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Little Waldingfield History Society

The Society maintains records of local historical events (eg: records, maps, photos, memorabilia and history magazines) to provide a basis for local history events, historical research, education and for use as a reference (or simply for interest) by villagers and others.

We hold monthly talks on historical subjects on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Room, in Church Road Little Waldingfield, and usually one or two member outings to historic places / museums a year; non-members are most welcome to come along, and the Parish Room now has an access ramp for wheelchair access (just the one step to negotiate). All meetings are followed by tea/coffee and biscuits so attendees can discuss the presentation with each other or question the speaker some more, making each event a social occasion.

The Society was one of the first groups to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to research the story of our village from 1840 to the present day, which included recording oral interviews with long standing village residents to preserve their memories for all time. This project was successfully completed and an updated history of the village published in September 2014. All proceeds raised from book sales go towards maintaining the fabric of St Lawrence Church and, along with proceeds from a couple of fund raising concerts we have held in the church, the society has now raised more than £9,000 for this most worthy cause.

We have plenty of books available and if anyone would like to purchase a copy of 'Little Waldingfield Suffolk, our village history from 1840 to 2014' (see link below), which has been very well received and is in a great cause, please contact Andy or Sue Sheppard on 01787 247980.

Lastly, the Society aims to foster and stimulate interest in local history, creating a medium whereby villagers can reconnect, both with their own past and with each other, and lively discussions follow each society presentation. The society blog also aims to foster such discussion, and anyone wishing to keep up to date with what we are doing only has to "follow the blog", after which they will receive an email each time a new blog post is created (only a couple a month) - see link below.

We look forward to welcoming new guests at our future events.

Who to contact

Andy Sheppard
01787 247980
07767 678487
School House
Church Road
Little Waldingfield
CO10 0SP

Additional contact

Di Langford
Booking Secretary
Additional Website
Pitt Cottage
The Street
Little Waldingfield
CO10 0SP

Where to go

Little Waldingfield History Society
Parish Room
Church Road
Little Waldingfield
CO10 0SW
Area served
Ipswich, South Ipswich, Hadleigh, Stowmarket, Clare, Bury St Edmunds, Mid Suffolk, Lavenham, Sudbury, East Ipswich, North Ipswich, Glemsford, Felixstowe, West Suffolk, Mildenhall, Needham Market
Venue Website
Parking details
In Church Road
Walk or by car
Restrictions to access
There are no restrictions to our monthly events. Members pay a reduced (and very cheap) entry fee, but anyone is most welcome to come along. Special events might occasionally be restricted (to members only), but this will be made clear at the time. Lastly, all our talks conclude with free tea/coffee and biscuits, where everyone can chat about the talk and discuss any points with the speaker.

A delightful Edwardian 'Reading Room' situated almost next to St Lawrence church in Church Road, with kitchen and loos. Plenty or parking in Church Road.

Days & Times

Monthly on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 unless otherwise advised
Time of day
Session Information
All our sessions in the Parish Room end with tea / coffee and biscuits. There is also a free member only event in January.

Other details

Cost Details
For our regular monthly events, prices are currently as follows: Members £2.00 Non-members £4.00. Special events and outings may be priced differently. Members pay £10.00 per annum, for which they receive half price entry to regular events and a free member only event each January. Members also gain access to history magazines and other publications held by the society, as well as a dedicated Historical Library. Lastly, members receive event reminders and other relevant information during the year via email.
Referral required?
Age Groups
16-25 years, Adults, Young people
Wheelchair Access

Accreditation website
Accreditation details
Suffolk Local History Council


All ages from late teens, or earlier if the topic is suitable for younger children (so they won't become bored).

Service users involved in planning
Members are encouraged to suggest topics or speakers for future talks, which to date have all been provided.
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