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Do you know what a non-Newtonian fluid is? My eight-year-old son has just explained it to me, and even demonstrated it using cornflour and water. In case you are interested, a non-Newtonian fluid is one which changes under stress. It may become thicker and act like a solid (as Jack’s cornflour concoction did) or get more liquid (as ketchup does when you shake the bottle). Remove the stress and they will return to their earlier state. I think most of us are non-Newtonian beings. Most of the time we’re relatively reasonable! We deal with life’s typical trials and tribulations without too much fuss. We know how to manage our moods, we recognise our triggers and we manage them. We may even have a release value we engage when it all becomes too much. I rely on Leonard Cohen and chocolate, perhaps it’s jogging or maybe baking. Leonard had to work overtime yesterday! I take a cross country route to and from work and we all know how bendy our Suffolk roads are. As I approached a side road, I was overtaken by a car which came within a hair’s breadth of hitting an oncoming van head-on. I was forced to break hard to make space for the driver to pull back in (I’m still trying to find half the contents of my handbag). Thankfully the driver behind me had enough space to do the same. Two miles further along, the same car overtook two others in a 30mhp zone and again just missed an oncoming vehicle. Despite the driver’s haste I caught up with him again a few miles on and this time he pulled out at a junction and forced yet another shaken driver to slam on their brakes. The driver was on my mind all evening. I hope he made it home safely, but if he carries on driving like this I dread to think what might happen. Now the weather has improved there are more cyclists, runners and even horses on the roads, and more children playing outdoors. Please, please bear this in mind when you drive on our twisty roads and take extra care around blind bends. As yesterday’s example shows, the time savings for speeding are pretty minimal. The risks don’t bear thinking about.
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DO YOU LOVE TALKING ABOUT SPORT? The weekly library in Shotley has teamed up with the Sporting Memories Network to host a monthly Sporting Memories reminiscence group in Shotley. Sporting Memories groups offer anyone over the age of 50 the chance to revisit memories and share stories of taking part in or witnessing sporting events and make new friends. There will also be the opportunity to handle superb sporting images and memorabilia from local and national collections, talk about any kind of sport, from football to speedway, cricket to athletics and beyond. Activities over the coming months will include sport-themed games, quizzes and other gentle activities. The group launched at Shotley Village Hall on Monday, May 14 and will meet once a month on June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12 and December 10. Please pass details of the group onto anyone who might be interested. More information about the library at Shotley Village Hall every Monday can be found at: www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/libraries/shotley For more about Sporting Memories visit: www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/events-activities/sporting-memories/
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO CHECK DEFIBRILLATORS There are two defibrillators in Chelmondiston, one outside the village hall and the other near the gate at the entrance to Pin Mill Sailing Club. Chelmondiston Parish Council is looking for volunteers to occasionally check the defibrillators and to report any issues or concerns. If you’d like to help maintain this vital piece of life-saving equipment please contact the parish council clerk Jill Davis: 01473 780159 / firstname.lastname@example.org Chelmondiston Parish Council awarded book tokens to the winners, runnersup and highly commended Chelmondiston Primary School students who had entered the recent defibrillator competition. The awards were presented by Councillor Rosie Kirkup at the school’s assembly on Friday, May 4. The two winning posters will be copied and put in the village to let the public know where the defibrillators are located. All the entries are to be displayed at the Annual Parish Meeting on May 22 in the village hall.
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NEWS CELEBRATION OF QUILTS A huge thank-you to everyone who supported the Celebration of Quilts and Needlecrafts at Harkstead Church in April. There were 130 quilts on display, not only from the Shotley Peninsula, but also the Ipswich and Felixstowe area and beyond, as well as embroidery, crochet and knitwear. With not an inch of spare space, the church was ablaze with colour. We are indebted to the quilters and other craftspeople whose beautiful work prompted much amazement, interest and praise from visitors. Many more people gave unstinting time and energy to organise and mount the show, provide refreshments and staff the exhibition: to them also our sincere gratitude. The PCC and Harkstead Church Heritage shared the magnificent proceeds of £2,150 which will go towards funding major restoration work in the church.
CLASSIC CAR & MOTORCYCLE EVENT Friends of Woolverstone are to have their first ever Classic Car and Motorcycle Event on the Church Field, Marina Road, Woolverstone (sat Nav IP9 1DQ) on Thursday, July 12 from noon. This is a beautiful location set in parkland and close to the marina and it offers good access and hard standing. Members of the Eastern Counties Motor and Motorcycle Clubs have been invited and it is hoped that there will be a good response to the invitation. On the day refreshments will be offered in the village hall and in the dairy at the Dairy House on the edge of Church Field, where helpers will be pleased to offer you refreshments including delicious cakes and savouries. A beer tent and barbecue will also be available on the field.
With the recent heavy rain followed by glorious sunshine in May, weeds and brambles are sprouting up in all of our precious open spaces. We have been out and about doing what we can although please be aware that brambles often overhang at face height and can be a nasty hazard along narrow footpaths. Whenever we have a volunteer work party cutting and strimming we always do a risk assessment to ensure that we are not going to disturb birds’ nests or wildlife habitat – even in the garden it’s as well to check beforehand. Our latest working party saw the walk between Tudor Close and Shotley Main Road cut back to provide a safer place to walk; rule of thumb is wide enough for a parent and child to walk side by side and wide enough for a wheelchair. Suffolk Walking Festival is almost at an end, and judging by the numbers of pre-booked places on the Shotley Peninsula walks it will yet again have been a great success. The six-mile Arthur Ransome Walking Trail from Pin Mill to Shotley continues to be an attraction whatever the occasion. This month’s Health Walk is on Wednesday, June 20, starting from the Bristol Arms at 11am. Please join us on this lovely stroll around the wet end of Shotley; you will be most welcome. If you want to see what a lovely place Shotley is to enjoy a walk, you’ll find loads of photos and descriptions of the areas to be enjoyed at: www.shotleyopenspaces.co.uk Enjoy the summertime, stay safe around the rivers and if you wish to be included on the growing Shotley Open Spaces email list, please contact Geraint Pugh (email@example.com), Gary Richens (gary.richens.583@ btinternet.com) or Tony Lawford-Randall (firstname.lastname@example.org). Gary Richens
A treasure hunt has also been organised with a prize of dinner for two at the fabulous Red Lion in Chelmondiston. Ipswich High school, who have generously agreed that Church Field can be used for this event, have also agreed that photographs can be taken of vintage cars in front of beautiful Woolverstone Hall and they would be pleased to receive any copies of photographs taken to commemorate the day. Please bring your preferably manufactured before 1972 vehicle to display for everyone to see and admire. Or just bring your friends and family for a wonderful afternoon. There is no cost to display your vehicle, but donations will be asked for to cover our costs and for our village. If you have a car that you would like to bring please contact j_s_young@ icloud.com or just turn up on the day.
