Welcome to the Palgrave and District Community Centre - The Centre is currently closed but we are hopeful of opening very soon











Palgrave Community Centre is run by an elected Trustee Committee, all Trustees of the Charity. The running of the Centre is all paid for out of Community Centre funds, which are raised by membership subscription, and hiring out for private events, together with various fundraising activities. Membership gives you reductions on events put on by the Centre.

All members of the PDCC Trustee Committee are volunteers, who give up their time to plan and hold various events at the centre that we hope people will be interested in.

There are regular activities in the building including Film Nights, Crib, Bowls, Table Tennis, Drumming, The Friendship Club, Martial Arts, Dancing and exercise classes etc. The hall can also be let for private parties and meetings at a charge lower than most in the area.

If you wish to book or enquire about prices please go to our Contact/Booking area.

During the year there are several events organised with the aim of getting the village people together; Spring Fayre; Summer Fete; Organised walks; Quizzes; Fireworks; Christmas Dinner; Coffee Mornings; Dinner Talks with local celebrities and experts; Demonstrations and lots more.


We produce the monthly magazine, The Palgrave Star, which is still delivered locally and available online.


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Saturday 29th August 11 am – 5 pm 

Sunday 30th August 1.15 pm – 5 pm 

Monday 31st August 11 am – 5 pm 

Admission is free but donations welcomed for the Church Funds 


We would love to hear from children or adults in the village who have been creative during the covid crisis.

 You may have written, painted, made textiles, sculpture or anything inspired by the pandemic.  

Please contact Jane McClintock 07719922762 or Jenny Goater 01379 644534 if you would like to help or be part of the exhibition. 

There will be a one way system in the Church and it will be a socially distanced event.  

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In early August a group of 12 volunteers cleared the final green waste from the playing field. 

The next stage is  to mechanically clear the regrown brambles and nettles and then  dig over the ground ready for cultivation in the spring and summer of 2021 and planting of seeds in the autumn.

Thank you to all!!


Christmas Tree Recycling

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Don't forget, you can recycle your Christmas tree at the Community Centre.

Please leave them at the collection point by 6.30 am on Monday 6th January

See poster for details

2019 AGM

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The Annual General Meeting for the PDCC was held on 20th November 2019

Many thanks for all the members that attended the AGM

The draft minutes are attached.

Membership Coffee Morning and Photo Exhibition

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Thanks to all that came along on Saturday to renew their membership or sign up for the first time.

We had some very kind and positive comments about the photo exhibition and its something we will repeat next year

VE Day Anniversary Celebrations- May 8th -10th 2020

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The PDCC are considering holding special events over the Bank Holiday Weekend in May 2020, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

Initial planning includes a Fancy Dress “Street Party” with 1940’s themed food and music; Fireworks, Bell Ringing; Exhibitions of photographs and themed artwork and a Bar-b-Que. As this is a village event, we have started conversations with the Parish Council, School and Church to bring together all the organisations to make it as special as we can.

We will need as much help as possible and are looking for both ideas for more events and activities and volunteers to help organise and help during the weekend.

If you have any thoughts on what should be included or you want to put your name forward to help, please get in touch. Phil Dyer 650479 or email – phildyer2114@gmail.com

Treasure Hunt

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Over 30 people enjoyed a few hours wandering around the village and surrounding areas seeking out answers to clues and enjoying the weather.

Thank you to Kevin Mobbs and Ian McClintock for setting the very challenging questions and to Jane McClintock and Sue Mobbs for the wonderful catering.

For those that are interested- answers can be found below

Brownie and The Bean come to Palgrave

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We are pleased to announce that we have arranged a pop up cafe to come to the play park area, every Wednesday between 1100-1400 starting 31st July.

This has proved very popular in the surrounding villages and has become a community focal point to meet, chat and enjoy food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere.

For all the families that enjoy the playpark, we are sure this will be a welcome addition.

So come on down for barista coffee, homemade chocolate brownies, soft drinks, ice cream and loaves from Mick the Baker, all sourced locally.

