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Funding Available For Community Projects
Controversial New Homes Plans Scrapped
Holidaying Couple Come Home To Burnt Out House
Tribute To The Beat
The warm outpouring of love and respect for Kevin Beattie described as the best Ipswich player ever, came in abundance at Portman Road tonight. Full story and personal tribute by award winning Town journalist...
Freston's Fairytale Concrete Castle
Spot Yourself And Friends During Run
Lots Of Money Raised At Auction
Beach Clean Volunteers Tyred Out
Everyone's A Winner In Great East Success
Close Calls As High Tide Hits Strand
Plan Village's Future Over Tea And Cakes
Ganges Plans Going Ahead - Despite Rumours
Moving Tribute To Village Stalwart
Bowls Club's Brave Effort in Finals
New Era Starts For Shotley School
Gardeners Defy Weather To Produce The Goods
Solomon's Unique Take On World Headlines
Blues Close To Crushing Canaries
Exhibition Showcases Local Artists
Letters Sent Ahead Of Great East Run
Aqua Park Closes Completely
Pier Development Objectors Offer Olive Branch
Objectors to plans for a large development on Shotley pier, which has been refused permission, have written an open letter to the project group inviting them to a meeting to find a compromise. More details...
Hundreds Caught Speeding On Peninsula
Thousand Flock To Suffolk Food Hall's Tractor Fair
Aqua Park Stays Shut Over Bank Holiday
Treasured View Saved As Pier Plan Refused
Two Arrested After Illegal Immigrant Swoop
Customer Service Access Now Available Locally
Rukus At The Rose
Pier Development Goes To Planners Amid Huge Objections
Simple Acts Of Kindness
Customer Service Point Opened For Peninsula Residents
Peninsula School Triumphs In Field Gun Competition
Customer Service Pilot For Peninsula
First Peninsula Outdoor Gym Installed
New Look District Wards For Peninsula
Hers & Sirs Relaunched
Solomon Holmes' Latest Blog
AONB Vow To Fight Any Nuclear Waste Plans For Peninsula
AONB chairman David Wood has vowed to be the the vanguard of any fight to prevent the Government carrying out plans to bury nuclear waste under national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including the Shotley peninsula. Full story...
Peninsula Star Helps England To World Cup Quarter-Final
Woman Arrested After Crashing Through Bus Shelter
Severe Weather Forces Ferry Cancellations
Field Fire Near Jimmy's Farm
Aqua Park Closed Due To Algae
Goresland Fire Near Jimmy's Farm
Party Invite For Hairdressers' Relaunch
Police Appeal For Help To Find Missing Shotley Man
Kicking The Bucket Is Last On The List
Bevy Of Beauties Swan Off To Shotley
Fire Crews Stretched As Blaze Destroys Acres of Crops
Monthly Market Marks Anniversary
Accident Closes Main Road
Classic Car Show Judged A Success
Chance To Question Council Leader
Babergh Hits Five-Year Housing Supply Target
Football's Coming Home
Hundreds Witness Fly-Past By Peninsula
Thumbs Up For 'Stunning' Shotley Lodge
Splashing Out At Aquapark
Football's Coming Home
AONB Vote To Stick With Wood For Chair
Takeaway Not Closing - Just Having Day Off
Stalls Available For Shotley Fun Day
Classics On The Park
Flower Festival In Full Colourful Flow
Cheesy World Cup Songs, Winning Games and No Hooligans
Hadleigh Voters Call On Town Council To Resign
Armistice Silhouette Grant Bid Extended
Open Invite To Housing Needs Information Morning
Mind Trick with a Difference
Cancer May Be Mine But It Hurts Those Close To Me Too
Suffolk Day Events On The Peninsula
Atmosphere Key In Farmers Market's Continued Success
Quiz, Fathers Day And The World Cup
Give your dad a special day while you can, surprise yourself and friends with your breadth of general knowledge, and enjoy watching England kick of their World Cup campaign with mates and a tailor-made gallon beer dispenser. Details here...
The Dysfunctionally Detestable (Dis)Order of an Urban Jungle
Babergh Trailblazing Developer Contribution Database Pilot
Residents and those in the development industry will be able to see how money collected from developers as part of planning agreements is being spent on providing infrastructure for local communities when a new database goes online. More here...
Paul Hurst Unveiled
Demonstrating a good sense of humour, a desire to entertain the fans and a steely, understated resolve, Paul Hurst gives his thought on becoming Ipswich Town manager and DEREK DAVIS was there to meet him.
Amazing Collection Of Training Slides Revealed
Prodigal Son Solomon's Tranquil Return Shattered
Read how blogger Solomon Holmes brief return to Chelmondiston was followed by a well deserved punch in the face.
Meet Up Day To Combat Loneliness Launched
Bacchus Comes Out As Top Regional Wine
Winemakers in East Anglia toasted the best wines made in the region today at the annual Wine of the Year Competition at Copdock Hall, near the Shotley peninsula. Full story...
