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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...

The Suffolk Wildlife Trust

For the March meeting we were joined by Will Cranstoun, manager at Lackford Lakes for The Suffolk Wildlife Trust. He took us through the charities conversion of a commercial quarry site in the sixties to the 400 acres of man-made lakes, reed beds, meadows and breckland now providing pockets of many diverse habitats for wildlife today...

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...

East Anglian Almshouses

February saw the return of Sarah Doig, to talk about the history of almshouses. Beginning with the monks in the Middle Ages, there has been an obligation on Christians to look after the less fortunate, whether they are old, ill or disabled...

Parish Clerk’s Report for March/April 2018

Wickhambrook Parish Clerk Report for March/April 2018 including public access defibrillator, play area improvements, storm damage, Parish Councillor appointment, March litterpick, Annual Parish Meeting, Recent Planning Applications and next Parish Council meeting dates...

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...

Cacti of Desertworld

Our first meeting of the New Year was held on Monday 22nd January. It seemed a long time since our December meeting. There were a lot of members present and Barry Gayton from Santon Downham had come to talk to us about “Cacti of Desertworld”...

Snapshots of Syria

There was an excellent turn-out for our first meeting of the year. One of our members, Antony Foreman, gave a talk entitled ‘Snapshots of Syria’ which was based on a trip he had taken there in the 1990s...

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!

Making Jewellery

The new W.I. Year started off with such creativity and concentration for our members thanks to Sikander Jadd and the jewelry workshop she led for us recently. The objective was a beaded bracelet, made by ourselves from scratch...

W.I. Christmas Party

It was a lovely way to end the year and get into the Christmas spirit joining together to enjoy a festive evening organized by our hard-working committee. A welcoming drink and beautifully decorated tables, greeted our arrival...

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...

Giles and his adopted town, Ipswich

As a child, I well remember looking at cartoons in the newspaper and an annual compilation by Giles. Like most of the audience at History Society in November, I had no idea that he lived in Ipswich and that many of the people and places were familiar to the locals.

Astronomy for Beginners

It was a chilly, dark, evening as we met to discover the wonders of the astronomy BUT unfortunately it was too cloudy above to see anything of the planets or the stars and their constellations!!!

Notice of Vacancy

UPDATE 17 Jan 2018 - this is now closed for Applications. Notice is hereby given that there is a vacancy on Wickhambrook Parish Council. The vacancy has previously been advertised, and no election has been requested. The Council is now able to fill the vacancy by co-option...

Medieval Woollen Cloth Industry in Suffolk

Dr Nick Amor was our October speaker and his subject was the Medieval Woollen Cloth Industry in Suffolk. We already knew the importance of Suffolk in the rearing of sheep and the making of cloth but one of the most interesting pieces of new (to us)information was that in 1483, Richard Broun, a woolman of Wickhambrook was sued in the courts for £40, the equivalent of many thousands today...

The Trafficking of Women

Our guest this month was Pam Bowen from the Crown Prosecuting Service, based in London, but travelling around the UK, Europe and sometimes beyond in her work investigating and bringing to justice those involved in trafficking of women and modern slavery...

Suffolk’s Most Famous Cavalier

Thomas Blague of Horringer was rightly described by John Sutton , our speaker for September, as Suffolk's most famous cavalier. He was born at Little Horringer Hall in 1613 and his early life is a mystery. He was probably a mercenary in Europe, as his military skills were evident in his later life...

Soft Power Education

Our guest speaker at our September meeting, filling in at very short notice due to illness was Margaret McAlpine from Bury St Edmunds to give us an insight to her volunteering work with Soft Power Education based in Uganda at the Amagezi Education Centre near Jinja...

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...

History Society Summer Outings

During the summer the History Society went on two excellent outings with fine weather, interesting locations and good company. The first was to Lincoln Cathedral and Castle where we had guided tours by two guides who brought the past to life and spent lots of time chatting, answering questions and generally making us feel very welcome. We also visited Gressenhall Workhouse and Museum of Norfolk Life...

