Capel St Mary Parish Council

Report from the parish council meeting held on Monday 11 January.

Present were Councillors Bishop, Bonfield, Cowgill, Dimond, Fenn, Harris, Hole, Matthews, O’Galligan, Rogers (chairman), Ross, Thomas, Weaver, County Councillor Jones, District Councillor Carpendale and Julie Lawes (the parish council clerk).

The parish council recommended approval to Babergh District Council for planning applications: 20 Bushey Close – Conversion of car port and new roof to garage to provide additional living accommodation; 14 Days Green Erection of a two-storey side extension and single-storey rear extension.

Persimmon Homes are still in negotiations with the landowner. Once complete, development will commence without delay. The East Bergholt Surgery has been approved as a hub to administer Covid-19 vaccinations with this to commence immediately.

The annual parish meeting is to take place Wednesday 24 March at 7.30pm by Zoom. This is a meeting at which all residents are invited to hear reports from your Parish Council Chairman Brian Rogers, County Councillor Gordon Jones and District Councillor Sue Carpendale.

The budget was agreed for the coming financial year with no increase in the Capel St Mary Parish Council section of the Council Tax. Accounts were approved and presented for signing.

Julie Lawes
The next meeting of Capel St Mary Parish Council will be a virtual meeting via Zoom on Monday 8 February. There is an open session at each meeting when members of the public may speak.

The actual minutes of the meeting are available for viewing at the parish council office at 27a The Street, Capel St Mary, which is open on Tuesdays from 10am to noon and from 1-3pm on Fridays.

The parish clerk can be contacted on 01473 314103 during these times. An answerphone operates outside these hours and messages are picked up every day. Alternatively, contact can be made by email to:

GET TO KNOW YOUR PARISH COUNCILLORS: Councillor Stephanie Bonfield

  • Where were you born? Ipswich Hospital
  • How long have you lived in the village? 16 years, I grew up In Leiston and moved to Wenham when I was 16. My father grew up in Bentley and has many family members from the village and surrounding villages. We moved back to his place of birth once I had finished my high school education. I then moved to Capel with my now husband in 2004.
  • How long have you been a parish councillor? Since July 2020.
  • What made you want to become a parish councillor? A want to make our community stay the wonderful place it currently is and the realisation that the village needs representation of all demographics.
  • What do you like most about Capel St Mary? Capel St Mary is a wonderful place to raise a family and in recent times has seen its community togetherness grow immensely. I am most importantly in awe of its diverse character and how when needed it comes together for all.
  • What changes, if any, would you like to see within the village? Improvement in parks/play equipment, the elimination of dog fouling issues, village growth on a safe scale and full community engagement.
  • What is/was your job? I am a team manager for the East of England CO-OP, based in the village.
  • What are your interests or hobbies? In my limited spare time, I am chair of The Villager if the Year Trust, a member of the War Memorial Trust and on of Capel Community Association committee. I also take on walking challenges and have recently finished Lands End to John O’Groats. Next, I plan to challenge the Camino de Santiago, from France to Spain. I love spending time with my family and walking our beloved dog on the various routes around the village.

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