250th anniversary of the opening of The Workhouse

To mark the 250th anniversary (its posh name is a sestercentennial!) on 1st October of the opening of the Workhouse here in Tattingstone there will be a display at the village fete on 3 September about the history of the Samford House of Industry/Workhouse/St Mary’s Hospital/ up to the present day homes in Chedworth Place and Samford Court.

There are a few things that you may be able to help with please. It would be nice to have some memorabilia, artefacts if anyone has anything of interest they are willing to lend for the day. I would also love to have any personal memories, preferably handwritten or typed. For instance, you may have worked at the hospital or know someone who used to work here or have some interesting information about the property.  On a practical note, I could do with some display boards or stands and would be most grateful if anyone has anything suitable I could borrow.

If nothing else, please do come along and have a look at the stand on the day!  There will also be some Holbrook local history for a change!

Jane Kirk, Village Recorder


3 Samford Court



The Tennis Club at the Fete

This year the Tennis Club will again have a tombola stand at the village fete which is being held on Saturday 3 September.  Donations of bottles, jars, toys and anything else new and suitable would be much appreciated.  Please contact either Gwen Lynch on 328729 or Janet Ward on 328663.

The latest WW1 story about Maurice Moss who died in the Battle of the Somme has been added to the Old Tatt! section

Village Recorder’s Reports online

The annual reports for the last two years are now on the website in the Village Recorder section.   A copy is kept in the Suffolk Records Office and no doubt future generations of historians and researchers will find it useful and probably amusing to read what we got up to!

Burglary, Church Road, Tattingstone.

A letter addressed as “to the occupier” has been delivered to some properties in the Village and Jane Connell-Smith has asked for this to be posted on the website. The letter is dated Thursday 17th March 2016.


On Wednesday 16th March 2016 between 20:15 and 21:15 hours a burglary occurred at an address in Church Road, Tattingstone Suffolk. This letter is intended as both an appeal for witnesses and to give some simple home security information. Were you in the area during the material times of the burglary?

  • Did you see any person(s) acting suspiciously around the area?
  • Did you see any unusual vehicles in the village or road during this time?
  • Did you hear any disturbance in the street during this time?
  • Have you seen or located any unusual items of property in the hedges or grass?
  • Have you got any information that could assist in the investigation?


If you have any information regarding this matter please call Bury St Edmunds CID on 101, quoting reference number 37/22992/16.


You are reminded to take note and record serial numbers for electrical items, such as televisions, laptop computers etc. Please also consider registering your belongings with www.immobilise.com the National Property Register. Benefits of registration include helping UK Police forces to identify the owner of lost & stolen goods thousands of times every day. Loss & theft updates you make are immediately available to the Police nation-wide. This combats the sale of stolen property, alerts the second-hand trade and allows the public to use www.checkMEND.com the UK’s largest consumer electronics background reports service if an item goes missing.

Please ensure that when you leave your house or go to bed at night that your doors and windows are locked and secure. Don’t leave keys in locks or valuables on display and if your house has an alarm make sure the alarm is set every time you leave the house.

Kind Regards,

DC 1197 Barry SIMPSON

Quiz in the Village Hall!

The Tattingstone PTA is inviting all parents, children, guardians, governors, members of staff, friends of the school and the local community to take part in the first PTA Quiz Night in the Village Hall on the 12th February 2016.

Teams can be a maximum of 6 people. Tickets are adults £5 and children under 16 £2.50.

The prize for the winning team will be announced on the night. The price includes a Jacket Potato with a filling of your choice and a side salad. You are more than welcome to bring along your own snacks and drinks (alcohol included). There will be a raffle on the night with tickets being sold on the night so please bring some pennies!

Please complete the form below with the names of your team members, the choices of food and return it to reception with the requested money.

Please arrive early for a prompt 7.30 start If you would like a form to complete please go to the main office at Tattingstone Primary School or click to download the flyer and form here Quiz Night let february 2016 community poster (1)


Thank you

Tattingstone PTA


If you have any questions or for more information please email:


Another Public Service Goes Private

Please consider signing the petition in a bid to prevent Suffolk County Council from axing much-needed transport schemes for villages in the county.

Please sign “Suffolk County Council: Save Our Community Transport” We call on Suffolk County Council to reconsider their decision to put community transport out to tender, and to reverse the cut to funds by half. These c

Our goal is to reach 1,000 signatures and we need more support.

Thanks for any support and for reading this post.

Tattingstone Baby & Toddler Group

Tattingstone Baby & Toddler Group is a lively and fun group which provides a safe and happy environment for all children aged birth to 4 to come and play, enjoy a healthy snack and learn to sing songs together. They have a nice mix of mums, dads, grandparents and carers who attend with their children every Wednesday (except the second in the month).

As some of the children have progressed on to school, the regular help that existed has diminished, leaving the organisation of the group to one person and the goodwill of anyone who is around on the day. This leaves the continuation of the Group under threat.

Jackie Slattery is a lively grandmother(!) with a 3 year old granddaughter in tow at Toddlers, but expecting a new grandchild next month, so Jackie no longer be able to run the group single handed. If anyone thinks they would enjoy helping to run the group on a regular basis, and when Jackie is away on holiday please get in contact.

There is no age limit. Please ask friends and family too, and contact with any interest. There is also a request for any one that would also be interested to hear from anyone who might like to take over the ropes from next summer.

Please contact Jackie Slattery direct on 01473-327133 or Mobile 07730 006 923 with interest or more information about the group in general.

