The following article taken from the March Newsletter, thanks go to Val Swallow for her hard work

BEDFIELD POST OFFICE  Tuesdays 0915 to 1115 Every Week 
The Outreach Post Office provided by Selkirk Road Post Office, Ipswich, is open from 0915 until 1115 every Tuesday 
The services available include: 
Cash withdrawals for all major high street banks and building societies. Payment of bills. Postage for letters and parcels worldwide and UK. Special delivery and Parcel Force. Mobile phone top-ups. Vehicle licensing for cars and HGVs. Foreign currency to pre-order Euros on demand  Travel insurance Car and van insurance. Home insurance. Post Office phones and broadband  Post Office instant access and saver accounts 
The Post Office is situated in the Bedfield sports pavilion and tea or coffee is  available. 
Parking is easy unlike Framlingham or Debenham Why not give it a try and help support the village and ensure the service continues 

Suffolk Minerals & Waste Local Plan Issues & Options Consultation



As an initial stage of the preparation of the Suffolk Minerals & Waste Local Plan, Suffolk County Council is inviting comments upon the Issues & Options Consultation.


The Issues & Options Consultation document discusses the proposed changes to be made to the existing minerals and waste policies, and invites the submission of information in support of proposed sites for minerals extraction and wastemanagement.


Which of the proposed sites will eventually be included in the draft plan will not be known until the summer of 2017 after they have been carefully assessed. Sites that are already included in the existing plans, but which have not already come forward, will need to be resubmitted for consideration as well.


The accompanying Sustainability Appraisal document assesses the relative merits of the different issues and options.



The consultation is hosted on the Suffolk County Council website and can be viewed by following the link provided below.


Alternatively, hard copies may be provided upon request.


The documents can also be viewed at the following offices:

·       Suffolk County Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX;

·       Babergh District Council, Corks Lane, Hadleigh, Ipswich, IP7 6SJ;

·       Forest Heath District Council, College Heath Lane, Mildenhall, IP28 7EY;

·       Ipswich Borough Council, The One Ipswich Customer Service Centre, Town Hall, Cornhill, IP1 1BZ;

·       Mid Suffolk District Council, 131 High Street, Needham Market, IP6 8DL;

·       Waveney District Council, Marina Centre, Marina, Lowestoft, NR32 1HH;

·       St Edmundsbury Borough Council, West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3YU

·       Suffolk Coastal District Council, Melton Hill, Woodbridge, IP12 1AU, or from the 5 December at East Suffolk House, Riduna Park, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, IP22 1RT



Please complete and submit the online survey, or email, or write to Suffolk County Council at the email or postal address provided. In all cases the correspondence must be received by 5pm on the 6 February 2017, or the views expressed may not be able to be taken into account.


Yours faithfully,


Graham Gunby

Senior Policy Officer: Mineral & Waste Policy



RURAL SERVICES NETWORK: WiFi FOR VILLAGE HALLS? and other interesting information

CLICK HERE to go to the website

Police station opening hours
As Suffolk Police move closer towards implementing the new local policing model on 4 April 2016, some front counters at police stations across the county will have reduced opening hours over the coming weeks.

As part of the Suffolk Local Policing review, from 4 April 2016, front counters at police stations in Ipswich , Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft will be open to the public and the remainder will close. All police stations will remain operational with local officers working from these bases and patrolling within communities. Police will still be available 24/7 via the intercoms provided outside all police stations.

A number of front counter staff are being redeployed throughout the organisation, meaning some front counters may on occasion work to reduced hours. Daily opening hours can be confirmed by ringing 101. Police can be contacted at any time in an emergency on 999 or on 101 for non-urgent matters.

From 4th April 2016, police stations can be visited in: Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft. These front counters will be open Monday- Friday 9-5 and Saturday 10-6.

Full information on the Suffolk Local Policing Review can be accessed here

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If you have details about any crimes, then please contact your local Police Station, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

As a local Healthwatch, it is imperative we reach as many members of the public as possible to ensure they are kept up to date with our activities, have a chance to make their voice heard and are aware that we exist in the first place!

