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In This Issue Annual, biennial or perennial – confused?

Allotment Life Bird watching

Countryside Rambler

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Watch for the Invaders

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Bath – once a week whether you need it or not!

Remember When …

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Reports from Parish Council Churches Village Clubs

Spring is in the air! Why not join the Parish Walk? – see page 4 No 241

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Stowupland Village Hall on Friday, 2nd March at 7.00pm

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Chairman’s Remarks Nic Perks, Stowupland Parish Council

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t has been a strange sort of winter weather wise. Even as I write this the last of the snow is disappearing and the winds are picking up. March and Spring is around the corner at last. Just to update you on a few things from last month’s Remarks. Debenham have agreed our price for the skate park ramps and while sorry to see them go we will now have some funds for other projects around the village. We have some thoughts but if you also have some ideas please contact the Clerk or any Councillor; contact details on page 50 as usual. We received very few comments on switching off our streetlights at night and those were in favour. The Parish Council has now agreed to ask Suffolk County Council to go ahead with the conversion of all our streetlights and confirmed that we want to go ahead with the standard approach of having them switched off between the hours of midnight and 5.30am. We do not yet have any dates as to when the conversion and subsequent switching off will take place but we will let you know, through Telstar, when we receive the details. The Parish Council has also agreed in principle to take on responsibility, for a trial period of one year from April, keeping the footpaths in the parish clear. If this is to go ahead it will be subject to us receiving the appropriate funding from Suffolk County Council and agreeing who will do the work necessary. We will need to consider using either our own staff, a contractor, volunteers or, more likely, a mix of all these, if we are to carry out the work. Switching off our streetlights at night will certainly save us money. At current electricity rates the conversion work should pay for itself in less than 4 years, after which we will benefit from the savings. We also hope that by taking on the footpaths ourselves we will save some money and improve the quality by better targeting of the work necessary. Time will tell. I am also pleased to report that following Councillors’ attendance at a recent Police Priority Setting Meeting in Stowmarket, the Police have agreed to make tackling anti-social behaviour in Stowupland a priority. It will enable our PC and PCSOs to spend more time in and around the village than has perhaps been the case recently. The problem of litter around the village remains, particularly during term time. One of the ways we are trying to deal with this is by arranging litter picks for volunteers. The next is on Saturday, 31st March from 10.00am and we are once again looking for a big turnout. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there. Litter pickers and gloves will be provided for those who need them. This is also an appropriate moment to once again thank all those who voluntarily litter pick around our village throughout the 3


year. None look for thanks or recognition but they do contribute so much to making our environment a better place for us all to enjoy. Thank you all. Work on trying to understand and make sense of recent government legislation continues along with our input into the Stowmarket Area Action Plan. It is all a bit ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and reminds me of Alice’s conversation with the March Hare – “Then you should say what you mean,’ the March Hare went on. ‘I do,’ Alice hastily replied; ‘at least – at least I mean what I say – that’s the same thing you know.’” If only it was!

Spring Parish Walk Saturday, 14th April

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

Shake off the winter blues and step into spring by joining us on a walk along the footpaths and lanes of Stowupland.

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The walk is on Saturday, 14th April starting at 10.30am from the Village Hall. It will be a gentle ramble taking about 1½ to 2 hours through some of the lovely countryside that surrounds the village. All ages are welcome, as well as dogs (but leads may be needed in places).

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1st & 3rd Stowmarket (Phoenix) Scout Group at the Stowmarket Rugby Club on Friday, 23rd March 2012 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start Includes hot food and chocolate fondue Tickets: Adults £6.00 Children (under 12) £4.00

For tickets Tel. 01449 677 005


Allotment Life David Andrew

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he snow and frosts during February led to a lengthy period of inactivity on the allotments with only the occasional footprint in the snow indicating a visit by either the bored, frustrated or insane amongst us. One such hardy soul was seen spending what seemed like an eternity trying to get a parsnip out of the frost hardened ground using a variety of ground breaking equipment including spade, shovel, fork and pick-axe. He finally emerged rather triumphantly with the top few inches of said parsnip, leaving the remaining two feet (or so he said) of the vegetable in the ground. He is probably from the same school as the fisherman who somewhat exaggerates the size and length of his catch! There are, however, several benefits from having a cold spell. One is that it will almost certainly eliminate many of the pests remaining in the ground and help to break the soil down to the fine tilth that, in some years, we can only dream about. Another benefit is that this period of forced rest enables us to get to grips with many of the subjects that have merely passed us by in previous years. These include the mysteries of crop rotation, differences between annuals, biennials and perennials, raised beds, organic gardening and when to sow or plant. Now, an annual is a plant that is grown annually except when it is best treated as a biennial but can, sometimes, be persuaded under the right conditions to become a perennial. A biennial is sown annually and takes two years to reach maturity except when it is sown early enough to actually be an annual. A perennial, on the other hand, is sown in the first year to flower in subsequent years but some tender perennials flourish better if treated as annuals or biennials. Some biennials or perennials are on the other hand, removed annually by impatient gardeners if they haven’t succeeded, or the space is required for more annuals. Confused? Not surprising – but try examining the three sub divisions of annuals, namely ‘hardy annuals’, ‘half-hardy annuals’ and ‘tender annuals’. More next time perhaps. Crop rotation is another subject that often causes us considerable difficulties but the basic principle is to rotate the crops through the three families of Brassicas including swedes and turnips in one; potatoes with tomatoes and peppers in two and legumes (peas and beans to you and I), onions and root crops in the other. This immediately causes a family crisis because onions and legumes are not remotely from the same family – indeed, if they were human they would probably not even talk to each other! So why put them together? Because that’s the rules and we must all abide by the rules. Alternatively, forget all that is written and just plant anywhere space permits. After all, this is what the posh people and Chelsea designers would define as a cottage or town garden! 5


