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A WORD FROM THE EDITOR Every parent strives to raise optimistic, happy children and we do all sorts to give them the best start in life and to be there to support them when they need us, and possibly when they don’t. Of course they don’t always appreciate our efforts, but I like to remind Jack quite frequently (i.e. every morning as we walk to school) how fortunate he is and I’m slowly teaching him the value of money and the practice of saving for the things he wants (as opposed to getting everything immediately). In doing so I’ve come to realise how little self-restraint I have myself and admit it’s quite a few years since I’ve actually ‘saved’ to buy something I’ve spotted in a shop window. Nowadays I’m more likely to ‘stick’ it on a card, but the purchase is then laden with guilt and often hidden at the back the cupboard until I can pull it out and say “this old thing; I’ve had it for ages”! I miss the ‘old’ days when finally getting your hands on the thing you desired was enormously satisfying, but it may be difficult to convince an eight-year-old growing up in today’s throwaway society. I’m also keen to impress on him how important it is to support local shops and local tradespeople. Local businesses, local retail outlets and local employers are the lifeblood of community. They rely on our support and it’s in our best interests to provide it. A vibrant local economy ensures we can buy the things we want when we want them, find people to provide services when we need them, find work experience and Saturday jobs for our teenagers, sponsors for local events and jobs closer to home, but also generates a sense of hopefulness, confidence and pride which benefits us all and stimulates further investment and growth. I often write about how fortunate we are to live in this little corner of the world and have encouraged you to support local events, but as we gear up for winter and start to think about Christmas, take a look around your local ‘business’ community and I’m confident you won’t need to go very far to find everything you need. Every penny you spend with a local supplier or in a local shop is an investment in the future of your local economy and consequently in ‘community’ itself.


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It’s a hot topic that our application to Babergh Council Planning Committee was outvoted seven-six despite having been recommended for approval by planning officers. Volunteer directors of the Pier Group (SHCCBS) representing hundreds of supportive community shareholders intend to appeal the decision while also bearing in mind some of the issues raised by community groups and residents of Shotley. It’s great news that the Pier Group has been shortlisted for three major grants. To qualify for this significant funding, all of them require planning permission to be in place before any awards can be made, hence the need for the appeal to go ahead. It will be cheaper to appeal and then amend the plans slightly than to start anew. The proposed visitor centre is needed to provide shelter in bad weather and to create trading income and has always been part of the group’s planning. Money made there will be re-invested back into the maintenance of the pier. The group also needs a workshop for volunteers and trainees. Our vision remains as has been frequently publicised, and includes: • Free entry to the pier • Bird watching • Junior craft activities in the school holidays • Creative leisure such as art and photography groups • Room for memorabilia and changing displays of heritage • Selling things like T-Shirts, mugs and other pier related retail goods • Fishing lessons for families • Crabbing equipment for sale • Strolling along the pier to enjoy the industrial views of Felixstowe and Harwich or the quiet beauty of the River Stour • Appreciating some shelter on the pier when the weather dictates Pier Share Certificates are being issued (printed, framed or emailed according to investors’ requirements) and the task of getting them all safely delivered has started, with many being delivered personally to local addresses to keep postage costs to a minimum. The whole process may take a little while, but if you haven’t had your certificate yet, and wish to have it sooner rather than later, please get in touch with the group. The Polden family are pictured receiving their share certificate on the pier. The Pier volunteers would like to thank people who have been sending messages of support. We are seeking more volunteers! Visit or email

MAASAI WARRIORS RETURN TO HARKSTEAD We are delighted to welcome back the Osiligi Troupe of Maasai Warriors to Harkstead Church in October. In 2013 they first came to Harkstead and their two performances were a sell-out. It was a memorable occasion, as you will know if you were present. For anyone who has not seen them, it is a very special chance to experience and enjoy the diverse culture of the Maasai. Their tribal music and dance is incredible – mesmerising to hear, fascinating to watch, and includes the spectacular jumping for which the tribe is famous.

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They are giving two performances: Friday, October 5 at 7.30pm and Saturday, October 6 at 3pm. Tickets at £10 including refreshments are available from Sally Wilden (01473 327140 / or Eleanor Soar (01473 327166 /

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The troupe has been successfully raising money for their village community in Kenya on tours to this country since 2007. They usually perform in much larger venues such as cathedrals, schools and colleges, and we are thrilled that they want to come back to our small country church.


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NEWS THEATRE TRIPS THE EASY WAY A coach is departing Shotley Peninsula at noon on Thursday, November 1 to go the West End for an evening performance of Les Misérables. Due to a group booking we can offer £75 tickets for £65, including your coach. What a bargain! Les Misérables has been on stage for 29 years. It’s the longest running musical on the West End and has won more awards than can be listed here. More people have seen the musical worldwide than the entire population of the UK. Les Misérables tickets are still selling out and the cast continues to play to a packed house. To book a place or to find out more please contact Jane: 01473 780777 /

TATTINGSTONE ANNUAL CONKER CHAMPIONSHIP Sunday, October 21, 2pm registration £2 entry fee Competition conkers provided The winner chooses the charity

THREE NEW APPRENTICES AT SCH SUPPLIES Holbrook based SCH Supplies have recently taken on three young apprentices, Samuel from Ipswich, Morgan from Holbrook and Harrison from Felixstowe, pictured left to right with Managing Director Andrew Rodwell (far right), Debbie from WS Training (centre) and Ian, SCH Works Manager (far left).

Any money made is going to the Blind Veteran’s UK Choir. The Centenary Commemoration Committee on behalf of Shotley & Chelmondiston Parish Council and The Royal British Legion, Shotley Erwarton and District Branch invite you to attend a free commemorative concert at Shotley Village Hall on Sunday, November 11 at 2pm. Refreshments during the interval, donations welcome.

