Party Invite For Hairdressers' Relaunch

A popular hairdressers is undergoing a facelift after a change in ownership. 

Lorraine Page and her daughter Georgina Chelsea Page have taken over at Hers and Sirs in Chelmondiston, and are planning an official launch on August 4.

Everyone is welcome; current customers, former customers, future customers, or those who would just like to come along and have a look at the freshly redecorated salon and chat to the new owners and staff.

Starting at 4pm on Saturday, August 4, people can chat with staff and explore the renovated salon, while enjoying nibbles and bubbly.

Although there will be a fresh look, there will be consistency and continuity as new boss Lorraine has worked as a stylist at Hers and Sirs. Her daughter Georgina is now the manageress working three days a week while still pursuing her modelling career and being a mum.

Values and popular stylist Liza is staying on, also working three days at the week.

John and Jenny continue doing a couple of days, and a new stylist will join working on Friday and Saturday while new apprentice Kayleigh makes up the happy, friendly and welcoming salon.

There has been a hairdressers at the car park next to the car park on Main Road, Chelmondiston, which also serves the post office, Red Lion and butchers shop Hollingsworth’s for more than 45 years, although the styles have changed.

The dedicated team of stylists are expert in ladies styling, but also keep men up to date with the latest fashion, or with traditional cuts, and have a good way with children as they cut their hair.

Swift Fire Crews' Action Stop Blaze Spreading

Sunday July 15, 14.00

On call firefighters from Holbrook helped prevent a house fire in Chelmondiston causing further damage and spreading to neighbouring homes by their quick response. 

Volunteers from Holbrook joined colleagues from from two Ipswich crews in entering the house near the Main Road wearing breathing apparatus, before using a high pressure hose to fight the fire.

They then used specialist ventilation equipment to clear smoke from the premises and traffic was able to pass freely.

The fire service was called out at 9.20am and had the whole situation under control by just after 10am.

It was the third time within 24 hours the Holbrook part-timers had been called out following incidents on the B1456 between Shotley and Chelmondiston and in Great Welham. 

It underlined the importance of the on call firefighters, which are looking to bolster numbers with a recruitment drive.

However, the call out meant an appliance was a little late for the 50th anniversary Open day at Holbrook, as crews had to replenish equipment and clean the vehicle.

The rest of the Open Day activities continued as normal. Full story and details on how to become an on call fighter here...

Accident Closes Main Road

Sunday, July 15, 07.00

A person was hospitalised after an accident on the B14566 between Shotley and Chelmondiston last night.

Five fire pumps, police, paramedics and an ambulance attended the incident just after 6pm, 

The road was closed for less than an hour while recovery took place. 

Retained fire crews from Holbrook joined colleagues from Ipswich in freeing people and making the area safe following the incident.

*Holbrook fire station today celebrates its 50th anniversary with an open day – see poster.

Hope For All On Offer At Café

Faith, hope and charity are proving a hit at a pop up café in Chelmondiston. 

Open every second and last Wednesday of the month the Hope Community Café, at the Methodist Church on Main Road, is run by volunteers and welcomes everyone to pop in for a chat, cake and a cuppa.

Dozens of people now regularly visit to share gossip, put the world to right and generally enjoy conversations with old and new friends.

The scheme has also shown to be helpful to dementia sufferers, with people meeting up along with their carers on the final Wednesday of each month.

 Although the Hope Community Café is a not for profit national initiative, the volunteers at Chelmo make it a very bespoke and personal experience for their customers. 

“We want to help those who are feeling isolated or lonely but it is a café for the community - open to everyone,” said volunteer Rachael Wainwright, who runs the cafe along with Christine Hayward. (pictured above)

“It is about coming out and having a tea or coffee, have a bite to eat, chat with friends, and make new friends.

“Underneath all that is our love expressed as being followers of Christ, doing what Jesus asked us to do.  To have love in our hearts for the people we live and work with. That’s our motivation.”

