Mendham & Withersdale
Two English villages on the river Waveney on the Norfolk/Suffolk border
One parish, two villages... bringing the community closer together
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!
The Mendham and Withersdale Youth and Football Club (its full name!) is always busy with new ideas. Newsletters tend to be published by the Youth Club in Spring, Summer and Autumn so check for the latest newsletter here.
Some time ago the barn, Middlegate House (next to Highfields on Foxes Lane and originally part of its farm) hosted a pottery and they made several items. The most famous was a contract to make the pots for Colmans Mustard in Norwich. Here is the old sign that used to hang near the gate and a pot that recently sold on eBay (photographs with permission of David Tatham, copyright 2015).
The Youth Club 'Red Nose Day' fundraiser! Withersdale Youth Club sold 60 red noses, held a 'bring a plate, buy a plate' cake stall and invited parents and helpers to have their faces painted by their children to raise money for Comic Relief. They raised £96.00. Thank you to all who dared to take part.
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
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.
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!!!