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The members of your Parish Council

Chairman: P. Wright

Vice Chairman: N. Merriam

Treasurer: B. Kemp


H Bowes

K Knights

M Blair

T Thorogood


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

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

Allocation of Topics to Parish Councillors

as at November 2017


P Wright:        Chair + Housing, electoral issues and policing

N Merriam:      Vice Chair + Community Safety, Village Green, Fishing

B Kemp:         Treasurer + Finance, Auditing, Insurance

T Thorogood:  Health, Social Services, Local and Community Services

K Knights:       Education, Cultural and Leisure Issues

H Bowes:         Highways, Bus Service, Rights of Way (Public Footpaths)

M Blair:           Environment, Climate Change, Waste

M Appleby:      Tree Warden

All Members:     View General Correspondence, Reports, Consultation Documents for consideration etc within Circulation Files and report back at meetings as appropriate



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.






Wickham Skeith Parish Council has been successful in our application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme for help with funding towards the provision of a Defibrillator. Our project will go forward to a vote in Tesco stores where their customers vote for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take place from Tuesday, 1st January 2019 to Thursday, 28th February 2019 and we will be notified of possible funding at the end of March 2019.

We would invite residents to shop at these Tesco stores during the January and February 2019 (you will receive a token at the till which can be deposited against our Defibrillator project): 

4351    Aldeburgh Saxmundham, IP15 5JA - Express
5210    Diss, IP22 4JN  - Superstore
6608    Saxmundham, IP17 1EP – Superstore


If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Tara Goodacre, Parish Clerk, on 01449 768696 or Margarita Wade, Parish Councillor, on 01449 767009.




Upcoming events to raise money towards the defibrillator for Wickham Skeith.

1. Jeanne Mason is kindly hosting a defibrillator fundraiser coffee morning.
Date: Saturday 2nd March. Time: 10am til 12pm. Venue: Rushmere Cottage (on the Green).
There will be a raffle, a variety of cakes, including gluten free, savouries, and lashings of tea and coffee to be enjoyed.
All proceeds will go towards the purchase of a defibrillator, and cabinet, for our village.

2. A charity cheese and wine event will be held towards the end of April at the village Hall. More details will be shared in the March Newsletter and at the coffee morning on 2nd March. 

3. When the early summer weather shows its sunny face we’ll be hosting a strawberry cream tea afternoon. 













Wickham Skeith Parish Council


Seek to appoint Treasurer


After 15 years, Cllr Barry Kemp has given prior notice to stepping down in his position as Treasurer to the Parish Council.


Barry has been very valued in this position.  He has been a great support to the Parish Clerk and to the Parish Council, and is even volunteering to assist his replacement by producing a manual and providing training prior to his departure, which is scheduled for March 2019 (but it would be helpful to start the hand-over process in January 2019).


It is not necessary to have formal accountancy training, but a basic understanding would help - the main requirement is to be organised!


Are you good with figures?  Would you like to learn more about the Parish Council?  If you would like to have a chat about this role, we would like to hear from you - please contact either Barry direct on 07751 059014 or the Parish Clerk on 01449 768696.




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



Minutes of Parish Council Meeting

held Monday, 14 January 2019 at Wickham Skeith Village Hall


Present:            Cllrs T Thorogood (Chair), H Bowes (Vice-Chair), B Kemp (Treasurer), K Knights, M Blair, R Palmer, T Goodacre (Clerk), Cllr Stringer (MSDC and SCC) and 4 members of public


Apologies:        Accepted from Cllr Wade


1.    Chair’s Welcome: The Chair opened the meeting, welcoming those in attendance.


2.    Declaration of Interest: None received. 


3.    Minutes of Meeting: Minutes of Meeting held 12 November 2018 were approved by all Councillors and signed by the Chair.


4.    Village Forum: It was noted that a suspicious Dark Blue, Vauxhall Saloon driving around Church Lane/The Broadway had been reported to the Police.


5.    Reports:

5.1.  Cllr Stringer (SCC):

§  Single-Use Plastic: SCC motioned to do more to tackle single-use plastic waste.

§  Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB): SCC announced intention to cut funding for Suffolk’s CAB as part of budget savings, causing great concern.  SCC now launched consultation on proposed funding cuts.  Cllr Stringer encourages residents to complete via

§  Carbon Emissions: SCC refuses to tackle carbon emissions following motion from Councillors.

§  Modern Slavery Statement: Motion on Modern Slavery unanimously agreed, committing SCC to comply/act on eradicating Slavery/Human Trafficking in Suffolk.

§  Waste: SCC entered into PFI-backed Contract with Suez for Suffolk energy from waste facility. 



5.2.  Cllr Stringer (MSDC):

§  Budget Proposals: MSDC have set out draft budget for 2019/20 with move to further borrow to invest in commercial property.  This year saw another underspend on budget, which is proposed to go into reserve, however, Council tax may rise by 2%.

