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A WORD FROM THE EDITOR 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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HOLBROOK VILLAGE FETE Saturday 8 June, 2-4.30pm at Holbrook Village Hall Visit the Holbrook Guide Stalls to enjoy Sweet Treats, Tombola and Games Please come and support us.

GUIDES PREPARE FOR VILLAGE FETE Holbrook Guides will be fundraising at Holbrook Village Fete. The 20 Guides, aged between 10 and 13 years, have planned three stalls – Sweet Treats, Tombola and Games – and will be making and preparing items to sell on the day. The guides have designed posters to promote the fete and will be raising money for Holbrook Village Hall and their own guide funds. Leanne Castle from Holbrook Guides said: “The girls will be selling sweets, cakes and cookies and they are working on a fun tombola with a range of games for visitors to try their skills at.” Holbrook Guides welcome tombola donations. If you wish to donate please email:

ARMED FORCES DAY TEA The Holbrook and District Branch of the Royal British Legion invite you to join them for their Armed Forces Day Tea at Holbrook Village Hall in The Street on Saturday 29 June from 2.30pm. The guest speaker will be Tony Diamond. Please come along and meet with you friends and neighbours. Everyone will be most welcome.

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NEWS STEP UP TO WALK FOR PARKINSON’S AT GLEMHAM HALL People across Suffolk are being asked to help stop Parkinson’s for good by joining their local Walk for Parkinson’s event at Glemham Hall on Sunday 9 June.

SHOTLEY PENINSULA ART TRAIL Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2 and 8 & 9, with studios open from 11am to 5pm Shotley Peninsula is a beautiful and unspoilt area with wonderful estuarine views. During the month of June there is a stunning range of artwork to see and artists to meet in their four open studios. Nick Carter creates both vibrant acrylic paintings and crisply detailed pen and ink drawings while Chris Deacon’s mosaics reflect the natural world using a variety of materials and techniques. Rodney Freeman’s oil paintings reflect his love of landscape in different seasons and light and Usch Spettigue’s individual colourful and sculptural porcelain pots and jugs reflect natural forms.

The Glemham Hall Walk for Parkinson’s event is one of 45 across the UK set to raise over £600,000 for charity Parkinson’s UK’s pioneering research to find better treatments and a cure for the condition. At this family friendly event distances for walkers include a 1.5-mile, 3.5-mile or 5.5-mile route around the beautiful grounds of Glemham Hall. One in 37 of us will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in our lifetime. This neurological condition affects people of all ages and has over 40 symptoms including tremor, loss of mobility and dementia. Over the past four years Walk for Parkinson’s fundraisers have raised over £1.5 million for Parkinson’s UK’s pioneering research to find a cure – and the charity believes that scientists could now be on the verge of a major breakthrough.

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Dave Clark, Sky Sports Presenter and Champion of Walking for Parkinson’s UK, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011 at the age of 44. Dave is a keen walker himself and he’s encouraging people to sign up to the walk at Glemham Hall.


He said: “Parkinson’s UK’s pioneering research gives me hope that we will find a cure for this brutal condition, and we’re now on the verge of major research breakthroughs that could end Parkinson’s for good.  

Supporting young people in rural Suffolk is the focus of a careers mentoring programme recently set up by the Seckford Foundation to run alongside their wellbeing mentoring programme. It focuses on skills and routes into the workplace while boosting the young person’s confidence to uncover their own pathways into employment. Both programmes follow a tried and tested structure which includes plenty of resources and support for mentors, together with a clear start and finish point for mentees so they can actually see how far they have progressed, what they have achieved and what their next step might be. Could you listen? Due to the success of the mentoring programmes on the peninsula, Seckford Foundation is now searching for further volunteer mentors to join the team. It is a mutually rewarding programme for both mentor and mentee, often with tangible results being quickly achieved. No previous mentoring experience is needed as training and development is ongoing. All that’s needed is some life experience, a non-judgemental attitude, a good listening ear and a desire to make a positive difference to someone’s life. Both mentoring programmes are funded jointly by the Seckford Foundation, The Prince’s Countryside Fund and the Salvation Army, and they are available to young people aged 25 and under to access for free. Could you be the difference a young person needs? Find out more online or contact us at: / 01394 615199

