Saxmundham Town Council News – January 2024

Saxmundham Christmas Fayre 2023

The 2023 Saxmundham Christmas Fayre drew in crowds from the town, its neighbouring villages and across the county.  This year the event was supported by East Suffolk Lines who organised a special, reduced-fair train ride into the event, complete with mince pies, mulled wine and activity packs for everyone on board. 

Father Christmas was in attendance, along with Christmas Ducks, Polar Pip the Polar Bear, festive stilt walkers and lots of wonderful local choirs, ensembles and bands.  The Street Market and Craft Fayres were a wonderful place to purchase Christmas gifts while children enjoyed funfair rides in the Market Place.

Saxmundham Town Council would like to extend their thanks to everyone who came together to make the evening so special for the town.  We can’t wait to see you all there next year!

The date is set for Saturday December 7th, 3 – 7 pm

Wildlife walk created in Saxmundham Play-park with help from Community Payback scheme

Cllr Benjamin Gulliford is leading a project to transform an overgrown and unused area into a welcoming, educational wildlife walk.  The neglected area of Seaman Avenue play park has long been overgrown.  But thanks to a Community Services project, this small but well-used park will soon provide an educational space for young people to learn about and enjoy nature.  The new area will showcase a range of flora and fauna as well as bug hotels, bird-boxes and informative signage, teaching people about what they can see.

After the initial ecology report, work has started to cultivate the space, managing the existing plants and preserving the habitats they provide; whilst also planting new native species, creating a pathway, wildlife walk and peaceful space for people to enjoy. Local community groups are also involved in building bird boxes and bug hotels to bring even more wildlife to the area.

Thermal Imaging Project

At the end of last year, The Saxmundham Town Council Green Team volunteers carried out a thermal imaging project.  The equipment was on loan from Suffolk County Council as part of a project to reduce energy consumption and help keep homes warmer this winter.  

Thanks to our volunteers, 19 properties were surveyed, completely free of charge.  This allowed residents to see where they could make changes to keep the warmth inside more effectively.  They were given copies of the images, as well as information on local grants and schemes which may be able to financially support their home energy-efficiency projects.

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