AONB Vote To Stick With Wood For Chair
Friday, July 6, 07.00
County councillor David Wood has been reelected as chairman of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths’ Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Cllr Wood, who is also Tattingstone parish council chairman, has vowed to continue leading the move to extend the AONB boundary across most of the Shotley peninsula and across the river Stour into Essex.
The Peninsula ward member for Suffolk County Council is also determined to carry on the work undertaken by his former vice chair Sue Allen, who recently passed away, to increase signage promoting the AONB from Southwold to Shotley.
“I have been working on extending the AONB for nearly 20 years now, so I’m determined to see it go through,” said Cllr Wood, (pictured right launching the Explorer Guide).
“Our national conference for the AONB is due to be held in Essex next year, so it would be the perfect time and place to celebrate if we are successful.”
A proposal has been put to Government to extend the AONB boundary following an extensive review with 126 responses during the consultation period, with the vast majority supporting the plans.
“Sue was passionate about promoting the AONB, in particular with better signage of our main roads, so it is only right we as a body work continue to achieve that.”
Cllr Wood was nominated by Babergh district councilor for the Holbrook ward David Rose, and seconded by fellow peninsula district councilor Derek Davis, who are both on the Joint Advisory Committee of the AONB for Suffolk Coast and Heaths.
Meanwhile, Alton ward district councilor Alastair McCraw has joined the JAC for the Dedham Vale section of the AONB.
* Each year the Stour & Orwell Estuaries Management Group holds a public forum, which is a popular event supported by the AONB. It is the Group's main opportunity to communicate its work to the public and to hear directly from local communities. Is well-attended by the Parish Councils around the estuaries and from further afield too. Lively discussions on key issues of the day are guaranteed.
This year’s Stour & Orwell Forum 2018 will be held on the morning of Tuesday 17th July, at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Marine Rd, Woolverstone, IP9 1AT.
24-hour Petanque-a-thon Challenge for Livability
Thursday, June 7, 11.00
Two petanque players are hoping to boule locals over as they take on a marathon 24-hour challenge.
Airavata Carroll (pictured right practising) and pal Sesa are taking on all-comers at the Wheatsheaf in Tattingstone in their petanque-a-thon as they look to raise funds to buy vital equipment for the Livability Icanho charity.
Challengers can buy a half-hour game for £5, and can play more than one slot.
The rivalry between Brit Airavata and American Sesa is fierce and both national anthems will be played at 17.45 on Friday (June 8) before they start pitching their boules.
The competitors will also be treated to live music from the Quay Street Whalers, inside the pub, and when they finish at 11pm the petanque keeps on going through the night.
Early morning music will keep the crowd entertained, with a bacon and egg sandwich breakfast starting at 9am in the garden.
Colleen Williams performs live in the garden from 14.00, followed by Richard Hinchcliffe, Brooke Telling, Oliver Fox & William, with the music winding up in time for Sesa and Airavata’s pentanque-a-thon finale. (pictured left)
The fun will continue into the evening with more live music and a hog roast, with the Duke Silver Experience headlining.
Campers and caravaners are welcome to pitch up in the field alongside the Wheatsheaf pub.
* Every year the Wheatsheaf’s Charity Committee nominate a charity and for 2018 it is Icanho, the Suffolk Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre in Stowmarket.
They aim to raise £25,000 to purchase a new piece of equipment called the 'Bioness Vector System' designed to aid mobility and deliver even better rehabilitation.
Four New Homes Approved At Heath
Thursday, May 31, 10.00
Permission has been granted to build four new homes at Tattingstone Heath.
Approval was given by Babergh's planners after ward councillor Alastair McCraw called the application to committee for consideration after concerns were raised locally about the exit on to the road, design and overdevelopment.
However, the committee unanimously decided the two- detached and two semi-detached homes should get the go-ahead after hearing from the applicants agent, Roger Balmer.
Meanwhile, an application to build 30 houses in Holbrook was withdrawn.
Tattngstone PC, was among the villages objecting to the proposal.
