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Recruitment drop-in events for volunteer special constables

10 November 2018

Volunteers who want to make a difference in the county are being encouraged to join the ranks of Suffolk’s Special Constabulary. 


The county has around 200 special constables who volunteer their time to assist the regular police force in keeping Suffolk safe.


Becoming a special constable is a positive opportunity to develop existing skills or to learn new ones, give something back to your local community and become a part of a diverse organisation that fights crime in the county.


The role of a special constable includes providing high visibility patrols and helping to police major incidents and events. They also offer vital links in the community between the police service and the public.  


To apply you must be 18 years older, a European citizen and able to pass the force fitness test.  You should also be able to offer 16 hours a month to carry out duties. You will get full training to become part of a team that deals with a variety of incidents and events across Suffolk. 
Karen Harris, Specials, Volunteers and Cadets Manager said: "All of our special officers are highly trained and play an essential role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime and keeping Suffolk safe. We are seeking applicants from all communities in our county with differing skills and experience, so if you have 16 hours a month or more to offer us, anytime of the day or night, and are interested in finding out more please come along to one of our events.”


Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore said: "I am a great supporter of the fantastic work that our specials carry out across the county every day and I’d like to encourage anyone who is interested to come along to one of the information events and find out more.


"Specials are an integral part of the policing family. They are extremely valued and valuable, and play an essential role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime to help keep Suffolk safe.


"These volunteer police officers are not called specials for nothing. We are absolutely indebted to them all, their commitment and enthusiasm is second to none. They give their time for nothing and add a completely different dimension to policing in the county.”


A number of Special Constabulary recruitment information events are being held in community hubs across the county. Details are as follows:-


Saturday 24 November – 10am-1pm –The Pavilion, Recreation Way, Mildenhall.


Saturday 1 December – 10am-1pm – Town Hall, Broad Street, Eye.


Monday 3 December – 6.30pm – Suffolk Constabulary Headquarters, Martlesham Heath.


Saturday 26 January, 2019 – 10am-1pm – Rifle Hall, London Road, Halesworth.


Saturday 23 February, 2019 – 10am-1pm – Southgate Community Centre, Caie Walk, Bury St Edmunds.


Saturday 16 March, 2019 – 10am – 1pm – King Georges Community Centre, King Georges Avenue, Leiston.


Attendees will be able to follow the applicant journey from start to finish, including how to complete an application form, what happens at assessment centres, details of the training programme, what personal safety training officers receive and speak to special officers to find out exactly what it’s like to be a special with Suffolk Constabulary.



If you intend to go along to one of the events, please confirm your attendance by emailing specialsandvolunteers@suffolk.pnn.police.uk.

If you cannot attend but would like more information, please go to our website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/join-us/volunteers/special-constabulary




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Flu clinics at Fressingfield Medical Centre

3 November 2018

Adult ’flu clinics for eligible patients

  • We have written to all patients that are eligible for the ’flu vaccination this year inviting them to a ’flu clinic. If you have not received an invitation letter and feel that you are eligible for the flu vaccination then please do contact us.
  • It is much easier for us to manage the ’flu vaccination programme if patients do attend the clinic. If you are unable to attend the clinic below please contact us after the 17 November in order to book for an alternative clinic.
  • If you have already had your ’flu vaccination please ignore this information.

You are eligible for a ‘flu jab if you will be over 65 on 31 March 2019 or you have - asthma or a chronic respiratory disease; chronic heart disease; chronic kidney disease; chronic liver disease; diabetes; a weak immune system/immunosuppression; a history of stroke or TIA or multiple sclerosis or a disease of the central nervous system; a BMI of over 40 (adults) or you are pregnant.

Also eligible are people who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

Fressingfield Medical Practice

No appointment needed.

Eligible adults (see the list above) simply turn up at your allocated time (as indicated below)

Saturday 17 November

8.30am – 9.30am patients with surnames beginning with letters A & B

9.30am – 10.30am patients with surnames beginning with letters C & D

10.30am – 11.30am patients with surnames beginning with letters E - G

11.30am – 12.30pm patients with surnames beginning with letters H - L

1pm – 2pm patients with surnames beginning with letters M - O

2pm – 3pm patients with surnames beginning with letters P - S

3pm – 4pm patients with surnames beginning with letters T - Z

Children’s ‘flu injections: Parents of 2 and 3 year old children have been contacted already. 4 year olds will be vaccinated at school.

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Laxfield Road Closure

25 October 2018

Suffolk Highways have given notification of the closure of Laxfield Road on Wednesday 31 October between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

 Full details can be found by following this link.

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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 -  https://fressingfieldpc.org/neighbourhood-plan

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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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