Melton Messenger – A note from Alan – December 2022

Melton Parish Council – A Note from the Chair – Alan Porter

The Pavilion

The Pavilion is completed. We have built the access road for the emergency services and the public toilet will be open from 8am to 4pm (November to March) and 8am to 8pm (April to October).  There will be a proper opening event in 2023 as it is too cold & wet to do something in the winter with people trudging in with muddy shoes. In the meantime the pavilion will be available to hire.  Full details are on our website.


Tarmac path going into the distance between high green fencing for tennis courts and a hedgerow.
Here is a photo of the new access road we had to build for emergency access to the pavilion. This had to be done to get building control sign off. We have also installed some solar powered lights to help people see as they walk to & from the pavilion at night.


Pavilion Kit Out

At the fete in June we held a raffle where the proceeds were specifically assigned to a fund to kit out the kitchen.  We have bought mugs, cutlery, glasses and utensils along with other paraphernalia that is essential to enable hirers to use the facilities.

Our thanks go to everybody who bought tickets and to the generous local businesses who supplied an amazing array of prizes.

Next year’s fete on July 8th 2023 will also feature a raffle where the proceeds are targeted at a specific project yet to be decided.

Car Park opposite McColls

The work has now been completed and some additional drainage installed after a problem came to light after the recent downpours.  We have created 11 new spaces which doubles the number available from 11 to 22.  The spaces are being well used already.


We would just like to show our grateful thanks to a few people who have gone the extra mile to help around the village.

Firstly is Transition Woodbridge who have done lots of work with planting and landscaping in our green spaces.

Secondly to Martin Wilkes and the tree crew that have planted in excess of 2500 trees around Melton.

Thirdly to the people who volunteered to water the new plantings during the summer drought.

Bat Box building

On a lovely day in the half term holidays, local children with the help of Charlie from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust came to the recreation ground and 26 bat boxes were built.  It’s harder than it looks; my first effort did not go well but I soon got the hang of it.  We will get them fitted in the woods and hopefully bats will use them after a couple of years of weathering.

Group of participants, with completed bat boxes in the foreground.Here are some of the bat boxes built at the event we held in conjunction with Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

Pictured is Councillor Carol Gradwell with our Assistant Clerk Fliss Waters and Charlie from the SWT. Along with some of the parents and children who had a great time and worked very hard on the day.

It was great to see DIY skills being learnt.






Home insulation – Thermal Imaging

Do you ever wonder if your home is losing heat and you are spending more money on heating than you should be?

Melton Parish Council is taking part in a Suffolk wide project to help residents see if their properties would benefit from improved insulation and lead to warmer and more energy efficient homes.

Suffolk County Council have bought thermal imaging cameras which will be loaned out to local parish and town councils who are part of the scheme.

These cameras show where the outside of properties is leaking heat.  Melton Parish Council has signed up to the project and is hoping to borrow a thermal camera and receive the necessary training to scan properties in the parish.

The process is simple, a Parish Councillor would visit to scan the outside of your property.  We would let you have a copy of the results.  WE WILL ONLY DO THIS WITH YOUR PERMISSION, and the outcome of the scan will only be provided to you.

It will be up to you or the property owner to act on the information to improve the energy efficiency of the property but we will provide information on any grants available to homeowners, rental residents and landlords and any local bulk-buying schemes you might be able to access to help with costs.

If you would like to include your home in this project, you will need to fill in a form that will soon be available on the council website, email to , or drop us a note at Melton Parish Council, 17 Riduna Park, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1QT.


Councillor Alan Porter

Chair – Melton Parish Council