Here's a link to the Met.Office forecast page for Bury St Edmunds.
Check out the Events page to find out what is going on in our village - and beyond
Next Parish Council Meeting: Thursday, March 10th, 2022
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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.
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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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
You can find an illustrated transcript of Lt. Colonel's diary of the Battle for Singapore, February 1942 which ends with the British and Allied capitulation to the Japanese forces on 15th February HERE
Minutes of the Parish Council Meetings on 21st October and 21st November are available HERE
Walk-in clinics for Vaccination TOMORROW, 23rd December:
Thursday 23rd December 2021
Free bus and taxi services across Suffolk for all those travelling for a vaccination
People in Suffolk can today take advantage of free bus and taxi rides to get to their vaccination appointment or to a vaccine drop-in clinic. The offer is open to anyone in the county who needs help getting to their appointment or a drop-in clinic for a first, second or booster vaccination. This will be in place until December 29th.The free travel is part of Suffolk’s system-wide approach to deliver on the Government’s programme that everyone over the age of 18 gets their booster vaccination by the New Year. Both the free bus travel and the Vaxi Taxi offer is now open to all. “Please book your booster vaccination appointment through the National Booking System – which is accessible though our website – www.sneevaccine.org.uk – or attend one of the many walk-in clinics which are available and please arrange your transport through this scheme.”
On Tuesday 7th December a stream of traffic was seen coming down Bells Lane from Stanningfield Road. It appears that they were being diverted from the main road as a result of an accident at the Manger pub. Soon afterwards these sirgns appeared at the corner of the Village Green by the turning to Bells Lane.
The Community Council is organising the annual Christmas Drinks Party for villagers on 22nd December 6 - 8pm. There will be bottles of Champers to be won for the most creative Christmas jumper and festive hat !
A restructuring of local Parish Churches means that from some time early in the New Year, All Saints Church, Hawstead, along with St Peter's, Nowton will be in a new Benefice to include Horringer, Westley, Whepstead and Brockley (the 'Benefice of Horringer'). The Priest in Charge will be Canon Max Osborne, currently Rector at Horringer - who has already become involved in our church.
We have now received the detailed Conservation Report concerning the possible restoration of the large monument in the Chancel of the village church. The Report is available HERE on the website page for the church
GREAT WAR HUTS Events:
"Princess Mary's 1914 Christmas Gift" with Author and Historian Peter Doyle. December 4th at 2pm. Tickets £6
A Christmas Concert will be held on 18th December, 7-9 pm, led by the Suffolk Concert Band. Tickets £10
For tickets for each event, use THIS LINK
CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING: on 4th and 11th December between 10am and 1pm in the Church. Fresh Greenery and Tea/Coffee will be provided. £30 per person. Contact Lesley Carey on 386132
Result of the recent election for our District Councillor (ie Horringer Ward). On a turnout of 26.8% and with 539 valid votes cast, the winner with 257 votes was Nicholas Wiseman, the Conservative candidate.
Following the retirement of Terry Clements as our Borough Councillor (ie representing several parishes including Hawstead) there will be an election on 25th November to elect his successor. Voting will take place in the Village Hall between 7AM and 10PM.
There will be a Planning Meeting of the Parish Council on TUESDAY, 26th October in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. The Agenda is available HERE
Issue 17 of Hawstead VILLAGE VOICE is available HERE
Further to the information below about the '159' service: banks involved in the scheme include: Barclays, HBOS, NatWest (inc RBOS and Ulster Bank), Santander and Starling Bank.
People in Suffolk who suspect they have been victims of fraud can now call a new number - 159 - which aims to be a '999 for fraud'.
The 159 number is being trialled by Stop Scams UK, a group of banks and telephone firms.
If you call the hotline you can speak to your bank instantly about a suspected fraud.
A Stop Scams UK statement said: "159 works in the same way as 101 for the police or 111 for the NHS. It’s the number you can trust to get you through to your bank, every time."
