Halesworth & Southwold Community News January 2019 5


THe weather was perfect for the switch on event at the end of November, when festivities were opened by the U3A Ukulele group who played many festive tunes around the Christmas tree in the Thoroughfare. Once they finished the crowd were treated to Christmas songs sang beautifully by Heartbeat. Many thanks to both these groups for adding to the atmosphere. Thanks too to the town clerks and Mickey for co-ordinating the road closures and putting out the necessary signage for this and the free car parking. Just before 5pm Father Christmas left the Library where he had been well looked after by the library staff. Accompanied by Tim Fitzheigham, Father Christmas then boarded the Halesworth Lions sleigh which was pulled by an Isuzu kindly provided by Andy Hammond of Hammonds. This was driven by Gary Friend, and insurance paid for by NFU and accompanied by marshalls from HeM committee, Halesworth Town Council and members of the Halesworth Lions the sleigh then set off up the Thoroughfare led by the Band of the Royal British Legion, Leiston. Adding to the seasonal atmosphere were various pantomime characters from forthcoming productions by Circle 67, The Fisher Theatre and The Marina Theatre. When the sleigh stopped in the middle of the Thoroughfare, Teresa Walsh, (Chair of HeM) took the opportunity to thank all involved and introduced Rev Jane Held who gave a Christmas blessing. Tim Fitzheigham then introduced Angelica and together they led the crowd in a countdown to switch the lights on. The procession continued up

to the Market Place where a bar, refreshments and staging for the band Backtrackin had been organised by Ollie Platt. In the meantime, Father Christmas made his way to St Mary’s church to take up residence in the grotto organised by the Friends of St Marys. The church looked beautiful, filled with many Christmas trees decorated by local groups and businesses. As well as all those mentioned above huge thanks must go to Winston of Pearce and Kemp and all his team who worked tirelessly to make sure the light switch on went without a hitch. Thanks too to Market Place and Thoroughfare traders and residents for co-operating with the road closure. We are most grateful too to Halesworth Business Connections for

kindly supplying the audio equipment for both the Switch on event and the quizzes throughout the year and this was operated by Keith Wright of Halesworth Stationers. For their support throughout

the year we would like to thank Halesworth Town Council who gave a generous grant towards the event. Thanks also to Simon and Cleo at The Angel for providing a monthly meeting room for HeM. Many thanks to the Lovewell Blake team for sponsoring and organising two magnificent quizzes and to Brenda at Just Nice Things for the pop-up shop in September. Also, thanks to Kevin and Karen at edwards for organising the easter egg treasure hunt, the Scarecrow Festival and raffles which were well supported by local businesses, residents and visitors. Halesworth and Blyth Valley Partnership must be mentioned for sponsoring both the marching band and Backtrackin. Thanks too to Aidan Branch for allowing various stalls to be sited outside Durrants as well as sponsoring the first aid service for the switch on and much appreciated support throughout the year. Many thanks too to Paul Dunning who carried out the vital pull tests on the Christmas tree brackets. Our last fund-raising event

this year was a showing of Mamma Mia in The Cut in early December. Many thanks to the staff there for allowing us to do this and hopefully we will repeat this in the future. As you can see Halesworth

Festive Lights is a real community effort so finally a huge thank you to everyone who has supported HeM throughout the year in any way. Many thanks to all the local businesses who have donated to help pay for the 80 Christmas trees on many of the businesses in town. If you have not yet given, it is not too late so please contact Gary Stannard at Lovewell Blake if you wish to show your appreciation by giving a donation to help make the town centre such an attractive place to visit and shop in during the festive season. HeM is a group of local volunteers who work through the year organising the switch on event and raising the funds to make our town look more attractive and welcoming for the festive season. If you feel inspired to join us to make the 2019 event (Saturday 23th November 2019) even bigger and better, please come along to our first meeting of the year on Tuesday 12th February at 5.30pm in the Stables at the Angel. We are already beginning to plan our first fundraiser for 2019 which will be a Safari Supper – look out for details on our Facebook page.



