Our Golden Girl! - Southwold Organ

Ann Robins was recently recognised for her 50 years’ unbroken service for the
Poppy Appeal, both as an organiser and collector in Southwold and Reydon,
and formerly in Bedfordshire. Ann received her badge and certificate from Carol
Horton at the Christmas meeting of the Marguerite Club.
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Note from Editor: The meeting of the Southwold Town Council held
on 27th January was too late to be reported in this February issue.
A full report will appear in the March issue. No other Town Council
meeting occurred between this and the last meeting held on 25th
November 2014 (covered in the last issue).
Dates for the Diary (as of 1st February 2015)
Next Planning Committee meeting: Tuesdays, 10th and 24th
February 2015 at 7 pm in the Town Hall Committee Room unless
an agenda states otherwise.
Next Town Council meeting: Tuesday, 24th February 2015 at 8
pm in the Town Hall Council Chamber.
Fun Bingo Night for Reydon Christmas Lights
On Friday, 20th February banish those winter blues and come to
Reydon Village Hall for an evening of bingo.
Doors open at 6.30 pm for an ‘eyes down’ start at 7 pm and you’ll
be helping to raise funds for the 2015 Reydon Christmas Lights.
There are great prizes for a winning line and full house. Light
refreshments and snacks will be on sale, but feel free to bring
your own wine/beer and nibbles. We also play the ‘Tops and Tail’
game for a cash prize and run a raffle. £5 for a book of ten games
and £3.50 per book for accompanied children.
We hope you can join us for what is always a good evening.
Reydon Lights Committee
East Suffolk Travellers’ Association
The next public meeting of the East Suffolk Travellers’
Association, representing local train and bus users, will be on
Saturday, February 21st in the Friends Meeting House, Smallgate,
Beccles, starting at 14.00.
Southwold, Reydon and Wangford now have a direct bus
service to Beccles (and Norwich) operated by a new company,
BorderBus, which connects quite well with the meeting. For
example, the 12.25 from Southwold Kings Head arrives at 13.10
in Beccles Old Market and there are buses back from Beccles at
16.53 and 17.53.
Speakers at the meeting will be Mr Andrew Pursey of BorderBus;
Councillors Graham and Nicky Elliott on the interesting plans
for the building at Beccles railway station; and Mr John Bennett
who will give an update on the work of the Southwold Railway
Agricultural, Domestic, Commercial,
Repairs & Gates
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Trust. There will also be reports and discussion on local public
transport issues and ESTA’s campaigning.
ESTA has also launched a new Feedback facility, through which
passengers can give their comments or observations – positive
or negative – on specific local bus or train journeys which they
make. This helps the association to check whether the current
services meet the requirements of customers.
Feedback can be accessed via ESTA’s website at www.
eastsuffolktravel.co.uk or posted to ESTA Feedback, 3 Bury Hill,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1LF.
Trevor Garrod
Quiz Night at The Randolph
January 2015
The fourth quiz of the Season was held on Friday, 23rd January
and 12 teams had pre-registered to play.
Quiz questions as usual were compiled by our resident quiz
mistress Mrs Jackie Martin and were based on opening gambit,
trees, food, faces and picture places, four, what letter?
Our thanks to Jackie for organising this, to Nicky and Jackie Doy
for running the raffle and for Barrie for doing the scores.
The winners were ‘Wot no Broadside’ with 138 points, who
received the fantastic new quiz trophy designed and made by
Dave Cragie 3D Design of Reydon. Second place was ‘Quizzie
Rascals’ with 134 and third place was ‘6OTB’ with 133 points –
sadly, Kevin Doyland’s team were too far down the scoreboard to
be warranted with a more positive mention!
£481 was raised on the night and this was donated to Southwold
Scout Group, who wish to purchase some archery equipment.
This brings the totals so far to £1,282.
Thanks again to everyone who helped and who attended on the
night. Roll on next month!
David and Donna, The Randolph Hotel
Christmas Tombola and Stall for Animals in Need
Thank you to all who supported the above and special gratitude
to Bella White and Lucy Mathews who braved a very cold day to
raise much needed funds for Hillside Animal Sanctuary. £92.25
has been sent to help their wonderful work. Many thanks to to
Pam at The Haven who raised £24 to add to this. You can see the
wonderful work done by visiting the website www.hillside.org.uk.
Sue Drake
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Southwold and Reydon Society
Firstly, we wish to congratulate the Town Council and Hastoe
Housing Association on the development of affordable
housing in Blyth Road. Southwold has leased the land to
Hastoe for one three-bed and one two-bed houses together
with two two-bed flats which are due for completion this
summer. These will be rented to people with a Southwold
connection and will never be for sale.
Secondly, we are considering the proposed Southwold
Neighbourhood Plan which will affect how the town develops.
Responses are requested on ten issues and our thinking
currently is:
Local design
The eclectic mix of building styles should be allowed to
continue in the future, but high-quality modern design and
detail should be encouraged to counteract ‘pastiche’ solutions.
There are few gaps left for genuine infill and applications
involving substantial demolition should generally be resisted.
Where acceptable, the replacement should fit the street scene
but not be dictated by it. Proposals to build a new house
within an existing garden should not be permitted.
Street scene
We hope the exploration by the Town Council into traffic
and parking will identify ways to improve the street scene,
including the use of powers to avoid excessive signage.
Total demolition should generally be resisted and any
extension limited to 50% of the site area. Whilst many older
properties exceed this, we do not want Southwold to become
more densely built.
Extending the conservation area
The simplest solution is to extend the conservation area to the
whole town, but high-quality contemporary design should be
Historic integrity
Historic elements of Southwold – the Church, the Georgian
houses, the Greens, the Common, the Market Place, the High
Street, the Harbour, the Lighthouse etc – should be preserved.
Materials used
Whilst the existing palette of materials should be maintained,
the acceptance of new/contemporary and energy efficient
materials should be encouraged.
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Size of building
New buildings should not be higher than three storeys nor
significantly alter the skyline of the town.
Environmental impact
Climate change and sea level rise are major issues for
Southwold, so carbon reduction should be integral to all
development. Current planning and conservation regulations
restrict the use of energy efficient technologies: a better
balance is required between conservation and the need
for these technologies. A proactive role is needed when the
Shoreline Management Plan and Blyth Estuary Plan come
up for review. The waste-water management scheme in
Southwold and Reydon needs overhauling.
What is the ‘unique character’ of Southwold in terms of
This is difficult to define: is it what we want to keep and how
any development should fit in? Based on visitor responses to
the Town Plan survey, it is most important to preserve the High
Street, Common, Greens and Harbour.
We would encourage all residents to respond individually to
the Town Council’s consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan.
Philip O’Hear
Southwold Lighthouse tours
Tours to this fully operational lighthouse are undertaken by the
Southwold Millennium Foundation Trust under licence with
Trinity House, the General Lighthouse Authority for England,
Wales and the Channel Islands.
Southwold Lighthouse increased its visitor numbers yet
again, and in 2014 was in excess of 7,000, with high ratings
on ‘Trip Adviser’. The Trust wishes to recruit additional guides
to supplement the existing team to cover the 2015 season.
In 2015, the Lighthouse will open in March until November
every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon for two
hours, with additional days and morning sessions at Bank
Holidays and during school summer holidays. Two guides are
in attendance for each session.
If you are interested in joining a team, please contact the
Secretary, Joan Goldsmith, at the Stella Peskett Millennium
Hall on 01502 725726 or [email protected]
for further information.
Local jazz talent
Olivia Castle, a past resident of Southwold and a former pupil of St Felix School, has just
begun a professional career as a jazz vocalist, having recently recorded and launched
her debut album. The album, ‘Siren Song’, comprises of numerous jazz standards,
all recorded in unique arrangements tailor-made for Olivia’s warm sound. Each track
features the skilled piano accompaniment of the legendary Laurie Holloway (MBE),
who states Olivia is ‘The best vocalist [he’s] played for, for a long time…’. Olivia will be
performing songs from the album at the Southwold Arts Festival this year, accompanied
by Denis King. You can access Olivia’s website at www.oliviacastle.com to follow her
progressing career. ‘Siren Song’ is available to download on all major music sites.
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Seraphim – a feast for the senses
The sound of seraphs will ring out on Sunday, 8th March at 5.30 pm
through another beautiful Suffolk church, St Michael the Archangel in
Framlingham. Seraphim, the hand-picked all-female vocal group formed
a year ago by Director Vetta Wise, is excited to be performing with
internationally acclaimed recitalists Gabriella Dall’Olio (harp) and Anna
Noakes (flute). Gabriella and Anna are professors at London’s
Trinity Laban conservatoire, and Anna is a popular Yoxford resident,
having founded and directed the Yoxford Festival for ten years.
‘Heavenly harmonies. . . skilful. . . compellingly intense. . . a treat of an
afternoon’. Operissima: November 2014.
