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.  

Open
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!

Middleton Farm Nurseries

Good news for gardeners!

Middleton Farm Nurseries is accepting orders for tray veg, herbs, tomato plants, bedding plants etc. – by telephone (01379 852294) or by email.

Remember to include in your email your full name, phone number and when you would like to collect. See link below for current availability and prices. This list is updated weekly.

Download the latest PRICE LIST & AVAILABILITY HERE
Updated Monday 6 May 2020

Help is at hand for Metfield residents 
Margaret Preston is kindly collating a Metfield residents’ order list for those who need help with placing an order or are unable to collect purchases from Weybread themselves.

Please check the website using the link above before you phone Margaret (01379 588226) with your order as it is updated each week. She will explain what to do next.

A big THANK YOU to Margaret and her helpers for doing this! 

Social distancing is something we can ALL do to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Every day we are bombarded with more advice and information on TV and websites. It’s no wonder we can find it a bit confusing. Below is an extract from the GOV.UK website. Go to the link to read more. Published 16 March 2020.
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Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
  4. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.

We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:

  • are over 70
  • have an underlying health condition
  • are pregnant

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

EXTENDED opening hours at Metfield Stores

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