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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

 

 

Geoff Homan

After a long and eventful life, including 48 years at Street Farm, Geoff Homan

died peacefully on Sunday, 25th July, aged 93.

The funeral service will be held at St Andrew’s Church, Wickham Skeith on Wednesday 11th August at 2.30pm, and afterwards at the Village Hall.

 

 Dates for your diary - Hurrah!!

  

 

August 2021

 

Saturday 7th           Village Social on the Green 6-9pm

Thursday 26th        Mobile Library 9.45-10.20am  @ two stops

Saturday 28th         Books & Jigsaw Sale & coffee 1 Broadway 10-12 noon

 

September 2021

 

Saturday 4th            Hilltop Women’s Group 50th Anniversary 2pm Village Hall

Wednesday 8th       Lunch Club 12 noon for 12.30 Advance Bookings please

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

Sunday 12th            Walking Treasure Hunt 2.30pm onwards

Monday 13th            Parish Council 8pm All Welcome

Saturday 19th          Wickham Skeith Open Gardens 2-6pm

 

 

 

Village Hall News 

Let's try again.....! We hope to hold a Village Social on the Green on Saturday 7th August from 6pm to 9pm. There will be a bar and barbecue although you may choose to bring your own picnic tea for yourself and family if you wish. We would encourage you to bring your own chairs or a blanket to sit on. We hope to make this an informal village get-together where people can mingle and chat. (Please observe any distancing as you choose-or wear masks-we really don't mind but it will be good just to see folk again). There are new members of our village community who it would be great to meet so please do also come along.

We hope that there will be some games to join in with and play-maybe a fete favourite or two!

Sunday September 12th is in the diary as a walking treasure hunt around the village footpaths. A well-known villager is setting the route with abundant clues and directions and activities which can be completed by children you bring along.

The clue/direction sheets are available from the village hall from 2:30 onwards at a cost of £5. Maximum in the group is five please. You could of course do it on your own! The bar will be open and there will be tea/coffee and sausage rolls available after completion of the route. Well the bar will be open from 2pm and I'm sure tea/coffee could be as well!

We hope that the Lunch Club will soon swing into action and that we will be able to have a Village Quiz but perhaps in November and not December. Some traditional events the committee has thought may just be considered still potentially risky so have put off decisions about those. Hopefully there will be two events for the children as well but we will keep you posted on those. 

 

Book and Jigsaw sale

 

On Saturday 28th August we shall have the first sale for more than a year. We have loads of books and jigsaws, coffee, tea, cheese scones and cake too.

As before it will be at Margaret's - 1, Broadway, WIckham Skeith

Please wear a mask when you enter but come in and enjoy yourself. IF the weather is good there will be lots of space in the garden.

If you have a query do phone Margaret on 01449 767121

 

 

 

Suffolk Churches Ride & Stride – Sat 11 September

Suffolk Historic Churches Ride & Stride event will be going ahead on Sat 11th Sept 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.

 

Pete Davidson email pjdavidson42@gmail.com

 

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 on 01449 767121 please

 

 

 

 

Suffolk Libraries

The Mobile Library is next due to visit on 29 July and 26 August.

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.  

 

49/59 Club

For over 15 years Jeanne Mason has been running the 49 Club, to raise money for the Village Hall, which she instigated and started on her own initiative. She has raised thousands of pounds to off-set some of our expenses and purchase new items. These include helping with the insurance bills, paying for all the new soft chairs, the new screens and kitchen items etc. As you can appreciate there are a lot of expenses associated with a hundred year old building and we are incredibly grateful to her for this help. The last eighteen months has seen the Hall standing unused: let's hope that we will be back in there again soon.

Jeanne has indicated that she is ready to stand down as the organiser. Pete Davidson has kindly volunteered to take over the running of the club. In next month’s Newsletter we will relaunch the Club and explain how it works.

We would like to thank Jeanne for all that she has done.                 Nigel Merriam

 

Recent Winning Numbers - 23, 01, 01, 59

 

 

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

50th  Anniversary Celebration

Saturday 4th September - 2pm at the Village  Hall

This is the final try at a date for this event! It will happen then and there in some shape or form. It will!

Come and join us for a glass of fizz, a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

Apologies for messing up your calendars yet again, but we've all learned that our plans for the future aren't written in tablets of stone anymore! (Were they ever........but life seemed so much easier!!)

 

More details next time.

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!

 

 Snowdrops

 

                                                        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.

  

 

 Scarecrow

 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.

 

 

 

CORONAVIRUS

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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