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Village Sale Trail - Saturday August 12th, 10.00 a.m. til 1.00 p.m.

If you have unwanted items to sell it's not too late to join Little Waldingfield sale trail - contact Sue Sheppard on 247980 or email to take part. There will also be a table sale in the parish room. All sellers will be charged £5 to cover advertising, signs, maps and a donation to the parish room
Come along to Little Waldingfield sale trail and hunt out those bargains. There will be yard/garage sales around the village as well as a table sale and tombola in the Parish Room, in Church Road. Maps, refreshments and toilets will also all be available at the Parish Room.

Great Waldingfield Neighbourhood Plan Area Designation

Great Waldingfield Parish Council have begun the process of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan and have applied to Babergh District Council to designate the neighbourhood plan area.
The consultation period will run from Monday 26 June 2017 until 4:00pm on Friday 21 July 2017 and BDC are seeking views on this designation prior to making a final decision. The area designation chosen follows that which your council adopted late last year, namely the entire parish, but should you wish to comment, further information can be found in the attached letter or by visiting our Great Waldingfield NP web page.
Paul Bryant, Business Support Officer | Planning for Growth
LWPC 25th June 2017

A Message From Police Connect

Please click here to see a message just received regarding the recent Ransomware attacks

The Swan Inn - Latest Update

The latest update from Christies selling agents is as follows:

Thank you for your email; we have indeed agreed terms with a potential buyer and matters are progressing between the respective solicitors. We’re not aware of anything other than ongoing pub usage post completion.

We expect a reasonably early exchange of contracts to take place but we will know more as to timing in two to three weeks I would think.

Tim Gooding, BSc, MRICS

8th May 2017


Martin Render of Community Heartbeat Trust gave an excellent presentation to a full Parish Room, alternately shocking us with grim facts and then delighting us with hopeful statistics. His demonstraton of the use of a defibrillator was incredibly useful and helpful, and he literally then let the machine do the talking.

Yes, our machine actually speaks to the operator (and any bystanders) when it is switched on, talking one through the process and not taking action until it has confirmed all is in place - it even shows a video of where and how to place the electrical pads, which both analyse heart rhythm and then 'shock the patient' if it calculates this is the best thing to do.

The audience, including myself, were mightily impressed - we hope the machine never has to be used, but knowing that it is there and really so incredibly easy to use is a huge confidence boost - just remember to always dial 999 first.

Village Defibrillator

Your council is delighted to advise that the community defibrillator (technically an Automated External Defibrillator or AED) has now been cleared for public use by the ambulance service - something that took us a bit by surprise by its suddeness - we had been anticipating a longer period before this occurred.

We are arranging public training / awareness sessions through Community Heartbeat Trust, who supplied the unit; we will advise once this has been finalised, and with this in mind, please advise the council of your interest and contact details by clicking HERE.

Hopefully our AED will not have to be used, but should there be an incident where someone collapses and appears to be in serious difficulty, PLEASE DIAL 999 and ask for the ambulance service. They will ask about the condition of the patient and further advise if defibrillation may be necessary (whilst also despatching an ambulance). The access code for the device will then be released (it is kept locked as a security mechanism) and there are simple instructions with the device THOUGH YOU WILL BE TALKED THROUGH THE DEFIBRILLATION PROCESS by the ambulance service operator. Defibrillation is completely safe both to you and the patient, and being fully automated, it is impossible to incorrectly shock a patient - the device simply will not work if it is not set up correctly.

The AED is attached to the porch wall of the Parish Room in Church Road  - easily spotted by it being bright yellow with a luminous green light showing there is power to the unit (to ensure it keeps at a correct operating temperature); there is also a motion activated light above to ensure visibiluty when accessing the unit in the dark. There are also a number of defibrillator location signs around the village (telephone box, council noticeboard, in the pub) and more will be set up over the coming days and weeks.

Finally, if you have medical training or would like to be considered as someone who could use the AED at any time, if required, please be sure to contact us, as above, so that a list of willing volunteers can be established and maintained.

26th February 2017

Neighbourhood Planning

Councillors have reviewed outcomes of their recent meetings with Bill Newman (Babergh District Council) and Carroll Reeve (Lavenham Parish Council chairman), held to better understand the process of developing a Neighbourhood Plan (NP).

Details of council resolutions from the above are noted under Parish Council, Community Led Planning - click Here

We have a list of voluneers willing to help with this most important and exciting project, which should be of great benefit to Little Waldngfield, but more are always welcome; if you are interested, please contact any parish councillor or the webmaster - click Here.

History Lovers Present Concert & Book Sale Proceeds to Church

Following the huge success of the recent Bury Male Voice Choir concert in St Lawrence, along with the proceeds from continuing sales of our recently published updated history of Little Waldingfield, LWHS trustees yesterday presented a cheque for £1,915.25 to Reverend Judith Sweetman at the beautiful carol service.

