Welcome to Great Finborough Parish Council Website
This website is for local people and visitors alike and we hope it will be both informative and interesting - whilst also telling the rest of the world about our lovely village! It's an evolving project, so please have a look around, enjoy images from past and present and find out a bit more about our community.
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, which spreads about a mile along the B1115 towards Bildeston and Hadleigh to the south. Unlike many other rural communities, it still has those staples of village life - a primary school, village horse chestnut tree village hall, parish church, pub and a parish council of seven members. For more information on what's going here, just browse through some of the pages on this website. 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of its agricultural heritage, though the subsistence farming on which the village depended in the eleventh century has been replaced by large-scale arable farming today, with cereals and sugar beet the main crops grown on the surrounding fields.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.