Halesworth & Southwold Community News May 2019 23

League of Friends Patrick Stead Hospital

WE have no further updates currently regarding our new Halesworth


Social Care Services project providing Day Care facilities in Halesworth. As we reported back in February, League of Friends are working as part of a steering group to ensure that a social day care service remains

in Halesworth Peterborough and

we will be leasing space from


College at the Skills Centre. We have selected a contractor to carry out adaptations to transform the space into a warm, welcoming and appropriate

environment those living for

people with social care needs, including


dementia. At this stage things are in the hands of solicitors and we will keep you updated with progress. Trustees and members have recently

been delighted Centre

agree to support Halesworth Volunteer


fantastic of

Meet with

a donation of £1,173. Halesworth Volunteer Centre provides a reliable

and and

Greet volunteers at the Patrick Stead Hospital and for the last two years has enabled the vital

phlebotomy service

is hugely appreciated work carried

vulnerable to

continue here in Halesworth from the PSH.

This support by

the whole community along with the


by HVC and their team of dedicated supporting

volunteers, and

isolated people in Halesworth

and the surrounding rural communities. We held our fundraising event ‘Spring Garden’ Sunday 14th April.

on This

was a joint event with St Elizabeth Hospice.

Kath Witherby kindly opened their gardens at Rydal Mount, Wissett for visitors to enjoy along with a welcomed cup of tea and cake.

Thank you

to everyone that was involved with the day and to everyone that came along and supported us in raising funds for League of Friends and St Elizabeth Hospice. We held our AGM on

Wednesday 6th March at the United Reformed Church. Thank you to all our Trustees and members for

their hard to

work and continued support in what continues to be difficult times for health care. As we move forward the role of the League of Friends continues to change and with our new project to provide Day Care Services here in Halesworth and identifying


opportunities to support health and care services, it looks like we will be kept busy! As with other local organisations, we are getting fewer of us. We would welcome

members who have a

any new little

bit of spare time and a desire to work towards supporting health care locally.

If you

think this could be you, please call 01379 588418 for more information.

KK Halesworth Men’s Shed like us ;)

HELLO Readers, April was anniversary time! It is difficult to believe that the Shed is just two years old as at the date we are writing this. Our actual anniversary of becoming a Registered Charity was April 27th.

Halesworth Men’s

Shed officially became a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) on that date, two years ago. This is a good time to thank all of our many friends, supporters and, of course, members for making our workshop such a success. This is due, in no small measure, to the very kind support we have received in, first of all, equipping the Shed with the necessary machine tools and then, lately, replacing some of the machines which had already become worn out! We have been so busy over these two years supporting people and providing a place mainly for retired men to meet, but not only retired men!

Over this period we have received many donations of old tools from workshops and garages

around the district

that were being cleared. These have been

very gratefully

received. At the current time, the traditional tools such as hammers, screwdrivers and chisels are quickly going out

of use. The machine

equivalents are not only much easier to use, they save a lot of time when making projects for our many customers. You may recall that we never compete with local businesses, but rather, make the items which are quite difficult to get and which local craftsman do not necessarily have the time or inclination to manufacture. These include various boxes for wildlife (hedgehogs, birds and owls) to live in, made to measure planters, many of which you can see in Halesworth Thoroughfare, other items and we mustn’t forget our furniture repairs. We

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valued family items requiring a little care and attention or renovation. The result in every case has been something returned to its happy owner ready for another few decades of use! We think you’ll find our prices very reasonable. Every penny we raise goes to our charitable funds, in supporting the Shed. Even tools that are a little out of date and already in our workshop, are never thrown away. They are recycled in the most meaningful way possible which means sending them to villages in developing countries where they enjoy a new life of usefulness. The first stage of the journey is a trip to Ipswich where a specialised charity (TWAM - Tools With A Mission) renovates these past loved items, gives them a coat of paint or varnish and packages them up ready for a shipping container to take them overseas.


we in the Shed have a very limited capacity for additional

hand tools these days, anyone wishing to recycle any of these pre-used tools can always drop in and see us and we will let them

have the address for

forwarding on to developing countries. We have had a busy month of progress with the ongoing work to improve the facilities, layout and equipment upgrade, this work will continue during May and deliver a much better working environment for our members, less noise and dust, and a dry and airy wood store. Shed opening days and

times: Tuesday - Thursday 10am – 2pm; Saturdays 10am – 12pm. Location:27 Norwich Road, IP19 8BX behind Chinny’s - our banner will show you where we are! Our contact details: Shedline - 01986 835905. Website email - shedhalesworth@ yourcommunitynews

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!


