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In This Issue Diary of a frustrated allotmenteer

Allotment Life

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Surprises in nature

Countryside Rambler 9 Ladies on the run –

The Race

Life

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Remember When …

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What a game

Harvesting on the farm

As I Remember

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I got my picture!

Life,

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Universe … 39

Preparing for the Fun Day

Community Events

Flower Festival – see page 35 No 244

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Reports from Parish Council Churches Village Clubs

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Jubilee Celebration at

Stowupland Sports and Social Club on Saturday, 2nd June from 2.00pm till late ❈ Barbecue ❈ Bar available ❈ Afternoon team games: netball and other games ❈ Fancy Dress Competition – with a Royal theme ❈ Bouncy Castle ❈ Karoake — Music through the decades This is a village event and all are welcome — please come and join in a celebration for the Jubilee

community challenge

Stowupland Village Hall on Friday, 29th June at 7.00pm

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Chairman’s Remarks Nic Perks, Stowupland Parish Council

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am pleased to report that at the May Parish Council AGM Jerry Voden and myself were re-elected as Vice Chairman and Chairman respectively. We both look forward to serving the residents of Stowupland for another twelve months. You will find a full report of the last twelve months in the supplement. We will continue to work hard on your behalf to ensure that the village identity is preserved for the future and the environment that we value so much is maintained and enhanced for the benefit of all who live, work and visit our village. Community spirit is the lifeblood of our village and we will continue to support and engage with those village organisations and volunteers who work so hard and give so generously of their time to bring it to life. We face the same challenges we did two years ago when I first became chairman. The reductions in public spending, District and County Council budget cuts and the impacts on our services affect us all. We have already begun to take on services such as the cutting of our footpaths and investing in the future with our agreement to turn off our streetlights at night and replace the bulbs in those lights with low energy bulbs to save both money and energy in the years to come. The expansion of Stowmarket remains ‘the elephant in the room’ for many. We are already experiencing an increase in the numbers of visitors using our Green and footpaths and the increase in traffic, particularly along Church Road, is very much in evidence and can only increase as further new developments in Stowmarket come on stream. Some would also say that the increase in anti-social behaviour around the village recently is in part another sign of the pressures created by the increasing population on our doorstep. We will continue to build on our good relationship with our Police Safer Neighbourhood Team and, with the continuing strong support of our District and County Councillors, we will maintain our strong voice at District and County level to ensure your views are not only heard, but taken into account. As before we will consult with you through Telstar, Parish Council meetings and committees and public meetings as necessary. We will continue to rise to the challenges we face. Community spirit binds us together, makes us stronger to the benefit of us all. Parish Councillors are there to serve you and the interests of the community. Please contact us at any time to make your views known. Contact details are inside the back cover. There will always be a warm welcome for you at any of our committee and working group meetings as well as our monthly Parish Council meetings. Dates, times and venues are in the ‘Diary’ pages. If you feel you can help us make our village an even better place to live we would love to hear from you. Thank you. 3


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Allotment Life David Andrew

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he weather has, yet again, been the subject of much discussion and has led to rather lengthy periods of inactivity on the plot. This means more delays in planting and the subsequent need to find alternative ways of spending ones’ time whilst we wait for both the weather and soil to improve. The following diary entries cover a week in the life of a rather impatient and frustrated allotmenteer. Monday: Rained all day. Went food shopping in the morning and was amazed to see as many men there. Wondered how many were gardeners? Cleaned out the garage after lunch. Why do us men keep so many used nails and screws? Tuesday: Rained on and off all day. Sorted out the shed and can now get to most of the gardening tools without risking serious injury. Looked longingly at the unopened seed packets and put them in order of sowing. Rapidly becoming an expert on Clarice Cliff and Georgian silver – didn’t really know there were so many antique programmes. Wednesday: Rained most of the day. Drier interludes promised for Friday – will not hold my breath. Waited for postman to deliver weekly gardening paper – why was he 10 minutes late today of all days? Put seed packets in alphabetical order. Thursday: Rained quite a bit but a few dry intervals and managed to visit the plot. Wandered up and down but nobody about (rather surprising that!) A couple of ducks passed by looking very pleased with life. Decided the loft needed sorting – this thought quickly passed and attention turned to the sock drawer. Are 25 pairs really necessary and were those bright yellow, orange and fluorescent green ones ever in fashion? Friday: A few bright and dry periods but very wet underfoot. Water standing on several plots – not as bad as Combs Ford though. Met a fellow member of SAGA (not the insurance and holiday company for really old people but the Stowupland Aged Gardeners Association!) Agreed we had never known anything like it and the carrots, beetroot, peas and leeks would have to be re-sown. Sorted seed packets into personal preference order. Saturday: Still wet. More rain on the way. Portman Road closed for the summer so frustration levels not increased. Opened seed packets in readiness for the drier weather when it eventually arrives. Sunday: Actually stopped raining. Slugs and snails seemed to have multiplied rapidly and increased in size over the last week and another battle ahead to deal with these enemies – at least there is now something to do in the wet. 5


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Report Judy Clarke

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illian opened the April meeting with a warm welcome to our newest member, Janet. Business was then dealt with – volunteers for the Federation and community quiz teams, the result of the recent jumble sale (with thanks going to all who supported the event) and a reminder of our display at the forthcoming Church flower festival. Having dispensed with all that, everyone settled down to the main business of the evening – our birthday  celebration – tucking into a delicious spread of  savouries and sweets. After a leisurely meal, the competition results were announced – for the alphabet, Mary C. was first, Connie second and Judy third. Flower of the month was a snake's head fritillary – with Mary C. again coming first, Brenda's freesia was second and Mary M's sprig of spiraea third. The evening finished with a few games of bingo.  On the 28th a party of members, family and friends  journeyed to Great Yarmouth to visit the  ‘Yesterday's World’ museum, a delightful and nostalgic place. Having partaken of a very large and delicious fruit scone, with traditional cream and jam, several opted to go into the town, despite the miserable weather. A very successful outing, with more to come through the year – Norwich and Southwold theatres, Buckingham Palace, London museums and Christmas shopping at Romford Market. Watch this space!

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Countryside Rambler Brian Ward

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was met with a wonderful sight this morning – a duck which was nesting in the garden waddled to the garden pond with eleven yellow ducklings scampering behind trying in earnest to keep up. We have several birds nesting in the garden. Blackbirds have raised their first brood and a goldfinch has made the unlikely choice of building its nest in a thicket of bamboo. Hedge sparrow, robin and wren are regular birds also nesting; a song thrush has been frequently visiting us seeking out snails amongst the shrubbery and disappears over the fence; so, no doubt, has a nest nearby. Most of our local trees are in full leaf with the ash being one of the last to get a full canopy of leaves. Whilst rambling we have come across some vast areas of cowslip this year; also its close relation, the primrose, was evident in the damp location it favours. On a recent walk around part of Alton Water a nightingale was in full song. This songster can stop you in your tracks as it delivers its song with such gusto and enthusiasm. Cuckoo were in evidence but their numbers are declining. How must longer will it be before we lose this familiar herald of summer. On the trip home from Alton Water we drove the scenic route past Freston Woods and witnessed a fabulous display of bluebells as the afternoon sunlight streamed through the tree canopy and made the blue carpet glow. We spotted a large herd of fallow deer resting amongst the carpet of bluebells; this was a photographer’s dream photo. On another walk my wife spotted a very large grass snake which I was able to photograph as it basked in the sun. As it slithered away to escape the attentions of the eager photographer, it climbed up the vertical trunk of a very large oak tree amazingly gripping the bark with its scales. This, I expect, is very unusual as they normally seek cover and I have never witnessed this before; nature surprises you on every trip out. If walking near ponds or lakes take time to study the waterside vegetation as dragonflies are emerging from their nymph stage which live under water for two years. They crawl up a waterside plant and emerge as colourless, bedraggled adults as they dry out and obtain full colour and their wings expand. It is worth just sitting and watching this spectacle of nature. Enjoy life, enjoy nature and your surroundings as we sometimes take them for granted.

