Southgate - October 2018 issue

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SUFFOLK DESIGN GUIDE You can help shape what future housing developments in Bury St Edmunds look like by taking part in a survey about the Suffolk Design Guide. The survey closes on Wednesday 31 October 2018. What makes Suffolk a special place in which to live, work and be? With a good deal of development on the horizon on the Southgate side of Bury, now is a great time to have your say.

Inspired by award-winning designer Wayne Hemingway, a ground-breaking “Design Guide” for building and development in Suffolk is being created by the county’s local authorities. Critical to its success will be local input and with this in mind, a survey has now been launched to ensure that the views of Suffolk people play a key role in future decisions. Although other counties have produced similar guides, this will be the first that incorporates the wishes and opinions of the people that matter most: those that live (or have lived) in, work in or visit the county. Essentially, the people that love Suffolk. The Suffolk Design Guide will provide ground rules for planning applications for future Suffolk projects. The survey asks people to say what they do and don’t like about the way Suffolk is currently built, from its public buildings to street lighting. Wayne Hemingway of Hemingway Design said: “Whether you live in, work in, study in or visit the county, whether you have left to

live elsewhere but care about Suffolk, we want you to have your say in the creation of a Suffolk Design guide that will help new development and initiatives contribute to the county’s unique identity. “Opinions are critically important and this online survey will give as many people as possible the chance to have their say. It can be completed in as little as 10 minutes, but we also hope that people will take their time and really put some thought in to helping make Suffolk the best place it can be.” The survey is just the start of the process and the councils will work with other public bodies, land owners, developers, parish councils, architects, engineers, artists, and amenity groups to finalise the finished guide. A wide range of events will also take place including conferences, study tours, community events, developer meetings and interactive exercises. The survey will remain open here until Wednesday 31 October 2018. OCTOBER 2018 | 11


SOUTHGATE Commu Southgate needs you!

Did you know that 40 groups use the Community Centre with an average of 400 people attending an event in any one week? Also, great strides have been taken in upgrading the facilities in the past year to produce a local centre of which we can all be justly proud. We now have a range of top class facilities for your event. Andy Abbott leads a small team of volunteers ably assisted by our manager, Jackie Tooley. But we need more people to be involved. If you think you could help in any way, please let us know.

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We particularly need someone to act as our Treasurer. This is not hard graft or particularly time consuming as we now employ a part time bookkeeper to do most of the work. But we do need someone with a modicum of financial acumen to keep an eye on things and to advise our Trustees.


You are warmly invited to our AGM on Thursday 8 November at 7.30pm to learn more about what we do.

Next eyes down on Friday 12th October & Friday 23rd November at 7pm. No session in December – but come to Southgate’s Got Christmas on Saturday 1st at 2 pm.

SUPERHEROES TAKE OVER THE COMMUNITY CENTRE The annual holiday club presented by Southgate Church took over the main hall for the four days at the end of August. There were plenty of Supermen and Supergirls, Batmen and Spidermen in evidence! Sixty children attended on at least one of the days, with thirty five helpers, including many teenagers, led by Ali Burgess and Doreen Whomes. Our pictures show all of the fun and games, craft, singing and Bible stories.

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WEST SUFFOLK HEALTH AWARENESS Imagine for a moment, how someone so defining in your life can be there one minute and gone the next. It’s the kind of thing we can all relate to when watching television drama’s but never think that it could happen to us in real life. Dr John Cannon & myself, Ben Lord

5½ years ago, my Grandad collapsed at home. Having been checked over by our GP in Ixworth, he came home and rested and within a short time, was back to his old self. Two months later, the same thing happened again and this time, after a short stay at the West Suffolk Hospital, he was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation (AF), an irregular heartbeat which meant he required medication for the rest of his life. Besides being medicated, he suffered no reoccurring symptoms and was soon back to leading an independent life of caring for my Nan whilst enjoying his weekly indulgence of carpet bowls. As his immediate family, we relied upon the fact he had been medicated following his diagnosis and had no real concept of what the ultimate worst-case scenario could be with this condition. That was until one Sunday evening almost a year ago. Having drifted off to sleep in front of the television, Grandad suffered a massive 32 | OCTOBER 2018

stroke. He was rapidly responded to by a team of outstanding paramedics before being swiftly transferred to the West Suffolk. I was two hours away when I got the call and it kick-started a chain of events that will remain indelibly marked in my memory forever. The stroke was so dense that he lost all ability to speak and was paralysed down his right side. He knew who we were but had no means of communicating to us at all. As he was treated by the amazing clinical staff that evening, whilst his condition was serious, any threat to his life had not even been considered let alone mentioned. However, upon leaving him in hospital at midnight that night, both my Mum and I knew that life was never going to be the same again. Just before 4am, the call any next-of-kin dreads came through. Grandad had suffered a cardiac arrest and despite every best effort to save him, he passed away. Whilst the death of a loved one is always a harrowingly traumatic life-changing experience, in our


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General Maintenance n With weeks of leaf fall to come use your mower to hoover up leaves from your lawn. The leaves make a great addition to your compost heap. n Take advantage of any dry days to paint fences, sheds etc with a preservative n Cover ponds with netting to keep out falling leaves. n Rough dig over vegetable patches and leave it in lumps or ridges to be broken down gradually by the winter frosts and rain. n Clean down garden furniture and store it for the winter or buy a furniture cover if it is to stay outside.