“So whatever your age or ability, please sign-up to Walk for Parkinson’s at Glemham Hall and be part of the final push to find a cure.” The registration fee for the event is £12 for adults and £5 for under-16s, with team discounts available. Everyone who registers will receive a free Parkinson’s UK t-shirt, fundraising pack and at the end of the walk, a finisher’s medal. Walkers should aim to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship. To sign up to the walk, or to find out more, please contact: 020 7963 3912 / Visit: For a full list of the 45 locations in the Walk for Parkinson’s series, visit:

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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Suffolk Walking Festival is now over and we have had a great time on the Shotley walks. Attendance has been very high with many people seeing Shotley and the peninsula for the first time. The two rivers have done us proud with such a unique display of river life both natural and man made. Thank you to all who made our guests very welcome. Plans for our Suffolk Day (Friday, June 21) celebration at the Bristol Arms are going well. The theme is ‘Families’ and events will kick off with a family walk from Pin Mill to Shotley Gate starting outside the Butt and Oyster at 4pm, following the famous Arthur Ransome walking trail along the banks of the River Orwell. There will be a hog roast at the Bristol Arms from 7pm and a family quiz with some lovely prizes on offer. This will also be a second year celebration of Shotley becoming a national Walkers are Welcome accredited village. Please pop this date in your diary and join us for a great Friday night out. In the past few months we have been working on a brand new initiative to publish details of family activities on the shotley peninsula and will have an information leaflet available before the schools break up for the summer holidays in July. This will hopefully encourage more families out walking together, and have lots of information on things to do.

Out of Area Patients A few patients who have moved out of our area have been asked to register with their local practice. This is because our contract only allows us to register patients within our practice boundary which is the peninsula side of the main train line from Ipswich to London. Patient care follows through to our community teams and patients registered with us but who live in Ipswich or East Bergholt for instance will not receive joined-up care from our district nurses and midwives. It is important to register with your local practice as soon as possible to build relationships with them so they will be able to fully support your future care needs. We regret that we have to ask patients to register elsewhere but this is genuinely in the patient’s best interests. GP and Staff Training Afternoons Our next training afternoons will be on Thursdays 20 June and 18 July. The practice will be open for patients to come in to collect/drop off prescriptions and book appointments/make enquiries at reception. However, there will be no clinical staff on site and our telephone lines will be switched over to the out of hours’ service on these afternoons to allow for staff training. Please ring 111 for advice if your query cannot wait until the following day. In an emergency, dial 999. Zero Tolerance I am sorry to say that we have had a number of episodes recently where patients have been rude and verbally aggressive towards our staff. This will not be tolerated and any patient who displays this type of behaviour will be sent a warning letter. If the behaviour continues, they will be removed from our patient list and have to register elsewhere. We appreciate that when patients are ill they may act differently to usual but rudeness and abuse will not be tolerated under any circumstances Practice Manager Julia Smith

Our work on cutting back brambles and keeping pathways clear in the parish continues, with occasional help from Tiffers Bus Shelter Project (much appreciated guys, many thanks). If you have any queries about the work of Shotley Open Spaces contact Geraint Pugh (, Gary Richens ( or Tony Lawford-Randall ( Report by Gary Richens


Shotley Rose, every Tuesday from 11.30am-1pm Do you feel like the weekend has dragged? Are you fed up with your own company or new to the area? Come along and enjoy a free cuppa and some friendly chat. #dontbeonyourown Meet Up Mondays Suffolk @meetupmondaysSu

STOUR WARD Thank you to everyone in Stour Ward who voted in the Local Elections on 2 May. The turnout was 40 per cent, which is very good and encouraging for all four candidates who worked hard in the weeks prior to election day. All candidates received good support. As your duly elected councillor for Babergh District Council I look forward to meeting with people who live and work in Stour Ward and to listening to your comments and ideas as together we build a future for our villages. Babergh District Council will be meeting on 22 May to elect a chairman, leader and deputy leader. With many councillors from all parties, I look forward to working with my new colleagues as we move forward over the next four years. In conclusion I wish to pay tribute to my predecessors, David Rose in Holbrook & Harkstead, who over a period of 16 years served those communities with commitment and hard work, and to Harriet Steer and Alistair McCraw who ably represented the people in Stutton. District Councillor


