The summer is fast disappearing and what a summer it’s been! Torrential rain, prolonged high temperatures, strong winds – we never know what will hit us next.

Meanwhile, the business of the village continues… and there’s a vacancy on Metfield Parish Council.


Are you interested in what goes on in Metfield and in making the village a great place to live?

There is now a vacancy on Metfield Parish Council. The role of a Parish Councillor is not a difficult one, but it can be a varied task and is totally voluntary. Councillors are expected to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the parish – to listen to or identify issues which may be causing concern to residents, then look at ways of resolving them. The Council meets every two months, with occasional additional meetings as required.

If you would like to join the Council, please contact the Clerk (details below) by 23 August, with a short paragraph about yourself and why you would like to be a councillor. The only criteria are that you must be a resident of Metfield, and have lived in the parish for at least 1 year. The successful candidate will be co-opted onto the Council at the next Council meeting. 

Notice issued 10 July 2019 by METFIELD PARISH COUNCIL
Chairman: Mr P. Mortimer, Fir Tree Farm, Metfield, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 0LP Tel. 01986 785396
Clerk: Mrs. L Duckett, Hunters Lane Cottage, Hunters Lane, Metfield, Harleston, IP20 0LU Tel 01379 586218

Whatever happened to July?

Heatwave? Here? Throughout Europe, it seems. Extraordinary weather all over the world, in fact. We flew to Perth in Western Australia in early June and landed with huge white hailstones filling the sky and covering the pavements! In Sydney, we were COLD! Yes, it is their winter but it was extremely uncomfortable for a few weeks. And they don’t go in for heating very much, so we’d wake up to 13/14ºC indoors and it might reach a heady 17º by the middle of the day. Outside, it got up to 20º but there was mostly a chilly wind. In Tasmania, we had several frosty mornings, and a night or two before we arrived it was –5ºC at night. This is all very worrying for the planet, despite what naysayers would have us believe.

On to more cheerful matters… Hattens Farm celebrated their 40th anniversary and the BIG WEEKEND provided fun for all. Anyone got any pictures to put on the website please? Everyone who made these events so successful deserves thanks from the community. Lisa’s Anglian Organics Veg Shed opened at Hattens Farm – open every day from 9am to 5pm.

And now it’s August

Farmers Market – Saturday 3 August
For one month only the Village Farmers Market will take place at Hattens Farm Nursery. There will be no market at the Village Hall.

Metfield Horticultural & Produce Show – 17 August 2019
Come and view the impressive displays of perfect fruit and vegetables representing the cream of local gardening expertise together with beautiful and creative flower arrangements, mouthwatering cakes and jams, topped off with homemade wines. Doors open at 1:30pm after judging of the various plant and cooking classes.

Knit and natter – Mondays 2–4pm
There is a small charge to cover the cost of tea and biscuits.

If anyone is interested in joining us (all ages and abilities welcome), please let us know so we can make sure there are plenty of refreshments available.

If you don’t knit, crochet or do any other crafty pastime but want to come along for tea and a natter, you will be more than welcome to join us.

Roll up! Roll up! Excitement is growing as METFIELD’S BIG WEEKEND gets nearer…

The weekend of 15 & 16 June promises to be full of fun and entertainment for all the family. See the poster for details.

The Beer, Cider and Gin Festival starts at 6pm on Friday – with Live Music from local band The Sugar Beatniks
• On Saturday afternoon, there will be Live Music from a medley of musicians and, in the evening, the very popular local band The Badger Set will get your feet tapping and hands clapping as they once again raise the roof!

What a great weekend to look forward to!

Summer events in Metfield

Sunday 2 June 2pm AFTERNOON TEA at The Duke William B&B. Live music The Badger Set and The Sugar Beatniks. Entry by ticket only!


Saturday 1 June BINGO 7.30pm
at Metfield Village Hall.

Friday–Sunday 14–16 June
3rd Metfield BEER FESTIVAL & Metfield BIG WEEKENDClick for more details.
Sat & Sun 6–7 July (details) Hattens Farm Nurseries 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS. Fun for all the family!
14 July MAALG BRING AND SHARE LUNCH. Bring friends and family.
Saturday 17 August from 1.30pm 42nd ANNUAL PRODUCE SHOW at Metfield Village Hall. To sponsor a class, ring Kathy on 01379 586726. Schedules: or 01986 782527 or 07484 156793.