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So football season has ended! I’m not exactly a fanatic, but since Jack started playing our weekends are planned around his fixtures (insofar as we ever have a plan). I have spent many, many, many cold and blustery mornings on the sidelines since last September and now it’s getting a little warmer, it all stops and cricket takes over! I propose a swap; winter cricket and summer football. Perhaps I’ll start a petition.


Camogie (women’s version of hurling) was always my game, but it’s interesting being the parent rather than the player. Mostly I just want Jack to be safe, but a win always makes for a better weekend. When we lose, the post-match analysis goes on and on and on... Every move, every injury, every tiny transgression is discussed adinfinitum and then re-enacted just to prove the point. I feign interest, but usually I’m more focused on defrosting my fingers and toes. All that aside I will miss my Saturday mornings with the mums and dads who turn up whatever the weather. We’ve become quite good friends, as have the boys, and it’s fun to spend time with people who share a common interest, some more vocally than others!

You will have seen the schedule in last month’s In Touch magazine and should be receiving your personal copy this month. If you don’t get one please ask at The Barley Mow, Witnesham School, Skoobs, Witnesham Baptist Church, Liz, Venlo, Juby’s Shoot in Witnesham or Nick at Newlands, Hall Lane, Witnesham. These are also the places where you can post your entry forms up to 2pm on Wednesday, July 11.

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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There’s only a month to go until Witnesham & Swilland Village Show on Saturday, July 13 in Witnesham Village Hall.

We are looking forward to receiving all your entries and to seeing you on the day. Please note we are happy to receive entries from people who do not live in our villages. We are excited about the show and hope you are too, so please save the date: Saturday, July 13. The Village Show Committee

THE 55th ANNUAL WESTERFIELD HORSE SHOW Saturday, June 29 Westerfield Hall, Westerfield Road, Ipswich IP6 9AJ By kind permission of the Partridge Family In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support Junior and Senior Unaffiliated Show Jumping Senior BS Classes, Working Hunter, Hunter & Pony Showing Classes Side Saddle, Fancy Dress, Gymkhana Refreshments, cake stall and tombola – fun for all the family! For full information and schedules visit: / Facebook

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THE ACTIVE WELLBEING SERVICE Would you like to become more active? Then we’re here to help.  The Active Wellbeing service run by Active Suffolk is coming to your area from June 3. It’s a service predominantly aimed at people aged 50+ who are inactive, i.e. undertake 30 minutes or less moderate activity per week (moderate means you’re out of breath but are still able to hold a conversation while doing an activity). One-to-one help and support is given through an initial meeting to discuss your requirements and any challenges you may have with accessing activities, e.g. cost, motivation, time, etc. We spend time looking at your lifestyle and what will suit you best to get what you want out of activities, and find the way forward together. The support is free and for a period of three months. All appointments are held weekly in the community, ether at Debenham Library or Leisure Centre, and are informal and non-judgemental, just looking at easy ways to improve your health and wellbeing. You can fill in one of the Active Wellbeing green referral cards at Debenham, Otley or Grundisburgh surgeries or Debenham Leisure Centre and hand it in to the receptionists, or contact Annie directly to book an appointment: 07557 633824 / For more information visit:


NEWS ASHBOCKING NEWS There’s nothing that keeps Ashbocking folk from getting together for social events. We have no village hall, but we do have a church. Now some of you may feel, ‘I would never set foot in a church – I’m a non-believer’. Well, our church is open for all. Once a month we do hold church services, where all are welcome, but at other times of the year we hold particular events that might be described as ‘more frivolous’ and are for the entertainment of us all. The important points are everyone has a good time, we meet up with our neighbours in the village, there’s a strong feeling of community, and as a spin off we raise some money for the church to help towards having a loo! On Saturday, May 18 a quiz was held in the church, with homemade chilli and curry, rice and, for afters, delicious cakes. A bar provided wine, beer, cider and soft drinks, a raffle added to the fun and stars of the evening were our quizmaster and mistress who provided the mentally demanding part of the evening. Thanks to Tony and Sue Rubin who combined efficiency and clear delivery with humour and a great mix of questions for both adults and children. John and Linda Pollard were the prime organisers, with Brenda Forster, Steve and Liz Stegman, Sarah and Steve Wilson and Adine and Kevin Balaam. Fourteen teams of six battled it out. If you weren’t there, you missed out on a great evening. Just check out the Ashbocking ‘What’s App’ site which was buzzing with compliments the next day. So, if you didn’t attend because the quiz was held at a church, think again. At one end of the spectrum it’s a place of worship and ceremony. At the other end it’s a building to bring people together to have a good time. There’s a lot in common with the two! And with 80 people there, it doesn’t even feel cold. But remember to wear socks! Liz Stegman

