Corona Virus Notice

Due to the unprecedented worldwide spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the next Parish Council Meeting planned for the 20th April is now cancelled.

We can advise  that the Village Hall bookings right through to June have been cancelled.  All Car Boots are cancelled at the moment until such time that the Village Hall can reopen and provide the necessary facilities (toilets etc)

Unfortunately advertising had already been arranged but the posters will not go out.  The Village Hall Committee is committed to following best practice and will follow advice given and adhere to social distancing.

The World will prevail and  although we will not come out of this unscathed, we will come through this.  Volunteers have come forward and will be assisting those amongst us who are vulnerable and it is important at this time that we all come together and help one another where and when we can.

To all our residents we hope that you all keep healthy, we are lucky living in a rural setting but that will not deter this Virus, so please take care.  Use your gardens and do speak to your neighbours but just maintain a little distance as advised.

Theft of a quad bike in Santon Downham

During the hours of 6-10pm on the evening of Wednesday, 14th February 2018 a Green and Yellow Quad Bike was stolen from one of the village residents drive.The owner advises that the bike had a flat battery so it is likely this had to have been pushed out towards a vehicle.

If anyone saw anything suspicious could they please communicate with the Parish Clerk on 01842 815213 or email

The theft has been reported to the Police.

10k Charity Walk 26th November 2017

Open Reach will be holding a 10k charity walk from Santon Downham Village Hall on Sunday, 26th November 2017.    The event organisers have sent out letters to their runners advising them to take care when parking their cars.  Marshals will be on hand and the area will be signposted and coned off.

The Village Hall will be selling teas/coffees and bacon butties (sorry no cakes) on this day mainly for the walkers but of course the village residents will be more than welcome to pop in and of course, to cheer on the walkers.

We are happy to advise that there are now some books on the shelves in the Phone Box and anyone may help themselves to a book to read, or add another to the shelf.

We have, following a most successful training course, added the defibrillator equipment to the Phone Box but we are currently showing this as “not in use” until all Emergency Service requirements have been followed.

Road Repairs 2017

An update, the potholes and sweeping will take place WEATHER PERMITTING on Monday, 24th July with the main re-surfacing work on Marks Lane, from the top of the main road, past the Village Hall, down to the junction and left only (Phase I) taking place on Tuesday, 25th July.

Road Repairs 2017

The parish council have accepted a quotation to proceed with :

A) Repairs to any outstanding potholes (the parish council chairman has in fact already filled in several but there remains a few edges and new holes that need to be seen to.)

B) Resurfacing to phase i mark lane – this will be from the top end of mark lane which is the road running down from the Suffolk County Council road and passing the village hall then straight down to the t junction, curving then to the left

All residents effected by this matter will be informed before work commences, but weather permitting it is anticipated that the general road repair ie potholes etc and road sweeping, will take place on the 24th july with the resurfacing work to take place on the 25th july.

This work will cost £8,435.00 plus vat (the latter of which is reclaimable.

It should be noted that we did ask for a full quotation for upper green, lower green, hall lane and all of mark lane and it would cost somewhere in the region of £25,000 (at today’s costing) which is naturally a cost far too high for this parish council to be in any position to consider.  Therefore, we have phased the roads and the situation will be looked at annually to see what we are in a position to undertake.  In the meantime, we do try to fill in potholes ourselves as and when these are noticed.