10 August 2019 Halesworth & Southwold Community News

Hammond Ford celebrates Motability award for excellent customer service

MOTABILITY customers in

Suffolk can be sure of receiving award-winning


service when they visit local dealer A W & D Hammond Ford’s business, who have won a regional award for their work with the Motability Car Scheme. The accolade is part of a programme of awards run by Motability Operations, to recognise

and reward

outstanding customer service provided by local Motability dealerships.

The Dealer Awards programme

reward best practice and ensure all Motability

is designed to customers

receive exemplary customer service across the Motability Scheme’s national


network. The Awards are judged on how a dealer delivers the Scheme to customers, which is assessed by customer feedback and reviews of their performance. of

All winners the quarterly awards are automatically entered into the

national, annual awards which are announced at the beginning of the following year. Jo Ball, Dealer Development Manager

at Motability

Operations Ltd, explains: “The focus of these awards is to thank our dealer partners for providing a positive

customer experience,

consistently service

after all, they

are often the first point of contact for our customers. It’s important for us to recognise our dealer partners who go above

and beyond setting when

representing the Motability Scheme and highlight those who are

a great

example of how to do it well, like AW & D Hammond Ford. Many congratulations to them on their award.” Celebrating their Motability

Dealer Award win, Dealer Principle Paul Marjoram, said, “All of us at AW & D Hammond are incredibly proud to win this Motability Dealer Award and are pleased to be recognised for our dedication to working in partnership with


SUMMER is with us again and Halesworth Tennis Club is pleased to invite both new and old tennis players of all abilities to a range of tennis activities provided by “Heads-Up Tennis” at the Dairy Hill site of Halesworth Community Sport and Leisure. These activities have already started and are being well supported but new participants would be very welcome.

Kids camps: Starting Thursday 25th July , throughout the summer. Ages 5 – 12 years.

Cost - £15 per day on a play and pay basis, racquets and balls provided.

Kids coaching: “Heads-

Up Tennis” is running two sessions a week, on Mondays from 5.15pm and Saturday from 2pm. Ages 5 – 12 years. Cost - £5 per session on a play and pay basis, racquets and balls provided. Cardio tennis:

This is a fun way to improve your tennis skills while getting fit at the same time. It’s on Tuesday mornings from 9.30am-10.30am with Beth Drinkel of “Heads-Up Tennis” running the sessions. Cost £6 for members and £8

for non-members.

Everyone is welcome - just turn up – it is fun and fitness! Adult coaching: Coaching for adults is on Thursday mornings from 9.30am-11am. Everyone is welcome whatever your standard. This is an ideal opportunity for lapsed players to get back into the game. Mark Websdale from “Heads-Up Tennis” runs the session. Cost £6 for members and £8 for non-members. For

about please


more information of

the contact:-

above, Pam

Fenner on 01986 781468 or Jo MacDonald on 07879 653391.

Club evening: This is open to all members to come and play from 6pm on Thursday Evenings (unless weather is really bad), please come and play. There will be committee members present to support the Club Evenings and you can join the


group which helps with the organising.

If you are interested in playing please contact Pam Fenner 01986 781468 or Jo MacDonald on 07879 653391.

the Scheme, which is renowned for its high standards. We look forward to


award-winning approach to business and customer service and to welcoming many more Motability customers through our doors.”

Anyone who receives the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance, the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component

Independence War


of Personal Payment, Mobility

Supplement or Armed Forces Independence

Payment can

exchange their weekly payment to lease a new car through the Motability Scheme. Insurance, servicing, RAC breakdown assistance and replacement tyres are included in the cost of the lease.

For more information on

Motability, call Hammond Ford, on 01986 244072 or visit

our Halesworth Campus

WE are pleased to report that summer holiday


for children are being run on Halesworth Campus by Go Geronimo again

this year.

There will be five sessions, on Wednesdays from 10am till 1pm, starting on July 31st. The Campus has also hosted another season of summer Touch Rugby, which has been running

through June and

July. Our thanks to Southwold Rugby Club for bringing this popular opportunity to Halesworth. The two tennis courts on The Campus are available for use all through the summer, free of charge. Booking is through the 'contact' page of our website. Finally, as regards activities, we are hoping that Stocks Funfair will be setting up on The Campus for the first week in September. Residents will remember that the funfair was based in Angel Link carpark for many years, but has recently been absent. We are close to reaching

an agreement to enable the welcome return to Halesworth of this locally-based


All Set for Waveney’s Biggest Carnival

WITH time getting nearly here the excitement is building as participants and organisers get ready for this year’s Beccles Carnival weekend. This year’s event is taking place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August and is held annually on the third weekend of August so keep this date free for future years. Procession participants are already busy designing and building their entries. Parade organiser Denise says, “It is going to be the biggest parade we have had for a number of years, but we could still squeeze a few more entries in”. So if you are an individual, family, group, business, pub, club or organisation get in touch today for your chance to join in, great free publicity whilst enjoying yourself, helps with team building to!

