Happy Christmas Everyone!

Here’s hoping this Christmas will be much cheerier than last year. For some, however, it will again be sad or painful. So we need to try and make the best of it and spare a thought for anyone we know who isn’t as fortunate. A positive attitude will help to keep us healthy and safe. We have much to be grateful for. We live in a lovely village with lots of support, a shop full of volunteers who serve the community with a friendly smile and a manager who goes above and beyond for her customers. Metfield Stores’ Christmas and New Year opening times below.

You can offer help or donations to all sorts of causes at any time of the year, but Christmas can be an especially difficult time for those without enough food, clothes or anywhere warm to sleep. let alone a chance to be with their families. Both the Waveney Valley Food Bank and Crisis at Christmas are very active at this time so all donations are very welcome.

If you want to join with others to celebrate the occasion, see the times of Christmas Services at St John the Baptist Church. The Christingle service is at 4pm this afternoon and there’s a family service on Christmas morning.

And, of course, we can’t really finish without mentioning Covid! In case anyone is confused by the government’s updated Covid guidelines, below is the advice Metfield Stores is giving to staff and volunteers, but it applies to us all. Please stay safe everyone!

Last Christmas Orders – Friday 10 December!

Hurry! Hurry! Only 3 days left…

Don’t forget to take your Order Form and a £10 deposit along to Metfield Stores by this Friday.

If you haven’t already got one, you can download and print an order form now or pick one up from Metfield Stores.

It’s gonna be a great Christmas this year – so make sure you have plenty of tasty treats for everyone, especially you… It’s been another difficult year so now it’s time to indulge yourself.

Christmas? Already?

Yes, and preparations have already started all round the village, with beautiful hand-crafted Christmas wreaths available. It’s not too late to place your order – but you need to hurry! Pick up an Order Form from Metfield Stores and get your order in by Monday 22 November (tomorrow). Wreaths will be ready to collect on 4 December.

Details of Christmas Services at St John the Baptist in Metfield are on the website, too.

Food, glorious food… And if you are already thinking about what to eat over the festive season, METFIELD STORES has lots of interesting and tasty treats on offer – think turkey, ham, sausages, gravadlax, glazed fruit cake, tarts, fancy mince pies, all types of shortbread, specialist breads, multibuy deals on wine, whole Baron Bigod…

You can download your Christmas Order Form at metfieldsuffolk.com or pick one up from the shop from 1 December.

And while you’re at Metfield Stores, if you’ve something you’d like to give, there’s a box where you can donate food to the Waveney Foodbank.

Millennium Wood

Metfield owes a huge debt and grateful thanks to Peter Twiss and Jan Rusted who look after this lovely maturing woodland on the airfield. They’ve been caring for the wood since the Millennium and love being up there. It is a special place. If you haven’t visited yet, anytime’s a good time. Please respect the area – take all rubbish home and pick up and take home all dog mess.

Talking shop…

Spread the word! Metfield Stores is recruiting and training new volunteers. Do come and shop here whenever you can! Volunteering and shopping – the two best ways to support your village shop! No need to get in your car… good place to meet new people… to catch up on village news… stop for a coffee and a slice of cake.

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


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/.

02_FINAL Minutes-8-Mar-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.

Annual Parish Council Meeting 17 May

We are planning to hold the Annual Parish meeting and the Parish Council meeting on the same night (17 May) in the Village Hall, to reduce the amount of meeting time. Hopefully the government won’t make any last-minute changes to planned restrictions.

You can download and print the two Agendas by clicking on the links below.

Parish Council Meeting-Agenda-17-May-2021
Annual-Parish-Council Meeting-Agenda-17-May-2021

Or, go to the website metfieldsuffolk.com/meetings.

Members of the public are welcome to attend all meetings, but during the current restrictions must inform the Clerk in advance that they wish to do so. Anyone who has not registered in advance will not be allowed to enter. Members of the Public who have registered to attend will be expected to wear a face mask when inside the Village Hall. 

Alternatively matters can be raised via email or telephone in advance of the meeting (see details at the top of this notice). The Clerk will respond after the meeting has concluded. Minutes from meetings can be found on the Metfield Suffolk website.

A wing and a prayer?

Yes, isn’t this a lovely name for a website! And it describes a stunning glass art installation by Arabella Marshall.

