Registered Charity No. 268104
The Society was founded in 1974.
Its AIMS are to stimulate public interest in the Parish of Nayland with Wissington and the immediate surroundings, to promote high standards of planning and architecture and to secure the preservation and improvement of features of historic or public interest - including conservation of wildlife. The Society encourages and supports local business and services.
We have three open meetings, with specialist speakers, each year. We organise footpath walks and the long-established "Open Gardens" on the second Sunday in June. The proceeds go to support village projects and local conservation appeals - see Events for details.
We have published three books about Nayland and Wissington:
Nayland: Suffolk Town and Village
A Walk Around Historic Nayland
Nayland and Wiston: A Portrait in Photographs
Memories of Nayland in the Twentieth Century
In addition we have produced a Nayland Tea Towel, and Greeting Cards and Post Cards all of which are available at Nayland Post Office and/or Forget Me Not or from Hon. Secretary.
The Society is a member of the Suffolk Preservation Society (CPRE Suffolk), The Dedham Vale Society and the Suffolk Local History Council.
Membership is about 210 and is open to all.
The Nayland Meadow Project
In early 2004 the Society, through generous contributions from members and friends, purchased a 17 acre field, bordered by the River Stour to the north and close to Horkesley Road to the south. This is to be managed as a meadow with sheep grazing under a Defra ESA Arable Reversion Scheme. Planning permission has recently been granted for a pond and reedbed to be created by the Environmental Agency and assisted by Dedham Vale and Stour Valley Project, which it is expected to attract wetland species of birds and insects. Parish residents are welcome to fish this section of the River Stour.
Link: Memorabilia Available