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Parish Council Report M ay M eetings Sandy Smith

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ouncillors arrived to a darkened room as there was a power cut, only to become reconnected to the sound of the fire alarms ringing. Normality returned shortly after 7.30 and the meeting commenced with the annual election of Chairman and Vice Chairman to the Parish Council for the next twelve months. Both Nic Perks (Chairman) and Jerry Voden (Vice Chairman) were re-elected unopposed. The majority of Councillors elected to maintain their roles on the various committees with the exception of Alan Rosten who stood down from the Finance and Policy Committee and Ben Miller who joined the Footpaths and Community Events Committees. The damage to the edges of The Green have been inspected and it was concluded that there is an urgent need for these to be built up, a job normally undertaken by Suffolk County Council. Despite their refusal to undertake the work, Suffolk County Council are to be approached again both via the Parish Council and by Gary Green, the County Councillor, as there have already been injuries sustained by residents who have fallen. In addition to this the tarmac is being eroded. Suffolk County Council. have advised that they have no objection to the bollards outside the Post Office being painted with a strip of reflective paint making them visible to pedestrians in the dark. Anglian Water have been working at the old pumping station to repair the long standing leak. The drainage problem by Corner Farm is also in the hands of Anglian Water despite their initial stand that they had no pipes in the area and then later realised that they did have one after all. The concrete apron outside the cemetery will be completed as soon as the weather abates, as will the installation of the speed humps between Columbyne Close and The Green. One resident reported that the level of flooding experienced in Chapel Lane after the heavy rains of early May was the worst seen in the last 35 years. There has also been some flooding to the rear of Steeple View caused by some blockages in drainage pipes under the school grounds. It was also reported that the turning onto The Green opposite the Fish Ship is very badly rutted and again it is the wet weather that has prevented the residents from doing their annual repairs. Again the weather has been preventing allotment holders from spending time working their plots so there was little to report from the quarterly inspection. The Community Events committee are still looking for people to help with setting up and helping on the day of the Music on The Green on 30th June. There are 1500 raffle tickets to be sold so please support all the efforts 11


put in by the organisers and purchase the odd book. Jerry is in charge of the weather so let us hope he has the necessary influence to ensure a beautiful day! It was hoped to purchase a further light up speed sign like the one on Church Road but the costs are prohibitive so an option may be to purchase another pole and periodically move the sign between the two poles thus preventing familiarity with the sign being in a permanent position. Police and Councillors reported the upsurge of anti-social behaviour in the village with large groups of teenagers drinking heavily and being very noisy, leaving behind a trail of bottles and debris. There have also been some Chinese lanterns set off with a risk of fire to thatched roofs in the village. There has been a theft of fuel from a car and other cars have had their fuel caps interfered with as well as a theft of high value items from a car. A theft of heating oil was reported from a property in Saxham Street and the Police are encouraging all residents to ensure that they are mindful of security of their property. There have been some incidents of graffiti around the village and police officers are also working with the school to eliminate some ongoing problems with some pupils. The District Councillor reported that Mid Suffolk are still sorting out the management structure following the District Council’s merger with Babergh. Caroline is the Planning Portfolio Holder and is keen to regenerate business in the area. The merger of the Planning Departments and the role of Government Policy have caused the planning process to slip from its previously far more efficient service. She is keeping the Parish Council up to speed with aspects of the planning application for the straw burner power station in Mendlesham as information becomes available and taking back their concerns. Suffolk County Councillor Gary reported that the current three tier education system will terminate in 2015 when the middle schools will close. He reported that in Lowestoft, where they have already moved to a two tier system, there has been an improvement in results. He is still working on the possible movement of the 30mph sign in Gipping Road and reported that there is now a temporary 40mph speed limit along the B1113 where there have been a number of accidents. He also advised that he will fund a loop system for the hearing impaired in the Village Hall meeting room. There will be a further meeting between the Parish Councillors and the builder who will be constructing the new property at Willow Wood to iron out concerns voiced about how construction equipment and materials will be transferred on and off site. The meeting closed at 9.50pm without any further electrical problems.

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Running in The Race for Liife

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Parish Council

Bits and Pieces

Rachel Godbold, Parish Clerk

Planning Applications Application No.:

1002/12  

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Land adjacent to 42 Sycamore Road.

Details: Erection of two storey detached, two bedroomed dwelling and alteration to access to create shared access (revised design to that allowed on appeal by planning permission reference 1985/11). Parish Council decision: No comment to be made. Application No.: Location: Details: Parish Council decision:

MS/   Freeman Primary School, Church Road. Installation of external canopy to existing building including new external works. No comment to be made.

Days out to – Norwich Some of us are going to Norwich on 16th June for a matinee visit to the theatre. If anyone fancies a day in the city, seats are available on the coach, fare max. £8.00. We leave Stowupland at 9.00am and depart Norwich at approx. 5.00pm. If you are interested, please contact me by 30th May – Judy Clarke, tel. 01449 615 386

London Museums As last year, there will be an outing to three museums: the Natural History, the Science and the Victoria & Albert on the 13th October. Coach fare maximum £15.00. Fuller details next Telstar. Judy Clarke, tel. 01449 615 386 15


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On Sunday, 3rd June at 9.30am we will hold a special

Diamond Jubilee Service at Holy Trinity Church. We will be joined by the congregation of the United Reformed Chapel, and the service will take the form of a

‘Songs of Praise’ It will last around an hour, and afterwards there will be light refreshments – including a special Diamond Jubilee Cake.