Palgrave Summer Fete

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The weather was good and the crowds turned up!

Thank you all to those that ventured down to the Centre to support this year's Fete.

Everyone had a great time and we made over £1000 for Community Centre Funds.

Highlights were the school band, the kite flyers and the demonstration of line dancing- all of which we hope to repeat next year.

Thanks go to all those that helped on the day, before and after the event and at all the stalls.

Community Centre Garden

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The gardens outside the centre have been transformed after a group of 12 volunteers dug, weeded and cleared the area and then finished everything off with layers of bark.

After a long, wet and cold winter the garden areas needed some serious clearing, de-weeding and shrubs clearing out. 

Alan Titchmarch and his team couldn’t have done it better!

Huge thanks go to: Hugh, Tracey and Rob, David and Elizabeth, Harry and Sally, Lee and Jane, Sophie and Jan.

A brilliant job which will make it a lot easier to maintain from now on and has provided a visually pleasing entrance which we can be proud of.

Murder Mystery Evening

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A fantastic night once again!

Huge thanks go to all that made this such a huge success.

A great team effort by the actors, supporting 'cast" and thanks most of all to Margaret and Audrey who through their dedication, organisation and writing skills ensured a total success.

Photos of the event can be found on the link below


Bugs and Blossoms Weekend

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Imagine a world without wild flowers or insects. Where summer days don’t resonate with the buzz of bees or dazzle with a butterfly wing; where a myriad of flowers, and the meadows where they bloomed, are wiped from our countryside.

Our native insects and plants are in catastrophic decline. Recent reports have shown how many species are disappearing. Our children will not have the rich and diverse landscapes of their parents and grandparents’ generations, nor the vocabulary that goes with them.  We are losing the intricate mix of species that gave the natural world such richness and inspired poets, artists and writers.

It is time for action – in our gardens, on our commons and greens, in school grounds and churchyards, on farmland and in parks.

This year Waveney & Blyth Arts launches Bugs and Blossoms using the creative arts to celebrate our native insects and plants but also to inspire people to notice what we have, understand what we are losing, and take action. This is not just an arts project to provide paintings and poems. This is a call for action along our two river valleys.

Bugs and Blossoms launches on 24th May 2019 at a special weekend in Palgrave.

Join us at Palgrave Community Centre for some, or all, of our launch programme.

Booking for all events through Waveney & Blyth Arts:

bookings@waveneyandblytharts.com or call 07415 168806 and leave a message and contact details.

Successful Coffee Morning

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We were extremely pleased that so many residents turned out for a chat, coffee and cake and to discuss the CIL funding with members of the Parish Council.

There was a lovely atmosphere and a lot of ideas generated for the Council to consider as they make decisions on appropriate funding for projects.

Fascinating Talk By Dena Honnor

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In December, Dena Honnor gave an insightful and entertaining talk on her life in the Deaf Community.

Taking the audience of 30 through her early years growing up and helping her parents who were both deaf, we heard of her experiences in the 1950’s and 60’s and her eventual decision to take up a career supporting the Deaf Community.

Her talk was a revelation to those that were in attendance. With both history and geography lessons intermingled with fascinating facts and amusing anecdotes, we were hanging on every word.

With a mixture of humour and pathos, we learnt of the awful experiences of Deaf people in the early years and now, how technology has revolutionised their lives.

Finally, we were treated to a wonderful rendition of “It’s a Wonderful World” beautifully signed by Dena.

Many thanks to Dena for giving us all an insight into this world. Big thanks also, to Jane McClintock for the great food served during the interval

2018 AGM

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The 2018 AGM was held on the 14th November.


The following Officers were all elected unopposed by substantial majorities:

Chairman:  Phil Dyer

Vice-chair:  Elaine Bootman,

Hon. Secretary:  Heather Goddard

Treasurer (interim):  Phil Dyer


The following Trustees were elected as members of the Trustee Committee:

John Kilgannon; Kathy Milne, Eric Milne,  Helen Thorburn, Jane Lockwood,  Lee Lockwood,

Sue Mobbs, Kevin Mobbs, Michael Rogers, and Rebecca Goddard.


