packed lunches by making vegetable soup and pizzas. Everyone is most welcome to join us at 2pm on Thursday, March 29, for our Easter Service at St Peter’s Church, Stutton. Anne Clarke

OPEN MORNING AT STUTTON CEVCP SCHOOL Monday, April 16, 9.3am-noon Starting school in September or interested in visiting our school? Do come along, with your child, for a taster morning and join our Early Years/KS1 class. We have received a ‘good’ judgement in our recent Ofsted inspection and have a bright future ahead as we join ASSET Education. If you would like to join us for the morning or just come and have a look round, do please contact the school. 01473 328531 /


VALUING THE IMMEASURABLE BY NICOLA MITCHELL Head of The Abbey & Queen’s House at Woodbridge School Becoming a parent is an exciting time. Our first thoughts as parents are that we want our children to be healthy, fulfilled and happy; ready to enjoy their journey, embracing challenges along the way. At what point does this change? Parents in the past have informed me that they have decided that Kate (not her real name) is destined for Oxford and will have a career in Medicine. Kate was three at the time and struggling with the concept of sharing her tractor. All parents want the best for their children (and if they don’t, we should be questioning; “why not?”). Sending a child to school should enable the team behind the child; the parents, grandparents, friends, extended family and school staff, to work together to ensure that each individual is supported in the best way possible. Schools should be about educating the whole child. They should have breadth and balance in the curriculum, value the Arts, enable the gifted, support those with additional needs, encourage independence, promote collaboration, celebrate success, develop individuality, advance academics and advocate teamwork. The educational environment should be all things to all pupils. Schools should be unashamedly all-encompassing and concerned with developing every aspect. School life should go beyond the basics of academic rigour and, if that is the single most important focus of a school, I would argue the point is being missed. We should be educating the mind, the body and the spirit. Supporting children to know themselves, recognising their strengths and weaknesses in order that they may continue to grow and develop in all areas. At the end of their time in school our children should emerge as happy, confident and well-rounded young adults; equipped with the examination results to open doors and the skills to ensure the paths that lead from them can be followed. A good education should be a happy one, filled with positive memories (box-cart racing, productions, recitals, achievement, matches, friendship; not just tutoring and exam prep) and the chance to feel fulfilled, challenged and engaged. If this is achieved then the adults of the future will have been educated beyond the basics and have the transferable skills to cope with the everchanging workplace. If you are a parent and you are reading this, do pause for a moment and ask yourself: What do I want for my child? The Abbey & Queen’s House will be holding an Open Day on Saturday, April 28, 10am-12.30pm. For more information please visit:

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SCHOOLS / SPORT CHELMONDISTON C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL It seems that our weather has turned upside down! I am writing this article on Friday, March 2 after closing the school for three days due to the snow and the appalling road conditions that we have all had to endure. The television informs me that March 1 is the first day of spring! If the conditions outside are anything to go by we certainly have a long way to go until we get there! At Chelmondiston C of E Primary School we are committed to providing the children with as many opportunities as we can. Last time I wrote about the exciting time we had at the 02 with Young Voices. This time I wish to tell you all about the exciting after school clubs that we run. We have a full range of activities designed to meet the needs and interests of our children. On Mondays we run a French club. For a small charge the children are invited to participate in lessons with Madame Leblanc Moriniere who is a native French speaker. They gain both confidence and a lot of enjoyment from these sessions. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays we run a range of different sporting clubs in partnership with Education through Sports. The children have so far enjoyed football, netball and hockey. Again there is a small charge for these sessions, but the children thoroughly enjoy the opportunities that they are presented with. Also on a Tuesday evening the children have an opportunity to participate in a dance club and this is becoming increasingly well supported. On Thursdays we have had a number of different clubs. At the moment two groups of children are participating in skiing lessons at Suffolk Leisure Park. We have liaised with the park to make these lessons available to our children at a reduced cost. In the past we have also run a mad science club which involved the children taking part in wonderful experiments. We are going to run this club again after Easter. We have also run a film club where children made their own films with support from talented tutors and a band club where the children wrote and performed their own song. We also have a choir which runs in the autumn and spring and a running club in the autumn. I am always looking for other activities that our children can participate in. If you know of any other activities that you think the children could take part in I would be grateful if you would contact the school.

