Kesgrave Town Council
Kesgrave Town Council is an elected body in the first tier of local government. Other tiers (District and County Councils) have many legal duties to deliver services such as education, housing, town and country planning, transport, environmental health and social services. Local councils have the legal power to take action, but they have very few duties and greater freedom to choose what action to take.
They play a vital part in representing the interests of the communities they serve and improving the quality of life and the local environment. Furthermore they influence other decision makers and can, in many cases, deliver services to meet local needs.
Kesgrave Council currently has or runs:
- A Council Office completed in 1993 and situated in Ferguson Way
- A community building for hire - the Millennium Jubliee Hall
- A monthly market
- A weekly youth club (Tue and Thu terms times)
- Own public open space and play equipment notabily Oak Meadow, Cedarwood Green and Legion Green. It also leases the Millennium Sports Ground.
It also owns other assets like seats, benches, signs, notice boards, some lighting, parts of a cemetry etc. A full asset list can be found on the Town Council website - click <here>.
Contact details and opening hours
- Monday - 9.00am to 1.00pm
- Tuesday - 9.00am to 1.00pm
- Wednesday - 9.00am to 3.00pm
- Thursday - Closed
- Friday - 9.00am to 1.00pm
- Saturday - Close
- Sunday - Closed
Residents are welcome to call with their queries.
Address: Kesgrave Town Council Office, Ferguson Way, Kesgrave, Suffolk IP5 2FZ
Tel: 01473 625179
Councillors, Committees, Meetings and Council Representatives
Details of Kesgrave Town Council can be found on the Town Council Website
Our District Councillors are:
Our County Councillors are:
Our MP is:
- Central Suffolk and North Ipswich - Dan Poulter
- Eastern Region - 7 listed here
Most Town Council meetings are held on Monday evenings. Dates for these can be found on the Town Council website.
Agendas are posted for Council meetings in all Council notice boards and on their website one week in advance of meetings. A copy of the agenda is also available for viewing at Kesgrave Library. Committee meeting agenda's are displayed in the Council office notice board and website only.
Annual Town Meeting (ATM)
The Annual Town Meeting is usually held towards the end of March at 7.15pm (previous to 2010 it used to be mid May).
The meeting is chaired by the Town Council Chairman and presents an opportunity for residents to meet the Town Councillors. District and County Councillors are also invited.
An Annual Town Report is presented by the Chairman and reports are made on behalf of organisations within Kesgrave. There is also an opportunity for the public to ask questions of the Town Council.
So please do go along, meet your Town Council members, and give your views on Kesgrave.
The Annual Town Report, financial statements and organisational reports can be found on the Town Council website - <here>.
Town Council Notice Boards
Notice boards can be found at the following locations:
- Bell Lane grass triangle
- Cedarwood School
- Council Offices, Ferguson Way
- Dobbs Lane at the Main Road junction
- Fentons Way, junction with Ropes Drive East
- Main Road, just east of fish and chip shop
- Penzance Road Post Office
- Rupert Fison Centre
They are used to post Meeting Agendas, Town Council information and also contain a local map which includes road names.
Organisations are also welcome to display posters for events etc in them. If you would like to do this then please contact the Town Council Office.
Neighbouring Councils and Higher Tiers
- Brightwell, Foxhall & Purdis Farm
- Great Bealings
- Grundisburgh and Culpho
- Ipswich Borough
- Little Bealings
- Rushmere St Andrew
- East Suffolk - Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Council
- Suffolk County Council
- Gov UK
- European Union
Kesgrave Town Guide
The Kesgrave Town Guide provides a valuable reference for both new and established residents for everything that goes on in our town. It can be found at: kesgravetownguide.co.uk. There is also a paper version available from the Town Council Offices.
Kesgrave Neighbourhood Plan
The Neighbourhood Plan 2018 - 2036 for Kesgrave Town was compiled by the community through the Kesgrave Neighbourhood Plan Sub-committee (KNPS).
Once adopted, it is intended that it will form the development plan for Kesgrave alongside the District Local Plan.
The plan and supporting documents establish a vision for the future of our town and set out how it will be realised through planning and controlling land use and development over the next 17 years. It has been in progress since 2017 with input from organisations, via public meetings, etc.
It is now ready to go to referendum which due to Covid won't happen until at least 6th May 2021.
