Welcome to the Social Club!

The Social Club is a valuable village asset.  As a committee, we are keen to ensure there’s a varied programme of events throughout the year, with hopefully something for everyone!  This year we have already hosted 3 really successful pop-up cafes over the winter months, and in April the ever popular touring company, Eastern Angles came to Creeting St Mary.  An event that was very well supported.  There have also been three monthly Friday afternoon/evening family games and BBQ events, with June’s event also encompassing a visit from the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary.   It’s a brilliant opportunity to meet up with other families, and it is wonderful to see Blacksmith’s Field, which is such a fantastic community space, being enjoyed by so many.  The third of our Summer BBQ events has just taken place and was really enjoyable, with a visit from Over Power Needham Market who undertook to provide a community ‘boot camp’ on Blacksmiths Field.  We had about 50 participants, of all ages, who were put through their paces by Curtley, before returning to the village hall for refreshments and a BBQ!  A great community event with a lovely atmosphere,

Our most recent event, a quiz night on 14th September, was a sell-out!  The combination of a great quiz and good food was a winner, and hopefully this will become an annual event in our social calendar!

Moving into autumn we have the ever popular Harvest Horkey on 12th October and of course, the annual Fireworks Night on 1st November.  We are also excited to say that we have Martyn Joseph, a very well known folk act, coming to Creeting St Mary on Friday 29th November.  Tickets are likely to go fast, so get yours soon!  There’s a discounted ticket price for social club members  Further information on all of the events can be found in the events listing, but please ask if you have any questions or want further information.  And, if you have any ideas for future events you would like to see take place, then please let us know!  We’d love to hear from you!

Emergency Road Closure

All Saints Road was closed  outside Creeting House on Sunday 23rd June. It is now open again but there is a further closure from 28th June to 5th July at Creeting Bottoms.

Village Hall AGM

The minutes of the Village Hall AGM held on 19th May 2018 are now available to view on the Jubilee Village Hall page.

Great East Run challenge for 50 inactive Suffolk residents

50 Suffolk residents who are currently inactive are being given the opportunity to change their lives. Residents in Suffolk can sign up for a supported run training programme in Ipswich, with the aim of completing the challenge of the Great East Run half marathon on 16 September 2018.

Participants will receive an extensive programme of support which will include; advice and guidance by double Olympic long-distance runner Paul Evans; expert weekly coaching sessions; gait analysis and exclusive discounts on running gear at Coes in Ipswich; specialist diet and nutrition support; entry into the Twilight 10k and Great East Run Over the course of 4 months, participants will be supported to develop their stamina, fitness and confidence to take on the 13.1 mile course.

The programme which has been developed by Suffolk County Council and supported by Suffolk Sport is open to individuals over the age of 18. Its hoped that the programme will provide an opportunity for participants to embark on a life changing journey, which will see them complete the half marathon alongside 3,500 other runners. We have seen the transformation that mass participation events can have on individuals lives and this programme provides an incredible opportunity for 50 Suffolk residents to take that first step to an active lifestyle and all the benefits this can provide. The inaugural Great East Run last year was a great success with all 3,000 places selling out in a matter of months. To apply for a place on the programme, visit www.suffolksport.com/ger2018 where full details of the eligibility criteria are available, alongside the application form. On application, the programme coordinator will then be in touch directly to discuss the programme in more detail.



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

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!


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.

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

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.

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