Go to this website www.awingandaprayer.org.uk and it will tell you all about how this beautiful piece of artwork came to be installed on the marshes at Minsmere. There is also a short film about it.

You need only walk for a short while from Eastbridge to reach the ruined chapel, formerly part of Leiston Abbey before it was moved by the monks. Or treat yourself to a longer walk beyond the chapel to the beach or further along to Dunwich. You can also walk from Dunwich Cliff NT, Sizewell Beach or RSPB Visitor Centre. For the whole story, go to the website.

Well worth a visit. Quite uplifting. Quite surprising. A lovely thing to brighten our days now that the sun is shining upon us more often.

Metfield Parish Council Meeting held 12 April 2021

For Metfield Parish residents

Dates and Minutes of all meetings held by Metfield PC are available to view or download HERE.

For ALL interested parties, the Minutes of the Planning Meeting held on 12 April regarding Wakelyns Farm have just been uploaded. This includes Metfield PC’s uploaded response to the Planning Application. Follow the link above.

If you would like more information, you can visit the Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils website to see the full application details (with supporting documents), plus comments posted online by Objectors and Supporters HERE.

David Wolfe at Wakelyns is also happy to talk to anyone who would like to know more about their plans for the future of Wakelyns Farm.

In case of any misunderstanding, the village website is not attempting to persuade individuals to support or object to this planning application. The aim is to ensure that everyone is fully informed and, therefore, has the opportunity to make up their own mind and upload or send in any comments if they so wish.

If you do wish to comment, it is important to include your name and address and to make it clear whether you are supporting or objecting to the Planning Application. You should also include the Ref DC/21/01735.

Online comments need to be uploaded by 21 April at the latest (probably means by 20 April to be on the safe side).

Letters can be sent to arrive by 20 April, addressed to:
Alex Scott
Planning Yellow
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road
Ipswich IP1 2BX

Tel: 03001234000
Ref DC/21/01735

Or email Alex Scott at:

Last chance to comment on Planning Application at Wakelyns Farm

As many will have heard, there is a Planning Application in for significant development at Wakelyns Farm, where Martin and Anne Wolfe used to live.

It is apparent from local conversations that a number of people have not heard about this or understood the full implications and several of the neighbouring properties have not been notified of it by the Planning Department or consulted by the Wolfe family.

It seems only fair that everyone who might be affected by the plans, if permitted, should have a chance to comment but the DEADLLINE for doing so is Wednesday 14 April – in 4 days time!

The application (together with 48 additional documents) can be found by following this link:

To summarise, the application is for:

Change of use of part of land for siting up to 12 glamping pods and up to 6 mobile homes. Retention of conversion of part of the farm building to create educational baking facility.

But it is well worth spending a little time reading the additional documents to fully understand what has already happened there since Martin Wolfe died and what it is that the Planning Application relates to. You will find by looking at the Public Comments on the website that almost nobody from the vicinity has commented either in favour or against. It is very important that both Wakelyns and the Planning Department have feedback from local people who could be affected. There are many supportive comments from people who knew Martin and Anne and admired the work that they did there, but none of these are people who may be impacted by the proposed development because they don’t live nearby.

Some of the application appears to be retrospective since the bakery has been up and running for some time. You can buy bread on subscription and they advertise baking and cooking courses. Work has also been carried out on the farmhouse adding five en-suite bathrooms etc in order to accommodate 12 people and the plan is for holiday lets, starting 17 May. Do take a look also at the Wakelyns website to find out lots more. They also want to have 12 glamping pods (sleeping 2–4) and 6 mobile homes on site. With onsite workers and course participants, this could sometimes reach a total of 80+ people on the site and travelling to and from it.

Anyway, please look at the application online and if you have comments you’d like to make, please do it by Wednesday 14 April online at the link above.

Letters can be sent to Alex Scott, Planning Officer, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BX and must be received by 15 April.

You can also contact your Parish Council or Councillors:

Mendham & Withersale PC meets on Monday 12 April Mendhamparishcouncil@gmail.com

Metfield PC meets on Monday 12 April MetfieldParishCouncil@outlook.com

Fressingfield PC has already supported the application with some reservations. gdeeks.fresspc

And David Wolfe is happy to talk to anyone and answer questions.


