Coastal Path Closed Due To Storm damage

A section of the footpath along Shotley cliffs has been shut off to the public after it was hit by storm damage.

Latest News from Holbrook and Shotley Surgery 

Food Hall Aqua Park Plans Scrapped

Plan to build a new aqua park next to Suffolk Food Hall have been scrapped. 

Leisure Centre Owners Seek New Trustees

Abbeycroft Leisure, the charity which runs Holbrook Sports Centre, is seeking new trustees.

Overturned Car Blocks Holbrook Road During School Run

School children were among a large number of travellers caught in a traffic tail back after a car overturned on the Ipswich Road this morning. 

Drivers Blasted After Coastguard and Fire Crew Rescue Stranded Motorists

Stranded motorist have been branded idiotic after ignoring warnings and getting stuck in a high tide on the Strand. 


RHS confirms no cases of Coronavirus too...

Chinese Owned School Moves to Reassure Residents Over Coronavirus

A Woolverstone school has reassured residents on the Shotley peninsula it has no cases of the worldwide Coronavirus and will not be allowing any Chinese students access for the foreseeable future.

TV License Scam Warning

Shotley residents have been warned of a TV license scam, which is targeting peninsula people. 

Drug Driver Arrested

A driver was taken into custody after being tested positive for cocaine while in charge of a vehicle in Lings Lane, Chelmondiston. 

Babergh Named In Top Ten Places To Live

Babergh is the eighth best place to live in the UK, according to a Halifax Building Society survey. 

You Tubers Film Secret Look Inside Ganges

Two unauthorised videos chronicling a contemporary look inside abandoned buildings on the former HMS Ganges site.

Police Investigate Allegations of Ecological Vandalism by Parish Council

Damage caused to a nesting area, which also houses endangered species of insects, by work ordered to be carried out by Shotley Parish Council, is being investigated by Suffolk Police's Rural Crime team.

Playgroup Forced To Fold Immediately

Chelmondiston Playgroup has been forced to fold – with immediate effect. 

Academy Reveal New Head

Tom Maltby has been named as the new head teacher at Holbrook Academy. 

On what would have been legendary Town and England boss Sir Alf Ramsey's 100th birthday, Asif Burhan looks at the life of the only English manager to win the World Cup and the man who took the Blues to the old Second and First Division titles in successive years, and reveals his Suffolk ancestry.

Strand Accident Adds To Bridge Closure Chaos

A two car collision on the Strand caused hour-long delays on the Shotley peninsula, adding to the complete traffic chaos following a two HGV lorry crash on the Orwell Bridge - full story and picture here...

Hair-Raising Amount Raised For Wheatsheaf's Blossom Appeal 

Head shaves, a big quiz, conker competitions, Blues and beer festivals and other events by regulars at the Wheatsheaf in Tattingstone helped raise a whopping £12,215 for the Blossom Appeal.

Astonishing Life of Mary Berners Revealed

An in-depth illustrated talk is planned to be held to tell the astonishing story of the life and times of Mary Alice Berners, eldest daughter of Charles Hugh Berners who was squire at Woolverstone Hall (pictured) between 1891 and 1919. 

Have Your Say On Coastal Path From Shotley to Felixstowe

Residents and visitors of the Shotley peninsula have been invited to have their say on a proposed 27-mile coastal path between Shotley Gate and Felixstowe Ferry. 

Wheels On The Shuttle Bus Going Round And Round

Two dedicated shuttle bus services between the Royal Hospital School and Brantham, stopping at the Stutton King's Head, will operate to link up with the main 92 and 615 services, while road closures affect the main road at Church Hill. 

Latest News from Holbrook and Shotley Surgery

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Brantham Bull Hit By Fire

The Brantham Bull will be open just for drinks for the foreseeable future after fire caused damage in the kitchen area on New Year's Eve. 

Peninsula Cricket Volunteer Awarded BEM

A Holbrook cricketer has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's New Year's honours list. 

New Aqua Park Planned For Food Hall Field

A new purpose built aqua park is being proposed for a field next to Suffolk Food Hall on the Shotley peninsula.

Students Evacuated After Fears of Fire At Academy

Hundreds of students safely evacuated Holbrook Academy this morning after the smell of burning disrupted classes. 

Latest news from News from Holbrook and Shotley Surgeries


Forget Brexit, who to vote for in the election, we explore the big questions about the enigma that is Father Christmas... 

