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Save this special date!

On Sunday 11th November 2018 the country will be celebrating 100 years since the end of the First World War. Wickhambrook will be celebrating too, and we have planned an exhibition in the WI Hall of anything to do with the war. If you have maps, medals, trench art, photographs or letters we would love to hear from you in the hope that you will feel able to share them with us.

ARE YOU ACTIVE, POSITIVE, INDEPENDENT and COMMITTED?

Do you have common sense, a passion for quality of life and a caring nature? Are you fun and friendly, yet hard working and sensible? If you answered yes to all the above, a young lady in Wickhambrook requires a team of Female Personal Assistants to support her with her daily routine, to help her live a more fulfilled and enjoyable life.

Community Engagement Officer

In June, Suffolk Police created nine Community Engagement officers, covering all the policing sectors across Suffolk. I am one of these CEO’s and I cover the Sudbury and Haverhill sectors...

Mental Health Services – Have your say!

People living in east and west Suffolk are being urged to have their say about local mental health services as part of a unique engagement opportunity. The NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) want to transform the way mental health provision is delivered across the county. In order to do that, they first need to find out how effective the people who deliver and receive the current services think they are...

Wickhambrook is waking up!

While working on the refurbishment of Pump Cottage in Coltsfoot Green, local builder Nick Jolland discovered a painted board being used for paneling an understairs cupboard. It is painted, with some skill, with the words ‘Wickhambrook is waking up’..

Female Personal Assistants Required

Do you have common sense, a passion for quality of life and a caring nature? Are you fun and friendly, yet hard working and sensible? If you answered yes to all the above, a young lady in Wickhambrook requires a team of Female Personal Assistants to support her with her daily routine, to help her live a more fulfilled and enjoyable life.

Walk 6 – Wickhambrook Walk

This is the third of a series of local walks being prepared for the Discover Suffolk leaflet. The route sticks mainly to the village centre but includes some countryside stretches, which can be muddy in winter, and four short sections of road...

Wickhambrook Carnival 2018

The 'walking procession' will leave Wickhambrook Primary Academy playground at 12.30 led by the Bury St Edmunds Sea Cadets Marching Band. This will take a short route through the village, approx 1.2 miles, and back to the MSC recreation ground. Those not wishing to walk the full route can join the procession at The Greyhound. Please come along and join in the fun...

Wickhambrook Surgery Exhibition

During the week commencing 2nd July 2018 we, the Patient's Group and Practice Staff of Wickhambrook Surgery, plan to have a small exhibition in the waiting room at the Surgery celebrating 70 years of the NHS...

Christian Aid 2018

Together we’re stronger than the storms. This year’s event was held as usual at Wickhambrook Methodist Church as a Sunday afternoon joint service at 3pm and was organised by Wickhambrook Churches Together.

Save the date Wickhambrook Carnival 14th July

Procession update, we would love to have a procession again this year if you are interested in participating in a procession please get in touch without entries we can’t make a procession. The Theme this year is BOOK CHARACTERS, its a walking procession so no need to find vehicles...

Major investment in town centre site is approved

A major investment in the town centre economy in Bury St Edmunds has been agreed by St Edmundsbury Borough Council. Councillors voted in favour of the £6.72 million investment to redevelop 17-18 Cornhill, the site of the former Post Office...

For Sale – “HOTBIN” home composter

FOR SALE - HOTBIN" home composter. Used one season - made lovely compost. Complete kit as new with instructions except starter bag of wood chips (easily replaceable). Easy to transport, lightweight, same size as a wheely bin...

News from Wickhambrook Carnival Committee

Well, once again we held another successful carnival day last year, enabling us to help out with village activities. We held the Children’s Christmas Disco in November, which was attended by 60 children, who were entertained by the brilliant DNA Kids, always a good job from them. The children all visited Santa in his grotto and each child received a present. This event is open to all children living in the village or attending Wickhambrook Primary Academy, aged 11 years and under...

Bygone Wickhambrook

Some time during 2017 we were contacted in relation to an article that was being written about Wickhambrook and as to whether it would be ok to include some of the wonderful photos from our website that have been donated by Wickhambrook Residents and their families. You may be interested to know that this article has now been published in the April 2018 edition of the Suffolk Norfolk Life...

New campaign encourages smokers to ‘Take it Outside’

A new campaign is raising awareness of the health and fire safety risks of smoking in the home. ‘Take it Outside’ highlights the health harms to family and friends of second hand smoke, and aims to reduce the devastating impact of house fires as a result of smoking. It is a joint campaign between Suffolk County Council Public Health, Trading Standards and Fire & Rescue Service...

Stroke survivors club to launch new choir

Stroke survivors are being encouraged to join a new choir which is being launched with the support of St Edmundsbury Borough Council funding. The Second Chance Stroke Survivors Club was set up eight years ago to provide social and emotional support to stroke survivors in the Bury St Edmunds area...

Reminiscing back in the 1970’s

One of my memories was the Carnival back around 1970, when you had the dodgems set up along with lots of other things, it was SO exciting!, and I stood on the edge of the “rink” with my friend Jeanette listening to “The world is just a great big onion”, at 13 years old it was like the world was our oyster! Any information would be lovely...

Community public access defibrillator

We now have two community public access defibrillators that can be used by anyone located at Wickhambrook Fire Station and the Memorial Social Centre (MSC) – you don’t need to have received training in its use as the machine talks you through what you need to do – step by step!

Thank You – World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2017

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...

New facilities put our Memorial Social Centre on the map

The Wickhambrook Memorial Social Centre (MSC) management committee has spent five years raising over £23,000 towards a £45,000 kitchen facilities project. The future of an important hub in one of West Suffolk's most popular villages has been secured, thanks to extensive refurbishment funded in part by a £10,000 grant from St Edmundsbury Borough Council...

