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with Chelmondiston, Erwarton, Harkstead, Holbrook, Pin Mill, Shotley, Stutton & Woolverstone Volume 7 • Issue No. 7 • JUNE 2017

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A WORD FROM THE EDITOR I heard an interesting term the other day, ‘world whelm’, defined as ‘crashing anxiety caused by a never-ending, nerve-fraying news feed’. Most of us will have experienced this at some point in recent months, but I hope we can provide a brief respite. I have my moments and occasionally despair when I watch the news, but as deadline day approaches and my inbox fills with emails from groups and individuals organising fundraising events or undertaking personal challenges to raise money for charity, I find comfort in knowing there are many, many, many good people doing good things every day of the week to help others.


So when ‘world whelm’ strikes, pick up your In Touch magazine to ease the anxiety and perhaps you’ll be inspired to do ‘your bit’. You don’t have to jump out of a plane! Just supporting others in their efforts, whether it’s a local event or a fundraising activity, is worthy, and you’ll discover other benefits too. Living in a place where you don’t know your neighbours, where you don’t have any shared sense of space or don’t know what’s going on socially or politically, can feel isolating. That’s why it’s important to engage or to foster community spirit, to find ways to bond with neighbours and to build a life which extends beyond your front door. So turn off the TV, take a walk, shop locally, attend local events or join a committee, maybe even start a club, offer help when you can and ask for it when you need it. I’ve occasionally been accused of being naïve, but I believe people are innately good and that social connection is a basic human need. I’ve read that strong social connection strengthens our immune system, helps us recover from disease faster, and may even lengthen our life. People who feel more connected to others have lower rates of anxiety and depression. Moreover, studies  show they also have higher self-esteem, are more empathic to others, more trusting and cooperative and, as a consequence, others are more open to trusting and cooperating with them. You’ll have no problem finding things to do or events to support this month. Your problem may be fitting it all in!

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The Shotley Peninsular TAG are excited to announce Arthur Ransome East Coast Celebration, a series of events across Shotley Peninsula celebrating 2017 as a jubilee year for the area’s literary and maritime history. There are three key anniversaries at the heart of this celebration: • 50 years since the death of popular children’s author; Arthur Ransome • 80 years since his book We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea was published • 20 years since the formation of The Nancy Blackett Trust Each of these milestones has a special connection with the peninsula and the River Orwell and perfectly tie in with Visit England’s Year of Literary Heroes 2017. A famous author and journalist best known for writing the Swallows and Amazons series of children‘s books, Arthur Ransome lead a colourful life. Whileworking as a foreign correspondent during the First World War, Arthur provided information to MI5 when he was in Russia, yet British Officials were suspicious of Arthur’s loyalties as he was friendly with the Bolsheviks. In 1935, Arthur and his wife Evgenia moved to Pin Mill where they had a selection of yachts docked, one of which being Nancy Blackett. While living in Suffolk, Arthur Ransome wrote We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea, the story of a group of children sailing the Goblin (a boat almost identical to Nancy Blackett) from Pin Mill and being drifted down the River Orwell and out into the North Sea, eventually managing to sail to return to Harwich. As part of Arthur’s research when writing the book, he actually sailed the route of his fictional characters from Pin Mill on Nancy Blackett. To highlight and celebrate this jubilee year, Shotley Peninsula TAG are organising a collection of events across Pin Mill and Shotley Peninsula. Events will include walking and cycling trails, geo-caching, photography exhibitions, a drama production, open air cinema, a Swallows and Amazons themed camp and sailing event, flotilla and the opportunity to see Nancy Blackett herself. The celebrations began with the Pin Mill Arthur Ransome Jamboree on May 13 and events will continue throughout the spring and summer months. For more details visit:



HOLBROOK AND SHOTLEY SURGERY Online services Did you know that you can register to book appointments, order repeat medications and view your electronic record summary online? If you would like to do this, please come to reception at either site with some photographic identification and we can give you a user name and password. Training days Our next training afternoons will be on Wednesday, June 7 and Thursday, July 13 when we will be shut from 1pm. Please ring 111 for advice if your query cannot wait until the following day. In an emergency, dial 999.

A corner shop in Shotley is bucking the trend by expanding in size and offering even more products. Manish Patel’s Premier Shop and Post Office in Shotley has turned a former pizzeria attached to the building into a shop extension after a survey concluded people wanted a bigger range. Customers now have a bigger choice in fresh and chilled meats, fruit and veg, and a wider selection of frozen products. Mr Patel is being supported by his suppliers and he has negotiated lower prices, which he has passed on to his customers. Locals are already backing the decision by using the shop and a number of people turned up for the official extension opening, when Shotley Parish Council Chairman Barrie Powell cut the ribbon.

250 YEARS OF THE WORKHOUSE/ HOSPITAL/HOMES IN TATTINGSTONE Through In Touch I’d like to thank everyone involved in the commemoration on April 22 and for making it such a successful event. Rather than name names and even though some people’s help and contributions were greater than others, please accept this as a blanket thank you. The event couldn’t have happened without that support and extended further than the usual Team Tattingstone! A small gathering met round the newly planted oak tree (a quercus coccinea) to hear a few words from Dave Wood, our re-elected county councillor, and Nick Siddle on behalf of the current residents, plus a poem specially penned by Garry Kilworth. Then well over 100 people attended the exhibition in the village hall, some bringing new material and many sharing their memories of times gone by especially from the St Mary’s Hospital years. For some it was an opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones and enjoy some tea and cake at the same time. So, proving that history doesn’t have to be boring, it was a very rewarding afternoon on several different levels, especially for me seeing so many people interested in my hobby. The project is still a work in progress and I remain pleased to hear from anyone with anything to share. All the material will be archived and eventually go to the Suffolk Record Office. Tattingstone Village Recorder Jane Kirk 01473 328328 /


Adult and Community Services coming to our surgeries • Adult and Community Services (Social Care for 18+) offer a range of advice and support which could help you: • A chance to discuss your situation • Signposting to organisations that could give you the advice and support you need. • Advice on simple equipment and what equipment could be provisioned to help you • Advice on, for example, financial matters and the costs of care • Help (where appropriate) with accessing care and support ACS will be holding a drop-in advice service at both Holbrook and Shotley surgeries, with our first being on Wednesday, June 21 at Shotley from 1.30-4.30pm. If you would like to come along and ask questions, please feel free. A number of patients agreed via our questionnaire that this would be a useful service so please use it, otherwise we may lose it. Practice Manager Julia Smith

HOLBROOK PARISH COUNCIL Key points from the parish council meeting in April Alton Green Councillor Ball provided an update on the area of the Green which had been used as access to Vine Cottage during building works. Councillor Ball and Councillor Ambrose will meet the current and previous owners to establish the boundary and discuss options for reinstatement, which it is hoped will improve upon the area of brambles removed. They will report back to the next meeting before any decisions are made. Full minutes of these and all other meetings can be found at: The annual parish meeting took place on April 26 and was very well attended, with representatives of many local organisations providing reports and information to the 40 or so residents who attended. The chairman of the parish council gave a report about the year’s activities, but also asked for opinions about the potential for Holbrook to begin work on developing a neighbourhood plan. This document would eventually become part of Babergh’s reference materials when considering planning applications and would enable the community to have a legal say in the way that Holbrook is developed in the future. Arrangements will be made for a public meeting in the near future so that residents can learn more about the process and decide if it’s something that is required and which they can get involved in. Clench Road phone box book exchange By the time this article is published, the book exchange will be open for business! Do make use of the facility if you’re passing, leave books you’ve enjoyed for others to read or discover new titles. Questions or comments about parish council matters should be addressed in the first instance to the clerk, Mrs Ferial Rolfe: holbrookparishclerk@ / or leave a message on 07999 583017

