The village of Westleton
Westleton is situated some 2 miles in from the Suffolk coast is roughly mid-way between Ipswich and Lowestoft and approximately 100 miles from London.
It is set in a landscape of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within the parish lies the internationally renowned Minsmere Reserve, owned and managed by the RSPB.
Westleton Heath National Nature Reserve and parts of Dunwich Forest also lie within the parish.
The majority of the 500 or so inhabitants live close to the B1125 Blythburgh to Leiston road, the remainder living in scattered cottages and farmhouses in this otherwise agricultural landscape.
The Village Hall and St Peters Church are the focal points of village activities, whilst the White Horse and The Crown are the main social centres.
The parish of Westleton is bounded by the parishes of Dunwich, Darsham, Middleton cum Fordley and Theberton cum Eastbridge.
The placename Westleton (or Westledestuna as it appeared in the Domesday Book of 1086) is believed to derive from the Old Norse Vestlithi (a personal name) and Old English tun i.e. Vestlithi's homestead.
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Coronavirus - Covid-19
Local Information for Self-Isolation
To see the latest update of local advice and information please read Useful Local Information 20th August 2020
Westleton Food Bank
A Westleton Food Bank has been established. If you want to know what to donate and how donations can be made help is available.
Emergency Frozen Meals
Annie has included a note in the "Useful Local Information" about frozen meals, which are available from the village hall in an emergency.
Emergency main meals (premade, frozen for microwave or oven) are available from the Westleton Community Carers Network. Call Annie on 01728 648354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org No immediate payment required; on a donation-only basis at a later date.
The WCCN has purchased the following frozen meals, stored at the village hall for emergencies. Do contact me if they are required by anyone (the hall phone is diverted to me 24/7) and please promote their availability. No cash on delivery, to be paid once restrictions are lifted if people can/want to donate (£3 suggestion). If you have any queries please contact me. Available are:
- Lamb Moussaka
Lamb mince & capsicum in a tomato, mint & red wine sauce.
Topped with sautéed potato, béchamel & roasted aubergine.
- Chicken Korma
Chicken breast pieces in a mildly spiced almond & coconut curry sauce.
- Cottage Pie
- Fish Pie
Salmon, smoked haddock, pollack & prawns in a creamy leek sauce.
Topped with mashed potato & toasted breadcrumbs.
- British Beef Lasagne
British beef & Italian pasta
with a cheesy béchamel.
- Vegetable Lasagne
Tomato, capsicum, courgette, mushroom,
aubergine, & pasta with white sauce. Vegetarian.
Make your own (and other people's) face mask
Visit the Masks of Love website for instructions on how to make a face mask.
Here is the pattern for making a face mask.
A "Thank You" from Annie
"Many thanks to all the Westleton village residents who have been supporting the Leiston Food Bank so generously. You are doing a great community service. The numbers coming to the Food Bank have doubled in recent weeks and we anticipate further increased need as the furlough scheme ends and school holidays begin. So please continue your good work, keeping in mind meals that might be appealing to children. Drop off is on Thursday at the Village Hall. Just a tin or two of non perishable food would be gratefully received. Well done Westleton!"
Centre Manager, Westleton Village Hall
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or telephone 01728 648354
Case-Sera Wines; Eve & Richard Berrill
Truly Traceable Pies and Sausage Rolls
The Truly Traceable Pies & Sausage Roll Company are now delivering to villages including Westleton.
There is also "A quick guide to safe shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic" produced jointly by the Charted Institute of Environmental Health, Environmental Health Association of Ireland and Irish Global Health Network. To read this see A quick guide to safe shopping.
Annie has also attached a document she was sent from school regarding well-being for families during this pandemic; some useful information and links for you. Please read Coronavirus - Wellbeing Tips for Families (help and advice from Southwark Educational Psychology Service).
The Westleton Community Care Network co-ordinator is Annie Groves, Westleton Village Hall Manager. Annie can be contacted on 01728 648354 or firstname.lastname@example.org , or contact your local co-ordinator who is named on the leaflets which were distributed to all households.
Weekly Online Coffee Social
Starting on Friday 10th April from 10.30am to 11am, will be a weekly online coffee social via Zoom for anyone in Westleton. Do sign up with Annie on email@example.com for the link so you can join in, and please promote it to any of your Westleton contacts. All are welcome, and you don't need to be on Zoom already - we can help people set it up - it's really easy! Thanks to Judie Shore for creating this social; we look forward to seeing whoever would like to join in on Friday!
Westleton White Horse
The Westleton White Horse is offering a Take-Away Service for delivery or collection. The White Horse menu will tell you what is avaiable and how to order.
Update from The White Horse Inn
Firstly can I say a massive thank you to everyone that has been supporting us in the last 11 weeks. We have quite honestly been overwhelmed by all your support and desire for The White Horse to continue to play its part in Westleton life.
We have been closely following the news with regard to Covid 19 and the possibility of pubs being allowed to reopen soon, and have had regular Zoom meetings with Adnams about the best ways to move forward with this. The current information we have is that July 4th is a real possibility and with that in mind we need to be spending some of our time concentrating our efforts on ensuring that the pub is ready to welcome you all back safely.
We are also aware that people are beginning to meet with each other again, obviously following social distancing guidelines. With this in mind we have looked at how the pub might be able to play its part . With the green in such close proximity to The White Horse we are going to be opening our serving window Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings so people can collect drinks and takeaway food and should they wish, consume it there. Food and drinks will be served in sealed disposables, we urge you all to use the bins to dispose of them. We are able to do this as long as people refrain from consuming items in the beer garden and car park areas. This option is still available for people to collect food and drinks and takeaway to their homes.
Moving forward to hopefully The White Horse being in a position to reopen on July 4th we will be changing our operating hours to the following:
Monday and Tuesday Closed
Wednesday and Thursday food and drinks for collection and delivery 17:00-19:30 Friday Food and drinks collection only 17:30-20:00 Saturday Food and drinks collection only 17:30-20:00 Sunday Food and drinks collection and delivery 12:00-14:00 drinks collection only 17:30-19:30
When we have any clearer information from the government on guidelines as to how our pub will be able to reopen we will send out further information as to how this will work..
Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all soon.
Amy and Matt
Community Update from Suffolk Police
There is a Community Upate on Covid-19 issued by Temporary Assistant Chief Constable David Cutler.