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Earl Stonham Recorder

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The Parish Magazine for Earl Stonham

Email: [email protected]


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The Parish Council invited Phillip Isbell (Chief Planning Officer – Mid Suffolk District Council) to one of its meetings this summer. The councillors were keen to be enlightened as to the inner workings of the District Council with regard to planning matters.

We were also interested to know if our views were ever taken into consideration as the Parish Council has occasionally felt ignored when there were important planning decisions to be made.

Mr Isbell talked at length and the councillors felt that some but not all our concerns were addressed, but they had a better understanding of the system. 

We had another really successful village event, this time under the name of a
Fun Day and as usual Tony Turner and his team did a fantastic job. It was an enjoyable day for everyone, despite the weather and raised a good amount of money for the village hall. Details of winners are printed in this Recorder.

Now we have the
Village Picnic to look forward to on Sunday September 1st starting at 12.30pm on the Village Green with musical entertainment in the form of “A Mayhem of Musicals” by the Stonham Theatre Guild. Further details are in this edition.

I’m sure  it will be a sociable and entertaining event for families to enjoy on a late summer’s day.


The next meetings will be held in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on:

Monday 2 September 2019
Monday 4 November 2019
Monday 6 January 2020

Colin Woods – Chairman

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Please bring your empty bottles to the village recycling banks as this helps to raise funds for the village – thank you!

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Earl Stonham Web Site
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There is lots to read on The Village Web Site! Here you will find information about all the Clubs and Groups meeting in the Village throughout the year, with dates for your diaries, Club Programmes and details of special events. All the way from The Cricket Club to The WI and everything in between!

You can also find Dates for Parish Council Meetings, Minutes from past Meetings and copies of Councillor’s Reports from District and County Councillors.

If you have mislaid your Welcome Pack, you can find the latest copy on the site, together with The Recorder, including this edition and back numbers.

The Photo Album section is packed with memories, old and new, and contributions are always welcome. There is a "History" page with several articles of interest. There is also an editor's blog if you want to get something off your chest! We'd love to hear from you.

Just type "Earl Stonham" into your browser and choose our page or go direct by typing and click or tap the subject that interests you.

Chris Hamilton
Web editor
[email protected]

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The Recorder is published every quarter. Don’t forget you can advertise in the Recorder which is delivered to every house in the village. The cost for a full page is £30.00 (payable in advance), which is four adverts for the price of three and the money helps towards the cost of producing the Recorder. The advert will be included in four issues, with the option of it appearing on the website via [email protected]

Please give the advert to Margaret Anthony (711779) or Deb Turner (711461). There is an e-mail address ([email protected]) so if you would like to send your contributions or advertisements electronically, it helps reduce preparation time of the Recorder. Cheques should be made payable to Earl Stonham Parish Council and sent to Deb Turner, The Cottage, Forward Green, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 5HZ.


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The Mobile Library will continue to visit Earl Stonham Village Hall ONCE EVERY 4 WEEKS. It will still be with us between from 12.20 - 12.45pm before moving on to Stonham Parva. On the days that the Library visits, a delicious lunch @ £4.00 per head will be provided by volunteers from various village organisations from 12.45pm in the Village Hall.

Everyone is welcome to come to these whether or not they use the Library. Just turn up and enjoy a very good value lunch on
6 September, 4 October, 1 November & 29 November. Coffee & Cake Fridays from 10.30-12 noon will be on 23 August, 20 September, 18 October & 15 November.

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The following have been submitted for consideration by the Parish Council

  • Planning Application – Separation of 1 dwelling into 2 separate dwellings – Fen Barn, Fen Lane, Earl Stonham IP6 8QE – Application DC/19/02444

  • Householder Planning Application – Erection of a Single Storey Side Extension – The Mardle, Forward Green, Earl Stonham IP14 5EW – Application DC/19/02580

  • Householder Planning Application – Erection of two storey side and rear extensions, single storey rear extension and front porch following demolition of existing garage, shower room and entrance porch – Long Acre, Debenham Road, Earl Stonham IP14 5HG – Application DC/19/02780

  • Application for Prior Notification of Agricultural Development – Erection of a Grain Store – Rookery Farm, Fen Lane, Earl Stonham IP 14 5EF – Application DC/19/03110

  • Planning Application – Erection of a Biomass building (retention of) – Stonham Farm, Fen Lane, Earl Stonham IP14 5EF – Application DC/19/03261

If you wish to comment on any planning application, please contact MSDC Planning Department or go to :

Please remember, if you wish to comment online, you MUST register on the website AND log in to ensure your comments are noted.
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Sunday 8 September

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It will be the Green Route this time finishing at the Village Hall for refreshments.
Join us at the Village Hall for a 2.00pm departure.

