Mendham & Withersdale
Two English villages on the river Waveney on the Norfolk/Suffolk border
One parish, two villages... bringing the community closer together
The Annual Companion Dog Show takes place this Sunday 17th May at the Mendham and Withersdale Playing Field and Village Hall. This latest big bale creation is in residence on the field proudly promoting the event. This big dog was created by Nicky Cawcutt of 'Pawfect Sense' dog grooming salon, Mendham (07769 650636).
Registration takes place from 10am with classes starting from 11am. Entry forms can be downloaded here or are available on the day. There will be hot dogs and burgers available, also filled rolls, cakes and drinks. This promises to be another great show. Don't miss it!
Pictures now in the gallery (right). Click on 'Events | 2015 | Dog show'.
No real embarrassing ones this year... shame.
... write what you know.'
"I have just heard that one of my new poems was long-listed for a prize in a national competition run by the premier poetry journal Rialto in combination with the RSPB. In a field of several thousands, that's not too bad. In fact, I'm quite chuffed!"
The making of Thrushfall
The challenge for this big new competition was to write a poem about Nature. Right up my street you might think; but where to start? There is one rule that always holds good. Write what you know.
So I tracked back all the way to my early teenage years, when there were three passions in my life. The sea, birds, and fishing. On the Suffolk coast, where we lived, all of these three came together in autumn and early winter. Sea fishing at its best, and long days on the beach or on the piers also gave opportunities for watching birds, especially migrating birds coming in from Europe.
The poem describes one such weekend. Listening for the weather forecast. Hearing migrating birds arriving from Scandinavia, calling as they flew above a thick fog. My father joining me later, finding me with our special whistle, the cry of a curlew.
In certain weather conditions, many hundreds, perhaps thousands of migrating birds arrive on land together. That is known as a “Fall” of birds. Thrushfall was born.
At midnight we had Humber, Thames,
North-easterly two to three, becoming light,
Variable by dawn. I’d go then.
On the beach, only a grey light in the murk,
Leaving white hoar along the marram blades.
So heavy the fog, so thick, my lines
Had gone before they reached the sea.
Ice splintered from the top ring as I reeled in,
With only the distant foghorn to keep me company.
And now, over the noise of pebbly swash,
Soft calls of land birds overhead.
Redwings were coming in, hour after hour.
They flew, unseen, somewhere above the fog.
Fishing was slow. I estimated birds,
Knowing the little groups in which they travelled.
They numbered thousands.
A curlew cried, muffled, still haunting, wild.
No bird, just our secret call.
I whistled, ‘Courlui, Courlui’
A rippling secondary phrase replied, and soon,
Scrunching across the pebble bank,
My father, old mac, old cap, old rods akimbo.
‘Anything?’ ‘A few dabs’
‘Clearer a field or two inland. Hundreds of birds’
‘Redwings!’ ‘And some fieldfares’
On we fished. At lowest ebb of tide
And day, I walked the shoreline.
Found no amber, only a few feathery
Soaking bundles in the retreating waves.
The wintering, wandering Viking birds had come,
Leaving their own small sacrifice to the sea.
13th May 2015 at 7pm at the Mendham and Withersdale village hall is the opportunity for anyone (you are all invited) in the parish to raise issues of concern or discuss anything to do with the parish at the Annual Parish Meeting. The meeting is hosted by the parish council and you should contact the clerk directly if you have any questions. The agenda is here. Refreshments will be available. The minutes will be posted on this website when they are available.
There will be a meeting of the parish council (agenda here) immediately after the Annual Parish Meeting and again, all public are welcome to attend.
NOTICE OF ROAD CLOSURE
Starting on Monday 8th June 2015 Shotford Bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions for several weeks. The diversions could mean an increase in traffic through Mendham & Withersdale. Suffolk Highways will endeavour to prevent heavy traffic using our villages as a rat run. We will keep you posted with updates as and when we receive them.
... you will on Saturday 9th May between 11:30 ad 12 noon! The Suffolk Guild of Bell Ringers have asked for the bells in Suffolk to be rung to mark the anniversary of VE Day. The bells of All Saints will be ringing the. Why not pop along to support the ringers? The bell frame (I'm sure there is a technical term for it) at All Saints was relocated lower down in the tower for structural reasons and the bells themselves were refurbished in 2002 with Michael Allen at the helm of the proceedings. That's why the bells can't be heard very clearly now from outside the church. There are some pictures in the picture gallery of the bells being installed in their new frame.
