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Mid Suffolk's new COSY Home initiative

Mid Suffolk Council has launched a new £2million initiative which could see hundreds of people claim a free home insulation upgrade.

The Cosy Home installation including funding for loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and draft proofing works to make more private sector homes in the Mid Suffolk district more efficient, reduce their carbon emissions and lower energy bills for residents.

The district council is encouraging any resident that meets the criteria to express an interest, while funds last.

For more information visit: https://www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/web/mid-suffolk/w/mid-suffolk-cosy-homes

Car park repairs

The Rectory Lane car park known to many as the tennis club car park which is owned by the Woolpit Recreation Ground Charity, has received some much needed repairs to pot holes. The work was carried out by Sisk,  the contractor under taking the A14 concrete road replacement as part of its community engagement. This was just a repair and in the constant wet weather it has not had time to settle. Sisk did the work and brought in materials free of charge. I for one am very grateful.


 Suffolk County Council and National Highways have introduced temporary speed reductions made under  temporary traffic regulation orders for some roads in the area used to avoid the road works..

Please note these temporary speed limit reductions will be removed once the A14 junction 47a to junction 49 reconstruction scheme is completed in summer 2024.

You will find the list of roads affected on the National Website https://nationalhighways.co.uk

If you have any questions about the project, you can contact the 24/7 National Highways Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000.

formation is available on the website  https://nationalhighways.co.uk



The parish councils of Woolpit, Elmswell, Beyton and Thurston have come together with Vertas to address the problems caused by our poor scheduled bus service. Vertas has made the minibuses available to us in the mornings and early afternoons when they are not required to do their usual job of taking children to and from school. 

The trial of a Vertas 8 seat minibus/taxi offering a round trip to Bury on Wednesdays and Saturdays has been a great success with Woolpit residents taking up more seats than all the other parishes .

The trial is now extended until Christmas

Pickup on the Woolpit ‘triangle’ at 9.40am or a liittle later  arriving on Angel Hill in Bury about 10.15. Returns from Bury at 1.30 from Angel Hill.

Booking a seat - This is not a scheduled bus service - therefore booking is essential at least 2 days in advance. The minibus can take wheelchairs. Elmswell is providing a central point for bookings.

To book a seat ring the Elmswell Parish office 01359244134 weekdays between 8am and 4 pm or email clerk@elmswell.suffolk.gov.uk

Cost - The return fare from Woolpit will be £6 to be paid in advance.  (Sorry no bus passes)

The driver cannot take payment for the journey. You can pay in advance by cheque or cash via the Elmswell or Woolpit Parish Council offices or by BACS. If you have made a booking, you can pay WPC by a cheque or cash. If the office is closed, just put your payment in an envelope (marked with your name and date of travel) for the Parish Clerk into the Institute letter box.

As this is a trial, we need your feedback – good or bad.  You can tell Peggy Fuller the Parish Clerk, Julia Ewans or Trace Gardiner about how your journeys went.

Please make good use of this service.

Use it or lose it.

 New scheduled bus service to Stowmarket

We are told that Dan's Coaches are planning to run a scheduled bus service No.390 to Stowmarket on Mondays and Thursdays beginning on 4th September. Picking up in the centre of Woolpit at about 10.50 on Mondays and 11.20 on Thursdays. Copies of the timetable will go up at the bus stops or you can find more information at Suffolk On Board  Suffolk on Board - Bus / Bus timetable updates


Health Centre Car Park

The gate between the new and old carparks is now closed. It was never intended that the access to the new car park would be from Heath Road. When ever possible, please use the new larger car park at the back which is accessed via Old Stowmarket Road.

In the old car park, all parking spaces on the Heath Road side of the bin store are for the disabled.




 A message from Suffolk Trading Standards 

It’s important to always keep an eye out for scams. They can and do affect anyone. Something might be a scam if:

  • It seems too good to be true – like an email saying you’ve won a competition you don’t remember entering
  • Someone you don’t know contacts you unexpectedly
  • You’re being urged to respond or pay quickly
  • You’ve been asked to pay for something urgently or in an unusual way – for example by bank transfer or gift vouchers
  • You’ve been asked to give away personal information

How to protect yourself from scams 

  • If you’re not sure about something, get advice from a trusted source.
  • Don’t be rushed into making any quick decisions. It’s okay to take your time
  • Never give money or personal details, like passwords or bank details, to anyone you don’t know or have only met online
  • Pay by debit or credit card. This gives you extra protection if things go wrong
  • Be suspicious. Scammers can be very smart. They can appear like a trusted business or government official, have a professional website and say all the right things
  • Keep your online accounts secure. Use a strong password for email accounts that you don’t use anywhere else

 There is more information on how to protect yourself from scams on the Citizens Advice website. www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scamsadvice

 Friends Against Scams also have advice on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from scams. www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk

 If you need advice, or want to report a scam or rogue trader,

call us via 0808 223 1133.

