The Village Edition, February 2024

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February 2024

Hadleigh Show Donates £25,000 to Local Charities

Village Edition The Hadleigh Show and Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association firstly would like to thank the town and surrounding area for such wonderful support for our 2023 show. We were so lucky, having had a week of rain in the build up to the show, that on the day the sun was shining and we had such a wonderful crowd. Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association make it our aim to be able to support local charities and those who support people in agriculture and with charities close to our members hearts. These are chosen by the committee and the show director has his choice of charity for funds to be donated to post show. We are delighted, once again, to have been able to donate £25,000 to charities following the show, which was down to a huge effort by our committee and organisers, all of whom are volunteers. The Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association have donated to the following charities as a result:-

Hadleigh Elderly People's Christmas Appeal • The Porch Project, Hadleigh • Hadleigh Men’s Shed Hadleigh Rugby Club • Hadleigh Football Club • Shelley Centre for Riding for the Disabled Suffolk Young Farmers, Brett Valley, Gipping Valley and Hadleigh Young Farmers Royal Agricultural Benevolent Association • Farm Community Network The Rural Coffee Caravan • SERV - Blood Runners SARS - Suffolk Accident Rescue Service • Dementia UK • Cancer Research St Elizabeth Hospice • East Anglian Air Ambulance Once again, huge thanks to all who supported us in our return and we are already planning for 2024. Save the date as Saturday 18th May 2024 at the beautiful Holbecks Park. Tickets are on sale in Keith Avis or available via our website

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Awards Ceremony Hosted by Stephen Mangan Left to right: Stephen Mangan, Mark Polley (Babergh Mid Suffolk Building Control), Jonathon Bensley-Byham (Architecture ONE), May MacKay-Morris, Luke MacKay-Morris, Sarah Fanning (Babergh Mid Suffolk Building Control), Sarah Chilcott (MD Planning Portal). Local Hadleigh Architecture Practice, Architecture ONE, scoops Regional and National LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Award for Best Residential Conversion to a Single New Dwelling. The regional awards held locally in November 2023 at Suffolk Food Hall were attended by the Architecture ONE team, Jonathon BensleyByham and Christopher Lansbury, alongside the property owners Mr and Mrs MacKay Morris, with support of representatives from Babergh Mid Suffolk Building Control, Paul Hughes, Mark Polley and Sarah Fanning. Winning the regional awards, positioned their entry as the best in Left to right: Mr and Mrs MacKay Morris (Clients), Mr and Mrs the East of England, beating strong Bensley-Byham (Architecture ONE) competition from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire; and gave them entry into the National Competition. The National Awards were held in January 2024 at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. Architecture ONE’s entry, ‘Black Pheasant Barn’, went on to win and was recognised as an excellent example of what can be achieved whilst maintaining the fabric of a disused agricultural building. The resultant dwelling provided excellent accommodation with high standards of energy efficiency being achieved, despite the challenges of retaining the original structure. Joint Founder of Architecture ONE, Jonathon Bensley-Byham, said of the Awards, “Being recognised at both local and national level is a fantastic result for our practise, it showcases our capabilities and rewards all the hard work and dedication shown by the team.” 01473 807754


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Lavenham Carpet Bowls Club It seems a long time since we held our In-house trophies presentation before Christmas. Martin won the Singles cup for the 3rd or 4th time. But our last competition was the Triples, which was won by Rob, Heather and our Club Captain John G, who did a great job or arranging all the matches and trophies. To finish off the year nicely, two of the new carpets arrived. John G and the guys soon had them down and we played on them! Although Val, our Treasurer is still wondering why she had a bill for guttering? Still two carpets to come and the Carpet Bowls Club returned on 3 January eagerly awaiting their scheduled arrival. The new carpets may be challenging to get used to, but if you are thinking about trying Carpet Bowls at Lavenham Village Hall on a Wednesday afternoon at 2pm or Thursday evening at 7pm, why not come along and try them? First two sessions are free at our welcoming club. Tea/coffee and biscuits and friendly atmosphere included.

Hadleigh Garden Club Our first meeting of 2024 was held on our new night of the third Monday of the month 15th January and was again well attended on a bitterly cold night. The speaker was Fay Jones, The Woodland Haberdasher who spoke very knowledgeably about Taxonomy (the science of classification of living and extinct organisms) a very wide ranging subject. The talk was specifically about how species of plants are categorised and then Fay went on to talk about Pines and Firs one of her speciality subjects. Fay bought along some amazing cone specimens for the audience to see and feel explaining the different types and their reproductive cycle. The Competition, “A photograph of your own garden in the past year” was won by Kate Banks. Members enjoyed the Raffle and there was a sale of a few plants. There was also a sale of garden books kindly donated by a non-member. Our February meeting is on Monday 19th at 7.30 in the Guild Room opposite St. Mary’s Church and our speaker will be from Walnut Tree Nursery. The subject is “Garden Trees for all Seasons”. A great opportunity to ask which tree is suitable for your own garden large or small. Why not photograph the space and bring it along for advice as a visitor – entry £4 and £2 for members. THE COMPETITION is “A bunch of hellebores”. For more information contact: or Tel: Angie on 07946 744457

