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Written Records

November 2000

You will be pleased to know that the village escaped any major damage from the recent storms. When I look at the TV footage of flooding in the South East I thank those wonderful Dutch engineers who started draining the Fens all those years ago. If you want to look at what the damage could have been like then visit the Fens page on site one where you will see photographs of the last Fen floods.

There has only been one addition to the site, a poem about the Feltwell Murder, which I've added to the Written Records section. I hope you found the new structure for this section and Times Remembered easier to navigate. There should have been a Search Engine installed this month, indeed there was one for all of Tuesday 31st October, but due to some technical hitches I had to remove it at the last minute! Hopefully I'll crack the problem this coming weekend and, if so, it will be working by Monday. The site is in crying need of its own Search Engine so I'm not going to give up.

The new Tennis court is still not ready. As Chairman of the Parish Council I am very annoyed with the company as they told us 6 weeks ago that the job would only take 13 days! I hope the delay will be worth it. Rest assured that I'll send you all a photo when it is finished.

Welcome to two new members this month - Ivan Badcock and Jennie Larkin. Jennie is researching the Toosey/Denton families. Any help that anyone could give would be much appreciated. Membership stands at 92 but we have lost one member who has changed his email address but not notified me. See the family page for details.

Member Tim Trowbridge has kindly offered to assist any member who would like to visit next year's Formula 1 race at Indianapolis. He is a native of Indy and will give you all the information that you will need to make the trip both enjoyable and inexpensive. This is a very generous offer and Tim can be contacted at TROW72@aol.com Many thanks, Tim. (Now all I need is an all expenses paid trip to OZ!!)

I had a very interesting note from a lady in Norway (wonderful written English) who is researching Gunsted. Any help anybody? Also a note from a Mike Howard trying to track down American serviceman R J Regan and from John Kent researching the Little Downham Walker family.

If you can make it to the village on the 10th December at 3.00pm then you will be just in time to attend the Carol service at St Nicholas Church. This is one of only two times that the church is open each year. If you do make it I'll be the one at the back in the long black coat, probably with a camera, so please make yourself known to me.

Some of you may have known Mr Frank Edwards who sadly died earlier this month. His widow, Mercy, has a piece in the Times Remembered section and Frank and his father before him were responsible for building many of the houses in Feltwell. Almost the last thing he did before he died was to answer the questions about Mr Fincham that I posed last month, both here and in the village magazine. The answers are: Mr Frank Fincham was a hauler of ballast etc for Frank's father and for many of the local farmers in the sugar beet harvesting season. He was married to Peggy Frost who used to teach at the Primary School and the family lived at 1 Old Brandon Road. Frank Edwards will be sadly missed.