Further afield, an outline application for 100 new homes in Capel St Mary from Persimmon Homes was granted permission.
Babergh's planning committee were told Suffolk County Council Highways raised no objections to the application at Little Tufts, despite neighbours pointing out existing traffic issues, limited access and safety concerns.
District councillors Sue Carpendale and Fenella Swan joined Capel St Mary Parish Council and objectors in speaking out against the development, citing a number of reasons.
These including the access issue, infrastructure problems, more suitable sites coming forward and recent applications, which had already been passed. Building on high grade agricultural land, concerns over health care facilities being at full capacity and impact on residential amenities, were all put forward.
The committee were reminded Babergh does not have an adequate five-year land supply and that was a material consideration, along with the national policy of a a presumption in favour of sustainable development.
A vote of 8-6 in favour left a lady sobbing in anguish at the conclusion of the debate and she had to be comforted by friends and ward councillors.
Approval is subject to securing an S106 planning obligation securing 35% affordable homes, management and maintenance of public open spaces, and a contribution to the Stour and Orwell Recreational Amenities (RAMS).
Members of the public and the Press were excluded before the hearing took place, while members were given legal advice.
The planning committee had previously refused an application at the same site for 150 homes, and that is currently being appealed.
Meanwhile, an application to convert a barn to a wedding and events venue in Glemsford was refused, on grounds of noise pollution leading to a loss of amenity.
Plea For New Parish Councillor
Tattingstone parish council is looking to fill a vacancy in time for their next meeting on Monday, May 14.
Clerk Jane Connell-Smith has issued the plea for people to come forward and be co-opted onto the parish council. Interested parties should send her a little bit of background information and a brief summary of the skills and experience they could bring to help the village.
For more information contact the Parish Clerk.
Clerk to the Parish Council
31 Church Road
Homeless Project Is Donated Second Bus
Thursday, April 26. 07.00.
Tiffers the homeless project has been given a second bus to convert.
The double-decker arrived from Southend yesterday and will be renovated on land behind the CAMRA Pub of the YearWheatsheaf in Tattingstone.
Project leader Gareth Brenland will use lessons learned on the first Tiffers bus, which is currently located in Freston, to convert the bus into living accommodation for rough sleepers.
Guests from the first project will lend a hand, and learn new skills on creating a new temporary base for those in need.
Mr Brenland said: "The first project was a steep learning curve and we have learned valuable lessons. People questioned the need for a homeless bus, but we have seen there is a need.
"We are grateful to Kev and Anna for allowing us to park the bus behind the Wheatsheaf so we can work on her."
It is hoped that Tiffers Two will be utilised by Babergh District Council, although talks are in avery early stage.
The original Tiffers Ipswich project has already helped house guests, find employment, and help people with addiction problems, and PTSD, and give them security and a safe foundation to help rebuild their lives.
A Tiffers shop in Ipswich town centre helps with fund-raising and in providing clean, warn clothing for rough sleepers.
Pub To Change Hands
Tuesday, April 10, 07.00
Richard and Jackie are to leave the White Horse at the end of June.
Illness has forced the couple to call time on running the 200-year-old Tattingstone pub, which will be taken over by another couple on July 1.
After being closed for some time, the White Horse reopened under Richard Hynard and Jackie Dennis' direction and they made major improvements and changes, including opening up a dedicated drinking bar, and rejigging the restaurant area. They also made improvements to the living area upstairs.
The pub has been well-supported locally, with Sunday roasts proving exceptionally popular, with many fully booked notices going up.
Illness to the owners, and staff meant the White Horse was closed for much of January and landlord Richard Hynard has taken the decision to step down.
He said: "You are aware that we had to close the pub for periods earlier in the year as a result I'm acting on advice from the doctors and reducing the hours I work and acting in the best interest of the pub at the same time.
"I can confirm it is the intention for the pub to remain open and trading as normal with no disruption to trade and the handover occurring behind the scenes."
