The Community Centre is now closed. The Trustees will be constantly reviewing the situation and will make a decision based on Government advice.

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Organisations Offering Help

July 29, 2020

Times of availability can vary during the Covid crisis

Citizens Advice Diss 03444 111 444 or email
Anxiety UK 03444 775 444 Monday – Friday 9.30am – 10pm Saturday Sunday 10am- 8pm
No Panic for people struggling with panic attacks and OCD 0844 967 4848 10am -10pm
CALM for men 15 -35 living miserably 0800 585858 www.the Alcoholics anonymous 0800 9177 650
Narcotics Anonymous 0300 999 1212 10 am – midnight


National Gambling Helpline


Cruse Bereavement Care

Silver line 0800 4 708090
Child line 08001111 24 hour helpline
0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child 24 hour helpline
Domestic Abuse 08082000247
Samaritans Samaritans .org 116123 24hour helpline
Mind 0300 123 3393 Monday to Friday 9 am – 6pm
Beat ... eating disorders 0808 801 0677 [adults] 0808 801 0711 [under 18’s ] SANE Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by men- tal illness, their families and carers
SANE line 0300 304 7000 [ daily 4.30pm – 10.30 pm ] textcare: via text mes- sage

Palgrave Community Response to Coronavirus Crisis 

March 25, 2020

Palgrave has mobilised a group of Volunteers from in and around our Parish...


A group of people from different organisations from around the Parish, has been formed to help people in and around Palgrave: whether it’s those who are self-isolating, or those who are struggling to obtain essential supplies or medication, or anyone else who might need something we can help with!  This group is being co-ordinated by Sharon Cousins-Clarke.  

To contact Sharon click here

COVID-19 : PCS : 

The Palgrave Community Support group to coordinate support to Palgrave village during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 outbreak has been set up. The group is comprised of representatives of the Parish Council, the PDCC, Neighbourhood Watch and others in the community. 

 The aims of the Palgrave Community Support group are

:• coordination of the many volunteers - several people have kindly offered their services and we are keen to expand our pool of volunteers. If you feel able to help either by being a first point of contact, or by assisting with tasks such as shopping or by giving neighbourly support over the phone, please contact Sharon on

• we have door knocked every household in the parish to determine who needs support. This is now followed up with a contact card to those identified vulnerable people, which is being distributed through the letterbox. If you haven’t received one and are classified as vulnerable, please contact Sharon on or call on 01379 309401

Where to go for information and advice: We will add links to useful websites on the Parish Council website/ Coronavirus page  as and when we have them;

To view our up to date content please click on this link 

Identification of vulnerable people in the village

March 24, 2020

Thanks to our fantastic volunteer door knockers we are well on the way to identifying almost all of the “vulnerable” people in Palgrave, although we haven’t quite finished the door knocking! Now we are getting ready to move to the next stage of our emergency plan.


To do this we need volunteers willing to post a note detailing telephone numbers that people should phone for help with specific tasks. A number of volunteers previously let the Parish Council know that they would be happy to post offers of support through their neighbour’s doors. If you are one of these volunteers and are prepared to offer support to your vulnerable neighbours in this way, please email Sharon ( and let her know the road you live in. She will allocate you no more than 10 addresses each.


Please don’t feel that you have to do this, it is a big ask, we know. Sharon will be receiving print outs of the note found here, if you are happy to be the point of contact can  you to fill in your details (when you receive the print-outs, unless you have your own printer and can print your own) and post them through the doors of the vulnerable people identified in your area.


This activity is allowed during the lockdown period as it comes under the heading “supporting vulnerable people”.


Please let Sharon know as soon as possible if you can help. The situation has escalated very quickly because of the lockdown and we have a number of people who are vulnerable because of age or health conditions – we need to ensure that everyone of them feels supported in these difficult times. At the moment the vast majority of them don’t need help but they do need to know there is someone there for them if and when they need it.

Operation Door knock!

March 20, 2020


The PDCC, Neighbourhood Watch and the Parish Council have collectively formed a task group to help our village to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic by identifying people in the village who are vulnerable in some way, either because of age, or underlying health conditions etc.

To do this we have divided the village up into small areas and have got volunteers to identify villagers who are vulnerable.

These volunteers will be out and about this weekend, knocking on doors to identify vulnerable people who may need support over the coming weeks.


If anybody has any queries, please phone Sharon Cousins-Clarke from the Parish Council who will be happy to answer any questions or concerns. She can be reached on 01379 309401

Palgrave Emergency Plan

March 18, 2020

The Parish Council are preparing a plan to provide a village-wide response to Covid-19 in Palgrave. This will be part of the Village Emergency Plan.

To deal with the immediate emergency of the Coronavirus, our objective is to put in place structures to support the community over the coming months.


The plan has 4 main elements:

1.The Parish Council will co-ordinate responses via the clerk and Cllr Cousins-Clarke with the help of other community bodies. 

2. We are establishing neighbourhood 'cocoon' groups across the village. These will be composed of up to 25 households. The idea is that neighbours can support each other making sure that nobody is left isolated and without support, food or medical care. Communication within the cocoons can be done by telephone, internet of just shouting over the fence!

We must look after each other.

3. We will cluster the cocoons into areas - the village will be divided into a number of administrative areas. Each will have an area co-ordinator. They will link to the co-ordination team (clerk and a.n.others still to be nominated) and will allow us to pass information up and down the structure ensuring support is directed where it is needed. 