Boxford and Hadleigh Community Car Scheme We are looking for more volunteer drivers to take people to medical appointments. No regular commitment is required – just help out with a lift when you are able – fuel expenses paid. This is a much needed and highly appreciated service which has been running for years, so please join us! For more information please contact: Jen Eastwood on 01787 211853 or email:

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Elmsett and Aldham Community Indoor Market Firstly can I thank everyone who has supported me over the last 10 months to enable the Indoor Market to run smoothly, and to those who came to enjoy the fabulous home-made refreshments provided by: St Peter’s Church, Whatfield School, Semer Church, Elmsett ECO group, Wattisham Military Wives Choir and Elmsett School PTA - raising funds for their own projects around the area. Thanks also to those who have recycled and refilled with us, and bought goods from our very talented hand crafters. I do hope you have enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere that was created and for caring about your community. Over the year, the monies collected on the community plant, produce, and recycle craft stalls totalled £314.58 and this money went directly to the hospice head office via the lovely ladies on the St Elizabeth Hospice stall. The difference between the income from stall holders and the costs of the hall and advertising totalled £700 and this was donated online to the hospice before Christmas (plus gift aid). The week I sent it off there was an offer from local Ipswich businesses to match any donations made, so £1,575.00 went to an amazing cause, very close to my family’s hearts and many others who benefit from the hospice’s wonderful care. I would also like to thank the Wattisham Military Wives Choir who gave up their time to come and sing for us, and get us into the festive spirit. Beautiful singing ladies. I am planning for the community Indoor Markets to continue on the second Saturday of each month in some shape or form. This year any monies made will be given to Cancer Research UK (CRUK) – another much valued and crucial charity needing support. We will be back on Saturday 9th March 2024 with a full market, refreshments, refills and recycling. Mothering Sunday and Easter cards and gifts will be a focus. The other 2024 dates for your diary will be: 13th April, 11th May, 8th June, 13th July, 10th August, 14th September, 12th October, 9th November, 14th December. Although we have beautiful crafts made by very talented local crafters, it was felt that we should scale the crafters markets down to every other month. In the interim months we will still provide community refreshments and a warm meeting place, with just a few stalls more focused on food and refills, and of course the recycling. I have already had a request to run a plant stall too which is wonderful, but if anyone has any contacts for food stalls, please get in touch. I am also looking for groups or individuals to run the refreshments (profits to their own charity) or indeed have a craft stall on the bigger markets. Please contact me on 07712424901 or email me on if you would like to help in any way. Please, if you are a supporter of your community, spread the word and encourage others to come along. Jan King

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Bildeston Primary School Learning and Growing Together Warner Brothers Trip: Kestrel class joined Oak class from Whatfield Primary School for a super day trip to Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour. They had an amazing day and judging by the photos, we think the staff enjoyed it a little too much too!!!

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Science in Kestrel class: Kestrel class topic in science this half term is living things and their habitats. They began the topic by looking at the different parts of a flower. The children dissected either a tulip or an Alstroemeria and then drew a picture in their books of their flower and labelled all the parts.

Robin Class Portraits: Robin class have been drawing portraits of each other. They’ve worked really hard and as you can see have produced some amazing results. 3D Shapes: Goldcrest class have been learning about 3D shapes and penguins, so they made shape penguins! Bildeston Primary School Newberry Road, Bildeston, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 7ES Telephone: 01449 740269

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East Anglia Potato Day 2024 Potato Day is returning to Otley College, Charity Lane, Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9EY for a second year on Saturday 10th February 10.00am to 2.00pm - Admission: £1.50 The event will be slightly smaller with regards to the number of varieties on offer but we will still have 40+ varieties to choose from which are sold individually. If you have 6 pots on your patio, you can go home with a different variety for each pot and only buy 6 potatoes! A list of varieties ordered is on: along with details of expected stallholders. We are also delighted to advise that Mr Alan Romans, will be giving a talk on 'Amateur Potato Breeding'. EAPD is organised by gardeners from Ipswich, Suffolk and Norfolk Organic Gardening Groups. We look forward to seeing our regular faces and welcoming new gardeners. Jill Carter, IOGG - 01206 570859


