#92 April 2019
April 2019 edition of the Messenger
April 2019 edition of the Messenger
October 2018 edition of the Messenger
Having returned from my annual holiday in the Greek Islands at the end of May, there was something quintessentially British about enjoying coffee and home-made cake at the ‘Hidden Gardens of Mellis’ just three days after returning. The weather was kind, the event so well organised and much credit should go to those involved. (We have featured a few of the gardens in the centre pages, along with a report on page 25).
In stark contrast atmospherically, but equally brilliantly attended and organised was the ‘not Gis-Fest’ live music event at Gislingham Village Hall on June 23rd. Some great live music by local bands, it was good to see the younger generation helping with the bar-b-q and refreshments. The Village Hall Green was packed with people enjoying the music, a few drinks and even at one point consuming all the bar-b-q food on offer, until reinforcements arrived.
The summer events are certainly coming thick and fast….
On 14thJuly, Gislingham holds its annual Summer Fayre, an event always very well-supported which brings the community together for a day. Slightly further afield, we also feature details of the Suffolk Dog Show. (Well it does have a Gislingham connection) and I am sure many of the dogs in Gislingham will be in attendance at Helmingham Hall on 29thJuly.
Finally, a couple of congratulations are in order. Mr. Gary Avis was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours. Despite being extremely busy with a brand-new production of Swan Lake, he spared us time for our article on page 3.
Also, to Tom Parkhurst on reaching his 10th birthday – (or should I say anniversary?) at the Four Horseshoes. I went along for a coffee and a chat (see pages 10/11) and in true celebratory mood, he has very kindly given readers a 10% off food voucher on (Page 19). Our congratulations and thanks to both.
This issue marks our 8th year of publication! As we put the finishing touches to this issue the day after the Royal Wedding, it seems appropriate to use a red, white and blue photo for our cover, taken just along The Mall from Buckingham Palace. And our interview this month includes details of Josie Cottam's recent meeting with HRH the Princess Royal.
In the past few issues, we have featured various residents' charity fund-raising plans and we include reports on the success of two of these in this issue. Gary Cobbold and his band of merry- men completed their epic 84-mile walk across Hadrian's Wall in just four days.
Also, as our cover photo proves, Kevin Cook completed the London marathon and raised a staggering £7,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
As 2018 develops into longer days and warmer weather, now is the time to "get out and get healthy!".
We are blessed in Suffolk with beautiful landscapes, a vibrant arts scene, world-class cultural heritage, picturesque villages, welcoming pubs, farmers markets selling local produce and many unique independent shops within our market towns and villages. So the next few months are an ideal opportunity to get out and enjoy the delights of Suffolk, both locally and also further afield.
So why not support local shops, pubs and businesses and help boost the local economy rather than the High Street Chain stores? Research shows that for every £1 spent with a small or medium sized business 63p stays in the local economy.
In this edition: In conversation with Mellis resident Gordon Clark about his plans to cycle 506 miles in 5 days with 'Ride 25' across Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey in support of the 1moreChild charity.