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THE NEWS ER
one people, community events and developments in the area
Keeping everyone in touch with news of pe d area
CURIOSITY, CONCERN AND DISBELIEF Having a Mad Hatter around brings forth different emotions; on the faces of these
participants at the Great Glemham Flower Festival can be seen three of them as they take part in the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
For further pictures from the event see Page 16.
£500,000 could be spent on the school Snape owns
nape School has taken another step towards its goal of expanding to accommodate Year 5 and 6 pupils.
The increase from 50 to 70 pupils would require extra accommodation and remodelling of existing
facilities and could cost up to £500,000.
In a series of meetings, pupils and staff, parents, school governors and parish councillors have all been shown two slightly
different approaches both of which favoured a detached building at the rear of the school. In either approach improvements
would also be made to the existing classrooms.
Sara Hinton, a school governor, says that a clear preference appeared to be emerging for the version of the new building as
illustrated on page 2.
It would provide a hall of 90 square metres, with storage space, toilets, a changing room and a lobby cloakroom. This could
be used for PE, assemblies, worship, stage activities, and as an extended classroom.
The hall would have a canopy outside the lobby which would pro-
On Other Pages... vide a welcoming public entrance and allow a more secure pick up
Historic pictures plea.......................................3 and drop off point for parents
Bigsby: all is revealed......................................5 It is estimate that the work will take five months to complete.
Barrie’s letter....................................................7 However, it could be planned so that the most disruptive work takes
A Century of Guiding........................................9 place during the school holidays. Continued on Page 2
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After 800 years the Woolnough family get
the key to the door at the Blaxhall Ship
They say that there have been
Woolnoughs living in Blaxhall and
Tunstall for 800 years.
Members of the Blaxhall Ship
pub crowd were delighted therefore
that the family should be given
some formal, if unusual local
The result is the Woolnough
door. An original door in the Ship
was in such a bad state that it could
not be opened. So who better to
replace it than two of the Ship’s
regulars from the building trade?
Landlord Terry Davey called in
the Woolnough’s building firm to
do the work and Woolnough’s
Colin and Clive to declare the door
Information from Alvar Smith,
who took the pictures, speaks of
lively jollity among “musicians,
Snape School (Continued) step dancers and drinkers” which is why perhaps the
picture of the actual opening ceremony (above) has …
well, a bit of a party spirit about it.
The consultation document makes clear that in addition
to the feedback from the school the project will depend
upon the availability of funds and the necessary planning
Although the work should be funded within the context
of the Suffolk Schools Organisation Review, it should not
be forgotten that the school building was a gift from the
Garretts and still belongs to the village.
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INDUSTRIAL DAYS AT SNAPE MALTINGS The railway steam engine was not permitted to cross the road
between the station yard and The Maltings complex. At first the job of pulling the wagons across was given to a
pair of working horses, but they gave way to the tractor, above. The driver is Herbert Smith, who lived along
The Terrace, with his wife and family. Controlling traffic with a flag is Kitty Crane, who lived along Priory
Road. The man looking on is Cyril Smith, The Maltings manager, who lived in one of the Maltings houses along
Just what treasures of local history have you got in your attic?
or over five years now the main source of pictures Failing that, Brian (Tel. 688999) will always be happy
for our ‘From the Family Album’ feature has been to advise on their historical value.
the collection of photographs recording life in
Snape and the surrounding area for over a century which
Brian Boulton has painstakingly built up into an enviable
Occasionally such prints are found on eBay, and Brian Enjoy our Farmers’ Market on the
found one the other day when he spied an early picture of first Saturday of each month
his own house on the internet.
Others are given to him for preservation and protection Come to our new ‘Malsters
(he was, after all, a Superintendent in the Suffolk police).
Typical of these are this month’s print which is one of two Garden’ for a range of plants and
photographs donated to his collection by Raymond and pots for your garden
Rosemary Smith of Priory Road, Snape. Raymond and
Brian attended Snape School together. Exhibition of works by Jason
What appals Brian is the number of ancient
photographic prints which chronicle so many past
Gathorne Hardy from Saturday
activities in our communities and which are just thrown 28th May – Sunday 27th June in
away or burnt – often during a move or the house clearing the Gallery.
after there has been a death in the family.
