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All events in the Village Hall unless stated otherwise




November 2018


Monday 5th           Monday Morning Group  10.15 for10.30am 

Tuesday 6th          FOSA Bingo   7.30pm  

Wednesday 7th     Tea and Chat 2-4pm

Saturday 10th        Craft Afternoon 2-4pm

Sunday 11th          Remembrance Service  in Village Hall 10.45am

Monday 12th          Parish Council meeting 8pm All Welcome

Tuesday 13th         Hilltop Women’s group Christmas Food

Wednesday 14th    Lunch Club 12 for 12.30 Advance Bookings please.

Saturday 17th        November Fair from 12 noon to 4pm

Monday 19th          Monday Morning Group  10.15 for 10.30am

Wednesday 21st    Tea & Chat 2-4pm

Wed 21st                They Went to War: History Group  7.45 pm

Thursday 22nd        Mobile Library 9.55-10.10am outside Haymead House, The Street

Friday 23rd             Booksale/coffee morning Highbanks, 1, Broadway 10 to 11.30am

Saturday 24th         Christmas Pudding Stir-up 10am to 12noon

Saturday 24th         Mental Health Mates walk starting at 11am from Village Hall

Tuesday 27th         Gardening Club talk – Cutting Garden 7.30pm

Wednesday 28th    Tea & Chat 2-4pm


December 2018

Saturday 1st         Annual Village Quiz

Monday 3rd          Monday Morning Group  10.15 for10.30am 

Tuesday 4th         Hilltop Women’s group Christmas meal Stoke Ash White Horse



Remembrance Sunday

Our bell ringers will be ringing twice on Sunday 11 November. In the morning the bells will be rung between 10.00 & 10.30, half-muffled to reflect the sombre and commemorative nature of the morning events. Our service of Remembrance will follow at 10.45am in the village hall when we hope for a good attendance to remember and pay our respects to all those who served, particularly remembering those from this village who died in the conflict.

In the afternoon a group of local ringers will be ringing at Thornham Magna, Yaxley, Stoke Ash & Wickham Skeith with the bells open (unmuffled) in a celebration of the peace that armistice brought. They intend to ring at Wickham Skeith from 4.15 to 4.45 followed by tea & cake. If any non-ringers would like to join them at the church you would be most welcome (especially if you bring some cake!). For further information contact Pete Davidson



Macmillan Coffee Morning

A sincere thank you to everyone who helped in any way at Annie Munn's on September 29th. The wonderful total of £430 was raised, which must be one of the best for Wickham Skeith. The lovely weather helped to encourage visitors and there were lots of cakes, prizes and bring and buy items for everyone to enjoy.Thank you all once again.


Coming up:- 

Saturday 17th November is the November Fair from 12 noon to 4pm with a wide range of stalls including our very own Tombola-PRIZES NEEDED PLEASE-guess the weight of the cake etc, there will be tea, coffee, biscuits and this year, as we open over lunch time, delicious soup and bread is available. Come along early, stay late and enjoy the start of the festive season in Wickham Skeith!

There will be a Mental Health Mates walk in Wickham Skeith on Saturday 24th November, starting at 11am from the Village Hall.  Short walk of 1.5miles, followed by a light lunch at a local house.  Optional longer walk of 3.5 miles in the afternoon, finishing at 3pm.  Contact Julia Shekleton: for more information.

To find out more about Mental Health Walks, please visit their website:

The Quiz of the Year is on Saturday 1stDecember and will be the usual roller coaster of emotions as Nigel's questions tease, tax and terrify us. Please come along as an individual, couple or team-although it is best to let Nigel know in advance so he can plan the number of hotdogs required. Beer, wine and soft drinks available at the bar throughout the evening of course at the cheapest prices locally will help to lubricate those rusty memories. Teams of 8 at £5 per person or we will match you up to make a team to have what is always an enjoyable evening. 7 for 7:30 please.

