Great Waldingfield

We bid a fond adieu to Ian and Shirley Black and thank them for their remarkable efforts in charge of the Village Shop over the last 14 years. We hope they have a long and happy retirement, and that  they'll soon adjust to not having to get up every day soon after most of us have just gone to bed!

We would also like to welcome Mr. & Mrs. Ameerathan who are taking over from Ian and Shirley. We wish them success and hope they enjoy working and living in Great Waldingfield.

Please be aware that new normal opening times are as follows:-

  Shop Post Office
Mon-Fri 6am - 6pm 9am - 5.30pm
Saturday 7am - 6pm 9am - 1pm
Sunday 8am - 6pm CLOSED
  No closure at lunchtime

Now that work is complete the Village Hall is available for hire. The charges are £12/hour for village residents, and £24/hour for non-residents. There is a minimum 3-hour booking period. For more details contact the Letting Secretary.

Calling every 4 weeks on Thursdays

From To Village Location
1.35pm 1.55pm Acton Newman's Green
2.00pm 2.25pm Acton Queensway
2.35pm 3.25pm Great Waldingfield Coronation Rise
3.35pm 3.50pm Little Waldingfield The Swan
4.00pm 4.20pm Acton Canon Pugh Drive
4.25pm 4.45pm Acton Babergh Close

 

 And it's not just for books - you can hire DVDs, CDs, Computer Games, Spoken Word, CD-ROMs, Language Courses, etc. !

Staff can reserve any item in stock for free, for collection from the mobile library or any library that suits you. Books can be borrowed for 8 weeks and renewed up to 6 times. If you don't have a library card you can get one on board. Please help to keep this facility going by using it!

More details at www.suffolklibraries.co.uk (opens in new tab/window)

If you need to contact the mobile library manager please call them on 07721-879-855

Having lived in the village since 1991, and having read Louise Kenyon's book on Great Waldingfield, Michael Stone developed an interest in updating the Village History, with particular reference to the last 100 years or so, and ideally making use of the many photographic records that will have been amassed over that period.

A Christmas or two ago Michael issued a general invitation for anyone interested to come along to his business premises next to the Village Shop in January so that he could gauge the level of interest and start to co-ordinate efforts. About 25 people called in on the day, and it became clear that it would be possible to write a book in chapters covering various aspects of the village, such as the church, the school, industry, leisure and commerce. There were also many interesting anecdotes: "he tried to burn the school down!", "Nurse Daniels! I was the biggest baby she delivered!", and so on...

There was a lovely photograph, printed in The Times in 1935, of the church viewed across the fields from Lavenham Road, and a faithfully maintained Village Scrapbook, kept since it was donated to the WI at the time of the Coronation.

There are probably quite a few people around who have some very interesting stories to tell, especially the village "elders", and Michael would be very interested to talk to anyone willing to spare a bit of time, possibly using a tape recorder to capture people's words for greater accuracy.

If you know anyone who may be able to help, with stories, photos, assistance, etc. then please let them know about the project

Michael Stone

It is with much regret that we record that Mike recently passed away unexpectedly whilst on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. At this stage we don't yet know how his project will proceed. We hope someone will be able to take over so that the fruits of his research and labours can be realised.

Held every 4th Saturday of the month, between 9:30am and 12:00 noon. Come along to the Old School Wood (even if only for an hour) and join the regulars for a bit of healthy exercise!