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Hadleigh Evening WI In January the Lunch Bunch met at the Belstead Brook restaurant for a much enjoyed lunch and look forward to our February get-together at Chestnut Farm restaurant on the 8th February. We had a very good meal there last year, both generous and excellent value, especially in the carvery. Bookworms plan to be reading A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier this February after discussion in January of the two books we chose over the 2-month Christmas/New Year break - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Shaffer & Barrows and The Ladies at the Midnight Swimming Club by Faith Hogan. Five intrepid amblers had a walk around Hadleigh in January, much of which was under water. The hot drink and cake in Cobblers afterwards was very welcome. This month we will be meeting at Christchurch Park to view the snowdrops on an amble around the grounds and possible visit to the Mansion. The cafe on site will have our patronage. It may not be widely known that the Women's Institute is a strong Parliamentary lobbying organisation and each year, after much consultation with all members countrywide, the current year's lobbying subject will be chosen from well over 150 that have been submitted to the national body, whittled down to four. These relate to: access to dentists, impact of poor housing, advertising of gambling on social media and women in the criminal justice system. Every WI will make their choice and the results go to the national organisation to see which one has the majority support. We meet every third Tuesday in the Seminar Room above the Library at 7.30pm when we have a big variety of speakers and activities. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 20th February when Simon Haines (from Rosewood in Church Street) and others will be demonstrating Acoustic Folk instruments. If you would like to join us for a 'taster' contact either Glenn Abbassi the secretary on 07870 312409, or Sheila Webb the president on 01473 827554 and we will look out for you. Our very best wishes to all for 2024.

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Starring Maggie, Smith, Kathy Bates, Laura Linney, and Stephen Rea A group of women from a Dublin suburb enter a talent contest in 1967. The prize is a trip to Lourdes - each prays for a miracle. A beautifully acted film about faith and the ties that bind despite the secrets and the lies.

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Orchard Barn News Learning from the past how to build a greener future Love Wood – Live Local? When TD Joinery from Ringshall delivered the new windows for our reinstated 1580s Long House this week, we were delighted to find out that Rory, a local lad and joinery apprentice, had helped to make them. This seemed particularly fitting as Rory’s Dad, Nick, came on a Timber Frame Repair Course in 2009, and afterwards became a Volunteer. Later, he went on to use the woodworking skills he learnt at Orchard Barn to repair and restore his house in Battisford. We would like to think that Orchard Barn played a part in inspiring a love of wood in both father and son! We are holding an informal ‘Love Wood’ Volunteer Taster Day on Saturday 17 February 10.00 – 3.00, for potential new Volunteers. If you think you might be interested in working with wood, why not come along and see what we do. During the day you can have a go at using traditional green woodworking tools, enjoy a tour of our new education space (an ongoing timber framing project which is built of sustainable local materials) and take part in a tool sharpening session. No booking needed, just turn up, and bring some lunch! To find out more about us and what we do, or to volunteer with us, take a look at our website, call Sarah on 07766 054042 or email her at Orchard Barn, Ringshall, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 2LY


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Supporting Wounded Veterans is a charity dedicated to delivering independence to UK Veterans through groundbreaking physical and psychological care. Founded in 2012, Supporting Wounded Veterans provide six comprehensive pathways including sporting events, mentoring, pain management and employment to enable former UK servicemen and women, physically or mentally wounded, to move forward from rehabilitation to employment. In March this year, I will be taking part in the 2024 Sports Habilitation Ski Week, offering a transformative break to help veterans start a new phase in the transition to civilian life and a relationship with the charity as well as kickstarting the recovery process. I will be joining the SWV team as a Ski Buddy, supporting the veterans throughout the week both on and off the slopes. This is no holiday, the week will be mentally as well as physically challenging; for some of the veterans, this week is the biggest challenge that they have faced since their initial diagnosis or injury. I am there to be helping and supporting a veteran on a crucial part of their journey to recovery. As well as skiing with qualified adaptive ski instructors, the trip provides the chance to discuss pain management needs and career interests with SWV’s coordinators. This ensures every veteran can receive further support and bespoke mentoring following the trip. There is also a valuable opportunity to share experiences with other wounded veterans. Medical professionals are on hand, including a GP and sports medicine specialist, a physiotherapist, an osteopath, a sports masseur, and a psychologist. In addition to medical clinics, there are evening sessions in Relaxation, Mindfulness and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). To donate, please either visit my Just Giving page (by searching for Tom HOWELL) or alternatively please scan the QR Code which will take you straight to the page. Thank you so much in advance for helping support a wonderful charity that really makes a meaningful difference to the lives of veterans. Every donation Tom counts, now matter how big or small. You can find more information about the charity at

Bildeston Carpet Bowls Club Chamberlain Hall, Bildeston I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and good New Year celebrations. Bildeston Carpet Bowls Club are a friendly group who have a lot of fun as carpet bowls is a very sociable activity, so it would be great to see some new faces. You will always be welcome to come and watch some of the home matches to get a feel for the game and also join us for practices (roll ups). If you are interested please call Mike or Brenda Mcntyre on 01284 827688. Our games and practices for February are as follows: Thurs 1st Feb Elmsett away Wed 7th Feb Bramford away Tues 13th Feb Hitcham home Tues 20th Feb Roll up home Wed 21st Feb Gt Blakenham away Tuesday 27th Feb Gt Blakenham home