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Local History Group Marion Harris – Tel. 01449 770 895

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LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

1st May meeting

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e began this meeting with our AGM and an annual report describing the formation of the Group and the busy months since then, with thanks to all who have been involved, also for funding received and for the support of Holy Trinity Church. Our Treasurer’s report showed our finances to be in good shape. A slightly amended Constitution was adopted by the meeting and those eight Committee members ready to serve for another year were re-elected. Carol Thompson and Miles Oppenheim, leaving the Committee because of other demands on their time, were thanked for their support. Neil Langridge started his talk by pointing out that anyone researching the history of pubs does not really spend very long in them! All the hard work is done in Record Offices. Possible sources of information include details of sales, wills and mortgages, hearth tax accounts, brewery and census records, and newspaper reports. We heard many fascinating details of all the pubs in the original Stowupland, when the Gipping formed the parish boundary. It was often the case that an innkeeper had another job, while his wife was left to run the pub. Many of the pubs had large rooms, which were used for meetings and sales, or as bases for sports clubs. Neil had some wonderful pictures of the earnest-looking teams who played football, bowls and quoits, and of groups about to set off for outings. Of our present village pubs, the building of the Crown probably dates from the 14th Century and it was certainly a pub in the 18th Century. Maps show several other building nearby, which have since been demolished. One cottage was occupied by Jane Birch, who had 9 children but never married! The Retreat began as a much older, thatched building on land that was owned by a blacksmith – a beerhouse to which men retreated while their horses were shod. Plans for a new Retreat were made in 1968, and the old building was demolished in 1969 after the new one had opened. In the mid-19th Century, Stowupland also had “A substantial brick-built freehold dwelling house and beerhouse… fronting the high road from Stowmarket to Mendlesham…” The quote comes from sale details. The property may have been demolished or may now be a private dwelling. Neil’s interesting and entertaining talk had clearly taken a great deal of work and was much appreciated.

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Research and Records Stowupland has many buildings that are several centuries old – perhaps one is your home. Do you know anything of its history, or of the site on which it was built? Well aware that we are asking a big favour, would you be interested in sharing that knowledge with us? Members are keen to build up a picture of Stowupland as it was in previous centuries and even a scrap of information would be extremely welcome. Please contact Marion if you can help.

Local History Course We are hoping to run a local history course next year. It could cover such topics as manuscripts, maps, population, parish and church history, poor relief, agriculture, architecture, education and oral history. The venue, dates and times are yet to be arranged and the cost will depend on the number of participants, but we cannot begin to plan without some idea of support. Please contact Marion if you would be interested in the course.

4th December Meeting We have not booked a speaker for our December meeting as we are hoping that members will take the opportunity to share their research work on family or local history, either by giving a short talk or with a table-top display of findings. If you would like to take part in this informal evening, please contact Neil, tel. 01449 616 275

Talking-Point Last month’s photograph raised plenty of interest. Many people were sure they would have been in the picture – but identifying themselves as children proved to be difficult! We think the photograph must have been taken in the ‘Iron Room’. This was a pre-fabricated building made largely of corrugated iron, that stood on the grass in front of the Vicarage (now The Old Vicarage). It was probably made by Boulton & Paul, a Norwich company which sold a range of such buildings, from shepherds’ huts to chapels like the ‘tin tabernacle’ at the Museum of East Anglian Life. When the village had no Village Hall or Church Hall, the ‘Iron Room’ was used for meetings: for everything from the Parish Council to Brownies. It is remembered as being very cold and having second-hand carpet to keep people’s feet warm. With thanks to Neil for the information and to Christine and Judy for the memories. 19


For our next ‘Talking Point’, to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, a tree was planted in Stowupland. Is it still standing? Where is/was it?

Programme We have visits planned for June, so shall not be holding a formal meeting. 3rd July

‘Historic Timber Framing – the Medieval Carpenter’s Art’ an illustrated talk by John Walker.

The meeting will be at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. Admission £1.00 for members, £3.00 for non-members. Please be aware that parking space is limited. We look forward to seeing you.

Remember When Christine Mallett

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ello again; I have a lot of nice comments on my last article, but people said we wanted a lot more. So I got thinking again and I would like to share with you all about the games and activities we used to do in the 1950’s. (No computer games, X Boxes or other modern games the children play today). We lived at 11 Trinity Walk. If you know that road, you will know that outside No. 11 there is a big square. This is where me and my friends would meet for most of our games. My dad brought home a long rope which was ideal for skipping; we used to take in turns to skip in the rope reciting little rhymes we knew. The boys joined in with this as well. When the boys played cricket and football we didn’t join in; we used to play ball on the wall again reciting different rhymes. We were only allowed out after tea when the nights were light. Now to the tree climbing – I hated this. In fact I was terrified to even get up a tree. Where the flats are now in Trinity Walk there were a lot of trees. One the boys really liked was huge; they used to get up so easily (not me). I stayed on the ground, (what a woss). One night I was teased so much, so I thought “here goes – I’ll do my best to get up”. I managed it after a while. The others were all chatting, laughing and telling each other jokes, I just sat there frozen to the spot thinking 20


“however will I get down?” Then the time came, (“time to go home”, someone said) everyone got down except me. I couldn’t move, I was shaking and crying, I heard someone say to go and get my dad. Dad came and helped me down. That was my first and last tree climbing experience. Another memory I have is in the winter. There was always a lot of water on The Green in front of Mr Carter’s farm, it used to get frozen in the really cold weather and some children used to skate on it. (Guess what! I didn’t dare do that either). I used to pretend I was, just round the edge; the others would fly past me going up and down at great speed. Then there was Bonfire Night. We always had a big bonfire on The Green, Columbyne side of the football pitch. It used to get very big; everyone put the rubbish on it. In our October half term holiday the boys used to go round collecting rubbish from neighbours. We made a ‘guy’ and went round collecting a few pennies to buy fireworks to take up to The Green. On the 5th November we would get all dressed up in our warm clothes and wellies. It was always very cold I remember on those nights. Here we go again! (I didn’t like fireworks especially the ‘penny bangers’ the boys used to buy). After the last Bonfire on The Green, I can’t remember which year that was, I had got three brothers by this time so we had our own bonfire and fireworks in our back garden. I remember one time dad left the lid off the tin of fireworks and they all went off together. (whoops!) Mum used to put potatoes in the fire; she would also do ‘hot dogs’ and toffee apples (yummy). I was older now so I would help mum in the kitchen; as a result, I could watch from the window. So as you can see I didn’t enjoy many of the activities in the 1950’s. I loved dancing and singing, so I joined the church choir, I felt quite grown up now.

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ave you ever looked in Telstar or noticed something on one of the village notice boards and thought ‘I would like to go to that event in the village but I can’t get there’. Holy Trinity’s Beetle Drive, Stowupland Local History Group, Baby & Toddler Group, Coffee Mornings at Jubilee Court, Open Church, Bingo and Quizzes. These are just a few of the many clubs and events which form part of Stowupland’s rich social life. How about ringing the Good Neighbour Helpline 07591 539 621 to see if we could help with transport. We already assist with regular trips to the Over 60s Club and the URC Women’s Fellowship, not to mention our ‘bingo ladies.’ Most of the events/meetings take place during the daytime when we have our small band of drivers more readily available. Although we cannot guarantee to run a 24/7 service, we would always try to help if we were to receive a request for transport to an evening event. So please consider ringing Good Neighbours on 07591 539 621 and see if we could help you with transport to events in the village. p.s. Don’t forget we are still happy to take people to the doctors, pick up prescriptions etc.

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U.R.C. Chapel The

Secretary: Lew Hart Telephone 01449 612 784

����������united Dear Friends, ��reformed The United Reformed Churches in the Stowmarket, ���������church Stowupland, Mendlesham and Debenham have

good news to celebrate. Since the Reverend Peter Peirce retired at Easter 2009, they have been without a minister. This does not mean that their life and witness has stopped. They have continued to be vibrant, worshipping communities because of good lay leadership in each of the congregations. They have taken new initiatives in their areas seeking to enrich their life together and to proclaim their faith. At the same time they have been looking to the future, praying that God would help them to find a new minister to be their leader. The day has now come when it can be announced that the Reverend Chris Wood will be their minister from the beginning of September.

