Fete Success – June 2013





Firstly many thanks to everyone that contributed in any way to making our Summer Fete on 1st June a great success. Despite the rather chilly June afternoon, lots of visitors turned out to support us and altogether takings came to £3,643.68. We were delighted that Peter Purves joined us to officially open the fete, all be it a little late, but he amused visitors when he informed everybody that he had first travelled to Bungay and found no sign of a fete, then Beccles, where he was a week early and finally after spotting the banner along Saxons Way arrived at the Patrick Stead in Halesworth! Peter spent time chatting to stallholders and visitors and posed for photos with fans. Our compere for the afternoon was the charismatic Dudley Clarke, who kept visitors well informed of proceedings and the afternoon flowing. The crowds enjoyed first class entertainment provided by Budding Arts Dance Group, Gypsy Dreams Belly Dancers, Holton Shotokan Karate Group and the Tutti Folk Band. Our local MPs Therese Coffey and Peter Aldous both attended the event. Visitors were able to explore various stalls/crafts and enjoy homemade refreshments and of course the Bar-B-Q. We were joined by Julia Francis of Spectra Packaging, sponsors of our first prize of £250, to oversee the Draw and present prizes to the lucky winners. The first prize winner of £250 was Debra Hyatt, second prize winner of £100 was Ann Green, third prize winner of £75 was Joan Scriggins and fourth prize winner of £25, sponsored by Allens Solicitors, was John Pymar. With many more winners of various prizes kindly donated by local businesses. Thanks to Adiva Hairdressers, Allens Butchers, Allens Solicitors, Ann Green Second-hand Bookshop, Boots, Bramfield Meats, Coast & Country, Cutlers Hill Pharmacy, Focus Organic, Halesworth Bookshop, Halesworth Golf Club, Halesworth Stationers, Halesworth Toy Shop, Halesworth Wine Shop, Heads & Curls, Holton Road Garden Centre, HRG Shoe Repairs, Just Nice Things, Libby Maes, Merlin Shoes, Norton Peskett Solicitors, Patricks Newsagents, Rodney Fox Cards & Gifts, Seashell Fish & Chips, Spectra Packaging, The Angel Hotel and Wenhaston Star. Thanks go to Cleveleys Meat for donating the meat, and to the Cooperative Food store for donating the rolls for the Bar-B-Q, and to Halesworth Business Connections for the loan of the PA equipment. Thanks go to those who very kindly ran stalls for us: Friends of St Marys Church, Friends of the United Reformed Church, Halesworth WI, Woolnoughs Funeral Services, Rayner Green, Patrick Stead Hospital, Spexhall & Wissett WI, Halesworth Gardeners Society, C.C.C.P., Helen Roscoe, Halesworth Fire Brigade and local paramedic Neil and Debbie. Also, thank you to all those that hired a table. Finally thank you to everyone who made cash donations, donated prizes and baking, helped with setting up, running stalls, serving teas, selling and buying raffle tickets and for joining us on the day.

June was a busy month for us, on Sunday 9th June as we were at the Lions Carnival in the town park; thanks to everyone that came along and supported us altogether we raised £162.25.

On Tuesday 11th June we joined the Halesworth Volunteer Centre and many other local organisations at the Rifle Hall for a Community Action Day. It was an opportunity for people to discover services that are available to them locally, and to learn how to become involved with different groups and organisations. We were very pleased to recruit 3 new members to the League of Friends.

Our next event is a cake stall outside Coopers on Saturday 27th July, any donations of cakes, biscuits or savouries to sell would be much appreciated.

At our last full meeting members were pleased to agree to the purchase of 2 new Ultra Low Spirit Beds costing a total of £7,200 + VAT. The beds are designed to have many more additional features and benefits for the Acute Hospital Ward Setting. The smart bed technology includes a built in scale facility which enables staff to monitor the patients weight without the need for hoisting, which can cause distress for patients and can be staff intensive, taking valuable nursing time away from all patient groups. With certain medical conditions patients can become restless and disorientated while sleeping, when this occurs patients can fall out of bed, causing serious injury, the new beds can be lowered to floor level and have a monitoring system which will alert staff of any patient movement, greatly enhancing falls prevention.

We have received donations in memory of Mrs Ivy Ling and Mrs J Farrington, and donations from Halesworth Slimming Group, Mr A E W Ferne, Ann Green Secondhand Books and Mrs J Hine. Grateful thanks for all of these donations.