THE STANTON STEAMER Number 142 January 2009 Extract from the Suffolk County Council Waste Core Strategy Issues and Options (Part II) Strategic Sites View the complete document at: http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/958FC4D3-8832-4DF9- 86DA-27BD13586A27/0WasteIssuesandOptionsStrategicSitesv2.pdf Site 26: Shepherds Grove Industrial Estate, Stanton/Hepworth Site owners include: R & P Baker/ Rossfleet Investments Ltd Area of site: 67.40ha Area required: approximately 5ha Potential use: residual waste treatment facility 1.0 Overview 1.1 This site occupies part of a former military airfield that was completed in 1943. After use in the cold war period the airfield became redundant in the 1960s. Many of the original buildings have found new uses and other buildings have been constructed on the former main runway and other surfaced areas. Most notably a large mushroom farm was constructed, but this now too has become redundant. 1.2 Existing waste users include the County Mulch who operate a composting facility close to the former mushroom farm. The most high profile development proposal in recent years was the proposed IKEA warehouse. It is now understood that this will not now be built and that the site is currently for sale. 1.3 As part of the process of identifying suitable potential sites for the location of a residual waste treatment facility, the County Council has identified this site as being suitable. The selection process included comparison against absolute and comparative criteria and sustainability appraisal. The documents concerned are available separately. http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/environment/mineralsandwasteplanning/wasteplanning/wastedevelopmentfr amework.htm 1.4 The site itself is designated as a General Employment Area and is adjacent to the A143 allowing a suitable access to be established with the Strategic Lorry Route Network. The Replacement St Edmundsbury Local Plan 2016 indicates the establishment of a roundabout linking the industrial estate to the A143. 1.5 Beyond the immediate adjoining area around the site are areas designated as Special Landscape Areas, County Wildlife Sites and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The design of the facility must safeguard these aspects. 1.6 The site overlies a major aquifer, is close to nearby groundwater abstractions and is within Groundwater Source Protection Zone 3. The site is also located within a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone. Precautions therefore must be taken to prevent contamination. 1.7 Modelling carried out by the consultants suggests that air quality could be maintained above guidelines. 2.0 Environmental Safeguards 2.1 The following assessments would be likely to be required as part of an Environmental Assessment in support of a planning application for a strategic residual waste treatment facility. Transport Impact Assessment Cultural Heritage Assessment Visual Assessment Air Quality Assessment Noise Assessment Ecological Assessment 2.2 The above studies would where appropriate need to identify suitable means of mitigation so that recognised environmental standards would be met. 3.0 Buffer Protection Areas 3.1 To the north the site is the A143 and beyond that the village of Hepworth. To the east of the site beyond existing employment areas is agricultural land and the villages of Wattisfield and Walsham Le Willows. To the south of the site lays existing employment areas including County Mulch‟s composting site and beyond agricultural land. To the west of the site is an employment area and beyond that residential areas including Stanton. 3.2 Because of the size of the site there would be the potential to provide landscaping to mitigate the impact on the surrounding area. In particular views from the A143 and nearby residential properties could be softened by planting and if required the subtle use of bunding would reduce noise impacts. 4.0 Conclusion 4.1 A large site that is well related to the Strategic Lorry Route Network. Proposals must ensure that sensitive surrounding land-uses are adequately safeguarded visually as well as in terms of noise, air quality and amenity. STANTON METHODIST CHURCH Contacts: Rev C Gibbs, 33 Abbeygate, Thetford - 01842 753819 Mr Ray Stanley – 252207 4th 10.30am Morning Service – Miss M Hammond 5th 2.30pm Bible Study 11th Morning Service – Rev Ritchie (service includes Communion) 12th 2.30pm Bible Study 18th 10.30am Morning Service – Rev C Hough 19th 2.30pm Bible Study 21st 2.30pm Service at Ashmore 25th 10.30am Morning Service – Rev J Taplin 26th 2.30pm Bible Study Thanks very much to everyone who supported our bumper coffee morning last month – we made over £200. 