The Suffolk Recorder recording past and current events for Wickhambrook
Suffolk Recorder

Suffolk Recorder

My name is Dorothy Anderson and I have lived in Wickhambrook for over 20 years. I took over as History Recorder in 1997 when Alf Hicks died.  The Recorders’ Scheme was started 50 years ago by the Suffolk Local History Council, and it was their aim to have someone in each parish to ’obtain and record systematically every piece of evidence which may have the slightest bearing on the course of history in Suffolk’.  The idea then was to uncover the past, but that has changed, and Recorders now are asked to record what is happening at present in the parishes.

How you can help

We have had some photos sent to us from the 1880s, one of the photos we believe is of Elm Cottage, Wickhambrook somewhere near Malting End - does anyone recognise it and can confirm this or provide more information? See photo here

Take a look at the report by the History Society following the event 'Wickhambrook Discovers its Past'.

Any events taking place in the village would be recorded as recent history.

Old photos that are not wanted by the family then please consider donating them.

New buildings, extensions or changes to properties in the village.

Suffolk Recorder Photos

Baileys Yard

What it involves

A Recorder is asked to see that the present is adequately recorded at local level, and to be on the look-out for items of historical interest which might otherwise be overlooked or lost for ever. This can be done by keeping a diary or a scrapbook, and by taking photographs.

I have a good collection of posters, tickets and programmes for village events and I take photographs of people and places and try to keep up with changes to properties and new buildings. I am a member of several organisations and this helps me to keep in touch.

I have to write a report every year, which is kept in the Record Office, and usually compile it from newspaper reports and personal knowledge. Unlike my predecessor, I am not able to attend every meeting of every organisation, so I am very grateful to those clubs and societies who keep me informed of their activities.

I am also indebted to the Parish Council who sponsor me each year. This helps with the cost of films, developing, folders and files.

A Recorder is only as good as the information she can collect, so if you are arranging an event, building or demolishing a house, or just want to be sure that your organisation is included in the Annual Report, please let me know.

Contact the Suffolk Recorder by email or call 01440 820376.

Dorothy is a  Diamond Champion

Dorothy Anderson receiving the Diamond Champion awardDorothy Anderson is holding a Diamond Champion pin, designed by her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, to celebrate the contribution volunteers aged over 60 make to organisations all over the UK.

There were 4,573 nominations nationally and 60 Diamond Champions were selected from this region, East and South East of England, to receive the Champion's pin from Patricia Routledge, at the Sloane Club in London on 19th October 2012.

Dorothy wears several hats within the village just now History Recorder for Wickhambrook, President of the Women's Institute, secretary to the local History Society to name but three.

Dorothy's recognition is a celebration of our community in Wickhambrook and all those who contribute so much, in so many ways, to the quality of our life here.