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Next Parish Council Meeting: Thursday, May 12th, 2022


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Church Services

Church Services at All Saints Church, Hawstead






Sunday 14th August: Morning Prayer, 11.00AM


Sunday 21st August: Eucharist with visiting priest, Rev. Stuart Batten. 11.00AM


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

Saturday 13th August 2022

On Wednesday 17th August there will be an extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council to consider a planning application concerning 'Woodlands', The Pound. Venue and time are yet to be determined. The Agenda is HERE

Friday 12th August 2022

About a week after the harvest of Cooks Field it was time (yesterday) to do some muck spreading

Sunday 24th July 2022

The latest issue of HAWSTEAD VILLAGE VOICE (No. 20) is now available HERE

Tuesday 19th July 2022

Today in my garden (in the shade) the temperature reached 39.4 degC, The Village Green - as elsewhere - is looking exceptionally parched. It had been cut for hay on 2nd July

Thursday 14th July 2022

There will be a meeting of the Parish Council this evening in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. Villagers are welcome to attend.

Wednesday 25th May 2022

A Document "Confirmation of the Dates of the Period for the Exercise of Public Rights" (Hawstead Parish Council) can be found HERE


The History Recorder Review for Hawstead 2021 has been posted on the Website and is available HERELocal History Recorder Reports


Tuesday, 17th May 2022

As promised, the Torch Relay came to Hawstead this morning! It featured the Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw carrying in the oldest village resident and left with the youngest! This 588-mile relay through the towns and villages of Suffolk started in Brandon on Friday 13th May and will finish on Wednesday,1st June at the Suffolk Show, to be the centrepiece of a big Jubilee Pageant there.

Monday 16th May 2022

Come to the Village Green tomorrow morning Tuesday, The Festival of Suffolk Torch Relay will be coming through at approx. 10.45 - 11AM

Wednesday 11th May 2022

After a rotten day of rain (yes I know the crops and our garden plants need it badly) the skies began to clear. Did you see the partial rainbow which appeared briefly in the East? It was a lovely sight !

Tuesday 10th May 2022

The village History Recorder's Annual Report for 2021 is now available HERE

Thursday 6th January 2022

You can find an illustrated transcript of Lt. Colonel's diary of the Battle for Singapore, February 1942 which ends with the British and Allied capitulation to the Japanese forces on 15th February HERE

For Your Information: A Letter from the Parish Council to Terry Clements
Letter to TC 291121.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [397.0 KB]

The Triple 20's Christmas lunch in the Village Hall, was on Friday 10th  December. About 40 villagers attended, plus 9 deliveries to homes for those who preferred not to come to the Hall  in these Covid times

News - scroll down !!

Monday 6th December

A restructuring of local Parish Churches means that from some time early in the New Year, All Saints Church, Hawstead, along with St Peter's, Nowton will be in a new Benefice to include Horringer, Westley, Whepstead and Brockley (the 'Benefice of Horringer'). The Priest in Charge will be Canon Max Osborne, currently Rector at Horringer - who has already become involved in our church.

Saturday, 4th December

We have now received the detailed Conservation Report concerning the possible restoration of the large monument in the Chancel of the village church. The Report is available HERE on the website page for the church

This is the c.1675 monument to Sir Thomas Cullum which resides in the Chancel of All Saints Curch, Hawstead

Wednesday, 1st December


"Princess Mary's 1914 Christmas Gift" with Author and Historian Peter Doyle. December 4th at 2pm. Tickets £6


A Christmas Concert will be held on 18th December, 7-9 pm, led by the Suffolk Concert Band. Tickets £10


For tickets for each event, use THIS LINK

CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING: on 4th and 11th December between 10am and 1pm in the Church. Fresh Greenery and Tea/Coffee will be provided. £30 per person. Contact Lesley Carey on 386132

Result of the recent election for our District Councillor (ie Horringer Ward). On a turnout of 26.8% and with 539 valid votes cast, the winner with 257 votes was Nicholas Wiseman, the Conservative candidate.

Friday 5th November

Following the retirement of Terry Clements as our Borough Councillor (ie representing several parishes including Hawstead) there will be an election on 25th November to elect his successor. Voting will take place in the Village Hall between 7AM and 10PM.

List of candidates
District Councillor Election Horringer W[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [49.8 KB]

Thursday, 21st October

There will be a Planning Meeting of the Parish Council on TUESDAY, 26th October in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. The Agenda is available HERE

Thursday 14th October

Issue 17 of Hawstead VILLAGE VOICE is available HERE

Tuesday 12th October

Further to the information below about the '159' service: banks involved in the scheme include: Barclays, HBOS, NatWest (inc RBOS and Ulster Bank), Santander and Starling Bank.

