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Allotments The allotments in the village, beside the village hall in Fordham Road, are owned by a charity.
Further information from the Clerk to the Trustees
Annual Parish Meeting The Parish's Annual Meeting is held during  April or May each year. Details are posted on the notice boards and in the Spring Parish Pump.

Service 17a to NEWMARKET (which started on 12th January 2015) was withdrawn at the end of August 2016.

A new initiative, Connecting Communities, has been set up and can be booked by telephoning 01638 664304. (Full details at http://communities.suffolkonboard.com/my-area/forest-heath/)

Details of all services and changes and downloadable time tables can be found at  Suffolk on Board.

Details of Suffolk train times can also be found at Suffolk on Board.

Suffolkonboard can now also be accessed from smart phones and tablets (http://www.suffolkonboard.com/).

Circular Walk

Freckenham has a Circular Walk which starts and finishes at Elms Farm, Elms Road. Please see map for further details.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Newmarket CAB is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am to 2.30pm.  
Telephone Helpline - 01638 665999
email: adviser@newmarketcab.cabnet.org.uk

Mildenhall CAB is open Wednesday and Friday 9.30am to 1.30pm Tel: 01638 719111. Web: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/getadvice/bureau_detail.htm?serialnumber=100208 

County Council

SCC logoThe county council is Suffolk. For contact details and name of local County Councillor see the Parish Council page.

Dentists There is a dental practice in Red Lodge and a number of practices in Mildenhall.
Defibrillator An external Defibrillator is available in the brick bus shelter in The Street. In an emergency dial 999 ask for Ambulance service and they will give the caller the code to open the cabinet housing the defibrillator. Someone should stay with the casualty and another run to collect the defibrillator from the cabinet using the code given. On return to the casualty open the case and follow the instructions. A paramedic and/or ambulance will have been alerted.
District Council

WestSuffolklogoThe district council is West Suffolk - 01284 763233.
Web site http://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/.

For the district council Councillor contact see the Parish Council page.

 Doctors There are two surgeries in Mildenhall being the Whitehouse Surgery (01638 718177) and The Market Cross Surgery (01638  713109). The Whitehouse practice also has a surgery in Red Lodge - Reynard Surgery (01638  552211).
Electricity Power Cut

UK Power Networks maintain the electricity supply. To report a power cut, or other electrical supply problem, dial 0800 31 63 105 or 0333 32 32 105 from a mobile.

For any power cut enquiries customers can contact UK Power Networks 24 hours a day by visiting www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest update.

Emergency Plan The village Emergency Plan can be viewed here.
Forest Heath Local Information Search Facility If you log into the following link http://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/ and click on the ‘Find My Nearest’ section in the bottom left of the page it will take you to the search facility. You can then enter an address and a range of useful information will appear about Planning, Waste and Recycling, Health, Highways, Education and Democracy; all relevant to that locality.
Mobile Library

A mobile library calls at the Golden Boar every four weeks on a Wednesday between 4.25 - 4.40 p.m. (amended time from the 2012 schedule).

2019: 10 July, 7 August, 4 September, 2 October, 30 October, 27 November, no visit in December
being a Wednesday every fourth week.

Mobile Library telephone - 07721 879715

Office telephone -  01473 584563

Email: help@suffolklibraries.co.uk

Newsletter The Parish  Council publishes a newsletter — Parish Pump — three times a year and this is delivered to every household in the parish. The newsletter is free. Limited advertising can be accepted. See attached for advertising rates.  All enquires to the Chairman of the Council.
Newspapers Delivered News of Sittingbourne TERMINATED their daily delivery of national and local  newspapers on 31st May 2014. Contact them on 01622 719446.
Cambridge News delivered daily during the afternoon. For details Cambridge News delivery page.
Oil - Community Buying Scheme Community Buying by Community Action Suffolk Ltd (CAS) which is a social enterprise that will reduce the cost of your heating oil each time you place an order. Full details of the scheme can be seen on this press release from CAS. To join the scheme or for further information contact Natalie Lomas at Community Buying for CAS Ltd on 01473 345400 or oil@communitybuying.org.uk.
Parish Council The Parish Council is made up of five members with scheduled meetings every other month (May, July, September, November, January and March). See Parish Council page for full information with names and contact details of councillors and dates of meetings with agendas and minutes of past meetings.

Policing in the village is undertaken by the Mildenhall SNT (Safer Neighbourhood Team).

For full information see their web page

Recreation Area The Parish Council has a recreation field with access off Chippenham Road and a pedestrian access beside the Lee Brook off The Street. Considerable improvement work was finalised in September 2015 with the addition of further children play equipment and some adult fitness equipment and an all-weather circular path. See the Recreation Ground page for full details.
Refuse Collection Emptied on Tuesdays (early). Blue / brown and black alternate weeks. All enquiries to West Suffolk District Council (01284 763233) or their  Environmental Services web page.
Street Lighting The majority of the street lights are owned by the Parish Council (excluding those in Shores Close and some in East View). If any light is not working, or remains on during the day, please report the Outage giving the location and  street light number (painted on each light) if possible.
Suffolk Trusted Traders List of Trusted Traders prepared by Suffolk and  Norfolk Trading Standards. Click on link to see note on how to avoid rogue traders and on Trusted Traders to open the web site. The Suffolk Trading Standards telephone number is 03454 040506.
Vegetable Stalls There is one regular vegetable stall which is on the Fordham Road, just on the edge of the village.
Village Hall Available for meetings, functions, parties, weddings etc. See Village Hall page for full details and programmed special and weekly events.