The Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday 30th April 2019, 7:30pm at Sancroft Hall will operate slightly differently this year. Reports from the Clubs, Societies and Organisations listed below will be submitted in advance for the Parish to read, and then questions can be asked at the meeting. Some groups may also choose to have a presentation as well, which will be in the second part of the meeting.

Reports will be found on this page, as they come in.

Click on the Group/Society/Club/Organisation name to find each report on this page.


1st Fressingfield Scouts

Thank you for the opportunity to share the great work of the 1st Fressingfield Scout Group.

Those who review our annual reports will notice a change of logo for our Scout Group, as the national Scout Association launched its rebranding, we concluded ours locally and our new Group logo, incorporates the pilgrim from the Fressingfield village sign and a traditional fleur de leys. We are proud of both our history and local roots.

1st Fressingfield Scout Group membership increased from the previous year, at the census in April we had membership of 159, including leaders and the Executive committee, up from 136.

Over the financial year 2018/2019 the 1st Fressingfield Scout Group have continued to generate significant amounts of income, our general fund that supports our day to day operational costs continues to have a healthy balance – largely due to membership subscriptions. Our Explorer Unit has raised almost £20,000 to fund our international programme, with 11 members of the Group heading out to Kenya in a few weeks time for a 16 day expedition.

Finally our development fund, has both generated and largely spent £50,000 on developments at our new Priory Road site, where we have been working really hard to develop facilities that support our scouting programme. This includes a recently installed obstacle course paid for by a £10,000 National Lottery grant, environmental works with a £450 grant from the Adnams Trust, nearly 500 saplings planted donated by the Woodland Trust and engineering works kindly supported by Cowhams Car and Commercial.

The Scout Group continues to provide exceptional opportunities to our young people from five year old Beavers to 17 year old Explorers and to our growing team of volunteer adult leaders, to whom I pay a sincere vote of thanks to. We have launched three new sections this year, including Tiger Cubs on a Monday and we now provide scouting opportunities at our new Yoxford and Peasenhall School Scout section, an innovative method of getting scouting into the school curriculum.

The has been so much happening at 1st Fressingfield Scout Group this year I would like to present to you 1st Fressingfield Scout Group 2018 in music and pictures.

Click here for a short film on our 2018 adventure

Yours in Scouting

Andrew

Report prepared by Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne, Group Scout Leader.

13th March 2019

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Art Club

The Club has been active now for 10 years and welcomes anyone interested in painting to join us on Fridays between 10am and 12 noon at the Sancroft Hall.

We are a very friendly group of people of differing abilities and eager to support one another in our artistic journeys. We paint in any medium although watercolour seems to be favoured by most. Our fees at the moment are £20 for a 15 week term. The Committee provides a selection of suggested painting subjects which can be followed weekly or the artist can choose to paint their own choice of subject. We all provide our own art materials and new members can be helped and advised on that.

Each term we have a professional artist give us a workshop at no extra cost to members.

Please join us at our next Exhibition and Coffee Morning, being held on Friday 17th May 10 am until midday. There will be a chance then to view our work and maybe even buy one or two paintings!

Ann Jones

Chairman

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Arts and Crafts Circle

The Craft Group meets on a Monday morning in the Sancroft Hall, from 9.30am to 12noon under the leadership of Christine Lindsay.

We currently have 30 members who mostly work on their own projects, but sometimes we do work on projects which involve the majority of members. Over the last year, these included the cross stitch picture of Fressingfield Medical Centre designed by Christine, presented to Nurse Cathy Tooley in recognition of her dedication and years of service given to the people of Fressingfield at the Surgery. We managed to keep this secret from Cathy and I think it was fair to say she was completely overwhelmed when Christine presented it to her. The group also decided to mark the commemoration of the end of World War 1 by making “100 Hearts for 100 years”. Each member (and friends and relatives) made 1 or more red felt hearts, individually designed and decorated, and these were displayed in the Parish Church on Remembrance Sunday. They made a stunning display. Some members also helped children at the Primary School make their own hearts and these were displayed in the Church on the altar. As well as learning some basic sewing skills, the children gained some knowledge of the war and how it affected local people.

At present, the Group is working on a project making patchwork quilts which will be donated to EACH (East Anglian Children’s Hospice). Previously, we have made quilts for the Linus Project – the quilts being donated to sick or bereaved children providing comfort and security.

The Group also welcomes visiting crafters, making cards, jewellery, Christmas wreaths, decorations etc. In May, the Group will be visiting Willowcraft Pottery at Poringland. Members paint their own designs on to items provided by Willowcraft which are then glazed and fired.

The Group also enjoys trips out to craft exhibitions and a Christmas Lunch.

A fee of £2 per person is charged which covers rent for the hall, visiting speakers and a contribution is made per person for the Christmas lunch.

We are continually welcoming new members who have moved into the village and we offer a friendly and cheerful environment on a Monday morning!

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Baptist Church

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Bowls Club

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Choir

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Church Bells Ringers

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County Council

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Croquet Club

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District Council

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Fressingfield Community Gardeners

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Fressingfield Neighbourhood Watch Team

The Neighbourhood Watch Team was formed back in 2005/6. However, activity became dormant for a while due to one of the Key Members stepping down from their role.

