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Home but not Alone - Tel 0800 876 6926
A 7 day 9-5 helpline to help you with any practical issues such as food, mobility.
First Response - Tel: 0808 196 3494  
A 24hr, 7 days a week helpline for those in need of mental health and well being advice 

Citizens Advice Mid Suffolk can give advice on problems at work, help people struggling to pay their bills and work out if people are getting all the financial help they are entitled to.  They are a local charity and their advice is free.  They are open Monday – Thursday 9.30am – 3.30pm and Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm.  People can call them on 01449 676060 or contact them via their website:

If you have any questions please let them know, they are keen to do everything they can to support people in the community during the coronavirus crisis.

NOTICE from UK Power Networks: 105 national number or Report A power Cut

UK Power Networks still runs a Priority Services Register for your constituents who may be more vulnerable in a power cut e.g. older people, those dependent on medical equipment, parents of young children etc. To join, they can call 0800 169 9970, email or apply online at

Hours at Suffolk’s Household Waste Recycling Centres - Find A Recycle Centre

You can recycle a wide range of materials at the Recycling Centres; further details can be found here

Suffolk Police - Call 101 to report a non ugent crime or Report Here

 Contact your Local Area Police - Stowmarket Police

Local Publication - THE LINK

Distributed to each household in the Parish:

LINK (10 times each year, covering Somersham, Flowton, Offton & Willisham). Information of local news, times of church services, details of local clubs, trades people/services/businesses and local events. An electronic version can be viewed on:

Download a map of the Parish HERE.

Bus timetable:
go to:  Offton and Willisham are served by Routes: 111, 111A

Connecting Communities provided by Suffolk On Board - Book a Journey

Local Shops
Somersham Community Shop
Is open from 8am till 6pm Mon-Fri and Saturday mornings from 9am till 1 pm. Shop Number: 01473 833416
They have many staple foods and also local fresh produce, such as milk, eggs, vegetables, bread, and fresh meat, pies, etc. It is run by volunteers, so prices are reasonable. They also offer deliveries to those who cannot come themselves.

Elmsett Post Office Stores ( 01473 658210)
Is open from 7am - 6pm Mon-Fri, till 3:30pm on Sat and 9-12:30pm on Sundays.
The Post Office opening hours will differ and is closed on Sundays.

Alder Carr Farm Shop,Needham Market
sells fruit & vegetables (01449 720820 for details of opening time).

Footpaths & rights of way - Suffolk Highways Public Rights of Way

Local GOVERNMENT Bodies and Contacts:-

The local MP is Daniel Poulter can be contacted through his website Contact & Information

The main council is Suffolk County Council - Contact & Information
Your county councillor is Cllr K Oakes, email

The local District Council is Mid Suffolk - Contact & Information
Your district councillor is Cllr D Pratt, email

The names of all Parish Councillors can be found on village notice boards (Offton has one in Wallow Lane (off the B1078) and one near the Village Hall and Willisham's is located next to the phone box on the Main Road and there is also one in Tye Lane now) and this website.

Local Health
The Country Practice at Needham Market (01449 720666) covers Offton and Willisham.
Contact & Information.

Local Veterinary Practice
The Stowe Veterinary Group (01449 613130) are based in Stowmarket and have a branch surgery at The Mustard Pot, Coddenham Road, Needham Market (01449 722198).

Local Recycling Places
There is a bottle bank at The Limeburners Pub with money raised from this going to the Offton & Willisham village hall. At Somersham there is a bottle bank and a paper bank, whilst at Barking Community Centre there is a bottle, a paper, and a clothing bank.
Community Tips are at Stowmarket and Hadleigh and take all waste including Oil and Metal. These sites also sell ‘green' compost that has been re-cycled from items collected by refuse lorries or left at the tip. Height restrictions apply at the entrances to community tips.

Refuse Collection
This is normally TUESDAY in both villages, alternate weeks for recyclables and ordinary waste, Brown Bins on THURSDAY.
Collection is usually one day later following a bank holiday.

Local Neighbourhood watch
Neighborhood Watch co-ordinators are:
Kelvin Moody, Wheelwrights Cottage, Castle Road, Offton (657518)
Chris Storey, 10 North Acres, Willisham (657864)

Local Pubs

The Limeburners, Offton (658318)
The Red Lion, Gt Bricett (658492) vegetarian cuisine
The Duke of Marlborough, Somersham (831283)
The Fox, Barking (01449 722241)

Schools & Education
All details can be found via Suffolk County Council - School Information

Library Services
Branch Libraries are in Needham Market, Hadleigh and Stowmarket, opening times vary.
Contact & Information
A mobile library visits the villages:-
Details of Stops

The local papers are the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star.
Elmsett P.O/ stores sells morning and evening papers and can take orders but does not deliver.
There is a delivery service for Offton & Willisham, tel: 01473 396328 or email:

Salt Bins
Salt Bins are provided near Willisham Church, in Tye Lane opposite North Acre, Willisham and at the junction of Ipswich Road turning to Offton (near the Limeburners), by St Mary's Close and Castle Lane, and Lower Coney Grove,Offton . This salt is provided for use on the steeper sections of roads in the vicinity of the bins, particularly before these are gritted and to assist highway use and safety generally.

Local Radio
Two stations serve the area:
BBC Radio Suffolk - 103.9 FM or 104.5 FM
HEART – 97.1 FM

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