Roadworks on The Street - A1120 22-26 January 2018

    Don't forget the Roadworks on The Street - A1120 22-26 January 2018 - this is for Electrical Works to new buildings in Stonham Aspal.



    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!

    114 Bus Service

    Don't forget we have a Bus Service! The full time table is here.


    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!




    Sat 13th Jan 10am
    Greenacre, Debenham Road, Stonham Aspal.
    Seats can be reserved on receipt of
    £10 Ticket fee, please contact
    Alex by 10th Jan on 01449711393
    Limited numbers.
    St Mary & St Lambert
    Stonham Aspal & Mickfield Church

    Stonham Aspal Cabaret Night - 16 December

    We had the Stonham Aspal Cabaret Night - with an appearance by Tom Jones, a BBC Interview and Abba - well almost!




    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.


    Men's Breakfast 9th December

    Brian Heard regaled us with his memories as a Chemist in Forensics, luckily we had our Breakfast before the talk of bodies and death! We may have him back to hear about his 25 years in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, the Ladies Brunched elsewhere in the Village.

    Our next Breakfast is in March.



    Christmas Extravaganza in the Village Hall

    Held at the Village Hall on Saturday 2nd December.

    Stands with cakes and lunch also available.




    Saturday 2nd December 10am - 3pm

    Stonham Aspal Village Hall
    Homemade lunches, cakes, drinks and produce. Stalls, tombola, draw, games.
    All proceeds for St Mary & St Lambert, Stonham Aspal & Mickfield Church.


    St Mary & St Lambert, Stonham Aspal & Mickfield
    Advent Sunday 3rd Dec 4pm
    We welcome everyone to join us for this celebration at the start of Advent. Never been to a Christingle Service, please come along to find out what a Christingle is, or if you have been to one, you will know that it is a service not to be missed. The collection will be for the Children's Society.

    Ladies that Brunch

    Sat 9th Dec 10am - Midday

    Greenacre, Debenham Road, Stonham Aspal
    To reserve your seat please contact
    Alex by 6th Dec on 01449 711393
    £10 per head, all profits towards Church repair funds
    This will be a regular bi-monthly event during 2018, to be
    held in the Village Hall, following date 13th January 2018.

    Community Council Autumn Lunch

    On 18th November we had the Community Council Autumn Lunch with over 60 people. A good time was had by all.


    Community Council Autumn Lunch


    Village Hall and Phone Box news

    The Village Hall is now open!

    The Phone Box has now been refurbished and tidied. It was acquired by the Community Council, and will have a defibrillator installed. We are in touch with The Community Heartbeat Trust. If you'd like to run this project (apply for grants etc.) then please contact us.


    Breakfast at the Middy Railway

    Today the usual Breakfast (for men) was held at the Mid Suffolk Light Railway, the next event will be back at the Village Hall on 9th December.



    Stonham Aspal Village Hall - New hire rates

    Stonham Aspal Village Hall

    As the village hall is now refurbished the committee felt it was time to review the pricing structure:

    Hire Charges: effective from 1st October 2017

    Main Hall & Committee Room:
    Monday to Thursday inclusive:        Daily Hourly
    Villagers bookings:                             £30   £10
    Other bookings:                                 £40   £15
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays:
    Villagers bookings                             £40   £15
    Other bookings:                                 £80   £20

    Deposit required for Parties/Functions:        £50 - £100
    Deposit only refunded if hall is left clean and tidy.
    All damage and breakages are to be paid for

    Hire of Furniture:                                              £30 deposit required.
    Large Tables                                                      £3.00 each
    Small Tables                                                      £2.00 each
    Chairs not available for hire.


    For Bookings contact: Charles Tydeman, Goldings, East End Lane, Stonham Aspal: Tel: 01449 711530

    Key Holders:
    Carolyn Garrod: 01449 711738


    Christmas Cabaret Night

    Christmas Cabaret Night

    At: Stonham Aspal Village Hall.

