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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.





Village Hall News 

As I write this on 20th June, I am aware that it would have been Fete day in Wickham Skeith! Normally a big day in the village calendar and an important fundraising event for the hall. Currently, advice regarding the management of Village Halls seems to be changing daily and the committee need to consider their options. As July and August are normally quiet months, and whilst distancing is still an issue, the management committee has decided to keep the hall closed until 1st September.

In the meantime we are proposing to have a Scarecrow Competition running from 11th to 18th July. You will need to make a scarecrow and set it outside your house so that it can be seen from the road all the time during those dates. It can be any size but must take a human shape and there will be a nice prize for the winner.

Please let me know that you have entered (free) so that we do not miss you when we come round judging. Email nhmerriam@btconnect.com 

You may know that the Newsletter has always been produced by the Village Hall committee. Advertisements help towards the printing costs but it still leaves around £500 per annum to find. If anyone would like to make an anonymous contribution towards this expense, please let me know.


Nigel Merriam 



Answers to the June Newsletter quiz:  World capitals:


1. Copenhagen, Denmark, 2. Sarajevo, Bosnia & H, 3. San Salvador, El Salvador, 4. Luxembourg, 5. Santiago, Chile, 6. New Delhi, India, 7. Singapore, 8. Windhoek, Namibia, 9. Yerevan, Armenia, 10. St. George’s, Grenada,

11, Cairo, Egypt, 12. Colombo, Sri Lanka, 13. Doha, Qatar, 14. Athens, Greece, 15. Manila, Philippines, 16. Dublin, Ireland, 17. Bridgetown, Barbados, 18, Canberra, Australia, 19. Bratislava, Slovakia, 20. Manama, Bahrain.


Winners, drawn from those submitting the correct answers: Vic and Sue Hollis.


We will give your brains a rest over summer.






 Friday 17th July at 7pm

Prizes to be won

Cost: Make a donation to your local church

To register your household email Revd Carl on carlmelville@hotmail.com




Mobile Library

The mobile library service will start running to its normal timetable from Monday 6th  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.

30 July is the projected first date to visit Wickham Skeith:

 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~




There is a framed copy of the sign in the village hall done by Derek Eden & Alistair Govan with an explanation of the elements of the sign which represent life in Wickham Skeith past & present. These are:

St Andrew’s Church. There was a church here before Domesday (1086). It continues to play an active role in the community.

Pollarded tree. Trees like this were once a feature of our landscape. The wood was regularly cut 8-15ft above the ground out of the reach of livestock.

Tractor. This represents the increased mechanisation of agriculture during the 20th century.

The Windmill. A windmill & steam mill stood on the southern edge of the green until the 1920s.

Swan sign. This is a replica of the sign outside the Swan pub on the Street.

The Grimmer. The village pond (the Grimmer or Green Mere) was the scene of the last witch swimming in the country in 1825.

The tradition of village signs is believed to have started in Norfolk early in the 20th century when Edward VII suggested that such signs would aid motorists and give a feature of interest on the Sandringham Estate. They spread beyond Norfolk following a Daily Mail led Village Sign competition in 1920.

In the absence of our annual fete, take time to explore the Green and enjoy the wild flowers, the contemplative water and the historic village sign.



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.





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’. 












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