The Messenger - Serving Gislingham, Mellis and the Thornhams


Six Bells Inn

Six Bells, Gislingham - Update

The Six Bells Steering Group was formed in 2019 to buy the pub from the owners at the time, Harry and Carolyn. Since then, a lot has happened.


Queen's Jubilee

Plans announced for the Queen's platinum jubilee central weekend nationally and locally

This will be the first time any British monarch has celebrated a platinum jubilee; seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old.


Jacob on his bike

Jacob gets on his bike for Ride and Stride 2021

This annual fundraiser, which started in Suffolk and has now been adopted throughout the country, is organised by Suffolk Historic Churches Trust. It is the trust’s main source of income, enabling it to make grants to churches and chapels of all denominations towards the cost of repairs and restoration.


Ellen and team walking

Ellen's Trek 24

Ellen Hollingworth of Gislingham will be doing a sponsored walk for the East Anglian Air Ambulance on 14 August to raise funds for them.


Litter pick

Gislingham litter pick

Eleven adults and five children turned out in glorious weather on Sunday 13th June to help with the Gislingham Litter Pick.


The editor receives the Watson Bowl

Messenger awarded Watson Bowl

The Messenger Team was awarded the Watson Bowl , along with Martin Bryant, who was awarded 'volunteer of the year'.



Wendy Makes a Difference!

Wendy Jenness who has been delivering the Royal Mail to Gislingham households for 12 years was the recent recipient of a BBC Radio Suffolk, “Make a Difference” Award, for going beyond the call of duty. If you were up early on Monday 21st December, you may have heard Wendy on the radio at 06.40 when Radio Suffolk Breakfast Show host Mark Murphy phoned her to tell her of the award.


Ruth Harris-Orford

Ruth's act of kindness to the fire crews tackling the flooding

Firefighters tackling the floods across the region were treated to a free coffee as they stopped off at Morrison’s petrol station in Diss to refuel. Ruth Harris-Orford who lives in Gislingham and works at the petrol station, reached into her own pocket to buy Costa coffees for all the fire crews as a thank you for their efforts and hard work.


'All Change' at the Railway Tavern

Lockdown meant an abrupt and complete closure for the Tavern! This was a very worrying time, not knowing when we would be able to re-open, if at all. Fortunately, the end came sooner rather than later, and we were delighted to open our doors again in July.


Gislingham high street

Life in Gislingham 100 years ago

For this month’s article, I have trawled back through copies of GNUS, dating back 20 years, to an article that was written by Mr. C. W. Carter about life in Gislingham in 1920 - 100 years ago. I have also managed to source the names of the various tradespeople courtesy of Kelly’s directory.


Phoebe Clark

Phoebe's Campout for Refuge

14-year-old, Phoebe Clark from Mellis, is fund-raising for Refuge. Refuge supports women, children & men experiencing domestic violence with a range of services.


A New Home for Copydiss

Copydiss is a name well known in Diss. It appears the ‘old Copydiss’ is a landmark at the top of St Nicholas Street where it has traded for 25 years.


Hall Family

SARS Charity Fundraiser by the Hall Family of Thornham Parva

As it stands, as a family we are thrilled to have raised £610! We have completed the ‘Virtual race around Suffolk’ ...


Gislingham Village Store has new owners!

In December, Vinoth and his wife Kaarunya took over the Gislingham Village Shop.


Why Gislingham?

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Gyslinam and Gyslyngha, were the various names our village have been known by over the