Increased isolation, due in the main to austerity measures, the cut back in public transport and other closures, along with bereavement, has led to some people feeling like prisoners in their own home.

Rachael wants to encourage those people, and their neighbours, to take that important first step and go along, knowing they will get a  friendly reception.

She added: “We know loneliness and isolation is a real issue, so please, take the courage to step outside the front door, come and meet us, we would love to see you.”

Being dementia-friendly has proved to be a boon for carers and their clients too.

Rachael said: “It is hugely valuable to be able to be open to everyone, those with dementia and their carers.

“We are not professional but we love welcoming people and any money we make above our costs go to charity.”

The next meeting is Wednesday, June 11, at Chelmondiston Methodist Church from 10am. See poster…

Art For Heart's Sake

Wednesday, May 30, 06.00

Primary school children have used their artistic talent to help save lives in the village. 

Chelmondiston Key Stage One and Two pupils showed their colourful skills to get the message across promoting the use of two defibrillators 

One is situated on the wall outside Chelmondiston Village Hall and the other is near the Pin Mill Sailing Club.

 Both have already been accessed already, with the one at Pin Mill taken twice but fortunately were not needed to actually be activated and used as the two individuals recovered.

The competition was organised by Chelmo Parish Council and the primary school in Woodlands an a large array of talented pupils made judging difficult.

It was decided to give more than one voucher to the various winners.

All the pictures have recently been displayed at the village hall.

Call For Fresh Blood

Friday, May 25

A plea for a new tranche of volunteers has been made by various groups in Chelmondiston. 

Parish council chairman David Cordle was first up asking for fresh blood with another vacancy for a councillor opening up, even though two previous openings have now been filled.

During the annual village meeting, Mr Cordle also requested people to help out trimming hedges and clearing the many footpaths and walking trails in Chelmo and Pin Mill.

Mr Cordle admitted being disappointed that just three volunteers turned up for a recent litter pick, and  told the 30 people at the meeting: "As a village we need to pull together to make this the village it should be."

Anyone interested should contact the parish clerk Jill Davis on 01473 780159.

With nearly 1,800 adults living in and around Chelmondiston and Pin Mill, it is hoped more people will come forward after a number of organisations reported concern at dwindling numbers, and the advancing average age of members.

Group leaders made pleas as they gave their annual reports.

The Carpet Bowls club is one of the most frequent user of the village hall with matches and social events contributing £1,750  year to the amenity. 

The club is on the look out for new members, and would welcome people male or female, young or old, with two of their current players in their 90s.

Contact Patrick Mann on 780334 for more details.

It was similar story for The Cheapen Players, as Pat Lakey, who has been involved in the amateur drama group for 45 years, outlined.

She described how the last 'young male lead' was 63-years-old, and hoped budding actors would join up in time for their next production, a comedy called 'Over My Dead Body'. Pat can be contacted on 780358 or email pat@gilpat.co.uk

Mrs Lakey also reported on the wide ranging activities taking place with the Chelmondiston branch of the Women's Institute, including talks and demonstrations on self-defence, drumming and car maintenance.

The group has recently crocheted 40 poppies to be used as part of a wider display to commemorate Armistice Day at St Peters on the Quay, Ipswich.

An initiative by the WI to create a Bereavement Box at Chelmondiston Primary School, has created much interest nationwide with 100 other WI groups looking to adopt the scheme.

Separately, the popular  Horticultural Society, meets on the final Tuesday of each month, and its 43 members enjoy regular talks and outings, for an annual subscription of £7.50. People are welcome to pop in for a taster session for just £2 and the group is planning a trip to the Old Vicarage at East Ruston at the end of June.

Contact Linda Fram - email l.fram@btopenworld.com or 780005 for details.

Graham Pink reported the Community Council was reaching 'crisis point' and was in desperate need for a treasurer and a secretary.

The Community Council organised the fireworks display, played a big part in putting on last year's Arthur Ransome Jamboree, and also the popular Christmas Eve Carols at Shotley sailing Club, which raised £350 for the Doms Trust.

