South Elmham Community News


Rumburgh & St. Michael Newsletters

Editor: Sange. 4, Whyteway, Rumburgh. email Sange

28th September 2022

Dear All,


I have just seen this.  Watch out for this scam SMS message. ' You're eligible for a discounted energy bill under the Energy Bills Support Scheme.  You can apply here, website address is then given' Just delete it !


Holton Pits is up for sale. More about the Pits and the reasons to try and save this much loved wild space are here


Rail strikes have been called for Saturday 1st October and Wednesday 5th October. More information on the impact on rail services will be provided next week. The latest is here https:www.greateranglia.couk/strikes


Starting again with an update for the Breast cancer UK  afternoon tea a couple of weeks ago, the grand total is now £715! Absolutely amazing, thank you everyone.


September Diary dates for you.


Saturday 24th September, 10:30 am Coffee Morning at Flixton Village Hall.

Sunday 25th September, 11 am Harvest Festival, St. James.  12:30 pm Harvest Lunch (St. Margaret SE Village Hall)

Wednesday 28th September. 7:30 for 8pm.  Quiz in Rumburgh Buck. Don't forget to book your table.


October Diary Dates for you.


Friday 30th September/October 1st/2nd Beer Festival weekend in the Rumburgh Buck. More details of the weekend and music on the FaceBook page.


Wednesday 5th October Bingo in Ilketshall St. Margaret Village Hall, eyes down 7:30pm


Friday 7th October Jenni and Jonathan Margarson , Butterfly Hall, The Street, Rumburgh IP19 0JY have kindly offered to host the Macmillan Coffee Morning. 10:30 - 12 noon.  Please let me know if you are able to help in any way, with baking, providing a raffle prize, etc. perhaps a few of us could get together before hand to have a chat about this, details at the end.


Saturday 8th October 7pm start. Whist in Rumburgh V.H. It is very helpful to know who is joining us so we have enough chairs/cakes.

Sunday 9th October 3:00pm Harvest Festival, Ilketshall St. Margaret. 4pm Harvest Tea (Ilketshall St. Margaret Village Hall).


Saturday 15th October 7:00pm Rumburgh Harvest Supper, £5 per person. There will be close up magic and a magical stage show by Oliver from Knock Out entertainment.  ( we have seen him and he really is very clever!)  We still have 4 tables available so please contact me to book your place or table. Details at the end.


There will be no coffee morning in Rumburgh Village Hall in October.


Thursday 20th October Rumburgh Village Hall AGM.  Details to be confirmed. Annual number for the club 100 prize of £75 will be drawn.


November Diary Dates for you.


Wednesday 9th November Bingo in Ilketshall St. Margaret Village Hall, eyes down at 7:30pm

Saturday 12th November Whist in Rumburgh Village Hall

Saturday 19th November Annual quiz in the Village Hall in aid of Rumburgh Church. Maximum number of tables 8. Please contact Pam and Ian Harris  on 01986 781 220 to book your place or table.


Please let me know if I can include anything going on in your village for you.


Take care, 

Sange and Steve

11th September 2022

Dear All,


A busy time  with lots going on.


Firstly with thanks from Helen Gordon.  Thank you to everyone who came along to our tea afternoon in aid of Breast cancer UK today. apparently there were about 55 people there from the Saints/ Ilketshalls and Rumburgh! So far, we have raised £672.25 which is fantastic and have some more donations pledged too. This is a charity that is close to Chrissy and my hearts havinf lost both our Mums to it so we would like to thank all you lovely people who supported us by making extra cakes and by washing and clearing up, that was massively appreciated.  So lovely to see so many of you,  what a lovely afternoon!


1)Thursday 15th September at Rumburgh Village Hall, coffee morning, 10:30 - 12 noon. All welcome. a chance to have a chat, catch up enjoy coffee/tea and cakes.  There will be a raffle as usual. All donations including raffle prizes appreciated. All money raised will go to the Food Bank. Having missed coffee mornings over the summer in July and August there will be three months of 100 numbers to be called.


2) Friday 16th September Wissett are holding their Macmillan Coffee Morning in their Village Hall, 10 - 12 noon.  All welcome.


3) Wrong information.  Halesworth Dementia Carers Fund is due to have the i Chameleon pop up shop later this month, from 22nd September. The wrong phone number has been put in local publications. It should read for information, offers of help, offers of donations etc. ring Teresa or Jim Fyfe on 01986 875 641.


