Laptop Crisis Appeal

We are a group of parents from the local schools. Our aim is to give all pupils in need access to either a used or new laptop computer or notebook as soon as possible. Every day that passes means a day of education forever lost to them.

We are seeking donations of used equipment and/or money.  Our target is to get 15 used devices and to buy 60 new laptops which will cost £15,000 (£250 each). We have already distributed over 30 new and used laptops to Farlingaye High School and the surrounding primary schools that feed into it; but having talked to the schools they have identified that they still need 75 more laptops for all their families in need.

Please message us on the numbers below if you have any equipment to donate or for financial donations go to

Adam 07484 395 842

Claus 07809 626 550

The Melton Trust – help for those in need

The Melton Trust was created from bequests by Richard Cook in 1539, Richard Halifax in 1699 and a gentleman named Histed (date unknown). It was established as a charity in 1897 as the Poor’s Estate Charity and funding incorporated a bequest from James Alexander Burness who also funded the Burness Rooms. It was renamed The Melton Trust in May 1991.

The Trust’s funds provide an income to be used “in relieving persons resident in the Parish of Melton who are in conditions of need hardship or distress”. The Trust is classed as a charity for “relief in need” and try to be as flexible as possible.

The kind of requests that can be supported include:

• Payment of utility bills

• Travelling expenses

• Furniture and house decoration

• Specialist equipment for the disabled

• Respite care

Each case is taken on its own merits and the Trust may fund all or part of a request. There are some restrictions:

• You must be a resident of Melton

• It cannot replace state support – all available benefits must have been claimed

• It cannot commit to ongoing support

If you would like to apply for a grant please complete the Melton Trust Application Form and return it to The Melton Trust, c/o Melton Parish Council, 17 Riduna Park. Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1QT

Appeal from Melton Primary School for internet enabled devices

Message from the headteacher of Melton Primary School:

In this period of school closure for most children, teachers are working hard to provide remote learning for all the pupils that are learning from home. Frustratingly, we have been let down by the Department of Education once again who are still not providing us with laptops for families who don’t have these resources at home.

As I am unsure how long ‘over the coming weeks’ will be, I am now putting out a plea to the Melton Community. If anyone has any internet enabled devices no longer being used that can be offered to the school, we would be extremely grateful. We will then make these available for families to use.

If you can help, please contact the school office on 01394 382506 or by email at  In the interests of GDPR the devices would need to be cleared of all data.

Many thanks

Alun Davies
Melton Primary School

Planning & Transport meeting – 27th January 2021 – 7pm

The next meeting of Melton Parish Council Planning & Transport Committee will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 27th January commencing at 7pm.

This meeting is held in public and all residents of Melton are very welcome. The full agenda and papers will be available to view on the Planning & Transport section of the website at least 3 clear days before the meeting.

To join online:

To join by phone: 0203 481 5240

Meeting ID: 820 8995 2777
Passcode: 951422

Message from EDF regarding latest Sizewell C Consultation

Since the close of consultation in December, team members and contractors reviewed the responses and this informed the submission of proposed changes. This is now complete and has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, who will now consider the submission. Should they accept the submission it will be published on the Sizewell C page on the PINS website ( Further information can be found in this briefing from the EDF SZC Community Team.

Survey regarding policing element of your council tax

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore has just published his proposals for the policing element of the council tax precept for the next financial year. More officers and better communications are at the heart of Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s plans as he asks the public to comment on his proposal to raise the policing element of the council tax by 30p a week for the next financial year for a Band D property.

Full details are here: pcc-proposes-more-officers-for-the-county-through-policing-precept.

He is asking Suffolk residents for their thoughts on his proposals through an electronic survey which can be accessed through the website or directly here: Suffolkpreceptsurvey

The survey is open until 9am on Thursday 28th January.


New Pavilion – design available for comment

Following a number of public consultations, a design has been created for a new Pavilion to replace the existing building at the Melton Road Recreation Ground. The current building is no longer fit for purpose and is over 70 years old.

The new design includes a public toilet, ability for a pop-up café to operate, shelter for spectators, a flexible community space and storage. All these facilities were supported by responses to the consultation process. The construction will be brick, weatherboarding and a pantile roof.

Melton Parish Council invites residents to submit any comments they may have on these proposals. You can phone, email or write to the office:

01394 382224
17 Riduna Park, Station Road, Melton, Suffolk IP12 1QT

The consultation finishes on Friday 22nd January 2021. It is hoped that work will commence summer 2021.

Further information can be found in the Pavilion Project section of the website.