Polstead Gardening Club Happy New Year. We are looking forward to our 2024 season of meetings and we have some very interesting speakers lined up: Tuesday 20th February at 7.30 pm The Secret Life of Plants with Jim Paine, formerly of Walnut Tree Garden Nursery. Tuesday 19th March at 7.30 pm My Family and Other Irises with Lucy Skellorn. We look forward to seeing you at the above events. All meetings will be at Polstead Village Hall on The Green in Polstead (CO6 5AL). Free to members. (Membership Fees due in February) Non-members are welcome at £5. Entrance includes a drink and nibbles. Queries to

Fly Fishing Club Seeks New Members

Set in between Hadleigh and Sproughton you will find two lakes stocked with Brown and Rainbow trout. The surrounds are idyllic and peaceful. New members would be most welcome. We also have a part time vacancy to assist in maintaining the trout fishing club lake and facilities. Few hours a week. Suit Student aged between 16 and 18. Open air work (we do have a Club hut and workshop). Hours by arrangement. If interested please contact Bill Frankham Telephone 01206 298874 Mobile 07900 237720 Email

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The future of libraries in Suffolk - Thank you to everyone who took part in the public consultation which ended last month. Suffolk County Council’s contract with Suffolk Libraries (the independent charity that runs the library service) comes to an end on 31st May 2025. Now that the 13-week consultation has ended it will be followed by a competitive Tender process, before a new contract is awarded in November 2024 and will begin in June 2025. Support Suffolk Libraries with an ethically sourced jute bag – bargain at £5! These 100% natural jute bags are perfect for the book lover in your life. They are just the right size for storing and transporting your books to and from the library, or to take your current read and lunch to work ready for your midday break! At just £5, they make a wonderful stocking filler and - being made of natural materials and being ethically sourced they make a completely green and guilt-free gift for a loved one. You will also be supporting Suffolk Libraries (the charity that runs your library service) with each purchase. Tot Rock - Bring your tots and join us in the library for a fun session of active songs and rhymes for under 5s held every Thursday from 2pm-3pm during term time. The session involves 30 minutes of singing activities followed by half an hour of ‘Stay and Play’ where refreshments and chat can be enjoyed. Indoor Kurling - Join us every Friday afternoon from 2.30pm – 4.00pm for this fun indoor adult activity that helps to improve strength and mobility with refreshments and chat included! Top Time Group - Top Time is our sociable drop-in group for all adults held fortnightly on Tuesdays from 2.30-4.00pm. Lego Club - Held every Saturday between 11am – 12pm. A drop-in session for children of all ages. Lavenham Library, Lavenham Village Hall, Church St, Lavenham CO10 9QT Tel No: 01787 247729 Email: Suffolk Libraries HMRC charity number XT34476

Calling All Those Who Love to Sing! Well, it’s a New Year and spring is in the air! A perfect time to start something new and Hadleigh Community Choir invites you to come along to join us at the free sessions on Thursdays in February. Singing is so good for us and it’s a great place to make new friends. It really doesn’t matter if you can’t read music as there is lots of help on hand. We meet at 7.15 for a 7.30 start, finishing around 9pm in United Reformed Church, Market Place, Hadleigh. We will be rehearsing songs for our Summer Concert, which this year is music themed from ‘Around the World’ that includes some big numbers like ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire, the Toto hit ‘Africa’, and the Beatles number ‘Back in the USSR’ and a lot more. There is more information about the choir and what we get up to on our website or you can email Hope to see you there!


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MP’s Fair is just the job James Cartlidge, MP for South Suffolk will be holding a Jobs Fair on Monday the 4th of March with Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, following his successful events in Great Cornard in April 2022, and Hadleigh last year– which led to a number of uplifting real life success stories, for example, one small local employer recruited two valued members of their team as a result of the events. Last year’s event hosted more than 50 exhibitors and over 500 attendees looking for new opportunities. Many of the businesses were optimistic about taking on new employees following the event which led to multiple positive outcomes for local people and employers. “We found the event very useful and it was a good opportunity to help people understand the job opportunities. From an ‘exhibitor point of view’ I wanted to congratulate you on the organisation and engagement on the day. We were impressed with the number of companies who attended and the steady flow of people looking for employment. We look forward to future events.” – Sudbury based employer

“Our first candidate that came along, I’ve actually employed him” – Hadleigh based manufacturer, 2022

“The selection of employers, the mix of advice, jobs and colleges, apprenticeships etc, made for a wide spread of choice and options. It is something that should definitely be held more often, as I don't think people really know what is out there locally. Top marks, that's what community should be about, when is the next one?” - Attendee

“It was good to have the opportunity to find out more about local employers. We found everyone to be very friendly and welcoming. It would be lovely if this event could become a yearly event.” – Attendee

