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West Suffolk to bring back garden waste service on 1 June

West Suffolk Council will be reintroducing its Garden Waste Collection Service on 1 June after it was stopped due to COVID-19.

The service was paused due to a sudden reduction in staff following the Stay At Home guidance which saw more than 40 waste and street services staff either having to shield themselves as vulnerable or someone in their home.

This remains the case with more than 60 staff redeployed to help the most vulnerable in our communities get support, medicine and food as well as help businesses.

Despite this still being the case the council has worked to reinstate the service in a more robust way so it can cope with any future reduction in staff as well as making rounds efficient to manage the extra growth in the area. This will also include reducing impact on the environment by reducing mileage and fuel use where possible while protecting the safety of residents and staff.

As a result, there may be a change to some collection days and we will be contacting customers direct with details.

Customers have been assured that they will not be out of pocket, with the period of the suspension being added to the current subscription year. This means that their subscriptions will run until 31 May 2021.

Cllr John Griffiths, Leader of West Suffolk Council said: “The pandemic has significantly reduced our own staff and we have had to prioritise services such as the blue and black bin collections while also redeploying over 60 staff to deliver extra support for the vulnerable and our businesses. Despite these challenges continuing,

we will be reintroducing the brown bin garden waste service and  collections from 1 June in a way that is safe for all, robust to cope with future issues and more environmentally friendly. I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding and our communities who have shown their appreciation with pictures, gifts and messages of support for our staff, including our bin crews. This has really helped make a very challenging job much easier.”

The West Suffolk Garden Collection Waste Service collects around 12,000 tonnes of garden waste a year, which is composted and returned to the land as soil improver. Customers have been assured that they will not be out of pocket, with the period of the suspension, however long that is, being added to the current year.

Tips for managing garden waste while the service is suspended include home composting with discounts available on equipment and advice both available at Suffolk recycling.

The West Suffolk Garden Waste Collection Service, which last year had 30,000 customers, was suspended on Monday 30 March.

Further information on managing waste at https://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus 

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A new online booking system will be in place when Suffolk’s Recycling Centres re-open on Thursday 14 May.

This appointment-only system is necessary to help reduce traffic disruption and queueing on roads around the sites and help manage additional demand on the waste sites. There are also new temporary restrictions and guidelines in place at all sites to support the safety of staff and members of the public.

Full details here:

 https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/council-news/show/public-to-access-suffolks-recycling-centres-from-thursday-by-appointment-only

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VICTORY IN EUROPE (VE) DAY – 75TH ANNIVERSARY

 Bradfield Combust remembers our WW2 village four:

 Sergeant D. W. Savoy RAF (aged 21)

Sergeant G. H. Savoy RAF (aged 21)
Private W. Middleditch Suffolk Regiment (aged 27)
Trooper B. Talbot Royal Armoured Corps (aged 29)

 Roll of Honour: http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Suffolk/BradfieldCombust.html

 ‘God bless you all. This is your victory!’  - Sir Winston Churchill

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Sergeant Gerald ‘Jimmy’ Harry Savoy was born to Alice and William Savoy in 1920 and raised, along with his younger brother Derrick and 2 sisters, in the Lodge Gates on the Bradfield Combust village green at the entrance to Bradfield Hall and the parkland. William Savoy senior himself served in both World Wars with the Royal Navy.

Having joined the RAF, Sergeant G. Savoy served as a flight engineer based at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire flying Stirling aircraft with No.26 Conversion Flight. On Christmas Eve 1941 Sergeant G. Savoy and his crew of 13 were flying Stirling aircraft No. N6066 from RAF Waterbeach en-route to Bedford. During the sortie the crew reputedly made a low level pass over Bradfield Combust where the Savoy family lived. Approaching Bedford Stirling aircraft N6066 clipped a tree and crashed at 1445 hours at West End Farm, Kempston near Bedford; all 13 (5 more than a standard crew of 8) on board were killed.

 

Sergeant G. H. Savoy RAF died at the age of 21.

He is laid to rest in Waterbeach Cemetery in Cambridgeshire.

 

Sergeant Derrick William Savoy was born to Alice and William Savoy in 1922 and raised, along with his older brother Gerald and 2 sisters, in the Lodge Gates on the Bradfield Combust village green at the entrance to Bradfield Hall and the parkland. William Savoy senior himself served in both World Wars with the Royal Navy.

