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Volume 8 • Issue No. 12 • NOVEMBER 2018
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URGEL CLAUD CHRISTIAN ISIAH JOE WALLACE CELT ROLLAND JULES GEDEON FORRESTER VICTOR ISAAC ELMER HORACE EDITH WALTER WESLEY SMITH AVILA DORILA HEW PERCIVAL ETHEL ORLAF DOUGALL HARVEY DAN LUC CASHELL LAWRENCE EMMANUEL HOWARD EDGAR MELVIN JACK ESMOND ARMOSS FRANCIS BRANT CAMERON CAL BASIL IVAN CYRUS RICHIE ERNEST VICTOR MIRIAN IRVING OSWALD SOLOMON LEWIS STEWART DOUGLAS MANLY JEREMIAH ERNEST JOHN WILLIAM ARTHUR CLARENCE THOMAS BERT HAROLD HOWARD JAMES ROLAND ABRAHAM EVELYN MICHAEL CHARLES EDWARD EARL HARRY PAUL JOSEPH HENRY ALFRED FRANK FREDERICK GEORGE GUY MARY ROBERT DAVID BERNARD REGINALD ANDREW PETER VINCENT ERIC CLAUDE WALLACE BARRINGTON HANFORD LAWSON PERCY AUSTIN ALBERT ALPHONSE CONRAD EPHREM EUGENE HENRI OSCAR PHILIAS SAMUEL WILBERT FLOYD GREY LIONEL HARVEY PAUL GILBERT ALECK LEO JERRY RAULIN ALLEN BAXTER BERNARD BRUCE DONALD FRED GORDON LORNE CLIFFORD FRANCIS CLARENCE JEREMIAH WILFRED CYRIL HOWARD ALLISON ADDISON WESLEY STEPHEN WOULDRIDGE ARMOS OLIVER FLORENCE HILLIARD MILTON OSWALD SIDNEY WILFRED GILBERT ARCHIE LANCELOT DUNCAN RICHARD SETH MERVIN FREEMAN ROY AUBREY ALLISON FELIX ROSAIRE CELESTINE EXIBE JEAN OCTAVE FABIEN ODILON POLYDORE GEOFFREY DICK HORACE OTTO BURTON HERBERT SPENCER MAURICE MIRIAM SELVIN DOROTHY THEODORE COSMOS BEATY CERIC ISAAC EDWY ROSS EDGAR LESTER FREELAND WALTER DELPHI SYLVAIN ALCIDE WILLIS IAN OMER ADOLPHUS ORA URBAN ROMMIW AUBREY RUSSELL MOODY KENNETH COLIN JASPER HORACE WILLIS ELSWORTH ELIZABETH CHESTER EBENEZER BERNSLEY SILAS LEONARD LESLIE STUART MELVIN SHILTON ROY STANLEY OGLE FLORENCE MERLE MURPHY ELGIN MEDLEY ARCHIBALD VICTOR LORNEY DEXTER WALTON HUBERT CYRUS LEVI HOMER CHRISTOPHER MORTIMER HUGH MARINUS CARROLL ELLIOTT FULTON STIRLNG MAXWELL ROLAND ENOCH MASON MURRAY GUILFORD MAURICE WELDON GAVIN GILBERT GRAHAM ISDOR LINN GRANT RANDOLPH RODERICK ROBERT GERALD ADAM ORAL NICHOLAS EELIS ODICE LLOYD IRIE ELDER HERMAN CALVIN BENDICT ZACRE CARL GARVIE AXELL ALPHAEUS ANGUS IRA EARL AUGUSTUS BENJAMIN BERTRAM JOSIAH THERON MATTHEW COREY CURRIE LIONEL FRANKLN THEODORE NEWRON ROY HOLMES HART LYNN DARRELL SYDNEY ALONZO RUFUS NORMAN MURDOCH SECIL ROB ALEXANDER HERBERT JEFFREY AGNES MORRIS BERT ALISTER MELVILLE ROBIN CORNELIUS LACKLAN SAMUEL WRAY FAY REX KARL LOFTUS IRVIN VERDON CLARENCE DEWEY OLAF RALPH JULIUS BRIAN WILMER LUCIUS HUGO GLEN MARIUS BERNIE LEON DELVIDA ISADORE IRENE DAMAS NICKLES ROMEO SYLVESTER URGEL CLAUD CHRISTIAN ISIAH JOE WALLACE CELT ROLLAND JULES GEDEON FORRESTER VICTOR ISAAC ELMER HORACE EDITH WALTER WESLEY SMITH AVILA DORILA HEW PERCIVAL ETHEL ORLAF DOUGALL HARVEY DAN LUC CASHELL LAWRENCE EMMANUEL HOWARD EDGAR MELVIN JACK ESMOND RAYMOND ARMOSS FRANCIS BRANT CAMERON CAL BASIL IVAN CYRUS RICHIE ERNEST VICTOR MIRIAN IRVING OSWALD SOLOMON LEWIS STEWART DOUGLAS MANLY JEREMIAH IRVIN VERDON CLARENCE DEWEY OLAF RALPH OLIVER FLORENCE HILLIARD MILTON OSWALD SIDNEY WILFRED GILBERT ARCHIE LANCELOT DUNCAN RICHARD ROB JAMES BERT PETER LEONARD CECIL LIONEL VICTOR SPENCER WILLIAM FRED LESLIE ALBERT HENRI ANDREW PERCY JOE WALLACE CELT ROLLAND JULES GEDEON FORRESTER VICTOR ISAAC ELMER HORACE EDITH WALTER WESLEY SMITH AVILA DORILA MATTHEW AUSTIN ISAAC CLARENCE FELIX VINCENT JEFFREY SETH JOHN PATRICK STANLEY REX GEOFFREY
Helping to combat loneliness and social isolation With one in 10 people aged over 60 in Suffolk saying that they are often or always lonely, local independent older person’s charity, Age UK Suffolk is determined to help alleviate this issue and ensure that “no one should have no one”. With an already successful befriending service supporting nearly 200 people each month already in place, the charity are looking to relaunch visiting, or face-to-face befriending in the Shotley peninsula area. Visiting befriending is a fantastic way of really building a relationship with an older person and making a huge difference in their life – like in any relationship, after a while volunteers and clients chat away like old friends – no rush, no agenda, just talking about anything interesting. It’s also a great way of signposting clients to other services that may make a difference to how they live their life. All of Age UK Suffolk’s befrienders are volunteers, and in order to ensure that the charity helps as many people as possible, they are looking to recruit new volunteers, both for telephone and visiting befriending. So, if you have an hour or so spare each week, love a chat, and would like to help, we’d love to hear from you. Also, if you, or someone you care for, would benefit from this free service, please contact Becky or Debbie in the Befriending Team: 01473 353061 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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NEWS SHOTLEY PIER UPDATE It’s been a busy month for the Shotley Pier volunteers as we make our way to meetings and presentations to groups such as Stour Valley Probus and East Anglian Practical Classics Car Club. It’s always good to tell people about milestones and progress, so if you organise events and would be interested in hearing about Shotley Pier, please get in touch. The waiting time for our planning appeal to be heard is time we are using to talk to the public and our existing investors, to get their opinions on our current plans, and what their preferences would be if our appeal is refused. Having a Plan B is a vital way to prevent further delays. With winter coming on, there is little chance of starting any work till spring, so we can use this time to apply for grants and plan for 2019. Community shares are still on sale at £25 each, with some people choosing to buy one share, and others purchasing more. Tax relief is available thanks to HMRC Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS). Our coffee mornings at the Michelin-listed Red Lion, Chelmondiston IP9 1DX are very popular, and as the refreshments are donated by Mandy and Dougie they are a good fundraiser for us. A selection of home-made cakes is included in the ticket price of £5 per person. The next Red Lion Coffee Mornings are on Thursday, November 1 and Saturday, December 1, 10.30am-noon, with no need to book!
NEW HOLBROOK VILLAGE HALL CONTACTS We now have joint bookings secretaries, Terence and Adrian Stannard Smith, who can be contacted at: 01473 328073 / firstname.lastname@example.org Our new secretary is Janine Everson who can be contacted at: 01473 328460 / email@example.com
STUTTON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN Stutton has joined the Neighbourhood Plan train. The parish council has given its blessing and following a fantastic Big Tea Party in September, we have now submitted the first official form to Babergh to designate the red-line boundary. Seventy-nine residents enjoyed tea, cake and conversation while airing their thoughts on housing, the environment and a variety of social issues. The Rant Wall proved so popular and had to be extended at short notice. The undoubted hot topic was housing – its availability and affordability. I suspect we are not alone in this.
Our drone footage of the pier is available to see on YouTube; just search for Shotley Pier. It is often remarked that people don’t realise how long the 650foot long pier is until seen by drone, because the human eye foreshortens the view.