The following Member Organisations were declared elected and their representatives will be declared Trustees (as an individual):


Palgrave Community Club (rep. Eric Milne),

Palgrave Parish Council (Mick Brown),

Palgrave Cinema (Michael Rogers),

The Friendship Club (Jean Potter),

A great way to raise funds for the Centre!

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We've just registered with easyfundraising, a great site where you can raise money for Palgrave and District Community Centre with your everyday online shopping. We want to raise as much as possible so please sign up and help us at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/palgraveanddistrictcommunitycentre

October Walk- Longest Yet!!

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A group of around a dozen PDCC members took advantage of the fantastic weather on Sunday 7th October to partake in the postponed Summer Walk.

7.6 miles was agreed as the actual distance travelled, although this was advertised as a 6-mile stroll!

The weather and company could not have been finer.

After the walk, we were joined by a few more members for a slap up lunch prepared and served by Jane McClintock. 

With the bar open to offer a very welcome cooling drink, it made a great ending to a wonderful day.

Many thanks to Ian McClintock for organising, preparing and leading the walk.

We are all looking forward to the New Year one.

More photos of the day can be seen to the right.


Stuston Art Exhibition Starts 15th September

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Set in the old lodge and surrounding gardens, this truly eclectic exhibition involves the work of over 20 artists, sculptors and crafters.

Held over 3 weekends, this unique event is not to be missed.

With dozens of exhibits, all up for sale, this is an opportunity to browse, and perhaps buy that something special for your home or garden.

Details are on the right and click on the photo for the gallery of exhibits

Ball Wall Is Transformed!

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After 126 hours of work, Birgit Ariane Kamp has completed the ball wall at the playpark.

Representing Palgrave through the seasons, the mural is a wonderful addition to the play area and we are so grateful to Birgit for her hard work and fortitude over the very hot summer weeks to get this completed.

During the painting sessions, Birgit has had a very positive reaction with local children and adults alike, and as Birgit says " hopes that it keeps Palgrave smiling"

The Trustees of the PDCC want to express our thanks for such a wonderful work of art.

If you have not seen it yet, please visit the playpark soon, we are sure you will be thrilled. 

Trip to Caister St Edmund

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On the 1st September a small group of Palgrave residents had a guided tour of the old Roman town at Caister St Edmund.

Expertly led by Dave Griffiths,  an experienced archaeological expert and enthusiast, he provided a 2 hour guided tour of the ruins.

Dave, who had been involved with his partner Hazel, in several digs of the area, provided a fact filled, interesting and at times amusing tour of the site.

One of only 3 in the country that had not been built over, its a fascinating insight into life over 1700 years ago.

The Roman town of Venta Icenorum is the Romano-British predecessor of the modern county town of Norwich. Founded during the AD 60s at Caistor St Edmund in the valley of the River Tas, immediately to the south of its confluence with the Rivers Yare and Wensum, this was the largest and most important Roman centre of northern East Anglia.

Grafitti Busters!

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At one of the weekly playground inspections, it was noted that the inside of the tower was covered in grafitti.

After seeing the offensive material on display, a small group of Mum's took it on themselves to have a clean up this week.

Armed with a trusty sander, soap and water, Hannah, Nicola, Carrie and Faye got to work to remove the "works of art".

Working conditions were challenging to say the least. It was hot, cramped and very dusty- but they stuck to the task.

It is now looking pristine again and is almost as good as new.
Many thanks for all your hard work- lets hope we dont have to call on you again.

Picture Of Palgrave

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Once again, the exhibition of old photographs proved to be an outstanding success.

This year, there was an added bonus, in conjunction with the Friends Of Palgrave Church, the church was full of wedding dresses, documents and memorabilia celebrating past marriages in the Village.

Friends were reunited, memories stirred and Palgrave residents both old and new discovered new facts and fascinating insights into life over the decades in the village.