Flower Garden n Plant a layered bulb pot. Fill the base of a large pot with potting compost up to around 10 inches from the top. Put in daffodils and cover with compost. Then plant a layer of tulip bulbs and again cover with compost. Finally add a layer of crocus bulbs and fill to the top of your pot. Hopefully you should get a succession of colour firstly from the crocus followed by the daffodils and then the tulips. n Cut back all of the tall shrubs such as lavatera and buddleia.


n Now is the time to take hardwood cuttings from buddleia, flowering currants and forsythia n Good time to plant bare root trees n Dahlias should be lifted at the end of the month. Cut down the stems to a few inches. Dig up the tubers and remove any loose soil and store upside down for a couple of weeks to dry. Remove more soil and store in dark cool frost free trays with a little dry compost if you wish. n Prune climbing roses n Clear any fallen rose leaves to prevent black spot from over wintering n Clear old leaves from hostas

Vegetable & Fruit Garden n Harvest any pumpkins and squashes before the first frost n Plant garlic n Lift any remaining potatoes before slug damage occurs n In the vegetable plot you can now plant spring cabbage and overwintering onion sets. n Plant new fruit trees and bushes. Choose ‘bare root’ plants, they usually cost less than pot grown ones.


n Good time to divide your rhubarb crowns n Continue to harvest your apples and pears

Lawn Maintenance n By the end of the month you will probably have given your lawn its final cut of the year. After this it is a good time to give the grass a good scarifying with a lawn rake to pull out dead grass and moss.

This months poem... “The harvest moon hangs round and high It dodges clouds high in the sky, The stars wink down their love and mirth The Autumn season is giving birth. Oh, it must be October The leaves of red bright gold and brown, To Mother Earth come tumbling down, The breezy nights the ghostly sights, The eerie spooky far off sounds Are signs that it’s October. The pumpkins yellow, big and round Are carried by costumed clumsy clowns It’s Halloween - let’s celebrate.”

- Pearl N. Sorrels, It Must be October

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The Earth has yielded its produce: Our God blesses us ( Psalm 67 v 6) Our celebration of Harvest is a time of thanksgiving – a time to pause and reflect, and be thankful for the wonderful colours, flavours and textures of the food and drink available to us. It is also a time of great beauty, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Many of the fruits and grain were tiny seeds which were sown and nurtured over a period of time. But at this time, feast and plenty for some often means poverty and famine for others, both near and far. Food banks in our own town remind us that financial problems have resulted in hunger in our own communities. At Harvest time , we can let the good things of creation lead us to the wonderful food of God’s grace in the life and teaching of His son Jesus. God gave us material gifts to enjoy and share with others , both near

and further afield. Though we may not feel hungry or thirsty, God invites us to feast on the deeper nourishment which he offers for our spiritual growth. As a church, we invite you to our harvest festivities and to services each Sunday to hear more of the love of Jesus – the Bread of Life. The one who can really satisfy. Come and taste and see!


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We invite you to join us for our festivities Sunday 7th October at 10.30am – Harvest festival service And for the first time and with a Harvest theme: SOUTHGATE’S GOT ... MESSY CHURCH Friday 5 October 4.30pm to 6.30pm In Southgate Community Centre Craft activities, games, story – for all the family And a free meal too! Everyone welcome

Wednesday 31st October We’ll be outside Southgate Church Centre on 31st October between 5.30pm and 7.30pm with free sweets, treats, hot chocolate and hot dogs. It would be great to see you!

what’s on in OCTOBER SUNDAY 7th October

10.30am Together on Sunday Services suitable for all ages 6.30pm Breaking of Bread Service in the Church Centre

SUNDAY 14th, 21st & 28th October 10.30am Morning Worship Services with groups for children of all ages

FRIDAY 5th October

4.30pm to 6.30pm Southgate’s Got...Messy Church

THURSDAY 4th & 18th October

2.30pm Friendship Club for Senior Citizens 4th - Outburst with Renee! 18th - Narrow boating on canals Len Lawson 1st November - Birthday celebration lunch at Trinity Methodist Church

THURSDAY 11th October

Thursday Club - Women’s Group Book folding demo and full participation with Jacqualine Sweny

CoffeeStop 10am - 12 noon Monday mornings in Church Centre Free Coffee, Tea, Cake and Chat Breaking of Bread

on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thursday 9.15-9.45am in Church Centre This is a lovely quiet service All of our events and services are held in Southgate Community Centre, Caie Walk. Sunday Club runs from 10.30am to 11.45am We have mid-week groups for children of all ages. For more details of these please contact Jackie Tooley.

on 01284 703705, or visit our website at

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