For the latest advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) please head to the NHS and Government information pages here:
All events at the Nayland Village Hall and Church Hall have been cancelled / postponed until further notice.
With the situation changing rapidly over the past few weeks Community spirit has prevailed in Nayland and Wiston.
There are useful local social media groups which offer interesting and useful information including:
As usual residents of our parish excelled themselves when an appeal was circulated for volunteers to assist those who may become isolated or in need to have a prescription collected, an errand run or some shopping; Their details were included in the Community Times.
Another method being used to help others in these troubled times is for willing volunteers to distribute help postcards to their friends and neighbours offering their help and giving their contact details. It is then up to the recipient to make contact should they wish to do so.
The list of Nayland and Wiston volunteers and sheet of these postcards is here.
On 17th January Chambers Buses announced on their website a consultation on a major reduction of bus service 84 and introduction of a new service 784.
The additional temporary pair of bus stops for the new 784 bus service have now been installed on the A134 on Harpers Hill, Nayland - the South bound stop will be on the lay-by approximately at the end of the gardens of numbers 4 & 5 Harpers Hill. The North bound stop will be diagonally opposite this lay-by further up the hill; alongside the Nags Corner wooden barn near the crossing islands on the A134.
The new timetable for the 84 and 784 service, which takes effect on 30th March, is here. This is currently on hold during COVID-19
The group plan to meet again at the end of April to review usage of buses on this route. This trial timetable will be put up by the bus stops and will be widely circulated in the villages. Details will also be found on the Chambers website.
The effect of government instructions not to travel on the bus company revenue is very serious as volumes of passengers have dropped significantly on this route. The Chief Executive of Go East Anglia has given this statement (17th March):
“Chambers is obliged to proceed with the new timetable from 30th March. We will endeavour to keep peak time journeys running to a school holiday schedule but there may be some planned cancellation of off-peak journeys as a consequence of a collapse in demand or shortage of staff”.
The local authority working alongside its partners and bus companies, has revealed that it is extending its concessionary travel for those with elderly and disabled bus passes as supermarkets make special arrangements for exclusive early morning shopping times for these people.
Suffolk County Council is allowing concessionary travel for those with elderly and disabled bus passes early in the morning (before 9.30am) as the coronavirus epidemic continues.
Previously, concessionary travel did not kick in until 9:30am after the morning rush-hour.
Do keep taking photographs during these troubled times and consider entering them for this popular competition.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the competition will either be postponed until such time that we can have a public display or – what is looking more likely - that the entries will be presented online for residents to choose their favourites for inclusion in the calendar. The decision will be made by mid May. In the meantime, further information and an entry form is available on the calendar webpage
Photographs reflecting any of the 12 months of the year taken in recent years which represent our beautiful parish and our thriving community will be welcome; these may include scenic views, architectural and natural features, street scenes and any seasonal or unusual aspects of the parish. Community events, such as the Fete or Open Gardens and society activities would also be appreciated.
As usual the competition will be open to residents of the Nayland with Wissington parish, and those who work in the parish or are active participants in parish societies/organisations.
A few copies of the 2020 calendar are available to purchase by post. Click here for more details and an order form. The cost is £5, plus £1.30 for p&p. If you have any queries telephone 01206 262807 or email.
Minutes of the AGM held on 2nd March are available here.
Events at the Village Hall and Church Hall are currently suspended.
Further dates and details can be found in the Community Times
The latest issue for April/May is now available here.
The deadline for receipt of copy (subject to space) for the June/July issue is 3pm on 20th May.
There are TWO Public Access Defibrillators now located in Nayland – on the outside wall of Nayland Fire Station and on the outside wall of Nayland Village Hall.
Please familiarise yourself with these locations and let your friends, family and neighbours know too.
Always dial 999 in an emergency, the call handler will know there is a defibrillator nearby and will provide the access code if needed.
‘Minutes matter’ when it comes to a sudden cardiac arrest. Public Access Defibrillators can save vital time whilst waiting for the emergency services to arrive and can dramatically improve a person’s chances of survival when administered within a few minutes.