Stradbroke in the snow
Stradbroke shown within Suffolk
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Stradbroke (// STRAD-brook) is a village in the English county of Suffolk. It is in the Mid Suffolk District and part of the East of England Region of England. Stradbroke is near to the small Suffolk town of Eye and the larger Norfolk market town of Diss. According to the Census of 2011 Stradbroke had a population of 1408, haven grown from estimates of c.1330 in 2005.
Stradbroke is midway between Norwich and Ipswich and within easy driving distance of the Suffolk coastal towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh. By train from Diss it is an hour and a half to London. Buses link the village to surrounding towns.
The village today
Because Stradbroke serves as a natural centre for other surrounding smaller villages and hamlets, it has always had more facilities than this simple population figure might suggest. In consequence, there are still three pubs, several shops and many other local services including a Public Library, a modern Community Centre, a Swimming Pool and a Gym. There is an extensive playing field for cricket and football, three tennis courts and two bowling greens. There is also a Fitness Track and some 12 miles of public footpaths for those who like to run, jog or walk the dog. On the Community Centre Site there is also a Doctor's Surgery open every weekday and a play area for young children. At Westhall there is another play area and a recreation ground for informal games.
The village had a post office and a village shop until recently when both were closed. Both are due to be reopened under new management in 2014. The Post Office is to be relocated to the old Courthouse where the local library is situated and will be the first Library in England to run a Post Office.
The village is dominated by All Saints' Church which can be seen from miles away. It has a 15th-century tower.
The village also used to host a more unusual event on the last Saturday in July known as Navy Day. This mourned the end of the Royal Navy's rum ration and as part of the celebrations a tot of rum was processed around the village. The last Navy Day was held in 2007.
Stradbroke has a monthly magazine that is delivered free to houses in the parish entitled The Stradbroke Monthly. The magazine is available on the Stradbroke Monthly website.
The village also has an online community radio station called Radio Stradbroke that broadcasts shows and from live events in the village.
- Data view : Population - 5 year age bands - Persons - Census, Suffolk Observatory. Parish best estimates from United Kingdom Census 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
- G.M. Miller, BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (London: Oxford UP, 1971), p. 142.
- "Stradbroke’s two-year wait for Post Office set to be over this summer". Diss Express.
- Stradbroke All Saints', Suffolk Churches Website. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
- "Final Navy Day Photo Album". Stadbroke Village Website. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
- An Illustrated History of Stradbroke and Denham. S Govier 2010.
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