Butt & Oyster Stays Open Despite Explosion
Friday, September 13, 10.00
Popular peninsula pub the Butt & Oyster has called on customers to be patient after a small explosion forced the kitchen to close.
Although emergency services attended, no-one was injured in the incident, which happened in the kitchen on Thursday morning and caused some damage to the 17th century pub at Pin Mill.
A statement on the pub's website said: "Due to an incident in the kitchen, we (will) be running a very limited menu for the next few days, this is due to an explosion. which has caused some structural damage to parts of the kitchen. We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation during this time."
The pub was open as normal today.
Baptism of Fire For Newly-Formed Pirates
Sunday, September 1, 13.00
Pin Mill Pirates faced a baptism of fire in their first game after rising Phoenix-like from the ashes of a former triple-winning club.
The Pirates went down 3-0 at home to newly-promoted Pauls Athletic in their inaugural Premier division match in the Ipswich Sunday League.
Although no team likes to lose, joint player manager Tom Bellknows the initial season is going to be difficult.
“We want to win but this is our first season and we are in the Premier division so it is going to be tough," said the former AFC Chelmondiston triple title winner. "Pauls have been together for a few years now and were promoted last year.
“Our aim is to finish top four and do as well as we can in the cups, including the County Cup."
Pirates are next at home on Sunday, September 8 against Kitchener Taverners, 10.30am kick off, Chelmondiston playing field.
Post Office Moves Into Hollingsworth's
Thursday, July 18, 18.00
Chelmondiston Post Office has opened at Hollingsworth's Store & Butchers, with significantly extended opening hours.
The move is with the agreement of Mrs Susanna Patten, who had been Postmaster for 15 years and Carly and James Welham who have incorporated the Post Office into their store.
The new look Post Office will now open Monday to Friday: 8am – 5.30pm; Saturday: 8.30am – 5pm. This is an extra 33 hours and 30 minutes of Post Office service a week as the branch had been open on weekday mornings only. The branch also opens earlier and close much later.
These changes are designed to make it far more convenient for customers to visit.
Clemondiston Post Office is a new-style local branch with Post Office services provided from an open-plan counter alongside the retail counter.
The relocation is part of a major modernisation programme across the Post Office network designed to make it easier for customers to do business, through longer opening hours and modern open plan environments.
Wendy Hamilton, Post Office Area Network Change Manager, said: “We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents. We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and will secure services for the future.
Concerns As County Council Cuts Threaten To End 98 Bus Service
Thursday, June 20, 1800
The Shotley Peninsula is set to lose its number 98 bus if threats by Suffolk County Council to cut its subsidy go ahead in October.
Scores of passengers will be affected when the route, which serves Shotley, Chelmondiston, Woolverstone, Freston and Whersetead, on its way to Ipswich railway station and town centre.
Losing the 98 (formerly the 202) is part of a move by the county council to halt the subsidy to 23 services to save around £340,000 for the cash-strapped council.
Ipswich Buses, which operated the 202, halted the Sunday service in March, and the 98 Monday to Saturday, will be invited to find a solution and see if they can make the service commercially viable without the subsidy.
The council claim an average of 22 passengers per use the 98, subsidising it to the tune of £6.99 and39 passengers per day pay at a cost of £5.06 per single ticket for the 202. Figures for return tickets are not given.
Jane Gould, Babergh district councillor for the Orwell ward, which includes Chelmondiston, Woolverstone and Freston, believes it is time to take a radical approach, including offering free public transport for all.
“Villagers on the peninsula should not be left with no public, or community transport, and we need to look at the sense of using a double decker along the route with only a handful of passengers, especially when the B1456 is closed and it has to use the back roads." said Cllr Gould. “More radical ways of managing public transport need to be considered, with a long-term aim of getting cars off the roads.
“We would benefit from looking at how countries who offer free bus transport are getting on.”
Derek Davis, district councillor for Ganges ward and Cabinet member for Communities, is angered by the way the peninsula is being treated by the county council.
“Rural transport is of vital importance to this area and cutting the bus service will have a detrimental impact on many people, adding to loneliness and isolation," he said.
“While I understand the need to balance the books, which Suffolk County Council has previously shown to be extremely inept at doing, cutting vital services for those that need it most is short-sighted, hurtful and very likely a false economy.
“People’s council tax has gone up, county councillor allowances have gone up, disproportionally in my opinion, yet services are suffering.”
Cllr Davis believes alternatives should be put in place before subsidies are removed.
He added: “Conversations about using more bespoke forms of public transport to provide a service for everyone on the peninsula should already have taken place.
“That could be using smaller vehicles, like the minibus we used to have for our Sunday service a couple of years ago or reinstating the Buzzabout service.
“It could be a long-term approach to community transport and that is something we are looking towards in Babergh.”
Mary Evans, Conservative cabinet member for highways, transport and rural issues, said: "We need to ensure we spend public money effectively. In reviewing these services against our new funding criteria we have had to make tough decisions.
"However, the implementation of this new criteria has enabled these decisions to be made in a robust and transparent way and ensures we consider key measures before making tough calls.
"We are committed to working with bus operators and partners to explore other sources of funding to support these services once SCC funding ceases.
"We are also open to conversations with community groups and partners to see if local solutions can be developed.
"I recognise the importance of passenger transport and I remain committed to ensuring that Suffolk's residents have access to it.
"For many people that may be a shock for their local bus service but we have got time to have that conversation."
