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A very quiet month indeed!! No events as the weather and football conspired against the Treasure Hunt and Afternoon Tea taking place.


There are new chairs in the Hall funded courtesy of the Village Hall's '59 Club' funds so thank you to all the subscribers for their contributions. We are hoping for work to improve the store room to take place in late September or early October and will then be looking at further ways to enhance the Hall.


Next event is the Flower and Produce Show very kindly organised by the Garden Club; there will be a bar and barbecue available after the judging is complete. Please come along and judge for yourselves!




Fete thanks


I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped and supported this year’s fete. Thank you to all those who helped with the setting up and taking down; we had a phenomenal turn out. Everyone worked so hard and this paid off resulting in a profit of £2500.

Whilst the weather helped I think we can all be very proud of this achievement.

As always a massive thank you to Nigel Merriam and his team for their hard work. 

A thank you also to the local businesses that gave prizes for the grand draw - The Walnut Tree pub, Thwaite, The White Horse pub, Stoke Ash, The Four Horseshoes pub, Thornham Magna, Emzo and Lucy Art Finbows yard, Finningham, White Horse pub Finningham, G.Shurey Butchers Eye, Co-op Rickinghall, Go Ape Thetford, Thornham Coach House, Barnards Volkswagon Stowmarket. 

Also a big thank you to J.Lawes. Finbows yard for donating the wheelbarrow for the barrow of booze.

The DieHards did a fantastic job of entertaining all who attended so thanks go to them as well.

A few new committee members have come forward and as a result plans for next year’s fete will start in September.

We would welcome anyone who would like to join us -details of the planning meeting will be in the next newsletter.

If you have any ideas or are able to help in anyway but are unable to attend meetings please contact me via email


Village Hall Chairs

We have to dispose of the old heavy duty padded stacking chairs because the foam cushion is flammable. We looked into having them re-covered with fire-resistant foam but the cost is as much as buying new. We have bought a dozen new ones with the 59 Club funds.

The old chairs have a sturdy steel frame and I have converted one to use as a garden chair. We have 11 more and are offering the old chairs at £ 10.00 each. If you are interested please let me know, although these would be in their original state, not the remodelled version.

Thanks, Nigel



Village Afternoon Tea and Chat

An informal gathering for tea and biscuits. Open to all, young and old; dogs welcome too. Afternoon tea at the village hall happens every Wednesday from 2-4pm except Lunch Club days. As much tea/coffee as you can drink for only £1.





All bookings of the Village Hall and its equipment should go to:

Denise Alexander, 9, Grange Road, IP23 8NE. Telephone 01449 767838 or Email

Hourly rate: £8.00 The rate is per hour or part thereof. Minimum booking period 2 hrs.

Day rate (24 hour period): £85.00. 25% reduction in rate for Wickham Skeith residents and Wickham Skeith village groups and organisations. Official bodies (e.g. elections): £200.00 per day. A 30 minute "warming up" period will be allowed in cold weather conditions.