Summer Show 2016


Some of the members and visitors gathered after the Prize Giving.

Once again the Society is in the Village Hall showing off the entries submitted to the various competitions that make up the Summer Show, held this year on 2nd July 2016.
The weather in the weeks preceding the show had been a combination of everything ‘bad’. We had very strong winds on some days swirling and gusting 80 mph. We had very heavy and continuous rain which caused many roads and gardens to flood, which whilst in no way a threat to life, was a major problem for many residents with the need to clear up when the weather abated.
The numbers of entries were well down for this show, but the saying “quality not quantity” could well be applied this time as some very impressive entries were on show!

You may just be able to read the display notice, but if you cannot the entry of Geraniums
are from the St Osyth, Church of England, Primary School. The Society is always keen
to encourage young gardeners and therefore is pleased to see this entry.

Selling Raffle tickets. Christine and Stephen

Visitors admiring one of the Flower Tables

Dulcie and Sue plant sales stall. Christine just visiting.

A table of Home Crafts. One for a corner cupboard.

The awards presentation party, from left to right are Christine Harman, Vice-chairman and Show Secretary on the stage, Lesley Grimwood our Treasurer, Dulcie Evans our Chairman and Correspondence Secretary and extreme right Stephen Cole, (who just happens to be Chairman of the Village Hall committee) and today has been asked to present the awards to our Summer Show prize winners.

After putting a caption on the picture above I think it might be of interest to print here the names and roles of all those who work so hard to make these shows a success. The Committee is led by Dulcie Evans as Chairman and Correspondence Secretary; Christine Harman is vice-chairman and Show Secretary; Leslie Grimwood is Treasurer; Terence Lidington our Meetings Secretary; Susan McAree Membership Secretary; and members with no specific office, Alf Butters, Sue Butters, Christine Chadbourne, Elizabeth Dawtry, John Wood and Maureen Wood. This is the team that run the Point Clear and St Osyth Horticultural Society for the benefit of all our residents and visitors!



Historical Society Visit


On Saturday 16th July the St Osyth Historical Society set out by coach to visit the market town of EYE in Suffolk. The visit organised by Joy Clinton, had picked a very nice sunny day for our outing. This visit was not just to look around a building Linden House, but also the opportunity to visit other parts of Eye, which has a large number of listed building within its boundaries.

Members arriving at the Village Hall awaiting the coach for transport to Eye

After a journey of only one hour

we have arrived at Linden House

Linden House is one of the most important buildings in this historic Suffolk town. The house originated as a Tudor period farmhouse, being converted to a Georgian townhouse in the 18th century. The brick skin over its timber frame has turned it into a smart classical building, retaining a homely atmosphere in its simple interior layout. Once occupied by eccentric sisters, two of whom were leading suffragettes. The house was also used in a Miss Marple thriller. The Ground floor and first floors contain many portraits, family effects and varied, interesting items of history and of foreign travel.
Eye is a small market town in the north of the County of Suffolk. The town is around 4 miles south of Diss, 17.5 miles north of Ipswich and 23 miles south-west of Norwich and 48 miles from St Osyth. Historically Eye (a name is derived from the Old English word for ‘island’), would have been surrounded by water or marsh, with the church of St Peter and St Paul (pictured below) and a castle mound of William I’s time on higher ground.

Relaxing in the sun in the garden of Linden House, where soon we will have tea and cakes etc. to fortify
us for the look around Eye.

This photo shows the facade of Linden House which is recognised by a row of five pollarded Lime trees

Mr Charles Michell the owner

Mr Michell as Eye’s Town Mayor

Mrs Michell also the Town Mayor

The Church of St Peter & St Paul seen as approached
from Eye Town centre. This magnificent 15th century
building in such a small Market Town, is much more
Cathedral like, than a usual English Parish Church.

A side view of the Church showing another entrance.

Views of the church are limited by buildings and trees.

The beautiful Rood Screen, now faded from earlier
glory, leads to the Altar (see description below)

The Christogram IHS on the roof comes from the first
three letters of the Greek IHSOYS -(Jesus)

The Church itself is hugely impressive and dates back to 1470. Inside there’s a 15C wooden rood screen with intricate carving, and paintings of kings, saints and bishops. The paintings have faded they have been partly restored and give an idea of the brilliant colours that would’ve been seen in the Middle Ages. The Church Tower (above) is also mighty impressive at over 101 feet/30 metres high – described as “One of the wonders of Suffolk”. The Church was probably rebuilt on the site of an older church, as was common in East Anglia during this period of prosperity. Hard to believe now but in the 15 and 16C East Anglia was, apart from London, the wealthiest and most densely populated area in England due, primarily, to the wool and cloth trade and the region’s strategic position facing the Low Countries across the sea.