Revealed - Peninsula Schools Hit By Funding Cuts

Peninsula schoolchildren are set to lose tens of thousands of pounds in funding in Government cuts according to figures showing the levels of change in per pupil funding across primary and secondary schools in the region were revealed. 

Shotley Skyline Primed For Dramatic New Look

A major £520,000 project to transform the Shotley skyline is underway.

Sam's Latest Blog

Explaining why proving she is dying is getting on her PIP.

Pier Group Set To Lose Thousands On Burger Bar

Shareholders have expressed concerns after it became clear Shotley pier group is set to lose thousands of pounds on a burger bar. 

Peninsula Businessman Gifts 30 Christmas Dinners

No one should be alone at Christmas and one peninsula businessman has fought loneliness by ensuring at least 30 guests can enjoy a free traditional meal on December 25 at the Baker's Arms, Harkstead.


Legion Bearer's High Standards Recognised

Shotley Royal British Legion standard bearer William Ives has been recognised for outstanding working the peninsula community and beyond. 

Brexit Candidate Steps Down

South Suffolk choice Graham Dupree is one of the 317 Brexit party candidates standing down to give the Conservatives  a better chance of winning their seats.

Hustings in Harkstead

Voters are being given the opportunity to question the candidates to become South Suffolk's next member of parliament. 

Pupils Remembrance Respect

Impeccably behaved pupils from Shotley primary school took part in a remembrance service at St Mary's Church this morning to mark our war dead and pray for peace. 

Lib Dems Present New Candidate

David Beavan has been selected as the new Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate for South Suffolk, following Ross Henley’s decision to step down for personal reasons.

Breakfast Club Row

A row has erupted in Holbrook after a primary school announced it was opening a breakfast club and after school provision, on the same site where Holbrook Pre-school Play Group and the Cabin operates.

Brexit Party Candidate Unveiled

Graham Dupree has been announced as a parliamentary candidate for the Brexit Party in South Suffolk constituency. 

Sweet success as charity benefits 

Shotley Rose customer raised £1,460 for Alzheimer and dementia charities as they tucked into Prosecco, pudding, more pudding and more Prosecco. See picture gallery...

Bid To Buy Queen's Head For Community

A peninsula farmer is looking to put together a community group to buy the Queen's Head and block plans to turn it completely into a house. 

Holbrook Pub Sale Falls Through

Plans to buy the Holbrook Swan have fallen through after owners Calvors decided not to sell. 

South Suffolk Prospective Parliamentary Candidates Named

We reveal four main South Suffolk Prospective Parliamentary candidates following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call for a General Election to be held on December 12, after he failed to deliver the promised October 31 Brexit.

Marian Pugh's Pre-Christmas Blog

Gift ideas from Marian excellent selection of personalised Scorchwood creations

Both of Holbrook’s Pubs Set To Change Hands

Holbrook pubs The Swan and the Compasses will be operating under new owners within weeks.

Neighbour From Hell Admits Harassing Cancer Sufferer

A neighbour from hell faces eviction after admitting harassing a cancer suffering neighbour. 

Son Of Ganges Instructor Standing To Be South Suffolk MP

Ross Henley has been selected as the Liberal Democrats' Prospective Parliamentary candidate for South Suffolk, which includes the Shotley Peninsula, in the forthcoming general election. 

Shotley Landscaper Scoops National Award

A blooming Shotley gardening firm has proven to be the cream of the crop by reaping a prestigious national landscaping award for design excellence. 

Chelmo House Fire Victims' Plea

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

Free Swims Initiative Extended

Babergh's successful free swim initiative has been extended to the October half-term and Christmas holidays.

Mum Slams School Over Sexual Comment Allegations 

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

House Fire Families Supported by Community

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

Facing Death By Enjoying Life

Reducing plastic use, a talkative daughter, update on the book and summer loving in Cornwall - all in Samantha Lanier's latest blog

Special Tree Present For Every New Born

Peninsula parents are to be offered a free tree for every one of their new born children. 

Dog Owners Warned of Deadly Disease

Peninsula dog owners have been warned about the deadly disease Alabama Rot, which kills nine out of ten canines affected. 

Burglar Spared Jail After Stealing From 89-year-old Neighbour 

Shotley resident Mark Nalfi has been handed a12-month suspended jail sentence after being found guilty of stealing paintings from an 89-year-old neighbour. 

