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th 14 ap 15

Wall of Water Blue and Gold 2 ~ Maggi HamblingThe 2015 Alde Valley Spring Festival will be opened Saturday at White House Farm Great Glemham by artist Maggi Hambling .  Ms Hambling is a Rendham resident and creator of the Scallop on Aldeburgh beach.   The festival runs Tuesdays to Sundays for a month with events including farm suppers and festival walks.

mo 6 ap 15

Ania Hobson private viewSince her last Aldeburgh Gallery show Ania Hobson's exhibited range has expanded to include impressive portraits of people as well as animals.  Her show continues until Wednesday.

mo 23 fe 15

The DAB (digital) radio network is to get 182 new transmitters with near the coast benefiting from new transmitters at Aldeburgh and Blythburgh.  Picking the bones out of a government document is an unsatisfying experience and we can't find a date for these two newbies beyond completion of all by 30 September 2016.

we 17 de 14

05:02pm: The A1904 Aldeburgh Road is closed near the B1069 junction for Knodishall and Leiston because of a serious road accident.

th 20 no 14

The trick to finding the Aldeburgh Community Centre (a local community centre for local communities) entrance is it's round the back.  Once we'd worked that out we found it crammed with help organisations and charities though the police easilyAldeburgh Community Centre had the mostest and bestest freebies.  Organiser PCSO Terry Barrow told us the day had been doubly useful with not only the public but organisations finding out about each other ... depressing though to discover that even a place like Aldeburgh has a food bank and rough sleepers.

mo 17 no 14

Edwyn Collins at the Aldeburgh documentary film festivalIf you don't know who Edwyn Collins is you'll probably know this if only from the M&S ads.  In 2005 he suffered two near death cerebral haemorrhages but at the Aldeburgh documentary film festival yesterday for a showing of The Possibilities Are Endless about his recovery he entered employing a walking stick and an energetic hobble that was life affirming rather than disempowering.  At the sound check it was a joy to hear his basso chest voice as full as ever. ♫

su 2 no 14

We've picked up three new faves on Flickr; Halloween in AldeburghHippy Jo on Flickr, laptop on the line and our easily most viewed pic Hippy Jo.  You may remember Jo had a Fairtrade clothing stall on Framlingham, Saxmundham and possibly Woodbridge markets but for over two years now she's had a shop in Halesworth selling Fairtrade clothing.

sa 1 no 14

Aldeburgh trick or treatersWe anticipated that Aldeburgh last night would be awash with creatively attired trick or treaters but to catch the light perhaps we were too early and at first could only find DP's bar being Halloween decorated (their Halloween party is tonight).  A street light was doing it's best to look moody in the surprisingly busy town when we stumbled over two trick or treat parties who both said they'd only just started ... so we finished.

sa 11 oc 14

There's much bollo about children's nanny Vivian Maier but she was an impressive street photographer and surprisingly seemed able to do it in isolation.  Finding Vivian Maier 3pm tomorrow at Aldeburgh Cinema might show how she formed herself as a snapper.

tu 19 au 14

As best we could make out peering over people's heads (security had apologeticallyAldeburgh carnival parade moved us on from the ramp up to the Coop Daily) yesterday's Aldeburgh carnival parade had a samba/Brazilian theme.  We thought it pretty impressive but our visiting guest from the east of a large town wanted to know where all the black people were (there were a handful) and why it was all so quiet (no sound systems).  Afterwards there was a packed food village by the boating pond (though we were a little disappointed by our lamb samosa), donkey rides and a twinkling traditional whirligig.

sa 2 au 14

Daily Mail cd in AldeburghWhy does it not surprise us that Aldeburgh bowls club use a Daily Mail cd as a bird scarer?

fr 1 au 14

♫ Last night we booked tickets to see the Carolina Chocolate Drops at this month's Aldeburgh Proms, not much choice as it had almost sold out ... four shows including Ladysmith Black Mambezo and the Uke Orchestra are RETURNS ONLY already ...

we 30 jl 14

Some house sales in Framlingham, Earl Soham (including what was Thorolds the corner shop), Woodbridge, Saxmundham and Aldeburgh.

fr 4 jl 14American Independence Day

Very flatteringly Aldeburgh Music is following us on Twitter ... perhaps it was us being nice about Musicircus?

mo 23 jn 14

♫ In Aldeburgh yesterday we got see the Broadside Boys for the first time and though they weren't dressed Suffolk their anthem Suffolk Punch was suitably and rousingly patriotic.  They were part of the Aldeburgh Festival's Musicircus which is maybe a 100 bands of absolutely all flavours playing close by each other along the front and it is absolutely all flavours; school choirs, string quartets, ukes, a Hendrix wannabe, a folk quartet with the melody taken by children's tinkle bells, three vibraphones and a drummer playing latin-american ... absolutely everything and it was wonderful.

