Halesworth & Southwold Community News October 2019 7 WHAT’S ON AT
WE hope you will have all had the chance to now meet Julie Gulliver, who recently started at Halesworth Library as the new manager. We are delighted she’s been able to join our team and wish her every success and happiness in her new role! Speaking of new things, you may have noticed some changes in the library layout over the past months, and there are a few more changes due. This is because Ali Hopkins had a vision to open up the library entrance to make it more welcoming to customers. Using her suggestions as our starting point we have at last been able to make some of the changes Ali wanted for our customers. We really hope you like it and would love your feedback. Finally, don’t forget we will be stocking Charity Christmas cards again this year! Stock coming soon.
Special dates for your diary: October 12th 10am-3pm. Celebrating Suffolk Libraries day. Come in for all kinds of activities and events for adults and children such as optical illusions, story stones, needle felting and some surprises! October 16th 1.30pm-3pm the second part of Ink Golden Age Writing Group with Griff. Are you over 65 and a budding writer, please come along-it’s free!
October 16th, 10am-12pm MIND Mental Health Wellbeing drop in.
16th 10am-12pm Karen from
Suffolk Carers Matter will be here to answer your carer’s needs.
October 23rd Children’s Craft! Celebrate Apple day with us.
October 28th, Tom, Linda, and Juliet invite writers to submit scripts for rehearsed reading from 7pm-9pm. Enquiries to Tom: firstname.lastname@example.org
m 07831 364021 or leave hard copies at library (if there are three characters we need three copies!) Scripts no longer than 30 minutes. Deadline October 21st. Wednesdays 6.30pm-8pm (16th, 23rd, 30th). The library hosts ‘We Craft Hub’. Come and unwind through craftfulness, no
experience necessary, all
materials provided, £4 per session. For booking and information please call or email Rachel: 01986 873246, raroft@ gmail.co
Fridays in October (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) Debbie from Realise Futures will be here from 10am to 12pm holding drop in sessions providing information and guidance for adults with Learning Disabilities and individuals on the
Spectrum. Tuesday 29th October 10am to 12noon, Asperger’s Carers group
meets - come and
meet other people and share experiences.
Alternate Sundays (6th, 20th October) from 10.30 am – 12.30pm we will be hosting Sociable Sundays. An opportunity to join others for refreshments and conversation. All adults welcome.
Board Games Café, October 28th 2pm-4pm. On the last Monday of every month we have fun and sociable afternoons, with nearly 40
HALESWORTH LIBRARY board and card games to choose
from, as well as refreshments and a raffl e ticket. ntry .. All funds support the Library. Mondays from 10am to 12 noon, local writer & publisher Tom Corbett hosts a creative writing group at the library. A parallel group is held on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 9pm at Bridge House, a minute from the library. This eight-week rolling programme includes both poetry and prose writing. For more information, contact Tom on 07831 364021. Every Tuesday, Baby Bounce and Tot Rock, 9.30am to 10.30am, for babies and toddlers with their parents or carers. Come along and enjoy some company and songs and toys.
Most Tuesdays are one
to one support sessions for using Laptops and iPads from between 9.45am and 12 noon. These cost £7.50 for 30 minutes, £15 for an hour. You must book ahead at the library or by telephone. Now the summer’s coming to an end it’s the perfect time for decluttering your home! Don’t forget the display board in the library window, useful for clearing items or requesting them, and for offering services or seeking them! It costs £1 for a week or £1.50 for two weeks. Want to meet new people? Alternate Tuesdays afternoons, 2pm to 4pm we have “Crafty Companions” a small informal group who meet and share craft projects. If you’re not a crafter, we have “Mindfulness Colouring” on the alternate Tuesdays - colouring materials provided. On Wednesdays from 10.30am - 12noon we host “Time Out” sessions:
9th: In memory of Maggie, who we sadly lost this year, we will be talking about “Collecting things” and our favourite artists. October 16th: Which “soaps” or long-running TV or radio series do you follow? Come and tell us about your secret addictions or not! October 23rd. Celebrate Time Out’s 12th Birthday with Meraylah when we will be decorating special “Book- Boxes” – bring a photo to add to your book’s cover. October 30th, “What’s in a Word?” Do you ever wonder where we got particular words from? Quiz and chat. November 6th. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings. What wartime or peace-time stories from your own family can you bring along to share with the group? On
(when the Library is otherwise closed we hae fi tness classes suitable for all abilities. 9.30am to 10.15am. Get Fit in your Chair - the class includes cardio and strength movements, followed by Stretch and Tone 10.30am -11.30am. a class of gentle fi tness eercises. £4 per session. Email susan_ email@example.com
m or text 07780 707972.