Countryside Rambler Brian Ward

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am writing this article in the first week of February. Looking out of my window snow is covering most of the garden and the temperature has not gone above freezing all day. I checked my last article and I quoted winter will come with a vengeance; well, it certainly has. Most of the common garden birds are feeding on the seed hoppers and fat balls and, also, a few unusual birds are turning up due to the inclement conditions. As I watch, a pair of stock doves are picking up the scattered seeds on the ground, along with wood pigeons and jackdaw. A solitary green woodpecker is climbing the tree but is reluctant to feed from the hoppers. A lone cock pheasant gives us a daily visit but remains very wary. Whilst on a recent walk along the river Deben at Waldringfield looking for birdlife, my wife and I were surprised by a seal popping up to look at us as it swam down river on the outgoing tide. We saw three during our visit along with a large flock of Brent geese and numerous waders as the tide left the exposed mud flats. Another tidal walk is at Snape Maltings and is called Hazlewood Marshes. The path will take you into woodland where there is much evidence of the badger population. Along the River Alde, on my last visit, in January, several avocet were on the mudflats. Also spotted was a water rail feeding along the reed fringes. This bird is rarely seen but often heard as it squeals like a young pig when disturbed. If you like deer, especially fallow deer, then Captain’s Wood at Sudbourne is a must to visit; this open woodland has many large herds of fallow deer in all the various shades from almost black to dappled white and the normal brown spotted variety. Woodcock are plentiful at this time of year. We flushed many birds as we walked the circular route of this ancient wood. This wood is also renowned for its bluebells; so try and pay it a visit when they are in flower. If you like a reasonably easy and dry underfoot stroll park up at the Saxon village at West Stow and take the route to the river Lark. Go downstream along the path and you will come to West Stow lake; the path takes you around the perimeter, much of which is woodland. The lake throws up some unusual birds as it is nearby to Lackford Lakes. On my recent visit two goosesander were diving for fish in the reed fringe margins. We surprised a Muntjac deer by the waters edge; it froze as we passed very close by. Keep warm and please try and feed the wildlife.

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Parish Council Report F ebruary M eetings Sandy Smith

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he Council was advised that Debenham Parish Council have agreed to purchase the skate park equipment allowing Stowupland to recoup all its costs. A letter has been received from ECO2, the owners of the proposed renewable plant at Mendlesham in answer to some concerns voiced by the Parish Council. They advised that all the cables coming away from the plant will be placed underground with no additional pylons. The response in respect of any increase in traffic along the A1120 transporting the straw etc. to the plant, was less clear and the Councillors felt this would need to be followed up once planning permission was sought with Mid Suffolk District Council. The repairs to the bollards outside the Post Office and opposite the garage has been delayed due to Suffolk County Council employees being deployed to gritting the roads during the snowy weather. The County Councillor advised that the gritting crews have worked very hard to keep the roads of Suffolk clear and there is still 13,500 tonnes of salt left which is just over 50% of the original total and further supplies are expected. The Suffolk County Council budget for 2012/2013 has been agreed with no increase in their part of the community charge for the second year and the Councillors’ expenses have also been frozen. He also left some paper copies of the petition for villages to sign to try and get faster broadband for Suffolk. These are available for those who are unable to register their views online. The Stowmarket and Combs Middle schools are still awaiting the decision as to whether they have been awarded Academy status. He also advised that work on the Great Blakenham incinerator is about to get under way and is due to open in 2014. A traffic signals engineer is to carry out a site visit to look at the problems associated with the traffic lights at the junction of Gipping Way with Navigation Way and Milton Road as it is difficult to see some of the lights and their programming appears to be flawed. A resident in Saxham Street has queried why the speed limit was changed from 60mph to 40mph rather than 30mph. Gary advised that at the time it did not meet the criteria to have a 30mph limit and it was felt that the Police may have problems with finding suitable places in the street to locate themselves to operate the speed gun and this may be the reason why the resident was advised that the speed limit was unenforceable. The Police were not at the meeting to offer an explanation. Jerry Voden (Vice Chairman) introduced Mr Gary Burden to the Council as he wished to join the Emergency Planning Team. As the Council have been unable to establish whose responsibility it is to cut the roadside hedge at the allotments, it was agreed to defer the decision to the next Allotments Group meeting. The Community Events group reminded everyone of the forthcoming events including the Barn Dance on the 24th March. Volunteers are still being sought to assist both before and on the day of the Music on The Green in the 8


summer. Members of the Transport, Traffic and Safety committee met with residents of Columbyne Close to discuss the problems with traffic driving through the narrow section between Columbyne Close and the track to the rear of The Green. It was agreed to ask Suffolk County Council and Mid Suffolk District Council to supply some speed cushions, additional clearer signage, warning signs of children playing and the road sign at the bottom of Columbyne Close advising that this is a ‘no through road’. The committee also advised that Phil Kemp (Community Watch Liaison Officer, Suffolk Police) had given a presentation outlining the Street Watch Scheme and that he will be writing an article for Telstar to give residents some understanding of what Street Watch is all about. The Community Speed Watch is also gaining momentum with the purchase of the speed gun, getting prices for the signs and a meeting has taken place with Onehouse Speed Watch group. The Footpaths Working Group have been advised by Suffolk County Council as to how much they will pay them if the village takes over the maintenance of the footpaths in Stowupland. It was recommended that the village will takes this on for one year initially to ascertain how long the work will take and the costs involved before committing themselves further. The Chairman reported that he and Keith Welham had attended the Safer Neighbourhood Team Meeting with Suffolk Police and, as a result, of this policing of anti-social behaviour in Stowupland has been given priority. Following the invitation for the residents to make their views known to the Parish Council as to whether the street lights owned by the Parish Council in the village should be turned off overnight, only two offered their opinions and both of them were in favour so it was agreed that this proposal will go ahead. Although there is an initial investment in equipment to allow the lights to turn off overnight, these costs will be recouped in 3.8 years and from there on savings will be made. The lawnmowers used for keeping the grass cut at the cemetery need to be replaced and it was agreed that suitable models and costs should be sought. It was agreed that the poplar tree that needs to be felled in the cemetery should have the stump left in order to cut down on costs. The District Councillor had been delayed and did not arrive until after the meeting closed so her input will be reported next month.

