Halesworth & Southwold Community News April 2019 7 WHAT’S ON AT HALESWORTH LIBRARY

SO much going on at the library this month! For children there’s theatre, as well as the usual free craft activities on Wednesday afternoons over the holidays. For adults we have scriptwriting workshops, book signings and much, much more. Everyone is working hard to offer fun and interesting events and activities whilst raising funds for the future of your library, please come and support us. Tuesday 9th April, 11am-

12pm. We welcome Rob Shorland-Ball who will be signing his new book on The Southwold Railway.

Friday 12th – Sunday

14th April. We welcome the INK festival with a series of workshops in script- writing, BBC radio writing, and adaptation workshops. 20 people per session. Visit for further details.

Thursday 18th April 2pm -3pm. The Spinning Wheel Theatre is here with their production of the famous ‘Velveteen Rabbit’. Tickets available from the library. £3 for adults, £1 for children. Wednesday 24th April

7.15pm -9.30pm. The famous Halesworth Library Spring Quiz! Tickets £12 per team of four. First & last prizes, nibbles but please bring your own drinks. Entry forms at the library.

Fridays in April (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th) Debbie from Realise

Futures will be here from 10am – 12pm holding drop in sessions providing information and guidance for adults with Learning Disabilities and individuals on the


Spectrum. Tuesday 30th April,

Aspergers Carer’s group meets 10am -12pm, come and meet other people and share experiences

Sundays 14th, 28th April from 10.30am – 12.30pm we will be hosting Sociable Sundays. An opportunity to join others for refreshments and conversation. Monday 29th April from 2pm - 4.30pm. Board Games Café. Entry £1.50 all funds support the Library. Wednesday 1st May from 10.30am - 12pm Alice Sparksman, from the Halesworth Dementia Support Project, will be here to offer support and information. Monday from 10am -12pm, local writer & publisher Tom Corbett runs a creative writing group at the library. A parallel group is held on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm - 9pm at Bridge House, a minute from the library. For more information, contact Tom on 07831 364021. Every Tuesday, Baby

Bounce and Tot Rock, 9.30am – 10.30am, for babies and toddlers with their parents or carers. Tuesday mornings we have a support session for using

Laptops and iPads from 9.45am - 10.45am at £5 per session. We can also book one-to-one sessions at £15 per hour. Want to meet new people? Alternate Tuesday afternoons, 2pm – 4pm we have “Crafty Companions” a small informal group who meet and share craft projects. If you’re not a crafter, we have “Mindfulness Colouring”; colouring materials provided.

On Wednesdays from 10.30am - 12pm we host “Time Out” sessions.

April 10th

“Coincidences”; is it written in the stars that we meet people for certain reasons? April 17th, Yvonne will be sharing her travel experiences of her time in paradise with ‘Glimpses of Goa’. April 24th – Accidents: At the time they are awful, but looking back they can be amusing – do share your stories. On Thursday mornings (when the Library is otherwise closed) we have fitness classes suitable for all abilities (all activity done while seated). 9.30am - 10.15am the class includes cardio and strength movements, followed by “I Move Freely” 10.30am -11.30am a class of gentle fitness exercises. £4 per session, but if both attended, second session is

half price! Email susan_ or text 07780 707972.

On the second Saturday of the month (April 13th), 10am - 11am, your local county councilor Tony Goldson holds a drop-in surgery.

On Sundays, 12pm -2.30pm we have free craft activities and stories for children. All ages

are welcome but under 8s must be accompanied. Every other Sunday (7th, 21st April),10am - 11am we have Kids Lego Club. £1 per builder. If you are not a member of the library, then please come and join. It’s free. Do you have a bit of free time and want to get more involved? Why not become a Friend of Halesworth Library? It’s a great way to meet people; we have lots of fun organizing events to raise funds to support the library. Donations (large or small) are always welcome. All ages welcome. Don’t forget to visit www.

