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Gainsborough Drive Pond

11 October 2022

Lowestoft Town Council have agreed to progress works on the Gainsborough Drive Pond, working with GT Rochester Plant Ltd.

To help answer any questions you might have on what works will be taking place, when they will happen and for how long, Lowestoft Town Council have created this helpful information leaflet.

If you would like to find out more details, or ask any questions, a Zoom call has been arranged for Wednesday 12th October at 2pm. If you would like to join this meeting, please contact us at admin@lowestofttowncouncil.gov.uk to receive the meeting link.

Alternatively, you are welcome to email us or phone us with any queries you have.

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Photo of Gainsborough Drive Pond taken in September 2022

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Work on new play area at Sparrows Nest to begin

10 October 2022

Work on a new play area at Sparrows Nest is set to begin this week.  The new play area will expand and replace the existing play area with an 'Alice in Wonderland' theme running through the park.

The new equipment will include two separate multi-play units, swings, spinner 3-way seesaw and "funrun".

Please keep an eye on our social media and website for the latest updates.

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Sparrows Nest Play Area

The plans for the new 'Alice in Wonderland' play area at Sparrows Nest

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Gunton Estate Residents' Meeting Hall Public Meeting

6 October 2022

Thursday 13th October, 6pm

Gunton Estate Residents' Meeting Hall,

Hollingsworth Road, Lowestoft

Lowestoft Town Council is working with Gunton Estate Residents’ Meeting Hall users to create a new management committee. The Hall is currently home to a range of community activities such as bingo, dancing, youth group meetings and it is also available to be hired for private functions.

All of this is only possible with a team of volunteers behind the scenes committed to making the hall the best place it can be for local people. If you are interested in being involved in maintaining and improving this hall as a thriving and friendly centre for the local community of Gunton please come along to our meeting on Thursday 13th October at 6pm.

For more details please contact Lowestoft Town Council on 0330 053 6019 or email admin@lowestofttowncouncil.gov.uk

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Gunton Hall

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Black History Month Writing Competition 2022

27 September 2022

Lowestoft Town Council are proud to be launching a writing competition for Black History Month 2022. The competition is open to all young people who live in or attend school in Lowestoft with different age categories.

Competition Categories:

  • Up to and including Year 2: a piece of writing and a picture
  • Years 3-6: maximum number of 500 words
  • Years 7-11: maximum number of 850 words
  • Years 12-13: maximum number of 1000 words


Prizes for each category include signed merchandise from Lowestoft's own Olympic Medalist Anthony Ogogo and book tokens. A new annual trophy will also be awarded to the winning School. Prizes will be presented at 5pm on Friday 28th October at Lowestoft Library.

Application Deadline:

Entries by email to admin@lowestofttowncouncil.gov.uk. Closing deadline for submissions: 5pm on Friday 14th October All valid entries will be displayed in Lowestoft Library.

Terms & Conditions:

1. The competition is open to all children who either a) attend a school within the Lowestoft area or, b) live within the Lowestoft Town Council parish area.

2. The judging panel will be formed from a selection of Town Councillor and representatives of external bodies.

3. The judges' decision will be final.

4. The Town Council reserves the right not to consider any applications felt inappropriate or which do not meet the criteria set out above.

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Visit the Town Hall virtually - and find out about the regeneration project!

22 September 2022

Check out the new and improved Virtual Town Hall! - a newly, revamped self-guided digital tour of the Town Hall created by Hugh Davies, the Town Hall Project Team and local historians David Butcher and Ivan Bunn.
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 project, more rooms will be added and also be acting 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.
This is just one of the pilot activities supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, produced by Hugh Davies as part of the Lowestoft Town Hall development project, supported by the Towns Fund, Architectural Heritage Fund, Historic England and East Suffolk Council.
We know people are also keen to visit the Town Hall 'for real' themselves and we're currently exploring dates to reschedule the cancelled Town Hall Heritage Open Day Events.
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Memories and Stories sought for new creative project

22 September 2022

A new creative project showcasing Lowestoft's historic Town Hall and industrial heritage is seeking memories and stories from members of the public.

The project, commissioned by the Town Hall Project - a Lowestoft Town Council initiative supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Towns Fund, Architectural Heritage Fund, Historic England and East Suffolk Council - will aim to create a new poem and short film from the contributions.  The poem will be created by Dean Parkin and produced by Poetry People co-director Naomi Jaffa.

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To collect the memories and stories, a Lowestoft Stories Tricycle has been commissioned, produced by local company Scenic Projects Ltd to look like a fishing smack.

Keep a look out for the bike as it attends a number of events over the coming months.

A full press release article can be found on the Lowestoft Journal website.

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Green Weekender comes to Lowestoft!

21 September 2022

Lowestoft is going green as The Great Big Green Weekender comes to Sparrow’s Nest on Saturday 24th September.

This free event, organised by Lowestoft Town Council, forms part of the national “Great Big Green Week” and aims to highlight local green initiatives.

Throughout the day there will be live performances given by local groups, including Lowestoft Signing Choir, Marina Ukulele Group, Marina Choir Rocks, Tom Tonks, Michelle Miles and Venue of Performing Arts.

