10 September 2019 Halesworth & Southwold Community News WENHASTON WI OUR August meeting

Fashion on the Ration. Talking


us straight back to the 1940’s when Liz Turner and her friend Collette

introduced us to us through


reasons behind rationing in the first place, lack of manufacturing capacity due to the necessary call for uniforms for the Armed Forces, the loss of natural materials available all added to the pressure to “Make do and Mend” the catchword of the times. Liz lead us through the difficult world of how many points everything was – just 66 per person annually at the start descending to 24 by 1945 – when a dress was 11 points and man’s shirt 8, austerity definately the watch word, where

have we heard that

before! All the variations of using pre-loved clothes, the black market and a huge movement to buy/sell and swap were

explored and Liz handed out examples of clothes available made on the CC41 label which was introduced by the Government of the day. 38 million Gas Masks were handed out to the population, but, thankfully, never used (I remember my own Mickey Mouse one). Norman

Hartnell – who

made The Queens wedding dress and Hardy Amis were just two of the top designers who were appointed to try to lift womens spirits with their range of up to date utility items and hats were a must for that added flair!

Much laughter ensued when we reached the portion about underwear at “passion killers” and so called “boy bafflers”, then on to why skirts got shorter – less fabric! A wonderful evening of information, laughter!

history and HALESWORTH WI

HALESWORTH WI are having a busy few months. In June there was a mystery

outing. The first stop was at Stonham

Barns for lunch.

Although the weather was cloudy it soon improved, the sun came out and everyone had an enjoyable afternoon at Helmingham Hall Gardens. Members wished they had had more time to take in the gardens with all their glorious plants.

In July there was a WI group outing to Wimpole Estate. The Hall was spectacular with its 18th century interior. There was so much to see, the richly decorated rooms, stone arches and vaults, and an austere bath house. There was a library and a Baroque Chapel. The gardens were full of exotic and unusual plants. There was an 18th century walled garden and a home farm. Certainly, plenty to keep us busy and interested! A great day out!

July’s speaker Iris Van-Zon was from Clinks Care Farm. Iris explained Clinks Care Farm is a 143-acre county farm that she runs with her husband. They are herself supported by paid staff, volunteers and local farmers. The farm offers opportunities,

for people

of all ages with learning difficulties and mental health problems, to work with farm animals. They also can learn farming skills and ways to look after the environment. This helps to give them a sense of achievement and develop social skills. Many also find working with the animals very therapeutic. Clinks Care Farm is a social enterprise and any money raised goes back into the farm.

The competition for the Cutest Animal photograph was won by Diane Foster with Pat Yates coming second.

Ilketshall St Andrews School Photograph 1916 REYDON


IT’S almost time the for the

Scarecrow Trail! September 14th and 15th look out for all the scarecrows around the village and enjoy


and stalls in the village hall all weekend. Scarecrows will be out all weekend between 11am and 6pm on Saturday and 11am and 5pm on Sunday. Get your programmes from the village hall to see where to go! We are very grateful to the Scarecrow Organising Committee who do a fantastic job helping us to raise funds for the Christmas Lights. We are also holding another

Family Bingo Night on Friday 27th September in the Village Hall with all the usual fun! No need to book in advance, just turn up on the night but beware these events are proving very popular so don’t be late as you may not have a seat!!

News from

Cookpole ON Saturday 13th July our

annual Summer Event took place on Walpole Playing Field. We were blessed with fine weather

and around seventy

people enjoyed the music of local band Prism. There was also a barbecue and a raffle was held to raise funds for the upkeep of the field and pavilion. A good time was had by all with many people joining in with dancing and games on the field. Events planned for September include the annual Art Show from 10am-5pm on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th where work will be on show from local artists and craftspeople, some of which may be available to buy. Entry is free but delicious teas, coffees and cakes may be purchased and there will also be a plant and produce stall. The last of the Walpole Car Boot Sales for 2019 takes place on Saturday 21st September. Do come along and snap up a bargain, browse the bookstall, or enjoy a bacon roll from our café.


Kate Rous, Trustee

THIS photograph of Ilketshall St Andrews School in 1916 has been supplied to us by two of Walter


grandchildren, he was 11 years old at the time and stands first on the top row.

The Ness – the UK’s most easterly park

LOWESTOFT is celebrating the town’s unique position as the most easterly place in the UK with the development of The Ness, a new park on Whapload Road. Lowestoft Town Council and East Suffolk

Council -

working in partnership - aim to secure the future of the net drying racks, create a play and picnic area and celebrate the history of the Denes. A series of free, fun events has been developed to encourage use of the space and to give residents and visitors updates on the developments. Work is due to start late Summer with an anticipated completion date of December 2019.

to check the

village website for all the latest news:


Norwich City FC Supporters Club

THE harsh reality of the

Premier League hit home for City after first playing the current European Champions Liverpool and then the Europa Cup winners and top six side Chelsea. Four nil down at half time against Liverpool was not a fair reflection of how the match played out, a disastrous own goal by

Grant Hanley

was quickly followed by Mo Salah’s first goal with the help of two deflections off City players.

