Framlingham Town. The official website for Framlingham Suffolk UK2020-04-02T16:17:54+01:00

Please check your neighbours to see if they are ok – respecting social distancing


New Volunteer Info

New information for volunteers now available from the Volunteers / Cocoons pages


Donations to support the Hour Community’s work in this time of exceptional need can be made on their website

Free School Meal Update2020-04-01T21:51:28+01:00

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, we are receiving a very high volume of applications and emails regarding free school meals.

We are processing these as quickly as possible and your patience is greatly appreciated. Please read the following information which may answer your questions:


Income Related Free School Meals

You must be in receipt of income related free school meals in order to qualify for a free school meal whilst the schools are closed due to the Coronavirus crisis. If you are already in receipt of free school meals, you do not need to apply again as nothing has changed, and your child will remain eligible until March 2024.


Universal Infant Free School Meals

If you are in receipt of Universal Infant Free School Meals only, you will not be entitled to a meal during this crisis. If you believe you are eligible for a free school meal due to low income please apply at www.suffolk.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.


Universal Credits

If your circumstances have recently changed and you have applied for Universal Credits in recent weeks, please understand that we are unable to process your application until the Department for Education confirms that you are eligible, normally this can take up to six weeks and may take longer due to current circumstances.  Be assured we check applications waiting to be confirmed daily and will be in touch as soon as you are eligible for free school meals. We will advise your child’s school immediately.

Packed Lunches or Hot Meals

Some schools are providing packed lunches or hot meals instead of the vouchers currently being provided by the government.  Please contact your school directly about this, do NOT contact us, as only your school will be able to advise which option they are offering.  

Please see the government guidance at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers


Home But Not Alone Volunteer Scheme

If you are self-isolating and unable to leave home, you may find the Home But Not Alone volunteer scheme useful to connect you with community volunteers to collect supplies for you.

For further information please see www.suffolk.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/council-news/show/home-but-not-alone

We are all doing our best in very challenging circumstances – thank you for your patience and understanding.

All non-vital shops closed2020-03-23T22:22:42+00:00

All shops selling “non-essential” goods will be closed, as will a range of public spaces and venues.

This covers:

  • Stores selling clothing and electronic stores
  • Hair, beauty and nail salons
  • Libraries, community centres and youth centres
  • Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and sports courts
  • Places of worship
  • Outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets
  • Bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities
  • Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for
    commercial/leisure use. This excludes permanent residents and key workers.

Public gatherings of more than two people are banned.

There are two exceptions to this, according to the government’s guidance:

  • Where the gathering is of a group of people who live together. For example, this means a parent can take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home
  • Where it is essential for work purposes. The guidance states that workers should try to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.

All social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, are also be banned – but funerals can go ahead with immediate members of family in attendance.

Parks will stay open for exercise, but gatherings there will be dispersed.

Framlingham now in “Lockdown”2020-03-23T23:10:20+00:00

Effective immediately, the government says you can go outside only for “very limited purposes”:

  • Shopping for basics necessities like food and medicine, with Downing Street saying you should do this “as infrequently as possible” and use food delivery services “where you can”
  • One form of exercise a day, such as a run, walk or cycle. This can be done alone or with members of your household
  • Any medical need, to give care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only if this is “absolutely necessary” and cannot be done from home

“These four reasons are exceptions,” the government’s latest guidance says.

“Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2m (6.5ft) apart from anyone outside of your household.”

Framlingham’s Response Plan to Covid-192020-03-26T23:10:57+00:00

The Town Council have prepared a plan to provide a town-wide response to Covid-19 in Framlingham. Our objective is to put in place structures to support the community over the coming months.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ITEM

Download the Response Plan

Helpful Numbers

People needing food & medicines deliveries should firstly ask their
Neighbourhood Cocoon Volunteer
Or they can contact the Hour Community on 01728 440511

For non-emergency NHS issues phone 111
For emergencies phone 999

People suffering from anxiety/worries can phone the Worry Tree on 01728 400533

For Social Care / Personal Care issues phone the residents Care Provider first
If that fails contact Customer First at Suffolk County Council:
Email – customer.first@suffolk.gov.uk
Only call if it is a social care crisis:
Phone ref adults – 0800 917 1109
Phone ref children – 0808 800 4005


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