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Your Town | Beccles

Population: 10,123

Nearby Towns: Bungay, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft

Beccles is situated inland on the River Waveney, and sits at the southern point of the Suffolk and Norfolk Broads. With its own quay, the town draws in lots of tourists, and provides the perfect setting for a stroll by the river with fantastic views of the countryside and wildlife.

Beccles has been a Fairtrade Town since 2008 and Fairtrade goods can now be bought in all the supermarkets and some of the smaller shops. The main town centre combines independent shops and restaurants with some bigger, national names.

Beccles Lido, the town’s outdoor swimming pool, opens daily throughout the summer months, and is a big hit with local families.

The town has many historical landmarks including Leman House in Ballygate, which is home to Beccles Museum, and was once the local school. It also has the bell tower which stands detached from St Michael’s Church, and at 97ft tall offers spectacular views from the top across the Waveney Valley.

The town hosts a number of big events throughout the year including Beccles Carnival, Harvest Moon Free Music Festival, Beccles Duck Race, Antiques Market and a late night shopping event and Christmas lights switch on.

When aptly-named Cromer town crier Jason Bell first stepped into the role 35 years ago, he expected to be called on once a year to support the town’s summer carnival.

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Three years after work began on a new care home for Beccles, Dell House has officially opened its doors.

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A mother has hit out at vandals who scrawled offensive images and homophobic slurs on equipment at a children’s play park.

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An inquest has opened into the death of a man whose body was found in woodland the day after he went missing.

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A student has launched an LGBTQIA+ support group in Beccles after he was “sick of being referred to as the only gay in the village”.

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Determined residents have called for the Southern Relief Road in Beccles to be named after their village, and not after artist local artist Joe Crowfoot.

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As part of a new EDP project, we’re casting a close eye on life in our towns. Today, reporter Reece Hanson takes a look at the UK’s most easterly town: Lowestoft.

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Beccles is celebrating more than a decade of supporting ethical food production as a Fairtrade town.

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Waveney River Centre has announced that it will be offering luxury boating holidays, starting in Easter.

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A Second World War engineer who had no known relatives was honoured at a funeral by members of the RAF association.

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A £7m relief road has still not been named after the beloved artist it was intended to honour as those responsible for the signs claim they were not aware they needed to install them.

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Motorists are facing weeks of fresh disruption on the A140 amid a series of roadwork projects and the construction of a new slip road into a controversial new service area.

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A boxing gym with branches in Norwich, Lowestoft and Beccles is launching a new academy in partnership with an agency aimed at improving the lives of young people.

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The community have been asked to donate their crisp packets, toothbrushes and contact lenses in a new recycling initiative.

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The familiar taste of Paravanni’s ice cream is etched in to the memory of generations across the region.

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The community have recognised the hard work of dedicated members in the Beccles Community Awards.

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Owners of some of the most remarkable homes in East Anglia share their halls, farmhouses, moated manors or towers with visitors as part of Invitation to View 2019.

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Parravani’s is celebrating its 121st birthday, as it takes the crown for oldest independent ice cream maker in the country.

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An 85-year-old grandmother says she has twice tried to take her own life after serious concerns went unanswered at a care home rated inadequate.

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A charity that works with people living with disabilities in Great Yarmouth has received a surprise donation from a building contractor.

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A major A-road was blocked following a collision between several vehicles.

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A charity has been left stunned by a “whopping” windfall that will secure its lifeline service helping hundreds of people just as it faces new demands on its budget.

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Laura Ashley is set to close around 40 stores as part of an expansion plan from its new chairman.

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The mayor of Beccles went head-to-head with the town’s pantomine dame in a fierce bake-off challenge.

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Rail lines were blocked after a points failure at Lowestoft train station this morning.

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One of Beccles’ most famous exports could become the face of the new £50 note.

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The founder of a Norfolk charity which was set up to support people diagnosed with Aspergers and high functioning autism has been awarded an MBE.

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The magical glow of Christmas will soon be illuminating towns across Waveney as festive lights switch-on events take centre stage.

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It is described as a “spectacular family musical.”

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Two towns which have been stripped of a police presence in the latest restructuring of the force are calling for more to be done in rural communities.

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A vehicle fire at a village in North Suffolk has been attended by both the Suffolk and Norfolk fire service.

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A busy road will be closed for more than three weeks while work to install a new crossing gets under way after months of delays.

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An event to raise awareness of the difficulties that visually impaired and blind people face as part of their every day routines has been hailed a success.

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Cyclists, roller-bladers and walkers took to the new Beccles Relief Road as part of an event before its official opening.

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Beccles’ new £7m southern relief road will open to the public for two hours on Saturday for a family walk or cycle before its official opening.

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The UK’s largest fishing tackle and equipment retailer, based in Norfolk, has opened its 23rd store.

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A memorial to an often overlooked town hero and new children’s play equipment could be among the community-boosting schemes brought to fruition by a mayor’s fundraising.

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From Rackheath to the Rhine – the UK’s largest fishing tackle specialist is casting its net wider as it looks to take on the European market.

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A river bank which was falling into the water has been repaired and had improved accessibility installed by the Environment Agency.

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Future plans for quay revealed

Sunday, July 22, 2018

One of Beccles’ most prized community assets will soon be under control of its town council.

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Howards’ managing director for 24 years, Chris Mitchell, is retiring following the acquisition of the local estate agency by the Spicerhaart organisation. Property editor Caroline Culot spoke to him about his career.

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Plans to put apartments and houses in a former police station have prompted concerns from the town’s mayor.

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It’s 10 years since a vaccine was introduced to protect young women from the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer.

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A Norwich-based fishing tackle retailer has acquired another competitor in a £125,000 deal.

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A town’s community spirit was epitomised as a popular weekly market celebrated its 40th anniversary.

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At a Suffolk hospital, herbs and fruit trees provide a sensory experience for dementia patients that they care for.

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Concerns have been raised over plans to build 280 new homes in Beccles with residents fearing it will increase the strain on the town’s infrastructure and worsen existing traffic dilemmas.

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Bus users on the coast will need to check timetables after changes were announced by First Norfolk and Suffolk.

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“If someone had told me 20 years ago this is what I was going to do, I would not have believed them.”

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Meet the new mayor of Beccles

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The new mayor of Beccles is hoping to improve the town’s facilities for younger generations while also recognising its past accomplishments during her year in office.

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The UK’s largest fishing tackle retailer has hailed a “transformational year” in its first set of results since making a splash on the stock market.

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