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Volume 9 • Issue No. 8 • JUNE 2019

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

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SPROUGHTON FETE 2019 SUNDAY 23 JUNE A reminder that our village fete will be held as usual on the Millennium Green between noon and 4pm on Sunday 23 June. We still have a few more spaces for stalls. Why not promote your business, local organisation or charity by taking a stall? Raise awareness and/or funds and have fun at the same time! Business stalls are £40 each (negotiable); smaller businesses £10. Charites and not-for-profit organisations are free! Call 07578 552324 to make an enquiry, or pick up a stall booking form at the community shop. Many people asked us last year where the crockery smash had gone! So, back by popular demand, the crockery smash will feature again at this year’s fete. Please keep your old crockery for us, and call the above number in early June so we can pick it up. Anything other than glass objects will do: plates, vases, cups, bowls, teapots, Ming, Meissen or whatever – the more expensive it looks, the more kids want to smash it! Posters are going up around the village soon giving full details of the fete programme and the ever-popular Fun Dog Show (with new categories for 2019). Look out for them and our grand draw tickets. This year’s first prize is a whopping £100 cash. Friday 21 June is Suffolk Day and Sproughton Church will be open from 10am-6pm with refreshments provided. There will be a small exhibition featuring people from our past with connections to the village, floral displays, free second-hand Christian books and short organ recitals.   Ploughman’s lunches will be available, for donations, from noon until 1pm and we end the day with a Songs of Praise. We plan to have the church open on the Sunday also, for a shorter time, alongside the village fete.   Any queries or suggestions to the Wilcoxes (01473 461561) and hymn requests for the Songs of Praise to Michael Earey (01473 742766).

ART AND CRAFT EXHIBITION Saturday 8 June, 11am-4.30pm St Mary’s Church, Burstall IP8 3DU / Church and Churchyard Refreshments and Cream Teas available all day Book, plant and cake stalls / Free Parking

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NEWS THE BORN TO RUN HOME CHALLENGE 132 Miles Hastings to Sproughton

SPROUGHTON BEER FESTIVAL 2019 WE’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU THOUGHT! First and foremost, thank you to everyone from Sproughton and elsewhere who supported our 11th beer festival last month. We hope you enjoyed it. The parish council and the organising committee worked hard to further improve the festival this year, building on the tried and tested formula of previous years. We’d love to hear from anyone who was there. What did you think? If you have any comments, criticisms or suggestions for further improvement about the beers, food, entertainment or ambience, please let us know by emailing them to:  We are keen to make next year’s festival better still and will carefully consider all comments received. 

The challenge was to run from Hastings where I was born to my home in Sproughton without sleep, leaving at 2pm on Thursday 2 May and finishing in time for breakfast on Saturday 4, and that is exactly what I did!

Thank you again for your support. We look forward to seeing you again in May 2020.

This was the first time I have started from scratch: planning the route, addressing all the logistics, manage all risks, organise fundraising and, of course run 1,500 miles of training.


My children, Hannah and Matthew, helped me and I’d see one of them typically every 16 miles where I had access to food, drink, clothes, medicine, spare batteries and the next subset of maps from the 122 pages of maps I needed. Gathered at the start were people from my past: friends, school colleagues and my A Level maths teacher. The run started downhill and along the promenade, then uphill again to get out of Hastings and onto country lanes, bridleways and busy roads. I enjoyed beautiful scenery and sounds of the countryside. It was an incredible view of Bodiam Castle as I descended towards the River Rother. Before long, heavy rain fell on the way to Frittenden, 32 miles into the run with a mere 100 miles to go! After which darkness fell. At 2am I passed through a wide metal gate and by a house before realising that I was in someone’s garden. A dog began barking from within the house and an upstairs window opened as a lady’s head popped out. I explained myself and she told me where to go, politely! In Rochester, I bought two cheese burgers and a chocolate milkshake, marching towards Gravesend, sometimes stumbling when I nodded for a micro second. I headed down the pier to the waiting 06:10 ferry to cross the River Thames to Tilbury. The Southend Arterial Road was the most dangerous to cross with volumes of cars passing at high speed. I was about to retrace steps back to a safer point, but impulsively took the risk to cross. In Chelmsford there was a very heavy downpour, but every step forward was a step in the right direction. Wickham Bishops marked 100 miles done with 32 to go. Here people liked to offer lifts, but I kindly refused. After Tiptree it was dark again, trudging towards Colchester and out to Boxted. By which time tiredness made the world look rather surreal. For the rest of the journey home, I had Hannah’s company. We met Matthew closer to home, had a sprint finish and were welcomed home by friends, family and flag waving neighbours. My family look at me in horror when I tell them I have learnt a lot for the next time! Thank you to all supporters of my epic challenge and their donations for the Eye Appeal at Ipswich Hospital and ActivLIves. My JustGiving page is still open but if you’d like to donate offline give me a call at 01473 742314. Kindest Regards, David Cranwell


District Councillor for Sproughton and Pinewood I would just like to introduce myself as your local district councillor for Sproughton and Pinewood. It is a huge honour to be able to represent the area that I feel so passionately about and I will always endeavour to serve in your interests in the council chamber. If you have any issues you would like to raise with me, please don’t hesitate to get in contact: / 07577 359922

