Last Saturday in the village hall, a large audience gathered to hear Goldhanger historian David Newman present the story of Goldhanger to Spitzbergen.

The adventure started 100 years ago when the rector at that time, the Rev Gardner, accompanied a mining engineer and two other Goldhanger men to Spitzbergen in search of gold. Dr Salter, from Tolleshunt D'Arcy, was also involved but did not travel to the island.

Little gold was found and, though other minerals were discovered, the company that was formed to exploit them - at one time was valued at £200 million in today's value - found few markets for the material. It folded in 1932.

The talk was well-presented, with pictures and written references.

The evening was also wellattended by descendants of one of the other Goldhanger men referred to, Charlie Mann, who joined those who still live in the village.


The first of two Lent lunches takes place in the village hall on Friday, between 12.30pm and 2pm.

It will consist of soup, bread, cheese and coffee, with special portions for children.

Donations of £2.50 per person will be requested and proceeds will be given to Christian Aid.

The second Lent Lunch will take place at The Old Rectory in Church Street on March 7, between 12.30pm and 2pm.


The reputation of the joint choir of All Saints and St Peter's Church, Goldhanger, is obviously growing.

Following their weekend appearances in Norwich Cathedral, members have been invited to sing alongside Witham choristers at Evensong in Chelmsford Cathedral, at 5.15pm on Saturday, February 16.

Anyone interested in joining the choir should contact Toni Philpott on 892686.