Justin Brooke

website last updated 11 January, 2010

Justin Brooke

Justin Brooke

Justin Brooke had quite a significant impact on Wickhambrook. Back in the 1920's the village suffered from low employment, however Devonian Justin Brooke was the man who reversed the villagers' economic misfortunes following his arrival in Wickhambrook with his wife Edith. The acquisition of Clopton Hall and several hundred acres of farmland opened up many opportunities for locals to become involved in fruit farming and his acres soon became west Suffolk's leading producers of soft fruit and apples. The dairy herd, dairy and milk delivery service, travelling as far as Cambridge, provided even more jobs for which local families were grateful in the recession-hit thirties.

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Fish and Chips at The Greyhound

Fish & Chips
Every Tuesday

Fish & chips van every Tuesday from 4.30pm - 6.30pm parked at The Greyhound car park



Wickhambrook Horticultural Society

Monday 4th December
The next Horticultural Society meeting will be on Monday 4th December at 7.30pm in the WI Hall.  Our Festive Quiz Evening is a great evening, everyone welcome.



Night of Comedy at The Greyhound

Night of Comedy
Friday 8th December

STAND UP FOR MACMILLAN
Village Idiots in association with The Greyhound present A Night of Comedy

see poster for tickets and info



W.I. Wickhambrook

12th December 2017

The next W.I. meeting is our Christmas Party with entertainment by Gillian Grinham ' An Evening with Joyce Grenfell'. Our meetings are held at 7.30pm in the WI Hall and all ladies from the village and district will be made very welcome. Just turn up at the WI Hall if you would like to join in. Information is always available from Hilary (01440 821713) or Veronica (01440 820791) for all our activities.



W.I. Tea Party W.I. Tea Party

The next W.I. Tea Party will be on the 16th December. All Welcome.  Come and join us from 2pm till 4pm for Tea, Coffee and Cake £1.50.  All profits to a local charity or group and for our Denman Bursary.



World's Biggest Coffee Morning
Thank You

I would like to send a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who attended and so generously supported our 26th annual Coffee Morning recently. The event was part of Macmillan Cancer World's Biggest Coffee Morning and was a wonderful morning, with over 160 people attending.

The total raised so far for Macmillan is £1158.
A brilliant effort for our small village!!!

Special thanks to my team of helpers without whom the morning would not be possible, Karen Horne, Deidre Smith, Jean and Stephen Coe, Dorothy Dunnet, Jill Scott and Lorraine Brown. Not forgetting my brilliant husband Dave and Belinda Lee from Chocoholics.

With grateful thanks for all the donations of money, cakes and the interesting variety of 58 raffle prizes and to the W.I. for the free use of their hall for the morning.
Everyone was so very generous as always. Thank you!!!

There will be a final total in December after Chocoholics orders are completed.

» view photos here

Val Orange.



Falls Prevention Exercise
Every Tuesday

Seated and standing strength and balance exercises to maintain and prolong independence. This new class aims to increase mobility, flexibility, muscle strength and improve balance, with the opportunity after for refreshment and a chance to socialise with other members of the class.  10.30am to 11.20am at Wickhambrook Pavillion.  Pay as you go, £4.00 a class.  See poster for more information



HELP FIND RUDY

Help find Rudy

Rudy is a 12 year old german shepherd mix that went missing from Braintree back in February. He was spotted in the Wickhambrook and it would really help to make people aware of him and hopefully reunite him with his family?

» Please see the full poster here with additional information


Right Driver

for more details visit www.rightdriver.co.uk

Photo of the Month - December

History of Justin Brooke

Justin Brooke started farming here in May 1928. His intention was to grow fruit, planting on north-facing slopes in a cold district in order to avoid the damaging effects of late frost.

To Clopton Hall's 150 acres he soon added Clopton Green and Wickham House; saddened by local unemployment and by the uneconomic marketing of the milk produced in the neighbourhood, he expanded rapidly into quicker-maturing soft fruit and started a very successful milk retailing business.

A fire at Wickhambrook House, together with full employment following the declaration of war in 1939, led him to abandon this once it was no longer of such necessity and in 1945 he was again able to develop his original ambition of fruit growing.

Home Farm, Hill Farm and Rolfe's had become part of the enterprise before the war and Appleacre and Seabrooke soon afterwards.

Orchards had been planted and were further extended, the pig herd (originally planned to complement the milk business) was enlarged and arable crops were grown on all the land unsuited to fruit.

After Mr Brooke's death in 1963 Mrs Brooke continued the expansion, adding Hundon Great Lodge, Hammonds, Hundon Hall, Dodds and Hole Farms.

The purchase of Hinton Hall and lease of the adjoining Grunty Fen Farm in Cambridgeshire brought the acreage to 3792.

Horticulture was intensified, growing more fruit on less land and the pig herd was concentrated at Appleacre and further enlarged there.

Mrs Brooke, retired in 1977 and Elizabeth Hollingsworth Justin's daughter took over the running of the business.

The company is now called Clopton Hall Farms Ltd and is run by Elizabeth's son Chris Hollingsworth.