The working group hold a monthly meeting on the third Monday of each month (November 19) at Stutton Community Hall from 7-8.30pm (yes we have a finish time!), to which members of the public are very welcome.
Lastly, we say a sad farewell to Reverend Michael Ayden, who has passed away. He was a great supporter of the pier project and attended most of our events; with his kind, quiet words of wisdom he will be greatly missed. We will raise our coffee cup to him at the next coffee morning, where he was usually found to be chatting to volunteers and friends. He was a fount of knowledge about local history and had collected a range of information about the pier for us.
If I may I would like to supply your readership with some information on the vessel which featured on the front cover of the October 2018 edition of In Touch with ‘For Sale’ just visible painted on it. It is, or at least was, one of Radio Caroline’s supply vessels during the latter part of the 60s. I myself used it as a houseboat from 1988/90, first at Hare’s Creek then later at Levington.
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It was built as a sort of naval delivery truck on the water. It is carved on the outer hull and diagonal on the inner, which makes for an extremely strong construction. The upper cabin area that is still visible was built at Ipswich along with a wheelhouse that is now long gone. Also gone are its two masts, railings and the BMC 2.5 diesel engine which was removed on Pin Mill Hard. Leamar was the boat’s name and it also spent time at Mistley and at Orwell Yacht Club, Ipswich.
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At Mistley it was fitted with a winch and lifting gear for trawling. It eventually returned to Pin Mill where ‘Old Peter’ owned it for a few more years. While I used it as a dwelling, a man from Paris made me a surprise visit taking photos, then waved through the wheelhouse window to attract my attention. On going outside to talk to this chap he informed me that he had spent many months trying to find Leamar after learning of its history, and also that he owned another of Radio Caroline’s work vessels, using it as a houseboat in Paris. SHOTLEY Father Christmas and his elves are busy getting their sleigh ready to deliver presents to Shotley and Shotley Gate on Christmas morning. We start at 7.30am at The Rose and work towards Shotley Gate. Presents no bigger than 250mm x 200mm x 500mm (10” x 8” x 2”) should be clearly marked with the child’s name and address and handed in to the Shotley Rose by December 22. A minimum donation of £2 per present is requested with the money being donated to Kidzone and other children’s activities. It’s so good to see the faces of adults and children light up when Santa brings their gifts. Please support us. HOLBROOK If you would like your child to receive a present from Father Christmas on Christmas morning please leave a small gift with their name and address attached to it with: Millie Gilson, 11 Gifford Close, Holbrook (01473 327016) by Friday, December 21.
If any readers wish to look up the film Dateline Diamonds on YouTube, they will see another Caroline boat leaving Parkeston Quay with Shotley in the background, and Ganges Pier twice as long as it is now. I very much enjoyed my time on Leamar as it made an excellent floating home. The stern deck was often used to soak up some rays and catch a tan. It’s sad to see it in such a dilapidated state, but nothing lasts forever, eh! All the best, Ron (local DJ, fisherman, artist and all round eccentric)
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NEWS CHELMONDISTON PARISH COUNCIL
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From the parish council meeting in August The parish clerk informed the PC that there are two parish council vacancies by co-option.
Key points from the meeting held on 20 August 2018
Various thank you’s were received for donations made by the parish council. A decision has been made by Suffolk County Council not to re-site the fingerpost (footpath 50) at Pin Mill. A grant of £6.5k has been awarded from the parish council to the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. The Community Payback Team was thanked for the work that was recently completed at the village hall. Finally, a thank you to Suffolk County Councillor David Wood and Suffolk County Council for providing the parish council with a £100 Locality Grant towards the cost of a projector. From the parish council meeting in September Numerous highways issues have and are being chased with Suffolk County Council. Suggestions for work to be completed by the Community Payback team have been requested. The PC thanked the payback team for the work that was completed at the village hall.
Reade Field Project The Holbrook Lottery Fund has sold 121 tickets to date. Additional applications are still being received and all funds raised will go towards the Reade Field Project. Thank you to all residents who have taken part. Speed Awareness Sign Update The council has made an application for Locality Funding towards the new Speed Awareness Sign and they are currently waiting to hear if it will be approved. Beach Watch The council discussed the possibility of having a Holbrook Beach Watch event. It was agreed that it was a good idea and further investigations will take place. Once details have been established, it will be publicised and volunteers requested. Full minutes of this and all other meetings are available on the Holbrook Parish website or by contacting the clerk: email@example.com / 07999 583017 Future meetings: November 19 and December 10 www.holbrook.suffolk.cloud
Centenary event at Shotley Village Hall on November 11: doors open at 2pm and the concert commences at 2.30pm. Next meetings: Tuesdays, November 6 and December 4
HOLBROOK AND SHOTLEY SURGERY Flu Days Our first flu day was a huge success with 437 patients being vaccinated. The following open access clinics are available for eligible patients: Thursday, November 1, 2-6.30pm at Shotley and Tuesday, November 20, 2-6.30pm at Holbrook. For eligible patients under 65: letters have been sent to eligible patients For patients who will be 65 and over by 31 March 2019: please attend any of the above clinics. For those patients due to have shingles or pneumococcal vaccinations, we are now inviting you just after your birthday and these will no longer be available on flu clinic days. Pharmacy 2U You may have received a leaflet in the post inviting you to get your repeat prescriptions from a company called Pharmacy2U. We believe that an internet business like Pharmacy2U is no substitute for your local dispensary. Please support us to continue caring for you and your family by obtaining your prescriptions here at your local NHS GP surgery dispensary. Thank you for your support. Messages Our apprentice dispenser at Shotley has been trialling texting patients to advise when their repeat medication is ready for collection. This has worked well and we hope to extend this to all medications prepared by the practice. If you would like to receive a text message, please let us know your mobile number and give your consent to our practice staff. GP and Staff Training Our next training afternoons will be on Thursday, November 15 and Wednesday, December 12. The practice will be open for patients to come in to collect/drop off prescriptions and book appointments/make enquiries at reception. However, there will be no clinical staff on site and our telephone lines will be switched over to the out of hours’ service on these afternoons to allow staff training. Please ring 111 for advice if your query cannot wait until the following day. In an emergency, dial 999. Practice Manager Julia Smith
During November there will be lots of events around the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, a time for reflection and remembrance. We have been working with a Harwich based project titled Surrender and Sanctuary and have teamed up with the HMS Ganges Museum to do something special at Shotley to mark the surrender of the German U-boat fleet which was sailed into Parkeston Quay, Harwich in 1918. To mark this historical event we are organising a guided Naval Heritage Walk around Shotley on Sunday, November 18. The walk starts with a presentation at the Ganges Museum, Shotley Marina at 10.50am. Walking along the foreshore at Shotley Gate the group will receive information about the U-boat campaign and how the surrender was managed by the British and Allied Forces under the command of Admiral Sir Reginald Tyrwhitt. The walk continues to Shotley St Mary’s Church, with guided tours of the Commonwealth War Graves and the Submariners Memorial. Finally, returning to the HMS Ganges Museum via the banks of the Orwell, with more information about the role of the Harwich Haven and Felixstowe during the conflicts of the First World War. There are a limited number of places available; if you would like to join the walk please contact Tony Lawford-Randall: 01473 788723 / 07927 941885 / firstname.lastname@example.org Don’t forget our next health walk is on Wednesday, November 21, starting from opposite the Bristol Arms, Shotley Gate at 11.30am. With Christmas on the way (really?) we are pleased to offer the Shotley Open Spaces 2019 wall calendar for sale. This is our way of raising funds to help us maintain local footpaths and help keep open spaces in good order. The theme this year is People, Places and Pastimes. There are loads of pictures of the many volunteer groups in action, with lots of local people involved. If you want to help support SOS by buying a calendar, on sale at £7 each, please contact Marian Pugh: 01473 787182 / email@example.com The calendars are also available at Shotley Stores, Corner Garage, The Rose and the Bristol Arms. Finally, if you wish to be included on the growing Shotley Open Spaces email list, please contact Geraint Pugh (firstname.lastname@example.org), Gary Richens (email@example.com) or Tony Lawford-Randall (firstname.lastname@example.org). Gary Richens
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NEWS BABERGH DISTRICT COUNCILLOR ALASTAIR MCCRAW REPORT TO PARISHES, ALTON WARD: NOVEMBER 2018 Brantham & Stutton Planning Exhibitions Last month I reported on a forthcoming exhibition for the greenfield (now brown soil) site in Brantham. A consultation event will be held at Brantham Leisure Centre from 4-8pm on Wednesday, November 7 when Taylor Wimpey will be presenting their initial proposals. We can make suggestions on these before they make an application for full planning permission. I expect keen interest. It seems to be for 288 houses, a 10 per cent reduction on the original 320. The mix is mostly of two, three and four bed properties, with public open space at Decoy Pond and beyond. The largest trees are to be retained, as are the woods. The full application will then go to Babergh. After checking all the paperwork, a lengthy public consultation should take place. It could be expected to come before Babergh’s Planning Committee from the early spring onwards. Things have a habit of changing though. We just deal with things as they are, and not as we would have liked them to be. Members of the PC intend to be at the consultation throughout. I’ll certainly be on hand for most of the time. The parish council have their regular monthly meeting at 7.30pm on the same night. It might be an opportunity to come and see what they do. We won’t be offended if you find you must leave. We’d be happy to see you. Stutton also have an open meeting at the community hall from 4-7pm on Thursday, October 25. Probably held by now, Stutton PC are working with Hastoe Housing Association and Babergh District Council to produce a small development of affordable homes for people with strong local connections and priority for Stutton applicants. They too, seek constructive comments. That affordable local housing is quite a contrast with Brantham, where the affordable component is precisely zero. I still find this quite astonishing. It has been so far justified by the expected massive improvement, remediation and industrial development on the brownfield area across Factory Lane. But so far, instead of the dirty tangled metal, brick and wire, we have clean expanses of mounds of hardcore with pools of water and nothing on them! I await something truly positive there with baited breath. Stars and awards in general On reflection, I added two further nominations to the Stars of Babergh. Joanne King, the ‘volunteer’ editor of the excellent, nay essential, Brantham Bugle deserved some more credit. So did Paul and Gemma Chenery at the Brantham Bull for their efforts as a Business in the Community. The nominations are, at the least, a thank you for the sustained and continuing efforts. But I hope they all win something!