BURSTALL SHOW MOTO GP AUCTION PRIZE 2019 We have been given the very generous prize of two Paddock Passes for the British Round of the FIM Moto GP taking place at Silverstone Circuit on Sunday 25 August. The passes have been very kindly donated by Vislink Technologies, the official RF Systems supplier (radio frequency and camera) to MOTO GP. Passes are valid for all four days of the event and allow the lucky winners to enter the circuit anytime from 11am on Thursday 22 August all the way through to Sunday 25. Thet include entry to the circuit and unlimited access to the paddock area where the teams can be seen getting prepared. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to bump into some famous names such as Valentino Rossi or World Champion Marc Marquez! The guests will be able to watch practice, qualifying and of course all three main races. There are three classes MOTO GP, MOTO 2 and MOTO3. All of which offer extremely exciting racing The lucky winners will also have the chance to see behind the scenes of the TV production and in particular have the opportunity to learn about the technology behind the fantastic live On Board coverage. A car park pass will also be provided giving convenient close access to the circuit. The passes do not include seating but there are several grandstands that are free to access on a first come first served basis and there are numerous vantage points around the circuit. Sealed Bids are invited from anybody over 18 years of age who is interested in this amazing prize. Please mark your envelope Private and Confidential MOTO GP and send your sealed bid and contact details to: Keith Raby, c/o Burstall Village Hall Committee, 1 Church Hill, Burstall IP8 3DU. The closing date is Thursday 1 August. The bids will be opened on show day and the auction will continue among those present. All proceeds will go to Burstall Village Hall funds. Winning tickets to be collected from a member of Burstall Show Committee.

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NEWS SPROUGHTON BORN AND BRED: June Webb (née Mee) Is June Webb unique in that she has never lived anywhere else other than in Sproughton? She was born in a cottage in Lower Street 85 years ago and then, at age seven, her family moved just a few yards into another Lower Street property. The Mee family was long established in the village. William Mee built the stone wall around the old rectory and added the flint bell decoration, still to be seen, because he was a bell-ringer. Another member of the Mee dynasty was, according to a 19th century Kelly’s Directory, the carrier operating between Sproughton and Ipswich. June recalls that her grandfather’s telephone number was Sproughton 1. June first went to school in what was then, and is now the Church Hall in Lower Street, just a few yards from where she lived. At age seven, she transferred to the old school near the church. From there, she passed the Eleven Plus examination and went to Stowmarket Grammar School in 1945. She had to cycle to Bramford and catch the Stowmarket train. Post-war times were hard, and June left school at 16 to take up a job in punch card accounting with Burton, Son and Sanders in Ipswich. The work was akin to an early form of computing. June married in 1959. She and her husband John bought a plot of land in Church Lane and commissioned Sproughton builders, Drakes, to erect a bungalow. Coincidentally, this was the same firm that built Michael and Heather Earey’s home in Lower Street at about the same time. She occupied the new bungalow in February 1960 and is still there. Even as a teenager, June was active in voluntary work, giving up her time for the improvement of facilities in the village and beyond. At the age of 19 she

started Sproughton Tennis Club with one grass court. The club is still thriving 65 years later, but now much bigger. She was a bell-ringer, following the example of her father and grandfather, and she promoted hand-bell ringing with a fine set of bells which belonged to her grandfather and are still in her possession. She taught at Sunday School in All Saints and was an early helper with Sproughton Brownies. She has been involved with Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue, with orienteering, and with sailing as a Sea Ranger. Her biggest contribution has undoubtedly been to the Brownie and Girl Guide movements, a passion which began in her teens and which continues to this day. At the age of 16, already a Queen’s Guide and involved with the ‘Be Prepared’ programme, she was expected to skin a rabbit and rescue people from a burning building. Decades ago, she was asked to help out for a few weeks with the Guides in Bramford: ‘a few weeks’ turned out to be 35 years! In what is actually a massive understatement, June says, “Guiding has been such a big part of my life.” As a Guider, she has been on official visits all over the UK and has travelled to the USA, India, Mexico and Switzerland. One of her proudest moments was attending the Girl Guides World Conference in Jordan in 2005, where she was one of 130 international delegates. There is even more to tell, but this brief account must end with a couple of salient points. June’s fundraising has realised over £130,000 over the years, money which has helped to send 99 girls to camps in a variety of countries over a ten-year period, and to welcome to this country Guides from Latvia, Korea and Malaysia. She was instrumental in organising a four-week visit by Russian children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. On their last night in England, June found she had to accommodate 17 of them in her bungalow. What of the future? She is currently vice-president of Girl Guiding Suffolk, and has been for two decades. It’s just a case of ‘Carry On Guiding’. Ken Sheppard (neighbour)

FROM THE ARCHIVES The Reading Room, Lower Street, Sproughton From the Tithe Map it looks as if in 1839 there were cottages where the Reading Room now stands. There is a stone on the outside, which is dated 1905, and there’s a plaque inside saying that a Mr Skinner of the Chantry paid for the building and to the memory of the Rev A Foster Melliar. It was used as a men’s reading room and games room from the late 1800s and was open from 6.30-10pm every weekday and 10am onwards on bank holidays. Boys from 16 years upward were admitted, but the entrance age was altered later. The subscription was 2p per week. There were strict rules – no bad language nor loud talking and no member to stand in front of the fire to the inconvenience of others. The minute book for the reading room dates from 2 December 1889. At this meeting they appointed various people to the committee. The minutes also say that Mr Scales was asked to continue his duties as treasurer and Messrs CE Shuker and Chambers were asked to continue as auditors. This makes us wonder if the club was in existence before 1889. From time to time a note was written in the minutes that the members wished to thank Mrs Skinner for the use of the rooms. On 30 January 1901 the club desired to record the sense of loss they and the parish had sustained by the death of Mrs Skinner who built the reading rooms for the use of the parish and that a vote of thanks be given to Major Skinner, the present owner, for the use of them.


