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!


Spring Coffee morning

A late addition to the fundraising events, thank to the generosity of the Smith family, who welcomed us in on March 29th to enjoy the lovely surroundings of Drinkstone House. With an Easter gifts stall, yummy cakes and coffee, ongoing flower arranging demonstrations and an Easter food, drink and flowers raffle, a great morning ensued, raising £590 for the church. Take a look at the photo gallery.


2017 Senior Citizens’ Lunch

On Friday, 6th January, 89 Senior Citizens, the largest number by far to date, sat down to enjoy a three course Christmas meal  prepared once again by Home Farm Catering. This year, the event was enhanced by the gentle swing band who call themselves ‘The Wednesday Men’. Their music was greatly appreciated, as was the time given by the group who play to raise money for local hospices. A huge thank you to all the team who helped with the planning, setting up and clearing the hall, and serving teas and coffees. A total of £225 was raised for St. Nicholas Hospice. Click here for the photos.