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Christmas Craft Market

Our annual Christmas Craft Market will take place on Saturday 25th November at the Bradfield Community Centre. 10am to 4pm. There will be a variety of good quality craft and food stalls. Refreshments and light lunches will be available. We hope that Father Christmas will be joining us once again. There will also be raffle and tombola stalls. Entrance £1 accompanied under 16 free.

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Church yard clear up day

Clear up day. The churchyard committee are asking for help on Saturday 15th July 10am to 12. If you would prefer an earlier start, there will be people around from 9am. Please bring any useful tools for edging, weeding, cutting etc. There are many jobs large and small. If you are unable to attend on this date but would like to help, please contact Jennie Brightman (01206 391091) for information on jobs needing attention.

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Gardens Open Day

There are 16 gardens and the church open on 25th June. Programmes are available from the Village Shop in advance or the Church on the day. Accompanied children go free.

1 Ballister House via Ship Hill Lane - Mr and Mrs Bullimore
The garden at Ballister House has over the last few years been transformed from a building site. A sculptural approach to gardening has created curved rolling banks, a natural approach to planting and the installation of ponds to encourage wildlife. Extensive views of the river. It is anticipated that the garden railway will be completed.
Light refreshments available.

2 Shiphill Cottage Station Road - Mr and Mrs Burchell
There is no parking here apart from two spaces at the bottom of the garden which will be for less abled people.
A large cottage style garden laid to lawn with flower borders, also decked and shingled areas. Plenty of seating available. We will again be serving ice creams and will have a bric a brac stall. 

3 Barley Cottage The Street - Mrs Petrie
"A small cottage garden, planted with love"

4 Number 2 Squires Cottage The Street - Mrs Cotter
A very small front garden, containing pots and baskets which are always full of interesting plants. 

5 St Lawrence Church The Street - PROGRAMMES. Service 10.30-11.30 approx.The proceeds from Open Gardens are towards the repair and maintenance of the church. Following the service the church will be open for you to visit.

6 Rossmoyne The Street - Mr and Mrs Ablett  
Take the weight off your feet and enjoy some Bradfield vistas. The garden is only one year old, but it is gradually transforming into a peaceful, relaxing setting. Come and see how far we have got. 
Chips and Ices, Objet A’rt available also for those who would like to know the story of Acorn Village at Mistley a personal book signing will be available. We look forward to welcoming you.

7 Teasels The Street - Mr & Mrs Clark
A garden developed over 20 years from new with paving, small pond, mixed borders, fruit and vegetables.  A gate leads into a half acre meadow with trees, large pond and ditches to encourage wildlife and flowers (accompanied children only in this area please).

8 Brambles Wix Road - Mr and Mrs Griffiths  
Please use entrance at back of cottage and parking is available in the road. Brambles has a country cottage garden, which has undergone some recent changes to make it easier to look after.  With trees, shrubs, perennials, and a new pond, to provide a garden for us to relax in and food and shelter for wildlife. 

9 Plas-y- Coed Heath Road -  Mr and Mrs Barrow Light lunches 12 to 2.30
Leylandii hedges probably cause more arguments with neighbours than anything else! Luckily we all agreed it had to go and so while feeling energetic at the start of the year we all got stuck in. Photos of the resulting chaos can be seen at 2 Hope Cottage. With the removal of the hedge, the dynamics of our garden have changed dramatically. There is more space, light and water but also more wind and our plants are having to adapt. There are new gravel and raised bed areas and newly created walkways. Pond (please supervise children) 

10 2 Hope Cottage Hetah Road - Mr Ford
See Plas y Coed refence leylandii. This old hedge has been replaced with yew and fencing. Mr Ford is undertaking a restoration of this garden. Old tree stumps have been removed and shrubs pruned and some moved. The large flower bed which was full of ground elder is being cleaned ready for planting next year. Wander round the garden and admire the beautiful mature trees and roses. What would you plant in the bed?

11 Chippins Heath Road - Mr and Mrs Leese    
We were lucky enough to be provided with a wonderful 'Posh Shed' by the National Gardens Scheme which we would love you to see. Please come and enjoy view from the veranda!
The garden has surprises around every corner, with plenty of places to sit and contemplate, or just drink in the peaceful atmosphere!
As Kit is an artist and has a keen interest in photography, there are always paintings to see in the conservatory and the new etching studio/greenhouse, which also houses exotic plants such as coleus, begonias, cacti and whatever else Ceri succumbs to from visits to nurseries!
All visitors are assured of a warm welcome. 