The White Horse recently backed Shotley peninsula news and Features.com's Paper Not Plastic campaign, with Jackie and barmaid Wish, (pictured left) promoting the scheme.
The peninsula is blessed with many pubs, with the Wheatsheaf at Tattingstone winning Ipswich and East Suffolk CAMRA Pub of the Year.
The Swan at Holbrook, being renovated and will soon reopen under the Calvors brand.
Meanwhile, The Freston Boot plans to reopen in May, after undergoing a major refit.
CAMRA Presentation To Pub Of The Year
Friday, March 30. 06.00
Customers at a packed out Wheatsheaf cheered as CAMRA presented owners Anna Durance and Kevin Jackson with two awards last night.
The Tattingstone ale house had already been named Rural Pub of the Year, before scooping the Ipswich and East Suffolk award as the area's overall Pub of the Year, beating the Fat Cat in Ipswich and Stowmarket's Royal William.
Kevin and Anna have completely transformed the Wheatsheaf since taking over six years ago, and made it the hub of the community, with its selection of real ales, ciders, lagers and wines, as well as tea/coffee and soft drinks, and good old fashioned home-cooked food.
The thing that stood out most for the judges was the pub's atmosphere, cosy decor, engagement with customers and the genuine family friendly feel.
Ipswich and East Suffolk chairman Gordon Taylor presented the awards and said: “We are fortunate in Suffolk to have so many wonderful pubs, with a large per cent free of tie from the big pub operators.
“The Wheatsheaf is an excellent example of what a pub in the hands of the right people can do.
“When Anna and Kevin took this over, it was a mess, a really decrepit pub, which would take a lot of work.
“What they have done has been amazing, and they have had a child as well.
“While the range and quality of the beer is important and they certainly do a good pint here, this award is about more than just good real ale.
“The Wheatsheaf has a fabulous atmosphere, it is a welcoming pub, day and night, making sure it has everything to make it a real family pub.
“Kevin and Anna have built up a fabulous community pub, with good old fashioned hard work, caring for their customers, and getting so many of the little things right.
“Our members and the committee have been here a few times now and they fully deserve the award as, not just Rural pub of the Year, but also our branch's’ pub of the year for Ipswich and East Suffolk.”
Anna thanked the CAMRA committee and added: "This is for you, the customers. You are the ones who have made us what we are and I want to thank all of you for supporting us here at the Wheatsheaf."
The Wheatsheaf now goes forward to the Suffolk Pub off the Year stage, where it takes on the Oakes Barn, Bury St Edmund, and the Hopton Vine and Shadingfield Fox.
The good news goes on for the Wheatsheaf, after planning permission was granted for an extension at the back of the pub.
New Play Area At Alton Water Open To All
June 1 06.00
A new £30,000 play area has been unveiled at Alton Water Park.
Swings, see-saw, climbing frame, monkey-hanging ropes, balancing beams, and sand pit, are all part of the impressive looking play equipment.
The play equipment is within a short distance from the newly reopened tea room, which is also under new management, and can be easily overseen from the garden.
Placed on the bank near the main entrance of the reservoir, the play area is open for all families to enjoy as part of a revamp of the Alton Water Park.
Built in time for, hopefully, the better weather, and a new season of events at Alton Water the play area came about after consultation with nearby parish councils and visitors to the park
As well as the refurbished tea room, the cycle hire facility is also under new management with the park taking it in house.
Alton Water Park is now also taking bookings for its camp site, which is nearing completion, and is due to open in June, and will run through until October.
There are 88 pitches at the new camping and caravan site will, which will have electric hook ups and a newly built shower and toilet block on site. Book here.
Wheatsheaf Moves To A New Level
Wednesday, March 21, 07.00
The Wheatsheaf at Tattingstone moved up a whole new level by after being named Pub of the Year for Ipswich and East Suffolk.
Suffolk CAMRA had already made the Wheatsheaf, ran by Anna Durance and Kev Jackson Rural pub of the Year but after beating the Fat cat in Ipsikwch and the Royal William at Stowmarket the popular peninsula pub scooped the higher accolade.
