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Last updated on Sunday August 7th, 2022


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JULY, 2022

1. Sax Community Fest is back for 2022!

For further info, click here


APRIL, 2022


1. Suffolk Family Carers operate a Saxmundham Drop-in Session

For further information, click here.





1. The new pop-up community cafe - the SMILE Cafe - is back in town.

For further information, click here.





1. The New Fromus Centre finally opens to the Saxmundham and District Community


For further information, click here.



MARCH, 2021


Following a series of lockdowns in England over the past 12 months - due to the Covid-19 pandemic - the whole country is now expected to return to full 'normality', with all restrictions on access and movements removed, by the end of July.





1. Cancer Support Group

For details of this new group which meets at the Fromus Centre in Saxmundham, click here.



APRIL, 2019

1. New Fromus Centre Update


The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) has been given an updated layout plan for the new Fromus Centre, as part of the refurbished Street Farm Buildings. This latest layout plan now takes account of all SADCIC's desired improvements to the original layout.

Suffolk County Council (SCC), as the owner of the Street Farm Buildings  have submitted Planning Applications and hope to receive permissions by end of May.

By the end of June, the library will temporarily move into the refurbished Portakabin, next to our new Fromus Centre building – to make way for the start of the works contract, to rework and refurbish the whole site.

When the library moves back into their refurbished part of the refurbished Street Farm Buildings, the Portakabin will become part of SADCIC’s new Fromus Centre facility.

Work on the whole site should start in July and all the work should be completed by September 2020.

The final site will contain various tenants and so will become a multi-agency, multi-function building and provide Saxmundham, and the surrounding villages, with a comprehensive community hub.

The aim is to then give priority to all existing Fromus Centre hirers to take the opportunity to move over to the new Fromus Centre, ready for the Grand Launch of the new Fromus Centre in October 2020.

Meanwhile, SADCIC and SCC will be exploring all the running cost options for the new site – to ensure the long-term sustainability this community hub.





1. Live Music Night at The Saxmundham Market Hall: 7.30pm on Sat. Oct.13th

For more details, click here.



JULY, 2018


1. Sax Music Fest - July 27th & 28th

Sax Music Fest – Free event – assorted live music, workshops, food & drink, stalls and family fun.

For further information, email admin@saxmusicfest.co.uk



MAY, 2018


1. PUBLIC MEETING - Friday evening of May 11th


 -to discuss potential new Community Hub for Saxmundham.


For further information, click HERE.





1. The Lottery Decision on helping to Fund a New Fromus Centre is in...


For further information, click HERE.



MARCH, 2017


1. SADCIC Submit Funding Bid to the Lottery for for a New Fromus Centre

For further information, click HERE.





1.Saxmundham Christmas Event


- involving: festive stalls in the Market Hall and Fromus Square,Christmas tree , lantern procession, brass band, Santa’s grotto, festive sing-a-long in Fromus Square, switch-on of the Christmas lights and mulled wine & hot refreshments.

For further information, e-mail




JULY, 2016


1. Sax Music Fest - Annual Free Music Festival

- with a mix of musical styles. Bar & Refreshments.- organised by the Brook Farm Residents Association (BFRA)

For further information, visit: www.saxmusicfest.co.uk



JUNE, 2016


1. Tai Chi finally comes to Sax!


For further information, click here.



MAY, 2016


1. Launch of 4 new groups / clubs at the Fromus Centre.


For further information, click here.







The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) have exciting plans for a new community centre for the town and now need your views.

A Saxmundham survey of residents’ follows a successful public exhibition, held before Christmas, which unveiled plans for the new purpose-built Fromus Centre for Saxmundham.

A short survey questionnaire (with a pre-paid envelope) has been distributed to Saxmundham households with the January edition of Saxmundham News. Responses to the questionnaire will provide valuable feedback on the needs and wants of Saxmundham residents and will help shape and refine the new building, facilities and activities.

The deadline for returning completed questionnaires is the end of February and a full report of the findings will be made available by the end of March.

“If any Saxmundham household has mislaid or not received a questionnaire (delivered as a white envelope insert in the January issue of Saxmundham News), they should contact SADCIC via e-mail don@saxcommunity.co.uk, or phone 01728-604944 – with their name and full address. A survey questionnaire, and pre-paid envelope, will be delivered to them personally by one of our volunteers.”  Don Tricker, Chairman (SADCIC).

Further information on both SADCIC and the proposed new building can be found on the respective websites - www.saxcommunity.co.uk and www.fromuscentre.org.uk .





The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) will be holding a drop in public exhibition at the Fromus Centre on Friday evening Nov.27th , running 6.30pm – 9.30pm, and Saturday morning Nov.28th, running 9.30am – 12.30pm. This event is being staged to give local residents more information on SADCIC plans for a new Fromus Centre to be built, on the same site in Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham, by 2018.

There will be drawings and information displays. Free refreshments will be provided and visitors will be encouraged to browse the displays, talk to the volunteer SADCIC directors and provide comments and feedback on the forms provided.

To learn more about the current Fromus Centre and a summary of what is envisaged, please visit www.fromuscentre.org.uk .



JULY, 2015


1. FREE Sax Music Fest!

Saxmundham/s annual day and night of music and fun for all - the biggest social event in Saxmundham - organised by the Brook Farm Residents Association ( BFRA)..

For further information, click here.



MAY, 2015


1. Pantomime: Dick Whittington & his Cat - Monday May 4th


A fun-filled family pantomime to run on the Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, at the Fromus Centre.


All seats will be £6, and numbers will be limited on a first-come, first-served basis for this one-off show.


For further information, please click here.



APRIL, 2015



1. Saxmundham Wellbeing Fair


This free exhibition is to raise awareness and understanding of the various agencies, and local enterprises who offer support those who live with a frailty, impairment, illness or disability and / or their Carers.


The event will be supported by the pop-up SMILE Café (www.smilecafe.org.uk), which will be there to provide refreshments.


For further information, please click here.


MARCH, 2015


1. New IT Club for Beginners & Novices

Struggling to make full use of your laptop, tablet , smartphone ot digital camera? Then this new club - the Sax IT Club - could be for you!.

It starts on Wednesday, March 18th, at the Fromus Centre, Saxmundham.and will run weekly from 10am to 12pm. Each session will cost £8 to cover the professional tutor and facilities hire.

The first session will be free for everyone to see if it suits you.

For information, and to register your interest, click here.





1. 2 New Clubs for the New Year

The ever-expanding list of activities at the Fromus Centre, in Saxmundham have been joined in February by the PASTEL Cooking Club and the PASTEL Singing Club.

The PASTEL Cooking Club will run weekly every Tuesday, 10am -1pm, and will cover food preparation and hygene as well as cooking. The cooking will include biscuit, cake and bread making as well pasta and salad dishes. The cost of each 3-hour session will be £10, for registered members, and includes all refreshments and the cooking ingredients.

The PASTEL Singing Club will run weekly every Friday, 10am -12pm.The songs will range from tradional folk songs to popular songs from such artists as Abba, The Beatles and Frank Sinatra. The club is for all abilities and will not be as formal as a choir but more for that feelgood effect of singing with others. The cost of each 2-hour session will be £6, for registered members, and includes trefreshments.

These clubs are aimed at reducing social isolation and welcomes those with learning desabilities as well as those who feel anxious or low and those looking for some friendly company. As time progresses members will be involved in developing the programmes.

FREE taster sessions for both clubs are available.

For further information, and to register your interest, please phone 01728-604944 or e-mail don.tricker@pastel.org.uk




Happy Christmas & a Happy New Year to all our readers!





1. Feeling Better Outside, Feeling Better Inside

If you or someone you know has lost confidence or suffers with low moods or anxiety, try some community gardening working outdoors alongside others.

Therapuetic gardening improves mental and physical wellbeing by supporting people

to be active outdoors - doing gardening, food growing or environmental conservation work and other activities in nature.

This project starts in October 10am-noon, every Thursday at The Fromus Centre

Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham IP17 1DZ. No skills required. Just turn up on the day - meet in the SMILE Cafe.





1. Would you like to be the Local History Recorder for Saxmundham?

The Suffolk Local History Council runs a Local History Recorders Scheme throughout Suffolk.  They administer a network of volunteers to ensure that the ‘present’ is adequately recorded at local level for the ‘future’.

A Local History Recorder will note significant happenings in their area, especially changes going on around them and collect their local village magazines, leaflets, election pamphlets and newspaper cuttings.  At the end of each year, they are asked to submit a short report summarising the activities of their parish.The reports are deposited at the Suffolk Record Office and available to future researchers together with the collected items.

If you are interested, please look at the Recorders Pack by visiting www.slhc.org.uk, click on Recorders, then click on Recorders Pack in the text on the left hand side to acquaint yourself with the guidelines of the scheme. 

You do not need to be an historian, you do not need any qualifications other than an interest in your parish.  In return you will receive a copy of the SLHC Newsletter and be invited to the annual conference specifically for local history recorders.  To volunteer to help in this important work, please contact recorders@slhc.org.uk



JULY, 2014


1. FREE Family Fun Afternoon - 12.30 - 3.30pm Saturday, July 19th

At the Fromus Centre, Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham - BBQ, Bar, Morris Dancers, Live Music, traditional Punch & Judy show,and indoor licensed cafe with hot and cold drinks, ice-cream, snacks and light lunches. Disabled access and toilets.

(These afternoon festivities are part of the Sax Music Festival)

For more information, please click here



JUNE, 2014


1. New Social Club for Adults with Learning Disabilities

A new "Tuesday Club" is currently being planned for the Fromus Centre, Saxmundham. The new all-day social club service will be launched on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014.

For further information, click here.



MAY, 2014


1. The First World War officially started for Britain on 4th August 1914.

To mark the centenary of this momentous event, which affected so many lives in Saxmundham and the surrounding villages, the Saxmundham Museum has collected together many artefacts which show what happened in this area and has a dedication to those from here who gave their lives in the war and who are remembered on the War Memorial in Fromus Square.  A film is also being shown in the small cinema room in the museum which traces the course of the war and illustrates many of the difficulties faced by those who were called to arms.

For further information, click here.





Nov.17th: Sunday Brunch Fundraising Event

On Sunday November 17th, between 11am and 2pm, PASTEL will be hosting a Sunday Brunch fundraising event, at the Fromus Centre, Saxmundham. Visitors will be able to drop in, relax with the Sunday papers, chill out with live ambient music from TALC and savour special hot dogs and premium burgers accompanied by soup, coffee, tea, soft drinks and cakes.

There will also be an XBox Tenpin Bowling Competition and Grand Raffle with many prizes.

The event is being held to raise funds for PASTEL who have been actively supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people - living in rural East Suffolk - with personal development and social activities, since 2005.  PASTEL is a social enterprise, founded by parent / carers and managed by volunteers.

For further information, click here.





1. Appeal for Information about local Servicemen who died in WW1


The Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group are gathering information for a memorial book to honour servicemen who were either born, lived or worked in Leiston. If your ancestor's name appears on the wall of the chapel in Leiston Cemetery commemorating those who died during the Great War, they would be grateful to hear from you.                                                     

For the list of names, please click here.

For further information, Tel: 831782 or 66052; or email roger.2baskett@btinternet.com or








1. Financial Support for Local Community Organisations

Saxmundham Town Council plans to make up to £5,000 available this year, in total, to provide grants to local groups and enterprises, in the third sector, that provide added value amenities and services to Saxmundham residents.

To be eligible for any Saxmundham Town Council grant, organisations must:

• Have aims and objectives that are in keeping with those of Saxmundham Town Council.

• Have a recognised constitution, have a clear democratic management structure and have clear financial controls including business bank/Building Society, or Credit Union Account.

• Be legally able to carry out the activities, which should be primarily for the benefit of Saxmundham residents, follow national legislation on employment, health and safety, discrimination and child protection, as appropriate.

• Provide evidence of local consultation with end-users of service

• Must show evidence of collaborative working / partnerships with other local community groups in the delivery of services, where desirable.

• Provide an explanation for what the funding is to be spent on.

Funding will be given:

• To encourage the formation of new community groups leading to the provision of a wider range of services in Saxmundham.

• To assist with the recruitment of new members to existing groups.

• To support existing groups to provide new services, equipment and running costs.

Grants cannot be given:

• To organisations or for activities that support party political aims.

For further information please e-mail


townclerk@saxmundham.suffolk.gov.uk or Tel: 604595




AUGUST, 2013


1. Saxmundham promotes Learning Disability Week


Saxmundham promotes Learning Disability Week with a Community Celebration - indoors and outdoors - fun and games, barbeque, SMILE Cafe, ice-cream, 2 live bands - Eine Kleine Sax Music & Nobody's Perfect - Talks for Carers and indoor activities - all heralding the national Learning Disability week. Free entry.

For further information, visit: www.fromuscentre.org.uk




JULY, 2013


1. Saxmundham Community Celebration - Saturday, August 17th


For further information of the family event, please click here.



JUNE, 2013


1. The BFRA Family Fun Day - Saturday July 20th


For further information of the family event, please click here.



MAY, 2013


1. Suffolk Community Interest Company delivers for its local community

In October 2011, The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Compant (SADCIC) took over the running of the Saxmundham Community Resource Unit from Suffolk County Council , as a leading model for the council's Our Place iniative. The building was formerly underutilised and in need of an uplift.

