Green Bin Collections Suspended

As of 27 March 2020, East Suffolk Council has temporarily suspended the collection of green bins, until further notice.  This is in response to the COVID-19 emergency and aims to protect crew safety and prioritise household waste and recycling collections.  The advice from East Suffolk Council is:

All current green bin subscriptions will be extended, once the service resumes, to reflect the period of time that collections were missed within your subscription period.

There is also concern about the risk of increased fly-tipping. If you see any, please report it:

Payment of grants for local businesses

East Suffolk Council is now processing the payment of grants for local businesses provided by the government in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Eligible businesses are being asked to complete a straightforward online form which will capture the data required by central government and allow the Council to make payment to each eligible business as soon as possible.  As part of this process, and to ensure as many businesses as possible are aware of the funding available to them, East Suffolk Council is also writing to over 7,000 businesses who may be eligible for the grants – the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Fund. The Council will also promote the scheme through the media and online channels.

The online form and full details about how to apply with full eligibility criteria can be found at:

The first fund offers a grant of £10,000, announced by the Government to support small businesses (which receive small business rate relief or rural rate relief). The second is a grant of either £10,000 or £25,000 depending on rateable value, for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

Once each business has completed the online form, they will receive an automated email to confirm receipt of the form. The Council will then undertake verification checks and make payment of the grant as soon as possible. Once payment has been submitted to the business an automated email will be sent to confirm payment has been made.

Cllr Craig Rivett, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “We are in unprecedented times and this funding is a lifeline for many local businesses. We have a responsibility to ensure they can access it as quickly as possible and by setting up a clear and straightforward online form, the application process will be as smooth as possible. We hope to encourage everyone who is eligible to apply and get the funding they deserve.”

Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over are not eligible for this scheme. Additionally, businesses which are not ratepayers in the business rates system are not included in this scheme.

Home, but not alone

A new Suffolk-focused community service has been set up to support people who need help during the COVID-19 pandemic. The telephone line is for those in need who can seek information on support with care needs, loneliness and to connect with community support. Please note it is not a general information line for COVID-19 queries.

Home, but not alone – 0800 876 6926

Melton Good Neighbour Scheme – Collecting Prescriptions

The Melton Good Neighbour Scheme is collecting prescriptions from the pharmacies in Woodbridge and delivering them to your door. Please think about using this service rather than collecting your own prescriptions. The queues are very long and by using this service you will reduce your risk of exposure and help the staff at the pharmacies.
You can email or call 0333 3355366. If there is no answer leave a message and one of the team will get back to you.

Melton Produce (formerly Springside) reopening

Melton Produce (formerly Springside) on Melton Road will be reopening on Monday 23rd March at 10am. The refurb isn’t quite finished but please bear with them. They will be only be accepting cash initially until the card machine/internet connection is set up. They are also looking into home deliveries.

Local Food Deliveries and Takeaways

A number of local businesses are offering new delivery and takeaway services during the C-19 outbreak. This page will be updated with new services as we hear about them.

Cake Shop Bakery
To our dear customers who are self-isolating and cannot get out of the house, we will be offering a local delivery service so you can still enjoy wonderful bread and yummies! We can accept payment over the phone and we will deliver to your doorstep. So there is no need or worries about opening your door to us, we can either post a note through your letterbox so you know it is outside or if preferred we can ring your doorbell.  Just call 01394 382515 for more information or to place an order.

To our dear customers who are still out and about at this crazy time, just another reminder that our shelves are fully stocked with fresh bread, rolls and cakes every day. You can always call us and order the day before, or call in the morning and we can put it aside for you that day.

No-one should have to miss out on having yummies for their tummies!

The Cooks Shed, Woodbridge
From Thursday 2 April we will provide a delivery or collection service for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Orders to be made by 3pm day before food required. Free delivery within Woodbridge for those in isolation or over 70. Further details and menu to be posted soon. If you have any questions in the meantime call 01394 446019.

Creaseys Butchers
The butcher shop, J.R.Creaseys, next to the greengrocers and co-op will be offering home deliveries in the afternoons Tuesdays – Saturdays for those of you who are self isolating and cannot get out to the shops. Also if you are out and about, call through an order for collection to help with the social distancing and reduce waiting times of the shop. All stock is subject to availability. We will deliver to a 5 mile radius of the shop. Card payment will be via telephone call and delivery to front door. Stay safe all.