There is a gap in the minute book between 4 July 1904 and 22 March 1909. In this time the Rev A Foster Melliar had died and the Chantry had changed hands. There is a conveyance dated 20 August 1906. A trust of local people was formed to look after the rooms. Various papers were taken and in September 1909 the committee added the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Graphic and the Illustrated London News. Mr John Morrison can remember when he used to play snooker in the 1950/60s seeing a row of bound Illustrated London News, etc. We wonder where they have gone? After the 1939/45 war there were 40 or so members and it was open as previously and also on Sunday afternoons for snooker, table tennis and other games. As membership dropped the rules were changed and in 1953 it became a mixed club. Later it was used by the British Legion and other organisations. Because of the lack of support and the very heavy cost of maintaining the place, it was closed and sold in 1975. The money produces an income which can be used by the trustees, as laid down in a new deed, for helping village activities. The building was used as a shop for the sale of leather crafts and wood burning stoves until 1991, when it went on the market. It has since been sold. Doreen Bradbury

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NEWS SPROUGHTON PARISH COUNCIL The council held its Annual Parish Meeting in the Tithe Barn on Wednesday, May 1. As well as parish councillors it was very pleasing to see many more parishioners attending. A report was heard from Councillor Christopher Hudson and groups within the village gave their annual reports. The parish council recognises the significant contribution people in the voluntary organisations give in the village that adds to village life, and appreciates the time they offer for the benefit of the community. These organisations provide a valuable service in a variety of ways such as the church, school, village shop, Millennium Green, Playing Field Management Committee, Senior Citizens Club, Reading Room Trust, pre-school, Toddler Club, Brownies, lunch club and the Quilters amongst others. All these clubs and groups enable residents to pursue a variety of interests in the community. Elections In the local elections on May 2, Zac Norman, one of our parish councillors, was elected to Babergh District Council representing Sproughton and Pinewood, becoming the youngest councillor in Suffolk. Also elected was Richard Hardacre for the Green Party. We look forward to working with them both in their new roles. Zac will remain on the parish council.

SPROUGHTON MILLENNIUM GREEN TRUST Our Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge evening on Saturday, April 13 was a great success. Everybody seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves despite the inevitable frustrations of trying to find that key piece at some point during the evening! Three out of the six teams managed to complete the 500-piece jigsaw within two hours – the winning team doing so a good half hour before the team that came second (that’s probably a record). The event and the raffle were well supported and we made just over £180 for our funds after all costs were paid. Thank you to everyone who came along to support their Millennium Green and join in the fun. Our next fundraising event is our popular Fun Quiz Night which will be held on Saturday, November 9. Put the date in your diary now as it usually sells out and watch for further details about tickets in In Touch nearer the time.

At the Annual Council Meeting on Wednesday, May 8, eight councillors were re-elected which means we have vacancies for four councillors. We would also like to welcome our new parish clerk, Diana Stroh:

On a less positive note, one of our directors recently found some used hypodermic syringes on and around the millstone on the green. These pose a significant health hazard to children and pets especially, so we’d ask all our Millennium Green patrons to be vigilant and to report any signs of antisocial behaviour on the green to the police. They have advised reporting via their website, although I called the non-emergency number 101 and apart from a long wait for an answer, was dealt with sympathetically and efficiently. If anybody witnesses a crime in progress on the green, then they should immediately call 999.

A huge thank you and much appreciation goes to Sue Frankis who was our parish clerk for over 13 years. Her contribution and efforts contributed to running a well-managed and well-informed parish council.

Finally, there is a bit more free firewood and some bark chippings on the green following the last of this year’s planned tree surgery. Help yourself but please consider a donation, however modest, towards our funds. Thank you.

Planning The Hopkins Homes development along Loraine Way DC/18/02010 has been rejected over concerns on the impact on our heritage assets. Hopkins are expected to appeal.

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Pigeon Developments DC/19/00567 is awaiting a decision, but there have been a significant number of objections.

Tuesday 27 August at The Loraine Victory Hall in Bramford IP8 4AL. Doors will open at 6.30pm. Tickets (£10) and available from Gilly Sillett (01473 463178) or at The Crown/Hungry Horse in Claydon, Bramford Cock Public House, Fresh fills Bakery in Claydon and Budgens Stores in Great Blakenham.

Dates for your Diary All meetings are normally held in the Barley Room behind the Tithe Barn Wednesday, June 12: Planning Meeting, 7pm / Parish Council Meeting, 7.30pm Wednesday, June 26: Planning Meeting, 7pm


