New initiatives

It became clear that individuals are working on a number of projects and we can start to communicate these a little more.

Swifts in Mendham - Denis Pye is trying to get nesting sites established to bring swifts back into Mendham parish.

Local walk leaflets - Colin Herbert is drafting a series of 8 walking leaflets and seeking funding for a significant print run to place leaflets in local libraries, information centres, holiday cottages, village halls, etc. A village hall meeting to review the walks and the leaflets will be arranged. There has never been a set of walks dedicated to Mendham parish.

Now & Then (or Past & Present?) - Colin would like to gather a set of old photographs and take the corresponding present day version. Jill Fairhead took pictures of many of the properties in Mendham and Withersdale in 2000 and some of those could be used as well. It would be a visual feast of changes in the last hundred years or so. Many of the old images would come from turn of the century postcards but we would use older photographs if we have them.

The history of Mendham - Colin & Denis are trying to pull together all the available information to produce a single resource on the website, possibly even produce a paper version, a simple, easy to read history book about Mendham parish.

Outside Tennis Table - A concrete table tennis table that can be used in all weathers, situated at the village hall... an idea by Tracey Tompkins

Boules court - a place to play boules at the village hall, another idea from Tracey

Any more projects to mention?



 Mendham & Withersdale

    Two English villages on the river Waveney on the Norfolk/Suffolk border

        One parish, two villages... bringing the community closer together






Village of the Year - Parish presentation

Monday 6th October, Mendham village green... we will be presented with the Mid-Suffolk District 'Village of the Year' winners sign! All Mendham school children will be there, plus parents plus others. Lots of pictures to follow-up with press to promote the school, pub and parish. Starts at 2:45. Should be a great group photograph. All welcome!!!



New website owner!

After 7 years of the website being built and supported by an individual, a vote last night (29th September 2014) accepted a proposal that the website should now be owned by the parish council. This is great news as we can expect it to have a higher profile and be supported with more content. Ownership means paying the bills, being ultimately accountable for the content and promoting the use of the site. There will be no dramatic changes, but behind the scenes it will be moved to a new host package to allow the parish council to support the costs of hosting the content and maintaining the domain name of mendham.org.uk

We get hits on the website from all over the world now as people are interested in learning about Mendham (either its history or people studying genealogy), the Munnings and the Waveney Valley. We also do well on the village hall page, the welcome pack and the parish plan with over 12,000 hits each and newer areas like events getting over 7,000 hits is a short time. We are getting increasing interest in the picture gallery which tries to capture all the parish events to help us remember the good times.

Well done to the parish council for this great support and lets look forward to an increasing amount of quality content, especially pictures, in the future!



Angry birds!

On Friday 26th September 2014 the Mendham and Withersdale Youth Club have created another bale display in the grounds of the village hall. This time there are 4 'Angry Birds' and all the children helped, painting and sticking to make the giant creatures outside the hall and some smaller crafty 'Angry Birds' in the hall. They are all keen to do another bale display for Christmas so watch this space!

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MSDC - Tenant Involvement

Dear Parish,

I am the lead officer at Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council for Tenant Involvement.  My role is to ensure tenants who live in our houses have the opportunity to influence and shape the housing services they receive from us.

I wanted to alert you to a piece of work that is now being launched to tenants living across Babergh and Mid Suffolk.   We are launching an information pack which informs tenants of all of the ways in which they can now get involved in working with us.  Historically, both Babergh and Mid Suffolk have only offered opportunities that mean attendance at meetings, and had limited resources available that inform tenants about how to get involved or how. The new pack now offers a number of ways for tenants to become involved; ranging from attendance at meetings or getting involved from the comfort of their own home. Below is a link to our website where you can see more information about the packs.  I would be really grateful if you could promote these packs within your newsletters or any other methods to encourage our tenants living in your communities to come forward:


If you would like a couple of packs sent to you, please let me know and I can arrange that. We will be promoting the packs at Housing events and handing out to new tenants over the coming months.  We will also be launching to the media over the coming weeks. Any questions or queries, then please do come back to me.  Thank you in advance for your help and support in this.

Victoria SmyCommunities Officer - Tenant Involvement, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils - Working Together

Address: 131 High Street, Needham Market, Suffolk, IP6 8DL, 01449 724781,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Timber frame Queen Posts

Nicolaas Joubert, an historic buildings consultant based near Bury St Edmunds, is doing a Masters degree on ‘Regionally distinct Queen Post Roofs of North Suffolk and South Norfolk’. He sees a cluster of such posts in Mendham and has chosen the parish to further his research. The project was kicked-off at the village hall on Wednesday 24th September with a presentation on such posts and their distribution. Interesting stuff, more that you might imagine. Rectory Farm, High Hall Cottage, Knights Farmhouse, Middleton Hall, Mundy's Farm and Oakhill Farm will be involved and we will present some of the findings with pictures on this website, adding to our growing historic knowledge of the parish.

Just in case you don't know... the Queen posts are shown here. Think you have one and want to be part of the research? Contact us.


MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area) at Withersdale

muga 2 20140708 1030110110Annual memberships are now due from 1st October 2014 and we are pleased to report that membership fees remain the sameEnjoy tennis, football, netball and basketball all year round on this floodlit court so no excuses to let fitness lapse during the winter months! An on-line booking system ensures the court is yours for the time booked.


Those paying by standing order are reminded that the annual renewal fee will be debited from their bank accounts on 1st October. Those who have chosen to pay by cheque/cash, please let Tracey Tompkins have payment as soon as possible.


Please download a membership application form from www.mendham.org.uk (docs are here) and send to Tracey Tompkins together with the payment. Full details on the form. Any queries contact Tracey on 01379 852969.


Why not hire the hall and book the MUGA for only £5.00 for the duration of the party? Ideal for a football or tennis party. Call Jill Fairhead to book the hall on 01379 586724. Remember to state you would like to book the MUGA too.



What's on at the village hall

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Two super, social, spooky events coming up...

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Youth Club starts Friday evening - 19th September

Yes, all the excitement starts on Friday evening and you wouldn't believe what's in store for the children, so here is the Autumn 2014 Newsletter to tell you all about it.



Gary Kent takes 'Supreme Beef' title at Aylesham show...

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... or at least his heifer did! Gary and James Kent from Mendham, swept the board in the cattle showing section at the Aylsham Show on bank holiday Monday with an 18 month old heifer called 'Mystique'. Mystique, a home bred Limousin X, won Commercial Champion, Interbreed Continental Champion, and finally was crowned ' Supreme Beef Interbreed Champion' at the show. Earlier in the year the heifer took 'Commercial Champion' at the Hadleigh Show in May and 'Best Suffolk Born and Bred' at the Suffolk Show. Next up was the Wayland Show, where Mystique claimed 'Commercial Champion' and 'Reserve Supreme Champion'.

Gary Kent, who started cattle showing 7 years ago, said, "I had always hoped that one day we would breed a Champion and this year was our year. It is very unusual for a commercial animal to win such a prestigious award and the whole family are very proud of our achievements."

Showing cattle has been a real family affair, with son Hayden, 13, pictured, regularly taking part in young handlers at various shows in the region and niece, Juliette Tompkins, also has had successes as a young handler over the past few years. 'Kent beef' is regularly available at Bramfield Meats, local butchers and restaurants in the Waveney Valley area, including the Sir Alfred Munnings Hotel and Public House in Mendham. 



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