It might be interesting for those readers who are not part of these congregations to know how this has come about. The churches prepared a profile of their life which was made available to other ministers of the United Reformed Church. Chris indicated that he was interested in exploring the possibility of becoming their minister and so his profile was passed to the Elders of the churches who invited him to meet with a small group of nine people representing the four congregations, They in turn invited him to ‘preach with a view’. This took place on Sunday, 15th April. Chris conducted worship at Stowmarket and Debenham. Everyone had the opportunity to hear him and to meet and talk with him. The following evening the members of the churches met in Church Meeting. They talked together, listened to one another and sought to discern the will of God for them for future ministry. After prayer they voted and by an overwhelming majority (over 97%) voted to invite, to call Chris to be their minister. He has accepted this invitation and this is a matter for great thanksgiving and rejoicing. Chris is at present minister of two churches, in Clacton and Dovercourt. He is married to Jayne and has a son Aaron. So a new chapter begins for these congregations and we pray that God will bless people and minister together and prosper the ministry and mission of the church. I particularly like an old Scottish congregational form of call to a minister; ‘We do heartily invite, call and entreat you to undertake the office of a pastor among us and the charge of our souls.’ That is the nature of the relationship between minister and people and through it God is glorified. May it be so. Grace and peace, Bill 24

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towmarket URC is holding a Flower Festival during the weekend of Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th and Monday morning, 25th June 2012 and this year the theme is ‘Hands’.

We will be uniting with Holy Trinity Church, on 3rd June, for a Songs of Praise to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This service will be at 9.30am. As part of ‘Music on the Green’ on 30th June, we shall be having a tombola stall. Our June coffee morning, is as usual, on the last Friday of the month – 29th June 10 to 12noon. Everyone is welcome at this friendly event. Come and have a cuppa, cake and a chat. Although no charge is made, voluntary donations are given, and these are sent to local charities. The net total of the money raised at our Jumble Sale, held on 14th April, was £703.93. A big thank you to all those who gave and to the many people who came and spent. Lastly, a big thank you to all the helpers, without whom the fund raiser would not take place. Services at the URC Chapel are held each Sunday at 10.30am and we cordially invite anyone who wishes to join us in our worship. A warm welcome awaits you. Our speakers for June are as follows: 3rd June United with Holy Trinity at 9.30am 10th June Mr William Glasse 17th June Mr Derek Ames 24th June Mr Jim Spencer

Sunday, 17th June at 3.00pm Expressions of renewal. The fifth of a series of special services with music and a message. COME ALONG AND EXPECT SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT.

Afternoon Fellowship We held our last meeting for this session on 21st May 2012. We recommence in October 2012. We have had some very interesting speakers and enjoyed them all. Mary Clark

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Book the Date June Sat

2 P.C. Cemetery & Churchyard W.G. 10.00am

Churchyard

Sat

2 Jubilee Fun Day (see page 2)

2.00pm

Sports & Social Club

Sun

3 Diamond Jubilee Service (see page 17)

9.30am

Holy Trinity Church

Sun

3 Country & Western Dance

7.30pm

Village Hall

Wed

6 Open Church

2.00pm

Holy Trinity Church

Wed

6 Stowupland Book Club

2.00pm

Thur

7 P.C. Community Events W.G.

7.30pm

URC Chapel

Thur

7 Short Mat Bowls

7.30pm

Village Hall

Sun

10 Cricket – against Yoxford 2 XI

1.30pm

V.H. Cricket Pitch

Sun

10 Country & Western Dance

7.30pm

Village Hall

8.00pm

Village Hall

10.00am

Jubilee Court

nd

Mon 11 Dance Club Tues 12 Coffee Morning Tues 12 Over 60 Club Outing

Wed 13 TELSTAR DEADLINE DATE – July issue Wed 13 Baby & Toddler Group

9.30am

Village Hall

Wed 13 Open Church

2.00pm

Holy Trinity Church

Wed 13 Cricket – against Woolpit

6.15pm

V.H. Cricket Pitch

Thur 14 Parish Council

7.30pm Meeting Room, V Hall

Thur 14 Short Mat Bowls

7.30pm

Village Hall

Sat

16 Stowupland Falcons Youth 5-a-Side Tournament (see page 50)

Sat

16 Bingo

Sun

17 Stowupland Falcons Youth 5-a-Side Tournament (see page 50)

Sun

17 Country & Western Dance

7.30pm

Sports & Social Club

7.30pm

Village Hall

8.00pm

Village Hall

10.00am

Jubilee Court

Tues 19 Mobile Library

4.10pm

Jubilee Court

Tues 19 Mobile Library

4.30pm

The Green

Wed 20 Baby & Toddler Group

9.30am

Village Hall

Wed 20 Open Church

2.00pm

Holy Trinity Church

Wed 20 W.I. – Strawberries & Cream

7.30pm

Village Hall

Thur 21 P.C. Community Events W.G.

7.30pm

URC Chapel

Thur 21 Short Mat Bowls

7.30pm

Village Hall

Mon 18 Dance Club Tues 19 Coffee Morning

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23 Stowupland Falcons Adult Tournament (see page 50)


Sun

24 Cricket – against Risby

1.30pm

V.H. Cricket Pitch

Sun

24 Country & Western Dance

7.30pm

Village Hall

8.00pm

Village Hall

10.00am

Jubilee Court

Tues 26 Beetle Drive

2.30pm

Church Hall

Wed 27 Baby & Toddler Group

9.30am

Village Hall

Wed 27 Open Church

2.00pm

Holy Trinity Church

Thur 28 P.C. Finance & Policy Meeting

7.30pm

URC Chapel

Thur 28 Short Mat Bowls

7.30pm

Village Hall

10.00am

Jubilee Court

7.30pm

Village Hall

Mon 25 Dance Club Tues 26 Coffee Morning

Fri

29 Coffee Morning

Fri

29 Community Quiz (see page 2)

Sat

30 Music on The Green (see back cover) 12.00noon

The Green

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Book the Date July Sun

1 Cricket – against Rougham

1.30pm

V.H. Cricket Pitch

Sun

The Green

Sun

1 Songs of Praise on The Green 3.00pm (see page 37) 1 Country & Western Dance 7.30pm

Village Hall

Mon

2 Dance Club

8.00pm

Village Hall

Tues

3 Coffee Morning

10.00pm

Jubilee Court

Tues

3 Beetle Drive

2.30pm

Church Hall

Tues

3 Mobile Library

4.10pm

Jubilee Court

Tues

3 Mobile Library

4.30pm

The Green

Tues

3 Local History Group (see page 20)

7.30pm

Church Hall

Wed

4 Baby & Toddler Group

9.30am

Village Hall

Wed

4 Stowupland Book Club

2.00pm

Wed

4 Open Church

2.00pm

Holy Trinity Church

Thur

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7.30pm

Village Hall

Sat

7 Bingo

7.30pm

Sports & Social Club

Diary Dates

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Future Events in 2012 July

8

Open Gardens Day

July

17

Summer Evening Walk (see page 43)

