Quick links

Welcome to Hawstead
An introductory guide to Hawstead for new villagers
Welcome Booklet for new residents April [...]
Adobe Acrobat document [535.4 KB]
Local byelaws
Includes a map of our greens and the Millennium Field
Confirmed byelaws 2016.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.6 MB]
Parish council objectives
Hawstead Parish Council objectives as set out by the council elected in May 2011
Hawstead Parish Council Objectives.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [29.7 KB]

Hawstead on film:

To watch a short video made by Andy and Janet Taplin in support of our bid for Suffolk Village of the Year (2014), visit our Picture Gallery page


Parish council and other village information:

Including meeting minutes and agendas, visit our Documents page where you'll also find previous copies of the Village Voice and its predecessor, The Hawstead Journal.


Upcoming parish council and community council meetings. For all other village events and updates, take a look at our Events page.


Parish council meetings: 

The next Parish Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday 14th March 2024 7.30pm The agenda will be posted here nearer the time An extraordinary meeting is scheduled for Thursday 8th Febriary 2024 at 7.30pm. The Agenda can be found HERE

Church services

All Saints, Hawstead


Services take place as follows:

  • Second Sunday of each month (morning prayer at 11am)
  • Fourth Sunday of each month (Eucharist at 11am)


St Peter, Nowton


Services take place as follows:

  • First and third Sunday of each month at 11am


Dates and times of all benefice services can be found on the noticeboard at All Saints, Hawstead.


You can also visit the website: A Church Near You from the Church of England.

Notice on GDPR (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.


Hawstead Parish Council



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Also on the Contacts page you'll find MAPS!

Hawstead Village Website

Welcome to our village website where we hope to keep you updated with local projects and events. Our website also includes historical information and data about Hawstead.


Please note that there is a separate website for village hall bookings: www.hawsteadvillagehall.co.uk

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


John West - Former Chairman, Hawstead Parish Council


You can find Hawstead Parish Council objectives on our documents page: Hawstead documents

News & current local events

Save the dates!


Get your diaries ready, upcoming Hawstead village events for 2024 include:


Monday 4 March: Community Council meeting 6.30pm at the village hall.


Sunday 10 March: Mothering Sunday service at All Saints' Church, Hawstead.


Monday 13 May: Community Council AGM 5.30pm at the village hall.


Saturday 25 May: Hawstead plant fair at the village hall.


Saturday 6 July: Village BBQ


Sunday 1 September: Hawstead Fete.

Stowmarket Chorale


The group is performing Elgar's Sea Pictures and Love's Philosophy by Alexander L'Estrange on 9 March at 7pm. 


You can find out more and book tickets at: http://www.stowmarketchorale.org.uk/future-events

On Saturday morning 11th November these fine folk turned up at the churchyard to give it a final 'going-over' before the winter. 

As a result, the churchyard is looking extremely tidy (possibly the best this year!). 

Latest updates 

Most documents posted on this site are in PDF format. To view, you'll need Adobe Reader which you can download for free at Adobe.com

Connecting Communities - help with travel


This is a transport service provided by Suffolk County Council. Its aim is to help people get around the county who might otherwise struggle because of limited bus services. 


You can use the service to travel locally, whether that's to visit friends and family, go to the shops, or to get to school, college or work. 


To access the service, you'll need to call 01638 664304. The service runs from Monday to Saturday between 7am and 7pm.


You can find more information at Suffolk on Board, connecting communities  



Bus timetable updates


Suffolkonboard has updated some bus timetables. You can find updates at Suffolkonboard, timetable updates


The route from Hawstead is the 375. To see changes, click on the route number in the link above.


Here is also a PDF (correct as of 31 December 2023 for January 2024). Please refer to the Suffolkonboard website to check for any alterations if you're relying on this route. 

Suffolkonboard 375 bus
Suffolkonboard bus 375.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [179.6 KB]

Anglian Water pipeline - UPDTAE


For news and updates about the pipeline works, please go to our Local News and Information page.  


A new pipeline will be constructed from North Lincolnshire to Essex and there may be some impact as of early 2024 when work begins. 


History recorder updates


You can view our history recorder's updates for 2022 at: History recorder reports

Village Voice


The latest issue of Hawstead's Village Voice is now available to download and read: Hawstead Village Voice, issue 25 

Regular Hawstead events


Regular events taking place at the village hall include (visit the Hawstead Village Hall site for details):

  • Breathe Easy - every Tuesday at 9.15am
  • Hawstead Carpet Bowls Club - every Tuesday at 7.30pm
  • Fitness classes with Michelle - every Thursday between 7-8pm
  • Saffron Yoga - every Thursday at 9.30am

Information for households

Cost of living help: to find out what help you may be entitled to, visit:

West Suffolk Council has also prepared this PDF information sheet for local residents:

West Suffolk cost of living support.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [173.2 KB]

Surviving winter: this initiative provides financial support to cover fuel costs (including household heating oil and LPG).


The grant is available to anyone under 65 (over 65s are eligible for the winter fuel payment). You must also meet other eligibility criteria but if you're able to apply, it could provide up to £175. 


For more details and to apply, visit: Surviving winter appeal 2023-2024


Report a scam: if you think someone has called you to trick you into giving them your personal details or money, you should hang up and dial 159.  The number will enable you to speak to your bank directly, for more information and a list of the banks taking part, visit: Stop scams UK



Cyber security: if you're looking for more information about staying safe online, visit: Cyberhood watch, Avast



Identity theft and fraud: if you think you've been a victim of fraud or identity theft, you can report it at: Action fraud


You should also report any suspected phishing attempts to: Action fraud, phising 



Useful phone numbers (only dial 999 in a genuine emergency):

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