Southgate March 2019 issue

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Dear reader,

As a charity raising funds for our local hospital is incredibly important but so is raising health awareness and encouraging people to stay healthy so they, hopefully, don’t need to visit the hospital in the first place. A big part of our Every Heart Matters appeal was advising on heart health, the facts surrounding cardiac issues and ways to prevent them. Although our appeal is over we want to continue to raise heart health awareness, so we recently purchased some clever little devices called Alivecors’. These devices allow us to give you a thirty second ECG’s to check to see if you are potentially having an episode of atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation, in basic terms, is an irregular heartbeat and there are over 2,000 undiagnosed cases in west Suffolk. If untreated it can lead to a stroke which, as I’m sure you are aware, can be life changing. We have been out and about with our mobile devices, checking heart rates and offering advice to the public about atrial fibrillation and the importance of knowing your pulse. So far we have picked up four people, one of whom was just 19, who were having an episode of AF and sent them off to see their GP for further tests.

We would love to visit you at your place of work to carry out these important 30 second health checks and talk to you and your colleagues about knowing your own pulse, so if you would like to book a visit then please get in touch with the team by emailing This simple little test really could save lives. In other news, have you signed up for our Soapbox Challenge yet? The incredibly popular event is back for its second year and is taking place on Saturday 31st August down Mount Road, Bury St Edmunds. Last year was a huge success and this year we have gone bigger and better. Whether it’s teambuilding with your company, plotting with your pub or just a group of mates having some fun and making memories then this is the event for you. Entry is just £100 per team and is first come first served so, don’t delay, get in touch today! Don’t fancy a team but want to be involved? We have lots of sponsorship and advertising opportunities too. Email us to find out more. Sue Smith Fundraising Manager @mywishcharity


If you have any questions about fundraising, any of the events mentioned above or how you can help the hospital, please contact or call 01284 712952 20 | MARCH 2019




At the time of writing, this

country is on the brink of one of the biggest tragedies it has faced since the war. I am of course talking about Ipswich Town’s impending relegation. They are now facing, the prospect of a no deal exit from the Championship, playing in the third tier of English football for the first time in over 60 years. I have a lot of time for teams playing at this level. It’s a dirty, dog eat dog style of football. Size and muscle out trump skill and flare in this world. Preparations are clearly already afoot as Ipswich bolster their squad with some no nonsense players with plenty of experience. No disrespect to the other clubs down here, but lets face it, clashes with the likes of Mansfield, Rochdale and dare I say Accrington, are not the stuff of dreams. More likely, reoccurring nightmares. It’s a nightmare that I am struggling to wake up from,

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and like so many loyal supporters countrywide, I will refuse to fully accept our fate until the maths doesn’t add up. How it came to this is a long and complicated story of poor business, difficult characters, fickle supporters and of course luck (or lack there of). However, the terrifying reality is that many other ‘big’ clubs have faced this fate in recent times. A few recovered, but many more have not. Remember when Charlton, Portsmouth and Coventry were Premier League regulars? Some optimistic/illinformed supporters say “it’ll do us good - we will bounce back stronger like Leeds, Wolves and Norwich did”. What they fail to appreciate is our bassline has been on a downward trend for many years, decades even. This is not merely a ‘blip’. Our squad has depleted in strength at a similar rate to

our attendances. The afore mentioned clubs kept full stadiums throughout their lower league seasons. We I’m afraid, baring some radical pricing restructure, will not. The lack of bodies through the turnstiles perpetuates the spiral of decline. Without trying to sound too dramatic, this is the end of an era for our club, of that I am sure. If it lasts 5 or 25 years I cannot predict. But what I can say with certainty is that I will be there to see it through. I have no choice. The strict marriage between a supporter and their club. My biggest sadness is for my children’s generation. In all likelihood they will never know the pride and joy that comes with success of your local club in your school years. In the meantime, if anyone wants me I’ll be watching re-runs of the 2000 play-off final and sobbing quietly into my 1994 Fisons Ipswich shirt.


what’s on in The morning of a job interview. The night a family member was sick. Five minutes before an exam. Most people have prayed in moments of desperation. Was someone listening? Was the prayer answered? People find praying helps and have had answers. Prayer is any kind of conversation we have with God. You don’t need to use special words or a special voice. You can pray out loud or silently. God knows what you think and is aware of all you do. You can talk to Him about anything.. If you need some help getting started pop down to the Southgate Church Centre on a Monday morning, have a free coffee at Coffee Stop and pick up a copy of a free booklet called trypraying or go on-line to www.trypraying. for more information.


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

SUNDAY 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st March

10.30am Morning Worship Services with groups for children of all ages

TUESDAY 5th March

Pancake Café in Church Centre 12-6pm

Friendship Cub for older people

Thursdays 7th (Beetle Drive) & 21st (History of the Town Crier) 2.30pm

THURSDAY 14th March

Thursday Club - Ladies Group Art Talk & Try - 7.30pm

SATURDAY 6th April

Southgate’s Got Easter 2pm - 4pm Fun for all the Family and something about the Easter Story

SUNDAY 7th April

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

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 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.

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Reviewed by Sally Walters

I do like I good old family comedy, and this one is definitely up there as a nice, feel good film which could be enjoyed by all the family. There are funny bits and sad bits, I cry at anything these days! But this time my husband did not have to endure the tears, as I took my mum along to watch it, another one who likes a good comedy. Mark Walberg (Pete) did not disappoint as the father who takes on 3 foster children with his wife Ellie. Rose Byrne who played her, I recognised for her role in the film Bridesmaids, another favourite comedy of mine! I don’t think it will win any oscars, but if you just want a nice easy watch, this is for you, a good storyline with the usual happy ending, and lots of ups and downs inbetween. Not sure if I can class this as a ‘chick flick’ but definitely would say leave the men at home. 6/10

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