Carnival Day 2017

On Carnival Day, Saturday 8th July, Oscar and his two attendants will ride in an open top car and lead a Disney themed 'Walking' procession, along with the Sawston Youth Group Marching Band, Fire Engine, and classic cars...

Walk 34 – Brockley Circuit

This is a circular route around the village of Brockley and has the proud distinction of never visiting the village of Brockley. The 8.5 mile circuit makes use of the Bury St Edmunds to Clare long distance walk in the north/south direction and an old green lane cum bridleway in the south/north direction. There are sufficient undulations and views and variation to make life interesting without providing too much of a struggle...

Walk 33 – Whepstead Wander

This five mile circuit, two and a half hours of walking at gentle pace, makes use of a stretch of the Bury St Edmunds to Clare path and includes two short sections across fields but the route is regularly walked so they should be clear of crops and accessible all year round. There is a small amount of quiet road walking but pavements or verges are available along most of the distance. Most walking is done on field edge paths...

Walk 32 – From Dalham to Wickhambrook

Why not make use of the newly introduced Demand Response Transport system (further details in the Parish Council notes section) get a lift to Dalham and find your way back, or if you have access to a second car leave the first outside the church at Dalham and collect it later...

Walk 31 – Denston

This route will take you there and back in under three hours at leisurely pace. Most of the circuit is on field edge paths or minor roads with pavements. There is a seat outside the church that almost overlooks the village green. Please note that on one section of the return journey the path has been diverted and is not as shown on even the most recent copy of the Ordnance Survey Newmarket and Haverhill 210 Explorer map, but it is clearly waymarked...

The New Playground

Saturday's Grand Opening of the new playground was a big success. Delighted to see so many families at the opening and as soon as the gates were opened, all the children rushed through to try out the pieces of play equipment which excited them most...

Diamond Champion Award

Dorothy Anderson is holding a Diamond Champion pin, designed by her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, to celebrate the contribution volunteers aged over 60 make to organisations all over the UK...

Walk 30 – Cheveley and Ashley

This 7.5 mile circuit makes use of well maintained paths around some of the Newmarket studs and a section of the Icknield Way, supposedly the oldest road in Britain. The latter was already ancient when the Romans came and extends from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Knettishall Heath in Norfolk along the chalk ‘spine’ of England...

Walk 28 – Hawkedon Circular Walk

The Hawkedon website states ‘Hawkedon is one of the strangest places in Suffolk. There’s nowhere else quite like it. Here, in the rolling landscape between Haverhill and Bury, is where the Chiltern Hills come to die. On their journey through Bedfordshire and Essex they become lower and softer, with the occasional last stabs of glory before sinking beneath the Suffolk heathlands...

Walk 27 – Ousden Return

This circuit of almost eight miles and three hours walking is possible in winter, most underfoot surfaces are green lanes or minor roads, but could be more enjoyable and relaxing during the spring to autumn period. The most useful companion map is Ordnance Survey Explorer 210 covering Newmarket and Haverhill...

Walk 26 – Hargrave and Chevington

The walk explores the countryside around and between the two villages making use of mainly field edge paths and quiet country roads. There are some gentle slopes and the circuit is a mix of wide open spaces and village edges. At almost 7 miles it is a longer walk than usual but when you reach the seats in Chevington churchyard you are more than halfway round...

Walk 25 – A Hundon Walk

This route which takes you from Hundon to Poslingford and back is just over five miles and if you wish for a picnic midway there are several seats in Poslingford churchyard. The walk is one of undulating contrasts with one particularly long cross-field path which should be clearly indicated, good views and several short sections of great interest. Enjoy...

Walk 24 – Denham Castle Walk

This is a walk of two halves which starts with much field edge walking and typical countryside views but rewards you later with a possible viewing of rare breeds (cattle and sheep), a skirting of Denham Castle mound and a return through one of the only deer farms in the area. The whole circuit is over six miles and takes about three hours at a leisurely pace...

Walk 23 – Stanstead Walk

This walk has the distinction of going through the area of the highest point in Suffolk. This is supposed to be in Stanstead Great Wood but this does not agree with the contours on the Explorer 196 Sudbury, Hadleigh and Dedham Vale Ordnance Survey map which show a higher point to the west. The circuit also takes you down part of the drive and through the grounds of Kentwell Hall. The distance is almost 7 miles...

Walk 22 – A Kedington Hills Circuit

There used to be a newspaper cutting on display in the porch of Kedington church which read – ‘Sir, I note the correspondence regarding a proper Christian response to bats in the spire. As the incumbent of a typical Anglican parish, I can assure you that the only answer is to get the bats baptised and confirmed. In my experience, you will never see them again’. This has now been removed but the church is well worth a visit. This can be at the start or end of this 5.5 mile walk around the hills of Kedington area...

Walk 21 – Depden Tower Walk

No circular walk this time but a bus journey to Depden water tower and then a wander back to Wickhambrook across the fields. The journey incorporates several stiles, a risky crossing of the A143, a downhill stroll beside five lakes and a skirting of the grounds of Denston Hall. Total distance is about 8 miles but it is all easy walking and can be covered comfortably in three hours...

Walk 20 – Kirtling Shorter Walk

Kirtling is an attractive village on the Suffolk/Cambridge border about 5 miles from Wickhambrook. This walk of some 3 miles can be undertaken any time of the year but there is one stretch along a vehicle track that can become puddled in the shooting season after heavy rain. The route, shown on OS Explorer map 210 Newmarket & Haverhill, follows the edge of Lucy Wood and then skirts the grounds of Kirtling Towers. The grounds are particularly rewarding when the daffodils are in bloom...

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