10 January 2019 Halesworth & Southwold Community News Laxfield All Saints Singers

THe Laxfield All Saints Singers performed their annual carol singing for a good cause in Halesworth Thoroughfare on the last Saturday before Christmas. Starting in Halesworth Bookshop, where visitors were generously welcomed

with coffee and cake by the owner Abbie, then in the Thoroughfare , where, in an hour they raised £176. 92 for Halesworth Fire Service. Many thanks to all who contributed so generously.

Christine Cliff


CHRISTMAS is passed but our work didn't stop. We are now gearing up for another full and very busy year providing respite to family carers to give them a break from 24/7 caring role which, as you can imagine is very wearing and often stressful. every penny we raise goes to pay for that much needed break. In the run-up to Christmas, members of Southwold and District Rotary Club with some members of the Halesworth dementia Carers Fund (HdCF) stood inside the Halesworth Co-op store on the morning of Saturday 15th December, collecting a magnificent £206 for HdCF. We give very grateful thanks to them all and to the Co-op for allowing those Rotary stalwarts to collect for us, and the generosity of the people who contributed. Thank you all so much. We also thank St Peter's Church, Holton for their donation of £186.50 from the proceeds of the monthly Pop- in-Parlour Friday lunches of bread, cheese and fabulous home-made soups. These Fridays are so popular and some of our Trustees enjoyed them too. Linstead and Chediston WI ran a stall for HdCF at the Lions Christmas Fair on December 9th and raised a wonderful £220 selling cakes, produce and other goodies. Many thanks to all those who took part for making such an effort on our behalf. This is really appreciated. Our November film was a resounding success and we hope our January one will be

as good and successful. This will be 'Mamma Mia; Here We Go Again' on Wednesday 16th January at the Cut, 2.45pm for 3pm. Cost £5 as always, with our usual raffle and Jill's lovely cards. All ticket and card sales stop at 2.45pm to enable the film to start at 3pm. There is likely to be a

change of film in March. 'Book Club' may be shown at a later date, giving way to the new, amazing 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. More details later. Alice our Dementia Support

Worker has been busy over the past month and the New Year looks an exciting and busy one too. She is based at Cutlers Hill surgery on Tuesday and has another day when she can do home visits if required. Paddy Cox who stepped

down as our President recently has taken on a key role with the charity as our Family Carer representative. Thank you Paddy for leading on this extremely important role within the community. An enjoyable evening was had with the ‘ Friends of HdCF ’ attending our traditional ‘drinks & nibbles’ before Christmas at the home of our Chair Nikki. If you would like to join the ‘Friends of HdCF’ for more information please contact Dave and Jackie on 01986 875444. Finally, we Trustees and

friends hope you all had a great Christmas and we now wish you all a very happy, prosperous and, above all, healthy 2019. We look forward to your continued and invaluable support in the year to come.

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ROSeDALe Funeral Home has new bereavement support groups starting in January to help people cope with the loss of a loved one. These courses are free to attend and open to everyone no matter what funeral directors they used. Beccles, Bungay and Halesworth sees the launch of the eight weekly sessions, which are led by an experienced bereavement group facilitator in association with Rosedale Funeral Home. “Grief affects us in many

different ways and it can be especially difficult to cope if you’ve no-one close to talk to,” explained Lucy Coote funeral Community Ambassador and facilitator at Rosedale .“There are many myths surrounding grief – that time heals all wounds and that you must bury your feelings and be strong for others – and some people say that you have to let go and move on in your life – but they don’t tell you how to do so.” everyone’s


of grief is unique and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. In this group you will find people who care and understand what you are going through. The group is open to anyone who has lost a loved one – no matter how long ago or in what circumstances, and

Wenhaston Mothers’ Union

We all enjoyed our Christmas get-together at Spindleberry when we sang carols, participated in a festive raffle and enjoyed a splendid tea. Thank you to Margaret for hosting it. The January Meeting will be

on the 16th which is the third Wednesday. Please note the change from the usual second Weds to the third. This will be a Corporate Communion in Church followed by the AGM and refreshments. We have had a good year

and thank our leader, Margaret, for all her hard work. It just remains for me to wish all our readers a Happy and Peaceful New Year.

