Village Hall and Playground News


Coffee morning February 2018


February's coffee morning raised 130 from the stalls plus 70.50 from the 50/50 Club. Roger Bassham, Vice-President of the Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group, received a cheque for 100 from the Village Hall Committee - from proceeds of October's Quiz'n Chips Night. The donation was in honour and memory of Colin Robinson - and Rosemarie also presented a personal donation to the charity for their enduring support to local sufferers.



Christmas Fair 2017

Saskia Calton raised 560 for the Princes Trust at the Bawburgh Christmas fair. All the profit went to the charity. The cafe took 275 selling Christmas themed goodies. Over 150 people attended the fair, along with helpers and nineteen stall holders. The raffle alone took over 100. Thanks to everyone.


'Macmillan' Coffee Morning 2017

October 2017's Coffee Morning raised 375 for Macmillan. This included a 70 donation from the 50/50 club). Thank you to everyone who helped to raise so much money.

Photo thanks to Jenny Press

Village gets Defibrillator to Help Save Lives 2017

An Automatic External Defibrillator has been purchased with a combination of funds from the Bawburgh Village Hall Committee and the generous support of the British Heart Foundation as part of a coordinated national campaign to provide a network of public access defibrillators around the country. Increasingly these are now seen in village halls, sports centres, shopping malls, schools and libraries. individually, thankfully, they will rarely be used, but by making them readily available, familiarising the public with their presence and developing confidence in the community to use them in an emergency, they will save lives. I, as a cardiologist at the Norfolk and Norwich, have personally looked after three people whose lives have been saved by an AED at the UEA Sports Park.

The AED is mounted in a sealed box at the entrance to the Village Hall. It is the village's asset and is positioned at the Village Hall because that is where there will be the highest concentration of individuals at any one time. It is battery operated and can be taken to wherever it is needed. It will soon be registered on the national network so that if there is a cardiac arrest locally, the emergency services will alert the caller to the fact that the AED is near-by. The box is alarmed with an audible siren and flashing light to discourage tampering. A plastic tag on the catch of the cabinet also discourages tampering, but we have to balance free and easy access in an emergency, with the protection of our new asset.

AEDs are designed to be used by people who are not trained in their use. There are simple step by step audible and visual instructions. The device is designed so that you cannot do harm - it will not deliver a shock to a collapsed patient unless the device 'thinks' it is the right thing to do, and it is the device and not the operator, which makes the decision.

In the New Year I am planning to run sessions in the Village Hall, helping interested individuals to learn how to use the AED with confidence, and also teaching very basic life support skills. These will be done in small groups for anyone of almost any age, to help them to feel confident to take action to save a life. 

Coffee Morning November 2016


Rob and Carol Reeve attended the November 2016 Village Hall Coffee Morning, and received the monies raised for the Macmillan Cancer Care, in October 2016, amounting to 432. Carol spoke of her appreciation of the event and the money raised, especially in view of the many causes villagers want to support. From left: Rob and Carol, with June Tucker and David Goodman.

Quiz 'n Chips Night November 2015

78 people attended the Quiz and Chips night on 21st November 2015 for a fun night out. The winners were 'Victoria's Secrets.'  (from left: Darren and Jane Heavens, Bruce and Dawn Turnbull, Anna Osmolowska, Ian Edwards, Lisa Redford, Victoria Smillie and Karl Jokat).

280 profit was raised with 100 of this presented to the charity CHATTERBOX (the Norwich Talking Newspaper for the blind and partially sighted).

In recent years Chris Williams and Rupert Hipwell have taken it in turns to compile/present the quiz, and it was Rupert's turn, with June and David organising everything else (including nudging Rupert if his language got too ripe!). 

Easter Coffee Morning 2015

At the Easter Coffee morning 2015, the Village Hall Committee kindly decided to reward regular Coffee Morning helpers with their own Easter Eggs! From left - Betty Martins (tombola), Brenda Bell (coffees), Neita Sparkes (cards), Velma Cousins (raffle), Lin Gibson and Jenny Press (books) and Lin Kendrick (raffle). More helpers always needed for the coffee mornings!

