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Volume 8 • Issue No. 5 • MARCH 2018 1 12-Feb-18 12:28:04 PM

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A WORD FROM THE EDITOR Now don’t tell my boss, but on Tuesday mornings when I arrive at work before A Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4 has ended, I’m forced to sit in the car until it does. Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires and motivates them. I particularly loved his interview with Eugenia Cheng on the mathematics of mathematics. Though it was never my strongest subject, I continue to love maths, desperate to understand and to find the right answer, though I seldom do. What’s extraordinary about many of the people featured on A Life Scientific is how often a childhood interest or passion has led to a fulfilling career and it’s clear that doing something you love is a wonderful privilege. I’ll be playing the podcasts to my son when he’s a little older because whatever he does in life I want it to be what makes him happy. You may have read about the letter a teacher in Singapore sent to parents the week before her students were to sit exams. Here’s a short extract: “I know you are all really anxious for your child to do well. But, please do remember, amongst the students who will be sitting for the exams there is an artist who doesn’t need to understand math, an entrepreneur who doesn’t care about history or English literature, a musician whose chemistry marks won’t matter. There’s an athlete whose physical fitness is more important than physics. If your child does get top marks, that’s great, but if he or she doesn’t please don’t take away their self-confidence and dignity. Tell them no matter what they score you love them and will not judge them. Please do this and when you do, watch your children conquer the world. One exam or a low mark won’t take that away. And please don’t think that doctors and engineers are the only happy people in the world.” I hope you have or have had the opportunity to do what you love and that you can inspire others to do likewise. Driving to work at 6am on a cold January morning is never easy, but it’s a whole lot easier if you’re looking forward to the day ahead.

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SPROUGHTON VILLAGE FETE – AN URGENT APPEAL FOR HELP Sproughton Village Fete has become a major attraction in the social life of our village over the past few years. This year’s fete will be on Sunday, June 24, starting as normal at noon. We urgently need more helpers to come forward to assist with both the setting up and dismantling of marquees, tables, stalls, etc. To make things a bit easier for ourselves on the Sunday morning, we’re going to put up as much tentage as we can on the Saturday afternoon, June 23. Hopefully, this will mean that more people are able to help, if only for an hour or two on either day. Please call or text me on 07578 552324 if you are willing to help in any capacity. Without the practical help and support of a few more people in the village, the future of our fete may be at risk, so please, please do your bit. We would be very grateful. Ken Seager

TENTH SPROUGHTON BEER FESTIVAL – May 12-13 Date for your diaries. This year is our 10th festival; the first was in 2009 and they have gone from strength-to strength-ever since. It is on the calendar of festivals for the dedicated beer enthusiasts and has received plaudits from many CAMRA members. It is brought to you by Sproughton Parish Council. This year, the festival is to be held over the weekend of May 12/13 at Sproughton Tithe Barn. More details in the May edition of In Touch. It will be of the same format as previous years: family disco in the Tithe Barn on Friday, May 11 and the festival opening at noon on Saturday 12 and closing at 10.30pm on Sunday 13. We will have live music on Saturday evening and a pub type quiz on Sunday evening, and food will be available throughout. Simon Curl & Sue Frankis

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FUNDRAISING COFFEE MORNING Burstall Village Hall on Saturday, March 17, 10am-12 .30pm Delicious homemade cakes and fresh tea and coffee, served on beautiful vintage china. Do come along and join us and find out more about this vital Suffolk charity. Fresh Start – New Beginnings is a charity working across Suffolk and Norfolk, set up to help child victims of sexual abuse and their families recover from the associated trauma. We provide one-to-one therapy to the child victims as well as groups for children and their carers. Fresh Start – New Beginnings use a clinically evaluated treatment model which is proven to help children recover from the guilt, blame and shame many feel following sexual abuse. The children are offered a safe place to unravel their thoughts and fears with a worker who will not judge or be shocked by what they hear. The children are helped to process their abuse and given strategies to deal with the effects of the abuse. The charity’s vision is ‘to ensure all children and young people who are the victims of sexual abuse have the opportunity to access help, advice guidance and therapeutic intervention to aid their recovery’. In Suffolk, Fresh Start – New Beginnings get some statutory funding (Health and Police) but this only covers half of the costs. The charity has so far received over 980 referrals and our service is free at the point of delivery.




