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Dear Reader, 

This newsletter lands in your mail box as the clocks go back; personally I have never seen any benefit in the time change, depriving us of the little evening light we would have otherwise had, but there you are! Anyway, moving on...

As with every season there is always interest around if you care to look. Autumn is the time of the fungi and we spotted the splendid looking porcelain mushrooms pictured above on a recent walk. Apparently they're edible and quite nice once you've washed off the slime(!) and cooked them... I'll leave it to you to try, but please do let me know what you think!

Also worth keeping an eye out if you go for a walk around now is Spindle - a native tree whose leaves turn russet at this time of year as its pink and orange fruits ripen. The ones here were in the hedge near our garden. Very colourful, but easily missed!

Film Nights
Sadly attendance at the Brundish Film nights has dropped away in recent months particularly, it seems, since the lockdown. The selection of films available from the distributor (it's complicated!) hasn't always been the best, but this season there are some very good ones and Phantom of the Open, rescheduled for this Thursday, looks particularly promising. Why not come along? - it's a cheap, friendly and sociable local evening out and you can enjoy a glass of wine and even some popcorn too!

T: 07710 154255

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10:00am on Thursday, 3rd October

Join us on this lovely social occasion to catch up with neighbours and friends

As ever we will be serving Lane Farm's excellent bacon in baps along with home made cakes, coffees and teas all available at bargain prices! 

Everyone is made very welcome, do come along - it's a great opportunity to meet others from Brundish and beyond.

We can now take card payments, including contactless, so now it's even easier to buy that essential slice of cake! 

If you plan to order food please let us know in advance, no later than Tuesday, 8th November - it helps us enormously with preparation and is the only way to ensure you get your preferred selection (or indeed, anything at all!). 
For pub night food orders or other enquiries contact us on

Don't miss it!
Brundish Village Hall Committee

Autumn Film Programme – Brundish Village Hall 

Rescheduled! Now showing on Thursday 3 November
The Phantom of the Open  -  Starring Mark Rylance this film tells the remarkable true  story of how a crane operator from Barrow-in-Furness managed to gain entry to the 1976 British Open Golf Championship qualifying, despite never having played a round of golf before!

As usual doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 pm start with payment at the door, cash or contactless (Still £5 for Adults and £4.50 for Under 18s).  The usual bar facilities offering wine or juice will be available.  
Drop In at Wilby Church

Wednesday November 16th, 10am - 11.30am

Do call in for a coffee, cake and a chat.  You will all be very welcome

Brundish Parish Council

News & Information

A meeting of the Parish Council was held on 27th September 2022 at which Chris Smart and Paul Smiddy were welcomed as new councillors.


Excessive Traffic Speed - The Street

Suffolk County Council  was consulted about the possibility of introducing speed limits along The Street following a resident's letter concerning the excess speed of some vehicles. The advice from SCC was that an application would be expensive, lengthy and ultimately unlikely to be successful because of the range of factors that are taken into account. It was decided to take no further action.

Sunken Road Repair Brundish B1118 to Wilby (near Town Farm)

A defect has been raised for this issue and Essex and Suffolk Water will be required to return to site to rectify it. Due to the size of the reinstatement, a road closure will be required, date tba.

Village Green

The Council agreed to purchase some swings and a set of goal posts for the playing field. We are investigating suitable products which will be purchased and installed in due course.

Jubilee Tree

Despite the sad death of Queen Elizabeth II during her jubilee year the Council will be proceeding with its plans to purchase a magnolia tree, to be planted on the village green, in commemoration of this historic event. 

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 7th December 2022 2022 at 7:30pm in Brundish Village Hall. Members of the public are always welcome to attend.

Brundish Parish Council is seeking a volunteer to become our footpath warden. If you like walking, keeping fit and enjoy the countryside then being a Footpath Warden is an excellent way to achieve this by ensuring our paths are open to villagers and visitors alike, with all the benefits that brings.

The role is very straightforward, simply requiring someone willing to walk the parish footpaths and report back on any issues found such as problems with bridges, impassable sections, fallen signpost and the like. Any such problems can be reported directly to Suffolk County Council using a smartphone app or an interactive map on their web site, or if preferred they may notified to the Parish Council. 

If you are interested in this role please contact Amanda Austin, our parish clerk via

Poet's Corner

Something a little different this month. Our rural churches give a fascinating insight to our history - whether or not you are a religious person. Just inside Syleham Church,on the left on the floor is a heart-breaking and thought-provoking slate Memorial tablet.