OUR Gin Festival was a tremendous success! Over 100 people sampling some of the most prestigious and different gins available, from famous and well-established names to something completely different. Flavour was everything, from the correct fruits and tonics to bring out the unique tastes, to the giant glasses to drink them from – the experience will have to be repeated! December has been a busy

month for the Hall – looking its best with our array of Christmas trees all cheerfully twinkling away as a background to the events. Decidedly warmer too since the effect of the new insulation makes its presence felt! We would like to thank everyone who has helped make 2018 such a good year for our Hall and as we start on the next year wish all readers a Happy New Year – and this year come and see us if you haven’t before! We held a super Craft Fair

in November which had many happy stall holders, and shoppers, so advanced notice of our next date – Saturday 6th April – stalls can be booked on 01986 872590. January sees us back in action

on the 3rd with Bingo – also 17th and 31st, all starting at 7.30pm. Holton Big Breakfast is on Sunday 6th January from 9am onwards. Our major event in January

will be a traditional Burns Night Supper on Saturday 26th – 7pm for 7.30pm. We will be sitting down to a three-course hot meal following an address to the Haggis by a visiting Scotsman, suitably attired, and toasting the Bard. The bar will be open! Tickets are £15 and available

from the number above, but, are limited so do not delay. Advanced notice. Sunday 16th June will see

our annual Fathers Day Classic Car Day at the Hall. Featuring classic and vintage vehicles, stalls, art, music, food, bar and more food, it has become a must attend event for all. One sad note is that we have

said goodbye to Philip Mills as our Treasurer, as he has moved away. Thank you Philip for all you have done. Welcome to Paul Muttitt who

has stepped into the breach to take over the role – thank you! Here we go with another busy

and enjoyable year as we work to keep your Hall open and available for use – not only for events staged by the committee but also for hire.


We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year. Here are some dates for your new diary! Tuesday 8th January: James

from Realise Futures will be here for a drop-in session. Friday 11th January from 12pm: Sarah from Realise Futures will hold a drop-in providing information, advice and guidance for adults with Learning Disabilities and individuals on the Autistic Spectrum. Wednesday 16th January

from 11.15am – 12.15pm. Alice Sparksman, from the Halesworth Dementia Support Project will be in the library to offer support and information. Wednesday 23rd January

2pm - 4pm. Andrew from DIAL will be here for advice and support for disabled people and their carers. Saturday 2nd February:

The Sutton Hoo Roadshow for children. More details to follow. Come and discover the incredible world of King Raedwald the early Anglo Saxon King who died around the year A.D. 625. The next session of Board

Games Café is on Monday January 28th from 2pm to 4.30pm. It’s a fun way for adults to socialise. Play old and new board and card games! Refreshments provided. It costs £1.50, including a raffle ticket. Are you wanting to de-

clutter your home, or offer a service? Remember that we have a display board in the library window. Please ask at the desk about posting your advert. It costs £1 per week or £1.50 for two weeks. Our popular range of reading glasses and accessories from ReadySpex is updated regularly. Please come and browse. Have you seen the lovely Library pens on sale for £1.50 at the desk? Have you looked recently in the display cases in the Library? You might be surprised what a variety of things you can buy, and all the profits support the Friends of the Library. Monday from 10am to

12pm, local writer/publisher Tom Corbett runs a creative writing group at the Library. A parallel group is held on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 9pm at Bridge House, a minute from the Library. This eight-week rolling programme includes both poetry and prose writing. For more information, contact Tom on 07831 364021. On Tuesday, we have Baby Bounce and Tot Rock from 9.30am to 10:30am. This is for babies and toddlers with their parents or carers. Young and old can make new friends and enjoy some company. On Tuesday mornings we

