Mendham & Withersdale
Two English villages on the river Waveney on the Norfolk/Suffolk border
One parish, two villages... bringing the community closer together
As part of the war memorial project in 2014, the paper plan that is in the church was transcribed into a spreadsheet which may be useful for researchers who aren't local to the area. There are 3 sheets in the MS Excel workbook. The first is the plan, the second has all the names sorted by burial reference and the third has all the names sorted by surname.
Now Colin and Toby Herbert are completing that work, creating family trees, trying to identify which house they lived in and adding any stories that make us realise that these were people and not just names. Some stories are humorous (below), most are sad and one is gut wrenchingly appalling.
The information is being shared on this website and Toby hopes to make a booklet which can reside in both the parish churches as well as elsewhere.
One name, HC Stevenson almost beat us but for the people from all over the world on-line at the 'Great War Forum' who solved the problem in 24 hours. It turns out that George William Stevenson confused two of his sons in the 1911 census that he completed... Harold Cecil should have been Herbert Cecil and Herbert should have been Harold Richard. When that was realised it all fell into place, especially the connections with Mendham. Well its easy to do when you have a wife and 16 children! Thanks to those forum members from the parish of Mendham.
The article is work in progress for the next week or so and the content will gradually get tidied up by Toby.
We have secured funding from Mid Suffolk District Council to run 3 days of tennis lessons at the Mendham MUGA. There were two days during the Summer holidays and one will take place during October half term. The October camp will take place on:
Monday 27th October 2014 (weather permitting)
From 10am –3pm for Children aged 6 – 14ish
(6 -9 year olds/beginners 10 -12noon and 9+ -14 years 1-3pm)
There are 20 places available at the session available on a first-come first-served (served, get it? served?) basis. See details and application form here.
Children from Mendham Primary School and parents gathered in the rain to watch the unveiling of the 'Mid Suffolk Village of the Year' sign on Mendham village green on Monday 6th October 2014, followed by drinks and a biscuit. We entered the competition with all the documentation being prepared by athy Ferrar, Tracey Tompkins and Colin Herbert. We received the judges at the village hall and later learnt that we had won the Mid Suffolk District round. Then the judges came to the village hall again to judge for the final Suffolk County round. Mendham, Whatfield and Worlington were the last 3. On Lesley Dolphins radio program on Radio Suffolk on Friday 5th September the winners were announced. Whatfield won, Mendham came 2nd and Worlington came 3rd.
For the Mid Suffolk District Round we win £300, a certificate signed by the Chairman of Mid Suffolk District Council and a village sign that we can keep for 3 years. Its now in the ground at Mendham village green. All 3 were presented to the community on Monday 6th October at 3pm with all the school children in attendance as well as others from the community. The certificate will be displayed in the village hall.
Whatfield, the Suffolk County winners are hosting a party and representatives from Mendham will attend where we will be presented with a cheque for £450 as runners up. All monies go to the parish council.
Well done to everyone who helped and contributed. A job well done!
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!!!
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!
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!
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.
Annual memberships are now due from 1st October 2014 and we are pleased to report that membership fees remain the same. Enjoy 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.
WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER?
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.
THINKING OF A KIDS PARTY?
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.
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!!!