Stambourne Newsletter: December 2023 / January 2024

Digital version of the December 2023-January 2024 Stambourne Newsletter, the bi-monthly printed newsletter published and distributed by Stambourne Parish Council – No: 277

The latest Stambourne Newsletter is now available. Read all about the Parish Council, news from Stambourne Chapel and Stambourne Church, activities in Stambourne and more.

Stambourne newsletter December 2023-January 2024

Stambourne newsletter December 2023-January 2024


The last meeting of the year took place on Thursday, 23rd November 2023 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. We were pleased to welcome our District Councillor, Richard van Dulken.

Green waste collections

The deadline to sign up for the early bird discount had now passed. Cllr van Dulken advised that 36% of households in the district had signed up.

Wethersfield Air Base

The outcome of the judicial review is awaited. The airbase was expected to be at capacity with 1700 migrants by January 2024.

The Pavilion on the Playing Field, Stambourne, North Essex


It will soon be closed up for the winter. There are new statutory regulations on fire safety for public building and this will be dealt with over the winter months.


Our new VAS sign is in place in Dyers End and does appear to be slowing the traffic down. This is a moveable sign and it will rotate between Dyers End, Church Road and Chapel End Way.

Potholes are a continuing issue and can be reported to Essex County Council Highways on or let me know and I will report them in. Photos are always helpful.


Our footpaths are regularly monitored — if you see any problems when you are out, walking please let the Parish Council know and they can report them to Essex County Council Highways.

Bonfire Night

Sadly the decision was made to cancel Bonfire Night due to the extremely wet weather and flooding that happened in the run up to the event. We look forward to it taking place in in 2024.

Parish Council Meeting Dates 2024
• 18th January 2024
• 14th March 2024
• 16th May 2024
• 18th July 2024
• 19th September 2024
• 21st November 2024

All are Thursdays at 7.30pm in the Village Hall unless shown otherwise.

More details may be found here »

Full minutes are available here:

Debbie Hilliard, Parish Clerk, 01440 785 629

Stambourne newsletter December 2023-January 2024


I would like to start my input to the newsletter with an update on the harvest items I took to the food bank. Our donation totalled 57.66 kg and supplied 52 meals. So a huge thank you to all who donated.

The Remembrance service on 12th November 2023 was well supported. It was nice to be joined by and share the morning with Adrian and our friends from Stambourne Chapel.

I am trying to arrange for two services a month at Stambourne and although they may not be on the 1st or 2nd Sunday of each month, I am asking for your support at as many as you can attend as we are still in the long process of advertising for a new Vicar. Please check the Church noticeboard for any changes and updates.

On behalf of Stambourne Parochial Church Council I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas & a peaceful 2024.

Val Kerrison, Churchwarden
01440 785 752 or 07879 816 362

Stambourne newsletter December 2023-January 2024


10th December4pmCarol Service »Rev. Caroline Brown
31st December11amBenefice Service @ StambourneRev. Justin Tomkins
7th JanuaryNo service
14th January9.30amHoly CommunionRev. Justin Tomkins and Tia Stickland
28th January10amBenefice Service @ Castle HedinghamBishop Roger
4th February9.30amMorning PrayerMalcolm Buckland
11th February9.30amHoly CommunionRev. Justin Tomkins
3rd March9.30amMorning PrayerTBC
10th March9.30amHoly CommunionRev. Justin Tomkins

Stambourne newsletter December 2023-January 2024


News from the Chapel

First our thanks to all who came to the Christmas Fayre and made it such a success. Together you raised £360 for our chapel building fund and £73 for the Stambourne Chapel Care fund. We are very grateful to all who donated prizes and cakes and who came along to make such a lovely Christmassy atmosphere!

Our Christmas Carol Service is on 17th December at 4pm when we will have a traditional candlelight service. Do come along and enjoy a hot mulled wine and mince pie and lots of carols. We look forward to sharing Christmas with you and on Christmas day will be holding a short birthday celebration as we remember that this is the official birthday of Jesus, our Saviour and King. So be ready for a real celebration!

So we pray that your Christmas will be joyful and peace filled.

And as Tiny Tim said “May God bless them one and all”.

Christmas baubles

Our New Year’s service is about our plans for 2024 and so come along and find out and contribute. We have many ideas of what we can do, but none are useful without you! Happy Christmas!

Every blessing,

Adrian Burr, Minister

Stambourne newsletter December 2023-January 2024


SundayMorning Services
10.45am. 1st Sunday includes Communion. We come together to share in our Sunday Service of worship. All are welcome!
TuesdayCoffee morning »
10am – 12pm. Coffee and chat in a “warm space”. This often includes a visit from the Community Police or from Richard Van Dulken, our District Councillor.

Silver Link »
2pm – 4pm. Every other week.
WednesdayStrong Seniors (fitness class for seniors)
2pm. Keeping independently mobile, strengthening muscles, improving bone density, mobility and cardiovascular health.

Our last one for 2023 is on 13th December. We restart on 10th January 2023. Email or our Facebook page.
ThursdayCoffee morning »
10am – 12pm. Coffee and chat in a “warm space”. This often includes a visit from the Community Police or from Richard Van Dulken, our District Councillor.

