• create a scarecrow - JULY 2020

    What a fabulous display of scarecrows!

    The winner and the total raised for St Elizabeth Hospice will be announced very soon.



    What's On Next

    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all future indoor events have been postponed for the time being. We will try to rearrange all postponed meetings as soon as it is safe to do so.

    Holbrook Helpers

    Holbrook Helpers are a group of volunteers put together to assist people who are "isolated" during the current corona virus outbreak and require help.


    Examples of help may be:

    - Essential shopping
    - Collecting prescriptions
    - Exercising a pet
    - Needing a chat


    To access this help, call one of the co-ordinators listed below and they will arrange a volunteer to come and assist you.
    If you do not get an answer from the first contact, try the next number.Please do not feel reluctant to call if you need help. All volunteers have freely offered their time and would love to help you.


    Please note, volunteers cannot offer help with health guidance


    Co-ordinator contact numbers are :

    • Suzanne Steer 327166
    • Joy Squirrell 327304
    • Reverend Jenny Seggar 07733195866
    • Cynthia Anderson 328538
    • Roy Fisk 327099

    Dr Dineen's Retirement

    We were delighted when the collection to mark Dr Dineen's retirement reached £1,922 which was presented in a low key ceremony in The Swan on 9th April. It marked the appreciation so many of us felt for his 43 years of service to the village, and, in particular, for the kindness and patience with which it was delivered.


    Our thanks to Woody's, The Swan and Stutton Community Shop for their help with the collection and to Dan Thomas for organising the online collection.

    Holbrook Armistice Commemoration

    9th November 2018

    We are so appreciative of the support we received from the village and the academy. The evening was a great success with many, many people commenting both on the moving contemporary local letters we heard and the fascinating accounts of how the war changed life in the nation - and village - for ever.

    It was punctuated throughout by songs of the time from Vivo choir. The story of one girl’s journey from poverty and illegitimacy through to becoming a highly respected village headmistress was inspiring: all made possible by changes in both education law after 1918 and in attitudes to women.

    The evening concluded with WW1 stories researched and read by pupils from the academy, who then reflected on what the stories meant to them and what they had learned for the future.

    A total of £333.45 was collected to be divided between the fund for updating the war memorial and SSAFA.

  • About Us

    The Holbrook Society aim is to offer talks and events to

    • Promote our community

    • Develop our knowledge of Holbrook’s history

    • Widen our understanding and appreciation of all the village and its environment offers

    • Give pleasure to as many as possible

    We are committed to

    • try to offer things for a wide range of our community

    • provide the above at minimal cost


    Talks are usually held at either Holbrook Village Hall or Holbrook Bowls Club.

    > The Village Hall is located in The Street, opposite the East of England Co-op food store, post code IP9 2PZ.

    > The Bowls Club is next to the Village Hall, accessed via the Village Community car park.

    Car parking and refreshments available.


    All residents of Holbrook and the surrounding areas are invited to join us

    There is no membership fee

    There is no need to book in advance (unless specified in the programme)

    Just come!


  • Future EVents

    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all future indoor events have been postponed for the time being. We will try to rearrange all postponed meetings as soon as it is safe to do so.




    East Anglian Air Ambulance - Mark Milson

    Friday 20th March 7.30 pm - Village Hall



    Behind the Scenes tour of Bishop and Miller's Auction House, Stowmarket

    Wednesday 29th April 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm

    • Introduction talk from Oliver Miller, Managing Director of Bishop and Miller Auctioneers
    • Tour of the Auction House
    • Teas, coffee & biscuits served
    • Amy Oliver will conduct a valuation session of the items members have brought in. This is always well received.
    • Our Toys and Music Sales will be on view in our saleroom so your members will have a chance to view the items being offered in the auction.

    Present and Past auction catalogues will be available for members to browse.