Mr Pink invited any group, project or organisation to apply for grant from the council from money raised by various events. Contact  him on 780 935 or email: gpink@comdronic.co.uk

A report was also given by the Chelmo Social Club, which used to be known as the Over-60s. The 30 or so members have enjoyed  mystery tour, hand-bells, a concert by the Ukulele band 'Wot, No Cake' and a chiropodist visit. The group is planning  trip to Dunwich for fish and chips.

Andrew Sterling called for more people to join the Speed Watch group, especially from those that stop and tell volunteers - "you should do it like this...". 

Two New Councillors For Chelmo

Wednesday, May 2, 13.00

Fresh blood is on the way for Chelmondiston Parish Council with two villagers getting on board, although a new vacancy has also arisen.

David Webb from Pin Mill, and Rob Bareham of Chelmondiston, are set to fill the two existing vacancies, while Jennie Hammond has  resigned, which leaves another position to fill.

David Cordle, who was formally re-elected as chairman, thanked Mrs Hammond for her service to the council after a change in her work circumstances necessitated in her stepping down.

Mr Cordle welcomed Mr Webb and Mr Davis to the council and both could be introduced at the Annual Parish Meeting at the village hall on May 22.

Mr Webb works at Ipswich Town academy, is a former teacher and businessmen and has lived at Pin Mill for the past six years.

Mr Davis is currently a mature business student who was a school governor in Suffolk for 10 years, and has worked in shipping. 

The parish meeting is open to all groups, organisations and individuals, where they can give report, promote their group and hand out leaflets. 

Litter Pick Date Set For Saturday

Monday, April 23, 11.30

Chelmondiston parish council's litter pick has been rearranged for the Saturday, April 28. 

The original spring clean by volunteers was forced off due to heavy snow, but determined villagers are keen to have their clear up.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Chelmo village car park at 10am, where they will be issued with bags and pickers, but they are asked to use their own gloves.

All the filled bags will be collected by Babergh district council from Collier Close car park.

See poster here...

A number of villages had their litter pick plans disrupted by the Beast from the East, and its lesser cousin, but some including Holbrook and Sutton have had a clear up. Em Hull held a beach clear up at the Strand, while guests led by Gareth Brenland cleaned up on the main road around the lay-by taking in Freston junction.

Shotley PC plan to hold their litter pick in June, and Brantham are arranging theirs for the warm weather.

Permission Granted For 24 New Homes

Wednesday, April 18, 17.00

Outline planning permission has been granted for 24 new homes at Woodlands, in Chelmondiston.

Eight of the new houses will be affordable homes, with six dedicated to be related properties. Affordable homes are deemed to be valued at £80 per cent of market value.

Babergh's planning committee made the decision at Endeavour House on Wednesday by a vote of six to five in favour of granting permission.

The councillors heard objections made by the parish council, which were relayed by ward member Derek Davis. These included concerns regarding access to the site going through Woodlands, the field is in the AONB, and the extra traffic would add to wide traffic issues.

Councillors heard from a supporter not connected to the application, saying how Chelmondiston needed affordable homes and more one and two bedroom houses for rent.

On balance the committee narrowly voted in favour due to the housing needs of the village, the application providing a good mix and type of houses, and the affordable homes contribution.

The developer will also have pay a sum, to be conformed, towards the Recreational Disturbance, Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (RAMS). The development will also be subject to a Community Infrastructure Levy, of which 15 per cent will go directly for parish council use.

Councillor Steps Down after 17 Years

Wednesday, April 4, 07.00

Chelmondiston parish councillor Rosie Kirkup has resigned after 17 years serving the community on the council.

Rosie will also give up her seat as the chair of the council's planning committee.

David Cordle, chair of Chelmondiston parish council, last night hailed Rosie's contribution and said: "I feel extreme sorrow that Rosie has resigned. At the same time I would like also to say how much we appreciate the incredible work Rosie has done for this parish over the past 17 years."

