Chelmo House Fire Victims' Plea

Wednesday, October 16, 14.00

A family of five whose house was devastated by a house fire has pleaded for more help after being left homeless and losing all their  

The Moore-Corrys have struggled to find emergency accommodation for the family of five after initially staying in nearby hotels and claims she has been let down by her landlord.

The Moore-Corry's are having to pay for accommodation, food and all other costs of not being at home themselves until an insurance claim is settled and are struggling to meet the financial implications.

Daughter Ellie Moore-Corry told Peninsula News: "We have lost absolutely everything we can’t salvage anything from the house and it is no unsafe to enter, last night we have no where to go. The landlord was supposed to book us a hotel and never did all the hotels where fully booked round here which made the situation harder."

 A Go Fund Me page (click here) has been set up with nearly £1,700 raised so far, while donations of clothing has been collected at Chelmondistion Primary School and the Rose pub in Shotley. 

Two Moore-Corry adults and three of the four children escaped unhurt from the blaze, which ripped through their home and spread to their neighbours' house in Collimer Close just after 8am last Thursday morning, the fourth child was not at home. Three fire crews from Holbrook and Ipswich tackled the fire and there were no casualties. 

 The extent of the damage can be seen in these pictures supplied by the family.

Mum Slams School Over Sexual Comment Allegations 

Wednesday, October 16, 10.30

A Peninsula mother has expressed her anger at a primary school for not doing enough to protect her child amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour by another pupil. 

Selene Bland has accused Chelmondiston Primary School of failing to adequately supervise the alleged offender after her son was subjected to inappropriate comments while using an urinal.

She alsoclaimed her son has been bullied and her daughter had previously suffered a sexual attack by the accused's brother.

Mrs Bland made the claims on social media and called for other parents whose children had made similar allegations to contact her.

She added: "My children were kept off of school on Monday and Tuesday and I was called by the head and reassured that measures were being taken to protect my children including not letting him go to the toilet with other children, not letting him go out for lunch, moving him away from my children, having no contact with my children, letting him out for break but only supervised.

"The school failed less than 24 hours later to back these promises up and my son was tripped up and fell to the floor in class. He was bullied in PE in front of everyone and ridiculed. They allowed him to sit next to my child in assembly and let him out at lunch UNSUPERVISED.

"The school keep telling me and others that they have procedures in place and they need to support and protect this family. Where is the support and protection for the victims?

"If you have a child that has been subjected to this abhorrent behaviour PLEASE contact me to strengthen our case and get action taken."

Chelmondiston primary school is part of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust. Both have been asked to respond but have so far declined to do so. 

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House Fire Families Supported by Community

Friday, October 11, 09.30

Two Chelmondiston families have set up crowdfunding pages after their two neighbouring homes were extensively damaged by fire. 

Donna and Dominic Moore-Corry and three of their four children escaped unhurt from the blaze which ripped through their house and spread to their neighbours' in Collimer Close just after 8am Thursday morning, the fourth child was not at home. Three fire crews from Holbrook and Ipswich tackled the fire and there were no casualties.

Neighbours Brett and Dannie Mansell and their three children were all out, some on the school run, when the fire started and they have also lost all their possessions, and need to move out of their home while their neighbour's house is assessed and both are passed structurally sound..

Both families lost possessions and the community immediately rallied round offering accommodation, furniture and clothes. Drop off points for donations were set up at Chelmondiston primary school, where one of the children is a pupil, and at the Rose pub in Shotley. Pub andlady Sarah Pallant will also accept cash donations ont he Moore-Coreyfamily's behalf.

Babergh council officers were on hand to offer temporary accommodation and support, along with other agencies and the insurance companies.

Mrs Corey took to social media to thank all those that have helped and said: "Unfortunately today we lost our home to a fire we are so grateful to the help and support we have been shown and are truly thankful of the community we live with."

The Go Fund Me page to support the Moore-Corry family can be found here...

A Just Giving page for the Mansells is looking to raise £2,500 and you can click here to donate...

Butt & Oyster Stays Open Despite Explosion

Friday, September 13, 10.00

Popular peninsula pub the Butt & Oyster has called on customers to be patient after a small explosion forced the kitchen to close. 

Although emergency services attended, no-one was injured in the incident, which happened in the kitchen on Thursday morning and caused some damage to the 17th century pub at Pin Mill.

A statement on the pub's website said: "Due to an incident in the kitchen, we (will) be running a very limited menu for the next few days, this is due to an explosion. which has caused some structural damage to parts of the kitchen. We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation during this time."

The pub was open as normal today.

Baptism of Fire For Newly-Formed Pirates

Sunday, September 1, 13.00

Pin Mill Pirates faced a baptism of fire in their first game after rising Phoenix-like from the ashes of a former triple-winning club. 

The Pirates went down 3-0 at home to newly-promoted Pauls Athletic in their inaugural Premier division match in the Ipswich Sunday League.

Although no team likes to lose, joint player manager Tom Bellknows the initial season is going to be difficult.

“We want to win but this is our first season and we are in the Premier division so it is going to be tough," said the former AFC Chelmondiston triple title winner. "Pauls have been together for a few years now and were promoted last year.

“Our aim is to finish top four and do as well as we can in the cups, including the County Cup."

Pirates are next at home on Sunday, September 8 against Kitchener Taverners, 10.30am kick off, Chelmondiston playing field.

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Post Office Moves Into Hollingsworth's

Thursday, July 18, 18.00 

Chelmondiston Post Office has opened at Hollingsworth's Store & Butchers, with significantly extended opening hours. 

The move is with the agreement of Mrs Susanna Patten, who had been Postmaster for 15 years and Carly and James Welham who have incorporated the Post Office into their store.

The new look Post Office will now open Monday to Friday: 8am – 5.30pm; Saturday: 8.30am – 5pm. This is an extra 33 hours and 30 minutes of Post Office service a week as the branch had been open on weekday mornings only. The branch also opens earlier and close much later.

