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49/59 Club


Recent winning numbers for the Lottery fund-raising club are: 04  30  21  24  38  02  54







Have you thought about taking up outdoor bowls?  Its good fun and you get a chance to make new friends.  Thorndon Bowls Club is looking for new members so if you feel like trying something new, why not come along on Wednesday May 1st. We are open from 2pm  for anyone who would like to have a go. There is no age limit; we have members from 20 – 80 years of age.


For more information call one of the following numbers and we can tell you more about it: Ann  or Margaret.



Book Sale & Coffee Morning

To raise funds for a defibrillator for the village there will be a book sale and coffee morning from 10 am to 11.30am on Saturday 25th May at Highbanks, 1, Broadway, Margaret’s home.

There will be lots of books, jigsaws, raffle and a bring and buy plus delicious refreshments.  Do please come and support this important project.




 Open Gardens  16th June  1 - 6pm 


Refreshments for this year's Open Gardens will be available at The Twynings, The Green. If anyone is able to provide either a cake or scones for this would you kindly let me know. I am also holding a Garden Themed Tombola so would appreciate any new garden themed prizes, eg tools, seeds, plants, gloves,  etc.


Thank you for any support you are able to give.

Margaret  Horne





Grand National:


Many thanks to all those who took part in our Annual Sweepstake in aid of the Church improvement fund. Sorry if we missed you, but it was a lovely day and lots of people had gone out. We managed to raise over £260 this year, thanks to help from our very able, young assistant Simon Pyke.


Winners, £25 each: Daphne Rose, Tim Thorogood, Ann West, Mel Rowe and Maureen Martin.

 Second Place, £5 each: Daphne Rose (again!), Sandra Smith, Dave Mugglestone, Lauren Donnelly and Richard Palmer.


Nigel and Sue Merriam




Sincere thanks to all who came along to the Village Hall to our Bring-a-plate Buffet. It was a friendly event and the draw raised £60 which was shared between the Village Hall and the Church Renovation Fund. Thanks also to those who chose to Bring-a-bottle, it all added to the festive atmosphere!



Welcome to the Village

We would like to welcome Chris and Jacqueline Balmer who have moved into

1, Low Well Cottage in the Street. We hope they will be very happy here.




Mobile Library Service


Suffolk County Council’s mobile library van calls in the village every four weeks for you to collect, return and renew books and DVDs. Its nominated stop is in The Street. There has been some interest in the van stopping in the layby by the Chalet Bungalows. The Library Service is prepared to make an extra stop but it would need some timetabling changes. Please let me know before their next visit on 9 May if you would be interested in using this service. If there is sufficient interest, the changes could be introduced from July. Thank you. Melinda Appleby. 01449 766879 or





Our next meeting will be held at Kisumu Barn on Wednesday 26th June at 7.30pm. Huge apologies for the late cancellation of the previous meeting due to me having double-booked myself (it's my hectic social calendar, you see!)

Sheila Wright




Please remember that the need for donations of non-perishables continues to grow and will be even greater during the six-week school summer break when families may become desperate for help with catering for hungry youngsters. There is a red plastic box for donations in the Village Hall (the Church food box is temporarily out of commission while work in St. Andrew's proceeds).  



The Friends of Mendlesham Health Centre (incorporating Bacton Surgery)



Friday 17th May 2019 9am – 12noon in BACTON VILLAGE HALL


We would be grateful for donations for raffle & cake stall

Please leave contributions at either surgery from 13th May.

 For cake stall kindly bring to Bacton Village Hall on 17th May from 8.30am.

All proceeds go towards equipment to benefit both surgeries






Thank you to all toad patrollers who turned out during March and April. Toad numbers are down 50% on 2018 - from about 1800 helped last year to 900 this year. We wait to hear what the national survey shows.



Suffolk Walking Festival

For 2019 discover an amazing array of walks and events in parts of Suffolk you never knew existed.

The programme starts on Saturday 11th May. More details in brochures from Visitor Information Points and Libraries or on the web:



The launch weekend of Bugs & Blossoms will take place on 24th to 27th May 2019 at Palgrave Community Centre.

Climate change and its impact happen on the micro, as well as the macro scale, and whilst others may be making a terrific noise about the global impact, we can do our bit to help at a local level. So come along to focus your thoughts, take inspiration and chat with others about what we all can do. The programme will include Bugs & Blossoms themed talks, photography and creative workshops, exhibitions, film screenings and walks.

Friday 24 May - MY LIFE BEHIND THE LENS: Illustrated Talk by Nick Upton


Multi-award-winning wildlife filmmaker and photographer Nick Upton has worked closely with Sir David Attenborough and BBC Natural World series, and won the British Wildlife Photography Awards (documentaries). He will be showing many stunning images from his work.

