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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Information

March 14, 2020

This continues to be a fast moving issue, which is being carefully monitored by Public Health England (PHE) with the current impact and risk to the UK population now considered HIGH.

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.
You can only leave your home:
• to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
• to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with people you live with
• for any medical need – to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
• to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

Continue to stay at home if you have either:
• a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
• a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Use the 111 coronavirus service

However, there are some really simple steps we can all take to get into good habits to protect ourselves and others to stop the spread of viruses and germs including Coronavirus.
These include:
• Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds, and use soap and hot water.
• Particularly remember to wash your hands after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas or travelling on public transport.
• Promote the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it We can all reduce the spread of all germs when we cough or sneeze, by covering mouths and noses with a tissue, or a sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately in a closed bin
• Keep up to date with information from trusted sources – like these:

o Public Health England – five things you can do to protect yourself and your community

o For updates see the: NHS dedicated Coronavirus webpage

For Information on Symptoms, How to Avoid Catching & Spreading, What to do if you have symptoms, Travel Advice & Treatment & Self Isolation;

Public Information Literature:
/assets/COVID-19-General-Advice-self-isolate 16 March 2020.pdf

West Suffolk Council Coronavirus Advice:

Suffolk County Council Coronavirus Advice:



Spread the word this Christmas…

December 22, 2008

We need everyone in the village to know about the blog and the “all” email list.   So when you meet with your neighbours for a glass of mulled turkey this Christmas and New Year can you please remember to ask them if they know about ““.

It’s easy to access the blog:

And anyone can sign up to the email list by visiting “” in your browser.

Happy Christmas.


Lackford Fireworks 2008

October 23, 2008

Once again Lackford will be hosting a “bring a firework” party on Saturday 8th November. The Gough family has been kind enough to allow us to use part of their land to the right of Lackford Lane. This is not the triangular field that we have used in the past, but an adjacent piece of land.  Fireworks and bonfire will be lit at 18:00 onwards.  Please note that this is a “private party” open to everyone in the village, and their family and friends.  It is not open to the public at large.

You can help in several ways:

· Donation of one or two large aerial fireworks by 7th Nov to 10 Old Bury Road

· Preparing some food or drink to share – please contact Francesca Ober

· Making a donation towards the cost of organising the event, on the night

· Collecting fuel and building the bonfire on Nov 8th.  Bonfire building will start at 10:00 (if you can help please meet at the Old Bury Road bus stop)

If anyone has material for the bonfire that they would like collected, drop me an email at


Lackford fete – 28th June 2008

June 19, 2008

This year the Lackford Fete will be held on Saturday 28th June at Maple House Paddock. Sponsored by the Lackford Community Council, the day will be started off by a charity run, The Lackford Mile, which takes a circuit around the set-aside field behind Holden and Kent Road houses. After lunch, the Fete will carry on throughout the afternoon, leading to the Ceilidh in the evening. We have arranged sunshine from a creditable supplier, but this will be subject to there being no industrial action by local vicars or Shell tanker drivers!

The Lackford Mile. Please come and support the Lackford Mile, even if you walk or are pushed around in your pram we want you to join in and support the fund-raising event. Adults £3.00, Under 16 £1.50. Registration will start at 10:00 at the field gate at the junction of Church Lane and Holden Road. At 10:30 the race will start. Medals will be presented at the Fete for the winning man, woman, boy (under 16). and girl (under 16).

How you can help – enter the race or volunteer to manage the race as a timing judge. We need four timing judges.

The Fete. The Fete will start at 14:30 and will include a bouncy castle for small children, a bungee-run for older people, some stalls for children, a family heptathlon and a teas and cakes stall. A licenced bar will be open until late and a food bar will be selling food at reasonable prices between 17:00 and 18:30. A raffle will be held with the usual array of prizes and the medal presentation for the Lackford Mile.

How you can help –

Volunteers are required to help run the bar, teas & cakes stall, provide transport, help with games and stalls, supervise the bouncy castle and bungee-run.

Some families are bringing various salads to compliment the food bar. We need a food co-coordinator and salads!

Donations are required for the raffle and cake stall. Please deliver cake on the day.
Prize donations gratefully received before or on the day.

If you can help, contact me or one of the following people:

Bar – Bill Walton
Teas & Cakes – Colin Smith
Raffle – Simon & Victoria Dry
Bouncy Castle – Colin Holmes
Bungee-run – Jack Palmer
Heptathlon – Mike Blows
Children’s stalls – Harry Alfred Palmer
Transport for Mildennhall (Friday and Monday) – Hugh & Naomi Palmer, Jackie Henson

On Friday evening around 18:30, we will be erecting the tents – a team of people will be needed
On Sunday morning after 10:00 we will be clearing the site – a team of people will be needed.

The Ceilidh – RSVP the Suffolk based ceilidh dance band will be playing live for the dancing which will start at about 19:30. This is usually very well attended and is a fantastic end to the day. All dances will be called and will be preceded by a run-through to learn the steps. It’s a great laugh and can be enjoyed by the whole family, from Granny to grandchildren.

How you can help – Just be there and dance.

We do no charge for entrance to the Fete or Ceilidh, It is sponsored by the Lackford Community Council (a registered charity) who dig deep into their pockets and rely on lots of goodwill to stage the event. We hope the community, their families and friends and the surrounding villages will support the event and make it a success. Spread the word and come and enjoy yourself.

Thank you for reading this far – you are truly gifted!

Colin Holmes
on behalf of the Lackford Community Council

Poison alert…

August 3, 2007

Appears we may all need to watch out for poison in the setaside…

Steve’s dog has been very sick and it sounds like this may be the result of ingesting poison of some sort. Since her walks are only in the setaside, that seems like a possible location of the poison.

Keep your eye on your pets and ensure they don’t go eating anything they shouldn’t.

Lackford snappy snaps

July 6, 2007

You can now add your Lackford photos using Flickr ( and see them published on the side of the Lackford blog. No nude villagers though please, we don’t tollerate that sort of thing around here…

Welcome to Lackford – please drive carefully!

July 6, 2007

Welcome to the new Lackford Village Blog – all the info, news and gossip from the Suffolk village.  Over the coming weeks I plan to give more detail on what is happening and what it’s like to live here. I will give details about the natural side of Lackford – what with Lackford Lakes and West Stow Country Park both in walking distance of the village.


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