News & Events


West Suffolk Council - Grass Cutting


Friday, 9 July 2021


8 Jul 2021



1 Nov 2021




Message sent to Kentford Parish Council on behalf of Councillor Peter Stevens, Portfolio Holder for Operations

I am writing to you to update you on our grass cutting operations. We are deploying extra resources to catch up and deal with the significant additional growth we have had during this warm and damp period of weather following an unseasonably cold May. 


Also I wanted to highlight that we are developing web pages, an electronic newsletter and social media to keep you and the public better informed about where we intend to be cutting or have cut as well as the understandable caveats which may effect that, such as bad weather. This is evolving as I write but this week’s programme of where we have been and next week’s work programme can be found at:


We will be distributing this information on a regular basis and I hope you will see improvements in how we express and publicise this over the coming days and weeks.

One of those improvements will be that the documents that have the upcoming programme on will be able to be used by yourselves and other organisations as posters or used online if you so wish to.


Best regards

Cllr Peter Stevens

Portfolio Holder for Operations

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UPDATE: A14 junction 37 / A142 bridge: essential maintenance
A14 junctions 33 to 38, in both directions: essential maintenance


Tuesday, 28 September 2021


26 Sep 2021



31 Mar 2022



Highways England writes "to update you on the essential maintenance work taking place on the A14 around Newmarket. We are now moving into our next phase of work for mainline safety barrier and drainage renewals between junctions 33 and 38. We will also be continuing our maintenance work to the junction 37/ A142 bridge. Please find the closure dates and diversion routes detailed below.

We have closely liaised with the local authority to agree the most suitable diversion routes as detailed in the tables below. More closures are planned, and dates will be communicated with you in due course.
We have closely liaised with the local authority to agree the most suitable diversion routes for these closures."

A14 Junction 37/ A142 bridge

A142 Fordham   Road Bridge, full closure (diagram 1) - 1 October

8pm and 6am

A142 southbound traffic – diverted onto the A14 to J38,   joining the A11 northbound to turn around at Red Lodge Bypass, re-join the   A14 at J38 and re-join the A142 at J37.

A142 northbound traffic – diverted onto the A14   westbound to turn around at J35 and exit the A14 eastbound at J37 to re-join   the A142.

A14 westbound   closure at junction 37 (diagram 2)

  • 3        October to 4 October

  • 7        October to 8 October

  • 11        October to 15 October

8pm to 6am

Traffic will be diverted off the A14 via the J37 exit   slip to re-join via the J37 entry slip

A14 junctions 33 to 37 in both directions

A14 eastbound full closure between junctions 33 and 37 (Diagram   3) - 27 September to 15 October (weeknights only)

9pm to 4am

  • Eastbound A14 diverted via        J33 to the A10 Ely Southern Bypass and A142 / Fordham Road before        re-joining the A14 at J37

  • Northbound A11 traffic on the        A11 will be diverted off the A11 at Six Mile Bottom via A1304, to        re-join the A11 at J38

A14 westbound between junctions 37 and 33 (Diagram   3) - 18 October to 22 October (weeknights only)

9pm to 4am

  • Westbound A14 exit at J37        A142, A10 Ely Southern Bypass re-joining at J35

  • Southbound A11 exit at J38,        A1304 returning at Six Mile Bottom.

A14 eastbound between junctions 35 and 39 (Diagram   4) - 24 October to 2 November (excludes 30 and 31 October)

9pm to 4am

  • Eastbound        A14 traffic will exit at J35, travel via the A1303, A1304, B1506 before        joining the A14 at J39

  • Northbound traffic on the A11        will be diverted off the A11 at Six Mile Bottom via A1304, to re-join        the A11 at J38.

A14 westbound between junction 39 to 35 (Diagram   4) - 3 November to 12 November (weeknights only)

9pm to 4am

  • Westbound traffic A14 exit at        J39 on to the B1506, A1304, A1303 joining A14 at J35

  • Southbound A11 traffic exit        at J38, A1304 and re-join A11 at six mile bottom

Following the closures detailed in the above table, we will have a 24/7 lane closure in place from Junction 37 to Junction 38 on the A14 until Spring 2022.

We have another major resurfacing scheme which is due to start in the middle of October on the A14 between Junction 38 and Junction 43. We will be contacting those affected by this work closer to the start of work.