Plenty To Do On The Peninsula This Weekend
Road Due To Stay Closed Until June 14
24-hour Petanque-a-thon Challenge for Livability
Trust Takeover Welcomed As Stutton Becomes An ASSET School
Hope For All On Offer At Café
New Book On Holbrook During The First Word War Published
Pitching It Just Right At Alton Water Park
Water Problems Hit the Peninsula As Complaints Flood In
Five New Homes Could Be Built Next To Erwarton Hall
Dying Does Not Stop The Need For A Dog
Academy Trust Today Takes Over At Stutton School
Tuck Into Your Local Fish & Chips On National Day
Village Hall Car Park Set To be Resurfaced
Plans For 100 New Homes Controversially Approved.
Application For More Holbrook Houses Withdrawn
Four New Homes Approved At Heath
Art For Heart's Sake
Is This The Prettiest Bus Stop In Suffolk?
Russian Sailor's Plea For Political Asylum In Shotley
Call For Fresh Blood
Key Chairman Role For Independent Councillor
Shipwreck Pushes The Boat Out
Hundreds of sailing, car and bike enthusiasts, flocked to Shotley marina over the sunny weekend to enjoy Minis, Harley Davidsons, the RNLI Lifeboat and a range of impressive artists. Full story and pictures...
Royal Mail Hailed Over Post Box U-Turn
Penny Smile As Scouts Lay Copper Trail
Council Plans Private Talks To Deal With Issues
Lots Of Pizzazz With Fired Up Pizza Mums
Coastguard Miraculously Save Woman Jumper's Life
House Can Be Built Within Walled Garden
Holbrook Swan Joins Our Paper Not Plastic Campaign
Welcome Sign Can Stay For Now
Delight As Second Caravan Is Removed From Freston Lay-by
Cliff Protection Steering Group Formed At Fractious Meeting
SOS Suspend Relations With Parish Council As Frustration Grows
On Call Firefighters Sought
Fortnight Of Annual Parish Meetings Starts
Booze Brothers Fundraiser For Midwife Student Emily
Not Easy To Book A Holiday When You Are Dying
Owners Urged To Join In With Community
Musical May Day Is A Hit
Holiday Lodges Set For Shotley
Community Self Help Groups Warning
1978 And THAT FA Cup Victory Superbly Brought To Life On Stage
Plea For New Parish Councillor
Ganges Mast Replicated In Australia
Plenty To Do On Peninsula This Beautiful May Bank Holiday Weekend
Labour Gain Borough Seat
Two New Councillors For Chelmo
Share Your Sporting memory
The Reasons People Become Councillors
East Coast Retros Revved Up With Rose Rally
Orwell Bridge Reopens
Retro Cars At The Rose, Wedding Show At Copdock Hall
Facing Up To Death
Homeless Project Is Donated Second Bus
Joyful Highs, Melancholic Lows From Suffolk Songwriter
Canterbury Cathedral Choristers Coup For Woolverstone Church
Man Rescued After Being Trapped Waist Deep on 'Pirate Beach'
Chance To Tell Police Of Concerns
Body Cam Call for Abused Peninsula Lollipop Lady
Clerk Clashes With Councillor
A meeting with the public to discuss phase three of the work to protect Shotley cliffs from coastal erosion could be delayed after the parish clerk refused to allow councilor Gary Richens the right to speak about the project. Full story...
Council Declines To Support Pier Development Plan
Government Plans To Ban Plastic Straws
Not Just Another Day In The Office
Couple Take To Funding Page To Pay For Wedding
Equestrian Field Bid At Frogs Alley
Bid To Add Five New Homes On Caravan Park
Peninsula Trio Clinch Commonwealth Games Medals
Homeless Bus Returns After New Site Falls Through
Meet The Swan's New Owner
Spruced Up Swan Welcomes New Customers and Old Regulars
One Caravan Gone - One More To Go
Workshops and Offices Applied For At Victorian Shotley Pier
Houseshakers Headline Rose Beer Festival
Landlady Sarah Pallant has revealed the line-up for this year’s beer and music festival at the Shotley Rose. Full story...
Heartbreak For Parents After Memorial Flowers Destroyed
Vandals who ripped up daffodils planted in memory of a vet who was killed in a car accident, have been banded ‘callous’ by a distraught
father. Full story...
Independent Given Cabinet Position
An Independent councillor from the peninsula has been given a position on the previously Conservative-only Babergh cabinet. Full story
Alton Water Joins Our Campaign
The newly reopened cafe at Alton Water has joined our Paper Not Plastic campaign. Full story...
McCarthy Quits Ipswich Tonight
Blues boss Mick McCarthy tonight walked out of Ipswich with four games of the season left to play. Full story...
Dumped Caravan To Be Moved This Week
One of the abandoned caravan at a lay-by in Freston will be taken and destroyed this week. Full story...
