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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.


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The Metcalfe Arms has been transformed into a cycle shop and cafe: there were articles in East Anglian Daily Times and in the Bury Free Press. in January


Here's a link to the Picture Gallery of the transformation from pub to cycle shop

and here's a link to the MagliaRosso website

The Future of the Metcalfe Arms


Local businessman Barry Denny and his son Matt are both keen cyclists. Matt’s company, Lark Valley Projects, bought the Metcalfe Arms pub, along with 5 acres of adjoining land, in the Autumn of 2013.

Barry was interviewed about this on Radio Suffolk on Thursday, 9th. Jan. 2014  because unusually the project was not to refurbish and reopen the pub, but to turn it into a licenced café and cycle shop. Barry said that in his opinion the centre of town is the wrong place for a cycle shop – it should be out there in the country where recreational cyclists go!


Barry is vice-chairman of the West Suffolk Wheelers cycle club, whose chosen dress colour when riding out is red: he and Matt have chosen red as a theme – in name at least – as they have called the business “Maglia Rosso”. This is Italian for “red jersey” and is the colour worn by leaders in Italian cycle races.


During the radio interview, Barry extolled the virtues and pleasures of our country area south of Bury St Edmunds: since Hawstead is not on any current regularly-used cycle routes, he plans to encourage riders to come this way by compiling a series of maps. Clearly the “Maglia Rosso” will feature as a stopping-off point for refreshments!


The shop caters for enthusiasts interested in the “mid to high end”, expenditure-wise: other features include cycle hire, cycle repair and a ‘training’ area in the adjoining field. The shop is at the front where the bars were, but with an entrance on the car-park side. Also on this side, but at the rear, is the café, and naturally Hawstead residents are welcome and are encouraged to use it.

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