Grundisburgh 2 Ipswich Wanderers 2 (Friendly) Playing Field, Grundisburgh, Suffolk
A double-header at the ‘Playing Field’ as reigning Suffolk and Ipswich League Champions Grundisburgh took on Ridgeons League Ipswich Wanderers in a 2pm kick-off while at 4pm the respective reserve teams were to be in action.
The home side have been SIL champions three times in the last five years and are coached by Micky Squirrell who has amassed an impressive 10 SIL championship wins as both player and manager, and eight of them with ‘The Villagers’.
The first elevens played out an entertaining 2-2 draw but I didn’t stay for the second game instead heading across the village to the green where they were busy setting up for the annual village duck race.
Around the green are the Church of St Mary, the former village school, a quaint old village shop and to complete the picture a ford over the River Finn along which 1,200 plastic ducks would later be put through their paces.
Predominantly a medieval church St Mary’s has an imposing red brick bell tower which replaced the original in the early eighteenth century and contains a ring of ten bells that are held in high regard by the campanologist fraternity.
Inside the church sixty wooden angels hang down from the roof (a reminder of the eerie, but considerably more contemporary, Weeping Angels in the 2007 series of Doctor Who) although for many years they did so in a head- and wing-less state after being decapitated/clipped during the reformation.
There are also fragments of wall paintings that pre-date the Black Death and numerous other artefacts and architectural features that make for an interesting visit.