We had to change the date of the quiz to 31 January 2020. If you have already bought a ticket you can either get a refund or transfer them to the new quiz.
Brighten up your bleak January and come along either on your own or with a team (8 per table).
Suggestions have been made by TWL, the owners of Mistley port, that there is a lack of concern on the part of FTQ about the risks to swans from people fishing over the fence on Mistley Quay
Of course FTQ is concerned about the swans. They are a much loved feature of Mistley and several FTQ supporters have fed and cared for them over the years despite difficulties created by TWL by the erection of the fence on the Quay. When the Quay is free the swans can be fed, injured swans recovered from the river and cared for, and occasional fishermen can fish peacefully and responsibly.
The edge of the quay is part of the Village Green for the enjoyment of lawful sports and pastimes by local residents who are currently prevented from using it by the erection of the fence. There is nothing that TWL can do to restrict this.
The old signs about risks to swans of fishing were advisory by nature. There is nothing to stop fishing anywhere on the riverbanks or from boats and neither we nor TWL can or should monitor or control fishing in the Stour.
The erection of the fence has taken away the gentle pleasures of swan feeding from a generation of local residents, which has attributed to the migration of the Mistley herd to better homes on the river. The correct approach to protect the swans is to explain the risks to the fishermen and ask them to take care not to lose gear by the quay. Restoration of the joy of swan feeding will bring them back to Mistley.
This is an issue confected by TWL; if they had a fraction of the concern they have for swans for the peace and enjoyment of their human neighbours in Mistley they would have avoided the problems of the last ten years.
26 July 2019
The Jazz Picnic is back again in 2019 but with a slight difference - this year it will take place in the evening from 6.00 pm to 9.30 pm and as in the previous years, bring friends and family, a picnic and enjoy music, food and drink and watch the sun go down over the Stour.
The popular FTQ Quiz night is back again, this year it will take place on 23 November at 7.45pm at Mistley Parish Church Hall.
Pit your team against other quiz enthusiasts and enjoy a delicious curry at the same time.
All proceeds will go towards the FTQ fighting fund which enabled us to win the fight in the Court of Appeal to uphold Mistley Quay as Village Green.
Over 200 residents of Mistley and their friends met on Mistley Quay on Sunday to celebrate the Court of Appeal decision to endorse their Village Green on the Quay.
Music was provided by the Golden Rivets, who sang their usual selection of our favourite shanties, several yachts sailed past on the top of the tide lending a nautical atmosphere to the party and Olly Wood played some fine background music. The BBQ was kept busy and the weather stayed fine despite forecasts of rain.
During the celebration those present joined in weaving the word ‘VICTORY’ in large letters in coloured fabric around the wire mesh of the fence.
Simon Bullimore, chairman of Free the Quay said: ”It is wonderful that after 10 long years of fighting for the Village Green we now appear to be in sight of the end. I call upon TW Logistics to talk to the local community to end this nonsense. We remain willing to discuss with TW Logistics a suitable alternative form of barrier on the Quay edge.”
William Meston, Treasurer of Free the Quay, who lives on Mistley High Street said: “Generous donations made by Mistley residents at the event will all help Free the Quay to complete the task of restoring Mistley Quay to the people of Mistley.”
The next fundraising event will be the FTQ Quiz on Friday 23 November, more details to follow.