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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:



Barn dance on July 16th

June 15, 2011

There will be a Barn Dance from 8pm to 11pm on Saturday 16 July at Bunkers Barn, which is on the road from Lackford to Cavenham. The evening will start and end with a Disco from 7pm to 8pm and then again 11 pm till midnight.

Funds raised will go towards a charity which supports orphans in Kenya – Focus on Africa – and Lackford Church.

Ticket Price is £20 [£10 for under 18’s] which includes food – there will be a licensed bar, raffle and various fun things.

For ticket sales, please contact Gill on 07971 846808 or via email at

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

Cavenham BBQ wants Lackford villagers

May 23, 2008

Cavenham Village Green Ltd is running a BBQ on Saturday 7th June, featuring family sports and games. All the fun will start at 3pm and entry is free!! You will be able to buy burgers and hot dogs for £1.00 each, but you will need to bring your own drinks

See you there…



Simon’s splendid sign shines superbly

January 16, 2008

A message from our chairman…

Dear All,

Lackford sign
Thanks to the hard work and steady hand of Simon Dry, the village sign has now been replaced. The old wooden, hand painted sign had deteriorated badly. Fortunately we managed to get a digital photo of the sign before it was too late and Simon spent a long time digitally “re-painting” it in sympathy with the original artists work. I think you will agree, he has done a magnificent job. The image was then handed to a professional sign maker who printed it onto both sides of a composite weatherproof backboard and covered it with an anti-grafitti coating. So, hopefully it should last a while.

The sign now stands proudly near the main road, glinting in the winter sun. Please admire when passing and say thank you to all those in the community who supported this project and made it all possible.

Happy New Year

Colin Holmes
LCC Chairman

Lackford Fireworks

October 18, 2007

Once again Lackford will be hosting a “bring a firework” party on Saturday 3rd November. The Gough family have allowed us to use the small triangular field to the right of Lackford Lane and the farm sheds again this year. 

This year, as before we would like donations of one or two large display fireworks to be delivered to 9 Holden Rd by Friday 2nd so that Graham can see what sort of a nightmare he has to deal with!

I have asked a Westley School Mum who runs a catering van to pop along in the evening and sell Hotdogs, burgers, bacon rolls etc and give us a percentage of takings for the Community Council Church Fund.

Bonfire will be lit at 18:00

Anyone who can help build the bonfire or provide transport is very welcome to join us. Bonfire building will start on Saturday 3rd at 10:00 (If you can help please meet at the Old Bury Road bus stop).

If anyone has material they would like collected, drop me an email or call 01284 728297.

Lastly, a big favour. Please spread the word… either by printing off the attached advert (Lackford Firework Party 2007) and putting it through their letterbox or by word of mouth. I shall put up the advert on the notice board and maybe a few telegraph poles.


(posted on behalf of)

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.

Village party

July 9, 2007

Big thanks to everyone involved in this years village bash… RSVP delivered some good music (and instruction) as usual and fun seemed to be had by all. The local beers at the B&G bar were top – the only dark cloud was when the Old Cannon ale ran out before the end, although who would have guessed that after all those weeks of rain that the day would be so dry and thirsty. Mike did a grand job with the sports event during the day, although a re-check of the rules should be in order after he took the first place gold medal.

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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