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The village of Westleton 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.
Wild Flower Festival 2019
Visit the Church pages to see photos of the Westleton Wild Flower Festival 2019.
Coronavirus - Covid-19
Local Information for Self-Isolation
To see the latest update of local advice and information please read Useful Local Information 3rd April 2020
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.
Note from Philippa Dent, Editor Yoxmere Fisherman
"We had to cancel printing of April's Fisherman at the last minute. Although it's become a strange version of the mag this month, I'm hoping it can go onto the websites of the various villages."
To read this see Yoxmere Fisherman April 2020.
There is also a link to this edition on the Church pages.
East Suffolk Council Suspends Collection of Garden Waste
East Suffolk Council has suspended the collection of garden waste because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
BOTTLE BANK UPDATE
The site to the rear of the White Horse Inn (adjacent to the pond) is now being used as the collection point for glass/ bottle recycling and two bins located there are allocated for public use. A weekly collection is in place.
The Parish Council, working with the White Horse, are intending that a nearby permanent store can eventually be used to house all the bins [both commercial and for community use] so that this will improve the appearance of the whole area.
In the meantime, thank you to everyone for your patience during the period that the bottle bank facility had to be removed altogether and apologises for any inconvenience caused.
Westleton Parish Council
HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE & LOCAL FLOODING ISSUES
The Parish Council have been pressing County Highways to deal with the many potholes and water surface issues which unfortunately seem to blight the approach roads to Westleton. We recently met with an Engineer on site and visited a number of locations to identify specific problems. Improvements are being directly taken as a result but we have been informed that limits on budgets and spending mean some larger works, where new drainage measures are required, will have to take their place in a long line of other priority schemes earmarked across the county.
In the meantime, if you come across flooding on any road and it poses an immediate danger or safety issue to the public do please report this yourself by contacting the authorities on the emergency line number – 0345 606 6171. This will at least prompt a call out and hopefully mean that signs are placed on the approaches to forewarn motorists.
We would also encourage residents to visit the County Highway website reporting tool www.suffolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/highway-maintenance/report-a-highways-issue/ to directly log other defects such as potholes etc. This is a very straightforward process to follow and the more people who go online to report a problem then the greater impact/credence will result prompting an inspection and for a repair to be prioritized.
Thank you for your support.
Westleton Parish Council