Chediston Open Gardens - 6 June 2020
We’re having another Chediston Open Gardens day on Saturday 6th June, 2020. You may remember the last one was in 2018 and it was a very, very hot and dry summer! A bit different these past few months with all the rain we’ve had and if it continues quite rainy all the gardens should bloom beautifully and vegetables be plentiful.
We’d love to have more Chediston gardens open this time so if you want to join in get in touch with Julia Wilson 01986-873765 or Ann Williams 01986-875342. Funds for the church.
Chediston Parish News - February
We were all very saddened to hear of Edward’s unexpected death and send our sympathy & condolences to Margaret, Hugh, Clare & family at this very sad time. They are all in our thoughts as we remember them.
I think Edward would have been Rector for the Blyth Valley Team for approximately 20 years or longer and during that time he has served us well and shown great kindness particularly to those who have been bereaved. Bob Lillingston & myself were amongst the other church wardens who met him and Margaret before they took up the post here. One of the services which he really excelled at were Baptisms. I speak from experience of my own grandchildren being christened who both yelled and screamed throughout the service; Edward just kept smiling and carried on.
His two recent sermons which I was lucky enough to have witnessed were at the last Remembrance service in Chediston and the Midnight Mass in Halesworth, both of which I shall always remember.
Chediston & Linstead WI
Our Christmas lunch was held on Tuesday 10 December at the Dennington Queen. This was very well attended and we all enjoyed a delicious meal with a draw afterwards; everyone winning a prize! Many thanks to Vicky for organising this for us.
Just before Christmas we were aware of helicopters overhead and police cars driving round Chediston. David Orme from Chediston Green had gone missing. After a very thorough search by the police taking several hours, he was found safe and well at Fressingfield and then reunited with Janet. Hopefully this didn’t disrupt their Christmas too much!
Lastly, I have to remind you that subscriptions for BVT for the coming year are now due. I can collect or leave cash in your letter boxes where applicable. I usually deliver on the last Thursday of the month. £12 please.
Christmas Fair – Saturday 7 December
Graeme Williams, churchwarden, writes:
‘Many will already have seen photos and report from the Christmas Fair. We can confirm that the income raised on the day was a superb £1083.00, which is considerably higher than last year and indeed higher than for at least the last 5 years. Such an event doesn’t miraculously happen, a large number of people plan the event, notably Sally Aldous and Jonathan Carman who co-ordinate the thing. People knock on doors seeking donations and of course many people help on the day staffing the stalls, tea and mulled wine counter and this year for the first time entertaining the children. Of course, the event wouldn’t be complete without a visit from the man in red.
Sincere thanks go to all those who contributed to the event and the visitors on the day who gave so generously on what is the main fundraising event of the year for the church. Hopefully we can make it even better next year and we hope to see everyone there again. Once again, many thanks to all involved in the organisation of the Chediston Christmas Fair.
Graeme Williams writes:
The traditional candlelit village Carol Service took place as usual on Christmas Eve at 7.00pm. Once again, the church was packed, with additional chairs required at the back of church! The congregation were greeted by bells ringing out, with mulled wine and mince pies a popular option. The highly atmospheric service was led by Rev. Vic Hopkins, with all the favourite carols belted out with great gusto. The guest readers all did an excellent job. The collection was raised for two charities, The Children’s Society and East Anglian Children’s Hospices, and a fine total of £250.00 split 50:50 has been distributed. Thank you to all for your generosity. All in all, the Carol Service is a fabulous way to set villagers up for Christmas. Thank you also to those who did all the hard work setting up the church, which was beautifully decorated, and to Will Drew-Batty our organist.
New Year’s Eve Party
Graeme Williams writes:
Another wonderful village event took place as usual at Herne Hill Farm on New Year’s Eve, courtesy of Jo and Oliver Wareham. Around 140 revellers gathered to ‘see in the New Year’. The carved hot buffet and salads were glorious and as for the puddings – well, just to die for!! Soul Funk Brothers provided the live music, which ensured the dance floor remained full all evening. Once the balloon drop had taken place at midnight there was an impromptu version of ‘Auld Lang Syne’. Most don’t see the amount of work which goes into making the barn look so fantastic for the party, but it really is a huge undertaking, for which the village are truly grateful. So, a formal thanks to Jo, Oliver, Geoff, Terry, Tony and everybody else involved too numerous to mention. A great night once again. We understand the raffle raised £420 for the Halesworth Volunteer Centre
It is with some sadness that we announce that David and Janet Mantell will shortly be leaving the village after some 20 years, for a new adventure in Oxfordshire. David and Janet have been great supporters of the church and its activities over their time in Chediston. David has overseen the maintenance of the building in his role as Fabric Officer. In addition, they have been involved in the Chediston and Linstead Website, Neighbourhood Watch, the Chediston Social Fund and Charity, to name but a few. They will be sorely missed, but we wish them well in their new home/area.’
David & Janet will be greatly missed by everyone in Chediston and we are sorry to be losing them. I now have his Father Christmas outfit plus some remaining presents in his red sack in safe keeping here. It is sometime off until December 2020 but any takers for Father Christmas 2020!
Chediston Quiz Night – Saturday 8 February (FULLY BOOKED! Only those who have already booked will be admitted)
This will take place in the church school room at 7.00 pm – teams of 6, £9 each person – prize for winning team. Fish & Chip Supper but bring your own liquid refreshments. Booking essential
Please contact Yvonne 01986 872417 or Joan 01986 875498
SPARE GIFTS FOR SYRIA BRING AND BUY
GIFTS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR BUT DON'T REALLY WANT
Bring them to Sale on Wednesday 29th January 11 - 1pm Halesworth Library
In conjunction with THE RED CROSS to alleviate the awful suffering in the Idlib Province
Chediston Quiz Night
Now fully booked!
(Only people with booked tickets can be admitted.)
