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Next Parish Council Meeting: Thursday, May 28th, 2020 7.30pm


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Due to COVID-19 there are currently no services at All Saints Church Hawstead and the church is closed.



A library of important documents relating to the Parish Council and the village, including meeting agendas & minutes and copies of the Hawstead Journal.
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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!

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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:


A Reminder about COVID-19

  • Keep staying at home
  • Keep working from home where you can
  • Keep 2 metres apart if you go out
  • Keep exercising safely
  • Keep washing your hands with soap and water
  • Keep self-isolating if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
  • Keep travelling by car, bike or walking
  • Keep staying safe at work
  • Keep shielding yourself if you’re vulnerable
  • Keep supporting local businesses
  • Keep looking out for each other

"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

Collecting food boxes pre-ordered from local suppliers and delivered to the Village Hall at the beginning of May, 2020 during 'lockdown'.

NEW! 23 May 2020 The Agenda for the Parish Council meeting to be held online on Thursday 28th May at 7.30pm is available HERE


All Hawstead parishioners are very welcome to join us. If you wish to attend simply email our parish clerk Catherine Hibbert: catherine.hibbert@hawstead-parish-council.co.uk

as soon as possible but at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and you’ll be sent a link. Click on that link next Thursday evening and you’ll be able to watch the proceedings.
We hope to see you then!
John West

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 Draft 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

Also Minutes of the January and March meetings, plus papers connected with them - and newsletters from our County Councilor, Karen Soons, are available HERE

Hawstead VILLAGE VOICE Issue 6
The Village Voice issue 6 red.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.8 MB]
Hawstead VILLAGE VOICE Issue 5
The Village Voice issue 5 red.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.2 MB]
Hawstaed VILLAGE VOICE Issue 4
The Village Voice issue 4 red.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.9 MB]
Hawstead VILLAGE VOICE Issue 3
The Village Voice issue 3 red.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.5 MB]
Hawstead VILLAGE VOICE Issue 2
The Village Voice issue 2-1 red.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.5 MB]
Hawstead VILLAGE VOICE Issue 1
The Village Voice 1.1 red.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.9 MB]
CORONAVIRUS LIFELINE! List of pubs etc offering a take-away service in West Suffolk (as at 30 March 2020)
Corona Off Sales 20200330.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [132.8 KB]

NEW! 31 March 2020 Below are some food services that have been arranged to take orders from residents - collection from Village Hall

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
Adobe Acrobat document [16.7 KB]

On Saturday 7th March Hawstead Community Orchard was planted.

News - scroll down !!

NEW! 21 March 2020 The Agenda for the Parish Council Meeting, due to be held on Thursday 26th March at 7.30pm is available HERE

NEW! 14 March 2020 Advance notice of roadworks, 17th-19th March opposite Penny Cottage, The Pound. Work being carried out by Openreach will entail use of traffic lights to control vehicle movement.


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 March 2020 There will be a Planning Meeting of the Parish Council at 7.30pm on 5th March 2020. The Agenda can be seen HERE

NEW! 29 January 2020 The Draft Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 16th January are available HERE (Also the Agenda for the Planning Meeting scheduled for 30th January which concerns land adjacent to 1, The Pound, Hawstead).

NEW! 24 January 2020 Click HERE for the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeeting held on 14th November 2019

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 Papers presented at the Parish Council Meeting on 14 November 2019 can now be viewed HERE

NEW! 24 November 2019

General Election December 2019: List of candidates, West Suffolk Constituency
Election candidates for December2019.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [63.8 KB]

NEW! 15 November 2019 The village Community Council has arranged a number of events in the period leading up to Christmas. They take pace in the Viallage Hall on these dates: Friday 29th November, Saturday, 30th November, Monday 16th December and Friday 20th December. For full details, clich HERE

NEW! 14 November 2019 The Agenda for this evening's Parish Council Meeting can be found HERE

NEW! 14 November 2019

Here's some information about the upcoming election from our local Council
Notice of election - West Suffolk.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [107.9 KB]

NEW! 14 November 2019 The new DEFIBRILLATOR at Pinford End is now operational

Here's a link to a St John Ambulance video which demonstrates how to use the defibrillator. Henry will shortly be arranging a training session


NEW! 9 November 2019




We are hoping that Suffolk County Council may still have a change of mind about the 375 bus service but in the meantime they have informed us that Connecting Communities offer a limited mini bus service from Hawstead to Bury St Edmunds although these must be booked in advance.  Bookings can be taken up to two weeks in advance.

To book, call 01638 664304 The booking line is open 8am until 4pm.

The service operates Monday to Friday 8.30am until 4.30pm.

Unfortunately bus passes cannot be used for this service.

To use this service, you will be required to pay an annual £15 membership fee and the round trip to Bury St Edmunds costs about £6 return, subject to change. Don't forget to check the price when you book.