Brian’s plea is to think before destroying or Open daily from 10am
discarding old photographs. Local museums or history For further details, tell 01728 688 303
societies will almost certainly find them of interest. www.snapemaltings.co.uk
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JOYCE LOVETT REMEMBERS VE DAY
On Radio and TV earlier this month, there were several Thanksgiving for the end of the war. I was the organist. I
accounts of VE Day 65 years ago and requests for people was only 15 but I had been organist since 1943 when Ernie
to send in their memories of the occasion. Bevin sent our organist down the mines! I was playing the
I was living at Newton Green in West Suffolk. Your voluntary at the start of the service when I heard the sound
readers may be interested to know what we did to of marching soldiers. We had feared invasion throughout
celebrate. We heard about it on the wireless of course – the war and now, I couldn’t believe it, the day after peace
no TV in those days – but we also read about it in the was declared the enemy was coming.
papers; in my family we read the Daily Herald (cover What should I do? Well, I had to carry on playing. The
price 1d). It was not called VE Day then; we were just marching feet came nearer; they marched up the Church
told that the war in Europe had ended and that we could path. But I played on. Then they actually marched into the
all rejoice in whichever way we could. Church. I couldn’t see them because, from the organ, I
We decided to have a big bonfire on the village green. could not see the congregation. I played on. When the
We had not been allowed to have a bonfire since 1939. parson came out of the vestry and stood in front of the
People took along whatever they could to burn. Of course congregation, he said, “We will sing the first hymn, Now
there were no fireworks – so we made our own, with thank we all our God”, I played and everyone sang at the
cocoa tins and carbide. If you wetted the carbide in the tin tops of their voices. I shall never forget the sound of all
it would give off a gas which would explode when you those soldiers’ voices. It was wonderful and they were
put a light to it and drive off the lid of the cocoa tin with singing in English!
considerable force and a loud bang. At the end of the hymn I was able to squirm around in
We tried to set fire to the gorse bushes – but it rained. my seat to have a look at these visitors. I recognised a few
Well, what do you expect in England? No extra rations faces – Joe, Harry, Lionel – then I realised these soldiers
were issued for us to have a party, so to provide some food were the Home Guard! They had never been to Church
for everyone my mother took some wild rabbits which my because they did their training on Sundays, in the gravel
father had caught. She cooked them until the meat fell off pit. Now here they were, looking very smart in uniforms
the bones, then minced the meat and put it through a fine which must have arrived in time for the VE celebration.
sieve. It was then mixed with margarine and seasoning. It was a wonderful service. The Church was full with
She made several bowls of this rabbit paste (or pâté as everyone praising God for our safety. We saw people there
you would call it today). My mother always made her own who normally would not have been seen dead in Church!
bread so she made dozens of bread rolls. Those rolls My Father was not there. He had gone to catch some
spread with that rabbit paste were delicious! A feast fit for more rabbits!
a king (King George VI!). Can anyone remember what happened in the villages
That Sunday there was a special service of of our Benefice to celebrate VE Day?
Mrs. Rachel Trotman TAking A STEp inTO A gREEnER fuTuRE
MSSCh. MBChA Inspired by the screening of the film The Age of Stupid, a
group of enthusiasts have created a new environmental
VISITING CHIROPODIST initiative called GreenerSax.
At meetings in the town’s White Hart Hotel and in
(Member of the HPC)
Benhall Club, the group, who live in Saxmundham and
47 Fairfield Road, Saxmundham surrounding villages, have elected temporary officers, set
up a bank account, adopted a constitution and established
Telephone 01728-604460 a ‘marketing’ committee to work on a GreenerSax
logo/identity and set an agenda for early action.
They hope to tour local events with a roadshow this
summer to listen to people’s concerns and share
information on green issues such as energy generation and
Already GreenerSax is making the local area greener
and less reliant on fossil fuels, particularly oil and gas.
The organisation aims to be relevant to all members of
the community and welcomes everyone who wants to get
involved. To find out more, contact Sarah Durrant on
01728 633196 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ChiLDREn’S REpORTS On SnApE WhO WAS BigSBY?
COMMuniTY pRiMARY SChOOL ACTiViTiES
Last month we asked, “Does anybody know who
BASkETBALL CLuB (by Poppy Gallagher, age 7) Bigsby was?”