Three members, Paul Harman and Martin Walsh and wife Joyce, waving to people,
less adventurous than themselves, in climbing the steps to the top of the castle.

The original castle was built on an artificial mound created as a defensive position, on which the fortification was built sometime after 1066. The castle came under attack in 1173 from the Earl of Norfolk, but was soon repaired but was later sacked in 1265 during ‘The Barons War’ and allowed to decay. Part of castle was used as a prison until the early 1600’s but by the 1700’s local people were taking away the stone from the ruin for their own domestic purposes, thus it remains a ruin today!

My Thanks for the Historical information on this page derived from Mr Michell’s talk to us and from Eye’s publicity information in print and on the Internet.

Music On The Meadow 2016

Business Association Village Treat

One of a number of pictures taken around the recreation ground to give an idea of the numbers present.
This opening picture showing in the background part of our St Osyth Priory.

On Saturday the 23rd July the St Osyth Business Association held what has become an annual event, the organisation of a free music event for all village residents and their friends. The entertainment gets going at 2 p.m. and finishes at 10 p.m.
Whilst the day was referred to as Music on the Meadow it was in fact held on the Cowley Park Recreation Ground in Mill Street and not only did the Business Association arrange for Nine Musical Acts both Bands and Singers, but they ordered a brilliant hot sunny day so that everyone got maximum enjoyment from attending that afternoon or evening. It was certainty a good time out for families with children who could enjoy ‘Giggle City’ with its bouncy castles, slides, trampoline’s etc. and various stalls around the ground selling goodies including Ice Cream for some and a licensed ‘Beer Tent’ for others!
We all owe a BIG VOTE OF THANKS to those Business Association members who organised our day!
The photographs below were taken between 3.50 p.m. at 5.30 p.m.

There were stalls and features all around the ground

items of interest to show visitors and goods for sale

Two Gladiators fight to the ‘death’ with air filled clubs

See for yourself who lost this round, Down but not Out

Two pictures above show the ‘early birds’ who arrived at or a little before the start
to get a prime position in front of the performers stage, listening to a succession of
bands and acts during the afternoon and evening.

A few more general views of the Cowley Park assemblage and immediately above is part of ‘Giggle City’ .

One of the musicians.

Kiddies roundabout.

another of the musicians.

A really lovely day, thanks to St Osyth Business Association. It was brilliant weather from start to finish, which always makes an open air event so successful. The crowd attending all seemed to be enjoying themselves and many groups were pre-arranged with friends and neighbours meeting up and sitting together, sharing food and drink as provided by those in a particular party. This event is exactly what people understand as a village activity, never to be seen in an urban town.

You will have read in our Parish Magazine, in the Council Chairman Sonia Grantham’s monthly reports, that Mr Mark Shuttleworth and his trustee board are retiring from the management of this facility after something like twenty years in charge. As you can see looking around the ground, they return Cowley Park to the Parish Council in good heart!


Aircraft Museum Point Clear

Open Day Sunday 21st August 2016

Once again the ‘Museum in the Bay’ is opening its doors to all members of the public who care to visit today to meet some members and former members of the UK Military Services and if they wish for a nominal £1, they can tour the museum, housed in the Napoleonic Martello Tower ‘A’.
The Museum building houses memorabilia from all three services but with concentration on the Royal Air Force and World War II, and in particular the part played by the United States Air Force, with the Museum itself being dedicated to a US airman Raymond E. King, who crashed off Clacton on Sea.
His wrecked P51 Mustang fighter aircraft in which the he died, was recovered from the sea and, is on display inside the Museum
Many other displays of militaria and weapons of war are on various stalls around the old parking area, set up by their owner / enthusiasts, with some stalls having items for sale. With weather permitting the event was planned to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A view along the old car park area

One display with many hand weapons

All laid out. Hand weapons and machine gun

A full display of unexploded bomb treatment

Equipment used to de-fuse a German bomb

An actual bomb. Coins on top for size comparison

Female Naval personnel with a surface shelter.

A machine gun examined by two young men

The Martello Tower museum building. Entry £1. (picture from an earlier event)

The weather was kind as some early rain discouraged visitors at the start of the day, but visitors came in reasonable numbers seeming to come in bunches walking along the sea wall from the Car park. It was a warm afternoon and the refreshment stalls and Ice Cream did a roaring trade, but it has to be admitted that this was a smaller function in that there were less items to view this year than on previous occasions.
For any keen photographer the £1 spent for an adult to go in and around the museum was an open sesame for panoramic views from the roof of the Tower, which covers views up and down the river Colne, Brightlingsea, Mersea Island and a view over the Orchards Holiday Park looking towards Clacton–on-Sea.