July

28

Sports & Social Club Music Quiz

September

2

Vintage Cars/Five-a-Side/Yard Sale

* C O N TA C T D E TA I L S Book Group: Patricia 672 127 or Anne 01449 672 592 Baby and Toddler Group: Tracey Stook 07951 538 516 Bowls Club: John Mollett 01449 775 369 Country & Western Dance: Winston & Janet Adams 01206 501 866 Dance Club: May & Paul Durham 01449 672 601 Local History Group: Marion Harris 01449 770 895 Short Mat Bowls: Pam Fayers 01449 770 080 Sports & Social Club: Rick Langford 01449 770 402 W. I. Judy Clarke 01449 615 386 Community Events Keith Welham 01449 673 185 Mobile Library: 07721 879 855

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Calling all stall holders! The 1st and 3rd Stowmarket Scout Group are raising funds for the Stowmarket Scout Centre by holding a summer fete on Saturday, 15th September at Milton Road, Registry Office green. If you would like to have a stall please contact Vanessa Bonner 01449 678 564 or Claire Pizzey 01449 677 005 for more information. 28


Remember When John Paddy

Working on the farms in Stowupland (As I remember them)

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nce the sugar beet had been singled out, life on the farm settled down; ditching had to be done to allow the field drains to function and hedges were cut back by hand held implements. Arthur, Sid and Lenny used their own tools for these tasks. I liked to get involved in this work as it meant big bonfires. Fields in the nineteen fifties were much smaller than today so hedges and drains were a very important part of the land management. Mucking out the cow sheds was done by Lenny on his David Brown tractor fitted with a bucket on the front. I would drive the Fordson Major tractor with the trailer to take the muck to the stack yard where it was left to mature ready for putting on the fields. Any muck that couldn't be picked up by the bucket had to be forked into the trailer, I did this using a proper muck fork that had long bent prongs. This was a very smelly job giving my mum lots of washing. Sometime after the initial singling out of the beet a second hoeing had to be done to remove the weeds from between the young plants, I am not sure whether this was also done on peace work. I guess not as I was allowed to do it alongside the men. The space between the rows of beet had to be kept free of weeds and then along came Allis. Mr Carter had bought a very small Allis Chalmers tractor which had small thin back wheels, a small engine and what I remember most of all about it was that it had a very long steering wheel shaft and when you sat on the tractor you could see the ground underneath Re-united with Allis 55years on, you. One of the jobs I was allowed still with hoes fitted underneath to do with this tractor was to fit a set of hoes underneath it and go to the beet field and hoe between the rows. I remember being told by Mr Carter to keep my eyes down on the hoes, keep straight so that I didn’t chop up the beet and go slow when doing it. This was a very tiring job. The tractor was also used for lighter duties around the farm but if the work was too heavy for it the front wheels would lift off the ground quite easily. How many of you knew who Allis was? 29


The cereal crops continued to ripen and the binder had to be got ready for the harvest. No combines on the farm as yet. Before the harvest started one of the jobs I was talked into doing was to walk through the wheat fields to remove any wild oats that were growing amongst the wheat. They set me up good and proper because as soon as I started to walk through the tall wheat with the wind blowing the swaying movement of the wheat made me feel very sick. Absolutely true as my mum will tell you. It was impossible for me to ride on a bus without being sick so walking through the wheat had the same effect, Arthur and company thought this was funny, I didn’t – so I didn’t carry on. Harvest time couldn't come quick enough for me. The binder came out to cut the corn. I never got to pull the binder; my job was to stack the sheaves into small stacks, six to eight each side and one or two at each end to await being picked up. When the field was done I would help to gather up the sheaves and my favourite job was using the Suffolk punch horse to pull a Suffolk wagon cart to the field where I would stand in the wagon and the sheaves would be thrown up to me by the men. There was a correct way to build up the load and I was told in no uncertain way about this because as I stacked it I could ride back to the farm on top of it. Sometimes I did. When the wagon was fully loaded, ropes would be thrown up to me so that the load could be secured; once one side of the rope was fixed to the wagon I would slide down the rope on the other side for the rope to be tightened using a special knot which I can’t remember the name of. Somebody please remind me. Once roped up I would ride on the horseback to the stack yard where we would unload the wagon onto the big stack to await the thrashing machine (more memories). If the horse wasn’t used then the tractors would be and it was while I was driving a tractor with trailer down to the fields that l had one of my whoops moments. I think it was Sid and Arthur with me; Sid had jumped off the trailer to open a gate for me to drive through. While I was looking back to check that I had cleared the gateway I managed to drive the tractor through a hedge leaving Arthur and trailer on the other side. Between us we sorted out the tractor and trailer and pushed/pulled the hedge back into shape. “Mum’s the word” was agreed! No such luck as it wasn’t long before Mr Carter whispered in my ear, “did you have a small problem today dear boy?” No action was taken and from then on Arthur called me the blue eyed boy of Green Farm. Another incident I had was when parking up the Fordson Major tractor. It was kept in an open-ended shed and before backing it up into the shed the exhaust pipe had to be removed to avoid hitting a beam. Yes, you guessed right; I forgot to remove it and consequently caught it on the beam bending it quite badly. Good job the workshop was next door and between us we quickly straightened it. I don’t think it was ever noticed although Arthur wasn’t too pleased as it was the tractor that he drove. The first combine arrived at Green Farm to great excitement: it was a 30


small Massey Harris. Arthur took the controls driving most of the time with Lenny on the platform to fill the sacks as the grain came out of the drum. The combine had a lever to raise and lower the bed, a lever to engage the conveyor and cutting blade and pedals for the clutch and brake. I used to help on the platform stuffing twisted straw into any holes in the sacks, tying up the full sacks and sending them down the chute and when the chute was full pulling a rope to release the gate allowing the full sacks to fall onto the ground. I then got the tractor and trailer so that someone could lift the bags up onto the trailer although later on I think Mr Carter either invented or bought a hook device for the hydraulics to do this heavy job. Technology had Arthur Melhuish and Lenny Wade arrived at Green Farm. The straw harvesting using Green Farm’s left by the combine was baled up by first combine Lenny on his David Brown tractor or later the International tractor. The baler had a sledge attached to it which held several bales of straw and when it was full Lenny would pull a rope to release the heap of bales ready for picking up. While Arthur was driving the combine I would drive his Fordson tractor to collect up the bales into a trailer and take them to the stack yard.

Lenny Wade baling up the straw, note sledge on the back

One of my many lasting memories of helping out at harvest time is when, in the early days probably when the binder was being used, Mr and Mrs George Carter driving to the harvest field, in the family car, bringing a beaver (picnic tea) for all the men and me. I wonder if this happens on the farms today. Well that's my very happy memories of the farming year at Green Farm. I hope you have enjoyed sharing them with me, I know I was very fortunate as a schoolboy to have had such great opportunities. Thanks to the Carter family. Just a closing thought: why, having had all these wonderful happy times on the farm, did I finish up working for ICI from school until retirement. Well I did and cannot have any regrets.