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Coffee Morning at Stowupland Chapel on Friday, 30th March 10.00am to 12.00 noon Everyone welcome for coffee / tea, cake and a chat. 9


Report Judy Clarke

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resident Gillian opened the meeting with best wishes for 2012 to all members and visitor, Linda. The speaker was Marion Mason, who brought us up to date with details of the Treehouse, the newly built East Anglian Children’s Hospice. Thanks to individuals, companies and organisations, the necessary funding of £3million for the building was raised within a year, an amazing achievement. With more space than the previous hospice – a four-bedroomed bungalow – there are many more facilities. An activity hall can be used for wheelchair football and there is also a very large TV, so the hall can be converted into a cinema. Brothers and sisters can join with their siblings in the hydrotherapy pool. The hospice offers a sensory room; also a music studio, where CDs can be cut and musical instruments taught. A bathroom is shared between every two bedrooms, which are light and airy with access to the verandah. Should relatives need to stay, a family room provides a sitting room, bedroom and kitchenette. Outside, a sensory garden is accessible for wheelchairs and there is a woodland walk. As many trees as possible were kept and there are seated shelters for the walk users. Obviously a lot of thought and planning has gone into providing the best facilities possible for the children and their families. As well as the three East Anglian hospices (Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham) care can be provided in the home and, currently, 132 families receive that aid and support. It was all very interesting and Marion spent quite some time, the rest of the evening, talking with members. Following refreshments, presentations were made, firstly to Mavis as winner of 2011 flower of the month competition – fittingly a hyacinth in a pot – and then a basket of begonias to Christine as winner of the monthly competitions. The introduction of our new alphabetical competition, this month's being A, was won by Mary M, with Penny placed second. The flower of the month competition continues, with Yvonne bringing the winner, a sprig of japonica. The evening was an excellent start to our 2012 programme.

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Life, the Universe & Stowupland Marion & Lawrence Harris

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nyone setting up an observatory in a garden will meet The Invaders. They fly in when the dome is open, or find tiny cracks through which to walk on six, eight, or many legs; they hitch lifts on coats and woolly hats. One winter, clusters of red blobs appeared at the top of the dome and proved to be over-wintering ladybirds. Now and then we have to lift the floor tiles to remove resident – and breeding – wood lice. We treat The Invaders respectfully, but they do have to go: they can cause terrible trouble, if they get into any of the instruments. It is easy for a small spider to get inside equipment – but almost impossible to get it out – and it could ruin the images of stars and such-like for months to come. Something like a clump of cotton wool appeared in one of the connecting points of a camera last week. It was removed with tweezers, a tooth-pick and a few exclamations – and only just in time. The tiny spiders were starting to hatch. They were heading for the interior! How quickly the lighter evenings approach. Recent freezing temperatures prevented me using my telescope because the electronics start failing. Older scopes that were controlled completely manually didn’t suffer from such things. Progress? Maybe! With all the bright planets on display this month a brief summary should suffice. The two brightest, Jupiter and Venus, converge to within a few degrees in mid-March over in the western sky after sunset; they cannot be mistaken for stars. Mars is rising and low in the south-east during early evening, found below the constellation of Leo. It is easily seen by late evening looking decidedly red. Saturn rises mid-evening, further east than Mars, and in the constellation of Virgo; its steady yellow light is distinctive. Binoculars usually show a suggestion of rings. Finally speedy Mercury is several degrees above the western horizon after sunset in early March and should be seen in binoculars if you don’t spot it with the naked eye. Ensure that the sun has set before you start looking! A group of naked eye stars clustered together can be seen high in the western sky during the evening. The Pleiades appears as a rather misty patch of stars to most people 11


but a pair of binoculars reveals the true story. The group is officially known as Messier-45 (pictured) (object number 45 on a list drawn up in 1771 by the astronomer Charles Messier) is more commonly called the ‘Seven Sisters’. It’s fascinating taking a picture of the Pleiades; a short exposure – say one minute – shows some ‘mist’ surrounding several of the stars, but a five-minute picture shows far more. The ‘mist’ is caused by dust between the stars reflecting the bright starlight.

Parish Council

Bits and Pieces

Rachel Godbold, Parish Clerk

Planning Applications Application No.: 4193/11   Holy Trinity Church Location: Erection of lamp post and noticeboard   Details: Parish Council decision: Support.

Transport – After-School Clubs In the Parish Plan update some students advised that they had problems attending After-School Clubs, at Bacton Middle School, due to lack of transport home. If this is still an issue please contact the Parish Council.

Over 60 Club P Prentice, 01449 771 724

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n 14th February we met in the Village Hall at 2.00pm, unfortunately the speaker did not turn up. We held our action table and draw and enjoyed Maizie’s savouries and cake to celebrate Florrie’s birthday. We are going out to lunch on 13th March to Stoke White Horse on Mr.Perry’s coach so details were given out for that occasion. On 10th April the A.G.M. will be held in the Village Hall at 2.00pm. Please come along and join this pleasant and friendly club. 12


Local History Group Marion Harris

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LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

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e were very sorry to have had to cancel our February meeting. In view of the icy weather and low evening temperatures, we felt it was the wisest option. We hope to re-schedule Roy Tricker’s talk ‘Eccentric Anglican Clergymen’ for next year.

Membership Over the last eight months, the Group’s steering committee has worked on the formalities involved with setting up a charitable association to study local and family history. We are now ready for members! All our activities will be open to the general public, but certain privileges are offered to anyone taking up formal membership at just £10.00 for the year commencing 1st April next.

Benefits of membership include: • reduced rate entry to monthly talks (set at £1.00 for 2012/13) • priority booking for visits to places of interest and external talks/seminars • a right to attend events organised by the Suffolk Local History Council and similar organisations • joint working with smaller sets of members in specific areas of research • voting rights at the Annual or any other General Meeting • the opportunity of serving on the Committee • having a voice in determining the future direction of the Group. To date, 31 people have expressed an interest in membership, which is highly encouraging. Each of them will have been sent a formal application to complete. Anyone else with an interest in Stowupland’s history, or in family history, should contact our Membership Secretary, Christine Williams, on Tel. 01449 771 430 and request a form. Membership forms will also be available at meetings, along with details of our programme of speakers and activities for the remainder of the year.