1st January is a time when we traditionally make new year‟s resolutions. We want to improve ourselves, make changes to our lives, but it is never that easy. We intend to lose weight... but that piece of cake looks so tempting. We join a gym with the idea of getting fit, but never seem to find the time to actually go there. We vow to make more time for God in our lives, but somehow the days slip by and we feel no nearer to him. Instead of making grand intentions which may be out of reach, it is often better to make small changes to your everyday life. For instance you can work on your resolution to get fitter by incorporating more physical activity into your everyday life, walking a bit more, or simply putting more energy into everything you do. If you set yourself small daily goals you are more likely to achieve them and feel better about yourself. Similarly, we can make more room for prayer in our lives, if we choose to. Any odd moments – in the shower or bath, whilst travelling, waiting at the doctors or dentist, standing in a queue, or even when hanging on the phone listening to one of those annoying voices saying “All our operators are busy, but please hold on, we do value your custom”. At such times we can let our worries and concerns fill our minds, or we can allow our thoughts to turn to prayer, and our bodies to become calm and peaceful. New Year‟s resolutions are not a bad thing, they show that we want to become better people, but sometimes we set goals which are too big and we get easily discouraged. Making haste slowly is often the better option. Pat Peacock, Secretary CHILDRENS ACTS CONEY WESTON VILLAGE HALLL UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED 4.30-6.00pm DATES: THEME READING 9th January 2009 Epiphany Mark 1:4-11 23rd January 2009 Signs of Glory John 2:1-11 6th February 2009 share the good news Mark 1 :29-39 20th February 2009 looking to Lent Mark 9:2-9 6th March 2009 commitment Mark 8:3 1-38 20th March 2009 Mothering Sunday Luke 2:33-35 3rd April 2009 Witness of the Cross Charlotte Last from Barningham can come to ACTs if you are unsure about leaving your child in a new place for the 1st time. Charlotte is known to many of the children who attend Barningham School. Childrens Praise Service Dates at St Andrews Barningham starts at 3.45pm 28 th January 2009; 25th February 2009; 25th March 2009; 29th April 2009 ALL SAINTS CHURCH Rector: Rev. David Messer The Rectory, 1 Old Rectory Gardens, Old Bury Road, Stanton, IP31 2BX Tel: 01359 250239 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Rev. D. Messer is NOT available on Thursdays Services for January 2009 4th Epiphany 8.30am Holy Communion 9.45am All Age 11th Baptism of Christ 11.00am Holy Communion 6.45pm Praise Service 18th Epiphany2 8.30am Holy Communion 11.00am Morning Prayeer 25th Epiphany3 8.30am Holy Communion Every Monday, Thursday & Friday 9.00 am Morning Prayer Services in our companion parishes Barningham 4th 11.00am Holy Communion 11th 8.30am Holy Communion 18th 11.00am All Age 6.00pm Evening Prayer 25th 11.00am Anglican/Methodist Coney Weston 11th 9.45am Morning prayer 25th 9.45am Holy Communion Hopton 4th 9.45am Morning Prayer 6.00pm Evening Prayer 11th 9.45am Morning Prayer 18th 9.45am Holy Communion Market Weston 11th 6.00pm Evening Prayer 25th 11.00am Holy Communion Thanks to Jean Elers and her helpers at the Whist Drives for a further £606 for Church funds in November 2008 The Christingle Service in All Saints on Sunday 7 December was unusually lively as children made their own Christingles, while David, our Rector, through the hubbub explained the theme of the light of Christ illuminating a dark world and the love of Christ surrounding it. Warmth generated by enthusiastic singing helped fend off the cold of the unheated church. Many thanks to Johnny Webber who generously provided the oranges, as he has done for many years. £62 was given for the work of The Children's Society. Welcome........ How truly welcome is our church is a question to ask about all aspects of our church life. How easy is it join a study group, prayer group or the choir? When we had the Curry Evening in October one of the things that came out was that people would like a personal invitation and perhaps this is something we need to do more often. Ask the question -would you like to come, or would you be willing to help with... without any pressure. We have a great history of hospitality and welcome within the church and it something that perhaps we have forgotten as it is sometimes assumed that we will automatically do it. We are good at it but sometimes forget to do it. We can see in the Old and New Testament that the ministry of welcome has always been important. Kindness and hospitality towards the stranger was required of the Israelites. The Gospels have many stories of Jesus being welcomed (or not) and of his being a welcoming person. In the Epistles Christians are encouraged to welcome one another-Welcome one another, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God (Romans 15:7). To welcome someone is to offer them the unconditional acceptance which Christ offers us. So as a welcoming church we should face outwards to share the love and forgiveness which comes from God himself. This sense of welcome is something that I always receive when I go on Retreat. For many people it may 'take courage' to come to church. Some people come because of a personal crisis. I turned to God when my Dad died and I knew that he was there for me. Or we turn to God because of the sense of peace and tranquillity that can come from being in his presence. But it is not always ease-church doors are often thick and heavy and are hard to open-do not underestimate what it takes to open that door and cross the threshold. We need to be welcoming and helpful at all times for example before, during and after the service. Do not be afraid to offer hep and do not be afraid to ask for help because what is done can be often confusing even for me! I know that a surprising number of people slip into a church on a weekday-are our churches