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NEWS The first two walks we had in the Suffolk Walking Festival went very well, with both fully subscribed. The third and final walk is the longest of the Shotley walks on Friday, June 2. This is a 7.5 mile walk taking in views along the Rivers Stour and Orwell, and a good deal of the farmland in between. To help walkers in Shotley we have produced and installed two large ‘Footpath Maps’ located on the outside walls of Shotley Village Hall and the Bristol Arms. These are great maps (thanks to Shotley Parish Council for the funding to have them printed) and are marked up with the three circular walks featured in Suffolk Walking Festival. We have shown the brand new waymarked ‘Arthur Ransome Walking Trail’ from Pin Mill to Shotley. Here’s Jane putting the finishing touches to the board at the Bristol Arms, and look out for the special Arthur Ransome waymarkers. We have been busy with on-going maintenance in Shotley Heritage Park, and the footpaths are now much improved for walking. The Crows Nest and Quarterdeck are also much nicer places to stop and rest. Why not have a picnic this summer in these lovely locations? Our launch and celebration event for Walkers are Welcome on May 13 was well attended, and thanks go out to the ladies of the Shotley Soup a Lunch team who kindly volunteered their time and energy to provide a choice of three delicious soups for lunch. This is the second time the Soup a Lunch team have supported our special events, and I can only say a massive thank you to you all for what you do for us. We hope that the way Shotley Open Spaces helps to make Shotley a better place goes some way in paying back for what you do.

SHOTLEY PENINSULA CYCLING CAMPAIGN (SPCC) Shotley Peninsula Cycling Campaign is holding its AGM on Thursday, July 6 at 7pm in the Church Room, St Andrew’s Church, Chelmondiston. Whether you are a member of the campaign or not, you are welcome to attend, especially if you have an interest in improving cycling opportunities across the peninsula. Come along and hear about our exciting plans to improve the local cycling network. If you would like to know more about the AGM or the campaign generally please visit: We look forward to seeing you on July 6.

If you haven’t yet, please take a look at our website for up to date information about what we are doing, and for information about the various walks around Shotley: There are signs that more walking groups are coming to Shotley to enjoy our hospitality, and we will build on this as our membership of Walkers are Welcome matures. The Walkers are Welcome national website – – has Shotley on its map of the UK, and we are oh so lonely to be the only one in Suffolk so far. This will change soon, and we are hoping to have other villages on the peninsula part of the scheme, along with other towns and villages in Suffolk. The Walkers World website – – has an article in its April 2017 newsletter about the Arthur Ransome connection on Shotley Peninsula and the All About Ipswich and Suffolk Tourist Information websites also link to Walkers are Welcome: / These websites are full of good information about the peninsula and wider Suffolk, and are frequently updated. Finally, another reminder for budding photographers – or just folk who see a good photo opportunity. The SOS 2018 Calendar theme is Shotley through the Seasons. We have posted notices about this at various places around the village. Please submit your entries to marian.pugh@ any time between now and the end of July 2017 and they will be considered for the calendar. All entries will be displayed on our website from October 2017. As with the 2017 Calendar, we would like to credit the photographer alongside their photos so please let us know if that’s ok. Also, if the photo includes any people, please confirm that you have their permission to allow it to be shown. If you want to be included on the growing Shotley Open Spaces email list, please contact Geraint Pugh ( or Gary Richens ( Gary Richens

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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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 BABERGH DISTRICT COUNCIL 2016-2017 REPORT FOR ALTON WARD Babergh District Councillor Alastair McCraw Both Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils have seen significant decisions made this year. The effects of these may not all be apparent for some time to come. Devolution, initially just Suffolk, imploded when some Norfolk councils rejected the final bid. The government offer was withdrawn. Another try is possible, but there may not be much appetite left. We will be adopting a cabinet model from 2017-18. Many principal decisions will be made by a cabinet of appointed members, frequently without reference to committees or the full council. Councillors will have the option to ‘call in’ certain decisions before they go into effect, with restrictions to avoid ‘time wasting’. The aim is to make decision making faster and more efficient. Our Scrutiny Committee are expected to see an increased role, although it is unclear as to how this will work in practice. Planning and Regulatory Committees are unaffected by this. We’ve asked the Boundary Commission to review ward boundaries and the number of councillors in order to even up representation. So far, the council ‘agreed’ a suggested figure of 31 to replace the current 43 (a 28% cut) as a starting point. Fewer of us making any decisions, we won’t need so many. Representing a larger number of people, there will be less to do apparently. Oh, Brave New World! A public consultation over proposed ward boundaries will take place after the first round of proposals. The final changes would take place for the 2019 elections. Public Access: In a far reaching decision, both councils will be leaving their offices at Hadleigh and Needham Market around the autumn and moving to Endeavour House in Ipswich, thus outside our own area. There may be some teething problems. The public will have face to face access to services in Ipswich itself and at offices in Sudbury and Stowmarket. A major part of this strategy is the way people are expected to access council services in future by phone and the internet. The new websites are up and running and can be used on all platforms (feedback is encouraged). Babergh’s address is now There are also more ways to pay for services online and a single phone number. 0300 123 4000 can

be used for all departments between 8.30am and 5pm on weekdays. (0300 calls are included in all networks free minutes packages, or cost the same as 01 or 02). Those headquarters become the initial basis of our property portfolios. To replace long term reductions of the government’s Revenue Support Grant we find we have to generate new revenue streams by investing in property. It is believed this will produce a significant return to shore up the finances. To that end both councils have set up a Capital Investment Fund Company with up to £50million of borrowing permission (50% owned by each council). New Homes Bonus has fallen well short of estimates so far (we need that money!) and has had new restrictions applied to it. Further, a Judicial Review of an East Bergholt planning decision has upset the council’s Core Strategy Policies. We can no longer demonstrate a ‘Five Year Housing Supply’. In that event, we are required to apply a ‘presumption in favour of development’ and are expected to grant such applications.... even overriding local plans, and possibly neighbourhood plans too. There are even fewer planning certainties for now. Your Council Tax for 2017-18 is about 2.9% up on last year. Babergh’s increase was 3.4% or £5 a year, the maximum allowable, so that we could achieve a balanced budget. That forms about 10% of your total Council Tax bill. Much of the day to day business continues as you would expect. Bins are emptied, licensing carries on, all the essential every day functions that you would expect will continue, even if they aren’t noticeable. As to my own role, I continue to deal with individual queries, concerns, worries or problems and can always be contacted on 07812 564188 or at to help where I can. I’m also quite active and vocal in committee, council and working groups at Babergh. Thank you for your time and attention. Questions are welcome and should be positively encouraged.

SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM With summer close by, here’s just a little reminder about shed and garage security. Think about: • Fitting a good quality padlock (there are even alarmed ones that are activated if tampered with) • Checking that your door hinges are secure • Obscuring windows with a net curtain or fitting internal bars/grille • Keeping doors and windows locked • Security marking items of value with your postcode (make a note of any serial numbers and photograph items) • Install external dusk till dawn lighting and consider an alarm which can deter intruders

Should you require any further advice please contact: • 101 in a non-emergency or 999 for emergency calls • Email: • Follow us on Twitter @HadleighPolice • Join up to Police Connect: Alternatively for crime reduction advice please contact the local crime reduction officer on 01473 613500 or visit: Any information you may wish to pass about any crime can also be passed by calling CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111 PC287 Sarah George, Hadleigh SNT

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On behalf of the group I would like to thank all those who supported our quiz last month. There was a great atmosphere in the hall with nearly 80 competitors making up 15 teams. Thanks to our question master Kevin Widdick, Carol Blumfield for setting a great set of questions and all who helped with the buffet, especially Glynis and Debby. Our congratulations go to the winners, Andrew, Maureen, Annette and Derek. We raised a grand total of £675 which is over a third of the cost of the lighting desk we are in the process of buying. Once again, many thanks for your support.

SHOTLEY CHURCH HERITAGE BINGO & RAFFLE Saturday, June 17, 7 for 7.30pm at Shotley Village Hall. Everyone welcome.

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Our Armed Forces Day Tea will be held at Holbrook Village Hall in The Street on Sunday, June 15, commencing at 2.30pm. Our quest speaker will be Joyce Kimber, BA. LRAM and her subject will be Britain’s Finest Hour. Please come along – everybody is most welcome.


SATURDAY 17 June Saturday, July 1, 10am-5pm Sunday, July 2, from 11am Starting: 7pm for 7.30pm Songs of Praise at 4pm Stalls, refreshments, Shotley Village Hall draw and more



The next monthly market at St Michael’s, The Church on the Park, Woolverstone is on Saturday, June 10, 9am-12.30pm. What a fantastic run, thank you to all who supported us. The first half was the murder mystery part on behalf of Macmillan Care, a really fun sleuthing session with the audience joining in. Mulberry Manor was the scene. Who had bumped off the young actress, Fifi, in her bath? Ian Scrivener did a wonderful job as host for the evening and was Lord Louche (a sexual pervert with a false beard) in the second half. Tracy Newman made a great Lady La Di Dah, Gill Leverett was her mother Marchioness De Fromage, I developed a hairstyle to die for as Reverend Ruff and John Revell, our king of accents, was Neville Loudmouth, an American/Welsh millionaire dressed in rubber!  Our very own Sam Scrivener was delightfully flirtatious as Ginny Goodtimes and it was lovely to have Brian Mann on stage again. The butler, Lenny Oopsidaisy, took an hour to decide if Fifi was actually dead! And then we had the cook, Dawn McCracken as Mrs Beetroot. Let’s just say it might be best to avoid her stew! All suspects. Who did it? It’s a secret just in case others are still to do their parties. After the refreshment break with lots of yummy cheeses the audience settled down to the second half, the mayhem bit. Ian warned of a total blackout. Sam shouted “Hello” into the hall and each night someone shouted back “Hello”. Highly amusing but the audience participation finished at the refreshment break! This one act play ended the evening on a real high.

Fruit, vegetables, cakes, bread, meat and an interesting range of handcrafted items which helps present buying. East End Butchers are pleased to be the market’s resident meat supplier. If you would like to place on order with them it can be collected at the market each month. Their number for orders is 01206 392190. Come along to mingle with your friends, have a cup of coffee and a bacon buttie and enjoy the lovely venue. New stalls welcome. Contact Jane Gould: 01473 780777

SONG THROUGH THE CENTURIES A concert by Zoe Todd and Andrew leach Hayworth Theatre, Ipswich High School, Woolverstone IP9 1AZ Saturday, June 10, 6.45pm Tickets (£10) from: / 01473 780275 / 07771 576047 Include a glass of Sparkling Fizz Children under 16 free Friends of Woolverstone on behalf of Woolverstone PC

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Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, 10am-4pm Entrance: Adults 50p, accompanied children free Works from local artists will be exhibited alongside that of our children. All proceeds will go towards providing more creative experiences and opportunities in our school. 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 24. The fete is open to all and admission is free. The theme this year is The Olympics so there are lots of sporting influences and 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. Among many things, the afternoon includes a barbecue, Pimm’s tent, fairground rides, archery, face painting, ice cream, pony rides and a tennis tournament. There will also be some entertainment performed by the girls, sporting displays, tombola and Ipswich car dealership BMW/Mini Cooper will also be showing off their latest models.

If you would like to exhibit, please contact interim headteacher Anne Clarke: / 01473 328351

SHOTLEY WHIST DRIVE Our whist drives for June are on Thursdays 1 and 15, both 1.50-4pm. We had two new members at our last Whist Drive, but we can still do with a few more. This is a friendly afternoon and at half time we usually have homemade cakes with our tea and coffee. Lifts are available. Any information needed please contact Norman or Eileen: 01473 787358

The fete takes place between noon and 3pm and is organised by 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 or visit Ipswich High School Association on Facebook.

SPEND AN EVENING WITH JULIET BARKER Juliet Barker is a historian specialising in the Middle Ages and literary biography. Her books include The Brontës, Conquest and the bestselling Agincourt. Her latest book is The Brontës: A Life in Letters, described as “exhilarating because it is a portrait of six extraordinary people in their own words”. Juliet will be appearing at the Ipswich Institute Reading Room (15 Tavern Street, IP1 3AA) on Wednesday, June 7 as part of Suffolk Book League’s 2017 programme of events. Doors open at 7pm with the event starting at 7.30pm. General admission is £8 (members £4). Students free with ID. Tickets to be paid for on the door. Reservations can be made by emailing:



FRIENDS OF WOOLVERSTONE On behalf of Woolverstone Parish Council

Nine gardens are open to the public on Sunday, June 4 from 10am-5pm Most exciting are the Gertrude Jekyll inspired gardens at the Edwin Lutyens architecturally designed Woolverstone House. Ipswich High School has kindly allowed us to view the gardens at Woolverstone Hall with stunning photo opportunities of the River Orwell. Groups can meet at the church for a guided tour and talk of the gardens in their glory years. Many other fabulous gardens are open. Cottage gardens stuffed with interesting plants and traditional vegetable gardens. Modern minimal maintenance designed gardens and the mature gardens of an interesting estate house. Parking and £5 admission payment at the Marina Road IP9 1DQ. Children under 16 may enter free. Refreshments, delicious  lunches, cakes and teas available. 

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On Sunday, May 14, seven members had lunch at the Mermaid Pub, Yarmouth Road. The food was very good. We then did a 4.5 mile walk, starting off at Chantry Park where Norma joined us for the first time. We walked by Ranelagh Cycle Warehouse, along Yarmouth Road, Riverside Road, then on the path along the River Gipping to Sproughton. We stopped at Jean and Barry Abbotts for tea and coffee, after which most of the members walked back to the start, except me. I was a bit shattered so I stayed a bit longer and Val came and picked me up. It was a lovely day, sunny and dry. The next walk will be on July 9. We don’t have a walk in June as most of the members are on holiday. Give me a ring to find out where we are walking nearer the time. Juill Nunn: 01473 787504

The Beavers are working towards their explore badge and as part of this had to draw and use a map of the local area. The children had to get to the park at Kingsland and had to put in lots of places of interest along the way. We had bus stops, shops, houses and, of course, the park. Once they had navigated their way to the park they were given some time to play. Some of the maps even had written directions on. Well done Beavers. Cubs Communicate The Cubs were given the task to learn how to communicate without words. How did they manage this you may ask? Well Semafore flags of course. They were given the alphabet in Semafore flags and had a great time trying to decipher them.




