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    Suffolk village signs...

    by arturowan Updated Mar 6, 2014

    Suffolk is full of unspoilt villages & so many of them celebrate their identity with a sign depicting those qualities which make the place just that bit different from the next hamlet...
    Surprisingly maybe, it's quite a recent tradition, only really escalating after a competition for village signs held in 1920
    The real impetus behind the elsaborate & often colourful signs to be found all over the county today, was the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977
    Because they are village signs & Suffolk is a rural county, many featuire farming activities, as well as the church...
    Now it would seem, Suffolk has more of these rural border works of art, than any other English county, & some artisans have carved out a niche market in supplying them...
    Harry Carter (a distant relative of Howard, the Egyptologist) an art teacher from Swaffham, has made so many of them, his work has been featured in magazines devoted to the county; & Harry Stebbing is another talented carver of wooden signs, specialising in English oak, who has also turned his skill to metal...
    Styles of sign vary from artisan, but there are 2 basic types;
    1 - wrought metalwork, which is usualy enamelled black, providing a stunning silhouette of the locality;
    2 - carved woodwork, which is increasingly painted in bright enamels, with detailed depictions of aspects of the village.
    The increasingly colourful wooden signs are reminiscent of the old hand-painted pub signs, & in some ways are replacing these in the passing public eye, now that village pubs are in decline...
    Stone & fibreglass have also been utilised as materials upon which to carve or paint a design, or mixed materials may be used to stunning effect, such as at Buxhall...
    The Buxhall sign, atop the steep hill, where the T-junction leads towards the church, is constructed from wrought metalwork on a wooden post, itself decorated with the metalworker's art - the top design being a 3-D tryptych, the metal enamelled in bright colours...
    As a qualified artist myself, it always interests me to view anothers interpretation of their environment & how they've chosen to abstract elements of a village, in order to compose the visual information that is a sign...
    1 of my favourites is Barnham, which uses a silhouette effect of a windmill, steam train carrying 2 sheep to market, & a F15 fighter jet(!) composed on a graduated blue background - creating an effective image, by simplicity...
    Complication demonstrates the carvers &/or painters skills on many ornate signs, & their craft really is something to be marvelled at - so do just that, & next time you visit Suffolk, don't rush past these works of art, but take the time to view them for the treasures that they are...

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    "Aledburgh Carnival"

    by kevin36 Updated Jul 9, 2011

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    Aldeburgh carnival Is on Monday 15th August 2011,The theme for 2011 is 'Movie Time.
    The Fair weather rocket heralds a full day of carnival events starting at 8.30 with Swimming Races in the Sea, Children’s Land Sports at 9.30, and the Life-Boat Launch at 11am. The afternoon Carnival Procession which sets off at 3pm will be followed in the evening by the Carnival Queen’s will visit the Fun Fair then the High Street for entertainment starting at 6.45 with The Knots of May, Samba dancers, and The Parachute Regiment Band who, at 8.45, will lead the Chinese Lantern Procession to the beach where the day will be rounded off with a fantastic firework display.
    there's a carnival procession
    so why not visit on carnival day when the whole town works together to provide a variety of entertaining events, the highlight being an exciting procession of decorated floats and characters. The evening lantern procession, everyone joining in, makes its way slowly to the beach for the firework display - the finale of the day's entertainment.


    The Crowning of the of the carnival Queen takes place out side the Moot hall,followed by the military band leading the carnival floats south down the High Street as far as the fun fair then about turn and back up the high street North back to the Moot hall.


    Monday at 11am lifeboat Launches.
    The all weather and inshore life-boats launched and carried out training exercises in conjunction with the Air Sea rescue helicopter.
    It was a view that im sure everyone enjoyed.this normally takes place near to the lifeboat station.

    On Carnival day there is no point trying to park in the Town,you wont be able to.
    Monday 16th August
    08:30am The Swimming Races will be held opposite the south lookout tower.
    09:30 Children s land sports near the Moot Hall.
    11:00am The Lifeboat Launches which will include the RAF search and rescue Helicopter.
    15:00pm The crowning of the the carnival Queen followed by the Procession through the High Street.
    There is Entertainment in the high street from 18:30 - 20:35 which is followed by the The Chinese lantern Procession led by the band of the Welsh Guards,which in turn is followed by the Grand finale Firework display on the Beach.

    The High street and surrounding roads are cleared and a one way system is set up.Information sheet .
    Illegally parked cars are towed away by the Police.

    For parking arrangements see link: Parking This is the notice that was put out for this year.

    C.A.T.S are also in attendance for Disabled people with there specialized bus to get you to the sea front and can accommodate wheelchairs (and its free)they also control the disabled car parking spaces down near the Mobile Police Station, but these are normally by appointment only as there are limited spaces.
    so there is no need for anyone to be left out,have fun and enjoy.

    Also the following week-end is the Thorpeness Regatta held on a Friday,With the boats on the Lake normally decorated by the local children, with a big Firework display at the end.
    Best place to park is the sports field heading out of Thorpeness towards Leiston ,it will cost normally £5.

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