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BABERGH DISTRICT COUNCILLOR DEREK DAVIS Ganges Ward (Shotley & Erwarton) First off, a heartfelt thank you to every one of the 561 people who took the time and effort to vote for me, either in person at the village hall, by postal vote or using a proxy. The margin of victory is significant, with the Conservative getting only 111 votes, the Green 65 and the Lib Dem just 54, meaning I gained 71 per cent of the vote, with a turnout of 42 per cent, very good for local elections. It says to me I have been doing something right over the past four years and my commitment to the community has been recognised and appreciated, so it is now down to me to carry on representing your interests at Babergh, and supporting the various village groups, organisations and individuals in a positive way wherever possible, which I fully intend to do. During this campaign I spoke to hundreds of people on the doorstep to gauge opinion and find out what the main issues that you are concerned about. What is happening at Ganges was the main topic, ironic given the new ward we live in is named after the former Royal Navy training establishment HMS Ganges. In short, plans to build 285 homes, community space, a care home, a small hotel, retail units and open spaces which have already been given permission are still going ahead. Developers are working through the lengthy list of precommencement conditions (including archaeology, ecology, drainage and site preparation) and are very close to starting the spine road which will run through the site to take construction vehicles and eventually local traffic. Social housing, the need for the right sort of development and, in particular, with type and where homes should be built was a concern and that will be addressed by our Neighbourhood Development Plan which Babergh is encouraging villages to produce in line with the upcoming Joint Local Plan, and is something the parish council voted to move ahead with. By the time you read this, Babergh’s new administration will have been formed, with a fully inclusive cabinet. Early indications are that I will continue as a portfolio holder with, Alastair McCraw, my Independent colleague at Brantham, remaining as chair of Scrutiny. If you have an issue you would like to discuss please contact me at: / 07824 167196 Facebook: Derek Davis – Your Independent Councillor

HOLBROOK PARISH COUNCIL Holbrook Parish Election Result The election was uncontested, which means that the nominations received did not exceed the 11 seats that are held. The parish council received 10 nominations, which were all accepted. This means that we sadly say goodbye to Councillors Ball and Hehir and welcome Christine Holmes and Melanie Holmes to the council. The new council will cover a four-year term.

SHOTLEY VILLAGE HALL COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT Please note the revised make-up of the above committee as follows: Chairman Ian Peters Secretary Pat Scholfield: 788521 Treasurer Norman Bugg Booking Secretary Michelle Merrin: 787405 All groups who use the village hall are eligible to be represented at committee meetings, please contact the secretary for further details. Our next fundraising project will be to provide suitable lighting for the car park.

IPSWICH HIGH 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 22. The fete is open to all and admission is free. This year the school is choosing a Mary Poppins theme to coincide with the prep school production the following week. The organisers are promising that the fete will feature lots of fun, food and entertainment. A variety of local craft stalls attend and their wares will appeal to the whole family. The afternoon includes a barbecue, Pimms tent, fairground rides, rugged racers, coconut shy, crockery smashing, a small petting farm, face painting, ice creams, and pony rides. There will also be some entertainment performed by the pupils, sporting displays, and a tombola. We also have East Anglia Kite Flyers attending with some of their marvellous kites. 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: Facebook: Ipswich High School Association.

Councillor Vacancy Would you make a good parish councillor? Would you like to keep Holbrook a desirable place to live? Are you interested in planning and development? Can you be a voice for the people of the parish? The parish council currently has one vacancy; in particular there is a need for representation from Lower Holbrook. If you are interested in applying, please contact the clerk for further information. Full minutes of all meetings are available online or by contacting the clerk: / 07999 583017 Future meeting dates: June 17, July 15 and August 19


OUT & ABOUT ST MARY’S CHURCH SHOTLEY FLOWER FESTIVAL 2019 Saturday 6 July, 10am-5pm Including hot dogs & bacon butties Sunday 7 July from 11am Including ploughman’s lunches with Family@Church Service at 4pm Stalls, all-day refreshments, a draw and more

Following last year’s excellent response to the Hearts of Remembrance pew ends, we are repeating this feature. If anyone would like to dedicate a Heart of Remembrance to a loved one, please contact Pat Scholfield on 788521 to arrange for the inscription you would like on your heart, at a cost of £5 per heart, as soon as possible and no later than Monday 24 June. We will arrange for the hearts to be attached to the pew ends for you.