For the last 14 or 15 years There has been a Macmillan Coffee Morning in Rumburgh. to raise money for Cancer Support.. The official date for 2022 is September 30th, but it is flexible..  Is there anyone who would be able to host it this year please? I am sure we can find some helpers/bakers and raffle prize donations.


Looking forward to October,


Date change


4) Saturday October 15th Harvest Supper - Rumburgh and St. Michael Village Hall. 7 pm.

 Please contact me to book your place/table.  Original price £5 per person.

Hope to see you,  Sange    07941 338 881



5) Saturday 8th October, Whist in Rumburgh and St. Michael Village Hall.  I will be sending a separate email out about this.


AND finally, good news, Rumburgh will be holding May Day on the Pleasure Ground on  May 1st 2023.


Hope you had  a good weekend, 

Sange and Steve


28th August 2022

Dear All,


After the brief email a couple of weeks ago, there is quite a lot to go on this one.


1. Just a reminder there is a quiz in the Rumburgh Buck this Wednesday evening,  7:30 for 8pm  Light snack included, £2 per person. There will also be a raffle.  To book your table or place please phone the Buck, 01986 785 257


2,  September 5th for 5 days - Road closure in Halesworth by St. Mary's Church and as far as the Thai restaurant.


3,  September 5th reminder, Chrissy Hughes and Helen Gordon are holding an afternoon tea in aid of 'Breast Cancer Now' between 2 - 4 pm at Willow House, Mill Road, Rumburgh.  If you would like to join them please let either of them or me know.  There will be plenty of homemade cakes, and scones including carrot cake, millionaires's shortbread, lemon drizzle cake, chocolate and courgette cake to name but a few plus tea and coffee.


4,  September 10th - Saturday - Suffolk Churches Ride and Stride. 9:00 am - 5:00. in aid of the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust. Sponsorship forms and list of churches and chapels open are available from Evelyn Lindqvist Telephone 01986 785 467.  All money raised will be divided between the Trust and Rumburgh Church.


5, September 15th - Thursday - Coffee Morning - Rumburgh Village Hall - 10:30 - 12 noon everyone welcome.

As we missed the coffee mornings in July and August there will be three lots of 100 numbers to be picked.


6,  September 22nd - Thursday - Cutlers Hill will be closed from 1pm - 6 pm for staff training.


Did you know that Cutlers Hill also deliver prescriptions to:  Bramfield Meats Shop,  Emmerdale Farm Shop, Darsham,  Walberswick           Co- op,  Peasenhall post office,  Huntingfield Arms Pub,  Wenhaston Post Office and Westhall Race Horse.


7, September 30th/Saturday 1st October/Sunday 2nd October beer festival and weekend of entertainment at the Rumburgh Buck.  More details on Buck FaceBook page


8, October 1st - Saturday - Harvest Supper at Rumburgh Village Hall. 7 pm £5 as usual to include entertainment. Please bring your own liquid       refreshment and a plate of food for the sharing table. 6 people to a table and there will be a maximum of 8 tables.

To reserve your place or table please contact me, email as above or 07941 338 881


9,  And finally

Some time ago (just before Covid struck) Christine Adams gave a talk in Rumburgh and St. Michael Village Hall about her Aunt May who moved an old house from Ware in Hertfordshire and re-built it, almost single-handed in Wells-next-the-Sea in North Norfolk. Small groups can once again visit the house ( the subject of Christine's book Miss Savidge Moves Her House). Anyone who might be interested in a visit to the house in Wells is asked to contact Andrew Lindqvist (01986 785 467, With an indication of approximate numbers, arrangements for a visit such as transport and cost can be considered.


Take care,  Sange and Steve,


16th July 2022

Dear All,

What better place to be on a hot afternoon than in the office sending you a newsletter.

A big "Thank You" from Hannah and Sharon and to all the wonderful staff and customers at the Rumburgh Buck. 

Thank you for donating and participating in our charity cream tea fundraiser on Sunday 10th July. We raised over £700 on the day for the Trek 24 EAAA walk that we are doing in September.  The huge response will help us walk the 24 miles for fundraising on behalf of East Anglia Air Ambulance which is so vital to our rural community. 
Sponsor forms are behind the bar if anyone wishes to support us and this amazing cause. It was a great afternoon, lovely raffle, a cake to guess the
weight of, a jar to guess the number of sweets in and a mad hatters hat competition. Chrissie Archer- Munro really was the obvious winner, her hat
was very clever Thank you again,  Hannah and Sharon.. ( photos can be found on FaceBook.)



