Kim Saul

Kim Saul

I have lived in Belton all my life, and went to the village School in the mid 60's then I went to Lothingland secondary Modern in Lound, Suffolk, I now work in Norwich. My interests are Photography and Music.

A history of Belton Church

An outline sketch of Belton's 12th century church

Return to Menu page   The present state of the church owes a great deal too major restoration work carried out in the 19th century. During this work the tower was rebuilt and a 6 CWT bell installed. Up to that time the tower was a heap of rubble. Further repairs were carried out in 1972. Before the tower was rebuilt the bell was housed in a small cot above the porch. Until 1880 the church had a thatched roof which had fallen into disrepair. Major fundraising gathered in £436. 0.0. So allowing the roof to be replaced. Around this […]

Village row over disused school

Village row over disused school

Return to Menu page From the Great Yarmouth Mercury Friday October 20th 1972 Village row over disused school Community council wants building for centre Faced with the crisis over plans to convert a disused village school into a badly needed community centre, Belton & district community council this week turned for support to the internationally famous film star, Sir John Mills, who spent part of his childhood in the village’s Old school house. Sir John’s whose father was Belton’s headmaster in the early 1900’s was asked to join in a last – ditched campaign to block an imminent property deal […]

So you think we live in hard times ?

The diary of a grave - digger in the 19th Century

Return to Menu page Read the diaries of a grave – digger from February 1888. The above are a brief observation of a man who may have gleaned his education from the good book and for whom one arduous day must have seemed very much like any other. Local history enthusiast Jean Samuels, the faded pencil written diary entries of grave – digger Robert Pole has provided a fascinating glimpse into the past of Belton. Since being given the three hard bound diaries by a family friend Mrs J. Searby, the widow of a direct descendant of Mr Pole . Mrs […]

Portrait of a village

Corner of Beccles Road & Church lane looking towards the White house

Return to Menu page   Flowers, Tomatoes these are Belton’s claim to fame Although it lies in open country intersected by lines of elms striding across the fields like cockerels, the village of Belton remains hidden from the traveller who approaches from any direction but one until early upon it.  The only clue to the existence of a community of over 1000people is the round  flint church tower that stands overlooking the parish like a lighthouse. Prettiest approach   The prettiest and most open approach is from the Gt. Yarmouth – Beccles  (A143) road to the South east. As you […]

Who cares – Belton church 28/29 July 2014

Who cares - Belton church 28/29 July 2014

Return to Menu page Belton Church held a Who cares event on the 28 & 29th July 2014 in aid of local groups. The Belton & District Historical Society had a small stand at the event in aid of local communities’ with the Chairman there on the first day and the Secretary the next.        

Presentation of Cheques at East Anglian Transport Museum talk

Presentation of Cheques at East Anglian Transport Museum talk

Return to Menu page Belton & District Historical Society Cheque presentations.  The Belton and District Historical Society presented another two cheques to worthy causes at their last event on the 27th July one being to Mr Malcolm Metcalf for his journey around America, this is in-aid of the East Anglian Hospice, and another to the Girl Guides.

Memories of Waveney School

Memories of Waveney School

Return to Menu page A passage in time by Richard Lindsay. Now that Waveney school has closed, and looks like something that time has forgot I think it is about time I put pen to paper. I first attended back in 1971 at a tender age of 6, and was placed in Miss Oliver’s class, every day started with assembly, with the youngest at the front and the oldest at the back of the main hall, all neatly sat cross legged with school issued Hymn book in hand. Then entered the Head master, who was Mr Stone and nobody spoke, […]

Belton common at war

Belton common at war

Return to Menu page Taken from an original text by David Tennant. My very earliest memory is being told by Peggy Chilvers that the war had started. This occurred when Back Lane, more popular known as Shakey’s Loke, joined Sandy Lane. Assuming this was the 3rd September, 1939 or shortly thereafter. I would have been 4 years and about 1 week old Peggy would have been 3 or so years older than me. Living where I did, Hill Cottages on Sandy Lane right against the Common, it would not have been long before I became aware of the efforts being […]

Memories of Belton School 1940-1946

Return to Menu page From the memories of David Tennant I was born on August 28th 1935 so it was likely that I started school in September 1940. My memories of this event are non existent. My mother may have accompanied me on my first day or I may have been “delivered” by my older sister. Before this date I cannot recall any knowledge of Belton much beyond Sandy   Lane where I lived. I expect that in the previous five years I had ventured beyond there with my parents but the journey to the school and its surrounding area […]

Bell lane Welcome home playing field

Bell lane Welcome home playing field

Return to Menu page Mr E F Guyton to Belton Parish Council   Duplicate Conveyance of a piece of land known as Fraylands  in the parish of Belton in the County of Suffolk.   This conveyance is made on the 28th day of May 1947 BETWEEN  Ernest Frederick Guyton of Waveney Nurseries Belton in the county of Suffolk, Market Gardener (hereafter called the Vendor) of the first part Horace Raikes Dashwood (chairman), Edward Samuel Stimpson (vice-chairman), William Percival Beck (treasurer), John Larter (secretary), Ernest Abbs, Dorothy Charlotte Beck, Edgar Alfred Farman, Elsie Mary Guyton, Ernest Edward Morse, Fred George Searby, […]