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 place name 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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WESTLETON VILLAGE TRAFFIC CALMING MEASURES
Westleton Parish Council held a public consultation event in the Village Hall on Monday 5 February 2024.
Safety proposals aimed at curbing traffic speed in the village have been drawn up in association with Suffolk County Council, East Suffolk Council and EDF ahead of the Sizewell C development. Measures are necessary as the SZC construction will increase traffic passing through the village.
The plans are on display in the Foyer of Westleton Village Hall and the text of the presentation can be seen by following this link.
A very helpful discussion followed the presentation. The PC will now review its position and then draft a paragraph which will explain its position to head a paper with a series of questions for residents to answer. Hard copies of the plans will also be available in the foyer. Our position at the next B1125 WG will be based on the answers to the questions.
Andrew Turner, Chairman WPC
Further report from Westleton Parish Council:
Andrew Turner, on behalf of WPC, has written a "follow-up" report after the meeting on 5 February and designed a questionaire. Both can be seen by following this link.
The plans, as well as this report and questionaire, are available in the village hall and we hope everyone will complete the questionaire so we have a clear understanding of the views of the community. Completed questionaires can be left in the hall.
The plans and questionaires will remain in the hall for 3 weeks.
East Suffolk District Council - Help and Advice
If you need help or advice with heating and other energy issues then advice and support is available from East Suffolk Council.
Would you like to be the Local Recorder for
The Suffolk Local History Council runs a Recorders Scheme throughout Suffolk. We administer a network of volunteers to ensure that the ‘present’ is adequately recorded at local level for the ‘future’.
A Recorder will note significant happenings in their parish and collect their local parish magazines, leaflets, election pamphlets and newspaper cuttings. At the end of each year, they are asked to submit a short report summarising the activities of their parish. The reports are deposited at the Suffolk Record Office and available to future researchers together with the collected items.
If you are interested, please look at the Recorders Pack by visiting www.slhc.org.uk to acquaint yourself with the guidelines of the scheme. You do not need to be a historian; you do not need any qualifications other than an interest in your parish. In return you will receive a copy of the SLHC Newsletter and be invited to the annual conference specifically for Local Recorders. To volunteer to help in this important work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Westleton Community Field
Open Hours 9am to earliest of Dusk or 9pm
The Playing Field is owned and maintained by Westleton Parish Council and is a great local asset to the village which brings together users young and old! Our aim is to retain the area as an open space for the enjoyment by parishioners and visitors alike.
There are excellent on site children’s facilities and the Parish Council have invested heavily in the equipment to ensure children have a safe and fun visit. The attractions include a zip wire and various climbing frames to suit different age ranges – please though always exercise close parental caution and control.
The area has ample free car parking and makes a great picnic spot but do remember to bag up and remove all litter. Bar-b-ques are not allowed on site and dogs are banned from entry into the children’s play area.
Within the grounds there is a large football pitch and we also have x2 outdoor table tennis tables as well as a popular boules area.
During school holiday periods there is a temporary portaloo provided on site.
The field is maintained by a group of volunteers* and all donations go towards the future upkeep and maintenance. If you would like to help with the volunteer group who look after the field please contact Chris Freeman on 01728 648472
Please report any general problems or concerns to email@example.com
For pictures of the Community Field visit the Community Field pictures page.
*Westleton Community Field Advisory Group 2022
Chris Freeman, Cllr WPC - Chair
Julian Alexander, Cllr WPC
Paul Holmes, Cllr WPC
Amanda Freeman, Cllr WPC
Nick Shearme, Cllr WPC
Wheels for Westleton
Westleton Village Hall has launched three transport initiatives. Further information is available here.
One Life Suffolk helps local people live healthier lives. OneLife Suffolk’s FREE Health Walks are led by trained volunteers all across the county. The walks are graded from 1 to 5 to suit ability, offering something for everyone.
Booking is essential - full details of each walk and how to book can be found on the website www.onelifesuffolk.co.uk or call 01473 718193.
Contacting Suffolk Police
The Police Community Engagement Officer for the Halesworth Locality has given this advice on how to contact the Suffolk Police Service.
Leiston and Saxmundham Citizens Advice
If you need help or advice or if you want to volunteer this leaflet will tell you how to get in touch with the Leiston and Saxmundham Citizens Advice service.
You may find this anti-dog theft device useful. Dog thefts have been reported recently in both the local and national news.
Case-Sera Wines; Eve & Richard Berrill
Earlier wine lists can be seen below, but please be aware that the wines may no longer be available - but you can always ask!