SADCIC rebranded the building as The Fromus Centre and set about refurbishing it and enhancing the facilities. all the time promoting The Fromus Centre as a community enterprise centre - a resource for all the community to use and enjoy. 18 months later it's a major success story...

For further information on SADCIC's success, please click here.

For further information on The Fromus Centre, please click here.

For further information on the "Our Place" initiative, please click here and here.



APRIL, 2013



1. Bacon Rolls all round, as 8 volunteers successfully complete their food safety training!

The SMILE pop up Café now has an expanded menu to include toasted ham and cheese sandwiches, smoked bacon in Ciabatta rolls and jacket potatoes with a variety of fillings, as well as a range of hot soups in a mug. This has been made possible because a group of volunteers successfully completed their Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering, achieving a 100% pass rate.

“We were surprised, but delighted, at the customers’ response to the addition of our hot food. We sold out of bacon rolls before lunch and the jacket potatoes were equally popular. The Café certainly provides excellent value for money!” reported Jenny, SMILE Café Volunteer Cook.

To see the SMILE Cafe menu click here.



MARCH, 2013


1. The Sax IT Club starts up again for 2013

Still struggling with your IT? Have you recently acquired new IT gadgets eg Kindles, Laptops, Tablets, Smartphones etc and are now looking to make the most of them?

Then you may be interested in joining the Sax IT Club, which starts again on Wednesday, March 13th.

For further information, please click here.




1. Can you help find the Mystery Lady?

This lady is carer named Gayle who lives in the Bredfield area. Her last name may be something like Kenny. She helped another lady, Dorothy Whymark, in Ufford and gave her a book about cats. She drives a black 4x4, has blond hair, is in her mid-twenties and has a limp. If you know of anyone who fits this description, please e-mail: admin@saxmundhamcommunity.org.uk







1. Fromus Centre hosts Wellbeing courses to support New Year resolutions!

If you need support to carry through your New Year resolutions to reduce stress, eat more healthy or exercise more, then turn to the courses on offer here, in Saxmundham, at the Fromus Centre. These courses are open to everyone but hurry to book, as many of the courses are free.

For further information, pleasee click here.





1. In need of company, or a break, over Christmas?


The pop-up SMILE Café has two special days lined up for December. On the Thursdays of Dec.20th and the 27th, not only will the SMILE café be open from 10am to 2pm, at the Fromus Centre in Saxmundham, but it will be offering a variety of free teas and coffees. In addition, there will be live entertainment, board games, a café quiz, and a raffle - along with the usual selection of delicious handmade cakes and buns.

The SMILE Café is aimed primarily at Carers, and their families, but everyone is welcome that feels in the need of some company or just wants to take a break and a chat, in a welcoming and friendly oasis.

Unfortunately, many people do not see themselves as “Carers” and yet there are over 75,000 in Suffolk and the number is growing rapidly, as people are living longer. A “Carer” is a person of any age, who without being employed as such, cares for another person who needs ongoing support because of dementia, a learning disability, a long term medical condition, a mental illness, a physical disability, frailty or the need for palliative care. A Carer may or may not be a family member and may or may not live with the person.

The SMILE Café offers Carers, and their families, a friendly place to go, meet others and exchange information and experiences. They can lend emotional support to each other, while enjoying quality refreshments served in a relaxed and cheerful environment.

The SMILE Cafe is a co-production by the PASTEL Community Interest Company and the Rotary Club of Saxmundham & District.

Further information can be gained from the website www.smile-cafe.org.uk or by telephoning 01728-604944 during office hours





1. IPscene - The New Information Website covering all IP Postcode Areas

IPscene is a one stop, free community website for areas IP1 – IP17: Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Stowmarket, Aldeburgh, Leiston, Saxmundham and Hadleigh (and all the villages/towns in between). It contains a burgeoning database of things to do and places to go for more information and/or support.

To check out IPscene, please click here.



2. Waitrose, and its customers, support the new SMILE Cafe


For October the SMILE cafe was chosen by Waitrose to go forward into its Community Matters scheme. There was strong support for the SMILE cafe and Waitrose were able to present a cheque for £600.

Clive Denton, Branch Manager for Waitrose in Saxmundham, said “We’re delighted to support an extremely worthwhile new community service run, by local volunteers, which is for the benefit of vulnerable and disadvantage adults and their Carers and families. And, our customers obviously feel a strong empathy for the need for a SMILE Café. In addition, Waitrose is happy to have gifted the SMILE Café with their start up supplies and wish them all their best for their innovative project.”





1. SMILE Cafe Launched


The SMILE Cafe opened on Thursday, October 4th and over 100 customers streamed into the SMILE Café in its first 3 hours!

The SMILE Café provides refreshments and respite primarily for Carers and those adults with additional mental needs eg dementia, learning disabilities, mental health problems, strokes and head injuries.

It aims to provide a relaxing oasis in rural East Suffolk for those seeking to gain some respite and the company of similar people for emotional support and the exchange of useful information.

The café is now a pop-up café operating every Thursday between 10am and 2pm at the Fromus Centre, Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham, and is a co-production between the PASTEL Community Interest Company and the Rotary Club of Saxmundham and District.

Further information can be gained from the website www.smile-cafe.org.uk or by telephoning 01728-604944 during office hours






1. Crafts Sale

Fairfield Stitchers invite you to their "Sale of The Season" in the Gannon Rooms on Saturday September 8th from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Admission is free and the proceeds are being donated to a local community group.





1. Volunteers Needed for SMILE Cafe

PASTEL and the Rotary Club of Saxmundham & District have a agreed a joint project team and a schedule of meetings in August and September, to jointly construct and implement a project plan to launch the SMILE cafe in October - a cafe aimed at supporting adults with additional needs and Carers within rural East Suffolk.

The SMILE Cafe will be a pop-up cafe operating at the Fromus Centre in Saxmundham, every Thursday 10am - 2pm and will be staffed by community volunteers and managed by PASTEL. The Rotary Club of Saxmundham & District will provide seed-corn funding, equipment, tableware and back-up expertise.

PASTEL is looking to recruit volunteers to help manage and run the SMILE Cafe. Those with catering experience are of particular interest, but all are welcome and training will be given. To learn more, please click here or contact don.tricker@pastel.org.uk or phone 01728-604944.




1. Funday at the Fromus Centre – Sat. July 7th

Following the recent refurbishment, the Fromus Centre will be throwing open its doors (and grounds) to the public on Saturday , July 7th . The event will take place from 11.30am until 3.30pm and aims to promote both the centre, and its facilities, and the community and voluntary groups who use it.

On the day there will be a licensed bar, cream teas, barbeque, games, entertainment, stalls and raffle – to cater for all ages. Groups taking part are the Suffolk County Council day centre, Brook Farm Residents Association (BFRA), Greener Sax, St. John’s Parent & Toddlers, 1st Saxmundham Brownies/Guides, Club Sax Youth Club, PASTEL, Mingle and The Centre Sax.

The whole event is being held at the Fromus Centre, Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham and is being organised by The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC), with a donation from TESCO.

For the latest information and news  - or offers to participate / volunteer help on the day - please check www.fromuscentre.org.uk or Tel: 01728-604944.



2. Brook Farm Residents Association Summer Fun Day - Sat. July 21st


Running 1-5pm at the Saxmundham Primary School, the BFRA Fun Day includes Mystic Bellydance, a two piece rock singing couple, a football squad with beat the goalie, Judo demo, Children’s races, Tug o War, Mega Slide, Coconut shy, Short court tennis, basketball competition, Punch and Judy, steam tractor, side stalls, BBQ, licensed bar including keg lager and Pimms O Clock, soft drinks and a tea/coffee and cake stall. Races will be run during the build up to the Olympics and special medals will be awarded for the children.

Entry is free,

If you would like to run a fun stall please call 07771 877454 or 07860 809769.


For further information, please check: www.bfra.org.uk





1. Youth Activities / Involvement Evening

At 7.30pm, on the evening of Thurs. June 21st, there will be an open evening at the Saxmundham Primary School to review current youth activities in the town and demand for new ones. Various youth groups will be attending, along with the Suffolk Coastal District Council Community Safety & Sports Development teams. Everyone is welcome - of all ages. Refreshments.



2. An Evening with John Simpson CBE ( BBC World Affairs Editor)

The evening is on Friday, June 22nd at the Sizewell Sports & Social Club, Leiston, and starts at 7pm. Proceeds are going to the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Tickets £8. Pay Bar.Free car parking.

For further information and tickets, Tel: 648680 or 648649 or 604406.



3. Request for Help

The Yoxford Oxfayre committee are in desperate need of extra committee members. The Oxfayre is at risk this year, and the future, if more volunteers are not forthcoming to serve on the committee. All they need is a little of your time and effort.

So if you want to go along or want more information, please Tel: 668453 and / or click here.





1. Saxmundham Public Meeting / Clinic - Saturday May 12th

The next public meeting about the Saxmundham Town Plan, will be Saturday May 12th and if you are a resident of Saxmundham or the satellite villages please drop in for a few minutes between 09:30 and 12:30 and meet with members of the Town Plan Work Party and share your ideas about how the town should develop.

The Sax Town Plan Work Party is making a funding application to The National Lottery Fund so that the Residents Survey, which will be carried out in September, is properly funded, enabling it to deliver focussed and professionally presented Recommendations for Action.

To help us ensure the survey forms capture the key questions please come and tell us on a one-to-one basis what you think Saxmundham’s most pressing needs are.

Your individual input on the morning is very important – 20 minutes should be enough!

For further information, please click here.





1. New Website for local Social, Leisure and Education / Training Centre

A new community resource and facilities is now open for greater use and is being promoted by a new website.

For more information about the Fromus Centre, what's available, the charges and to check availability, please click here.





1. New Sax IT Club!

The SAX IT Club  - for those wanting to learn about IT the fun, laid back way - starts in February. This new club is a cross between IT training and a social club and meetings, held at The Fromus Centre (Saxmundham) will be weekly with a choice of Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday evening..

The club is for anyone, but especially those unsure of how to use 21st century technology to greatly enhance everyday life. This will be of special interest to the over 50’s who had no formal training in computers – including absolute beginners who’ve never touched a computer, digital camera, mobile phone and the like! It’s also for those who have a basic proficiency but would like to know more. Nobody needs to feel embarrassed about their ignorance of technology. It should also help those who are unemployed, looking to change jobs or just want to start a hobby or make new friends.

It's nothing like the tradional computing class with its upfront commitments in time and money, very formal, highly structured and usually with exams / accreditation - quite the reverse - and the club members get to decide what they learn about. The club is driven by the members and the expert tutors have to meet the members individual needs.

The club will be split between absolute beginners on Tuesday afternoons and novices and those with more intermediate knowledge who want to broaden their horizons, on Wednesday evenings.


And its not just about computers / computing. IT (Information Technology) covers the use of computers and telecommunications, to retrieve, store and transmit information. The club will cover equipment such as personal computers, mobile phones, digital cameras, Sat Nav, e-books and applications such as games, word-processing, publishing, presentations, spread-sheets, the internet, websites, e-mail, how to make free phone calls around the world, research, online shopping, commerce and auctions, security, You Tube, Facebook, Twitter etc…

The Sax IT Club aims to remove the mystique and get down to the basics and explore everything that’s free to use.

For further information, please click here





1. Suffolk Day Service expands into Saxmundham


From February 14th, 2012, a new daytime service is being launched for unemployed people who have additional needs arising from a disability. These sessions, replicating services already running in Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds and Haverhil, will take place in Saxmundham and will be run by The Centre (Ipswich) CIC.

Users will be able to book in either for the day or half-day. This service will provide not only respite for those attending but also their parent / carers and families. The additional needs may arise from a disability, whether from birth or acquired later through accident, illness, stroke, mental health, early dementia or lifestyle abuse.


The new service is designed to not only provide daytime respite care but also to deliver personal, social and arts and craft skills, as well as to build self-esteem and confidence. Referrals can come from professionals, parent / carers or those with additional needs themselves.


For further information, please click here.





1. Your Chance to Shape New Developments in Saxmundham.

In these tough times there are still opportunities to change things in Saxmundham for the better. On the Saturday morning January 28th, there will be a public meeting in the Market Hall, starting at 10am. The meeting has been called to explain the need for a Saxmundham Town Plan and to invite ideas and support for an independent working party to be formed and to make things happen. This will be the first of a series of meetings as work gets underway. The target is to complete the Town Plan before this time next year, but that won't be the end. This will only be the beginning of the process to make things happen in and around Saxmundham.

In recent times, there have been calls for a decent Saxmundham community centre, a Skate Park, better local health facilities, more local training and employment opportunities, pedestrianisation of the High Street, better local transport options, more street market opportunities, more office building, a more colourful High Street, re-routing of traffic, more leisure and social amenities and events, cycle paths, keep-fit facilities, a greater local police presence on the streets, more support for the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged of our community, better parking arrangements, less "street furniture", more starter homes / flats, more planted flowers around the area and so on. Perhaps you want some changes or new facilities for residents of Saxmundham?

However, the Saxmundham Town Plan won't be an unstructured and unrealistic wish-list. The findings and the final report will set out clear priorities in a coherent framework so that it can be used to influence local authority decision-making - that is Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council and Saxmundham Town Council. Feedback will be sought from everyone living in Saxmundham - through a mass survey and consultation meetings - to

support a well-balanced, democratic view of the future wellbeing of everyone. Ideas can be small and simple or radical and innovative!