open and welcoming for people to do this. To sit quietly, to pray to just think away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I often just sit quietly well in advance of a service just being with God. Do our churches as buildings and communities offer the sign of a living and loving God to people who seek comfort, peace or forgiveness. Do they show that we are aware of the real world around us with all it joys and sorrows. As we welcome in the New Year let us welcome all people into our lives. Happy New Year David Messer “In Your Garden” with Tripp Batt of Stanton January isn‟t the most appetizing of months for gardeners to be enticed outside, but those with fruit trees and bushes at least ought to consider a short outing that may save time later on in the year. A winter spray or „wash‟ as it‟s called, will deal with dormant eggs of the various pests that can ruin fruit and stem growth later in the season. Just because we‟re not out in the garden doesn‟t mean that plans cannot be made. One enjoyable pastime is choosing seed varieties for the coming season, and I always like to try something different in addition to selecting the tried and tested varieties. More and more consumers are becoming aware of the value of growing food which they can be sure has been grown in the way they would like it to be. Varieties grown for mass markets are often chosen for keeping and packing qualities rather than taste, so selecting your own has several benefits. Seed potatoes will also be available in early January, as will onion sets and what is probably the easiest vegetable to grow, shallots. It‟s also quite a good idea to plan out your plot in advance, remembering to rotate your crops so that the same types of vegetable don‟t go into the same space as last year. As a general rule of thumb, a three year rotation should be of the following sequence; Roots, Brassicas, then Legumes. Potatoes can be fitted in with either of these as long as they rotate. This will also help you to decide what space you have for each vegetable so that you don‟t buy more seeds than you have space for. If you‟ve saved seed from last year, they should be fine for a second season providing they‟ve been kept dry. Happy Gardening! Ian Shilling tel. 01359 250268 NEW YEAR'S DAY FOOTPATH WALK Work off those New Year's Eve excesses with a breath of fresh air on this Traditional Village Footpath Walk. Anybody welcome, including dogs. Boots or wellies advisable. Meet at the War Memorial at 10 am on Thursday 1 January and after the walk return to Street Farm House for home-made soup and a roll. No charge, but a donation to the East Anglian Children's Hospices would be appreciated. John Robinson 251078 STANTON FOOTBALL CLUB There has been some real nail biting matches this month with two of the cup matches going to extra time and the reserves taking theirs one step further to a penalty shoot out - and if I ever had any nails, there were none left at the end! Both teams are still doing well in Cup matches so please come along and cheer them on. January fixtures see some really entertaining teams in the village from Grundisburgh, Felixstowe Utd. Reserves, Ransomes and Thurston. There should be plenty of action there to keep you all entertained. A reminder that we are still looking for helpers with teas, running the lines and match reports for the press if you are interested. And most importantly - a date for the diary is SATURDAY 31 January 2009 at the Community Centre when we are holding our infamous Race night - first race at 7.30pm prompt. £5 entry fee includes a ploughmans supper and a great evenings entertainment. Raffle and bar provided. We look forward to seeing you. 100 Club Draw - November 08 £50 -37 -Anthony Bray £30 -59 -John Smith £20 -30 -Paul Dorling. Joy Mayhew, Secretary Stanton FC tel 251668 email@example.com“ Stan CoCo Trust Monthly Tote Draw, November 2008 The draw for November was made at cuttinroom.com Hairdressing Salon on 2 December at 3.30 pm . 1st prize £100 No. 61 Mr. R. Edwards 2nd prize £ 40 No.323 Mr. R. Stimson 3rd prize£ 20 No. 71 Mrs. J. Mayhew Please remember that any voluntary organisation in Stanton working for the benefit of the village or its residents may be eligible for a grant from one or other of these Trusts. Groups seeking financial aid from either The Stan CoCo Trust or The Stanton Village Trust should apply in writing to the Secretary: Mrs. Sally Courtney, 18 Honeymeade Close, Stanton, IP31 2ER. Please support the Tote, which is the only source of income for these trusts Phone John Robinson (251078) for information. COMMUNITY FUNDRAISERS FOR ST NICHOLAS HOSPICE CARE Hi, we are Community Fundraisers for St Nicholas Hospice Care and our names are Sue Long and Ian Norris. Our job is to work in and with the local community to raise vital funds for the Hospice. We support people in all their fundraising endeavours as well as holding fundraising events for local people to enjoy. An important part of our role is to spread the word about the essential service the Hospice provides to the local community and to encourage as many people as possible to join us in support of our work. Are you a member of a social group or club? Perhaps a church or a Women‟s Institute? What about your local school? If you or anyone you know would like to hear more about St Nicholas Hospice Care we would be delighted to come and talk to your group. There