The walk will be led by Tony Stevens

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Dogs on leads are welcome

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Last Man Standing”
(Earl Stonham Bowls Club)

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On Tuesday 23rd July I played in the last league match at Earl Stonham Bowls Club.

Unfortunately the membership over recent years has fallen away to the point this year that it had too few members to be viable. This meant, firstly, that our club was unable to provide a full team to play in each of the respective leagues and, secondly, because of the drop in membership the income derived also suffered, and so the difficult decision was taken to finish at the end of this season.

It was a particularly difficult decision as this Bowls Club has been part of the village scene for over 85 years, and it is interesting to note that in the 1950`s and 60`s Earl Stonham Bowls Club had a full membership with players having to compete to play in the respective teams. I headed this letter last man standing as I was the last member who actually lives in Earl Stonham!

From my perspective I would like to thank the other current members - mostly from Stowmarket - as without their support and enthusiasm our club would have foundered a long time ago, and also thanks must go to our landlords - Earl Stonham Trustees who have been very patient and supportive during the last two years, when we struggled to make ends meet.

Tony Fowler

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County Councillor’s Report

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Suffolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board has committed to tackling poor mental health in Suffolk

In June 2019, Suffolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board demonstrated their commitment to tackling poor mental health by signing up to the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health. Working closely with Public Health England, Suffolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board is making significant steps towards promoting good mental health and preventing mental health problems. One in six adults experiences at least one diagnosable mental health problem in their lifetime. This is influenced by the environment in which we are born, grow, live and work - meaning many of these problems can be prevented.

Having good mental health is important because it can help us to be more resilient, feel good and function well, have more positive relationships with those around us, and deal with difficult times now and in the future. The Prevention Concordat marks the first-time agencies across the community and care sectors have come together to make prevention a priority for mental health. So far, 92 organisations representing all sectors have signed up and committed to action. The commitment from Suffolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board includes work to improve people’s mental health, including preventing suicide, social prescribing initiatives and a pilot for a new online resource supporting young people aged 16-24.

Foster carers for Suffolk children

As a local authority, Suffolk County Council is responsible for more than 800 children in care in Suffolk. The Suffolk Fostering & Adoption service is part of Suffolk County Council, and their goal is to secure families for Suffolk children, either on a short-term or permanent basis. The service has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted. Fostering is a big commitment, but it is an incredibly rewarding journey. Foster carers can make a real difference to a child’s life, providing them with the nurturing home life they need to give them every chance of a happy childhood and to succeed in life. Suffolk Fostering & Adoption aren’t looking for perfect families. They need people with a passion and an ability to provide children in their care with love, patience and a sense of belonging.

When you foster for Suffolk you:

  • Give back to your community and offer help and support to the most vulnerable children in Suffolk.

  • Enrich your own family life by gaining new insights, interests and skills.

  • Develop your own skills and career opportunities through support and training, including a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare.

  • Are part of a team – the largest family in Suffolk.

  • Have access to therapeutic support services for the children you foster and your own family.

  • Are given 24-hour support and up to 21 days paid leave. Suffolk offer competitive financial rewards for foster carers. Fostering for Suffolk really can be a career choice.

