News & Events


A14 junctions 35 to 39, in both directions - May 23 2022 to June 23 2022


Monday, 16 May 2022


22 May 2022



22 Jun 2022



Received from National Highways 12/05/2022:


"Dear Sir/Madam

UPDATE: A14 junction 35 to 39, in both directions

I write to update you on the essential maintenance work taking place on the A14 around Newmarket between junctions 35 and 39. Work continuing here includes drainage maintenance, bridge works, safety barrier replacement, resurfacing and other maintenance activities. This will ensure the A14 continues to remain in a safe and serviceable condition for all users.

Diversions and Closures

The tables below set out the closure dates and diversion routes for our work and are subject to weather conditions. Diagrams showing the diversion routes can be found attached.

A14 junctions 35 to 39, in both directions:




Diversion   route

A14   eastbound closure between junction 35 and 39 (diagram 2)

Monday   23 May to Tuesday 31 May

Monday   06 June to Friday 10 June

(excludes   weekends, and Jubilee weekend)

9pm   to 4am

A14 eastbound traffic

Traffic   will be diverted from the A14 at junction 35, onto the A1303, A1304 and B1506   before re-joining the A14 at junction 39.

A11 northbound traffic

Traffic   will be diverted from the A11 at Six Mile Bottom, onto the A1304 and B1506   before re-joining A14 at junction 39.

A14   westbound closure between junction 39 and 35 (diagram 2)

Monday   13 June to Thursday 23 June

(excludes   weekends)

9pm   to 4am

A14 westbound traffic

Traffic will be diverted from the A14 at junction 39, onto   the B1506 and A1303 before re-joining A14 at junction 36

A11 southbound traffic

Traffic will be diverted from the A14 at junction 38, to   follow the A1304 before re-joining A11 at Six Mile Bottom.

In relation to the above, outside of the full closures specified, the A14 at junction 37 to 38 will have lane closures in place 24/7 so expect some delays.

How to find out more

To find out more about these and other improvements we’re carrying out on the A14, please visit our dedicated A14 page.

For more information about other improvement work we’re carrying out across the East of England, please visit our roads project page. If you would like more information, please contact us on 0300 123 5000, or by email at info@highwaysengland.co.uk. "

The diversion route maps are attached as jpg.

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Local Jubilee event


Monday, 11 April 2022


4 Jun 2022



4 Jun 2022



Kennett Playing Field, Station Rd, Kennett, Newmarket CB8 7QF, UK

Save this date for our local Kentford and Kennett celebrations for the Jubilee. 

 see link below for details.  

Fun for the whole family

Race Night

Bouncy Slide

Live Band


Face Painting

Food Truck

Entry Fee -Adults £1.50; Children 70p (includes 1 free drink on entry) Tickets in advance at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kentford-and-kennett-jubillee-celebration-tickets-294510848877or at the door

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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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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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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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Expect the first Ghost when the bell tolls One…


16 May 2022, 16:37:11


9 Dec 2021



9 Dec 2021



St Mary the Virgin Church, Kentford, Newmarket CB8 7RB, U

After two rip roaring trips to The Kentford in the summer with Twelfth Night andTreasure Island,       we’re back!  Join us at St Mary the Virgin Church, Kentford at 7.30PM on Thursday 9th December 2021 for our riotous 4-person twist on Charles Dickens’ festive favourite ‘A Christmas Carol’!

Tickets are again Pay What You Decide, but space is limited so book soon! Just click ‘Register’ below to reserve your tickets, or check out our other performances.

We hope you’re able to join us for this Christmas treat for all the family!

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

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


16 May 2022, 16:05:53


26 Sept 2021



31 Mar 2022



Highways England writes: "UPDATE: A14 junctions 35 to 37, in both directions: essential maintenance

I write to update you about the essential maintenance work taking place on the A14 around Newmarket.

Please find the latest closure dates and diversion routes set out in the table and map below:"

A14 westbound between junctions 37 and 35

29 November to 30 November

9pm to   4am

Westbound A14 traffic exit at junction 37 on to the A142,   the A1304 and A1303 to re-join the A14 at junction 36.

A14 eastbound between junctions 35 and 37

8 December to 10 December

9pm to   4am

Eastbound A14 traffic will exit at junction 35 onto the   A1303, the A1304 and A142 to re-join the A14 at junction 37.

Northbound traffic on the A11 will be diverted off the   A11 at Six Mile Bottom onto the A1304 to join the A14 at junction 37.

We have further closures planned as work progresses. We’ll write to you again about these nearer the time. There will continue to be a 24/7 lane closure in place between junctions 37 and junction 38 on the A14 until spring 2022. 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

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.