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NEWS DISTRICT COUNCILLOR DEREK DAVIS – BERNERS WARD Shotley, Erwarton, Chelmondiston, Woolverstone and Freston Pier Petition I have added my support to the #protectourpier (POP) group’s petition calling on the directors of the Benefit Society to drop their appeal against Babergh Planning Committee’s decision to refuse planning permission to build two buildings housing a café, offices, a workshop and a visitor centre straddling Shotley pier. More than 200 people have signed the Changes.org petition, which you can also find on the Bristol-Pier-Shotley page on Peninsula News. Please feel free to read, sign and share; perhaps the directors will eventually get the message regarding our community’s feelings on this needlessly contentious issue. Like the POP group I would much prefer to see a new, smaller application put in just to restore the pier as it was originally envisaged, with a couple of kiosks at one end to help pay for the upkeep of the pier. This would have been far more acceptable, more likely to have got permission and satisfied potential grant funders. Sadly, I can see a situation where even if the Benefit Society wins its appeal, it will not have widespread support from the community as it started with when we first got it off the ground. That will make financing the £3million estimated total cost of a commercial development even more difficult. New Customer Service Access Point Opens Like many councillors, although not enough of us, I was one of those who voted against moving from our headquarters in Hadleigh to Ipswich’s Endeavour House. I still have my doubts it was the right things to do, and having witnessed the severe disruption and loss of staff it caused, I‘m still to be convinced. However, in my role on the cabinet, I have tried to mitigate some of the problems, in particular with customer service problems. After a successful pop-up customer service point at Shotley, which worked well due to the hard work and dedication of the customer service team that travelled from all over the district to give our residents face-to-face contact, a more permanent point has been set up at Hadleigh Library. This will complement the access points at Sudbury and Stowmarket, although you will still not get personal service at Ipswich.
Stars of Babergh By the time you read this, the winners of the Stars of Babergh Community Awards will have been announced. There were so many worthy nominees it must have been a devilish job for the judges to narrow it down. I was delighted to see a number of my nominations were shortlisted, including Norman Bugg, Manish Patel and Shotley & Erwarton Good Neighbours, while I know others on the peninsula put names forward too, with Hollingsworth’s at Chelmondiston also making the final. Without individuals, groups and businesses like these, our community would not be as wonderful, caring and thriving as it is. Councillor Award Talking of awards, I was delighted to see our Independent Group Leader Clive Arthey shortlisted for a prestigious Local Government Award. Clive, one of Babergh’s longest serving council members, was nominated by Cockfield Parish Council in the Place-Shaping and Environment category. I know he is chuffed to be nominated by residents, rather than any politically-motivated group and it is well deserved. As Independents we are focused on local issues still while seeing the bigger district picture, but as individuals do need a little steering sometimes and I know myself and my colleague Alastair McCraw, as relative newbies, have flourished under Clive’s guidance and advice. Remembrance Remembrance is also a poignant time and not just for an ex-serviceman like me. This special centenary of the Armistice promises to be extra special and the work done by people like Mark Brennan with Suffolk Remembers 100, Brian Ives of the Royal British Legion and the various WIs that have knitted, crocheted or made up thousands of poppies is incredible. What is also touching is the engagement primary schoolchildren have and this will be epitomised on November 8 when they will attend dozens of services, while every graveyard in Suffolk will have someone to mark the grave of every First World War serviceman buried there. Lest We Forget If you have an issue you would like to discuss please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07824 167196 My Facebook page is: Derek Davis-Your Independent Councillor
SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM When the longer winter nights arrive, take a fresh look at your home security and remind yourself of how to stay as safe as possible when out and about. At home • Keep front and back doors locked at all times and keep keys and valuables out of sight and reach from cat flaps, letterboxes, and downstairs doors and windows. • If you’re out in the evening make sure you leave a light on and draw the curtains. If it’s dark before you get home, use timer switches to turn on energy-saving lights. • Light up your front door with dusk to dawn lighting – make sure it’s visible from the street. • Make sure your home is visible from the street by keeping bushes and fences less than one metre high at the front of your property. • Don’t forget about garages, sheds and outbuildings – make sure they’re locked and secure too. • Try not to leave your house in silent darkness. Just leaving a radio on could make a potential burglar think twice. • Never leave a spare key outside your house; burglars know all the usual hiding spots. • Keep bins away from windows when they’re not being used as they can be used as a climbing aid for burglars. • Consider joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Find out more about Neighbourhood Watch in Suffolk at: www.suffolknwa.co.uk Out and about • Plan ahead before you go out. Know where you’re going, how you’ll get there, and how you’ll get back. Let someone know where you’re going, and be prepared for a change of plan.
• Keep your purse or wallet and keys close and secure. Only take out essential items, and if you can leave valuables at home, do. • When you’re out, always walk with confidence, and stick to well-lit, busy areas, using the route you know best. • Avoid quiet or badly-let alleyways, subways or isolated car parks. Walk down the middle of the pavement if the street is deserted. • Remain aware of your surroundings – don’t walk along texting, making a phone call or listening to music. As well as being distracting, this advertises your valuable to criminals. • Trust your instincts – if you don’t feel safe then change your route, remembering to stay in well-lit and busy areas. Don’t be tempted to take short cuts. • Be a good friend and stay safe by sticking together. Always avoid walking alone at night. • If you regularly walk home in the dark, get a personal attack alarm – they are widely available and inexpensive. • If you regularly jog or cycle, vary your route and times you go out, particularly if you go alone. Try to avoid wooded or remote areas and stick to well-lit roads, or main paths and open spaces. Stay fully alert of your surroundings and don’t use headphones. If you have any quires or questions please contact Hadleigh SNT at Hadleigh Police Station, Magdalen Road, Hadleigh IP7 5AD Hadleigh.email@example.com Emergency: Call 999 Non-Emergency: Call 101 Follow us on Twitter@ HadleighPolice Police Connect: Suffolk.police.uk/police connect
NEWS / OUT & ABOUT JAMES CARTLIDGE MP FOR SOUTH SUFFOLK
SHOTLEY CHURCH HERITAGE EVENTS Sunday, November 18: Christmas Bazaar Shotley Village Hall, 2-4.30pm with various craft stalls plus a raffle and festive refreshments. Entry free; everyone welcome.
In September I was honoured to be appointed to a new role, as PPS to the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. A PPS (Parliamentary Private Secretary) is the link between the Secretary of State and MPs from all parties. It is a particular privilege to be part of the Foreign Office team given the department’s role of advancing our national interest around the world. On the majority of foreign policy issues there tends to be a consensus, with little dispute on the way our relations should proceed in most countries, and MPs tend to unite when confronted with terrible humanitarian crises overseas, such as in Syria or Rakhine state, Burma. But of course, there are many more controversial issues, notably Brexit, but also the longrunning Palestinian question, and how we respond to President Trump and Russian aggression.