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We are always ready to welcome new members in the 700 Club. The cost of £1 a month can be paid every three, six or 12 months. To join contact Norman: 01473 787358 Thursford We have been allocated tickets for the afternoon show on Sunday, November 19. To book contact Norman on 787358. No money needed until September. Shotley Village Hall Thank you to the Women’s Institute ladies and friends who raised £455 at a recent coffee morning. With a donation of £5, £460 has been added to hall funds. We are keen to improve both the surface and lighting of the car park. Auction Our next auction will be on Saturday, September 16. Early bookings can be made with Jim Catling (788499) or Norman Bugg (787358).

Scouts Searching for History One Tuesday evening the Scouts were given the opportunity to explore the Ganges Museum after a short talk. Some tried on hats, some used the telephone to communicate across the museum (scaring one of our young leaders with the screeching sound) and others inspected artefacts in the museum. This is all helping towards their local knowledge badge. Thanks to Tony and June Lawford-Randall for opening up especially for us. Penny Mile The penny mile will be on Saturday, June 3, starting at 10am in the lay-by near the garage. Thanks to those who have already dropped off pennies.

SHOTLEY SOCIAL CLUB (OVER 60S) This month we meet on Thursdays 8 and 22, both 1.50-4pm. Our next trip is to the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe for Tribute to the Andrews Sisters on Tuesday, June 6. We will leave Shotley at 10.45am. Meal available at The Alex. Cost £35 approximately to include bus fare and show. Tickets are going fast so if you are interested, please phone Norman. On Wednesday, July 5 we will visit Peter Beales Rose Gardens nursery, café and shop, leaving Shotley at 9am. Coach fare £12. Again this outing will go quite quickly so contact Norman to book. Any further information contact Eileen or Norman: 01473 787358

CRAFTERS UNLIMITED Monday, June 5: Flower Brooch (Debbie) Monday, July 3: Waterfall Card and Handy Notebook (Jill) Thank you to everyone who helped and supported our latest jumble sale and made it a success. If you missed this last sale, there will be another in either October or November 2017, so watch this space! Please save all your goodies, but if this is a problem, we can collect before then.

Samples of each project are displayed the month before and other projects are available. Saturday workshops (10am-4pm) and Monday meetings (7.30-10pm) are held in Wherstead Village Hall Meeting Rooms. Contacts: Ann is 01473 780298 / Jill 01473 713534




DAY TRIP TO GEOFF HAMILTON’S GARDENS, BARNSDALE Wednesday, June 14 Leaving Chelmondiston Red Lion at 9am Leaving gardens at 4pm Details from Linda: 01473 780005

CHELMONDISTON OVER SIXTIES On Thursday, July 6  we have an all day trip to Southend, leaving Chelmondiston at 9.30am and returning at approximately 4.30pm. The cost will be £10 for members and £12 for non-members. There is time for a train ride to the end of the pier, shopping and lunch. To book a seat, please call: 01473 780718 Sadly we lost two of our former members, Vi Crowe and Linda Gould. It’s polling day on  Thursday June 8 so we will again move into the Methodist Hall for our meeting. Everyone is welcome to come to our weekly meeting starting at  2pm, with tea and cake and friends. Michele and Michael Rutherford

EAST SUFFOLK ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND A local charity for local people An independent and voluntary charitable organisation promoting the welfare of blind and partially sighted people in East Suffolk since 1914. Membership is free. We also hold a social from 2-4pm on the last Wednesday of every month at Stutton Community Hall when we provide entertainment, afternoon tea and a raffle and twice a year, in the summer and at Christmas, we enjoy lunch at a local hotel. If you would like to join us, please contact Ian, our community support worker, for more information: 01473 788380

TAIZE WORKSHOP, TEA AND SERVICE We have the latest music from the Taize Community to learn and you are welcome to come and learn it with us at 3pm on Sunday, June 25 in St Michael’s Church, Woolverstone.

The speaker at our April meeting was Lisa Jones with a talk entitled Knickers! Lisa was both well-informed and very funny, and this was a fascinating subject. Early underwear was pretty minimal to say the least, but it took the Victorians to make unmentionables for the ladies really awful. Tight corsets found ladies fainting all over the place, leading to some rather ghastly medical problems too. The First World War brought women into the workplace and underwear improved rapidly after that. Some of the examples Lisa brought to show us were absolutely lovely, made of lace and silk, but those vast unmentionables of Queen Victoria were totally hilarious. Thank goodness we were all born in the 20th century. In April we did a sponsored walk to raise funds for the ACWW, and those members who couldn’t walk nobly sponsored those who did. In May we ran a raffle and drinks stall at the Arthur Ransome Day at Pin Mill. Our speaker in May was Iwan Rees, a First Responder who talked about first aid. Some of us attended the session on use of the newly installed defibrillator outside our village hall. In June Simon Leatherdale will be talking to us about our maritime woodlands. We always welcome new members to our meetings on the second Tuesday of the month in Chelmondiston Village Hall at 7.30pm.

VILLAGE LINK CLUB In May Horry Parsons presented a talk about the building of Bury Tower. Substantial foundations had been put in during the 1960s, but money ran out before the tower could be built. A legacy from Stephen Dykes Bower, the cathedral’s resident architect (1943 to 1988), and a contribution from the Millennium Commission allowed building of the tower to commence in 1998. Despite its 150ft height, the planning application simply stated that it was to be a single story addition to a single story building. Constructed from high quality Barnack Limestone, the tower should have a life of several hundred years. Ninety-eight miles of tubing was used to form a free-standing scaffold tower to aid construction.

We expect the singing to be thirsty work so we break for tea, sandwiches and cake at 4pm Photo courtesy of S Harris and will have the 45-minute service at 4.30pm. The service will include some familiar Taize music as well as the exciting new material.

On June 14 Nathan will present a talk about the Hearing Care Centre.

You are welcome to join us for the whole afternoon or any part of it that suits you. It would help us for catering to have a rough idea of numbers so if you are coming please contact Jane Gould: 01473 780777 /

Meetings are held at 10am on the second Wednesday of every month in Tattingstone Village Hall. Following the speaker we have refreshments, when there is time for a chat with other members, and a raffle. New members and visitors are welcome to join us. After the August and February meetings, we normally hold a members’ lunch.

If you are unfamiliar with the style of worship that the Taize Community offers you can hear some clips on Youtube.


Future talks this year will be: Local History of our Villages, Suffolk Chapter & Verse, Elderly Drivers, Jewel of the Canaries, A Year as Mayor of Ipswich, Christmas Special Message & Carols, First Aid & AED, Dad’s Army, History of Scarecrows, Pray Silence for ? and History of Butley Priory.

