Assington Mill has many interesting features, such as four strawbale buildings (largest collection in East Anglia, if not the UK and possibly the world!), two ground-source heat pumps, a thatched story-telling hut, a two-storey barn owl tower, complete with a pair of barn owls, an electricity-generating waterwheel, an array of solar panels in the field, a herd of English Longhorn cattle in the summer, and we are a private nature reserve with an alder carr woodland (rare), dormice, small fields, wetlands, woodlands and scrub areas, all good for the wildlife.
Adnams continue to be great supporters of the association. Please read the article about some of their wines and remember that if you go to the Hadleigh store you can ask for a 10% discount. Helen, the Manager, has a list of Members.
Savills have supported us from when we first started taking advertisments and continue as long term advertisers.
A & G have been long term supporters and now sell a lot of items on the internet so if you need gardening equipment go on line.
NFU continue to insure my house and contents and pay claims when they regrettably arise.
The Pheasant This gastro pub is well worth a visit as the food is excellent.
Whites Farm Willow Fencing Angus Scobie offers a bespoke service and he will make all shapes and sizes of willow fencing.
Bates Wells & Braithwaite handled the sale and purchase when we moved to Hadleigh and I found them very thorough.
Mansfield 4 x 4 are specialists in off road vehicles in every shape or form and offer a highly personal service.
I have edited the magazine since 2006 when it consisted of only a dozen pages and Jeremy Hill was the main contributor with an article every year, but apart from that there was virtually no content so I started to expand it with a selection of varied articles which have ranged from the history of Cole & Sons (Wallpaper manufacturers) to Flint Knapping, Hold Farm and its water wheel, articles on antiques and china and two articles on Sparrow Farm, Great Henny, to name but a few. It is not easy getting contributors, and advertisers, and I feel that I should pass the buck to someone else after next year, so if you know anyone with a flair for writing and editing, please let me know, as next year will be my LAST. I am happy to help until my successor gets himself or herself settled in.
Once again I am indebted to Rory O’brien for proof reading and correcting punctuation, grammar and spelling!