CHELMONDISTON PARISH COUNCIL WI-FI has been installed at the village hall. The tennis courts on the playing field have now been treated and are ready to use. A grant of £6,500 has now reached the next stage of the approval process. This grant if awarded would be funding from VIRIDOR and will be used to purchase equipment for the outdoor gym on the Playing Field. The parish council was informed of the resignation of Councillor Rosie Kirkup. Councillor Kirkup has served the community for over 16 years. The chairman, Councillor David Cordle took the opportunity to thank her for all her support and hard work and expressed his sorrow that she was leaving. The parish council echoed his comments.
I recently found that some local people who knew my late wife Marlene McColl had not heard that she died on 30th January 2018. May I use your publication to say that, aged 81, she died peacefully at home surrounded by her close family. We have lived in the same house in Shotley since 1968 and Marlene was a member of the Women’s Institute for many years. Some may remember when years ago she frequently did tupperware parties in local homes. Before we married in 1961 Marlene was an assistant Cub mistress with the 1st Hadleigh Group. After we moved to Shotley she was a firm supporter of the 1st Shotley Cubs and Scouts. As often happens, a lot of support work is done in the background and is not seen. One memory is of the very last HMS Ganges’ Parent’s Open Day. A very successful Cubs’ tea-stall was set up on the roadside at the bottom of Bristol Hill and with others making cakes and sandwiches, Marlene was all day long making scones to keep the stall supplied. That was in the days when I was the first chair of the 1st Shotley Group Council and we were raising funds and building the Group HQ at the rear of the old village hall; as well as other jobs Marlene did a lot of work in producing and distributing the Ggroup newsletter. For over a decade Marlene bravely fought a rare blood disease. We were, and I am eternally greatful to all blood donors whose donations helped her over a long and very serious time until she made her own blood again. Chemotherapy cured a subsequent lymphoma cancer, but it left her very weak and her blood disease returned, which sadly led to her death.
The recycling hours were confirmed: Bank Holiday Mondays, 9am-noon / Wednesday 9am-noon / Saturday 9am-noon
Friends and relatives have made substantial donations in the hope of providing a Memorial Seat and we hope that a suitable location can be found that would be of benefit to people in Shotley.
The next parish council meetings are on June 5 and July 3 at 7.30pm in the village hall.
Yours sincerely, Ian McColl
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NEWS JAMES CARTLIDGE, MP SOUTH SUFFOLK
HOLBROOK AND SHOTLEY SURGERY
This November our nation will mark 100 since the end of the First World War. It was a terrible, industrial-scale conflict which saw chemical weapons deployed at scale for the first time. Around 1.3 million soldiers were killed or wounded by chemical attacks. We said then that it would be the ‘war to end all wars’; we certainly hoped never again to see our troops blindfolded and shuffling along with their arm on the shoulder of a comrade in front following blinding from chemical attack.
Training Days Our next training afternoon is Thursday, June 28. The practice will be open for patients to come in to collect/drop off prescriptions and book appointments/ make enquiries at reception. However, there will be no clinical staff on site and our telephone lines will be switched over to the out of hours’ service on these afternoons to allow staff training. Please ring 111 for advice if your query cannot wait until the following day. In an emergency, dial 999.
And yet, that same terrible technology of chemical warfare used against our troops in the trenches a century ago, was recently deployed in Douma, Syria. The force responsible for the attack struck innocent civilians, leaving up to 75 people dead, including children and toddlers. It now seems irrefutable that the Syrian Government was responsible for deploying those weapons to murder, traumatise and disfigure the very same civilian population which it is their responsibility – like any civilised government – to defend.
Car Parks Please take care when entering and exiting our car parks as we have had a few incidents reported where cars have been driving too fast. We have also had a couple of reports of cars being damaged, but no details have been given to reception. Cars parked in the surgery car parks are done so at the owner’s risk.
In response, having reviewed the extensive evidence base, the Prime Minister committed the Royal Air Force to a limited series of targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian Regime’s chemical weapons capability. This action was taken in a co-ordinated response with our allies in the United States and France, and has been heralded as a successful action by national leaders from countries across the globe, including Germany, Canada and Australia. I believe that tyrants prepared to gas their own civilians cannot be allowed to conclude that it is a legitimate action. Committing to the use of force is a true last resort, a step no government ever wants to take. But what were the options? Diplomacy is always preferable, but Russia can veto any meaningful measures at the UN. Doing nothing would have meant more deaths, more chemical attacks and more terrible suffering. We therefore committed to a proportionate, targeted air raid that undermined Syria’s chemical warfare machine without any reported casualties. It was a difficult decision, but I believe Britain did the right thing in seeking to check the terror that is chemical warfare. I hold regular advice surgeries offering help and support to local people. Please see page 11 for my contact details.
