December 2011 - January 2012 - Village Voices

December 2011 - January 2012 - Village Voices

The local magazine for Hollesley, Boyton, Capel and Shingle Street

30p where sold

December 2011 - January 2012

December/January Diary



Monday Yoga 7.30pm Hollesley Village Hall Elly Lloyd 412053

Monday Mothers’ Union 1.30pm Bawdsey Village Hall Pat Fleetwood 410409

Tuesday Welcome Club 2pm Marian Collins 411262

Tuesday Hollesley Bay Day Centre Audrey Shelcott 411776

Tuesday Mobile Library

Wednesdays 10.15 – 11.15 am Edward Bear Club Stella Moore 411749

Badminton 8pm Chris Andrews 411126

Thursdays Judo Club Julie Jolliffe 410483

Thursday Mobile Police Station 8.45 – 9.45am

Thursday Womens’ Institute Gina Forsyth 411727

Fridays 7 – 8pm Zumba Butley Village Hall

Sundays Sunday Shape Up 10-11am Hollesley Village Hall Beck Williams

07956 622330

Sunday Table tennis 4 -5pm Boyton Village Hall Andrew Cassey 411720

Dates for your diary

Saturday 3rd December Sutton Heath Childcare Centre Christmas Fete 10am – 1pm

Saturday 3rd December Boyton Coffee Morning 10.30am – 12

Saturday 3rd December 2 – 4pm Hollesley School Christmas Fair

Saturday 3rd December ‘The joys of dingy cruising’ Bawdsey Manor 7.30pm

Sunday 4th December 9.30am Suffolk Wildlife Trust Work party

Tuesday 6th December 7.30pm Allotment and Gardens Club talk Hollesley Bowls Club

Thursday 8th December Hollesley Players

Friday 9th December Hollesley Players

Saturday 10th December Hollesley Players

Saturday 10th December 11am to 1pm Christmas Fayre at Pre-school

Saturday 10th December 10.30am – 12 Christmas Craft Coffee Morning Bawdsey Village Hall

Sunday 11th December 10am Sutton Heath Charity Football matches Recreation Ground

Tuesday 13th December 6pm School Trumpet performance

Wednesday 14th December 1.45pm School Christmas performance

Friday 16th December 9.30am School Christmas Service Hollesley Church

Tuesday 20th December 6pm Carol Singing Oak Hill

Wednesday 21st December 6pm Carol Singing 6pm Shingle Street

Thursday 22nd December 6pm Carol Singing 6pm The Street

Wednesday 21st December 9.45 – 2.30pm Holiday Club Hollesley Church

Wednesday 28th December 8pm Charity pub quiz Shepherd & Dog


Sunday 1st January

Sunday 1st January

Sunday 1st January

Sunday 1st January

Saturday 7th January

Tuesday January 10th

Thursday January 12th

Wednesday 11th January

Sunday 15th January

Saturday 21st January

Sunday 29th January

9.30am Suffolk Wildlife Trust working party

Boathouse Café open 11am – 4pm

New Year’s Day Bawdsey Ferry running 10am – 4pm

11am Help for Heroes Swimmers Bawdsey

10am – 4pm Show House open Sorrel Meadow

Copy deadline February Village Voices

Womens’ Institute 7.30pm

7.30pm Allotment and Gardens Club talk Hollesley Bowls Club

9.30am Christianity Explored Hollesley Church

7.30pm Bawdsey Manor ‘The upper River Deben’ talk by M Beeton

8pm Charity pub quiz Shepherd & Dog

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From the Editor

Dear friends,

Can it be the run-up to Christmas already As I write this we

have been enjoying some glorious late autumn weather. We

wonder what will be round the corner in the cold months of

December and January.

For many of us this has been a difficult year as jobs are lost

and the cost of living rises. Our friends in Bigfork, Montana

also struggle in a scattered community where there is high

unemployment and hardship. Their latest colourful magazine

suggests how we can save, recycle and tighten our belts, as

indeed we all must do just now.

However, we know the best things in life are free as we

celebrate Christmas and New Year with family and friends.

Take a walk to see the shell patterns at Shingle Street

(pictured). There is an exhibition of photographs of the

shells at Snape Maltings, open two hours before concerts,

until the end of January.

Enjoy this bumper issue for December and January, packed

with too much to mention individually. Whatever you do,

the Village Voices team send all our readers at home and abroad our very best wishes for

Christmas and the New Year

Cover photo: Hollesley Church in the snow January 2010

Please note that the opinions expressed in this magazine do not necessarily

reflect the views or policies of the editorial team

Helen Macleod


Helen Macleod


Tower Tales p.4

Santa coming p.6

Shop and houses p.13

Suffolk Punches p.33

Sutton Heath Scorpions p.41

Peninsula p.42


Editorial copy Helen Macleod, Colyton,

The Street, Hollesley,

IP12 3QU Tel 411232

Advertising Rob Claxton

4, Willoughby Rise, Hollesley IP12 3QN

Tel. 410231

December 2011/January 2012 page 3

Tower Tales from a Hollesley Bellringer

Do you sometimes wonder why your church bells are being rung The reason is obvious

if it is a Sunday before service, or a Friday practice evening and when there is a wedding

too. However, you may hear them at other times – what could this be about The

possibilities are District Practices, Visiting Ringers, Peals or Quarter Peals for ringing

milestones in learning or for memorable occasions.

AND of course, for Christmas and to Ring in the New Year,

which we shall be doing very soon – listen out for us!

Alan McBurnie

The bells in the tower of Hollesley Church

What are we ringing We might be ringing the bells in numerical order/descending

musical scale - which is called ‘rounds’, or maybe ‘call changes’ when the order is

swapped around by a conductor, or it could be a ‘method’ which is a set pattern of ringing

which we have to memorise and of which there are several thousand with many strange

and peculiar names. Have you heard of ‘Grandsire’ or ‘Stedman’ or ‘Kent Treble Bob’

(If you have the read Dorothy L. Sayers ‘The Nine Tailors’, the answer is yes!).

Why do people learn to ring church bells For many different reasons; mine were

curiosity (having read ‘The Nine Tailors’), and because it was suggested to me at a time

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in my life when I had an evening or two to spare. I very soon found out that it is an

extremely social hobby, where you can very quickly gain many friends and have a lot of


Helen, Nigel, Peter, Sam, Jane, Sue,

Mickie, and Ken

It is inexpensive and no special equipment is

required (other than the bells of course!) You

wear normal clothes (but long tops are a good

idea to avoid too much tummy display!) Once

you can handle a bell reasonably competently,

you are welcome at most practices in the UK

and even all over the world where they ring ‘full

circle’, and it is completely normal to turn up at

a strange tower wherever you are in the country

and be greeted like a long lost friend. I have

experienced it! Ringing also keeps the mind

and body active and some of us even lose

weight! You don’t need to have strength or be a

churchgoer, age is no barrier; having a sense of

rhythm and being musical or mathematical all

help, but are not vital.

How do we ring First you learn to ‘handle’ a

bell (which is what we call controlling the rope

that is attached to a wheel in the belfry, which

has the bell attached to it). To begin with you

learn on a one-to-one basis with an instructor, either before the normal practice or maybe

in an extra session during the week. Because at Hollesley we can use our simulated

system where the physical bells are silenced and a computer makes the sounds, you can

learn without worrying about the whole village hearing. Once you can control the bell

and change the speed at which you ring, you progress to ringing rounds with a few other

ringers, then rounds with more people, then call changes and so on. The time taken to

reach each stage varies from person to person but the more time you can give it, the

quicker you learn. However you never stop learning; I find the whole process quite

fascinating and it is one of its attractions that there is always another mountain to climb.