A big thankyou to all those involved in making the Rumburgh Cricket Pitch match-perfect for the Charity Cricket Event hosted there on Saturday 9th July. We were additionally blessed with perfect weather; the sun shone and a gentle breeze kept conditions perfect, the bunting flapping and the Ukrainian flag flying.

Four teams of seven faced each other in a fast paced, competitive round robin competition. The run rates went up as the day progressed and there were fine displays of ability, humour and sportsmanship. A huge thankyou to all those who took part and congratulations on a very successful day.

It was decided to make the event an opportunity to support the British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal and the vital work that they carry out. A big thankyou to Allens Butchers of Halesworth who so kindly donated all the meat. With their huge support we were able to raise an amazing total of £905 from the BBQ, cake stall and donations. This has been donated and gratefully received.

Thankyou so much to all those who participated, umpired, flipped burgers, baked cakes and came to support the day. A wonderful community event and credit to all.

Katharine Thistlethwayte

Now onto other things......

Due to the hot weather bin collections on Monday and Tuesday will start at 5 am. If you are expecting a collection on either day please have your bin out
ready. You can check your bin collection day and report any missed bins at

July Coffee Morning in Rumburgh Village hall has been cancelled this month.
There are several people in the village with Covid so we didn't think it would be wise. Also if it's another hot day, you might prefer to stay cool indoors. The August Coffee Morning has been also been cancelled. With summer holidays, and no doubt flights involved for some, there are likely to still be Covid cases around. Let's keep our fingers crossed for September.

Looking ahead to the autumn:  Whist has been pencilled in for the second Saturday in October/November/December. It would be very helpful if you could
please let us know if it is likely that you will be able to join us.

There are still some allotments available in Rumburgh, £10 for a year. The ground will be turned over for you when you are ready to start. Please
Contact Boyd if you are interested.

Think that's all for now,  Stay cool,  Sange and Steve.

1st June 2022

Dear All


Amongst all the village celebrations Rumburgh Church will be decorated for the Queen's Jubilee and will be open for visitors. Please come and take a look.  I know a lot of work will have gone into make it look really nice. A big thank you to all involved.


Another big "thank you" to everyone who picked litter for the litter pick, and to those who pick up litter in the village all through the year.  Norse donated the 10 litre bag hoops and picks and collected 9 bags of litter that residents had collected.  We hope to have another weekend pick when the verges and hedges aren't so leafy.


Although I haven't seen it myself, apparantly it has been on FaceBook that all car parks in Halesworth will be free on this Saturday.


If you haven't noticed and I didn't until recently that the post box in the Co-Op is now back in use.


Is there anyone in Rumburgh who would like to run the Produce Show in Rumburgh Village Hall which should be on August 6th this year. Unfortunately Lisa is on holiday and unable to organise it. However Lisa does have all the information and is happy to pass it on before she goes away.  Please could all those with trophies return them to Lisa or David Pallant.


And finally, just a reminder about the Classic Tractor Day, info on the poster below.


Hope you all have a really good weekend,  Sange and Steve.

Classic Tractor Day - Poster.jpeg

12th May 2022


Dear All,


Can't believe time is rushing by so quickly.   We are only about 6 weeks off the longest day!!  Who said that L


Road closure. From the Wine Shop at the Market Place down Chediston Street from May 10th - June 8th for scaffolding works.


Thursday May 19th, next monthly coffee morning in Rumburgh Village Hall. 10:30 - 12 noon. Cakes, cuppa, chatter and raffle. All proceeds to Ukraine.  A lot of work goes into the monthly coffee mornings, but unfortunately so few turned up last month.  Use it or lose it as the  saying goes, and that would be such a shame.


Sunday 29th, May Garden Club outing to Helmingham Hall for Spring Plant Fair, priced at £15 :00 per person, which includes entry. Hoppa bus will be leaving Wissett car park at 9:30 am and Rumburgh Village Hall car park at 9:45 arriving at Helmingham Hall about 10:15 and leaving about 15:30 to come back.

This is a really great event and there is plenty for you to see and do, even if you are not a gardener.  This includes food stalls and a good cafe. There are 5 places left. If you are interested please contact Alan Witherby on 01986 873 339  or email to book your place.