The Basketball Club Jesse and Nellie Friend of Benhall Green have sent us an
is led by Mrs extract from a paper written by Michael Catchpole in 1997,
Clinton and Mr Tom about Richard Stopher (born 1767), a prominent citizen of
Allen. The year Saxmundham, at times its overseer, constable, assistant
three and year one commissioner of taxes, auctioneer and postmaster.
children go to this The paper states that William Long lived at Hurts Hall
club every Thursday at the time of the 1840 census, with his wife Ellenor, five
afternoon. It was children, a governess, five male and ten female servants.
really fun so far. Among other things, he built Saxmundham’s Market Hall
We’ve learnt to do (originally a corn exchange), the school rooms next to the
dribbling, passing, shooting and how to move. It was quite parish church, and the Town Pump. Hurts Hall remained
tiring. We used mini basketballs because they were junior the home of the Long family until the 1950s.
balls. Mrs Clinton and Mr Allen used big balls with Apparently, Long commissioned various works to
hands! These are the children who did the basketball club: improve the grounds of Hurts Hall. A new cut was dug for
Liam, Archie, Sian, Aster, Poppy, Abbie, Toby, Callum the River Fromus and marsh ditches were filled in. A
and Saskia. number of buildings were demolished on the Aldeburgh
Road in Sternfield and along the route of London Road.
CREATiVE WORLD DAY(by Abigail Barker age 7) Among the latter was a pub called The Coach and Horses,
On 4th May, Snape and a house which stood, more or less, on the site of
School went to Snape Potter’s Garage (now J T Pegg and Sons) which for some
Maltings for a brilliant years had been the residence of a Reverend J Bigsby.
Music World Day run What is not clear from Michael Catchpole’s paper is
by Phillipa Reive and whether it was William Long who, having made these
Bella Scarr. It was alterations to improve the outlook from Hurts Hall,
excellent. Children decided that the newly aligned junction of the London and
from Snape, Coldfair Aldeburgh roads should be named after the man whose
Green, Saxmundham, Yoxford, Middleton and Peasenhall residence he had ordered to be demolished, or whether the
joined in. There were lots of groups, including African road junction simply became known as Bigsby’s Corner
songs, junk percussion, English folk singing and traditional through popular usage by the travelling public.
dancing. The junk percussion was fun. We learnt a dance
from Kent where we had sticks and had a partner and then
whacked each other’s sticks!
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STERnfiELD ChuRCh Sign LEiSTOn AnD SAXMunDhAM SChOOLS
fORM A LEARning pARTnERShip
Readers who use Church
Hill in Sternfield will Leiston High School, Saxmundham Middle School, and
have noticed the very Leiston Middle School have announced that they have
smart new church sign now formed The Leiston – Saxmundham Learning
which was put in place Partnership (LSLP) to formalise the strong working
in early May. links that exist between them as they move toward the
The more sharp eyed two tier system.
observer will have On Wednesday, 16th June, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm,
noticed the two serpents the schools of The Partnership will hold an exciting
writhing about the top of forum to collect views about the future plans to merge
the sign – giving a clue the three schools.
to its provenance. There will be an opportunity to hear from the Head
Dr Charles Foster Teachers of Saxmundham Middle, Leiston Middle and
lived in Sternfield for Leiston High Schools. In addition there will be a series of
many years and for informal activities to include topics such as Teaching and
eleven of those was a Learning, Uniform and Behaviour.
Churchwarden of St Additionally, during the evening there will be an
Mary Magdalene’s opportunity to meet with parents, governors and teaching
church. The sign is staff from all schools in our catchment area.
erected in his memory. This will be a great opportunity to contribute and feel
Charles was a distinguished anaesthetist, and was a part of the developments to the two tier system.
consultant at St Thomas’ Hospital in London where he Please come along. Your views and ideas are vital in
headed the anaesthetic department. shaping the future of our children in this area.
Serpents and medicine have a long historical Refreshments will be provided during the evening.
association in the Christian, Hebrew, Islamic and Please confirm your attendance by contacting one
Classical traditions. The rod of the mythological of the schools in The Learning Partnership by Friday,
Asclepius, a serpent-entwined staff, remains a symbol of 28th May.
medicine to this day. Contact telephone numbers are:-
The sign was made by Jonathan Lear using gilt kindly
donated by Michael Newson, while the signpost was Leiston High School: 01728 830570
made by Creative Metal of Parham. It will be permanently Leiston Middle School: 01728 830886
fixed and formally dedicated in the summer Saxmundham Middle School: 01728 602777
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By the time you read this it may be summer, the wind will have moved out of the North East and so it is warm at last.
Most people feel invigorated when it is sunny and warm rather than cold and dark.
