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near the coast in 2015-14


mo 30 Nov
St Andrew's day

On a Long Stratton corner opposite the Shell garage the smaller open all hours Co-op is now Funeral Services so on Sunday nights useful the Stradbroke Spar is open for travellers returning to near the coast.

mo 9 Nov

Bury Saints tiny running back 27As most of the grass near the coast was sodden Saturday we expected Thetford rugby club to be the same but either the pitch is remarkably well drained or it's been drier in that there Norfolk.  Despite a 31-0 shut out on international visitors the Rotterdam Trojans the Trojans sportingly played a final post game rush where hosts the Bury Saints brought on a tiny running back who took it in for a TD.

On the B1117 between Heveningham and Walpole Tuesday afternoon a black Volkswagen failed to stop after a collision with a Vauxhall Corsa.

mo 26 Oct

Campsea Ashe farm machinery auctionWe thought it a little odd that the police were having a meet and greet at Clarke & Simpson's Campsea Ashe and definitely surprised by the packed car parks when we arrived.  The mobile police station and PCC Tim Passmore were there but the attraction was a farm machinery auction.  Very enjoyable, people in wellies poking at lumps of rotating metal whilst discussing it on the mobile and a Harwich farmer who told us of using a pole to force stacked bales off a sledge before sledges got a hinged tipper and then were made illegal.

sa 3 Oct

Tomorrow lunchtime is Bucklesham Plough Day ... we recognised the name but had to look it up, Bucklesham is just off the A12 near the junction with the A14.

su 16 Aug

11:45am: A12 problems both ways just north of the A14.

mo 29 Jun

We might have to review our opinion that everything is happening near the coast this Saturday the fourth, the Saturday after the 11th is getting pretty busy.  Cretingham fete is on the 11th though we're not sure where.  In Stradbroke Stradisphere is back with loads of local bands.  Last year it was extremely well organised, let's hope this year they're rewarded with a better turnout.

fr 26 Jun

We're pretty sure another thing happening near the coast on 4 July is the Kenton church fete but we've lost the bloody bit of paper!

th 25 Jun

The Gentleman Plumber setting up last yearAnother thing happening near the coast on 4 July is the 2015 Dunwich Dynamo will be passing through.  The Gentleman Plumber's pop up café by the water tower on the Saxmundham Road will be serving home slow cooked pulled pork.

fr 15 May

Nothing to do with near the coast but a beautifully crafted involving nine minutes.

su 3 May
International Dawn Chorus Day

Difference of opinion between Dr Dan Poulter MP for much of near the coast and a Stradbroke councillor and a prospective Stradbroke councillor.

sa 2 May

We've been trying to crowbar this since February, with the catchy title Flaunt your Flowers you can help the St Elizabeth Hospice by opening your garden for half a day this summer.

tu 21 Apr

 JOB  Part time nanny urgently needed in Monewden.

sa 25 Apr

Last week a burglary, thefts and a car stolen in Friston, and thefts from cars in Benhall and Sternfield.

sa 28 Mar

English DemocratsLooks like the expected parties and all new faces (except for sitting MPs) in the constituencies Coastal and Central Suffolk this general election.  The only real bandit is Tony Holyoak standing as an English Democrat for Central Suffolk.  The English Democrats despite the name stand for Britishness apparently.

So far no SNP candidate but near the coast you never know ...

tu 24 Mar

Framlingham town councilThis coming May Stradbroke will have a contested parish council election, around near the coast most places probably won't bother ... don't know about Stackton Tressel.  Surprisingly applications to be a parish/town councillor have to be delivered to the district council by hand, in Stradders the parish clerk will deliver it for you.

su 22 Mar

Mobile Police StationThe cuts have meant that the mobile police station near the coast now only goes out every six weeks and even the station seems to have shrunk.  OTOH they are going out until the end of the year with the next set of visits starting in Campsea Ashe at the end of the month.

we 11 Mar

Last night a woman died in hospital after a two car one driver collision in Friston.

mo 9 Mar

A handbag and a satnav stolen from two cars in Shottisham last week and a large amount of fishing kit stolen from an Alderton garage at the end of last month.

mo 23 Feb

The DAB (digital) radio network is to get 182 new transmitters with near the coast benefiting from new transmitters at Aldeburgh and Blythburgh.  Picking the bones out of a government document is an unsatisfying experience and we can't find a date for these two newbies beyond completion of all by 30 September 2016.

we 14 Jan

Deben RadioInternet community station Deben Radio ended broadcasting at the end of last year but listen again has remained up but today is its last day.

we 7 Jan

Dacre Peck♫ Once the new year is out of the way near the coast tends to go into lock down especially if the weather is miserable so pleasant to see the open mike behind the Framlingham Castle this Sunday is hosted by Peck and Ramsay (that's Peck of Vix and the Kicks she does the make the effort).

tu 30 Dec

Marlesford Farm Cafe had it's till stolen in a break in over the weekend.

fr19 Dec

BE WARNED if near the coast you normally put the bin(s) out Sunday night forbloody Christmas ... eh? Monday collection Christmas has moved the collection forward to Saturday so you need to put the bins out tonight.

