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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.
Charitable assistance
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 Re-opening

19 June 2020

St Andrew's Church is opening its doors on Sunday, 21st June for private prayer from 10am - 4pm.

Read more on St Andrew's Church Re-opening

Tennis Court closure

2 April 2020

Tostock Tennis Club

The Tennis Court is closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus emergency

Read more on Tennis Court closure

Village Hall Important Notice

25 March 2020

Temporary Closure of the Village Hall

Read more on Village Hall Important Notice

Suffolk Recycling Guide

14 December 2019

Christmas is a great time to think about reducing waste and updating your recycling knowledge.

Read more on Suffolk Recycling Guide

Waste and Recycling Collections

12 December 2019

Waste and Recycling Schedules now available.

Read more on Waste and Recycling Collections

Flower and Vegetable Show

7 September 2019

The Show's 2019 winners!

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Tostock Tidy Days

15 August 2019

Help is needed to organise and plan future Tidy Days.

Read more on Tostock Tidy Days

Defibrillator

28 July 2015

Tostock has a Community Public Accessible Defibrillator (CPAD) or Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the use of the local community, 24 hours a day. It is sited in the telephone box on The Green.

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