These changes are designed to make it far more convenient for customers to visit.

Clemondiston Post Office is a new-style local branch with Post Office services provided from an open-plan counter alongside the retail counter.

The relocation is part of a major modernisation programme across the Post Office network designed to make it easier for customers to do business, through longer opening hours and modern open plan environments.

Wendy Hamilton, Post Office Area Network Change Manager, said: “We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents. We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and will secure services for the future.

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Concerns As County Council Cuts Threaten To End 98 Bus Service

Thursday, June 20, 1800

The Shotley Peninsula is set to lose its number 98 bus if threats by Suffolk County Council to cut its subsidy go ahead in October. 

Scores of passengers will be affected when the route, which serves Shotley, Chelmondiston, Woolverstone, Freston and Whersetead, on its way to Ipswich railway station and town centre.

Losing the 98 (formerly the 202) is part of a move by the county council to halt the subsidy to 23 services to save around £340,000 for the cash-strapped council.

Ipswich Buses, which operated the 202, halted the Sunday service in March, and the 98 Monday to Saturday, will be invited to find a solution and see if they can make the service commercially viable without the subsidy.

The council claim an average of 22 passengers per use the 98, subsidising it to the tune of £6.99 and39 passengers per day pay at a cost of £5.06 per single ticket for the 202. Figures for return tickets are not given.

 Jane Gould, Babergh district councillor for the Orwell ward, which includes Chelmondiston, Woolverstone and Freston, believes it is time to take a radical approach, including offering free public transport for all.

“Villagers on the peninsula should not be left with no public, or community transport, and we need to look at the sense of using a double decker along the route with only a handful of passengers, especially when the B1456 is closed and it has to use the back roads." said Cllr Gould. “More radical ways of managing public transport need to be considered, with a long-term aim of getting cars off the roads.

“We would benefit from looking at how countries who offer free bus transport are getting on.”

Derek Davis, district councillor for Ganges ward and Cabinet member for Communities, is angered by the way the peninsula is being treated by the county council. 

“Rural transport is of vital importance to this area and cutting the bus service will have a detrimental impact on many people, adding to loneliness and isolation," he said.

“While I understand the need to balance the books, which Suffolk County Council has previously shown to be extremely inept at doing, cutting vital services for those that need it most is short-sighted, hurtful and very likely a false economy.

“People’s council tax has gone up, county councillor allowances have gone up, disproportionally in my opinion, yet services are suffering.”

Cllr Davis believes alternatives should be put in place before subsidies are removed.

He added: “Conversations about using more bespoke forms of public transport to provide a service for everyone on the peninsula should already have taken place.

“That could be using smaller vehicles, like the minibus we used to have for our Sunday service a couple of years ago or reinstating the Buzzabout service.

“It could be a long-term approach to community transport and that is something we are looking towards in Babergh.”  

Mary Evans, Conservative cabinet member for highways, transport and rural issues, said: "We need to ensure we spend public money effectively. In reviewing these services against our new funding criteria we have had to make tough decisions.

"However, the implementation of this new criteria has enabled these decisions to be made in a robust and transparent way and ensures we consider key measures before making tough calls.

"We are committed to working with bus operators and partners to explore other sources of funding to support these services once SCC funding ceases.

"We are also open to conversations with community groups and partners to see if local solutions can be developed.

"I recognise the importance of passenger transport and I remain committed to ensuring that Suffolk's residents have access to it.

"For many people that may be a shock for their local bus service but we have got time to have that conversation."

There are 211 services running in Suffolk of which 61 are subsidised. The 23 routes under threat equate to 0.7% of all bus journeys in Suffolk last year, according to the county council's data.

Cllr Gould also questioned the county council’s data and asked: “Does the data that SCC work with in terms of passenger numbers also count the passengers who have free passes or do they only count those who actually purchase a ticket?”.

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James Nunn On The 'Roads' To Success

Thursday, June 6, 17.00

 Popular Chelmondiston singer/songwriter James Nunn is tuning up to realise two burning ambitions. 

James, better known to many as Jimmy, who spends his day on building sites, and nights playing, singing or making music when not looking after his young son, releases his first single tomorrow (Friday), the day before performing live at the Shotley Rose.

The single release comes days after learning he will be performing live at the Ipswich Music Day, something he has been yearning to do for years.

‘Roads’ can be downloaded on most music apps, including Spotify, and iTunes, from midnight tonight and James is hoping people will add it to their playlists to help it become a hit.

Produced by Blackthorn Studio in Ipswich, the song is a mellow number and will strike a chord with all those who have had to work away from home and have been through challenging relationships. 

“I just want people to enjoy it and hopefully relate to the song in some way,” said James. “Hopefully it will be the sort of song they want on their playlist, that helps me too because that is the way it gets more exposure on things like Spotify.”

James has already tasted chart success when his EP ‘Think It Through’ went to number six and helped raise money for Chron’s and Colitis UK, at the record’s launch party at the Cult Café.

Reaction to some of the tracks caught James a little by surprise, in a pleasant way, when music lovers at gigs started requesting he played them.

“Music can be a tough business and quite often you wonder why you bother,” said James. “It could be you have been at work all week, driven hours to get home and you are playing to five drunks and a dog.

“Then you will be somewhere playing a few covers and someone will ask you to play one of my own songs. I remember when a guy came up to me and asked me to play ‘Think It Through’, I thought ‘wow, he knows it, he likes it, he wants me to sing it for him live.

“The other thing I love is when people at gigs start singing my lyrics back at me. I have one song in particular, which is like a chant. That’s when it is all worthwhile – there is no better feeling.”

 James will get the chance to perform to one of his biggest crowds yet when he plays the Ipswich Music Day on July 9 when he is on the Grapevine Stage at 12.30, where Ed Sheeran performed ten years ago. 

