Alf Hicks and the Biscuit Barrel Award
Alf Hicks

Alf Hicks

Alf was born in Ivy Cottage opposite the school in 1908. He started work when he was seven and still at school looking after cows grazing at the roadside.  He left school in 1921 and did farm work before going into the grocery trade at Woollards shop.

After three years there he decided to learn to drive and went to Denston Hall as under chauffeur. The cars there were kept so clean Alf had to polish the sumps.   After leaving the village for a year or two to follow the grocery trade he returned to Wickhambrook to work for Justin Brooke first as a tree planter and later as a salesman.

Winner of Biscuit Barrel Award

Winner of the 2016 - Val Orange winner of the Alf Hicks Biscuit Barrel Award



Valerie Orange, the recipient of the Alf Hicks Biscuit Barrel award 2016. 

Valerie has been President of the WI and was a committee member for many years, she now handles WI press and publicity. She is caretaker at the URC and is also the village correspondent which means that anything in the newspapers is down to her.  Valerie recently retired from being a Higher learning Teaching Assistant at Wickhambrook Primary School but is still very involved in village life. The presentation was made at the Annual Parish Meeting on 12 May 2016

Wickhambrook News and Events

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Churches Together

Bring and Buy
Churches Together - Christian Aid Week
Saturday 20th May 2017

Coach Trip to Somerleyton Hall
8th June 2017

The Wickhambrook Horticultural Society annual coach trip this year is to Somerleyton Hall.  This trip departs from the MSC car park at 9am on Thursday 8th June, returning by 6.30pm. A guided tour of the extensive gardens is included in the cost, which is £25 per person. Gardens include a half mile yew maze and Victorian glasshouses designed by Joseph Paxton. There are still a few places left, so book now. Contact Ann on 01284 789419 or Matthew & Audrey on

W.I. Tea Party W.I. Tea Party

The next W.I. Tea Party will be on the 9th of June 2017 . All Welcome.  Come and join us from 2pm till 4pm for Tea, Coffee and Cake £1.50.  All profits to Suffolk Carers

Wickhambrook Horticultural Society

Monday 26th June
The next Horticultural Society meeting will be on Monday 26th of June at the usual time of 7.30pm in the W.I. Hall. A brief history of the English Garden - a gallop through gardens from Mediaeval to Victorian by Andrew Sankey of Cambridge.  Tea and Coffee refreshments.

Falls Prevention Exercise
Every Tuesday

Seated and standing strength and balance exercises to maintain and prolong independence. This new class aims to increase mobility, flexibility, muscle strength and improve balance, with the opportunity after for refreshment and a chance to socialise with other members of the class.  10.30am to 11.20am at Wickhambrook Pavillion.  Pay as you go, £4.00 a class.  See poster for more information

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History of Alf Hicks

Following the Second World War which he spent with the N.A.A.F.I., having failed is medical for active service, he joined Pearl Assurance Co. as their local agent.

Lay preacher at the Congregational Church, officer in the Boys Brigade, Footballer, Cricketer, founder member of the Community Council and Local History Society, Alf was all of these as well as being the village reporter for the East Anglian Daily Times and Bury Free Press.

Alf’s death in 1995 left the village so much poorer but perhaps the erecting of the Village Sign, for so long Alf’s dream, will be a fitting memorial to one of natures true gentlemen.

The Alf Hicks Biscuit Barrel Award ...

Alf Hicks Biscuit Barrel

The Alf Hicks Biscuit Barrel Award

In 1991 the Barrel was presented to Alf as a gift in recognition of his service to the Village. Alf kept the Barrel for a while but then returned it to the Parish Council with a request that it be awarded annually for outstanding service.

In 1998 the Parish Council decided that, as the Barrel has to be returned at the end of the year, the recipient should also receive an award certificate. The first certificate was awarded to Michael Medcalf. Subsequently certificates were presented to all the previous recipients of the Barrel.

yeaR Recipient
2016 Val Orange
2014 Diane Haywood
2013 Thelma Farrow
2012 Jim Field
2011 Dorothy Anderson
2010 Roger Alexander
2009 Steve Taylor
2008 Jim Fieldsend
2007 Peter and Pam Miller
2006 Julian Gardner
2005 Barbara Merritt
2004 Ivy Haygreen
2003 David Turner
2002 Percy Nunn
2001 John Bean
2000 Brenda Fairhall
1999 Dr and Mrs Forsythe
1998 Michael Medcalf
1997 Colin Bird
1996 Ron and Edna Penhaligan
1995 Derek Pope
1994 Peter Bayman
1993 Gladys Alexander
1992 Gladys Bishop