have a support session for using Laptops and iPads

from 9.45am to 10.45am at £5 per session. There is also the possibility of one-to-one sessions at £15 per hour. Book up now – places fill quickly. Are you looking for something sociable to do? On the third and fifth Tuesday (15th and 29th January) from 2pm to 4pm “Crafty Companions” meet. Bring along your craft project to get some support and inspiration! On the second and fourth Tuesday (8th and the 22nd from 2pm to 4pm we offer “Mindfulness Colouring”. Use our materials or bring your own. New members always welcome to both groups; a great way to meet people. On Wednesdays from 10.30am to 12pm we host the popular and friendly “Time Out” sessions. January 9th Dorothy Courtis will be talking to us about her new book; ‘Ring of Truth’. January 16th, Paige Langton with Pippa the dog, will be talking about her work for the Dog’s Trust. January 23rd, Dawn Davis will be talking about the history of materials and geology. January 30th, John Sparkes will be discussing what lies at the heart of depression and how to help. February 6th, Viv with ‘Tales from a Baltic Cruise’! And the February 13th, we welcome Simon King talking about Suffolk Mental Health Friends programme. Many thanks to all of you who make this such a wonderful group. On Thursday mornings

(when the Library is otherwise closed) we host two fitness classes suitable for all abilities (in both classes all activity is done while seated). From 9.30am to 10.15am there is an exercise class which includes cardio and strength movements. Then the popular “I Move Freely” class of gentle fitness exercises takes place between 10.30am and 11.30am. The price is £4 per session, but if you attend both, the second session will be half price! Any queries please email susan_potter_57@hotmail. com or text 07780 707972. On the second Saturday

of the month (January 12th) between 10am and 11am, your local county councilor Tony Goldson holds a drop-in surgery. On Sundays between 12pm

and 2.30pm we have free craft activities and stories for children. Drop in and join in the fun. All ages are welcome but under 8s must be accompanied. every other Sunday (January

name and address and we will issue you with a Library card that can be used at all Suffolk Libraries and will give you access to the Cambridgeshire catalogue. Apart from the usual books, DVDs, CDs etc., we have lots going on for all ages! Once you are a Library member, why not ask about becoming a member of the Friends of Halesworth Library? This charity raises essential funds to support improvements and activities in the Library. It organises many of our events and supports Library staff in many ways. If you think our library is special, please join the Friends. Donations (large of small) are always welcome, as is your help. It’s also a great way to meet people and make new friends. All ages welcome. Don’t forget that even when

we are closed you can visit On that website, there are lots of totally free downloads: music; e-books; audio books; and magazines. You can also click on Halesworth Library’s own website. For more information about

our services and facilities, please email or phone us, or come in and speak to one of our friendly members of staff. Find out about using computers, printers, photocopier, scanner, fax machine and laminator. Use the internet and Skype, even borrow an i-pad. Ask about putting a display in our window or posting a notice there for a local event or service. Remember too that you can rent space in the Library for meetings. We look forward to seeing

you! email us at halesworth. l ibrary@suffolkl ibrar ies. or phone us on 01986 875095. Remember that you can join over 630 followers on Facebook (search for Facebook Halesworth Library) for daily posts about events and matters relating to reading, writers, libraries and more! You do NOT have to be a member of Facebook to look at our page. Or follow us on Twitter @ HalesworthLib or on Instagram at Halesworth library.

Halesworth Neighbourhood Plan.

HAVE YOUR SAY – while you still can! Neighbourhood Plan Survey will close on Monday 21st January 2019.

THANKS to all of you who have who have completed our first Neighbourhood Plan Survey. Your contributions are really helpful and really important. We want to understand what you most like about our Town and what you think could be improved. Your thoughts and ideas will help us understand what is most important to you: new community resources, a mix of businesses, better transport links, good quality housing. If you haven’t completed

your survey yet, please do and pop it in one of the smart black and white boxes you can find at the Library, Men’s Shed, Book Shop, Cutlers Hill Surgery, Post Office and Town Council building. The ‘Have Your Say’

questionnaires are available in a range of local shops and community venues across Halesworth. You will find them at the Surgery, in the library, at the Bookshop, at the Stationers, the Angel, Allen’s Butchers and the Wine Shop You can also complete

the survey online. Please just visit our website www. uk/neighbourhood-plan- steering-group or on the Town Council Facebook page. The


Neighbourhood Plan is being developed by a group of local volunteers, supported by Halesworth Town Council. If you are interested in joining us, please visit the website or contact the Town Clerk on 01986 874517.


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