CHELMONDISTON PARISH COUNCIL Planning meetings will depend on whether planning applications are received. Tuesday, October 2: Parish Council, Village Hall at 7.30pm Tuesday, October 2: Planning, Village Hall at 7pm Tuesday, November 6: Parish Council, Village Hall at 7.30pm Tuesday, November 6: Planning, Village Hall at 7pm Tuesday, December 4: Parish Council, Village Hall at 7.30pm Tuesday, December 4: Planning, Village Hall at 7pm Any queries please contact: / 01473 780159

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


SCH Supplies design and manufacture attachments for small tractors and ride-on mowers. Due to a very busy summer and increased orders, they have decided to take on more staff and feel that it’s only fair to give younger people an opportunity to get their careers started in engineering. The apprentices were recommended by WS Training of Ipswich and will be supervised and mentored by them during the duration of the course. They will receive training in various departments, and will gain skills across the entire manufacturing process, from processing raw materials to assembling the finished products. SCH manufacture a wide variety of machinery, from trailers and leaf suction units to flail mowers and much more. The apprentices will have hands-on experience with both petrol and electric engines, and will benefit from working on a variety of products. SCH have had huge success with apprentices in the past, with one of their first apprentices still at the company over 20 years later. It’s due to this success that they’ve continued to employ local aspiring engineers. Contact SCH at 01473 328272 /, or visit their website to find out more:

HOLBROOK PARISH COUNCIL Key points from the meeting held on July 16 Reade Field Project The fence around the play area has now been completed and the zipwire carriage has also been replaced. Work has also been done to re-seed some of the grass areas. The Holbrook Lottery fund has had many new sign-ups and funds raised will go towards the Reade Field Project. Thank you to all residents who have taken part. Anglian Water Concerns had been raised about the condition of the water infrastructure in Holbrook. Anglian Water were contacted and kindly agreed to attend the parish meeting planned for September 17, to discuss residents’ concerns. Full minutes of this and all other meetings are available on the Holbrook parish website or by contacting the clerk: / 07999 583017 Future meeting: October 15 and November 19

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NEWS HOLBROOK AND SHOTLEY SURGERY GP and Staff Training Our next training afternoons will be on Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, November 15. 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. Community Connector Scheme Our Community Connector Scheme has received further funding and has extended to include new venues. If you know of a neighbour who needs help or you would like to talk to someone yourself, please visit the bus on a Tuesday or Wednesday at various sites on the peninsula. The scheme has helped a number of our patients so far and has capacity to help many more. The bus has a communal area for general discussion and patients can also access personal one-to-one support with a link worker. Warm Homes Healthy People Scheme As winter approaches, please spread the word about this scheme to those without central heating. Being warm can make a real difference to your health over the winter months, especially if you have any long-term conditions such as asthma or COPD. A number of our patients have accessed this scheme to provide a free central heating system or smaller items such as loft insulation to insulate their homes. For more information, please contact: 03456 037686 / Flu Days The way we run our flu vaccination clinics will be different this year due to a change in vaccinations and a very late, and spread out, delivery schedule. We will have one vaccine for eligible patients under 65 (those with certain long-term conditions such as asthma and diabetes) and a different vaccination for those aged 65 and over, called Fluad. There is only one national supplier for the Fluad vaccination, which means that our delivery dates have been staggered from the end of September to the end of November. This is a national issue and there we have had to set a strict timetable accordingly. Open access flu clinics for all eligible patients will be as follows: Monday, October 1, 2-6pm at Holbrook Thursday, October 18, 2-6.30pm at Shotley Thursday, November 1, 2-6.30pm at Shotley Tuesday, November 20, 2-6.30pm at Holbrook

As we approach the cooler autumn days our dates for the next quarter’s Shotley Health Walks have been set. All our walks start at 11.30am and last about one-and-a-half hours. If you have been with us before you’ll know these are gentle strolls along easy to moderate circular routes. Our trained walk leaders will help as much as possible and are very happy to take as long as necessary to complete the walks. Starting with Wednesday, October 17, we meet at Shotley Village Hall car park. We head to Shotley Church and return via ‘Golden Wood’, a wildflower meadow looked after by community volunteers. On Wednesday, November 21, we start from the ‘wet end’ of Shotley outside the Bristol Arms at Shotley Gate. This time the walk goes around Shotley Marina (right by the Shipwreck public house) and returns via Shotley Heritage Park, a lovely seven-acre woodland maintained by our local parish council. The Christmas walk this year starts from the village hall. It’s a great chance to work up an appetite and maybe end the walk with lunch at the Shotley Rose. Sarah, Jamie and staff at the Rose are great supporters of Shotley Open Spaces and welcome walkers whatever the time of year, as does Shane and his staff at the Bristol Arms, both lovely ‘Walkers are Welcome’ pubs. 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 volunteer groups in action with many local people involved. From the drama group to the popular Friday Knit and Natter group, it’s sure to bring memories of this year flooding back. If you want to help support SOS by buying a calendar, on sale at £7 each, please contact Marian Pugh: 01473 787182 / Finally, if you wish to be included on the growing Shotley Open Spaces email list, please contact Geraint Pugh at, Gary Richens at or Tony Lawford-Randall at Gary Richens

For eligible patients under 65: you will receive notification of eligibility by letter by the end of September.


For patients who will be 65 and over by March 31, 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. Practice Manager Julia Smith

The Peninsula Death Café has been meeting every two months for a year and has decided to change their venue. The next gettogether is on Sunday, November 4 and we are meeting in The Compasses in Holbrook. We have a new time as well, 10.30am-noon. We are extremely grateful to The Compasses for hosting the café and welcome the chance to buy their tea, coffee, cake, scones, and possibly even the odd glass of Prosecco when the bar is open! It will be an easy Sunday lunch for those who may wish to extend their visit and partake of roast beef, lamb, chicken or any other delicious sounding meals served at The Compasses.

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


The Death Café is a safe space for people to talk about anything connected to death and is proving to be successful in breaking the taboo around the subject. It’s not a bereavement counselling session, rather a chance to explore the ultimate end of all of us in a philosophical way. All welcome; we have had people from eight to 80 over the last year. If you want to know more, Google ‘Death Café’; we are an affiliated group and work within their guidelines. If you would like to speak to someone about it please contact Jane Gould: 01473 780777 /

