Pakenham Village News : Extracts PV&CN - June 2000

June 2000

Beattie Peck will be 85 on 19th June. May the good Lord Bless both Beattie and her great friend Freda Shelbourne(86 on May 4th) with many more birthdays. You are always in our hearts. Beattie's second book can be purchased at the Post Office. All proceeds to Bury Cats Home.

Pakenham Players have given £150 to the Monday Club which they raised as a result of their very successful production last February.
The Monday Club themselves have been doing some entertaining lately. On 8th May they hosted a visit by a group from Roxwell Club in Essex, over sixty people had a wonderful tea and were entertained by a musician from Elmswell. His name was Peter Clarke and the whole ensemble were in full voice singing along to old songs, new songs and many favourites, past and present. There was a trip out to lunch on May 10th and there will be another in June. Other trips planned for the rest of the year include Lowestoft, Yarmouth on a race day), Wroxham, Felixstowe (on a Sunday) and a mystery tour in September. New members are always welcome.

The Community Council raised £350 on National Mills Day by Lunches and a Raffle in the Village Hall. Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to achieve this result.

A sponsored diet by Max Bacon started on 7th February at the weight of 18 stones and is going well, by 13th May he was down to 16 stones exactly. He has money and promises to the tune of £300 which will go towards the Children's Play Area and is still open to offers of sponsorship or donations.

Pakenham Fox celebrated an impressive hail of trophies at the Finals Night of the Lynx Invitation Darts League. They secured the League title by four points and went on to win five of the six competitions on the night, winning the Pairs, Nines, Mixed Pairs, and Singles and finishing runners-up in the Ladies K.O. Cup. Many thanks to Brian Courtney (Captain) and Val Bird (Secretary) and a pat on the back for Jeff Smith, the 'Fox's' ebullient landlord.

Pakenham Football Club finished the season in mid-table of Division 3 Bury Sunday League, earlier in the season they had been in second position. Well done lads!

The video of Pakenham which some of you may have seen when it was shown in the Village Hall last year is now deposited at the Record Office in Bury and can be loaned from there.
N.B. - We are grateful for the following information received from Martin Harrison:-
I work in the Record Office in Bury St. Edmunds where the Pakenham Video has been deposited. May I, (unofficially), correct the information concerning the taking out on loan of this deposit. The Video can only be removed from the R.O. by the depositor, or by someone authorised by a letter from the depositor or their representative(s). This is standard procedure for all documents deposited on long term loan and which remain the property of the depositor.

June 2000

Pakenham Windmill (Church News June 2000)

The big news in Pakenham last month was the completion of the refurbishment of Pakenham Windmill. On 9th and 10th May the great sails were bolted on again, repaired, painted and gleaming white in the sunshine for all to see for miles around, although not readily from Pakenham village itself!

The refurbishment and completion has been a tremendous piece of organisational skill coupled with good old Suffolk know how from the 'Friends of Pakenham Windmill'. The 'Friends' are a management committee set up to oversee the good housekeeping and running of the Windmill as required by National Lottery Heritage led, of course, by the 'old Fox' himself, Mr. Michael Bryant.

Special thanks must go to Peter And John Bryant for their work with metal and timber, without their skills and knowledge the job would have been all the poorer. Started three years ago by R. Thompson and Sons of Alford, Lincolnshire and boosted by a Heritage award of £48,000 the project has gone steadily ahead, finishing on the eve of National Mill Day, a well planned achievement in itself.

The overall cost of the project was £60,000 so a balance of £12,000 had to be found. This has largely been achieved by the 'Friends of Pakenham Windmill' through grants etc., and the £550 made on Mills Day certainly helped. We thank the 'Friends' very much for restoring to Pakenham one of its most striking buildings. Congratulations.