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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


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.

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. 



 Grand National

Yes, it is almost Grand National time. We will be round the village on 6th April to see if you want to enter the Village Sweepstake in aid of our Parish Church. The same rules as usual: £2.00 a horse, first place wins £25 and second gets £5. It is very appropriate at this time because money raised from the Sweepstake over the years will now be spent on the improvements to the church which are about to commence.




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.







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.








Our Toad Patrol has been out every evening in March and it has been a stop-start year as temperatures have fluctuated. Around 800 toads have been helped across the road so far and around ninety have been squashed by vehicles. We have also moved a few frogs and two newts.

The patrol will carry on into April until toad movements cease. Numbers are down on last year but we may have some more to come if dusk is mild and damp in the next week or two.

Please take care as you drive round the Grimmer until the toad signs are taken down.

Thank you to all our patrollers who have turned out in wind and rain and cold.




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




Thornham Film Nights

Friday 26th April at 7.30pm


Booking essential, new number 07858 934440


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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