As a responsible dog owner, myself and others in Sproughton village have recently been outraged by the thoughtless and disgusting actions of probably a single local (?) dog owner who seems to think it’s acceptable to bag up dog poop and then sling it into the brambles at the bottom of the footpath which runs from the playing field across the meadows to the metal gate onto Church Lane.

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As the vegetation has died back over winter, these nasty bags have been revealed, festooning the bushes with their ghastly contents. Who in their right mind would believe that nature/the weather/time would somehow get rid of these plastic bags and make it acceptable to dispose of dog waste in this way? What’s more unbelievable is the fact that someone is prepared to bag up the waste, but then not spend another 30 seconds walking to the dog bin located only yards away on Church Lane!

If you would like to keep in touch more regularly, Suffolk energy-from-waste is now tweeting site updates and tips on how to reduce, reuse and recycle your waste; follow us on Twitter @suffolkefw.

Rather than complain and do nothing about it, myself and some like-minded friends spent an hour retrieving all of these horrid bags – between 50 and 60 in number – and disposing of them properly. The total haul weighed in at a shocking 5.4kg!

Tuesday, March 20, 6-8pm Wednesday, June 20, 10am-noon Tuesday, June 26, 2-4pm

I have since spoken to Keith Jones at Babergh/Mid-Suffolk Environmental Protection (0300 123 4000) and sadly there seems little he can do, but he did suggest the following if anyone happens to see the perpetrator in action. DO NOT confront him/her. Get a description of the perpetrator, but DO NOT take a photograph of him/her. DO take a photo of the exact item thrown. Get a car number plate or the address to which the person goes. Note date and time of the incident. Report it to Keith on the number above. Please don’t let this thoughtless individual bring all the decent and responsible dog owners of Sproughton into disrepute; let’s see if a bit of community watchfulness and action, as outlined above, can bring an end to this disgusting behaviour. What we do know so far is that this person has a large dog, a preference for pale blue/clear waste bags and, judging by the amount of bags we found, walks this footpath very regularly! Outraged Sproughton Dog Owner

TENDER FOR GRASS CUTTING Tenders are invited from self-employed contractors to make 16 cuts at approximately fortnightly intervals in the parish of Burstall. The contract runs from mid-March for one year. For further details please contact the parish clerk Jo Brown: 01473 652677 Tenders need to be received in writing by March 11.

Paper copies of the newsletter are available on request by contacting: 01473 839149 /

Come and have a look around The Suffolk energy-from-waste facility is holding a series of open days, which will include a tour of the facility and time to explore our visitor centre. Places are currently available on the following days:

There are 20 spaces on each day and you must pre-book. To book your place, please email with your preferred dates and we will confirm your place by email. If you would like to come but cannot make these dates, you can email us to register your interest and we will let you know when the next open days are planned. We also organise trips for interest groups and schools so get in touch if your group or class would like to come and have a look around. Book your school for a visit The new term is now in full swing, so it’s a great time for schools to come and visit our specially designed visitor centre and have a site tour. Classes of up to 30 students in Key Stage 2 and above can come to the site and explore how we make good use of Suffolk’s waste! During the tour we explore topics across the science curriculum including materials, units and states of matter and highlight the use of science in the workplace. We can also tailor visits to suit the topics you’re covering in school, meaning the experience is suitable for students in Key Stage 2 all the way up to university level. If you would like to discuss what we can offer your school please email: Any questions? If you have any queries about our operations, please do not hesitate to contact the facility on 01473 839149. OTHER USEFUL CONTACTS To book a visit: 01473 836821 Environment Agency: 0800 807060 SUEZ Communities Trust: 01454 262910

FROM THE ARCHIVES Ancient sites near the River Gipping

EASTER BRIC-A-BRAC SALE 1st Sproughton Brownies are holding their Easter Bric-a-Brac Sale in Sproughton Church Hall on Saturday, March 24, from 2-4pm. The sale is in aid of Save the Children, HOPS (Holiday Opportunity Play Scheme for children with disabilities in Suffolk) and brownie funds. Stalls will include bric-a-brac, toys, books, next-to-new, clothes, games, cakes, tombola, a draw and refreshments. Please come and support us and get a bargain. Every welcome; admission free.


