This month, there is more evidence of our villages getting back to
some sort of pre-covid normality. You will see overleaf, a variety of local events to enjoy over the next few weeks, including the popular ‘Thornham Film Night’ which is back in September.
Mellis Village Hall is re-open and available to hire and Mellis residents will receive a questionnaire with this issue of the magazine, to ascertain the potential demand for sports activities at the hall. This is all part of an initiative set-up by Mid-Suffolk District Council to help rural village halls set-up new sustainable sports clubs, to help get people active. Your participation in completing the questionnaire would be much appreciated by the Mellis Memorial Hall Committee! (Next month a similar questionnaire will be included for Gislingham residents, with regards to possible future activities at Gislingham Village Hall.)
It is easy to take from granted the “simple” things we have enjoyed over the years withing our villages, such as Film Nights at Thornham Village Hall, Book Sales, Quiz Nights, and the annual Gis-Fest at Gislingham Village Hall, etc.
But re-opening village hall facilities and planning to put these events back on, is not as “easy” as it used to be. Many people within our villages give up much of their spare time to support these facilities and local organisations to help put on these events. Please support them.
Additionally, there are calls for volunteers. There are vacancies on the Gislingham Parish Council, and on page 25 you will see the Gislingham Speed Watch Team are looking for additional help. The Suffolk Local History Council are looking for volunteers in Mellis and Gislingham, on page 41. And I am sure there are some organisations within our villages that could do with some extra help too! So, if you want to get involved and help get village life back to “normal” please come forward to offer help. I am sure it will be greatly appreciated by many of the local organisations.