Parish Council Meeting Monday 4th August.

The Parish Council met in the Village hall on Monday 4th August.  The minutes were read, agreed and signed.

The clerk reported that a laptop computer had been sourced from Sproughton Parish Council which would facilitate the display of planning applications once all  planning procedures went  digital.

A large number of the names, addresses, telephone numbers and internet providers of those people affected with poor broadband in the village had been forwarded to the Higher Level. Complaints department at BT and as yet there had been no reply.

During the open forum for the public, many residents, mainly from Samford and Chedworth Courts, told of the extreme anti-social behaviour that was occurring, especially in the the South carpark by Lemon’s Hill Bridge, almost every warm evening, continuing into the early hours of the morning. Often 30-40 people gather, driving in a dangerous way, playing very loud music, using offensive language, lighting fires, littering, trespassing on private land and causing damage. Local residents are feeling intimidated by their presence. It was proposed that the South carpark be locked every night between 8.00pm and 8.00am. It was advised that the police be informed every time an incident occurred. The public asked for a public campaign be begun to bring this to the attention of more people in the village and to try and persuade Anglia Water to be more proactive to stop this behaviour which was hindering the peaceful enjoyment of the reservoir and its environs.

A report was received from the police stating there had been one reported crime in the  village during July which involved theft of pool equipment.

Correspondence had been received about the restructuring of Children’s Services in the County. Cllr Wood urged the Council to look at this carefully as it would mean that centres are merged which could greatly affect the local service provided.

Cllr. Self [playing field’s representative] reported that the broken swing on the playing field had been replaced, the wooden pavilion cleared out and quotes had been received about grass trimming and painting the pavilion. The football club had requested permission for some games to be played on Sunday and that floodlights be used for training sessions.

The state of hedges in the village and also flooding at several points on the village’s roads is continuing to be monitored.

Plans are well in hand for the Village Fete on 20th September. Fliers had been sent out and the Council encouraged interested parties to book a stall.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on 1st September 2014 at 7.30pm in the village hall when a representative from Anglia Water will attend to talk to residents about the proposed campsite on Alton Water. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Jane Connell-Smith

Tattingstone & Wherstead WI

We have no meeting in August but please join us for our next meeting in the Village Hall on 18th September at 7.30pm.

Our speaker is Christine Redington, who will be speaking on Women at Work in WW1.

We are a very friendly bunch, not all Jam and Jerusalem!  We welcome visitors [men too] and new members so please come along for an informative and enjoyable evening.

We are also running a stall at our village fete where we will be offering mini massages and lots of bee related activities and goodies.

Do give me a ring on 327865 for more details or check out the Tattingstone and Wherstead WI website for more information.

Women’s Institutes, inspiring Women,


Alton Water Campsite

There is a Public Meeting planned for the 1st September 2014, 7.30pm at Tattingstone Village Hall here in Suffolk.

A representative of Anglia Water will discuss residents’ concerns over the proposed camp-site at Alton Water.  All are welcome
If you cannot attend this meeting, there is also a meeting at Stutton Community Centre on 28th August 2014 .

The proposed camp-site location would be situated on land behind the main picnic area over to the left of the water sports centre as you approach from the Stutton access road to the water sports site.

From Anglian Water Website 

The water company is seeking planning permission for 92 serviced camping pitches plus a new shower and toilet block on a field opposite the existing car park.

The proposals, which have been developed following pre-application discussions with Babergh District Council, are part of a long term plan to improve the water park for people and wildlife, which includes other changes such as renovating the existing visitor centre and water sports centre which is popular with local enthusiasts.


Village Fete 2014

It’s come around very quickly again hasn’t it!

Our 2014 village fete will take place this year on the 20th of September on the large field and we are positive that it will be as successful as other years.  Children, mums and dads, grandparents and friends of all ages should enjoy the day with Body Zorbs, bouncy castle, inflatable slide and roundabout, Donkey rides and a shooting range.

There will be a football competition for children too. There will also be vintage tractors, classic cars and motorbikes and a working display of stationary agricultural engines so come along for a nostalgic trip.  Why  not take part in the WW1 themed fancy dress competition for the children?

In the show ring will be Morris Dancing, classic cars and the final of the football competition amongst other attractions. There will also be music from the WW1 age.

There will be a burger stand, beer tent, cakes and tea stand as well as a wide range of other stalls. Make sure you put the 20th of September in your calendar and see you there!

If you would like to have a stall at the fete please contact David Connell-Smith on 01473 327865 or email on Pre-booking is essential to reserve a space.

Community Broadband Suffolk.

As you may or may not know Alton Broadband is a service for people around Alton Water that have a poor internet connection due to the service from the wires to our homes.  The service has a connection to a fast broadband service that is beamed around the area by radio and provides a very, very good service indeed.