James is chuffed to be performing, and being asked after a frustratingly long wait and admits it will be an ambition fulfilled. “I have wanted to do it for years,” he said.

“It is the one everyone involved in music in Suffolk relates to and wants be involved in.

“It was annoying when you are told it is for upcoming artists and they are not supposed to do it two years in a row, but then some were playing every year.

“It seems to be better run than it was, and I’m really looking forward to playing.”

James’ reputation is clearly growing, as shown when Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason (pictured right) invited him to play at a fundraising event at his house in Clapham. 

 “It was definitely the most random gig I have played, especially when you get Damon Hill making coffee for you,” laughed James. “I was picked up in a Mercedes with blacked out windows and took to Nick Mason’s house and played an unplugged, acoustic set – just me and my guitar.

“Nick was really laid back but a great host. she showed me around his private car collection, which included a rare vintage Ferrari, estimated to be worth about £32million.”

James has also supported Inspiral Carpets' Ton Hingley and has also had auditions for the Voice and X-Factor, but was left disappointed and a little scarred by the experience, especially the lack of genuine opportunity.

He said: “I got backed twice, on one occasion they didn’t even let me get my guitar out. It's at times like that you want to pack it all in, but then you get the sort of gigs I have had over the past couple of months and I love it.”

Despite rubbing shoulders with such rock luminaires, James remains grounded and has not forgotten his roots. He will perform his new single Roads’ along with other of his own songs mixed in in with some popular covers at the Rose but laments the lack of a thriving music scene locally.

He said: “I’m a local lad love doing local gigs – including private parties. Generally though, the Ipswich music scene is very quiet these day.

“Pubs used to be packed but not now, unlike Essex where I played quite a lot recently and it was rammed in the pub – you don’t seem to get that in Suffolk.” 

 One solution could be a music festival on the peninsula, highlighting a number of local music talent such as James, Dan Evans, Sammy Johnson, Amber Durrant and other local bands, perhaps held on the field behind the Rose, or Chelmondiston playing fields.

James said: “Initial talks have been held and I would love to see more live music like that locally.

“Kids want to see bands and experience a festival. if you can do it on your doorstep. I would be well up for that.” 

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Annual Meeting Invite As New Parish Council Formed 

Tuesday, May 7, 11.30

Villagers have been invited to attend the Chelmondiston and Pin Mill annual meeting and meet their new parish (and existing) councillors. 

Newly elected district councillor Jane Gould is expected to give her first report as Orwell ward member, along with a report from Suffolk County councillor David Wood and various groups and organisations.

Although chaired by parish council chairman David Cordle, this is a parish meeting for all to participate and not a council meeting.

Among the topics on the agenda for the meeting at the village hall, starting 7pm on Tuesday, May 21 is an update on the Neighbourhood Development Plan and the village's website, although villagers will get an opportunity to speak openly about local issues.

For more details contact the clerk: Jill Davis Tel: 01473 780159

Chelmo Post Office Move Details 

Friday, April 19, 07.00

Details of the agreed deal to relocate Chelmondiston Post Office to Hollingsworths Store & Butchers, in Chelmo C with significantly extended opening hours. have been revealed. 

Peninsula News revealed in February the switch would happen later this year with a new-style local branch with Post Office services provided from an open-plan counter alongside the retail counter.

This will be an extra 33 hours and 30 minutes of Post Office service a week as the branch is currently open on weekday mornings. The branch will open earlier and will close much later. These changes will make it far more convenient for customers to visit.

The move from The Stores, Main Road, Chelmondiston, will be with the current Postmaster’s agreement as Mrs Susanna Patten wants to explore other avenues.

The relocation will be part of a major modernisation programme across the Post Office network designed to make it easier for customers to do business, through longer opening hours and modern open plan environments.

Parking remains in the public car park between Hers and Sirs and the Red Lion and also some roadside parking. 

Wendy Hamilton, Post Office Area Network Change Manager, said: “We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents. We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and will secure services for the future.” 

The change of premises is part of the Post Office's transformation announced in 2012 with an investment of £1.34bn for the Post Office network to undertake a transformation programme across 6000 branches.   In November 2013 the Government announced a further £640m investment in the Post Office network: as well as allowing us to modernise a further 2000 branches this funding also allows the Post Office to invest £20 million in around 3400 community branches, which are often the last shop in the village. 

With more than 11,600 branches, the Post Office network is the biggest retail network in the UK, with more branches than all the banks and building societies combined. 97% of Post Office branches are run with retail partners on an agency or franchise basis.

The Post Office provides services central to peoples’ everyday lives; 99.7% of the population lives within 3 miles of a Post Office. It also offers the UK’s largest fee free cash withdrawal network through our 11,600 branches and an additional 2,500 cash machines and 99 per cent of UK bank customers can access their accounts at the Post Office. We sell 170 different products and services spanning financial services including savings, insurance, loans, mortgages and credit cards; Government services; telephony; foreign currency; travel insurance and mail services.

Post Offices branches remain highly valued and trusted, and are the focal point of many communities. For more information, visit to find out about a Post Office business opportunities visit

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Chelmo Shooter Wins National Award

Saturday, March 2, 19.00

A Chelmondiston marksman has won a national award for his sharpshooting skills and contribution to disabled sport. 

Sam Nunn was named Disabled Shooter of the Year for his skills with a gun and off range abilities, at the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association Annual Awards held at the Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield, where athletes ranging from Olympians to young shooters just emerging on the scene were recognised.

Former Ipswich Town footballer Sam has been involved in shooting for almost 22 years and while a mean competitor, he is also a valued administrator for the sport.

He is going for gold at the Essex Masters at Hepworth Hall, with a top prize of a £1,200 gun, for disabled shooters at the week-long event.

“I have always been very competitive, ever since my football days,” said Sam. “I want to turn silver and bronzes medals into gold.

