Justin Brooke

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Justin Brooke

Justin Brooke

Justin Brooke had quite a significant impact on Wickhambrook. Back in the 1920's the village suffered from low employment, however Devonian Justin Brooke was the man who reversed the villagers' economic misfortunes following his arrival in Wickhambrook with his wife Edith. The acquisition of Clopton Hall and several hundred acres of farmland opened up many opportunities for locals to become involved in fruit farming and his acres soon became west Suffolk's leading producers of soft fruit and apples. The dairy herd, dairy and milk delivery service, travelling as far as Cambridge, provided even more jobs for which local families were grateful in the recession-hit thirties.

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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 lawfield.ma@gmail.com



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


Right Driver

for more details visit www.rightdriver.co.uk

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History of Justin Brooke

Justin Brooke started farming here in May 1928. His intention was to grow fruit, planting on north-facing slopes in a cold district in order to avoid the damaging effects of late frost.

To Clopton Hall's 150 acres he soon added Clopton Green and Wickham House; saddened by local unemployment and by the uneconomic marketing of the milk produced in the neighbourhood, he expanded rapidly into quicker-maturing soft fruit and started a very successful milk retailing business.

A fire at Wickhambrook House, together with full employment following the declaration of war in 1939, led him to abandon this once it was no longer of such necessity and in 1945 he was again able to develop his original ambition of fruit growing.

Home Farm, Hill Farm and Rolfe's had become part of the enterprise before the war and Appleacre and Seabrooke soon afterwards.

Orchards had been planted and were further extended, the pig herd (originally planned to complement the milk business) was enlarged and arable crops were grown on all the land unsuited to fruit.

After Mr Brooke's death in 1963 Mrs Brooke continued the expansion, adding Hundon Great Lodge, Hammonds, Hundon Hall, Dodds and Hole Farms.

The purchase of Hinton Hall and lease of the adjoining Grunty Fen Farm in Cambridgeshire brought the acreage to 3792.

Horticulture was intensified, growing more fruit on less land and the pig herd was concentrated at Appleacre and further enlarged there.

Mrs Brooke, retired in 1977 and Elizabeth Hollingsworth Justin's daughter took over the running of the business.

The company is now called Clopton Hall Farms Ltd and is run by Elizabeth's son Chris Hollingsworth.