Halesworth & Southwold Community News March 2019 23 Alan John Bremner (1942-2018)

Edgar Sewter Primary Pupil Parliament –

The Voice Of All The Pupils

EACH September three Year 5 pupils make up the Pupil Parliament for Edgar Sewter Primary. They are the voice of all the pupils in the school and are part of the Academy ASSET Education Pupil Parliament. They have already been very

THE Three Counties

Crematorium in Braintree was filled to capacity at the funeral of Alan John Bremner on February 5th.

Alan was born to Chrissy

and John Bremner in 1942. He was the eldest of four sons and a daughter. He attended school in Alburgh but given the opportunity he would be off over the fields and was fascinated by animals.

Alan left school at 14 years old for Holt Hall where he completed a six-week course in practical skills and outdoor pursuits. He joined the Merchant Navy at 16, training to be a chef. His six years in the Merchant Navy took him around the world. In later years Alan returned to Halesworth and took on the Bridge Café which combined his

skills in catering and

hosting parties. It was here he welcomed his eldest daughter Julia in 1970 and then Katy in 1973. Working for McDermott

as a pipe fitter gave him the opportunity to travel again to the West Indies and New Zealand, as well as the Caribbean. As Julia and Katy got older they had the opportunity to travel with their dad, not just in England but all over Europe. He was very proud that his children and later his grandchildren were extremely proficient swimmers as this replicated his love of the sea. Alan

was a family man

and very proud when his two grandaughters were born, Alana in 1990 and Alice in 1998. He idolised them both.

The service began with

‘Walkin after midnight’ by Patsy Cline. Before the Committal, Kenny Chesney’s ‘No shoes, no shirt, no problem’ which was played summing up Alan in a song. Alan’s daughter Julia wrote

a poem which was a moving tribute to her dad and Katy, a professional florist, was responsible for the beautiful floral tribute. The service concluded with another of Alan’s favourites, Alma Cogan’s ‘Till I waltz again with you.’ The chief

mourners were

Chrissy Bremner (Mother), Julia and Neil Howell (Daughter), Katy Hennessy (Daughter), Alana Bremner and Alice Howell (Grandaughters), Gordon and Christina Bremner (Brother), Ivan Bremner (Brother), Sadie and Alison (Nieces), Audrey and Michael Cunningham (Sister), Abigail and Roberta (Nieces). The family would like to express their sincere and heartfelt thanks for all the cards and support they have received. In particular the Celebrant Shelley Bell and to Sandy and Louise at D Robinson Funeral Directors of Braintree for all their care and attention throughout. The reception was held at the

Cross Keys Pub, White Notley. The family wish to thank them for putting on a wonderful spread in honour of Alan. All donations were sent to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, a charity for which Alan had a passion.

busy. They have visited other schools in the ASSET Trust and hosted sessions. They talk about current issues within the school and strive for excellence in all the schools.

They are

learning to articulate ideas, to question things that are being implemented, they ask about where funds are being spent and why. Above all they want to make the schools the best safe learning environments in the country. On February 1st they were

able to visit Endeavour House in Ipswich.

tour they met

After a guided Councillor

Michael Ladd and Councillor News from Halesworth OUR

Community Church February 2019 ‘Understanding

Yourself’, Step One course has been and gone but the effects are still going on. One of the attendees wrote, 'I feel it is the start of an important and interesting journey of self-discovery.' Another one expressed a similar thought, ‘'A weekend of insight into myself which can only be positive for future times.' Life is a journey, passing through many seasons and landscapes – some pleasant, others less so. At the heart of the Christian faith is the simple call of Jesus to ‘follow me.’ That means we don’t have to travel alone. We have Someone who knows the way and can support and encourage us on the journey. That is why we call our courses, ‘Steps’. Over the second weekend in March, we will be hosting our Step Four in the series. What is particularly exciting about this one is that we have people returning from all over

Eastern Angles’ Norfolk & Suffolk Broads play tours

55 performances to 41 venues across 5 counties in the East of England from March 20th – June 1st 2019


THE Tide Jetty follows the story of two brothers, Tucky and Nathan who grow up on the banks of Breydon Water alongside tomboy, Eliza. The three of them are inseparable. As they grow older the inevitable happens and both the boys fall for her but tragedy tears the trio apart and years later it is time to discover the truth of what really happened. Written by critically acclaimed playwright Tony Ramsay, The Tide Jetty is a new play combining music and movement to explore what we treasure and how and why we preserve it. Tony Ramsay’s previous works with Eastern Angles include: The Long Life & Great Good Fortune of John Clare (“Compelling, fascinating and dramatic”, The Stage), The Anatomist (“A vision of the past pregnant with the present”, Time Out) and Bentwater Roads (“an engrossing drama from the numerous pasts lurking around it”, The Times). Directed by Scott Hurran, whose recent credits include assistant directing with Blanche McIntyre on Women in Power (Nuffield Theatres & Oxford Playhouse), The Tide Jetty will be touring to theatres and village halls in Suffolk, Norfolk,

Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire from March 20th. Scott, who is also Artistic Associate at Eastern Angles, says that “what is so exciting about touring The Tide Jetty is that we will be performing in many of the locations that our characters inhabit. The show will be performed with a cast of four close to the Broads itself so it will be a perfect backdrop for audiences to experience the play in its intended setting”. Eastern

Angles are

producing The Tide Jetty in conjunction with the Broads Authority as part of their Water, Mills and Marshes project, funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This fantastic project will run until December 2020 offering people a

whole range of events and activities designed to explore and celebrate the incredible Broads National Park landscape and through drama ask questions about its sustainability. The Tide Jetty is sponsored

by Greater Anglia. The Tide Jetty by Tony Ramsay. Directed by Scott Hurran. Designed by Jasmine Swan. Music Composed by Chris Warner. Movement by Simon Caroll-Jones. Cast: Abe Buckoke, Laura Costello, Benjamin Teare & Megan Valentine. Touring from March 20th – June 1st 2019. Box Office 01473 211498, (Mon-Fri, 10am- 2pm), www.easternangles.

the country who have been on their own journeys but coming together again for the next ‘step’. Last Sunday we began a

series of talks as part of our Sunday morning meeting which asks the question, ‘What is church?’ Have we complicated it? Do we need to see it much more as simply a group of people, called by Jesus, walking with him and keeping him at the centre? It’s not about buildings and externals but people and relationships. Anyone is welcome to join us or you can listen to the talks on our website. For more information,

please visit the website: www. halesworthcommunitychurch. org

John Sparkes

Gordon Jones. They use the Council Chambers to hold a debate about school lunches. The Trust CEO, Mrs Flintoff asked them what they knew about BREXIT. There were very interesting discussions and sharing of ideas about this topic and how it might affect them.

They also discussed

about where to get up to date news and how to keep up with it as they all need to know what is happening in this country and in the world.

They all

voted. The votes were counted and recorded. Their aim is now to get the ASSET Pupil Parliament to the Houses of Parliament in London for a guided tour. Perhaps one day some of these pupils will be elected as MPs or even Prime Minister!

Edgar Sewter Primary School

Cutlers Hill Surgery Patient Participation Group

THE recent news reports on the ratios between GP’s and the number of patients registered was discussed at the last meeting. The proposal for the closure

of the 88 bus route was also discussed and the effect this would have for patients trying to get to hospital appointments and for older patients in particular, who rely on the buses as their only form of transport. Three members of the PPG attended the recent meeting of the East Suffolk Transport Association where the main


was Mrs Mary Evans who is responsible for Transport and Rural Affairs for Suffolk County Council. She did say that she was fully aware of the concerns expressed by many residents in Halesworth

and the surrounding villages at the possible closure of the 88 bus Services and assured us discussions were ongoing to see if they could get a replacement provider.

The members of the group

who organise the Walking for Health reported that the most recent walk involved the greatest number of walkers to date.

At the end of the last meeting, a presentation was given by a representative from the Access Community Trust in Lowestoft to explain Social Prescribing which will shortly be launched at Cutlers Hill. Social Prescribing is a means of enabling GP’s, nurses and other care


professionals to refer people to a range of local non-clinical services. Social

prescribing can involve a variety of activities including volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports. In Halesworth there is a link worker who works with people to access local sources of support.

The Annual General Meeting of the PPG will be at 7pm on Tuesday 16th April at the Day Centre in Halesworth. All the existing members of the group will be up for re- election. This will also be an opportunity for new members to stand for election. We would very much like to recruit some new members from a younger age range so we can represent the views of a wider cross section of the community.

THE days are lengthening and the temperature is rising which all helps to put a smile on one's face. This was also achieved when Mark Anthony and his fourteen year old son shook rattled and rolled through a wide selection of favourite hits to keep us dancing to the end of the good!! The Hub Brunch takes place

on Saturday 2nd March and again on Saturday 6th April 11am -12.30pm. Huntingfield Millennium

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year a number of fund-raising activities are planned starting with Race Night Saturday 9th March 7.30pm. Come and join us at The Hub Huntingfield for a ‘Racey evening’, first race starts at 8pm With eight sponsored races

and the popular ‘roll a £1 coin for a bottle of Scotch’ competition, there are lots of opportunities to win prizes and help us raise funds to maintain our Millennium Green. Entry is free and if you are a group of six or more, you can reserve places by contacting Marie Burnett by email at marie@ You can also enter into the spirit of the races by wearing your own designer hat. Bring your snacks and drinks or pop into The Huntingfield Arms to get supplies. We bet you will have a great evening. An evening of music and poetry with Martin Newell

22nd March

& The Hosepipe Band on Saturday 16th March. Doors open at 7pm - tickets £10. Bring your own drinks, glasses provided. Friday


East Suffolk Community Connector Project give Housing and Benefits Advice - 10am to 12pm and Fitness MOT's - 10am to 4pm. Contact 01394 444448 for more details. Saturday 23rd March - Meditation with Trish Dent 9am to 1pm. Friday 29th March - Untutored Life Drawing Class 1pm - 3pm. And The Garden Club has Garden Designer Hannah Sheffield as Guest Speaker at 6pm. Saturday 30th March - Yoga with Rachel Coleman 9am to 6pm.

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