Parish Council upate January 2021

The Parish Council has not been able to hold as any many meetings in the past year, but it has still been business as usual, communicating via email and phone and holding some virtual meetings via Zoom. Below is a “flavour” of what the Parish Council has been doing on your behalf.

Over the past year 5 local planning applications have been commented on and comments submitted on Babergh and Mid Suffolk’s Joint Local Plan, and the Government’s White Paper on planning reform. Concern was raised regarding both the Local Plan and White Paper, so it was heartening to hear that the Secretary of State had listened and had declared that the planning system must remain locally led, also recognising that new homes should not come at the expense of harming our precious green spaces, instead concentrating on building more homes in cities and urban areas to make the best use of existing infrastructure, such as schools, shops and medical facilities, as well as making the best use of brownfield land.

Suffolk County Council has continually been chased over speeding, overgrown hedges, potholes and flooding. As a result, data boxes have been installed to collect traffic speed information, and the drains in Skinners Lane outside the village hall have finally been cleaned out. The Parish Council is now waiting for the Suffolk Highways Drainage team to visit to establish a more permanent solution. The situation is being closely monitored and, during the flooding over the Christmas period, Peter Mortimer and his son Richard stepped in to clear 20,000 gallons of water from the end of Skinners Lane and prevent more serious flooding of properties. The Parish Council wishes to extend thanks to both the Mortimers, and to the many residents who took matters into their own hands by cleaning drains and ditches and clearing fallen trees as a result of Storm Bella.

Requests were made during the summer to cut back overgrown footpaths and there is still an outstanding order to replace/repair the many broken and missing footpath signs.

External funding has been secured to upgrade the village street lighting to LED lanterns, providing better and more environmentally friendly streetlights. The current lights are reaching end of life and must be replaced, so the Parish Council has sought several quotes and worked hard to achieve best value for money, as well as a good long-term environmental outcome. Work is expected to commence within the next month.

One of the playground gates is currently closed off due to damage – quotes for repair have been sought but a contractor has yet to be agreed. The Parish Council would be grateful if residents could avoid driving on the grass in St John’s Meadow.

As a result of all the past and present restrictions progress has been slower than in previous years, but the Parish Council will continue to do its best, regularly engaging with both Mid Suffolk District and Suffolk County Council on behalf of Metfield.

We are all in this together and the community spirit in Metfield has been fantastic – thanks to all those who have volunteered and/or are helping neighbours. Special thanks go to Sue Mead and her team at the Metfield Stores, who have continued to serve the village throughout.

Metfield Parish Council continues to operate via email and telephone during the current lockdown. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

If you have a query or concern, however trivial, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Peter Mortimer (Chair) on 01986 785396

Lindsey Duckett (Clerk) on 01379 586218, or by email MetfieldParishCouncil@outlook.com

Or any of the Parish Councillors: Jill Dowsett, Debbie Fowler, Terry Godbold, Chris Osborne, Cecilia Pryce, Peter Schwier, Paul Smith, Peter Twiss.

Metfield United Charities – Vacancies for a Clerk and a Trustee

Position of Clerk
Applications are invited for the position of Clerk to Metfield United Charities. The post is part-time and an honorarium of £600.00 per year is offered.

The Trustees meet at two-monthly intervals. The Clerk attends and produces the Agendas and Minutes and deals with the administration of the Charities, including correspondence and maintaining records.

Initial training will be given.

If you are interested in this appointment please contact the Chairman of the Trustees, Mr Nicholas Rudge – (email nicholas.rudge368@btinternet.com) with a short paragraph describing your clerical and administrative experience and any IT skills you may have.

The closing date for applications is Friday 26 February 2021.

The successful applicant will be notified by the Chairman of the Trustees within one week of the closing date.

You do not have to be a resident of Metfield to apply for the role of CLERK but do have to be a resident to be considered for the joint role of CLERK and TRUSTEE.  If you wish to be considered for both roles, please also make this clear in your application for the vacancy of TRUSTEE (see Trustee Vacancy Notice below).

For more information about Metfield United Charities, please email metfieldunitedcharities@gmail.com.