Wait Almost Over At Ganges 

Work is finally set to start on the former HMS Ganges site following the completion of more than 30 pre-commencement conditions. 

Shotley Village Hall Scoops Prestigious Community Award

The incredible support by a raft of community groups, organisations and individuals has been recognised after Shotley Village Hall was named the best community building in Suffolk. 

Shotley Commemorates Arnhem's 75th Anniversary

Although a small and simple service, Shotley's commemoration to honour all those that took part in Operation Market Garden 75 years ago was meaningful and poignant. 

Charity Is The Winner In Record Breaking Great East Run

A Shotley schoolgirl was among thousands of beneficiaries after the record breaking Great East Run raised an estimated £250,000 for charity. 

Sunday Road Closures Warning For Great East Run

The main arterial road onto the Shotley peninsula will be closed from 9am, Sunday morning as thousands of charity runners take part in the Great East Run. 

What's In a Name?

Councillors are to consider a name change from Babergh District Council to South Suffolk. 

The Beat Lives On

Freelance football writer Asif Burhan meets the man who is immortalising Kevin Beattie in bronze.

Butt & Oyster Stays Open Despite Explosion

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


Liars, Liars, Pants on Fire - Councillor Calls Out Dishonest Highways Bosses

A district councillor has accused Highways England of dishonesty after falsely claiming last year the Orwell Bridge would not be closed this year, when it has now admitted the bridge will be shut for two weeks in October and/or November. 

Lone Pupil Refused Bus Pass Amid School Transport Chaos

An 11-year boy's first day at secondary school was marred when he was the only pupil from Tattingstone to be refused a bus pass after Suffolk County Council refused to recognise a long-standing footpath.

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District Councillor Derek Davis

Baptism of Fire For Newly-Formed Pirates

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

McDonalds Proposed At Peninsula Gateway

A McDonald's drive-through restaurant could be built at the gateway to the Shotley peninsula if plans are approved by Babergh councillors. 

Speeders Slammed After Car Smashes Into House

Tattingstone residents were left shocked and angry after a BMW driver hit a telegraph pole, before skidding into a van parked in a driveway and damaging part of a house on the A137 last night.

Tiffers Gains National Accolade

Homeless bus Tiffers has been handed a £500 cash boost after coming runners' up in a national competition. 

Harkstead Company Shortlisted For Maritime UK Award

A Suffolk firm, which supplies yacht tenders, toys, gym equipment and other supporting goodies to multi-millionaire superyacht owners, has
 been named among the industry's best of the best in the first ever Maritime UK awards.

Anger As Car Smashes Into Pole And House

Tattingstone residents were left shocked and angry after a BMW driver hit a telegraph pole, before skidding into a van parked in a driveway and damaging part of a house on the A137 last night.

Blue Lights Emergency After Man Tries to Swim to Harwich Fully Clothed

Concerned bystanders called the emergency services after a man got in difficulties while trying to swim fully clothed from a beach in Shotley to

Wales Win British Quoits Championship

Picture special

Bandit Run at the Shotley Rose

Picture special


Speeders Slammed After Car Smashes Into House

Tattingstone residents were left shocked and angry after a BMW driver hit a telegraph pole, before skidding into a van parked in a driveway and damaging part of a house on the A137 last night.

Tiffers Gains National Accolade

Homeless bus Tiffers has been handed a £500 cash boost after coming runners' up in a national competition. 

Harkstead Company Shortlisted For Maritime UK Award

A Suffolk firm, which supplies yacht tenders, toys, gym equipment and other supporting goodies to multi-millionaire superyacht owners, has
 been named among the industry's best of the best in the first ever Maritime UK awards.

Anger As Car Smashes Into Pole And House

Tattingstone residents were left shocked and angry after a BMW driver hit a telegraph pole, before skidding into a van parked in a driveway and damaging part of a house on the A137 last night.

Blue Lights Emergency After Man Tries to Swim to Harwich Fully Clothed

Concerned bystanders called the emergency services after a man got in difficulties while trying to swim fully clothed from a beach in Shotley to

Wales Win British Quoits Championship

Picture special

Bandit Run at the Shotley Rose

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Things To Do For Kids This Summer - Updated 

What to with your children on the Shotley peninsula this summer - including free swimming, zip-wires, adventure exploring, walking trails...

Holbrook Set For Quoit A Turnout At British Championships

More than 40 competitors will be chucking steel discs into a clay pit in the British Open Quoits Championships at Holbrook on Saturday.