By the time this is printed all our craft should be ready for the season. Just as we were about to put two coats of antifouling on our larger craft they were covered with snow followed by days of rain! This meant all hands to the pumps to catch up. Our fleet is maintained by volunteer work parties who are a critical part of our operation, and additional volunteers are most welcome. Neptune Youth Groups The youth groups will commence in mid-April on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8.30pm for a 16-session course. Each group covers a different skill level and RYA applicable certificate. These are an excellent way to experience a wide range of tide and weather conditions. After completing a year in one of the groups there is a chance to progress to the next level. In addition to sailing skills these courses promote team building, communication skills and long term friendships. Apply now, minimum age 10 years. Check our website for deatails of all our courses and contact us if you would like to join our instructor or volunteer teams:

HOLBROOK BOWLS CLUB Holbrook Bowls Club will be opening their green for the 2018 season at the end of April with the usual informal open drive. We welcome anyone interested in joining the club to play in league or friendly games; we are especially short of lady bowlers! For further details and exact opening dates please ring Peter (780525), Ray (328755) or Rita (328257). For the benefit of newcomers to the village, the bowls club is situated in The Street, next to the village hall, with parking on the community car park.


Headteacher Sean Cornish

The new season is now looming for Shotley Rose Bowls Club and as the green dries out the players are beginning their preparations for another exciting and challenging season. Both the Monday and Wednesday teams have been promoted for the last two years so the forthcoming season will see contests against teams of a higher standard. For a bit of fun, and to celebrate the fact that it is Chinese Year of the Dog, the club held a competition for the best dressed dog. Chummy is seen here modelling her costume which won her a very creditable third prize. We recently enjoyed a talk by David Jillings about his voyage from Canada back to the UK with the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Following on from that, we are shortly to enjoy a talk on last year’s Fastnet Race. Intermingled with these sailing events, the club enjoyed a terrific Valentine’s night with a Chinese theme. Given the recent weather this week it seems hard to imagine but soon the sights and smells of boat preparation will be in evidence down at Pin Mill, and Good Friday will see the membership out in force to smarten up the club building ready for the sailing season. Watch this space for more action and entertainment: / Facebook: PMSCSocial

All Shotley’s players are up for the new challenges, but we would warmly welcome new players to join our small friendly club. If you are an experienced player looking to return to the game or have recently moved into our area, please get in touch. But we would especially welcome anybody of any age or ability to come down to the club and have a go at bowling. We run small interclub contests for all levels or just friendly afternoons to play games among friends. There are many experienced players who would love to give gentle coaching and encouragement. The new players are the future of the club so please come and join us. Shotley’s Samford League Monday games begin on April 30 at Hadleigh, with our first home game being May 14 at the Rose. The Wednesday team begin their campaign in the Triples League on May 2 away at Bredfield, with the first home game being on May 9 against the Ipswich and District team. Supporters are always welcome to cheer our teams on. So if you are interested in playing, supporting or just trying out bowling please contact the club via our secretary Andrew Coulson (01473 787358) or treasurer Norman Bugg (01473 787358). We look forward to seeing you. Simon Whitney


SPORT / ON THE GRAPEVINE EAST BERGHOLT UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB The 1st team had a very mixed February with one win, one loss and one draw. This leaves them in a low mid table position as the season moves to its conclusion. The Reserves had only two fixtures with one emphatic victory and one heavy defeat. Unfortunately, the defeat saw them exit the Travel Plus Tours Cup so they will not repeat the trophy success of last season. One win and two defeats mean the A Team’s efforts to maintain their League B status continue.

WALKERS IN SUFFOLK ASKED TO UNITE AGAINST PARKINSON’S Suffolk residents are being asked to unite with thousands of people across the UK and Walk for Parkinson’s at Glemham on Sunday, June 10.

UPCOMING FIXTURES 1st Team: Senior Division Sat, March 31: Capel Plough (A) Sat, April 7: Benhall St Mary (H) Sat, April 14: AFC Hoxne (A) Reserves: League A Sat, March 31: AFC Hoxne Res (A) Sat, April 7: Westerfield Utd Res (A) Sat, April 14: Framlingham Town Res (A) Sat, April 21: Wenhaston Utd Res (A) A Team: League B Sat, April 7: Trimley Athletic Res (H) Sat, April 21: Bacton United 89 Res (A) Fixtures are subject to change. Please refer to the fixtures website to confirm: It has been decided to put the race night on hold for the time being. We are always looking for people who can help the club as committee members, whether on the playing side or just in the background. If you would like to sponsor the club in some capacity we would also be delighted to hear from you. Club strips, dugouts, banners and boards on match days are all potential exposure for your business while supporting a local organisation. Steve Butcher:

DANCEEAST OFFER DANCE FOR PARKINSON’S & CARE TO DANCE? DanceEast offers a range of dance to health classes including those for participants with Parkinson’s and Dementia. Based on English National Ballet’s contemporary and classical repertoire, Dance for Parkinson’s classes provide a fun and informal way for participants to discover the themes, choreography and music of the ballets. Participants also have the special opportunity to attend exclusive behind-the-scenes events and see the company perform. This programme is proven to support people with Parkinson’s to develop confidence and strength, while temporarily relieving some participants of symptoms in everyday life. Classes are expressive, creative and promote feelings of freedom from the physical and social constraints of having Parkinson’s. Classes take place on Wednesday afternoons in term time. Booking is essential prior to attending Dance for Parkinson’s classes. Care to Dance? classes are designed for family carers and those they support in the early stages of Dementia to share the experience together. The classes create the opportunity to socialise with like-minded people, benefit from improved mental and physical wellbeing and most importantly have fun in a high quality, energising dance class. Dance for Parkinson’s: Wednesday, April 18 – Wednesday, July 4 (half term: Wednesday, May 30) Care to Dance?: Thursday, April 19 – Thursday, July 5 (half term: Thursday, May 31) DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich IP4 1DW Box Office: 01473 295230 /


The event will raise vital funds for the charity Parkinson’s UK, and is one of many walks taking place all over the UK throughout 2018. Two people are diagnosed with the condition every hour in the UK and Walk for Parkinson’s events aim to raise over £500,000 for research to step closer to a cure. There are longer and shorter distances to choose from, so whether you’re up for a challenging walk or a gentle stroll, there’s something for everyone. At Glemham Hall distances include a 1.5-mile, 3.5-mile and 5.5-mile walk to choose from. Last year, 180 people took part in the walk at Glemham Hall to raise £17,000 between them, and Parkinson’s UK hopes to raise even more this year. Sky Sports Presenter and Champion of Walking for Parkinson’s UK Dave Clark was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011. He is a keen walker himself and is encouraging people to get involved. He said: “We want to make 2018 our biggest year yet for the Walk for Parkinson’s series. I’d like to invite everyone, whatever their level of fitness, to take advantage of the many different types of walks, scenic routes and distances available. Exercise can be really beneficial to people living with Parkinson’s. It is as important to me as my medication in helping me take control and manage my symptoms. “So please join us at Walk for Parkinson’s at Glemham Hall. Every step takes us closer to a cure and our goal of improving the lives of everyone affected by Parkinson’s.” The registration fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s. Everyone who registers will receive a free Parkinson’s UK t-shirt, fundraising pack and at the end of the walk, a finisher’s medal. As the charity is hoping to raise over £500,000 from the 37 events it suggests walkers aim to raise at least £50. All the money raised from the event will fund research to help to find a cure and improve the lives of the 145,000 people in the UK living with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s UK is also looking for volunteers to help register people at the start/finish area, or to be a walk marshal at various points on the route during the day. To find out more, or to sign up to walk or volunteer at the event, call 02079 639367, email or visit:

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TWO RIVERS BENEFICE GOOD FRIDAY WALK We will walk from church to church, stopping at each church briefly for a time of prayer and use of facilities where available. You are welcome to join the rector for the full journey or just walk between one or two churches. You will need to provide your own transport back as this is not a circular walk. We will walk mostly on footpaths, though Stutton to Holbrook is mainly along the road. Dogs are welcome to come along too. All start times are approximate: Stutton 9.15am; Holbrook 9.45am; Woolverstone 10.45; Freston 11.15am (through Freston Woods which can be muddy) arriving Wherstead 11.50am. Saturday, March 31 10am: Holbrook Easter Egg Trail 9.30pm: Woolverstone, Candlelit Vigil SERVICES IN APRIL

Stour Valley Flower Club celebrates its 50th anniversary with lunch at The Ipswich Hotel, Copdock on Wednesday, May 2, followed by a demonstration by Jonathan Moseley. Jonathan has worked as a professional florist for over 25 years and has become renowned as one of the UK’s leading floral designers. He is a National Demonstrator and served for four years as the chairman of the National Demonstrators Committee for NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies) helping co-ordinate events via regular meetings in London. He is also a qualified National Adjudicator and Instructor for Floral Demonstrators. Tickets, which include a two-course lunch and Jonathan’s demonstration, are £23 for members and £25 for visitors who are very welcome to join us for this open meeting. For more details please contact Kathy Holes: 01206 390120

