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

Do you think you might be a family carer? Looking after as friend, relative or neighbour?

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 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 or report these online at (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.


Do you have any history of the village to share?

Fly Tipping

fly tipping ipswich 2015———————

Lesson learned, If you have an issue with Fly Tipping in the Village or surrounding area, it’s best to phone The Babergh District Council Fly Tipping Notification Line on 01473 825890.


This has been reported to the Cleaner Ipswich website with the location and description and the map does allow our area to be pinned on their map so hopefully this will be cleaned up.

We are sharing this on our social media so please do share this in the hope of someone recognising where these two units have come out of. The retailer may not be aware – but suspicious of the cheap deal!

With the compressor unit still connected but pipes damaged the carcinogenic gas would have also been evacuated if a reputable removal company had not been used to remove the units and equipment.

The location of this fly tipping is on the White Horse Road, just outside the village boundary on the road that would be used to go towards Ipswich from the White Horse towards heading for the junction with the A137.

It would be very satisfying if this was shared and come caught for this act.


Please share on your own Social Media,


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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.

Many thanks for reading, for more updates and Tattingstone related news, should you have a Twitter account, please follow the Tattingstone Village Twitter account.

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.


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