groups and clubs
The Hoxne Heritage Group
The Group's aim is to clarify the development and continuity of settlement in Hoxne through the years by involving the village community in the research through field-walking and excavation of test pits at locations around the village to raise awareness and appreciation of our heritage. For more details, click here.
Hoxne & District Art Group
The Hoxne & District Art Group meet each wednesday from 6pm-9pm apart from holiday times. Drawing, painting, printmaking and design work are taught to all age ranges and abilities. Individual and group tuition will be given at each session. Only a limited number of membership places are available, please contact Stephen Govier on 01379 668532
Hoxne & District Cycling Club
The HDCC are a road cycling club based in Hoxne, Suffolk. They ride, for pleasure and to keep fit, most weekends from March to October. Other times it is more sporadic depending on the weather. The club was formed in 2004, after a charity ride (organised to raise funds for the local playgroup) from London to Hoxne. Recent events - 2005 trip to Holland - 250 miles; 2006 London to Brighton event; 2007 Norwich 100 mile event; 2008 Norwich 100 event again and a Suffolk Coast off road) 75mile two day trip from Old Hunstanton to Hoxne; 2009 Suffolk Sunrise 100 miles, Bury St Edmunds Wheel 100 miles and London to Paris 300 miles;2010 Suffolk Sunrise and Norwich to Paris - 400 miles. For further details visit their website.
Village Voices - Hoxne & District Community Choir
The community choir is open to all residents of Hoxne and surrounding villages. At present there are around 30 members. Rehearsals are in St Peter and St Paul Church, Hoxne, every Monday evening at 7.30pm. The object of the choir is to demonstrate that social singing is fun yet challenging. The repertoire comprises a wide range of styles from the classics to folk songs and modern ballads. Everyone, men especially, will be made most welcome. Contact choir secretary Eleonora 01379 870202 or email for more information.
Hoxne Garden and Social Club
There are around 100 members of The Hoxne Garden and Social Club, who meet every month in the Village Hall. There is an annual program of illustrated lectures normally on gardening but also other aspects of East Anglian life and history. During the summer a garden party is organised and hosted by members, as well as a Christmas Supper with local flavour and entertainment. One of the highlights of the year is the light hearted annual Produce and Flower Show, where members of the community can display their prize flowers, fruit, vegetables and food. There is a monthly ramble ending in a local hostelry for a convivial lunch!
New members are always welcome. Contact the Chairman, Sue Flagg on 01379 668258 or the Vice Chair, Claire Horne on 01379 669111.
Hoxne Theatre Club
For over 20 years there have been regular theatre trips to theatres in Norwich, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and the End of the Pier Show in Cromer, plus the famous Thursford Christmas Spectacular. There is an annual visit to one of London’s theatres (usually in March) which is always a popular event. For more information, please contact Nigel or Vivienne Bradford on 01379 668551 or Doreen Weller on 01379 66829.
Hoxne Phoenix Group
Meetings are held monthly, every second Tuesday of the month in St Edmund's Village Hall. Visitors are very welcome, and are asked to make a small contribution to attend. Please contact their President Mrs. Vivienne Bradford on 01379 668551 or Secretary Mrs. Doreen Weller on 01379 668291.
The Bowls Club is a small friendly club, with a playing membership of around 20. They compete in two local leagues, which they have won on many occasions. They have a bar for your liquid refreshment and are always looking for new members. The membership fee is £12.00. If you would like to join, please contact Carol Bond, Chairperson, on 01379 668131 or Maurice Hurry, Club Captain, on 01379 668712.
Mother and Toddler Group
Little Treasures mother and toddler sessions run every Wednesday morning from 10.00 am -12 noon (term time) in St Edmund's Village Hall and are open to babies, toddlers and their parents and carers from Hoxne and surrounding villages. If you are at home with a young child, the sessions give you the chance to meet other mothers (and fathers of course) and have a coffee and chat. The children can also enjoy a range of new toys, play in a large, clean space and mix with other children and enjoy a snack. Feel free to turn up at the Village Hall or call Heidi Ash 07768 872 135 for more information. Toddler group also joins in with pre-school outings and events and is an excellent way to prepare your child for attending pre-school.
Mustard Theatre Company
Mustard Theatre Company was founded in 2004 to present a wide variety of good quality drama to audiences that may not have access to any other local theatre. They perform two or three productions a year, January-February and September-October, and optionally May. They are a touring company and normally perform in six different venues per production, one performance per venue. For Saturday performances they get into a venue, perform, and get out, all in the same day. Friday performances are usually helped out by starting the 'get-in' the previous Sunday. The get-Ins and get-outs are an all-hands-on-deck affair, with everybody involved. They are all actors, and have no separate non-acting back-stagers, technical desk operators, lighting or sound designers or programmers, set constructors or directors. Instead, all memebers are involved in at least two and often more of each of these areas. They are a relatively small group, which is not a geograhically based and operate with an invited membership. Numbers have grown, with some ups and downs, to around ten active members now. For more details refer to www.mustardtheatrecompany.org.uk
RoughCast Theatre Company
Formed five years ago, the RoughCast theatre company was formed to present “challenging” plays in the Waveney Valley area and beyond. The main focus is always drama, with minimal use of props or furniture being used in their plays. For further details and information about the Company, contact Chairman David Green on 01379 855101 or www.roughcast.co.uk
The Red Feather Club (95th Bomb Group Heritage Association) The Red Feather Club, Horham, Suffolk (IP21 5DG), is four miles south-east of Eye off the B1117. The Red Feather Club offers a unique experience in a 1940s WW2 NCOs’ social club, visitors say it is like “going back in time”. The museum – run by the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association – is the official UK museum of the 95th Bomb Group. It houses only 95th Bomb Group items such as uniforms, photographs and memorabilia. Open days are held on the last Sunday of every month during from April to October inclusive (10am-4pm). It is also home to the 1285th Military Police Company re-enactors who have rebuilt a guard room alongside the renovated Red Feather Club and Blue Lounge. During the year there are 1940s dances, film shows, talks and the museum is open for educational visits from schools and groups such as the WI. Membership is £8 a yearContact: James Mutton of the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association
Phone: 01728 860930 Mobile: 07932 107622
Additional info: Wheelchair access, entry to open days is free
Hoxne AFC has had a very successful six year history. After receiving five successive promotions, they are now in their second season of Division 2 in the Suffolk & Ipswich League. In 2002 they won the Suffolk Primary Cup, beating Dennington United 3 - 1. The club is sponsored by Claret Civil Engineering and is administered by Fiona Chapman. Her husband has managed the first eleven since 2002 in succession to the late David Muttitt. David’s son manages the second eleven who won Division 6 in 2003/2004. The second eleven have been operating since 2001/2002.
Pavilion and Playing Field
The Playing Field and the Pavilion are owned by the community. The playing field is great for sports and both the field and the pavilion are available for meetings and community events. There is a bar in the pavilion and a children’s play area as well. The complex is home to the football club and the bowls club and a social club is in place to organise the running of the bar and other facilities.
Chairman Phil Golding; Secretary Felicity Golding; Treasurer Gail Jackson