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.