It is, obviously, with great sadness that I have to mark the passing of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II. I would like to acknowledge Her Majesty's dedication to our country during the 70 years of her reign, send our community's condolences to her family and, as King Charles III ascends the throne, wish him a long and successful reign.
Despite everything that has happened in 2022, it is still hard to believe we are now ten months into the new year! October is the month we always launch our Children’s Christmas Artwork competition. This year we have re-introduced age categories so that irrespective of age all the children will have the chance to have their picture featured in the magazine. There will be a winner in each age category and the four winning pictures will all appear in the December issue. This will hopefully encourage more entries from children of all age groups. (Full details can be found on page 11).
In our August issue, we featured Mellis schoolgirl Jasmine Briggs who was busy rehearsing for her part in ‘The Secret Garden’ at The Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds. I was so pleased I witnessed the production first-hand. I’ve tried to give an un-biased review on page 7.
Not wishing to neglect the grown-ups…. August Bank Holiday weekend saw the excellent annual Gislingham Flower Festival take place at St. Mary’s Church, with the theme of “Inspired By”. It raised a total of £2385.65. All those involved in this event certainly deserve much praise! We’ve devoted three centre colour pages to present a collage of photos of some of the displays. Apologies for not having room to show them all!
The drought has had a detrimental effect on everyone’s gardens, following one of the driest summers on record and I think we probably all need some guidance as to how to get our gardens back to some sort of normality. To this end, I am delighted that Lawrence Thompson will once again be writing a gardening column for us every month. The first of his articles, “In your garden” appears on page 13; to help give us some guidance.
The fact that this issue is the biggest of the year, is an indication that finally we are back to pre-pandemic levels, in terms of local events to support. Please support these local events.
Finally, I would like to welcome Bob Stuart to The Messenger team. Bob will be updating our website every month so that as soon as the magazine is published, the website is updated with all local events listed and a downloadable version of the magazine etc, online.
We hope you enjoy this issue!
Until next month!