    Saturday 16th December. 7.30pm

    Tickets: Adults & Children over 11yrs: £10
    Children under 11 yrs: £2.50 Under 5yrs free

    Reserve the date!



    Broadband update

    For those waiting for fibre at East End - roadworks are taking place 18-20 October to connect the cabinet on the A1120 and Crowfield Church road junction. Give it another few weeks!



    Village Hall Update

    Today I dropped in to take some photos of the inside of the refurbishment of the Village Hall.

    Thanks to the few people who have been busy, it looks really good inside!

    Main Hall with stage

    Main Hall with stage

    Kitchen with ovens

    One of the toilets refurbished (Gentlemen)

    The old back Committee room and Bar now opened up

    The old back Committee room and Bar now opened up

    Another picture of the kitchen

    Another picture of the kitchen


    The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

    The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary invites the whole family down to the East Anglian Falconry and Countryside Fair at the Mid Suffolk Showground on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October from 10am to 4:30pm.

    Visitors will witness main ring displays of horseback falconry, ferret and net work, carriage driving, dog agility, horse logging, traditional falconry and the ever popular chance to meet some hounds!

    There will be a huge variety of countryside exhibitors including equine supplies, craft stalls, organic beauty products, gardening, sculpture and pottery. A diverse range of food stands will also be on hand to tempt your appetite or why not take advantage of free donkey and carriage ride?

    This weekend of activities is in aid of the refurbishment of the now cramped and inadequate hospital for injured wild owls and birds of prey at The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary. Plans for the new hospital include larger consulting rooms, better rehabilitation facilities and a new viewing room that will enable visitors to unobtrusively view the work of the hospital.

    Please join us for a good cause on this weekend of fun!


    • Adult - £7.50
    • Seniors & Children aged 4 - 14 - £6.00
    • Family of 5 - £30.00
    • Children under 4 go free

    Admission to the fair also includes entry to the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, situated just a couple of steps away.

    The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary



    Police Appeal for Stonham Aspal Thefts

    Police are appealing for help to identify an individual in connection with an incident of theft in Stonham Aspal.

    It happened on Thursday 24 August when a video camera that the owner installed was stolen. The camera was installed following theft of cash from an honesty box located outside the premise on Debenham Road, close to the junction with Stowmarket Road.

    The victim uses the honesty box for selling of eggs from the front of the property.

    Police would like to hear from anyone who knows the individual in the image or anyone who has knowledge of the theft.

    Suspect on Cycle

    Suspect on Cycle

    They should contact PC James Perrier at Suffolk police on 101 quoting crime reference 37/55852/17 or use the online link to our webpage -  

    See the Police information here.


    Help redecorate the Village Hall?

    Dear All,

    Do you have experience in painting and decorating to a reasonable standard? Yes... then we could really use your help! Instead of spending our contingency fund on Painting and decorating, we could replace the Kitchen shutter, pay for the carpet in the new bar/meeting room, and possibly replace the windows in the kitchen and bar/meeting room.

    Two of us have made a start by priming the new walls and ceiling in the Bar/meeting room, so do you have a few spare hours over the weekend to rub down walls and woodwork, fill any holes, or paint walls and ceilings and undercoat and gloss the woodwork? If you can't paint and decorate then we could use your help to clean up some of the floors of plaster etc.

    If you can help in any way please let me know by return email. Some of the jobs need to be completed this weekend in readiness for flooring to be installed next week.

    We really could make a big saving.

    Thank you

    Bob Email me here




    Bus service reprieve

    The 114 and 115 Bus service has had a reprieve - you can get the details here.

    Please use it!



    New Stonham Aspal Village Group on Facebook

    There is a new Facebook Group for the Village - see here.


    Fibre Broadband now available for most of Stonham Aspal

    Fibre Broadband is now available for most of Stonham Aspal, run from the cabinet near the Tennis Courts.

    • First, check if you can get it. Use the BT Fibre Checker clicking here using your telephone  number. Some areas such as East End Lane are covered from the new Cabinet on the A1120/ Crowfield Church road, and you will have to wait a little longer.
    • Then order Fibre Broadband from your existing supplier: They should have updated to show you are covered, and there should be a way of 'upgrading' your service.