§  Tree for Life: Policy where residents can apply for free fruit tree for any child born or adopted.  This year saw 170 successful applications by parents.

§  Homelessness Prevention Fund: MSDC allocated funds for Homelessness Prevention Policy where residents can apply for loan to avoid/prevent becoming homeless (max available £3,000).

§  New Joint Local Plan: MSDC announced again of plan delay.

5.3.  Suffolk Police (via Parish Clerk):

§  Crimes: Various crimes have been reported locally but none within Wickham Skeith (residents advised that there had been a recent break-in at Willow House, The Street).

§  Council Tax: Suffolk Police currently proposing £2/month increase (based on Band D property).

5.4.  Parish Clerk:

§  Bus Services: Contact number to be posted on Noticeboard (should residents encounter problems booking services, please advise Cllr Stringer direct on 07545 423842).

§  Kissing Gate: Thanks were given to S Goodacre for kindly completing restoration. 

§  River Dove: Waveney Valley currently dredging river running adjacent to The Street.

§  The Street: Thanks were given to N Merriam for liaising/clearing overgrowth along The Street.  Residents are asked to maintain Spring overgrowth which may affect roadside visibility/safety.

5.5.  Parish Councillors:  Cllrs Wade and Palmer attended Voice of The Councillor workshop in December.

5.5.1.    Allocation of Councillor Topics: Completed list circulated and being posted on Website.

5.5.2.    Community Speed Watch: Thanks were given to Cllr Stringer for kindly providing funding of £2,000 towards cost of SID.  It was agreed to proceed with purchase of Radarlux Model to identify/monitor speeding issues.

5.5.3.    GDPR: Sub-Committee reviewing SALC Toolkit/remaining templates and creating register of data collected/ processed.

5.5.4.    Community Emergency Plan: Sub-committee to review SALC model plan.

5.5.5.    Defibrillator:  The Parish Council were successful in their application to Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme, helping towards funding provision of defibrillator.  Voting has already commenced at local Tesco stores and will end on 28.02.19.

~ W I C K H A M   S K E I T H   P A R I S H   C O U N C I L  ~



6.      Correspondence Received:

6.1.     Clerk Election Briefings: SALC promoting Jan/Feb briefings regarding May Elections.

6.2.     Funding Events: Babergh/MSDC holding funding events for Parish Councils, Community and Voluntary Organisations advising on funding opportunities.  Bildeston: 06.02.19, Elmswell 07.02.19, 10 am - 3 pm.  Please contact Parish Clerk for further information.

All other correspondence which has not been circulated via email included within Agenda or in Circulation File.


7.      Finance

7.1.     Accounts as at 31.12.18 presented by Cllr Kemp (Treasurer), showing balance of £5,548.64.

7.2.     2019/20 Budget: Budget presented by Treasurer - as part of review, it was agreed to examine provision costings of Village Hall Broadband.  It was agreed to change from BT to Plusnet, with site visit scheduled for 18.01.19.

7.3.     Parish Precept: With percentage increases demonstrated by Treasurer, it was proposed to increase Precept by £200 to £3,000.  All Councillors in agreement to accept proposal.  Clerk to submit to MSDC.




Invoices:  The following invoices were agreed for payment:

Village Hall Hire (Nov meeting)                                                £12.00

Clerk’s Expenses                                                                      £40.00

Reimbursement of Plusnet Initial Set Up Cost (T Goodacre)  £46.20

7.5.     Bank Mandate: Bank Mandate now approved for new signatories.

7.6.     Vacancy: Councillor/Treasurer Vacancy still to be filled.  To be re-advertised in village Newsletter. 


8.      Planning Matters: DC/18/04942 – Hillside, The Broadway: Erection of stable building and formation of menage.  Change of use for keeping of horses.  Councillors raised no objections and MSDC have now granted permission (subject to conditions).


9.      Standing Orders:

9.1.     Complete version issued to Councillors with copy to be posted on Website. 

9.2.     Complaints Procedure: Cllr Palmer’s drafted Complaints Procedure circulated for consideration.  Discussion held regarding GDPR/Consent regarding circulation/publication of Village Newsletter.


10.   Village Green:  Thanks were given to generorisity of contractor for maintaining Village Green, with token of appreciation gifted at Christmas.

10.1.  Working Parties:  Cllr Knights thanked those in attendance on 15.12.18.  Next Working Party to be held on 02.02.19.  .

10.2.  Grimmer Fishing: No action to be taken until Season commences.


11.   Matters for next Agenda and Any Other Business: Village Green Working Parties, Internal Accounts and Audit Control Review, Action Plan for SID.


12.  Next Meeting: 11 March 2019