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Anyone for Table Tennis?

Table Tennis Taster session and coaching demonstration in MSC - Saturday 17th November 2 - 4pm. If anyone is interested in testing their skills or helping to join and run a set of regular playing sessions in the village Hall...

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown – Hero or Hooligan?

A joint meeting of Wickhambrook’s Horticultural and Local History Societies on the 19th October was asked to decide! A packed W.I. Hall of members were informed and entertained by the man himself – in contemporary dress, complete with wig. Actually it was Michael Brown, well known speaker and writer on Garden History.

Round East Anglia on a Bus Pass

You never know from month to month what to expect from a W.I. meeting and this September’s meeting was a case in point. Entitled “The First Military Surgeon” with speaker Carol Pook, it was an unknown subject to most present but from the very start Carol had us hooked with the true-life story of Dr James Barry, who rose through the ranks of the British army in the mid 1800’s to the rank of Surgeon General...

Wickhambrook Outdoor Bowls Club

News27th April 2017 by Sonya Thorburn With the end of the season now upon us we have concentrated our efforts on tidying the grounds ready to re-awaken for the 2019 season which starts in April.  There are many plans afoot for the new season and we are in discussion with the Parish Council regarding further support to enable us to concentrate on the upkeep of the green and provide further facilities so watch this space! Maybe even a Port-a-loo (Steady!). We really do want to open up the sport...

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.

History Society Antiques Roadshow

The September meeting always has a ‘back to school’ vibe after our excellent summer outings and it was a very enjoyable evening. Miriam Stead talked on ‘Tea for the British’ and included many local references in her talk and photographs...

The Rise and Fall of Rougham Hall

On Wednesday 19th September four members of Wickhambrook WI joined a larger group of West Suffolk WI members on a walk through the Rougham Estate to visit the old Rougham Hall. We all met up initially at Blackthorpe Barn where we were first given a very interesting and detailed history of the house and grounds...

History Society Tea for the British

The September meeting always has a ‘back to school’ vibe after our excellent summer outings and it was a very enjoyable evening. Miriam Stead talked on ‘Tea for the British’ and included many local references in her talk and photographs...

The First Military Surgeon

You never know from month to month what to expect from a W.I. meeting and this September’s meeting was a case in point. Entitled “The First Military Surgeon” with speaker Carol Pook, it was an unknown subject to most present but from the very start Carol had us hooked with the true-life story of Dr James Barry, who rose through the ranks of the British army in the mid 1800’s to the rank of Surgeon General...

Wickhambrook Outdoor Bowls Club

Wickhambrook Outdoor Bowls Club has recently received funding from the Parish Council to enable it to support the voluntary maintenance work at the green already undertaken by club members. The club had an extra-ordinary meeting to discuss the use of the funds and a new Chairman and Secretary were elected...

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...

Wickhambrook Flower Show 2018

It was a very hot day for our Flower Show this year on Saturday 14th July (one of the many very hot days we have been having this long hot Summer). We had wondered if the number of our entries would be down, not only because of the intensive heat but also the fact that we had had no measurable rain since early May. However, our fears were dispelled on the Wednesday evening prior to the Show when we had more entries than last year and also new people who were entering...

Talk on the Village Defibrillator

Perhaps you have observed the appearance of yellow boxes adorning the outside walls of village halls, schools, Post Offices, leisure centres or other public buildings over the past few months. One has attached itself to the Memorial Social Centre in Wickhambrook so the ladies of the W.I. decided to investigate this phenomenon further. To this end our guest at the July meeting was Martin Render from The Community Heartbeat Trust who let us in on the wonders of the yellow box...

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’..

W.I. Literary Lunch 2018

Those attending the annual 9th Literary lunch hosted by the ladies of the two Wickhambrook W.I. Reading Groups enjoyed a delicious buffet including some yummy home baked desserts in the company of author Rosy Thornton, author of Sandlands from East Suffolk...

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.

W.I. Members Meeting 2018

The committee had a rest this month and several members organized and presented for the evening. After President for the night Deidre Smith had dealt with any business of the Institute, she along with Joyce Draycott, Angela Cross, Thelma Farrow, Wendy Mansfield, Jackie Merry and Veronica Ditchburn presented The House of Wickhambrook Wacky Designer Fashion Show...

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...

Lackford Lakes visit

Twelve members and walking group friends spent an afternoon at Lackford Lakes Reserve in the company of Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Will Cranstoun. In February Will gave a talk at the WI meeting so this was a follow-up visit and was thoroughly enjoyed by all...

Parish Clerk’s Report for July/August 2018

Wickhambrook Parish Clerk Report for July/August 2018 including Biscuit Barrel Award, Annual Parish Meeting report from May, Annual Parish Council Meeting, Defibrillators, Skate Park and Litter Pick news, a Welcome Bench, Recent Planning Applications and next Parish Council meeting dates...

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.

Flower Show Schedule 2018

You can download your free 2018 Flower Show Schedule. The schedule includes your entry sheet which you should complete and hand in on Wednesday 11th July 2018 at the W.I. Hall between 6.30pm and 8.30pm...

Wickhambrook Remembers

To mark the centenary of the Armistice, we have been asked by some residents of the village to hold an exhibition of memorabilia on Sunday 11th November 2018 in the WI Hall, which of course is also now 100 years old. It will coincide with the Remembrance Service which is held every year at the War memorial in the Cemetery at 11am. We would like to have memorabilia from anyone who would like to share their family’s stories. Do you have photos? Diaries? Medals? Trench Art?...

2018 W.I. AGM & Resolutions

Another year enjoyed, another A.G.M. and the return of Dorothy Anderson as Wickhambrook President after thanking and congratulating Hilary Bradfield on her last three successful years at the helm of the Institute...

2018 Annual Report from County Councillor Mary Evans

Thank you for inviting me to your annual parish meeting. It was an honour last May to be re-elected as the County Councillor for Clare. I hugely appreciate the trust and confidence you have placed in me and will do my utmost to live up to it. As you know, I always strive to be candid with you so you won’t be surprised when I start this annual report by talking about highways – and more specifically potholes...

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...

Parish Clerk’s Report for May/June 2018

Wickhambrook Parish Clerk Report for May/June 2018 including public access defibrillator update, cancelled litter pick, donation to School for play bark, refurbishment of skate park, vacancy for lay member, cemetery update, Annual Parish Meeting, Recent Planning Applications and next Parish Council meeting dates...

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...

Pottery at the W.I. with Geoffrey Kay

Hands on evenings are always popular and so it proved when potter Geoffrey Kay came to talk and demonstrate his skill with clay. He willingly admitted that he is addicted to making anything, using a variety of clays from around the world but especially from his own garden.

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...

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