is no charge for this service and talks are tailored to the age and size of the group. We are available during the day, evenings and weekends; whenever your group meets we can be there. We are passionate about the Hospice and the vital service they provide to local people, we would love to share this passion with you. Together we can make a difference. To arrange a talk please call us on 01284 747624. We look forward to meeting you soon. We also have a Legacy Officer, Margaret Lee, who you can contact on 01284 755000. Leaving a legacy to St Nicholas Hospice Care is another way you can help us to secure our long term future. If you have never made a will or have not updated your will recently give Margaret a call to see how easily this can be done. We will be holding Wills week during June 2009 when appointments can be made with local Solicitors who have agreed to take part and waive their normal fee for a donation to St Nicholas Hospice Care. Thank you On Monday 24/11 at about 4pm on a dull damp day I fell in the road near the War Memorial. A kind man, unknown to me picked me up, drove me home and saw me indoors. I sat in a chair, my outdoor clothes covered in mud and felt very weepy. Two hours later I was still sitting in the chair when a knock at the door made me get up. The same kind man had come back to see if I was OK. I asked his name and where he lived but my brain was asleep and I didn‟t register anything but his Christian name which is Peter. I really want to say a heartfelt thank you - a real true Good Samaritan. Olive Bacon Another successful Christmas Tree Festival An enormous thank you to everyone who supported the festival this year and to those who decorated trees and came up with such wonderful and creative ideas. We raised almost £700 towards the cost of the new church floor which is marvellous. Thank you to everyone for their generosity. The winners of the tree judging, as voted by members of the public, were as follows:- 3rd place Mothers and Toddlers, 2nd place Ixworth Guides, 1st place Royal British Legion. Thank you so much to all those church members who assisted in the planning of this event and all the hard work involved on the two days themselves. It looks like the Christmas Tree Festival is firmly established as a successful annual village event, thanks to the support and generosity of our village community. With grateful thanks, Caroline Clarke. All Saints Church, Stanton. People of the Soil - P.O.T.S. I gave a slide presentation in November entitled " What a load of rubbish" or more politely it should have been "Garden Decorating". This is one of my favourite subjects in gardens as we are keen collectors of unusual items to enhance our garden:- we have among many other items a railway signal, cart wheel, moped frame, the copper coil from inside a cylinder, many signs and much more. Our programme starts again in January with the new year's dinner to be held at the" Rose and Crown" in Stanton. In February we have Ray Upson with his collection of slides on Butterflies and Wild Flowers. Tony Fry comes in March with his selection of clematis and climbing plants.In April, Phil Mizen talks about herbs. Alpine Campanula is the subject which Sue Wooster will present in May. If anybody wants to come to any or all of these meeting then we meet at Market Weston Village Hall. at 7.30 PM on the Last Thursday in the month (excluding December ) Annual fee £5-00 Admission £1- 50 (non-members ) £0-50 ( members ) This includes tea, coffee and biscuits ) Any queries then please phone Alan Johnson on 250739 ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Attending the monthly meeting of the Stanton District Branch there were 12 members present, which was held at The Cock Inn, Stanton on Tuesday 9th December commencing at 8 pm. Apologies had been received from 5 members. The members were welcomed by the Chairman, D. Sexton who then opened the meeting with the Exhortation and Silent Tribute. The Secretary read the minutes of the previous meeting also the correspondence and relevant points discussed. The Treasurer, R. Baker gave his financial report. The Branch officers & committee are pleased to appoint Mr. Peter Raven as The Branch President. An up-date of the social calendar was given by the Vice-Chairman, F. Clarke, Forthcoming events are: Dec 19th Thursford Christmas (2pm) Show. Coach to leave Stanton at ll.00hrs. Jan 17th Sausage & Mash Night, a fundraising evening, with a raffle for the Branch, at the Cock Inn, Stanton starting at 7.30pm. All are welcome. Visits to RAF Honington (February) and The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas are being arranged, hopefullv more details available at the next meeting. At the conclusion of the official business a social evening continued with refreshments and the raffle drawn. Next „C‟ Group meeting will be on Thursday 8th January 09 and be held in The RBL Club, Bardwell commencing at 8pm. All members are welcome to attend. Next Branch meeting, will be on Tuesdayl3th January 09 commencing at 8 pm. B Bartrum Hon Secretary THANK-YOU FROM TRIPP BATT We would like to thank all those who supported our Teddy Bear draw in aid of Breakthrough the breast cancer charity. Congratulations to Rachel Butler, the winner of the two lovely bears. STANTON PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION The next members meeting of the Stanton Pensioners