The Saxmundham Town Plan is being supported by the Saxmundham Town Council, but the working party - to explore new ideas and produce a master plan for the future - will be independent of the town council and has yet to be formed.

Halesworth has just completed their Town Plan and Leiston are well underway with theirs. In 2012, will you help to make sure that Saxmundham has a Town Plan too and is not overlooked or forgotten in the grand scheme of things?

Everyone is invited to make their contribution to the general wellbeing of the town and its people. The public meeting on January 28th will include displays of local community groups and provide the opportunity to register your ideas and suggestions. This could be the beginning of a more vibrant and thriving Saxmundham - for all to work, relax and enjoy leisure. 

For further information on the process, and to offer your help and ideas, please click here or contact Don Tricker on telephone 604944.





1. For Sale: Projector Screen (used in Westleton Village Hall)

Westleton Village Hal are selling their projector screen, which is in good condition. It is for suspended use only (no stand available). The size is approx: 2.4m x 2.4m ( 8' x 8'). £50 o.n.o.

For further information, please Tel: 648943





1. Saxmundham community group win Suffolk Award!

Suffolk County Council presented PASTEL with a Prove & Improve Award - as the social enterprise "delivers training to young people with learning disabilities to enable them to compete in the world of work. 13 students have gained qualifications. PASTEL's young volunteers give up their time at weekends to help to support other young people with learning difficulties. The running costs are very low as this is a completely volunteer-run organisation."

For further information, please click here.





1. Local Community Resource Centre to be run by Local Community Social Enterprise


The Saxmundham and District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) have taken over management of the Saxmundham Resource Centre in Seaman Avenue on 1 October 2011. The new arrangements follow negotiations with Suffolk County Council (SCC) who will retain ownership of the building. The Adult Community Services operations run by SCC will continue unaffected by the change in buildings management.


SADCIC, a leading community interest company in Suffolk will be one of the first organisations in the county to grasp the opportunities presented by the SCC divestment programme. The main aims of the project are to significantly ramp up the level of community use of the building whilst reducing overall running costs.


Other exciting plans for SADCIC include converting the Saxmundham Middle School - becoming redundant in 2012 - to the proposed Saxmundham Community Enterprise Centre.


 For a copy of the SADCIC leaflet, outlining the Community Enterprise Centre potential, please click here.





1. Suffolk Herring Festival Returns


Two days in October - Oct.22-23 see the return of the Suffolk Herring Festival -celebrating everything to do with the herring heritage in coastal East Suffolk - covering everything from conservation to consumption - fish, beer and fish-related activities. Suffolk has a long historical association with the herring and herring fisheries.


The Suffolk Herring Festival is organised by Suffolk Herring Festival Community Interest Company (SHFCIC) to champion the herring as a vibrant part of the Suffolk heritage.


For further information, please click here.




1. Village SOS Funding for villages in IP17?

As part of the Village SOS programme, there is to be a competition, with around 250 awards from BIG of between £10,000 and £30,000, to kickstart rural community enterprises.The fund will be open for applications from August 24 th .

To be eligible organisations need to be enterprising, and in a rural area with a population of fewer than 3,000. Preference will be given to enterprises which will use the skills of local people, and the area's natural resources, land and buildings.

It's a two stage process, with expressions of interest for which the deadline is October 6th, and then 500 organisations will be invited to submit a full application, with business plan.

For further information and to register your village interest, please click here.





1. Local Rotary Club sponsors Healthy Eating course

The Saxmundham & District Rotary Club has partnered with the PASTEL Community Interest Company to sponsor a healthy eating training course combined with food hygiene and preparation skills training. During the period July - September, agroup of young people with learning disabilities are embarking on six morning sessions which culminate in the group sitting down to eat what they've just prepared. And, to make it all a little more exciting, there's a Lebanese theme! The young people will learn how to clean their hands thoroughly, how to clewan work surfaces, how to avoid cross-contamination and leading through to food preparation and cooking

For more information, please click here.




1. Are you under twenty and live in IP17?

If so, what do you do in your spare time? Are you a skater, biker, shopper, free-runner or music maker? Do you do craft, hang out with mates, sing, dance or party? Whatever you do and however u-live your life, now is your chance to share with online friends.

A new website showcases how u-live and lets you share it with your local friends. Tying in seamlessly with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Foursquare the u-live site lets you upload videos and pictures and tag yourself with your mates so you can share what you do and hook into what's going on just around the corner from where u-live.

For further information, click here.




1. A Saxmundham Social Enterprise wins Suffolk training award

LEAP ( Learning Enterprise Access Points ) and SPIAL (Suffolk Partnership for Informal Adult Learning0 have sponsored the Suffolk Adult Learners Awards for 2011 - and winners of the Loearning Project Award categoy is the PASTEL Community Interest Company for their innovative training programme, delivering "An Introduction to Customer Service Skills", which was embedded in the Museum Apprentice project run in partnership with the Long Shop museum.

For further information, please visit www.pastel.org.uk


2. Free Football sessions in Saxmundham for 13-19 Year-olds


“Teenage Kicks” is a new project for young people in Saxmundham. This project aims to give young people the opportunity to play football and take part in a positive evening activity at the Memorial Recreation Ground in Saxmundham from Thursday 26 May 7 to 9pm. Sessions are free for those aged 13 to 19. No booking is required so you can just turn up and play.The sessions, set up by Positive Futures and Catch 22 and run until the end of August.


For more information contact Paul Knight (Positive Futures) on 07717 290545 or paul.knight@suffolk.gov.uk




1. Saxmundham Rotary Charity Fun Walk or Run on May 1st

There are three routes 6, 13 or 26 miles over some spectacular countryside starting from Thorpeness Playing Fields on Sunday 1 st May from 8.00am onwards.
Entrants for all three routes come from all over East Anglia , London and as far afield as Yorkshire and Scotland . Generally between 600 and 700 take part but in 2009 there were over 800 entrants.
Runners and walkers are welcome together with their dogs and this year they have introduced a special family ticket for £20 but serious runners also find our courses enjoyable.
Entrants can either pre-register by contacting the Registration Officer on registration2011@btinternet.com or enter on the day for a slightly higher cost.
The start and finish is from the Thorpeness Sports Field where free parking and a full range of facilities are available from home cooked food to a bar and sports massage.
Gates open at 7.00am on Sunday 1 st May and then walkers start from 8.00am onwards and the runners first event at 10.15am.
On the day entrants should give themselves plenty of time to register.
This year the charities being supported are Macmillan Cancer Support, St Elizabeth Hospice and ATD Fourth World (fighting world poverty).



For further information, contact David Smith Tel: 688894 or Email: dasandcas.smith@btinternet.com


2. Traditional Folk Song Competition - May 1st

The annual Percy Webb singing competition is being held at the Blaxhall Ship on Sunday 1 May (about 7.30pm onwards).

Singers compete by singing a traditional folk song, with the winner being decided upon votes cast by the Entrants. The winner's name is engraved on the silver Memorial Trophy, and the tankard is held by the winner for one year.

To enter and for more infrmationm, please click here or email steve@wheatstone.co.uk or Tel: 01449 615523


3. The New Strategis Direction meets the Community Enterprise Centre?

At the end of March, there was another in a series of public consultion exercises in the Saxmundham Markert Hall. This one covered Suffolk County Council's "New Strategic Direction", the "Big Society" and the opportunities for Saxmundham, The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) it's history and vision for the future, the proposed SADCIC Community Enterprise Centre and the future of Saxmundham Library.

There were over 120 attendees and plenty of opprtunity to browse the exhibition displays and talk to senior representatives from Suffolk County Council and The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC). The following Saturday morning the exhibition continued for viewing and informal discussion with SADCIC volunteer directors.Also in attendance were Cllr. Rae Leighton and Therese Coffey MP for Suffolk Coastal..

To see the attendee feedback, please click here.




1. Public Meetings in Saxmundham - Your Big Society?

The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company will be holding 2 public meetings in March:

•Friday 25th March (6.30-9.00 pm)

•Saturday 26th March (10.00-12.00am)

T hey will both be held at The Market Hall, Saxmundham with the title "Your "Big Society in Saxmundham"

The meetings will look at Suffolk County Council's "New Strategic Direction"  - its impact on local amenties and services and new opportunities? This will include the threat to close Saxmundham library and the opportunity presented by the proposed Community Enterprise Centre.

The meetings comprise evening and morning of presentations, questions and exhibitions, involving SADCIC volunteers, senior SCC officers, local councillors and YOU.

This wil be your chance to learn about - and influence - options, choices and opportunities to take more local control of local services.

For further information, please click here.




1. Local Community Radio getting closer!

A new local community radio station - Deben Radio - has recently set up as a community interest company and has started test broadcasting, building up to a launch this year. This social enterprise, with volunteer directors in Campsea Ashe and Marlesford, has already started to build a varied content of music and local reporting, with a library of podcasts alongside broadcasting on the internet.

Deben Radio CIC is a community radio station encouraging and supporting local talent, businesses, voluntary groups and societies for a greater community spirit and pride in Woodbridge and the surrounding areas.

Volunteers are being encouraged to come forward and join the growing team - even if you know nothing about community radio....

You can find Deben Radio by clicking here.


2. Request from Canada

Can anyone assist Colin Blakelock who is looking for an old ex RAF colleague of his wife who served at RAF Brize Norton in the late 60s, early 70s. Her name then was Jennifer (Jenny) Knott and she was born in Saxmundham about 1947. To the best of his knowledge, her parents still lived ther up to 1970. He assumes Jenny married but has no idea what her married name would be.He is having a reunion in October and would really like Jenny to join them. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any information, please respond to admin@saxmundhamcommunity.org.uk


JANUARY, 20011


1. Your New Year's Resolution?


Looking to make a first move towards living longer and improving your health and general well-being in 2011 - without drastic dieting or exercise?

Recent research by the University of Wales Lampeter has found that the simple act of volunteering could help people live longer and is good for their health and well-being and. In addition, volunteering has a positive effect on people's self-esteem and can beat stress and depression.

These personal benefits are a potential added bonus to the deep satisfaction of helping others with additional needs.

The PASTEL Community Interest Company, based in Saxmundham, could help you.

PASTEL runs fun weekend workshops to provide transition training for young adults with learning disabilities, aged 15-25.they are now looking for extra volunteers to join the current team - working either as volunteer peer mentors, in the workshops, or as volunteer members of the back-room management committee, or both. PASTEL volunteers join PASTEL for many different reasons and their feedback can be found on their website.

Why not visit the PASTEL website now and learn more:www.pastel.org.uk

For further information,contact Don Tricker, on 604944.


2. PASTEL partner with the Long Shop Museum to launch new training programme


Aimed specifically at young adults aged 15-25 who have a learning disability, this exciting Museum Apprentice project will give participants an opportunity to discover what goes into running the Long Shop Museum , in Leiston, and along the way learn a whole range of new personal development and employability skills.

In each of the sessions young people will have the opportunity to take part in role play activities, have a go at some hands on conservation experiments, meet some of the team who make the Museum the exciting place it is, take part in quizzes and celebrations, they will even have the chance to interview a Victorian.

Along the way participants will learn communication and customer service skills, increase their confidence and will at the end of the project have the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised accreditation in customer skills.


Each of the six sessions are run by fully trained and experienced PASTEL teachers, staff and volunteer peer mentors , and will take place in the Museum's education room as well as allowing participants to explore the Museum's varied other spaces and exhibitions.The museum will be closed during this period.

The project will consist of six 5-hour sessions run on Saturdays through January to March 19 th . If you know a young person with a learning disability who you think would benefit from taking part in this project and meeting other young people, then call PASTEL on 01728-604944 or visit www.pastel.org.uk



3. Soundwaves Band Contest 2011

Local young musicians and bands are being encouraged to get to the rehearsal studio to perfect their tracks ahead of the Soundwaves Ultimate Band Contest 2011. Heats have been confirmed for Saturday, February 26 at Framlingham College and Saturday April 2 at Leiston Film Theatre. 

The competition is open to any band or artist in the district aged between 13 and 26 with at least one member living in the district. All entries must be unsigned and be able to perform three of their own original tracks during the contest.

As well as competing in the heats, bands and artists will be able to take part in master class sessions to get advice from industry professionals. The top three bands from each of the heats and one judge's choice best runner up will progress on to the final and have one of three of their own recorded songs featured on the next Soundwaves album.

To enter the competition or to find out more about the Soundwaves project and master classes bands and artists can email suffolksoundwaves@hotmail.com or contact the Soundwaves project manager on 07903 017838.

The closing date for entries is Monday, January 31.




1. What do you think about Suffolk County Council's "New Strategic Direction"?

Suffolk County Council has launched of a major online public consultation to ask people what concerns they have about the authority's "New Strategic Direction" and whether they understand it. The councili is planning to contract out the delivery of many services to private businesses and social enterprises. The online survey and all documents relating to the New Strategic Direction are available here.





1. Middleton Calendar 2011 Christmas gift idea

12 beautiful photographs of Middleton, donated by Mark Mitchels depicting each month of a year. Sponsored by local businesses, it makes an ideal Christmas gift, for  friends, relatives, here and abroad, or just  a lovely souvenir of picturesqe Middleton. 

