Knowing that we all want to reduce incoming mail, we don’t bother you every time we update the website. So it’s been a while since you’ve heard from us.
This weekend, however, people all around the country are busy commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War – by lighting beacons and remembering family members who went to war.
Metfield is no exception. On Sunday 11 November there will be a short ceremony at 6.45pm, followed by the lighting of the Metfield Parish Beacon at 7pm. The bells of St John the Baptist Church will ring out at 7.05pm. Villagers will gather to jointly pay their respects, as will others all over the country.
On 11 November last year, Christine Brennan’s book METFIELD Tales From a Suffolk Village 1928–2017* was published at a launch party in the Metfield Village Hall. Crowds gathered to show their support for our local author but also to exchange their own memories and anecdotes about the village during the period covered by her book, which included the Second World War.
Many copies of the book were sold that evening and over the past year. Christine has had no money for herself from book sales but wants the village and villagers to benefit.
It was agreed that any profits from the book would, if possible, go to support other local projects that might further our knowledge and memories of Metfield’s history. The first of these was to fund and build a new village website at metfieldsuffolk.com. The plan was to give the village one online identity and to provide a single place for residents, visitors and outsiders to find out about the village. Spare a few minutes to have a look.
We are taking this opportunity now to invite you once more to submit your own ideas for a project.
We have donated copies of the book to local schools and these were well received. If you work at a local school and would like copies for your library or a school project, or are a local individual with an idea you’d like to discuss with us, do get in touch via the contact form below. Other ideas we’ve had so far are:
- Publishing a small supplement to Christine’s book, to include more photos, information and anecdotes received from readers
- Supporting appropriate local school history projects
- Publishing leaflet histories of village houses and buildings
- Supporting other relevant projects that might come to mind
*Looking for the perfect Christmas present?
Look no further. Christine Brennan’s book METFIELD Tales From a Suffolk Village 1928–2017 makes the perfect Christmas gift for family and friends. Packed with fascinating stories and heavily illustrated with old and new photos, it’s a good read whichever way you look at it.
Copies available – price £10 – at your local stores in Metfield and Fressingfield as well as Robinson’s in Harleston, Halesworth Bookshop, Harleston Information Plus in Harleston, The Chocolate Box in Bungay and Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum in Flixton.