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Suffolk Trading Standards Warning

The following message is being sent on behalf of Suffolk Trading Standards

We have had a number of reports this week, and we would ask that you make all friends, family and neighbours aware:

We’ve had a report of an individual going door-to-door attempting to sell a “spare” mattress in the Sudbury area.

We have had a report that “Nottingham Knockers” were in the Holbrook area. These individuals knock at doors and claim to be ex-convicts attempting to mend their ways, before trying to sell the householder everyday household products at very high prices. These Nottingham Knockers work in groups across the country but they are not involved in any officially recognised offender rehabilitation programme and many do not possess Pedlar’s Certificates, which are issued by police and are necessary for salespeople to be legally allowed to sell door-to-door.

The rogue fish sellers are back! We’ve had a report that they were going door to door in Rougham, Bury St Edmunds. These traders travel nationally, cold calling consumers’ homes selling the fish. This is often misdescribed, mislabelled or unlabelled, overpriced and sometimes underweight. They are targeting vulnerable consumers and using high pressure sales techniques. They usually use Transit-style vans which are not refrigerated.

Trading Standards always advise residents to refrain from buying at the doorstep and not to buckle to pressure from salespeople offering supposedly one-off ‘buy it now’ low prices.

Additionally, a Suffolk care provider has been targeted by a fake bailiff. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a bailiff working on behalf of a court, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt. Read more here:

Please report all scams and rogues to Suffolk Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.

PUDDING NIGHT – 27th January 2018

PUDDING NIGHT [to raise funds for the Community Council]
To be Held on Saturday 27th January at the Village Hall commencing 7pm.

A selection of 10 homemade puds will be on offer to sample.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic Refreshments will be available to buy.
There will also be a slide presentation by our guest speaker titled “The A-Z of light hearted facts about cruising”.

  • There will also be a raffle. All monies raised are for the Community Council.
  • Price is £5 per person with children under 5 free.
  • Tickets to be purchased in advance and will be available at the Third Friday Inn, Church Coffee morning and Bingo.
  • Alternatively contact Tracy Hall on 07801553748, Helen Brookson on 01449 711610, Alison Snell 01449 711449 or Sue Turnbull on 01449 711250.
  • The Community Council organize the monthly magazine, Xmas sleigh and Autumn lunch: they need your support to continue their hard work. so Come and join in!

Future events happening

Look out for:

  • 8th January Plough Monday
  • 19th January 7.30 pm Third Friday Inn Burn’s Night
  • 27th January Pudding Night to raise Community Council Funds
  • 2nd February Quiz Night 7.30 for 8 PM

For further details see the Community Council Magazine.


Father Christmas visits and Plough Monday

Don’t forget Father Christmas visits the Village on the evening of the 24th December to give out presents and hampers. We then all meet at The Village Hall for singing of Carols (bring your own drinks and nibbles).

On Monday 8th January starting at 7.30 PM at Does Field we have the East Suffolk Morris Men dancing and carrying a Plough through The Village – be ready to go out and greet them and watch them! At 8.45 PM they will be in The Village Hall – come and join us!



Stonham Aspal and Mickfield Church

17th Dec 6.30pm A carol service with a difference. Enjoy singing some traditional and some unusual carols and songs and hearing some alternative Christmas readings, poems and stories. Seasonal refreshments will follow! Everyone welcome.