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OUT & ABOUT STOUR VALLEY MEN’S PROBUS CLUB Tom Tyler returns on June 7 with a talk entitled When Holidays Were Fun and on June 21 John Field will speak to us about the redevelopment of Ipswich Docks. On July 5, Lewis Tyler presents Daddy, What is TV?. On Wednesday, July 19 we are holding our summer lunch and invite our spouses and Probus widows to join us. This year we have moved to The Haywain to enjoy the occasion. We don’t hold a meeting in August and return after our break on Wednesday, September 6 when Tom Williams presents Everyone Has a Book in Them, followed on Wednesday, September 20 by Philip Roberts with a talk entitled The Mary Rose.  Our club endeavours to be simple in structure, free of the constraints and obligations of service clubs and involve members at minimal cost. The club is directed primarily to providing fellowship between members who are compatible with each other and the opportunity for development of acquaintances. New members are welcomed. We meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month at St John Ambulance HQ, Manningtree CO11 1EB at 10.30am.  For further details please contact speaker secretary Dave Carman: 01255 880202

1st SAMFORD SCOUTS So far this term 1st Samford Scouts have made and cooked hash browns over an open fire on the beach at Holbrook and started learning to kayak at the Cattawade. Over the half term we have a Scout and Cub camp planned at Bures with activities including kayaking, raft building, shooting and hiking, as well as the usual camp activities and cooking over fires. More on this next month. Over the rest of the summer the Scouts will be kayaking, learning more about first aid and going on some evening hikes around the peninsula. Our group continues to grow. We now have 30 Scouts and plenty of Cubs and Beavers looking to move on through Scouting. It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people so please get in touch if you’d like to join the adventure. We are also always looking for adults to be involved either as leaders or behind the scenes to help administer the group. David Russell, Scout Leader, 1st Samford Scouts


The 1st Samford Beavers have an action-packed summer term ahead, including a sponsored cycle ride taking place at the primary school. We are taking advantage of the light evenings and getting out and about. We will be learning our green cross code in Felixstowe with our nominated parents, and backwoods cooking cakes in oranges with experienced members of the SAS (Scout Active Support). After our successful session on the safe use of knives, saws and axes, the Cubs have been busy making emergency fire lighting kits as Father’s Day presents. They have also enjoyed den building with the Beavers courtesy of Jimmy’s Farm, and an evening hike in Woolverstone. We have lots more fun, outdoor activities to look forward to through the summer term and are making the most of the wonderful area that we live in. We are actively recruiting new Cubs for the pack and are also very keen to hear from anyone who would be interested in being involved in a leadership role – there are no barriers to age and full training/support will be given.


Formerly Tattingstone and Wherstead WI Alton Belles would like to invite women of all ages from around Alton Water to join them. Our monthly meeting will brighten your evening while you enjoy a cup of tea, a chat and a chance to be inspired to explore new activities. If you would like more information about our meetings and how you can join the WI, please give Tamzin a ring on 328670 or Ann on 327271. Visitors are always welcome and the first meeting is free. Our May meeting was a busy one. Matthew Spall from Suffolk Trading Standards gave advice on how to avoid being caught by scams and scammers. During tea we had a quiz and a discussion on the two resolutions to go forward to the national WI AGM in June. This year’s resolutions are Alleviating Loneliness and Plastic Soup, both very worthy causes. At our June meeting we will be putting together fiddle mats and muffs for patients living with dementia at one of the local care homes. If you enjoy crafts come along to help us and meet our friendly group.

STOUR VALLEY U3A On Wednesday, May 10, Emma Roodhouse, art curator at Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service, introduced us to Leonard Squirrel, known as the ‘grand old man’ of East Anglian painting. In highlighting his prolific career, she concentrated on artworks in the Ipswich Borough Council collection, including drawings, watercolours, etchings and pastels from 1912-1978. On Wednesday, June 14, Alan Goldsmith from Stansted will present a talk titled Giving it Both Barrels, an amusing and lighthearted talk of his 50 years in the rock ‘n’ roll and entertainment business. On Wednesday, July 12, Dr Stephen Ashworth, senior lecturer at UEA, will talk on kitchen chemistry, a science show using readily available materials to illustrate some of the principles of chemistry.  Our main purpose is to encourage lifelong learning for those who are no longer in full time employment and emphasis is always placed on making learning active and fun as well as helping in developing friendships. We have a wide range of groups including language study, country walking and computer studies and groups that visit gardens, churches and historic buildings. In the main, membership is drawn from communities in the lower Stour Valley and adjacent areas including Brantham, Capel St Mary, Dedham, East Bergholt, Holbrook, Lawford, Manningtree, Raydon and Stratford St Mary. We are affiliated to the ThirdAge Trust, have over 260 members and 21 groups. For further information please visit where membership secretary Gillian Gibbs may be contacted. We meet at Constable Hall, Gandish Road, East Bergholt CO7 6TP at 2.15pm.  Annual membership is £12 which entitles members to attend meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, except August and December. It’s never too late to learn! Join the 361,477 members across 969 U3As throughout the UK today.

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Our programme of outside activities began with Holbrook Brownies braving icy hailstorms. The older Brownies set a fiendish trail around Alton Water for the rest of the group to follow, making the most of thickets and intercrossing paths to make it tricky. Finding a hiding place at the end, as always, created huge excitement, especially as the first group couldn’t find them!

This term the children have had great fun working with Alfie Vaughan to produce a mini-film about our school. This can be found on our new website: Are you an artist who likes to share their work with others and just need a venue to do so? Well look no further! It has been a few years since we last had an art exhibition at Stutton School and are keen to rekindle contacts with artists who have exhibited before as well as finding new artists who enjoy the opportunity to display and sell their work. The exhibition is open to the public on July 8 and 9, with a private viewing for artists and invited guests on Friday, July 7. The art is professionally hung and local artists’ work as well as that of our children will be exhibited. We welcome 3D as well as 2D works. The exhibition will raise funds to provide our children with creative experiences to further enrich our curriculum. Please contact Anne Clarke at Stutton Primary School for further details: / 01473 328531

The combination of Brownies, their fantastic imaginations and woods saw the creation of four amazing dens. Starting from scratch without a single branch in place, their dens included gardens, flowers, coat hooks, well-brushed paths and even doorposts with secret writing made by beetles. Most importantly, there was room for everyone to sit and enjoy a biscuit after all the hard work. A beautiful sunny evening saw our Brownies thoroughly enjoying themselves at Hallowtree. The next generation of lady drivers practised their driving skills with the grass sledges. Having mastered driving it was time to take on human football which at times became very competitive. Another evening of girls having a totally brilliant time. Our Brownies have a huge variety of activities to look forward to, from a train journey to Woodbridge and a tour of the Tide Mill, cooking sausages on an open fire to creating sand sculptures, but perhaps the icing on the cake will be our day outing on an enormous coach to Bewilderwood. If your daughter (aged between seven and 10) would like to enjoy lots of activities, create lasting friendships and, above all, have fun, please register on Girlguiding UK. We currently have a waiting list for five and six year olds.

SHOTLEY GARDENING CLUB Our meeting on May 8 took a different form to our usual talks and activities. We invited Bryan Thurlow, an actor and gardener, to come and introduce us to a charming, elderly gentleman, born in 1900 and apprenticed to the head gardener at Glebe House, Suffolk at the age of 14. As Horace Potter, Bryan talked to us about his life and experiences, his hopes and disappointments. This was a gentle, often funny and touching tale of a life at the start of the last century. It was a lovely performance and one of the highlights of our year. We were even able to buy some of his home grown plants. He says he can’t resist propagating them.

