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December 2019




There is a casual vacancy on the Parish Council which will be filled by way of co-option and determined by Council at its meeting on Thursday 9 January 2020.

 Any parishioner who is interested in filling this vacancy should apply in writing to the Parish Clerk, address below, stating why you want to be a Parish Councillor and detailing your interest in the village of East Bergholt.


The vacancy is to fill the remainder of a four-year term of office expiring in May 2023. 

For an informal chat about the role please contact Councillor Joan Miller, Chairman of the Council, on 01206 298517.

Closing date for applications, 5pm on Friday 20 December 2019

Graham White
Parish Clerk
1 Ridgeway

6 December 2019

East Bergholt Bells

As is the tradition, the bells will be rung on New Year's eve at 11:45pm and at midnight to welcome in 2020.

Everybody is most welcome to come along.

Use it or lose it!

Suffolk County Council (SCC) are withdrawing bus subsidies at the end of September. This means a number of services will disappear and East Bergholt will wave goodbye to the 796 and 94A.

This comes on top of SCC withdrawing free bus passes for new students at East Bergholt High School. Consequently, even more cars will enter the village daily.

There is a faint chance that there may be a last minute review where passenger numbers increase. Please look on line at the timetables and 'spread the word'.


Manningtree station 6.25am---East Bergholt 6.33am Manningtree station 18.35pm--- East Bergholt 18.46pm

East Bergholt Lambe school 6.05am---Station 6.14am East Bergholt Lambe school 18.17pm---Station 18.26pm


Ipswich (Cattle Market) 17.55pm---East Bergholt L.S. 18.35pm


The East Bergholt Parish Council v Babergh District Council appeal against the Judicial Review decision was heard in the Court of Appeal by three Lord Justices on 18th July 2019. A decision is not expected until later in 2019/early 2020.

Susan Clements

Parish Clerk

On behalf of the Parish Council's Internal and External Legal Teams

Better Broadband for Suffolk

Local residents may be interested to know that a partnership scheme for better broadband in Suffolk has been set up between Suffolk County Council, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the New Anglia Enterprise Partnership and Suffolk's District and Borough Councils.



Suffolk County Council Highways - Reporting Problems

Two Parish Councillors recently visited the local Suffolk County Council Highways Service Delivery Centre. The Highways Officers advised our Councillors that the most effective way of reporting any Highways issues is via the County Council's online reporting tool. Any problem will then be picked up and allocated a reference number. The issue will be looked at by an appropriate member of the Highways Team, prioritised, the area will be inspected if considered necessary, and a solution to any required work will be allocated, if considered appropriate.


Fancy Bellringing?

Would you like to be a part of a unique centuries old village tradition and get some exercise as well? How about becoming an East Bergholt bell ringer?

If you are you over 18, settled in East Bergholt (or nearby) and have a little time to spare, then how about joining our friendly band of bell ringers?

Why not pop in to see us any Sunday morning between 9:30 and 10:00 or come to Wednesday evening practice (in the summer) between 19:30 and 20:30 to find out more.

Alternatively, call Paul Ireland (01206 298736) any evening.

Link to Parish Councillors Registers of Interests

The Parish Register of Interests demonstrating openness, fairness and transparency of the Parish Council can be found at the following link:  Babergh Members Register of Interests Any queries please contact Babergh/Mid Suffolk District Council by telephoning 01473 296376

Parish Council Budget & Precept for 2019-2020

After detailed consideration and meetings of all Committees of the Parish Council (representing different areas of responsibility within our Village), a Budget/Precept for 2019-2020 of £145,000.00 was resolved. Including;

  • Revisions to the East Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan;
  • New mower which is needed to keep the Village tidy
  • Contingency cost in the event of the imminent 4 yearly Parish Elections being contested;
  • Increased budget for Red Lion Car Park and Public Conveniences and work needed;
  • This is a Tax Band D amount of £126.29. It represents an increase of 38.29% on the 2018/19 Precept. 

The Parish Council is committed to continue to ensure that East Bergholt is a good place to live, work and visit. 

For further information on any of the above contact the East Bergholt Parish Clerk.

Your Elected Representatives

Parliament Member James Cartlidge Email
County Councillor Gordon Jones Email
District Council John Hinton Email
Parish Council See List of Councillors Email