Talking-Point The parish boundary changed in 1935. Before that, it extended to the River Gipping and so, in 1900, there were eight pubs in the parish of Stowupland. 13


The Retreat – trading in the old building that was demolished in 1968. The Crown – was a pub from at least 1752 and probably much earlier. The Pickerel – dating from the mid-18th century but probably even earlier. The Little Wellington – opened in about 1850 and is still trading. The Duke of Wellington – traded from about 1865 until its closure in 1975. The building, opposite The Little Wellington, is now a chiropractic clinic. The Hop Pole Tavern – traded from 1856 until 1925 and stood to the left of the railway station in a section of a long building (Adulum's Cave occupies what were the outbuildings to the rear). The other half of the building was Lankester and Wells bonded warehouse. A branch of the railway ran under an arch through the building then over the river to the maltings in Stowupland Street. The Railway Tavern/Hotel - a Tollemache house, traded from soon after the arrival of the railway in 1847 up to 1978. The building is now a children’s nursery. The Kings Arms - locally known as The Two Sisters after two daughters of the Beaumont family who were associated with the pub for over 50 years. It closed in 1958 but was happily reopened two years ago. This ‘Talking Point’ was provided by Neil Langridge. ‘Stowmarket, Combs and Stowupland Pubs’ by Neil Langridge and Brian Southgate can be obtained from Neil (01449 616 275). It costs £8.00 and any profits will be donated to the churches of the three parishes concerned. For our next ‘Talking Point’, where did the Holy Trinity Church font come from?

Programme March 6th ‘The Stowmarket Gun Cotton Explosion’ by Sue and Steve Williams Admission £3 April 3rd ‘A Village in Wartime’ by Sheila Wright Admission £1 members, £3 non-members (see above). This talk is about the village of Drinkstone but we would love to be able to combine it with a small exhibition about Stowupland during WW11. Please bring anything you may have relating to that time in our own village, to show at the meeting. Both meetings will be in the Church Hall and start at 7.30pm. Please be aware that parking space at the Church Hall is limited and car-sharing could be a good option. We look forward to seeing you. 14


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ebruary, fill dyke – black or white!’ The old phase of was true this year as residents woke up on the first Sunday of the month to find a blanket of about five inches of snow. We left the warmth of the house to take a walk through the village and met a number of residents also out and about. One resident commented, as we passed on The Green, “If I was thirty years younger, I would really enjoy this!” But a lot of people were indeed enjoying themselves – a number of young people, children and parents were out sledging, making good use of the slope near the tennis court, and as we made our way home we saw that a number of people had been busy, as snowmen – and a snow dog – had appeared in gardens. Two large snowmen in the front garden of a house in Devon Road were each sporting long scarves – to keep them warm, perhaps! But, there is something special to be the first person to step onto the pristine white ‘blanket’ and leave a trail of footprints in the snow. 16


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the calendar. At the moment I am surrounded by snow. Yet the clarity and brightness of the sky lifts my heart. I love to look up into the sky on a clear night and rejoice in the vastness of the universe as I see the stars beyond number even if I know that next morning I will be clearing the ice off my car windscreen. That is all part of the variety of February and March. I love to walk by the sea, particularly if it is a rough day and then to come home and enjoy the heat of the fire (and the radiators). Wherever I look I find good cause to be glad and to rejoice in creation. I noticed in my diary today that soon I will be attending a pancake party and the following evening I will be preaching at a service for Ash Wednesday. Soon we will be in the season of Lent. No, I am not wondering what I am going to give up for Lent. I am not trying to decide between chocolate or alcohol or my favourite foods. It is not that I do not regard Lent as a penitential season. Certainly I feel it is a time for remembering what moderation is all about. But to focus on giving up, on deprivation, is to miss the whole point of Lent. At least, that is how it seems to me. What I need to be thinking about instead is what are the positive things I can add to my life that will enable me to enter into the spirit of Lent. I believe that Lent is about journeying. It is the time when we remember that Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem. He was on a journey to the crucial events that are the very core, the centre, of the Christian faith. From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday we are pilgrims, journeying with Jesus, listening to his words, watching his encounters with people. So I need to become more attentive to the story of Jesus. I need to listen more attentively to his words and I need to develop the same compassion that he had in his dealings with people. In the worship of Ash Wednesday people are invited to have a holy lent. That is what it must mean for me. I must seek to add holiness to my life by attending to Jesus and following his example. So I find that I have much that causes me to be grateful. The richness of the environment and the wonder of faith come together and I know I am blessed indeed. I hope that all of this causes me to walk through life with my eyes wide open, with my heart moved within me and with songs of praise and thanksgiving on my lips, even if much of the time it must be silent praise. So I invite you to have a holy Lent. Grace and peace,

Bill Mahood 21


P

lease note we are having a Jumble Sale on Saturday, 14th April at 2.00pm in the Village Hall. If you have any jumble or bric-a-brac, please let any Chapel member know and arrangements will be made to collect it or alternatively bring it to the Village Hall on the day after 12.00noon but before 2.00pm. Any contributions will be gratefully accepted. Unfortunately Electrical Goods cannot be accepted, as the law does not permit us to sell them. We would also welcome you coming to buy.

Our next coffee morning will be on Friday, 30th March 10.00am to 12.00noon. Please come and have a chat, cuppa, and a cake. Everyone welcome. 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 March are as follows: 4th March

United Anniversary service at Stowmarket URC No service at Stowupland

11th March

Mr William Glasse

18th March

Mr John Webb

25th March

Mrs Daphne Savage

Women’s World Day of Prayer Women’s World Day of Prayer is a global, ecumenical movement of informed prayer and prayerful action, organised and led by Christian women who call the faithful together on the first Friday in March each year to observe a common day of prayer. This year the service has been prepared by women from various churches in Malaysia and on 2nd March 2012 men, women and young people in over 170 different countries will be united in prayer as they bring the needs of the people of Malaysia before the Lord through the theme ‘Let Justice Prevail’. Our local meeting will be held at Old Newton Church on 2nd March at 2.00pm. The service will be followed by refreshments.