12 Twin Poplars Heath Road - Mrs Butler
A family friendly garden. 

13 Finials Heath Road - Mrs Bowen Cake stall
A mature secluded garden with a variety of shrubs and pots. 

14 Nandina Cansey Lane - Mr and Mrs Garner  Tea and cakes from 2pm. Book stall
Time for a sit down to enjoy tea and cakes and a chance to browse the book stall. Wander around the garden and admire the beautiful trees planted over the last 30 years.

15 Haven Ellis Road - Mr and Mrs Baxter
As Ellis Road is single track, NO car parking is available.
Gravel garden to the front featuring hostas and a medium sized rear garden largely devoted to herbaceous plants with splashes of annual colour.
A model railway will be running in the garage.

16 Mooltan Barrack Street - Mr and Mrs Attfield
A secluded, level, easy access garden with trees, shrubs, climbers, roses and a small pond.  Some replanting is taking place following the removal of a row of overgrown leylandii.

17 Rowan Steam Mill Road - Mr and Mrs Coe  Plant stall.
A new garden, less than a year old. Planted mainly with shrubs and perennials, keeping colour and foliage in mind for flower arranging.  

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Book Launch

Bradfield’s WW1 Heroes - Book Launch Friday 11th November St Lawrence Church Room 7.15 for 7.30

Come and join us for wine and nibbles on Friday 11th November in the Church Room 7.15 for 7.30 pm, for the book launch of “Bradfield’s WW1 Heroes”.  In this new book, published by the Friends of St Lawrence Church, the authors provide short biographies of the 22 Bradfield servicemen who died during the First World War. All profits from the sale of this book, which is priced at £4.99, will be going to the Friends. The book may be purchased at the launch, or after the event from the Village Store and Post Office, or from Bob Coe (email:


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Murder Mystery Evening 15th October


“Death at the Shangri-La” Saturday15thOctober

Murder Mystery Evening - including supper. Bradfield Community Centre 7.15 for prompt 7.30 start.

Back by popular demand, an evening solving a murder mystery presented by our famous (infamous?) acting group, this time set in the Shangri-La Residential Home. Tickets including supper £12 can be booked on 01255 870681 or email:

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Curry Evening Wednesday 7th September

Curry Night Wednesday 7th September The Mogul Manningtree 7pm for 7.15

The Mogul restaurant in Manningtree has very kindly offered to host a charity dinner for the Friends of St Lawrence Church. The curry meal (£20 a head, £5 of which would go to the Friends) will include a starter, a choice of mild or medium main course, vegetables, pilau rice and naan bread.  Drinks and poppadums will be extra.  If you would like to attend please let Sue Cunningham know on 01255 870154 or email by the end of August. Those of you who have already expressed an interest will need to confirm your places with Sue Cunningham. Please encourage friends, family and neighbours to book their places.

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A Meal in May

A Meal in May.  This fund raising meal will be held in the church room on Saturday 21st May 7.15 for 7.30

There will be a hot buffet consisting of three choices, followed by sweet and cheese courses with coffee and mints to follow. Tickets £20 each can be ordered from Norma Barrow 01255 870681 or email

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Poems and Pints Feb 19th 7pm

Christopher and Fontaine Woods are holding this event at Blue Bonnet, Mill Lane Bradfield. Just bring along a drink and a poem and supper will be provided. The charge for the event is £10 per person with all profits going to the Friend's funds. Please contact Fontaine 01255 870411 to book your place. Parking is limited, so please would you park somewhere other than Mill Lane. Thank you

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Christmas Craft Market


Saturday 28th November 10am - 4pm Bradfield Community Centre Entrance £1 accompanied under 16 free

Once again Kathy Wilkinson has gathered a wide range of good quality crafts for this event. This year there will be stalls containing shabby chic homeware, .ceramics, pottery, wooden items, knitwear for all ages, jewellery, cards and artwork, knitted and sewn toys plus much more. Food stalls include the Pieman, Gina’s Jams and Chutneys and homemade cakes. There will be the usual raffle and tombola with refreshments served all day. Father Christmas will return with stories and presents for the children £2 per child

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7:30 PM19:30

Quiz Night

Quiz Night Saturday 10th October 2015 at the Community Centre 

7.15 for prompt start at 7.30  Always an enjoyable evening. Teams of six can be booked with Norma 01255 870681 or email  Ploughman’s Supper (bring your own drinks) Tickets £7.00 per head

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3:00 PM15:00

Poems in the garden

Christopher and Fontaine Woods are holding this afternoon event at Blue Bonnet, Mill Lane from 3 to 5.30 on Saturday 5th September. Just bring along a poem and Fontaine will provide tea, sandwiches and cakes. The charge for the event is £6 per person with all profits going to the Friends. Please telephone Fontaine on 01255-870411 to book for this event. Parking is limited, so please would you park somewhere other than Mill Lane


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Gardens Open Day

Gardens Open Day  Sunday 21st June 2015. 11am to 5 pm 

So far we have about ten garden owners willing to open this year.  If you are resident in Bradfield and would like to know more about opening your garden for this event, please contact me tel:01255 870681.If you are able to supply plants or cakes for the stalls please contact me at the above number.