4. If necessary, we will establish a capability to supply food and medical supplies through the cocoon / area co-ordinators as it is found to be necessary.

We will work with the Church and other community groups to ensure that there is social and spiritual support for residents. Using telephones and social media will help provide support to the community.


We need you to complete the survey as a matter or urgency within the link below so we can coordinate the responses. 

We need you to volunteer as an area co-ordinator or Neighbourhood cocoon organiser.

We need you to volunteer as a possible deliverer of food / medical supplies.

Take care of yourself and our neighbours.

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Latest News on COVID-19 and how it affects you in Palgrave


Help needed to clear up for the wildflower area- 8th August 1000-1300

As most are aware there is an ongoing project to convert the perimeters of the Playing Field into wildflower meadows.

Although the Trustees are supporting this initiative both with time and money, it is important to emphasise that this is not a PDCC only project and it is for the benefit of the whole village.

The establishment of a wildflower meadow will offer a diverse, and exceptionally attractive habitat. The plant diversity will attract insects and other invertebrates (including butterflies, bees, spiders and millipedes), birds and mammals and the flowering species will add a changing palate of colour to our local environment throughout the seasons, for the pleasure of young and old alike. The photo above shows what this area could look like in a few years. We envisage that the area will be accessible to all, and there will be opportunities for education and recreation (ranging from nature studies to art lessons).

Due to the restrictions imposed by the Pandemic, preparatory work had to stop for 4 months. However, we have recently been able to clear most of the piles of green waste generated in the early spring and now need to tidy up what remains.
We will need to transfer the waste to the northern side of the playing field in preparation for burning later in the year and as such we are asking for volunteers, complete with rakes and wheelbarrows to be on site on the 8th August from 1000-1300 to help the working party with this task. The more people we can get the quicker and easier this can be done, so we are relying on getting some good support.

Once we get this done, we will be able to mechanically clear the regrown brambles and nettles and then dig over the ground ready for cultivation in the spring and summer of 2021 and planting of seeds in the autumn.

If you feel you could spare a couple of hours (or more) and bring along your wheelbarrow and rake, please email Phil on Thank you for your support!


Cara Phillips has been up at the crack of dawn over the last weeks and managed to get some stunning pictures of hares in local fields off Millway Lane.

Click on the link below to see here wonderful compositions.

What Children Have Been Up To

We've had a request to put up photos of what the children of the village have been doing under lockdown.

Here is a photo of Thomas Cooke who has been very busy with his lego.

If you have any photos you would like to see on this page- please send to

Happy 90th Birthday to Jean Thorndyke

On Sunday 26th, over 30 friends and family of Jean Thorndyke gathered (at a safe distance) outside her house on the Green to sing Happy Birthday and give her a well-deserved round of applause.

It was great to see Jean looking so well and surprised at the gathering.

Palgrave Star


Thanks to Jane Mcclintock and additional volunteers we are now in a position to deliver hard copies of the Star to all residents we also will be publishing an electronic copy as normal, on the website.


We intend to keep going with the Star and welcome any news, stories or articles that you would like us to share to residents to help get them through these difficult times.

Please contact the editor on 


We will also be utilising the website to broadcast updates to the village on the Covid19 outbreak and what is being organised locally to help and assist residents, in partnership with the Parish Council.

Palgrave Wildflower Project

The Trustees of the Palgrave and District Community Centre have taken the decision to do what they can to bring the natural world that little bit closer to inhabitants whilst at the same time both reducing our carbon footprint and furthering our general sustainability. This will involve opening up those areas of the playing-field that over the years have become lost to scrub and brambles, by planting a collection of grass and wildflower seeds to create a species-rich habitat that may in time encourage invertebrate life for all ages to investigate and enjoy. A lot of groundwork has been completed this winter, with the brambles and scrub being cut down by tractor-mounted flail in November.

A small band of volunteers is now clearing the site to remove the debris in preparation for further mechanical cultivation in the summer. The seedbed will then be prepared and seed applied by hand or by the use of a pedestrianised seed & fertiliser spreader. Our aim is to complete this stage of the process by mid-September. The areas can then be left to establish and consolidate through the autumn and winter.

The establishment of a wildflower meadow will take some years, but it will offer a diverse and exceptionally attractive habitat. Plant diversity attracts insects and other invertebrates (including butterflies, bees, spiders and millipedes), birds and mammals and the flowering species will add a changing palate of colour to our local environment throughout the seasons, for the pleasure of young and old alike.

The project is being managed by a small working group reporting to the Trustees. However we want more people, both in the village and the surrounding area to get involved. We believe that active involvement of the local community in managing the site will encourage ownership values to be fostered. Opportunities for education and recreation abound (ranging from nature studies to art lessons), and although designated areas for seeding have been chosen, we are encouraging the community to get involved in a variety of activities to actively help with the ongoing design, planning and management of the site as we progress.

If you would like to get involved in any small way, either preparing the site over the spring and summer or giving input into the future design and management as the project moves forward, then the Working Group would love to talk to you. You can contact Phil Dyer at or Ian McClintock at for more information. We will be keeping everyone up to date on progress through The Star and on the web at

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January 2019

Comment from a recent presenter:

"It was a pleasure to have such a responsive bunch- you're doing a great job keeping events happening in little ole Palgrave!  The screen and projection is something else for a village hall"

March 2016

"I was really surprised at how well equipped the hall was with cleaning supplies, we'll definitely use you again and will recommend you to our friends in the future.The girls are both over the moon with how successful their party was, thank you for letting us use your lovely hall"

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