Afternoon Fellowship We recommence our meetings on Monday, 5th March at 2.00pm. 5th March The speaker will be Rev’d Paul Clarke the Curate from Holy Trinity. 19th March The children from the primary school will entertain us. It would be great to see any parents who felt they could join us. You will be made most welcome. 26th March The Speakers will be Dan & Jane Gurney. We welcome anyone who would like to join us at our meetings (male or female). Come and enjoy the fellowship also a cuppa. Mary Clark 22


Book the Date March Thur

1 Short Mat Bowls

7.30pm

Village Hall

Fri

2 Community Quiz (see page 2)

7.30pm

Village Hall

Sat

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

Churchyard

Sat

3 Bingo (see page 45)

7.30pm

Sports & Social Club

Sun

4 Country & Western Dance

7.30pm

Village Hall

Mon

5 Afternoon Fellowship

2.00pm

URC Chapel

Mon

5 Dance Club

8.00pm

Village Hall

Tues

6 Coffee Morning

10.00am

Jubilee Court

Tues

6 Beetle Drive

2.30pm

Church Hall

Tues

6 Local History Group (see page 14)

7.30pm

Church Hall

Wed

7 Baby & Toddler Group

9.15am

Village Hall

Wed

7 Open Church

2.00pm

Holy Trinity Church

Wed

7 Stowupland Book Club

2.00pm

Thur

8 Parish Council

7.30pm Meeting Room, V Hall

Thur

8 Short Mat Bowls

7.30pm

Village Hall

Sat

10 Jumble Sale (see page 43)

2.00pm

Village Hall

Sun

11 Country & Western Dance

7.30pm

Village Hall

8.00pm

Village Hall

Mon 12 Dance Club

Tues 13 TELSTAR DEADLINE DATE – April issue Tues 13 Coffee Morning

10.00am

Jubilee Court

Tues 13 Over 60 Club – Outing

2.00pm

Village Hall

Tues 13 Mobile Library

4.10pm

Jubilee Court

Tues 13 Mobile Library

4.30pm

The Green

Wed 14 Baby & Toddler Group

9.30am

Village Hall

Wed 14 Open Church

2.00pm

Holy Trinity Church

Thur 15 P.C. Community Events W.G.

7.30pm

URC Chapel

Thur 15 Short Mat Bowls

7.30pm

Village Hall

10.00am

The Allotments

7.30pm

Village Hall

2.00pm

URC Chapel

Sat

17 P.C. Allotments W.G.

Sun

18 Country & Western Dance

Mon 19 Afternoon Fellowship Mon 19 Dance Club Tues 20 Coffee Morning Wed 21 Baby & Toddler Group

8.00pm

Village Hall

10.00am

Jubilee Court

9.30am

Village Hall 23


Wed 21 Open Church

2.00pm

Holy Trinity Church

Wed 21 W.I. – In-house entertainment

7.30pm

Village Hall

Thur 22 Short Mat Bowls

7.30pm

Village Hall

Fri

23 Pre-School Easter Fair

1.00pm

Village Hall

Sat

24 W.I. Jumble Sale (see page 51)

2.00pm

Village Hall

Sat

24 Barn Dance (see page 2)

7.30pm

Village Hall

Sun

25 Country & Western Dance

7.30pm

Village Hall

Mon 26 Afternoon Fellowship

2.00pm

URC Chapel

Mon 26 Dance Club

8.00pm

Village Hall

10.00am

Jubilee Court

Tues 27 Beetle Drive

2.30pm

Church Hall

Tues 27 Mobile Library

4.10pm

Jubilee Court

Tues 27 Mobile Library

4.30pm

Jubilee Court

Wed 28 Baby & Toddler Group

9.30am

Village Hall

Wed 28 Open Church

2.00pm

Holy Trinity Church

Thur 29 P.C. Finance & Policy Meeting

7.30pm

URC Chapel

Tues 27 Coffee Morning

Thur 29 Short Mat Bowls

7.30pm

Village Hall

Fri

30 Coffee Morning (see page 10)

10.00am

URC Chapel

Sat

31 Litter Pick (see page 51)

10.30am

Village Hall

Sat

31 Camel Racing (see back cover)

7.30pm

Village Hall

If you wish to attend one of the events listed, and would like help with transport, please contact Good Neighbours on 07591 539 621 (new no.)

Book the Date April Sun

1 Country & Western Dance

7.30pm

Village Hall

Mon

2 Dance Club

8.00pm

Village Hall

Tues

3 Coffee Morning

10.00am

Jubilee Court

Tues

3 Beetle Drive

2.30pm

Church Hall

Tues

3 Local History Group (see page 14)

7.30pm

Church Hall

Wed

4 Open Church

2.00pm

Holy Trinity Church

Wed

4 Stowupland Book Club

2.00pm

Thur

5 Short Mat Bowls

7.30pm

Diary Dates

Village Hall

Contact Marion by email: marion@astronomer.plus.com or Tel: 01449 770 895 24


Future Events in 2012 April

13

Community Bingo

April

14

Spring Walk

April

14

Jumble Sale

June

30

Music on The Green 2012

July

8

Open Gardens Day

* 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

Snow … love it! Four-legged residents were also having fun. Dexter was excitedly leaping to catch snowballs.

Remember When John Hill

Health & hygiene in the 1940/1950s

I

feel pretty fortunate to have spent my childhood growing up in Stowupland; it was a friendly and safe place. It was not unusual for a gang of us go out after breakfast in holiday times and come back at either dinner or even tea time. The tin pond on The Green and the river down Carter’s meadows were two of our favourite haunts. We’d usually manage to come 25


