26 May 2019 Halesworth & Southwold Community News

Halesworth and District University of the Third Age (U3A)


ARMAND “John” Howlett, passed away at Ipswich Hospital on Wednesday 27th March 2019. Ever-loving and dearly loved husband of Greta. The burial was at Rumburgh Church on Wednesday 17th April. A large congregation was present to pay their respects to a kind and friendly gentleman, who will be sadly missed by his wife, family members and many friends. Chief mourners were Greta, cousin Jill, Geoff and their

daughter Susan,

FROM Life on Mars to Life on a Wherry. On April 16th at The Cut we held our second Sir Patrick Bateson Memorial

Science talk this

year given by Dr Joshua Nall curator of Whipple Museum of the History of Science at Cambridge University and ex Laxfield resident. He explained that we humans have long been fascinated by the possibility that Mars may harbour life and how many continue to look towards man visiting the red planet to find it. He drew some powerful historical analogies with the then common belief in Martians during the 19th Century based on almost no evidence and a link to today’s social and wider media sometimes continuing to publish ‘facts’ to a public readily willing to accept them but based on scant if


checkable evidence. The then widely held belief in Martians being in retrospect the ‘fake news’ of its time. Our special thanks go to Dusha Bateson

for her help and support with this talk.

Our open to all talk in

May at The Cut will be at 2.30pm on Tuesday 21st when Linda Pargeter will give us a presentation about the work of the Maud Wherry Trust entitled ‘The Life of a Norfolk Trading Wherry’. She will speak on the work and history of the Trust and their

restoration of the

Norfolk Wherry Maud. As always, our monthly

talks are free to members with non-members most welcome to join us for just £3 on the door. A good number now regularly come earlier to chat, drink tea and perhaps enjoy a light lunch at The Cut Café. Tickets for our all-day coach outing to Ely on June 18th continue to be available from the Cut Box Office both in person or by phone. U3A members who use email are also able to purchase tickets online using a dedicated link which has been sent to them. Tickets are £10 for U3A

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members and £15 for all others. As last year the coach will leave from Saxon Road bus stop opposite the Town Park at 9am and returns to Halesworth at about 6.30pm. For those that wish, a guided walking tour of Ely will hopefully shortly be confirmed for those that wish to participate. So, whether you’re a U3A member or not, and just fancy a stress-free day out to beautiful Ely we will be pleased of your company and to sell you a ticket.

As many are aware

Halesworth and District U3A is part of an ever-increasing group of locally run organisations across the UK. With now over 1000 local U3As in the UK having more than 400,000 members. Here in the Halesworth area our local group now has some 287 members. So, if you’re retired


about to be) or have completed your full-time

family caring

responsibilities and are looking for something new to do why not look to join us. There are now over 30 self-running interest groups many of which have space for new members, along with a monthly programme of talks or social events open to all members. To find out more please take a look at our website (just search Halesworth U3A) where you can find out more detailed information, and click through to make contact, or find and print our membership application forms (£15 pa). For those who prefer their information over a coffee and on paper and to talk to a friendly face, you can meet with some of our longer standing members at our U3A new/potential members hour in the Cut Café from 11am until noon on Friday 31st May.

As always, we welcome new members


continue to ‘Live, Learn, and Laugh’ while enjoying

join us to each

other’s company and to share each other’s common skills and interests.

Helen Turner

TURNER – Helen (nee Botha- Reid) peacefully at home on Thursday 18th April after a long illness, aged 94.

and devoted mother of Tim and

Jane and Granny

Proud of

much-loved Stella and Pippa. Beloved wife of the late Bertie, and kind and valued friend to many.

Private cremation.

Service of Thanksgiving at Great St Mary’s, Sawbridgeworth on Saturday 1st June at 2.30pm.


flowers, please, but donations if desired to Marie Curie c/o Daniel Robinson & Sons, 3 Bullfields, Sawbridgeworth CM21 9DB www.drobinson.

nieces and nephews including Ian, Ross and Diane, Shirley, Carole, Sue and Kevin, Paul and Susan, and June. Formerly of Rumburgh, but moved into Halesworth 30 years ago, John worked at Prime & Cowles Garage for 35 years.

