The minutes of this meeting can be read by clicking this link.
Fressingfield Local History and Archive Group has published four photos from the 20th Century, of individuals who served the local community in one way or another. This is the first release of photos that will be linked to particular themes. They can be viewed on this sub-page of the group's main page.
Amongst the many changes to Suffolk Police has been the setting up of local policing teams. These are called safer neighbourhood teams or SNTs for short. For Fressingfield and the surrounding area, the SNT is based in Eye. The team has put out a newsletter which tells us about the things it has been doing in recent weeks.
The newsletter has some information about power tool thefts. For advice about preventing thefts of power tools, have a look at the team's latest leaflet.
PS In case you're wondering, ASB stands for anti-social behaviour. (I think!)
Suffolk Constabulary will be supporting an innovative campaign which helps those who feel vulnerable on a night out to discreetly ask pub and club staff for help.
The ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative aims to reduce sexual violence and vulnerability by providing revellers with a discreet phrase they can use to gain assistance from staff should they find themselves in a worrying or intimidating situation.
The initiative, which was originally launched by Lincolnshire County Council in 2016, has already gained support across the country with a number of other forces, partner organisations and councils backing the campaign.
It is hoped that by ‘asking for Angela’, a person within a club or bar can quickly alert staff and gain their help. Staff will then take the customer to one side and find out more regarding the type of support they need.
As part of the initiative, options available to staff include offering to call a taxi in order to get them home safely, trying to contact friends or family, or as a final resort, asking the individual who may be causing distress to leave the venue immediately.
Staff and officers from Suffolk Constabulary met with security door staff and bar and club representatives at Unit 17 in Cardinal Park, Ipswich, last Thursday (30 November 2017) to launch the campaign.
On the evening, which ran from 7pm and 9pm, various representatives from the community joined the launch when training was provided for door supervisors by Suffolk Constabulary and a presentation on the ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative was rolled out.
Staff and officers from Suffolk Constabulary distributed the posters advertising the initiative to venues across the county where they will be placed discreetly in toilets of bars and clubs set to take part in the scheme.
Detective Superintendent Eamonn Bridger, of Suffolk Constabulary, said: "With Christmas and the party season almost upon us, it seems more important than ever to back this innovative campaign and introduce it in venues in Suffolk as it a simple yet effective initiative that allows those who may find themselves in a vulnerable situation with an easy and quick way to gain help.
"It will now mean the person ‘asking for Angela’ can leave and get away safely without causing embarrassment or confrontation. However, should a more serious incident arise, then bar staff can contact police to help them deal with the matter.
"We want people to enjoy themselves on a night out but we want to remind everyone that should any issues arise that they can now ‘Ask for Angela’ at the bar or by way of conversation with a door supervisor or member of staff at participating venues.”
Suffolk Police Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: "Anything aimed at keeping people safe has my full support. This is a very imaginative campaign and if it helps protect just one vulnerable person over the Christmas period it will be a success in my book.
"As we head towards the party season I would urge everyone to think about their personal safety and the safety of their friends during festive celebrations this year.
"Asking for Angela is a simple way to flag to others that you feel vulnerable without having to go into detail, it’s a great idea and one that I hope partygoers and staff in bars and clubs will embrace.”
A whole new section has been added to the parish church pages about the restoration of the Father Willis Organ.
Not only will you find out what events are planned in December and beyond to raise funds for this exciting project, but there is also a report and photos about the restoration work and how the money has been raised to pay for it.
Accompanying this information is a new article about the history of the church, illustrated with some wonderful photos.
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.
Dates have been set for the annual series of 'flu immunisation clinics. Full details are in this flyer.
There remains one casual vacancy on the Parish Council following the recent co-option process. The parish council will fill the vacancy by co-option as soon as possible. If you wish to make a difference to your village and would like to be considered for this vacancy please contact the clerk at the earliest opportunity.
CA Smy, clerk to Fressingifield Parish Council
7 Norwich Road
Tel: 07817 441195
We say a big thank you to Lee and Sam Annison who have served us wonderfully for 19 years at the Mace Shop here in Fressingfield. New horizons lay before them and we wish them well and hope they keep in contact with them. Also a big thank you to all the staff who over many years have been so friendly, cheerful and helpful.
A warm welcome to Roger and Clare Keen who are the new owners of the Fressingfield shop, we offer them and their four children our very best wishes for their future with us.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorist was robbed in Metfield.
The incident occurred at around 5.10am yesterday morning, Monday 11 September, on Fressingfield Road.
The victim – a man aged in his 30s – was driving his black Ford Mondeo from the direction of Metfield towards Fressingfield when he came across a Renault car stopped in the middle of the road. After waiting for a couple of minutes for the vehicle to move out of the way, the victim then got out of his car and started walking towards it, and at the same time a man got out of the other car and walked towards the victim.
At this point, the victim was then pushed from behind by another person and then pushed up against the Renault by the two suspects. He was punched and struck on the head with an object which left him dazed. The suspects then stole a quantity of cash from out of his wallet and drove off towards Fressingfield. The victim suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital for a check-up.
Anyone who saw a Renault car - believed to be dark in colour - in the area yesterday morning, or who has any information regarding this incident, is asked to contact East CID at Lowestoft on 101 quoting reference 60101/17