Our ancient forbearers appeared to have lived around the River Gipping and several sites have been found in the parish. From an East Anglian archaeology report No. 3 SCC 1976 we read that a Neolithic site by the River Gipping on the island was discovered. There are several barbed points found nearby. There appeared to be several other ancient sites in this area. D Bradbury

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NEWS SPROUGHTON COMMUNITY SHOP: Something for everyone Last month we had a wonderful volunteer’s ‘do’. It was a Christmas party, quiz and thank you to our loyal volunteers all rolled into one. We had a great time; there was much food and a lot of laughter. So you non-volunteers out there, especially if you have a little free time, just see what you are missing. New helpers for the shop are always welcome and there are a wide range of tasks. Being on the till is not essential if the idea scares you; there are plenty of other things that need doing. Easter is fast approaching and the shop will have Easter eggs, cards and

a raffle thanks to Fastracker Cars and Vans, as well as all the other usual goodies. There are also early daffodils and other plants available. There is excellent local meat available both in the shop and to order so if you are planning a special Easter meal or just want to try something new do call in. Don’t forget we do a good local laundry and dry cleaning service, just drop in the items and they we arrive back pristine. After much discussion we have decided to slightly alter our opening times. From March 1 they will be: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm / Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm Sunday 10am-noon I don’t know about you, but I am so looking forward to spring, warmer weather and some sunshine, all of which helps to raise the spirits. See you in the shop. Best wishes, Sally Sparrow (volunteer and director)

CHICKEN IN RED WINE From time to time Sproughton Community Shop offers frozen meats at a generous discount – 25% at this writing – a good deal by anyone’s standards! The selection usually includes lamb, pork, beef and chicken, raised somewhere within a low-carbon footprint away for ecology, quality and taste. An elegant yet easy-to-prepare dish with regard to these delectable chickens of high standard (who shall remain nameless) is simply Chicken in Red Wine. Open your pocketbook to savings, and your mouth to a taste of luxury. Come to the shop with something for everyone, where you will find most, if not all the ingredients for this dish: Sproughton Community Shop. Recipe ½ a medium onion A good handful of button mushrooms or 1-2 Portobello mushrooms, cleaned and chopped 1 dismembered chicken – around 1kg 1-2 Tbsp butter or margarine 1 bay leaf 1 large pinch tarragon 4 peppercorns A few sprigs fresh parsley 1 good pinch of salt


250ml dry red wine 1Tbsp (or less) flour 1Tbsp butter or margarine 2Tbsp chopped parsley Sauté bacon until crispy and remove from pan into another dish. Fry onions and mushrooms quickly in the hot fat and add to the bacon pieces when soft. Set aside. Have the chicken ready (washed and patted dry) to brown in the hot fat, to which butter has been added, and, once browned, add the bacon, onions and mushrooms. Using a clean cloth, make a bouquet garni with the herbs and spices (Not the salt), and set in the pan alongside the chicken. Add salt to the wine, and pour over chicken. Simmer all this for roughly 25 minutes, more or less, until chicken is tender. Remove the bouquet garni. Blend the flour and butter together in a cup or small bowl, and slowly add a little juice at a time to form a paste. Pour back in slowly, stirring the while as it heats and thickens to your own taste. Adjust seasonings before serving, hot and bubbly, with fresh parsley sprigs sprinkled on top. Enjoy! . This recipe is easily doubled if desired. Questions or comments? Contact me, Mary Bright Basan:

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

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

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NEWS SPROUGHTON PARISH COUNCIL Planning There have been major planning applications received for potential development in Sproughton. These include development and construction work of the former sugar beet factory site, potential development of land (Wolsey Grange) in Poplar Lane by Taylor Wimpey, and potential development of land on the road from Sproughton to Bramford B113 (Loraine Way) by Hopkins Homes.

please contact us or come along to the meetings. The meetings, held in the Barley Room Tithe Barn at 7.30pm, are open to the public and press. The next meetings are on Wednesdays, March 14 and April 11. Agendas are posted on the noticeboards and on the website:

To view or comment on planning applications using Babergh’s online service copy the following link onto your search box: https/

Local Plan Further to the Joint Local Plan consultations briefing sessions for town and council parish meetings in September 2017 the presentation is now available at:

Type in the village name you wish to search. The parish council receives copies of all applications within the parish and our planning committee will discuss and send all their recommendations to Babergh DC. Parishioners are welcome to attend our meetings and put their views forward.

