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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


September 2019

Monday 2nd          Monday Morning Group  10.15 for 10.30

Tuesday 3rd          FOSA Bingo   7.30pm

Wednesday 4th     Afternoon Tea & Chat 2-4pm All Welcome

Monday 9th           Parish Council 8pm All Welcome

Tuesday 10th        Hilltop Women’s group talk on Foraging at 7:45pm

Wednesday 11th   Lunch Club 12 for 12.30. Advance Bookings Please.

Wednesday 18th   The Life of a Longhunter” – Mike & Seonaid Forrester 7.45pm

Sat 14th                Suffolk Churches sponsored Cycle Ride & Stride 9.00–17.00

Saturday 14th       Crafternoon 2-4.30pm

Monday 16th         Monday Morning Group  10.15 for 10.30

Wednesday 18th   Afternoon Tea & Chat 2-4pm All Welcome

Saturday 21st        Music Quiz & Ploughman’s supper 7pm for 7.30 start

Tuesday 24th        Gardening Club talk on Beekeeping

Wednesday 25th   Afternoon Tea & Chat All Welcome

Thursday 26th       Mobile Library van 9.45am (Chalet Bungs). 10.05am (The Street)

Friday 27th            Macmillan Coffee Morning 10-12 @ Coach Hse, Wickham Hall

Saturday 28th        Book Sale/Coffee morning 10am at Highbanks, 1 Broadway

Sunday 29th          Harvest Festival at St Andrew’s Church 9.30am





Saturday October 19th 7.00pm for 7.30


  £10 Adult £6 Children



Welcome glass of complimentary fizzy

3 Course Meal, Vegetarian option available

Wine, Beer & Spirits available to purchase


A rural tradition to celebrate the end of harvest and

bring the community together, upheld in our village since 1970

please join us to be a part of it.

Contact Sam on 077424 50908. Limited availability.



Village Hall Committee

Congratulations Romaine! Once again the overall winner of the Produce and Craft Show at the Village Hall on Saturday. My correspondent says there was a good level of entries, a nice sized crowd to see the prize giving and as usual great organisation from the Gardening Club to whom we are very grateful for their continued support for this annual event.


Events coming up...


September 21st Music Quiz with a 7pm for 7:30 start. There will be a mixture of questions to suit all ages, a picture round included. There will be a Ploughman's part way through. Please contact Nigel to book your team-or yourself-in.  

October 19th Harvest Horkey. 7pm for 7.30. Sam Mulgrew has kindly taken on the organisation this year. Soup to start, Pork or Mutton served on platters on each table, roast potatoes, Cauli cheese and red cabbage and Mediterranean vegetables. A choice of puddings. Charge for liqueur coffee £3.50. Serve wine by the glass or by the bottle. A raffle 6 of good prizes. Stand up/sit down game. There are very few tickets fact you may be too late but please check with Nigel.

October 26th Halloween Party for children once again organised by Denise and her team. There will be a slip in next month's Newsletter to book places-alongside the Children's Christmas Party return.

November 16th November Fair. which will begin at 12 noon and continue to 4pm. There will be stalls selling a wide range of goods and our own tombola stall so prizes please! Light lunches will feature through the day as well as they proved popular last year.

December 7th Quiz, led by the legendary quizmaster, Nigel!

December  14th Children's Christmas Party more details in the October edition with a booking slip.

December 28th Plum Pudding walk -the usual meander around the village footpaths-not all of them!-before a lovely soup and bread refreshment chatting with friends.


The Village Hall Committee is very happy to have supported the installation of the first defibrillator in position on the Village Hall. We will pay for ongoing electricity costs to maintain its power. We would wish to congratulate all involved in this very worthwhile activity especially the instigators-Jeanne, Romaine and Jenny and Margarita for acting on behalf of the Parish Council to finalise its installation. In our community it is very rarely possible to do anything alone and again different strands have pulled together to make a strong statement to our community-'this is important and will be done!'


Please continue to support the Village Hall, and Committee, as much as possible through the next stage up to Christmas. New event ideas always welcome!



Macmillan Coffee Morning

Friday 27th September 10-12

Anne Munns is VERY kindly hosting this event again at the Coach House at Wickham Hall.Bring and Buy, cake stall, raffle, tombola, etc.

All to raise funds for this wonderful charity. Do come.


Jessie’s Wood

The gates for Jessie’s Wood are now in place - one at each entrance. 

