Tenterpiece Common Room has been successfully completed and the official opening took place on 14the October. It was a happy celebration organised by Doreen Twitchett and her team who had put together a glorious Tea Party for Tenter Piece Residents and the Good Neighbours Scheme Afternoon Tea Group.
Lyn Gurling cut the ribbon on the newly installed defibrillator along with resident Cynthia Game and Carroll Reeve whol did the honours of cutting the ribbon for the common room.
Many thanks to our County and District Councillors, Babergh DC Cabinet Officer, BDC Officers and Carroll Reeve, for all their support getting this project completed. All that attended agreed what a splendid improvement to the meeting room has been made by the new extension, kitchen area & toilet.
Tenter Piece common room is used by the Lavenham Good Neighbours Scheme and Lavenham Dementia Alliance for regular events and support of the local community. This development has been made possible with funding from Babergh District Council Using the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) scheme.
The LGNS received The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk Award, in Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Community in Suffolk, during the Covid-19 Pandemic. On Tuesday 21st September Doreen Twitchett received her New Year’s Honours Award (BEM) for services to the Community of Lavenham
Purchase of Gas Works on Water Street update – on 7th October Lavenham Parish Council finally took possession of the site. Project works will now commence to refurbish the site into a Car Park with EV Charging points for use by the Community & Visitors. This development will be supported by funding from Babergh District Council using the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) scheme.
Statement from the Parish Council relating to a proposal to hold a Christmas Fair in 2021
On Thursday 7th October, the Parish Council considered correspondence from a Parishioner requesting the use of part of First Meadow playing fields as a temporary car park on 4th and 5th December 2021. First Meadow is owned and managed by the Parish Council.
The request was discussed and we agreed that it would be deferred until the next meeting, on the grounds that no information was provided on the subject of health and safety around the parking on First Meadow. Matters such as previous damage, ample lighting, queues, and traffic disruption and sufficient marshalling were all questioned. These are all legal requirements from the Police and traffic authorities, and the Parish Council must adhere to these, alongside our need to always put safety first.
Previous Christmas fairs have been organised by an Independent Village Committee - we confirm the Parish Council is NOT organising the 2021 Christmas Fair. The Parish Council encourages village organisations to arrange events, however we do not express an opinion supporting or opposing events.
The Parish Council does not have the authority to approve or reject or cancel events proposed by the community. But will offer guidance to ensure they are conducted safely with minimal disruption to the community.
Chairman Lavenham Parish Council
The Church Street Toilet Improvements and the New Parish Council Office are now complete and open for use by the community and visitors, after many weeks of delay caused by the shortage of supply in building materials. The 4 new toilets are multi-use, all with Disabled Facilities and Baby Changing. Two are Female, the other two Unisex. All are easy clean and to the latest standards, with individual access doors from the Car Park in line with Covid recommendations. The new Parish Office allows our Parish Clerk to have a place to work and conduct Parish business away from her home. It is also large enough to accommodate Parish Council Working Group Meetings. This development has been made possible with funding from Babergh District Council Using the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) scheme.
The New Prentice Street Toilets and improved Car Park Layout has been in place for some time now but the Toilets have not been operational due to the lack of Mains Power. The old supply was condemned when the old block was demolished. A new supply has been ordered but takes many weeks. We have been informed that the installation of the supply will take place between the 19th and 25th of October. There will be a road closure of Prentice St during this period. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but UKPN have told us that it is essential. We anticipate commissioning of the New Toilet Block and Electric Vehicle Charging points soon after then. This development has been made possible with funding from Babergh District Council Using the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) scheme.
Purchase of Gas Works on Water Street – after many years of negotiation, we have finally agreed the purchase of the site for £1. The contracts have been signed and we are awaiting Exchange of Contracts & Completion. We have awarded a contract for refurbishment of the site into a Carpark, and will start this work in the autumn. This will give the village much needed extra parking for Residents & Visitors.
Church Street Telephone box adoption – We have recently signed the contract to adopt the telephone box for £1. It has been decommissioned. We will be asking the community for good ideas to make use of this community asset.
Chairman Lavenham Parish Council
Lavenham Covid 19 Vaccination Programme
The Long Melford Practice commenced this programme at Lavenham Surgery on Thursday 14th January with the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine. This vital programme will operate intermittently for at least 3 months.
The Surgery are being supported in the organisation of the programme by over 150 volunteers from the community served by the Practice.
- Provide transport for those who need it.
- Register patients arrival.
- Manage waiting in conjunction with the Surgery Team.
- Ensure the patient’s safe exit.
In the first week of the programme 1, 950 patients of the Long Melford and Clare Guild Practices will have received the first does of vaccine. Residents of Lavenham who are patients of Bildeston Health Centre are also receiving their vaccinations.
The Volunteers and the Surgery Team are being well looked after by The Cock Horse and Memsaab Restaurants.
BILDESTON HEALTH CENTRE
LONG MELFORD PRACtICE (LAVENHAM SURGERY)
Notification of Road Closures
Lavenham in Suffolk is a vibrant community of 1800 people. It is famous for its wealth of medieval buildings which date from its period as one of the leading wool towns in the Middle Ages. The Guildhall of Corpus Christi, the Little Hall and the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul are all open to the public. Further information on activities visit Lavenham Forum.
On this site there is also Visitor Information.
Civil Parking Enforcement.
Is now operating in Lavenham.
For Information on Civil Parking Enforcement.
For details of the work of Parish Councillors and how you can get involved visit: the role of a Parish Councillor and the role of the Parish Council to find out more, or send us an email.