In Boxford we have 'a village of outstanding importance to the nation'
which is why the county designated much of the village a Conservation
Area. The Boxford Society aims to preserve the character of the village
and its historic and architectural heritage. We constantly monitor
planning applications and try to ensure that new developments are in
keeping with the character of the village - an increasingly difficult task.
We fully support the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan which will give
legal weight to the views of the people who live in the village.
We hold two meetings each year to which we invite speakers with specialist knowledge of history, architecture and social development of the village, the county and East Anglia in general - we certainly have a rich history on our doorstep! We also arrange a Summer Outing to a place with a significant history.
Unfortunately, this year, all meetings and outings have had to be postponed, but we hope we can run a similar programme in 2021.
The Society has, over 15 years, created a village archive of pictures, documents left to us, research and memories from local people. The archive has been extensively used by researchers at home and abroad, and students. It has provided a range of lectures and exhibitions over the past few years. One of our members is currently finalising an extensive history of Boxford based on the archive and further research.
Membership is just £3 Family, £2 Individual, £1 Pensioner. These low priced subscriptions are intended to encourage as many people as possible to join us. However, we do welcome any donations in addition to the subscription as we have expenses to cover eg fees for speakers, affiliation to the Suffolk Preservation Society and subscription to the Campaign to Protect Rural England - we would prefer to remain solvent!
If you are interested in joining us for interesting talks, stimulating outings and would like to support the preservation of Boxford's character whilst recognising the need for the village to change and develop sympathetically please contact Jen Eastwood on email@example.com or call 01787 211853.
The doorway to 20 Broad Street with its superb 18th Century scroll-bracketed entrance canopy.