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So football season has ended! I’m not exactly a fanatic, but since Jack started playing our weekends are planned around his fixtures (insofar as we ever have a plan). I have spent many, many, many cold and blustery mornings on the sidelines since last September and now it’s getting a little warmer, it all stops and cricket takes over! I propose a swap; winter cricket and summer football. Perhaps I’ll start a petition. Camogie (women’s version of hurling) was always my game, but it’s interesting being the parent rather than the player. Mostly I just want Jack to be safe, but a win always makes for a better weekend. When we lose, the post-match analysis goes on and on and on... Every move, every injury, every tiny transgression is discussed adinfinitum and then re-enacted just to prove the point. I feign interest, but usually I’m more focused on defrosting my fingers and toes. All that aside I will miss my Saturday mornings with the mums and dads who turn up whatever the weather. We’ve become quite good friends, as have the boys, and it’s fun to spend time with people who share a common interest, some more vocally than others! I suppose that’s why I get so many submissions from groups and clubs eager to welcome visitors or participants, and I hope those of you looking to connect with others find what you need within these pages. For some the opportunity to enjoy a cup of tea and a chat may suffice, while others might want to find a new hobby or try a new activity. Getting fit might be your priority or you may want to expand your knowledge of a particular subject by attending talks and demonstrations. Finding people with a similar mind-set, who share your interest and welcome you with open arms is, and I mean this sincerely, life-changing. I’ve seen it happen with my mum. She started playing bridge about five years ago and has made so many new friends as a result. In the last two years she lost one of her best friends to cancer and another moved away to live near her family. Without her bridge ‘gang’ mum would be lost and just as they have supported her through difficult times, she has supported them. If you’re feeling a bit isolated or lonely, I hope you find someone or something in the following pages which encourages you to reach out. And if you know someone who would enjoy or benefit from an opportunity to get out and about, perhaps you could be the one who makes it happen. As I could now that my Saturday mornings are mine again for a little while.

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TEDDY BEAR PARACHUTE CHALLENGE This year’s annual Teddy Bear Parachute Jump in aid of St Michael’s Church Brantham (CO11 1PZ) will take place on Saturday 29 June in the church grounds. Registration for teddy bear parachutists will open at 9.30am on the day with the first jump taking place at 9.45am. The event, sponsored by Colchester and Clacton solicitors Thompson Smith and Puxon (TSP) since the first teddies jumped, has the brave teddy bears, sporting parachutes designed and made by their owners, launching from the top of the church tower. Their descent to earth is timed, with the winner being the bear who remains airborne the longest. Ideally, trainers will have made parachutes for their brave bears before arriving to jump, but there will be a stall at the event for last minute parachute manufacture if needed. It costs just £2 for a teddy bear to jump and there are prizes of £50, £30 and £20 for first, second and third respectively for the brave bears and their owners. Repeat jumps are just £1, and if you have raised sponsorship for your teddy in aid of the church your bear can jump for free. Sponsorship forms can be collected from the back of the church. Refreshments will be on sale, so do please come along and support the church and the teddies on the day. Bob was the winning bear in 2018 with the excellent flight time of 65. 40 seconds, very closely followed by Thunder Duck in second place with 64.31s with Rainbow flying into third place with a time of 60.18s. Pictured with Bob and his family is Thompson Smith and Puxon Director Sharon Auton (second from right) and The Rev Stephne van der Toorn (far right). Sharon said: “We are really pleased to be able to support the Teddy Bear Parachute Jump again this year. It’s a great event and would urge you all to come along on the day and support The Rev Steph and the church.”

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On Saturday 13 July the 104th Tendring Hundred Show, held at Lawford House Park near Manningtree, will take place.

This year Manningtree Vintage & Collectables has teamed up with The Manningtree Emporium which was started by Ken Hewitt from Harwich. Ken has supported the market since 2017 as one of the original traders. Ken’s Emporium is just a short walk away from the South Street market and has 40 dealers. Also new to Manningtree is 7 South Street, a new café to add to our other delicious eateries in the town. Manningtree has been on the list as one of the 101 top places to live in and our market was mentioned as a great monthly attraction, with 30 dealers on the street and 40 at the Emporium. If you’re looking for something special you’ll find it in Manningtree, a beautiful little medieval town with a fantastic river walk to Mistley. All are welcome. If you have a dog we have Posie Paws pet photographer, Jemma Collins, who will photograph your pooch for the Star of the Market monthly competition. The market runs on every first Saturday from May to September. The next markets will be Saturdays 2 June and 6 July, 9am-3pm, with a special Regatta Day Market on Sunday 21 July along with some face painting. Stall Holder Bookings: / Richard 079931 921188 General Enquiries: Mel 07952 337389

Now established as one of the largest one-day events in the region, today’s show is unrecognisable from the event that first took place at Thorpe Hall in 1899 as a cattle show and ploughing match. The show attracts more than 21,000 visitors from across the region every year and is only made possible by the time and commitment of over 200 volunteers. The 2019 show president is local dairy farmer Philip Smith, following in the footsteps of his grandmother who was president back in 1966, and his father, Andrew, who was president in 1992. It is fitting that the show’s main theme will be The Delights of Dairy, focusing on dairy themed hands-on activities, including a live milking parlour. Philip explained: “Dairy farming in the eastern region has a proud history. Visitors to the theme area at this year’s show will have a chance to see first-hand what we do as dairy farmers and the wide variety of dairy products we are responsible for producing and consumers enjoy.” Animals are a highlight for many visitors. There will be an array of showing classes for horses, cattle, sheep and goats, culminating in a grand parade of livestock in the president’s ring, the first time the grand parade has taken place for over 20 years, and a great opportunity for champion livestock exhibitors to show off their winning animals. By contrast, another first for the show will be Jason Smyth’s Adrenaline Tour. Jason is an ex-world championship moto-cross rider and will bring a main ring display crammed with spectacular tricks on his quadbike. There will be more than 250 trade stands and exhibitions to visit this year, and the show organisers are delighted to confirm that trade stand space for the main showground was fully booked by mid-March, which is hugely encouraging and testament to the popularity of the show. So, whatever your interests, the Tendring Show is certainly the worth a visit. For further details about this year’s show and to purchase e-tickets at a reduced rate, as well as claiming a free child’s ticket, visit:

BANK HOLIDAY MARKET St Mary’s, East Bergholt Monday, May 27, 10am-12.30pm Morning Market Bargains and Lunches until 1.30pm 10% of profits to the Stand by Me charity

THE OGILVIE HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE The Annual General Meeting of the Ogilvie Hall Management Committee will be held on Thursday 13 June in the Wignall Room at the Ogilvie Hall, Wignall Street, Lawford at 7.30pm. All members of the public are welcome to attend. Alison Longhurst:

BRANTHAM ANNUAL GARAGE SALE 2019 Benefiting Nepal Children’s Trust and the St Elizabeth Hospice Saturday 6 July, 9am-3pm Open garages selling items throughout the village. Look for the balloons and signs on the A137. Table Top Sale at Brantham Village Hall with our main table outside. Refreshments to include hotdogs, hamburgers and ice cream. Also handcrafts, preserves, tombola and much more. £5 minimum donation to book your garage and £7.50 for a village hall table.