A number of information and interactive stalls will fill the park as members of the public are encouraged to engage with the climate.  Interactive stalls will include a Met Office stall on clouds, a “build-your-own wind turbine” activity with East Coast College, and up-cycled jewellery making with Re-utilise.  Suffolk Wildlife Trust will also have an interactive stall whilst free water saving kits from Essex and Suffolk Water and food measuring kits from Food Savvy Suffolk will be available to pick up. Information stalls on Beekeeping from the Waveney Beekeepers, Kittiwakes from Groundswork East and Lowestoft’s Uncle Sid’s Zero Waste Store will also be on site.  Get Suffolk Reading will also be running a family trail around the park with prizes of free books whilst the Most Easterly Community Group will be holding their “Recycling Hub” stall where people can bring their recycling and learn more about reducing waste.

Local plant-based and sustainable food vendors, including “Fork Off It’s Vegan” and “Iced Vegan” will be selling a wide range of food produce throughout the day, alongside the parks existing restaurant and café.

The event will include a keynote speech delivered by environmental public speaker, journalist and author of “The Joyful Environmentalist”, Isabel Losada. Her book “The Joyful Environmentalist” won The Independent’s Sustainability Book of the Year 2022 and Isabel will be available after her talk to sign copies of her book.

Speaking about the event Cllr Paul Page, Chair of Lowestoft Town Council’s Climate Emergency and Ecological Committee said, “Climate Change is the biggest issue facing the world and Lowestoft Town Council are working towards being Net-Zero by 2030.  When the Town Council made our Climate Declaration in 2019, we committed to this goal and to raising awareness of climate change within Lowestoft. We’re already seeing the effects of climate change but I have hope that, with everyone working together and making the appropriate changes, we can begin to make a difference.

“It can seem like individual actions don't mean much. I really believe that altering aspects of our daily lives does make a difference and we can do more to live sustainably. Our individual choices begin to have a collective impact on our habits - such as how we travel, what we eat, how we use our energy, the types of products we buy, and even who we bank with, and much more. These are things we can all do and 'The Great Big Green Weekend' is a chance for us to find out about how local organisations are raising awareness and working hard to help tackle the climate emergency. I hope we can send a strong message to business, industry and government, at all levels, that we require robust environmental policies adopted on a local, national and international scale.  

“It may seem that anything each of us does is a mere drop in the ocean - but it is millions of individual drops which make up that ocean.

“The Great Big Weekender is a chance for us to find out about the exciting ways that local organisations are raising awareness and tackling the climate emergency.  There will be something for everyone with live performances alongside the interactive information stalls.”

The Great Big Green Weekender runs on Saturday 24th September from 10am-4pm at Sparrows Nest and is a free event.

A full entertainment programme has been published on our website

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National Moment of Reflection for HM The Queen

15 September 2022

A National Moment of Reflection to mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is taking place on Sunday 18th September at 8pm, the night before the State Funeral, in the form of a one-minute silence.
Members of the Public are invited to mark the silence privately in their homes or from their doorsteps. Community groups, clubs and other organisations are also encouraged to take part at this time.
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State Funeral for Her Majesty The Queen

13 September 2022

The state funeral for Her Majesty The Queen will take place at 11am on Monday 19 September. This day will be a national Bank Holiday to allow people to pay their respects to Her Majesty and commemorate Her reign, while marking the final day of the period of national mourning.
The public, and our councillors and staff may wish to join the nation in commemorating the life of Her Majesty The Queen and watch the service at home, or participate in related local or national events. Schools are also expected to close on this day.
Our Council office will be closed on Monday 19 September. We will not be facilitating leisure activities or running ordinary events on that day.
We understand that essential public services will continue to be provided by the relevant authorities.

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Large crowd present as HM King Charles III is Proclaimed

12 September 2022

A large crowd of people from Lowestoft and further afield gathered at Royal Plain on Sunday 11th September at 3:30pm to hear the local Proclamation of the Accession of King Charles III.

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Suffolk, Deborah Cadman OBE welcomed the crowds before the Mayor of Lowestoft, Cllr Alan Green delivered the Proclamation. The reading was then followed by a rendition of the National Anthem, "God Save The King", with trumpet accompaniment from Gemma Eglington and sung by Diana Moore. The short ceremony finished with a call for Three Cheers to His Majesty The King.

The Proclamation coincided with 23 other town proclamations in Suffolk after the County reading was held in Ipswich at 1pm. This follows the tradition of the Proclamation being passed down and spread across the Country after the Principal Proclamation was read at St James's Palace at 11am on Saturday 10th September.

Following the Proclamation, the flags at both Royal Plain and the Town Hall returned to half-mast as the country re-entered the period of National Mourning after the death of Her Majesty The Queen, having been at full-mast to celebrate the Accession.

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Deborah Cadman OBE, Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Suffolk welcomed the crowds to this historic moment

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Mayor of Lowestoft, Cllr Alan Green reads the Proclamation of the Accession after bringing it to Lowestoft from Ipswich

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The Union Flag at Royal Plain was returned to half-mast following the Proclamation

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The Town Hall's as also returned to half-mast following the Proclamation

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