Programme for 2003



Meetings are normally (but not always!) held on the second Thursday of the month, in St John’s Church Room at 7:30pm (not 8 pm as in previous years).

January 9th There will probably be no meeting in January, but do check this site again before then – you never know!

February 13th There’s more to it than bricks
A talk by Peter Minter on the history of brickmaking in this area, starting at 7:30 pm. Peter Minter has his own brick works at Bulmer, near Sudbury.

March 13th From Suffolk to the New World
A talk by Nick Sign on the emigration wave from East Anglia to Massachusetts, starting at 7:30 pm. Nick Sign is a history lecturer at Ipswich College.

April 10th Drinkstone Mills – the oldest windmills in Suffolk
A talk by Alex and Rosy Hayward starting at 7:30 pm.

May 8th Suffolk breweries, past and present
A talk by Stuart Bowell starting at 7:30 pm.

May 10th, 11th Why not visit Drinkstone Mills, open 1 – 5 pm this Saturday and Sunday for National Mills Weekend?

June 12th The Dissolution of the Monasteries
We welcome back Pip Wright, who gave us such an interesting talk on newspapers last year. The talk starts at 7:30 pm.

July 12th (Saturday) Visit to the Long Shop Steam Museum at Leiston
Get there at 10 am for a 10:30 am start of guided tour. Admission is £3.50 (senior citizens £3.00).

July 12th, 13th Suffolk History Festival takes place in the grounds of the Museum in Stowmarket.

Sept 6th Angela Care Evans on The Art of the Anglo-Saxon metal smith, lecture at 2:30 in the Athenaeum; book at Moyse’s Hall.

September 11th The Development of Suffolk Churches as shown by St. John’s, Elmswell
Tony Redman will show slides first and then take us around the church to point out the features which illustrate his theme. The talk starts at about 7:30pm, after our 7:00 AGM

Sept 13th, 14th Why not visit Drinkstone Mills, open 1 – 5 pm this Saturday and Sunday for Heritage Open Days?

October 9th Talk by Colin Cooke on the bells of St John’s, Elmswell, starting at 7:30 pm.

November 13th Three hundred years of countryside history.
Talk by Ashley Cooper, starting at 7:30 pm.

December 11th (Change of programme)
The first Nowell: Christmas scenes from the first millennium.
Illustrated talk by David Buckton, starting at 7:30pm. Many thanks to David for stepping into the breach!
We shall be serving mince pies and wine, too!

A history of hedgerows.
Talk by Johnny Stone (Mid-Suffolk Countryside Management Service), starting at 7:30 pm