10 November 2019 Halesworth & Southwold Community News


SINCE the United Service for the Community at Halesworth United Reformed Church in July 2018, following the devastating fire in the Market Place, Churches


have looked at other ways of outreach in the community. One idea has been prayer- walking in the vicinity of new house-builds and praying for the successful integration of newcomers to the area. Other prayer meetings have taken place around the different churches to pray on a number of issues affecting people and the community. The next prayer meeting will be held at the United Reformed Church, Halesworth at 11am on Saturday 9th November. Churches

Together have also been busy arranging M.R. Kings

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about M.R. King & Sons Halesworth, to organise a test drive, or to find out more about the Volvo Selekt Approved Used Car Event, visit www. , email or call 01986 874464.

Bungay Choral Society

BUNGAY Choral Society is at present rehearsing for their Christmas Concert on December 14th. at St. Mary’s Church, Bungay, with their Musical Director Jason Collins. Jason has selected a variety of

music with arrangements of our well known traditional Carols plus a selection of both old and some

more modern popular

classics, we will be joined with some items by the pupils of Ellingham Primary School. Tickets are £10 in advance

and available from Wightmans, Earsham Hall or by contacting Jason via email; jason@ Alternatively tickets will be available on the door for £12. In the New Year we will rehearse for two concerts; one in May and the other being The Bungay Proms. Dates to be announced. New members are always welcome, just come along on a Wednesday evening to the Emmanuel Church Rooms, make music and give it a try! More details on our website: www.bungaychoral.


their Christmas celebrations and these start on Sunday 1st December with a United Advent Tea at St Mary’s Church Hall, Steeple End, Halesworth. This will involve a short informal service at 3pm, followed by refreshments and is

a lovely opportunity

for everyone in the area to get together and celebrate the beginning of the Advent season.

The annual carol singing this

year will take place outside the Old Print Works, Halesworth at 10am on Saturday 14th December, where everyone will be welcome to join in. Following this celebration, a prayer meeting will be held at St Mary’s Church.

Halesworth Volunteer Centre

HUGE thanks to St Mary’s Church for hosting a lovely hot roll and soup lunch. The team at the Church were brilliant and there was lots of delicious soup, rolls and cake. Thanks to everyone who made soup, baked or donated cakes and the team at St Mary’s who did such a great job setting the hall up. Special thanks to the person who donated the delicious rolls – you know who you are! We are thinking of having

a daylight see-along-a- Christmas-Carol afternoon tea nearer Christmas. We know that many people don’t like to go out as the nights draw in. But everyone likes to sing a Christmas ditty. We will let you know more in December. We would like to say huge

thanks to the Seniors of Halesworth Golf Club for their fantastic donation. It is great to have had the support of the Golf Club members and we send huge thanks to Paul and his fellow golfers. We also have to thank

Ellie and her team for letting us use the Golf Club for our AGM. Great atmosphere and lovely food made the AGM a lovely occasion for all. We said a sad and happy farewell to Mary Henry. She stepped down as a Trustee after many years’ involvement with HVC, including as our Manager. We will miss her sense of fun, clear-thinking and her passion for our Community Car Service. Karen Austin,

our Chairman, gave a special presentation to Mary. We were also very proud to make Mary one of our first Community Champions – a way for HVC to acknowledge a person who has made a special and lasting contribution to volunteering. We were greatly honoured

to be visited by the High Sherriff of Suffolk, Mrs Rosalind Eminson. We had a long and very helpful discussion about our work with many very helpful tips and suggestions. Mrs Eminson then very kindly agreed to make a special presentation to Paddy Flegg. Paddy has been a trustee, Chair and supporter of HVC for many years and it was lovely that she too could become one of our Community Champions. Thank you, Paddy and Mary

for all you have done for HVC. And finally, we have just discovered that we are going to be one of the benefiaciaries of the next round of the Co- op’s Local Community Fund. The news is hot off the presses and we don’t know quite what it means yet. But thank you Co-op for recognising our work. And don’t forget if you need help and support, a Community Car or would like to volunteer in Halesworth, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can call us on 01986 874290 if you want to talk Cars or 01986 875600 for Isolation Busters and volunteer queries.



EDGAR Sewter Primary held a celebratory Harvest Festival on Thursday 10th October for all the children, their families and friends.

All the children made a

most valuable contribution to the Waveney Foodbank, a total of 185 tins and 102 packets! One parent baked a very appetising loaf of bread which was offered to the Halesworth Volunteers’ Centre. Rev D Nichols explained the importance of the foodbank and raised the children’s awareness of the impact of their donations will make. The Waveney Foodbank supports families in need in our local community.

food donations and create food packs to redistribute to families.

The school choir and every

class contributed to this joyful celebration with songs, poems

and readings. Rev D Nichols told a harvest story and led everyone in a final prayer. It was amazing to see so many parents, grandparents and friends in the audience and the school would like to thank everyone for their support.

Therese Coffey

BY the time you read this, we should have left the EU but we still haven't as the majority of MPs in Parliament have delayed exit yet again. Boris Johnson secured a new deal which addressed the Northern Ireland issue. Despite Parliament sitting on a Saturday for the first time since 1982 so we could get Brexit done, we are now stuck in a situation where it is the rest of the EU decides when we leave as Labour and Liberal MPs have handed that decision to the EU27. The Prime Minister won the first decision on the legislation but already, it is clear that the opposition want

to water down any

agreement and not respect the referendum result in practice.