Pub To Change Hands
Richard and Jackie are to leave the White Horse at the end of June. Full story...
Community Spirit Makes Library Service A Success
An impromptu version of ‘Three Little Pigs’ provided the highlight of Suffolk Libraries’ first birthday of their weekly Suffolk Local Library service at Shotley Village Hall.Full Story...
Suffolk Sculptor's Controversial Exhibition Challenges Perceptions
If sculptor Caroline Mackenzie met Picasso today she would tell him women do more than just sit in chairs looking coy. Full story...
Tourist Information Centres To Close
A move to close down the tourist information centres in Babergh and Mid-Suffolk has been branded ‘short-sighted and silly’. Full story...
Merger Put On Pause
Plans to merge Babergh and Mis Suffolk councils have been put on hold after a Unitary option was proposed. Full story...
Dutch Fleet Halfway Through North Sea Race
A fleet of Dutch classic sailing vessels popped into the peninsula safe haven half way through the annual North Sea race. Full story...
Councillor Steps Down after 17 Years
Chelmondiston parish councillor Rosie Kirkup has resigned after 17 years serving the community on the council. Full story...
Birthday Celebrations prove A Family Hit
Nearly 50 walkers aged from four years old to 70 celebrated Shotley's Walkers Are Welcome group's first birthday. Full story...
Quacking Time For All At Annual Duck Race
Nearly 100 children and excited adults enjoyed a bumper 13th annual Pin Mill Duck Race. Full story
Get On Your Bike At Alton Water
A new cycle hire centre has opened at Alton Water enable visitors to explore the eight mile trail around the reservoir and park. Full story
Superstar Moves Into Shotley House
Star of stage and screen Philip Schofield has moved to Shotley. Full story
Peninsula Churches Are Not Just For Easter
Join in an Easter service this weekendbut see why our beautiful churches are not just for Sundays. Full feature...
Egg-cited Children Help Raise Hundreds For Rose Causes
More than 100 youngsters enjoyed an Easter hunt eggtravaganza on the field behind the Shotley Rose today and raised £300 for good causes. Full story...
CAMRA Presentation To Pub Of The Year
Customers at a packed out Wheatsheaf cheered as CAMRA presented owners Anna Durance and Kevin Jackson with two awards last night. Full story...
Celebrate Easter with Chocolate Eggs, Church, Museum, And Treasure Trails
Make the most of the intermittent sunny weather at the various outdoor events around the peninsula this Easter weekend, or enjoy being indoors with things aimed at all the family. Full story...
Police Appeal After Theft At Shotley Lodge
Suffolk police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after thieves struck at Shotley Lodge. More here...
Time For A New Town Boss - Choose Your Favourite
If the majority of Ipswich Town fans get their wish then Blues resurrection will start this weekend with the demise of the self appointed Messiah Mick McCarthy. More here...
From Tattingstone To Shotley The Word Is Spreading
Bosses and staff at pubs as far apart on the peninsula as the White Horse at Tattingstone and the Bristol Arms in Shotley have backed our Paper Not Plastic campaign. More here...
Council Criticised Over Lack Of Caravan Action
Babergh council has been criticised after forcing a community group to take down a welcome sign, while itself failing to remove an unsightly abandoned caravan. Full story
Ganges Museum Celebrates Armistice and U-Boat Surrender
HMS Ganges Museum opens its doors for the new season this Friday with a new display dedicated to the ending of World War One and the U-boat surrender 100 years ago this year. Full story
Game For A Laugh Darts Team Celebrate In Style
Arguably the worst darts team in Suffolk enjoyed cake and beer at their end of season bash. More here...
Anger as Victorian Garden Comes Under Threat
Villagers are prepared to fight to save a Victorian Walled Garden, which is under threat from developers. Full Story Here
Holbrook Mum On TV To Tackle Suicide Among Young Men
A Holbrook mother whose 20-year-old son took his own life will this week appear on ITV's Good Morning programme to highlight how 84 men a week commit suicide each week in the UK. More here...
Exercise:Coastguard Called Out To Help Find Missing Girl
Holbrook Coastguard helped find a little girl who had been missing along the river Orwell, in what was an important exercise by the volunteer team. More here...
New Play Area At Alton Water Open To All
A new £30,000 play area has been unveiled at Alton Water Park. Full story and more pictures here...
Hash House Hounds Chase Human Hare
A human version of hounds chasing a hare took place on the peninsula this weekend. More here...
Don't Forget Clocks Went Forward This Morning
Call For Animal Lovers To Record The Mammals In Your Garden
Peninsula animal lovers are being asked to take part in a survey to see how wildlife in our area is changing. More here...
A gang of contractors have taken the unusual step of thanking the people of Shotley for the warm reception they have received while working on digging trenches through the village. More here...
