Archive for May, 2015

Foxearth & Liston Parish Council

Meeting of Foxearth & Liston Parish Council to be held at Foxearth Village Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 21st. May 2015

The public and press are welcome to be present.


Item Subject
15/41 Chairman welcome 
15/42 New Councillors to sign Declaration of Acceptance of Office
15/43 New Councillors to sign Members Register of Interests
15/44 Election of New Chairman
15/45 Election of New Vice-Chairman
15/46 Election of Appointments & Employment committee
15/47 Flood Relief working party: to continue and elect its members or to disband.
15/48 Stafford Park working party: to continue and elect its members or to disband
15/49 Jt. Committee: to continue and elect its members or to disband
15/50 Declarations of interest and compliance with Ethical Framework
15/51 Approval and signature of the minutes of the Council meeting held on Thursday 26th. March 2015
15/52 Formal adoption of the revised “Code of Conduct” for Foxearth & Liston Council – already circulated to Councillors
15/53 Public Question Time

Please note – there is up to 15 minutes allocated for this item.

15/54 District Councillor’s Report – if in attendance
15/56 County Councillor’s Report – if in attendance
15/57 Application and plans to carry out work on trees affected by the Tree Preservation Order at 10 The Chase Foxearth CO10 7LD
15/58 Financial Matters

To note the accounting statement and authorise cheques for payment.

Salary payment to Clerk £410.13 HMRC £97.40 

EALC/NALC Subscription £89.14 – Auditor £50.00

Consideration, approval and completion of Annual return ending 31.03.15 before being despatched to external auditor by 08.06.15

15/59 To Confirm Zurich Insurance for 2015-16 of £243.80p
15/60 Street Cleaning Agreement 2015/16 - 
15/61 Date of next meeting/s – 11.07.15 : 19.09.15 : 21.11.15 : 30.01.16 : 19.03.16

21.05.16 (AGM)

Annual Village/Electors meeting – 06.06.15 at 10.30am


Foxearth and District Local History Society

 The Society’s meeting on 12th May in Foxearth Village Hall consisted of a talk by the President Ashley Cooper about the excavations at Goldingham Hall, Bulmer. As ever Ashley entertained with scholarly and interesting material which was warmly received by the 21 members and guests in attendance.

The present excavations on the site are organised by the Stour Valley Community Archaeology Group in association with Access Cambridge Archaeology and are funded by a ” Managing a Masterpiece” Heritage Lottery Grant. The project is under the general supervision of Dr Carenza Lewis of Television’s Time Team. By many photographs -showing landmark Belchamp Walter church on the horizon- the excavation trenches were brought to life as volunteers were seen searching for anything that the experts might be able to identify. Four days of intensive activity – including two days when 30 pupils of Bulmer Primary School lent a hand – revealed crazed flints which had been heated to provide boiling water; these pointed to Bronze Age habitation and a “star” item from this period is a near perfectly preserved flint axe head. Among a multitude of bits and pieces were fragments of Thetford ware pottery over 1,000years old and evidence of ovens which indicate a possible Saxon manor complex; hopefully further exploration in the next 3 years or so may allow some firmer conclusions to be drawn. Deep ditches could be evidence of a defensive structure around a significant building Some beautiful paintings by local artist Ben Perkins showed how a Bronze Age dwelling and a craftmans’ village may have looked. The project even has an enthusiastic visiting professor who has used his technical knowledge to construct a sort of gantry with a high-level camera giving birds -eye pictures of the site.

Spice was added to this feast of information by a couple of mysteries. Finding animal bones on these occasions is commonplace but the uncovering of the complete skeleton of an adult pig was very unusual. Modern dating techniques place the demise in the mid 16th century. Could this have been some sort of religious or pagan sacrifice or perhaps the pig had some dreadful disease – who knows? The second conundrum related to what appears to have been a subterranean oven. Why build an oven underground (surely barbecues would have been the order of the day!) and how did it get the oxygen it needed?

With these imponderables hanging in the air, Ashley concluded his contribution to a very worthwhile evening. The Stour Valley Archaeology Group is keen to foster public interest and participation in the venture and to this end has arranged an “open” afternoon on Sunday 31st May from 2 to 4pm. Local residents and friends are invited to come along and see what’s going on – and new volunteers will be warmly welcomed. Contact Ashley (Tel: 01787 460641)

Next meeting:  9th June 7.30pm at Long Melford Heritage Centre – part 2 of the visit arranged last year and hosted once more by the Long Melford Historical and Archaeological Society

Ken Nice

Joan Margaret Colson 1930 – 2015

  Joan died on 27th April aged 84. Her funeral took place at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Belchamp Walter on 14th May and was conducted by Team Rector, Rev. Margaret King who gave the eulogy. The service included some of Joan’s favourite hymns and readings by Dr. Gerald Colson and Mrs Victoria Metson after which Joan was laid to rest in the churchyard.

Joan Colson (nee Stiff) was born in Sudbury and attended the High School. Tragedy struck her family when two of her three brothers were killed during the war, one in a Japanese prison camp and the other when his Wellington bomber crashed. Her father became inn keeper at the Bell in Hartest and Joan would play the piano to soldiers stationed at Chadacre. From the age of 16 she was organist at Hartest Church and this musical talent was to be fully used for the rest of her life. Marriage to Peter took place in Hartest in October 1953. As Peter’s career in farm management progressed they moved around from Tostock to Lamarsh – then to Little Henny and finally to Belchamp Walter. At all of these places Joan occupied the organ bench – and in the meantime children Christine and Roger appeared on the scene.

A total commitment to village life gained Joan many friends. She was, for many years , a staunch member of the Womens’ Institute holding various offices and helping to raise funds for the Community House at Belchamp St Paul. On the musical side there is probably not a church organ in the area with which Joan was not acquainted. She played at Borley, Pentlow, Liston, Belchamp Otten, Belchamp Walter and Foxearth and was ever willing to step into the breech to cover for colleagues -for which I shall always personally be grateful! Her last appearance was at Otten on Christmas Day 2014 when she was far from well but, in typical fashion, insisted on coming out rather than letting people down. The clergy – past and present – speak extremely highly of her absolute dependability and real care for them and the congregations.

Joan and Peter were familiar visitors to all the local coffee mornings, fetes etc. and this interested involvement in village activities earned her the love and respect that so many felt for her. She will be sadly missed and we offer to Peter, Roger and Sue, to grandchildren Victoria and Frances and great grandchildren Toby and Jack our most sincere condolences.

Ken Nice