Future projects

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 4 walking leaflets and seeking funding for a significant print run to place leaflets in local libraries, information centres, holiday cottages, village halls, etc. The parish council has voted unanimously to support the project. 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

A study of moles in Mendham parish - Toby Herbert (spring/summer 2015)

War Memorial stories and houses where the people lived - Toby Herbert (autumn 2014)

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






Mid Suffolk - Community Achievement awards

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!

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Village of the Year 2014 - How to spend the prize money?

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.

Other suggestions:

  • A basic hygiene course - this could still happen and may be discussed at future Mendham and Withersdale Community Council meetings
  • Carpet bowls - A great idea, but this takes place at Metfield village hall. Please contact them for more information.
  • Benches at the other end of the football field at Withersdale - A great idea. The existing benches on the field were purchased by individuals, some in memory of a loved one. There are plans to install some more as others have expressed an interest in having their own benches. When more are purchased maybe one or two could be placed at the other end of the field and possibly around the proposed Boules piste. If you would like to purchase a bench, maybe dedicated to someone special, please contact Steve Keeling, the hall chairman on 01379 586557. They cost about £120 with the brass plaque included.
  • Well signed footpaths and walks - There are some walk leaflets, due to be printed this spring, detailing some walks around Mendham and Withersdale and the immediate surrounding area. More details will be available soon. Leaflets can be placed at the Munnings Pub, village hall, churches and noticeboards. For more information please contact Colin Herbert on 01379 588202.
  • Tennis rackets and equipment at the MUGA - There are 12 rackets at the village hall belonging to the Youth Club. We are looking to place a weatherproof box inside the MUGA to hold 2x23", 2x25" and 2x27" rackets. Some tennis balls will be placed in the box too. However, balls tend to disappear so we cannot guarantee there will always be balls available and would suggest that you bring some of your own. To become a member of the MUGA please download a membership form from this website or contact Tracey Tompkins on 01379 852969.
  • Safe walking access to the village hall from Withersdale - The Village Hall Committee has recently purchased a ride on lawnmower. Grass cutting is a massive cost and issue to the hall, but now we have a mower it is hoped to keep the grass well cut this summer so that villagers can enter at the corner of the field and walk easily to the hall on short cut grass.

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.



Most Active Village - Mendham are runners-up!

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



Live music night at the hall



Red Nose Day 2015

RedNoseDayGolden NoseI 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).

Thank you for your support!



MUGA membership - Summer 2015

img 2972 20140803 1652383486Half year memberships are now available giving access to the MUGA from April to September!

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?


Youth Club Newsletter - Spring 2015

The Youth Club goes from strength to strength. Here is the newsletter for this spring.



Dr Dan visits Mendham

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.


More old items about Mendham

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.

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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


View old items here




Mendham parish in 'Village People' magazine



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.







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