Daws Heath Village Fayre - 2022

St Michael's Church Field

Saturday 9th July 2022 was bright and hot for the Annual Daws Heath Village Fair, back after 3 years, due to Covid-19.

The Hadleigh Heritage view of Hadleigh Castle, led by Bob Delderfield supported by Terry Barclay had started in the morning.

Exhibitions of H&TCA material on Daws Heath was used to populate one set of display boards – shown above with enthusiastic visitor.

Another set of display boards was used to show the AGES material on a recent study of local water courses.  A related map was spread along one entire table and proved to be attractive for many people who searched for their own property in the Thundersley, Daws Heath and Hadleigh areas. One of the key attributes was the colour coding for height above sea level – – which helped explain the siting of water towers and recurrent drainage difficulties.  One popular local road had historically been known as “Watery Lane” for example.  Even in recent times, drainage there had still been a problem, although the local water company continued to insist that there were no drainage limits relevant to any new developments.

The Hadleigh & Thundersley Community Archive were pleased to have available their new book ‘The Ancient Parish of Thundersley’ by Rev. E A Maley. A facsimile of his 1937 book  with a new introduction by Robert Delderfield. Priced at £8.99 for the launch, copies  are available from Anns Mini Market in Daws Heath Road and Dans News in Hart Road.

Lots of activities on the field and community stalls with plenty of refreshments made this a great event not to miss and I am sure the organisers  from St Michael’s Church were delighted with the day.

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