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NEWS DISTRICT COUNCILLOR DEREK DAVIS – BERNERS WARD Shotley, Erwarton, Chelmondiston, Woolverstone and Freston Pier Progress Just because the planning committee refused permission for a café, offices, workshop and a visitor centre to be built on Shotley Pier, doesn’t mean Babergh is against its restoration. On the contrary, getting the Victorian pier opposite the 19th century Bristol Arms back to its best where people can stroll down to enjoy the views down the Stour, perhaps do a little fishing off the end, remains an ambition for many of us at the council. As you may remember I was instrumental in getting the pier project off the ground, with considerable help from Babergh officers. We secured a £20,000 grant to get things off the ground and Babergh commissioned a survey of the pier to assess the viability and outline costs of making the pier safe and usable. During the planning application consultation dozens of people wrote in to object; only one person wrote in support. It was a similar story in the planning committee when three objectors shared the three-minute slot allocated to air a wide-ranging number of reasons why the application by the pier group should be refused. These included the loss of a treasured view down the Stour, parking problems and adverse economic issues. No-one spoke in support, even though there was a slot available before the applicant said his piece. In the end the planning committee agreed the substantial harm outweighed any benefits. In a pretty unique move, representatives of the objectors subsequently offered to sit down with the Pier Group directors and find a way forward. This is encouraging as I feel it is always better to have open conversations and find an answer agreeable to the many, than to force things the wider community has made clear it does not want.   Access Success Reaching out to residents is an important part of Babergh’s remit and while the ever-increasing use of the internet means many more people these days use our website to access services, there are still many who prefer face-to-face interaction when possible. Customer service is part of my cabinet responsibility, and I’m delighted to see our pop-up customer service access point at Shotley Village Hall has gone so well, with many people from a number of villages on the peninsula using the facility.

It helps that we have linked up with Suffolk Libraries that has successfully provided a service each Monday, with people of all ages coming along and joining in. It is expected the pop-up model Babergh have tried will be rolled out in other areas, with Hadleigh set to be the next venue starting In October. Council Housing Homelessness is not confined to the urban areas, as an example on the peninsula recently showed. A concerned resident contacted me about a gentleman living in a tent on the verge of a narrow country lane. When I spoke to him he told me of his circumstances and how he hadn’t had any support. The most important thing was that he was willing to accept my help. I contacted our homeless team at Babergh and also Tiffers, the Homeless Bus Shelter project, and they reacted quickly. At the time of writing the gentleman was warm and comfortable and getting the right sort of support. Housing is always one of the hottest topics in the district and it is excellent to see the strides my cabinet colleague Jan Osborne has made with her team in getting the time between a council house becoming vacant to being re-used dropping to 17 days (it was previously 54 days). This means we can utilise our properties better, get our waiting list down and help families settle into a more suitable home. I’m also hoping to bring you more good news in terms of new council housing being built on the peninsula very shortly as part of the 210 target set by Babergh. Stars of Babergh Kind-hearted, selfless individuals and groups of volunteers are the lifeblood of any thriving community and we are fortunate to have so many wonderful people helping a raft of groups and organisations. Like many others, I have put forward a range of people, groups and businesses in our Stars of Babergh Awards, with the winners being announced at the end of October. Good luck to all those nominated. If you have an issue you would like to discuss please contact me at: / 07824 167196 My Facebook page is: Derek Davis-Your Independent Councillor

FREE PROSTATE CANCER TESTS East Suffolk Prostate Cancer Support Group will be holding its sixth PSA test event for men between the ages of 45 and 75 at Greshams, Tuddenham Road, Ipswich, on Thursday, October 18 between 6.30 and 8.30pm. Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men but it can be successfully treated if detected in time. Eleven-thousand men die every year in the UK because their prostate cancer was detected too late. If there is a history of prostate cancer or breast cancer in your direct family blood line there is an increased possibility of you getting prostate cancer. A small blood sample will be taken from your arm by a trained phlebotomist. The sample will be analysed in an NHS laboratory and the urologist will write to you to explain your result and advise whether you should take further action. Although a free test, a donation on the night towards the costs of this event would be very much appreciated. The venue is sponsored by Greshams, Ipswich.

Saturday, October 27, Chelmondiston Village Hall Do you like the thought of picking up a bargain and helping St Andrew’s Church keep its head above water at the same time? If so, make sure you come along. A super selection of ‘lots’ will be on offer. There will be something to interest all the family. Maybe you’d like some time in a sauna or a riding lesson, a guided bird watching day or a taster session of yoga? How about a ride in a Caterham sports car or having your pet photographed? Does having your hedge or shrubs trimmed appeal? How about a meal out at a local pub or tickets for the theatre? These are just a few to whet the appetite but there will be more than 50 ‘lots’ to bid for. Doors open at 10am – everyone welcome. The auction starts at 10.30am. Cash or cheques accepted. For more information please contact Jem Edwards: 01473 780459


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OUT & ABOUT BABERGH DISTRICT COUNCILLOR ALASTAIR MCCRAW REPORT TO PARISHES, ALTON WARD: OCTOBER 2018 Brantham – The Green and The Brown Brantham Parish Council had a short briefing from the Boyer and Taylor Wimpey planning team about the ‘Greenfield’ land between Brooklands and Factory Lane before the September Parish Council meeting. There’s been endless speculation over the years concerning the housing provision. Boyer were able to outline the current thinking and give us some indicators of some of the timescales. I emphasise that this is all subject to some change and there is a further planning process to go through. The housing contract is with Taylor Wimpey who are building at Admirals Quarter in Holbrook. Indicative plans are for 288 houses, two thirds of which would be three bed. Most of the rest are to be two and four bed, and there will be a handful of five bedroom houses. The outline permission granted two years ago was for 320 units. The public open space around and to the east of Decoy Pond remains as previously committed to. So, what will happen now? Well, a full planning application will be prepared and put into Babergh. That seems likely to take place around November. There will be a public exhibition in Brantham, also in November. Not obligatory, they’re still a very good idea. Everybody in the village and area will have an opportunity to see the proposals and ask questions. When the actual planning application has been checked through, there will also be a fairly long public consultation period as normal. Again, comments and responses will be sought from anybody wishing to make them, as well as a variety of statutory consultees. Anybody living immediately adjacent (literally next to) to the site should receive a letter inviting comment. That seems likely at some point in December, or even the New Year. I’d expect a Planning Committee to follow in the spring. Timing gets more and more difficult to predict from there. The main point I would take from this is that nothing is going to happen particularly quickly, not at this scale. I started working on the Brantham Regeneration Area issues at the beginning of 2013. If I’m still here, I expect to be doing it in another five-and-a-half years. Brantham Parish Council and I are going to continue to work throughout to protect the interests of the entire village in a professional and rational manner. I’m glad to say that all the other parties (SFG, Boyer and Taylor Wimpey) take the same view of approach. Maintaining contact is going to be essential and the information should be as available and transparent as possible. You can always ask me, both what I know and what I guess. Customer Service Pop-Up The pop-up customer service pilot at Shotley Village Hall (Mondays 1-4pm) continues into October and it appears to be both popular and effective. Derek Davis is looking at other places for the future. Even when we don’t like previous decisions, we can still try to improve on them and make things work better. Details and services are widely available on social media or from me. Stars of Babergh & Mid Suffolk Nominations for the 17 Business, Community Group and Individual categories through this EADT link – – close at midnight on Friday, September 28. I’ll be nominating Stutton Community Shop, Tattingstone Wheatsheaf Charity Fundraising Committee and Brantham Good Neighbour Scheme. It’s not that there aren’t many others who deserve recognition. There really are, but these have reached the widest number of people possible in their communities. The nominations are, at the least, a thank you for the sustained and continuing efforts. But I hope they all win something! Cycling Life I saw a larger number of riders on the Suffolk Historic Churches Ride and Stride than for some years, which was very encouraging. Always one of my favourite days, that added to the enjoyment. I hit the Peninsula first this year and polished off the 14 churches in a furious (but safe) two hours. Then I gratefully stopped at the Freston Boot, before Ipswich Town Centre which is an easier source of church ticking (a tip for others). Thanks to my many sponsors, the people at all the churches and the cake bakers. Alastair McCraw: 07812 564188 / Facebook: Alton, Alastair McCraw & Harriet Steer (a joint open group)


SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM Suffolk Constabulary’s Rural Policing Team will be working on a number of Op Galileo enforcement days in the coming months. Op Galileo is a policing operation which focuses on hare coursers by working with and sharing intelligence with other forces in the eastern region and having dedicated patrols using 4x4s, ATVs and drones to target their activity. Should you see a hare coursing incident in progress, please call 999 and where possible and safe to do so get vehicle and person details along with a description of the dogs being used (i.e. greyhounds or lurchers), but do not challenge the people or put yourself at risk. The Rural Policing Team are still investigating the illegal slaughtering of sheep in the Babergh area and following the arrest of an Ipswich male, enquiries are continuing in relation to a number of items seized during a search of his home address. Should anyone discover any items that may of been hidden in preparation for use in the slaughter of sheep we would advise them to photograph the items, where possible, and report the incident via 101 or 999 if you believe that an offence is happening or is about to happen. Items previously found have been sharp kitchen knives, tea towels, bin bags and small bags or rucksacks. On September 3, Suffolk Police launched a social media campaign encouraging residents to get in the habit of completing a #9PMRoutine. The initiative aims to remind residents to conduct vital checks both in their home and on their vehicles at a certain time in a bid to tackle opportunist thieves. Launched originally in Pasco County, Florida, the concept has already gained positive support in the USA and now Suffolk Police is backing the campaign to further its commitment to tackling burglary and theft. Detective Superintendent Andy Smith, Head of Investigations, said: “Sadly a significant proportion of property based crime is opportunist, with thieves taking advantage of insecure doors, windows and stealing valuables which are left out or in easy view. This is a simple and effective way of carrying out security checks in your home and on your vehicle. All that residents need to do is to set a reminder on their phones for 9pm and when it’s time, they just need to go around and make sure their homes and vehicles are secure.” As part of the #9PMRoutine, residents are asked to check their vehicles, shut their windows, lock their doors and check their outbuildings. To take part in the 9pm routine tweet us @SuffolkPolice and use the hashtag #9PMRoutine. Have a look at our A-Z of crime prevention called 1st Principle which can be found at: If you have any quires or questions please contact Hadleigh SNT at Hadleigh Police Station, Magdalen Road, Hadleigh IP7 5AD Emergency: Call 999 Non-Emergency: Call 101 Follow us on Twitter@ HadleighPolice Police Connect: connect

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.

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HARKSTEAD VILLAGE HALL We have two eagerly awaited events coming up soon, so please put these dates in your diary. Common Ground Theatre Company: The Mariner We are pleased to welcome back our local touring company on Tuesday, October 30 at 7.30pm when they will be putting on a performance of their latest touring production, an enthralling, slightly surreal adaptation of Coleridge’s The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, with its themes of ecological disaster, man’s destructive compulsions and the death and rebirth of imagination and faith. The availability of seats is limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets (£12/£7) from: 07807 341364 Harkstead Village Auction Saturday, November 3. If you would like more information or to book items in for sale, please contact: 01473 328649 /

SHOTLEY CHURCH HERITAGE Our next auction 700 is on

Stour Valley Arts & Music (SVAM) 68th season commences at 4pm on Sunday, October 7 with the Henschel Quartet at St Mary’s Church, East Bergholt, generously supported by Alan Swerdlow and Jeremy Greenwood


“This is, no question, one of the best groups in the world, a great string quartet.” Los Angeles Times & QUIZ


Violin: Christoph Henschel and Hannah Perowne Viola: Monica Henschel Cello: Mathias Beyer-Karlshøj

Programme Beethoven, Quartet no 10 in E flat major op 74 Harp Debussy, Quartet G minor op 10 Mendelssohn, String Quartet in A minor op 13

Saturday, October 27: Cheese & Wine Evening with Quiz Starting at 7.30pm in Shotley Village Hall. Tickets (£7 for adults CHRISTMAS BAZAA / £2 for children) are available from Shotley Post Office and Norman Bugg: 01473 787358 Sunday, SATURDAY 27thNovember OCTOBER18: Christmas Bazaar

Shotley Village Hall, 2-4.30pm with various craft stalls plus a raffle and festive refreshments. Entry free; everyone welcome.


The season continues at Constable Hall, Gandish Road, East Bergholt on Starting at 7.30pm Sunday, October 28 at 4pm when Peter Medhurst presents an illustrated lecture recital entitled I Am the Very Model: Parody & Satire in the Operas of £7 adults £2 children Tickets: Gilbert and Sullivan.






A market is set to(tel:take place in Belstead Village Hall from 9am-noon on the AvailablePeter from Shotley Post Office and Norman Bugg 787358) Time? 2pm ‘til 4.30pm Musician, presenter, bass baritone, harpsichordist and scholar, Medhurst performs excerpts of arias and songs from a selection of Gilbert first Saturday of every month to raise vital funds to support refurbishment of Various craft stalls including: and Sullivan operas which are rich in contemporary satire and wit giving an the kitchen and ladies toilet. Cards Jewellery insight to the celebrities, politicians, manners and class system, poking fun at With an extensive range of tables, a raffle and refreshments, the market is Pirography Wooden produ different elements of society in the late 19th century. the perfect place to meet with friends for a chat over a cuppa and a piece of Handbags and needlecrafts Scented Cand Ticket only event (£10) with tickets available from September 20. Members cake while supporting this essential local amenity. can apply for their free ticket with priority only until September 20. You can also support Macmillan who will have a table Raffle + Festive Refreshme The next concert features The Merlin Ensemble at St Mary’s Church, Dedham laden with homemade goodies for sale. on Sunday, November 11 at 4pm. Entry free – everyone welcome If you can sew, make or create and would like to hire a table (£10) please Violin and Artistic Director: Martin Walch contact: 07981 335859 / Horn: Hubert Renner Piano: Till Alexander Körber 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. This concert has been generously supported by Jane Jewell. 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: / 01206 298426 /

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.


