LWHS 2023 - 2024 Programme of Events
LWHS Membership Application 2023 / 24
If you would like to join our Society or renew your membership, please complete the form below and return with your membership fee for the year from 1st September 2022, (cheques payable to Little Waldingfield History Society) to our Treasurer, Robert Wheeler, 22 Grove Avenue, Little Waldingfield, CO10 0SX.
Membership of LWHS costs £10.00 per person p.a. and entitles each member to the following benefits:
Reduced price entry to LWHS talks;
Access to exclusive LWHS member only events, both talks and outings;
Access to Suffolk Local history and other local events; and
Access to the Suffolk Review.
LWHS Programme of Events - 2023 / 2024
Inconvenient Truths: reconciling fact & fiction when writing a historical novel.
St Petersburg 1825, Imperial Russia basks in the glory of victory over Napoleon, but resentment in the army & elsewhere is growing against serfdom & autocracy.
The De Veres of Castle Hedingham
A remarkable dynasty figuring large in the story of England from 1066 until the C17th; as Earls of Oxford they were the longest continuous succession in our history. Illustrated with family trees, maps and site photos relevant to the saga.
Scott’s Polar Expedition of 1910 - 1912.
Captain Lawrence Oates hailed from Gestingthorpe from the age of 11, and this talk is about the ultimately tragic expedition and Oates’s heroic role in it.
Actor, musician, producer, director and author, Charles will share first-hand tales and inside stories from this classic TV sitcom - not to be missed.
The first Friar Street schism 1765-1785
The fascinating story of the disastrous split in the congregation of the ‘Great Meeting’, leading to the rise of bucolic poet/hymn writer Daniel Herbert.
Setting Tongues Wagging
The story of the life, death & inquest of Andy’s great uncle Willie Read, 1883-1897, who drowned in the River Stour, & an annual Sudbury event throughout this time.
An Extraordinary Man
the life and times of Walter. Guinness, Lord Moyne of Bury St Edmund.
Dissent, Riot and Rebellion
Enjoy stories from the 1100s, when Bury Abbey ruled every aspect of lives, and onwards through the turbulent events of the next 7 centuries. Hear its volatile history and how that was expressed - tragic and violent tales mixed with the just plain comical, all played out on streets and buildings recognisable today.
Robyn Lloyd Hughes
A Voyage through Rural Suffolk
A history of inland water transport in East Anglia
Flappers and Fliers Ladies from the air
Ian will look at many of the strange and adventurous things that pilots did in the 1920s, either to earn a living, help aircraft development, or just for the hell of it. One woman really liked doing loop the loops in one go, eventually reaching 99!
All talks will be at the Parish Room in Church Road, Little Waldingfield, commencing at 7.30 pm sharp.
Booking Secretary: Diana Langford, Pitt Cottage Phone: 01787 248298
Tickets Members £2.00 Non Members £4.00
LW Definitive Map of Footpaths and Public Rights of Way
A new series of Definitive Maps of Public Rights of Way has just been published by Suffolk County Council.
These replace the set of scruffy brown ones dating back to the 1980s.
They are a significant improvement, using colour and much better differentiation of symbols, for example, in those for footpaths and parish boundaries, which were virtually identical before.
Circular Walks around the village - updated leaflet
LWPC adopted a new footpaths leaflet last Monday, which is now available under Organisations: Little Waldingfield Circular Walks.
Larger resolution images may be viewed under the Organisations tab (LW Circular Walk), where it's also possible to download original files should you wish to print off at home.
Enjoy the walks.
CORONATION TEA PARTY
Sunday May 7th from 2-5 pm - all invited.
Please advise your attendance as soon as possible, to ensure sufficient food on the day, to Sue (07962 210359), Lynn (07766 007877) or Rose (07806 753851). This is a free event, but all/any food donations would be very welcome.
This is going to be a superb celebratory event, so please do come along and meet your neighbours, old friends and make new ones. See you there.
Update on The Swan
Here's the latest from Justin Grainger:
We were let down by the potential tenant… led us along for almost 2 months and then the silent treatment. The Swan tenancy is now going on Fleurets, likely next week; which should cast a wide, professionally marketed net.
VILLAGE LITTER PICK - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
A NEW DATE WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR THIS EVENT AND CHRIS WHITE WILL ADVISE IN DUE COURSE
Update on The Swan
As we can all see, work on The Swan has now essentially finished, and having seen inside I can say that it is to a high standard and looks lovely. Justin Grainger asked me not to say too much, because he wants the inside to be a nice surprise when the pub opens, which I completely understand. Hopefully it will open during March as he has now found a tenant, though there is much contractual work still to be done. I can however say that the rear and side garden is also coming along nicely with good paving and lovely green grass - it’s also a fair bit larger than I expected, which is also good. I’m really looking forward to the day when we get our much missed hostelry back, and can’t wait.
Lastly I am allowed to publish some outside photos, so here you are, enjoy.
Installation of adult gym equipment at the Playing Field was completed at the end of November 2022, sadly closely followed by some very cold weather. The gym was 100% funded by a Babergh District Council community grant totalling nearly £16,000, and is a resource for use by anyone over the age of 12, giving access to safe equipment without having to joining a gym or leave the village - each piece of apparatus has instructions for use clearly displayed.
Babergh has asked us for information on usage; as this is difficult to capture we would really appreciate your comments on the equipment and/or on your use thereof - please email firstname.lastname@example.org so this information can be passed onto the council.
HEATING OIL SECURITY
Now that nights are fully drawn in, the weather's turned cold, damp and miserable, and oil is currently very expensive, sadly oil thieves are very much out and about - there have been numerous reports of thefts / attempted thefts locally.
Please be on your guard, and here are some tips from Suffolk Constabulary.
- Keep your tank visible;
- Provide lighting around your tank;
- If your tank is fenced in make sure the fence and any gates are secure;
- Check your oil gauges regularly;
- Invest in an approved tank alarm.
Please click here to see the full Police guidance around Heating Oil Security: heatingoilsecurity1.pdf
Andy Sheppard 6/12/2022
St. Lawrence Church, Lt. Waldingfield have recently started to provide a Food Bank of non-perishable items on shelving on the left as you walk into the church.
The Parochial Church Council sincerely hope that this facility will be used as and when people need food. EVERYTHING IS FREE and WITHIN DATE.
To anyone who has surplus non-perishable food to spare, please place it on the shelving in church - thank you.
LITTLE WALDINGFIELD PARISH ROOM TRUST
Could you be a volunteer charity trustee for the Little Waldingfield Parish Room?
Are you community minded and do you like organising or helping with events?
Do you have ideas on how the Parish Room could be used?
Do you have a couple of hours to attend meetings five or six times a year plus time preparing for Trustee events?
You would be part of a Trustee Board to oversee the management and administration of the organisation. As a trustee of the Little Waldingfield Parish Room, you will play a very important role so that the charity is run appropriately to preserve this valuable village asset in the interests of the community.
Being a trustee is very rewarding. As a trustee you have the chance to support and shape the work and strategic direction of a community charity and make a significant difference to your community. We do this by organising and running events for our community and renting our facilities.
If you are interested in joining the Parish Room Trustee team and making Little Waldingfield an even better place to live, helping to provide educational, social, recreational and health promoting opportunities for local residents, please contact Alan Campbell, Chairman 01787 249941
Our New Go-Start Bus Service 112
With thanks to Robert Wheeler, here is the enhanced and updated timetable for the 112 bus service: