Author Archives: Mallen Baker

Gislingham man given conditional discharge after child cruelty trial

Gerald West, from Martins Meadow, Gislingham, along with another man, was given a conditional discharge by Ipswich Crown Court after pleading guilty to a charge of cruelty to a person aged under 16. The charges date from when West was employed by Oakwood School in Stowmarket. According to the Diss Express, the judge – in

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Lack of Internet

Broadband in the village. We’d love some. Some may have fibre, but I’m sure there will be many others who still don’t. As a Sky customer, has BT released any slots to them – NO! If you look at BTs own map, could I defect to BT to get it? NO. Their website says there is ‘heavy demand –

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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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