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'Flu clinics in October

22 September 2017

Dates have been set for the annual series of 'flu immunisation clinics. Full details are in this flyer.

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Vacancy for a parish councillor

16 September 2017

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

Manfield House

7 Norwich Road


NR35 2JJ

 Tel: 07817 441195


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Changes at the village store

13 September 2017

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.

Rosemary Wilis

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Assault and robbery - can you help?

12 September 2017

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

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Latest update for Fressingfield Play Area - 2

23 August 2017

Fressingfield play area - A huge thank you goes out to Heidi, Martin, Katie, Maisy, James Riches who, along with baby Ollie, completed an amazing 103.4 mile sponsored cycle ride in one day. They were raising funds for new play equipment at Fressingfield play area. They cycled the Boudicca Way, to Aylsham and back. (Ollie was travelling in a trailer and James joined him when he got tired!) Heidi said it was challenging and tough but that they loved every minute of it. She is now collecting the sponsorship money promised! If you haven’t sponsored them but would like to please email


 Fres play ride


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MSDC planning committee meeting postponed

21 August 2017

The meeting scheduled for Wednesday 23 August to consider three planning applications for Fressingfield has been postponed. This is because the highways authority has concerns about the combined effect of these applications.  

The postponement will give Suffolk County Council Highways Department time to consider the impact these developments would have on the highway network. A new date for the committee meeting has not yet been set.

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Hit and run incident - can you help?

18 August 2017

On Wednesday 16 August at 09.55, a yellow JCB with teleporter was travelling in the direction from Wingfield along New Street, Fressingfield when it crashed into my builder's car. The car was parked on the road next to the scaffolding outside Rosemullion Cottage. There was a loud impact and then the JCB continued to scrape along the side of his car before driving off in the direction of the road junction and disappearing.

Thus, the driver failed to stop. My two builders couldn't read the registration plate, so the police can offer them no help. One of them gave chase in a second car but didn't know which way the JCB had travelled once it reached the village sign/junction. The builder's car was taken away and he is currently awaiting all the hassle of a claim etc.

I am wondering if anybody in Fressingfield may have seen this particular JCB driving through the village at approx 10.00 and/or could help in any way? 

Pat Douglas, the new owner of Rosemullion Cottage.

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Fressingfield Scouts HQ update

16 August 2017

Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne, the scout group leader, has written a letter explaining the latest developments with the group's proposed new HQ. A copy was posted through the door of everyone in the village. If you missed your copy, here it is.

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Housing developments - date for MSDC planning committee

11 August 2017

MSDC planning committee intends to consider three applications for developments in Fressingfield at the same meeting. This is on Wednesday 23 August  beginning at 9.30am. It will be at the council offices, 131 High Street Needham Market Ipswich IP6 8DL.

Fressingfield Housing Working Group has put leaflets through everyone's door, laying out their advice about what should happen next. If you missed it follow this link to read its advice.

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Neighbourhood Watch scheme - open letter from coordinator

8 August 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen,


neighbourhood watchFressingfield Neighbourhood Watch was set up a lot of years ago at the request of the Parish Council. It proved difficult to find a coordinator. Robin Rampley and I eventually stepped up to the plate and formed a group and raised the necessary funds for street signs etc. We always said that it was odd that although the village people were the main benefactors of the scheme it was run by two guys who lived miles outside the village. Robin at White Post Corner and myself at Olivedale on the Metfield Road. Anyway, we raised the cash, recruited various people to look after their immediate vicinity and got on with the job.


Years passed and things changed. I got heavily involved with the RBL and Robin took over sole command with me reverting to an area contact. Now things have changed again. Robin is moving to Harleston in the very near future and, although I have moved into the village, I have become a full-time carer. We need someone to take over the reigns. Ideally, but not necessarily, someone living in the village. It doesn't take much of your time. The local reps are basically all in place but someone has to co-ordinate the group. It is a very worthwhile job for the community. If someone doesn't volunteer than the Fressingfield Neighbourhood Watch will likely become defunct. Shame but there it is.


If anyone is interested or you know anyone who might be, then contact Robin on 01379 586573 or me on 01379 586263. Pass this email on to anyone you think might consider the job. Discuss it with neighbours. Come along to our next meeting at The Sports and Social Club on Thursday 10 August at 7.30pm. Unfortunately, if we can't find someone then the whole thing will go down the drain. 


Ben Symonds

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