Pakefield Wives – who are we?

We are a group of women who meet fortnightly on Wednesdays in Pakefield Church Hall, beginning at 7.30pm, unless otherwise stated, and our aims are:

*  Promoting friendship, support and social activities for women in the local community

*  Raising funds for our three charitable causes for this year –  Waveney Area Community Trust (Dial-a-Ride), East Anglia Air Ambulance and Cancer Research.

All women are welcome (whether or not you are a wife !) and visitors pay £2.00 on the door, so just come along and meet us!


Dial-a-Ride is a social club on wheels! So says Bill, accompanied by Frances, at our meeting on the 1st May, this being one of our charities we are sponsoring this year. Under the auspices of BACT, Dial-a-Ride offers transport to those living in rural areas where no public transport exists, people who need to use a wheelchair and anyone who is registered. Although subsidised by SCC under a five-year contract,  this amount is reduced by 10% each year and now only has just over a year to run. It is unlikely that there will be further funding which is why a registration fee of £15.00 has been introduced.

Although the drivers are volunteers, with expenses paid, the wheelchair accessible vehicles are expensive to buy and to maintain. A recent spate of vandalism has been a major setback.   The staff co-ordinating the service have to be paid.

Having booked a vehicle, passengers can use the door-to-door transport for hospital visits, shopping, day centres, visiting family members and will receive up-to-date information of various facilities and activities.

Bill and Frances are both Trustees of this very valuable service and Marilyn thanked Bill for his talk which will prove helpful to members who are in need at some time. 

Our summer day trip took place on 15th May to the delightful gardens of the East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens, 32 members attended, but, first stop, Castle Carvery at Caistor for lunch. The gardens were established in 1973 on a 32 acre site.   There are many diverse walks, each displaying different planting, designs and colours.  For example, the Apple Walk where, cleverly, the view of St Mary’s Church, Happisburgh, is framed through a gap in the tall poplar trees, the Dutch Garden with the tulips at their very best, the Wildlife Meadow and much more.  Most importantly, the Tea Garden overlooking pieces of topiary and more flowers in various containers.  Members went home full of ideas for their gardens –  or not –  or perhaps just enjoying a stroll through the many walks on a sunny day in good company.

Diary dates for June: 12th – Hearing Dogs and 26th – Summer Supper and Social when we shall be saying farewell to our leader, Marilyn as she moves to a new location.  This will be the end of the session and members are wished a safe and happy break until we meet again in September.