To find out what Suffolk Fostering & Adoption Service can offer foster carers, call 01473 264800, email
[email protected] or visit

Matthew Hicks – County Councillor for the Thredling Division
Tel : 01728 628176 Mob : 07824 474741
E-mail :
[email protected]

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Village Fun Day Show Results

The Village Fun Day Show winners were as follows:


Photo of Earl Stonham – Karl Wilkinson
Portrait of a person – Karl Wilkinson

Three roses – Barbara Heard
Six stems of sweet peas – Jen Henderson-Hamilton
Flowers in a Teapot – Jennie Griffiths

The Stonham Bake Off
Six cup cakes – Millie Bloom
Six cheese scones – Jan Harper

Jar of homemade sweet preserve – Madelaine Roles

Children’s Classes
Selfie as a printed photo – Lily Bryant (1) & Olivia Bryant (2)
Garden in a seed tray or plate – Olivia Bryant (1) & Lily Bryant (2)
Flowers in a Teapot – Olivia Bryant
A greetings card for a birthday – Olivia Bryant

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Cups were presented to Olivia Bryant for winning the most Children’s Classes & Barbara Heard for entering the most classes, but it was really just for fun and we were delighted with so many entries on such a wet morning !

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Local MP's Report

Being at home in Suffolk over the summer months makes me appreciate all that is good about our county, but due to its rural nature, we can often take for granted that work that goes on here to keep us safe in our communities.

But this is not to say that crime does not feature here in Suffolk – I would like to commend the outstanding work going on around the clock with our dedicated team of Police Officers, PCSOs and those working tirelessly behind the scenes to combat the scourge of crime and indeed, online crime. Along with my fellow Suffolk MPs, I meet regularly with our Police and Crime Commissioner to hear about advances in the service, the achievements of Suffolk Constabulary and also to find out what more we, as Suffolk MPs, can do to help support our fantastic Constabulary.

Perhaps number one on our Police and Crime Commissioner’s request list is more and fairer funding for Suffolk’s Police. That’s why I am delighted to welcome our new Prime Minister – Boris Johnson’s pledge to invest in recruiting 20,000 new police officers across the country. People want to see more officers in their neighbourhoods, protecting the public and cutting crime. 

Suffolk remains a wonderful county in which to live and do business, and a safe place to visit, but we do need to work together to tackle crime effectively. There are a great many dedicated people working tirelessly in our public services and in our communities to help discourage our young people from a life of violence and crime. But they can't do this alone. Together, our Police, Councils and communities in Suffolk share a collective responsibility, along with Government, to stop violent crime - that's why I am delighted with the Government’s announcement to urgently boost policing numbers to help us to tackle the scourge of knife crime head on, as well as other criminal activity.

But let’s be clear - crime of any nature is a blight on our communities, intimidating those who live and work in the area, and affecting quality of life. Our Prime Minister has been clear the he fully supports the Police’s use of “Stop and Search” to tackle and disrupt those carrying knives and I am therefore especially pleased that as part of its ongoing work to tackle serious violence, the Government will also urgently review a pilot, which makes it simpler for officers to use stop and search powers, with a view to rolling this out across all Constabularies at the earliest opportunity.

For more information, please visit my website

Dr Dan Poulter MP
Central Suffolk & North Ipswich
Tel: 020 7219 7038
[email protected]

Earl Stonham Village Hall

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In May, we held our annual ‘Spring Clean’ day at the hall. This included a deep clean of the kitchen, club room and toilets, repainting of areas that take a lot of wear and tear and other general repairs.

Photo of Jonh Jones cleaning the worksurfaces in the Hall kitchen

This work keeps the hall looking fresh and is only possible with the help of volunteers, so a big thank you to everyone that helped.

Also in May, we held another Wine Tasting evening, organised by David Wicks. As well as a very interesting selection of wines to taste, David served a superb ‘7:45’ quality meal which was no small feat for 60 people, away from his restaurant kitchen! As well as a great evening, this also raised a substantial sum for the refurbishment fund. Thank you David!

This year, we rested the full Hullabaloo Fun Day and instead had an expanded Village Show. We had a very high standard of entries and full results are elsewhere in this issue. The Hullabaloo will be back next year so please put
20th June 2020 in your diary.

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Whilst not being held at the hall itself, remember that we are holding a Picnic on the Green on 1st September and there will be great entertainment – A Mayhem of Musicals - thanks to the Theatre Guild so please come along, bring a picnic and bring our historic village green to life for the day.

