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Wickhambrook Local History Society Reports

Wickhambrook Discovers Its Past

We had a very successful weekend in every way. All Saints Church made £2,000, the History Society gained some new members and everyone who came enjoyed their visit and spent a lot of time browsing in the church so all our hard work paid off.

The weekend got off to a flying start with a Cheese and Wine evening when Ashley Cooper, a farmer and historian from Gestingthorpe gave a talk which included a poem about Wickhambrook, specially written for the occasion and paid tribute to the late Alf Hicks and Percy Nunn, both of whom he got to know as a long time speaker at History Society meetings.

We had marvellous displays from members of the History Society Study Group. Steve Coe has researched education in the village, John Seal has written a Little History of the village, Joyce Draycott has investigated Ashfield Green and its residents and Kay and Michael MacEvoy undertook a survey of the churchyard.

We borrowed items from the Record Office in Bury and Leslie Hanbury lent his large and fascinating Tithe Map. Jock Whitehouse of Hundon put on a display about RAF Stradishall and there were items from the History Recorder's collection too.

Most people who came to look spent at least an hour in the church and many enjoyed tea and delicious cake provided by the WI.

It was good to see friends and neighbours meeting up as well as some more far-flung history enthusiasts. Thanks are due to many people for the success of the weekend – the working party headed by Philip Draycott, the local businesses who sponsored us, members of the History Society who acted as stewards and the WI. A big thank you also goes to those who brought postcards, photographs and documents to share with others.

A weekend to remember.

I was asked about the Millennium Project by several newcomers to the village . In 1998 we decided to try and find the oldest house in the village as part of an exhibition we were planning for 2000. Each resident was given a form to fill in with a photograph of their house, but as is the way of things, not everyone responded so there are gaps in our knowledge. If you would like to fill in a form about your house, please contact me on 01440 820376.

Dorothy Anderson
Chairman, Local History Society
History Recorder for Wickhambrook

Events and News

Tuesday 16th May
On Tuesday 16th May at 7.30pm in the WI Hall, Tony Kirby will talk on Churches and Chapels since the Reformation. All welcome. Look out for posters or check the village website.


 

Baileys of Wickhambrook

This poem was given to Dorothy by one of our members and is to be included in a book later this year
Poem | Baileys of Wickhambrook

Wickhambrook Parish Records

The Wickhambrook Parish Records are currently being digitised and updated.  If you have any information you may be able to add or help fill in some of the gaps, please contact Paul Saunders.

View the Parish Records document here

Photos and Press Cuttings

We have had some fascinating photos and press cuttings sent to us which you can see by having a look at the pdf group images in the gallery

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Dorothy Anderson is awarded a Diamond Champion - read more here

Short Straw by Jennifer Bell

At the launch party at The Cherry Tree on 20th September, Jenny Bell told us how she had found diaries and notes written by her father-in- law Frances Bell and realised that this would make a wonderful book. It has taken her several years to produce but the finished volume makes fascinating reading for the people of Wickhambrook and Stradishall. Frances was the younger brother of Adrian Bell, the well-known writer of Corduroy, Silverley and The Cherry Tree among others. His books were very popular in the thirties and forties for their depiction of farming life in East Anglia. Frances went off to Argentina when a young man and learned much about land use and farming there before returning to this area where he worked for the charismatic fruit grower Justin Brooke, a major employer in the area. He ended up running the fruit growing side of the business, marrying and bringing up a family here, before differences between him and his employer caused him to leave and try his ideas elsewhere in the region. The book is much more than just a farming memoir. Frances was a real character, very popular with the men who worked for him,and enjoyed a glass of beer and played the accordion. It was lovely to see so many former employees of the Brooke empire at Clopton Hall chatting and reminiscing with members of the Bell family. Martin Bell ,the journalist, who is a cousin of the author's husband, has written an introduction to the book and he spoke at the book launch too. The Cherry Tree pub, former home of the Bells, laid on a lovely teatime spread. The book is available in local bookshops or from Larks Press, Ordnance Farmhouse,Guist Bottom, Dereham NR20 5PF for £10 and is an excellent read.

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Our Committee

For information about the Society or events please contact either the Secretary or Events Secretary.

The main committee is as follows:


Chairman Dorothy Anderson
01440 820376
Secretary &
Events Secretary
Gillian Cooper
01440 820052
Treasurer Pam Miller
01440 820696

Members Information

Membership costs £8 per year payable in April  plus 50p for each meeting.

Guests are always very welcome - £2 per occasion.

Meetings held at 7.30pm in the W.I. Hall.

Library - The library is now all set up at the Primary School. Please let us know your views on this. (Little Bradley trip - we have bought Wendy Barnes' book for the library).

Adobe pdf document Discover the Paintings you Own - The Hidden Heritage of Suffolk Revealed by the Public Catalogue Foundation

and now for some interesting Historical Facts from the 1500's ...

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Useful links and information

 

link Suffolk Observatory

link Suffolk Family History Society

link Suffolk Local History Council

link Suffolk Surnames - Information, help and advice for anyone researching their Suffolk Roots

link I have had a letter from the East Anglian Film Archive with details of DVDs which may be of interest to you. You can look online at archivefilmshop.co.uk and type HISTSOC into the discount box. Their Phone no. is 01603 251744. Please tell them which Hist Soc you belong to when you call (Dorothy)

link Many will know that The National Archives gives regular talks on various aspects of family history at the PRO in Kew. Less well known is that they're now available to replay online. Very easy to listen to, providing you've got broadband.

link The Family and Community Historical Research Society

link The Archive CD Books Project

link Doctors who practised in Wickhambrook up until 1900 - Suffolk Medical Biographies website - type in 'Wickhambrook' in the 'place of practice' box and then 'search'.