Another Car Leaves The Road At The Strand
A fourth car in six weeks has left the road at the Strand, under the Orwell Bridge. Pictures...
Freston Boot Opening Week Set
A 300-year-old peninsula pub is weeks away from opening its doors once more. See here...
Mainly Praise And A Little Grumble For RHS Run In the Sun
Nearly 2,000 primary school pupils from across Suffolk made the most of Wednesday’s sunshine to take part in a huge, well-reveived cross-country event at the Royal Hospital school. More here...
Freston Fury Over Great East Run
Frustrated Freston parishioners last night vented their fury at plans for the Great East Run to run through their village. More here...
Wheatsheaf Moves To A New Level
The Wheatsheaf moved up a whole new level after being named Pub of the Year for Ipswich and East Suffolk. More here
Police Appeal After Young Girl Approached
Suffolk police today asked for any witnesses to come forward after teenage girl was approached by a stranger on Sunday. More here...
New Crop Of Pubs Support Campaign
Our Paper Not Plastic campaign continues to garner great support. More here...
Bloody Battle At Shotley Gate
As part of English Tourism Week we look back more than 1,200 years at the battle of Bloody Point. More here...
Motorway Misery For Morning Commute
Peninsula motorists heading to London and beyond are being advised to avoid the M25 anti-clockwise. The M25 is shut completely between the M11 and Waltham Abbey junctions and diverted routes are already jammed.
Anger At Lack Of Police Presence As Holbrook Hit By Crime Spree
Calls have been made for a mobile patrol group to be set up after peninsula villages were hit by a spate of petty crime, vandalism and theft over the weekend. More here...
New Play Equipment For Chelmo Moves Closer
New play equipment in Chelmondiston took step closer when funding applications for £16,500 went forward. More here...
Auction A Success And Date For Next One Set
Bargains galore went under the hammer at the increasingly popular Shotley Auction. More here...
Spotlight on the Peninsula During English Tourism Week
As part of English Tourism Week we will be highlighting what makes the peninsula such a wonderful place to live and visit. More here...
Alton Water Tea Room Reopens
There is nothing better after a good walk, cycle or even jog around the miles of Alton Water pathways, than a nice cup of tea/coffee and slice of cake. More here...
Elderly kept Warm As Council Steps In With Emergency Oil Delivery
Babergh council has provided an emergency oil supply to elderly residents in Holbrook after fears they would go cold when the Mini-Beast from the East arrives today.
Eclectic Mix Of Lots At Auction
Judging by what is already on display, the rearranged Shotley Auction promises to be one of the most interesting ever to be held at the village hall. More here...
PC Chairman Made Not So PC Remark
Shotley Parish Council chairman Barrie Powell needed to make a quick apology after makingan inappropriate comment. More here...
Port Assurance Over Noisy Docks
Hutchinson Ports has moved to reassure Shotley residents they take noise complaints regarding the docks very seriously.
Peninsula MP Votes To End Free School Meals For Millions
South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge has voted to end free school meals in England while doing deal with the DUP to keep them for children in Northern Ireland. More here...
Breakfast Show Host Backs Paper Not Plastic
Mark Murphy, the award-winning BBC Radio Suffolk Breakfast Show host is the latest to back our campaign. More here...
Train Crash Closes Line
Services between Ipswich and Felixstowe were cancelled after a car and freight train collided at a level crossing. More here...
Protests And Complaints Pay Off As Perilous Pothole Is Fixed
It might have been the flower power protest, publicity by Peninsula News, or pressure from our district councilor Derek Davis, but whatever, the perilous pothole near the Orwell Bridge has been repaired (for real this time). More here...
Angsty Poetry/Storytime: A Precursor
Solomon Holmes looks to season his blog a little among his usual irate rants and speculation. More here...
Raw Sewage Floods Over Pin Mill Hard
Effluent has poured out over one of Suffolk's favourite beauty spots. More now...
For God’s Sake McCarthy – Just Go Now
The countdown to Mick McCarthy’s much-hoped for departure continued as insipid Ipswich meekly slumped to a 3-0 home defeat to strugglers Hull City.More here...
Peninsula News Backing Suffolk Day
As part of our positive approach to promoting this wonderful place we live, Shotley Peninsula News and Features will be supporting Suffolk day on Thursday, June 21. More here...
Chancellor Gives Another Reason To Back Our Paper Not Plastic Campaign
Philip Hammond today gave those keen to use less plastic a financial incentive use paper straws. More here...
Great local Run Practice Event
Holbrook Sport Centre is holding a practice event this Sunday ahead of its first official Great Local Run.More here...
Babergh HQ Gone To The Dogs
Police sniffer dogs are using Babergh's mothballed former headquarters for training. More here...
Flower Power Protest Over Perilous Pothole
Green-fingered protestors have used flower power to highlight a perilous peninsula pothole. More here...
