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Next Parish Council Meeting: Thursday, July 8th, 2021


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Church Services

Church Services at All Saints Church, Hawstead






4th July 2021: Morning Prayer at 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

News - scroll down !!

The grass has grown in the Churchyard! Come along on Saturday morning (19th June) and help to tidy it up!

There's lots of wildflowers blooming on the Village Green now in early June!

Monday 17th May 2021

Tuesday 11th May 2021

Wednesday 5th May 2021

The SUFFOLK WALKING FESTIVAL takes place between May 22nd and 31st. See more information HERE

Saturday 1st May 2021

The Agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting to be held via Zoom on 6th May at 7pm is HERE. Also HERE is the Agenda for the regular Parish meeting which will follow the APM


ALSO: Tomorrow, 2nd May, the gardens at Hawstead Place will be open 2-5pm as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Entrance is £5

Thursday 22nd April 2021

There will be a 'remote' Parish Council Planning Meeting on Monday 26th April at 7.30pm The Agenda can be found HERE Please contact catherine.hibbert@hawstead-parish-council.co.uk if you wish to attend.


The Approved Minutes of the meeting held on 1st April are available via the same link

LOCAL ELECTIONS. More documents relating to the elections to be held on May 6th are available HERE

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/

Saturday 10th April

On the Leisure Time page of the website are listed a number of country pubs that are local to us (ie within five miles distant). From Monday 12th April - or very shortly after - the following have indicated that they will be open for outdoors serving:

6 Bells, Horringer

Bennet Arms, Rougham


Manger, Bradfield Combust

Queen's Head, Hawkedon

Red House, Stanningfield

Rushbrooke Arms, Gt Whelnetham

You'll probably want to check to be sure, and to find out opening times and whether pre-booking will be necessary.


THE RED HOUSE is our nearest of course. For information about their plans, see their Facebook page HERE NB: On 24th April the band 'Quaff' will be playing live - featuring former Landlord of the Metcalfe Arms, Roy Tooke

Tuesday 6th April 2021

The approved Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 11th March 2021 are available HERE

Thursday 1st April 2021

The Agenda for this evening's Parish Council Planning Meeting is available HERE

Sicklesmere Stores Opening times this weekend:

Good Friday - Shop is open 9am - 12 noon (Post Office is closed as it’s a Bank Holiday)

Saturday - Shop and Post Office open 9am - 12 noon (PO closes approx. 10 minutes earlier to get mail ready for the Royal Mail collection)

Sunday - Shop is open 9am - 12noon (Post Office is closed)

Monday - Shop is open 9am - 12 noon (Post Office is closed as it’s a Bank Holiday)

Sunday 28th March 2021

There will be an Exraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council on Thursday 1st April to discuss a Planning Application.Please contact the PC Secretary, Catherine Hibbert if you wish to attend (via Zoom) See bottom left of this page for her email address.

Thursday, 6th May is scheduled as an Election Day for us and it refers to elections for the Suffolk Police Commissioner (currently Tim Passmore) and the local County Councillor representative for our area, Thingoe South (Currently Karen Soons). NB If either or both positions are uncontested, there will of course not be an election. To see documents relating to these potential elections click HERE

Monday 22nd March 2021

Wednesday 17th March 2021

Recognition of the work of Hawstead Volunteer Group 2020-2021

Tuesday 16th March 2021

Approved Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 14th January and some papers relating to the meeting on 11th March are available HERE

Sunday 14th March 2021

Sicklesmere Stores will re-open on Monday 29th March!


Caroline & Daryn look forward to seeing everyone again soon.


Opening Hours:


Monday to Friday                         8am - 5.30pm

Saturday                                     8am - 12 noon

Sunday (SHOP ONLY)               9am - 12 noon

Bank Holidays (SHOP ONLY )    9am - 12 noon


Note: The Post Office always closes 5 minutes before the shop does.  Last collection times allow for reports to be done ready for Royal Mail to take away, along with the day’s postal sacks.

