News From Tattingstone

Lone Pupil Refused Bus Pass Amid School Transport Debacle

Thursday, September 5, 1000

An 11-year boy's first day at secondary school was marred when he was the only pupil from Tattingstone to be refused a bus pass after Suffolk County Council would not recognise a long-standing footpath.

James Moore, (pictured right) has started school at Holbrook Academy along with all his friends he went to Tattingstone primary school with, but SCC insist his nearest school is East Bergholt, therefore not allowed a bus pass to Holbrook.

His mother Amanda Moore appealed the decision pointing out the eight-metre path, marked as a Suffolk County Council bridleway, goes straight to the school gates making it nearer to their Tattingstone home than East Bergholt. In a letter to Mrs Moore, SCC transport managers accepted the path does exist but as it belongs to Anglian Water, is not a public rights of way, therefore can not be included in their measurements.

Mrs Moore has been left frustrated and angry by SCC, and her son bewildered and upset seeing children from across his street being allowed on the school bus, while he is not allowed to board. James is the only child in Tattingstone who hasn't been issued with a bus pass. James has attended Tattingstone Primary School for the past seven years along with his school comrades; all of which have been issued with Holbrook Academy bus passes, except him. 

Mrs Moore said: "It is all very pathetic, when buses to both Holbrook Academy and East Bergholt park next to each other at the same place opposite my house.They will allow my son on the East Bergholt bus, but not the Holbrook Academy bus. Holbrook Academy is our catchment school...where all his friends are going, other children in the same village and where his brother went. 

"We are talking about an 8 metre path. As a result, I'm now contributing to vehicle congestion and pollution around Holbrook Academy school twice a day; plus having to have a conversation with my work about potentially having to reduce my working hours and take a salary cut." 

"James is the only child in Tattingstone who hasn't been issued with a bus pass. James has attended Tattingstone Primary School for the last seven years along with his school comrades; all of which have been issued with Holbrook Academy bus passes, except him. 

 SCC confirmed it had investigated Mrs Moore's complaint and remeasured the route, not including the path it has signposted, and found  East Bergholt High School was 3.61 miles for her home, and Holbrook High School - 3.88 miles  

The council has offered to look into the possibility of James being allowed spare seat place but the family will not know the outcome of that until October. 

Jane Gould, Orwell ward Babergh district councillor, and county councillor David Wood have been trying to help Mrs Moore and other affected by school transport problems.

"The problem is the policy, other than the officers implementing it," said Cllr Gould. "There needs to be a better system to ensure this sort of thing, which unfortunately is all too common, does not keep happening." 

James plights comes amid a shambolic return to school for thousands of schoolchildren cross the county. Parents, pupils and teachers, including those at Holbrook Academy, reported incidents, where some buses were oversubscribed, drivers refused to take over-crowded busses away from the school, teachers had to take students home in the school's mini-bus and thousands of passes were not issued.

 A Suffolk County Council statement read: "As of Tuesday 3 September, 152 spare seat applications that were received on time are still awaiting an outcome. This is because the council is unable to process these applications until applications from entitled students have been processed, GCSE results also have a significant baring on the allocation of spare seats. 

There are 530 outstanding late applications for school travel, 185 of these were received between 27 August – 31 August coming in three months after the deadline of 31 May. Out of the 530 outstanding late applications 168 have requested a spare seat. 

The total number of applications received by the county council this year is 10,288 (including the latest applications received last week). 

Gordon Jones Cabinet member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills, said: “I understand this is a frustrating time for families who are waiting to hear the outcome of their spare seat application. Can I please reiterate that every child whose application was received on time and who is entitled to SCC funded school travel has received confirmation of their application outcome. 

“We do have a backlog of late applications which the team is currently working through and I would like to thank them all for their hard work and dedication. We have not reduced the capacity of available seats for this September so we hope that the spare seat applications can be met.

“I would like to ask parents to help us to make progress by not reapplying if you have already applied for school travel.  I would also like to remind everyone that it is the parents’ responsibility to ensure their child gets to school, if parents haven’t received the outcome of their application by the first day of term, they must make their own travel arrangements.” 

“This is the first year of this new process. Lessons are being learnt all the time and we will be making adjustments and improvements to the process in preparation for future years.”