Bart Dedicates Call Up To his Dead Dad
Town keeper Bartosz Bialkowski has dedicated his international call up to his dead dad, Marek.More here...
'Repaired' Pothole Continues To Damage Cars
A dangerous pothole continues to cause damage to cars, three days after Suffolk Highways claimed it had been repaired. More here...
Ganges Museum Gearing Up For Easter Opening
Volunteers mustered at HMS Ganges Museum for a training day ahead of the Good Friday season opener. More here...
Elvis Backs Paper Straws Campaign
It is Paper Not Plastic straws in the Bakers Arms from now on as rugby loving landlord Michael Elvis backs our campaign . More here...
Blues Lack Bite In Bore Draw With Blades
Clueless Ipswich failed to score for a third time this season against a Sheffield United side that saw their faint play-off hopes fade even further. More here...
A Spikey Reaction To Wildlife
Em Hull looks at the spikey issue of councils placing spikes on tree to stop bird pooing on cars and people. More here...
Pre-school Appeal For Chair So It Can Stay Open
Holbrook pre-school are looking for a chairperson to manage the voluntary committee and prevent the facility closing. More here...
Body Found On Beach Near Pin Mill
Suffolk Police have confirmed that a body of an unidentified male was discovered at Chelmondiston this evening. More here...
Fire Victims Overwhelmed By Support
Two victims of an inferno which destroyed their workshop have been overwhelmed by the generosity of strangers. More here...
Peninsula Pair Complete Jerusalem Marathon
Two peninsula runners have today completed the Jerusalem marathon, in little more than four hours. More here...
Holbrook Academy Hit By Fine
The Government has fined a number of businesses for failing to pay some of their workers the minimum wage, including Holbrook Academy. More here
Driven To Despair, But Finding The Reasons To Live
Suicide rates are on the rise, but there is hope. Read one young man's moving story of how close he came to taking his own life. More here...
Berners To Get Bigger In Boundary Changes
Berners is set to become the largest Babergh ward geographically under new proposals by the Boundary Commission. More here...
Mum Distraught After Shocking Foul Mouth Tirade By Delivery Driver
A delivery driver faces the sack after allegedlytelling a new mother ‘I hope you and your f***ing baby die!’. More here...
Non-Merged Councils Win Award As One
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils were runners up in a Council of the Year award, despite officially still being two separate sovereign councils. More here...
Waghorn's Brace Bags Blues Win
Martyn Waghorn hit a sensational winner to give the Blues back to back away wins. More here...
Babergh Playing Bin Collection Catch Up
Extra bin crews have been deployed to catch up on refuse collection throughout the peninsula. More here...
Bus Discount Card Set to Return after Passenger Anger
Ipswich Buses are set to bring back their 28-day passes after complaints by passengers using peninsula public transport. More here...
Peninsula Pub Named Rural Pub of the Year
The Wheatsheaf in Tattingstone has been named Ipswich & East Suffolk' Camra Rural Pub of the Year after judges found landlords Anna Durance and Kevin Jackson made visiting it a great experience. More here...
Delays As Tractor Breaks Down And Mist Shrouds Area
Commuters were held up coming and going from the peninsula after a tractor and trailer broke down on the Orwell Bridge this morning.
Words Of Wisdom From Peninsula Inspired Writers
It is no surprise that the enchanting beauty of the rivers, woodlands and meadows of the beautiful Shotley Peninsula should provide such inspiration for artists and writers alike. More here...
Caution Urged As Thaw Begins
Motorists are being warned to take care as flooding is expected in parts of the peninsula as the big thaw begins. More here...
Holbrook Fire Crew Help Fight Huge Blaze
Firefighters from Holbrook helped extinguish a blaze at a car repair shop in Lawford last night. More here...
Panic Is Snow Joke
Solomon Holmes' blog on the unwelcome winter intrusion. More here...
Snow Angels Hailed
The hideous bad weather has brought the good out of so many people with a number of snow angels being praised for showing amazing community spirit. More here...
Enjoy The Snow But Stay Out of Fields
Sheep farmers have pleaded with people to to sledge in their fields. More here...
Town Game Called Off
Ipswich Town have postponed they Championship clash with Hull City tomorrow over safety concerns. More here...
Glamping Site Planned At Frogs Alley
Developers want to build a modern-day glamping site on a vineyard, close to the War Graves at Shotley Church. More here
'Absolute Hero' Helps Stranded New Born Baby Get Home
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. More here...
Severe Weather Continues To Cause Disruption
Roads are much better on the Shotley peninsula this morning, although caution is urged. Meanwhile,many schools and business are staying shut. More here...
Pin Mill Duck Race date Set
The popular Pin Mill Duck race is being planned for Easter Monday, April 2. More here...
New Blogger Em On The Final Straw
Read latest blogger Em Hull's fascinating take on Zero Waste, photography and why straws should be paper not plastic. More here...
