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All events in the Village Hall unless stated otherwise




September 2018

Monday 3rd           Monday Morning Group  10.15 for 10.30am

Tuesday 4th           FOSA Bingo   7.30pm

Saturday 8th          Suffolk Churches Ride & Stride 9am-5pm St Andrews etc

Monday 10th          Parish Council Meeting 8pm All Welcome

Tuesday 11th         Hilltop Women’s Group 7.45pm Talk: Gap Year!

Wednesday 12th    Lunch Club 12 for 12.30. Advance Bookings Please

Saturday 15th        Music Quiz with Ploughman’s supper 7pm

Monday 17th          Monday Morning Group  10.15 for 10.30am

Wednesday 19th    History of the Printed Book – Stephen Cook  7.45 pm

Tuesday 25th         Gardening Club talk: Chrysanthemums 7.30pm

Wednesday 27th    PCC meeting  7.30pm

Friday 28th            Macmillan Coffee Morning, Coach House, Wickham Hall 10am

Saturday 29th        Concert and canapés in St Andrews Church   


October 2018

Saturday 6th          HARVEST HORKEY 7.30pm Book by 20 Septembers

Sunday 7th            HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE St Andrews Church

Saturday 13th       Crafternoon 2-4pm




July has been a non-active month for the Village Hall so there has been no income except for the regular hirers. Some of those also take a month or two off so that visits to local places of interest can take place-or their committees just have a rest! And why not indeed...many people in our village spend a great deal of time organising various groups and activities and our congratulations to them all-and thanks for making our village such an interesting place to live.

The costs, however, continue and this past month has seen another large bill appear on the Treasurer's table: an invoice for over £500 for work on the safety lighting and exit signs. Now, though, everything is up to date and certificated!

How can we ensure that the Village Hall continues to support the life of the community? Well - coming to the end of 2018 we have an event each month which we hope will be well supported, raise funds for the Hall and provide entertainment for as many villagers as possible.

Saturday 15th September-Music Quiz 7:30 start; VH open from 7pm. £5 entry with Ploughman's Supper. Team or individual entries to Nigel please-766222. Came and challenge your musical memories. Not all classical and dead composers...and not all Beyoncé and Rihanna either!

Saturday 6th October-Traditional Harvest Horkey. £10 per ticket, limited to 50. Details elsewhere in this newsletter.

Saturday 26th October-Children's Halloween Party (details to follow)

Saturday 17th November. The November Fair in the Village Hall with local crafts and the ideal opportunity to make an early start on Christmas present buying. This year there will be a lunch option available with soups and bread available. The Village Hall Committee will be on the lookout for goods for the Tombola stall which we will be running.

Saturday 1stDecember-The Village Quiz; as usual run by Nigel and providing sufficient challenge to be interesting but not so hard that the questions wouldn't feature on University Challenge! Entries in due course to Nigel.

Saturday 15thDecember-Children's Christmas Party (details to follow)

...and finally the Plum Pudding Walk!! This will take place between Christmas and New Year and as always there will be soups, bread, good company and all are welcome for a short, or longer, stroll around our village to round off the year.


And really finally...a great big THANK YOU from the VHC to the Garden Club for their superb organisation and enthusiasm shown in ensuring that the Flower and Produce Show went ahead again this year. Many gardeners found a ready excuse in this year's weather not to enter-myself amongst them - but congratulations to everybody who did enter, the BBQ boys, Dave on the tea and coffee and everybody else who came along to see the prize giving and enjoy a bit of a mardle. These traditional events do need to continue as they are part of our heritage and once they cease it is very difficult, if not impossible, to resuscitate them.

Thank you to all groups, committees and individuals who do ensure that our community continues to be inclusive, interesting, entertaining and caring.




Oil Syndicate

It’s been another record year for our syndicate.  A total of 93,000 litres of oil was ordered on behalf of 66 properties - around two thirds of the village. As we enter a new oil-buying season here's a recap of the main points of the scheme.

 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:

- name of the company

- price

- 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 which 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 ring or email Jerry Bassett


49/59 Club

Recent winning numbers are: 01  58  52  10  52  57  11  48



Flower Festival


In response to requests for the answers to the Flower Festival Quiz, 'Wish you were here'. Hope they bring back memories! Margaret Knights


1. Thorpeness-Margaret Horne

2. In my Garden-Maureen Martin

3. 1918-2018- Thelma Thorogood

4. Spring in Suffolk-Margaret Jones-Evans

5. Home-Mel Rowe

6. Harvest Tea-Romaine Elsden

7. In the Stable-Tara Goodacre

8. Australia-Liz Davidson

9. Remembrance-Eileen Pearce & Glynis Price

10. Where have the years gone?-Margaret Knights

11. Luxury Weekend-Peter Paine

12. My Heart's in the Highlands-Margaret Knights

13. On Tour-(Pew Ends)-Kevin Knights

14. New Zealand-Lesley Holland

15. Cruising-Laura Hempstead

16. Going Dutch-Louise Reinders


Denise Williams was the first all correct out of the 'All Correct' Hat.



