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To access, please click HERE

By clicking on the 'Documents' tab at the top of the page, 14 documents become available to view - simply select a document (or more than one) then click 'Download Selected Files' (the green button at the bottom of the page) to download; alternatively just click in the extreme right hand column any items you wish to view.

In summary, the existing lettings building is to be converted into a new dwelling, with a second completely new dwelling to be built at the rear. The pub itself will be extended at the rear, to create space for many new dining tables, though unfortunately the car parking space is reduced because of the need to leave space to access the two new dwellings.

The document entitled 'Block Plan' gives an overall view of the proposed development on the whole site, details of which are then provided on the other documents - this is probably the best place to start.

This will be a significant development and I strongly recommend interested parties go through the proposals in some detail. The Parish Council is a mandatory consultee on the plans, so will be discussing these plans, presumably at their next meeting, to which all villagers are welcome to attend. Residents are also free to send their comments directly to BDC as well if they wish.


I have today received an email from the purchaser of The Swan, which I have shown below, in full:

Dear Andy
I am delighted to let you know that I completed on the extra beer garden land behind The Swan this week and the plans have therefore been formally submitted (Friday 8/3) to Babergh. I hope these will pass smoothly as they incorporated all the feedback from the local Parish Council meeting kindly held for me with villagers, and the pre-application meeting with Babergh in Ipswich. I very much look forward to starting work at The Swan, and indeed I am hopeful that roofers will start renovating the roof over the next few weeks. Thank you for your interest in The Swan.
Kind regards, Justin
Justin Nevison-Grainger
Director Conatus - Business Funding Certainty

I note the plans are not yet on the BDC website - click HERE to access - and suggest that all readers check them to ensure there is nothing that would upset you - please type 'Little Waldingfield' as the search keyword, and when available, the plans should then be the first item displayed.

I am very pleased the plans have at last been submitted, and fingers crossed we will all soon have a bigger and better pub in the village.

9th March 2018


AT 18.30 every Tuesday in the Parish Room, lasting one hour, costing just £4.00 and a real bargain.

What's not to like, come along to these cheap events, enjoy yourself, meet new friends and get fit in the process - brilliant.

Please click the link below to see the poster, and please do go along - you owe it to yourself.


Village Post Box Replaced

Sadly in the eyes of many, myself included, our lovely old brick postbox has been replaced with a red box on a metal stand - no doubt cheaper but not as good looking, particularly in a conservation area such as Little Waldingfield.


Update on The Swan, from Justin Grainger

Dear Allan

Thank you for reaching out from the Parish Council. I can understand anxiety on the part of the villagers and it must be frustrating when it's such a slow process. However, it is more important to get it right and deliver a viable pub. You may be aware that the Monks Eleigh Swan has recently failed after a substantial refurbishment and is back on the market. Undertaken properly, I think the LW Swan has better potential with more residents and more nearby.

I am not in a position to present plans to the village yet as I reverted to the drawing board with an increased beer garden, having recently agreed to purchase some additional land. As soon as that transaction has gone through I will formalise the plans. My wife and I have deliberated, rejected and altered many sets of plans and recently brought in a very respected consultant who has helped a number of local well known and subsequently successful pub restaurants. This has given us new ideas for the extension and refurbishment that we are now putting to the architect.

Thereafter, the plans will go to Heritage and planning incl. the PC, but this won't be quick as you know, and the promised public meeting for locals.

Kind regards, Justin

Justin Nevison-Grainger
+44 (0)7799 803605
The Black Fox, Barrells Road, Thurston, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 3SF


Village Afternoon Tea

On a wonderfully warm and sunny afternoon, the Parish Room looked its best for the 26 villagers who could tear themselves away from the footie, even though England had clearly won by our 3.00 pm start time and the tv coverage was over by 3.30. It was their loss as all guests had a really great time; there was a superb spread, old friends met up again, new friends were made and the conversation flowed, just as trustees had hoped for.

With very many thanks to everyone who helped, whether on the day, baking cakes or making quiches / sandwiches - it was a real team effort. Lastly, £30.00 was raised for the Bridge Project in Sudbury, a charity set up in 1995 to assist disadvantaged adults within the community - a great result all round.

25th June 2018


What a spread


Yummy or what?


Carrots anyone?


A lovely Dundee cake


A superb Victoria sponge


Clear proof that it was great fun


Two very happy new residents of the village


An interesting platefull - cream cake on top of scones and sandwiches - it didn't last long!


Old friends enjoying each other's company


Clearly a great time was had by all.


Deep in conversation


More conversation, even when leaving.

Village Litter Pick

On a somewhat damp and dreary Saturday morning, a surprisingly upbeat band of 11 pickers, plus 2 in the village hall preparing refreshments and another driving round delivering and collecting bags, collectively undertook our annual village roadside clean up. Yours truly thought there would be less rubbish than previously, because it did not seem so visible, but sadly this did not prove to be the case, perhaps due to some fairly serious hedge trimming late last year which may have uncovered rubbish from prior years.
More than 20 large bags of rubbish were collected, along with other items unsuitable for bagging, incl. a large commercial fresh water container, a heavy stablising leg from a workman's barrier and what appeared to be long pieces from someone's replaced secondary double glazing framing unceremoniously dumped - it never ceases to amaze.

