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Covid-19 Assistance Coordination

Don’t Panic!

You don’t have to have contact with covid-19 to notice changes in your current life.

Normal shopping is disrupted. People are being sent home from abroad. Football games and gatherings have been cancelled. Boris Johnson has just announced new measures and will shortly advise or even force those over 70 to self-isolate.

There is a wide range of attitudes towards the situation ranging from paranoia to denial. Regardless of where reality sits on that scale, people are being affected, and the old and vulnerable in our community are going to be the people least able to help their situation because:

  1. The consequences of contracting the virus are higher so they will probably be wanting to take greater precautions.
  2. They are generally less mobile and unable to persist at shopping to get essentials that are running out constantly.

Those self isolating are unable to do their own shopping so will also need assistance regardless of their age or vulnerability.

Given the above, I am sure that those feeling most at risk of running out of essentials would be relieved to know that there are people willing to help out. I know people are willing to help and the Parish Council are putting together a list of volunteers, which is great. I would like to go further and set up a mechanism to coordinate volunteers and – more importantly to give those in need a simple way of asking for help. I am not saying i will succeed but I’ll try.

Why now?

If the control measures continue to increase, as expected, it will not be long before those people mentioned above are massively compromised when it comes to looking after themselves. I think it is important to get something in place so that we are ready to support our neighbours. Maybe this seems like over-reaction but there is no harm in being ready.

Why me?

Two simple reasons:

  1. I have the technical ability to help out
  2. I have a parent in the above group and if I become unable to help in person, at least I can help coordinate others.

What to do?

The first stage is to find out the details of people willing to help and those who need assistance so I have set up a way to coordinate helpers and those in need.

If you are willing to offer assistance, please email Please include anything you feel relevant. Maybe caveats to your offer, available timings or times of day, what you are willing to do. We will probably at some time need a contact number.

If you feel that you could use assistance, please email

What about my privacy?

Privacy is very important and I will not share information unless permission is given beforehand. It will be necessary to share information to a certain degree, but I will ask permission as things develop and people can always drop out before anything is shared.

What is the next stage?

I want the helpers to be involved in shaping this, so when I know who is willing to help, I will see who wants to help coordinate and who wants to just help out when asked. I am hoping that others will access the system I have set up, so I will show them how to do so.

We then need to coordinate the best way to allow everyone to seek help via various methods.

For now – please use the email addresses above to register support.


Auction of Promises

At Waldringfield Village Hall
Friday 20th May 7pm for a 7.30 start

*** Here is the list of promises ***

Fish & Flicks at Riverside voucher for 2

Visit to Orford Lighthouse + picnic for 4

Three sponge cakes: Choc, Coffee, or plain

6 x 25kg bags of Premium House Coal

Bread-making party for 4: Make a loaf from scratch
(Includes coffee, cake, wine & cheese while the bread is rising)

2 framed reproductions of Joe Lubbock prints

Christmas Cake

Woodland walk followed by afternoon tea
Oil painting + sign for house or boat

Water a villagers’ garden for a week

10 tons of gravel, sand or ballast
(delivered within 5 miles of Waldringfield quarry)

Two tickets to the Red Rooster Festival, Euston Hall

4 x Demijohn glass flagons

Gift voucher to Ufford Park, Woodbridge

Fruit hamper

1 bottle of whisky

A box of homemade pottery: mug, bowl, pots

A house in Dordogne for a week next year. Sleeps:-
2 x double, 1 x double futon, 2 x fold up. 1 bathroom.
French speaking village between Perigueux and Brive

Pot of purple plants

Handmade English leather dog collar 11 – 14 inches

2 large boxes of home – grown organic vegetables and fruit

A honey hamper ( to be delivered in October)

Les Crouzes white wine – Colombard

A magnum of Margaux 2008, bottled by
Chateau Cantenac Brown for Fortnum & Mason

3 hours gardening. To be arranged

Falconry and Hawking, 1 hours flying experience for 4

A selection of garden plants

Christmas pudding “a la Nigella” for 10, or 2 smaller ones

4 loaves of bread

A two course meal for 2 + a bottle of wine at
the Waldringfield Sailing Club

3 x Victoria sponge – any flavour – any time

Family tickets for Foxhall Stadium. By arrangement.

