Men's Breakfast at the Village Hall

    Today we heard (and excellent Breakfast!) about metal detecting, and had good fun identifying finds from the roman era onwards.

    Our next will be a tour to see an old nuclear bomb shelter and lunch near Elveden. Scheduled for 11th June - look out for the magazine!


    Hog and Hen Farm Shop to open in Mill Green 23rd March

    New Farm shop to open, selling Vegetables, Eggs and meat and other goods. Cafe is planned!

    Mill Green Farm
    Debenham Road
    Stonham Aspal, STOWMARKET
    IP14 6BZ

    East Anglian daily Times article here


    Disco on 12th May at the Village Hall!

    Disco will be on 12th May at the Village Hall from 8 PM.

    Raffle and Bar.



    Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday 31st March

    Hi everyone, this year’s Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday 31st March. Money raised will help Stonham Aspal Preschool purchase learning resources and go towards staff development.
    £4 entry includes an Easter Basket to decorate and other crafts as well as the Easter Egg Hunt itself.
    Parking is available on the school playground and the hunt is in the recreation ground.


    Waste Collections running late because of bad weather

    Dustbin collections running late - Limited collections are taking place today, but only on clear, main roads. The majority of bins will be collected next week, starting with the areas missed on Tuesday and moving onto the rest of the week as we clear the backlog of bins.

    Recycling collections for Mid Suffolk will run 1 day later as the regular crews will complete these. Additional crews will pick up any outstanding refuse throughout the week.



    Sat 17th March 10am
    Greenacre, Debenham Road, Stonham Aspal
    Seat can be reserved on receipt of £10 Ticket fee, please contact Alex by 14th March on 01449711393
    Limited numbers
    St Mary  & St Lambert
    Stonham Aspal & Mickfield Church

    Meet and Mingle Group in Stowmarket

    In Stowmarket we currently have a group that meets 3 times month, it is aimed to provide stimulating events, meeting people to help prevent social isolation which is a known threat to an individual’s health and well-being.

    The group is called Meet and Mingle and has been going for over two years and has regular attendees. The staffing is funded by Mears Care staff and volunteers, the venue and many of the events are donated from within the local community.

    Contact Yvonne Cattermole
    Care Coordinator - Stowmarket T: 01449 676440



    Come and see the snowdrops at Elm Farm on 18th February, 11am to 3pm. Entrance £1 children 50p. Refreshments on sale inside - come and enjoy soup and sweets or alternatively tea, coffee and cakes (or all the above!). Proceeds are for Stonham Aspal Church Funds. More information from Josephine 01449 711316


    What are you doing for Lent? Lent challenge leaflets are available in Church, please pick one up and follow the days to Easter. The proceeds are going towards replacement cemetery gates. How many blessings do you have to count?

    Bingo at The Village Hall, on 8th March at 8pm

    There will be bingo at the Village Hall, on 8th March at 8pm.


    World Cuisine Tasting Night Saturday 24th March 2018

    To be held in Stonham Aspal Village Hall on Saturday 24th March 2018 at 7 PM - Village Hall Fund Raiser

    • Book early as there are limited tickets!
    • With Pay Bar and Raffle
    • For tickets contact: Maria 711530, Sue 711250, Helen 711610 (all 01449)
    • Cost: Adult £8.50, Children under 11 £5.00.


    Pancakes For All, Sunday 11th 9.30am

    Stonham Aspal & Mickfield Church.

    This Sunday we are holding a special Worship For All service to celebrate Shrove Tuesday (more commonly known as Pancake Day). Come along to the service to find out all about the traditions surrounding this day, which is the day before Lent begins. Pancakes will be served at the end.

    Broadband in Stonham Aspal

    Faster Broadband is now enabled throughout Stonham Aspal.

    This is FTTC - Fibre To The Cabinet. This means that there is fibre to the new cabinets (Tennis Courts and Crowfield Road/ A1120 junction), and then to your home by the existing phone wires.

    Unless you have a newer Broadband modem (within, roughly, the last 3 years), you will need one that supports VDSL2. The speed depends on how far away you are from the cabinet.

    Your existing supplier will be able to quote you to change your service, but shop around, there may be better deals. Some people have found that they have had to change their telephone master socket to get a stable and better link: You need a NTE5C box. You can buy these online and they are fairly simple to install yourself: If your installer visits make sure they put one in!


    Stonham Aspal WI meetings for 2018

    February - Living in The Falklands - something with words on.
    19 March - Operation Sumac - item made of wood
    16 April - Japanese Contrasts - something Japanese
    21 May - Resolutions
    18 June - Garden Party
    17 July - Herbal medicine - posy of herbs
    August - Outing TBC
    18 September Hats and the art of hat making - favourite hat.
    15 October - Crystal Palace - Glass item.
    19 November - AGM.
    December - Christmas meal TBA.


    Use your token at Debenham Co-op for us!

    The village hall is one of the choices in the Debenham Co-op awards scheme.

    If you visit the co-op please be sure to ask for as many tokens as you can get and support our cause to raise more funds for further improvements to the village hall.

    We still want to paint the outside of the hall, replace soffits fascia and gutters, renew the drains and resurface the car park.

    Thank you!


    Pudding Night at The Village Hall - 27th January 2018

    We had a pudding night and talk at the Village Hall to raise money for the Community Council. Lots of pudding and cheese was eaten! Over 70 people attended. We had a Bar and a Raffle with gifts donated. Well over £700 pounds was raised, which will go to support the Events that the Community Council does to bring the Village together: Such as The Magazine, The Cinema, Autumn Lunch and not forgetting Santa's visit on Christmas Eve!

    Thank you everyone who came along and gave generously, and especially those who made the puddings!

    The Puddings and Cheese!


    February and March events


    • 2nd Quiz Night
    • 11th Worship for All (with pancakes!)
    • 16th Third Friday Inn
    • 18th Snowdrops, soup and sweets at Elm Farm 11am-3pm


    • 10th Men's Breakfast
    • 17th Ladies that Brunch

    for further details see the Community Council Magazine


    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.