Knitting up a storm at the Village Hall… from Monday 26 July

We are pleased to announce that Knit and Natter starts again at Metfield Village Hall on Monday 26 July at the usual time of 2pm till 4pm.

Although the government has announced that restrictions will be lifted on 19 July, the Village Hall Committee is continuing to be cautious. So the meeting will be in the hall itself so that social distancing will be possible. Hand sanitisers are located around the building which you are encouraged to use and, although we will still be providing refreshments, you are encouraged to bring your own mug along.

We know we don’t have to remind you to please stay at home if you have tested positive or have come into contact with anyone who has tested positive in the previous 14 days.

Please also be aware that we will be complying with track and trace requirements – keeping contact details of everyone who attends, for a period of 21 days after each session whereupon they will be destroyed.

We hope to see you on 26th!

Frankie and Debbie

Roll up! Roll up! Metfield Village Hall Bar reopens this Friday!

It’s the news you’ve all been waiting for… the bar will open at 5pm on Friday 23 July and you’ll be welcomed as usual with cheery smiles and jolly banter.

Initially, for the summer, it will be from 5pm till late on Friday evenings only, unless there is a special event planned, when it may also be open on a Saturday. For example, on Saturday 7 August there will be Bingo in the main hall from 7.30pm, with drinks available from 7pm.

Despite the 19 July easing of Covid regulations, the Village Hall Bar will operate a range of Covid measures to ensure the safety of both customers and volunteers. Sanitising stations are located at various places around the hall and customers are encouraged to use these. Customer seating will be socially distanced outside on the patio and in the main hall.

Come along and catch up with your friends, neighbours, mates, whatever – and enjoy a drink in a relaxed setting.

Business Support Grants – application date looming!

We have been asked to make people aware of the following information regarding business support grants.

As you might be aware, we still have a number of business support grants available and open for applications. The most recent grants are for a significant amount of funding and could provide a real boost to our businesses are they get back on their feet as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Following a huge amount of outreach, we are receiving feedback from many businesses who do not realise they can claim this additional grant funding and I would ask that you share the details of the grants with any businesses who you think may be eligible so they don’t miss out. All businesses must reapply for these grants as there are currently no automatic payments and applications must be received by Sunday 13 June – as all current schemes close at the end of July.

An outline of the business support grants is below

Government Restart Grant
The Restart Grant scheme replaces the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme and aims to support businesses registered for Business Rates that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, such as: Non-essential retail, Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal care, Gym & Sport.

Discretionary Restart Grant
The Discretionary Restart Grant is open to businesses unable to access the Government Restart Grant, but who may have costs associated with reopening their business or to resume trading at pre-Covid levels following the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

Back to Business Grant
This grant is for businesses to support their recovery post covid by expanding or diversifying. There is a particular focus on businesses that will deliver a wider economic benefit to their local economy. The Back to Business Grant is up to £25,000 and we are asking businesses to submit their expression of interest in receiving this grant.

The Local Restriction Support Grant (closed) Addendum and Additional Restriction Grants are still open for businesses significantly financially impacted by the lockdown period from 16 February – 31 March, but applications must be submitted by 31 May 2021.

If you know of any businesses who might be eligible, please encourage to find out more by visiting our website: https://www.babergh.gov.uk/business/business-rates/grant-funding-schemes/ or contacting the ED team on discretionarybusinessgrant@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk or 01473 296444.

The Economy Team would appreciate any help you can provide in contacting businesses in your Ward either by personal approach or social media in order to make businesses aware that funding is available to support their Business Recovery.

Many thanks

Gerard  

Cllr. Gerard Brewster
Joint Member for (Stowmarket) Combs Ford Ward
Deputy Leader of Council
Cabinet Member for Economic Growth
Mid Suffolk District Council

Metfield Parish Council

Your Parish Council members work hard to do their best for the village and have had a difficult time over the Covid lockdowns with restrictions that meant they couldn’t meet face to face. Zoom meetings are all very well but not everyone is able to do this and it doesn’t always make for a productive meeting. A BIG thank you to them all for overcoming these hurdles, including, of course, Lindsey, the PC Clerk, who keeps things running like clockwork whatever the challenges.

The government guidance is that Parish Councils must meet in person at a geographical location from now on, so we hope they can remain safe while carrying on the good work on our behalf.

The following documents are available to view or download from the Meetings and Minutes page of the website at metfieldsuffolk.com/meetings/.

01_FINAL_Minutes-14to21-Jan-2021
02_FINAL Minutes-8-Mar-2021
03_FINAL_Minutes_Planning_Wakelyns_Farm
04_DRAFT_Minutes_Annual_Parish_Meeting_17_05_2021
05_DRAFT_Minutes_17_05_2021

The dates of the remaining meetings in 2021 are:

Monday 12 July
Monday 13 September
Monday 8 November

Please tell friends and neighbours in Metfield that, as well as visiting the website, they can follow the Blog to receive their own email notification each time a a new Blog is posted. The button to click to add yourself to the list is at the foot of the right-hand margin on each page metfieldsuffolk.com. Apparently, there are quite a few people in the village who don’t know about the website.

Members of the public are always welcome to attend.

Remember when…

NEW! You can listen to the audio file of this blog HERE.

METFIELD Tales from a Suffolk Village 1928–2017
as told by Christine Brennan

Many will remember the publication of local author Christine Brennan’s book at a launch party on Saturday 11 November 2017. It was a memorable evening and well supported. There was standing room only as guests (more than 200 of them) packed into Metfield Village Hall in the early evening and the crowd buzzed with excitement.

Granddaughter Abigail told us a bit about her Nan and how the book came about, highlighting Christine’s passion for preserving Metfield’s history. The books were unveiled with a flourish and a roar of appreciation from the crowd.

Memories and emotions were stirred up, stories swapped, drinks drunk and nibbles nibbled. Queues were formed, books were signed, photos were enjoyed, old friends and neighbours caught up with each other.

Well over 200 books were sold on the night. Feedback was fantastic – people were impressed with the overall quality and the number of photos. It was recognised as a ‘proper’ book, so much more than just a local history or personal memoire. One guest commented as follows:

‘Just a quick note to thank you and all the team for the most fabulous “book launch” party on Saturday evening. I am sure everybody there enjoyed it as much as I did and it served well the object of the evening: the launch of Christine’s METFIELD Tales from a Suffolk Village 1928–2017. It is the most delightful read, both straight through and also for dipping into. The book knocks spots off other village memoires I have read and I am sure Christine appreciates the wealth of talent she surrounded herself with.

Wonderful feedback for Christine.

In case there is anyone left in the village who doesn’t already own a copy or has never seen it, there are still a few on sale at Metfield Stores, but stocks won’t last forever.