“At the same time, I want to encourage people into the sport. It is a very accessible sport for everyone and I want to encourage people to get in touch, come along and give it a go.”

Sam is also chairman of the Chelmondiston Playing Fields Committee, which has recently become a stand-alone charity away from the parish council and is busy raining fund to repair the pavilion.

He was instrumental, along with other committee members, in raising money to install new play equipment and a zip wire.

The CPSA Annual Awards night is a cornerstone event in the clay shooting calendar. Former EastEnders and Extras actor Shaun Williamson hosted the evening and helped to present awards that recognised up-and-coming young shots, coaches, shooting grounds, and grassroots organisations that promote the sport.

The CPSA is the National Governing Body for Clay Target Shooting in England, supporting clay target shooting enthusiasts across the UK and promoting the highest standards of excellence. The CPSA regulates the standards of safety and competition at over 300 affiliated and registered grounds around the country,

Post Office On The Move

February 14, 1330

Chelmondiston’s post office is set to close and thenmove across the main road into the butcher’s shop. 

Current post master Susie Patten is delighted James and Carly Welham have agreed to host the new Post Office in their Hollingsworth's store and is confident they will continue to make it a success.

Mrs Patten decided she had no option but to close when the Post Office changed their policy and asked her to agree a new contract where her post office would not longer be a stand-alone business, but be part of a bolt on retail operation, and be paid on a commission only basis.

“I will be very sad to leave the Network,” said Mrs Patten. “I have very much enjoyed running the Post Office in Chelmondiston and I have met lots of amazing people and have heard some very interesting stories along the way.

“I know Carly and James will do a great job and we are grateful to them for keeping the service in the village.

“The hours will be much longer which will be more convenient for many people.  I'm sure it will work very well for all and I will always be around to lend a hand if needed.

“I wish Hollingsworth the best of luck and hope we will all continue to shop locally for many years to come. 

”In the meanwhile, I shall be seeking new career opportunities.” 

Mr and Mrs Welham (pictured above) took over at Hollingsworth in November 2017 and have re-established the store as a popular butcher’s and general shop used by Chelmondiston villagers, and other peninsula shoppers. Hollingsworth’s was a finalist in for Business Growth category at the 2018 Babergh community stars awards

The couple will take on extra staff to meet demand although do not anticipate making much profit from the post office services alone, but want to continue to grow their community engagement.

Mr Welham said: “We are saddened Susie is leaving as she has done a great job for such a long time.

“We feel it is important to keep the Post Office in the village and we are taking this on as a service to the community.

“We are hoping even more people will come in and use us and Hollingsworth’s continues to grow as a community hub.”

 Final details of the move are still be tied up and all being well the new post office is expected to be open by June.

A Post Office spokesperson, said: “We will soon begin consultation to move the branch across the road to Hollingsworth Store & Butchers with owners Carly and James Welham the proposed new operators of Chelmondiston Post Office.”

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Campaign Waged Before Planning Application Made

Friday, January 18, 1700

A campaign to halt a proposal to build up to 90 new houses in Chelmondiston has been launched, even before a planning application has been made. 

David Hill from Linden Homes made a presentation to Chelmo parish council last November to outline their initial plans after revealing they had an option to buy six acres of land at Hill Farm, if outline planning permission was granted.

Representatives vowed they would meet the 35% affordable homes requirement and were looking to build between 10-15 homes per hectare, equating to between 60-90 houses.

Objectors argue the proposed development is on land within the designated Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, 90 homes is far too many and there is not a need, either locally or district wide.

They are also concerned about the strain on schools, the surgeries and impact on the B1456 traffic.

Householders in Chelmo have had leaflets dropped through their doors speculating on plans and making claims that critics point outare not all substantiated.

Letters outlining concerns have also been sent to South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge and Babergh district councillor Derek Davis.

Cllr Davis, who is also a Babergh’s representative on the Joint Advisory Committee for Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB, said: “It is fairly unusual for so many people to air their views before an application has actually been made to our planning department, but it shows the depth of feeling there is.

“Without doubt we need more housing, not just on the peninsula, or even the district, but nationwide. However, it needs to be the right sort of housing in the right places, with infrastructure to match.

“All housing applications have to be considered on their individual merits but if this proposal does come forward it will be interesting to see how the developers can meet the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework and Babergh Core Strategy policies.”

Babergh has demonstrated it has the legally required five-year land supply, the parish council is developing its own Neighbourhood Development Plan and has identified more preferred sites for small scale housing.

Permission was granted in March 2015 for 285 homes to be built on the former HMS Ganges site, and pre-commencement work is still going on there. Outline permission for 24 houses at Millfields in Chelmo, was granted last year, while another seven houses will be built on land next to the Main Road on the outskirts of the village.

Linden Homes is the housebuilding arm of Galliford Try, a construction company that has been involved in building the 2012 Olympic Village, The Queensferry Bridge in Scotland and the roof at Wimbledon.

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£11k Cash Boost For Chelmondiston

Wednesday, January 16, 1600

Chelmondiston has received a cash boost of more than £11,400 after work started on building three town houses at the former Foresters Arms site.

The money comes from Chelmo’s share of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and can be used by the parish council or community groups for projects within the village, but can not be used to balance the council's books. 

A further £61,000 has been paid by developers to the district’s 123 pot.

Babergh District Council adopted the CIL policy in 2016 and are the first authority in the country to produce an easy to use link, using software by Exacom.

The district council have already allocated more than £850,000 within the district, after officers collected more than £2m from a potential £9.4m.

CIL is a set payment made by developers to support the infrastructure for communities and is split into three pots.

One is 15% of the total due paid to parishes from the neighbourhood pot, unless they have a Neighbourhood Development Plan when 20% is then payable to the village.   

Another pot, called the 123 list, which is the percentage paid to the district and open for anyone eligible to apply for. This includes parish councils, community groups, the NHS, and the county council for education and infrastructure, including highways.

