Shotley's beauty is more than just skin deep, which is why it was voted first Babergh, then Suffolk Village of the Year in 2015.
Not only does the village offer a myriad of beautiful views from an amazing array of vantage points, it also has something many places can only dream of, an incredible community whose actions speak far louder than words.
Shotley's history goes back to Ancient Briton days with Vikings invading and battles being fought on the rivers Stour and Orwell, not least the most famous when King Alfred, yes, he who burnt the cakes, saw off piratical invaders from what is still called Bloody Point. A Viking longboat makes up part of the primary school logo.
The Romans came and went, although archaeological digs still unearth interesting remains.
A foot ferry operates from Shotley Marina, bringing passengers across from Felixstowe and Harwich.
After refreshment at the Shipwreck , you might like to visit the HMS Ganges Museum. The museum records the history of the Royal Navy Training Establishment which was originally a training ship in the harbour following an illustrious career fighting alongside Admiral Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory. In 1905, HMS Ganges moved onshore and then closed in 1976.
A walk along the river front, taking in the Heritage Park, containing a gun emplacement, picnic areas, viewing points and an open-air classroom used by local children and visiting schools, embraces the history and beauty of the ‘wet end’ of Shotley.
With a recorded history going back almost 1,000 years, St Mary’s Church has its own uniqueness and charm. In its grounds, overlooking wonderful river views, lay two Commonwealth War Graves, with the final resting place of many sailors and submariners of various nationalities: British (including former HMS Ganges personnel), German, Dutch and Danish.
Shotley is fortunate to have many facilities to satiate locals and visitors alike. The Bristol Arms, Tea on the Quay, The Shipwreck and The Rose Inn cater for all with food and refreshments, while there is Lasan, a popular fish and chip shop and Indian takeaway, along with a post office and store. We also have two garages: one in Shotley Gate that provides repairs, services and MOTs, and the other in Shotley which sells fuel as well as providing repairs, services and MOTs.
The beauty and history of Shotley can be explored in a tangible way by taking a Shotley Peninsula Tour run by an experienced and knowledgeable guide.
The Village Hall is used by more than 40 groups and organisations all year round, run by a dedicated committee always looking to keep prices low and be as flexible as possible.
For example (for more information see under the Group pages or contact William Henry: 788517):
1st Shotley Scout Group. A range of activities for boys and girls aged 5 3⁄4 to 14, every Tuesday 6pm - 9pm (term time). Contact: Jane Leach (Group Scout Leader) 787416
Shotley Art Group. Watercolours, pastels, acrylics, also tea and coffee. Every Friday 13.00 - 1600 Contact: Jim Kemp.
Shotley Carpet Bowls. Monday 1900 during Winter. Captain: Paul Catchpole. Contact: Maureen Williams 788787.
Shotley Cinema. A member of the Suffolk Cinema Network. Films shown mainly in the late autumn and winter months. Contact: Bernard Nichols 787337
Shotley Kidzone (Playgroup) After school and Holiday clubs, opening 7:45am - 6:00pm. Children from 18 months to 11 years. Contact: Therasa 787873
The Shotley Open Spaces Group. Looks after Shotley Heritage Park and maintains the River Stour footpath at Shotley Gate. Last Thursday of the month. Contact: email@example.com
Shotley Peninsula Local History Group. Bi-Monthly, 2nd Tuesday, the Shipwreck. Annual Subs £5, £2 per meeting. Contact: Mike Ayden 788224.
Shotley Walking Club. One Sunday a month. Everyone welcome. Contact: Jill Nunn 787504
Soup a Lunch. Second Wednesday of each month 12 - 1.30pm - £3.50. (Large bowl of soup, roll, dessert and tea or coffee). Come along and enjoy. Contact: Wendy Sadler 787101
The Crochet Club. Knitting, Embroidering, Quilting, and Sewing. Every Friday morning 10.00-11.30. Just turn up, tea included. Contact: Wendy Sadler 787101
The Womens Institute. Shotley & Erwarton branch meet 7.15pm, 3rd Wednesday of the month If interested just turn up any time. Contact: Lyn Higgs 788203
Viking Forest Project. “To our children’s, children’s, children” formed 2002, affiliated to Green Light Trust. Golden Wood was acquired from Richard Wrinch, planted by volunteers including children from the school. Held in perpetuity as woodland and wildflower meadow. Contact: Ian Peters 787460
Additional Clubs & Societies: Astronomy Group, Archery Club, Allotments Group, Book Exchange, Community Council, Community First Responders, Cribbage Club, Cricket Club, Community Shop Group, Dance Club, Drama Group, Darts Team, FOSS (Friends of Shotley School), Gardening Club, Homeworkers Lunch Club, Mothers Union, Netball Club, Peninsula Carers, Peninsula Swimming Club, Royal British Legion, Shotley Church Choir, Shotley Church Heritage 700 Club, Shotley Rose Bowls Club, Shotley Rangers F.C. (under 12s), Shotley Rose F.C., Shotley Social Club, Snooker Club, Shotley Peninsula Outdoor Club (SPOC), Whist Drive. - For more details on these clubs and village hall activities, please contact William Henry on 01473 788517.
Updated July 2017