Tree planting event Jan.2019 in memory of Angela Rushen
Tree planting event  Jan.2019              in memory of Angela Rushen

Local Weather

Here's a link to the Met.Office forecast page for Bury St Edmunds.


Check out the Events page to find out what is going on in our village - and beyond: includes NEWS FEED from the BURY FREE PRESS


Next Parish Council Meeting: Thursday, September 12th, 7.30pm


Next Community Council Meeting: Monday, September 2nd 6.30pm 




Church Services

Church Services at All Saints Church, Hawstead









August 2019


11th: Parish Eucharist, 11.00am

25th: Morning Prayer, 11.00am


BUS TIMETABLE into Bury: published 27/08/12
375 Bus Service timetable.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [167.9 KB]


A library of important documents relating to the Parish Council and the village, including meeting agendas & minutes and copies of the Hawstead Journal.
Click here for more information.


NOTE: General Data Protection Regulations 2018.


Please note that archive material posted onto the website before 25 May 2018 may include limited personal data for which consent to publication has not been given. The Parish Council wants to continue to make such material, which is of local interest, easily available to residents, but has not had the capacity to review the content fully. Please contact the clerk to the Council if you have any objection to your name or other personal data appearing in this archive material in order that it might be removed forthwith.


....and a Movie!


To view the film made by Andy and Janet Taplin in support of our bid for the Suffolk Village of the Year competition (ie 2014)click HERE. It's a fantastic production!

Most documents posted on this site are in the "PDF" format and to see them on your compputer you need a program called Adobe Reader. If you don't have this on yoour compputer you can download and install it Free of Charge here


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Hawstead Village Website

Welcome to our village Website. This website seeks to inform our residents and others about ongoing projects and events in Hawstead and also serves as a database and reference resource for information on our village.

NOTE: There is a separate website for booking the use of the Village Hall:

"The Hawstead Parish Council will work to make Hawstead an even better place in which to live."


John West - Chairman, Hawstead Parish Council


You can find out about the objectives of Hawstead Parish council on the Documents page HERE


News - scroll down !!

Earlier in the year the hedgerow/trees on the left going uphill out of Pinford End were seriously cut back and the bank at the side of the road looked rather bare. It's been transformed this Summer with a swathe of wild flowers!

NEW! 1 August 2019 The Minutes of the Parish Council Meting on 18th July are now available HERE. Also the Agenda for a Planning Meeting on Wednesday 7th August is posted. You can follow through to see details of the Planning Applicaion to be discussed HERE

NEW! 29 July 2019 The Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 18th June are now available HERE (plus several associated documents)

NEW! 25 June 2019 There's an updated Guide to Recycling in Suffolk that's recently been published. Get your copy HERE

NEW! 13 June 2019 Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 16th May are now available, trogether with the Agenda for a Planning Application Meeting at 7pm on TUESDAY 18th June in the Village Hall HERE

NEW! 30 April 2019 


A134 Closures in May & June


The normal formal notice from will no doubt be shared as usual a day or two before the planned A134 roadworks start: 1) From 7pm to 6am overnight on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May the A134 is planned to be closed in Sicklesmere between the Stanningfield Road junction and the Hawstead Lane junction with a diversion in place. 2) From 7pm to 5am overnight from Wednesday 26th June to Saturday 2nd July the A134 is planned to be closed (with diversion) for resurfacing (between Bradfield Combust and Sicklesmere) from the Water Lane junction to the Cocks Green Lane junction. More detail at or Tel: 0345 606 6171.

NEW! 29 April 2019 This week's local elections in Hawstead (Thursday, May 2nd) will only comprise the Borough election, for which there are two candidates, Labour and Conservative. There are seven places on the Parish Council and only six people are standing so there will be no election.

NEW! 29 April 2019 NALC/SALC Model Code of Conduct, Financial Regulations and Standing Orders adopted by the Parish Council at their meeting on 21st March are available to consult HERE

NEW! 29 April 2019 There will be a Planning Meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 1st. May. You can see the Agenda for this meeting HERE

NEW! 29 April 2019 Suffolk Highways have announced that on May 2 and 3 there will be road repairs to: Nowton Road (??), Bury Road and The Pound, Hawstead which will entail closures and diversions - 3.30pm. Also Bull Lane 29 April - 1 May (and indeed I've seen a 'Road Closed' sign by the old Schoolhouse this morning).

NEW! 24 April 2019 The History Recorder's Report for Hawstead for 2018 has been completed and is now available HERE

NEW! 26 March 2019 

Interested in becoming a Parish Councillor?

Parish Councils are led by democratically elected councillors from the local community. Parish Councillors decide on what services and projects the Parish Council will deliver. As representatives of the first tier of local government and the closest to their communities, Parish Councillors are best placed to engage with their residents and find out what the real local issues are and how to overcome them.

Hawstead Parish Council encourages residents who are passionate about their community to stand for election; the Council is committed to the inclusion and recognition of all of its residents and welcomes new applicants.

Do you, or someone you know, have what it takes to be a Parish Councillor?  Please contact Hawstead Parish Council and stand for election now.