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ENERGY-FROM-WASTE FACILITY Annual Report 2018 SUEZ recycling and recovery UK and Suffolk County Council have been working in partnership for more than four years to dispose of Suffolk’s household waste left over after recycling. In 2018 the energy-from-waste facility put 266,135 tonnes of waste to good use, generating enough electricity to power 39,357 homes. This equates to a saving of over 64,000 tonnes of fossil fuels and 134,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. The 2018 annual report is now available to download with information about our performance last year from health and safety and the environment to our visitor centre and work in the community. Download a copy from the news section at: SUEZ Proposals to Process More Waste As we enter our fifth year, the facility is working efficiently, so much so that it could process more waste. However, the capacity of the facility is limited to 269,000 tonnes per year. SUEZ will therefore be applying to amend our planning permission and environmental permit to increase this limit to 295,000 tonnes per year, allowing us to use Suffolk’s award-winning facility to its full potential. We would not need to make any changes to the appearance of the building,

or the way that we operate the facility in order to accept more waste. There would be a small increase in lorry traffic, we estimate an extra eight trucks would visit the facility per day, and overall lorry traffic would remain well within the agreed number in the original planning permission. Emissions from the facility are tightly controlled and would remain within the limits set out in the facility’s existing environmental permit to protect the environment. If you are interested in finding out more, we are holding information sessions at the facility for local people on Friday, June 7 from 4-8pm and on Saturday, June 8 from 10am-2pm. Members of our team will be on hand to answer any questions and there will be opportunity to take a short tour of the facility. The tours will take place at half past the hour; you will be able to sign up on arrival. Any questions? If you have any queries about our operations, please do not hesitate to contact the facility: 01473 839149 / OTHER USEFUL CONTACTS To book a visit: 01473 839149 / Environment Agency: 0800 807 060 SUEZ Communities Trust: 01454 262910


NEWS SPROUGHTON COMMUNITY SHOP: Something for everyone The great activity of May was helping to supply the beer festival. We hope lots of you enjoyed the wines, pies and pasties, all of which are on sale in the shop. It was a great pleasure to be able to assist in this way, not to mention the many shop volunteers who also help staff the festival.

mushrooms from Capel are not seasonal, but they are very local and special, grown on chicken manure from an organic chicken farm. They make a wonderful dish when grilled with goat’s cheese. We also sell real buffalo mozzarella which beautifully compliments tomato and basil to make a delicious salad. The real thing really does taste different! June 16 also brings Fathers’ Day! We have a number of manly gifts all ready for our excellent dads and husbands. Take a look. As our mind turns to the summer holidays, don’t forget we sell crabbing lines, buckets and fishing nets at really competitive prices. Our builder friends from Church Lane have discovered we also sell packs of cards!

We thank the organisers for arranging a space for the events committee to sell draw tickets for the village fete (again mostly shop volunteers doing the selling) and we look forward to lots of cooperation with SPC in the future. June, of course, brings the aforementioned wonderful village fete which will take place on Sunday, June 23 from noon to 4pm. Once again lots of shop volunteers will be helping to run the event. The shop stall will have a colourful array of plants including herbs, begonias and fuchsias, as well as trays of our delicious strawberries ‘farm fresh’ from Lindsey. It’s so lovely when the real English specialities come into harvest, and we have been much enjoying our local English asparagus. Our organic

To supply the lunchtime trade we are now doing sandwiches with a variety of new fillings. Speaking personally, I much enjoyed the cheese and tomato sandwich, but I’m not at all averse to egg and bacon rolls! As ever, we thank all our customers and selfless volunteers without whom the shop would fail. Rosalind Lavington

THE SPRING THAT CAME IN FROM THE COLD I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a little short-changed this year of that defining moment hearkening the arrival of spring. We’ve kind of oozed into it, so even the birds aren’t too sure if it’s okay to sing or not. May we truly know by June which season we are in! Regardless, I’m placing my bet that asparagus will still be plentiful locally for you to try out this month’s Cream of Asparagus Soup. Enjoy!


CREAM OF ASPARAGUS SOUP Gather a nice bunch of asparagus that will fit in one hand not quite closed, clean them as normal and chop into one inch pieces. Sauté one chopped medium onion in about one tablespoon of butter on low for about a minute, just to give it a head start, then add the chopped asparagus. Save a few tips for garnish. Cover for a few minutes to slightly soften, then sprinkle a tablespoon of flour and stir, letting it heat but not burn. Cover for about 10 minutes, but watch and continue to stir occasionally. On low, it shouldn’t burn.

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Meanwhile, heat a litre and a half of water. Add half a pint to begin with to the asparagus, stir and allow to soften. Gradually add the rest of the hot water, then crumble one and a half chicken bouillon cubes and a little white pepper to season. Cool a bit and blend it until smooth. Either blend in a halfpint or so of fresh double cream, or serve hot with a dollop of fresh cream on top (or serve it separately on the table in a gravy boat).

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As you know, SnOasis Reserved Matters have been approved by the Planning Committee. However, the SPA has grave concerns about the amount of detail that even now remains unclear on crucial aspects of the application, such as drainage, traffic and transport and the environment. For this reason, the SPA asked that the Planning Committee delayed making a decision on Reserved Matters, but our views were ignored and the application was approved shortly before the district Ccouncil elections.

It’s 1942 and in a small Suffolk village, Lady Emily’s committee are eagerly planning to welcome the US Servicemen to the newly built airbase on the outskirts of the village. Local girls and best friends Jane and Charlotte quickly catch the eye of two American pilots and love begins to blossom. Little did they know that the events of World War 2 would soon change the lives of both the villagers and the pilots forever.