Other things to do when you have learnt to ring. One of the really great things about

ringing is its social side. I had no idea about this when I first started, but a whole world

(or at least county and country) opened up to me in my first year or two. As well as

meeting up at the pub after ringing (beer or soft drinks, and we run a kitty so not too

much of a strain on the pocket), there are county district practices to be attended where

you can meet ringers outside your normal circle, outings where you go en masse with

friends and ring other people’s bells, (five or six towers in one day is not unusual) and

even ringing holidays.

December 2011/January 2012 page 5

Did you see us with the mini-ring at Hollesley Fete or Sutton Country Fayre Or visit

us on our Tower Open Day at August Bank Holiday If you had a go at ringing and would

like to do more, we would really like to see you again. Our newest recruit was one of

these folk.

Why not give it a go Either contact our tower captain Alan McBurnie on 411999 and

arrange a time, or talk to me on 412134 or Peter on 411355 or you really, really can just

turn up on a Friday evening 7.30 to 9.00. If you hear us already ringing, for safety, just

wait for a break (listen for the call ‘stand’) before actually coming into the ringing room.

Once you have learnt, the minimum time commitment is Friday practice night and

Sunday morning, but if you get hooked, you can ring locally every evening of the week

somewhere - I do!

Who are the Hollesley ringers We are Alan, Micky, Fred, Nigel, Sam, Ken, Helen, Anne

(me), Jane, Peter, Cathy, Bruce, Jenny, Ruth and the new girl, Sue.

Anne Buswell

Santa Claus is coming to Hollesley on

Christmas Day!

Santa Claus and his band of merry men will be coming to

Hollesley village and Oak Hill early on Christmas morning.

Any donations of Christmas decorations would be gladly

accepted. The charity nominated for those wishing to

contribute on the day will be in memory of Mike Adams and

Canoeing for Cancer.

There are a few changes this year as we will be setting off

from the village garage at 6 a.m. on Christmas Day. Richard

and Salina have kindly provided this overnight security for

the sleigh at Coltec. The routes will cover Moorlands,

Gorselands, Rectory Road, Mallard Way, The Street,

Stebbings Close, Parsons Hill, School Lane, Oak Hill, both Circles and the front, Melton

Road, Woodbridge Walk, Boyton Road and we will finish at the Glebe House Residential


For anybody outside these areas and wishing to see Santa and his Merry Men, deliveries

can be made at The Shepherd and Dog car park, The Old Staff Club car park and Glebe

House. Come on - bring the kids and yourselves along!

All presents for delivery should be left at 48 Oak Hill with a large label and big letters so

the recipients name can be seen clearly.More information please contact Harry on 07796

795774 or

Harry Pankhurst

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Welcome to Sophie

Sophie Claxton was welcomed into

Rob and Tina’s family on October

17th. They are absolutely thrilled to

have a little girl, and a sister for Sam

who is just three.


Rob and Tina with Sophie and Sam

Rob has been one of the editors for

Village Voices since we started six

years ago. He edited his last issue in

October as he and Tina have now

taken over the important role of

advertising managers.

We were very impressed that they

managed somehow to fit in their

work for Village Voices when Sophie

arrive unexpectedly 3 weeks early!

Celebrating their Diamond Wedding

Joan and Peter Bingham were married in 1951 in Hollesley Church and celebrated 60

years together on 3rd November. Their twins, daughter Heather and son Nigel are both

married and still live in

Hollesley with their


For many years Peter

worked as an Officer at

Hollesley Bay Colony,

and Joan ran the very

popular Corner Shop on

Fox Hill.

They were delighted to

receive a card from the

Queen and to be able to

celebrate with all their

family and friends at the

Village Hall.

Congratulations to you

both. We wish you many

more happy years

together. (Editor)

Joan and Peter with their card from the Queen


December 2011/January 2012 page 7


From Ruth our Team Vicar

During the first week of November, I watched a

TV programme looking at what the weather might

be like this winter. Earlier the same week I had

read predictions of an ‘Arctic blast’ reaching us

before December, of sub-zero temperatures and

snowfalls even earlier in December than last year.

Does the thought of a hard winter with lots of

snow excite or depress you We approach these

winter months of the year with varying amounts of

apprehension and anticipation. We may be

concerned about the effect on our finances of

buying Christmas gifts and food, of increased fuel

costs; about the difficulties of caring for people

and animals in freezing weather; about getting to

work or finding employment. The conclusion of

the TV programme was, unsurprisingly, that even

with all the modern technology, there was no

Hollesley Church January 2010 certainty in weather predictions beyond the next

few days. So, we may have snow or not, we may have lots or not very much. In an age

where we are able, in theory at least, to have more control over our lives and

surroundings than in the past, such uncertainty can make us anxious. We have better

communications than ever before, but what we communicate can be uncertainty and

anxiety rather than confidence and hope.

The message of Christmas is one of hope; that God has good things in store for us – not

just in some vague, remote future, not just at Christmas time, but today, tomorrow, in the

New Year. He came to be with us, to walk beside us as his Son Jesus and he is still with

us today. Over the next seven months, we will be journeying through the Gospel of Mark

exploring who Jesus is, why he came and what it means to follow him. There will be

plenty of time to ask questions and discuss the claims of Jesus and what impact they

might have on our lives. More information is available at

Come and join us on the third Sunday of each month, January until July, at All Saints

Church, Hollesley. Coffee and pastries will be

served in an informal atmosphere from 9.30am

onwards, followed by a DVD and discussion. You

will not be asked to sing, pray, read aloud or be put

‘on the spot’. There will be supervised children’s

activities so bring them along too.

The first session is on 15th January, entitled ‘What

are we doing here’

I wish you peace and joy this Christmas and

throughout the New Year.


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4 th Dec

2 nd Sunday of


11 th Dec

3 rd Sunday of



17 th December

18 th Dec

4 th Sunday of


24 th Dec

Christmas Eve

25 th Dec

Christmas Day

1 st Jan

2 nd Sunday of


8 th Jan

Baptism of


15 th Jan

2 nd Sunday of


22 nd Jan

3 rd Sunday of


29 th Jan

4 th Sunday of


St Andrew’s


8.00 Holy


11.00 Morning


3pm Memories


11.00 Holy


10.00 Family


8.00 Holy


11.00 Holy


All Saints’


9.30 Holy


9.30 Family


5.00 ’Sing to the


9.30 Holy


5pm Carols

5pm Crib Service

& Nativity Play


Midnight Mass

9.30 Holy


6pm Nine

lessons & Carols

9.30 Family


5.00 ’Sing to the


‘Christianity Explored’

at All Saints, Hollesley

(see feature)

11.00 Morning


* Carol Service † Holy Communion

9.30 Holy


Other Villages

11.00 Alderton †

8.00 Alderton †

11.00 Bawdsey † &


6.30pm Ramsholt *

3pm Bawdsey *

6.30pm Alderton *

11.30pm Alderton †

9.30 Bromeswell †

10.30 Bawdsey

11.00 Ramsholt,

Shottisham †,

Sutton †

11.00 Alderton †

8.00 Alderton †

11.00 Bawdsey †,


4.30 Sutton

8.00 Alderton †

8.00 Alderton †

11.00 Bawdsey,

Ramsholt †

Service for 8 parishes †

St Edmund, Bromeswell at 11.00

Weekday Services

Wednesday 12noon Sutton - Holy Communion

1.30pm Hollesley Church, Edward Bear Club 0-5yrs and their carer(s)

Thursday 9am Boyton Church - Morning Prayer

Friday 8am Hollesley Church - Morning Prayer

2nd Wednesday 1.30pm Colyton, Hollesley – Prayer Group

1st Thursday 2.30pm Glebe House, Hollesley – Evensong

3rd Thursday 10.30am Glebe House, Hollesley – Holy Communion

Church Contacts

Team Vicar: Ruth Hatchett 01394 412052

Hollesley Churchwardens: Fred Stentiford 01394 411469 Pat Shannon 01394 411214

Boyton Churchwardens: Malcolm Fleetwood 01394 410409 Isobel Lilley 01394 411409

Hollesley Tower Captain: Alan McBurnie 01394 411999

December 2011/January 2012 page 9

Keren Bridgeman

Our topic at school was Orford

Hollesley children at Orford Castle

This term we have been learning about

Orford and the story about The Wild Man

of Orford. Dance and Drama club will be

doing a performance about him too.

