Mendham & Withersdale

One parish of two English villages in the Waveney Valley on the Suffolk and Norfolk border

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Netball at the MUGA

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A new netball group has started up at the MUGA! This is on Thursdays from 7pm - 8pm commencing 17th April 2014. Cost £3 per week for adults,  £2 for under 16's. (Minimum age about 12-13years.)  If you are interested please come along and have a go! Get together with some of your friends, meet some new people and brush up on your netballing skills! Most of all, it will be fun.

If, like some of us, you haven't played netball for many years, it will prove interesting! We have some brand new netball posts. There will be a coach from Suffolk Sport helping us to remember the rules. 

So go on! Come along! Mums, bring your daughters! Daughters, bring your mums along!

For more information contact Donna, Donna.finch@englandnetball,co,uk or 07540 126597. Or your could call Sharon Norman (your local contact) on 07960 010147.


Allied Westminster competition

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Allied Westminster have had some great entries from around the country for the 'Wonderful British Villages' photo competition. Winning entrants will win either an iPad Air or a Kindle Paperwhite, but the great news is that all entrants nominate a Village Hall. The hall nominated by the winner will be awarded £300 and two other Halls will win £150 each. Please encourage members of your village community to enter the competition and you can increase the chance of your Village Hall receiving a cash prize. More details can be found on their Facebook page.


Suffolk Village of the Year - 2014 competition

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In 2011 we entered this competition and came second, only a single point behind Coddenham. Metfield came third. We were also awarded the 'Philip Watson Cup' for the 'Most Improved Village' having risen from 7th place in 2001 when we last entered. The cup was presented to Kathy Ferrar, representing the parish council, at the Community Council Beaujolaise Nouveau event at the Sir Alfred Munnings on the 18th November 2011. Great result and well done to all involved!

Its now 2014 and as a village/parish of less than 500 inhabitants (it changes on a 3 year cycle) we are entering the competiion again. The Parish Council is the sponsor and Kathy Ferrar, Tracey Tompkins and Colin Herbert are preparing the entry form and supporting document.

We will keep you updated and post the document on this website as we did 3 years ago.

Any thoughts or ideas are welcome, contact Colin Herbert on 01379 588202


2014 events list

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Click 'EVENTS' on the menu just above to see a list of events for this year. Call Colin Herbert on 01379 588202 to add to the list.


MUGA Tennis - Summer term 2014

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Here is the tennis brochure for summer term. Sorry the quality isnt brilliant, its how it was supplied. The Mendham sessions at the MUGA are at 4.45 -5.45pm and the later lessons are at 5.45 - 6.45pm.  Click to enlarge image.


What's on in Mendham and Withersdale

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Hopefully for publication in the Community News section of next weeks Diss Express.


There's a lot going on in this parish!

Saturday 22nd March, the village hall committee held another successful BINGO NIGHT. Special thanks to all the sponsors of the evening -  Stephen Last Landscaping, Harleston Joinery, Robinsons Traditional Stationers, The Card and Party Shop Harleston, JSO Electrical, G J Peck Builder and Jill Fairhead. Well done Becky Orford and Neil Chapman for organising the event.

The first CRAFT AND PRODUCE MARKET will take place on Saturday 12th April from 9am - 12pm at the village hall. Please come along and support your local producers and craftsmen. Refreshments will be available including hot bacon baguettes and coffee to eat in or takeaway. On the 12th April in the evening there will be a QUIZ NIGHT. Teams of 4 , £4.00 per person. Doors open at 7.30pm, to start at 8pm. There will be a bar and a raffle.

The village hall committee are proud to host a variety of classes and events for the village and the wider community. Mondays - "Burn and Tone" with Sarah Foster, 7-8pm followed by "Zumba" 8.15 -9.15pm. Wednesdays -  "Aerobics" with Julie Ash, 10am - 11am, Thursdays - Line Dancing - 6.45pm - 10.30pm, Fridays - Youth Club, 6 -7.45pm during term time. For more information contact Steve Keeling on 01379 586557 or visit the website

Finally, a date for your diary - SUNDAY 18th MAY - the annual DOG SHOW  takes place on the field next to the hall. An event not to be missed.

To book the hall for an event please call Jill Fairhead on 01379 586724. The website shows many photographs of the hall, grounds and previous events. Do take a look.


Flooding around Mendham

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A picture taken by John Fielding from Norwich (on showing the flooding around Mendham. Not the first time... not the last...


BBC home swap

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 Now here is an interesting offer from the BBC, sent to this website and verified as genuine. Email was as follows with poster image below and PDF version for printing here.


Dear Colin

I hope that this email finds you well.

I work for the BBC and we’re currently casting for a BBC One UK travel/property programme and we’re looking to find people who live in interesting homes around the UK, who would be happy to try a home swap short break over a weekend in the next few months. The programme will give us a great opportunity to explore home swapping, different property, and local foods/trades and sights around the UK.

