In 1942 Fressingfield was a Class C Defended Place (i.e. a village with an Emergency Committee in place and military representative and its own Defence scheme) , the village Home Guard belonging to 4th Battalion Suffolk Home Guard.
The Parish Minutes note fund raising for Jewish refugees in 1938. In August 1938 it was noted that ARP precautions were to be made and First Aid classes made available by the Rural District Council. Members of the Royal British Legion volunteered for service.
In April 1940, salvage was considered. It was decided to make salvage voluntary. In June people were asked to have waste paper and cardboard ready for collection and Mr J Rumsby agreed to have a dump for scrap iron near his farm buildings in Cratfield Road.
The Emergency Committee was formed in June 1941 with 12 members. On a meeting on June 8th it was decided that Goodwin Hall would become a rest centre. This could accommodate up to 80 people and the WVS representative in charge was Mrs Mann, Laxfield Road. In September the provision of emergency rations was considered and a request for helpers for food distribution was made. The water in the village soft water well was certified safe for domestic consumption.
Fire Watchers were considered again for crops in July 1941 (they had been previously considered by the Parish Council in March 1941 but stood over). It was noted 45 stirrup pumps had been delivered. A public meeting was held and volunteers came forward. A committee was appointed with the volunteers acting as section leaders. The men were to be on duty once every tenth night from Aug 5th in order to protect crops from fire in the period immediately preceding the harvest.
The last reference in the Parish Minutes relates to a decision to appoint Fire Guards and to install fire hydrants at several points.
Looking Back At Fressingfield, copy held at SRO, Lowestoft
Rest centers, SRO