Collins' Boss Apologises To Neighbours After Suspected Arson Attack

A skip hire company boss has written to nearby villagers after a suspected arson attack on their site left neighbours affected by acrid smoke and smell five days after the fire.  

Beatrice's Hair-Raising Success

Seven-year-old doubles her target as she loses her waist-along locks for Little Princess Trust

Grieving Councillor Takes On Gruelling 60-mile Coastal Walk

Long serving peninsula councillor David Wood is putting his best foot forward with a 60 mile hike in a bid to raise at least £2,500 for the Multiple System Atrophy Trust (MSA). 

Peninsula Cricketers Bowled Over With Third Successive League Title

Bowlers dominated as Shotley Peninsula's midweek cricketers clinched their third successive Ipswich Inter-Firm League Championship. 

Open Day For Admiralty Pier Luxury Homes

Four newly built homes with exceptional views down the river Stour are being opened up for public display this weekend. 

Arson Suspected After Home Farm Log Blaze

An arsonist is suspected of starting a blaze with almost 60 tonnes of wood at a farm in Woolverstone. 

Shotley Fun Day

Review and pictures from Shotley RoseFootball and Bowls clubs' Fun Day

Cool Off With a Free Summer Holiday Swim

Babergh, led by district councillor Derek Davis in partnership with Abbeycroft Leisure, are encouraging younger residents to get active over the summer holidays by offering free swims at their leisure centres.

Beatrice's Beautiful Locks Getting Chop for Charity

A Shotley schoolgirl is sacrificing her waist-long locks for the Little Princess Trust. 

Outstanding Kidzone Hailed By Inspectors

Shotley Kidzone's management team has been praised as 'exceptional, extremely dedicated, efficient and well organised by Ofsted inspectors  
after being rated outstanding in every aspect of the day care centre.

An Ethical Life Cleans Up In Shotley

A mobile retail outlet promoting zero waste and committed to encourage less single use plastic was so successful on its debut in Shotley the owners have vowed to make it a fortnightly service. 

McDonalds Proposed At Peninsula Gateway

A McDonald's drive-through restaurant could be built at the entrance to the Shotley peninsula if plans are approved by Babergh councillors. 

University Apologises For Flawed Report But Shotley Remains In Top Ten

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have apologised for placing Shotley Gate third in a list of the unhealthiest place to live in the UK but insisted parts of the village still performed poorly.

Woman Killed In Traffic Collision Next To Ski Slope

A woman has died after a two car collision on the Bourne Hill section of Wherstead Road this morning.

Shotley Gate's Unhealthy Report Dismissed as Laughable and Flawed

A report placing Shotley Gate in the UK's top ten unhealthiest place to live has been branded laughable and flawed. 

Dedication As Submariners Memorial Reaches 100 Years

An extra special dedication service has been held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Submariners Great War Memorial at the Naval Reservation in St Mary's Church, Shotley. 

Consultation Due To Start On Vital Local Plan

Babergh councillors are to be asked next week to approve a draft joint Local Plan document for public consultation.


Things To Do On The Shotley Peninsula This Summer

Open Day For Admiralty Pier Luxury Homes

Four newly built homes with exceptional views down the river Stour are being opened up for public display this weekend. 

Shotley Fun Day

Review and pictures from Shotley Football and Bowls clubs' Fun Day

Arson Suspected After Home Farm Log Blaze

An arsonist is suspected of starting a blaze with almost 60 tonnes of wood at a farm in Woolverstone. 

Shotley Fun Day

Review and pictures from Shotley RoseFootball and Bowls clubs' Fun Day

Cool Off With a Free Summer Holiday Swim

Babergh, led by district councillor Derek Davis in partnership with Abbeycroft Leisure, are encouraging younger residents to get active over the summer holidays by offering free swims at their leisure centres.

Beatrice's Beautiful Locks Getting Chop for Charity

A Shotley schoolgirl is sacrificing her waist-long locks for the Little Princess Trust. 

Outstanding Kidzone Hailed By Inspectors

Shotley Kidzone's management team has been praised as 'exceptional, extremely dedicated, efficient and well organised by Ofsted inspectors  
after being rated outstanding in every aspect of the day care centre.

An Ethical Life Cleans Up In Shotley

A mobile retail outlet promoting zero waste and committed to encourage less single use plastic was so successful on its debut in Shotley the owners have vowed to make it a fortnightly service. 