Telephone: 01394 386739

Friday Street
We are happy to be able to now provide a doorstep delivery service  for anyone self isolating or unable to get out to the shop, until further notice or further government advice is issued. Please call the farm shop to place an order. We can only accept card payments over the phone but NOT cash on delivery.

We can provide bread, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, meat and butchery items and we do have stock of some convenience style items. We hope this provides a much needed source of provisions to those in need at this time. We know not all people are on social media so please feel free to share with neighbours, friends and family who would benefit from this service.
Phone: 01728 602783

Garnetts Gardens
Farmshop: General groceries, fruit, vegetables, milk etc
Garden Centre: Plants, compost, pots, hanging baskets, garden sundries and gifts

Minimum Order: £25.00
Orders under £50: Delivery charge £5
Orders over £50: Delivery free

Delivery radius 10 miles. Beyond that, please contact us to discuss. Alternatively, order goods by phone or email and we will have them ready for collection.

Payment by card over the telephone in advance

Phone: 01728 724589

We’ve been here 26 years and many of you are our friends as well as customers. We hope everyone keeps well through these troubled times.

The Greyhound, Pettistree
The pub will be serving takeaway dishes at 20% off dine-in prices.
Phone: 01728 746451

Humdingers, Rendlesham
Quality local produce to your door. All our produce is Farm Assured, Fully Labelled and Traceable right back to the field .

– 25kg Reds (Shannon) – £10.00
– 12.5kg Reds (Shannon) – £6.00
– 25kg Maris Piper – £10.00
– 12.5kg Maris Piper – £6.00

– Brown Onion (4/Net) – £1
– Red Onion (4/Net) – £1
– 20kg Loose Red Onions – £10.00
– 20kg Loose Brown Onions – £10.00

– 10kg Carrot Net – £3.50
– 20kg Carrot Net – £7.00

To place an order please call or text 07935 756155

Melton Fish Bar
The fish and chip shop is open. Customers are advised to phone ahead with their order and the staff will bring your order to your car if you do not want to enter the shop.
Phone: 01394 382319

Melton Produce (formerly Springside)
Now accepting card payments and will take orders over the phone/email
Phone: 0776218368        email:

Simpers Silver Harvest
To aid householders during lockdown we are providing a box delivery service of locally caught fish to homes within a half hour drive of Woodbridge.
07850 847 779

Susi’s Kitchen
If you’d like a little pick-me-up for you or a friend or neighbour next Friday you can order anytime until 9pm Wednesday. Payment is made online and I’ll drop to your doorstep (or you can collect from mine) 6 slices for £5 or the Baker’s Dozen for £10!

If this is something you or others may be interested in please contact me – and feel free to share or pass on to neighbours etc. Contact me at or on 07979 818 049

The Open Kitchen
Batch cooking meals and freezing in single portions that are available to all vulnerable residents and NHS staff in Melton and Woodbridge, and anyone who is willing to collect.

Warwick Convenience Store & Post Office, 37/39 Warwick Avenue, Woodbridge, IP12 1JX
Just to let you know we’re open as usual during this difficult time. We have 3 deliveries a week & also daily deliveries of milk & bread etc.

We have decided to extend our services and offer a delivery service to anyone near us that are in isolation or vulnerable etc.
Phone: 01394 382476/388931

Woodbridge Greengrocers
We are starting to deliver to those who are in need in Woodbridge and Melton, free of charge during this scary time. If you are vulnerable and fall within certain brackets we take telephone orders, call back with the total, take card payments over the phone then deliver. Obviously we are an independent small store and in store at the moment is very busy so a delivery after the shop closes is more than likely. We are more than happy to help those who need it.  If no one answers due to busy trade please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Stay safe all! We will help if we can.
Phone:  01394 386298

Other businesses open in Melton are:

Five Winds Farm Butchery – open as usual
Phone: 01394 386116

Phone: 01394 382027

Poppy’s Pantry – currently open whilst stocks allow
Monday – Thursday 9.30am – 4.3opm
Phone: 01394 389599



Melton Messenger – A Note from Alan – April 2020

Current government advice is for everyone to try and stop unnecessary contact with other people – ‘social distancing’. We have decided to cancel all meetings that are currently scheduled. We will use technology to agree decisions. The office is closed to the public until further notice. We will keep our website up to date as far as MPC meetings are concerned.

