Cavenham, Suffolk. A tiny village in a beautiful rural setting.

Cavenham has a Parish Meeting rather than Council. It is administered by a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The AGM is held the first Monday after Easter Monday. Risk Assessment and Planning subcommittees meet as necessary.

Next Meeting

To be announced
Cavenham and Lackford Club

Meeting Officers

Secretary: Mrs. Liz Goodman
Tel 01638 750793

Chair: Ralph Brownie
Tel 01638 750720

RFO: Frank Cox
Tel 01638 751162
24 The High Street, Cavenham, Suffolk, IP286DA

Planning Subcommittee Chair: Mr Andrew Jarrett
Tel 01638 642118

District Councillor:
Mrs Rona Burt, 52 High Street, Tuddenham, Tel: 01638 712309

County Councillor
Mr Colin Noble, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk,
Tel: 07545 423795

Member of Parliament
Mr Matthew Hancock, House of Parliament, London SW1A OAA
Tel: 020 7219 7186

Police Commissioner
Your Meeting

The Parish Meeting is responsible for setting the precept. The majority of the village precept supports the Village Green. The precept is one element of the Council Tax householders pay.

The Parish Meeting is consulted on planning applications within the village.

The Meeting Secretary's responsibilities include organising meetings, dealing with correspondence and acting as a point of contact for members of the public and other organisations. He/she may also report highways or rights of way issues. 

Dates of meetings are set well in advance and publicised in the village noticeboard, on the village website and emailed to those parishioners who have given their contact details to the parish secretary.


The Transparency Code for councils was introduced in 2015. The aim of the code is to reduce the administrative burden on smaller councils by removing the requirement for their accounts to be subject to external audit each year, whilst ensuring that residents have access to information about councils and their finances. Unfortunately there is an interim period where parish councils will be subject to external audit (until 2017) and be expected to comply with the new Transparency Code.

Local meetings and councils with an income and expenditure of £25,000 or less must publish the following information by 1st July 2015.

All items of expenditure above £100
End of year accounts
Annual governance statements
Internal audit report
The details of public land and building
Minutes, agendas and meeting papers of formal meetings.


Cavenham Parish is currently known as a "small settlement" whose settlement boundaries are to be removed. The parish will then fall under the category of "Countryside".

When a planning application is submitted to Forest Heath District Council, the Parish Meeting is routinely consulted. Planning applications are discussed at regular meetings, or at a planning meeting. Meetings are advertised on the Parish notice board outside Village Club, by the bus shelter and on the Parish's website.

If the Meeting considers that an application will have an impact on neighbouring properties, it will notify the applicant and neighbours about the meeting and invite them along to discuss the application. This gives officers an opportunity to find out more about the application and how neighbouring residents feel about it. The Council will then decide on its response. If you ever have any queries about planning applications, feel free to contact the Parish Meeting Secretary.

Reporting a Highways problem to Suffolk County Council

Suffolk County Council has a new interactive online reporting tool for highways problems. Click here to go to the Suffolk County Council website and use the interactive tool

If there is a problem which poses an immediate danger to public safety -
- call 0345 606 617
or email

You can report a range of problems including:
* Condition or roads or pavements (including potholes, road gulleys)
* Bridges
* Drainage and flooding
* Rights of way (footpaths and bridleways)
* Highways records
* Snow, ice and gritting
* Grass, hedges, trees and weeds
* Roadworks
* Signs, barriers and bollards