10 May 2019 Halesworth & Southwold Community News Southwold Library HERE are the events for

Southwold Library for May: Booking from April 1st: Friends of Southwold Library in

Southwold: June

Arts Centre, Hall.

present Slaughter Southwold

Library Crime Writers Festival Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th

At Southwold St Edmunds

Authors talks by: Val McDermid, Nicci French, Elly Griffiths, Felix Francis, Mick Herron, Kate Ellis, Martin Edwards, Jill Dawson and Mark Dawson.


£6 per talk, £18 per day or £36 for the weekend (lunches not included).

Lunches with

the authors £12 - provided by Café 51 and Mark’s Fish Shop. “The Mystery of Mr E”, Sophie Hannah’s Murder Mystery Musical


8th June 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Ann Cleeves’ “Bannocks & Blood” Murder Mystery Night Friday 14th June 7pm. Fun crime quiz night Saturday 15th 7pm. Whodunnit puzzle sheet available now - £1. Solve the crime and you could win a £10 book token. Raffle for a luxury crime related hamper (raffle tickets available from May 1st at Southwold Library). Book at the library, by phone 01502 722519 or on the website slaughter

Sunday 5th May 11.30am David Walliams, Fing Fun! Find out about David Walliams’ new book.


games and fun including make your own hairy Fing! Monday 6th May: 11am 2.00pm

and Peppa Pig:

stories, food, crafts and arts at Southwold Boating Lake & Tearooms. We’re having a Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Party! Make a Peppa party hat and bunting. Create (and eat) some muddy puddle cakes. Bring your wellies and make some art! Tuesday 7th May 10am – 12noon. Get the Aloe glow: Find out about the Power of Aloe. Come and have a chat with Philippa Salvoni about the wonderful healing power of aloe vera, the medicine plant. Try a free shot of the best-selling

aloe drink and

sample some of her gorgeous all natural product range. Friday 10th May, 7pm.

Legal matters information & advice: Powers of Attorney, What are they and do I need one? Local Solicitor Stuart Johnson, fully accredited with Solicitors for the Elderly, will advise on what a Power of Attorney is, why you might need one and how to go about setting it up. Sunday 12th May 11.30am.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Celebrating 30 Years. “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” story, crafts, games and fun! Wednesday

15th 2.30pm and

Suffolk Libraries The Importance


7.30pm. presents:

of Being

Earnest, Southwold Arts Centre,


Suffolk Libraries presents are


Edmunds Hall. performances

and cultural events recorded live and screened using top quality projection equipment. Michael


Fentiman’s hilarious’

adaptation stars Olivier Award winner Sophie Thompson and Jeremy Swift alongside Fiona Button, Pippa Nixon and Stella Gonet. Tickets £10 (£8 for 12s and under) available from


suffolklibraries. Meet

Paver, St Wenhaston.


Southwold Arts Centre and via Thursday 16th May 7pm.

the author: Peters


Michelle Church,

Michelle Paver

is a bestselling novelist and her books for adults include


“Thin Air” and her new title, “Wakenhyrst”,

which will

be of special interest to local readers as it is a gothic novel set in Edwardian Suffolk. Wakenhyrst was inspired by the story of the Wenhaston Doom (a

medieval painting

of the Last Judgement in St Peter’s Church). Michelle will be talking about her writing and signing copies of her books. Tickets are £5 including a glass of wine. Available from Southwold Library 01502 722519 or www.ticketsource.


May 21st from 10.30am. prevention

in session and Suffolk Constabulary

Safe scheme information. Meet

PC 187 Simon Green the Suffolk

for Halesworth, Legal

Leiston and Eye. Tuesday 21st May from 4.30pm.

general guidance a Constabulary

Community Engagement Officer


information & advice drop-in: Workshop on Wills, Probate and Powers of Free

Attorney. in

workshop covering the above topics available on a first come/first serve basis. With local Solicitor Stuart Johnson, fully accredited with Solicitors for the Elderly. Saturday

25th May 10am

– 4pm. Friends of Southwold Library

Fete on North Green including plants,

Fete & Plant Sale. books, crafts,


tombola and games. Sunday 26th May, 10am – 4pm. Plant & DVD sale at Southwold Library.

If you think you can contact

Bite Size Would

you be able to give us any plants? please


Library, 01502 722519. Wednesday 29th May, 10.30am.