Melton Primary School – governor needed
I recently mentioned that Melton Primary School was hoping to recruit some new governors. Unfortunately, no-one from Melton came forward. The school is a very important part of our community and it would be a shame if we could not provide it with a local governor.  Please offer your help if you can, the school is a central part of Melton life and after all is the future of our community. If you would like to know more please contact the head teacher Alun Davies in the first instance. The school contact details are Telephone: 01394 382506  Email:

Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting (APM) scheduled for 29th April has been cancelled along with all the other meetings. At that meeting I usually make a presentation to somebody in Melton who has made a contribution to the local community. It is simply called The Melton Annual Award so look out for the next issue of the Melton Messenger to find out who the 2020 winner is.

Road Chaos
The first bit of chaos stemmed from the dangerous chimney on a house in The Street that resulted in a road closure lasting some days to be then replaced by traffic lights. There were some unpleasant incidents, thoughtless drivers and of course the effect on local business like McColls.

The confusion then spread to Melton Road where signs proclaimed a 5 day closure from the 9th March. Our staff chased up SCC Highways department and Triio who knew nothing of the proposed closure. It turned out the signs should have been put in Turnpike Lane and they were eventually moved.

The building work is progressing opposite the garage in Melton Road, it is due to be completed by Easter. I think they have done a good job in trying to keep the vans parked on the other side of the road. It’s just amazing how many people are involved.

Springside shop
I have heard that the much loved Springside shop is to reopen which is good news. We must try and use it where possible. This keeps local people employed and reduces car miles.

Latest on the divestment plots of land
The divestment of the first tranche of the land is now in hand with both sets of solicitors, but will not be completed by the 1st April as originally planned. I am sure it will be sorted out soon.

St Audrys Club
The St Audrys Sports and Social club would like more members. A lot of good work is done by the cricket and football clubs that are both thriving in Melton.

17 Riduna Park
Part of the plan to justify the purchase of the office at Riduna Park was receiving an income by letting out the upstairs office, as we have bought a duplex unit. I am pleased to report the signed tenancy agreement has now been completed. The tenancy finally completes the business case for the acquisition of Riduna, a matter which was doubted by some members of our community. The interest we pay is fixed for the life of the loan so we know exactly what the repayments will be as we proceed.

Crime Reporting
Melton is a comparatively safe area but if crimes are not reported then sometimes a pattern of low level crime can’t be established. You can report a number of non-urgent crimes including theft, retail theft, criminal damage, hate crime, anti-social behaviour, and traffic collisions through the Suffolk Constabulary website: or report incidents when they happen to the Police through calling 999 if it is an emergency.

Tree Warden Report
A planting opportunity was identified at the Burness Rooms and Transition Woodbridge were notified, who keenly took it up as part of their ‘Scattered Orchards’ programme. 60 small trees have been requested (free of charge) from the Woodland Trust for delivery in November 2020. These will be useful if the hedge alongside Turnpike Lane fails to recover from the builders’ works this spring. One Saturday last month, 6 volunteers turned out to do maintenance on the surviving (90 out of 105) saplings alongside the ditch in the recreation ground and to fit further green tubes which we have managed to acquire. Hopefully they will have established good roots by now and will prosper this year! One of the tree warden’s volunteers has expressed interest in becoming the Tree Warden in 12 months’ time. In the meantime Lindsay Dann is happy to carry on.

Melton Fete
It is with regret that the 2020 Melton Fete scheduled for Saturday 18th July has been cancelled due to the ongoing issues with the Coronavirus and other circumstances outside our control. We are sorry for the disappointment this will cause. A lot of local groups rely on the funds raised at the fete to keep themselves going. There is a possibility a smaller event maybe staged later in the year.

Covid-19 Response

You are all aware of the rapidly developing and changing situation surrounding Covid-19. Melton Parish Council has suspended all forthcoming public meetings. The office will also be closed to members of the public. We will continue to keep the Council running and help residents where we can.

The Melton Good Neighbour Scheme is looking for volunteers to help our community. Can you:

  • Deliver shopping
  • Collect and deliver prescriptions
  • Walk the dog
  • Make a friendly phone call
  • Answer practical questions

Please contact the Committee at or visit for more information