Amongst the Rumburgh celebrations, the Church is being decorated for the Queen's platinum Jubilee Holiday, open to all visitors all weekend.


Cratfield - Big Band Jazz Swing Machine will be at St Mary's Church Cratfield on Saturday June 18th.  For more details ring 07906 509 302.


Some more allotments have been taken in Rumburgh, but there are still plenty left, if you are tempted let me know.


Take care,  keep well, and hope to see you at the coffee morning.  Sange and Steve.

15th April 2022


Dear All,

Firstly a message from Pamela Harris.  On behalf of Rumburgh Church, I would like to thank everyone who came and supported the Coffee Morning at Corner Farm, also everyone who helped on the day, and who gave raffle prizes.  With your help we raised £485.


Some more info for you and things to look forward to.


Easter Monday (18th) Easter Trail 2 - 4:30. Returning by popular request, Easter Trail in aid of St. Margaret South Elmham Church. The trail will start and finish at St. Margaret Village Hall,  where tea and cakes will be served during the afternoon. Question sheets available from 2pm at the hall and must be returned by 4:30pm. Please bring your own pen.  The walk is about 40 minutes and sadly not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.  Hopefully this good weather will last.


Thursday 21st April,  Coffee Morning in Rumburgh Village hall. 10:30 - 12 noon.  Following the success of last month's coffee morning when £200 was raised and donated to the DEC fund for Ukriane, we shall be doing the same next week. As well as the usual coffee/cakes and raffle there may be extra cakes and plants for sale.


Please note that on 21st April between 2:00pm - 2:45 pm, and on the 27th between 1:00pm-2:00pm Cutlers Hill surgery will be open for emergencies only due to ALL staff Training and meetings.


'Ilkstshall St. Margaret are having in their village hall, a St. George's Day dinner, Saturday 23rd April, 7 :00pm for 7:30. The menu is Broccoli and Stilton Soup, Roast beef and Yorkshire, lots of veg. and Trifle or fruit salad with cream, all for £12:50p. Raffle tickets on sale at £2 each with lots of English Prizes.  There is also a quiz.  To book your place, Contact Eva on 01986 781 312, please mention any allergies.'


Mini Beer Festival , Everyone welcome, 12pm - 11pm 23rd and 24th April at Rumburgh Buck.  Free entry. Local real ales and Entertainment.

Saturday 23rd April  Rumburgh Morris Dancing and Mummers Play 12:30.  Rumburgh Morris 8pm.  Live music with Otter's Pocket.

Sunday 24th April 5pm Free celebration BBQ by invitation. Including live music.

Celebrating North East Suffolk Camera Rural Pub of the Year. Diners please book on 01986 785 257.

BBQ invitation can be obtained on 23rd with the purchase of 2 Real Ales.


Although Rumburgh does not have a tennis club, there is tennis not far away.  Alburgh Tennis Club is a small , friendly and welcoming.  There are two hard courts and club sessions usually with 6 - 8 players happen on Tuesday evenings and Friday mornings.  All standards and levels of experience are welcome. Contact: Andrew Lindqvist at Home Farm, 01986 785 4567 or email:


The usual monthly quiz at the Rumburgh Buck will be on Wednesday night 27th April. 7:30 for 8pm Everyone welcome.  £2 per person, light refreshment included.  Teams of up to 6 people.  Please phone 01986 785 257 to book your table.


3 people have offered to donate clothes to Ukriane, does anyone know where they should go ?


9th March 2022

Dear All,


Firstly I hope the people who booked for the quiz in Rumburgh Village hall this Saturday have heard that it has been cancelled due to lack of numbers. A big thank you to Piet who had already prepared the questions, no doubt they will get used in The Buck quiz. Apologies for not letting you know sooner.  Having had no power on Wednesday and the Internet not back on until late evening meant I couldn't  do any chasing up.  Having a flat mobile phone didn't help, but on the plus side I have heard of a small solar powered charger which sits on the window sill and has 2 USB points.  I will be investigating that ! Thanks Andy for that info.


St. Margaret South Elmham have a 'FUN QUIZ' in their village hall on March 18th at 7:30pm £6 ,Teams of 6. Refreshments, raffle, bring your drink.  Booking essential 07974 126 902.


Rumburgh village hall volunteers are still hoping to hold their coffee morning on Thursday 24th March.  10:30 am - 12. The A frames will be out nearer the time.