OUR winter season has now come to a close and members will be either going outside or joining the summer indoor session. We completed all our fixtures indoors with a 3rd place in the County League and a very enjoyable finals day. Congratulations to all the club competition winners as well as all our league and knock- out cup winners. We must also congratulate the winners of the

Adult/Junior tournament

who were Josh and Amy Finch from Beccles, with runners-up Jessica Ellis and Sue Rochard both from Beccles with Emily Hay and Kylie Smith from Felixstowe coming third. We must also mention all those who participated in making this an absorbing and hard fought competition. It was wonderful to see the emerging talent, I mean the juniors, on display but it is also a bit worrying. They play with something that we may well have forgotten, enthusiasm, a lesson to us all. Our thanks go to Graham and Bridget Denny for sponsoring the event and to all who turned

up to support. Now to outside matters. Our club opened on April 21st, a little early I hear you say but our outside leagues start at the beginning of May so the club needs to be ready. Paul Gooch, our green keeper has worked very hard in trying to get the green in tiptop condition but with the varying weather conditions it can feel like an uphill climb but I’m sure it will be playable. We are

entering four leagues

plus playing cup matches. Please come along if you are interested or just nosey and give us a try whether you are new or returning players. With this in mind, we are holding an open session on Saturday 11th May at 10am where members will be available to show you both the indoor arena and the outside green. If you wish for more information, please ring Paula Gooch on 01502 722683 and she would be delighted to talk to you.

PASTEL Cooking Club Handover

AFTER 4 years as Head Cook of the PASTEL Cooking Club, Helena is retiring

and handing the

rolling pin over to Alice, the new Head Cook.

The Cooking Club was set up 4 years ago by the PASTEL


Interest Company and meets weekly in the kitchen/ meeting room at the Fromus Centre in Saxmundham. It was set up to reduce social isolation of vulnerable adults, including those living alone. The PASTEL cooking Club meets every Tuesday morning at 10am and runs until 1pm. During that time everyone enjoys the mixed company, chatting and cooking. The club restricts itself to a maximum of 12 members to keep everyone involved as a group.

Each morning starts

with a coffee or tea, while the conversation turns to preparing a main course for lunch and a dessert to follow. Once all the roles and responsibilities have been agreed, all the work surfaces are

sanitised, all hands

washed and aprons put on and then food preparation gets under way.


learn about food hygiene, nutrition, food preparation and cooking. Around mid- day the table is laid and the morning’s work is served up for a two-course lunch. “I’ve loved every minute of it and it’s been a privilege to help brighten up other people’s lives and help them learn new skills,” says Helen.

“I’ve been working with

Helen to get into the swing of things and really looking forward

to leading the

IN 1979 a few Christians got together and committed themselves

to ‘uphold

one another in love’ as an expression of the family of God. Forty years later, we are celebrating God’s goodness to us as a church. We know that as a result of that commitment all those years ago, many people have been helped all over the UK and in different parts of the world.

The requests for help continue unabated, so it is lovely to see a new generation of young men and women coming along who are keen to build on the principles of relationships that underpin the church and to help others.

Easter Sunday was again a very special day for us all. For those early disciples, on the first Easter, all hope seemed lost. To have followed Jesus for years, only to have your dreams shattered, must have been devastating and disillusioning. Jesus broke through the gloom, the heartache, and demonstrated that life doesn’t have to lead to a dead end!

Whatever our circumstances, trusting in what Jesus did on our behalf on that very first Easter brings hope, meaning

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and direction to our lives. Who knows what the next

forty years may hold? Many of us won’t be here to see it but what we do know is that if we as a church continue to journey with Jesus, then that resurrection power will be present by God’s Spirit to continue to change lives for the better.

team in some new cooking adventures. They are such a friendly group,” says Alice. Members’

ages range

from 25 to 75 and several have additional needs such as anxiety, depression, early onset dementia or learning disabilities. Members are referred by social workers, health workers or come along of their own volition. It’s a safe and welcoming 3 hours with plenty of laughter on the way! PASTEL is now looking to recruit more members and volunteer helpers. Free taster sessions are on offer for potential new members. If you would like to know more and/or come in for a chat, you can visit our website uk and/or e-mail us at don.

more information,

please visit the website:www. halesworthcommunitychurch. org

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