Blaxhall Parish Council Agenda and Minutes

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Diamond Anniversary for Blaxhall Double

Earlier this year, Dorothy [nee French] and William Double celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. William was born in Ipswich and Dorothy was born in Blaxhall. They were married at Blaxhall Church.
They met in 1948 when Dorothy worked at a flower shop with William’s sister. They courted for two years while William served in the Royal Navy. Upon his return, they married. They have three children: David, Diane and Denise.
In 1959, William was working at Bentwaters; it was during this year they emigrated to America. After moving several times in Michigan, the family settled at a horse farm in Paw Paw. David and Denise live in Michigan with their families, but Diane returned to Suffolk, she lives at Ramsholt with her family.
William and Dorothy have eight grandchildren; six are living in the USA and two in England. Also residing in America are four great-grandchildren.

Their daughter Denise runs a livery and horse training business at their farm, appropriately called Model Farm after the original farm at Easton Farm Park, where Dorothy’s father was cowman when she was a little girl. Model Farm is known amongst the horse folk that drop in as a very friendly farm, where Dorothy and William sit outside [weather permitting] on the porch for a chat and offer a cuppa! They have always kept their farm as a ‘little bit of Suffolk’.

When asked the secret of such a long marriage, William says “We think alike, we rely on each other” Then joked-“I would starve to death if it wasn’t for Dorothy!”
“It’s a simple life, but I think people need that” he concurs “We’re pretty lucky, I think.”

While happy on their farm, the couple, both 82, said that travelling kept things interesting. They’ve been to 43 states in America, including Hawaii. They have also visited Australia and New Zealand, and have returned to Suffolk many times to stay with Diane.
William keeps active on the farm and in his garden, while Dorothy is busy with several rescued cats.
However, their thoughts are never far from Suffolk, William keeps up to date with what is happening here through the East Anglian Daily Times that his daughter sends him and through the internet. He also keeps in contact with an old school pal from Ipswich, who he very recently renewed his friendship. Dorothy and William keep in close contact with their many relatives and friends both at Blaxhall and other villages throughout the peninsular. Dorothy’s dearest wish is to once again visit again her beloved Blaxhall.

Blaxhall Archive Group Calendar 2011

Order you calendar for 2011 from Blaxhall Archive Group, it is called "Past and present" showing photographs of the past and of the present Blaxhall.

To make an order call 01728 688611.

Frank Pynn 17th October 1924 - 11th July 2010

Frank Pynn sadly passed away on 11th July 2010, he will be sadly missed. Here are just two events at which Frank gave a helping hand.

Donations in Frank’s memory can be made to the RNLI, c/o Mandy Pynn, 16 Coleman’s Close, Pirton, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 3FJ. Tel 01462 711482.

Frank Pynn centre helping with hedge planting in BlaxhallFrank Pynn centre helping with hedge planting in BlaxhallFrank Pynn helping with Rake and Cake in Blaxhall ChurchyardFrank Pynn helping with Rake and Cake in Blaxhall Churchyard

Row family photo

Brenda hook has sent us two family photos. Ephraim and wifeEphraim and wife

And one of Willaim James Row. William James RowWilliam James Row

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.