Saturday, December 8: Christmas Concert with Suffolk Concert Band and Chelmo Male Voice Choir Starting at 7.30pm in Shotley Village Hall. Tickets are £8 and available from Shotley Post Office and Norman Bugg: 01473 787358
AUTUMN FAIR Shop early for Christmas at Holbrook Village Hall Saturday, November 3, 10am-2pm We will have stalls for all of the family to enjoy such as organic dog treats, an Animals Asia raffle, homemade jams and chutneys, craft stalls and Christmas gifts including carved wooden items and handmade decorations.
Keeping ministers aware of the direction that opinion is forming on the full gamut of issues is a key responsibility of a PPS. For example, at the time of writing we have encouraging signs in Syria with Turkey and Russia seemingly agreeing a ‘buffer zone’ to protect the remaining rebel enclave of Idlib. Were this agreement to break down, the international temperature would rise – and so would concern in the House. This would be particularly so if chemical weapons were deployed again. Let us hope such further horror can be avoided.
We will have hot and cold refreshments, the ever-popular raffle, and lots of Christmas cards too.
While all of the issues facing the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ultimately affect the people of South Suffolk, I am confident that my new role will not in any way diminish my ability to campaign on the home front. A particular priority at present is the rural economy, given that the Agriculture Bill comes before the House in October, promising a new era for how we subsidise and support our farmers. My stance has always been that we should maintain an equivalent version of the current system until a better one is in place. Quite simply, whether at home or abroad, food production or foreign affairs, we need to apply good old fashioned common sense and resist the temptation of divisive ideology.
Chelpin Players ‘rested’ in April but have been busy during the summer. Our next production is a delightfully amusing comedy from the author of Look Who’s Talking, Beyond a Joke and Bedside Manners by Derek Benfield.
I hold regular advice surgeries offering help and support to local people. Please see page 16 for my contact details.
GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEMES
Entry is free for all.
CHELPIN PLAYERS Chelmondiston Village Hall, Friday 22 to Saturday November 24
This Derek Benfield play is called Over My Dead Body. Now, how can this be ‘amusing’ I hear you say! Well we have Gerald, who hopes to spend the rest of his days putting his feet up on the sofa, eating double hamburgers and being left alone with his memories. But he reckons without his late wife’s ‘forward planning’, which results in a series of unexpected events that Gerald had not anticipated and the revival of memories that are both funny and sad. Curtain up at 7.30pm, bar available. Tickets £8 including lovely nibbles. Pat Lakey
STOUR VALLEY ARTS & MUSIC
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.
Our 68th season continues with The Merlin Ensemble at St Mary’s Church, Dedham on Sunday, November 11 at 4pm.
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.
The Merlin Ensemble Vienna was formed in 1991 by 10 principal players of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, with the aim of performing chamber music at the highest level. Flexible in size depending on the music selected, they have appeared at many leading musical festivals including Salzburg, Lucerne and Bonn as well as in other prestigious venues in Europe and in North America. This concert has been generously supported by Jane Jewell.
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
Violin and artistic director: Martin Walch Horn: Hubert Renner Piano: Till Alexander Körber
Programme Brahms, Violin Sonata in A op 100 for violin and piano R Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel – Trio arranged by Körber Liszt, La Lugubre Gondol for violin and piano Liszt, Mephisto Waltz for violin and piano Brahms, Trio in E flat op 40 Tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01206 298426 / www.svam.org.uk
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OUT & ABOUT GENTS’ BREAKFAST AT ST ANDREW’S CHURCH ROOM WINTER JUMBLE SALE Clear the Clutter – Bag a Bargain Saturday, November 24 from 2pm at Bentley Village Hall If you have anything you wish to donate to our sale, please bring it along to the hall from 9am on the day or telephone Pam (01473 310283) or Aimée (01473 311311) and we will arrange to collect it from you. If you would like to come to our sale, the hall will be open from 2pm. Tea and coffee will also be available. We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your support.
SCARLET PIPISTRELLE AT HARKSTEAD VILLAGE HALL Scarlet Pipistrelle by Pat Whymark & Julian Harries, which will be Touring East Anglia from December 13 to January 19, will premiere at Harkstead Village Hall on Thursday, December 13. The year is 1793. Paris is gripped by the sans-cullottes. Heads are rolling, and no-one is safe from the roving finger of fate, the thumb of tyranny and the wrist of injustice. Common Ground will be concocting their trademark heady mix of genre pastiche, musical dexterity and sheer lunacy that East Anglian Christmas audience know and love. Julian Harries plays Citizen Chambourcy and Emily Bennett (from last year’s Sherlock Holmes & The Hooded Lance) plays Madame Claire de Luny. “Whymark and Harries have created so many great Christmas memories... a real seasonal treat. Catch it if you can, you won’t regret it.” Andrew Clark, East Anglian Daily Times (review of Sherlock Holmes & The Hooded Lance)
Saturday, November 3, 9-11am I will happily cook for any gents who would like an English or continental breakfast with tea/coffee as required. Bring a friend or neighbour, a newspaper, sports news or whatever interests you. Come at a time to suit you and I will cook a fresh breakfast for you. It would be great to know in advance if you will be joining us, but I’m sure there will be places on the day. A donation of around £10 towards church funds would be appreciated. Dilly Ridge email@example.com / 01473 780350
TUNES FOR TRIPS IN AID OF AFIA Did you manage to get away from it all this summer? Maybe you enjoyed a traditional fortnight’s holiday with the family, or perhaps you spent days out exploring the beautiful East Anglian coast. However you spent your time, I hope you returned refreshed. For many people holidays and days out are a mere dream, but the Mothers’ Union charity AFIA (Away From It All) is able to provide breaks, days out and activities for disadvantaged and vulnerable families. The costs are met in various ways – from Mothers’ Union branches, fundraising events and grants from local agencies. On Saturday, November 17 members of Trianon Music Group will be performing at St Andrew’s Church in Rushmere and the proceeds will go to AFIA. The concert will feature singers and brass players from the group performing a selection of light classical and popular music. Tickets are £7.50 and are available from Music World in Ipswich or Mary Odam: 01473 614456 / firstname.lastname@example.org
To book call: 07807 341364
Next year they will be celebrating their 60th anniversary so please look out for details of the 2019 season.
SHOTLEY SOCIAL CLUB
Please come and support both the performers and AFIA. I hope you return home refreshed!
This month we meet on Thursdays, November 8 and 22 from 1.50 to 4pm. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us through this year and all our members who have helped in one way of another. If you have an outing you would like us to include next year, please let us know so we can bring it up when we choose our outings for 2019. We would like some new outings as well as a few of our favourites. We do have to think about our members who cannot walk very well. For information about the club, or anything else we do, please contact Norman and Eileen: 01473 787358
HOLBROOK SOCIETY Friday November 9: First World War Armistice – Commemoration of Peace at All Saints Church This will be an evening to remember with a collection of contemporary letters and memoirs, photographs, music and the odd sketch, all to commemorate the crucial years for Holbrook after peace was declared. And a chance to see two of the THERE BUT NOT THERE silhouettes which we have been awarded by the Covenant Fund.
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OUT & ABOUT A JOURNEY TO DISCOVER LOST COMMUNITIES An exciting new heritage and creative arts project has launched across East Suffolk, offering residents the opportunity to become involved in the Lowestoft, Dunwich and Ipswich areas.