There are 211 services running in Suffolk of which 61 are subsidised. The 23 routes under threat equate to 0.7% of all bus journeys in Suffolk last year, according to the county council's data.
Cllr Gould also questioned the county council’s data and asked: “Does the data that SCC work with in terms of passenger numbers also count the passengers who have free passes or do they only count those who actually purchase a ticket?”.
James Nunn On The 'Roads' To Success
Thursday, June 6, 17.00
Popular Chelmondiston singer/songwriter James Nunn is tuning up to realise two burning ambitions.
James, better known to many as Jimmy, who spends his day on building sites, and nights playing, singing or making music when not looking after his young son, releases his first single tomorrow (Friday), the day before performing live at the Shotley Rose.
The single release comes days after learning he will be performing live at the Ipswich Music Day, something he has been yearning to do for years.
Produced by Blackthorn Studio in Ipswich, the song is a mellow number and will strike a chord with all those who have had to work away from home and have been through challenging relationships.
“I just want people to enjoy it and hopefully relate to the song in some way,” said James. “Hopefully it will be the sort of song they want on their playlist, that helps me too because that is the way it gets more exposure on things like Spotify.”
James has already tasted chart success when his EP ‘Think It Through’ went to number six and helped raise money for Chron’s and Colitis UK, at the record’s launch party at the Cult Café.
Reaction to some of the tracks caught James a little by surprise, in a pleasant way, when music lovers at gigs started requesting he played them.
“Music can be a tough business and quite often you wonder why you bother,” said James. “It could be you have been at work all week, driven hours to get home and you are playing to five drunks and a dog.
“Then you will be somewhere playing a few covers and someone will ask you to play one of my own songs. I remember when a guy came up to me and asked me to play ‘Think It Through’, I thought ‘wow, he knows it, he likes it, he wants me to sing it for him live.
“The other thing I love is when people at gigs start singing my lyrics back at me. I have one song in particular, which is like a chant. That’s when it is all worthwhile – there is no better feeling.”
James will get the chance to perform to one of his biggest crowds yet when he plays the Ipswich Music Day on July 9 when he is on the Grapevine Stage at 12.30, where Ed Sheeran performed ten years ago.
James is chuffed to be performing, and being asked after a frustratingly long wait and admits it will be an ambition fulfilled. “I have wanted to do it for years,” he said.
“It is the one everyone involved in music in Suffolk relates to and wants be involved in.
“It was annoying when you are told it is for upcoming artists and they are not supposed to do it two years in a row, but then some were playing every year.
“It seems to be better run than it was, and I’m really looking forward to playing.”
James’ reputation is clearly growing, as shown when Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason (pictured right) invited him to play at a fundraising event at his house in Clapham.
“It was definitely the most random gig I have played, especially when you get Damon Hill making coffee for you,” laughed James. “I was picked up in a Mercedes with blacked out windows and took to Nick Mason’s house and played an unplugged, acoustic set – just me and my guitar.
“Nick was really laid back but a great host. she showed me around his private car collection, which included a rare vintage Ferrari, estimated to be worth about £32million.”
James has also supported Inspiral Carpets' Ton Hingley and has also had auditions for the Voice and X-Factor, but was left disappointed and a little scarred by the experience, especially the lack of genuine opportunity.
He said: “I got backed twice, on one occasion they didn’t even let me get my guitar out. It's at times like that you want to pack it all in, but then you get the sort of gigs I have had over the past couple of months and I love it.”
Despite rubbing shoulders with such rock luminaires, James remains grounded and has not forgotten his roots. He will perform his new single ‘Roads’ along with other of his own songs mixed in in with some popular covers at the Rose but laments the lack of a thriving music scene locally.
He said: “I’m a local lad love doing local gigs – including private parties. Generally though, the Ipswich music scene is very quiet these day.
“Pubs used to be packed but not now, unlike Essex where I played quite a lot recently and it was rammed in the pub – you don’t seem to get that in Suffolk.”
One solution could be a music festival on the peninsula, highlighting a number of local music talent such as James, Dan Evans, Sammy Johnson, Amber Durrant and other local bands, perhaps held on the field behind the Rose, or Chelmondiston playing fields.
James said: “Initial talks have been held and I would love to see more live music like that locally.
“Kids want to see bands and experience a festival. if you can do it on your doorstep. I would be well up for that.”
Annual Meeting Invite As New Parish Council Formed
Tuesday, May 7, 11.30
Villagers have been invited to attend the Chelmondiston and Pin Mill annual meeting and meet their new parish (and existing) councillors.
Newly elected district councillor Jane Gould is expected to give her first report as Orwell ward member, along with a report from Suffolk County councillor David Wood and various groups and organisations.
Although chaired by parish council chairman David Cordle, this is a parish meeting for all to participate and not a council meeting.
Among the topics on the agenda for the meeting at the village hall, starting 7pm on Tuesday, May 21 is an update on the Neighbourhood Development Plan and the village's website, although villagers will get an opportunity to speak openly about local issues.
For more details contact the clerk: Jill Davis Tel: 01473 780159
Chelmo Post Office Move Details
Friday, April 19, 07.00
Details of the agreed deal to relocate Chelmondiston Post Office to Hollingsworths Store & Butchers, in Chelmo C with significantly extended opening hours. have been revealed.
Peninsula News revealed in February the switch would happen later this year with a new-style local branch with Post Office services provided from an open-plan counter alongside the retail counter.
This will be an extra 33 hours and 30 minutes of Post Office service a week as the branch is currently open on weekday mornings. The branch will open earlier and will close much later. These changes will make it far more convenient for customers to visit.