Having joined the RAF as a Volunteer Reserve, Sergeant D. Savoy was a wireless operator and air gunner and was based at Syerston, Nottinghamshire flying Lancaster aircraft with No.106 Squadron of Bomber Command. At 1950hrs on 6th September 1943 he got airborne in aircraft ED819 to bomb a target in München, Germany. At some stage that night ED819 crashed at Grünwald, 13 km SW from the centre of München; the cause of the crash which killed all 7 crewmembers is unknown.

 

Sergeant D. W. Savoy RAFVR died at the age of 21.

He is laid to rest in grave plot 11.A.22 in Durnbach War Cemetery in Bayern, Germany.

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Private William Middleditch was born circa. 1913 and his parents were William and Sybil Middleditch of Bradfield Combust. He served with the 1st Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment.

At the start of WW2 there were two regular battalions of full-time infantry of 800-1000 men each (the 1st and 2nd Battalions) with a further two battalions of territorials (the 4th and 5th) - the equivalent of today's Territorial Army. On the outbreak of war the 1st Battalion was part of 8th Infantry Brigade, 3rd UK Division and based in Devonport. In October 1939 the Battalion formed part of the British Expeditionary Force and went to France. The British Expeditionary Force did not commence hostilities until the invasion of France on 10th May 1940.

After the commencement of battle, the Battalion was driven back through Belgium and north-western France, forcing their eventual evacuation from several ports along the French coast including Dunkirk. Private Middleditch didn’t live to see the evacuation and was killed on 31st May 1940.

 Private William Middleditch died aged 27

He is laid to rest in grave plot A.5 in the Oostduinkerke Communal Cemetery, West Flanders.

 Trooper B. F. Talbott. Little is known about Trooper Talbott. He gave his life aged 29.

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We Will Remember Them

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PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS 2020

Meetings of the Parish Council during the COVID-19 Emergency

 The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (“the 2020 Regulations”) came in to force on 4 April. Broadly speaking, the 2020 Regulations enable local councils to hold remote meetings (including by video and telephone conferencing) for a specified period until May next year. They also remove the requirement to hold an annual meeting. The 2020 Regulations apply to local council meetings, committee and sub-committee meetings in England. Separate legislation is anticipated for Wales.

 The COVID-19/ Coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented in peacetime Government measures in response to the crisis (e.g. prohibitions on gatherings, social distancing, self-isolation and shielding of those deemed to be the most vulnerable) have meant that the requirement for local authorities to hold public meetings in person with all members present in one place cannot be met. The statutory requirements for meetings are mainly contained in the Local Government Act 1972 (“the 1972 Act”) and the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 (“the 1960 Act”).

 In recognition of the problem of holding and attending meetings, and further to the lobbying of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and others, the Government included s.78 in the Coronavirus Act 2020. This section gave the Secretary of State the power to make Regulations to make provisions for the holding of meetings. The 2020 Regulations set out those provisions.

Regulation 5 – this permits the holding of remote meetings. The effect of the Regulation is that persons attending a local council meeting do not need to be in the same place. “Place” means more than one place including electronic, digital or virtual locations such as internet locations, web addresses or conference call telephone numbers (Regulation 5 (1)). To attend a meeting remotely a member in remote attendance must meet specified conditions (see below).

Regulation 5 (6) also enables local councils to make standing orders to specify (i) how voting will be carried out, (ii) how members and the public can access documents and (iii) how remote access of the press and public by electronic means will take place.

Regulation 6 – confirms that being present at a local council meeting includes being present through remote attendance. The Regulation also disapplies paragraph 7 of Schedule 12 to the 1972 Act.

Regulation 13 – s.1 (4) (a) of the 1960 Act has been amended so that public notice of the time and place of the meeting is deemed to be given if published on the relevant principal authority’s website. The Parish Council is aware of NALC's advice that a council’s decision making is unlikely to be challenged if it only places the notice on its own website and in light of the government's social distancing guidelines, agendas will only be posted on this website.

 The Parish Council will therefore be conducting its meetings virtually through remote attendance using the Zoom platform. Details of the meetings to take place along with information as to how to gain access to the meetings will be placed under page entitled "Agendas and Minutes" on this website. 

 The Parish Council meeting scheduled for May 18th, 2020 may be held by electronic means. Members of the public can email the clerk should they wish to take part under public participation.