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Land and Shore was designed by Suffolk Record Office and the Voice cLoud and will explore the stories of three ‘lost’ communities across east Suffolk: The Beach Village, Lowestoft, Dunwich and Alton Water. Land and Shore will use local studies, books and archive sources available at Suffolk Record Office and elsewhere to bring to life this important history for new audiences. Over the next year, participants will be supported by a variety of history and multi-arts professionals to recreate the stories of these ‘lost communities’ in a fun and innovative way using drama and music, and to share their work through performance. The Voice cLoud is an arts and music organisation which uses the creative arts to promote heritage and culture and explore the positive impact of music and the arts on health and wellbeing. Working with a group of participants for each lost community, the Voice cLoud will identify resources and techniques which can be used to help these stories reach wider communities and new audiences. To find out more and to have a try before signing up to participate, book a place on the taster day at Tattingstone Village Hall (School Road, IP9 2NA) on Friday, November 23, 1-4pm. Spaces are limited so booking is essential; to book: email@example.com
Once again in the run-up to Christmas, illustrator Emma Graham will be opening her studio to visitors. This is a great opportunity to see behind the scenes and to view current work, sketchbooks and folio. Work, from greetings cards to original art, limited edition prints and gifts, will be available to purchase, making ideal and unique Christmas gifts. Meet Emma, chat about art, publishing and more. A warm welcome plus tea, coffee and mince pies awaits. Emma’s studio at 48 Great Harlings, Shotley Gate, Ipswich IP9 1NY will be open from 11am-4pm on Sundays, November 25 and December 2. If you can't make those dates but want to visit and look for a unique gift (or place a commission – do ask soon as she is getting booked up) then contact Emma who is happy to open by arrangement. Ten per cent from open studio sales will go to The Children’s Appeal at Ipswich Hospital for which Emma is the commissioned illustrator. The Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity launched a fundraising appeal in February 2018 to raise part of the £2.5m needed to build a new-look children’s department to transform the experience of its young patients and their families. They are now appealing for local businesses and individuals to give the appeal their backing by helping raise vital funds towards the total cost of the project, which would take place in phases over the next two to three years. You could make a difference. Every penny you donate to the appeal will help them develop the children’s department at Ipswich Hospital for their younger patients both now and in the future. So do go along to Emma’s open studio and help her make a donation to this wonderful charity. Alternatively you can make a one-off donation, set up a direct debit or send a donation by cheque made payable to The Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity Children’s Appeal at The Colchester & Ipswich Hospital Charity, Post Box No 49, Heath Road, Ipswich IP4 5PD. If you’d prefer to bring in cash raised through your fundraising, contact them at: 0300 7701369 / firstname.lastname@example.org www.egrahamillustrations.co.uk
SHOTLEY CHURCH HERITAGE 700 CLUB September Draw Winners 1: Mrs S Mower (108) £25 2: M Rogers (086)
3: Mrs A Taylor (078) £15 4: Mrs S Suckling (011) £8 5: Mrs A Baxter (038) £7 New members are always welcome. The cost of £1 a month can be paid at three, six or 12 monthly intervals. To join contact Norman: 01473 767358 October Bingo and Draw A big thank you to everyone who supported this event which raised £220. Well done. All the prizes have been distributed. Shotley Village Gall Our auction raised £503 for funds. A big thank you to everyone involved. This was a big team effort but very rewarding. The village hall has a number of rooms available. The main hall can hold up to 200 people. The large committee room can cope with 30 or so for meetings. We have a snooker table in an independent room. To check availability and cost contact our booking secretary Mr William Henry; 01473 788517 / 07701 080973 A bar can be available by arrangement with Sarah of Shotley Rose: 01473 787237
SHOTLEY WHIST DRIVE Thursdays, November 1, 15 & 29 and December 13, all 1.50-4pm. We thank our players for all your support during the year, especially those who come from outside Shotley because if they didn’t attend we would have to close down. We hope this will never happen because our drive has been going for around 25 years. For information or lifts required please contact Norman and Eileen: 01473 787358
OUT & ABOUT SHOTLEY AND ERWARTON WI
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At our September meeting our instructor, Izzy Ixer, first asked if anyone could do the yoga Heron pose which is the position where one leg is raised above the head. To our surprise no one could! So we started out with seated breathing exercises, then progressed with head movements until we became really ambitious and started waving our arms about. It was all good fun and very relaxing, but some of our members looked too relaxed and in danger of falling asleep
Our next meeting will be on November 21 when we will have our AGM followed by Jo Lee demonstrating how to do a floral table decoration. As always at our AGM, there will lots of delicious nibbles to eat. If you would like to attend with a view to joining the WI please contact Jo Lee on 01473 787311. We would love to see you.
CRAFTERS UNLIMITED A craft club which meets on the first Monday of the month (except for bank holidays when it’s the following Monday). Saturday workshops (10am4pm) and Monday meetings (7.30-10pm) are held in Wherstead Village Hall Meeting Rooms. Monday, November 5: Part 2 Xmas Bauble (Janet) Monday, December 3: Napkin Folding & Decorated Candle (Debbie) Samples of each project are displayed the month before and other projects are available. Contacts: Ann 01473 780298 / Jill 01473 713534
CHEMONDISTON SOCIAL CLUB On Thursday, November 29 we will be having our Christmas party and are to be entertained by hand bell ringers with Christmas treats and raffle. Our last meeting of the year will be on Thursday, December 13; all welcome. Mike & Michele Rutherford: 01473 780718
VILLAGE LINK In a change to out November programme, we will meet at Tattingstone Village Hall at 10am on November 14 when Gary Bunkell will give a brief account of the project to erect Capel St Mary War Memorial, followed by a talk on the history of Butley Priory by Sheila Harrison. Our aim is to bring communities together and over the years we have attracted members from many villages, men and women of various ages. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month from 10am-noon. I would like to welcome back any former members and to see new members from all local villages at our meetings, either as visitors or members in readiness for our 25th celebration in 2019.
The Beavers started the new term with team games. This is always a good session to start with as we always have new Beavers join us, so it’s a great time to learn each other’s names and what each one of us is good at.
The team building continued into another session which saw our Beavers building their own dens with a few bits of rope, poles and tarpaulin. You’d be surprised at the different shapes and sizes of the dens considering they all had the same equipment. Cubs Create The Cubs went back to basics at the start of this term by learning about fire safety. This is a good life skill to have and it helps them out when they go on camp so they can be safe with backwards cooking. The Cubs also had the pioneering poles out making various structures. Scouts Spy (through the camera lens) The Scouts are working towards their photography badge this term. Hopefully they will have some amazing pictures that will go towards an end of term show which parents will be invited to attend. Bingo The recent prize bingo which was held in the Rose PH in September raised an amazing £336.90. We are very lucky as we are getting this amount match funded by Barclays so the grand total will be £673.80. Thanks to all those who helped organise this event and attended. Plus a big thank you to Sarah and Jamie for the use of the Rose. Phil the Bag We were supposed to have Phil the Bag in October, but the clothes are normally shipped to Africa and at the moment there is a problem getting the clothes there so we are unable to do the collection. As many of you know we normally do two collections a year and this goes a long way towards our fundraising. We are currently thinking of some other fundraising ideas so please watch this space. If you think you have an idea for a fundraiser then please contact us on the number below. Leader Recruitment As we are now back in session and are always looking for more adult help. If you could spare a few hours, or have a specific skill you might like to teach to the younger generation, please contact Jane on 01473 787416.
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Chairman Linda Evans: 01473 311262
Norman Jacobs talked about Pie ’n’ Mash and Prefabs on Wednesday, October 3 and on October 17 Sally Chicken discussed The Regeneration of Shotley Pier, a plan very much in the news.
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On November 7 Peter James will talk about The Great Essex Earthquake and two weeks later on November 21 Jo Harrison’s talk is entitled Going Underground.
Our meetings through the summer have been very well attended with people bringing along knitting, embroidery, sewing, beading and a lot of chatter. The next dates for your diaries are November 10, December 1 and January 5. All are held at Harkstead Village Hall. Timings over the winter months are extended from 9am to about 4pm. We don’t expect you to stay all day, but come and join us for a tea/coffee with your craft project(s), or just pop in and be nosey! If you don’t know which project to bring, just fill your car and bring them all! Look forward to seeing you all. For further details, please contact Sarah: 01473 328692
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
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OUT & ABOUT 1st SAMFORD VALLEY SCOUT GROUP Beavers (ages 6-8) Hopefully this term will be a beautiful autumn of red leaves and mild temperatures. The Beavers have a few outdoor evenings planned, including a Sausage Sizzle at Hallowtree, an evening pioneering and a trip tobogganing at the Ski Slope. As Christmas approaches, they will mostly move indoors, with activities such as a karate demonstration, an evening making chocolate and fun with Nerf guns. Scouts (ages 10-14) This term the Scouts are concentrating on navigation. We have been on a night hike and been orienteering at Orwell Country Park. Over half term we are off to Lee Valley for some white water rafting and camping at Scout HQ Gillwell. Later this term we have activities around knots and lashings as well as fire lighting and more map work to look forward to. At the end of term we are running two sessions on water safety and survival. We will be inflating life rafts and lifejackets during a practical exercise in the RHS pool. So lots to look forward to next term as well starting off with winter camp 2019. There are currently some spaces in the troop so if you know of a young person aged 10 to 14 who might be interested please call David on 01473 326981. Massive congratulations and thanks to Henry, our chairman, who has raised significant funds by a sponsored swim across the Channel!