We will be providing further updates regarding these works onto the Highways England website. Please use the following link to see further information about this work: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/east/a14-maintenance-works-junction-33-milton-and-junction-44-horningsea-fen-ditton/

A map of the diversion route is shown in the attached document below.

Update provided by Highways England, East Region Enquiries: EastRegionEnquiries@highwaysengland.co.uk

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Servery and WC facilities in St Mary's church, Bury Road , Kentford


Monday, 27 September 2021


1 Jan 2021




Bury Rd, Kentford, Newmarket CB8, UK



Our aim is to provide the Kentford Community with a place that can be used by local

clubs, groups and organisations as an indoor meeting area to enhance, grow and

encourage the local community spirit as well as providing a more comfortable space

and facilities for those using the Church for worship.

This project gives all those living in Kentford the opportunity of having a local

meeting place that is easily accessible and within easy walking distance.

We will be applying for grants to help with the cost of this project as well as local

fund raising. If you have any experience in either of these tasks or feel you can help

in any way please contact us, we will be very pleased to hear from you - details


Stephen & Barbara Tautz 07756083075

Malcolm Baker 01638 554717

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CoronaVirus Advice


Saturday, 8 May 2021


1 Mar 2020




Kentford, Newmarket CB8, UK


The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus. You can help too. 

Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To protect yourself and others: 

Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.

Bin the tissue and, to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.

This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus. If you have arrived back from China or specified countries within the last 14 days, follow the returning traveller advice. 

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Half Cut Theatre Return!


27 September 2021, 14:50:06


31 Jul 2021



31 Jul 2021



The Kentford Bury Rd, Kentford, Newmarket CB8 7PR

Half Cut Theatre Return!

We really hope you enjoyed our production of ‘Twelfth Night’ in June! We had a wonderful time visiting The Kentford, Newmarket  and we’re absolutely delighted to be returning on Saturday 31st July 2021 at 3pm and 7pm with our swashbuckling adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic ‘Treasure Island’. 

Entrusted with the map to Treasure Island by the drunken Billy Bones, Jim Hawkins is dragged on a journey laced with danger, shocks and pirates at every turn. But he doesn’t have to worry, the ship’s cook will look out for him. On the High Seas, you’ll never find a more trustworthy shipmate than Long John Silver…

We believe theatre is for everyone, so this show will again be free to book and then Pay What You Decide after the performance. You can reserve your places below or through our website.

Please bring your own low-back seating. We'll email all Food and Drink offers closer to the date!

We will be opening up the garden for seating 1 hour prior to the start of the performance. We perform in all but the very worst weathers so please do come equipped with rain coats if there are any ominous grey clouds lurking!

We will be strictly following the latest COVID-19 guidelines for open air events.

The performance will last for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes without an interval.

West Suffolk Hospital - Consultation


27 September 2021, 15:26:53


11 Jul 2021



14 Aug 2021



Preferred Hardwick Manor site

Kentford Parish Council has received the following media release:

Planning application engagement launches for new hospital

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) is launching the first phase of engagement for its proposed hospital site and is inviting members of the local community to share their views.

The Trust is launching two periods of engagement. The first, running from Monday 5 July – Sunday 15 August, will provide opportunities for the public to find out about aspirations for the new hospital, how and why the preferred site of Hardwick Manor has been selected in comparison to the other locations shortlisted, and share comments and feedback.

The second round of engagement will begin in the autumn - once further investigations have been carried out and initial plans developed. The result of these investigations, along with feedback gathered from the engagement, will help shape and formulate the planning application due to be submitted this winter.

Trust chief executive Stephen Dunn said: “This is an exciting opportunity for you to share your thoughts. Hardwick Manor was chosen as our preferred site using a thorough and objective evaluation process, but this decision isn’t final until we have completed all our investigations and received planning permission.

“We consider Hardwick Manor to have a number of benefits, including the fact that we already own the site. It’s next to where the existing hospital is so we can continue to use our newer buildings - such as staff accommodation at the rear of the site and our office building, Quince House. Building the new healthcare facility on Hardwick Manor also means we can continue to be co-located with organisations such as Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, St. Nicholas Hospice and Busy Bees nursery.”

“However, we want to make sure we get this decision right and that everyone's views and thoughts are considered. That is why, whilst technical work is progressing to continue to assess the suitability of the site, we are committed to continuing to work with staff, the local community and patients of West Suffolk Hospital to ensure we listen to as many opinions as possible. Please do share your views by going to one of our planned events in person, online or by visiting our website and completing the online feedback form.”