WADE WINDOWS CELEBRATE 30 YEARS IN BUSINESS Wade Windows Ltd are one of the longest family-run double glazing companies in the local area and are proud to be celebrating their 30th year in business. Established in 1988 by Maurice and Sue Wade, the business has grown to be more and more successful over the years. Maurice and Sue have retired themselves over the past few years, but Wade Windows continues to thrive and grow, being run on a daily basis by director Nathan Wade. Determined to keep up with the growing trends, they can offer the following: conservatories, garden rooms, orangeries, warm roof, windows, doors, roofline… the list goes on! And all these in UPVC, aluminium and wood with a choice of many different colour options. Most of all, Wade Windows pride themselves on being a friendly family-run firm with good customer service. With two fitting teams with many years’ experience between them, they thrive on customer satisfaction. By having two fitting teams Wade Windows are able to keep up with customer demand while keeping a personal touch, something which separates them from their rivals. Wade Windows have a newly refurbished showroom at The Barn, Lower Farm Park, Norwich Road, Barham IP6 0NU and welcome anyone who would like to pop down for look around. The showroom is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and weekend appointments are available by arrangement. If you would like a free, no obligation quotation with no hard sale then Nathan will be more than happy to help. Contact: 01473 832835 / email@example.com www.wadewindows.co.uk
Changes to long term condition checks We have made some changes to the way we monitor your long-term conditions. All checks will now be annual including those for diabetics. For patients with diabetes we will call you in to see the nurse once a year and after your appointment you will be phoned by our Diabetes Nurse Specialist with the results of your blood test to discuss and changes to your treatment plan. You will then be advised when your next blood tests will be due (normally after six months) and you will just need to attend for the blood test. Again the Diabetes Nurse Specialist will telephone you with your treatment plan. Medication Reviews Our clinicians are legally obliged to monitor your medications on a regular basis. For patients on four or more medications this is every six months, for those on less than four medications, this is annually. If your health and medication is not monitored we are not able to prescribe this safely to you so please help us to help you and book your appointment when asked to. You may need to have a long-term condition check with the nurse, as above, but many of the medication checks we can do by telephone. Please check with reception to see what is needed. Pneumococcal and Shingles Vaccinations We are now able to give these vaccinations throughout the year instead of just during our flu season. The pneumococcal vaccination is offered routinely to patients aged 65 and over and only one vaccination is given for life. You will need to decline this each year if you do not wish to have it. The shingles vaccination is offered routinely to patients aged 70 and over and again this is only needed once. Both vaccinations greatly reduce the effects of these illnesses, which can be incredibly serious and painful. We will contact you the month after your 65th or 70th birthday, as appropriate, so please look out for your letter and book your appointment with reception. Practice Manager Julia Smith
SHOTLEY PENINSULA GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEMES A HELPING HAND WHEN NEEDED The Shotley Peninsula Good Neighbour Schemes are an important support network in our villages. They are run by volunteers under the umbrella of Community Action Suffolk. They can be contacted for assistance over a range of activities, including shopping, pet care, trips to hospitals and surgeries and collecting prescriptions. We are supported by parish councils and voluntary donations. All volunteers have been DBS and reference checked and are simply people in the community who don’t mind being asked for a helping hand. The contact phone is held by a rota of volunteers who ask volunteers in turn if they are free to help with a particular task. It is for all to use – all of us at some point are glad to be able to call on a neighbour for help. Please contact the Good Neighbour Scheme for your village: Chelmondiston and Pin Mill: 780408 Harkstead and Lower Holbrook: 328326 Shotley and Erwarton: 07799 873881 Stutton Support Network: 327753 Tattingstone: 07895 052086
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NEWS / OUT & ABOUT REPORT TO PARISHES, ALTON WARD Babergh District Councillor Alastair McCraw TAKING STOCK In the years I spent in retail, every six months we’d do a stocktake. This was just to make sure we still had what we should that we hadn’t sold. We also kept an eye on every one of the figures, not just annually but monthly. Being sensible, we used our eyes daily though! Local government is a bit slower than that. To be fair, there’s a different degree of complexity. So, the figures are monitored daily, but the reports might be quarterly. The ‘stocktake’ is an annual process we all tend to take at some point. We measure the changes in our lives. Each of your parishes will hold an Annual Parish Meeting (to inform you) and an Annual Council Meeting (to deal with appointments under the law). Babergh do the same thing. As I write we’re about to have our Annual Council Meeting. We’ll change some political responsibilities, we’ll move some committee members about and the rest of the stuff we need to do. More importantly, we’ll be mentally reviewing what happened last year and what will happen next. Some of that will be looking at end of year reports, but a lot should be about what the council did wrong, what it could do better and how to make it happen. The elephant in the room, that very few people are going to mention, is that this will be the last year of this elected council before the May 2019 elections. Some of us, if not all, are going to be judged. Some of us will be found wanting. Babergh was not the council I expected when elected. It’s changed since. To my mind this has not obviously been for the better, but I must deal with things as they are, not as I would like them to be. In this year, the administration (in a much weaker position) might pay more attention to some important points about explaining the councils’ actions better, about communicating to provide some understanding and about listening to what the people in parishes and towns have been saying for years. I recently learnt that we have a Statement of Community Engagement in Planning Matters. This was because it needed to be revised. Nearly every member didn’t even know it existed! Why does that matter? Well for a start, it’s a pretty fair summary of how the planning system is supposed to operate. It describes the stages, the responsibilities, Neighbourhood Plans, the bits you can expect and some you can’t. If the councillors don’t know about this ‘Statement of Community Involvement’, I’m pretty sure you don’t. What does it state in the title? ‘Community Involvement’! We should have had that document (to help you) in front of us as soon as we were elected. It would have made all our lives a little easier, instead of having to learn step by laborious step. This isn’t a deliberate action by the council though. It’s just a failure to think things through. All councils seem to be in their own local government bubble in these matters. I guess that’s where we come in, but we must hear about it first! You’re going to have a chance to see the statement soon as it goes out for consultation shortly. If you’ve ever had any questions as to ‘WHY’ in planning, this might help. As ever, I’m around on the blue Claud Butler bike. The rusty chain broke a couple of times under the weight of papers on my back, but it’s fixed now (thanks to the Bike Doctor!). I can always be contacted as below. Alastair McCraw 07812 564188 / email@example.com Facebook: Alton, Alastair McCraw & Harriet Steer (a joint open group)
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BINGO EVENING WITH RAFFLE Saturday, June 2, 7 for 7.30pm Shotley Village Hall FLOWER FESTIVAL St Mary’s Church, Shotley Saturday, June 30: 10am-5pm including hot dogs and bacon butties Sunday, July 1: 11am onwards including ploughmans’ lunches FAMILY@CHURCH Service at 4pm Stalls, refreshments, draw and more
IPSWICH HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER FETE If you are looking for something to do on a sunny summer afternoon then Ipswich High School’s summer fete may be for you. This annual event is being held in the beautiful grounds of Woolverstone Hall on Saturday, June 2. The fete is open to all and admission is free. This year the school is celebrating being at Woolverstone Hall for 25 years. The organisers are promising that the fete will feature lots of fun, food and entertainment. A variety of local craft stalls attend and their wares will appeal to the whole family. The afternoon includes amongst many things a barbecue, Pimms tent, fairground rides, bouncy castle, rugged racers, archery, face painting, ice cream, and pony rides. There will also be some entertainment performed by the pupils, sporting displays, a tombola and Ipswich car dealership Marshall Kia will also be showing off their latest models. The fete takes place between noon and 3pm and is organised by the Ipswich High School Association, the PTA of Ipswich High School. Erica Bryan, who is helping to organise the event, said: “We’ve built on the success of previous years and just added a few additions which we hope will appeal to all ages. We would really love our friends on the peninsula to come along and join in the summer fun. Woolverstone Hall is a stunning location and the fete gives the peninsula the chance to come and enjoy the hall and the truly wonderful landscape.” Visitors can expect to have a fun-packed afternoon with a chance to win some exciting prizes in the grand raffle. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Facebook Ipswich High School Association.
