Society News

ZOOM Presentation

Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 25th Nov 2020


by Chris Turland
Saturday 5th December 2020 at 12 noon
on the Zoom platform

The fascinating story of early public transport in the county with an emphasis on the interlinks between the various transport systems, together with the growth of the different reasons for travel - and the means of doing so.

Bungay Station
an early picture of Bungay Railway Station

Members wishing to hear the talk should please register with Andy Kerridge.
Log-in details will be sent to you shortly before the talk.

(The Zoom platform will be open from 11.45am on 5th December)

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(those wishing to become members can do so via the MEMBERSHIP tab on the Home page)

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Posted by K Pulford on Fri, 19th May 2017

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Posted by K Pulford on Mon, 7th Nov 2016

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Our website Help Forum is now launched

Posted by K Pulford on Sun, 7th Aug 2016

As part of our aim to make this website more interactive with our members we are please to announce that we have launched our website "Help Form".  If you have a problem, which you have not been able to solve, one of our members might have that vital clue to help you progress wirh your research.  You can gain access to the Help Forum via the Members Area of the website.  Who knows, this might be the way to help you break down that "brickwall"

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Posted by Geoffrey Dennish on Thu, 21st Jul 2016

Douglas Howlett will retire at the AGM on September 24th after six years as Chairman.

The Trustees would like to hear from any member volunteering to fill the vacancy or nominating another member who has agreed to be put forward.

SFHS in excellent shape, on a very sound financial footing and with a strong, enthusiastic management team, responsible for its day to day running, who will continue in office.

Applications should be made by September 22nd to any Trustee or alternatively by letter or email to the Secretary:-

Kenneth Finch, 65 Churchill Avenue, Ipswich, IP4 5DT

The Somme Remembered

Posted by K Pulford on Tue, 28th Jun 2016


Our Haverhill Group have combined with The Royal British Legion to commemorate 100th Anniversary of The battle of the Somme,  which commenced on the 1st July 1916.  Tributes and dispalys remembering those who perished will be held in St Mary's Church, Haverhill on the 1st-3rd July inc. between 10.00am - 3.00pm. 
 The tribute commences with a "blowing of the whistle" at 7.30am on the 1st July at the War Memorial in Haverhill Cemetery, followed by the unveiling of the "Wall of Poppies" at St Mary's Church at 9.30am.  At 11.00am on Saturday 2 July William Tyler will be giving a presentation entitled "The Somme - 100 years on".

I would encourage all members of the Society who live in and near to Haverhill to support this event which pays tribute to those brave men who fought in the bloodiest battle in British history when 20,000 troops were lost on the first day of the battle.

For further details please refer to the Haverhill Group page.


HLF Support for project "The Hold"

Posted by D A Howlett on Mon, 30th May 2016

We would like to congratulate the Suffolk County Council Record Office who recently announced that they have received inital support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project "The Hold: A Suffolk Archives Service for the 21st Century"

The project is a partnership with University Campus Suffolk and will be located on the university's north campus beside the historic waterfront.  The HLF award will help the venture to progress the plans and to apply for the full grant at a later date.  It is hoped that the project will be completed in 2019.


More Memorial Inscriptions Add to Members' Area

Posted by K Pulford on Mon, 23rd May 2016

en more parishes have been added to the searchable memorial inscriptions in the members' area. This is part of an ongoing exercise to index the MI transcripts made by members of the society over the years. The parishes added are Blythburgh, Botesdale Methodist, Brampton, Chilton, Covehithe, Henstead, Layham, Middleton, Reydon and Ringsfield.

These transcripts are important since the gravestones in many churchyards have been removed and these transcripts are one of the few records of the way our ancesters wanted to be remebered.

Access to these records is restricted to members who can log in under the members area menu when the Memorial Inscriptions item will be added to the menu. Members should note that they need to register with the web site using the register option under the members area menu. In registering you should use the email address you submitted as part of your membership application.

The indexing of the MIs is continuing and it is worthwhile regulary checking back to check on what is available.

Stowmarket Group to close

Posted by D A Howlett on Thu, 28th Apr 2016

The Trustees regret to announce that our Stowmarket Group will close at the end of April.  Although the group has managed to have a well balanced programme of talks, it has not been able to attract sufficient numbers through the door. The Trustees are appreciative of the efforts of the group chairperson Stella Jackaman and her fellow committee members who worked so hard for many years to keep help us maintain our presence the Stowmarket area.