“The views of our staff, patients and community are important to our Trust. We have been engaging with you, the local community, taking on board your useful comments and views, and your concerns. It is paramount that everyone who wishes to can be involved in this exciting project and have their say.”

A series of COVID secure face to face events have been arranged with a number of measures in place. These include temperature checks, a one-way system, social distancing, a limit on the number of people in the room at any one time and regular cleaning and sanitising of the equipment. The events will provide information about the proposed site have been arranged and members of the community are encouraged to attend.

All events are open 2pm – 8pm on a drop in basis:

12 July -Thetford - The Main Hall at The Charles Burrell Centre, IP24 3LH

14 July - Haverhill - Main Hall at Chalkstone Community Centre, CB9 0JB

15 July – Bury St. Edmunds - The Ballroom at The Athenaeum, IP33 1LU

19 July - Newmarket - Memorial Hall, High Street, CB8 8JP

20 July - Sudbury - Assembly Room at Sudbury Town Hall, CO10 1TL

21 July - Stowmarket - Milton Room at Stowmarket Community Centre, IP14 2BD

Alternatively, a virtual meeting will be held on 13 July 5.30pm - 7pm and can be joined using the following web address  https://www.wsh.nhs.uk/Live-event

For those unable to attend any of the planned events, information about how and why the preferred site has been selected and an online feedback form will be available on the Trust website https://www.wsh.nhs.uk/New-healthcare-facility/  from Monday, 5 July until Sunday, 15 August. To make sure everyone has a chance to share their views and get involved, the online form is compatible with screen readers and the language can be amended.

Hardcopy versions of the feedback form will be posted to those households nearest to the preferred Hardwick Manor site and will be available at face-to-face engagement events. The feedback form is provided with a return freepost address and can be requested in an easy read format. Additional copies and hard copy versions of the information can be requested by writing to the address below or emailing the team at futuresystemprogramme@wsh.nhs.uk;

The Future System Team

Quince House Level 2

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Hardwick Lane

Bury Saint Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

Notes to editors:

In 2020, West Suffolk was confirmed as one of 40 new hospitals across the country which the government has committed to build by 2030 as part of the Health Infrastructure Plan. The funding is to be used to build a new facility replacing the existing West Suffolk Hospital.

More than 20 sites were investigated for suitability with four potential locations shortlisted and investigated by experts including surveyors, planners and highway professionals. Assessed against several criteria, Hardwick Manor was selected as the Trust’s preferred site for the new hospital.

The hospital situated at Hardwick Lane is an ageing site and the buildings based at Hardwick Lane have outlived their projected 30-year lifespan.

For more information, please contact the communications team at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust on: Telephone: 01284 712588 / 01284 712589 | email: media@wsh.nhs.uk

About West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust:
West Suffolk Hospital is an award-winning, vibrant, friendly and accessible hospital on the edge of Bury St Edmunds. With around 430 beds open at one time it serves a population of around 280,000 within 600 square miles. As well as running the hospital, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is joining up NHS care across the area providing many of the community services in West Suffolk.

Visit: www.wsh.nhs.uk | Twitter:@WestSuffolkNHS

Coffee Morning


9 July 2021, 11:04:46


3 Jun 2021



2 Jun 2021



Come and support this event, in the Orchard of The Kentford Pub.



9 July 2021, 11:04:50


5 Jun 2021



5 Jun 2021



The Kentford, Bury Rd, Kentford, Newmarket CB8 7PR

Whether you're a seasoned theatre goer or Shakespeare novice, this 75 minute raucous reimagining of one of the Bard's best loved comedies is a guaranteed winner for all!

Age guidance: 3 to 103

Half Cut Theatre passionately believe that theatre should be available and affordable for everyone so we do not set advance ticket prices but instead operate on a Pay What You Decide model which is exactly as it sounds - reserve your space for free at www.halfcuttheatre.co.uk/book and Pay What You Decide after the performance.

Performances are at 3pm & 7pm and an array of food and drink will be available on the day from The Kentford.

Don't miss this occasion of post lockdown joy - we cannot wait to see you there!

Easter Hunt


8 May 2021, 11:43:12


26 Mar 2021



2 Apr 2021



Kentford, Newmarket CB8, UK

Collect your entry from Kentford stores.  Entry form needs to be handed in on Saturday 3rd April  10-12  outside Kentford Church.