News From Holbrook

Leisure Centre Owners Seek New Trustees

Thursday, February 13, 11.30

Abbeycroft Leisure, the charity which runs Holbrook Sports Centre, is seeking new trustees.

The not for profit social enterprise (charity) with an annual turnover of £12 million, wants experienced, community-minded professionals to help guide and implement their recently developed five-year strategy.

Abbeycroft Leisure reinvest all its profits into services and initiatives across its 19 centres in Suffolk and works in partnership with Babergh District Council, along with West Suffolk Council, Active Suffolk, Suffolk Mind, Allied HealthCare Professionals and the West Suffolk CCG.

Abbeycroft has more than 600 members of staff  in your role as a Trustee, you will be responsible for the strategic governance of the business and be a keen ambassador for all they do, including championing Abbeycroft in your own networks and communities.  The activities they are involved in are varied and impactful, and our new strategic plan is both challenging and exciting.

Abbeycroft is particularly seeking Trustees who have an active interest in Health and Wellbeing, Marketing and/or Education and insists new trustees will join a committed Board working with an experienced Leadership team. You will also need to be committed to our mission to inspire people to live healthy lifestyles, and our vision to create healthy active communities through excellent services and facilities, great experiences and strong partnerships.  

You will be willing to bring your skills and experiences into our Board Meetings, which generally take place on a Thursday morning around five times a year. In addition to this, you will need to be able to sit on a subcommittee who also meet around fve times a year.  You will share your insights, be willing to learn from those we work with as well as make a valuable contribution as a Trustee.

In return, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are part of an organisation that is able to make a real difference to people’s lives, and one that is a valued partner in Suffolk in the delivery of a wide range of physical activities that our two million visitors enjoy every year.

To find out more about Abbeycroft and the role of our Trustees, please click here to see the recruitment information pack and Impact Report.

Overturned Car Blocks Holbrook Road During School Run

Wednesday, February 12, 09.30

School children were among a large number of travellers caught in a traffic tail back after a car overturned on the Ipswich Road this morning. 

The buses carrying pupils to Holbrook Academy were among scores of commuters delayed as the car was recovered and police diverted motorists. The driver escaped unharmed in the accident just after 8am on a bend between Pot Ash Cottages and Pot Ash Farm in Holbrook.

No other vehicle was involved in the accident and the road is now clear.

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Independent Schools Move to Reassure Residents Over Coronavirus

Update: Monday, February 10.00

Royal Hospital School has also moved to confirm there are no cases of the Coronavirus among its pupils, following reports of a suspected case at a private school over the weekend. 

Sarah Stewart, director of communications at RHS, said: "I can confirm that there have been no positive cases of nCoV at the Royal Hospital School. We have a number of pupils from mainland China and other parts of the world but none of them have been in China or Hong Kong since the start of term which is over five weeks ago.

"None of our children are returning to China or Hong Kong over the half-term period. We, like all schools, have established protocols and will continue to monitor the situation, taking advice from Public Health England and communicating with the entire school community as appropriate. Our thoughts are with the pupils who are understandably anxious about their friends and family."

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Sunday, February 9, 16.00

A Woolverstone school has reassured residents on the Shotley peninsula it has no cases of the worldwide Coronavirus and will not be allowing any Chinese students access for the foreseeable future.  

A speaker at a Communion service on the peninsula is understood to have alluded to the congregation a pupil at a private school has contracted the Novel Coronavirus pneumonia (nCoV) but Woolverstone school moved quickly to deny the rumour, despite not being named directly.

Ipswich High School, based at Woolverstone Hall in the village, is now owned by a Chinese investment company based in Hong Kong, and has attracted a large number of students from China. Purpose-built boarding facilities are being built in the grounds, including at the former Dairy House, with boys now accepted at the former all girls school.

Head teacher Oona Carlin has recently left to join a private school in Qatar and deputy Nicola Griffiths is acting as the head until Mark Howe takes over in August later this year.

Mrs Griffiths, acting head of Ipswich High School, where fees are up to £33,000 per year, said: "We are not accepting any pupils from China, and affected regions, until the outbreak is contained.

 "At a local parish church service this morning a speaker unhelpfully announced to parishioners that the school has a suspected case of the virus. We have followed up with the church concerned, who are attempting to correct this error and contact the congregation to provide reassurances and we ask for your assistance in dispelling this rumour."

"We will continue to work closely with the local community to keep everyone informed of the preventative action the school has taken so far and any possible further developments."

All children travelling from China have been told they need to spend 14 days in self isolation before attending private schools in the UK, including the high school at Woolverstone.

nCoV pneumonia is believed to have originally started in Huahan seaford market in the Chinese region of Wuhan, possibly by virus carrying newly slaughtered animals, with 800 deaths from the virus worldwide. Infections inside stand at almost 37,200 and global infections have passed 280 in 28 countries and the mortality rate is 2%.

It is understood that the Catholic church advises when a virus is prevalent holy communion wine, representing Christ's blood is not shared while wafers, representing the body of Christ, are and this was the case at the service this morning, when the person spoke and the symbolism may have been misunderstood.

Other private schools with Chinese students returning from the New Year celebrations, or other home visits, not on the peninsula, including St Josephs, Ipswich, could also be at risk.

For more information from Woolverstone's Ipswich High School please call 780201. RHS can be contacted on 326200.

Academy Reveals New Head

Friday, January 24, 08.30

Tom Maltby has been named as the new head teacher at Holbrook Academy. 

Mr Maltby is currently the head at Hollyfield School (pictured), in Kingston, south west London where he joined in September 2017 from Grey Court School, in Ham, near Richmond in London.

A specialist in English and drama, Mr Maltby plans to move from Surbiton to Suffolk to be with and marry his long-standing partner, also a teacher, when he takes over the post ion September 1 this year. Mr Maltby takes on the role from Nicky Mayhew, who is expected to remain as the deputy head.

 In a letter to parents, the school governors thanked Mrs Mayhew for her dedication since taking over as caretaker head following the unexpected death of Dr Simon Letman last year.

Mr Maltby described establishing the Every Child, Every Day Academy Trust to Hollyfields as a proud achievement and Holbrook governors said in the letter they are hoping he can lead the school to 'an exciting new chapter'.

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

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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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