Halesworth & Southwold Community News November 2019 7 WHAT’S ON AT HALESWORTH LIBRARY

NOW that the days are getting shorter and darker why not come along to the library? You can browse our large stock of books and choose one to curl up with by the fire. Our computers are free to use, or you can keep up with the news with our free daily papers. Why not just sit and have a chat and a cup of tea of coffee …? and on milder days, take your hot drink into the garden (which is a bit of a sun trap!) and enjoy a little winter sun. Don’t forget that our range of Charity Christmas cards will continue to be on sale as Christmas draws closer! Special dates for your diary: 30th November from 9:30am

to 12:30pm the Friends of the Library is holding a giant bric-a -brac sale with a wide range of interesting and good quality items. (We do NOT need donations for this sale as we already have plenty of items, thank you)! Please come and help to raise money. Next spring (March, we hope) we will be having brand new bi-fold doors installed which will make the garden more accessible for all. The Friends will be paying £5,000 towards this. Our Christmas Raffle tickets will be on sale from this day onwards (donations of new items for prizes are very much welcomed). Tuesday 26th November

from 10 am to 12 noon, the Asperger’s Carers group meets - come and join other people and share your experiences. Wednesday 6th November

from 10.30 am to 12 noon, Alice from the Alzheimer’s Society will be holding a drop in session offering help and advice. Wednesday 20th November

10 am to 12 noon, Karen from Suffolk Carers Matter will be holding a drop-in for carers Friday November 8th and

22nd 10 am to 12.00 noon (second and fourth Fridays) Debbie from Realise Futures will be holding drop in sessions providing information and guidance for adults with Learning Disabilities and individuals on the

are limited to six people per session. On Tuesdays afternoons, 2

pm to 4 pm we offer a great opportunity to meet new people. “Crafty Companions” a small informal group who meet and share craft projects alternates with “Mindfulness Colouring” - materials provided. On Wednesdays from 10.30

am to 12 noon we host “Time Out” sessions: 6th November: This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings - what war time or peace time stories from your family can you share? 13th November: Irene has a surprise for us…. but what is it….? 20th November: “Journey through the Forest of Enchantment” Our very own Meraylah has spent over four years creating the beautiful art for this book and tarot deck, come and find out more about her inspiration and artwork. 27th November: We’re welcoming Martin Wanger, East Anglian author, (who writes under the pen name of Madeline Dando) who will be here talking about his novels. On Thursday mornings

(when the Library is otherwise closed) we have fitness classes suitable for all abilities 9.30 am to 10.15 am Get Fit in your Chair. The class includes cardio and strength movements. Then Stretch and Tone follows from 10.30 am to 11.30 am, a class of gentle fitness exercises. £4 per session. Email susan_ or text 07780 707972. On the second Saturday of


Spectrum. Saturday 23rd November is Halesworth Christmas Lights switch on and we will be switching on our Christmas tree that day too! Mondays from 10 am to

12.00 noon, local writer & publisher Tom Corbett hosts a creative writing group at the library. A parallel group is held on Tuesday evenings from 6.30 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. On the last Monday of the

month (25th November) from 2 pm to 4 pm, the Friends of the Library runs the Board Games Café. This month you can, if you choose, learn the intricacies of playing GO, probably the oldest game in the world or choose from nearly 40 other board and card games. Refreshments and a raffle ticket are all included in the £1.50 charge (all money goes to the Library). Every Tuesday, Baby Bounce

and Tot Rock, 9.30 to 10:15 am, for babies and toddlers with their parents or carers. Musical instruments, rhymes and singing. And from 10:15 to 11 am, Stay and Play, fun for toddlers. Attend one or both sessions. A new IT Group is starting

on Tuesday 5th November 10.30am-12.00 noon ‘Turn Your Trash Into Cash’ selling everything from books to furniture in a two part workshop. £12 per person. For more details and to book please contact the library. Places

the month (9th November), 10 to 11 am, your local county councilor Tony Goldson holds a drop-in surgery with district councillor Alison Cackett. Alternate Sundays (3rd, 17thNovember and 1st December) 10 to 11am we have Kids Lego Club. £1 per builder. Alternate Sundays (3rd, 17thNovember and 1st December) 10:30 am to 12:30 the Friends of the Library hosts Sociable Sundays. An opportunity to join others for refreshments and conversation. All adults welcome. £1 suggested donation (funds go to the Library). On Sundays, 12.00 noon

to 2.30pm we have free craft activities and stories for children. Drop in and join in the fun. All ages are welcome but under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. If you are not already 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, Audio and CDs and access to our e-library for books, audio books, magazines, music and films.

