Village News


posted 5 Nov 2017, 03:52 by Chris Hoare

Come and start the Christmas season with us 

make a Christingle

Saturday November 25th 

10am – 12noon 

Earl Soham Village Hall


National Plant Monitoring Scheme

posted 13 Apr 2017, 01:05 by Chris Hoare   [ updated 13 Apr 2017, 01:08 ]

Do you know anyone with an interest in wild plants or who would like to learn more about them? As the weather warms and the days get longer we are looking for people to help us.

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme is helping us to understand what is happening to different habitats across the UK and is set to run for a number of years. The Scheme has been running for two survey seasons and over 900 volunteers have signed up and been out surveying. One of the reasons the scheme has enjoyed such good success in attracting volunteers is because of the support of local parish councils. Many of these volunteers are new to plant surveying and have found the scheme accessible, are enjoying taking part and are exploring places to close to them and finding out new things. Volunteers are supported by materials which are sent to them, online resources and free training courses.

Do you know somebody who enjoys being outside? There are still opportunities to get involved with the scheme as a volunteer. In fact the more volunteers we have the more information is generated allowing us to get an even better understanding of what is happening in the landscape.

Who we are and what we need:

This scheme is a partnership between Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); JNCCCentre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Plantlife and is backed by the government. Volunteers are recruited and supported to survey 5 plots in a kilometre square close to where they live. The plots will be surveyed twice a year. The kilometre squares to monitor have been identified by stratified random sampling. The plants have been chosen as indicators of the health of individual habitats. There are 3 levels volunteers can participate at depending on confidence and knowledge and support will be provided both through training; web and telephone.

More help please:

Across Suffolk there are still 25 squares available to survey.

We would be hugely grateful if you can use your communication channels to promote the scheme using the NPMS flyer (

The live map on the NPMS website shows the squares that are available:

We particularly need to promote the scheme in remote areas as well as areas contain including those with coastal and upland habitats.

To sign up please visit or for further information please email or phone 01722 342743.

Thank you for your support

Hayley New

NPMS Volunteer Coordinator

Direct Dial: 01722 342743 
Mobile: 07464 318949

14 Rollestone St, Salisbury, SP1 1DX

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New Parish Councillors Wanted

posted 3 Dec 2016, 03:08 by Chris Hoare

Following the recent resignations of several parish councillors, there is an urgent need to fill the vacancies with co-opted councillors.   Interested residents should see the Vacancy Notice on the Documents page of the Parish Council section of the website.

Prospective candidates must be prepared to attend training as the post bears the responsibility of public  office.

Appeal for Help

posted 18 Oct 2016, 08:11 by Earl Soham Parish Council


As many of you are aware, ESLR is a privately owned 7.25inch gauge steam railway which runs around the garden of The Rookery in Earl Soham. Nigel and Jane Sheffield are kind enough to allow the trains to operate with paying passengers on Fete Day each year for the benefit of St Mary’s Earl Soham.

HOWEVER, whilst Nigel and his friends are able to keep the engines in running order, the track needs some serious maintenance to keep the engines running along it. To do this Nigel needs a team of volunteers prepared to give a few hours each week for a couple of months in the Spring.

The sort of skills needed to guide the team are basic practical building skills, understanding levels, angles and gradients and most important checking the gauge – perhaps you have worked in drainage or the building industry.  And then, of course, man/woman power is needed!

If you are interested in this please contact Nigel or myself.

If we are unable to get a team of workers the train will NOT run on Fete day, which would be so sad as it is a huge draw - many people come to the Fete because of it

Nigel Sheffield 01728 685403

Mavis Kerridge 01728 685700

Low Road Closure

posted 6 Oct 2016, 04:18 by Chris Hoare

Low Road, will be closed between Willowdene and Wilbury to facilitate a new water connection.  Access will be open for pedestrians and cyclists.

The diversion route will be Low Road, the A1120, The Street, Low Road and vice versa.

It is intended that the closure will operate from 19/10/2016 - 21/10/2016 but if necessary the order may remain in force for 18 months.

Click the document link below to see the formal notice and a map showing the diversion.

Village Green in the News

posted 28 Sep 2016, 11:32 by Chris Hoare

The EADT for 24 September has an article highlighting the erosion of the village green by heavy traffic.  You can read the article by following this link

Church Fete 2016

posted 9 Aug 2016, 05:48 by Chris Hoare

Well what a brilliant day again! We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect summer’s day and the visitors turned up in numbers – the car park was full! 

The money will be used towards the upkeep of our beautiful church building.  Thank you to all who helped to make the church Fete such a success on Saturday. A great team effort. Whether you were helping to set up, clear up, manning a stall or game, planning the event before hand or a combination of several of those,

Please put next year’s date in your diary – the first Saturday in August, as usual, which is 5th in 2017.  

New Powercut Help Line - Powercut? Call 105

posted 27 Jul 2016, 02:32 by Earl Soham Parish Council   [ updated 6 Sep 2016, 09:07 by Chris Hoare ]

There is now a new number to call if you have a power cut.  

105 is a new number that you can call to report or get information about a power cut. It will put you through to your local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, wires and substations that bring electricity into homes and businesses in your area. 

105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales, and you can call the number from most landlines and mobile phones. It doesn’t matter who you choose to buy your electricity from - anyone can call 105.
You can also call 105 if you spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put you, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, call the emergency services too.
Don’t be left in the dark.  Call 105
Why not print this page, then cut out and stick the picture by your fuse box or phone as a reminder.  To find out more, open the attached file.  

Suffolk Year of Walks

posted 17 Apr 2016, 05:24 by Chris Hoare   [ updated 17 Apr 2016, 05:25 ]

Suffolk’s Year of Walking is a campaign celebrating walking in Suffolk. It
provides a platform that will promote walking events and activities, as well
as provide inspiration and opportunities for people to walk more often. The
Year of Walking will highlight everything from recreational Nordic and long
distance walking to the more everyday walking to work and school.

See  the document below for more information.

New Web Site Manager

posted 13 Dec 2012, 02:50 by James Mansell   [ updated 15 Apr 2016, 08:49 by Earl Soham Parish Council ]

The Parish Council has appointed Chris Hoare to maintain the village web site. Chris would welcome suggestions for changes to the site. Suggestions can be sent using the Comments Form (at the bottom of the menu). A contact number or email would be helpful in case clarification of ideas is needed.

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