The music for this concert will include both a cappella and accompanied
works by composers including Lassus, Tavener, Brahms, Stanford and
Klatzow, as well as beautiful and intricate settings of spirituals. The sound
of Seraphim’s soaring upper voices combined with these exceptional
players in the setting of glorious Framlingham Church promises a feast for
the senses. The concert will capture the essence of Seraphim: ‘beautiful sounds in beautiful places’.
Tickets can be obtained from Rosher’s Stationer’s, Market Hill, Framlingham or by phoning 01379 853882. Book early to avoid
disappointment as Seraphim’s concerts are always a sell out!
North Suffolk Youth Choir
Those who attended the Christmas concert in Southwold
of the ensemble of the North Suffolk Youth Choir,
directed by Vetta Wise, greatly enjoyed the spirited
performance of the young singers and soloists. ‘They
all look so happy when they are singing,’ was one
comment on the event, which featured among the vocal
and instrumental items two of her arrangements of
popular songs directed from the keyboard by gifted local
musician Ellie Pybus.
The group is preparing to delight their audience again
when they perform at St Margaret’s Church as part of
the Reydon Church Celebration Weekend. The concert
is on Sunday, 8th February at 3 pm. Tickets (£7) can be
obtained from outlets in Southwold and Reydon (see
local advertising) and at the door.
There is another opportunity to meet these talented youngsters at an open singing day on Sunday, 22nd March. Contact
01502 722906/[email protected] for details.
Reydon Marguerite Club
It was good to be able to attend our club again after the
Christmas break, but, sadly, we lost our oldest member, Cissie
Pipe, who died on Christmas Eve aged 99.
A happy, lovely lady who begrudged nobody anything, Cissie
always had a good word for everybody and you would never find
a kinder, more generous person who supported everything we
did and enjoyed nothing more than a game of whist, a chat and
a laugh. We all miss her.
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Birthday chocolate was given to Jean English, Jack Robins, Ros
Peck and Angela Pert.
Whist winners this month – a short one – were Ann Robins 86,
Shelagh Forward 86, Peggy Goffin 75, Freda Prime 70, Joy Sims
94, Peggy Betts 88, Dawn Roper 67 and Bill Ewers 69.
We meet on Mondays by 2.30 pm at Reydon Village Hall for
games of whist or bingo followed by tea/coffee and biscuits/
cakes. New members are always welcome. Just turn up on a
Monday afternoon or ring Jack or Ann on 01502 722903.
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Blyth Valley Community Radio
Blyth Valley Community Radio is your local radio station for
this area and is run entirely by volunteers, for your community.
Let us know about your local group or organisation, your
activities and events, and we can advertise them, for free, on
Blyth Valley Community Radio on 105 FM, the Internet on www.
blythvalleycommunityradio.co.uk and on mobile devices via the
Tune In app. If you’re a local business, we offer very competitive
advertising rates. Do get in touch via e-mail to [email protected]
If you have an interest in a particular genre of music, or an issue
that you would love to share with others, then let us know, or
better still come and join us. Either way, contact us by e-mail at
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February 2015 programme schedule for Blyth Valley Radio on 105
9 am–11 am: The Monday Morning Music Mi
11 am–12 noon: Rod’s Records
12 pm–2.30 pm: Sylvie’s Magazine Show (interviews, birthdays,
dedications local stories etc), sponsored by Howells and Jolley
2.30 pm–3 pm: Big Band Show with Muriel
3 pm–4 pm: Classical Music Hour with Brian/Rod fortnightly
4 pm–6 pm: Drive Time with Brian
8 am–10 am: Breakfast Show with Colin R
10 am–12 noon: Music with Neal (soul and Motown)
12 pm–2.30 pm: Swing to the 40s, 50s and 60s with John Farr
2.30 pm–3 pm: Poetry Plus with Oonagh fortnightly
3 pm–4 pm: Jazz music with various presenters
4 pm–6 pm: The Chrissie Allen Drivetime Show
9 am–12 noon: On the Sunny Side with Twig, sponsored by
Rosedale Funeral Home
12 pm–1 pm: The Wednesday Supplement with Sylvie
1 pm–4 pm: Country Music with Bill, sponsored by The
Observatory Opticians
4 pm–6 pm: Sue’s Sandwich (with music and chat), sponsored by
The Red Lion
9 am–11.30 am: The Sunny Side with Twig
11.30 am–2 pm: Music and chat with DJ Baz
2 pm–2.30 pm: Music with Twig
2.30 pm–4 pm: Classical Music with Stan, folk music from 3.30
4 pm–6 pm: Drive Time with Steve Boyse
9 am–11 am: Music with Nick Wood
11 am–12 noon: Bits and Pieces with Malcolm
12 pm–1 pm: Best of British Unsigned with Matt Graveling
1 pm–2 pm: Easy Listening with Malcolm, sponsored by Jenny
Jones Estate Agents
2 pm–3.15 pm: On the Sunny Side with Twig
3.15 pm–4.30 pm: Music with Malcolm
4.30 pm–6 pm: Drive Time with Rosy and Elora
9 am–11 am: The 60s with DJ Baz and DJ Craig, sponsored by
Daddy Long Legs
11 am–1 pm: 70s and 80s with Nick Wood, sponsored by Margery
Miller Solicitors
1 pm–3 pm: Best of 90s music
3 pm–4 pm: On This Day in Music with Malcolm
4 pm–5 pm: Country Music with Malcolm
5 pm–6 pm: Music with Malcolm
9 am–12 noon: The Sunday Request Show with Bill
12 pm–3 pm: Sunday Lunch Show with Brian, sponsored by
‘Corvettes and Pets’ facebook group
3 pm–4 pm: New Release and Chart Show with Malcolm
4 pm–6 pm: Penny Arcade with Malcolm (Top 40 from this week
in the 60s)
National and local news and weather on the hour plus the Local
What’s On Diary throughout the day.
St Elizabeth Hospice
Hospice shops need donations
St Elizabeth Hospice is appealing for donations of good-quality
items for its shop in Southwold.
The local charity needs donations of goods such as clothes,
shoes, accessories, toys, games, books, DVDs, and homeware to
resell in its shops to raise vital funds for Hospice care.
Jason Rudderham, St Elizabeth Hospice’s Head of Retail, said:
‘All our Hospice shops are well supported by the community,
whether that’s through donating items, shopping, or
volunteering in the stores – and this month we need your help as
we’re running low on stock.
‘Any items you can donate will be gratefully received, and all the
money generated from our shops goes towards providing care
and support for our patients and their families.’
If you would like to support your local Hospice by donating
items, please drop them off at your nearest St Elizabeth shop in
the High Street during opening hours, Monday to Saturday, 9.30
am–4.30 pm.
Visit www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/shops to find out more.
Southwold Suffolk Wildlife Trust
On a cold January evening, the Southwold Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Group was entertained with a talk entitled ‘The Living Woodland’
presented by Tony Brown from Kessingland. Going through the
four seasons of the year, Tony illustrated them with his superb
wildlife photographs, starting with spring flowers and birds then
summer butterflies going through to stunning autumn colours
then magical snow scenes, concluding with a beautiful winter
sunset. The audience was very appreciative.
The next Group meeting will be in St Edmund’s Hall, Southwold
at 7.30 pm on 12th February when Robert Ferguson will present
‘The Landscape and Animals of the Great Rift Valley’. Admission
is £2, including refreshments, and everyone is welcome.
Joy West
Scrabble Group
The winner of the January meeting was Alva Semple with a total
score over two games of 773 points. Bonus works were ‘festoon’
and ‘unafraid’ (Liz Slater) and ‘trainer’ (Alva Semple).
The Scrabble Group meets on the first Monday of the month at
2 pm. The next meetings will be on Monday, 2nd February 2015
and Monday, 2nd March 2015 in Reydon Church Room. New
members very welcome.
For further information, ring 01502 722483.
Miriam Bennett
Visitors are always welcome. £2 including refreshments. For
further information, contact Pauline Alderman on 01502 675660.
View to the North
There were not too many cold days towards the end of last year,
but just after Christmas there was a sharp frost, which produced
a spectacular sunrise. On several mornings, there has been a
frost on the sand and the Boating Lake has had sheets of ice
covering the surface, sufficient to support the seagulls.
Whoopee for jazz in Southwold!
While ‘locals’ have always been aware of its status, visitors over
the past several decades have often been pleasantly surprised
to find a thriving jazz scene in the small, supposedly quiet town
of Southwold. As well as regular sessions in several pubs, the
ten-year run of the Southwold Jazz Festival, regular one-nighters
at the Pier and now the William Godell Sports Pavilion, jazz
fans have always had a regular and varied diet of their favourite
When The Kings Head closed a couple of years back, The Red
Lion took up the cause and is now serving up jazz, presenting
three local bands on a regular basis. The first Friday of each
month sees Mick Brown’s ‘Midnite Voyage’ there, the second
Friday remains the slot occupied since the demise of the Kings
Head by ‘Rhythm ‘n’ Reeds’, and the ‘Omega Jazz Quartet’ is
resident on the last Friday.