Paper Not Plastic Campaign Launched
An ambitious campaign to get business to ditch plastic straws in favour of paper has been launched. More details here...
Dangerous Roads and School Closures
UPDATED 08.15 See which school is closed and why you should stay at home. More here...
Defiant Businesses Stay Open
A number of places on the peninsula are staying open in defiance of the Beast From The East. More here...
Free Delivery Offer From Shotley Stores
Shotley Stores are offering free delivery to customers struggling to get to the shops due to the icy conditions. More here...
Buses suspended, schools shut, shop open and delivering
Round up of bus service and which schools are closed. More here...
Base Jumper Leaps From Bridge
Coastguard, police and other emergency services were scrambled last night when a person was seen jumping from the Orwell Bridge.
It was discovered the man was taking part in an activity known as base jumping and landed safely, at around 6pm. Tuesday evening. More to follow.
Anger As Pass Scrapped And Pupils Stranded
Fed up passengers direct anger at Ipswich Buses after fares rise by nearly 45% and pupils are stranded by 98 service. More here...
Your Chance To Vote For Suffolk
Peninsula people who love to promote the area, have less than a week left to vote for Suffolk, in arguably the nation’s most
prestigious tourism contest. More here...
Social Media Make Many Zombies
Solomon Holmes explores the link between social media and the impending Zombie apocalypse. More here...
Beast From the East Travel Updates
Tuesday, February 27, 07.00
UPDATES: Train services from Manningtree and Ipswich on the main line route between London and Norwich have been severely disrupted, however some are running. There are no trains running on branch lines.
Suffolk Highways gritters have done a great job and all roads are clear, however caution is urged.The B1456 is passable, but many side roads are slippery. Further snow showers are expected. More here...
B&B For Babergh's Rough Sleepers
Babergh District Council will put rough sleepers up in bed and breakfast during this winter freeze. More here...
Beast From The East Arrives
Shotley peninsula is today bracing itself for the arrival of the polar vortex Beast of the East overnight, and for the next few days. More here...
Financial Help During Cold Weather Snap
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. More here...
Surgeries Issue Cold Weather Warning
Shotley and Holbrook surgeries have offered the following advice as the Shotley Peninsula faces the so-called Beast from the East, with heavy snow and ice coming in with temperatures predicted to drop to minus four degree celsius. More here...
Join In With Spring Clean
Dozens of volunteers from peninsula parishes are joining with this year’s Great British Spring Clean. More here...
Mystery Of Royal Navy Film Reels
HMS Ganges Museum has appealed for help to reveal mystery over recently discovered film reels. More here...
Volunteers Join Missing Man Search
Holbrook coastguard joined in with other volunteers and police, in the search for a missing Kesgrave man Paul Moore over the weekend. More here...
Anger At School Transport
Read Alastair McCraw's hard-hitting views on the county council's school transport plans. More here...
Swan At Holbrook Shuts Down
The Swan at Holbrook will close down today after new owners took over and are plan to refurbish inside. More here...
Tower Is No Folly
Standing proudly some six-storeys high, Freston Tower is an impressive sight whether from the river Orwell or the fields of Freston and beyond as Joe Harvey discovered. More here...
Gun Seized As Wherstead Road Closed
Police have arrested a man and recovered a gun after reports a woman was being held against her will in a house on Wherstead Road more here...
Injured Man Talks 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. See dramatic pictures. More here...
Council Chairman Apologises
Parish council chairman Barrie Powell has apologised over the heavy-handed way work was carried out in cutting back a hedge on
the edge of the Heritage Wood.More here...
Progress In Moving Protection Plan On
Supporters of carrying on with Phase Three of coastal erosion work along Shotley Cliffs were feeling more positive after the parish council seemed to soften their attitude towards the work being done. More here...
SCANN Supporting Erosion PreventionPlan
A Facebook page set up by Shotley locals keen to see the third phase of the villages’ coastal protection scheme. More here...
Horror As Sheep Slaughtered
Three sheep have been slaughtered in Berners field between Woolverstone and Chelmondiston. More here...
Fresh Call For Merger Referendum
Mid-Suffolk councilors have joined Babergh’s call for a referendum on a merger being pushed through by the ruling Conservative administrations. More here...
Stutton School Saved
Stutton's primary school has been saved from closure. More here...
Harkstead Firm Among Top Exporters
An international firm based in Harkstead has been named as the 45th biggest UK exporter. More here...
New Council Houses Set To Be Built
Up to eight new council houses are to be built in place of the vacant, crumbling buildings in Queensland. More here...
Anger As Trees Cut In Beauty Spot
Concerned nature-lovers in Brantham have been told there is nothing they can do to halt the cutting down of trees on the public right of way on the green field site, which is part of the Stour and Orwell Walk. More here...
Nine More New Homes Approved
Another nine new houses have been granted planning permission in a small peninsula village. More here...
