Halesworth & Southwold Community News April 2019 23
Patrick Stead Hospital Building Listed as an Asset of Community Value
THE Patrick Stead Hospital building has been listed as an Asset of Community Value. An asset of community value (ACV) is a building or land which has been used to support the social wellbeing of the local community and which could continue to do so in the future. An ACV can be listed with the local council and once this has been done the local community will be informed if it is put up for sale at any time within the next five years. There is then a moratorium period of six months to raise the finance to purchase the asset. If the community is able to raise a sufficient sum they then can enact the ‘Community Right to Bid’. The owner then must consider this bid but is free to sell to whoever they wish. This process was made possible by the Localism Act, 2011. It was originally aimed at pubs which performed an important community purpose but which the owners wished to sell for residential use. It has been extended to a wider range of properties.
There are strict
rules which determine whether a particular property can be listed and who can apply for listing.
The Patrick Stead Hospital building, which is owned by a national organisation, NHS Property Services, has been successfully listed as an ACV with Waveney District Council. The application for listing was made by the Halesworth & Blyth Valley Partnership. The Partnership has looked into what the building might be used for and has concluded that without the support of Halesworth Town Council it is difficult to envisage a project for the development of the building. Halesworth
As things stand, Town Council
is committed to community development on the Dairy Farm site which has been bought by Badger Homes.
This has been
part of the local plan for many years. It is open to anyone in the Halesworth community to draw up a plan and raise the finance to exercise the Community Right to Bid if they can identify an appropriate purpose for the building. A full explanation of Assets of Community Value and the Community Right to Bid can be found at: https://bit.ly/2Nu7ee5
HALESWORTH DAY CENTRE
OUR Spring Sale is being held on Saturday 11th May, 10am to 12pm in our hall at Waveney Local Office. Please come and support our work. Over the winter months we have enjoyed lunch menus from around the world, researched by our cook, Glenda. She is now planning our summer lunches from various parts of Britain, alongside our special cakes etc to Ark special events, including Wimbledon to take home for tea. At our recent Committee meeting, we completed our plans for the heist as period. Glenda, our cook and Vice Chairman, will be finalising and preparing all our meals.
We hope you have enjoyed the bulbs etc. The building which Lynda and Jean have managed over the autumn and spring. They will be changed for primroses and geraniums for the summer. Our herb pots are really beginning to develop ready for our cooks to use throughout the summer. If you would like to join us
on a Tuesday or Friday, please drop into the Day Centre between
10am and 12pm
or call us on 01986 835838 leaving a name and contact number for us. We will return your call.
Jean A Macheath, Secretary/ Treasurer
WESTHALL PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
THE village bus services 88 & 90 will undergo changes as from April 1st. Suffolk County Council have provided funding and negotiated replacement operators for these routes. Service 90: As from
April 23rd Borderbus
will provide two services that will effectively provide similar options to the withdrawn service 90. From April 1st First Eastern Counties have undertaken to extend the existing 99 service to cover the withdrawn 88 service between Southwold, Halesworth and Bungay. Service frequency will be reduced from every hour to every two hours (with some extra journeys for schools). Sizewell C Stage 3 Public Consultation – Parish Council continue
ongoing discussions for the area and have submitted
comments on the volume of traffic and traffic management proposals; Waveney District Council Local Plan - The government- appointed Planning Inspector has given his approval to the plan subject to a number of main modifications. Main modification
Westhall Locks Road is the insertion of the word ‘approximately’
each reference to dwelling numbers. Full Council will be meeting to formally adopt the Waveney Local Plan as modified shortly. See
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DEPUTY Chairlady Pat Miller welcomed
everyone to the
meeting. Some of us had been lucky enough to attend
Centenary meeting in Ipswich. Rosemary Mallett gave us a brief account of the meeting and of events organised for the coming months. One of the speakers at that meeting had been Kevin Clifton from Strictly Come Dancing. Kevin danced with one of the WI ladies, who was 100 years old. Members were informed of WI groups in Suffolk who were celebrating
year. One of them being Wenhaston WI.
