Recent events

Notice of the annual AGM for Dennington Village Hall, to be held on Wednesday 23rd October at 7.00pm in the Village Hall

You are all cordially invited to attend the Hall AGM as detailed above. We have come so far, and made such big changes in the Hall.  it has been a very rewarding exercise for those of us involved, but now its time for others to step in and take the Hall forward into the future. Why not come along and participate in the Hall’s decision making and help move it forward, whether as a trustee or a willing participant?

Please click on the images below for the agenda & also the minutes of the previous AGM.


Our first major Art Exhibition here at Dennington Village Hall over the August Bank Holiday, 24th to 26th August

Please put the dates in your diary. This will be a grand occasion as it brings together a number of artists from the village. Our youngest Artist, Reuben is still at school, so a real spectrum of exhibitors. These are;

Jillifar Amor, Katherine Cook, James Maberly, Jean Marx, Rosie Mckenzie, Rueben Pearce and Kristina Tonev.

Maggie Archard will be providing ongoing refreshments on all three days, so please come and make the most of it. See you there!

Another article has appeared in the EADT about the launch of the Village Hall and watch a video of Oliver Steward cutting the ribbon

Please click on the image to read the whole article

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What an amazing success the Launch party was on Friday 1st March  – thank you for coming!!

What a delight it was to participate in the launch party for the newly refurbished hall on Friday. there were over 200 people there, perhaps the largest gathering in the village for many years, so it was a significant moment. Everyone realised what a special occasion it was and we are delighted so many came to celebrate with us.

Stephen Burroughes, our honoured guest,  gave an excellent  speech and then handed the microphone to Susan Warren, who had opened the hall when she was 11 years old in 1985. She in turn  handed the scissors to young Oliver Steward, who, after saying ‘I now declare this hall open’, cut the tape to much clapping and enjoyment from the audience.  Below are some images of the event, put together to allow more to be seen.

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Very special thanks to Maggie Archard and her team of helpers, and of course the team behind the bar, for their considerable help in preparing for and providing the food and service on the night.

And to finish off, here is the poem, written anonymously, about the new hall.


A published article by the EADT about the renovations on 24th February 2019

Please click on the image to read the whole article.

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Bring the family along to Dennington Village Hall on Friday nights for an evening of sport related fun on the Sports Meadow!

Starting on Friday 11th May (6.30 to 9.30) and running through to early September, entry is free and the bar is will be open. A typical night will include activities such as relay races, rounders, football, basketball etc for accompanied children of all ages; parents are welcome to join in. Please see attached for flyer.

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Come and watch the Blackheart Orchestra perform on Friday July 13th in the Hall – starts at 8pm – doors open 7.30

We are delighted to have the Blackheart Orchestra performing this Friday evening in the Village Hall. It’s  made up of a  singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist duo comprising long term collaborators Chrissy Mostyn and Richard Pilkington.

They blend musical styles in a non-conformist way, seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create their unique, highly individual, emotion-drenched music.

Click on the image below to here a little of their single “Keep the Light On”.Blackheart Orchestra.7.18

Described by Rock Society magazine as “One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” and by Genesis Legend Steve Hackett as “Beautiful, powerful and inspiring” award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra.

After 10 years of concert touring across the world, four acclaimed albums, appearances on Good Morning TV, Radio 2 and awards ranging from Best British Duo to 4th Best New Band of 2018 in PROG magazine’s recent readers’ poll and now nominated for the prestigious Limelight Award in the 2018 Progressive Music Awards the unique Blackheart Orchestra have become one of the must-see bands of 2018.

The doors open at 7.30 and the concert starts at 8.00pm. Tickets are £10.00 each and available from Binkie Andrews on 01728 638813 or on

The bar will be open, so why not come and join us for an exceptional evening of good music?

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The Dennington Concert – what an amazing evening – a stunning tribute to our young local talent

Last Saturday night (14th April) saw the third bi-annual Dennington Concert, aimed specifically at celebrating young local talent. With nine different performances, there was a very broad eclectic mix of music.

2018-04-26_094345Concert comp.aThe show was kicked off by ‘The Teach Boys’ from Framlingham; a group of (young?) teachers who set the energy for the evening with some rousing Beatles numbers. Next on was Eleanor Petheram, a young 16 year old from Framlingham College who has a delightfully lilting voice that captivated everyone, drawing them in to her space. A great future awaits her. She was followed by the Crisp Brothers from Dennington. James and Jo Crisp both write and perform their own music which is highly original and very captivating. A stunning performance.

Oscar Welsh from Peasenhall then followed with three very engaging songs, one of which was his own composition: a very versatile performer with an amazing future ahead of him. Katie Russell then gave an entrancing rendition of three pieces from musicals that gently eased everyone into an easy relaxed space – such a beautiful voice.

16 year old Will Haigh started the second half with three rousing songs from Ed Sheeran and Robbie Williams – an absolute natural who has a great future. He was followed by Gabriella Pattinson (16) whose delightfully alluring  songs captivated everyone with their seductive melodies – she is a member of the Aldeburgh Young Musicians. What a talent and what a future awaits.

She was followed by Salvador, a young band from Framlingham made up of Lucas Evans, Jan Ashwell, Felix Church and Jude Mackan, all at Thomas Mills High School, who brought a complete shift in music style to the evening and whose brilliance shone out like a bright light. A remarkable performance.

concert comp.bbThe final performance was made up of Oscar Welsh, Marty Gionis and Abbi Liverton. These three are at Framlingham College and a hugely talented trio. Abbi enthralled everyone with her expertise on the drums whilst Marty’s excellence on the trombone added a whole new dimension. Oscar Welsh’s final performance of ‘I’m the king of the Swingers’ was a delight to watch and ended the evening on a very high note.

It has been a great pleasure to host such an amazing group of such talented young individuals. The concert was in aid of the Dennington Village Hall refurbishment fund and raised in excess of £1300.00. A brilliant evening with so much talent and a joy for all who attended. Many thanks to Tom Howard and Framlingham College for the loan of their equipment.

The link to the EADT website article is at

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Ed Sheeran’s guitar has sold for £3,800.00. Such a wonderful donation to the Hall Refurbishment Fund

We could not be more delighted! Ed very kindly made the donation saying how much he wanted to help the village. This will help to raise some significant funds for the Hall and help to bring us to a faster completion date for all our fundraising.

The guitar was sold at auction at Clarke and Simpsons auction rooms at Campsea Ashe on 9th April in their Art Deco and Retro Auction.  Someone locally bought it, but we do not know who the buyer is.

It is a really lovely guitar. It has a delightfully rich sound, as you would expect from a Martin’s guitar. A really very kind gesture by Ed, who has just had 3 sell-out  concerts in New Zealand, all selling out within 6 minutes!!!

On behalf of the whole village, I would like to extend my very grateful thanks to Ed for his real kindness and generosity and also to Clarke and Simpson for so kindly auctioning it for us for free. this saved us £690.00, so it is an amazing donation from them towards the hall.

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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 Dave Dunnett 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 Dave by email.

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!

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 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

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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.