Wednesday 10th March 2021

the Agenda for tomorrow's Parish Council Meeting (via Zoom) is available HERE

An information poster from West Suffolk Alliance entitled "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" is available HERE


If you're 56 or over you can now book your vaccination online HERE: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/?fbclid=IwAR2UrMXq553az2n3lPphEtJrOwCqDFRP8e7stj-vZpbApDY3yWPPGrh2G0I

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

The History Recorder Report for 2020 is now available HERE

Thursday 25th February 2021

A document from the Government called "COVID-19: Response Spring 2021" which has just been published, is available HERE

Saturday 20th February 2021

Sally from West Suffolk Council has contacted us to let us know that we expect households to receive a postcard next week from the Office for National Statistics, (ONS) about Census 2021. Census day is Sunday 21 March and this time it will be held mainly online, with support available if this isn't possible. The postcard will tell you that you'll be receiving a pack with a secure code and directions.

The Village Hall playground has been flooded for quite a while now due to the terribe weather we've been having. This photo was taken on the 3rd of February.

Wednesday 17th February 2021

Help to shape future plans of West Suffolk Hospital

As the plans for a new hospital for West Suffolk get underway it is important that as many people are involved in developing the proposals as possible.

The vision for the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) project is to ensure the way that health services are delivered is fit for the local population’s current and future needs and the team need your help to do that. The new facility is for West Suffolk people and is to be designed by West Suffolk people.

The project team are establishing a Co-production Community Engagement Group (CCEG) which will help shape the public engagement around the hospital redevelopment.

WSFT are looking for community members who have an interest in hospital services which will add an additional dimension to the redevelopment proposals.

The work will get increasingly detailed as the project progresses over the next couple of years and there will be many aspects where the team will benefit from the input of members from the CCEG.

The group will meet on a monthly basis and, due to the current climate, these meetings will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. It is important that there is a good representation across the group at each meeting and the opportunity to attend will be offered to as many people as possible who apply.

If you would like to join the CCEG or to find out more information, please visit the website at https://www.wsh.nhs.uk/New-healthcare-facility/Get-involved.aspx and complete and expression of interest form.

You can register for the dedicated newsletter to keep abreast of developments and opportunities by emailing futuresystemprogramme@wsh.nhs.uk.


More information about the development and plans can be seen on the following webpage at https://www.wsh.nhs.uk/new-healthcare-facility.

Alternatively, for those who do not have internet access, please write to register your interest in receiving the newsletter via the post at the following address;

Future System Programme, 
2nd Floor Quince House,
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust,
Hardwick Lane,
Bury St Edmunds IP33 2QZ

Tuesday 9th February 2021

Met Office: Amber warning was in place until midday today, and is currently at Yellow for the whole of Suffolk until 2359 Weds 10th Feb. Strong winds and drifting are likely to continue to cause localised issues.

  • Yellow Warnings for Snow have been issued and updated – for all areas of the East of England and are valid from now until at least 2359 Weds 10th for possible wintry hazard impacts.


  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will remain very cold with the risk of further snow showers in places but also some dry conditions as winds become less blustery. Widespread ice is likely on many untreated surfaces, with severe overnight frosts possible later in the week,

Tuesday 2nd February 2021

The latest issue of VILLAGE VOICE (No.13) has just been published. Please send contributions for the NEXT issue to the editor, Anne East by 25th March (anneng100@googlemail.com)

Hawstead VILLAGE VOICE Issue 13
The Village Voice issue 13 sml.pdf
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Tuesday 26th January 2021

Another SCAM to be aware of:

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.

