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Community Resilience and Emergency Plan




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                                            Wickham Skeith

 Parish Council

 Community Resilience


 Emergency Plan

 Effective from March 2020


(to be reviewed annually following Parish Council AGM)




A Full Plan setting out action to be taken in the event of an emergencyaffecting the community is held by Parish Council members.

                                                                          This Plan sets out arrangements and contact details for emergencies affecting the community.








Emergency Contact Numbers:

Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit  01473 265317 / 265314



Police                                                                             101 / 01473 613500




Suffolk County Council                                               0345 606 6067




Mid Suffolk District Council                                      0300 123 4000


www.midsuffolk.gov.uk                                     0845 606 6170 / 01449 724500


outside of office hours                                                0808 168 7794                  


Environment Agency Floodline                                  0345 988 1188


ENVIRONMENT INCIDENT HOTLINE (24 hrs)                       0800 807060




Gas                                                                                              0800 111999


Electricity                                                                           0800 783 8838


Anglian Water                                         0345 791 9155 / 0345 714 5145


Essex & Suffolk Water                                                   0845 782 0999


UK Power Networks                                                         0800 316 3105


      from mobiles                                                                0333 323 2105


First steps in an Emergency




  • Call 999 (unless already alerted)
  • Ensure you are in no immediate danger
  • Contact a member of the Community Emergency Group (Parish Council) listed below



Community Emergency Group Contacts  




The Community Emergency Group includes members of the Parish Council


(correct as at March 2020):

Tim Thorogood (Chairman)

Starhouse Farm, Thornham Magna, IP23 8HE                                                               01449 766757


Kevin Knights (Parish Councillor)                                                                                  01449 767708

6 Grange Road, Wickham Skeith, IP23 8NE


Mike Blair                                                                                                                        01449 766640

Sarah’s Folly, Grange Road, Wickham Skeith, IP23 8NF


Richard Palmer

Wickham Hall, Church Lane, Wickham Skeith, Eye IP23 8NA                                          01449 766484


Margarita Freeman

01449 767009                                                                                                                                        


Huw Roberts (Parish Clerk)                                                                                           0777 180 8677 

3 Castle Road, Hadleigh, IP7 6JH


Tree Warden: Melinda Appleby                                                                                    01449 766879

Haymead House, The Street, Wickham Skeith, IP23 8LP


The Community Emergency Group also includes members of the Care Group whose contact details are retained by the Parish Council.


 Key Locations:






Potential usage in an emergency

Contact details

 Village Hall

Wickham Skeith

Rest Centre/safe


Denise Alexander (Caretaker/

Bookings Officer): 01449 767838

7 St Andrews Close
E: denise.alexander63@yahoo.co.uk

St Andrew’s


Wickham Skeith

Rest Centre/safe


Liz Davidson: 01449 766622

Margaret Jones-Evans 01449 767121

Mendlesham Community Centre


Substitute rest


Mendlesham Parish Clerk

Sharon Jones: 01449 766139


Why an Emergency Plan?


We hope our community will not have to cope with severe events such as floods, prolonged loss of water/power; major pollution events or contagious disease. The Resilience & Emergency Plan will help us be prepared if the worst happens and is held by the Parish Council who will coordinate a response.

Should any emergency arise in your ownhome or immediate vicinity which requires outside help, you should summon the Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Ambulance) by telephoning 999.  This Plan is for devastating events that affect the whole community.  Do not place yourself in danger or ask others to undertake any act that will place them in danger. The Emergency Services are still the best agency to undertake these tasks and must be called.


This plan covers the procedural arrangements for the parish of Wickham Skeith for responding to a known emergency, affecting or with the potential to affect, the population of the Parish. 


The Parish Council will attempt to:

Establish, if possible, a communication link with the Emergency Services and consolidate local information and, as best able, pass that information to outside organisations and/or residents.

In the event of the Parish becoming isolated, undertake the co-ordination of effort to sustain the local community.

Provide an overview of the essential requirements of the Parish to survive and recover from the emergency.

Maintain a log of significant events which can then be used in assisting the Emergency Services and reviewed following the event.  


General Information:


Evacuation:  In the event of evacuation, the Village Hall is the designated refuge.  Your health and safety are paramount so please do not forget to bring any medication with you.  If there is time, you might wish to bring essentials to make your stay more comfortable.  Please leave pets/livestock shut up where possible and with extra food and water.  If the Village Hall is unavailable, the Parish Council of Mendlesham have offered Mendlesham Community Centre as an alternative refuge (subject to the scale of the emergency as their own community may also be affected and require refuge).


Medical Assistance: There are a number of residents with medical knowledge living in the village.                 


Quarantine: In the event that Wickham Skeith is quarantined, arrangements will be made with the Emergency Services: If necessary, a meeting will be called at the Village Hall (please only send one representative per household). 


Power Failure:  Cordless phones will not work. Corded phones will work unless the telephone exchange is without power, so until the batteries run out the internet should be accessible.  Smartphones with satellite internet connection will also work until the batteries run out.




Local Skills and Resources Assessment


Local Police:


Community Police – Community Information Hotline                                                        01284 774100


First Aiders:


GP: Dr Nicholas Redman                                                                                                 01449 768957




Bacton:                                                                                                                             01449 781777


Botesdale Health Centre:                                                                                                 01379 898295


Eye Health Centre                                                                                                            01379 870689


Mendlesham Health Centre                                                                                              01449 767722




Heath Road, Ipswich                                                                                                        01473 712233


West Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds                                                                                        01284 713000


Local Services:


Councillor: Andrew Stringer                                                                     01449 780339/ 07774 199061


Milkman/Deliveries: Suffolk Dairies Ltd                                                                             01449 676746


Carpenter: Simon Pyke                                                                                                  07711 100026


Miles Downard, Mill Farm:                                                                   07887 752267/ 01449 766680




Cedarwoods Vets, Coombes House, Stowmarket Business Park


 Needham Road, Stowmarket, IP14 2AH                                                                        01449 676966


Deans, 63 Old Street, Haughley                                                                                       01449 673366


Stowe Vets, 54 Bury Road, Stowmarket                                                                          01449 613130


Uplands Way Vets, Low Road, Bressingham                                                                   01379 642865


Cherry Tree Vets, Cherry Tree Stables, Roydon Road, Diss                                           01379 870999


Oakwood Veterinary Group, 19 Church Street, Eye                                                         01379 852146






Four Horseshoes, Thornham (8 rooms)                                                                         01379 678777


White Horse, Stoke Ash (11 rooms)                                                                                 01379 678222


Taxi Service:


Stowmarket Cab Co:                                                                                                        01449 677777


Diss Taxis:                                                                                                                        01379 640900


                                                                                                                                         01379 652014


                                                                                                                                         01379 414141




Community Car Service:                                                                                               01379 871200