Elves and the Shoemaker Southwold

Arts Centre,

Edmunds Hall. life

children’s classic brought to


Ballets: St

This unique story is colourful,

fun, and engaging ballet performances, especially

curated with young

drop Key

families in mind. child, free! from

and pre-schoolers

accompanying Southwold

Tickets are £4 per adults

Tickets available Library,

Southwold Arts Centre and suffolklibraries. Friday 31st May, 10am –

12pm. Suffolk Wildlife Trust: Marsh on the move roadshow. Marsh on the move roadshow from Carlton Marshes with their Suffolk Wildlife Trust Wild Learning Officer, Katy Runacres.

Information and

fun with activities for the kids including: That stinks!, Poo power!, and be a marsh detective. Tuesday

Tuesday 21st May, Come

rhymes, singing and dancing for babies and toddlers. Sundays 12.15pm-1pm, Lego club! Open to kids (and adults) of all ages. This Spring we’re building: Wonderful wildlife. All donations of Lego welcome.

Adults: Would you

like to help with Lego Club? Just ask staff. Treasure

Trails: The fun

7th May and Jigsaw

club: Jigsaw puzzle group for adults. First, third and fifth Tuesdays from 2pm.

and add some pieces to the latest jigsaw. Tuesday 7th May, 7pm and Wednesday

29th May

2pm. Lego for adults: Stress relieving,

First Tuesday from 7pm and last Wednesday Come

2pm. and you like. build whatever Lego provided.

Refreshments available. Sunday 5th May 2pm- 3.30pm. Library Book Sale. Fill a bag for £3 (Bring your own bag). Fiction, non-fiction and kids’ books. Second Tuesday of every month 10.30am – 1pm. Trading Standards & Fire Safety information. For more details ring Southwold Library 01502 722519. Tuesday 14th May, craft and chat: Craft group for adults. Second Tuesdays from 2pm. Bring your knitting, sewing or any other craft. Meet like- minded crafters. Refreshments available.

Thursday 9th May, 6.30pm Mah-jong Group. Can you play mah-jong? Do you want to learn? Come along and join the group at Southwold Library. contact


For more details Library

01502 722519. Tuesday 28th May, colouring for adults: Unwind, unleash your creativity, relax and have fun. Fourth Tuesdays from 2pm. Colouring sheets, pens and pencils provided (or bring your own). Refreshments available. Wednesday

29th May

Blyth Poets “The isle is full of voices”: poetry group meeting at Southwold library 7.30pm – 9pm.

Usually the

last Wednesday of the month. All welcome to read or just listen. We invite contributions of original work or well- loved poems.

There will be

refreshments available. Thursday 6th June 6.30pm, Southwold Library group.

reading Discussing “Slow

Horses” by Mick Herron. Every Tuesday and every Sunday: Baby bounce and tot rock 10.30-11am.



creative and fun. from

way to explore. You can now buy Treasure Trails treasure hunts from Southwold Library. Follow the trails, solve the clues and see the sights. Pick up either the Southwold or the Suffolk Coast trails from Southwold Library today, fun for all ages. Free Wi-Fi .

Use it in the

library or in the garden (just ask for a chair). Wi-Fi provided in conjunction with Friends of Southwold Library. Do you want to learn to: Use a computer laptop or tablet? Use email? Use a specific website? Register for Gateway to Homechoice?

your phone, laptop or tablet? Use ebooks, eaudio

Operate books,

emagazines or Freegal music? Half hour one-to-one sessions, Sunday afternoons 1pm- 4pm. All abilities welcome from never having touched a computer to just needing a few pointers. Ask at Southwold Library to book a half hour session.


WISSETT WI WE started the year with a

quiz evening, organised by 2 of our members, who are regular quizzers.

They skilfully set

questions that we were able to answer, but with sufficient difficulty to provide a result. In February we went to The Huntsman

and Hounds to

celebrate our Club’s Birthday, with a lunch. A most enjoyable way to spend a chilly February lunchtime. Tony Diamond

speaker in March, who enlightened Winston talents,

us about and

Churchill’s many a few of his

failings. Churchill was indeed a remarkable talent, with a wide variety of interests.