The move from The Stores, Main Road, Chelmondiston, will be with the current Postmaster’s agreement as Mrs Susanna Patten wants to explore other avenues.
The relocation will be part of a major modernisation programme across the Post Office network designed to make it easier for customers to do business, through longer opening hours and modern open plan environments.
Parking remains in the public car park between Hers and Sirs and the Red Lion and also some roadside parking.
Wendy Hamilton, Post Office Area Network Change Manager, said: “We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents. We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and will secure services for the future.”
The change of premises is part of the Post Office's transformation announced in 2012 with an investment of £1.34bn for the Post Office network to undertake a transformation programme across 6000 branches. In November 2013 the Government announced a further £640m investment in the Post Office network: as well as allowing us to modernise a further 2000 branches this funding also allows the Post Office to invest £20 million in around 3400 community branches, which are often the last shop in the village.
With more than 11,600 branches, the Post Office network is the biggest retail network in the UK, with more branches than all the banks and building societies combined. 97% of Post Office branches are run with retail partners on an agency or franchise basis.
The Post Office provides services central to peoples’ everyday lives; 99.7% of the population lives within 3 miles of a Post Office. It also offers the UK’s largest fee free cash withdrawal network through our 11,600 branches and an additional 2,500 cash machines and 99 per cent of UK bank customers can access their accounts at the Post Office. We sell 170 different products and services spanning financial services including savings, insurance, loans, mortgages and credit cards; Government services; telephony; foreign currency; travel insurance and mail services.
Post Offices branches remain highly valued and trusted, and are the focal point of many communities. For more information, visit www.postoffice.co.ukand to find out about a Post Office business opportunities visit www.runapostoffice.co.uk
- Move to Hollingsworths Store & Butchers, Chestnut House, Church Road, Chelmondiston, Ipswich, IP9 1HS
- Modern open-plan retail environment
- Open full days
- Extra 33.5 hours a week of Post Office service
- Customers of main UK banks can access accounts
- Services include bill payment, cash withdrawals and foreign currency, Postage, home shopping collections and returns
Post Office opening
Mon 08:00 – 17:30
Tue 08:00 – 17:30
Wed 08:00 – 17:30
Thu 08:00 – 17:30
Fri 08:00 – 17:30
Sat 08:30 – 17:00
Chelmo Shooter Wins National Award
Saturday, March 2, 19.00
A Chelmondiston marksman has won a national award for his sharpshooting skills and contribution to disabled sport.
Sam Nunn was named Disabled Shooter of the Year for his skills with a gun and off range abilities, at the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association Annual Awards held at the Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield, where athletes ranging from Olympians to young shooters just emerging on the scene were recognised.
Former Ipswich Town footballer Sam has been involved in shooting for almost 22 years and while a mean competitor, he is also a valued administrator for the sport.
He is going for gold at the Essex Masters at Hepworth Hall, with a top prize of a £1,200 gun, for disabled shooters at the week-long event.
“I have always been very competitive, ever since my football days,” said Sam. “I want to turn silver and bronzes medals into gold.
“At the same time, I want to encourage people into the sport. It is a very accessible sport for everyone and I want to encourage people to get in touch, come along and give it a go.”
Sam is also chairman of the Chelmondiston Playing Fields Committee, which has recently become a stand-alone charity away from the parish council and is busy raining fund to repair the pavilion.
He was instrumental, along with other committee members, in raising money to install new play equipment and a zip wire.
The CPSA Annual Awards night is a cornerstone event in the clay shooting calendar. Former EastEnders and Extras actor Shaun Williamson hosted the evening and helped to present awards that recognised up-and-coming young shots, coaches, shooting grounds, and grassroots organisations that promote the sport.
The CPSA is the National Governing Body for Clay Target Shooting in England, supporting clay target shooting enthusiasts across the UK and promoting the highest standards of excellence. The CPSA regulates the standards of safety and competition at over 300 affiliated and registered grounds around the country,
Post Office On The Move
February 14, 1330
Chelmondiston’s post office is set to close and thenmove across the main road into the butcher’s shop.
Current post master Susie Patten is delighted James and Carly Welham have agreed to host the new Post Office in their Hollingsworth's store and is confident they will continue to make it a success.
Mrs Patten decided she had no option but to close when the Post Office changed their policy and asked her to agree a new contract where her post office would not longer be a stand-alone business, but be part of a bolt on retail operation, and be paid on a commission only basis.
“I will be very sad to leave the Network,” said Mrs Patten. “I have very much enjoyed running the Post Office in Chelmondiston and I have met lots of amazing people and have heard some very interesting stories along the way.
“I know Carly and James will do a great job and we are grateful to them for keeping the service in the village.
“The hours will be much longer which will be more convenient for many people. I'm sure it will work very well for all and I will always be around to lend a hand if needed.
“I wish Hollingsworth the best of luck and hope we will all continue to shop locally for many years to come.
”In the meanwhile, I shall be seeking new career opportunities.”
Mr and Mrs Welham (pictured above) took over at Hollingsworth in November 2017 and have re-established the store as a popular butcher’s and general shop used by Chelmondiston villagers, and other peninsula shoppers. Hollingsworth’s was a finalist in for Business Growth category at the 2018 Babergh community stars awards
The couple will take on extra staff to meet demand although do not anticipate making much profit from the post office services alone, but want to continue to grow their community engagement.
Mr Welham said: “We are saddened Susie is leaving as she has done a great job for such a long time.
