New MP for Waveney Valley - Adrian Ramsay (Green Party)

Please see below for the contact details for Adrian Ramsay, the new MP for Halesworth.

Got the hump with the access road at the former Patrick Stead hospital?

The Town Council are pursuing a line of enquiry with NHS Property Services. An important element of this is demonstrating that users (including patients, staff and transport providers) of the Rayner Green Centre specifically have or are being affected by issues over the access road and footpaths of the former hospital land.

The Town Council are therefore encouraging all affected individuals who use the Rayner Green Centre to write to the PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) Team at East Coast Community Healthcare C.I.C.

By Telephone: 01502 445447

In Writing:

Patient Liaison Team
Hamilton House
Battery Green Road
NR32 1DE

By Email:

If you have previously raised a concern or complaint which related specifically to accessing the Rayner Green Centre but was directed to another organisation which may have included the Town Council, could you please forward this onto the same team via the contact details above.

***Please note this only applies to users accessing the Rayner Green Centre***

We are mindful of and acknowledge the exceptionally large number of individuals who are using the Cutlers Hill Surgery and Pear Tree Centre also experiencing continuing issues. However, NHS Property Services only have an interest in their retained land (Rayner Green Centre) and issues being experienced by their tenant and the provider (ECCH).

We would encourage the support from the affected users of Rayner Green to express their views via the process above.

Projects Update

The Town Council recently held a display in I-Chameleon in the Thoroughfare to showcase some of the upcoming projects.  I-Chameleon was chosen as it would hoped the central location would encorage more people to pop in.  The display boards were also in the windows when the shop was shut so they could be viewed by passers by.

Below are the boards that were on display.  They are also now in the library in an unmanned display on the mezzaine floor.


Annual Parish Event

Halesworth’s New Look Annual Parish Meeting

Every year a Parish or Town must hold an Annual Parish meeting.  It’s not a Town Council meeting but one that the Town Council facilitates to enable electors and residents to discuss things that are important to them.  It’s a chance for the Town Council to also give an update on their plans for the year.  The Annual Parish meeting has always followed the same format, a ‘formal’ (boring...) style meeting with items raised in turn.  Attendance had started to dwindle so the Council thought it might be time to rethink the event…

This year rather than a formal meeting where people take it in turn to speak, we are creating a space for local groups and organisations to showcase their activities.  This includes the Town Council who will have a stand which will include the information that was in I Chameleon.  There will be a bar, food and trade stalls.  Face painting and live music.

There will be a short formal meeting for those who prefer to put their questions forward in this way. Unfortunately, the bar will have to close during this!

This event will take place in the Town Park on Saturday 18th May 4pm – 8.30pm.

There are still spaces for organisations who want to have a presence at the event, it might be a way to increase your membership, make connections with other likeminded individuals or simply raise the awareness of your cause. Email  for more information.

New Brand For Halesworth

Putting Halesworth on the map

The Marketing Project have relaunched the Halesworth town website. The new site retains much of the original content created by volunteers from Halesworth Business Group, but now reflects the new brand and has enhanced functionality. As well such as a dynamic events calendar and search function, it has been created with plenty of room to grow.

To promote all our wonderful, diverse businesses and organisations as well as events and everything the town has to offer, we have launched a new Facebook page - @visithalesworth
And this is only the beginning

By spring, a much more comprehensive version of this website will be unveiled – one which will appeal to residents, visitors and tourists alike – with varied content to encourage people to use the site and showcase all aspects of Halesworth.

We are encouraging all businesses to visit and check your business listing. Please contact the Marketing Coordinator using the form on the contact page  if your business needs to be added or, if it is already listed, and you need a correction.

This will not replace which will continue to provide civic information.

Surviving Winter Appeal

Suffolk Community Foundation's Surviving Winter Appeal helps struggling households with their fuel payments.
If you need help to pay your heating bills this winter, please contact the Surviving Winter team on 01473 298634.
If you are able, you could also consider donating part or all of your Winter Fuel payment. Find out how at

Scarecrow Success!

“Look at this! It’s a King Mario!”
True to Mario’s beloved character and desire to be number 1, he stole the hearts of Halesworth during the annual Scarecrow Fortnight this year. Hetty’s Little Copy Shop won first prize, with Gru
from Number 7 Hair taking second place. In third place was Willie Wonka at HUUS.
The town was buzzing during Scarecrow Fortnight running from 14th to 28th October with so many local businesses and charities taking the opportunity to get creative and involved. Alongside the
scarecrows we ran three treasure trails: pumpkins, ghosts and witches. All three trails were a great success and the winners were delighted with their cash prizes. A special
well done to Chloe the winner of the Pumpkin trail, who has been chosen to switch on the Halesworth Festive Lights on the 18 th November 2023.
In total, we raised £320 for Halesworth Christmas Lights and funded two craft sessions at Purple Pumpkin Creative Studios and a Mad Hatter Tea Party in the library.
“The fortnight was a great success and really engaged the whole community with something for all age groups to do or take part in. We wanted to take the time to say a special thank you to Halesworth Fairies for donating the prize money. And Andy from H.R.G. services for engraving the trophy for free. So, all hail King Mario and we look forward to seeing people’s new creations next
year.” Pauline Milsted, Co-organiser of the Scarecrow Fortnight.


Artist/Project Leader Wanted - Beautiful Bollards Project

If you wish to apply could you let us have your brief suggestions and thoughts on the following questions:
  1. Why you are interested in taking on this project?
  2. What art projects have you worked on up to now?
  3. Have you any experience of working in an outdoor setting or on public art projects?
  4. What approach/materials would you recommend, bearing in mind the shape and location of the bollards?
  5. What is your experience of managing art projects with other participants involved?
  6. How would you go about bringing in volunteers to work on the project and how would you coordinate their work?
We would also like to see some examples of your work, please share some with us in which ever way works best for you.
Please send your information to by the 16th October. The project group will look at all applications and may wish to come back to you for more clarification before deciding whether to invite you for a formal interview. We hope to make a decision by the end of October.
We look forward to hearing from you further.

Bollard Brief

Halesworth Climate Conference - Tickets Now Available!

Tickets available for Friday night at Eventbrite

Tickets available for Saturday at Eventbrite


Halesworth 800 - All the activities, times and places!

Full programme for the day!

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