Sadly, there are patches in the grass at the Cemetery that have become infested with Chafer bugs, therefore some surfaces look untidy.
We are treating the areas with nemotodes and keeping the earth moist, which will hopefully put an end to the issue.
These are difficult times and there seem to be more ahead. With this in mind the Parish Council would like to offer information on organisations and groups that may help. If you do not have access to a computer or have difficulty filling in forms then please contact the Parish Office and we will be happy to point you in the right direction for expert help.
Did you know about the following?
Grants available from WSC Community Chest
The cost-of-living crisis
The continuing cost-of-living crisis isn’t just about he struggles of keeping a roof over people’s head, food on the table and heating on in the winter.
It can also be very isolating. It can mean people are having to work multiple jobs or find polite ways to say no to the social activities that would normally keep them connected with family and friends. It’s impacting on people’s relationships and their health and wellbeing.
These aren’t just issues for West Suffolk and its residents of course and we want to see more from the Government to address this crisis.
In the meantime, West Suffolk, will be looking to invest Community Chest funds to help our residents through this continuing crisis, whether through debt and financial advice, activities to help people connect in their local communities, foodbanks, mental health support and much more.
Who can apply and how do they do it
The money is for 2024/25 with more than £460,000 available. Charities, community groups, voluntary organisations, faith groups and social enterprises can apply by viewing the guidance and then completing the online application at https://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/community/community-grants.cfm
The deadline for applications is 6pm on Friday 29 September 2023. Successful grants will be awarded in February 2024 and paid in April 2024.
Cllr Donna Higgins Cabinet Member for Families and Communities West Suffolk Council
The Government is providing more support than ever to help you with the cost of living. There are over 40 schemes to help with the cost of living, find out what you are entitled to:
- Surviving Winter -
To apply for a grant to help you through the winter months Please get in touch with the Community Support Officer at West Suffolk Council email@example.com
Application forms are available at the Parish Office
- Council Tax Rebates
If you have not already received your £150 Council Tax Rebate offered to residents in properties in bands A-D please contact the Council Tax Rebate office there are extra parts to the scheme for other bands that residents may be eligible for so contact West Suffolk firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01638 719245
- Advice and General Help
The Citizen Advice are happy to help with all sorts of advice from legal enquiries to debt counselling so please contact them to make an appointment. They have experts in all areas.
Our nearest branch is in Bury St Edmunds at
The Risbygate Centre
90 Risbygate Street
Bury St Edmunds
0808 278 7868
UK Power are keen to help residents that are finding it difficult to pay their bills and they are updating their Vulnerable Residents Priority Register which is particular help during power failures etc.
You can register on line or contact them on 0800-3163105
- Food Banks
Here in Lakenheath we have our own Food Bank located at Abundant Life Church, Four Bays, Back Street, IP279HF Lakenheath. The hours of opening are Sunday 11:00 - 13:00 and Monday 19:30 - 21:00
Tel: 01842 860851. email@example.com
Please do call along if you find you are in need of help with food/shopping.
- Goward & Evans Charity
The Trustees welcome applications for Relief in Need grants and Education Grants for residents of Lakenheath who have particular needs and require help. Please apply now. Further details contact Laura Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mobile 07796018816
- Lakenheath Library
Use of computers - for those who do not have access to a computer you are welcome to come along during opening hours or book in advance. The use of the libraries computers is free of charge. Contact: 01842 860723