They consider themselves a community service rather than a ‘for profit ‘ organisation. Although they are now close to paying off the original investment needed to set up the service they are planning significant service improvements  — in other words aiming to reinvest in new equipment rather than generate a profit.

The service cannot compete on price with BT because of the relatively high costs that they have as a small organisation. However if they manage a surge in subscriptions there is a possibility of them being able to reduce the current charges.

Plans in process include upgrading the existing equipment on the church, evaluating putting in a third business class [input] and finding ways to extend our service to the Heath end of the village via a relay from the Wheatsheaf Pub if that proves practically possible. They are also in discussion with Anna the new landlady about this move.

The organisation have offered to put free WiFi into the village Hall. The VH committee will discuss this at their next meeting.

When Suffolk Broadband install fibre to the cabinet at The Wheatsheaf Pub in Tattingstone [this may be 1-3 years from now on current available information — more info to come soon we hope] then the benefit will depend on how far from the Wheatsheaf you are. There are no plans to put fibre to each household. Our wireless infrastructure may be able to help in the dissemination of those faster speeds across the community.

To find out more check out the website and help support this good service

Pizza, beer and a band.

Mandy and I went over to The Case Is Altered last weekend.  We managed to grab a last minute cancellation and get ourselves a table for the Rhythm Rockits and La Carozza Pizza!  We have been over a few times to meet friends but this was about food!

La Carozza Pizza Mobile Stone Pizza OvenThe La Carozza Pizza is a fantastic idea and came to The Case for one night.  It’s a converted horse box with a stone pizza oven and you can see your food being cooked.  It was well worth the trip to eat a pizza of our choice with some fantastic toppings and that stone baked taste. The volunteers that work in the pub did a wonderful job of organising and running the night and it was simply fantastic.

We did not get to see the Rhythm Rockits as we left before it started.  The pub was getting very busy when we left with many people being served some wonderful food and they seem to be doing very well indeed.  I will have to check out the Facebook page to see how it all went.

The pub isn’t serving meals yet as it only opened a few months back.  We simply love the concept and values of the place.  It’s staffed by volunteers, owned by the community and really does bring the community together.

Community Owned Pub.

Pizza at The Case Is Altered BentleyThe Case is different to many other pubs in Suffolk, Essex or Norfolk, as people engage with you allot more. Being a community owned pub it feels like you can ask “where are you from” and engage in a more questioning and open conversation within.  It’s also nice to hear peoples stories and input that they have given to renovating and decorating their project.  People seem to talk to each other and welcome you a lot more and we love this.

I wish I had the forethought to do some kind of impact measurement on the community of Bentley, before the concept was created and then measured the difference of this community focal point on peoples happiness, well-being and motivation to get out and about.  You can really tell it’s made a difference to the people that do go in.

They have a website and Facebook page so do check them out and I promise to go to more pubs and eat food and report back in the name of good reporting and local news!

Website Admin – Andy.

Sorry if my picture on the home page scared you!

My name is Andy and I am the new administrator of the Tattingstone website.  Chris has done a fantastic job to date and made the website on a platform that is simply perfect for this community website. I won’t be changing the look and feel or how it all works as “if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it!” and it does look very neat and easy to use for sure.

About Me.

I have lived in the Village since December 2012 with my wife Mandy and we love walking around the reservoir, visiting the road side fruit and veg vendors as well as the farm shop on the A137.  We recently went rowing on the reservoir with a Groupon voucher saving us a few pounds and would recommend this to you all, with the change in weather upon us.  We do enjoy eating out and the trek to Ipswich isn’t far, The Bull ‘does good grub’ and of course the wonderful Indian restaurants in Manningtree are a favourite.

Looks Good.

I can see all the lovely groups and organisations in the village including the Village Allotments, Tennis Club, Arena Karate, Women’s Institute, Chedworth Courts website, Parish Plan Group and The Garden Cabin. I can also see the Tattingstone Wheatsheaf Pubs website is not live, but hoping this changes with the new owners. I have also looked at Tattingstone Primary and seen that the link is out of date and I shall fix this and do a few other updates.  I must commend the The Tattingstone Tractors for a lovely website with some recent blog posts too.  I have also had a look at Andy and Caroline’s website for The Tattingstone Whitehorse (as well as popping in for a couple now and then!) and look forward to learning more about these organisations and businesses.  I am still working out who the person on Facebook is “Tattingstone Speeders” and maybe they can contact with more information.

Your turn!

If you have any content, comments or opinion you can of course email the editor Brandon or any comments about the website to myself

Please do keep checking out the website and follow us on Twitter - as I shall be adding content to this also.

