Halesworth & Southwold Community News August 2019 19

August in your Garden From Signature Landscaping

AS I write this we are being warned of record temperatures in the UK I hope everyone has made it through and the garden has survived.


the water butts are still well stocked as we have had the odd shower and thunderstorm, so use this first. Rain water is better for the plants and its free (no water mater charges). There are a few jobs that can still be done; dead head any finished flowering shrubs and stake any top heavy plants like dahlias and lilies this stops and wind damage.

Sorry but

weeds will still grow although the grass will need less cutting, if we go into a drought like last year don’t bother cutting as the longer grass helps it retain moisture.Bedding plants will continue to give a great show if you dead head them regularly. August can be quiet on the gardening front with less jobs unless you have a vegetable plot, it’s a great time to take a look at the hard landscaping in

the things.

garden and improve We have recently

been doing a lot of pressure washing of drives, patios and even fences before they are painted. We spend so much time on the “soft” elements

of our gardens and sometimes just accept that paths, driveways and patios are just a little old and are the colour they are! Well with very little effort and outlay these areas can be brought back to life and in the long term possibly save thousands of pounds in replacing. Block paved paths and driveways will be brought back to as good as new with a few hours of pressure washing and then re sanded to slow down the inevitable weed growth. If anyone would like help or advise please get in touch. With the schools out for August and possible wonderful summer weather through the month, why not get

the children

garden to lend a hand to clean up and rejuvenate

out in the fences,

sheds or decking. They can all be cleaned quite easily with the pressure washer and once dried by the sun they would be ready for painting. The joy of fence/ shed painting it doesn’t need to be as precise as the walls and woodwork in the house. Most fence paint is water based so washes of clothes etc. you can always turn the “work” into

a competition between the children to see who can The Green’s a-glowing

GLOW worms are about again, they have been spotted along edges where the cut grass meets the long grass. You need to go along the track through Angel and Chestnut Meadows as dark falls and keep your eyes peeled for a tiny but very bright green light. These little beetles (they’re aren’t really worms) are advertising that

ready to mate, with their bright tail-lamps

poked upwards

to mark the spot. They have also been seen along the New Reach, on the opposite bank. The kingfisher has been seen again dashing along the river in Blyth Meadow, and up at Saxon’s Way at the underpass a fully grown eel has been spending time in the river. The cows are using their new water troughs which draw water from the river and that means that in normal times we could continue to keep the gates closed between the two grazing

meadows. However,

water levels are so very low at present and the cows, like us, need extra water at the moment so they are being allowed to come back and forth under the railway bridge to the spring-fed ditch in Lester’s.

If you use the Green and have ideas about what you’d like to see there, look out for the display in the Library from Monday 2nd September


Sunday 8th, when the display will move down onto the Green. Your comments and ideas are all fed into our management

paint the most in an hour or two! This might sound like child labour, but on a lovely summers day it is just meant to be fun and the garden will be lifted and brought up to date.

Don’t forget the inside of sheds and the back of the garage, most of us store or just keep a fair amount of rubbish, the summer months is a great time to empty the buildings and sort through and choose what to keep.

Old unwanted

items can be given away to friends or family or offered maybe “free” on Facebook or Freecycle and put to use by someone new. These jobs can be daunting but once they are done the feeling of satisfaction can be great. Enjoy

your garden month and this every month

but if you want any help or advice please give me a ring 07939855932.


Next month - Statement Richard Bareham

Signature Landscaping 07939 855932

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Pear Tree Fund News August 2019

IT is with great sadness that that the trustees of the Pear Tree Fund learnt of Dr Richard Kell’s death in the early hours of Saturday 6th July. He was surrounded by his wonderful family and died, as he had wished, peacefully at home. Richard was the chairman of Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund, which became the Pear Tree Fund, for nearly 20 years before he resigned due to ill health. He continued right up to the end to contribute to the governance of the fund, while together with his wife Barbara he was the driving force which started the concept of the Pear Tree Centre.

I know that his family are going to write their own memories of Richard for this edition

of the emailed all the Community

News, so all I will say at this point is, true to his character, on the day before his death, Richard

trustees thanking them for their contribution to the fund and telling us that he had tidied up his folders for the charity and Halesworth Health onto memory sticks so that we can have access, should we need to.

This speaks volumes about just what a thoughtful, kind and exceptional

person Richard was. We are all going to miss August at the Walpole Old Chapel they’re

WE are now over half way through our summer programme of events at the Walpole Old Chapel. We have had some wonderful concerts and performances

so far this

summer, which have been very well supported. Thanks to all of you who have come to an event in the chapel this year.

