Recorder's Report 2012

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The church continues to collect food for the Harlow Food Bank with four journeys already made to the main storage depot.
Once again the Social Club met at 12 noon for a New Year drink and our monthly family night had a curry evening on 6 January.

The Berden History Society met in the church on 16 February for a talk on the ‘Great Stink’.
The Busstopshop raised £512 for Crisis at Christmas and the Poppy Appeal raised £361.
A Diamond Jubilee Committee was formed to organise the celebrations in June.
The WI were to be visited by Dorinda Diggins who was to give a talk on Gardens at home and abroad, however this was cancelled due to snow and ice.

The Spring Busstopshop was held on 24 March and this raised £432, and a quiz night took place that evening in the village hall.
Shirley Mussett died on 15 March - she was the wife of the former farm manager at Berden Priory Farm. The Jubilee Orchard was planted in Simon’s Field and will be named ‘Shirley’s Orchard’. Her husband provided the trees.
A hose pipe ban was announced due to drought conditions in the local area.

The month began with the Spring litter-pick on 1st April with a number of volunteers clearing up the highways and footpaths around the village.
A Fish Pie Supper was held on Good Friday at the Church. On Easter Saturday the children created Easter Gardens in the church and the usual Easter service followed by an Easter Egg Hunt took place on the Sunday.
On 21 April Richard Digance, known for his entertaining performances on radio and TV, came to Berden Church as part of the programme of the events organised by John Burton and the Friends of Berden Church. It was a well- attended event.

On 4 May, Gigspanner, a well-known folk group, played at Berden Church and was once again well attended by people both in and out of the village.
Berden Nature organised a trip to Rye Meads Nature Reserve on 12 May, followed by a pub lunch in Great Hadham.
On 19 May the annual progressive supper was organised by David and Sue Williams.
A Rogation Ramble was led by Canon Chris Bishop on 20 May. This was a 12 mile walk around the parishes of Manuden, Berden, Quendon and Rickling.
Ernie Feasey, former caretaker at the village hall, died on 24 May.

The Jubilee Ball was held at the Village Hall with a Marquee on 2 June and was a great success. This kicked off a weekend of celebrations in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. A Regatta and Street Party was held on the 4th and despite a few showers was very popular with a ‘design-a-crown’ competition, a fancy-dress parade and a photographic competition. This was followed on the same night by a barbecue and fireworks at the Village Hall.
The Busstopshop was held on 23 June with the usual home-made produce etc. This continues to raise vital funds for the upkeep of the church.
On 30 June a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ event was held in the grounds of the village hall with the Saffron Walden Town Band and the Berden Choir.
A Berden XI Cricket team won a match at Rickling during the last weekend of June, capping off a very successful month in the village.

Henry Benterman was baptised at Berden church on 1 July.
Berden Fete was cancelled for the first time in many years due to the bad weather on 14 July. It was agreed that we would run this event on 8 September. However the post-fete lunch went ahead and was certainly the first pre-fete lunch in 64 years.
On 3 July the WI held their car rally at 6 pm.

Berden Croquet matches are being played in preparation for the finals day in September.
The WI held an August Garden Meeting and Al Fresco supper on 14 August.
Sylvia Tiller died on 13 August 13 and was buried at Berden Church.

The Berden Book Club met on 17 September to discuss the novel, Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor.
The WI held an open meeting on 4 September, the subject a woman’s life in the army.
Simon Young married Beth Harlock on 15 September at Berden Church.
The Berden Tennis Tournament was held on 23 September.
On 20 September I gave the History Society a talk on the Black Death.
A Berden Brewers Night was organised on the 28th with a selection of ciders and wines.
The sum of £9,545 was raised at this year’s Berden Fete, which was held on 8 September. It was a very sunny day with a big turnout across the area with the money raised being given to the church and village hall equally.
Ralph Skelton was baptised on 23 September at Berden Church.

A surplus of £228 was given to the Prince’s Trust Charity from the Jubilee Committee.
Berden Neighbourhood Watch was set up this month.
On 20 October, Philip Henry and Hannah Martin performed at the Church. They were very impressed with the acoustics.
The Berden Quiz Night took place on 12 October and was well-attended. Dinner was also provided.
A Harvest Supper organised by the Harlocks took place on Saturday 6 October followed by the Harvest Service next day.
The usual bonfire collection took place on 27 October.
Shirley Homan died on 10 October.

The very popular Bonfire night event was organised on 3 November and was another big success.
The Autumn Litter collection took place on 18 November.

The Busstopshop took place on 8 December.
This was followed by the Children’s Christmas party and a carolling and crumpets concert on the 15th.
There was carol singing around the village on 21 December beside the Christmas tree on the village green.
Village broadband speed continues to be a problem and this will be discussed at a village meeting in January.

2012 was the second wettest year on record so we are hoping for better weather next year.

Mark Trapmore
Berden Local History Recorder