ST MICHAEL’S MONTHLY MARKET The next market at St Michael’s, The Church on the Park, Woolverstone is on Saturday, June 9, 9am-12.30pm. The theme this month is Flowers so come and see our mini-flower festival, as well as your favourite market stalls: fruit, vegetables, cakes, bread, meat and an interesting range of handcrafted items. 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
OUT & ABOUT MIDSUMMER MUSIC AT HARKSTEAD CHURCH
OLYMPIA HORSE SHOW Friday, December 21
Sunday, June 10 at 3pm The Wind in The Willows clarinet quintet will be playing an hour of familiar pieces of music in the lovely setting of Harkstead Church. There will be something for everyone – a rousing march, some joyful Boyce, Elgar’s musical wooing of his future wife, tangos with attitude, swinging Gershwin and a hint of Frank Sinatra. Scrumptious refreshments are included in the ticket price of £6. All money raised will be used to fund necessary repairs to the organ.
Departing at 9am from The Red Lion Chelmondiston. Other pick-up points to be arranged. Come and enjoy a full afternoon program. There is also shopping at the various trade stands. Departing when the afternoon finishes.
ARE YOU IN? NO? JOIN US NOW! The chance to win a cash prize and support fundraising to maintain our churchyard at St Andrew’s Church, Chelmondiston. Only £12 for the year Further details from Fiona Wylie, 13 Woodlands, Chelmondiston 01473 780965
Price £65 inclusive of ticket and coach travel. Please contact Shirley on 01473 780084 for booking with payment by June 5.
FRIENDS OF ALL SAINTS, HOLBROOK The Friends of All Saints Holbrook present an evening of cool jazz, Latin, bossa nova and soul with Phoenix on Friday, June 8 at 7.30pm at All Saints Church, Church Hill (B1080), Holbrook IP9 2PQ. There will be light refreshments, a raffle and pay bar. Tickets are £8. Book ahead – 01473 328814 / 328940 / 327379 – or get tickets from Woody’s Butchers in Holbrook or at the door.
UBI CARITAS ET AMOR Join us at St Michaels Church, Woolverstone on Sunday, June 24 for an afternoon of music, reflection, silence, good food and good company.
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We gather at 2.45pm for a 3pm workshop to look at and learn the music for the Taize Style Service. Break and high tea at 4pm, service at 4.30pm, all away by 5.15pm.
e have had some excellent meetings during the last few W months. April was especially memorable due to having shepherdess Sheila Innes as our speaker. Sheila came with much equipment and three lambs. We thoroughly enjoyed feeding and cuddling them. Surprisingly, at only days old they all had different personalities.
‘Ubi caritas et amor’ means ‘where charity and love are’ and we will be reflecting on the theme of abounding love in our communities. Please just come along to any or all of the afternoon. For more information contact: email@example.com
CHELMONDISTON SOCIAL CLUB We are looking forward to an afternoon out at Dunwich, leaving Chelmondiston at noon for a fish and chip lunch on Thursday, July 19. The coach trip including lunch (fish and chips and pud) is £22. When we are not going on a trip we meet every Thursday afternoon from 2-4pm. Come along enjoy a chat and tea and cake. Mike and Michele Rutherford: 01473 780718
On Thursday, May 17 we had the task of deciding which resolution our WI felt should be sent to parliament. There had already been a broad agreement that mental health awareness could be improved. John Neal from the charity MIND attended our meeting to broaden our understanding of mental health issues. His talk demonstrated the way we all have needs which need to be met in order to achieve both physical and mental health. Apart from food and shelter, these included the need to be valued for our achievements and to make connections with other people. There were many more. His talk was fascinating and I suspect many of us left the meeting with a better understanding of what constitutes mental health and how it can be achieved. The resolution to go before parliament was passed unanimously.
CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL CHORISTERS
Our meeting on June 21 will celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a performance by Martha Loader. All are welcome. If you would like to come just turn up at Tattingstone Village Hall at 7.30pm or telephone Tamzin (328670), Jane (327865) or Annette (328499).
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.
SHOTLEY WHIST DRIVE
For more information and to secure your tickets contact Chris Hodgkinson: 07764 285928 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Our whist afternoons this month as on Thursdays 14 and 28, and then on July 12, all 1.50-4pm.
All proceeds to St Michaels Church Woolverstone and the Choir House Choristers Social Fund.
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OUT & ABOUT SHOTLEY SOCIAL CLUB (OVER 60S)
SHOTLEY CHURCH HERITAGE 700 CLUB
On Wednesday, May 2 we went to Aldeburgh for a while, then on to Dunwich for fish and chips. The weather could have been better, but everyone enjoyed themselves. We took 42 people and apart from the weather, it was very good.
April draw winners 1: Mr R Cross (121) / £25 2: Mr M Watts (080) / £20 3: Mrs G Edwards (143) / £15 4: Mrs C Cushing (141) / £8 5: Ms E Fleming (012) / £7
Our next outing is on Saturday, June 23 to Ely Cathedral Flower Festival. The cost of this outing is £25. We only have a few tickets left so if anyone else would like to join us, you would be very welcome. This month’s meetings are on Thursdays 7 and 21, both 1.50-4pm. I have been asked to write what we do for the afternoon. We pay £2 for the tea draw and one lucky member wins £5. Then we pay £1 for the special draw and for bingo you pay what you wish for two, three or four books. At half-time we have refreshments. When it’s somebody’s birthday, we buy them a present and enjoy juice, wine and sherry with birthday cake. After refreshments we play dominoes and whist; there is always someone to help if needed.
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 ANNUAL TRIP TO THURSFORD Please note that this year’s trip to Thursford is on Sunday, November 25, a week later than usual. To book contact Norman. Cost details will be provided later. Our next auction is on September 15 so start getting your lots ready!
We do have a few places so if anyone would like to give us a look please do so. Lifts are available if needed. Contact Norman and Eileen: 01473 787358
1ST SAMFORD VALLEY SCOUT GROUP
It’s a busy term and the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are all making the most of the lighter evenings by getting out and about on the peninsula and beyond.