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The Curate’s Letter Revd Paul Clarke

Let’s Celebrate! Sixty years ago our country was a bit different than it is today. For a start I was not born! and to my horror, I read the technical gadgetry that I take for granted did not exist. No ipods, ipads, iphones, laptops or computers. Actually, computers did exist but they were the size of a small house and were for strictly industrial use only! The 1950‘s are also described as a time of fear, the words ‘cold war’ and rationing being prominent. To be honest, it all sounds a bit grim, so why I am a jealous of those of you that remember this era? In 1953 over twenty million people watched the first ever live outside broadcast from the BBC on a relatively new gadget called the television. It must have been incredible. People spent their savings to buy one or crowded into neighbours houses to watch television for the very first time. The event to inspire this was of course the coronation of our Queen Elizabeth II. I am taking part in a celebration of my own on 30th June, as I am ordained as a priest at St Edmunsbury cathedral and begin the next phase of my curacy and life amongst you. Thankfully there won’t be so many people at my service, but I am still more than a little nervous! Consequently, I have been looking back on my first year with you and although I came as a ‘townie’ I have grown to love the strong community spirit here in Stowupland. It has also reminded me that whilst gadgets are useful the biggest thing about the coronation of our Queen was not the television set itself, but a coming together of the community in celebration. God built us to be sociable creatures, we are not meant to go it alone! So this month I am going to enjoy the Jubilee celebrations, street parties, bunting and cake! What a brilliant occasion to thank God for the strength of our community spirit and celebrate that in our little corner of Suffolk we have not forgotten how to come together. Your Curate,

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Holy Trinity Church Vicar:

Revd David Swales

Tel: 01449 675 503

Curate:

Revd Paul Clarke

Tel: 01449 672 140

Churchwarden:

Mrs Ann Doubtfire

Tel. 01449 770 363

Church Email: holytrinityuk@hotmail.com

www.facebook.com/haughleybenefice

Services in

June 2012

June

3rd

9.30am Diamond Jubilee Service of Celebration for HM The Queen

June

10th

9.30am Morning Worship 6.30pm Evensong (B.C.P.)

June 17th

8.00am Holy Communion (B.C.P.) 9.30am Morning Prayer (B.C.P.)

June 18th (Mon) June 24th

10.30am Songs of Praise at Steeple View All welcome! 9.30am All-Age Family Service 6.30pm Parish Communion

June 25th (Tues)

10.00am Mid-Week Communion

(B.C.P. – Book of Common Prayer)

A Prayer Give perfection to beginners, O Father; give intelligence to the little ones; give aid to those who are running their course. Give sorrow to the negligent; give fervour to the lukewarm. Give to the perfect a good consummation; for the sake of Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen Prayer of St. Irendaeus.

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Ho ly Tr in ity Ch ur c h

NOTICEBOARD Family Service

Parish Registers

Please come to our bright and friendly All-Age Service in church on Sunday, 24th June at 9.30am. Do stay to have a chat and FairTrade refreshments with us in the hall afterwards!

Funerals

Our love, sympathy and prayers to the families of those who have recently died: 26th April Howard Sutton 10th May Kenneth Gray

Flower Festival

Steeple View

The 2012 Flower Festival and Craft Fayre has raised the wonderful sum of ÂŁ3,075.72 for church funds. We would like to thank all those who took part for all their hard work and dedication, to the stallholders, to those who generously contributed in anyway, and of course to all who came and supported the event. Thank you one and all.

The residents warmly invite you to join them for their Songs of Praise Service at Steeple View on Monday, 18th June at 10.30am (followed by a short Communion for those who wish to stay).

Weekly O p e n Churc h Holy Trinity Church has an Open Church Session from 2.00pm to 4.00pm each Wednesday. Come on in and enjoy your Parish Church for a visit, quiet prayer or just to look around. Join us in the Church Hall for a free cup of tea/coffee while waiting for children coming out of school, have a chat, or enquire about church activities etc.

Beetle Drives Come along and enjoy some fun and congenial company at the Beetle Drive that will be held on Tuesday, 26th June at 2.30pm in the Church Hall. All are most welcome to join us, we’d love to see you!

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Flower Festival

Kim Swales

and Craft Fayre

‘Nations United’: countries of the world

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y first impression as I entered the church was one of colour and smells: because I can only manage to place flowers in a vase, I marvel at the imagination and skill that goes into the arrangements, combining different flowers and items to depict the particular country portrayed.

All ages take part, from the Pre-School to octogenarians; and the arrangements themselves appeal to all. There was even a bicycle at the side of the church made to look like the Eiffel Tower. The windows in the church looked impressive too, representing the different countries of the world, with, at the front window, doves symbolising the peace amongst our nations for which we pray. On the Friday evening, the Village Hall was the venue for a wonderful concert by Hadleigh High School Swing Band. For the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend, bags, jewellery, cards, stained glass, cakes, burned and engraved wood, plants, cakes, pottery were just a few of the craft stalls which filled the hall. Once you had bought your items you were able to eat a ploughman’s lunch or baked potato or to have a cup of tea or coffee and sample some homemade cakes, sausage rolls and scones. These are made by so many generous people who give of their time and talent to raise much-needed funds for the ongoing ministry of Holy Trinity to the community of Stowupland.

Scotland

Ethiopia Cover arrangement: England

As one who came to help in the kitchen myself for a while, I experienced a very warm welcome from the team. Since moving to Suffolk 3 years ago, the church family of Holy Trinity has impressed me greatly for their care and their commitment to Stowupland. I look forward to 2013 Flower Festival & Craft Fayre, and await its delights. 35


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few weeks ago a friend called round to say that, in dealing with the sad task of clearing up the effects of a deceased relative, she had come upon quite a treasuretrove. “He threw nothing away,” she said and offered various items relating to Stowupland for the History Group archives. These items were interesting – and would become more so, as time went on. Thanking her, I wondered about our domestic archive. These days, those who throw away nothing could vanish beneath the paper-work. Weren’t computers supposed to save paper? Our house-moves have led to repeated clear-outs but, even so, we have a spare room full of boxes that used to fit in the large loft of our previous house. When shall we even begin to sort it all out? Now, as it turns out. “Mum – I’ve bought a travel-cot. There’d be room for George in that back bedroom, wouldn’t there?” June is the most difficult month of the year for astronomy because the nights are so short. I shall therefore spend some time going over images that I have collected, and experimenting with new software. Since living here I have taken more images of the planets than ever before. I recently got to see the current generation of digital single-lens reflex cameras. I have a specialist CCD camera for astronomy which is cooled to reduce the image noise. A friend brought his DSLR camera around to try on my telescope. Within seconds he had produced good images of the moon, rather startling me in the process! If you hold up one of these cameras to the eyepiece of a small telescope, or possibly even binoculars, you can instantly see how good focus is and adjust if necessary. You also get a nice wide-angle shot. As always, don’t point your telescope or binoculars at the sun – under any circumstances. I got my picture of quasar 3C273 last month. It doesn’t look impressive so I haven’t included it here, but when you know that it is over 2,000 million light-years away – well on the way to the edge of the universe, you have to pause and be amazed. You can see the general area of the quasar by looking south-west after dark and spotting planet Saturn with its steady yellowish light shining in front of the stars of Virgo. The quasar is a few degrees further west, approximately half-way between Saturn and Mars. If you have a chance, do check out the weekly column in each Wednesday’s Ipswich Star. Enjoy the June skies. 39


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t’s going to be an amazing few months ahead with Jubilee celebrations and the numerous sporting events. Suffolk Police will be supplying a small contingent for the Olympics, which I am part of. Luckily this only takes me away for a week. I hope to be able to watch most of the football, tennis and Olympics, one way or another. With increase in fuel and heating oil prices we have had an increase across Suffolk in the theft of both. I would ask that everyone is careful to make sure that both are always left as secure as possible. If you would like crime prevention advice or useful tips, please let me know. In Stowmarket we have also had a few cases of theft from vehicles. The cars were left unlocked and so it made the theft very easy. Please make it harder for thieves by making sure nothing is left unlocked. As always, if there are issues or incidents you would like to discuss with Sam or myself, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. The main switchboard number is now simply 101. We can also be contacted by email stowmarket.snt@suffolk.pnn.police.uk.

