Community Action Suffolk has announced that from the end of July their ‘Home, But Not Alone’ phoneline service will no longer be operating to provide emergency food or medicine deliveries for the area.
We want to assure you that the Fressingfield COVID-19 Support Group is still very much in action, as it has been since the start of lockdown, ready to help with any requests for shopping, prescriptions or anything else. If you do not have your local volunteer’s contact details, please email Nigel Lucker on email@example.com, Stuart Balmer on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07900 350117.
We will always be here for you.
The co-ordinators of the Covid-19 support scheme would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all our wonderful volunteers across our region, in particular, the 80+ volunteers in Fressingfield. We also say a thank you to all the businesses including the Shop, the Swan and the Fox and Goose. There are many more, so thank you all of you. As the restrictions are eased, the volunteers will still be here for you. If you need support please do reach out to them.
The requests for support are still coming in but are fewer and further between. Please everyone, do not feel shy about asking for help. You are being encouraged to stay at home and let the volunteers do your shopping and pick up prescriptions for you. We are not at the end of lockdown yet!
We have been advised by Community Action Suffolk that a leaflet will be coming through all our doors titled 'Home, but not alone'. This gives a contact number if you need a volunteer’s help. Any calls they receive will be directed back into the village for our support group to answer. This scheme will complement ours not override it. Please carry on calling the name and number on the leaflet you received from the parish council.
Stay safe and keep well!
This week has seen a further decrease in calls received looking for assistance. There have only been 11 calls to Fressingfield's support system during the week (down 4 from the last week). This means the support system is able to manage the requests. This is a good thing: it is far better to have low numbers than high. Shopping leads the trend in requests for help, as it has over the last four weeks.
All volunteers are well and no issues have been raised. Although all have not been called on, our thanks go out to all of the 60+ volunteers. Without them, the scheme could not be run. They are part of what David Cameron (remember him?) once called ‘the big society’ but we know as village life.
Fressingfield’s scheme has been registered as a volunteer group with Community Action Suffolk.
Thank you very much to the 70 volunteers who are now supporting the Fressingfield COVID-19 support scheme. Your response has been amazing! Around 20 volunteers have been allocated streets and the others are ‘in waiting’ to support them when they need it.
All homes in Fressingfield should now have received a leaflet with the name, phone number and email address of your neighbourhood volunteer. We have been advised to stay at home to stop this virus from spreading. Please allow your assigned volunteer to help you. Whether it is for shopping, prescriptions, just someone to talk to, please call them.
All homes in Fressingfield should have received a leaflet through the door or by email with the name, phone number and email address of your neighbourhood volunteer.
If you are self-isolating, with no support from friends or family, we are here to help. Just call. We have been advised to stay at home to stop this virus from spreading. Please allow your assigned volunteer to help you. Whether it is for shopping, prescriptions, just someone to talk to, please call them. Stay safe and keep well.
All homes in Fressingfield should be receiving, through the door or by email by close of play today, a leaflet with the name, number and email address of your neighbourhood volunteer. If you are self-isolating, with no support from friends or family, we are here to help. Just call. Thank you to around 60 volunteers on our list, some allocated streets, others ready to help on an ad hoc basis. So grateful. Stay safe and keep well.
Fressingfield Stores. Tel: 01379 586185 (note new number)
Swan Inn. Tel: 01379 586280
Munchies. Homemade local produce meals. Tel: 07970 994221.
or try the Fox and Goose for a ‘cook @ home’ special menu. See its website for details.
Waveney Foodbank Mobile 07484 394749
Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at a convenience shop in Fressingfield.
Officers were called shortly before 7.20pm on Wednesday 1 April, to reports that a robbery had just taken place at Mace Stores in New Street.
A man brandishing a knife entered the premises and threatened staff, before stealing a quantity of cash, cigarettes and alcohol. No one was harmed during the incident.
The suspect is described as white, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, approximately 5ft 7in tall and of slim build. He was wearing a black hooded top and had his face covered.
Detectives are appealing for anyone with information about this incident to come forward. They are also asking anyone who was driving in the area between 6.30pm and 8pm yesterday evening and who may have captured dashcam footage of any vehicles travelling through to get in touch.
Detective Inspector Matt Adams said: "Unfortunately there have now been a number of similar robberies to this one over the past 10 days across the county and we understand that this will be causing concern for employees and business owners alike.
"I would like to reassure all those people affected that we are working extremely hard to detect who is responsible for these offences, with our teams gathering forensic evidence and pursuing a number of leads, which have resulted in us making several arrests.
"Local communities can be of great assistance to us by being our eyes and ears – especially at the moment while the majority of people are at home. Please be vigilant and report anything to us that you believe to be suspicious.
"Any businesses that feel they would benefit from advice on crime prevention and additional security measures are urged to contact their local Safer Neighbourhood Team for assistance.
"Officers are actively patrolling throughout communities in Suffolk, and we are determined to do everything we can to protect the public, key workers and businesses.”
Information on how to contact your local policing team can be found on our website here: https://imsva91-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.suffolk.police.uk%2fyour%2darea&umid=160B933B-A24D-C705-A5E0-50A6ECEB3A2C&auth=76a36a0301cf7179612a4414203a61368905a968-8c5fab57af9dfb9508c3500c6c4966d47432ab78
Any witnesses to this crime, or anyone with information or dashcam footage, are asked to contact East CID at Lowestoft Police Station, quoting reference: 19207/20.
Website – https://imsva91-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.suffolk.police.uk%2fcontact%2dus%2fexisting%2dreport%2dupdate&umid=160B933B-A24D-C705-A5E0-50A6ECEB3A2C&auth=76a36a0301cf7179612a4414203a61368905a968-4ddea68d1cfe381a74b78d8843ca7435af358ea0
Email – EastCID@suffolk.pnn.police.uk
Phone – Call 101
Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: https://imsva91-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=www.crimestoppers%2duk.org&umid=160B933B-A24D-C705-A5E0-50A6ECEB3A2C&auth=76a36a0301cf7179612a4414203a61368905a968-bb04a2ba0d1310959b81eabc6cc16416e6e347cf
Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999.
You may be a person who is self-isolating because you or someone in your house has got the virus. Perhaps you are in one of the vulnerable groups and have decided not to go out and about.
Either way, don't worry because volunteers are ready and eager to offer their assistance. Already 50 people have responded to this call for volunteers.
Soon, you will get a card posted through your door that looks like this
The name and contact details will be the person coordinating help just in your part of the parish. Phone them or email them. That person is waiting to hear from you so help can be organised.