Archive for August, 2013

Foxearth Church Arts and Crafts Weekend – 17th/18th August 2013

A successful Art & Crafts exhibition was held in Foxearth Church over this weekend which, together with a ‘Foxearth’s Got Talent’ social event in the Village Hall on Saturday evening, raised a magnificent sum of over £430 for the church’s restoration fund. The two day event attracted visitors from near & far to view the exhibits from more than 18 local artists & craftspeople. Local artist Vernon Lever gave workshop demonstrations on the art of watercolours and young people from the village made a wall hanging, to be hung in the church, using fabric paints.

Some items were sold, with commission donated to the church. Also on display was a watercolour of Foxearth Church which was donated by Vernon . Sealed bids for this will taken throughout the year, with the highest bidder being revealed after the Midnight service in church on 24th December. ( Contact Corinne Cox 01787 379410 for details)

The wealth of local talent within the community was remarkable……grateful thanks were extended to the organisers, Jenny Browne and Gill Morgan ( both talented artists from Foxearth) for all their efforts. Thanks were also given to Phil Cox and Mally Graham for the excellent entertainment organised for Saturday evening.



Foxearth Church Heritage Initiative -Community Test Pit Digging Weekend – Saturday 10th / Sunday 11th August 2013

21 villagers and visiting volunteer diggers from Foxearth, Long Melford, Bures & Birch assembled in Foxearth Village Hall for a weekend of fine weather excavation! Four Test Pits were opened in a variety of locations around the centre of the village and each proved to be completely different. Finds over the weekend gave lots of clues as to past residents and occupations in the village…these ranged from pre- 1st to late 19th centuries. Some of the volunteers had previous experience of archaeological excavation, others were complete novices. Comments at the end of the weekend included :

“A most enjoyable – if tiring day – a great insight into early life in our village” “An amazing amount of energy & interest shown by all concerned. The finds in our garden were quite surprising!” “Very interesting & fantastic for our children to discover  & explore the ‘treasures’ of our village. Tom was even able to take his finds to school & shared these discoveries with his classmates.”

Findings from the weekend will be written up in due course and some of the finds will be placed on display in the new mini-heritage centre, to be located in the parish church, later in the year. Further test pit digging, as well as field walking, will take place around the village throughout the rest of this year. Anyone interested in joining us or finding out more, should contact the Project Director, Corinne Cox ( 01787 379410 ) Thanks to everyone for making this first session so successful!!


Report of Foxearth & Liston Parish Council Meeting – 14th August 2013

A meeting of the Council was held in Foxearth Village Hall on 14th August with Cllr Clive Waite in the Chair; six members of the public attended.

County Council Report: Cllr David Finch, Leader of the Essex CC, explained matters presently occupying the members. Firstly the likely impact that the Chancellor’s budget would have on local authorities. County anticipated a reduction in the order of £221 million in its allocation and was consequently looking to save £100m in 2014/15. Secondly rationalisation of allocations between health and social care would be sought in view of the rising proportion of over 65s in Essex. This would take-in community budgets set to assist residents in situations such as domestic abuse, unemployment and problems with the law. Thirdly there was concern with the varying quality of Broadband reception and surveys would be conducted. The Chairman thanked Cllr Finch for his help in securing an extension of the winter gritting to include the route of the school buses through Pentlow.

30mph Speed Limit: A request for a limit through Liston was considered and the Chairman summarised written representations made and invited comment from the floor. Reference was made to two surveys the results of which, it was understood, would be unlikely to support the case for a speed limit. Cllr Finch promised to support an application by the Parish Council for another survey.

Clerk: The Acting Clerk, Michael Letch, outlined the steps taken so far in the attempt to recruit a permanent clerk. Advertising had been unsuccessful and it was agreed to contact other parishes and publicise the vacancy through local newsletters with a view to a possible sharing arrangement.

Winter Salt Supplies; The Clerk reported that a bulk allocation of salt would be delivered in September and storage options needed to be considered. It was agreed to make application to the Community Initiative Fund for a grant to buy a storage bin.

Lap Top for Clerk: Authority was given to the Clerk to purchase a computer for Council use from allocated budget funds.

Planning Applications: No objections were expressed in respect of the following applications:   Erection of a steel portal frame agricultural building in Foxearth.

Provision of a new internal staircase in a private house in Foxearth.

Rebuilding of an annexe at a house in Liston.

Alteration and refurbishment of an existing farmhouse in Foxearth.

20 mph Speed Limit: It was agreed to take no action in regard to a suggestion for an application to be made for this limit in Claypits, Foxearth.

Public Rights of Way: It was suggested and agreed that an idea for a designated and publicised circular walk around Foxearth be considered at a later date.

Next meeting: 30th October at 7.30pm in Foxearth Village Hall

Ken Nice