Over the course of time the exact circumstances behind this inscription have been lost, but it is a sobering glimpse of how tough life sometimes was back then. 

Sacred To the Memory of

William Mann Jun
Who Departed this Life
August 23rd 1781
Aged 19 Years
Also of 
George Mann
Who departed this Life
18th October 1784
Aged 19 Years
And also of 
Thomas Mann
Who departed this Life
15th January 1785
Aged 18 years

Removed from Lif'e's vain scene to endless rest
Here sleep three Youths with gentlest virtues blest
Like opening flowers that scent the mroning air
They flourishe'd lovely, vigorous, and fair;
But Heav'n that view'd them with peculiar love
Cropt them in highest bloom and planted them above.

News from Wilby Coronation Hall (WCH)

November is the month for bonfires, cinder toffee and…the AGM for Wilby Coronation Hall!  We would like to extend a warm invite to all members of our community to join us at this annual event which this year takes place at 5pm on 23rd November at the hall.  It’s a chance to find out what the committee has been up to over the past year and to contribute your ideas for the up and coming year.  Why not come along if you’d like to get involved? Contact our chairperson, Alison: to find out more.

Pub Nights

We would like to encourage all members of our community to come along to Pub Night at Wilby Coronation Hall.  Our pop-up pub is open on the first and third Friday of the month from 7.30 to 11pm, serving drinks and snacks at club prices.  We have a pool table and various pub games available and it’s a great way to meet your neighbours.  Our bar is run by volunteers for the benefit of our community so please come along and support us!
Over the past year we have been serving a themed menu of restaurant quality food from ‘The Coconut Monkey’ on the first Friday of the month and delicious wood-fired pizzas from the Suffolk Wild Flour Pizza company on the third Friday of the month.  We can only continue with these events whilst they are supported by the community so, please come along if you can.
There’s still time to place your order for the November Foodie Night and Pub Quiz which is on Friday 4thNovember.  On this night the bar will be open from 6.30-11pm with food served from 6.30-7.30pm – see menu and ordering details below.  The Pub Quiz is FREE to enter and open to all.  It will start at 9pm and there will be a £20 bar drinks voucher for the winning team.
Up and coming Pub Nights
  • Friday 18th November – Pizza Pub Night.  Bar open 6.30-11pm. Pizzas available between 6 and 8.30pm.  See below for menu and how to order. 
  • Friday 2nd December – Pub Night (no food).  Bar open from 7.30-11pm.
  • Friday 16th December – No Pub Night (wedding on 17th December)
The bar will also open on Wednesday evenings from 23rd November for Pool Nights.  If you’d like to get involved, please contact Ian Taylor:
Save the Date - New Year’s Eve 2022!
 Plans are underway for a fabulous New Year’s Eve Party to be held at the Coronation Hall on 31st December to which you are all invited!  This will be a great opportunity to get together with friends and neighbours for a local and reasonably priced event.  There will drinks, music and a buffet meal provided by Gary and his team from ‘The Coconut Monkey’ so please save the date to come and join us.  We are going to be planning the event at our next committee meeting on 23rd November so if you have any suggestions for the night or would like to help us with the planning then please come along or get in touch with Alison:
Yoga – Monday evenings 7- 8.15pm
 We are pleased to offer a regular yoga class at the Coronation Hall on Monday evenings, which is suitable for all levels of experience and ability.  Our teacher, Melanie Sharman, provides a dynamic hatha yoga mix in her sessions and always ends with a resting phase of at least 15 minutes.  If you would like to come along, please book online: or turn up on the door (£10 drop-in).  Melanie is pleased to answer any questions if contacted via her website or by phone on 07527 850116.
Fundraising for the Coronation Hall
Hall Hire:  If you have a special event coming up you might want to consider hiring our attractive, well-maintained and competitively priced facility.  There is a large ballroom, separate lounge area, a well-equipped kitchen and a bar that is well-stocked at club prices and staffed by friendly volunteers. For availability, prices and full details of facilities please visit:
Hall facilities: Did you know that we now have a pair of Electric Vehicle Chargers which are available to anyone? It is hoped these chargers will assist people in rural areas and also raise funds for the hall and its upkeep.  We have recycling facilities at the hall (glass and clothing). 
Amazon Smile: If you shop on Amazon, you can donate to our hall charity by clicking on this link:  Information about donating to our village hall through Amazon Smile can also be found on
All monies received go towards maintaining our facilities including the car park.
With best wishes and thanks for your continued support from all the committee.

