The Memorial Social Centre (MSC) is at the heart of Wickhambrook and provides a venue for many of the clubs and societies to hold their meetings and events. The Centre is made up of a Foyer, The Dulcie Smith Room which has two snooker tables, the Main Hall with a stage, a Club Room with a bar, Pavilion with bar together with toilet and kitchen facilities. The local football pitch, play area, tennis courts, bowls green, skatepark and recreation ground are all located near to the MSC.
With the Wickhambrook W.I. Hall located on the opposite side of the car park, Wickhambrook has excellent facilities for the many events that take place throughout the year.
Our bar service provider is The Greyhound Pub.
The MSC is available for hire for weddings, dances, private parties, etc. There is ample parking available.
Only parts of the Hall are used for our regular events and so please feel free to enquire of the Booking Manager whether arrangements can be made to accommodate your function.
The Booking Diary of Events is updated regularly and a copy is also displayed on the Hall noticeboard.
Volunteers run the Centre Café alongside the farmers market as an added attraction and as a fund-raiser for the MSC. It all makes for a jolly Sunday morning where many regulars 'meet and greet' after a browse-around and over a 30p café-cuppa and oft-times a hot or cold snack. We encourage customers to bring samples and food they've purchased in the market into the café to sit and consume, and enjoy a cuppa therewith. So it's all very friendly and worth a visit.
All bookings and correspondence (in the first instance) should be sent to the MSC Bookings Manager
The main committee is as follows:
|Hall Manager||Vince Harvey|
All MSC Booking Diary entries are now displayed on the hall Notice Board and updated almost daily.
All bookings and correspondence (in the first instance) should be sent to the MSC Bookings Manager.
You may use this Booking Form to make your reservations.
MSC Bookings - Each time it is updated the listing of the MSC booking diary is emailed to committee members and to both regular and casual hirers so that they can check that their hirings are correctly noted and to see what future dates are available. If anyone would like to be included in these emailings, please send an email with 'diary dates' in the subject line, to the MSC Bookings Manager
Dogs are now permitted on the recreation field, provided they are kept under close control (on a lead) and are not taken onto the grassed sports and play area. Please keep to the perimeter of the field.
As the evenings draw in and November approaches the MSC commitee reflect on their first year in their roles.
A year ago we stepped up to the challenge to make a commitee that was close to folding up completely. 12 of the original 16 commitee members have agreed to continue next year, thank you to you all! We say farewell and thank you to Donna, Shaun , Vicki and Clare for all the time they've given up and the energy they bought to the commitee. Do keep in touch, we will miss the laughter.
In the committees capable hands the MSC hall has continued to be maintained and booked out for various events and clubs. We're pleased to report financially the hall is healthy but socially its in need of some TLC.
The problem we have found is one that affects many villages and groups. Its always the same small handful of people who step forward to be involved. Whilst committees can have good ideas and find funding to pull things together, these are only a success if people come along. For example; It was such a shame to cancel the Harvest Horkey that was planned in response to what the village wanted, due to insufficient ticket sales.
At times some of us have felt like throwing in the towel thinking 'why are we so bothered about creating a community hub? ' We carry on because we like living in wickhambrook. We were attracted to the village for its clubs and facilities; of which there are many. The MSC, the churches, the pub, the scouting groups,bowls, the tennis, the WI, the shop and the new fabulous park for example.
When a community event is well attended the hard work is all worth it. (remember how much we all enjoyed the carnival and park opening ?!)
So we ask again, Please do let us know what you would like to see at the hall. Please do come along to fireworks night and the panto. ( Buy your tickets in advance - don't leave it till the last minute because we can't plan for the event) Continue to visit the farmers market and enjoy the cafe. Support a fundraiser, go to the pub occasionally or try joining one of the clubs.
My message is simple 'just join in.., you never know,you might enjoy it!' .
Becky- MSC chair
A polite request from the Memorial Social Centre management committee.
"If you find any of the recycling bins full, or nearly full, it would help prevent a mess of fly-tipping around them if you could please report the fact using the telephone numbers below. If it's reported several times, they don't mind."
('AYLESFORD-NEWSPRINT') 01622 796000
('VIRIDOR') 01953 499990
('WRG - Glass') 01842 762934
Please note that Camping is strictly prohibited anywhere on the recreation field or playing field. Any cause for concerns can be reported to Suffolk Police by ringing 101.
It all began on 27th November 1944. A public meeting was called, the venue unknown, the W.I. Hall perhaps. The instigator of this meeting was William Underwood ably assisted by Leonard Harbutt. It was decided that a village hall was needed and that it should be called the MEMORIAL Hall in memory of those that had died in the First World War and for those still giving their lives in the Second. The aid of the Suffolk Rural Community Council was sought. A second meeting was held on the 22nd January 1945, a committee was formed and the planning of the Memorial Hall began. Unfortunately there are no members of that committee alive today.
A further meeting chose the site, the corner of the recreation ground, it also chose the format of the committee. It was decided that every organisation in the village should be represented on it; this with slight adjustment still exists today. Fundraising began and grants were obtained. It took five years to raise the funds and construct the building. It was formally opened on 13th April 1951 by its Chairman Mr Griffiths Woollard. They were obviously not superstitious! We can be proud of their achievements.
Since those early days much has changed. The Hall and Recreation Ground Committees have amalgamated to become the Memorial Social Centre.
However all was not easy in the early sixties monetary crisis loomed and there was talk of ‘putting the hall on rates’ or even closing it and using it as a barn to store corn.
The Community Council was formed in 1966 with the intention of saving the building, modernising and extending it. Once again the fundraising began and grants were obtained. The building as it is seen today is the end result. It gained a refurbished kitchen, a clubroom, a snooker room and a front foyer with modern toilets. It was formally opened in May 1972 by Mrs Eldon Griffiths the wife of the local Member of Parliament.
The pavilion at the rear of the building was added at a later stage, being built mostly by the local football club assisted by other sports clubs.
The Memorial Social Centre is part of an excellent leisure complex which comprises a tennis court, and a bowling green together with a Teen Project Skate/BMX/Sports Park and a children’s play area.
Wickhambrook has some of the best recreational facilities in the area and the village hall is second to none.
We can be proud of our Memorial Social Centre and thank those far sighted villages who, in 1944 during the dark days of the war decided that Wickhambrook should remember its fallen heroes with a living reminder of their deeds. Let us hope the complex continues to thrive and to serve future generations a fitting memorial to those who gave their lives for our freedom.