Babergh Move From October 1, 2017 Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils moved offices to Suffolk County Council’s Endeavor House. Contact details: 0300 123 4000 /

Council Meetings We currently have five parish council vacancies. Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings and if you have any issues that you would like raised

Tithe Barn and Barley Room Hire Please contact our parish clerk Sue Frankis who deals with bookings: 01473 463852 /

SnOasis PARISH ALLIANCE (SPA) In the autumn of 2016, Onslow Suffolk Ltd put in an application to Mid Suffolk District Council for SnOasis Reserved Matters to be considered – Planning Application no. 4494/16. Full details can be found at: It is important to be aware that this is not a renewal of the original planning approval for SnOasis, which remains in place. Reserved Matters cover the detail of such topics as design, appearance, transport, drainage and ecological mitigation. Our questions and comments about Reserved Matters were summarised in a document which was submitted to MSDC in the summer as the comments from the SPA and all it’s member parishes, giving the comments extra weight because they come from a significant number of local communities, representing over 11,000 registered voters. The SPA member parishes are Baylham, Barham, Bramford, Claydon and Whitton, Great Blakenham, Little Blakenham, Needham Market, Nettlestead and Somersham. As you are no doubt aware, Onslow Suffolk has finally submitted the missing information for the SnOasis Reserved Matters application. By the time you read this, the deadline of February 2 will have passed and comments from residents will no longer be accepted. Now this stage is over, the council’s planning committee will be considering the application. At the time of writing, no date has been announced for this. Whatever the outcome, the SPA will continue to monitor the progress of the application and activities at the site. We will keep the focus on the needs and concerns of residents who will be affected by whatever eventually happens with the site. To this end we have arranged a meeting in mid-February with the planning team to consider the responses by the developer to the queries we raised on the Reserved Matters and also to plan a way forward that brings the most benefits for local residents. For further information, please email Janet Gobey: SnOasis Parish Alliance Chairman Steve Plume

BRAMFORD COMPUTER CLUB In March the group will meet on Wednesdays 7, 14 and 21 from 10am-noon in the upstairs room of Bramford Methodist Church. Entry is by the second door on the right-hand side of the building. The club will be closed from March 28 for the Easter holidays and will meet again on Wednesday, April 18. We have no formal teaching, but offer help on an individual basis. We are here to help you to get the most out of your computer, so why not give us a try? Membership for the school year is £1, plus £3 for each two-hour session.

SPROUGHTON MILLENNIUM GREEN TRUST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING IMPORTANT – NOTE CHANGE OF DATE Wednesday, March 21 at 7.30pm at the Barley Room, Tithe Barn, Sproughton You are warmly invited to the AGM of the Sproughton Millennium Green Trust, as detailed above. AGENDA To approve the minutes of the 2017 AGM Matters arising from the 2017 AGM minutes To receive the Chairman’s Annual Report To receive the Treasurer’s Annual Report and approve the accounts for the last trading year Election of Directors for Sproughton Millennium Green Limited, sole trustee of the Trust Any other business which has been previously notified to the Chairman 14 days before the AGM The AGM will be followed by an informal opportunity for members of the public to ask any questions about the Millennium Green, or to make suggestions for improvements to the green and its facilities. Please come along and have your say! The AGM of Sproughton Millennium Green Limited, sole trustee, will follow immediately afterwards in order to appoint officers from among the Directors. Chairman Ken Seager

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


NEWS / OUT & ABOUT BRAMFORD GUIDE & SCOUT HEADQUARTERS NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT Bramford Guide & Scout HQ on Ship Lane in Bramford has been the HQ for Guides and Scouts in the village since the 1980s when the parish council gave them permission to use the old Bramford Primary School. The parish council is responsible for the up-keep and maintenance of the exterior of the building and the Guide and Scout Groups are responsible for the inside. As a charity we currently have six volunteers who are responsible for management of the building, including fundraising. However, there are some areas of the HQ that need refurbishment to bring it up to spec. We have identified the following: replacement kitchen, refurbishment of boys and girls toilets including provision of a disabled toilet, renewing skirting tiles around the main hall, repainting of the HQ throughout and some sound proofing to improve acoustics in the main hall. We anticipate that this work will cost approximately £12,000 to enable us to meet the needs of everyone who uses the building. We have £3,000 so need to raise a further £9,000. We are currently looking into grants under S106 and the Community Infrastructure Levy plus MSDC and SCC locality funding. If anyone is able to support this project in any way, either with knowledge

