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Birdbrook achieves a first after almost 1,000 years of history




It’s been a long time coming, but finally the community of Birdbrook has its very own ornate village sign after it was recently unveiled.

The Essex village near Haverhill is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086, but until now it has not had such a sign.

Villagers gathered almost two weeks ago to see the new sign revealed in The Street, outside St Augustine’s Church.

The new Birdbrook village sign, pictured on one side. Photo by Richard Marsham
The new Birdbrook village sign, pictured on one side. Photo by Richard Marsham

The idea for the sign came from Birdbrook Parish Councillor Alan Cook, who proposed it when he joined the council in 2015 and received, he said, its ‘full backing’ .

Mr Cook, who first approached Essex Highways about getting the sign erected in 2016, said: “It’s been a long haul but we have achieved our goal so Birdbrook is now the proud owner of an ornate village sign for the first time in its history.”

The sign has been made by the Village Sign People, a division of the Harry Stebbing Workshop, in Weeting, Norfolk, and depicts images relating to the village’s history, which were all approved by the parish council.

Parish councillor and project leader Alan Cook was there to help unveil the new Birdbrook village sign. Picture by Richard Marsham
Parish councillor and project leader Alan Cook was there to help unveil the new Birdbrook village sign. Picture by Richard Marsham

It shows the house that was once the post office and general store and the former school, both now private residences, and entrance gates to Moyns Park, which is located in Birdbrook although the park itself is in Suffolk.

It also shows a kingfisher, a nod to the village bowls club that sits behind the Community House and has the bird as its emblem, as well as the pub, The Plough, the church and some sweet peas, a link to a nearby nursery.

The plinth that the sign stands on was made by Matt Goodey and his father Graham, of Haverhill-based GK Landscapes.

Mr Cook said the project also benefited from the full support of Birdbrook’s Braintree District and Essex County Council representatives, Cllr Diana Garrod and Cllr David Finch, respectively, as well as the Village Sign Society, whom he approached for help and who were, he said ‘highly delighted that we were going to have a sign.’



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