Please click HERE for latest HAUGHLEY & WETHERDEN PARISH NEWS Magazine.

N.B.  A hard copy of the Dec 20/Jan 21 Parish News will be available and distributed once the lockdown restrictions have been lifted. A bit later than normal but hopefully w/c Dec 7.


50/50 Club Update HERE

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Christine Hyde - “A Walk Across Wetherden Common” ** OVERALL WINNER **

20201030 Christine Hyde A Walk Across Wetherden Common OVERALL WINNER
John Eldridge - “Palmers Green”
20201030 Mary Shave Fertile and Frothy
Kate Robinson - “Soft Vision”
20201030 Kate Robinson Soft Vision
Mary Shave - “Fertile and Frothy”
20201030 Samuel Taylor The Underdog
Samuel Thomas - “The Underdog"
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Congratulations to all winners and thank you to all who submitted photos for the competition.
Grateful thanks to our local picture framers, Eastern Frames, for their generosity in sponsoring the competition and a big thank you to Justin Minns, professional landscape photographer (www.justinminns.co.uk) for giving freely of his time and expertise to judge the competition.

 David Fleetwood




20200818 Haughley Choir



During lockdown we have all had to forgo things that in pre-Covid19 times we really enjoyed. For those of us in St Mary’s Haughley Choir we were no longer able to meet up. We weren’t allowed into the church to sing, our Festival Concert was cancelled as were our regular weekly practices. So for the choir, all seemed to be lost…… until we discovered the joys of virtual choir singing. We have not looked back since our first attempt and now have a whole series of virtual choir recordings under our belt.


The way it works is that Janet Sheldrake, our choir leader, records a backing track for our chosen choral piece, and that backing track is emailed to each singer together with the words and music. Singers then record their individual voices singing along with the backing track in the comfort of their own homes. They then email their individual recordings to David Fleetwood who “stitches” them all together using a clever piece of computer software. In the resulting “stitched together” recording it sounds like all the choir are in the same room, singing as one.


Click on the links below for YouTube samples of two of the pieces we have recorded.


The Lord’s My Shepherd” by Stuart Townend ......https://youtu.be/W6xbk7xLWzg


Here is Bread” by Graham Kendrick……https://youtu.be/WNF86Yxdi78



Have a listen and see what you think.

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Article submitted by David Fleetwood




COVID-19 Daily Briefing - click HERE

Parish Council - click HERE









GALLOWSFIELD WOOD - 24th March 2020

The woodland is open to visitors - Please keep 2 metres apart.







In light of the coronavirus outbreak, we are working hard behind the scenes to protect our residents, staff and services and to respond to the situation.


You can find Babergh and Mid Suffolk’s response on our website here, which is updated regularly with any changes to our services.


As you may already be aware, as part of these changes, we have suspended our garden waste collections until further notice to allow us to prioritise essential collections (general rubbish, medical and recycling).


Of course, this isn’t a decision we take lightly, and we will continue to monitor the situation over coming weeks.


To help our residents and businesses, we have created a dedicated page on our website with the most up to date status of our collections during this time, and will continue to update this as required over the coming weeks.


You can find the page here, which includes advice on disposing waste for those self-isolating, as well as further information for garden waste subscribers.


Please do signpost residents to this page and encourage them to contact us online with any queries and we’ll respond as soon as we can. Where possible, our phone line should only be used by those without internet access while we deal with a high volume of calls at this unprecedented time.


There is also lots of further information on social media, to support our residents across Suffolk using #Covid19Suffolk.


We thank you for your help in continuing to support our residents, and for your patience and understanding during this period.




Why you should care about keeping your pipes clear! See Parish Council



20200108 Swift

When I hear the phrase “endangered species” my mind immediately goes to the African Savanna or the rainforests of South America but surprisingly I need do no more than to step outside my door in mid-summer to see a rare creature engaged in a fabulous spectacle.

I’m talking about the racing acrobatics of a Swift “screaming party”.


What next for the Save our Haughley Swifts project? There are about half as many UK swifts as there are African Elephants and they are declining at an alarming rate, in the last 20 years the UK population has fallen by a staggering 57%.

That’s why it’s so brilliant that the residents of Haughley and Haughley Green have embraced the Save Our Haughley Swifts project so enthusiastically.