Wednesday 29th September

People in Suffolk who suspect they have been victims of fraud can now call a new number - 159 - which aims to be a '999 for fraud'.


The 159 number is being trialled by Stop Scams UK, a group of banks and telephone firms.


If you call the hotline you can speak to your bank instantly about a suspected fraud.


A Stop Scams UK statement said: "159 works in the same way as 101 for the police or 111 for the NHS. It’s the number you can trust to get you through to your bank, every time."


Stop Scams UK said people who think they have been defrauded should "stop, hang up and call 159 to speak directly to your bank".

Advance WARNING. Stanningfield Road from the main Sudbury road (near Sicklesmere Post Office)up as far as the Primary School is scheduled to be CLOSED for 16 WEEKS from Nov 8th to Feb 25th 2022 'for roadworks'. What on earth are they going to do that will take that long, one wonders? I can think of two possibilities a) straighten out the nasty bend that exists in that stretch and b) create a widened area where parents can more easily drop off and pick up their children outside the school. What chance?

Thursday 16th September

As well as the photos of Fete Day below, a collection of pictures can be found in our "Picture Gallery" page (see above). The Collecion is called "Summer Fete 2021"

Wednesday 8th September

DID YOU KNOW? You can exchange your bus pass (if you have one) for taxi vouchers worth £100 pa. It's a Suffolk CC scheme: see:Suffolk on Board - Concessionary Travel

One of the most popular events of the fantastic Fete and Produce Show on Sunday was the Dog Show

Another was the BBQ

Wednesday 1st September

AFGHAN REFUGEES Can you help by donating clothes, toys, bathroom equipment etc ie anything for people who have next to nothing? See Drop-off locations - Refugee Help Sudbury – Google My Maps for local drop-off locations

Tuesday 31st August

Have you seen the earthworks in the field to the left as you go down the hill on Bury Road down to where the river goes under the road? 

Archaeologists are working there - and camping in the field on the other side of the road. Using evidence from aerial photos they are investigating a possible Bronze Age settlement. For a bit more information see: Prehistoric Suffolk – Past to Present Archaeology

Monday 30th August

The annual Heritage Days are coming soon!. See THIS LINK for events local to Bury St Edmunds- which include our Brook Farm Camp in Bells Lane

Thursday 26th August

Message from Karen Soons:


Home to School Transport appeals - residents Thingoe South, 20 villages South of BSE. https://www.suffolkonboard.com/school-travel/review-appeal-process/

 Many parents in my division (20 villages South BSE) have contacted me to help them make representations in their appeal hearings. A family that I have helped this week have been successful in their appeal on - exceptional circumstances. Their child will be receiving free school transport for the coming year to their senior school.

If you live in one of my villages of Barrow, Denham, Westley, Little & Gt Saxham, Chevington, Chedburgh, Rede, Horringer, Whepstead, Hawstead, Nowton, Little & Gt Whelnetham, Rougham, Rushbrooke, Blackthorpe, Bradfield St Clare, Bradfield St George, Bradfield Combust, Sow Lane & East Barton. Please email me karen.soons@suffolk.gov.uk as your elected County Councillor with details and I will do whatever I can to help. If you already have a date for an appeal hearing please include it prominently in your email.

Tuesday 24th August

Click on the PDF link below to view the information you'll need to take part in this year's Flower and Produce Competition:

Details of all the classes for entering the show, including the recipes for the Ladies' cake and the Men's cake
Hawstead 2021 Flower and produce show.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [391.9 KB]

Sunday 8th August

If it helps, just a reminder of where & how to report non-emergencies, suspicious activity, cold callers and fraud etc


ALWAYS 999 in an EMERGENCY! Otherwise:


1. Non-emergencies - call 101 or save time and do it on-line: www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something


2. Suspicious Activity - preferably to Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers.org.uk or 101


3. Cold Callers - to Suffolk Trading Standards: 0808 223 1133


4. Fraud (incl. telephone calls) - to Action Fraud: https://reporting.actionfraud.police.uk/login or 0300 123 2040 (and block the number)


5. SCAM Emails - forward to report@phishing.gov.uk


6. SCAM Texts - forward to 7726 << New text box >>

Friday 30th July 2021

Philip Metcalfe Almshouses, Hawstead


Notice is given that a vacancy exists for an alms person of this charity at the above. People with limited financial means and who are preferably members of the Church of England may apply..

Applications for appointment must be made in writing to Mr A Holliday, Larkfield, Hawstead, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 5NH telephone 01284 38644 or alternatively by email at rajholliday@btinternet.com.

Every applicant must state his or her name, address, age and occupation and must be prepared to provide sufficient testimonials and other evidence of his or her qualification for appointment.