Pub evenings, Computer Club and Quiz nights continue to be well supported and dates for these are elsewhere in the Recorder.

You may have heard of the ‘Fit Villages’ initiative which is operated by the local council to improve general fitness. A survey to assess demand in our village was sent out with the last Recorder and this identified that a light exercise class, suitable for both able-bodied and those with limited mobility would be worth pursuing. We are in the final stages of setting this up and classes will start in October on Wednesday mornings. The Fit Villages programme pays for the first 8 sessions so these will be free to attend.

Tony Turner
Chairman - Earl Stonham Village Hall Management Committee
07710 018743

Dates for your diary:

Pub Nights: Quiz Nights:

Friday 16 August 12 August
Saturday 14 September 9 September
Friday 11 October 14 October
Saturday 9 November 11 November
Saturday 14 December 9 December

Computer Club:

Monday 16 September
Tuesday 22 October


There is a large hall with dance floor & stage. Ideal for barn dances, parties, discos or drama productions.

Tables & chairs can be set up for dining or for Quizzes or Bingo evenings & there is a newly refurbished club room where smaller groups can gather.

Also a well-equipped kitchen with two cookers, a fridge-freezer, heated trolley, sinks and extensive working area. The hall opens out onto the adjoining recreation ground with a multi court and small children’s playground. Perfect for picnics & a small bouncy castle can be erected for children’s parties

Charges for the hire of the Village Hall PER HOUR
from April 2019:

For Earl Stonham Residents For Non-Residents
Clubroom £ 8.00ph Clubroom £ 9.00ph
Hall £ 8.00ph Hall £ 9.00ph
Hall & Clubroom £14.00ph Hall & Clubroom £16.00ph
Over 6 Hours £95.00 Over 6 Hours £105.00
(All Areas) (All Areas)
Over 6 Hours £50.00 Over 6 Hours £ 55.00
(Club Room) (Club Room)

Please contact Deb Turner (711461) to book the hall

Monday Morning YOGA

9.30am to 10.45am

Earl Stonham Village Hall

Yoga for mind, body and spirit
Experience a unique form of exercise that tones your body, increases flexibility and lifts your spirit.

A great way to de-stress, be positive and feel your best.

No experience necessary, all abilities catered for - come and see what yoga can do for you.

To book a place or find out more:
call Amanda on 711674
or email her at
[email protected]


Police (Non Emergency)
NHS (Non Emergency)
Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit
Suffolk Police HQ (Non Emergency)
01473 613500
Suffolk Police Direct
01473 613997
Suffolk Fire & Rescue (Non Emergency)
01473 588888
NHS Direct
08 45 46 47
Environment Agency Incident Helpline
0800 80 70 60
Environment Agency Floodline
08459 88 11 88
Suffolk County Council
08456 066 067
0800 111 999
Electricity (Power Cuts & Network
08007 838 838
Anglian Water
08457 145 145
Essex & Suffolk Water
08457 820 999
Dial A Ride (Optua Transport)
01449 614271
Suffolk Link
01449 616000


Earl Stonham Parish Council
Street Lighting Fault Line
0800 591055
To avoid unnecessary phone calls, local telephone numbers are typically not published on the website. The contact names are published here. Please refer to the pdf copy for telephone numbers.
Earl Stonham Recorder
Deb Turner / Margaret Anthony
Earl Stonham Trust
Jennie Griffiths
Earl Stonham Website
Chris Hamilton
Parish Clerk
Jennie Blackburn
Diane Hurt / Lindsey Stone
Over 60’s (Golden Circle)
Joan & Vera
Village Hall Bookings
Deb Turner
Neighbourhood Watch
Tony Fowler
Theatre Guild
David Kirk
Cricket Club
Simon Edgar
Parish Room
Frankie Wicks

Earl Stonham Parish Church

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Once a month, Christians in the village, who attend different churches, meet together to pray for issues affecting the parishes of Earl Stonham and Stonham Parva and for individuals who would like prayer for a particular need.