SHORELINE BENEFICE ST ANDREW’S, CHELMONDISTON April 1 9.15am Holy Communion April 8 9.15am Holy Communion April 10 10am Midweek Holy Communion April 15 9.15am Holy Communion April 22 9.30am Family Service April 29 9.15am Benefice Holy Communion ST MARY’S, ERWARTON For information on services visit: ST MARY’S, HARKSTEAD April 1 9.30am Holy Communion April 8 9.30am Morning Prayer April 15 9.30am Holy Communion April 22 10.45am At Shotley for Holy Communion April 29 9.15am Benefice Holy Communion at Chelmondiston ST MARY’S, SHOTLEY April 1 10.45am Family@ShotleyChurch April 8 10.45am Holy Communion April 15 10.45am Worship for All April 22 10.45am Holy Communion April 29 9.15am Benefice Holy Communion at Chelmondiston

ST PETER’S, STUTTON April 1 9.30am April 8 9.30am April 15 9.30am April 22 11am April 29 11am

Easter Sunday Holy Communion Holy Communion Holy Communion Informal Service Benefice Service in Wherstead

ALL SAINTS, HOLBROOK April 1 9.30am April 8 10am April 15 8am 10am April 22 9.30am April 29 11am

Easter Sunday Holy Communion Matins Holy Communion Informal Service Holy Communion Benefice Service in Wherstead

ST MARY’S, WHERSTEAD April 1 11am April 8 No Service April 15 No Service April 22 11am April 29 11am ST PETER’S, FRESTON April 1 11am April 8 No service April 15 11am April 22 No Service April 29 11am

Easter Sunday Holy Communion

Informal Service Benefice Service Easter Sunday Holy Communion Holy Communion Benefice Service in Wherstead

ST MICHAEL’S, WOOLVERSTONE April 1 11am Easter Holy Communion April 8 11am Worship the Woolverstone Way April 14 9am-12.30pm Monthly Market with Car Boot Sale April 15 11am Morning Prayers April 22 4pm Sung Evensong by Jubilate (see p15) April 29 11am Benefice Service in Wherstead

THE PENINSULA BAPTIST CHURCH Pin Mill Road, Chelmondiston IP9 1JE We invite you to join us on Sunday morning at 10.30am or Sunday evening at 6pm. FIND US, FIND COMMUNITY, FIND LIFE Contact Dave Kelland: 01473 788441 / 07970 312705

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


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CHURCH NEWS CHELMONDISTON & HOLBROOK METHODIST CHURCHES THE LORD IS RISEN Easter Day this year falls on April 1. It’s the day when Christians will proclaim “The Lord is Risen” and in congregations across the world people would respond “He’s risen indeed – hallelujah”. I could imagine a prankster in church might be tempted to say “April Fool”. Two thousand years ago (before the days of April fools jokes), people struggled to believe that Jesus, who was crucified, had been raised from the dead. His close friends didn’t expect it (although he had told them it would happen), and one of these friends (Thomas), who wasn’t there when Jesus appeared, refused to believe them for a whole week, until Jesus appeared specifically to Thomas (for this reason he is sometimes called doubting Thomas). In 1930, Frank Morison, a solicitor, planned to write a book that looked at the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. As he set out to write, his presumption was that the evidence was based on very insecure foundations. He was confident that he could present a case in court that would convince himself and a judge that Jesus was not raised. However, the evidence led him to the opposite conclusion and he wrote a very different book proving the veracity of the gospel accounts. Over 85 years later the book, Who Moved the Stone?, is still in print and available. During the Russian revolution in Petrograd (now St Petersburg again) a Communist leader addressed a rally, promoting communist propaganda and denigrating the Christian faith. At the end of the hour-long speech, there was no applause, but a single person shouted out “The Lord is Risen”, to which the vast majority at the rally responded in one voice “He’s risen indeed – hallelujah”. The 60-minute anti-Christian polemic was dismissed in eight words (in Russian, just four words): Христос воскрес! Воистину воскрес! Khristos voskres! Voistinu voskres! It’s no April Fool’s joke; Jesus truly is alive and I would love to introduce him to you. Rev Andrew Sankey, Minister at Chelmondiston & Holbrook Methodist Churches 8 Roundridge Road, Capel St Mary IP9 2UG / 01473 311178 / 07966 187216 AT CHELMONDISTON METHODIST Sunday 1 10.45am Easter Day Worship with Mrs Margaret Brock 6.15pm Worship with Rev Andrew Sankey Sunday 8 10.45am Worship with Prof David Welbourn 6.15pm Worship with Rev Michael Ayden Sunday 15 10.45am Worship with Rev Michael Allen 6.15pm Worship with Rev Andrew Sankey Sunday 22 10.45am Worship with Rev Yvonne Haye 6.15pm Worship with Rev Diane Smith Sunday 29 10.45am Worship and Communion with Rev Andrew Sankey 6.15pm Local Arrangement AT HOLBROOK METHODIST (HCT Holbrook Churches Together) Tea and Chat (HCT): Mondays, 2.30-4pm Home Groups: First and third Tuesdays at 7.30pm and Thursdays at 2pm (ring for venue) Sunday 1 Saturday 7 Sunday 8 Sunday 15 Sunday 22 Friday 27 Sunday 29

