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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.



 Dates for your diary



Village Hall News

First of all - there is some which must be a good thing!

We held a committee meeting last week and discussed the re-opening of the Village Hall. The Yoga group was set to start meeting again in May and Tai chi is due to begin in June which is very good news indeed.

Other village groups are making their own decisions about when to meet again and we hope that it will be as soon as the organisers feel comfortable about what the rules mean!

The Lunch Club have provisionally booked a slot in August but await the progress of the virus and the direction of the Government.

 However we do have an EVENT!

A Village Social is being held on the Green on Saturday 3rd July from 6pm when the weather will be fine and the sun will be shining.

There will be family games, a bar and barbecue - but please feel free to bring your own picnic along to eat. You may wish to bring your own chairs, or blanket, and/or table as well. Please come along and meet up with new residents in the village as well as those people you haven't met with for a while. We hope it will be a good old fashioned get together. If the weather is unkind to us we will move to the Village Hall where the necessary 'controls' relevant at that time will be in place. We look forward to meeting up again. 

There is also the possibility of a walking treasure hunt in, and around, the village in August but as yet we have not settled on a date. 


Best wishes from the Committee                              


 Oil Syndicate

The next syndicate deadline is 30 June.  If you would like to order please email me at  jerrybassett@icloud.com or, if you don’t have email, ring 765908.




Cash for Charities

If you read a local paper you may have noticed that Archant are running a competition called Cash 4 Charities.  It's a means of helping charities who haven't been able to fund raise during the past year.  A requirement of entry is a charity registration number and Liz Davidson has managed to register the Friends of St Andrews.  The competition element is that we have to collect as many tokens from the paper as we can and the division of the available £20,000 will be in proportion to the number of tokens collected. 

So if you read the East Anglian Daily Times, or any other Archant paper, please would you look out for and collect the Cash 4 Charities tokens that are appearing from Monday April 26 until Saturday July 3 and pass them on – and persuade friends and family to do the same.  We then have to submit our total by July 18 and should know how much we will receive before the end of July.  Archant have provided us with a collection box which will be in church for you to deposit the tokens you collect.

Or if you prefer please pop in an envelope through the letterbox of Liz Davidson or Margaret Jones-Evans or Mary Payne


Suffolk Libraries


The Mobile Library is next due to visit on 3 June and 1 July.


As a reminder it stops at the Chalet Bungalows from 09.45–10.00 am and outside Haymead House, The Street from 10.05–10.20 am.  





Pop up Gallery


Pop-Up Gallery


Thank you to everyone who shared their creative work in the Pop-up Gallery over the last eight weeks.


Textiles – Verity Franklin and Jos Bryant

Watercolours – Jerry Bassett and Harriet Bowes

Felted needle craft and Mosaics – Rosie Bassett

Photography – Melinda Appleby and Harriet Bowes

Poetry – Melinda Appleby and Harriet Bowes


All good things come to an end and we are organising the last display over the Easter weekend. We will include work by more of our creative residents and hope to take over a window in the hall as well. Do stop by and have a look.

We will leave the work on display until 9 April.



 Hilltop Women’s Group -    50 YEARS HILLTOPS 

 The afternoon of Saturday July 17th is pencilled in for an outside tea and cake celebration of this established village club. Venue to be decided...weather, rules and numbers all have to be considered. It will be so good to see folk again.

We are hoping for past and present members and any new ladies who are interested. All dependent on the situation at the time and how comfortable we feel about meeting up. Book the date and cross your fingers!

Enquiries to Margaret Knights 

Or Sue Merriam  

Local Deliveries

We missed these contact details from the last newsletter:

Fresh fish is delivered on Friday mornings by Jamie Bull – his contact details are:

Bull_jamie@yahoo.com or 07557352902


Thank you

This past year has forced us to lock down in this little village, unable to spread our wings or access family and friends. Now that the restrictions are easing, and before we get back to the wider world, there are some thank-yous to record here. 


*       To all the good neighbours who have helped out more than usual, with shopping, cooking and even just a phone call.

*       To the garden club team for the annual treat of tete a tete pots . So reasonably priced, adding a little bit of sunshine to             the darker days.

*       To all who have helped keep ditches, drains and grips clear during all that rainy weather.

*       To the folk who keep our village clean and tidy, strimming, mowing and litter picking.

*       To the dog owners who pick up the poo!

*       To the food box guardians and all who fill them.

*       To whoever keeps Stuart's pot filled with blooms ( the metal container on the triangle at the church road crossroads )

*       To newsletter compilers and contributors

*       And anyone else who has helped keep us all safe in a quiet way. Doing these things and all manner of other kindnesses for our community.


I know I've missed out other instances......perhaps you could add to the list next newsletter? Thank you. Keep safe!!!


Sheep may safely graze


Sheep may Safely graze

Knoll Farm Herdwicks move to clean pastures - the old-fashioned way!




                                                        Small points of white light

                                                        shine beneath the hornbeam

                                                        like stars at night time



Local Deliveries

As we are still being encouraged to stay at home, don’t forget there are a number of local deliveries available within the village.

Milk, yoghurts and more are delivered daily (except Sundays and Wednesdays) by Suffolk Dairies. Tel 01449 676746 for details and to be added to the round. Office open from 7.00am - 12.00pm Monday - Friday and 7.00am - 10am Saturday. Invoiced weekly.

Fruit and vegetables are delivered on Fridays by Castle Fruit of Diss. Telephone: 07747 840387 (24 hour answerphone) (Diana and Stephen) Leave your order as a message on the machine by end of Thursday, together with name, postcode and contact number . Payment taken after receipt of goods.  They give customers a call and take card details for the amount invoiced.  High quality produce.

Fish is delivered on Friday mornings by Jamie Bull -  his contact details are:  Bull_jamie@yahoo.com or 07557352902                        and there are also local paper deliveries.




 Bank Holiday in 2022 to mark the Queen's accession

I note with interest that there is a proposal to have a FOUR DAY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND IN 2022 to mark the anniversary of the Queen's accession.  Perhaps we should get our heads together to see what we can do to mark such an auspicious occasion  I'm sure that Melinda would welcome ideas to publish in the newsletter.  Enjoy the Festive season!


Wickham Skeith’s Conservation Area

At its last meeting, Parish Council considered proposals for tree felling at a number of properties around the village green. It was agreed that it would be helpful to publish a map of the conservation area boundary with a reminder of the implications of the designation.

The boundary was last reviewed and adopted by the District Council in 2008. It describes the trees contributing towards the character of the green, singling out the line of oaks at Wickham Place and a group of walnut, field maple and ash further west. The appraisal also notes the weeping willows and poplar and two horse chestnuts on the green itself and the beech by the footpath to the church. But all trees are included.

The Local Planning Authority is under a duty to preserve or enhance the character or appearance of Conservation Areas and the trees may be an important contributor to the landscape.

Therefore anyone proposing to carry out works to a tree in a Conservation Area must give at least 6 weeks’ notice to Mid Suffolk District Council. This period of time allows the council to consider the relative importance of the tree and decide whether to make an individual Tree Preservation Order to protect it.  


 Conservation area map


A copy of this Boundary Map will be saved to the Other Information page of the Parish Council section on this website once it comes off the Whats On page.




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



Wickham Skeith Scarecrow Competition


 Bright ladyP7170062






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.





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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