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Ebony’s Blog Life at The Shelley Centre The winter months bring unpredictable weather which makes caring for our ponies challenging. It also means we can’t always use them for our Riding for the Disabled (RDA) sessions. Rarely are sessions cancelled – because I’m here to be used. I’m Ebony, the mechanical horse, situated in a warm room out of the weather. The physical therapy I give is as good as being on one of my real-life friends, and I can provide a variety of paces – walk, trot and canter. But RDA is much more than exercising the body. Our attitude is to get our clients to access and enjoy riding and engaging with the horses to the maximum of their ability. The photo shows Lesley, who uses me to help her recover from a dreadful fall off her own horse. Across the UK over 25,000 people of all ages and abilities ride or carriage drive with one of the 500 RDA groups. And did you know, there are similar groups right across world? At every group, our coaches are trained and qualified to deliver the best possible experience, based on our clients’ needs, ambition or therapeutic goals. Our clients include children and adults with physical and learning disabilities and autism. The difference that riding and being with the horses makes is amazing and often lifechanging. As well as our amazing riders, coaches and stable manager, the Shelley Centre is blessed with many dedicated and hard-working volunteers. They help with the RDA sessions; look after and exercise the ponies during the holidays and weekends; undertake general admin and maintenance tasks around the yard and raise funds to keep the Centre going. If you’d like to join this fantastic and friendly team, why not give the Centre a call and come up and meet us and see how you can help. And of course, you can always help by supporting our fund raising activities or giving us a donation. Please see our website for details. Website: Telephone: 01473 824172

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French’s Care Haven Hello to our readers, I hope as always you have all been keeping well. At the farm we will be happy to see the back of all the flooding and heavy clay mud we have to work in, but not looking forward to the flies all over the animals in the summer either, so we can’t win and just have to get on with it and do the best we can for our lovely animals, with whatever we get thrown at us weather wise. You should be reading this just before our singles night on 1st February we have booked at The Stoke by Nayland Resort, with the age group being 40s to late 60s, as we know there are a lot of single ladies and gentlemen out there that are looking for someone to spend some time with, as it can be a lonely time on your own. It starts at 7pm. To book in with us for a nice evening out meeting new people, contact Sharon on: 07999 051401 or email Sharon: Thank you to everyone who joined our Christmas raffle and thank you to the people and businesses who gave us such good prizes. Two of our main prizes were for a spa day and a golf day that came from Stoke by Nayland resort. I have to say this winter so far has been extremely hard for us with the weather damaging and destroying our feed, belongings and the huge vet bills keeping the oldies we have happy, healthy and well, which is always my priority, but all of this comes at a financial cost! Finding donators is also hard, but I have to keep everything crossed and pray for some generosity to come our way. If you are reading this Cherry, thank you, you have been a silent blessing. All donations are welcome with open arms and much gratitude. We are planning to have another curry night and dog walk soon, as well as other events through the year, so keep an eye out in the village shops or on our website/facebook page for our posters as well as in our monthly write up that this informative magazine put in for us each month. The photos for February are of our sweet donkeys having their breakfast and Lucy our therapy dog making one of our rescued young cats Milo feel relaxed and loved. Lucy is so good with all animals, from the horses to rescued or injured birds, chickens, rabbits, kittens, you name it she will give her support to them, whether it is an animal or person in need, she goes to their side and offers her love. I am still looking for a part-time person who can work with us 3 mornings a week, one being a Tuesday. I need someone who is reliable and can be flexible to cover odd mornings when needed and someone who is physically capable, believe me your fitness and strength will improve, ask any of our helpers. One of our ladies has lost two stone and says she hasn’t looked that fit in years, so there are positives. Contact me (Jann) if you would like any more information about becoming part of our small team and helping care for our lovely horses and donkeys. French’s is a charity on your doorstep, can you help, either with time, donations, or sponsorship. You are welcome to come along and meet our animals. Call me for an appointment. Jann on: 07747755556 or email: Website: Frenchs Care

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The Hadleigh Historian Issue 80 (February-March 2024) Florists’ feasts, as the events were called, The Hadleigh Historian were all the rage from the end of the 17th to The Hadleigh Historian mid-19th century at which flowering plants Issue 80 February - March 2024 Price £4 were displayed in abundance and also sold. Hadleigh joined in the fashion during the mid18th century when auriculas were the popular plant. Publican John Ward held Florists’ Feasts at the Butchers’ Arms in Church Street and then at the White Lion in High Street, where its internal courtyard would be just the place to accommodate the auriculas theatres on which plants were exhibited. ‘Pulling in the punters’ also tells how Ward attracted customers to the White Lion on other occasions: trustees and tenants of town charities held meetings in his function rooms; Cosford Petty Sessions were also held there attended by local magistrates. Ward also set up a bowling green and in the inn yard on Monday-market days, touring stallions would serve mares brought in by local farmers and other horse owners. Part 2 of ‘East House and its associated lands in George Street’ covers the period 1816 – 1904. As before, this is a timeline with short biographies of owners: Revd William Powell, John Ansell and Thomas Wilson, the latter probably being responsible for the neo-Elizabethan additions, which are shown in colour on the back cover. While Ansell was owner, a tenant Elizabeth Norman ran a ladies’ school there with twelve boarding pupils aged 9 to 18 and seven resident staff including a French governess. Further questions for you to answer are in part 5 of ‘Binkie Bacon’s Quiz of Hadleigh’ put together by Jane Richardson, which challenges your knowledge of the Iron Bridge and almshouses in George Street. Almost sixty years ago, an all consuming fire in Angel Street turned out not to be the disaster that it was first thought. ‘The fire that begun new lives for a factory and a church’ relates how Hadleigh Urban District Council came to the rescue. The destroyed building was shared by a business owned by Burt Keele and a chapel serving a very small congregation of Roman Catholics, who owned the premises. While further fund raising was necessary to add to insurance money before the planned new church was erected dedicated to St Joseph, services were held at a venue provided by the council, which also earmarked the first site on Hadleigh Industrial Estate for Keele’s new engineering works. The Hadleigh Historian is on sale price £4 at Avis the Newsagent and Idler Bookshop in Hadleigh High Street and at Hollow Trees Farm Shop in Semer. A one year subscription (6 issues plus postage) cost £32 from Sue Andrews, 17 Manor Road, Bildeston, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 7BG (01449 740673)

