Drug Driver Arrested

Tuesday, February 4, 08.00

A driver was taken into custody after being tested positive for cocaine while in charge of a vehicle in Lings Lane, Chelmondiston. 

Police were called to the area after reports of a a motorist acting suspiciously in his car. Cannabis was found during a search, and a drugs wipe tested positive for the Class A drug cocaine and he was arrested at the scene.

Members of the public are advised to call 999 if they believe a crime is in progress, for 101 fro non-emergency reports. 

Playgroup Forced To Fold 

Saturday, January 25, 14.00

Chelmondiston Playgroup has been forced to fold – with immediate effect. 

The playgroup, based in Woodlands, next to Chelmondiston Church of England Primary School, catered for pre-school children aged between 18 months and five-years-old, closed its doors permanently on Friday, giving no formal notice to parents.

Chair of the playgroup’s committee Rebecca Fox confirmed the closure citing lack of support, a shortage of funding and staff resignations among the reasons.

Following an extraordinary general meeting held on Thursday, Ms Fox said in a statement: “’We regret to inform you that a unanimous vote from all invited attendees concluded that Chelmondiston Playgroup will be closed from immediate effect. This is due to the setting no longer being viable to remain open.

“All current factors affecting the setting were presented and discussed which included the following:

  • Staff resignations
  • Lack of funding
  • Low number of children attending the setting
  • Lack of local support and interest from members to join both and support the work of the committee.

“We are saddened to inform you of this outcome and would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have supported the playgroup both past and present. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

 The playgroup was rated Good by Ofsted in May 2018, however a complaint was made against the group over its standard of childcare in August last year. After carrying out the requirements set for improvement, the group was deemed fit to keep its registration and carry on childminding.

It was the playgroup’s second inspection in two years after being rated ‘Requires Improvement’ in 2017, a rating the committee appealed.

The playgroup’s website and Facebook has been closed and parents have been advised to go to the Suffolk County Council website to find alternative child care centres.

The nearest is Shotley Kidzone, which was rated Outstanding by Ofsted last autumn, while Stutton Young Explorers take children from 12months old and has a Good Ofsted rating.

The playgroup fed into Chelmondiston primary school, which is part of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust, that appointed Katie Butler as its new head teacher last summer.

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