Machine Gun parts and equipment

Two tailors dummies wearing Swiss Army uniforms

Display of modern copies of a Knight’s helmet

A row of gleaming motor cycles with their proud owners

This picture left, shows Naval Cadets manning the Sea Wall to fire their weapons out to sea to avoid any possible chance of a visitor being in any was injured. The rifle I would guess was firing ordinary blanks, but the machine gun is adapted for display purposes and fires (or more correctly makes the sound of firing) using two gasses fed to the gun, which when the trigger is pulled allow a small quantity of the gases to mix and explode, just like a gun shot. There seems to be no time delay as it sounds exactly as a machine gun we may hear in a film.

People walking the sea wall towards the Museum

An information board outside the museum


Parish Church Flower Festival 2016


The Flower Festival Programme

Our Parish Church of ‘Saints Peter and Paul’ held their Flower Festival which took place over the Bank Holiday Weekend from Saturday 27th to Monday 29th August 2016. There was also a special ‘paid for’ preview evening on Friday 26th which is reported after the main Flower Show report and includes a report on the evenings entertainers
The Parish Church was a blaze of colour with thirty nine specific named displays all around the building, each display designed to represent a particular Song or Hymn title in some way, with many ingenious thought processes at work interpreting the weekend’s theme.
Whilst the Festival sets out to show off the Church, enhanced by the beauty of floral displays, we all understand that an event such as this and the hard work put in by a few residents is also intended to raise funds for needed repair work in the Church. This event raised the handsome sum of just over £3008. Very well done to all concerned!

Singing In The Rain

There Is A Green Hill Far Away

There Is A Green Hill Far Away (2)

This Little Light Of Mine

I’m Henry The Eighth I Am

Stairway To Heaven

Stairway To Heaven -Part 2

Bring Me Sunshine

Morning Has Broken


Its A Wonderful World (part of)

On The Wings Of A Dove

Auld Lang Syne

All Things Bright And Beautiful

The Biggest Aspidistra In The World (part of)

Dancing Round The Maypole

I Do Love To Be BesideThe Seaside

The Lion And The Lamb

Here Comes The Bride

Greetings to all

Food Glorious Food

Singing In The Rain

I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

Three Coins In A Fountain

Sunrise Sunset

Roses For The River Of Remembrance

An English Country Garden


Wherever You Are – (R.B.L.)

Garden Of Eden

We did not hold a Flower Festival last year and it was something many August Bank Holiday visitors queried with us, as they arrived expecting one, but perhaps as Revd Sharon Miles our Vicar says in her introduction to the programme, “It was with great sadness that last year’s Festival was cancelled but it has allowed us more preparation time for this year!”
A great deal of planning for an event of this magnitude in a fully functioning Church, right at the centre of many other village activities, does take a lot of careful thought and cooperation between many loyal parishioners in St Osyth and Point Clear. Those of us who have enjoyed the Bank Holiday and our Church Flower Festival owe a debt of gratitude to all those involved, who have enhanced our visit by their efforts – Thank you all!

Three Coins In A fountain

Let’s Twist Again

The Wheels On The Bus

The Old Rugged Cross

River Of Remembrance (font front)

Be Still In The Presence Of The Lord

The Holly And The Ivy

Music Of The Night

River of Remembrance (back of font)

There’s A hole In My Bucket

Broken For Me

Auld Lang Syne

Happy Birthday

Thine Be The Glory

Daisy Daisy

As I said when writing these pages, Friday evening was a special Preview, cheese and wine night. For the price of a £5 ticket, 120 people attended to see the beautiful floral displays in our Church all set up to welcome any resident or visitor over the Bank Holiday Weekend
We were entertained by a Suffolk Group named ‘Harbour Lights’ a trio of Alvar Smith, Derek Simpson and Rob Neal. They provided us with light-hearted songs, local traditional songs and tunes, along with their tales which were well received.
Since the evening was advertised as a ‘Cheese and Wine viewing, these were readily available during the event.

Christine Harman outlining the entertainment to come

Raffle Tickets can be bought here

Liquid refreshment of all kinds here

Our East Anglian Entertainers

A view of the audience

From the back towards our entertainers

Quite a crowd being entertained

The Team that organise refreshments