Wednesday, 26th April 2017
Great Finborough Suffolk Village
Great Finborough Suffolk Village
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4 9.45am Candlestick Club Trip
8 6pm Brownies, Pettiward Hall
8 7.30pm Parish Council Meeting
9 9.30-1.30am Coffee morning, Chestnut Horse
13   SHCT Annual Cycle Ride
15 6pm Brownies, Pettiward Hall
17 7-7.30pm Buxhall WI, Buxhall Village Hall
22 6pm Brownies, Pettiward Hall
27 11am-2.30pm Ladies who Lunch, Pettiward Hall
28 2.30pm Onehouse Ramblers, Onehouse Church Room
29 6pm Brownies, Pettiward Hall
6 6pm Brownies, Pettiward Hall
13 6pm Brownies, Pettiward Hall

Church Services in the Benefice

It is important to check the service schedule below as there is variation month to month

Sunday 31 August 11th Sunday after Trinity  
Benefice Holy Communion Combs 11am
Holy Communion Onehouse 11am
Evensong Shelland 6.30pm
Sunday 7 September 12th Sunday after Trinity
Holy Communion Little Finborough 9am
Morning Worship and Baptism Onehouse 9.30am
Sung Eucharist – Patronal Buxhall 11am
All Age Worship Combs 11am
Sunday 14 September 13th Sunday after Trinity
Holy Communion Harleston 9.30am
Holy Communion Shelland 9.30am
Matins Buxhall 9.30am
Morning Prayer Great Finborough 11am
Messy Harvest Festival Onehouse Church 11am
Deanery Confirmation Combs 4pm
Sunday 21 September Saint Matthew
Holy Communion Little Finborough 9am
Holy Communion (said) Buxhall 9.30am
Holy Communion Onehouse 11am
Morning Praise and Baptism Combs 11am
Holy Communion Great Finborough 11am
Harvest Festival Shelland 3pm
Sunday 28 September 15th Sunday after Trinity
Holy Communion Harleston 9.30am
Holy Communion Combs 11am
Holy Communion Great Finborough 11am
Holy Communion Onehouse 11am
Harvest Festival Buxhall 3pm
Harvest Festival Little Finborough 3pm
Sunday 5 October 16th Sunday after Trinity
Holy Communion Little Finborough 9am
Sung Eucharist Buxhall 9.30am
Reflective Morning Prayer Shelland 9.30am
Harvest Festival Combs 11am
Harvest Festival Great Finborough 11am
Harvest Festival Harleston 3pm
Evening Prayer: Buxhall Wednesdays 6pm; Great Finborough Thursdays 4.30pm

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The Pub, Clubs and Groups...

The Chestnut HorseThe Chestnut Horse pub was once the Chestnut Horse Farmhouse and part of the Pettiward Estate. The farmhouse was converted in the 1860s or '70s, when the White Horse Inn opposite was demolished and rebuilt to form the estate offices. Edward Fayer, the last butler for the Pettiward household at Finborough Hall, became landlord of the Chestnut Horse when the estate was broken up and sold in 1936. The original farmland remained with the pub freehold and it was farmed for the landlord by a William Castell. Some of it was used for housing where Middlefield Drive now stands.

The present Chestnut Horse is a traditional timber framed village pub, tenanted for Greene King by Angela Crocker. Angie serves a full range of cask and bottled ales, wines and soft drinks at the bar and in the beer garden. Around the back there is a Petanque court and, ample car parking. Food is available lunchtime between 12 noon and 2pm and evening meals are served from 5pm. Darts (the Chestnut Horse has a cup-winning darts team), bar billiards and monthly pub quizzes provide the entertainment round an open fire in winter, though the welcome is warm at the Chestnut Horse, whatever the season.

Every year at Easter, the Chestnut Horse hosts the famous Finborough Race of the Boggmen - here's a short history for anyone interested. While having roof repairs carried out on Boyton Hall in the summer of 1975, local farmer Trevor Waspe discovered a contract of employment written, signed and stamped for the year 1897. On closer examination of the document, and through further investigation, the following facts emerged. As it was traditional for sowing to start around the Easter period, each farmer hired a team of six 'min'. The team that Joseph John Hatten hired for Boyton Hall fell out of favour after a drunken brawl on Good Friday 1897. The men were sacked. Word soon got around that another team was needed and on Easter Monday a team from the nearby village of Haughley set out for Boyton Hall. Meanwhile Joseph John Hatten, worried about the situation, had re-employed the 'min'. Both teams appeared, ready for work. To resolve the problem an idea from one James Boggis of Oulton, who was staying at the Hall, was to throw the contract of employment in the air and the first team to get it over the threshold of the pub in the village of Great Finborough won the job. This event was carried on as an annual tradition and as an excuse to relax before the hard work on the land began. However, it fell into disuse in 1915, when so many Suffolk lads were taken for the fields of Flanders during the first world war. The Race of the Boggmen was revived in 1976 and the rest, as they say, is history...

Pettiward Hall

1st Great Finborough and Buxhall Brownies - contact Gloria Firman on (01449) 672729 for further details.
Garden Club. The Great Finborough and District Garden Club meets six times a year in the Pettiward Hall or on organised visits to garden sites in the area. Additionally the Club organizes an Open Gardens Day in the village in support of the Clubs nominated Charity. The club also hold a members Annual BBQ. Membership fees are 12.50 per household; meetings are open to non-members at a charge of 2.00 per session. The club aims to promote gardening and encourage good cultivation through talks, discussion, demonstrations and social events; by visits to local gardens and other venues of horticultural interest; and by maintaining information on topics of interest to local gardeners. The Club Secretary is Judith Cameron, (01449) 672978. Or e-mail
Great Finborough and Buxhall Under-Fives. This pre-school for children meets Monday to Friday in the Pettiward Hall between 9.15 and 11.45 am. The charge is 7.00 per child per session, with the option of lunch club between 11.45am and 12.30pm for an extra 1.50. There are also afternoon sessions available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 12.30pm to 3.00pm, the charge is also 7.00 per child per session. The Under-Fives are Ofsted inspected and meet in a fully equipped and heated suite of rooms, including kitchen and toilet facilities. The pre-school group functions in a learning environment based on a national curriculum aimed at preparing children for full-time education with qualified, caring and experienced staff. For further information about the pre-school group contact them during pre-school hours on 07708 362697 or Helen Winter on (01449) 615060. For more information, please visit their website:
Candlestick Club. This is a club for the over 60's from the villages of Great Finborough and Buxhall. A variety of activities is provided throughout the year. For further details contact Keith Proctor on (01449) 736598.
Haughley Hoofers. Haughley Hoofers is a local group of North West Clog dancers. Click here to find out more and how to join, or visit our website
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