On the 29th September, the whole school

went to Orford. It was a lovely day, sunny

and hot. We arrived round about the centre

of Orford near the Oysterage. We looked

around that area and then we set off down

Pump Street to see the old pump. We did

some sketches of the church or the things

around us. We had a look inside and it was

massive, a lot bigger than Hollesley

Church, it was HUGE!

We walked down Quay Street which was

very pretty: it was like little houses from a

fairy tale. Next we went to the quay to ask

some people about Orford, like Do you live

in Orford And Do you work in Orford

Everybody we asked was really friendly and someone who was questioned was from


On the 7th November we went to Orford Castle. First we sketched the castle while the

younger children went inside then we went inside in small groups so that we took turns

looking at different parts. One group went into the shop and the lady working there let

them hold a replica of a sword. It was £75.00. It may seem expensive but it was really

smart and shiny and very heavy too! We found out that the dungeons were underneath the

floorboards of the shop.

Another group went to see the cellar. It also had a well and we found out that it was 13

metres deep. It looked very dark and we wouldn’t want to fall down there. As we were

walking down a long, narrow corridor we came to a dead end and saw a knight just

standing there! It was weird and very scary. We went up to the roof of the castle and we

pretended to have the job of making sure there were no enemies on the castle mounds.

Next we went into the bakery and there was a bread oven and we could fit 5 children and

a teacher in it, imagine how much bread you could bake in that! It was also very warm in

there; compared to the castle roof. One of the halls had been turned into a mini museum

and it had a big round table in the middle. There were a few glass shelves and it showed

us about the castle in the Middle Ages and the Wild Man of Orford.

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There was a chapel and that used to be the only room that had windows made of glass

and they used the most expensive stone; Coralline Crag. There were lots of bedrooms (the

same size and no style) and you could only fit the bed in it or about 3 children. There

were also draughts so it would be freezing at night especially in winter. At the end we

tried to get to the castle without being seen - it showed us how easy it was for people to

spot enemies trying to attack the castle. We all enjoyed the visit to the castle and you can

read our full report on our school website.

School reporters: Abby Day and Shannon Williams

The villages gathered together to remember,

at 11am on 11th November 2011

Over 150 people from Hollesley, Boyton and Shingle Street came together at the

Shepherd and Dog to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in World wars and

more recent conflicts

around the world.

Old and young alike joined

in favourite wartime songs

led enthusiastically by the

children from Hollesley

School. The excellent

school trumpets played to

us, and all made a colourful

display with their red tops

and shiny instruments.

Our Vicar, Rev’d Ruth led

the act of remembrance,

and Mr. Alderton, the

trumpet teacher, played the

Last Post. Not a sound could be heard during the two minutes silence.

Angela Lawrence then gave a very interesting presentation with old photographs about

the history of the Unknown Soldier buried in Westminster Abbey.

Cheryl Gray

Thanks go to everyone who supported this event and especially to Chris and Carol

Clement at the Shepherd and Dog who invited us all. A collection of £280.07 was made

for ‘Help the Heroes’ including £31.50 from the Quiz night and a further £40.60 was

collected for the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The village Poppy Appeal collected a further £1280. Thanks to everyone, from

Pat Shannon

Helen Macleod

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We are having a bigger shop in Hollesley!

Following planning applications,

village meetings and a great deal of

thought and discussion, Chris and

Carol Clement have decided to revert

to extending the shop to the rear of the

existing site. The space available

behind the Post Office and back wall

will enable the shop to double its size.

Planning permission was granted for

this some while ago, and Chris hopes it

won’t be too long before building can

commence subject to the banks

providing affordable funding!

It will be a difficult and complicated

Carol and Chris outside the shop

operation, as the shop will remain open throughout, and shoppers must all be very

understanding and patient during the inevitable disruption.

At the end of it all, we shall have a fantastic facility for the village. During the very cold

weather last winter, people found that they could get everything they needed locally,

without travelling along dangerous icy roads into Woodbridge. The new shop will have an

even larger range of goods.

We are so lucky to have a village shop, so let us support Chris, Carol and all the staff.


Sorrel Meadow

The first five houses being built by Bloor Homes have been released to the agents,

William H. Brown of Woodbridge. On visiting them I was told that already there have

been enquiries by local people wanting to return to live in Hollesley.

On the weekend of 7th and 8th January there will be a launch at the Show House

‘Sowerby’ (opposite) for villagers to see

inside. Seven houses are expected to be

completed during Spring 2012.

A housing association has yet to come

forward to build the 12 Affordable

houses, but I was told that anyone

interested in renting or part-purchase

should get in touch with the agents in

case they can help them.

Helen Macleod

Helen MacLeod

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The Suffolk Foundation has launched its Surviving Winter Appeal, part of a national

campaign across the UK to help thousands of vulnerable and older people affected by fuel

poverty. It was launched by the Rt. Rev. Nigel Stock, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and

Ipswich who is donating his Winter Fuel Payment to the appeal. Over the past three

winters, there have been on average 409 ‘excess winter deaths’ in Suffolk each year, and

most are people aged over 65. Anyone can give part or all of their winter fuel payment,

and the money will be used within Suffolk. It will be distributed by Age UK, to those

most in need of help to make sure they can afford to stay warm, eat well and remain

mobile. Help will be given to people in practical ways, such as ensuring they can make

doctors’ appointments, get to the shops and maintain an active social life.

Already there has already been a huge response to this appeal.

To donate:

• visit

• call The Suffolk Foundation office on 01473 734120

• see the pledge form in East Anglian Daily Times

Let us also look out for our vulnerable elderly residents this winter and offer any

practical help we can. If you are struggling or know anyone in our villages who is

struggling to afford to keep warm in their home, please call

The Suffolk Foundation on 01473 734120


Cyril Potter 7.5.38 - 10.10.11

Cyril was born and grew up in Butley. In 1974 he married Mary and they had two sons,

John and Paul who remember him as a kind and caring dad. He worked all his life in

varying jobs: as a gamekeeper, forestry worker, cowman drover, and at one time for the

USAF on Woodbridge and Bentwater bases. He was a very keen pub man, Mondays

being his favourite day because that was also Campsea Ashe Livestock Market Day.

In later life he had three hip operations and did not enjoy very good health, but this did

not stop him from living his life to the full until the end. Di Barnard

Hollesley Pre-school

The Pre-School are holding a Christmas Fayre at the Pre-School building

Sat 10th December from 11am-1pm.

Come and see Santa’s Grotto!

December 2011/January 2012 page 15

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Letter page – we look forward to them each month

to give us a donation to help Jacob erect a

permanent building on his plot we shall

be ever-so grateful. Please deliver your

contribution to 'Dranrab', The Street,

Hollesley (corner Parsons Hill)

From Eddy the retired greyhound and

his mistress Di

Dear Editor

Some of your readers may know that my

master and mistress, Di and Tony

Barnard, like to help improve life for

Jacob Kipruto and his family in Kenya.

There was a letter from Jacob in

September Village Voices.

