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Historic Aldeburgh House Shortlisted for Award

21 June 2018

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The Red House, Aldeburgh, the home of the British composer and Suffolk hero Benjamin Britten has been recognised for its family offering and has been shortlisted, alongside 10 other museums nationwide, for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award.
For the last two years the Britten-Pears Foundation has worked hard in broadening its audience base and making The Red House an important part of the community. Along the Suffolk Coast, rural isolation, poor public transport links and economic hardship create significant barriers to accessing cultural activities and we are taking an active role in developing opportunities and engagement with young people.
We believe that it is never too early to learn about music and history and we now offer a variety of free activities such as Mini Music Makers sessions for 0-5 year olds, family trails and activities during the school holidays, resources and exciting events to help families explore our beautiful site and exhibitions together.
Sarah Bardwell, CEO of the Britten-Pears Foundation which manages the site said:
Britten encouraged children to make and enjoy music. At his home at The Red House in Aldeburgh we strive to continue that tradition through encouraging discoveries in all corners of his home and gardens. With less time available in the school curriculum for music and creative activity we are delighted to provide musical sustenance and understanding with a variety of activities for young people, families and school groups.
Emmajane Avery, Chair of Kids in Museums said:
We were really impressed with the high quality of this year’s nominations for the Family Friendly Museum Award and the brilliant family friendly work that is going on in museums all over the country. It’s fantastic that so many museums are using our Manifesto to shape their work with families, children and young people and listening and responding to their feedback. The Red House has done a brilliant job in engaging families with classical music in their museum through hands-on activities such as Mini Music Makers sessions. They have worked hard to overcome barriers to families visiting, reaching out into their local community and taking practical steps such as providing a shuttle bus to the museum.
The shortlisted museums are: The Erewash Museum, Derbyshire
Leeds City Museum, West Yorkshire Museum of the Order of St John, London National Maritime Museum, London Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Perth and Kinross The Postal Museum, London The Red House, Suffolk Torquay Museum, Devon The Whitworth, Greater Manchester Wrexham County Borough Museum, Wrexham Yr Ysgwrn, Gwynedd
The winner will be announced in London on Monday 1 October 2018.

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Deben Leisure Centre is open for business

21 June 2018

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Deben Leisure Centre is now open for business - bringing state-of-the-art leisure facilities to Woodbridge. 

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Bringing the old and young together

20 June 2018

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Following the success of a pilot event last year, older residents from the Beccles area are once again invited to an event run by local young people.

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Bungay residents invited to community drop-in event

20 June 2018

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Bungay residents are invited to find out more about the broad range of support services, clubs and activities available to them in the local area.

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Kessingland residents invited to Big Lunch

18 June 2018

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As part of a national initiative to build strong connected communities, residents from Kessingland are invited to get to know their neighbours at the ‘Big Lunch’.

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Changes to Twitter

18 June 2018

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As part of the ongoing work to create a new council for east Suffolk, a project to align the social media accounts for Suffolk Coastal and Waveney has been underway for some time.

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Council supporting local recovery in Halesworth

14 June 2018

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Waveney District Council is working as part of a multi-agency response to support local businesses and residents affected by a devastating fire in Halesworth on Monday 11 June.

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Reaching new heights with Percy

12 June 2018

Tea, homemade cakes and sunshine were on the menu as Lofty Heights laid on a ‘thank you’ tea party for fundraisers.

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Have your say on proposed Kelsale conservation area

11 June 2018

Local people are being asked to have their say on a new conservation area proposed for Kelsale village.

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Find out more about affordable homes in Wrentham

11 June 2018

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Residents interested in renting a new affordable home in Wrentham are invited to attend an information event later this month.

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