Monks Eleigh History Group Monks Eleigh History Group’s next will be held on Monday 5th February 2025 at Monks Eleigh Village Hall. The meeting will start at 7.30pm. Come along and listen to Nick Sanderson who will be talking about The Norkfolk Broads. Members admission is free, visitors are charged £3.00. Monks Eleigh History Group meets on the first Monday of the month from October to March. New members are always welcome, if you are interested please email


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Vestry Renewal:- The Vestry open day on 19th January generated a great deal of interest. Over 80 visitors braved the cold outside to view the transformation which has taken place in this previously dark, dank little, but important, room hidden away in the corner of the church. Still small but now light, airy and above all warm, it was a pleasure for members of the Renewal Team (RT) to be present to answer any questions about the refurbishment. A photographic display of the work in progress and artefacts which came to light when the floor was dug up were also on display. The generosity of the Friends of St Mary’s enabled the vital work to be done. The Church Display:- A new display outlining St Mary’s Past, Present and Future is on show for visitors to enjoy. It also clearly demonstrates the evolution of the building from its very simple beginnings to its present-day iconic presence in the town. The renewal initiative is part of the ongoing process to meet the needs of worshippers and community. Heating and Lighting:- After much research the RT has found an affordable solution to ensure that the Church is a comfortable venue all the year round for church users. 14 beautiful heating and lighting units will adequately meet the challenge of heating and lighting this cavernous space. These attractive hanging units can be used collectively or separately as the need arises. Pledges:- The estimated cost of each unit is approximately £10,000. The challenge is now on to raise sufficient money for their acquisition and installation. The RT will be pulling out all the stops to engage as many folks as possible in its fund-raising efforts. At this stage we are looking for generous sponsors within the community to ‘pledge’ money to pay for all or part of a light. Pledge Forms and Gift Aid Declarations are available in the church or from Your pledges are vital. They will not only pay for the units but also pave the way to larger, national funding opportunities. In Loving Memory:- Understandably, the first run of Bryan Haylock’s new book has sold out so Jane is having a second run printed. Whether you are familiar or not with Bryan’s quirky humour and brilliant cartoons why not enjoy a selection of both in “What Ho”? It can be purchased for £5 from the Idler and Avis Newsagents. Jane will donate the profits to the Friends of St Mary’s. Don’t miss the opportunity to remember Bryan’s unique work in this delightful publication in his memory and support the Church’s renewal initiative at the same time. Saint Valentine:- With love in the air this month, aspiring romantics will be pleased to know that, once the heating and lighting problem has been addressed, weddings will no longer be confined to the warmer months of the year. The upgraded kitchen facilities will also pave the way for in-house wedding receptions. Café Church, Pop-Up Lunchtimes and Craft Fairs:- Have you visited Café Church yet? If not, you are missing an opportunity for a warm drink, something naughty to go with it and a friendly chat with many other Hadleighites who drop in on a Friday morning. Attendance is growing at these convivial gatherings and there is the added attraction of Andrew’s famous mouthwatering all-day breakfast and delicious bacon butties. Local creative talent is on display at a monthly Craft Fair on every first Friday and that’s not the only ‘happening’. If you are looking for something to do in the middle of the week why not join the pop-up lunchtime gatherings from 2pm to 5.30pm every second and fourth Wednesday of the month? These are becoming increasingly popular with young and old alike. All activities are in addition to the quieter times for worship and prayer. Making full use of this community space will safeguard its future. The RT look forward to the day when the Church will provide a welcoming, comfortable facility for all who walk through its doors. Please do come along and support the many varied events and activities at the church. These are open to all members of the community. Alone or with family and friends, you can be sure of a warm welcome.

