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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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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.

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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.

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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’ ...

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Gislingham Village Store has new owners!

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

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Why Gislingham?

Ge selingham, Gidincham, Gillingeham, Gillingham, Gilsingham, Giselingeham, Gislingham,
Gisilmcham, Gislinghaha, Gislingeha, Gislingh, Gislingheham, Gissilincham, Gyselingham,
Gyslinam and Gyslyngha, were the various names our village have been known by over the
centuries.

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Friends of St Mary’s 2019 Flower Festival and Village Hall Refreshments

We wish to begin this report by offering a heartfelt “Thank You” to everybody who assisted in any way to enable the Flower Festival to take place and to everybody who prepared refreshments, baked cakes and helped at the Village Hall. 

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In Conversation with Phoebe and Morgan

This month, I talk to two 13-year old girls; Phoebe Clark from Mellis, and Morgan Barber from
Gislingham about Girls rugby; and in particular Diss Rugby Club.

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Gary’s gang raise over £1300 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

Three Gislingham men pushed the boat out in early-May to raise money for charity in a
gruelling three-day canoe challenge down the River Wye on the English-Welsh border.

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In conversation with Rowland Warboys

This month I talk to Mellis resident Rowland Warboys about life in Suffolk and local politics.

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Thornham's Parish Hall Refurbishment

Thornhams Parish Hall, completed in 1924, has served the twin villages of Thornham Magna and Parva well for nearly 100 years.

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A new chapter in the Silver Band's history begins!

Our band hut has come to the end of its useful life having served the village and the band well for 100 years.

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