Details of the plan and the latest neighbourhood plan can be found here - https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/planning/neighbourhood-planning/neighbourhood-plans-in-the-area/kesgrave-neighbourhood-plan/
Lawn Cemetery and Garden of Remembrance
The lawn cemetery located at All Saints Church is a peaceful and attractive area. It was purchased by the Kesgrave Council in 1974 and is now effectively full up apart from a scattering of ashes area. There are no spare plots.
The lynch gate came from the entrance from All Saints Church.
In 2010 a Scattering of Ashes Area was opened in the cemetery to make best use of the remaining land available.
The new cemetery in Kesgrave has been open since late 2012 and provides burial grounds restricted to residents from the parish of Kesgrave immediately prior to their death, or those from Kesgrave who have been living in residential care or a nursing home. The cemetery is owned and managed by a charitable trust, and is located in Doctor Watsons Lane IP5 1BL.
The right of burial can be purchased in advance which will permit future use of a burial plot in the new cemetery, and can be advantageous if a move away from Kesgrave is a possibility.
The new cemetery has a website from where the current rules and regulations can be downloaded, along with an application form for the advance purchase of the right of burial. The website address is www.askesgrave.org/newcemetery.htm. The cemetery administrator can be contacted directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The existing churchyard, within the grounds of All Saints Church, is closed for burials. It is maintained by Suffolk Coastal District Council and is also the home to a wild flower conservation area.
Kesgrave Town Council organise a number of Community Events througout the year.
Fun Day (June)
Senior Citizens Outing (August)
Tradionally this outing saw buses depart from Kesgrave, usually around lunch time, undertake a mystery tour around the area and return to the Community Centre or Kesgrave Scout Hall late afternoon for refreshments. In previous years visits have been via Saxmundham, Framlingham and Felixstowe with aound 8o people taking part.
Since 2016 the event has been an outing to The Hut Felixstowe for bingo and Fish and Chip dinner.
The event is open to all senior citizens in Kesgrave and is advertised in the local magazines. Residents should complete an attendance form and return by the date stated on the form with any remittance required.
Remembrance Day (Nov 11)
Each year there is an open invitation for anyone to join the Town Council and members of The Royal British Legion to keep The Silence at 11.00am on 11th November. All of the local schools take part. This civic ceremony takes place at the War Memorial on Legion Green.
A whistle is blown to mark the beginning and end of the Two Minute Silence, followed by the laying of wreaths and a Minister delivering a short prayer. This is then followed be freshments served in the Fred Upson Hall or squash and biscuits for the school children and Town Council Office.
Please join us if you can on this day and reflect on the many lives of service men and women who have been lost in conflicts throughout the world.
Remembrance Beacon (Nov)
Christmas Tree Light Ceremony
In 2007 the Town Council had a Christmas tree erected on Rupert Fison Square and following all the positive comments has continued providing a tree ever since.
In addition, in 2008 it was decided to celebrate the beginning of the festive season by extending the event to children and now begins with the official switching-on ceremony of the Christmas tree lights, followed by a selection of carols and music from the young people of Kesgrave drawn from those who attend the local schools and organisations.
The event usually takes place on the last Friday in November from 6.00pm until approximately 7.00pm on Rupert Fison Square outside the Scout Hall. Light refreshments are usually available before and after the event. There is no restriction on who may attend and we hope many of you will be able to join this Children's Christmas Evening community celebration.
Ice Skating Ring (November/December)
Run the Saturday and Sunday after the Christmas Tree Light switch on at the Rupert Fison Centre square. Usually run from 10:30am-17:30pm on the Saturday and 10:30am-3:30pm on the Sunday. The day is divided into half our sessions at £2.50 per person. The event is aimed at young people and their families. There is no booking necessary just turn up.
Evening Of Reflection (December)
The Town Council organises an Evening of Reflection every year just before Christmas. It is a short ceremony to reflect upon those special family and friends who are no longer with us. The event is usually held on Legion Green which is the Public Open Space to the south of All Saints Church car park off Ropes Drive West. Over the last few years we have upwards of 60 people attend.
There are no restrictions on who can attend or who can be remembered. As part of the ceremony, for those who wish to do so, a gold coloured star can be purchased and a dedication to a lost loved one inscribed upon it or you can make your own star using a template available from the Council website or office. The stars are displayed and remain as an act of remembrance over the Christmas period. Kesgrave Scout Group usually kindly agreed to serve complimentary refreshments at the service.
The stars are usually available in November from the Council Office, the 2nd Stop Charity Shop and Penzance Road Post Office in Kesgrave.
Exact arrangements are published in the local magazines and the Town Council website at the appropriate time.