Drinkstone Gardening Club

Monday 16th October

Drinkstone Village Hall from 7.30pm – 9.30pm latest

First meeting of the new season. Do come for ‘Gardeners Question Time’ with Matt Tanton Brown, the manager at the ‘Place for Plants’, who regularly features on Suffolk Radio’s question time. No question is too simple or too difficult; Matt will rise to the challenge.

For full programme, click here.

Gardening Club Committee
Chairperson:  Lyn Hannant  01449 736245/ lyn.hannant@lanecott.keme.co.uk
Treasurer:   Daphne Youngs 01449 737423/ daphneyoungs248@gmail.com
Programme Secretaries: David & Rosemarie Ford 01449 737829/ davidford29@btinternet.com
Draw: Lindi Belfield 01449 737293/ belfieldlindi@gmail.com
Annual Subscription:  £12    Visitors:  £5 per meeting


2107 Village Fete and Dog Show 9th September

We experienced another day of sunshine and showers – par for the course over the last few years and one of the perils of holding a Fete during September! It could have been worse: despite very heavy downpours on the previous day, we managed to prepare the field before it started. Fete day itself was bright and dry, except for a short deluge mid-afternoon, which caused only a short delay and brought visitors inside the Hall to spend some money on the stalls and refreshments there!

The Fete had a ‘doggy theme’ this year (see below Lyn Hannant’s account of the Dog Show and the visit of the Lowestoft Dog Agility Team). Rougham brewer Marc Bartram’s ‘Hair of the Dog’ real ale went down very well (all 72 pints of it!), as did the delicious refreshments, cakes, produce and honey. There was plenty to see and do: children – and adults too – enjoyed the games and activities, bargains were had at the white elephant and book stalls and visitors were impressed with the selection of classic cars, brought along by proud owners from the village and environs. And those visitors came from as far afield as Norwich, Maldon, Clare, Broadstairs and even Israel!

As we go to press, we think the total raised will be in excess of £1,700, to go towards the ongoing costs of upkeep and activities at the Hall. Very many thanks to Ray and Vera Bland for kindly allowing us to use their field yet again and to all those who donated home-made cakes, produce, plants, books, bric-a-brac, tombola and draw prizes and other items. Also, to the 40+ people who gave their time and worked extremely hard on the day and before to ensure its success. An impressive community effort indeed!

Sample the atmosphere in photographs!  Fete photos

Robin Sharp, Chairman Fete Committee

Dog Show Report

We had a wonderful extra attraction this year. The Lowestoft Dog Agility Team came along and gave two amazing demonstrations of their skills. The dogs belong to their volunteer handlers who must have spent a very long time training them. They were a joy to watch and something to aim for.

The fun dog show was well attended. The waggy tail class was won by Nero, who managed an astonishing 66 wags in 20 seconds. The musical dogs class was hotly contested, with little Lucy sneaking on to the final mat to come first. Temptation Alley was won by Kenny in an amazing 2.97 seconds.  He ignored all the treats and streaked to his handler. Other dogs preferred to snack on the way so lost points and their chance of a rosette. The agility class was won by little Lucy in 27.32 seconds, beating Noodles into second place by only 1.47 seconds.  Mr and Ms Drinkstone are classes which are very hard to judge. Roger had a very difficult job, but managed to settle on Bruno for Mr Drinkstone and Pickles for Ms Drinkstone. We searched his car afterwards to make sure he hadn’t stolen one or two.

As usual, Team Dog rose to the challenge, led by Kai. He was a credit to the team. Many thanks also to Valerie, Elaine and Joan. This year, Roger was helped by Trish who kept scrupulous timings records. We ignored the weather, retreating to shelter for only a few minutes during the monsoon. We are also grateful for the Stowe Vet Group, who kindly sponsored this year’s event.

To sum up, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.



Purple Coffee Morning – Tuesday 15th August

The Drinkstone WI and the Village Hall Committee are jointly holding a Purple Coffee Morning on Tuesday 15th August from 10 am t0 11.30 am to raise money for the Bury Women’s Refuge. There will be tea and coffee plus cakes (some may even be purple) made by members of the WI in exchange for a donation and a raffle. Everyone is welcome – please come and support this very worthy cause.

Pub Night Report

A record number of people (over 60) came to the summer pub night on Saturday 24th June and enjoyed a very sociable evening. The warm temperature meant people were sitting  inside and outside and a good night was had by all.

There were people chatting, drinking, sitting outside, playing darts, pool and tables tennis – just like the pub. And new friends were made. Don’t miss the next one on 16th September.

Pub Night June 2017

Open Gardens 2017 report

Saturday 17th June

Fabulous weather, huge numbers of visitors, delicious refreshments, an amazing plant stall and 17 wonderful gardens to visit. What a recipe—and it made for a great day. Grateful thanks to every garden owner for all that weeding, hoeing, dead heading and patio washing, and to the huge team of helpers without whom we simply could not function. We believe we are looking at around £1,400 for the work of All Saints. Click here for the photos and descriptions.

Rev’d Ruth’s 60th Birthday

Rev’d Ruth came to Woolpit and Drinkstone Benefice in 2006. She was made Rector in January 2007. And she celebrated her 50th birthday party in a marquee in the garden of the Dean family in Woolpit. Since then, she has got to know many more people in both villages and is well known to many in Drinkstone through her membership of the Reading Circle, through the monthly Village Lunches, Film Night and Tuesday Club to name but a few. She attends as many of our Village Events as she possibly can; provides support for anyone who requests it and is a much loved and appreciated presence in the community.

It is hard to believe ten years have gone by since that 50th birthday party, but our Village Hall provided the perfect venue for Ruth to host afternoon tea on the occasion of her 60th birthday on Friday 12th May, to which she extended an open invitation to anyone from either village. There were superb cakes and savouries provided by Crossways Farm caterers, wonderful floral decorations provided by All Saints Flower team  and a surprise birthday cake, made by Pat Cilvert, complete with candles to be blown out, accompanied by a hearty rendition of ‘Happy Birthday to you’.

It was a very happy, busy and sociable afternoon, much enjoyed by everyone. Ruth had insisted there should be no presents and suggested that donations be made to the Kagera appeal in lieu of gifts. She admitted to being overwhelmed at the number of cards and good wishes she had received, and the number of people who turned up to help her celebrate. But no less than she deserves – congratulations, Ruth! One or two photos were taken, Look here.

Murder Mystery 2017

‘I SPY…’

Saturday 20th May at 7pm in Drinkstone Village Hall, an original Murder Mystery by Rev’d Ruth Farrell.

A very successful and fun evening. See the report on the All Saints events page.


Sale Trail 2017

Saturday May 6th from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

A record 34 Garage sales in the village meant  a larger than ever attendance. The kitchen had no ‘quiet periods’ and raised a record amount. The overall total raised for Village Hall funds will be in the region of £1,300. Many of the stall holders also reported that they had a successful day too.

Thank you to all who took part in whatever way and thanks also to everyone in the village on what was a very busy day for traffic!