Summer Fete 2015

The time is almost upon us for the 2015 Tattingstone Village Summer Fete. This is the real deal if you have friends visiting from abroad and want to show them something truly British with –

  • Birds Of Prey
  • Donkey Rides
  • Beer Tent and Barbecue
  • Ice Cream and Tea Tent
  • Silver Spinners Majorettes
  • Bell Ringing from the Church
  • Bouncy Castles
  • Dog Agility
  • Responder Group Teaching CPR.
  • Punch and Judy
  • Zorbs
  • Tractors
  • Bale Tossing and Tug Of War.


The 2015 event is on the Saturday 12th September from 11:30 until 4pm and we can only hope for the best weather on the day!

Front Cover Of Program Tattingstone Fete 2015This year we are going back to our roots with a traditional village fete being opened by Terry Hunt, the editor of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star. Tattingstone would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated this year to our raffle, giving us some fantastic prizes for you to win. Good luck to everyone, the draw will take place towards the end of the fete, if you are not there, we will contact you during the following week, so don’t forget to put your contact details on our part of the ticket. The monies collected at the fete will go towards our local charities including First Responders. Thank you to all our volunteers and contributors who have helped put on this years fete.

LUCKY PRORAMME NUMBER Programmes were sold around the village prior to the Fete. Each programme has a unique number. We will draw the lucky programme number on the day of the fete. The winner will receive £50, 2nd number drawn will receive £25 and the 3rd number drawn will receive £10. All numbers will be published in the Tattingstone News, so look out in the next edition to see if you are a winner. Good luck!! NEED REFRESHMENT? If you are in need of refreshment, make sure you visit our tea tent where teas, coffees, cold drinks and lots of lovely home-made cakes will be on sale. If you want something hot, why not go to the BBQ area for a tasty, locally produced burger or hot dog. There is also our traditional beer tent, with draught beer, lager, wines or soft drinks. FUN AND GAMES This year we have brought back some traditional kids games, prizes will be given for winners. For the big kids there will be bale tossing and tug of war.


If you can help out for a few hours, please contact Andrea Mendel tel. 07774123188 or Sue Gipps: tel. 07850214928

The Tennis Club will be having a tombola stall at the fete on the 12th September and any contributions of a bottle or jar of something would be appreciated.  All donations to Gwen Lynch 328729 or Janet Ward 328663.  Thanks in advance for your support!



Media Release by Anglian Water

Friday 24 July, 2015

A meeting to discourage illegal swimming at Alton Water reservoir following the tragic death of a young local man made good progress this week.

Anglian Water, South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge, Suffolk Police, Fire & Rescue, Highways authority and Tattingstone parish councillors met on Wednesday (22 July) to discuss ways the group could work together to tackle the issue, which is predominantly centred at Lemons Hill Bridge.

County Councillor David Wood said: ”I was pleased that all of the statutory bodies were able to come together to forge a way forward so an incident such as this does not occur again.”

Jake Williams, Head of Recreation for Anglian Water, said: “One family has been devastated by the loss of a young man in our region this summer – we intend to continue working collaboratively with this group to prevent this happening again.

“This week we brought our recommendations to the meeting.  Anglian Water has already enlisted the independent health and safety expertise of RoSPA, who we work closely with to ensure best practice at all our recreational water sites. RoSPA will be reviewing the specifics at Alton Water and will make their professional recommendations to the group, which we will then share with the local community.

“We put forward a range of other ways to warn people of the dangers of jumping into reservoirs, and will be changing the bridge signage this season and working with the group partners, such as Fire & Rescue service through its Crucial Crew initiative and Water Awareness Week to get the message out to Suffolk’s young people.”

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge, said: “I was pleased to be able to attend this week’s meeting in Tattingstone about the recent tragic death on Lemons Hill bridge, Alton Water.

“The priority must, of course, be to ensure that such a tragedy does not happen again, but we also have to give the local community a voice in how we go forward to try and prevent further such incidents. Hence, it was welcome that we had representatives from the police, fire service, Anglian Water and a number of parish councillors, plus County Councillor Dave Wood who chaired.

“With likely hot weather ahead of us potentially tempting more young people to the bridge and water below, it was generally felt that immediate action was required and to this end I hope that Anglian Water can bring forward plans for new signage on the bridge with suitably stark warnings within a month.

“The fact is that people jumping off the bridge may think that the still water below is safe, but we now know that there are serious hidden dangers and this message needs to be communicated with signage, but also with the educational programs that Anglian Water are proposing for local schools.”

Jon Southgate from Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) added: “SFRS is fully committed to raising awareness of the dangers of swimming in areas deemed unsafe, due to unseen hazards which may be dangerous undercurrents or entanglement risks. We will work closely with key stakeholders to reach a collaborative way forward to reduce the risk of further water based tragedy”


More information is available at

For more information contact: Emma Staples, Anglian Water Press Office on 0871 677 0123


Latest news from the Tennis Club

The webpage for the Tennis Club  has been updated for 2015 and includes club session times, junior coaching information, membership fees and who to contact.  This is the perfect time of the year for tennis so what are you waiting for … game, set and match!!!

Click here to see the Tennis Club page of this website

Aspects & Consequences of Peace

A Quiet Day is being held by the St. Mary’s Ladies’ Guild and invites all ladies to a QUIET DAY, to be held on Monday 29th June from 10 am – 3pm.

The day for quiet reflection is being held at at Nine Oaks, Tattingstone, (the home of Peter and Pam Green)  This innovative day will be led by Dr. Peter Green and will provide time for reflection on the theme of Peace.

Come and enjoy the beautiful and tranquil setting of Nine Oaks, (IP9 2NY) off the A137 at Tattingstone. Drinks will be provided, please bring food for a shared lunch & something to sit on. For further details, or to book by 24th. June, contact Anne Fletcher or Kath Chalkley.

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Music & Beer – White Horse Pub

Coming up soon at one of our two local pubs is a live music night with covers from a couple touring the UK from New Zealand.  Appearing at the White Horse in Tattingstone on Sunday night of the 3rd May kicking off at 9 pm.  Late night licence extension has been granted and several extra real ales on tap as well as the normal good atmosphere that your local pub gives you.

Brian & Shona are the SparX Dance Band, based in Tauranga New Zealand and they’re live at your local for the Early May Bank Holiday, with the Monday to recover from the late night entertainment.

Covers and much more from a two piece band. Watch the video on this page or click to see the video on YouTube to see Brian & Shona are the SparX Dance Band, based in Tauranga New Zealand coming to the White Horse here in Tattingstone soon.

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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