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Halesworth & Southwold Community News February 2019 5 Focus on Laxfield BOOTY


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LAxFIELD Produce, Craft and Flea Market “The Friendly One” continues to be an important part of the village scene on the FIRST Saturday of EVERY month throughout the year from 9.30am -12pm both inside All Saint's Church, the Royal Oak and outside on Church Plain. After another extremely successful year in 2018, the New Year is set to once again be full of interesting items where you will regularly find all sorts of lovely offerings of food, crafts, refreshments, treats, household, vintage and collectibles, locally reared meat, cheeses, soaps, garden plants, etc plus different entertainment each time which includes talented buskers, soloists, musicians and morris sides, a truly popular monthly event which includes literally “something for everyone” and attracts not only local people


but folk from surrounding villages and visitors to the region during holiday times. Last year the Market again flourished to often include 40+ stallholders and, being run co- operatively, it is pleasing that, apart from a small amount reserved towards running costs, the money raised from pitch fees goes to support All Saint's Church in Laxfield. Mike, landlord of the Royal Oak, kindly allows his premises to be used without charge, ensuring plenty of stallholders inside both venues, with some hardy folk being outdoors all year round, even withstanding the hot sun, wet rain and heavy gusts of winds which sometimes challenge everyone! This year the Market will


start each month half an hour earlier, from 9.30am and finishing at 12 midday so should be of benefit to our many early-bird visitors, and also enable the Royal Oak restaurant area to be re-set ready for people to stay on and enjoy lunch after the Market if they wish. Other sustenance always available will be tea, coffee and cake in the Church, with the Oak offering warming breakfasts, bacon rolls, liquid refreshment and hot lunches, plus many other goodies from the various food stalls. To give a flavour of the entertainment happenning each month, February will be in the Church and something completely different from the curiously named 'The Green Elastic Band' with March


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Halesworth and District University of the Third Age (U3A)


TALES of the Women’s Land Army comes to Suffolk. On January 15th over 120 people came to The Cut to hear John Midwinter give a well- researched and engaging talk about what we might all do as individuals to help slow down future climate change. He gave a number of practical examples from both his own direct experience to help him reduce his own carbon footprint, with a mix of installing improved insulation, using lower energy appliances


and the capture of solar energy for electricity generation and water heating. In short his message to us both during the talk and in responding to questions from the floor boiled down to ‘consume less, better insulate our homes, use more efficient appliances and move rapidly away from fossil fuel based transport’. He was clear that although time is running out that with individual and political change an enjoyable and sustainable life is readily attainable without wrecking the world for our children and grandchildren. Tuesday 19th February, 2.30pm at The Cut will see Helen Frost give an illustrated talk about The Women’s Land Army in WWI with a focus on Suffolk. As always Halesworth U3A tries to cover a wide range of diverse subjects in their monthly open to all talks. As always non-members are most welcome for £3 on the door. Increasingly people now come early to chat, drink tea and perhaps enjoy a light lunch at The Cut Café.


Our speaker says about her coming talk. Prepare to be more than surprised about this neglected aspect of our WW1 history and the legacy of these inspirational ‘Lands women’ as they strove to overcome both male prejudices, and the then more rigid class and gender stereotypes and overcome it they did. Plans are now in hand for an


all-day U3A coach outing to Ely on Tuesday 18th June. This year we have provisionally booked two coaches so there will be plenty of room for friends and guests as well as U3A members. Details of tickets will be available nearer the time, and when tickets will be available from The Cut. Perhaps this is a date to put in diaries now as a reminder of warmer weather to come. So, as always, if you’re


retired (or about to be) and looking for something new to do with others why not join the 270 or so members of Halesworth and District U3A. There are now over 30 self- running interest groups many


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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 out 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 12pm on Friday 22nd February. 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


From the Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum


AT a time when there is usually little to report I am pleased to say there are several items of good cheer to tell you. We duly opened on Boxing Day. It was cold but sunny and we welcomed 61 visitors including several children, 13 of whom completed our quiz and received prizes. The mulled wine and mince pies proved very popular and soon disappeared! It was an enjoyable time and our funds improved by £79. Then we opened again on New Year’s Day and welcomed 51 visitors and our funds improved by another £90. We are most grateful to Jonathan Hunt, Jim Blythe and Beryl and Bernard Meldrum, who willingly gave of their time during this festive season to enable the museum to open. As I have said several times before no organisation is any better than the people who work for it and the good ship Alfred Corry has always been blessed with a jolly good crew. Preparations for the extension


to the Museum proceed apace, largely out of the public eye, and our funds to finance it continue to grow. I am happy to tell you that we have received a very generous donation of £6,000 from a local Trust which wishes to remain anonymous,


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Mr and Mrs Paisley, who, for many years, lived in the flat over Lloyds Bank. Eric Paisley was the woodwork teacher at Reydon School and was very much involved with the harbour where he had a boat. He taught Dick Leon, who has used those skills for many years in the restoration of the Alfred Corry and for the general benefit of the museum. Another he taught was our Trustee Jamie Thompson who was taught to sail by him. Mrs Paisley was Headteacher of Southwold Primary School and both Jamie and Frank Upcraft, our curator, remember being smacked by her when they misbehaved. Nowadays there would be an outcry at such an indignity: Jamie and Frank would receive counselling, and their parents


would consider taking legal action because of such a terrible infringement of their human rights. I am happy to say, it doesn’t seem to have done them any harm! When the Paisleys retired


they set up the Paisley Trust and as we plan to create a Fisherman’s Cottage Kitchen when our extension to the shed is completed, we thought this was a project which would have appealed to the Paisleys so we applied to the Trustees for funding. As we enter the troubled


waters of 2019 and the continuing


uncertainties financial surrounding


Brexit, we are most grateful for this generous support. It is a great encouragement to the Trustees and enables us to plan ahead with confidence. Thank you to all our generous donors. Jack Storer - Trustee


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featuring a Recorder ensemble, but watch out for drummers and that zumba lady again! For market info or pitch


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