home with at least one wet foot. We had our sadder times I suppose; one in particular was when we had a polio outbreak in the back bungalows. They were just called the bungalows then, Columbyne Close came later. Three boys, all living at the back, caught it – Roger Runnacres, Ron Rushton and Peter Blacksill. Nearly every bungalow had children roughly our ages, some still live in Stowupland; Rita, John, Tony and Mick to name a few. Why just those three, who knows? Roger and Ron recovered but, unfortunately, poor old Peter died. When I think about it now, I can’t imagine how scared all our parents must have been, because in those days there wasn’t a cure or a jab to keep it away. I, like most kids then, caught all the usual childhood complaints while at the junior school (now Freeman Primary). I can remember one summer holiday when I was ill for the whole six weeks having Whooping Cough and Chicken Pox at the same time. I even managed, along with two or three others, to catch Scarlet Fever. At the end of it I was drying myself after a bath and all my skin peeled off – it was like standing on a mat of talc. Bath night—now there’s a tale; it ought to have been called bath day, as it took nearly all day to get everything ready. First, mother used to get the sticks and coal in (fathers were at work), then the copper – a brick affair in the corner of the kitchen – was filled, a pail-full at a time from the only tap in the house which was in the kitchen. We didn’t have a bathroom or any pipes to take the water out, the washing up water was caught in the slop pail under the sink and then emptied outside down the drain by the side of the house, you would not believe how many times it ran over onto the floor as it got forgotten. Anyway, after mother had filled the copper, it was then heated by lighting the sticks and coal underneath it. When it was boiling – timed so we had got home from school and dad home from work – father would get the long tin bath in from its hanger behind the shed and put it in front of the fire in the living room. A couple of pails of hot water from the copper, one from the tap and the first bath was ready. We took it in turns to get in – as one got out a pail of hot water was added to the bath and the next one got in. The bigger the family the deeper the water got. I never worked out if it was best to have the first which was clean and shallow, or the last which was deep and dirty. When everybody was finished, the bath was left where it was to cool down and, in the morning, mother would empty it a pail at a time down the drain outside, except in the spring when it was used to clear the blackfly off the broadbeans. We also had to go outside to the toilet or, as it was known then, the ‘privy’. Most are still standing and used as sheds. Unlike some villages the ‘midnight milkman’ didn’t call round the bungalows and the pails, when full, had to be buried in the garden. Dougie Wade always told me that is why all the houses built at the time the bungalows were all had big gardens so you could dig plenty of holes without hitting another – sounds reasonable to me. When they put in bathrooms and indoor toilets, it felt like heaven. 26


Curate’s Letter Revd Paul Clarke

What have you given up for lent ? ! This was a question that I was asked at the beginning of lent last year and it left me floundering! Why? I had forgotten all about lent, which was embarrassing for a trainee Vicar! So, in an effort to cover my discomfort, I blurted out the first thing that came into my head – I was going to give up all caffeine. So that was it, no going back and for the whole of lent in 2011 I did not drink a single drop or consume a crumb of anything that contained caffeine. It was a nightmare! That spur of the moment decision meant that not only did I have to give up my beloved coffee ('grumpy daddy' my daughter referred to me as during that time!) but I did not realise just how many other things contained caffeine. I was often spotted rooting around in the supermarket shelves, desperate for caffeine alternatives! So this year I vowed to give up 'giving up' stuff! My family claim that I am using some kind of sneaky religious 'get out clause' but there is a seriousness behind my vow. The church calendar marks lent out as a time to strip away all that stuff that 'clutters' our lives and take stock of what is really important. What are we doing? Where are we headed? For Christians it is a vital and often a profound period as this 'step back' often deepens our relationship with God and helps change our perspective by using this time to contemplate his will for our lives. In addition to our regular services, we also follow a lent course of which all in our village are invited. Its started but you could still join in – see below for details. Some find that giving up something really helps them focus on God. I don't seem to be built that way so I am sticking to the coffee this year and instead renewing my focus on ways that I can get closer to God through prayer, thanksgiving and different ways that I scan serve him in the work that I do. I guess you could say I am giving up some time for lent! It often takes a major event in our lives to stop for a moment and take stock of our lives. Why wait? Lent is a perfect time to do this, moving through March the stillness leads the way to the cross and the next big event in the Christian calendar, Easter. Holy Trinity is YOUR parish church – please feel free to pop in and say hello! If you cannot come to us give one of us a call and we will pop in to see you! And finally, do not hesitate to contact us if we can help.

May God shield you on every steep, May Christ aid you on every path, Spirit fill you on every slope, On hill and on plain Your Curate,

Paul

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Holy Trinity Church Vicar:

Revd David Swales

Tel: 01449 675 503

Curate:

Revd Paul Clarke

Tel: 01449 672 140

Churchwardens:

Prof. Lawrence Smith

Tel: 01449 615 458

Mrs Ann Doubtfire

Tel. 01449 770 363

Church Email: holytrinityuk@hotmail.com

www.facebook.com/haughleybenefice

Services in March 2012 March

4th

March 11th

9.30am Parish Communion 9.30am Morning Worship 6.30pm Evensong

March 18th

8.00am Holy Communion (B.C.P.) 9.30am Mothering Sunday Service for all

March 19th (Mon) March 25th

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

March 27th (Tues)

10.00am Mid-Week Communion

(B.C.P. – Book of Common Prayer)

A Lent Prayer Father, through our observance of Lent, help us to understand the meaning of your Son's death and resurrection, and teach us to reflect it in our lives. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen

Mothering Sunday – 18th March We welcome families and children to our special All-Age Mothering Sunday Family Service at 9.30am, when all mothers will receive a gift of flowers. Do stay and have FairTrade refreshments with us in the hall afterwards!

Weekly Open Church Holy Trinity Church has an Open Church Session from 2.00pm to 4.00pm each Wednesday. Come on in and enjoy your Parish Church to wait for children coming out of school, for a quiet prayer, for a free cup of tea/coffee and a chat, or to enquire about church activities etc. 28


Lent Course 2012 HANDING ON THE TORCH Sacred words for a secular world Christianity is the largest movement our world has ever seen. It continues to grow at an immense pace – especially in Asia (including China), Africa and Latin America. At the same time, Christianity in the West struggles to grow and – perhaps – even to survive. In this course we consider some of the reasons for this and what it might mean for individual Christians, for churches and for Western culture, in a world where alternative beliefs are increasingly on offer. There is no need to bring anything to the sessions – just yourself! However, a Bible and notebook can be brought if you wish. At the end, if you have time to stay on, we will relax over tea or coffee together. All welcome. No need to book! Wednesday Evenings at 7.30pm : Thursday Mornings at 10.30am

Session 1 – A Christian Country? Weds 29th February Stowupland Church Hall Thurs 1st March Stowupland Church Hall

