Mendham & Withersdale
Two English villages on the river Waveney on the Norfolk/Suffolk border
One parish, two villages... bringing the community closer together
Unsung local heroes Kathy Ferrar and Jill Kent were honoured at an awards evening at Haughley Park on Thursday 12th March 2015. Both were nominated by Councillor Marilyn Curran to receive an award and received a framed certificate and a voucher from the sponsors, the East of England Co-operative Society.
Jill was recognised for her community work for over 40 years, especially for promoting and supporting events. Jill has served on various groups in the community including the PCC, Community Council, Village Hall Committee and Youth Club.
Kathy is the current chairman of the Community Council, a parish councillor, a bell ringer and is involved in the Waveney Art Trail. Last year Kathy played a pivotal role in Mendham's bid for 'Village of the Year' and was involved in the Parish Plan which tackles important issues that will influence the Mendham neighbourhood in the future.
Well done ladies!
The parish received a total of £850 in prize money from the Village of the Year competition last year. In February 2015 a voting form was placed in the Six Sense magazine, inviting residents of Mendham and Withersdale to have their say on how the monies should be spent. The results/suggestions were as follows:
Winning suggestion: A Boules pitch/Piste in the grounds of the Village Hall.This got most votes and it is hoped to get this built as soon as possible.
It is hoped that all of the suggestions have been/will be addressed, however, if you have any queries at all, please contact a member of Mendham Parish Council or the Community Council. Thank You.
In 2014, active towns and villages across Suffolk were urged to come forward and shout about how they’re championing sports and physical activity in their local community, an initiative from Suffolk County Council. So on the back of our preparation for the Village of the Year competition, we also quietly entered the 'Suffolks Most Active Town & Village Competition' and have been names as runners up for the small village category! So Mendham parish earns yet another certificate which will be presented at some time to be arranged. The winners were:
Town winner: Kesgrave
Town runner-up: Southwold and Reydon
Large village winner: Brantham
Large village runner-up: Hundon
Small village winner: Middleton-cum-Fordley
Small village runner-up: Mendham
I have purchased, on behalf of the Youth Club, 60 Red Noses for Comic Relief which this year is on 13th March 2015. I will be selling them at Youth Club from this Friday (13th Feb) at £1 each. This year they are in sealed packets so you don't know which one you will get. Also if you are lucky enough to find a Golden Nose (a bit like the Willy Wonka golden tickets!), you will get a chance to win an amazing experience for the whole youth club from Aardman, the creators of Wallace and Gromit etc.
Noses will be sold on a first come first served basis and you are very welcome to buy them for siblings too. Any left over will be sold at Mendham School after half term. We will be running a Red Nose event at Youth Club on Friday 6th March (more details to follow).
Please download a membership form from mendham.org.uk or call Tracey on 01379 852969. Those of you who were members last summer need NOT complete another form. Please contact Tracey to activate your membership for summer 2015.
Anyone for tennis?
The Youth Club goes from strength to strength. Here is the newsletter for this spring.
Dr Dan Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich and a Government health minister, attended a village 'get-together' on Friday evening at the Sir Alfred Munnings Public House and Hotel in Mendham. Dr Dan congratulated Mendham and Withersdale (Mendham parish) on their achievements this year, winning 'Mid Suffolk Village of the Year', coming runner up as 'Suffolk Village of the Year' and being given the 'Open Spaces Award' for Suffolk in recognition of the building of the MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area).
This annual event, organised by the Mendham and Withersdale Community Council, was particularly poignant this year following the villages' successes. Tracey Tompkins thanked Dr Dan, on behalf of the villages, for attending the event and thanked Kathy Ferrar and Colin Herbert for coordinating the Village of the Year application and for the input from all the various organisations. Mrs Tompkins said, "There is such a lot going on in the parish and it's a great place to live." The success of the Munnings Pub and Hotel, the Village Hall, MUGA and more recently the opening of the new nursery at Mendham School, were mentioned as highlights that are creating a buzz in the parish.
Dr Dan spent the evening talking to residents. There was also a raffle and a buffet was enjoyed by all.
During research on the war memorials we talked with Paul Flatt who lives locally and used to live in Mendham for many years. He has been given some family items (photographs, newspaper cuttings, etc.) and has very kindly shared them with the Mendham community, for which we thank him. We think there may be more to come as well.
Here's an example, L>R back row: ? Goodwin, Roscoe Rustead, Herbert Thurston, ? Goodwin, Harry Seaman, George Flatt, Alfred Thurston; adults: Reverend Egremont, ? Andrews; front: Wallace Riches; date unknown
Mendham parish is in the winter 2014 copy of the 'Village People' magazine (page 9) which is delivered to 50,000 homes next week. It is also available free in Budgens. It mentions the school children as well which is nice.
On 5th September on Lesley Dolphins' program on BBC Radio Suffolk, Mendham parish were announced as the runners up for the Suffolk Village of the Year 2014. Nearly did it but 2nd in Suffolk is OK!!!