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Funding Available For Community Projects

Community groups and parish councils are being urged to put bids in to fund projects which will benefit infrastructure in peninsula villages. More here...

Controversial New Homes Plans Scrapped

A controversial bid to build five new homes next to the historic Erwarton Hall has been withdrawn.

Holidaying Couple Come Home To Burnt Out House

A Shotley couple have returned home from holiday to discover the extent of a fire which destroyed the roof of their home over the weekend. Full details and pics...

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

Take a peek around this extraordinary newly transformed tower...

Spot Yourself And Friends During Run

Dozens of runners, spectators, marshalls and volunteers make Great East Run a hit. See our picture special here...

Lots Of Money Raised At Auction

Nearly 200 items were sold by auction as Andrew Coulson brought has gavel down on bargains galore. 

Beach Clean Volunteers Tyred Out

A set of four large tyres was among rubbish collected by small group of volunteers at Shotley over the weekend. Full story and pic.

Everyone's A Winner In Great East Success

With faces etched in agony, determination, ecstasy or relief, thousands of gutsy runners completed the Great East Run. Full story...

Close Calls As High Tide Hits Strand

It wasn't just vehicles on the Strand that looked to be cutting it close as the tide hit a high point today. Full story and pics... 

Plan Village's Future Over Tea And Cakes

Stutton is asking villagers for their views as it looks to join the increasing number of villages across the country developing a Neighbourhood Plan. Full story...

Ganges Plans Going Ahead - Despite Rumours

Concerns the building of 285 homes, a care home and other properties, on the former HMS Ganges site is not happening have proved to be unfounded. Full story...

Moving Tribute To Village Stalwart

Samantha Lanier putting things in perspective with her latest blog... 

Bowls Club's Brave Effort in Finals

Shotley Bowls Club narrowly missed out after reaching two finals...

New Era Starts For Shotley School

A new era, starting with a new head teacher, begins for Shotley Community School, this week. Full story....

Gardeners Defy Weather To Produce The Goods

Picture special of Shotley & Erwarton's 40th fruit, flower and veg show. Click here...

Solomon's Unique Take On World Headlines

Blogger Solomon Holmes' unique, tongue in cheek look at stories dominating the media...

Blues Close To Crushing Canaries

Derek Davis at Portman Road 

Exhibition Showcases Local Artists

A wonderful array of painting, quilt-work, sculptures, textiles and photos were on show at the Woolverstone Art Show. Full story...

Letters Sent Ahead Of Great East Run

Letters have been sent to hundreds of Peninsula residents and businesses that could be affected by this year’s Great East Run. Full details...

Aqua Park Closes Completely

Aqua Park bosses have confirmed they have closed the inflatable aquatics centre at Alton WaterPark for the rest of this year. Full story...

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

More than 200 people have been caught speeding on the peninsula in the past six weeks. Full table...

Thousand Flock To Suffolk Food Hall's Tractor Fair

See our picture special...

Aqua Park Stays Shut Over Bank Holiday

All water activities Alton Water will remain off limits over the Easter Bank Holiday. Full details...

Treasured View Saved As Pier Plan Refused

Plans to build a café, offices, workshop and a visitors’ centre at a cost of £1.8million, have been refused by Babergh’s planning committee. Full story...

Two Arrested After Illegal Immigrant Swoop

Two people have been arrested in Woolverstone after a boat was spotted landing alleged illegal immigrants. Full story...

Customer Service Access Now Available Locally

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

Rukus At The Rose

Shotley musicians Rukus headline tonight’s music and beer festival at the Rose. More details...

Pier Development Goes To Planners Amid Huge Objections

Controversial plans to build two large buildings on Shotley's Victorian pier will be heard by Babergh's planning committee next week. Full details...

Simple Acts Of Kindness

The latest moving blog by the amazing Samantha Lanier...

Customer Service Point Opened For Peninsula Residents

A new customer access point has opened in Shotley offer support to all Babergh residents. Full details...

