Following the very successful launch of our updated history of Little Waldingfield, proud trustees presented the first tranche of book sale proceeds to St Lawrence Church at the December carol service.
The total raised so far amounts to £5,178.00, an incredible sum for such a small village, with monies raised from book sales specifically allocated to the future preservation of the fabric of the church. As Rev'd Judith Sweetman said at the time ‘We are thrilled and delighted to receive this cheque and congratulate everyone who has been involved with the book. We have just had some essential repairs to the church costed at around £10,000.00, and to have half of it paid for already is a real Christmas present'.
As for the History Society, trustees observed that sales of the book had far exceeded expectations, generating considerable ongoing interest in the history of the village and its people which was a credit to the small community. As our chairman Susan Moore put it ‘Writing the book has been an amazing life changing experience for us all, and to know that proceeds will really benefit our beautiful church whilst stimulating further interest in our shared history is a truly wonderful thing'.
By general agreement the book, which has been widely touted as the model for future local histories, is a delight to read; as trustees have often commented, the book does make for a very nice Christmas present for anyone with even the slightest connection with the village.
Book sales continue apace, and whilst we can achieve sales without going through any external agency, 100% of sale proceeds will go to the church.
Copies of ‘Little Waldingfield Suffolk, Our Village History From 1840 to 2014' are priced at £18.00 for 352 sumptuous pages with over 500 glorious colour photos, and may be purchased from the following:
- Andy and Sue Sheppard, School House, Church Road, LW on 01787 247980 or
- Di Langford, Pitt Cottage, The Street, LW on 01787 248298
The Big Cheque