Applications are invited from any Parish and will be treated in the strictest confidence

Anthony Holliday, Chairman to the Trustees

There are FREE activities for young people in Suffolk this Summer: see: Free summer activities for young people in West Suffolk

A view across the Village Green just after 8pm on Weds. 28th July. Shortly afterwards there was a thunderstorm with a deluge of rain. This didn't last long, however, and was followed by a double rainbow. (Seen from the Village Hall during the Wine Tasting Club meeting).

Sunday 8th July 2021

On Saturday, 24th July there will be another Churchyard clean-up session, 10am-12noon. Please come along to help with any suitable hand tools you have - and/or strimmers (we have several motor mowers available)


A Message from Suffolk Police:


Click This Link Before You Call 

Residents are being reminded to consider reporting non-emergency incidents online to help police manage the summer surge.


During the summer months, the force typically receives a high volume of calls and with an increase in visitors, demand on the 101 number is likely to rise.


The force launched its Click Before You Call campaign in October 2020, in a bid to speed up non-urgent crime reporting and in turn, reduce demand on its Contact and Control Room (CCR) at peak times.


Residents can choose to instead go to the force’s website and report incidents online by clicking the ‘report something’ button. The matter will then be dealt with in the same way as a call to 101.

HAWSTEAD VILLAGE VOICE has recently been published. If you haven't seen a copy you can access it HERE. Note: contributions to the next issue should be sent to Anne East by July 30th. Her email address is on the front page of Village Voice

Monday 17th May 2021

Friday 16th April 2021

Local pharmacies now stocking COVID tests:

Community pharmacy teams in Suffolk are now offering free coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid test kits as they help to support the lifting of national restrictions and the pandemic recovery.

The new Pharmacy Collect service will make coronavirus test kits – known as lateral flow devices – readily available to people without symptoms free of charge from local NHS pharmacies.

The new service, which launches this month, coincides with the phased reduction of the existing community testing centres provided by Suffolk County Council (SCC).

Pharmacy Collect offers a convenient and local option for the public to collect test kits from. NHS Test and Trace research found that people prefer to access testing close to home, with pharmacists trusted by their local communities.

You can use the NHS Test and Trace Site Finder map to locate participating pharmacies in your area: https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/

Sunday 24th January 2021

The January edition of the Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Association recommends THIS WEBSITE for information and help about Cyber Security. You may find it useful. It represents a link-up between their 'Cyberhood Watch' initiative and an organisation called 'Avast'. Topics include:

  • What are password managers?
  • Popular threats on iOS and Android and how to avoid them
  • What is the Internet of Things?
  • What is Two-Factor Authentication?
  • How to Fight Phishing
  • Cyber Security Terms & Metaphors

Tuesday 19th January 2021

Message from Andy Tucker (Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Association)


Remember that any contact regarding a real NHS COVID-19 vaccination booking will never:

  -  Ask for payment or any bank details.

  -  Ask you to press a button on your keypad when on the phone.

  -  Ask you to send a text to confirm the booking.

Anyone who has concerns about whether an approach is genuine should speak to their local GP surgery.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk.

Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.

If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft, you should report this directly to Action Fraud either online; actionfraud.police.uk or via phone 0300 123 2040.

If you have any information relating to vaccine fraud you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers COVID Fraud Hotline online; covidfraudhotline.org or phone 0800 587 5030.

Saturday 16th January 2021

There has been a lot of concern lately about what to do about scams, cold calling and the like. I have gathered together a number of contact details and added them - in red - to the 'Useful numbers and links' page. You'll find help for reporting a crime, what to do about fraud or cyber crime, and where to report suspicious texts and emails. If you're approached by doorstep sellers there's the Citizens Advice Consumer Service. Also mental health issues can be raised with 'First Response'

Suffolk Constabulary is urging more residents to consider using alternative methods of contacting the force in its latest campaign.


The Contact and Control Room (CCR) continues to receive high volumes of calls particularly at weekends and during holiday periods. With the surge in calls, this can inevitably mean there is an impact on waiting times.


Instead of waiting on the phone, residents can go to the force’s website and report non-urgent crime online by clicking the ‘report something’ button. The matter will then be dealt with in the same way as a call to 101 - It may even be quicker and more convenient.


Chief Inspector Nigel Huddlestone said: "We’re already dealing with lots of enquiries via email and want to continue to encourage more people to consider heading online rather than calling 101.


While we realise that some people will prefer speaking to us rather than heading to the internet, we want to reassure the public by confirming that all of the online enquiries are dealt with in the same way as a call and residents receive the same level of service."

NEW! 30 September 2019 Here's an online article that has just been published by East Anglian Daily Times concerning the Wigwam 'glamping' units at Maglia Rosso:

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! 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! 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 www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercuts 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 ukpowernetworks.co.uk or by calling 08003163105.

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

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