With COP27 (the United Nations Climate Change Conference) meeting in Egypt this year, a number of free webinars are being organised for Suffolk residents by Green Suffolk. These webinars cover a range of topics and are designed to inform residents in ways to help the environment. These webinars include:
To sign-up to the free webinars, please head to the Green Suffolk website.
There are also a number of volunteer opportunities across the county to get involved with whilst COP27 is meeting.
Lowestoft Town Council’s Black History Month Writing Competition culminated on Friday 28th October with a presentation to the winning school and entrants at Lowestoft Library.
Over 70 young people entered the competition which saw a wide range of inspiring black people celebrated. Entries championed historical figures such as Rosa Parks, Mary Seacole and Katherine Johnson through to contemporary figures such as footballer Marcus Rashford, musician Lizzo and YouTuber Niko.
The judging panel, made up of three Lowestoft Town Councillors, Lowestoft’s Olympic Boxer Anthony Ogogo, Sally Connick from Get Suffolk Reading and Head Judge Mr Gary Harewood, were impressed with the high standard of entries. The Judges were particularly inspired by the overall winning entry, written by Poppy from Dell Primary school, who wrote about her Nan who is “always ready to help”.
“[My Nan] is a strong, independent woman who does so much for anyone” wrote Poppy about her “kind natured”, “caring” and “mysterious” Nan. “I hope one day I will be just like her and share her spirit”.
Mr Gary Harewood and his wife Natasha alongside Lowestoft’s Deputy Mayor Cllr Nasima Begum presented the prizes for the top entries in the year 3-6 category, awarding prizes to Poppy, Jackson, Mehmet, George, Austin and Kirushanya, and to Joel in the under year 2 category. Each winning entrant received two books donated by Get Suffolk Reading and a £50 book token from Lowestoft Town Council with Poppy, the overall winner, walking away with a signed photo from Anthony Ogogo.
This year also saw the introduction of a new perennial shield for the event, which was awarded to Dell Primary School.
Speaking after the event, Mr Harewood said “Thank you and congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s competition. I’m looking forward to being a part of next year’s event and seeing how this competition grows”.
Anthony Ogogo said, “What a lovely thing to do. It was amazing to see the range of inspiring black people being celebrated. All the entries were fantastic and I’m honoured to have been asked to take part. Everyone should be very proud.”
Lowestoft Town Council wish to thank everyone who took part in this year’s competition, especially everyone who submitted entries. Thanks to a generous donation by Get Suffolk Reading, everyone who entered the competition will receive a copy of Marcus Rashford’s book “You are a Champion” as a thank you for taking part. Thank you also for the support from Lowestoft Library and to everyone who helped with the judging panel.
The competition will be running again next year with details to be announced in the new year.
Last Saturday's Halloween Market at Triangle Market was a big success and capped on a terror-ific weekend of Halloween events throughout Lowestoft Town Centre.
A big thank you to everyone who came along and supported the market! We hope you enjoyed the many tricks and treats on offer.
And thank you to YouDrink, Gloryous Artisan Jewellery, Ellese Bakes, Sunrise Honey, YMCA - Shine, Tini's Fudge and Treats, Poison Apple Gifts, Paula's Accessories Shack and Elimay Home Catering for their stalls and to A Wool Shop Lowestoft for their spooky decorations!
Our next market will be the Christmas Market on Saturday 3rd December. If you are interested in having a stall, please get in contact with us at email@example.com
Photo credit: East Suffolk One
The Lowestoft Town Hall Project are looking for a freelance creative workshop practitioner to deliver our 'Town Hall Creates' community workshops. For more information and how to apply contact Heritage Project Manager Jess Johnston firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Meeting of the Full Council on Tuesday 25th October, Lowestoft Town Council voted to continue to provide its Sports and Leisure Facilities for free into the 2023/2024 Financial Year.
This decision recognises the importance of having access to free sport and leisure activities for people's health and welbeing, especially during the current cost of living crisis.
Residents and Visitors are welcome to use Lowestoft Town Council owned facilities without the need to book in advance. This includes the tennis courts at Kensington Gardens, Normanston Park and Denes Oval, and the putting green at Denes Oval. If you have any issues with the facilities, please talk to the onsite Norse Ground Staff.
On Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October Lowestoft Town Hall will be open for it’s first ‘Town Hall Take Over’ as part of the Lowestoft Town Hall redevelopment project.
New hoarding designs created by young people from YMCA Trinity youth group will be unveiled on the Mariner Street window hoardings. The young people have been working in collaboration with local Graffiti artist Stane, and Lowestoft Cultural Education Partnership to create designs inspired by Lowestoft’s history.
The Town Hall building will be open from 10am -3pm on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October 10am-2.30pm for people to view the Council chamber. There will also be an opportunity to view displays about the history of the Town Hall site and local industries and the progress of the Town Hall’s redevelopment project.
The redevelopment project will transform the building into a multi functioning building which will become the home of Lowestoft Town Council and an inclusive centre for the community and visitors. Lowestoft Town Council has been awarded a development grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to progress its plans to a delivery stage application and deliver a pilot heritage activity programme to provide opportunities for local people to get involved, learn new skills and find out more about Lowestoft’s history. The project is also supported by the Towns Fund, the Architectural Heritage Fund, Historic England and East Suffolk Council.
On both days the ‘Memories bike’ will be moored and ready to deliver fun, heritage inspired activities such as making stained glass windows using waste plastic, badge making, and Museum object handling.
There will also be evocative postcards with images from the Jack Rose collection to prompt people’s memories of the Town Hall and local industries. These will be used as inspiration for a new video poem created and produced by Poetry People.
Local Historian David Butcher will talk on the history of the Town Hall site from 2.30pm-3.30pm Sunday 30th October. Free Tickets are available via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/430372424507
If you can’t make it to this ‘Town Hall Take Over’ you can explore the Town Hall virtually through this Virtual Tour developed by Hugh Davies Exterior - SeekBeak You’ll be able to see places in the Town Hall that you can’t normally visit, ring the Town Hall bell, find out more about the history of the building. Over the coming months, it’ll be the go-to place to find out updates about the Town Hall refurbishment project. It will also act as a virtual heritage hub with changing exhibitions which tell the story of Lowestoft and link to the many museums and heritage organisations in the Town.
Ahead of planned play area refurbishments, the play area at Bentley Drive has been closed. Please keep an eye on Lowestoft Town Council's website and social media for future updates on the plans and when work will begin.
The swings at Pakefield Green have also been removed ahead of a future refurbishments.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lowestoft Town Council.
This week is #RecyclingWeek2022 and the theme is #LetsGetReal.
Recycling is one of the simplest things we can all do to help our environment by cutting down on waste, but knowing what you can and cannot recycle is just as important.
This week we'll be highlighting some of the things to be aware of so that we can all be better recyclers, and we'll be sharing what happens to your recycling after you have put it in the blue bin.
More information on recycling can be found on our recycling page.