Lynn and Adam were married at the castle in Castle Headingham on 29 September 2019. Lynn, a dedicated Beatles fan and a member of “The Belchamp Walter Singers’, watched the choir who were on hand to sing some of their numbers including “When I’m 64”. Lynn’s dad was an ice cream man for 49 years. His original 1966 restored ice cream van was used to serve the guests with delicious ice cream.
The Village Table Tennis players had our first match against Finchingfield on 16 September 2019. Finchingfield were very kind to us but showed that they were more experienced than ourselves. They treated us to refreshments and asked us for a return match.
It is with great sadness that we say good bye to our lovely Jo Stock, who passed away on Sunday 30th June.
Jo was part of the lunch club cooks team for very many years and delighted us with her many scrumptious dishes. Jo’s Sausage Plait, Vegetable Lasagne and her delicious savoury and sweet tarts are legendary and have been enjoyed by all of us. We will miss her bubbly personality, her frankness, sense of fun and friendship.
Rest in Peace, lovely Jo.
THE VILLAGE LUNCH.
On 16 August 2018 the village hall had it’s 18 monthly hygiene check by the health inspector from Braintree District Council. We are pleased to announce that all checks passed without issue and the village hall has maintained it’s 5 star hygiene rating. The next scheduled inspection is due in February 2020.
VILLAGE HALL IMPROVEMENTS
If you haven’t visited the Village Hall recently you may not realise the changes that have taken place recently.
The “National Lottery Grant” and monies raised from our own fundraising events have been well invested to make the Village Hall a fantastic venue for a variety of events – meetings, funeral receptions, birthday parties and weddings.
The extensive works to upgrade the electrical switchgear, heating and lighting are now nearing completion. The infra red heaters are now fully installed in both the hall and the kitchen together with LED lighting. Additionally, security lighting has been installed outside and there is also an exterior power point for outside events.
The entrance hall has been upgraded and decorated.
The Ladies toilet has been modernised and decorated. New wall paintings have been added painted by local artist Anita Goodwin.
The kitchen is well equipped including 2 electric ovens, microwave oven, 2 dishwashers and large serving area. The main hall is multi-functional, warm and comfortable.
The sound system has been upgraded with the addition of extra speakers and the integration of a wireless public address system, which includes a wireless hand held mike and lapel mike with belt pack. The CD player and amplifier for film night have been replaced.
Once again Robbie Gladwell took over the Quay Theatre in Sudbury for his annual fundraiser event in aid of breast cancer support to West Suffolk Hospital.
This year our own choir ” The Belchamp Walter Singers ” supported Robbie as well as having a solo spot. They gave an amazing performance of Bohemian Rhapsody. Over a number of years over £25,000 has been raised by Robbie and Julie Gladwell, enough to have purchased essential equipment. The aim is now to raise even more money to train staff.