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Agenda for Tuesday's council meeting

11 October 2018

This is agenda for next Tuesday's full council meeting.


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Neighbourhood Development Plan webpage

8 September 2018

Fressingfield neighbourhood development Plan logo

The Fressingfield Neighbourhood Development Plan committee now has its own web-page. 

This is on the parish councils site: you can find it here -

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Have you lost a peacock ?

29 August 2018

Peacock male displayingAround the beginning of August, a beautiful male peacock arrived on the field next to Oak Farm on Cratfield Road and has been there ever since. He is clearly lost.

If he is yours or you know who he belongs to please get in touch, he needs to go home! Please contact Tracy 07733 223275 

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Fressingfield Neighbourhood Development Plan

23 August 2018

Fressingfield neighbourhood development Plan logoFressingfield Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is underway.
Planning for the future development in our village has been something of a hot topic over the past few years. So this is the opportunity for the parish area to come together and agree what the future planning development of Fressingfield village and its wider parish community should be, until 2036. This is a government initiative to engage the local community in local decision-making and is being carried out across the country.

The NDP for Fressingfield Parish is being driven by a steering group comprising those within the community together with some Parish Council members. The NDP will not prevent or permit any of the three developments currently proposed - that power lies with Mid Suffolk District Council. However, the NDP will inform Mid-Suffolk and Suffolk County Councils in terms of future planning.

So far, the NDP steering group has contacted and spoken with as many organisations, clubs and groups in the parish as possible during July and August. The purpose of these meetings has been to gather information about the views and opinions of the members and begin to incorporate these into a presentation for everyone which sets out a vision, objectives and potential policy for the development of Fressingfield Parish area.

Inevitably we couldn’t get to everyone so now is your chance to come and have your say about what the NDP should say.

There are drop-in sessions for everyone in the parish from 0-100+ years old at the Sancroft Hall on Saturday 22 Sept from 10.30 am - 4pm and on Monday 24 Sept from 3pm - 8pm. Members of the steering group will be present to take your opinions and ideas, answer your questions and discuss what has come to light so far.

This will be the first of two major events where the steering group shares the ideas and opinions which are emerging. In May 2019 there will be a further event to which everyone can come and comment on the draft plan.

We would like you all to come along and have your say in shaping the Fressingfield of today and tomorrow. Light refreshments will be
available throughout the day.

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Singing for the Terrified

23 August 2018

Do you enjoy singing? Or do you feel rather shy about your voice? Would you like to find ways of improving your singing technique?

If the answer to any of these questions is 'yes', come along to the second WI open meeting of the year on Tuesday 11 September in the Sancroft Hall.

Chris Neave, a local singing coach, will outline for us the health and well-being benefits of singing and provide a fun introduction to some of the basic techniques such as breathing, posture and diction which will improve our singing and build confidence. We will also learn a song and how to sing it together.

The meeting starts at 7.30 pm and is open to all. No entry fee.


To help us with numbers, please ring 01379 586884 if you would like to attend.

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We will remember them

23 August 2018

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‘It will all be over by Christmas.’ Such was the optimism in the autumn of 1914 but history and many programmes on television tell us it was an altogether different story.

Over 8 million served and lost their lives in the service of their country and freedom. Thousands more returned home maimed and continued in their suffering. From cities, towns and from villages like ours young men and women responded to the call ‘Your country needs you’.

Ordinary everyday people who worked on farms and tradespeople leaving homes and loved ones. On land, on the sea and in the air, men and boys, nurses and women working in ammunition factories and others, all were caught up in events beyond their imagining.

To commemorate and honour those who died from Fressingfield and those who served, we are launching the book ‘Sons, Husbands and Fathers’ compiled and written by three members of the Fressingfield Local History and Archive Group and are holding an exhibition of photographs and stories from that time on Saturday 25 August in the Sancroft Hall, Fressingfield from 10 am to 4 pm. Teas and coffee will be served. We hope to see you there. Copies of the book will be on sale, price £10. A percentage of the profits will be donated to the Royal British Legion.

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Mental health services – have your say

23 August 2018

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People living in east and west Suffolk are being urged to have their say about local mental health services as part of a unique engagement opportunity.

The NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) want to transform the way mental health provision is delivered across the county.

Commissioners want to hear from people who currently use or have previously used mental health services, those who care for them and the staff who deliver those services.

All three groups are being asked to input their feedback via three online surveys

To respond to one of the surveys please use one of the links below:

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The future of Fressingfield Bowls Club

23 August 2018

Fressingfield Bowls Club was founded over 100 years ago. It is now facing a membership crisis - numbers will be below 18 in September. If we are unable to attract new bowlers and/or encourage the many bowlers living in Fressingfield but are choosing to play at other clubs, the club will fold. Once a bowling green is not maintained, nature rapidly takes over.

The club is financially sound and able to pay for the annual maintenance which takes place each September. After this maintenance, the green requires the input of members.

The future of the club will be discussed at a Special General Meeting, 7.30pm on Tuesday 25 September at the Sports and Social Club to which everyone is invited. If you want to see the club survive, please make every effort to attend. Fressingfield is a village not a town and good villages preserve their heritage. The bowls club is an important part of that heritage.

