It has been drawn to our attention that our humble village website is not catering for all of the people, all of the time. In an bid to remedy this, we will be adding some new features this year in order to reach more people about more subjects. Our first addition is the Letterbox section, which will feature a range of correspondence on whatever subject is close to your hearts. You will also be able to add comments in reply, should you feel compelled to! Just click on the letterbox header from the menu at the top right of the website. Here’s hoping for some healthy discussion!
To begin with I’d like to share a long and impassioned letter from a local man, Mr. Tardy, who has some very clear views about our efforts at the SHSACC and this website amongst other things:
Well Mr. Tardy, thank you for getting in touch. As you can see, we are happy to take on board ideas and suggestions but regretfully accept that we cannot be all things to everyone, and that some people may not agree with what we choose to publish.
In response to your comments about our fine public house, Bernie Tooley would like to say that “The Witches Teat always looks after its regulars and not-so regulars! It is unfortunate if someone cannot sit in their preferred seat, but this is a public house and as such, we do not operate a reservation system.”
Han Bannajee of Soddenham News & Video would also like to point out that he continues to sell (and deliver to your home!) a wide range of newspapers and magazines and will happily order any publication you wish. He also pointed out that both his shop and the Post Office both have long established private advertising in their windows, with a weekly posting of just 20p, and they would be pleased to advertise your mower.
I would also like to add that we are not responsible for the changes that occur in the village. The ‘gentrification of the village’ as you describe it would be happening without it being reported upon and supported on this website. Many local businesses have made it known that the additional custom by tourists, especially on Cricketball match days, has been very welcome and is helping to revive our once dwindling community.
Mr Tardy, in true Soddenham spirit, we would like to invite you to the next meeting of the SHSACC where you can see how we go about this website and what we really do. I can assure you that you will not witness any ‘weirdybeardy shilly-shallying’ or anything remotely ‘hoity-toity’. On behalf of myself and the rest of the Soddenham Historical Society and Curry Club, namby-pamby do-gooders all, come and join us.