The parish of Stanton straddles the A143 road roughly midway between Diss and Bury St Edmunds in West Suffolk.
A population of 2,507 (2011 census) residents is well served with village shops including:- Post Office with Newspapers, Cards and more, Bakers Shop, Chip Shop, General Food Store, Ironmongers/Country Store, Hairdressers, Pub, Garages, Two Petrol Stations, A large Garden Centre with shop and cafe, also the Wyken Hall Farmers Markets and Leaping Hare Restaurant.
Educational needs are catered for with an excellent Primary School for the up to 11's- now on the former Blackbourne Middle School site on Upthoepe Road and includes a nursery class, older children are bussed to the upper school at nearby Thurston we also have Ixworth Free School which is a member of the Seckford Foundation Free Schools in Suffolk. Blackbourne Middle School closed in 2014 as part of Suffolk County Council's schools organisation review. Children aged between 2 and 5 years can attend Stanton Pre-School in the School Building.
We also have The Bluebell Children's Centre run by Suffolk County Council which is to remain in Bury Lane.
The village has an active Parish Council which meets on the second Thursday of each month normally in the village hall.
There are three churches, two well used and the third (roofless) that is used for occasional services.
A health centre and two doctor’s surgeries take care of most health needs, West Suffolk hospital is 12 miles away in Bury St Edmunds.
Many Clubs and Groups exist in Stanton, details of some these groups can be found on this site.
Residents are served by regular monthly visits of the Mobile Library. The various Mobile stops are detailed on this site and the dates of these visits will be found in the Steamer What’s on page.
The Public Footpath network covers some seven and a half miles of pleasant walking. There is also a local network of bridleways known as Stanton Rides; details are available from Suffolk County Council. We also now have, thanks to the generosity of local landowners, a few permissive paths which may be walked. The full Stanton footpath guide is available from the Post Office and the Tourist Information Centre in Bury St Edmunds.
Leisure facilities include a large (14 acre) recreation ground mainly used for football, a multi-sport play area, tennis court, concrete skate park, 'pocket park' and new in July 2016 a large children’s play area. The improved Village Hall is also situated on the recreation ground as are the public toilets and the recycling centre where glass, textiles and newspaper can be placed in the large bins provided.
The Stanton Steamer is the village monthly magazine, distributed free to over 1,300 homes in the parish. Incorporated in the magazine is the 'What’s On' in Stanton page, a diary for regular and other events in the coming months. The Stanton Steamer Group produces the magazine. The name for the village magazine was chosen because of the activities of the former village agricultural engineers and contractors who used and overhauled steam traction engines amongst many other things.
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