The Hadleigh TAG 2017

On Sunday, March 12th, Hadleigh RFC will host The Hadleigh TAG 2017. Building on the success of previous year’s events we will be welcoming up to 400 players in the U-7 and U-8 age groups from clubs across the Eastern Counties.

Clubs already committed to attend include, Ipswich, Woodbridge, Ipswich YM, Colchester, Bury St Edmunds, Chelmsford, Bishops Stortford, Witham, Sudbury, Stowmarket, Felixstowe, Braintree, Mistley, Harwich, Brightlingsea and of course our own Hadleigh Baa-Baa’s. TAG Rugby is a form of non-contact rugby open to all ages but which is specifically used for the development of the sport for “Mini’s”, the U-7 and U-8 age groups. TAG Rugby allows the young players to practice their technical skills, to experience the passion of playing Rugby and to develop a love for both the rules and the spirit of the game which will last a lifetime. With this in mind this year teams will be presented with awards based on the RFU’s core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship as well as separate awards based on “Touchline Etiquette” and Support! Building on the legacy of previous Hadleigh TAG festivals, our “In-toucH Rugby for Schools” programme and the dedication of clubs, coaches, players and parents throughout the region The Hadleigh TAG 2017 is a superb opportunity for girls and boys to come along to see the game for themselves.

In 2016 with 330 players from 16 clubs attending, The Hadleigh TAG 2016 was confirmed as the largest tournament of its kind in the British Isles; this year we aim to do even better!
Kick Off: 10.00am Sunday March 12th at Hadleigh RUFC, Layham Road Sports Ground, Hadleigh IP7 5NE

For further information please contact: Mick Collins, Hadleigh RFC Fixtures Secretary 07805 493246

Gibbons Solicitors

Howard at Galle Face Hotel, Sri Lanka

Hello to my readers near and far away. I had not left the Country last year and the opportunity arose for me to see a friend for a week in Sri Lanka during the middle of January. It was some 6,500 miles to travel but I thought that it would be great to have some time away. There is nothing like an Asian country for a hub-bub of activity and an air of mystique and particularly as what used to be Ceylon is the teardrop of India. As always, I called upon Martin of Voyager Travel in Hadleigh (Tel. 07931 418499) to deliver me to Heathrow Airport and return me home which he did with his usual efficiency, care and attention. It was a very sedate service compared to the eventful journeys that I took by tuk tuk in Sri Lanka. My chauffeur Frank and his wife Maria, my housekeeper looked after the Gibbons’ residence. Frank had to prune his wisteria and treat the blossom on his peaches. My father did his National Service at Negombo in Sri Lanka in the early 1950s and so it had great meaning to return albeit that I had been back some years ago when a ship stopped there. I spent part of my time at Berjaya near Mount Lavinia and enjoyed the lovely beach, warm seas and the pool of my hotel. I then took a very old steam train for three hours to Kandy which is in the centre of Sri Lanka where there is a large lake and surrounded by mountains. Kandy is famous for The Temple of the Tooth. I stayed at Greenwoods which is a small hotel with clean but plain amenities. The proprietor Kusum was so kindly and looked after us very well. I had wonderful breakfasts which included squeezed mangos, papaya fruit and coconut pancakes with honey drawn from the sap of a tree. I had hoppers which are like a crisp pancake made from an egg white that is run round a very hot pan. One can either put a fried egg in the middle or have with bananas and honey. The picture shows me at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo. The hotel overlooks the Indian Ocean and being founded in 1864 is the oldest hotel of its type East of Suez. It was very grand and is said to be one of the 1000 places to see whilst one is on this earth. A bottle of bubbly for the best caption for my look of surprise - let your imagination run wild.

After some ten years of excellent service, my Secretary Janet Harrop has decided to make a move. If you know of anyone that would like to be considered as my Secretary being one of the most interesting jobs in this part of East Anglia, then do let me know. There is some movement in the property market and so as always please approach us so that we can give you personal service throughout at a reasonable price.

Howard Gibbons

East House – The Future

I remember taking my children to playschool at East House. Well, that was a long time ago, as my daughter is about to leave university. I remember attending a fantastic V-E Day celebration with a children’s war-time tea, bunting, military vehicles in the garden, soldiers dressed in vintage uniforms and 1940s music. I remember watching teens going to the youth club where they spilled into the garden and looked like they were enjoying themselves. I expect many of you have fond memories of East House too.
But that was then. Now community activities are held in several venues throughout Hadleigh, including our smart new purpose-built Leisure Centre. Many people in Hadleigh felt sad to see the Listed East House falling into disrepair and alarmed when there was the possibility of losing part of ‘Cox’s Park’ to housing.