The resignation mens there are now two vacancies on the parish council, with the clerk receiving two applications to fill the positions.

There was  full house of council members at the monthly meeting at the village hall last night, with Suffolk County Councillor David Wood and Babergh district councillor Derek Davis in attendance.

The council resolved to write to Babergh regarding the failure to follow up on enforcement action regarding the barge Ondermerning and seek an update from Pin Mill Bay Management Company regarding Blacksmith's barge.

The new litter pick date has been set for Saturday, April 28, following the cancellation of the one in March due to the snow.

The annual Village Meeting has been scheduled for May 30, and all groups and organisations in the parish are encouraged to bring along promotional material to be displayed and to give a report.

The clerk reported the recycling centre at Clemondistion had made a profit of £1,437 in the last financial year, but warned that figure could be cut by almost half next year due to Babergh reducing the amount they paid for the filled skips. 

Councillors thanked volunteer Alan Nunn for the work he has done to make the tip a success. 

Cllr Davis was asked why the price paid by Babergh for recycled material was being cut and he explained the prices and been frozen for the past 10 years and needed to be reduced in line with the cutting of money paid by recycling companies and to prevent Babergh continuing to make a loss.

A complaint had been made regarding the tip being shut on the weekend when the weather was so bad it was deemed unsafe to keep the centre open. Councillors resolved to ensure the opening times were updated on the council's website.

The next parish council meeting is Tuesday May 1.

Quacking Time For All At Annual Duck Race

Nearly 100 children and excited adults enjoyed a bumper 13th annual Pin Mill Duck Race. 

Tia and Amy had the winning two ducks in a close race down the stream by the Pin Mill green flowing fluidly into the Orwell.

The predominantly welly-clad crowd saw 22 heats before four quarter finals before the final settled it with a chocolate-making kit going to both girls.

The top raffle prize are tickets to Jimmy's Farm Festival and a meal at the Butt & Oyster, while Chelmondiston Playgroup volunteers supplied hot dogs, tea, coffee and soft drinks.

The event raised £600 with proceeds  and a Brain Tumour charity in memory of Brett Williams, a co-founder of the duck race.

More pictures to follow.

New Play Equipment For Chelmo Moves Closer

Monday, March 19, 07.00

New play equipment in Chelmondiston took  step closer when funding applications for £16,500 went forward. 

The Playing Field Management Committee, led by users' representative Sam Nunn, supported by Chelmondiston Parish Council , confirmed an application in excess of £6.5k had been applied for from a local waste supplier Vindor.

This particular grant would go towards a new outdoor gym, which came out top of a list in a survey of villagers.

"An Awards for All grant" of £10,000 through the National Lottery has also been applied for and this would be for a new zip wire. 

The committee responsible for the playing field and it equipment are due to hear in may if the bids are successful.

A Playing Field Management Committee spokesperson said: "Both pieces of equipment were very popular in recent questionnaires that were completed.

"The Playing Field Committee is proud to engage with the local community in supporting their interests."

 A £750 grant has already been awarded from Suffolk County Councillor David Wood from his locality fund, towards the playing field equipment.

The hard-working committee have already raised £6,000 of their £30,000 target for new equipment for people of all ages.

Of the 82 people who responded to the survey, almost 50 per cent currently travel to Ipswich to work out and it is expected having gym equipment on the doorstep would encourage people to get fit locally.

Of the people surveyed, 67% said an outside gym facility would be their preferred option when it came to securing new equipment. Of that a combination pulldown/chest press, elliptical cross trainer and double cross country skier, would be the top three desired stations.

 A zip wire is also on the list, with 29 respondents, including 14 children, requesting one is installed, as they are now in many other villages not on the peninsula.

Raw Sewerage Floods Over Pin Mill Hard

Tuesday, March 13, 23.30

Effluent has poured out over one of Suffolk's favourite beauty spots. 