New School Head in Academy Talks
Alun Davies, the new interim head teacher at Shotley Community Primary School has assured parents everything will be done to improve standards, following a recent Inadequate rating. More here...
Police Act After Bus Girl Left Distressed
Police have spoken to a Shotley man after a young girl was left distressed following an incident on the 97 bus from Ipswich. More here...
Chelmo Couple Injured In Lisbon
A popular required couple from Chelmondiston escaped serious injury after being involved in Lisbon tourist bus accident. More here...
New Explorer Guide Launched
A popular walking guide for the Shotley peninsula has been reissued at a launch at the Bristol Arms. More here...
Commercial Units Likely On Shotley Pier
Contracts have been exchanged on Shotley pier, opposite the Bristol Arms. More here
Heavy-Handed Council Slammed
Shotley parish council has been criticised for the heavy-handed way they hacked down scrubland teeming with wildlife. More here
Gas Engineer Gets A Vansky
One peninsula van driver has a unique version of colour and shape after getting a mud mural on his vehicle. More here...
Traffic Chaos On Wherstead Road Again
People looking to go in and out Ipswich will need to allow extra time as roadworks with lights controlling traffic near the bridge on Wherstead Road are set to continue into Tuesday.
Delays of more than hour were experienced by road users this evening from around 3pm until almost 7pm, going both ways.
Troubleshooter Called Into School
A troubleshooter head teacher has been placed in charge of a peninsula school as it looks to a brighter future. More here...
Mystery Donor Offers Cash For Gabions
A generous benefactor has offered to pay for 10 gabions to support coastal protection work at Shotley cliffs. More here...
McCarthy Swears At Town Fans
An angry Mick McCarthy swore and made an obscene gesture to Town fans More here...
Ruthie's Unique Chicago Hat-Trick
A massive West End star with strong peninsula roots is set to make London theatre history. More here...
Growing Up In The Countryside
Solomon Holmes give his unique insight into the rural joys, or otherwise of growing up in the peninsula. More here...
Cocaine Found Wrapped In Trump Flag
Drugs valued at nearly £1million has been found on a ship on the River Stour opposite the Shotley peninsula. More here...
Relief For Drivers As Roadworks End - For Now
No more dodgy traffic lights, no more diggers blocking the way and no more mud on the road for drivers going to and from Shotley. More here...
Police Still Hunting For Assault Thug
The hunt for a thug that viciously assaulted a Brantham man trying to stop a theft from van, continued today as police appealed for witnesses. More here...
Celebrating The Year of the Dog
Read Jenna Outhwaite's take on the Chinese New Year. More here...
See Which Village Is Getting 330mbs
A village on the peninsula is getting ultrafast broadband speeds of up to 330mbs, with unsightly telegraph poles removed. More here
Nuns Run Wild In Brantham
Comic chases as the women close ranks i Sister Act, according to Alastair McCraw. More here
Bridge Closure Prompts Traffic Chaos
Police have closed the QE2 bridge over the River Thames at Dartford, causing miles of traffic congestion on the M25, and in the surrounding area.
Brantham Pitch Passes Inspection
Brantham AFC's Suffolk Premier Cup quarter final against Bury Town tonight has been given the go ahead, after the pitch passed an inspection and kick off is at 7.45pm.
Panto's Path Paved With Fun
No matter how bad your day, week or month has been, the Shotley Drama Group’s version of Dick Whittington will put sunshine in your heart and a spring in the step. More here...
'Shame On You' Freston Tosser
A person from Freston was caught red-handed tossing litter into the lay-by currently used by Tiffers the homeless charity, last night. More here...
Traffic Chaos On Major Routes
Overnight road works from Levington to Copdock over the Orwell Bridge are among of a number of potential traffic delays for car and van users leaving the Shotley peninsula this morning.More here...
Boundary Review Results Delayed
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has delayed the publication of its final recommendations for the Babergh review, including the Shotley peninsula. More here...
Wherstead Through the Ages
Read Oliver Paul's fascinating history of the Suffolk Food Hall. More here...
Seven New Homes Approved
Seven new homes are set to be built at Chelmondiston later this year after planning permission was granted. More here...
Battle of the Buskers
Read Solomon Holmes' latest blog abouta turf war. More here...
Governors Criticised At Inadequate School
Ofsted has downgraded Shotley’s primary school from Good to Inadequate after complaints sparked a fresh inspection. More here...
MP Admits Brantham Rail Yard Deal Dead
James Cartildge has admitted a deal to build new maintenance yard in time for a new fleet of trains will not happen. More here...
Public Urge PC To Make Protection U-turn
Shotley Parish Council have been urged to rethink their decision not to continue leading vital coastal protection work. More here...
New Homes Bid Gets Approval
Fourteen more new home safe to be built in Stutton after Babergh's planning committee give nod of approval. More here...
Solution For Not So Welcome Sign Row
A solution is being sought for the Welcome To Shotley sign after an anonymous complaint led its removal being ordered. More here...