Brundish Christmas Fair
2.30 p.m. Saturday, 26th November at Brundish Village Hall.

This is the last call from this medium to remember the Christmas Fair. We are hoping so much that after several years of worry about the effect of the pandemic that this year will see the Fair back to its old familiar and cheerful self. Please do make a big effort to come and this is a big shout to all our new neighbours who have moved into the village within the last few years. The Christmas Fair is one of the highlights of our social year in Brundish and shouldn’t be missed if you are free. 
If you would like to help out in any way, we will be asking you in the next few weeks for donations to the raffle, tombola etcetera by way of a flyer posted personally through your door.  Maybe you might like to run a stall, help with the teas, that sort of thing. 
Give Sandra and David a call on either 01728 628607 or 01728 628063 if you can offer even just a small fragment of your time. We will be very grateful.
With thanks, The BCF Team

 Wanted Please! 
Home Produce for the Christmas Fair!

As well as the usual raffle items, we would love to have some of your wonderful kitchen creations on our Home Produce stall. These may include cakes, biscuits, jams, chutneys, honey, marmalades, sausage rolls, scotch eggs, the list is endless. Also, bottles of wine would be gratefully received for the "Plonk or Plonker" stall.

If you are donating, we would ask that you don't leave it to the last minute to deliver. For details regarding donations, please call Sandra Apps on 01728 628607 and leave a message. Thank you very much.

 Wanted Please! 
A Real Christmas Tree!

Would anyone be prepared to donate a 7 ft Christmas tree which will be erected and lit outside the Village Hall from the day of the Christmas Fair until just after the New Year. The tree, which has been a feature of Brundish's festive celebrations for several years now, always cheers up passers-by during the dark nights of December. If you would like to donate, we would be very grateful. Please call David Mulrenan on 07881 481745. (You may have to leave a Voicemail message.) Your gift will be anonymous, if you so wished. 

Letter From the Clergy

While the Four Rivers Benefice is still in interregnum (vacancy for a rector), the other clergy are writing the letters for the village magazines; this time, Revd Rebecca Artiss. 

Into the Dark*
The human race is often subject to fears and concerns. One of the most common place fears, particularly when we are children, is a fear of the dark. This has led to darkness being used both literally and metaphorically to explore the horrors of the world and of our imaginations and the evil that exists there. Why am I mentioning this? Well, firstly, we have just seen all the Halloween celebrations that have taken place at the end of October – these reflect the horrors and superstitions that people hold. Secondly, as the nights draw in and we gradually approach the winter solstice, we are literally going into the dark.

As well as this being the name of a TV series, it is the reality for many in our communities. At the time of a cost-of-living crisis, people are continuing to make hard choices. Which is more important, heat, light or food? These are choices that are a harsh reality for many in our world, not just those in our country, but those who face poverty and third world conditions throughout the year. They are also choices that should be redundant – all of these are life’s essentials not luxuries. 

Many churches are involved in providing items for Food Banks and are willing to support those in need where they can, signposting people to other organisations and supporting individuals through prayer and neighbourly help. These responses are not confined to regular church goers – a willing neighbour can be found in any community, not just amongst Christians.

We know in winter if we go for a walk in a rural spot, a torch is usually needed. As your community goes into the dark this winter, how will you provide the torchlight for others? 
If you are in need, please do not suffer in silence. Seek help and assistance and, if you are fortunate to be in a comfortable position this winter, remember to check on the vulnerable who live and work in your communities. This will enable you, and them, to get through the winter and come into the light.

God bless, Rebecca

*Into the Dark is an American horror anthology streaming television series produced for Hulu
Church Services & News

New Priest-in Charge for the Four Rivers Benefice.

The Four Rivers Benefice comprises the parishes of Bedfield, Brundish, Cratfield, Laxfield, Monk Soham, Tannington, Wilby and Worlingworth with Southolt.

As many of you will know, following the retirement of our rector, there has been a vacancy (interregnum), but the Right Reverend Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich recently announced that, subject to the completion of legal necessities, The Reverend Enid Pow has been offered and accepted the position of Priest-in-Charge of the Four Rivers Benefice. Rev Enid is obliged to give her present employers, The Diocese of The Arctic, Canada, three months notice before she takes up her position with us here.