Work on Ball Wall improvements commmenced

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A small group of Trustees and volunteers spent the morning of the 14th July preparing the playpark ballwall for the painting of a new mural.

With two base coats applied, work will now start on painting a bespoke mural.

The mural painting will be carried out by Birgit-Ariane Kamp over the next two weeks, and will bring a unique addition to the playpark.


Forensic Science Talk

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Entertainment would not normally be associated with such a serious subject as forensic science, but that is exactly what the 'full house' at the Community Centre was treated to when Mary Newton, a forensic scientist for over 40 years, gave a fascinating talk about her life and experiences in this field as well as her experiences in a few high profile cases.


Mary, posing questions to the audience as she analysed the meaning of forensic science, also passionately discussed its intricacies and its place in this specialised, ever-changing, and challenging world of science. Perfection in the field of forensic science is of the essence as so many factors contributed to not only the conviction or otherwise of an innocent person but the validity of forensic findings had to stand up in court


  Using the overhead projector Mary highlighted what DNA was, how the sources of DNA are found,  how samples are taken and the emphasis on the importance of the very power of DNA profiling. Mary did mention that while DNA has become an essential tool in the investigations of crime it has, in some cases, in her opinion found not always to provide the substantive evidence needed and has become a shortcut for some forensic scientists,

 Body fluid analysis, of course, was highlighted as playing just as an important part in forensic issues. 


After excellent refreshments during the interval, provided by the committee, Mary continued to captivate her audience with her down to earth approach, and with the aid of the overhead projector she shared her experiences and interests regarding the case of the notorious murderer Dennis Nilsen, and the forensics issues in relation to the Stephen Lawrence trial. She expressed very strong views regarding both these cases and with Nilsen, a hint of sympathy perhaps crept in when she referred to a book about him called 'Killing for Company'

Forensic evidence in the Jose Russell case was referred to, as was that of a horrific sexual assault on a young woman in Brixton, who managed to survive the ordeal and is the subject of a book called  'It could happen to anyone'


Mary relayed her feelings and reaction when attending an exhumation, tough and as down to earth as she is she found this experience very challenging. However, her humour crept in, particularly when she explained that a double-decker bus had stopped on the other side of the wall where the exhumation was taking place and people on the top deck were peering down on the scene!


Like everything, forensic science is subjected to budgetary constraints and when one considers the total cost of some criminal cases which we were informed can run into millions of pounds, another factor adding to the pressures, stress and frustrations of this discipline of forensic science.

Although now semi-retired, still a stickler for detail, her questioning the validity of some of the forensic content of certain TV detective programmes has resulted in her being 'recruited'  as a consultant for such programmes.


 Ironically ending her fascinating talk on a subdued note  Mary confessed that she personally strongly feels sure that in spite of modern technology and advancement in the forensic field ' they' did get it wrong, in a well known case where a man was incorrectly convicted and is now serving a long prison sentence.


Elaine gave a vote of thanks for such an informative and interesting talk and confided that she was in the process of booking with Mary to give another talk, hopefully next year.


A really enjoyable evening with the audience showing their appreciation in the usual manner.


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To complement the Picture of Palgrave Exhibition this year, we are launching a Photo Competition with a theme of “Palgrave Old and New” We are looking for photos of buildings, and street scenes in Palgrave for our 2019 Calendar. This year, in July we held a successful weekend of displaying old photographs of Palgrave. We would like to have photos of the village, taken recently, to go alongside the old photos. Each month will show a view of Palgrave then and now. Entry is free and open to all residents of Palgrave, the 12 winners chosen will be used in the 2019 calendar. - All proceeds from the sales to go to Community Centre funds. Entrants can submit up to three photos in total, as 6x4 inch prints, in colour or black and white. Electronic images cannot be accepted at this time but we will need electronic copies for the 12 winners for publication. Please send your photos together with entry form to: Phil Dyer- 4 The Paddocks, The Green, Palgrave before 10th September 2018. You can also check the website for all of the information you need: https://www.pdcc.co.uk/photo-competition Get snapping and good luck.

