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COVID 19 statement – August 2020

 Latest information : The meeting planned for Wednesday 7th October 2020 has had to be cancelled

 August 2020 - As COVID-19 remains an issue we do hope members are staying well and managing to cope positively with current restrictions. We shall re-commence Society meetings just as soon as it is completely safe to do so. The situation is under regular review.

Our June 2020 AGM was successfully held via e-mail. Circulation of the reports from each committee officer allowed Society members to have an overview of the year 2019-20; these annual reports are normally presented at our AGM. Sadly, the March, May, August meetings, and now that scheduled for 7th October, have had to be cancelled due to government restrictions and closure of the Guildhall building. The forthcoming October talk was on the new County Archive, to be known as ‘The Hold’; plans are in hand to re-schedule this.

One ray of light amidst COVID restrictions is that Hattie Bawden has been able to arrange a garden visit for Wednesday 23rd September 2020 at 2.30 pm to Lavenham Hall. Details will shortly be dispatched to members.

Behind the scenes, of course, Hadleigh Society is functioning much as usual. Committee members are in regular e-mail contact in relation to ongoing business and comments on planning applications are still compiled and still make their way to Babergh’s Planning Department. The programme for 2021 has been finalised in recent weeks and can be found here

Collection of members’ fees has been suspended, as advised in our last newsletter. Mavis, our membership secretary, will start to send out reminders once meetings resume; current membership will be valid until then. Renewal dates for subs will therefore have been extended by the number of months meetings have had to be cancelled. Mavis will advise members of their revised renewal dates.

This COVID-19 web page will be updated when appropriate. In the meantime do please stay safe and we look forward to welcoming members and visitors to our first post-lockdown meeting [whenever that may be possible] in our new venue, the Dining Room of the Guildhall, Market Place, Hadleigh.

the May 2020 Newsletter is now available. 

The Hadleigh Society was formed in 1982 by local people to encourage an interest in the history, environment and future of our town. The following are extracts from our constitution........

The Hadleigh Society was formed in 1982 by local people to encourage an interest in the history, environment and future of our town.  
  • To raise public awareness of the rich history and heritage of Hadleigh and its surrounding area.
  • To actively support the promotion of high standards in planning, conservation, regeneration and development of features within the Hadleigh district deemed to be of historical or environmental significance. 
  • To contribute to the preservation and protection of Hadleigh’s historical documents, artefacts and buildings.
The Hadleigh Society realises these aims by:
  • arranging meetings, lectures and visits;
  • the publication and distribution of regular newsletter and occasional papers and reports;
  • liaising with local authorities and planning, heritage and other relevant committees;
  • maintaining close links with the town archive;
  • active involvement in relevant debates/activities/organisations with the potential to protect and enhance Hadleigh’s heritage and environment;
  • supporting and disseminating research into aspects of Hadleigh’s history and heritage;
  • responding to requests for historical information from the public and also from organisations;
  • maintaining links with other historical & heritage societies.

Membership is open to all who are interested in actively furthering the purposes of the Society.

The Society holds 5 or 6 meetings a year with speakers on subjects usually of environmental or historic interest, and an Annual General Meeting.  You might be interested to see a list of our events over the past few years.

Visits are arranged to places of interest, and to neighbouring amenity societies.

Members are kept in touch by a free newsletter published about six times a year. We also publish the Society's activities on this Website.

There are specialised groups that interested members may join.

The History Group meets to explore the past of our town. They have looked at the history of individual houses, made a study of life in Hadleigh in the 1840s, 1871 and 1881, publishing a booklet on the latter.   They have studied the history of the Town's charities and researched the life of the town in the Great War.

Members meet regularly to discuss matters affecting our environment and monitor planning applications on behalf of the Society. Much thought and effort is spent in considering the impact of planning proposals.  

From time to time the Society presents its Noel Turner Award in recognition of Outstanding improvements to, or conservation of, Hadleigh’s buildings or environment

Close links are maintained with other societies including the Suffolk Preservation Society. The Society is a member of the Suffolk Local History Council.

The Society is managed by an Executive Committee re-elected at each Annual General Meeting (AGM).

For further information please phone the Honorary Secretary or one of our other contacts for their particular areas.

Meetings are held in Hadleigh Old Town Hall, 8pm. Entry is free for members, 3 for non-members.

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