The Parish Council has an overall responsibility for the well-being of the parish.

The work falls into three main categories:

  • representing the local community
  • delivering services to meet local needs
  • striving to improve quality of life in the parish

Councillors have three main areas of work:

  • Decision-making: through attending meetings, councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented
  • Monitoring: councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working
  • Getting involved locally: as local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. This often depends on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available.

if you would like to contact the parish council please email Debbie Hattrell, Parish Clerk on

Your Parish Councillors:
Hugh Phillips 1 Boxford Lane 01787 211729
Vice Chairman
Andrew Sargeant The Annexe, 18 Stone Street 01787 210661
Julian Fincham-Jacques 42 Homefield 01787 210376
Sara Mattocks 10 Ellis Street  
Vince Strafford The Old School House 01787 211026
Phil Wallis 67 Daking Avenue  
Mathew Wooderson Birdsong, 16 Goodlands 01787 211204
Parish Clerk
Debbie Hattrell   01787 210943
Babergh District Councillor
Bryn Hurren   01787 210854
Suffolk County Councillor
James Finch   01206 263649

The dates for the parish council meetings in 2019 are as follows:
Monday 7th January
Monday 4th February
Monday 4th March
Monday 1st April
Tuesday 7th May
Monday 3rd June
Monday 1st July
Monday 2nd September
Monday 7th October
Monday 4th November
Monday 2nd December

The parish council meet at 7:30pm in Bell House, Stone Street Road. Meetings are open to all and we encourage you to come and listen to the proceedings or have your say during the time allocated for public participation.