Chediston Pop-Up Social
Just a reminder it is the 2nd Saturday in the month this coming Saturday 11th January so its the Pop up Social night in the Old School Room from 7.30 until 10.30.
Its £2 each and bring your own drink, glass and nibbles and we all take our own rubbish home after. This will be our 4th and so far they have been very successful. The £2 goes towards a little ‘social pot’ for us all to decide on something nice to do with it.
If you want to know more please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Chris at Blyth Lodge 07944571462.
Chediston Parish News - January 2020
Correspondent: Mrs Sally Aldous Tel 01986 873363
Firstly, a very happy and prosperous New Year to you all if you get this before Christmas. Details of the Christmas services across the Team were given in the December issue of BVT.
This took place on Sunday 10 November on what was a beautiful autumnal morning. Gerald Burroughes laid the wreath at the foot of the War Memorial and the names of the Chediston fallen in World War One & World War Two were read out together with those who lost their lives in the Wellington Bomber crash at Herne Hill.
We returned to the church to be led in our worship by Edward who delivered a very moving sermon about his father who fought in World War One. We enjoyed delicious refreshments afterwards.
Chediston & Linstead WI
We met for our AGM on November 12th. This was very well attended as always, the only change being that KatY has taken over from Ann as Treasurer. Very many thanks are due to Ann for all the work that she has put in. It was raised that Chediston has had the most new WI members in the Halesworth area. A scrumptious tea followed.
Chediston's Defibrillator is now installed and operational! It is located in the old telephone box, close to the turning off to the church and Wissett and towards Chediston Green.
It is with deep regret that we have to announce the passing of Annette Keep, Robert's wife, who used to live at Grange Farm barn. We offer our condolences to Robert and the family. Robert & Annette took an active part in the life of Chediston whilst resident here.
The Chediston & Linstead Parish Council are calling for volunteers to become Parish Councillors. Councillors for both villages are required to fill vacancies. You must have been resident for over 6 months. Contact the Parish Clerk, Kay Gregory) (Tel: 01986-785250 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chediston Garden Club
Theresa Hardy writes:
The first meeting of this new group will be Friday 10 January 2020 at 10.30am in Chediston Village Hall.
The intention of this first gathering is to find out about each other and our gardens, and to explore what we’d like to do in the future. Tea and cake will be provided.
There are lots of ways to garden, and we all have difference experiences, but I hope this group will help everyone to enjoy their garden more by taking away ideas, advice, surplus seeds and plants, books, produce, tools ...
Some will be bringing some packet of seeds, cuttings, and books which people might find interesting to borrow, but please don’t feel you need to bring anything other than your enthusiasm.
Small donations welcome to cover the cost of the hall for this meeting. Future meetings may be in cafes or gardens, and therefore free!
Chediston Parish News - December 2019
Correspondent: Mrs Sally Aldous Tel 01986 873363
Update on Suffolk Church’s Ride & Stride September 14th
This year was slightly disappointing as we raised less than last year. However, many, many thanks to David Mantell & John Parson and their sponsors. £82 was the sum allotted to St Mary’s. Next year we must rustle up some more cyclists!
Chediston Autumn Shindig October 19 2019
It was a shame the evening clashed with a do at Linstead, but it did not matter because a good night was had by all. There were a few songs that were accompanied by the Saw playing of Katie Northover. What a brilliant and spooky sound from a saw, it really complimented the bands playing. Even the guests sitting around joined in with a little table and toe tapping along with some of the tunes.
Music for St. Cedd
On Saturday 26 October an excellent evening recital was held at St. Mary's Church, Chediston. The recital was performed by Veronica Downing (soprano) and Jason Busby (Organ). A good variety of music by Vaughan Williams, Purcell, Vivaldi, Verdi, Handel, Schubert, Franck and Reger, performed magnificently to an appreciative audience. Following the recital, very pleasant refreshments were served. The retiring collection in aid of St. Mary's raised an excellent £226. Many thanks to the artistes and to those who organised the event.
Chediston & Linstead WI
The “Group Social” took place on 31 October in the Linstead Village Hall. Sixty members sat down to delicious bowls of soup and rolls followed by cakes etc. Many of us took various items of interest to be valued by David & Cecilia Metherell. They provided some rare and ancient pieces of memorabilia, of which we were asked to guess the date. We were a long way out guessing the date on some of the items. Many thanks to everyone who provided the soup, rolls and confectionary (not to mention the washers up!) and to Irene Thomas who set a complicated quiz for us all. When we were told the answers, we realised how dim some of us had been! This was a most enjoyable afternoon and it was good to meet up with members of the other WIs.
Chediston Christmas Fair
This will take place on Saturday 7 December from 2-4 pm in the Church School Room. Chediston parents don’t forget to register your child under 11 for a present from Santa (email@example.com or tel 785440)
Newspaper Article - Chediston
Melanie Ibbott wrote to the website saying 'I found this whilst looking for something completely different and thought the village might enjoy it'
Click on the link: Chediston Newspaper Article
Suffolk Historic Churches Ride & Stride
Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride & Stride
I (David Mantell) cycled today to help raise funds for the historic churches in Suffolk and particularly for Chediston. I rode 30 miles and visited 21 churches. My legs this year tell me that the hills have become somewhat steeper!
Thanks to those who sponsored me and it's still not too late to donate. (785440 or use the 'Contact us on the website).
Photo is me at Chediston Church.
Chediston Churchyard Clean Up
Annual Churchyard Working Party on Saturday 10th August. This is not most people’s idea of a social outing, but last year we had around 15 people helping to tidy up the wildflower meadows and strim around the gravestones. It turned out, to the writer’s surprise at least, a remarkably convivial day. It really is a case of many hands making light work. So if you can spare some time, even as little as half an hour helps, you would be most welcome, any time from 9.00am onwards. Any standard tools you may have to help such as strimmers, rakes, shears, wheelbarrows etc, just bring them along and get stuck in. We hope to see you there.
