BOXFORD IN THE PRESS



BOXFORD IN THE PRESS

 

The Daily Telegraph
17 June 2017

Boxford Stores has a trading history dating back to 1420. It’s thought to be the oldest shop in Britain, but for the two years before my business partner and I bought it in 2015, it had fallen on hard times. The previous owner had died and, although the Post Office remained open, there was no interest in keeping the shop going.

A friend approached me with the idea of running it, and originally I was to be the sleeping partner. I already owned The Village Deli in nearby Bures with my sisters. But it wasn’t as easy as he thought it was going to be. There was a lot of work that needed doing to the Grade II listed shop and I ended up being much more involved. For the past nine months it has just been me.

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Retirement job: Neil Cottrell

 

East Anglian Daily Times
18 May 2017

For the first time in the club's history Boxford Bowls Club has two teams in the Sudbury Mixed Triple League (SMTL) this season.

The first match for both teams ('A' and 'B') pitted them against one another last week.

A game of friendly rivalry ensued and resulted in 'B' beating 'A' on all three rinks, winning by 56 shots to 44 and taking all five points.

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The two Boxford teams in front of their clubhouse

 

Suffolk Free Press
06 May 2017

The Fleece Hotel in Boxford raised more than £1,100 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association at a black tie fundraising evening.

At the event held earlier this month, guests were treated to a three-course meal, followed by auction to raise funds from the charity.

Fleece Hotel landlord Ben Wase said: “The evening was a resounding success. It was great to see the community come together to raise money and awareness for such an important cause.

"We are overjoyed with the amount raised and can't wait for our next fundraising event. We'd like to thank all the businesses that donated prizes and to our guests for supporting the evening."

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The Fleece Hotel in Boxford raised over £1,100 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association at their black tie fundraising evening.

 

BBC News
23 March 2017

Contractors have refused to finish off painting a "slow" sign as half of the word was "outside the permitted area".

UK Power Networks contractors repainted the "SL" after they laid down cabling and resurfaced part of Sand Hill in Boxford, near Ipswich.

They said the remainder of the road markings were outside what the company was "permitted to remedy" by Suffolk County Council.

The county council said the defect would be rectified.

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UK Power Networks said repainting the

 

Suffolk Free Press
24 February 2017

Villagers turned out in force to oppose plans for more homes to be built as part of a second phase of development in Boxford.

Boxford Parish Council held a public meeting on Monday night to hear people’s views on plans by developer Landex to build up to 24 new homes at Goodlands, off Daking Avenue.

Parish council chairman Julian Fincham-Jacques said the hall was packed for the two-hour meeting, with the consensus opposing the development, which includes eight affordable homes.

"No-one spoke in favour of it at all," he said. "There were a number of issues against the application, including traffic in Swan Street, which remains the main access to the development site.

"There were worries about how traffic would impact on the area, and traffic fumes in Swan Street, and there were concerns about flooding."

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EADT Suffolk Magazine
01 February 2017

History rubs shoulders with the bustle of modern life in the ancient wool town and its village neighbour

At the heart of Suffolk, amid gently rolling countryside and meandering rivers lies Hadleigh, a busy market town that mixes a fascinating history with everything you need for modern life.
Hadleigh is a Suffolk Wool Town, with all the hallmarks of medieval wealth built on the wool trade, including half-timbered merchant's houses, and a fine 15th century Guildhall. The town has 246 historic listed buildings in total, including a magnificent medieval church, and pink washed cottages that are synonymous with Suffolk.

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Hadleigh Town Hall

 

Suffolk Free Press
17 December 2016

James Cartlidge MP has planted an oak tree in Boxford to highlight the importance of conservation work in South Suffolk. The tree is on land owned by the Woodland Trust, who manage nearby Primrose Wood on the upper side of the River Box.

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South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge planting a new tree in Boxford

 

Suffolk Free Press
18 November 2016

New private homes built in Boxford have all been sold to people with a connection to the village, developers have confirmed.

