What’s happening in and around the Village

1st October

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