Mothering Sunday is March 11 and we’re offering lunch from noon-4pm. Book early to avoid disappointment! March heralds a busy time at the Duke of Marlborough with the launch of our events programme. Every Wednesday there will be something different going on, something interesting and entertaining for you to get involved with. The idea is to feature particular types of events on each of the four Wednesdays in a month. There will be a quiz, something music based, a food and drink related event and a charity night. Charities wishing to use the pub (free-of-charge) as a venue for their fundraising or awareness building events on the fourth Wednesday of the month should contact Kevin on 01473 831283 to discuss details and dates. EVENT DIARY FOR MARCH Wednesday 7: Quiz Night Entry £1 per person (minimum of four people per team), winners take the prize pot. There will be chilli and rice to buy on the night for £5. The quiz will be six rounds with various rounds of questions. Booking is required by contacting Kevin: 01473 831283 / Wednesday 14: Music Night We welcome Unit 99, playing a mixture of rock and blues – to see them in action visit: The evening gets underway at 7pm, free admission and food will be available Wednesday 21: Richard’s Cookery Night Our fantastic chef will be demonstrating three dishes which have proved popular from his chef’s menu recently. You will watch him in action and then enjoy each dish throughout the evening. Owing to the viewing capacity in the kitchen, spaces will be very limited, so we will only be able to accommodate 12 delegates. There is a drinks reception at 6.30pm, and the first course will be demonstrated at 7pm. The evening will conclude around 8.45pm. The cost is £20 per person, which includes your welcome drink and three food dishes.


of available grants and applications, monetary donations, building experience, labour or donations of equipment required from companies that you work for, it would be much appreciated. In order to complete the much needed works, we are looking to undertake the following fundraisers: • Create a lasting legacy brick wall whereby past and present Guide and Scout members and their families can buy an inscribed brick to go on a wall in the entrance hall to the HQ. Small bricks will be available for £30 each or businesses can advertise their services on larger bricks for £60. • Car wash on Sunday, April 29 with refreshments including bacon rolls, homemade cakes and beverages, so please spread the word and send all your friends and family to get their cars, vans and motorbikes cleaned by section members between 10am to 3pm. • Duck Race on July 7 at the annual village fun day. If you are able to help support this project in any way, please contact us at the following address: If you would like to purchase a brick to go up on our lasting legacy wall, please contact us by May 1.

Richard will be demonstrating (all home made from locally sourced produce) • Bacon Jam with Toasts • Wild & Chestnut Mushrooms on Brioche Toast • Cinnamon & Orange Crème Brulee Booking is essential with payment in advance – again telephone or email Kevin to book your space. The pub will also be open to drinkers on Richard’s Cookery Night! Wednesday 28: Charity Quiz Night An evening of fun with Grandmentors, a project run by the charity Volunteering Matters which supports disadvantaged young people leaving the care system. There will be a chance to hear a bit about the work they do and to join in the food and quiz. Again, you need to book! Pizza Night Returns The other big news for March is that Pizza Night returns on Thursdays from March 8. We are delighted to be welcoming Clinton and The Mobile Pizza Co serving freshly prepared and cooked wood-fired pizza from 6pm (initially for March, times may vary during the summer). He has a range of sizes. Costs start at £5. Opening Times From March the pub opening times will be Wednesday to Sunday from noon. We look forward to welcoming you for light lunches, events, pizza night, chef’s menu and Sunday lunch – or just a coffee or a drink! For all the latest news, follow us at: Twitter @DukeofMarl Contact us on: 01473 831283 /

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OUT & ABOUT / SCHOOLS 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 /

IPSWICH MOBILE LIBRARY ROUTE 5 Route 5 Town/village Location MIP/5A Sproughton Church Lane MIP/5B Sproughton Wild Man MIP/5C Bramford St Mary’s Close MIP/5D Bramford Paper Mill Lane MIP/5E Great Blakenham, Chequers MIP/5F Great Blakenham, Blue Leighs Mobile Home Park MIP/5G Baylham Post Box MIP/5H Claydon Crown MIP/5I Claydon Edinburgh Gardens MIP/5J Barham Bacon Road MIP/5K Bramford Packard Place

Time 9.10-9.25am 9.30-9.45am 9.50-10.05am 10.10-10.25am 10.35-1055am 11-11.15am 11.25-11.45am 11.55am-1pm 2.05-2.20pm 2.25-3.50pm 4-4.30pm

2018 DATES: March 13, April 10, May 8, June 5, July 3 & 31, August 28, September 25, October 23, November 20, December 18

HAVE YOU SEEN BILLY? Little Bill has not been seen since September 30 and is very much missed. He’s a friendly, inquisitive boy, so may have sneaked into your house for fuss, or a shed to be nosey. He lives on Church Lane, Baylham We are very worried about him, especially since the weather has turned. He’s just 19 months old. Please call/text Katie on 07875 273676 or Jon on 07810 356907 (please leave a message if no answer) if you have seen him or know where he is. He is microchipped, but not yet neutered due to having a retained testicle.

