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The members of your Parish Council

Chair: Tim Thorogood  01449 766757

Vice Chair: Harriet Bowes 01449 766708 

Treasurer: Barry Kemp 01449 766813

Parish Councillors: 

Kevin Knights 01449 767708

Michael Blair 01449 766640

Margarita Wade 01449 767009

Richard Palmer 01449 766484


Clerk to the council - Tara Goodacre - contact - 01449 768696

To view the Register of Interest for Parish Councillors, please click on the following link:


For the Allocation of Topics that are the particular responsibility of each Councillor

Please click here.



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.






Parish Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer

13/14 hours per month

Salary in accordance with experience


After 13 years as Parish Clerk, I have sadly given notice of resignation and the Parish Council of Wickham Skeith are now looking for a joint role of Parish Clerk/ Responsible Financial Officer, working from home, to be responsible for all aspects of the Parish Council’s day-to-day administration.

This position will be advertised with various Council related bodies; however, should interest be received from within the village, it would be very welcome as, speaking from experience, it is rewarding working with the lovely people of this village.

If you would like to have a chat about this role and the duties it would include, do give me a call on 01449 768696 or email





Wickham Skeith Parish Council

Parish Councillor/Treasurer Vacancy


The May elections will soon be upon us and, as previously advertised, Wickham Skeith Parish Council are still searching for someone to fill a Parish Councillor vacancy with the additional responsibility of the Treasurer's role.


We would really like to hear from anyone who may be interested in joining the Parish Council, to move forward in the next financial year with a full team of Councillors.


If you would like to have a chat about this role,

please contact the Parish Clerk 01449 768696





Consultation Launches on County’s Green Access Strategy

 Communities are being invited to have their say on the Green Access Strategy - Rights of Way Improvement Plan as part of a ten-week consultation held by Suffolk County Council (SCC) from 8 July - 20 September 2019.

 SCC is required to put together this plan which identifies changes to improve rights of way provision for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and those with mobility problems.  The plan, which looks at rights of way access up until 2026, details why green access is so relevant to Suffolk’s population and its visitors, and focuses on how green access can benefit quality of life.

 To find out more about the consultation and how you can have your say visit:  A paper copy of the survey can be requested by calling, 0345 603 1842 or emailing or you can take the survey over the phone by calling 0345 603 1842.



Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan



You may recall our Parish Meeting in October 2017, where the consultation of Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan was discussed.  Your views were then represented by the Parish Council and submitted in November 2017.  Residents were also encouraged to comment personally, direct to the District Councils.


Following this initial consultation, a draft Joint Local Plan has now been published, which includes maps of allocated sites and settlement boundaries and there is a 10 week public consultation. 



The Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan Preferred Options Document (July 2019) is available to view at:  or



Comments must be made by 4pm on Monday, 30 September 2019. Comments can be made electronically through the Councils’ online system at  or; by email to  or in writing to Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2BX.  To deliver comments in person, please telephone 0300 123 4000 (option 5 then option 4).



Officers will be available to answer questions at drop-in exhibitions, which will be held as follows:

Tuesday, 6 August, 2pm to 5pm

United Reform Church, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, IP14 1AD

Tuesday 13 August, 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Stradbroke Community Centre, Wilby Road, Stradbroke, IP21 5JN




Defibrillator Funding


We have a crowd funding page on “Just Giving” Any of us, and our friends and family, can make online donations here:   Please click on this link.












2017 10 09 Local plan flyer 1 P2



To download and print the Local Plan document please click HERE

The link as shown on page 1 of this document appears not to work,  Please try this one instead






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

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