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.

Wickhambrook News and Events

Adobe pdf document Devolution Notes from County Cllr Mary Evans



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

The next W.I. Tea Party will be on the 15th of September 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

Wednesday 25th September
The next Horticultural Society meeting will be on Monday 25th of September at the usual time of 7.30pm in the W.I. Hall. Hardy Ferns talk and spore sowing demo by Margaret Nimmo-Smith of Cambridge (fern specialist).  Tea and Coffee refreshments.



World's Biggest Coffee Morning

We are hoping to hold our 26th annual coffee morning in aid of Macmillan. Everyone has been so supportive in past years and we hope you'll be again. Last year was a record breaking year for Coffee Morning with £1,042 being raised, so there's never been a better excuse for cake or to enable us to raise even more vital funds to carry on this much needed help. Our event is on :

Friday 29th September 2017
in the W.I. Hall, Wickhambrook
from 9.00am to Noon.

The total raised nationally last year was £29.5 million which helped fund Macmillan nurses, provide a lifeline of listeners and treatments not routinely available on the NHS amongst so many other vital services. We want to help, so please come and have a cup of coffee (or tea) and a chat in an excellent cause and support us once more. A display of gifts for Christmas from "CHOCOHOLICS" will also be present at this event with all profits from orders and sales going to Macmillan. Any donations of raffle prizes would be much appreciated. Thank You! For further information contact Mrs Val Orange 01440820161 or valerie.orange55@gmail.com

Val Orange.



W.I. Wickhambrook

10th Ocober 2017

The next W.I. meeting is The Trafficking of Women with Pam Bowen. Our meetings are held at 7.30pm in the WI Hall and all ladies from the village and district will be made very welcome. Just turn up at the WI Hall if you would like to join in. Information is always available from Hilary (01440 821713) or Veronica (01440 820791) for all our activities.



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



HELP FIND RUDY

Help find Rudy

Rudy is a 12 year old german shepherd mix that went missing from Braintree back in February. He was spotted in the Wickhambrook and it would really help to make people aware of him and hopefully reunite him with his family?

» Please see the full poster here with additional information


Right Driver

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Photo of the Month - September

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.