In April 2018, a new Co-ordinator joined the team. Several new members were recruited to take over areas that were not covered and we have just recruited a further member.

Over the past year, we have been able to access more information online which enables us to obtain information on local crime more quickly and pass this on to the residents of Fressingfield. We have also been able to obtain up to date crime figures for the area by directly connecting to the Suffolk Police Connect Website.

Last July a new Community Engagement Officer, one of 9 for the County, was appointed. This again has given us another direct communication link with the Suffolk Police.

We are in the process of replacing old and well worn N.H.W. signs around the village, thus making them more visible.

All those involved in the Neighbourhood Watch are, like most organisations, volunteers. It is hoped that the group will be able to continue long into the future.

Fressingfield Neighbourhood Watch.

April 2019.

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Fressingfield Players’ Panto Group

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Fressingfield Primary School

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Local History and Archive Group

While we’ve had a great year listening to a wonderful range of speakers on a fascinating programme of topics, what our Chairman, Andrew Vessey, talked about at our recent Annual General Meeting were ways in which FLHAG was developing and widening its role within the community.

His first example follows on from the film-spools that Dr David Chase took of his family and our village back in the ’50s and ’60s and which, lent by the family, are being put onto DVD for our Archive. Not only will we at some point have a whole evening’s viewing but, in view of Dr Chase’s unstinting service to the neighbourhood, offering a multitude of expressions of medical and pastoral care FLHAG will instigate an Annual Dr David Chase Memorial Lecture. This would be open to the wider public for a significant speaker to come and address the gathered communities that he once embraced.

Andrew Vessey also spoke about the significant donation FLHAG has given to the local RBL Branch for their Poppy Appeal as a result of selling the latest Book by members of the FLHAG Archive Group. He went on to appeal to current members to consider helping in some way with the future of our core-business: using and repairing the unique collection of photographic history and artefact, some of which now gets put on the Village Website. We would dare to hope that with more hands and more time it can be developed in appropriate ways for our increasingly digital age, where accessibility no longer relies upon visiting a physical library space.

Lastly, having mentioned the widening range of membership-catchment, affecting programme content and scope for visits, Andrew Vessey talked about a number of opportunities for FLHAG to become involved in Parish Projects. These have been arising from the public consultations involved with producing the Neighbourhood Development Plan. In the focusing on Heritage and Development issues, these projects include undertaking a thorough Churchyard Survey, both inscriptions and environmental recording, while, on a far more complex but all-important level, helping to steer a major Project to find a satisfactory use and architectural conversion for the Stable Block, sited alongside the Fox & Goose and Sancroft Hall.

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Methodist Church

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Mothers’ Union

Fressingfield Mothers’ Union continues to flourish in this parish and across the Benefice. In 2018 we had 31 members living in three of our parishes and close links with two further members who now live in residential homes. We are part of the largest Christian mission organisation in the world with over 4 million members in 84 countries.

The worldwide theme for our work and worship in 2018 was, ‘In Mary Sumner’s Footsteps’. Mary Sumner founded the Mothers’ Union more than 140 years ago. Her aim and vision was to bring about a world where God’s love is shown in loving, respectful and flourishing relationships and this continues to be the vision we share with all members worldwide. Through prayer, campaigning, giving and volunteering we try to support family life wherever there is a need.

We have been using material from a new worldwide initiative called MULOA. This stands for Mothers’ Union Listens, Observes and Acts. Using Bible readings, prayer and discussion we are seeing how Mothers’ Union can engage and move forward, both locally and worldwide. This will naturally be an ongoing process and the theme for 2019, ‘Listen, Observe, Act – in step with God’ helps us to continue to explore ways of becoming more relevant in today’s world Our new Worldwide President, Sheran Harper, comes from Guyana. She is the first non-UK national to hold this post which is another exciting development.

At our monthly meetings, we hear from a range of speakers who share our concerns for family life in all its forms and variations. Members make a wide range of items from hats for seafarers, cardigans and quilts for premature babies, ‘cross in my pockets’ through to Fiddle Muffs for those with dementia. We also collect toiletries and items of clothing for both the Women’s Refuge and Night Shelter in Ipswich. Many members are involved with voluntary activities within their own villages.

A copy of our programme for 2019 is available in each of our churches and the Sancroft Hall, where we meet on the first Thursday of every month. We welcome men and women, as members or visitors, whatever their marital or parental situation, to all of our meetings.

Anna Vessey

Branch Leader

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NDP

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Oily Rag Club

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Parish Council

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Royal British Legion

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SAFE

As this is the first time that SAFE has been invited to participate in the Annual Parish Meeting a little recent history might be useful.

In early 2017 Mid Suffolk published its Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) document which identified significant parcels of land in our village for potential major developments. In February two “hybrid” schemes, including 46 houses were approved. A month later planning approval was sought for three sites totalling 208 houses with an additional 584 residents.

