Friday, 4 January 2019

Needham Christmas Party











WW1 Centenary











THE
ICE
CARNIVAL
by Charles Gittman
Oh! How shall I describe the scene
In eighteen ninety five,
When our pretty River Waveney
With frolic seemed alive.
The ice a dozen inches thick,
Covered the little river,
Although the cold was so intense,
And made us
shake and quiver.
What English folk, if young or old,
When dress’d so nice and warm,
Would grumble at the piercing cold
Or mind the wind and storm?
So dozens came and hundreds too,
In charming costume clad,
Who up and down the river went,
Like raving ho
rses mad.
There was Pollie and Dollie,
And Richie and Hal,
With Gertie and Minnie
And Susan and Sal,
Charlie and Harry,
With Kitty and Jessie,
Willie and Johnny,
With Georgie and Bessie.
The King of Hearts in scarlet robe,
With Queen of Fairies flew
Along the river; then there came
The queen of diamonds too.
The gypsy Queen commanding looked;
A Colonel, too, was there;
Red Riding Hood and Powder Puff,
With a brown and shaggy bear.
With Queen of Hearts
, a huntsman bold,
Came after Little Bo Peep,
But
Little Boy Blue had gone with her,
To find the missing sheep.
A poppy was there, and close beside
Were two little girls in blue,
A shoeblack, too, and a Sailor bold,
And a fair Canadian too.
With serious air a Judge was there,
In his wig, with gravest
mien,
And a maiden fair, with lovely hair,
Who played the tambourine.
Green and Brown,
Long and Short,
Day and Night and Scarf,
Chapel and Church,
Keen and Sharp,
But Goshawk made us laugh.
As a Parish Council Chairman,
A mighty swell was he,
Side by
side with Olden Times,
A sight they were to see.
An English girl with Boatman brave,
And a Highland lass were there,
Father Christmas tearing along,
With his locks of hoary hair.
G. D. all ready for a bath,
An Irishman all alive.
A striking contrast to t
he snow,
Were merry niggers five.
A student too, in cap and gown,
With Match
-
girl glided along.
Italians in a sweet costume,
Locked full of mirth and song.
Tommy and Sally,
And Archie and Nell
,
Horace and Bertie,
And Mary a belle,
Cook came to look,
Land
came to see,
And young Mr Day
Was a Johnny Chi
-
nee.
On the river in flowing robes
Came a lady as Domino
Along with a young horse soldier,
Who’d never fear a foe.
A pretty Flower
-
girl with her flowers
Was near an Orange Seller,
Another lass in male cost
ume,
Made quite a handsome fellow.
Two merry misses in quaint Welsh dress,
Another as Moon and Stars.
A lady fair as night was there,
And some as jolly tars.
A lovely Gypsy with Gypsy Queen
Gained praise and admiration.
Now who can say our country dear
I
s a broken
-
hearted nation?
A tent upon the ice was built,
And tea and coffee sold,
The band was there, ‘twas like a fair,
A grand success I’m told.
Fine Butchers and Bakers,
Painters, Shoemakers,
Lawyers and Lawyer’s Clerks,
Grocers and Dealers,
Two or
three Peelers,
And elegant Dandies and Sparks.
With shining helmet a Fireman came,
And a Bobby bobbing around;
A few had falls, but what of that
As they rose up safe and sound!
‘Twas rush and bustle, laughter and fun,
Down the ice
-
bound stream.
Skating s
o swiftly, off like a gun,
While lovely faces beam.
Though times are bad and trade depress’d
And money always slow,
Our English hearts as corks float up,
‘Tis the better way to go.
So let not sadness steal our gladness
Let us be merry and wise.
A man is
helped who helps himself
And as a Briton tries.

