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Next Parish Council Meeting: Thursday, November 12th, 2020 7.30pm


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Church Services

Church Services at All Saints Church, Hawstead






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.
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:


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


Suffolk County Council  (MID SEPTEMBER 2020)

There is currently a high national demand for testing. As a result, Suffolk residents may experience difficulty in securing a test. Be patient and try again a few hours later or the next day, more tests are made available throughout the day. Given this current situation, here is the latest guidance regarding testing in Suffolk.

Please share. There is more detail available at www.suffolk.gov.uk/testing

Who should get tested?

Government advises that only people with symptoms of Covid-19 should book a test. These symptoms are a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

When do I need to get tested?

You must get tested in within 5 days of first experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. If you have difficulty getting a test on Day 1, or the location or time offered are not convenient, be patient and try again a few hours later or the next day. More tests are made available throughout the day at www.nhs.uk or by calling NHS 119.

When do I need to self-isolate?

As soon as you experience Covid-19 symptoms you must book a test within 5 days and self-isolate. This means that you and anyone you live with must stay at home until you get your result. Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home.

How can I get tested in Suffolk?

For those with symptoms of Covid-19, there are three ways to get tested:

1. Via www.nhs.uk or calling NHS 119, book an appointment at the Regional Testing Site at Copdock, near Ipswich

2. Via www.nhs.uk or calling NHS 119, book an appointment at a Mobile Testing Unit, there are a number of sites across Suffolk which can be found at www.suffolk.gov.uk/testing

3. Request a Home Testing Kit, delivered to your home

What happens if I can’t get a test?

If you have difficulty getting a test on Day 1 of having Covid-19 symptoms, or the location or time are not convenient, be patient and try again a few hours later or the next day. You must get tested in within 5 days of first experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. More tests are made available throughout the day at www.nhs.uk or by calling NHS 119.

Public Health Suffolk is currently working with partners and the Suffolk Health Protection Board to explore how we can increase testing capacity, particularly for key workers.

Do I need make an appointment to get a test?

Yes. Only people with pre-booked appointments will be accepted at the Regional Testing Centre at Copdock or a Mobile Testing Unit. However, if you have requested a Home Testing Kit, this will be delivered to your nominated address for you to complete at home.

After the cereals had been haevested in mid August

And the straw had been gathered up, baled and taken away

The cultivator came in to prepare the land for next year's crop

"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! August 18 2020 If you scroll down this page you'll find all of Hawstead's VILLAGE VOICE newsletter

NEW! 29 July 2020 A new link has been provided on the page about All Saints Church. Information about all those men from Hawstead who died in the two World Wars has been collated and posted on a national "Roll of Honour" website, together with a photo of the memorial in the church. There's a link HERE

NEW! 25 July 2020 Minutes of the virtual Parish Council Meeting of 9 July 2020 are available HERE

NEW! 15 July 2020 A recording of the Parish Council Meeting held on 28 May 2020 via ZOOM software is available HERE

NEW! 15 July 2020 Papers relating to the recent (July) virtual meeting of the Parish Council and the Agenda for a Planning Meeting to be held on 23rd July are available HERE

NEW! 9 July 2020 The History Recorder Report for 2019 is now available HERE

NEW! 6 July 2020 The Agenda for the Parish Council Meeting to be held via ZOOM on Thursday 9th July is available HERE

NEW! 3 July 2020 If you are a horse-rider you may care to know that the British Horse Society is looking for volunteers to check whether routes used for riding are legally recorded - because if not, they will be lost in a few years time. See the poster about it HERE 

Sicklesmere Stores

Following the recent storm when the shop was badly flooded, it is closed until further notice. However it has been possible to arrange for a mobile POST OFFICE to attend on site on TUESDAYS from 9.30am till 11AM.

A personal message from Caroline and Daryn:
‘We would like to thank all our customers for supporting us through this worrying time, we really appreciate it. Thanks Caroline.’

Recognition by BBC Radio Suffolk !

NEW! 15 June 2020 There are now FOUR circular cycle routes posted as a map on the website. They range betweem 8 and 25 miles long and can be found HERE

NEW! 10 June 2020 Various documents in connection with the Financial Accounts of the Parish Council have been uploaded and are located with other items to do with the Parish Council meeting on 28th May. See them HERE

NEW! 10 June 2020 Suggestions for local cycle rides are being put together: there'll be at least four and the first two are now available HERE

NEW! 5 June 2020 ALSO Debenhams have announced that Bury St Edmunds will be one of the 50 of their shops which will open on 15th June.

NEW! 5 June 2020 News from National Trust regarding ICKWORTH:

Following the update to government guidance that you might have seen covered over the weekend, we will begin the carefully phased and managed re-opening of some of our pay-for-entry places from 3rd June, which Ickworth has been selected for in the first phase next week.

For now, our houses remain closed and we'll open these as soon as we can.  To open these gardens and parklands safely, we’ve had to reduce the number of people we can welcome at one time, so they’ll be a booking system in place for our supporters. New booking timeslots become available on a Friday for visits the following week.​

Your visit to us may be different from usual, because there are a few things we need everyone to do to help us keep places open safely. ​We will ask that you visit our website for information on what you need to know before you visit and how to help us ensure that we can keep our places open safely. In order to visit everyone needs a ticket via the online booking system. We are asking that you check in at the kiosk on the drive during your visit to validate your ticket or pass, this is to ensure that you are informed of any key messages for the day and that we are managing capacity for the safety of visitors and the estate. You are welcome to walk, cycle or drive in to visit Ickworth but please ensure you do check in with the kiosk team. We are asking that you visit during opening times 09:30 – 17:00 only for safety and the security of the site. We will be locking gates and our car park outside of these times. The West Wing, House, Porter’s Lodge and children’s play area/ Trim Trail will remain closed at this stage. The West Wing, House, Porter’s Lodge and children’s play area/ Trim Trail will remain closed at this stage.

NEW! 5 June 2020 A number of documents relating to the (virtual) Parish Council Meeting of 28 May 2020 are available HERE (but not yet the Minutes)

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 Approved 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 9
The Village Voice issue 9-1 red.pdf
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Hawstead VILLAGE VOICE Issue 8
The Village Voice issue 8 red.pdf
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Hawstead VILLAGE VOICE Issue 7
The Village Voice issue 7 red.pdf
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Hawstead VILLAGE VOICE Issue 6
The Village Voice issue 6 red.pdf
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Hawstead VILLAGE VOICE Issue 5
The Village Voice issue 5 red.pdf
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Hawstaed VILLAGE VOICE Issue 4
The Village Voice issue 4 red.pdf
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Hawstead VILLAGE VOICE Issue 3
The Village Voice issue 3 red.pdf
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Hawstead VILLAGE VOICE Issue 2
The Village Voice issue 2-1 red.pdf
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Hawstead VILLAGE VOICE Issue 1
The Village Voice 1.1 red.pdf
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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]

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


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 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

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

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

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.

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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