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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.



Summer flowers St Andrews 

                                            Summer flowers in St Andrews Churchyard


  More dates for your diary - Hurrah!!




All meetings in Village Hall unless stated otherwise


September 2021


Saturday 4th           Hilltop Women’s group 50th Anniversary 2-4pm

Sunday 5th             Benefice Day Together, Old Newton Village Hall 10am

Wednesday 8th      Lunch Club 12 for 12.30 Please book in advance

Saturday 11th         Ride and Stride Suffolk Churches 9am-5pm

Saturday 11th             Crafternoon 2.00 – 4.00pm

Sunday 12th           Village Treasure Hunt 2.30pm from the Village Hall

Monday 13th          Parish Council Meeting 8pm All Welcome

Saturday 18th        Organ Recital in aid of FOSA St Mary’s Church Bacton 7.30pm
Sunday 19th          Wickham Skeith Open Gardens 2-6pm

Friday 24th             Puzzle evening 6.30pm Wyverstone Village Hall

Sunday 26th           Wickham Skeith Harvest Festival St Andrews Church 9.30am

October 2021


Saturday 9th          Crafternoon 2-4pm

Saturday 30th        Village Halloween Party 5-8pm



It was terrific to be back in the hall with people for our 'Village Social'. A shame the weather wasn't better for a few more games outside but the hardy few did enjoy a game of rounders on the green. The bar and BBQ were enjoyed by all and villagers were able to decide on whether they wished to be indoors, outdoors or a mixture of both.  A profit was made for the funds but more importantly villagers got together, new residents attended and 'old hands' turned up in-well not quite droves-but a good number. Thank you all it was a pleasure to return to bar duty!

On Sunday September 12th there will be a Village Treasure Hunt starting at 2.30pm from the Hall.  £5 per family or couple. Prizes for the winners-not necessarily first past the post!  Finish at Village Hall with sausage rolls, tea or coffee and the bar. Come along for some fun on Sunday and maybe learn some things about the village and its environs.

Saturday October 30th is pencilled into the calendar for a Village Halloween Party. 5-8pm. More details to be published in the next newsletter.

Our annual village contest in the form of the Quiz is on Saturday November 20th, starting at 7.30. Booking will be necessary.

In the build up to the festive season on Saturday December 18th we are holding a Village Christmas Party. Again, not just for children - 5pm to 8pm

To complete the year's activities on Tuesday December 28th is the Plum Pudding Walk with a start time of 11.00 from the Hall. As is usual this will be followed by soup and French bread in the Hall-preceded by mulled wine of course!

Pete Davidson, Will Elphick and Harriet Bowes are the new group organising the 59 Club. More details in due course. The first prize in the weekly Saturday draw will be £30

Most clubs and groups hope to be restarting in September although History Group is not yet confirmed. Tea and Chat will sound out people at the Lunch Club which is having its first lunch on September 8th.

Hoping to see you at the Hall soon-for something!



Suffolk Churches Ride & Stride – 

Suffolk Historic Churches Ride & Stride event will be going ahead on Sat 11th Sep 9am – 5pm. Many churches will be open & you can get sponsored to visit as many or as few as you feel able, by cycle or on foot. Of the money raised, 50% goes to the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust & 50% to your nominated church. I have done the ride for most years since 1987 & it’s a good way to see churches in Suffolk & Norfolk. It’s also a great way to raise money for the building fabric of the church.

If you would like to take part, I have sponsorship forms & further information. Alternatively, if you would like to sponsor me, please let me know.

If there is anyone willing to sit in church for an hour on 11th to welcome and sign in any cyclists/walkers and offer them refreshment please contact Liz Davidson.

email pjdavidson42@gmail.com






Inspired by Tom Daley knitting at the Olympics?

Tom Daley knitting



Or did you take up a creative pastime to help you get through lockdowns? 


If so, “Crafternoon” is back!


Saturday September 11th – Wickham Skeith Village Hall   2.00 – 4.00p.m.


Come along, show & tell! Whatever your art or craft bring along your current project.


Share skills, ideas, tips and techniques. Inspire and be inspired in the company of other creative people. If you have an ‘arty’ or ‘crafty’ friend then bring them too.


Surplus art/craft items & books to sell? Bring them for the bring and buy table.


Entry: £2.00 per person (inc. tea/coffee/biscuits). Adequate space to be sociable and yet maintain social distancing.                                                        Next date: Saturday October 9th






                     Open Gardens 19th September 2pm to 6pm for FOSA


Once again some beautiful gardens in Wickham Skeith will be open for you to wander around. Lots of ideas for your own gardens and a lovely, peaceful afternoon.

We shall have maps, jam and other items for sale and refreshments at the village hall, the church will be open and we hope you will benefit from a gentle stroll through the lovely gardens in this village.

We have several gardens available but do please come forward with your garden – we need variety and not all perfect please. Something the rest of us can hope to attain will give us hope. We know that several of you are waiting to see how your garden looks but the rest of us need to see real gardens.

Don’t be afraid – show us what you’ve got!

