Aldeburgh: Carnival gives resort a welcome boost

A POPULAR seaside resort has received a welcome boost from the proceeds of its annual maritime celebration.

The Aldeburgh Carnival Committee has handed over more than �3,000 to a variety of good causes in the town and wider community.

The largest donation was presented yesterday to the Aldeburgh Pre-School Playgroup.

Carnival Queen Rachel Newton handed over a cheque for �1,000, which will be spent on a range of items to help provide a more stimulating environment for the children and support their learning.

Sally Smith, chairperson of Aldeburgh Pre-school Playgroup Committee, said she would like to thank everyone at the carnival for their kind and generous support.


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“The money will be used to develop both our indoor and outdoor areas, and provide much needed new equipment for the children,” she continued.

“Thanks to the dedication of our excellent staff and committee members, and the generous contributions from local organisations such as the carnival committee, we are continuing to run successfully and hope to do so for many years to come.”

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Meanwhile Coastal Accessible Transport and the RNLI both received �400, Aldeburgh United Charities and the Christmas lights fund were each given �300, Aldeburgh Church Hall and Aldeburgh Flower Club both benefited from �150, the Police Benevolent Fund �100 and three local Rotary Clubs �150 each.

Thoughts have now turned to this year’s carnival, which will be held on August 15 and has the theme of Movie Time.

The committee are appealing for volunteers to help out with the popular event and are especially keen to recruit a new site manager.

Diana Biddlecombe, press officer for the carnival committee, said: “Each year the budget is squeezed a bit harder and without the legion of helpers and local businesses who sponsor the event it would not be viable.

“The key position of site manager is falling vacant later this year. Peter and Jane Watson have held the post for the last three years and are leaving the committee. They will be greatly missed and we must find a replacement.

“This job entails a fair amount of work during the winter months and good negotiating skills. It requires co-ordination of the vendors as they arrive over the carnival weekend, collection of site rentals and ensuring the smooth running of the area until their departure on Monday evening and Tuesday morning.”

Anyone who takes over the post will be shown the ropes. For details contact 01728 454785.

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