The third is the amount paid to Babergh to administer the scheme.

Derek Davis, Berners District Councillor, said: “Parishes on the peninsula are beginning to see the upside of development with this levy being paid directly for the benefit of neighbourhoods.

“This money is for us as residents to make the most of for community projects to make people’s lives better today, and in the future.

“The wider pot can also be applied for and again it is something I would encourage parish councils and community groups to do.

“Please feel free to get in touch with me or the CIL team at Babergh if you would like to know how this CIL can help you.”

Cllr Davis is the cabinet member responsible for the Exacom project which is the first in the country of its type.

“The pilot has already attracted interest from a number of local authorities, and indeed, the Home Office,” said Cllr Davis. “It is an easy to use tool for all parish councils, and community group leaders, to see exactly what is available for a wide variety of infrastructure projects within communities.”

Babergh has already allocated more than £850,000 within the district, after collecting more than £2m from a potential £9.4m.

To check how much is CIL is due in your peninsula village go to the Babergh Development Link here…

Pin Mill Bay Licence Issued

Friday, Jan 11, 17.00

 A licence outlining the Pin Mill Bay Management Community Interest Company’s responsibilities and ability to charge for moorings has been issued. 

Associated British Ports, which is responsible for the Hard area at Pin Mill by virtue of the 1950 Dock Act, is empowered to issue a licence for the CIC to lay down, maintain and use the moorings at Pin Mill.

Babergh District Council sub leases the land from APB, and in turn sub leases to the not for profit CIC, which is responsible for the maintenance, provision of moorings and collecting fees on the foreshore and the Hard.

Disputes have arisen in recent years, with a number of resignations from the Pin Mill Bay CIC, with people unhappy at the lack of communication, claims of poor management and concerns over the treatment of some users of the Hard.

Business owner Nick Crook questioned the CIC’s activities and recently spoke at a Chelmondistion Parish Council asking: “Is the CIC fit for purpose?”

The CIC have not commented but it is understood they hope this declaratory licence will clarify their responsibilities and make it easier to take enforcement action against people they see as transgressors.

Critics claim that despite the licence, mooring charges are not easy to find publically. The website is outdated and communications remain an issue, and little maintenance has been carried out of late.

The licence can be found at this link.

Tax Hike, Councillor Quits, Village Hall Grant Deferred

Wednesday, January 9, 1500

A grant for the village hall was put on hold, another parish councillor resigned and members voted to increase its precept charge to villagers, at Chelmondiston parish council meeting last night. 

Parish councillors last night voted unanimously to raise its precept to taxpayers by 2.57% in the next financial year.

That equates to an extra £1.69p per person, and will be added to the council tax payment increases demanded by Suffolk County Council, Babergh District Council the police and fire service.

Babergh’s council tax demand is expected to rise by the maximum £5 per person, while the county council will also increase the amount payable by at least 2.99%.

Councillors also voted to defer a decision to pay a £1,800 grant to Chelmondiston Village Hall after a plea for more money by the management committee.

The council’s finance committee recommended the £1,800 figure but Patrick Mann argued the village hall needed at least £2,000 to help cover costs.

Mr Mann told the committee a long standing informal agreement had been in place where the parish council would support the village hall to the tune of £2,000, increased costs and vital maintenance work was needed.

More than 300 people on average use the hall monthly and fees covered some costs and Mr Mann admitted the village hall committee held £23,000 in reserves.

Alistair Fox, John Deacon and chairman David Cordle all spoke in favour of paying the additional £200 but it was agreed to defer the decision until next month when more accounts were made available.

The council also agreed to pay the Chelmondiston Playing Fields Committee £10,465, which is its full allocation of funds and will now operate as a stand-alone charitable body.

A new zip wire installed by the playing fields committee is to be adjusted higher for added enjoyment.

The parish council agreed to look at the possibility of erecting bus shelter by the Red Lion pub, suggested by Tony Roberts, one of the two recently co-opted councillors.

Members of the public were given an opportunity to air their views during an open session with former councillor Mrs Rosie Kirkup clarifying a point about her role on the neighbourhood Development Plan.

Mrs Kirkup made clear she was not related any way to a consultant with the same name being used to help with the plan.

She also spoke about concerns regarding correspondence spoken about regarding Hill House Farm, at a previous council meeting.

Babergh district councillor Derek Davis presented his district council report, which was circulated to the parish council members and answered queries during the meeting.  

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Two New Parish Councillors Welcomed

Wednesday, December 5, 11.30

Two new councillors were co-opted onto Chelmondiston parish council last night.

Tony Roberts and Mike McKillenn were welcomed by chairman David Cordle as the pair filled two long standing vacancies on the council.

Former district councillor Mr Roberts, 78, from Erwarton, told the council he was still interested in local politics. He added: "I have time on my hands and I would live to give something back."

Although he is also a parish councillor at Harkstead and lives in Erwarton, Mr Roberts insisted he had close ties with Chelmondiston and his wife Elizabeth was the secretary of the parochial church council.

Mr McKillen, 65, from Rence Park, has been employed by BT for 24 years, and has been working on a large project clearing a pond at his home.  

A former traffic management engineer at a local authority in Clevedon, Mr McKillen told Chelmondiston parish council: "I'm, looking start of my contributing to the community."

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Emotional Night For Suffolk Stars

Friday, November 9, 08.00

There was not a dry eye at Trinity Park as four of the peninsula's finest were honoured at the Stars of Suffolk last night. 

Six-year-old Preston Parker, Jane Gould, Alan Nunn and Shotley Open Spaces were all runners up as all the finalists were presented with prizes.

Ipswich Town managing director Ian Milne presented Preston with a Blues kit, with Parker 7 on the back of the shirt, and tickets for all the family to go and watch Paul Lambert's side play against Wigan, along with his trophy.

 Preston was nominated as Young Person of The Year for voluntarily litter picking down at Shotley Gate, and leading the parish's Beach Clean.

