Villagers unveil their new name sign

Great Saxham villagers at the unveiling of their new village sign

Great Saxham villagers at the unveiling of their new village sign

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GREAT Saxham had a new village sign unveiled on Sunday.

It replaces an older one that was faded and rotting and it was made by retired policeman Jim Kidd. Though he retrained as a carpenter when he left the police, it was his first attempt at carving.

“I was pleased to be asked to do it,” he said. “It was an honour. I’ve only lived in the village 10 years and it was nice to do something the village can appreciate.”

Made from reclaimed oak, it features an oak tree and two twites, because it is at Twites Corner. Old maps show a Thwaites Farm in that part of the village, so the name may be a corruption of that rather than recalling the once common linnet-like farmland birds.