Donations, if desired, for the Rumburgh Church Fund can be sent c/o Rosedale Funeral Home, 19 Market Halesworth, IP19 8BB.



AN East Anglian sports project has been selected as the first regional group to benefit from a new funding scheme targeting youth projects. Catch22

Suffolk Positive

Futures will receive £1,000 from the Persimmon Homes Building

launched in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association. Simon Wood, director in

charge at Persimmon Homes Suffolk, said: “This fantastic new funding scheme aims to support community


across three categories: sports, education & arts, and health. “We are delighted that the

first organisation to win is a youth crime

Hammond Accident Repair Centre increases its green credentials with three new spray booths

THE Hammond Motor Group has certainly come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1962; this was the year when Roy and

Daisy Hammond

started the business working out of a wooden workshop in Wenhaston.

The company now resides in Halesworth


five franchises, including Ford, Nissan, Isuzu, Subaru, and Iveco. It also has a rental department, an HGV

commercial vehicle servicing centre, an accident repair centre and a recovery department. Further afield, it has a semi-trailer repair business in Dereham under the name of Roadcare, another recovery site in Rendlesham and a Nissan franchise in Bury St Edmunds which also includes an accident repair centre.

The accident repair centre in Halesworth is one of the

largest in East Anglia,

covering over 45000sq ft. It’s capable of repairing all types of vehicles, from small cars to all types of heavy goods vehicles. To give you an idea of the scale, it can straighten lorry chassis’ and if needed, completely respray a double

decker bus. Recently, after a successful application and assistance from the Business Energy Efficiency Anglia Programme, Hammonds enhanced their eco credentials with the installation of three new

Junair spray booths,

capable of not only spraying cars, but the largest panel vans too. This followed a previous investment in 2016 when they added a suite of solar panels to two of their main buildings.

The original booths were installed

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was the same time that they doubled the building size. Putting in new equipment had to come with energy saving and added efficiency. This meant that they opted for an energy saving pack including; UltraLux LED lighting, Fuel Saver Mode operation, Variable Speed Drives and Junair patented QADs. All of these features, when used in conjunction, will save the company up to 70% of their energy costs. QADs is an advanced auxiliary air movement system that supplies filtered airflow from the corners of the booths, saving energy, time and money on the paint curing process. Most of the energy used by a spray booth is expended on heating up external air to the temperature required. With Fuel Saver Mode, this automated system recirculates the air during idle and approximately 22% of energy costs can be saved. LED lighting has been specifically designed for use in the new spray booths. LEDs are well known for their energy efficiency; as well as significantly increasing LUX levels when compared to standard spray booth lighting. This offers a more consistent and cleaner light that closely replicates natural daylight at 5700k (K, also known as kelvin,

is a unit of measurement used to measure absolute temperature). This means painters can achieve a more accurate colour rendition. Add the fact that most of the products used are waterborne, this helps create a much cleaner environment. Glen Hammond, Managing Director said, “It’s a win, win situation for us and the customer, not only do we cut down on our carbon footprint, but these new booths allow us to get a faster and even better standard of finish”. He concluded, “We are now looking

at doing

the same for our Bury St Edmunds site too”

prevention Futures initiative,





transform young people’s lives and make a significant impact on reducing crime and youth violence in local communities, while promoting positive emotional wellbeing.” Over the past five years, more than 5,600 young people have been supported by Catch 22 Suffolk Positive Futures and currently around 400 local young people regularly engage with the project, developing the skills and confidence needed to achieve their goals. Persimmon’s £1,000 donation will help the group to deliver a free weekly sports project for secondary school age youngsters in Haverhill. For more information about the organisation visit www. suffolk-positive-futures-2 Building

being delivered aged

Futures is through

the Persimmon Charitable Foundation and is aimed at community projects for people targeting

under 18,

groups, charities dealing with physical

grassroots sports and mental


issues or awareness, as well as community arts and education projects.

Monthly grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32


improve delivery

facilities of vital

businesses to and

the grassroots

community projects. In addition to the £1,000 monthly awards, three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme voted on by the public. The overall winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in October. In each sector – sport, education & arts, and health – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted


receive £5,000. Persimmon


will each is


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