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Each month, local historian, Sarah Doig will be bringing us intriguing snippets of our local History This Edition’s Feature is

Rural Economy Under Threat

The issue of the rural economy under threat seems to be a perennial problem. East Anglia has been buffeted by a series of agricultural “storms” over the centuries and a dip into the archives has revealed some interesting local stories. Whilst the invention of the threshing machine over 200 years ago provided opportunities for our region’s manufacturers, from the farm labourer’s viewpoint it threatened their livelihood as well as their whole way of life. And these labourers lacked the crucial knowledge and skills to operate such advanced machinery.

“The Bury and Norwich Post” for 27th November 1811 reports: “There has not been any recent invention by which human calamity has been produced as by the new implement called the threshing machine and this in greater measure arises from unskillfulness of those employed to work it...We notice that Mr Arthur Brooks of Horringer had a very narrow escape within the last few days as the whole of his clothes, even his shirt was torn from his back and had not his men stopped the machine with such promptitude there would have been loss of limbs and probably his life”. Many, however, were not so lucky and the local newspapers are littered with brief reports of maiming and accidental death of labourers, some caused by mixing alcohol with machines. Of course, in summer it was customary for farmers to supply their labourers with beer, the only safe, cool drink available. Each man


would consume an average of six pints a day in very hot weather. Again in Horringer, in 1837: “Inquest...on Alfred Last, while superintending the work of a threshing machine became later in the afternoon intoxicated, his foot placed incautiously among the wheels of the machine and received sever fractures of the leg”. The introduction of the threshing machine had been the last straw for farmhands, on top of poor living conditions, low wages, a series of poor harvests and a severe winter. In 1830 and 1831, many labourers in Suffolk and Norfolk took part in the notorious Swing Riots, aimed at improving conditions by force, wrecking farm machinery and destroying agricultural buildings. However, such organised violence was witnessed much earlier as in this report in “The Bury and Norwich Post” from 20th March 1822: “On Monday morning several hundred labourers assembled at Laxfield for the purpose of breaking threshing machines. They proceeded to Mr Greenward’s at Cratfield and destroyed his machine and then on to Mr Faltman’s at Laxfield who informed them that he did not intend to use his machine anymore, they then went to Mr Garrad’s, James Read’s, Mr Julian’s, Mr Wilkinson’s and Mr Spalding’s and shivered their machines into 100’s of pieces”. Such actions did not, of course, escape punishment. Those caught and convicted were often sentences to transportation to Australia. In December 1830 at the Borough Sessions at Bury, the Recorder stated that he wished it to be known that “the bodies of people assembled for reduction of rents and tithes is punishable by death also that for destroying threshing machines the penalty is 7 years transportation”. By the beginning of 1831, instead of the improved working conditions they had hoped for, many families found themselves worse off with the breadwinner confined to prison or worse, sitting on board a hulk awaiting transportation. This article is the sixth in a series written by Sarah Doig, a family & local historian who lives on the Suffolk/Norfolk border. Details of all the services Sarah offers are on her website www. Sarah would also welcome feedback on her articles as well as suggestions for future ones.




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Small, cup-shaped, creamy, pink-tinged flowers are borne If it is ground cover you are in Spring, followed by red looking for, then there are fruits. many Berberis that are very Where space permits, Berberis suitable. Berberis ‘Amstelveen’ ottawensis ‘Superba’ is an is a vigorous, spreading plant, excellent purple-foliaged form reaching 1 metre (3 feet) to choose. in height and 1.5 metres (5 feet) in spread. This dark In Spring, red-tinged, goldengreen, glossy foliage has some yellow flowers contrast well attractive Autumn colour when with the deep, reddish-purple some of the old leaves are leaves. discarded. This plant is suitable Attractive clusters of eggfor growing in sun or shade. shaped, red fruits are displayed amongst the Purple Foliage Types extremely good orange-red So often a garden is lost in foliage in Autumn. Another a sea of green! Shrubs with purple-leaved form is purple foliage break up this Berberis ‘Rose Glow’, whose monotony. For the front of the foliage turns variegated pink border Berberis Thunbergii and white. atropurpurea would be the ideal choice, as it reaches no more than 50cms (20 ins) in height and spread. It can look very effective when planted in groups of three to form a small triangle. Spoilt for Choice!