In April we made beautiful felt poppies for the cascade of poppies sculpture planned for Ipswich waterfront this November. There was also a discussion about mental health and well-being which resulted in us deciding to raise funds for a box of picture books to help our primary school support children dealing with bereavement, divorce and other situations in their family. We are thrilled to say that this money was donated on the night and we were able to present the box to a member of staff from the school at our meeting in May. In April we were enthralled by tales of police work and spying in South Africa and Zimbabwe and educated about keeping safe by an amazing octogenarian who interspersed her anecdotes with humour and demonstrations of how to deal with a would-be assailant with the help of her ‘fall guy’ husband! What a memorable evening! On June 12 we look forward to an evening learning how to crotchet with Sally Dunn. Hopefully we will have made some artistic knots in wool by the end of the evening rather than ending up with a tangle of colour. All materials are provided and there will also be an opportunity to buy some of her varied items to support medical work in Myanmar. If you want to know how to carry out basic maintenance on a car, join us at Corner Garage, Shotley, where the proprietors are kindly hosting our meeting on July 10.
The Beavers are doing their Community Impact badge, including helping out at the jumble sale held in May. They are spending lots of time outside and are really looking forward to all the great activities at the district camp in June. Well done to the Cubs who gained their Air Activities badge during a great day out at the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum near Bungay. They took part in lots of different activities and we were proud that the museum staff praised our cubs for their good behaviour and politeness. The Cubs have also been down to Holbrook Creek. After a full day of rain the cubs were tasked with lighting a fire and keeping it alight for 30 minutes. Four fires were lit, and all stayed alight. The Cubs also ensured that all fires were extinguished and signs of them ever being there were removed; thus the beach was left as we found it. We have spaces for new Cubs, so if you know a girl or boy aged eight to 10 who would like to join in the fun, please contact Jed Stone at matregs@ hotmail.com. We meet on Wednesdays from 6.30-8pm at Stutton Primary School, or at outdoor locations on the peninsula. Finally, many thanks to all those who donated and bought at our jumble sale at Holbrook Village Hall, which raised vital funds to keep our Scout Group running and thriving.
Don’t miss your opportunity to buy our recipe book of members’ favourite dishes, both sweet and savoury; not to be missed! These are on sale in Orwell Stores and Hollingsworth’s. Why don’t you come along and give us a try for free as a visitor? 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!
CRAFTERS UNLIMITED A craft club which meets on the first Monday of the month (except for bank holidays when it’s the following Monday). Saturday workshops (10am4pm) and Monday meetings (7.30-10pm) are held in Wherstead Village Hall Meeting Rooms. Monday, June 6: Pinch Pot with Air Dying Clay with Henry with Debbie Monday, July 2: Spray Painting with Debbie and Joshua Samples of each project are displayed the month before and other projects are available.
STUTTON C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL STUTTON FEST! Saturday, July 7, 2-4pm Live music, tombola, raffle, lucky dip, cream teas, tug of war, hair and face painting, Pimms and beer tent, children’s stalls, bouncy castle … We look forward to seeing you there!
Contacts: Ann 01473 780298 / Jill 01473 713534
OUT & ABOUT SHOTLEY AND ERWARTON WI It’s a strange fact that of 200 crop circles occurring round the world each year, 60 of them happen in the UK, many in the Vale of Pewsey – the area between Stonehenge, Salisbury, Devizes and Avebury. This was the subject for our speaker, Geo Fradgley, at our April meeting. Geo told us that they can happen in all types of crops, including rape, and even appear in snow. If it happens in green crops the plants will attempt to recover. It’s no coincidence that many holy structures were built near this area and that cheap gemstones are left as offerings in the circles. Wendy Sadler thanked the speaker and compared Allana’s crocheting to the circles, which raised a laugh as it is equally weird and wonderful. Our next meeting is on June 20 when Tim Crosbie will show us around Shotley Church and share its history. Should you like to join us contact Jo Lee: 01473 787311
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
SHOTLEY 1ST SCOUT GROUP The Beavers have been putting up tents for a mock camp as they will be attending their own sleepover camp in July. They have also been making lovely new homes; mini beast bug hotels. The Cubs have just got back from their first camp of the season, and what a camp! It took place over the May Bank Holiday and what great weather they had. The Cubs had a go at raft building, but I heard that many of the Cubs ended up in the water as their rafts drifted apart. There’s a good reason to learn your knots! They also went in the 3D maze and played on the adventure run. For most of the Cubs this was the first time away from home and I think they handled it wonderfully. The Scouts have also been on camp and their activities included the climbing tower (rather them than me!), abseiling, 3D maze and the adventure run. The Scouts were not blessed with good weather, but they enjoyed it anyway. All this talk about camp has put me in the mood for another camp recipe, this time Smores. Take two chocolate digestives, one marshmallow, a wooden stick or skewer and a camp fire. Place the marshmallow on a soaked stick or skewer and place just in the flame for a few seconds then place the melted marshmallow between the two biscuits and squeeze together. Be careful now – the marshmallow will be hot. Enjoy!
We are always in need of volunteer drivers to assist us with our monthly social event. If interested please contact Barbara McDonald: 01473 328907
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SHOTLEY PENINSULA BRANCH
In a talk entitled Pray Silence For? at our April meeting, Brian Russell recounted some notable events in his role as Master of Ceremonies at special events and dinners.
The May meeting was a Deanery meeting at East Bergholt on Thursday, May 10. The Rev Rosalind Paul from Reydon planned and conducted the service and gave a most interesting sermon, leaving us with an easy task. It being Ascension Day she commented that during the next 10 days to Pentecost we could think of five people who need God’s love and to pray for them! A delightful tea was available following the service allowing time to meet and chat with other MU members within the Deanery.
There was a late change to the programme for our May meeting when the intended speaker was unable to attend due to poor health. Our thanks to club member Mike Castle who stood in with a talk on a trip he made to Nepal. Our new season of talks will commence on June 13 with More Stories from the Bury Tower. Future talks will include Nature through the Seasons, Special Music Box Eggs on Display, Collecting Hobbies – Or Obsession, Fused Glass Demonstrations & Sales, Remnants of War, Life as a Tudor Housekeeper, Acorn Village – History to Present Day, The Mystery of Going Underground, My Life as a Live Drawing Cartoonist Comedy Impressionist and Life as a Thames Waterman/Lighterman. 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
This month’s meeting is on Wednesday, June 4 at 2pm in St Andrew’s Church Room. Our speaker is Deborah Johnson from Lighthouse Women’s Aid and her talk is about supporting women and children affected by domestic abuse. Our meetings are open to friends and visitors. Tea and cakes are available following the meeting allowing time to meet and chat with each other. A welcome awaits you; we look forward to seeing you on June 4. Further details from Christine (780621), Pam (780796) or Thelma (787660).