Letter from Tamasine Batey
I would like to raise the issue of traffic speed along the B1123 with the parish council. I am particularly concerned about the the speed at which traffic takes the bend when heading from Chediston past Herne Hill Farm towards Halesworth.
The school bus stops every morning and afternoon on the road at the end of the drive up to Hill Farmhouse and I am worried about the risk of accidents as a result of traffic speeding around the corner and struggling to slow down.
At the very least, there should be some signs along the road warning people to slow down due to blind bend, concealed access or school bus stopping.
Is there anything you can do to help? Is the parish council my first port of call or should I be raising this with someone else?
Thank you for you help.
(Have informed Tamasine that this matter has been raised many times at Parish Council meetings but have suggested that she attends a PC meeting to reinforce her concerns - Webmaster)
Jonny Vaughan MBE
Congratulations to Chediston's Jonny Vaughan who has been awarded an MBE in the Queens's birthday honours.
Jonny is a wildlife conservationist and CEO of the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust working to stamp out illegal wildlife trading in Malawi.
The trust, which started out rescuing and rehabilitating wild animals in need, has grown to become Malawi's leading conservation charity and now supports the government's crackdown on illegal wildlife trade.
Well done Jonny!
(More information see https://www.becclesandbungayjournal.co.uk/news/suffolk-conservationist-jonny-vaughan-made-mbe-1-6098207)
(Attrib: Beccles & Bungay Journal)
Update of Chediston Village's efforts to Sponsor a New Chair at St Mary's, Halesworth Following Removal of Pews
I’m pleased to announce that a total of £137.00 was raised by the village for this appeal, which is more than sufficient to pay for a chair
(and enough for a couple of extra legs as well!!)
Many thanks to those who made a contribution, which is much appreciated by the ‘Friends of St. Mary’s’, who continue the financial battle to refurbish
Over the past few months there have been various references to the PCC planning the installation of a memorial stone in the church in Doug’s honour.
We are pleased to announce that the stone is now in place, located in the chancel below the window where he sat in the choir over so many years. The stone is modest and understated, not unlike Douglas himself! There are now plans to hold a dedication service which will be arranged in conjunction with his family. The very provisional date being mooted is Sunday 2nd June, but that is subject to change – watch this space for more information.
Email received by website:
What a delight to catch up with the news from Chediston Green! We are former residents and appreciate the opportunity to go back in time and remember old friends and neighbours.
The Web Master's photo doesn't do him justice! Thank you David.
Sending our very best wishes
Linda and Colin Humphries
(Thank you Colin & Linda. Glad that you are keeping up with Parish News)
(On a personal matter - the webmaster's photo doesn't do him justice? - You are too kind! - webmaster)
Lindsey Williams writes to the website:
On my journey home tonight (Tuesday) I drove as per usual from Wissett to Chediston on the trout lake lane. Once again as last year I was greeted in the headlights by what seemed like hundreds of frogs migrating across the lanebto the lakes. Bless I proceeded to help them on their way picking up each one transporting to the other side.
Cars cannot pick their way through with causing multiple deaths.
I was wondering if an email was put out to those in the village or put on the noticeboard, that may be three or four people (or a rota)each night for the next week or so goes up the lane to help these little creatures make it to their destination. As I said it was the second year i’ve done it and it was very pleasant hearing frogs calling and the geese and ducks on the lake very pleasant experience. Thought this was the best way to let villagers know and maybe they would like to help these little creatures.
Thanks very much for your time
Appeal to Chediston Residents
Many of you will know that St. Mary’s Church in Halesworth is undergoing refurbishment, in order to make it a more welcoming and flexible space for the community. Already, the old uncomfortable pews have been removed. An appeal is being made for funds to buy individual wooden upholstered chairs at a cost of £100.00 per chair. At the Parochial Church Council meeting recently it was thought to be a nice gesture for our village to sponsor a chair – it would have a small plaque on the back saying ‘Chediston’.
If enough people would consider a small donation, I am sure we could soon raise this amount as our village contribution.
I would be willing to make the collection and submit it on behalf of the village of Chediston.
Many thanks in anticipation of your response.
Tel: 01986 875342
We regret having to announce the sad passing of Chediston's David Fossett. David passed away on Monday in Norfolk & Norwich hospital.
Our sincere condolences to Judi, Amy and Owen.
The funeral was held at Chediston Church at 1.30pm on Friday 4th January 2019 and afterwards at Southwold Rugby Club.
Chediston Poppy Collection
Jo Wareham, Chediston's poppy collector writes: 'Chediston residents have done even better this year and given £207.63 to the poppy appeal.
Thank you.'(Well done Joanna. A great result! - webmaster)
Suffolk Historic Churches Ride and Stride - 8th September 2018
I managed 30 miles and visited 21 churches. Having completed this ride for nigh on 18 years, I reckon the hills are getting steeper each year! To date I have been sponsored to the value of £335.50 (updated 12th October). Thank you to those who have been so generous.
It is not too late to add to that sponsorship which will go towards the upkeep of Chediston Church. Contact on here on by phone 785440.
Photo shows me outside Chediston church.
Email to Website from Diane Burrows
I have recently visited Chediston church for the third time to look at the gravestone of my Gt Grandfather William Pretty.
William and Mary Ann (also mentioned on his gravestone) were married in St Mary's church and my grandfather Isaac Pretty was christened in the church as well.
On the last time we visited there was a family christening in the church, which was unfortunate for us as we did not want to impose. We had our grandson Cameron with us and we showed him the gravestone of his 6x great grandfather.
We have been inside the church on a previous occasion. What a beautiful little church.
It is always nice to see that William Pretty's gravestone is on the Chediston info pages.
My grandfather Isaac worked on Town Farm, and one of my relations John Pretty who lives in Holton Road was born there and worked there.
John has the same lovely Suffolk accent as my grandfather.