UPSTAIRS MOW by the barley players Well time marches on and by the time you read this the actors will be into the last month of rehearsals. It’s been a long haul with rehearsals starting at the end of January, so well done to all those concerned for their hard work and commitment. There haven’t been too may village events so far this year and with the closure of the community group just over a year ago we have to make the most of events when they occur. So now it’s up to the locals to come along and support the team and make them feel that their efforts are appreciated. This year’s musical comedy recalls the little known story of when William Shakespeare, while staying in Ipswich and making his way to Otley Hall, decided to drop in to a local inn (later to be known as the Barley Mow) to enquire about his missing uncle Henry (Red) Shakespeare. The result of this stop-over created a special bond between the Bard and the village of Witnesham which is still remembered today and retold in this tale. The Barley Players have created a different type of production this year containing more than 18 original songs. We have not only some fine singers (plus some not so fine), but a group of some brilliant musicians to bring a new level to our productions which I am confident will make your night out one you will remember with fondness and humour. There are eight actors across local villages including five from Witnesham as well as Swilland, Tuddenham and Coddenham, musicians from Ipswich and professional sound and lighting provided through our contact with the New Wolsey Theatre. Sounds too good to be true? Well, hopefully not! This is a performance you don’t want to miss. Full details can be found on our Facebook page (The Barley Players) or you can email me at:

VILLAGE VOICES PRESENTS STRAWBERRY FIZZ – Enjoy refreshements and music on Sunday, June 30 from 2-4pm at Burnt House Farm, Wash Lane, Witnesham. In aid of the Ipswich Hospital Blossom Appeal. Tickets £5 from Christine Laughlin: 01473 785138 Thank you to everyone who supported the Songs and Scones event in aid of Christian Aid which raised £249.

STEP UP TO WALK FOR PARKINSON’S AT GLEMHAM HALL People across Suffolk are being asked to help stop Parkinson’s for good by joining their local Walk for Parkinson’s event at Glemham Hall on Sunday, June 9. The Glemham Hall Walk for Parkinson’s event is one of 45 across the UK set to raise more than £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, 3.5mile or 5.5-mile route around the beautiful grounds of Glemham Hall. One in 37 of us will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in our lifetime. This neurological condition affects people of all ages and has more than 40 symptoms including tremor, loss of mobility and dementia. Over the past four years Walk for Parkinson’s fundraisers have raised more than £1.5million 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 under16s, with team discounts available. Everyone who registers will receive a free Parkinson’s UK t-shirt, fundraising pack and at the end of the walk, a finisher’s medal. Walkers should aim to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship. To sign up to the walk, or to find out more, please contact: 020 7963 3912 / or visit: For a full list of the 45 locations in the Walk for Parkinson’s series, visit:

SUFFOLK DAY AT THE HOPE CENTRE TK will be celebrating Suffolk Day on Friday, June 21 from 10am to 2pm. Please come see the Hope Centre and enjoy tea, coffee and cake in beautiful country surroundings.

To book your seat ring 01473 785707 (payment on the door). Performances are Friday, May 31, 7.30pm, Saturday, June 1, 6pm, and Sunday, June 2, 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 for adults and £4 for children (£20 for a family of four). All profits will this year be donated to the Blossom Appeal, Ipswich Hospital.

There will be music from Eine Kleine Sax Music, a four-piece saxophone group.

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This is open to all so please do come along.


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OUT & ABOUT GARDEN AT BERGHERSH PLACE OPEN TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY Sunday, June 2, noon-5pm The gardens of Berghersh Place in Witnesham will be open on June 2 for the National Gardens Scheme which raises money in aid of the following charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carer’s Trust (support for carers throughout the UK), Perennial (charity for horticulturalists in need), Parkinson’s UK, Horatio’s Garden (NHS gardens for spinal injuries) and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Berghersh Place is an extended Regency farmhouse (house not open) with historical links to Witnesham Hall. Its peaceful walled and hedged gardens are set among grass fields above Witnesham village with views over the Fynn Valley. Starting from the farm buildings there is a circular walk with lawns, ponds, a mound and bog area, orchard paddock and a large informal family garden with shrub roses underplanted with perennials. The garden has been created over the last 20 years by the current owners. Directions: Drive slowly north of Witnesham village to the farm entry on concrete track from the B1077 after Berghersh House, turning in before North Lodge and before the sharp bend which leads to the Ashbocking crossroads. The house is accessible by footpath from Weyland Road and from Church Lane, Witnesham. There is no motor access or parking from the bridleway which starts from Berghersh Lane, Ashbocking Road, Henley. Entry for adults is £4 with children under 16 free. Tea and cakes available. All proceeds to named charities. Access for disabled visitors on grass into family garden. Dogs on leads welcome for circular farm walk



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This small acre of land was planted in 2016, with six different types of grasses and sixteen English meadow flowers. Now flowering for the third year, this creates a vital habitat for many insects, animal and birds while playing a significant role in pollination. Alex commented: “We have returned this little pocket of rural Suffolk to its former state and we will be delighted if you can come along to enjoy the beauty of the meadow with us. We will be serving light refreshments on the day and there is ample parking nearby.” Donations gratefully received towards the British Heart Foundation (Suffolk), who fund over £100 million of research each year into heart and circulatory diseases, strokes, vascular dementia and diabetes.