Peninsula School Triumphs In Field Gun Competition

A field gun crew from the Shotley peninsula has scooped the prestigious Endeavour Trophy. Full story and pics...

Customer Service Pilot For Peninsula

A Shotley peninsula village has been chosen to pilot a new pop up customer support access point dealing with Babergh District Council matters. Full story...

First Peninsula Outdoor Gym Installed

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

New Look District Wards For Peninsula

The Shotley peninsula will get a new look ward structure after the Boundary Commission released its final recommendations. Full story...

Hers & Sirs Relaunched

Chelmondiston hair salon Hers & Sirs officially relaunches under new management. Full story... 

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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

Holbrook's Hannah Martin is looking forward to a World Cup quarter-final clash against the Netherlands on Thursday after helping England beat Korea. Full story....

Woman Arrested After Crashing Through Bus Shelter

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

Severe Weather Forces Ferry Cancellations

Stormy weather has forced the cancellation of the Shotley to Harwich and Felixstowe foot ferry to cancel all trips today, tomorrow and Monday. (July 28, 29 and 30). Full story...

Field Fire Near Jimmy's Farm

Firefighters spent more than an hour tackling a blaze in a crop field in Wherstead  this afternoon. 

Aqua Park Closed Due To Algae

Blue green algae has been found at Alton Water Park, forcing the closure of Aqua Park and the water sports centre. Full story...

Goresland Fire Near Jimmy's Farm

Crews from eight fire vehicles today spent two hours fighting a blaze on gorse land near to Jimmy's Farm. 

Party Invite For Hairdressers' Relaunch

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

Police Appeal For Help To Find Missing Shotley Man

Police are appealing for help in finding 82-year-old Peter Sutcliffe who has gone missing. More details...

Kicking The Bucket Is Last On The List

Tissue alert - Samatha Lanier is planning what will probably be her last trip withher sons.. Blog here

Bevy Of Beauties Swan Off To Shotley

Dozens of youngsters gathering on rocks near Shotley marina have been causing a stir among locals and visitors alike. Full story...

Fire Crews Stretched As Blaze Destroys Acres of Crops

Suffolk fire crews were stretched to breaking point today with two fires on the Shotley peninsula at the same time as eight other incidents in the county. Full story...

Monthly Market Marks Anniversary

A monthly market celebrated its third anniversary by hitting the £10,000 mark. Full story...

Accident Closes Main Road

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

Classic Car Show Judged A Success

The inaugural Woolverstone Classic Car show has been hailed a success, with owners vowing to return

Chance To Question Council Leader

Peninsula residents will get the opportunity to quiz Babergh leader John Ward next week. Full story...

Babergh Hits Five-Year Housing Supply Target

A brake is set to be applied to speculative planning applications after Babergh hit its house building target

Football's Coming Home

We are all backing England's bid to reach the World Cup final . Full story and picture special...

Hundreds Witness Fly-Past By Peninsula

Hundreds of people craned their necks towards skies over the across the peninsula and beyond to witness  the beginning of a historic fly-past. Story and pictures...

Thumbs Up For 'Stunning' Shotley Lodge

There was resounding approval as scores of people took advantage of an open day for the 12 new two-bedrooms waterfront apartments at Shotley Gate. Full story...

Splashing Out At Aquapark

Alton Water Park has added another facility to its revamped site with an inflatable Aquapark. Full story

Football's Coming Home

Homes and businesses across the peninsula are backing England's . Full story and picture special...

AONB Vote To Stick With Wood For Chair

Peninsula councillor reelected as Suffolk Coasta nd HeathsAONB chairman. Full story...

Takeaway Not Closing - Just Having Day Off

The owners of the Lasan takeaway in Shotley have reassured customers they are not closing down. 

Stalls Available For Shotley Fun Day

Spaces are available for extra stallholders and car-booters at Shotley Family Fun Day, full story...

Classics On The Park

Classic car lovers have the rare opportunity to see vintage vehicles at the iconic Woolverstone Hall. Here..