Also on 3rd Thursday each month we have our Outings Group meeting, where everyone is invited to come for a cuppa and to share where they would like to visit in the next couple of months. We will then organise and order tickets (if necessary) and arrange transport for all who would like to go. If you haven’t any transport but would like to have a couple hours outing, then come along and find likeminded people who can share the experience with you!

EVENTS for December 2023

3rd DecemberHaverhill Silver Band Family Christmas concert
At Haverhill Arts Centre. Tickets are £12 or £10 for concessions.
17th DecemberChristmas Carols by candlelight »
4pm. At Stambourne Chapel
22nd DecemberPantomime Dick Whittington
1pm. At Haverhill Arts Centre
The Arts Centre events are booking up fast so please let Jill know if you would like to come.
2024Various trips are being planned for 2024. Let us know if there is anywhere you would like to go and we will see if we can get a group up to all go together.

Stambourne Chapel Care

This voluntary organisation was set up to help people as they go through life changing situations. Our group of 8 volunteers currently serve around 40 people. The group is funded by grants and by donations as there is no charge for any of the things we do, although we are very grateful for the donations that many people make. If you would like to support this work by volunteering, or by donating please contact Jill.

Adrian Burr, Minister,, 07983 656 166
Margaret Mead, Secretary & prayer request,, 07561 283 587
Jill Holmes, Project Lead & Stambourne Chapel Care,, 07883 423 528

Find us on Facebook: Stambourne Chapel or Stambourne Chapel Care


Stambourne Ladies Group

Save these dates!

If you’d like to know more than please visit the Stambourne Ladies Group section or contact Lorna on 07980 922 636 or Zoe on 07740 723 057.

Welcome to 2024! »

Join the Stambourne Ladies Group for the first meet-up of 2024.

  • Wednesday, 7th February 2024
  • 7pm for 7.30pm
  • Free for members; £3 for guests
  • Stambourne Village Hall, Church Road, Stambourne CO9 4NP
  • Contact Lorna on 07980 922 636 or Zoe on 07740 723 057 for more details

Easter crafty bakes

Kindly run by Zoe.

  • Wednesday, 13th March 2024
  • 7pm for 7.30pm
  • Free for members; £3 for guests
  • Stambourne Village Hall, Church Road, Stambourne CO9 4NP
  • Contact Lorna on 07980 922 636 or Zoe on 07740 723 057 for more details

Light-hearted poetry competition & recital

  • Wednesday, 10th April 2024
  • 7pm for 7.30pm
  • Free for members; £3 for guests
  • Stambourne Village Hall, Church Road, Stambourne CO9 4NP
  • Contact Lorna on 07980 922 636 or Zoe on 07740 723 057 for more details

Stambourne newsletter December 2023-January 2024


Have a lovely Christmas from all the Village Hall Committee!

Village Hall available for hire »

Hiring Fees, including heating and electricity:

  • For residents: £8 per hour
  • For non-residents: £10 per hour

This includes heating and a kitchen.

There is also a table tennis table and carpet bowls is available.

To hire the Stambourne Village Hall, contact Rosemary Horton on 01440 785 339. More info »

Stambourne Village Hall

Christmas quiz at the Stambourne Village Hall »

Jacket potatoes & chilli and a vegetarian option, as well as Christmas pudding and cream will accompany the evening.

Bring your own drink and glass and have a good time!

The Christmas Grand Draw will also be held on the night.

Prize for winning table

  • Saturday, 16th December 2022 at the Stambourne Village Hall, Church Road, Stambourne CO9 4NP
  • 7pm for 7.30pm
  • £10 per person (including food)
  • Contact Cath on 01440 785 678 to book a table

Cathy’s Fresh Pine Christmas Wreaths

  • Available now!
  • Free Delivery
  • To order phone: 01440 785 678
Cathy's Christmas Wreaths

Hot off the press!

Winter craft market in Stambourne »

Come along to the Village Hall on Saturday, 20th January 2024 for what is becoming a regular Craft Market appointment in Stambourne and support local makers and businesses!

  • Saturday, 20th January 2024
  • 10.30am – 1.30pm
  • Stambourne Village Hall, Church Road, Stambourne CO9 4NP
  • Contact Coral Fordham on 07876 553 332 for more details


Knit & Natter Club »

  • Every Thursday
  • 5pm – 7pm
  • The Green Man, 3 Church Lane, Toppesfield CO9 4DR
  • THE Stambourne Knitting group: get crafty with knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, quilting and more!
  • Bring along your projects, share ideas and tips, get inspired or just come for a chat. Everyone welcome!
  • Contact Anna on 07944 696 527 for more details

And if you can’t knit/won’t knit? That’s fine! Just come for a natter and to meet friends (or make new ones). Whatever your levels of craftiness, join in!
More info »

Knit & Natter Club

Toppesfield Parish Paths Group: New Year Walk

  • Sunday, 7th January 2024
  • 10.30am
  • Meet at The Green Man, 3 Church Lane, Toppesfield CO9 4DR
  • Start the year as you mean to go on
  • Join me for a ramble around our beautiful parish
  • Walk off the excesses of the last few weeks
  • An hour and half to two hours depending on weather and conditions
  • Stout footwear recommended. It might be a bit muddy!
  • Dogs welcome, on a lead, please
  • Great exercise, conversation and company
  • Why not book in for Sunday lunch in The Green Man for when we get back?
  • Contact Ann Read on 01787 237 464 for more details

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