A14 Overnight Closure – 10 February

A14 eastbound between junction 52 Claydon and junction 52 Whitehouse will be closed between 8pm and 6am on Saturday 10th February weather permitting. Diversions will be in place

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New Noticeboard Required

Would you, or someone you know, be able to make a new parish noticeboard to replace the one on Jacks Green Road?

If you could please contact either the Parish Clerk on 01449 721369, or one of the Parish Councillors.

Many thanks!


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Fully Funded Central Heating Systems

Fully funded first-time central heating systems for Suffolk residents

Suffolk’s local authorities are now able to provide fully funded central heating systems subject to survey to 514 fuel poor households across Suffolk over the next three years. Around 4 million UK households are in fuel poverty, unable to affordably heat their home to the temperature needed to stay warm and healthy. As well as being on low incomes many of these households are also faced with the additional burden of relying on heating systems that are inefficient and expensive to run. The local authorities in Suffolk have a long track record of securing funding to support our most vulnerable residents. This project will enable us to make a practical, long lasting difference to improve their living conditions and make their homes more affordable to heat. Anyone who does not have a central heating system and finds it a challenge to afford their energy bills should contact Suffolk Warm Homes Healthy People on 03456 037686 quoting the Warm Homes Fund.  It will fund the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel poor households which don’t use mains gas as their primary source of heat.

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Suffolk Fostering Service Campaign

Suffolk Fostering Service launches first in a series of fostering recruitment campaigns

Suffolk County Council’s Fostering Service will launch a series of campaigns over the coming months to encourage more Suffolk residents to become foster carers.  820 children currently live in care in Suffolk and there is an urgent need for more people to come forward to foster. Suffolk Fostering Service is the longest established provider of fostering services in the county, offering competitive fees, 24-hour support services and up to 21 days paid leave per year. Teenagers in care have often gone through a great deal in their lives and this campaign aims to give an honest reflection of what it takes to be a foster carer and the rewards that can come as a result. The campaign is accompanied by a new promotional video providing an insight into what it takes to be a foster carer for teenagers and the positive difference they make to a young person’s life. The video addresses why the application process can be timely and thorough, describing how the vulnerability of the children in care makes the timeframe absolutely necessary. It also makes clear that the robustness and intensity of the process is equally there to benefit and protect the prospective foster carer, ensuring that they are fully prepared and certain of the commitment they are making. Suffolk residents are being asked to consider whether they have the patience, compassion and the spare room required to provide a child with the secure home life they need. Please visit www.fosterandadopt.suffolk.gov.uk

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Parish Council Drop In

Creeting St Mary Parish Council warmly invite you to a new event.

A drop in service where you can chat about any concerns or issues you may have within the Parish.

A great opportunity to meet with your Parish Councillors in a relaxed informal atmosphere.

Every 2nd Saturday of the month
– 1 1 am to 1 2pm –
Commencing Saturday 1 3th January 201 8
The Lounge Jubilee Hall, All Saints Road.

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Register Your White Goods

Reminder to check white goods as Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service marks UK Home Safety Week

People in Suffolk are being urged to check their white goods and to not use them unattended in an attempt to reduce the risk of fires starting in the home. As part of UK Home Safety Week, fire services up and down the country are recommending people register their appliances in case of recalls, but to also be aware that incidents can occur when a product isn’t on a recall list. Damage and severity of a fire, should one occur, is dramatically reduced if they are not left running while everyone is asleep or out of the house. Early indicators of potential risks can be quickly noticed, such as smells, unusual sounds or the appliance not performing as expected. People are also being urged to check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and to make sure they know how they will exit their home if a fire does occur. In 2015/16, more than 15,000 accidental fires in the home were caused by cookers and white goods across the UK. In 2016/17 in Suffolk, there were 29 incidents caused by white goods – to date in 2017/18, there have been 11. Suffolk Trading Standards are also informing people of the campaign, reminding them to regularly check the recalled list of domestic appliances, and to follow their weekly product recall campaign, #CheckItTuesday on Twitter. We would urge people to register their appliances at www.registermyappliance.org.uk  This online safety initiative, which is supported by fire services and government represents nearly 90% of white goods brands and allows people to register appliances new and up to 12 years old so if there’s a safety recall they can be contacted

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Babergh & Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan

PLEASE NOTE – Consultation on a new Joint Local Plan for Babergh and Mid Suffolk is taking place between 21st August and 10th November 2017.

The Joint Local Plan will inform how our districts will develop over the next 20 years.

To view the consultation document and/or to make any comments online please go to www.babergh.gov.uk/jointlocalplan or www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/jointlocalplan or if anyone wishes to see the paper copy of the consultation document please contact the Parish Clerk.

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Congratulations to the School

The school had its Ofsted inspection in March. The  Inspector found that the school continues to be good. She spoke highly of the progress in the school since Mrs Friar’s appointment and commends all the staff for their work and the good quality of the teaching.  The pupils are also praised for behaving well in and around the school and being polite and courteous and very supportive of each other. See more about the school here

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MSDC Bin Collection Dates

MSDC have issued their schedule for collections for Christmas and the New Year. In general, collections in the week before Christmas will be unchanged and after Christmas will be one day later. For full details of collections over the holiday period see Christmas and New Year Collections. For calendar for 2017 see Collection Calendar 2017

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NHS Health Check

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.

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