News From Holbrook

Wheels On The Shuttle Bus Going Round And Round

Monday, January 6, 16.00 

Two dedicated shuttle bus services between the Royal Hospital School and Brantham, stopping at the Stutton King's Head, will operate to link up with the main 92 and 615 services, while road closures affect the main road at Church Hill. 

Stutton Support Network also supports a fortnightly minibus to Manningtree Co-op every other Wednesday, starting January 8. It departs Oak House at 9.30 a.. and returns by 11.30 a.m. The driver can also pick you up from your house and drop you back. Contact 01473 327753

Click here for full timetable during road closure...

Peninsula Cricket Volunteer Awarded BEM

Monday, December 30

A Holbrook cricketer has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's New Year's honours list. 

Juliet Wiles, who has coached at Suffolk county level, Holbrook Academy and Shotley Peninsula ladies,  was recognised for services to cricket after her volunteering work at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Ms Wiles was told in November that her nomination had been approved by the Queen but has had to keep quiet until now. She will be formally presented with her BEM by the Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk and attend a Buckingham Palace garden party in the summer.

"It was quite a shock initially but a really lovely recognition," said Juliet. "The Cricketeering was the pinnacle of a long build up, relatively unplanned, just a case of accepting opportunities, taking a few risks and looking for new challenges."

She added:  "I don’t feel I’ve done any more than anyone else would have and I can think of lots of you who do equally deserving things and give up your time for others. I don’t know who nominated me but if it’s you, thank you, you’ve made be very happy and my family very proud."

England won the one day international world cup in dramatic circumstances, beating New Zealand in the first Super Over in the final by the boundary countback rule, after both teams finished on 241. Overall, approximately 2.6 billion people around the world watched the tournament, making it the most-watched cricket competition.

Juliet said: "The Cricketeering experience itself was amazing. Working in the Fan Zone, and having to interact with such a huge variety of people and nationalities, seeing them all showing such national pride, and joy at being able to attend a match at Lords, the home of cricket with their friends and families to watch the team they love.

"To top that, being able to witness the last six overs of the England Innings and the Super Overs, and joining in with the crowd of strangers, singing, flag waving and living every ball and run, was remarkable."

 Although her successful volunteering stint at the world cup was a huge factor in being recognised with a BEM, Juliet's services to cricket locally go back many years and started when she was coaching girls at Holbrook academy, established a peninsula team for ladies as part of Shotley Peninsula Cricket Club, then qualified as a Level Two coach.

A humble, but delighted Juliet was keen to thank those who had helped her on her journey and added: "I do know I am very fortunate to have had help on my way to receiving this honour. I would like to thank:

  • Steve, for seeing me through this journey, and letting me change and move on - sometimes without him but always knowing I am loved. 
  • My family, for encouraging me and for always reminding me there is a lot of the world to see. 
  • My Mum, for her inspirational love and reality checks. And I know my Dad would have been immensely proud.  
  • Jeff Hopwood, my brother in law, for making London a less scary place to travel through.  
  • Mary Cahill, coordinator of the Cricketeer programme, who recognised things in me that I had not seen. 
  • Members of Suffolk Cricket. Spencer Wuidart Gray, who started me thinking that coaching could be a reality, and a way for me to step aside from teaching; and. Rob Jones, Chloe Leveridge, Andrew Blanchard and Ben Wallis for enabling me to develop the qualifications I needed, and giving me flexibility in the work I do. 
  • Members of Shotley Peninsula Cricket Club: friends and, especially, coaching colleagues. Donald Mlambo and Nancy Parman for improving my self-belief.
  • The sponsors of Shotley Peninsula Ladies’ team. The Bakers Arms and Hadleigh Osteopaths, who gave the trophies which allow the club to recognise players’ progress.
  • And, of course, those of you who are my friends, some long term, some new - you have all impacted on me in your own unique ways.  Ann Dixon and Karen Sharpe, in particular, thank you for your listening skills and support in helping me make good choices this year."

Juliet is determined not to rest on her laurels and in addition to her cricketing involvement has recently taken up cycling and is a dedicated member of Hadleigh Slimmers Club (with two stones lost already).

* After being discontinued in 1993, the British Empire Medal was reintroduced in 2012 to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Anniversary but only to civilians for voluntary work or services to their community.

*Picture top - Juliet Wiles BEM

Happy New Year from all involved with Shotley Peninsula News

Students Evacuated After Fears Of Fire At Academy

Thursday, December 12, 12.30

Hundreds of students safely evacuated Holbrook Academy this morning after fears of a fire led to a precautionary call to emergency services, which disrupted classes. 

Three fire crews, two from Ipswich and the retained service from Holbrook, were quickly on the scene after a smell of burning was reported in a building at the school on Ipswich Road..

Crews quickly found the source of the incident, believed to be an electrical fault, and were able to deal with it. No one was hurt in the incident at around 11.00am, with crews leaving the scene at 11.40am.

Acting Head teacher Nicky Mayhew praised the students for their behaviour

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