We hope they will deter potential fly tippers.

We have done this reluctantly but feel that we must protect this special place.

However we continue to encourage walkers, dog walkers and horse riders, and those looking for some peace and tranquillity to go round the gates and into the wood.

We hope you understand.   Joy and Geoff



49/59 Club -

The winning numbers this month are:  03  31  49  45  38





Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan



You may recall our Parish Meeting in October 2017, where the consultation of Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan was discussed.  Your views were then represented by the Parish Council and submitted in November 2017.  Residents were also encouraged to comment personally, direct to the District Councils.


Following this initial consultation, a draft Joint Local Plan has now been published, which includes maps of allocated sites and settlement boundaries and there is a 10 week public consultation. 



The Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan Preferred Options Document (July 2019) is available to view at:  or



Comments must be made by 4pm on Monday, 30 September 2019. Comments can be made electronically through the Councils’ online system at  or; by email to  or in writing to Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2BX.  To deliver comments in person, please telephone 0300 123 4000 (option 5 then option 4).



Officers will be available to answer questions at drop-in exhibitions, which will be held as follows:

Tuesday, 6 August, 2pm to 5pm

United Reform Church, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, IP14 1AD

Tuesday 13 August, 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Stradbroke Community Centre, Wilby Road, Stradbroke, IP21 5JN


Update on Jenny Harvey's Afternoon Tea Party

The total amount to date raised at the tea was £520. We would like to thank all those who supported us either by help or donating on the afternoon.

Also the extra help we received in clearing up by which time we were somewhat worn out!  Any further information required regarding the defibrillator should be forwarded to Margarita Freeman c/o the Parish Council.

We would like to thank everyone who came along for the afternoon. and particularly for all the help Jenny received. The amount raised was £460 which will be added to the remainder raised - a total amount we do not have at the moment.

Thank you Jeanne, Jenny and Romaine.


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. It has been agreed that an extra stop will be provided in the layby by the Chalet Bungalows. This stop will be additional to the usual stop in The Street and will be introduced from the July visit on 4th.

The timetable will be as follows:

6th June – 9.55am-10.10 outside Haymead House, The Street

From 4th July and every four weeks:-




Layby, Chalet Bungalows

  9.45 - 10.00



Haymead House, The Street

10.05 - 10.20



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.



Crafternoon is back. 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!  

Art/craft items and books you'd like to sell? Bring them for the bring- and-buy table.

Entry £1.50 per person. 

Next dates: Saturday September 14th and in October - Saturday 12th.


Oil Syndicate

Once again the syndicate has surpassed itself this past year with 66 households, around two thirds of the village, ordering an impressive 90,000 litres of oil.Thanks to your support we were able to strike some great deals with the oil companies.


In case you’re unfamiliar with the scheme, here’s a reminder of how it operates.

If you'd like to use the syndicate, 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 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 couple of days of the above dates, a bulk order will be placed with the oil company which offers the best deal, usually several pence per litre lower than the price available to customers who order individually.  I'll let you know the same day:
- the 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 who will contact you (normally only if you don't already have an account with them) and they’ll bill you directly. If you've any questions please email



Produce Show Results

Thank you to everyone who entered the produce show this year. We had several newcomers who did well so we hope that this will encourage you for next year.

We had a good number of entries in most categories and there were some hard fought battles, particularly in the junior craft contest where Ellie, Mabel and George all scored the same points!

Our judges had a few tough choices to make. Show category winners were as follows

Category                     Winner                                            Runner Up
Fruit & Vegetables        Dennis Sore                                 Barry Kemp
Flowers & Plants           Dennis Sore                                 Harriet Bowes    
Cookery &Preserves      Romaine Elsden                           Jocelyn Bryant
Eggs                           Sam Mulgrew              

Hobbies/Craft               Verity Franklin
Junior Overall               Ellie Aldous-Goodge                   Mabel Aldous-Goodge

The Donald Horne Trophy for Overall Show Winner went, once again, to Romaine Elsden who pipped Dennis Sore to the post by only one point. Dave Mugglestonecame a commendable third.

Best in Show was awarded to Charlotte McCormack for her beautiful crochet shawl. 

There was a great deal of hard work behind the scenes to ensure all ran as smoothly as possible on the day so thank you to Carol Galsworthy and Jerry Bassett.

Congratulations to everyone who took part and remember the more classes you enter the more chance you have of winning so start thinking about what you could do next year.




Fri, Sep. 13, 2019

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