Stop Scams UK said people who think they have been defrauded should "stop, hang up and call 159 to speak directly to your bank".
Advance WARNING. Stanningfield Road from the main Sudbury road (near Sicklesmere Post Office)up as far as the Primary School is scheduled to be CLOSED for 16 WEEKS from Nov 8th to Feb 25th 2022 'for roadworks'. What on earth are they going to do that will take that long, one wonders? I can think of two possibilities a) straighten out the nasty bend that exists in that stretch and b) create a widened area where parents can more easily drop off and pick up their children outside the school. What chance?
As well as the photos of Fete Day below, a collection of pictures can be found in our "Picture Gallery" page (see above). The Collecion is called "Summer Fete 2021"
DID YOU KNOW? You can exchange your bus pass (if you have one) for taxi vouchers worth £100 pa. It's a Suffolk CC scheme: see:Suffolk on Board - Concessionary Travel
AFGHAN REFUGEES Can you help by donating clothes, toys, bathroom equipment etc ie anything for people who have next to nothing? See Drop-off locations - Refugee Help Sudbury – Google My Maps for local drop-off locations
Archaeologists are working there - and camping in the field on the other side of the road. Using evidence from aerial photos they are investigating a possible Bronze Age settlement. For a bit more information see: Prehistoric Suffolk – Past to Present Archaeology
The annual Heritage Days are coming soon!. See THIS LINK for events local to Bury St Edmunds- which include our Brook Farm Camp in Bells Lane
Message from Karen Soons:
Home to School Transport appeals - residents Thingoe South, 20 villages South of BSE. https://www.suffolkonboard.com/school-travel/review-appeal-process/
Many parents in my division (20 villages South BSE) have contacted me to help them make representations in their appeal hearings. A family that I have helped this week have been successful in their appeal on - exceptional circumstances. Their child will be receiving free school transport for the coming year to their senior school.
If you live in one of my villages of Barrow, Denham, Westley, Little & Gt Saxham, Chevington, Chedburgh, Rede, Horringer, Whepstead, Hawstead, Nowton, Little & Gt Whelnetham, Rougham, Rushbrooke, Blackthorpe, Bradfield St Clare, Bradfield St George, Bradfield Combust, Sow Lane & East Barton. Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org as your elected County Councillor with details and I will do whatever I can to help. If you already have a date for an appeal hearing please include it prominently in your email.
Click on the PDF link below to view the information you'll need to take part in this year's Flower and Produce Competition:
If it helps, just a reminder of where & how to report non-emergencies, suspicious activity, cold callers and fraud etc
ALWAYS 999 in an EMERGENCY! Otherwise:
1. Non-emergencies - call 101 or save time and do it on-line: www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something
2. Suspicious Activity - preferably to Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers.org.uk or 101
3. Cold Callers - to Suffolk Trading Standards: 0808 223 1133
4. Fraud (incl. telephone calls) - to Action Fraud: https://reporting.actionfraud.police.uk/login or 0300 123 2040 (and block the number)
5. SCAM Emails - forward to email@example.com
6. SCAM Texts - forward to 7726 << New text box >>
Philip Metcalfe Almshouses, Hawstead
Notice is given that a vacancy exists for an alms person of this charity at the above. People with limited financial means and who are preferably members of the Church of England may apply..
Applications for appointment must be made in writing to Mr A Holliday, Larkfield, Hawstead, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 5NH telephone 01284 38644 or alternatively by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every applicant must state his or her name, address, age and occupation and must be prepared to provide sufficient testimonials and other evidence of his or her qualification for appointment.
Applications are invited from any Parish and will be treated in the strictest confidence
Anthony Holliday, Chairman to the Trustees
There are FREE activities for young people in Suffolk this Summer: see: Free summer activities for young people in West Suffolk
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
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.
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
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:
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 email@example.com.
Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.
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:
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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