August has one major event, a summer tea at the chapel accompanied by the Waveney Valley Brass Ensemble. This promises to be a lovely concert for a summer afternoon, with

home made cakes to indulge in alongside the music. Please come and join us at 3pm on Sunday 4th August. All proceeds from the concert will go towards the continued care and preservation of this unique chapel. The Walpole Old Chapel can be found on the B1117, two miles south west of Halesworth. The post code for sat navs is IP19 9AZ. www.walpoleoldchapel. AT

him dreadfully. He was so proud of his family who have been so strong and supportive throughout his illness. We send Barbara and their children Jon, Megan and Emily all our love and best wishes. As Richard the


would have business of

the Pear Tree Fund and the construction of the centre progresses. It now has a roof and, in

the near future, the

surrounding area will begin to look less like a building site. Viv Chipperfield still collects our charity tins which are spread around the town and villages. Last month she collected £25.22, every little bit helps, so thank you. We also received donations in memory of Mrs Pat Champion. Our thanks go to her family and friends for their generosity. Don’t forget to look out for

the Laxfield All Saints Singers, who will be singing in the Thoroughfare

in more Halesworth

on Saturday 10th August to raise money for the fund. If you would like to know about the

charity or

donate, please visit our website You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook by searching for @ ThePearTreeFund

Swan Poets

NOT travelling much this summer? Stay in Halesworth, join The Swan Poets, enjoy your full share of journeys and adventures. Twenty working authors filled the upper room at The White Swan - all beautifully laid out as usual by our friendly hosts Lorraine & Danny. We were particularly fortunate to receive a visit from Kristina Bozhanova the eminent Bulgarian poet and editor. Kristina's poem Memory of a Toast translated into English by her daughter, was one of the most moving I have listened to in a very long time. It concerned the befriending of a homeless traveller “with my coat I covered her, in my home I sheltered her and poured her wine in the glass, and a verse I read, from an old notebook”. In five neat stanzas, this simple act of

loving grows, enough to fill a stadium; it fills the world, fills the listener's heart with strength and hope for a better sort of life where kindliness is normal.

Other poets dramatised their own words into strong music, discoveries of ancient furniture, caches, of curiosities,

life histories,

memories. A good poem can turn you into a time traveller, can fill you with a sense of absolute wonder. Some brought us back, through Suffolk ways and woodlands, to celebrate our being here, alive, and thankful to be so. There were funny moments too, tales of homelife with a comic twist that set the room a giggling. This was an evening of huge variety, we finished late, happy and exhausted after two hours and a quarter.

Halesworth Royal British Legion

THE Halesworth Royal British Legion will be holding a memorial service for VJ day on August 15th at 11am at the Arboretum in Halesworth, all members of the public are very welcome to attend. The next meeting of the Royal British Legion will be held on September 17th

at 7pm at the Stables in the Angel Inn, new members are very welcome and you do not have to be ex military to become a new member, male or female.

Any queries please contact Derek Draper (chairman) 01986 872737.

Club Celebrates 50th Charter Night Handover a

recent dinner at

Halesworth Golf Club, Saxmundham and District Rotarians, plus partners and guests celebrated

the start

of another new Rotary year. They were well entertained by a member of the magic circle who kept everyone enthralled and amused.

Amongst the guests, the club welcomed Rotary District Governor Jonathan King and wife Chris on his first official outing in his new role. This provided an opportunity DG Jonathan

for to formally induct three new members into the club

the club, Archana Bhatia, Joyce Friend and John Denman. It was also an occasion for current


Owen Lower, who has served for the last two years, to handover the reins to Steve Seager who has been in the role of club secretary. Steve is also the Rotary 1080 District Secretary and will combine the two posts for the coming year. DG Jonathan toasted the

club and wished everyone a very successful year ahead.

Keir Wyatt Club Secretary 2019/20

Photo: Annual Open Event on the Green last year. process.

If you visit and love the Green and would like to be part of helping to keep it running, work-parties are on the second Sunday of every month (Sunday 11th August is the next, 10am start) and every Wednesday morning (9.30am start). Bring a drink and some nibbles for the break, everything else is provided. We meet at the industrial estate

entrance in Lester’s Piece at the containers, near Harleston and District U3A

FOR the past few years, Harleston and District U3A have

contributed to the

attractions of the Harleston Festival which is held every August. This year the time of our usual monthly meeting has been changed from the third to the second Wednesday of the month to fit in with the Festival. The Ukulele Band will be giving a free concert at 3pm on Tuesday, 20th

August . .

in King George’s Hall and the Waveney Valley Study Group (our largest

group) will be presenting “Windmills of the Waveney Valley”

at 2.30pm on

Wednesday, 21st August at the same venue.


Have you thought about giving membership of U3A a try? The annual fee is modest and there are more than twenty different interest groups. You can widen your circle of friends, enjoy days out and altogether make your “third age” (ie semi or full retirement) more enjoyable. For further information contact


Secretary, Kim on 01986 788149 or log on to our website harleston.

Our monthly

meetings, with a speaker, raffle and some social time, are held at St John’s Church at 2pm normally on the third Wednesday of each month.


Farming Day WE are arranging Dentill a

vintage farming day in Denton on September 1st. It

is a family day which

allows you to experience a bygone era in action, with lots of different activities including: Troshing

display, working

tractors, static tractors, vintage vehicles, heavy horses, craft and trade stalls, food and bar, childs play area, trailer rides, church activities, pets corner, static displays. This all raises money for five local charities. We are based at Glebe Farm, Denton and it’s from 10am to 5pm. More information can be found at our new website www.

the Three Ways railway bridge. We normally work for approximately 2 hours with a sociable break in the middle. Heavy and light jobs available, as much or as little as you like - something for everyone. Our website ‘Halesworth Millennium

Green’ carries

news of past and future events, photos, wildlife


history and geology (or email

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