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Important planning applications to be considered at Parish Council annual meeting

2 May 2017

The annual meeting of the parish council will be even more interesting than usual this year. As well as the normal business of the meeting, the council will consider an application to build 99 houses on land off John Shepherd Road AND an application for outline planning permission for residential development on Post Mill Lane.

The meeting, on Tuesday 16 May, will be in Sancroft Hall and will begin at 7.30pm.

The details of the meeting have been placed on the council's page. On that page, there is also a new section giving information about the council's powers and responsibilities.

If you wish to make any comments about either of these two applications online, you will have to get a move on. Mid Suffolk District Council's website will be offline for three weeks from Friday 12 May. You can follow this link to find and comment on any application:-


For the application for 99 homes off John Shepherd Road, just type the reference number 1432/17 in the search box.

For the application for outline permission on Post Mill Lane, just type the reference number 1648/17 in the search box.

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Sunrise Ecumenical Easter Service

17 April 2017

On Easter Sunday,  for 20 minutes before the start of the service at Weybread lakes, the chilly worshippers were lucky enough to catch a brief glimpse of a wonderful sunrise. Then at 6 am, a group of about 60 people from local Christian churches and chapels began to celebrate their first service of Easter Sunday. They were led by local ministers Pastor Paul Lintott, Rev'd Peter Schwier and  Rev'd Nigel Tuffnell in prayers, songs and biblical readings 

This was followed by bacon rolls, tea and chatter before the outdoor, ecumenical congregation returned, quietly, to their still-sleeping villages. 

 Laiquendi 112 640x431   Keeping their fingers warm was essential for the musicians

Thanks to Richard Manning for these photos of the service.

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Parish Council wants your views

30 March 2017

The Parish Council wants the views of all residents about the village and how it could develop. A survey was posted through everyone's door with Six Sense, this month. The survey covers many aspects of village life and how it could develop over the next 10 years. It is your opportunity to have a say and have an influence.

Please complete it and return it to the village shop, or Garry Deeks, The Old Manse, Laxfield Road or Dave Wheeler 2 Post Mill Lane or any other Parish Councillor by April 14th, 2017.


If you want any additional copies of the survey, it can be downloaded here and then printed off.


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Allotments in Fressingfield?

6 March 2017

1fe2f9af52c991fd541243c5b8bf2030 walpole allotments allotment clipart 298 184Parish councils have a responsibility to consider providing allotments if there is a local demand for them. There is an open meeting of the Fressingfield Community Gardeners on Monday 20  March to discuss whether there is a demand in Fressingfield. The guest speaker will be Karen Kenny, the President of the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners.

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Changes at the Fressingfield Branch of the RBL

5 March 2017

rbllogo colDue to family commitments, Ben Symonds is standing down from his position as welfare officer of the branch. From now on any welfare issues should be addressed to Chrissie Kitchen on 01986 798764. Any person who has completed one week paid service in any of the armed forces or reserves, and their dependants qualify for Legion assistance in times of need. This includes those who were called up for compulsory National Service.

We cover a very large area, seven+ villages, and quite often we don't know who has and has not served in the military. If you know of any person who fits the conditions and is in need of assistance or even a friendly chat with one of our visitors, then let Chrissie or any Legion member know the
details and we will take it from there.

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Final total from the New Year's Day Sponsored Dog Walk

5 March 2017

We are delighted to report that since our report in the February issue of Six Sense, the sum donated following the New Year’s Day Dog Walk has reached £2054!

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Foodbank donations

5 March 2017

Foodbank WaveneyFressingfield Methodist Church. Thanks for donations over the last three months for the Foodbank. During this time, 88.9kg of food was donated, which provided 89 meals.

The chapel is currently open for donations to the Waveney Foodbank and as a Quiet Space from 10am to dusk. More details about Foodbank Projects can be found at

Food bank donations can also be made at All Saints’ Church, Mendham and at Metfield village store.

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Flood reporting

22 February 2017

During the winter and early spring months, flooding can cause persistent and damaging issues for local communities. Despite the disruption this can cause, it can also be quite difficult to know who to report flooding to since there can be a number of different organisations (known as flood risk management authorities) who might have responsibility or involvement in an incident.

Therefore, Flood and Water Management at Suffolk County Council has created the Report a flood in Suffolk webpage. This helps to inform users which organisation they should report their flood to, and provides links to make this process as simple as possible. Historically, flooding tends to go under-reported due to the fear of an increase in insurance costs, but a new government scheme known as Flood Re has helped to significantly reduce the burden on homeowners. You can find more information on Flood Re here. So if you are aware of any areas which may have suffered from flooding, we would encourage you to use our reporting tool and make the relevant risk management authorities aware.

You can also find plenty more information on a number of different flooding and drainage issues (such as ditches, highway drainage, and the responsibilities of private owners) on our website: you do have any specific questions you would like to put to the Flood and Water Management Team please feel free to contact me, and I will ensure that we answer to the best of ability.

If you have any specific questions you would like to put to the Flood and Water Management Team please feel free to contact me, and I will ensure that we answer to the best of ability.

Tom Mann. Flood & Water Project Officer. Email:

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Vacancy for a Parish Councillor

9 February 2017


There is a vacancy on the Parish Council following the resignation of Councillor Keith Wykes.  The Parish Council wishes to 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.

 Carol Smy, clerk to Fressingfield Parish Council.



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Safer Neighbourhood Teams - What does all this mean?

8 February 2017

After last year's consultation about how the local police force should and could be re-organised, significant changes have been made to local policing. An information sheet explaining these changes has been released by Suffolk police. 

If he read it, Donald Trump might say, 'Many people tell me that this is management gobbledegook. They also are saying we ought to get the parish council to get someone who understands it to come to a meeting to explain it.'


What do you think?

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