In 2019 we installed over 50 Swift boxes around the village, including a gallery of 18 boxes in the Church tower but this is only the beginning.


Swifts mate for life and despite spending most of the year apart, breeding pairs will meet again, over our houses, in Early May and will faithfully return to the same nesting hole they found together as newly-weds.

The breeding cycle of Swifts means that we probably won’t know how successful our boxes have been for another 2 years but the signs are already encouraging.


Swifts score rather well on the Top-Trumps ratings, they fly at over 60mph, cover 500 miles every day collecting food, migrate over 3000 miles and travel 1.25 million miles in a life time.

They will also catch as many as 1000 insects and airborne spiders every day, so our little group of Swifts alone need around 6 million insects of the right size to feed their chicks and prepare for the return journey to Africa.


Indeed, they are so dependent on insects that their very survival depends upon it.

The huge fall in insect numbers in recent years is thought to be a major factor in the Swift’s declining population.

That’s why the next phase of the Save Our Haughley Swifts project is all about insects, and the biggest influence on insect diversity is plant diversity so saving Swifts is also all about plants.


We’re looking to find ways to increase the food supply for our plucky band of endangered residents by encouraging you all to go a bit wild!

We’d like you identify any patch of ground, any verge, any roundabout any corner of your garden that really doesn’t need to be mowed and let it grow unhindered.

Put up a sign asking for patches of wild flowers to be left uncut (they already do this in Windgap lane) and just watch the difference as a short-cropped verge blooms into a plant-filled, insect-filled oasis!

Let it grow” is an excellent guide to not mowing your lawn in the ‘activities’ section of the RSPB website.


We did this in our garden last year and were stunned to see how many species grew without us having to do anything at all. The garden was filled with butterflies and as I walked through it I would often send up a little cloud of Goldfinches too.

Plants are good for insects and insects are the krill of the skies.


Let’s redefine what we think of as pretty and well-kept and allow nature to do what it does best without needing any management from us.

Please tell us about any areas that you notice around the village that can be re-wilded, no matter how big or how small, if it’s good enough for Ambridge it’s good enough for Haughley, the cradle of the organic movement.


In the mean-time keep an eye out for more ways to help to protect our village environment, take a look at the Eco-church project and look forward to our welcome home celebration for returning Swifts in May.


Thank you all for your support, if you want to know more or to get involved you can always contact me at jahonnykemp@gmail.com





Sunset over Haughley on the 29th December 2019 (with thanks to Karen)

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HAUGHLEY FESTIVAL now has its own website. Click Here.


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Haughley Moat - Christmas Eve 2018. Thanks to Steven Shave.


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During winter 2018/2019 we undertook tree thinning in the wood. This is the second phase of a project initially planned by Suffolk County Council before the Parish took over the ownership of the wood.
The aim of the work is to introduce more light and space into the wood, making it easier for trees to grow and also a better environment for a broader range of plants and wildlife. However, as we know from the last time such work was done, this will mean that parts of the wood appeared somewhat devastated immediately after the work. But we also knew that it would return to a more natural looking state quite quickly, once regrowth occurred in the spring. The team doing the work also left some of the brushwood on the ground, which some may see as being untidy, but this is done deliberately to create habitats for wildlife.
The work was done by experienced contractors, who carried out the first phase of the project, and were also monitored by Suffolk County Council's woodland advisor.
The work did take longer than anticipated. Notices were put up in advance. We hope that users of the wood were not too disturbed by this.





Littering of Bridleway/Footpath up to the old A14


After years of negotiations and hard work a bridleway/footpath was opened to provide a way for villagers, on foot, bicycles or horseback, to avoid a dangerous piece of road on the exit of Haughley up to the old A14, which has proved to be very popular.

Some of the many attendees at the Haughley Neighbourhood Plan Drop In Event also expressed a wish for a safe footpath to link with the new path and for the local footpaths network to be kept open.

Unfortunately it would appear that a minority are ruining things for everyone else by littering the new bridleway/footpath with metal cans, glass bottles, coffee containers and plastic bottles etc., thrown on the path and neighbouring road verge (which is a nature reserve).

This litter is a danger to people, their children, and pets, to horses and ponies and their riders, and to the local wildlife. The Parish Council would ask that users take their rubbish home, for the benefit and safety of others, on this and other paths in the area.





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