Yesterday the council issued 2,500 bus passes to pupils, taking the number of passes issued to a total of almost 8,000. As letters of confirmation continue to go out to parents to inform them of their eligibility, it is imperative that a suitable photo of their child is loaded onto the system before any pass can be issued. There are a high number of cases where a funded seat has been confirmed but no photo is currently on the system. No bus pass can be issued until this is in place. To add a photo, parents need to visit  and follow the instructions on screen.

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Anger As Car Smashed Into Pole And House

Tuesday, August 13, 12.15

Speeding drivers have been slammed after a woman and her two dogs were left homeless when her home was left structurally unsound by an alleged dangerous driver.  

Residents were left shocked and angry after a BMW driver hit a telegraph pole, before skidding into a van parked in a driveway and damaging part of a house on the A137 last night.

Neighbours who heard an extremely loud noise told Peninsula News this was an accident waiting to happen, despite repeated warnings about speedster failing to slow down on the section of the road. Ironically, one victim of the crash is a member of the village's Speed Watch Team and was due to be on patrol tonight.

One, who asked not to identified, said: "The driver was going so fast he lost control and ploughed through neighbour's fence and into a white van, which was shoved violently into the side of the house. People just don't realise the carnage they can cause by their thoughtless, selfish and quite frankly, dangerous behaviour."

 Fire crews, paramedics and police from Ipswich and Felixstowe went to the scene and helped free the trapped teenaged driver who was taken to hospital for checks, in a serious but not life-threatening condition.

The occupant of the house were not injured, but a structural report will be needed to assess the damage to the wooden framedbuilding, which cannot yet be occupied..

Diversions were set up, and power was lost to the village of Bentley. Crews from UKPN were praised for their swift actions a they worked through the night to replace the damaged pole and power lines, which witnesses were seen to be sparking in the aftermath of the incident.

The accident happened at Tattingstone Heath, where the section of the A137 is in a 30mph zone, and locals have expressed concern about walking along that section of the road until safety is improved.

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Collins Skip Firm Boss Apologises To Neighbours After Suspected Arson Attack

Wednesday, July 31, 17.00

A skip hire company boss has written to nearby villagers after a suspected arson attack on their site left neighbours affected by acrid smoke and smell five days after the fire.  

Suffolk fire service attended the smouldering fire on Collins Skip Hire and Waste Management land at Folly Farm off the A137 between Ipswich and Brantham, in the small hours of Friday, July 26, but did not utilise any of its equipment, opting instead to allow the fire to burn itself out. The alarm was raised just after 11pm on the Thursday night after flames were seen by the firm's CCTV security cameras.

Nearby homes and businesses in Tattingtone, including a garden & aquatics centre, CAMRA pub of the year the Wheatsheaf, and parts of Alton water park, were badly affected by the resulting smoke, blown towards them overnight and in the days that followed, while residents complained about the smell and were forced to close windows, despite the high temperatures.  

Billy Holland, managing director of the Ipswich branch of Collins, personally wrote to Tattingstone residents apologising for the inconvenience and explaining what had happened. He could not rule out arson and said in the letter: "...We are unsure of the cause but we have not ruled out malicious activity, lightning or extreme daytime temperatures endured that day..."

The firm plan to move the ash and review security arrangements and procedures to try and avoid any repeat of the issues.

Suffolk police are investigating the fire and a spokesman told Peninsula News: "Police were notified by the Fire Service shortly before 4am on Friday 26 July of a suspected arson at a waste management site in Tattingstone. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Incident and Crime Management Hub quoting CAD 49 of 26 July."

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Suffolk Pub Finds Clever Way To Counter Canaries' Cheeky Beer Jibe

Tuesday, May 20, 18.00

 A popular ale with a cheeky Canaries connection is being sold in an award-winning Suffolk pub, using a cunning disguise to keep locals  happy. 

The Wheatsheaf in Tattingstone, famed for its continuously changing real ales, wanted to stock the Green Jack beer brewed by a Lowestoft brewer, who they use on a regular basis, but knew the Canary Premier name could be off putting to locals.

So they came up an ingenious way of rebranding the beer and not only called it Budgie Green Jack, but changed the beer pump sign.