McDonalds Proposed At Peninsula Gateway

A McDonald's drive-through restaurant could be built at the entrance to the Shotley peninsula if plans are approved by Babergh councillors. 

University Apologises For Flawed Report But Shotley Remains In Top Ten

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have apologised for placing Shotley Gate third in a list of the unhealthiest place to live in the UK but insisted parts of the village still performed poorly.

Woman Killed In Traffic Collision Next To Ski Slope

A woman has died after a two car collision on the Bourne Hill section of Wherstead Road this morning.

Shotley Gate's Unhealthy Report Dismissed as Laughable and Flawed

A report placing Shotley Gate in the UK's top ten unhealthiest place to live has been branded laughable and flawed. 


Dedication As Submariners Memorial Reaches 100 Years

An extra special dedication service has been held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Submariners Great War Memorial at the Naval Reservation in St Mary's Church, Shotley. 

Consultation Due To Start On Vital Local Plan

Babergh councillors are to be asked next week to approve a draft joint Local Plan document for public consultation.

Concerns As County Council Cuts Threaten To End 98 Bus Service

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

Your Guide to Suffolk Day Events on the Shotley Peninsula 2019

Two Flee Blaze After Lightning Hits House

A father and daughter escaped a blaze unhurt after lightning struck the roof of their bungalow.

Tardy Pier Group Fail In Appeal Costs Bid

Shotley Pier Group have failed in their bid to recover costs from Babergh after they did not get the paperwork done in time.

Fire Crews Free Trapped Driver After Three Car Collision

One person was released with minor injuries after being trapped in a car following three car crash near the Corner Garage Shotley.

Generous Shop Owner Donates Thousands To Two Groups

Two community groups have expressed their gratitude to Shotley benefactor Manish Patel after he donated £2,000 to their organisations. 

Shotley Pier Group's Appeal Dismissed

Shotley Pier Group has lost its appeal against a decision to refuse permission to build at Bristol Pier, Shotley Gate. 

Living to 100, Medical Advances and Shortcomings in the Care Service

Read Samantha Lanier's latest insightful blog...

James Nunn On The 'Roads' To Success

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

Keep On Running

Gary Edwards introduces his brand new blog...

Woolverstone Part In D-Day Deception Revealed

Woolverstone's vital, but little known role in the D-Day landings has been revealed. 

Children Safe After Smoke Billows From School Bus 

Dozens of schoolchildren escaped unhurt after smoke started pouring from their bus - full story and pictures...

Latest Community Award Winners Unveiled

Four community stalwarts have been recognised for their contribution in making Shotley such a wonderful place to live. 

Suffolk Pub Finds Clever Way To Counter Canaries' Cheeky Beer Jibe

A popular ale with a cheeky Canaries connection is being sold in an award-winning Suffolk pub, with a cunning disguise to keep locals


Bank Holiday Fun For All

Hundreds of locals and visitors took advantage of the decent weather to enjoy events around the peninsula. 

Good Response To Projects 

Two projects highlighting the past and the future drew good crowds over the weekend in Shotley. 

Smiles All Round As Customers Cheque Out Wheatsheaf's Livability Charity Success

The CAMARA award winning Tattingstone Wheatsheaf was filled with thesound of laughter and smiling faces after the culmination of the pub's year long fundraising events for Livability Icanho during 2018

Legion's Call To Keep War Stories Alive

A call has been made for people to share their families' war stories and memorabilia as part of a living history national database. 

Fresh Application Made For Homes Next To Erwarton Hall

A Dutch barn on land neighbouring historic Erwaton Hall will be demolished and turned into three new homes and two contemporary barns to be used as dwellings, if plans are approved by Babergh planners. 

Rude Patients To Be Banned

Rude or aggressive patients will be banned from Holbrook and Shotley surgeries after an increase in unacceptable behaviour towards staff. 

Annual Meeting Invite As New Parish Council Formed 

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

You Have Done Your Bit, Now It Is Time For Me To Deliver Once More

Derek Davis shows his gratitude and delivers a message for the future

Egghead Beaters in Quiz Action

Triumphant quizzers from Shotley are taking part in a pub quiz tonight. 

Access Point And Library's Partnership Extended

Babergh have confirmed their Customer Service Access Point will continue to work with the popular pop up Suffolk library service at Shotley Village Hall. 

