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11 July 2017

Karate Black Belts for Freckenham

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Celebrate the Heroes in Your Community

8 June 2017

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Freckenham won the Village Hall Award 2016.

Nominations are now open for the Community Action Suffolk Awards 2017 (supported by Birketts Solicitors), which recognise the volunteers, communities and young people making an impact on the lives of people in Suffolk.

Eight awards will be presented to individuals and organisations in Suffolk, from Village Hall or Community Building of the Year to the Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering award. If you know of someone, or an organisation making a real difference, you have until Friday 21 July 2017 to make your nomination via the CAS website

Freckenham Village Hall, near Mildenhall, won the 2016 Village Hall or Community Building of the Year award. Jane Leitch, Secretary to the Trustees at the Hall, said:

“It is so lovely to be recognised for the hard work and occasional sleepless nights! The Hall will be 20 years old in 2017 and we have come a long way from just having a Mother & Toddler group or the occasional bingo session, lunch or outing to the seaside!”

The Hall Committee consists of a dedicated group of enthusiastic volunteers who ensure an inclusive, active programme of events including farmers markets, film nights, exercise classes and live entertainment. They work hard to make the building more sustainable, having installed solar panels and upgraded the lighting system to save energy, and with plans to install a more energy efficient heating system.

Judith Gunion won an award in 2016 for her volunteering achievements, giving her time to many local, national and international events. Judith said:

“I can’t believe I’m stood here inspiring others, when only a few years ago I was just one of 270,000 people who applied to be a London 2012 Gamesmaker. Volunteering is a fantastic way of learning that you can push your boundaries. You will learn from it, grow from it and in time you will pass on those skills to others. So take the first step. Start small and then let the world be your oyster”.

The eight CAS Awards are:

·         The Anne Dunford OBE award for Youth Participation

·         The Roddy Macleod award for Youth Club of the Year

·         The Andrew Towers award for Young Person of the Year

·         The Colonel Probert award for Community Initiative

·         The Ian Campbell MBE award for Individual Initiative

·         The Village Hall / Community Building award (supported by CAS Insurance Services)

·         Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering (supported by My CharityGuard)

·         Event Organiser of the Year (supported by Larking Gowen)

Awards will be presented at CAS’s Annual Celebration event on 26 September 2017 at the Museum of East Anglian Life. Visit for more information and to make your nominations.

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Election of County Councillor

9 April 2017

A Statement of Persons Nominated for Mildenhall Electoral Division has now been published by the Returning Officer - (full details can be seen by opening this item).

For details of the candidates see the Statement of Persons Nominated.

The election will be held on 4th May. Polling Station for Freckenham is the village hall - open from 7.00am to 10.00pm.

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FitSteps First Anniversary

2 March 2017

Thanks to Julia Cragie & FitVillages great to celebrate a year of FitSteps in Freckenham Village Hall.


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Forest Heath Local Plan Consultation Extended

1 March 2017

Public consultation on the final, proposed submission versions of the Forest Heath Local Plan documents has been extended until 5pm on Monday 13 March 2017. Find out how this affects your neighbourhood by entering your postcode here: Find my nearest. Full details can be found at Find out details of all our drop in sessions.

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Bury St Edmunds Masterplan Consultation

1 March 2017

The Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Masterplan is a project to shape the future of the town centre so that it works for people. It is not just about ensuring that it continues to attract shoppers and visitors for decades to come, but also that it is accessible, and a place where people can live and work happily. That includes looking at how the town continues to cope with growth and other future pressures such as technological changes, and responds sensitively to a larger number of people and cars.

A huge part of the town centre masterplan will be to look at those elements of the town centre that don’t really work, are perhaps a bit grotty or disconnected ­- and that is where the public can play a big part. For further information see where a questionaire can be completed.

Consultation closes 21st April 2017.


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Volunteers Needed

15 December 2016

Home StartLogoVolunteers urgently needed for Home-Start Training courses in Newmarket.

See poster for full details

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Suffolk Sports Awards 2016

19 November 2016

Freckenham was represented by members of the various classes which have been started with the generous support of FIT VILLAGES at the Suffolk Sports Awards ceremony at Trinity Park, Ipswich on Friday 18th November. FIT VILLAGES were being showcased for their contribution to Empowering Local Communities. The Freckenham team included people who attend table tennis, Fitsteps, Pilates and Otago Strength and Balance classes at Freckenham village hall.


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Newsletter of the Year

15 November 2016

Freckenham's Newsletter - the Parish Pump - has been awarded as runner up in the Suffolk Association of Local Councils Newsletter of the Year 2016, Smaller Category. The parish council chairman received a plaque on behalf of the council at the Associations AGM on 14th November.

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Village Hall Award

20 October 2016

The Chairman and Secretary of the Village Hall Committee received a certificate as the winners of the Village Hall or Community Building Award 2016. See photograph.

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