Wednesday's Breakfast Briefing

By Derek Davis

27th May 2020 | Local News

MTB 107 sea trials off the Shotley peninsula before Dunkirk
MTB 107 sea trials off the Shotley peninsula before Dunkirk

Did You Know?

Motor Torpedo Boats from HMS Beehive, across the water from HMS Ganges, joined hundreds of civilian vessels of all types and sizes, to muster at Dover before going across to Dunkirk in 1940, and complete the biggest mass evacuation in navy history.

Today's Peninsula sunrise: 04:44

Today's Peninsula sunset: 21:00

Tide Times:

  • 03:17 3.8m
  • 08:56 0.76m
  • 15:34 3.68m
  • 21:30 0.58m
Beware on Strand at tides above four metres.


Dry throughwith some patchy cloud and periods of sunshine, 

A top temperature of 23c and a low of 11c

Orwell Bridge: Open

Today's Post Office Openings:

Today's Post Office Openings:

Shotley: 09.00 – 13.00

Chelmondiston: 09.00 – 17.00

Holbrook: 07.00 – 17.00

Brantham (village hall): Closed

Today's food shop openings:

Holbrook Co-op: 08.00 -23.00

Brantham Co-op: 08.00 – 23.00

Premier Stores Shotley: 08:00 - 19:00

Premier Stores Wherstead: 08.00 – 19.00

Hollingsworth's: 08.00-17.30

Orwell Stores: 08.00 – 13.00

Suffolk Food Hall: 09.00 – 16.00 Click and collect available

Stutton Community Shop: Order and collect options.

Woody's Butchers: - 9am to 5.30pmLunch 1pm to 1.45pm

Please 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.

Live travel updates: Road and rail

Bus services:

Check here for Saturday timetable

Shotley to Harwich-Felixstowe foot ferry running check timetable

See which businesses are still operating with our Peninsula Business Directory:

Add your business or community group to our Local List

Quote of the day:

I was standing on the beach looking across at England when I heard a voice say "are you coming? It's your last chance". I saw a sort of fishing boat that was picking up stragglers and I boarded it and lay back with my hands dangling in the water. I fell asleep and the next thing I knew I was at Dover.'

Romeo Jenkins, Royal Artillery

Riddle of the day:

I do not listen to reason, but I hear every siren's song and will try to steer us towards the rocks if you let me take the wheel. Who am I?

Answer will be revealed tomorrow.

Previous Riddle Answer:

It starts off light and easy to bear, yet the more you carry it with you, the heavier a burden it becomes.

A guilty conscience


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