The speaker this month was Jane Sago, who was giving a cooking demonstration. The hall soon had the
wonderful aroma of a chicken dish cooking. No tears were spilled as Jane chopped the onion, added spicy chorizo and spices. Jane had us licking our lips as she demonstrated how to cook four different dishes. Members had a laugh when the meter ran out of money and
the electric went out
on the cookers. Most of us remembered the
gave a days when
the meter would go out in our homes and had us dashing to find a shilling to feed the meter. Pat Yates
of thanks at the end of the demonstration, then members were treated to samples of the dishes cooked. Delicious. A photograph of members’ favourite cake was the competition this month and was won by Joyce Smart.
IT is with enormous sadness that All Hallows’ board of trustees has to announce that All Hallows Healthcare Trust and all of its services are likely to close, subject to staff consultation.
have been forced to accept that it is now impossible to balance income and costs on an ongoing basis.
All Hallows has a proud history of serving the local
community over the
last 147 years but despite impressive development and improvements over the last 18 months e.g. achieving good CQC ratings in all departments and developing new services, we cannot see a way to remain open as reserves are running out. There will now be a
45 day formal process consultation with staff. of The
care and future of our patients/ residents/clients remain of paramount importance to us and so we are engaged in detailed planning with their commissioners of care to identify and arrange alternative care for them and to minimise disruption to them. We will continue to communicate directly with them and their families over the coming weeks so that we can satisfy all of their needs. The board of trustees would like to record their enormous thanks to their caring, loyal and hardworking staff and for all of those who have given so much support and so many kind donations to All Hallows over its long history.
Wenhaston WI March Report
USUALLY we ask our speaker to talk to us at the beginning of our meeting but as we were going to be offered samples of pies to go with our coffee so we got the business out of the way first.
Kathryn Langford talked
to us about the bees she kept and had brought some of her honey and gifts she had made from wax. She imparted some interesting facts: A worker bee only produces one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey throughout her life time; Bees are the only insect which produces food consumed by humans; If the hive is happy the bees are less likely to sting, sometimes if the Queen is unsettled this can make the workers more aggressive. Truly Traceable Pies is a successful business run by Lynn and Steve.
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venison pies and sausage rolls. He uses all parts of the deer except the feet and hides. All the ingredients used are sourced within an 8 mile radius except the flour which comes from Essex. The samples we tasted were absolutely delicious. Steve talked about the breeds
different of deer, the
montjack being the most numerous of the 6 different deer in this country. The Duke of Bedford was responsible for introducing Montjack, Chinese Water Deer and Sika. An enjoyable and informative evening.
The subject of our next meeting is Sutton Hoo. This is an open meeting, visitors
very welcome. Only £5 entrance for a first class lecture, a cup of coffee and probably a biscuit. Can’t be bad.
The Pear Tree Fund News letter (Formerly known as the Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund)
BUILDING work on the Pear Tree Centre, behind Cutlers Hill Surgery is going at a great pace. Our neighbours have been so supportive and patient, as have the surgery staff, GPs and patients. The trustees would like to thank them all and apologise for the inevitable disruption that a building project causes. You may have seen in the press and in this edition of the Community News that we have formally announced our partnership with Big C Cancer Charity.