Sewerage escaped from a manhole cover near the public toilets at Pin Mill and spewed out close to the Grindle and into the river Orwell. (pictured right )

The alarm was raised as the stench grew and the outflow became obvious and the incident was reported to the Environment Agency, Pin Mill Bay Management Company and Babergh District Council.

Anglian Water engineers eventually managed to fix the problem and stem the flow.

It is believed work on a nearby pumping station had caused an air lock which led to the discharge.

An investigation is being carried out.

Body Found On Beach Near Pin Mill

Friday, March 9, 23.30

Suffolk Police have confirmed that a body of an unidentified male was discovered at Chelmondiston this evening. 

Officers were called by a member of the public who discovered the body on the shoreline at about 5.30pm. At this time the death is being treated as unexplained and formal identification of the body is yet to take place.

Holbrook Coastguard were also called to assist police in recovering the body and search the area at 8.30pm.

The family of missing 44 year old Paul Moore from Kesgrave who was last seen at around 4pm on Tuesday 6 February in the Nacton village area have been informed of this development.

This is the second dead person found in the same area inside a month after a body was found by walkers on a beach near Clamp House, Pin Mill in February.

Peninsula Pair Complete Jerusalem Marathon 

Friday, March 9, 12.15pm

Two peninsula runners have today completed the Jerusalem marathon, in little more than four hours.

Tony Hubbard from Shotley and Matthew Holmes from Chelmondiston (pictured in pink shirts) were among 35,000 runners taking part the race in Israel.

Tony ran the 26.3 mile (42.2km) race in a just over four hours, while Matthew did it in four hours 11minutes, with the winner, Kenyan Kipkgey Shadrack finishing in 2:21.26.

The marathon started at Israeli parliament building the Knesset and the route took Tony and Matt past the Mahane Yehuda market, Mount Scopus, the Old City, David’s Tower, and the Haas Promenade.

Guest of honour for the race was Olympic legend Haile Gebrselassie from Ethiopia.

Gebrselassie holds two Olympic gold medals in 10,000-meter running and four world titles for that same distance, and he was the first in the world to break the 2:04 time for the marathon run.

More than 35,000 runners, including some 4,000 from 72 different countries, joined the Jerusalem Marathon the largest-ever number to take part in the annual race.

Runners took part in six courses, including the full marathon (42.2 km), half-marathon (21.1 km), 10 km, 5 km, family race (1.7 km), and community race (800 meters) for people with special needs.

'Absolute Hero' helps Stranded New Born Baby Get Home

Friday, March 2, 08.00

A good Samaritan has been hailed an absolute hero after helping parents with their new born baby get home safely after they were trapped by the snow. 

Kevin Pitcher, head chef at the Red Lion in Chelmondiston, saw Ollie Bertram and Kirby Pridmore stranded in their car with day-old Elsie Rae (pictured right), and immediately stopped. 

Kevin, used his Land Rover vehicle to pull them to safety before guiding them back to their home in Shotley Gate, while former solider Steko Nixon also stopped to help.

Relieved mum Kirby told SPNF: "We'd just like to let Kevin know how grateful we all are.

"We can't thank him enough and we'll be telling little Elsie Rae of her knight in shining armour everytime the snow comes.

"If he hadn't of stopped we wouldn't have been home and settled so soon.

"We're thankful to him and Steko (Nixon) who also came to help and all the farmers/villagers clearing the roads too! Community spirit at its best."

Mr Bertram told Radio Suffolk: “We had been given the Ok to get baby home but our car got completely stuck.

“This gentleman stopped, I told him we had a new born and he just said, ‘don’t worry mate, I’ve got you’.

“He is an absolute hero.

“If he had not got us home we would have had a bit of an issue with the new born.”

Vicky Pitcher said simply: "Not all heroes wear capes."

Pin Mill Duck Race date Set

The popular Pin Mill Duck race is being planned for Easter Monday, April 2.

Scores of families are expected to attend the event, being held for the 13th year, with racing starting at 10.45am, depending on numbers there will be many heats, quarter-finals and semi-finals before the Grand Final at 12noon. 

