September 2nd a son was born to Julie and Paul Wilson of Jubilee Grange, Fen Road. Paul and Julie have not long purchased the house and the old adage, 'new house, new baby' certainly applies here! As an aside to this story, Julie came into the post office saying she was overdue, Jan replied that whenever overdue mums had come into the Post Office they gave birth next day. Guess what? That was September 1st and you will note that James arrived on the 2nd! Congratulations to all the family and hope they will be very happy here in Pakenham.
Now to a wedding. The 'Wedding of the Year' was of course, Lisa from the talented Kingston family who run 'The Fox' Public House and Mac Muir, son of Mr and Mrs Ian Muir of Tostock. A splendid wedding at St. Mary's followed by a reception at 'The Fox'. Congratulations to all and also to Barbara Kingston for her dressmaking skills and her decoration of the marquee.
Another cause for celebration and another wedding, but rather further back in time. Joyce and Ted Oliver have celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary. Twenty years ago we were close to losing Joyce so it is a remarkable achievement for them to be celebrating this milestone.
'The Fox' have announced that the 'Fireworks Night' on 5th November will be held to raise funds for the Mothers and Toddlers Group. Lots of helpers required please. The W.I. raised £200, let's hope the Fireworks do as well.
The Indoor Bowls evening has been re-started by John Culley, every Wednesday evening in the Village Hall - why not come along and try your skill.
WPC Sarah Chapman, who holds the Suffolk Police Surgery every Thursday would be pleased to see more people at the village hall. This is a very important initiative which should be fully supported.
After a very long time surrounded by scaffolding, Compton Cottage, the thatched cottage that went up in flames so dramatically over a year ago, is finally rising from the ashes. It will be so good to see it back in place again.
Once again we have seen sandbagged houses in the village when we had heavy rain in August, The Street ran like a river and the water instead of going down the drains was actually coming up! The Farthing family in Mill Road have had two lorries slide into their hedge in the past few weeks, so plenty of excitement there!
'Our' Roller Skater, Andrew Smith, is off to represent Great Britain in Sardinia and later Italy in October. Good luck to him. Representing one's country certainly brings plenty of travel opportunities.
Others on the travel are the Canada Geese now arrived in numbers on the Micklemere, come and see them any morning about 7am - a wonderful sight.
A very successful 'Fuschia Show' was held in St. Mary's Church, despite the poor weather. We were treated to some wonderful singing by Clare Pressland, thank you Clare, and thanks to all people who served lunch and tea and helped in any way to make this event happen. Thanks especially to the members of the Fuschia Club for all their efforts throughout the year to bring us such a colourful display.
Our last thoughts turn to those who for reasons of ill health have not been around lately. Our Organist, Jean Towers, awaiting an operation is very much missed at St. Mary's and her temporary replacement, Bob Firth, has also been laid low. We wish them both a good recovery and will be thinking of them and remembering them and others that we know in our prayers.