Planning have now indicated that they no longer intend to work with the SPA, instead preferring to set up a group of the parishes that have a border with the site. At this stage, we do not know what the future role of the SPA will be, if any. However, we will still try and ensure that there is a mechanism so that residents are kept informed of what is happening. For further information, please email SPA clerk Janet Gobey: SnOasis Parish Alliance Chairman Steve Plume

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Crowfield Lay by Coddenham Haysel House Barham Sorrel Horse Creeting St Mary Whissels Farm Creeting St Mary Village Hall Creeting St Peter The Lane Earl Stonham Village Hall Little Stonham Church Little Stonham Magpie Inn Mickfield Church, Debenham Road Stonham Aspal, Walnut Tree Meadow Pettaugh Old Bull Henley Garage

Time 9.25-09.45am 9.55-10.50am 11-11.10am 11.20-11.30am 11.35-11.45am 11.55am-12.10pm 12.20-12.50pm 2-2.10pm 2.15-2.25pm 2.30-2.45pm 2.55-3.30pm 3.35-3.55pm 4.05-4.30pm

2019: 14 June, 12 July, 9 August, 6 September, 4 October, 1 November, 29 November, 27 December

GREAT BLAKENHAM CRAFT CLUB Great Blakenham Craft Club  is open to anyone  living in Great Blakenham and the surrounding area, meeting every Monday from February to December in Great Blakenham Parish Room on Stowmarket Road from 2-4pm.  As mentioned in a previous edition, Fact and Fantasy was a cardmaking workshop featuring robots and unicorns as pictured. In May we had another cardmaking project as it was such a short month and for June our workshop is entitled Summer Sewing. For further information please get in touch with Jackie Durrant: 01449 672690

Set to the big band sounds and swing classics of the 1940s and 1950s, An American in Suffolk follows friendships, romances and relationships from sleepy Suffolk to the bright lights of NYC. This Orchard Players production runs from Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 July with performances at 7.30pm at Capel St Mary Community Centre. Call the box office for tickets now on 07793 820215.


Sproughton Church Lane Sproughton Wild Man Bramford St Mary’s Close Bramford Paper Mill Lane Great Blakenham Chequers Great Blakenham, Blue Leighs Mobile Home Park Baylham Post Box Claydon Crown Claydon, Edinburgh Gardens Barham Bacon Road Bramford Packard Place

Route 13 Town/village

Fast forward 10 years and across the Atlantic to New York City, Charlotte and Frank are worlds away from the tiny village where they first met. For Jane, painful memories mean she’s been stuck in the past, unable to move on. That is until a chance meeting in a New York bar turns Jane’s world upside down once again.

SPROUGHTON SENIOR CITIZENS’ CLUB April has proved to be a very sad month as we have lost John Bates who died on April 24. John first became a member of our committee in 1997 and chairman in 2004. He relinquished the position at the age of 90 and handed it over to me. While he was in charge he did so many things for the club, outings were arranged and the meals were always at different places with different menus. He will be sadly missed. The other news is on our AGM. We have decided that people prefer meals out rather than outings. The committee agreed to continue with all the same members plus one new member, Harold Ward, who has agreed to join the committee. During June we will be meeting each Wednesday from 2-4pm when we shall play cards and bingo while drinking tea and eating biscuits. We would welcome all new members. Eunice

BURSTALL WI What a hectic meeting! There are so many events coming up there was a lot to chat about and to organise. In addition, like fellow members throughout the country, we discussed and voted upon the two resolutions that will decide the WI’s forthcoming campaigns. The issues being addressed this year are the need for rural bus services and the importance of cervical screening. We all agreed on the importance of the smear test and it’s lovely to have a regular bus service, but we lost ours because we didn’t use it! After all that concentration we were able to sit back and enjoy Ann Burchnall’s talk about plants. She had brought a selection from her garden; some could be called weeds but they are great for encouraging the important pollinators and many have medicinal properties. We signed up another new member this month and another is giving us a try. Guests are always welcome at our meetings, and do come to our Table Top Sale on Saturday, June 1 from 11am to 3pm in the village hall. Light lunches will be available as well as the usual drinks and homemade cakes.

BRAMFORD COMPUTER CLUB The club will meet between 10am and noon every Wednesday in June in the upstairs room of the Methodist Church in Bramford. Membership is £1 for the academic year, payable in September, plus £3 for each two-hour session. We have no set programme, but are here to help you to get the most out of your computer. Why not give us a try?


OUT & ABOUT WOMEN TOGETHER RECOVERY GROUP Meetings are self-help recovery groups for all women regardless of their addiction or life problem. They are facilitated by women who are in recovery themselves and people who have supported others in their journey to freedom. We provide an environment where women can talk about their daily struggles, share their experiences, strength and hope openly and honestly in a safe place. They can be with others who share a common desire to overcome addictive behaviour. It’s somewhere women can seek healing for one another. WT wants women to regain the self-confidence, self-belief and self-worth that addiction has stolen from them. Meetings are held at Whitton Baptist Church, 209 Highfield Road, Ipswich IP1 6DH on Monday mornings at 10.30am, at Shepherd Drive Baptist Church, Shepherd Drive, Pinewood, Ipswich IP8 3SL on Monday evenings from 7.45pm and at Ipswich Community Church, Clarkson Street, Ipswich IP1 2JL on Thursday afternoons from 1.15pm. For more information please visit the Women Together Recovery Group Ipswich Facebook page or contact us at: / 07503 416576

THE RIVER GIPPING TRUST Work on the permissive path on both sides of the river bank leading to the remains of the 200-year-old bridge abutments continues. Last year this path was six feet high in nettles and impassable. We continue to cut the weeds along the path, encouraging grass to grow through at the expense of nettles. Meanwhile we are working on funding and planning permission for the new bridge between the bridge abutments.