Details of the gardens which are opening will be posted here in June.

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Book Launch

Book Launch 
Come and join us for wine and nibbles on Friday 24th April 7.15 for 7.30 pm in the Church Room, for the launch of “St. Lawrence, Bradfield - a history of an Essex church.” 
This book tells the story of Bradfield’s parish church from its earliest origins and traces changes made to it and the Christian faith over the centuries. The profits from the book, which is priced at £4.99, will be going to the Friends. The book may be purchased at the launch, or after the event from the Village Store and Post Office or from Bob Coe tel: 01255 870123.


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Curry Evening - March 18th

The Mogul restaurant in Manningtree has very kindly offered to host a charity dinner for the Friends of St Lawrence Church on Wednesday 18th March at 7pm.  The curry meal (£17 a head, £5 of which would go to the Friends)) would include a starter, a choice of mild or medium main course, vegetables, pilau rice and nan bread.  Drinks and poppadoms would be extra.  If you would like to attend please let Sue Cunningham know on 01255 870154 or email by the end of February. Those of you who expressed an interest will need to confirm your places with Sue Cunningham. Please encourage friends, family and neighbours to book their places.


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7:30 PM19:30

Burns Night Supper

 This will be held on Friday 23rd January 2015 in the Church Room. 7.15 for 7.30 start. Tickets are limited so book early email norma.barrow@! £25 per head for three/four course meal: Seafood starter, Haggis (vegetarian Haggis available) Please inform us if you would prefer the braised beef alternative or vegetarian starter. Sweet/cheese course. Andy and his bagpipes will be with us again so come along and enjoy a sociable evening. 

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Christmas Craft Market 2014

The Friends will be holding its Christmas Craft Market on Saturday 29 November this year at Bradfield Community Centre (CO11 2UU) from 10 am until 4 pm.

As usual there will be craft and food stalls, refreshments, raffle, tombola and Father Christmas will be honouring us with his presence once again, so bring your children/ grandchildren along to meet him, for a story and to receive an age related gift - £2 per child.

Admission to the Craft Market is £1 with accompanied children under 16 free.

Please contact Kathy Wilkinson on 01206-393904 if you require any further information.

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Concert and Buffet - Saturday 19th July 7 pm

We are pleased to welcome back Susie Hyman and her friends who make up Con Spirito, for another concert  at St Lawrence Church. The concert will be  followed by a finger buffet.. 

Tickets : Adults £10 - Under 16 £6 - Friends members £8 available from Norma Barrow 01255 870681 or email

Art Songs, Opera and Show Songs
Beethoven's 'Emperor' Piano Concerto!

Susie Hyman -  soprano

Anna Maria Hyman – soprano

Yvonne Graham – contralto

Richard Mason – tenor

Peter Kenvyn Jones – bass

Peter Humphrey – piano

Stephen Smith –concert organ

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Gardens Open Day 22nd June

Gardens Open Day -  Sunday 22nd June 11am – 5pm

Entry by programme £3 - accompanied under 16 free. Programmes will be on sale from early June at the village shop or from St Lawrence Church on the day.

The gardeners of Bradfield are wonderful! Despite the wet winter 14+ gardens are prepared to open. There are 3, possibly 4 gardens new to our open day and these include:

Red House - Heath Road; Mooltan - Barrack Street; Ship Hill Cottage - Station Road; plus one other to be confirmed

It is two years since the last opening and many of the gardens have changed and developed in different ways. Other activities include: Light lunches 12-2 pm, Tea and cakes plus music from 2 pm. Art display, cake, plant, bric-a-brac and ice cream stalls. Also a model train layout.

1. Church    Programmes   

The proceeds from Open Gardens are going towards the repair and maintenance of the stained glass windows. Please take time to view the windows two of which are dedicated to people who died in WW1

2. Ballister House Station Road 

The garden at Ballister House was a building site three years ago so it is very much work in progress. A sculptural approach to gardening has created curved rolling banks, a natural approach to planting and, this year, the installation of ponds to encourage wildlife. All with extensive views of the river. Tea and coffee available

3. Shiphill Cottage Station Road

A fairly large pretty garden with a terrace overlooking the river. Partly shingled and laid to lawn with flower borders and a few quirky bits to see.