We would love to feature some people from Mendham, Withersdale and the surrounding areas in the programme, and I wondered if you may be so kind as to share on the website or put up a poster if there is anywhere you are able to.

I’ve attached the link to the show’s page at the BBC:

And an easy to share paragraph summary:

BBC One are looking for people who live in interesting homes in Mendham and Withersdale, and the surrounding areas and would be happy to try a home swap holiday for a new TV series.

Do you live in an interesting home you’d be happy to swap with someone elsewhere in the UK for a short break?


For an application form please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your contact details

It would be great to get the word out in the community as much as we can. If there’s anything you can do to share I would really appreciate it. Thanks ever so much for your time.


Kind regards,



Kieran McCarthy

Assistant Producer

BBC Factual Entertainment Development

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Mendham & Withersdale Youth & Football Club - Spring 2014

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Winter has been quite kind to us at least in terms of relatively mild weather. Now we start to look forward to spring. Here is the newsletter for the Mendham & Withersdale Youth Club. Lots of things to do down at the village hall and the MUGA!

Remember just click 'Book the MUGA' at the top of this website to download the MUGA membership forms and to book the MUGA using the online booking facility.


Keep warm this winter... from Suffolk County Council

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Help to keep warm this winter

Winter weather can create serious financial and physical challenges, especially for the elderly, disabled people and families with young children struggling to keep warm in their homes. Last year, there were more than 350 excess winter deaths in Suffolk, believed to be connected with the cold weather.

Freehelp and advice is at hand

Suffolk's 'Warm Homes Healthy People' scheme offers support to those most in need. The scheme can help home owners or tenants who privately rent and are on a low income or in receipt of a means tested benefit. The scheme also takes into account age, disability and cold related health conditions. If you're struggling to keep warm or are worried about the cost of heating your home, you could get help with:

  • Emergency boiler and heating repair costs
  • Winter fuel payments
  • Free home energy survey with advice on insulation, fuel switching and cheaper oil prices
  • Basic draught proofing
  • Temporary loan of heaters

People with vulnerable relatives or neighbours are also urged to help them find out more about the support available. Eligibility criteria apply. For more information, call 'Warm Homes Healthy People' helpline on 08456 037 686 (Local rate, lines open Monday-Friday, 9 - 5pm).

Warm Home Discount Scheme

Did you know that electricity suppliers can award eligible customers with a £135 Warm Home Discount? Receiving this discount won’t affect your cold weather or winter fuel payment. To find out more, contact your energy supplier direct.


Please keep warm this winter.?

Laura Sampson and Sandra Brown, SALC Admin

Suffolk Association of Local Councils

Unit 11a, Hill View Business Park

Claydon, Ipswich, IP6 0AJ

Tel: 01473 833713

Fax: 01473 833714



An evening of Music & Song

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On Saturday 30th November 2013 there was an evening of Music & Song at All Saints Church, Mendham. The Reverend Susan Loxton welcomed the gathered audience of around 100 and Reverend Peter Smalls introduced the participants which of course included the All Saints Church Choir. Guests on this occasion were Gill and Richard Whiley (vocal and guitar respectively) and 13 year old Toby Barnwell on recorder. A great evening and one that can be appreciated again as all the proceedings were recorded onto 3 cameras and a DVD will be available in due course. Here is a picture (courtesy Peter Christian - click to expand to full size) of the choir and guests and I will let you know about the DVD when it is edited and available.

Left to right:

Nicki Cattermole, Heather Lee, Jill Fairhead, Richard Whiley (with guitar), Judy Game, Beryl Martin, Janet Kenyon (with flute), Julie Herbert, Christine Christian, Ray Atkins, Toby Barnwell (with recorder), Sylvia Wareham, Rvd. Peter Smalls (rear), Sue Rolfe (front), Sue Olver, Gordon Lascelles, Kate Peacher, Jim Kirkham, Gill Whiley.

See the program for full details.


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Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA)

On Saturday 6th October 2012 the community gathered to officially open the MUGA at the Mendham and Withersdale Village Hall. The ceremony was led by Scott Norman and Tracey Tompkins and the ribbon was cut by Ben Jackson from Suffollk Sport.

Community Orchard

Remember the Community Orchard that was planted in February 2011? Well its harvest time in September and October depending on the variety so go along to the playing field and see if the tree you purchased has any fruit ready for picking! The trees are all labeled with their sponsors and full details are here.

Parish Council Minutes

Remember that all of the minutes for every meeting are on this website. Take a look at what is happening.

All Saints burial monuments

Drawings made by Kathleen Hadingham of the burial monuments in All Saints churchyard are now on the website together with some photographs. We are trying to get a complete record on the website to help genealogists in other areas and other countries.


Some gallery pics

Playing game
A lovely picture
The marquee extension
Denis Pye whose idea the orchard was (with Jan) directing operations

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