Superb Berries Berberis wilsoniae was discovered in China by the plant collector, Earnest Wilson, who dedicated the plant to his wife. The green foliage turns an orangey salmon colour before falling in the Autumn. The berries are then revealed, - masses of showy, translucent coral fruits borne in clusters. Height is approximately 1.2 metres (4 feet) with a 2 metre (6 foot) spread. Plant in any type of soil in sun or part shade.

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clear means to support the loan. Gone are the halcyon days of one hundred percent financing where deposits were not an issue! Buying a property may also contribute to uncertainty in formative personal relationships and the legal complications arising from any break-up may have an adverse effect on any future mortgage applications as well as raising stress levels. Simpler to rent, then? The lack of mortgage availability has, therefore, raised the demand for rented property massively. Hence, the novel situation whereby

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How to Access the Hidden Job Market

When looking for that all important next job, it is often frustrating to find that some of the best jobs seem to have vanished before you even get a chance to apply. Even though the jobs may appear online, in the press or in specialist trade media, we often find that the job has already gone and sometimes was only advertised to satisfy a regulatory requirement. So … how do you steal a chance ahead of the opposition in order to find those hidden jobs …? This article hopes to provide a few pointers to help you do so.

Finding out: It’s a realistic notion to say that if a job is advertised, it has already been live for a certain period of time. It is also likely that candidates have applied or even been through a selection process. So how do you find out about opportunities before they come live? There are a number of options available covered in this article and these all involve engaging people and the relationships you have with them. The first port of call is family and close friends. Talk to them honestly about the kind of work you are looking for and not only can they keep an eye out for you, but they can inform people they know to do the same. The power of many keeping an eye out for you and keeping an ear to the ground beats just one person trying to cover every option. So don’t be scared to speak to friends and family, to build relationships with acquaintances, or to develop your online social media profiles, because the opportunities are out there

and as the new phrase goes, it is no longer word of mouth, it is world of mouth.

The Network: Your network is often the most powerful tool you have, but it is how you manage it that makes it effective. Family and close friends start the ball rolling, but professional colleagues, academic alumni, regimental comrades etc. are all key access points to opportunities that often remain hidden. It is a common fact now that circa 60% of all vacancies are filled by candidates that are not friends, but the friends of friends – the acquaintance and the friend of a friend of a friend can therefore be a very important ally in the hunt for that hidden opportunity. In the same light, some more sensitive industries often heavily rely not only on trusted networks but also through sourcing candidates using low key methods. This often means that key posts are rarely advertised, but the network is used to source effectively. Why? Simple, you get a known quantity as well as someone that can be trusted in often demanding situations. So don’t be scared to put the word out, build networks through friends, but always ensure information and help is shared. coming up before you or even employees in the company do.

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Adverts for roles are often released shortly after or at the same time as recruitment specialists are engaged or briefed. You must remember that a good recruiter maintains an active database and network of clients and candidates in

order to succeed. So, it is worth investing time in building productive relationships with them, share information and thoughts so that not only do they understand more about the kind of opportunity you are looking for, but that they also think of you when they start to hear about jobs on the horizon. They often have very informed and effective networks that will hear about jobs coming up before you or even employees in the company do. It is not just about building relationships with traditional recruitment consultants or search specialists. With the power of professional social media, you can now effectively identify and approach the internal recruitment specialists of companies that interest you. Through connecting with them, not only does it give you a chance to hear about jobs before they are advertised externally, they are also likely to maintain a large network, often with individuals in similar organisations. You can therefore leverage their networks and knowledge to help even more in your search for the next opportunity, if of course you manage them effectively.

and ensuring people understand what you are looking for. It doesn’t hurt to take time to talk through things with people in your network, perhaps prepare a brief summary of the kind of thing that interests you, or to forward a prepared message through the network, but it is really important to map your network effectively to ensure it delivers what you need. When I say this, I mean establish how best to connect and send the message to people that can act as a catalyst or make things happen. It is not just about crafting an effective message that is then just sent in ripples along the network, as many may just see this as another type of spam or unsolicited message. The real value in communication comes from establishing who needs to know, when and how best to do so. It is therefore imperative that you take time to consider key people in your network, who can help you best, who has access to others than can help and what is the best way to inform them. By taking a little time to think about this and planning the message only makes it more powerful and effective.

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the sights, sounds and smells of these wonderful old machines, as well as checking out a range of crafts and skills, many of which are experiencing a revival at the present time.

