St Mary's churchyard is the responsibility of the Parish Council. Everyone in Coddenham, and our many visitors, know how special it is, and this year we have had two experts praising the churchyard.
Ecologist George Peterken contacted Suffolk Wildlife Trust, following a two week visit to the area, to say he is full of praise for what he saw at Coddenham, he sites it as "the best in his fortnight’s visit". In fact, he puts it in a national "100 best churchyards, not just for the wealth of flowers but also for the obvious interest in managing for them".
Also Martin Sanford from Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service, who advises us on flora in the churchyard, contacted us recently to say:
"I happened to stop at Coddenham for lunch today and just wanted to let you know the churchyard looks magnificent. It is a credit to the village and you should be very proud to have kept it in such splendid condition."
The churchyard is a credit to all the volunteers over many decades who have made it what it is today. The Parish Council particularly wish to thank Cllr John Peecock for his continued hard work.
The 2021 Coddenham Annual Parish Meeting was held on the 6th May and three parishioners raised concerns about plans to address safety and congestion issues in the High Street and the possible impact on the village shop and residents parking.
The Parish Council were grateful to the parishioners that attended and raised these concerns. If there has been a misunderstanding, the Parish Council wish to make this statement to clarify the situation as follows:
There are no plans to change the parking or the road markings in front of or opposite the village shop.
There are no plans to change the parking or road markings in the High Street (other than Crown Corner) or anywhere else in Coddenham.
In response to a number of potential public safety issues the Parish Council has requested Suffolk County Council (SCC) to consider a small section of double yellow lines on the inside of Crown Corner.
Any changes of this nature are complicated and will require public consultation. The Parish Council will communicate details in the future once Suffolk County Council Highways have completed their surveys and if Council Leader Matthew Hicks has agreed to fund further progress.
Matthew Hicks has agreed that SCC funding of white line painting will include the repainting of all existing white lines in Coddenham village.
If you come across any local issues, please report them. Issues other than roads and grit bins can be reported directly to the District Council. This includes a wide range of issues including anti-social behaviour, graffiti, flooding, alleged breaches of planning, abandoned vehicles and even dead animals. To do this please visit the Mid-Suffolk District Council Reporting website. If the issue relates to the roads/highways then you can report it directly to Suffolk County Council Highways team. This includes any problems with blocked drains, flooding, heavy goods vehicle incidents, grass cutting, signs, road markings, potholes, pavement defects, public right of ways, street lighting, trees or hedges that affect the highway and more. Please visit the Suffolk County Council Highways website. If you discover a grit bin that has run out of grit please contact the Parish Clerk because Suffolk County Council only refill bins if it is reported by a Parish Council.
Coddenham was the largest settlement in Suffolk during the Roman occupation of Britain. Situated on the B1078, 2 miles to the east of the A140 and 8 miles to the North of Ipswich in the heart of Mid Suffolk.
This website provides information about the formal business of the Parish Council. This includes a record of meetings, details of Councillors and the work they do, Parish Council newsletters, links to public consultations and an events calendar showing future meeting dates and other local events.
Coddenham has a wide range of local community groups, including St Marys Church, a Community Shop, a Community Centre for sports and leisure, a History Club and a Country Club for drinks and events. Please click on Community Links to find out more.
Information about the Coddenham Community Response Group, can be found on the Coddenham Community Response Group Link Page