The six-month research study will test if daily consumption of one or two portions of freeze-dried blueberries improves heart health and insulin action in people with metabolic syndrome – a condition characterised by a larger waistline and raised blood sugar blood fats and blood pressure and which is found in more than a quarter of UK adults.
This major international study is being run by leading scientists from UEA, Harvard University (USA) and the University of Cambridge. They are looking to recruit 144 generally healthy volunteers aged 50-75 years who have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25 and are non-smokers and not currently taking hormone replacement therapies.
Those who are interested in taking part in the study will be invited to come to the UEA to hear more about the study before attending a screening visit to assess whether they have metabolic syndrome.
Suitable individuals will then be invited to take part which involves consuming freeze-dried blueberries or a placebo powder (containing no blueberries) for six months. A variety of health tests will take place at intervals during the study with all participants reimbursed for travel their time and level of involvement. Volunteers will be asked to attend the university a minimum of six occasions (with optional extra visits). Some dietary restrictions will be required such as avoiding blueberries during the study but full instructions will be provided. The study cannot recruit people with a history of heart disease cancer or diabetes.
6 pupils were chosen to represent Mendham Primary School in a City Six football match at the Norwich City ground at Carrow Road on Saturday 2nd May 2015. They played their match (didn't win sadly but always another time) and after lunch they watched the Canaries beat Fulham 4 goals to 2.
On the football team picture on the pitch the people are: Staff; Ms Last, Ms Collins; Standing: Ted, Toby (goal), Leighton; Front: Sam, Logan, Will, William.
Over the past few years, some people in Mendham and Metfield have been trying to promote the need for broadband in the area. Conferences have been attended and MP's and others have been lobbied. Eventually there is some progress. The Mendham cabinet (EAHRL P1) became ready-for-service from 26th March 2015 but customers served by that cabinet need to check with their Retail Service Provider to see whether they can benefit from this upgrade and if so will need to upgrade their service.
The cabinet in Metfield, and some 'Exchange Only' lines in Fressingfield should be complete by June or September 2015. An Exchange Only line is one that that connects directly to the local telephone exchange rather than via one of BT's green street cabinets. The vast majority of phone lines connect to the nearest exchange via a street cabinet, but roughly 5% of all phone lines are classed as Exchange Only connections. Here is an update from Dan Poulter and is the content that was presented at the 'Meet your MP' meeting in Metfield in January 2015. Slowly, Mendham and Withersdale creep into the 21st century! Thanks to Christine McClellan for her efforts in Metfield and Colin Herbert for supporting Mendham.
Sunday 12th July sees the return of the successful 'HAM & ALE' event at Mendham and Withersdale village hall and playing field. Mendham and Withersdale Community Council will be running this event alongside the Annual Inter-Village Rounders competition. The fun starts from noon onwards. There will be pulled pork rolls, bacon rolls and hot dogs, beer, pimms, tea, cakes, ice creams, a raffle and many more side stalls which will be run by the organisations in our parish.
To enter a ROUNDERS TEAM from your village, please contact Ralph Tompkins on 01379 852969. This was a great event last year so do come along and join in the fun and support your village in this hotly contested competition.
For more information contact Kathy Ferrar on 01379 852125 or Tracey Tompkins on 01379 852969.
Never an easy question to answerr but here are some notes collected from various spurces over the past few years:
Mendham: *Mynda hām ‘*Mynda's farm’, probably Mynda’s homestead... Mynda + Ham (homestead), could be Mynda’s meadow/enclosure, Myndham c950
*Myndel, formed from an earlier ^Mund-il, due to adding the dimin. suffix -il to the A.S. Mund. cf. G. milndel, a pupil. Both Mund and Munda occur as A.S. personal names. If this is right, the original sense was 'Myudel's home' or 'Myndel's enclosure' and a possible sense of Mendham is 'Mynda's home' or ' Mynda's enclosure'; where *Mynda is from a stem *Mund-jon-, formed, in the usual way, as a weak masculine from the base Mund.
The surname is recorded in several spellings including Mendham, Menham, Mineham, Minham, Minam, and possibly others and is an English surname. It is locational and is a slang or at least a variant spelling of the Suffolk village name Mendham. This place is first recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Wills record of the year 951 AD as 'Myndham'. The name translates as 'The homestead of Munda', an early personal name which probably derives from the Norse-Viking word 'mundi', the modern 'Monday'.
The Munda's were a tribe of some importance in the centuries after the end of the Roman Conquest of Britain in 412 AD. An early recording in what may be regarded as the 'correct' spelling is that of Ann Mendham, christened at St. Mary Magdalene in the city of London on 12th June 1572.
So now you know!