Clerks email address: BradfieldCombustwithStanningfieldpc@outlook.com

Tel: 01842 337488

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Please don’t burn garden waste. Compost or store it until normal services resume. Those around you may be .self-isolating, have respiratory issues or can’t escape the effects of burning by leaving the house. Visit http://suffolkrecycling.org.uk for ways to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.

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WestSuffolk MarketTraders who are taking orders and delivering to your area. Lots of different foods, ingredients and more. Take a look at:

https://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19marketdeliveries.cfm

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Updates from Suffolk Police

Suffolk-Poster-WhyAreYouHereTodayV3.pdf

FOR-PARENTS-when-child-is-ill2.pdf

Domestic-Abuse2.pdf

Update from West Suffolk Council

Parish-and-town-councillor-update-160420-FINAL.pdf 

Update from Suffolk County Council

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, infrequently and only one person
  • One form of exercise a day, alone or with members of your household and from home
  • Any medical needs, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely can’t be done from home

Current UK Risk Level: HIGH

As of 13 Mar, UK is in the ‘delay’ phase of the government’s action plan to limit the spread of the virus. 

Current UK Situation

    • The review into the UK's coronavirus restrictions planned for next Monday will now take place at a later date. The curbs on personal freedom, the economy and more were initially imposed for three weeks. The government's chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, said the UK "could be moving in the right direction", but it would be another "week or so" before he could be sure.
    • Press conference slides with the latest data from COBR coronavirus fact file (transport use, new cases, hospital admissions, deaths) and datasets available here.
    • View past press conferences on YouTube.
  • Increase to Working Tax Credits  - The government has announced that Working Tax Credits payments will be increased from 6 April 2020
  • Coronavirus: MOTs due from 30 March 2020 - Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 - but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.
  • NHS army of volunteers to start protecting vulnerable from coronavirus in England - Thousands of approved volunteers will be offered tasks from 7 April via the GoodSAM app and will start helping people safely, with more expected to get requests over the coming weeks as referrals ramp up. Health professionals, pharmacists and local authorities can upload requests for help on the NHS Volunteer Responders referrer’s portal and volunteers pick the job they want to do that day and close the task once complete.

 Suffolk

Public Rights of Way advice for landowners: As more people are venturing outside to enjoying their daily exercise, the county council has produced an advisory notice for land owners and residents who have a public right of way running through their garden or workplace. The notice is downloadable here for placing at the entry points into a garden, farmyard or other operational part of a farm where there may be other people around. The notice asks members of the public to be sensible and consider the health and wellbeing of those living or working close by adhering to the government advice on social distancing.  

 Home Learning Resources: The government has brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages. The resources which include subject specific resources for English, Maths, Science, PE, Wellbeing and SEND can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education

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Home, but not alone

Published 24 Mar 2020

We are urged to rally together as local COVID-19 app is launched to connect volunteers and people who need help.

TRIBE WEB ADVERT 8A new Suffolk-focused community service has been set up to support people who need help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Called ‘Home But Not Alone’, the service has been launched to help connect people who want to volunteer in their communities with neighbours who are most in need.

The service will mean willing volunteers, charities, town and parish councils, community and religious groups can all log their details and offers of support on an app, while people who need help can phone to request support.

As the number of offers and requests grows, they will be matched so that the right help can be given where it’s most needed. This support could include delivering groceries, medication or essential household goods, in line with Government social distancing guidelines.

Download the free app, called Tribe Volunteer from Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

The telephone number for those in genuine need of help is freephone 0800 876 6926 and will be staffed from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.

The Home, But Not Alone service was created by partners from Suffolk’s councils, police, health bodies and charitable organisations which come together as the Collaborative Communities Board.

Chrissie Geeson, the board chair, said:

“In these challenging times, it has been incredibly heartening to have so many people volunteer to help others. In villages and towns across Suffolk, people have taken it upon themselves to mobilise a small army of volunteers to do what they can for people in need.

“The support service will encompass this work but will bring structure and routine to these offers of help. This is just the start of this new service, so we expect the number of offers and requests to grow. People who want to help, or need help, should let us know and we will do the rest.

"It is testament to the hard work of all Suffolk organisations and sectors that we are able to offer this invaluable help.”

The telephone line is not a general information line for COVID-19 queries, but those in need can seek information on support with care needs, loneliness and to connect with community support.

