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Alan Lummis


We hope the news has reached everyone by now that Alan Lummis died peacefully in his sleep in Bluebird Lodge.  His funeral will be on Monday 10th December at 12 noon, all welcome.  Parking will be available on Richard & Alice Palmer’s field.  To give this son of the village, and a real gentleman, a ‘proper village funeral’ the service will be followed by refreshments in the Village Hall.  If you would like to contribute a plate of something suitable for a buffet lunch it would be much appreciated. The Hall will be unlocked by 9.30am on the day for you to deliver things.  If anyone would be prepared to help by co-ordinating things and helping to set up the tables etc or to help in the kitchen, please let me know as Margaret & I will be involved at the church by mid-morning.  Many thanks, Liz D



Sheila Hempstead


John and all the family would like to pass on their thanks to everyone who sent cards and kind messages on the death of Sheila, they have been a great comfort to us all. It has been wonderful to hear how many people were touched by Sheila and that she meant as much to other people as she did to us, she is going to missed so much!




The Village Hall Committee passes on its condolences to the Hempstead family for the loss of Sheila. She was a mainstay of the Village Hall for many years and a rock who was constant and secure for all her time helping maintain the Hall. She will be greatly missed by us all.





Food Bank

With Christmas and the school holidays fast approaching, any contributions for the food bank will be especially welcome.
They will be needed by the second week of December if possible.
Donations can be left in the village hall, the church, or in my porch.

Sue Merriam



Grimmer Working Party


On Saturday 15th December there will be the first of this winter's work parties on the Green starting at 9:30am. Hopefully to be completed by 12 noon. We have some smaller tasks to complete as well as the felling of ash which have contracted 'die-back' and need taking down before they become dangerous. Please bring tools-cutting, lopping and gloves- if you have them or just muscle power. Information from Kevin Knights.(on behalf of Parish Council)





Wickham Skeith Parish Council has been successful in our application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme for help with funding towards the provision of a Defibrillator in Wickham Skeith.

Our project, along with the other two successful projects in our region, will go forward to a vote in Tesco stores where their customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. 


Voting will take place from Tuesday, 1st January 2019 to Thursday, 28th February 2019 and we will be notified of possible funding at the end of March 2019.

A list of stores taking part in the voting on our project is shown below and we would encourage residents to shop at these Tesco stores during the January and February 2019 (you will receive a token at the till which can be deposited against our Defibrillator project): 

4351    Aldeburgh Saxmundham, IP15 5JA - Express
5210    Diss, IP22 4JN  - Superstore
6608    Saxmundham, IP17 1EP – Superstore


If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Tara Goodacre, Parish Clerk, on 01449 768696 or Margarita Wade, Parish Councillor, on 01449 767009.



Oil Syndicate


The next syndicate deadline is 31 January. If you’d like oil please email me at or call 765908 if you’ve no access to email.






A warm welcome to Julia Moreton & family who recently moved into Haven Cottage in the Entry.

We hope you will all be happy in our friendly village.




Tai Chi

Unfortunately the Tai Chi group has had to close due to low numbers. However, there will be a new weekly beginners’ class commencing on Friday 1st February at 3pm in Wickham Skeith village hall. All welcome, just turn up, £5 per session. Why not work on that New Year’s resolution to improve your health?



Christmas Craft Fair

Street Forge Workshops in Thornham Magna will be holding a Christmas craft fair on Tuesday 4th December from 10-3.


This will be a great chance to pick up some local handcrafted decorations, stocking fillers and presents, all at great prices.

Refreshment will also be available.

Please come along and support your local charity.




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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