Every 2 weeks there is a community cafe hosted by residents of the village, where the local community can together over some hot beverages and tasty treats. The location alternates between the St Andrews Church (The Church within the Village) and Porters Lodge. All are welcome.
Upcoming Dates and Locations 2023
All dates are from 10am-12pm
Porter's Lodge - August 19th, September 16th, October 14th, November 11th, December 9th,
St Andrew's Church - September 2nd, September 30th, October 28th, November 25th, December 23rd
Local Facebook Group
There is a local community Facebook group that is used for local interactions across the parish. You can request to join here.
The Mobile Library service calls outside Phone Box and the Farm entrance nearest the Church weekly on a Sunday.
It is library route 15.
Currently, the timings are Phone Box 1540-1600 and Farm 1605-1625.
There is a public bus during school term-time to Bury St Edmunds and Mildenhall at the beginning and end of the school day.
There is a timetable in the sheltered bus stop. More up to date information on times that the buses run can be found here https://www.suffolkonboard.com/
Suffolk Links - Brecks
Suffolk Links Brecks is a demand-responsive transport service serving the areas of Mildenhall, Brandon and Thetford.
This service provides affordable and accessible solutions to those who otherwise find it difficult to use public transport. Connecting Communities includes a range of services, such as Dial A Ride, Community Car Service, Wheels within Wheels. For more information call 01638 664304 www.thevoluntarynetwork.org
The Phone Box Book Share
The Cavenham red phone box was adopted by Cavenham Village Green Ltd in November 2014.
It was repaired and refurbished by volunteers in 2015. Shelves have been installed and it is now an operational book exchange.
Cavenham Poors Trust Registered Charity no. 212839
The charity helps those retired and those in need, it is devoted solely to Cavenham.
The trustees welcome information. Please advise one or more of them if you become aware of anyone who may have exceptional needs arising from, for example, illness, bereavement or from other circumstances.
The Trustees ( as of January 2023) are Frank Cox, Sarah Brownie, Vanessa Selwyn, Pim Dickson, Liz Goodman
The trust, from historical usage, owns the 76 acres of wildland which is the Cavenham Heath National Nature Reserve (SSSI). The land is leased to Natural England which manages it as a publicly accessible nature reserve.
Further information concerning the history, the flora and fauna, and Natural England's Management Policy document for the heath can be viewed on request, please contact Frank Cox to arrange this.
Porter’s Lodge - Open Gardens
The present owners of Porter’s Lodge open their gardens once a year to support fundraising for St Andrew's Church. In previous years the open garden has also supported St Mary's of Tuddenham and the National Garden Scheme.
The garden is surrounded by a mature wood in which two acres of walks and glades encircle and are linked into the inner garden formed from an acre of semi-formal lawns and mixed borders.
The delightful inner garden is unusually designed as a series of interlocking spaces which are enlivened by fountains and ponds, statuary and architectural follies culminating in a pavilion which houses a unique water organ.
The working organ which stands in beautiful surroundings, backed by trees and reflected in water, took 2 years to complete. It was built by Rodney Briscoe of W.A. Boggis Organ Builders from Diss and inspired by a visit to the 16th-century water gardens in Villa D’este, Italy. “This is thought to be the only working water organ in the country, if not the world” Source; Lionel Stirgess, owner.
The Workings of the Water Organ - An electric pump takes the water to the roof where it falls freely over the led tiles into the guttering where it is channelled through a box to tumble over the water wheel. The water wheel is connected to a pulley and crankshaft which drives three bellows that pump air into the compressed air chamber. Form here the air is released in a controlled manner through the holes of a continuous folded card mask as it is fed through a keyframe by a roller also powered by the water wheel. The escaping air is released into any of the 62 pipes these, in turn, are controlled by a further 4 keys, making 66 keys in total. There are two sets of cards providing a choice of six melodies written by Hayden originally for the clock organ and each melody lasts two minutes.
75th VE Day Celebrations - 8th May 2020
Many residents joined in the celebrations and created our own version of a street party, and whilst respecting Covid-19 concerns, maintained the 2m social distancing. It was a great opportunity to meet many new residents to Cavenham and to catch up with others.
View more photos from the day click here