In addition to that entertaining basic diet, the town is due to
have a truly appetising dish on its jazz menu on Wednesday,
1st July when, as part of the second annual Southwold Arts
Festival, Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band is due to appear at the
Sports Pavilion. Since forming in the late ‘60s, the band have
always been much in demand all over Europe for their brand
of ‘musical mayhem’. Even Russia has not been immune from
the Whoopees! Each member of this five-piece outfit has such a
long and distinguished musical history that space doesn’t allow
me to elaborate on them all. Leader Bob Kerr was a member
of – amongst others – the Temperance Seven, the Bonzo Dog
Doo-Dah Band and the New Vaudeville Band, which was then
led by his current Whoopee colleague Henri Harrison. John ‘The
Professor’ Percival, Malcolm Sked and Bert Lamb (ex-Kenny
Ball and Pete Allen Band among others) are the other members
of the team. Why haven’t I said which instruments they play,
you ask. Too confusing to answer simply: between them they
use about 20 conventional instruments and some not-soconventional ones.
The Arts Festival programme, to be published shortly, will give
details of timing and ticket prices for the session on 1st July. I’ve
seen this band a few times over the years, and rate them highly
for musicianship and hilarious entertainment. Whatever school
of jazz (or none) that you enjoy, you should experience the Bob
Kerr Whoopee Band at least once in a lifetime. Hope to see you
Keith May
Southwold Classical Music Society
The February meeting will be on Tuesday, 10th February at 7.30
pm in St Edmund’s Hall. For the first half of the meeting, Roger
Troke will present music from Beethoven’s piano sonatas, played
by a variety of pianists. After the interval, Peter Hecker will play
recordings by a range of male singers – of all types!
There have been some high winds as well and a combination of
these and the tides have dropped the beach levels by about four
feet, especially under Gun Hill. The high winds also washed up
some substantial tree trunks and created some interesting drifts
forming mini dunes. Despite the inclement weather, some hardy
souls had constructed a large sandcastle mid January.
The geese before Christmas seemed to be on their holidays,
although four white farmyard geese reduced to three, I hope that
this was not one that ended up in the pot! I had not seen the redbreasted geese for a while, but a pair arrived between Christmas
and the New Year and stayed for several days. The harrier has
also been seen occasionally and I have had other reports that
the tawny owl has been heard calling at sunset. I have not heard
it probably a result of my hearing and the double-glazing. When
I walk down to the beach before sunrise, the blackbirds seem
to be in good form with a loud chorus. They do not seem to
be affected by the cold wind. There are still plenty of shoveller
ducks, but only a pair of gadwall, far fewer than normal at this
time of year. On the mammal front, I was surprised to see a
weasel on the road (too fast to catch on the camera, but the first
I have seen on North Road), the usual rabbits have been feeding
by the side of the road, and also there has been an occasional
glimpse of a muntjac deer. On the beach just north of the Pier, a
seal beat a hasty retreat as I tried to photograph it.
I was surprised to see daffodils in flower as I drove up through
Wrentham and also the catkins seem advanced for the time of
year. Despite the frost, I still have some lobelia and pelargoniums
in flower in the garden. The quince is in full bloom and the buds
on the camellia and magnolia are developing well. The birds do
not seem to have taken advantage of the crop of crab apples this
year. The days are getting longer and I expect the snowdrops will
be out before long.
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News from Framlingham and
Saxmundham Cats Protection
Fram and Sax Cats Protection’s plans
for fund raising for the coming year
and our 25th Anniversary celebrations
are well under way. We shall have a
full programme of events to attend, cat homing fairs, talks,
campaigns, and, of course, continuing to care for and homing
cats and kittens.
We were delighted that in recent months homes have been
found for some of our more challenging cases; cats with medical
conditions which may continue for the remainder of their lives.
There was George with a skin complaint, Linton with renal
problems and Ben with a gastric condition. Whilst in our care
and possibly continuing when they go to their new homes, cats
such as these may need extra, often costly, medical treatments.
This could not be achieved without financial aid from our many
supporters. If you could help us in any way, we would love to
hear from you. Perhaps you could become a sponsor, make a
one-off donation, become a branch member, leave a gift in your
will or join us as a fund-raiser or fosterer. Please call us or see our
website for details of how you could help.
A cat has about 24 movable whiskers (vibrissae) in four sets on
each upper lip on either side of its nose, in a pattern as individual
as our finger prints. A cat’s whiskers are more than twice as thick
as ordinary cat hairs and their roots are three times deeper in a
cat’s tissue than other hairs. They have numerous nerve endings
at their base, which give cats extraordinarily detailed information
about nearby air movements and objects with which they
make physical contact. They enable a cat to know that it is near
obstacles without it needing to see them. Whiskers can also
indicate your cat’s mood; whiskers point forward when a cat is
inquisitive and friendly, but lie flat on the face when the cat is
being defensive or aggressive.
Featured cats looking for a home
Public invited to see proposals for
St Edmund’s Church
Local residents and stakeholders are being invited to view
plans for a series of internal changes to St Edmund’s Church
in Southwold.
St Edmund’s Southwold Parochial Church Council (PCC) has
drawn up plans for the St Edmund’s Project, which includes
providing toilets, a tea-making area, under-floor heating and
improved storage. The project also aims to create a larger,
more versatile space within the Church, so that it can support
a wider range of uses and be flexible in its style of worship.
Revd Simon Pitcher, Team Rector of the Sole Bay Team, says:
‘This is something the PCC has been working on for several
years and we have now arrived at plans we are very proud to
share with local residents and Church users.
‘Just by adding basic facilities to the Church, such as toilets
and an area to serve teas after services, the hope is that we
will make a very big difference to the Church and improve the
experience for Church users and visitors.’
The proposals also include a new heating system, a glass
internal entrance porch and a refurbished choir vestry
with mezzanine gallery area. New storage will keep the
Church tidy, and there will be an improved shop area with a
dedicated space for the popular Fairtrade shop. The project
aims to make the building more sustainable for the future.
The plans have been designed to enhance the architecture
and the numerous important features of the Church, and
to encourage Church users to engage more deeply with the
Revd Pitcher continues: ‘We are mindful that the changes
must respect the historical significance of the Church, so
we have worked with an experienced architect and have
consulted various organisations, including English Heritage,
to make sure we get it right.’
Leaflets have been sent to Southwold households with the
parish magazine and posters have been displayed around the
town, to make people aware of the project and invite them
to open exhibitions, which are being held at Buckenham
Galleries on Southwold High Street.
• Tuesday, 17th February: 2 pm–8pm
• Wednesday, 18th February: 10 am–4pm
The plans will also be on display in the Church following the
last exhibition until 13th March. A proposal is likely to be
submitted to the Diocesan Advisory Committee by April 2015,
with a decision expected by October. If the project is given
the go-ahead, work could start by the beginning of 2016.
These two handsome young lads are Salsa and Jazz. They have
two tabby brothers Waltz and Rumba and tortoiseshell sister
Tango. Bundles of fun, they could be homed singly, in pairs or in
any combination. Could you give any of these gorgeous kittens a
See our website: www.framandsax.cats.org.uk; facebook: www.
facebook.com/framsaxcats or telephone 01728 723499 for more
information about the Dancing kittens, other cats in our care and
how you can support us. Please remember to mention where
you heard about us.
Hugh Williamson, a member of the St Edmund’s Southwold
PCC, says: ‘We hope that lots of people come along to the
exhibitions to see what’s planned and to ask us any questions
they may have. We look forward to the Church community,
local residents and stakeholders getting involved in the
project, both to ensure we develop sensitive and sustainable
plans for the Church, and to help us to raise the money
needed to bring them to life.’
The Church will need to raise money £300,000 by the end of
2015 to make the project possible. More information on how
to donate will be available at the exhibitions, and the PCC
will be holding a number of fundraising activities and events
throughout the year.
From the Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum
In my article in the January edition, I mentioned the new
fangled invention the telephone, and the part it played in the
rescue of the sailing barge Beryl at Christmas 1911. This caused
our Chairman, Bernard Segrave-Daly, to comment that Adnams
Brewery was one of the first to have the telephone installed,
with the number Southwold 3. How things have changed.
Today, even children have mobile phones, and walk down any
High Street or travel on any bus or train, and you will see (and
hear) people with telephones glued to their ears chatting away.
What do they find to say?
But this month, I want to say a few words about the other
Alfred Corry lifeboats: the two beautiful models on public
display. The first hangs from the roof of the north aisle in St
Edmund’s Church, where it has been for 102 years, and shows
the Alfred Corry under full sail. It was commissioned by Major
E R Cooper, who was Lifeboat Secretary, and placed there in
1913 as a thank offering. In 1998, Captain John Cragie gave it
a thorough overhaul and did necessary repairs, his son David
repainted the wording on the underside of the hull, and two
lady conservationists at Ipswich Museum restored the sails
and saved them from certain collapse. At present, the Church
is swathed with scaffolding and protective cladding whilst the
main roof is being renewed, but I understand the Alfred Corry
will sail on since the roof to the north aisle is not affected.