Jobs In Doubt At Peninsula Marina
Redundancies are feared at Foxes Marina, Wherstead, after it was revealed Oyster Yachts was close to going bust. More here...
Popular Marina Route Reopened
Dog walkers and ramblers are again able to cross the lock gates at Shotley marina after essential annual maintenance work was completed as scheduled. More here...
Stutton Housing Plan Row
An application to build 14 new homes in Stutton will be heard by Babergh's planning committee. More here...
FOSS Group Wants New Members
Committee members are needed to help the Friends of Shotley School. More here...
Plea For Spare Rooms
Householders on the Shotley Peninsula are being asked to use their spare bedroom to take in single lodgers. More here
Mistley Family Firm In Line For Top Award
Mistley rigging manufacturer Sta-Lok Terminals have been short-listed in the East Anglian Family Business United of the year awards More on Beyond the Peninsula...
£8.2m Funding Blow For Ganges Site
Investment into the Shotley peninsula suffered a setback after a bid to secure an £8.2m government grant failed. More here
Traffic And Train Flash
(Updated 06.45, February 5) Peninsula commuters are being disrupted this morning on the mainline route from Manningtree and Ipswich to London after engineering work overran. Snow showers hampered work and delays are expected to continue throughout this morning.
Drivers are warned to avoid the southbound M11 after a collision forced a lane closure between J9 (All) and J8 (A120 Stansted). Emergency services were attendance at 6.30pm (Sunday).
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). More here...
Charity Is The Winner On Rose Race Night
The Breast Cancer Care charity is £712 better off today after a successful Race Night at the Shotley Rose. More here...
Pub Back With A Bang
The White Horse in Tattingstone has reopened after a sickness bug forced its closure. More here...
It's A Dog's Life For Shazz
Callie proves to be more than just a pet for Shazz. Read Jenna Outhwaite' first feature here
Ancient Tree On Fire
An 800-year-old oak tree suffered damage after catching fire on Saturday morning. More here...
More Zip Needed For Playground Appeal
Determined fundraisers in Chelmondiston are pushing forward with plans for a zip-wire, outdoor gym and play equipment. More here...
Shotley Dad Of Two Jailed
A Shotley father of two has been jailed for nine months after a series of drink-driving offences. More here
Holbrook Coastguard In Woolverstone Shout
Holbrook Coastguard's rescue team was called out on an emergency shout last night after an overturned dinghy was reported floating in the river Orwell near Woolverstone. More here...
Fire Crews Called As Car Ends Up On Foreshore
Emergency fire crews helped free trapped motorists after a two car collision at the Strand this morning (Friday) See pics more here
Houses Being Built Next To Pier at Shotley
Work is underway to build half a dozen new homes next to Admirality Pier, Shotley more here...
Potential Peninsula Pop Stars Get Voice Chance
Popular talent-spotting show The Voice is offering peninsula youngsters the chance to audition more here
Dumped Caravans To Be Towed
Two abandoned caravans at the lay-by next to Monkey Lodge in Freston are set to be removed by the council. More here
Rail Depot Project Can Be Saved
A cautious air of optimism has been raised that jobs and prosperity will still arrive on time at the proposed Brantham Rail Maintenance Yard more here
Public Meeting Called As Anger Grows
Anger at plans by a parish council has led to public meeting being called to discuss sea defences at Shotley more here
Man Escapes Serious Injury
A driver escaped with very minor injuries after his car went off the road at the Strand, Wherstead, more here
Peninsula Cricketer Plays In World Cup
An 18-year-old cricketer who plays for Shotley Peninsula CC and Copdock helped Zimbabwe's World Cup challenger more here
Warning After Driver Dazed By Deer Strike
A peninsula driver was left dazed afters car collided with a deer more here
Open Spacers Take On Eggheads
A team of Shotley quizzers have taken on the mighty Eggheads in the BBC Two quiz more here...
Shotley Lodge Apartments Appeal
A dozen high end apartments with stunning views in Shotley looking over the rivers Orwell and Stour are set to be completed ahead of schedule more here...
Flood Alert For Orwell And Stour
UPDATE - As predicted the Strand has flooded and motorists are advised to avoid the area until 2pm.
Strong winds and a high tide have created a flood warning for the peninsula today, peaking at 12.15. Drivers are warned the water will rise to 2.63metres, almost half a metre higher than the norm and the Strand at Wherstead is likely to flood.
Strong winds, expected to hit Force Five, coming from west- north-west and teams from the Environment Agency and Coastguard are on high alert to help the emergency services.
Apache Choppers Over Peninsula
A war veteran pilot from Harkstead was tonight involved in exercises over the Shotley Peninsula more here
Dismay As Storm Eleanor Batters Peninsula
Homes were hammered, travel was severely disrupted, trees felled and public footpaths were ripped up by storm more here...
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