Friday's Breakfast Briefing

  Posted: 31.07.20 at 06:54 by Derek Davis

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Did you know?
Today in 1970 was Black Tot Day. It was the last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy that dated back to 1665. It was poured as usual at six bells in the forenoon watch (11am) after the pipe of 'up spirits'. Some sailors wore black armbands, tots were 'buried at sea' and at Ganges training establishment there was a mock funeral procession complete with black coffin and accompanying drummers and piper.

Today’s Peninsula sunrise: 05.17

Today's Peninsula sunset: 

Tide Times:
03:07 0.81m
09:40 3.48m
15:37 0.98m
22:07 3.6m

The Strand will be fine

It's going to be a scorcher to start with but cloud will arrive, bringing an increasing chance of thunderstorms. Hot and humid, but slightly cooler along close to water. Maximum Temperature 35C, low of 22c

Orwell Bridge: Open

Black Tot display Ganges museum


Quote of the day:
We were about to engage the enemy, Mr. Speaker; let us proceed upon that course.
A tempestuous sea is raging. Men are piped to a meal before action. If they can take their tot, they can consume their food; if they consume their food, they are able to face the coming action with greater strength and greater determination. If the medical evidence is not there, will my hon. Friend explain why the Admiralty Board took this decision?
Rt Hon Mr. James Wellbeloved (Erith and Crayford) A former sailor speaking in the House of Commons.

Joke of the day:
A wife finds her husband sipping some rum on the patio, he says, "I love you so much, I have no idea what I would do without you". The wife asks, "Is that you talking, or the rum?"

He replied, "That's me, talking to the rum."

Today’s Post Office Openings:
Shotley: 09.00 – 13.00
Chelmondiston: 09.00 - 17.00
Holbrook: 09.00 – 17.30
Brantham (village hall): 13.00-15.00

Today's food shop openings:

Holbrook Co-op: 06.00 -23.00
Brantham Co-op: 06.00 – 23.00

Premier Stores Shotley: 08:00 - 19:00
Premier Stores Wherstead: 08.00 – 19.00
Hollingsworth’s: 09.00-17.30
Orwell Stores: 08.00 – 13.00
Suffolk Food Hall: 09.00 – 17.00
Stutton Community Shop:
Woody’s Butchers: 09.00 to 17.30pm
 Lunch 13.00 -13.45

Please wear a cloth face covering, respect social distancing rules and treat shop staff with respect.

Holbrook and Shotley surgeries and dispensaries.
Holbrook: 328263
Phone access only 08:00 – 17:00 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 
08:00 – 13:00 Thursday 
08:00 – 18:30 Friday for urgent queries

Repeat prescription medication can be collected from 08:00 – 11:00 Monday to Thursday and 15:00 – 17:00 on Fridays. 
Additionally, those over 70 can collect from 14:00 – 15:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Shotley: 787435

Phone access only 08:00 – 18:30 Monday to Thursday.

Repeat prescription medication can be collected from 08:00 – 11:00 Monday to Friday and 15:00 – 17:00 on Monday to Thursday. 
Additionally, those over 70 can collect from 14:00 – 15:00 on Monday to Thursday.

Call 111 for emergency medical matters.

For food deliveries, or prescription collection please contact your local support schemes:

Brantham Good Neighbours(GNS) 07811 630899 
Chelmondiston GNS 01473 780408
Holbrook Helpers 07999583017
Shotley & Erwarton GNS 07799873381
Stutton Network 01473 327753
Tattingstone 07895052086

Or call Babergh’s Home, But Not Alone line 0800 876 6926 and a locality officer will connect you with a volunteer, or just to chat.

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