SHOTLEY GARDENING CLUB Our speaker on October 8 was Karen Kenny who was in good form with her customary mix of knowledge of organic gardening and her lively sense of the ridiculous (The latter proving why you should never sit on the front row! Have you ever been asked to be a tomato and waft? We have now!) Karen’s main topic was companion planting and how plants can be used to support and protect the crops that we want from the bugs that we don’t by the use of disguise, allelopathy, attraction and sacrifice; fascinating and informative. Our next meeting is on November 12 with a talk and demonstration on planting up a winter basket by Debs Hart. Visitors are welcomed to any of our meetings. Why not come along and meet us? We meet in the committee room at Shotley Village Hall at 7.30pm every second Monday in the month (unless otherwise notified; we do go out sometimes). Plans for the club holiday (open to non-members) are well under way. The 2019 trip will be to South Wales and we will be based at the Best Western Hotel (which has a pool) in Port Talbot, and visits will include The Mumbles, Swansea, the waterfalls of the Valley of Neath and the National Gardens of Wales. Other trips (including May 20-24) are still to be confirmed. For further details please contact Karen Smith: 01473 787731 June Edwards 2018-19 PROGRAMME Monday, November 12: Planting up a Winter Basket, Debs Hart Monday, December 10: Christmas Gardening Club party in the village hall Tuesday, January 15: Christmas Dinner at the Red Lion Monday, February 11: Graham Proctor – Subject TBA Monday, March 11: Andrew Brogan from Henstead Exotic Gardens Monday, April 8: Gardens of Cambridge Colleges, Rodney Tibbs Wednesday, May 15: Two options: 1. Visit to a Place for Plants or 2. A gardening talk by Rodney Tibbs Wednesday, June 12: Garden Centre and Lunch at Frinton-on-Sea Saturday, August 3: Coach trip to Hyde Hall Flower Show Monday, August 12: Cream Tea at Karen’s
ORWELL DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY On Wednesday, November 7, Dr Claire Walsh will present a talk entitled Tamara de Lempicka – Mistress of Art Deco. Tamara de Lempicka dazzled Paris artistic circles in the 1920s and 30s and seduced with her stylish portraits. These heady years saw her immortalise the atmosphere of wealth and decadence of Paris. Other painters oscillated between Cubism and Fauvism, but de Lempicka was one of the few to be able to embody the decorative style of Art Deco in her paintings. Stunningly beautiful, she engaged in the world of fashion and photography, as well as presenting herself as the quintessential modern, independent young woman. She was glamorous and notorious, but her extraordinary talent confirmed her reputation as one of the most iconic painters of her generation. Bread and Circuses is the title of our talk on Wednesday, December 5 and will be given by Libby Horner, a freelance art historian, curator, film producer, lecturer and writer. We meet at Tower Hall, Broadlands Way, Rushmere St Andrew on the first Wednesday of most months. Talks last about an hour, commencing at 2.15pm, with tea and coffee served from 1.30-2pm. Guests and non-members are welcome provided we have enough space. Exceptionally popular lectures will have a visitor limit of 20 spaces. Please contact Wendy Robbins in advance on 01394 823807 to check if there is available space. For the latest events and news please visit: www.orwelldfas.org.uk
STOUR VALLEY U3A Richard Heap, Production Director of Stephen Walters & Sons Ltd, talked on silk weaving in Sudbury on Wednesday, October 10. He covered the history of silk weaving and how it came to Sudbury, how silk yarns are processed, the silk trade, partnerships and relationships between supplier and customer and how the company engages with the local community and the environment. Our meeting on November 14 will feature Davis Simmonds, a National Trust speaker and volunteer, introducing The Coast of East Anglia. The East Anglian coast is full of contrasts and has much beauty, history and wildlife. His presentation will focus on National Trust coastal properties in Essex and Suffolk. 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, November 23. Our main purpose is to encourage lifelong learning for those who are no longer in full time employment and emphasis is always placed on making learning active and fun as well as helping in developing friendships. We have a wide range of groups including language study, country walking and computer studies and groups that visit gardens, churches and historic buildings. In the main, membership is drawn from communities in the lower Stour Valley and adjacent areas including Brantham, Capel St Mary, Dedham, East Bergholt, Holbrook, Lawford, Manningtree, Raydon and Stratford St Mary. We are affiliated to the ThirdAge Trust, have over 260 members and 21 groups. For further information please visit www.stourvalleyu3a.org.uk where membership secretary Gillian Gibbs may be contacted. We meet at Constable Hall, Gandish Road, East Bergholt CO7 6TP at 2.15pm. Annual membership is £12 which entitles members to attend meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, except in December.
OUT & ABOUT
SHOTLEY PENINSULA BRANCH This month’s meeting is on Wednesday, November 7 at 2pm in St Andrew’s Church Room when Roy Tricker will present a talk entitled History of Local Churches. This promises to be an interesting and enjoyable afternoon. We extend a welcome to visitors, friends, families to join us; the afternoon includes refreshments and a time to chat with each other. Should you require a lift please contact Christine (780621) Pam (780796) or Thelma (787660) who will be pleased to make arrangements. We will have the usual bring-and-buy stall when donations are given to MU funds for the emergency relief fund to be used worldwide. In addition we have a basket in church for donations of tins and packet food to be given locally to FIND Families in Need. We look forward to seeing you.
EAST SUFFOLK NATIONAL TRUST ASSOCIATION If you are a member of or a volunteer for the National Trust, we invite you to get more out of your membership by joining our association where a warm welcome awaits you. We meet at Ropes Hall War Memorial Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave IP5 1JF. The start time is 7.15pm. Our next meeting is on November 27 when Hugh Belsey will talk about his work in cataloguing the works of Thomas Gainsborough. Hugh is a renowned art historian, being an expert on Fiona Bruce’s television programme Fake or Fortune. He has spent the last 14 years researching Gainsborough’s work, contacting owners, tracking down and researching paintings. This has taken him all over the world and in his talk Hugh will tell us about this challenging project. There is no meeting in December so the next one is on January 15 when Mark Mitchels will be talking about the River Deben.
SHOP EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS Come and join us at Holbrook Village Hall. We have stalls for all of the family to enjoy such as organic dog treats, Animals Asia rafﬂe, homemade jams and chutneys, craft stalls and Christmas gifts including carved wooden items and handmade decorations. We will have hot and cold refreshments, the ever popular rafﬂe, and lots of Christmas cards too.
SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 10AM - 2PM
Visitors (even if not National Trust members) are welcome, entrance fee £3 each. National Trust members/volunteers can join us for £8 a year (£12 a couple at same address). We publish three newsletters a year for members and enjoy interesting day outings and other events. For more information, including details of future events and outings, contact our membership secretary – firstname.lastname@example.org / 01473 723761 – or visit: www.membershipesnta.btck.co.uk
BELSTEAD MONTHLY MARKETS A market takes place in Belstead Village Hall from 9am-noon on the first Saturday of every month to raise vital funds to support refurbishment of the kitchen and ladies toilet. With an extensive range of tables, a raffle and refreshments, the market is the perfect place to meet with friends for a chat over a cuppa and a piece of cake while supporting this essential local amenity.
