Haverhill Echo 25 years ago

Fire rips through 15th century house

Haverhill Art Group chairman Anne Law praised firemen for saving valuable antiques and paintings as fire swept through their 15th century home in Withersfield.

Mrs Law and her husband Robin were left homeless after the blaze destroyed the roof and badly damaged the rest of the 12-room Turnpike House.

The fire caused an estimated £100,000 worth of damage and firemen spent 15 hours at the scene.

Kind hearted neighbours provided Mr and Mrs Law with accommodation after the fire.

SCOUTS PIONEER LINKS WITH HUNGARY

Haverhill venture scouts were in Hungary making the first official links since the scouting movement was banned there 40 year earlier.

The 18-strong group hoped to play a big part in reviving the scout movement in Hungary.

The Haverhill group were the first scouts to visit Hungary since the movement was banned in 1939.

The visit came about after a young Hungarian came to Haverhill on work experience at the company where a scout leader worked.

He spent some time the venture scouts and invited them to go to Hungary.