Why not show your support

and appreciation for the Library and also become a member of the Friends of Halesworth Library, our fund-raising charity? Ask at the counter. Donations are welcome but nor required! If you have some free time and would like to meet other Friends and become more involved,


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, fax machine and laminator. Use the internet and Skype, even borrow an i-pad. Ask about our Window Gallery for selling your artwork, about putting a notice in our window, or about renting space for meetings or exhibitions. Finally, for gifts or other items, look at our range of ReadySpex reading glasses, as well as jewellery, locally made cards - and postage stamps. All profits support the Friends of the Library. We look forward to seeing

you! Email us at halesworth. 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? Twitter: @HalesworthLib or Instagram: @Halesworthlibrary If you have suggestions for improving the Library’s social media output, or would like to help, please let us know by emailing friendsofhalesworthlibrary@

Good news

from Cutlers Hill Surgery

WE have been aware of the difficulties you have been facing when requesting appointments at the Cutlers Hill Surgery. In the past year, we have done our best to resolve this issue. We are now proud to inform you of our new Same Day Surgery which has been working successfully for the past few months. How it works: For urgent or same day appointments, please call the surgery as early as possible after 8.30am. Our receptionists, will take down details of your problem. Please remember that our receptionists are trained to assess your health issue and direct you towards the right support.

They will

then refer your case to the appropriate clinical practitioner at the surgery.

A clinical

practitioner, a nurse or a doctor will call you back to assess you, and decide who would be the most appropriate person at the surgery to see you. Please use this system for

urgent heath issues that cannot wait. Where possible, phone the surgery rather than just presenting at the surgery. Thank you. Of course, for life threatening illness, you need to dial 999. The Surgery will still offer

routine bookable appointments so you can still phone and get your usual routine appointment. We sincerely hope that our

new Same Day Surgery will enable us to see you quickly so you can feel better sooner! For further information, please do not hesitate to call us on 01986 874618.

AUTUMN kicked off with an Autumn Supper where 60+ people sat down to loads of fresh items and glorious puddings. These included some wonderful pavlovas made by Don and Liz – thank you so much. Eric Sedge sang to the assembled company – even featuring the Hall in his list of “drinking spots locally”.

Eric delighted

listeners with his gentle brand of music – how lucky we are to have him living so close! Now we are down to the

run up to the festive season. Our Christmas Craft Fair is on Saturday 16th November and opens to the public from 10am until 4pm. The kitchen will be running hot soup, bacon rolls and home made cakes, plus of course, tea and coffee. Anyone wishing to book a stall please ring Wendy on 01986 872590. The primary school will be having their metal collection on November 2nd and 3rd, the kitchen will be open for hot bacon rolls and tea/coffee to keep all the re-cyclers going. Please support the school and clear up any scrap metal you have around. On November 30th at 2pm


friendsofhalesworthlibrary@ to find out more about how you can help. Whatever your skills or interests, and however much or little time you can contribute, we can find useful things for you to do! And we have fun! Don’t forget to visit www. For free downloads of music, e-books; audio books; and magazines. You can find out about upcoming events and browse booklists. For more information about our services and facilities,

we will be decorating the stage with our array of Christmas Trees, anyone with a couple of hours to spare would be most welcome to come and help “erect” the forest. Special notice. We are delighted that Jason and Rev; Jane Held will be joining us to “do” our Annual Carols and Pints on Saturday 14th December. It’s amazing how many carols you can remember when you have a pint inside you! 7.30pm is the start to what is usually a great convivial evening. Bingo is a great evening

every other Thursday. November dates are: 7th and 21st and December are: 5th and 19th (Prosecco and mince

Holton & Blyford Village Hall pies)!

