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Aldeburgh in 2016-12

th 1 Dec

Photo by CF DowsingIn 1935 AG Potter Framlingham received an invoice for threshing, in 1910 the Aldeburgh golf clubhouse caught fire, we don't know where licenced grocer John Allen had his shop but our favourite is this little girl in her sturdy boots.

tu 15 Nov

Aldeburgh Music is becoming Snape MaltingsWe recall Aldeburgh Music being a name change from something like Aldeburgh Foundation some years back?  Either way as Aldeburgh Music now owns all the Snape Maltings site Aldeburgh Music is changing its name to Snape Maltings.

fr 4 Nov

Joanna Lumley - pic contributedThe three day Aldeburgh Documentary Festival starts tonight with foody Ants on a Shrimp and continues tomorrow morning to set middle aged men's hearts aflutter with a live Joanna Lumley Q&A.

we 12 Oct

The Aldeburgh man arrested on suspicion of rape has been released from bail and officers are now confident no crime has been committed.

fr 12 Aug

This weekend it will be the 74th Aldeburgh Carnival weekend (we wen to the 72nd).  This year it's a circus theme.

we 9 Mar

Three burglaries in Aldeburgh Monday.

mo 4 Jan

(Lto R) Alice Mottram, Matt Jopling and Julian HarriesDespite the filthy weather (and our word wasn't it windy on the Aldeburgh front last night) a very decent house in the Jubilee Hall for Justin and the Argonauts.  The five handed cast tackle a multiplicity of characters (our favourites were the Scottish hand maidens) and musical numbers.  Common Ground's tour continues tomorrow at the New Wolsey Studio Ipswich.

On our way home two people in front of the Aldeburgh cinema were wringing a rug out ...

we 2 Dec

bloody Christmas ... eh?Tomorrow 10am-6pm the Friday Street farm shop on the corner of the A12 and the A1094 for Aldeburgh is having a Christmas food tasting.

tu 3 Nov

Aldeburgh community day tomorrow, we went last year.

mo 17 Aug

It's the Aldeburgh Carnival today.  Enjoyed it last year though it was difficult to get a good view.

th 16 Jul

Finale of Stranded in the Aldeburgh Jubilee HallIt was a good sized and appreciative house in the Jubilee Hall Aldeburgh last night for Common Ground's one act comedy Stranded.  Some effective adlibbing by Julian Harries when inadvertently a vase fell breaking some china That was five pounds in the Red Cross shop and we enjoyed the analysis that Sweep was the maverick one of Sooty and Sweep.

we 17 Jun

2015 Women's Tour stage 1 finishAldeburgh was looking very yellow this afternoon for the stage one finish of the 2015 Women's Tour.  We missed stage winner Lizzie Armitstead crashing just after the line but did notice unhappy faces in the team area afterwards and later on King's Field discovered it was the unfortunate Ms Armitstead being airlifted out.

mo 6 Apr

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 Feb

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.

th 20 Nov

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 Nov

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. ♫

sa 1 Nov

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.

tu 19 Aug

As best we could make out peering over people's heads (security had apologeticallyAldeburgh carnival parade moved us on from the the Coop Daily ramp) 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 Aug

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

mo 23 Jun

♫ 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 May

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 ...

th 12 Dec

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

we 6 Nov

Aldeburgh Crag Path 1960s?Passing by the lifeboat station and look out tower and behind the Jubilee Hall Crag Path is Aldeburgh'sAldeburgh Craig Path 1918 postal 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 12 Aug

House sales around near the coastWe 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.

mo 15 Jul
St 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 Jun

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 May

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?

mo 1 Apr
April Fool

Police Dog Hogan are a seriously creative, original and witty Americana seven piece that will overcome your prejudices about 'Country' (are you listening Radio Stradbroke?).  They are playing the Aldeburgh Pump House at the end of the month and though the Pump House is perfectly formed it is tiny, better book early.

th 14 Mar

BE WARNED the police will be speed checking in Valley Road Leiston, and North Warren and Leiston Rd in Aldeburgh.

sa 16 Feb

♫Last night the Aldeburgh Pumphouse had its own restorated (we've been spending a lot of time with community information officers recently) petite charm and an impromptu but fully functioning barSOLD OUT it was packed for a pop up Maverick concert from the Henry Brothers (who allegedly have added a jolly song to their set) and Vagaband (who just keep getting tighter) ... reckon it should be a more of a standing audience for Police Dog Hogan in April ... but then what do we know.♫

sa 9 Feb

To honour Aldeburgh Cinema's chief projectionist Neville Parry's 80th birthday there's a 3pm showing today of The Smallest Show On Earth on traditional 35mm film probably complete with scratches.

th 29 Nov

Ben Parry - pic contributed♫It would seem that for Benjamin Britten's centenary next year the Britten-Peers Chamber Choir conductor Ben Parry has renamed itself the Aldeburgh Voices (well the Britten-Peers Chamber Choir didn't really trip of the tongue did it?) and will be auditioning experienced choral singers in January.

tu 13 Nov

After his recent(ish) cameo appearance in the Framlingham Bookshop the Bill Nighy - pic contributedüber cool Bill Nighy will be presenting a lifetime achievement award at the Aldeburgh Documentary Film Festival this weekend ... well he is cosy with the festival director.

tu 23 Oct

Dennington c1910Earl Soham SlogDennington when it appeared to have at least two policemen of its own, the Earl Soham Slog which doesn't seem to have much to do with Earl Soham and the Aldeburgh town steps half a century apart.

fr 14 Sep

We can understand peeps objecting to Aldeburgh's Scallop because it breaks up an

Scallop Aldeburgh

unbroken vista but it does cause a lot of interest ... but then so does fraud, MP's expenses and a ginger at a Las Vegas party.

mo 10 Sep
World Suicide Prevention Day

We thought it something when we got to see reigning world road race champion Thor Hushovd on Suffolk roads at Framsden last year but yesterday on the Aldeburgh-Thorpeness road we got to see British reigning world champion Mark Cavendish and Tour de France winner Brad Wiggins, that won't happen again in a hurry.  Loads of spectators (nothing like being on telly to make people think something is interesting) and the many police motorcyclists enjoying their celebrity by waving at the spectators.  Coverage of the tour all week on ITV4.

Fabio Sabatini

mo 18 Jun

The Aldeburgh tortoise has found its way home.

th 14 Jun

Early Tuesday morning in Aldeburgh cigarettes were stolen, it's becoming quite the trending crime near the coast ... perhaps hashtag fagblag?

th 7 Jun

Have you LOST a tortoise in Aldeburgh or a gold necklace in Woodbridge?

fr 13 Apr
Friday the 13th

Five years ago today Framlingham's last community copper Andrea Honeywood retired and was replaced by a Safer Neighbourhood Team.  Nowadays the Fram SNT (and we bet most people still don't know what that means) has merged with Saxmundham and Aldeburgh and is commanded by a sergeant in Leiston ... he probably has a satnav.

mo 2 Apr

Aldeburgh Gallery private viewOne of the nice things about the Aldeburgh Gallery is it's next to the other chip shop in Aldeburgh, mind you the chip shop closed surprisingly early last Friday so was of no use to those who had stayed late buying at the packed private view of Rendham brother and sister painters Thom and Ania Hobson ... they're both young and talented ... we hate them.

fr 9 Mar

The 11th and three day Aldeburgh Literary Festival starts today with Roddy The Commitments Doyle Jesus sent him?  On a fecking Suzuki?! in the evening, tomorrow morning Claire Tomalin biographer of Charles Dickens in his bicentenary year and our personal favourite Sam Pepys, and Ian Hislop in the afternoon.

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