For free

downloads of music, e-books; audio books; and magazines. You can also find out about upcoming events, and browse booklists. For more information about our services and facilities, please email or phone, or come in and speak to one of our friendly members of staff. Finally, for those little things or gifts you need, look at our wide range of ReadySpex reading glasses, as well as jewellery and jam (!) cards and stamps. All the profits support the Friends of the Library. We look forward to seeing you! Email us at

halesworth. or phone on 01986 875095. Help us reach 1000 followers

on Facebook! (search “Facebook Halesworth Library”). You do not have to be a member of Facebook to look at our page. More of a twitter/Instagram fan? Twitter: @HalesworthLib or Instagram: @Halesworthlibrary


White Swan's New management team, Lorraine and Danny made us welcome with a smile. The room upstairs was laid out perfectly, with chairs for everyone, a well-lit reading stand, big table, fresh water, tea, kettle and cups. Twenty poets from all over Suffolk brought their best work to share. We listened, setting out together on new journeys, local, geographical, fantastical, imaginative, from garden delights to the far edges of the universe itself. Word pictures, images came to life, tales of love and sadness, scenes from memory, people and situations solemn and hilarious. More than two hours, with a short break for news and chatter, soon sped by. Behind the scenes, five Swan Poets are rehearsing for a special presentation at

Poetry Society's Annual Festival in The

John Peel in

The Suffolk Centre

Stowmarket on May 11th. This is an all-day event with workshops, talks, readings and performances headed by well-known names

Blyth Valley Team Ministry Holy Week & Easter 2019

MAUNDY THURSDAY 18th APRIL: 19:30 Maundy Thursday Service, St Mary’s, Halesworth


09:30 Service of prayer and reflection, St Mary’s, Chediston 09:30 Stations of the Cross and walk up the Green Hill (followed by breakfast), St Andrew’s, Wissett 10:30 Churches Together in the Blyth Valley. Walk of Witness, Halesworth (start at St Edmunds RC church), with street theatre. 11:30 Churches Together in the Blyth Valley. Ecumenical Service at the URC church, Halesworth

14:00 Service of prayer and reflection, St Peter’s, Holton. 14:00 Quiet reflection and vigil, St Peter’s, Wenhaston. 14:00 Walk in the Way of the Cross, St Margaret’s, Heveningham. 20:30 Tenebrae, St Peter’s, Spexhall.


19:30 Lighting of the Easter Fire, St Mary’s, Halesworth (Blessing and lighting of all the Team’s Paschal (Easter) candles).

EASTER DAY 21st APRIL: 09:30 Easter Eucharists at:

St Mary’s, Chediston St Mary’s, Halesworth St Margaret’s, Heveningham St Mary’s, Huntingfield St Peter’s, Wenhaston St Andrew’s, Wissett

09:30 Easter Morning Worship at: St Margaret’s, Linstead 11:15 Easter Eucharists at:

St Andrew’s, Bramfield St Peter’s, Holton

11:15 Easter Family Service at: St Peter’s, Spexhall .

EASTER MONDAY 22nd APRIL: 17:00 Resurrection Reflections: songs, music, prayers and readings, St Peter’s, Wenhaston.

Please remember that EVERY one of EVERY age is welcome at EVERY service. Eucharist = Holy Communion = Mass = Lord’s Supper Different titles, much the same service.

Edward Rennard, Team Rector




from the world of poetry. Details on the S.P.S website.

again at The White Swan, London

Swan Poets plan to meet Road Halesworth

on Friday 17th May at 7pm. Attendance £2 on arrival. If you have a poem to read, or would like to stop by and listen to live poets, ring Mike on 01986 872981. New faces are always welcome.

