1 December 2020

THE HOXNE NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN - The Second Consultation is now live - we need to know your opinions on potential development sites in the village as well as areas of local green space to be protected - and closes on 23 December. To access the survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/hoxnendp.  Further information on the Neighbourhood Development plan is available at http://www.hoxneneighbourhoodplan.co.uk/  The Neighbourhood Development Plan Working Group is a team of Parish Councillors and members of the village who are bringing together the draft plan which will be adopted by referendum following several rounds of consultation with the parish.  If you are interested in joining the Working Group please contact the Parish Clerk. 

Sarah Foote, PSLCC. MIMLCC.
Hoxne Parish Council
c/o Church Hill, Hoxne, Eye, Suffolk IP21 5AT
Tel: 07554 733621


30 November 


Eye Health Centre Twice Weekly Medication Collection

Since it's inception, The Hoxne (CSI) Volunteer Group have supported patients of Eye Health Centre by providing a twice weekly collection service. Our volunteers have delivered directly to those patients who were self isolating whilst other patients have been able to collect their medication from The Village Shop. After operating for nearly 9 months, the The Hoxne (CSI) Volunteer Group have decided, after 4th December 2020, not to continue with this service.  We would like to thank Joan at The Village Shop for her assistance in enabling us to offer this support.


However, we understand the twice weekly run every Tuesday and Friday will continue in exactly the same way starting 8th December 2020 but organised by a member of the public. The Hoxne (CSI) Volunteer Group is still active and will continue to offer support to anyone who is self isolating due to COVID 19.


Fressingfield and Stradbroke Medication Collection 

Our volunteers have, since the group started, also been supporting patients registered with Fressingfield and Stradbroke Health Practices. 

There will NO CHANGE to this system which will continue as previous. 


Thank you, The Hoxne (CSI) Volunteer Group, 01379 668241


24 November 

Another case of some leaving others to clear up their waste.The Village Hall Committee Members are all volunteers and do a brilliant job which does not include sorting out this lot!


23 November

Dear All

Hoxne Benefice Virtual Christmas Market and Catalogue

As we can’t hold our usual Christmas fundraising events safely this year, we are planning a virtual Christmas Market. 
Look out for our catalogue (which we will email to those on this benefice news email list as well as print out) of homemade eatables, crafts and gifts to order and pick up at your convenience. It will all come together with a Zoom event at 11am on Saturday 12th December with festive cheer, a quiz and, who knows, maybe a visit from Father Christmas!

We are still looking for items for the catalogue. If you can make Christmas produce, cards, crafts, gifts, whatever, that you would like to donate, please send details and photos, if you have them, to me on hoxnebeneficeoffice@gmail.com

I will need your name, phone number and the name and price of the item, please, as soon as possible. 

We hope to send the catalogues out by this weekend. 

When someone chooses to buy your item, they will phone you and place an order and you can arrange with them to pick up the items and pay you. You then pay the money to the church of your choice. Please contact me or Eleanor with any queries. If you have already given your item details to Eleanor, I have them and won't need them again.

Just so we don't miss out on your Christmas card/calendar orders:

*   Hoxne village calendar, £6.00 with envelope. Contact Cathie McGregor on 01379 668434.
*   Lighted tree in Athelington church, £5.00 for 5 cards with envelopes. Contact Colin Palmer on 01728 628747.                                                     
*   Wingfield church in snow, £5.00 for 10 cards with envelopes. Contact John McCracken on 01379 384181.                                                    

Thank you.

Very best wishes

Virginia Skoyles

Hoxne benefice administrator

01379 586708

07900 350117

6th November 


Due to new COVID 19 lockdown restrictions, there will be no Remembrance Service at St Peter and St Paul Church with St Edmund, Hoxne on Sunday 8th November. Instead it has been suggested that villagers stand in silent thought by their own front door for 2 minutes at 11am.


1st November 2020

St Peter & St Paul Church, Hoxne 

Pending any guidance to the contrary, I can confirm there will not be a congregational Remembrance Sunday service at Hoxne church on 8th November, either inside or outside the church.  We are considering alternatives, such as recording a service on Sunday with clergy only, to be posted on Facebook, or even pre-recording a service on Tuesday or Wednesday, again to be posted on Facebook on Sunday, but no decision has yet been taken. .

All the best
Revd Eleanor Goodison
Priest in Charge, Hoxne Benefice
Tel: 07876 143579

29th October


Price £6


The Village Shop Café on Saturdays in November between 11.00 and 12.00

Hoxne Church on Wednesdays in November between 10.00 and 11.00

Cathie 668 434

Carmel 669123

The calendar celebrates all the events we had to cancel because of Covid . It resurrects photos from the past and recreates some of the activities and events we would have normally enjoyed. Profits will go towards repairing recent damage to the fabric of the Church.



The calendar celebrates all the events we had to cancel because of Covid . It resurrects photos from the past and recreates some of the activities and events we would have normally enjoyed. Profits will go towards repairing recent damage to the fabric of the Church.

Also available from Cathie 668434 or Carmel 669123.