“We feel it is important to keep the Post Office in the village and we are taking this on as a service to the community.
“We are hoping even more people will come in and use us and Hollingsworth’s continues to grow as a community hub.”
Final details of the move are still be tied up and all being well the new post office is expected to be open by June.
A Post Office spokesperson, said: “We will soon begin consultation to move the branch across the road to Hollingsworth Store & Butchers with owners Carly and James Welham the proposed new operators of Chelmondiston Post Office.”
Campaign Waged Before Planning Application Made
Friday, January 18, 1700
A campaign to halt a proposal to build up to 90 new houses in Chelmondiston has been launched, even before a planning application has been made.
David Hill from Linden Homes made a presentation to Chelmo parish council last November to outline their initial plans after revealing they had an option to buy six acres of land at Hill Farm, if outline planning permission was granted.
Representatives vowed they would meet the 35% affordable homes requirement and were looking to build between 10-15 homes per hectare, equating to between 60-90 houses.
Objectors argue the proposed development is on land within the designated Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, 90 homes is far too many and there is not a need, either locally or district wide.
They are also concerned about the strain on schools, the surgeries and impact on the B1456 traffic.
Householders in Chelmo have had leaflets dropped through their doors speculating on plans and making claims that critics point outare not all substantiated.
Letters outlining concerns have also been sent to South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge and Babergh district councillor Derek Davis.
Cllr Davis, who is also a Babergh’s representative on the Joint Advisory Committee for Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB, said: “It is fairly unusual for so many people to air their views before an application has actually been made to our planning department, but it shows the depth of feeling there is.
“Without doubt we need more housing, not just on the peninsula, or even the district, but nationwide. However, it needs to be the right sort of housing in the right places, with infrastructure to match.
“All housing applications have to be considered on their individual merits but if this proposal does come forward it will be interesting to see how the developers can meet the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework and Babergh Core Strategy policies.”
Babergh has demonstrated it has the legally required five-year land supply, the parish council is developing its own Neighbourhood Development Plan and has identified more preferred sites for small scale housing.
Permission was granted in March 2015 for 285 homes to be built on the former HMS Ganges site, and pre-commencement work is still going on there. Outline permission for 24 houses at Millfields in Chelmo, was granted last year, while another seven houses will be built on land next to the Main Road on the outskirts of the village.
Linden Homes is the housebuilding arm of Galliford Try, a construction company that has been involved in building the 2012 Olympic Village, The Queensferry Bridge in Scotland and the roof at Wimbledon.
£11k Cash Boost For Chelmondiston
Wednesday, January 16, 1600
Chelmondiston has received a cash boost of more than £11,400 after work started on building three town houses at the former Foresters Arms site.
The money comes from Chelmo’s share of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and can be used by the parish council or community groups for projects within the village, but can not be used to balance the council's books.
A further £61,000 has been paid by developers to the district’s 123 pot.
Babergh District Council adopted the CIL policy in 2016 and are the first authority in the country to produce an easy to use link, using software by Exacom.
The district council have already allocated more than £850,000 within the district, after officers collected more than £2m from a potential £9.4m.
CIL is a set payment made by developers to support the infrastructure for communities and is split into three pots.
One is 15% of the total due paid to parishes from the neighbourhood pot, unless they have a Neighbourhood Development Plan when 20% is then payable to the village.
Another pot, called the 123 list, which is the percentage paid to the district and open for anyone eligible to apply for. This includes parish councils, community groups, the NHS, and the county council for education and infrastructure, including highways.
The third is the amount paid to Babergh to administer the scheme.
Derek Davis, Berners District Councillor, said: “Parishes on the peninsula are beginning to see the upside of development with this levy being paid directly for the benefit of neighbourhoods.
“This money is for us as residents to make the most of for community projects to make people’s lives better today, and in the future.
“The wider pot can also be applied for and again it is something I would encourage parish councils and community groups to do.
“Please feel free to get in touch with me or the CIL team at Babergh if you would like to know how this CIL can help you.”
Cllr Davis is the cabinet member responsible for the Exacom project which is the first in the country of its type.
“The pilot has already attracted interest from a number of local authorities, and indeed, the Home Office,” said Cllr Davis. “It is an easy to use tool for all parish councils, and community group leaders, to see exactly what is available for a wide variety of infrastructure projects within communities.”
Babergh has already allocated more than £850,000 within the district, after collecting more than £2m from a potential £9.4m.
To check how much is CIL is due in your peninsula village go to the Babergh Development Link here…
Pin Mill Bay Licence Issued
Friday, Jan 11, 17.00
A licence outlining the Pin Mill Bay Management Community Interest Company’s responsibilities and ability to charge for moorings has been issued.
Associated British Ports, which is responsible for the Hard area at Pin Mill by virtue of the 1950 Dock Act, is empowered to issue a licence for the CIC to lay down, maintain and use the moorings at Pin Mill.
Babergh District Council sub leases the land from APB, and in turn sub leases to the not for profit CIC, which is responsible for the maintenance, provision of moorings and collecting fees on the foreshore and the Hard.
Disputes have arisen in recent years, with a number of resignations from the Pin Mill Bay CIC, with people unhappy at the lack of communication, claims of poor management and concerns over the treatment of some users of the Hard.
Business owner Nick Crook questioned the CIC’s activities and recently spoke at a Chelmondistion Parish Council asking: “Is the CIC fit for purpose?”
The CIC have not commented but it is understood they hope this declaratory licence will clarify their responsibilities and make it easier to take enforcement action against people they see as transgressors.
