In normal times Weybread Ladies Club meets on the first Thursday of each month from February through to December. We have a core membership of around 20 with others attending as and when time permits or where there is a particular topic of interest to them. After a busy programme of speakers and trips out in 2019 we were looking forward to another full programme in 2020. However we only managed a couple of meetings before we were overtaken events with the arrival of the pandemic leading to the first lockdown and the closure of the Village Hall, our usual venue, for the foreseeable future. We had our AGM in February at which Jackie Stewart was re-elected Chair/Joint Secretary with Sue Hardy as Treasurer/Joint Secretary. In March our meeting took the form of a social evening but our numbers were down as people were already getting concerned about the virus. At the start of lockdown Jackie had contacted our speakers for later in the year and we had hoped to be able to get up and running again with a limited programme but sadly this was not possible.

During the year we have tried to keep in contact with our members. We very sadly lost one of our founder members, Doreen Hardy, in April after she was taken to hospital following another bad fall. For many years Doreen and her sister Cathie ran the Ladies Club and organised the annual Charity Walk we did in aid of MacMillan Cancer Relief. Later in the year we also learned the sad news of the passing of another of our members, Christine Harper. Christine’s attendance had become less regular following her struggle with dementia but we still remember the trip we made to the Ten Pin Bowling Alley in Lowestoft in 2017. Christine, who had never played bowls before, was the overall winner and it was wonderful to see her delight in her achievement. Both ladies will be very greatly missed by us all.

With the easing of restrictions over the next few months it is hoped we can get as many of our members together as we can for a social evening during the summer and when the Hall opens again we will endeavour to start holding our meetings again and hopefully welcome new members to our small and friendly club.  

Jackie Stewart and Sue Hardy




For your information, SCC are planning to carry out bridge maintenance works along B1116 Weybread and Harleston, as detailed below. The works are programmed to take place between 14 and 18 December 2020. The road will be closed for the duration of the road closure to ensure that they can carry out our works safely.

B1116 Harleston Road, Weybread – From Shotford Road to Withersdale Road
B1116 Shotford Road, Harleston – From Low Road to Harleston Road

For the duration of the road closure, traffic will be diverted via B1116, B1117, B1118, A140, A143, Needham Road, B1116 and vice versa.

As they plan roadworks in advance, they schedule extra days to allow for bad weather or other delays beyond their control. If they need to make major changes to their work dates, they will update the information signs on site.

A plan showing the diversion route for these works can be found by clicking the link below.  When they close the road and put a diversion in place, the route needs to be accessible to vehicles of all shapes and sizes. They make diversions as clear as possible by placing appropriate signing along the route.

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

Households across Weybread will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said. 

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March. 

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations. 

For more information

Warning over scam calls
Police are warning residents to be vigilant to cold callers following incidents across the county.


Officers have received 17 reports on Friday 26 October from residents concerned about cold calls from scammers claiming to be from HMRC.

In most cases, scammers have claimed to be from HMRC stating and that the person is involved in a lawsuit and owes money.

Anyone concerned about incidents should follow this advice:

HMRC Advice

1. Recognise the signs – genuine organisations like banks and HMRC will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, password or bank details.

2. Stay safe – don’t give out private information, reply to text messages, download attachments or click on links in emails you weren’t expecting.

3. Take action – forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to and texts to 60599, or contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to report any suspicious calls or use their online fraud reporting tool.

4. Check GOV.UK for information on how to avoid and report scams and recognise genuine HMRC contact.

5. If you think you have received an HMRC related phishing/bogus email or text message, you can check it against the examples shown in this guide.

Additional advice

·       HMRC will call people about outstanding tax bills, and sometimes use automated messages, however this would include a taxpayer reference number. If uncertain of the caller we would advise customers to hang up and call HMRC directly to check – customers can confirm our call centre numbers on GOV.UK. For tax credits we do not include customer details in any voicemail messages.

·       HMRC Debt management teams do contact members of the public by phone about paying outstanding debts.

·       Calls to and from the majority of HMRC offices will start with the prefix, 0300 or 0345

·       If a customer (or agent) isn’t confident that the call is from HMRC, we will ask them to call back. Depending on the circumstances and to give the customer confidence it is actually HMRC calling, information may be disclosed to the caller which only HMRC is party to.

·       Calls from the majority of HMRC offices will leave caller identification data, i.e. the number the caller has used to contact you from

·       For up to date advice on scam HMRC phone calls, visit GOV.UK –