Please Note: The Coffee mornings are held on the first Saturday morning of every month 10.30am to 12.00 noon.  All are welcome. Besides coffee, there is a cards stall (home made cards special attraction), sale of second hand books, raffle and 50/50 draw as regular features. Please see Bawburgh News magazine for details of monthly events held at these coffee mornings which include Tombola, plant sale, homemade preserves and pickles, and homemade cakes.



Fireworks Night 2017 went with a bang

On Friday 3November over 400 people attended the annual Bawburgh Fireworks display. This record attendance was put down to the unusually warm and dry weather for the event. Burgers, mulled wine and home-made soup were all very popular as was the bar. The evening was a great success.

Photo thanks to Harry Anthony

More Play Equipment for New Playground

The children's playground has had more new equipment installed. Since the opening in July 2017, many children have been using the new area and the addition of three new swings has added to the fun. Two of the swings are for older children and one is a basket swing which can be used by children of all ages.

New Playground for Bawburgh!

On Saturday 1st July 2017, Bawburgh's new playground was officially opened by Orla Scott (see below). Orla won the draw to see who would get to open the playground.  The playground was full with children and their parents enjoying the new equipment. The sun shone and everyone had a great time. The zipwire was in constant use (see below).

Kate Smallwood of the VHMC writes "After a year of fundraising , surveying opinions, and lots of hard work, we have recently had the good news that we have raised enough for a brand new park for Bawburgh, to replace the existing park behind the Village Hall. A big chunk of the funding came from a generous Biffa Award, but contributions from South Norfolk Council, the Bawburgh Youth Club and money raised at last year's Duck Race, and other village events helped get us off to a fantastic start".

Quiz and Chips 18th February 2017

The winning team: 'The Millers' From left to right -  Dave Rowson, Sylvia Kingman, Pamela Ross, Roger Thompson, Louise Garnham and Geoff Garnham. Each team member was presented with a bottle of wine.

55 residents split into eight teams to compete in February's Quiz and Chips Night. With eight question rounds and one picture round, the quiz was a challenge for everyone present. The question master, Chris Williams, kept everyone entertained and on their toes. Fish and Chips were provided by Barrons of Costessey and they were much appreciated by the hungry quiz-goers. A great night was had by all!!

With a raffle and entrance fees, the quiz raised 100 for the MS Trust with the remainder going to the village hall.

New Year's Party 2017

There were over fifty adults and fifteen children at the Village New Year's Party, held at the Village Hall. One resident from Hockering Lane brought along their jukebox for the evening and the hall was filled with music all night. The children had their own corner of the hall with a gaming table, bean bag chill area, help yourself sweet table and table football. Everyone enjoyed local farm jackets with slow cooked pork, chilli beans, cheese and coleslaw. All the food was  delicious. At midnight, the New Year was greeted with a rousing rendition of 'auld lang syne' accompanied by the banging of party poppers.


Christmas Craft Fair (10th December 2016)


Congratulations to Saskia Calton on organising a superb Christmas Craft Fair at the Village Hall in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. 630 were raised! Well done Saskia!


Bawburgh Definitely Has Got Talent 2016

On 11th March 2016, it was proved through an evening of poetry, music, singing and karaoke. They were all winners! (from left) Philip Bradshaw (clarinet), Michael Hollidge (keyboard/singing), Brenda Bell (singing), Keith Oldrey (poetry), Christine Hollidge (singing), June Tucker (stand-up!), Darrin Sore (singing), Elizabeth Lewis Williams (poetry), Eleanor Lewis Williams (cello), Betty Martins (poetry), front: Evie Holmes and Eleanor Smallwood.

Quiz 'n Chips Night February 2015

On the 4th April 2015, at the Village Hall Easter Coffee Morning, the Committee took the opportunity of announcing the sum of 375 which had been donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, following the Quiz 'n Chips Night at the Village Hall on 21st February 2015, in memory of Sue Lockhart.

From left Sue Williams (Committee Treasurer) , Rosemary Robinson and Sylvia Kingman (helpers) with David Goodman (Committee Member).