CODDENHAM OPEN GARDENS AND SCARECROWS Sunday 23 June, 11am-4.30pm There are many hidden gardens to visit in this beautiful village, plus the churchyard which is a county wildlife site. You may meet a scarecrow anywhere in the village and wonderful actor and comedian Roy Hudd will again be judging the competition (professional commitments permitting). There will also be a fun mini scarecrow I-Spy trail for children throughout the village and the village hall will be a hub of activity both inside and out. Katie’s Garden is supporting us and will be selling plants. Teas, coffees and snacks, street style hot food by E8 Food Company and Peter’s Ice-cream will all be available and a garden shop will be based in Haysel House which is located next to the village hall.

Please make a note of the date and let’s hope for good weather.


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Ipswich Community Wind Band cream teas  cakes  plants  produce bric-a-brac  books  tombola llamas  games  white elephant stall grand draw  children’s races  ice creams for all the family... Admission 50p (children under 16 free) 6

Paul and Alex Adams invite you to join them on Saturday 8 June between 11am and 4pm at The Stores Barn, Hemingstone IP6 9RJ.

All profits will be divided between St Mary’s Church, Coddenham and The Stone Foundation, a new local charity set up to provide housing and tenancy support for vulnerable people. Plenty of free parking available. Admission £4 per adult, children under-16 free.

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Proceeds in aid of Church Funds


BARHAM HALL PICNIC CONCERT At the time of writing (10 May) there was still 100 of the 450 tickets remaining for Saturday 29 June so we anticipate there will still be some left at only £14 each when you read this. Essential Sounds (an 18-piece Big Band) will again be the main entertainment while we enjoy our picnics in the wonderful setting of Barham Hall gardens courtesy of Mr and Mrs Burrows. We also welcome back Sarah Hitchcock (a local vocalist) who will entertain us with songs from the forties during the band’s two breaks. As usual we will end the evening with a flag waving Last Night of the Proms sing-along led by the band and Sarah. The gates will open at 5.30pm to allow plenty of time for visitors to view the beautiful gardens before the band starts at 7pm. Cheques payable to Claydon and Barham PCC should be sent with a selfaddressed envelope (with stamp if you live outside Claydon & Barham) to Roger Colthorpe, 5 Phillipps Road, Barham IP6 0AZ. It may be a good idea to call 01473 831079 to check availability and reserve tickets pending payment, but otherwise payment will be returned immediately if sold out. All proceeds will go towards the Claydon & Barham Church Fabric Fund to help fund the next major project which is to restore our ancient bells and get them ringing again with hopefully two additional bells. Barham Church bells which have not been rung properly since 1947, but we will hopefully be able to open a concert with a peal of bells in the not too distant future.

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OUT & ABOUT BIKER SERVICE AT WITNESHAM BAPTIST CHURCH Put on your leathers and join us on Sunday, July 14 for an 11am service following by a barbecue. Members of the Christian Motorcyclists Association will be joining us to display some of their motorbikes.

ASHBOCKING, SWILLAND & WITNESHAM WI As part of the Suffolk East Federation of WIs centenary celebrations, there is to be a windmill trail consisting of 57 windmills in a variety of locations around East Suffolk. The idea is to locate and log as many of these windmills as you can from June 1 until September 30, with a prize for the most spotted. These could be found in village halls, shops, gardens or churches – it’s up to you to find them! So when you travel around Suffolk this summer, look out for the windmills! For one afternoon only – Wednesday 17 July from 2-4pm – tea and cake will be served at the windmill site on the recreation ground in Witnesham. We look forward to hearing Penny Robertson tell of her experience with honey bees at our meeting on June 12 at 7.30pm in Witnesham Village Hall.

THE ROGER DAVID BURROWS MUSIC FUND Back by popular demand, Amazing Archaeological Discoveries – Prehistoric, Roman and Saxon Archaeology along the East Anglia One Cable Route by archaeologist Andy Peachey Join us at St Michael’s Church Centre, The Drift, Martlesham Heath IP5 3PL at 7.30pm on Monday 24 June. Admission by ticket only with light refreshments and a raffle. The venue is fully accessible with adjacent free parking. For tickets (£5) please send a stamped self-addressed envelope to The Burrows Family, 17 Squires Lane, Martlesham Heath IP5 3UG with cheques payable to ‘The Roger David Burrows Music Fund’. Further information about the event and the music fund: 01473 625196 /