When, later this year, you can again see St Edmund’s Church
Give directions to community bus
Dear Editor,
Most local people will be aware of the 16-seater dark-blue VW
bus (see photo) that replaced the previous vehicle in 2005. It can
often be seen around and about providing transport for groups
of people to attend local social and leisure activities.
It’s future is now under consideration by the voluntary
Management Committee and comments are being invited from
users and anyone else with an interest.
The last review was conducted in 2005. The prevailing view was
that the bus was a valued community asset. Sadly, this did not
result in increased usage.
The bus can be hired at a rate per kilometre by any group that
meets a social need. The group needs to be able supply a
suitable driver, which has increasingly proved difficult for some.
The Management Committee recognises the needs of the local
in all its glory, just lift up your eyes as you enter the Church
and there, in front of you just beyond the font, you will see
the Alfred Corry and you might be able to read the moving
dedication painted on her hull. I quote the exact words:
‘Dedicated to the Eternal Father in gratitude for the safety
of the ALFRED CORRY Lifeboat
During 20 years service at Southwold,
by E R Cooper, Lifeboat Sec.
1893–Easter 1913’
The second fine model is in the Museum and is on the deck of
the lifeboat. It was made by Neil Bacon, a retired watchmaker
and gunsmith, and such craftsmen work to very fine tolerances.
He borrowed a set of the original plans from Captain Cragie
and much of the wood came from the Alfred Corry herself. The
finished model was exhibited widely and was purchased by
the Trust over ten years ago. John Cragie took the opportunity
to correct the rigging and make minor repairs and repaint her,
and Dick Leon made the base whilst we had the case made
professionally. I remember Neil Bacon telling me that the
stanchions for the boat’s rails were made from metal clothes
hangers on which goods are returned from the dry cleaners!
Spring cannot be far away, so you can look forward to seeing
these models. We shall emerge from hibernation at Easter. In
the meantime, photographs of both models are attached.
Jack H Storer – Trustee
community may have changed over
the years. That is why they would be
interested to hear from anyone who has
a view about the continuing need for the
bus. There may be others who would like
to play a more direct part in keeping the
bus on the road.
Whatever contribution you feel able to make to the review,
comments would be very welcome by the end of February, in
time for the AGM of Reydon and District Community Transport
(RDCT) on Wednesday,
25th March.
Thank you in
Mike Sage, Chairman,
RDCT, 5 Long Marsh
Close, Reydon
Southwold Museum & Historical Society
Third Winter Lecture – Tuesday, 17th February, 2.30 pm,
Southwold Methodist Hall
Dr Lucy Wrapson will be talking about the
ancient and beautiful Rood Screen in St
Edmund’s Church and some of its Norfolk
Lucy Wrapson graduated in History of Art
at St John’s College, Cambridge. She won
a scholarship year in Italy and then
received an MA from the Courtauld Institute
of Art and a Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings.
Since 2005, she has been based at the Hamilton Kerr Institute
in Cambridge, firstly as a Conservation Intern and since 2007 as
a Research Associate and Painting Conservator, becoming an
ICON Accredited Conservator in 2012. Lucy gained her PhD in
History of Art in 2014 from the University of Cambridge.
Lucy has wide interests in the pigments and media of painting,
and the methods used in their analysis and interpretation
especially of East Anglia’s late medieval screens.
Admission £3 to Members of the Museum & Historical Society,
£4 to non-members.
Please note the unavoidable change of these last two speakers
in 2015 Winter Lectures.
17th March: Dr Peter Warner – ‘The Westhall Hoard’.
1st Southwold Scout Group
The Beavers have been beavering
away at gaining their activity
badges. The following Beavers
all gained the Creative, Explore,
Communicator and Adventure
badges. Brennan, Mungo, Charlie
Chalker, Jack, Samuel, Charlotte, Oscar C, Oscar J, Rufus, Owen
and Isabel. Well done to you all and good luck to the person
sewing them on! Last month, the Beaver Colony said goodbye
to Isabel White, who, at the age of eight, moves on to the Cub
Scout Pack. The Beavers have a full and varied programme
planned for this
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Southwold Library: what’s on this month
Harry Potter Book Night
Thursday, 5th February, 6 pm–7 pm. Fancy dress
competition, crafts, games, sorting hat and more! All children
and parents welcome! For more details, contact Southwold
Library on 01502 722519.
National Libraries Day
Saturday, 7th February. Come and write your favourite book
on a feather and add it to Bessie the National Libraries Day
Seagull at Southwold Library.
Friends of Southwold Library Quiz Night!
Friday, 13th February, 7 pm. Cardinal Newman Hall
(Old Sorting Office). Teams of four – £3 each. Bring
your own drinks and snacks. Raffle. Book early to avoid
disappointment, limited places. All funds towards supporting
Southwold Library.
Friends of Southwold Library Big Book Sale
Saturday, 14th February 10 am–3 pm Scout Hall, Mights
Road. Massive selection of donated fiction, non fiction
and children’s books. Fill a bag for £3. All funds towards
supporting Southwold Library.
Meet local thriller author Robert Taylor
Monday, 16th February, 11 am. In ‘Lionheart’, investigative
journalist Sean Bryant is hot on the trail of the Knights
Tempest, an underground, neo-Nazi organization making
preparations for its own final solution. As violence rages
throughout Europe, the true scope of the Knights Tempest
vision for domination unfolds, led by the eponymous
Lionheart, whose controversial identity remains a mystery.
With danger attacking from all sides, it’s not a great time
to be an investigative journalist. Robert Taylor is a quantity
surveyor working for a small construction company in
Hadleigh, Suffolk. He is registered blind and has a passion for
audiobooks – especially historical fiction. He lives with his
wife near Ipswich and has three grown-up children. Robert
Taylor will be signing copies of his book after the talk.
Writing Group
Wednesday, 4th February, 2 pm. Do you want to write? Need
help putting pen to paper? Do you find writing isolating?
Want to write for pleasure or for publication? Come along
and talk about it.
Book Sale
Sunday, 1st February, 2 pm–3.30 pm. Fill a bag for £3 (bring
your own bag).
Play Reading Group
Monday, 23rd February, 10.30 am–12 noon. Usually the
fourth Monday of the month. Come along and join in reading
our current play.
Craft and Chat Evening
Wednesday, 25th February, 6.30 pm. Bring your unfinished
knitting/sewing/craft or start a new project while having a
pleasant talk and refreshments.
Southwold Library Reading Group
Thursday, 26th February, 6.30 pm. Discussing ‘Stonemouth’
by Iain Banks.
Time out events for adults
Every Tuesday, 2 pm–3.30 pm:
• 3/2/15– Jigsaw Club.
• 10/2/15 – Craft and Chat: Bring your unfinished knitting/
sewing/craft or start a new project while having a pleasant
• 17/2/15 – Crossword and Jigsaw Club. Come and ask for
help with clues or solve new crosswords together. Plus the
ongoing jigsaw.
• 24/2/15 – Board games and banter.
Every Sunday
• Baby Bounce and Tot Rock, 10.30 am–11 am: Music,
rhymes, singing and dancing for babies and toddlers.
• Storytime, 11.30 am–12.15 pm: Stories, crafts and colouring
for seven year olds and under.
• Children’s Fun Group, 12.15 pm–1 pm: Crafts, games,
puzzles and fun for 7 to 12 year olds.
• Internet lessons, 1 pm–3.30 pm: Open to anyone. Come
and have one-to-one training on any aspect of the Internet,
from complete beginner to those who want to know about
a particular website or e-mail. Half an hour at a time, but as
many lessons as you would like.
To book a slot, ring 01502 722519.
Charlotte Clark, Library Manager, Suffolk’s Libraries IPS
Limited, Southwold Library
Spanish Film Club: Film Discussions in Spanish
Friday, 27th February, 6.30 pm. Film: Chico and Rita. For more
information, contact Southwold Library on 01502 722519.
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Southwold and Aldeburgh Summer Theatre
We are pleased to
announce our exciting
2015 Summer Theatre
season at St Edmund’s
Hall, Southwold and the
Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh. The
Southwold season opens on
Wednesday, 8th July, and
the Aldeburgh season opens
on Thursday, 23rd July. The Box Office opens on Tuesday, 10th
March. Tuesday–Friday 12 pm–4 pm (tel: 01502 722572, e-mail:
[email protected]).
‘How The Other Half Loves’ by Alan Ayckbourn
Rule number one when
having an affair is not to
use someone as an alibi
without telling them first
– especially if your partner
plans to invite them round
for dinner! William and Mary
are unexpectedly invited
to the homes of Frank and
Fiona, and Bob and Teresa on consecutive nights. Each time,
the unfortunate couple find themselves in the middle of a
mulligatawny of misunderstandings. But it isn’t long before they
gain the upper hand. . . Another superb comedy from Britain’s
most prolific playwright.