This is a new service and will adapted to demand over the coming weeks. People are still being urged to check GOV.UK for the latest guidance on a wide range of issues and changes caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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From Trading Standards- WARNING- ILLEGAL & DANGEROUS kits are being sold

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If your child is eligible for SCC funded School Travel you must opt in by 31 May 2020 to receive travel for thestart of the 2020/2021 school term. If your child already receives SCC funded travel you still need to opt in every year.  To find out more visit:

https://www.suffolkonboard.com/school-travel/

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From the Neighbourhood Watch coordinator

If it helps, from a tweet just received from Suffolk County Council a link to the Government’s website giving the latest guidance for the self-employed’ to claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

In light of coverage on the BBC news here is a link to The National Domestic Abuse website (https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/) the 24 hour freephone helpline number being 0808 2000 247.

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The Parish Council have received comments with regard to a number of garden waste bonfires recently in the Parish.   As garden waste is at the moment not being collected by West Suffolk Council, it may be that some residents will decide to have a bonfire which of course is not illegal or contrary to County Council guidance.  However, before doing so would you please consider the following:

1. Wind direction and strength – please consider your neighbours.
2. Neighbours may have washing drying in their garden or just be enjoying time in their garden.
3. As the weather now hopefully begins to warm up windows may be open.
4. We would suggest that after 6 pm. would be an appropriate time for bonfires to be lit.
5. Fires should never be left unattended.

 Thank you for your consideration

BC&S Parish Council

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The Covid-19 Chambers bus company emergency timetable for those villages it applies to can be found on-line here (then opening the pdf on the right hand side of the screen):

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Coronavirus.  Unprecedented times of course and it is heart-warming knowing that neighbours are looking after neighbours especially with the offers of support to the most senior and vulnerable in our village.  Please continue to keep an eye on your neighbours. Thank You! 

 Be Aware Of: 1. Scammers telephoning pretending to be from ‘Southern Electric’ offering £5000 credit ‘to help people through the Coronavirus crisis’ if they can collect a £520 cash payment. 2. Offers of vaccines, test kits or illicit sanitiser. 3. People pretending to be from British Red Cross knocking on doors of elderly & vulnerable individuals, taking their money to do shopping & then not returning. 4. Door salesmen selling household products at inflated prices. Only accept help from people you know or trust, don’t deal with cold callers!

 Red Card: If you live alone, consider having a RED card with ‘HELP’ (and perhaps your telephone number) available to display in your window in an emergency to attract the first passer-by or visitor should you need assistance one day.  Of course, if you can, never hesitate to phone for help in the first instance: 999 in an emergency or NHS 101 or a family member or a friend/neighbour or even myself – Andy on 07789544268.  I am absolutely aware that we are of course already watching out for each other in the village but please shout if you know of a vulnerability.

Stay Informed. If you don’t already, you may want to consider following the Parish Residents facebook page (@bradfieldcombustwithstanningfield) and/or join nextdoor.co.uk (highly recommended!) to receive & share useful and up to date local info.

 

Store opening times

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The neighbourhood Watch coordinator has advised the Parish Councillors of the following tweet from Suffolk Police warning of the latest COVID-19 scam messages, link here:

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/covid19

 

The following is a Police Connect message.

 

Suffolk Constabulary is issuing advice on social media channels to combat unscrupulous individuals who look to exploit the vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak.

The messages on social media urge vigilance against criminals who will be using the publicity around the virus as a chance to target the vulnerable.

 

For example, the social guidance includes making clear to always ask for identification of anyone claiming to be from the emergency services or the voluntary sector and not to open the door to anyone, especially from someone you are not expecting.

Other scam include coronavirus tax refunds, fake cures, World Health Organisation impersonation emails and bit coin payments.

County Policing Commander for Suffolk Chief Superintendent Marina Ericson said: "We are living through unprecedented times, and while we are seeing mostly positive and very helpful community based activity to support the vulnerable, there continues to be a heartless and scheming group of criminals who will look to exploit the current situation for their own needs.

"Scams are likely to come in many different forms – from, for example, calling on people to say they are testing for the virus, to those fraudulently selling protective face masks, or offering to do shopping and taking money.

 

"The majority of groups are well intentioned and will be working through the voluntary or charity sector and will be very happy to provide you with proof as to who they are.