Our aim is to ensure the Health & Social care services in Suffolk are the best they can be, and if people wish to share their views with us or make complaints, that we are there to help and support them.

If you would like to find out more about who we are and what we do please visit our website:

and click here to view our latest Annual Report:

Trading Standards alerts on the latest scams, rogue traders and consumer issues sign up for Suffolk Trading Standards e-mail bulletins

National Neighbourhood Watch - OurWatch
Register on the national Neighbourhood Watch website

Registration on the system is the first step in either making contact with NHW or if you have one, registering your scheme with them.

Please be aware by registering online you are not starting a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme; you are simply registering your details on their secure database and agreeing to receive information. However, if you are the co-ordinator of a scheme you can register details and opt in to send and receive messages from your scheme members. 

Registration is available via the link here

You can find information on crimes affecting your area and sign up to receive alerts.
To register to receive the alerts visit
1. select your local area by typing in your postcode in the ‘Find your neighbourhood’ box
2. select ‘explore this crime map’
3. under ‘Next Steps’ select ‘sign up for alerts also hosts lots of information on your local police team and crime prevention information.

Suffolk Police Community Safety Unit Newsletters and local crime information

The way in which Suffolk Constabulary communicates with Neighbourhood Watch schemes will, over the next month, change. The newsletters produced by Community Watch Liaison Officers and the Police Community Safety Unit will cease and crime alerts will be sent out using Police Connect. 

Police Connect is a messaging service connecting you to the very latest policing news for your area via e-mail, text or phone. 

There is no charge for this service - all messages you receive are free.


Where can I get information and news on crimes, scams and issues affecting my community?

We suggest that you sign up sign up for news and bulletins via the sources detailed below.


You can register to receive information about the issues that most matter to you and be among the first to be alerted by police in the case of an emergency affecting your area. Police Connect messages will be more targeted and timely, therefore more effective.

There is no charge for this service - all messages you receive are free.
Police Connect replaced Police Direct last year and subscribers to Police Direct were not automatically transferred to Police Connect, which means people need to sign up again, if they have not already done so. There are 2 ways that people can subscribe:

1. Go to the Police Connect web page on the Constabulary website, and sign up on line.

As part of that registration process you will be asked to indicate whether you are a coordinator or a member of a scheme. Please ensure that you do indicate your status when you do register.

2. Police Connect registration forms can be provided for you.The form is quick and easy to complete, these can be handed into a police station or posted to:
Community Safety Unit, Suffolk Police, Landmark House, Ipswich IP1 5PF

If you would prefer to sign up for Police Connect by post or would like a supply of forms or an electronic version of the form for inclusion in your local publications such as parish magazines then please e-mail 

For postal forms, please state how many you would like along with the delivery address.

The Full Text Of The Parish Registers Of Monk Soham Published 1920, Recording Matters Since 1550

From Wednesday 1 June 2016, the opening hours at Suffolk’s Household Recycling Centres (HWRCs) has  changed to offer site users extra hours on

Sundays, Bank Holidays, and on a Thursday evening during summer months, reflecting the times when the sites are most used and needed by residents. 


The busiest times of the week for these sites are the weekend and bank holidays. One of the quietest days of the week is consistently a Wednesday. As a result of this, all sites will be closed on a Wednesday.


The new opening times for Suffolk County Council’s  Household Waste Recycling Centres are as follows:


April - September

Monday                      – 9am – 5pm

Tuesday                      – 9am – 5pm

Wednesday                – Closed*

Thursday                     – 9am – 5pm (open until 7pm during May - August)*

Friday                          - 9am – 5pm   

Saturday                     - 9am – 5pm   

Sunday                        - 9am – 5pm*


October - March

Monday                       – 9am – 4pm

Tuesday                      – 9am – 4pm

Wednesday                 – Closed

Thursday                     – 9am – 4pm 

Friday                          - 9am – 4pm   

Saturday                     - 9am – 4pm   

Sunday                        - 9am – 4pm


*From 1 June 2016     All sites are closed 25, 26 December and 1 January

Highway Matters: Read Issue 7 Here: HIGHWAY MATTERS 7

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