Butterfly Walk - A wonderful way to spend an afternoon

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14 of us met at the Community Centre on Sunday 1st to be briefed by Cara and Helen on the types of butterflies we would see on our 2 hour walk around Thrandeston.

In total we saw nine species:  Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Comma, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper and Small Skipper.

A lovely informative stroll was completed by a delicious tea at Jane and Ian's and we all went home very happy!

Palgrave Summer Fete

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Crowds flocked to the community centre and the playing field to enjoy another successful summer Fete. This year was earlier than in previous recent years and we took advantage of some wonderful weather.

As well as the usual activities and games, we had donkey rides and zorbs, and the Dad's Army fire engine, kindly lent out for the day from Bressingham. they all proved a crowd pleaser for both young and old.

The opening of the cableway and carousel, marking the culmination of years of hard work fund raising by Elaine Bootman and her Play in Palgrave team saw the final piece of the refurbished play park fall into place. A total of £81,000 has been raised in 3 years which is a stunning achievement. The playpark is one of the best in the area and hopefully will be enjoyed by all the residents and their families for years to come.


Mad Hatters Tea Party

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A great day was had by families and friends at the Mad Hatters Tea Party this Sunday.

Unfortunately we could not open the cableway, due to the dry weather and the grass not growing, but everyone had a great time anyway.

Lots of games and stalls, and refreshments laid on.

The weather kept fine as well which was a bonus.

Thanks to the Play in Palgrave team for organising and manning the stalls and to the volunteers who helped on the day.

Bloomin Marvelous!

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Open Gardens have been a huge success.

With over 350 visitors to the 13 gardens, we have raised a record amount for the PDCC funds.

Thanks go to all the gardeners who provided such wonderful spaces, to those that provided catering and plants in the gardens, to the small band of volunteers who manned the community centre and of course to Jane and Helen, who organised everything!

Well done to all

A Walk For All Seasons

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The weather kept fine and warm and 17 of us enjoyed a 6 mile walk through Thrandeston, Brome and Stuston and back to Palgrave.

"Extras" arrived for the pies and pudding at the end and the lounge was full of happy, tired and contented people.

Huge thanks to Ian McClintock for organising such an interesting stroll and of course to Jane for the wonderful selection of homemade pies and puddings.

All the calories lost were very quickly gained! 

Art Attack!

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Tania Harrington gave a lively and interesting talk, to a small but appreciative audience, on works of art throughout history, which have been vandalised and the intriguing reasons and motivations behind these attacks.

Chocolate Bingo- Brilliant night!

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What a busy, exciting night this was!  Chocolate Bingos always seem to be very popular and the one at Palgrave Community Centre was no exception.

A total of £600 was raised for Play in Palgrave funds.

59 individuals, consisting of adults and children, attended the evening, where there was an even bigger choc-fest than at last year’s Chocolate Bingo.  It was fabulous to see so many families out to enjoy the evening; which they certainly did.

There were prizes galore, both Bingo game prizes and raffle prizes, (all chocolate of course – what else?!).  The concentration and anticipation in the hall, once the Bingo started was palpable, and you could have heard a pin drop.

There were eight games in total and, after the fourth game, there was an interval during which snacks and liquid refreshment was served.  The interval also gave the opportunity for those who had won prizes to admire, (or eat them), nerves to settle down, and the anticipation of winning in the next four games and raffle to rise.

The evening could not have been such a success without the generosity of sponsors who donated monies to purchase the quality chocolate prizes or, individuals who had personally donated chocolate prizes or money:

Durrants Estate Agents, Danny Ward Builder, G Howell & Son, Rackhams Builders, Vehicle Installations, Happy Palace and personal donations from Jean Potter, Hugh Bunbury, Jane McClintock (Bennett the Big Chocolate Bunny), Susie Dyer, Kayleigh Drake and Sally and Harry.

The team effort involved in making the evening so successful and enjoyable for everyone was phenomenal. 