"The message is simple, if you have any doubts about the honesty of the person or offer of help, we urge you not to engage further – put the phone down or shut the door and report suspicious behaviour."

Vulnerable people will be most at risk so we ask that people protect themselves and we ask relatives and neighbours of the vulnerable to have a conversation with their loved ones or neighbours to stay alert and be wary of unsolicited offers of help.

If you feel in immediate danger call 999 or if you know someone is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud, please contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101 or Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.ukor call 0300 123 2040.

      

Advice: 

·Only accept help from people you know and / or trust. Never deal with unexpected cold callers

·You do not have to agree to anything you don’t feel comfortable with

· Police, health workers and others will not and do not call at your house to test for coronavirus or ask for money regarding investigations

·Check the person calling at your door has valid identification, even if they are dressed in uniform

·Do not transfer any money across to someone who calls you over the phone, banks will not ask for your personal security details

· Do not trust anyone asking for money transfers or cash over the phone

· Do not make shopping purchases from a company or person you do not know and trust. Use a credit card to pay to protect yourselves.

 

Further advice can be found on our website:

https://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/coldcallers1.pdf

https://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/fraudprevention1.pdf

 

The advice attachments can be viewed via https://www.suffolk.police.uk/news/latest-news/16-03-2020/coronavirus-scam-warning

Please see tweet below from Suffolk County Council. via our Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator

'Good news for our elderly and vulnerable residents- we are removing the time restrictions on concessionary travel passes. This means pass holders can use their passes to reach the supermarkets which are opening early in the morning just for them!'

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New funding for community groups from Calor

go to https://communityfund.calor.co.uk/

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Would you like to be the Local Recorder for: BRADFIELD COMBUST?

 The Suffolk Local History Council runs a Recorders Scheme throughout Suffolk.  We administer a network of volunteers to ensure that the ‘present’ is adequately recorded at local level for the ‘future’.

 A Recorder will note significant happenings in their parish and collect their local parish magazines, leaflets, election pamphlets and newspaper cuttings.  At the end of each year, they are asked to submit a short report summarising the activities of their parish.  The reports are deposited at the Suffolk Record Office and available to future researchers together with the collected items.

 If you are interested, please look at the Recorders Pack by visiting www.slhc.org.uk to acquaint yourself with the guidelines of the scheme.  You do not need to be a historian; you do not need any qualifications other than an interest in your parish.  In return you will receive a copy of the SLHC Newsletter and be invited to the annual conference specifically for Local Recorders.  To volunteer to help in this important work, please contact recorders@slhc.org.uk

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LIFE LINK

To update you on LifeLink (Social Prescribing) and its expansion. LifeLink is a free service (West Suffolk Council/Clinical Commissioning Group/Primary Care Network funded) which supports individuals to access community resources.  Amongst the help it gives, reducing loneliness and isolation is central. Currently available in Brandon, Haverhill and Mildenhall, LifeLink is due to expand in the new year.  Referral routes for the new schemes will open on 20th January and we expect to start seeing participants from February 2020 onwards.  Here is a list of the schemes and the surgeries which each serves as well as an item which you might like to include in your publication.   

 Schemes operating now

Haverhill LifeLink

Clements, Haverhill Family Practice

 Brandon LifeLink

Brandon Medical Practice, Forest Surgery, Lakenheath

 Mildenhall LifeLink

Market Cross, Reynard, White House

Schemes launching in January/February 2020

Bury St Edmunds LifeLink

Angel Hill, Guildhall, Mount Farm, Swan, Victoria

 Sudbury Rural LifeLink

Glemsford, Guildhall – Clare, Long Melford, Wickhambrook

 Sudbury LifeLink

Hardwick House, Siam

 Newmarket LifeLink

Rookery, Oakfield, Orchard House, Bury Rural LifeLink, Botesdale, Stanton, Woolpit

 LifeLink -Changing Lives with Communities

 

LifeLink, which started in Haverhill and has also launched in Brandon and Mildenhall, is a free service for anyone over 16 years old and it is already busy. Benefits include: meeting new people and developing new friendships, feeling healthier and fitter, learning new skills and opportunities for volunteering and developing employability skills. This can lead to improved sense of wellbeing, leading to better physical and mental health.

 

The LifeLink Coordinators, coach participants on a one-to-one basis, working together to find ways for each person to improve their wellbeing and meet their needs by connecting them to social activities, clubs, groups and local services. By introducing suitable local services, groups, clubs or activities, each individual’s social and practical needs can be supported and LifeLink will help, every step of the way.