th 15 my 14

Stompin' Dave Allen at the Aldeburgh Pump House♫ At the Maverick concert in Aldeburgh last Friday solo Morgan O'Kane had become a four piece with spoons, a fluegelhorn and a suitcase kick drum (just l♥ve those suitcase drums) plus for support the bafflingly wonderful Stompin' Dave Allen.  One of Maverick's delights is being introduced to performers you probably wouldn't catch a bus to see and then are a revelation.  This Friday it's Madison Violet who nominally are a pretty girl duo but who knows? they may have transmogrified into a 22 piece marching band ...

sa 18 ja 14

Our latest house sales report shows sales almost totally stationary in Aldeburgh but perambulating in Saxmundham.

th 12 de 13

Hopefully tomorrow night we will be drinking white wine at the private view for Ania and Thom Hobson's second show in Aldeburgh.

tu 12 no 13

Police are holding an iPhone with a pic of a woman with three children and found in Aldeburgh.

we 6 no 13

Passing by the lifeboat station and look out tower and behind the Jubilee Hall Crag

Aldeburgh Craig Path 1913 postal  Aldeburgh Craig Path 1918 postal  Aldeburgh Crag Path 1960s?

Path is Aldeburgh's promenade.  Early last century it also seemed to be known as Craig Path and startling to see how the height of the beach has changed ... but the there has been a hundred years for the sea to work on it.

mo 7 oc 13

At last night's Suffolk Coastal community awards the Framlingham Flyers beat out Felixstowe hockey club and Woodbridge rugby club for Club of the Year and Leiston police are appealing again about a camera found in Aldeburgh and August containing over a 1,000 family photos including a graduation.

sa 28 se 13

Suffolk SerenadeThe programme for tonight's Suffolk Serenade in Aldeburgh parish church by the Suffolk Singers not only includes Rutter and Grainger but also Billy Joel ... will the Phoenix Singers be retaliating with highlights from Grease or perhaps Mamma Mia!?  Mmmm.

 

148 years ago today Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was registered as the first woman doctor in Britain and later as mayor of Aldeburgh she was also the first female mayor and magistrate ... phew!

tu 3 se 13

original and newPresumably it's the national co-op who produce their own brand washing up liquid but it is a little bit Suffolk to think something can be original and new at the same time.

su 25 au 13

Leiston police station holds an engraved man's watch that was found on Aldeburgh beach August last year.  They suspect the watch may be of sentimental value and perhaps the loser is a visitor who has returned to the Suffolk coast this summer?

mo 12 au 13

We paid some £12,000 for our first house, it sold in May for £230,000 ... in the meantime recent house sales near the coast imply Aldeburgh's off the boil.

fr 2 au 13

♫ We didn't bother to see Police Dog Hogan at their first Maverick (2010?) because the name sounded like just a person, bit of a mistake because they're brilliant.  Larkin Poe appear to be two sisters but in fact are a five piece, as always they can sing and that's pretty sneaky steel guitar from that girlie.  Maverick host them this Saturday at the Aldeburgh Pumphouse.

mo 15 jl 13St Swithin's Day

10:55am  What's that Skip?  You met someone who grew up inWhat's that Skip? Aldeburgh and didn't like Benjy because he stopped the ice cream van ringing its chimes?  Probably graceless to mention it in Benjy's centenary year Skip.

mo 3 jn 13

Held at Leiston police station a man's wedding ring found in the town and a digital camera found in the Aldeburgh co-op.

mo 13 my 130

We were surprised when Argo won Bafta best film back in February and we didn't get to see it in Aldeburgh (love sitting there doing nothing waiting for the film to start).  Brundish are showing it this Thursday as the last film of their winter season ... looks a bit American.  Is it us or are trailers getting longer?

sa 11 my 13

Lucy Sampson at Maverick 2011Tomorrow from 11am it's family day at Stradbroke cricket club and in the evening it's open mike in the Framlingham Castle hosted by Benhall ukulele goddess Lucy Sampson.  Lucy along with John Sessions, Madam Galina, Kasaï Masaï, The Dirty Gentleman and local celebrity Neil Innes will be playing the other festival in the Aldeburgh Pumphouse next month.

sa 4 my 13

Though Woodbridge and Aldeburgh the usual house sales hot spots have been quiet it's been encouragingly busy in the near the coast heartland.

th 18 ap 13

near the coast seems to be coming out of its winter lock down.  Tomorrow andClaire Weston - pic contributed Saturday there's the second bunch of Bikesafe courses at police headquarters Martlesham, Saturday evening we'll regretfully miss soprano Claire Weston's recital in Framlingham as we'll be at the Love Bout after party but Sunday we'll try for the Suffolk Mini Run ending in Aldeburgh and definitely Slice of Life's comedy evening in the St Mike's rooms.

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