He was pipped by Daniel Jillings, who is profoundly deaf, and has successfully battled to introduce a British Sign Language GCSE.

Jane, Alan and SOS, were all given a bottle of Prosecco, to go with their especially inscribed individual trophies.

Jane was shortlisted in the Community Champion category after being nominated by Cllr Derek Davis, who collected Jane's award on her behalf as she was singing in her community choir and did not want to let anyone down.

Jane  was described as a compassionate and indispensable member of the Shotley Peninsula community.

She has raised thousands for St Michael’s Church in Woolverstone with her innovative ideas. The Monthly Market has become a must visit, with a fabulous friendly atmosphere.

Jane also introduced the Death café, an incredible initiative allowing people to talk openly about a very difficult subject. Jane has organised art exhibitions, including a unique sculpture display.

Number one spot went to Sue Willgoss, who has fought to bring about change for those with special education needs, disability and mental health difficulties.

SOS and Alan Nunn were in the Keeping Suffolk Special category and came behind David Goodlad, who is ‘community personified’ in the village of Rattlesden.

SOS was chosen for its volunteers' working tirelessly to keep a numbers of walking trails, tracks and pathways used by young mums with buggies, disabled vehicles and others, clear by cutting back brambles and other overgrowth. SOS also established the first accredited Walkers Are Welcome area in Suffolk, and have helped other groups to do so in their village. They raise funds through an annual calendar highlighting other community ventures.

Alan has been running the Chelmondiston Recycling Centre for a number of years, totally free of charge. He dedicates all his Saturday, Bank Holiday Mondays and Wednesday mornings in an effort to keep the facility open, since its closure by the local authority. Alan sorts through all the waste, recycles as much of it as possible and keeps costs very low. 

The Overall Stars of Suffolk winners, organised by Parker Communications, in conjunction with the EADT, were the staff at Barking Pre-School who saved the life of three-year-old Annabel Brightwell, who collapsed suddenly while dancing after suffering a cardiac arrest.

 Pre-school team members Shelley Symonds, Ness Hall, Zoe Corbett, Lucy Glendinning and Elsah Thorpe showed no hesitation, performing CPR on the youngster for 20 minutes until paramedics arrived. Annabel was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and placed in an induced coma, spending six days in intensive care.

She was later diagnosed with a rare genetic heart condition, which had been unknown to her parents.She is now on medication, but aside from that is living the life of a normal three-year-old. Annabel’s mum Rebecca said the pre-school’s quick actions undoubtedly saved Annabel’s life. Shelley, in particular, was praised for her rapid response.

Annabel went on stage in a tear-jerking moment to personally thank her heroines, on what was her fourth birthday.

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Another Housing Scheme Floated

Wednesday, November 7, 11.30

A potential 90 new homes could be built in Chelmondistion if a developer's idea for a new housing scheme is accepted. 

Two representatives from Linden Homes spoke to members of the public at a parish council meeting last night to online their ideas.

The developers have an option to buy six acres of land belonging to Hill House Farm, conditional of planning permission being given.

David Hill and James Bay stressed the proposal was very much in the early stages and wanted to ensure full consultation with villagers, in tandem with Chelmondistmon's developing Neighbourhood Plan, and Babergh's new Local Plan, was sought first.

No planning application has been submitted, and no pre-application talks with Babergh, or Suffolk Highways, have yet been held.

Mr Hill confirmed six acres of land, north of the village centre and close to where there were fires during the summer, was under consideration with a density estimated to be between 10 and 15 homes per acre.

The land is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and questions over housing need, loss of prime agricultural land, and infrastructure, including access, were aired at the meeting.  

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Stars Of Suffolk Champions Shortlisted

Sunday, November 4, 07.00

Community volunteers from Chelmondiston, Shotley and Woolverstone have been shortlisted for the Stars of Suffolk awards. 

Alan Nunn, Shotley Open Spaces (SOS), Preston Parker, and Jane Gould from the peninsula, are among the finalists for the community awards, which will be held at Trinity Park on Thursday, November 8, hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Mark Murphy.

Jane Gould (pictured right with fellow volunteer Beryl Walker) has been hailed as a tireless volunteer, spearheading the good work done at Woolverstone church with markets, exhibitions and other community events, including the Death Cafe initiative.

Volunteers from SOS spend hours cutting, streaming and clearing overgrown areas around the village ensuring people with buggies, young children and the less abled can navigate paths and tracks without being attacked by brambles and overgrowth.

 The group is also responsible for health walks, formed Suffolk's first Walkers Are Welcome accredited group and have helped the local tourism economy grew, while looking out for locals too.

Both were nominated by district councillor Derek Davis who said: "Far too often the excellent work these wonderful people do is overlooked, or not recognised. 

"More often than not they are happy to get on with it without a fuss, but I believe it doesn't hurt that all our volunteers and community champions should be recognised.

"The fact that so many people from the peninsula reached the finals highlights what a wonderful area we live and reflects on our fabulous community spirit."

Preston Parker was nominated as Young Person of the Year after taking it upon himself to complete litter picks on Shotley foreshore.

Alan Nunn is being recognised for his unstinting work helping at the recycling tip and Chelmondiston, and was also nominated by the parish council. 

The Suffolk awards follow on from the Stars of Babergh last month when Shotley postmaster Manish Patel, and village stalwart Norman Bugg were winners of their respective community categories, Shotley & Erwarton Good Neighbours and Hollingsworths  were runners up.

Full report from Stars of Suffolk here on Friday...

Gamekeeper's Daughter Named Chef of the Year

Friday, October 12, 09.00

Chelmondiston cook Jeessica Noy has been named National Eat Game Chef of the Year. 

Jessica, better known as the Gamekeeper’s Daughter, beat off competition from Michelin starred chefs and celebrities, including Richard Corrigan and Tim Kitchen, to scoop the prestigious award in the 'Best Chef Regularly Using Game' category.