Meetings will normally be held at 2.30pm on the third Monday of the month in the Parish Room. To confirm the date and venue if you would like to join us, or if you would like to request prayer for an issue or individual, please contact Maggie Podd (07939 912080)

Church Charity Collections

Thank you to everyone who supported our recent church collections:

19 May Church Mission Society £177
16 June Leprosy Mission £129

Collections in the next few months are:

15th September                             Bible Society
13th October (Harvest) Farming Community Network
10th November (Remembrance) Royal British Legion
17th November                             Ipswich Winter Night Shelter

If you won't be in church on the appropriate Sunday and
would like to contribute to one of these collections,
please speak to John Jones (711448)


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This is so totally and utterly the wrong time to be breaking in a new laptop!   Nothing looks the same, it’s supposed to be easier and it is not, ‘they’ say it’s user friendly and all I can say is I’m glad I didn’t meet up with ‘it’ in the playground!   I shall do my best – there is a lot to tell you about…

We are currently putting together a programme of Speakers for next year which will, hopefully, include a retired Special Protection Officer who used to guard the Prime Minister of the day. Exciting!  Shades of Bodyguard!!!

We are also hoping to hear from the daughter of one of our ladies who has seen active service in Afghanistan.  This is a very good time to join Earl Stonham WI – the aforementioned will have incredible stories to tell. By the time the next Recorder comes out you should be able to see the full programme of speakers for 2020.

Don’t forget Tuesday 3
rd September 2019 when our Regional WIs will take over Trinity Park in Ipswich for a day of entertainment, craft stalls and all sorts of ‘things’.

A number of members, and non-members, get together to play Mahjong in the Parish Room at 7pm on the fourth Monday of the month. New players are always welcome and you don’t need to have played before. Why not give it a try?


Aug 20

‘Sky at Night’ - David Murton

Sept 3

SEFWI Centenary Fair at Trinity Park

Sept 7

Outing to Proms in the Park at Ickworth

Sept 25

Magpie Group Autumn Meeting at Haughley
‘Life as an Auctioneer’
- Elizabeth Talbot

Oct 15

Annual Meeting & Social evening

Nov 19

‘Medical Detection Dogs’ - Norma Howell

Dec 10

Christmas Meeting - Meal at Stowmarket Golf Club

If you would like to attend any of our monthly meetings we would be delighted to see you in the clubroom in the village hall on the THIRD TUESDAY of each month at 7.30pm. For more details please contact Diane Hurt on 711879 or Lindsey Stone on 711602

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Earl Stonham Computer Club

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The Computer Club is open to everyone who uses or wants to learn how to use computers or tablets/smartphones. We have a number of experienced users who are able to provide help & advice but the meetings are also a social affair with everyone usually learning something new.

If you are completely new to computers, you can come along and try out different machines to see which may be the best for you. We can also provide individual help on using PCs, Macs, iPads etc as well as having talks on special topics including photo scanning and computer security. If you tell us what you would like to learn, we can cover it.
Meeting dates vary (due to availability of hall & team!) but the next ones will be on Monday 16 September & & Tuesday 22 October when Alan Sarsby will be talking about creating posters) at 7pm in the Club Room at the Village Hall. If you would like more details, either give Tony a call on 07710 018743 or check the website

Cost of each session is £3.00 with one glass of wine and nibbles included in the price!

Come along and join us - we look forward to seeing you!

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In addition to the Recreation Ground, the Trust also owns Grade II listed 1 Guildhall Cottage and is responsible for the upkeep of both. The Recreation ground is kept in good order by the efforts of the Cricket Club for which the Trust is grateful and thanks go to Jonathan Rice for cutting the boundary hedge again.

Sadly, the Bowls Club is vacating the corner site in the Autumn and is mentioned separately in the Recorder if anyone has any observations to make known.

The Trust has recently made grants for computer equipment, music lessons and school trips and if any resident of Earl Stonham would like help or is aware of anyone who could benefit with help with an educational expense or specific financial need, do contact in one of the following ways;

Enquiries and grant applications can be made via any Trustee or download a form from the Village website to send to Jennie at [email protected] or post to Cornfields, Wicks Lane, IP14 5HL. Grants are considered in confidence and the next meeting is
Wednesday 25th September. With a new School/College year approaching do apply if we can be of help.