Monday 18th January 2021

Papers relating to Parish Council meetings held on 3rd December 2020 and 14th January 2021 - including the Minutes of the December meeting - are now available HERE


Also - A recent webpage concerning Corona Virus C-19 can be accessed HERE

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'

Thursday 14th January 2021

Galley Slaves will be bringing their Fish and Chip van to Hawstead Village Hall car park again on Friday 22nd January, 4.30-7.30pm. Place your orders with Susanne in advance: bookings@hawsteadvillagehall.co.uk 

The Galley Slaves brought their Fish & Chip van to the Village Hall carpark and served some lovely cod/haddock and chip meals in a strictly socially-distanced way on Friday 8th January early evening.

Monday 11th January 2021

There will be a meeting on Zoom of the Parish Council this Thursday at 7.30pm. See the Agenda HERE

For information about C-19 vaccinations in Suffolk, see THIS LINK

Saturday 9th January 2021

The good news is that The Friendly Loaf, Eric's Prime Cuts and Marksman (fruit/salad/veg) are all going to return to Hawstead with deliveries that you can pre-order:

Friday 8th January 2021


COVID vaccinations - make sure you are registered with a GP


Many centres in Bury St Edmunds have now started vaccinating against COVID. You MUST ensure you are registered with a local GP surgery so that you are offered a vaccination as soon as possible. If you are registered, there has also been a request to ensure you have your NHS number ready to hand. It will be printed on any past communication from your GP, e.g. invitation letter for a flu vaccination.

Wednesday, 6th January 2021

You may have seen that a large beech tree came down in one of the gales recently. It's on the north side of Bells Lane and fell onto the Green, thankfully not damaging the nearby property. Today, Tony and his mate were busy reducing it to manageable sections. They thought that honey fungus in the roots had weakened the tree's structure.


The date for the Census is Sunday 21st March and it will be carried out DIGITALLY. Find out more at the CENSUS 2021 website


A 2-page document has been published by the Govenment about the C-19 Vaccine rollout. See it HERE

Tuesday 5th January 2021



NEW LOCKDOWN: What you can and can't do: See THIS PAGE on the Government website. Also see this:

Primary School application deadline approaches

Parents and carers have until 15 January 2021 to submit an application to secure their child’s place at a Primary, Infant, Junior or Middle school.

Applications should be made for children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 who are due to start primary school from September 2021.

Applications can be made at suffolk.gov.uk/admissions, where further advice and guidance is also available. Alternatively, parents and carers can call 0345 600 0981 for a paper application (CAF1).

Wednesday 23rd December 2020

From Boxing Day, 26th Dec. Hawstead will be in TIER 4

TIER 4: STAY AT HOME. See THIS LINK for Guidance from HM Government

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On Thursday 16th December, at a quarter to 6 in the evening Santa Claus came through Hawstead on his sleigh! (Photo: Nikki Browne)

Sunday December 13th 2020


A couple of years ago the Parish Council agreed to adopt the dilapidated old phone box at Pinford End. It was in a very poor state indeed having been abandoned for several years following the removal of the BT equipment. Renovations began in earnest and it was cleaned out, given a fresh coat of paint and all the broken windows were replaced. As you know a potentially lifesaving defibrillator was purchased and installed last year and now thanks to the sterling efforts of Henry Brewis bookshelves have recently been hand crafted and neatly installed. The photo shows that every care has been taken to keep it Covid safe with a hand sanitizer dispenser in place and there's even a feather duster to keep away the cobwebs. We're all expecting a vase of fresh flowers and a coffee machine to appear soon! Very well done and many thanks to Henry who has driven this project andcarried out all the work from start to finish.

More bad weather: A Hawstead Country Garden on December 4th.

A whole day of rain on Thursday plus melted snow led to a wet Friday on the road - this was Lawshall Road in the afternoon

The second weekend in November was very wet. It is not uncommonon on such occasions for Bells Lane to be flooded from the Hawstead Brook - and as you can see on the right of the photo, water rushing onto the road from the Green. Photo taken early afternoon, Sunday 15th. November.