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regardless of which funeral director was used. The sessions are completely free and everyone is welcome – there is no pressure to take part, if anyone just wants to listen, that’s fine and we will be more than happy to come and greet you on the day of the group so that you do not have to walk through the door alone. Lucy said her work with bereaved families at Rosedale had prompted the setting up of the group: “Grief isn’t something that’s often discussed and it can be a huge relief for people to talk to others about their experiences. We have run bereavement support groups from Beccles, Bungay and Halesworth and our other funeral homes for some time and the responses have been tremendous.” The eight weekly sessions

will start at Bungay on 28th January at All Hallows Day Centre starting at 5.45pm – 7.15pm from Halesworth on 31st January at The Stable Room, Angel Hotel 2-3.30pm and Beccles on 31st January at The Quaker Hall from 5.30- 7.30pm. Further information and to register please call your local branch Beccles 01502 714445, Bungay 01986 892790 and Halesworth 01986 875588

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

THANK you to everyone who contributed to the appeal both this year and last, to all those who donated so generously and to the volunteers who collected, often in inclement weather conditions. The Halesworth and District

appeal for 2017/18 raised a magnificent £5439. An enormous thank you to Carole Draper for her organisation and efforts in making the appeal so successful. Due to family commitments Carole had to step down this year. The total for 2018/19 will

be published next year but is already over £6000.

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The Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund Newsletter

GOOD news at last. We have completed the purchase of the land behind Cutlers Hill surgery which is the site for the Pear Tree Centre. elm Contracts (Contracting Ltd), from Yarmouth, have been appointed to construct the centre and building will start in the New Year. The Trustees are so grateful

to everyone who supported us, particularly over the last year, while we resolved the unforeseen problems surrounding the site planning, access and drainage. So many people have voiced their wishes that the project succeeds and provides a much needed information and support service for north east Suffolk and south Norfolk, a very rural area which is 30 miles away from any similar support services. The ethos of this £880,000

centre will be one of providing a positive, family friendly atmosphere,


confidentiality, in surroundings that encourage people to relax and feel that they are being listened to, and where their questions will be answered and explored at their own pace.

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by working in partnership with other organisations, including those charitable and voluntary sectors that already have a wealth of experience in providing specialist support. Those services will include support for those affected by life threatening or life changing illness; this will extend to their families and carers. Up to date information and help with worries and concerns will be available from a trained, friendly and understanding person. The Centre will also provide counselling and bereavement support, benefit advice, complementary therapies and “well-being” days. There will be facilities for support groups and teaching. The plan is to also have a landscaped garden to promote wellbeing. The delay had cost implications which, thanks to various events and the efforts of our wonderful supporters, we have largely addressed. However, we still need to raise funds for the garden, equipment and the running costs. The Trustees ran a week in

IChameleon in July which raised awareness and recruited volunteers. Clothes and bric-a- brac from Dee’s Den, a cake day, tombola and some lovely donations raised £1,269. Halesworth Golf Club hosted our fourth golf competition on Friday 31st August which raised £3,936. The Trustees would like to thank all those who took part and the staff of HGC for their wonderful continuing support. The final sum raised by Pat Rennie on her coastal walk of 120 miles, in memory of Bud her husband, was £2,218.94. Hopefully her feet have recovered now! Heveningham


Fair continues to support the Pear Tree Centre with a very generous £20,000 donation, for which we are extremely grateful. Lois Hunt is one of our patrons and has been very supportive by also allowing us to run the yearly golf competition at Halesworth Golf club. Various

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organisations have made donations to the fund:- Bramfield PCC donated £185, Halesworth Antique Fair £200,


HAPPY New Year from all of us on the Fundraising Committee! We had a fantastic 2018 with lots of support for all our events which was great. Thank you! Switch on was a great

success with many of you turning out to come and see the new crib and of course our special visitor. The previous crib was constructed by local carpenter Don Price 30 years ago and having been repaired and repainted many times in that period was in need of replacing. We would like to thank The Reydon Trust for very generously contributing towards the cost of replacing the crib as well as the team who built it, lit it and painted it; David Hammett, Robert Hambling, Luke Hambling, Graham Goffin, Melvin Crown, Stephen Cuffe, Stephen Fitzgerald, Georgie Hammett and Michaela Bloomfield. We think the new crib is fantastic and Reydon Corner was looking wonderful over the festive period. Many thanks to Nick Westwood for supplying the sound system, the Rev Alan Perry, Councillor Barry Remblance for leading the countdown,



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we have noticed that the crib has been marked with a couple of graffiti tags. It is very disappointing to have this happen after all the hard work by the team who put the crib together for us. We finished off the

year with our Christmas Coffee Morning where we were overwhelmed by the numbers of you who came along. Thank you for your enthusiastic support; we realise things were a bit busy and will endeavour to be better prepared for large numbers at future events. The choir from Reydon Primary School were fantastic and we raised approximately £680. Many thanks to all our wonderful helpers and bakers who came along on the day as well as all the local business who donated raffle prizes. This was followed the next evening by our Christmas Family Bingo night. Yet again we were bursting at the seams with lots of people getting in the festive spirit donning their Christmas jumpers and Santa hats. The children in

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