DIARY DATES FOR WITNESHAM, SWILLAND & ASHBOCKING All events take place in the village hall unless indicated otherwise. Booking Clerk: Mrs Anne Debenham, 785798 WEEKLY EVENTS Monday • Pilates Class, 7-8pm Tuesday • Post Office at Witnesham Baptist Church, 12.30-4pm • Carpet Bowls Club from 7pm. Contact Peter Elmy: 785754 Wednesday • Coffee, Conversation and Cake at Witnesham Baptist Church, 9.30-11.30am Thursday • Post Office at Witnesham Baptist Church, 9am-12.30pm • Tai Chi: Beginners’ class from 5.45-7.15pm, regulars’ class from 7.309.30pm. Contact Marc: 07860 471748 Friday • Mums and Toddlers Group in Witnesham Baptist Church, 9.15-11.15am term time only. Contact Jean Pearson: 785478 • Pilates, 9.45-10.45am. Contact Kat: 07804 909083 / • Carpet Bowls from 2pm (no sessions in July and August). Contact Peter Elmy: 785754 NB: Bums and Tums no longer meet on Friday mornings. EVENTS IN JUNE Friday, May 31-Sunday, June 2: Upstairs Mow at Manor Farm (see p4) Sunday, June 2: Open Garden for charity at Berghersh Place, Witnesham, the home of Mr and Mrs Parkes, noon-4pm. Homemade teas. Adults £4, children free. Thursday 6 • Mobile Library visits the Green, Ashbocking from 12.15-12.25pm • Village Voices meet in Witnesham Baptist Church Room, 7.30pm. Contact Christine Laughlin: 785138 / Wednesday 12: WI meets to hear a talk on honey bees by Penny Robertson, 7.30pm Thursday 13 Mobile Library visits Weyland Road, Witnesham (9.50-10.20am), the Moon & Mushroom at Swilland (10.25-10.40am) and Sunset Cottage (10.45-10.55am) Thursday 20: Village Voices meet in Witnesham Baptist Church Room, 7.30pm Saturday 22: Witnesham St Mary’s Church Fete on Manor Farm Meadow, Church Lane and Witnesham Village Hall from 2pm. Contact Jerry Hindle: 785669 Sunday 30: Strawberry Fizz at Burnt House Farm, Wash Lane, Witnesham (home of Pat and Brian Roots), 2-4pm. Music by Village Voices and refreshments. Tickets £5 from Christine Laughlin (785138) in aid of Ipswich Hospital’s Blossom Appeal. FUTURE DATES

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

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


Saturday, July 13: Swilland and Witnesham Village Show Saturday, August 3: Witnesham Nursing Home Summer Fete Saturday, November 23: The Christmas Market Saturday, November 30: Witnesham‘s Got Talent Please contact Heather Cade if you have details of recent examination successes for inclusion in a future edition: 01473 785464 /

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OUT & ABOUT OTLEY & DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB Wednesday, June 12: Summer Coach Outing to Kew Gardens (8.30am start) There are still a few seats left. To book your place or find out more, contact either Phil Pollard (07880 627984) or Jill Hempstead (07967 012636).

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

GREAT BLAKENHAM OVER 50s CLUB The club is open to anyone of that age living in Great Blakenham and in the surrounding area. We  meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the Parish Room, Stowmarket Road, Great Blakenham from 2-4pm.   At our meeting on May 8 we enjoyed a games afternoon with Scrabble, Rummy O, Kan-U-Go and Trivial Pursuits as well as our regular bingo games. Our meetings in June will both have a musical theme  New members are always welcome so if you would like to come along and see what goes on we will be pleased to see you. Jackie Durrant, 01449 672690

WESTERFIELD CLUBS & ORGANISATIONS Art Class A weekly class for newcomers and improvers. To book a place or for more information contact Lisa Ann Puhlhofer: 01473 878734 / 07834 280287 Westerfield Bowls Club Members enjoy playing outdoors from April through to the end of September. Our teams compete in local leagues as well as playing friendly games against other clubs. For further information contact Tony Baker: 01473 411347 Village Coffee Mornings Every Wednesday at 10am. Everyone is welcome. Westerfield & District Gardening Club Meets at 7.15pm on the first Wednesday of the month. • June 5: The Wonderful World of Salvias by Janet Buist • July 3: Barbecue / Potato Competition For further details contact Michele Doick (252330) or Barry Reeve (251843). Beavers, Cubs & Scouts 1st Westerfield Scout Group was founded in 1955. Using the village hall as its headquarters the group consists of: Beaver Colony Thursday, 5.45-6.45pm Boys and girls, 6-8 years old Beaver Leader Jenny Kent: 01473 218501 / Cub Pack Tuesday, 6.45-8pm Boys and girls, 8-10½ years Cub Leader Joan Gibson: 01473 785510 / Scout Troop Friday, 6.50-9pm Boys and girls, 10½-14 years Scout Leader Peter Runnacles: 01473 785298 / If your child is interested in joining us please use the contact form on our website from where your enquiry will be forwarded to the appropriate leader: Westerfield WI Lively meetings on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm. • June 13: The History of St Audrey’s by David Phelan Competition: A Cross Stitch Item • July 11: Banjo Patterson by Eric Punaks Competition: Ring Holder New members and visitors are always welcome. For details please contact Janet Phillimore: 01473 415749 Pilates Monday from 10.30-11.30am and Wednesday from 6-7pm. Beginners welcome and equipment provided. Please contact Kat: 07804 909083 /