‘Empress of Britain’ for the enjoyment of visitors both now and into the future.

The Museum’s 80 acre site will be buzzing with working machinery, demonstrations and plenty of live action, as well as all the usual displays, exhibits, historic buildings and the newly opened Abbot’s Hall, Crowe Street Cottages and Bury St Edmunds Settling House.

Without the commitment of a range of individuals and museums, both machines and skills that have been so key to rural life in the past would already have been lost. With less than a month to go until the beginning of the event, the plans and preparations are really starting to take shape and excitement is certainly growing”.

Lisa Harris, Collections Manager at the Museum of East Anglian Life, said: “We are delighted that the Museum has been able to help preserve the

During the weekend, the Museum will also host its 10th Steam Engine Driver Training Event. This special opportunity teaches students the basics


Visitors to the museum will be able to talk to the craftspeople and owners of the historic vehicles whilst they demonstrate their crafts and engines, as well as checking out all the other attractions that the Museum has to offer. There will even be a chance to make your own poster on the museums original 1870 Colombia printing press. The Museum of East Anglian Life is open daily until the 11th November 2012. Monday– Saturday 10:00–17:00, Sunday 11:00–17:00. For more details contact the Museum on 01449 612229 or check out our website on www.

The ‘Empress of Britain’ Burrell Steam Traction Engine, housed at the Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, will be celebrating a major milestone at next month's annual event – Steam & Crafts 2012. Built at the Charles Burrell works, Thetford in 1912, the ‘Empress’ is one of a number of star exhibits at the Museum. She will be joined by another 25 locally owned historic vehicles and over 30 crafts exhibitors, as she reaches her 100th birthday at the Museum’s popular annual Steam and Craft event which takes place on the 11th and 12th August 2012.

of engine ownership, maintenance and use, whilst encouraging them to work alongside experienced local steam engine owners.


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TOLLY FEST 25th & 26th August 25 August 2012 - Cockfield Plough & Fleece. CHARITY MUSIC FESTIVAL. Two day live music festival running from 12.00 noon to 11.00 p.m

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What’s On in August SUNDAY 5TH AUGUST FESTIVAL OF CLASSIC & SPORTS CARS, Helmingham Hall, IP14 6EF. 700 exhibiting cars, main ring entertainment, local food, drink & music. Family fun for everyone! 10am-5pm. Adults £8, children(7-15yrs) £3, under 7’s free, family ticket £20(2 adults, 2 children). Exhibitors pre-book. Contact: 01473 890799 or events@

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SUNDAY 5TH AUGUST CHARITY CLOTHES SHOW, Wattisfield Village Hall, The Street, Wattisfield, IP22 1NR. A variety of clothes & jewellery stalls raising funds for various local charities. Refreshments. 12noon-3pm. All pitches £5, indoor pitches available. Admission: free. To book a pitch to raise funds for your charity call 07539 352722

FRIDAY 24TH AUGUST SUFFOLK PARALYMPIC FLAME CELEBRATION, Needham Lake, Needham Market IP6 8NU. Needham Lake celebrates the arrival of the London 2012 Paralympic Flame in Suffolk by hosting a family-friendly day full of fun and celebration for people of all abilities. Event includes a magical twilight lantern procession, sports zone, orchestral concerts, art installations, music, creative workshops, impromptu performers and a spectacular flame performance finale on

SATURDAY 11TH & SUNDAY 12TH AUGUST CONSERVATION FAIR, Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Stonham Barns

SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST CAR BOOT, Wattisfield Village Hall, The Street, Wattisfield, IP22 1NR. 10am-1pm. All pitches £5, indoor pitches available

the lake. 2pm–9.30pm. Free entry, all welcome. For more info go to www.ruralartssuffolk. or call 01449 724645 SUNDAY 26TH & MONDAY 27TH AUGUST WALSHAM OPEN GARDENS WEEKEND, Walsham le Willows, IP31 3AB. In it’s 32nd year the event offers 35 lovely gardens together with good old fashioned Walsham hospitality. 11am-6pm both days. Admission: £5 per head, under 16 free. Contact: 01284 704546 FRIDAY 31ST AUGUST FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE PROMS, The Marquee, Oaks Meadow next to Fenn’s Farm, Combs, Stowmarket. Bar & refreshments available. Tickets £5 tel 01449 677015 or 613255

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