So, I think that the whole town will be relieved to know that there is finally positive news about East House. I was leading the recent Working Group on East House at Babergh. As there were members contributing towards the decision-making who had never walked around the park and vicinity, I ensured that this was rectified by taking them there to explain the importance of the house and park to locals. For me, it was vital that the Town and users of our park did not lose a single square foot of this valuable green space to development, while getting the house itself back into use. One of the keys to enabling the whole process to progress was to sever the financial association of East House with the Leisure Centre.
Hopefully, soon, we will see the house restored to its former glory. The house and its grounds – by which I mean only the grounds within the boundary of the garden, car park and part of the area on George Street at the front of the house – have been marketed by Carter Jonas. By the time this issue of HCN goes to press, East House should appear on the Right Move web site with a guide price of £650,000 (this figure takes into account the enormous costs of renovating the Grade II* Listed building to Historic England requirements). There has already been some interest from a trusted developer and it is anticipated that the price could finally be much higher. This will help Babergh recover the financial shortfall from central government.

It will be stipulated that any developer must treat the East House development with sensitivity in respect of its history and architectural value and its importance to the town. While the development will need planning permission and Listed Building consent, it is anticipated that the site will be developed for residential purposes as that is likely to be the most financially viable option, but Babergh will be open to hearing other ideas that the developer may propose. Whatever option the purchaser chooses for the site, there will be a requirement to restore East House itself to the expectations of Historic England. Having waited years, we expect to see a firm offer on East House in around two weeks. There has been a great deal of background work to reach this position.

I think most people in Hadleigh just want to see East House restored and used, rather than deteriorate further. I hope that the people in the town are pleased that none of the park surrounding East House will be lost – I have fought so hard for that within Babergh. The support of all the people in the community who valued the park and made their voices heard has contributed to this positive outcome.

Kathryn Grandon, Babergh District Councillor for Hadleigh South

Ken's SESAW News

So Ollie lifted the lid on SESAW life last month? He’s good at that! Every chance he gets, he lifts the lid on the butter dish if Mum forgets to close the cupboard door. You should see him stalk off when he gets caught stretching up to his full height to swipe a pawful of the yellow treat!

Talking of treats, the fundraisers are busy preparing a smashing selection of goodies for your delectation at our Easter Fair. (Got that fancy word from a recently donated dictionary!) This egg-cellent event will take place at Whatfield Village Hall, 11-2pm on the 1st April – no it’s NOT a joke! Three weeks later we return to the Old School, Long Melford with our Spring Fair, 10-3pm on 23rd April. There will be the usual huge selection of goods plus beautiful flowers and plants from our regular nurseryman. Tables still available at £10 each, booking forms on our website or call 01206 263269. Thank you to all the kind people who have donated craft materials. See if you can pick out your items from the many handmade gifts our clever ladies have created – and please keep them coming.

Mum says I must tell you that contrary to rumours, SESAW is open for business as usual. Our helpers are busy looking after the many rescued animals every day so to (almost) coin a well known phrase, tell that to the Volunteers!

I just spotted Ollie on his way to the kitchen so I had better follow him. If he’s after the butter again, someone needs to tell Mum, and who better than me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.

Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare

Reg.Charity No.1124029
Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP
01787 210888.

Bunting, Bunting and More Bunting

Once a month, strenuous physical activity is not the only thing taking place at the Hadleigh Pool and Leisure Centre. In the largest downstairs room you can find a team of ladies beavering away, cutting and sewing, to produce lengths of colourful bunting. Much of the attractive floral material has come from the town’s charity shops. It’s a lively, busy two hours with time to put the world to rights and the odd coffee while working. Happily, the bunting project is well on schedule and the Hadleigh Festival of Gardening and Art 2017 team are confident that there will be sufficient to adorn the entire High Street for the duration of the summer. If you would like to be part of this community activity a warm welcome awaits you on Sunday March 19th from 10 – 12 noon. No craft experience necessary. Floral material always welcome too.

Senior Bunting Maker Jane Snowdon 01473 824 957

The grim reality of climate change is not just published daily in newspapers and magazines, we can actually see and feel it too. Tides are rising, diminishing water tables around the World, coastal storms and relentless droughts are increasing all the time. But NASA are continuing to monitor the global situation, and the results are scary.