St Edmund’s House

Parishioners may be interested in the current situation regarding St Edmund’s House. I have been in contact with the Tenant Services Corporate Manager at Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council’s who has advised me that St Edmund’s House is once again advertising vacant flats, details of which can be found on 


I understand that for several months, new tenants were not being accepted, necessitating some residents of Hoxne having to find this type of accommodation elsewhere. I have been advised that, historically, St Edmund’s House, has been a “hard to let scheme which had previously received little interest.” Currently a review of all such accommodation managed by Babergh and MSDC is taking place to ascertain if these units are fulfilling their designed function. I will try and keep you informed. Thank you. Gill O'C

The Hall Committee met on 24 September 2020 to discuss the re-opening of the Hall. We carefully considered the Government Guidelines for Village Halls, the rule of 6, recent further restrictions and the current rising number of Coronavirus cases.  


Taking these all into account we regret that we are, at this time, unable to re-open the Hall. We appreciate that this will impact upon activities however, we unanimously decided that this was the only practical course of action for us to take given the current guidance and circumstances. 


The Committee may meet again in November, but think it very unlikely that the Hall will re-open until February 2021 at the earliest. Obviously, this is a long time ahead and we all hope that things will change for the better before then.  



An important announcement from the diocese...............

The Right Rev'd Martin Seeley, the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, would like to advise that as there have been no expressions of interest for the post of Priest in Charge from two rounds of advertising, and following discussion and the agreement of representatives from all the parishes in the benefice, he is delighted to announce the appointment of The Rev'd Eleanor Goodison as SSM interim Priest in Charge in the benefice of Athelington, Denham, Horham, Hoxne, Redlingfield, Syleham and Wingfield. Eleanor has agreed to do this for an initial period of two years. Bishop Martin and Archdeacon Jeanette are very grateful to Eleanor for the support she has given the benefice so far in the vacancy and for stepping into this new role. This opens up new opportunities for the benefice for mission and outreach and together you can look forward to the future with excitement at what God is going to do. Details of the licensing will follow once arrangements have been agreed.

The Bishop would like to thank the parish representatives and all those involved in the vacancy process, and he assures you of his prayers.  Please pray for Eleanor as she prepares for her move into this new role.  

Exciting times!

Sept 2020

St Edmund's Village Hall Committee have decided that the hall will NOT be reopening its' doors until further notice.

Thank you.

THE HARVEST FESTIVAL COMMITTEE have decided that there will NOT be a Harvest Celebration on Low Street Green this year.

Thank you



THE HOXNE NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN – work has begun on this policy document which will guide development and protect open spaces in the village. DROP IN EVENTS AT HOXNE SWAN on THURSDAY 20 AUGUST 4 to 7 and SATURDAY 22 AUGUST 11 to 3. PLEASE VISIT AND LET US HAVE YOUR VIEWS ON THE FUTURE OF YOUR VILLAGE. More information is available at http://www.hoxneneighbourhoodplan.co.uk/


Councillors at this meeting voted unanimously to refuse the application DC/20/01717

Please be aware that there is a Planning application in your parish on the agenda for the virtual meeting on 22 July 2020

The Mid Suffolk Development Control A Committee will be meeting on Wednesday 22 July 2020 at 9:30 via a Teams Video Call, to discuss and decide upon applications.

The agenda is available to view online at the link below:

MSDC Development Control A Agenda 22.07.2020

The Parish Council will be allowed 3 minutes to speak under the public speaking arrangements as detailed in the speaking arrangements as linked below. Attendees will only be allowed to speak if they have registered at least one working day prior to the meeting.

MSDC Public Speaking Charter

If you are wishing to speak on the application please inform the committee Officer (Robert Carmichael) prior to the meeting so that you can be invited to the Teams call and further details can be provided. 

The meeting will be live streamed to the Councils’ YouTube page as linked below


If you have any questions, please contact us at committees@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk




ie St Edmund's Monument

Plannimg Application adjacent to Abbey Terrace
Mid Suffolk District Council planning application number DC/20/01717.


There are those in the village who feel that the St Edmund's Monument is sacrosanct and were astonished that the MSDC Planning Department approved the application in 2017 to build up to 4 houses adjacent to the monument which is also on a green field site in between two conservation areas. It seemed that listing of the Monument had not previously been sought, possibly because no one thought planning to build houses would be given around this historical site.

MSDC did not seek comment from Suffolk Preservation Society nor MSDC Heritage Dept.

On 22nd July the application is going in front of MSDC planning committee. If you feel you would like to object  to this application please lobby the committee members on:



The Swan Inn of Hoxne

Hoxne’s pub opened its doors again yesterday Saturday 4th July

“Today is the day.  We finally get to see all our friends and customers old and new”

For more details go to http://www.facebook.com/lisamick/


St Peter & St Paul Church with St Edmund

There was a Holy Communion service at the church this morning, 5th July for the first time since the lock down in March. We are reminded that our own St Edmund is patron saint of pandemics, as well as the Hoxne Church. Details of future services to follow


Hoxne Parish Council

The PC continues to meet regularly once a month via a video conferencing link. Members of the public are still welcome to observe or to forward any comments prior to the meetings to Sarah Foote, Parish Clerk.

For further information including agenda’s and minutes go to

http://hoxne.onesuffolk.net or

tel: 07881 963195


The Hoxne Neighbourhood Development Plan

Work has begun on this policy document, which will guide development and protect open spaces in the village.

“The NDP will enable our community to create a shared vision and plan for our area.  It will enable the parish community to choose where we want appropriate new homes, businesses, and local amenities to be developed or protected.  You can have your say on what Hoxne will look like for years to come”.

For further information go to: http://hoxneneighbourhoodplan.co.uk