Archive for September, 2016

Foxearth and Liston Parish Council. Report of meeting held on 17th September 2016.

There was a meeting of the Parish Council for Foxearth and Liston on 17th September 2016. Cllr Tony Clayton was in the Chair and there were 7 local residents present.

Chairman’s update: The ECC scheme to improve drainage through the Street in Foxearth had begun and the work was expected to take about 3 months.

The Chairman reported representations made to him by a resident of Red Cottages about serious damage to her front garden by a car driver and requesting warning/slow signs. This had been taken up with the Highways Dept.

Further incidents of fly-tipping had been noticed and all residents were asked to report any offences for which – District Councillor Iona Parker stated – a fine of £400 could be imposed.

Public Participation Time: Questions arose concerning the overgrown state of some footpaths  , particularly near stiles, and missing finger posts. Cllr Posen said that he had been told that the budget did not allow anymore cutting than was being done and wondered whether any local volunteers might come forward.

Hastoe Housing Association: The Clerk referred to the presentation made by a representative of this organisation at the meeting on 21st May explaining the assistance it could offer local authorities in the development of housing schemes. There appeared to be no need to take this further at the present time.

Braintree District Council report:  Cllr. Parker reported that consultation on the revision of the Local Plan was complete and comments were being considered. The Stafford Park situation did not figure in the Plan and would be the subject of a planning proposal in due course. The Council was under considerable financial pressure as efficiency savings had been achieved and attention was now being given to an investment strategy which would include assistance for  GP practices chiefly  in Braintree and Witham. Another area of concern was affordable housing in the light of the Government’s right -to-buy policy. The Council was still striving for improved Broadband reception and it was understood that an over-head fibre service was being considered.

Cllr. Parker explained that she had discretion to consider ideas for small grants; deadline for submissions is March 2017. Finally Cllr. Parker said that all residents should now be aware of the suspension of the garden waste collection during the winter months.

Planning:  No objections were expressed to the removal of a Norway spruce tree from a residence in Foxearth Tree Warden Alan Fitch reluctantly agreed that the particular circumstances warranted removal  of a decorative tree bearing a Preservation Order.

Village Oak; Following on from a report at that last meeting that this tree in Foxearth was not in good shape Mr Fitch stated that he had made arrangements for necessary trimming to be done.

Finance: The Clerk reported that in order for grants to be included in the precept, applications should be made by early October.

Next Meeting: 12th November 2016 10.30am in Foxearth Village Hall

Ken Nice

Foxearth District Over 60s Club

Way back in the 1970s Evelyn Cornish and Stella Clover – two well-remembered Liston ladies, together with the Rector at the time decided to form a social club for retired folk to meet once a month for tea, play cards/Scrabble and probably have a good gossip! The idea flourished and summer outings and tea in village gardens became a regular feature. The highlight of the year was the annual Christmas lunch for which I remember, in the early 90s,  seeing the Foxearth Village Hall full to capacity. Young Mr Ham was invariably enlisted to carve a massive turkey. Twenty years ago afternoon tea in our garden attracted 24 members but in the last 10 years interest has declined and outings have not been viable recently. Once the numbers declined into single figures the end seemed unavoidable and on Wednesday afternoon, 14th September, the Club was formally wound up at a tea in the Cavendish Bull. So the final game of Scrabble was played and Chairman  May Bareham and Treasurer June Turner recalled notable events in the Club’s history and gratitude was expressed for memorable garden visits at Bellybones, Borley and Pentlow. No longer will we hear the rattle of walking frames and sticks coming down the drive on a July afternoon but of course we’ve all agreed to keep in touch!

Kenneth Nice  Orchard Cottage 01787 375688

Foxearth and District Local History Society

Prolific Suffolk author and historian, Pip Wright, was the speaker at the meeting of the Society on 13th September; his subject was the dissolution of the monasteries in Suffolk.

Although this nationwide demolition  act is generally seen as the wish of King Henry VIII to distance England from the church of Rome, for various reasons numerous monasteries were falling into disuse much earlier. In the 14th century relations with France were turbulent and England wanted to  rid itself of the many French  monks who were around and this led to the closure of some orders. Then there was often intense rivalry between the towns and the abbeys- Wymondham being a particular example. The abbots in the large institutions were powerful men many sitting in the House of Lords. The religious belief that death was followed by an uncomfortable (at least) period in purgatory during which the soul was cleansed in readiness for its arrival in heaven caused people to make donations to “good” causes e.g. monasteries, in the hope of easing the purgatory experience. Thus monasteries became very rich and in order to attract more  wealth they tended to indulge in lavish entertaining, hunting etc. Endowments would often include large estates which encompassed fairs, markets, mills: in fact they became businesses which were perceived as being against the traditional ethos of piety and sacrifice with which the Benedictine, Augustinian, Franciscan and Cistercian founders were associated

King Henry’s Chancellor, Cardinal Wolsey – who was born in Ipswich – wanted make the town a seat of learning by building a college there as good as that of Kings in Cambridge. In order to raise the money for this he closed the monasteries where corruption was rife and built his educational establishment of which only the gateway remains today. On Wolsey’s death in 1530 his secretary, Thomas Cromwell was appointed Chief Minister to the King and he raised funds for the exchequer by continuing Wolseys’s closures..In 1536 of 80 monasteries in Suffolk 77 were closed . So whilst the wholesale dissolution was initiated primarily for financial reasons, Henry – having declared himself as head of the church in England – no doubt saw the process as an act of  revenge on Pope Clement VII for his refusal to annul the King’s heirless marriage to Catherine of Aragon.

This was a most interesting talk clearly delivered, based upon detailed research and illustrated with numerous slides of  local monasteries, mainly in ruins. On behalf of 15 members present Pip was warmly thanked by Secretary Clare Mathieson.

Next meeting: October 11th 7.30pm in Foxearth Village Hall when Keith Lovell will talk explore local history through North Essex ballads.


Ken Nice