This year celebrates 80 years since Arthur Ransome wrote the Swallows and Amazons novel We Didn’t Mean to go to Sea which was written from and features real locations on Shotley Peninsula. This year also marks 50 years since Arthur Ransome died. We are looking forward to taking part in both of the Arthur Ransome projects. The Shanties on the Shore project will bring Ransome’s writing and the history of Shotley Peninsula to life. Along with the other schools on the peninsula, we will participate in music and writing workshops and performances led by poet Dean Parkin, composer John K Miles and musicians from the City of London Sinfonia to create Shanties on the Shore, a concert which will be performed at The Hayworth Theatre at Ipswich Girls School in Woolverstone. The Script, Sketch and Sail project with Ruth Richmond is designed to support Y6 children with the transition from primary to high school. The children will work with local artist Ruth Richmond, The Nancy Blackett Trust and Neptune Sailing Centre to transform Ransome’s writing to create drawings, illustrations and images. These designs will then be transferred onto boat sails provided by Neptune Sailing Club, who will also support the children with the opportunity to learn how to sail. We are particularly pleased that this project is going ahead because Stutton Primary School’s PTA was the funding applicant and we have been able to successfully secure funding from the Heritage Lottery on behalf of the entire primary educational provision on the peninsula. Our Early Years and KS1 children are keen to share their learning: We have been learning about islands and have even sailed to the island of Coll on our own boat. We used our imaginations to think about what we could see, smell and hear, and then we wrote a poem together using our senses. We were really excited to see Katie Morag there, because Coll is the real island of Struay from the Katie Morag stories that we have been reading! We hope you like our poem!

THE ISLAND See the seals splashing in the salty sea. Hear the noisy white seagulls screeching hungrily in the sky up above. See Katie and her brother Liam hopping, skipping and jumping on the soft sandy beach.

Our next meeting on Monday, June 19 has had to be changed and we will no longer be visiting a garden in East Bergholt. Instead we will be going to the Open Gardens in Holbrook on Sunday, June 18.

Smell the salty seaweed floating in the calm wavy sea.

Many of our members and friends will be departing for their holiday in Yorkshire on May 22. I wish I was going with them and hope they have a wonderful time.

Feel the whirling whooshing waves crashing angrily against the boat.

See dolphins dashing down the side of the boat, laughing happily as they play.

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SCHOOLS CHELMONDISTON CEVC PRIMARY SCHOOL It hardly seems possible that we are now in the summer term. This term is always a very busy one for schools with the end of Key Stage tests, sports day and various PTA activities. We at Chelmondiston CEVC Primary School are no different. By the time you read this, Years 2 and 6 will have taken their tests in English and mathematics. Year 1 also get in on the act with their phonic test at the end of June. These tests are important for parents, children and the school. They provide the school with a valuable insight into how effective our teaching has been, which things we are doing well and which things we need to improve upon. They also provide us with a means of comparing our effectiveness with other schools. This is also true for parents – when the results are published it gives a means to look at how good the school is at teaching the subjects that the tests examine. More important than either of these functions is the experience that it gives the children. At Chelmondiston CEVC Primary School every child is unique with their own blend of talents and aspirations. The experience of doing the tests allows the children to know what taking an examination is about. If a child achieves above or at the expected standard we celebrate that achievement. If a child does not reach the expected standard, but has done their very best, we make sure they know that they have been successful. In Key Stage 1 and with children doing the phonic tests, we do them in such a way that the children aren’t even aware that they are doing a test. Yes, these tests are important but we want to make sure that children, parents and the whole community recognise that education is not just about the subjects that are tested but about making sure that the whole child flourishes and reaches their potential in every way. The summer term is also full of other exciting events. With sports day coming up I hope both you and your children are keeping fit. On a social front the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has also been busy. At the beginning of this term we held a quiz and chips night. Here teams of adults got together to be tested by the fiendish Mr Cornish. Was that a history question that sneaked into the geography round? Well it didn’t stop the eventual winners, Codpiece and Chips, from lifting the trophy at the end of the evening.

SHOTLEY COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL This academic year we have been incredibly fortunate in that we have been successful in receiving funding from Felixstowe Port, the National Lottery and Tesco Bags of Help for two major outdoor projects. Our first project, supported by grants from Felixstowe Port and the National Lottery Awards For All Fund, was to redevelop the site of the old outdoor swimming pool. We would like to thank parents and members of the community for all of their support over the last three years in helping to clear the pool, poly tunnel frame and concrete. This unsightly area has now become an allweather play and sports area for the children, with a soft rubber surface. This has extended the available playing space for ball games at break and PE times and the soft surface has been ideal for the younger children. Older children are to be trained as play leaders with a new range of equipment and storage. Our second project, which is still on-going, has been supported by Tesco Bags of Help. Operation Greenfinch is going to refurbish and regenerate our environmental areas in the school grounds. Our main aim was to replace our old bird hide, which was condemned (the children were watching birds from underneath a make-shift tarpaulin ‘tent’). We also wanted to replace and increase our bird, bat and owl boxes, as well as introduce some hedgehog boxes. Our environmental area had become overgrown and difficult to move around in, our kitchen garden needed to be made more accessible and we wanted to make our quiet garden into a sensory garden. The grant has enabled us to plan for all of the items of our wish list and we started the project in earnest at the beginning of spring. Three months on and our new bird hide is installed and is being used. Bird, bat and owl boxes are up – and being used. We have raised kitchen garden beds and the accessible paths around our environmental area are gradually being laid. The planting for our sensory garden has been planned out and we are really looking forward to our grand opening on Friday, June 30, just before our summer fair. We’d like to thank our parents for their support and practical help, Ian Peters from Suffolk Wildlife Trust for his advice and support, and especially Mr Boast from Boast About the Garden, for his advice, designs and the work that he has done. Grand Opening and Summer Fair We’d like to invite members of the community to our grand opening and summer fair on June 30 from 2.45pm, and we’d love to open up our bird hide to our community for them to use also.

The school itself will also be changing. On July 1 we will be entering the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Multi Academy Trust. This is an exciting opportunity for the school to develop further links with the schools that are already involved in the trust while ensuring that we preserve our links with other schools on the peninsula. As far as the children are concerned there will be virtually no change. The name of the school will change from Chelmondiston Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School to Chelmondiston Church of England Primary School and this is the biggest change that anyone will notice. We are sure that by being in the MAT we will benefit our children with even more enriching experiences and exciting collaboration with other like-minded schools.




What can I say? We are not used to all this walking. On the other hand, it isn’t just all about sailing – we have to consider our canine friends and did enjoy a lovely walk from the club through the cliff plantation to the Clamp and back. You should try it some time.