FREE FLOWER ARRANGING TASTER DAY On Saturday 14 September, Ipswich Flower Club will be holding a free workshop with Adele Kent as the tutor at St Augustine’s Church Hall from 10am to 3pm. You will make two flower arrangements during the day with a break for a packed lunch. If you would like more details or to book a place, please phone Stella on 01473 711946. We would also like to invite you to our next meeting on June 10 when Brenda Eyers will present a demonstration called Bursting Out All Over. The meeting starts at 2pm at St Augustine’s Church Hall on Bucklesham Road. There is a visitor’s fee of £5. You will be warmly welcomed if you just turn up, or for more information please contact Janet on 01473 415749. The demonstrator on 8 July will be Shirley Perkins whose presentation is entitled Nice To See You. Ipswich Flower Club meets on the second Monday afternoon of the month. We also have six Friday afternoon workshops during the year which are suitable for all standards. The workshop on 28 June will be a tapestry/pave arrangement and will be tutored by Janet Phillimore. If you are interested in the workshop which will cost £5, please phone Stella on 01473 711946 for more details and to book a place.

COUNTRY RAMBLES For the Sunday walk in April we went behind the new houses off Church Lane. From there we could see the ugly building that has been built on the sugar beet site – in fact one can see it from many places spoiling the once good views in that area. For the Tuesday walk we went to Hazel Wood and looked at the bluebells, wondering if we would be able to walk in this peaceful place again. This month we shall walk on Sunday, June 9, meeting at the church at 2pm. The midweek ramble is on Tuesday, June 18, meeting at the church at 10am, destination not yet decided. Doreen Bradbury

WALK FOR PARKINSON’S A few years back the River Gipping Trust designed and installed a scaled down replica of the famous Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge. The bridge oak was felled by Jason Gathorne-Hardy from White House Farm, Great Glemham, where trust members prepared the timber in one of his barns. It was designed by Colin Turner, our eldest active member, and transported and installed at Pipps Ford. A good view of the bridge can be seen from the river footpath at Pipps Ford. We welcome new members to the trust. Membership income is a very important part of our funding and will help us fund the new bridge. It’s only around £10 per year and you can download a membership form from the website or pick one up on the gate at Baylham and Pipps Ford.

DEMENTIA Together Call Free 08081 688 000 E: 14

People across Suffolk are being asked to help stop Parkinson’s for good by joining their local Walk for Parkinson’s event at Glemham Hall on Sunday 9 June. The Glemham Hall Walk for Parkinson’s event is one of 45 across the UK set to raise over £600,000 for charity Parkinson’s UK’s pioneering research to find better treatments and a cure for the condition. At this family friendly event distances for walkers include a 1.5-mile, 3.5-mile or 5.5-mile route around the beautiful grounds of Glemham Hall. Over the past four years Walk for Parkinson’s fundraisers have raised over £1.5 million for Parkinson’s UK’s pioneering research to find a cure – and the charity believes that scientists could now be on the verge of a major breakthrough. Dave Clark, Sky Sports Presenter and Champion of Walking for Parkinson’s UK, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011 at the age of 44. Dave is a keen walker himself and he’s encouraging people to sign up to the walk at Glemham Hall. He said: “Parkinson’s UK’s pioneering research gives me hope that we will find a cure for this brutal condition, and we’re now on the verge of major research breakthroughs that could end Parkinson’s for good. So whatever your age or ability, please sign-up to Walk for Parkinson’s at Glemham Hall and be part of the final push to find a cure.” The registration fee for the event is £12 for adults and £5 for under-16s. Sign up at:

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VIEWING from 10.30am – 12.30pm AUCTION starts at 1.30pm *** Refreshments available *** In aid of Bramford Scout Group, equipment fund HOW TO DONATE

• Door to door collections around Bramford Monday 8th to Wednesday 10th July, 7–9pm • Items can also be dropped off at the HQ Monday 8th to Thursday 11th July, 7–9pm


We’ll be grateful for donations of any good quality items. No electrical goods over 5 years old, videos or clothes!

Many thanks for your continued support.

 Cash or cheque  No credit cards, sorry!

If you miss the collections, please contact

Claire  07576 350296  Sarah  07790 506265  Registered Charity Number 283655

Saturday 29th June 2019 6.30 til 10pm

Raising money jointly for

Somersham & Elmsett Primary Schools


Barn Dance

COWBOY CHILLI - Bar - Raffle Lively dancing to ‘the Hosepipe band’ with a Caller to teach you the steps! Bring your friends for a great night out! Tickets include supper* Adults: £10 / Children (5 -15) - £6 At: The Old Timber Barn Church Farm, CHurch Lane Somersham IP8 4PN Advance tickets only. No admittance on the night without ticket. Tickets available from the School offices, Elmsett and Somersham shops from april 1st. Call Lucy on 07905 791207 for more info. Last ticket sALES 24.06.19 * Please advise any dietary requirements. Event organised by Friends of Somersham School and Elmsett School PTA



What could be better than gathering a group of friends and sitting down together to enjoy an indulgent treat of sandwiches, cakes, scones and lots of lovely tea? Well how about joining in with the NHS Big Tea, a national fundraising initiative raising money  for your local hospital charity, Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity.   We are urging as many people as possible to dust off their best china, dig out their recipe books and think of somewhere to throw a party.  It could be in your kitchen, at the office, in the park or even on the beach. We don’t mind as long as you have fun, oh and make some money for the Blossom Appeal (or a ward, department or appeal of your choice if you prefer).   Get your ideas brewing to raise a cuppa at:

The Blossom Appeal is helping to raise ÂŁ2.5m to build a new breast care centre at Ipswich Hospital. The new centre will bring all elements of breast care under one roof for the first time. We want every breast care  patient to have the best possible experience when they visit the hospital and need your help to make our dream a reality. 0300 330 1369


