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To this on line version of the Wissett Web, a newsletter for the people of Wissett. And to all newcomers to the village: we hope you'll be happy here.

We have a village book which is free to all households called "A Walk through Wissett" by Helen Flaxman, our Village Recorder, and Diana Fernando. Written in 2000/2001, it is a story of the village within living memory, house by house. For your FREE copy phone David Ball on 874599.- Extra copies are available price £5 from David Ball at Birches, Wash Lane, Wissett Halesworth. IP19 0RB


Did you know that Wissett was granted a charter for the right to have a fair and a weekly market in 1267? The market was held on Fridays and the fair on August 1st each year. We have very few, if any, cattle or cheese to sell at a fair nowadays and we have a daily market in the form of the Village Shop, so it's kind of out of date now. Perhaps someone enterprising could start an annual fair or fete on August 1st?


We have excellent news for you all. We met the new owner of The Plough and she is bursting with energy and new ideas. Her name is Vicky Harvey, she has a big smile and she comes from Spexhall. She plans to run the pub and the shop and the microbrewery; and is hoping to open the last weekend of August, 30th/31st. I know we will all support this new venture. It is not just a business, it is for the social life of the village and to bring people together. At least 70 of us were very much opposed to the pub closing so it's up to us now to use it.

THE PUB will be open 7 days a week and keep traditional pub hours. Extra hours by special arrangement only, for instance on New Year's Eve, or for funerals etc. It will be a "Country Pub" serving traditional home-cooked food, including "Sunday Roasts." Adnam's and "guest beers" will be served alongside the home-brewed beers, Aspal'’s cider and the usual lagers. There will be acoustic live music, walkers and dogs will be welcome and Vicky would like to restart The Plough Darts Team.

THE SHOP will be stocked with local products. A country shop with everyday staples such as bread, milk, cheese, eggs, tinned food, sweets and crisps. Newspapers can be ordered.

OUTSIDE will be a proper pub garden. Beyond the car park Vicky plans to have tables and, eventually, children's play equipment. Land next to the pub is to be kept tidy and can be used for village events. The first one planned is a bonfire and firework party on or around November 5th. In the future there will be spaces for two Yurts right up the garden for families to stay. The Plough is undergoing a face lift. Builders and carpenters are working hard to get it ready for the opening day. Vicky is looking for staff to help her make it a, a chef or cook and two to be in the shop part-time. If you think you would like to help please contact her on the number on the board outside the pub or call in. She is hoping to move in on August 15th. WELCOME, VICKY!


Elaine Healer and Vanessa Tucker are now the formal owners of the Vineyard. They have been working hard, tending the vines, since last autumn and the new vintage is ready for trying! A still white, Madeleine Angevine, and a sparkling white are now available from the "Posh Shed" just down the driveway towards Valley Farm. Tours and tastings will be available by arrangement. Either Elaine or Vanessa are often there if you call in or better still, phone on 07867009967. Wissett Wines will be available at The Plough after opening day.

World War I Exhibition and Concert,


THE EXHIBITION will focus on the impact of the war on local people and will include original material and artefacts from the period. It will be in the village hall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 24th/25th/26th October.

THE CONCERT will involve words and music from the period featuring the renowned Kingfisher Ensemble playing music by Somervell, Elgar, Gershwin and Clarke. A glass of wine, refreshments and a raffle are included. The piece of music by Symon Clarke has been written especially for this concert.

The concert will take place in St Andrew’s Church, Wissett on Saturday, 25th October at 7.30.
Tickets £12 from Anne Andrews, 01986 873121.

THE SERVICE to commemorate the First World War will be in St Andrew's Church on Sunday 26th at 6.30pm

Any news, views or comments for inclusion in the Wissett Web to Jenny Ball, Editor, Birches, Wash Lane, Wissett. 01986 874599 BEFORE 20th SEPTEMBER

Please note: The editor's decision is always final.

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