We will have a Bric-a-Brac stall and will be selling ice creams

Only two parking spaces available down the lane at the bottom of the garden. For disabled only please. (Will be signed)

4. Emsworth House Station Road 

From 2 pm Emsworth House has a lovely informal garden and amazing views of the River Stour. There will be tea and refreshments, children's games and a small stall. Bradfield Scouts,along with friends and my grand children will be helping and The Brtish Legion Band will provide great music. 

5. Bradfield Place Harwich Road

Walled garden only.The Hobarts have lived at Bradfield Place since the winter of 1999. The house was formally a nursing home so over the years it has been restored back to its former glory and is now very much a family home. Work in replanning the walled garden started in 2004. The garden was rather over grown so the first job was to clear the space and then start from fresh the planning. The ''White House '' was rebuilt around the same time along with the pool and the orchard planted up and the box hedging put in. It's very much our family garden and a place we all enjoy and relax in! (when not gardening!!)

6. Hallam Cottage The Street -   A pretty  garden, reflecting the character of the 17th century cottage. The garden has been designed with different foliage in colour and form in an attempt to give all year interest.  An ongoing project so a lot of replanting since last opening. 

7. Blue Bonnet Mill Lane

This medium-sized garden was carved out of a field around 2002; with professional planning it grew well for a decade.However after recent ill-health, the owners are recovering, and are ‘recovering’ the garden, bringing in new plants and points of interest.It still has the magnificent view of Suffolk at the end of the garden!

 8. Brambles Wix Road

A medium size cottage garden, with plants chosen to provide habitats and food for insects and wildlife. The garden includes an unruly boundary hedge, old apple trees, fruit bushes, some vegetables, a mix of roses, shrubs and herbaceous perennials, and trampoline as a centre piece!

9.  Red House Heath Road  

For those who knew the garden prior to 2005 when Neil and Gaynor moved into the Red House, a surprise awaits.  The rear garden has been wholly re-landscaped and planted over the last 18 months by Little Bentley firm HMC Garden Design. The entire garden has been opened up to give a spacious feel and now in its second summer, the planting is becoming established.  Young trees and lots of interesting bedding arranged around 2 lawns on 2 levels, the further of which is accessed via 3 steps or a slope.  Large patio area, brick walls and a pergola add interest.  The requirement for a large vegetable plot was incorporated and the original patch enlarged with raised beds being installed. 

Wheelchair friendly, WC available, we look forward to seeing you.

 10. Plas-y-Coed Heath Road 

Lunches from 12-2pm  After 30 years the time had come for taking stock! Over the last two years we have pruned hard, replanted and improved hard landscaping areas. Mixed borders, pond and some wild-flower areas. Uneven grass please take care.

11. Chippins Heath Road 

Yellow Book (NGS) & Artists Garden Plantaholics paradise herbaceous geraniums, hostas and alliums. Stream, wildlife pond brimming with bog plants. Explosion of colour - abundance of tubs, hanging baskets. Wide borders featuring hemerocallis and swathes of lilies. Exotics include cannas, South African Streptocarpus, aeonium and agaves – also some very unusual resident “sculptures” made of old mans beard! Recent projects include a small fernery and a completely re-vamped front garden, providing a summer holiday home for the exotics!

This garden will also be open for the NGS on Saturday May 31st Open 11- 5 and Sunday June 29th Open 11 - 5

A small collection of Kit's paintings will be available to to view in the conservatory.   

12. The Cottage Crow Hall Lane

A cottage garden with, hopefully, colourful flowerbeds and some interesting trees. There will also be a plant stall and paintings displayed in the conservatory.

13. Finials Heath Road

Garden of shrubs and perennials enhanced with pots of annuals and garden ornaments.

Cake stall,

14. Haven Ellis Road

 A small but well-loved garden packed with herbaceous beds and shrubs and splashes of summer bedding colour along with a few owls! A model railway will be running in the garage.No parking 

15. Mooltan Barrack Street

A secluded, level, easy access garden laid out around an L-shaped bungalow.  Mainly shrubs, climbers and roses, with a small pond and some interesting trees.

 16 * Little Shields Kings Street   Additional garden to programme

This pretty garden with its views over the fields has been developed over the last three years.The front garden contains a wonderful rose bed, shrubs and climbers. The rear garden is accessed via the left hand gate way and passage and contains a lawn, herbaceous borders and roses


This event is supported by the Performing Rights Society

PRS for Music licences the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the legal permission they need to play the music they want.

These licences ensure that music publishers, songwriters and composers are fairly rewarded with royalties so they can keep making music - and mean that we’re able to support music at events like this.


For more information about PRS for Music or music licensing, visit or call 0800 068 4828

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