Year in the Life of the Village Hall

Did you know that the Thorpe Morieux Village Hall that many of you were sat in (or outside of) on Sunday the 11th of November at the commemoration of “100 years since the end of World War 1” is actually derived from a World War 1 Army Hut itself? The land it stands on, together with its car park, was gifted to the Village in 1929 by Alan Dyer who at that time lived in Moat Cottage.

Since 1929 it has been used as a school for evacuees, seen weekly dances for both British and US troops and has even held a creche. Nowadays it is used for Village events, Yoga, Gardening & Bowls Clubs, private parties and Art displays.

The Hall is looked after by its Committee. Every Committee member is a volunteer and the Hall could not run without them. Currently we have 12 members including a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. We also have a Duke Of Edinburgh scheme participant joining in on our meetings as part of her course requirements. We have around 6 meetings and an AGM every year. As a committee member it is hoped that you will join in at events; including the planning, helping to set up, the serving of food and, ofcourse the washing up and tidying away. We do have a lot of fun and it really is great to sit down at the end of a busy night, knowing that you’ve given lots of people an awful lot of fun and plenty of good food ! We are also blessed to have lots of great people in the village who come along to help out and, without them, we would be still washing up on the following weekend!

Over the past 12 months we have held 4 Village Hall fundraising events; a litter pick with the added bonus of a full English Breakfast, a Wild West Shindig, our annual Harvest Supper and of course most recently the Centenary Fire Globe event. The proceeds from our events are used to maintain the Hall and keep it safe and sound for future generations to enjoy.

Although the Hall is a “un-sectarian and non-political place of recreation” it is important to remember that it is part of the Community and as such it has many other uses including being used as a Polling Station. We have also hosted a fund raising event for St Marys Church (back in February) and more recently have decided to gift some of the proceeds from the Centenary Event to St Marys Church which will form part of their donation to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The Hall has also seen some private parties this year along with a Yoga Weekend Event, an Art Exhibition and a Swing Night. We are also a popular stop off point for passing cycle events and do a roaring trade in bacon rolls, tea and cake.

Income from the hiring out of the Hall also goes towards its maintenance. This year we have replaced the Fire Doors, repaired a window, upgraded the notice board, added a Thorpe Morieux Village Hall sign to the car park end of the Hall, commissioned the Fire Globe with a seating area around it AND had timers put on the heaters around the hall. We also plan to have the bar renovated this December and add new fridges, cupboards and coolers.

If you would like to come and join the Committee please do let us know. Hiring the hall can be done through Jasmin Gagen who would be only too pleased to book you in.

2019 looks like it will be a busy year with events such as a Beer, Banger and Bingo night, the SoapBox Derby BBQ, the Harvest Supper, a couple of Breakfast Walks and some further Yoga weekends and Art events already being planned.

Finally on behalf of the TMVH Committee I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and we hope to see you all in 2019.

Cala Russell

Horse Power

Happily we have many horses in the village today but not as many as we had in the past! My grandfather said that in his youth (about a hundred years ago) that there were usually about fifty horses in the village and they were mainly working types. I also remember him saying that at that time, life moved at about seven miles an hour, the pace of a horse. Modern tractors are still rated by their horsepower and it has always intrigued me that at that time the village could be farmed with fifty horsepower, when today the combined horsepower of the tractors that do the work must run into thousands. By “working types” I think he meant the heavy horses that did the farm work, like the pair pictured with Frank Morton at Thorpe Green in 1940 (this was two-horse land). Sadly this picture has a tragic element in that Frank, by then living at Cockfield was killed in the Second World War.

One of the joys of the working horses was that they were self perpetuating and pictured are mares with their foals opposite New Cottages in about 1940. With them are horsemen Ernie Shipp, Arthur Lister and Tom Ruffles. Ernie was my aforementioned grandfather and he was greatly saddened by the demise of the working horse just a few years later. He carried on working on the farm but never took to mechanised farming, like many of his generation.

In the background of the picture, notice how narrow the road was then, this is also a feature on many of our other archive photos.

Not all working horses in the village were heavy types. The horse with the precarious looking straw rake was called Julius and is pictured with Norman and Betty Squirrell at Hill farm in 1946. Julius was a multi tasking horse used for lighter fieldwork but he also did a lot of road work with a trap and they rode him as well.

Church Fundraising and Clear Up

Many thanks to everyone who rode, strode or Church sat this year for the Suffolk Historic Churches Bike Ride. Between us we raised £797.85. Half of this money goes directly to St Mary’s Fabric Fund, half to the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust which can be applied for by any Suffolk church requesting grant aid for repairs and restoration work. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for all those that supported the raffle for the painting of the Suffolk Punch ploughing near Bulls Wood.  This raised £630 which has been put towards the cost of the centenary memorial fire pit, a wonderful addition to the village.

Thank you also to all those who gave up their Saturday morning to help with the church yard clear up and to Jasmine for the yummy refreshments. The weather was very kind to us and a beautiful sunny autumn day was enjoyed by all.

Asian Hornets

Vespa velutina, also known as the Asian hornet is an invasive non-native species from Asia.  It arrived in France in 2004 where it spread rapidly.  As a highly effective predator of insects, including honey bees and other beneficial species, it can cause significant losses to bee colonies, and potentially other native species.

Asian hornet was detected for the first time in Tetbury, Gloucestershire in September 2016. A single nest was found and eradicated and no subsequent sightings have been made in the area.  A further sighting was made in Woolacombe, Devon, in September 2017 where a single nest was located and destroyed. Another sighting was made in April 2018 in Lancashire.

It is important to report any suspected sightings of this species as soon as possible.  Vigilence is particularly required in southern parts of England and the areas where other sightings have been made (Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Lancashire).  The Asian hornet is active mainly between April and November (with peak activity recorded in August/September) and is inactive over the winter.

For further information, please refer to the Non Native Species Secretariat.

Village Broadband Update

The director of Suffolk Better Broadband Programme contacted us today to confirm conversations with BT Openreach that the Live-to-Live (L2L) transfer process which has temporarily blocked upgrade orders on the new fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) box opposite Newson’s Farm (Cockfield Green P9), now has a scheduled completion date and that upgrade orders on P9 should be accepted from 10th July.

From that date, local residents should be able to check whether their line has been re-arranged onto P9 (cabinet 9), and if so, should be able to order a broadband upgrade.

P9 for reference is the closest ‘green box’ or fibre supplied cabinet to the village at this point in time.

Not all residents will be connected to this cabinet and can check details using the BT line checker tool.


Local Information

A useful and ever evolving local directory of local information and services has been compiled for the convenience of those living in or new to the village.

If you’re looking to find out when the bins are being collected or who your local councillor is, all the information can be found on the Area Information section of the site. Suggestions for improvement are always welcome, please use the contact page to notify us of any additions or changes.

The directory can easily be found from the global menu under the first menu item – ‘About Thorpe Morieux’.