The Hadleigh SocietyMay 1990
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An historic event recently took place in Hadleigh when over 130 members of the Alabaster family came together from all over the U.K., as well as Australia and New Zealand: there are members of the family living in Canada too. The reason they all visited Hadleigh was that all were related to Thomas Alabaster (1522 - 1592) who lived in the town in the early 1550s and quickly became one of the leading inhabitants.

The gathering was organised by members of the family living in Essex, and was held on April 21st in the U.R.C. hail; with visits to Framlingham, Saxmundham, Friston and Snape on the Sunday. This was no ordinary family party. As they arrived each guest registered, and was given a name badge with a colour code and number and, more to the point, a 30 page booklet outlining the Saturday programme, and details of some of the notable Alabasters: such as Thomas 1540 - 1624, Thomas the convict 1778, and Henry born 1336 in Picadilly who went to Siam. The booklet also contained family trees: the main branch colour coded purple, and the four other branches with different colours so each member could recognise from the badges to which branch of the family they were talking. There were also marked maps of the areas in which members of the family had resided e.g. Alabaster Farm,

The morning started with a welcome by the Mayor of Hadleigh, Councillor Colin Reeve: for in the past the family had provided six mayors, and one of them had helped recover the Guildhall for the town after it had been sequestrated by the crown at the reformation. Following the welcome there were talks by Mr. W.A.B.Jones, and Messrs Adrian and John S.Alabaster, and Laraine Hake outlined the main Alabaster lines, and explained how they had been researched and computerised. Any member of the family was able to type in their number and bring up the relevant information on the screen. The organisation of the gathering was very professional: not surprisingly, since members of the family had been leads in the Hadleigh community in the past.

Following a buffet lunch afternoon tours were arranged to visit the Guildhall, and to see the family brasses in the church. Not all shared in these visits since their ages ranged from 91 years young to 6 months, and the weather encouraged many to sit in the sun reminiscing. I am sure those who came felt a great sense of warmth and family togetherness.

I was asked to show one party round the church and, having done my homework, knew where the four brasses were: but I was thrown when one member of the family asked where the window was - anyone know?

In the evening ‘79 members sat down to dinner: some at The George and others at The Eight Bells.

Hilary Griffin.


Since the last report there have been 19 applications affecting 17 properties in Hadleigh advertised by Babergh D.C. These have all been considered by the Chairman and Secretary of the Sub—Committee; it has not been necessary to convene a meeting of members. Representations have been made on 3 affecting 2 properties.

Comments and Representations included the following:

bulletProposed development west of Frog Hall Lane - This was a re-advertised application and duplicate with revisions to the temporary sewage disposal plant. With new information on the operation of this plant we felt the proposal would be most undesirable and made objection accordingly. Both applications have now been considered by Babergh D.C. and we are informed permission has been refused.
bulletProposed three new dwellings at Coram Street Farm — These are to he partial barn conversions each drained to septic tanks. There are already 6 other dwellings nearby so we objected on the grounds of over development in this rural area without main drainage.
bulletTraffic Management - Comments have been submitted on the additional parking restrictions proposed by Suffolk County Council.


In aid of St. Mary’s Church Hadleigh Appeal

Sun 10 June
2 - 6 p.m.
49 & 77 ANGEL ST.,Hadleigh (John & Tricia Bloomfield and Mrs E. Fox-Hulme)
Teas. Stall 1 admits to both
Sat 23 June
7 for 7.30 p.m.
AUCTION by Noel Turner FLOWER ARRANGING by Audrey Tyerman
By invitation of Mr & Mrs D F W Golding Ticket 4.00
Sun 24 June
2 - 6 p.m.
PRIORY FARM HOUSE (Mr & Mrs Golding)
GARDEN OPEN Teas, Stall, Plants


Wednesday 20th June 7.00 p.m. Toppesfield Bridge We hope for a pleasant evening stroll up past the kennels to Hill Farm and then over to Bullocky Fen. This can be a very interesting area with horsetail ferns and many wetland plants. After Rands Farm we swing back across the fields to arrive at Love Lane and then back to Hadleigh.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Wednesday 27th June East House 8.00 p.m.

We shall be pleased to see you at this years gathering and trust you will stay a while for the refreshments to follow. You are invited to make nominations for Committee service and are asked to return the invitation slip in good time for catering purposes.

Regrettably Noel Turner has to stand down for personal reasons. All other members of your present committee have been persuaded to stand for re-election.

Editor: Jim Betteridge