A meal for two at the Greyhound, Pettistree

A jersey for a gentleman from Cordings of London XL

6 bottles of wine in a box

Designer Cushion + greetings card

Brace of pheasants (not dressed) in the season

2 boxes of 6 family handmade crackers – suitable for Christmas or
children’s party

Case of Champagne

Fish and Chips and a drink each for 2 at The Maybush

Selection of outdoor plants

Three x 8 new children’s books

1 aged builders wheelbarrow & 1 antique push mower(can be viewed in the car park on the night)

An afternoon helping to research your WW1 Ancestor

Pet sitting (e.g. Dog walking, cat feeding while you’re away on holiday)

Indoor studio portraits of your pet dogs taken in a portable studio,
which can be brought to your house to set up, and some shots to try and capture your dog’s unique characteristics. Also, prepare the raw shots and provide you with the finished collection

A home made fruit cake

An afternoon or evening trip down the Deben to Ramsholt, Felixstowe
Ferry for up to 4 on the rib. Life jackets provided

A round of golf and bar meal for 2 at Ufford Park (Monday to Friday) OR
2No 1hour lessons with a PGA qualified professional (also at Ufford Park)

A large bag of walnuts and a pudding of your choice made to order

An afternoon’s sail on a Shrimper for 2

Maybush Vs Fox Football

Wednesday 18th May 2016 saw the Maybush take on the Fox at football. A great mix of people in both teams from those who play regularly to those that could barely stand whilst trying to run. Played in three sessions of half hour each, we took to the main pitch at ITFC. The ground was organised thanks to the work of Matt Clarke who works for the football club.

It has been said that the true gravity of playing on ITFC’s pitch was lost on me, but for those who regularly attend the ground, it was a magical experience. Unfortunately the roar of the crowd was limited to the voices of about 25 spectators, but we appreciated all of their support.

The shirts were kindly supplied by Deben Inns and made it a great spectacle. The Maybush team sported the home kit whilst the away kit adorned the Fox players. Everyone got to play thanks to the managers operating a rolling substitution process.

After the game, Deben Inns hosted a buffet in the Maybush for the participants, so thanks for the great support from Steve and Lou

The match raised around £800 for the ‘Sir Bobby Robson memorial fund’ and one of the charities supported by our late friend Bobby Bullard. group


Passed away peacefully in Foxgrove Care Home on 15th April 2016 aged 98. Dearly loved widow of Brian, very dear mother of Peter and Michael, mother-in-law to Patsy and Fionnuala (decd.), her six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial service at Waldringfield Church on Wednesday, 4th May 2016 at 12:30 pm.

Family flowers only. Donations to Macmillan may be sent to Coop Funerals, 213 High Street, Felixstowe.



Village Communications

In the recent Parish Plan, one of the recommendations for action said that discussions are under way with the current owner of Waldringfielders email group to consider options regarding possible changes to the management.2015-12-03 16.49.28

I thought it was worth giving people the heads up on where that is – especially as it may sound like there is a a disagreement between the Parish Council and me (the owner) over what should be done.

First of all – what problem are we trying to solve?

Some people on Waldringfielders object to heated discussion and would prefer to have the email group solely for notices and non-controversial postings. It would appear that it is these people for whom changes are being sought. Although I hear some complaints at people not liking conflict, I have many people congratulating me on speaking up when others are silent. This includes the subjects of Quiet Lanes, speed humps, river activities and dogs on leads. That accepted, lets see if we can find a solution to those getting upset.

How do we solve it?

