Wednesday's Breakfast Briefing

By Derek Davis

12th Aug 2020 | Local News

Perseid meteor shower over East Anglia last night  (Picture credit: Bill Wynard)
Perseid meteor shower over East Anglia last night (Picture credit: Bill Wynard)

Did you know?

The Perseid (Per-see-id) meteor shower is so-called because the meteors seem to originate from the constellation of Perseus. Astronomers call this point the meteor shower's radiant.

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the highlights of many meteor hunters' calendar due to its high hourly rate and bright meteors, caused by the Earth slamming into the debris left behind by comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle in July and August every year.

Today's Peninsula sunrise: 05.37

Today's Peninsula sunset: 20:21

Tide Times:

06:05 3.41m

11:45 1.23m

18:25 3.37m

THU 13 Aug

00:31 1.04m

The Strand should be fine


A sunny start with temperatures quickly rising to give a hot and humid day. The heat and humidity could spark some heavy showers and thunderstorms through the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 35c, low of 20c

Orwell Bridge: Open

Quote of the day:

"I would rather be ashes than dust!

I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.

I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.

The function of man is to live, not to exist.

I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.

I shall use my time."

Jack London

Joke of the day:

Why do moon rocks taste better than earth rocks?

Because they're meteor.

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: Times vary

Orwell Stores: 08.00 – 13.00

Suffolk Food Hall: 09.30 – 17.30

Stutton Community Shop: Check website

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.

Live travel updates: Road and rail

Bus services:

Check here for new Monday to Sunday 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


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