    Please book by Friday 21st February to secure a place

    Booking and details ring: Joy 327304 or Suzanne 327166




    VE Day Celebration

    Friday 8th May 6.30 pm - Village Hall

    A jointly organised event with the Village Hall and Vivo

    Shared supper and entertainment


    Holbrook Open Gardens

    Sunday 31st May

    An invitation to all gardeners.

    Do you have a lovely garden?

    Would you be willing to share it with others - just for one day?

    Following the successful Open Gardens in 2015 and 2017, which raised over £4,000 for good causes, we are again proposing, in partnership with the Chapel and with your support, to hold Open Gardens to raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice and local causes (to be decided)

    If you would be willing to open your garden please email: holbrooksociety@gmail.com or contact any of the team.



    Maritime Woodlands - Simon Leatherdale

    Friday 4th September 7.30 pm - Bowls Club



    Alton Water - the facts, the figures, the future

    Date to be arranged



    HMP Warren Hill - Behind Closed Doors - Rory Burrow

    Friday 6th November 7.30 pm - Bowls Club

    A view of prison life from the perspective of a member of the Independent Monitoring Board





    More events in the pipeline

  • Past events

    Past Events 2019


    Friday 18th January 2019 - The Ipswich Serial Killings 2006

    Who can forget this sad chapter in our local story?

    Roy Lambert, an investigating officer, will tell us something of the investigation into this tragic happening


    Friday 1st March 2019 - What's Brewing Up At The Swan?

    Alec Williamson of The Swan will talk about his craft brewery - Calvors – and his plans for The Swan. Refreshments and a tasting opportunity available.


    Friday 5th April 2019 - The Future of Wild Essex - Disasters and Opportunities

    John Hall MBE will talk about his work at the Essex Wildlife Trust, starting as a Conservation Manager in a team of 4, and retiring as the CEO 28 years later with 120 staff and over 2000 volunteers.

    In 2015, John was awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to wildlife and conservation.


    Friday 10th May 2019 - The Suffolk Morris

    Dr Mike Garland will tell us the story of the Morris, hopefully with music.


    Saturday 8th June 2019 - ​Holbrook Photographic Competition and Exhibition

    Entries judged by Anthony Cullen.


    Friday 27th September 2019 - Modern Farming

    Brian Barker farms in the Stowmarket area and, on November 1 2017, his farm at Westhorpe, near Stowmarket, became the Agricultural Horticultural Development Board's (AHDB) first Strategic Farm for Cereals and Oilseeds in the UK.

    He will talk about East Anglian farming at what is one of the most significant times for farming in modern history.


    Friday 18th October 2019 - A Question of Identity

    Janet Dann has a background in theatre. This entertaining talk takes a look at how we see ourselves and others, and provides some food for thought on the subject.


    Saturday 30th November 2019 - Christmas shopping trip to Norwich



    Past Events 2020

    Friday 21st February 2020 - Maritime Ipswich

    Stuart Grimwade is a well-known figure in the local yachting world and has worked with Ipswich Maritime Trust for many years. His talks are well known and popular, but he says this will be the last one, so we are especially honoured!


    24th & 25th July 2020 - Create a Scarecrow

    In support of St Elizabeth Hospice


  • Newsletters

    Holbrook village was still celebrating a fantastic Open Gardens event on Thursday, 2nd July when £3449 was handed over to two important causes: St Elizabeth Hospice and Friends of All Saints Church. The cheques were handed over to Fiona Ginn of St Elizabeth Hospice and Rev Geoffrey Clement, Rector of Holbrook, by Holbrook Society, which organised the event.

    This remarkable sum was a just reward for the unstinting work done by Holbrook gardeners. Twelve remarkably varied and beautiful gardens were opened to the public on June 14th – as well as the church tower: a rare opportunity to get a bird’s-eye view of the village. But of, perhaps, even greater value, was the camaraderie and cheerful good humour which pervaded the village, convincing us that, on a grey day, the sun was, in fact, shining!

    More Holbrook Society events are in the pipeline, and you will hear about those soon.


  • Get in contact

    We would love to hear from you with ideas for Holbrook Society