On the second Saturday of the month (October 12th), 10am to 11am, your local county councilor Tony Goldson holds a drop-in surgery. He is also joined by Alison Cackett for a joint district councillors’ surgery.
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On Sundays, 12noon to 2.30pm we have free
activities and stories for children. Drop in and join in the fun. All ages are welcome but under 8s must be accompanied. Every other Sunday (6th, 20th) 10am to 11am we have kids Lego Club. £1 per builder. If you are not a member of the library, then please come and join. It’s free and gives you access to over a million books in Suffolk Libraries as well as access to Cambridgeshire libraries. In addition to books, there are spoken word books, DVDs, CDs.
Why not show your support and appreciation for the Library by joining the Friends of Halesworth Library, our fund-raising charity? Ask at the counter. If you have some free time and would like meet
people and become more involved, please email friendsofhalesworthlibrary@ gmail.co
m to fi nd out more about how you can help. Whatever your skills or interests we can fi nd things for you to do Don’t
forget to visit www.
. For free downloads of music, e-books; audio books; and magazines. ou can fi nd out about upcoming events, and browse booklists.
For more information about services
please email or phone, or come in and speak to one of our friendly members of staff. The library is about more than loaning out books and DVDs. We have free internet access, computers, printers, a photocopier and scanner,
machine and laminator. Use the internet and Skype, even borrow an i-pad. Ask about our Window Gallery for selling your artwork, and you can also rent the Library for meetings. Finally, for those gifts or other items, look at our wide range of ReadySpex reading glasses, as well as jewellery, marmalade, locally made cards and postage stamps. ll the profi ts support the Friends of the Library. We look forward to seeing you! Email us at halesworth. firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone on 01986 875095. Why not check out our Facebook page? The daily posts provide interesting, amusing and educational pieces about books, reading, writers, libraries and related areas as well as daily news about Library events. Search Facebook for Halesworth Library. You do not have to be a member of Facebook to look at our page. More of a twitter/ Instagram fan?
HalesworthLib or Instagram: @ Halesworthlibrary.
Parish Council News
WESTHALL have been
awarded a grant from Suffolk County Council towards offi ce equipment for use by our Parish Clerk. Many thanks to Cllr Tony Goldson for his ongoing support to our village amenities. The Parish Council
donated £100 towards Halesworth Town Centre one hour free parking scheme. Proposed changes to the current parking arrangements in Halesworth Town Centre are being discussed and we await further information from East Suffolk Council. Winter maintenance season is just around the corner and
preparative works are
being carried out by Suffolk Highways.
They will be
planning restocking of town and parish council owned grit bins that are currently used for highway purposes in mid September.
Areas of sinking road surface have been noted on Butts Road and reported to Suffolk Highways.
The Parish Council continue to participate in the ongoing public consultations on Sizewell C Nuclear Power Station and particularly how these affect our local community. Westhall Parish Councillors attended the Halesworth Safer Neighbourhood Team community engagement and spoken about the policing issues affecting our community. At present we have only one rural police offi cer for Suffolk. One of the most frequently discussed subjects is that of the use of the 101 telephone number and the waiting times sometimes imposed on callers. Alternatively, follow these links to report a crime https://www.suffolk.police.uk/
contact-us/report-something/ report-crime or to update police about an existing or on-going investigation, this too can be reported on-line at https://www. suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/
for local news, events, parish meeting agendas and minutes, planning information, and more or email the parish clerk at parishclerkwesthall@gmail. com
Please join us in the Village Hall for our next meeting at 7.30pm on November 11th. Allotment renewals are also due at the November meeting and for anyone interested in becoming a plot holder we have several available.
information on allotments please contact
For further Cllr John
Lickman on 01986 781706 or email johnlickman@btinternet. com
AFTER somewhat mixed weather in August the bank holiday proved to be a scorcher and the beach was the place to be rather than visiting museums. Those who did visit were very generous and donations and sales gave us a grand total of £439.40: a most welcome addition to our funds. The quality of items donated was truly amazing and there were some real bargains. Thanks to everyone who donated, to all members of the crew who made our visitors so welcome, and to all our visitors for their generosity. We had a particularly welcome visitor at the end of the month. You will remember that in June 2016 Alfred and Corry, a delightful newly-wed Dutch couple, paid a visit to see what they called ‘their museum’! It was arranged by Pauli, Corry’s sister, and she paid us a visit on August 28th and spent a very happy day at the museum. Alfred and Corry have promised to be with us
when the etension is offi cially opened. Watch this space! The photographs show a happy Pauli being presented with a mug and with John Craggie and Dick Leon.
