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New Lease of Life for Playpark

New Lease of Life for Playpark

A team of volunteers, led by residents Mark Askew and David Hardman and Parish Councillors Ian Unwin, Phil Steadman and Lucinda Tacey have been hard at work overhauling the existing equipment at the play park on Gislingham's Charity Meadow and making plans for further improvements

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Helen at her brother, Simon's, wedding

Remembering Helen Crick

Many of those who visit the play park will have seen an old bench in the Under 6's area with a small plaque on it. 

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‘The Leading Ladies’ - MacMillan Mighty Hike Update

‘The Leading Ladies’ - MacMillan Mighty Hike Update

On July 30th , Elaine and Lexie Hayes, Karen Hails and Izzy Pibworth aka ‘The Leading Ladies’ completed the 26-mile Dedham Vale Mighty Hike for MacMillan Cancer Support.

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Jacob gets on his bike (again!) for Ride AND Stride 2022

Jacob gets on his bike (again!) for Ride AND Stride 2022

This annual fundraiser, which started in Suffolk and has now been adopted throughout the country, is organised by Suffolk Historic Churches Trust.

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The Six Bells Gislingham - Update

The Six Bells Gislingham - Update

Very many thanks to all of you who have completed and returned the Six Bells Community Group (SBCG)’s survey.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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'.

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Wendy

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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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