COUNTRYSIDE WALKS Weather permitting we hope to walk on Sunday, March 11 in a fairly local area, leaving the church at 2pm. For the mid-week ramble we shall be meeting at the church at 10am on Tuesday, March 20 and walking in Bridge Wood area. Do hope you will be able to join us. D Bradbury

SPROUGHTON SENIOR CITIZENS’ CLUB Last month I stated the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on April 18 with the usual local meal out beforehand. I can now confirm that lunch will be taken at the Chequers Inn, Great Blakenham at noon for 12.30pm. The AGM will be a short affair, mainly to elect a new committee.

CLAYDON HIGH SCHOOL Despite last half term being very short, we have been busy with various trips, visits and activities including debating and student leadership training, as well as some successful sporting achievements in cross-country and athletics. At the end of January, in preparation for their upcoming exam, Year 11 GCSE Art students visited the Tate Modern in London, getting inspiration from the many artists on display as well as enjoying the fantastic panoramic view of central London from the viewing floor. The set exam theme for this year is Fragments so students focussed on pieces that were fragmented, broken or dismantled, taking photograph and making sketches to use as inspiration for their own work. On February 5 a group of students were joined by a fantastic band from Guildford called Kissed and Crowned and a team from IEM (Industry Education in Music) to take part in a rock band workshop and concert. Students from across all year groups split into groups to form eight separate ’bands’ and spent the day composing original pop music from scratch. With a very tight deadline this was a huge challenge, but our talented students worked extremely hard, using advice and guidance from the professionals to come up with some impressive and original material that was performed at a concert on the very same evening. Year 11 continue to prepare for their exams and on February 23 and 24, 110 students travelled to the Outdoors Centre in East Mersea to take part in an intense GCSE Bootcamp. This overnight event was a chance for Year 11 students to get together to learn vital revision strategies to take away with them, as well as taking part in structured Maths and English revision within a classroom setting and enjoying some outdoor challenges, such as the climbing wall, assault course and high ropes. It was really good fun (despite the mud and chilly temperatures!) and the revision process should now start in earnest. We have a small but dedicated PTA committee who work tirelessly for the benefit of the school and our students. They have organised a quiz night on Thursday, March 22, 7-9pm. If you would like to join us for this fun and popular evening, please contact Lisa, the PTA chairperson: As I write this article, we still have so much to look forward to including our annual fun run, an art exhibition featuring work from our feeder primary school students alongside Years 7-9, a music recital by Year 10 students, giving them an opportunity to perform their GCSE pieces to an audience, and BBC School Report Day. If you would like to visit the school and see us in action, please come along to one of our open mornings. The date of the next one is Wednesday, March 21. To book a place please telephone my PA, Mrs J Saunders: 01473 836110 Headteacher Maéve Taylor

SPROUGHTON CE PRIMARY SCHOOL Sproughton CE School is rated ‘good’ by OFSTED, and our school is popular and oversubscribed. We currently have vacancies on our governing body and would like to hear from members of the community who could bring a variety of skills and experience to the role. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a school governor of this thriving local school please contact the present chair of governors – – or the headteacher – – both of whom will be happy to discuss the role of school governor and how this contributes to the life and running of the school.

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THE NORTH SAMFORD BENEFICE Sproughton with Burstall, Copdock with Washbrook and Belstead & Bentley with Tattingstone For parish queries please contact:

Allotments Almshouses (Cooper Trust) Badminton Club Burial Ground Bowls Club Chairman Brownies Carpet Bowls Club Children’s Play Area Church Hall Booking Community Shop Craft Group Football Club Footpath Warden Jigsaw Pre-school Millennium Green Trust Toddler Group Parish Council Parish Council Chairman Parochial Church Council Playing Field Management Committee Lunch Club Quilters Ramblers Reading Room and Caretaker’s House Charity Senior Citizens Club Sports & Social Club Sproughton CEVC Primary School Suffolk Guides Tennis Club Tithe Barn Bookings Tower Captain (church bells) Tree Warden Village History Recorder