Well, Jacob has a big worry right now!

He is deaf and was given a small plot of

land on which he erected some temporary

buildings. Now, the Government is

insisting these should be permanent and

is threatening to take away Jacob's plot

and give it to someone who has the

money to erect them. This will mean that

Jacob loses his home.

Please could you help stop this

happening. Di and I are doing a biathlon.

If we walk at least a mile a day

and Di swims 24 pool lengths a week, in

the three months up to Christmas we will

have achieved 100 miles. If you feel able

Dear Editor

We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’

to everyone who has supported us

through the very difficult times we have

been experiencing.

Since Mike was originally diagnosed

with cancer in 2009 the thoughts and

prayers of so many people both in the

village and indeed world-wide had helped

us to stay positive. We all hoped Mike’s

treatment would be successful, and for a

while it was, allowing us some very

happy times, but sadly this was not to


We are sincerely grateful for the amazing

financial support given to Mike’s charity

fund-raising events and for the 200 or

more letters, cards and emails of

condolence we have received. The

attendance at his funeral was incredible

with over 150 people coming to pay their

respects. Our thanks go to Ruth for a

truly moving service.

The tributes to Mike in Village Voices

will be treasured by all the family. We

thank Nick, Pauline and Stewart, Helen

and Matt for their kind words. Finally I

know Mike would want to wish Village

Voices every continuing success.

Wendy, Jodie, Daniel and Tim

December 2011/January 2012 page 17

Luke Durbin, still missing after 5

He will be 25 on December 4th this year

1/ 2


We have seen his picture in newspapers and on television. This is the story of a

loving young son, much missed, as told to me by his mother Nicki. (Editor)

Nicki Durbin

Luke and Alicia proudly posing in front of the family’Beetle’

When Nicki Durbin came to live in

Hollesley 18 years ago her son Luke

was 6 and her daughter Alicia was 4.

Luke went to Bawdsey school – and

loved it. He was in the football team,

and enjoyed judo along with Alicia.

He went birdwatching with Rob

Duncan on Sundays and also went

away with him on a birdwatching


At 13 he had a guitar for Christmas,

and was soon having lessons and

playing by ear. He was good at lots of

things and had many interests. He

loved Farlingaye and the teachers

found him mischievous but charming.

He was placid and gentle, and had

great potential. He received an award

for the most Laid Back Student!

Despite this he did well in his

GCSE’s and left school at 17.

For a year he studied music

technology at Colchester, but found

the journey there from Hollesley by

public transport just too much to cope

with. After a variety of jobs he went

to work at the market in Aldeburgh

where the owner valued him and gave

him responsibilities which he thrived

on. He enjoyed cooking, both at work

and at home.

Luke bought a motor bike, to get to

work at Aldeburgh and planned to

save money to hire a studio for

recording music he had composed for

the guitar.

Life was going well for Luke, until

Thursday 11th May when he went

with friends to a night club in

Ipswich. He never came home and

has not been seen since.

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What happened to Luke

Nicki has been campaigning for answers ever since. She organized the first-ever

March for the Missing in London in 2006, along with Valerie Nettles whose son

disappeared from the Isle of Wight. Around 200 families and friends of missing

loved ones took part, to seek support from the authorities.

In 2010 the charity Missing People went a step further and launched a Missing

Rights campaign. They asked Nicki, along with other families to give evidence at

the first-ever Parliamentary enquiry into missing people. The result of this will

make a huge difference to families who find themselves in this tragic position, for

whom there has been little support hitherto, and to others needing support in the


Nicki says: I want to sincerely thank everyone who has continued to support me

and my family throughout these 5 years. It is so comforting to know that people

care and Luke has not been forgotten.

Food for Free

Wild water cress in the Tang at Boyton

Are you a plant forager Do you get

out into the fields and woods to collect

wild plants to eat or to turn into

drinks Most of us pick blackberries

and sloes, but do you collect nettles,

dandelion, beechnuts, fennel,

elderflower/berry, or samphire They

are just a few of the 100 edible wild

plants that Richard Mabey brought to

our attention in his 1972 masterpiece,

Food for Free. And what about hazel,

rosehips, hawthorn, chickweed, wild

garlic, chervil, and bittercress

The list of edible wild plants to be

found around our villages is long. In

the past, foraging in hedgerows and

woodland for free food was the

accepted thing, especially in the

autumn, but few people

do it now. Thankfully, famine has not

occurred in Britain for a very long

time, but in some European countries

where people have starved in the not

too distant past, knowledge of wild

plants on the doorstep runs high, and

there is a lively tradition of wild

foraging, and not just for mushrooms.

Plantlife, the international charity for

the preservation of wild plants, wants

to know how connected we are to our

wild plants, if we can recognise them,

and if we value them. If you are a

forager for wild plants, please tell me

which plants you search for, and how

you use them.

Laurie Forsyth tel 411727

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Kyson schoolchildren have tidied the

Suffolk Punch Trust garden for the winter

Enthusiasm is still running high: they have just sowed broad beans, winter peas and

planted some onions and garlic. The children want to grow wheat in one of the plots next

spring, and then – the fun part – they want to grind it into flour to make bread.

All those harvest boxes they packed are now with pensioners in Woodbridge, and some of

the beans left to dry on the dwarf bean plants have been made into soup for their school

lunch. Mmmm!

I hope to soon give you more news of progress in the SPT garden.

Meanwhile, a working party is about to

clear part of the edge of our wildlife

pond. If we cut about one third each year

this will minimise the disturbance to

wildlife, and leave lots of cover for frogs,

toads, newts and other wildlife during the

winter months.

Margaret Wyllie

A great vegetable crop grown by Kyson

School, with horse brasses

Hollesley Village Carol Singing

Date in December Area Contact Meet 6pm

Tues 20th Oak Hill Di Whitney Notice Board

411236 New Circle

Wed 21st Shingle Street Joan Butcher Martello Tower

411689 Car Park

Thursday 22nd The Street Joan Butcher Duck Corner


We need at least six singers per group each evening if we are to cover the whole of a

particular area. So please do come and join us. The more voices the merrier! A torch

would be very useful! If anyone feels they can gather a few singers together to cover

another route, I have collecting boxes and carol sheets available, so please get in touch.

Come and join Carol singing for everyone

at The Shepherd and Dog Sunday 18th December 5pm

By kind invitation. Mulled wine and mince pies

Proceeds this year will be divided between St.Elizabeth Hospice and

Hollesley Church.

Joan Butcher 411689

December 2011/January 2012 page 21

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New moth species

Following my article in October’s Village Voices I had a phone call from Raymond

Watson who lives along Alderton Road. He was keen to talk to me about mothing, which

he used to do several years ago, and wanted to continue now. I must say – he has an

excellent garden for it.

He then went on to say that he had caught a Silver-striped Hawkmoth – a species that I

had never seen. I called round the next day and sure enough there it was! In an old jam

jar waiting to be let go. All hawkmoths are quite outstanding to look at and this one is no

exception with a lovely pink area in its hindwing.

Silver-striped Hawkmoths are a rare autumnal migrant to Britain and some years none at

all turn up. This is only the fourth in Suffolk over the last few years. The larvae on the

continent feed on bedstraws and willowherbs.

Nick Mason

Silver-striped Hawkmoth (Hippotion celerion)

Assuming he had found it in a

moth trap I asked him about it.

Then he told me that it wasn’t

in the trap but on his bedroom

window – he had seen its

silhouette and gone out and put

it in the jar!

I started my mothing by taking

in moths from my windows and

identifying them on the kitchen

table, which often took ages,

before letting them go.

