Welcome to Wickham Skeith
How do you know that your kids are growing up? Well there a thousand answers to that question. My little girl has given me one that I’ve never had before. She has decided to throw herself out of an aeroplane in July. I must admit that there we are suffering a little parental apprehension but how can you say no to such a brave request. She is raising money for three charities. Briefly they are:
Young Minds - Providing help to young folks with mental health issues.
Chromosome 18 – Some folks are born with two copies of this particular chromosome resulting in severe physical and mental disabilities.
Vasculitis – This is a disease where the immune system attacks the vascular system resulting in terrible inflammation. One young friend of ours nearly died due to asphyxiation.
Caitlin has already raised nearly £500 and would like to thank all those who have already contributed. If you feel that you would like to contribute to her fund please give us a call on 766766 or 07802 808727, and we will pop round with the pledge form. She also has a GoFundMe page. The page can be found by entering GoFundMe sponsored skydive Caitlin McKie. Please click HERE for the link. Thank you so much. Stephen McKie
Soiree 2018 Sunday June 10th 6pm
Mel and Tom Rowe are very kindly hosting this event again at West Barn, Place Farm from 6pm. It's a very popular event and you need to book please with Margaret Knights.
For £10 each you have a wonderful supper then the opportunity to entertain, or be entertained, as you wish. A pianist is on hand, so bring music if you need an accompanist. You may just enjoy the talents of others though so no pressure!
The Grange Road Black Cat
Do you have a black oriental cat, possibly elderly and rather thin. He is visiting properties in Grange Road and it is not known if he is a stray. Any information on him/her, please call 01449 766982 or 07827 226934 so he can be looked after or free to roam.
The number of villagers using our syndicate in the last year has increased yet again and now stands at 64. September marks the start of the new oil-buying season and so an opportune time to recap the main points of the scheme, especially for anyone unfamiliar with it.
If you'd like to use the syndicate, there’ll be four opportunities to place orders over the next 12 months:
- by 30 September
- by 30 November
- by 31 January
- by 30 June
On, or before, any of these dates please let me know by email (or phone if you don’t have email) that you’d like to be included in the next order. I’ll need to know:
- address and telephone number(s) - unless you’ve ordered before
- quantity required (min 500 litres)
- any special instructions - eg concerning delivery
Within a few days of the above dates, a bulk order will be placed with the oil company which offers the best deal, which is usually several pence per litre lower than the price available to customers who order individually. I'll let you know the same day:
- the name of the company
- expected delivery date
- the company's contact details in case you need to speak to them directly
I'll pass your details to the company who will contact you (but normally only if you don't already have an account with them) and they’ll bill you directly. If you've any questions please email email@example.com
Calling all knitters!
Can you help? A charity called ‘Blankets for animals’ provides warm blankets for dogs and cats in animal shelters. They are asking for knitted or crocheted squares, measuring either 6 inch square or 12 inch square. I am not much of a knitter but I am going to have a go and I hope you might like to help too. If you would like to help you can drop them off at my mum’s house – Jenny Reynolds, 14 Rookery Way, Old Newton, Stowmarket IP14 4ER any time ( safe to leave by the front door if out). I will parcel, them up and send them off. Many thanks Julie Williams
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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.
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).
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.