Entrants can sign up for their ducks at the Pin Mill Studios but everyone is asked to park at the village car park, or the Pin Mill car park, which is a pay and display.

Organisors are looking to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity, in memory of Brett Williams, co-founder of the Pin Mill Studio who died from a brain tumour 10 years ago, aged just 39, and for the lovely village playgroup, Chelmondiston Playgroup, who will be helping us on the day. 

Join In With Spring Clean

Monday, February 26. 09.30

Dozens of volunteers from peninsula parishes are joining with this year’s Great British Spring Clean. 

Woolverstone and Stutton parish councils have organised a litter pick this coming weekend, March on Saturday, March 3, while Chelmondiston’s will be held on March 17.

The councils will provide litter-pickers. Gloves and bags, all you need to do is turn up. Children welcome with an adult.

Those volunteering at Woolverstone are asked to meet at 10am at Berners Village Hall, where everything will be issued. Simon Pearce is coordinating the litter pick.

Guests and staff from the Tiffers homeless bus are also lending a hand along the main road in that area.

Chris Leach is organising Stutton’s spring clean; volunteers are asked to meet at the Old Post Office corner at 10am, Chris can be contacted on 328939.

Chelmondiston PC have splt their spring clean in to two parts, with volunteers asked to meet either at the main village car park, next to thepost office, or at Pin Mill car park, at 10am at either. Call the clerk Jill Davis for more information.

Sarah Carter, Babergh public realm officer, said: “A quick litter pick can really improve the local community, is fun and gets people active outside, and is so satisfying as the results are instant.

“It’s a great way to meet up with friends and neighbours to arrange a group pick.”

Let us know if you are holding a litter pick. editorial@shotleypeninsulanewsand features.com

Some communities may intend to link their events to this -  find out more here http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean

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.

Injured Couple Talk Of Lisbon Horror

Gareth Craze has spoken of the moment he and his wife Sue escaped serious injury after being involved in a dramatic crash while celebrating their 35th anniversary in Lisbon.

A desire for a bit more sunshine led to a lucky escape when Mr and Mrs Craze were travelling on the top deck of a yellow tourist bus in the Portuguese capital's city centre.

Retired teacher Mr Craze described the dramatic moment that decision proved fortuitous.

"We were very lucky we were not trapped as we were originally sat in the seats where the two Belgians were trapped," said Mr Craze. "But I said to Sue let's move back to get more sunshine.

"We had just moved away from our seats when I saw an overhanging branch and thought OMG, we are going to hit it but didn't have time to react and shout to Sue to duck."

Luckily Mrs Craze was already crouching down searching for something in her handbag so escaped being badly hurt, although she suffered lacerations to her scalp.

Both went to hospital in an ambulance and an x-ray showed Mr Craze had sustained a torn rotator cuff injury.

 Mr Craze added: The poor people sat in front of us suffered serious head injuries. They had to be cut freefrom the bus." 


The couple, who live in Chelmondiston, are seeking legal advice from their travel insurance company with the bus company and local authorities blaming each other for the accident.

As well as the physical injuries, Mr Craze is suffering flashbacks of the accident, which overshadowed what would have been a lovely city visit.

Pictures, above, taken by Gareth Craze immediately after accident show how fortunate they both were. The two trapped people suffered head injuries.

Horror As Sheep Slaughtered

Friday, February 23, 18.00

Three sheep have been slaughtered in Berners field between Woolverstone and Chelmondiston.

The grisly discovery was made this morning by local woman Louise Double who tracked down the owner Lucy Davies-Morris via social media.

Mrs Davies-Morris told SPNF: "I’m so upset I can’t believe it." 

Police have been to the scene of the butchered animals, where bloodied knives were recovered.

Rural crime officer Lee Andrew-Pearce is investigating and other similar incidents in nearby villages in north Essex and South Suffolk are being linked.

Mrs Davies-Morris told reporters: "When she told me they had been killed and how gruesome it was I got very upset and started crying.