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3. Theatrical - series of short sketches. 4. Having lived for only a short time. 41


Do you have a child that will be three on or before 31st August 2012? Why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they come and be a Wise Owl? Did you know that from September 2012 they are entitled to five 3-hour funded sessions at our Nursery? We are a well established Ofsted inspected Nursery situated in our own grounds at Freeman Primary School. We have a qualified and experienced Teacher and Nursery Nurse teaching the children and are supported by additional helpers/adults with experience of Early Years Education and Child Care.

We are having an Open Morning on 14th June from 9.15am-10.45am Do come and say hello!

Or ring the school for an informal chat. Telephone:01449 612067

Freeman Community Primary School

F r o m T e l s ta r c o m m i tt e e Please note that the opinions expressed in letters and articles are not necessarily those of the Telstar committee or the Parish Council. We cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of material submitted for publication, however we reserve the right to include, edit or amend as we think appropriate. Telstar is produced in good faith but errors and omissions may occur during the process of production. Please let us know if this is the case so that these errors may be corrected. 42


Village Hall News Registered Charity No 304822 John Craine Tel: 01449 676576 Chairman, Village Hall Management Committee.

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he Village Hall is used by a range of clubs and individuals but some spare capacity remains for local private and club bookings.

Situated in the centre of the village, in Church Road, the hall has ample parking. It is clean, spacious and well heated; and licensed for a range of activities with bar facilities for the sale of alcoholic drinks. As well as the main hall, there is a kitchen and smaller rooms for meetings and classes. Hire charges are reasonable. If you are interested in using the hall for group or private use such as parties and wedding receptions, and would like to know more about the facility and details of the charges, please contact Hugh Blanch, the Booking Secretary, on 01449 612 156. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual General Meeting will be held in the Meeting Room at the hall on Monday, 30th April at 7.00pm. The trustees look forward to receiving reports from the groups and organisations which use the hall and its facilities, including the sports amenities. This is a public meeting and members of the community are very welcome to attend.

Summer Evening Parish Walk

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Tuesday, 17th July

ut some spring in your step and join us on the Spring Parish Walk.

Come and join us for a gentle walk along some of Stowupland's footpaths. It will take 1 to 1½ hours and be suitable for all the family. Dogs are welcome but will need to be on the lead in some places. We shall be leaving at 7.00pm from the bus shelter opposite the fish and chip shop. 43


The Retreat St o w u p l a n d

01449 612 511

Credit Crunch Lunch available six days a week

2 Course Lunch from choice of five on our specials board – only £6.95

✤ Kitchen open

12.00noon – 2.00pm and 5.00pm – 8.00pm Monday to Saturday 

Sunday Roast only £7.95

✤  Quiz on 3rd Monday of the month Bingo and Poker alternate Tuesdays. 44


Community Events Keith Welham

Music and Fun on The Green on 30th June

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inal arrangements are being made for a full day of music and entertainment on The Green. Bands have been booked, chosen to ensure that there will be something for everyone. Some of the bands which were most popular last year will be returning and there will be a number of new ones.

Children’s entertainment will include punch and judy, balloon modelling and a circus workshop – all free of charge. The laser chamber will be back; also funfair rides, temporary tattoos and other attractions. There will be trade stalls and stalls organised by local groups. It’s not too late to contact us if you wish to have a stall. Refreshments will include the barbecue, which is always popular, and our refreshment tent, as well as food outlets such as the crepe stall, cappuccino van and an ice cream vendor. A range of real ales and other drinks will be available from the beer tent. We have a strict ‘NO GLASS’ policy this year. This is a safety requirement and will be carefully monitored. Any drinks brought to the event in glass bottles will need to be decanted into plastic containers – so please try to ensure that you have no glass when you come along. This will save you time at the gate. We are employing professional security staff this year for the first time – another safety requirement. There will also be a police presence throughout the day. As with most things these days, putting on the Music and Fun Day this year is costing much more that last year. To provide income to offset some of these costs, we are selling raffle tickets in advance of the event. There are many good prizes, including a cash prize of £100. If you would be prepared to sell some tickets, please let me know as soon as possible. And please buy as many as you can. 45


If you would be prepared to help before or on the day, please let me know. We still need volunteers to make sure the day is fun and safe for everyone. Above all, come along and enjoy the day. The fun starts at 12.00noon.

Yard Sale and Historic Cars A date for the future! Make sure you keep Sunday, 2nd September free. We are planning a yard sale and display of historic cars. Start planning what you will have to sell and let us know if you would like to be included in our yard sale map and brochure. Do you have a historic or unusual vehicle? It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be vintage. We would be very pleased to hear from residents who have interesting cars, motorbikes, even buses or fire engines garaged away and would bring them out for this village event. Please let us know telephone 01449 673 185 if you have a vehicle you are willing to display.

Bowls Club John Mollett

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ou know when the bowls season begins â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it rains and it is cold! Unfortunately, we have had to postpone two or three games due to the weather, but we will catch up. We welcomed a number of new members to the club and we hope that they enjoy their time with us. The Open Day is on the 26th May, and (depending when Telstar is delivered) we look forward to a good afternoon or we have had a good afternoon. Cup games are coming up, together with County and Stow League competitions and I wish all good fortune. 46


Cricket Club Bob Moore, Chairman

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ello everyone. Yes, we are back, as another cricket season starts; the winter is behind us, or is it? From where I am sitting it does not look like it. I suppose it will soon change and we will complain about the heat and lack of rain; I can’t wait.

