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Check out the Events page to find out what is going on in our village - and beyond 


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 !!

Today (Sunday 11th July) there was a cycle event at Maglia Rosso with over 200 riders going out for rides between 15-100 miles. It wasn't a race but was organised to raise money for St Nicholas' Hospice

We had rather changeable weather on 6th July: this view is from the top of Bull Hill towards Great Whelnetham

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.

You may have seen a piece in the Bury Free Press about proposals to change the Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries (so that they include more similar population numbers). If this goes ahead we in Hawstead will be in the "Haverhill & Halstead" Constituency

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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