Chairman: Mr P. Mortimer, Fir Tree Farm, Metfield, Harleston, IP20 0LP Tel. 01986 785396
Clerk: Mrs. L Duckett, Hunters Lane Cottage, Hunters Lane, Metfield, Harleston, IP20 0LU Tel 01379 586218
Email: MetfieldParishCouncil@outlook.com

Vacancy for a Parish Council Representative on the Metfield United Charities Board of Trustees

Are you interested in helping the people of Metfield?

There is now a vacancy for a Parish Council representative on the Metfield United Charities Board of Trustees. Metfield residents benefit from two Registered Charitable Funds administered by six volunteer Trustees under a Charity Commission Order of 1917.  They originate from gifts by local benefactors in the 16th century to support people of the parish.

One fund owns the Christmas Lane allotments and some agricultural lands which are managed and leased by the Trustees. They also contribute financially when help is needed by parishioners in cases of sickness, long-term illness or hospitalisation, as well as with travelling costs to hospitals and the supply of fuel, clothing and other necessities.

The other fund is an Educational Foundation providing grants to university students, apprentices and people in further education. Contributions are also made for school outings and residential courses for Metfield children at local schools.

The role of a Trustee is to assist with the administration and distribution of these funds to villagers and is totally voluntary. You do not have to be a member of the Parish Council to apply.

You must be a resident of Metfield to apply. The successful candidate will be co-opted onto the Trustees at the next meeting. If you would like to join the Trustees, please contact the Parish Clerk (details above) with a short paragraph describing what you could bring to the role.

The closing date for applications is Friday 26 February 2021.

For more information about Metfield United Charities, please email metfieldunitedcharities@gmail.com.

Metfield United Charities – help with laptops for students

Due to the continued lockdown and the need for home schooling the Trustees of Metfield United Charities are keen to ensure that students resident in Metfield are given every opportunity to continue with their home studies.

If anyone in the village is in need of a laptop or similar to assist with their education, please either e-mail metfieldunitedcharities@gmail.com or phone Nicholas Rudge on 01379 588287 in the first instance.

All enquires will be treated in strict confidence.

We have been advised by the Headmaster of Fressingfield School that 1-2-1 Computing in Diss are taking in old laptops, wiping them clean and then reallocating them to local schools. We are happy to assist and deliver them so that they can be given out to students who need them for home schooling.

Please either email metfieldunitedcharities@gmail.com

 or phone Nicholas Rudge on 01379 588287.

Covid virtual community event

NHS Suffolk are hosting a virtual community event about COVID – so that your community can put their questions about the COVID-19 pandemic to a panel of experts from local health and care services and community leaders.

They will also have the opportunity to hear local updates on the pandemic and how the vaccination process is being rolled out in the region.

The event will be hosted on Microsoft Teams on 21 January at 6.00–7.30pm

You do not need to book a place in advance and can join by clicking the following link: https://sneevaccine.org.uk/event/

The expert panel will include:

Executive Lead Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System, Dr Ed Garratt
Director of Public Health, Suffolk County Council, Stuart Keeble
Ipswich GP, Dr Juno Jesuthasan
local community leader Gulshan Kayembe
Business and Operations Director at Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality, Phanuel Mutumburi
CEO Healthwatch Suffolk, Andy Yacoub
and Chair, North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Hasan Chowhan.

Metfield Stores – New opening hours

Following the latest Covid restrictions, Metfield Stores has had to reduce its opening hours. However, manager Sue is working hard to keep the shop well stocked and open for your needs. Please continue to give your support and stay safe and well!

Monday to Friday 8am–3pm
Saturday 8am–2pm   
Sunday 9am–12.30pm

New Covid vaccine scam!


Fraudsters are sending out fake texts offering a Covid vaccine in an attempt to steal personal and financial information, police have warned.

Derbyshire Constabulary says that the text offers a link to an “extremely convincing” fake NHS website where people are asked to input their bank details to register for a vaccine.

They also say cold callers are asking people to pay for the vaccine over the phone.

There is no charge for the vaccine.

Full details here.

Please tell as many people as you can. We are all vulnerable at this time, whatever our age.

Carols for the Villages

Revd Canon Susan Loxton says, ‘There is a lot of sadness about. We are hearing that the Covid-19 cases are still increasing and we wanted to organise something that people could attend safely together to celebrate Christmas. We are just wanting to bring a little light, hope and joy into local people’s lives at this difficult time.’
There will be carols, songs, readings and poems during the 40-minute event. You are advised to dress warmly, bring a chair and blanket, a torch and maybe a hot drink too. There will be plenty of room to socially distance but please stay in your family bubbles. Voluntary donations to MIND would be welcomed.