We started our season at the end of April with a trip to Stradbroke. On the way there it seemed  quite pleasant with some sunshine. On arrival, however, it had clouded over and was quite cold. Four brave souls made the trip to watch and we soon got our seats under cover. The ground was very soft and wet but both teams were prepared to give it a go, Stowupland batted first and the general opinion was that a score of around 120 would be good. Stowupland made steady progress but it was hard going; shots that would normally be expected to go for four were only making one or two. However with stops for rain we eventually amassed 95 runs – not bad as we only had ten batsmen, one man not able to make the start due to work.      Tea was taken and Stradbroke batted needing 96 to win. Showers were frequent and it turned bitterly cold but everyone stuck at it and we eventually bowled Stradbroke out for seventy, Stowupland winning by 25 runs. You will notice I have not mentioned any individual performances. Why? Because, I think every person who played that day deserved a mention. In conditions better for football they all battled on, playing in a sportsmanlike manner just to get a game of cricket. Although cold and wet, the four of us who made the journey enjoyed it, so to everyone, and that includes the Stradbroke players, well done.  The next three games that should have been played were all rained off so hopefully more to report next month.  Just a word of thanks to our friends in the football club: congratulations on your season, and thanks for respecting our cricket square and not going onto it with boots and studs. Also well done to our young cricketers who also play football – only one out with an injury and he should be back soon. On closing, I would just like to mention our treasurer and groundsman Rick Langford. Rick has had a torrid time through the winter fighting illness, a prolonged stay in hospital and long series of back up treatments have left him a bit worse for wear. However things are looking up and hopefully Rick will soon be back with us.  In the meantime Rick from myself, the cricket committee and players and all the old codgers, good luck and get well soon. You have a good nurse so good luck to Theresa as well. 47


Falcons Football Club Ian Wearing, Chairman Tel: 01449 615 789 Mob: 07901 373 373 Email: ian.wearing@complexmail.co.uk

Season 2011 – 2012

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write my final report of this season on the last day of the Premiership. MOTD Pundits, Alan Hansan and Allan Shearer talk about the “best Premiership season since its conception with all the twists and turns right up until the last minute of the last game”. All I will add to that is try following the twists and turns of our teams if you want that kind of excitement. Incredible season. And yet that’s another fantastic Falcons season over, and what a season it has been. As the teams wind down for the summer break, the club officials are busier now than at any other time during the year. Presentation Day is just round the corner, the Big 5-a-side now demands nearly all of our time ensuring no stone is unturned with the organisation. Leagues need next season’s player retention forms back and confirmation of next seasons teams. No football to play but the club never stops to breathe. The Club has again won silverware this year with our Under 16 Blues getting through to the Vase Cup final. A convincing 10 – 1 win at Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich against Kesgrave Kestrels. Congratulations to Barry Risby, Dave Long and a great bunch of lads. Unfortunately that was our only silverware of the season. We did come close to more silverware with our Under 11 Blues, who, after an excellent season, missed out on top spot by one point, as well as narrowly losing 2-3 in the Open Cup final. An amazing feat for a team so young. Our Under 8’s, Under 10 Girls and the majority of the Under 15 Girls have finished their first season of football. The U8’s & U10G’s have had a fantastic season and played some excellent football. The U15G, although unfortunate in the League, played an amazing County Cup semi final, losing 0-1 but I think my favourite game of the season. The 1st team, under the stewardship of Neil Gregory and Marky Dye has cemented a solid finish in Division 2 and stopped the free fall the team has experienced over the previous 2 seasons. But above anything else, I have to say the standard of football and hard work displayed by both adult teams has been breathtaking at times. Too late, unfortunately, to save our Reserves from relegation from Division 4 but a great base to build from in the coming seasons. 48


Altogether we had 19 teams. six small-sided teams of both boys and girls teams, eight 11-a-side youth teams, two 9-a-side girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; teams and three 11-a-side adult teams (including our Veterans). Obviously, with so many teams, not all can be successful. Some have done really well while others have had a tough season. But the experience and lessons learned will stand them in good stead for next season. Massive congratulations and thank you has to go to our fixtures secretary, Mark Theobald. With so many teams, the number of teams playing at home each week can be up to 13 and without Mark going through the fixtures for all the age groups and designating kick off times, we would be in complete chaos every Sunday morning. Special mention must go to our Under 9 Blues team. A fantastic set of lads who had their first ever league win in their penultimate game of the season. The celebrations were nothing less than you would expect at a world cup final and that was just the mums and dads. Below are the league standings of all our teams. In total, including cup games, the club played 376 games of football and scored 999 goals. P

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38

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87

60

27

48

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2

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8

195

65

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6

3

69

33

36

33

3/10

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3

0

11

17

55

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3

6/8

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16

3

1

12

22

54

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10

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6

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44

6

18

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1

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3

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Under 15 Girls

18

14

1

3

78

35

43

43

3/10

Under 16 Blues

18

6

4

8

46

60

-14

22

5/10

1st Team

26

7

8

11

38

45

-7

25

12/14

Reserve Team

22

4

1

17

36

90

-54

13

11/12

Veterans

10

0

2

8

13

37

-24

-1

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On two very serious notes, after a recent adult game, our visitors wrote to the league to complain that one of their players received abuse of a racist nature. All Stowupland Falcons players and club members are fully aware of the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zero tolerance on any kind of physical and/or verbal abuse. No individual was accused or identified and I reminded the League that the Village Hall land is a public space and spectators are able to access the area from anywhere. Can I ask therefore that if any Telstar readers hear of any similar unacceptable unsocial behaviour during a football match that they contact me or any member of the committee straight away. Secondly, this season has been particularly poor with regard to finding and ultimately clearing dog muck off the playing areas of the pitches we use. The many happy and responsible dog owners of the village that conscientiously clear their petâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faeces are to be congratulated, the few irresponsible owners that do not clear up after their pets are potentially harming our young children. Please help us to ensure the environment in which our players enjoy their chosen sport is clear of such dangers. Many thanks. Our Annual Youth 5-a-side competition is on Saturday and Sunday, 16th and 17th June, quickly followed by our Adult 5-a-side competition on Saturday 23rd June. We all would love to see you on the School field behind the Village Hall where, as well as a festival of football, there will be loads of other attractions to keep you busy. I look forward to seeing you there. With the Stowupland Cricket Club on our doorstep, Euro 2012 and the Olympics just round the corner, there is a lot of sport to enjoy over the summer until we do it all over again. See you in September.

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Stowupland Village Website

. www.onesuffolk.co.uk/StowuplandPC/ Parish Council Minutes of meetings and agendas are displayed at the Village Hall notice board (left of main entrance)

Parish Council:

Nic Perks - Chairman 01449 774 200 Jerry Voden - Vice Chair 01449 770 334 Mary Bloom 01449 676 549 Morris Brand 01449 770 678 Roger Carter 01449 612 856 Roy Cooper 01449 674211 Rick Hamilton 01449 775 403 Ben Miller 07765 408 001 Sally Reeves 01449 612870 Alan Rosten 07738 801 974 Keith Welham 01449 673 185

Clerk to the Parish Council:

Rachel Godbold 1 Felix Road, IP14 4DD 01449 770 660 pc@stowupland.suffolk.gov.uk You can contact the Clerk as follows: Tues – Thurs from 10.00am – 12.00noon

Mid Suffolk District Council:

Caroline Byles 07515 730 097 Caroline is happy to help you with any District Council matter.

Suffolk County Council Gary Green 07545 423 824 gary.green@suffolk.gov.uk

Police Safer Neighbourhood Team PC 1443 Stefan Henriksen Police Station, Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket IP14 1NJ 01473 613 500 stefan.henriksen@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

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Stowupland on the

Saturday 30th June commencing at 12.00noon

Live Music Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Activities Stalls FREE Entry!

Real Ale Tent

With a full range of drinks

BBQ & Refreshments

Friday 29th June Community Quiz - Village Hall Quiz starts at 7:30pm Bring your own refreshments Teams of up to 6 people


Telstar June 2012