Big C is
a well established charity that supports those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney. They have Information and Support Centres at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, James Paget University Hospital in the Louise Hamilton Centre, as well as King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth. We have been in discussions with them from the beginning of the concept of the Pear Tree Centre, and they have been very supportive with the governance and training which will be needed to run our centre. Their charity remit is the supportive care for cancer patients, whereas our remit is the supportive care for all life changing/ limiting illness, not only cancer. We agreed that the Pear Tree Fund would provide for the wider remit, with Big C providing the living with cancer expertise and the specialist training and support for our staff and volunteers, as well as contributing towards the staff costs. The trustees look forward to working closely with Big C and their staff to provide an integrated information and
Blyth Valley Parkinson’s Support Group
WHEN we arrived at our March meeting we had no idea what to expect but were not disappointed by our speaker Helen Hayes who had us all singing, clapping and moving along with
songs and rhythms
designed to promote a sense of wellbeing. It certainly brought a smile to everyone’s face!
next meeting will be held on Wednesday 10th April at 10am at Patrick Stead hospital Garden Room. Do come and join us for coffee, chat and support.
support service at the Pear Tree Centre. On Thursday 25th
the Pear Tree Fund will hold a stand at the carer’s day run by the Halesworth Volunteer Centre
and the Dementia
Carers. So do come and see how we are all working together to support those in need in Halesworth and the surrounding area.
The high demand for tickets to our Ladies’ Lunch at the Wentworth Hotel in Aldeburgh has resulted in it being fully booked, so we are very sorry if you have missed out. There is always next year!
The Queen’s Head at Bramfield is all set to put on their fashion show at the pub on Friday
featuring runway shows from Donnatella’s of Oulton Broad and Gorleston. Cabello Salon of Halesworth will be styling the models’ hair for the evening, while independent retailers will be holding stalls. There will be a grand raffle, with prizes including a dinner at the Queens Head, gifts
from Donnatella’s, a
magnum of red wine from Majestic wines and award- winning Adnam’s gin. It should be a terrific evening. Tickets for the fashion show are on sale from the pub for £7.50 each, which includes a glass of prosecco on arrival and amuse bouche. All the proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Pear Tree Fund. Don’t leave it too late - contact the Queen’s Head 01986 784214 to avoid disappointment. In addition to the show, throughout the year, the Queen’s Head will be running book sales, a family quiz and sales of the special Queen’s
Head homemade chutney; and during April, inspired by the charity name, a frangipane and pear tart will be on the pudding menu, with all profits going to the charity. The Pear
received a donation of £250 from the Halesworth Lions; their generosity brings the total we have received from them to £1000. The trustees are so grateful for the Halesworth Lion’s continued support; local organisations such as theirs for their donations. In February the 50/50 winners are the life blood of local charities such as ours. Another organisation that supports us is the Heartbeat choir who have donated £180. Thank you to you too. Our collection tins around the town and at Craft Co in Southwold raised £210.97. Many thanks to Vivienne Chipperfield who regularly collects and replaces the tins. We have had donations in memory of Mr David Peck and Mrs Eileen May Ward. Thank you to all those who contributed and for choosing the Pear Tree Fund, and also to Michael Leigh Pearson and Iris Baker were Mrs Helen Flaxman, Mrs Patricia Townsend and Mr Edwin Edwards. The March draw takes place at the end of the month so will miss the deadline for the Community News which is why we are always a month behind. If you would like to join the 50/50 or make a regular payment, you can do so by contacting Ted Edwards on 01986 784393 or e-mailing edwin.edwards@ peartreefund.org www.peartreefund.org
New Cut Choir
WE would like to “sing” (sorry!) the
praises of the
recently founded New Cut Choir in Halesworth. Led by dynamic duo Alexander
Rob Gildon, the group is welcoming and sociable and open to all ages and abilities. We have already made new friends from Halesworth and surrounding villages. Songs range from pop to gospel, classical to jazz and folk - from Purcell to Cole Porter with improvisation in between. Music is taught mainly by ear and sometimes supplemented by sheet music and recordings.
After a few short weeks,
we are confident enough to be planning a performance on the beach bandstand as part of the June Aldeburgh Festival. I return home every week, head buzzing with music, waking up with one of the tunes going around my head and others popping up through the week. New members are welcome – why not drop in and give it a try? It is such a fun way to spend an evening. Sessions run from 7pm to 9pm on Tuesdays and cost £5.
Geraldine Lines (singer, New Cut Choir)
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