The Children's Christmas Party is on Saturday 15thDecember from 4-6:30 at the all-inclusive price of £6 which gives a gift from Santa, tea, games and fun, fun, fun! Please let Denise-9 Grange Road, 767838-know age, gender of your child/ren if they are coming. No admittance on the day unless pre-booked I'm afraid because of organisational needs.


Plum Pudding Walk

 is on Thursday 27thDecember this year and we hope that as many people as possible, with or without dogs will come along and enjoy a mulled wine, a gentle stroll-or more energetic walk-hot soups and bread and chat with friends, neighbours and families. Times in the next edition of the Newsletter.

...and of course no Newsletter is complete without a mention of the Annual Fete on the Green on third Saturday of June. Ideas and offers are always welcome-no matter what time of year it is so please contact any member of Village Hall Committee or especially Katie who has so successfully headed up the fete for the last years and our great thanks go to her for the fete's continuation and growing reputation as a fun afternoon.

Ideas for next year? Curry Night, Barn Dance...please let us know what would get you, your family or your children out and into the Village Hall for a couple of hours!!


Oil Syndicate

The next deadline for syndicate orders is 30 November. If you’d like oil please email me at or call 765908 if you’ve no access to email.  An explanation of the scheme can be found in September’s newsletter but if you don’t have that to hand please let me know and I’ll forward details.


Village Afternoon Tea and Chat

An informal gathering for tea and biscuits. Open to all, young and old; dogs welcome too. Afternoon tea at the village hall happens every Wednesday from 2-4pm except Lunch Club days. As much tea/coffee as you can drink for only £1.




Friends of Mendlesham Health Centre (incorporating Bacton Surgery)



Friday 30th November  9am – 12pm

At  Mendlesham United Reform Hall (opposite the shop)

  Tombola   Prize Draw    Books   DVDs   Jigsaws   Refreshments  Cakes


           Free entry



49/59 Club

This month's winning numbers - 27  05  38  49



November Craft Fair on Saturday 17thNovember with a running time of 12 'till 4pm with lots of exciting stalls and refreshments too-hot soup an extra attraction this year!

Nigel's Village Quiz takes place on its traditional day of the first Saturday of December which this year is December 1st. Please book yourself in either alone, a family or as a table of six, as this is always a very popular evening's entertainment. A range of subjects to be answered, the bar and food during the evening as well as a challenge to see if what you think you know is right!

Children's Christmas Party on Saturday 15th December. Booking will be necessary so Santa can bring the right gifts with him when he comes. More details next month.

Plum Pudding Walk is on Thursday 27th December and we hope that as many people as possible-with or without dogs!-will come along and join in the footpath walks, pre-walk mulled wine and post walk hot soup and bread

Summer Fete 2019 is on Saturday 22nd June. An initial meeting of interested, helping, contributing people will be held to discuss theme, activities and ideas very soon please keep on the lookout for date and time and come along if you can.

Special thanks this month to Dave Challinor for his sterling work through the summer months keeping the grass around the Village Hall cut and tidy and doing lots of other little jobs that mostly go unseen but help keep the building and surrounds in good order.


Stoke Ash Women’s Institute

We are always pleased to welcome new members. You can come as a guest for an evening, but if you’d rather not come alone contact the President or Secretary, whose numbers are at the bottom of this article. They can put you in touch with someone, who will bring you to the meeting and introduce you. A warm welcome awaits you.

Our programme for meetings is published on the Stoke Ash village website and on our dedicated WI page ( 

Our September meeting was addressed by Ann Day, who gave a very informative talk on ‘Industrial Ipswich’. It was amazing to find out exactly what went on in those familiar streets, as far back as Medieval times.

Secretary: Jean Willoughby


 Thornham Film Nights

An extra special treat: COAST TO COAST (1987), directed by Sandy Johnson, our own local film director who will be there to introduce the film. This comedy thriller stars Lenny Henry and John Shea. £5, booking essential, please phone Priscilla.



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