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Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore has confirmed that he is proposing to raise the policing element of the council tax and wants to hear the public’s views.

The recent general election has delayed the Home Office funding announcement so the PCC is assuming an increase of 4% to the policing precept, which will potentially raise a Band D bill by 70p a month.

The PCC is asking whether the public supports his proposals and explains why the increase is necessary.


Tim Passmore said, “Since becoming PCC in 2012, each year I have had to make difficult decisions about the policing budget and how much I will ask you, as a Suffolk taxpayer, to pay towards the policing element of your council tax.

“Unfortunately, the timing of the recent General Election has meant that the normal cycle of funding announcements from central government was delayed. This leaves both myself and the Chief Constable in the difficult position of currently not knowing how much central funding we will receive, or what limits might be imposed on any increase in the policing element of council tax.

“This makes it very difficult to consult on a specific budget proposal, so I’m basing this year’s survey on an assumption of a 4% precept increase which is an additional 70p a month for a Band D property.”

This additional resource from a precept increase will allow the Chief Constable to improve the standards of police investigations to bring more offenders to justice and enhance Suffolk Constabulary’s capacity and capability regarding pro-active policing to tackle serious and organised crime, county lines and knife crime. A new commercial vehicle unit will make Suffolk’s roads safer and free flowing and additional officers and staff will enhance the Constabulary’s ability to prevent crime happening in the first place. More detail on the proposed areas of investment is available here.

If Government limits the precept increase to 3% (53p a month for Band D), these plans will have to be adapted accordingly. Details will be updated on the PCC website as they become available www.suffolk-pcc.gov.uk.

The PCC will present his proposal to increase the policing element of the council tax to the Police and Crime Panel on January 31st for their approval. The papers for this meeting will be published five days before on Suffolk County Council’s website, www.suffolk.gov.uk.

To find out what this could mean to households across all of the council tax bands please click here.




Welcome to our village


We would like to extend a warm welcome to all those who have recently moved into our village. We hope that you will soon settle in and be very happy here.


We hope to meet you all over the next couple of months at the various events so please take a look through our calendar and come along or contact the various people whose details are given.







Oil Syndicate


The next deadline for syndicate orders is 31 January 2020.


If you’d like oil please email me at jerrybassett@icloud.com or call 765908 if you’ve no access to email.  An explanation of the scheme can be found in September’s newsletter but if you don’t have that to hand please let me know and I’ll forward details.






It is with great pleasure that the Parish Council announce that Wickham Skeith now has a Defibrillator.  


You may well have seen the yellow defibrillator cabinet on the wall of the village hall.  Should you need to call for an emergency ambulance for someone who has collapsed with a suspected heart attack, they will tell you the code to enter into the keypad to access the defibrillator. 


The Parish Council is currently looking at training providers and, once organised, there will be a list of training sessions published that will be free for people to attend.  There will also be an opening ceremony for our Wickham Skeith Defibrillator - more details to follow.


The Parish Council thanks Cllr Freeman and all those involved with fund raising events, enabling the launch of this project.




Jessie’s Wood


The gates for Jessie’s Wood are now in place - one at each entrance. 

We hope they will deter potential fly tippers.

We have done this reluctantly but feel that we must protect this special place.

However we continue to encourage walkers, dog walkers and horse riders, and those looking for some peace and tranquillity to go round the gates and into the wood.

We hope you understand.         Joy and Geoff





Dog Mess

Please can dog walkers pick up after their dog(s) or, if that is too difficult, please kick off the paths. There has been an increase in dog mess on several of our paths and clearing up after your dog would both reduce the unsightliness of it and also save other walkers from that horrible slipping feeling as your foot slides on a recent offering.


The Churchyard

After many years when volunteers maintained our churchyards so beautifully they have had to withdraw and we are very sorry to lose them. A contractor has been employed and has begun to mow and strim the churchyards fortnightly. Of course this has a cost to it, but we feel that the churchyards are important.

If any villagers would like to contribute towards this cost the PCC would be very grateful –offers to Liz Davidson 01449 766622 please.

If there are any villagers who would be prepared to mow and strim the churchyard in 2020 fortnightly I’d be very glad to hear from them.

Thank you – Margaret




Mobile Library Service


Suffolk County Council’s mobile library van calls in the village every four weeks for you to collect, return and renew books and DVDs. Its nominated stop is in The Street. There has been some interest in the van stopping in the layby by the Chalet Bungalows. The Library Service is prepared to make an extra stop but it would need some timetabling changes. Please let me know before their next visit on 9 May if you would be interested in using this service. If there is sufficient interest, the changes could be introduced from July. Thank you. Melinda Appleby. 01449 766879 or mappleby@tiscali.co.uk



















For residents wishing to book a journey, please call 01449 614271

up to a week before you would like to travel. 


Customer Services will be able to answer any questions that you may have

(but should you encounter any problems booking services,

 please call Cllr Andrew Stringer direct on 07545 423842 or 01449 780349).