Parish Council Elections Matter Too- Brantham Is An example

Read Alastair McCraw's blog on the parishcandidates for 2019

Council Still Objects to Pier Plan

Objectors have one more week to make this views clear as Shotley pier group are continuing to pursue its appeal against Babergh’s decision to refuse planning permission for a large visitor centre, arts venue, workshop and café with seating for up to 84 people.

Chelmo Post Office Move Details 

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

Shock And Sorrow As Academy Head Dies Suddenly

Shocked Holbrook Academy students and parents have expressed their sorrow after popular head teacher Dr Simon Letman died suddenly at his Chelmondiston home. 

Latest News From Shotley & Holbrook Surgeries

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Walking Challenge For Disabled Riding Group

A group which offers therapeutic horse-riding sessions to people with disabilities from the Ipswich area is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an ambitious fundraising walk and run. 

Writing a Book While Refusing To Sit and Wait To Die

Read the amazing Samantha Lanier's latest blog as she talks, chocolate, treatment, and starting a new project before she dies.

New Look District Wards For Peninsula Explained

Voters will be electing a lesser number of councillors for Babergh District Council on Thursday May 2 as it drops from 43 to 32 members in the new look ward structure.

Babergh Named the UK's Second Happiest Place to Live 

Babergh is the second happiest place to live in the UK, according to a Royal Mail survey. 

Peninsula's Walking Festival Trails Revealed

Shotley peninsula is playing host to five excellent walks as part of Suffolk's Walking Festival - book now.

Car Accidentally Lands on Woolverstone Wall

A Mercedes driver luckily escaped unhurt after his car accidentally landed on a homeowners wall in Woolverstone. 

Brexiteers Plan Orwell Bridge Disruption

A go-slow over the Orwell Bridge is expected to cause huge delays, Suffolk police has warned. 

Commemoration Organiser Praised By High Sheriff

The man behind the silhouettes marking the World War One centenary celebrations has been honoured by the High Sheriff of Suffolk.

Academy Rated Good in Latest Ofsted Report

Holbrook Academy has been rated Good in an Ofsted report after an inspection was carried out last month. 

Shotley Quiz Team Crack Eggheads

Open Spacers create quiz show history

Peninsula Pub Scoops Title - Again

The Tattingstone Wheatsheaf has been named Camra pub of the year for the second year running. 

Homeless Project Answer False Accusations

Volunteer directors of homeless bus Tiffers have moved to dispel myths regarding their operation. 

Plumber Hair Raising Experience Helps Cancer Charity

A Shotley plumber has made nearly £2,000 after braving the shave. 

Students Forced To Eat Lunch In Toilets At Crowded School

Students are having to eat their lunch in toilets as a peninsula school struggles to cope with increasing numbers.

Chelmo Shooter Wins National Award

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

March Into Spring

Back our campaign for local people to support local businesses

Campaign For New War Memorial Launched

A campaign has been launched to build an addition war memorial in Holbrook. 

New Local Needs Homes Get Green Light

Eight new social homes for local people will be built in Shotley after planners gave the go ahead. 

You Will Want To Take a Good Gander At This Quality Panto

Derek Davis reviews Mother Goose by Shotley Drama Group

Staying Alive Crew Need People To Respond

A vital life-saving service is down to just two volunteers and is looking for more people to step forward. 

Post Office On The Move

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

Love Songs

Valentine's Day is the time where lovers declare their feelings for their partner, or maybe someone who is unaware they have an admirer.

HMRC Arrest Warrant Threat Scam Warning

A concerned tax-payer from Erwarton has warned people to be on their guard after getting a scam call from an aggressive woman claiming to be from the HMRC. 

Call For Action At Junction After Car Overturns

A councillor has renewed calls for action to make Freston crossroads saferafter yet another accident at the junction. 

Shoreline Saviours Suffer Setback

A community group formed to protect the Shotley cliffs and shoreline has been frustrated in its attempts to move forward. 

Professional Dying Person's Take On Modern Romance

Brilliant blogger Samantha Lanier's take on Valentine's Day, internet dating and not needing a husband

Man Bitten As Husky Attacks Terrier

Police are investigating after an Erwarton man was bitten by a Husky dog as he bravely tried to protect his small terrier. 

A Whole World Of Flavours At Spring Lodge

Dishes from the Philippines, Spain, Poland, South Africa and Romania will be served up for visitors to a care home on Saturday.