Price £6.00 which includes an envelope for posting. Proceeds towards building a Sports Pavilion .

To purchase the calendar Tel: 648571




1. Public Meeting for Volunteers

SADCIC (see September news) are holding another meeting sceduled for volunteers at 7.30pm on Monday, October 18th at the Gannon Rooms, Saxmundham. Volunteers have already strating discussing ideas of what a new enlarged and enhanced library might look like sitting alongside a community cafe and community garden. .A wider public consultation is also being planned. SADCIC are happy to hear from more volunteers who want to join in and improve the gross shortage of local amenities.

For further information, please visot the SADCIC website: www.saxcommunity.co.uk .





1.Suffolk County Council to establish Joint Project Board with local social enterprise,

Following a number of local public meetings and discussions with Suffolk County Council, it has been agreed that The Saxmundham & Disctrict Community Interest Company (SADCIC)) form a Joint Project Board with Suffolk County Council. This Joint Project Board will produce a Feasability Study for transforming the redundant Saxmundham Middle School into a Community Enterprise Centre, 2012-2013. In particular the group will be looking at balancing revenue-earninfg commercial uses eg offices and a conference / traing centre subsidising potential community uses eg new enlarged library, community cafe, sports hall, community radio station and assorted meeting rooms.

The possible conference / training centre could also be doubled up to provide an area for civic functions, such an weddings and anniversary parties.Thus the building and facilities would be opened up and developed for all the local community.The Board would also have representation from Suffolk Coastal District Council and Saxmundham Town Council, both of whom have activily encouraged and  supported SADCIC. The inaugural meeting of the Joint Project Board has been set for September 16th.



2. New Digital Photography Course starts at Saxmundham CRU on Oct.2nd

A course of 6 "Introduction to Digital Photography" workshops starts on Saturday mornings for young adults aged over 19, with learning disabilities, run by the PASTEL Community Interest Company

For further information, please visit: www.pastel.org.uk




1. Curtains Going Spare!

The curtains are being replaced in Westleton Village Hall. However, there is still plenty of good quality fabric in the curtains so they could be remade and be very suitable for smaller windows..


The cord operated runners are also being replaced.These could well be brought back into use for smaller windows with lighter curtains.


The curtains and runners are being replaced over time.and as both have a lot of life left in them they are being offered to anyone who can use them. There will be no charge but donations will be accepted for the hall funds.


At this stage there are curtains (with runners) of the following sizes available;


2 pair @ 3.12M high * 1.93M wide with matching tie-backs

1 pair @ 2.30M high * 1.27M wide with matching tie-backs

1 pair @ 2.36M high * 2.60M wide


These measurements should be checked by prospective new users before taking them away.


If you are interested please contact; Tel 648943 or E mail: john@bebbington2.orangehome.co.uk




2. Suffolk County Council awards Grant to local social enterprise, PASTEL

From its Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities fund, Suffolk County Council has awarded PASTEL a grant to run a new Digital Photography course, for young adults with learning disabilities, aged over 19. These course will run on Saturday mornings at the Saxmundham Community Resource Unit and start on Oct. 6th.

For further information, please visit:www.pastel.org.uk





1. PUBLIC MEETING - called by The Saxmmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC)

Monday, July 19th, 7.30pm at the Gannon Rooms, Saxmundham.

Following strong positive feedback to the proposed SADCIC Community Enterprise Centre - with around 120 residents turning out to voice their opinion - SADCIC have entered into talks with Suffolk County Council to review the future potential of the Saxmundham Middle School facility.

In order to carry out a feasibility study and build a business case, a Joint Project Board is being set up, between SADCIC and Suffolk County Council and with other key stakeholders involved.

Volunteer residents are being called to a working party meeting to start the research.

For more information, please click here..


2. Call for Help in Tracing Family Member

Your help is requested in trying to locate a lady who worked at Sizewell and lived in Saxmundham on behalf of her brother Donald. He lives in Northampton and has lost touch with his sister.IIt has been many years since he last saw her and can provide only the following information.

His sister is called Elaine and went to school at Kingsbrige in Glasgow and then abroad. He thinks her husband is called Malcolm and that they have two children called Aaron and Wendy.

If you think you can help, please respond to e-mail admin@saxmundhamcommunity.org.uk





1. Good home for Piano required - going free!


Westleton Village Hall are offering to give a piano away on a “first-come-first-served” basis - provided that the new owner arranges for collection and transport.

Apparently It’s pretty old but but in quite good condition.

If you are interested please contact; John Bebbington tel: 648943 or e-mail john@bebbington2.orangehome.co.uk


2. Saxmundham Public Meeting - A Big Success


The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) held two public meetings on the evening of Friday, May 14th and morning of Saturday, May 15th. These were held at the Saxmundham Middle School.


Around 120 key stakeholder organisations and local residents attended - including our newly elected Conservative MP, Therese Coffey and the runner-up Daisy Cooper (Lib Dem) - a nd gave their overwhelming support to the proposed SADCIC Community Enterprise Centre.

The Saxmundham Middle School is due to close In the summer of 2012 as part of the county's school organisation review and SADCIC, formed three years ago by Saxmundham volunteers, wants to take it over and turn it into a local amenity for all the community.

SADCIC's flagship project is a Community Enterprise Centre which meets a wide array of needs expressed by the local population. This centre could potentially include significant office and business areas, supported by advanced IT facilities, a public library and information centre, a conference and high-tech training facility, a recording studio and community radio station, a youth centre, a fitness suite, a cafe, a commercial kitchen and dining area, a bar and several meeting areas and a creche. The building would be an inclusive multi-function, multi-agency building for use by everyone for both enterprise and community use - a place for work, rest and play.

The Community Enterprise Centre would be a mix of commercial enterprise interests to generate revenues to pay for the maintenance of the building and subsidise community interests -“ to ensure long-term sustainability of the concept.

For further information: www.saxcommunity.co.uk




1. Saxmundham Public Meeting

Secure the future of our Middle School

as a Community Enterprise Centre,

managed locally on behalf of all the community

At the Middle School. Friday May 14 th at 7.30pm and Saturday May 15 th at 10.00am

Go and hear of the plans that SADCIC have for taking over the premises in July 2012. Find out what community services and facilities they hope to include and how the enterprise elements will support training, employment and modern IT and communications.

They're calling for support and volunteers to help with preparations.

For further information: www.saxcommunity.co.uk

And / or telephone Phil Peeling: 604584 / Robin Potter: 602177 / Don Tricker: 604944




1. Charity acquires the Whitwell House Day Hospital in Saxon Road

The Vipassana Trust is an educational charity in the process of purchasing Whitwell House from Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. The Vipassana Trust runs meditation courses for both adults and children, based on "one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation". Although based in Herefordshire it has a long-standing branch in East Anglia where meditation courses have been held at rented sites.

The trust is going for a change of use with its planning application as Whitwell House will be used for short residential course for small groups requiring overnight stays. The technique of Vipassana Meditation is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. There are no charges for the courses - not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to also benefit.

For further information on the Vipassana Trust, please click here.


3. Saxmundham Resident Recognised in 2010 Stars of Suffolk

Suffolk County Council and The Evening Star sponsor the Stars of Suffolk Awards to find and recognise "people of inspiration, bravery and compassion...shining lights in the lives of others because of their extraordinary achievements."

There were over 200 nominations for the 2010 Stars of Suffolk Awards and Saxmundham resident Don Tricker was one of three finalists in the "Community Group or Champion of the Year" category. This placing was in recognition for volunteered services to the community, which included founder/director of PASTEL, foundr/director of SADCIC and founder of the Brook Farm Residents Association - the largest residents' association in Suffolk.

For the full listing of finalists, click here .


4. Rotary Club of Saxmundham & District 's Heritage Coast Walk / Run


On Sunday 2nd May, w alkers and runners will be able to enter the 6, 13 or 26 mile routes, all starting and finishing at the playing fields in Thorpeness (on B1353) . Dogs are welcome, but on leads. All routes will have checkpoints for drinks etc. All entrants have an opportunity to raise money for charity and this year, the Rotary Club has nominated the East Anglian Air Ambulance as it's main beneficiary. Free parking, shower and toilet facilities will be available on site. A range of hot and cold refreshments, as well as sports massage can be purchased. A bar will also be available.


For more information please email registrationofficer2010@suffolkonline.net   or Tel: 724878





1.New group formed for a greener Saxmundham

A group of residents from around Saxmundham have volunteered to get involved in a new initiative called GreenerSax. Members will now consider electing temporary officers so that a bank account and constitution can be set up. Greener Sax aims to be relevant to all members of our community and will welcome anyone who wishes to help.

There was a strong feeling that members want GreenerSax to get on with practical actions to benefit the wider community and not just be a “talking shop” of the like-minded.

 A similar local group, Greener Fram, has had considerable success with their bulk-buy of loft insulation (62 householders so far have benefited from free or reduced price insulation products) and has offered to help GreenerSax get this first project off the ground.


For further information, Tel: 633196 or e-mail greenersax@hotmail.co.uk


2. The Saxmundham Middle School to be the new Community Enterprise Centre?

At the end of the summer term in 2012 the Saxmundham Middle School will be closed.

This raises the potential to use the site to provide the Community Enterprise Centre, as proposed by The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) - following stated wants and needs of local residents, as detailed in the SADCIC survey report .

SADCIC are now holding meetings with key stakeholders to explore how this might happen and provide a major boost to local amenities for all local residents.

There will be a public meeting in he Gannon Rooms on Monday March 15 at 7.30pm and anyone who is interested in what is happening is welcome to attend.

For more information on SADCIC, please visit www.saxcommunity.co.uk





1.) Disability Matchday Extra

Ipswich Town Football Club Community Trust are promoting a planned match day extra experience, against Scunthorpe on Saturday 13 th March, for children, young people and adults with physical disabilities, learning difficulties or mental health issues to experience an Ipswich Town home game with a difference.

On offer is:

  • 2 hours of Football Coaching with Ability Counts qualified coaches,
  • A Stadium Tour
  • Free Match Day Programme
  • 1 Child and Adult Ticket for the Game (RRP: £42)
  • Opportunity to form the Guard of Honour as the players walk on to the pitch.

All for £40.

To book your place call: 01473 400749




1. Waitrose chooses PASTEL for "Community Matters" funding


The Waitrose store in Saxmundham is supporting PASTEL, for the month of January, as one of three local community enterprises, through its green store purchase tokens and collection boxes.


PASTEL is a Saxmundham-based social enterprise, staffed by volunteers, who organise weekend personal development training workshops for young adults with learning disabilities.


If you're shopping in the Saxmundham Waitrose food store this month, please bear PASTEL in mind. For further information on PASTEL, please visit www.pastel.org.uk


2. Answer to New Year's Keep Fit Resolution?

Have You Ever Thought About Petanque?

Following the completion of its successful second season, the Suffolk Coastal Petanque League are already setting their sights on the 2010 season. Having started in 2008 with 9 teams, which then rose to 17 in 2009, the sport is benefitting from a revival in interest and is currently one of the 5 fastest growing sports in the country.

The sport itself has virtually no age or gender restrictions and people normally take around 10 to 15 minutes to be shown the basics of the game. Several factors help in making it a great leisure activity to be involved with, especially that you do not have to be of Olympian-athletic ability to play and also, in these difficult economic times, it is an incredibly inexpensive pastime.

Many new teams manage to find and persuade their local pubs and such like to temporarily give up a section of a gravelled car park or similar, which can make a suitable playing surface and therefore avoid the need to build a purpose-made playing area or ‘piste’ as it is known..

The league itself allows players to enter in teams of a minimum of 4 players, up to a maximum of 8 and the registration fee is a ‘credit-busting’ £12 per team for the entire season. Matches are played approximately once every 3 weeks, starting in April and culminating in the Grand Finals during the final week of September. Another innovation of the league is that leagues are based upon geographical location rather than ability and are limited to a maximum of 6 teams per division. This means a team will have, at the most, 5 home and 5 away matches to play over a 6 month period. This allows for matches being re-arranged easily to avoid holidays etc and teams are provided with all the other teams contact details at the start of the season to allow easy communication between captains.

Late Sunday mornings are the preferred ‘kick-off’ times, and with matches lasting around 90 minutes to complete, venues are then usually open by 12 o’clock, allowing after-match refreshments and the chance for the socialising aspect of our sport.

Teams can be made up of family members, social friends, pubs and club teams or even teams that manage to ‘mould together’ from isolated persons who just want to get involved, such as the Deben Vikings team did in 2009, where 6 strangers got together through the league, playing on the Council funded piste at Woodbridge. So much did they enjoy their first season, they were one of the first teams to signal their commitment for the fast approaching 2010 league programme.

If you are at all interested, please don’t hesitate in contacting the League Co-Ordinator, Mr Simon Fletcher at 18 Melville Road, Ipswich, IP4 1PN or e-mail him at imogenlewiskira@sky.com

Registration closes at the end of February 2010.




1. The brand new Bruisyard Village Hall!

This is an amazing local case history of what a small local dedicated group can achieve for their community. Having raised over £250,000 from several funding sources, construction of the village hall and car park is on course for completion by the end of December 2009 and bookings for events taking place from 1 February 2010 are now being taken.