Landlady Anna Durance, who runs Ipswich and East Suffolk's Camra's top-rated boozer with husband Kevin, said: "It's a good beer but we have to try and keep all our regulars happy, and they are in the main Ipswich supporters. If we do get a N**wch fan in, then we can change the sign around. The main thing is, as a community pub everyone can have fun, engage in a bit of bater and enjoy a great pint in good company."

The Wheatsheaf is renowned for its beers and ciders, using breweries from as close to Tattingstone as possible, including across the border in Essex and Norfolk.

Smiles All Round As Customers Cheque Out Wheatsheaf's Livability Charity Success

Monday, May 13, 18.00

The CAMARA award winning Wheatsheaf pub in Tattingstone was filled with sound of laughter and smiling faces after the culmination of the pub's year long fundraising events for Livability Icanho during 2018. 
Members of the committee along with regulars to the popular pub, gathered for the official handover of the cheque for an amazing £10,427.84.  Those attending were delighted to hear from the visibly emotional Icanho Head Physiotherapist, Sesa Ishaya, that the Dynamic Body Weight Support System is due to be installed at the Stowmarket site during the summer. The installation will make Suffolk the only place in the UK to have the equipment for use with patients with brain injury.

Rosemary Gravell from Livability Icanho said: “All of us at Livability Icanho have been overwhelmed by the fundraising efforts undertaken at the Wheatsheaf Pub, Tattingstone, over the past year, that have resulted in this incredible donation to our service. Icanho provides specialist rehabilitation to Suffolk residents who have had brain injuries, including stroke, and thanks to this generous cheque, we have reached our target to purchase some exciting new equipment.

"The Wheatsheaf is the local of our head Physiotherapist, Sesa Ishaya, who has led the fund-raising, and deserves special recognition for her dedication to improving the service we can offer. Thank-you Wheatsheaf!”

 Members of the team from Livability Icanho surprised the Charity Committee with a paper mâché cast of a chest, complete with fairy lights and a vase of flowers inside, to be auctioned off. The proceeds from the unusual gift will be added to the funds raised for the nominated charity for 2019 - The Blossom Appeal. 

The Charity Committee, along with the pub landlords, Anna Durance and Kev Jackson, have lots more exciting fundraising events planned for 2019. The next is the Blossom Bike Ride on Monday 27 May. The `pink bike ride` will see riders donning pink items of clothing of their own choice, cycling to various pubs around the area. 

Anyone wanting to join in can find more details on the Wheatsheaf Events Facebook page including news about The Beetroot, Beer and Blues Festival 21-23 June.

By Aravanta Collins 


Wheatsheaf events link:

Wheatsheaf pub: Anna Durance – 01473 805470


Picture: From Left to right holding cheque – Sesa Ishaya (head Physiotherapist), Julie O’Brien, Anna Durance (Owner of Wheatsheaf). Rosmary Gravell (Service Manager at Icanho), and patrons of the Wheatsheaf

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Wheatsheaf Scoops Pub of the Year Title - Again

Sunday, March 17, 17.00

The Tattingstone Wheatsheaf has been named Camra pub of the year for the second year running. 

Owned and run as an independent pub free of ties by Kevin and Anna Durance, the Wheatsheaf held off stiff competition to scoop the Ipswich and East Suffolk area’s accolade and go into the final againstthe, Stanford Arms, Lowestoft and the Rose & Crown, Bury St. Edmunds for the best in Suffolk award.

Last year the Wheatsheaf finished runners up and Anna and Kev (pictured right) are looking to go one better for the 2019 award.

The Wheatsheaf has gained a reputation for the quality and selection of its real ales, ciders and gins, along with excellent home-cooked food, comfortable surroundings and atmosphere, and it fund-raising success.

However, landlady Anna was quick to highlight the main ingredient in the pub’s success.

 She said: “We  couldn't have done it without our wonderful customers... our friends.”

Situated just off the A137, with the crossroads leading to Tattingstone village and Bentley on the other side, the Wheatsheaf is popular with walkers, cyclists and locals, as well as real ale buffs.

Current ales on offer include: an Oscar Wilde Mild, Yardsook Swanney and a pale hoppy beer called White Rat, along with a Snails Bank Orchard Dry cider.

