Welcome to Felsham
Felsham is an attractive small village about eight miles south-east of Bury St Edmunds in the County of Suffolk. There is a church, a village hall, a shop and post office, a garage and a pub called the Six Bells. There is a lively community spirit and many village activities take place each month. From September 2015 -September 2016 Felsham also has it's own dedicated pair who have voluntered to litter pick twice a month for a year! Their efforts are supported by our Parish Council. Our District Council have also shown their full support and issued the girls with their own PPE and safety training. Thank you girls!! There are two village greens - Lower Green and Upper Green - and an extensive Playing Field. The parish contains numerous well-signposted footpaths and many quiet by-ways which makes it popular with walkers and cyclists. Felsham has close ties with the neighbouring village of Gedding.
We note with regret that our village lengthsman, Trevor Dores, has decided to step down from his post. The tasks carried out by Trevor have had a huge benefit to the village, his attention to detail whilst strimming, tidying and cleaning along his “length” of roadside has contributed enormously to the aesthetic beauty of our conservation area and the Parish Council thank him for his effort and commitment over the past seven years and are extremely sad that he has decided not to continue.
The term Lengthsman, coined in the 1800s, originally referred to someone who kept a "length" of road, canal or railway neat and tidy. On roads, lengthsmen were responsible for a few miles between adjacent villages and sometimes their duties encompassed the village itself. Employed by local parish councils, their job was, inter alia, to keep grass and weeds down in the verge, keep drainage ditches clear, and sometimes repair fences. Litter, such as it was in those times, was collected and even wild flowers were tended to.
The position at Felsham is the re-incarnation of an old concept, it is voluntary, for as much time as you can spare, with the tasks reasonably flexible to include strimming around signposts and along the greensward and keeping signs clean.
If you are interested in applying to be our lengthsman or you would like further information about the position please contact the clerk or any of your councillors.
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