Coddenham Community Response Group (CCRG) is a collaboration between Coddenham’s charitable, statutory and voluntary organisations. Alongside Coddenham Parish Council the members are: Coddenham Community Shop and Village Coffee Corner, The Coddenham Centre, The Country Club, The History Club, St Mary’s Church/Parochial Church Council, The Day Foundation and The Gardemau Trusts.
The CCRG aims to benefit Coddenham’s residents and its visitors through sharing the resourcing of initiatives and by resolving challenges together. It allows the community to take on tasks that might be too much for a single organisation or to seek input in a very simple manner.
The CCRG has built a community website, which sits alongside that of the Parish Council, whose web presence is separate for legal reasons, with links between the two. The Parish site is a platform for communication and engagement, providing current local news, a calendar with details of events, classified advertisements, sound bites, history and opportunities for everyone to have their say.
The Coddenham Parish website is located at https://www.coddenham-parish.uk/
A friendly and welcoming “real” village shop proud to be run by the community for the community and offering a wide range of goods and services six days a week.
Staffed by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team of local volunteers, led by manager Bliss Marshall, the Community Shop is there to meet everyday shopping needs – and good deal more. With hundreds of food and household products, local crafts and gifts, plant sales, an outreach post-office, dry cleaning collection service and newspapers – it is a full service village shop.
The shop also supports a Village Coffee Corner and Takeaway, for freshly ground coffee, tea, home baked cakes, pastries, freshly made sandwiches, ploughman’s lunches, cream teas and soup in the cooler months; with seating both inside and out and welcoming both residents, visitors to Coddenham and those passing through alike.
Opened in 2004 by The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, the facility was transferred from Coddenham Parish Council
to a new charity and renamed in November 2019.
The Coddenham Centre (TCC) provides a full-sized sports and entertainment hall and a separate meetings room, suitable for a wide range of uses, from sports to gala dinners, theatre productions, film showings, parties, meetings and receptions. This is supported by ample parking, a commercial kitchen and significant outdoor space, including tennis courts, a football pitch, a childrens’ playground and picnic tables. Marquees can also be provided. It is a Parish focal point and aims to bring people together.
The Centre is close to being carbon neutral and has won many awards.
Full details and a means of booking may be found at the separate website for the Centre www.thecoddenhamcentre.co.uk/
The Parish of Coddenham is part of the North Bosmere Benefice, within the Deanery of Bosmere in the Diocese of
St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.
St Mary’s is a Grade 1 Listed Building, dating from the mid 14th century. The magnificent tower of St Mary's dates from the fourteenth century. Parts of the building are considerably older. In the thirteenth century the lower part of the tower and the basic layout of the present nave and aisles were built and the chancel extended. The building material included Roman bricks and tiles as well as local flints.
St. Mary’s holds regular services of Morning Worship, Holy Communion and Evening Prayer, alongside services on important days in the church calendar – Christmas (the carol service, Crib and Christingle, Midnight Mass and Christmas Day Praise), Palm Sunday walks (with donkey!), Easter (Good Friday and Easter Day), Mothering Sunday, Pentecost, Harvest and Remembrance Sunday, all of which are very well attended. In addition, St.Mary’s is home to a monthly coffee morning, music recitals and flower festivals.
The trust is a non-profit making charity run by five voluntary trustees, mostly from the local area. Established in 1987
and endowed by the Day family, the principal object of the charity is to assist older people in Coddenham and the close surrounding area, to stay in the place they have always known and with the people with whom they are familiar. The foundation owns and manages Haysel House, an Almshouse of 20 single and double bedroom units, together with three properties, tenanted to local people/families. The Foundation is a key supporter of the Coddenham community.
Founded in the 18th century as bequests by the then Vicar of Coddenham, the Rev Balthazar Gardemau, a Huguenot refugee and his wife Lady Catherine Gardemau (nee Bacon), the now three Gardemau charities provide grant support for Coddenham community projects and for those outside the Parish, but used by parishioners.
The Coddenham Country Club is a ‘community hub’ completely run by volunteers for the benefit of local people and the wider surrounding villages. The Club runs on a completely not-for-profit basis. A minimal family or individual, or family, membership fee is charged on an annual basis. In addition the bar the club has a full size snooker table, pool table and darts. The Club also runs regular events such as bingo, photography competitions, currey nights, fish and chip suppers and more.
For more information, including opening hours and events, please visit the Country Club Facebook page or call 01449 760577
The History Club meets, in general, on the evening of the third Tuesday of the month in Haysel House. Most meetings involve a talk by a visiting speaker on a historical theme, with preference being given to topics concerning Suffolk and East Anglia.
The Parish Council purchased the red phone box in School Lane from BT to preserve the heritage of this iconic phone box and, with the help of local residents, have turned it into an information box for visitors and residents.
The Parish Council recently paid for it to be professionally refurbished with new "Telephone" signs and a fresh coat of paint.