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SPORT / CHURCH NEWS CLAYDON HIGH SCHOOL We are now in the midst of exam season for our Year 11 students who will finish their exams at the end of this month. Students have made the most of revision days and catch-up clubs and have demonstrated maturity and resilience as they approach their final exams. I wish them the very best of luck for the future and hope that all their hard work will be rewarded with success on results day. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Year 11 parents/carers for their support during the last five years. Students are looking forward to celebrating the end of their exams at the school prom on June 26. On Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 July, the school hall will be rocking to the sounds of Queen as we perform our school production of We Will Rock You. Both performances start at 7pm with refreshments available. The cast have been extremely busy rehearsing and are looking forward to showcasing their talents. Tickets are now on sale and can be obtained from the reception desk between 8am and 4pm. We hope you will be able to join us for a fantastic evening. If you would like to be involved in sponsoring the show, please contact Nikki McGuinness: Our PTA work hard to support students at the school and welcome you to

SPROUGHTON BOWLS CLUB With the season well under way the green is bowling really well and has been complemented by several visiting teams during league matches. Once again grateful thanks go to Ray Ruffles and his team who work long hours throughout the year. Club members have already contested two competitions with Mike Austin taking the Sheila Herring Trophy which was contested as part of the green opening day. The trophy was presented to Mike by 2019 Club President Mick Jones. This was followed at the end of April by the Club Blocks Tournament for the S G Mee Cup which Mick is pictured presenting to the winning team of Iain Selby, Geoff Spice and Averill Kirkman.

book a table at their next quiz night on Thursday 4 July at 7pm. You can also help to generate funds for the school by depositing unwanted clothing, textiles and paper in the two recycling banks, located in the coach car park on Church Lane. We will be holding our annual Community Tea Party on Monday 15 July from noon-2pm. This is a lovely afternoon and a great chance to catch up with neighbours and friends. If you would like to book a place (for a small charge of £1) please contact the school or visit reception. Many of you will be aware we lost a long serving PE teacher, Matt Jack, in April and we would like to thank you for all of the messages of support we received over this difficult time. We are collecting for his family’s chosen charities, The Mix and Hands at Work, as well as for a memorial at the school. If anyone with links to the school would like to support these, please contact reception. If you would like to visit the school and see us in action, come along to one of our open mornings. The next one is on Thursday 6 June. Please telephone my PA, Ms J Saunders on 01473 836110 to book a place. Headteacher Ms M Taylor

SOMERSHAM BAPTIST CHURCH We live once again in times of great political division. For many the situation is intolerable. How should we respond? Jeremiah has an angle on this, bringing a word from God to a people recently exiled and enslaved to a foreign power. Babylon celebrated its culture in worship of the sovereign and dominated the world with dreadful cruelty. The bright young men of Israel were put into the service of the Empire. That word from God was: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city.” It is a word that will work for us today as we meet people with polar opposite views who similarly feel betrayed, “Seek the peace of the city”. Here are three ways we can contribute to the ‘peace of the city’. Greet people; we meet invisible people every day, staff at the checkout, the driver of the bus, people who in our busyness easily become invisible. Respect people; human life is precious, people matter more than things and experiences. Be involved; don’t just serve your own needs, be aware and active for the needs of others. Though we despair of our country at times like these, “seek the peace of the city” by seeking peace around us. Worship and Lunch: Sunday, June 9, 11am Join us to worship and eat together. This time we have planned a buffet lunch. You are welcome to join our regular meetings of worship and fellowship:

Finally, during the early May Bank Holiday, Bramford Bowls Club visited Sproughton to play the annual Peter Taylor Cup match. Played over six rinks of triples, the match was keenly contested and with three ends to go could have gone either way. However, Sproughton were determined to regain the trophy and finally ran out winners by 21 shots. Peter Dodds, president of Bramford Bowls Club, is pictured presenting the cup to our captain, June Laws. Thanks to all players and supporters of both clubs who made the afternoon extremely enjoyable. We still have places available for our Tuesday and Sunday Open Tournaments, details of which can be found at: If you are interested in entering any of these please contact club secretary Richard Gee or email the club. Contact details can also be found on the website. Geoff Spice

Sunday 10-10.30am: Prayer and Share 10.45-11.15am: Bible Study (Communion on the first Sunday) 11.30am-12.30pm: Worship Service Refreshments are served between meetings, come when you can and leave when you want. Weekdays at the Chapel Lunch and Listen: Thursday, June 6 at noon Friends and Neighbours: Monday, June 17, 7.45pm CONTACTS Mark Newcombe, Pastor: 01473 831940 / 07958 830103 Edwin Mayhew: 01473 658100 WORSHIPPING AND FOLLOWING JESUS TOGETHER