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The Rev Annette Shannon The Rectory, Glebe Close, Sproughton, Ipswich IP8 3BQ / 01473 807674 Benefice Administrator Hayley Purnell / 07904 972116 Friends, What does Easter mean to you? I will never forget the incredible experience of my first Easter when I made the spiritual journey through Holy Week. I felt a range of emotions – from the joy of the Passover meal, the moving intimacy of the foot washing and the arresting scene of the altar being stripped in dignified silence on Maundy Thursday, to the depths of sadness on Good Friday to the most extraordinary joy of Easter Day. Sometimes when we look at the challenges faced by the church we can fear it simply and quietly dying. We forget the Easter message. The average age of our church congregation has increased so that it is much higher than the average age of the UK population. If we manage to replace all those who leave the church, we will still decline as a large proportion of our current membership comes to the end of their lives. Forty per cent of our clergy are due to retire within the next 10 years. Faced with this reality, one approach would be to dig our heads in the sand and pretend that decline wasn’t happening or that it doesn’t matter. As an Easter people we simply daren’t do this! Thus the General Synod of the Church of England initiated an ambitious programme of ‘Reform and Renewal’ altering the way in which central church funds are distributed to address areas of deprivation and possibilities for growth to increase the number of candidates for ordained ministry by 50%, and to simplify the process of church planting. But ‘renewal’ is not something that can be programmed or managed centrally. Renewal happens personally and locally. It is in our local congregations that lives are touched by the love of Jesus. It is through personal friendship and invitation that people come to know and follow God. It is in the gathering for worship of our local communities that minds are challenged and hearts. I am deeply thankful to all our clergy and lay people who will be involved in the preparation and conduct of worship for Holy Week and Easter. I pray especially for those who will be endeavouring to communicate the Easter message in ways that will connect with regular churchgoers and visitors alike. We have a great story to tell and a wonderful song to sing! Please do come and listen. I wish you a blessed and joyful Easter, The Rev Annette North Samford Churches Baby and Toddler Group Monday morning in term time at Sproughton Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am. Toys, interactive story, songs, drinks and healthy snack. Babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers welcome with a parent, grandparent or carer. Suggested donation £2 per family. Leader: The Rev Annette Shannon, 01473 807674 EASTER SERVICES Bentley Palm Sunday, March 25, 10am Easter Day, April 1, 10am Belstead Palm Sunday, March 25, 10am Easter Day, April 1, 10am Burstall Palm Sunday, March 25, 9.30am Good Friday, March 30, 11am Easter Day, April 1, 9.30am Copdock with Washbrook Palm Sunday, March 25, 10am Good Friday, March 30, 9am Easter Day, April 1, 8am & 10am

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CHURCH NEWS Sproughton Palm Sunday, March 25, 8am & 11am Easter Day, April 1, 11am

SERVICES IN THE BENEFICE Friday, March 2 7pm Burstall

Women’s World Day of Prayer

Tattingstone Palm Sunday, March 25, 10am Maundy Thursday, March 29, 7.30pm Easter Day, April 1, 10am

Sunday, March 4 8am 9.30am 10am 10am 10am 11am

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Bentley Coffee & Company, 10am Burstall Community Lunch, 12.30pm Burstall Women’s World Day of Prayer, 7pm Copdock Morning Market, 10am Burstall Lent Course, 2.30pm Bentley Lent Course, 7.30pm Bentley Mothers Prayers Sproughton Monthly Market, 10am Ministry Meeting, Sproughton Church Hall, noon Burstall Lent Course, 2.30pm Bentley Lent Course, 7.30pm Bentley Mothers Prayers Bentley Approval of Accounts Belstead APCM Burstall Lent Course, 2.30pm Bentley Lent Course, 7.30pm Bentley Mothers Prayers Tattingstone PCC Copdock Home Communions, 10am Sproughton Beetle Drive, 7.30pm Bentley Mothers Prayers

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Bentley Home Communions, 10am Bentley Mothers Prayers Bentley Coffee & Company, 10am Burstall Community Lunch, 12.30pm Copdock Morning Market, 10am Burstall APCM Bentley Mothers Prayers Sproughton APCM Sproughton Monthly Market, 10am Bentley Healing Service Bentley APCM Copdock Home Communions, 10am Bentley Mothers Prayers Burstall Cowslip Tea Sproughton Beetle Drive, 7.30pm Copdock APCM Bentley Mothers Prayers Tattingstone APCM

Copdock Burstall Bentley Copdock Tattingstone Sproughton

Sunday, March 11 /Mothering Sunday 9.30am Sproughton 9.30am Burstall 10am Copdock 10am Bentley 6pm Tattingstone Sunday, March 18 9.30am 10am 10am 11am 6pm