WOOLVERSTONE OPEN GARDENS Sunday 9 June, 10am-5pm Visitors will have a chance to look around nine gardens including the phenomenal Gertrude Jekyll inspired gardens at Woolverstone House which was designed by Edwin Lutyens. Also, thanks to the generosity of Ipswich High School, there is a chance to view the grand Palladian architecture of Woolverstone Hall, with stunning photo opportunities in the gardens overlooking the River Orwell; one of the “loveliest views in England”. There will be several guided tours of the grounds during the day starting from St Michael’s Church with an emphasis on the hall’s history. Visit fabulous cottage gardens bursting with interesting flowering plants, delightful traditional vegetable gardens inspiring those interested in growing their own produce, and modern minimal maintenance designed gardens. Organised by the Friends of Woolverstone. Parking and admission is £5 at Marina Road, Woolverstone IP9 1DQ. Children under 16 free. Refreshments to include delicious lunches, cakes and teas in Berners Hall. Some disabled parking.

ORWELL DECORATIVE & FINE ARTS SOCIETY Our talks throughout the year cover a broad spectrum of art and are delivered within a relaxed and welcoming environment. June 1 will be our last talk  before the summer break and  is titled  The Age of Jazz.  We are looking forward to meeting the guest speaker, Sandy Burnett, a musician and broadcaster whose  varied career  embraces broadcasting, conducting, playing double bass and communicating  his passion for music. For over a decade Sandy was one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3. This included hosting the breakfast  show and live broadcasts from the Proms and Edinburgh Festival. He recently won silver in the Specialist Music Category of the PPI Radio awards. Our talks will resume September 4 when Anne Haworth will present a talk entitled Porcelain for the Chinese Emperors. The talk will be preceded by our Annual General Meeting We meet at Tower Hall, Broadlands Way, Rushmere St Andrew on the first Wednesday of most months. The meeting begins at 2.05pm and lasts about an hour with tea and coffee are available from 1.30pm. For the latest events and news please visit:

SHOTLEY AND ERWARTON WI For our last meeting, speaker Peta King demonstrated sound therapy using a variety of instruments such as a drum, gong, singing bowls, native American flute, rattles and chimes. Some of our members fell deeply asleep which was her objective as sound therapy is very relaxing. It is said to be healing and goes well with exercises such as yoga.  Our next meeting will be  on Wednesday 19 June in Shotley Village Hall at 7.15 with business at 7.30pm. Our speaker will be Gill Bushell, a colourist.    We are always looking for new members so if you think our WI might be the thing for you, just give us a try. Come as a guest, with no commitment to join that night and we will give you a warm welcome.

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

1st SAMFORD VALLEY SCOUT GROUP It’s a busy term in the Beaver, Cub and Scout groups! In the warmer weather the Beavers have visited Pin Mill to make boats and play in the grindle stream. They also visited Ipswich Transport Museum, which they loved. They particularly enjoyed getting on the buses. Thanks to everyone who has popped their green token into the box at the co-op for Samford Valley Scout Group.


SHOTLEY CHURCH HERITAGE 700 CLUB April Draw Winners Mr A Rudland (158) £25 Mrs M Williams (047) £20 V Simpkin (161) £15 Mr B Crack (025) £5 Mr P deBoltz (118) £5 New members are always welcome. Each number costs £1 per month and can be paid at three, six or 12 month intervals. To join or for information contact Norman: 01473 787358

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OUT & ABOUT ALTON BELLES WI At our April meeting, we all had great fun creating new jewellery from old. Sandy Taylor showed us some amazing pieces which she had fashioned from other jewellery. She also showed us an innovative method of using used coffee pods to make unusual and lightweight beads which could be used in a range of ways to make earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Once flattened, these pods had amazing colours and textures and you would never guess their source. Our meeting on Thursday, May 16 was when we once again took on the campaigning for which our organisation is rightly famous. We discussed the two resolutions which are being taken forward to the AGM of the National Federation of WIs. One concerned the reluctance of women to have a smear test and the other was about the need for a better rural bus service. On June 20, we will welcome Jane Sago who will show us all how to make the perfect cream tea. I’m certainly looking forward to that. As you can see, Alton Belles WI has a varied and interesting programme. Why not come along and see for yourself? For further details please contact either Tamzin (07526 740442) or Jane (07798 752147). We look forward to welcoming you. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook.