GIRLS HAVE FUN Are you aged between five and seven years? Witnesham Rainbows meet on alternate Thursdays from 5.30-6.45pm in Witnesham Primary School. Come and join us for crafts, cooking and lots of fun. For further information contact Nyree: 07722 170394

Chi Kung Tuesday from 2.15-4pm and Thursday from 7.15-9pm. £12 per class, suitable for all ages. Contact Sally Askew: 01394 384013 / Yoga Thursday from 9.40-11am. Eighty minutes of yoga stretches and relaxation for all. Contact Caroline Glason: / 01473 464204 / 07746 860380 Please note that there is now an online calendar to check availability. For more information visit:



WESTERFIELD & DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month from February to June and September to December, 7.15 for 7.30pm in the village hall. Visitors welcome: £4 on door. Members enjoy outings and a members’ annual barbecue. June 5: The Wonderful World of Salvias by Janet Buist

On Saturday, September 14, 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 July 8 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 June 28 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.

IPSWICH & DISTRICT HISTORICAL TRANSPORT SOCIETY Ipswich & District Historical Transport Society (IDHTS) is seeking to appoint a replacement chairperson. The current chairman, Martyn Hunt, is retiring after holding this position since September 1996. The volunteer position is open to anyone, preferably with a transport interest. You will head up a buoyant and very successful local society with an extremely supportive committee. Recently the society appealed successfully for a replacement secretary and subsequently appointed David Kerridge. Interested parties should contact Martyn Hunt (01473 422145) or David Kerridge (01473 424904).

August 1: Outing to RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show. Call if interested in joining the list (£12 including entrance). September 4: The Beth Chatto Gardens – Past, Present and Future by Nursery Manager Dave Ward Contacts: Michele, 252330; Monica, 212855; Barry, 251843

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 and Wednesday, July 9 and 10, 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 book a table at their next quiz night on Thursday, July 4 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, July 15 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


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ANNUAL SUMMER FETE Saturday 8 June from 10am-noon Please come along to support us – there will be fun and games for the whole family and cakes, teas and coffees will be served. We look forward to our fete and would love you to come and join us. We thank everyone who has made donations for the fete. As a charity run preschool we always welcome donations (toys, stationary, etc.) so if you have any unwanted items please contact us on or call into the pre-school during working hours. Firemen Phil recently came to visit us, bringing along his new equipment and outfits for the children to try on. We have recently purchased some new resources including play trays which are more accessible for all children. We are a small, rural, friendly setting based at Henley Community Centre. We pride ourselves, on having a high ratio of staff to children and therefore providing the maximum care and learning for the children. All staff are highly trained and continue regular training to build their knowledge further. Session places are currently limited and we now have children registering to start in September. If your child requires a space from September please contact us as soon as possible to check availability. We accept eligible 30hr funded children (the codes must be in place the term before they are needed). Children can join us from the age of two and we accept government funded and fee paying children. For further information please call 01473 833848 during session time (9am3pm) or email or manager, Bridget Wyatt: Bridget and the team

WITNESHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL At the time of writing (Friday, May 10) the children have been in school for just 12 days since the Easter holidays, but our learning environment has been as rich as ever. Our oldest children start their SATs on Monday, but education is about much more than Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Last week, under the able direction of Mr Richard Gooderham, our seven to nine-year-olds in Class 3 enthralled everyone with their production of the hit musical Yee Ha. The story tells of a mysterious lone girl rider who takes on the crooked mayor, saves Splodge City in the Wild West, and helps the townspeople discover black gold in the saloon’s back yard. There were plenty of silly jokes and some fantastic singing, both by the lead characters and the cast, and parents and governors alike were thrilled by the performance.

THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE NURSERY The children have been busy experimenting with guttering and pipes. What will fit down? Where will it come out? We have used water and got very wet! Cars of different sizes, balls, sand – just about anything we can think of. It has really developed the language of size, estimating if something will fit, direction and speed of the travel. Can we catch it in a bucket or will it roll away before we get there? Real WOW moments can be seen on the children’s faces as they try and anticipate the direction and speed. T his has been real evidence of their critical thinking as they move the pipes and guttering, having their own ideas of how to use the crates and blocks. Alongside this has been the love of our wild animals, this term seeing them in a Safari Hospital as the children wrap bandages around them and construct caves and beds with blocks. This led nicely on to one of our books, The Giraffe in a Scarf, that has ‘a scarf for a giraffe’ doubling up as a bandage and again leading on to all sorts of rhyming which is ideal for school readiness for those leaving at the end of term. Fine motor control has been supported this term by balancing marbles on golf tees (not as easy as it sounds or looks), that pincer grip being so important for early writing skills. All these fun activities prepare our children to write their name for September. More work is being done on our building and the scaffolding is going back up. We are preparing for our final sports day, summer outing and graduation as we transfer to a school nursery in September with the academy. Although no longer taking those younger children, we are still open to those three years and above, so give us a ring and make a date to visit: 01473 890950

This week we are taking part in Deaf Awareness Week and the children have been creating posters that explore different aspects of what it is to be deaf. They have been learning to sing and sign, and have been performing their new skills in school assembly. Drama and the performing arts engage the creative side of our children in practical, group-based learning and are an important part of life at Witnesham. Creative expression is a great way to build self-confidence and some children find their ‘voice’ while performing. If the rave reviews of Yee Ha are anything to go by, many of our children have indeed found their ‘voice’ this term!


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

JOIN US FOR A SUMMER OF TENNIS AT BRAMFORD TENNIS CLUB With summer now arriving, there’s no better time take up tennis. At Bramford Tennis Club welcome people with all levels of experience at both adult and junior level with special membership offers for first time members that start from as little as £25/year for adults, £10/year for juniors. Get in touch to find out how to join us while the offer lasts! LADIES SOCIAL TENNIS The aim of our ladies only sessions on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm is to encourage more female players to engage with the sport of tennis through a friendly non-competitive and supportive coaching environment. Sessions cost just £4 for members, £5 for non-members and are suitable for all levels. No need to book in advance; just turn up, take part and have some fun! JOIN US FOR OUR SUMMERTIME SLAM The Summertime Slam is one our annual family themed tennis festivals with parent and child teams having fun on court. Prizes will be available to all participants, so while the professional players get ready to take to the grass courts of Wimbledon, why not give tennis a try yourself by joining us for our Summertime Slam on Sunday, June 30 at 2pm? To find out more please visit: Coaching Enquiries: / 07553 966380


CHURCH NEWS CHURCH NEWS FROM SWILLAND & ASHBOCKING Marriage and Prayer May seems to be the month where we have had several ‘weeks’ going on. In the last edition of Grapevine, Fred mentioned Christian Aid Week, but in the same week we also had Marriage Week. That week, focusing on relationships, caught my eye because its publicity material mentioned ‘recipes’. A quick look on their website showed there were some mouth-watering ideas for the kitchen, but they also had recipes for the foundations of marriage – like laughter and conversation.

Saturday 29: Mark and Bill are ordained as priests in the Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds, 3.30pm Sunday 30: Benefice Communion – celebrating Mark’s first Eucharist, 11am Grundisburgh

CARLFORD GROUPS Coffee Mornings Ashbocking: First Friday / 10.30am at the home of Jan and Jon Bates of 4 Ashley Grange, Ashbocking Burgh: Occasional throughout the year Clopton: Third Wednesday / 10am-noon Clopton Village Hall Grundisburgh: Possibilities Coffee Morning, 10.30am on Saturday 1 June at Grundisburgh Parish Room

At the end of May there’s another important ‘week’ (it’s actually 11 days from Ascension to Pentecost), Thy Kingdom Come. Thy Kingdom Come has become an important feature of the church calendar because it addresses a foundation of our relationship with God – that of prayer. If human relationships like marriage need recipes of conversation, prayer is our conversation with God. It’s a chance to drink again from the spring of spiritual life but also and importantly to pray for our world around. The exciting thing about both weeks is that they celebrate their subjects, but also understand that at times they aren’t easy and require some effort to be put in. However, the rewards are great. Bishop Michael Curry (who preached at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding last year) calls praying like this is to pray for ‘God’s dream to be realised amongst us’. People are healed and do come to see God’s love for them, but it’s also said that prayer changes the prayer who then changes things.

Otley: Second Thursday, following 9.30am Midweek Communion, at the home of Russell Ling, Grange Farm, Otley Swilland: First Saturday / at the home of Gina Wilden of 7 High Road, Swilland Hobbies Knit and Stitch: First Monday, 10am at the home of Brenda Forster of Little Chimneys, The Green, Ashbocking / third Monday, 10am at the home of Linda and John Pollard of Hawthorns, The Green, Ashbocking Hobbies Group: First Wednesday, Clopton Village Hall, 10am-noon Otley & District Gardening Club: First Monday (see p11) Bridge Club: Every Monday, Grundisburgh Parish Room, 7.30pm Lunches Hasketon Community Lunch: Fourth Thursday, 12.15pm, following 11.30am Holy Communion in the village hall Otley Community Lunch: Fourth Thursday, Otley White Hart, 12.30pm / £6

I’m pretty sure that through my life there have been a whole number of people who have prayed for me, and I for them, all unannounced and unacknowledged. And while I fully believe that prayer directly benefits those people, it also changes me and thus the relationship I have with them.