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OUT & ABOUT / SCHOOLS CHELMONDISTON PRIMARY SCHOOL AN EVENING OF MUSIC WITH STRICTLYCELLI The Ipswich & District Branch of Prison Fellowship present An Evening of Music with StrictlyCelli and Tenor Ian France Saturday, November 3 at 7.30pm St. Michael’s Church, Martlesham Heath IP5 3PL Entrance Free Refreshments during the interval Retiring collection for Angel Tree “Giving prisoners the opportunity to send a Christmas present to their children”
STUTTON PRIMARY SCHOOL A village school is such an important part of its community. At Stutton Primary, we are always seeking ways to strengthen our links with other organisations and events in and around the local area. • Our play park, with pirate ship, is open for all to enjoy when the school is closed • Following our work with members of the community, we learned about the suffragettes and created a display for the local ‘Equaliteas’ event • W e sang at the village Macmillan Coffee Morning and together raised £305.94 • Our Stutton Fest, postponed because of the World Cup, was enjoyed by lots of people and raised valuable funds for our new KS2 tables and chairs • As I write preparations are underway for our school to contribute to Stutton’s tribute to The Battle of The Nations We are currently undertaking a local study and have been delighted to be involved in The Big Conversation, sharing our thoughts and ideas with a member of their working party. The first question we were asked was: “What do you like about Stutton?” Here are just a few of the children’s comments about their favourite places: • The village shop – everyone is kind and helpful and they sell rose lemonade • Alton Water – it is relaxing and peaceful and has a camp site • Stutton School because we are like a big family • Canham’s Wood because you can play and find new places in there and wildlife – like fox holes • St Peter’s Church gives you company and is a good place to worship • I like Stutton because everywhere you go you always see someone you know Our growing school continues to go from strength to strength and the governors and ASSET Education Trust are delighted to announce that a new headteacher, Mr Glenn Parfitt, has been appointed to lead the school from 1 January 2019. It has been such a privilege for me to return to the school as the interim headteacher, and I am so pleased that the school now has a bright future ahead. Anne Clarke http://stuttonprimary.school
It has been a busy start to the autumn term. We have been delighted to welcome 24 new Reception children to the school which is the highest number that we have had for quite some considerable time! It has also been great to welcome Mrs Elaine Reid to the teaching staff; she has already made an impact with the children in Year 5. September saw are annual autumn fair and once again I was gunged! I believe that the monies put towards gunging me were almost three times the amount put in for Ms Sutton. I have put it down to being a well-loved headteacher, though that assumption could be wrong! We have enjoyed our first sporting success with our mixed Under-11 football team taking part in an Ipswichwide event at Whitton Sports Centre. During the middle of October our Under-11 girls’ team will have the fantastic opportunity of playing at Ipswich Town Football Club. Musically, members of our choir have already started practising for the 02 concert which takes place in February next year. The selection of songs for this year is wonderful and will be a real treat for all of those parents and children who attend. We also have a group of children going up to the Royal Albert Hall to enjoy a concert by a number of children’s choirs. OPEN DAY Our school open day will be on Thursday, November 22 and is a fantastic opportunity for you to come into our school to find out what we do. New and prospective parents are very welcome, together with those who already have a connection with the school. Please don’t forget our coffee mornings! We held a very successful one in aid of Macmillan Cancer in September and we have a second one before Christmas. Please have a look at the school website for more details about this and other exciting events at the school. Headteacher Sean Cornish
Alexander Technique teacher to work with RHS pupils and staff Royal Hospital School in Suffolk has recently broken new ground by enlisting the help of a leading practitioner of the Alexander Technique, Hidemi Hatada. Hidemi is a professional singer and a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She qualified as an Alexander Technique teacher in 1996 and is a registered Alexander Technique teacher for the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. She also lectures on the Music Course at Soai University and Doshisha Women’s college of Liberal Arts, Japan. The Alexander Technique is a skill for self-development, teaching us to change long-standing habits that cause unnecessary tension in everything we do. Whatever your age or ability, the Technique can help boost your performance in any activity and relieve the pain and stress caused by postural habits, like slouching or rounded shoulders. Everyday things such as tensing when the phone rings, rushing to pick up the children from school or worrying about deadlines lead to physical and mental strain. Over the years, this accumulates and can cause illness, injury or common aches and pains that may seem to come from nowhere. Hidemi will primarily be focussing on the musicians at RHS, helping them with their posture and playing techniques, and already the work is bearing fruits. Olivia in Year 12 said: “I had my first session with Miss Hatada yesterday, and within a very short time I could feel the benefits of sitting and standing correctly when playing my violin. The beauty of it is that it translates to many other aspects of daily life too.” Following her first day at RHS, Hidemi said: “it was great to work with some of the pupils and staff at RHS – it’s so encouraging to work in a school that clearly invests in its pupils’ wellbeing and embraces disciplines such as the Alexander Technique.”
SPORT SHOTLEY ROSE BOWLS CLUB
EAST BERGHOLT UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB The 1st Team fixtures got under way with a mid-week reverse at Felixstowe Harpers, but the first home game of the season ended with an emphatic 4-1 victory for the Green Boys. Friendlies continued for the other sides with league fixtures due to commence on September 8. UPCOMING FIXTURES
Shotley Rose Bowls Club had a mixed year but, despite a decrease in club members either by ill health or holiday commitments, all fixtures were honoured and the club captains did a fabulous job in organising teams. The Wednesday Triples League team was unfortunately relegated, but this follows two years of promotions. However, the Wednesday team faced some high-quality opposition and although we came off second best too often, it was usually by a narrow margin and with a bit more good fortune relegation might have been avoided. The Monday team were runners-up in Samford League Division D and gained promotion for the third successive year. This despite playing five matches with only 11 players rather the full contingent of 12. It was a great effort by everybody and bodes well for next season in Division C if we can field full teams all season. The club also entered a number of county cups and very successively as well! In the Millennium Cup the club reached the county finals at Brantham Bowls Club where we narrowly lost to Felixstowe and Walton. At the same event one of Shotley’s star players, Ian Lord, who had reached the Samford 4 Woods Singles, eventually lost out in the last end of a very exciting match. The club received many positive comments from officials of the Ipswich and District Federation Leagues on finals’ day for the way the club had competed all year and for the success such a small club had achieved. It was praise that was warmly received by club members. At the club AGM held at the village hall on October 10 a number of club members were held up as examples of going ‘above and beyond’ for the benefit of the club. This included Ian Lord, not just for his individual success in competition, but for travelling back from London on Monday and Wednesday evenings to play. Only on one occasion did Ian miss a game and this was when the trains were held up. Thank you, Ian. Also, Scott Moir turned out regularly from Harwich and often with a ‘limp’ after surgery on a knee. Thank you too, Scott. Most praise was expressed by the AGM to our greenkeepers Len Haines and Paul Catchpool who did a magnificent job on the green throughout the cold wet late spring and then the scorching dry summer. Without the efforts of the greenkeepers there would be no bowls club. This takes our report onto the standing down of Len Haines as greenkeeper and Wednesday team captain. Len may be leaving the village soon, thus his decision to stand down. He will be a tremendous loss to the club in his numerous roles, as a player and a friend and colleague. The whole of Shotley Rose bowls Club wishes him well for his future and secretly hope he is still here to play for us next season. The good news for Shotley Rose Bowls Club is that a new lead greenkeeper has been found and he is to start immediately on close of season preparation. He is an experienced greenkeeper and hopes to build on all the good work already done to our green to make it one of the best in the leagues. Finally, can I make the usual request for anyone interested in playing bowls to contact us? There is a hope that a number of periphery players will turn out more next season. Also, we have now appointed a club captain who will oversee both teams, ensuring every club members plays regularly and all new members are fully supported. Martin Stiff has taken on this role. He will be assisted as vice club captains by Andrew Coulson and Norman Bugg. It is falling into place for a very successful 2019. Contacts Andrew Coulson: 01473 787304 Norman Bugg: 01473 787358 Martin Stiff: 01473 787042 Press Officer Simon Whitney
1st Team / Senior Division Sat, Sep 29: Henley Athletic (H) Sat, Oct 6: Coplestonians (A) Sat, Oct 13: AFC Sudbury Res (A) Sat, Oct 20: Felixstowe Harpers Utd (H) Sat, Oct 27: Grundisburgh (A) Sat, Nov 3: Capel Plough (H) Reserves / League A Sat, Sep 29: Long Melford Res (A) Sat, Oct 6: Old Newton Utd Res (H) Sat, Oct 13: Sporting 87 Res (A) Sat, Oct 20: Mendlesham Res (A) Sat, Oct 27: Henley Athletic Res (H) A Team / League C Sat, Sep 29: Cockfield Utd Res (A) Sat, Oct 6: Halesworth Town Res (H) Sat, Oct 13: Chantry Grasshoppers Club Colours Cup (H) Sat, Oct 20: AFC Sudbury IW (H) Sat, Oct 27: Ufford Sports Res (A) Sat, Nov 3: Coplestonians B (H) Ladies and Juniors We are looking for new teams, boys or girls, of any age group to come and join us as we look for the club to grow. If you are interested please contact David George: firstname.lastname@example.org Steve Butcher: email@example.com
NEPTUNE SAILING The final Neptune Youth Group sails of the year were transferred from the usual evenings to Saturdays to allow more time on the water. We were also able to arrange at high tide, making launching and recovery of Toppers, Fevas and 420s dinghies easier and giving us a far larger sailing area. This also gave different groups a chance to sail together with a wider age range; this proved very successful and we hope to repeat this next year. The final sail went to the bridge and back as well as sailing a course. Recruitment for Next Year Early in the New Year we will be finalising the youth group for 2019; if you are 10 to 16 years old and would like to become involved please contact us. Help Required Our committee has traditionally contained members who have been involved with Neptune or have had children who have sailed with Neptune Youth Group, as well as senior instructors, instructors, safety boat drivers and helpers. As this is an ever-evolving membership, the committee also needs updating. If you would like to get involved with Neptune in any capacity, either on the water or onshore, and can help us to continuously improve, please contact us via the website. 2019 Season Again we will be running the Neptune Youth Group, open youth and adult courses, power boat courses, dinghy instructor courses and school groups, taster sessions and other groups. You’ll find all the details online. We are small and can adapt to most requests for small and large groups. Contact us if you are considering sailing with us next year. www.neptunesailing.org.uk
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CHURCH NEWS THE PENINSULA BAPTIST CHURCH Pin Mill Road, Chelmondiston IP9 1JE We invite you to join us on Sunday morning at 10.30am or Sunday evening at 6pm. “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
TWO RIVERS BENEFICE SERVICES IN NOVEMBER ST PETER’S, STUTTON Friday 2 7pm Sunday 4 10.30am Saturday 10 Noon-1pm
All Souls’ Worship for All Soup & Roll
Sunday 11 Wednesday 14 Sunday 18 Sunday 25 Wednesday 28
Remembrance Prayer Group Holy Communion Informal Service Comfort Corner
10.55am 2.30pm 9.30am 11am 2.30pm
ALL SAINTS, HOLBROOK Sunday 4 4pm Sunday 11 10am Saturday 17 11am-2pm Sunday 18 10am Sunday 25 9.30am
Winter Warming Afternoon Tea Remembrance Christmas Fair, Holbrook Village Hall Informal Service Holy Communion
ST MARY’S, WHERSTEAD Sunday 4 No service Sunday 11 10.55am Sunday 18 No Service Sunday 25 11am
ST PETER’S, FRESTON Sunday 4 11am Sunday 11 10.55am Sunday 18 11am Sunday 25 No service
Matins Remembrance Holy Communion
ST MICHAEL’S, WOOLVERSTONE Saturday 3 9am-12.30pm Sunday 4 10am 11am Sunday 11 10am Sunday 18 11am Sunday 25 11am
Monthly Market Communion Café Church Remembrance Morning Prayer Holy Communion
Christmas Market: Saturday, December 9, 9am-12.30pm Please check church websites and noticeboards for any changes to services.
