Welcome to Great Finborough Parish Council Website
New Telephone Contact Number for the District Council
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are committed to transforming how they work with their customers.
Their focus is on moving all of their processes on-line to make them easier, quicker and more accessible for customers to use. This means that they will be trying to minimise the need for face-to-face and telephone contacts in favour of web and digital services wherever possible.
If you do need to speak directly to a member of staff they will offer you an appointment at a mutually convenient time and place.
Contact 0300 1234000 to be connected to any council service.
Mid Suffolk District Council
131 High Street
Ipswich IP6 8DL
MOBILE LIBRARY - Use it or lose it!!
Suffolk Libraries could face a £230,000 reduction to their budget from Suffolk County Council (SCC) in 2017/18. Its current budget of £6.14million has already fallen from £8.9m in 2010/11.
Suffolk Library bosses have committed to not closing any of the 44 libraries in Suffolk or reducing opening hours. But they have admitted they would need more of the public’s “extraordinary” support to retain services.
SCC have said there will be no “detrimental impact on the service to the public” and “services to vulnerable people would not be affected”. It said there are no plans to close libraries.
However the larger sums required will almost certainly mean the library service can not continue to be provided in the same way.
Under the proposals, the library budget would fall to £5.91m – a 34% fall since 2010/11. This could mean less staff, less opening hours, less books and films and music to borrow, less events, less outreach to our children and older people - the mobile service could be the first to suffer.
Great Finborough is an attractive village, just outside Stowmarket, in rural mid-Suffolk.The village spreads about a mile along the B1115 towards Bildeston and Hadleigh to the south, and is delineated by the inclusive hamlet of High Street Green, the remnants of a much larger communal green, surrounded by farms and a flour mill can still be seen, although the only remaining common land (for which the Parish Council is responsible) is a small patch of green at the hamlet centre.” The Green, with its Imposing Church spire imposing horse chestnut tree in the centre, is the heart of the village. Unlike many other rural communities, it still has those staples of village life - a primary school, village hall, parish church, pub and a parish council of seven members. Great Finborough is an ancient Suffolk community and still retains some of its agricultural heritage, though the subsistence farming on which the village depended in the eleventh century has been replaced by large-scale arable farming today, with cereals and sugar beet the main crops grown on the surrounding fields. The railway service at Stowmarket allows easy access to Norwich, Ipswich and London on the main east coast line whilst all the main local towns can be reached by using the bus service via Stowmarket. In 1997 the parish council researched the profile of the village, in the form of a village appraisal; the results were published as a report called 'Shaping Our Future'. The overwhelming evidence from this suggests that residents enjoy living here, in the peace and tranquillity of the country, often using the village and its amenities as a base from which to work or shop in Bury St. Edmunds or Ipswich, for example. For more information on what's going on here click on the 'Whats On' page.