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The newly completed Pavilion at Stanningfield

Stanningfield Village Hall Pavilion3



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) and
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

 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.

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.

We Will Remember Them


Home, but not alone

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

A 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.

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.


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



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, 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.


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 2019 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.