SHOTLEY WHIST DRIVE Thursdays, June 13 and 27, 1.50-4pm in Shotley Village Hall. For lifts or information, please contact Norman and Eileen: 01473 787358

SHOTLEY SOCIAL CLUB (OVER 60) Our next meetings are on Thursdays, June 6 and 20, and Thursday, July 4, all 1.50-4pm. On Wednesday, June 5 we are going to Bury, leaving Shotley at 9am. On Wednesday, July 3 we are going to Aldeburgh, then on to Dunwich for a fish and chip lunch. We leave Shotley at 9am. For information concerning the club or outings, please contact Norman and Eileen: 01473 787358.

CRAFTERS UNLIMITED A craft club which meets on the first Monday of the month (except for bank holidays when it’s the following Monday). Saturday workshops (10am-4pm) and Monday meetings (7.30-10pm) are held in Wherstead Village Hall Meeting Rooms. Samples of each project are displayed the month before and other projects are available. Monday, June 3: Fabric Hanging Bag / Other Crafts with Jill and Janet Contacts: Ann 01473 780298 / Jill 01473 713534

STOUR VALLEY MEN’S PROBUS CLUB 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.      

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. 

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

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.    

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 5 June in St Andrew’s Church Room, but we are starting at 1pm with a ploughman’s lunch and pudding. All members, friends and visitors are welcome to join us for this social time.

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.

Following lunch the MU Diocesan Team will lead us in an interactive afternoon on MULOA (Mothers’ Union – Listening, Observing, Acting). We’ll see a short video before discussing how we can respond to needs in our community. We will learn listening skills, celebrate all that we do as MU and discover a fresh Bible Study technique to discover God’s word for us. We’ll finish by 4pm, after an inspiring hymn and prayer, and, of course, tea and cake.

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.

Should you require further details please don’t hesitate to contact Christine (780621) or Pam (780796). We look forward to seeing you. Pam and Christine


out & about / SPORT CHELMONDISTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Our last speaker, Vivia Bamford, gave us a very interesting talk on foraging in hedgerows and fields.

In general, you may pick flowers or weeds on any land unless it’s for commercial gain, but you must not dig up roots or disturb the ground. It seems that most leaves can be added to a salad or made into a soup, but some are poisonous so it’s important to know what you’re picking! The schedules for the summer show are now available and we need a garden to visit in June. Any ideas would be most welcome.

Instructor/On Water Teams Induction More than 35 instructors and support teams attended the annual induction evening. The evening covered operating safety and safeguarding procedures.

EAST BERGHOLT UNITED Football Club 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.

JUNIOR AND ADULT SAILING & POWERBOAT COURSES Adult Sailing All details on our website. These courses have been structured to allow progression of certification if required and include a special offer for combined courses. Adult weekend courses are currently available and repeated monthly. These are planned to offer ideal sailing conditions and based around high tides. We are also able to offer one or two to one sailing sessions. Parents of junior sailors find these very popular. Junior Sailing Courses Junior sailing courses run weekly throughout the summer holidays. These are very popular and again combined courses allow higher levels to be achieved Neptune Youth Group: Enroll Now We still have places available in our youth groups on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings. If you are 10-15 years old you will be welcome. For details of all courses visit:


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:

CHELMONDISTON CARPET BOWLS We finished the winter league in seventh place for the third year in a row. The summer league fixtures have been published and with only five teams entered we will only have a few games to play, a bit disappointing. The winners of our club competitions are: Singles: Adam Hubbard / Runner-up: Michelle Rutherford Pairs: Wal Kittle & Adam Hubbard / Runners-up: Alan Storey & Michelle Rutherford Forget Me Not Cup: Wal Kittle / Runner-up: Gilbert Lakey Congratulations to all who entered; a very high standard was achieved. Thanks to Patrick for organising the event. Alan Storey