Suffolk Housing, the Bury-based housing association, has completed the sale of five private properties on Station Field for the first time in its 42-year history.

It sold two three-bedroomed houses and three two-bedroomed bungalows through its subsidiary company Linnet Sales and Lettings and confirmed that all five homes were sold to people with a connection to the village, which was part of a section 106 agreement that Babergh District Council added to the planning consent for the homes.

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Station Field development in Boxford.

 

East Anglian Daily Times
04 June 2016

'My daughters call us The Hobbits...' Hazel Buchanan's one of the folk opening their gates to the public for Boxford's big day.

The family garden near Sudbury was most definitely dad's territory. Hazel, one of eight children, knew that. "We were never allowed to touch the garden. My father was very strict. He wasn't into letting children dabble in gardening or even sowing seeds. Very stereotyped."

Actually, thinking about it, he did soften every now and again. "I used to watch him digging up new potatoes and he'd let me ferret for them. When he was turning the soil over, you'd see millipedes and centipedes."

That doubtless fostered a fascination with and love of wildlife that endures today, and which is manifested in her own garden.

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'I look after the garden but in tandem with all the bugs and beasties that are in it,' says Hazel Buchanan

 

Suffolk Free Press
23 April 2016

School dinner lady Doreen Jarmin got a big surprise when she went on a "training" course this week.

But instead of learning all about school policies, she found herself the centre of attention at a surprise party to celebrate her 50 years’ long service as dinner lady at Boxford Primary School.

Mrs Jarmin, 86, of Ash Street, Boxford, has fed at least three generations of children at the school - possibly even four by now, she says.

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Boxford Primary School dinner lady Doreen Jarman got a surprise party at the village hall to celebrate the fact that she has done 50 years' service at the school.

 

East Anglian Daily Times
20 April 2016

Doreen Jarmin, 86, started her career as a school dinner lady at Boxford Primary School in 1966. And after 50 years in the job she has no intention of retiring yet because she still "loves" what she does.
She says her work, which entails everything from supervising students in the dinner hall to looking out for them in the school yard, is part of her daily routine and that she would be "lost without it".
"I have always loved my job and I really enjoy looking after the kids - they are sweet little things and I get to see them change as they grow up," said Mrs Jarmin, who is the longest serving member of staff at the school.
"It fills my day up and is somewhere to go every day. The headteacher says I am the only person who hates the school holidays."

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Midday supervisor Doreen Jarmin has been at Boxford school for 50 years.

 

East Anglian Daily Times
17 March 2016

Boxford has been named 10th in the best villages in the south of Britain by the Times newspaper.
Whether it's because of the traditional shops and pubs, the quaint historic cottages or the stunning surrounding countryside, few could deny that Boxford is a great place to live.

Boasting the oldest shop in Britain, which has just been lovingly brought back to life, and Europe's oldest recorded working garage, the Suffolk village is steeped in history but also has a thriving modern community.
Enviably placed on the River Box in between three major towns and a mere 50-minute commute from London, Boxford has now been included in The Times newspaper's '40 best villages in Britain' and is listed as the 10th most desirable in the south of the country.

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Boxford has been named 10th in the best villages in the south of Britain by the Times newspaper.

 

Suffolk Free Press
30 January 2016

A Boxford nursery which also operates a breakfast, after school and holiday club for children up to 12 has received an outstanding rating from Ofsted.

Sunflowers Childcare is based in a single-storey cabin built in 2011 in the grounds of Boxford Primary School.

It has 105 families registered on its books and, as well as catering for children who attend the primary school, it offers clubs in the school holidays.

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Sunflower Nursery celebrating their Outstanding Ofsted report

 

East Anglian Daily Times
19 November 2015

A village shop in west Suffolk which is believed to be the oldest in Britain is set to reopen on Saturday.