    Good Luck!


    Carries Zumba

    Carries Zumba

    ZUMBA IS BACK!! While we wait for the hall be completed we will be starting back on 13th September 6:30-7:30 in Crowfield Village Hall. As soon as the hall is ready we will be back in and ready to rock it. Everyone is welcome.


    Stonham Aspal to lose Bus Service?

    There are plans in place for us to lose - or have cut - the 113 and 114 Bus Service - the article is on the East Anglian Website.


    Church Lead thefts in the area

    Suffolk Police are calling on local communities to help tackle incidents of lead theft from churches.

    The advice follows reports of attempted theft in Ipswich and Woodbridge in recent weeks; however there are concerns that some incidents are not being reported which limits the Constabulary’s ability to take action.

    Police work in close partnership with churches to help detect and deter crime, and encourage all to consider the installation of lighting, CCTV and/or roof alarms.

    Rural churches, in particular, are often targeted due to their isolated locations so members of the public are asked to report any suspicious activity they see. Stealing a large amount of lead takes time and a reasonably large vehicle to transport it, so any early reports will assist police in locating the offenders.

    Chief Inspector Stuart Grimsey said: "We are asking local people to take an interest in their local church whilst they are out and about. If you take the dog out for a walk, or go for a stroll, don’t ignore anything that you think looks out of place - report anything you think may be suspicious to the police.

    "Communities can act as our eyes and ears, and by pulling together to note suspicious activity, we can deter thieves and help keep these historic buildings safe.”


    Stonham Aspal Parish Council News - Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)

    The Parish Council is considering supporting the creation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for Stonham Aspal.

    A NDP can be a valuable tool, bringing real benefits to the parish by making the opinions of residents known. A NDP includes topics such as housing, commerce, the economy, transport and the environnment to name a few. There is a lot of information available online and can easily be found by searching for ‘’Neighbourhood Development Plans’.

    As you can imagine, producing an NDP is a time consuming business and something the Parish Council cannot take on by themselves. Throughout Suffolk, local town and parishes have produced their own NDP relying heavily on local volunteers to research, plan and finally produce the report.

    Should you wish to know more or even consider volunteering to join the Stonham Aspal NDP committee, please join us at the Parish Council meeting in October (details available on when we shall be discussing the opportunity and gauging the enthusiasm to commence this project.


    Village Hall update

    Just to let you know hall revamp is well under way, with completion due end of August, so please watch out for events to mark its completion either in the magazine or online on village web site or on Facebook, or even poster on village notice board or posters around village, and future events can be found/checked out these ways.

    We are looking for more interesting thing to put in magazine, so if you wish to do so, please feel free to, anything from stories, recipes, puzzles/quizzes, helpful hints for house/garden/life, these entries can either be one offs or regular just email to me or Tony (at, our long suffering magazine editor. If you think you know of anyone who would be good give them a nudge or even a large kick!

    Thanks for efforts put in by all to get this far and looking forward to a busy future: Which reminds me just to warn you this month and next some willing volunteers will be knocking on your doors asking for your 200 club monies again, please if you know of anyone who is not signed up, pass details onto collectors or to me, via email or 01449711250,

    Many thanks Sue and all.

    PS Don’t forget the village just giving page is still going to top up hall funds, for soft furnishings, etc, and we should be the green disc options at the Co op at Debenham soon, so keep an eye out for that one.


    More BT Broadband Installations around Stonham Aspal

    As well as the work going on within Stonham Aspal, two further cabinets are scheduled. I’m not too sure who is connected to them, but individual telephone numbers can be analysed –

    • one is at the junctions of the Crowfield Road (17-21 July STONHAM - 8 - 393969 - 393997 - ALL IN ONE STREET CABINET& POWER INSTALLATION)
    • and the other within Mickfield (4-7 July by Meadow Cottage has Stonham 7, similar cabinet to the above).

