Stowmarket March’19

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, along with Ipswich Borough Council have launched MyAccount, an online portal which provides residents and businesses with paperless bills, 24-hour account access and more.

The new MyAccount portal enables customers to view bills, reminders and notices, apply for discounts, and update personal details without leaving the comfort of their own home or workplace. Users who sign up can access the portal’s latest paperless eBilling feature, allowing them to view Council Tax and or Business Rates bills online. Other platform features include being able to check balances, view received payments and due installments, see updates on housing benefit and council tax reduction claims, set up or amend direct debits, search for a council tax band and apply for discounts and exemptions.

The councils are encouraging residents and businesses across the districts and borough to make the environment-saving switch. Cllr Derrick Haley, Chair of the Shared Revenues Partnership Joint Committee, said:“It’s good news that we’ve been able to launch this new MyAccount portal making it easier for our residents and businesses to view their account online.“Not everyone has time to access our customer services during their working day, so this enables individuals to make changes and view documents at a time that works for them.”For more information, and to register to visit the councils’ websites.

Town grant brings Brahms to Stowmarket!

Local choral society Stowmarket Chorale was delighted recently to receive news of the success of their grant application to Stowmarket Town Council. The £500 grant will help fund the Chorale’s concert of Brahms’ popular Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer and pieces by Purcell and Britten. It will take place on Saturday 30 March, at 7.30, at the United Reformed Church, Stowmarket –tickets are £15 (children/students free) from the Chorale’s website or on the door. The members of the 65-strong choir meet to rehearse every Wednesday evening at Chilton Primary School, enjoying the well-known benefits of singing -physical and mental health, wellbeing, social cohesion, and downright fun! They put on three or four concerts a year, hiring professionals to take the solo and instrumental roles, and enable the residents of Stowmarket area to enjoy high quality live classical music on their doorstep.

Find out more at www.stowmarketchorale.org.uk