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Welcome to our What's On page.  Everything happening during the coming month is listed here, but but please check the Village Hall and News pages for information about events that are planned for later on.

See, also, Neighbour's Events at Occold,  Debenham, Pettaugh, Redlingfield, Thornham and Thorndon.

All events in the Village Hall unless stated otherwise


May 2019

Wednesday 1st      Tea & Chat 2-4pm

Tuesday 7th           FOSA Bingo   7.30pm

Wednesday 8th      Lunch Club 12 for 12 .30 Advance Bookings Please

Thursday 9th          Library van outside Haymead Hse, The Street 9.55-10.10am

Saturday 11th        Crafternoon from 2pm – 4.30pm

Saturday 11th        Unplugged Evening – open mic night. Bar Open. Free entry

Monday 13th          Annual Parish Meeting & Parish Council 8pm All Welcome

Tuesday 14th         Hilltop Women’s Group Mystery Tour. Depart Village Hall at 3pm

Wednesday 15th    Tea & Chat 2-4pm

Wednesday 15th    A Suffolk Village in Wartime” – Sheila Wright  7.45 pm

Monday 20th          Monday Morning Group 10.15 for10.30am 

Wednesday 22nd   Tea & Chat 2-4pm

Saturday 18th        Uganda Evening – Peter & Mary Paine’s Safari 7.30pm

Saturday 25th        Coffee Morning & Book Sale at 1, Broadway 10am

Tuesday 28th         Garden Club Outing to Wood Farm, Gipping

Wednesday 29th   Tea & Chat 2-4pm


Sunday 16th June  1pm – 6pm  Open Gardens




Village Hall Committee

 The committee met as usual on the third Monday of the month-please come along to observe if you wish. You won’t be seconded onto the committee!

April was a quiet month again for the group but the Village Hall has continued to host any manner of other activities based in the village and which many people do enjoy. A new venture with the Table Tennis, led by Lee, is growing in interest and is quite flexible in times and days. The Crafternoon continues to be well supported and is inspiring and supporting many village crafters-please pop in and see what goes on. The kettle is usually on.

We paid the Insurance bill last month and the finances took a bit of a hit! The bill was £944 which takes a long while to recoup so everyone's continued support for our events is essential to the survival of our community hub. Not everything suits everybody but we hope over the year to have something for you all.

The next event in fact is on Saturday May 11thwhen we run 'Unplugged' evening. The bar will be open from 7pm; there will be light refreshments in the form of crisps and other snacks-no nuts-but the rest of the evening is a bit of a mystery at the moment. It relies on musicians, poets, raconteurs and readers to step forward and entertain. There won’t be an audience of millions-nor Ant and Dec for continuity-but just friends and neighbours out for a good evening. So do come along, bring your guitar, recorder or drum set, poetry book or favourite novel or perhaps you have a story to tell. But we could just sit at the bar and discuss Brexit!!

Not long to the FETE of course in June! Midsummer is the theme this year.

On July 20th a Sports and Games evening with the bar and BBQ available. Activities designed for all ages to enjoy, participate or observe and encourage.

Saturday August 28this the Craft and Produce Show led by the Gardening Club-further details to come. Prosecco and Pimms from the bar!

Saturday 21st September is the second annual Music Quiz which is already in preparation.


And two final thoughts:

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not move the folding doors unless you have received specific training and there are at least two of you! We recently had a problem where they had left the runners and, as the combined weight is near to one tonne, it becomes a tricky problem!!

Secondly, if you are aware of anything breaking-glasses from the bar spring to mind-or running short, or out, please make sure that somebody on the committee knows.

Thank you


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.

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. 



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). 



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.

Open Gardens  16thJune  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.




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





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.




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!


Future events

The Fete!! On Saturday 23rd June with a theme of Mid-Summer and all the old favourites appearing again! The plant stall, cakes, tea tent, coconuts, crockery crash, grand draw and hopefully a 'Battle of the Bands' from local schools, a Tug of War-get a team of eight together-and of course the wheelbarrow of booze!! The bar will be open.