The coffee caravan visits St. James village hall on the 3rd Thursday  (March 17th) each month, 2pm - 4pm.


The History Club have a meeting on Thursday 31st March at St. Margaret South Elmham village hall. IP20 0PJ at 7:30.   Everyone most welcome, £3 on the door, £1 for members, which includes refreshments.   The talk is by David Robertson (history environment advisor for forestry commission) called A history of Norfolk in 100 places.


Moving on to April, advance notice....


Saturday April 9th 2022, 10:30 - 12:30.  Coffee morning and Open Garden at the home of Pam and Ian Harris, Corner Farm, Aldous Corner,  Rumburgh IP19 0RT.  Entrance £3, raffle and sales table.  In aid of Rumburgh Church.


Take care everyone and have a good weekend. Let's hope the weather is as good as the last one.


Sange and Steve.


22nd February 2022

Dear All,

Can't believe it is almost time for another quiz at the Rumburgh Buck this week,  Wednesday 23rd. 7:30 pm for 8.


The quiz at Rumburgh Village Hall has been confirmed for Saturday 5th March. Doors open 6:45 for 7 pm.

Cost per person £5. Teams of 6 people. Please bring your own drinks and snacks.

Tables limited to 8.  Please email or phone me to book your table.


Many thanks,  Sange.  01986 785 454.

15th February 2022

Dear All,

Perfect computer weather even though the allotment needs me.

I expect you will all have gathered that no A frame to advertise the coffee morning this week means that it has been decided , yet again, that it wouldn't be wise.  Fingers crossed for March!

An Update from Hooker House Dental Practice.

Due to the unprecedented number of emergencies, we are opening some extra slots for patients to be seen- we are giving priority to unregistered patients in pain.  These slots are available outside our normal working hours and will run each week until April, at Hooker House Dental Practice in Halesworth AND St. Mary's Street dental Practice in Bungay.  Please call if you are in pain and need to be seen; otherwise call 111 and they will direct you to us.

Time to get walking again!

At this time of year we start to think about the mud drying up and getting out to walk in the beautiful English Countryside again, but where to find new and interesting walks?

Walking in Suffolk has hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, details of all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.

John Harris (the custodian of the website) said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Suffolk (part of the Walking in England website) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.

With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.

So home or away, check out the websites and get walking!

John Harris

Take care,  Sange and Steve.


5th February 2022

1) Thank you to those who asked/wondered, I am pleased to advise that the Ray-ban glasses have been re-claimed.

2) Reluctantly we have decided to play it safe and not hold any more whist sessions this winter/spring.  The next session will hopefully be in October.

3) Road closure in Rumburgh.  Rumburgh Lane, Aldous Corner will be closed for repair work from Monday 7th February for a few days.

4) Fox Hill in St. Cross is now open again.

5) Halesworth Market Town has requested on FaceBook that everyone continue to wear face coverings in town shops and businesses where possible please.



Re-starting on Tuesday 15th February and weekly in Chediston school room near the church, informal craft group. A chance to share and try new and old crafts and pick up ideas.  There is a small charge of £1.50p per session to pay for the room hire and refreshments, but the first session is free.  Contact: Rosie Collier 01986 875 746.



There is a new repair Cafe in Halesworth for household items that need mending i.e. sewing and darning repairs, electrical items , glueing and general fixing. This is on the 4th Monday of each month. (24th Feb,) 2-4pm, upstairs at the library. The idea is that you bring along things that you need fixing, please bring appropriate cotton/wool etc. if needed.  There's tea, cakes and info abut a range of repairs and plenty of friendly people to chat. You are welcome to make a donation to help cover the running costs of the event and hopefully together we'll keep more things out of landfill.  Do please spread the word, and if you want to get involved as a volunteer (there's plenty to do besides the mending work. We would welcome volunteers with electrical or other skills and anyone able to PAT test electrical items. Please email if you can help.  There are also poster up in the Library.


Halesworth  Co-op Car Park Saxons Way, IP19 8LU  Mobile NHS Hearing and Maintenance Service for Halesworth.

New mobile unit will be in Halesworth on the 2nd Monday of every month - 12.  Please PRE-BOOK your hearing aid repair. Batteries and tubing will be dispensed without an appointment. 01473 286 060

Dates in 2022.  February 14th.   March 14th   April 11th.  May 9th.  June 13th.  July 11th.  August 8th.  September 12th.  October 10th.  November 14th.  December 12th.  When using this service face coverings must be worn.