• Southwold: Wednesday, 8th July–Saturday, 18th July
• Aldeburgh: Thursday, 23rd July–Saturday, 1st August
‘Anybody For Murder?’ by Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner
On a remote Greek island,
Max and his lover Suzie
plan to murder his wife,
Janet. Everything is going
swimmingly when George
and Mary Ticklewell arrive
to rock the boat. Mary
declares herself to be
Janet’s cousin and reveals
that they both have
come into a substantial
legacy. Suddenly, Max has to row back the plot before Janet
dies so he too can claim a share of the fortune. However, he
underestimates the diabolical machinations of the visitors and
his carefully constructed plans rapidly come apart. A comedy
thriller to leave you gasping for breath.
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• Southwold: Monday, 20th July–Saturday, 1st August
• Aldeburgh: Tuesday, 4th August–Saturday, 8th August
‘Out of Order’ by Ray Cooney
Junior government minister
Richard Willey is an expert
in current affairs – his latest
being with Jane Worthington,
secretary to the Leader of
the Opposition! However, his
plans for an all-night session
at Westminster – the hotel
not the Houses of Parliament
– quickly evaporate. What
should have been an evening of champagne and silk sheets
becomes one of madness and mayhem as Richard is forced to
enlist the help of his strait-laced private secretary to save him
from the wrath of the Prime Minister! Ray Cooney in fizzing
• Southwold: Monday, 3rd August–Saturday, 15th August
• Aldeburgh: Tuesday, 18th August–Saturday, 22nd August
‘The Titfield Thunderbolt’ by Phillip Goulding
The villagers of Titfield
find their lifestyle under
threat when the Ministry of
Transport serves closure
notice on their branch
line. All the locals from
Lady Edna to the village
drunk come together to
fight the closure and run
the railway themselves.
Can their struggle against
bureaucracy, bad luck and a bumptious bus operator possibly
keep on the rails? First Class entertainment! Adapted from the
famous Ealing comedy by T E B Clarke/presented by authority
of Studiocanal.
• Aldeburgh: Monday, 10th August–Saturday, 15th August
• Southwold: Monday, 17th August–Saturday, 29th August
‘September Tide’ by Daphne du Maurier (revised version by
Mark Rayment)
Stella Martyn’s serene
existence by the sea in
Cornwall is thrown into
turmoil by the arrival of
Cherry, her young
daughter, and Cherry’s
attractive new husband,
Evan. Repelled
yet drawn by their
Bohemian lifestyle,
Stella finds herself swept along by a rising tide of emotion that
threatens to engulf her. As her old friend Robert puts it: ‘You
never know what will happen with a September Tide. More
damage can be done at this time of year than in all the other
months put together.’ Tempestuous drama from the author of
• Aldeburgh: Monday, 24th Aug–Saturday, 29th August
• Southwold: Monday, 31st August–Saturday, 12th September
Peter Adshead, Producer/General Manager
Out and about in and around
If you have any upcoming events please send them to our editor and
we will try our best to get them into the magazine.
[email protected]
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The Decorative Ribbon The Long Shop Museum
Upstairs gallery of CRAFTCO
Main Street, Leiston IP16 4ES
From 7.30 PM
The Decorative Ribbon – work created using Get Quizzical. Come and pit your wits
a range of experimental techniques and
against opposing teams with our upcoming
processes from Norwich University of the
quiz night at the Long Shop Museum.
Arts Year 1 Textile Design Students
Refreshments will be provided. Tel: 01728
40a High St, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6AE,
832 189, e-mail: [email protected]
tel: 01502 723211, web: www.craftco.co.uk.
co.uk, web: www.longshopmuseum.co.uk.
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Chorus, Cornets and Chords – Halesworth Arts Festival Sunday Reydon Church Celebration Afternoon Recitals 2015
6-8 Weekend Various times
The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth
Friday: various organists entertain
2.30 PM
throughout the day (10 am–4 pm), Sing-aThe Tessa Fuchs Chamber Series – the
long a Sound of Music (7pm, free admission Aurora Trio performing Bax: Elegiac Trio,
but a ticketed event). Saturday: Children’s
Mathias: Zodiac Trio, Debussy: Sonata
Scratch Choir Workshop (10 am–12.30
pour Flute, Alto et Harpe, Bach Sonata
pm, Free admission for children aged four
for Flute and Basso Continuo in E minor,
plus, under fours to be accompanied by an
Takemitsu: and then I knew ‘twas wind,
adult), Wrentham Band in concert (2.30 pm, Dubois: Terzettino, and Krouse: Tri
tickets £ 7.50, refreshments on sale during
Chairde. Tickets £11.50 (Series Discount
the interval), Mike Webb and Joanne Knight and Season Ticket (£42) available). Full
in concert (Sub Organist at Wymondham
details are on the Festival website, www.
Abbey and Soloist, 7.30 pm, tickets £10,
halesworthartsfestival.org.uk. Tickets
interval refreshments included). Sunday:
can be bought on the door or in advance,
Parish Eucharist and Dedication with The Rt online, by phone on 01986 874264 or by
Revd Dr David Thomson Acting Bishop post.
of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich (9.30 am,
including Junior Church activities), North
Southwold Decorative and Fine Suffolk Youth Choir (3 pm, tickets £7),
Arts Society. St Edmund’s Hall, 10
Celebration Service (6 pm). Tickets on sale
Southwold 2 PM
throughout January at Howell’s & Jolley
The 2015 Season of Lectures continues
Pharmacy in Reydon, Southwold VHC,
with ‘Paula Rego: Painting Women on the
Reydon Church after worship on Sundays,
Edge and Telling Tales of the Unexpected’.
or by contacting Sarah Britten (tel: 01502
This lecture looks at the life and work of
724617), Pat Hendrickson (tel: 01502 724932)
Paula Rego, a British artist of Portuguese
or Rich Henderson (tel: 01502 722192).
origin who will be 80 years old in 2015. She
............................................. is best known for her depiction of folk tales
Voluntary Help Centre
and strikingly unusual, ambiguous images
Stella Peskett Hall, Southwold
of women and girls. She produces works
10.30 AM - 12.00 PM
which suggest complicated narratives full
Open Morning with coffee and cake. Do
of drama and psychological tension. Her
come and meet some of our volunteers
paintings of women have occasionally
and Management Committee and find out
caused controversy but her insistence on
what’s involved. We would love to see you
the physicality of her female figures has
there! For further information, please don’t
earned her global recognition and many
hesitate to give Tricia Scott, Co-ordinator, a awards, including a DBE in 2010. Speaker:
ring (tel: 01502 724549).
Linda Smith. Visitors and members’ guests
will be welcome. A small donation will be
Southwold Suffolk Wildlife Trust
St Edmund’s Hall, Southwold
7.30 PM
‘The Landscape and Animals of the Great
Rift Valley’ by Robert Ferguson. Admission
£2, including refreshments.
Valentine’s Meal
Southwold Pier
Is there anything more romantic than
watching the sunset over this iconic British
venue? The ‘Food of Love’ will be served
within the candlelit Boardwalk Restaurant,
with fresh fish on the menu and a luxurious
range of platters for you to share with your
loved one.
The Long Shop Museum
Main Street, Leiston IP16 4ES
From 6.30 PM
Talk: The History of the Suffolk Coastline
and… Open evening for potential
volunteers. Informal drop-in session to
discover what activities the museum
volunteers undertake, followed by a
fascinating illustrated talk from Mark
Mitchels about the history of the local
area. Tel: 01728 832 189, e-mail: [email protected]
longshopmuseum.co.uk, web: www.
Wedding Open Evening
High Lodge, Darsham
6.00 PM - 9.30 PM
For further information please visit www.
Halesworth Arts Festival Sunday Afternoon Recitals 2015
22 The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth
2.30 PM
The Tessa Fuchs Chamber Series – the
Halcyon Quartet performing Mozart: String
Quartet in Bb Major K 458, Mendelssohn:
String Quartet No 2 in A min Op 13 and
Bliss: String Quartet No 2. Tickets £11.50
(Series Discount and Season Ticket (£42)
available). Full details are on the Festival
website, www.halesworthartsfestival.org.
uk. Tickets can be bought on the door or in
advance, online, by phone on 01986 874264
or by post.
Quiz at Conservative Club
Woodleys Yard, Southwold
22 Starts at 8 PM
£2.50 per person. Teams of four maximum.
Open to non members. All welcome. Drinks
for winners of each round and the overall
quiz. Buffet supper – bar available. For
further information, ring 07917 802260.
Southwold Dickens Fellowship annual Dickens Birthday Lunch
24 The Randolph Hotel
12.30 for 1 PM
Information: Miriam Bennett (tel: 01502
722483) or Bill Wallond (tel: 01502 722212,
e-mail: [email protected]).
