Holbrook Swan Joins Our Paper Not Plastic Campaign

New Holbrook Swan owner Alec Williamson has backed our Paper Not Plastic and plans to extend it even wider. 

Alec and bar tender Freya, were delighted to pose with the paper straws they already use at the recently renovated Swan.

Our campaign has won widespread support throughout the peninsula and Alec was delighted to join in.

“This is something we take seriously,” said Alec.” Not only are we using paper straws, but we are getting in wooden stirrers to. We aim to be as plastic free as possible.”

The new look Swan is proving popular with locals, who are devouring the freedom to eat takeaway food from nearby food outlets in the pub.

Every Friday, young mums Rachel Jackson and Sophie Bennett cook oven fired pizza in the pub car park and the Swan provides cutlery when needed.

Alec, who is also a director at Calvors’ craft beer and lager brewery in Coddenham Green, Suffolk, also owns the Rampant Horse Inn, in Needham Market, which will also stock paper straws and wooden stirrers.

The Swan is currently recruiting so if you would like to work for an environmentally-minded pub contact 01473 327231.

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Government Plans To Ban Plastic Straws

Thursday, April 19, 08.30

Plastic straws, and drinks stirrers are set to be banned in the UK, it has been announced. 

Environment secretary Michael Gove vowed to end single use plastic, with straws top of the list, with plastic stemmed cotton buds and stirrers also on the list.

Mr Give recognised now campaigners such as Paper Not Plastic have encouraged businesses to swap from plastic to paper, but now wants to do more to end the scourge of single use plastic which has a devastating effect of rivers, and oceans.

The cabinet minister said: “Single-use plastics are a scourge on our seas and lethal to our precious environment and wildlife so it is vital we act now.

“We have already banned harmful microbeads and cut plastic bag use, and now we want to take action on straws, stirrers and cotton buds to help protect our marine life.

“We’ve already seen a number of retailers, bars and restaurants stepping up to the plate and cutting plastic use, however it’s only through government, businesses and the public working together that we will protect our environment for the next generation – we all have a role to play in turning the tide on plastic.”

Under the proposals, the sale of the items would be outlawed in England as part of the government’s 25-year environment plan to eliminate avoidable plastic waste.

A dozen businesses on the Shotley peninsula have already vowed to make the switch, with some, such as the Gardeners Arms in Stutton, already just using paper straws.

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Alton Water Joins Our Campaign

The newly reopened cafe at Alton Water has joined our Paper Not Plastic campaign.

Manager Natalie and her two colleagues Lauren and Carlyhave supported the use of paper straws at the new rooms, and were delighted at how sturdy the Fancy Straws we provided are for their customers.

The cafe at Alton Water has undergone a complete refit,a s part of the park's facelift.

New play equipment has been installed within sight of the tae room and the cycle hire has been relaunched, again under new management.

A dozen businesses on the peninsula have already supported our Paper Not Plastic campaign, and we are confident more will follow.

Last, month we were spent a Good Eggs certificate by Mark Murphy on his BBC Radio Suffolk breakfast show.

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From Tattingstone To Shotley The Word Is Spreading

Bosses and staff at pubs as far apart on the peninsula as the White Horse at Tattingstone and the Bristol Arms in Shotley have backed  our Paper Not Plastic campaign.

Shane and Shane at Bristol Arms enjoyed the sunshine to show their support as they vowed to start using paper straws as part of their effort to improve the environment.

Landlord Shane Rolin is a keen kayaker and has experienced first hand the amount of plastic which gets washed up along the banks of both the Stour and Orwell.

Customers at the popular pub at Shotley Gate, with wonderful views down the Stour and across the river towards Harwich and the international docks, have already asked about paper straws.

A popular Walkers Are Welcome destination the Bristol is also home to the volunteer community group Shotley Open Spaces, and hosts a month Poetry Recital evening.

The duo will be hosting a first birthday celebration marking the anniversary of Shotley becoming the first area in Suffolk to gain Walkers Are Welcome accreditation on Easter Monday. A circular walk starts from the pub at 2pm followed by  aTreasure trail for children at 3.30pm, a family quiz at 4.30pm and a Hog Roast at 6pm. See poster...

 Jackie and Wish took time out from getting ready for an active Easter at the White Horse at Tattingstone, and get warm next to the open fire, to demonstrate their backing.

The White Horse is hosting an Easter Bonnet competition on Easter Sunday starting at 3pm, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt for the under 12s, with a BBQ in the evening.

If your children enjoy Easter Egg Hunts then get in touch with Sarah at the Shotley Rose today and book your place for their event on Good Friday starting at 11pm. 

New Crop Of Pubs Support Campaign

Our Paper Not Plastic campaign continues to garner great support. 

Over the past few days The Gardeners Arms and Kings Head in Stutton, have both added their backing. 