One of the stories of Jesus’ life told in the Gospels is where Jesus, having preached to a large crowd asks his disciples,
many of whom were fishermen, to take him across the Sea of Galilee in their boat. Jesus is tired and falls asleep in the
back of the boat, probably on a pile of nets. However, as they reach the middle of the lake a storm comes up, as happens
frequently on the Sea of Galilee. This must have been a particularly bad storm as even the experienced fishermen start
to panic as water starts to fill the boat. The disciples wake Jesus pleading with him to help them as they are all about
to drown. Jesus speaks to calm the storm which duly subsides much to the amazement of the disciples.
It is quite tempting for us to be quite snooty about the disciples panicking as we have had centuries to come to
understand the nature of God but in reality are we so different to them? Most of us are grateful to have Jesus in the
boat with us as we sail through the choppy seas of our life but we are usually quite content to leave him snoozing on
a cushion at the back of the boat, because that is where we all prefer Jesus to be, in the background, asleep, quiescent,
untroubled and untroubling. To be woken only in an emergency to sort things out for us, miraculously.
When our lives become turbulent, when things begin to go drastically wrong, when tranquillity departs and storm
winds arise, then we shake Jesus by the shoulders and say, “Do you not care that we are perishing?” Hoping, - though
maybe only half expecting - , that he will rebuke the wild wind, pacify the roaring sea and that peace and stillness will
return to our lives. If this indeed happens and the storm does calm, then we sing him a brief hymn of relief and thanks,
but then quickly change the rhythm and tempo to what is appropriate to a lullaby to send him back to sleep again.
However, if he fails to rebuke the wild wind when we awaken him, and the turbulence in our lives continues, then
it is we who rebuke him, and as often as not tip him overboard. We find ourselves in that large group of people who
have thrown Jesus out of their boat because he wouldn’t provide a miracle to order.
It is often useful to remember that the authors of the Gospels are writing them years later and the stories may have
improved with the telling, so it is only speculation as to what actually happened and how quickly, because we can
never know. What we do know is that what ever did happen it reassured the disciples. Did the sea did literally die
down at once, the wind stop blowing, and all become calm? Perhaps it was rather more subtle than that; once Jesus
was awoken everything may suddenly appeared to be different, the wild weather ceased to frighten and began instead
even to exhilarate because in the company of Jesus anything, but anything can be faced.
A child no longer fears the dark, if a parent holds their hand. It is not that the darkness has changed or become
lighter, it is just that they are in reassuring company, company that they trusts will ultimately see them right no matter
what. Having Jesus travelling with us in our lives drives out fear and calms our troubled spirits.
Many people who throw Jesus out of their boat do so because he hasn’t miraculously calmed the troubled waters
of their life, or prevented the death of someone they love or has simply failed to deliver the demands on their “shopping
list”. Those same disciples who were in the boat with Jesus were also the disciples who witnessed Jesus’ agony on
the cross. They came to understand that some things are only achieved with difficulty and after pain but that our God
is one who walks with us and supports us in such times, rather a meddlesome, miracle-mongering God.
As we grow in faith we are more prepared to trust God and to follow his guidance, rather than demand favours and
miracles. Everything appears to be different, wild weather ceases, the sun comes out and summer is with us; we are no
longer frightened; we can face the future confident that in the company of Jesus anything, but anything, can be faced.
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puppiES ARE A Sign Of SpRing
LETTERS TO ThE EDiTOR in fARnhAM
Dear Editor A litter of seven
I would really like to thank all those people who have Labrador puppies
given me sponsor money for running the London was born on
Marathon, despite my not asking for it beforehand. The 16th April in
total raised to date for The St Elizabeth Hospice is Farnham.
£129.00. I completed the run in 3 hours 55 minutes 5 Their mother,
seconds, a personal best for me. Inca, is as pleased
Marion Walker, Snape with them as her
Dear Editor Ogilvie, though
In 2007, I wrote to you about ‘Signs of spring’. That Caroline admits
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Robin Alderson, Snape handful!
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giRL guiDE CEnTEnARY CELEBRATiOn AT ST EDMunDSBuRY CAThEDRAL
It was rather a damp, grey morning on 7th May when several ladies
from this Benefice joined a coach from Framlingham for a trip to
Bury St Edmunds for the Guide Centenary Service. The event,
which was mainly for adults who were past and present members
and supporters of Girlguiding, took place in St Edmundsbury
Cathedral. The Cathedral was full to bursting, and there was an
infectious buzz of delight as old friends and fellow Guides and
Guiders from the past were re-united.
The singing was led by the Trefoil Choir, and the Service started
with a Processional Hymn during which the colours of Girlguiding
Suffolk were brought into the Cathedral. After welcomes from the
Dean and County President Sue Greenfield, there were more hymns
interspersed with readings and prayers, all given by members, old The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich with the
Colours of Girlguiding Suffolk
and young from the County.
