Saturday 9th July 2022 saw the unveiling of the new village sign in Bildeston, on the corner of the High Street and Ipswich Road watched by Parish Councillors, residents and James Taylor of TMJ Interiors and James Buckle of Heathpatch who donated the cost of the sign between them.
Approximately two years ago Councillor Ashley Hubbard proposed to the Parish Council the village should have a new sign, the old one, of Bilder’s head was looking a little tired, this was approved. A contract with The Village Sign People was made to supply the sign, and the Parish Council consulted the village on what should be included within the sign. There were several suggestions, some not so suitable, but it was decided on Bilder’s head, a Danish Viking leader who arrived here in 878AD whose face was on the previous sign. Other depictions are the wool cloth industry which commenced in the year 1350; St, Mary’s church built in the 14th century, but as we see it today with the rebuilt tower which collapsed in the 1970’s; the clock tower in the Market Place built in 1864; along with a country scene representing Kings Pightle Nature Reserve and all the wonderful countryside around the village and a farming scene.
Councillor Ashley Hubbard gave a short speech, uncovered the sign, James Buckle then spoke to the assembled crowd. Everyone then enjoyed refreshments at The Crown.
The Parish Council would like to thank James Buckle and James Taylor for their generous donation for the purchase of the sign, also thanks to Dan Jarvis for the excellent work in the construction of the plinth and erecting the sign.
The old wooden sign will be re-erected on the grassed area beside Grove cemetery on Church Road.