    Football Club Fun Day

    Don't forget our Fun Day at the Club tomorrow 10th June. The weather forecasters are usually better than their political counterparts - so bring the sun cream !!

    Start 1.00pm. Ends with Scotland  v  England on the big screen in the Clubhouse at 5.00pm.


    Village Hall refurbishment.

    It has started!
    The village hall has been handed over to the contractor, and D C Construction have moved on site today and  started on the Village hall refurbishment.
    The hall and car park are out of bounds to anyone other than those involved in the building works (even if you are a key holder)!
    Please respect this as construction sites are dangerous places.
    Thank you! Bob Pratt

    11th June 11am to 3pm - Stonham Aspal Church and grounds.

    • 11am A service of worship for all with activities for the children.
    • 12 noon onwards, barbecue and other refreshments, stalls including plants, cakes, books, tombola, raffle, fun for the children. If you can provide prizes for the tombola or cakes please let us know.

    In the Church there will be a display of Church and village history. Items that are usually hidden away in the big chest will be on show along with Church registers and other items of interest.

    If you have any items that you feel would be of interest we would welcome the opportunity to display them, please let us know beforehand.

    Offers of help on the day would be very much appreciated. For any further details or enquiries please contact David Tydeman 01449 711277, Alex Jenkinson 01449 711393 or John Ince 01449 711365.

    We look forward to seeing you, please bring the sunshine with you!


    Calor Community Fund - Please vote for us!

    The Village Hall Refurbishment starts imminently and as part of our funding we have applied for £5000 from the Calor Community Fund to complete the decoration of the hall. To obtain this funding we need your votes on the Calor Website. Please visit their website and vote for us. Please also ask all your family and friends to vote too.

    Thank you.

    Bob Pratt

    Stonham Aspal Sub-committee



    We are repeating our successful FUN DAY on Saturday 10th June at the Sports Field from 1.00pm onwards. There will be a Giant Bouncy Castle and Slide, stalls for adults and children, tombola, cake stall, games for the kids, ice cream van, golden ticket draw, BBQ and the bar is open all day (Scotland v England on TV in the Clubhouse at 5.00pm). There will be 2 one hour football matches - Stonham Aspal v Mendlesham at 1.00pm and the eagerly awaited Stonham Legends Challenge Match at 2.30pm. Everyone Welcome - ENTRY FREE.


    Bank Holiday weekend 'thank you'

    A MASSIVE THANK YOU, to the Fuller family, Josephine and all the team which were involved in the Bank Holiday weekend plant sale and refreshments, at the Village Hall. A superb total of £1,100 was raised for Church funds, fantastic! Sincere thanks go to everyone who supported this event.

    A new use for the Old Telephone Box?

    We are looking at the feasibility of converting our old telephone box into a defibrillator - the nearest is a 16 minute return journey to the Debenham Co-Op - and minutes save lives!!


    Fibre Broadband for The Street, Stonham Aspal?

    Looks like things are moving: Road works are scheduled over the next month or so on - for our new Fibre Cabinet. Now would be a good time to register interest with your Internet Provider so you get notified when it is available. It appears that the delays have been sorted out and things are moving at long last ….


    Stonham Aspal Village Hall Refurbishment – update May 2017

    The project cost is now confirmed at £185,000 and we have currently raised £152,000 from fundraising, grants and donations. The £152,000 will enable us to complete the new heating system, ventilation and insulation throughout the hall, and a new kitchen and ladies and gents toilets.

    This work will commence at the beginning of June and the hall and car park will be closed from Tuesday 30th May to allow for the hall to be emptied. Due to the shortfall in funding we will continue to try and raise more funds in order to fund the decoration, some new windows and a new bar area in the hall. We ask for your support with this:

    • Please vote for ‘Stonham Aspal Village Hall’ at Stowmarket Tesco tokens vote – this will be open until 30/6/17 and may enable us to gain a further £3000.
    • Please vote for us at The Calor Gas Community Fund - you will have 10 votes and you will have to register with them so it will take a couple of minutes, but well worth it to be in for a chance of £5000 to pay for the cost of decorating the hall once the refurb is complete.
    • Please spread the word with family’s and friends, who will each get 10 votes. We have also set up a donations page at Just Giving and search ‘Stonham Aspal’ – any donations would be much appreciated.