Nick Mason

Sandhill Crane update: On 4th November a Sandhill Crane was seen with

hundreds of Common Crane in Extramedura in Spain. There is a very good chance that

this is our Boyton bird – it seems to have found some cousins so will not be entirely

lonely! It will be the first-ever Sandhill Crane in Spain if accepted. Nick Mason

Arctic Explorers!

An Activity morning for 6-10 year olds at Foxburrow Farm

Come and find out about amazing Arctic wildlife and learn about the lives of the Inuit

tribe Monday 19th December 10.00am - 12.30pm £4 each

Please book on 01394

December 2011/January 2012 page 23

Your hedge, your responsibility!

Walking around Hollesley, you see some very well kept tidy attractive hedges and some

very untidy, overgrown and unattractive hedges. Luckily for the community the latter are

the minority.

Having hedging adjacent to the public highway (roads, footpaths/bridleways) brings extra

responsibility. You have legal obligations under the Road Traffic Act 1980. Growth

should not impair the safety of highway users nor impede their access.

What to do

• Trim roadside hedges to maintain visibility, particularly at junctions, bends

and passing places.

• Remove branches and other growth that may impede safe passage of highway

users including where appropriate high-sided vehicles.

• Remove branches and other growth that may obstruct light from a public

street light or visibility of a traffic sign.

• Remove dead or decaying trees from hedges likely to fall on the highway.

Hedges into the highway result in vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians conducting their

journeys away from the edge of the road. On our country roads safety is then

compromised when something is travelling in the opposite direction. Our children and the

elderly often walk our roads and I am sure all of us wish them to be safe.

There are other consequences to neglecting your hedge. Problem hedges may be reported

by the public to the Parish Council or observed by a Parish Councillor. The Parish

Council will write to the owner concerning the problem. If no action is taken to correct

the problem, hedge details are then sent on to Suffolk County Council (SCC). They will

send out up to four letters. If there is still no corrective action a statutory notice will be

served for work to be done within 14 days. Reluctantly if still not done SCC will arrange

for work affecting the highway to be carried out and recover the cost from the hedge

owner. The above requires hours of administration and visits to site to check any

progress. This wastes taxpayers money and is of concern in these austerity times.

Please, plan to survey your hedges on a regular basis. Trimming should be carried out in

December, January or February.

If you need advice we will endeavour to assist.

Let’s work together to keep the country

roads and paths of Hollesley safe for all.

Chris Walker

On behalf of

Hollesley Parish Council

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From Our Country Kitchen

Pumpkins and Squashes

(more recipes on our website)

I grew winter squash this year and ended

up with a lovely selection of sizes and

shapes.They were not too big, generally

providing enough for one meal for two. I

also used them instead of potatoes, as they

are particularly good roasted or mashed.

Here are a couple of recipes from Nigel

Slater which can be side dishes or

vegetarian main courses. Either pumpkin or

squash can be used.

Pauline Austerfield

Squash Stew for 4

Pumpkin, butternut or winter squash 2lb

400g can chopped tomatoes

3tbls olive oil

1 tsp dried oregano

2 onions Parsley, a few sprigs.

2 tsp tomato puree

Peel the squash, remove the seeds and cut it into 1 inch chunks. Warm the oil in a wide,

deep pan, add the squash and leave them to fry until golden brown on the edges, moving

them around the pan to stop them sticking. When browned remove with a slotted spoon

and set aside. Add more oil to the pan and then the peeled and sliced onions. Cook them

slowly until soft. Stir in the tomato puree then add the tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper.

Fill the empty tomato can with water, pour into the pan and, stirring, bring to the boil.

Return the squash to the pan, leave to simmer for 20 minutes or until all is cooked and

the liquid reduced. Serve with rice or a baked potato.

Pumpkin Ragout for 6 as a side dish, or 4 as a main with rice or potatoes

2 large onions 2 sprigs rosemary

2 tbls olive oil 6 juniper berries

1 large butternut squash or small pumpkin a few sprigs of parsley

2tbls plain flour

1 glass white wine

1 pint veg. or chicken stock

Peel and slice the onions, soften in the oil over a medium heat. Add the finely chopped

rosemary leaves and crushed juniper berries. Peel, seed and dice the pumpkin, add to the

pan and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for another 5 minutes. Pour in the

stock and wine and bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes until

all is tender. Stir in the parsley and serve.

Pauline Austerfield

December 2011/January 2012 page 25

Delivering Village Voices

to Woodbridge Walk

Someone is needed to deliver the

magazine to homes on Woodbridge

Walk for the beginning of each


If you can help please contact Debbie

on 411976.

Coffee Morning and Craft Sale

Saturday 10 th December

10am until 12 noon

At Bawdsey Village Hall

Cakes, Crafts, Raffle, Holly Wreaths,

Hamper Draw, Draw and Refreshments


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Broadband Survey

How important is being able to access the Internet to you Do you work from home or

run a business Are you a school or college student who needs to find information

quickly or send documents Are you a grey surfer who keeps in touch with family and

friends Do you and your family download music, films, TV programmes for leisure use

In the competitive environment of work and business, particularly, it's important that

people who choose to live and work in rural areas like Hollesley don't get left behind in

the race to acquire faster and faster Broadband. That's why we've decided to conduct our

own survey of Broadband users in our villages. It's as a result of a talk given to the

Parish Council on October 6 by our new County Councillor, Andrew Reid. He's pushing

for government funds allocated for high-speed/fibre optic Broadband to be spent in his

patch. It would help his campaign if he had statistics on who uses Broadband and why,

so when we get your answers we'll pass them onto him.

Want to take part in our survey Just email Angela Lawrence on: and answer these six basic questions:

1. Do you run a business and use the Internet

2. Do you work from home

3. Are you a student who relies on the Internet for information

4. Would you like faster Broadband for you or your family's leisure use of your Internet

5. How important is the Internet to you

6. What speed did your provider promise and what are you actually getting

If you want to tell us about your Broadband problems we'd be happy to hear them.

Angela Lawrence

High Sheriff’s Awards Scheme

This scheme celebrates and publicly recognises remarkable individuals and Suffolk nonprofit

groups that help to make Suffolk safer and more vibrant, tackling local problems

and giving of their time and effort voluntarily. The categories are:

Suffolk Volunteer of the Year

Suffolk Under 25 Young Volunteer of the Year

Suffolk Crimebeat Award

Suffolk Community Group or Organisation of the Year

Suffolk Community Partnership of the Year

A nomination form and further information is available at

or 01473 734125 and must be received by organisers 31st January 2012. The awards

will be presented at a ceremony hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk’s Lesley Dolphin at the

Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds on the evening of Thursday 8th March 2012.

December 2011/January 2012 page 27

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Hollesley Allotment and Gardens Association

We formed the Association a year ago to produce a programme of events to interest keen

gardeners and allotment members. We hosted events including Ian Baker of Home

Meadows Nursery, Nigel Turner from the Forestry Commission and visits to Dr and Mrs

Yates’s beautiful garden and Bressingham Gardens. In the summer we sold plants and

produce at the Village Fete. We were grateful for the support we received and from a

small beginning we now have more resources to extend our next programme to include

Managing Small Gardens, Permaculture, Vegetable Growing, Hanging Baskets, Dry

Gardens and further visits to gardens.

Ian Baker returned this October by popular demand, together with trays of lovely winter

plants at reasonable prices. He regaled us with his anecdotes whilst answering our

gardening questions. His candid views included advice on peat-free compost, thoughts on

the current Gardeners’ Question Time on Saturday’s Radio Suffolk and the demise of

local individual Nurserymen - all of which proved thought provoking!

Our next meeting in December will be with Graham Proctor of the renowned Crown

Nursery at Ufford, who will talk to us on ‘Shrubs, Trees and Pruning for Small Gardens’.

