Doors around Fair Green: can you find them all?

As you walk around Fair Green, can you spot all these doors? A fun game for all the family!

Thank you to Madeline Lees for putting this challenge together.

Good luck!

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Walking for Health with Becky Whatley

Roydon Fen Nature Reserve | Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Roydon Fen – beautiful walking awaits you, just moments from Fair Green. We are surrounded by lovely walking routes.

Walking for Health is a nationwide initiative which encourages people to take gentle exercise.

Our local walks happen on Thursdays, always departing 10:30am from the start point (see below).

Our local walk leader: Becky Whatley, 01379 642 249

These walks are FREE, all welcome, and walkers are responsible for their own safety. The walks set off at exactly 10:30, and are intended to encourage fitness and good social contact.

Becky’s planned walks:

2020

  • December 24th, Meet at Thelnetham Windmill, along the river to Hinderclay Fen, back via road and Reeves Meadow. 3 1/2 or 4 miles.
  • December 31st, Meet at Pavilion in the park, up the Lows, back via the Palgrave footpaths, plus extension. 3 or 3 1/2 miles.

2021

  • January 7th, Meet at Burston Strike School, south paths, and then north paths. 3 1/2 miles.
  • January 14th, Meet at Pavilion in the park, up to Brewers Green, Swamp Lane, back by Snow Street, 3 1/2 miles.
  • January 21st, Meet at Billingford layby, up the hill and back via the church. 3 1/2 miles.
  • January 28th, Meet at Pavilion in the park, up to Walcot Green, on to bridleway, back through Westbrook Farm and Shelfanger Rd. 3 1/2 miles.
  • February 4th, Meet at Hoxne Village Hall, up to church, along Mill lane, across and down to wood, and back by the Eye/Hoxne Rd. 4 miles.
  • February 11th, Meet at Pavilion in the park, To Roydon Fen, up to Brewers Green via Manor road, Quaker Wood. 4 miles.
  • February 18th, Meet at Broomscot Common recreation ground, walk through Smallworth, Garboldisham, and back via Scarfe’s. 3 1/2 miles.

Leaflets can be picked up from the Health Centre and Tescos, or check the website for the latest details.

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Worldwide Christmas Eve Jingle: 6pm, Christmas Eve!

On Christmas Eve at 6pm on Fair Green we are asking everyone to come outside and ring a bell for 2 mins to spread Christmas spirit and to help Santa fly that sleigh… It will create a wave of bells across the world!

After a tough year it would be an amazing memory for the kids and communities. End 2020 with a bit of magic, hope and togetherness!

With the added option of set Carols to sing after! Download below!

For a free window poster, click here!

Join the Jingle on Facebook

#christmasevejingle #christmasevejingle2020 #worldwidejingle2020 #worldwidejingle

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Business page updated!

Our Businesses page has recently had an update, with several exciting local businesses added.

  • Listings are free!
  • We’re looking for businesses ON Fair Green (and neighbouring roads)
  • And businesses RUN BY people FROM Fair Green (and neighbouring roads)

If you know a business or service which could be added – big or small, old or new – please email cockgreencottage@gmail.com with details.

This will give us all a chance to support one another – as well as revealing the amazing array of talent around Fair Green!

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Socially distanced celebrations for VE Day 2020!

Friday 8 May 2020 was no ordinary VE Day, despite it being the 75th anniversary, with the whole country in lockdown. But, on Fair Green, we still managed to have some fun.

Bunting had begun to go up around Fair Green, Riverside and Denmark Street, as well as along Tottington Lane, Denmark Lane and Sandstone Avenue earlier in the week, when became clear lots of us would be taking part. Friday itself started with our bonus flypast from the Red Arrows at 10am, which a few people managed to see (you had to be quick!). On Friday morning, the Angel Cafe were open, preparing cream teas and more for collection. At 11am, the whole country observed a moving two minute silence.

