Breckland Club reopens

By   July 8, 2020

The Breckland Club reopened on July 4th

They’ve introduced a number of rules to keep everyone safe.

🖊 everyone must sign in at the door!
🧼 everyone must then sanitise their hands.
⬆️ there is a one way system in place.
💰 orders and money will be taken at one end of the bar.
🍻 drinks will be put on the opposite end of the bar for you to collect.
❗️we encourage you to maintain social distancing.

❌ no sitting at the bar, stools have been removed.
📺 Perspex screens have been installed across the whole of the bar.
🤚 bring your own hand sanitiser if you have it and wash your hands regularly.
🧽 tables and handles will be cleaned regularly.
👮‍♂️ be respectful to the bar staff. What the bar staff says …. happens!

For those of you on Facebook more details can be found here

Congratulations hope it all goes well.

Mobile Library resumes

By   July 7, 2020

The mobile library service has resumed which means it should next visit the village on Saturday 25th July.

Things will not be the same.

See the Suffolk libraries website for details.

It seems a number of things will not be allowed (from the above web page)

Online reservations will not be available immediately

No browsing of titles in libraries

You can return titles as per normal

Customers will be able to call or contact us online to request a selection of titles based on genre or author, which we’ll make available for collection . Use our Select and Collect service.

Bus Service suspended

By   June 23, 2020

Not surprisingly the bus service has been disrupted by the pandemic.

Checking online suggests that Santon Downham has been removed from the route.

The latest timetable (6th July to 31st) shows the buses not stopping here.

A quick phone call to Coach Services confirms this.

They hope to restart the service when things return to “normal” but have no idea when this is at the moment.

The current timetable can be found here

At present the alternative is to use the Connecting Communities volunteer transport service (essential journeys only at the moment).

SD hits news headlines with hottest day (so far)

By   May 21, 2020

I have a Google search set up to Email me whenever Santon Downham crops up in the news. This is usually when we achieve some kind of weather record.

I knew it was hot yesterday but it looked like Heathrow was going to pip us at the post to be the hottest place.

Google proved me wrong. We achieved 28.2C ~ 83F which isn’t bad for May.

Normally if we get a record it appears on the EADT and regional ITV. Yesterday everyone seemed to pick up on it. Here’s an extract from the Google alert I recieved. (there were more)

santon downham As-it-happens update ⋅ 21 May 2020
Risk of thunderstorms after UK records hottest day of the year so far The mercury reached 28.2C at Santon Downham in Suffolk on Wednesday.
Suffolk enjoys hottest day of the year – but thunder storms could hit tomorrow East Anglian Daily Times … day so far for both the county and the country on Wednesday, May 18, as the mercury rose to 27.8C in Heathrow and 27.5C in Santon Downham.
15 pictures as North East enjoys the hottest day of the year so far ChronicleLive In the UK, the hottest place was Santon Downham in West Suffolk that saw temperatures of 28.2C.
Forecasters claim that region could be hit by tornadoes and thunderstorms Cambridgeshire Live … (Wednesday May 20), with the warmest place in the UK having been Santon Downham, just over the Suffolk border, which saw highs of 28C.
UK beaches packed on year’s hottest day after easing of coronavirus measures ABC Technology and Games … the temperature reached 28.2 degrees Celsius at Santon Downham in Suffolk on Wednesday, with 27.8C recorded at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Met Office says how long hot weather will last in Hull HullLive Elsewhere, Santon Downham in Suffolk recorded England’s highest temperature at 28.2C with top temperatures for 2020 also seen in Wales and …
Midweek hottest day of the year so far with night time lightning Netweather England saw the highest temperature (not hottest temperature, that’s not a thing for a number), 28.3C at Santon Downham in Suffolk. 26.4C in …
More than half of young adults are no longer sticking strictly to the lockdown rules, major study says Daily Mail The mercury reached 82F (28.2C) at Santon Downham in Suffolk on Wednesday, with similar temperatures across the country as the public packed …
Beachgoers warned over lack of lifeguards and inflatables banned as lockdown Brits pack … The Sun The mercury soared to 83F at Santon Downham, Suffolk. Beaches including Southend, Brighton and Margate were crammed. At Bournemouth beach …

Forest foraging courses

By   February 1, 2020

Wildfooduk are running a number of courses in/around Thetford forest starting of from St Helen’s Picnic Site.

Image of a Fairy Ring provided by WildfoodUK

These are commercial courses lasting about 3 /12 hours and as such charges apply.

Details are as follows:-

Thetford Forest Foraging Courses

Address/meeting place:
Thetford Forest
(St Helen’s Picnic Site)
Santon Downham
IP27 0TJ


Thetford Forest is a large pine forest to the east of England. We’ll be meeting at St Helen’s picnic site, in an area of the Forest where this diverse environment allows for many wild plants and mushrooms to flourish.

The course starts with a short introduction on what to look for and a brief of the general countryside codes.

Then we’ll set off on a roughly 2.5 hour walk around the area and along the Little Ouse river, teaching you how to identify the different plants and mushrooms that we find.

We’ll break along the way for homemade refreshment, such as our wild food soup or elderflower champagne.

Afterwards we’ll head back to the picnic site to end the day with a tasty wild food lunch based on what we have found and some pre-prepared homemade treats.

We’ll email you a list of everything we discussed on the day to help you to remember what you have learnt.

28th March
24th April
30th & 31st May
3rd & 4th July
8th & 9th August
All courses start at 12pm and finish approx. 3.30pm

Ticket prices:
Adults £50, under 16’s £25.00, under 12’s free.

Contact details:
Tel: 01981 590604
Ticket URL:

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.