Headteacher's Appeal To Find Missing Husband

A Tattingstone headteacher has appealed for help to find her husband who went missing nearly six weeks ago. 

Plan For New House in Conservation Area Refused

Permission to build a new house in Woolverstone’s Conversation Area has been refused by Babergh planners. 

Row Over Splitting Village Into Two

A request to provide funding for a bench sparked a row between parish councillors over treating Shotley as two separate villages.

Campaign Waged Before Planning Application Made

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

Cash Boost For Shotley From Builders' Levy

Shotley parish is to be handed an initial cash boost of £1,125 after work on extension in Blake Avenue was started. 

Cash Boost For Erwarton From Builders' Levy

Erwarton parish has a potential cash boost of more than £10,000 heading its way. 

£11k Cash Boost For Chelmondiston

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

Building Levy Brings Cash Boost for Woolverstone

Woolverstone parish has received a cash boost of more than £7,500 after work started on converting buildings at Home Farm.

Cash Boost For Freston From Builder's Levy

Freston parish set for cash boost.

Read Sam's Latest Emotional Blog

Samantha Lanier talks about leaving her mum's body to science, writing a new book and more fundraising plans.

Pin Mill Bay Licence Issued

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

Tax Hike, Councillor Quits, Village Hall Grant Deferred

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

Plans For Two More New Family Homes Submitted

Plans have been submitted to build two new large family homes in Freston. 

Solomon Holmes' Latest Blog

Anger Over Pier Plan Voting

Pier group directors have been accused of trying to deceive shareholders by asking them to vote for a roof design on a plan that was not presented at the AGM. 

Anglo-Saxon Display Hailed A Hit

An Anglo-Saxon exhibition by Shotley primary school pupils has been hailed a success. 

Permission Granted For 75 More New Peninsula Houses

Planning permission has been granted for 75 new homes to be built in Wherstead, against the wishes of scores of villagers. 

Holbrook Hockey Star Steers England To World Cup Semi-Final

Holbrook's Harry Martin hit the winner to fire England into the Hockey world Cup semi-final in India. 

Derelict Site Set To Be Converted Into New Homes

A blot on the peninsula landscape is set to be transformed, if planning permission is granted. 

Ram-Raiders Target Store

Thieves hit peninsula shop once again.

Business Boss' Call For Tourism Action Support

A leading businessman has called on company bosses on the peninsula to get behind its tourism action group. 

Two New Parish Councillors Welcomed

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

Bakers Arms To Host MP's Brexit Debate

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge has pledged to vote for Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement next week. 

Pupils To Hold Anglo-Saxon Exhibition

An Anglo-Saxon exhibition reflecting the area’s historical link with the period will be held by Shotley primary schoolchildren. 

Free Course To Prevent Diabetes On Offer

A diabetes prevention initiative will be launched in the new year for adults living on the peninsula. 

Police Appeal After Villager Goes Missing

Police are appealing for help to trace a Holbrook woman who has gone missing. 

Armed Police Called To Robbery At Co-op

UPDATED: Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery at a convenience shop in Brantham. 

Armed police were among officers called to an alleged armed robbery at the Co-op shop in Brantham this evening. 

Samantha Lanier's Latest Hard-Hitting Blog

Sam talks about her diagnosis and much more - a must read but not for the faint-hearted...

Social Housing Boost On Peninsula

Eight new social homes have been put forward by Babergh council working with a housing association. 

New Plans For Pier Welcomed

New plans to develop on Bristol Pier in Shotley have been given a warm reception by shareholders. 

High School Set To Take In Boarders

Boarders are set to be housed at a peninsula high school.

Water Mains Disruption In The Pipeline

Homeowners throughout the peninsula have warned they could face disruption to their water supply in January. 

Knock Back for Caravan Park

Plans to create a 40 caravan mobile home site have suffered a set back after a certificate for lawful development was refused. 

Fresh Plans for Pier To Be Revealed

New plans for the Bristol Pier at Shotley have been drawn up and will be presented at an AGM on Friday. 

Remembrance Services On Peninsula Today

Church services, parades an beacon lightings will take place across the peninsula as part of Remembrance Day... 

Peninsula Pupils Pay Tribute

Hundreds of schoolchildren across the peninsula paid tribute to our war dead this morning. (November 8).

Most Active Accolade For Village

Brantham has been named Suffolk's Most Active Large Village. Click for more... 