The museum will move to winter opening hours at the end of October and during the winter we plan to open every Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 3pm, weather and building work permitting, and re-opening at Easter 2020. Meanwhile our chairman is working with the builders and David Craggie arranging the building schedule.
The ‘Blessing of the Nets’ service, which by tradition forms part of Southwold’s Harvest Festival, took place at a well attended service in St Edmund’s Church on September 8th when Robert Blythe read the lesson.
funeral of Sue Doy took place on September 12th at St Edmund’s Church: Sue was a great supporter of the Museum and much respected by all
who knew her. The church was packed ‘to the gunnels’ including many of Sue’s sea faring friends, and from The Royal British Legion. Sadly, it was a very poignant occasion for our Curator, Frank Upcraft and his wife, for that day they had to say farewell to their much loved dog Mac, a popular member of the museum crew; he will be greatly missed. Finally, as I write this piece I have just heard the sad news that Ernie Childs has died. Ernie painted the two superb scenes of the Alfred Corry which hang in the museum. We send our deepest sympathy to his widow and family in their sad loss. Ernie who used to own the Lowestoft Pottery, makers of the fi ne quality souvenir mugs we sell, has been a staunch supporter of the museum from our beginning and his encouragement and sound advice will be sadly missed. May he rest in peace.
Jack Storer Hope and Aid Direct
Reg Charity 203644(England and Wales) & SCO37711(Scotland)
Framlingham & Saxmundham Cats Protection framandsax.cats.org.uk
WE are still in the throes of the Battle of Brexit with shameful political infi ghting the like of which I have never seen in my lifetime. In the outside world terrible things are happening and we have seen pictures of the aftermath of hurricane Dorian. Inevitably there will be some re-settlement of people thus adding to the global problem of migration. One thing is certain: nobody leaves their home and becomes an ‘illegal’ immigrant for choice! In recent weeks there have been press reports that Spain was sending a warship to pick up 80 migrants stranded for 19 days on the Open Arms, a rescue vessel operated by a Spanish charity, off the coast of Italy. The ship tried to land these migrants in Lampedusa but was refused permission: it has two toilets and limited shade and tensions were at breaking point after several migrants threw themselves overboard in a desperate bid to reach land. They have been taken to Majorca, three days sailing away! There have also been reports that 650 migrants had landed in Lesbos on one day in late August: the highest number in a single day for three years. Imagine, almost the entire resident population of Southwold In the fi rst two weeks of August 1,929 migrants landed on Lesbos making the number crammed into the notorious Moria detention facility well in excess of 12,000: riots broke out and there were several fatalities, but is it any wonder, for desperate people do desperate things. The Greek government has transferred some of the ‘processed’ migrants to the mainland but the situation remains desperate! Charles, who leads Hope and id irect is making a fl ying visit to the island of Samos in mid September to assess the requirements for the October convoy.
While all this has been happening in the Greek islands and the Mediterranean there have been several reports of immigrants being picked up in the English Channel and quietly returned to France to the awful conditions around Calais. The charity’s response is that they are sending the 40 ton truck
loaded with aid to Calais. While these incidents have at least been reported as news items, they have been promptly forgotten. Surely it cannot be right that we just wash our hands of responsibility and leave effective action to the Good Samaritans of all races and creeds!
Many years ago,
I remember a Salvation Army hoarding with the simple message Care!’
‘For God’s Sake, Preparations continue apace
for the next convoy in October. Vehicles are being overhauled
and MOT tested and volunteers are coming forward; we continue
to receive lovely
donations of blankets, many hand knitted, warm clothing and ‘goodies’, some have been left anonymously. Please accept our warmest thanks. We hope to meet
supporters at the service in Reydon parish church at 11.15am on Sunday 29th September.
Margaret and Jack Storer From the Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum
• ‘A’ Rated Windows and Doors • Conservatories & Porches • Double Glazed Units & Specialist Glazing • Fascia Soffit & Cladding • Repairs & Window Maintenance • Fly Screens
• Hardie Planks in 26 different colours
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