Recent events


and information about making much needed donations to the Hall

What an amazing evening we had on Fri 26th! It was a fantastic event with so many of you staying on to enjoy a good drink and a good chat with friends. Much fun was had by all and a delicious meal served by Maggie Archard and her team. The free beers were a real bonus! So good to see such as large turnout of our village residents to join us in celebrating our achievements to date.

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Fundraising so far
As you will know, we have been granted £148,000.00 by the Big Lottery. This is fantastic, but it is conditional on us raising a further £46,600.00 by the end of March, of which £2600.00 needs to have been raised locally. We have been working hard on this and so far we have raised £32,412.00. We still have several applications pending so we are confident that we will achieve this.

Local Fundraising – within our own parish

Part of our requirement to qualify for the full £148,000.00 is that we must raise a further £2,600.00 locally. Of that, we are pretty certain we will raise £1200.00 at our concert on 14th April, so it leaves £1400.00 still to raise locally. After the Sausage and mash evening, we raised £300 worth in cash donations and have since had a further £170.00 from individuals, for all of which we are really most grateful.

This brings us to a total so far of £470.00. This is really great, but we do need to raise a little more to get there. Some of you expressed a keen interest in making a donation, so below are the details in order to do so.

Details for making a donation – 2 methods

1) Either send a donation by cheque to Dave Dunnett, 16 Swainstons Way, Dennington, Woodbridge, IP13 8DB, made out to ‘Dennington Village Hall’.

2) Or, if you would like to make a transfer directly to our account, please contact  by email for the account details.

GIFT AIDAttached you will find a gift aid certificate. If you are happy to sign one and send it to us, it allows the Hall to claim an additional 25% from the Tax man for the Hall. Please fill in the details and either post it to Dave Dunnett (address above) or scan it and send it to .

Thank you all so much for considering this. Remember, it is collectively OUR hall. It is there for all of us, not just a few of us and once it has been refurbished, it will be a state-of-the-art building with amazing facilities for all of us to take advantage of. Join us, and be a part of our own collective future.

JoJo Maberly’s latest release ‘This is me’

JoJo  wrote the song, recorded it, then filmed and directed the video with various actors participating. JoJo lives in Dennington and has performed in many pantomimes here over the years, including performances at both Dennington Concerts. She hopes to proceed to University to study film.


Ralph Taylor releases his latest single

Ralph Taylor, who headlined the last Dennington Concert is going from strength to strength. He has just released his latest single. he is on track to release his next single in the very near future. Ralph, who lives in Framlingham has  featured in two Dennington Concerts.

We have several  “Live open mic” evenings at the hall and what a success they have been!

Inspired by James and Jotham Crisp from Jackson’s Farm and ably assisted and coordinated by Reg Dixon, we have held our first  Live open mic evenings. And what fun they have been! A very broad range of music was played and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

The Hall provided excellent Hot Dogs (delicious sausages from Dave Dunnett) and the bar was open, so both evenings have gone really well. The next one should be in the New Year. Why not join in? Bring your guitar, or ukulele, or bring a poem to read – anything! Just enjoy the fun of the evening. See you there!

Live mic comp.16.9.16

 What an amazing party we had for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations !!

We had a truly excellent turnout and all the youngsters had a wonderful time  involved in all the races set up and run by John Watterson. What a great day – and even though the rain appeared from time to time, some stayed out on the field, enjoying the wonderful scene, the views and the company of others.

Very many thanks to Robert Rous, Anne Keys and Maggie Archard for the considerable efforts, not in any way to detract from all others who assisted on the day. many thanks to you all.

More images to follow!!!!

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The Dennington Concert – 31st October 2015

An evening of seductive new talent in the Dennington Concert

Dennigton compilation.aClockwise from top left: James and Joe Crisp, Ralph Taylor, JoJo Maberly and Katie Russell

Saturday 31st October was a big day: first it was Halloween, then it was the rugby World Cup final and finally it was the 2015 Dennington Concert, a long-awaited event which showcases young talented people in the local area.

The Hall was beautifully decorated in a halloween theme and delightful spooky nibbles on each table kept all those attending well nourished. First up were ‘The Teach Boys’, Clive Norton, Richard Higgins and Pete Giles, all teachers from Framlingham College who set the scene with a delightful round of music which raised the energy in the room.

They were closely followed by JoJo Maberly and Jonathan Thorp who made excellent renditions of ‘Hey soul sister’ and ‘Write it on your skin’, JoJo showing her dexterity on both the ukulele and the acoustic guitar. Eddie Higgins then gave an excellent performance of ‘The wrong direction’ and ‘Down South’. Eddie is aiming at Music College next year.

James Crisp, a young singer/songwriter from Dennington followed with three songs he has written himself and was joined by his brother Joe for the final song. Their confidence and skill shone through in each performance.

Katie Russell, also from Dennington and in her final year at Thomas Mills, gave a truly stunning performance, singing three gorgeous pieces which allowed her to demonstrate her amazing voice. She has a great future ahead of her.

Keith Sadler and Jon Coy entertained us with three excellent songs which were very well received by all – a very skilled duo. Next came James and Hannah Hutchinson. James is 15 and Hannah 9. Hannah sang two songs delightfully (backed by her brother) and then James gave us all an astounding performance on guitar. For such a young man, his skill is quite extraordinary.

Singer/songwriter Ralph Taylor then took to the stage and proceeded to give an astounding performance which had everyone spellbound. His confidence is electric and his skilful use of the loop pedal made his renditions a real pleasure to watch. As a composer he really has a handle on how to put a song together. Ralph is busy studying music in London and has his sights clearly focused at the top.

The event was held as a fundraiser for the refurbishment of Dennington Village Hall and all the equipment was kindly provided by Framlingham College.