Thanks therefore go to Susie Dyer (organiser), ably assisted by Martin Dyer, Sam, Wendy Cooper, Elaine Bootman and Hannah Cooke.

As ever, our grateful thanks go to you, the residents of Palgrave and beyond, who continually support events organised at the Community Centre, whether they be for Play in Palgrave, Palgrave and District Community Centre or the Cinema Club, because your support is invaluable to our thriving Palgrave Community

Talk On Falconry

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A fascinating insight into the history and day to day world of falconry as an occupation as well as a sport was given by local falconer Peter Hall to a well attended and enthralled audience at the Community Centre on Friday 23 March.


To the surprise and delight of everyone Peter’s beautiful 16 year old Peregrine falcon was introduced, sitting on his arm, fluttering its wings, a little unsure of its new surroundings, and rarely taking its eyes from Peter’s face.

We learned that years of dedicated training was required to build up the trust and bond needed between the falconer and his birds of prey to a point where bird and man become equals. Neither one could be master. Although this deep bond and trust between the two is obvious, there is always the risk that should the bird decide to return to the wild whilst away from the falconer, it will do so.


That same deep bond was even more apparent when Shogun, a magnificent, beautiful 6 year old Golden Eagle, sporting its black feathers with flecks of gold appearing and in its final stages of training was introduced. He was a proud and truly awe inspiring sight, turning its eyes to Peter and to the audience..............definitely Peter’s equal.


Numerous questions were asked by the younger members of the audience as well as the adults who were all enthralled by the experience, especially when the opportunity arose to get really close to this impressive bird at the end of the evening.


A truly memorable evening was closed with a vote of appreciation and thanks, to Peter, from Jane

Murder Mystery- Outstanding Success

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Following the second Murder Mystery in aid of Play in Palgrave, we were delighted to receive many notes of thanks and congratulations for a very successful evening.

The note below, from Roger Lay of Stuston, provides a wonderful overview of the evening:

A Stustonian in Palgravia


There was Snow on the ground as I made my way to Palgrave Community Centre to attend an evening of Murder Mystery. The immediate impact on an 'outsider' entering the reception area was a wall of jovial enthusiasm. Men and Women dressed up in all sorts of regal attire busy getting into character for the drama that was to unfold. In addition to the usual Royal Crown//Tiara type paraphernalia lots of Bling, a Monocle & Medals featured. Waveney accents were replaced with guffawing at every opportunity.

The event itself comprised of a selection process to find a successor for the elderly and childless King of Palgravia (John Wells). Each of 5 nieces and nephews gave an address to us his subjects setting out why it should be they who should be chosen. No sooner had the appeals finished than the King fell ill and died .

Our job as diners was to consider who the King had chosen as heir before he died and who was the person that poisoned him. We were 'helped' by visitations from the various suitors. Some of the ad-lib exchanges between the protagonists were worthy of an Oscar nomination.

It transpired that Queen Wortha Bobor 11 played savagely by Elaine Bootman was the Murderess and Queen Di Amonz N. Furs played by an irrepressible Kathy Milne was, unbeknownst to her, the King's Daughter anyway and legal heir to the throne.

Prizes were handed out for the winners of each category by Prime Minister/Compere Mike Bootman who also did the usual thankyous.

Elaine then announced that as a result of the evening over £500.00 had been raised towards the Childrens Play Area Project.

This was a wonderfully entertaining evening fuelled by the creative writings of Audrey Moskowitz & Margaret Gurren, and the behind the scenes catering team which produced such a high quality and substantial spread.

It speaks volumes for a Palgrave Village team capable of coming together to create such a fun and worthwhile charitable event.

Thank you and very well done to all concerned.

RL 17.3.18.

Conversation Cafe

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Thank you to the residents that attended our Conversation Cafe on 20th January.

2 hours were productively spent exploring 8 areas of ideas for the community centre.

We looked at improvements to the building interior and exterior, including the playing field, brainstormed ideas on new activities and events and looked at potential improvements to The Star. Finally ending up on generation of thoughts on membership, getting new skills on board and funding areas.

