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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...

Burns and a Taste of Scotland

There was a good attendance at the first meeting of 2017, which included two visitors, hopefully members to be. Vice President Sue Burton-Griffiths welcomed everyone wishing all a happy new year and led members through Resolutions...

90th Anniversary Celebration for Wickhambrook W.I.

The ladies of the Wickhambrook W.I. don't always need a reason to celebrate but on this occasion it was the remarkable milestone of 90 years since it's foundation in December 1926, which prompted President Hilary Bradfield and her committee to organise a Thanksgiving service to be followed by Afternoon Tea, for members and invited guests firstly at the Wickhambrook Methodist Church and thereafter in the Institutes own Hall within the village...

Christmas Flower Arrangements

We were in the skillful and creative hands of Thelma Farrow and Angela Cross for this month's meeting. Two of our own, they demonstrated several ideas for simple Christmas floral arrangements with their own unique delivery and style they produced eye catching, colorful, sparkling displays which could grace anyone's table or fireplace over the festive period...

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine was the subject at this month's meeting when local practitioner Beverley Meredith-Bailey spoke about her work to the ladies present...

The War on Drugs

Detective Inspector Richard Southwell was our guest speaker this meeting from the Metropolitan Police invited by our President Hilary Bradfield with whom he worked with during several cases over many years...

Painting on Glass

It was all hands on and paintbrushes to the fore at this month's meeting as we tried painting on glass following instruction from Ann Datson, our tutor for the evening...

W.I. Literary Lunch 2016

Those attending the annual 8th 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 Edward Parnell from near Norwich...

Members Meeting

The members took over June's meeting, there was a welcome floral buttonhole for everyone on arrival and once a short time of business was completed, led by President for the evening Judith Pitcher, we were placed in the expert and enthusiastic hands of Jen Lerner to learn how to Circle dance together...

Latest Data collected from Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS)

As readers will note from the figures which follow, a high percentage of vehicle activations are in excess of the 30mph limit, these figures will of course be lost on non-village residents who travel through the village, it is hoped however that village residents will take heed and reduce their speed as police camera activity in the area will increase accordingly...

The Winch and Blatch Story

We were very pleased to welcome our W.I. Advisor Julie Higgins to our April meeting who joined members to hear our speaker Judith Blatch from Winch and Blatch, the Merchandising director and wife of the Managing director of the small family run department store based in Sudbury, Suffolk...

What Does an Artist do all day?

This month’s meeting was truly “In House” with three members telling us “What does an artist do all day”. Ruth Seal, a calligrapher, Jayne Pope painter and graphic artist and Jackie Merry, print maker are all professional ladies using their talents to earn income, satisfaction and admiration in a wide variety of artistic disciplines...

Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses

This month’s meeting was truly “In House” with three members telling us “What does an artist do all day”. Ruth Seal, a calligrapher, Jayne Pope painter and graphic artist and Jackie Merry, print maker are all professional ladies using their talents to earn income, satisfaction and admiration in a wide variety of artistic disciplines...

How to Climb your Family Tree

A new year and an excellent turnout to discover "How to climb your family tree" with the help of Sharmain Thompson and her technical assistant Brian, her husband from the Haverhill Family History Group. Her talk illustrated using a slideshow presentation, took us through the stages of researching a family tree...

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...

Wickhambrook Discovers its Past

We had a very successful weekend in every way. All Saints Church made £2,000, the History Society gained some new members and everyone who came enjoyed their visit and spent a lot of time browsing in the church so all our hard work paid off...

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...

Interesting Historical Facts

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the1500s: These are interesting...

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...

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