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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
NEW! 22 November 2017 Papers relating to the Parish Council meeting on 16th November are avaiable HERE (also the Minutes of the September meeting)
NEW! 19 November 2017
Today in the Village Hall the 'Piper Ensemble' gave a concert to help Bethany Evershed raise money so that she can take part in a school expedition to Madagascar next year. It's part of "Operation Wallacea" - see www.opwall.com. The event raised over £300: pictured above are: Fran Evershed (flute), Diane Doherty (keyboard) and Ros Alexander (cello)
NEW! 10 November 2017
NEW! 10 November 2017 FYI: Jo Churchill MP will be hosting an event in The Apex on 1st December entitiled: "Older Persons Information Fair". It will take place 10.30am - 1.30pm. More information avaiable via the links below:
NEW! 09 November 2017 Husband and wife team Henry and Hayley Brewis, residents in Pinford End, both completed the New York Marathon on Sunday (Nov. 5th) Well done both of you!!
Henry said: "We had a great day out at the NYC marathon. Despite heightened security the NYPD didn't mind a selfie at 18 miles. Hayley kindly stayed with me as no way could I keep up!
NEW! 09 November 2017 You probably know that since Terry Clements became Mayor of BSE, our County Councillor is now Karen Soons. She can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org Karen Soons for West Suffolk on Facebook or @KarenSoons via Twitter
NEW! 09 November 2017
NEW! 10 October 2017
For those of you in Hawstead expecting an improved Broadband service via the new BT ‘cabinet’ sited on the Village Green: if you go on the Internet to this page on the BT Openreach site: https://www.homeandbusiness.openreach.co.uk/fibre-broadband/when-can-i-get-fibre you can put your postcode in and select your house name/number to find out the current status of said cabinet. I did this today (9th October) and the resulting message is shown above. You’ll see on the right of the screenshot that the Exchange is Sicklesmere (correct) and the cabinet is number 7. I’ve had a look and it is indeed No.7 so we’re on the right track! I understand that we should keep checking regularly to see when this ‘work’ is complete. As and when that message appears, we should contact our Internet supplier and request that our supply is terminated at the Broadband cabinet at the bottom of Bull Hill and re-connected to the Village Green cabinet. This is because it isn’t going to happen automatically ie you aren’t someday soon going to find that your Internet speed is all of a sudden much faster. You have to ask them to do it!
There continues to be an issue with some villagers not getting connected to the new cabinet (no. 8) in Pinford End. This has been taken up by Matthew Hancock MP with BT and we hope it will be resolved soon.
NEW! 10 October 2017 Although the full details are yet to appear on the Borough Council's website, the Bury Free Press has reported this week that the election for the Borough Councillor for Chedburgh Ward (which includes Hawstead), following the death earlier this year of Angela Rushen, is Michael Chester (Conservative). He gained 372 out of the 566 votes cast. Michael is also Chairman of Chedburgh Parish Council and intends to continue to fulfill this role.
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! 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! 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: www.spotapumpingstation.co.uk.
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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