Keeping Suffolk Safe: latest advice on Covid restrictions

Your help is needed to share key messages about Covid-19 with family, friends, colleagues, community groups and any other networks that you have.  We need to reach as many people as possible to ensure they have the most up-to-date information available and to help avoid the confusion some people are feeling.

The web page that will host the Message Cascader information (with versions in 11 other languages) is due to go live next week on the Covid-19 information page: . Look for the Message Cascader link next week!

Anyone can be a Message Cascader, if you would like to go on the distribution list to receive new infographics as soon as they become available, please email

Alternatively, you can share the blog updates from this website – by social media, email, or printing out as posters.

The more people we reach the more we can help keep our communities safe – these messages will help remind everyone how to do that.

Be a Message Cascader and help us to Keep Suffolk Safe.

Info below issued 21 Oct 2020.

Has Covid-19 left you struggling?

Guy McGregor of Suffolk County Council has asked us to pass on information about the help that SCC is able to provide to those experiencing considerable difficulties as a result of Covid-19 in Suffolk.

You can view or download a file that tells you all about the help they can offer and how to apply for it by going to the website and clicking on the link in the margin.

Please tell anyone you know who lives in Suffolk if you think they might need help.

Feet giving you problems?

Do you have happy feet? Or do you suffer from corns, bunions, athlete’s foot, cracked skin, ingrowing toenails, etc.? Maybe you just can’t reach your toenails to cut them anymore?

Help is at hand in the form of Waveney Valley Foot Health. Local resident Bev Hague finished training as a Foot Health practitioner earlier this year and is keen to start offering her services in and around Metfield.

She will treat you in the comfort of your own home or a residential care home and follows strict Covid-19 safety recommendations.

See below for full details of the services Bev offers. The best way to look after your feet is to treat them with regular attention by a professional.

Some potential clients may not have access to the internet and, because of Covid, Bev is unable to distribute leaflets or flyers at the moment. So she would be very grateful if you could download and print out the flyer below and give it to anyone you think might be interested. Thank you!

Latest news from Metfield website

Watch TONIGHT! Wednesday 30 Sept at 7.30pm. 

Many will remember Margaret Orbell (1910–2006), who reigned over the campsite in Walberswick. This fascinating character is brought to a wider audience in The Cut Facebook premiere of the film DRIFTWOOD.

Live in Metfield and run a local business?
We can promote you on the village website with just a few words in the margin of every page – free of charge, for a short period.

Our usual charge is £10/year for a full-size advertising slot but, because of Covid-19 and its impact on small businesses, we have waived this year’s charge. Email if you are interested.

Delicious beetroot slaw

If you’ve grown too many beetroot and run out of things to make with it, here is a simple recipe that will surely please – both the eyes and the tastebuds. And beetroot is so good for you.

It’s basically a coleslaw made with raw beetroot plus any other ingredients you fancy – grated apple, carrot, thinly sliced red cabbage. The recipe I use is roughly as below, quantities are not precise but it keeps quite well in the fridge for a week or more if you find you’ve made a bit too much.

2 or 3 medium uncooked beetroot
1 medium carrot optional
1/8 to 1/4 red cabbage, finely sliced
2 small apples optional
good handful of sunflower seeds
a good sprinkle of cumin seeds, toasted in a dry frying pan


  • Using a processor, coarsely grate the beetroot and whatever else you have chosen to put in
  • Transfer to a large bowl, add sliced cabbage and mix with two large forks
  • Add sunflower seeds and toasted cumin seeds
  • Mix thoroughly

Now make the dressing

  • sunflower oil
  • cider vinegar
  • generous shakes of dark soy sauce
  • a couple of tablespoons of orange juice
  • a few good squirts of runny honey

Quantities of the above are really to personal taste. You need a few good glugs of oil and about 1/3 to 1/2 of that quantity of cider vinegar. The other ingredients you can experiment with. I pour them into a cereal bowl and use a small whisk to mix. The dressing is slightly thick. Taste before pouring onto the slaw and thoroughly mixing in. The slaw looks glossy and colourful and tastes delicious!