The Wheatsheaf has now moved forward to the final shortlist for Suffolk pub of the year, where they are up against the winners of the East Suffolk, Mid Anglia and West Suffolk Borders.
"We are really pleased the pub has been recognised in this way by CAMRA, members," said Mr Jackson. "It has as much to do with our customers as anything else. They appreciate the good beers we put on, and they help create the wonderful atmosphere which makes visiting the pub such a good experience."
A freehouse, the Wheatsheaf is renowned for its ever-changing supply of various craft ales from dark stouts to fruity and flavoursome ales, but with a variety of other beers, lagers, ciders and wine to cater for all.
Regular community event evenings, and special screenings of rugby all mean busy nights, while there are comfortable sofas and seating for the quieter evenings or lunches, where food, tea and coffee is also available.
The Wheatsheaf has also supported our Paper Not Plastic campaign and has paper straws ready for use.
Alton Water Tea Room Reopens
There is nothing better after a good walk, cycle or even jog around the miles of Alton Water pathways, than a nice cup of tea/coffee and slice of cake.
Now, after an extensive refurbishment, the Alton Water tea room has opened offering visitors to the park an opportunity to sit and get refreshed with friends, including the four-legged variety.
New management led byNatalie and her team, (pictured here in the middle with Lauren, left and Carly, right) are ready to welcome locals and tourists alike, even in the spring snow or showers.
Quality barista machines serve up a good range of coffees, while tea comes in mugs or pots, as desired.
Hot food is available, along with rolls and sandwiches, while the dogs are allowed free biscuits.
The tea room renovations are part of extensive work going on to enhance the visitor experience to Alton Water.
A touring caravan site is due to be completed in time for the summer season, a new play area will open this week, while a new cycle-hire centre is now open for business.
Park Ranger John Taylor said: "There are lots of exciting things going on and we look forward to welcoming even more visitors to Alton Water this year."
Wheatsheaf Wins CAMRA Pub Of Year Award
Monday, March 5, 07.00
The Wheatsheaf in Tattingstone has been named Ipswich & East Suffolk' CamRa Rural Pub of the Year after judges found landlords Anna Durance and Kevin Jackson made visiting it a great experience.
But Miss Durance insisted it was more to do with the amazing Wheatsheaf customers which gives the pub its atmosphere, while enjoying a constantly changing range of real ales.
"We are so very lucky to have such lovely, lovely customers... friends," said mum of one Anna. "It's not the landlords who sing "farewell" to fellow customers.
"It's not us, it's our customers that raise several K a year for charity. It's our customers who smile and greet all who step over our thresh-hold... ok, that one's a team effort. I may be the one holding the Jaffa (Birthday) Cake for the birthdays, but I couldn't sing 'Happy Birthday' all by myself
"It's not us that drink all our beer to help keep it nice and fresh... oh... another team effort there."
Prominently placed on the crossroads on the A137 linking Bentleys and Tattingstone, the historic Wheatsheaf is known for its warm, welcome terrific ale, and impromptu musical outbursts, making it popular with real ale buffs and other regular diners and drinkers.
Despite the accolade, the duo vow to continue to look for improvements.
Anna added: "In my lack of vanity, I struggle to appreciate the significance of our award, however, I will never take for granted how lucky we are to have such awesome clientele.
"There is guilt, as I also know we need to do so much more; smoking shelter, heating in the gents toilets, "Wheatsheaf Song Book", nicer gardens, tidier bar... new bar, keeping our website up to date, new signage, a campsite would be nice, an area for the little ones, away from those who don't want to worry about tripping over a toy tractor."
Financial Help During Cold Weather Snap
Monday, February 26, 12.15
Scores of families on the Shotley peninsula will be given an extra £25 a week after the Government triggered their Cold Weather Payment for this area.
The payments, for people on certain benefits come into effect when average temperatures drop, or are forecast to drop, to zero degrees Celsius or below.
With the so-called Beast from the East moving in, South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge today confirmed those payments will be paid, starting from February 23, initially for one week.