 

Getting involved is easy.  People can self-refer to the service, or ask a friend, supporter, GPs or other professional to help them to make a referral. Simply call the local LifeLink Coordinator to find out more  and get involved.

For Haverhill LifeLink call Elaine 07967 670592 or Charlotte 07967 670602.  For Brandon LifeLink and Mildenhall LifeLink call Rob 07773 046836 or Amba 07971 534462.

 

LifeLink is currently available in Brandon, Haverhill and Mildenhall with expansion in the New Year to include Bury St Edmunds Central, Bury St Edmunds Rural (Blackbourne), Newmarket, Sudbury Central, and Sudbury Rural (WGGL). 

 

For more information on LifeLink, and its schedule for expansion, please visit  https://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/community/lifelink

 

Stanningfield telephone box

The red telephone box on Hoggard's Green in Stanningfield, as with many other rural call boxes across the country, has been disconnected by BT. It has now been adopted by the Parish and refurbishment work has begun. The telephone box is set to become a book and CD swap and will also serve as an information point for the village.

 Your Parish needs you

Would you like to represent and serve the local community? The Parish Council is looking for two new Councillors, if you’re interested then please contact Nicola Glading (Clerk) email: BradfieldCombustwithStanningfieldpc@outlook.com

 Parish Council Meetings

These take place at Stanningfield Village Hall and start at 7:30pm. The next meeting dates are Monday 30th September 2019 and Monday 25th November 2019. All are very welcome to attend; if you want to speak on a particular subject that is on the Agenda, please let the clerk know in advance. The agendas will be published on the Noticeboards and Parish Council website, three days prior to the meeting. If an urgent matter needs to be put before the Councillors, the Chairman may call an Extraordinary Meeting; agendas for such meetings will be published seven days in advance.

 

Community Chest grants

The Community Chest funding round for 2020/2021 is now open.

Community Chest funding supports voluntary and community groups who make a contribution to improving the quality of life for people in West Suffolk.

Funded activities must help deliver the Families and Communities Approach and Families and Communities Strategy and eligibility criteria apply. The minimum amount that can be applied for is £1,000. This funding can be for one off projects or revenue funds for services.

Please find guidance and application documents below. To discuss your application prior to submission please contact families.communities@westsuffolk.gov.uk.

Applications close at noon on Monday 30 September 2019.

Previous Community Chest Grant allocations

Previous Rural Initiatives Grants Scheme (RIGS) grant allocations

Further information

You can see our approach to funding illustrated in our Families and Communities funding approach diagram

For more information read our Families and Communities approach

Other funding sources

Home assistance grants

Funding is available from West Suffolk councils to assist families/residents to make safe, repair and improve their homes and we would like your help to engage with our communities.

We can assist in different ways, through Warmer Homes Healthy People or through the Home Assistance grant (HAG) to  help home owners carry out repairs and improvements to their homes to ensure that they are warm, weather proof or water tight, safe and secure and have reasonably modern kitchen and bathroom facilities.

To find out more, or to see if one of our other grants could help, see our Housing grants page.

Energy grants

For a wide range of grants and other assistance with energy-saving initiatives for businesses and community venues see the Green Suffolk website

 

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Villagers gathered to see the newly refurbished Bradfield Combust sign unveiled

 After long period of restoration, Cllr Tony Langan unveiled the newly painted Bradfield Combust sign  on Saturday, 3rd August on the Village Green. 

 The sign, which on one side commemorates Arthur Young, the “father “ of modern British agriculture, who lived in Bradfield Hall, and on other, depicts the 13th century  burning of the Lord of the Manor’s house by disgruntled villagers, in protest at the imposition of a tax on the collection of fire wood.

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The moment has come- Vice Chairman of the Council, Cllr T Langan, unveils the new sign

To view the Bury Free Press article, click on the address below:article 

  BFP-20190809.pdf

Recommended sites and contacts: Nextdoor Neighborhood: https://nextdoor.com/

Suffolk Constabulary: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/your-area/bury-st-edmunds

Bury St Edmunds Police: facebook and Twitter - @BuryStEdsPolice Community Engagement Officer: ceoburystedmunds@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

Police Connect: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/services/police-connect

SNWA: http://www.suffolknwa.co.uk/