Information on hire charges and the booking form can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Hire charges

Booking form

Bruisyard Village Hall is operated on a ‘not for profit basis’ with the hire charges being set to cover operating and maintenance costs.

The main hall measures 12.9x6.25m (80.6sqm) and can provide table seating in comfort for 56 people, up to 80 in a lecture format or 90 standing for a buffet event. The fully equipped professional kitchen measures 3.7x5.0m (18.50sqm) and can also be used as a small meeting room. The adjoining car park has space for up to 20 cars. The hall has easy access and facilities for the disabled. The hall is set on the very attractive Parish Park with views overlooking the River Alde.

Please email the Village Hall secretary if you require any further information.




1. Free Third Sector Networking lunch in Saxmundham

If you're a social enterprise, community or voluntary group in IP17 then this is your chance to meet others like you and exchange information and ideas.

The lunch meeting willtake place 12-2pm on Tuesday, Nov.24th - at the Market Hall, Saxmundham.

There will be a short presentation by The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company on their progress in seeking a site for their proposed Community Enterprise Centre.

For further information and to book your FREE place please email Sue Clements at sue.clements@savo.co.uk


2. Do you need to visit Ipswich Hospital?

The ever-innovative local GP John Havard has devised a brand new car-sharing scheme which is helping get people to Ipswich Hospital. It provides visitors with a new transport option that increases choice, reduces the cost, provides company and is possibly more convenient.

The Practice in Saxmundham has 27 patients making return trips to Ipswich Hospital on every working day – and that does not include visitors!

People traveling together under this scheme also derive extra benefits:

1. A guaranteed parking space in Car Park J in the green Hospitalride zone.

2. Reduced fee – a 2hr ticket will cover up to 4 hrs

3. A free coffee or tea at the outpatient Café Tempo if you have to wait for your sharer.

The website www.hospitalrides.co.uk matches your visit to the hospital with another local patient. Once the ride is confirmed then a pass is issued that can be printed at home. this website includes a tutorial to explain how the system works in detail.

For those uncertain about computers, there is also a tutorial on You Tube www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAKneRUuen0 ) that shows exactly what to do by talking you through all the screens.

The service can also be accessed via your local library computers.


3. Singout 2010

Saxmundham Rotary are organising a music programme to enable local young people (under 19 and within 40 mins of Snape)) to compose and sing - culminating a concert at Snape Maltings on Sat. Nov. 13th. Two professional composers will join the programme to support the young people in their work.For further information, please visit www.singout2010.org.uk.




1. Skateboard event and competition - Sunday Oct.25th -  Leiston Skate Park

Running 12-3pm and sponsored by Smash Skates, the competition will be split into 3 categories - skateboard, roller blades and BMX, with prizes for the winners. Also, several local bands will be playing during the day, as well as a BBQ. stocks, face painting and lots, lots more.

The event will raise much needed funds for one of SAVVY's projects, the long-awaited Saxmundham Skate Park - started 5 years ago by Saxmundham Town Council...

On the day there will be a free bus from outside Waitrose at 11.30 for an hour to the event, and again at 2.30 for an hour to bring people back. All welcome.

For further information e-mail .savvyactiongroup@live.co.uk


2. Live Music Night - 8pm, Sat.Oct.31sr at The Market Hall, Saxmundham

Brook Farm Residents Association are sponsoring a live band music night with music from live band ‘The Ed Zachary Band' - providing a wide range of music from the 60's to present day. The band includes the music of The Jam, The Killers, The Who, Kinks, Elvis, Beatles, Snow Patrol and many many more songs. A fully licensed bar will operate within the Market Hall with lager, Adnams real ale, wines spirits and mixers at very competitive prices. A raffle will be held and proceeds to Meadowbrook Children's Centre, Saxmundham. Entry will be on a first come first served basis. Tickets will cost £3. There should also be tickets on the door. To book your tickets in advance please phone Terry on 603860or Barry 07791 634048.or for further visit www.bfra.org.uk


3. Children's Halloween Disco and Karaoke - 5pm, Sat.Oct.31st at the Saxmundham Primary School

Open to all in Saxmundham and sponsored by Brook Farm Residents Association. Ages 13 and under only please. Free Entry. Children to be in fancy dress welcomed, with the best (or worst!) winning prizes. Sweets and drinks will also be on sale at very reasonable prices.Just turn up at the school hall with your parent or guardian please. .or for further visit www.bfra.org.uk


4. New Local Herring Festival Oct.24-25th

The Suffolk Herring Festival - events throughout the weekend including food and drink, sustainability exhibitions, music and games, competitions, demonstrations of herring preservation and preparation.

The Suffolk Herring Festival is organized by Suffolk Herring Festival Community Interest Company (SHFCIC) to champion the herring as a vibrant part of the Suffolk heritage. For further information, visit: suffolkherringfestival




1. Community Radio creeping closer to IP17

You can now make contact with the embryonic Deben Radio (for the Woodbridge area) by visiting them on the internet: Deben Radio .

For a fuller listing of streaming of Community / Access and Student Radio Stations in the UK, please click here.




1. Part time Youth Worker Posts Framlingham/ Leiston Area

(evenings between 6.30-9.30pm, £7.50-£10.50/hr)


If you would like an opportunity to join the “Go with the Flow” Youth Bus Project and help provide a safe and stimulating environment for 13-17 year olds –here's the job for you. Workers are required to staff the converted double-decker bus, as it expands it operation from four to five nights a week. Workers who can only commit to one night a week will be as welcome as those that can commit to more.

The bus currently visits towns and villages in a 10 mile radius from Saxmundham and operates evenings between Wednesday and Sunday between 6.30-9.30pm.


As a youth worker you will be expected to:


  • Work with and actively engage young people using the bus, its facilities and help develop an exiting programme of events
  • Work as part of a team
  • Contribute to decisions relating to the development of the project in conjunction with the Bus Steering group and young people
  • Assist in carrying out record keeping, monitoring and evaluation


Applications are welcome from anyone with the motivation and commitment to ensure the projects success. Previous experience of working with young people would be an advantage but is not essential, provided applicants are willing to undertake training if successful.


If you would like to discuss this job opportunity in more detail and to request an application pack, please contact Rachel or Sandie at Saxmundham Resource Centre on 602689. More information about the project can be found by visiting www.gowiththeflowbus.com ..


The closing date for applications is Monday 7 th September 2009 at 5.00pm.


Interviews will be held in the evening of Tuesday 14 th September 2009 at Saxmundham Resource Centre.


Initially the posts will run for a year with the expectation that the posts will be extended subject to funding. As a worker you will be an employee of Framlingham Area Youth Action Partnership (F.A.Y.A.P), the accountable body for the Project.



2. Yoxford Art Festival - Fri.Aug.28th - Mon.Aug.31st

A slightly more "high-brow" local arts festival, featuring a mix of jazz and more "classical" music (no folk, rock, blues, rap...) with some dance, art & sculpture exhibitions.

Festival Booking Office The Griffin, High Street, Yoxford. Office open for callers 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm Saturday 22nd to Saturday 29th August.For further information, including ook online visit http://yoxfest.co.uk


3. A group of local young people deliver new Teenage Shelter in Saxmundham

Youth members of SAVVY (Saxmundham and Villages Voluntary Youth) action group has successfully bid for funding from Suffolk County Council ('Youth Oportunity Fund') and as a result has been able to set up a very modern teenage shelter for the Seaman Road play area this month. This shelter comes with a number of electronic facilities powered by solar energy panels on the roof!


There will be an official Launch Day on Tuesday, 11th August between 12:00 and 15:00, with a BBQ and raffle on the day. 


For further information, visit the Seaman Avenue play area!


JULY 2009


1. Hachfest -3-day Music Festival supporting local charities,

Gates open at 5pm on Friday, C ost of tickets - weekend £20, Fri/Sat day tickets £10, Sunday £5, (12's & under go free). T ickets can be purchased in advance or on the gate. The event promotes local live music. The line up this year is bigger than ever and includes a wide variety of music. Leading musical attractions include Adrian Edmonson (of TV fame) & The Bad Sheperds, Counterfeit Quo, Samboomba, The Wild Oats, Mohawk, Anything But Ordinary, Jade and Skin The Fish, Other attractions will include pottery workshops, facepainting, circus skills workshop, food, licensed bar and stalls.

This year, the supported charities include:





For further information, including online ticket purchasing, please check www.hachfest.co.uk.


2. Free Benhall Music Day!

3-11pm on Saturday, July 25th at the Benhall Club - free outdoor music event with bar and refreshments, featuring local bands:

  • Whatever You Want
  • Rock It!
  • Jade
  • Mohawk
  • Boulevard Blonde


For more information, click here.



3. Free Saxmundham Funding & Development Surgery

This is your chance to book a one hour slot to talk with advisors from Suffolk Coastal Resource Network and Suffolk County Council.

Tuesday, 28th July in Saxmundham

For further information, e-mail sue.clements@savo.co.uk


4. Font of all Funding Opportunities!


Check out this new FREE website, funded by the Cabinet Office for the Third Sector. It provides access to over 4,000 funding and finance opportunities, plus resources to help local IP17 organisations develop!



5. Free Professional Help

Suffolk ProHELP is an organisation which offers free professional advice and support for local community groups and voluntary organisations. Their members - who may be solicitors, accountants, HR consultants, IT specialists and many other professions - provide their time for free.

For further information, please visit www.bitc.org.uk


JUNE 2009



Lt Colonel Ron Warren, Saxmundham Town councillor and director of the local community social enterprise - The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company, receives the MBE in recognition for the work he undertakes in the community of Saxmundham.

For more information on The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company, please visit: www.saxcommunity.co.uk


2. Funding to help you increase your impact in Suffolk and become more resilient

Could you work more closely with other organisations to increase your impact and extend your reach? With a £1,000 bursary from Capacitybuilders Modernisation Fund Grants Programme, you could buy at least two days of professional advice to explore how you can become more resilient and work more closely with others, including through collaboration or merger. This is potentially for you if you are you a Suffolk social enterprise with a turnover between £150,000 and £750,000 and provide services in any of the following areas to help meet the needs of communities affected by the recession?

  • well being and health
  • advice, information and guidance
  • loss of income, training and skills


This first phase of the Modernisation Fund Grants Programme is aimed at helping organisations like yours to understand your needs better. From Monday 1 June to Friday 17 July you are invited to apply for £1,000 bursaries to pay for initial advice to explore how you can become more resilient and increase your impact by working more closely with others.

From September, grants of up to £10,000 will be available to help organisations (that have gone through the bursary phase of the programme) to take the next steps towards collaboration or merger.

To find out more about the programme and access a range of useful resources to help you explore your organisational needs, please visit www.modernisationfund.org.uk .

The local delivery agent is the Suffolk Association of Voluntary Organisations (SAVO) for Suffolk.. Please call Tom Bright for further details on Tel: 01473-275193 or email tom.bright@savo.co.uk


MAY 2009


1.  Funding Surgery in Saxmundham

The next Funding Surgery for local social enterprises, community and voluntary groups will be held in the town on Wednesday 20 May 2009 by the Suffolk Coastal Resource Network.  The appointments are between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Venue: Social Care Offices / Library Interview Room in Street Farm Road.

To book an appointment, please contact

Sue Clements

Voluntary and Community Sector Development Coordinator

Suffolk Coastal Resource Network


Tel: 01473 275195    


APRIL 2009


1.  Wanted: Volunteer Suffolk Coastal Co-ordinator

Salary: £18,270 per annum (pro rata)

A proactive, organised, self-motivated and communicative person is sought for a 20 hours per week outreach post (initial one year contract) to promote and develop volunteering in the south and east of the Suffolk Coastal area

Closing date for applications: 24.04.09 ( The post will be subject to an enhanced CRB check)

Full details and application form from: Suffolk Association of Voluntary Organisations

Tel: 01473 273273 or Email: enquiries@savo.co.uk


2. Community Funding & Grants for local Voluntary & Community Organisations

Suffolk Foundationis a grant giving organisation that supports local community groups and projects which make a genuine difference to the lives of Suffolk people. They manage funds on behalf of individuals, companies, trusts and public agencies, acting as the vital link between local donors and local needs.

For example,Grassroots Grants Funding

Voluntary and Community Groups working in Suffolk with an income of under £30,000 per year

and who were established before December 2007  could apply for a grant of up to £3,000 to help your group grow!


For further information, click here.


MARCH 2009


1. Big Lottery Fund - Sustainability Event

Local IP17 social enterprise PASTEL is supporting The Big Lottery Fund who have put together a a one day series of workshops to help enterprises, who are coming to the end of their Lottery funding, plan for their long-term funding future and the sustainability of their projects and organisation.

The day wll cver such topics as business planning for organisations, social enterprise in practice and commissioning and contracts.

Don Tricker, PASTEL CEO, will lead the workshop on "Becoming a Community Interest Company (CIC)."

The event will take place on April 2nd (9.30am- 3.30pm) in Cambridge. For further details, please click here.


2.Soundwaves supports Local would-be Musicians and Bands

Soundwaves is celebrating the launch of it's second album,  Sounds of the Eas t Coast 2 , on  Saturday April 4th  2009  at Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge, from 7-11pm to help raise funds to see the project into it's third year.