CHELMONDISTON & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY We are off on a trip on June 27, destination The Old Vicarage, East Ruston. If you don’t know it, have a look at their website. It comes with a strong recommendation.
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION – HOLBROOK & DISTRICT BRANCH Our annual Armed Forces Day Tea will take place at Holbrook Village Hall in The Street on Saturday, June 30, starting at 2.30pm. By popular demand, our guest speaker will be Joyce Kimber, BA, LRAM. Please come along; everyone is most welcome.
We will leave from the Red Lion at 10am and aim to be back at around 5.30pm. Travel time is around an hour and a half. The cost will be in the region of £22 all in, to be confirmed when we know how many people will be going. If you would like to come with us, you do not need to be a club member. This is open to everyone, so please ring Linda on 780005 to express your interest. A reminder for members that it’s quiz night on May 29. There will be an ample buffet, for £1.50 per head, which will include soft drinks. If you feel your grey cells would operate better with the help of something stronger than soft drinks, you are welcome to bring a beverage of your own!
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STOUR VALLEY MEN’S PROBUS CLUB We had two interesting speakers in May. On May 2 Joyce Kimber spoke on Britain’s Finest Hour and on May 16 Brain Kelly enlightened us on The Life of a British Consul. Both meetings were much enjoyed by members.
What a beautiful start to our summer term and a lovely way to meet up with Brownie friends again by enjoying our favourite outside games and, of course, bringing out the parachute. We then had an evening with lots of ‘ahhs’ when our Brownies were introduced to the star of the evening, Missy the Barn Owl. At four weeks old she was the cutest, sweetest bundle of down. Hardly surprising she created so much excitement. We also met Buttons the Merlin and Rudy, a Harris Hawk. It was a great experience for our girls, and Andy their handler was so knowledgeable, we learnt loads! More than 1,400 members of Girlguiding Suffolk, including 30 Holbrook Brownies, spent a special day at Easton Farm Park. Our Brownies enjoyed a range of activities which included butter making, country dancing, making a scarecrow, creating woodland crafts and, of course, meeting the animals. The Brownies were particularly taken by the gorgeous, fluffy chicks although the lovely Suffolk Punch horses also got lots of attention. Another evening saw us going back in time as we enjoyed a fascinating tour of Landguard Fort given by our two fabulous guides. The Brownies particularly liked seeing the different guns and where all the gunpowder was stored. However, they were not so impressed with the baths, especially washing in the same water as 14 or so others! 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 have a waiting list so to avoid disappointment, please register before they are seven; it is never too soon to register!
GUIDES PREPARE FOR HOLBROOK FETE The 1st Holbrook Guides have had a busy few weeks. They invited the local volunteer coastguards to their meeting and found out how to stay safe near rivers, reservoirs and the sea. They learnt what to do should someone get into difficulty in water or mud, produced informative safety posters and completed a quiz to test their water safety knowledge.
In a talk entitled The Man & His Poetry, Dr John Knight will talk to us about John Betjeman on June 6. On June 20 Chris Parfitt will present A Portrait of a Suffolk River and on July 4 John Field will introduce us to The Treasures of Ipswich. We hold our summer buffet at the popular Haywain on July 18 when our spouses and Probus widows join us for what is sure to be an enjoyable event and a tasty meal. Our club endeavours to be simple in structure, free of the constraints and obligations of service clubs and involve members at minimal cost. The club is directed primarily to providing fellowship between members who are compatible with each other and the opportunity for development of acquaintances. New members are welcomed. We meet on the first and third 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
ORWELL DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY On April 4 we celebrated the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of our national association with a lecture given by John Benjamin, who has appeared many times on The Antiques Roadshow. Entitled A History of Jewellery from Elizabeth 1st to Elizabeth Taylor, he described the various styles that were popular throughout the period. We were regally entertained by a consummate professional who gave an outstanding performance. The title of our lecture on June 6, to be given by Dr Matt Lodder, will be The Untold History of Tattooing, when we shall receive an insight into a fascinating and unusual subject about which most of us know very little. We shall be taking our usual summer break after the June lecture, but why not join us when our new season starts in September and enjoy good company and interesting talks? We meet at Tower Hall, Broadlands Way, Rushmere St Andrew on the first Wednesday of most months. Talks last about an hour, commencing at 2.15pm, with tea and coffee served from 1.30-2pm. Guests and non-members are welcome provided we have enough space. Exceptionally popular lectures will have a visitor limit of 20 spaces. Please contact Wendy Robbins in advance on 01394 823807 to check if there is available space. For the latest events and news please visit: www.orwelldfas.org.uk
Over the coming weeks the Guides are looking forward to a range of activities including campfire cooking, bush craft skills; pony and pet care sessions. On Saturday, June 9, Holbrook Village Fete is being held on Reade Field from 2-4.30pm and the Guides are planning to sell sweets and gifts on their stall. They are raising funds to enable them to attend a special Guiding event at Wembley Arena called The Big Gig in October 2019. One Guide said: “We had loads of fun completing our water safety badge and we’re now working towards gaining our craft badge. So far, we have designed a cushion cover and painted a canvas, next we will tie-dye t-shirts. I’m looking forward to helping sell sweets on the Guide stall at Holbrook Fete” 1st Holbrook Guides has a few remaining vacancies in their unit. If you know of someone age 10 to 14 years who lives within a ten-mile radius of Holbrook and would enjoy being a Guide email email@example.com to find out more.
