• Household rubbish and recycling bins are still being collected • Garden waste collections will restart from w/c 11 May – crews will be following the normal schedule which means collections will start from Monday 11 May
Here’s some other useful advice:
• Make sure all rubbish, recycling and garden waste is inside your bins and that the bin lids are closed. • If you have additional garden waste, you can compost or empty it into your bin, but make sure you spread it across several collections – the lid must shut. • Recycling should be put loose (not in bags) in the recycling bin. • Please park considerately so the bin lorries can get up the road and empty our bins. • Remember to wash your hands before and after putting the bins out and bringing them in. • Keep your distance from the bin crews (minimum two metres) to minimise the risk of infection. • We're being asked not to burn rubbish – the smoke is bad for people with breathing problems and there is a risk of fire spreading or people getting injured.
Tostock Parish Council Updates
Increase to Working Tax Credits - The government has announced that Working Tax Credits payments will be increased from 6 April 2020
Coronavirus: MOTs due from 30 March 2020 - Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 - but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.
Free School Meals Update - The government have confirmed that schools are able to continue using the national voucher scheme during the Easter holidays.
The Emerging Needs Grant - allows groups and organisations to apply for up to £2,500 to cover increased costs incurred as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), including general running costs, ongoing staff costs, volunteer expenses, utility bills and the purchasing of food or other consumables.
Council Tax - Families already struggling with financial hardship are to be given further support to reduce their council tax bills, with letters due through the doors of more than 4,000 households in Babergh and Mid Suffolk over coming days.
Building Futures - Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation has this week committed to relaunching its Building Futures scheme for 2020. As part of its sponsorship of Team GB, Persimmon will donate more than £1 million to support children in sport, health and education. We are calling on local groups within your area which support children to apply. It can all be done online remotely at www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures. Community Champions - Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative has run since 2015 and gives away £64,000 every month in single donations up to the value of £1,000. So far over £3.5 million has been donated in the UK. Persimmon has decided that from April 2020 all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s. However, we need your help to find these groups. If you know of any, can you let them know that funding is available? Again, they can apply online at www.persimmonhomes.com/community-champions.
HOME BUT NOT ALONE – Connecting Vulnerable people and volunteers in Suffolk The telephone number for those in genuine need of help is freephone 0800 876 6926 and will be staffed from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.
Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils
Homes in Babergh and Mid Suffolk which would normally have a collection on a Friday or Monday will see theirs collected a day later.
Collections for this Thursday (April 9) remain the same, while those who would have their bin collected on Good Friday will instead need to put their bins out for emptying on Saturday, April 11.
Instead of Easter Monday collections, those will happen the next day on Tuesday, April 14, with the rest of that week’s collections happening a day late.
All of the authorities have confirmed that garden waste collections have been suspended until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic.
'We're going on a bear hunt!'
Is your teddy bear driving you crazy whilst cooped up at home?
If you are currently residing with a bored bear (or other soft toy) who would like a view from your front window please assist him or her up onto the windowsill.
Our younger villagers will be able to look out for various bears on their daily exercise around the village!
This Bear Hunt started in New Zealand - the ideas and photos on line are amazing and inventive.
Woolpit Nurseries are now CLOSED until May/June
They have an excellent website so that you can browse and choose your plants in the coming weeks
free delivery within 15 miles for orders of £30 or more - so get together with your neighbours if your order is under that value.
Support your local business'
St Andrew's Church is opening its doors on Sunday, 21st June for private prayer from 10am - 4pm.
The Tennis Court is closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus emergency
Temporary Closure of the Village Hall
Christmas is a great time to think about reducing waste and updating your recycling knowledge.
Waste and Recycling Schedules now available.
Help is needed to organise and plan future Tidy Days.