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Halesworth & Southwold Community News January 2019 19 News from 'Valerie's'

“LOTS of people go mad in January. Not as many as in May, of course. Nor June. But January is your third most common month for madness.” (Karen Joy Fowler in 'Sarah Canary') It’s not a favourite month

for most of us, broke and a bit jaded after the excitement of Christmas. So what better way to cheer up than by coming into the shop and finding a pretty and inexpensive treat? Or even a nice, warm coat? There are quite a few of those in stock, as well as warm boots and woollens. Just to remind you of how it

works: 'Valerie's' takes in high quality and designer ladies' clothes, in mint or nearly-new condition, and offers them for sale. You will receive at least 50% of the sale price, and possibly more if yours is a high- ticket item. everyday clothes are more popular than party dresses, and interesting labels sell quickly. Bags, jewellery

and accessories are also very welcome. It is preferable to ring in advance if you want to bring items in. From this month 'Valerie's'

will open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am until 4pm, and on Saturday from 10am until 2pm. We might be able to arrange a a visit outside these hours if you ring me on 07785 570750. If you have left items in the

shop, then please ring to check whether they’ve sold, once the agreed time has passed. Quite a few of you have forgotten, and have money owing to you. Talking of money and another possible change, it’s a real nuisance that there is no bank in Halesworth now - and the post office cash machine has not been too reliable so far. So, is this the final thing that will push me to take card payments? Quite likely, so watch this space.

Happy New Year, everyone! V.L.

Halesworth in Bloom, 2018's successes

THe photo shows our prizewinning gardeners at HiB's award ceremony at the Cut back in October 2018 - apologies for its omission from December's report. The Future: The turn of the

year is always a good moment for reviewing the past and planning the future, and at our recent planning meeting, those present were unanimously in favour of not entering the Anglia in Bloom contest in 2019 for the reasons outlined below. We would like to take this opportunity of sharing our thinking on this with the wider community before the final decision is made. In previous years, HiB has

been very successful in the Anglia in Bloom contest, gaining a Gold award for the town in 2014–2017 and Best Small Town in 2015. If we were to enter in 2019, our aim would be to equal these achievements, especially by winning Best Small Town again, a goal that sadly eluded Tamsyn in 2017. However, this would necessarily exhaust much of our limited resources and energy because of the need to identify and complete new projects, as well as producing a detailed portfolio of our work. (HiB Committee members consider it extremely unlikely that we would achieve Best

Halesworth Men’s Shed January Update

THe Shedders would like to wish all our readers, members, friends, donors and supporters a happy and prosperous New Year. We are looking forward to a year of growth, new challenges and continuing success in 2019. We welcome new members and visitors so please come along and see us. This year we have plans to

change our entrance and to expand our engineering area and the generous donations we received in 2018 have enabled those projects to be planned for completion. Shed opening days and

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and 2019's plans Small Town again as our main competitor, Frinton-on- Sea, has significantly greater resources and funds than we have available, and we won Best Small Town in 2015 only because Frinton did not enter that year!) The meeting took the view

that HiB's resources would be better deployed in maintaining our existing projects to a high standard and developing stronger links with other community groups, in the hope of encouraging others to get involved. In 2018 the business frontages were judged for the HiB annual award by an Anglia in Bloom judge against AiB criteria - we hope to repeat this next year. If you would like to express

your views on the above, HiB would be glad to hear your thoughts in order to reach a decision supported by the community. Please do so by emailing us on by Friday 11th January. A blooming happy new year from us all!

Halesworth and District University of the Third Age (U3A)

NeW Year Resolutions? Retired? Why not join Halesworth U3A. Come live learn and laugh with us. As usual our December ‘open

to all members’ meeting for a second year took the form of a successful film and cake event, when over 60 members and guests gathered at The Cut on Wednesday 19th December. We watched ‘The Quartet’, a film perhaps best described as an endearing mature Romcom starring many familiar actors from the U3A generation. Poignant and funny in equal measure, some commented. Following the film many stayed on at The Cut for tea, cake and

chat. We should like to thank the staff at The Cut for making it such a fun afternoon and for hosting our talks so successfully throughout the year. The New Year sees us return

to business as usual with regard to our monthly meetings at The Cut. We invite U3A members and the wider public (of all ages) to join us next on Tuesday 15th January at 2.30pm when Prof. John Midwinter will give a talk about Climate Change. In particular he will discuss how this is likely to affect us individually along with what we might do as individuals to help mitigate its effects during the coming years to the

benefit of both ourselves and the generations that follow. As always, no charge to U3A members all others most welcome £3 on the door. December as usual saw

both the U3A Melody Makers choir, and the Ukulele groups entertaining others at various venues. The walkers continued to walk, the birdwatchers watched, the Real Ale research group continued their selfless research with good numbers attending these and other groups despite the many other distractions at the festive time of year. So, if you are retired and looking for something new

January in the Garden With Signature landscaping and maintenance

We hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas and saw in 2019 with friends or family. The post Christmas period can be the coldest and wettest of the year, but that does not mean that there is nothing to do.

