What's On Next

    Holbrook Photographic Competition and Exhibition

    Closing date 1st June 2019

    Building on its success in 2016, we are launching another Photographic Competition. Photographs will be exhibited on 8th June.

    We are delighted that Anthony Cullen has agreed to be our judge.


    Go to "Competition" for full details and to download the entry form.

    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



    Holbrook Photographic Competition and Exhibition

    Closing date - 1st June 2019

    Exhibition date - 8th June 2019

    Building on its success in 2016, we are launching another Photographic Competition.

    We are delighted that Anthony Cullen has agreed to be our judge.

    Go to "Competition" for full details and to download the entry form.



    Modern Farming - Brian Barker

    Friday 27th 7.30 pm - Venue TBC

    Details to follow



    Christmas shopping coach trip to Norwich

    Saturday 30th

    Details to follow


    More events in the pipeline

  • photographic competition


    1. Classes 1 – 3: The competition is open to all residents of Holbrook





    2. Class 4: This class is open to young people of 16 years and below resident in or at school in Holbrook.
    3. Entry Fee: Class 4 Juniors – 50p. All others: £1.00 per photograph – maximum of three entries in each class.
    4. No photograph can be entered into more than one class.
    5. The following details must be attached to, or written on, the back of each mounted entry:
    Class number and title
    Competitor’s name and address
    The top of the photograph must be indicated
    Class 4 only, competitor’s age as at 1.06.2019

    6. Entrants submitting photographs of people must obtain the permission of the person photographed, or their parents
    7. The Judge’s decision will be final.
    8. All photographs must be taken by the competitor.
    9. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope/label for the return of prints.
    10. Every care will be taken of entries, but Holbrook Society cannot be held responsible for entries that are lost, stolen, damaged or delayed. Proof of posting cannot be accepted as proof of delivery.

    11. Digital imaging is permitted. No manipulation except basic overall adjustment faithful to the original image is allowed.

    Images must be no larger than 10”x8” (approx. 25x20cm) in all classes and should be mounted with overall dimensions not exceeding 12”x10” (approx. 30x25cm).


    CLOSING DATE: SATURDAY 1st June 2019
    Results and exhibition will take place on 8th June – venue to be announced


    CASH PRIZES will be awarded for the best entries!




    Download the competition entry form here

  • 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.



  • 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