People in postcode area IP9 and CO11 are among those that will be paid, with payments made automatically with 14 days.
With Universal Credit being rolled out in this area shortly, others who will get the winter weather payment are those who are on pension credit, income support, income-based job-seekers allowance, and employment and support allowance
The winter weather allowance is different, and separate, to winter fuel allowance.
Poles Come Down For Ultrafast Broadband
Thursday, February 15. 06.30
Unsightly telegraph pole recently erected without warning in Tattingstone village hall car park, and others in at least one other surrounding street will be taken down after a successful ultra-fast broadband trial.
Openreach have promised to remove the poles in The Close, Tattingstone, which were erected as part of a small scale ultra-fast broadband trial involving around 160premises in the village.
Householders in the village will now be able to get broadband of up to speeds of up to 330 magabits per second (mbs), which is around seven times faster than the national average.
Those involved in the trial were given the service free of charge and will now be able to choose from any provider within the Openreach network.
If the cost and take up prove worthwhile Openreach will extend the service throughout the Shotley peninsula, wherever possible.
Nearly 160 premises were initially invited to take part in the trial but many residents were unhappy with the use of telegraph poles to carry the fibre optic cables and told BT Openreach they would prefer them to be buried underground, even though it would cost more.
An Openreach spokesperson, said: “We've visited the community to discuss the options and after a series of meetings they've settled on a Community Fibre Partnership scheme with Openreach that enables those roads affected to have the fibre buried underground.
“Openreach will take down the telephone poles including the one at the village hall. Residents in these roads are contributing the cost to connect their homes.
“Customers in the trial are benefitting from ultrafast speeds of up to 330 megabits per second. It's around seven times faster than the average broadband speed in the UK. We've got positive feedback from people on the trial.
“Everyone in the trial area has the chance to try Ultrafast Broadband completely free of charge for the trial period. After which if they want to keep their ultrafast broadband they can choose from a selection of companies that offer ultrafast broadband over the Openreach network.”
The trial, which began in mid-January, was conducted by Openreach to test a range of electronics, and ways to connect up homes with fibre to deliver ultrafast broadband speeds.
Alastair McCraw, Babergh Distrct Councillor for Tattingstone said: “I'm very pleased that this looks like it's being resolved. Fibre based broadband is hard to come by in rural areas.
“It's a shame that the telephone poles became an issue when they seemingly just appeared without warning or explanation.
“Some thanks are due to the residents who are contributing, at no small cost, to the underground supply. A wider, more economic, roll out would benefit a lot of our villages. I hope to see that happen.”
Boundary Review Results Delayed
Monday, February 12 - 06.00
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has delayed the publication of its final recommendations for the Babergh review.
The commission is currently examining the electorate data and forecasts, which underpin all the recommendations and is expected to be able to make a further announcement about the completion of both reviews following its next meeting on 20 February.
The Shotley peninsula currently has three wards, Alton, which covers Tattingstone, Stutton and Brantham with Independent Alastair McCraw and Harriet Steer, a Conservative, the district councillors. David Rose, an Independent, is councillor for Holbrook, Lower Holbrook and Harkstead, while another Independent councillor, Derek Davis covers Shotley, Erwarton, Chelmondiston, Woolverstone and Freston, along with Peter Patrick, a Conservative that lives in Polstead.
The new ward boundaries under review would see Shotley, Erwarton and Harkstead become a single member ward, while Bentley would join with Chelmondiston, Woolverstone and Freston but stay a two-member ward, while Holbrook would go in with the current Alton ward.
It was expected that the Boundary Commission review would have been completed now, but issues with Mid--Suffolk figures have set things back. The current administration of both councils want to dissolved Babergh and Mid-Suffolk and became one Heart of Suffolk council, although Conservative leader John Ward had promised a referendum would be held in Babergh, after previous poll resulted in 61 per cent of resident that voted going against the proposal in 2011.