Andy Rackham kindly brought his large speaker and microphone to the middle of the Green, which meant we were able to broadcast the Last Post at 2:55pm (played from a YouTube video). We are very grateful to him, and to the Mayor of Diss, Sonia Browne, who joined us (complete with her mayoral chain) to propose our toast to the heroes of World War Two through a microphone. Our picnics then began, accompanied by 1940s tunes played through Andy’s speaker throughout the afternoon, bringing a distinctly festive atmosphere to our tea parties. Some glamourous and/or 1940s-inspired dressing up certainly added to the sense of occasion!

Everyone kept an appropriate social distance, and despite this, our tea was extremely convivial and went on until at least 7pm, thanks to the music and the wonderfully warm weather! In the evening, H.M. The Queen gave her VE Day commemorative address to the nation, saying:

Today it may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish.  Instead we remember from our homes and our doorsteps. But our streets are not empty; they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other. 

H.M. The Queen, 8 May 2020

This was definitely the case on Fair Green. It was almost like she’d been there!

So many people put fantastic effort into their bunting, window displays and other decorations: Fair Green looked a picture. A particular mention must go to the Hines family in Denmark Lane, whose display was so good, it made The Diss Express!

Congratulations to everyone who took part to make sure that the 75th anniversary of VE Day, and the sacrifice of so many, was honoured and not forgotten – despite the challenges of coronavirus.

Many thanks to Tracey Taylor for her beautiful photo collages of the day.

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FAIR GREEN CORONAVIRUS PAGES

We have a growing list of pages here with help and resources during the lockdown:

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75th anniversary of VE Day: 8th May 2020

We hope that you’ll join us in toasting and celebrating the heroes of WW2 on Friday 8th May!
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Easter approaches… Are you feeling creative?

Following on from our successful Bear Hunt, we invite the residents of Fair Green and surrounding roads to make an Easter Egg for their window!

All visiting children are welcome to join in our “calorie-free Easter Egg Hunt” when they visit Fair Green, to see how many eggs they can spot!

Many thanks to AGL Cleaning & Industrial Services for generously donating some lovely prizes, and to the Mayor of Diss for kindly agreeing to judge the best windows!

Good luck everybody!

FGNA

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Coronavirus support around Fair Green

Many of us living on and around Fair Green would like to support one another during this difficult time. Here are three things we can do as a community.

Step 1: Who needs help? Who can help?

  • Please take a moment to fill out the Fairer Green Contact Form to let us know if you need, or can give, help in the coming weeks. This is vital – it will help us coordinate! 

Step 2: Please join a Fairer Green network to stay in touch with what’s going on:

    • Get email updates from The Fairer Green mailing list (Google Group) – please email ceavalori@gmail.com with a request to join
    • The Fairer Green on Facebook
    • The Fairer Green WhatsApp Group: please message Charlotte Valori on 07812 579 908 to be added
    • Landline contact is being coordinated by FGNA for those who do not do any of the above – please let us know if you don’t do technology

Step 3: Look out for news of how we can help each other – and share your ideas!

We are coordinating volunteers to help with:

  • Shopping and deliveries
  • Collecting prescriptions
  • Walking dogs
  • A friendly phonecall to those who are isolated
  • Food supplies for those in need

If you need help – let us know… If you can help – let us know… by taking the three steps above! 

We will get through this! Good luck, everyone!

FGNA

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We welcomed Webster Aranha Spider to Fair Green today

 

Today was our Family and Spider day, and it was lovely. We had a good crowd, with lots of families. We invited them to choose a name for the Giant Spider and then we had a public vote, with the top two chosen: Webster and Aranha, which is Portuguese for spider. All the children who participated were given a prize of a spider cupcake, donated by Frederick’s Fine Foods.

The mayor of Diss, Sonia Browne, presided over the naming ceremony and we then welcomed the newly named spider to Fair Green. We also had a display of living creepy crawlies, that you could hold and touch, from Ellie from Banham Zoo, plus face painting, a lovely folk band performance from Stanton Folk Group, and our usual tea and cake stall.

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