News From Tattingstone
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.
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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