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.

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.

FINAL DATE FOR ONLINE COMMENTS IS WEDNESDAY 14 APRIL