In January Jenny Maddock, who is a local resident, will talk to us about ‘Permaculture –

Nature’s Design for Living and Growing’. Briefly, Permaculture is the development of

agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient and Jenny’s

experience of this approach should prove both interesting and informative.

Refreshments will be available and our talks are open to all in the community. We look

forward to your continued support and hopefully you may wish to join us. Renewal of

membership will be in January at a cost of £5 per annum and members benefit from

reduced priced seeds from Kings Seeds and information from the The National Society of

Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Ltd.

Tuesday 06 December 2011, 7.30 pm at the Bowls Club

Graham Proctor, Crown Nursery, Ufford

‘Shrubs, Trees and Pruning for Small Gardens’

Mince Pies and Mulled Wine Available

All Welcome: Members Free, Non-Members £2

Wednesday 11 January 2012, 7.30 pm at the Bowls Club

Local Resident, Jenny Maddock

‘Permaculture – Nature’s Design for Living and Growing’

Refreshments Available

All Welcome: Members Free, Non-Members £2

Polly Tobin

December 2011/January 2012 page 29

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Boyton Mission

Greetings from the Mission

at Boyton

Christmas is the time for giving and

receiving – not only gifts, but love.

Love came down at Christmas, love all

lovely, Love Divine.

Love was born at Christmas, Star and

Angels gave the sign

As we turn our hearts and minds to

celebrating Christmas (our saviour’s

Boyton Mission

Birthday), let us not forget about those for

whom Christmas is a lonely or depressing time, without loved ones or a loving family.


Jesus always had compassion and a deep love for those He met ‘along the way’ – to help,

to heal, to have time for, to listen to, or to give a quiet word to, and to share his Father’s

love with them. His passion for giving is the true meaning of Christmas.

Preachers for December 4th, (Communion) John Knights (Ipswich), 11th Laury and

friends (Ipswich), 18th our Christmas service, Steve Dart (Hollesley)

Services are at 3pm followed by a Fellowship Tea. All are welcome.

Every Blessing to you all, Steve and Lynda Dart 411876

Mothers' Union Report

Our November meeting is the time to plan the forthcoming year as far as possible.

Hopefully we will have some very interesting speakers each month and I will try and

keep you informed so that you may attend as a guest if not a member and get a feel for

what we are about. A preview of our guest speakers subjects will include ‘The Holy Land

On Horseback’, on 6th February and ‘Tools With A Mission’ or TWAM. Our children’s

picnic party will be in August at Bawdsey Recreation Ground. I will give you all good

warning of our activities.

The next meeting is our annual Christmas Lunch Bring and Share with carols, readings

and lots of laughter. Husbands and partners are very welcome and could possibly share

with us one of their favourite reading or poem for Christmas.

As this is the last Village Voices this year, I wish you all a loving and peaceful Christmas

and every good wish for 2012.

God bless you all Pat Fleetwood 410409

December 2011/January 2012 page 31

Boyton Community Group

We had our latest meeting in Boyton

Church, sitting in the choir stalls. We

gathered there so that after we had

completed Any Other Business, we could

help decorate the church for Harvest

Festival - and it did look very beautiful by

the time everything was in place !

The proposed Herb Garden and Village

Noticeboard has now been agreed in

principle by Boyton Parochial Church

Council (PCC). So the next step is to

canvass the views of Boyton residents, to

make sure this is something that will be

welcomed by the village in general, and to

get ideas on what should be included in the

scheme. This is due to be included in the

discussions at the Village Meeting which

the Parish Council (PC) has organised for

the middle of November - and which will

have taken place by the time you read this

report ! This is a nice example of the

Community Group, the PC and the PCC

working harmoniously together.

The drive to encourage the installation of

photovoltaic (PV) panels onto the rooftops

of Boyton has been dealt a blow. The

Government is proposing to substantially

reduce the Feed In Tariffs for any new

installations registered after 11th

December. But a couple more houses have

managed to squeak in before the deadline.

By the time you read this, the 30th

November deadline for the Bulk Oil

Scheme will have passed. Our next order

deadline will be listed in the February issue

of Village Voices.

The Wholefood Bulk Purchase Scheme

continues to run very successfully with

another order placed at the end of

November. If anyone would like to form a

similar group amongst friends and

neighbours, do feel free to contact Brenda

Williamson on 01394 411203.

Sadly the Boyton Village Bonfire and

Fireworks had to be cancelled this year. We

tried hard to find a field that would be safe

and easy to use, but in the end it was not to

be. So we are starting to plan for next year

to see if we can guarantee use of a suitable

field for 2012 by coordinating with our

generous local landowners.

And getting into the festive spirit, we will be holding a Christmas Gathering for

Boyton residents, in the Village Hall on Saturday 17th December from 4:30 to 6:30

pm, for mince pies and drinks and some carols round the (electric) piano ! If you

want to know more, call Gary on 01394 411203. All the family welcome - Happy

Christmas !

Our next meeting will be on Saturday 28th December at 10am at Chesterfield Lodge in

Boyton. Do come and be part of our lively group. Everyone is welcome - you don’t need

to live in Boyton to join us!

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And now you can keep in touch with the Community Group on Facebook at and Twitter at

Boyton Parish Council

John Carpmael

Following the Village Meeting held on the 17th November, the Parish Council will be

holding a Budget Planning meeting for the next financial year, on Thursday 12th January,

2012 at 7:15 pm in Boyton Village Hall. All welcome.

In preparation for the cold weather Suffolk County Council will be delivering grit at four

locations on the road junctions in Boyton. We are looking for community spirited

volunteers who could help with spreading grit as necessary.

Please contact Ali Crawford 411717.

Suffolk Punches

at the Lord Mayor’s Show Parade in London

On Saturday 12th November two

pairs of beautiful Suffolk Horses

Colony Eric, Laurel, Nettles and

Oaken were proudly representing

the county and our lovely

Hollesley area.

Two of them are seen near St

Pauls and one of the drays was

completely refurbished by

volunteers. This was its first

outing in the Capital.

Meanwhile, I can confirm that the

Christmas Fayre at the Suffolk

Punch Trust has been cancelled as Suffolk Punches parading in London

it would have clashed with Hollesley School Fair and other local events. We want to build

stronger links with the local villages where at all possible, so details of any events you

know of which are already planned would be very helpful.

The new Programme for 2012 is being put together. I noted from your last issue (with that

lovely shot of the crane) about the ‘Sport Relief Mile’. This could be run on the Suffolk

Punch Trust site with community involvement if they wish. Details are being forwarded

to me but I would ask if you know of anyone else who may have thought of staging this

in the area we can work together!

Richard Nichols Suffolk Punch Trust 411327

Mike and Clare Harris

December 2011/January 2012 page 33

Notes from Hollesley Parish Council

3rd November

Police report There were 9 crimes at Hollesley Bay and 3

others including a theft of a bicycle. Increased patrols were

sent to Sutton Heath due to excessive loud music on the

Travellers’ sites. Parties were shut down and equipment


Landowners were reminded to secure access to property and

land, and any unauthorized vehicles to be reported to the

Police. Villagers were warned that there have been further

thefts of heating oil.

County Councillor Andrew Reid reported that there is a

budget gap of £50 million and cuts will have to be made,

especially to social care. There will be new operating plans at the end of the year and

essential services will be protected.

Correspondence. A letter was received

from the PCC asking for an annual

contribution from the Parish Council

towards the cost of maintaining the church

tower clock. This will be considered for

next year and a suggestion was made that a

local repairer might do the work more


Pat Shannon had asked for a contribution

for the annual Poppy Appeal and the PC

will give £25.