Brantham Fun Run is delighted to announce that entries for its upcoming event on Friday 19 July are now open! Now in its 12th year, Brantham Fun Run has become a key date in our diaries and is an enjoyable evening for the whole family, with all proceeds being donated to local charities. Starting at 7pm at Brantham Leisure Centre, the junior fun run (one mile) is suitable for ages 14 and under. Those 15 years and over can take part in the five mile race, starting at 7.30pm. All runners will receive a medal.

If you would like to take a part, help on the day or wish to donate items for the tombola, please contact one of the following:

Runners can enter online via and searching for Brantham. Online entries close on 12 July, but runners are still able to enter on the night.

Maya: / 07508 430671 Louise: / 07792 236414 Maggie: / 07867 546484

We’d like to thank all of our past runners for their ongoing support and look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible for what is always a fantastic evening!

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NEWS CO-OPTION VACANCY FOR A PARISH COUNCILLOR  Mistley Parish Council has vacancies for those eligible to become a parish councillor. To be eligible candidates must satisfy the following requirements:

MANNINGTREE TOWN COUNCIL The minutes of Manningtree Town Council meetings are available on their website, on the two town noticeboards (one at the Co-op Fiveways store and one beside the library) and at the clerk's office by appointment: 01206 390285

RIVERSIDE HEALTH CENTRE Pregabalin/Gabapentin There were changes to these drugs from April 1 which may affect you. These changes follow a government consultation because of concerns around possible misuse, and mean that these medicines are now classed as controlled drugs. The medicines themselves will not change, but there are now more rules on how they are prescribed and dispensed. What does this mean for me? You (or your representative) may be asked for proof of identity and you will be asked to sign separately for these drugs. The quantity on your prescription may have been reduced as it is recommended that no more than 30 days of a controlled drug should be prescribed at any one time. Controlled drug prescriptions must be dispensed and collected within 28 days of the date on the prescription. Any medication owed to you must also be collected within 28 days of the date on the prescription. Sharps Boxes With immediate effect Riverside Health Centre can no longer be responsible for the disposal of sharps bins containing waste produced in patients’ homes. We have been providing this service for our patients, however under the directive of NHS England we have to request that from now on you contact your local council waste services to apply for collection of this clinical waste. You’ll find details at: • • We will continue to provide you with empty sharps bins via your prescription requests either through Riverside Health Centre or your nominated pharmacy. Please speak to the dispensary staff if you have any enquiries or need help to complete any necessary paperwork that your council may require. Consent Forms To comply with GDPR, we will be introducing a consent form for you to complete if you need someone else to collect your medication for you. This form will also give consent for the dispensary team to pass on any messages to you via the person collecting. We will not discuss your medical care with the person collecting your medication unless you have previously authorised us to do so by informing us that they are your nominated carer/representative Please ask the dispensary for further information and the form to complete. Text Messages We hope to bring in a text message service in the near future to advise you when your medication is ready to collect from us. Please ensure that we have the correct mobile number for you in order to receive these messages. Dispensary Manager Laura Shemming

Lawford Parish Council You can read council minutes on the parish council noticeboards and at: Minutes can be collected from the parish office by prior arrangement as the offices are not open to the public.


a: Be aged 18 years or over and included in the Electoral Register b: A British subject or a Euro-national c: Resides in the parish or within three miles of its boundary or d: Occupies land or property within the parish or e: Has his/her principal place of work within the parish  People who wish to be co-opted are advised to familiarise themselves with the disqualification restrictions under Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972 relating to Bankruptcy Restrictions Orders and Criminal Convictions carrying a sentence of more than three months imprisonment, without the option of a fine.  Please send a one-sided A4 letter to the undersigned, saying why you wish to be co-opted as a parish councillor. Mistley Parish Council Clerk Susan Clements / 01473 827791

CONSTABLE COUNTRY MEDICAL PRACTICE Appointment System and Patient Contact Review The practice will be implementing a new appointment system in July/ August. The current system works well, but we have been reviewing systems used at other practices and we feel we can improve it further. However, the appointment system is just one facet of the practice and we want to take the opportunity to review all patient contact with the aim of making it simpler for you to contact us and for us to address your needs in a clear and straightforward manner. We will also review how we contact patients when we need to, for example to inform them of test results or to book annual checks. Over the next couple of months we will be consulting with patients to understand how we can improve the service we offer to ensure it is efficient, easy to use and provides the level of service you expect from your GP practice. This includes the use of text message, email, our website, online consultations, as well as your contact with the practice over the phone and face to face. In short, we want to offer an excellent patient experience which meets the individual needs of patients. We will be holding open days at East Bergholt and Capel in June (dates TBC) and will provide more details as we firm up how we intend to change our systems. In the meantime, we would like to hear your thoughts on what works well (we don’t want to change what already works well) and what can be improved. Areas to consider are how you prefer to interact with the practice (e.g. phone, email, text), areas need to focus on because needs are not always met first time (e.g. medication) and indeed any other aspect of providing healthcare which you feel we can improve upon (e.g. continuity of care). Any thoughts would be appreciated and you can send me a short letter, share your thoughts with a member of staff, phone the practice and ask to speak to me or send a suggestion via the contact page at: Training Days Please note that the practice will be closed from 1pm on Thursdays 20 June and 18 July for staff training. On these afternoons the Capel St Mary building will be open to enable access to the pharmacy, but reception will be closed. East Bergholt reception will be open. Please note that there will be no clinicians at either building after 1pm as they will be attending training off-site. Our phone lines will be closed for the afternoon. If you need medical assistance please contact 111. If your need is urgent then please dial 999 or attend your local A&E. Practice Manager Pete Keeble

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REPORT TO PARISHES, BRANTHAM WARD Babergh District Councillor Alastair McCraw The Election You probably know we had one, because the turnout was over 40 per cent, pretty good in local elections. I must thank my friends and helpers, but mostly the voters. I ran the campaign that I always planned to, going to every door, often twice or more. That experience is just invaluable. I always learn a lot from this process, taking the pulse, answering questions and noting what questions. All is stored away in my memory, to be remembered and used. We also had a parish council election. The 11 elected met a few days later and are already getting organised. You know the importance I give to PCs. The new council is going to be another good one, with a wide range of skill sets and ages. As the new chair, I’ll be making it my business to ‘make it so’. It might get a bit schizophrenic, also being the district councillor, but I’ve had a lot of experience over the last four years. It’s not that unusual. Babergh in 2019 I hoped for a ‘balanced’ council with the diverse opinions that Babergh always had. The voters responded with 15 Conservative, 8 Independent, 4 Green, 3 Lib-Dem and 2 Labour. We return to no overall control with 32 members. As I write, discussions are taking place as to how to make an effective and stable council. By print time, you will know the results of

that. I do know that some basic principles must apply. We are not going to solve the existing problems by pointing fingers and assigning blame. Nobody has all the answers, or all the talent and ideas. Applying some goodwill, sense and humanity will be essential to face some very real challenges right now. There are decisions that must be made and soon. We have all been given the responsibility to make them. People expect us to behave properly, rather than indulging in childish games. The Babergh Independents, working together and with a quarter of the seats, will be, must be, heavily involved in promoting this approach. Nothing else makes sense. Final Thanks These go to my Alton Ward partner, Harriet Steer, who did more work than you know, staying in touch throughout. I count her as both a friend and a colleague. They also go to some very good officers and councillors I’ve worked with. Some will have moved on, but their experience and help have always been essential. And they go to the Blue Claud Butler, with me throughout the campaign. Alastair McCraw 07812 564188 / Facebook: Alastair McCraw, Brantham Councillor



The Patient Participation Group (PPG) will have been in existence for four years in July. There are currently 10 PPG members and we usually meet monthly. Our contact details and photographs are on the noticeboards in both waiting rooms and minutes of our meetings are posted on the practice website:

Lawford Parish Council has changed the way in which it awards grant funding. With effect from 4 December 2018, grant allocation will be determined once a year in July (2019). All applications for funding must be received by the third Monday of June 2019 for determining at the July finance meeting. Any application received after that date will be held over until July of the following year.

