Cultivating Cooks Field, August 2017
Cultivating Cooks Field, August 2017

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


Church Services

Church Services at All Saints Church, Hawstead











10th: Parish Eucharist 11.00am

24th: Morning Prayer 11.00am


The Benefice HARVEST FESTIVAL will be held at All Saints Church, Bradfield Combust on Sunday October 1st. There will be a Said Eucharist service at 9.30am followed by the main Harvest service at 10.30am. All are welcome to come to either or both!


BUS TIMETABLE into Bury: published 27/08/12
375 Bus Service timetable.pdf
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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.


....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


Hawstead Parish Council


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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 !!

On Sunday 3rd September the annual village fete was held at the Village Hall and Green. A highlight was the 'Men's Cake' for which there were nine entries. This year a coffee and walnut cake was required: the one shown above, whilst most attractive, was not the winner, such was the competition. Dave Carter's entry was the eventual winner

NEW! 2 August 2017 Councillor Karen Soons has provided us with the July Parish Newsletter from Suffolk CC. Read it HERE

NEW! 12 July 2017 The Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council on 17th May 2017 are now available HERE There is also a VIDEO of the July 6th meeting which is available to watch HERE

NEW! 30 May 2017 There are some papers concerning the AGM of the Parish Council HERE and of the regular bi-monthly meeting HERE (including the Minutes of the March meeting)

NEW! 2 March 2017 The History Recorder's Report for 2016 is now available on the website HERE

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! 28 January 2017

Yesterday afternoon the Village Hall was packed with villagers (plus some from Whepstead) to meet with our local MP, MATTHEW HANCOCK who has a job in government: he is Minister of State for Digital and Culture Policy at the Dept. for Culture etc. Matt gave a talk about where we are in Hawstead in relation to Broadband and BT. This was followed by a Q & A session which covered areas of mobile phone reception as well as Broadband itself. Matt was very sympathetic to the dissatisfaction expressed and assured us that he is working hard with both BT and current legislation to move the whole area of digital communication forward at an enhanced rate. We were assured that the new optical fibre cabinets for Pinford End (already sited) and the Village Green will be commissioned to supply 24Mps by the end of this year.

NEW! 12 January 2017

A Planning Application concerning The Old Rectory has been received by St Edmundsbury Council and is reported on the Parish Council page concerning planning. Click HERE

NEW! 14 November 2016

Click on the link for an Update concerning the Suffolk Year of Walking
Suffolk Walking Year Autumn Update 2016.[...]
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NEW! 14 November 2016

A message from Sara Dowsing (

I wish to encourage more women whatever age or experience to cycle and get fit and would like to inform your residents throughout November and December participants who take part in two Breeze bike rides will receive a Breeze buff or mitts (participants choice) and a British Cycling water bottle.

For those who go on to take part in 3 to 5 rides, they will receive a bike cleaning bundle.

These rides start/finish at Maglia Rosso Cycle Shop and to register they need to apply on line through this link

NEW! October 8 2016  Documents relating to the audit of the financial year ended 31/3/16 are available HERE

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

NEW! September 6 2016 A message from Anglian Water: "

There may be good news coming for some of your parishioners if they have a private pumping station on their property. Currently, homeowners have to spend hundreds of pounds every year for electricity running costs, maintenance and repairs to look after these private pumping stations. They may even have been flooded if it’s broken down in the past.  From October 2016, many of these private pumping stations will transfer over to Anglian Water and become our responsibility. We will take over all of the maintenance and the running costs too, saving customers hassle, worry and money. To help customers identify and report the pumping stations easily, we have launched a specialist website:

NEW! September 6 2016 Today a new national phone number “105” is launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area. Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.

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