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.

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.