The new season is almost upon us and all members of Shotley Bowls Club are preparing for the challenges ahead. The green has had extensive work done on it throughout the closed season and is in good shape for the months ahead (or will be once it starts to rain!). Players have begun to have their first practises, or ‘roll-ups’, and our first league game have been played. The club will be playing league matches every Monday and Wednesday evening throughout the summer. As usual the club will also be running some internal cups and competitions to suit players of all levels, as well as a few club members competing in county cup games. Shotley Bowls Club welcomes anybody who is interested in trying bowls for the first time or experienced players who would like to return to the sport. Please contact club secretary Norman Bugg on 01473 787358. Simon Whitney

Boats have been launched and there will be a cruise to Walton Backwaters on June 10 in acknowledgement of this year of Arthur Ransome celebration, followed by a cruise to Brightlingsea starting on June 17. On the social side, on June 24 we will be having the club’s premier event with a Wild West theme and lots of entertainment. Visit our Facebook page for more information. / Facebook: PMSC Social

FREE VOLLEYBALL SESSIONS THIS SUMMER Volleyball is loads of fun and a very friendly game. It’s the only highenergy, no-contact mixed team sport you can play indoors and outdoors, whatever your ability. It’s energetic enough to help with your fitness, but without placing high demands on your body, and good teamwork is important as well as individual skill. This summer is the perfect time to give volleyball a go and find out why it’s one of the top three most-played sports in the world. The sport is thriving in Suffolk with clubs in Ipswich and Stowmarket with members of mixed abilities, male and female, and all ages from teenagers to their grandparents. The clubs will all give a warm welcome to prospective new players whether experienced or complete beginners, and this summer you can go along to join a session and play some friendly games at a park near you. Ipswich Ravens and Ipswich Volleyball Club  play in Christchurch Park (near the Westerfield Road entrance) on Saturday afternoons, while  Stowmarket VC play on the Recreation Ground on Tuesday and Sunday evenings. All sessions are subject to weather and other fixtures. The great thing is – all sessions are completely free. The clubs are happy to accommodate people who want to play either competitively or just at a recreational level. All sessions are organised by qualified coaches who also give some playing advice to each individual. So why not go along and take a look? If you like what you see please introduce yourself and you will be very welcome to participate in a session under no obligation.  To find out more, visit:


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SPORT THE ARTHUR RANSOME CELEBRATION – NEPTUNE SAILING AT PIN MILL Neptune Sailing offered those attending this very well supported event the chance to experience the real feel of Swallows and Amazons out on the River Orwell. Free dinghy sailing tasters were an essential part of the celebrations and were taken up by a very large number of youngsters and their parents. We began the day by sailing part of our fleet to Pin Mill, with many members of our team aboard. Our shore team had established a central base, where parents could sign up their children to be willing crews. The shore team, comprising committee and family members, fitted all participants with buoyancy aids, ensuring safeguarding procedures were adhered to, and it wasn’t long before our Wayfarers were seeing a steady stream of different crews arriving on the pontoon. Four Wayfarer dinghies, with RYA qualified dinghy instructors in each one, took a steady stream of enthusiastic sailors out to experience the atmospheric surroundings of Pin Mill. All were keen to take the helm, balance the boat and pull in ropes, with only one unfortunate sailor slipping from the dinghy and getting rather damp! There was much excited talk, and many smiles, as the dinghies powered across the bay. A RIB support boat, with powerboat driver and crew, looked after safety on the water, while our newly refurbished Cheverton launch was needed to ferry families out to the dinghies. The sessions were led by RYA senior instructors. This was a hectic afternoon, with all craft constantly in use from the moment there was enough water to float, until we were about to go aground. Sixty-five youngsters and parents went afloat during the afternoon and there was still a demand despite the water leaving the pontoon! We were hoping that the sessions would enthuse those who took part, and this was clearly the case, with everyone coming ashore very excited by their experience. All were very complementary, and several youngsters indicated they would like to learn to sail with Neptune youth groups. Babergh District Council helped us to find some funding to support these sessions and their assistance was much appreciated. We look forward to future family-based events and are planning to get more of our local primary schools out on the water this year. Neptune Youth Groups All our evening youth groups have been running for four weeks now, and there are still some spaces available in each group. It will be possible to fit new sailors into one of the three ability groups depending on individual experience. Contact with our membership secretary can be easily made via our website. School Groups Several local schools are already involved at the centre, and we have just hosted two visits by Suffolk College students. More schools will be offered taster sailing sessions during the coming summer season. Summer Courses Our open-access summer courses are proving popular again and are filling steadily. If you would like to reserve places, or just want some information, visit our website.

HARKSTEAD CARPET BOWLS CLUB We ended a very successful 2016/17 winter of carpet bowling as league champions of division three, thus earning us promotion to division two. We started the season well against Polstead with a 6-4 home win, with one mat winning by an outstanding score of 29 shots to nil. The season progressed in much the same vein, losing only five matches out of the 20 games played and finishing up with a total of 125 points to win the league from our nearest rival, East Bergholt, on 119 points. Thanks must go to our captain David Hammond for organising this successful team. By the time this goes to print, four of our players, accompanied by four players from East Bergholt and eight from the top two teams in divisions one and two, will have represented East Suffolk against a team from Bury St Edmunds on May 10. On the lighter side, we have recently staged two charity events. The first was a bowls competition with teams entered from Kesgrave, Shotley, Tattingstone, Nacton, Bentley and Harkstead. Shotley won the trophy and Guide Dogs for the Blind and The Blind Society benefitted from the proceeds raised. The other event was a race night in the village hall which was attended by about 75 people and raised more than £960 for the Children’s Hospice. We would like to thank all who helped to make this night the success it was. Anyone who thinks they would like to have a go at carpet bowls should come along on a Wednesday evening and have a go. For details contact: 01473 310167 T Lambley

EAST BERGHOLT UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB By the time this issue lands on your doormat the season will be completed. All in all it has been a good season for the club. The 1st Team have one more fixture and depending on the final day results could finish as high as sixth in the Senior Division. The Reserves will finish League A in fourth place but still have the Goals of Ipswich Cup Final to play when hopefully they will be successful in bringing some Silverware back to Gandish Road. The A Team completed their schedule with back to back victories, which ensured their League B status and can be considered something of a success after a tough season. The club held its end of season awards night at the end of April, with the recipients being. 1st Team Players Player: Ben Bibby 1st Team Coaches/Supporters Player: Jamie McGrath 2nd Team Players Player: Matty Hayward 2nd Team Managers Player: Dave Pettman  3rd Team Players Player: Dan Bass 3rd Team Managers Player: Luke Taylor  Young Player: Jamie McGrath  Clubman of the Year: Peter East Our AGM is on Thursday, June 8 and pre-season resumes in July. We are always looking for people who can help the club as committee member, whether it be on the playing side or just in the background.

We have just announced some adult sailing courses and there are plenty of spaces on courses planned throughout the year. We are flexible and can adapt to suit your requirements.

If you would like to sponsor the club in some capacity we would also be delighted to hear from you. Club strips, dugouts, banners or boards on matchdays all offer potential exposure for your business while supporting a local organisation.

Steve Butcher,


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10.15am June 4

Family Communion at Shotley, followed by a barbecue

June 4 10.15am

Family Communion at Shotley, followed by a barbecue

June 11


Holy Communion

June 14


Midweek Communion

June 11

4 pm

Songs of Praise

June 18


Holy Communion

June 18


Holy Communion

June 25


Family Service

June 25


Holy Communion


ST MARY’S, ERWARTON June 4 10.15am

Family Communion at Shotley followed by a barbecue

June 11


Flower Festival Service

June 18


Holy Communion

June 25


Holy Communion

June 4 10.15am Benefice Family @ Church Family Communion (Pentecost), followed by a barbecue June 11


Holy Communion

June 18


Worship For All – Pet Service

June 25


Holy Communion

Please note that some services may change. Look in pew sheets and on noticeboards or contact the rector on 01473 781902.