If you have any issues booking or wish to feedback any information, please do not hesitate to contact -

John West, Chairman, Hawstead Parish Council on 01284 388732 or john@johnwestfinance.co.uk

In late September a village volunteer group sarted to tidy up parts of the village and began with the Brook Path area on the north side of Bells Lane A month later several species of fungi could be seen emerging, incuding this delicately coloured example. The group is to be called the "Jammy Dodgers"

NEW! 3 November 2019 Great War Huts, based in Bells Lane has produced an online Newsletter! Click HERE to see it

NEW! 21 October 2019 

West Suffolk Council have tweeted that our black bins will soon be tagged with a yellow tag with the message:
‘Changes to your Bin Collections
From 11 NOVEMBER 2019 we will be changing the bin collection rounds.
We will send you a letter by post in the coming weeks to explain how it
affects you and what to do.
The yellow tag can be recycled (blue bin) when no longer required.

NEW! 1 October 2019


Suffolk Recycling Services


Here’s some helpful info on how & where to recycle in Suffolk from Suffolk County Council: The 3 main ways to recycle in Suffolk are:

1. What you can recycle from home

2. What you can take to bring banks

3. What you can take to recycling centres

Your kerbside recycling bin in Suffolk follows 4 basic material types: paper, card, plastic and metal. For more information about other kerbside bins at home, see our ‘my bins’ page: https://www.suffolkrecycling.org.uk/my-bins

There are over 1000 bring banks across Suffolk for materials like glass, textiles and batteries. See Recycle Now’s website to find out where your nearest bring banks for different materials are: https://www.recyclenow.com/local-recycling

Recycling Centres accept many more material types for recycling than at the kerbside and there are 11 centres across Suffolk. See our website for more information on Recycling Centres: https://www.suffolkrecycling.org.uk/where-to-recycle/recycling-centres Our website is full of information on all things waste, including our A-Z: www.suffolkrecycling.org.uk Also find us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suffolkrecycle Twitter: https://twitter.com/suffolkrecycle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suffolkrecycles/

NEW! 30 September 2019 DID YOU KNOW? Suffolk County Council has withdrawn it's support for our Bus Service! (Service No. 375) As far as we can tell this has not been made public via the Bury Free Press but in her monthly Parish Newsletter (September - see HERE), our CC representative, Karen Soons did include the following comment: "Suffolk County Council is ... confident that although notice is being served on the 375, 483 and 62, solutions can be found. It is working alongside communities, bus users and operators to explore options such as local community transport, taxi-buses and alternative funding."

The service is due to terminate on November 2nd.

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! 30 September 2019 Our District Councillor, Terry Clements is supporting the Suffolk Needs Met initiative. 

Suffolk’s Needs Met is all about giving you an understanding of what it means to be emotionally healthy, why it is important and how emotional health supports physical health. Most of all, Suffolk’s Needs Met is about us working together to create emotionally healthy places to enjoy living and working in.

Residents should contact Terry should they wish to attend a free workshop delivered as part of this initiative. Further details can be found on the website. Click HERE

NEW! 26 September 2019 There will be a Planning Meeting of the Parish Council next Monday evening, 30th September in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. See the Agenda HERE. Meanwhile the Draft Minutes of the meeting held on 12th September are now available via the same link

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! 6 September 2019 

Great War Huts will be taking part in Heritage Open Days again this year and, as an exciting new venture for us we will be hosting 'Illustrating The Great War'; an exhibition of the work of illustrator Tim Godden from Saturday 14th-Sunday 22nd September. The exhibition will formally open at 12 noon on Saturday 14th.


Also on Saturday 14th they will be hosting a talk by historian Prof Peter Doyle about 'Percy; a Story of 1918' - a book aimed at a younger audience which he published recently with illustrations by Tim. The talk will be in the original 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment Barrack Hut at 2pm, but with a £5 entry fee to raise funds for the project.

NEW! 5 September 2019 The next Parish Council meeting will be held in the Village Hall on Thursday, 12th September commencing at 7.30pm. You can view the Agenda HERE

NEW! 29 August 2019 We understand that WHEPSTEAD ROAD is scheduled for closure in order to carry out roadworks from 4th - 10th SEPTEMBER. Note also that THE STREET, LAWSHALL is also currently closed (till 20th September).

NEW! 1 August 2019 The Minutes of the Parish Council Meting on 18th July are now available HERE. Also the Agenda for a Planning Meeting on Wednesday 7th August is posted. You can follow through to see details of the Planning Applicaion to be discussed HERE

NEW! 29 July 2019 The Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 18th June are now available HERE (plus several associated documents)

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

NEW! 13 June 2019 Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 16th May are now available, trogether with the Agenda for a Planning Application Meeting at 7pm on TUESDAY 18th June in the Village Hall HERE

NEW! 30 April 2019 


A134 Closures in May & June


The normal formal notice from roadworks.org will no doubt be shared as usual a day or two before the planned A134 roadworks start: 1) From 7pm to 6am overnight on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May the A134 is planned to be closed in Sicklesmere between the Stanningfield Road junction and the Hawstead Lane junction with a diversion in place. 2) From 7pm to 5am overnight from Wednesday 26th June to Saturday 2nd July the A134 is planned to be closed (with diversion) for resurfacing (between Bradfield Combust and Sicklesmere) from the Water Lane junction to the Cocks Green Lane junction. More detail at roadworks.org or Tel: 0345 606 6171.