The results are now being organised and will be prioritised and action plans developed and we will publish these in the Star in future issues.

We are also encouraging residents to complete an online survey (see below) to help us improve the centre and what we provide.


Winter Walk

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Over a dozen keen walkers took to the paths and fields to enjoy a 6.5 mile walk from Palgrave, to Wortham and via Roydon back to Palgrave.

The tired, hungry and thirsty participants were greeted back at the community centre, with a variety of homemade soups from local produce, followed by a selection of delicious sweets - again all from local ingredients.

All proceeds go towards Community Centre funds.

Many thanks to Ian McClintock for organising the walk, to Jane M for the wonderful food and to Jane and Lee for manning the bar.

Christmas Fair

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Another successful Christmas Craft Fair was held on the 26th.

This year there were more stalls than ever, ensuring the hundreds that came, were given a great selection to chose from.

The food was again, very well received and thanks must go to the cooks, helpers and washer uppers!

Huge thanks to Emma for organising everything again and to her niece and partner for manning the raffle.

Camel Racing - A Big Hit

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Many Palgrave families came along to the Camel Racing evening held at the Community Centre on Friday 24 November and thoroughly enjoyed a good family evening out.  An incredible amount of £544.95 was raised in support of Play in Palgrave.  The atmosphere was buzzing and once the evening really got started the excitement grew and grew.

Children and adults alike joined in the fun of racing the camels and their jockeys being enthusiastically cheered on by their supporters.  All the jockeys worked extremely hard in winding in their camels to be first over the line.  Bets were placed and the camels were off!!  Expertly stewarded by Mike Bootman and John Rogers.   Each winning owner of a camel race was rewarded with a bottle of wine and the jockey with a winner's medal.

There was food aplenty for all to share after a well earned break during the racing to give the jockeys aching arms, legs and backs a rest!  

The Shirley-Smith family had a fabulous evening winning 3 medals in all for being terrific camel jockeys. Stephanie Shirley-Smith won the overall winning jockey race and Susie Dyer was the winning camel owner. 

This was the Play in Palgrave Team's first ever camel race but this will not be our last as it was such good fun and entertainment for everyone.

Fireworks Night

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Another fantastic display and fun had by all at the annual fireworks night.

Spectacular fireworks, bar-b-que, refreshments and bar made the evening hugely successful.

Many thanks to all that came and contributed so generously to the bucket collection.

We made a good profit on the night thanks to all.

Many thanks to John Kilgannon and Lee and friends for the display, Martin for the bar-b-que and Helen for all the preparation for the food. Thanks to all others that helped make this a great success again.

2018 Calendar now on sale

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The 2018 "Discovering Palgrave" calendar is now on sale.

A4 wall calendars are £8 and the A5 desk calendars are £6.

They are already going fast, so please send email to phildyere3consulting@gmail.com if you wish to purchase. They will be available to buy at the Pole to Pole talk on the 10th November for those that are coming.


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The Special General Meeting held on the 18th October, adopted, by a majority vote, to accept a new Constitution and 9 new Policies.

The PDCC is now called the Palgrave and District Community Centre (not Council as before) and has a new logo. Among the many changes, is that the Executive Committee has now become the Trustee Committee.

Adoption of the new Constitution and Governing Policies, will ensure the Charity can move forward with confidence in the knowledge that we are compliant with the latest regulations.

The new Constitution has now been submitted to the Charity Commission for acceptance.

2017 Constitution

Murder Mystery Evening

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"A fantastic night", "something we have never done before" and "a tremendous success." Just some of the comments after the Play In Palgrave event on the 30th September.

A packed house was involved in meeting the occupants, their relatives and guests as the evening unfolded. 

A horrible murder took place and who would have guessed that the guilty party was a frail, old lady who wouldn't say boo to a goose? Well nobody actually, as no-one realised that Agnes was the guilty party.

A great night , meticulously planned and executed and fantastic fun.

