Suffolk Village of the Year 2023

Community Council News

Since the last “News” the Community Council has been very busy. The Duck Race on the 17th April was as popular as ever and, this year, we had plenty of water to make the racing really exciting…thanks to the team for their efforts – hope Mel is fully dried out now! Richard Whymark’s visit was a great success – over 60 people attended and they enjoyed a hilarious evening with this popular local comedian, with a delicious fish’n’chip supper to keep them fuelled up. And finally, on 6th May, 120 people turned up for our C & W dance with Kevin Barry – Kevin remains as popular as ever and we’re looking forward to seeing him again on the 17th September when he’ll perform in our 60s and 70s evening.

We’ve had a very successful year and our Chairman, Rodney Williams presented his annual report to the Annual Parish Meeting on 12th May. His report is published elsewhere in this edition of Green Links and I urge you all to read it to see what the Community Council is doing on behalf of everyone.

Now seems the right time to say thanks to Rodney for his Chairmanship throughout the last year – he is always first to thank everyone else for their efforts, but he is the one who leads and motivates us and drums up support through his many contacts in the village – Thanks Rodney.

 C & W dances

Saturday 4th June will see Durango at our regular monthly C & W dance. The dance starts at 8 pm and, as usual, we will have our licensed bar and barbecue to provide refreshment and sustenance! Admission, on the door, is £6 with doors opening at 7.15 pm.

This will be the last dance before our summer break. We’re back on September 3rd with Garry Blakemore.

The Art Show

The Art Show will be back on 28th, 29th and 30th May – we’re getting plenty of entries lined up, so the show should be even better than last year! As well as the opportunity to buy pictures, cards and other handicrafts, there will refreshments and light lunches available throughout the three days AND admission is free!

HM the Queen’s 90th birthday

Our celebration of Her Majesty’s birthday on Sunday 12th June will be a fine example of the Parish Council, Community Council, St Peter’s Church and the Congregational Church working together to celebrate an historic event. Following a ‘Churches Together’ celebration service, we plan to create a ‘street’ on Great Green and invite everyone to bring their picnics, food and drink (and, of course, their family and friends) and enjoy a street party.  There will be a programme  of fun and games on the Green to be enjoyed by everyone whilst partaking of their picnics, and we’ll even have a birthday cake baking competition! If you have a gazebo, bring it along and create your own little piece of the ‘street’.

As with all things we’ll need help setting up (and dismantling) the street on the Green and organising car parking, so, if you’re willing to help, please let us know.

The Village Hall’s 40th Birthday

To celebrate the 40th birthday of the Village Hall we have planned an evening of entertainment on Saturday 16th July. We have booked local band, Quaff, to lead the activities and we will be providing a cheese supper. Tickets will be available from the Post Office and are priced at £7.50. There will be a licensed bar and doors will open at 7.15 pm.

The Village Hall has served us well over the last 40 years so come along and wish this excellent village facility a Happy Birthday!!

What’s next?

The Village Show will take place on Sunday 11th September – we published a list of the produce classes in April’s Green Links so, hopefully, everything is growing like mad for this year!

I’ve already mentioned the 60s and 70s evening with Kevin Barry on Saturday 17th September. Tickets will be £6 on the door and there will be a barbecue and licensed bar. Doors open at 7.15 pm

 On Saturday November 19th we’re planning a Murder Mystery Evening (with supper!) – watch this space for details

Future ideas

We’re currently investigating bringing ‘Flix in the Stix’ to Cockfield. We’ve taken a look at how other communities bring the latest (and sometimes classic) films to the villages at a reasonable price and hopefully we’ll be making an announcement pretty soon. To get this off the ground and keep it running we’ll need a team of dedicated helpers who are prepared to train to use the equipment and help during the shows – if you’re interested, please contact Julie on 01284 827344 or 07815497952

If you’ve got any comments on this and our other events, or any ideas as to things we can do in the future, please let us know. If people let us know what they want their Community Council to do then we’ll be happy to consider any new ideas

Waste paper collection

The next waste paper collections will be on Sunday 29th May and Sunday 26th June. As usual, collections will start at 9.00 am

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