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30th Jan 10 Eye Incinerator next to Hartismere High
There is a proposal to erect an incinerator on the Eye Airfield site within half a mile of the School. A variety of opinions have been expressed by parents and others associated with the School. There is a public meeting during which the matter is to be raised. This will be held at the Town Hall on February 12th at 7.30pm. The Bury St Edmunds community fought a similar proposal last year. Click on the CAWS (Communities against Waste) logo for more information or go to the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network website.

16th Jan 09 Save the Children Quiz Night
The local supporters of Save the Children came up trumps again over the Christmas period. The concert in Roydon by the Norwich Harmony Singers raised £800; the Diss 41 Club gathered £865 from local people during their street collections; and the annual quiz in Hoxne, organised and very efficiently run by Margaret and John Brawn, brought in another £650 which will be specially earmarked for the Haiti Disaster Appeal. All this in spite of the horrendous weather conditions of the last few weeks.

The organisers would like to give their grateful thanks and appreciation to everyone who has worked so hard and given so generously in these straitened times. The next fundraising event will be the Champagne Breakfast at Dairy Farm on Sunday February 21st. Further informatioon from 01379 668 477 - Sheila Evans.

19th Nov 09 Eye Chicken Plant
Banham Poultry and Vion are proposing to build a chicken plant on a truly massive scale on the old airfield opposite Hartismere High School. The plan of the plant will make it roughly the same size as Eye itself - for a full scale map, click here. On the plus side they estimate that the plant will generate 900 new jobs. However, the environmental and social effects could fundamentally change the whole of the surrounding area. The plant will process two million chickens a year, with one HGV movement in or out every four minutes across the plant's 16 hour operational day. It is intended that the plant processes five days a week, 16 hours a day. However, with the associated clean down time, dispatch etc. the plant will be manned 24/7.

Whilst some of the 900 new jobs will undoubtedly go to local people, it is not unknown for these types of plants to be staffed with incomers. The plant may also have a detrimental effect on many local chicken farmers. To see all the planning papers, click here. If you would like to voice your opinion on this project to Mid-Sufolk Council, click here.

20th Sep 09 Hoxne Harvest Breakfast
Villagers and visitors turned out in force to make the 2009 harvest breakfast hugely enjoyable, as always. The rain stayed away and the sun came out, probably to the relief of Phil Golding, posing as one of our favourite people, a banker, to provide target practice for children and adults wielding wet sponges - and at one point an entire bucket of water. Thank you to Alan and Carole Smith and the rest of the Harvest Breakfast committee and volunteers for putting on this much-loved event once again. To see a slide show click here.

13th Sep 09 Hoxne Clay Shoot
The clay shoot in aid Hoxne Primary School was a huge success with over £1,500 raised. The "guns" paid for 168 rounds - which was a record for the event. As usual, such an event is only a success because of the many individual contributions. Mark Jones would like to thank all those who gave up their Sunday for such a good cause. A special thank you to Peter Saunders for allowing the event to take place in his fields; Keith & Julie Thomson for organising the catering; Nick and Tanya Farrow for cooking all the food, Shaun Murphy for organising the bails, The Easy's for providing the sausages FOC and Andrew Banham for his tireless efforts.

12th Sep 09 Suffolk Historic Churches Bike Ride
The annual bike ride in aid of local churches had a good turnout with 40+ riders making their way to the Hoxne church of St Peter and St Paul. Robert Manning (pictured) arrived at Hoxne at 4pm after cycling to 22 churches beforehand. He hoped to cycle to Oakley church and finish at Diss before the 5pm close. Congratulations to all who took part and a big thank you to the many helpers.

sally procner

5th Sep 09 Hoxne Flower and Produce Show
The annual flower and produce show was held on the afternoon of Saturday 5th September and was well attended as always - with a very high standard of entries. Congratulations to all! But especially to the overall winner, who took home the Rose Bowl: Mrs Sally Procner. To see some of the winning entries click here.

5th Sep 09 Matt and Kelly's Wedding at Hoxne Church
The bride and groom from Banham were driven to their wedding reception at The Swan in style in a stunning 1926 Sunbeam. The car is pictured outside the Hoxne church in our new banner above.

 

11th Jul 09 Royal British Legion Summer Fete
People flocked to the Old Vicarage in Hoxne for the Royal British Legion summer fete. Thank you to Rod and Carmel Searle for providing such a beautiful venue. A great afternoon was had by all, with sunny weather and the best turn-out for several years generating substantial funds for the RBL. To see some photos from the day, click here.

Help Please!

1. We would love to see more old pictures of Hoxne on our site. We can scan them in and return them to you. Please e-mail us at hoxneman@gmail.com

2. The ‘Coffee Caravan’ is looking for volunteers to help it reach rural Suffolk villages. The Rural Coffee Caravan Information Project, a charity which takes a wealth of information - along with tea, coffee and cakes - to villages across the county is looking for people to tow their two-berth caravan. Project Manager, Ann Osborn, said: “No regular commitment is required, just whatever you can offer. Even one day a year would help. “Full training is given, expenses are paid, there’s delicious cake while you work and we get out and see villages all over the county.”

The caravan operates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between April and October taking information about local and national agencies and organisations out in to Suffolk and giving villagers an chance to meet and chat with neighbours and the friendly volunteers over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits or a slice of cake.

If you drive a vehicle suitable for towing a two-berth caravan and are willing to help out contact Ann or Penny Martin on coffee.caravan@btinternet.com or 01379 855338.

You can find out more about the ‘Coffee Caravan’ at ruralcoffeecaravan.org.uk.