OK, so we set about controlling the content on Waldringfielders to ensure that those who don’t like heated discussion are kept ‘safe’.
Setting up the new site (this one) helped with this because people could more easily categorise their postings and more easily opt in or out of discussions. Strangely, when I started it, the main criticism I had was from people who were concerned that they may miss out on discussion! It seemed that at this point, those who like to see a good argument then became more vocal than those who wanted protection. That was an interesting twist, but nevertheless, we still had the task of protection to address.
Having a new site for discussion, I was asked if the original waldringfielders could be left solely for ‘Lost Dog’ type,  non-controversial, non-discussion postings. ‘Yes’ I said of course it can but what happens if someone posts something that they consider non-controversial but is in fact controversial? An example of this is the ‘Keep your dogs on leads’ notice, where people are not happy being dictated to in this way. I had several people thank me verbally for my response on that subject. Any resulting discussion or counter argument needs to be held on the same forum as the original posting i.e. waldringfielders. This is a basic ‘right of reply’ principle. This was accepted by the Parish Council as an issue.
One solution is to have all posts moderated before they appear on-line. This would involve a lot more work and a set of guide-lines to which moderators must adhere. I don’t have the time nor the inclination for such work and more importantly it would certainly affect the immediacy of posting on the group as each posting would need to await approval.
Hold on… let’s get some perspective on the problem!
If we were trying to stop violent or pornographic material appearing, then it would probably be worth the effort. As it is, all we are doing is trying to protect those who are easily offended from seeing a discussion that they don’t like. If someone can come up with a solution that solves the problem outlined above but keeps the accessibility of posting to waldringfielders, then please let us know.

Changes to Management

The recommendations for action suggests changes to management. I believe that the right to reply is more important than the need to protect sensitive people from discussions – after all, everyone has the ability to ignore or unsubscribe from individual topics. Others may disagree and I am open to hear their voice and suggestions. For any management panel to work, then they would need to first solve the problem outlined above or they would have no guidelines under which to work. Once solved, it only takes one person to implement the guidelines. If anyone wants to suggest general guidelines or discuss specific activity or postings, then please feel free to do so just as if you were part of a management group. Regards yourselves as one big management panel. Anyone who who has suggestions, please let me or Janet Elliott know your views. Any views are welcome but any action needs a clear objective and needs to take into account all of the aspects of the group.
Feel free to email or call me or Janet – I will take any suggestions seriously and discuss the pros and cons and I am sure Janet will do the same. If you feel happier having a discussion with us both, I am sure this can be facilitated. My number is (local) 811783.

So the point here is that discussions are not under way at all. There is currently no solution offered that would satisfy the needs of an open forum such as waldringfielders.


Fox vs Maybush Cricket 2015

The Match

Sunday 27th September saw the annual Fox Vs Maybush cricket match on the cricket meadow in Fishpond Road Waldringfield. Now I don’t know a lot about cricket so would welcome a match report from someone who knows more (really, all reports would be welcome)!

I took around 2500 (yep!) photos so have selected and cropped a few here for you here.

It was a really great village event, with a very close score. A good turn-out of spectators even though it was quite chilly. Well done to2015-09-27 15.54.07-1 the organisers and thanks to Steve at the Fox for hosting the presentation and after match nibbles.

In the end, The Fox won by one run on the last ball, breaking a ten year run of defeats. Congratulations to The Fox team.

Waldringfield Welcomes Groups

The site has the ability to have sub groups so that those interested in particular aspects can talk amongst themselves. The more groups there are, the more useful this will be. I anticipate groups like ‘Composting’,  ‘Village Hall’, ‘Car Sharing’  and the like. Each group can be open or closed to other Waldringfielders members.

If you want to set up your own group, then you can do so using the menu on the top right of your screen.

Welcome to Waldringfielders’ Web Site

Welcome to Waldringfielders.

Building an online community for  Waldringfield.

The purpose of this site is to build a place on line where things relevant to Waldringfield are posted, discussed, declared, requested and generally shared. It is a place to find out which services, cleaners, gardeners etc. operate in Waldringfield so that we can build a community. It is a place to warn of dangers, congratulate and commiserate, a place to share pictures, stories and views. A place to find out which local businesses may be useful, when their opening times are and how they might be of service.

Please use it and feedback anything that may be used to improve it.