Enid will be based at The Rectory in Laxfield and we very much look forward to sharing in her ministry amongst the nine communities in the Benefice. 
In the interim, should you wish to talk to a priest, please call Revd Chrissie Smart, Assistant Curate, on 07341 480966. To contact the Benefice Administrator, Virginia Skoyles, please phone 07900 350117 or email

Benefice Assistant Clergy Should you prefer, the Rural Dean, Revd Canon Susan Loxton, can be contacted on 01379 388493, We are here to serve you – please don’t hesitate to call if we can help.

Brundish Service of Remembrance

10.45 a.m. Sunday, 13th November on Brundish Village Green
At a later time this year, we commemorate, with gratitude, the men of Brundish who gave their lives in both World Wars One and Two.

Please do come.   

Brundish Candlelit Carol Service for Christmas Eve

6.30 p.m. Saturday, 24th December at St Lawrence’s Church, Brundish.  
This year’s service will be conducted by Reverend Chrissie Smart, assisted by me and with organ accompaniment from Chris Butler. After the regrettable disbandment of the Chantry Singers due to the ill health of Michael Spencer (who, I am pleased to say, is recovering), the Carol Service will be different this year with perhaps a lighter touch. We are planning some possible musical additions, but be assured the main feature will be good, traditional carol singing from you - the congregation!  We are still hoping that some of you will contact us with your choice of a carol to sing, but time is running short as we will very soon need to go to print. 
For those who seldom come to church, the carol service, whilst still a service of worship, is somewhat of an “unmissable” in the life of a rural village like ours. Regardless of your religious views, and especially as it is always held on Christmas Eve when all the family have arrived home to celebrate, it is a time to truly congregate and sing those age-old Christmas favourites at the top of your voice and to wish your friends and neighbours a Happy Christmas. Our candlelit church has a very special atmosphere and is beautifully decorated by our wonderful flower rota volunteers plus our customary Christmas tree; it really does provide the best start to your Christmas festivities. 
If you would like to help decorate the church, maybe helping our rota volunteers, please give Sandra Apps a call on 01728 628607.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you all on Christmas Eve.
David Mulrenan

Brundish Midnight Mass

11.15 p.m. Saturday, 24th December at St Lawrence’s Church, Brundish. 
The people of villages far around unite in Brundish to celebrate the birth of our Saviour. Please note the slightly earlier start time of our service this year at 11.15 p.m.
Whether you are a communicant or not a warm welcome will await you.

Tannington Carol Service

7.00 p.m. Friday, 16th December at St Ethelbert’s Church, Tannington
The bells of Tannington will ring out across the levels to welcome you to this Traditional service of carols and readings. Festive refreshments will be served afterwards.

All will be welcome.


Brundish Carol Singing at the “old pub”

7.30 p.m. on Thursday, 15th December at The Long House, Brundish
Our old pub, The Crown, used to have some wonderful nights of entertainment and the carol singing night was one of the best.
Steph and Dan Harris who live at what is now called The Long House have kindly invited members of the village to rekindle some memories in their home for an evening of carol singing and socialising with some festive refreshments as well. It promises to be a unique and wonderful occasion and we are very grateful to Steph and Dan for such a hospitable idea.
We will have to limit how many people who would like to come, so please let me know a bit beforehand if you’d like to take part. Please either call me on 01728 628063, 07881 481745 or preferably email me using
What a lovely idea! Looking forward to hearing from you.
David Mulrenan

Wilby Church Remembrance Service

Sunday November 13th at 10.45am. 
As usual we share the two minutes silence with the nation and then remember those from our village who died in the World Wars and pray for peace

Wilby Christmas Carols by Candlelight

Our traditional Carols by Candlelight service will be on Sunday December 18th at 6pm.
As usual mince pies and mulled wine will be served at the end of the service. 

We look forward to welcoming you all!

Wilby Christmas Day Family Communion

Our Christmas Day service will be Family Communion at 10:30am..