Lady Juliet Townsend, Vice President of Girlguiding UK gave an excellent address in which she shared memories
of Guiding and pointed out how things have changed over the years.
During the final hymn the colours were returned and the Bishop gave the Blessing. Two verses of the National
Anthem were sung and the Service ended with Taps.
After the Service there was tea and cake in The Athenaeum, a fitting end to a wonderful occasion.
If anyone would like to know more about Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Trefoil, or becoming a Guider or helper,
please contact Jill Smith 663767.
guiDing ThROugh ThE YEARS
Ebb and Flow offers its own tribute to celebrate 100 years of guiding.
Thanks to Janey Hawksley and Hazel Hammond we can show a
comparison of guiding in the 1930 and today. On the left are photographs
of a Girl Guide Camp in Sternfield in about 1935,
and on the right, pictures of Saxmundham Guides
at camp last summer.
Benhall Green, Saxmundham
Tel: 01728 603554 Mob: 07712 633098
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s I write, a cool breeze is drifting in from across the fields. It feels a little harsh for May. A bit too cold. I had
got used to writing with numb fingers in my farm office in the last days of the winter months, but it feels a
bit odd to be cold once again in mid-May. This is despite it being a bright day. Somehow the full heat of the
sun’s rays does not seem to be reaching the earth. The hotch-potch start to Spring – a mixture of warm sunny days,
cloudy days and others which are decidedly cold – has seen the pastures stop and start. Grass likes to be warm and
nicely wet to thrive. When the temperature falls off, so too does the growth of the grass in the fields. On sunny days
the air does feel a little bit dusty – as though the light of the sun is present, but somehow a bit distant. I wonder if the
ash in the atmosphere is partly responsible.
The hedgerows have decided to brave the weather and JASON GATHORNE HARDY’S
are laced with new leaves. The youngest tips of the
hawthorn are a waxy crimson green, carrying bundles of UPPER ALDE VALLEY DIARY
new leaves and blossom behind them. In the woods, the
looser foliage of the young hornbeams and beech trees is bright green, almost
the colour of the pure chlorophyll within them. Dangling from the dark
branches, the leaves look not so much like objects but wafer thin patches of
light intercepted. They are quite something to behold, especially in the
evenings, when the rich golden light of the sunset shafts through the trees.
Down on the farm, things are slowly getting back to normal after the
Spring Festival. The barns have been swept, all the signposts gathered in
and the Festival Exhibition taken down. The last of the sheep are out in the
fields with their lambs at foot. The ewes have taken a bit of time to recover
from the long winter. They are all well – but it was a struggle for them to
be in the barns all the time during the long cold months of snow and frost.
One of the rams has also just returned to the paddocks after convalescing in the old bull pen at White House Farm.
He was butted by one of his companions and needed a week or two to get back to health.
Alongside the calls of the sheep in the fields, the loudest sound around the farm house and yards is bird song. On
sunny days it feels like treasure chest has been opened. The song, the sunshine and the abundant fresh foliage on the
land all seem to bundle up into an extraordinary eruption of Spring. A chaffinch has taken up residence in a yew tree
above the back yard of the house. The cock bird chirps loudly whenever the small supply of sunflower seeds and
peanuts on the oak bird table runs out. Blue tits and coal tits are nesting in cracks and holes in the buildings. And two
families of house sparrows have taken up residence in the roof. Their day-long chatter brings back memories of the
past, when thousands of the birds used to live in the countryside. But no
swallows yet. The loft space in which they usually nest stands empty,
door open in anticipation. The absence of their swinging calls and
evening chitter is much missed. I hope they come back.
It was wonderful to welcome so many guests and visitors, families,
friends and tourists to the Spring Festival this year. The month has left
many thoughts and conversations to absorb. One of the most interesting
discussions was the Knowledge Fair on 23rd April. It changed from being
a large conference into a small working group. Two themes emerged
from the morning’s presentations and conversations: the need for land
for people to grow food on; and a need for some sort of larger gathering or conference to discuss transition plans. As
the Gulf of Mexico fills up with oil in the most tragic and messy way, with reports of submarine slicks as large as our
coastal AONB, it must, surely, be time to kick the oil habit. It’s a challenge, but how much longer can we keep doing
this? The potential benefits, opportunities and even blessings or joys seem much greater than the ‘costs’! Have a
wonderful Spring and early Summer – go green, stay warm!