There is a definite card game theme to the next crop of ales with Bouilotte, Devilish Orange/Amarillo, Snip Snap Snoruma all from Blackjack brewery, along with Bishop Nick’s Dark Mild, East Street and Ridley’s Rite.

Last year the Wheatsheaf raised more than £10,000 for charity and already this year's chosen charity is the Blossom Appeal is benefitting from the efforts of many.

Check the Wheatsheaf website here…

Headteacher's Appeal To Find Missing Husband

Thursday, January 24, 11.00

A Tattingstone headteacher has appealed for help to find her husband who went missing nearly six weeks ago. 

Beverley Derrett, who is the head at Tattingstone Primary School, posted  video on social media showing her four children, aged between nine and 18 making an appeal for Andrew (also known as Andy) Derrett to get in touch. 

Mrs Derrett said she had no idea where her husband could be or what might have triggered his disappearance.

She told the media: “It has come as a complete surprise. He hasn’t taken anything with him.”

The Freightliner employee, who has worked as a train driver for more than 30 years, was reported missing on Tuesday, December 11 at 11.55am.

Mr Derrett (pictured right) was reported as missing to police on Tuesday, December 11.

The 51-year-old was last seen at his work address in Wembley, London earlier the same day and has not been seen since.

He is described as white, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, of heavy build, with shoulder length dark hair and facial stubble. Andrew has tattoos on both arms including the name ‘Beverley’, a dagger and a love heart. He was last seen wearing black jeans, a short, dark coloured coat and possibly black boots.

Enquiries are on-going to locate Andrew and anyone who has seen him, knows of his whereabouts or has seen a male matching the description given should contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101.

Tattingstone Speedsters Figures Revealed

Sunday, August 26, 09.00

Nearly 100 drivers have been caught speeding through Tattingstone since July 1. 

More than 200 people have been caught breaking the speed limit on the peninsula in the past six weeks, according to figures released by Suffolk's Safety Camera Team.

254 drivers were captured on film driving at excessive speed in just four of the peninsula's villages, since July 1 2018.

Tattingstone was the next highest behind Brantham with 89 offenders, with one driver caught doing 52mph in the 30mph limit.

Late last month a drink driver, thought to be driving too fast, demolished a bus shelter in the village. 

Speeding motorists were snapped by enforcement cameras on the B1456 at Woolverstone, the A137 between Brantham and Tattingstone, and the B1080 at Sutton.

Brantham tops the peninsula table, and also the in the Hadleigh and west Ipswich safer neighbourhood team's area, with 136 offenders.

These figures do not include those compiled by community speed watch volunteers, operating in a number of villages or mobile police cars.

The Safety Camera Team operates a number of mobile enforcement vehicles, which are deployed across Suffolk.

Proactive speed enforcement only takes place in Suffolk at locations where there is an on-going risk of collisions, where a number of fatal or serious injury road traffic collisions have occurred or where there have been substantiated complaints from local people.

Locations where proactive speed enforcement takes place are reviewed regularly by senior officers.

Excess speed for the conditions, or the limit, is one of the main reasons for accidental deaths and injuries on our roads. Speed limits are there to protect road users warning them of the dangers of the road and if caught speeding you could instantly face a minimum of a £100 penalty and three points on your licence or attend court.

Suffolk has four operational fixed camera sites, including the Orwell Bridge where more than 500 drivers were caught exceeding the 60mph average speed limit in both directions in June 2018 alone.

Woman Arrested After Crashing Through Bus Shelter

Monday, July 30, 16.30

One woman was arrested and another taken to hospital after a car failed to stop at a junction in Tattingstone and careered through a bus shelter. 

A black Mercedes virtually destroyed the wooden  shelter next to the White Horse pub in Tattingstone, a little after midnight on Monday morning.

Both occupants of the vehicle escaped without serious injury and initial fears on someone being trapped were unfounded.

A police spokesman today confirmed that the driver was arrested at the scene after allegedly failing a breath test, while the passenger suffered minor injuries and needed medical treatment.

 Tatingstone Parish clerk Jane Connell-Smith confirmed the council's insurance company has already been informed and quotes are being sought to replace the badly damaged shelter.

Alastair McCraw Babergh District councilor for Alton Ward added: “Whatever the circumstances, and they seem ludicrous, there will be strenuous efforts to restore the Bus Shelter as soon as possible.”

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