In accordance with insurance requirements, the play equipment on the Recreation Ground is inspected weekly by volunteers and annually by a professional organisation. In the meantime, if anyone spots any concerns, please contact a Trustee.

Members of The Earl Stonham Trust are:

Colin Woods – Chairman
Phil Hurt- Treasurer
Jennie Griffiths – Secretary
Barry Rice
Frankie Wicks
Sharon Budd
Karl Wilkinson

Please refer to the pdf copy of the Recorder for telephone numbers.


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Sadly, the Bowls Club has informed the Trust it will not be renewing the ground lease this Autumn.

The area has been occupied by the Bowls Club for over sixty years and marks the end of an era in the Village. The Trust has been considering the best alternative use for the site.

The prefabricated Clubhouse is constructed from low grade asbestos sheeting and facilities are in need of renovation to bring up to modern standards. The Trust does not have the funds to do this and neither does the Bowls Club have resources to remove all buildings from the site and reinstate ground as required by the terms of the lease. The Bowling Green is situated on a large mound which further restricts use of the site such as extension of the car park.

This corner forms part of the Recreation Ground endowed to the Village in 1933 and managed by Earl Stonham Trust, a Charitable Trust which is bound by its Constitution and Charity Commission rules to maximise the best use of an asset to maintain an income for the Trust. The Village Hall and car park are separate entities.

The area cannot be left to deteriorate and as Trustees have not found a viable long term alternative use for the site, have reluctantly concluded to apply for outline planning permission to develop the area for housing, if possible.

This could ultimately mean disposal of part of a Village asset although the main Recreation Ground would remain as it is. If anyone has any other suggestions for a viable long term alternative use for this area, please contact any Trustee mentioned below or e-mail
[email protected]

Members of The Earl Stonham Trust are:

Colin Woods – Chairman
Phil Hurt- Treasurer
Jennie Griffiths – Secretary
Barry Rice
Frankie Wicks
Sharon Budd
Karl Wilkinson

Please refer to the pdf copy of the Recorder for telephone numbers.

Earl Stonham Cricket Club

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We are already well into the second half of another cricket summer and looking for an upturn in our fortunes. The Saturday side are at the wrong end of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Championship Division 5 league table and are urgently in need of a couple of wins.

There have been good individual performances, most notably by Steve Stowe, one of our (very) young guns, whose greatly improved batting has been a highlight of the season so far, but recently we have not posted large enough totals to get into winning positions. I am hoping that things will have improved by the time you are reading this!!

The Sunday side have had mixed fortunes in the past month in Division 2 of the Hunts County Bats Suffolk Cricket League, losing to the league leaders, Cavendish Wanderers and Long Melford by just two runs, but successfully chasing 231 against Nowton. The defeat against Long Melford was particularly frustrating for Sam Fenning who scored a fine century in that match.

The standard at which the Sunday side are playing is good and they have come up against some very competitive sides. At the time of writing they are in third place – if they could maintain that position until the end of the season it would be a notable achievement.

The most exciting news from the Sunday XI is that another of the young’uns, Ant Stowe, won the Hunts County Bats Suffolk Cricket League Young Player of the Month for his performances during June. Very well done, Ant!!

The Annual President’s Game will be staged on Sunday, August 25
th. This year the day is being used to mark thirty years since the club re-formed in late 1988 after Stowmarket CC moved their matches from Stonham to their new facility at Chiltern Fields. We are hoping to see a number of ex-members from across those thirty years during the day, as well as regular attenders, including the Player family, and we are hoping for rather more cricket-friendly weather than we had last year!

Tea, coffee and cakes will be available before the game, which will start at around 1 - 1.30pm, and the bar will be open, so feel free to join us for an afternoon of ‘friendly’ cricket and, quite probably, some nostalgia.

The final few home fixtures are:

Saturday, August 31
st 1st XI v Maldon 2nd XI, 1.30 pm start
Sunday, September 1
st 2nd XI v Lakenheath, 1.30 pm start
Saturday, September 14
th 1st XI v Hadleigh 2bd XI, 12.30 pm start.

Spectators will be very welcome at these matches. The bar will be open.