Garden Meeting

Our members meeting for this year took place recently under leaden skies with the threat of rain by invitation of Trustee Joyce Draycott and her husband Philip at their home Ashfield Green Farm. Despite the August evening weather, a very warm welcome awaited all from Joyce and her band of member helpers greeting us on arrival with either an Elderflower or Pimms...

Parish Clerk’s Report for September/October 2017

Parish Clerk Report for September/October 2017 including Lay Members of the Parish Council Estates Committee, July LitPic, Youth Football Club, Hedges, VAS Update - speeding in the village, The Hidden Perils of Strimming by Colin Bird, Recent Planning Applications and Dates of Next Meetings...

The Spy who loved

At the July meeting, Clare Mulley of Saffron Walden, a writer and historian, came to talk to us about her book, ‘The Spy Who Loved’. The subject of the book is Krystyna Skarbek, a Polish countess who changed her name to Christine Granville when she became a British spy during the first World War...

Flower Show 2017

It was a lovely day for our Flower Show on the 8th July. Not too hot, but cloudy and sunny all day. The numbers of entries this year were a little down compared to last year, but we still had entries in nearly all the categories and the hall looked lovely and colourful...

Belly Dancing

At our open meeting in June we had several visitors attracted by the opportunity to see and find out about Belly Dancing from teacher and expert of 13 years Victoria Strudwick of Sudbury...

W.I. Literary Lunch 2017

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...

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...

Parish Clerk’s Report for July/August 2017

Parish Clerk Report for July/August 2017 including Annual Parish Council Meeting, LitPic, Annual Parish Meeting Report from 18 May, Biscuit Barrel, Memorial Garden update, Bury Road Playground, VAS Update - speeding in the village, Recent Planning Applications and Dates of Next Meetings...

Churches and Chapels since the Reformation

The May meeting saw a welcome return of Tony Kirby. His talk "Churches and Chapels since the Reformation", illustrated by slides of East Anglia, was full of interest. The period 1530-1560 saw a 1,000 years of religious building destroyed with the destruction of abbeys and monasteries...

AGM, Resolutions and Yum Yum Tree Fudge

We started the meeting with a sugar rush, which kept us awake and lively for the whole meeting! The business of the monthly meeting was swiftly concluded. Future events were publicised including the Literary Lunch with Rosy Thornton on 16th June (tickets from Dorothy), an ice-cream tasting and a breakfast walk...

History Society AGM – History and the Printed Cartoon

At the AGM, the committee and office-bearers were re-elected to serve for another year. The secretary, Gillian Cooper, unveiled the new programme and gave details of summer outings to Lincoln Castle and Cathedral and Gressenhall Workhouse Museum and Farm. The speaker for the evening was Martin Roper and his subject was History and the Printed Cartoon...

Parish Clerk’s Report for May/June 2017

Wickhambrook Parish Clerk Report for May/June 2017 including Litter Pick cancellation, Memorial Garden starting point, Local Council Award Scheme, Annual Parish Meeting, Grit Spreading Volunteer List, Contribution from a Lay Member of the Estates Committee, Crime Report for your attention, Recent Planning Applications and Parish Council meetings...

My Life as an Auctioneer

Our February speaker was Edward Crichton from Lacey Scott and Knight who gave us an excellent insight into his life as an auctioneer. His description of the excitement of finding treasure in ordinary houses and selling it on was very interesting...

Snowdrops and Winter Interest Plants

It is quite some years since Mr Richard Ayres last came to speak to the Horticultural Society and he was a popular speaker then, just as he still is and when he came to the Society on the 27th February, about fifty people came to listen to his talk...

Parish Clerk’s Report for March/April 2017

Parish Clerk Report for March/April 2017 including The Great British Spring Clean, A contribution from Julian Girling, Date of Annual Parish Meeting, Reporting Highway faults online, Precept bid from Wickhambrook Parish Council explained, Recent Planning Applications and Parish Council Meetings...

Native Americans

Robert Burridge gave a talk on Native Americans, which covered the Indian wars, early settlers, strife between the tribes and the white men who wanted to take over the land...

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