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There are no dedicated Bus Stops in the centre of Badwell Ash and buses need to be hailed to stop. Buses going towards Bury St Edmunds stop at the White Horse Inn sign. Buses for Walsham-le-Willows/ Diss stop near the phone box/ green railings. There is a Bus Stop at St Mary's Crescent, and one in Long Thurlow.
Regular Monday-Saturday Service (operated by Simonds)
Bury St Edmunds - Badwell Ash - Diss Get timetable
Market Day Services (operated by Mulleys Motorways)
Stanton - Badwell Ash - Long Thurlow - Ipswich (Tuesdays only) Get timetable
Stanton - Badwell Ash - Long Thurlow -Stowmarket (Thursdays only) Get timetable
Badwell Ash is served by Mid Suffolk District Council.
Our District Councillor: Richard Meyer (Con)
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
A mobile library comes to Badwell Ash and Long Thurlow every fourth Tuesday. Get timetable. 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
There are 7 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.
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. Check sizes. 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 garden waste 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. See opening hours and acceptable waste here. 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: Rougham Road (U8048), Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 2RN, Off A134 Town side of A14 ie opposite side of A14 to Sainsbury's
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.
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 Willows, Stanton, Elmswell, 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.
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. For more information click here