Ufford PUNCH July 2019

Page 26, Ufford PUNCH, July 2019 Beyond the Borders Our curated guide to events outside the village FRI 5 – SUN 7 Maverick Festival Easton www.maverickfestival.co .u k SAT 6 Love to Sing Choir Summer’s Evening Concert Blythburgh Church 19:00 www.lovetosing.onesuffolk.net SAT 6 Old Jet Market Bentwaters 10:00 www.oldjet.co.uk SUN 7 and 21 Open Day at Bentwaters Cold War Museum 10:00 – 16:00 www.bcwm.org.uk SUN 14 Great Bungay Duck Race 12:00 – 16:00 www.falconmeadow.org.uk Water grips (pronounced “grups”) is a Suffolk term for the gullies that are found at the side of the roads, designed to catch and absorb rain wa- ter before it runs down the road and causes big puddles or even floods. When I was a lad there used to be a council worker that was responsible for keeping the verge tidy and digging out the grips on a section of road. This became mechanised in the nineties when a digging attachment was put onto hedge cutters. The Council stopped digging them out four years ago and most of them have now vanished. This has led to large puddles every time it rains and the washing away of the edges of the road. This has proved to be a false economy because the Council has had to rebuild the road in at least three places in Ufford. It also means additional danger for pedestrians and cy- clists who use the middle of the road to try to avoid puddles. The grips also served an additional purpose in ensuring that motorists kept to the road rather than taking to the banks which would have resulted in vehi- cle damage. The Council have informed us that grips are about to make a comeback!! The Disappearing (and hopefully reappearing) Water Grips ... by Guy Foskett Corrections and Apologies We have had to remove the Ufford debate column this month for reasons of space and because one article did not meet the PUNCH’s high standards of good taste, containing three references to Brexit and an off-colour joke about Boris Johnson’s domestic arrangements. Unfortunately when we informed him of the decision, our anonymous male contributor became quite rude and abusive. We do not know if or when the columns will be resumed. Thanks to the reader who emailed to tell us that the picture we published in our D Day article last month was of HMS Arethusa (F38) and not HMS Arethusa (26). F38 was not even launched until 1963. Our Naval Correspondent has been given 20 lashes with the cat (under strict RSPCA super- vision) and sent on indefinite shore leave. THU 18 – SUN 21 Latitude Festival at Henham Park. www.latitudefestival.com THU 25 Old Jet Film Club Bentwaters Breathless 19:30 www.oldjet.co.uk FRI 26 – SUN 28 Felixstowe Carnival www.felixstowecarnival.org SUN 28 Vintage and Makers Market at Snape Maltings. www.debenevents.com WED 31 Suffolk Wildlife Trust Survival in Rendlesham Forest 11:00 – 13:00. www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org

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