Session 2 – A Secular Society? Wed 7th March Thurs 8th March

‘Cedar Lodge’, top of Kate’s Lane, Wetherden ‘Barnston’, next door to Vicarage, Haughley

Session 3 – A Beleaguered Church? Wed 14th March Thurs 15th March

‘The Lodge’, opposite the Vicarage, Haughley ‘Pond House’, next door to church, Wetherden

Session 4 – Competing Creeds? Wed 21st March Stowupland Church Hall Thurs 22nd March Stowupland Church Hall

Session 5 – Handing on the Torch Wed 28th March Thurs 29th March

‘The Lodge’, opposite the Vicarage, Haughley ‘Barnston’, next door to Vicarage, Haughley 29


Ho ly Tr in ity Ch ur c h

NOTICEBOARD The Children’s Society

Parish Registers

The Housebox Collection in aid of the above has now been completed for 2010/2011. Thanks to your generous contributions the total amount raised is an amazing £512.52. On behalf of the Children’s Society, Thank-you to all box holders, your continued support is very much appreciated! Janet Burton – Parish Co-ordinator.

Our love, sympathy and prayers to the families of those who have recently died: 23rd January George Joseph Carson (Kit) 27th January Pamela Philpot 1st February William Buxton

Steeple View & Jubilee Court The residents warmly invite you to join them for their Songs of Praise Service at Steeple View on Monday, 19th March at 10.30am (followed by a short Communion for those who wish to stay).

100 Club Congratulations to the winners in the February draw: 1st 2nd 3rd

11 Mr D Porch 4 Mrs P Hodgkins 25 Mrs J Kirby

Funerals

Lent Lunches 2012 We invite you to join us for our Lent Lunches, all from 12.00noon on Wednesdays; 29th February, 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th March – all in the Church Hall. All lunches of soup, rolls and cheese followed by tea or coffee are free. With your voluntary donations this year we are again trying to help a local charity – the Wade House Community Wellbeing Centre. They offer day care to dementia and ‘at risk’ people in the Stowmarket area. This includes some people from Stowupland. See page 41.

Beetle Drives Come along and enjoy some fun and congenial company at the Beetle Drives that will be held on Tuesday, 6th and 27th March at 2.30pm in the Church Hall. All are most welcome to join us!

Church Hall Hire Why not book the comfortable, well-appointed Church Hall, the size of which is ideal for the smaller party, meeting or function. For further information, please contact John & Ann Parsell on tel. 01449 672 592. 30


Stowupland Post OfďŹ ce Church Road, Stowupland Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 4BQ Tel: 01449 612870

Business Mail Services NEW LONGER OPENING HOURS

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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5.30pm 5.30pm 5.30pm 5.30pm 5.30pm 1.00pm

Car Tax now available at Stowupland Post Office

Contact Sally Reeves on 01449 612870

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S towupl and G ood N eighbours

A volunteer service run by residents for residents Helpline 07591 539 621 ( New Num b er )

New phone number Cathy Welham, Secretary.

B

y the time you read this Stowupland Good Neighbours will have a new telephone number:

07591 539 621

Our previous helpline telephone, whilst covering the whole village, did not always receive a strong signal from our former network provider. We want to make sure that every time someone calls Good Neighbours the signal is strong and the message is heard clearly. We also want to make sure we can ring back promptly to confirm details of the request. We have changed to a new provider and hope you will see an improvement in the clarity of the calls made and received. Please try out our new telephone (and number). We will always try to help if we can. Just a reminder – our new Helpline Number is 07591 539 621

MAKE A NOTE OF IT NOW!

Acknowledgement – Kit Carson

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arbara, Deborah, Samantha and girls wish to thank everyone for their kind messages of sympathy following the sad loss of Kit. We were truly overwhelmed by the turnout of all those who knew him at his funeral – a fitting farewell to a very special man. We would like to add thanks to Rev’d Paul Clarke who honoured Kit with a warm, affectionate and personal tribute. Please accept this acknowledgement with our heartfelt thanks.

Barbara & Family.

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Sam’s Chatter

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cannot believe how quickly the last month has gone. Time seems to be flying by. Is this a sign of me getting old? After all I will be two years old soon! Or perhaps it is because Mummy has continued to keep Jessica and me busy. We hardly seem to be at home lately. I do like all the different things we get to do as then I do not have a chance to get bored. Jessica is starting to be a nuisance. She always seems to grab the toy that I was just about to play with. She does have a strong grip but I can usually get the toy off her. Jessica and I continue to help Mummy with our recycling. On the way to Mother and Toddler or Jo Jingles, we often have some items to put in the bottle bank at the Village Hall. One time we nearly got eaten up by the recycle lorry. It was amazing waking up to see all the snow the other week. I do not think Daddy enjoyed pushing us into Stowmarket though. I did not want to walk in it as it was so cold and the snow went over the top of my wellies. Daddy built some sort of snowman in our front garden while I encouraged Mummy to throw snowballs at him. That was fun. At the moment I go to nursery one day a week to give Mummy and Jessica a girls’ only day. Mummy sometimes takes Jessica to the mobile library on that day. Jessica likes looking at the children’s books. It looks like the library will be visiting the village less often due to cutbacks. At least at the moment we are not losing service completely. It is bedtime and Daddy is waiting to read to me. I am taking a break from writing my Telstar article for now but Mummy has promised to keep you updated. Please say hello when you see us around the village.