Trefoil Guild
Guide Centre, Cautley Road
25 2.30 PM
Michael Ladd will be giving a talk on
his work as a County, District and Town
Councillor. All with a connection to Guiding
are welcome, including visitors.
Food night at Conservative Club
Woodleys Yard, Southwold
26 7.30 for 8 PM
Second monthly themed food night
following on from the success of the recent
curry night. This time the theme is Italian.
£15 a head for a three-course meal. All
welcome including non members.
Church of St Michael the 8 Archangel, Framlingham 5.30 PM
The sound of seraphs will ring out through
another beautiful Suffolk church when
Seraphim, the hand-picked all-female
vocal group formed a year ago by Director
Vetta Wise, performs with internationally
acclaimed recitalists Gabriella Dall’Olio
(harp) and Anna Noakes (flute). Gabriella
and Anna are professors at London’s Trinity
Laban conservatoire and Anna is a popular
Yoxford resident, having founded and
directed the Yoxford Festival for ten years.
The music will include both a cappella
and accompanied works by composers
including Lassus, Tavener, Brahms, Stanford
and Klatzow, as well as beautiful and
intricate settings of spirituals. Tickets are
available from Rosher’s Stationer’s, Market
Hill, Framlingham and 01379 853882. Don’t
miss this feast for the senses in a glorious
Suffolk Pensioners’ Association, Southwold and Reydon Branch
A lunch at Southwold Golf Club
12.30 for 1 PM
Tickets £10 each, available from the United
Reformed Church Hall on Tuesday, 24th
February between 10.30 am and 11.30 am.
St Margaret’s Church Quiz and Jacket Night
Reydon Village Hall Time tbc
The sausages are back! The Henry Hallam
Memorial Trophy Quiz and Jacket Night
will take place in on Saturday, 21st March
2015. To book your table for up to 6 team
members, please phone Sarah Britten on
01502 724617 from the end of January.
Tickets cost £7.50 per head, please bring
your own drink and glasses. There will also
be a raffle.
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Schooldays in Edwardian Southwold and Reydon
As many readers will know already, we are leading a project
which is designed to provide an account of the lives of children
and young people in this area. We are aiming to cover the years
Our first objective is to produce three books which will be
based entirely on original research. The first book ‘Schooldays
in Southwold and Reydon during World War I’ came out in
May 2014 and has been very well received. In addition to its
very positive reception locally, we have had contacts with the
Imperial War Museum and a number of universities. We are also
delighted that local schools have shown an interest and have
been using the book with their pupils.
The second book on the period 1901–14 is now ready. This
book will be rather different in style from the WWI book and
will provide a more detailed account of the experiences of
the children in the schools they attended, and deal with the
subjects they studied and the training of their teachers. We
have also included more detailed information about the social
and economic conditions in Southwold and Reydon during this
period, and have described the way children participated in
celebrations and important events. The book contains a good
number of photographs belonging to the period.
The following extract from the latest book describes the kind of
education provided for the senior pupils aged 7–14 at Southwold
School during this period:
The Senior Department
Boys and girls were separated after the age of 7 at Southwold
School. Classes in the Senior Department were named
Standards I–VII which roughly corresponded to the ages 7–12.
It was intended that schools should be organised on the basis
of annual promotion which normally took place each year at
Easter. There were approximately 300 children in the two senior
sections of the school.
Syllabus of Instruction for 1901–02 received.
Texts include: Marshall’s Description Geography; Century
Historical Readers; Domestic Economy
Repetitions: Merchant of Venice (Standards IV–VII); the Pied
Piper of Hamelin (St III); The Children’s Hour by Longfellow (St II);
Twilight by Longfellow (St I)
The list of objects was also provided.
Sample entry from Girls’ Department Log Book 17th July 1901
Religious instruction remained very important and the Church
of England conducted annual Diocesan Inspections. Many of
the Scripture lessons were given by one of the clergymen who
happened to be resident in Southwold at the time.
As time went on, schools were encouraged to teach a wider
range of subjects including history, geography, various branches
of the applied sciences and modern languages. In the Southwold
School, teachers made strenuous efforts to equip themselves
to teach the increasingly demanding list of prescribed topics in
history and geography; natural history topics were also covered.
There is no evidence that modern languages ever featured in the
timetable during this period.
The content of the history and geography syllabuses was
particularly demanding and the young teachers especially found
it difficult to lead lessons on the prescribed topics with any
confidence. The Syllabus of Instruction (1907) required that in
history the pupils should cover the period of the ‘Ancient Britons
to the Later Plantagenets’, and in geography whereas pupils in
Standards I and II were to study the geography in Suffolk, older
pupils had to move on to the British Isles, Europe and Asia.
On the practical side of things, needlework and drawing
continued to be important and, towards 1914, cookery for girls
and gardening for boys were included. The latter was developed
with the help of a large garden area which was situated to the
north of the school in what is now a large green bordered on two
of its three sides by Field Stile Road and Cumberland Road.
As there were only two classrooms in each of the boys’ and
girls’ senior departments at Southwold, this meant that in each
instance pupils in Standards I and II were taught in one room
while those in Standards III–VII used the other room. There were
subdivisions within each room on some occasions, but the
teachers often complained of the difficulties of having to teach a
class containing pupils ranging from Standards III–VII.
Pupils were examined according to ‘standards’ in each of the
three Rs. For example, a child would be expected to demonstrate
his or her capabilities by reading a short passage (from a
newspaper perhaps), writing something from dictation and
doing a sum. The Government sent details of the syllabus to be
studied each year.
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Cookery lessons proved more of a challenge, however, and one
of the two teaching rooms in the girls’ department had to be
withdrawn from its routine uses so that the necessary equipment
could be set up. Meanwhile, the Headteacher recorded the
difficulties experienced in teaching sewing on afternoons when it
was too dark for the girls to see their work.
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Physical education was increasingly recognised as important
and specialist advisers and inspectors were sent into school
to introduce and to raise the quality of this aspect of children’s
In a change to the previously published programme, the next
meeting of the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group will
feature Basil Jenkyns, retired Canon of the Church of England,
whose subject will be: ‘From the Martello Tower to the Parrot and
Punchbowl, via Thorpeness’. Starting at Britain’s most northerly
Martello Tower at Aldeburgh, he will talk about buildings and
points of interest along the route.
On 28th March 1912, the Headteacher of the Girls’ Department
recorded: ‘Standards IV to VI went for the first Nature Study
Ramble with two of their teachers.’
Things were obviously changing, as another entry from the same
period confirms: ‘The usual Domestic Economy lesson was not
taken – but cutting out clothes for the doll to be used in lessons
on baby management taken instead.’ A year later, HMI praised the
school’s efforts with regard to ‘the girls’ training in good personal
habits and in speech and bearing’.
An interesting feature of the educational provision at the time
was that older pupils were encouraged to take advantage of
opportunities for further study in the evenings.
Please note
Southwold School is only one of five schools covered in detail
in the book. There are also chapters on Reydon Council School,
St Felix School, Eversley House School and Sutherland House
What happens next
We are currently working on the third book which will cover the
1920s and 1930s. In addition to our usual sources, we have the
pleasure of recording the memories of Southwold and Reydon
people who able to tell us their personal stories. The book should
be ready for publication early in the summer.
Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group
Basil Jenkyns is a well-known speaker and lecturer, and we are
grateful to him for helping us out at short notice. His talk will raise
funds for St Elizabeth Hospice.
The meeting will be held on Monday, 16th February 2015 at 7.30
pm at Leiston Community Centre, King George’s Avenue, Leiston
IP16 4JX. Visitors welcome. Admission: £2.50; tea, coffee, and
biscuits included. Experienced family historians are at most
meetings to help with research. Annual subscription: £6 per
person or £10 per household.
Our research centre at the Council Chambers in Leiston is open
free of charge to members and non-members from 10 am until
12 noon on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. We have
local information including graveyard catalogues for Aldringham,
Benhall, Saxmundham, Leiston, Eastbridge and Sutton; war
memorial information, parish registers, census returns, many data
CDs, and Internet access. Experienced family history researchers
will be present to help and give assistance if required.
For more info, see our website at www.aldevalleyfamilyhistorygro
up.onesuffolk.net/ or contact Angela Skelcher on 01728 830949.
After this, we will move on to create an online research archive
containing transcripts etc of all the material which we have
used. This is very important because, sadly, we know that some
important documents have already been lost. All the money
received from the sale of the books will be dedicated to this
purpose. We hope that this research archive will be accessed
through the Southwold Museum site and the Suffolk Record
The launch
The launch of this volume on 19th January went very well
and we have already sold 40 advance copies. Everyone is very
complimentary. The new book is only £5 as before and all profits
are going to setting up the online research archive. Main outlets
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‘Winter blues’? Here’s what to do!