The album is a celebration of musical talent from rural Suffolk. Twenty-four young bands and artists competed in The Soundwaves Ultimate Bands Contest  to win their place on it, and they were selected by audience and judge vote for their talent, commitment, enthusiasm and above all, passion for music, although this was evident in all the bands and artists taking part. 

Each band was given a day of studio time in the Summerhill Studios, Leiston, with sound engineer Henry Readhead, to record three tracks, each written by the young bands. Their creativity, individuality, and unique style was encouraged and supported, so you can expect to hear a broad range of musical styles when you listen.

The bands appearing on the album  are  Axis (Aldeburgh), Bernadette (Felixstowe), Containz Nutz (Woodbridge), Ed Sheeran (Framlingham), Friendly Misunderstood Rabbits , Hey Zuuz (Woodbridge), Mainstream Daydream, Silk and Steel (Felixstowe), Fick as Fieves (Aldeburgh)  and  Dirty Shockwaves.

The first copies off the press will be available to buy at the Soundwaves Album Launch Party. 

All the bands on the album will perform at the launch, and t o add to the celebrations, local heroes,  The Cheek (Cheeky Cheeky and the Nosebleeds) , will headline before they set off on a national tour.

The proceeds of both gig ticket and album sales will allow Soundwaves to continue it's unique programme of gigs featuring emerging local and UK-wide talent, recording experience, and music industry workshops with world-class specialists.

Tickets are £5 in advance, and available from the Seckford Theatre Box Office on 01394 615 015. There will be a limited number available on the door. 

Founded to provide musical activity in rural areas, Soundwaves aims to create opportunities for young people keen to get involved in the music industry, whether on-stage, behind the scenes, or in the audience.

To check out the bands, and find out more, visit www.myspace.com/suffolksoundwavesmusic.




1. Launch of 2009 Transition Training Workshops

Saturday February 28th sees the new 2009 series of PASTEL Transition Training workshops for young adults with learning disabilities, aged 11-25. PASTEL is a recognied Open College Network training centre and will be rewarding client progress with national accreditation awards.

These fun workshops run for 5 hours - 10.30am - 3.30pm - every other Saturday until Dec.19th and take place at The Riverside Centre, Stratford St.Andrew.

For more information, visit www.pastel.org.uk   or tel: 604944


2. Suffolk Coastal: Funding & Development Surgery

If you’re looking for new sources of funding or need advice about developing your voluntary or community group, come to a Funding & Development Surgery. You will receive an hour of one-to-one support where we focus on your specific needs.

Tue 3 Mar 10:00am – 1pm, Social Care Office Interview Room, Saxmundham

Surgeries appointment only. Call Karen Lawson on 01473 275195 or email karen.lawson@savo.co.uk




1. Two new business support schemes for IP17 social enterprises coming in the New Year!

  • Regional Business Support Voucher


The first is a new one-to-one business support Voucher, called the Regional Business Support Voucher and this has a value of £500. It will be launched early in the New Year.

With the current downturn in the economy, thought has been given to how Business Link East can flex resources to support social enterprisethrough the current recession. New businesses in particular are more vulnerable in their first 3 years of trading and in an economic downturn the dangers are exacerbated through tougher competition, more restrictive payment terms and supply chain pressures generally. Consequently this voucher will be available to all businesses employing less than 250 that have been trading for more than a year.

Thee social enterprise will need to work with a Business Link Adviser and will have had a "health check" and an action plan created to move the business forward. These vouchers can be used for advice and delivery of services where a need has been determined.The administration processes in respect of dealing with both of these new vouchers is identical to the existing arrangements.

  • Social Enterprise Business Support Grant


The ˜Social Enterprise Business Support Grant' is replacing the existing Business Link ˜Social Enterprise Voucher Scheme'. The new programme provides greater funding to those in need of business support and claims to be easier to access than the previous scheme. The grant is for up to £1,500 and covers the cost of business support consultancy and training (up to 100% of the cost). The grant must be used to pay for business support and cannot be used for:

  • Capital expenditure
  • Salaries of staff
  • Cost of legal action

Who can apply?

  • Social enterprises based in the East of England
  • Social enterprises that are already trading - to enable them to improve business efficiency and grow.

What is the process?

All applicants will need to have a diagnostic session with a Business Link Adviser. As part of this diagnostic session the client and the Business Link Adviser will agree an action plan, where the action plan identifies the need for business support consultancy or training the client may apply for the grant to cover the cost (up to £1,500).

The Business Link Adviser will assist the client in completing a simple application form and if approved the client will be able to reclaim the cost of the required consultancy (up to £1,500). Costs can be reclaimed in up to three stages to reduce client outlay.

Only consultants or training providers registered on the Business Link ˜Supplier Brokerage Service' may be used under this scheme.

For further information, please visit Business Link East - click here

and/or Tel: 08457 -171615





1. Paid Carer Support Workers required in IP17 Area

South East Suffolk Crossroads are seeking Carer Support Workers around the Saxmundham area.to support families of children/adults.

Staff will be working on a one-to-one basis and some work experience is required, plus the use of a car and telephone.

The hourly rate is £6.56 - enhanced for evenings and Sundays. Mileage will be reimbursed at 40p per mile

For further information please tel: 01473 730455


2. Get paid to check out other enterprises!

Only Connect is a visit scheme which enables organisations to visit other voluntary and community organisations to learn about their experiences. The scheme pays £150 for time and travel to visit another organisation to learn how they have diversified their income through trading, public service delivery or by using loan finance. The scheme also pays the host organisation £200 as a consultation fee.

For more information and application form, click here.


The next round closes on Wednesday 10 December 2008.




1. Saxmundham Social Enterprise selected for Big Lottery Fund Showcase

"PASTEL provides a varied programme of creative activities for young people with learning difficulties and is a great example of how Big Lottery Funding can make a real difference to people's lives. The project was filmed as one of ten 3-minute films which aim to showcase a range of projects across the UK to promote the consultation on our strategy for 2009 - 2015, Big thinking." Jonathan Clark, Head of Region for the East of England, Big Lottery Fund.

To view the Big Lottery Fund video of the PASTEL Shadow Puppet Show, please click here .



2. Are you a "Tugger" with time to spare?

The Rural Coffee Caraven information need ;people to tow their caravan to rural locations in the Suffolk Coastal area, from April to October.

If you have towing experience, like getting out and about and chatting to people and you have a few hours to spare from time to time thn they would like to hear from you.Expenses paid.

For more information, please contact Ann Osborn E-mail coffee.caravan@btinternet.com or Tel: 01379-855338


3. Free Training for "Managing Voluntary and Community Organisations"

The Suffolk Association of Voluntary Organisations (SAV0) are offering  a free course with student accreditation (NOCN Level 2 accredited)

SAVO are able to offer this popular course free again, but this time as individual topics and modules.

The Managing Voluntary and Community Organisations Course is an Open College

Network (NOCN) Level 2 (equal to a NVQ level 2) qualification and develops the

skills and competencies of people:

• who are or intending to become managers or committee members/trustees of

voluntary and / or community organisation

• who would like to develop professionally within their current role

• who work or volunteer in the voluntary and community sector but not

necessarily in a management role

• who work with the voluntary sector

• who would like to start up a community or voluntary group.

You can undertake individual modules from the course even if you do not want to go

forward for accreditation. Many of the exercises and worksheets you complete

during the course however will help in developing your accreditation portfolio.

For further information, a full list of the modules, their content and when they will be running and a booking form, please contact Tracy Ray at SAVO: Tel:01473 275198 or E-mail





1. The Big Lottery selects Sax project as one of final ten nationwide finalists

The PASTEL Community Interest Company, based in Saxmundham, is having its Shadow Puppet Show filmed as part of a TV programme, sponsored by The Big Lottery. The Shadow Puppet show - produced especially for the Saxmundham Arts Festival - is the culmination of some recent training workshops, run by PASTEL to devlop the confidence and team-working skills of young adults with learning disabilities. The public show, aimed at primary school-aged children during their half-term, is free to attend and takes place at 11am on Thurday, Oct.30th at The market Hall, high Street, Saxmundham. For further information, please click here.



2. Public Meeting to hear the Results of the Mass Survey of the IP17 District Needs

Saturday, November 1st at the Gannon Rooms, Saxmundham. 10.00am-12.30pm. Drop in anytime.

The Saxmundham and District Community Interest Company will present the results of their recent survey that went to 5500 households in the local area.

Over 1,000 completed responses were logged.69% of respondents were based in Saxmundham, Kelsale and Benhall. The remainder were mainly from Yoxford, Snape, Friston, Farnham, Rendham, Sweffling, Peasenhall and Sibton.

The survey also identified needs related to shopping and the economic development of the town. There are other critical issues also facing our town:

















































































































































































































































































































































































•  The Takeover of Somerfields by Co-op Group
















































































































































































































































































































































































•  The Schools Reorganisation review
















































































































































































































































































































































































•  The Future of Healthcare in the locality
















































































































































































































































































































































































•  A possible Second small Supermarket


The Saxmundham and District Community Interest Company will be taking forward their planning for a Community Enterprise Centre and will be supporting and lobbying others who are responsible for the other needs identified in the survey eg Saxmundham town centre, healthcare, education, policing and highway issues.

Of these the most important is undoubtedly the needs of young people in the area for better facilities and support.


See what has been said by your friends and neighbours and take this opportunity to help finalise the Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company's "Action Plan for Saxmundham".


3. The Soundwaves Ultimate Bands Contest

The Soundwaves Ultimate Bands Contest is offering bands and solo artists with original material the chance to compete, battle-of-the-bands style, for the opportunity to work with top industry professionals, record demo CDs, and perform live on stage.

Over the course of two heats, held in Woodbridge’s Seckford Theatre, twenty four bands/artists will battle it out on stage, but before stepping out to impress the judges, these bands will be given a live performance workshop by Henry Readhead, the resident engineer/producer at Summerhill Studios.

Ten of the 24 bands will be selected to record a three-track demo at Summerhill Studios. One track from each band will be showcased on the new Soundwaves album, to be released next year, and these talented ten will also be offered the chance to attend workshops run by music industry professionals.

If you, or a young band you know would like to enter the comp, here's how you do it:

1) Check the criteria below:

One or more members of the band must live in the Suffolk Coastal District You must all be aged between 11-26 years old You must have your own material - no covers please

2) Confirm your place in the contest by sending us your:

1) Band name
2) The names of all your band members (and what they play/do)
3) Your myspace page (if you have one)
4) A contact phone number
5) A working email address
6) A postal address

NB All your details will be kept strictly confidential, and will not be used for any purpose other than for information regarding this competition.

The first heat is on Friday November 8, the second heat will take place on Saturday December 6. Each gig starts at 7pm and will go on until approximately 11pm. Tickets cost £5 (£4 concessions) from the box office at Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge - call 01394 615015. You must have pre-registered to take part in the heats, and be available on both the heat dates.

For the lucky ten bands, Tom Haxell, a band manager who has worked with Sinead O’Connor, Republica, We Start Fires and John Reynolds, will be holding workshops about the music industry today, while Maureen Scott will be providing professional voice coaching. She has worked with Mika, Razorlight and The Subways and teaches at the Royal Academy of Music.

In recognition of the fact that a strong image is also an important factor in music, Nigel Ball, a lecturer in Graphic Design at University Campus Suffolk and part-time vocalist, will be discussing how bands create their identities using graphics, promotion and branding.

Soundwaves is a project that is giving young people in our district the chance to fine-tune their talents and learn new skills with help from the experts. It is hoped that as many people as possible come forward both to take part in the contest and come to the heats to see and hear for themselves the wide range of budding stars that the project is helping to develop.

Soundwaves was set up by a grassroots group of people with a passion for music and is funded by Suffolk Coastal, Awards for All, Local Network Fund, Police Pathway Funds and extended schools in Felixstowe.

For further information/registration, contact the Soundwaves team:

Click here or tel: 07984 144598


4. Vacancy for Part-Time Outreach Worker for local Volunteer Centre


Framlingham Volunteer Centre are seeking an outreach worker to cover the Aldeburgh, Saxmundham and Leiston Area. The successful candidate will actively recruit prospective volunteers and accept requests for voluntary assistance from groups and organisations in the area.


The position is part-time, 8 hours per week initially. The post will suit a person with good communication skills. Computer literacy in Word and Excel is essential. A clean driving licence is essential as is the use of a vehicle. A mileage allowance is paid to cover motoring expenses.


For an application form and more information please contact Jan Wright tel: 621210

or by email: framvc@btconnect.com .


Closing date for applications Friday 28 th November, 2008




1. FREE BUSINESS SUPPORT for local start-up and existing Social Enterprises!

Business Link have launched business support Vouchers for Social Enterprise:These vouchers subsidise the cost of specialist consultancy support for new and existing social enterprises. This cost has long been a barrier for social enterprises wishing to benefit from some forms of expert advice to assist their enterprise.

If you are starting a social enterprise you will now be able to benefit from the two existing Business Link start up vouchers (worth a total of £200) and a further social enterprise voucher worth £130.  In addition to this, SEEE members will be able to receive an extra £130 voucher to use towards business consultancy fees. This will give start up social enterprises up to £460 worth of one to one business support.in addition to Business Link's free start up workshop programme.

