Aldeburgh is to get a new Visitor Information Centre.
Suffolk Coastal District Council in partnership with the Aldeburgh Cinema Trust will be opening a new self-help service in the cinema foyer from Saturday April 1 2017. The cinema will now open between 10am and 5pm or 6pm (depending on the time of the year).
The new service will feature an interactive terminal for visitors to use to access key tourist information websites. Cinema staff and volunteers will be on hand to help.
Sally Irvine, Chair of the Aldeburgh Cinema Trust, said: "As a community cinema, we're delighted to be integrating the Visitor Information Service with our film entertainment. We look forward to welcoming visitors to the new service."
Aldeburgh Town Council is pleased to report on two substantial grants to improve sporting and cultural activities in the town.
Sport England have awarded the Town Council an £82,000 grant to improve drainage at King's Field recreation ground. The town's largest recreation ground is close to the marshes and over the last few years most of the land has become unusable after heavy rain. Now, the Town Council, in conjunction with Sport England, will improve drainage to create better facilities for rugby, football and a host of other sports. Councillor Sally Jones, who led the project to land the grant, said: "We can't thank Sport England enough for this money. It will make a huge difference to sports facilities in the town."
The work, which will start in the summer, will involve digging up a substantial section of King's Field, installing a network of drains and then re-laying the entire surface. The field will be out of action for some considerable time.
The Moot Hall and Aldeburgh Museum
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £77,000 to Aldeburgh Museum who will work in partnership with the Town Council to redevelop the 16th century building and museum. Project leaders will start work on the plan to massively improve the museum before applying for a full grant of around £800,000. The Moot Hall is the home of Aldeburgh Town Council and is one of Britain's oldest buildings to be used continuously for local government. The Mayor of Aldeburgh, Councillor John Digby, said the town council was delighted to be working with the Museum Trustees on a project that would better showcase the building, it's artefacts and the town's history. The Museum trustees hope to use digital technology and virtual reality displays to overcome a shortage of space.
For more information about the redevelopment project, click here.
Thursday March 9 - Annual Town Meeting at 7pm at the Aldeburgh Community Centre. The Mayor, Councillor John Digby, and the Aldeburgh Town Councillors are inviting all residents to the annual meeting so everyone can understand more about the work carried out by societies and organisations in Aldeburgh. Get your questions ready! All welcome, refreshments will be provided after the meeting.
Thursday March 9 to Wednesday March 15 - Aldeburgh Studio Trail preview at The Aldeburgh Gallery, High Street IP15 5AN (telephone 01728 452772). The Studio Trail runs during the last three weekends of June but many of the artists will be showing their work during this special preview. Works will include painting, printing, jewellery, ceramics and sculpture. There is a private view on Saturday March 11th from 6-8pm (all welcome).
Sunday March 12 - The Prometheus Orchestra at 4pm in The Jubilee Hall. A concert featuring Beethoven, Mozart, Respighi and Haydn. Tickets £15 (under 18 £5) available from Snape Maltings Box Office 01728 687110 or www.snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on or at the door.
Wednesday March 15 - Aldeburgh Good Neighbours Scheme (AGNES) will be holding its Annual General Meeting in the Church Hall, Victoria Road at 6.30pm. Volunteers, clients and supporters are all invited. Tea, coffee, wine and refreshments will be served following the meting.
Until March 17 - 12:00 pm Friday Lunchtime Concerts in the Jubilee Hall. See www.aldeburgh.co.uk for further details and tickets. For more than 25 years, young string quartets and chamber ensembles have come to Aldeburgh for a series of winter and spring residencies. They study intensively, gratefully accept hospitality from local friends and perform the results of their work in the lunchtime concerts at the Jubilee Hall.
Saturday March 18 -Aldeburgh Music Club Choir with the Jubilee Opera Chorus concert at 7.30pm at Snape Maltings Concert Hall. Featuring Orff's Carmina Burana and Lambert's The Rio Grande. Tickets £15, £18 or £22 (students half-price) available from Aldeburgh Music Box Office 01728 687110 0r www.aldeburghmusic.club
Friday March 24 - Aldeburgh Save the Children Branch Quiz Evening at 6.30pm in Aldeburgh Church Hall. Teams of six or individual applications welcome. Price £10 per person which includes a two-course supper. Enquiries: telephone 01394 387111 or email email@example.com
Thursday 30 March - Suffolk Wild Trust 'Spring Concert' at the Church of Saint Michael, Framlingham. Tickets £10 (students £6) incl. glass of wine & nibbles. Refreshments from 6:45pm. Concert starts at 7:30pm. Tickets from Framlingham Stationers, 23 Market Street or tel. Lesley Walduck 01728 687756 or pay at door.
Sunday April 2 - East Anglian Practical Classics, 11.30am opposite the Moot Hall. A magnificent collection of up to 65 classic cars.
Tuesday April 25 - BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time will be recording a programme for a future broadcast at the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings. Doors open at 5.30pm and the recording starts at 6.15pm. Tickets are £4.50 and can be bought at www.snapemaltings.co.uk or 01728 687110. Gardeners' Question Time is broadcast on Fridays at 3pm and Sundays at 2pm.
Saturday April 29 - Monday May 1 - Aldeburgh Spring Craft Fair at The Jubilee Hall between 10.00am and 5pm. All goods are handmade by an invited selection of the finest East Anglian crafts producers. Admission is free.