My Pretty family moved around Suffolk for work on farms, even crossing the boarder into Norfolk, where my grandfather was working as an agricultural labourer/scholar age 12!! in the 1881 census in Norfolk.
The Pretty family always came back to Chediston.
Any info you may have about any other Pretty's who live there now would be appreciated.
My grandfather moved to London and my father, also William Pretty was born in 1914 in the East end of London.
Hoping to hear from you
Diane Burrows nee Pretty
This also published on the website's Facebook page. Send any responses via the 'Contact Us' tab on this website or direct on firstname.lastname@example.org (Webmaster)
Lots of responses on the website's Facebook page. Diane Burrows has also added:
I believe that Town Farm is where they were. Bearing in mind I am going back to when my grandfather Isaac left the area before 1900 and went on the fishing fleets out of Lowestoft. But from what my father said he/they visited Chediston when he was a young man with his father Isaac. My father was born in 1914.
My cousin John Pretty and his wife Helen Live in Holton Road Halesworth. Johns father was Edward, and his father was Jacob whose grave is next to William's in Chediston Church Yard.
Thank you to all the people who have responded to my enquiry.
Diane also adds:
Further to my emails. Is there anyone who lives in Halesworth or Chediston who is related my Pretty family? There were a LOT of Isaacs and Edwards in the family for generation after generation.
When I visited Chediston St Mary churchyard a few years ago with Helen and John Pretty of Holton Road Halesworth, a small family group came into the graveyard carrying a Christmas wreath to lay on a family grave. Helen told me they were related to our Pretty family. Does any one know who they are please?
Mary Ann, mentioned on the gravestone, the wife of William Pretty in the graveyard maiden name was Mary Ann Constance, and she was born in Wissett.
Thank you for your help
Welcome to Chediston
A warm welcome to Christine and Clive Roose who have recently moved in to Blyth Lodge.
Christine writes to the website:
My husband Clive and I (Chris) moved into Blyth Lodge in Chediston about 6 weeks ago and we have been made very welcome by all we meet. We were lucky enough to have just moved in before the Backwards band played at the school room which we went to and met quite a few neighbours.
Since then we have been keeping our heads down with being busy doing the garden and decorating indoors so we have not had much of a chance yet to get involved with the lovely community here. Rest assured we will be.
Blyth Lodge used to be a B&B years ago and that's why we have been busy getting it ready to open up again. We will have 2 rooms initially with perhaps a third if things go well and we get nice and busy.
We need all the help we can get it getting it known and I wonder if a little mention here would be ok ? Just so people know we are here.
Once we are ready I am thinking of doing a little tea / coffee afternoon to officially open and show people around. I can keep you updated if that's ok. It will probably be end of June .
Chediston Blocked By Snow at Ash Farm - 01/03/18
Thanks to Mark Burrows for the photos!
See comments on the website's Facebook regarding the lack of Council clearing!
Chediston War Memorial
Chediston War Memorial, The churchyard, St Mary's Church, Chediston, Suffolk – Awarded Listed Building Status
List Entry Number: 1452047
As you will know from our earlier letters we have been considering adding the above memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
We have taken into account all the representations made, and completed our assessment of the memorial. I am pleased to inform you that having considered our recommendation, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add Chediston War Memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The memorial is now listed at Grade II.
Please follow the link below to download a copy of our advice report, which gives the principal reasons for this decision. The List entry for this building, together with a map, has now been published on the National Heritage List for England, and will be available for public access from tomorrow. This List can be accessed through our website.
Listing helps us to mark a building’s significance and celebrate its special architectural and historic interest. It brings specific protection so that its special interest can be properly considered in managing its future. Listing does not mean, however, that no alterations can be made - in fact in the vast majority of cases applications to make changes to a listed building are approved. Further information about listed buildings can be found on the ‘Your Home’ pages of our website.
The local planning authority will now be preparing the statutory notices required under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
Please be aware that the listing of the memorial took effect on the day that the List entry was published on the National Heritage List for England. Our guidance document, The Conservation, Repair and Management of War Memorials, is available from our website http://www.historicengland.org.uk/…/conservation-repair-ma…/ Information about grants for war memorials is available from War Memorials Trust at http://www.warmemorials.org/grants/. More information on the First World War Memorials Programme can be found at http://ukwarmemorials.org/.
As of 25 June 2013, the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act (ERRA) has enabled a number of heritage reforms, including an amendment to the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 that provides two potential ways to be more precise about what is listed. Whether or not the new provisions have been invoked with regard to this memorial is explained in the Advice Report. A List entry that makes use of these provisions will clarify what attached and curtilage structures are excluded from the listing and/or which interior features definitively lack special interest; however, owners and managers should be aware that other planning and development management constraints might apply to these structures, and should clarify these with the Local Planning Authority. Further information is available on our website at http://www.historicengland.org.uk/…/l…/listing-and-the-erra/ .
If you consider that this decision has been wrongly made you may contact the DCMS within 28 days of the date of this letter to request that the Secretary of State review the decision. An example of a decision made wrongly would be where there was a factual error or an irregularity in the process which affected the outcome. You may also ask the Secretary of State to review the decision if you have any significant evidence relating to the special architectural or historic interest of the memorial which was not previously considered. Further details of the review criteria and process and how to request a review are contained in the annex to this letter.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further assistance. More information can also be found on our website at www.historicengland.org.uk.
Listing Coordinator - War Memorials
The Engine House
Fire Fly Avenue
Remembrance - RAF Crash
On this day on the 10 September 1942 at 23.50 hrs. A Vickers Wellington Bomber TX-D Crashed at Herne Hill farm.
4 of the crew were killed Andrew Renwick although aided by the local villagers died a few hours later.
Jack Foden Stanley age 20 R.N.Z.A.F
Andrew Boott Renwick age 20 R.A.F
Kenneth Hamilton Vigers age 24 R.A.F
Robert Walter Freeman age 20 R.A.F
Thomas Fraser Munro age 31 R.N.Z.A.F
To mark the 75th anniversary of the crash Richard Pymer and myself went to Ipswich cemetery and laid a wreath at the graves of 2 of the crew.
