Archive for November, 2018

Foxearth & Liston Parish Council – Report of Meeting held on 10th November 2018

A meeting of the Council took place on Saturday 10th November with Cllr. Tony Clayton in the Chair. There were 8 local residents present.

Chairman’s update: With regard to the Liston quiet lane the Chairman had noticed a reduction in traffic speed. In response to a question from the District Council it was agreed not to have the verges cut.

Essex County Council report: Council Leader Cllr David Finch stated that work was proceeding on the budget for 2019/20 with the objective of saving £50m and reducing expenditure to £900m a year. More outside contracts and the renegotiation of some would be considered. One-time grants are available for highway repairs. Thought is being given to further devolvement of some functions and funds to parishes. Essex schools continue to perform above the national average.

District Council report: Cllr Iona Parker confirmed – as recently reported in the press – that the Sudbury by-pass project had been abandoned. The District Council had been selected for a pilot scheme on the production of identifcation at the local elections next May. (It was understood that two items would be required giving rise to some discussion that this would possibly disenfranchise young or elderly people who might not have a driving licence or passport). BDC takes the problem of fly-tipping very seriously and will prosecute offenders. The Council is looking at improving support for people who are lonely by a “Meet up Mondays” initiative.

Housing Needs Survey: The Clerk reported that the RCCE had collated responses to the questionnaire relating to Mr David Fahie’s suggestions for the provision of affordable housing in Foxearth; 38% of households in the village had taken part. An email from Mr Fahie setting out his views on some of the survey’s conclusions was  circulated to councillors.

Public Participation Session: In response to a question about the refurbishment of the Foxearth village sign the  Clerk stated that Mr Steven Binks would undertake the work next April/May. Regarding the Stafford Park development it was enquired whether affordable housing figured in the plan. It was recalled that about two years ago the original proposal included some two-bed houses but there was no information as to the stage that planning has now reached. Concern was raised about neccessary strimming of footpaths and the annual nuisance of leaves on the roads and pavements. The Clerk would contact the EALC about the “Handyman” grant.

Defibrillator: Cllr. Mark Posen reported that this equipment had now been installed and that some familiarization sessions will be held for residents – probably in the New Year.

Fibre Broadband: Cllr Posen said that he had been unable to obtain any latest information from County Broadband about this installation. Road closures had been scheduled for next year but it was apparent that target dates would not be met.

War Memorial: Cllr Corinne Cox – in her role as Secretary of the Parochial Church Council – reported that funds are now secured and a contractor appointed for this repair. Permission for the go-ahead was still awaited from the Diocesan Chancellor.

Tree Warden: The resignation of Mr Alan Fitch from this voluntary position was received and he was thanked for his past service. Attempts would be made to fill the vacancy and anyone interested should contact the Clerk.

Planning: No objections were expressed to applications for tree work in Foxearth, the construction of a storage facility at Foxearth Fisheries and the conversion of a barn and cart lodge to residential use in Liston.

Next meeting: 26th January 2019 at 9.45am in Foxearth Village Hall


Kenneth Nice , Orchard Cottage, Foxearth


Foxearth & District History Society – Report of Meeting, 13th November

At the meeting of the Foxearth and District Local History Society on 13th November  President  Ashley Cooper took a record attendance of about 40 members and guests through 8 centuries highlighting the Heroes, Villains and Colourful Events that made “the news” in Essex and Suffolk in those years. Throughout his talk Ashley fired questions at the audience rewarding each correct answer with a commemorative postcard and introducing a competitive element by making it a boys versus girls contest. In an impressive display of memory I think the ladies just had the edge but it was a close run thing.

Taking as his starting point the birth of Simon of Sudbury in c1316 Ashley described the rise of this local lad to become Archbishop of Canterbury (crowning Richard 11)  and Chancellor of England  in 1380. He was beheaded the following year having been dragged to the Tower of London by leaders of the peasants who held him responsible for their misfortunes by introducing a poll tax. After being impaled on London Bridge Simon’s head was  placed in St Gregory’s Church Sudbury where – so the story goes – an unscrupulous verger would sell Simon’s teeth to visitors; later excavations on the site revealed numerous toothless skulls!  Another resident of the Tower- where he died – was a squire of Borley who held a banned catholic mass.  Edwardstone saw the birth in 1587 of John Winthrop, a Puritan lawyer who led a group of colonists to the New World and became the first governor of Massachusetts in 1629. Still in the 17th century Ashley mentioned the notorious Hadleigh gang of smugglers, numbering about 100, who brought mainly horses but also spirits and tea  ashore at Sizewell. Their leader, John Harvey, served 7 years in Newgate prison before being transported.

One could not discuss great figures of Sudbury without including the famous artist,Thomas Gainsborough  (baptised 1727)  about whom the Society had a memorable lecture in 2017. Rather less is generally known about two of his brothers. Humphry Gainsborough – some 9 years older than Thomas – who was a minister of religion, an engineer and an inventor, credited with inventing the drill plough. Another brother, John, known as scheming Jack ,was also an inventor who made copper wings in an unsuccessful attempt to fly and several other improbable bits of apparatus. Both left their mark on Sudbury’s history. The list continued … in 1821 there was Henry Frost who sold his wife in a Suffolk pub, and in 1834 George Smith was transported to Australia for stealing 3 hens.

Nearer to home Ashley referred some to 20th century heroes – Major Bernard Ward MC of the Royal Flying Corps and Foxearth, killed in action in 1917,  Private Samuel Harvey of Ipswich who earned a posthumous VC at the Battle of Loos – and Sue Ryder, born 1924, who came to prominence in World War 2 and who set up the Sue Ryder Foundation in Cavendish. Finally Ashley recalled Tom Hastie, who died in 2012 and who is fondly remembered for his  pioneering research work in the early days of the Society which formed the basis for our now so well-regarded web site. No apparent villains in modern times

Ashley illustrated his talk with numerous paintings  of agricultural and village scenes by local artist, Ben Perkins, which superbly captured the essence of the periods. He was warmly thanked by Secretary Clare Mathieson and enthusiastically applauded by the appreciative audience

Ken Nice


Foxearth Christmas Tree Light Up