Please remember to pre book. Any aids not booked will be taken back to the clinic and posted back to you. You will need to contribute to the postage costs.

Suffolk Hearing Advisory service, Suffolk House, 2, Wharfedale Road, Ipswich. IP1 4JP


Rumburgh Buck

Thank you to everyone who participated in the quiz at the end of January. It was good to have so many teams. Next quiz the last Wednesday in February, 23rd. 7:30 pm for 8pm.

Sunday 6th Feb - Kitchen Band, Saturday 12th - Blue Plate Specials.  Monday 14th RumStrum.

A belated Christmas and New Year is coming to Rumburgh Buck. W/C 21st February Christmas Lunch and Party Menu available. Christmas Party Night Friday 25th Feb. Festive day Sat 26th Feb and we will see the New Year in at 10pm.  Come along and celebrate with us like only the Buck can.  If you missed your party night, now's your chance.  Full menu on the Rumburgh Buck FaceBook page.  23rd April Mini Beer Fest, Rumburgh Morris and Otters Pocket.


Rumburgh Village Hall

The next coffee morning is pencilled in for Thursday 17th February.  Posters will confirm nearer the time.  The next quiz is pencilled in for Saturday 5th March.


Hopefully I haven't forgotten anything,

Take care,  Sange and Steve.

18th January 2022

Dear All,


1)  Firstly, before I forget, a pair of Ray-Ban glasses were found on the stones at Rumburgh Church between the two pairs of gates, Any idea who they belong to?

2)  It has been decided to play it safe now the new term has started and give the coffee morning a miss this week in Rumburgh Village Hall.

3) The Chess group held in the Rumburgh Buck is starting back on February 9th. Second Wednesday each month, 7:30 pm for a couple of hours.  All welcome.

4)  The bus time table for the bus to Bungay on a Thursday is now securely screwed to the old stop post by the Pleasure Ground shelter.


Take care,  Keep safe,  Sange and Steve.

5th January 2022

I hope this finds you all well or as well as you can be under the circumstances.


  • January 2nd.

There are 2 church services in the Saints Benefice.  Rumburgh at 10:00am and Homersfield at 4pm.


  • January 5th.

Road works for 3 weeks 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (Footway works ) by the pelican lights by the main post office on the Norwich Road.


  • January 8th and 15th 10:30 am.

Hedge planting opportunity in Rumburgh, 3rd year in a row!  A group of volunteers will be hedge planting at Greenhaven in Rumburgh.

Everyone welcome, with suitable footwear, gloves, and favourite spade!  Call Lisa on 07905 362 604 for more info.


Steve and I have decided it is probably better not to hold a whist session in Rumburgh Village hall in January.  We will think about February nearer the time.


And finally, a message from the Buck.

'Dear Customers of Rumburgh Buck,  We are sorry to inform you that due to a positive Covid test within our team we will now be closed until Tuesday 4th January.  The safety of our customers and our small close-knit team of staff remain our highest priority, as it has throughout the pandemic.  Apologies to all our customers but we think it better to stay on the safe side.  Of course we are extremely disappointed not to welcome the New Year in with you but we all look forward to  brighter things in 2022.  Take care of yourselves, have a Happy 2022, we thank you for your ongoing support and welcoming you back.'


Very best wishes for a happy, healthy and safe 2022. 

Sange and Steve.

8th December 2021

Dear All,  What a busy month we have coming up.


1)  Children please come to our church at Ilketshall St. Margaret tomorrow on Sunday 5th at 3pm, to decorate our Christmas tree.  We will be singing favourite carols and playing percussion instruments.  Gifts of books, chocolate and cake for everyone.  All welcome.


2) You should have already have been sent a poster about the Christmas Tree Festival at St. Margaret South Elmham. Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th, 2pm - 6:30pm each day. Refreshments, mince pies, cakes, tombola, wreaths.


3) On Wednesday 8th December at 7:30pm in Rumburgh Village Hall we are pleased to welcome Ian Bedford, who is one of the leading authorities in the country on biodiversity, soil health and the effects of climate change on nature and, of course, gardens.


4) Coffee Morning in Rumburgh Village Hall.  Thursday 9th, 10:30 - 12 noon.  Waitress service, and please wear a mask when not seated.


