Archive for September, 2012

Foxearth & District Local History Society – “History off the Page”

Those of us whose education took place in the 50s and even earlier were denied the treats available to present day pupils as described by Foxearth resident Sheena Shaw to the Society on Tuesday 11th September.

“History off the Page” is an enterprise established 16 years ago that brings workshops into schools by providing activity days based upon a wide range of historical periods and events. Sheena began by explaining how, by working with up to 90 children – depending on the Key stage – practical history could be taught through experience. The earliest of a large numbers of depictions provided by the company is of Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs. Herbs and wax are used to make the sort of artifacts that would have been put into tombs; ink for writing upon actual papyrus is created from ground charcoal. With the materials brought along by Sheena, members were able do these things for themselves and “become Egyptians” for the evening. We even had “slaves” to make the tea and coffee!

Other presentations are of Greece in 490BC as children prepare for the battle ofMarathonand make gifts for the gods. There is a Roman day where the emphasis is on commerce  and bartering and culminating in a reclining banquet: in fact all the workshops end with a suitably themed feast. Other days build upon Saxon, Tudor, World War 2, Great Fire of London and Coronation events and the company also explore the Florence Nightingale story, the seaside, castles and the history of Toys. In the Victorian day children get a taste of what teaching was like then with the hand inspections, making their own exercise books and reciting their tables. This extensive programme of activities is carried out by a team of experienced teachers who each year visit over 1,000 schools and who involve local teaching staff and parents in the “hands-on” experience which is fun for all. Children are encouraged to dress appropriate to the period to add to the sense of realism.

This was a truly fascinating talk which ended with Sheena ably demonstrating her early training for the stage by recounting -in candle-light – a ghost story transporting the 16 Society members to a country inn on a dark night in the middle of a snowy winter ;it left us with a slight touch of the shivers! Sheena was warmly thanked by Chairman Alan Fitch for her contribution to a most entertaining evening.

Next meeting: Tuesday 9th October at 8pm in Foxearth Village Hall when Horry Parsons will talk about  Bury St Edmunds cathedral.


Ken Nice

Annual Parish Council Grant Applications

This is a message for all organisations based in the parishes of Foxearth and Liston. Grant applications for the 2013/14 year may now be made.

If you are considering a project or service that you believe will benefit our local community and you would like the council to consider contributing some funding for the purpose, now is the time to act. The application close date is 31 October 2012. You can download a grant application form here and some guidance notes here. Please print, complete and return the application form by the close date.

Alternatively you can visit the Council’s Document Depository Web Site and download these documents from there. Just go to the Records section.

You can also request hard copies by contacting the clerk.

Foxearth & Liston Parish Council