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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

 Dates for your diary


All in the Village Hall unless otherwise stated.

August 2022


Wednesday 10th      Lunch Club 12 noon for 12.30 Advance Bookings Please

Saturday 13th          Crafternoon 2-4pm

Monday 15th            Village Hall Committee 8pm All Welcome

Saturday 20th           Book Sale & Coffee Morning 10am Highbanks, 1 Broadway   

Thursday 25th          Library Van - 2 stops in village 9.45am and 10.05am

Saturday 27th           Village Produce & Craft Show 2.30-4.30pm


September 2022


Saturday 3rd            Music on the Green 2-5pm

Friday 9th                Talk by Lord Gardiner 7.30pm in St Andrews Church

Saturday 10th          Suffolk Churches Ride & Stride

Saturday 10th          Crafternoon 2-4pm

Monday 12th            Parish Council meeting All Welcome

Sunday 25th            Harvest Festival St Andrews Church

Tuesday 27th          Gardening Club





Village Fete

Thanks again to all those who helped with the setup, running and take down of the fete. We can announce that we made a profit of about £2300 (the best ever profit made at a fete) and special thanks to our hard-working fete committee, Katie, Jos and mark.

Future Events

September 3rdMusic on the Green (in the Village Hall if wet) from 2pm to 5pm. The Group Harbour Lights could not be with us but instead we have booked the group called Maggie and Stan who play a wide variety of music. They will play 2 sets of 45 minutes and we are pleased to say that Steve McKie, and Katie Durrant and Mark Little will also be performing. This is a free event however a bucket will be available for donations towards to the upkeep of the village Hall. The bar will be open for drinks and there will be a BBQ from 3pm onwards. Bring something to sit on, a blanket or chair and invite your friends to come and join us for fun afternoon of music, refreshments and hopefully sunshine!

October 8thCountry Dance with caller and a bring and share buffet. No knowledge or experience of dance is needed for this fun evening. The bar will be open, and we will be selling tickets nearer the time at £3 for adults and £1 for children. We will be asking people to bring a plate to share for the buffet.

August 15thNext V Hall committee meeting 8pm at the village hall. Anyone wishing to join us on the committee would be most welcome, we meet on the 3rd Monday of each month.





Crafternoon’ on Saturday 13th August 2-4pm

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).  



Wickham Skeith Produce Show Saturday August 27th 2022 

Vegetables & Fruit 

Flowers & Plants

Cookery & Preserves 


Hobbies and Craft 

1.   5 Runner Beans

1.  5 Stems of Dahlias – to incl 3 varieties

1.  Victoria Jam Sponge

1. white eggs

1. oil or acrylic

2.  3 Onions

2.  5 Stems of perennials (3 varieties)

2.  fruit pie

2. 3 brown

2. Photo ‘ Wildlife’   

3.  4 Shallots

3. 1 sunflower stem

3. 1 Loaf  

3. 3 coloured

3. Embroidered piece

4.  4 Potatoes

4. 1 Single Rose

4.  6 Scones 

4.3 bantam

4. Knitted/Crochet piece

5.  3 Beetroot

5. arrangement mixed perennials

5. 6 shortbread


5. Pencil Sketch

6.  3 Carrots

6. 1 Vase of Mixed Fragrant Flowers

6. 6 sausage rolls


6. Watercolour

7. 5 Tomatoes

7.  Hedgerow and/or wildflower arrangement

7. Jar of Jam


7. Handsewn item

8. 3 Courgettes

8. small flower arrangement (6in <)

8.  Jar of Marmalade


8. Felted piece

9.  a marrow


9. Jar of Chutney


9. Model making

10. 1 lettuce


10. Bottle of Homemade Booze



11. 1 Cucumber





12. 1 cabbage





13. 3 Dessert Apples





14.  5 Plums





15.   longest runner bean





16.   squash





17.  Mixed Veg Box 6>





18. bunch herbs 4>





19. Humorous Vegetable





20. 2 sweetcorn






21.4 red onions







Wickham skeith produce show

Sat 22th  aug 2022










Junior Entry   Yes/No                         10 or under  Yes/No                           11-16 Yes/No


Entry fee per class :                    20p Adult.             10p Junior



Class Number


Entry for sale? Y/N



































































  1. With the exception of the junior classes, which are bound by age, all classes are open to villagers and non-villagers, young and not so young, beginners and experienced
  2. Exhibits that have won prizes in any other show are EXCLUDED
  3. Produce and flowers must be home grown
  4. All entries in the cookery classes must be homemade
  5. All craft entries must be handmade and not previously entered in this show
  6. Photographs should not be digitally enhanced


Please return completed entry forms with the correct entry fee to:

Carol Galsworthy,  2 Kitchen Close,  766964, by Thursday 20nd Aug.

