Social Club New Year Plans
Based on responses received, we have decided to opt for a sit-down meal this year (2017) and a bring-a-plate buffet style meal next year (2018).  This is in an effort to please everyone albeit over a two year period!
So for this year, 2017, we will meet at 7:30pm for 8pm in the village hall on Sunday 31st December.  Everyone is welcome.  Dress this year will be smart – jacket & trousers (not jeans please) for men, and appropriate smart wear for ladies.  Each person or couple will be asked to state their first and second choice preferences to prepare either a starter, a main course or a dessert.  We will work out the quantities and balance of dishes nearer the time.  There will be no washing up on the night, apart from a few glases.  The rest we will share out and take home to go in the dishwasher!  You will be asked to contribute £5 per person to cover hire of the hall and table decorations.  The Social Club Bar will be open and the big screen will be on in the run up to midnight to show the celebrations from around the world.
Finally, we need to know numbers.  So please can you let me know if you are planning to come on Sunday 31st December 2017.
John Walker
Tel: 777470


Photography and filming in private gardens is only permitted for private and personal use and not for any form of reproduction or dissemination nor for publication, electronically or otherwise, including via social media and image libraries. Photography for professional or commercial purposes is expressly forbidden. This is regarded as mandatory for all community events held in private gardens throughout the parish of Berden.

Thank you                                 Berden Parish Council


Following the success of last year and several requests for more, the Berden Soup Kitchen will be open again for all friends, neighbours and visitors in the village hall on the following dates…..

17th November

15th December

19th January (2018)

23rd February

16th March

Homemade soup, bread, tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. And the bar will be open.

Booking is not essential but it helps greatly with the catering if we know you will be joining us.

John & Kathleen Walker – 777470

Wendy Riddell – 777852

John Burton – 777674


With Berden Fete the words of The Beatles never had greater meaning, ‘A SPLENDID TIME IS GUARANTEED FOR ALL’.  It was, yet again, a great day!

Whilst it was not a record breaker, it was a great smile maker. Thanks to the over 120 Berdenites who volunteered in some capacity or other,  you all helped to make a hugely enjoyable afternoon for our punters who  come from far and wide, and many on a regular basis, to enjoy what we do and the beauty of Berden Hall gardens. Without your efforts, and those of the all important donors, our village facilities would not be as good as they are today, and will hopefully be well in to the future. Obviously, the hard working committee and the entire village are very grateful to Paul and Michelle for allowing use of their splendid garden by so many appreciative people. Thank you – you are heroes.

John Riddell, our hard working treasurer, has burnt countless gallons of midnight oil to come up with the detailed figures that you will find elsewhere in this magazine. And, as you can see, everybody did very well. The individual games benefited greatly from being run as separate stalls and, in our view, they are as important as the bigger stalls in helping people to enjoy the day, and smiles make empty wallets. So many people came up to me and said ‘THANK YOU’; but they didn’t mean me alone, they meant Berden.

In early September we had the final 2017 fete meeting and we decided unanimously, based on current village needs, to divide the £10400 profit as follows –

£4700 to the PCC for the maintenance of the church building

£4700 to the village hall to help with day to day running and future improvements

£1000 to the Parish Council to assist with essential repairs to the equipment in the children’s playground.



Steve Bates, John Burton, Amanda Coomber, Catherine Felstead, Kae Hewitt, Deborah Patrick, John Riddell, Brian Sumner, Rob Talks, Chris Thickitt and John Walker.


Fete 2017 Accounts Summary


The Social Club Bar Rota needs you!

We have recently lost some of our regular bar rota members and really need to recruit some more volunteers.

Running the bar is great fun and you would always be paired with an “old hand” to show you the ropes.

If you can commit to a Friday evening around four times a year and would like to get involved please contact Mary on

Thank you.

Keep an eye on the Website, Parish Magazine and the e-mailed Newsletters


 Women in Berden

We are a small group, who normally meet once a month in our lovely Village Hall. Our meetings are the first Tuesday of the month, in the evening, and we have a varied programme of speakers, on a range of subjects; craft evenings when we learn ( or try to) various crafts; walks; car rally – it’s a quite long list. And although we call ourselves Women in Berden, we are always happy to have any men come to any of the meetings that sound interesting to them.

If trying to do more reading was one of your New Year resolutions…this will interest you. Members are encouraged to donate one or two books per meeting – we will then be selling them at 50 pence per book, A good fundraiser for us, and a good chance for a clear out for you.

Members are also asked to bring an unwanted Christmas gift…if there is an item you can see won’t be used in your home, bring it along and put it in our raffle. One  woman’s unwanted  gift could be a treasure for someone else!

 Non members and guests very welcome – just come to the Village Hall and enjoy meeting a friendly group of people. We meet the first Tuesday of every month, why don’t you put the date in your diary and never miss a fun evening.

For more information concerning Women in Berden please refer to the “Other Village Organisations” page

Tea and coffee will be served.

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