Pakefield Wives – who are we?

 We are a group of women who meet fortnightly on Wednesdays in Pakefield Church Hall, beginning at 8 pm, unless otherwise stated, and our aims are:

*  Promoting friendship, support and social activities for women in the local community

*  Raising funds for our four charitable causes for this year –  John Turner House (residential respite care), Lowestoft Women’s Refuge, Myeloma Research and Suffolk Family Carers.

All women are welcome (whether or not you are a wife !) and visitors pay £2.00 on the door. Please contact our leader Marilyn Cheeseman for further information  on Tel. 01502 528526 or just come along.


John Crisp came to our meeting on the 7th February and declared he had a condition for which there is no known cure called ‘transport enthusiast disease’! He is, therefore, just the person to tell the group about The East Anglia Transport Museum. From horse drawn trams evolved power driven steam and then overhead electric wires connected by a pole. The Tramway Pub/hotel here in Pakefield was a terminal. Trams still exist as main transport in several cities in the UK. The trolleybuses also draw power from overhead wires but do not run on rails as they have wheels. Together with trams, the trolleybuses run at the museum on special event days and, with the latest purchase of land, through a wooded area by train.

In the 1900s there was a tramcar service from North Lowestoft to The Tramway and it was a tram found abandoned and derelict in 1964 which was restored by enthusiasts and consequently planted the seed for the museum that exists today. Land donated and purchased, sometimes with lottery funding, now enables visitors to enjoy rides on trams, trolley buses and a light railway, as well as enjoying stepping back in time, viewing the many exhibitions and historic vehicles, ending with a visit to the tearooms. Using computer generated images, John was able to illustrate the progress of the museum on our doorstep through the hard work, skills, determination and enthusiasm of the volunteers. Sue thanked John for his interesting talk and gave a donation towards the ongoing work at the museum.

Julie, our speaker for our meeting on the 21st February, had some alarming statistics to relate, that is that 350,000 tonnes of clothing goes to landfill sites every year according to WRAP (The Waste & Resources Action Programme). She knows how to re-cycle clothing learnt whilst she was recovery from an illness and wanted something to do, a book from the library gave her ideas. She knows that clothes are kept perhaps for sentimental reasons or with a hope that weight gained in the winter may be lost in the summer. Her first experiment was a bag made from the neck of a polo-necked sweater, lined and with a necklace handle, adorned with a crocheted flower. There followed bags made from plastic shopping bags, tights and t-shirts cut into strips, stretched and then knitted, all with various handles. There were cloche style hats made out of material cut from redundant umbrellas, some reversible to suit the weather conditions. The garment which drew the most attention was a skirt made from men’s ties, this was special to Julie as some of them belonged to past family members. There was much more on display to buy and view and Marilyn thanked her for an interesting evening with food for thought for those who like sewing and have imagination!

Diary dates: March 7th – First Aid with St John Ambulance. 21st – Waveney Domestic Violence & Abuse Forum, one of our charities.
Advance reminder of our coffee morning – April 7th – please donate bottles, books, cakes, any craft items or come and bring a friend.
Note: Under TBA – May 16th – now a talk on Suffolk Family Carers, one of our chosen charities.