“We went down there and as soon as we saw it, we called the police. It was horrifying.

“The sheep were found in a wooded area close to the field they were kept in.

“Their throats has been cut and they had been started to be skinned. They had even chopped the head from one of them.

“It was gruesome. I am so worried they will come back.”

A Suffolk police spokeswoman said: “At some point overnight between Wednesday, February 21, and Thursday, February 22, an unknown offender has cut the throats of three sheep that were grazing in a field situated off Berners Lane, before removing the carcasses and leaving them in a small wooded area next to the field where two of three sheep were also left partially skinned."

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw any suspicious activity should contact Suffolk police on 101 quoting crime reference 37/10489/18 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Chelmo Couple Escape Injury

Wednesday, February 21. 06.00

A popular retired couple from Chelmondiston escaped serious injury after being involved in Lisbon tourist bus accident . 

Gareth and Sue Craze , from Woodlands, were taken to hospital suffering minor injuries, but released after checks following the accident yesterday. 

The yellow, double-decker open-top bus collided with trees on route around the Portuguese capital, and 11 tourists were injured when the bus collided with an overhanging branch and all taken to hospital.

Emergency crews rescued two passengers from the front of the top deck where the windscreen and metal frame had twisted back and trapped the couple, understood to be Belgian.

Mr and Mrs Craze, who were in Lisbon celebrating their 35th anniversary, were eight rows back and were helped by one of the 20 firemen.

Mr Craze said: "We are OK, thankfully. We were involved in the accident and needed to go to hospital but we are fine." 

The couple are both retired teachers and enjoy weekend breaks visiting various cities.

The accident happened close to Restauradores Square near the centre of Lisbon and close to a home owned by Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Gas Engineer Gets A Vansky

One peninsula van driver has a unique version of colour and shape on his vehicle. 

The artist known as Vansky has created a mud mural on the back of gas engineer Dave Turner’s van, featuring the Foo Fighters, whose first album was called The Colour and The Shape.

Dave’s work mate James Gibson, from Harwich, is the talented artist, who has risen to international fame after his version of Stormzy on the back of a van was retweeted by the musical star himself.

JG Vansky, cleverly uses the continuous mud to create the images and then seals them with a varnish, although they will eventually wash off. 

“I love my van, it's something a bit different," said dave Turner. "It is a great talking point and Vansky is amazing. People don’t believe me when I tell them it is made from mud, but it really is.”

Other Vansky creations include boxer Anthony Joshua and Star Wars Clone troopers, which you can see on his Facebook page Jg Van Art Gibson.

Or, keep an eye out for Dave’s unusually liveried van rear, as he ventures up and down the B1456 with his favourite band on board.

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.

Seven New Homes Approved

(Saturday, February 10, 08.00)

Seven new homes are set to be built at Chelmondiston later this year after planning permission was granted.

A mix of two and three bedroom homes will go up opposite White House Farm on the Main Road Chelmondiston, under delegated powers by planning officers at Babergh.

Nearly 30 people objected to the plan, and Chelmondiston Parish Council recommended refusal but the proposal was approved as no legal planning reasons to refuse were presented and the benefits were deemed to outweigh any negatives.

Conditions, including ensuring access roads and footpaths were completed and an archaeology assessment was carried out before occupation, were attached. More details can be found on the Babergh planning webpage - reference number DC/17/05308.

Spare Room For Single Lodgers Call

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.”

Derek Davis, Babergh District Councillor for Shotley, Chelmondiston, Erwarton, Woolverstone and Freston, said: "This is a sensible, proven scheme that can have very positive benefts for both parties.

“I know there are probably many people with rooms available. It may be they are being charged the empty bedroom tax or they would just like the company. Either way, once matched it is a win-win.”

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.

Man's Body Found Near Pin Mill Beach

Police searching for a 29-year-old man missing since Friday are investigating a body found by walkers on a beach near Clamp House, Pin Mill this morning (Sunday).

The area is cordoned off and police have asked people to stay clear of the beach while they carry out checks.