Well done to Elaine, Hannah, Helen, Wendy, Jane M for pulling it all together and countless others that ensured a great evening.

Public Event- 4pm-8pm

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A PUBLIC EVENT will be held at Palgrave Community Centre on Friday 15th September between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

for information about the Babergh & Mid Suffolk Draft Joint Local Plan you will be able to:

  • find out what it is all about

  • learn how it might affect you

  • examine a copy of the Draft Plan

  • view the official consultation displays

  • ask questions and form your views

  • and learn how to respond to the consultation

Flower and Produce Show cancelled

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Unfortunately due to lack of entries, we have again had to make the decision to cancel the Flower Show.

There will now be a period of reflection and a decision will be made on the future of this bi-annual event.

Brand New Cinema Experience!

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Saturday night (5th August) saw the launch in front of an appreciative audience of the brand new cinema projector. After several mishaps and trials and tribulations, Bob Moore and his technical assistant worked hard all Saturday to ensure everything was working. The difference is amazing and the picture quality is stunning and worthy of a cinema in a big city, let alone in a small village like ours.

We should celebrate, with Bob, on the success of the Palgrave Community Cinema and recognise that it is one of the very best in the area- we are so lucky to have it.

Picture Of Palgrave- Great Event

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'A Picture of Palgrave' was held over the weekend of 15th & 16th July in the Centre.  Judging by the number of people who came to look at the old photographs and scrap books it was a gratifyingly successful event.

Huge thanks to Jane McClintock for organising and helping to coordinate, but most of the thanks must go to Jerry Rolfe, who spent literally hundreds of hours talking to village residents and former residents, scanning in the images he borrowed and then collating the whole into the exhibition that was enjoyed by so many over just the two days. Ironically Jerry is himself a 'foreigner' nowadays but confesses to being a 'Palgrave boy' at heart, though he now lives in distant Thrandeston! Thank you, Jerry, a monumental effort and very much appreciated by a lot of people.

Sincere thanks go to all who allowed us to use their photos, documents and scrap books, for without them the organisers could not have mounted the 500 or so photos that were eventually displayed. However the success of the event was also down to the people who came to view, who in doing so were able to renew old contacts and meet again old friends and school mates not seen for longer than anyone cared to remember.

Having now gone through this exercise we, the PDCC, would like to use the material we now have as the basis of an archive for Palgrave. Can I please ask anyone who has, or comes across, further photos or other documents to please contact Jerry on 01379 783548. We would dearly like to fill in the many gaps, if only to record the names of those we could not recall or indeed the events, special or routine, of which we now have a somewhat incomplete record. Perhaps this is an appropriate point to remind PDCC members that the Palgrave History Group, begun some years ago by Ken Nockles, is in the throes of a revival and anyone interested will be most welcome so keep an eye on The Star for news of meetings over the coming autumn.

Fun Day a Huge Success

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Crowds from all over the district turned up on a beautiful afternoon to celebrate the official opening of the new Play Equipment. We made over £1100- a tremendous result!

The ribbon cutting was carried out by Mid Suffolk District Councillor David Burn, who had nothing but praise for the Play In Palgrave Working Group ((Elaine Bootman, Hannah Cooke, Susie Dyer, Jane McClintock and Wendy Cooper),and the support from the Parish Council and the PDCC, which had been fundamental in making the project such a success.

New Equipment for Palgrave Cinema

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In our aim of providing top quality entertainment at our Community Centre, we are pleased to confirm our success in getting a further grant from the Big Lottery Grant.

This is going to provide us with making our lounge bar suitable for smaller functions ,meetings and seminars with an overhead projector, screen and laptop links.

Our main hall is having a state of the art projector that's will give a cinema quality picture better than any village hall in the area. Together with our surround sound we will present films as you would see at major cinemas. To enhance all forms of entertainment a new movable stage , suitable for theatre, fashion shows and the various talks we have. For films the staging will be at the back of the hall to give one or two rows of higher seats for the best view of the screen ever. 

 Palgrave Community Centre is the place to come to, the best equipped hall in the area.

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