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COVID-19 local update

31 July 2020


Update Friday 31 July Fressingfield COVID-19 Support still here for you!

Community Action Suffolk has announced that from the end of July their ‘Home, But Not Alone’ phoneline service will no longer be operating to provide emergency food or medicine deliveries for the area.

We want to assure you that the Fressingfield COVID-19 Support Group is still very much in action, as it has been since the start of lockdown, ready to help with any requests for shopping, prescriptions or anything else. If you do not have your local volunteer’s contact details, please email Nigel Lucker on nlucker.fresspc@gmail.com, Stuart Balmer on sjbalmer34@gmail.com or call 07900 350117.  
We will always be here for you.


Update Monday 1 June.  A HUGE THANK YOU to all volunteers

 The co-ordinators of the Covid-19 support scheme would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all our wonderful volunteers across our region, in particular, the 80+ volunteers in Fressingfield. We also say a thank you to all the businesses including the Shop, the Swan and the Fox and Goose. There are many more, so thank you all of you. As the restrictions are eased, the volunteers will still be here for you. If you need support please do reach out to them.

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Update Friday 22 May

The requests for support are still coming in but are fewer and further between. Please everyone, do not feel shy about asking for help. You are being encouraged to stay at home and let the volunteers do your shopping and pick up prescriptions for you. We are not at the end of lockdown yet!

We have been advised by Community Action Suffolk that a leaflet will be coming through all our doors titled 'Home, but not alone'. This gives a contact number if you need a volunteer’s help. Any calls they receive will be directed back into the village for our support group to answer. This scheme will complement ours not override it. Please carry on calling the name and number on the leaflet you received from the parish council.

Stay safe and keep well!

Update Thursday 16 April

This week has seen a further decrease in calls received looking for assistance. There have only been 11 calls to Fressingfield's support system during the week (down 4 from the last week). This means the support system is able to manage the requests. This is a good thing: it is far better to have low numbers than high. Shopping leads the trend in requests for help, as it has over the last four weeks.

All volunteers are well and no issues have been raised. Although all have not been called on, our thanks go out to all of the 60+ volunteers. Without them, the scheme could not be run. They are part of what David Cameron (remember him?) once called ‘the big society’ but we know as village life.

If you have don’t know who is your local volunteer, please email Nigel Lucker at nlucker.fresspc@gmail.com or Stuart Balmer at sjbalmer34@gmail.com

Fressingfield’s scheme has been registered as a volunteer group with Community Action Suffolk.

Update Monday 6 April 

Thank you very much to the 70 volunteers who are now supporting the Fressingfield COVID-19 support scheme. Your response has been amazing! Around 20 volunteers have been allocated streets and the others are ‘in waiting’ to support them when they need it.

All homes in Fressingfield should now have received a leaflet with the name, phone number and email address of your neighbourhood volunteer. We have been advised to stay at home to stop this virus from spreading. Please allow your assigned volunteer to help you. Whether it is for shopping, prescriptions, just someone to talk to, please call them.

If you have not had your leaflet, please email Nigel Lucker at nlucker.fresspc@gmail.com or Stuart Balmer at sjbalmer34@gmail.com and we will allocate you, someone.

Update Monday 30 March 

All homes in Fressingfield should have received a leaflet through the door or by email with the name, phone number and email address of your neighbourhood volunteer.

If you have not had your leaflet, please email Nigel Lucker at nlucker.fresspc@gmail.com or Stuart Balmer at sjbalmer34@gmail.com and we will allocate you, someone.

If you are self-isolating, with no support from friends or family, we are here to help. Just call. We have been advised to stay at home to stop this virus from spreading. Please allow your assigned volunteer to help you. Whether it is for shopping, prescriptions, just someone to talk to, please call them. Stay safe and keep well.

Update Wednesday 25 March 

All homes in Fressingfield should be receiving, through the door or by email by close of play today, a leaflet with the name, number and email address of your neighbourhood volunteer. If you are self-isolating, with no support from friends or family, we are here to help. Just call. Thank you to around 60 volunteers on our list, some allocated streets, others ready to help on an ad hoc basis. So grateful. Stay safe and keep well.


Stay safe and keep well. Don’t go hungry. Remember,  food in the village can be delivered to your door:

Fressingfield Stores. Tel: 01379 586185  (note new number)

Swan Inn. Tel: 01379 586280

Munchies. Homemade local produce meals. Tel: 07970 994221.

or try the Fox and Goose for a ‘cook @ home’ special menu.  See its website for details.