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In December we welcomed for the first time to our Club, Elizabeth Robertson, her title was ‘Rich and Decadent’. She did some lovely arrangements and along with her lively chatter kept the audience well entertained. As it was Christmas the members and friends enjoyed a glass of mulled wine and mincepies. In February we are doing something different from our normal flower demonstration., Debs Hart is coming to show how to ‘Work with Willow’. We welcome along anyone that is interested, the meeting is at the URC on Tuesday 13th February at 7.30pm. We wish all our members and friends a very Happy New Year. Look forward to seeing you.

Panto week is upon us, have you got your tickets yet? HADS have been working hard since September putting together our version of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and we’re almost ready to welcome our audience. Since Christmas, we have been rehearsing at Elmsett Village Hall finding our feet on the stage and make use of all the space. Behind the scenes, our Stage Manager Jen has been working hard making our handmade props specifically for the show and sharing her creative ideas with the directors. Make sure you grab your tickets and come and join us at Elmsett Village Hall between February 22nd24th to see what treasures can be found in the Giant’s castle. Tickets are on sale from Keith Avis in Hadleigh or Elmsett Village Shop. Tickets are priced as follows: Adults £11, Over 65s £9, Under 16s £7. Alternatively, online tickets can be sourced by emailing us at and further information is listed on the website:

Hadleigh Walkers Our walk on Saturday 10th Feb will start and end in Hadleigh. We will leave Stonehouse Road car park at 0930 and proceed via the Railway Walk to the milepost then Goodlands Fm, Raydon Airfield, Raydon Church, Shelley Bridge, Waterhouse Fm, Layham Mill, Benton End, Hook Lane and back to Hadleigh on the Railway Walk. The distance of the entire route is around 10 miles and we should be back in Hadleigh around 1330. We aim to maintain a not-too-demanding 2.5 mph (4 km/hr). Walkers should be aware that any weather is possible in February so strong shoes or preferably walking boots should be worn as the ground will be muddy or rough in places. Everyone is welcome, including well-behaved dogs. As usual, route maps can be requested from the website. For further information about these walks go to or email us at




SUMMARY OF THE 91 BUS CHANGES FROM 2ND JANUARY 2024 The 91 bus will only travel between Hadleigh and Ipswich with a new connecting service 90 operating between Hadleigh and Sudbury. Through tickets can still be purchased on each service and there are currently no fare increases planned. Pass holders will have to produce their passes on each vehicle for both legs of the journey if travelling the full route between Sudbury and Ipswich. The 0840 91 journey will now only operate on schooldays. Calais Street, Boxford will only be served on journeys to/from Thomas Gainsborough School and no longer during the day. The 91 bus will only serve Suffolk One at college times, outside of these students can use the new bus stops by the Taylor Wimpey Development. On schooldays the 1355 91 service will be delayed and operate at 1450 as a 91b service from Magdalen Road then serving Hadleigh High School before using Pond Hall Road to Ipswich rather than Lady Lane and Ipswich Road. Non schooldays and saturdays will remain a usual 91 service at 1400. On schooldays the 1400 90 service will be delayed until 1500 after serving Hadleigh High School at 1455, this service will then travel via Newton Road in Sudbury and serve Great Cornard on the returning 1530 service. Non schooldays and saturdays will remain as a 1400 service. The 1715 90 service will no longer serve Thomas Gainsborough School. The current 1600 91 service will now operate at 1630. The 08:10 91 Service operates via London Road on NON school days. Non school dates/days for reference are: All saturdays Monday 19th February through to Friday 23rd February 2024 Friday 29th March through to Friday 12th April 2024 Tuesday 28th May through to Friday 31st May 2024 Monday 22nd July through to Wednesday 6th September 2024 Friday 25th October through to Friday 1st November 2024 Monday 23rd December 2024 through to Monday 6th January 2025 There are no services on bank holidays For a copy of our latest timetables please head to, send us an email: or give us a call on: 01473 823243.

MONDAY - SATURDAY SERVICE SUDBURY, Bus Station GREAT CORNARD, Poplar Road NEWTON GREEN, Opposite Saracens Head BOXFORD, The Fleece BOWER HOUSE TYE, Brewers Arms HADLEIGH, Magdalen Road Co-Op

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Hadleigh Rams deservedly win third hard-fought game on the bounce Servicing - Repairs - Diagnostics - Air Conditioning - Tyres

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Golfers gift to charity Every year the members at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club hold a competition where the proceeds are sent to Ferriers Barn based in Bures. Last year’s Men’s Captain, Glen Jackson, visited the Centre and presented them with a cheque for £275. Glen said: “Ferriers Barn is a small local Charity based in Bures, it is a day centre for adults with disabilities. Ferriers Barn provides a great day out for all its members and also respite for the families and carers. Their service provides an essential service in a rural area and as a registered Charity they receive no Government funding. They rely on grants and donations like ours, to continue to provide the service they do, so this is just a small way of us being able to help”.

