The Messenger - Serving Gislingham, Mellis and the Thornhams

Diana's Jottings

Date: 29 June 2018

This is the fourth year villages and towns across Suffolk turned out to greet the 120 women cyclists taking part in stage 1 of the 2018 OVO Women’s Cycle Tour. This event attracts the very best riders in the world, including Olympic and World champions and is being televised nationally. This year, stage 1 started in Framlingham, after the 130- kilometre ride through villages in Mid Suffolk and Christchurch Park in Ipswich ending in Southwold with resounding cheers from the crowd. The benefits to Suffolk are substantial including a very positive impact on local economy and businesses – increased tourist days – promotion and marketing to Regional and National audiences – a key platform to promote cycling as a ‘green’ sport and mode of transport, complimenting the existing physical activity and cycling events programmes going on in Suffolk to reach the goal of the ‘most active county’ – giving the opportunity to engage with communities, schools and businesses; many villages in Mid Suffolk took this opportunity and organised a special ‘colourful’ event with cheering spectators lining the streets throughout the route.

Women's bike tour

There have been several enquiries about the current bus service in and around this village and neighbouring villages. I have recently been given updated information about some recent changes following concerns raised by the local communities.

There is a new 456 service from Gislingham to Stowmarket during the week, and a revised timetable for Saturdays. The link to the revised timetable, covering the route Eye - Bacton/Mendlesham - Stowmarket and return is:

The funding for this new arrangement is from SCC and now operated by Stowmarket Minibus and Coach Hire. For those passengers who may require transport with special mobility accessibility to the vehicle, this can be accommodated by the Bury St Edmunds Volunteer Centre 01384 766126, so a call to this number will enable you to make any special arrangement you need.

Many living in the village have been puzzled as to why Mill Street had to be closed for 10 days whilst the drainage pipes were installed for four new houses being built opposite Sunnybrook Close. This road closure caused a great deal of inconvenience and the alternative route out or into the village was unreasonable. In days gone by, this type of work would have done with the least amount of disruption and controlled by temporary traffic lights allowing traffic access in and out of a village. Today, road closure seems to be the only way!

If you have any concerns or questions about local authority issues, I will always try to help. Please contact me via email or telephone.

Email: - telephone 01379 783061/07889301417

Cllr. Diana Kearsley