April saw us endeavour to

make a patchwork pincushion, tutored

by Marion Barnes, a very keen seamstress and patchwork maker. Most completed

the task, with

varying degrees of success. We look forward to a busy summer with a trip on the Waveney Stardust, visit to Henstead Exotic Gardens, and a trip to Wimpole Hall some of the days out to look forward to.

was our Sir

THE boiler of “Blyth” nears completion, with tubes about to be installed. It is at the Darlington workshop of North Bay

Railway Engineering

Services where the locomotive is being lovingly recreated. Background. 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Southwold Railway Trust, originally the Southwold Railway Society. The charity (No 1117041) has 500 members with enthusiasts locally, across the country and some abroad. The Trust exists to commemorate, and hopefully rebuild, the Southwold Railway, an unusual narrow gauge branch line which plied between mainline

Halesworth Blythburgh along and

Southwold nine miles to the east, calling at the villages of Wenhaston,


Walberswick on the way. The single 3 foot gauge track wove inconspicuously


valley of the River Blyth. The Trust, aided financially by its members and other wellwishers, has acquired two sites. The first is land at Wenhaston, by Blyford Lane, with a quarter mile of actual


trackbed and another quarter mile

to the old line.

It also owns a one acre site in Blyth

Road, Southwold

where 80 yards of track will run alongside the line of the old track as it approached the town.

Here the Trust has

built a Station and Engine Shed, with workshops, cafe, toilets and archive as part of a complex called ‘Steamworks’, a visitor attraction containing the

Blyth Valley Light

Railway, a miniature, 7 ¼” gauge passenger-bearing steam railway running through a new nature reserve and designed to produce revenue for furthering

the projects

which are under way on site and being undertaken by up to twenty volunteers working each Wednesday and Saturday. The Steamworks site is home

to various rare 3 foot gauge exhibits, notably Scaldwell, an industrial saddletank locomotive originally working an ironstone quarry in Northamptonshire, a Belgian tramcar trailer dating to 1915, and an Isle of Man Northern Railway Cleminson carriage from 1879.

Services Southwold

The Trust has built a replica Southwold Railway van and wagon and commissioned North Bay Railway Engineering


Darlington to build Blyth, a replica


locomotive of the type which it ran on throughout its 50 year history. Work commenced on that in January 2019 and the boiler is now well on the way to completion. The Trust has over half the money needed to complete it but is looking to raise £100,000 to make it a reality. It will eventually run along track at the Steamworks site mentioned above.

In 2019 Steamworks is open 10.30am to 4.30pm each Saturday and Bank Holiday from April 20th to the end of August. There is a special 25th Anniversary Gala Weekend on May 25th, 26th and 27th. If you are able to assist, or would like to join the Trust (£15 per annum) please contact us. The Trust – Telephone 01502 724340.


– Telephone 01502 725422 or via the website - www.

Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum

WELL, the Spring Cleaning was duly carried out and we are now open every day with everything that could be polished, repainted or cleaned having been so treated. Thank you to all the crew for such hard work. Our Curator’s new display of the early floods in Southwold has already brought forth many enthusiastic complimentary

and comments.

Incidentally, the ‘Alfred Corry’ celebrated her 126th birthday on Wednesday 3rd April so we duly spliced the main brace in the old lady’s honour! The pen is truly mightier than the sword for in last month’s edition I sought help from our readers in identifying the vessel in a framed photograph which had been presented to the museum. Our old friend Cyril Doy – a real old Southwoldian – came to our rescue and identified her as the Woodland Lass, a very well known and popular 1900s.

vessel in the early The Wright family of

Walberswick was very much associated with her, either as owners or crewmen and another well known member of that family was Arthur Wright, the famous and much respected guard of the old Southwold Railway! On the subject of pictures Ernie Childs, that well known artist and local historian


Great Yarmouth has presented the museum with a delightful painting of the Alfred Corry.

It depicts the boat on a rescue in very stormy weather and captures the terrifying power of the sea. It was formally presented on Good Friday and is now on display. Ernie also painted the other two paintings in the museum: one of the Lowestoft Lifeboat and another of the Alfred Corry. Do come and see all these lovely exhibits. Our fame spreads far and

wide. Mr David Renno of Hastings has been in touch with us and requested permission to use a picture of the ‘Alfred Corry’ in a book he is writing about

Beeching Brothers,

shipbuilders of Great Yarmouth who, of course, built the ‘Alfred Corry’. Mr Renno has researched the family and has discovered many interesting and surprising facts. He also has information about the Corry family who are buried in a churchyard in Hastings. Watch this space.


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Celebration Day Sunday 12th May St Peter’s Westleton

AT 10am there will be a

Celebration Service. 11am – 4pm Heritage Booklets exhibition Stephen Letch

Presentation. refreshments all day. Church history tours,

Wildflower tours, kids bug hunts. Supported by Suffolk Historic Churches Trust, All churches Trust Ltd, the Garfield Western Foundation.

Thatch Free

old cash. Finally, we have played our

part in the recent Battle of the Harbour; a big thank you to all our visitors who supported us both in person and on line.

Jack Storer, Trustee

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