Jessica, who usually works from her home kitchen in Chelmondiston, was stunned to learn of her victory at a glittering awards ceremony at Canary Wharf, London, after voters were won over by her use of game and berries, much of it from the Shotley peninsula. 

“I’m still pinching myself that I won Best Chef," said Jessica

"I was up against such stiff competition, so to get the win was an absolutely amazing feeling.

“I'm a country girl from Suffolk with a down to earth approach to game cooking, I'm not a fan of overly fussy traditional game dishes- I try to create simple modern recipes with big flavours - so it's great to be recognised for my work.”

One outstanding dish which helped win her so many votes was her double stacked sour cream fried Partridge Burger with griddled lettuce chipotle cream and her homemade bacon jam.

The Gamekeeper's Daughter began at Harkstead farmers’ market selling game pies as a way of utilising the game shot from the shoot ran by her gamekeeper father, which launched her into the Suffolk food and drink scene.

Jessica has not looked back and has branched into private catering, created a pop-up restaurant in Colchester's derelict bus station, selling street food and cookery teaching.

Her exciting journey into the culinary world has included: cooking squirrel samosas for CBBC, presenting food critic and writer Tom Parker Bowles with my wild rabbit lasagne on ITV's Food Glorious Food and of course winning Young Chef of the Year in 2017.

 Jessica’s wowed the judges then with a wood pigeon salad with blueberry balsamic compote and an inventive aubergine starter with foraged wild garlic. (Pictured)

“Food has been a lifelong obsession for me,” said Jessica, “hugely connected with my love of the countryside.

“As a child i would go foraging for blackberries in the hedgerows and earned my first pocket money through picking wild field mushrooms for a local pub with my father.

“Knowledge of the seasons and foraging plays an important part in how I create my menus, sourcing seasonally and locally is not only ethical and environmentally friendly but it means that the dishes I create truly reflect the area where live Whether it be local venison, foraged berries, or vegetables sourced from local growers , I love to utilise the best produce Suffolk has to offer.”

Jessica currently caters for private but dreams of find a location on the peninsular for a unique pop up restaurant experience.

Next year she plans to publish a cookery book, full of creative recipes using wild produce, foraged and game for the modern cook.

Keep up to date with Jessica’s game journey by going to her website and blog The Gamekeeper's Daughter.

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Head To Leave Primary School 

Friday, October 5, 19.00

Sean Cornish is to leave Chelmondiston primary school at the end of the year to take up a new role in Capel. 

Mr Cornish took over at Chelmondiston in 2015 when it was a Church of England Voluntary Community school and had been rated Good in an Ofsted report two years earlier.

In July 2017 the school joined the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust, and was reincarnated as a Church of England Primary School, maintaining its high standards.

“I will be extremely sad to leave Chelmondiston Church of England Primary School at the end of this calendar year,” said Mr Cornish. “It has been a very enjoyable two and half years and been a real pleasure to get to know so many wonderful children and work alongside their committed parents.

“The school will always hold a very special place in my heart.”

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Customer Service Access Now Available Locally

Monday, August 20, 19.00

Villagers across the peninsula and beyond can now access a Babergh customer service point locally. 

Babergh’s first Pop-Up Access Point saw Babergh staff join Suffolk Libraries at Shotley Village Hall, offers all peninsula residents the opportunity to meet Customer Service staff face to face without visiting the council’s access point in Sudbury Town Hall.

As part of a pilot scheme Babergh staff will be in Shotley Village Hall on Monday afternoons, from 1pm to 4.30pm, until the end of September, with the exception of the August Bank Holiday on 27 August.

The Pop-Up runs alongside the Suffolk Libraries Local weekly session in Shotley, giving residents the opportunity to access both district council and library services in the same place. Anyone dropping by will be greeted by Babergh and Mid Suffolk staff, offering access to services for both councils, with access to online services also offered at the Pop-Up.

Cllr Derek Davis, Babergh cabinet member for Organisational Delivery, said: “Improving customer service access is a top priority for us and I’m delighted this Pop-Up Customer Access Point has come to fruition. We recognise how not everyone is fully comfortable with accessing our services online and appreciate dealing with a human being and this new way to access council services will give those residents a chance to do just that.

“Offering residents the opportunity to access our services in this way will give us a clearer picture of what our residents need and, if successful, will be rolled out in other areas of the district. Babergh is building on an excellent working relationship with Suffolk Libraries and their team are already providing a very popular and useful service, and this will complement the existing facility.”

Adults can bring their children along to take up the reading challenge, join in singing, or take part in a colouring competition, while their Babergh issues are being dealt with by customer service staff.

New Outdoor Gym Installed

Tuesday, August 7, 11.00

Outdoor gym equipment has been installed at Chelmondistion playing fields in Woodlands. 

Five stations, which can work the arms, chest, legs and abs, are free to use for anyone looking to improve their fitness in the fresh air.

The new facility is a culmination of months of hard work by the Playing Fields Committee, chaired by Sam Nunn, (pictured with John Hawkins).

The committee sought views from villagers about how to improve facilities for users of the open space, and the outdoor gym equipment topped the list.

More could follow, along with a zip wire and further down the line replacement play equipment.

Mr Nunn praised the amount of support given to the Playing Field Committee by the community, Chelmo parish council, along with Babergh District Councillor Derek Davis and Suffolk County Councillor David Wood.

 “This outdoor gym equipment, which we believe is the first of its kind on the peninsula, scored highly in what people wanted,” said Mr Nunn. “We hope people will enjoy using this new facility and we strive to continue to bring even more new facilities to what is already a good mix of activities on offer.”

Somerset-based Viridor Credits Environmental Company, which funds community projects via the Landfill Communities Fund, also helped with a large chuck of the initial £7,500 equipment and installation cost.   

