News in Shotley Peninsula

Businesses on the Shotley Peninsula who have had to close their doors to customers as part of the current national lockdown may be eligible for a second wave of grant funding.

As businesses across the country once again face restrictions as part of the nationwide strategy to help control the spread of Covid-19, the Government has launched the Local Restrictions Business Support Grant.

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Work is complete to remove overhead cables at the AONB site in Shotley. Images show before and after the project.

A major project to restore the Shotley skyline has now been completed – enhancing the natural beauty of one of Suffolk's most important landscapes.

UK Power Networks which owns the electricity network in the East of England, has removed 5.2km of 11,000-volt overhead power lines, as well as 60 poles supporting them, to improve views at the popular location.

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One of the organisations helping to restore the iconic HMS Ganges mast has been given a £17,500 government grant

The Heritage Marine Foundation, based in a Maldon boatyard, will put the £17,500 grant cash towards equipping young apprentices with the conservation skills that are fast vanishing but are vital to maintaining Britain's historic maritime history.

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On this day in 1035: The death of Cnut the Great (King Canute of Denmark, England, Norway and parts of Sweden) aged 40, who legend has it ordered the tide not to come in and wet him. When it did he decreed it was because God was more powerful than any king.

Today's Peninsula sunset: 16.07

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A peninsula parent has expressed concerns at the way Holbrook Academy is dealing with disciplinary matters after a student was found to be in possession of cannabis at the school.

The youngster was reported to assistant head teacher Mr Frank Anstee-Perry after showing off the drugs to other pupils last week. The matter was investigated and the student was sent home from the Academy for three days, but is now back at school.

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While millions of us will pay our tributes to the fallen this morning at 11.00, various other marks of respect have been created throughout the Shotley peninsula.

St Mary's Church at Holbrook has a new Tommy standing guard, students at the Royal Hospital School have created a special art installation along its main avenue, wreaths have been laid at various churches, and one village has placed a subtle but meaningful poppy in its graveyard.

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On this day -1918: At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ended; a war that had lasted for four years and 97 days. Germany, bereft of manpower, supplies and food, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies. The war left nine million soldiers dead and more than 21 million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria, Hungary, France, and Great Britain each losing nearly a million or more lives. In addition, some six million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure.

1921 The first British Legion Poppy Day.

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A young couple have opened a grocery shop in Harkstead, reviving a community service going back nearly 130 years.

Lybi and Ross have stocked the main bar at the Bakers Arms in the centre of the village with essential food items to provide a local service during lockdown two as from 11.05, Wednesday morning (November 11).

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An oil painting of Pin Mill by the late Suffolk artist James Chambury went for £2,550 and helped take a pop star's legacy auction to more than half a million pounds.

Suffolk charity GeeWizz have announced that the Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk Legacy Auction raises an incredible and life-changing £406,000 in bids, plus an additional £100,000 donation. This brings the total  raised to more than £500,000 for children and young people, across East Anglia, with disabilities and life-limiting illness

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On This Day in 1810: The birth of George Jennings, an English sanitary engineer and plumber who invented the first public flush toilets. He specialised in designing toilets that were 'as perfect a sanitary closet as can be made'.

Today's Peninsula sunrise: 07.07

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