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hAppEningS in ThE COMMuniTY
gREAT gLEMhAM OpEn AREA – RESiDEnTS COnSiDER hOW iT WiLL LOOk
At two events organised by the Parish Council in May,
residents in Great Glemham were consulted for their views
on the proposed Open Access area in Butchers Field behind
the Village Hall.
Christine Fisher, a landscape architect who has been
involved in a similar project in an Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty near Waldringfield, has been appointed by
the parish council to help steer the project. She was present
at both events.
First, there was an open meeting at which Christine
explained the idea of an area of ‘playable space’ for children, which would also offer space for adults, not forgetting
wildlife. Nearly 60 residents, including 10 youngsters, took part and Suffolk Coastal’s head of planning, Bob
Chamberlain, was in attendance. At the meeting, small groups of residents discussed how they would like the space
to develop and set out their ideas on drawings of the area. At a more informal second event actually held on Butchers
Field, families and children ignored the drizzling rain and chatted to parish councillors before retreating to the village
hall for refreshments.
A group of residents, made up of enthusiastic proponents of the scheme as well as those with concerns, will help
Christine as the design evolves. All comments will be carefully and sensitively considered.
Further information about the parish council's plans is available, from the honorary clerk, Nicholas Redman
DEJA Vu in ChORuS Cup
With eight groups competing this year, the Judges
admitted that it was a very difficult decision, but finally
awarded the cup to ‘The Ship’ with ‘5-In-a-Bar’ in
At the beginning of May, The Crown, Snape, was the
venue when ‘5-In-a-Bar’ performed and the end of May
saw them providing entertainment at Snape’s Golden
It was a case of deja vu when The Chorus Cup was held ROSSINI
at The Ship in Blaxhall, on Sunday, 11th April. Petite Messe Solennelle
The competition, part of the pub’s long-standing
tradition of folk music, was revived in 2008 having lapsed St Michael’s Church Framlingham
for some years. On that occasion Snape’s ‘5-In-a-Bar’ Saturday 3rd July 8.00 p.m.
won the cup with ‘The Ship’ coming second. Last year Tickets £12, £6 (under 18’s half price)
the roles were reversed with ‘The Ship’ declared winners from Aldeburgh Music Box Office,Framlingham Stationers,
and ‘5-In-a-Bar’ coming second. choir members or at door.
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MORE hAppEningS in ThE COMMuniTY
ALDE VALLEY LunCh CLuB WOMEn’S fELLOWShip
With a cold wind blowing outside, a warm welcome Chairman, Janet Burrows, stepped into the gap when the
awaited 45 members of the Club at their lunch on expected guest speaker, the local Community Police
11th May. They will meet again on Tuesday, 8th June at Officer was unable to come to the meeting on 4th May,
12.00 for 12.30pm, when roast lamb with new potatoes due to injury.
will be on the menu, followed by that all time favourite, Instead of hearing about the role of the Community
lemon meringue pie. Please contact the Secretary, Brigid, Police Officer, members were treated to a light-hearted
on 602030, for further information talk about a period in Janet and Colin’s life when they
accepted a job as gardener and housekeeper at the ‘big
BODY ShOp BEAuTY nighT AT SnApE house’ in a lovely area of North Wales. Janet recounted
COMMuniTY pRiMARY SChOOL how they came to apply for the job and what a happy time
it was in their lives after Colin had taken early retirement
Snape School Parent Staff Association raised a brilliant from teaching.
£110 for the PSA at their recent Body Shop Beauty May’s meeting also included the Large Bring and
Night, when some lovely ladies and one man (!) came Buy stall for the Fellowship’s charity which was a
to Snape School for a great evening together. Everyone great success.
had a good time. The June meeting on Tuesday 1st June will take the
Their next event will be a ‘HUGE’ fun afternoon on form of a short service to celebrate the Fellowship’s
Friday, 16th July starting at 3pm. There will be lots of birthday, conducted by the Reverend Barrie Slatter, with
exciting stalls, face painting and a grand draw. the birthday cake, baked this year by Janet. Jane Hilaire
will also come along with her stall of birthday and other
celebration cards and wrapping paper for Phoenix Cards,
which will be on sale during the evening.
ThE BEST Of CAkE Off!
Theo Bird, the organiser of ‘Cake Off!’ reports that the
event raised £165 in aid of Shelter. The competition to
find the best cake in the Alde Valley was held as part of
the Alde Valley Spring Festival at White House Farm.
