Footpath gets makeover for free by generous villagers

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A dozen villagers are giving up a Saturday to lay a new surface on a well-used footpath in Boxford – with the materials and the use of a six-tonne dumper truck donated free.

Boxford parish councillor Michael Norman said the men had agreed to help with the work for nothing, with some of them providing materials from employers, saving the parish council around £10,000.

“There are some very good people living in Boxford and, with their help, there is nothing we can’t get done,” he said.

The hope is that the footpath will help ease congestion in the village, as parents driving children to the primary school from Edwardstone and Groton will be able to park in the village’s Homefield car park and walk their children the rest of the way, avoiding congestion in Swan Street.

Mr Norman, from Gunary Close, will be joined by his brother, Derek, from nearby Kersey, and community-minded villagers Charlie Smith, John Finch, David House, David Elliott, Philip Mann, Roger Loose, Mort Hudgell and parish council chairman Roger Balls next Saturday.

The path starts from opposite The White Hart pub in Broad Street, and runs past Boxford Bowling Club to Homefield playing fields.

“This is the last of the main footpaths in the village we have sorted out,” added Mr Norman. “We also tidied up and re-surfaced those in Partridge Close, Brook Hall Road, Clubs Lane and from Ash Street to Cox Hill, and the ditch outside the village hall.

“Charlie Smith did the previous footpaths and has helped the village a lot. We are fortunate to have so many people who like to help.”