A NEW community recycling event is coming to St Mary’s Hall, Halesworth this November when Edgar Sewter Primary School along with local Green Party members launch a monthly TerraCycle collection for waste packaging. TerraCycle is a worldwide

network of recycling points that allow people to recycle almost any form of waste material. It’s taken off because so many products are packaged in, or made from, materials that cannot be disposed of via household collections. TerraCycle recycling programmes are funded by major brands, manufacturers and retailers to help communities collect this hard to recycle waste which is then repurposed. The programmes divert millions of items of packaging away from landfills and incinerators each month. The Edgar Sewter School collection

TerraCycle point

has been up and running since January this year, but is currently limited to the school,

That is why Boris Johnson is calling for a fresh election to break this impasse, but again Labour, Liberal Democrat and SNP MPs are blocking it. This is maddening for local businesses, as it generates yet more uncertainty, more dither and more pointless delay. The Government’s policy remains that we should get Brexit done as soon as possible so we can get on and address the other issues that matter to people like our NHS, more police and an increase in per pupil funding in our schools. Despite my strong objections,

it looks like the proposed merger between the Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG (which serves Halesworth) and

pupils and parents. The school earns rewards for its charity depending on how much is collected, so the new event will help boost charity income which will go towards developing the schools’s status as an Eco-School and purchasing equipment to support children's learning. "We are delighted to be working with the Halesworth Green Party to start the community Terracycle recycling and are very grateful that they have chosen Edgar Sewter to receive the points for waste collected," said Ellen Ellis, Edgar Sewter’s TerraCycle organiser. The public can collect and

bring along the following items: Crisp packets, cake bar and biscuit wrappers; Contact lenses; Toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes;


packaging; Baby food pouches and Ella’s Kitchen snack wrappers;


cleaning and fragrance flexible packaging. You can also bring your

Norfolk’s four other CCGs will now go-ahead. I was concerned that this part of Suffolk may receive less attention than it does now and that this is being done for the benefit of Norfolk, not Suffolk. I will be watching very closely, to try and ensure that we are not down the priorities list of this new super CCG. I have had assurances from the Rail Minister that the car parking charges introduced by Abellio Greater Anglia at Halesworth should be being used to improve the station and parking. A deal should be in place recognising the presence of the museum. I will keep an eye and will keep readers updated.

Recycling the non-recyclable in Halesworth

empty (and flattened) Tetra Pak cartons, which are no longer allowed in blue bins, and these will be taken to the nearest recycling site. Local members are following

the lead from the Beccles Green Party, which set up its own monthly TerraCycle collection point in the town’s Blyburgate Hall last year for recycling seven different items. The event

has proved

hugely popular, said Beccles Green Councillor Caroline Topping, “but our aim isn’t simply to recycle otherwise non-recyclable waste. We are making people aware of how much non-recyclable waste is produced by everyday packaging.”

The Halesworth event

runs from 10am to 12pm on Saturday November 9th at St Mary’s Hall, Church Farm Lane, Halesworth. Refreshments will be available - so come along and talk rubbish over a cup of tea!

Halesworth Pumas Cricket Club - A season well spent



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RESULTS for October: 1st prize £25, Shirley and Rob Woolterton, 2nd prize £10, Gill Johnson, 3rd prize £5, Marjorie Handley, 4th prize £5, Hazel Doigt.

BACK in 2005 we formed our team from the bunch of mates who drank together in the corner of the Angel, those who could get on the pitch to play became a team, now, in 2019, that team of friends is a club, with members around the world and well wishers aplenty. We’ve called several places home, and several pubs have been our office, but one thing has never changed, our ethos. We play for fun, the result comes second. We lost a game this year, just one, against a team who deserved to beat us, but we made new friends with new opposition and found new players from places we never would have thought to look. This isn’t a eulogy, we are not on our way out, but we are stronger, with more players and supporters willing to show up on a Tuesday in Rumburgh, or Thursday in Thorpeness and there is always room for more, that is, if you fancy it. Frustratingly we had four

games called off this year, and none of them were due to weather, but numbers game, some teams couldn’t raise a side on the night


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in question, so there is scope for players across the pub scene, if you want to face us rather than join us. We always welcome new

blood, and this season saw a few new faces, one of which even claimed a season trophy! Hopefully we will have our

AGM in February, please watch the internet for notification, date to be confirmed. We held our end of season do

around the pubs of Beccles and Halesworth, and a good turn out saw some reasonably well behaved hi-jinks and japes. So, some details too, Well done to our trophy winning lads, as follows: Bowler - Mason Stacey, Batsman - Jake Stacey (yes they are brothers), Fielder - Ashley Canham, Sledger - Billy Scriven, Captains Trophy (Clubman) - Michael Newbon, Players Player - Carl Stammers and The Mark Watson Trophy (Player of the year) - Will Dunning. One of our regulars won’t be

with us next year, as our token northerner is returning home, James “Gruffy” Hoyle is moving

back up north, mate, it’s been a pleasure playing alongside you for the past years, and you will always be welcome back, you never know, we may even come say hi! We would like to say a huge

thanks to those behind the scenes, our friends at Rumburgh, Steve Wilson, Richard Tompkins, Piet Van Dijk and all the other bodies who do their bit, it is fair to say the pitch at Rumburgh is among the best in the area, and we are lucky to play on it. We can confirm that we have agreed to stay at Rumburgh for the foreseeable future, and also support the local community, with using the ever welcoming Buck, and hopefully attending the quiz too! Lastly, I would like to repeat,

if you wish to get involved in pub level cricket, please contact us through the email HalesworthPumasCC@Hotmail. and if you think you can find us more opposition, well, there may be a beer in it for you! See you all next year. Hit out or get out.

Over 30 years experience JIM LYTHGOE




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