Association will be the Annual General Meeting on 2nd February 09 in the small hall and lounge of the Village Hall, Stanton, commencing at 2pm. Items for the agenda should be submitted in writing to the secretary no later than 26th January 09. Now, January, is the time to re-new your subscription, £1 for the current year, your cooperation will be most appreciated by the treasurer. B. Bartrum Hon. Secretary SPA The Village Herbalist January 2008 I fulfilled the ambition of a lifetime at the end of last year with a trip to India. It is the maddest sanest place I have ever been, if that makes any sense. In amongst all the wonderful experiences I had there, was the experience of another countries medicine and of being among friends. What I mean by that is that in India “every man is a doctor”. The great thing for me about India, is the awareness at grass roots level of how to use plants and spices to treat illness and keep people healthy. Babies have a black paste smudged around their eyes to protect against the “evil eye”. That may initially sound like medieval superstition. Upon further enquiry though, I was told that the black paste contains, amongst other things, charcoal and Neem. When you consider that babies can‟t brush flies off their eyes and are thus more vulnerable to eye infections, and that charcoal neutralizes poisons, and Neem oil from the Neem tree is antibacterial, antiparasitic and anti-inflammatory it makes sense. This, of course, is my purely western science based view. In India, plants and precious stones are still seen as possessing their own spiritual energies, something we find difficult to “get our heads around” in the west. My back pack was half full of herbal and homeopathic medicines of course, and within days I was treating other people, including the men rowing our boat down the Ganges. It was rewarding to find that essential oil capsules (I have extra training to make and use these) and homeopathy proved to be quick, effective medicines against Delhi belly. Getting these down someone in extremis in a tuc tuc bucketing at high speed through the pot holes of Varanasi was a new experience. (“Indian massage in Indian helicopter” yelled the grinning tuc tuc driver). We then continued treatment during the wait at the railway station (cow on the line) and on the overnight train. Not the most charming of souls, my patient was later given a big lecture by our guide as to how lucky she had been that I was there, because otherwise she would have been admitted to hospital and it would have been very expensive for her. The irony is that I was already ill with Delhi lung when I joined the trip (I‟ve made that condition up ). This became worse with the terrible pollution India suffers from now. I took everything I could get my hands on, including antibiotics. No better. Those familiar with this column will be pleased to know that I‟ve now made garlic honey on a boat on the Ganges! The cook with us thought I should have ginger in it too, so in it went. Finally, at Varanasi, I went in search of an Ayurvedic doctor. This is the ancient medical system of India, which extensively uses herbal medicines. I saw a doctor for three minutes, was given a herbal cough mixture, spicy “bunny droppings” to suck, and twenty one tiny paper screws of dried herbs to take. This was about £2. One of the herbs was long pepper, classically good for asthma. Within twenty four hours I was breathing more easily. Mind you, when I ran out and we were back in a polluted area I started coughing again! So not a totally happy ending. But a fantastic insight into another system of medicine, and my beloved herbs. Hilary Holden MNIMH is a medical herbalist with clinics in Eye and Stanton. Queries to 01359 252278 SWWAG Second annual planting day at Sid's Piece We'll be having our annual planting day on Sunday 1st February, 11.30am. Everyone is welcome to join in at Sid's Piece and help plant some young trees in our second of ten plots, which by 2017 will be part of a fully planted wood. There will be free soup and rolls at around 1pm and we'd like as many many people to come as possible, even if it is just to give moral support! Last years event was a great success with over fifty people of all ages and abilities joining in! For those who don't yet know where Sid's Piece is, it is further up Upthorpe road from the windmill at the top of the hill on the left. Please bring a spade if you can, although we do have some spares. We'd also like to remind everyone that this is a community area with freedom to enter and leave at any time. There are some great views back across the village which are especially photographic at sunset time. It's your space, please enjoy it! Ian Shilling 250268 TEA DANCE We are pleased to say our Tea Dance is going well. Christmas is nearly here so our last Tea Dance will be the 18th December and we will re-start on Thursday 8th January 09 Look forward to seeing you all then and remember dancing is good exercise, so come along! Every Thursday 2 - 4pm £1.50 Eddie 250729 FAREWELL TO A FRIEND Those of you who walk through the churchyard will miss the friendly face of Soddy, the black and white cat who patrolled the churchyard and greeted visitors on the path, and even inspected the inside of the church from time to time. Soddy died early in December and his ashes will be scattered by the church porch where the Spring snow drops grow.