Fressingfield is a village in north Suffolk of about 1,000 people. Close to the small market towns of Harleston, Diss and Halesworth, it has maintained its village identity during a period of steady growth in recent years. If you are new to the area, the pages of this website will tell you something about Fressingfield, its past, present and its future.
Fressingfield is surrounded by farms which remind us of the important position that food production has held in this area over the ages. Although to the casual onlooker the ever-changing fields may still seem to reflect that heritage, today it is modern farming practices that colour the picturesque countryside around the village. However, farming is no longer a main source of employment in the area. Now traditional trades, welfare services and numerous small high-tech businesses fulfil that role. Some of these can found listed on the local business page.
Compared to many parts of the country, Fressingfield is a prosperous parish. It can seem to be quiet and a little isolated. It is a friendly and safe place to bring up a family. When you walk through the village, you might even catch yourself thinking, "I could go on holiday to a place like this." However, Fressingfield is also an active and vibrant place. For the young and the old; for those wanting to be active and for those wanting to take the time to be more reflective; and for those who are somewhere in between, there are plenty of groups in the village organised by like-minded people.
The website page Fressingfield Today tells you much about the village. The different groups listed on the 'organisations' page and the details of what is happening, or what has been planned will also help give you a true picture of this thriving village.
Fressingfield is a village community, with a wide range of activities, organisations and services. The modern primary school, with its nursery unit, serves about 130 children from this and surrounding villages. There are 2 toddler groups and a private nursery for the under-fives; also brownies, beavers, cubs and scouts as well as thriving church youth clubs.
For the slightly older residents, there are the Women's Institute, Mothers' Union, Royal British Legion and over 50s Luncheon Club amongst others. All welcome new members! The Sports and Social Club provides a well-stocked bar for its regulars, as well as being home to the bowls and tennis clubs. Adjoining it are tennis courts, a football pitch, the bowling green and a well-equipped children's play area.
There are 2 shops in the village, the Fressingfield Stores and The Pottery. The modern medical centre houses 3 doctors, an attending team, a dispensary and a full range of clinics. There are 3 lively churches in the village, with Anglican, Baptist and Methodist congregations joining together regularly for special events.
Fressingfield has long been known for good food and drink. Whereas there were 5 public houses, today we are well served by The Swan Inn (the start and finish for the annual New Year's Day Sponsored Dog Walk!) and the famous restaurant, The Fox and Goose. This is situated in what was formerly the Tudor Guildhall. We even have our vineyard!
Fressingfield is the perfect base from which to explore both Norfolk and Suffolk. There is accommodation for visitors to the area at Priory House, Elm Lodge, Oak Hill Granary, Jolly Farmers, Gables Farm and Chippenhall Hall. Applefield is a recently registered, quiet and friendly caravan site, just outside the village. The market town of Harleston, with more facilities, is only 4 miles away.
The lively parish council, with 13 members meets at the Sancroft Hall, 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November. Everyone is very welcome.