Income receipts during 2017 benefitted from a number of new Life Member payments. Expenditure, however, was substantially higher because of the costs associated with the new website and the requirement for on-line banking facilities to handle GoCardless and PayPal. A continuing donation to the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley Project was deferred until 2018. The result of the additional costs was a decline of 5.4% in the Association’s cash assets.
Membership numbers showed an increase to 702 individuals and 28 parish councils, and other organisations.
2020 - Welcome to our special 2020 lockdown edition. We were unable to go to print in March due to the Covid situation, so we hope you will enjoy reading this year's articles ONLINE instead.
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.