The Village Hall team need lots of volunteers to help with all the games.  You can download and print your volunteer form HERE!  Thank you.

In July-on Saturday 20th, weather permitting, there is a Sports and Games afternoon starting at 5pm-probably with a BBQ and Bar.

August 24ththe Annual Produce and Craft Show;

From 20th September to 2nd November various early morning rugby matches may be shown on the big screen-bacon butties spring to mind!;

A music quiz on Saturday 21st September.

October the Harvest Horkey,

November the Craft Fair and

December Nigel's Quiz! An exciting year ahead but...

On Tuesday 18th March we need your help and input at the Annual General Meeting of the Village Hall Committee which begins at 7:30 in the Hall and will end by 8:00 pm.


You do not have to volunteer to be on the committee! You do not have to do anything! Just come along and support the Committee, hear the annual report, find out about the finances and future plans-or suggest ideas-and then go home. 








Come along if you, or would like to, paint, draw, collage, felt, print, sculpt, make stained glass work, knit, sew, embroider, patchwork & quilt  - in fact whatever your art or craft bring what you're working on at present. Share skills, ideas, techniques and tips. Inspire and be inspired in the company of other creative people.  If you have a 'crafty' friend then bring them along too!  

Any Art/craft items and books you'd like to sellbring them for the ‘bring and buy’ table.

Entry £2.00 inc. tea and biscuits. Every 2ndSaturday in the month' 2.00-4.30p.m.

The next two Crafternoon sessions are scheduled for Saturday 13thApril and Saturday 11thMay. 



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. Don’t forget you can now drop in for Table Tennis practice too.





Coming Up in May


Suffolk Walking Festival


For 2019 discover an amazing array of walks and events in parts of Suffolk you never knew existed. There are short walks, long walks, walks with a sheepdog, walks with a boat cruise, walks with owls and walks with nightjars. A night safari, a wild crafting day, tales by the riverbank, and art and photography workshops. And there's the annual Challenge Walk which this year follows the East Suffolk Line Walks, 80 miles in 5 days between Lowestoft and Ipswich.There are even some walks close to Wickham Skeith!


The programme launches on Saturday 11th May at 10:00 at West Stow Country Park.More details in brochures from Visitor Information Points and Libraries or on the web:


Bugs and Blossoms Launch Weekend 24-27th May at Palgrave Community Centre


Imagine a world without wild flowers or insects. Where summer days don’t resonate with the buzz of bees or dazzle with a butterfly wing; where a myriad of flowers, and the meadows where they bloomed, are wiped from our countryside.It is time for action – in our gardens, on our commons and greens, in school grounds and churchyards, on farmland and in parks. This year Waveney & Blyth Arts launches Bugs and Blossoms using the creative arts to celebrate our native insects and plants,and to inspire people to notice what we have, understand what we are losing, and take action.


Opening talk:Friday 24 May7.30-9pm


Dr Nick Upton – BBC Wildlife Photographer - MY LIFE BEHIND THE LENS


Saturday 25 –Monday 27 May11-5pm every day





Saturday 25 May7 -9pm MICROCOSMOS: A film that captures a dramatic, action-packed and beautiful day in the life of a meadow and its tiny inhabitants.


Sunday 26thMay WALK: BUGS AND BLOSSOMS after ROGER DEAKIN 10am-1pm






Booking for all events through Waveney & Blyth Arts:bookings@waveneyandblytharts.comor  


Brochure available from mid-April




The Friends of St George’s, Wyverstoneare 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’swhich 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 


The Friends of Mendlesham Health Centre(incorporating Bacton Surgery)


Friday 17th May 20199am – 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



Thornham Film Nights


Friday 17th May at 7.30pm


Booking essential, new number 07858 934440



We now have our very own phone line for seat bookings (but we only ask you to book for some films). Please (preferably) text or otherwise leave a voice message giving your name, the name of the film and the number of seats. Please let us know if later on you find you can’t make it so we can make your places available for someone else.


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