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Join the Big Quiz

13 November 2019

Join the Big Quiz at the Baptist Chapel on Saturday 16th November, 6pm for 6.30pm.
Over 1600 venues around the country are quizzing to raise money for TearFund on this evening.
Coffee/tea and in the interval. Raffle.
Teams of up to 6. Adults £5, children and students just £2.50.
No need to book, just turn up on the night or call Mark Rawding on 01379 588062.

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Fressingfield Christmas Tree Festival

11 November 2019

Fressingfield Christmas Tree Festival

Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th December at the parish church. Organised with Fressingfield Primary School and the Parish Council, around 30 businesses and organisations in the village will be decorating trees in a theme related to their activity. There will be refreshments and a gift stall. Entry is free but donations will be welcomed for a new village charity, the Fressingfield Family Trust.

Opening times:

Thursday 5th December, 11am to 5pm

Friday 6th December, 10am to 5pm

Saturday 7th December, 10am to 5pm

Sunday 8th December, 12noon to 3pm

Contact Virginia Skoyles on 07900 350117

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Surface water and sewerage water drainage issues for Fressingfield

24 October 2019

Surface water and sewerage water drainage issues for Fressingfield

Within the Village Improvement Plan, drainage matters in the centre of the village have the highest priority. Having previously met with Anglian Water representatives, councillors had another planned meeting this week. With the events of October 1st and 6th (when ‘hydraulic overload’ was experienced due to the equivalent of a month’s rainfall in around 4/6hours), the urgency for further action has very much increased.  This exceptional rainfall, experienced by several villages/locations across the region, is said to constitute a once in 50 years event.

The egress of greywater from manholes is seriously unsatisfactory and every effort is to be made to stop it. The involvement of Anglian Water, Suffolk Highways, the Environment Agency, Environmental Health (MSDC), the Parish Council and parishioners is critical for success in this. To promote this, the Parish Council meeting on Nov 19th will consider these matters.

The areas of concern remain

  • The capacity of the sewerage system for existing properties in the centre of the village - pipework and discharge 

  • Use of the of the greywater system to manage surface water from driveways, roofs and hard surfaces. This would seem to apply to older properties in the centre of the village. (Recent/future developments have surface water management measures within the properties.)

  • Management of highways water into the Beck from roads that feed into the watercourse, perhaps also field run-off under certain weather conditions.

  • Capacity issues of the Beck for surface water, constrictions and riparian responsibility of landowners/property owners.

Actions already committed to

  • Anglian Water is undertaking a village wide visual survey (3 days) of properties and drainage network to begin to identify the points at which surface water gets into the greywater system. Interim report for Nov 19th, a more detailed report to follow.

  • An online survey to provide additional data on surface water management, where properties have appropriate rebates/payments to offset surface water management needs.

  • Contacts with other agencies to generate the fullest understanding so that an action plan is comprehensive and cohesive.

  • Development of a positive, sponsored scheme for water butt, surface water soakaways and small pond construction for individual properties in the village. These to hold back water away from the network.

  • Proposed regime to maintain safer water management off the highways i.e. roadside clearance of debris and run-off supervision.

  • Pumping station maximised capacity to approx. 20 litres per second. (Harleston Hill)

  • Promotion of reporting of flood issues by parishioners to relevant agencies i.e. Anglian Water, Suffolk Highways, Environment Agency, etc

Expected outcomes

  • A detailed report from AW with recommended actions. Comparable reporting and recommendations from other agencies to produce a complete, comprehensive and funded action plan and provision for this to be achieved.

  • Provision for self-help scheme for Fressingfield central properties to, in part, mitigate the problems of Low Road and the risk to the whole community.

  • Consideration of climate change issues as relevant.

Other possibilities

  • Management of expectations within exceptional climatic events.

  • Installation of a sewerage plant in Fressingfield itself.  

  • A sealed sewerage system and its consequences.


Please do join us on Nov 19th to engage with improvements being sought to safeguard living in Fressingfield. Anglian Water are positively engaged through Nigel Minter, who will attend but there are plainly some actions that we, as Fressingfielders, can take to reduce such occurrences in the future. 

Garry Deeks

Chair, Fressingfield Parish Council


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Fressingfield Community Produce Market

19 September 2019

Fressingfield Community Produce Market

This Saturday, 21st September, Fressingfield Community Produce Market, 10am to 12 noon, Sancroft Hall, lots of produce and craft stalls - meat, artisan bread, veg, cakes, plants, jams and chutneys, cards, textiles and fancy dress, gifts. Fresh coffee and cakes. Come and meet friends and neighbours. 
Produce Market2


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Fressingfield Parish Council - Meeting Date Change

19 August 2019

Fressingfield Parish Council - August Meeting Date Change


The meeting of the Fressingfield Parish Council has been moved from Tuesday 20th August 2019 - Wednesday 28th August 2019.


