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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.

All events in the Village Hall unless stated otherwise


November 2019


Monday 4thMonday Morning Group  10.15 for 10.30

Tuesday 5thFOSA Bingo 7.30pm

Saturday 9thCrafternoon from 2-4.30pm

Sunday 10thRemembrance Service  in St Andrews Church 10.45am

Monday 11th             Parish Council Meeting 8pm All Welcome

Tuesday 12th            Hilltop Women’s Group meeting Christmas crafts7.45pm

Wednesday 13th       Lunch Club 12 for 12.30 Advance Bookings Please

Saturday 16th           November Fair from 12 noon to 4pm

Wednesday 20th       Afternoon Tea & Chat 2-4pm All Welcome

Wed 20th    GHQ Auxiliary Units of WWII” – Chris Pratt 7.45 pm

Thursday 21st           Mobile Library 9.45 Chalet Bungalows 10.05 The Street

Saturday 23rd           Stir-up Saturday from 10am. For your Christmas puddings

Tuesday 26th            Gardening Club 7.30pm Christmas Decorations

Wednesday 27thAfternoon Tea & Chat 2-4pm All Welcome

Saturday 30th            Book Sale/Coffee Morning 10-11.30 am 1 Broadway



49/59 Club

Recent winners are numbers: 26,  58,  58, 28 and  13 

Poppy Collection

Look out for our village Poppy Collectors in early November.

Wickham Skeith is always one of the most supportive villages

in the Mendlesham District.  




Crafternoon is back. Come along if you, or would like to, paint, draw, collage, felt, print, sculpt, make stained glass work, knit, sew, embroider, patchwork & quilt  - in fact whatever your art or craft bring what you're working on at present. Share skills, ideas, techniques and tips. Inspire and be inspired in the company of other creative people.  If you have a 'crafty' friend then bring them along too! Art/craft items and books you'd like to sell? Bring them for the bring- and-buy table.

Entry £2.00 per person. 

Next date: Saturday 9th November.   No Crafternoon in December.


Wickham Skeith’s November Fair

Saturday 16th November 12noon to 4pm. A wide range of gifts and craft items for sale. Homemade soup for lunch and tea and coffee served throughout.

There will be a cake stall too. Donations of cakes etc., would be gratefully accepted. Please bring on the day.



SATURDAY 14th DECEMBER                                       £5 PER CHILD

4:00 -6:30pm (SANTA ARRIVES AT 6:00pm)


My child/ren (name/s)(age/s)



would like to come to the PARTY!

Any known allergies we should be aware of for the buffet tea?......................................

£5 per child enclosed           or pay on the door only if pre-booked!

Return slip to Denise at No 9, Grange Road, Wickham Skeith, IP23 8NE (767838)

By 2nd December 2018 please


Please click HERE to download this application form.





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.


Please note - No Tea and Chat on the 6th November



Mobile Library Service

Don’t forget the Suffolk Library Mobile service has its new scheduled stop by the Chalet Bungalows. The timetable is:  Layby Chalet Bungalows from 9.45-10am and outside Haymead House, The Street from 10.05 to 10.20. Next Visit Thursday 21st November 2019





The November Fair is on Saturday 16th November, from 12noon to 4pm. A wide range of gifts and craft items for sale. Homemade soup for lunch and tea and coffee served throughout. A tombola and Guess the Weight of the cake.



On Saturday 7th December is Nigel’s annual quiz. Always good fun and usually gets fully booked so enter your team in good time.Phone Nigel to enter. The bar will be open and Hot Dogs served at half time. £5 per person.


Saturday 14th December. Children’s Christmas Party. This is organised by Denise Carle and her team. £5 per child. Please fill in entry form on the back page of this month’s newsletter.


Saturday 28th December Plum Pudding Walk. A great way to meet up with friends and neighbours to walk off some of the Christmas indulgence. Mulled Wine to set you off then back for Homemade Soup in the Village Hall.


The two activities inked in for next year so far are the Table Tennis Tournament in March and the Garage Sales in April. Let us know anything you would like us to run.


All those who attended the Harvest Horkey will want to say congratulations and well done to Sam and Avril, who, with their brilliant team of helpers produced a supper that went far beyond what we are accustomed to. The hall was superbly decorated in harvest country style with the little “Grey Fergie” parked outside. The wide choice of food made it difficult to decide what to eat.  

Thank you to all who worked so hard to make it such a special evening including Leigh, Dave, Harriet, Will, Jenny and Julian who helped with the preparation, the washing up, clearing away and running the bar. The evening brought in a healthy profit of over £500 which will help hall costs.


The occasion gave us the opportunity to recognise a village stalwart who is no longer with us. Sheila Hempstead had served on the village hall committee for 42 years and her husband John agreed to unveil the new plaque that has been put up in her memory. A large contingent of the Hempstead family were there to celebrate the occasion.




Book sale/coffee morning Sat 30.11.19


On 30th November starting at 10am and finishing at 11.30am there will be lots of good quality books, fiction and non-fiction, a bring and buy table, raffle, loads of gorgeous jigsaws, winter ones in particular and cake, sausage rolls and cheese scones with coffee and tea. It’s at Highbanks, 1, Broadway – Last chance to join the buying and chat before 25th Dec.


STIR-UP Sat 23rd November


For the fourth year this popular morning should go into your diary. It starts at 10am in our Village Hall.  You sit and drink tea and coffee, eat cake or a savoury while Santa instructs five stirrers as they prepare 60lb of Christmas Pudding. You can then buy the mixture to cook at home.


Only the very best ingredients are used. Its veggie and one of the stirrers will be preparing 12lb of gluten free mixture too, so do come. We shall also be taking advance orders – phone 01449 767121 and we will arrange delivery to your door. The price of the mix will become clear as we buy the fresh ingredients.


Whales, Bears and The Pink Fire Engine 24th January


Here’s an advance notice for next year: Liz and Pete Davidson will talk about their recent Alaska and Rockies trip and show some of their amazing pictures in the Village hall at 7.30pm. There will be refreshments of course.

Do put this date in your diary.





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.



The Radiant Art


an illustrated talk by Martin Harrison on the stained glass of East Anglia

Friday 15th November 2019 at 7.15pm for 7.45pm

wine and canapés on arrival at Thornham Parish Hall


Tickets £9 from Lorna Polke on 01379 309141, booking essential



Thornham Film night


Friday 22nd November at 7.30pm



ESSENTIAL to BOOK: by text or voicemail to 07858 934440 giving your name, film name and number of people.







Street Forge Workshops in Thornham Magna will be holding a Christmas craft fair on Thursday 5th December from 10-3.


This will be a great chance to pick up some local handcrafted decorations, stocking fillers and presents, all at great prices. Refreshment will also be available.

Please come along and support your local charity.



Nov. 15 - 17, 2019

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