Palgrave Community Centre, Rose Lane, Palgrave  IP22 1AP  7.30-9pm Tickets £8

PlusBUGS & BLOSSOMS ART EXHIBITION 11-5pm every day. Free entry

PlusMicrocosmos - film with footage of a dramatic, action-packed day in the life of a meadow and its tiny inhabitants, with stunning macro-photography. 7-9pm Saturday 25th May. Tickets £6

PlusWalk at Mellis Common with readings from Roger Deakin’s work and visit to Walnut Tree Farm. 10am-1pm Sunday 26th May. Tickets £6

And other events throughout the summer. See Bookings for all events via or 07415 168806





The Friends of St George’s, Wyverstone are holding a Jigsaw Festival on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June from 10am-4pm with over 450 jigsaws, including many famous brands e.g. Gibson, Wentworth and Ravensberg, to be displayed and sold at very competitive prices. There will be a children’s jigsaw corner with demonstrations by our local community workshop on how the pieces of a jigsaw are cut. There will also be a 1,000 piece jigsaw of St George’s which will be raffled. Plus a silent auction of a handmade bed quilt. All takes place at Park Farm, Wyverstone, IP14 4SP. Entry is £1.50 and children under 16 years of age free of charge. More information, call Penny Black on 01449 781913.



Church work


Good news – the planned works in the church begin on April 1st with the contractors bringing their compound & equipment during the week before. They expect it all to be finished at the end of June.


In the meantime please would dog walkers & those visiting the churchyard take extra care when passing through the churchyard – the contractors will leave car parking space but there may be holes in unexpected places. 


The interior of the church will be out of bounds Monday to Friday while the work is going on so please would cleaners/flower arrangers plan to do their work on a Saturday - if that is not possible for any reason please let Liz or Margaret know.  The church will be left in a useable condition each weekend ready for our service but we expect it will be very dusty.  Take care, watch your step in the tower and at the back of the church and just do as much dusting and vacuuming as you have time for.

Thank you all


We have received another grant cheque - £4,500 from the Allchurches Trust - so with generous donations our total is creeping up towards the required amount.




Defibrillator Funding


We have a crowd funding page on “Just Giving”

Any of us, and our friends and family, can make online donations here:







For residents wishing to book a journey, please call 01449 614271

up to a week before you would like to travel. 


Customer Services will be able to answer any questions that you may have

(but should you encounter any problems booking services,

 please call Cllr Andrew Stringer direct on 07545 423842 or 01449 780349).





Tai Chi in Wickham Skeith

New Beginners’ class starts Friday February 1st at 3pm in the Village Hall and every week thereafter. All welcome, just turn up, £5 per session.

Why not work on that New Year’s resolution to improve your health?






The traditional orchards of the East of England are coming under scrutiny in a new Heritage Lottery funded landscape project. Orchards are an integral part of our historic landscape, but have been relatively poorly researched. They are important for landscape and biodiversity as well as being valuable to people and their local environment. The project team, based at the University of East Anglia, will survey and record traditional orchards, and research the history of fruit growing in the region. The project will also involve the restoration of important old orchards, and the creation of entirely new ones. It builds on the recent work of the Suffolk Traditional Orchards Group.

As part of the project, volunteers are asked to survey their parish for any remaining old orchards. What orchards still exist and what fruit varieties do they contain? Over the late summer and autumn I will be around the village recording any orchards that survive and asking to record which fruit varieties still grow there. If you would like further information, would like to help with the survey or talk to me about an old orchard that you own, please contact me on

After the survey, the Parish Council will give further consideration to the plan to create a new community orchard on the Little Green. Thank you – Melinda Appleby

Churchyard Rules

For the sake of safety please would all churchyard users remember that cut flowers on graves should be in a holder which is part of the headstone or in a metal (preferably aluminium) holder that is sunk into the ground with the top flush with ground level.  Glass containers and jam jars are not allowed because they break easily and then become a hazard for people & animals. 

Each grave should be kept tidy or be easy to mow. Stuart Wilson does an excellent job of maintaining our churchyard, for which he deserves our grateful thanks, and it is up to all of us to ensure that the task isn’t any harder than it has to


Village Website

The village website has been migrated onto a new address and Stephen McKie is working hard to make it a helpful place for information about the village, parish council, clubs and events.

The new address is:

Thanks to Stephen McKie and Julie Sore who put the village content of this newsletter onto the website for us.


Fly Tipping in Jessie's Wood

30 September 2018



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Network Rail - Level Crossings

19 March 2017

Paynes Level Crossing (S17)

Network Rail have been working to reduce the risk that level crossings pose. The Paynes Level Crossing (S17) is located in the parish of Gislingham on Footpath 22 and it is proposed to close the level crossing, extinguishing Footpath 22 between Footpath 26 and Footpath 4, diverting users to the adjacent bridge to the north. On the western side of the railway, users would access the bridge via the existing footpath network. On the eastern side, a new 2m wide footpath would be created in the field margin between Footpath 22 and Footpath 21 (as shown on map).

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Healthwatch Suffolk calls for your stories of care in the county

1 April 2016

Healthwatch Suffolk has the power to shape, influence and improve local NHS and social care services in the county. It is independent from the NHS and social care, which means you can be honest when sharing your views.

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Hedges and Verges

1 February 2016

It would appear that many local parishes are unhappy with the roadside services currently being supplied by Suffolk County Council and this issue is being addressed directly with our County Councillor, Andrew Stringer.

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