Flashback: Farming, ladies’ cricket and presentations are remembered

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Ladies Cricket at Woodbridge School July 1982

From The Archives East Ladies Cricket at Woodbridge School July 1982

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Re: Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group - November 1984

Your photograph of the 1984 FWAG awards presentation published in the EADT on Friday, November 21.

Left to right facing camera: The late Mr Willie Kerr of Letheringham, wearing glasses, who was largely responsible in 1973 for starting one of the first county farming and wildlife advisory groups here in Suffolk. Next to him is Mr John Holmes of Frostenden, who I believe would have been the then current chairman of Suffolk FWAG.

The other two gentlemen would be the 1984 recipient of the annual Kerr Cup Farm Conservation award, Mr John Horsman of Linstead Farm, Cratfield, and Bernard Tickner who was at that time a director of sponsors Greene King.

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The Kerr cup competition was inaugurated in 1980 and with the activities of FWAG helped to bring about a change to embrace both space for wildlife and efficient production on Suffolk farms. This followed a period of over 25 years of post war government driven efforts to intensively increase food production.

I can report that Willie Kerr’s legacy will live on at the family’s Easton Farm Park who are working with Easton & Otley college on a conservation project to create the Willie Kerr Memorial Wood in the upper River Deben valley.

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John Kerr

Re: Ladies’ cricket at Woodbridge School in July 1982

I can identify all of the people in this photograph after enlisting some help from one of my old school friends.

On the far left of the photograph is Sarah Lubbock (me) and behind me is Jo Coates, Mike Lubbock (my father and head of PE/games at Woodbridge School) and Jim Bidwell with the cap (English department and also helped on the games field).

On my right is Vivienne Liley (head girl) and next to her is Sarah Edwards and Sarah Wilson. Vivienne and I had no idea that this photo was taken, so as you can imagine it was a huge surprise when we saw it in the paper. We think Dr Harper, who was the deputy headteacher at the time, took the photo as he was a keen photographer. I just wonder what we were smiling about. Perhaps one of our team scored a four or a six!

Sarah Rafferty (Lubbock)

Re: Flashback photograph from November 1986 of the St John award presentation

THE presentation of the award for long service was to my brother-in-law, Ray Seggar. His late wife, my sister Gwen, is seated in the front and their son John is behind her and his younger brother Ian is behind him. The others are all members of St John but I’m afraid I do not know their names.

Brian Chennery, Felixstowe.

The occasion being photographed was the presentation of the “Vic Mayhew Shield” as recognition of many hours of public duties performed by Ray Seggar, whilst he was also caring for his wife Gwen who suffered from M.S.

Reading from left to right, those present are: Bill Stanmore, Jackie Mitchell, Ray Seggar, Wally Preston, Nicola Pipe, Les Binns the Ipswich area commissioner, Gwen Seggar, their two sons John and Ian and myself, the superintendent of the Hadleigh Quadrilateral Division of St John.

Sue Moore, Hadleigh.

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