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Quendon & Rickling Village Report 2008

We began our year with great sadness as our village Post Office and shop were closed in February. All our campaigning last autumn had fallen on deaf ears. We then had a further unexpected closure in October when our popular pub on the green was closed. The Cricketers, Rickling Green closed on 27 October 2008 (it is hoped this will open again). Our third closure was the carpet shop on the Cambridge Road; this was through retirement but in the present economic climate no one wants to open a new shop.

The Parish Council are still working tirelessly to get us a 30-mile speed limit. We have also completed a housing needs survey, which showed a need for low cost housing. They are now trying to identify a parcel of land to build on. After more than a year’s work the PC was instrumental in getting the area around the school and pub tarmacked, which was good timing because of the forthcoming (unknown) closure of the pub.

Our school had an excellent Ofsted report and as part of the small school partnership our head teacher Helen Robertson is now head of Farnham Primary School as well. We have a new deputy head Cheryl Wass and the school week is shared between both teachers and both schools.

Within our churches, we now have a benefice service once a month. We continue with our fund raising with the village BBQ in the summer (this replaced the fete) and a new venture. ‘The Winstanley Christmas.’ William Winstanley lived in Quendon in the 17th century and did much to keep alive all the traditional village ways of celebrating Christmas. The church was decorated in true 17th century style using evergreens and no flowers. This was a challenge but also a great success. We had traditional Christmas fare in the day and ‘songs, poetry readings and a talk on William Winstanley’ in the evening. In the church itself the Lancet Window has been repaired. It was damaged by high winds and boarded up 25 years ago. Recent high winds caused further damage. A specialist in stained glass has rebuilt the glass and lead work.

As reported last year Rickling Parish Rooms were sold to Mr Fraser Lamprell of Lamprell Advertising for office use. He has been very sympathetic with his repairs and refurbishment. Some of our old-style houses and bungalows are still being knocked down and rebuilt. I think we will see a slowing of this trend due to the credit crunch and inability to sell the new builds.

Christine Osbourn
Quendon & Rickling Local History Recorder

 

Quendon & Rickling Report 2007

As a village we managed to find ourselves in the headlines with an American style ‘drive by’ shooting on July 31st 2007. A gentleman and a child, living in a bungalow belonging to Rickling Hall, were shot and subsequently taken to hospital (both have recovered). Armed officers and security men were still on duty in the middle of September. This crime has still not been solved.

A second set of articles in the local newspapers related to the proposed closure of our village Post Office. We have had a post office in the village since the late 1800s (this is the date I can trace the postmasters to) and on its present site since 1959. Voices and opinions have been made and councillors and members of Parliament have intervened on our behalf. I was myself very involved having worked at the post office for the last six years. The Government seem to have very little understanding of how rural communities work, and we are all very concerned for the ‘village bound’ older members who rely on us. I feel though that the decision has been made in spite of our efforts.

The Parish Council continues with bringing us into the modern world: Rickling and Quendon is now officially one ward, the two separate wards having been abolished. We now have a website with links to all the various bodies, church, village hall, and school etc.

The Parish Council is also continuing in its fight to get a 30 mile speed limit on the B1383 (at present 40 mph limit). We have had several bad accidents this year, one dreadful fatality; with a 60 year old male jogger being killed, and our own ‘paper lady’ being hurt, all due to speed.

Our churches continue to thrive and we now have regular benefice services with our neighoburs , Manuden and Berden, but we still find fund raising for two churches very difficult.

Rickling Parish Rooms, also known as ‘the clinic’ has been put up for sale. It was originally built by Rickling parishioners for winter services when Rickling church became inaccessible during the winter months. As people acquired cars it became redundant for services but found a new use as a doctor’s surgery and baby clinic. Sadly the upkeep has become too great for Rickling Church and no funds were available to bring the building up to date.

On October 14th 2007 we held a village craft day. Miss Pollock a long time village resident and artist, would have been 100 years old but died shortly before her birthday. To honour her we displayed her paintings and a great many other crafts. We have an amazing wealth of talent in the village. With paintings, patchworks and tapestries coming forward. It was a wonderful social occasion of like minds.

Rickling School continues from strength to strength and is involved in many activities. At harvest festival they made apple crumbles, and delivered them to the over 80s (34 households). Also once a month you can book your ‘Elderberry’ lunch. This is for village pensioners, when the children take great delight in waiting on you, while you enjoy a wonderful meal.

Our library van now only comes fortnightly instead of weekly.

New buildings continue to pop up on every available piece of land. Five new houses on the Longridge site and two further separate houses, opposite Lacy cottages on former large gardens belonging to council houses.

Christine Osbourn

Quendon & Rickling Local History Recorder

 

QUENDON & RICKLING RECORDER’S REPORT 2006

As with other villages we are seeing infill development. The houses on the Red Star Garage site – now renamed Hallfields, are all sold and the residents integrated into village life, with a recent christening and one of the residents participating in the village Link magazine. A further five houses are being built on the old Longridge/ Greenace site.

We have a new tenant in the former Quendon Pottery, who is running a very successful high-quality carpet business.

Our new church grouping of Quendon, Rickling, Manuden and Berden is working very well with joint services at least four times a year.

Our parish council has seen some changes; I retired after 18 years and for the first time we had to have an election in May 2007. They have set up a village website and introduced welcome packs for all newcomers. The parish council continue discussions with the police and highways to reduce the speed limit through the village. Our village emergency plan continues to be updated.

At the school, governor Pat Wawn retired after 4 years. Fund raising continues –the village barbecue has taken over from the fete with a separate fund raising committee, but the same people! We have however been able to involve some of our newcomers. We have had a very successful Auction of Promises, raising £3000, the Barbeque, a very wet but enjoyable sponsored walk with quiz questions on the way round and during harvest time, the four churches and two schools managed to raise enough money to buy 76 goats for Africa, exceeding our aim of one goat per premises. In January 2007 a concert was held in Quendon church organised by Crawford Dew and his son Peter, our church organist. Various talented villagers took part and it was greatly enjoyed.

Sadly the Over 50s Club has been disbanded after 22 years, due to lack of committee members willing to undertake the organising of meetings and outings.

Christine Osbourn
Quendon & Rickling Local History Recorder




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