Patient Comments and Complaints Patients can post any comments or complaints in our comment boxes in either surgery or email us at:

A full copy of the new policy can be found on council website but the following grant criterion will apply:

We discuss these with the practice manager and GPs at our monthly meetings. Patients often think that if they make a complaint to the practice they will be struck off the practice list. This is not the case. In fact if you have a serious complaint it is vital that you let the practice know. Alternatively, you can complain direct to NHS England. Feedback can also be left on the Healthwatch Suffolk website.

1. Grants must demonstrate how Lawford residents will benefit.

Doctors at the Practice There are currently four GP partners at the practice: Drs Victoria, Tetteh, Vincent and Parikh. Dr Nasta works part time and Dr Johal has recently joined the practice, working one day a week. Nursing staff, receptionists and other members of the team are all listed on the website.

3. Grants will only be awarded for forthcoming or ongoing projects – not retrospectively.

Review of Appointment System We know that availability of appointments and continuity of care are concerns for patients. An online consultation service called e-consult is now available. Receptionists can also offer GP Plus appointments in the evenings and at weekends. These are provided by doctors in the Suffolk GP Federation and are generally in Ipswich.

5. The parish council may request evidence of the applicant’s efforts to raise their own funding.

The partners in the practice are revising the way appointments are made and we will be helping them to talk to patients about this over the next two months. The new system will be implemented later in July. Further details will be available on the practice website and at open days at both surgeries. We will continue to work with the practice to improve services to patients. PPG Chair Kathy Pollard

2. Grants cannot be awarded to commercial enterprises which aim to generate a profit or to individuals. (It may be possible for council to help an organisation to which the individual belongs, thus releasing funds for the organisation to help individuals).

4. The parish council may ask applicants to give a presentation to the council in support of their application.

6. The parish council may require recipients of grants to provide a written report of how the grant money has been used. It may take the form of an annual report or set of accounts that clearly identify the spending. If the parish council is not satisfied with the arrangements, they reserve the right to request a full refund of the monies awarded. 7. Written approval of the council must be sought for a change in the use of grant monies. If the above criterion can be met, applications must be made in writing to Council Offices, Ogilvie Hall, Wignall Street, Lawford CO11 2JG or email to:




Friday, 21 June: Mission Impossible Fall Out

Midweek Readers meet in Manningtree Library on the second Wednesday of every month at 10.45am and would welcome new members. The books read are suggested by the members and have included recently Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread and The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan.

Doors and bar open at 7pm on film nights. Films begin at 7.30pm. Tickets are just £5 for Manifest Theatre members. Non-members pay additional £2 annual theatre membership which entitles them to reduced prices on all Manifest productions during the year. Pay on the door.

STOUR CHORAL SOCIETY Presents Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo Children from Highfields Primary School, Manningtree will be joined by members of Stour Choral Society on Saturday 29 June at 6.15pm at Old Hall, East Bergholt CO7 6TG. Come and hear the evergreen story of Noah and his ark in this light-hearted re-telling through Michael Flanders’ immensely witty and skilful libretto, brilliantly set by Joseph Horowitz to well-known types of popular music! Both choirs will also perform other songs with a watery theme. Susie Hyman will direct the combined choirs with Stephen Smith providing accompaniment. Tickets – family (2A and up to 3C) £20, adults £8, under-18s £4) – are available from Highfields Primary School, Howells Hardware Store in Manningtree or 01206 392820.

Free IT support and Computer Coaching Tuesday from 10am and Thursday from 2.30pm. Booking is essential. General hints and tips on using computers, iPads, tablets, mobile phones and laptops. Help accessing online services, online banking, setting up an email account, creating a CV and much more. Also family history; research your family history with free access to Ancestry and Findmypast. Adult Craft and Knitting Club Every Tuesday from 2-4pm, this is a casual group for everyone. Bring along your own project and share ideas with other crafters. Community Coffee Morning Starting on Tuesday 4 June, this will take place every Tuesday from 10am to noon. Why not come and join us for a tea or coffee and a chat? We look forward to seeing you. Further information from Manningtree Library or Essex Libraries: 0345 603 7628

BRANTHAM AMATEUR THEATRICAL SOCIETY Pop along to Brantham Village Hall to see our latest production, Out of Order by Ray Cooney, which runs from Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 July at 7.30pn. This bedroom comedy sees a philandering politician, Richard Willey, trying to bumble his way out of a series of potentially embarrassing situations. After planning to spend the evening with Jane Worthington, one of the opposition’s secretaries, the evening descends into one unplanned disaster after another. A farce full of mayhem, comical misunderstandings and many unwitting characters who become more and more embroiled in the increasingly tangled tale of events. Tickets (£8) are on sale from 1 June from Bakes and Blossoms, Acacia Court, Brantham and online at: All other enquiries to: 07891 974844 / 01206 396674 Please note this production is unsuitable for young children.

BRADFIELD GARDENS OPEN DAY Sunday 30 June, 11am-5pm Lunches and light refreshments, plant and cake stalls Entrance by programme – adults £4, accompanied under-16s free Available from the village store in advance or the church on the day The Friends of St Lawrence Church, Bradfield (CO11 2US)


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OUT & ABOUT GREAT BROMLEY FLOWER FESTIVAL St George’s Church, Great Bromley (C07 7TS) Over the weekend of Friday 28 June (10am-5pm), Saturday 29 June (10am5pm), Sunday 30 June (from noon) and Monday 1 July (10am-5pm). There will be a large raffle, a Debbie Millar Dance Exhibition (on Saturday), an art exhibition, competitions, refreshments and a variety of stalls to keep you entertained. On Sunday we have a Benefice Service at 10.30am followed by a BBQ for all to enjoy, a concert in the afternoon and a Community Songs of Praise led by Bishop Roger at 6.30pm. Not forgetting all the wonderful flowers on display, all based around the theme of As Long as I have Music. Please come and visit us over the weekend. Free admission.