Thomas Fraser Munro and Jack Foden Stanley.
(Photos & Report courtesy of Paul Starks. Many thanks)
Facebook posting from George Munro: Sincere thanks for the beautiful floral wreath laid at my father and Jack Stanley's graves at Ipswich. Also for Remembrance of them and their fellow crew mates. It is very moving that they are never forgotten by you all.Kind regards, George Munro
75th Anniversary of the RAF Crash
This superb cross-stitch has been made by Fiona Woodberry, grandaughter of Thomas Munro.
Ann Munro sent the following message. "Fiona is with us at present, she has brought over the cross stitch design she has beautifully made. It is in a cylinder ready to post tomorrow. Hopefully there is somebody who knows how to mount cross stitch .
It would be too heavy to post mounted. Fiona has not put her name to the design as felt it would not be appropriate. Maybe you may like to put it on the back. Fiona Woodberry, Hoppers Crossing , Victoria, Australia. Granddaughter of Thomas Fraser Munro.
Fiona has willingly undertaken the whole project herself, declining any help from us. George and I are both thrilled with it, trust the parish will be too".
East Anglia Childrens Hospice - Charity Fund Raise
David & Janet Mantell visited the offices of East Anglia Children's Hospice today and handed to them £350 in respect of Janet's Sunday Afternoon Tea event held recently at Rosecroft Farm, Chediston.
Website's Facebook posts/comments
Stephen Hall - Well done all concerned, a well deserving charity.
Pat Mattinson - They will be thrilled - getting ever nearer the target for the new hospice at Framingham Earl, which will actually be much more convenient for families in the North of Suffolk. The Treehouse in Ipswich is lovely, but quite a distance away as I know only too well from my commute.
David Mantell - Requested the money is used at their Quidenham hospice as several from Chediston came with us on a visit and the dedication of the staff really impressed.
Janet Mantell - Thank you to everyone who supported this event.
Email to Website from Denise Burrows
I attach photos taken of the road U2701 from beyond Church Farm, Chediston and up towards Chediston Green.
I have lived in Chediston for several years and have mentioned this surface water on several occasions in the distant pass to the Parish Council but to no avail.
On roads the presence of water means mainly trouble. Water when turned to ice is very hazardous, a main cause of road damage, and problems can be excess water filling the pores of road materials used in the road. That a hard frost can also break up the surface.
Water left standing on roads can also cause maintenance problems, as it can soften the ground under a road making the road surface break up also causing pot holes. Therefore more cost to repair same.
I see that sometime in the near future the road is to be surface dressed. I wonder if it may be a good opportunity for those land owners to clean out the ditches and for the drainage trenches (grups in old Suffolk terms) to be cleaned so that the actual water drains into a good deep ditch. Not as one photo shows the ditch draining into the drainage trench (grup). I also notice that on most of these trenches they never seem to actually go as far as the ditch! No point to that in my mind.
I wonder if anyone else in the village feels the same as I do, would it help if the ditches were dug out and the trenches cleared. More to the point who is responsible for this?
Update Email from Stephen Burroughes
I just wanted to raise a few points.
1. I have confirmed on several occasions that I am willing to provide funding for a new defibrillator to be located in the phone box in Chediston and also outside the village hall in Linstead if required (this would be similar to defibrillators I have funded in other parishes which I represent). Once agreed, the Parish Council need to make a formal request to me so that I can action this. I have received no such request to date. (The deadline for applications is Friday 3rd March for this financial year in view of the CC elections). My Locality Budget is already committed so any funding will be post May 2017.
2. The B1123 is due to be inspected between Chediston & Linstead and for remedial work to be identified, road markings etc to be renewed or added to.
3. The road leading up from Church Farm in Chediston along Chediston Green has been patched in readiness for a complete resurface. I feel Highways have done a good job on this stretch which is what I requested.
4. Dog Fouling & stray dogs - I have been contacted concerning dogs on the loose in Chediston, and walkers not picking up dog mess. These are offences which carry a fine, and owners need to be responsible for their dogs. Can we please remind walkers with dogs to clear up after them?
5. Apache Helicopters - these operate out of Wattisham Army Base, and are not always marked or appear on any system. I am in contact with the base commander should any issues need highlighting or reporting.
I am attending the next PC meeting on 20th March prior to the County Council elections on 4th May. Maybe we can discuss any issues in the ‘open forum' section at this meeting?
Email to Website - Defibrillator
Taken from Halesworth Team Times. If Bramfield can do this why not Chediston?
Who and what is blocking this?
Sent by Denise Burrows
(This was posted on Facebook and subsequent posts/comments include: So what is stopping Chediston having one in our phone box?.
This should be sorted asap. If it saves one life then it's worth it. The people of this village are no Spring chickens.
I've got some jump leads?
I thought it was going ahead?
I thought it had been agreed to do it.)
(As Webmaster I responded - Previous comments that I posted on the website and here on FB confirm that the PC Clerk is awaiting details from BT regarding a lease/purchase of the phone box plus insurance costs. I had also asked them to check if BT would provide us with a dedicated 999 line in the box. Once these answers are to hand the PC will make a decision. This should be on the Agenda at the next PC meeting. Hopefully they will finally give the go ahead. Good idea if I have some support at the meeting! In the meantime I hope we don't regret not having moved quicker on this issue!)
Chediston Art Group
Ann Wlliams writes on the website's Facebook Page:
The friendly Chediston Art Group meets on Wednesday mornings 10 -12 ish for informal sessions of 'do your own thing' art work. Once a term we generally have a visiting artist to give a demonstration, and occasionally meet at an inspirational venue for a spot of 'plein air'. We would love to have a few more members, currently membership stands at 10. We meet at the Art Box studio at The House on the Hill, just off the B1123 before you reach Linstead. Currently we pay £30 per term and that includes coffee and biscuits. It is a lovely opportunity to receive encouragement and experiment with different media and techniques. There is an annual exhibition at i-Chameleon in Halesworth Thoroughfare.
