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 meltongns@gmail.com 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
Email: garnettsgardens@outlook.com

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 reopens on the 7th May. Customers are asked to phone ahead with their order.
Phone: 01394 382319

Melton Produce (formerly Springside)
Now accepting card payments and will take orders over the phone/email
Phone: 07762 183 684        email:   jackiewoolven@hotmail.co.uk

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 pudguru@gmail.com 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. www.tokcookery.com/batch-deliver

The excellent Turkish restaurant and kebab shop on Cumberland Street has re-opened for take-away only, every day from 6 pm and they will deliver.
Phone: 01394 380 702

Warwick Convenience Store & Post Office, 37/39 Warwick Avenue, Woodbridge, IP12 1JX
We’re open 7am-7pm every day and have lots of fresh milk, bread, eggs, flour, fruit, veg, meat, groceries, beer, wine and spirits. We also offer free delivery. Phone 01394 382476 or email warwicknews@gmail.com to order

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

Thurlow Nunn Standen
Phone: 01394 382801



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: admin@melton.suffolk.sch.uk

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: www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something 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 meltongns@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/MeltonGNS/ for more information

Change to 71 bus timetable from 6th April

From the 6th April the 71 bus will depart from Orford at 07:00, 10 minutes earlier than the current timetable, in order to reach the final destination on time. The full timetable can be seen on the traveline website. The stopping times in Melton and final arrival time in Martlesham are not changing:

07:42 Melton, adj Railway Station
07:43 Melton, opp Church View Close
07:44 Melton, o/s Coach And Horses
07:45 Melton, opp Jenners Close
07:47 Woodbridge, adj Council Offices
07:49 Woodbridge, Turban Centre (S-bound)
08:00 Martlesham, Martlesham Park and Ride

Melton Messenger – A Note from Alan – March 2020

In the middle of January I walked from Melton Station and then down Melton Road with a delightful lady from Suffolk County Council Highways and David Steptoe who is a friend of the council and a retired highways engineer himself. You know people mean business when they have a clipboard and Julia was suitably armed with one. The footpath from Melton Station to the traffic lights is in a grim condition with overhanging branches and bushes obstructing the route. The path is made much narrower by the encroaching grass and soil. At one point the tarmac path disappears under a mound of rotting leaf litter. She aims to get this sorted out. We also found quite a few loose kerbstones, wobbly (noisy) drain covers and other items for attention.

The main thrust of the walk was to identify 2 or 3 locations along Melton Road where refuge islands could be fitted and I think we found three. These refuges bolt to the ground so can be moved during resurfacing works. They also don’t need mains power. We intend to fund these by using Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds. Melton Road is difficult to cross and these will certainly help. Of course like all these things it will take time but I am hopeful it will be done before too long.

Neighbourhood Plan/CIL projects

We held two Open Consultation Events at our office on the 7th and 8th February for Melton residents to give their views on updates to our Neighbourhood Plan (NP), which is now 2 years old, and the spending of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds. For it to be effective the NP needs to be refreshed every couple of years. There is more information on the NP website. Many thanks to the residents who visited the drop-in sessions and gave us their feedback about the new NP and those sites within the village that need protecting from development. We will be displaying the results in the council office before the start of each committee meeting.

We will also be giving further opportunities for residents to give their views online and by filling in forms, through our online survey. Quite a few have responded already so please join in and make your voice heard. It can be completed at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/meltonnp/.


We have asked Simon of SBD Limited to engrave the Beacon in the Recreation ground and produce a new roundel to commemorate 75 years since the end of WW2. There will be celebrations all over the country in May. Jim Bidwell gave us some money and we need to use it by end of March. It will all fit in with Simon’s previous excellent work on the village sign and the Beacon. Although the war in Europe finished in May 1945 it actually dragged on until August 1945 in the Far East and due to the number of troops from East Anglia that served there, we should also have a roundel for VJ day.

Residents have claimed a new footpath around the bowling green at Melton Park, previously St Audry’s. The group would like to hear from anyone locally who remembers visiting the Bowling Green and using the path which joins up with Yarmouth Road.

I think it is fitting after all the recent research done by Melton Heritage Group that our WW1 War Memorial has now been listed as a scheduled monument by Historic England. You can visit the memorial in the grounds of St Andrew’s Church where it has stood since 1920.

Melton Good Neighbour Scheme

An email has been sent to people that kindly volunteered to help with the Melton Good Neighbour Scheme. Anyone else wishing to help or would like more information should email meltongns@gmail.com

Land Divestment

In the Melton Messenger for December and February, I reported that news of the land being divested by East Suffolk Council (ESC) to the Parish Council had been well received by the people of Melton and that our precept would rise next year because of the extra woodland maintenance costs. Even with this increase, Melton’s new precept would remain significantly lower than most comparable councils. The solicitors for both MPC and ESC are now engaging with each other and the conveyancing of the parcels of land that are to be transferred this year is now under way. We do understand the huge increase in the responsibilities of the Parish Council but we also see the opportunities they present.

ESC’s proposed budget for 2020/21 explains the bigger picture on land divestment. ESC has an efficiency strategy that includes the transfer of amenity and community assets to Parish and Town Councils. The stated aims are to achieve ongoing savings to the ESC’s budget and strengthen third-tier service delivery. ESC recognises that Parish and Town Councils are often best placed to deliver these services on behalf of their local community and also believes that transferring responsibility for assets not only helps to generate pride in a local area, but often secures a service that might otherwise have been at risk. For 2020/21, around 70 assets have been transferred to local Town and Parish Councils, including Waveney Meadow to Beccles Town Council, a boating lake to Southwold Town Council, allotments to Felixstowe Town Council and Oak Meadow to Kesgrave Town Council plus, of course, the land transferred to Melton.

Melton Spring Clean

We will be doing litter picks in Melton as part of the Great British Spring Clean campaign so please come along on the dates given if you would like to join in:

Sunday 22nd March 10 am-12pm Meet at Melton Riverside car park: Rubbish Walk. To help pick along the river path :(note this is Mothering Sunday). Many volunteers will be most welcome.

Friday 27th March 10:00 am Meet at Honey and Harvey, Riduna Park. Litter picking around St Andrew’s Place/The Street/Station Road.

Sunday 5th April 10am –12pm Meet at Melton playing field
Melton Playing Field, Pick and Play family event – bring your children too.

The long term aim is to do a litter pick once a month with combined help from Transition Woodbridge, Rubbish Walks and local volunteers. Please send an email  Councillor Peter James if you are to support any of these Litter pick events: cllr.james@melton-suffolk-pc.gov.uk