Trustees would like to thank:

  • LWHS members for their continuing support;
  • Villagers and others for coming to our concert and for buying copies of the book (just £18.00, every penny of which goes to the church fabric fund – will make a superb Christmas present); and
  • John Sparkes, whose idea the concert was and who also sponsored the event.
Copies of ‘Little Waldingfield Suffolk, Our Village History From 1840 to 2014’ are priced at £18.00 for 352 sumptuous pages with over 500 glorious colour photos, and may be purchased from the following:
  • Andy and Sue Sheppard, School House, Church Road, LW on 01787 247980 or
  • Di Langford, Pitt Cottage, The Street, LW on 01787 248298

Merry Christmas to all

Dog Fouling

As many of you will have seen, new play equipment has been installed in the children’s area. Sadly however, dog fouling has become an issue on the field which we are determined to stop. This is a polite notice to all dog walkers to pick up their dog’s mess and not to leave it where other walkers or, worse still, children could walk in it. We all know that it is smelly and unsightly, but it also carries diseases that may cause substantial harm to children.
We are asking dog walkers to take care with their own dogs and also to challenge or to report non complying owners to any member of the Playingfield Committee, who will then consider what action to take. Committee members will now carefully monitor the situation, and if it does not significantly improve, will have no choice but to ban all dogs from the playingfield. We don’t wish to do this, but sadly may have no choice, so its up to everyone using the playingfield, for whatever reason, to be vigilant regarding this horrible business.
Playingfield Committee
23rd November 2016

New Playing Field Swings

The new swings are now open for business, and very nice they look too. A new climbing frame should be ready by the end of October followed by a new roundabout by Christmas - who says there's no such thing as Santa Claus.


New Swings - One

New Swings - Two

Aged 40 to 74? Find out about your FREE NHS Health Check

Even though you might be feeling great, if you’re over forty you might be at risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes or dementia.

A FREE NHS Health Check can help you reduce these risks and make sure that you stay healthy. Having the health check will better prepare you for the future and will enable you to take steps to maintain and improve your health.

What will happen at the check?

The check will take between 20-30 minutes and will involve the health professional asking you a few simple questions regarding your family history and lifestyle. They will also check your height, weight and other details, as well as test your blood pressure and complete a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level.

After the check they will talk you through your results and explain to you what they mean, giving you personalised advice on how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle. You may also be prescribed further treatment or medication to help maintain your health.   

Arrange your NHS Health Check

If you are aged 40-74 and have not had a stroke or been diagnosed with heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, kidney disease or diabetes then you are eligible for a free NHS health check.

To arrange the check please contact your registered GP practice who will be able to make an appointment for you. Alternatively, you can also contact OneLife Suffolk to arrange the check for you on 01473 718193.

3rd November 2016

Suffolk on board - Connecting Communities

For details of this exciting new Suffolk County Council initiative, please see latest Community Notice Here

Do you need extra support during a power cut?

Power cuts don’t happen very often but if the electricity network is damaged or develops a fault it’s our job to get your power back on. Our engineers will work around the clock 24/7 to restore your power as quickly and as safely as possible.

If you live in London, the East or South East of England, then being on our Priority Services Register will ensure you will receive extra support if you experience a power cut.

What help should I expect to get during a power cut?
✔ A priority number that you can call 24 hours a day
✔ A dedicated team who will contact you to keep you updated during a power cut
✔ We can put you in touch with an expert who can offer you advice on energy bills and energy saving tips if this is important to you
✔ Tailored support if needed such as home visits, hot meals, advice and keeping your friends and relatives updated
✔ In certain scenarios we may also offer a free hotel overnight and transport to the hotel

Who can register to receive extra support?
• Customers who rely on medical equipment
• Customers who are chronically ill
• Customers with a disability
• Customers who have dementia
• Customers who are blind or partially sighted
• Customers who are deaf or hard of hearing
• Customers who are of pensionable age
• A nursing or residential home
• Customers with children under five in their household
• Any other case that you would like us to consider

To obtain this free support, either for youuself or on behalf of a mother / father etc, please click Here

27th October 2016

Police Crime Map

A new section has now been added to this website under the Notices Tab to provide a link to the above, now that local police 'Safer Neighbourhood Team' newsletters no longer provide local crime data. The history behind this decision is also noted under this tab and another link to the new police crime map is attached here.

Two New Dog Waste Bins

Your council recently purchased two new bins in a continuing effort to reduce this modern day scurge by providing absolutely no excuse for dog walkers not picking up and properly disposing of this execrable material Councillors installed the bins at the ends of two of the village centre footpaths - see map below - and it is hoped they do the trick.

Our Two New Dog Waste Bin Locations


Opposite Wood Hall

Next to The Priory

August 2016


Amazing Generosity at our "Tea Fit for a Queen" Event

On 4th June, a collaboration of village organisations, coordinated by trustees of The Parish Room, hosted a cream tea to celebrate our Queen's 90th birthday, and what a great day it was too. The event was free to villagers and their families, and trustees put out a donations box for people to give to local charities; at the end of the day, we were astonished to find a total of £98.90 in the basket. After a short deliberation, trustees decided that EACH should benefit, given the brilliant work they do supporting families and caring for children with life threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Trustees would like to thank everyone who helped support the cream tea with donations of cakes, scones, jam and cream, as well as their time, and everyone who so generously made a donation on the day - a perfect end to a perfect day we think.

EACH thankyou letter


Tea Fit For A Queen Invitation


By Andy Sheppard on June 3rd, 2017