Tai Chi in Wickham Skeith

New Beginners’ class starts Friday February 1st at 3pm in the Village Hall and every week thereafter. All welcome, just turn up, £5 per session.

Why not work on that New Year’s resolution to improve your health?






The traditional orchards of the East of England are coming under scrutiny in a new Heritage Lottery funded landscape project. Orchards are an integral part of our historic landscape, but have been relatively poorly researched. They are important for landscape and biodiversity as well as being valuable to people and their local environment. The project team, based at the University of East Anglia, will survey and record traditional orchards, and research the history of fruit growing in the region. The project will also involve the restoration of important old orchards, and the creation of entirely new ones. It builds on the recent work of the Suffolk Traditional Orchards Group.

As part of the project, volunteers are asked to survey their parish for any remaining old orchards. What orchards still exist and what fruit varieties do they contain? Over the late summer and autumn I will be around the village recording any orchards that survive and asking to record which fruit varieties still grow there. If you would like further information, would like to help with the survey or talk to me about an old orchard that you own, please contact me on mappleby@tiscali.co.uk

After the survey, the Parish Council will give further consideration to the plan to create a new community orchard on the Little Green. Thank you – Melinda Appleby

Churchyard Rules

For the sake of safety please would all churchyard users remember that cut flowers on graves should be in a holder which is part of the headstone or in a metal (preferably aluminium) holder that is sunk into the ground with the top flush with ground level.  Glass containers and jam jars are not allowed because they break easily and then become a hazard for people & animals. 

Each grave should be kept tidy or be easy to mow. Stuart Wilson does an excellent job of maintaining our churchyard, for which he deserves our grateful thanks, and it is up to all of us to ensure that the task isn’t any harder than it has to


Village Website

The village website has been migrated onto a new address and Stephen McKie is working hard to make it a helpful place for information about the village, parish council, clubs and events.

The new address is:


Thanks to Stephen McKie and Julie Sore who put the village content of this newsletter onto the website for us.



Village Hall Committee

Congratulations Romaine! Once again the overall winner of the Produce and Craft Show at the Village Hall on Saturday. My correspondent says there was a good level of entries, a nice sized crowd to see the prize giving and as usual great organisation from the Gardening Club to whom we are very grateful for their continued support for this annual event.


Events coming up...


September 21st Music Quiz with a 7pm for 7:30 start. There will be a mixture of questions to suit all ages, a picture round included. There will be a Ploughman's part way through. Please contact Nigel to book your team-or yourself-in. 767222

October 19th Harvest Horkey. 7pm for 7.30. Sam Mulgrew has kindly taken on the organisation this year. Soup to start, Pork or Mutton served on platters on each table, roast potatoes, Cauli cheese and red cabbage and Mediterranean vegetables. A choice of puddings. Charge for liqueur coffee £3.50. Serve wine by the glass or by the bottle. A raffle 6 of good prizes. Stand up/sit down game. There are very few tickets left...in fact you may be too late but please check with Nigel.

October 26th Halloween Party for children once again organised by Denise and her team. There will be a slip in next month's Newsletter to book places-alongside the Children's Christmas Party return.

November 16th November Fair. which will begin at 12 noon and continue to 4pm. There will be stalls selling a wide range of goods and our own tombola stall so prizes please! Light lunches will feature through the day as well as they proved popular last year.

December 7th Quiz, led by the legendary quizmaster Nigel!

December  14th Children's Christmas Party more details in the October edition with a booking slip.

December 28th Plum Pudding walk -the usual meander around the village footpaths-not all of them!-before a lovely soup and bread refreshment chatting with friends.


The Village Hall Committee is very happy to have supported the installation of the first defibrillator in position on the Village Hall. We will pay for ongoing electricity costs to maintain its power. We would wish to congratulate all involved in this very worthwhile activity especially the instigators-Jeanne, Romaine and Jenny and Margarita for acting on behalf of the Parish Council to finalise its installation. In our community it is very rarely possible to do anything alone and again different strands have pulled together to make a strong statement to our community-'this is important and will be done!'


Please continue to support the Village Hall, and Committee, as much as possible through the next stage up to Christmas. New event ideas always welcome!


Police and Crime Commissioner Survey

27 January 2020

PLease click on See All News to read the PCC letter and to complete the survey.  You will also find links to other useful documents that will help you decided your answers.

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25 September 2019

It is with great pleasure that the Parish Council announce that Wickham Skeith now has a Defibrillator.  

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Healthwatch Suffolk calls for your stories of care in the county

1 April 2016

Healthwatch Suffolk has the power to shape, influence and improve local NHS and social care services in the county. It is independent from the NHS and social care, which means you can be honest when sharing your views.

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Hedges and Verges

1 February 2016

It would appear that many local parishes are unhappy with the roadside services currently being supplied by Suffolk County Council and this issue is being addressed directly with our County Councillor, Andrew Stringer.

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