Well done and thank you Judy!

Judy Miller sent us the letter below after she finished her fun run.

Just thought I’d let you know I WAS faster than sitting on the sofa (Just!)I’m delighted to inform you that I completed the Saxmundham 5 mile fun run on Sunday 13/10/19 in one piece and 1:06:48- slow & steady!
Many thanks to all who donated to Blyth Woods while I did the running. Sponsorship to date has raised £300.00 for Blyth Woods to date- of which I have approx £100.00 left to collect, as lots of you lovely folk used the Paypal link.
If you meant to sponsor me but never got round to it- here’s the link:

Fun Run to Fund Raise: Faster than sitting on the sofa!

It’s time to brush the cobwebs off my trainers & improve my fitness again, so I’ve entered the Saxmundham 5 mile run on 13th October 2019, 11am. As I love to motivate myself by supporting a good cause, I’ve offered to make this a sponsored run for Blyth Woods (our Wenhaston community Woodland project) to aid the fundraising to purchase Little Malster’s Field thereby extending the woodland.

If you would like to support me in this fundraising project sponsor forms will be available in the Blyth Woods folder in Wenhaston village hall (next to the bookshelves) or I’ve created a Paypal account into which any funds paid will be be acknowledged and passed on in full to the treasurer.


I will update via the Wenhaston Warbler in Nov/Dec (depending on deadline) the total amount raised. Many thanks for reading this & I hope some of you will support my efforts for this worthy cause that benefits the village.

Judy Miller

What’s in a hedge?

report by Geraldine Lines, Blyth Woods Secretary

The highlight of my week at junior school was Sister Bernadette’s nature walks when we would roam the countryside identifying anything in our path and displaying our finds on the nature table.  I felt like I had been transported back to those happy days at Grove Piece today when Blyth Woods organised a hedge exploration session.  

Marie and John Rolfe set up an identification post with reference sheets, books, magnifying boxes and a laptop with attached microscope and we spent a couple of hours exploring the hedges from high to low and noting our findings.  Experts were on hand to share their knowledge and the results will be published on this website under the Grove Piece menu. 

I now know how to differentiate between dog and field roses, common and woodland (or Midland) hawthorn, prickly lettuce and bristly ox tongue as well as learning much more about local flora and fauna to make future walks much more interesting. We enjoyed hedgerow bounty at the coffee break with sloe gin, bramble and apple pies and berry muffins.  Look out for future events – everyone is welcome.

Make a Christmas Wreath!

Christmas Wreath Making Course

(in aid of Blyth Woods funds)

Sat. 14th Dec.   2 pm – 4.30pm

WenhastonVillage Hall

All levels of skill and experience are welcome. Basic kit provided but bring any spare greenery, secateurs and your favourite items to include.

Festive raffle. Hot drinks and cakes.

Tel. 07709923160 to book a place £20 each

If you would like to pay by bank transfer sort code 30 90 91, account number 72562960 and reference your name WM or you can send a cheque made out to Blyth Woods to Blyth Woods, C/o Wenhaston Post Office,The Village Hall, Hall Road, Wenhaston, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 9EP. Please make sure your name is on the list of booked places!

Latest information from Camilla-

Please bring a variety of greenery.  Leaves larger than a bay leaf or anything that is flat isn’t very useful.  The ideal foliage to bring – hebe’s, conifer (except leylandii), holly berries, Scots pine, Pittosporum, trimmings from a Christmas tree, Christmas box, ivy berry heads, box etc.   Variegated varieties will look particularly nice.  If you have loads in your garden, then please prune away and bring it in to share, as the wreaths do look lovely with a good selection of different foliage.  You can also bring in dried hydrangea’s, thistles, rosehips,  berries or anything that you think would look nice in a wreath.

Starters and Puddings Evening

Church Rooms, Wenhaston, Saturday 13thJuly 2019

(a fundraiser to purchase and develop Malster’s Little Field as an
 extension of the community wild space provided by Grove Piece)

Wow, what an evening! When we embarked on the idea of an auction tied in with a meal as a fundraising event, we really couldn’t have dreamt that our coffers would be increased by a whacking great sum of £2,106.50!

