Aldeburgh ART 2012 – Visual Art Festival Starts 2 June 2012

Aldeburgh ART 2012 (Saturday 2nd June – Tuesday 5th June) reveals Duchamp secret!

The Duchamp secret which led to a revolution in the history of art is revealed, 100 years later, at Aldeburgh ART 2012.

Marcel Duchamp’s revolutionary art ideas which developed into the international art movement, conceptualism, first crystallized in Summer 1912. Now exactly 100 years later, at Aldeburgh ART 2012, Caroline Wiseman reveals the secret why Duchamp needed to express his art through ‘the idea’.

The Eye, the Idea and the Emotion is the theme of The Big Picture, Aldeburgh ART 2012, the visual art festival.

Saturday 2nd June – Tuesday 5th June held in Aldeburgh.

The balance between looking, thinking and feeling is explored by Caroline Wiseman in conjunction with BBC’s Razia Iqbal, art historian Martin Gayford and two curators recently from TATE, Simon Wilson and Cedar Lewisohn.

In addition to serious art discussion, there are exhibitions of paintings and sculpture, plays, performances and some of Britain’s most exciting young artists perform new Duchampian installations each day in the Aldeburgh Beach LOOKOUT. Plus a vibrant art fringe pops up all over Aldeburgh. See full programme.

Festival VIP Tickets £30 each to include everything over the four days (see programme and application form). Individual talks and the play Botallack O’Clock are £10 each.

For tickets please contact Caroline Wiseman or Candida Crockett on 01728 452754 or email


Proms by the Sea – Residents donate £20 each to secure flypast!

The stunning seaside town of Aldeburgh is gearing up to hold a spectacular event in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  Proms by the Sea will take place this Sunday (3rd June 2012) and it is free to attend.

One of the major highlights of the event, a Grace Spitfire display, has been made possible by the generosity of the local Aldeburgh residents.  More than 100 kind hearted villagers have donated money to enable the only female-piloted Spitfire to be the centrepiece of the event.

Proms by the Sea promises to be an absolutely amazing evening, all taking place take place outside the White Lion Hotel on Aldeburgh seafront.  The event is being organised by Peter Osborne of the White Lion Hotel with lots of support from the local community.  Here is what you can look forward to seeing…….

At 6.30pm the local Stagecoach School of Music and Dance from Ipswich will kick off the celebrations with performances from children aged between 4 and 18 years.

Emerging local multi-instrumentalist Rachel King will play from 7.30pm, followed by versatile female vocalist Stephanie Coombes.

The 21-piece national Festival Orchestra, with Nicholas Ward at the helm and Jeremy Hughes conducting, will then begin the Prom Spectactular.

At 8.10pm the historic Grace Spitfire will be flying overhead to perform a display to music from the war era.

The Festival Orchestra will then go through until 10.30pm with a rousing finale of Pomp and Circumstance and a stunning firework display.

Pop-up stalls will be based around the stage selling local food and drink throughout the evening.


We are open

We are open

Finally Aldeburgh is fully open again!! All roads in are functioning and the sun is shining. Come to the seaside today and discover Aldeburgh the most vibrant and stunning seaside town in Suffolk.

East of England Co-op Stores are flying the flags in Aldeburgh!

Aldeburgh Business Association is delighted to have received 38 large Union Jack flags from the East of England Co-operative Society, which will adorn Aldeburgh High Street in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubileeand the 2012 Olympic Games.Liz Biagioni, Secretary of the ABA said “Martyn Howard from Suffolk Secrets, whose artistic talents were a huge asset to the ABA in bedecking the town for the Christmas Lights celebrations, has been envisaging patriotic decorations fit for a Queen for months. When I told him that Aldeburgh Business Association had secured such a generous contribution from the town’s two East of England Co-operative stores in Aldeburgh High Street and on Saxmundham Road, he was over the moon.

“The excitement is really building as the community prepares itself for these historic events and businesses are pulling out the stops to create a perfect backdrop for all the activities scheduled over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend which range from family fun filled entertainment at the Jubilee Hall and a Flower Festival at Aldeburgh Parish Church, to Proms by the Sea with The Grace Spitfire air display and firework finale.