If you have any concerns about a company that has contacted you, call us via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

There is more useful information on the Trading standards website click here



Hopkins Homes development of the Bury Road site

The company has created a Community Liaison Service which you can contact with questions and concerns.

The email address is community@buryroad-woopit.co.uk.

Phone number 0800 0352874.

The website is www.buryroad-woolpit.co.uk


 Warm Homes in Suffolk

Warm Homes Suffolk wants to help the people of Suffolk live in homes that cost less to heat, so they can reduce their energy usage and enjoy lower bills. 

There is advice available at ww.warmhomessuffolk.org for householders, renters and landlords.

Grants to help insulate and make your property more energy efficient are available.


 Citizens Advice Mid Suffolk has produced a help sheet for the energy and cost of living price rises 

The cost of energy and food is so high now. With the kids home from school for the summer, I’m having to pay more for lunches and snacks. I’m worried about how I’ll put food on the table. I’m on a prepayment meter and I’m really scared we’re going to be left without any gas or electric if I can’t top up. What can I do?

 First of all, we are really sorry to hear how tough things have been for you. You’re doing the right thing in reaching out for support and there are things you can get help with.

 As a prepayment meter customer, your energy supplier will be able to give you temporary credit if you can’t afford to top up your meter. They might add this to your meter automatically, but if they don’t, you can call them and ask them to do this.

If you run out of temporary credit, speak to your supplier to explain your situation. They may give you extra temporary credit if you’re struggling with living costs. There are other reasons why they might give you extra credit too, including if you’re disabled, have a long-term health condition, or you have children under the age of 5. You’ll have to pay back anything extra you get, but you can agree how to do this in a way you can afford with your supplier.

 As you say, the cost of living is really high but there is help available. If you pay council tax and you’re in bands A-D, you should get a payment of £150 automatically. It could take until the end of September, but if you've not had it already you might need to make a claim.

 You might also be able to get help from the Household Support Fund, which helps those experiencing financial hardship. They can offer support with energy bills, with food or other essentials.

 For more information on the £150 payment or the Household Support Fund, email Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Council on housingsolutions@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk or call 0300 123 4000.

 There’s more government support coming from October in the form of a £400 payment to help you with your energy bills. If you have a prepayment meter, you’ll be given vouchers in the first week of each month from October, via text, email or post. Make sure your energy company has your up-to-date details.

 To help manage other costs, it’s also worth checking you’re getting all the benefits you’re entitled to. There are benefits calculators you can use online or Citizens Advice Mid Suffolk can complete a benefit check for you. If you can’t afford to buy food, Citizens Advice also can help you get a referral for a food bank.

 We know this is an extremely worrying time and everyone’s situation is different. Don’t struggle alone.

 Citizens Advice Mid Suffolk can provide advice on this or any other issue, including debt, employment, benefits and family law.  You can contact them on 01449 676060 or use the contact form at midsuffolkcab.org.uk/contact-us.  For more information and our opening hours go to midsuffolkcab.org.uk.


 See the new 'Walking for Health' section of the website in the Clubs and Organisation section.

Click here for link


The scheme has now been launched. Here are the contact details

WGNS mobile phone 07738756470

Operational 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday

If calling outside of these hours leave a message.

In the event of an emergency call 999

Woolpit Parish Council 

is starting an email newsletter please sign up to receive it by reading the notice on the parish council pages (Click here)


Read more about the Community Infrastructure Levy and how we might spend it on the parish council pages (Click here).


Perry’s Private Hire

Michael J. Perry has announced his retirement and the closure of the business.

He has written this short history of the firm which you will find in the History pages by clicking here


Mid Suffolk District Council remind us to check the changes to refuse and recycling bin collections 

You can find the new timetable on the website  (Click here for Bins)


Residents of Woolpit now have access to 4 Defibrillators in the village.

They are located as follows:

  1. Woolpit Health Centre, Heath Road
  2. Woolpit Cricket Club, Rectory Lane          
  3. Woolpit Tennis Club, Rectory Lane
  4. The Room, White Elm

    Please read the report on the defibrillators in the Information Section (Click here) before you find yourself in an emergency 

 Campaign to stop Fly Tipping

 Do not get caught out by rogue waste disposal offers.

The SCRAP fly-tipping campaign is aimed at residents and businesses whose waste is sometimes fly-tipped by unlicensed  operators, who often offer to remove waste at a ‘bargain’ price – only to then dump it. Many of these operators advertise on social media. The campaign aims to remind people that they should only allow licensed waste carriers to take waste away for them. 

Refuse graphic  



 Photographs of Woolpit

We would like to start a village photo gallery. 

Here are a couple to get us started.

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Door with wreath

Blue door with wreath





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