Single Room Call To Match Singletons
By Joe Harvey (Tuesday, February 6, 06.00 )
Householders on the Shotley Peninsula are being asked to use their spare bedroom to take in single lodgers.
Solo Housing have linked up with Babergh Distrct Council to try and help singeltons struggling to find suitable accommodation.
The scheme works by matching a suitable single person, referred by the district council or other agencies, with potential landlords on the penisula, that have been vetted by Solo Housing.
Solo Housing will ensure the landlords’ criteria and accommodation suit the scheme, and will also assess potential lodgers’ circumstances and needs.
It could be the landlords are looking for help with bills, or would like the security and company of another person in their home.
The single people tend to be those either homeless, or close to becoming homelss. They may be on low inclomes, or suffering a break up of a relationship.
Solo Housing chief executive Carolyn Howell said: ‘It’s a very simple and successful model, Solo provides practical help and advice to anyone who has a spare room in their house that they would like to rent out.
“At the same time, we will use our assessment criteria to match suitable people to available rooms, providing advice and support to single people who may like to take up a lodging offer.
“The service aims to provide a simple solution for those who would like to rent out a room, perhaps to help them pay their bills, or for companionship, and at the same time provides a housing solution for a single person who may not be able to access other suitable affordable accommodation on their own.”
One of the first landladies to sign up for the Solo Housing Lodging Scheme was a lady called Joan, who lives in the Babergh District.
She said: “As an elderly female, who lives independently, I didn’t want to be alone, especially at night, so taking in a lodger that met with my requirements was very helpful.
“Solo met with the prospective lodger to make sure they were suitable for my circumstances and helped me with the paperwork. It all seemed very thorough.
I really appreciate the company and social interaction and my current lodger helps with small jobs around the home.”
‘This is just such a good idea," said Alton ward district councillor Alastair McCraw, who represents Brantham, Stutton and Tattingstone. "Matching people who can help each other. There have always been informal arrangements of this type, but the Solo Housing Lodging Scheme should both provide safeguards and help prevent homelessness. Simples!’“
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils’ Homelessness Team took 227 homeless applications in 2016/17.
In addition to this, they prevented homelessness in more than 450 cases and are hoping this scheme will help to settle more people at risk of becoming homeless into permanent accommodation.
If you have a room available, or a single person looking for suitable lodgings, contact 0800 652 0155.
Pub Back With A Bang
The White Horse in Tattingstone reopened with a bang, well bangers and bacon actually.
Illness had forced the pub to close for nearly three weeks in January as owners Richard Hynard and Jackie Dennis succumbed as well as staff.
The decision was made to shut in order to recover and not spread the sickness bug around.
Nearly 30 customers were in on Saturday when the White Horse opened its doors on Saturday with 25 booked in for the all-day breakfast.
The White Horse roast dinners are becoming something of a legend locally and today (Sunday) saw the couple making sure there was plenty of roast lamb (pictured) to go round.
The Camra award-winningWheatsheaf on Ipswich Road, Tattingstone, is also open after Kevin and Anna Durance took a short break the week before last.
Peninsula Cricketer in World Cup
A young Peninsular cricketer has hit a half-century in the ICC Under 19s World Cup in New Zealand.
Don Mlambo was part of the Zimbabwe Under 19s 2018 World Cup cricket squad that reached the semi-finals of the Plate Competition in New Zealand.
Playing at number two, the right-handed batsman hit a steady 52 in 103 balls against eventual victors Sri Lanka, before being caught by Hasitha Boyagodo off Hareen Buddila’s bowling when sweeping to square leg.
The 18-year-old who plays for Shotley Peninsula Cricket Club based at Tattingstone, and has also played for Copdock, gained valuable international experience, although his playing time was limited to just a couple of matches.
Mlambo hit two runs in the final warm up game against hosts New Zealand in Christchurch, but had to settle for 12th man at best in the round robin matches.
Zimbabwe beat Namibia to reach the Plate semis and Harare-born, Suffolk student Mlambo is among the rising stars earmarked for future Test success with his country.
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