Another 90 Potential New Homes For Peninsula

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

Pickle Night At the Rose

Fittingly for a pub steeped in naval history, the Shotley Rose is holding another of its popular ‘Pickle Nights’. 

Remembrance Tree To Be Planted

Harkstead will mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice by planting a tree. See our special Remembrance 1918-2018 guide

Stars Of Suffolk Champions Shortlisted

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

Updated: Wherstead Road Delays As Abnormal Load Moved

Motorists looking to get on and off the Shotley peninsula  can expect delays once again this weekend as a second electrical transformer is transported from Ipswich Docks, to Bramford.

Stand By For Seat Of The Pants Football

Ipswich Town fans can expect seat of the pants style football as new Blues boss Paul Lambert outlined his plans to avoid relegation. 

Pop Group's Pier Petition Passes 250 Mark

A pop group's petition calling on directors of a Benefit Society to drop their appeal to build a commercial development straddling Bristol pier in Shotley has attracted more than 250 signatories.

Peninsula Remembers 100 Years On

Every Remembrance Day is poignant but this year is extra special as the Royal British Legion will commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One with a series of special events.

More Wherstead Road Chaos As Abnormal Load Causes Delays

Traffic chaos continued on and around Wherstead Road today as three 268 tonne transformers are being moved from Ipswich docks to Bramford. Latest here...

Kidzone Shelter Built After SOS Call

Youngsters at Shotley Kidzone have a new sheltered area to escape wet weather after members of Shotley Open Spaces (SOS) built a Pagoda-type hut. Full story and pics...

Lambert Appointed Blues Boss

Be careful what you wish for. (Derek Davis gives his thoughts on the Portman Road crisis)

Post Office Hit By Burglars

Shotley Post Office was among four stores raided by burglars last night. More here... 

Hurst Does Not Want Help From More Experienced Coach

Paul Hurst insisted he does not need a director of football type figure to help him get Ipswich Town through this difficult period.

Shotley Stars Scoop Community Awards

Volunteers and community minded business people from the Shotley peninsula enjoyed success at the Stars of Babergh awards.

Service Station Proposed For Wherstead Junction

A public meeting is to be held after proposals for a service station at the junction of the A14/A137 were put forward. More here...

Frogs Alley Glamping, Building and Events Venue Gets Go Ahead

A glamping site and large building hosting wine–tasting events is to be built at Frogs Alley. Full story...

Natural Beauty Is Not Just In The Eye Of The Beholder

From the moment you go under the Orwell Bridge and see the river winding along a bountiful landscape you instinctively know we are in an amazingly special part of the country. 

Fire At Electrical Sub-Station Causes Power Cut

Two fire crews spent three hours dealing with a fore at an electrical sub-station over night. Full story...

Gamekeeper's Daughter Named Chef of the Year

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

Anger At Underpass Closure

A Brantham councillor has branded a decision to close the Manningtree underpass at short notice as 'disgraceful' and 'dangerous'.

Don't Be Alarmed - It Is Just An Exercise

Villagers are being warned not to be alarmed next Tuesday when they see dozens of officers on the Shotley foreshore. More here...

New Homes Proposed For Village

An open meeting is being held for villagers to see and comment on proposals to build affordable homes in Stutton. 

Volunteering And Remembrance Works For Me

Read Sam Lanier's latest blog as she faces death by living life, today focusing on volunteering and remembrance...

Head To Leave Primary School 

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

Man Accused Of Sexual Grooming

A peninsula villager has been arrested on suspicion of sexual grooming.

Town Shirts Up For Auction

Signed kit belonging to former Ipswich players are among a raft of must haves up for grabs at the Shotley Rose on Saturday.

Peninsula Hit As Bin Collections Delayed

Bin collections in a number of peninsula villages have been disrupted due to sickness. 

Shotley Cricketers Scoop Titles

Shotley peninsula cricketers enjoyed another good season by winning the IIFL Division One title and the Peter Crick Shield. 

POP Group Launch Petition

A movement looking to protect the Bristol Pier at Shotley have called on directors of a benefit society to put in smaller plans...

Warriors To Dance For Hope

A troupe of Maasai Warriors are to perform in Harkstead in a bid to deliver hope to their Kenyan village. 

Mystery of Blue Poo Marker

Mystery surround the identity of a person marking dog poo blue in Shotley Gate.

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... 

Solomon Holmes' Latest Blog

It's anything but mundane...

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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