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MULTIPLE marathon runner John Fensom will be running an incredible twelve marathons – all to raise money in memory of a family friend’s son who sadly died of meningitis. John, from Halesworth, decided to run the races in the space of a year after his childhood friend Bryan Hall and wife Georgie’s six- year-old, Ollie died from Meningitis B in October 2017. The marathons, which take place all over the country including Ipswich, Edinburgh, and Richmond, will culminate with the London Marathon in April.

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to Bryan and Georgie and his younger brother Charlie by Oliver’s tragically sudden death from meningitis I knew I wanted to do something,” John said. “I’ve never seen such loss and sadness.”

Although John will be running to raise money for Meningitis Now in memory of Ollie, he will also have his father in his heart on the day. “I’m grateful that my twelfth and final marathon of the challenge will be at London 2019. It’s a special event for me not only because it was my first ever marathon but also because my father was dying of cancer at the time. “I had to make the hard decision to run it as I knew that’s what he wanted. Luckily, I was able to get back to him to show him my finishers medal – but he died four days later. “London 2019 will not

only be a special end to the challenge, it’ll also be two years to the day since his passing. I’ll be running with both dad and Oliver in my heart – it’ll be emotional, that’s for sure!”.

John only started running seriously four years ago after going through what he called a “pretty bad mental and emotional breakdown”. He said he fell in love with the sport, finding it to be very meditative as well as a way to gain space for his thoughts. “It’s not that I stop thinking as I run,” he said, “but it helps untangle my thoughts and create space”.


OUR first meeting of the New Year was our Corporate Communion on Wednesday 16th January and we are very grateful that the Revd. Jane Held took this Service for us. It was followed by our AGM, tea and biscuits and lots of chat! We look forward to a new

year at Wenhaston MU with hopefully an interesting and varied programme. Hopefully at our February meeting we shall welcome a local Lady whom I am sure will be very interesting. The Programme for 2019 will be available at this meeting. New members are always

very welcome at any of our meetings, or if you would like to come to any particular meeting for a “taster” we would be very pleased to see you.

Our meetings are on the

second Wednesday of every month in the Church Room in Wenhaston and our normal meeting time is 2.30pm. We always finish with a cup of tea and biscuits! Our group has always been

closely associated with the Children’s Society Annual Coffee Morning and Box Opening in the Village. This year this is going to be held on Thursday 21st February in the Church Room at 10am. Do think about coming to have a cup of coffee and to support this very worthy Charity. There will be a Bring and Buy Stall and a Raffle. Finally, a thank you to

Margaret Bloomfield for writing the monthly MU Report so efficiently for many years.

Margaret Goldstone Branch Leader

AFTER our last course, a fascinating journey through the history of jazz music, we have a complete change of topic and delve into, local history with The Paston Family. The Paston family left us


for seven sessions from 10am - 12pm with a break for half- term. The cost is £52 subject to support from WEA in certain circumstances. The venue is Wenhaston

one of the largest collections of private letters and documents to be written by a gentry family in fifteenth-century England. This archive offers a unique glimpse into the personal lives of three generations of this Norfolk family, as they climbed the social ladder from freemen to prominent members of the gentry and attendants of the English court. The course tutor is Elizabeth McDonald, a researcher at UEA. It will commence on Friday 8th February and run

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Toni and Alain Bouteldja look forward to welcoming you to The Wissett Plough when they re-open at 11am on 9th February.

Having lived in Suffolk for over 10 years, they are looking forward to making the picturesque village of Wissett their new home.

Alain will lead the kitchen, cooking pub classics and drawing on his french and North African heritage to add an exotic flair to his dishes and daily specials. Sunday lunches will be traditional roasts with a choice of joints to satisfy everyone. Vegetarian options will also be available and special


dietary requirements will be catered for with advance notice.

Toni will lead front of house and, alongside an extensive gin menu, will be looking to introduce a fine line in the current, on trend rum market and add some finesse to the whiskey and vodka shelf. A small but perfectly formed wine list has been selected to accompany the menus.

The pub will continue to serve cask ales, ciders and lagers, non-alcoholic beers and a variety of soft drinks. Coffee, tea and cakes will be available along with made to order sandwiches for those that want a lighter lunch option.

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For more information on the pub, Sunday lunch, weekday lunch and dinner menus, or to book a table, please contact them on 01986 873047 or enquiries@

The Street, Wissett, Halesworth IP19 0JE

Village Hall, The Street, Wenhaston, IP19 9EP. As is our usual practice the first session will be a 'taster'. However, I would encourage people to enrol online or by telephone as this helps us with administration. This can be done at or 0300 303 3464. The course number is C2225720. If you would like any further information on this or our WEA branch please contact Barry Norrington, barry. 01502 478762




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