Critics claim that despite the licence, mooring charges are not easy to find publically. The website is outdated and communications remain an issue, and little maintenance has been carried out of late.
Tax Hike, Councillor Quits, Village Hall Grant Deferred
Wednesday, January 9, 1500
A grant for the village hall was put on hold, another parish councillor resigned and members voted to increase its precept charge to villagers, at Chelmondiston parish council meeting last night.
Parish councillors last night voted unanimously to raise its precept to taxpayers by 2.57% in the next financial year.
That equates to an extra £1.69p per person, and will be added to the council tax payment increases demanded by Suffolk County Council, Babergh District Council the police and fire service.
Babergh’s council tax demand is expected to rise by the maximum £5 per person, while the county council will also increase the amount payable by at least 2.99%.
Councillors also voted to defer a decision to pay a £1,800 grant to Chelmondiston Village Hall after a plea for more money by the management committee.
The council’s finance committee recommended the £1,800 figure but Patrick Mann argued the village hall needed at least £2,000 to help cover costs.
Mr Mann told the committee a long standing informal agreement had been in place where the parish council would support the village hall to the tune of £2,000, increased costs and vital maintenance work was needed.
More than 300 people on average use the hall monthly and fees covered some costs and Mr Mann admitted the village hall committee held £23,000 in reserves.
Alistair Fox, John Deacon and chairman David Cordle all spoke in favour of paying the additional £200 but it was agreed to defer the decision until next month when more accounts were made available.
The council also agreed to pay the Chelmondiston Playing Fields Committee £10,465, which is its full allocation of funds and will now operate as a stand-alone charitable body.
A new zip wire installed by the playing fields committee is to be adjusted higher for added enjoyment.
The parish council agreed to look at the possibility of erecting bus shelter by the Red Lion pub, suggested by Tony Roberts, one of the two recently co-opted councillors.
Members of the public were given an opportunity to air their views during an open session with former councillor Mrs Rosie Kirkup clarifying a point about her role on the neighbourhood Development Plan.
Mrs Kirkup made clear she was not related any way to a consultant with the same name being used to help with the plan.
She also spoke about concerns regarding correspondence spoken about regarding Hill House Farm, at a previous council meeting.
Babergh district councillor Derek Davis presented his district council report, which was circulated to the parish council members and answered queries during the meeting.
Two New Parish Councillors Welcomed
Wednesday, December 5, 11.30
Two new councillors were co-opted onto Chelmondiston parish council last night.
Tony Roberts and Mike McKillenn were welcomed by chairman David Cordle as the pair filled two long standing vacancies on the council.
Former district councillor Mr Roberts, 78, from Erwarton, told the council he was still interested in local politics. He added: "I have time on my hands and I would live to give something back."
Although he is also a parish councillor at Harkstead and lives in Erwarton, Mr Roberts insisted he had close ties with Chelmondiston and his wife Elizabeth was the secretary of the parochial church council.
Mr McKillen, 65, from Rence Park, has been employed by BT for 24 years, and has been working on a large project clearing a pond at his home.
A former traffic management engineer at a local authority in Clevedon, Mr McKillen told Chelmondiston parish council: "I'm, looking start of my contributing to the community."
Emotional Night For Suffolk Stars
Friday, November 9, 08.00
There was not a dry eye at Trinity Park as four of the peninsula's finest were honoured at the Stars of Suffolk last night.
Six-year-old Preston Parker, Jane Gould, Alan Nunn and Shotley Open Spaces were all runners up as all the finalists were presented with prizes.
Ipswich Town managing director Ian Milne presented Preston with a Blues kit, with Parker 7 on the back of the shirt, and tickets for all the family to go and watch Paul Lambert's side play against Wigan, along with his trophy.
Preston was nominated as Young Person of The Year for voluntarily litter picking down at Shotley Gate, and leading the parish's Beach Clean.
He was pipped by Daniel Jillings, who is profoundly deaf, and has successfully battled to introduce a British Sign Language GCSE.
Jane, Alan and SOS, were all given a bottle of Prosecco, to go with their especially inscribed individual trophies.
Jane was shortlisted in the Community Champion category after being nominated by Cllr Derek Davis, who collected Jane's award on her behalf as she was singing in her community choir and did not want to let anyone down.
Jane was described as a compassionate and indispensable member of the Shotley Peninsula community.
She has raised thousands for St Michael’s Church in Woolverstone with her innovative ideas. The Monthly Market has become a must visit, with a fabulous friendly atmosphere.
Jane also introduced the Death café, an incredible initiative allowing people to talk openly about a very difficult subject. Jane has organised art exhibitions, including a unique sculpture display.
Number one spot went to Sue Willgoss, who has fought to bring about change for those with special education needs, disability and mental health difficulties.
SOS and Alan Nunn were in the Keeping Suffolk Special category and came behind David Goodlad, who is ‘community personified’ in the village of Rattlesden.
SOS was chosen for its volunteers' working tirelessly to keep a numbers of walking trails, tracks and pathways used by young mums with buggies, disabled vehicles and others, clear by cutting back brambles and other overgrowth. SOS also established the first accredited Walkers Are Welcome area in Suffolk, and have helped other groups to do so in their village. They raise funds through an annual calendar highlighting other community ventures.
Alan has been running the Chelmondiston Recycling Centre for a number of years, totally free of charge. He dedicates all his Saturday, Bank Holiday Mondays and Wednesday mornings in an effort to keep the facility open, since its closure by the local authority. Alan sorts through all the waste, recycles as much of it as possible and keeps costs very low.