CHURCH NEWS THE NORTH SAMFORD BENEFICE Sproughton with Burstall, Copdock with Washbrook and Belstead & Bentley with Tattingstone For parish queries please contact: The Rev Annette Shannon The Rectory, Glebe Close, Sproughton IP8 3BQ / 01473 807674 Benefice Administrator Hayley Purnell / 07904 972116 Treasures Old and New “Let’s tidy up the summerhouse.” “Yes, good idea! Shouldn’t take long; it’s not big.” I had in mind a couple of hours spent outside on that newly-minted shining summer day. By noon we had covered the back lawn with an amazing collection of treasures old and new that might puzzle our grandchildren: my first computer, vintage 1989 complete with a collection of floppy discs (“What’s a floppy disc, grandad?”) and our old music system that played audio cassettes (“What’s an audio cassette, grandad?”). We also found things still useful that don’t date: a barbecue, camping furniture, a guinea pig cage and an aquarium. By teatime we had sorted it all. Most fitted back neatly ready to be deployed on other sunny summer days, some could be given away, but there was a residue of things filling the car ready to take to the recycling centre, where I spent an interesting 10 minutes dumping these once-valuable bits of equipment in the correct places along with an enormous collection of other people’s discarded things. What a lot we throw away! Having had a happy childhood in a world that lacked so much of the ‘stuff’ we now take for granted, I reflected on how getting and dumping so much might affect our thoughts and feelings. Once-valuable things that haven’t broken down or worn out have to be dumped to make room for the next even better version. How many mobile phones have you had? How many cars? Are we liable to treat once-valuable beliefs and principles the same way, as still working but irrelevant? It’s all very well saying we should pause and think, “What would Jesus do?” but although we find among his recorded sayings many that don’t date, like, “Love thy neighbour as thyself,” (Matthew 22:39) words intended for people living 2,000 ago can’t tell us exactly what to do, for example, about using artificial intelligence or genetic modification. Jesus often left it to his listeners to work out for themselves the meaning of his teachings and how to apply them. He did this by telling stories that he made up, stories like the Good Samaritan that left his hearers to apply his teachings to their own varied situations. We can still apply them today even though the situation is so different. For example, Jesus never answered a telephone, but the Samaritans will respond to those who call them on 116 123. Once, after telling several new stories, Jesus asked his hearers if they understood how the meaning of the stories contributed to what they already knew about living life according to God’s will. They said they understood so Jesus summed up by saying: “Therefore, every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” (Matthew 13:52) In a rapidly changing world let us hold on to what Jesus taught as we use new gems of truth as well as old ones to decide what to do in each fresh situation. Don Mehen Baby and Toddler Group: 9.30-11.30am at Sproughton Church Hall on Mondays in term time. Suggested donation £2 per family. Leaders: The Rev Annette Shannon (01473 807674) / Doreen (01473 311122) Burstall Art & Craft Exhibition: Saturday, June 8, 11am-4.30pm with refreshments and cream teas


Burstall Garden Party: Thursday, June 13 at Burstall House, 2-4pm with tea and cake Bentley Evening Prayer: 6.30pm on Fridays, June 14 and July 12 FROM THE REGISTERS Weddings Susannah Banks and Chris Sheldrake – Copdock Hannah Robson and Christopher Jones – Copdock Burial of Ashes Peter Hazel – Copdock Joyce Howlett – Sproughton Funerals John Bates – Sproughton Baptisms Katelyn Rodger – Sproughton Hollie Brownwell – Sproughton Evie Blackwell – Copdock JUNE Saturday 1 Wednesday 5 Thursday 6 Saturday 8 Wednesday 12 Thursday 13 Friday 14 Wednesday 19 Thursday 20

Copdock Morning Market, 10am Bentley Home Communions, 10am Bentley Coffee & Company, 10am Burstall Community Lunch, 12.30pm Burstall Arts & Crafts Exhibition / Afternoon Tea Joint PCC Meeting Garden Party at Burstall House Bentley Evening Prayer, 6.30pm Copdock Home Communions Tattingstone PCC Meeting

SERVICES IN THE BENEFICE Sunday, June 2 8am Copdock 9.30am Burstall 10am Bentley 10am Copdock 10am Tattingstone 11am Sproughton

Holy Communion Holy Communion Family Service Morning Prayer Holy Communion Family@Church

Sunday June 9: Pentecost 11am Tattingstone Wheatsheaf, Joint Service Friday, June 14 6.30pm Bentley

Evening Prayer

Sunday, June 16 9.30am Burstall 10am Copdock 10am Bentley 10am Tattingstone 11am Sproughton

Holy Communion Simply Sunday Family Service Pet Service Holy Communion

Sunday, June 23 8am Sproughton 9.30am Burstall 10am Bentley 10am Copdock 10am Belstead 6pm Tattingstone

Holy Communion Matins Holy Communion Holy Communion Morning Celebration Holy Communion

Sunday, June 30 10am Copdock

Benefice Communion

Please submit church letters and copy for the July edition of In Touch to Hayley Purnell by June 4:

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Allotments/ Sproughton Parish Council


Almshouses (Cooper Trust)

Badminton Club

Burial Ground / Sproughton Parish Council


Bowls Club

01473 742572 / David Taylor


Carpet Bowls Club

01473 748302

Children’s Play Area / Sproughton Parish Council


Church Hall Booking

01473 464336

Sproughton Community Shop

01473 747768

Footpath Warden / Sproughton Parish Council


Jigsaw Pre-School

Millennium Green Trust

Toddler Group

Parish Council Clerk


Parish Council Chairman Helen Davies

01473 742862 /

Sproughton All Saints’ Church

Playing Field Management Committee

Lunch Club

Rosalind Lavington 01473 213254 / 01473 747768


Julie Hodges: 01473 226004 /


Doreen Bradbury: 01473 210008

Reading Room & Caretakers House Trust

Senior Citizens Club

Sproughton CEVC Primary School Sproughton Tennis Club

Tithe Barn Bookings / Sproughton Parish Council


Tower Captain (Church Bells)

Tree Warden / Sproughton Parish Council


Village History Recorder

Doreen Bradbury: 01473 210008

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In Touch News with Sproughton June 2019  

In Touch News with Sproughton June 2019