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Find gift ideas, menus, events, church services and all things Christmassy in our special Santa's Grotto for people on the peninsula

Latest news from News from Holbrook and Shotley Surgeries


Forget Brexit, who to vote for in the election, we explore the big questions about the enigma that is Father Christmas... 

Revealed - Peninsula Schools Hit By Funding Cuts

Peninsula schoolchildren are set to lose tens of thousands of pounds in funding in Government cuts according to figures showing the levels of change in per pupil funding across primary and secondary schools in the region were revealed. 

Shotley Skyline Primed For Dramatic New Look

A major £520,000 project to transform the Shotley skyline is underway.

Sam's Latest Blog

Explaining why proving she is dying is getting on her PIP.

Pier Group Set To Lose Thousands On Burger Bar

Shareholders have expressed concerns after it became clear Shotley pier group is set to lose thousands of pounds on a burger bar. 

Peninsula Businessman Gifts 30 Christmas Dinners

No one should be alone at Christmas and one peninsula businessman has fought loneliness by ensuring at least 30 guests can enjoy a free traditional meal on December 25 at the Baker's Arms, Harkstead.

Legion Bearer's High Standards Recognised

Shotley Royal British Legion standard bearer William Ives has been recognised for outstanding working the peninsula community and beyond. 

Brexit Candidate Steps Down

South Suffolk choice Graham Dupree is one of the 317 Brexit party candidates standing down to give the Conservatives  a better chance of winning their seats.

Hustings in Harkstead

Voters are being given the opportunity to question the candidates to become South Suffolk's next member of parliament. 

Pupils Remembrance Respect

Impeccably behaved pupils from Shotley primary school took part in a remembrance service at St Mary's Church this morning to mark our war dead and pray for peace. 

Lib Dems Present New Candidate

David Beavan has been selected as the new Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate for South Suffolk, following Ross Henley’s decision to step down for personal reasons.

Breakfast Club Row

A row has erupted in Holbrook after a primary school announced it was opening a breakfast club and after school provision, on the same site where Holbrook Pre-school Play Group and the Cabin operates.

Brexit Party Candidate Unveiled

Graham Dupree has been announced as a parliamentary candidate for the Brexit Party in South Suffolk constituency. 

Sweet success as charity benefits 

Shotley Rose customer raised £1,460 for Alzheimer and dementia charities as they tucked into Prosecco, pudding, more pudding and more Prosecco. See picture gallery...

Bid To Buy Queen's Head For Community

A peninsula farmer is looking to put together a community group to buy the Queen's Head and block plans to turn it completely into a house. 

Holbrook Pub Sale Falls Through

Plans to buy the Holbrook Swan have fallen through after owners Calvors decided not to sell. 

South Suffolk Prospective Parliamentary Candidates Named

We reveal four main South Suffolk Prospective Parliamentary candidates following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call for a General Election to be held on December 12, after he failed to deliver the promised October 31 Brexit.

Marian Pugh's Pre-Christmas Blog

Gift ideas from Marian excellent selection of personalised Scorchwood creations

Both of Holbrook’s Pubs Set To Change Hands

Holbrook pubs The Swan and the Compasses will be operating under new owners within weeks.

Neighbour From Hell Admits Harassing Cancer Sufferer

A neighbour from hell faces eviction after admitting harassing a cancer suffering neighbour. 

Son Of Ganges Instructor Standing To Be South Suffolk MP

Ross Henley has been selected as the Liberal Democrats' Prospective Parliamentary candidate for South Suffolk, which includes the Shotley Peninsula, in the forthcoming general election. 

Shotley Landscaper Scoops National Award

A blooming Shotley gardening firm has proven to be the cream of the crop by reaping a prestigious national landscaping award for design excellence. 

Chelmo House Fire Victims' Plea

A family of five whose house was devastated by a house fire has pleaded for more help after being left homeless and losing all their

Free Swims Initiative Extended

Babergh's successful free swim initiative has been extended to the October half-term and Christmas holidays.

Mum Slams School Over Sexual Comment Allegations 

A Peninsula mother has expressed her anger at a primary school for not doing enough to protect her child amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour by another pupil. 

House Fire Families Supported by Community

Two Chelmondiston families have set up crowdfunding pages after two neighbouring homes were destroyed by fire.

Facing Death By Enjoying Life

Reducing plastic use, a talkative daughter, update on the book and summer loving in Cornwall - all in Samantha Lanier's latest blog

Special Tree Present For Every New Born

Peninsula parents are to be offered a free tree for every one of their new born children. 

Dog Owners Warned of Deadly Disease

Peninsula dog owners have been warned about the deadly disease Alabama Rot, which kills nine out of ten canines affected. 

Burglar Spared Jail After Stealing From 89-year-old Neighbour 

Shotley resident Mark Nalfi has been handed a12-month suspended jail sentence after being found guilty of stealing paintings from an 89-year-old neighbour. 

Wait Almost Over At Ganges 

Work is finally set to start on the former HMS Ganges site following the completion of more than 30 pre-commencement conditions. 

Shotley Village Hall Scoops Prestigious Community Award

The incredible support by a raft of community groups, organisations and individuals has been recognised after Shotley Village Hall was named the best community building in Suffolk. 

Shotley Commemorates Arnhem's 75th Anniversary

Although a small and simple service, Shotley's commemoration to honour all those that took part in Operation Market Garden 75 years ago was meaningful and poignant. 

Charity Is The Winner In Record Breaking Great East Run

A Shotley schoolgirl was among thousands of beneficiaries after the record breaking Great East Run raised an estimated £250,000 for charity. 

Sunday Road Closures Warning For Great East Run

The main arterial road onto the Shotley peninsula will be closed from 9am, Sunday morning as thousands of charity runners take part in the Great East Run. 

What's In a Name?

Councillors are to consider a name change from Babergh District Council to South Suffolk. 

The Beat Lives On

Freelance football writer Asif Burhan meets the man who is immortalising Kevin Beattie in bronze.

Butt & Oyster Stays Open Despite Explosion

Popular peninsula pub the Butt & Oyster has called on customers to be patient after a small explosion forced the kitchen to close. 

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There are so many things happening  on the Shotley Peninsula but keeping up with everything can be a challenge.

It is with this in mind that the Shotley Peninsula News and Features website has been launched as a catch all for everything going on in this beautiful corner of Suffolk.

We plan to bring you the very latest on all issues which affect us on the natural triangle set between the rivers Orwell and Stour and the A137.

This includes house building, which quite often is not part of any strategic long term thinking. For example, a planning application in Brantham or Shotley will have an effect on both villages, as well as everyone in-between given the infrastructure, or perhaps lack of it.

It is a similar situation with businesses, in whatever field, which could mean more jobs, better services and facilities, or have unintended consequences.

Although many more people are making their homes on the peninsula and want to know what is around, there are many others who have lived here for generations and like to be informed with facts when something good, or bad happens to people they may have a link with.

Tourism is a positive benefit to the whole peninsula, walks, trails and river trips all attract locals and visitors alike, so promoting the area in  positive manner whenever possible is vital to the economy.

Spending the Peninsula Pound is something we will be encouraging residents and visitors alike to be doing - Buy Local, use the services and tradespeople on the peninsula.

Whatever the story, or picture, we will publish with Honesty, Transparency and Integrity and we welcome your contributions to this service aimed at benefiting the larger peninsula community. 

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