METFIELD Tales from a Suffolk Village 1928–2017

Remember Christine’s book? If you haven’t seen it yet or got your own copy, now’s your chance. Metfield Stores is selling them at £4.99. Full of photos and fascinating anecdotes, this book has been a huge success and much praised by readers.

It would make the perfect Christmas present or stocking filler at this amazing price (formerly £10/copy) but stocks will not last forever!

And, since Christine has donated the books to the shop, the proceeds from the sale of every copy you buy from the shop will go to the shop. So, why not buy a copy or two and support your village shop at the same time?

Christine Brennan book launch 2017. Photo © Jonathan Brinton.

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: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/ . 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 message.cascaders@suffolk.gov.uk.

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 metfieldweb@gmail.com 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!

Solar and PV panel checks – scam alert

I thought I would alert website followers to a scam that I almost fell for!

A week or so ago, I received a call from a company (I think they called themselves the Energy Hub) claiming to have taken over the ‘contract’ for our PV panels when the previous company went out of business. They said that they needed to carry out a ‘health check’ on our panels and arranged to come at an agreed time/date and give us a report. I agreed that they would phone me the day before to confirm the appointment.

Luckily, my husband was very suspicious, so I consulted Google and this is one of the many articles that I found. Needless to say I told them they couldn’t come near our panels and cancelled the proposed visit! I hope this info proves helpful.


Solar Panel Scam Reports 

Please avoid scam callers regarding your solar panels

Green Energy Electrical have received several reports from customers who have received cold calls warning them about potential hazards with their solar panels.

In some cases, the customers have been told that their panels are a potential fire risk and that an urgent risk assessment is needed to determine whether protective measures are required. These are false claims, being used to put pressure on the customer to agree to a visit. Once in the customer’s home, they are told that their solar panel systems require solar isolator devices. Claims are made that without them, the fire service will not attend a fire caused by the solar panels and that home insurance is invalidated. Again, these are false claims and customers have been quoted up to £3000 to have these isolators installed.

In other cases, cold callers have told customers that a health check or maintenance is required on their solar panel system. During these health check or maintenance visits, customers are then falsely told that their system is in need of upgrade. It might be that the inverter is no longer functioning properly or that the system would be made more productive by adding different components. On some occasions, these cold callers claim to be connected to the MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) or even the original installation company. These people are not to be trusted.

The MCS reported in August 2016 that they were aware of the issue and have advised that system owners should not feel pressured into agreeing to any kind of home visit or making any purchases.

If you receive any phone calls or even have someone knock on your door about your solar panels, please proceed with caution and do not agree to a home visit or feel pressured into paying for something. In the event that somebody does contact you and you are unsure of their legitimacy, please contact us straight away on 01277 523220.


Recycling news

From Waste Advisor William, Suffolk Recycles

Vans, cars with trailers and trade waste can now book a slot.
Vans, cars with trailers and trade waste will now be able to use Recycling Centres with a pre-booked slot at 9 of the 11 Recycling Centres (apart from Haverhill and Leiston).
Some restrictions apply. Head to our website for more information and full list of Terms and Conditions: www.suffolk.gov.uk/recyclingcentres.

Booking a Recycling Centre time slot

Find out how to book a time slot online for a Recycling Centre in Suffolk as part of a phased re-opening. 

Phased re-opening of Recycling Centres

Recycling Centres have re-opened following closure due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

You need to book a time slot online to visit your local Recycling Centre as part of this phased re-opening.

Using a booking system will:

  • reduce the waiting times of visitors to each Recycling Centre
  • help manage traffic to avoid a dangerous build-up of cars on the roads

Please do not come to a Recycling Centre without a booking. 

You must not visit a Recycling Centre if you or anyone in your household: 

  • has tested positive for COVID-19
  • has COVID-19 symptoms
  • are shielding or at higher risk of coronavirus

Harleston one-way system – confused? You’re not the only one!

If you are thinking of popping into Harleston to do a bit of shopping, don’t be put off by the hoo-hah about the new pedestrianised one-way system. All is explained in the documents below.

