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:

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.

Lovely winter walks at Wakelyns until the end of 2020!

David and Amanda (from the Wolfe family) invite people from the Fressingfield and Metfield areas to take their ‘lockdown exercise’ up to the end of 2020 walking around the fields at Wakelyns, at the end of Metfield Lane, between Fressingfield and Metfield, or through Mill Mount from the footpath off Hunters Lane. You can download the map below.

This is on a ‘permissive path’ basis as sketched out more fully in the permissive paths leaflet. You are welcome to walk on the headland which goes around each of our two agroforestry areas. This is a tester for a longer term permissive path arrangement.

Please respect our farm and our neighbours!


Key: Red routes are Wakelyns paths and yellow routes are Public Rights of Way.

There’s a whole lot happening at Wakelyns these days and you can read all about it by going to their website HERE.

You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram as @wakelyns.

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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.