The Overall Stars of Suffolk winners, organised by Parker Communications, in conjunction with the EADT, were the staff at Barking Pre-School who saved the life of three-year-old Annabel Brightwell, who collapsed suddenly while dancing after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Pre-school team members Shelley Symonds, Ness Hall, Zoe Corbett, Lucy Glendinning and Elsah Thorpe showed no hesitation, performing CPR on the youngster for 20 minutes until paramedics arrived. Annabel was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and placed in an induced coma, spending six days in intensive care.
She was later diagnosed with a rare genetic heart condition, which had been unknown to her parents.She is now on medication, but aside from that is living the life of a normal three-year-old. Annabel’s mum Rebecca said the pre-school’s quick actions undoubtedly saved Annabel’s life. Shelley, in particular, was praised for her rapid response.
Annabel went on stage in a tear-jerking moment to personally thank her heroines, on what was her fourth birthday.
Another Housing Scheme Floated
Wednesday, November 7, 11.30
A potential 90 new homes could be built in Chelmondistion if a developer's idea for a new housing scheme is accepted.
Two representatives from Linden Homes spoke to members of the public at a parish council meeting last night to online their ideas.
The developers have an option to buy six acres of land belonging to Hill House Farm, conditional of planning permission being given.
David Hill and James Bay stressed the proposal was very much in the early stages and wanted to ensure full consultation with villagers, in tandem with Chelmondistmon's developing Neighbourhood Plan, and Babergh's new Local Plan, was sought first.
No planning application has been submitted, and no pre-application talks with Babergh, or Suffolk Highways, have yet been held.
Mr Hill confirmed six acres of land, north of the village centre and close to where there were fires during the summer, was under consideration with a density estimated to be between 10 and 15 homes per acre.
The land is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and questions over housing need, loss of prime agricultural land, and infrastructure, including access, were aired at the meeting.
Stars Of Suffolk Champions Shortlisted
Sunday, November 4, 07.00
Community volunteers from Chelmondiston, Shotley and Woolverstone have been shortlisted for the Stars of Suffolk awards.
Alan Nunn, Shotley Open Spaces (SOS), Preston Parker, and Jane Gould from the peninsula, are among the finalists for the community awards, which will be held at Trinity Park on Thursday, November 8, hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Mark Murphy.
Jane Gould (pictured right with fellow volunteer Beryl Walker) has been hailed as a tireless volunteer, spearheading the good work done at Woolverstone church with markets, exhibitions and other community events, including the Death Cafe initiative.
Volunteers from SOS spend hours cutting, streaming and clearing overgrown areas around the village ensuring people with buggies, young children and the less abled can navigate paths and tracks without being attacked by brambles and overgrowth.
The group is also responsible for health walks, formed Suffolk's first Walkers Are Welcome accredited group and have helped the local tourism economy grew, while looking out for locals too.
Both were nominated by district councillor Derek Davis who said: "Far too often the excellent work these wonderful people do is overlooked, or not recognised.
"More often than not they are happy to get on with it without a fuss, but I believe it doesn't hurt that all our volunteers and community champions should be recognised.
"The fact that so many people from the peninsula reached the finals highlights what a wonderful area we live and reflects on our fabulous community spirit."
Preston Parker was nominated as Young Person of the Year after taking it upon himself to complete litter picks on Shotley foreshore.
Alan Nunn is being recognised for his unstinting work helping at the recycling tip and Chelmondiston, and was also nominated by the parish council.
The Suffolk awards follow on from the Stars of Babergh last month when Shotley postmaster Manish Patel, and village stalwart Norman Bugg were winners of their respective community categories, Shotley & Erwarton Good Neighbours and Hollingsworths were runners up.
Full report from Stars of Suffolk here on Friday...
Gamekeeper's Daughter Named Chef of the Year
Friday, October 12, 09.00
Chelmondiston cook Jeessica Noy has been named National Eat Game Chef of the Year.
Jessica, better known as the Gamekeeper’s Daughter, beat off competition from Michelin starred chefs and celebrities, including Richard Corrigan and Tim Kitchen, to scoop the prestigious award in the 'Best Chef Regularly Using Game' category.
Jessica, who usually works from her home kitchen in Chelmondiston, was stunned to learn of her victory at a glittering awards ceremony at Canary Wharf, London, after voters were won over by her use of game and berries, much of it from the Shotley peninsula.
“I’m still pinching myself that I won Best Chef," said Jessica
"I was up against such stiff competition, so to get the win was an absolutely amazing feeling.
“I'm a country girl from Suffolk with a down to earth approach to game cooking, I'm not a fan of overly fussy traditional game dishes- I try to create simple modern recipes with big flavours - so it's great to be recognised for my work.”
One outstanding dish which helped win her so many votes was her double stacked sour cream fried Partridge Burger with griddled lettuce chipotle cream and her homemade bacon jam.
The Gamekeeper's Daughter began at Harkstead farmers’ market selling game pies as a way of utilising the game shot from the shoot ran by her gamekeeper father, which launched her into the Suffolk food and drink scene.
Jessica has not looked back and has branched into private catering, created a pop-up restaurant in Colchester's derelict bus station, selling street food and cookery teaching.
Her exciting journey into the culinary world has included: cooking squirrel samosas for CBBC, presenting food critic and writer Tom Parker Bowles with my wild rabbit lasagne on ITV's Food Glorious Food and of course winning Young Chef of the Year in 2017.