Burgh Soup Lunch: Occasional throughout the year

And through it we have deepened our friendships and care for each other. Relationships with God and each other are special and deserve the best we can offer.

Going Deeper Homegroup: First & third Wednesday, 10am at Manor Farm, The Green, Ashbocking

Prayer and Study Groups Ashbocking House Group: Fourth Wednesday, 7.30pm at the home of Sarah Wilson of Eastbrook House, The Green, Ashbocking

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Monday House Group: Third Monday, 7.30pm at the home of Malcolm and Sandra Green

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Otley House Group: Fourth Monday, 1.45-3pm at the home of Penny Clark of Cherry Bank, Otley

SERVICES THROUGHOUT JUNE Sunday, June 9, 11am: Family Service, Ashbocking Sunday, June 16, 11am: Holy Communion, Swilland

Children – All Ages Baby Café: First Tuesday, Grundisburgh Parish Room, 9.30-10.30am

WHAT’S ON IN JUNE Sunday 2: Launch of Thy Kingdom Come, 11am in Grundisburgh with Anceth from Kagera Sunday 2: Just 42 Summer Cream Tea, 3-5pm at Great Bealings Hall Wednesday 5: SWAPSHOP, 10-11am in Grundisburgh Parish Rooms Saturday 8: Diocesan Synod Tuesday 11: Boulge PCC, 2.30pm at the home of Sheila Snelling Tuesday 11: Hasketon and Grundisburgh PCC, 7.30pm at Grundisburgh School Thursday 13: 9.30am Midweek Communion in Otley followed by 10am coffee morning at the home of Russell Ling, Grange Farm Otley Friday 14: Pudding and Pimms, Burgh Church Schoolroom, 6.30pm Wednesday 19: 7.30pm Deanery Synod Thursday 27: 11.30am Holy Communion at Hasketon Village Hall, followed by Hasketon Community Lunch Thursday 27: COSA PCC, 7.30pm at Clopton Village Hall Saturday 29: Clopton Strawberry Tea at Thamaniya, Shop Road from 2.30pm


Tiddlywinks: Second & fourth Thursday, St Mary’s Church, Grundisburgh, 2.30pm Sunday Club & Discovery Club: Second & third Sundays / Grundisburgh Parish Room, 10.45am Messy Church: On Sunday once a month, Sunday 23, 3-4pm at Grundisburgh Parish Rooms, Quarterly Events BBC: Four Tuesday mornings throughout the year Men’s Group: Occasional Mondays Bible Book Club (BBC) A small group – those of faith, agnostics and atheists – interested in the historical context of Christian literature. We meet in Grundisburgh on just four Tuesday mornings each year. Our next meeting is on June 4 at 10.30am when we will be discussing Traces of the Trinity – Sign of God in Creation and Human Experience by Peter J Leithart. Why not get a copy and start reading now? Please let us know if you will be joining us: / 01473 738474

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CHURCH NEWS WITNESHAM BAPTIST CHURCH Here we are half way through another year and although it’s summer, mind you I’m writing early May, it seems as if we’ve already had the full range of weather! What does the summer hold for you? Holiday season for many, with families having to wait to end of term in July before they can have time away. For those in church this month has a holy day, Sunday, June 9 known as Pentecost. It is linked to the Jewish festival of Pentecost – 50 days or seven Sundays after Easter. For Christians here it is the day we celebrate when the Holy Spirit was given to the Apostles and for all Christians since then. It is difficult to understand let alone to believe that there is a Holy Spirit because how do we describe it? Understanding Jesus is comparatively easy as He did live on this earth as a man. After his death (Good Friday) and resurrection (Easter Day), He was seen by many people and then ascended into heaven where He lives now. Yet as a Christian I know He also lives within my heart and life. It is His Spirit that lives within us and helps us to live life His way. So, we celebrate on June 9 and indeed every day. We’re having our bathroom refurbished as I write. Loads of mess and dust as old tiles ripped from the walls, bath, basin and toilet removed. The latter is a problem as we only have one bathroom/toilet! Fortunately, our daughters live nearby and our neighbour has offered their facilities if desperate. Life can be a total muddle at times can’t it? I’m pleased and thankful that I’ve got family, friends and church folk to help me along the way. Also, the reassurance that Jesus is with me and that He has in many ways travelled ahead of me. Not sure that Jesus experienced the same muddle of bathroom refurbishment though! So, this month while looking forward to holidays may we all find time to help our neighbours, especially if for them it’s a time of muddle or they feel that things in their lives are being ripped out through illness or loss. May we all know the presence and strength of God in our lives. Pastor Andrew DIARY DATES FOR JUNE Morning Services begin at 11am (except when stated otherwise) Sunday, June 2: Morning Service with Pastor Andrew / Holy Communion Sunday, June 9: Morning Service with Pastor Andrew Sunday, June 16: Morning Service with Team Ministry Sunday, June 23: Morning Service with Simon Matholie Sunday, June 30: Joint Benefice Service Family Time Together is every Sunday from 9.30-10.15am. All families, parents with children are welcome for a special time together with craft, singing and stories. Monday, June 3, 12.30pm: The Munch Bunch Lunch Club. Please contact Heather for details: 01473 785321 Tuesday, June 4, 2pm: Tuesday Craft Corner Tuesdays 7.30pm: Open House – topical discussion group Every Wednesday 9.30-11.30am: 3Cs Café – coffee (or tea), cake and chat Fridays 9.15am: Mums and Toddlers Group Wednesday, June 12, 11.30am: Prayer Fellowship Wednesday, June 26, 11.30am: Bible Study In the church we have a collection box for FIND (Families in Need). Non-perishable food is very welcome. Outside there is a clothes bank on behalf of the Salvation Army. We have bags you can use (please ask) or you can use your own. The post office is in our conservatory on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings. Please use this service to help keep it in the village.