The meeting in September will proceed on the usual schedule of third Tuesday of the month

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Criminal damage – Fressingfield

22 July 2019

Police are appealing for witnesses following reports from local residents hearing a disturbance at the local Sports and Social hall in the village.


On Sunday evening 21st July, at 11.40pm offender(s) have forced a gate to gain access to the club site.  Three tables were turned over, waste bins had been knocked over emptying the contents in the field, and two windows were smashed.


Can you help?


Anyone with information should contact police, quoting crime reference 37/42941/19  


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

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Advice ahead of Latitude 2019 - Suffolk Constabulary

17 July 2019

Advice ahead of Latitude 2019

latitude Be Safe Be Sound


As Latitude 2019 approaches, police are asking those visiting the festival to think about their safety and the security of their possessions ahead of their arrival on the site.

The music and arts festival takes place between Thursday 18 and Sunday 21 July this year and police are urging those visiting to plan ahead to ensure they enjoy the event and have a crime-free experience.

The number of people attending the event each year means Latitude has a population equivalent to the size of a small town and, with the setting, the chance to see a variety of acts, and a relaxed atmosphere it can be easy to forget about safety and security. This can make it attractive to those keen to take advantage of visitors lowering their guard.

While only a small number of incidents were reported to police last year – mainly thefts - officers are keen to ensure crime on the site remains low again this year.

The main crime at music festivals across the UK tends to be thefts from tents on campsites. Phones, laptops, tablets and cash are typically the most stolen items. In previous years there have been a number of such offences, many on the first night of the festival when it’s likely that criminals target tents on the assumption that those camping are settling in, have not made plans for their security and may have withdrawn cash to see them through the weekend.

Other thefts have occurred while festivalgoers had their attention diverted while they were watching performances. This included instances where people had camera equipment stolen from near their feet, thefts from bags that were being carried and items stolen from pockets.

You should also bear in mind your personal safety. Meeting new people can be a fun part of the festival experience but going off alone with someone you’ve just met, particularly if alcohol is also involved, can also make you vulnerable.

With this in mind, police are asking you to think about security before you head to the site and to consider a few simple pieces of advice that should help to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time.

  • Stick with your friends and look out for each other.
  • Moderate your alcohol consumption. Overdo it and you’ll be less aware and less likely to spot dangers.  Have a glass of water between drinks and pace yourself.
  • Be careful. Festivals give you the opportunity to meet new friends but going off alone with people who you’ve just met may lead you into situations you don’t want to be in. 
  • Remember no means no. Too much alcohol and the heat of the moment can lead to issues of consent. Don’t take advantage of situations that are alcohol-fuelled or the consequences could be arrest, a court appearance and a prison term.
  • There is safety in groups. Set up camp near friends, make friends with your neighbours and learn the layout of the site so you can find what you need – toilets/ stewards, etc., without getting lost. You can always ask staff for help with directions or anything else you may need.
  • Don’t bring large sums of cash, lots of credit/ debit cards, or lots of valuables with you. Only bring what you need and keep them on you, or in a locker, at all times. There are cash points on site so you can withdraw money as you need it. 
  • If you can’t take your valuables with you when you leave your tent leave them at home. A tent offers little, if any, security and can easily be entered even if the entrance is padlocked.
  • Make use of the property Storage Tent onsite, open 24 hours, to store your valuables and possessions securely.
  • Place any property that would be attractive to thieves (cash, credit cards, mobile phones, cameras, etc.) inside a bag and tuck it into your sleeping bag when you go to sleep with larger items at your feet. 
  • Make a note of card numbers, and the number to call if they are stolen or mislaid, and postcode mark the property you bring to Latitude so that it is identifiable. 
  • If you arrive by car don’t leave anything in your vehicle, including satellite navigation systems/ CDs, cash etc. Take everything with you or leave it at home. 
  • Be mindful of the activities of people around you when watching performances. Bags with shoulder straps should be worn across your chest, with the fastening towards your body. Rucksacks should be kept closed and not left unattended. 
  • Keep mobile phones secure. It’s easy for a pickpocket to remove items such as these from a pocket or bag in a crowd without you noticing. 
  • Use the lockers provided in the village.

You are asked to report any suspicious activity to security or stewards on site or, in an emergency, if you believe a crime is in progress, dial 999.

Police are also reminding motorists that there may be some delays on the A12 near Henham as thousands of festival goers flock to the site. While measures put in place on the site last year saw a dramatic reduction in the traffic delays experienced in previous years, particularly on the Thursday and Friday afternoon and evenings, there is still the possibility that traffic will be slow-moving along the A12, particularly between Yoxford and the site. 

Police are advising drivers to leave extra time for your journey and if you can avoid the area please do so. If you’re heading to the site you may also wish to consider public transport options, as buses are laid on from local railway stations to the site.

For more information and advice visit  and follow us on Twitter @SuffolkPolice or join us on Facebook  for everything from road traffic updates to advice when you arrive.

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