(email address removed to avoid spam but can be provided if you email andy@andyproctor.co.uk (website Admin)

Your Rubbish 2016!

Mid Suffolk and Babergh District Council

If you want to know when the rubbish collection is for 2016 here in Tattingstone we have the information for you.

Click the link for the Babergh District Council Waste and Recycling Collection Calendar 2016.




You can also contact – Waste Services

Creeting Road Depot

Creeting Road West


IP14 5AT


Telephone: 01449 778678

Additional information
Mon-Fri 8:30am – 5:00pm

Do you care? Support in Suffolk for you.

Suffolk Family Carers is a Suffolk wide organisation which aims to offer support and information to anyone caring for a friend, family member or neighbour with any kind of illness, disability or frailty. If you offer support, help or encouragement to a friend or family member who is unwell then you are a Family Carer and are able to access free Caring With Confidence courses. There are also many other services such as rest-bite care and support for you as a neighbour, friend or relative supporting someone.

These courses provide information and tips on ways to confidently care for your friend or loved one. A variety of topics are covered such as effective communication to get your needs met, ways to manage your emotions and take better care of yourself, balancing caring with other commitments you may have, and looking at day to day challenges.

They also have a wealth of resources which may help with a variety of issues and concerns you face within your caring role.  If you care for someone with Dementia you could also access the Caring for Dementia with Confidence course which is specifically designed for those caring for someone with Dementia or memory loss. These sessions are not only a great way to gain useful information but also give you the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. Family Carers who have attended the sessions have said they have found it useful for a variety of reasons such as “feeling that I am not alone”, gaining “friendship and knowledge” and knowing “that there is help out there”. These sessions run regularly so to find out more about either Caring with Confidence or Caring for Dementia with Confidence please contact Suffolk Family Carers 01473 835446 or cwc@suffolkfamilycarers.org.

Do you think you might be a family carer? Looking after as friend, relative or neighbour? http://www.suffolkfamilycarers.org/index.php/information/family-carers-rights/carers-assessments

Tattingstone Football club

Could you be a football team manager?

Tattingstone Football club urgently require a manager for their reserve team who play in Division 4 of Suffolk and Ipswich league (Saturday afternoons). The home ground is here in the Village of Tattingstone, at Tattingstone Football club, Green Lane Tattingstone. Club secretary David Edevane is keen to hear from anyone that may be interested in supporting this well established club.

Tattingstone Football clubThere is of course the social side to being part of a team but they are looking for a new manager at this time and it could be you!

They are also on the lookout for new players, aged over 16yrs. If you’re interested or know someone who could bring the skills need to the club please contact the Tattingstone Football Club secretary David Edevane by email at d.edevane@btinternet.com or  phone him direct on 07713 572825.

What do you normally do on a Saturday afternoon?

Click to email or phone David for a chat.

Community Concert – Tattingstone

The Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Director: Leslie Olive presents a Free Community Concert here in Tattingstone.

Tattingstone Village Hall, Thursday 12th November 2015 at 11.00am followed by lunch (provided)

This is free one-hour concert for local people, especially designed to appeal to those who are older or less mobile or who can rarely get to hear wonderful music in the bigger towns. Come and hear music by a small group of musicians of international calibre in informal surroundings with lunch included and transport provided if required.

If you would like to come, please let Sheila Tweedy know by 7th November. Telephone 01473 328694.

We look forward to seeing you and please do let Sheila Tweedy know that you wish to come or to find out more information on this wonderful opportunity to see, hear and experience Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra here in Tattingstone.



Clearance of leaves in Babergh

Autumn is upon us, and while the trees appear to be holding their leaves, no doubt as soon as we have the first frost or strong winds of the season, they will be shedding these in abundance. This usually presents us with an issue with the leaves covering the ground quicker than we can get round to clearing them, and they often continue to fall after they have been cleared! To try and reduce any unnecessary enquiries, I am sending this email to advise you of our arrangements for clearing leaves on public highways and Babergh-owned public open spaces.


Firstly, I would like to point out that Babergh District Council has no statutory duty to clear leaves, nor are we responsible for leaves once they have fallen from our trees. We do, however, have a duty to clear decomposed leaves which are on paths and roads (this would be classed as detritus) and to ensure that our land is safe for visitors. It is for these reasons that we clear leaves, otherwise we are happy to let nature take its course.


The removal of fallen leaves is included as part of the routine cleansing of public highways and public open spaces. If we receive a report of fallen leaves, we will endeavour to arrange an additional cleanse of these, with the priority being those which have turned into detritus.


We do not clear leaves from private property (even if the leaves have fallen from Babergh trees) nor do we clear leaves from grass areas.


If you have any enquiries or reports regarding fallen leaves on public highways and Babergh land, please refer these to our customer services, by calling 01473 826622. Alternatively you can email public.realm@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk or report these online athttp://www.babergh.gov.uk/report-it (select report a cleansing issue).

When Constable came to Tattingstone …

… do see the latest addition to the Old Tatt section of the website.  It’s about John Constable’s time in our village – a fascinating story and insight into his early life.

The sad story of Ann Candler …

Read the sad story of how Ann came to end up in the Samford Workhouse and how she finally managed to leave – her story is in the Old Tatt section.


Please click the link to see the full story.  http://www.tattingstonevillage.org.uk/villiage_recorder_history/ann-candler


Do you have any history of the village to share?

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