Thanks for reading!

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Solar Park Boards

With regard to different and strongly held opinions in the village on the issue of the solar park, I am wondering if other people in the village like me do NOT want to see loads of boards going up along the road side. In Belstead the look of the village has been completely blighted by these boards for at least a year. It’s horrible there and lots of villagers there hate the way this pretty village has been degraded.

Yes, the solar park (and the Belstead windmills) will seriously affect loved landscapes more or less permanently, but that is a different issue. Will the ‘YES’ villagers in Tatttingstone, start putting up series of boards saying ……the solar park, and will the NOT SURE people start making MAYBE boards? I don’t think so. So it will just be NO NO NO all through the village in a horrible negative rash for months on end.

Babergh doesn’t allow boards advertising businesses on frontages without permission, and that’s partly to preserve the look of the village and control advertising pollution. Politics is different, agreed, but the underlying principle is the same, and I hope other people in the village feel as I do: debate, yes, fight back, yes, circulate your opposition or support in print and other media yes: there are plenty of ways to educate ourselves make our feelings known about the solar park. Let’s not have this board virus in Tattingstone.
Susan Hemmings.

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International Womens Day as it happened!

We spanned the bridge!
We had worried about rain, we had thought about snow, but fog took us completely by surprise. International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March dawned on Lemons Hill Bridge, Tattingstone, shrouded in mystery, but as 11 o’clock drew near, it had lifted enough to look strange but beautiful. By 10am the tea and coffee were brewing in the village hall, and Tattingstone Primary’s PTA were getting the lunch ready. Carol and Jill had been in early to set up the exhibition of children’s work: we hadn’t known quite what to expect, but the writing, drawings, multi-media displays, along with a couple of clay sculptures from the youngest were well beyond our highest hopes. The theme common to all was inspirational women who spanned the centuries, with here-and-now mothers all beautifully described in words and artwork. Not to be sentimental, but many of those who visited the exhibition over lunch time had tears to brush away.

The processions to the bridge started at 11 and more and more people appeared out of the mist, the choirs on one side, others opposite. Radio Suffolk began their interviews which went out live on the Mark Murphy Show, with Carol from the planning group, Elaine who is head of Ipswich High School for Girls, and Lily, a student at Holbrook Academy, setting out the reasons we were celebrating.
Meanwhile more than one hundred children had arrived, including the whole of Tattingstone Primary, and groups from Stutton Primary, Holbrook Academy, and the choir from Ipswich High School for Girls.
Susan gave a welcome to everyone and a few words about why we were there on the bridge and then the singing began, led by Fran and Tracy who organise community harmony singing groups, with one of their groups, Lifting Spirits, twenty of whom had been working on the songs for several weeks.

The harmonies were very heartfelt and moving and all concerned women’s commitment to peace (and harmony), some in other languages. A welcoming song from South Africa was sung by lifting Spirits and Ipswich School, Bella Mama (Beautiful Mother Earth) was sung as a round, all the schools in good voice, and a song about a Kenyan woman, Wangari, who is worldwide renowned for her commitment to helping fellow Kenyan women raise their income while planting woodlands. Tattingstone School went solo with a favourite of theirs (Oil in my Lamp) .Ipswich High School’s choir finished the singing with a version of Bridge over Troubled Water. By now all were spell bound standing in the lifting mist.

Ann Baeppler, the interfaith minister, then led a short meditation reminding us of our own past struggles for women’s rights we now enjoy, our continued commitment against violence affecting women and girls here, and the support we need to give to women all over the world in their often awful conditions. A pause for reflection in silence, then daffodils were distributed , and were thrown into the waters where they drifted in lovely processions in the currents across the water.
Marshals all in their special yellow jackets then helped everyone to cross over to join the choirs, and we began to link hands : would we span right across? Lemons Bridge is very long! Our planners held their breath for the conclusion of this event…and success!! A brilliant moment, well cheered. We all turned and walked off the bridge towards the village hall. Fran and Tracy started up a final song, and many knew it and joined in. Most people crowded into the hall to have a lunch of homemade food contributed by visitors and local people, sold in aid of Lighthouse Ipswich Women’s Aid, and to look in detail at the children’s work displayed there.

We started to plan the event back in November, and what made it so special was that 4 schools wanted to join in and Music in Our Bones, Fran, Tracy and Jenny, wanted to be involved. Jo from Lighthouse too was so very helpful in every way. The East Anglian Daily Times published a double page spread after the event, and Suffolk magazine will also publish an account and photos in April or May.
Thanks so much to Andy, who provided the sound system, to all the people from Stutton and Tattingstone and far-flung places who agreed to wear the famous hi-viz jackets, the photographers, the cooks, Julia and helpers on refreshments, Lloyd and Chris for their support, Tattingstone Parish Council, police woman Joanne, and of course to all the teachers and teaching assistants who were so absolutely committed to helping children understand the importance of the day and do their very best. Thanks of course to all the hard work of the planning group, Fran, Jenny and Janet in Stutton, Ann in Harkstead, and Carol and Susan in Tattingstone. And thanks to the poured all afternoon just after everyone had gone home or back to school. And then it snowed….