Monday November 30th 2020

There will be an Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council on Thursday 3rd December at 7.30pm via ZOOM, to consider a Planning Application. If you wish to attend this online meeting, please contact the PC Clerk on: catherine.hibbert@hawstead-parish-council.co.uk


The Agenda for the meeting and the approved Minutes of the PC Meeting held on 12 November are available HERE

Monday November 16th 2020

Some papers in connection with the virtual Parish Council Meeting, held last week on November 12th are available HERE


The mobile FISH and CHIP van, which was a big success when it came to the Village Hall carpark at the end of October, will be coming again twice before Chiristmas on November 27th & December 18th. Both are Fridays and the times will be the same as before, 5 - 7.30pm

MONDAY November 2nd 2020

Statement by Councillor Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council Leader.

Councillor Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council’s Leader, said:

“I know it feels like we’ve been here before, but the truth is, we haven’t. A second wave of COVID-19 poses a greater threat to Suffolk life because its very existence shows we need to do even more than we already have, to stop the spread.

“This is a serious wakeup call. We must now stay or work at home, unless journeys are absolutely essential. This isn’t about us as individuals. This is about protecting the NHS and saving the lives of our neighbours and loved ones.

“Please everyone, together let’s do what Suffolk needs us to do. We’ve done it before and we can do it again. Our actions today determine the futures of others. Now is the time to stick with it Suffolk.”

SUNDAY November 1st 2020

If the image below is too small to read, please open this PDF document
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You may like to have a look at this document: it was produced in Cumbria but has some useful information about health and wellbeing which is universally applicable. Click on this link to view:


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."

A Reminder about COVID-19


Suffolk County Council  (MID SEPTEMBER 2020)

There is currently a high national demand for testing. As a result, Suffolk residents may experience difficulty in securing a test. Be patient and try again a few hours later or the next day, more tests are made available throughout the day. Given this current situation, here is the latest guidance regarding testing in Suffolk.

Please share. There is more detail available at www.suffolk.gov.uk/testing

Who should get tested?

Government advises that only people with symptoms of Covid-19 should book a test. These symptoms are a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

When do I need to get tested?

You must get tested in within 5 days of first experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. If you have difficulty getting a test on Day 1, or the location or time offered are not convenient, be patient and try again a few hours later or the next day. More tests are made available throughout the day at www.nhs.uk or by calling NHS 119.

When do I need to self-isolate?

As soon as you experience Covid-19 symptoms you must book a test within 5 days and self-isolate. This means that you and anyone you live with must stay at home until you get your result. Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home.

How can I get tested in Suffolk?

For those with symptoms of Covid-19, there are three ways to get tested:

1. Via www.nhs.uk or calling NHS 119, book an appointment at the Regional Testing Site at Copdock, near Ipswich

2. Via www.nhs.uk or calling NHS 119, book an appointment at a Mobile Testing Unit, there are a number of sites across Suffolk which can be found at www.suffolk.gov.uk/testing

3. Request a Home Testing Kit, delivered to your home

What happens if I can’t get a test?

If you have difficulty getting a test on Day 1 of having Covid-19 symptoms, or the location or time are not convenient, be patient and try again a few hours later or the next day. You must get tested in within 5 days of first experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. More tests are made available throughout the day at www.nhs.uk or by calling NHS 119.

Public Health Suffolk is currently working with partners and the Suffolk Health Protection Board to explore how we can increase testing capacity, particularly for key workers.

Do I need make an appointment to get a test?

Yes. Only people with pre-booked appointments will be accepted at the Regional Testing Centre at Copdock or a Mobile Testing Unit. However, if you have requested a Home Testing Kit, this will be delivered to your nominated address for you to complete at home.