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Parish Council

The next meeting of Needham Parish Council will be on Monday 19th November at 7:30pm

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Armistice Centenary

The specially commissioned beacon was lit by Mrs Ellen White, a veteran of the Second World War, at 7:00pm on Sunday 11 November to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. The lighting of the beacon was preceded by a talk by Stephen Poulter on the 12 Needham men who died as a result of WW1, a lantern lit walk to the grave of one of the victims and a service of remembrance in St Peter’s Church. A longer report of the event will feature in the next issue of the Needham Link.















Friday, 9 November 2018

Remembrance Day

Sunday 11 November
5:30pm - Presentation in the church about the Needham men who gave their lives in WW1
6:00pm - Remembrance Service in the church followed by a lantern lit walk to the grave of Arthur John Shanks
7:00pm - Lighting of the Beacon, followed by soup & rolls in the Village Hall






Monday, 29 October 2018

Centenary of WW1


You may have noticed a new addition in the grounds of the Village Hall. This is the beacon to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War.
There will be a special ceremony on Sunday 11 November. The details are as follows:

5:30pm - Presentation in the church about the Needham men who gave their lives in WW1
6:00pm - Remembrance Service in the church followed by a lantern lit walk to the grave of 
                 Arthur John Shanks
7:00pm - Lighting of the Beacon, followed by soup & rolls in the Village Hall

Sunday, 23 September 2018

SOS

My little boy is very upset his chicken has escaped? Would everybody please keep an eye out for one of my chickens as we are missing one in Needham 😢 it's the black one with brown flecks at the front of the picture, thank you x
Melanie Jones

Monday, 17 September 2018

Needham Parish Council

The next meeting of Needham Parish Council has been rescheduled for Monday 8 October at 7:30pm

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Hedgehogs

This baby hedgehog (Tinkerbell) was found in a garden in Needham.  It didn't look very well and was attracting a few flies.  Mel from Brockdish came to the rescue and has taken her back to her Hedgehog Refuge and hopefully Tinkerbell will soon be well and big enough to fend for herself. 
If you find a sick or baby hedgehog please contact Mel who has the expertise to nurse them back to health or if you would like to give a home to a hedgehog please contact Mel on  01379 669174 or 07990 745741 

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Child car seats

Free information and advice on child car seat fitting in the CO-OP cark park on Tuesday 14th August. 40% child car seats have fitting issues so getting yours checked makes sense.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Needham Village BBQ

Not long until the Village BBQ!

Sunday 12 August
From 1pm
Needham Coronation Village Hall
Live Music
Bouncy Castle
Face Painting
Tombola
Raffle

Plenty of food available & a bar with drinks for all tastes

Friday, 29 June 2018

Needham Village Annual BBQ

Sunday 12 August
From 1pm
Needham Coronation Village Hall
Live Music
Bouncy Castle
Face Painting
Tombola
Raffle

Plenty of food available & a bar with drinks for all tastes

Photos

Technical difficulties mean that there are no accompanying photographs with the latest edition.
Needham Village Link

July/August 2018



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Doing the Needham Walk

Slightly thunderous clouds were in the sky so I decided to take my jacket. I had no need of it for, as you can see from the picture above, the sun shone brightly. A goodly crowd of 18 people joined Stephen Poulter at The Red Lion for the beginning of Needham Heritage Walk (first public event of the Needham and Brockdish Heritage Project). 
As a Brockdishite (Brockdishian?) I have both walked and cycled through Needham village, but I confess, mainly I drive through. I have never done so much noticing - helped, of course, by our expert guide. Not only was my attention drawn to the true nature of some of Needham's ancient buildings hiding behind brick and later additions, but, until the walk, at least one village house has barely rippled the surface of my awareness. At one stage I felt as if I was walking through Needham past and present at the same time -  perhaps I should have worn a sun hat!
There was so much to see that we ran out of time and all agreed on a follow-up walk to view the central and eastern side of the village.  
                  
  Tim Brook

Needham Walk Part 2 takes place 11am on Sunday 8th July leaving from the Red Lion Car Park. £4.00. All welcome