Use of Phone Box for Defibrillator
Pat Mattinson has emailed the website with the following article from the EADT. Click on the link:
Note for Rumburgh Residents - Use of Their New Defibrillator
Read this: Rumburgh Defib Instructions
As you will have read on the Parish Council page, that the PC is to send out letters to all residents urging them to trim their hedgerows. The website has received the following email (sender's name removed):
I would like to draw your attention to an issue with the hedgerows either side of the road at the church end of Chediston Road. They are so overgrown that they encroach so far into the road it is almost impossible to travel down the road without sustaining damage to my car. I work along this road and have to negotiate this every day. Apart from the damage to the car this is causing, there is the safety issue caused by lack of visibility around corners, which has caught not only myself out but many other people I have spoken to.
I am aware of the environmental issues concerning cutting back hedges at certain times of the year but this problem has been getting steadily worse for the last three years. If this issue could be resolved before it's too late, and the season is lost again I'm sure myself and many others would be very grateful.
Also something else I have noticed is the field drainage down the hill to the church, there is a continuous stream of water in the road running down the hill causing quite a hazard on icy mornings. I don't want to cause a major issue over these problems, and I hope you don't mind me pointing these observations out, but I'm sure I'm not the only one to have done so in the area, most people I have spoken to have raised concerns over it.
(Webmaster - response sent and forwarded to Chairman & Clerk of PC)
Subsequent email from Yvonne Watts:
Having just read the item about the overgrown hedge I fully agree with the comments.I raised this matter at a Parish Council meeting last year, the response was that a notice would be put on the web site asking that residents keep their hedges trimmed back from the highway ( it is an offence to obstruct the highway) since then I don't see that any hedges that are causing the problem have been trimmed.
Joanna Wareham very kindly undertook the task of trimming the hedges along the Wissett Road and that is now much safer for all road users.
I understand that the PC propose to write to all residents asking that hedges are trimmed, seems like a waste of time and PC funds, when most people can see the hedges that are in desperate need of trimming, and causing a hazard to all road users.
Maybe it would be better to speak / and write to those concerned, the work need to be carried out ASAP it is clear that it is just a few overgrown hedges, but the few are causing serious problems for all road users.
The hedge mentioned is very overgrown and the road there is potholed, so try to miss the potholes, and try to miss the hedge, its impossible to do both.
Also the run off down the road needs addressing.
(Webmaster - This was referred to by the PC at their November meeting and that discussion is minuted and shown on the website ( left hand pane - Parish Council tab). Also mentioned inthe Summary of the last PC meeting)
If you are new to Chediston or unsure whether you have registered for the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme (99% of residents are in the scheme), please respond to me (785440 or via this post). Similarly have you registered your child with me to ensure receipt of a present from Father Christmas plus a financial gift from the Chediston Charity each year? Also, are you in need of assistance from the Chediston Charity or know of another resident who may be?
Chediston Book Exchange
St. Mary's Church - Rear pew.
All welcome. No donation necessary
Local Authority has piped the ditch alongside the telephone box - used for car pull-in on narrow road. Denise Burrows sends the following photos to the website with the comment - No Respect for the Village and another waste of money!!
Is this lunacy? Comments? Click on the 'Contact Us' tab
Comments received so far on the website's Facebook page plus direct to website:
Pat Mattinson - crazy
Paul Starks - Shame they didn't pipe the part that floods!
Stephen Hall - The new gateway on the B1123 that has appeared has been piped with a small pipe which will cause even more flooding on an already notorious flooding point. How the h. was permission granted for that.
Natasha Starks - Basically, they've just made a mess and blocked off what was a bit of useful passing space.
Joanna Wareham - A fair proportion of the area by the telephone box has always been a very deep ditch and unavailable for driving on. It was piped to prevent the collapse of the road, which would have made everyone unhappy. There are a lot of other sites in the county that need the same treatment after heavy rain in the past few years and we were lucky to get to the top of the list so soon. Bob Clench from SCC told me that the bollards are a planning condition, not sure that they are designed to last though.
Table Tennis Expertise!
Barry Curtis and Jane Dicken showing their expertise at Chediston's Monday afternoon table tennis session. All residents and relatives and friends will be made most welcome. Why not give it a go?
The website received the following email:
I was very fortunate to see a Kingfisher yesterday 14th July in the Community Field, while walking our two dogs at around 18:00.
This shining blue bird flew both ways, at a considerable speed, the full length of the field which helped to confirm it was indeed a Kingfisher. I had not realised how small they are, having never seen one in real life before.
Suffolk Show Success
Chediston's Gill King won the silver cup for best overall garden and horticultural gold medal at the Suffolk show. According to Gill, the winning garden ' talk the torque " took two weeks to construct on site with all materials coppiced and sourced locally. Plants were kindly lent by Wootens Nursery.
|Congratulations to Gill.||Gill's website is www.wildearthworks.com|
2 Letters received by website from Paul Ward:
I was just messing about on the internet and looking up the reference to Chedd's stones of Chedistone, they being one at Rockstone Manor and one in woods near Chediston Hall wood.
I Thought I'd better let someone know in the parish that a few years ago (about 10) we were asked to dig out and clean the pond just above the house at Brook farm a little to the east of Linstead church.
In it, we found a really large stone. From memory it is well over2 meters long and over a meter in either of the other directions. We thought it had been dug around when the pond was forst done as it was too large for it to be easily moved.
Its is covered in shell type impressions and other interesting marks which I can't remember much about now, but we were all fascinated at the time.
The digger was just powerful enough to lift it out and we carefully positioned it in front of the pond.
It sounds to me like Chedistone is full of rather large stones !
I live just up the road from there at Newall Hall.
Perhaps someone might find it interesting to know.