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Schools SHOTLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL The first part of 2019 has been full of exciting learning opportunities. This has included taking part in Easter learning (supported by St Mary’s Church), raising money on Red Nose Day and, with the support of our Friends of Shotley School (FOSS), the school has been involved in Elmer’s Big Parade. For 12 weeks, June 15 to September 7, Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk is coming to the parks and open spaces of Ipswich. The trail, which is based on the much loved character Elmer the patchwork elephant, sees the hospice once again join up with Wild in Art. We ask for you to look out for ‘Funky Trunky’ (themed around the school characteristics) and if you wish to donate please follow the link to our just giving page: As mentioned in one of my earlier contributions, we are focussing on reading this year. We have been fortunate to have the services of a Reading Advocate (Erin Foote) who has been working tirelessly to develop our new school library and encourage the school community to talk about books. Erin works across all the ASSET schools and has been instrumental in enabling us to open our library this term. Thanks also to FOSS who have purchased all the new furniture to enhance the area; we are planning to have an official opening later this term. During the Easter holidays we were fortunate to have help from Barclay’s Community Group to reinvigorate our Millennium Garden. The area is now a refreshed space for the children to spend time individually or with their classes partaking in quiet reflective activities. The following months offer so many learning opportunities for our children including the annual sports day, summer fayre and sponsored walk. Classes across the school will be learning about colours, rivers, Mother Nature, the ocean, coastlines and chocolate! Their learning is led by themselves as this term it’s all about their passions and what they would like to learn about. The children continue to have opportunities with music with Rocksteady Music School – a band based Peri tuition provider giving us very rock-like sharing assemblies at the end of each term. We look forward to working with our community further in the coming months as Shotley continues its learning journey. Headteacher Richard Dedicoat

Firstly, we would like to say a big thank-you to all who supported us at our Easter family fun day event. The Easter egg hunt was very much enjoyed by the children as well as the Easter bonnet parade, activities, cakes and raffle. A total of £97.61 was raised and these much-needed funds will go directly towards the needs of the children at the playgroup. We have been busy with our fundraising efforts over the Easter period and took part in the annual Pin Mill duck race. Lots of yummy hotdogs, cakes and drinks were enjoyed by all who came along to cheer on their ducks. We were really appreciative of the kind donation made towards our work from the organisers, who shared the profit from the event between ourselves and Shotley Kidzone. We raised a total of £407.93, which is fantastic! This term we will be concentrating on getting the children ‘school ready’. They will visit Chelmondiston Primary School for storytime sessions, learn about the uniform and become more independent. We also hope to hold an information evening for parents of those children starting school in September. For more information, or if you have any other enquiries please contact the manager, Lavinia Dzundza: 01473 780948 / Chairperson Becky Fox


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schools / CHURCH NEWS STUTTON TODDLER AND BABY GROUP Everyone is welcome to join us on Tuesday at Stutton Community Hall between 9.30 and 11.30am. We even meet in the school holidays. Children and babies up to five years old, new faces and families can join us for a free taster session on your first visit. Every week we get creative with crafts such as painting, drawing and making themed art. Toy cars, animals and trains are firm favourites as well as whizzing around the hall on the ride-on toys. Whooshing down the slide, crawling through the tunnel and catching bubbles also offers lots of fun. Singing on the stage and storytime also offers a chance for the children to express themselves and use their imaginations.

THE PENINSULA BAPTIST CHURCH Pin Mill Road, Chelmondiston IP9 1JE We invite you to join us on Sunday morning at 10.30am. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Contact Dave Kelland: 01473 788441 / 07970 312705

Each session is £3 per family, including a healthy snack for the little ones and a hot drink and a biscuit for parents and carers. We are a small, friendly group of mums, dads, grandparents and carers who look forward to meeting you very soon. Becky Fox

TWO RIVERS BENEFICE A swarm in June is worth a silver spoon


June is the sixth month of the year. The word ‘June’ comes from the Latin ‘Iunius’ meaning ‘sacred to Juno’ the Roman goddess, wife of Jupiter, or from the word ‘iuniores’, the Latin word for ‘younger ones’. In the early Roman calendar, June had only 29 days until Julius Caesar added the additional day, giving the month 30 days.

St Peter’s, Stutton Sunday 2 10.30am Saturday 8 Noon Sunday 9 11am Sunday 16 10am Wednesday 19 2.30pm Sunday 23 11am Wednesday 26 2.30pm Sunday 30 11am

Worship for All at Stutton School Soup & Roll Joint Benefice Service at Tattingstone Holy Communion Prayer Group Informal Service Comfort Corner Benefice Holy Communion at Woolverstone

All Saints, Holbrook Sunday 2 4pm Sunday 9 11am Sunday 16 10am Wednesday 19 3pm Sunday 23 9.30am Sunday 30 10am

Afternoon Tea Joint Benefice Service at Tattingstone Informal Service Comfort Corner Holy Communion, Anthony Lury Joint Service with Methodist Church

Juno was the goddess of marriage and childbirth which might be why this month, when it is warm and dry in the UK, is the month when weddings are popular. June is also the month when the longest day occurs, the summer solstice – the longest number of daylight hours. For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, it’s the day when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky due to the earth’s tilt. The longest day is June 21, when the sun rises at 4.54am. This year it is estimated that 220,000 will gather to watch sunrise at Stonehenge. There are always celebrations at Stonehenge, the ancient group of huge stones which can be easily seen from the A303 standing above a grassy plain. The largest stone is some 30 feet (nine metres) above the earth and weighs an estimated 25 tons, yet there are few stones or trees near the site! Experts suggest the largest stone was transported from about 20 miles away, the slightly smaller from 140 miles and all before mechanisation! I have to admit that Stonehenge is a place of fascination for me, at one time part of a familiar route travelling to work from Suffolk to teach in Plymouth. Hence the research for this article. Stonehenge, scholars tell us, may have been built as a burial site, a meeting place for a sacred ritual or a solar calendar. The alignment of stones is deliberate since the sun rises behind the Heel Stone and its first rays shine into the heart of Stonehenge. It’s likely that 5,000 years ago the structure began to take shape. The first builders were known as the Windmill Hill people, who dug deep furrows building up great mounds of soil using the site for collective burials, entombing their dead in stone-encased chambers. When they died out or moved on, the next wave of constructors were the Beakers, again using the site for mass burials. The final group are thought to be the Wessex folk some 1,500 years ago. There are other special occasions in June. June 1 is Children’s Day and Sunday 19 is Father’s Day. June is also famous for the Wimbledon tennis tournament, though sadly it is unlikely that Andy Murray will be playing this year. The traditional flower of June is the rose, symbolising love, gratitude and appreciation. Whatever you are doing this month – enjoy the days of June Marian Carter

St Mary’s, Wherstead Sunday 2 No Service Sunday 9 11am Sunday 16 No Service Sunday 23 11am Sunday 30 11am

Joint Benefice Service at Tattingstone Holy Communion, Christopher Chapman Benefice Holy Communion at Woolverstone

St Peter’s, Freston Sunday 2 11am Sunday 9 11am Sunday 16 11am Sunday 23 No Service Sunday 30 11am

Benefice Holy Communion at Woolverstone

St Michael’s, Woolverstone Saturday 1 1pm Sunday 2 10am 11am Sunday 9 11am Sunday 16 11am Sunday 23 11am Sunday 30 11am

Wedding BCP Communion Café Church Joint Benefice Service at Tattingstone Morning Prayer Holly Communion, David Newton Benefice Holy Communion, Tim Crosby

Holy Communion & Baptism, Chris Chapman Joint Benefice Service at Tattingstone Holy Communion, Don Mehen

Please check church websites, noticeboards and Facebook for any changes to services.




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 10am

Eucharistic Adoration 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

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.

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

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.