The club’s Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening is scheduled for Saturday November 16
th at The Stowupland Crown. Everyone connected with the club is welcome to attend this event when we shall celebrate the season’s achievements. For further information please ask any club member.

Trevor Spall
Hon Chairman ESCC

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Little Stonham Community Lunch

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A two course lunch is served in the Baptist Chapel, Little Stonham on the LAST TUESDAY of every month at 12:30pm. Everyone is welcome

Anne Havers 711338


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These are held once every 4 weeks in the Village Hall from 10.30am till 12 Noon and are organised by the Church simply as a way of building the community. From small beginnings, they have grown in popularity and now about 20-30 people, of a wide range of ages, come together informally and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and home made things to eat. No fixed charges are made for the refreshments but donations accepted cover the cost of the Hall hire and heating, with the surplus going to the Church.
New people seem to come every time and occasionally tourists pop in as well. Sometimes people bring surplus fruit/vegetables/eggs and sell them for their own profit. A shelf of books is stocked with books that have been enjoyed by people and left for others to borrow for as long as they like, at no charge.

Frankie Wicks

(The Golden Circle)

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For our second outing of the year we went for a very interesting visit to the English Whisky Company, St George‘s Distillery, at Roudham. The visit included a guided tour of the distillery and the warehouse, finishing with a taste of several single malt whiskies and a browse in the shop which holds 200 single malts from around the world. Our guide was amusing and informative about the art of making whisky.
The Club’s birthday party in July was a sit-down meal, held at the Stowmarket Golf Club in Finborough Park. Members were able to choose either two or three main courses and various desserts.
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On the morning of a fortunately warm and dry day in August, 35 members and friends went on a Deben river cruise on the MV Jahan. Our on board commentator not only told us of the history of the River Deben and its wildlife but steered the boat as well. We cruised from Waldringfield to Felixstowe then back again to the boatyard where we were picked up by our coach driver and taken to Felixstowe for lunch, shopping and a walk along the sea-front.
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In September our last outing of the summer is a trip to Norwich and includes a visit to the Castle. The Harvest Festival in October will be taken by a member of the Salvation Army.

The AGM is in November and includes a quiz and in December we will again be having our Christmas lunch ahe Best Western Hotel in Claydon.

If you would like to join us at any of our meetings, come along to the Parish Rooms where you will be most welcome. Please contact Joan on 711294 if you would like more information on our meetings or outings which take place on the first Wednesday of each month.
Vera Ivory

The Golden Circle
Programme for 2019

Sep 4th
Norwich Castle
Oct 2nd
Harvest Festival, Salvation Army
Nov 6th
AGM & Quiz
Dec 5th
Christmas Party
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The bus runs on alternate Mondays:
2 & 16 & 30 September; 14 & 28 October
& 11 & 25 November

Details of pick up point and time below:
(Contractor to Tesco Stowmarket: Stowmarket Minibus Hire)
HAGGERS MEAD at 10.15 am

If you wish to be collected from elsewhere in the village
on these dates, please contact 01449 711117


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The Bus Driver will willingly drop you off and unload your shopping at your home to enable you to purchase as much shopping as you wish, without you having to worry about carrying a heavy load.

This Bus Service is available for anyone and is free of charge.

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Thank you

We are all part of an exceptional community. We may have lost our school, shops and pub, but we have an amazing network of people who care and support one another in many ways. Some of this happens between friends and neighbours and more in and through the various clubs and organisations. They may have absolutely no connection with the church but make a huge difference.

It is also easy for us to take our Church building for granted. It is there when we want it, whether we go to services regularly, or just on special occasions. And we have an amazing building that is visited by people from across the world who admire the unique roof and the wall-paintings as well as enjoying the peace which seems to come from generations of people’s prayers.

Inevitably it takes time and effort to keep it going and to keep it cared for and much of this work is done by seemingly invisible people.

We are all very grateful to those who cut the grass and hedges, who mend rotten woodwork and maintain the Parish Room. Have you seen the new gate? Then there are those who clean, arrange flowers, make music and produce cups of coffee and all sorts of refreshments.

We thank them all, and our God for them, as well as all the good things He gives us at our

followed by SHARED LUNCH for everyone in Church.