MANNINGTREE & DISTRICT PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY Many of us were mystified by the subject title of our April talk by Don Thompson. A Hole in my Bag turned out to be an account of an unusual and inventive method of photography requiring a shopping bag with holes cut into the sides, a camera with wide angle lens, a remote trigger, the necessary skill and courage as well as a certain amount of luck! This enabled images to be taken from unusually low angles and was well illustrated with a myriad of amazing prints. Our last competition of the year involved showing three images of the same subject which was an interesting and challenging departure from the normal format (images can be viewed on our website). Future Meetings

There is no formal programme between June and September, but various summer events are planned and the first is the photography marathon on June 15. Our new season commences on September 10 with an open competition of images taken within a 10 mile radius of Manningtree to be judged by club members.

JAZZ AT THE RED LION On Saturday 8 June, The Old Jelly Rollers will be appearing upstairs at The Red Lion in Manningtree. The Old Jelly Rollers are an enthusiastic and highly talented young band, a musical collective who encompass the raucous, joyful spirit of the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans. They are bound to get your feet shuffling with their seven-piece line-up of some of London’s finest musicians. The band is led by up-and-coming songstress Louise Balkwill, named by multi-award-winning singer Liane Carroll as a singer to listen out for.

Meetings are held twice monthly at 7.30pm on Thursday evenings between September and May at the St Johns Ambulance Centre, Station Road, Manningtree CO11 1EB. New members are welcome to join or may attend initially as a visitor. Please contact our secretary for details: 01206 393751 / The winning image from a recent Facebook challenge, Multicoloured, was Richard Woollven with Under Southwold Pier.

Come and move to the beat of the streets of New Orleans! The band is rapidly gaining wider recognition, having recently played at world famous Ronnie Scott’s. The line-up usually features vocals, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, sousaphone/tuba, banjo and drums. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets (£12) are available at The Red Lion or at: /

TEA & SUPPORT IN 2019 Tea and Support, the friendly, practical support group for those recently bereaved or left living alone, meets on the third Wednesday of each month usually at Mistley Church Hall, New Road, Mistley (just opposite The Towers), between 2 and 4pm. Transport is available on request. We offer a warm and safe place to spend time with others, to make new friends, or to get some practical support. Understanding that Sunday lunchtime is often difficult, some of our members meet at the Environmental Centre Cafe in New Road for a roast lunch on the first Sunday of each month. On June 19 we will have a talk by John Minns of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and on July 17 we meet at noon at the Church Hall for our annual trip to the seaside for a fish and chip lunch. Places for this outing must be booked at least a week in advance please. For anyone left alone life can become difficult and often lonely. Please come along and join us at Tea & Support or ring Joy or John Baker on 01206 391918 or Sue Orriss on 01206 395355 for further information. New programmes can be found in St Mary’s and St Michael’s Church, New Road, Mistley, at St Lawrence Church, Bradfield or from Paskell’s of Manningtree. Tea & Support is run by members of St Mary’s & St Michael’s Church, New Road, Mistley and supported by Paskells of Manningtree.


OUT & ABOUT STOUR VALLEY MEN’S PROBUS CLUB STOUR VALLEY U3A On Wednesday 12 June Dr Stephen Ashworth, Senior Lecturer at UEA, will present Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics. How good are we at intuitively judging probabilities? Should everyone be able to earn more than the average wage? Is it a scandal that doctors, dentists and academics are below the national average? An excursion into statistics and probabilities will encourage critical consideration of the statistics with which we are bombarded every day.  On Wednesday 10 July Paul Stancliffe, Media Manager of The British Trust for Ornithology, will talk to us on bird migration. He will explain what we know and what we don’t know and how the BTO is using the very latest technology to uncover the mysteries of bird migration.  We will follow cuckoos, nightingales and swifts as they undertake amazing journeys to and from their wintering grounds.            Our meeting on August 14 is a member’s only event and will be held at the Venture Centre, Lawford CO11 2JE at the normal time. Further information will be given at the June and July meetings.      Each month The Coffee Grinders meet at The Lambe School, Gaston Street, East Bergholt CO7 6SD from 10am to noon. This meeting especially welcomes new members and gives all members the opportunity to meet the activity group leaders and  the committee while enjoying a cup of coffee. The next meeting is on Friday 28 June. 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.



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Barham Athletic Football Club Are Holding A Family Friendly Video Horse Racing Evening

Child Ticket (u12s) £3

WHEN: Saturday 22nd June 2019

19:30 - Late WHERE:

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Adult Ticket £5

Family Ticket (2x Adult, 2x Children) £12 Ticket price includes finger food on the night.

On Wednesday 5 June, Norman Jacobs will bring back memories of Light Entertainment from the 1920s to the 1950s. Two weeks later on 19 June, Cathy Shelbourne will present a talk entitled In the Wake of the Mayflower. Peter Jones will talk about The Martello Towers of Essex on 3 July, and on 17 July Liz Barringer will talk about the work of The Leonard Cheshire Homes.      Our club endeavours to be simple in structure, free of the constraints and obligations of service clubs and involve members at minimal cost. The club is directed primarily to providing fellowship between members who are compatible with each other and the opportunity for development of acquaintances. New members are welcomed. We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at St John Ambulance HQ, Manningtree CO11 1EB at 10.30am.  For further details please contact speaker secretary Dave Carman: 01255 880202

MANNINGTREE POETRY GROUP The next meeting of Poetry Plus will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday, June 11 at the Red Lion, South Street, Manningtree. All those interested in poetry are invited to attend either to listen to the spoken word or to read poetry themselves. Some people will be reading their own poetry and some will choose to read the work of other poets. There is no admission charge. To keep up-to-date please visit:

ROTARY CLUB SUPPORTING AGAINST BREAST CANCER At the start of our new presidential year in July 2018, Manningtree Rotary Club made the decision to support the charity Against Breast Cancer by collecting bras on their behalf. We set ourselves a target to collect and fill 20 black bin liners. As we near the end of our yearlong collection, which will end at the end of June, we have to-date collected 18 bags, so if you have any unwanted bras we now need your help to reach our target. Our collection box can be found in the entrance of Manningtree Co-op. Thank you all for your continuing support.

STOUR VALLEY LADIES PROBUS CLUB Stour Valley Ladies Probus Club meets at The Haywain, Bentley Road, Little Bromley at 10am on the first and third Thursday in each month.


The first meeting in the month includes lunch and the second is a coffee morning. At each meeting there is a general interest speaker.

• Two Adult Tickets • Sponsors Table • Business Card Handout • Company Logo on our website

New members are welcome and anyone interested in attending a coffee morning should contact our president, Jill Nicholls: 01206 393680


FOR TICKETS AND QUERIES Contact Barham Athletic FC Facebook Page or alternatively Mike on 07824371097.

The aim of our club is to encourage interest and fellowship among our members, all of whom are retired and have a lively and informed outlook on life.

LAWFORD & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY At our last meeting Deb Hart gave a thorough review of hanging baskets in all styles and colours with the help of her computer, before making one as a demonstration. With the help of moss and tiny plants, she created what should grow into a colourful basket by summer. It was donated to the raffle and is still developing well. Jill Smith returns from the Floral Art Studio in Little Bromley for our meeting on June 20. We usually have one flower arranging meeting each year – something for everyone, not too fussy. Do come along; it should be a really good evening and everyone is welcome.

