Belstead village is located around 3 miles (5km) south-west of Ipswich town centre, in 2005 it had a population of 190. In 1968 five Iron Age neck ornaments, called Torcs, were discovered by the operator of a mechanical digger in the construction of new housing – for which the driver received £45,000. A year later a sixth torc was discovered by the owner of one of the houses. The torcs are now on display at the British Museum. There are a number of enjoyable walks from the village – one heads across the fields, down to the railway where you cross the tracks and then on up towards Jimmy’s Farm. By taking this route you will pass the proposed location of a giant wind turbine (130 metres high) – currently the focus of a planning battle between the 3 parishes of Belstead, Pinewood and Wherstead and the developers Pfr.
There are a few clubs in the village who make everyone very welcome,pop along and give them a try. Craft Club – Meet in the Village Hall on the second friday of the month at 7.30pm and try to do a different craft every month. Contact Zandra Cobley 730 371 Garden Club – Is held in the village hall on the second Wednesday of the month and has a varied programme of speakers throughout the year. Contact John Hayward 730 384 Bowls Club – Meet in the village hall every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm Contact John Hayward 730384 or David Cobbold 730395
Meetings of the Parish Council are held bi-monthly,generally on the third Wednesday of the month. Meetings are open to the public, who are very welcome to attend Chairman – David Cobbold Clerk – Mrs Samantha Barber 01473 730597