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Poem by Richard Maslen:
Minor Hero

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Poem by Richard Maslen:
Minor Hero

Minor Hero

Remembering years ago
When all was taut and smiling.
Sepia photographs from India,
Smartly uniformed,
Brilliantined for posterity,
Mentioned in Despatches
Lifetimes ago.

He's fighting now the old enemy
Who comes for everyman.
Old age and uncertainty
Combined to bring him down,
Fetching him up
In this quiet world
Where heroes are made
Every day.
Silent struggles
Against the awkwardness
And unalleviated pain.

So now that smart airman
Has crashed
in the desert of the wards
His rescuers unaware
Of the minor hero in their midst

Survivor from the heat of India,
Immobilised by ill-fortune
In this artificial womb,
Amidst the detritus
of smaller wars
Whose end is conjecture,
Veiled and secret.

By Richard Maslen.
In Memoriam John Samuel Holden
1939 - 1945. died 20.1.1996

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Some Favourite Websites For January 2020:

Chris Doyle PhotographyBeautiful Photos of local recent horse riding events

View extensive online galleries of recent horse shows, show jumping, cross country and other events as well as galleries of racing dogs and wildlife. Prints are available to order online.

Leman CottageIntricate 17th Century house with 21st Century comforts

Comfortably Sleeping up to five, this well–equipped period cottage features a cosy woodburner and an enclosed garden as well as off road parking with good walks and local pubs nearby. 1 or 2 dogs allowed.

Logs Logs LogsFamily Firm delivering kiln dried logs to Norfolk and Suffolk, including Norwich, Diss and Woodbridge

Logs available in tipper loads and bulk bags for wood burning stoves, open fires and pizza ovens. In addition supplying firewood in bulk bags to Essex, Cambridgeshire, London and beyond.

Allens ButchersPersonal service and many years of experience are the hallmarks of this outstanding local butcher

There has been a butchers shop on this site for at least 200 years. Kevin Allen, who has owned and run the shop for over 20 years, is committed to selling the best quality local produce. For this reason he buys all his meat direct from local farms.

PJN Motor EngineeringA long-established garage you can trust, Wenhaston near Halesworth

Repairs, diagnostics, servicing, MOT preparation and submission, welding, valeting and much more. All work done using high quality oils, components and accessories. Member of the Good Garage Scheme.