Archive: 2013

What is Gislingham United Charity and what does it do?

Gislingham United Charity was formed in 1988 from eight separate charities that were established, in some cases, very many years ago. The Charity Commission which supervises UK charities wrote a new Governing Document to combine the eight charities and make their administration easier. The charities were originally set up for the benefit of the residents

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Magic leaf fall

This is the time of year when I seem to accumulate large amounts of green garden debris most of which is generated by pruning the shrubs, fruit trees and bushes along with clearing the vegetable plot. I am a great lover of bonfires but conscious they are viewed as somewhat anti-social by neighbours, so these

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Neighbourhood Watch

After my last report stating how lucky we are living in such a safe village, no less than four incidents have recently reared their heads! On September 18th, between 1.30 and 5.30pm a heavy concrete and brass sundial together with two ornate chimney pots were stolen from the garden of South View ,Finningham Road, Gislingham.

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Natural allies in the war against pests

It seems many of you are looking to garden more organically and more specifically not use chemicals which harm beneficial insects as well as destroying pests. Organic gardening is really a balancing act between pests and their predators. You should not try to eradicate insect pest totally, as without them, there is no food for frogs, hedgehogs, birds and other

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Gislingham churchyard

We are trying to keep the churchyard tidy but are being hampered in our efforts by fly tipping. Please, if you see anyone going into the churchyard with any sort of rubbish, would you report it to one of the church wardens, Peter Lucas – 788411, or Ann Cottee – 788633. Thank you.

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Thirsty plants in the sunshine

This is the month to appreciate your garden as it should now be displaying stunning colours, glorious scents and hopefully a steady supply of lovely fresh vegetable and early soft fruit. Whilst there are always jobs to be done, of course, you should make time to relax and enjoy. What could be more pleasant than

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Anglian Water Surface Water Ingress Investigations

Anglian Water is calling on Gislingham residents to take positive action to help prevent the flooding which occurs in the village whenever there is heavy rainfall. As Nigel Minter from Anglian Water explained when he met recently with representatives from the Parish Council: The foul sewerage system in Gislingham is designed to take foul water

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Village Hall news

Works on the refurbishment of the toilets have commenced. The Village Hall Management Committee apologise for any inconvenience (pardon the pun) to users while the project is completed. One of our popular Quiz Nights took place on 6th July with 62 people attending. It was great to see that many there and having a good

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School’s rugby team has winning touch!

The school rugby team (Charlotte Pettitt, Elizabeth Botting, Freya Perry, Saskia Loomes, Robert Wincup, Harry Holmes, Bradley Budd, Jack Norfolk and Oliver Budd) won the touch rugby small schools tournament beating every other team. Teacher Mr Walters took them to the tournament and commented that their teamwork was excellent, their skills were superb and they

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All’s Fair in Gislingham

The sun did its best to make an appearance for the Gislingham Fair on Saturday 29th June. Events started off with a procession by the Silver Band from the Six Bells to the school playing fields where the various stalls were set up. For the rest of the afternoon, there were stalls from various village

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