Assington Mill have been supporters of the CSCA for a number of years. They offer a number of very exciting courses and have a very interesting old property which includes a nature reserve. Go on line to www.assington-mill.com to find out more or telephone Anne Holden 01787 229955
Adnams have supported us since I wrote my first article about Brewing in East Anglia in 2011. The article chronicled the history of Adnams and also Greene King. Their wine experts have been regular contributors to the Magazine and I hope will do so again in the future. In the past they have advertised their Hadleigh Store at 73/75 High Street, Hadleigh IP7 5DY, where I negotiated a 10% discount for Members. However this does need Members to make more use of the store than has been the case up to now. If you do not use it I fear the discount will be lost. The store Manager is Helen and she has a list of Members.
Bates Wells & Braithwaite have supported us from when we first took advertisers to defray the cost of the magazine. They continue to act for me.
Churchill Bros. I wrote an article about their success last year and they manufactured our hand-made kitchen on budget, and on time, and their workmanship is outstanding. Clare, their principal designer, is a pleasure to work with.
Mansfield 4X4 were introduced by one of our Committee members for whom they have done work and he strongly recommends them.
NFU continue to be my insurers for my house and contents and I can highly recommend them.
Savills have supported us from the very beginning and hardly need an introduction!
The Pheasant have become a regular supporter and their reputation as a place to eat remains undiminished.
Whites Farm Besides willow weaving, Angus and Sally Scobie have an excellent indoor pool that can be reserved for your personal use in half hour slots. There is also their “children’s nursery” and in June you can buy beautiful peonies, and apples and apple juice in the autumn until they run out!
I want to find someone to take over this role from me. Finding people to write articles and then producing the Magazine is hugely rewarding and interesting. I hope someone will offer to take over this work from me, as I have done it since 2006, and a change is needed. I will soon run out of ideas as to how to keep it interesting!
Are you a budding writer? Why not try your hand at writing an
article. I need contributors and you will find it hugely rewarding seeing your efforts in print! Anything from 1,500 to 2,000 words with pictures if possible. Just contact me with your ideas.
The majority of Members now have email and it is the easiest way to communicate over such items as “Garden Visits” and when the Chairman or committee need to contact the membership over matters such as planning. However a large number of you have changed your email addresses and not updated me with your new address. If you have not received an email from me in 2017, you are one of those, as I emailed all Members about the Dedham Vale on 20th January, and a large number came back. In the past I have written letters but the numbers are now getting too great, so please email me and I can pick up your changed address email@example.com
Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held on Thursday 4th May 2017 and as usual
will be at Ferriers Barn, Bures. Drinks will be served from 19.30 and the meeting will commence at 20.00 when Mark Mitchels will talk about East Anglian characters. Mark was, for many years, a teacher of History and English at Woodbridge School and has always believed that telling a good story leads to an audience, be it scholars (or members of the Colne-Stour Countryside Association), listening and remembering what was said! The talk will be followed by the AGM.
An invitation to the Summer Party is enclosed with the Magazine
but in case you lose it, it will be held at Stanley Hall, Pebmarsh, CO9 2LY, by kind invitation of Christopher and Christie Stewart- Smith, on Thursday 6th July 2017 from 18.30 to 20.30.
AGM and Garden Party Replies
Since 2012 it has been possible to accept both these events by using the link on the website. This considerably reduces my work in keeping lists of attendees, as it is done for me by the system. Go to the website www.colnestour.org and go to Events sign up. DO NOT TELL ME IF YOU ARE NOT COMING. If you wish to reply by hand then post your letter or post card to me at Black Swan House, 4 Benton Street, Hadleigh. IP7 5AT
The Minutes of the 2016 AGM will be circulated at this year’s
meeting. We no longer list those Members who attended any AGM.
Once again I am most grateful to Rory O’Brien for proof reading
the Magazine and correcting grammar, spelling and punctuation. Rory has now been doing this for a good many years and gone are the complaints about grammar and punctuation!
2022 - Read about the wonderful new gallery being built in Sudbury for Gainsborough's masterpieces; follow the trail of a tireless local environmental campaigner; get ready for the second EA cultural festival, the Bures music festival and Opera at Layer Marney; discover the beautiful garden of Holm House with its wildflower meadow and lake; travel through the Colne valley along the Gainsborough line; find out where you can get local financial advice; enjoy an illustrated walk in the Stour Valley; and read our Chairman's update on proposed housing developments, solar farms, and the National Grid's Bramford to Twinstead electricity grid reinforcement project.
2020 - Welcome to our 2020 lockdown edition - only published ONLINE. Read about the wonderful Alfred Munnings Exhibition "Behind the Lines"; find out how the beavers have been getting on at the Spains Hall Estate in Finchingfield, introduced back into Essex after an absence of 400 years; explore the link between Ferriers in Bures and the Voyage of the Mayflower, the Salem Witch trials and Wampum belts; read a fascinating interview with Carl Shillingford, talented Michelin chef and keen local forager; and enjoy a celebratory update from Ken Forrester on South African wines and his support for a wonderful local school.
2019 - Read about Tudor living on a grand scale at Alston Court, how Samuel Courtauld & Co. shaped our towns and villages, hear inspiring stories of local vineyards Tuffon Hall and West Street, get an update on the Dedham Vale AONB extension, and take a tour round Polstead Mill, one of East Anglia's beautiful secret gardens.
2018 - Read about Hedingham Castle, a new National Centre for Gainsborough in Sudbury, award-winning new Gins from Adnams, aspects of our Industrial Heritage, the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project, and take a look at the proposed new Constitution for CSCA..
2016 - Interesting articles on medieval graffiti, farming in the Stour Valley, exploring our AONB, early settlers from the Stour Valley to America, the archaeology of a local farm, a wonderful catalogue of British birds, celebrating a Suffolk joinery business, the weather from a South African winery.