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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.

 

 Scarecrow

 Check out the pictures of the Wonderful Wickham Skeith Scarecrows in the gallery section.  

 

 

Wickham Skeith Scarecrow Competition

 

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Scarecrows – The Results

Well done to all 26 residents who displayed their scarecrows, it certainly brought a smile to lot of people during worrying times.

We are very grateful to Olivia Gardener who had the difficult task of judging them yesterday. This is her summary:

The village emerged from lockdown with its community spirit intact and entered the Scarecrow event with 26 exhibits of huge quality and variety. Nigel Merriam and Olivia Gardiner walked around the village and judged each participant individually.

We realised that in order to find a worthy winner amongst all the excellent entries there had to be some basic criteria as it was obvious a lot of thought and hard work had gone in to each one of them. We decided that the winning Scarecrow should be able to perform its original task and scare the birds!

The judges still had difficulty deciding an all-out winner so it was agreed, in the end, there would be joint winners. They judged the best Scarecrows were Simon and Rachel Pyke on Grange Road for their marvellous ‘Farm Worker/Tramp’ and Donna Gooderham on The Street for her ‘Bright Lady in Straw Hat’.

Two Highly Commended prizes went to Poppy Carle on Grange Road for her ‘Witch on the Roof’ and the other to Wendy Thomas in St Andrews Close for her ‘Bird Lady’ Other notable scarecrows were Jos Bryant’s ‘Queen Victoria’ with all her face details hand stitched. Seb and Caz Goodge’s ‘Fisherman’, Serge Cador for ‘Sarkozy’ and we have all enjoyed ‘Spiderman’ hanging on the village sign from Martina, Tristan and children; a very original entry.

It is impossible to mention everyone but I would like to congratulate all those who participated, it was hugely enjoyable walking around the entire village and a great honour to be asked to judge”. Olivia Gardiner, Wickham Place, The Green.

You should be able to see the scarecrows on the Village Website at:  http://wickhamskeith.suffolk.cloud/wickham-skeith-picture-gallery/scarecrows-2020/

 

 

Hopefully things are beginning to look a bit brighter and safer now and the Committee are considering how, and when, to re-start activities in the Village Hall, whether that is independent groups or Village Hall organised events.

We are continuing to plan a picnic with Bar on the Green on Saturday 29th August, 4pm to 7pm. To ensure safety everybody will bring their own picnic, blankets, chairs etc and we will observe sensible distancing. Depending on the weather forecast we might have ice creams. This will be confirmed through the 'round-robin' emails from Nigel, and signs and posters in the village.

The Committee will put together all the appropriate protocols for use of the Hall and any outdoor activities we organise will be within the guidance from official bodies.

We must offer a thank you to those people who are supporting the production of the Newsletter. As explained last month, the cost is underwritten by the Village Hall committee, trade advertising and contributions from parishioners. If you feel able to join them by making a donation towards production costs please let Nigel know. 766222 or nhmerriam@btconnect.com

We have not set a date for the next meeting of the committee but expect to get together in the next week or so.   

 

Mobile Library

The mobile library service will return to Wickham Skeith on 30 July.  You won’t be able to reserve titles, but a small selection will be available on the mobile. You will be able to return titles on the mobile. Next visit 27 August 2020.

9.45-10am layby at Chalet Bungalows and 10.05-10.20 in The Street outside Haymead House.  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Village sign by Joy Homan

 

 

 

~ C E L E B R A T I N G   T H E   V I L L A G E   S I G N~

 

 

 

 

  

Our latest update for Wickham Skeith residents.

Please remember that if you have any concerns, need any help with shopping, someone to run errands or simply a person to chat with, please get in touch with one of the following. They will direct you to the most suitable volunteer. Margaret Jones-Evans: 767121, Liz and Pete Davidson: 766622, Jenny and Will Elphick: 766885, Nigel and Sue Merriam: 766222.

Local services.

Below we list further local services that were not in the previous Newsletter.

J Lawes are now taking orders for delivery with account customers or prepayment.

Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June.

Other retailers open from 15th June providing Coronavirus cases continue to fall.

Doorstep deliveries are being offered by Morrisons for the vulnerable and elderly. Call - 0345 611 6111 - select extension 5 to place your order. They offer a range of groceries and household essentials.

The Bull Auberge at Yaxley prepare freshly made ready meals for you to collect to heat up at home. Menu available on Social media or phone 01379 783604.

Diss Garden Centre – Now Open Mon to Sat, 9am to 5.30pm. Sunday 10-4pm. 12 customers at a time. Card or contactless payments. No cash.

Goodies' Food Hall, Long Stratton: is delivering; minimum order value applies - www.goodiesfoodhall.co.uk  01379 676880

Marrfish - local fresh fish frozen & delivered the day after your order, minimum order value applies. www.marrfish.co.uk

Myhills of Diss – Pet and garden centre, they will deliver. 01379 642465.

Clarkes of Walsham. Building materials, order online 5 to 10 days delivery: https://www.clarkesofwalsham.co.uk/coronavirus phone 01359 259259

Remember,if you are feeling vulnerable there is no need to take risks – our volunteers are keen to help.

 

 

 

CORONAVIRUS

We are all feeling under pressure with the situation, and if for any reason you need help or need to talk to someone, please contact one of the following.