There are new owners there now (again, it being 2 owners ago who asked us to do it) and they would be happy to let someone see it am sure. Well, they are rarely there, so may not even know if you are lucky !!!
I hope you don't mind me bothering you with this.
It was about the size and shape of a large office desk thinking about it and trying to recall, as indeed I was last night after I wrote to you.
We thought it was made of concrete when we first saw it as it looked man made and was positioned with a flat side level topped like a table.
(Webmaster: Any comments about these letters of interest? I have sent this on to Gib Burroughes, our resident archaeologist)
Chediston Village House Map
Letter received by website:
Does anyone know who has the prints of the houses in Chediston that Barry painted? I have a friend who was brought up in shop row and already has a couple of the maps, but would like another one for her sister. Thanks Annie Hearn.
(Webmaster - Reply to website using the 'Contact Us' tab)
Information come through that Veronica Downing's office now has the maps. Passed on to Annie Heard.
Thank You Card
I (David Mantell) received a card dated 31st March saying:
I am no fan of physical exercise but I do try to get to our postbox and back. It is so nice that some samaritan(s) has sorted out the path from the car park to the road. Please would you thank all responsible. I suspect that you may well be involved, but if not, will know who is.
Thank you for your card Nesta - I have indeed thanked my helpers.
Letter to the Website from Doug Cady's Nephew
May we take this opportunity to thank Jan Bunday for taking the service,and everyone else who attended and was involved in the funeral of the late Douglas Cady.Also the kind words that were spoken and written about him,and to those of you who were able to visit him in hospital.We didn't have the time to thank anybody in person after the church service,as we thought it only right to accompany his coffin to the crematorium at Beccles.It is obvious that he was a well liked and respected man by all who knew him in his home of Chediston and Halesworth.
In keeping with his last wishes his ashes will be interred in his parents grave in the churchyard of his beloved Chediston Church.......Uncle Doug you will sadly missed by us all.So once again thank you all from his family.
Yours Sincerley,Alan Cady ( nephew ).
less you Doug and thank you so much from all of us for your mammoth contribution to the wellbeing of Chediston church for all those years.
Doug Cady's Reminiscences following his 90th Birthday Earlier This Year
I asked Doug if he would care to put down on paper some of his interesting memories of his life and this is what he has prepared:
Birthday Memories Following My 90th - By Doug Cady
Birthdays to some are important but to others they are just a step up the ladder to retirement, for me some had a reason to remember. In the early days it was the knock of the postman with a card posted in Chediston usually with its 1 penny stamp. The next was your 14th , provided you had a job you could leave school, and for those around in the 1939-45 war years it was 18, which dictated you had to register at the local labour exchange for military service, followed by a medical at Norwich to determine your fitness and your choice for Navy, Army or Air Force. You did not always get that choice and some in latter years were directed to work in the coal mines as “Bevin Boys”.
My 20th I shall never forget it was celebrated within the barbed wire entanglement of Stalag 7A reported to be one of the largest POW camps in Germany. The day dawned with no radio or daily paper to confirm I had the date and day correct. No postman's knock and no one to say “Happy Birthday”, no booze just a cup of tea made with tea from my Red Cross parcel and water heated on an outside smoky fire. Back home in her small cottage near Chediston Church my dear old mother was probably wondering “Is he celebrating or is he dead?”
Records show that when the camp was liberated by the Americans the New York Times said “Huge Prison Camp liberated of 27,000 American and British POWS”. The following day the newspaper corrected itself by saying the number of allied POWS liberated was 110,000 no wonder sleeping under cover presented problems.
After that it was your 21st which enabled you to vote for a candidate in a general election, after that every birthday was a step to the age of retirement.
My next was my 80th with no real celebrations, but the late Jane Burroughes with her very persuasive way presented me with a large birthday card signed by many names which sadly now reveals many of them have taken their final journey. My 90th was next and it to some suggested importance. I had no real plans but my good friends Sarah and Jonathan at Cookley Grange suggested a meal with them and their children on the Saturday (before my birthday on the Monday) for which they would collect me. Instructions duly carried out we sat in the comfort of the sitting room with a beautiful fire and the entertainment of Harriet, Arthur and Clementine, when the doorbell rang and in walked two friends. This continued for some time and finally just over 20 of us were seated in the sitting room. One of the guests came with a number of bottles of beer which to my amazement carried a label with a photograph of myself wearing my RAF uniform taken in 1944 and the word Lancaster underneath. I expressed my thanks and later a photograph was taken of me holding a half empty glass of beer and a bottle in the other. I was told this had been shown on the internet (something I am ignorant of) and that was the beginning of events. Roughly 100 replies were sent in birthday congratulations, later in the week I received a phone call from a Graham Cowie who lives in Northamptonshire, telling me of a “Project Propeller Reunion” which is held on a yearly basis at different locations in the country for veterans who served with Bomber command and this year it would be at R.A.F. Cosford in Northamptonshire. He had seen my details on the internet but each year numbers declined as age took its toll. All sorts of questions were asked, with a letter to follow giving all the details. Cosford has special memories for me as it was the station we were taken to on repatriation from POW camp. I had my last flight in a Lancaster when we were flown from France to Tangmere on the South coast en route to Cosford by train, for medicals and equipment before a 28 day leave. The Lancaster carried 28 ex POW's in each consignment. I remember I sat on the floor at the back propped up against the Elsan toilet, Graham sent me details by letter as promised they read thus:
The Project operates by pairing RAF veterans with volunteer pilots who fly the veterans to the reunion from local airfields where you are entertained for the day and then flown home. At present we have approximately 160 veterans due to attend.
The total cost of attendance is a nominal £10 contribution toward running costs which can be paid on the day. Your flights to RAF Cosford and home again are completely free of charge.
