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4 June 2019 Halesworth & Southwold Community News

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IN my last piece I mentioned that Ernie Childs and his wife came to the museum on Good Friday and presented us with a fine new painting. It was a very special day and I was asked to chair the occasion: it was nice to have something useful to do! The painting itself was of a famous rescue when the Alfred Corry saved the crew of four men and the Captain’s wife of the Dutch schooner Voorwaarts. She was bound for Southampton but six miles out got into great

difficulties, the anchor cable snapped and the rudder was swept away:

the lifeboat

itself was in peril and in grave danger of being swept ashore. However, the crew managed to bring her under control. Eventually the Voorwaarts was towed into Lowestoft, minus her rudder, and the rescue was completed.

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Do come and see this superb painting, read the full story of the rescue and see the photograph of the crew and the Captain’s wife. Whilst I was in the museum I took the opportunity to visit the exhibit of archival photographs which graphically illustrate how the floods and high tides of 1897 affected the lives of the many fishermen and their families who lived on the beach. Life was hard and there were no welfare benefits in those days. Today we hear much about the homeless and the hungry and their reliance on food banks, it is salutary to be reminded that just over a hundred years ago people lived in such harsh conditions.

Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum

I was also fascinated to see the number of fishing boats pulled up on the beach where today there are none. How life has changed! If you are interested in social history do come and visit the museum. We are registered members of National Historic Ships UK and proudly fly their pennant. They are running a Photo Competition in 2019 so if you fancy yourself as a photographer, leaflets with full details are available in the Museum. Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Lastly, I am very happy to say that our school ‘role- playing’ sessions are proving very popular. Five schools have booked to take part in these educational sessions: on June 11th and 13th in the mornings, St Felix School; on June 28th in the morning, Henstead School; on July 3rd all day, Grundisburgh Primary School; on July 4th all day, Rattlesden Primary School and on July 5th all day, Gisleham Primary School. I am afraid the museum will be closed at those times whilst the children enact what life in the Lifeboat Service entailed, so you may like to make a note of the dates. It is good that children are given the chance to learn something of our maritime history.

The children love dressing up, but our ‘dressing-up box’ is badly in need of dark coloured shawls, dolls and nautical caps. If you can help us please contact Jonathan Hunt (telephone 07944 586269) and he will be pleased to collect any suitable items. Thank you.

Jack Storer, Trustee

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Congratulations to the Green and Richard Woolnough

ALL the Green volunteers are thrilled that our own Richard Woolnough has received the Tamsyn

Imison Award for

Halesworth’s Community Project of the Year. The Award was one of the last things that Tamsyn organised before she died and it is typical of her to seek to celebrate the most community-minded among us in the Town. Her award celebrates volunteers in general and outstanding

volunteers in

particular, and we are delighted that Richard has received recognition in the Award’s very first year. Local glass engraver Lesley Pyke has created a stunning decorated Award bowl which lives in a special cabinet upstairs in the Library, and which she presented to Richard at a ceremony where all the nominees received Certificates recognising their work for Halesworth. The month of May also saw successful

another Plant Sale

run jointly by the Green and the Library. Thanks to the support of those who donated plants and gardening items, the people who were on the stalls, and the willing public who spent their money the magical amount of £444.44 was raised to be shared between the Library and the Green. If you missed the Sale, you will find plants still on offer in the Library

Paul Parolin DC CST GCC Registered, Member UCA


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Garden – go and have a browse. Work-parties continue on the second Sunday of every month (Sunday 9th June is the next). Bring a drink and some nibbles for the break, everything else is provided. We meet at 10am at the industrial estate entrance in Lester’s

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Three Ways railway bridge. We normally work for approximately 2 hours with a sociable break in the middle. Heavy and light jobs available, something for everyone.

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Richard Woolnough receives Community Project Award from Lesley Pyke, engraver.

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