Stowupland Local History Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month in the Village Hall, IP14 4BQ unless otherwise indicated. There is an ample car park. Everyone is welcome to come along and we would love to see new members. Refreshments are available.
Admission is £1 for members and £3 for non members and all meetings start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. Visitors are always welcome.

For more information contact our secretary: 
Jerry Voden
Tel:01449 703717
We look forward to seeing you. 


Programme for Future Events

The group held a meeting at the village hall on 2nd June with social
distancing measures in place. 18 people attended to hear about recent
research and forthcoming events. The programme for the remainder of 2021
booked so far is as follows. Please note that plans for the end of Covid
restrictions are still uncertain and that some safety measure may still
be in place at the venue and that details of the programme may change. We will keep you up to date with our future plans. Information will be posted on this page and on the group's  Facebook page

7th July - "Becoming a House Detective" by Stephen Poulton

(in place of talk by Charlie Haylock)

4th August - "Charlie and The Dig" by Charlie Haylock
Charlie has a new talk in which he recounts his experiences at dialect
coach on the recent film "The Dig" starring Ralph Fiennes, The film is
based on Basil Brown's 1939 excavation at Sutton Hoo. There will be a £5
entry for this talk.

1st September - Behind the Scenes at "Who Do You Think You Are". by
Gill Blanchard

Gill is a professional genealogist, author and speaker who has worked as
a researcher on the BBC programme Who Do You Think You Are including the
Mary Berry episode.

6th October - Suffolk Witches by Pip Wright
Pip has spoken to our group many times and is always a popular speaker.

3rd November - TBA

1st December - "In the Fields of Frost and Snow" by Hexachordia
Music, mirth and merriment for the festive season, revealing what
Christmas and New Year was like for folk at all levels of society in the
sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Stowupland Memories

​​​John's Memories

My Early Years In Stowupland

Ponds on the Village Green



John was born in Ipswich Hospital in 1943. He was brought home to 6 Columbyne Close within a few hours and has not left the village since, except for the odd holiday here and there. John attended Stowupland Primary School until he was eleven and then went on to Stowmarket Modern School to complete his education and left at the age of 15. He found his first job working at ICI working himself up the ladder to a supervisory position. John worked at ICI for 37 years and was able to retire at the early age of 51. He has moved house a few times but has always stayed in the village and is currently spending his retirement in Church Road. John is a member of the Indoor Bowls Team and, luckily for us, the History Group and is always being questioned about past village matters and the people who used to live here. If you want to know something about the village - Ask John!