He had already assured me a companion could come with you and was included in the £10 fee. Graham sent me an application form and on my acceptance he phoned to say he would try and find a suitable pilot and plane. A few days later a John Shaw rang and said he had been reserved as our pilot and that his base was Seething on the road to Norwich, and that he would phone again when his flying time etc was complete. He phoned as promised and said he would like us at Seething by 10.30am on May 30th. I took his home phone and mobile numbers so that my nephew Philip, who had agreed to be my companion, could phone him and get the exact details.
On the morning of the 30th Philip arrived in good time which meant our arrival at Seething was well ahead of schedule. We found the airfield with no problem, its car park was nearly full and we enquired at the “Club House” for John Shaw who eventually appeared and said our take-off time from base would be at 11.30am and offered us a cup of tea or coffee. We were informed by others at the Club House that John was the chief flying instructor at Seething, so we were in “good hands”. A lady of the Club joined in conversation and was full of information, plus the fact that she had her own small plane at the base, and when the time came for us to get to our four seater a “cirrus” parked nearby she came with us, and on our departure waved a great farewell.
The entry into the plane was not easy as I had to climb up onto the starboard wing in order to enter the cockpit, help was in abundance and accomplished without too much difficulty. We had one small hiccup as John seemed to have “lost” the key for starting the engine which had detached itself from John's key ring when laid in the tray between the two front seats of the cockpit. Before he started the engine, John explained in the event of him having a heart attack we had to operate a series of levers, which in turn would activate a series of parachutes attached to the cockpit, which would “take over” and ensure that the cockpit and its contents (US!) would be parachuted to earth. John inserted the keys into the ignition (very much like a car) and the engine came to life. We were off and soon airborne with John giving me the “thumbs up” and “OK Doug” at regular intervals. The wind was a bit on the strong side and the tips of the wings of our plane seemed a little unsteady. After about 1 ½ hours flying John said Cosford was below and the green grass showed scores of little white specks parked in regimental fashion on the airfield. Our landing was very smooth and we were soon leaving our plane for the minibus waiting to transport us to the hangar for the event. When we alighted from the bus help was in abundance as ATC cadets (male and female) were there to help the old “have beens” on their reunion. When inside the hangar we had to “sign in” and on the way to do so I was met by a fellow who said “I know you”. I looked in amazement and replied “I don't know you”. During our original conversation he said “would I wear my Caterpillar Club Badge” to which I replied “I no longer have, but I wear a blazer pocket badge depicting the same thing”. He must have recognised that and assumed it was me. After I had booked in, each guest was allocated an ATC cadet as their guide. Ours seemed very quiet and shy, and was probably not used to 90 year plus veterans. I said the uniform of today was much different as it was in the day, when I joined the 1486 Halesworth squadron way back in 1941, and we were restricted to male members. It was now post 1pm and refreshments were on the menu and as we sat enjoying them John said “by the way Doug I should tell you on a trip back from Guernsey recently our engine caught fire and we had to abandon the aircraft” (food for thought).
The hangar was full of golden oldies and it was hard to imagine that most of the veterans being 90 plus had once been the cream of Bomber Command. Some proudly displayed their campaign medals, some with the addition of those special awards of the D.F.M., D.F.C. or higher, and some their Caterpillar badge; the Caterpillar Club by the way for the uninformed is a club exclusive to those who have saved their life by parachute and sadly its numbers are declining. Conversations with some were interesting and others more difficult, as like me their hearing was suffering with age.
When it came time to leave, it was a lengthy procedure, as we had to be allocated a minibus and only three were operating, and with all the scores of planes due for departure it was impossible to hurry the take-off. We were all given a bottle of beer on departure but this time my portrait was missing but the word LANCASTER BOMBER was there. Eventually we left the hangar and standing outside were two rows of ATC cadets who came smartly to attention as we old veterans hobbled between them. The person in charge of them saluted with obvious determination. I had waited over 70 years to be saluted and it made one's feelings of a humble nature.
Our trip back to Seething was quicker than the outward journey as we had a back wind. The cup of tea in the clubhouse was much appreciated as was a conversation with a 96 year old veteran who told me he used to be a navigator in a Blenheim.
My last letter from Graham said “I will let you know when and where next year's reunion will be”.
Memories linger and I shall never forget my first air flight, we had gone to ATC camp in 1941 at R.A.F. Rochford near Southend. It was home to the “Eagle Squadron” (a number of volunteers from the USA), who enlisted to help us in the Cirrus days of the war. The aircraft was a tiger moth very much similar in size to our cirrus plane, but a by-plane and a two seater with an open cockpit.
(Thanks to Kath Dewale for typing this out - Webmaster)
Gill's Golden Garden
It may not have been Chelsea, but Chediston's Gill King scooped a gold medal and a silver trophy for her ‘Compass Garden' at the Suffolk Show. Gill's entry, which included raised flower beds made with woven Chediston willow, was adjudged the best designed of the display gardens in the horticultural area of the show. She said that her garden was intended to be a ‘journey for the senses' which was made using sustainable m,aterials, reclaimed, recycled and local.
Webmaster - well done Gill.
Contact for WW2 Flyer
The website received the following email:
I wish to make contact with Doug Cady who flew with my grandfather during WWII.
If you have Doug's contact details please could you let me know.
Grandson of Stanley Kirk
Arrangements have been made and we will report progress (Webmaster)
|March 30th. Happy Birthday to long term Chediston resident Doug Cady (now relocated to Halesworth).|
|Enjoy your day Doug. We now look forward to the big 100!|
Email from New Zealand
Our Christmas Greetings to you all.
It is interesting to pop into the church website, and catch up with our Suffolk family happenings.
A delight to receive a lovely card from Cathy Hammond, following her visit back home to Chediston, this year.
Thank you for your best wishes via Cathy.
God bless you all this Christmas, and may the gifts of Christmas from the Christ child remain with you through out the becoming year.
George and Ann Munro
(Thank you very much for your email. Glad you enjoy reading the website and keeping abreast of our local news. I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a peaceful 2015.
Kind regards, Webmaster)