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All events in the Village Hall unless stated otherwise



All meetings in Village Hall unless stated otherwise



July 2018


Monday 2nd         Monday Morning Group  10.15 for 10.30am

Tuesday 3rd         Hilltop Women’s Gp to Somerleyton Hall 9.20am depart Chalet Bung

Tuesday 3rd         FOSA Bingo   7.30pm   

Thursday 5th        Mobile Library outside Haymead House, the Street 9.55-10.10am

Monday 9th          Friends Of St Andrews AGM  11am

Monday 9th          Parish Council Meeting & Village Forum 8pm

Wednesday 11th  Lunch Club 12 noon for 12.30 Advance Bookings please

Sunday 15th         Village Treasure Hunt 2pm; Afternoon tea 3pm

Monday 16th        Monday Morning Group  10.15 for 10.30am

Saturday  21st     Guided Walk of Georgian Bury St Edmunds at 17.00

Tuesday 24th       Gardening Club visit to Woodwards Garden, Coddenham


August 2018


Thursday 2nd        Mobile Library outside Haymead House, the Street 9.55-10.10am

Wednesday 22nd Dessert evening 7pm

Saturday 25th       Village Flower, Vegetable & Craft Show with BBQ



 What a fate!!

What a fate! Or do I mean fete? If it was to have been the last one...looks likely 2019 will happen! was fantastic to have so many willing volunteers on all three days to set up, finalise and then tidy up all the equipment, tents and materials, let alone run the stalls and keep things moving smoothly throughout the weekend. Many hands make light work and that was the situation. An enormous thank you to everybody, and anybody, who helped in any way but particularly to Katie, Jos and Denise, the small but effective fete team. A finalised figure will be published in the August Newsletter.


Fete Cake Stall

We would like to say a big thank once again, to everyone who supplied cakes for our cake stall. Thank you also to Jenny Harvey and Andrew Cutting whose contributions were invaluable. 

Jeanne and Romaine



Coming up-(put them in the calendar)


Sunday 15th July-Walking Treasure Hunt starts at 2pm;  Afternoon Tea starts at 3pm (in Village Hall or on The Green!) 

Tickets can be obtained in advance from: Chris Marston, Jane de Beer  or Carole.  Or turn up on the night.


Saturday 25th August-Flower and Vegetable and Craft Show in Village Hall followed by BBQ and Bar. Timings in next Newsletter.


Saturday 15th September-Music Quiz.  A range of questions...not all classical and old composers, but not all contemporary either! Get a team together and let Nigel know you are entering. Refreshments and Bar as usual.


Saturday 6th October-Harvest Horkey


Children's Halloween Party on 27th October.


November Craft Fair on Saturday 17th 


Saturday 1st December the Village Quiz. A mixed gamut of questions put together by our very own Quiz Master...Nigel! You know it will be fun!


Various pieces of work are being done on the Village Hall-back doors, windows cleaned, grass cut and strimmed, and hedge due to be reduced to enable clearer sight lines-and we hope that the lining of the store room will begin soon.


Jeanne Mason and Romaine Elsden are continuing their journey around the village selling Lucky Lottery numbers. They will get to you all soon...there are a lot of people when you visit each house individually! If two sets get sold then the income for Village Hall will be nearly £60 a week-if my maths is correct! 


Watch out for a 'pop-up pub night' for soccer matches at the World Cup. You may of course prefer the HD quality in your own home but what better way to experience the final stages then in a crowd!


The 49 Club has currently 'earned' £1900 for the Village Hall and additional chairs are being purchased and quotes gathered for lining, insulating, plastering and painting the store room. Thanks for those vital pounds sterling and we hope the re-launch of the Club as a 59 Club will happen soon.

Thank you and enjoy our lovely facilities when you can.




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.


STOP PRESS – Now includes an opportunity for Table Tennis practice in the adjacent room..




Tina Pizzey Deceased

 My Daughter, Tina Pizzey, died on the 12th June 2017. One of her wishes was for her Family to do something to raise funds for the Health Professionals and/or Cancer Charities who had helped her during her illness, including the Mendlesham and Bacton Doctors’ Health Centres, where she worked as a Nurse. 