CHELMONDISTON & HOLBROOK METHODIST CHURCHES ON ANTICIPATION (Holidays and Marriage) My daughter announced her engagement to a fellow doctor on Mount Carmel in Israel – a wedding next year. We are planning a holiday in France this summer, our first overseas holiday for a while. Also there are challenging and exciting things to anticipate on the work front. In his book The Art of Travel, Alain de Botton talks about the anticipation of planning holidays, focussed on the images in brochures of the resort, beaches and weather. We are caught up in anticipation and forget the journey to get there, the packing, the traffic, the airport queues, the humidity, passport control and the dusty roads. Even when we have arrived (and if everything is as good as the brochures describe), Alain de Botton says “a momentous but until then overlooked fact was making its first appearance: that I had inadvertently brought myself with me to the island.” He describes a “number of other incongruous and unrelated elements, a sore throat, worry at not having informed a colleague that I would be away, pressure across both temples and a rising need to visit the bathroom.” The holiday brochures show an ideal, but it leaves out the imperfect you being in the picture! We always have ourselves in the picture, our aches and pains, our high or low self-esteem, our frustrations and hurts, our anxieties and fears. In marriage you anticipate love and harmony, but again it’s bringing two imperfect people together and it may not all be sweetness and love. I do not do holiday planning, but I do offer marriage preparation, and will do that for my daughter and future son-in-law. I am also happy to talk with individuals or couples about the stresses and strains in relationships, even to talk with individuals about the imperfect you. I am so grateful that I am known by God with all my imperfections, but that he still loves me and gives an amazing degree of peace and contentment. I can enjoy the moment and the people I am with, whether at home or in some exotic location. Do contact me. The Rev Andrew Sankey 8 Roundridge Road, Capel St Mary IP9 2UG / 01473 311178 / 07966 187216

AT CHELMONDISTON METHODIST Toddler Group: Tuesdays, 9-11.30am Bible Study: Wednesdays, 7.30pm 10.45am Sunday 4 6.15pm

Worship with Mr Paul Finch Worship and Communion with Rev Andrew Sankey

Sunday 11

10.45am 6.15pm

Worship – Local Arrangement Worship with Mr Martin Ellis

Friday 16


Messy Church

10.45am Sunday 18 6.15pm

Worship and Communion with Rev Andrew Sankey Worship with Rev Mike Ayden

Sunday 25

Worship with Rev Michael Allen Worship – Local Arrangement

10.45am 6.15pm

AT HOLBROOK METHODIST What’s on in June (HCT Holbrook Churches Together) Mondays, 2.30-4pm: Tea and Chat (HCT) Mon 5 & Wed 21: Conversations Evening Group Saturday 3

10-11.30am Coffee morning

Sunday 4


Worship with Mr Chris Finbow

10am Sunday 11

Worship and Communion with Rev Andrew Sankey

Friday 16


Messy Church

Sunday 18


Worship with Mrs Jane Paterson

Sunday 25 10am 6.30pm

Worship with Mrs Alicia Holmes Worship with Rev Andrew Sankey – Something Different

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



11am 9.30am 9.30am 11am

Pentecost Benefice Service at Alton Water Holy Communion Holy Communion Informal Service

ALL SAINTS, HOLBROOK June 4 June 11 June 18 June 25

11am 4pm 10am 8am 10am 9.30am

Pentecost Benefice Service at Alton Water Afternoon Tea at the Church Matins Holy Communion Informal Service Holy Communion

ST MARY’S, WHERSTEAD June 4 June 11 June 18 June 25

11am Pentecost Benefice Service at Alton Water 11am Holy Communion No service 11am Informal Service

ST PETER’S, FRESTON June 2 June 4 June 9 June 11 June 16

9am Friday Morning Prayer 11am Pentecost Benefice Service at Alton Water 9am Friday Morning Prayer No service 9am Friday Morning Prayer

June 18 June 23 June 25 June 30

11am Holy Communion 9am Friday Morning Prayer No service 9am Friday Morning Prayer

ST MICHAEL’S, WOOLVERSTONE June 4 June 7 June 11 June 14 June 18 June 21 June 25 June 28

11am 6.30pm 11am 6.30pm 11am 6.30pm 11am 3-4pm 4.30pm 6.30pm

Pentecost Benefice Service at Alton Water Wednesday Prayer Worship Worship the Woolverstone Way Wednesday Prayer Worship Morning Prayer Wednesday Prayer Worship Holy Communion Taize Workshop with tea and cake at 4pm Taize Service Wednesday Prayer Worship

Two Rivers Benefice is offering some extra new services. Please come and join a small friendly group for evening prayer on Wednesdays at 6.30pm in St Michael’s Church, Woolvestone or morning prayer on Fridays at 9am in St Peter’s Church, Freston. All Saints Church in Holbrook is having an afternoon tea service on Sunday, June 4, and look out for our Taize Workshop and Service at St Michael’s on June 25. For details of the Pentecost Service on June 4 please contact The Rev G Clement: 01473 327141


Catholic Commentary

Parish Priest: Fr Christopher Smith, 180 Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich IP2 0QQ / 01473 684963

In the church calendar the Easter season continues through to Pentecost, the Sunday that falls 50 days after Easter Sunday, formerly called Whitsun in this country. This year it falls on June 4. Christians borrowed the celebration date from the Jewish Feast of Weeks (Shavuot in Hebrew) and it marks the event described in the Acts of the Apostles Ch. 2 called Descent of the Holy Spirit on the first followers of Jesus ‘all gathered together in one place’.

We are part of St Mark’s RC Parish, Ipswich. For up-to-date information please visit: SERVICES FOR JUNE Sunday 4 9am Tuesday 6 9.30am 10am Sunday 11      9am                 Tuesday 13 9.20am            10am               Sunday 18      9am                 Tuesday 20 9.30am 10am               Sunday 25      9am                 Tuesday 27 9.30am            10am         

PENTECOST SUNDAY Mass Morning Prayer Mass THE MOST HOLY TRINITY Mass Eucharistic Adoration Mass CORPUS CHRISTI Mass Morning Prayer Mass 12th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Mass Morning Prayer Mass

The weekly newsletter, with weekly mass times, is displayed in the cabinet alongside the front door.


This occurrence is sometimes referred to as the birthday of the church. In our parish we have been holding a six-week course to help unwrap the gift of the Holy Spirit given to us in baptism and confirmation. There are some who regard Christianity as outmoded and irrelevant and would like to see it eliminated, especially in schools. We should recall that religion has always been part of being human and continues to find expression, unfortunately sometimes in perverted ways. Let us, however, also acknowledge that the church is the largest charitable organisation in the world. Events & Diary Dates The 100 Club Draw took place on Sunday, May 21 when three lucky winners shared £147.  The next draw takes place on Sunday, June 18. The club was set up to raise much needed funds to support the life and mission of our parish and has grown from strength to strength since its launch. New members are always very welcome and the newsletter, that includes an application form, can be found at the rear of the church or at: Catholic Chaplain at Ipswich Hospital Fr Adrian Gates is the Catholic Chaplain at Ipswich Hospital (01473 726701). Please contact him if you or a Catholic is in or due to go into hospital and requires his services.

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