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OUT & ABOUT FELIXSTOWE BOOK FESTIVAL Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 June

FABULOUS LAUNCH EVENT FOR MY BLUE PASS More than 80 young people braved hail, snow and gale force winds to take to the water off Manningtree beach in a free Beach Boat Bash put on by My Blue Pass, a new water sports charity, on Saturday, May 4. The charity has 140 signed-up young members who were given the opportunity to try out dinghies, kayaks and paddle boards and take out on the river in motor launches in challenging conditions and choppy waters and icy winds. The RNLI inshore lifeboat put in a brief appearance before being called out on a live emergency at sea. Younger children were entertained by Punch & Judy and magician Chris Maine, and all the participants were given free food and drink. The two winners of the Best Dressed Pirate competition were fouryear-old Samuel Francis from Lawford and six-year-old Holly Vincent from Wrabness. Prizes included a day out for four at Colchester Zoo and a meal for a family of four at Lucca’s. A total of £871 was raised by raffle. Stour Sailing Club, Vanguard Health Care, Concord Property, Essex Fire Service, the air cadets, local scouts were among supporters or participants. Garron Baines, chair of MBP, said: “Through their enthusiasm and excitement, these young people proved to the community the demand for young people to get out and have fun on the water and to learn the skills of sailing and kayaking.”

Felixstowe Book Festival is now one of the most important events in Suffolk’s calendar and Jackamans Solicitors is proud to have been a co-sponsor since the beginning. Now in its seventh year it is thriving, and continues to increase in the number and range of its events; broadening its appeal to individuals of virtually any age and reading taste. The festival offers a varied literary programme which includes authors’ events in four Felixstowe venues; a pop up festival on the seafront, at our historic fort and museum, and on the two rivers which border the town. This year there will also be a special package of writing workshops – being promoted to writing groups nationally – to attract aspiring writers to the festival. This will increase the festival’s profile and encourage a range of audiences from a larger geographical area. Last year more than 1,000 tickets were sold and this year the number is likely to increase. There is an exciting range of author events for both adults and children. The speakers include well-known and respected writers covering a wide range of genres and also debut novelists and those from writing groups. To demonstrate the festival’s diversity, authors include former politician Alan Johnson, Alison Weir (author of Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets) and Esther Freud (festival patron) and half-sister Annie Freud discussing Annie’s poetry. Children’s events are incredibly diverse and include Hotel Flamingo Drawalong with Alex Milway, Sutton Hoo Roadshow, Operation Buried Treasure with Ally Sherrick and Calling Mission Control. Spoilt for choice, you will have the pick of at least three speaker events each hour from early Saturday morning until Sunday evening. This format creates a warm and vibrant festival atmosphere. If you haven’t attended Felixstowe Book Festival before – or any book festival – do give this one a try! For further information and to book your tickets, please visit:


Simon Hall, former High Sheriff of Essex and a charity sponsor through the Mistley Maltings Trust who enjoyed a power boat ride said: “Well done to you. It was a very happy and vibrant occasion. I wish you continued success.” James Newell, head teacher at Wix and Wrabness Primary, said: “BBB was a raging success.” Robbie Bell, RYA Regional Development Officer for the East Region, said: “This is an amazing outcome for the MBP and the young people living close to the River Stour. This new charity has powered ahead with a new vision.” My Blue Pass provides free opportunities on the water for ages 8-16 through a range of challenging but fun water based activity. The next event is a dinghy taster session off the beach on June 1 (registration now closed) and a barge trip for six Manningtree High School students making a five-day passage from Maldon arriving at Mistley Quay on May 31. For more information visit:

MANNINGTREE FIT CLUB Open to anyone looking to lead a healthy active lifestyle. Every Wednesday evening from 7-8pm at Mistley Village Hall. Contact: Bridie 07403 316735 / Tanya 07920 76245 Follow us on Facebook at: Manningtree Fit Club

Ipswich Club Open Day, Sunday, June 9 Ipswich Croquet Club has been a part of Ipswich society for over 100 years, and more recently has produced world and national champions. This year two of its juniors have been selected for the World Schools Championships. Once a sport rated second only to cricket in this country it remains an enthralling game combining physical skill with mental agility. Today croquet is played as much for fun as competitively by people of all backgrounds and ages. In 1900 it became the first Olympic sport to include women. To celebrate this great sport the club is holding a free entry open day on its lawns at Fynn Valley from 10.30am to 3.30pm. This will be a great day out and for many a chance to try something a little different. All the equipment will be provided and club members will be on hand if required to show you the ropes. All you need is a pair of flat-soled shoes. Cakes and refreshments will be available at the pavilion, and the fabulous new Café Terrace will be serving food and drink including a great Sunday lunch which is well worth booking (01473 785267). For further information visit:


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ON THE GRAPEVINE QUESTIONS ON CASH With Independent Financial Adviser Nick Plumb Alan from Ipswich asks: “I have been reading an article about Corporate Bond funds. It has been suggested that the banks mis-sold a lot of these instead of equity investments during the bear market, and they were pushed as a low risk investment, when in fact, there are risks with these investments just like stocks and shares. Are Corporate Bonds a good or bad investment?” It depends what you want them to do for you Alan. Although Corporate Bond funds can be a good way of preserving your capital against a falling stock market, their main benefit is for those investors who require an income. One of the easiest ways of investing into a Corporate Bond fund is through a collective investment like an OEIC or Unit Trust. The funds can also be purchased within an ISA wrapper if you have not used your ISA allowance, which is particularly useful if you are looking for income, as a Corporate Bond ISA will produce a more tax efficient income than an Equity Income ISA. From 6 April 1999, the amount of tax that could be reclaimed by ISA fund managers on dividends from equity-based funds was reduced from 20 to 10 per cent. This was reduced to zero from 6 April 2004. However, the tax reclaim on Corporate Bond funds is still 20 per cent, which means your ISA manager can reclaim all of the tax deducted back from the Inland Revenue. That makes them very attractive if you want a tax-efficient income from your money. One of the best Corporate Bond funds available if you need an income is the M&G High Yield Corporate Bond fund. This is a low to medium risk fund, which invests in a broad mix of bonds offering a higher than average yield. The fund has no bid/offer spread, initial charges or plan fees and has a low annual management charge of just 0.65 per cent per annum of the ISA fund value. The current natural income yield from the M&G High Yield Corporate Bond Fund is around 4.1 per cent net of investment charges, which can be paid monthly or quarterly as a tax-free income.