The village is, for now at least, free from this modern day blight, created solely by passing drivers too lazy to take their rubbish home with them. The volume of empty cans and bottles was unbelievable, along with remnants from take away food and drinks containers, along with the ubiquitous crisp and chocolate wrappers etc, which of course can be so harmful to wildlife. Hopefully the tidy aspect will, at least for a while, deter other lazy drivers from chucking stuff out of the windows whilst driving through, though we all know that sadly it will recur once again, until such time that everyone becomes a bit more considerate to others - here's to less rubbish next year and a great big thank you to all of our volunteers.

Andy Sheppard 24th March 2018


The Swan Little Waldingfield – Update for the Parish Council, Villagers and SOS 

The Swan closed because it failed for the second time in relatively recent history. I bought The Swan, with no borrowing, on the open market from the receivers for Santander last summer, who had been running it temporarily on a shoe-string budget and temporary manager. The pub was available for sale to any villager, the general public and advertised extensively by respected pub specialists, Christies. Initially, I sought new tenants straight away, and indeed did have two couples very keen on the pub; however, their ideas for the pubs offering would have not been in keeping with the village, or appealing to reasonable expectations, or indeed competitive locally. In view of the previous financial failures and run-down state, there is no point in re-opening as it is, and strong tenants would not be forthcoming. I have further invested in tidying up and securing the property as best possible pending the renovations, in addition to substantial planning and historical research costs.

Therefore, I am going through the complex planning, heritage report and listed buildings process to ensure it has a good chance of gaining the right permissions, and may be renovated and improved to give it a strong chance of viability with new tenants in situ, who will be sought once we get close to renovation completion date. I can’t really give you a reliable timescale for reopening as the planning process is complex and slow, and I want the pub to have the best possible amenities. I can say that once I have some realistic drawings ready for planning, these will be shared with the villagers at an open event at the pub or Nethergate brewery tap – I do hope that will be during the Spring and that villagers will be both excited and their support continue. It is clearly not in my interest to have my investment standing empty for longer than necessary.

However, if you are looking for somewhere relaxing for a drink in the meantime, I can recommend the new Nethergate brewery tap in Long Melford where I am a director and co-owner; which gives me some insight into the pub market, in which my fellow directors/owners and I have interests in 15+ pubs and restaurants. In the meantime, I do understand and very much appreciate villagers enthusiasm to have The Swan re-opened, and must balance that with re-opening something attractive to the best possible tenants, in good order, viable and worthy of the village for the long term.

Justin Nevison-Grainger ACIB BSc(Hons)

13th March 2018

Village Meeting to Discuss BDC Joint Local Plan

Forty plus residents attended a council presentation today on the draft joint local plan, in order to gain a better understanding of the issues potentially facing Little Waldingfield; hopefully they were not disappointed, whilst councillors now also have a better understanding of resident's concerns.

As promised, the presentation may be viewed HERE, with links to the Draft Joint Local Plan highlighted on the penultimate page; n annotated map of the potential LW devlopment sites is also  shown below.

The very strong recommendation, for residents with any concerns about any issues raised in the Joint Local Plan, is to:

  1. Attend the Babergh drop-in session in Sudbury Town Hall, from 2.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. on Thursday 12th October; and
  2. Comment on the issues of concern, either through the on-line consultation process (see links in the above presentation), or obtain paper comment forms from Babergh for submission by post. Please remember the last date for submission of comments is 5.00 p.m. on Friday 10th November, so aim for your comments to arrive at Babergh DC by Thursday 9th  ovember or earlier to be on the safe side.

As the life of the plan extends out to 2036, this will affect Little Waldingfield for the next 20 years, and it is your last opportunity to have your say.

October 7th 2017

Annotated LW map showing 3 areas identified for development


Village Burglary - Update

Laura Mansell, a PCSO from the Sudbury Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) kindly talked to a gathering or more than 30 residents last Saturday, giving copious advice on security and what to do in the event of an incident. She also provided the following information:

If anyone wishes to report anything it’s 101 or via the online reporting tool on our website

Reporting should only be done via these two methods or 999 if it is an emergency.

If anyone wants advice or a chat they can contact the SNT on

 She also mentioned an official police security initiative website that provides practical information on securing property: please click HERE

The question of a lack of police presence was mentioned many times by residents, which apparently arises directly from budget cuts which have lead to reducing the hours of PCSOs, who used to work nights but now cannot work past 6.00 p.m.

Both residents and Laura were unhappy with this situation; she is no longer doing the jog she was recruited for and enjoyed - that of dealing directly with the public to provide advice etc - whilst there are also NO RURAL POLICE PATROLS anymore.

All present agreed this was a highly unfortunate outcome of the budget cuts, whilst the only advice the Police can give to us is for individuals to write to the following, describing the fear the lack of police presence is causing, the inability to get through on the 101 number, and asking for an increase in police funding specifically to increase coverage of rural areas, including permitting PCSOs to work well beyond 6.00 p.m.

  1. Our MP James Cartlidge. To contact James click HERE
  2. Suffolk's Chief Constable Gareth Wilson. To contact Gareth click HERE
  3. Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore. To contact Tim click HERE

25th September 2017

  1. 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.