Flower Festival In Full Colourful Flow

Wonderful smells, amazing colours and clever bouquet displays are in abundance at St Mary's church...

Cheesy World Cup Songs, Winning Games and No Hooligans

Solomon's Holmes' unique take on England in Russia 2018...

Hadleigh Voters Call On Town Council To Resign

Hadleigh town councillors will today consider if they should resign after a poll went against them. More...

Armistice Silhouette Grant Bid Extended

Groups looking to mark the 1918 Armistice centenary have been given extra time to bid for 'There But Not There' silhouettes. Full story...

Open Invite To Housing Needs Information Morning

Babergh to hold open day to discuss housing needs. Full story...

Mind Trick with a Difference

Read Solomon's latest off beat offering through a third person diary entry... 

Cancer May Be Mine But It Hurts Those Close To Me Too

Read this young Holbrook mum's latest blog about living with a terminal illness and how it affects those closest to her...

Suffolk Day Events On The Peninsula 

Suffolk Day will be celebrated across the Shotley Peninsula this Thursday, June 21, with a tasty array of events. Find an event here...

Atmosphere Key In Farmers Market's Continued Success

Two primary schoolboys are looking to enjoy the sweet taste of success at one of the oldest farmers’ markets in Suffolk. Full story...

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

Solomon Holmes' cautionary tale of a country boy now living on the brutal streets of Ipswich...

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

Scores of training stills and films discovered by HMS Ganges Museum archivists have been brought back to life....

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

A campaign to tackle loneliness is coming to the peninsula, with a unique twist. Full story... 

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

A jazz picnic, village, fete, farm open day and petanque-a-thon are among the events going on across the peninsula this weekend. More... 

Road Due To Stay Closed Until June 14

Primrose Hill in Holbrook is due to remain closed until Thursday, June 14 as Anglian Water carry out repairs. Full story...

24-hour Petanque-a-thon Challenge for Livability 

Two petanque players are hoping to boule locals over as they take on a marathon 24-hour challenge. Full story...

Trust Takeover Welcomed As Stutton Becomes An ASSET School

Blink and you may miss it but Stutton’s Church of England primary school has joined A Suffolk Schools Education Trust (ASSET). 

Hope For All On Offer At Café

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

New Book On Holbrook During The First Word War Published 

A Holbrook historian has published a book detailing the lives and losses in her village during World War One. Full Story...

Pitching It Just Right At Alton Water Park

Alton Water’s campsite is up and running. Full story...

Water Problems Hit the Peninsula As Complaints Flood In

UPDATED:Anglian Water was today flooded with complaints after numerous problems swamped the Shotley peninsula. Full story

Five New Homes Could Be Built Next To Erwarton Hall 

Five new houses will be built in the grounds next to the c16 Erwarton Hall if plans are approved by Babergh council. Full story...

Dying Does Not Stop The Need For A Dog

Read our blogger Samantha Lanier's take on the benefits of dog ownership whilst suffering a life limiting Illness, here...

Academy Trust Today Takes Over At Stutton School 

Stutton’s Church of England primary school today joins A Suffolk Schools Education Trust (ASSET). Full story...

Tuck Into Your Local Fish & Chips On National Day

Locally caught fish is on offer peninsula wide today as part National Fish and Chip day. Full story...

Village Hall Car Park Set To be Resurfaced

Work is due to start on a £21,000 project to resurface the car park at Shotley Village Hall next week. Full story...

Plans For 100 New Homes Controversially Approved.

A distraught resident sobbed after planners controversially approved building another 100 new homes in Capel St Mary. Full story...

Application For More Holbrook Houses Withdrawn 

An application to build up to 30 new homes in Holbrook has been withdrawn by the developer. Full story...

Four New Homes Approved At Heath

Permission has been granted to build four new homes at Tattingstone Heath. Full Story...

Art For Heart's Sake

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

Is This The Prettiest Bus Stop In Suffolk?