2019 NEW ANGLE PRIZE SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED Family, growing up and the impact of change in uniquely East Anglian communities are themes which permeate the six books on the shortlist for the 2019 New Angle Prize for Literature. The competition, organised by the Ipswich Institute, aims to celebrate and encourage excellence in the regional literature of East Anglia. There is an open entry format with no separate categories and the Judges have selected six varied works from an entry of thirty-five entries from which the £2,000 winner and £500 runner-up will be chosen. The competition is kindly sponsored by Gotelee Solicitors and Scrutton Bland accountants. The shortlist consists of three novels; All Among the Barley by Melissa Harrison, Devoured by Anna Mackmin and The Great Level by Stella Tillyard; a volume of poetry with Esther Morgan’s The Wound Register; and two nonfiction works, Low Country, Brexit on the Essex Coast by Tom Bolton and Self & I by Matthew De Abaitu. The ultimate prize-winners will be announced at a presentation dinner to be held at Hintlesham Golf Club on Wednesday 3 July. This event, hosted by Leslie Dolphin from BBC Radio Suffolk, is an opportunity to meet the shortlisted authors and listen to the Judges’ review of all six books. Suffolk Libraries are running a Readers’ Choice competition in conjunction with the New Angle Prize and the winner will also be announced at this event. Tickets are £30, which includes a three-course meal with wine and full details are available from Ipswich Institute. 01473 253992 Twitter: @PrizeNewAngle

Nick Plumb is an Independent Financial Adviser and Practice Principal at Plumb Financial Services. Post your questions to Nick at Plumb Financial Services, Baylham Business Centre, Lower Street, Baylham IP6 8JP, email, or telephone Nick on 01473 830301. Nick’s comments and answers to reader’s questions in this column are provided only as a general guide and do not constitute personal financial advice. Any readers who require advice on their own situation should contact Nick to arrange a no-obligation complimentary initial consultation to discuss their own position. Plumb Financial Services are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

ICUSTEPS SUPPORT GROUP For critical care patients on the road to recovery

We meet at Bluebird Lodge Community Hospital, 100 Mansbrook Boulevard, Ipswich IP3 9GJ from 6-8pm on: July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6 and December 4. For more information email or visit:


SPORT EAST BERGHOLT UNITED FC With the fixtures now concluded the club can look back on a successful season with a number of players making good progress, which augers well for the future. The club also maintained its position as the leading senior club in the Sportsmanship table. The 1st Team finished the season well. In fact, from the turn of the year they suffered only three defeats. There were 14 in total over the course of the season. So the results certainly show significant progress and the team will be looking to make further advances next season and to finish well above this season’s ninth place. The Reserves finished a creditable seventh in Intermediate A scoring 91 goals in the process. The A Team agonisingly just failed to gain promotion, finishing third in Intermediate C. The awards evening has been held. The winners were: 1st Team Players’ Player: Aaron Greenwood 1st Team Manager and Supporters’ Player: Kyle Jay Reserves Team Players’ Player: Will Harris

Reserves Manager and Supporters’ Player: Alex Biondi A Team Players’ Player: Stephen Wardle A Team Manager and Supporters’ Player: Kieron Howard Young Player of the Year: Elliot Cutting Clubman of the Year: Jamie Greig Sponsorship We will be looking for new kits for all three teams for next season. This is a great opportunity to support a local organisation and publicise your venture. There are a number of options available and anyone interested is invited to make contact with Steve Butcher in the first instance: Ladies and Juniors The ladies had a very successful season. They won the league and the Knockout Cup in the Suffolk League for the second year running and should be moving up to the Eastern Region league next season. Well done to all the players and to coaches Darren and Dale. We are looking for new teams, boys or girls, of any age group to join us as we look for the club to grow. Also ladies who would like to join are welcome. If you are interested please contact David George:



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Men’s Cricket & Ladies Cricket

Manager Si Collinson writes: “This season has been challenging for the girls. Starting in a new division within regional football, together with changes in the squad and management has not been easy. However, we have now reached the end of the season and the feeling looking back is one of achievement. The girls are holding their own in the league and are regularly attracting praise for how much improvement they have shown. “The team reached the final of the Essex County Women’s Trophy. Although they lost out losing 3-2 on the day, the effort and stubbornness they showed to come back from 2-0 down at halftime was commendable. Overall, it was a very good season. I am so proud of how they have improved on and off the pitch since Christmas and after a well-earned break, cannot wait to help them push on to the next level in the new season.” Lawford U10s The U10s have had a decent season, enjoying their football at School Lane. They have already played two games in preparation for the 2019/2020 season, when they change format to 9v9 football. It’s going to be a challenge next season, moving up to 9v9 football. But it’s a challenge the boys are already looking forward to. The team are looking for new players for next season. Children who will be moving into School Year 6 in September and are looking to play football in a really positive environment. Please contact Dave Dines: 07753 230744 / Lawford U18s The U18s are seeking a new kit sponsor. This will be a high-profile team as it will be the first time the club has run an U18s squad for a few years, helping to strength the link between the senior and youth sections. For further information please contact Nick Anderson: 07717 741552 /


The first fixtures of the season got under way in unseasonably warm Easter temperatures, but quickly reverted to extremely challenging conditions for cricket. Playing wise, all of the Saturday teams have started slowly. The 1st Team have been competitive, but failed to take advantage of some promising situations. The Sunday sides have won their opening fixtures. PERFORMANCES OF NOTE 1st XI Danny Goff, 57 v Coggeshall Matt Bibby, 78 v Coggeshall Khalipha Cele, 58 not out v Haverhill 2nd XI Adrian Stockton, 50 v Abberton Stuart Barwood, 67 v Long Melford 3rd XI Henry Saddington, 70 v Copdock & OIs Sunday NECL Khalipha Cele, 103 v Clacton Sunday TC Giles Lennox, 54 v Abberton Cameron Rose, 4-33 v Abberton For anyone new to the area you will always be welcome at New Road, either as a player or spectator. For upcoming fixtures visit: April 2019 100 Club Winners 1: Martin Favell (30) £115 2: Christine Goff (24) £55 3: Keith Garwood (22) £50 New players are always welcome; for more information please email:

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10am-12.30pm every Saturday in June and July at Mistley & Manningtree Bowls Club, New Road, Mistley CO11 1ER (next to church). A fun sport for all; please bring flat soled shoes or trainers. Free tea, coffee and biscuits. For further information contact: 01206 397129 / 01206 230996 / 07779 259836

BRANTHAM BOWLS CLUB Our first Suffolk Federation game resulted in a good win over Copdock/ Washbrook, winning on three rinks to secure six points. The Tendering Hundred League wasn’t so good, but we managed to win on one rink, losing narrowly on the other three against Clacton A. The Ipswich Triples League was a close, hard-fought game in which we won on two rinks to secure four points against Marlborough.  Tony Watson

Meeting at Old St Michael’s School on Trinity Road, Manningtree Who has the Power? Just who is in control? Does the government have absolute power or does parliament? Or does the power really lie with the people? The papers are full of questions over the strength of the current government to achieve its desires, and if and when parliament should step in, or the people be invited to comment/decide. So what is power? And who really wields it? The Bible records a conversation between Almighty God and a good man called Job. Job wanted to know the answers to the great questions of life and God answered by asking a great many questions that Job could not answer. “Where were you when I established the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who fixed its dimensions? Certainly you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? What supports its foundations? Or who laid its cornerstone while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Have you travelled to the sources of the sea or walked in the depths of the oceans? Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Have you seen the gates of deep darkness?” Job 38: selected verses (CSB) This God who spoke with Job has visited us in the person of Jesus Christ, and we enjoy considering the record of His life and the Words He spoke each Sunday at our services and at other times. In Christ we have access to The Father and His power and we would share that with you. Our 5pm Service is designed for people who haven’t been to church before or want to come back, and we will be meeting Jesus with Matthew in these services. In the morning (10.30am) we are taking a broad brush look at the Bible. Beginning as it does at the start of time and tracing the whole of God’s interaction with humanity. Every Sunday is a celebration! Why not come and join us. Services last between 60 and 90 minutes and refreshments follow. Information on all our other activities can be found at:


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CHURCH NEWS MANNINGTREE METHODIST CHURCH Welcome to Manningtree Benefice, an all-age Anglican Church, meeting in St Lawrence Church, Bradfield, and St Mary & St Michael’s Church, Mistley. I love living near the water. Every time I go along the walls, the landscape is different. And there’s so much life there – wildlife and people. It’s an everchanging place of beauty. Things are changing a bit for us in the churches too. Our service pattern has been tweaked, to make it easier to follow. It means that both the churches will be open most Sundays, and that the style of service will alternate from more traditional to more contemporary each week. Check out the details below to find out more! Revd Dom Turner

South Street, Manningtree CO11 2JB Minister: The Rev Tom Osborne, 01206 396654 Sunday Services at 10.15am (unless otherwise stated) June 2: The Rev Tom Osborne with Holy Communion June 9: 212th Church Anniversary Celebration with The Rev Katie Jackson (previous minister at Manningtree) June 16: The Rev Derek Lang June 23: Pastor Maralyn Bambridge June 30: The Methodist Church Conference Service relayed from Birmingham (time to be confirmed) Saturday 8 June: The Annual Gift Day Exhibition,10am-12.30pm

SERVICES FOR JUNE 2019 Sunday 2 June 10.30am Traditional Holy Communion (Common Worship) at Mistley 10.30am Contemporary Communion with Treasure Seekers at Bradfield Sunday 9 June 10.30am Contemporary Family Worship with Treasure Seekers at Mistley 10.30am Traditional Holy Communion (Common Worship) at Bradfield Sunday 16 June 10.30am Traditional Holy Communion (Common Worship) at Mistley 10.30am Contemporary All-Age service at Bradfield Sunday 23 June 10.30am Contemporary Café Service with Treasure Seekers at Mistley 10.30am Traditional Morning Prayer at Bradfield Sunday 30 June 10.30am Whole Church Communion with Treasure Seekers* at Mistley *Treasure Seekers is our children’s programme for ages 3+ We also hold additional services of Evening Prayer and Early Communion: please contact the office if you would like to find out more. All services are at St Mary & St Michael’s Church, Mistley (CO11 1ER) or St Lawrence’s Church, Bradfield (CO11 2US) unless otherwise stated. Contact Information Rector: The Rev Dom Turner 01206 391218 / 07934 717535 Associate Minister: The Rev John Brien 01206 397549 / Associate Minister: The Rev Claire Scargill 01206 395417 / Church Office: Normally available at least 10am-1pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays / 07436 398801 /

Friday 31 May, 7.30pm: Special Ploughman’s Supper with Chip Colquohn (professional storyteller); tickets £6 from 07867 546484. Welcome Wednesday’s at 2.30pm June 5: Bible Study June 12: The Rev Crawford Logan June 19: The Rev Alec Potter June 26: Holy Communion ALSO MEETING ON OUR PREMISES Monday Workers Education Association, nine lectures in autumn and spring, 2.30pm Stour Choral Society (Sept-June), 7.30pm Tuesday: Women’s Guild, 7.15pm Wednesday Gentle Fitness Class, 9.15am Art Painting Group, 10am-noon Manningtree & District Chess Club, 7.30pm Museum & History Group (bi-monthly), 7.30pm Church Bookings: David Shearmur, 01206 395263 Annual Art Exhibition and Sale Another very successful Art Exhibition and Sale was held over Easter weekend at Manningtree Methodist Church when 500 pictures and prints in a variety of mediums, along with photographic displays, a decorated church, stalls and refreshments attracted a steady flow of visitors. This event gives local and regional artists a welcome platform to display their works and also gives a social occasion for the area. £2,000 was raised for church funds


Saturday at 6.30pm, St Mary & St Michael’s (Anglican) Church, Mistley

Hear the teaching of our saviour and King, lively praise and worship every Sunday at 11am at the Ivell Suite at The Venture Centre 2000, Bromley Road, Lawford CO11 1AH.

Sunday at 8.50am in St Mary’s (Anglican) Church, Ardleigh

Do you need someone to listen or in need of prayer?

CATHOLIC MASSES Wednesday at 9.45am in St Mary and St Michael’s, preceded by Morning Prayer

Please contact David and Rosie: 01206 615228 / 07787 572977

Manningtree, Mistley, Lawford & Ardleigh is served by the Parish of St John Payne, Greenstead, Colchester.

The Parish Priest is Father Jon Ravensdale: 01206 870460 / Also resident in the parish are Father Michael Rear (01206 392695) and Father Mathias Odigbo.





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CHURCH NEWS BRANTHAM & CAPEL METHODIST CHURCHES AN UNCHANGING HOPE I’ve just watched the final episode of the third series of Victoria featuring the Great Exhibition of 1851, showcasing the technology and industry of the world in the mid-19th century. Prince Albert was the driving force behind this great enterprise. What changes have taken pace in the intervening 168 years, from the great steam engines to the driverless cars of today! There have been six monarchs in the UK and 30 prime ministers (as of May 13). My maternal grandfather was born midway through Victoria’s reign in 1867. For me it is quite close to the numerous changes that have taken place over his and my lifetimes. We have just had a visit from our nephew who, with his wife, have bought a property in France which they are renovating. Because they are not yet living there full time, they have bought a robotic lawnmower to keep the grass cut in their absence. I’m feeling my technology is now way behind, not that I need to have the latest gismo! My current mobile phone is dying and needs replacing and I am bewildered at the choice available. Contrast that with the constancy preaching of my grandfather starting in 1884, and my preaching today. The message is the same: the offer of new life in Christ, the gift of forgiveness of sins, the hope of an eternity in heaven with Christ. All this is made possible by Jesus who died for us upon the cross and rose from the dead. Peter describes it as being given new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It’s a message that is still relevant. The context may have changed, but the need for forgiveness is as great as ever, the need to have purpose and meaning still powerful, the need to love and be loved, to belong, the need to hope for something not just for this life, but for eternity. I’m still in the process of being transformed. Jesus is still working on me. Will you be open to his work in your life? I am convinced He loves you.