An email was sent to Bloor Homes about

the name of the development. They said

Sorrel Mews was a marketing name and the

street name would be Swallows Close.

Brian Crisp from the old dairy beside the

Water Tower will seek planning permission

for development of the site. This would be

mixed housing with some Affordables. The

Parish Council encouraged this as the site

has been unused for some time.

Finance The Suffolk County Council is

seeking donations from adjacent villages

towards the cost of the new junction at

Bromeswell. The Parish Council will give

£250. A 40 mph extension at the junction is

being considered along with other

measures to increase safety.

Grit bins were discussed which would

prevent salt spilling over the road. At

present there are just 3 bins at the Colony

and 11 areas for gritting where there are

heaps. Bins cost £150 to £400 each and

require a license. Nominated people only

would be allowed to use them. The Parish

Council will approach Bloor Homes to ask

if they would like to help with the cost.

The County Councillor also said he would


Allotments No decision yet has been made

about the provision of water. A borehole

would cost around £6000 and grants may

be available. A connection by Anglia Water

would be much cheaper but the water use

would be metred. Information about cost

will be obtained from Anglia Water.

Helen MacLeod

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Cemetery Deer continue to get in and

cause distressing damage to owners of

graves of loved ones. Residents of

Hollesley John Wray and Emma

Middleditch had collected over 100 names

on a petition received by the Parish

Council asking for the area to be

surrounded by a deer-proof fence. The

alternative idea of cages to protect graves

was thought to be unsuitable and unsightly.

A meeting was arranged for 12th

November to discuss plans for the

cemetery and the best way forward.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 5th June 2012

The Parish Council wish to mark this

unique occasion. Councillor Chris Clement

has offered to receive suggestions and

ideas from interested individuals or groups.

Emergency Planning Officer As no-one

has yet come forward to fill this role,

Councillor Jenny Friend will co-ordinate

any information for the time being. She

asks members of the public or groups with

elderly members to inform her of anyone

who might need help. This could be due to

severe weather, flooding, an accident, a

power cut or other crisis. Anyone who can

help with equipment to relieve a crisis such

as a snow plough or a generator is asked to

contact Jenny on 411739

AOB The Parish Council agreed to the

Football Club request to erect two 4 metre

poles for lights for good vision for clubs

playing after dark. There are at present 7

teams with 90 members.

Helen Macleod

The full minutes of this Hollesley Parish

Council meeting will be placed on the

noticeboard outside the Village Stores after

the next meeting on December1st

Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

June 5th 2012

In 1977 Hollesley celebrated the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in style. We had a day of Sports

with Arts and Crafts on the rec. and rides with a Suffolk Punch. A fun concert was held in

the Village Hall with many local people including schoolchildren, the Parish Council, the

WI, trainees from Hollesley Bay Colony and many others taking part. At the church handembroidered

kneelers were dedicated at a special service.

In 2001 for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee at Hollesley, The Street was closed from Fox Hill

to Duck Corner and there were marquees

and a street party.

What shall we do in 2012 Chris Clement at

the Shepherd and Dog will be delighted to

hear your suggestions, ideas and offers to

organize events or to help. Contact him by

calling in at the pub, phone 411855 or email

Helen Macleod

Craft tent at the Silver Jubilee 1977

Michael Covanagh

December 2011/January 2012 page 35

Hollesley WI

Have you tried out the new comfortable chairs at the Village Hall

With money we were given by the fete we have so far purchased 16 chairs with help from

the Village Hall Committee. Each one costs over £25 according to how many are ordered

at once. If you or your group can buy a few more contact Rosemary 411754

What a delicious feast of scrumptious Christmas fare

has been on offer for Hollesley WI to enjoy this

month. We will have had pantomimes, a shopping

trip, carol services, a Christmas meal and much more.

Somehow we have also found time to knit and collect

for our troops as can be seen from this picture. One

corner of President Rosemary’s living room was

piled high with gifts for our servicemen in

Afghanistan including 72 knitted hats, to make our

boys' lives more bearable at this festive time. They

were boxed and ultimately dispatched by Rosemary

(with help from husband Len). Thanks to everyone

for their generosity.

Rosemary was unanimously voted back as President at our AGM in November. Alongside

the serious part of the meeting we were treated to a delightfully humorous peep into the

life of an Army Chaplain. Despite what must at times be a very poignant role, Canon

David Lowe, attached to Rock Barracks, entertained us with the lighter aspects of his job.

Calendar Girls at the Ipswich Regent was an evening to remember. Still to come in the

New Year: an Eastern Angles production, a trip to the Russian Ballet, a themed afternoon

(Where were you in 52) to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and much more. We

have had a varied and enjoyable 2011. Why not come and join us in 2012

With very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all

Julie Kitson

Christian House Groups

An opportunity for fellowship and discussion in context of a small group

7/8 Mary Warner Homes, Boyton. 12th January 7.30pm for 6 weeks

‘Who is Paul’ Details from Malcolm 410409

Bawdsey Village Hall 19th January 7.30pm for 5 weeks ‘Who moved the stone’

exploring the Easter story through contemporary poetry. Details from Lydia 411779


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Brimstones and buckthorn

The first warm days of spring will waken

a remarkable butterfly from hibernation,

and it will take to the air. The dancing

springtime flights of the yellow brimstone

butterfly are a sight for eyes jaded by the

sombre browns and greys of winter. Sadly,

we Sandlings folk do not see the

brimstone very often, because the vital

plant that its green caterpillars feed on is a

bit of a rarity in our region. The alder

buckthorn is more like a large shrub than a

Brimstone butterflies need our help tree, and its idea of heaven is the outer

edge of damp woodland, in the sun.

With unerringly accurate senses, female brimstones can locate a buckthorn from miles

away, and lay eggs on the leaves. The charity Butterfly Conservation, backed by Suffolk

Naturalists’ Society and Ipswich Borough Council, has launched its Brimstones and

Buckthorn campaign to help fill the great black hole in East Suffolk where alder

buckthorn is absent. The shrub is suitable for gardens and can be clipped to make a low

bush, and the campaigners hope that gardeners, allotment holders, farmers and

landowners will plant alder buckthorn in suitable places.

It has been made easy for us: small, bare-rooted ‘whips’ raised by Crown Nursery at

Ufford are available free, with planting and care instructions, if you email, or telephone 01473 436 096. In return, we are

asked to identify the locations of the planted shrubs, to monitor their growth, and - vitally

– to watch out for visiting brimstones in the spring, and for caterpillars feeding on the

leaves. Prompting by Nick Mason resulted in local people planting buckthorns and

successfully attracting brimstones between 1998 and 2003, so we know it works! As a

bonus, alder buckthorn is also useful to bees and hoverflies, and birds eat its shiny black

berries in the autumn.

Laurie Forsyth

Already we have found homes for a dozen young buckthorns in Hollesley, but Nick is

compiling a list of people who can plant a few more. Contact Nick Mason 411150

Hollesley cemetery

A meeting was held at the cemetery on November 12th following the petition received by

the Parish Council. Estimates will be obtained for the cost of around 50 poles, 300 metres

of stock fencing, and hedging trees. Removal of trees to improving the entrance aspect

along with new entrance gates was considered. Grants may be sought to help with the

cost of the work. These matters will be further discussed at the Parish Council meeting on

December 1st.


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Shepherd and Dog Darts

The Shepherd and Dog’s first game of the new season was away to Woodbridge British

Legion ‘A’. In the first of the six singles it was Darren ‘Pebbles’ Stone who played

impressively winning 2 – 0. Next was Steve ‘Bar boy’ Shemmings who

played a blinder hitting four 100+ scores in winning 2 – 1. Next

up was vice-captain Carl (Leroy) Lennard who used his

‘Get out of jail’ card not once but twice in his 2 – 1 win.