Jessica’s wowed the judges then with a wood pigeon salad with blueberry balsamic compote and an inventive aubergine starter with foraged wild garlic. (Pictured)
“Food has been a lifelong obsession for me,” said Jessica, “hugely connected with my love of the countryside.
“As a child i would go foraging for blackberries in the hedgerows and earned my first pocket money through picking wild field mushrooms for a local pub with my father.
“Knowledge of the seasons and foraging plays an important part in how I create my menus, sourcing seasonally and locally is not only ethical and environmentally friendly but it means that the dishes I create truly reflect the area where live Whether it be local venison, foraged berries, or vegetables sourced from local growers , I love to utilise the best produce Suffolk has to offer.”
Jessica currently caters for private but dreams of find a location on the peninsular for a unique pop up restaurant experience.
Next year she plans to publish a cookery book, full of creative recipes using wild produce, foraged and game for the modern cook.
Keep up to date with Jessica’s game journey by going to her website and blog The Gamekeeper's Daughter.
Head To Leave Primary School
Friday, October 5, 19.00
Sean Cornish is to leave Chelmondiston primary school at the end of the year to take up a new role in Capel.
Mr Cornish took over at Chelmondiston in 2015 when it was a Church of England Voluntary Community school and had been rated Good in an Ofsted report two years earlier.
In July 2017 the school joined the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust, and was reincarnated as a Church of England Primary School, maintaining its high standards.
“I will be extremely sad to leave Chelmondiston Church of England Primary School at the end of this calendar year,” said Mr Cornish. “It has been a very enjoyable two and half years and been a real pleasure to get to know so many wonderful children and work alongside their committed parents.
“The school will always hold a very special place in my heart.”
Customer Service Access Now Available Locally
Monday, August 20, 19.00
Villagers across the peninsula and beyond can now access a Babergh customer service point locally.
Babergh’s first Pop-Up Access Point saw Babergh staff join Suffolk Libraries at Shotley Village Hall, offers all peninsula residents the opportunity to meet Customer Service staff face to face without visiting the council’s access point in Sudbury Town Hall.
As part of a pilot scheme Babergh staff will be in Shotley Village Hall on Monday afternoons, from 1pm to 4.30pm, until the end of September, with the exception of the August Bank Holiday on 27 August.
The Pop-Up runs alongside the Suffolk Libraries Local weekly session in Shotley, giving residents the opportunity to access both district council and library services in the same place. Anyone dropping by will be greeted by Babergh and Mid Suffolk staff, offering access to services for both councils, with access to online services also offered at the Pop-Up.
Cllr Derek Davis, Babergh cabinet member for Organisational Delivery, said: “Improving customer service access is a top priority for us and I’m delighted this Pop-Up Customer Access Point has come to fruition. We recognise how not everyone is fully comfortable with accessing our services online and appreciate dealing with a human being and this new way to access council services will give those residents a chance to do just that.
“Offering residents the opportunity to access our services in this way will give us a clearer picture of what our residents need and, if successful, will be rolled out in other areas of the district. Babergh is building on an excellent working relationship with Suffolk Libraries and their team are already providing a very popular and useful service, and this will complement the existing facility.”
Adults can bring their children along to take up the reading challenge, join in singing, or take part in a colouring competition, while their Babergh issues are being dealt with by customer service staff.
New Outdoor Gym Installed
Tuesday, August 7, 11.00
Outdoor gym equipment has been installed at Chelmondistion playing fields in Woodlands.
Five stations, which can work the arms, chest, legs and abs, are free to use for anyone looking to improve their fitness in the fresh air.
The new facility is a culmination of months of hard work by the Playing Fields Committee, chaired by Sam Nunn, (pictured with John Hawkins).
The committee sought views from villagers about how to improve facilities for users of the open space, and the outdoor gym equipment topped the list.
More could follow, along with a zip wire and further down the line replacement play equipment.
Mr Nunn praised the amount of support given to the Playing Field Committee by the community, Chelmo parish council, along with Babergh District Councillor Derek Davis and Suffolk County Councillor David Wood.
“This outdoor gym equipment, which we believe is the first of its kind on the peninsula, scored highly in what people wanted,” said Mr Nunn. “We hope people will enjoy using this new facility and we strive to continue to bring even more new facilities to what is already a good mix of activities on offer.”
Somerset-based Viridor Credits Environmental Company, which funds community projects via the Landfill Communities Fund, also helped with a large chuck of the initial £7,500 equipment and installation cost.
“We worked closely with a number of organisations, and Viridor Credits Environment Company were brilliant," said Mr Nunn. "They really came up trumps with advice and funding.
“We want to thank everyone involved in this project, from people who filled in questionnaires to fellow committee members and councillors."
Gareth Williams, Operations Manager at Viridor Credits, said: "On meeting Sam Nunn I was impressed with his vision for Chelmondiston's playing field as an inclusive area for all interests and abilities.
“The steering group had no hesitation in supporting this project."
Parish councilor John Hawkins, who also serves on the playing field committee, said: “We are delighted to be able this outdoor gym, which will give even more people a reason to come out and enjoy what we have here.
“These are public facilities so we hope lots of people come and make the most of what we have provided.”
Two tennis courts, an outdoor table tennis facility (including bats and balls) are provided, along with a full-size football pitch.
Cllr Davis added: "Babergh’s community team works closely to help parishes like Chelmondiston and it helps when you have people like Sam and John driving project forward like this.”