Burstall Copdock Bentley Sproughton Matins Tattingstone

Croissant Church Family Service Holy Communion Holy Communion Evensong Holy Communion Simply Sunday Family Service Holy Communion

Sunday, March 25 / Palm Sunday 8am Sproughton Holy Communion 9.30am Burstall Matins 10am Tattingstone Family at Church 10am Copdock Holy Communion 10am Belstead Morning Celebration 10am Bentley Holy Communion 11am Sproughton Family at Church Thursday, March 29 /Maundy Thursday 7.30pm Tattingstone Holy Communion Friday, March 30 / Good Friday 9am Copdock 11am Burstall

Good Friday Service Good Friday Service followed by coffee and hot cross buns

Sunday, April 1 / Easter Day 8am Copdock 9.30am Burstall 10am Copdock 10am Belstead 10am Bentley 10am Tattingstone 11am Sproughton

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Considering that life has a 100% mortality rate is there anything more interesting than the resurrection of Jesus? Those first disciples were witnesses to a risen Jesus, whom they had abandoned to crucifixion. For them it was both shocking and life transforming. He had told them ‘I am the resurrection and the life’1, then had demonstrated the reality of his claim!

Hopefully by the time you read this we will be through the worst of the winter, and spring will be upon us!

This resurrection has given succeeding generations of people grounds for believing in and following Jesus. He has freed his people from the chains and consequences of sin and broken the power of death. Because of what he has done he offers eternal life to all who abandon their own schemes and trust to him. Heartfelt and lifelong worship to him, who is not only Son of God but also Lord of life, is a fitting response for all who have sensed and turned to Jesus in faith. It is the resurrection that makes the Church a worshipping community. You are welcome to join our regular meetings of worship and fellowship. REGULAR SUNDAY MEETINGS 10-10.30am: Prayer and Share 10.45-11.15am: Bible Study (Communion first Sunday) 11.30am-12.30pm: Worship Service Refreshments are served between meetings; come when you can and leave when you want. LIFE EXPLORED @ THE DUKE Thursdays at 7pm to eat, 7.45-8.45pm video and discussion March 1: Session 6, The Life-Giving God March 8: Session 7, The Joyful God EASTER SERVICES

While most sensible people have been hibernating, the work on our green continues and all is looking good for the opening weekend. Members will also note that the clubhouse has also received some TLC during the closed season, so another big thank you to all involved. The green will be officially opened by club president June Laws on Saturday, April 21 and this will be followed by our opening day competition for the Sheila Herring Cup. The following day, Sunday 22, will see competition for the Club Blocks Trophy. Please make sure you get your entries in early as both days are always popular as it is the first opportunity to dust off the outdoor gear (hopefully not waterproofs and woollies) after a long winter. These will be followed by outdoor friendlies against Copdock & Washbrook on Tuesday 24, Woodbridge on Wednesday 25 and East Bergholt on Thursday 26 before the league season gets underway the following week. Comprehensive details of our league fixtures, results and other diary dates can be found at: Our winter programme of indoor friendlies will also have been completed; games were arranged against Ipswich & District, Sudbury, Mid-Suffolk and Sole Bay and it was good to see so many of our ‘non-indoor’ bowlers trying their hand at, what is, a very different game. Thanks go to Joy Mackie for organising and the above named clubs for hosting; these very enjoyable afternoons. We are always looking to increase our membership, so if you fancy having a go or would like to spend a pleasant evening spectating please just come along, you will be made most welcome. Contact details can also be found on the website.

March 29: Maundy Thursday Communion, 7.45pm March 30: Good Friday Country Walk around Flatford; meet at the car park behind the Red Lion in East Bergholt, 11am Sunday, April 1: Easter Worship, 11.30am WEEKDAYS AT THE CHAPEL Lunch and Listen: Thursday, March 1, noon Friends and Neighbours: Monday, March 19, 7.45pm CONTACTS Pastor Mark Newcombe: 01473 831940 / 07958 830103 Edwin Mayhew: 01473 658100 Somersham Baptist Church, Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Somersham IP8 4QE Like us on Facebook: Somersham Baptist Church Suffolk 1

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EASTER FLOWERS We shall be decorating the church for Easter on Saturday, March 31 from 10am to 1pm or after the service on Good Friday, March 30. We shall be pleased to have as much help as possible. There is a list of places to decorate in the porch. Looking forward to your help. Doreen Bradbury


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