If you are an existing social enterprise, a Business Link Social Enterprise Adviser will be able to diagnose your support needs and, where one to one consultancy support is required, can provide you with vouchers and details of consultants, who can help you. The support provided by the Business Link Adviser is free of charge.Trading social enterprises will be able to access up to 3 Business Link vouchers (worth £130 each) and SEEE members will be able to claim a further £130 voucher on top of these.

  • To find out more about social enterprise in Suffolk, visit Social Enterprise Network Suffolk (SENS) - the sub-regional network for the Social Enterprise East of England (SEEE).

NB> You can also directly contact, without any obligation, one of the local business support consultants - approved for the scheme by Business Link and actually based in IP17.

To find out, first hand, how the system could work for you, visit:  Suffolk Enterprise Business Support and/or teL; 604944.


2. Calling all Carers!

Rural East Suffolk Carers Action Network (RESCAN) is a new independent Carer support group – run by local Carers for local Carers.

A “Carer” is a person of any age, who without being employed as such, cares for another person who needs ongoing support because of a learning disability, a long term medical condition, a mental illness, a physical disability, frailty or the need for palliative care.

A Carer may or may not be a family member and may or may not live with the person.
Monthly Informal Meetings – 10 - 11am

(usually on the second Thursday in the month)

The Market Hall,

High Street, Saxmundham, IP17 1AF

Starting Thursday September 11th
If you are a Carer in East Suffolk, then you’re welcome to join us for an informal coffee session, where we exchange one-to-one emotional support, information and advice on such topics as respite, benefits, transport and local services for those being cared for.

Please feel free to drop in or for further information on future meetings and the programme of topics for discussion, please Tel: 07912-222295 or check the Calendar on this website.



The Boundary Committee is currently engaged in a major review which will affect the future lives of all who live and work in what is currently defined as "Suffolk". They are looking at the probable introduction of new unitary local authorities in this area by doing away with Suffolk County Council, as it now stands, and all the district authorities eg Suffolk Coastal. Instead of split responsibilities, everything  in any newly defined area would be under "one roof".

Many residents and enterprises have already submitted their own views and wishes, alonside the political parties and existing local authorities, down to parish/town councils. You can view their submissions on the Boundary Committee's website.

This is not a time to sit back. Please grab this opprtunity to ensure YOUR voice is heard. Any changes may well have a significant influence on all aspects of your future life for many years to come.

All responses should reach the Boundary Committee by 26th September 2008.

For a background briefing, the timetable, proposals, responses and the story so far, click here.

You can e-mail your response to: reviews@boundarycommittee.org.uk




1. Community Funding & Grants for local Voluntary & Community Organisations

The Suffolk Foundation has won £1.7million of the Government's new Grass Roots Grants Funding for long-term support of voluntary and community organisations, and social enterprises, in Suffolk.

This funding will be distributed in amounts ranging from £250 - £5,000 among small voluntary and community groups, and social enterprises, with incomes of less than £20,000 per year, enabling them to make life changing differences.

For further information, click here.


JULY 2008


1. Four big local public leisure events supporting charitable enterprise!

  • Music on the Green, Martlesham - Saturday, July 12th. For further information, click here
  • Hachfest, Hacheston - Friday July 18th - Sunday July 20th. For further information, click here
  • Brook Farm Residents Association Family Fun Day & Evening Disco - Saturday July 19th. For further information, click here
  • Benhall Music Day - Saturday, July 26th.For further information, click here



JUNE 2008


1. Major Postal Survey to Develop Local IP17 Amenities

Later this month the volunteer directors of the Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) have organised a mass postal survey of households in Saxmundham and the surrounding area - to help build a picture of local needs and wants, prior to initiating discussions with Suffolk County Council and preparing major funding bids to the Lottery and other funding bodies.

The survey, involving the mailing of over 5,500 questionnaires,will cover the parishes of Benhall & Sternfield, Farnham and Stratford St Andrew, Friston, Gt.Glemham, Kelsale cum Carlton, Peasenhall, Rendham, Saxmundham, Sibton, Snape, Sweffling and Yoxford - most of IP17. the mailing will take place between June 10th and June 20th

The current round of SADCIC consultations with residents and local community and voluntary groups, social enterprises, local businesses and other local agencies and bodies has pointed to the possibility of a multi-agency, multi-use "Community Enterprise Centre" being designed and built in 2010-2011.

It is important that as many local people as possible express their feeling by responding to the survey, which includes a pre-paid envelope to post back completed questionnaires. These findings will form a key part of the evidence required for the Business Plan (to be completed by the end of 2008) and the subsequent funding bids, which will start in 2009. The bidding/funding process is complex in its self and will probably take the best part of a year to process.

For further SADCIC information and regular news update, please click here.



MAY 2008


1. Community Radio coming to the IP17 district

Subject to a sufficient number of local volunteers coming forward - Media Fish, a social enterprise based in Felixstow, plans to start broadcasting online and eventually cover the whole of Suffolk Coastal, via a number of local community websites..

Meanwhile you can tune into Felixstowe Radio


APRIL 2008


1. A local team of Community Development Volunteers participated in Wisbech Event

left to right: Terry Barrow, Phil Peeling, Katie Hopkins and Don Tricker

Three directors of the Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company – Terry Barrow, Phil Peeling and Don Tricker – were invited to take part in a major regional community event in Wisbech, aimed at helping with the regeneration one of Wsbech's historic buildings.


'You've Been Fired-Up' was an EEDA-sponsored two-day event, run by Action for Market Towns, where 35 delegates from across the country learnt how to renovate old buildings to become community facilities.

Mimicking the Apprentice television series, delegates were placed in teams to undertake six tasks which helped them assess the future use of the Wisbech Institute. Tasks included market research, business planning and a mock radio interview with a BBC interviewer

Their final task was to make a presentation to a panel of experts, which included the glamourous Katie Hopkins - TV star of "The Apprentice" (with Sir alan Sugar) and "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here". The winning team was led by Liz Burton, another local Suffolk Coastal social entrepreneur with Felixstowe Radio.

NB. There is currently regional and national funding to enable community partnerships to take on the management and ownership of buildings
which are underused, derelict or in a bad state of repair, in order to unlock their potential for community use.


1. Bruisyard lands Big Lottery Grant for New Village Hall!

The Bruisyard Village Hall Committee (BVHC)have successfully bid to th Big Lottery Fund to build a new village hall - and have been granted £187,000.Bruisyard has no other public building and David Smith, secretary of BVHC, said the hall would help address the problems of social isolation which could be particularly acute for the young and the elderly in a rural community.The new building will be built on the Parish Park, renovated by the parish council, and already has planning permission.The new village hall will be completed by autumn 2009 and is set to become the village hub and provide a youth club, a senior citizen's lunch club and a training centre. For further information,click here.



MARCH 2008


1. Unlocking the talent of our communities

On 5 March 2008 Communities Secretary Hazel Blears announced plans for a new White Paper focused on empowering citizens…

The Empowerment White Paper, to be published in the summer, will set out how the untapped talent of communities can be unleashed to ensure everyone has a greater say in improvements to public services, local accountability and opportunities for enterprise.

Over the coming months the government will be consulting with a wide range of people to contribute to the thinking that goes into the White Paper. In order to focus people's minds a discussion document Unlocking the talent of our communities has been produced, which seeks views on a number of issues, including; ways to improve deprived areas, encourage active citizenship, improve local public services by involving local users and strengthen local accountability.

To view the discussion document, please click here.

The government welcomes your thoughts on the issues raised in this paper and your feedback will help shape future policy. You can respond in a number of ways:
















































































































































































































































































































































































Ø send an email to unlockingtalent@communities.gsi.gov.uk
















































































































































































































































































































































































Ø write to the Community Empowerment White Paper Unit, Communities and Local Government, Zone 5/C6, Eland House, Bressenden Place , London SW1E 5DU

Ø visit: haveyoursay.communities.gov.uk/forums and take part in the online discussion.

2. Family Fun Day in Yoxford - Entrance Free


Between 10am - 3pm on Thursday March.27th at the Yoxford Primary School & Yoxford Village Hall, there will be a Family Fun Day with indoor and outdoor activities for all ages - includes mobile skate park, sports activities, easter egg hunt, fun activities and refreshments. Entrance is free. For further information, contact Sharon Jarret on tel: 01394-444697 or e-mail sharon.jarrett@ suffolkcoastal .gov.uk

3. Easter Disco for the Kids

Brook Farm Residents Association is running an Easter disco fo children up to the age of 13 accompanied by adults - 4-6pm The Market Hall, Saxmundham on Sat. Mar 22nd .There will be a disco to dance to, and they will be able show off their vocal talents with the karaoke,.supplied by Jo from Ace Karaoke. There will be a £1 charge for each child. There will be soft drinks and a 'tuck' shop available. This is a non alcohol function. For further information, tel 603860.




1. The University of the Third Age (U3A) Open Meeting for All

The University of the Third Age (U3A) are holding an open meeting - 2-4pm on Tues. Feb. 26th in the Market Hall, Saxmundham - for those looking for a new interest. The U3A is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment, providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. Visitors are welcome to this meeting to find out more about the range of talks and interest groups offered by the U3A in East Suffolk and to meet some of the existing members. For further information, visit www.u3a-es.org.uk or tel: 668100


2. Public Consultation on Local Community Developments

Over 180 local residents, young and old, streamed into the Market Hall, Saxmundham on Saturday morning on February 23rd to register their thoughts and opinions on local facilities and amenities - and say what additional facilities and amenities they would like to see! The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company held the drop-in morning with

displays to explain the Community Plan consultation programme and the results so far. Everyone had the opportunity to drop in anytime during the four hours, have a tea or coffee, talk to the directors and volunteers and register their queries, comments and suggestions to help develop a vibrant and thriving local community.It seems like there was plenty to talk about!

It was noted that the equivalent enterprise in Wickham Market had so far raised over £1,000,000 to build a children's playground, a teenage skate park and a resource centre housing the library and assorted meeting rooms and offices.

For further information on the results regarding Saxmundham and the surrrounding area, visit www.saxcommunity.co.uk or tel: 604584 / 602177.


3. Youth Creative Arts Show

Creative Crafts by Young People with Drawing and Painting all selected by CYDS at the Aldeburgh Cinema Gallery 10am to 5pm.on Saturday February 16th and Sunday February 17th. For further information, tel 830716




1. New local Carers support group set up.

RESCAN - the Rural East Suffolk Carers Action Network - is an independent carer support group – run by local carers for local carers .

A “carer” is a person of any age, who without being employed as such, cares for another person who needs ongoing support because of a learning disability, a long term medical condition, a mental illness, a physical disability, frailty or the need for palliative care. A carer may or may not be a family member and may or may not live with the person.

If you are a carer in East Suffolk, then you're welcome to join RESCAN for an informal coffee session, for the exchange ofone-to-one emotional support, information and advice on such topics as respite, benefits, transport and local services for those being cared for.

For further information and the dates of the monthly meetings - usually the first Tuesday of every month, starting on Jan.8th - please click here.




1. Seaman Avenue Developments by Suffolk County Council

An outline planning application has been submitted to Suffolk Coastal Disdtrict Council by Suffolk County Council's agents, to demolish of Seaman House and erect 33 dwellings to include an new car park for Saxmundham Day Centre as well as related infrastructure and access to Saxmundham Middle School ,

This is a major proposal and may affect a right of way.

The application and drawings are available for inspection by calling the Saxmundham Town Clerk, Maddie Gallop, on tel: 604595.

Comments should be sent to d.c.admin@SuffolkCoastal.gov.uk quoting Applicant Number: .C/07/2195.(SEAMAN HOUSE, SEAMAN AVENUE , SAXMUNDHAM, SUFFOLK)



2. The Saxmundham Community Plan

 On Dec 11 2007 in the Saxmundham Market Hall, the Saxmundham and District Community Development Partnership (SADCDP) held a successful workshop to identify the key issues that need to be addressed in developing a plan to determine the future development of Saxmundham and the district. The workshop was attended by representatives of local community organisations, district and county organisations who support community partnerships in their role of acting as focal points for development of facilities for our market towns.


Members of The Civic Trust, who SADCDP has commissioned to assist with the development of its Saxmundham Community Plan, facilitated at the workshop to ensure that everyone had a say and provide an independent summary. This body has extensive experience in market town planning and development.


The workshop focussed on social and community issues in the morning and then broadened up to cover infrastructure and economic issues. The results of earlier town and youth surveys were summarised and available to participants as were recent questionnaires that had been issued to local parishes, businesses and community organisations.


The following key issues were identified as requiring further consultation and development. These will be addressed in the New Year when further extensive consultation and review will be undertaken.


Action areas for further review:


  1. Youth facilities. This was seen as the top priority for action in the town. Little has been done in recent years and youngsters lack their own locations where they can meet up and enjoy their own facilities.
  2. Community facilities. It was identified that the town's community facilities have not been enhanced to match the growth in population and needs of a modern community. Issues included indoor sport, and the disparate and aging infrastructure of meeting and activity rooms.
  3. Economic development. The lack of high quality employment opportunities in the town was seen as a major barrier to the quality of life for the community with limited opportunity for young people and an ever-growing commuter population. The need for more positive support from all the agencies that influence such developments was identified as a critical issue.
  4. Health Facilities . The failure of the PCT to meet the needs of the fast growing community by failing to support the proposed multi-agency health centre was seen as a key issue for the town and surrounding parishes. The lack of local NHS Dentistry was also a problem.
  5. Adult Education. The Workshop identified a lack of local vocational training in areas such as IT and business skills




1. PASTEL becomes the first Community Interest Company to be registered in IP17

The social enterprise PASTEL - training young adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities - has successfully applied to the CIC Regulator to convert from a Company Limited by Guarantee to a Community Interest Company and in doing so it became one of the first in Suffolk.