NEW! 29 April 2019 This week's local elections in Hawstead (Thursday, May 2nd) will only comprise the Borough election, for which there are two candidates, Labour and Conservative. There are seven places on the Parish Council and only six people are standing so there will be no election.

NEW! 29 April 2019 NALC/SALC Model Code of Conduct, Financial Regulations and Standing Orders adopted by the Parish Council at their meeting on 21st March are available to consult HERE

NEW! 29 April 2019 There will be a Planning Meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 1st. May. You can see the Agenda for this meeting HERE

NEW! 29 April 2019 Suffolk Highways have announced that on May 2 and 3 there will be road repairs to: Nowton Road (??), Bury Road and The Pound, Hawstead which will entail closures and diversions 9.am - 3.30pm. Also Bull Lane 29 April - 1 May (and indeed I've seen a 'Road Closed' sign by the old Schoolhouse this morning).

NEW! 24 April 2019 The History Recorder's Report for Hawstead for 2018 has been completed and is now available HERE

NEW! 26 March 2019 

Interested in becoming a Parish Councillor?

Parish Councils are led by democratically elected councillors from the local community. Parish Councillors decide on what services and projects the Parish Council will deliver. As representatives of the first tier of local government and the closest to their communities, Parish Councillors are best placed to engage with their residents and find out what the real local issues are and how to overcome them.

Hawstead Parish Council encourages residents who are passionate about their community to stand for election; the Council is committed to the inclusion and recognition of all of its residents and welcomes new applicants.

Do you, or someone you know, have what it takes to be a Parish Councillor?  Please contact Hawstead Parish Council and stand for election now.

NALC and the Electoral Commission have produced materials and guidance for those looking to stand for election, which can be found by following this  Link

Further resources and information (including the nomination forms) are also available online via the St Edmundsbury BC website  St Eds link 

Alternatively, further information/nomination forms are available from the clerk at Hawstead PC (catherine.hibbert@hawstead-parish-council.co.uk)

NEW! 25 March 2019 There will be an ELECTION for the Parish Council on THURSDAY, MAY 2nd. More information is available HERE There's also an ELECTION for a Borough Councillor at the same time. We are now in a Ward which includes Horringer. The same link above will take you to a document giving information about that election.

NEW! 15 March 2019 The Agenda for the Parish Council Meeting to be held on 21 March 2019 is available HERE

NEW! 26 February 2019 The Draft Minutes of the Parish Council meeting of 17th January are now available HERE

NEW! 25 February The road from Hawstead to Lawshall will be closed in Lawshall from tomorrow for a projected two days so that work connected with electricity supply can be carried out.

NEW! 25 February Anyone wishing to remain on the St Edmundsbury Housing Register after April 1st must RE-REGISTER. Please click this link for more information.

NEW! 29 January 2019 Minutes and other papers relating to the Parish Council Meeting on 6th December 2018 are now available HERE

NEW! 7 January 2019 The 2019 dates of the Parish Council meetings have been posteds HERE 

NEW! 11 December 2018 The Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 15th November 2018 are now available HERE

NEW! 16 November 2018 Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting in September and other papers from the meeting on 15 November 2018 are now available HERE

NEW! 01 July 2018 The July/August issue of the Hawstead Journal is now available HERE NB This is the last issue, pending volunteer(s) to take over editing and producing the Journal,

NEW! 14 June 2018 Various Parish Council documents including those dealing with accounts and expenditures (2017-8), the Reserves Policy, and updated Standing Orders, Code of Conduct and Financial Regulations are now available on the website HERE

NEW! 24 May 2018 The Minutes of Last year's Annual Parish Meeting and related documents are available HERE and the Minutes of the bi-monthly Meeting, 15 March 2018 are available HERE together with documents relating to the Meeting on 17 May 2018

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! 6 April 2018 Hawstead's History Recorder Report for 2017 has been uploaded to the website! For this (and earlier reports) click HERE

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! 27 February 2018 A new Internet and email-based community initiative has arrived in Hawstead, It's called 'Nextdoor' 


"Nextdoor was created based on the idea that the neighbourhood is one of the most important and useful communities in a person's life. Nextdoor's mission is to use technology to help neighbours build stronger and safer neighbourhoods."


As of today there are 10 Hawsteaders signed up to Nextdoor - and of course 'the more the merrier' - so if you're even mildly curious, visit https://help.nextdoor.com/customer/en_gb/portal/articles . Have a look around and iof you'd like to join the Hawstead Nextdoor community click on the link on the right labelled 'Joining Nextdoor'


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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