‘Yesterday’s World’ An outing is planned to visit this museum in Great Yarmouth on Saturday, 28th April. The admission price is £7.00, including a cream tea (I am uncertain as to what time the tea will be served, as the museum will close at 4.00pm – so it could be a cream lunch!) The coach will leave Stowupland at 9.30am and depart Great Yarmouth at 4.00pm. Coach fare, depending on number of passengers £7.50 – £8.50. If you are interested in joining this trip, please let me know by 14th March. Judy Clarke, Tel. 01449 615 386 34


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Transport, Traffic & Safety Morris Brand

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e know that speeding is still a massive concern within our community and we are still working on ways to try and combat the problem. It is not just the residents of Church Road who are raising concerns about speeding motorists. Saxham Street, Gipping Road/Thorney Green Road and Devon Road also have concerns, and let me tell you that motorists quite often forget that it is 30mph in Maple Road also! We talked some time ago about introducing a Community Speedwatch Scheme to the Village. I am very pleased to report that we have â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;joined forcesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with Onehouse Parish Council and we will operate in the areas where the problems persist. Funding is in place and all the items of equipment (speed gun, hi-vis jackets and so on) have been ordered. We have six volunteers but there is room for more. If you feel you would like to make a difference to our community and can give the odd hour or two per month, please contact me or any Parish Councillor and we would welcome you with open arms. All volunteers are vetted and trained by Suffolk Police before they can operate on the highway. Volunteers from Onehouse will operate at sites to be approved by the police in Stowupland and volunteers from Stowupland will operate in the three areas identified in Onehouse. We will operate in teams of three and all trained volunteers will be fully covered by police insurance. Residents in Columbyne Close, have been concerned for the safety of children where vehicles are travelling in and out of the Close using The Green. There is no vehicular right of access to Columbyne Close via The Green but some motorists do use the private track and drive through the narrow section of Columbyne Close at unacceptable speeds putting pedestrians at risk. Also, a car parked in Columbyne Close was recently extensively damaged by a vehicle that failed to stop. A few weeks ago, members of the Parish Council met with residents from Columbyne Close and The Green to discuss the problems and to try and reach a solution. Some measures are proposed to try to reduce or at least slow traffic down in the area. Extra signage will go up at the start of the track from Thorney Green Road stating that there is NO VEHICULAR ACCESS TO COLUMBYNE CLOSE. There will be extra safety signage at the junction of The Green and Columbyne Close and we will request from Suffolk County and Mid Suffolk Council speed cushions near No. 4 Columbyne Close and a change to the sign at Gipping Road entrance to the close to state that it is NO THROUGH ROAD. The Transport, Traffic and Safety Group meets every two months. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, 3rd May 2012 at 7.30 in the Church Hall. We welcome members of the public to come along and join in and have your say. The more input we have, the more we understand what it is that you want within the community. 36


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Village Hall News Registered Charity No 304822 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 year’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.

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Bowls Club John Mollett

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have two apologies to make; firstly that I have not included an article recently and secondly, and more importantly, to Ian Sach. The first I have solved by writing this. The second is to say many congratulations to Ian as Men’s President of the Suffolk Indoor Bowls Association. This has involved him in a great deal of work representing Suffolk playing and as an official. Many thanks Ian for all your hard work. Our Annual General Meeting in November saw a number of problems solved due to the enthusiasm of our newer members. They can be assured of the support and encouragement of us all. January gave us a most enjoyable Burns Night Supper, and we must give many thanks to all who made such a wonderful evening possible. Magnificent food, fun, quizzes and great entertainment. It will not be too long before the start of the outdoor season, and this year, thanks to Ray Blissitt and Andy Bond, we will be holding an Open Day on 26th May from 1.00pm to 6.00pm. Mark Royal (World No. 4) and John Rednall (England International) have agreed to give an exhibition game. In addition anyone will be able to try their hands at bowls; there will be fun events, other organisations will be there together with the usual refreshments etc. Ray and Andy have qualified as bowls coaches and hope to encourage young people to join the club and give some of us ‘oldies’ a run for our money. We are always looking for new members of any age. We can expect a great afternoon – more information in later editions. As soon as the weather improves work will start in earnest on the green. Please to ready to help; expect a call! Next month we will have a pie & pudding evening. Shirley will be ringing around! Best wishes to one and all.

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Cricket Club Bob Moore, Chairman

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ello everyone, just sitting here at home in the grip of a severe winter spell, 6" of snow outside and minus 4°C, I thought it a good time to do a report about cricket. There is obviously no cricket to report, but just a short report to keep you up to date. The club held the annual children’s party this year, organised by Terri Dade and Melanie Scott, and lots of children of social club members had a whale of a time. The children enjoyed games, a fantastic tea and a visit from Father Christmas, courtesy of John Wray who again did a fantastic job. The children all went home with a goody bag and a selection box, plus a present from Santa. Thanks to all who helped, especially Terri, Mel and John, thanks again Theresa who manned or should that be womaned the bar. Just before Christmas the players and officials enjoyed a get together in the club bar. Yours truly completely forgot about it – the perils of growing old I fear. Rick was in hospital, but everything went well and another night is being planned before the new season starts. Before all that, may I remind everyone that on Saturday, 10th March at 2.00pm in the Village Hall we are holding our annual Jumble Sale. There will be lots of great bargains to be had, from ladies’, gents’ and children’s clothes to bric-a-brac, and lots more; refreshments will be available. Do come and give us a look, have a chat and buy something; we look forward to welcoming you all. With the weather outside cold and miserable, it is time to remember that our season is only eight or nine weeks away now – and by then the weather will be warm, sunny and dry, we hope. Cricketers are oiling their bats or whatever they do with them in the winter, wives are busy getting whites in pristine condition for the start so all is not doom and gloom; good times and weather are on the horizon. I will be back in April to start our monthly reports. Do not forget our Jumble Sale – 10th March, Village Hall, 2.00pm. See you then; good luck everyone; keep warm and safe.

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Sports & Social Club Rick Langford, Chairman

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s I write this article winter has finally arrived, with a blanket of snow covering the sports field, leading to the cancellation of all scheduled football matches, so turnover at the bar has been curtailed. Our February committee meeting was cancelled due to the inclement weather and the difficulty with travelling. Some hardy members attended our bingo on the 4th February, when Heather Canfer took over the calling duties due to Bob Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss of voice; another session is arranged for 3rd March. Members enjoyed a social night on 11th March, with about 25 members attending. The events calendar for 2012 is nearly complete and will be available shortly. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hope the weather relents soon, and sporting activities can resume, roll on summer!

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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

Good Neighbour Scheme: HELPLINE No. 07591 539 621 (new no.) Village Hall Bookings: Hugh Blanch – 01449 612 156

Stowupland Telstar 11 issues per year. Joint issue in December/January Delivered to every residence. We welcome new residents to the village.

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Jumble Sale

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