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Blaxhall Parish Council Newsletter

Here is the latest instalment of the Parish Council Newsletter, Winter 2001

On June 3rd the Queen will be celebrating her Golden Jubilee and becoming the fourth-longest serving monarch in English history. Ahead of her is the 50 year reign of Edward III, Henry III (56 years) George III(60 years) and Victoria (64 years). Towns and villages all over the country will be holding their own celebrations, and Blaxhall will be no exception. Any suggestions or offers to help organize events should be forwarded to any name at the bottom of this newsletter. Whatever your thoughts on the Royal Family, a chance for a village celebration and get-together shouldn't be missed. The long dark nights will be coming to an end on Sunday 31st March (Easter Sunday) and another year of village events will be in the planning. So get thinking and be creative.


Please come along to a meeting on Wednesday 13 February in the Village Hall at 7.30pm and help continue the success of our Village Fete. We need all your ideas for different ways to encourage people to come and join the fun and make plenty of money to benefit the village.


Have you bought your seeds yet? It's time to think about those vegetables that you are going to enter in this years show. We need as many entries as possible in all classes. Get digging and planting and have a go!


This is a chance to appreciate the beauty of our Common, and to take part in clearing it of rubbish which could be detrimental to wildlife. All work parties are held on Saturdays from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Wear old clothes and boots and gloves and bring a packed lunch. Ring for confirmation of the working place and if the weather is wet. Warden Terry Peake 01728 746004. February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11


On a similar theme, if anyone is interested in doing a hedge survey around the village, please contact Joyce lszard. There will be a meeting where everything will be explained and you don't need a vast knowledge of species etc.


The Parish Council is still attempting to obtain Lottery Funding for improvements to the Village Hall. We will be sending a questionnaire to every home to finalise the village's requirements. In the meantime the windows have been replaced due to money in hand and fund raising from the village. Our most grateful thanks goes to the following people:

Kathy Ashley and Viv Brown (Line Dancing Evening) £261 Joyce lszard (Art Exhibition) £534 Robin Graham (Film Archive Evening) £174 Eileen Dunnett (Christmas Quiz) £142 Carpet Bowls Club £100


Footpaths numbers 16 and 12 will be closed due to Rhizomania


The Church Committee are organizing a coffee morning on the THIRD TUESDAY of every month from 10.30am - 12noon. This is becoming very successful as a drop in and chat event. Dates are Feb 19 March, 19 April, 16 May, 21 June, 18 July, 16 August, 20 Sept, 17 Oct, 15 Nov and Dec 17 (Christmas theme)


Woodbridge School, in association with Suffolk Coastal District Council are launching a new and exciting project. This will be to install Internet access from computers installed in 25 villages and Blaxhall has been chosen. if anyone is interested in learning word processing, Internet surfing-and emailing, the connection will be absolutely free for three years. We shalt have to see the level of interest generated before deciding on a base for the computer. It's a lot easier than you think!

Finally, last year Blaxhall lost three of its well respected villagers. ALFIE LING who had lived in the village all his life and is greatly missed working on his allotments.

DEREK KING who worked at Lime Tree Farm for many years and whose cheery smile and sense of fun will be also be missed at all th~ village events he used to attend.

FRANK REEVE who ran one of the original village shops and lived to a great age. Our condolences go to the families of them all.

Parish Councillors

Shirley Birch 688418
Philip Dunnett 688660
Andrea Fletcher-Cutts
Gywneth Gibbs 652219
Dinah Greenfleld 688489
Clara Jenkins 688558
Stephen Smedley 688751
Shirley Taylor 688220
Graham Bowles 688192
District Councillor Raymond Herring 746337
Joyce Iszard 688452

This Newsletter was written by Graham Bowles