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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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