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Welcome to Hawstead
An introductory guide to Hawstead for new villagers
Welcome Booklet for new residents April [...]
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Local byelaws
Includes a map of our greens and the Millennium Field
Confirmed byelaws 2016.pdf
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Parish council objectives
Hawstead Parish Council objectives as set out by the council elected in May 2011
Hawstead Parish Council Objectives.pdf
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Hawstead on film:

To watch a short video made by Andy and Janet Taplin in support of our bid for Suffolk Village of the Year (2014), visit our Picture Gallery page


Parish council and other village information:

Including meeting minutes and agendas, visit our Documents page where you'll also find previous copies of the Village Voice and its predecessor, The Hawstead Journal.


Upcoming parish council and community council meetings. For all other village events and updates, take a look at our Events page.


Parish council meetings: 

The next Parish Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday 9th May 2024 7.30pm to follow the Annual Parish Meeting at 7pm.  The Agenda will be avaiable HERE nearer the time

Church services

All Saints, Hawstead


Services take place as follows:

  • Second Sunday of each month (morning prayer at 11am)
  • Fourth Sunday of each month (Eucharist at 11am)


St Peter, Nowton


Services take place as follows:

  • First and third Sunday of each month at 11am


Dates and times of all benefice services can be found on the noticeboard at All Saints, Hawstead.


You can also visit the website: A Church Near You from the Church of England.

Notice on GDPR (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.


Hawstead Parish Council



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Also on the Contacts page you'll find MAPS!

In Hawstead we have the following clubs:

  • "Breathe Easy" - Tai-Chi, Yoga and Pilates
  • Carpet Bowls Club
  • Hawstead Reading Group
  • HATS: Hawstead Appreciation and Tasting Society (for wine)

There's also a Craft Group which meets in the Village Hall on the last Monday of the month (except December), 10am - 4pm


Breathe Easy: weekly on Tuesdays 9.15 - 10.15am in the Village Hall.

Our class is providing clients a chance to experience Tai Chi, Yoga and
Pilates within the beautiful surroundings at Hawstead Village Hall. Each
session is £5 and we try to provide exercises that help our mind as well as
our body to function effectively. Sam Reid the instructor has been teaching for over 24 years and loves delivering these positive classes.


All you need is a matand comfortable clothing which allows you to move easily: the ultimate aim is to restore a sense of balance in your life.

Call Sam on 07850 207365 for further details


Carpet Bowls: There was a bowls club in existence in the days of the old village hall and we have managed to continue the tradition now that we have our new hall.


We meet on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall and usually there are about 10 of us.  We play 7 ends and have a very welcome coffee break.  We then play another 7 ends. (Each player bowls their bowls in one direction of the carpet.  That is the completion of an “end”.  You then return the other way).  Once a month we play a friendly match against one of our neighbouring village teams.  Carpet bowls is a very social sport and we thoroughly enjoy our evenings.  We would welcome any new members.  You do not have to be able to play – we will gladly teach you. 



Reading Group:

Hawstead Reading Group was set up at the beginning of 2011 and we now have 13 members!

We take it in turns to host the evening in our own homes on the first Wednesday of every month and each of us takes a turn in choosing a book which we source from Bury library.

We have covered a wide spectrum of books during this time - some crime, some written in letter form, some humorous and  some quite deep and sometimes depressing! However it is interesting that we are reading books which we would not perhaps have chosen for ourselves and discovering new authors in the process. In 2012 the most popular read was “The Island” by Victoria Hislop: in 2013 “Animal Dreams” by Barbara Kingsolver came top, followed by a book by another American author ie “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. In 2014 the most popular book was "The Thread" by Victoria Hislop; in 2015 "Wake" by Anna Hope and in 2016 "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion

Our meetings are fun and informal and if you require any further information please contact Ann Gibbs on 01284 765332


HATS has been meeting monthly in Hawstead since late 2010.


We meet in the village hall on the last Thursday of each month at 8pm.  Our numbers have now swelled to 18, but more are always welcome.


Our aim is to introduce our members to different wines. Without this monthly opportunity to sample many of us would stick to the few we know and like.


Members take it in turns to give a presentation on a variety of vine related topics.  This could be a grape variety, a country or even a selection of visually pleasing labels!  Occasionally we welcome a guest to widen our horizons.  Cheese, biscuits and nibbles are available during the tasting sessions. It is a fun, informative evening without being in the least bit ‘stuffy’.


In June 2014 we held our second annual dinner at Bury Golf Club to celebrate a successful year.


If you would like to join our journey please contact Judy Carter on 01284 386512 or judy@mmgd.co.uk.



Carpet bowls in the old Village Hall

Then there's the new Maglia Rosso Cycle Centre and Destination Cafe

Here's a glowing testimonial !


And here's where to find out about the transformation from closed-down pub to the new venture

Interested in the concept of 'Fit Villages'? This is a Suffolk CC initiative. The contact (May 2014) is Mandy.Knox@eastsuffolk.gov.uk and there's of course a website

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