Try it for yourself first and then tell South Norfolk District Council what you think – good and bad. We need to support our local towns and local businesses and they need feedback.

Metfield Stores – Extended opening hours

Despite the lockdown – or more likely because of it – our village shop is going from strength to strength. Staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers and the cheerful and hardworking manager, Sue Mead, Metfield Stores continues to offer a wide range of goodies as well as the basics – and all at reasonable prices. 

We are grateful to all the new volunteers who came forward to fill the gaps when several of the regulars became vulnerable, as well as to those who felt able to continue. This has allowed the shop to serve you throughout the pandemic.

As from today, Monday 15 June, we are able again to extend our opening hours (see below). We value our customers and volunteers and encourage you to continue to shop in Metfield even though some Covid-19 restrictions are easing. 

NEW – extended opening hours for your convenience!
Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 4pm
Saturday: 8.30am to 2pm  Sunday: 10am to 12.30pm
Also available: deliveries for vulnerable folk, Phone & Collect 
Social distancing inside shop – 2 customers at a time only
Tel: 01379 586204

NEW! Regular fruit & veg deliveries. 
You can pre-order by email or come along and see what’s available before ordering.
Good quality and reasonably priced

Citizens Advice Mid Suffolk

Citizens Advice Mid Suffolk can give advice on problems at work, help people struggling to pay their bills and work out whether people are getting all the financial help they are entitled to.

They are a local charity and their advice is free.  

Monday to Thursday 9.30am–3.30pm
Friday 9.30am–12.30pm  

You can call them on
01449 676060

or contact them via their website at https://www.midsuffolkcab.org.uk/contact-us/

Keep fit with fresh fruit and veg!

Keeping fit and well during the Covid-19 lockdown is a must. We all know about the importance of daily exercise, but eating a healthy and balanced diet is just as crucial.

And the good news is that Metfield Stores is now getting regular deliveries of fresh fruit and veg to help you stay healthy. Excellent quality and reasonably priced. A price list will soon be available to download. WATCH THIS SPACE!

Come along to the Stores and see what’s available or place an order by phone (01379 586204) or, if you can, click here to send us an email.

Three cheers for Manager and Volunteers at Metfield Stores

We are open during the Covid-19 lockdown period
Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 3pm
Saturday: 8.30 to 2pm Sunday: 10am to 12.30pm

It goes without saying that our wonderful village shop is ‘doing its bit’ in the time of Covid-19. Sue and the volunteers are doing a sterling job keeping Metfield Stores open and supplying as many different items as possible.

The opening hours are reduced, of course, as many of the volunteers are vulnerable because of age or health. But a core team keeps on going and for that they deserve huge thanks from the community.

We need, though, to be mindful of their safety as well as our own. Only two customers at a time, please, and do observe social distancing of 2 metres at all times.

In addition, they are offering deliveries for vulnerable folk and a ‘phone & collect’ service. Call 01379 586204 to place an order.

What’s wrong with a growing and baking frenzy?

sourdough    garlic    potatoes

There’s nothing wrong with trying things we haven’t done before. Of course, it was a bit frustrating for regular bread bakers when buying flour became almost impossible for a while. And there have been many derisory remarks in the press about the nation suddenly baking sourdough loaves. So frightfully middle class, don’t you know!

And what about all those people rushing to buy up all the seeds (many of which may never get sown, they say). But suppliers across the country have been working hard to get orders out as quickly as they can in difficult circumstances. For most, they’ve had to change working practices to protect their staff and comply with Covid-19 guidelines.

One such is our local supplier of all you need to ‘grow your own’ – Middleton Farm Nurseries – now offering a collect-only or limited delivery service. Details HERE.

Really, we shouldn’t complain. If we’re gardening and baking, we’ve likely got homes to live in and gardens or allotments to grow in. We are lucky. There are all sorts of kindly acts that can make a difference to those less fortunate and folk are pretty inventive when it comes to helping their friends and neighbours. Like Margaret and her team, compiling a weekly list of orders for plants etc from Metfield residents. Details HERE.

Making bread and growing veg and fruit are both activities that are beneficial to our mental and physical health. Both are imbued with hope and positivity. And we need plenty of that at the moment!

Happy baking and happy gardening to all!