The local magazine for Hollesley, Boyton, Capel and Shingle Street
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December 2011 - January 2012
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
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
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
IN THIS DEC/JAN ISSUE
Tower Tales p.4
Santa coming p.6
Shop and houses p.13
Suffolk Punches p.33
Sutton Heath Scorpions p.41
Editorial copy Helen Macleod, Colyton,
The Street, Hollesley,
IP12 3QU Tel 411232
Advertising Rob Claxton
4, Willoughby Rise, Hollesley IP12 3QN
Tel. 410231 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
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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
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.
Santa Claus is coming to Hollesley on
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 email@example.com
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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
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
They were delighted to
receive a card from the
Queen and to be able to
celebrate with all their
family and friends at the
Congratulations to you
both. We wish you many
more happy years
Joan and Peter with their card from the Queen
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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 www.christianityexplored.org
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
25 th Dec
1 st Jan
2 nd Sunday of
8 th Jan
15 th Jan
2 nd Sunday of
22 nd Jan
3 rd Sunday of
29 th Jan
4 th Sunday of
5.00 ’Sing to the
5pm Crib Service
& Nativity Play
lessons & Carols
5.00 ’Sing to the
at All Saints, Hollesley
* Carol Service † Holy Communion
11.00 Alderton †
8.00 Alderton †
11.00 Bawdsey † &
6.30pm Ramsholt *
3pm Bawdsey *
6.30pm Alderton *
11.30pm Alderton †
9.30 Bromeswell †
11.00 Alderton †
8.00 Alderton †
11.00 Bawdsey †,
8.00 Alderton †
8.00 Alderton †
Service for 8 parishes †
St Edmund, Bromeswell at 11.00
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
Team Vicar: Ruth Hatchett 01394 412052 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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
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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.
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.
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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.
• visit www.localgiving.com/survivingwinter
• 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
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!
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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
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
We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’
to everyone who has supported us
through the very difficult times we have
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
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Luke Durbin, still missing after 5
He will be 25 on December 4th this year
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)
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com
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
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.
On behalf of
Hollesley Parish Council
page 24 December 2011/January 2012
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.
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.
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
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
IN AID OF BAWDSEY CRAFT GROUP
page 26 December 2011/January 2012
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 www.suffolkfoundation.org.uk
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’
All Welcome: Members Free, Non-Members £2
December 2011/January 2012 page 29
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Greetings from the Mission
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
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
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!
page 32 December 2011/January 2012
And now you can keep in touch with the Community Group on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/BoytonSuffolk and Twitter at www.twitter.com/boytonsuffolk
Boyton Parish Council
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.
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
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 ...so we can work together!
Richard Nichols Suffolk Punch Trust 411327 email@example.com
Mike and Clare Harris
December 2011/January 2012 page 33
Notes from Hollesley Parish Council
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.
page 34 December 2011/January 2012
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.
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
Craft tent at the Silver Jubilee 1977
December 2011/January 2012 page 35
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
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
page 36 December 2011/January 2012
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
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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
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 2011/January 2012 page 37
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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
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The Scorpions team are pictured after the recent 5 - 1 win over Kirton in the Cup
For the second year running Frank
Berry of Hollesley has had a photo
selected for the Visions of East
Look for it in the month of
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
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.
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 www.suffolksport.com/fitvillages 01394 449289 Mob. 07919 166593
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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
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