“We worked closely with a number of organisations, and Viridor Credits Environment Company were brilliant," said Mr Nunn. "They really came up trumps with advice and funding.

“We want to thank everyone involved in this project, from people who filled in questionnaires to fellow committee members and councillors."

Gareth Williams, Operations Manager at Viridor Credits, said: "On meeting Sam Nunn I was impressed with his vision for Chelmondiston's playing field as an inclusive area for all interests and abilities.

“The steering group had no hesitation in supporting this project." 

Parish councilor John Hawkins, who also serves on the playing field committee, said: “We are delighted to be able this outdoor gym, which will give even more people a reason to come out and enjoy what we have here.

“These are public facilities so we hope lots of people come and make the most of what we have provided.”

Two tennis courts, an outdoor table tennis facility (including bats and balls) are provided, along with a full-size football pitch.

Cllr Davis added: "Babergh’s community team works closely to help parishes like Chelmondiston and it helps when you have people like Sam and John driving project forward like this.”   

* Viridor Credits Environmental Company seeks applications from not-for-profit groups and organisationsand community groups. Applications can be made for projects that fall into one of three categories (below), provided that the project is located within 10 miles of an active Viridor landfill site or Energy Recovery Facility (ERF). They are:

  • Provision or improvement of a public amenity;
  • The conservation or promotion of biological diversity through:
    • the provision, conservation, restoration or enhancement of a natural habitat, or
    • the maintenance or recovery of a species or its habitat on land or water
  • Restoration or renovation of buildings of historical or architectural importance or those used for religious worship.

Viridor Credits is looking for further projects to fund located within 10 miles of active Viridor-managed landfill sites or ERFs. Applicants can visit, call 01823 476476, or email

District Ward To Be Reshaped And Called Orwell

Tuesday, August 7, 08.00

Chelmondiston and Pin Mill are to come under a newly formed Orwell ward in the Boundary Commission review of Babergh district wards.

The village is currently looked after by two district councillors as part of Berners ward, which also includes Shotley, Erwarton, Woolverstone and Freston.

However, the new ward boundaries will reform after the Boundary Commission released its final recommendations, which will go before Parliament when MPS return from the summer recess in September..

Newly named Ganges, Stour and Orwell wards will replace the bulk of the current two-member Berners and one member Holbrook wards and overlap into Belstead and Tattingstone. 

The Local Government Boundary Commission For England (LGBCE) had originally looked at making much of the peninsula a three-member ward, but representations by Holbrook councillor David Rose, supported by Shotley councillor Derek Davis and a couple of parish councils, pointed out that would be unworkable and the panel agreed.

Ganges, named after the former Royal Navy Training Establishment, will comprise of Shotley and Erwarton and be looked after by just one district councillor.

Boundary commissioners took into account of development at the former Ganges site, comprising of 285 new homes, a small hotel, residential care home, a café, retail units and a number of community facilities, which would add to the electorate.

Stour ward, named after the mouth of the river, will also be a one member ward and will now take in Harkstead, Holbrook and Stutton, making it slightly larger than the current ward.

On the other side of the peninsula Orwell ward, will also be a one-member ward but will include Belstead, Wherstead and Tattingstone along with Freston, Woolverstone and Chelmondison.

Brantham will become a one-member ward as expected growth will also boost the electorate there.

The division of those four wards means the same geographical area will lose one district councillor.

In total Babergh district council will reduce the number of councillors from the current 43 to 32, serving 24 wards, with the changes coming into effect at the next district council election in May 2019. 

In its report the Boundary Commission explained how it changed its original recommendation of forming  three member ward to three single member wards after representations were made.

Cllr Davis said: "As a former HMS Ganges boy I'm delighted that the Shotley and Erwarton area will become known as the Ganges ward. I'm delighted the commission took notice of our suggestions and have adopted the three different wards, rather than one huge ward., which I believe would have been unwieldy.

“It is a difficult balancing act in getting the allowed variance in electorate numbers marrying up with geographical areas to comprise the number of wards needed.

“However, while the Orwell ward seems a little stretched with Belstead a bit out on a limb.

“It makes sense for one member to serve the area, rather than three trying to cover everything from Shotley to Belstead, especially if some councilors do not necessarily pull their weight locally.”

Cllr Alastair McCraw, current Alton ward member, added: “The best bit about the new ward structure is that the Peninsula will have four single member wards.

"Brantham & Ganges are two large population centres. There are some compromises in the centre, because equal representation is very important. I like the names of Orwell & Stour.

"The parish groupings follow the roads connecting them and should have similar concerns because of it. But every parish will have one councillor to deal with and to help them."

A little further afield, Capel St Mary, which is subject to some large scale development will also become a one-member ward, while Copdock and Washbrook, will stretch from Bentley to Hintelsham, but new-look Sproughton and Pinewood ward will become a two-member ward.

The LGBCE was tasked to reduce district council members but ensure they improved electoral equality by equalising the number of electors each ward councilor represents. They had to take into account community identity and provide effective and community local government.

Further information can be found on their website

Hers & Sirs Relaunched

Sunday, August 5

Nothing makes you feel and look better than a lovey new hair do and a fresh looking Hers & Sirs is happy to oblige after officially relaunching under new management. 

The bubbly flowed as more than 30 regular clients and potential new customers took a look around the revamped hairdressers on Main Road in Chelmondiston. 

Lorraine Page and her daughter Georgina Chelsea Page have taken over at Hers and Sirsbut have retained many of the previous stylists, while adding to the staff.

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.

Valued and popular stylist Liza Baldry is staying on, also working three days of 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.

Every body loved what we done," said Lorraine. "A big thank you to staff for supporting me and for my husband Gordon Page for all his hard work doing all the decorating, and more. 

"We had some lovely flowers and from customers and family so thanks to them as well and we look forward to seeing all our old and new customers in the new look 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.

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

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 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:

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

Some communities may intend to link their events to this -  find out more here

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,, 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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