Archive: 2017

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2017

This year’s House to House and static collections for the Poppy Appeal in Gislingham, Finningham and Westhorpe raised the magnificent sum of £1585. This is slightly more than last year. My very grateful thanks on behalf of the Legion are once again sent to the very dedicated and hardworking House to House and static collectors.

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The East Anglian Air Ambulance benefits thanks to Colin Davis’ photo and The Messenger.

When an East Anglian Air Ambulance Helicopter landed in the field behind his garden, Gislingham resident Colin Davis hadn’t realised a photo he was about to take, would create such interest from both local and national media. Following one of Colin’s photos appearing on the cover of the August issue of The Messenger, the photo

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Two public consultations

During these autumn months the two district councils, Babergh and Mid Suffolk will complete their move to Endeavour House in Ipswich, the home of Suffolk County Council. This will mean significant changes for many people who work for the two local authorities and there will be one or two things that may take a while

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Village hall update

The Trustees are pleased to announce that they have received funding from Mid Suffolk District Council towards the refurbishment of the hall and kitchen. These works will necessitate closing the hall. Once we have concrete information on dates all users will be contacted. FORTHCOMING EVENTS AT THE HALL Saturday 18th November – Wine Tasting Evening

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Book review: Blood Symmetry by Kate Rhodes

This book choice is a topical one. You may have seen the government has announced an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 people dead. In the 1970s and 1980s thousands of NHS patients, many of them haemophiliacs, were given blood products from abroad infected with hepatitis C and HIV. It

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Duke of Cambridge makes a flying visit to Gislingham

When Lynda Robinson was playing with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lily on her lounge floor one evening, little did she know that within twelve hours, HRH The Duke of Cambridge would be standing on her doorstep. Unfortunately, for Lynda, whilst playing with Lily she slipped a disc in her back and was unable to

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News from Gislingham village hall

It is with regret that the Chairman informed the Trustees that he had received a letter of resignation from Jane Franklin. Jane had been a Trustee for many years and had worked tirelessly to help make the Village Hall an integral part of the village. At present there are vacancies for Trustees on the Village

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Gislingham playgroup news

This term we have been very busy enjoying our garden and walks around the village. We took part in sports day with the school, and the children starting school in September have been into reception class meeting their teachers and meeting new friends. We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Summer Holiday,

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In conversation with Chris Saunders

This month I talk to Chris Saunders about the 2nd “Gis-Fest” music festival he is organising at Gislingham Village Hall on Saturday 24th June. JN: How did the original idea for a Music Festival come about? Chris: Back in 2015, the GVHC proposed to organise some kind of event to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of

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Snorkelling with snappers

We arrived in Auckland, although not the capital of New Zealand it really seemed hard to comprehend that this is the country’s largest city. The weather was mixed and a totally different climate to Sydney our previous stop. On a day of bad weather, we went to the museum and on the better days climbed

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