The Grade II-listed Boxford Stores, which has a recorded trading history dating back to 1420, used to house a general store and post office.
But in May 2013, its future was thrown into doubt after the owner, Catherine Lee, died and there was little interest from buyers prepared to take the shop on as a going concern. In the meantime due to pressure from locals, the post office has been kept running. Then in May this year, the shop and adjoining house in Swan Street were bought by Lawrence Mott, who owns Motts Body Repair Specialists in Stoke By Nayland.
Two local businessmen approached Mr Mott with their ideas for how the shop could work, and today will see their plans come to fruition.

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Boxford Stores, which is thought to be Britain's oldest shop, is set to re-open today. Pictured are Robin Windmill who will help run the shop, and Neil Cottrell the manager.

 

East Anglian Daily Times
28 June 2015

Three employees at a family farm have been awarded accolades after notching up a total of 114 years' service between them.

The trio, who are employed at Boxford Suffolk Farms and Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, were presented with Long Service Awards at this year's Suffolk Show.

David Whymark started work at Boxford Suffolk Farms 41 years ago at the age of 16. He had no qualifications and was dyslexic, although this wasn't a condition recognised in those days. His first job was cleaning out blackcurrant buckets and he went on to work in the orchards and packhouse, depending on the season.
He is now workshop manager, and he is justifiably proud to have also gained a 2:1 degree in agriculture from Writtle College at the age of 43, having studied there one day a week for four years.
David said: "I've seen a lot of changes over the years - we used to grow 187 trees to the hectare and we now grow 4,000 trees to the hectare on our new plantations. We also now use computerised trickle irrigation systems in the new orchards instead of the old fashioned rain guns which wasted a lot of water."
David's mother, Eileen, worked for the Peake family as a cook at the golf club for 17 years during the 1970s and 80s.

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Managers and staff from the Boxford Group following the long service presentation at the Suffolk Show.

 

East Anglian Daily Times
19 May 2015

Downsizing doesn't mean having to accept second-best in the garden. Steven Russell discovers the hints of Italy and Cornwall behind a Suffolk village... and, by the by, hears how an ex-SAS action man-turned-author came to live in the county

It was in 1979 that John Kirby and Joe Barrett left south London for our neck of the woods. For a house in Mersea Road, Colchester. It was something of a voyage of discovery. John admits they hadn't even known of Colchester's proud military heritage. "Looking out the window that very first morning, we saw a squad of soldiers marching past in nuclear fallout gear. That's when we realised we might be in an army town. A couple of Dumbos! Honestly..."

Not that it mattered. Of more interest was the pleasing irregular shape of their new garden - much bigger and more intriguing than the small plot they'd had in Peckham - and the opportunities it presented. John and Joe have had several homes and gardens since, but they haven't left East Anglia and don't intend to.

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Getting the message across! John Kirby and Joe Barrett by their pond - with a board advertising the open gardens day

 

East Anglian Daily Times
28 February 2015

Apple grower Boxford (Suffolk) Farms has won the national Top Fruit Grower of the Year title at the 2015 UK Grower Awards in London.

The family business, which also created the Copella fruit juice brand (later sold to Tropicana and now part of Pepsico) and the Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, was recognised for the innovative technology and growing systems in which it has invested in over the last 10 years.

Particular focus has been placed on planting intensive systems, with environmentally friendly irrigation and the most suitable apple varieties - both traditional and new - all maximising and protecting yield while minimising the environmental impact.

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From left, Jason Perrott of Morrisons with the team from Boxford (Suffolk) Farms, Marcel Grigore, Jonathan Loshak, Iain Clarke, Susanna Rendall, Srinivas Gottam, Robert England, Robert Rendall and Tamara Unwin, following the presentation of the Top Fruit Grower of the Year award.