* Viridor Credits Environmental Company seeks applications from not-for-profit groups and organisationsand community groups. Applications can be made for projects that fall into one of three categories (below), provided that the project is located within 10 miles of an active Viridor landfill site or Energy Recovery Facility (ERF). They are:
- Provision or improvement of a public amenity;
- The conservation or promotion of biological diversity through:
- the provision, conservation, restoration or enhancement of a natural habitat, or
- the maintenance or recovery of a species or its habitat on land or water
- Restoration or renovation of buildings of historical or architectural importance or those used for religious worship.
Viridor Credits is looking for further projects to fund located within 10 miles of active Viridor-managed landfill sites or ERFs. Applicants can visit www.viridor-credits.co.uk, call 01823 476476, or email email@example.com.
District Ward To Be Reshaped And Called Orwell
Tuesday, August 7, 08.00
Chelmondiston and Pin Mill are to come under a newly formed Orwell ward in the Boundary Commission review of Babergh district wards.
The village is currently looked after by two district councillors as part of Berners ward, which also includes Shotley, Erwarton, Woolverstone and Freston.
However, the new ward boundaries will reform after the Boundary Commission released its final recommendations, which will go before Parliament when MPS return from the summer recess in September..
Newly named Ganges, Stour and Orwell wards will replace the bulk of the current two-member Berners and one member Holbrook wards and overlap into Belstead and Tattingstone.
The Local Government Boundary Commission For England (LGBCE) had originally looked at making much of the peninsula a three-member ward, but representations by Holbrook councillor David Rose, supported by Shotley councillor Derek Davis and a couple of parish councils, pointed out that would be unworkable and the panel agreed.
Ganges, named after the former Royal Navy Training Establishment, will comprise of Shotley and Erwarton and be looked after by just one district councillor.
Boundary commissioners took into account of development at the former Ganges site, comprising of 285 new homes, a small hotel, residential care home, a café, retail units and a number of community facilities, which would add to the electorate.
Stour ward, named after the mouth of the river, will also be a one member ward and will now take in Harkstead, Holbrook and Stutton, making it slightly larger than the current ward.
On the other side of the peninsula Orwell ward, will also be a one-member ward but will include Belstead, Wherstead and Tattingstone along with Freston, Woolverstone and Chelmondison.
Brantham will become a one-member ward as expected growth will also boost the electorate there.
The division of those four wards means the same geographical area will lose one district councillor.
In total Babergh district council will reduce the number of councillors from the current 43 to 32, serving 24 wards, with the changes coming into effect at the next district council election in May 2019.
In its report the Boundary Commission explained how it changed its original recommendation of forming three member ward to three single member wards after representations were made.
Cllr Davis said: "As a former HMS Ganges boy I'm delighted that the Shotley and Erwarton area will become known as the Ganges ward. I'm delighted the commission took notice of our suggestions and have adopted the three different wards, rather than one huge ward., which I believe would have been unwieldy.
“It is a difficult balancing act in getting the allowed variance in electorate numbers marrying up with geographical areas to comprise the number of wards needed.
“However, while the Orwell ward seems a little stretched with Belstead a bit out on a limb.
“It makes sense for one member to serve the area, rather than three trying to cover everything from Shotley to Belstead, especially if some councilors do not necessarily pull their weight locally.”
Cllr Alastair McCraw, current Alton ward member, added: “The best bit about the new ward structure is that the Peninsula will have four single member wards.
"Brantham & Ganges are two large population centres. There are some compromises in the centre, because equal representation is very important. I like the names of Orwell & Stour.
"The parish groupings follow the roads connecting them and should have similar concerns because of it. But every parish will have one councillor to deal with and to help them."
A little further afield, Capel St Mary, which is subject to some large scale development will also become a one-member ward, while Copdock and Washbrook, will stretch from Bentley to Hintelsham, but new-look Sproughton and Pinewood ward will become a two-member ward.
The LGBCE was tasked to reduce district council members but ensure they improved electoral equality by equalising the number of electors each ward councilor represents. They had to take into account community identity and provide effective and community local government.
Further information can be found on their website www.lgbce.org.uk
Hers & Sirs Relaunched
Sunday, August 5
Nothing makes you feel and look better than a lovey new hair do and a fresh looking Hers & Sirs is happy to oblige after officially relaunching under new management.
The bubbly flowed as more than 30 regular clients and potential new customers took a look around the revamped hairdressers on Main Road in Chelmondiston.
Lorraine Page and her daughter Georgina Chelsea Page have taken over at Hers and Sirsbut have retained many of the previous stylists, while adding to the staff.
Although there will be a fresh look, there will be consistency and continuity as new boss Lorraine has worked as a stylist at Hers and Sirs.
Her daughter Georgina is now the manageress working three days a week while still pursuing her modelling career and being a mum.
Valued and popular stylist Liza Baldry is staying on, also working three days of the week. John and Jenny continue doing a couple of days, and a new stylist will join working on Friday and Saturday while new apprentice Kayleigh makes up the happy, friendly and welcoming salon.
Every body loved what we done," said Lorraine. "A big thank you to staff for supporting me and for my husband Gordon Page for all his hard work doing all the decorating, and more.
"We had some lovely flowers and from customers and family so thanks to them as well and we look forward to seeing all our old and new customers in the new look salon."
There has been a hairdressers at the car park next to the car park on Main Road, Chelmondiston, which also serves the post office, Red Lion and butchers shop Hollingsworth’s for more than 45 years, although the styles have changed.
The dedicated team of stylists are expert in ladies styling, but also keep men up to date with the latest fashion, or with traditional cuts, and have a good way with children as they cut their hair.
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