From about twenty entries, judges Lucy Robinson and
Alfie Gathorne Hardy, awarded 1st Prize (Best Cake) to
Cards & Celebrations a Chocolate Sponge by Kirsten Heckterman, 2nd Prize
35, High St Saxmundham going to a Spicy Lemon Hot Cross Bun Mash-up by Cara
Bird and 3rd to a Rhubarb Delight from Lindsey Gray.
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The Best Cake that’s not a Cake went to Victoria Romero
Huge selection Everyday & Seasonal Greeting cards for her delicious cheesecake.
Hadleigh Maid handmade chocolates & other gifts
Full range of Cake drums/boards in gold & silver
The event was well-attended, the cakes were fantastic
Cake tops & mix & match Cake decorations and everyone left very happy and well-fed. Theo thanked
Several cake stands available for hire from £8 w/e everyone who took part to make the event a success.
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SnApE ViLLAgE fun DAY WiLD fLOWERS TO BEnEfiT SnApE Wi
Plans are under way for this year’s Fun Day which is to Visitors will have a breathtaking wild flower experience
be held on the Playing Field on Saturday, 7th August. on Saturday, 5th June, when Gromford Water Meadow
Please put the date on your calendar, tell the family, will be open to visitors between 2.00 and 6.00pm. £2.00
friends and the dog and watch future editions of Ebb and entry will benefit Snape WI. For more details call 688673.
Flow for more information. Lots of help will, of course,
be needed to make the day a success. STRATfORD ST AnDREW AnD fARnhAM
ChuRCh fETE AnD
BLAXhALL pATROnAL fESTiVAL pRinT AnD piCTuRE SALE
Blaxhall Patronal Festival will take place on 26th and 27th The Annual Fete at The Barn, Stratford St Andrew, which
June between 11.00am and 5.00pm. Attractions will opens at 2.30pm on Sunday 4th July, offers a chance for
include flowers, all-day refreshments, music, plants and you to sell prints or paintings.
books sale, an art exhibition and a new, exciting WW1 A 20% commission, which goes towards Farnham
archive research display. Church’s General Fund, is charged on all sales.
Spend your pennies to fund the facilities! Collection or delivery to The Barn, Stratford St Andrew
on Sunday 27th June between 3.00 and 7.00pm. For more
BLAXhALL ViLLAgE fETE details call 605667 during office hours or 604184
evenings or weekends.
Blaxhall Village Fete will be held on the Playing Field on
14th August opening at 2.30pm.
There will be Books, Bottles, Cakes, Ice Cream,
Produce, Tombola and White Elephant Stalls with a lot of
side shows. Refreshments will be tea, coffee, juice and
homemade cakes in the Village Hall.
WALLED gARDEn TEAS
The next walled garden teas take place on Sunday,
13th June from 1.30pm If anyone can help by providing
cakes, manning the tea and cake stall or washing up,
please contact Carolyn Glennon on 603376.There will
also be a stall of good quality bric a brac, books, jams,
CDs and so on to raise funds for the Creature Comforts
Appeal in aid of the proposed disabled toilet and kitchen
area at the church for which they have now received a
If you have any donations for the stall just bring them
along. Around £220 was raised at the first Teas on Sunday,
9th May. Sincere thanks to all those who came along to
support the event.
The Suffolk Marine Centre
The Showroom, Main Road,(A12) Stratford St Andrew,
Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1LF
Tel: 01728 605522
We have fleeces in glorious colours just in case it isn't!!
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MORE COMing EVEnTS
LiTTLE gLEMhAM pARiSh ROOM – ARTiSTS in gREAT gLEMhAM
ELViS 'n' ChipS
Suffolk Open Studios promotes artists all over Suffolk. It
Simon Goldsmith, who recently achieved 35 hours of a encourages them to open their homes and studios to the
non-stop Elvis singing marathon in aid of St Elizabeth public to view the artists at work and encourages the
Hospice, will be coming to Little Glemham Parish Room purchase of their paintings.
on Saturday, 19th June, to perform his hugely popular Ken Minns who has recently moved to Great
Elvis tribute act, in the persona of Harry Isaac Presley. Glemham is opening his studio in Chapel Lane for all of
This will be followed by a Fish & Chip Supper, and a lot the four weekends in June. He has been a member of
of laughs. The evening starts at 7.30pm and tickets are Suffolk Open Studios for some years but this year he was
£12, obtainable, in advance only, from the Lion Inn, Little judged the best overall artist for his pigs which the judges
Glemham. thought were ‘great fun’, for which accolade he received
a £20 voucher.
gREAT gLEMhAM Another Great Glemham artist, Richard Nichols, had a
SiX ChARiTiES fETE surprise visitor that gave added wildlife interest to one of
his recent art sessions. A young female adder slithered in.