The missing man was named this morning, but until the identity of this body is formally confirmed, and relatives have been informed, details are being withheld. 

Volunteers Show Plenty of Playground Zip 

Determined volunteers are making another push to secure funding for new play equipment and an outside gym facility in Chelmondiston.

Villagers completed a questionnaire last year and the results showed an overwhelming support for new play equipment, including a climbing frame, a zip wire and an outside gym facility.

Of the 82 people who responded almost 50 per cent currently travel to Ipswich to work out and it is expected having gym equipment on the doorstep would encourage people to get fit locally.

 Of the people surveyed, 67% said an outside gym facility would be their preferred option when it came to securing new equipment. Of that a combination pulldown/chest press, elliptical cross trainer and double cross country skier, would be the top three desired stations.

 A zip wire is also on the list, with 29 respondents, including 14 children, requesting one is installed, as they are now in many other villages not on the peninsula.

The hard-working committee have raised more than £6,000 towards a £30,000 target so far and are seeking extra funding externally.

Sam Nunn, Chelmondiston Playing Fields Committee representative, said: “The questionnaire showed there is a definite need.

“Much of the play equipment is more than 25 years old and outdated.

“The health and well-being of our villagers, from the very young to the not so young, is vital

“It is clear from the survey people in Chelmo want new play equipment for their children, and also an outside gym facility for people of all ages.

“It has taken a long time to even get to this point but we are working closely with the Parish Council, in particular John Deacon to bring these facilities to the village.”

Mr Nunn and Mr Deacon are meeting with a member of Babergh District Council’s communities team on Monday to discuss possible funding and other grant opportunities.

Youngsters Wanted For Voice Audition

Potential pop stars from the peninsula are being offered the chance to audition the The Voice Kids. 

Superstar coaches Emma Willis, Will.i.am, McFly's Danny Jones and Pixie Lott will be looking to spin their chairs at the blind audition this weekend.

Highly talented young singers, aged between seven and 14 are invited to attend the show 

Even as an audience member who could witness a star being born.

Click here to book your place or get free audience tickets this Saturday or Sunday.

Warning After Deer Collision

By Jenna Outhwaite

A fresh warning has been given to drivers on the peninsula after a man was left shocked when he hit and killed a deer while driving just outside Chelmondiston.

In the early hours of the evening, a deer jumped out from behind a bush at a fast pace into the front of the man’s car. 

The motorist, who has not been named, was driving within the speed limit but did not see the deer until it was too late. The accident gave the driver a nasty fright and he was left dazed for a short while, and his car suffered minor damage.

Passer by Hanna Keeble, who is familiar with wildlife handling, stopped and helped move the hind out of the road. Mercifully, the stricken hind (pictured right) died quickly after the collision.

There were no signs of any other deer near the road, which Miss Keeble found odd as usually where there is one, there is a high chance of a more deer following.

“Deer feed on arable land as well as woodland, and they travel regularly at dusk to find the best food,” warned Miss Keeble. “Sometimes a little less speed (from drivers) and a bit more awareness is needed.”  

Drivers are being asked to take precautions to minimise the risk of an accident by taking particular care during the early morning and early evening when wildlife is often at its most adventurous.

Long time peninsula residents have noticed the deer population, especially in and around Harkstead and Erwarton, is healthy and ever increasing.

Motorists are warned deer are not the only animals crossing roads, with pheasants, rabbits, badgers and foxes catching out drivers.  

Warning signs in affected areas are on display and drivers are urged to drive with caution and within the speed limit.

Hanna Keeble said: “With the increase in housing comes an increase of vehicles on the peninsula roads, so it stands to reason that collisions involving the local wildlife population could also increase.” 

Insurance experts estimate that between 40,000 and 75,000 deer are killed in collisions on UK roads every year, causing losses of £11 million in damage to vehicles.

Drivers are advised that hitting a deer, or any other animal, will only be covered by a comprehensive policy but they check it covers damage caused by collision with an animal.

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