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Foxearth and District Local History Society

The Society closed its 2019 season on 10th December with a dinner for 26 members at The George in Cavendish. Traditional fare with crackers, paper hats and fellowship made for a jolly evening. A set of historial anagrams and some quiz questions provided a bit of a challenge which was won by the Parish News’ very own gardening guru, Isobel Clark, who, appropriately, was presented with a pot plant. President Ashley Cooper thanked Clare and Lynda for their expert running of the Society which had seen an increase in membership and a good variety of topics for meetings. He had been particularly thrilled with the “sold-out” attendance for the November meeting featuring Lord Andrew Phillips. Ashley advised members that his Christmas card would include a tribute to Fred Pawsey who died in November 2016 and who enetrtained many with his fighter pilot experiences, his reflections as a Head Teacher and his interest in local dialects. He complimented Andrew Clark on his inspirational management of the web site which continued to attract more hits.

Clare Mathieson expressed her and Lynda Rumble’s appreciation for Ashley’s active support and gave an outine of some of the content of next year’s programme. Breaking with past practice there would be a meeting in January; on 14th the President of Sudbury British Legion, Len Manning, will share his memories of time spent in WW2 as a Lancaster bomber rear gunner. Other evenings may be concerned with research into old maps, more about Sudbury silk and Sudbury ephemera archives. There are a few gaps and members are, as usual, invited to put forward their ideas.

Ken Nice

Foxearth Christmas Tree

The Christmas season got off to a bright start in Foxearth on 7th December with the illumination of a large tree outside the Village Hall . It seemed that most of the community had assembled in the Hall to enjoy  mulled wine and seasonal eats when in burst Santa to offer greetings  and share with us some of the correspondence he invariably gets. There were requests for a rainbow unicorn that poops ice cream, a plea to ignore a younger brother who thinks “you’re trash”, advice that this year – instead of cookies – you will get vegetables and skimmed milk because you are too fat and a passionate plea for a tennis court to receive the all-weather treatment! Santa thoughtfully parked his reindeer just out of sight where they seem to have been well-behaved although traces were left from which gardeners benefitted!

After this intervention came the ceremonial switch-on with the singing of a couple of carols. We are most grateful to those who kindly gave the tree, made the arrangements and provided those delicious refreshments.

Ken Nice


A Quilters Journey

The great barn at Foxearth Hall was the venue for an exhibition of patchwork and quilting on Saturday 23rd November. The barn was festively decorated with Christmas lights and many examples of the quilters’ craft. Colourful bed covers adorned the walls and hanging frames and smaller articles such as cushions, covers, mats etc. were displayed on stalls that also bore a selection of other hand-crafted items. A steady stream of visitors throughout the 6-hour opening took advantage of the chance to view and  buy and to take part in the charity raffle of a quilt.

The exhibition was the instigated and organised by local quilter, Mrs Linda Mercer whose beautiful artistry comprised most of the work on show. Supporting Linda was husband David and family in welcoming and guiding  roles and also a number of her ex-pupils from her London tutorials including one who had travelled from Cornwall to be with her.  As ever Foxearth Hall’s Pam Pluck produced a delicious selection of refreshments including hot beverages, sausage rolls, cakes, soup and ploughmans’ lunches.

This was a memorable exhibition of talent  involving an immense of hard work for Linda and her family. The end result was a magnificent sum of £512 raised for the East Anglian Air Ambulance service.

Ken Nice