ImpACT (Aldringham Community Team) News
Easter Monday Circular Walk and Easter Egg Hunt
On Easter Monday the members of ImpACT staged a successful and well-attended circular walk of Aldringham followed by food and various entertainments on Mill Green. Despite early rain, the weather brightened up and a party of thirty-five, including fifteen children, set off from the Green, down Mill Lane, through the woods to the fields and Fitch’s Lane to the Aldeburgh Road. From there we worked our way through the stunning Five Acre Barn – many thanks to Bruce and David – and on to our lovely St Andrews Church. On the way various Flora and Fauna were observed and several caches of Easter eggs (left by local residents) were found and devoured. At the church, a quiz was held for the children, and some adults, and then we returned along the church path past the old school to the Green, where the party were greeted by less intrepid residents. Much needed tea and refreshments were served whilst the children were entertained by Tony and Moira Woods’ delightful Easter Egg hunt. In the end eighteen children found at least three eggs each plus a bonus egg, whilst three girls who couldn’t make it, each received eggs on the next day. There was also a secondhand book stall and an Easter Bonnet making tent. There must have been at least sixty Aldringham residents and guests in attendance and all the food, apart from three small “doggie-bags”, was consumed. The weather was sunny and a good time was had by all. We look forward to next year.
Wild flowers on the Green
On May Day morning some ImpACT members seeded an area of waste ground on Mill Green with wild flower seed. This is part of a Parish Council plan for improvements to the Green that we will be steadily enacting over the summer months. Marker boards are placed to show the area, and hopefully if we ever get any rain we might be regaled by a small wild flower meadow - watch this space.
Efforts have begun by the group to start clearing the overgrown footpaths and bracken to return Aldringham Common to its former glory. A group of volunteers met the first week in May to revive this wonderful area which we can use and cherish for the future. So if you have a free Thursday afternoon, come and join us with gloves and stout boots at 1.30pm at the Old School, for a couple of hours clearing bracken and overgrown gorse. To some of our newer residents – the writer included – the common was an absolute revelation. Discover or rediscover it.