26 February 2019 Halesworth & Southwold Community News

JANUARY’S meeting kept the ladies in a happy mood with a talk from Valley Farm Vineyard. They were kept laughing and

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entertained by owners, Vanessa and Elaine, as they described how they had taken on eight acres of land with three thousand grape vines. Five varieties of grapes to make their wine. They explained how and

when to prune the vines. Each member was given a vine to take home so they could have a go at growing it. Vanessa and Elaine gave a

short lesson in how to smell and taste wine and explained how bubbles get into champagne. The group enjoyed tasting their National Gold Award Winning wine, Madeline Angevine and

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also tasted their Pinot Gris. Happy Ladies!! Vanessa and Elaine are hoping to enter their wine into the 2019 International Wine Competition. Good Luck to them. They explained that Climate Change isn’t all bad as it has helped vineyards to grow better grapes. The meeting was kept on a

high with the Secretary giving the news that Kevin Clifton from `Strictly Come Dancing` will be the Speaker at the SEFWI Federation Meeting in March. Virginia Rutter was the

overall winner of the January Competition. However, Pat Miller managed to find 400 words from the letters in Constantinople, giving her the top total.

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Replacement Social Day Care Service

COMMISSIONED By The League Of Friends Of Patrick Stead Hospital Halesworth Community Social Care Services. We have not had much to

report lately, but we have been working hard over the last few months and finally we have some good news. Following a four-week public

engagement early last year, the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group took the decision to close the health and day care services that were provided at the Rayner Green Resource Centre in June. The Rayner Green was a nationally accredited facility, hugely funded by the League of Friends, which for over 20 years provided a day care centre for people with health and social needs. This service has given full time carers essential respite from their caring roles, with loved ones spending time in a relaxed friendly and safe environment. Trustees of the League of Friends have been working


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know of anybody that would be interested in using the service, if you would like to volunteer or would just like more information, please call 07792 950986. We were delighted to have

been part of the Halesworth Campus Ltd exhibition at the library last month. If you had a chance to visit you will have seen plans for the whole site including the new Sports Facility, the Castlemeadow Care Nursing Care Home and the Skills Centre, certainly lots to look forward to for Halesworth. Karen Kerridge Chair

The Pear Tree Fund (formerly Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund)

OVER January you will have seen plenty of activity beside Cutlers Hill Surgery on the site of the Pear Tree Centre. The centre is being built by the Pear Tree Fund (formerly known as Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund) to provide information and support for anyone with a diagnosis of cancer or any other life-limiting illness, as well as their families and carers. Why are we changing our

name? HCNCF was originally set up to support and care for Cutlers Hill patients and their families in the last days of their life. The new centre will serve a much larger group of people living within a 15-mile radius of Halesworth, including the market towns of Stradbroke, Bungay, Beccles, Southwold and Saxmundham and all the rural areas around them. The charity’s trustees felt that many people would feel excluded if we kept the word ‘Halesworth’ in our title, so after much soul- searching we decided to change the overarching name of the charity to the Pear Tree Fund. The Fund will be responsible for both the Pear Tree Centre and the old HCNCF care side. We have ring-fenced the money for the care side to protect this very important function for Cutlers Hill patients. We will be publicising our

new name in the media while also keeping everyone up- to-date with the progress of the Pear Tree Centre over the coming months, and will also continue to keep you informed

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of the donations and support we receive through our Halesworth Community News column. If you would like to support our work, our bank will accept donations made out to HCNCF, the Pear Tree Fund and The Pear Tree Centre. If possible, we would prefer people to use our new name – The Pear Tree Fund – where they can. Our new website is up

and running and is available at It will keep you up-to-date with our latest news while also giving you the chance to make a donation, find out about fundraising events or opportunities to volunteer with our charity. You can also visit the website to read more about our ground-breaking ceremony for the Pear Tree Centre, which took place earlier this month. Due to a technical glitch the

latter part of the newsletter and some of the donations were omitted in the January edition, so some of the following acknowledgements are a little late. We received a donation

from the D’OylyTarte summer Opera Company after their production Olivia! £2000 and the Halesworth Tennis Club donated £100. The Queen’s Head Bramfield collected £69.39 in our collection tin and various HCNCF collection tins around the town, gathered up by Vivienne Chipperfield, produced £137.22; Bramfield Village Hall Harvest Supper donated £25, Rosedale Funeral Home raised £57.25 from a

raffle on their 10th anniversary event and The Lodge of Prudence Halesworth have donated £200. Dot Booley’s pre-Christmas coffee morning raised £590. The Trustees send their thanks to you all. We had an individual donation from Michael Leigh Pearson. Thank you again to all those who donated. The charity has been fortunate that you are so generous when going through difficult times and we are particularly touched when we are nominated in memory of loved ones. We have received donations in memory of Jean Constance Noller, Alan Holzer, Marjorie Mimms and Mrs Eileen Ward. We are also grateful for all

the hard work and support of the volunteers, led by Nikki Sawkins, who keep the funds flowing from Dee’s Den our charity shop as you will see from Nikki’s Dee’s Den report. The 50/50 club winners are:

In August Mr and Mrs Elliott and Mrs Elizabeth Maulden. In September - Mr Alan Witherby, Mrs Elizabeth Robertson, and Mr Michael Webb. October- Mrs Ann Farnfield, Mrs Lorraine Hunt and Mrs Helen Flaxman. Finally in November - Mr Alan Wetherby, Mr Tony Parsons and Mrs Elizabeth Maulden. Again many thanks to everyone for your support and the trustees wish you a belated happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

2019 Dates Friday 15th February - Fisher Theatre, Bungay Saturday 16th March - The Cut Halesworth

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