The Foxearth and District Local History Society

Local group - events and information.

Meetings and activities, announcements and notices for the Foxearth and District Local History Society, and associated organisations. For more information on recent events and current programme, please email or contact Clare Mathieson 01787 311337 or Lynda Rumble 01787 281434

History programme 2007-8



Programme of events for 2007


Tuesday January 9th. A talk on local breweries by Stuart Boswell


Tuesday February 13th.  A talk on Landguard Fort by Mervyn Lemon


Tuesday March 14th. AGM followed by a talk by Andrew Clarke


Tuesday April 3rd. Visit to The Law Courts by coach


Saturday May 12th. Visit to Nayland to the Suffolk Punch Horses


Saturday June 16th. Visit P & A Wood Dunmow Rolls Royce garage


July No meeting this month (instead of August) due to holiday season


Saturday August 11th. or 18th. Coach outing Venue to be announced


Tuesday September 11th. Talk, history of the barometer Patrick Marney


Tuesday October 9th. Talk, American links with East Anglia Linda Scholes


Tuesday November 13th. Talk, 18th.Century Poor Relief by Mr Trewella


Tuesday December 11th. Christmas festivities To be announced


Tuesday January 8th. 2008 Life in a village 1920-1939 by Mr Pawsey


Tuesday February 12th. 2008 A talk by Jane Parker the Mid Suffolk Registrar


New members always welcome. Why not give us a trial run?  £1 on the night Includes tea/coffee and biscuits


Chairman   Alan Fitch 311913             Secretary.  Joyce Potter

Vice Chair. David Busby                      Archivist.   Susan Fenner

Treasurer.  Justine Corney                  Member.    Linda Rumbold


The Society meets at Foxearth village hall at 8pm unless stated otherwise

visit to the Royal Law Courts

On Tuesday 3rd. April eleven members of the society visited The Royal Law Courts in The Strand.

It was a cold, damp, raw start to the day and the reduced numbers were due to both the weather and problems with booking a coach to take us there and back.

The journey was undertaken by train and immediately took on a feeling of an outing to the sea or a London museum in ones younger days. Apart from a late start from Sudbury the journey was remarkably easy.

We were met at the entrance to The Law Courts by the tour guide Graham Wickenden who incidentally lives in Cavendish, his enthusiasm for the courts was immediately evident and the two and a half hour tour was full of anecdotes about the building and the people who work in, or pass through it.

Graham’s obvious love of the place showed from start to finish and we visitors were held under the spell of the sheer size, complexity and grandeur of this massive Victorian building, which has over a thousand rooms in the main part, three and a half miles of corridors and was the first public building to be lit by electricity.

We were especially privileged to be able to visit the most important court in the building, which is the most senior court in England and Wales, a most imposing place to visit. On the wall behind the judge’s chair is the most amazing carved wooden coat of arms from the Hanoverian period and which originally hung in the courts at Westminster.

At the end of the visit Graham was warmly thanked by chairman Alan Fitch and the members showed their appreciation with a round of applause.

Especial thanks to Linda Rumbold who organised this trip.

Next meeting: Saturday March 12th. Nayland to see the Suffolk horses. (own transport)