Let’s all remember the good example we can set when we show the children and young people in our community standing together right there with them, in this case literally on the bridge, on matters which concern us all in our desire for a better life for all. That’s the least we can do for our young people as they approach their own years as adults in a complex world.

We think we can say it was a magical International Women’s Day for the villages of Alton Water.
News: by popular request, the children’s work from all 4 schools will be on show at Stutton Village Hall for one hour before the film Skyfall is shown there on the evening of Friday 19th April, and then open again on Saturday morning 20th until the Community Shop next to the village hall shuts at around 12.30.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Celebrations on Lemons Hill Bridge

March 8 (Friday)

Final update!

We hope you can come to the village hall to see the exhibition of work on inspiring women and girls by local children and young people: the schools involved are Tattingstone and Stutton primaries, Holbrook Academy and Ipswich High School for Girls, and the schools are also involved in the singing and celebrations on the bridge.  You can visit the village hall from 10.00am when there will be tea/coffee and biscuits, and more refreshments, including home- made cake and savouries, will be served there at 12.00.

The young people and other singers will assemble on the bridge from about 10.50. So be there around that time or before to see them process  in. Marshalls will be there to show everyone where to stand. The bridge event starts at 11.00. Traffic will be calmed at each end of the bridge.

There will be singing, a short ceremony, and a ‘spanning’ of the bridge to symbolise everyone together working for a more equal and safer world for women and girls. The event will close with music. Then the refreshments will be available in the village hall. All refreshments are sold to raise money for Ipswich Lighthouse Women’s Aid.

If you live near the bridge, at just before 11am and throughout the hour, you may hear music and singing. We hope this will not disturb you. It will be finished at noon.

There will be many children young people, parents, and members of the public in the village at that time and perhaps more than the usual number of cars. Marshalls will help with parking. By 1.30 everyone will have dispersed.

If you want to help, for example especially by contributing to the refreshments ,or helping with the marshalling, you can still contact us. Or just come along and join in. Remember that men are also welcome, and are already helping with the event. If the weather is very bad, most of the bridge event will take place in the village hall though we still intend to span it at some point.

The event is being covered by Suffolk Radio and the East Anglian Daily Times.

We hope you will join in and enjoy this special day, and we look forward to seeing people from all the Alton Water villages helping span the bridge! Wear a scarf to help us stretch out cover the length of the bridge!

The Planning Group

Join me on the Bridge

01473 328371

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International Women’s Day

More news on the On the Bridge Celebration.

Planning for the celebration of International Women’s Day which hopefully you read about in the New Year’s issue has continued. International Women’s Day is always on 8th March, and this year it falls on a Friday. Why the bridge? Because in the last few years the celebrations have often taken place on bridges across the world, big and small, because bridges symbolise connections, safe passage, support and linking together. And of course in Tattingstone we have the benefit of a beautiful location.

From about 10.00 the Village Hall will house the exhibition of work by children and young people from schools in the local villages on the IWD theme of women’s achievements and areas of concern.

Tea and coffee will be available and the heating will be on!

From about 11.00 we will start to gather on the bridge. Marshals/stewards will help keep everyone safe. The road will not be closed, but marshals will calm the oncoming cars from both directions. Once we are all together, a short welcome will be followed by songs, which the contributing children and young people will also join in, and which will be led by choir leaders who work with community groups (Fran, Tracy and Jenny). There will be a short meditational focus on the themes of the day led by Ann, a local interfaith minister. We will then stretch out as far as we can along one side of the bridge, to symbolise our connections, and there will be one last song. (There will be a sound system).This will end the bridge celebration: in the Village hall there will be refreshments, sold in aid of Lighthouse Women’s Aid.

Everyone is welcome.  If you would like to help in anyway, for example with the stewarding, or making cakes etc for the refreshments, contact Susan on 01473 328371.

To read about and see video of similar events worldwide, google Join me on the Bridge. We will this year be part of a world wide celebration .See you there!

The Garden Cabin

Are you having guests stay over but are struggling for space at yours? Well there is a solution.

Established now for three years, the self- catering holiday lodge is bookable all year round. It accommodates two adults in a king sized bedroom, and one more can just about fit in on a sofabed in the large sitting room.

Do you want to find out more?

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