“It’s going to be a great occasion for visitors and residents alike and the support of our local Co-op stores is a big boost to moral businesses in the High Street in these challenging times. We are very grateful and appreciate the community spirit demonstrated by the East of England Co-op for which they are renowned.”

Andrew Dawes, Retail Liaison Controller for the East of England Co-operative Society, said: “The Co-operative Movement has been part of the fabric of the community in Aldeburgh since 1885, and we are delighted to be able to join in the Jubilee and Olympic celebrations.

“As a community retailer we actively support our local and regional economy. We’re proud to be flying the flag for Aldeburgh for these historic celebrations in partnership with the business association.”

A Suffolk Boy!

Head down to Aldeburgh Bookshop this Saturday (19 May 2012) for a book-signing with local author John Cheney.  The signing will take place from 11.30am until 1.30pm.

The book in question is ‘A Suffolk Boy’, which is a charming account of a young boy growing up in Suffolk in the 1950s and 1960s in Sudbourne and Orford.

If the weather continues to be as lovely as it is today then you could get a picnic from Cragg Sisters Tea Room and head to the beach to start reading!

Aldeburgh Town Council News and Events

Freedom of the town SATURDAY JUNE 23RD 2012

653 Sqn AAC has enjoyed an affiliation with the town of Aldeburgh since the Squadron moved to Wattisham Airfield in 1993. The seaside town holds two annual parades, the Mayor’s Day Parade held in May and a parade to mark Remembrance Sunday.

653 Sqn supports both events, by invitation of the Mayor, with a marching contingent and an Apache flypast. In a gesture that recognises the longstanding link between Aldeburgh and 653 Squadron, Aldeburgh Town Council plans to offer 653 Sqn the freedom of the town in 2012 on their return from operations.

The Parade itself is fairly straight forward, with a march up the hill to the church, where the Mayor gives his annual speech to the local population and then back down again towards the waterfront. It was decided that as the Squadron are on Pre-deployment training it would be appropriate to do the Parade in Desert Combats. On the return leg of the Parade it became pretty evident that the word was out that Apache Helicopters were conducting a flypast, as the area on the sea front and around the Cenotaph had filled with eager spectators. As SSM of 653 Sqn I have taken part in many parades in Aldeburgh, from Airtpr to WO2, and I do not recall ever seeing such a large number of spectators. I dare say the weather may have played its part as it was blue skies with sunshine.

Knowing that the Squadron would not be in the UK for Remembrance Sunday due to their upcoming operational tour, it was decided that a few changes should be made to the usual Mayor’s Day Parade this May, in order to involve the viewing public a bit more than in past years. In preparation, I had conducted my recce of Aldeburgh and decided that the Apache would be able to conduct the flypast and then remain on station, allowing the local children to speak to the aircraft directly by radio. The children were encouraged to give the pilots some directions to manoeuvre the aircraft around the sky and they were able to see the results for themselves. In return, the local community offered the Squadron free fish & chips in the local chippy and a barrel of beer in the local pub, the Mill Inn. Neither establishment let us down in either area!

On completion of the Parade the Sqn were stood down to take part in one or two community related projects, mainly populating the Mill Inn which once again provided a banquet for the troops and copious amounts of ale. 653 Sqn would like to thank Dennis and Sue at the Mill Inn for their generous hospitality, the local Fish & Chip shop owner and the people of Aldeburgh for their continued support. By the time this goes to print, the Sqn will have held their inaugural Panther Dinner night on 16th June at the White Lion Hotel in the town.

Lawson’s Delicatessen is creating a buzz about honey!!

ImageDid you know this week is National Honey Week?!  Well Lawson’s Delicatessen in Aldeburgh certainly did and they are really getting into the spirit of things this weekend.  On 12&13 May (this Saturday & Sunday) between 10.30am – 2.00pm local beekeepers are displaying an observation hive outside Lawson’s so people will be able to see the bees at work.

Lawson’s Delicatessen will also be selling Aldeburgh honey, Snape sea salt honey caramels and honey truffles.  The kitchen will also be serving lots of other honey related treats too.

So, head on down to ‘bee’autiful Aldeburgh (sorry I couldn’t resist it) this weekend to learn more about bees’ vital role in our eco system and sample the super sweet fruits of their labour.