AT BRANTHAM METHODIST The Rev Ian Gardner, Minister at Brantham Methodist 34 Medway Road, Ipswich IP3 0QH / 01473 411507 Sunday 2


Songs of Praise with Rev Ian Gardner

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Worship with David Welbourn

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United Worship with Mr Martin Ellis

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Locally arranged Worship

Sunday 30


Worship with Mr Roger Fern

AT CAPEL ST MARY The Rev Andrew Sankey, Minister at Capel Methodist Church 8 Roundridge Road, Capel St Mary IP9 2UG / 01473 311178 / 07966 187216 Home Groups on various days and times – contact the Minister Sunday 2

10.30am 6.30pm

Worship with Dr Liz Cope Prayer

Sunday 9


Pentecost Worship with Mr Mark Firmin

Sunday 16


Worship with Mrs Gloria Theobald

Saturday 22 3.30pm

Messy Church

Sunday 23

10.30am 7.30pm

Worship with Mr Ted Jack United Prayer at Capel Community Church

Sunday 30


Worship and Communion with Mr Chris Jowett

BENEFICE OF EAST BERGHOLT AND BRANTHAM Rector: The Rev Canon Stephne van der Toorn 01206 392646 / RAMBLING RECTOR By the time you read this I will have walked more than 115kms from Valenca do Minho in Portugal to Santiago de Compestela in Spain (the Way of St James) – I am allowing for getting lost and short detours and will no doubt be feeling a bit weary but hopefully not too footsore. One of the pilgrims said to me: “I am frightened, Steph,” and went on to give the reason, “because on pilgrimage, things happen!” And there you have it. The Christian life is a pilgrimage and we expect things to happen. Life in the Lord is never boring. Challenging, stimulating, puzzling, comforting, cross-making, infinitely rewarding – yes, all these things, but never boring! I will be accompanied by 11 other pilgrims and one monkey until day seven and thereafter by 13 pilgrims and one monkey. Family@Church are giving me Koko the monkey to accompany me along the way as Coco my guide dog cannot. I expect we will have many adventures. Some of the pilgrims are religious, some are not. I confidently expect many great discussions, excellent food and wine and some mischief. The Rev Steph SERVICES IN JUNE Saturday 1 2.30pm Wedding: Michelle Wilson and Adam Bessent, EB

Sunday 2 Seventh Sunday of Easter 8am BCP Communion, East Bergholt 11am Benefice Communion, Brantham. Preacher David Pett of MAF 4pm Family@Church, East Bergholt Wednesday 5 9.30am BCP Communion, East Bergholt Sunday 9 8am 10am 11am

Pentecost / Whit Sunday BCP Communion, East Bergholt Communion, East Bergholt Family Service, Brantham

Sunday 16 8am 10am 11am

Trinity Sunday BCP Communion, East Bergholt Communion, East Bergholt Informal Service, Brantham

Saturday 22 Noon Wedding: Bryony Wilmshurst James Caston, EB Sunday 23 8am 10am 11am Noon

Trinity 1 BCP Communion, East Bergholt Choral Matins, East Bergholt Communion, Brantham Baptism of Pearl Garwood and Lottie Bere, EB

Sunday 30 Trinity 2 8am BCP Communion, East Bergholt 11am Benefice Communion, Brantham

There is a BCP Communion every Sunday in East Bergholt at 8am.Choral Matins is on the fourth Sunday in East Bergholt.




Parish Priest: Fr Christopher Smith 180 Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich IP2 0QQ / 01473 684963 SERVICES FOR JUNE 2019 Sunday 2 7th Sunday of Easter 9am Mass Tuesday 4 9.30am 10am

Morning Prayer Mass

Sunday 9 9am

Pentecost Sunday Mass

Tuesday 11 9.20am Eucharistic Adoration 10am Mass Sunday 16 9am

11th Week of the Year Mass at Holy Family

Tuesday 18 9.30am 10am

Morning Prayer Mass

Sunday 23 9am

Corpus Christi Mass

Tuesday 25 9.20am 10am

Eucharistic Adoration Mass

The weekly newsletter, with weekly mass times, is always displayed in the cabinet alongside the front door of the church. Catholic Commentary Numbers attending Holy Week Services and on Easter Sunday were high as usual with special thanks to our parish priest Fr Peter Raj who led and encouraged our participation, beginning with Ash Wednesday and through the period of Lent. The extended period of Eastertide leads us through to Pentecost Sunday followed by more significant liturgical celebrations as mentioned above. Sadly the big church celebrations seem little understood by many today, but for those seeking a grounding for life’s ups and downs or answers to moral questions, the church has much to offer. Pilgrimages remain popular and people will


be going to such places as Lourdes or Rome or Medjugorje, or even to Israel/West Bank (the Holy Land). Medieval Suffolk was a very religious area with more than 500 churches and today those same churches are greatly prized and cared for even if their use has been changed in some instances, such as St Stephens in Ipswich now serving as the tourist information office. Christian theology is full of hope or optimism, especially in the Easter season. There are also rational grounds for hope in spite of the many awful things that happen and are reported. Put simply, most of life goes on normally and is not reported on, but there is always work to be done to bring about a more just and peaceful world. Church members and organisations ever seek to make a contribution alongside others of goodwill. Events & Diary Dates The 100 Club draw took place on Sunday, May 19 at Holy Family when three lucky winners shared a £161 prize pot. The next draw takes place on  June 23 at Holy Family, Brantham. New members are always very welcome and the newsletter, which includes an application form, can be found at the rear of the church or online at: Every last Thursday of the month a Bring & Buy Coffee Morning takes place at Viv & Wyn’s home, Paddock Gate, Whitehorse Road, East Bergholt CO7 6TR from 10.30am to noon. We are raising funds for a new carpet for the parish room and all are very welcome to join us. The next event will be on Thursday, June 27. Supporting our Local Hospice All parishioners are asked to collect used postage stamps, all year, not just at Christmas, and place them in the box at the rear of the church to help support the outstanding work of our local hospice. The Sick & Homebound Fr  Jeremiah  Matthias is the Ipswich Hospital Chaplain and he can be contacted on 07951 066607.  Please let him know as soon as possible if a friend or relative has been admitted.  Please let Fr Peter know of anyone who is ill at home or homebound, so that they can receive appropriate pastoral care. All are very welcome to attend Holy Family services; it’s not necessary to be a Catholic and enquiries about the Catholic faith are always welcome. Please contact the presbytery, as above, or a local person whom you know is a Catholic.

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CHURCH NEWS ST MARY’S CHURCH, LAWFORD Priest-in-Charge: The Rev Simon Heron, 01206 392659

SERVICES FOR JUNE Sunday 2 8am 10.30am

Holy Communion BCP No Service at Lawford

Sunday 9 8am 10.30am

Holy Communion BCP Family Service

Sunday 16 8am 10.30am 6.30pm

Holy Communion BCP Holy Communion Café Church

Sunday 23 8am 10.30am

Holy Communion BCP Morning Café Church with Bishop Stephen

Sunday 30 8am 10.30am

Holy Communion BCP No Service at Lawford Benefice Service at Gt Bromley

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Little Bentley Garden Show, Praise in the Garden, is on Sunday 2 June at 10.30am with Bishop Roger leading a special, short service in the garden with the Salvation Army Band.

SOME OF OUR REGULAR GROUPS Art Club: Fortnightly on Thursday afternoons Choir: Friday Practise Coffee & Cake: Fourth Tuesday of the month Edward Bear: Parents, grandparents, carers with babies and toddlers, Monday mornings from 9.30am in term time Handbells: Every Monday House Groups: Daytime and evening Ladies in Friendship Together: Fourth Monday of the month Messy Church: Every half term, parents and children together Pastoral Care: Upon request Solo Club: Third Wednesday of the month Support in Loss: Second Tuesday of the month Sunday School and Extreme: Sunday mornings during service Details from the rectory (01206 392659) or at: LOVING GOD – LIVING LIFE


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