2016 was a year of temperature records being broken left, right and centre. The conclusion from the years data tells us that 2016 was the warmest year since detailed record keeping began in 1880. This is made more worrying due to the fact that 16 of the last 17 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001. Research has shown that in 2016 the temperature globally was 0.99 degrees Celsius warmer than in the mid-20th century. The average temperature was 14.83 degrees Celsius in 2016, this surpassed 2015’s record by 0.004 degrees Celsius. 2016 began with a kick-start from a particularly powerful El Nino; and for eight months in a row (January-August) the World experienced record temperatures.

Temperatures have increased by about 1.1 degree Celsius since 1880. This also indicates a change, since the rate of increase was set at 0.8 degrees Celsius back in 2014. 2/3 of the warming has occurred since 1975, which coincides with a period of rapid population growth, industrialisation, and increased fossil fuel consumption. The Earth has not been this warm for at least 11,500 years.

The weather we have had recently is an example of global warming. December and January were unusually dry due to a large high pressure system that planted itself over western Europe. These systems act as a "block" meaning that rain-bearing low pressure systems are diverted around them.

The Jet Stream, a band of fast travelling winds some 30,000-40,000 above us has been weakened too this Winter due to the Arctic ice being at such a low level meaning the usual conveyor-belt of rain systems hasn't had the strength to nudge the high pressure out of the way until just recently when a colder Arctic blast encountered warmer air from the equator moving north over the Atlantic which gave the jet stream the "kick" it needed to resume service as usual.

The most shocking thing for me is that in around 30 years or so the Arctic will be completely ice-free in the Summer. 2017 will again be another hot year and things can only get worse. We have come on in leaps and bounds over the last decade, but so much more needs to be done by the 7 billion tenants of planet Earth.

Until next time, Clear skies, Neil Norman

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Clarkes events brings
more events to Hadleigh

After a successful yard sale last year Clarkes events will be holding another one on the 28th May 2017 9am-4pm. I have taken on board comments from last year about the map and also that people wanted longer for the sale. A yard sale is a sale held at your own house, in your garden or garage and you can sell all your wares like at a car boot sale but you won’t need to load up the car. The charge is only £5 a pitch which includes a selling pack including posters and balloons and also the most important thing the listing on the map which will be advertised in and around Hadleigh. Last year we had people come along from Kings Lynn and also Felixstowe so its also good to get people in to our lovely town. For more info and to book a pitch please visit the website.

Another exciting event coming up is an over 18 ‘70's 80's & 90's Disco’. Three DJ's will be spinning the discs including DJ Flumpy, DJ Chubby Rhino and myself DJ Trev. Tickets are only £6 each and all profits from the ticket sales and raffle will be going to Hadleigh Football Club. Yet again for more info please visit the website. So the future is bright for Hadleigh as I try and put on more events, as many of you know i’m chairman of HADS who put on the yearly pantos and also are about to do ‘The Vicar Of Dibley’. I love entertainment and feel Hadleigh deserves more events for all ages. Please keep your ears peeled for more events on my website and Facebook page look for "Clarkes Events" for more info and also give me your ideas on events you would like to see in our town too.

Get in touch with me via the website or email or give me a call on 07787 158085.

We have exciting news at the Station, Hadleigh SNT has a new Sergeant. PS 1490 Jo Miah has joined the team at Hadleigh Police Station. Some of you may have seen her and myself patrolling in the High Street last month. Sgt Miah wanted to introduce herself to the local hostelries and is keen to meet members of the public as often as she can.

Just a bit of background to Jo’s career:

“I started my policing career in 2005 and was based at Sudbury Police Station for 4 years. In 2009 I requested a move to the tutor unit which was based in Ipswich and spent the next year and half tutoring the new recruits. From here I then joined The Ipswich Response Team until I got promoted in November 2012.

I was posted To Haverhill where I spent 2 months before another move to the Night Time Economy Team which was based in Ipswich but covered the whole of the County. I specialised in Alcohol Related Disorder across the county and had a close relationship with Licensed premises across Suffolk. In 2014 the team evolved into The Pro-Active Licensing Team which I managed until January 2016 when I went onto maternity leave. I returned to Hadleigh Safer Neighbourhood Team in February 2017 and am really excited about the new challenge that comes with Community Policing. I have been provided with a comprehensive handover from Sgt Milbourne on the excellent work which has taken place in the past year and the current policing priorities which the team are focusing on”.

As always, Hadleigh SNT are here to try and help solve any issues or problems that you have, in order to continue to make this Town a safe environment to live in and bring up your families.

Please contact us:
Telephone: 101 non-emergency 999 emergency

Until next month – PCSO 3173 Julia Bignell
Hadleigh Safer Neighbourhood Team, Hadleigh Police Station, Magdalen Road, hadleigh IP7 5AD.