Waveney Foodbank          Mobile 07484 394749

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New website manager wanted for Fressingfield village website

9 June 2020

Fressingfield has an established village website, incorporating all the usual components but it needs a new website manager who has time to develop it further and market it to make it more relevant, vibrant, modern - the 'go to' place for anything Fressingfield. It is a voluntary position but one that can make a difference. Some experience with website management would be an advantage but training on the system will be given.

Interested? Please contact Andy Parris on andrewjparris@gmail.com

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Annual Parish meeting 2020

7 June 2020


Fressingfield PC


which would have normally taken place in April, has been postponed indefinitely. 


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Keeping safe against scams

5 May 2020


Unfortunately, there are still a number of people involved in scams, online, by phone and at your door. They are trying to take advantage of the Coronavirus pandemic. Please keep yourself and others safe by being aware of the scams that are around.
There are places that you can access support and safeguard yourself against scams.
They include:
Suffolk Police: If you encounter a person carrying out a doorstep scam and their behaviour is threatening then you can call the emergency services for immediate support. If there is no immediate danger you can contact your local police.
You can call the emergency services on 999.
You can call your local police force on 101.

Suffolk Trading Standards website offers this advice on spotting and dealing with scams:

How to spot a scam

Scammers will:

    • contact you out of the blue
    • ask for personal or financial details
    • put you under pressure to respond quickly
    • ask you to keep their offer a secret
    • make promises that sound too good to be true

You should:

    • verify their identity
    • lookout for grammatical or spelling mistakes
    • never give out your bank details
    • never send money to someone you don’t know
    • say no to persuasive sales talk

There is a national campaign that encourages everyone to take a stand against scammers. It is called 'Friends Against Scams'. Here is what Suffolk Trading Standards says about the campaign:

'Friends Against Scams' is a campaign which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to 'Take a Stand Against Scams'.

Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK. People who are scammed often experience loneliness, shame and social isolation.

The aim of Friends Against Scams (a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative) is to:

    • inspire action
    • highlight the scale of the problem
    • change the perceptions of why people fall victim to scams
    • make scams a local, regional and national topic

By completing the online learning  (which takes approximately 20 minutes), anyone can learn about the different types of scams and how to spot and support a victim.

With increased knowledge and awareness, people can make scams part of everyday conversation with their family, friends and neighbours, which will enable them to protect themselves and others.

Citizens Advice Consumer Service can offer support if you or someone you know has been scammed. They will give you advice on what to do next.
You can visit the website (www.citizensadvice.org.uk) or call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.

Action Fraud is the UK's national reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime. You should report fraud if you have spotted a scam or have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber-crime.
You can visit the website (www.actionfraud.police.uk) or call Action Fraud on 0300 123 20 40.

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What will you do on VE Day 75?

4 May 2020

We are all part of a war against the virus. We may feel that the lock-down will go on forever: it won't. It will come to an end, probably gradually. We won't have long to wait until we hear how the government will start to ease the stay at home guidance. The plan is that on Sunday the prime minister will explain how things will start to get back to normal.

One of the many events that has had to be postponed because of the lock-down is Fressingfield Royal British Legion's 75-year anniversary celebration/commemoration of VE Day. However, in its place, the national RBL has arranged some online and some 'let's-do-it-at -the-same-time' events on Friday 8th May:-

  • National moments of remembrance and thanksgiving, including a two minutes silence at 11am.
  • a VE Day 75 Livestream at 11.15am
  • a UK-wide singalong to Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again at 9pm
  • a VE Day learning pack for children aged 7-14 years
  • an evening of memories and music in partnership with the BBC from 8pm on BBC One

Of course, we can also join in a 'Stay at Home Street Party'.



The group 'VE Day 75' had planned many activities across the UK. Unfortunately, most have been cancelled. The one remaining is a toast for the heroes of WWII. Everyone is encouraged to join the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the 8th May. From the safety of your own home, you can stand up and raise a glass of refreshment of your choice to the following toast – “To those who gave so much, we thank you." You would be using this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.


Click here for more details.

Whatever your plans for VE Day 75, why not share them on Nextdoor Fressingfield?

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Robbery at local shop

3 April 2020


Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at a convenience shop in Fressingfield.

Officers were called shortly before 7.20pm on Wednesday 1 April, to reports that a robbery had just taken place at Mace Stores in New Street.

A man brandishing a knife entered the premises and threatened staff, before stealing a quantity of cash, cigarettes and alcohol. No one was harmed during the incident.

