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What's On

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


March 2019


Saturday 2nd           Defibrillator Coffee Morning 10am- 12pm, Rushmere Cottage

Monday 4th            Monday Morning Group  10.15 for 10.30am  

Tuesday 5th           FOSA Bingo  7.30pm

Wednesday 6th      Tea & Chat 2-4pm

Saturday 9th          Crafternoon from  2.00-4.30p.m

Monday 11th          Monday Morning Group  10.15 for 10.30am  

Monday 11th          Parish Council 8pm All Welcome

Tuesday 12th         Hilltop Women’s group – Amanda Church Dream On 7.45pm

Wednesday 13th    Lunch Club 12 for 12.30pm Advance Bookings Please

Thursday 14th        Mobile Library Van 9.55-10.10 outside Haymead House, the Street

Monday 18th          Monday Morning Group  10.15 for 10.30am  

Monday 18th           AGM of Village Hall Committee 7.30 -8pm All Welcome

Wednesday 20th    Tea & Chat 2-4pm

Wednesday 20th    History Group – The Story of a Suffolk  Bevin Boy – Talk 7.45pm

Saturday 23rd         Coffee Morning & Book Sale Highbanks, 1 Broadway 10-11.30am

Saturday 23rd        Annual Table  Tennis Tournament

Sunday 24th          Celebration Buffet Lunch for Ron & Sheila Wright 12.30

Monday 25th          Monday Morning Group  10.15 for 10.30am  

Tuesday 26th         Gardening Club – Spring in the Garden 7.30pm

Wednesday 27th    Tea & Chat 2-4pm



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.

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. 





10.00  -  12.00



Just a reminder - there are just a few days left before our coffee morning to raise funds for the defibrillator. We hope to see as many people as possibleand would be very grateful - even if you are unable to attend - for donations of cakes etc., Also items suitable for bring and buyand/or raffle, to make this very worthwhile cause a great success.

Thank you Margarita, Jeanne, Romaine and Jenny. 



Quiz evening

As part of the fund-raising towards the church refurbishment project there will be another quiz evening organised by Pete Davidson on Saturday 6thApril in the village hall.  £5 per person, payable at the table on the night, will cover your refreshments as well as a fun evening.  The bar will be open.  Please book in advance, either with a team of up to 8 or just yourself as we can create teams as you arrive – contact  Pete Davidson.  We’ll look forward to a full hall and a sociable time.





Celebration Lunch

You are invited to a Buffet Lunch at 12.30pm in the Memorial Hall on Sunday 24th March, hosted by Sheila and Ron Wright. We want to celebrate 49 years in this fine village, also Sheila's 80th and our forthcoming 60th Diamond Wedding Anniversary (strictly, NO GIFTS for these happenings, just come along and share a sociable hour or so among friends and neighbours).

We will provide a cake and fruit punches both alcoholic and teetotal, plus a few basics so no-one goes hungry. If you want to join us, please bring a plate of finger food or a bottle of liquid refreshment.

There will be a Raffle, and a Bring-&-Buy table. Any proceeds from these will be shared between the Village Hall and St. Andrew's Restoration Fund.

All welcome, put the date in your diary now!




Don’t Forget – No Garage Sales this year. Next in 2020.


Village Hall Committee

The recent Curry Night and Film was considered to have been a successful evening with a reasonably sized group along to the Hall. Some enjoyed curry and film, others just the curry while a few patrons had a couple of drinks, a good chat and then went home. All in all worth repeating we felt.

The next event is the Table Tennis Tournament which is on Saturday, 23rd March in the Hall with a start time to be advised and dependent upon numbers playing.  There will be jacket potatoes (£2.50) with a variety of fillings, the bar will be open and sport of varying quality will be going on to watch!

Entries for the tournament should be given/sent to Nigel Merriam, so that he can manage the draw and timings. All abilities, ages and aptitudes welcome..

For the past few years we have held a Garage Sale around the village in April but this year we are taking a rest. It will return in 2020, fully refreshed, and all the more exciting as everybody will have saved up two years’ worth of goods!

On May 11th we are holding a Buskers and Poets Unplugged event. We hope that 'volunteers' will come forward and perform a piece for us all to enjoy in the Hall. You do not have to be of concert standard-nor appeared on X-Factor - just willing to play, sing, recite or read a small piece.

We know that there are many talented people in our community and have seen them perform before and hope that once again it will be an event that is different and gets a good crowd to the Hall. There will be food available and the bar open. No amplified music will be performed but a microphone for those who need it. More details next month.










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 sell bring them for the ‘bring and buy’ table.

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


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.





Very best wishes to Molly Gurney who celebrated her 100thbirthday in January.
Molly (Sue Mayer's mother) lived in St. Andrew's Close for many years before moving to Steeple View, Stowupland.




Lent Walks and services

Our Bishops have established a Lent tradition of walking through a different part of the Diocese each year to visit parishes and meet the local people.This year they will pass through our Benefice and anyone interested is invited along. They will arrive at St George’s, Wyverstone at 3.15pm on Thursday14th March,then walk to St Mary’s Bacton ready for Evening Prayer there at 4.15pm.On Friday 15th March they will hold Morning Prayer at St Mary’s at 9am before walking to St Mary’s Old Newton, leaving there at 11am to walk to Stowmarket.  You are very welcome to join them to walk and/or to attend one of the short services.




  Look out for Toads at dusk, nights and early mornings when temperatures rise above 6 degrees and particularly on damp nights. Our volunteer patrols will be out as soon as toads are on the move. Please take care around the Grimmer, the Entry and Rose Lane.




Thornham Film Nights

Friday 22nd March at 7.30pm WIDOWS

£5, no need to book.



Fri, Jan. 11, 2019

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