The Parish of Barking has a lot of history, most of it recorded, but there is still more material to be found. There are beautiful ancient buildings, the Churches, many cottages and houses, beautiful ancient woodland and the Tye (the common).
There are many events which are organised by the Barking Community Council and these are advertised in the Four Parishes Newsletter which is delivered to most households in the village. Full details of the recent and forthcoming events can be found by following the link to the relevant page on this website.
The Village Hall is managed and maintained by the Village Hall Management Committee. Full details of the Village Hall and it's facilities can be found by following the link to the relevant page on this website.
The list of clubs and organisations shown on this website draws attention to the many and varied activities taking place in and around the village. All these organisations welcome new members. It is hoped that this website may be of use to all residents in Barking, and especially to newcomers to our community.
Welcome Guide to Barking - New residents may wish to download this
Willisham Road Closure
Telec Networks Ltd is carrying out works on behalf of Openreach to install 1900 metres of duct and 4000 metres of cable. The work is planned to start on 19th February 2018 and will continue for 11 working days. The road will be closed to through traffic from the junction with The Tye and Tye Lane. Access to properties and businesses within the closure will be available subject to on-going operations.
Any questions about the work, call Telec Networks Ltd on 01473 830622
If you know of anyone who may require additional assistance in the event of a power cut and has not already registered on our Priority Service Register (PSR), please let us know through our website or by calling us on 0800 31 63 105 or 0333 32 32 105 if calling from a mobile.
To report any power cuts and damaged lines on free helplines, please refer customers to the following numbers: In the South East call 0800 783 8866 and in the East of England call 0800 783 8838. You can also see www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and follow the company on twitter for updates @ukpowernetworks.
Preparing for a power cut
Below is some advice on how our customers can prepare for a power cut:
Advice from UK Power Networks - February 2014
To report any power cuts and damaged lines on free helplines, please refer customers to the following numbers: In the South East call 0800 783 8866 and in the East of England call 0800 783 8838. You can also see www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and follow the company on twitter for updates.
Are you prepared for power failures, telephone failures and possibly blocked roads?
How long could you manage without the electricity supply or the ability to recieve food d/fuel deliveries and/or get to the shops?
Do you have adequate fuel for open fires or solid fuel stoves?
Check that you have sufficient supplies and that it is stored somewhere dry.
Do you have alternative heating and lighting such as calor gas heaters, candles, gas lamps, torches, lighters or matches?
Do you have bottled gas to cook and bottled water to boil a kettle?
Even to fill up your hot water bottles!
Do you have at least one phone that is not a portable one?
The portable ones will not work without power.
If you have a mobile phone do you have an alternative means of charging it?
Your car perhaps, or even one of those "gadgets"! Remember that the receiving stations may cease working if they are without power for very long.
Do you have a suitable supply of food to keep you going for several days?
A few tins, some dried milk, as well as what you may have in your fridge or freezer - which you should wrap up to keep the cold in!
Do you have warm clothes if there is a loss of power is during the winter?
Keep some warm clothes and blankets nearby.
Do you have medication for at least a week?
Ensure that you have all you prescriptions submitted in plenty of time to guarantee your supplies.
Do you have a battery (or wind up) radio?
So that you have some idea of what is happening from Radio Suffolk, also spare batteries for that and your torches.
Do you have the mobile phone and land-line numbers, of your immediate neighbours, as well as your local parish councillor.
Make sure that your phonebook is up to date with the latest and correct numbers.
Is your water supply safe from frost?
Lagged where exposed or close to an outside wall? Don't forget to turn off the outside tap if loss of supply is during winter!
The Suffolk Walking Festival
The 11th Suffolk Walking Festival launches on Saturday 12th May and is going to the largest festival to date with over 120 events spread across 3 weeks. The Suffolk Walking Festival has come a long way in its 11 years. From small beginnings the event has grown and grown to encompass all of the county with a wide variety of imaginative and creative walks. This year also sees the introduction of the first ever Fringe Festival, a series of activities that are designed to get you close to nature in the very heart of Suffolk's countryside.
The Walking Festival explores every corner of Suffolk, revealing hidden secrets and special gems from the impressive estate of Helmingham Park, to scenes that inspired Constable, to a dragon on a hillside! This year you can experience the Dawn Chorus with bird watching experts, identify wild flowers at Sizewell Belts, and listen out for the earie churring of a Nightjar. Learn all about England's Silk Capital, visit the Home of Horseracing, and get to grips with the Horrible History of Ipswich! We have Nordic Walking, Health Walks and Mindfullness Walks. The Lions Charity even have a Mutt Strutt around Alton Water for 2 and 4 legged walkers - there really is something for everyone!
The Festival launches in the impressive surroundings of St Peter's Hall, home to the world famous St Peter's Brewery. Tickets to attend the launch and all of the 125 events are available from March. More information can be found at www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk with copies of the Festival brochure available from March in your local library and Tourist Information Centre.
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