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, May 6th, 2021 7.30pm (via Zoom) - includes Annual General Meeting
Next Community Council Meeting:
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.
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
On the Leisure Time page of the website are listed a number of country pubs that are local to us (ie within five miles distant). From Monday 12th April - or very shortly after - the following have indicated that they will be open for outdoors serving:
6 Bells, Horringer
Bennet Arms, Rougham
Manger, Bradfield Combust
Queen's Head, Hawkedon
Red House, Stanningfield
Rushbrooke Arms, Gt Whelnetham
You'll probably want to check to be sure, and to find out opening times and whether pre-booking will be necessary.
THE RED HOUSE is our nearest of course. For information about their plans, see their Facebook page HERE NB: On 24th April the band 'Quaff' will be playing live - featuring former Landlord of the Metcalfe Arms, Roy Tooke
The approved Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 11th March 2021 are available HERE
The Agenda for this evening's Parish Council Planning Meeting is available HERE
Sicklesmere Stores Opening times this weekend:
Good Friday - Shop is open 9am - 12 noon (Post Office is closed as it’s a Bank Holiday)
Saturday - Shop and Post Office open 9am - 12 noon (PO closes approx. 10 minutes earlier to get mail ready for the Royal Mail collection)
Sunday - Shop is open 9am - 12noon (Post Office is closed)
Monday - Shop is open 9am - 12 noon (Post Office is closed as it’s a Bank Holiday)
There will be an Exraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council on Thursday 1st April to discuss a Planning Application.Please contact the PC Secretary, Catherine Hibbert if you wish to attend (via Zoom) See bottom left of this page for her email address.
Thursday, 6th May is scheduled as an Election Day for us and it refers to elections for the Suffolk Police Commissioner (currently Tim Passmore) and the local County Councillor representative for our area, Thingoe South (Currently Karen Soons). NB If either or both positions are uncontested, there will of course not be an election. To see documents relating to these potential elections click HERE
Approved Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 14th January and some papers relating to the meeting on 11th March are available HERE
Sicklesmere Stores will re-open on Monday 29th March!
Caroline & Daryn look forward to seeing everyone again soon.
Monday to Friday 8am - 5.30pm
Saturday 8am - 12 noon
Sunday (SHOP ONLY) 9am - 12 noon
Bank Holidays (SHOP ONLY ) 9am - 12 noon
Note: The Post Office always closes 5 minutes before the shop does. Last collection times allow for reports to be done ready for Royal Mail to take away, along with the day’s postal sacks.
the Agenda for tomorrow's Parish Council Meeting (via Zoom) is available HERE
An information poster from West Suffolk Alliance entitled "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" is available HERE
If you're 56 or over you can now book your vaccination online HERE: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/?fbclid=IwAR2UrMXq553az2n3lPphEtJrOwCqDFRP8e7stj-vZpbApDY3yWPPGrh2G0I
The History Recorder Report for 2020 is now available HERE
A document from the Government called "COVID-19: Response Spring 2021" which has just been published, is available HERE
Sally from West Suffolk Council has contacted us to let us know that we expect households to receive a postcard next week from the Office for National Statistics, (ONS) about Census 2021. Census day is Sunday 21 March and this time it will be held mainly online, with support available if this isn't possible. The postcard will tell you that you'll be receiving a pack with a secure code and directions.
Help to shape future plans of West Suffolk Hospital
As the plans for a new hospital for West Suffolk get underway it is important that as many people are involved in developing the proposals as possible.
The vision for the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) project is to ensure the way that health services are delivered is fit for the local population’s current and future needs and the team need your help to do that. The new facility is for West Suffolk people and is to be designed by West Suffolk people.
The project team are establishing a Co-production Community Engagement Group (CCEG) which will help shape the public engagement around the hospital redevelopment.
WSFT are looking for community members who have an interest in hospital services which will add an additional dimension to the redevelopment proposals.
The work will get increasingly detailed as the project progresses over the next couple of years and there will be many aspects where the team will benefit from the input of members from the CCEG.
The group will meet on a monthly basis and, due to the current climate, these meetings will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. It is important that there is a good representation across the group at each meeting and the opportunity to attend will be offered to as many people as possible who apply.
If you would like to join the CCEG or to find out more information, please visit the website at https://www.wsh.nhs.uk/New-healthcare-facility/Get-involved.aspx and complete and expression of interest form.
You can register for the dedicated newsletter to keep abreast of developments and opportunities by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the development and plans can be seen on the following webpage at https://www.wsh.nhs.uk/new-healthcare-facility.
Alternatively, for those who do not have internet access, please write to register your interest in receiving the newsletter via the post at the following address;
Future System Programme,
2nd Floor Quince House,
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust,
Bury St Edmunds IP33 2QZ
Met Office: Amber warning was in place until midday today, and is currently at Yellow for the whole of Suffolk until 2359 Weds 10th Feb. Strong winds and drifting are likely to continue to cause localised issues.
- Yellow Warnings for Snow have been issued and updated – for all areas of the East of England and are valid from now until at least 2359 Weds 10th for possible wintry hazard impacts.
- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will remain very cold with the risk of further snow showers in places but also some dry conditions as winds become less blustery. Widespread ice is likely on many untreated surfaces, with severe overnight frosts possible later in the week,
The latest issue of VILLAGE VOICE (No.13) has just been published. Please send contributions for the NEXT issue to the editor, Anne East by 25th March (email@example.com)
Another SCAM to be aware of:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.
Papers relating to Parish Council meetings held on 3rd December 2020 and 14th January 2021 - including the Minutes of the December meeting - are now available HERE
Also - A recent webpage concerning Corona Virus C-19 can be accessed HERE
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'
Galley Slaves will be bringing their Fish and Chip van to Hawstead Village Hall car park again on Friday 22nd January, 4.30-7.30pm. Place your orders with Susanne in advance: email@example.com
There will be a meeting on Zoom of the Parish Council this Thursday at 7.30pm. See the Agenda HERE
For information about C-19 vaccinations in Suffolk, see THIS LINK
The good news is that The Friendly Loaf, Eric's Prime Cuts and Marksman (fruit/salad/veg) are all going to return to Hawstead with deliveries that you can pre-order:
COVID vaccinations - make sure you are registered with a GP
Many centres in Bury St Edmunds have now started vaccinating against COVID. You MUST ensure you are registered with a local GP surgery so that you are offered a vaccination as soon as possible. If you are registered, there has also been a request to ensure you have your NHS number ready to hand. It will be printed on any past communication from your GP, e.g. invitation letter for a flu vaccination.
You may have seen that a large beech tree came down in one of the gales recently. It's on the north side of Bells Lane and fell onto the Green, thankfully not damaging the nearby property. Today, Tony and his mate were busy reducing it to manageable sections. They thought that honey fungus in the roots had weakened the tree's structure.
ADVANCE NOTICE: 2021 is CENSUS YEAR!
The date for the Census is Sunday 21st March and it will be carried out DIGITALLY. Find out more at the CENSUS 2021 website
A 2-page document has been published by the Govenment about the C-19 Vaccine rollout. See it HERE
NEW LOCKDOWN: What you can and can't do: See THIS PAGE on the Government website. Also see this:
Parents and carers have until 15 January 2021 to submit an application to secure their child’s place at a Primary, Infant, Junior or Middle school.
TIER 4: STAY AT HOME. See THIS LINK for Guidance from HM Government
A couple of years ago the Parish Council agreed to adopt the dilapidated old phone box at Pinford End. It was in a very poor state indeed having been abandoned for several years following the removal of the BT equipment. Renovations began in earnest and it was cleaned out, given a fresh coat of paint and all the broken windows were replaced. As you know a potentially lifesaving defibrillator was purchased and installed last year and now thanks to the sterling efforts of Henry Brewis bookshelves have recently been hand crafted and neatly installed. The photo shows that every care has been taken to keep it Covid safe with a hand sanitizer dispenser in place and there's even a feather duster to keep away the cobwebs. We're all expecting a vase of fresh flowers and a coffee machine to appear soon! Very well done and many thanks to Henry who has driven this project andcarried out all the work from start to finish.
There will be an Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council on Thursday 3rd December at 7.30pm via ZOOM, to consider a Planning Application. If you wish to attend this online meeting, please contact the PC Clerk on: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Agenda for the meeting and the approved Minutes of the PC Meeting held on 12 November are available HERE
Some papers in connection with the virtual Parish Council Meeting, held last week on November 12th are available HERE
The mobile FISH and CHIP van, which was a big success when it came to the Village Hall carpark at the end of October, will be coming again twice before Chiristmas on November 27th & December 18th. Both are Fridays and the times will be the same as before, 5 - 7.30pm
Statement by Councillor Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council Leader.
Councillor Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council’s Leader, said:
“I know it feels like we’ve been here before, but the truth is, we haven’t. A second wave of COVID-19 poses a greater threat to Suffolk life because its very existence shows we need to do even more than we already have, to stop the spread.
“This is a serious wakeup call. We must now stay or work at home, unless journeys are absolutely essential. This isn’t about us as individuals. This is about protecting the NHS and saving the lives of our neighbours and loved ones.
“Please everyone, together let’s do what Suffolk needs us to do. We’ve done it before and we can do it again. Our actions today determine the futures of others. Now is the time to stick with it Suffolk.”
You may like to have a look at this document: it was produced in Cumbria but has some useful information about health and wellbeing which is universally applicable. Click on this link to view:
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."
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.
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 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:
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 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.
NEW! 27 September 2020 Approved Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 23 July 2020 are now available HERE
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! 15 July 2020 A recording of the Parish Council Meeting held on 28 May 2020 via ZOOM software is available HERE
NEW! 9 July 2020 The History Recorder Report for 2019 is now 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
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! 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
NEW! 24 March 2020 Just in case you're unaware, see the details of the Government restrictions imposed yesterday evening HERE
NEW! 13 March 2020 CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC
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
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 email@example.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:
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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