    We will keep you updated on timings, funding etc through notices on Facebook, village website and the village, church and school notice areas.


    Crowdfunding The Village Hall

    See here for details.

    Trying to raise £45,000 to Help refurbish Stonham Aspal village hall.

    Our village hall was built in 1934 and is now in need of total refurbishment. We have applied for grants to refurbish the village hall to bring it up to modern standards. We have been fortunate to have raised around 80% of the cost, but still need £45,000 to complete all the work. Our Pub closed three years ago and the village shop is long gone so the Church and village hall are the main village community centres where we can meet. Please help us raise the remaining target to give us somewhere pleasant to come together as a community.


    The Village Hall

    Grants have now been made available and work may start soon - look out for further news.


    Latest news - May


    • 15 May 7.30PM Archdeacons Visit
    • 21 May Rogation Sunday 2.30 PM from Broughton Hall - Beating the Bounds
    • 11 June 11AM Church Summer event

    Village Hall

    • 1 May 7.30PM Whist Drive
    • 11 May 8PM Bingo
    • 19 May 7.30PM onwards Pub night
    • 2 June 7.30 for 8PM Quiz Night


    • 15 May Village Hall
    • 13 June Garden Party
    • 17 July - Minsmere


    • Zumba in Village Hall every Wednesday 6.30-7.30
    • 3PM May 14th Earl Stonham Church - Bianca Brochet from Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury to tell us about the town in Quebec through words and music ..

    Tesco Stowmarket - Bags of Help Scheme - in Store Voting- May and June 2017

    Voting will be taking place at Tesco Stowmarket for  the Stonham Aspal Village Hall refurbishment.

    Please vote for us whilst you are there to make sure we get funding - Thank you!



    December and January at The Village Hall

    December 2016

    • 2nd, Friday, Quiz, 7.30pm for 8pm start
    • 3rd, Saturday, Christmas farye, 5th, Monday, Whist drive, 7.30pm start
    • 8th Thursday bingo 8pm start
    • 9th, Friday, pub night and decorating hall for Christmas, 7.30pm onwards.
    • 16th Friday, pub night, pot luck buffet(bring an tray of something) 7.30pm onwards.
    • 17th cabaret night, bar, food, various and entertainment various,
    • Christmas Eve,Santa’s sleigh and drinks in hall afterwards, and for those who wish midnight mass in church. Also the football club is opening its doors for Christmas Eve drinks, from 12 til 4pm, all most welcome, for a social, hope to see you there.

    January 2017

    • 2nd, Monday, whist drive,
    • 12th, Thursday, bingo
    • 18th, Wednesday, cinema,
    • 20th, Friday, pub night

    Latest News

    October 2016

    • Whist Drive, Monday, 3rd, 7.30pm, all abilities welcome.
    • Quiz, Friday, 7th, 8pm start, teams can be made up on night.
    • Bingo, Thursday, 13th, 8pm Cinema,
    • Wednesday, 18th, see boards for film near day
    • Pub night, Friday, 21st, 7.30pm onwards, possible BBQ or ability to order takeaway(Indian) Family/pub evening, details to follow, with food and entertainment

    November 2016

    • Whist Drive, Monday, 7th, 7.30pm start.
    • Bingo, Thursday, 10th, 8pm.
    • Cinema, Wednesday, 16th, check board for details nearer time
    • Pub Night, Friday, 7.30pm onwards
    • Autumn lunch, Saturday 26th

    December 2016

    • Christmas fayre Cabaret night details to follow
    • Christmas Eve,Santa’s sleigh and drinks in hall afterwards, and for those who wish midnight mass in church. Watch out for notice board outside hall for what's on

    Village Cinema

    Don't forget it's film club at the village hall this week - films being shown on Wednesday and Thursday night. Doors open at 7.30pm, film starts at 8pm.