The suspect is described as white, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, approximately 5ft 7in tall and of slim build. He was wearing a black hooded top and had his face covered.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information about this incident to come forward. They are also asking anyone who was driving in the area between 6.30pm and 8pm yesterday evening and who may have captured dashcam footage of any vehicles travelling through to get in touch.

Detective Inspector Matt Adams said: "Unfortunately there have now been a number of similar robberies to this one over the past 10 days across the county and we understand that this will be causing concern for employees and business owners alike.

"I would like to reassure all those people affected that we are working extremely hard to detect who is responsible for these offences, with our teams gathering forensic evidence and pursuing a number of leads, which have resulted in us making several arrests.

"Local communities can be of great assistance to us by being our eyes and ears – especially at the moment while the majority of people are at home. Please be vigilant and report anything to us that you believe to be suspicious.

"Any businesses that feel they would benefit from advice on crime prevention and additional security measures are urged to contact their local Safer Neighbourhood Team for assistance.

"Officers are actively patrolling throughout communities in Suffolk, and we are determined to do everything we can to protect the public, key workers and businesses.”

Information on how to contact your local policing team can be found on our website here: https://imsva91-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.suffolk.police.uk%2fyour%2darea&umid=160B933B-A24D-C705-A5E0-50A6ECEB3A2C&auth=76a36a0301cf7179612a4414203a61368905a968-8c5fab57af9dfb9508c3500c6c4966d47432ab78

Any witnesses to this crime, or anyone with information or dashcam footage, are asked to contact East CID at Lowestoft Police Station, quoting reference: 19207/20.

Website – https://imsva91-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.suffolk.police.uk%2fcontact%2dus%2fexisting%2dreport%2dupdate&umid=160B933B-A24D-C705-A5E0-50A6ECEB3A2C&auth=76a36a0301cf7179612a4414203a61368905a968-4ddea68d1cfe381a74b78d8843ca7435af358ea0

Email – EastCID@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

Phone – Call 101

Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: https://imsva91-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=www.crimestoppers%2duk.org&umid=160B933B-A24D-C705-A5E0-50A6ECEB3A2C&auth=76a36a0301cf7179612a4414203a61368905a968-bb04a2ba0d1310959b81eabc6cc16416e6e347cf

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999.

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What's happening to support the parishioners of Fressingfield?

23 March 2020

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The Parish Council is working on a comprehensive scheme to support villagers who are self-isolating.

This scheme will be launched in the next couple of days with a flyer delivered to each household. Look out for updates on this website, the parish council website (https://fressingfieldpc.org) and on Nextdoor.

Fressingfield Stores (01379 588188) is able to do local deliveries and The Swan (01379 586280) is able to do takeaways, as is The Fox and Goose (through their website).

The scheme:-

First things first - Can you be a volunteer?

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Next - If you are staying at home because of the outbreak, you can get neighbourly help if you need it.

You may be a person who is self-isolating because you or someone in your house has got the virus. Perhaps you are in one of the vulnerable groups and have decided not to go out and about.

Either way, don't worry because volunteers are ready and eager to offer their assistance. Already 50 people have responded to this call for volunteers.

Soon, you will get a card posted through your door that looks like this


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The name and contact details will be the person coordinating help just in your part of the parish. Phone them or email them. That person is waiting to hear from you so help can be organised.

Finally (for now!) an aide memoire for anyone organising 'working at home'.

Working from Home and Staying Productive

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Parish council vacancies

21 March 2020

Due to recent resignations, the parish council needs to fill three vacancies. Please see contact the clerk to the council, Andy Parris, for more details.

Email clerk.fresspc@gmail.com or phone 01379 586745.

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Parish Council's website

17 April 2018

If you are looking for the latest news about the Parish Council (meetings, actions, plans etc) it can now be found in two places. As well as maintaining a page on this site it has now developed its own site.

The new site can be found by following this link. ☞

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Borderhoppa is looking for volunteers and trustees

11 October 2017


Borderhoppa is looking for volunteers and trustees to join our vital community transport service in south Norfolk and north Suffolk.

Users of the service include the elderly, young people, community groups, the rurally isolated and those with impaired mobility.  Our door to door dial-a-ride service helps people to carry out important tasks such as attend medical appointments, go shopping, pay bills, participate in social events and visit friends and family.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer/trustee or both and supporting us we would love to hear from you.

For more information please contact Tom Clarke 01379 854800.

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