Suckley News 2005

Quiz Night
November 2005:

The Quiz Night on 22 October 2005 (quiz master Chris Dunn) raised 145 pounds for the Suckley Village Hall Improvement Fund.


Fashion Show
October 2005:

The fashion show on 16 September 2005 raised about 1,250 pounds for Suckley Church Heating Fund, and the raffle raised 350 pounds for St Richard's Hospice. The organisers would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work.


Website news
October 2005:

Suckley has had the use of broadband (ADSL) internet access for nearly a year, now. Nationwide, more people now connect via broadband than use slow dial-up access. This ease and speed of use has had a knock-on effect on the Suckley website, which now serves more than 3,000 pages each month to an estimated 300 to 400 interested visitors worldwide.

Ever since the Suckley website first appeared in 1995 - as possibly the first ever village website in the United Kingdom - we have been receiving requests for information from people with family connections with the village or the name Suckley. Members of the Suckley Local History Society are now working to provide answers to these queries, and, in the process, extending their knowledge of the area.

Recent enquiries include many from American Mormons, the family of one of the earliest head teachers of Suckley School, and a Northampton couple interested to see the houses occupied by their ancestors in the late 1800s.

We hope to provide a forum giving better facilities for communication between all those involved, shortly, but in the meantime, thanks are due to Richard Harward and Ivor Bramich for providing the initial link-through for information requests.


Suckley's footpaths
September 2005:

Suckley's footpath warden, Richard Harward, would be glad to have news from the local footpath walkers of any work needing to be done. There are many footpaths in Suckley, and it is impossible for one person to walk them all weekly.

Reports have been received of an inadequate style at Suckley Green, and of problems on another footpath near the Whitehouse Crossroads.

Suckley's footpaths and bridleways are generally in good form, and Richard hopes for help to keep them that way. You can contact Richard by phone (884611) or via this site.


Playing fields
September 2005:

The pavilion at Suckley playing fields has now been painted and showers etc cleaned. Extra mowing of the pitch has taken place ready for the annual school Sports Day, and litter has been removed. The community is asked to help in keeping the area looking tidy and cared for, so that everyone can enjoy it at its best. Thanks are due to Messrs Luton, Green and Harold Cooper for their continued support.


Bus timetables
July 2005:

A new timetable for the Sphere Bus service (from 1 July 2005) is now available here online. The times have been adjusted to make it easier to go to the theatre or the cinema in Malvern or Worcester. (On request, the driver will take you to and collect you from the theatre or cinema.)

The continued existence of this service is dependent on people using it, so please use it whenever you can. The service runs to Malvern on Fridays and to Worcester on Saturdays.


Worcestershire Way
June 2005:

Worcestershire County Council appears to have relaunched the Worcestershire Way in a truncated form, to prevent it straying into Herefordshire. The 48 mile countryside trail was originally launched before the splitting of the old Hereford and Worcester County Council.

The new official route is now only 31 miles, and runs from Bewdley to Malvern, with no spurs. According to Dave Street, all the waymarks on the Malvern Hills have been removed, causing confusion to walkers.


Leaking flashing
June 2005:

The tower of Suckley Church has a problem with leaking flashing. Following a full survey, a Bell Tower Appeal will be launched.


Moores of Suckley
June 2005:

Rachel Pitt is tracing her family tree and would be interested to hear from anyone who has any information about the Moore family who owned Suckley Court from 1597 until 1845.


Skittles players required
May 2005:

Chris Dunn, captain of the Victory Buoys Skittles Team which plays out of the Nelson Inn, is looking to recruit new players for the team from the Suckley, Alfrick, Lulsley, Leigh and Bransford areas.

No previous experience is necessary, because Chris is hoping to run practice sessions at The Nelson during the summer to give newcomers a feel for the game. The season runs from the start of September until the end of May, and games are played on Thursday evenings.

If you are aged 14 years or over and would like to be considered, please contact Chris on 01886 884497 or email chrisandhilary AT rdplus dot net for further details.


Bell-ringing challenge
February 2005:

Suckley bellringers express their thanks to all their friends and neighbours who gave generously - a total of 425 pounds - towards an appeal organised by BBC Hereford and Worcester to raise funds for the adult hospices - St Michael's and St Richard's. The bells of Suckley church were rung at 8.40am on Sunday 30 January 2005 for twenty minutes.


Jim Cairns
January 2005:

Jim Cairns retired from his Suckley post round on 15 January 2005 after more than 15 years of service to the local community. He continues in his other job as landlord of The Cross Keys.


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