We tried this format last year and it worked well so we are inviting everyone to come and enjoy this celebration and if possible, bring something to add to the lunch for all. We shall not have knives and forks so something, sweet or savoury, to eat with fingers from a plate would be perfect. It does not have to be specially baked, something out of a packet is fine. Think of it as a picnic.

The church will be decorated on the Saturday as usual and any gifts of produce are welcome then, or at the service the next morning. The fresh goods will be distributed to the elderly, lonely or bereaved in the community and non-perishables go to the Foodbank in Stowmarket.

Remembrance Sunday, November 10, service at 10.50am at Earl Stonham church.
Christingle December 1 at 4pm
But you don’t really want to think about Christmas yet do you?

Usual pattern of services

Children are welcome at all our services
1st Sunday in the month
11am Holy Communion
2nd Sunday in the month
11am Morning Prayer
3rd Sunday in the month
11am Holy Communion
4th Sunday in the month
10.30am Together on Sunday
5th Sunday in the month
Shared Communion service across our Group of Parishes. Next service on September 29, 10am at Coddenham

Midweek services

Each Tuesday
8.30am. Morning Prayer
2nd and 4th Wednesday
10am. Holy Communion in the Parish Room

Parish Room

This hall situated next to the churchyard is easy to access for the less mobile. The charge is £5 per hour including heating and the use of crockery etc in the kitchen. To book it for meetings, rehearsals, parties or whatever ring Frankie Wicks on 711222

Rev Philip Payne
[email protected]
01449 711684
Local Lay Minister
Frankie Wicks
01449 711222
Henry Stanford
01449 711742
Jane Porch
01449 711809
Mark Parry
01449 711816
Lay Elder
Jane Porch
01449 711809


BYELAWS made by the Parish Council of Earl Stonham with respect to the Village Green O.S 302, 303 and 304 in the Parish of Earl Stonham, under Section 8 (1) (d) of the Local Government Act 1894.
Throughout these byelaws the expression ‘the Council’ means the Parish Council of Earl Stonham and the expression “the Green” means the Village Green.


Throughout these byelaws the expression ‘the Council’ means the Parish Council of Earl Stonham and the expression “the Green” means the Village Green.


A person shall not except with the consent of the Council erect any post, rail, fence, pole, tent, booth, stand, building or other structure on the Green. Neither shall any person carelessly or negligently soil or defile any wall or fence in or enclosing the Green, or erect any building, barrier, railing, post or seat, or any erection or ornament on the Green.


A person shall not except in pursuance of a lawful agreement with the Council or otherwise in the exercise of any lawful right or privilege bring or cause to be brought on to the Green any beast of draught or burden, or any cattle, sheep, goats, pigs or poultry.


(a) A person shall not except in the exercise of any lawful right or privilege bring or cause to be brought on to the Green any vehicle other than a bicycle, tricycle, a wheel chair or perambulator or any vehicle other than that used solely for children or invalids.
(b)A person shall not except in the exercise of any lawful right or privilege ride any bicycle, tricycle on any part of the Green.


A person shall not affix any bill, placard or notice to or upon any tree, or to or upon any part of any building, seat or other erection on the Green.


A person shall not on the Green wilfully obstruct, disturb, interrupt or annoy any other person, officer, employee or agent of the Council in the proper use of the Green.


Every person who shall offend against any of the foregoing byelaws shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £20.
The above is a true copy of the Byelaws as confirmed by the Minister of State 23rd May 1972.


Local Authorities, the public and land managers are all responsible for ensuring that the Rights of Way network is accessible and that it is used with care:


Land Managers have the right to expect visitors on their land to comply with the Countryside Code by:

Planning ahead and following any signs. Rights of Way should be used for their designed purpose. The public should keep to paths/open access land and not trespass on their land (including conservation margins and buffer strips)

Leaving gates and property as they are found

Protecting plants and animals and taking litter home

Keeping dogs under close control so that they do not scare farm animals or wildlife. Dogs must be kept on leads at all times near farm animals

Showing consideration for other people, not obstructing field gates when parking and using
lay-bys and car parks where possible

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