Mrs Rita Ashfield who passed away peacefully in Oaklands Care Home, Scole, on February 28th 2019 was held in Wenhaston Methodist Church on Monday 18th March. The Revd Louise Morrissey officiated and welcomed those present with sentences from the Scriptures. The hymns “Love divine, all loves excelling” and “O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder” were sung. Bible readings were the 23rd Psalm and St John chapter 14 verses 1-6 and 27. The poem “Tall Wide Sky” by Sophia Smith was read by Sam Powell. Rita was born in the hamlet of Bulcamp the youngest of Mr & Mrs Percy Woolnough's five children and soon afterwards the family, who were farming at Middleton, moved to Church Farm, Blyford where they lived for many years. In her eulogy the Revd Morrissey said that Rita left school when she was 14 and worked at Edwards Ladies Fashionwear in Halesworth Thoroughfare until she married Halesworth born Ivan Ashfield in Wenhaston Methodist Church in 1956 where her father was a local preacher. The newly weds moved to 1, Bedingfield Crescent, Halesworth where they spent their entire married life. Their first child Jill was born in 1958, followed by Nigel in 1961. Rita was very thrifty and enjoyed making her own clothes including some for the children when they were young. While the children were at school Rita did odd jobs including fruit picking

and worked

Churches Together in the Blyth Valley

THE annual Easter worship is planned as follows: Palm Sunday procession: This will take place on April 14th, meeting at Halesworth library at 10.15am. There will be a blessing of the palms and the procession will then move through the Thoroughfare finishing at St Mary’s Church for Sunday worship. Good Friday Walk of

Witness (April 19th): This will take a slightly different format with ‘stations’ en route including bible readings, prayers and songs. It will start at St. Edmunds Roman Catholic Church, Steeple End, Halesworth, at 10.30am. The march will then

follow a route via St Mary’s Church (second station) passed the war memorial, into the Thoroughfare where the third station takes place. This includes a street drama, starting at or soon after 10.45am. The Walk of Witness concludes with the forth station on the steps of the United Reformed Church and a joint service there at 11.30am.

These events are open for anyone to participate in and those

interested can join

the processions at any point during the route. Coming to the Thoroughfare specifically for the drama is also an option.


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Boutique in Halesworth, later returning to Edwards until she was 72. She was a very smart and always a well co-ordinated dresser. The house was always colour co-ordinated too. She was very family-orientated and loved her children and grand- children dearly. Like her mother she played hymns on the piano and when Jill was learning to play Rita would correct her from the kitchen if she hit the wrong note! With Ivan and sometimes friends they enjoyed some memorable holidays and became quite adventurous visiting places including Italy, Yugoslavia, USA, Malta, Tenerife and other parts of the world.

She served on the Scout committee

for many years

even after Nigel left, and she appeared on carnival floats for Circle 67, and while working for Edwards for the second time she became part of a group of lovely ladies called Edwards Angels with whom she enjoyed social activities for several years. Sadly Ivan died in 2011 and as her health became more fragile Rita moved to the care home to be nearer Jill and she lived there for six years. She leaves 2 children, 7 grandchilden and 7 great grandchildren. The family and immediate mourners were: Jill (daughter) and David Bishop, Nigel (son) and Jo Ashfield, Jessica Hines (grand-daugther) with Marcus and Jasmine Hines

(great grandchildren), Sam (grandson) and Georgina Powell

with Alexa (great

grand-daughter) Christopher Ashfield (grandson) rep Kez and Roman (great grandson), Charlotte Ashfield (grand-daughter) rep Martin Radcliffe, Dylan and Millie (great grandchildren), Philip Ashfield (grandson), Iesha (grand-daughter) Debenham and Matthew rep Kurt (grandson), Zoe and Robert Blackmore (great grandson), Carolyn and Mike Mortlock rep Gwen


Andrew Woolnough, Simon and Matthew Mortlock, Elaine and Steve Rudd, Graham Ellis and Jane Andrews,

David Leech,

Glenis and Lewis Leech, Joy and Paul Ashfield, Mike, Christine and Greg Ashfield, Christine Mole, Janet Barnes, Maxine Tolley Others present included: Tina Norton, Roger Woolnough also rep Peggy Woolnough, Margaret & Maurice Newson, Yvonne Newson, Mary Hunt, Sue Doy rep RBL Wenhaston Branch, Wendy Bedford, Linda and Cyril Goodwin, Sarah Watson, Norman Hatcher also rep Ina Gray, Val and Ben Shimmon, Linda Grimwade rep Lucy and Ollie, John Levy RBL. Burial took place in Halesworth cemetery and there were floral tributes from the family. Donations in memory of Rita were for the Alzheimer's Society.

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