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Easter Day Communion Rev Ian Gardner Coffee Morning Worship with Mr Brian Clow Family Friendly Worship with Mrs Alyson Ellis Worship with Mr Chris Finbow Messy Church (HCT) Worship with Mrs Carole Almond Something Different

Please see the noticeboard on the front of the chapel for all events in November. For more information about Messy Church, Tiddlers and Family Live (HCT) contact Alicia Holmes: / 01473 658478




Parish Priest: Father Christopher Smith 01473 684963 / 180 Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich IP2 0QQ We are part of St Mark’s RC Parish, Ipswich. For up-to-date information please visit: SERVICES FOR APRIL 2018 Sunday 1 9am

Easter Sunday Mass

Tuesday 3 9.30am 10am

Morning Prayer Mass

Sunday 8 9am

Second Sunday of Easter Mass

Tuesday 10    9.20am 10am

Eucharistic Adoration Mass

Sunday 15 9am

Third Sunday of Easter Mass

Tuesday 17 9.30am           10am             

Morning Prayer Mass

Sunday 22 9am

Forth Sunday of Easter Mass

Tuesday 24 9.30am 10am

Morning Prayer Mass

Sunday 29 9am

Fifth Sunday of Easter Mass

The weekly newsletter, with weekly mass times, is always displayed in the cabinet alongside the front door of the church. Catholic Commentary The family as constituting the basic building block of civil society is an important and special teaching of Catholicism. In the past there have been ideologies intent on destroying the family and in our own time there are new ideologies that undermine the family unit: man-womanchildren. It is strange that we are so aware of the natural environment


and the urgent need to protect it, yet seem happy to allow families to disintegrate or be undermined by new norms. Pope Francis in his keynote document, Laudato Si’ (On the Care of our Common Home) called for an integral ecology – environmental, economic and social – and the late Pope, St John Paul II, often said “the future of humanity passes by way of the family”. The Sister Act musical recently performed at Brantham Village Hall was expertly staged and brilliantly performed by BATS and anybody remotely familiar with Catholics and convent life would have had a good few laughs. The storyline may even have been based on true life events. Readers may also have seen and enjoyed the Channel 5 series in October called Bad Habits, Holy Orders about nuns and their ‘party girl’ guests in the Swaffham convent. A link with Sister Act perhaps? Events & Diary Date The 100 Club draw took place on Sunday, March 18 when three lucky winners shared a record £151 prize pot. The next draw takes place on Sunday, April 15 at St Mark’s. The club, set up to support the life and mission of our parish, has grown from strength to strength since its launch. New members are always very welcome and the newsletter, that includes an application form, can be found at the rear of the church or at: Every last Thursday of the month a Bring & Buy Coffee Morning takes place at Viv and Wyn’s home, Paddock Gate, Whitehorse Road, East Bergholt CO7 6TR from 10.30am to noon. We are raising funds for church maintenance and all are very welcome to join us. The next coffee morning is on Thursday, April 26.  Supporting our local hospice All parishioners are asked to collect used postage stamps, all year, not just at Christmas, and place them in the box at the rear of the church to help support the outstanding work of our local hospice. Catholic Chaplain at Ipswich Hospital Father Adrian Gates is the Catholic Chaplain at Ipswich Hospital. Please contact him (01473 726701) if you or a Catholic is in or due to go into hospital and requires his services. All are very welcome at Holy Family, Brantham All are very welcome to attend Holy Family services, it is not necessary to be a Catholic and enquiries about the Catholic faith are always welcome. Please contact the presbytery, as above, or a local person whom you know is a Catholic.

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