Suckley News 2002

Cheese and wine
December 2002:

A well-organised, well-attended and enjoyable cheese and wine party at held at Holloways on 30 December 2002 raised well over a thousand pounds for church funds. The Autumn Fayre raised 476 pounds.

October 2002:

Suckley said its goodbyes to Betty, Len, Cheryl, Graham and family this month - they have run The Nelson Inn for the past six years. The family held an evening party on 16 October for friends from the village and beyond, and provided free food, free music and free first drinks. Cheryl and Graham remain at the Nelson for a few months, helping the new owners, Belinda, Rod and family.

From left to right: Graham, Betty, Cheryl and Len at The Nelson in October 2002. Photo: Keith Bramich

Sadly, at this party, if we'd known, we would also have been saying goodbye to Phil Broom, Suckley's well-loved forrester, who died suddenly, aged 67, just a few days after attending the party at The Nelson. Phil's death seemed to begin a period of bad weather, torrential rain, high winds, power failures (parts of the village were without power for up to five days) and two other deaths in the village (Brian Holiday and Howard Jenkins).

On the Sunday in October when they told us to stay indoors, Rod Thomas braves the drive home amidst 80mph winds. Photo: Keith Bramich

October 2002:

An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale occured during the month. Its epicentre was at Dudley, Worcestershire, and it was felt very strongly in Suckley, for several seconds, at about 1am.

White House for sale
September 2002:

The White House, Suckley, is for sale, advertised in the London Times for a cool £795,000. The lucky purchasers of this nice little residence will have their own brew house, ten acres of land and stabling, but sadly only two bathrooms in the main house!

Community Newsletter
August 2002:

Suckley Parish Council Community Newsletter - Summer 2002.The first quarterly Suckley Parish Council Community Newsletter has been distributed to all parishioners, and is designed to keep everyone in Suckley informed about what's happening in the village, and about what the Parish Council will be looking at over the next few months. To read the Summer 2002 issue of the Newsletter online, click on the image to the right. The newsletter, which contains some items not otherwise available here, can also be downloaded and printed (566kB, MS Word format). The Council hopes that this publication will give an insight into some of the work they're doing to protect and improve the environment in Suckley. They plan to circulate the newsletter three or four times a year, and would like to know what readers think of the publication, and to receive suggestions for topics to be included in future issues.

Dodgy tarmacking
August 2002:

Men in a van displaying a "Motorway Maintenance" sticker have been trying to persuade Suckley home owners to have their drives tarmacked. Please beware, and if you find yourself in this situation, take the registration number of the van and pass the information to the police. The men are reported to abuse and threaten when their offer is refused.

Police presence
July 2002:

Police Constable Allen Naulls, Suckley's Beat Officer, was welcomed to the Parish Council meeting in July. He told the Council that he will appear on foot in the village from time to time, as well as travelling through in a police car. The Council has been asking for a presence on foot for some time, and asks villagers to speak to PC Naulls and welcome him.

Revised directory
July 2002:

The Village Directory, first distributed in January 2001, is to be revised and where necessary reprinted. If you have a service or business of interest to local people, please prepare an A5 size insert and submit it to the Parish Clerk for inclusion. If you wish to alter your existing insert in any way, please contact the Clerk (Pat Perks, 01531 640438) immediately. When the directory has been revised, new and altered inserts will be circulated to everyone in the village for insertion in their original folder.

Mailing lists
June 2002:

Two electronic mailing lists have been created, in association with this website, for the use of residents of Suckley, visitors to this website and those interested in keeping in touch with the village. Further information

Jubilee celebrations
June 2002:

The Queen's Golden Jubilee was celebrated in style in Suckley with a Jubilee Walk, an exhibition in the village hall by the Suckley Local History Society (raising £130), a beacon bonfire party at Pewcroft Farm and a Jubilee Fun Day (raising £200 for Suckley School).

Jubilee Book
May 2002:

Suckley School children have written letters of congratulation to the Queen on her Golden Jubilee, and have drawn and painted pictures of Suckley Primary School and Church and the surrounding landscape. A book has been made from all these items, and this has been sent to the Queen (with a collaged copy of the coronation crown made by the five-year-old children) with the School's best wishes for Jubilee Year.

Plant sale
April 2002:

The plant sale at Suckley Church on 27 April raised £504.50 for Church funds. A record number of people visited stalls, including Tombola, Cake and Raffle Stalls.

March 2002:

The second phase of redevelopment of the new Damson Way began at the end of March with the demolition of the second group of old houses.

Demolition work in Damson Way. Photo (c) Louise Cox, March 2002

Guide dog funds
March 2002:

Louise Cox's wine and cheese evening on 22 March was really successful, raising 215 pounds in aid of 'Guide Dogs for the Blind'.

New noticeboard
February 2002:

A new Parish Council noticeboard has been placed outside Suckley School (opposite the Church). This is additional to the existing boards at the Village Hall and at the Post Office.

Damson Way
January 2002:

Suckley has a new road - Damson Way. It has been chosen by a panel of judges from Malvern Hills District Council from entries submitted to a competition by existing residents of the New Road Estate. Damson Way is now operational as the new name of the estate, which is being redeveloped.
January 2002:

Another of Suckley's neighbouring villages now has a website. A big welcome to Tony Copp's offering for Cradley, which is at


Longley Green and Bearswood in February 2002. Photo: Keith Bramich



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