Remembering your Faithful Friend this Christmas

Christmas may be a time to remember family and friends - but Dogs Trust Snetterton is also asking local dog owners to remember their four-legged friends this festive time, with a Canine Care Card.
The Canine Care Card is a free service, which helps to ensure your dog’s future, in the event of you either passing away, receiving a life-changing diagnosis or moving into a care home. This can often be a great concern to some people, who perhaps do not have a family member or friend in a position to look after their dog, should the worst happen. Therefore, by signing up to the service, Dogs Trust can offer peace of mind, reassuring you that your faithful friend will be well cared for by the charity.
It is easy to sign up to the service, which simply asks for some information on your dog, including their likes and dislikes, as well as your dog’s medical history and your vet details. It also asks for you to confirm who you would like as your Dog Guardian. This should be someone you trust, like a friend, family member, solicitor, neighbour or vet, who can sign over ownership of your dog to Dogs Trust on your behalf, should you become seriously ill or pass away. 
You can register online by going to and searching for ‘Canine Care Card’ - or if you do not have access to the internet, you can request a paper version of the application form. Once the form is submitted, Dogs Trust will then write to you, to confirm when your application has been processed.
Once signed up, should your card ever need to be activated, Dogs Trust will then arrange with your Dog Guardian for your dog to come into the rehoming centre or into foster care. With a team of vets, trainers and behaviourists on hand if needed, your dog will then be welcomed, loved and well cared for by the charity, who will work tirelessly to find a loving new home for your much-loved canine companion.
If you would like further information about the Canine Care Card, or to request a paper application form, please contact Dogs Trust Snetterton’s Supporter Relations Officer, Paige Pope, at or phone 01953 497912.

Wilby WI 

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

The WI National Campaign: See The Signs is raising awareness of the subtle signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer – symptoms not always easily recognisable due to them being similar to other conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or the Menopause. 
Wilby WI subsequently decided to raise awareness by organising a Drop-In session at Wilby Coronation Hall, early October.  
Many locals and Suffolk East Federation WI members came along who - over a coffee and cake, viewed the handouts/information on display re the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer.

Also in attendance were two local doctors:  Dr Anne Tebbit and Dr Dan Poulter (MP) who mingled, discussed concerns and offered their professional medical knowledge on the subject – both highlighted the importance of early diagnosis.

Local Rider Jack Austin completes 2022 Scott Trial

The Scott Trial (Yorkshire) is a British motorcycle Trials Competition dating from 1914 run over an off-road course of approximately 70-90 miles.

Renowned as one of the most challenging trials events in the UK, its appeal is to club riders as well as international professional riders. 

Jack Austin from Brundish, Rider 103, finished 82nd and within the allowed time!

The Scott raises money for the "Scott charities", a range of local non-profit making organisations.

Richmond Motor Club hosted the annual 2022 Scott Trial charity event run on Saturday 15th October, with 200 riders, plus a charity relay team of six riders.

Despite a low fog and heavy rain shower first thing, the day was clear and both riders and spectators were treated to several sunny spells throughout the day.

The riders attempted 76 sections and covered approximately 87 miles over the day, all within a set time limit. 

Out of the 200 starters, only 101 riders finished the full course within the allowed time.
Visit:  YouTube The Scott 2022
The cost of things just keeps going up. The food shop doesn’t stretch as far and my bills just keep getting higher. I’ve made cutbacks and, at the moment, I’m just about managing but I’m really worried about how I’ll cope as it starts getting colder. What should I do?
You’re not alone in struggling with rising costs, but it’s important to know there is support available.
If you’re finding it hard to stay on top of bills, make sure you know what money you’ve got coming in and out each month. Citizens Advice has an online budgeting tool that can help with this - visit to find this tool and more.
It’s also worth finding out if you’re eligible for any benefits or support with your energy and living costs. On the Citizens Advice website there’s a benefits calculator, advice on how to reduce living costs and information on other ways to increase your income.
The good news is there is help with rising energy bills. From 1 October 2022, there’s a limit on gas and electricity prices for most households - this is called the Energy Price Guarantee and will be in place for two years. 
From October you’ll also get £400 off your electricity bill. This is called the Energy Bills Support Scheme.
You don’t need to do anything to get the money and you won’t have to pay it back. The money will be paid in six instalments, you’ll get £66 in October and November followed by £67 in December, January, February and March.
You should automatically receive the energy discount if you pay by direct debit, standard credit or payment card. 
If you have a prepayment meter that isn’t a smart meter, you’ll get the discount via vouchers or as an automatic credit when you top up at your usual top-up point. Your supplier will let you know how they will issue it. 
If you have a smart prepayment meter, the credit should be automatically added to your meter.
If you can’t pay your bills, speak to your energy supplier as they have a responsibility to help you come up with a solution.
Citizens Advice Mid Suffolk can provide advice on this and other issues, including debt, employment, benefits and family law.  You can contact them on 01449 676060 or use the contact form at .
More information and our opening hours can also be found at
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