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This website is maintained by the Parish Council to provide residents and visitors with information about and from the Parish Council.
Coronavirus - parish support network
Volunteers living in all parts of the parish will be contacting every household to ask if you need support or whether you can offer it to others. The intention is to create a network that covers the parish so that anyone who is vulnerable has someone to contact. Please respond to the note you receive if you either need help or can offer it. This network is being co-ordinated by one of the We'll Help volunteers, Melanie Isted. If you have not yet been contacted then please call Melanie on 01206 263370 who should be able to refer you to someone who can help.
Assistance available via Suffolk County Council includes its Home but Not Alone phone line providing support for vulnerable people who need urgent help with matters such as receiving essential supplies. The number is 0800 876 6926. Further information is here.
Primary school staff in good voice
Great stuff here from the primary school staff singing for an end to lockdown.
New bus timetable
Chambers has restored weekday services at school times. The company's timetable is available on its website.
Partial reopening of Recreation Ground facilities
In line with latest Government guidance the tennis court and basketball court reopened for use from 13 May with conditions and social distancing requirements. The Government guidance can be found here.
The Recreation Ground notice is here.
The tennis court can be booked here.
Garden waste collections reinstated
Babergh District Council has reinstated garden waste bin collections starting 11 May. Further information is on the District Council's waste collection web page here.
Recycling centres reopen (appointment only)
Suffolk County Council has reopend recycling centres from 14 May on an appointment-only basis and with restrictions. Slots can be booked here or by calling the SCC contact centre on 0345 606 6067. You will only be able to take waste to a recycling centre with a designated slot time.
The SCC announcement on the reopening is here.
The rules including waste that can be taken to the centres are here.
VE Day on-line commemoration
Despite current restrictions a number of innovative projects to commemorate VE Day were able to go ahead. One of the most comprehensive is The Hold's on-line commemoration from the Suffolk Archives showing how VE Day was celebrated across Suffolk in 1945. The online exhibition is here.
Further Information relating to Coronavirus
A number of supermarkets have announced reserved or prioritised opening times for elderly people, vulnerable people and NHS staff. Information is available here.
Information on local shops and food delivery services is available here.
Government guidance on school arrangements for children of key workers can be found here.
Advice from Babergh District Council on awareness of fraudulent activity is here.
Guidance on essential journeys, appropriate use of cars at this time and related issues is here.
A community Facebook page is here.
A great deal of information is available on changes and advice relating to Coronavirus. The links above are selected to focus predominantly on local information and community support. Full information from central and local government is available at the links below.
Security advice from the police
Suffolk Police have asked that we post security information to help prevent break-ins and burglaries of sheds and outbuildings. The information is here.
Planned changes to bus services
Following concerns raised by residents and parish councils in Stoke, Nayland and Leavenheath over Chambers' plans to withdraw local bus services the company agreed to meet the Chairmen of the parish councils and Suffolk County Councillor James Finch on January 27.
A relevant extract from Chambers' consultation on the plans is here.
A note of the meeting held January 27 is here.
A response (31 Jan) from the Chambers MD to James Finch following the meeting is here.
James Finch's response (3 Feb) to the Chambers MD is here .
A trial timetable which includes retaining a small number of services through Stoke is here. Chambers will consider whether to retain any services through Stoke, other than school services, in July.
Parish Council Vacancies
The Parish Council has two vacancies for parish councillors.
Anyone interested in becoming a councillor should apply in writing to the Clerk to the Council. Applicants must outline briefly what they can bring to the Council and confirm that they meet the qualifying criteria. Applicants must be over 18 and a citizen of the Commonwealth or EU. They must either be on the electoral roll for the parish, or over the previous 12 months have lived here (or within three miles), occupied land or had their principal or only place of work here.
Under s.80, Local Government Act, 1972, persons working for the Council are disqualified, as is someone who has been sentenced to three months imprisonment in the past five years, is subject to a bankruptcy order or has otherwise been disqualified by a court.
The successful applicants will be chosen following consideration by the Parish Council at a Council meeting held in public. The Council is not obliged to appoint anyone considered unsuitable at the time.
Councillors are expected to attend six regular meetings per year and any additional meetings as may be arranged. The term is through until the next election in May 2023.
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Appointment of trustees to the Recreation Ground
The Charity Commission's proposal to appoint new trustees to the Recreation Ground can be viewed here.