Immersed in a glorious blaze of colour this bus stop can rightfully lay claim to being the prettiest bus stop in Suffolk. Full story...

Russian Sailor's Plea For Political Asylum In Shotley

A Russian man has applied for political asylum after mooring alongside Bristol Pier, Shotley Gate. Full story...

Call For Fresh Blood

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

Key Chairman Role For Independent Councillor

Brantham councillor Alastair McCraw has been elected chairman of Babergh District Council's overview and Scrutiny committee. 

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

District councillor Derek Davis has praised Royal Mail for their U-turn on delivering a post box in Shotley. Full story...

Penny Smile As Scouts Lay Copper Trail

While many were watching the build up to the Royal Wedding, a group of Shotley scouts were making their own smiles as they collected small change for their annual Penny Mile. Full story...

Council Plans Private Talks To Deal With Issues

Shotley Parish Council plans to hold talks in private with its own members, its clerk and a district councillor, after a number of concerns were raised at their latest public meeting. Full story...

Lots Of Pizzazz With Fired Up Pizza Mums

Two young mums have pledged to serve up a theatrical show to top off their oven-fired pizzas. Full story...

Coastguard Miraculously Save Woman Jumper's Life

Peninsular Coastguard crews were quick to react after a woman fell off the Orwell Bridge tonight. Full story...

House Can Be Built Within Walled Garden

Permission has been granted to build a house within the Victorian Walled garden in Woolverstone. Full story...

Holbrook Swan Joins Our Paper Not Plastic Campaign

New Holbrook Swan owner Alec Williamson has backed our Paper Not Plastic and plans to extend it even wider. Full story...

Welcome Sign Can Stay For Now

A community group will not be forced to immediately remove a welcome sign erected by Shotley village hall's car park. Full story...

Delight As Second Caravan Is Removed From Freston Lay-by

The entrance to the Shotley peninsula is looking a whole lot better now the second vandalised caravan has been removed. Full story...

Cliff Protection Steering Group Formed At Fractious Meeting

Report of fractious Shotley cliffs' coastal protection meeting last night...

SOS Suspend Relations With Parish Council As Frustration Grows

Shotley Open Spaces have suspended working in Heritage Wood, including Shotley cliffs, after feeling increasingly frustrated by the parish council’s lack of cooperation. Full story...

On Call Firefighters Sought

Holbrook fire station are looking to recruit new on call firefighters. Full details...

Fortnight Of Annual Parish Meetings Starts

A number of peninsula villages are holding their annual meetings over the next couple off weeks. Find yours...

Booze Brothers Fundraiser For Midwife Student Emily

A midwifery student is holding a fundraiser for a placement to Tanzania with a gig by the Booze Brothers at the Shotley Rose. 

Not Easy To Book A Holiday When You Are Dying

Samantha Lanier has a passport ready to travel but travel is complicated by her condition... Full story

Owners Urged To Join In With Community

Prospective new home owners at Admiralty Quarter are being urged to mingle with the rest of the village. Full story...

Musical May Day Is A Hit

Ipswich celebrated May Day festival for the 40th consecutive year making it the longest running May Day festival in the country. Full Story...

Holiday Lodges Set For Shotley

Two holiday lodges have been proposed on farm land set back from the main B1456 road in Shotley. Full story...

Community Self Help Groups Warning

Proposals to encourage peninsula parish councils to pay community groups to help sort to low level highways issues, including cleaning road signs, have been met with caution.

1978 And THAT FA Cup Victory Superbly Brought To Life On Stage

Read Derek Davis' review of Our Blue Heaven, then go and see it yourself...

Plea For New Parish Councillor

Tattingstone parish council is looking to fill a vacancy in time for their next meeting on Monday, May 14. More here...

Ganges Mast Replicated In Australia

A little piece of the Shotley peninsula has been replicated in Australia with the iconic HMS Ganges mast being built in a back garden. Full story...

