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Blaxhall Newsletter

Autumn/Winter 2005 No.53 Prepared by Maureen Adie (Edited by Joyce Iszard)



Blaxhall Archive Group is holding a Local History Event on Saturday 28th January 2006 at 2pm in Blaxhall Village Hall. Bridget Hanley, Archivist for Suffolk County Council will be coming to talk about the work of the Suffolk Records Office and she will also be giving a short illustrated talk on the cataloguing of the Rope Family Archive. Along with this there will be archive films on Suffolk and a presentation by Rodney West on the progress on the photographic archive book and the other elements that make up the Local Heritage Initiative funded project that the Blaxhall Archive Group have undertaken. The Local Heritage Initiative is a partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund, Nationwide Building Society and the Countryside Agency.
Entry is free Light refreshment will be available (sold in aid of the Blaxhall Village Hall restoration fund


This will take place on the weekend of 1st and 2nd of July. Book this date in your diary now so you don't forget. There will be a flower festival in the Church, an Art Exhibition in the Village Hall, a concert on the Saturday evening, lunches and afternoon teas will be served. This is just a taster there will be more!


Bus times remain the same but fares have been reduced! Now £4.20 full fare, £2.10 with a pass, return to Ipswich. Anglian Coaches only. Yellow minibus 165.


.can save lives - The Fire Service will fit free Smoke Detectors - contact John Clouting on 01473 588888.


For information and support for family carers the Helpline number is 01473 232679.



OPTUA IS THE NEW NAME FOR THE SUFFOLK CHARITY RETHINK DISABILITY. "OPTUA" - BE YOUR BEST. We are based in Stowmarket and provide a wide range of services and opportunities for disabled people, including leisure activities, advice and advocacy, community brain injury services, community transport, care services, volunteering and access groups. Our new name "Optua" is taken from the Latin "Be your best". Which describes our vision that disabled people can achieve their best without other people deciding what their best should be. For more information about Optua call us on 01449 770127. e.mail -


Domestic Support Information Service has a help line, a one-stop information service identifying companies and organisations offering cleaning and related services such as who does what, where, and what they charge. E.g. Cleaning, gardening, meal preparation, shopping and walking the dog etc. Help Line - (Mon-Weds.9.00-12.30) Tel. No. 0845 330 0470.


A meeting to organise this years FETE will be held on 25th January in the village hall starting 7.30.

Please try to make it as the fete needs new ideas and of course helpers. The FETE day this year is 19th August we can't organise the weather but we can all organise a super afternoon with your help.

I'm sure the vegetable show will take place again this year so start thinking about planting your seeds now for an even bigger and better show


The playing field committee are having a work party on Saturday 11th February 2006 10 o'clock to carry on the work started last year in tiding up and enhancing the playing field, everybody welcome as the more people the more hands there are do the quicker the work gets done.


Those of you who have attended recent events will have noticed how great the Hall is looking, due to the hard work of the volunteers many thanks to them all. Thanks must also be given to the Village Hall Committee who have worked hard throughout the year organising events to raise funds, culminating in an excellent Christmas party which was a huge success again, this was enjoyed by over 60 villagers and raised an unexpected £300 after paying the invoice for floor adhesive, there is still £90 to go into the pot towards the village hall renovations. Please continue to support the events the village hall committee have organised to take place during this coming year, as a great deal of money is required for the next stage, new foundations and building work for the new kitchen and toilets:

Some of you may have noticed that the undergrowth has been cut back behind the village hall to make a start with marking out the building lines where the new part will be built. To be able to carry out the amount of work required.

The committee hope that "own build" will take place, which means that once they have building regulations from Suffolk Coastal District Council. They can start and hope that as many villagers as possible will help in some way or another, so watch for flyers also the notice boards to keep you up to date with what is going on. Also thanks to Steve Smedley for a web site which is (this website has died - ed) this will also keep you informed.

Start thinking who your team members are going to be for the Quiz Night, the first event this year:

4th February Quiz night

Quiz Master Bob Mackenzie

4th March Social evening

1st April Some of the Bumpstead Boys Telling the Story of Ruby and Her Horses

6th May Social evening with Rounders and barbecue

24th June Summer ball

15th July Treasure hunt)

16th September "Blaxhall Olympics" pub- style games

7th October Archive film night

4th November Bonfire night bar only


Maureen Adie
Gary Borrett 687562
Graham Bowles 688192
Phillip Dunnett 688273 Chairman
Bob Mackenzie 688755
Lyn Gash 746425
Shirley Leeks 688220
Steve Smedley 688751
Nigel Suckling 688317
Joyce Iszard 688452 Clerk


Nigel Suckling 688317 Chairman
Steve Smedley 688751 Secretary
Joyce Iszard 688452 Treasurer
Graham Bowles 688192
Malcolm Browne 688993
Vivien Browne 688993
Phillip Dunnett 688273