The Churches of the United Benefice of Westerfield and Tuddenham St Martin with Witnesham

In Touch with WTW Why and where are they going? After a great deal of thought, prayer and consultation, benefice priests Revs Alan and Catherine Forsdike are leaving to move to new ministries. Alan has been associated with these villages since November 1974 when, as a callow teenager, he started playing the organ at Tuddenham twice a month: that quickly became weekly. Catherine joined him at services in 1985 but she had been a worshipper at Westerfield since 1978.

Saturday 8th June 2pm Poplar Farm (organiser: Monica Pipe)

Alan and Catherine’s final Sunday is 16th June (see below)

Witnesham Saturday 22nd June 2pm Witnesham Village Hall (organiser: Jerry Hindle)

Celebration and Farewell Sunday 16th June 3pm at St Mary’s Witnesham to celebrate The Revd’s Alan and Catherine Forsdike’s ministry among us in this benefice Special guest preacher: Bishop Martin Seeley, our Diocesan Bishop

They will both continue their involvement in the training and formation of new ministers

Afternoon Tea follows in the Village Hall Please let Derek know if you are coming :

Church Events—June

Getting in touch with us

Mothers’ Union—Thursday 6th June : Rev Catherine will tell us about the Thames Riverboat Disaster of 1878 and the Forsdike connection. Talk will be followed by tea (visitors welcome—contact Branch Leader Revd Catherine Forsdike 252904). Benefice Youth Group—meet on Wednesday 26th June at 6.15pm (contact Julia 785497 for more details) Village Voices—meet on Thursdays 6th and 20th June at 7.30pm in Witnesham Baptist Church (contact Christine Laughlin 01473 785138)


Seventh Sunday of Easter 2nd June Pentecost 9th June Trinity Sunday 16th June First Sunday of Trinity 23rd June Second Sunday of Trinity 30th June Third Sunday of Trinity 7th July


Our website is full of information on the services we hold and the churches themselves. You can also find out who to contact for weddings, funerals and baptisms. Follow us on Facebook too

Kingdom Kids—meet on Sunday 23rd June 10am in Witnesham Church (contact Gill Thorley 890821)

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After such a long time it will be a wrench to leave but there is never a good time to go. They hope that they will keep in touch with the many friends and acquaintances they have made over the years.

Both of them undertook four years of training whilst still working full-time. Alan was ordained in 2005; Catherine in 2010. Alan has been fulfilling the role of nonstipendiary Priest-in-Charge since 2010. They both stress that they are not retiring but feel the time is right to move out of parish ministry. Alan and Catherine live in their own house in the centre of Ipswich so do not have to move.

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and are taking up other opportunities for chaplaincy work in the diocese.

This information was correct at the time of going to press (early last month) occasionally it can be necessary to make changes—please cross reference with our website for the most up-to-date information at

St Martin’s Tuddenham St Martin

St Mary’s Witnesham

9.30am Family Communion

10am All-age Worship

9.30am All-Age Worship

10am Family Communion

[3pm service at Witnesham] 9.30am Morning Worship

3pm Celebration and Farewell Service 10am Family Communion

St Mary Magdalene’s Westerfield 11am Family Communion 8am Holy Communion 11am All-Age Worship 8am Holy Communion 11am Morning Worship

[Joint Service at Witnesham Baptist Church]

Joint Service at Witnesham Baptist Church]

[Joint Service at Witnesham Baptist Church ]

9.30am Family Communion

10am All-age Worship

11am Family Communion

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