Great Bealings is a small village in rural Suffolk, in the east
of England, with a population of under 200 families. It lies in
the picturesque and gently rolling landscape around the Rivers Fynn
and Lark, where many footpaths and bridleways take the explorer
through attractive unspoilt countryside.
Our nearest towns are Woodbridge, to the East on the River Deben,
population about 11,000, and Ipswich, the County town of Suffolk
(130,000) to the West. London is about an hour and a half away either
by non stop train from Ipswich or via the A12 if travelling by car.
We are lucky to have a beautiful church and tower, St Mary's, which
dates back to before the Norman invasion, and an active congregation
and Parochial Church Council. We share the services of our Priest-in-Charge,
with three other small churches in the area, Playford, Culpho and
Little Bealings. A mix of Traditional Communion and family friendly
services are held at one of the four parish churches every week,
with Evensong and 8 am communion services in addition. See the Links
page for more...
We are very fortunate to have one of Suffolk's top Primary
Schools in Bealings. With a small school roll of around 100
pupils aged 5-11, Bealings Primary consistently achieves 100% success
for all pupils at Key Stage 2. Their entertaining website is linked
and well worth a visit.
The Parish Council, which sponsors this website, is supporting
the Village Hall Management Committee and their Project Team with
the remodeling of the largely unused sloping playground area and
its outmoded play equipment, behind the village hall.
The initial proposals, distilled from sketch schemes and local
consultation, were originally discussed in detail at a special Joint
Parish Meeting for both Great and Little Bealings parishioners on
Saturday 26 November 2005, at the Village Hall. In only 2 years
since that date, the Project Team have obtained planning permission
and funding, and commissioned contracts for the playing field to
be transformed, into a wonderful facility that will serve several
generations of children in the village for several years to come.
The old sloping play area has been graded and landscaped into two
separate terraces, the John Belstead hard surfaced multi-sports
court is now complete, and new play equipment installed aimed at
varying age groups.
The five-a-side grass football and community area, and a linking
cycle track are the remaining items to complete, and it is hoped
to do these prior to the end of 2007, subject to suitable funding
received in time.
All the minutes from the original joint Parish meeting, and subsequent
meetings held by the various stakeholders and the working groups,
are on the John
Belstead Playing Field page on this site. The playing field
has been named after a much loved resident, keen tennis player,
and active politician in the House of Lords, John Ganzoni, Baron
Belstead, who lived in the Old Rectory Great Bealings, and who gave
the project team a very generous legacy in 2006. Please have a regular
look at this section. To book the court, please follow the link
to the booking