The 75th Aldeburgh Carnival needs YOU!

Preparations for the 75th Aldeburgh Carnival from Saturday 19 August to  Monday 21st August are well underway and the organisers expect to provide more information at their AGM which is being held on Tuesday 7 March 2017 at 8pm in the Church Hall.

With extra and unusual things to mark a milestone carnival, it is already apparent that the organisers will be short of help over the carnival week-end and on carnival day itself.  They want this event to be a special celebration but need people to come forward and volunteer just two or three hours of their time (or more) to help make it happen.

The theme this year will be “Amazing  Aldeburgh!”  and your ideas and help to engage the whole town in the event will be especially welcome.


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Church Farm Surgery requires a Phlebotomist

Church Farm Surgery is a busy rural GP practice looking to employ a phlebotomist to join their team.

Experience is preferred but not essential as training can be given, there may also be opportunity to expand onto further training and enhance skills for a suitable candidate.

Initially the post will be for a minimum of 6.5 hours per week although this may increase.

The applicant would need to have good communication skills, high level of accuracy and attention to detail and have the ability to work well under pressure.

If you would to apply for this post please send you CV. The closing date is 3 November 2016 at 9am.

More details at Indeed

Could you be an On-Call Firefighter?

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Could you be an On-Call Firefighter at Aldeburgh?

Job Title: On-Call Firefighter
Organisation: Suffolk County Council / Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service
Place of work: Aldeburgh Fire Station
Remuneration: Retaining Fee plus drills, turnouts and attendance allowance
Hours: Part Time (On Call)
Appointment: Permanent 
Closing Date 9 December 2016

Click here for more information and to download an Information Pack and more.

Down to the Sea in Ships

Aldeburgh & District Local History Society Lecture:  Down to the Sea in Ships

Speaker: Mike Macdowell
Date: Wednesday 19 October
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Aldeburgh Church Hall
New members welcome

Having done 30 years’ service in the Royal Navy, local resident Mike has obviously a special feeling for his subject tonight. He will talk of shipping from East Anglia during the Tudor period, culminating in the golden age of Aldeburgh. It will include merchant shipping and fishing; also the birth of the “Fleet Royale” (the Royal Navy today). Illustrations of ships and charts will accompany his talk. Mike has been helped in the preparation and research for this talk by another of ADLHS members Tom Miller-Jones.

Aldeburgh Bands

Over the years there have been a number of Aldeburgh Bands including:

  • Aldeburgh Artillery Band (also known as Aldeburgh Artillery Corps Band?)
  • Aldeburgh British Legion Band
  • Aldeburgh Jubilee Brass Band (also known as Aldeburgh Town Jubilee Band?)
  • Aldeburgh Mission Band (pictured below)
  • Aldeburgh Town Band – bandmasters included J. G. Walsh
  • Aldeburgh Volunteer Band
  • Walsh’s Dance Band

If you have any information about these bands, please contact us

Aldeburgh Artillery Band

During the Aldeburgh Regatta in September 1868, a display of fireworks took place near the Moot Hall. Apparently the Aldeburgh Artillery Corps Band were asked to play but refused and the Saxmundham Volunteers Band played instead!

Aldeburgh British Legion Band

The British Legion Band played for the “Annual Pilgrimage of Witness” at Iken on Sunday 9 July 1939.

Aldeburgh Mission Band

Aldeburgh Mission Band c. 1909. Photo courtesy of Alec Burwood.

Back Row, Left Frank Burwood, next Lloyd Burwood, second from right Russell Burwood (whose name appears on the war memorial)

Can you help us fill in any of the missing names? If so please contact us

An Evening Talk With Jonathon Porritt

Subject: The Nuclear Option: wrong technology, wrong time, wrong place

Location: Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall

Date: Tuesday 18 October 2016

Time: 7:00 pm (for 7.30pm start)10:30 pm

Tickets: £5.00 available on the night or from ANJALI, High St, Aldeburgh or call 01728 830965 for bookings

Jonathon Porritt -S. Daly June 2014- -2-Jonathon Porritt has been one of the most influential advocates on behalf of the environment throughout his long and distinguished career. His numerous appearances on television and radio, countless public lectures and many hard-hitting articles in newspapers and magazines throughout the world have made him one of Britain’s foremost ‘greens’.

A former Director of Friends of the Earth, co-chair of the Green Party and Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, Jonathan spent 9 years advising Government Ministers on environmental issues. He established Forum for the Future in 1996, now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity with a growing presence in the United States and Asia.

Come and enjoy a fascinating talk about exactly what our energy options are today, and let Jonathan address your questions and concerns during the Q & A at the end of the evening. Alongside Jonathon on the platform will be the co-founder of Greenpeace UK, Pete Wilkinson.

www.forumforthefuture.org

Organised by TASC 

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2016: Aldeburgh Lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’ Goes for Refit

As published by Aldeburgh Lifeboat, 10 October 2016

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Aldeburgh Lifeboat, the Freddie Cooper

Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station’s All Weather Lifeboat, the Freddie Cooper, is heading down to Poole for a refit.

Some of the crew went down to Ramsgate, earlier in the week, as the station will have a relief lifeboat, another Mersey called Margaret Jean. The crew brought the relief boat to Aldeburgh from Ramsgate on Tuesday 11th October, arriving at the beach at approximately 1pm.

Crew then sailed the Freddie Cooper down to Levington Marina on Thursday 13th October, where she was lifted out and then driven down to Poole by road.  The refit is expected to take about 2 months.

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To visit our former website click here.

Aldeburgh Boatyard

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Demon Yachts takes over running of Aldeburgh Boatyard

Demon Yachts Ltd are very excited to have taken over the running of the Aldeburgh Boatyard.

Aldeburgh Boatyard and its skilled team have a fine history of interesting builds and restorations including:

  • Building Dragons, Metre Boats, several members of the Loch Long and Lapwing class, and many one-off builds such as a replica of Blondie Hasler’s ‘Jester’.
  • Restorations such as the 8 metre ‘if’, several 6 metre class yachts and many, many others besides.

Demon Yachts say:

We hope to continue Aldeburgh Boatyard’s fine history! The yard is capable of launching and recovering yachts up to 12 tonnes and we have plenty of space for winter storage, costs available here. We can also carry out all kinds of GRP and timber repairs, yearly maintenance such as antifouling, anode replacement etc, and can carry out all types of rigging work, engine servicing etc either in house or via a network of suppliers and specialist contractors.