SHORELINE BENEFICE IN JUNE St Andrew’s, Chelmondiston Sunday 2 9.15am Holy Communion, The Rev T Crosbie 6.15pm Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Service, Mrs R Wainwright Sunday 9 11am Benefice Service for Pentecost at Harkstead / BBQ Sunday 11 10am Tuesday Midweek Communion, Rev Canon L Oosterhof Sunday 16 9.15am Holy Communion, The Rev D Newton Sunday 23 9.30am All-Age Family Service / TBC Sunday 30 11am Benefice Communion at Erwarton, The Rev Canon L Oosterhof St Mary’s, Erwarton Sunday 2 11am, Holy Communion BCP, The Rev T Crosbie Sunday 9 11am, Benefice Service for Pentecost at Harkstead / BBQ Sunday 16 10.45am Service at Shotley Sunday 23 11am Holy Communion BCP, The Rev Canon L Oosterhof Sunday 30 11am Benefice Communion BCP, The Rev Canon L Oosterhof


St Mary’s, Harkstead Sunday 2 9.30am Family Service & Baptism, The Rev Canon L Oosterhof Sunday 9 11am Holy Communion for Pentecost / BBQ, The Rev Canon L Oosterhof Sunday 16 9.30am Holy Communion, The Rev Canon C Chapman Sunday 23 9.30am Holy Communion, The Rev Canon L Oosterhof Sunday 30 11am Benefice Communion at Erwarton St Mary’s, Shotley Sunday 2 10.45am family@shotley, Mrs C Ward Sunday 9 10.45am Benefice Service for Pentecost at Harkstead / BBQ Sunday 16 10.45am Worship for All (welcoming Erwarton), Mr A Coulson Sunday 23 10.45am Holy Communion, The Rev T Crosbie Sunday 30 11am Benefice Communion at Erwarton Please check church website and noticeboards for any changes.

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CHURCH NEWS 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. To advertise in this section, which appears in 18 magazines in areas across Suffolk and Essex, please contact a member of our sales team on 01473 400380

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. The Rev Andrew Sankey Minister at Capel, Chelmondiston & Holbrook Methodist Churches / 01473 311178 / 07966 187216 AT CHELMONDISTON METHODIST Sunday 2 10.45am Worship with Mr Roger Fern 6.15pm Worship – Local Arrangement Sunday 9 10.45am 6.15pm

Worship with Mrs Maggie Finbow Worship with Mr Chris Jowett

Sunday 16 10.45am 6.15pm

Worship and Communion with Rev Martin Dawes Worship with Mr Martin Ellis

Sunday 23 10.45am 6.15pm

Worship with Rev Michael Allen Worship and Communion with Rev Diane Smith

Friday 28 3.30pm

Messy Church

Sunday 30 10.45am 6.15pm

Worship with Mr Harry Chicken Worship with Rev Derek Grimshaw

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AT HOLBROOK METHODIST Tea and Chat: Mondays 2.30-4pm (HCT) Home Groups: Second & fourth Tuesdays 7.30pm

Dry Carpet Cleaning

Saturday 1 10-11.30am Coffee Morning

call John Burch: 07870 347486

Sunday 2 10am

Worship with Mrs Carole Almond

Sunday 9 10am

Worship and Communion with Rev David Keeble

Friday 14 3.30pm

Messy Church (HCT)

Sunday 16 10am

Family Friendly Worship with Mrs Alicia Holmes

Sunday 23 10am 6.30pm

Worship with Mr Harry Chicken Something Different

Sunday 30 10am

Chapel Anniversary (190 years) with Rev Tim Crome

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The 190-year celebration of the building of the chapel at Holbrook is on the weekend of June 29/30. Watch out for posters, press releases and door leaflets about how you can discover real village history. Holbrook Methodist Church raised over £350 towards the villages contribution to Christian Aid Week with the all-day coffee morning and bric-a-brac sale. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard and everyone who supported the events.



SATURDAY 15 JUNE, 7PM HOLBROOK CHORAL SOCIETY ROYAL HOSPITAL SCHOOL CHAPEL CHOIR ROYAL HOSPITAL SCHOOL CHAMBER CHOIR NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR FELLOWS William Saunders, Conductor Daniel Moult, Organ The 20th century was a truly golden age in French music with a wealth of gloriously sumptuous and seductively perfumed harmony to be discovered. This concert reflects both the spiritual world of Fauré, Duruflé, Dupré and Widor. From the rich, lush harmonies of Fauré’s Requiem to the mighty, impressive mass for two choirs by Widor.

Full: £12 | Conc: £10 | U18: FREE Tickets available from 01206 573948 SCHOOL CHAPEL, ROYAL HOSPITAL SCHOOL, HOLBROOK, IPSWICH IP9 2RX

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In Touch News with Shotley June 2019  

In Touch News with Shotley June 2019