NEW! 27 September 2020 Approved Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 23 July 2020 are now available HERE

NEW! 29 July 2020 A new link has been provided on the page about All Saints Church. Information about all those men from Hawstead who died in the two World Wars has been collated and posted on a national "Roll of Honour" website, together with a photo of the memorial in the church. There's a link HERE

NEW! 15 July 2020 A recording of the Parish Council Meeting held on 28 May 2020 via ZOOM software is available HERE

NEW! 9 July 2020 The History Recorder Report for 2019 is now available HERE

NEW! 3 July 2020 If you are a horse-rider you may care to know that the British Horse Society is looking for volunteers to check whether routes used for riding are legally recorded - because if not, they will be lost in a few years time. See the poster about it HERE 

Sicklesmere Stores

Following the recent storm when the shop was badly flooded, it is closed until further notice. However it has been possible to arrange for a mobile POST OFFICE to attend on site on TUESDAYS from 9.30am till 11AM.

A personal message from Caroline and Daryn:
‘We would like to thank all our customers for supporting us through this worrying time, we really appreciate it. Thanks Caroline.’

Recognition by BBC Radio Suffolk !

NEW! 15 June 2020 There are now FOUR circular cycle routes posted as a map on the website. They range betweem 8 and 25 miles long and can be found HERE

NEW! 10 June 2020 Various documents in connection with the Financial Accounts of the Parish Council have been uploaded and are located with other items to do with the Parish Council meeting on 28th May. See them HERE

NEW! 14 May 2020 FYI: Planning Application DC/19/1720/FUL for the construction of a new dwelling adjacent to No.1 The Pound has been approved by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

NEW! 14 May 2020 The Approved Minutes and associated papers relating to the Parish Council Meeting of 26 March 2020 are now available HERE

ALSO - this meeting was a 'virtual' one and was recorded: you can watch it HERE!

NEW! 12 May 2020 The Government has produced a 50-page document with FAQs outlining its Recovery Strategy to get us out of the current 'lockdown' situation relating to Coronavirus and Covid-19. You can read this document online HERE and access the FAQs HERE.


NEW! 3 April 2020 Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parish Council meeting of 26 March was a 'virtual' meeting (ie they did not meet in the Village Hall but communicated as a group using software on their computers (Zoom). You can see a recording of the meeting HERE

CORONAVIRUS LIFELINE! List of pubs etc offering a take-away service in West Suffolk (as at 30 March 2020)
Corona Off Sales 20200330.pdf
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NEW! 24 March 2020 Just in case you're unaware, see the details of the Government restrictions imposed yesterday evening HERE

This document lists your local Hawstead Volunteer contacts - re-COVID-19
Hawstead Community Support 20.03.20.pdf
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Message from John West: "When we prepared our emergency plan several years ago a pandemic certainly wasn’t envisaged.

Our priority now and over the next few months is to support those who are potentially most at risk in the village.

We must all do what we can to help those in Hawstead who are most in need.

Please keep in contact with your neighbours, especially the elderly or those living alone."


You can find government information about what to do HERE


UK statistics are available HERE and are updated daily

NEW! 12 March 2020 Bus timetable (Wednesdays only). A slight change means that from 1st April the 375 bus will depart from the Village Green (opposite the bus shelter) at 10.20AM and will depart from Bury Bus Station (stand 6) at 1PM

NEW! 3 December 2019 From Wednesday 15th January there will be a BUS SERVICE (375) from Sudbury to Bury St Edmunds which will pass through Hawstead! This will be on a trial basis and ONLY on Wednesdays

Time into Bury: 10:12AM, arrive 10:22AM (Bus Station)

Time from Bury (Bus Station) 13:15PM arrive Hawstead 13:25PM

NEW! 24 November 2019

General Election December 2019: List of candidates, West Suffolk Constituency
Election candidates for December2019.pdf
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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! 11 September 2019 All villagers are invited to a Cafe-Style Harvest Service in Hawstead Village Hall from 11 am on Sunday 29 September, to be followed by a light lunch, for which there is no charge. This is a new format for us and we would like to encourage as many villagers as possible to attend. It will be an informal service, and we are hopeful that some of the children from the church schools in the Benefice will attend too. For further information, please contact Lesley Carey on lesleycarey32@btinternet.com

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

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.

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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