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All Welcome 19th July In The Hut – Chitchat and Craft 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Bring a portable table-top craft to work on (but not compulsory).Enjoy a hot or cold drink and biscuits with friends and neighbours, old and new. Meet new villagers who have moved in during lockdown.Catch up with everyone’s news and put the world to rights!
– ladies, gents and accompanied children under school-age. Discussion at end about payment/donations, format and frequency of meetings.
Next meeting Monday 26th July 10 – 12 noon.
These 2 meetings are a trial run and will set the pattern for future meetings to start in September if they prove to be a success.
Saturday 31st July ACC Flower Show – Regrettably cancelled for 2021ENORMOUS PICNICSUNDAY 12th SEPTEMBER starting at 3pm til 8pm,At a recent meeting of the Fete Committee, the pros and cons of holding a Fete this year were discussed. Nearly 30 emails had been received and it was clear that Sweffling residents are not currently comfortable with the idea of having our traditional fete which is open to visitors to the village, serving them food and drink and taking their money. Sadly, this is the way we have helped to fund our church and village amenities and for the second year running, this will not happen. Villagers are however, keen to have some social event, when it is allowed, to restore the great community spirit in Sweffling.We are pleased to announce that instead there will be anENORMOUS PICNIC SUNDAY 12th SEPTEMBER starting at 3pm til 8pm,with many thanks to Amanda Daniel who will host this in her garden, at ALDE HOUSE , GLEMHAM ROADThere is room for many, safely distanced, in sun or shade. Bring tables and chairs to form small parties, or picnic rugs for children.Bring your own food and drink, make it as posh as you wish!There will be a Pimms Stall and room for other stalls by prior arrangement. Games like boules, croquet etc. will be available.ALL Sweffling Residents are welcome FREE of CHARGE but there will be a GRAND DRAW with some very special prizes, for which we hope folk will give generously, so that some funds can be recouped.Amanda’s garden is a lovely place with lots of separate areas and secret places, perfect for a picnic and as socially distanced as you choose to be! So save the date and let’s have a party!SUNDAY 12th SEPTEMBER 2021More details to follow.
The Sweffling White Horse:
has redesigned the beer garden so it can now seat more people and have more space for social distancing (and shelter from the rain!) and this is open for drinks and snacks one evening & one day a week. Outside of these times, you pick up some lovely locally brewed fresh draught ale .
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT – From Saturday 19th June we will also be open Saturday evenings from 6pm – 10pm. No need to book – just turn up. Drinks and snack only. So the pub’s full opening hours will be:
SATURDAYS 6pm – 10pm
SUNDAYS 12 noon – 5pm
The new Summer edition of the Bridge can be found here
Up Cycling in Sweffling
Free bike repair / sourcing service for Sweffling residents
We just can’t get enough of the power of the pedal since lockdown. Not surprising then that a surge in demand has resulted in supply nightmares. But our garages and sheds are crammed with useful bikes and spares just waiting to be restored or re purposed. A little knowledge and TLC can make a big difference to your bank balance and landfill.
For Sweffling residents I would be happy to sort your old bike out , the only charge would be for any parts required, quoted and agreed before purchasing. Also happy to help you to help yourself, if you couldn’t quite grasp the Youtube demo I’m available to lend a hand. Always easy when you know how. I’ve been a keen cyclist since I was a kid and a big part of the enjoyment for me was building the bike and almost 50 years later I’m still doing it, just with better spanners !
There are also a huge range of bargains to be had on Ebay if you know what you are looking for. But if Bike isn’t your first language I can help. If you don’t know your bottom bracket from your floating disc rotors buying a bike can be daunting, I have years of experience tracking down and sourcing bikes and parts. Tell me what you’re after and I should be able to help .
Interested ? Please drop me a line at email@example.com or call me, Steve Ashurst , on 01728 664156 .
You can read about all local church services in the Upper Alde Link here
An enormous thank you to the Sicon Foundation https://siconfoundation.co.uk who, with a band of enthusiastic volunteers from the Sicon company, have planted over 350 native and ‘appropriate to the land’ trees, on the ground of the felled poplar plantation at Yew Tree Farm near the Bruisyard Bridge. They have also planted trees next to the river Alde on the Bruisyard Village Recreation site. Thank you to Paul Church, Chair of Bruiseyard Parish Council who alerted us to the marvellous, newly hatched, Sicon Foundation.Sicon wrote in November to every parish council in Suffolk offering to plant trees. To date very few have responded.
All back editions of the Bridge can be found here
Sweffling Parish Church – St Marys
The church is open on Sundays and Wednesday from 10 am to 3pm for private prayer
Although currently, for Covid safety reasons, Martin is not conducting public worship services in any church in the Benefice, each Sunday morning he is posting a video of the Holy Communion Service with readings and a short sermon, click here to view. Very many thanks, Martin, for preparing the videos. It is a great joy to be able to join with you in this service, even virtually. Services are also live streamed from the Cathedral in Bury St. Edmunds. For details and times see the cathedral website: https://stedscathedral.org
Helping you through this difficult time:Now that we have another lockdown, we want to remind everyone of the Support Scheme put in place in March. Many of you volunteered to help others in the village who needed:
- Collection of medicines
- Dog walking
- Chatting on the phoneCircumstances may have changed, so if you need to up-date or change any of your earlier offers of help please let myself or Marie know. Thanks for all the neighbourly calls you have already made and for your continuing support. Please also let us know if you now need help yourself. either because you are ill or having to isolate. Do not hesitate to get in touch, as many Sweffling folk have offered help.Thankfully Marie is happy to continue co-ordinating the scheme and we are very grateful to her for doing this.Isolating now is very different from the Spring lockdown, so please think of others nearby who might like, for example, a chat on the phone, which might make all the difference to a cold, dark or wet day indoors.There are several new people in the village who might not know about this scheme. Please feel free to forward this email to others as I do not have everyone’s address. We won’t be sending a card from door to door this time, but I do have some spares for newcomers.Thanks to everyone for their help and keep safe during lockdown,Jill Abbott 663402For help with anything during lockdown or when you are ill or self-isolating:CALL Marie Smith at Sweffling White Horse07849 119259 or 664178
We would love your photos of village life for the website, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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