OUT & ABOUT / SCHOOLS SOCIAL SEW-AND-SO’S The third gathering for Social Sewand-So’s took place on Saturday, May 2. Sewing repairs, patch work, embroidery, cross stitch and crochet all continued from previous sessions, but this time with some new attendees came new crafts! Some very intricate beading was worked on, some lacemaking and a demonstration of how to spin yarn. One of the most unique items being worked on was a knitted fluorescent orange octopus – apparently the request came from a very particular young child. Our next meetings are on Saturdays, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1 and October 6, all from 9am-noon at Harkstead Village Hall. Tea and coffee is available to purchase on the day. Chatter and laughter are free! Come and bring whatever you are working on. For further information, please contact Sarah: 01473 328692
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SHOTLEY GARDENING CLUB Instead of our meeting in the village hall on Wednesday, May 16, we met earlier and drove in convoy Bourn Bridge Garden Centre for a guided tour by Claire Muckleston. We began in an impressive polytunnel covered by a thermal skin which enables them to raise the plants that are currently being potted up for baskets, some bespoke to a specific colour scheme, others for sale in the garden centre. Claire showed us many new varieties which begin as plug plants and, which, having been bred under licence, are not permitted to be propagated further. I’m sure few of us realised there were such restrictions. Claire showed us how to encourage the baby plants to grow quickly and increase in bulk before planting out into the baskets. There were still hundreds of new and old favourites ready to be potted on. Out in the garden centre we were introduced to some recent additions to the range of plants available. Many of which are newer, but smaller versions of favourites like buddlia, lilac, and a ground cover, golden leaved escallonia. Claire explained that the increased popularity of gardening for people with smaller gardens has been the inspiration for the development of ‘garden ready”’ smaller plants. (This echoes what we were told in a previous talk by Susie Davis of Katie’s Garden.) Then we were turned loose and the cars returned with boots full of lovely additions to our gardens. For our next meeting on June 11, members will meet in the village hall car park at 6pm ready to be taken on a walk in Golden Wood by Ian Peters. There are still a few places available for non-members to join us on our outing to The Exotic Garden in Henstead and afternoon in Southwold on August 1. Cost not more than £20. If you would like to join us please contact Karen (787731) or June (787422). June Edwards
Fun day at The School Farm and Country Fair The excited children of Stutton School gathering at Trinity Park, ready for a fun-filled adventure packed tight with awesome activities to keep them busy. First up, they were introduced to their guides, who they had met a few months ago at a tractor visit. Mr Geoffrey and Mrs Kim Mayhew are professional farmers who grow, harvest and sell crops to popular supermarkets – such as Asda – all around the globe. Before going to an educational ‘Carrot Show’, they took a quick trip back to the past (Anglo Saxons). Amazing workshops were spread out among the mini field: medicine, cheese, flour and a rail of old helmets, next to a centuries old boat. After a game teaching them about how important bees are, Stutton School boarded a tractor-trailer ride around part of the site. As the breeze brushed against their shoulders they sat down for lunch near a Suffolk Punch Show. A Suffolk Punch is a rare breed of horse. While they were taking a quick break, I managed to ask some questions. “So far today is amazing. I’ve had so many opportunities and educational experiences,” said an 11-year-old girl. One of the teachers remarked: “I’m so glad we came. The children are enjoying themselves so much.” A little later, the children went into huge tents full of factual, delicious and educational games and stalls. Time flew by until it was time to start walking back. “I’ve never learnt so many different things in one day,” said a nine-year-old girl from Stutton. Going back to the coach, they saw cows, calves, lambs, sheep, chicks, guinea pigs, rabbits, horses and donkeys. Each of the children held a fluffy chick, only born the day before.
CHELMONDISTON PRIMARY SCHOOL It has been an exciting time at Chelmondiston over the past few weeks. At the end of the spring term the children in Edme class (Year 6) ran a special event for the whole school. This was called Experience Easter. The children put together different presentations that they then led the younger children through. This helped to give the children a greater understanding of the Easter story. As a church school this is something that is very important to us. The children also enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt around the school grounds and the PTA also organised raffles. I won the staff hamper and was delighted to be kept in chocolate all over the Easter holidays and onwards! The children also took part in our annual musical extravaganza. Those children who have lessons outside of school were able to celebrate what they do with parents and grandparents thoroughly enjoying the show. The summer term is always a busy one. I am delighted to say that our Reception class in September will be full for the second year in a row. This is very pleasing as it shows that the school is once again taking its place at the heart of the community. The Parent Teacher Association has also been very active. At the beginning of the term we held a family quiz night which was very well attended and greatly enjoyed. In the coming term we have an end of term disco to look forward to.
Sadly, it was time to go home so they hopped into the coach and drove away. Unfortunately, an awesome trip had ended, but one which they would also never forget.
The school is always looking for opportunities to become more involved in the local community. Have a look out for some posters which have been designed by the children to advertise the fact that we have two defibrillators in the village. They are also going to be designing posters to ensure that everyone is reminded to keep our village tidy. If you have any ideas about how we can be more involved in the community please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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SPORT PIN MILL SAILING CLUB The summer is warming up nicely and club members can anticipate some great events. The Pin Mill Barge Match on June 23 – the 57th ever held – will be joy for spectators and, with the first start at 10.30am, not so uncomfortably early as last year. The Smack and Working Boat Race, now a regular feature on the club calendar, follows on June 30.
CHELMONDISTON CARPET BOWLS As previewed in the last In Touch, we played our much-anticipated Chairman’s Plate final against Gt Blakenham at Needham Market Sports Centre and came up trumps. In a very close contest both teams won two games, but we prevailed by five shots.
What, you may reasonably ask, has the Rat Pack got to do with it? Well, our summer bonanza evening is on July 7 and promises to be a cracking evening including fork supper, Babycham cocktails and karaoke. A chance to dress up 60s style! Watch this space for more action and entertainment: www.pmsc.org.uk / Facebook: PMSCSocial
We have started the summer league in fine style with a 10-0 win at home. Sadly I have to report that long-standing member Ken Eason passed away after a long illness. Our next report will include our AGM held on Monday, May 14.
EAST BERGHOLT UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB
Neptune Sailing runs courses and training in dinghy sailing and powerboating. All courses follow the relevant RYA schemes and lead to the award of an RYA certificate on successful completion. We are able to offer more individual training, based on your needs and ability.
With the poor weather extending through April there was something of a fixture pile up and the time of writing the Reserves have a match still outstanding while the A Team are still unsure of which division they will be in next season.
We recognise that adults lead busy lives and are able to be flexible in our delivery of training. If our courses do not match your needs, or you can’t make the dates listed, we will do our best to respond to your requests. We are happy to arrange events for groups of adults
The 1st Team finished the season well with only one defeat in their final seven games, a run that included an emphatic three nil victory at near neighbours Capel. This left them in tenth place in the Senior Division and wondering what might have been if the consistency could have been achieved a little earlier in the campaign.