su 9 Nov

The Stonham Aspal Ten Bells may no longer be functioning as a pub but the Shepherd and Dog the other side of the A140 had an A board saying Open All Day when we passed last Sunday ... mind you it has an 'eaterie' ...

tu 28 Oct

An unlikely salvation for the Stonham Aspal Ten Bells, the back of it is now the Casa Mexico selling Mexican groceries, gifts, kitchenware, wrestling masks ... sounds like a winner.

fr 24 Oct

Maybe only attempted but still your actual highway robbery in the Halesworth Road Walpole Tuesday.

tu 7 Oct

Daisy Cooper at the 2010 general election11:32am:  Daisy Cooper who grew up in coastal Suffolk is one of the four standing for presidency of the Lib-Dems.  They're on the Daily Politics BBC2 at noon, it won't be on iPlayer.

we 10 Sep

FREE catalytic converter marking this Saturday morning at the Darsham Tyre Centre and you don't need an appointment.

th 28 Aug

Last week a large lump of tools stolen from a Chillesford workshop and a Woodbridge house burglary, a Walberswick caravan set fire to Sunday. and over £2,000 of jewellery burgled in Aldringham yesterday .... quite a crime wave by Suffolk standards.

mo 25 Aug

The driver of a blue Fiesta died in Letheringham Saturday.

fr 22 Aug

Lacons dray in FramlinghamAny pub or ex-pub near the coast with eagles (the Pettistree Three Tuns) is likely to have been a Lacons pub.  The Great Yarmouth brewery served 1760 until 1968 when Whitbread who had bought it three years earlier closed it in the American manner.  To our surprise at least the brewery resuscitated last year ... what goes round comes round.

tu 29 Jul

No scrap valueWe all know how councils like signs, in Hackney (it's in the east of a large town near Chelmsford) they put signs on signs ... we'll see how long it takes to reach the Wickden Triangle.

su 20 Jul

We didn't start snapping until 8am last Sunday so it was theNarayani sensibly walking the last bit of Fore Street tail end of the 115 mile Dunwich Dynamo passing through near the coast but then the achievement of the less trained is perhaps the more impressive.  Narayani had previously ridden no further than 20 miles before her first Dynamo last year.  The Gentleman Plumber said he'd had fewer cyclists through his pop up cafe on the Saxmundham Road Framlingham but also said a Dun Runner coming back reported they'd never seen so many cyclists at Dunwich, perhaps the unsettled weather put some off.

fr 20 Jun

That's all we have until ThursdayIn this part of Suffolk you're more likely to be run down by a mobility scooter than an inline skater but we do like its been here forever bumptiousness ... and though unfair to say it's still the 1950s near the coast we have heard that sugar rationing didn't end in Stackton Tressel until 1986 ...

mo 16 Jun

At the end of the nineteenth century there was no speedway or annoyingThe Framlingham Station Hotel? hatchbacks to entertain young men so TWOKing pony and traps was popular amongst the rougher elements of near the coast.  Fortunately taking the stolen transportation to a remote spot and setting it alight had not become fashionable but in his East African column Peregrine Cuttlefish clearly thought such joy riding indicated the imminent collapse of civilization as it was then known.

su 4 May
Star Wars Day

Women's Tour of Britain 2014Next week the inaugural women's Tour of Britain flirts with near the coast twice.  Stage 3 Felixstowe-Clacton on Friday passes just south of Woodbridge and the final and fifth stage on Sunday passes to the west of Stowmarket to finish in Bury St Edmunds.

we 23 Apr

It's why we l♥ve near the coast, toothpaste stolen in Cratfield is a reported crime though on this occasion we suspect there might be a little bit more to it.

fr 18 Apr

Private security contractor at the Cold War MuseumThis is not the welcome you'll get at the Bentwaters Cold War Museum Rendlesham, the museum is literally dripping with volunteers eager to tell you about the history and the museum, there's an excellent little cafe and the rare right hand drive coach/ambulance will make you expect Hawkeye and Hotlips running up the aisle shouting medic emergency speak.  They are open this Sunday and Monday.

fr 14 Mar

Shingle Street dog walker

Shingle Street Wednesday

th 13 Mar

Marine Watch at RamsholtA beautiful day yesterday for our first visit to Ramsholt where there was a harbour master and lots of boats but nobody much to be met and greeted by the police's second Marine Watch meet and greet of the day ... but not wasted, the cops have shown they are about and we've seen a piece of Sandlings heaven.

tu 11 Feb

Twenty five Butley pigs stolen over a five week period?

th 23 Jan

DI Gwen Danbury is a written for radio drama with the DI stationed at East Suffolk Police HQ and doctors who retire to Orford so very near the coast but it doesn't really have a sense of place just the occasional Muffolk accent.

mo 13 Jan

Fellow Twitterer @Jaydubblah asks do any nearthecoasters know of really wheelchair friendly eating places in East Suffolk?  Need room to manoeuvre.

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