In order to carry out this wish, the men of the Family are riding 50cc Mopeds from Land’s End to John O’Groats from 28th July-12th August 2018. They are aiming to raise £10,000.

 If anyone wishes to donate to Tina’s Trip, details are below. Thank you all very much. Jenny Harvey.


  1.  Donate cash to Jenny Harvey at 6, Kitchen Close, Wickham Skeith, who will issue a receipt.
  2.  By cheque, made out to ‘Tina’s Trip’ – to Jenny as above.
  3.  Just Giving page –
  4.  By online banking to Tina’s Trip account:

Barclays Bank, Diss, Norfolk; Sort Code: 20-16-12; Account No. 33656608


Care Group

The next meeting is at 7.30p.m. at Kisumu, The Street on Wednesday, 25th July.  New members are always welcome.  Contact Sheila Wright or Sue Merriam if you are interested in joining us.


Tiny Toads

The edges of the pond are thronged by tiny toads, smaller than a little fingernail. So some of our spring toads must have successfully bred and escaped the pike and the ducks. Look out for them making their way around the green in the early morning.



Food Bank

The school holidays are fast approaching and families are going to need the Food Bank more than ever with children at home all day.

If you could buy a bit extra when you go shopping it would be much appreciated. The donation boxes are in the Village Hall and in the Church.




Breakfast at the Barn

 Two places are available on Wednesday 17thJuly and also Thursday 18thJuly. A floristry workshop with breakfast and lunch. Phone Margaret Knights for further details.





Suffolk Churches Ride & Stride – Sat 8 Sep

 Suffolk Historic Churches Trust has been organising this event since 1982 & for all that time the organiser for Wickham Skeith has been Ron Wright. Ron has decided to step down this year & I have agreed to take over. We all owe Ron a big thank you for all his work over the years.

 Hundreds of churches will be open on the day between 9am & 5pm & 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 SHCT & 50% to your nominated church. I have done the ride for most years since 1987 & it’s a great way to see churches in Suffolk & Norfolk.

For sponsorship forms & further information see Pete Davidson



Thornham Walks Summer Party


Pop across the river on 14 August 2018 and enjoy Thornham Walks Summer Party

Come and enjoy a family day out with lots of activities and a BBQ provided by the Forge Cafe.


Don't forget to check out the News pages for all the latest information and stories from our wonderful community.


49/59 Lottery Club

The following winning numbers have each received £25.00: 

53  08  57  10




Mr Arthur Rivett from Suffolk Bat Group will give a talk about Bats, at St Andrew’s Church, COTTON, IP14 4RG ON 21st July 2018 at 7.30pm.

Refreshments will be served.

Tickets: Adults £5 accompanied children free.

Tickets can be obtained in advance from Chris Marston, Jane de Beer or Carole.  Or turn up on the night.

Arthur has helped us identify the bats using the Wickham Skeith church. 



The PCC would like to thank Nigel Merriam and those who have helped him to keep the churchyard tidy so far this year while Stuart has been unable to do it. Nigel stepped in as soon as the grass began to grow and it continues to look as good as in previous years.  If there is anyone else willing to give up a little time with a mower or strimmer Nigel would be very pleased to hear from them as more volunteers will mean less time that each spends working.  Volunteers are welcome to claim petrol money, just hand the relevant receipt to Liz Davidson who will see that you are reimbursed. 


It has been suggested that others might be willing to help with maintenance by making donations to the churchyard fund which, as well as repaying petrol costs, also pays for the annual mowing of the conservation areas, which are thriving. The churchyard is rich in wildlife. Suffolk Wildlife Trust carried out a plant survey for us in 1997 to help plan the management of the short and long grass cutting regimes. The plan is still on display in the porch. Donations for the maintenance fund can be given to Liz, either cash in an envelope marked 'Churchyard Fund' or a cheque made payable to 'Wickham Skeith Church Fund' marked 'Churchyard Fund' on the back.

Many thanks to all. 



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