News From Erwarton

Bid To Buy Queen's Head For Community

Saturday, October 26, 13.00

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. 

William Wrinch made the move after current owners Claire and Marek Niewiarowski applied to Babergh District Council for permission to change its use from a public house to a residential property. Currently only the upstairs is used as accommodation and the ground floor remains a bar and restaurant area.

An Asset of Community Value on the Grade II listed pub recently lapsed but Mr Wrinch is determined to try and save the 300-year-old building as a pub and wants to open a dialogue with the owners.

"The Queen's Head was an incredibly popular, well run and highly thought of pub for many years," said Mr Wrinch, who lives close to the pub. "Sadly a change of direction by the owners led to mismanagement and the pub was wound down and eventually sold.

"I truly believe if we as a community can take ownership, we would breathe life back into the Queen's Head, making it a wonderful asset for our ever-increasing community and turn it into the hub of our village once more."

In its heyday the Queens Head was popular with local residents, villagers from nearby Shotley and Harkstead as well s cyclists, ramblers and tourists interested in Anne Boleyn, whose heart is reputed to be buried din the nearby St Mary's Church and who gives her name to the historic pub.

The Queens Head called last orders for the final time in 2009 and the Niewiarowski's bought the pub in >> and vowed to turn it into tea rooms and an arts and craft shop , however, that never materialised.

More details can be found on Babergh's planning site here - using reference number DC/19/04823

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Special Tree Present For Every New Born

Thursday, October 3, 16.00

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

The free tree initiative is part of Babergh’s range of pledges to protect biodiversity and natural habitats within the district. 

These also include initiatives to develop plans to introduce wild flower verges to encourage bees and insects; create and develop a Wildlife Network Map to identify potential wildlife corridors and encourage eco-tourism.

Derek Davis, Ganges ward councillor and cabinet member with the portfolio for Communities, welcomed the initiatives and added: “This will fit in perfectly with the incredible work volunteers have done for a few years now in Shotley & Erwarton.

“Ganges wood is living proof of how, metaphorically speaking, an oak grows from an acorn.

“When I moved here nearly 20 years ago my back garden backed onto Ganges wood, which at that time had been planted with scores of saplings. Now look at it – a fully grown woodland enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Golden Wood, owned by the Viking Forest project, in trust in perpetuity for the community, is the same, and also benefits hundreds now, and for the future of our children and our children's children.

“The aim here is for our Trees for Life initiative to allow people to dedicate a tree to their new-born, whether that is in their garden or a specific space elsewhere.”    

The council will work with public sector partners and other parties as part of the environment and climate change taskforce, to fulfil the pledges and look at the ways biodiversity corridors can be enhanced in Babergh to protect wildlife. This works towards Suffolk’s ambition of being the greenest county.

The environment and climate change taskforce will look at how Babergh and Mid Suffolk will respond to the climate change challenge and fulfil their ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Contact Cllr Davis on derek.davis@babergh.gov.uk. 

Children Safe After Smoke Billows From School Bus 

Monday, June 3, 18.00

Dozens of schoolchildren escaped unhurt after smoke started pouring from their bus. 

The pupils from Holbrook Academy swiftly evacuated the number 98 bus when the driver was forced to leave the vehicle at Queens Road Erwarton, after a loud bang was heard and smoke started coming from the bottom of the single decker. (picture right, contributed)

The children, mainly teenagers, reacted sensibly to the incident, although some parents were concerned they were forced to walk home to Shotley along the country road following the incident.

One teenager on the bus said: "We stopped and heard a huge bang and there was smoke everywhere. We thought the bus was on fire and got off as quickly as possible. No-one panicked and people were taking pictures on their phones. 

"Then we had to walk home together, which wasn't great on that lane."

Two fire appliances, one from Princes Street, Ipswich and one from Holbrook went to the suspected fire but one was quickly redeployed to another incident.

No-one was injured and an investigation into what happened will be held by Ipswich Buses, who have been asked to comment. Holbrook Academy has also been asked to comment. 

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