Advance Notice. On Saturday 25th January we will be celebrating Burns Night again. Featuring a 3 course hot meal, the address to the Haggis, and all the usual fun of the event we look forward to another great evening. Tickets are available now


from Wendy on 01986 872590 and they are £15 each. Why not make up a table (8) of friends – and no you don’t have to come from Scotland to join in!


THE next film matinee will be 2.45pm for 3pm on Wednesday 20th November at The Cut, Halesworth. This will be 'Yesterday', starring Himesh and Lily James, filmed locally, directed by Danny Boyle and written by Richard Curtis. Our film matinees are not listed in the Cut film guide but keep your eye on adverts in the Community News or Blyth Valley Times or the 'what's on' pages of other local media and the poster boards around Halesworth. Entry to watch the film is

£5 donation on the door only and don't forget to buy some raffle tickets which help boost the funds for respite care. Why not get there early and have

WE moved to winter opening hours at the end of October and I confirm that building work on the extension will commence in early November, with the digging of the foundations and re-hanging of the main doors at the seaward end of the building. The first three weeks will involve heavy equipment but we hope to be able to open at weekends, depending on progress and weather! Next month I hope to be more precise and give an indication of the time table. We hope all will be ‘shipshape and Bristol fashion’ for the re-opening at Easter 2020. The wonderful Floods

display assembled by Frank Upcraft, our Curator, which was very much admired, is now supported by a short audio presentation of the 1953 floods which many of us remember. Visitors can

now listen

a coffee at The Cut Cafe and purchase one or two of Jill's hand crafted cards or order a speciality card. Stock up for Christmas! Chairman’s report. (Paddy Cox) I am pleased to announce on behalf of the Trustees of Halesworth dementia


Fund that we have taken the opportunity offered to us by the Pear Tree Centre of becoming a Support Group Associate. This excellent facility once opened will become the base for Alice Sparksman our Dementia Society Support (Partnership with Alzheimer's Society) working together with the monthly Peer Support Group where carers of people living with dementia will meet and share their experiences in a safe and non-judgemental environment. Now in our 6th year, Halesworth dementia Carers' Fund continues to provide much needed services for those living with dementia and their

we have no ‘members’, but a great many supporters. The Trustees have decided


our Annual Open Meeting be postponed until February 21st (date to be confirmed), when the

position regarding the

extension and the re-opening of the museum will be clearer. We have also discussed the question of cashless donations and tap cards. As mentioned previously the evidence from other small, local

family carers. With a health and social care system that is creaking at the seams, the importance of our charitable work has been clearly highlighted. Our respite care service

in partnership with

Prestige Nursing & Care is enabling us to support currently over 24 families. Our Respite Care Service is available for all patients registered with Cutlers Hill Surgery and referrals can be made via the GP, Prestige Care, District Nurse, Community


Alice Sparkman (HdCF Community Support Worker), or self-referral to Teresa Fyfe 01986 875641 (if you are referring someone, you must have their permission). We thank you all for all your help and support which enables us to provide this service for the local community and please keep supporting us - your help is invaluable.

From the Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum

Southold Arts Centre (St Edmund’s Hall) will present a film he has made and directed: Billy Mason from Gloucester together with Lest We Forget. The film tells the story of a


museums is that the cost/hire of the equipment, insurance, and use of the internet, is more than the system produces in donations! Therefore we have decided not to proceed. It is a matter for the future and will be kept under review. Finally, here is a personal


memories of that fateful night when Southwold suffered the tidal surge. Our indefatigable Frank is now assembling the next exhibition which will tell the story of the famous Duke of York’s Camps on Southwold Common which, again, some of us ‘oldies’ still remember! We normally have an AGM

at this time of the year. Strictly speaking it is not an AGM since

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appeal from Jonathan Hunt, former chairman of the Trust. Jonathan is a professional actor and director and on Friday 15th November at 7.30pm,

16 year old boy soldier in the Great War who deserted and was befriended by Hetty, a farm worker; who was sent to prison for burning the King’s uniform! Lest we Forget is a programme of remembrance, and comprises prose, letters and music of WW1. The film is dedicated to all

Boy Soldiers killed in action, or shot for cowardice, in the Great War.

Admission will

be £8 and all proceeds will go to The Personnel Recovery Centre,

Colchester Garrison,

which helps soldiers suffering from mental and physical conditions. Please give your support.

Jack Storer – Trustee

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