Hadleigh Tennis Club Great news! We at Hadleigh Tennis Club are excited at the prospect of seeing the long awaited new pavilion at the Layham Rd sports ground this year. It will mean we can properly entertain visiting tennis teams for home league matches. We will also be able, once more, to offer refreshments to our members and any other players who want to join us on court during club hours.If you fancy picking up a tennis racquet again this Spring why not come along and give it a go. Club hours are from 9.30am on Sundays and 6.30pm on Tuesdays.

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Hadleigh have had many recent challenges in recruiting new players and have had to play games with players out of position and a minimal bench. The tides, however, are starting to turn in the club’s favour and this means they are now competing on a more level playing field with other clubs in EC1 South. After the narrow loss of an earlier miserable away game at Felixstowe during Biblical rain and wind storms, Hadleigh Rams dug deep to take this game at Layham Road. With the Rams scoring in the first seven minutes through No.10, Redmore and the conversion from Manthorpe, you would think a win is a given. Not so here. The beauty of this game was the herculean defence from both sides throughout the whole eighty minutes. It was to be a strategic game of chess and on the hour Felixstowe fought back with a try and conversion of their own. The Rams had quite a few chances with break-aways down the blind side but the off-loads never quite made it. Every small battle was being fought ferociously at the rucks and mauls with Hadleigh No.7 Zac Kerr always in the middle digging away and backed up by some sturdy partnerships with the likes of Long, Cobb, Scarfe and Lloyd on hand. The Hadleigh backs were being ably fed by No.9 Jamieson who was always quick to spot a gap for the backs and centre Clemence, Full back, Manthorpe, and wing Moore were always keen to exploit them. The tension was palpable from the roar and sigh of the good home crowd at Layham Road, never more so than when Clemence broke through the solid Felixstowe defence in the last few minutes to score the winning try for the Rams. After the cheers subsided, Manthorpe added the points for the final 14 -7 win.

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Ukraine Aid Update I returned from my 11th trip to Ukraine, on 16 January ‘24, the journey having been delayed due to car preparation requirements and then very severe weather just before Christmas. In October ‘23, I mentioned the intended purchase, in Ukraine, of a new car carrying road trailer, which I have now directly seen in action! The large generator requested did not materialise from Suffolk but a new request, for a dialysis machine was received (from a military hospital). Within 9 days the exact model required had been located, technically approved and funds raised! But the requesting hospital no longer required it as they had been able to source four machines, so it was purchased by British Ukrainian Aid (who remain an active support for me) and redirected to another hospital. With donors’ ready agreement, the funds were used for my latest trip, transport and specialist supplies costs. I have also been able to take a fourth ‘John Grose’ free loaned Luton van load of living aids continually donated from ‘Medequip’ to the Ukrainian warehouse in London. This mission I was fortunately accompanied by Viktor, a Ukrainian man, as co-driver from the UK to his home town of Kyiv. Very grateful for his experience of negotiating the snow and ice covered country roads! I then completed the remaining cross country deliveries, of the car and supplies, alone, rested a couple of days and then handed over the frontline prepared car the mechanics had worked their long hours of magic on! It is always a long slow journey home via various means, but satisfying to know the deliveries achieved and all possible done. There are always so many people contributing to enable these trips and support to be provided – and regrettably not the space to publicly appreciate every large and small valued individual offering! At the end of each trip I create a video of thanks and send personally to all I have contact details for. Pete Elliston (Essex) bought, undertook extensive repairs and donated the vehicle for this trip. Rick, a soldier in Wales, donated some military protective clothing and other survival kit. Churches active in prayer and donations include; St Mary’s Hadleigh, Ipswich international Church, All Saints Kesgrave and Bealings, St Mary’s Burstall, Felixstowe URC and a church in Sussex. Other groups supporting include; Kesgrave Ukraine Hub (Natalie), Ipswich Polish Community (Magda), Morrisons Hadleigh (Lisa), the Ansell Centre (donated for medical supplies), Mission Ukraine. As well as the faithful British locals helping these endeavours, there are numerous resident Ukrainians being active in many ways, for which I am so grateful. Olena, Natalie and Sasha being such key local partners, but of course many in Ukraine too! I am encouraged that there remains such a high level of local compassion and wise concern for the sufferings of Ukraine. James Cartlidge MP welcomed me back with a local coffee and encouragement for the continuation of this work. I am touched by the example of the “Mens Room” barbers who donated my haircut fee, on a hasty visit this week! The Ukrainian recipients of your care tell me it is “priceless”! I have already received some support towards the next trip, but much is needed still in addition to the funds required for delivery (fuel, ferry, return travel costs etc – I pay for food etc and any cheap hotel needed ); a 4x4 vehicle for the usual conversion to front line recovery transport, the priority material items (eg; medical etc and hygiene, vehicle maintenance tools, generators, high quality thermal clothing only – nothing less can be afforded the very limited space, blankets etc). If you wish to assist please contact me on the number below, use or access the QR code to donate via my “GoFundMe” (administered by registered charity BUA), or liaise with a relevant community group. My sincere thanks, and on behalf of Ukrainian recipients, to all who help in any way. David Jacobs - Tel: 07500 531901


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