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 www.meetupmondays.org.uk
CHURCH NEWS HOLY FAMILY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Ipswich Road, Brantham CO11 1TB
Parish Priest: Fr Peter Raj 180 Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich IP2 0QQ / 01473 684963 www.stmarksparish.org.uk
SERVICES FOR NOVEMBER Sunday 4 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time 9am Mass
Pope Francis spoke about Sunday as “the day of rest”, which he said Christians might think is a simple and straightforward concept but is not. Today society has a distorted view of rest, he said, arguing that people only focus on what will be fun or what will bring them pleasure. “Man has never rested as much as today, yet man has never experienced as much emptiness as today!”
Tuesday 6 9.30am Morning Prayer 10am Mass Sunday 11 9am
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Mass
Tuesday 13 9.20am 10am
Eucharistic Adoration Mass
Sunday 18 9am
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Mass
Tuesday 20 9.30am 10am
Morning Prayer Mass
“What then is rest according to this commandment?” he asked. “It is the moment of contemplation, it is the moment of praise, not of evasion. It is time to look at reality and say: how beautiful life is!” He quoted the words of Genesis, at the end of the creation, when “God saw what he had done, and behold, it was very good.” Events & Diary Dates The 100 Club Draw took place at Holy Family on Sunday, October 21 when three lucky winners shared a £156 prize pot. The next draw is on October 31. The club, set up to support the life and mission of our parish, has grown from strength to strength since its launch. 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: www.stmarksparish.org.uk
Sunday 25 Our Lord Jesus Christ – King Of The Universe 9am Mass Tuesday 27 9.30am 10am
Morning Prayer Mass
The weekly newsletter, with weekly mass times, is always displayed in the cabinet by the front door. Catholic Commentary The commandment to rest on Sundays is an invitation to be centred on Christ and to give praise and thanksgiving for the gift of life, not to waste the day in distraction, said Pope Francis recently. “For us Christians, the centre of the Lord’s Day, Sunday, is the Eucharist, which means ‘thanksgiving.’ It is the day to say to God: thank you, thank you, Lord; thank you for life, for your mercy, for all your gifts”.
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 coffee morning is on Thursday, November 29. 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. Catholic Chaplain at Ipswich Hospital Father Adrian Gates is the Catholic Chaplain at Ipswich Hospital. Please contact him (01473 726701) if you or a Catholic is in or due to go into hospital and requires his services.
SHORELINE BENEFICE SERVICES IN NOVEMBER ST ANDREW’S CHELMONDISTON
ST MARY’S ERWARTON
Sunday 11 Tuesday 13 Sunday 18 Sunday 25
9.15am All Saints Holy Communion, Rev T Crosbie 4pm Remembering Together (tea from 3 pm), Mrs C Ward 9.30am Holy Communion & 10.50am at the War Memorial, Rev Canon D Gardner 10am Midweek Communion, Rev Canon L Oosterhof 9.30am Service at Harkstead 9.30am All-Age Family Service, Mrs C Ward
ST MARY’S HARKSTEAD Sunday 4 9.30am All Saints Holy Communion, Revd Canon L Oosterhof Sunday 11 10.55am Service of Remembrance, Revd Canon C Chapman Sunday 18 9.30am Holy Communion with Chelmondiston, Revd Canon L Oosterhof Sunday 25 9.30am Holy Communion, Revd Canon L Oosterhof
Sunday 11 4.30pm Sunday 18 11am Sunday 25 11am
Holy Communion BCP, Revd Canon L Oosterhof Evening Service + Remembrance BCP, Revd Canon L Oosterhof Holy Communion BCP, Revd Canon L Oosterhof Holy Communion BCP, Revd Canon L Oosterhof
ST MARY’S SHOTLEY Sunday 4
10.45am Shotley Family@Church, Mr A Coulson Noon Submariners’ Service, Revd T Crosbie 3pm Service of Commemeration (All Souls), Mr A Coulson Sunday 11 10.45am Service of Remembrance, Mr A Coulson 12.30pm Ganges Remembrance, Revd Canon L Oosterhof Sunday 18 10.45am Worship for All, Mr A Coulson Sunday 25 10.45am Holy Communion, Revd T Crosbie
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CHURCH NEWS CHELMONDISTON AND HOLBROOK METHODIST CHURCHES Comfort Blankets Many of us had comfort or security blankets when we were children. The technical term is a transitional object, something that helps with the changing parent-child bond. It may be a blanket or soft toy that would be cuddled and held onto tightly. For many of us these get replaced by adult alternatives. So what are the comfort things in your life? It would be easy just to continue reading, but I’d like you to stop and think about yours before reading on.
David, a shepherd boy who became king, wrote a beautiful poem (Psalm 23) saying “your rod and your staff they comfort me”. A shepherd would use his rod and staff for protection and guidance of the sheep. As a boy and as a leader David knew God was his protection and would guide him – that gave him comfort. And he writes these words in the midst of good times – “green pastures” – and in the “valley of the shadow of death” when things are not going well. At all times there is the offer of a comfort blanket. There is one book I value more than any other and that is the Bible. I have many different editions and versions. I have worn out two editions through much use. It’s not just a comfort in terms of a crutch, but one that instructs me, and challenges me in daily living. In it my relationship with God is strengthened. It’s a transitional object that helps with the changing “Father God – child bond” that prepares me for heaven. If you want a Bible, or some booklets to help you read and understand it please get in touch. The Rev Andrew Sankey Minister at Capel, Chelmondiston and Holbrook Methodist Churches 8 Roundridge Road, Capel St Mary IP9 2UG firstname.lastname@example.org / 01473 311178 / 07966 187216
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One of my comforts is my books; I’ve got more books than I have shelves and I try to do a cull every now and then as I acquire more books. I put the books I’ve taken off the shelves into a banana box ready to be taken to the charity shop when I’m next passing. The box may be either in the boot of the car or in the garage for a few days. Sometimes the title of a book jumps out at me and I remember something I read in it that was formative in my development and I take the book out of the box and place it back onto my shelves! (I recall the time when I was throwing out some rubbish in the outside bin and my worn out teddy bear looked up at me from within the bin!)
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AT CHELMONDISTON METHODIST Sunday 4
Worship with Mr Paul Finch Worship with Rev Andrew Sankey
Worship with Rev Ian Gardner at St Andrew’s Worship – Local Arrangement
Communion with Rev Andrew Sankey Worship with Rev Michael Allen
Worship with Mrs Margaret Brock Worship with Mr Chris Jowett
Lay Pastor and Outreach Worker Rachael Wainwright: 01473 603616 AT HOLBROOK METHODIST / (HCT – Holbrook Churches Together) Mondays between 2.30 & 4pm: Tea and Chat (HCT) Home Group: First and third Tuesdays at 7.30pm Saturday 3
10-11.30am Coffee Morning
Communion with Rev Andrew Sankey
United Worship at All Saints
10am Family Friendly Worship with Mrs Watsham
Worship with Mr Colin Westren Worship – Something Different
Please see the noticeboard on the front of the Chapel for all events in November. For more information about Messy Church, Tiddlers and Family Live (HCT) contact Alicia Holmes: 07979 233125
COME AND SING
MARY POPPINS WITH TOM APPLETON, AND THE READE ENSEMBLE
SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER, 3PM The Come and Sing Company, with their Artistic Director, Tom Appleton, return to RHS in November for what promises to be another Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day. Those who were here for Tom’s sessions on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Oliver! or even Vivaldi’s Gloria in the recent past, will know that his unique presentation style will soon have the participants sounding sweeter than a spoonful of sugar! All are most welcome and prizes for fancy dress (where’s that flat cap hiding?) are given out! Fun for all the family, especially Uncle Albert....
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