  • Late entries may be accepted at organiser’s discretion
  • Village Hall opens between 10.30 and 11.30am on Show day for exhibits.
  • Judging at 12 noon. Hall will be closed during judging.
  • Show open to public at 2.30pm.
  • Prize giving and sale at 3.15pm.
  • All remaining exhibits should be removed by 4.30 pm on the show day.


Please click HERE for a printable PDF of the entry form 



Fundraising for theChurch:  Book sale and Coffee morning


10am on 20th August is the time for the next coffee morning. We have up to date books for sale and some beautiful jigsaws. Coffee, tea, and cake/savouries of course. We’ll have a raffle and enjoy a chat. At Margaret’s Highbanks, 1, Broadway 01449 767121 for queries.





59 Club

 Recent winning numbers: Jun – 6. Jul – 1, 45, 23, 26.   





Suffolk Churches Ride & Stride – Sat 10 Sep


Suffolk Historic Churches Ride & Stride event will be going ahead on Sat 10 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 10th to welcome and sign in any cyclists/walkers and offer them refreshment please contact Liz Davidson.


Pete Davidson – tel. 01449 766622 or email pjdavidson42@gmail.com






 Garage Sales

It is proposed to hold Garage Sales on Saturday 1st October 2022 in Wickham Skeith.

If you are interested, please contact me by 20th August in order to give sufficient time to be included on a map.

Entry fee will be £5 to go towards Village Hall Funds.

Further details re refreshments etc will be given nearer the time.

Jeanne Mason 01449 767800

Village Defibrillator

I have recently taken on the guardianship of the village defibrillator and thought it would be a good time to remind villagers about the device.
Location - the defibrillator is located on the external wall of the village hall (next to the car park and emergency exit).
To access the device you will need to dial 999. They will then ask you for the cabinet number – 2334 and/or postcode of the device - IP23 8LX

These numbers are also on the outside of the defibrillator.

This information will be enable the 999 service to locate our defibrillator and give you the access code to allow you to get access to the device.

The defibrillator is portable and so can be taken to wherever it is needed in the village. 999 will talk you through how to use it and once it is switched on the device will also give you verbal and visual instructions.

Defibrillator training

No training is necessary to use the defibrillator but it would be useful if some villages have some training. I have contacted someone locally who can provide training for the defibrillator together with some resuscitation training. The cost of the training will be covered by the Parish Council and there are 10 places available for people who live in the village. The training takes about 2 hours and will include the use of a Resus Doll and training defibrillators.

If you are interested, please can you contact me as soon as possible. I can then organise a suitable date and time for the training.

If you have any queries regarding the defibrillator, please contact me. If I don’t know the answer, I will endeavour to find someone who does!

Julie Keable











Mobile Library 

The Suffolk Mobile Library van stops in the lay-by outside the chalet bungalows, from 9.45 to 10am. Then outside Haymead House in The Street from 10.05 to 10.20.

Next visits – 28th July & 25th August 2022.





As most of you are aware, we currently have 3 Ukrainian families living in our village.  Lack of public transport is proving to be a challenge to enable them to become self-sufficient, attend appointments, go shopping and get jobs.


I am currently Crowd Funding, with marginal success, to gather funds to assist Hanna, my guest, and her son Zachar to purchase a car and pay for Motor Insurance, Car tax and a warranty. So far, she has £1900 of her own capital and the monies I have raised of nearly £700 through crowd funding. I am trying to get to a target of £2500 to avoid an unreliable old banger!  I will also be approaching local garages to see if we can exchange positive PR, a wonderful photo opportunity for a “cracking deal” on a reliable car.  Should any of you have connections or advice please do not hesitate to contact me.


The link to donate via crowdfunding is below, type it into your Google or Safari search bar and it will automatically take you to the page, it can be done anonymously should you wish….




At the end of Hanna’s stay, if she decides to relocate back to her Mother country Ukraine, she will sell the car and buy a left-hand drive vehicle with the proceeds. She has never been in the position before to own a car. Any help will be very gratefully received.


Thank you in advance for your help and if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask me, Sam, at Knoll Farm, 077424 50908 or 01449 768620  



Fundraising for theChurch:  Book sale and Coffee morning


10am on 20th August is the time for the next coffee morning. We have up to date books for sale and some beautiful jigsaws. Coffee, tea, and cake/savouries of course. We’ll have a raffle and enjoy a chat. At Margaret’s Highbanks, 1, Broadway 01449 767121 for queries.



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