The parish council has an annual subscription to the Suffolk Preservation Society.
The society's interest is in sustaining the beauty and distinctive character of Suffolk, its landscape, its towns and its villages – for now and for future generations. It uses the planning system to protect our
built and natural heritage and to see that new development is sustainable, proportionate, well designed and respectful to Suffolk’s vernacular.
To read more about the society go to https://www.suffolksociety.org
Each quarter the council gets a copy of the society's magazine. Follow this link to read the autumn edition:
Please be assured that the Fressingfield Covid-19 support scheme is still functioning and your volunteers are here and ready to support you with essential shopping and prescriptions for as long as they are needed.
If you no longer have a record of your local volunteer's contact details, please email Nigel Lucker on nlucker.fresspc@gmail.
Keep safe and stay well!
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 email@example.com or phone 01379 586745.
Fressingfield Baptists and Fressingfield Parish Church are once again hosting a Tearfund Big Quiz Night but this year it will be on Zoom.
The Covid-19 pandemic and the preventative measures currently in place has dictated how the Poppy Appeal in Fressingfield and the surrounding area will be delivered this year. There will be no door to door collections and distribution of poppies, as has been the custom in previous years. Furthermore, fundraising via unmanned static points, street collections and supermarket collections will be limited. A window of opportunity has arisen, in that collection boxes for Poppy Appeal donations are now permitted. The location of these boxes in the Fressingfield area is as follows:
In Fressingfield: Cowhams Car and Commercials, Sancroft Hall, The Fox and Goose, The Swan Public House, The Village Stores,
In Mendham: The Sir Alfred Munnings
In Metfield: The Village Stores
In Weybread: Cathedral Garage, Middleton Farm Nursery, Wharton's Nursery.
In Wingfield: The De La Pole Arms, Wingfield Barns
Modern technology is being pursued with corporate partners and one new method of donating is a point of sale donation. When you pay for your shopping at the till or online, you will be asked if you would like to round up your total to the nearest pound or have donation options. Text to donate is being developed and the use of QR codes to make donations is also being considered. The emphasis of all these measures is to ensure the safety of volunteers and the general public. The use of cash to pay for poppies or in making donations is under review and this traditional method of payment may be relegated in favour of other payments eg the use of credit and debit cards.
It is stressed that the Poppy Appeal is NOT cancelled, The Poppy Appeal is NOT postponed, it will be conducted in a totally different format this year.
The Poppy Appeal supporters in Fressingfield and the local area have, in the past, been very generous and their donations have been instrumental in providing essential support to veterans and their families. The Royal British Legion values this support and sincerely hopes that it will continue during these different and difficult circumstances
Fressingfield has an established village website, incorporating all the usual components. In recent years, the parish council has had its own site, promoting, in particular, the neighbourhood development plan. These two sites are being merged with the council site joining the village site.
It will be a new beginning for both! A new site needs a new website manager who has time to develop it further and market it to make it 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.
Suffolk Constabulary’s Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner will be on hand to answer your questions in an online discussion next week. The two-hour long web chat will be hosted on Suffolk Constabulary’s website on Wednesday (4 November).
Residents will be able to quiz both Steve Jupp and Tim Passmore at the click of a mouse about any crime issues or questions they may have. The chat will be hosted on the Constabulary’s website on Wednesday 4 November between 5.30 and 7.30pm at www.suffolk.police.uk.
For further details click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Stuart Balmer on email@example.com or call 07900 350117.
We will always be here for you.
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.
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!
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.
Fressingfield’s scheme has been registered as a volunteer group with Community Action Suffolk.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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:
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.