Obviously if there is

snow or heavy frost stay off the garden and if its wet you probably won’t want to go outside, so take the time to plan new planting. You may want to be a little more adventurous and add something to the garden like a raised bed, these can make gardening easier as the higher soil means less low working so less bending. January can be a fabulous planning month, but there are some jobs that can done (weather permitting). It is cold and frosty for the

birds as well, so it's a good time to look after wildlife. In addition to putting out food, birdbaths can easily freeze over which deprives the birds of a much-needed source of water. Shrubs with berries are important for the birds, but by this time of year often the birds have all but eaten the available berries. This means a regular top up of the bird feeders essential to the survival of as many birds as


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possible through the winter months. I think gardening in January

is best done indoors in the warm. On bad weather days, of which there are always plenty in January, its armchair gardening time with the seed catalogues planning for the spring and deciding which new veg to try. Many perennials can but

cut back to clear off dead top growth and tidy up the borders, if you are a tidy garden person. equally perennials can be left unpruned until the spring, it's a matter of gardening preference. What is interesting is

the garden doesn't sleep in winter. When you cut back a Sedum, the new shoots are revealed, already growing. Your vegetable plot may be

looking a little bare this time of year. Fill it with winter veg. It’s time to sow salad leaves, bulb onions, sprouting seeds and start growing those greenhouse tomatoes. If you didn’t choose to

harvest your parsnips and add them to your Christmas dinner, you can dig them up whenever you like this month. Artichokes, Brussel

sprouts, winter cabbage, carrots and leeks also need to be harvested this month. If you have never grown

your own fruit or veg this month could be the time to start, you don’t need masses of space, pots or old dustbins. If you do want to start, then potatoes are one of the easiest to begin with. Seed potatoes will be available during January, choose your spud and Chit it. When you have purchased your seed place them in a light, cool, frost- free position in seed trays. You need to stand them with the so-called “rose end” upwards. This is the end of the potato with most eyes and from where they will sprout. Planting out can start towards the end of February (weather dependent) and you will be harvesting 10 or so weeks later. There is nothing better than home grown potatoes! Whatever you do, enjoy

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to do with others for 2019 why not join the 270 or so members of Halesworth and District U3A. There are now over 30 self-running interest groups many of which have space for new members, along with a monthly programme of talks or social events open to all members. To find out more please take a look at our website (just search Halesworth U3A) where you can find more detailed information, click through to make contact, and find membership application forms (£15 pa). For those who prefer their information over a coffee and face to face you can meet with some of our longer standing members at our U3A new/potential members hour in the Cut Café from 11am until noon on Friday 25th January. Should you still be looking to fulfil a New Year’s resolution

to do something new, might we suggest, finding out more about us. Our best ambassadors and recruiters are often our members living in and around the Halesworth area. If you are no longer in full

time work or raising a family, Halesworth and District U3A may be for you. A good way many find to pursue existing and new interests, keep active and make new friends. As always, U3A members strive to continue to ‘Live, Learn, and Laugh’ while enjoying each other’s company and sharing their common skills and interests.

Martin Stevens for Halesworth and District U3A

News from Halesworth Community Church

We enjoyed our Christmas celebration

service on

December 16th with a good number of visitors joining us. The following week several of our young people had returned for Christmas so that was an excuse for more celebrations, which included a meal together and a walk in the countryside. Amid the obvious enjoyment of Christmas, we remembered that there are many aspects of the Christmas story that were less than ideal – the long, uncomfortable journey for a heavily-pregnant Mary, the lack of a decent birthplace for Jesus and the rage of a paranoid Herod. Life today is often far from how we would want it to be, but the message of Christmas is that God wants to walk with us through those challenging times. That’s something to take with us throughout the coming year. Part of our Sunday morning

service is a talk that helps us understand what the Bible teaches on various subjects. On February 3rd, we will



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commence a series on ‘What is church?’ and will be asking questions about how God intended church to be. On Thursday 10th January we will continue our study of the book of Revelation. These studies will run fortnightly throughout this coming year and give an opportunity to ask questions and share your own thoughts. We are looking at the fascinating book of Revelation so if you enjoy a challenge come and join us on a Thursday evening. You will find details of all our activities on our website. May this New Year be one in

which you find true peace and the deep joy of the presence of God in your life. For more information,

please visit the website: www. halesworthcommunitychurch. org

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