5) Saturday 11th December 8:00pm at the Rumburgh Buck, JY Kelly Folk Band. Traditional music and song.


6) You should already have been sent a poster about the Christmas Craft and Gift Fair at Ilketshall Village Hall. NR35 1QZ  Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December. 11:00 - 4:00pm.


7) Sunday 12th December 8:00pm at the Rumburgh Buck, Live music with the Kitchen Band.


8) On Tuesday 14th December at 6pm there is a Carol service at Rumburgh Church. Our vicar Leon and the Vicar of Bungay have been practicing with a choir and also some children from Ilketshall St. Lawrence School Primary School will be attending.


9)  Join us on the patio for Carols by Candlelight on Saturday 18th December, 4pm at the Rumburgh Buck. Including mulled wine/mince pies.


Christmas Eve Services.

  • Ilketshall St. Margaret - Carol and Crib Service 3:00pm.    
  • Flixton - Crib Service 5:00pm
  • St. Cross  - Midnight Mass 11:00pm
  • Christmas Day will be a Family Communion , 10 :00 am Homersfield.


10)  Old Fashioned Carols on Christmas Day in the Cosy bar at the Rumburgh Buck with Rumburgh Morris Singers 12:30 pm.


11)  Last quiz of the year at the Rumburgh Buck on Wednesday 29th December. 7:30 for 8pm. light snack and raffle. Remember to book your table with Stella.



The whist which we cancelled for Saturday 4th December due to the new Omicron variant is now on Saturday January 8th.


Is there anyone who holds a Food Hygiene Certificate who might be willing to help with coffee mornings etc in Rumburgh Please.


I hope I haven't forgotten anything.  This may well be my last email this year, so we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2022.


Best wishes,  Sange and Steve.

24th November 2021

Dear All,


First a big thank you to everyone who was able to renew their 100 club numbers last month.  As all the numbers were taken, the annual draw at the AGM was raised from £60 to £70 and was won by Michael Josling. Ist prize went up from £24 to £25 and was won by  David Borer and second prize went from £12 to £15. Bernie Reeve was the lucky winner.  In November the lucky winners were Pat Wong and Keith Greenberg.

These numbers are now chosen at the monthly coffee mornings.


Thank you to everyone who supported the quiz in aid of Rumburgh Church on Saturday night by attending or donating. A total of  £338.65p was raised. It was a most enjoyable and successful evening which we hope will be repeated next November.


The next quiz will be held in the Rumburgh Buck this Wednesday 24th.  7:30 for 8pm.  Mid evening snack included, there will also be a raffle.


Change of service time. Sunday 28th November.

Joint Bungay & Saints Benefice Advent Service at All Saints Church, Mettingham is now at 6pm.


There is also a Holy Communion on Sunday 28th at St. Peter South Elmham at 10 am.


While in Southwold this morning we saw the following East Suffolk sign,   Free parking from 4pm on selected dates in the following towns:

Beccles 26/11.  Felixstowe, Halesworth, Southwold 27/11.  Framlingham, 3/12.  Leiston and Lowerstoft 4/12

Free parking will also be available from noon to 6pm on Saturday 18th December 2021 across the district.


The next whist in Rumburgh Village Hall is on Saturday 4th December, 7:00pm start. me please. Doors open 6:40.


On Wednesday December 8th at 7:30 pm in Rumburgh Village Hall we are pleased to welcome Ian Bedford, who is one of the leading authorities in the country on biodiversity, soil health and the effects of climate change on nature and , or course gardens. 

This is Ian's own description of the talk he will be giving:  Gardens for Us & Them - Despite many worrying facts about Global Warming and Climate Change and how it will affect the ecosystems, around 35% of Britain's land mass is protected from development within National Parks and Nature Reserves.  Many projects are also underway to try and connect these protected areas so that their wildlife doesn't suffer through geographic isolation.  Home gardens can all become valuable stepping stones for our wildlife in the quest to connect the natural reserves.  This talk explains some of the very easy things we can all do to help achieve this, for us and the future generations of our population and Britain's wildlife.  Guests welcome.


Saturday 11th December, Children's Treasure Hunt from the Village Hall car park at 4;00pm returning at 4:30 for Christmas Songs and  Carols led by Hannah Pywell . Mince Pies and mulled wine will be available.