NALC and the Electoral Commission have produced materials and guidance for those looking to stand for election, which can be found by following this  Link

Further resources and information (including the nomination forms) are also available online via the St Edmundsbury BC website  St Eds link 

Alternatively, further information/nomination forms are available from the clerk at Hawstead PC (

NEW! 25 March 2019 There will be an ELECTION for the Parish Council on THURSDAY, MAY 2nd. More information is available HERE There's also an ELECTION for a Borough Councillor at the same time. We are now in a Ward which includes Horringer. The same link above will take you to a document giving information about that election.

NEW! 15 March 2019 The Agenda for the Parish Council Meeting to be held on 21 March 2019 is available HERE

NEW! 26 February 2019 The Draft Minutes of the Parish Council meeting of 17th January are now available HERE

NEW! 25 February The road from Hawstead to Lawshall will be closed in Lawshall from tomorrow for a projected two days so that work connected with electricity supply can be carried out.

NEW! 25 February Anyone wishing to remain on the St Edmundsbury Housing Register after April 1st must RE-REGISTER. Please click this link for more information.

NEW! 29 January 2019 Minutes and other papers relating to the Parish Council Meeting on 6th December 2018 are now available HERE

NEW! 7 January 2019 The 2019 dates of the Parish Council meetings have been posteds HERE 

NEW! 11 December 2018 The Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 15th November 2018 are now available HERE

NEW! 16 November 2018 Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting in September and other papers from the meeting on 15 November 2018 are now available HERE

NEW! 01 July 2018 The July/August issue of the Hawstead Journal is now available HERE NB This is the last issue, pending volunteer(s) to take over editing and producing the Journal,

NEW! 14 June 2018 Various Parish Council documents including those dealing with accounts and expenditures (2017-8), the Reserves Policy, and updated Standing Orders, Code of Conduct and Financial Regulations are now available on the website HERE

NEW! 24 May 2018 The Minutes of Last year's Annual Parish Meeting and related documents are available HERE and the Minutes of the bi-monthly Meeting, 15 March 2018 are available HERE together with documents relating to the Meeting on 17 May 2018

NEW! 22 May 2018 Three documents relating to the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR-2018) have been added to the website: A) General  Privacy Notice B) Staff Privacy Notice and C) a copy of the Hawstead Consent Form. These can be viewed HERE and the Consent Form can be downloaded and printed, filled in and then returned to the Parish Council Secretary.

NEW! 6 April 2018 Hawstead's History Recorder Report for 2017 has been uploaded to the website! For this (and earlier reports) click HERE

NEW! 2 March 2018 An updated version of the Hawstead Emergency Plan is available HERE There is also a PDF copy of an updated Skills Questionnaire which can be filled out and printed. It should be returned to Geraldine West, Kellycroft, The Green.

NEW! 27 February 2018 A new Internet and email-based community initiative has arrived in Hawstead, It's called 'Nextdoor' 


"Nextdoor was created based on the idea that the neighbourhood is one of the most important and useful communities in a person's life. Nextdoor's mission is to use technology to help neighbours build stronger and safer neighbourhoods."


As of today there are 10 Hawsteaders signed up to Nextdoor - and of course 'the more the merrier' - so if you're even mildly curious, visit . Have a look around and iof you'd like to join the Hawstead Nextdoor community click on the link on the right labelled 'Joining Nextdoor'


NEW! 3 January 2018 In case of power cuts: Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)


Preparing for a power cut

Below is some additional advice:

  • Add 105 to the contacts on your mobile phone
  • Keep our Freephone 0800 3163 105 number handy
  • See for useful videos and advice during a power cut.
  • Locate a torch, check it’s working and make sure you have spare batteries. Take care if using candles.
  • Charge up your mobile phone, and a rechargeable mobile ‘powerbank’ if you have one
  • Use a phone with a cord if you have one, cordless phones don’t work in a power cut
  • Keep fridges and freezers closed, with a blanket over as they will stay cold for many hours
  • Switch off all your electrical equipment, except one light which will let you know when the power comes back on
  • Remember the street lights may also be off so take care if you go out
  • Dress in warm clothes
  • Look out for vulnerable neighbours

NEW! 23 February 2017 Inormation from UK POWER NETWORKS

UK Power Networks owns and maintains the local power lines and substations and is responsible for reconnecting supply after any power cut. It offers a Priority Service Register to which vulnerable people can sign up to; registration enables UK Power Networks to identify customers who are vulnerable or need extra help when the electricity is off as efficiently as possible and to get help out quickly. Residents eligible to sign up include those with a disability or medical dependancy on electricity (ie users of Careline, nebuliser etc), the elderly, those with children under 5 and more. Services available to those on the Register include a 24 hour priority phone number, a dedicated team who will keep you updated during a power cut and other tailored support where appropriate. Further information on the Priority Service Register is available from or by calling 08003163105.

Registration forms for this service will also be made available in the village hall after 16 March.

NEW! September 6 2016 The draft document concerning the byelaws relating to the village greens has now been replaced by a confirmed one. It is called "Byelaws for Pleasure Grounds, Public Walks and Open Spaces" and includes an indicative map of the locations of our greens (and the Millennium Field). It can be accessed HERE

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