Village Meeting – Thornham Parva






Welcome to the Thornham Parva Village Meeting’s own page. We hope you find it helpful and informative, and we welcome your questions and comments.

Clerk: Christine Moore          

Chair: Jean Marshall        

Vice chair: Martin Kay          

Treasurer: Peter Gudde        

About our Village Meeting
Thornham Parva has too few voters for the village to have a Parish Council, so we have a Village Meeting.

Parishes, of which there are 10,000 in England, represent the most local level of Government in England – the third tier of local government. A Parish Meeting is the very bottom rung of the local government system, but it is uniquely satisfying to participate in as every voter in the village is a member and can speak and vote.

Parish or village councils raise funds to support their activities. These funds are raised by adding an extra cost, known as a “precept”, to each householder’s Council Tax bill.

Officers are elected at the May Meeting which is also the AGM. The Meeting has limited powers, but recommendations can be made, particularly to the next tier of local government which is Mid Suffolk District Council.

Meetings are held twice a year, at Thornham Village Hall, with our AGM held in May. Details of meetings can be found on this webpage and agendas are also delivered through your door before the meeting.

We receive correspondence which may be useful to residents in the village.  These are regularly posted below.

Power Cut?  Call 105.  On 6th September 2016, a new national phone number “105” will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area.   Key points to note about this service are:

  • Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.
  • 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.
  • 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.

Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.

Planning applications
You  view details and comment on applications search Mid Suffolk District Council planning applications.

Formal consultations
In addition to planning applications, we are invited to comment on other matters.  To view details and comment, please see the latest consultations set out below.

Subject: Call for housing development sites.  Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are undertaking a further call for development sites starting from the date above until 5pm on Friday 26th August 2016.  If you wish to submit land for consideration, please read the Guidance Notes and complete the Site Submission Form available on the Council websites at either  or  . Please note a new site size threshold has been adopted to enable sites of at least 0.25ha, or capable of delivering 5 or more dwellings, to be submitted.

Subject: Healthwatch Suffolk.  Healthwatch Suffolk makes sure that your voice is heard to improve health (NHS) and social care services in Suffolk. It has published its annual report for the year 2015/16, which shows the difference that has been made throughout the year for people using services in the county.  For more information about Healthwatch Suffolk; it’s current projects and most recent outcomes, please visit

Subject: Devolution.  Mid Suffolk District Council has arranged a single follow-up meeting for any Babergh or Mid Suffolk parish council wishing to attend, to take place before the consultation period ends on 23rd August.  This meeting will be held at The Chamberlin Hall, Chamberlin Close, Wattisham Road, Bildeston, Ipswich IP7 7EZ on Thursday 4th August commencing at 10.00am.


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