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There are two Bus Stops in the centre of Badwell Ash and buses need to be hailed to stop on either side of the road. The two stops are The Bus Shelter adjacent to St Mary's Crescent and the Village Hall/Shop near the Defibrillator/green railings. Both venues have newly updated bus timetables on display. 

Suffolk on Board (timetables)

Regular Monday-Saturday Service (operated by Simonds)
Bury St Edmunds - Badwell Ash - Diss 
Market Day Services (operated by Mulleys Motorways)
Stanton - Badwell Ash - Long Thurlow - Ipswich (Tuesdays only) 
Stanton - Badwell Ash - Long Thurlow -Stowmarket (Thursdays only) 


Badwell Ash is served by Mid Suffolk District Council.


Our County Councillor: Andy Mellen (Grn)
Email Andy

Our District Councillor: Richard Winch (Grn)
Email Richard


The nearest Doctors' surgeries are:
Ixworth Surgery, Peddars Close, Ixworth, IP31 2HD Tel:01359 230252
Woolpit Health Centre, Heath Road, Woolpit, IP30 9QU Tel: 01359 240298
The nearest hospital is West Suffolk Hospital, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2QZ Switchboard: 01284 713000


UK Power Networks provide the local power supply. For emergencies and power cut information: 0800 783 8838 or from your mobile 0333 202 2021, or text POWER and your postcode to 80876. www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk

Electric Car Guide

Electric Car Guide is a guidance site for new EV owners. It supports owners with educational guides and resources to help them transition from petrol cars to electric cars.

Flood Awareness

According to the Environment Agency, over 5 million people in England live and work in properties at risk from flooding from rivers or the sea, whilst more face flood threats from groundwater, surface water, sewers and reservoirs. Here is a guide for preparing for a flood and protecting your property. https://www.gocompare.com/home-insurance/limiting-flood-risk-and-damage/


A mobile library comes to Badwell Ash and Long Thurlow every fourth Tuesday. The nearest libraries are Elmswell, Cooks Road, Elmswell, IP30 9BX, Telephone: 01359 240974 (closed Mondays) and Ixworth, Village Hall, High Street, Ixworth, IP31 2HH Telephone: 01359 231493 (closed Mondays). Larger libraries can be found in the main towns.

Member of Parliament

Our MP is Jo Churchill (conservative) 

Website: http://www.jochurchill.org.uk/ 

Email: jo.churchill.mp@parliament.uk

Neighbourhood Watch

There are a few Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in the parish of Badwell Ash, including one in Long Thurlow.


In an emergency DIAL 999.
You should dial 999 when life is threatened or people are injured, or if there is a crime in progress or an immediate police response is necessary.

Badwell Ash is served by Suffolk Police's Stowmarket Safer Neighbourhood Team. (based at Police Station, Violet Hill Rd, Stowmarket, IP14 1NJ. Tel:01473 613888)

As part of the Suffolk Local Policing review 2016, Suffolk police station front counters have closed with the exceptions of Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft stations - which will open to the public from Monday - Friday 9-5 and Saturday 10-6. Officers will still work and patrol from other stations and police will still be available 24/7 via the intercoms provided outside stations. Some counters may on occasion work reduced hours - opening hours can be confirmed by ringing 101. Our nearest Police Station is in the Fire Station on School Road in Elmswell.

Contact Police in an emergency on 999 or on 101 for non-urgent matters.

Email: midsuffcentral.snt@suffolk.pnn.police.uk Website: www.suffolk.police.uk


The nearest railway station is at Elmswell. Trains from this station are on the stopping service between Ipswich and Cambridge. They connect with services to London Liverpool Street at Stowmarket and Ipswich (note: travellers for London from Elmswell are expected to travel via Ipswich, not Cambridge). Elmswell does not have a ticket office - tickets can be purchased on board.
Faster, direct trains to London leave from Stowmarket, which is on direct lines between Liverpool St and Norwich, and Liverpool St and Peterborough. Tickets from Stowmarket must be purchased before boarding the train.

The train operator in East Anglia is Abellio Greater Anglia. Get timetable

Recycling & Rubbish

Mid Suffolk operates an alternate weekly collection scheme, collecting rubbish one week and recycling the next.

The council allocates bin sizes depending on the size of your household. There is an assisted collection service for the elderly and infirm if there is no one in the household able to move bins to the front of the property on collection days.
Find out what you can put in your recycling bin here.
Extra recycling can be put out beside the recycling bin in clear bags, or in authorised clear bags; extra rubbish can only be put out in authorised orange bags by the rubbish bin.
Mid Suffolk Authorised recycling/rubbish/garden waste bags can be bought at Badwell Stores.
You can pay for an additional brown bin service. Otherwise garden waste can be put out on rubbish collection days in authorised green bags.

Badwell Ash's Recycling site for glass, paper and fabric is on private land on The Street near St Mary's Crescent. Please respect the property owner and the neighbours and keep the site tidy.
Recyclable waste including larger items can also be taken to MidSuffolk Council's Household Waste and Recycling Centres. The nearest centres are:
Stowmarket: Old Bury Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1JQ, A1308 (slip road off Eastbound A14) at the north-west side of town
Brome: Eye Industrial Estate, Brome, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7HN On B1077, 2 miles north of Eye
Bury St Edmunds: Fornham Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 1SJ


Suffolk County Council operate a two-tier system in which children move school once at the end of Key Stage 3, at approx age 11.

In December 2013 Badwell's own primary school closed down.

Norton Pre-School offers facilities for children aged 2-4 years and Breakfast and After School Clubs for Norton Primary School children.  We also run a holiday club for children aged 2-11.  We open 07.30 am through to 6.00pm Monday to Friday and we currently have spaces for children at all our sessions. (thenortonps@yahoo.co.uk)

Primary Schools: The catchment primary school for Badwell Ash is Norton CEVC Primary School . This is the school for which free Council School Transport is normally available (see below). Other local primary schools include: Walsham le WillowsStantonElmswell, and Bacton primary schools. Note that Bacton Primary is linked to Stowmarket secondary schools; the others expect to feed into Thurston Community College.

Secondary Schools: Thurston Community College is the current catchment secondary school. Its main school is in Thurston village; its 6th form is at a separate site in Beyton. Ixworth Free School opened in September 2014. There are other available state secondary schools in Bury St Edmunds, Stowupland and Stowmarket which pupils from Badwell Ash have attended.

There are several private primary and secondary schools in the area, and dedicated buses can take pupils to schools further away eg in Ipswich.

The nearest catholic schools are in Bury St Edmunds; St Edmunds Primary SchoolSt Louis Middle School and St Benedicts Catholic School.

Special Schools The nearest state special schools are in Bury St Edmunds.

School Transport: The Council operates dedicated bus services to and from catchment schools. Buses are free for pupils under 8 living at least 2 miles from the school, and for 8-16 year olds living more than 3 miles from the school. Other pupils, and pupils electing to go to out-of-catchment schools, must pay for their own transport.