Senior event Manager Mrs Annette Tackley says, “lots of Towns have lost there Carnival but we have been lucky and ours is growing each year and without the tremendous public support and our great team of organisers ours would have gone to! But we are one of the lucky ones and I urge your readers to continue there support again this year”. This year we have added a new twist to the Saturday as along with the Children’s Fancy dress, there will be more arena acts for the public to watch come and meet the large Trex

and his dinosaur friends, also our fun dog show and races and fun and games and back by popularity last year the Quay rocks starting at 6pm with live vocalists and Bands. This year we have UB42 headlining who are a great UB40 tribute band along with Scooted and booted and the talented Emily and Eryn with Moore Music Roadshow. Entry only £1. All official Carnival events

take place on Beccles quay apart from of course the traditional Carnival parade which leaves Blyburgate Car Park at 1pm on Sunday 17th August, turns left into Gosford road, left into Station Road, straight up into Town Centre around past QD, left at Town Hall into Saltgate, Northgate and finishing at Fen Lane Beccles Quay. On

the Quay Sunday

afternoon will be stalls, Funzone, displays and much more, entry is £1 as putting on this event costs a large sum so

as to keep it affordable to all. No bottles or glass is permitted on site.

Please note: No parking on entire parade route on Sunday 18th August also if entering quayside please do so via Travis and Perkins/Pound Road end as Quay footbridge for safety reasons will be closed except for prams and disabled visitors. Also we are not permitted to have anyone selling anything on parade route so please do not buy from any illegal sellers which may turn up we cannot guarantee safety or be responsible for anything purchased.

Add us on twitter/Facebook for full details. We are still looking for volunteers to help steward


event both days, as we can never have enough, if you can help please tel 07933 028457. We look forward to an enjoyable weekend.

family-run funfair. have


For the last few weeks we been

dealing with a

major upheaval in relation to the Skills Centre. Since 2017 we had been working with the County Council

to take on a community been long

lease on the building and sub-let to tenants who would provide education, training and


You might remember that the main tenant was to have

Training by

Specialists, Peterborough plans to

Construction owned

College. We heard recently the County Council longer the

lease agreement

Regional that


complete with

Halesworth Campus. Instead, it is proposing to offer a direct tenancy to Suffolk New College. We are very disappointed by this decision, as we fear it may reduce potential use of the building by the community, but we will work constructively with SNC to try and make their tenancy work well for everybody. We are sorry to report

delays in

submitting the joint planning application for developments by Castlemeadow Care and Halesworth Campus. We had hoped to be able to submit the application shortly after our public exhibition in January this year, but it now looks as though November is the earliest

we can realistically hope for.

Next, we have to apologise. Following

the departure of

Hilary Garner from the board of trustees, there will be a slight delay in updating our website while another trustee gets to grips with this area of responsibility. The website will continue to function normally, and you can get in touch with us through the 'contact' pages. Finally, we are still urgently looking for somebody with Communications or PR skills to join us and lead on this important area of activity. If you are interested, or if

you'd like to find out more, please contact Joyce Moseley on joyce.moseley5@gmail. com, www.halesworthcampus. org

Latest News from

Halesworth New Reach THE top end of the canal looks like a jungle again as it does every Summer. The silt bank that has built up over the years gets very overgrown and the water seems to disappear. We cannot touch this bank in Summer due to possible harm to wildlife which is a great pity as the silt build-up seems to get bigger every year. The Environment Agency used to clear the silt periodically to leave the waterway as a flood relief channel but this work seems to have gone by the board, possibly due to other pressures. The

Waterways national duckweed has

returned with a vengeance too! This can be a problem as it covers the water surface and blocks light to the water below, killing oxygenating weed and suffocating pond life and the water soldier is back, even though we cleared lots of it a year or so ago, but there’s much we can do. For a start we can all pull up the Himalayan Balsam. This is an invasive plant that can easily dominate if left to itself. The good news is that it is very easy to recognise (it has bright pink flowers) and pull up. The Inland


(IWA) has recently launched a

Association eradication

campaign called Pull, Snap, Stomp! You can find details on their website at: https://www.waterways. campaigns/himalayan_ balsam/what_to_do If you register you get a

free identification guide and a pair of very fetching pink gloves! Sign up today and take your gloves with you on your next canal side walk. We periodically


plastic and other rubbish from the waterway. You have probably noticed the extensive


of the way plastic is choking our seas. If we don’t clear the bottles and litter from the canal and the river they will eventually find their way into the sea with all the other plastic. So even in Halesworth we can do our bit to save the oceans. If you would like to support our efforts to restore Halesworth’s historic waterway, please contact: New Reach Working Group, 54 London Road, Halesworth IP19 8LS. Tel 0795 437 6066.



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