Author Archives: Mallen Baker

Three local ladies win awards

Three local ladies have been presented with Achievement Awards for services to the community by the District Council. Betty Wells lives in Mellis and her award commended her contributions to the community covering a timescale of 30 years as a member of Mellis Parish Council for many years, a member of the Parochial Church Council

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Dad’s Army

Don’t panic, but 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Home Guard, when men were asked to join up in the expectation of an imminent German invasion. It was soon nicknamed ‘Dad’s Army’ owing to the relatively advanced age of its 1.5 million members. To mark this significant event, Gislingham Variety Club

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Remembering the Fallen of Gislingham

It was supposed to be the War to end all wars. “It’ll be over by Christmas” was the optimistic view at the outbreak of hostilities in the late-summer of 1914. Yet it took another four years and over 2.3million British dead and wounded until the fighting finally stopped. The human cost is unimaginable; not just

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Neighbourhood watch update

Earlier this month a resident in the High Street reported that several builders buckets had been stolen from her home – they had been left by her garage door. These may have little intrinsic value, but do be careful when leaving items in clear view if you don’t want to lose them. If you noticed

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Witnesses sought after phone cabling theft attempt

Internet and telephone connectivity was down in Gislingham after would-be thieves cut some of the cable that provides these services to the village. The incident took place after 11pm yesterday (Wednesday). The perpetrators were disturbed before they could complete the theft. According to the Diss Express, anyone with information relating to this crime should contact

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Lights out in memory

At 11pm on 4th August 1914, Britain declared war on Germany, ushering one of the darkest periods in our history. As the moment approached, the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, made the famous remark “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” Gislingham Parish

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Funding for university costs

There is funding available for UNIVERSITY FEES etc from Gislingham United Charity. It is exclusively for residents of Gislingham. The Trustees were able to get the Charity Commission to agree to change the provisions of the charity to provide for this not very long ago. Announcements, articles in local magazines and information has been issued

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A big thank you

As Chair of Gislingham Summer Fair I would like to say a huge thank you to the committee, all the helpers on the day and all kind donations we received to help raise money for the 5 organisations involved. Everyone worked so hard building up to and on the day. I would also like to

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Thornham Road closure in September

Engineers working for Suffolk County Council will be updating warning signage relating to the low rail bridge on the Thornham Road that will involve temporary closure of the road. The closure, subject to agreement with Network Rail, is proposed for a period of 5 days from the 8th -12th September 2014. See diversionary route plan.

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Review of the Variety Club’s show ‘Guys and Dolls’

Guys and Dolls is a gangster musical all about the love relationships of two of the gamblers. This production opens in Broadway. The scene is well set before the first musical number, “Fugue for Tinhorns”. I hate to think of the hours that Nicely-Nicely (Peter Lucas), Benny (Richard Adams) and Rusty (Keith Ridgeway) rehearsed getting this

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