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Local Policing Volunteer pilot scheme

22 July 2018

Police Connect

Members of the public are being invited to support Suffolk Constabulary by becoming the "eyes and ears” of their communities as part of a new initiative.

 The Local Policing Volunteer pilot scheme, which was originally launched across six towns and villages including, in Bungay, Beccles, Woodbridge, Eye, Stanton and Long Melford in April, has now been opened up to the whole county and has already attracted early interest but spaces remain for further dedicated individuals.

 As part of the non-uniform role, volunteers become accessible points of contact for their communities and help Suffolk Constabulary to detect crime by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity in each area.

 Volunteers are not expected to become involved in any incident where conflict or threat exists and will have no power of arrest or detention. They are there to report anything suspicious or unusual directly to the police. They will receive full induction training and have access to their local police station to attend appropriate briefings.

 Local Policing Volunteers are an important element of our police family, which includes police officers, PCSOs, police staff and the Specials.


Local Policing Volunteers:

  • must be aged over 18 years
  • don’t have an upper age limit
  • can work up to a maximum of  20 hours per week and hours are mutually agreed locally  
  • are not required to wear a uniform
  • will be covered by public liability insurance wherever they undertake their volunteering duties


Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Kearton said: "Volunteers are extremely important for the constabulary and we recognise the tremendous contribution they make. As a force, we actively encourage the public to report any concerns about what they see and hear in their communities and the trial of this new scheme is a welcome addition in helping the communities across the county stay safer. It’s important to stress the volunteers will not be involved in any official tasking or deployments – they will be the eyes and ears of their local community to report any unusual activity to uniformed officers who will then take the appropriate action.”


 Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner said:  "When I was re-elected two years ago I made a commitment to expand the network of volunteers and special constables throughout the county. The Local Policing Volunteer Scheme is a very good example of communities helping themselves and being the eyes and ears to what’s going on. It’s going back to what traditional policing was all about - the police are the public and the public are the police. It’s a two-way process. Volunteers will wear tabards and look out for any suspicious or criminal behaviour while out in the community. They will then report back to their local Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) who will deal with the crimes. They will not have powers of detention and will not intervene. We think that gathering all this extra information will be very helpful indeed. Sometimes it’s the very last piece of evidence that solves a crime and this could really help us access all the details we need to know. This is a very exciting scheme. I’m very pleased that all six areas in the pilot are on board with it and delighted to see it extended across the county. I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops and would encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch.”


Anyone interested in becoming a Local Policing Volunteer will undergo a training package, be given a tabard and have a direct point of contact with police, as well as be included in regular meetings. The supportive role is also designed to work alongside usual activities and at no point requires participants to directly get involved in tackling crime.

Volunteers will need to undergo and pass security checks at the appropriate level for the role, although no medical assessment is required.


To gain further information regarding any of the constabulary’s volunteering roles, visit or email or phone on 01473 613589.

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Farewell to Cathy and Andrew Bladen

22 July 2018

Rev Cathy BladenToday was a family@church barbeque at the Sancroft Hall and has been an opportunity for people to say cheerio to Cathy and Andrew Bladen before they leave so Cathy can take up her new post as Priest in Charge at Stanton, Barningham, Market Weston, Coney Weston, Hopton, Thelnetham, Hepworth and Hinderclay. 

In case you missed it, below is the farewell letter she wrote in the July edition of Six Sense.


Dear friends and neighbours,
Since arriving in the Sancroft Benefice three years ago I have been really struck by the changing seasons in a way I've never been before. Every season brings with it new things and its own beauty.  At this time of year the countryside around us is constantly changing as spring blossom and new growth give way to summer flowering and the gradual ripening of fruit and crops. For me, being here has been a season of rapid growth and fruitfulness in so many ways, both personally and spiritually.
As I come to the end of my curacy and Andrew and I prepare to move, we are so thankful for our time here. We've loved the beauty of this part of Suffolk; I think the Waveney Valley will always be one of my favourite areas now. But as always it’s the community and the people that really make the difference and the sense of welcome in both the villages and the churches has been wonderful and we have loved being a part of you... So thank you.  
We are, of course, very sad to be leaving you all, but we’re not moving too far. We’re going just down the A143 a bit towards Bury St Edmunds, where I am going to be Priest in Charge at Stanton, Barningham, Market Weston, Coney Weston, Hopton, Thelnetham, Hepworth and Hinderclay. We’re looking forward to the new adventure. 
When I first began to feel God was calling me to be a priest, a long time ago, I was given a reading from St. John’s gospel. It’s now one of my favourite readings... (John 5:16). In it God says, ‘You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit’...  So we’re excited about the new work and looking forward to see what God has in store for us as we enter into our new season and what we pray will be a time of fruitfulness.
My last service in the benefice will be on Sunday 22  July, which is a family@church service at Fressingfield at 10am, followed by fun and games on the Sancroft Hall Green at 11.30am, and then lunch at 12.30pm. Please just turn up on the day. It will be lovely to see you
God bless you, 
love Cathy.

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