David ‘Jekyll’ Hyde was up next but was unable to

keep the run going and nor were the captain Dean

‘Dingle’ Bailey or Garren ‘Fish’ Creed.

‘Pebbles’ made an early exit which

gave a place in the three doubles

matches to Andy ’Cap’

Humphreys who partnered Mr

Hyde in a game that they lost 0 – 2.

Shemmings and Lennard then had to

win to bring the scores level at 4 – 4. This was achieved and so it was up to captain

‘Dingle’ and ‘Fish’ to win the match. It was a close game until the captain hit a maximum

180 and the winning double soon after. A very close 5 – 4 win set the season off nicely.

In our second game we entertained the Grundisburgh Dog. Captain Bailey was up first

followed by Steve Shemmings. Both played really well winning 2 – 0. Fish and Pebbles

were up next also recording wins, both 2 – 1. Vice captain ‘Leroy’ and Mr Jekyll were

both comprehensively beaten 0 – 2. The same six players entered the doubles needing just

one win to take the match. Stoney and Steve were up first and lost 0 – 2 and then captain

Dingle and Fish suffered by the same score leaving the match poised at 4 – 4. It was up to

the two singles losers to win the match and with a touch of deja vu Lennard gave the

Shepherd the edge by hitting a maximum 180 and David hitting the double soon after.

The match result was 5 – 4 to the Shepherd.

Most of the Shepherd players entered the Millennium Trophy – a randomly-picked pairs

competition. Both captain Dingle and Pebbles were paired with strong partners and met in

the semi-final with Pebbles victorious. The final was closely contested against a pairing

from Wickham Legion but, once again, Pebbles rolled on and returns to the Shepherd

with the first silverware of the season!

December 2011/January 2012 page 39

Scorpions find their sting!

Sutton Heath Under-13 Scorpions have enjoyed a good start to their second season of 11

a side football in Division 3 of the South Suffolk Youth League. After a troubled 2010

acclimatising to the ‘adult’ game the team have really come on well during 2011.

At the start of the 2011/12 season the team were provided with brand-new kit thanks to

the generosity of Mark Blackburn at Global Military Supplies of Melton. This new look

inspired the team to a 4 – 2 win on the opening day of the season and since then the team

has enjoyed one of its best-ever runs.

The boys have won three out of their five league matches, only losing the other two by

the narrowest of margins. In the cup we have claimed the scalps of two teams from

Division 2 with two great performances, firstly away at Martlesham and secondly at

home to Kirton. The ‘reward’ for this last win is a very tough quarter final match at home

to Hadleigh Utd from Division 1 on December 3.

Win or lose, the boys continue to play the game in the right spirit; a fact recognised by

having won the League’s Fair Play Award two years in succession for their age group.

Ian Coates Manager Sutton Heath U13

Giving back to Rock Barracks

We are very lucky to be able to use the

amazing Army facilities at Rock Barracks

to train. To give something back, Sutton

Heath Football Club are holding two

charity games 'Young Legs Vs Old Legs' -

on the 11th December from 10am. First

game will be Ladies Vs the girlies, and the

second game will be our top of the table

U18's Vs the Men.

We ask that you come up and support the

event. Entry is free, donation buckets will

be going around, and all money made at

the BBQ will go to the good cause.

Everyone in the ladies team and men’s are

paying £5 to play.

We are hoping that with your help we

can raise a lot of money.

If you are interested in playing for the

Girlies team (aged 15 - 20) please get in

contact with us as we have a few spaces

left. We hope to see loads of you up there

cheering us on in hopefully what will be a

nice snow-free day! There will be a BBQ

and refreshments.

page 40 December 2011/January 2012

The Scorpions team are pictured after the recent 5 - 1 win over Kirton in the Cup

Helen MacLeod

Another superb


For the second year running Frank

Berry of Hollesley has had a photo

selected for the Visions of East

Anglia Calendar.

Look for it in the month of

November 2012

Red Admiral and rose hips

By Frank Berry

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Do you remember this much-loved

magazine which served the whole of our

area from Bawdsey right up to Orford It

started in 1981 and ran for 21 years right

up to winter 2001, which was exactly 10

years ago. The Editor was Lydia

Calvesbert from Bawdsey. She wrote:

Peninsula is produced and distributed by a

volunteer team who have willingly given

their services to ensure that the magazine

has always retained its high standards. We

have produced more than one hundred

issues since 1981 and we are delighted to

record that the magazine has attained

many accolades over the years. Hopefully

it has also reflected the multitude of

pastimes, recreations, thoughts and

preoccupations in the lives and minds of

local people.

The team of volunteers included Anne

Patterson Wallace Artists’Corner,

H.H.Orchard Reflections of a Countryman,

Denise Andrews Artwork, Hazel and Geoff

Fulcher, Crosswords and Roy Clark, Sport.

The expertise of John Cooper from

Hollesley who retired after 35 years in

Fleet Street, led the magazine to receive

the top award of Excellence for Best

Publication in East Anglia in 1993. In

addition the magazine was awarded First

Prize for Best Community Publication in

Suffolk in both 1993 and 1994. Peter

Green of Pegasus Print and Design from

Shottisham took over some of the work

from 1997. Advertisers helped to fund the

magazine which was produced 5 times per

year and was sold for a modest 10p from

shops and other outlets in 17 villages.

After 21 very successful years, situations

changed and the production team got

smaller and older. Copy for the magazine

was not forthcoming and some sales

outlets were lost.

It was time for the final curtain.

Village Voices covers a smaller area than

the Peninsula, but our aims are similar: to

serve you all in our local community with

news, information and local interest. We

appreciate all that Peninsula achieved.

Some of the team are no longer with us,

but their legacy remains in the hearts and

minds of many of us.

Helen Macleod

Help keep your village alive

Would you like to see a Zumba class, pilates, or Nordic Walking perhaps Help bring the

community together. All you need is a space to exercise in and some enthusiastic people!

The deadline for projects to start for the funding deadline will be 27th January.

I hope to hear from your village soon

Henry Tapp 01394 449289 Mob. 07919 166593

page 42 December 2011/January 2012

Local Contacts

Hollesley Village Hall Bookings Christine Gillespie 411562

Boyton Village Hall Bookings Kay Lane 410361

Hollesley School Lynne Wright (Headteacher) 411616

Welcome Club Marian Collins 411262

Hollesley Womens Institute Gina Forsyth 411727

Mothers Union Pat Fleetwood 410409

Hollesley Players Sharon Culley 01728 688446

Whist Drives Jill Cocksedge 411108

Hollesley Bowls Club Roy Winchester 411564

Indoor Bowls Nigel Smith 411549

Alderton Surgery 411641

Hollesley Badminton Club Chris Andrews 411126

Junior Soccer Keith Banthorp 01473 737474

Judo Club Julie Jolliffe 410483

1 st Sutton Brownies Sonja Patterson 420576

Hollesley Pre-school Terrie Cornwell-Dunnett 410492

Suffolk Link Bus Sadie 0845 604 1802

Allotment & Gardens Association Polly Tobin 411737


Hollesley Parish Council Dennis Driver (Chairman) 411707

Noelle Gore (Clerk) 411032

Boyton Parish Council Fred Stentiford (Chairman) 411469

Nicola Cassy (Clerk) 411720

County Councillor Andrew Reid 07545 423799

District Councillor Jane Marson 07771 608376

Hollesley Bay Day Centre Audrey Shelcott 411776

Community Police Officer PC Andy Warne 01473 613500

Hollesley Commons Nick Mason 411150

Community Car Service Janet Gardiner 01473 630866

December 2011/January 2012 page 43

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