Speedy response

By   July 17, 2017

We often hear of Utility companies being slow to respond and having terrible customer service.

My recent experiences with Anglian Water are otherwise.

The manole cover in the middle of the little green was in bad shape (all the cement was failing) and I reported it to Anglian Water on the Tuesday afternoon.(I sent them a photo)

By Friday lunchtime it had been replaced.

Roadworks 24th/25th July

By   July 17, 2017

Weather permitting roadworks will be taking place in the Village on the 24th/25th of July

This involves road repairs and road sweeping.

The affected areas are Marks Lane and/or near the Little village green.



Elbow play Thetford Forest

By   June 30, 2017

Elbow took to the stage at High Lodge last night on the opening night of Forest Live 2017. The event was well reviewed both in the EDP and EADT

As reported in the press the weather was less than perfect being both cold and grey and causing a proliferation of blankets and fleeces rather than the expected shorts and T-shirts. Fortunately the rain held off with only a few alarming spots.

The grey evenning turned clear in time for the final song and encore which helped end the event on a high note.

Technically the concert took place in Santon Downham according to the Post Office address finder

High Lodge Forest Centre
Thetford Road
Santon Downham
IP27 0AF

However the tour T-shirts on sale only listed it as Thetford Forrest , Brandon.


Event site Eventful did however offer tickets for Elbow in Santon Downham!!!



Phonebox/Library/Defibrillator update

By   June 29, 2017

The Parish Council have been in contact with the Heartbeat Trust and hope to have the defibrillator pack installed early August. Once this has taken place they will arrange a training session in the hall for anyone interested and willing to give a couple of hours of their time. Hopefully this week be in the second week of August.

They haven’t been able to go ahead with the library because they want the two to be hand in hand and it will be easier to wait until the defibrillator equipment has been fitted so they can see how much room is left. A number of books have already been donated so we have an excellent start to the little library.

Access to a defibrillator in a emergency can be a real life saver. Sweden is testing drones to deliver defibrillators and claim it can be upto four times faster than an ambulance reports BBC Click.

Do you remember the Yanks during WW2

By   June 28, 2017

The Imperial War Museum has launched a website telling the story of the US Army Air Force in Britain during WW2.

The are looking for people (or relatives) who have memories of the Americans in Britain.

See http://www.americanairmuseum.com

Here you can share your memories and explore thousands of photographs and other peoples recollections.

Attempted burglary

By   June 28, 2017

An attempted burglary has been reported to the Parish council.

A neighbour stopped the attempt and chased them off but took the vehicle details.

Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident. Report a Crime

Rain Rain Rain – and a record (or two)

By   June 28, 2017

You probably just thought it rained a lot yesterday.

Whether you were at home watching the roads turn to rivers or out and about you would have realised it was raining a lot.

The prediction was that a month’s rainfall would fall in one day.

By 10:00pm ITV reported that Santon Downham claimed the record as the wettest place in the country with 49.8m (~ 2″) of rain in 12 hours. (9am till 9pm)

We’d normally get 58mm in the whole month.

The rain didn’t stop overnight and by the morning the record had continued to grow.

ITV had to update the story as by then we’d had 78mm of rain (~3″) – more than for the whole of April and May.

We were popular on many websites including the Daily Star the EDP, BFP and the Newburgh Gazette

The Daily Star reported that it was our wettest day since records began in 1960!.


High-speed broadband is here!!

By   May 22, 2017

Screen Dump 763 May. 22 16.32BT switched on our high speed broadband today. (we weren’t quite the 1st in the village).

Speeds are good. Accessing via wifi we’re getting ~ 40mps. (This is about 8 times faster than we were getting)

Using a wired connection (direct into the router) it peaked at abut 56.4mps which is slightly better than BT quoted us.

At present BT are the only people offering the service.

Update 28/5/2017

Both PlusNet and TalkTalk are also offering the service. The speeds offered seem to vary by vendor.

A list of fibre suppliers (not necessarily offering a service here) can be found on the Openreach site:-



New Aircraft in the skies

By   April 20, 2017

If you’ve been watching the aircraft flying over recently you’ll have seen a few new unusual ones.

RAF Lakenheath sees six F-35As on deployment for training purposes (See EDP story for details)

Our photos don’t do them justice but they’re easy to recognise compared with the normal F15s and a LOT LOUDER!!!!!

Also visiting but for a shorter period are the even more expensive F22s

F35#1 F35#2