It’s very common for people to feel low during the winter months
when the weather is colder, the days shorter and the mornings
darker. However, when symptoms are severe and they occur
every winter, it may be something more than just a low mood.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that
occurs during the winter months. It is not entirely clear how it
happens, but research suggests it’s linked with the disruption of
hormones that control the sleep–wake cycle, also known as the
circadian rhythm. This internal body clock controls important
functions including sleep, appetite, digestion, energy and mood.
Disruption of these hormones, leading to SAD, can therefore
cause drowsiness, decreased energy, increased appetite, food
cravings and low mood.
SAD is diagnosed by GPs after asking lots of questions about
your symptoms and carrying out tests to eliminate other causes.
Treatment varies between people and depends on the type and
severity of symptoms, but often a combination is used.
For severe depression, anti-depressant medication may be
prescribed. Although very successful for some people, the time it
takes for anti-depressants to work and potential side effects may
make other treatments more suitable. For example, Cognitive
Behavioural Therapy (CBT) sessions with a trained professional
can help to break down depressive feelings and assess why they
are there, then help to manage them in a constructive way.
For short-term relief of symptoms, light therapy can be used
and is most effective in the morning. The bright light helps to
regulate the body’s circadian rhythm we discussed earlier. In
particular, your body reduces the amount of melatonin (the
hormone which makes you sleepy) and increases serotonin
(the happy hormone!) Light therapy should be used regularly to
keep symptoms at bay and it’s important to use a light box that
is proven to treat SAD. Amazingly, there are even alarm clocks
that wake you with a gradual sunrise to stimulate serotonin
The benefits of exercise are practically endless and they still
apply here. After exercise, the body naturally produces chemicals
in the brain called endorphins, which make us feel happy and
euphoric. Why not go for a cycle or run outdoors to get the
natural ‘feel good’ endorphins and the daylight your body craves
at the same time? Joining a sports team or local club can create
a social aspect of exercise, which is bound to lift your mood long
term. Believe it or not, exercise also increases your overall energy
– helping to combat the sluggishness SAD can cause.
Diet is essential in managing the increased appetite and poor
digestion some people with SAD experience. If you’ve read some
of my previous articles, you may recognise my advice, because
there are so many conditions that can be helped through
diet! To prevent cravings and overeating, try to have regular
meals throughout the day with plenty of fresh vegetables. The
occasional snack of fruit, nuts and seeds will provide protein
and healthy fats to keep your concentration up and your hunger
down. Drinking lots of water, reducing caffeine and increasing
fibre intake (found in oats, fruit, root veggies, flax seeds…) are
three surefire ways to improve digestion.
It’s nice to know that spring will soon be on its way, but hopefully
these tips will help make the last part of winter more bearable!
For more information or to book a naturopathy session and get
more specific advice, please be in touch.
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Halesworth to Snape Classic Vehicle Road Run
Sunday, 12th April 2015
If you would like to join us with your vehicle, whether it be a
car, commercial or military, we will form up in the White Hart
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A 30-mile (approx) run around the villages should bring us to
Snape Maltings around 11.45 am.
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So You Think You Know Southwold?
Didn’t get a Valentine’s Day card? Never mine, here’s something
less fickle – this month’s Southwold Quiz. Alternatively, if Cupid
smiled on you, here’s an excuse for a romantic twirl around
First things first. Last month, we asked where that bee-related
sign was.
The Scryer of all things Southwold, Brian Burrage, reveals the
‘This photo is the notice board of the Apiary and Orchard
project situated at the entrance to the temporary car park
opposite the Stella Peskett Hall. I look forward to trying some
of the fruit from the trees when they mature, but will the honey
be free too?’
Now, this month, where are these Lucky Stones?
As always, you will be able to see this while walking around
A tip o’ the hat to Brian again for these less well-known and
fascinating parts of our town.
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This is the 107th in a series of articles on stellar and tidal phenomena written for the
Organ with a Southwold twist by Michael Rowan-Robinson. Michael is Professor of
Astrophysics at Imperial College, London and President Royal Astronomical Society 2006-08
NASA tries to match the Rosetta mission
After the spectacular rendezvous of the European Space
Agency’s Rosetta mission with Comet 67P, NASA will be hoping
to catch public attention with two new missions. The Dawn
spacecraft, launched in 2007, is closing in on the largest
asteroid, Ceres, while the New Horizons mission is approaching
the dwarf planet Pluto over the coming months. It will fly
by Pluto on July 14th this year and provide unprecedented
images of this small, distant world. Ironically, when New
Horizons was launched early in 2006, Pluto was still officially a
planet. It was only demoted to a dwarf planet later that year at
the International Astronomical Union meeting in Prague (see
Stars’n Tides 9 for an exclusive blow-by-blow account of that
If the decision in Prague had gone a different way, the three
largest asteroids, Vesta, Pallas and Ceres, might have been
redefined as planets. Ceres was discovered in 1801 by the
Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi, and Pallas and Vesta in
1802 and 1807 by the German astronomer Heinrich Olbers.
Ceres is just under 1,000 kilometers in diameter and the other
two are about 500 kilometers in diameter, so all much smaller
than the Moon. Millions of asteroids, mostly very small, orbit
in a belt between Mars and Jupiter. Pluto, on the other hand,
in the outer reaches of the Solar System is 70% of the Moon’s
diameter. NASA’s missions are unlikely to match Rosetta,
though, because they are just small flyby missions with
cameras and cannot match the extraordinary achievement of
landing on a comet.
Comet Lovejoy has been visible with binoculars for the past
month as it tracked past Orion, Taurus and the Pleiades. It
should still be visible with binoculars at the beginning of this
month as a fuzzy circular object about half the size of the
Moon, heading towards Andromeda and the northern sky. The
comet has not developed a dust tail so is not as spectacular as
Hale-Bopp in 1997. Comet Lovejoy will not return to the inner
Solar System for 8,000 years. It was discovered in 2011 by the
Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy.
I have collected the first 100 Stars’n Tides columns into a
book, which is published by Leiston Press (92 pages, 14 colour
figures). It is available at Wells, or by sending a cheque for
£7.99 to Stars’n Tides, 71 North Road, Southwold IP18 6BH
(postage free). You can send comments or questions about the
column to [email protected]
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Crime in Southwold and Reydon – 25th November 2014 to 26th
January 2015
• Police officer on patrol in Reydon stopped car in early hours of
the morning in late November 2014. Driver of car found to be in
possession of small amount of cannabis. Given warning (which
was recorded against the person’s name so more stringent
measures taken next time should they be found with the drug on
a further occasion).
• Beginning of December 2014. ‘Customer’ failed to pay hotel
bill after stay at local hotel. He had committed similar offences
throughout the UK and was arrested in Dorset later in the month.
• 5th December 2014 (Xmas lights switch-on). Customer at shop
in Southwold put their shopping from another premises to one
side whilst examining a garment. On return to their shopping
(groceries), discovered it had been stolen.
• 5th December 2014 (Xmas lights switch-on). Additional policing
in the town for the event. Whilst on patrol stopped a car after the
driver had improperly sounded the car horn. The officers smelt
cannabis and the passenger was given a warning for possession
of small quantity of the drug (PC Sadler decided to issue warning
which was recorded against the person’s name so more stringent
measures taken next time should they be found with the drug on
a further occasion.)
• 18th/19th December. Burglary of unoccupied house in Pier
Avenue Southwold. Boxes containing music CDs, clothing and
books stolen.
• Christmas Eve. Incident at pub. Two crimes of assault recorded.
• Christmas Day. A garden shed was broken into. Cash was stolen.
• New Year’s Eve. Domestic argument at local address. Police
recorded crime of assault but victim then declined to participate
in investigation.
• New Year’s Eve. 70-year-old man reports he was the victim of
an unprovoked attack in Station Road, Southwold. Offender not
known to victim. Victim suffered significant injuries – grievous
bodily harm.
• Morning of 2nd January. Young male made off from taxi in
vicinity of Harrison Green, Reydon having failed to pay in full for
the journey from Lowestoft.
• Early January. Complaint of blackmail investigated. Offender
arrested. Decision whether or not to prosecute yet to be made.
• 6th/7th January. Black wheelie bin stolen from St Edmunds
Road, Southwold.
• Early hours of 14th January. Tools and keys stolen from car
parked on driveway to private house.
• Early hours of 14th January. Burglary at premises at Southwold
harbour. Projector equipment stolen.
• 13th–16th January. Vandalism to Mercedes car parked near
Southwold Common. Offender apparently trying to steal
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• Mid day 21st January. ‘Sat Nav’ stolen from small whitecoloured hatchback car parked in Shearwater Way, Reydon.
Six crimes in Reydon, two crimes in Reydon for the same period
12 months ago. Twelve crimes in Southwold. Same number of
crimes for Southwold in the same period 12 months ago.
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Turning ‘pennies’ into pounds
Generous shoppers have given an ongoing drive to develop
an innovative centre for people with life-limiting illnesses a
massive boost after donating nearly £5,000 to the campaign via
a digital charity box.
