Local News Update

Praise for our Churchyard

Everyone in Coddenham knows how special the churchyard at St Mary's is and now we have had two separate items of feedback from experts praising the churchyard.

Firstly, an ecologist, George Peterken, contacted Suffolk Wildlife Trust. George is hoping to write a book on churchyards and wanted recommendations of which ones to visit during a recent two weeks stay in Suffolk.

George has written to Suffolk Wildlife Trust following his visit, with feedback on the churches he visited. He is full of praise for what he saw at Coddenham, he sites it as "the best in his fortnight’s visit". In fact, he puts it in a national '100 best churchyards', "not just for the wealth of flowers but also for the obvious interest in managing for them".

Also Martin Sanford from Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service, who advises us on flora in the churchyard, contacted us recently to say:

"I happened to stop at Coddenham for lunch today and just wanted to let you know the churchyard looks magnificent. It is a credit to the village and you should be very proud to have kept it in such splendid condition."

In addition to the many orchids seen this year John has identified a rare white example of Ajuga Reptans, which is shown in the photo above. It is an herbaceous flowering plant, in the mint family, native to Europe.

The churchyard is a credit to all the volunteers over many decades who have made it what it is today. The Parish Council particularly wish to thank Cllr John Peecock for his hard work, and if anyone wants to help in the maintenance of the churchyard please get in touch.

Debach Airfield Expansion set to create 125 jobs, but likely to increase traffic through Coddenham

Plans have been drawn up to extend the commercial park on a four-acre plot next door to the Debach Enterprises warehousing site and alongside the old airfield runway. It will create a business centre, and 12 one- and two-storey business units, totalling 2,850 sq m of floorspace, plus 135 car parking spaces.

We will be discussing these plans, and the impact on our Parish, with District and County Council colleagues. For more information please see: EADT News Article

Parish Council Statement Regarding Request to Suffolk County Council to Improve Safety on our Roads

The 2021 Coddenham Annual Parish Meeting was held on the 6th May and three parishioners raised concerns about plans to address safety and congestion issues in the High Street and the possible impact on the village shop and residents parking. 

The Parish Council were grateful to the parishioners that attended and raised these concerns. If there has been a misunderstanding, the Parish Council wish to make this statement to clarify the situation as follows:

  1. There are no plans to change the parking or the road markings in front of or opposite the village shop.

  2. There are no plans to change the parking or road markings in the High Street (other than Crown Corner) or anywhere else in Coddenham. 

  3. In response to a number of potential public safety issues the Parish Council has requested Suffolk County Council (SCC) to consider a small section of double yellow lines on the inside of Crown Corner (at the bottom of the High Street and shown for illustrative purposes as the red line in Figure 1 below).

  4. Any changes of this nature are complicated and will require public consultation. The Parish Council will communicate details in the future once Suffolk County Council Highways have completed their surveys and Council Leader Matthew Hicks has agreed to fund further progress.

  5. The Parish Council is actively seeking the removal of the abandoned Ford Ka near the bottom of the High Street to free up a parking space - NOW REMOVED

  6. Matthew Hicks has agreed that SCC funding of white line painting will include the repainting of all existing white lines in Coddenham village.

For more details please click on Parish Council Statement or visit our Safety page

Reporting Local Issues

If you come across any local issues, please report them. Issues other than roads and grit bins can be reported directly to the District Council. This includes a wide range of issues including anti-social behaviour, graffiti, flooding, alleged breaches of planning, abandoned vehicles and even dead animals. To do this please visit the Mid-Suffolk District Council Reporting website. If the issue relates to the roads/highways then you can report it directly to Suffolk County Council Highways team. This includes any problems with blocked drains, flooding, heavy goods vehicle incidents, grass cutting, signs, road markings, potholes, pavement defects, public right of ways, street lighting, trees or hedges that affect the highway and more. Please visit the Suffolk County Council Highways website. If you discover a grit bin that has run out of grit please contact the Parish Clerk because Suffolk County Council only refill bins if it is reported by a Parish Council.

COVID-19 Update: 

Suffolk Cases
As of  October 14, 2021 there have been 61,605 total lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Suffolk. In total there have been 8092.7 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people. 

The majority of lockdown restrictions lifted in England

From the 19th July England enters the final stage of the Government's lockdown easing roadmap. This step sees the the majority of social distancing measures lifted, including:

  • No limits on how many people can meet
  • 1m-plus guidance removed (except in some places like hospitals and passport control when entering)
  • Face coverings no longer required by law, although the government still "expects and recommends" them in crowded and enclosed spaces like public transport
  • Nightclubs can reopen
  • Pubs and restaurants no longer table-service only
  • No limits on guests at weddings and funerals
  • No limits on people attending concerts, theatres or sports events
  • No restrictions on communal worship
  • No limit on visitors to care homes

Travelling to and from England has also changed from the 19th July. Those aged 18 or under and fully vaccinated adults no longer have to self-isolate after visiting amber list countries. 

With lockdown being eased, the Government are recommending caution. Even while you are out enjoying the re-opening of many businesses and seeing loved ones again hygiene advise is still being recommended. This can include, continuing to wash your hands regularly, wearing a face covering in crowded places and booking your Covid vaccine as soon as you can on the NHS website.

If you are worried about your bills, your job or your home, call the Suffolk Advice and Support Service free on 0800 068 3131 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. 

If you are self-isolating, call the Home, But Not Alone helpline for support free on 0800 876 6926 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. 

Find information about testing in Suffolk, changes to local services, how to get help and guidance on schools, business and wellbeing by visiting the Suffolk County Council Coronavirus site 

Each week colleagues at the Suffolk and North-East Essex care system (SNEE) send out an update on the vaccine roll out in Suffolk. This update can be found here.

Welcome to Coddenham

Coddenham was the largest settlement in Suffolk during the Roman occupation of Britain. Situated on the B1078, 2 miles to the east of the A140 and 8 miles to the North of Ipswich in the heart of Mid Suffolk.

This website provides information about the formal business of the Parish Council. This includes a record of meetings, details of Councillors and the work they do, Parish Council newsletters, links to public consultations and an events calendar showing future meeting dates and other local events.

Coddenham has a wide range of local community groups, including St Marys Church, a Community Shop, a Community Centre for sports and leisure, a History Club and a Country Club for drinks and events. Please click on Community Links to find out more.

The Coddenham Community Response Group

Information about the Coddenham Community Response Group, can be found on the Coddenham Community Response Group Link Page



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Thursday 18th November 2021 7:30pm — 9:00pm

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