 

East Anglian Daily Times
12 April 2014

Steven Russell gets a few stories and tips from three women who help make the Boxford open gardens day happen - including the owner of the 'Plonk It Garden'.
It's Maggie we have to thank. Well, Maggie and late husband Barry. They'd been living in Boxford less than a couple of years when they started something good. Something that's lasted.
The Thorpes moved to Suffolk from Buckinghamshire - keen DIYer Barry hoping for something he could sink his teeth into and Maggie more focused on horticulture.
They found it in Swan Street and a home more than 500 years old. While Barry got the house shipshape, his wife laid out from scratch a classic patio garden with parterres.
"People said it was lovely and I thought 'Why don't we make some use of it and make some money for the church?' (Barry was on the parochial church council.) Then I went round Boxford, asking people with nice gardens if they would join in, and it grew.

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Maggie Thorpe.

 

Suffolk Free Press
03 January 2014

Three of Boxford's four village businesses are up for sale or in the process of being sold.
Joy Stowe, owner of the Boxford Village Stores in Swan Street, is looking to retire this year after running her convenience store for nearly 50 years.
It is the third shop in the village to go on the market in the last 18 months and leaves the butcher's shop in Swan Street as the only premises not for sale.

The historic 600-year-old Bridge House, a five-bedroom house in Swan Street which is run as a post office and village store, has a buyer and the sale is at an advanced stage, according to agent Jackson-Stops & Staff.
The guide price for the Grade-II listed building was £499,000 and it went up for sale following the death of its owner, Catherine Lee, in January 2012.

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The Daily Express
21 July 2013

"YOU DO KNOW that there's a lion buried outside, in that courtyard, don't you?" asked one of the regulars, just as I was leaving a quiet country pub.

I didn't. It was early on a December afternoon in Boxford, Suffolk, that I accidentally stumbled upon the story of an almost-forgotten Great British eccentric, Tornado Smith, a Thirties Wall-of-Death stunt motorcyclist.

The village of Boxford is chiefly known for having hosted some good jazz concerts in recent years at the Fleece, one of its two pubs. It was, however, from its other hostelry, the White Hart, that the tale of the stunt rider and his pet lion emerged. The lion, actually a 12-stone lioness named Briton, had been part of George "Tornado" Smith's Wall-of-Death act during the Thirties. As a cub, she had initially ridden on the handlebars of his Indian Scout motorbike. Once she was fully grown, she rode in a sidecar, while he performed daring stunts for his audiences.

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Daring: Taking tea with Briton the lion and pet lamb

 

The Daily Mail
17 May 2013

  • Boxford Stores in Suffolk under threat after 94-year-old owner dies
  • It has been at the centre of the little village for centuries
  • Historians discovered it was first used as a warehouse in 1420
  • Over time it has been a butchers, greengrocers, ironmongers and drapers
  • Sub-postmaster Richard Gates, 68, says it's vital shop stays open
  • In extraordinary coincidence, village is also home to country's oldest garage

It has been standing for 600 years, but the future of Britain's oldest shop is shrouded in doubt today after it was put up for sale.

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Under threat: The shop in 1930. Historians have discovered it was opened as a warehouse in 1420

 

Suffolk Free Press
30 April 2013

Boxford News closed as a mark of respect on Tuesday for the funeral of former owner Mary Riddleston, who died at the age of 92.

Following a stroke earlier this year, Mrs Riddleston was recovering at her home in Brook Hall Road, but died on Easter Sunday. She lived with her daughter Liz Corner and son-in-law Fred Corner.
Boxford News, which is currently up for sale, placed a letter to customers in its window saying it would be closed for her memorial service at St Mary's Church in Boxford on Tuesday afternoon.
Mrs Riddleston and her late husband Herbert ran H D and E M Riddleston newsagents in Boxford for 37 years, 12 of which she ran single-handedly, and it was known affectionately as Mary's.
The daughter of local entrepreneur Newton Rule and his wife Eveline, Mrs Riddleston was born and educated in Boxford.

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