Plenty To Do On Peninsula This Beautiful May Bank Holiday Weekend

The weather promises to be good and there are loads of events and attractions to visit on the peninsula this May Bank holiday weekend. Full details...

Labour Gain Borough Seat

Although there were no elections on the peninsula, Labour strengthened their hold in neighbouring Ipswich Borough Council. More here...

Two New Councillors For Chelmo

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

Share Your Sporting memory

The weekly library in Shotley has teamed up with the Sporting Memories Network to host a monthly Sporting Memories reminiscence group at the village hall. More details...

The Reasons People Become Councillors

Alastair McCraw reveals the thought process of being a district councillor. Full article

East Coast Retros Revved Up With Rose Rally

Even the persistent drizzle could not dampen spirits as the Shotley Rose held its first East Coast Retros rally of the year. Full story.... 

Orwell Bridge Reopens

Traffic is getting back to normal after the Orwell Bridge re-opened following an overnight closure. Full story

Retro Cars At The Rose, Wedding Show At Copdock Hall

East Coast Retro Cars are on show at the Shotley Rose field today. Full story...

Facing Up To Death

A young mum's moving story on dealing with terminal cancer, explaining it to her children and the Death Cafe. Full story...

Homeless Project Is Donated Second Bus

Tiffers the homeless project has been given a second bus to convert. Full story

Joyful Highs, Melancholic Lows From Suffolk Songwriter

Solomon Holmes reviews Bessie Turner's 22.22 Read here...

Canterbury Cathedral Choristers Coup For Woolverstone Church

Young choristers from the world-renowned Canterbury Cathedral have been booked to perform live in Woolverstone this June. Full story...

Man Rescued After Being Trapped Waist Deep on 'Pirate Beach'

A 24-stone man trapped waist deep in mud on ‘Pirate Beach’ in Shotley has hailed emergency crews that rescued him this afternoon. Full story and pictures...

Chance To Tell Police Of Concerns

Holbrook villagers can today let the police know first hand what concerns they have regarding to crime in the area. Full story...

Body Cam Call for Abused Peninsula Lollipop Lady

Suffolk County Council would consider issuing body cameras to school crossing patrols after a lollipop lady in Shotley was left shaken by a bad driver. Full story...

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

Shotley parish councillors last night declined to support an application to build a workshop, offices, and a café capable of seating 84 visitors on Shotley pier. Full story...

Government Plans To Ban Plastic Straws

Minister Michael Gove backs our campaign with plastic straws set to be banned in the UK. Full story

Not Just Another Day In The Office

Pur yourself a cuppa, open the biscuits - sit and enjoy this short story by Solomon Holmes (not for the little 'uns)...

Couple Take To Funding Page To Pay For Wedding

A former Shotley parish councillor and his fiancée are using a crowd funding site to raise money for their upcoming wedding. Full story..

Equestrian Field Bid At Frogs Alley

A new equestrian centre for three horses is planned opposite the controversial proposed glamping site at Frogs Alley. Full story...

Bid To Add Five New Homes On Caravan Park

An application has been made to add another five permanent homes at seasonal caravan park in Shotley. Full story...

Peninsula Trio Clinch Commonwealth Games Medals

Three athletes from Holbrook clinch Commonwealth Games medals. More here...

Homeless Bus Returns After New Site Falls Through

The hunt is still on for a new site for Tiffers’ the Homeless after a bid to relocate over the weekend fell through.Full story...

Meet The Swan's New Owner

Alec Williamson on what he sees as the winning formula for Holbrook pub. Full story...

Spruced Up Swan Welcomes New Customers and Old Regulars

The new-look Swan at Holbrook was given the thumbs up by locals when it officially re-opened today. Full story...

One Caravan Gone - One More To Go

As promised by Babergh one caravan has been removed from a Freston lay-by. Full story...

Workshops and Offices Applied For At Victorian Shotley Pier

An application has been made to build a workshop, offices and an 80-seater café on the recently acquired Shotley pier, opposite the   Bristol Arms. Full Story...

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...

Cheers Shotley!

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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