Please note Prescriptions will not be delivered to the Rumburgh Buck on Thursday 23rd December.  If medication is due around this time please order by December 13th.  Any prescriptions after this date will have to be collected from the surgery or delivered to the Buck on 30th December.


The Carol Service at Rumburgh Church will be held on Tuesday 14th December.


Take care,  Sange and Steve.

27th October 2021

A few things coming up next month.

But first a reminder there is a quiz at the Rumburgh Buck this Wednesday 27th, 7:30 pm for 8 :00.  Don't forget to book your table with Stella.

Rumburgh and St. Michael held their AGM last Thursday.  The annual draw for the 100 club was won by Michael Josling who now has a cheque for £70 waiting for him.  I have one spare number if anyone would like it. It is £12 for the year and the 2 draws each month are 1st prize £25 and 2nd prize £15. As I don't go to the village hall meetings, the numbers have been done on FaceTime.  It has occurred to me I can, and will in future, pick the numbers at the monthly coffee mornings.  A big thank you to those who helped in the kitchen this month, much appreciated, and also to the people who made the most delicious cakes!!

Thank you also to those who have already paid their 100 club subs for the coming year. Either by transfer, cheque or cash.  I have more than half in already.

There is one more week for the scarecrow competition in Halesworth.

Halloween/Samhein/ and the Molly Men at the Rumburgh Buck next Sunday.

Now onto November.......

Saturday 6th.  We will try again for whist in Rumburgh Village Hall. Third time lucky we hope.  If not we will leave it until February.  We are planning to use the larger tables to give us all more room.  If you would like to join us, R.S.V.P. to my email address above.  Many thanks.

Also on the 6th, Otters Pocket are at the Rumburgh Buck at 8:30pm

Saturday November 13th St. Mary's Church Flixton is holding a coffee and cake morning in Flixton village hall between 10 00 am - 12 noon.  Donations to church funds.

Rumburgh Church Quiz will be held on Saturday November 20th at 7:00pm If you wish to book a table please call by November 7th to 01986 781 220 Pam and Ian Harris.  Please bring your own snacks etc as they cannot serve hot food under the present regulation safety.  Tickets are £5 per person, tables of up to 6.  Maximum number of tables will be 8.

Advance notice of road closure.  15-11-21  A144 Halesworth road, Wenhaston with Mells Hamlet - road closed 20 metres southeast and 20 metres northwest of level crossing.  Reason for closure - repairs to level crossing.  Alternative route - A144, A143,  A146,  A145,  A12,  A144

Oops, nearly forgot. Church services in The Saints.

  • Sunday October 31st  10 am St. Mary's Flixton, 15:00 Ilketshall St. John
  • Sunday 7th November - Remembrance Sunday 10 am Ilketshall St. Margaret.  15:00  St. James South Elmham.
  • Sunday 14th November 10 am St. Margaret South Elmham.  15:00 outdoor service at Ilketshall St. Lawrence.

For services in The Blyth Valley please see their website.

Just a reminder that summertime ends next weekend.


Take care, keep safe,  Sange and Steve.

21st September 2021

A very successful walk/BBQ was held at the beginning of the month.

Road Closure, this time in Wissett. Mill Road, Wissett.(The Wissett Plough End) From 20/09/21 until 01/10/21 For sewage works.

I will take this opportunity to remind you  of the Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 24th being hosted by Sandra and Mike Hateley at

Rumburgh Cottage, New Road, Rumburgh IP19 0NJ.


New Singing Group

Singing group mainly for Carol services, namely Advent at Mettingham Church.  Practicing IIlketshall St. Margaret church for 8 weeks, including one special, chosen by us carol, to sing as a group. Harmony practice to favourite carols.  Ian Hollingsworth to lead us, Gail Sprake playing the organ.  No charge, only a contribution towards wine for Ian if you wish.  Starting Tuesday 5th October, 7pm - 8:15, possibly singing somewhere else to be decided.  Just for fun.  Please let Val know if you are interested. - thank you.


Church Services.

For the Saints Benefice:

  • Sunday 19th September, 10 am St. Michael South Elmham and 17:00 St. Mary Flixton
  • Sunday 26th September, 10 am Ilketshall St. John and 17:00 Ilketshall St. Margaret.


For the Blyth Valley services  please see their website:


If anyone has 5-6 hours to spare per week in either one or two sessions, please contact; Jenni 07762 215 420


Many thanks,  Have a good weekend.  Sange and Steve.