The Fromelles Connection - Exhibition in St Peter's for Pte Benjamin Richardson, 54th Battalion Australian Imperial Force

On 19th July 2010 the Commonwealth War Grave at Fromelles will see the final burial and dedication.

Here in Blaxhall we will remember Benjamin Richardson Jnr, he left Blaxhall in 1913 for a new life in Australia but his life was cut short when he was tragically killed at the Battle of Pheasant Wood, Fromelles 19th July 1916.

We don't have a picture of Ben but we do have a picture of his Memorial Plaque and a picture of his father, Benjamin Richardson Snr.

An exhibiton about the journey to find a DNA link for Ben Richardson can be seen during Open Churches week at St Peter's Church, Blaxhall.

Blaxhall Parish Council Meeting Dates 2010/2011

The dates of Blaxhall Parish Council forthcoming meetings dates have now been entered in the calendar.

Meetings take place at Blaxhall Village Hall and start at 7.30pm, and there is 15 minutes at the start of the meeting when members of the public can speak.

Swallows successfully nest in Church Porch

This summer swallows have been successful in raising a family in the church porch. The parents can be seen swooping in and out of the porch and are a joy to hold on a warm summer evening.

Listen again to BBC Radio 4 George Ewart Evans on Archive on 4

You can listen again if you missed this week's Archive On Four, when historian Alan Dein celebrates the centenary of his mentor George Ewart Evans, collector of Suffolk farming tales. Broadcast on Sat 10 April at 8pm and repeated on Monday 12 at 3pm. A good opportunity to hear some of the Blaxhall Folk talking to George Ewart Evans and learn a little more about George. Alan Dein talks to people who remember him in Blaxhall and to his son Lord (Matthew Evans and youngest daughter Susan Gentleman as well as historian Owen Collins. Just go onto BBC radio 4 web page and follow the links.

Blaxhall Parish Council Meeting

The next meeting of Blaxhall Parish Council is wednesday 3rd March 2010 at 7.30pm in the Parish Room.See Village Notice Boards at Mill Common and Stone Common for Agenda.

Climate Change Play - Turning the Tide at Blaxhall Village Hall, March 27 at 2.30 pm.

Turning the Tide by Open Space Theatre Company

This new play has been created by Woodbridge writer Peppy Barlow in collaboration with Open Space Theatre and will be performed at Blaxhall Village Hall on Saturday 27 March at 2.30pm.

The idea behind the project is to use drama as a novel means of communication in trying to encourage action over carbon reduction. Many people seem to feel “burned” out” following the first wave of enthusiasm and following doom and gloom climate change stories in the media, and the play is designed to re-stimulate interest through entertainment.

It lasts 30 minutes and is followed by an audience discussion led by the actors.

The play sets out to hold a mirror up to what is happening in our society, without being preachy. It does this in a way which we feel is entertaining so we hope people will enjoy themselves as well as being re-energised.

Performances are scheduled throughout Suffolk in the period up to April 11. Open Space Theatre Company was formed in the autumn of 2008 to present classical and contemporary drama as well as issue-based play. Turning the Tide is the first in the latter category. Other productions so far include Ghosts, by Henrik Ibsen, and Private Lives, by Noel Coward. It will be presenting 84 Charing Cross Road, by James Roose-Evans, at six venues in Suffolk between February 26 and March 13.

For further information about Open Space Theatre Company log on to or telephone 01379 855101 (admission will be free)

Linda the Snow Plough heroine!

Is Blaxhall the only place in the Country with a lady snow plough operator. Linda has worked all over the weekend as well as today clearing the snow off our roads. Many thanks to Linda and her crew for getting on with it.

Last chance! 2010 Blaxhall Archive Group Calendar

Blaxhall Archive Group have produced a full-colour A4 size calendar using 12 pictures by George Thomas Rope, who also features in their latest book - Blaxhall's Creative Past. The calendar sells at £6.00 and is available from The Ship Inn, Blaxhall or by contacting Blaxhall Archive Group on 01728 688611.Blaxhall Archive Group have produced a full-colour A4 size calendar using 12 pictures by George Thomas Rope, who also features in their latest book - Blaxhall's Creative Past. The calendar sells at £6.00 and is available from The Ship Inn, Blaxhall or by contacting Blaxhall Archive Group on 01728 688611.

The Blaxhall Parish Council now has two vacancies!!

If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor in Blaxhall then do have a look at the posters on the two village notice boards (Stone Common and Mill Common) as the two vacancies are currently being advertised.

Quoits Extraordinary!

On the 25th of July 2009 at Blaxhall during the Celebration of George Ewart
Evans at 100, a Quoits competition took place for the Snape Maltings Quoits
Club Handicap Challenge Cup.

This cup was last played for in 1932 and was then won by a Mr E Sawyer.

The story goes that 20 years ago Mr Alan Edwards of Snape found this
beautiful cup in Norwich, Mr Edwards said that this cup was going
for scrap when he found it and bought it saving it from the scrap dealers.

So after it being in his care for 20 years it finally came out in to the
light again and was played for on Saturday 25th July in a match held in

The competition was the first Quoits game seen in Blaxhall after many years,
it is believed that the last Quoits game was played in Blaxhall over 50
years ago.

The competition was open to all Suffolk Quoits Association Players, and was
won by Bill Thurston.

Picture of Bill Thurston above by M Grenham