Redlingfield’s recent Race Night proved a major success raising what is expected to top £800 for maintaining and improving our village facilities. The night also saw the wonderful news announced that Peter Saunders has made a £10,000 donation to build the bridge for new church access and our expanded Doorstep Green.

The Family Fun Evening & Race Night, by On Course Race Nights, on Saturday 11th April at Horham & Athelington Community Centre was also voted a big success by the sell-out crowd. The event was organised on behalf of the village by the Village Committee – a group of some 15 volunteers who raise funds for the village. All the money raised goes towards maintaining and improving our village facilities, which include expanding our Doorstep Green and creating vehicular access to it and the church. We are also fundraising to repair and improve our 11th century village church so that it can host more village events.

You may not be aware but as a parish, we do not raise a local rate, instead we hold fundraising events such as this to gain the income we need to look after the village and its facilities. It’s an unusual way of doing things – only a handful of parishes in Suffolk don’t raise a rate.

Special thanks to Jacqueline and David Love, Andrew and Katie Abbott for their help setting up and to all the others who helped on the night and sold tickets. Many thanks also to Runfix, Under One Roof - Mark Bancroft, Paul Durrant & Son (Builders), Watson Fuels, Susan Whymark Funeral Service, Guy McGregor & Associates, Athelington Hall and Wash Farm Barn for sponsoring the eight races.