Phone Margaret.




Church organ


Organ Recital plus wine and nibbles 7.30pm Saturday 18th September in Bacton Church

The Revd Canon Peter Godden is a retired clergyman who is Diocesan organs adviser for St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. He has very kindly agreed to play for us on the evening of Saturday 18th September, as the introduction to our Open Gardens event on the Sunday. He will also play for our 9.30 am service here in St Andrew’s Church on that Sunday.

The recital will take place in Bacton Church, which has a good organ and more seating than St Andrew’s Church. It will be live streamed.

Tickets are £7.50 and include wine and nibbles, available from Mary Paine  who will also be pleased to answer any queries.  email fuzzywig@me.com


Thornham Film Nights are Back

With the Oscar-winning film “NOMADLAND” on Friday, 24th September at 7.30pm, tickets £5 each payable by card on the door. BOOKINGS NOW OPEN.

Advance booking is essential – please email “films@thornhams.org” with your name, telephone number and number of tickets required. Covid safe arrangements put in place so less seats than usual.


Dear all

Further to my previous post re the screening of the film “NOMADLAND”, as anticipated all tickets were sold out within hours. We have therefore decided to show a further screening on Saturday 25th September at 7.30pm with the same safety measures- 

• Pre-booking essential, tickets £5
• 50% capacity
• Sanitising gel available
• Contactless payment on the door
• Socially distanced seating
• Masks requested while moving around inside hall
• Bring your own drinks

Please email “films@thornhams.org” with your name, telephone number and number of tickets required – all bookings will be confirmed. Once again, please advise us if you need to cancel your booking.

We look forward to seeing you at our autumn film nights.

Thornhams Film Crew


49/59 Club

 48 58 58 51



Nature Notes

Autumn approaches and the swifts have left. Videos show 18,000 of them streaming across the Alps in mid-August. Cuckoos have already arrived in their wintering grounds in Africa. The last of the swallows and house martins are seen over the stubbles and the village green and there are still chiffchaffs fattening up on insects before they too fly south.

In early September look out for dragonflies hawking along Swan Lane and round the Green – Emperor and Southern Hawker dragonflies have both been seen as well as Common Darter.

There are Cinnabar Moth caterpillars on the ragwort and I met a hairy caterpillar of the White Ermine Moth in Swan Lane.

Has anyone seen a hedgehog in Wickham Skeith?



Oil Syndicate - another record-breaking year

Our oil scheme has been running for 12 years now and is used by around two thirds of the households in the village.  It grows every year and this past 12 months we ordered more oil than ever before - 113,000 litres.  And, thanks to the brilliant support, we were once again able to strike excellent deals with the oil companies and collectively save ourselves thousands of pounds.  If you’re not already a member and want to join, just drop me an email with your contact details or give me a call if you don’t have email.

There’ll be five opportunities to place orders over the next 12 months.

On or before:

-  30 September

-  30 November

-  31 January

-  31 March

-  30 June

I’ll place a reminder in the village newsletter and also send you an email reminder around two weeks before each of these dates.  Then let me know by email (or phone) 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 - e.g. 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, which is 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 address and phone numbers to the company which will contact you (but normally only if you don't already have an account with them) and they’ll bill you directly.

If you've any questions please ring Jerry on 765908 or email jerrybassett@icloud.com     




Compost Needham



Plant Hedgerows in the Community

The Tree Council’s Close the Gap Community Hedge Fund can provide up to 100% grants for Tree Wardens and community groups to plant new hedgerows, hedgerow trees and fill gaps in existing hedgerows during winter 2021/22. Planting can be on private or public land where the community will benefit.

The grant can include costs for the following:

✓hedgerow trees and shrubs–these should be bare root (height up to 125cm /4 foot) or whips (height between 100 –175 cm/ 3’3” -5’9”).

✓larger hedgerow trees-these should also be bare root and no larger than 10cm girth (standard trees are sized by their circumference/girth of the stem measured at one metre above ground).

The Community Hedge Fund is open for applications until midnight Sunday 8 August 2021 and successful applicants will be notified by the end of August. Planting will need to take place by 30 January 2022.

Anyone interested in ‘hosting’ hedgerow trees by offering sites with a community benefit  or volunteering to plant this winter should contact the Parish Council (wickhamskeithpc@hotmail.com) or the Tree Warden, Melinda 





Volunteer drivers.

For those people new to the village, the Care Group try to help those without transport if they need the G.P or hospital.

We're now looking for more volunteer drivers to help on an occasional basis.  It is seldom more than once a month, and often less.

For more information, ring Sue 





Pop up Gallery



Hilltop Women’s Group


Saturday 4th September

Hilltop Women's Group    -  2-4pm in Wickham Skeith Village Hall

Come along and help to celebrate our 50th anniversary with members and friends, past, present and future.

There will be cake and fizz available during the afternoon, and an opportunity to catch up after the restrictions, with memories of times past and plans for the future.

Any enquiries to 

Margaret Knights rosecottageflowers@hotmail.co.uk   

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


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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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