From July 2005 social enterprises have also been able to register as Community Interest Companies. Community Interest Companies (CICS) are limited companies, with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage. This is achieved by a "community interest test" and "asset lock", which ensure that the CIC is established for community purposes and the assets and profits are dedicated to these purposes. Registration of a company as a CIC has to be approved by the Regulator who also has a continuing monitoring and enforcement role.

For further information, please click here.





1. New local social enterprise gets off the ground

The creation of local community development companies is actively encouraged by the Government and The Saxmundham and District Community Development Partnership Ltd was formed with the local support of both Saxmundham Town Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council.

It is a social enterprise with social objectives which are actively engaged in the regenerationof an area, whilst ensuring that the benefits are returned to the community.

It has a board of directors who represent various community interests but make decisions for the benefit of the whole community. The directors are all unsalaried volunteers.

Responding to local needs, community development companies make things happen in their community, e.g. community/resource centres,business start up, managed workspace,recycling, environmental improvements,management of public space, advice and debt counselling, welfare advice, energy efficiency advice, family support, child care services, community grants schemes, affordable housing, volunteering, job training, youth work,micro credit, supplementary education,community safety, transport schemes,festivals and arts activities, sports and leisure, community cafes andrestaurants, food markets, healthyliving schemes….

The Saxmundham and District Community Development Partnership Ltd, which covers 12 local parishes, will shortly be conducting a survey of the area and residents to draw up priorities and an Action Plan.

Meanwhile, further information can be gained by clicking here.


                                                                                                                                                               SEPTEMBER 2007


1.. Erection of two retail units, with first floor storage, and 14 residential units in Church Street, Saxmundham

A (revised) full planning application has been submitted for land and buildings south of Church Street - opposite Somerfiels supermarket.

The application and drawings are available for inspection by calling the Saxmundham Town Clerk, Maddie Gallop, on tel: 604595.

No affordable housing is being proposed!

Comments should be sent to d.c.admin@SuffolkCoastal.gov.uk quoting Applicant Number: C/07/1464/FUL.


2. "Big Bus" Event

There will be a “Big Bus” event at 6.00-7.30pm on Tuesday, September 25 th at the Riverside Centre, Stratford St.Andrew.


See the bus purchased to deliver mobile out of school hours activities to market towns and smaller rural communities in our area.


Find out more about the proposed project – its aims and key partners and have your say!


Double-decker buses already converted and delivering similar programmes elsewhere in the region will also be on display. Light refreshments available.


For more information e-mail: Rachel.rowe@cyp.suffolkcc.gov.uk


3. New Funding for Social Enterprise in Suffolk

The Suffolk Strategic Partnership has launched its Performance Reward Grant (PRG) worth just over £0.75 million. The grant can be applied for through a tender application process that is open to social enterprises who wish to apply to deliver activities that will help to address:

  • Support for Social Enterprises
  • That promote Social Inclusion
  • The Engagement of Young People
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Improve Rural Service provision
  • That strengthen links between Communtities and the Natural Environment
  • Help Communities to reduce Carbon Emissions
  • Support 2012 in Suffolk


The Suffolk Strategic Partnership is particularly keen to see smaller social enterprises engaged in PRG tenders and would like to encourage partnerships. Individual social enterprises can apply for PRG funding.

For further information, click here .

                                                                                                                                                                                  AUGUST 2007


1. Mobile Skate Park comes to Saxmundham - for 5 Thursdays in August!

While residents continue to wait for the much-heralded Saxmundham Skate Park on the Memorial Field - promised to arrive for the last 2 years by Saxmundham Town Council - Suffolk Coastal District Council are stepping in to provide a temporary mobile skate park for the August school holiday period.

The skatepark will be at Saxmundham Middle School on Thursdays August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30. On each day there is coaching between 11am and 12 noon, and skating from 12.15pm to 3pm. Each session costs £1 per hour per person.

The mobile skatepark, for those 8 and over, will provide a supervised and safe environment with basic coaching with lots of safety tips, and skateboards, helmets and pads which can be borrowed on the day.

For more information, or to find how to bring the skatepark to your area, call Active Leisure on 01394 444652, or email active.leisure@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk



JULY 2007


1. Local Artist offers Free Art Works to Local Charitable Enterprises.


Stephie Griffiths,Encaustician, is offering 2 encaustic wax framed works of art per year painted by herself) as donations to local charitable causes.The charitable enterprise could then either raffle/auction/or use the gift in what ever way they liked, to raise funds for their cause. If required, and within reason, Stephie could tailor-make the paintings to be in some small way, representative of the charititable enterprises work.

To take advantage of this offer, please view examples and then contact Stephie by clicking here.


2.. Demolition/relocation of Saxmundham Youth Club & Construction of new Chidren's Centre

Suffolk County Council have submitted a planning application for the "Demolition of Youth Club building (Youth Club to relocated) and construction of new childrens centre.". The location refers to the current youth club site in the grounds of Saxmundham Middle School, Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham !P17 1DZ.

The youth club is to be moved to the refurbished Saxmundham Resource Centre close by in Seaman Avenue.

The application and drawings are available for inspection by calling the Saxmundham Town Clerk, Maddie Gallop, on tel: 604595. Comments should be sent to planning officer Carl Allen at Suffolk Coastal District Council.Carl.Allen@SuffolkCoastal.gov.uk quoting Applicant Number: C/07/1262  (received 9/7/07).



3. New Website for the Social Enterprise Network Suffolk (SENS).

SENS is the Suffolk trade association for local social enterprises.

A social enterprise is a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.

Social enterprises tackle a wide range of social and environmental issues and operate in all parts of the economy. By using business solutions to achieve public good, the Government believes that social enterprises have a distinct and valuable role to play in a helping create a strong, sustainable and socially inclusive economy.

Social enterprises are diverse. They include local community enterprises, social firms, mutual organizations such as co-operatives and large scale organizations operating nationally or internationally. There is no single legal model for social enterprise. They include companies limited by guarantee, community interest companies, industrial and provident societies and companies limited by shares; some organisations are unincorporated and others are registered charities.

For more details, click here.


JUNE 2007

1. FREE Training for local community and voluntary groups!

If your annual turnover is less than £15,000, the Suffolk Association of Voluntary Organisations (SAVO) is offering:

  • Free tailored training for your management committee, or volunteers,on a range of subjects eg Committee Skills, Effective Meetings, minute Taking, Committee roles and Responsibilities, Business pllanning and more...
  • Free Courses/free places on accredited and certificated courses, such as 1st Aid, Food hygiene, Fire marshall training and Manual Handling courses.


  • Getting your voice heard – a free one day course on Advocacy and Representation – 10 th July
  • Soft Outcomes Universal Learning (SOUL) – a toolkit of resources to measure the progress of individual learning.  Really useful for groups that work directly with service users to build their capacity in some way. – 11 th July.


Hurry now! This offer of free training only lasts until the end of July!

For further details, contact SAVO on tel: 01473-273273


2. New bus- outreach youth provision for the Saxmundham district?

Rachel Rowe, the local Extended Schools Development Officer will be giving a presentation about the real opportunity for the surronding parishes to make use of a ""Cliuster Bus", similar to the kitted out double-decker serving the Bungay/Beccles area, known as thhe "4 Towns Bus". Rachel will be joined by the Head of the Waveney Community Forum who "own" the "4 Towns Bus".

The presentations will take place on Wednesday, June 20th at The Riverside Centre, Stratford St.Andrew - starting at 6.30pm.

This is a meeting for the whole of the local community - the general public and especially young people - to be inormed, discuss and, for those interested, to become part of a ‘steering group' to move the project forward. Issues to be discussed and resolved are such items the holder of the correct license, driving a double decker bus, bus storage, sponsorship/ marketing or finding people/organisations interested in manning the youth provision on the bus if given training ( or who have it already). Anyone just interested to find out more is very welcome.

For further details, contact Rachel Rowe Tel:07917071285



3. FREE Networking Lunch & Workshop for local community and voluntary groups!

Suffolk Association of Voluntary Organisations (SAVO) is sponsoring an event to bring local groups together (click here) with short talks on the sources of support available, including funding (also check here). There will be an opportinity for groups to explain their group and their needs..

For further details, contact Karen Lawson, VCS Development Co-ordinator for Suffolk Coastal or Sue Stephens (SAVO) on tel: 01473-273273


4. FREE Business Skills Training for Social Enterprise and Voluntary Sector!

What the programme covers:

  • Understanding and identifying key organisational objectives
  • Developing an organisational Improvement Action Plan and training plans
  • Understanding the purpose and benefit of planning for training and development
  • Analysing current and future training needs for your organisation
  • Preparing a training plan


The course dates are:Tuesday 19th , Thursday 21st and Wednesday 27th of June. Maidenhall Nursery, Ipswich

Signing up to the programme means a commitment to attending all three days. Expenses costs for travel can be claimed.Group bookings from one organisation are encouraged.

For more information, please contact the Events Booking Team on 0845 601 1000 or book online through www.bookevents.org


MAY 2007


1. Local Election Results. Find out who your newly elected District, Town and Parish councillors are by clicking here.


APRIL 2007


1. Major Saxmundham Mixed Planning Application: Capital Associates (Saxmundham) Ltd - a London Property Development Company - have submitted an outline planning application for a mixed development of including healthcare (D1) &/or business (B1, B2 & B8); Residential (C3); & local retail (A1); together with associated highways, car parking, landscaping & other associated works. This is contrary to the local Development Plan and may affect a public right of way.The land is currently zoned only for employment use - and has been marketed unsuccessfully as such for the last 20 or years...

The devlopment relates to land between Rendham Road and A12, Rendham Road, Saxmundham.The application was received by Suffolk Coastal District Council on 12/04/2007.

The developers envisage this to be the new potential location for the much discussed Saxmundham Social Care and Health Centre ("One Stop Shop"), an office building, warehouse/industrial units, a shop and around 90 mixed dwellings (1,2,3,4 bedroom houses/apartments). Around 30 of the new houses will be "affordable" for thoose on low income and in housing need.

The application and drawings are available for inspection by calling the Saxmundham Town Clerk, Maddie Gallop, on tel: 604595. Comments should be sent to planning officer Martin Price at Suffolk Coastal District Council.Martin.Price@SuffolkCoastal.gov.uk quoting Applicant Number: C/07/0703.



2. Annual Charities Market on Saturday, April 21st - The Saxmundham Town Council, as part of their St.Georges Day (weekend) celebrations are including a Charities Market - in Fromus Square, Saxmundham - to promote local voluntary and community organisations. The event will run from 10am to 2pm and local groups will need to provide their own display tables. For more details phone 604595.


3. Calling all bands and local musical talent! On 29th April,Soundwaves are holding auditions in the Market Hall for bands who would like to be considered for the Soundwaves Album. The album will be recorded at a professional recording studio in Leiston, mastered and 1000 copies pressed, for sale and distribution by all involved in the project.


MARCH 2007


1. 49 new affordable dwellings for Saxmundham? Hopkins Homes Ltd have submitted a planning application for building on the north side of Church Hill, covering the construction of 146 dwellings, including 49 affordable units, with associated access and the provisions of public open space, footpaths and cycleways and pedestrian links to the Town Centre. The application and drawings are available for inspection by calling the Saxmundham Town Clerk, Maddie Gallop, on tel: 604595. Comments should be sent to planning officer Steve Milligan at Suffolk Coastal District Council.Steve.Milligan@SuffolkCoastal.gov.uk quoting Applicant Number: C/07/0362

For more information on this proposed development, click here.




1. New Saxmundham Community Website: A new community website has been launched covering the IP17 post code area around Saxmundham - www.saxcom.org.uk . Please spread the word to local residents and local voluntary and commnity groups in the wider Saxmundham area.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. New Youth Club for Saxmundham - A joint venture between Suffolk County Council and CYD opens on Feb.6th at the Saxmundham Community Education Centre (in the Middle School grounds). It plans to run weekly on a Tuesday evening (4.00-9.30pm) and is aimed at young adults aged 13-19. For further information visit the Resource Centre page.

                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Local Social Enterprise awarded £39,000 by the Big Lottery - Saxmundham-based PASTEL, supporting young adults with learning difficulties (11-25) has won a Lottery award to launch and roll out their Transition Traing Programme on fortnightly Saturdays, starting Saturday, March 31st.For further information visit the Resource Centre page.


4. A New Umbrella Organisation for Saxmundham and District. A new local voluntary group has become incorporated as "The Saxmundham & District Community Development Partnership Ltd". THE SADCDP has been created to promote and support the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of Saxmundham and the surrounding district. Organisations like this, which also exist in Framlingham, Leiston and Wickham Market are being encouraged by the government as local self-help groups. The Wickham market partnership has in recent years raised c.£1,000,000 to build community amenities such as buildings and playgrounds. These organisations can bid for funds not available to local authorities.


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