Sweffling Events

SATURDAY 2nd December, 9.30am to 12noon. Christmas Market in Framlingham United Free Church Hall. Cakes, pre- serves and pickles, crafts, pres- ents, cards, toys decorations, raffle, mincepies, coffee and much more! Free entry. Friday 8th December, 7.30pm.

“Christmas Brass” in Sweffling Church (IP17 2BL). A concert of music and carols by Leiston Royal British Legion Brass

Band. A great start to the Christ- mas season. Tickets £7 adults, £3 children

to include interval refreshments. Book with Diana (01728 663518) or come on the night. Saturday 9th December, 10am

to 12noon. Christmas Brunch and Christmas Market in Swef- fling Village Hall. Bacon (and egg) rolls, fresh

coffee and tea, Christmas stalls, raffle. Free entry.

News from High Suffolk Rotary

AT our monthly Debenham meeting in October we were joined by Lucy, from Lucy Jane Flowers in Debenham. In an entertaining and inspiring talk, Lucy demonstrated both her skill with flowers and the energy which makes her a successful businesswoman. Thanks Lucy! Debenham Pre-School: Rota-

ry members have been busy... After building the new raised flower bed, Rotarians also paint-

Villain or Victim? The Tragic Tale of John MANN

THE October gathering of the Alde Valley Family History Group was treated to an absorb- ing talk by Peter Davidson (ably supported by his wife, Eliza- beth) about the many children boarded out with Suffolk fami- lies by Dr Barnardo’s nationally renowned homes - ‘Ups and Downs’ - Barnardos Foster Children in Suffolk 1890-1950. Following retirement from a

career in the chemical Industry, Peter Davidson studied History with the University of East Anglia and is an experienced family historian. His interest in Barnardo’s ‘foster children’ was first sparked by a black and white group photograph brought to an open day hosted by Wick- ham Skeith History Society, the reverse of which identified sev- eral of the youngsters pictured as ‘Home child’. Aware that this term indicated

a link with Barnardo’s, Peter began his research, initially drawing on information gleaned from the National Censuses and School admission registers. He subsequently established that the majority of Barnardo’s chil- dren were not orphans, but were placed into care because their mothers had died during child- birth. It was while tracing the lives

Home children arriving in New Brunswick in 1905

of these children in Suffolk that Peter came across many instances where individuals simply disappeared from UK records, leading him to discover that thousands of the children had been shipped to Canada in the late 19th century, in the belief that this would give them the ‘best hope of a happy life’. Comprehensive records com-

piled in Canada, including digi- tised copies of a regular maga- zine ‘Ups and Downs’ published there, have enabled Peter to put together intimate biographies of many of the so called ‘Home Children’. With the blessing of Barnardo’s, he has also been able to access a substantial col- lection of haunting photo-

graphs, some taken when the children were first placed in a home. One particularly poignant

tale was that of Maggie Brooke, born in England in 1880 who, at the age of 13 left Liverpool for Quebec on the ship, Labrador. Upon arrival in Canada, she was first sent to a distribution centre at Peterborough, near Toronto, before being placed with a fam- ily in Ottawa. Five years later, acute illness necessitated her return to England where, having been briefly reunited with her first foster parents in Wickham Skeith, she died from tuberculo- sis on August 11th 1899, aged just 19.

ed all the fencing too. Santa is coming! See Santa on

his sleigh at the following loca- tions: Eye - Monday 11th December; Debenham - Tues- day 12th and Wednesday 13th; Stradbroke - Monday 18th December; Framlingham - Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th December. Listen for the music from 6pm until 8pm. Why not join us for our annual

New Year’s Walk and blow away from Christmas cobwebs? Join Rotary - make friends,

have fun, help others. You could be part of this, as a Member, Associate or Friend. For more information or get in touch…

News from Framlingham and Saxmundham Cats Protection

AS we approach the end of another hectic year, we can reflect on the cats and kittens Fram and Sax CP has helped during 2017. We have taken in and found wonderful new homes for many felines. We have had our teams out at numerous events to not only raise money, but to spread the word about the work we do. We have trapped, neutered and returned many feral cats and found homes for feral kittens where possible. We have also provided neutering vouchers and contributed to vet- erinary bills for those unable to afford the cost themselves. Volunteering Opportunities: If

you love cats and have some time to spare, you could help us in the coming year to do more of what we do best - helping felines

The Suffolk & Royal Anglian Regiment Leiston Branch OCA

OUR monthly meeting was held in the Leiston Day Centre at 10am on the first Friday of the month. Our Chairman, Alf Wat- son opened the meeting and then called for a minute’s silence in honour of our long time mem- ber, Ray Saxby. Once again, we send our sincere condolences to Ray’s family. The second item on the agen-

da was the Christmas Party due to be held on December 23rd at the LTAA. Owing to the loss of Ray, and the recent illness of Ron Freeman, our chief organ- iser, it was decided to cancel for this year, and perhaps have a meal together in the New Year when things may have improved a little. Due to the loss of key person-

nel, messages and Association information from HQ in Bury St Edmunds have been interrupted. However, Taff Gillingham of the ‘Friends of the Suffolk Regi- ment’ is now producing a monthly “Bulletin” and is pre-

pared to email it to all interested parties. We realise that not all our members have an email address, but most will have chil- dren and grandchildren who could receive it and pass on the news. Anyone interested in receiving the Bulletin (and back numbers) is asked to pass on a contact email address to John Richardson (who will pass it on to Taff). There is interesting news about the rebuilding of first world war army huts as a muse- um and visitor centre, called the Great War Huts Museum, near Bury St Edmunds, to house many artifacts. Taff has many contacts and his writings have an interesting turn of phrase. Simi- larly, anyone who can make a contribution to the content of future copies, (stories of their service, photos, etc.), please let any one of us know, and we will then get things moving. Wishing you good health and

blessings, Jim Taylor

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