Margaret Jones-Evans: 767121       Liz and Pete Davidson: 766622     Jenny and Will Elphick: 766885      Nigel and Sue Merriam: 766222.

If you have email and are not receiving updates please let us know:  our contact details - nhmerriam@btconnect.com   Tel; 766222

          Numerous local businesses are striving to keep going by offering delivery or takeaway options. We have listed some below, please talk to them and see if they can help and check to see if Wickham Skeith is within their delivery area. Some of the traders will have a minimum price for delivery.

          The Four Horseshoes has a takeaway menu and are also offering grocery, meat and booze boxes, see website: https://www.thefourhorseshoes.net/en-GB/homepage  Tel 01379678777

The Stoke Ash White Horse is providing a “take away” service during the crisis. The will prepare meals, you can see the menu online, just phone 01379 678222, put your order through payment over the phone by card with order. Mon – Sun 4 - 9pm, Sun (lunch only) 12 – 3pm    www.whitehorse-suffolk.co.uk

They are also now running a Pub Shop taking orders for fresh produce with contactless shopping. Telephone daily between 12pm and 4pm and place your order for next day collection. More details on their website:   www.whitehorse-suffolk.co.uk, Tel: 01379 678222.

Classic Fresh Foods are taking orders for a variety of veg/fruit boxes online:  https://www.classicvegbox.co.uk/ , they will deliver your order to the car park at The Four Horseshoes on Thursday mornings between 10am and 11.30am.

The Walnut Tree at Thwaite is also selling vegetarian takeaway meals. Telephone 01449 766003 to order and pay.                        

M and M Butchers in Stowupland are delivering and their telephone number is 01449 677720.

G.Shurey & Son Butchers in Eye. 01379 871061 Will deliver.

If you have a regular supplier it is worth giving them a call and enquire to see if they are delivering.

Sam at Knoll Farm has offered assistance, should pets/ livestock need to be taken to the vets, whilst owners are self quarantined or in the unfortunate event of them contracting the virus.  07742 450908.                      

As so often happens, situations like this can provide an opportunity for unscrupulous people to operate. We have heard instances where fraudsters have offered to shop, taking the money and not returning. We suggest you pay for the shopping when it is delivered. Also suspicious phone calls have started on a similar line, please be aware!

Our latest update for Wickham Skeith residents.

Please remember that if you have any concerns, need any help with shopping, someone to run errands or simply a person to chat with, please get in touch with one of the following. They will direct you to the most suitable volunteer. Margaret Jones-Evans: 767121, Liz and Pete Davidson: 766622, Jenny and Will Elphick: 766885, Nigel and Sue Merriam: 766222.

 

 

Local Food Bank 

If you have any surplus food, groceries or household essentials please deposit them in the BOB boxes, in the porch at Sue’s, West House or Margaret’s, High Banks, No.1 Broadway.

Should you need help from the Food Bank, please ring Carl on 01449 781650  or Bridget on 01449 677422   or Andy on 01449 78297.  For further details please visit the Coronavirus page in the News section.

 

 

Useful official sources of guidance and information.

24th Match 2020.  Compiled by Huw Roberts, wickhamskeithpc@hotmail.com.

NHS general public advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

This includes links to sources of more information, including: Public Health England: guidance on social distance and for vulnerable people: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

UK Govt advice: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus, includes:

  • guidance on staying at home and away from others;
  • guidance for household for possible coronavirus infection;
  • guidance for employers, employees and businesses;
  • guidance for schools.

Get help if you an extremely vulnerable person: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

 

  • Register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.

 

  • If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway.

 

  • You can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else.

 

Mid-Suffolk and Babergh District Council

MSDC main COVID-19 page: https://www.babergh.gov.uk/features/our-covid-19-response/

‘Home, not alone’

 

 

 

You can find further information on social media using #Covid19Suffolk

Suffolk County Council

Suffolk County Council response and information: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/, including: changes to services; advice for schools, businesses, Suffolk Health and Children’s Centres, and more.

Latest info: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/latest-information/

 

 

 

 

Heating Installation Grants

 

In Suffolk there are still a large number of houses that do not have a central heating system with a boiler and radiators. Could you qualify for a grant towards first time central heating, either oil or gas, depending on availability. The funding comes from National Grid and Community Interest Company: Affordable Warmth Solution’s Warm Homes Fund and is available across Suffolk until 2021 or until funding runs out.

 

Additional Council funding is available to cover up to 100% of the costs so residents could get a free system although landlords are required to contribute.

Residents must own their property or be privately renting (i.e. not a council house or housing association property) and must not have an existing central heating system (a boiler and radiators).  Eligibility criteria apply - For more information see www.greensuffolk.org/whf

Anyone who would like to know more about the scheme please contact the organisers by:

  • Calling the Suffolk Warm Homes Healthy People service on 03456 037 686 (local rate)
  • Completing the online enquiry form at www.greensuffolk.org/seaenquiry or
  • Emailing whhp@eastsuffolk.gov.uk quoting the ‘Warm Homes Fund’. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wickham Skeith Scarecrow Competition

 

The Winners are:

Farm Worker and Bright Lady in Straw Hat

~ V I L L A G E   H A L L   C O M M I T T E E   N E W S  ~

 

Mar. 6 - 8, 2020

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