During October and November, customers at Adnams Cellar
& Kitchen Stores were given the chance to round up their
purchases and donate their change to Halesworth Community
Nursing Care Fund (HCNCF).
The initiative, called ‘Pennies’, raised a fantastic total of
£4,775.99. The money will be ploughed into an ongoing
campaign to raise £714,000 to build a new Information and
Support Centre (ISC) for people with cancer and other lifelimiting illnesses in northeast Suffolk and south Norfolk.
The centre aims to bring a full range of holistic services closer
to home, including benefits advice, wig-fitting, complementary
therapies, help understanding a diagnosis, counselling and
bereavement support.
Ted Edwards, ISC Chairman, said: ‘We are incredibly grateful to
Adnams for choosing our charity to benefit from the Pennies
initiative. Its customers have shown tremendous generosity
which has given our fundraising an incredible boost and taken
us ever nearer our £714,000 target.
‘We would like to thank everyone who has supported our
campaign so far. We are now past the 60% mark and have
raised just over £445,000, which means our vision of creating
this valuable centre for our local community is now one step
closer to becoming a reality.’
The scheme ran in all 12 Adnams stores, which are based
in East Anglia and offer beer, wine and spirits as well as a
selection of kitchenware and locally sourced food.
Adnams Marketing Director, Emma Hibbert, said: ‘The Pennies
scheme has been a huge success in our stores and we are
continually grateful to our generous customers for their
support. HCNCF is an incredibly worthwhile charity, and we are
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proud that we have been able to lend them our support to help
them achieve their fundraising goal.’
Pennies is administered by a national charity, called the
Pennies Foundation, which has already raised well over £3.5
million for good causes with its innovative digital charity box
Alison Hutchinson, CEO of Pennies, said: ‘At Pennies, we
provide an affordable and hassle-free way to donate to charity.
Adnams’ customers have proven time and again that small
donations make a huge difference, and it’s wonderful they have
had the chance to donate to another cause close to home.’
For more information about the ISC project, or to make a
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We sow and grow our crops here on the farm in the heart
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We’ve been friends for years and decided it was high time
to put our horticultural and floristry skills to use. A growing
national interest in British-grown flowers has happily
coincided with our own love of growing and using seasonal
We’re busy on the farm all year round, but working with the
seasons means our flowers are usually available from March
to October each year. Spring is a busy time for us as we sow
many of our crops for production on the farm, from achillea
to zinnia. We grow around 80 different crops, including
annuals, perennials and herbs. We are able to produce a
great range of crops from our outdoor beds, polytunnel and
greenhouses. We delight in growing the traditional English
country garden varieties – flowers that look and feel right at
home in the traditional long border.
Our cut flower services include (March–October only) flowers
for your home, event or celebration, church flowers and DIY
weddings. We are happy to advise on seasonal choices and
show you around (by appointment only) and help you select
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Our floristry services apart from gift bouquets which are from
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Adnams Charity grant donations reach £1 million
Check before you dine this Valentine’s Day
If you’re going out for a romantic meal this Valentine’s Day,
remember to check the food hygiene rating before you go.
Adnams – the award-winning brewer and distiller – was thrilled
to announce last month that its Charity has, to date, given away
grants totalling more than £1 million.
The Adnams Charity, founded in 1990 to celebrate Adnams’
centenary as a public company, is funded by a percentage of
Adnams annual profits, mandated dividends, donations and
legacies. The Charity supports worthwhile causes within a
25-mile radius of the brewery’s base in Southwold and grants
normally range from £100 to £2,500.
One of the many organisations to have benefited from the
Adnams Charity is the Warren School in Oulton Broad. Its grant
of £1,000 this year allowed the school to take 20 pupils of varying
special needs to Snowdonia in North Wales for an outdoor
activity week. Other organisations to have received support
include local sports teams, arts groups and environmental
Commenting on the activity week, teacher Matt Clackett from
the Warren School said: ‘The activity week – which included rock
climbing, bush crafts and archery – offered many of the school’s
pupils a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that they may never get
again. Put simply, the only way this trip was possible was due
to Adnams’ generous support and funding; without it, we really
would be still at the planning stage. The Adnams Charity is a
fantastic support to the local community and we would like to
thank Adnams again for their funding this year.’
Jonathan Adnams, Chairman, said: ‘The Adnams Charity is an
integral part of Adnams and we are so immensely proud of the
support we can offer to the local community. The Warren School
is a great example of how the Charity really can make a huge
difference and we’re so delighted that the grant has had such a
positive impact on the lives of those at the school.’
‘Reaching the £1 million mark is also a momentous occasion
and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has
supported the Charity over the last 14 years – their generosity
means we have been able to help many more people than would
otherwise have been possible.’
For more information, or to apply for an Adnams grant, please
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East Suffolk is famous for its quality of life, good food and excellent
places to eat and so anyone dining out this Valentine’s Day will be
spoilt for choice. However, the Food Standards Agency is urging
people to look before booking and check the food hygiene rating
before dining out.
Planning the perfect date is stressful enough without having to
worry about whether your date’s favourite restaurant takes food
hygiene seriously. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme makes it simple
and tells you about hygiene standards in restaurants and other food
The ratings are determined by local authority food safety officers
and range from 0 to 5, with a 5 rating meaning very good food
hygiene standards.
92% of food businesses are rated as 3 or higher, so there are plenty
of places with good food hygiene standards to choose from. This
means you can easily avoid taking your special date to those places
not meeting the grade.
It’s easy to check. Visit the Food Standards Agency website at www.
food.gov.uk/ratings or if you’re out and about you can also look
out for the green and black sticker. If you can’t see one, just ask a
member of staff.
Catriona Stewart, head of the Food Hygiene Ratings Team at the
Food Standards Agency, said: ‘On Valentine’s Day, people are
focused on making sure that special lunch or dinner goes well and
that they make a good impression with their date. We want them
to factor in the food hygiene rating when deciding where to go and
then enjoy their romantic meal out.’
Cllr Mary Rudd, Cabinet Member for Community Health and Safety
at Waveney District Council, said: ‘The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme
is good news for businesses across Suffolk Coastal and Waveney
and it’s something restaurants and other food businesses should
be proud of. This important rating gives customers the confidence
that they are choosing to eat at premises which maintain good
standards of hygiene and will hopefully encourage more customers
to dine out this Valentine’s.’
Cllr Richard Kerry, Cabinet Member for Community Health at
Suffolk Coastal District Council, said: ‘Lots of people will be
planning their Valentine’s celebrations, making it a busy time for
our local restaurants and other food businesses. We want to ensure
everybody enjoys their special occasion at restaurants which take
food hygiene seriously, so checking hygiene ratings online is a quick
and easy way to give peace of mind before they book.’
It’s good for business too
Valentine’s is a busy time for food businesses and a good food
hygiene rating is something to be proud of. So make sure you
reassure your customers by putting your sticker up in the window.
Businesses with higher food hygiene ratings agree that this helps
bring hungry customers through the door. Thousands of food
businesses displaying a 3–5 rating say this has made a positive
difference to their business.
You can find out more at www.food.gov.uk/business-industry/
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The Harbour Inn (90 copies) Harbour Marine Services Chandlery (15 copies)
Caravan Park (15 copies April - October) Bramfield ... The Queen’s Head
(20 copies) Walberswick ... The Tuck Shop (30 copies)
Wangford ... The Angel Inn (30 copies)
Wenhaston ... The Star (10 copies) / Post Office (10 copies)
The March issue will be published on Monday 2nd March
Copy deadline is midday on Monday 20th February
but the earlier the better to ensure inclusion.
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Bramley House | 41 High Street | Southwold | Suffolk | IP18 6AB
An individual detached 3/4 bed
house to be constructed, a
short walk from Southwold.
Detached bungalow with
2 beds enjoying an edge of
village location. EER:E
31 high St, Saxmundham, Suffolk iP17 1AF
t: 01728 602331 w: www.thebellatsax.co.uk
Great Value Food | local inGredients | £10 For two courses midweek
2/3 bed mid terrace house
within walking distance of
Southwold. Garden. EER:D
TO LET £550pcm
An outstanding contemporary family
holiday home with
spacious four bedroomed
accommodation over three floors,
located in the heart of this popular
coastal town with an excellent
family kitchen/dining room and
sitting room with wood
burning stove. Gardens. Parking.
2 Double bed maisonette
in Southwold’s High Street.
Gas c.heating. EER:E
Detached 4 bed house with
large family kitchen/dining
extension to the rear. Field
views. EER:D
Superb newly built 4
bedroomed house in this select
close of 4 properties with a
stunning kitchen/dining room.
Detached 2/3 bed bungalow with
good sized accommodation.
Pretty gardens, garage and
ample parking. EER:D
45 High Street, Southwold,
Suffolk IP18 6DJ 01502 723007
* Sitting room * Study
* 2 En-suites & bathroom
* Double garage.