Around the village: November into December 2004.
A report on the Meeting held to discuss the Village Plan
- 'He (the chairman) introduced the speaker for the evening, Annette Gray, community development worker for Suffolk Acre.
She began her presentation by introducing Suffolk Acre, a charity founded in 1937 that advises,
supports and gives guidance to local groups, and assists communities in rural Suffolk to help themselves.
She had been invited to talk about a parish plan and the benefits this could bring to the community.
Her responsibility with Suffolk Acre is to encourage communities to identify their needs and concerns and produce an action plan to start addressing these issues.
A parish plan identifies local problems and opportunities that the community can address itself.
Village care, affordable housing, good neighbour schemes, a place for youngsters to meet, traffic calming issues, footpath improvements,
bus shelter, village shop and post office were all covered. Anti-social problems were litter, dog-fouling and crime.
A public meeting is the first step, and Annette said it was very encouraging to see so many people at the meeting to find out whether the community wished
to proceed with a survey.
Next step was to form a steering group (the number depending on the size of the parish), including two parish councillors,
at least two under 20 years, representatives from clubs and organisations, and individuals from different areas of the community.
... questions from the pubilc were taken.
Summing up the meeting, Annette said she hoped the community would now feel empowered to take this project forward.'
14 November: Remembrance Sunday
- Sunday was a nice sunny day for the Remembrance Service and there was a good turn-out from the village.
I had an opportunity to sing "Jerusalem" (my school song) at the top of my voice.
Local History Society: AGM report (11 November)
- The AGM business was over and done with by 8.02 pm (after a
late start caused by serving the wine ( a record )).
Then we had a break for more wine.
We then invited speakers from the floor to talk about their reminiscences about village life ( or life in general ) during WW 2 - in
association with the BBC initiative of course.
I thought this went particularly well.
This section went on until nearly 10 o/c with excellent
- Norman Hill ( various artefacts, demob books etc );
- Ron Hartley ( personal anecdotes and slides of Woodhall before and
after plane crash - the one on Tesco's car park);
- John Suttle ( stories of growing up in Glemsford - excellent as
- Gillman Game ( detailed examination of the history of the Suffolk
Local History Society: Christmas Special: December 9
- We had a good evening.
We each had a cup of mulled wine, then Clive Paine gave a talk on 'The Victorian Christmas', with slides, which we all enjoyed.
This was followed by a huge raffle of wrapped prizes (possibly turnips carved into bottle shapes) more mulled wine and nibbles.
There was a very good turnout.