Category Archives: News

Bin Days are changing!!!!

By   October 8, 2019

Changes to blue and black bin collection days and times

Blue and black bin days and times in West Suffolk will shortly be changing and a yellow tag on black bins will alert residents to look out for a letter containing full details of what this means for them. Roll-out of the new days and times will begin on Monday 11 November, but before then households will have been posted their new blue and black bin collection day letter together with a calendar to help manage the transition. Full details will also be available to look up, nearer the time, on the council website

Demand for waste services has grown since rounds were last reviewed in 2010 and the changes coming up will help create capacity, save waste miles and make the service more efficient. Garden Waste Collection Service subscribers will not see a change in their brown bin collection this year and we thank all residents for their help in making sure bins are out by 6.30am.

Planned Power Cut

By   September 16, 2019

Power Cut planned for 11th October 0900 to 1400 for tree trimming etc near power cables etc.

UK Power Networks Ref INCD-2774-O West Santon Downham

Extra car boot Sunday 6th of October

By   September 10, 2019

Following a succesfull summer of car boots and extra Car Boot will take place on the 6th of October

The car boot takes place outside the Village Hall/Breckland Club in the car park and on on the small village green.

For further information contact Sylvia.

Tel: 01842 815213        Email:

They are on the 1st Sunday of the Month

Rural survey seeks input

By   August 22, 2019

Special taskforce survey seeks YOUR evidence to help tackle rural issues

Residents, businesses and organisations are being urged to help a new West Suffolk Council taskforce identify opportunities and issues in rural areas.

The taskforce wants to talk to a broad range of individuals and organisations across West Suffolk in a variety of ways, including a simple online survey live now at
West Suffolk Council was set up to be large enough to champion the area while working closely with communities, such as those in rural areas, to tackle local issues. Council Leader Cllr John Griffiths made the commitment in his first speech to the new authority in May to set up a rural task force.

Cllr Mike Chester, who chairs the group, said: “Our task is to make sure that rural considerations are taken into account in future Council processes and decision making. We are contacting people who live and run businesses and organisations to ask them their opinions on what they see as the opportunities and issues. This will be crucial in developing options both to directly address some of the issues and also to rural-proof future decisions.”

A survey has been set up to allow everyone to give their views, available online at , or hard copy at council offices, or on request from or by calling 01284 757633 . The survey is open until 30 September but evidence will continue to be fed in throughout the review process.
The taskforce is also holding special meetings across the area, details to be published shortly, and inviting key people to attend taskforce meetings.
The review will encompass all of West Suffolk’s areas, in order to understand the issues and opportunities that all rural or all urban areas have in common, as well as those facing specific localities. As well as engaging direct with local communities and businesses, the Rural Taskforce will identify key issues, assets and challenges by using a range of existing local and national evidence and research produced by other bodies, for example, the Rural Services Network and the House of Lords Select Committee on the rural economy.
It is expected that Cabinet will hear interim recommendations from the Task Force.

Work starts at Lakenheath for home for new F-35 jets

By   July 16, 2019

Work has officially started at RAF Lakenheath to construct facilities for the new F-35 fighter jets due to be stationed there.





RAF Lakenheath which confusingly is USAF will become home to F-35s alongside the existing F15s.

The only operational F-35s (in Europe) belong to the RAF and are flying from RAF Marham.

See the news story on The Construction Index for more details of the project.

Lisa was present at the groundbreaking.

Santon Downham hoard

By   April 30, 2019

I recently came across an extract from the Cambridge Antiquarian Society proceedings from 1909 which was for sale on Ebay.

It talked about a hoard of metal found in Santon Downham.

A bit of research led me to their archives where I found a digital copy of the proceedings.

The hoard was found in 1897 but did not seem to be of much interest until this discussion in 1908.

It’s amazing what you might find in your garden!