It is amazing how one gets accustomed to living in lockdown. Although covid-19 has led to unprecedented deaths around the world, we in Stradbroke have so far remained free from fatalities. Like many villages volunteers come forward to help those who are unable to help themselves. Thankfully living in a relatively small village we are naturally self isolated from the main sources of infection - but that is not to be abused. It only takes one mistake for us to feel the full impact of the virus so, as Boris says,STAY ALERT!
In our last newsletter we advised on an number of fresh fish stalls that are now open. We forgot to mention that John Cairn brings fresh fish to the village from Lowestoft every Wednesday. He normally arrives in Drapers Hill around 2.30. If anyone would like him to call on them you can contact him on 07742 055179 and he will visit you when he comes to Stradbroke.
Recycling Brown bin collections for garden waste resume in Stradbroke next Monday (the 18th May). We noticed a lot of bins out this week as not everyone looks at the website news items. Please consider forwarding this newsletter to local friends and neighbours.
Suffolk County Councillors Recycling Centres will be opening this week but you must make an appointment to visit. Check SCC’s website for details here
Waveney Food Bank update
There are now posters in the village shops and in the library with information on what is needed at the food bank and how to make a donation. Each household that receives boxes is given a three day supply for each member. The food bank gave out the equivalent of 22,000 meals in April alone and more requests for help are still being received. So please give generously
Mid Suffolk District Council have asked everyone to refrain from having bonfires during the pandemic. Covid 19 does cause respiratory problems and so smoke from nearby bonfires will makes breathing even more difficult. See Mid Suffolk guidance here
Walks around Stradbroke Dennis Merritt , our footpath warden, has just produced drawings denoting two circular walks around the village. Walk 1 is approximately 4 miles in length and Walk 2 is 5miles. These drawings are little more easy to follow than the map in the Footpath Leaflet and provide some route guidance. We hope they will be of help to those not necessarily familiar with our network of paths. More drawings may follow if these are successful. The drawings and the footpath leaflet can all be found on the community website here
Plants for sale Following publication on our website and Facebook Joyce and Roy Lee have been able to sell many of their plants - seeds sown earlier in the year. They have now put their stall out in it’s usual place at the end of their driveway in Wilby Road so no need to pre-book but hurry before they’ve all gone.
For the first time in the 8 years since the allotments were created by the Stradbroke Trust they are now all allocated and SAGA (Stradbroke Allotments & Gardeners Association) have started a waiting list. Well done to Mary Thompson who has done an amazing job.
Village Show -
This year would have been the 26th anniversary of the Annual Stradbroke Show but sadly like so many other events it has had to be cancelled. It has been run by Roy Copping every year since it started in 1995. Hopefully the Show will return next year with all the regular exhibitors and maybe many new growers that have just taken up an allotment.
Mobile Covid 19 testing Over the coming days a number of mobile testing facilities will be available in our area. Please do not contact or attend any of our local GP surgeries. The testing is being carried out at different sites and you must book an appointment, Find out more here:
Stradbroke War Memorial This has now been added to the list of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The war memorial is now listed at Grade II.