Bob and Elaine at the Gardeners had already converted to paper straws after their environmentally aware daughters suggested they should and customer comments have been very positive.

 Elaine at the Kings Head said our campaign was a great idea as every little bit helps, and they would use the new Fancy Straws to see how regulars reacted.

Kevin and Anna at the CAMRA award-winning Wheatsheaf, loved the range of colourful straws and had already looked in to switching, so this was great timing for them.

Sarah at the Shotley Rose, Michael at the Bakers Arms at Harkstead, and Gemma and Paul at the Bull at Brantham were among the first to back the campaign, which last week was presented with a Good Eggs award by Mark Murphy’s Breakfast Show team at BBC Radio Suffolk.   

Ian at the Compasses has also come on board as the word spreads.                                     

More local business are getting in touch about showing their support and we will soon bring you pictures of them too.

Breakfast Show Host Backs Paper Not Plastic

Mark Murphy, the award-winning BBC Radio Suffolk breakfast show host is the latest to back our campaign. 

The inspiration behind the Don't Be A Tosser campaign, urging people not to throw litter, especially out of their vehicles, and Planet Suffolk sent Peninsula News a Good Egg certificate after our Paper Not Plastic campaign was mentioned during his show on Monday morning.

Mark joins a raft of pub landlords and ladies in backing the campaign to use paper straws rather than plastic ones, with Anna Durance and Kev Jackson at the CAMRA award winning Wheatsheaf in Tattingstone, Michael Elvis at the Bakers Arms in hark stead, Ian Everett at the Compasses, Holbrook, Sarah and Jamie at the Shotley Rose, Shane at the Bristol along with Alex and Janey Peters at the Shipwreck and Paul and Gemma Chenery at the Brantham Bull, all joining in.

Let your your local know that you would like them to use paper straws, not plastic and get them to join the campaign.

Chancellor Gives Another Reason To Back Our Paper Not Plastic Campaign

Tuesday, March 13, 13.30

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, today gave those keen to use less plastic a financial incentive to find other alternatives.

One of the major stumbling blocks preventing businesses from switching to paper straws has been cost. 

In his statement to parliament today Mr Hammond announced he plans to consult on introducing a tax on single use plastics, including plastic straws.

Many publicans on the peninsula have already pledged support for our paper Not plastic campaign, including The Bakers, Arms in Harkstead, Bull at Brantham, Compasses in Holbrook, CamRa award-winning Wheatsheaf in Tattingstone, along with the Bristol Arms, Shipwreck and Rose, all in Shotley. (Rose landlady Sarah Pallant pictured)

Mr Hammond also announced there would be a consultation to gather ideas from manufacturers, retailers, green groups — and the British public — on how to bring about real change in how we use plastic

The chancellor said: “We will be looking at a wide range of things, from new materials and more efficient recycling methods to changing set habits through taxes and charges. Far from adding extra burdens to business, this will be designed to incentivise innovation, stimulate creativity and unleash the great British entrepreneurial spirit.”

In order to facilitate a shift away from plastics, Hammond announced a support fund of £20 million for businesses and universities investing in research around alternatives to single-use plastics.

Join Our Paper Not Plastic Campaign

All businesses on the peninsula are today being urged to start using paper straws instead of plastic. 

Shotley Peninsula News and Features has launched its Paper Not Plastic campaign and will contact everyone that currently uses straws and ask them to switch to the biodegradable version.

All our readers are urged to ask any business they come across to make the switch and to help them we have joined forced with Fancy Straws to help business make this hugely important change.

Plastic straws can take more than 200 years to break down, with the UK using an estimated 8.5 billion each year.

This is our small way of trying to cut the amount of plastic being used, and ending up on our beaches, or even worse in our rivers and the sea then having a deadly impact on sealife.

The first 50 businesses to join our campaign will be given a box of eco-friendly high quality paper straws donated by Fancy Straws.

“We brought paper straws back around about five years ago after seeing the amount of plastic there was on our beaches, including when we walked along the path on the peninsula,” said Stuart Moore, director at Fancy Straws.

“It used to always be paper straws but they were no good really and disintegrated in liquids.

“Nowadays they are not only fit for purpose by being robust but a biodegradable and help the environment.

“Well done to Shotley peninsula News and Features and all those joining in with this campaign.”

Our Paper Not Plastic campaign coincides with the first blog from environmental campaigner Em Hull. See Here…

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Roll of Honour

All these companies have joined our campaign to use paper straws. You can join in by emailing us here:  editorial@shotleypeninsulanewsandfeatures.com

Shotley Rose - 787237

Shipwreck - 788865

Bristol Arms - 787200

Bakers Arms - 326904

Bull at Brantham - 328248

Compasses - 328332

Wheatsheaf - 805470

Fancy Straws - 01485 579363

Mark Murphy, BBC Suffolk Breakfast Show

Gardeners Arms - 328868

Kings Head - 328898

Swan - 327231

Alton Water Park