The Six Charities Fete will take place on Saturday, Rather than being studied too closely, she was shown the
12th June at Stone House, Great Glemham, by kind door. His next two art classes in June are at Snape on
permission of Mrs Barbara Richardson, starting at 2pm Friday, 11th and Friday, 25th June. Details of these can
(if wet in the Village Hall) be obtained by telephoning 663722 or emailing
This Fete was started by Lady Foster (who lived in firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stone House) many, many years ago. Nobody is sure of
the date of the first event, but it was certainly in the
1970’s. Lady Foster was unhappy at the number of people
coming around the village collecting for various charities,
so she started the Six Charities Fete. The format has
remained much as it is today, but has grown in size. There
will be an excellent Plant Stall and large White Elephant
stall as well as Cakes, Tombola, Books and Toys, Nearly
New clothing, Raffles and delicious teas. All the money
raised is split equally between the Six Charities. This year
we are collecting for MIND, E.A.C.H., Lifeboats, Red
Cross, The East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Oncology
Department of Ipswich Hospital.
The children from Framlingham Primary school will
be demonstrating Maypole Dancing.
The organisers always go around the Village collecting
items for all stalls on the Wednesday before the Fete. This
year it will be 9th June, in the evening. Articles may also
be left in the porch of ‘Dumgoyne’ (opposite the Village
Hall) during the week before the Fete.
Let’s hope for a really beautiful afternoon.
Farmers’ Market on Saturday 26th June 9am to 1pm
Lots of local produce plus local crafts.
Come visit to see a wonderful array of stalls.
A great day out for all the family!
Open every day from 10:30am to 6pm. Daily activities included in the entrance price such as
pony rides, hold a chick, hug a bunny, pony and cart rides and so much more.
We are delighted to announce the arrival of our Suffolk Punch foal.
See our website for further details: www.eastonfarmpark.co.uk
Easton Farm Park, Easton, Woodbridge, Suffolk T: 01728 746475 or email: email@example.com
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On ThE LighTEr SidE fROM ThE REgiSTERS
F was the first letter of the words for last month’s quiz MARRiAgES
which gave you the answers: family, fidget, falcon,
famous, fillet, fender, fiddle, forgot, frenzy, figure, friend, Karen Elizabeth BAKEr and Graham Kenneth
feeler, finger, frills and former. Did you manage to work JOhnSOn were married at St Mary’s Church, Farnham
that out? on Saturday, 29th May.
This month is a more difficult quiz. In each sentence a
girl’s name is hidden in anagram form, just as Thelma is funERALS
hidden in The malt.
Helpful hints! The names all have six letters and the Kathleen Elizabeth WOOdCOCK, aged 79, at The
letters are all placed adjacently. Church of St John the Baptist, Snape on Friday, 28th May,
1. She was a girl of great charm. followed by burial in the churchyard.
2. A maple leaf is the emblem of Canada
3. An airman leads an exciting life AnnOunCEMEnT
4. Family harmony is good for the children
5. A ship on the rocks may sink The Funeral of Mary hAMiLTOn SMiTh from Snape
6. To be called to the bar is a great honour was held in the North Chapel of Ipswich Crematorium on
7. A boy may be punished if he is late Tuesday, 4th April.
8. The jockey rode near to the rails
9. Grinding is work done in a mill
10. Some people prefer brown bread to white
RAinfALL in ApRiL
As recorded in Great Glemham
TO MAkE ELDERfLOWER SuMMER DRink
1st - 2mm 3rd - 3½mm 26th - 3mm
2nd - 2½mm 25th - 1½mm 30th - ½mm
4 heads of elderflowers, 1 gal cold water, 1½ lbs sugar, Total rainfall for the month - 13mm
2 tblspoons wine vinegar, juice and rind of 2 lemons. Days without rain - 24
Mix all together. Leave to stand for 24 hours, then
bottle. Leave for two days before drinking.
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More pictures from the hugely successful Great Glemham
Flower Festival which included fun in the church and an
archive exhibition in the village hall.
For the children, attractions included a Mad Hatter’s
Tea Party and for the flower artists the theme was Once
Upon a Time.
Illustrated above is one of the flower arrangements –
an ugly duckling made entirely of daisies.
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