The dates for our adult sailing courses are on our website; these cover levels one, two and three and start in June
The Reserves season rather petered out to leave them with a ninth placed finish while the A Team’s difficult season continued. The end of season awards evening took place in the pavilion. The winners were: Clubman of the Year: Dale Vince Young Player of the Year: Kyle Jay 1st Team Players Player of the Year: James Moughton 1st Team Managers and Supporters Player of the Year: Scott Fryer 2nd Team Players Player of the Year: John Cooper 2nd Team Managers and Supporters Player of the Year: Ian Gedny 3rd Team Players Player of the Year: Steve Wardle 3rd Team Managers and Supporters Player of the Year: Luke Taylor
Supporters Group Neptune is a small friendly sailing centre. We rely on volunteers to help run the centre and maintain the fleet. This also gives a chance to anyone considering purchasing a dinghy to become familiar with the maintenance launching and mooring, and to know what to expect when purchasing their own craft. We encourage anyone using the centre to become part of our supporters, and are constantly looking for additional volunteers to ensure we are able to offer the chance to young people to experience the joy of sailing. Neptune Sailing Open Day: Saturday, June 9 We are having an open day on Saturday, June 9, 10am-4pm. There are numerous activities taking place at the MDL marina and as we are close to the site we will be open for visitors to look round and talk about our courses. There may be a chance for a ride on our launch, or maybe a rib. For booking or additional information visit: www.neptunesailing.org.uk
LADIES AND JUNIORS We are pleased to announce East Bergholt Utd Juniors and Ladies are to join with East Bergholt Utd Men to become one club, East Bergholt United Football Club. This will help the club look forward to a bright and exciting future. We are looking for new teams, boys or girls, of any age group to come and join us as we look for the club to grow. If you are interested please contact David George at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Congratulations to the ladies who won their league cup at Brantham on Tuesday, May 1. The date of the AGM is to be confirmed. 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: email@example.com
CHURCH NEWS CHELMONDISTON & HOLBROOK METHODIST CHURCHES A TOUGH DECISION In June 2018 the World Cup will be upon us. Some readers will be old enough to remember the World Cup of 1966 and for those that aren’t old enough, we will have heard repeatedly that this was England’s finest hour, the last time England have won the World Cup. I was 14 at the time, living just a mile away from the hotel where the England Team were staying. I remember cycling down to see the team coach pick them up to take them to the World Cup Final against West Germany. That was as close as I would get to the action. West Germany scored first, England equalised and then went ahead, but West Germany came back with an equaliser in the dying moments before full time. The game went into extra time and Geoff Hurst scored his second goal for England. Or was it a goal? Did it cross the line before it bounced out and was tipped over the bar? The referee spoke with his linesman who was well positioned to tell whether it was a goal or not. There was no slow motion replays at the time and even with slowing down the replays today you cannot be certain it actually crossed the line. But the referee had to make a decision. He awarded the goal. There are often moments like that in daily life. Moments when we are faced by the need to decide even though the right choice is far from clear. The apostle Paul writing to Christians in Corinth wrestled with this question. He said “Everything is allowable for me, but not everything is valuable. All things are permissible, but I will not allow anyone to dictate to me.” Paul is worried about how his decision will affect others and is saying “it depends on the circumstances”. What is right in one situation may not be right in another. Some issues are clear cut, but others require tough decisions which we take hoping for the greater good. Fortunately for the referee in 1966, Geoff Hurst scored again to make a 4 – 2 victory to England, ensuring the victory couldn’t be disputed in the long term. The Rev Andrew Sankey Minister at Chelmondiston & Holbrook Methodist Churches 8 Roundridge Road, Capel St Mary IP9 2UG firstname.lastname@example.org / 01473 311178 / 07966 187216 JUNE SERVICES AT CHELMONDISTON METHODIST Sunday 3 10.45am 6.15pm
Worship with Mr Bob Molton Worship and Communion with Rev Sankey
Worship with Rev Michael Ayden Worship with Rev Martin Dawes
Friday 15 3.30pm
Worship – Local Arrangement Worship with Rev Andrew Sankey
Worship and Communion with Rev Ian Gardner Worship with Rev Michael Allen
Lay Pastor and Outreach Worker Rachael Wainwright: 01473 603616 JUNE SERVICES 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) Saturday 2
10-11.30am Coffee Morning
Worship with Mr Roger Fern
Worship with Rev Michael Allen
Sunday 17 10am
Family Friendly Worship & Communion with Rev Sankey
Worship with Mrs Alicia Holmes
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: email@example.com / 01473 658478
SHORELINE BENEFICE ST ANDREW’S, CHELMONDISTON June 3 9.15am Holy Communion with Harkstead June 10 7.30pm Holy Communion June 12 10am Midweek Holy Communion June 17 9.30am Holy Communion at Harkstead June 24 9.30am Family Service ST MARY’S, ERWARTON For information on services visit: www.shorelinebenefice.co.uk ST MARY’S, HARKSTEAD June 3 9.15am Holy Communion at Chelmondiston June 10 9.30pm Morning prayer June 17 9.30am Holy Communion with Chelmondiston June 24 9.30am Holy Communion ST MARY’S, SHOTLEY June 3 10.45am June 10 10.45am June 17 10.45am June 24 10.45am
Shotley Family@Church Holy Communion Worship for All (Pet Service) Holy Communion with Erwarton
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TWO RIVERS BENEFICE ST PETER’S, STUTTON June 3 8am Holy Communion 10.30am Worship for All at Stutton Primary School June 10 9.30am Holy Communion June 17 9.30am Holy Communion June 24 11am Informal Service ALL SAINTS, HOLBROOK June 3 4pm Afternoon Tea at the Church June 10 10am Matins June 17 8am Holy Communion 10am Informal Service June 24 9.30am Holy Communion ST MARY’S, WHERSTEAD June 3 No Service June 10 11am Holy Communion June 17 No Service June 25 11am Informal Service ST PETER’S, FRESTON June 3 11am Pentecost Benefice Service at Alton Water June 10 No Service June 17 11am Holy Communion June 24 No Service ST MICHAEL’S, WOOLVERSTONE June 3 10am BCP Holy Communion 11am Café Church June 9 9am-12.30pm: Monthly Market, ‘Flowers’ theme June 10 11am Worship the Woolverstone Way June 17 11am Morning Prayers on Father’s Day June 24 11am Holy Communion 2.45pm Workshop followed by Taize-type Service June 27 7pm Canterbury Choristers Concert
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