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 each and available from Music World in Ipswich or Mary Odam: 01473 614456 /

Monday, October 1: Xmas Tassel (Janet) Monday, November 5: Part 2 Xmas Bauble (Janet)

Next year they will be celebrating their 60th anniversary so please look out for details of the 2019 season.

Samples of each project are displayed the month before and other projects are available. Contacts: Ann 01473 780298 / Jill 01473 713534

Please come and support both the performers and AFIA. I hope you return home refreshed!



FUNDRAISING FASHION MORNING Holbrook Village Hall on Saturday, October 20, 10 for 10.30am

Saturday, November 3, 9-11am

This will be an exciting, fun event for women of all ages with clothing and accessories from Artichoke, a raffle and refreshments.

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.

The show is in aid of Holbrook Surgery Equipment Fund and Friends of Holbrook Church. Tickets (£5 if booked in advance / £6 on the door) are available from Woody’s the Butcher, the Street, Holbrook or call 01473 328456 or 327379.

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.

A special treat for you and yours!

Dilly Ridge / 01473 780350

ALTON BELLES WI QUIZ NIGHT We are delighted to announce our annual quiz night with quizmaster Garry Kilworth on Friday, October 26 at 7pm in Tattingstone Village Hall. All welcome with tables of up to six people. The cost is £6 which includes a ploughman’s supper. There will be a raffle. Bring your own drinks. To book your place please contact Tamzin (01473 328670), Annette (01473 328499) or Jane (01473 327865).

CHELPIN PLAYERS Chelmondiston Village Hall, Friday 22 to Saturday November 24 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. 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

ST MICHAEL’S HARVEST MARKET The next market at St Michael’s, The Church on the Park, Woolverstone is on Saturday, October 13, 9am-12.30pm. Of course we will also have all your favourite market stalls; fruit, vegetables, cakes, bread, meat and an interesting range of handcrafted items. East End Butchers are pleased to be the market’s resident meat supplier. If you would like to place on order with them it can be collected at the market each month. Their number for orders is 01206 392190. Come along to mingle with your friends, have a cup of coffee and a bacon buttie and enjoy the lovely venue. New stalls welcome. Contact Jane Gould: 01473 780777

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

STOUR VALLEY MEN’S PROBUS CLUB LEUKAEMIA CHARITY DANCE Once again this year, Liz and Peter Woodmass are organising a grand ball on Friday, October 19, 7.30pm-midnight, at The Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe in aid of Leukaemia Research / Bloodwise. This is always a great occasion with dancing to the talented duo Liqueur. A delicious fork buffet will be served with coffee and an excellent tombola with a multitude of exciting prizes to be won. Tickets at £28 (to include the buffet) are available from Liz Woodmass: 01394 448226 Please come and support Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research / Bloodwise while enjoying a great evening.


On Wednesday, September 5 Tracey Mackness of the Giggly Pie Co had us in  stitches  with her life story and on  Wednesday, September  19 David Ablewhite returned to tell us about The Other Prince William.  Norman Jacobs talks about Pie ’n’ Mash and Prefabs on Wednesday, October 3 and two weeks later on October 17 Sally Chicken’s talk is on The Regeneration of Shotley Pier, a plan very much in the news. 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 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 October 16 when Ben Cowell, Director General of the Historic Houses Association, will be giving us a talk on the country houses of Essex. The county has a rich variety of country seats and Ben will be explaining why Essex established itself as a popular place for establishing these houses. In an illustrated talk he will explore their history and how their varying fortunes have fared over the years. On November 27 Hugh Belsey, a former curator of Gainsborough’s House, will be describing his work in making a catalogue of the great artist’s works. 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 – / 01473 723761 – or visit:

CHELMONDISTON WI On August 14 we were treated to another amazing drumming workshop with Rachael Bennett. Concentration was intense, but even with arthritic fingers or advancing age all the ladies were enabled to participate by Rachael’s great leadership and skill in teaching. She led us in groups, playing mainly djembe drums and struck or shaken small percussion instruments, making different rhythms, which together made a piece of music!   We are looking forward to October 9 when the Brenlands, who had the vision to make it a reality, will share the story of the ‘Tiffers’ bus for the homeless and the charity shop in Ipswich. Please put Saturday, October 20 in your diary and have a homemade soup and sandwich lunch in the village hall. We will also be selling homemade cakes. An event not to be missed! We meet on the second Tuesday of each month and always have homemade cakes with tea or coffee to round off the evening. We will make you very welcome; meetings start at 7.30pm in Chelmondiston Village Hall.

We started life over 20 years ago as BikeAbility Ipswich providing cycling for adults with a wide range of disabilities and come rain or shine we still do! We believe we are the only Special Needs cycling project in this country that rides on-road every Friday, enjoying the superb countryside around Alton Water and the surrounding villages. If you would be interested to learn about our organisation or about volunteering with us please visit our website or email us at:


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OUT & ABOUT SHOTLEY SOCIAL CLUB Our meetings this month are from 1.50-4pm on Thursdays, October 11 and 25, followed by Thursday, November 8. On Thursday, October 25 we have a repeat of the concert we had last year with music provided by Mandy and Charlie. There will be orange juice, wine and sherry, with tea, coffee and cakes in the interval. There will also be a draw. This concert is to thank residents of the village for supporting us during the year. The only expense will be the draw; we hope to see you all there. For further information, please contact Norman: 01473 787358 We will be going to panto at the New Wolsey again this year; by next month the day and time will be sorted, We end with some very sad news. Mo Taylor, one of our members, died on September 8. She will be sadly missed.

SHOTLEY WHIST DRIVE This month we meet from 1.50-4pm on Thursdays, October 4 and 18, followed by Thursday, November 1. We have 12 games followed by refreshments, mostly home-made cakes, then another 12 games. For information please contact Norman: 01473 787358

VILLAGE LINK Alison Mayston will present a fused glass demonstration with items for sale on October 10 at Tattingstone Village Hall at 10am The club’s aims are to bring communities together and we have over the years attracted members from many villages. It is suitable for 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, either as visitors or members in readiness for our 25th celebration. There is a change to our November programme. Gary Bunkell will give a brief account of the project to erect the Capel War Memorial, followed by a talk on The History of Butley Priory presented by Sheila Harrison. Chairman Linda Evans: 01473 311262

SHOTLEY CHURCH HERITAGE 700 August 700 Club Draw 1: Mrs M Adams (075) £25 2: Mr T Brosnan (043) £20 3: Mrs V Simpkin (161) £15 4: Mrs C Lock (111) £8 5: Mrs C Colman (129) £7 New members are always welcome. To join contact Norman: 01473 787358. The cost of £1 a month can be paid annually or at intervals of three or six months. Flower and Vegetable Show Despite a very difficult year the exhibition of vegetables, fruit and flowers was of a very high standard. This year was the 40th show so well done and a big thank you to all who took part. We had almost 200 entries. Class Winners Vegetables: Ian Palmer Fruit and Flowers: Ernie Bromley Cookery: Pam Rowe

GUIDES ENJOY A WONDERFUL SUMMER TERM 1st Holbrook Guides have had a wonderful summer of activities. Based in Holbrook, the 19 Guides come from various villages in the area and meet once a week during term time. Guide Leader, Leanne Castle said: “We ensure there is a good mix of fun, challenge and new skills to learn. The Guides have had some fantastic opportunities; they enjoyed a wonderful evening learning how to care for a pony at Hill Farm Equestrian Centre at Chelmondiston. They’ve also learnt how to build, light and cook over a campfire and enjoyed a quiz evening at Harkstead Shore and a treasure hunt. They’ve visited The Freston Boot and designed bird scarers for the pub’s kitchen garden, as well as tried their hand at tie dying t-shirts.” The local Girlguiding Associating arranged a ‘Give it a Go’ day at Hallowtree, Ipswich and the Holbrook Guides were challenged to try a range of activities which included abseiling, wall climbing and rope bridge walking. For the autumn the Holbrook Guides will learn and gain skills in fire safety, first aid and selfdefence as well as enjoying a theatre trip to see a Red Rose Chain production in December. If you have a child aged between 10 and 14 who is interested in becoming a Guide and would like to try a taster session, please register your interest at:

CHELMONDISTON 100 CLUB We are pleased to report that the 100 Club is flourishing, so much so that it is now a 100+ Club, having reached that magic 100 number in a little over a month from launch. The second draw went ahead on September 2 with an increased prize pot of £110 and £55, which was won by Kate Luke and Susanna Bishop respectively. Subscriptions received are split equally between prize money and reducing the cost of the upkeep of the churchyard so it is a place we can all enjoy and be proud of. We are now setting our sights on becoming a 200 Club, so please help make that happen if you haven’t joined already. Fiona will be happy to hear from you: 01473 780965

SHOTLEY AND ERWARTON WI For our August outing we travelled to London for a Ghost, Gangsters and Gallows tour. Our guide took us down the Royal Mall and through St James’ Park where we travelled behind Horse Guard Parade and Downing Street. After stopping for lunch we had a guided coach trip through the Krays and Ripper’s East End. Our tour ended in Spitalfields Market where some of us took advantage of the prices and did some Christmas shopping. Our next meeting starts at 7.15pm on October 17 in Shotley Village Hall when there will be a Body Shop demonstration. Anyone thinking of joining our WI will be given a warm welcome. Contrary to belief, you don’t need to be in possession of a bus pass to join, but over 18. Our ages range from 40-90, but we would love see other age ranges too. Check out our Facebook page for more information.


OUT & ABOUT PENINSULA POETRY Wednesday, October 10 at 7pm The Bristol Arms PH, IP9 1PU Everyone is welcome to read, write or just listen. The optional theme is Harmony.

ORWELL DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY Our meeting on Wednesday, October 3 promises to be a fascinating one when we delve into the mysteries of Japanese costume and textiles. Suzanne Perrin B.A. M.A. is a visiting lecturer at the University of Brighton Art and Design School and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She teaches on the Asian Art course at the British Museum and the V&A. Suzanne founded Interlink in 1995 to promote the understanding of Japan in educational and cultural circles. She studied Nihonga (traditional Japanese painting) at Nagoya University of Arts, Japan, in 1986-87. She has also conducted guided tours of Japan for students and adult groups and has given lecture tours on Japanese Art and Culture in Australia in 1987 and 2000 for ADFAS.  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:

ALTON BELLES WI At our meeting on September 20 Karen Kenny spoke about The Magical Mystery of Herbs, which was interesting and informative. The meeting on October 18 also sounds fascinating; it’s entitled World War 1 – Surrender of U-Boats in Harwich Harbour by David Whittle. All are welcome to attend in Tattingstone Village Hall at 7.30pm. Also see details of our October 26 quiz night on page 16. Annette Kilworth

FELIXSTOWE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY We resume our monthly speaker meetings on Wednesday, October 10 with a talk by Jim Cadbury. Jim is the local custodian of records (archivist) for Quakers in Suffolk. There are a number of families in East Anglia with Quaker origins and we look forward to Jim talking about them and the influence they have had, and continue to have in our lives. Some of them, including Norfolk-born Joseph John Gurney, founded well known financial institutions, others made confectionery while others championed prison reform and the abolition of slavery. At our meeting on Wednesday, November 14, Martin Hedges will present a talk entitled Living and Dying in the 19th Century – Acid in Your Beer and Lead in Your Sweets. In addition to our speaker meetings, we hold drop-in sessions on the third Thursday morning of each month for anyone wanting to explore where they come from. We would love to share our enthusiasm, experience and expertise with you and we have the facilities to help you. Our meetings are held in Broadway House, Orwell Road, Felixstowe.  Doors open for our evening meetings at 7pm, and for our drop-in sessions at 10.30am.