Messrs Steipermann

and Pukki had good chances but if you don’t take them you will get punished. We matched Chelsea up to half time but in sweltering heat City flagged and Chelsea won by the odd goal in five. When you play the top sides that have one player costing more than your entire first team squad, in most games the quality will shine through. In between these two games we soundly beat a poor Newcastle side with Teemu Pukki scoring all three goals. So at the time of writing we have played three games, next up is West Ham at the Olympic Stadium before League Champions

Manchester City

come to Carrow Road, we’ll probably need the up coming international break to recover from Messrs Stirling, Aguero, De Byrne and co! During our August meeting we held the annual auction for our Fantasy Football League competition.

Josh is

the defending champion with Dave the current holder of the prestigious wooden spoon. First update will be at our September meeting on Wednesday 25th.


Hola! Spanish

conversation group LEARNING Spanish?


fellow Spanish student and I are keen to meet up regularly in an informal group in a cafe in Halesworth to improve our Spanish conversation. This is NOT intended to be a formal learning session, just a way to practice everyday conversation totally in Spanish.

Inclusion of any native speakers would be great but any ‘locals' around lower intermediate level seeking a light hearted, informal way to practice Spanish conversation over tea, coffee etc would be welcome.

If interested please call or text Pam on 07813 610316 with your contact details


availability for day of week/ time of day.


For one weekend, September 21st and 22nd, Halesworth will be opening its heritage doors to residents and visitors alike with an invitation to explore some of its lesser known corners. This will be the third time Halesworth has taken part in the national Heritage Open Days Scheme co-ordinated by the National Trust. With the theme ‘Halesworth on the Map’ the organisers this year aim to make sure the town lives up to its reputation as a place worth exploring.

Eight Halesworth historic houses and sites will be open for pre-booked tours, giving a rare chance to see inside some of the town’s most significant buildings.

Three houses –

Gothic House, the Old Rectory and the Black Eagle have features dating back well over 500 years, while Bank House (opened for the first time), Hooker House and Chapel House are Georgian at heart and

Magnolia House and

Wellington Court (the site of a notorious murder) date from Victoria’s reign. Between them, their former residents include two Directors of Kew Gardens (William and Joseph Hooker), a famous woman prison reformer (Priscilla Buxton), an archbishop, an actress and an MP. A particular feature of this weekend will be a series of walks, each led by a local expert. There will be a chance to explore the Millennium Green and its surprising industrial past, including its links to

Halesworth’s own

Independent Artists Open Studios in Bungay

4am are four independent artists/makers who live and work in Bungay. Derek Baitey, Jan Hughes, Jean Baitey and Neil Harvey will be showing their work to visitors on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November from 11am – 5pm on both days. Between them can be seen a diversity of styles that include painting, printmaking, drawing, mixed

media, glass and

sculpture. This time they will be together at: 1 Pilgrims Way, NR35 1HL.

Thank You

I LOST my wallet in Halesworth on August 13th and a very kind and honest person who found it handed it into Halesworth Police Station and it was returned to me complete with all the cash and cards that was lost with it. I really would like to thank the Good Samaritan who handed it in as they chose to remain anonymous.

Thank you so much for being so thoughtful and honest.

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We are offering an apprenticeship in our press room at one of the UK’s leading commercial printers. The role involves assisting on the printing presses whilst learning the print trade. Duties while training include loading and checking materials, controlling ink supply and helping with maintenance on the press.

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The position would suit somebody with a mechanical interest / background and a desire to learn a new skill in a fast paced but rewarding and long standing industry.

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canal, the Blyth Navigation, and the much-loved Southwold Railway. Still exploring the world of work, there will be tours of the last remains of what was once the town’s major industry, brewing and malting. The malting theme continues on Sunday with a tour of the Cut Arts Centre, itself once a state-of-the art Victorian maltings, spotting its original features and viewing the ‘Malt Experience’. Halesworth’s Heritage Trees will be the subject of a fascinating new trail highlighting ‘the oldest and


of our town’, while ‘Hidden Halesworth’

spectacular will


trees at

Halesworth’s ‘little known stories and curious facts’. A highpoint of the weekend will be the premiere in St Mary’s Church on Saturday morning of ‘A Moment in Time: Halesworth AD 1415’, a play centring on the lives of the Argentein family, Halesworth’s mediaeval lords of the manor. With dance, music and chanting, the church, now able to show off its new, open and more flexible space, will be filled with the spirit of the middle ages. For music lovers, the recently formed Cut Choir will be giving a concert


songs on the Sunday afternoon, including one specially composed for the occasion on a Suffolk theme. It’s going to be a hands-on weekend too – for parents and children alike. At the church, there will be two Medieval Experience afternoon sessions where you can try your hand at

bell-ringing, dress up and join a costumed tour or have a go at making lavender bags or a coat of arms. At Halesworth and District Museum, the kids can try brass-rubbing or handling fossils while the adults take a tour of the historic features of Halesworth Railway Station or view the special display about the Blyth Navigation. At the Cut there will be ‘craftivism’ sessions where you can create ‘something small and beautiful’ while at the Library, staff from the Lowestoft Record Office will be bringing along a selection of historical maps to mark this year’s special theme. You’ll be able to trace how the town developed and perhaps look to see what was on the site of your house a century or more ago. Staff will also be there to help you get started on your family history or to help you overcome those irritating blockages where you ‘can’t get back any further’. At Steeple End Gallery, housed in the town’s ancient almshouses, in addition to the usual fine displays of modern painting and sculpture, there will a special display on the history of the building.

All the events and tours are free of charge, but some have limited numbers and require booking at The Cut. To view timings and find out about booking arrangements,


up a programme from local Tourist Information Points or visit the website, www.





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