Family History Open Day 2019

A HIGHLIGHT of the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group’s Open Day at the Leiston Long Shop this year was the launch of their project to digitise the Leiston Grammar School sports team photos for the period 1933 to 1968. The photos have been catalogued and indexed, and the originals have been passed to the Suffolk Record Office who will preserve them for posterity. The digitised photos were on display in the Long Shop’s Exhibition Hall and attracted a steady stream of interested visitors.


photos are available to view at the Group’s Help Centre in the Leiston Council Offices, and will be taken to the Leiston Grammar School Reunion on June 22nd. Copies can be provided to any interested alumni or members of their families – for further info see: www. aldevalleyfamilyhistorygroup. Equally popular in the

Exhibition Hall was Peter Drew’s extensive collection of historical newspaper cuttings and postcards featuring the Sizewell, Aldringham and Friston areas. Across the

courtyard in

the Garrett Room was a large display of military memorabilia put together by Di and Henry Mann and Chris Broom, who were happy to advise visitors on how to trace their military ancestors.

Help was also on hand to assist folk to research their family trees using computers and the Internet. Ever popular Janet Huckle was kept busy as usual dating peoples’ old family photographs. Visitors’

donations raised

£100 for Long Shop funds. The Group’s next meeting will be their AGM on Monday 15th April at 7.45pm at Leiston United Church.

Pictured are 6th form students Ben Newton, Anna Wray, Georgia Harris and Ruby Robinson. Andy Cann, Head of Sixth Form, commended the students for their motivation and community spirit.

SIMON Rolfe, Head of Commercial at Persimmon Homes presenting a cheque for £500 to sixth form students at Thomas Mills High School, Framlingham. The students spent part of their Christmas holidays painting and decorating their Common Room and are extremely grateful for the donation from Persimmon which has helped with the refurbishment. The Thomas Mills U14 Boys Rugby Squad became Suffolk Champions on

Tuesday 5th

March. In a closely fought round- robin tournament they defeated Stowupland, Debenham and Farlingaye, and drew in the last seconds of their match against King Edward VI; Harry Simpson

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scoring the try and kicking the touchline conversion in that crucial match. All the squad performed outstandingly, with special mention to Bruce Bolton for numerous big tackles and tries, Eden Crompton and Phoenix Emmerson-Lovecraft for their defensive effort, and Jack Alvis, Ruben Peterkin, Mikey Perez-Gray and Archie Cayley for dominating the scrums. A significant number of the squad achieved the double having won the Club County Cup playing for Southwold against Bury the weekend before. Mr Harding the school coach, commented that he was immensely proud of all the squad and was excited about next season already.

News from Thomas Mills High School

Wickham Market Flower Club – February Meeting

OUR February meeting is

traditionally our “Hands On” meeting where members all go home with an arrangement they have made.

After June

had welcomed everyone and given out the notices we were handed over to one of our more talented members, Jenny Sheppard to guide us through the evening along with her able assistants. The synopsis was to produce a Spring Hand Tied arrangement. Spring is such a vibrant time for flowers and the hall was filled with daffodils, tulips, roses, freesias and many varieties of foliage.

Each person was

given a sheet of Spider Wrap and a bundle of raffia. Our first instructions were to cut three pieces of raffia approximately 8 inches long and one piece about 12/15 inches long. Then we had to fold the spider wrap in half and cut. Each piece had to be folded diagonally, which leaves two points. Then a one inch pleat is folded along the straight edge and stapled. These were put to one side. The flowers were then stripped

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AS part of National Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 5th February, Charsfield Church of England Primary School’s latest ‘Learning Together’ session aimed to teach pupils and parents alike about the dangers children face online, as well as steps they should take to stay safe in a digital world. Part of a wider initiative by the school, the ‘Learning Together’

scheme aims to

highlight modern, real-world issues into the classroom throughout the year, with previous sessions being run on relationships, stranger danger, drugs and healthy food and drink.

The sessions were split into groups according to age to ensure all children understood

of most of their leaves as was the foliage. Then we had to share out into three equal piles the flowers and foliage. Using the first pile bring the flowers and foliage together in one hand, turning and crossing until you are happy with the resulting bunch. Using one of the short pieces of raffia about 2" down from the blooms, tie firmly but carefully so as not to break the stems. Repeat with the other two piles. Make sure the raffia tie points at all in the same place for each bunch. Then, with the first bunch held centrally, cross over one of the other bunches one way and the other one the other way. Again if you are happy with the placement, using the longer piece of raffia, tie at the same point all the three bunches together. Now you can cut off excess length from the stems according to your vase size/ height.

Holding the bunch facing downwards you can now place the Spider Wrap around the stems. This was a bit tricky but everyone managed to get it

Charsfield Primary School host a Safer Internet Day

the dangers faced online and across social media platforms. Older pupils and their parents were tasked at signing up to a mock social media website as a test regarding giving away personal information, while the younger pupils read about Smarty the penguin’s first experiences with his new tablet computer.

The children have separate online safety classes every September, with the older pupils remembering the advice they’d been given when it came to taking the social media test. Amie Reeve, Head of School and the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead said: “It’s important in this day and age to teach children about keeping themselves safe online and the

children and parents found lots to talk about – mobile phones were a hot topic as it had been highlighted in the news recently. “We find sessions like these invaluable to highlight awareness of key issues in today’s modern society in our small rural communities.” The day was regarded as a success by staff, parents and pupils, with feedback received labelled ‘extremely positive’ as all involved were able to take something important away from the sessions.

The school, which currently has spaces available, warmly welcomes visits to the school. Please telephone the school office on 01473 737347 to book an appointment.

tied on with the remaining raffia and place their bunch into their vase.

Members then enjoyed refreshments and the raffle before heading off home with a tremendous sense of achievement. Our next meeting is on Thursday 28th March at Wickham Market Village Hall, starting at 7pm. Please contact June for more details on 01394 384803. First visit is free. Tickets

are also available

for our Special Open Meeting on April 25th. These are £10 each and include refreshments. Tickets must be booked from Geraldine on 01728 746697. Any dietary requirements must be expressed at this time also.

Mandy Pryke

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