STOUR VALLEY U3A On September 12, historian Taff Gillingham presented a very British view on Remembrance and The Great War. Taff advises film makers, emphasising the need for historical accuracy on the 1914/18 war. Richard Heap, Production Director of Stephen Walters & Sons Ltd, will talk on silk weaving in Sudbury on Wednesday, October 10. In a talk entitled The Silk Road from China to Sudbury, he will cover 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. The Coffee Grinders meet at The Lambe School, Gaston Street, East Bergholt CO7 6SD from 10am-noon on the fourth Friday of each month. 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, October 26. 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.

CHELMONDISTON SOCIAL CLUB The Phoenix Handbell Ringers will be joining us at our Christmas party on Thursday, November 29. There will be a raffle, tea and cakes so come along and join us at the village hall from 2pm. Mike & Michele Rutherford: 01473 780718

CHELMONDISTON & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY The October meeting will be the last of our meetings before January to be held in the village hall, so if you have missed all the other speakers this year, you still have this last chance to catch one. This one is probably one you will know, Clare from Bourne Garden Centre. Clare will be coming to speak to us about autumn colour for the garden and knowing Clare, I am sure the evening will be as entertaining as it is informative. So please join us at 7.30pm at Chelmondiston Village Hall on Tuesday, October 30. If you haven’t been before, you can ‘try before you buy’, as the AGM and joining night is in January. We only charge visitors £2 for the evening, but the best of all deals comes from an annual subscription.

SHOTLEY GARDENING CLUB 2018-19 PROGRAMME Monday, October 8: Monday, November 12: Monday, December 10: Tuesday, January 15: Monday, February 11: Monday, March 11: Monday, April 8: Wednesday, May 15: Wednesday, June 12: Saturday, August 3: Monday, August 12:

Karen Kenny – Subject TBA Planting up a Winter Basket, Debs Hart Christmas Gardening Club party in the village hall Christmas Dinner at the Red Lion Graham Proctor – Subject TBA Andrew Brogan from Henstead Exotic Gardens Gardens of Cambridge Colleges, Rodney Tibbs Two Options 1. Place for Plants or 2. Gardening talk about by Rodney Tibbs Garden Centre and Lunch at Frinton-on-Sea Coach trip to Hyde Hall Flower Show Cream Tea at Karen’s

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SCHOOLS RHS RUNNERS-UP IN NATIONAL ENTERPRISE COMPETITION A team of six Year-12 pupils from the Royal Hospital School were runners-up in the national enterprise competition, Tycoon in Schools. The young entrepreneurs made a profit of £1,238.38 after launching their successful clothes brand, SOLO, and were invited to Windsor Castle to be presented their prize by HRH The Duke of York KG. The programme is spearheaded by Peter Jones CBE, which gives young people a chance to run their own business and demonstrate entrepreneurial skills. Tycoon in Schools aims to encourage budding entrepreneurs to get involved in business by giving them a start-up loan of between £50 and £1,000 to run a business while at school or college. This year the stakes were higher than ever before with around 400 teams and more than 2,000 pupils going head-to-head. The young tycoons from the Royal Hospital School received £756 as a start-up loan from the Peter Jones Foundation for Enterprise to launch SOLO, their clothing and accessories brand for teenagers. They traded between October and December 2017 and generated a fantastic profit ratio of 164 per cent. The team was required to submit a business plan, launch in a restricted trading phase and then evaluate their efforts. They used Facebook and Instagram to raise brand awareness and display product ranges. Nicholas Sim, Managing Director of SOLO, commented: “Our products were very popular across the year groups and we ended up ordering more stock than we predicted. On Black Friday we set up a pop-up shop in the history department during lunch time and after school to sell our stock at a discounted price which was very successful. We also managed to sell our clothing to friends and family outside of school and our social media gathered a lot of attention.” Tim Brightwell, Head of Economics and Business at the Royal Hospital School, said: “Getting involved in Tycoon has allowed our pupils to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills, experience the challenges of running their own business and gain an invaluable level of financial awareness. We plan to widen access to this great initiative by introducing the competition into our GCSE Business curriculum next year as well as offering it as a co-curricular opportunity for those taking Business A Level and our new BTEC National in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Diploma (equivalent of two A level subjects).” Pictured (l-r) are Tim Brightwell (Head of Business and Economics), Sonya Khrapova, Adam Smith, Nicholas Sims, Tzay Rhodes, Natasha Neylan and Holly Folkard-Smith. The Royal Hospital School is an independent co-educational boarding and day school for 750 pupils aged 11 to 18 years set in 200 acres of Suffolk countryside overlooking the River Stour. For more information visit:

STUTTON PRIMARY SCHOOL What a fantastic start to the autumn term – we are clearly growing and have been delighted to welcome so many new children and their families to our school. One parent commented that there was “a real ‘buzz’ in the air” on the first day of term. We are also really enjoying sharing our facilities and resources with the older children from Stutton Young Explorers three mornings a week. Do come along to our two open mornings: Friday, October 12 and Wednesday, November 7, both 9.30-11.30am; see our refurbished classrooms and observe our school in action. Anne Clarke -


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NEPTUNE SAILING End of sailing season By the time this is published the sailing season will be nearly finished and preparations for craft to be taken ashore and the fleet to be prepared for the winter will be in progress. Work parties of volunteers will derig, remove old antifoul and cover for the winter. Smaller craft will be stored in racks and engines winterised.

It’s the start of the new term and the summer already feels a long time ago! It has been lovely to welcome all of the new children, seeing their smiling faces and crisp new uniforms. We started the term with a visit to St Andrew’s Church for a service to begin the new academic year. This was a great way to start the new school year, reminding the children of the challenges ahead of them and all the excitement that awaits them. This term we are going to be looking at the commemoration of the end of the First World War. We hope to be able to take part in some activities with other schools on the peninsula producing poems and artwork. It is planned that this will culminate in an evening at Holbrook Academy where all the primary schools will be involved. More details soon. Our Open Day is on Thursday, November 22. This is an opportunity for prospective parents to have a look round and see how the school runs. It’s also a great opportunity for those of you in the local area to come in and have a look at the school. We endeavour to be a full part of the local community and I hope that as many of you as possible will use this opportunity. Headteacher Sean Cornish

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 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: Steve Butcher:


Larger craft that are kept afloat in the marina enabling groups to get afloat quickly and safely. Years objectives and achievements We should hit our target of 2,000 pupil sessions by the end of the year. The school groups and summer courses were very well supported with additional schools and groups included. Instructor Courses This year we added 16 young people qualified as RYA instructors. This is the maximum we have ever had and ensures continuity of training. The majority of these had come through the Neptune Centre from beginner level. Youth Group numbers were down on previous years and is something we will have to review for next year. Anyone from 10 years to 16 wishing to join next year should contact us now. Volunteers wanted If you would like to join us as a volunteer, we need helpers to maintain the fleet. It’s good fun and is ideal if considering a dinghy purchase. We also would like to strengthen our committee and need help to relieve some of the work on the existing members. For booking or additional information visit:

TWO RIVER BENEFICE OCTOBER SERVICES ST PETER’S, STUTTON Sunday 7 8am Sunday 7 10.30am Noon-1pm Saturday 13 Sunday 14 9.30am Monday 15 2.30pm Sunday 21 9.30am Sunday 28 11am

Holy Communion Worship for All Soup & Roll Holy Communion Prayer Group Holy Communion Informal Service

ALL SAINTS, HOLBROOK Sunday 7 4pm Sunday 14 10am Sunday 21 8am 10am Sunday 28 9.30am

Afternoon Tea Matins Holy Communion Informal Service Holy Communion

ST MARY’S, WHERSTEAD Sunday 7 No service Sunday 14 11am Sunday 21 No Service Sunday 28 11am ST PETER’S, FRESTON Sunday 7 11am Sunday 14 No service Sunday 21 11am Sunday 28 No service

Holy Communion Morning Prayer Matins Holy Communion

“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”.

ST MICHAEL’S, WOOLVERSTONE Sunday 7 10am 11am Saturday 13 9am-12.30pm Sunday 14 4pm Sunday 21 11am Sunday 28 11am

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Communion Café Church Monthly Market Harvest Festival Morning Prayer Holy Communion


CHURCH NEWS CHELMONDISTON & HOLBROOK METHODIST CHURCHES A child’s profound response A seven-year-old boy was at his grandparent’s with his mum. It came time to go home and his mother was searching for her car keys. She was rummaging around in her bag and looking around the house, but couldn’t find them. She sat down, put her head in her hands and exclaimed: “I’m losing my mind!” What happened next was amazing. The concerned little boy went up to his mum and said: “Mummy whatever you do, don’t lose your heart, because I’m in there!” What a profound remark to make! No doubt the mother had expressed her love for her child and perhaps said “I love you with all of my heart”. The child had grown up in the security of a loving family. For the child it wasn’t serious that the keys were lost, or even the mind was lost, but to lose the security of a mother’s love for her child would have been devastating. The child knew he was loved because it had been expressed and shown. He knew he was in her heart. Sadly there are many people who haven’t had that same start in life with loving parent(s). I know how privileged I have been to have had two loving parents, whose love was unconditional. For many there has been rejection, or emotional trauma, indifference or neglect. This mother and the observing grandparents were touched by the profound statement of this young boy. They were reminded of the father heart of God’s love for them. God knows and loves each of us, whether we know it or not. He loves us even when we are unlovable, when we have ignored him, when we have turned our back on him. That love is there for you, even if you were starved of love as a child, or have been rejected as an adult. God does long for us to recognise his love and to develop a relationship with him. God hasn’t lost his heart for you whatever you are going through. If you want help to discover that love, please get in touch. The Rev Andrew Sankey Minister at Chelmondiston & Holbrook Methodist Churches 8 Roundridge Road, Capel St Mary IP9 2UG / 01473 311178 / 07966 187216

OCTOBER AT CHELMONDISTON Sunday 7 10.45am Worship with Mr Ted Jack 6.15pm Worship and Communion with Rev Sankey Sunday 14 10.45am Worship with Mr Chris Jowett 6.15pm Worship with Rev Mike Ayden Sunday 21 10.45am Worship and Communion with Rev Allen 6.15pm Worship – Local Arrangement Sunday 28 10.45am Worship with Mr Colin Westren 6.15pm Worship with Rev Mike Ayden Lay Pastor and Outreach Worker Rachael Wainwright: 01473 603616 OCTOBER AT HOLBROOK (HCT: Holbrook Churches Together) Tea and Chat (HCT): Mondays, 2.30-4pm Home Groups: First and third Tuesday’s at 7.30pm – ring for venue Saturday 6 10-11.30am Coffee Morning Sunday 7 10am Worship and Communion with Rev Allen Friday 12 3.30pm Messy Church Sunday 14 10am Worship with Rev Sankey Sunday 21 10am Family Friendly Worship with Mrs Alyson Ellis Sunday 28 10am Worship with Mr Brian Clow 6.30pm Elmsett Fellowship Band / 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: / 01473 658478 FAIR TRADE WEEKEND Beautiful crafts from third world countries, Fair Trade foods and cards will be on sale at Holbrook Methodist Church on the Friday and Saturday at the end of October. An ideal time to buy that unusual Christmas present and some Christmas cards, as well as delicious biscuits, dried fruits, advent calendars and much more. On the Friday 26 we will be open from 9.30am4pm with a soup lunch and refreshments. On Saturday 27 we will be open from 9.30am-noon with coffee and cake Money raised from refreshments will be donated to Tear Fund.

SHORELINE BENEFICE ST ANDREW’S, CHELMONDISTON October 7 9.15am Harvest Festival Family Communion, Rev Canon L Oosterhof October 9 10am Tuesday Midweek Communion Rev Canon L Oosterhof October 14 9.15am Family Service & Baptism, Rev Canon L Oosterhof October 21 9.30am Holy Communion at Harkstead, Rev T Crosbie October 28 9.30am All-Age Family Worship, Mrs C Ward ST MARY’S, ERWARTON October 7 11am Holy Communion BCP, Rev T Crosbie October 14 11am Family Service, Mr A Coulson October 21 11am Holy Communion BCP, Rev T Crosbie October 28 11am Holy Communion with Shotley, Rev Canon L Oosterhof


ST MARY’S, HARKSTEAD October 7 9.30am Holy Communion, Rev T Crosbie October 16 9.30am Morning Prayer, Mrs C Ward October 21 9.30am Holy Communion with Chelmondiston, Rev T Crosbie October 28 9.30am Holy Communion, Rev Canon L Oosterhof ST MARY’S, SHOTLEY October 7 10.45am October 16 10.45am October 21 10.45am October 28 11am

Family@ShotleyChurch / Harvest, Mr A Coulson Holy Communion, Rev Canon L Oosterhof Worship for All, Mr A Coulson Holy Communion at Erwarton, Rev Canon L Oosterhof

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In Touch News with Shotley October 2018  
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