Thornham Film Nights

14th September Friday: Thornham Village Hall Film, 7.30pm: The Post

19th October Friday: Thornham Village Hall Film, 7.30pm: Three  Billboards


Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail

Further afield, the Waveney & Blyth Arts annual sculpture trail takes place at the Raveningham Centre, near Beccles. Open every day from Friday 17 August to Sunday 16 September. Work from over 30 sculptors will be on display, plus pop-up print gallery and café. Entry £5; under 18s free.

More details on



Tai Chi classes in Wickham Skeith

The class meets on Friday afternoons at 3pm. We would love to welcome new students. Beginners attend from 3-4pm with more experienced students staying until 4.30. The class starts with gentle stretching and some Qigong (Chigong) exercises, then proceeds to the Yang family Tai Chi form. Experienced students work together with learners so there is always someone to watch. No special equipment is needed just loose comfortable clothes and flat shoes. No booking is needed just turn up! Cost is £5 for beginners, (3-4pm) £7 intermediate and advanced learners(3-4.30pm).

For more information see the Yang ChengFu Tai Chi website  or contact Martin Fayers:



 Suffolk Churches Ride & Stride – Sat 8th Sep

Hundreds of churches will be open on the day between 9am & 5pm & you can get sponsored to visit as many or as few as you feel able, by cycle or on foot. Of the money raised, 50% goes to the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust & 50% to your nominated church. I have done the ride for most years since 1987 & it’s a great way to see churches in Suffolk & Norfolk as well as raising money for an excellent cause.

For sponsorship forms & further information see Pete Davidson.

If you can help with sitting in the church on the day, Liz Davidson has the rota.


Quilt Show

Diss Quilting Group have arranged a Quilt show for Sat 22ndand Sun 23rdSeptember 2018 at St Andrew's Church, South Lopham, near Diss, Norfolk IP22 2LP from 10am to 5pm both days.

Free admission. Refreshments & sales table available and the church tower will be open to climb and view. A farmers' market will be there on the Saturday only and a beautiful quilt will be the first prize in the raffle.

Contact Margaret with queries



Macmillan Coffee Morning

Friday 28th September, by kind invitation of Anne Munns at the Coach House, Wickham Hall from 10 'till 12 noon.

Open invitation to come along for a tea/coffee/cake/raffle/bring and buy and raise funds for this wonderful charity. All donations gratefully received on the morning or beforehand to Anne herself, or Margaret Knights, Rose Cottage, Grange Road,  


HARVEST HORKEY    Saturday 6t h October  7.30 pm

I am delighted to say that the Harvest Horkey is returning this year after a year's break. For those of you that are new to the village,there has been a long tradition of a 'harvest meal' at this time of the year which consists of a welcome drink of wine or juice,  roast beef dinner with all the trimmings, choice of desserts, followed by cheese and biscuits.  There will also be a lovely raffle and a few surprise extras.

Numbers will be strictly limited to FIFTY (50) and it is essential that anyone wishing to attend must pre book with their money by 20th September at the latest. The cost of the ticket is £10 per person (the price has not risen for quite a few years) so put the date in your diaries and please let me have your bookings as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.   

If you would like to reserve your tickets and pay at the beginning of September please contact me  or put a note in the red box on my gate at The Twynings, opposite the village fruit trees on the Green.  Please also let me know if you are vegetarian or diabetic.

Don't forget, hurry to avoid disappointment.       Thank you    Margaret Horne



Various pieces of work are being done on the Village Hall-back doors, windows cleaned, grass cut and strimmed, and hedge due to be reduced to enable clearer sight lines-and we hope that the lining of the store room will begin soon.

Jeanne Mason and Romaine Elsden are continuing their journey around the village selling Lucky Lottery numbers. They will get to you all soon...there are a lot of people when you visit each house individually! If two sets get sold then the income for Village Hall will be nearly £60 a week-if my maths is correct!




Saturday 13th October 2 - 4p.m.

                        Wickham Skeith Village Hall              

Do you, or would you like to, paint, draw, collage, make felt,

embroider, patchwork & quilt, knit or crochet, make prints,

sculpt, make stained-glass work?

Bring whatever you’re working on at present

Share skills

Inspire, Be Inspired

Trade or teach tips and techniques

Or just sit and create in the company of other creative people

Free admission – refreshments available




NOVEMBER FAIR - Saturday 17thNovember 12 - 4pm


We are again including craft stalls as part of the Annual November Fair. If you would like to book a stall (£7.50) pleasecontact Margaret.

 In view of the allocated space, stall numbers are limited so please book as soon as you can as some have already been confirmed.



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.


STOP PRESS – Now includes an opportunity for Table Tennis practice in the adjacent room..





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