At this stage, we decided to become active and SAFE (Supporters Against Fressingfield Expansion) was formed, with a small committee. Our aim was to ” limit major development in Fressingfield. ”

Actions – We arranged a scientifically sound petition, visiting every house in the central area of the village and found 94% of villagers were against major developments. This gave us a mandate to speak for the village. It was apparent that residents were unaware of what was happening so we arranged for distribution of posters and subsequently set up our own website fressingfieldhousing.org This was to inform both residents and decision makers. We instigated public meetings and wrote to specialist departments at district and county level, including highways, planning and Anglian Water. We reviewed important policy documents as they became available and made comment to the appropriate authorities, as well as publicising these on the website. SAFE was involved in both writing and organizing lobbying papers to be sent to planning committee members. These papers deal with single aspects of infrastructure and their impact on village life. We met with the senior planning officer and discussed the issues of concern to the villagers and the lack of sustainability.

Areas of concern included traffic and road safety. There is a long-standing and poorly documented problem with surface water flooding and serious problems with the sewerage. At times of heavy rainfall, manhole covers lift causing raw sewage to enter the roadway and residents’ gardens. We have correspondence with the Suffolk director of public health and have met with Anglian Water representatives on many occasions. Heritage, schooling, medical services and a lack of local employment are other concerns.

The Outcome

The senior planning officer’s report recommended the refusal of all three applications. They came to the committee on 21 November 2018. SAFE widely publicised the meeting and organised car sharing. After presentations and debate, all three were unanimously rejected. Representatives of SAFE made presentations at the meeting. The objectives of SAFE have been to express and publicise the views of the village in a polite and objective way. To clearly state the facts, without bias or emotion. It was important to maintain the support of the village and the success of this approach was manifest by more than 60 people journeying to Ipswich for a 9am planning committee hearing.

John Castro on behalf of SAFE Members – John Kelsall, Dawn Cavilla, Michael Miles, Trevor Orchard, Elizabeth Manero, Abi Maydon Pam Castro

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Six Sense

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Sports and Social Club

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St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church

As you probably know, St Peter and St Paul’s parish church in Fressingfield is part of the Sancroft Benefice group of churches along with Metfield, Mendham, Stradbroke, Weybread and Withersdale. As you can imagine with 6 parishes in my care there are not enough hours in the day for me to personally make many pastoral visits. However, we do have some church visitors who visit on behalf of the church many who find it difficult to get out or are housebound.

Members of our church also run a weekly Coffee Break that attracts many from the village with some people giving lifts to those who cannot get there on their own. There is also a monthly lunch club for over 50s.

We also send an Open the Book team into our school who tell and act out Bible stories for the children, two of us are foundation governors of the school, I go into school to take faith assemblies where we work on different themes each half term, talking about things like friendship, respect, role models etc, as well as covering the different seasons and festivals of the church.

Your parish church is here to celebrate with you all the special occasions in life both happy and sad: we love to celebrate with you by holding your marriage here in church, enjoy christening your babies and we see it as a privilege to hold your services of thanksgiving for the death of a loved one.

A big thank you to all who help us keep the church in good repair and well maintained, whether it be by keeping the churchyard tidy, cleaning the church, flowers, ringing bells, attending fundraising events or giving money regularly – no matter how small the amount it all helps pay the general running costs. Without your help, we would not be able to look after the church so well. We also, of course, have the responsibility of looking after and maintaining the Sancroft Hall.

However, it does cost a lot of money and time to keep the church and hall well looked after, so if anyone would like to help in any way please speak to me the rector.

God bless,

Rev’d Canon Susan Loxton

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Tennis Club

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Village Websites

Alexander Day, Parish Council

aday.fresspc@gmail.com

As many of you will hopefully be aware, Fressingfield Parish Council has its own online web presence at fressingfieldpc.org where you can stay up to date with Agendas, Minutes, Projects and connected groups.

We are moving into the second year of having this dedicated web space, with regular viewership each day, with seemingly most views recently occurring on a Monday at 12pm. All Minutes and Agendas are uploaded as a PDF as quickly as possible, and an archive of previous years is building on the site too.

There is also a Google Calendar of Parish Council Meeting dates, as well as events such as the Village Improvement day which took place on the 6th April 2019. Images on the website are provided by both FLHAG and myself for the Tree & Hedgerow Group area, and I am always open to hearing comments and feedback on the usage and readability of what we host.

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I have also inherited the responsibilities of the Village Website, http://fressingfield.suffolk.cloud/ and update this with information I am provided, as well as aiming to add interesting and useful news posts such as the ongoing bridge maintenance diversion route for the works which are ongoing.

I am unable to provide any traffic numbers for the website, as there doesn’t seem to be a traffic statistics area, but it is my understanding that it is still checked by those visiting and members of the organisations listed.

I urge all of the clubs and organisations to have a look at the website as it stands, and if you see any corrections, would like any changes made or would like a refresh, please let me know. I would like to give the website a makeover and your feedback would be useful in aiding in this endeavour.

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Attached within the PDF are some screen grabs of the websites as they stand in April 2019, viewed on desktop. Please do have a browse on both and let me know of any changes you would like to see.

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WI

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