Diners were greeted on arrival with a glass of fizz attractively set off by a string of red currants and a plumptious blackcurrant sitting daintily at the bottom (try this at home – it gets the party off to a good start).

Our guests were invited to look at the auction sheets on which they were to make their written bids and to look at some of the splendid items on offer, whilst quaffing their aperitifs and chomping some hors d’oeuvres. We already had bids for all 10 generously donated auction items ahead of the evening. Guests were encouraged also to read the beautifully presented information board which showed, amongst other things, a fundraising “tower” of over £4,000 already received for this project. Little did we know that by the end of the evening this would have increased by 50%!

The 32 diners were invited to take their seats at the four decorated tables and it was apparent that the Bach violin music about to play, in order to provide the right atmosphere, would not be required as conversations between guests were already in full swing (our apologies to the Church Rooms’ neighbours for the babble!).

Diners were treated to delectable vegetarian starters, kicking off with Geraldine’s Spanakopita, followed by Marie’s Zingy Summer Pate and by Liz’s Vegetable and Chick Pea Tagine. A plentiful supply of green salad and seemingly endless slices of beautiful bread, kindly donated by the Two Magpies Bakery at Darsham, complemented the dishes. The recipes are available on this website.

There followed a lull in proceedings while tables were re-laid, allowing guests to consider their written auction bids. Before the puddings arrived there was an open auction for a bottle of prosecco kindly donated by Wendy and Peter.

The luscious trio of puddings was then served, consisting of Claire’s Chocolate Truffle Torte, Liz’s Frangipane Slice and Ann’s Blackcurrant Cheesecake all helped down by the obligatory pouring cream. These vegetarian recipes are also here on this website.

Further time was allowed for auction bids during coffees, teas and petit foursand the remaining Two Magpies Bakery loaves of bread were auctioned – food as good as this cannot be wasted. As if this wasn’t enough, birthday boy Norman was presented with a birthday cake accompanied by lusty singing from one and all.

Then came the evening’s next big moment with the announcement of the winning auction bids:

  • Trish Gower’s donation of a 4 person 3 night self-catering stay – won by Ellie Smithwith a bid of £225
  • Liz Hill’s basket of homemade scones and jams – Janice Claxton £50
  • Alan Miller’s guided bird and wildlife walk – bids of £150each were accepted from Tony Gowand from Nickand Sally Amery
  • Mick & Rose Hart and John & Marie Rolfe’s River Alde trip – Gus Jones £100
  • Liz Hill’s 2kg of Spanish raw almonds – Laura Edwards £15
  • Darsham Nursery’s ‘Opal’ plum tree – Kate Archibald £53
  • Claire Ross-Masson’s Grove Piece inspired pit fired ceramic art work – Judy Miller £60
  • Ann Follows’ 6kg mixed wild bird feed – Sallyand Nick Amery £30
  • Jill Daines and Caroline Way each donated a day in a different Southwold beach hut –Trish Gower £50and Julia Wilson £40
  • Woottens gardening course for two people with lunch at The Star Inn – Trish Gower £60and Kate Archibald £40

Additionally, a “whispering auction” bid of £200from Michael Gowerwon the “Canterbury Bells” painting, so kindly given to Blyth Woods by well-known local artist Tessa Newcomb.

Other extremely generous donations were made on the night and, with some sales of Liz’s delicious preserves, we reached that staggering total of £2,106.50.

A huge, huge thank you to everyone for their generosity of donations in whatever form they took and to all our dinner guests who made it such a rollicking success with their very happy demeanours.

The fireworks at the conclusion of the event, by the way, were not provided by Blyth Woods, though it’s an idea ……………………..

Oh, and sorry for all the damp tea towels we left behind after the clearing up!

Ian Bigwood

P.S. Just in – £500 donation from an anonymous ex-Wenhastonian to further swell those coffers – we are truly blessed to have such Friends of Blyth Woods.