Readers’ letters from this week’s Journal

The proposed plans for an extension at Maltings Pavilion in Ditchingham. Picture: Courtesy of Jon Fu

The proposed plans for an extension at Maltings Pavilion in Ditchingham. Picture: Courtesy of Jon Fuller. - Credit: Archant

I would like to thank all those people who came along last Saturday to look at our proposals for an extension to the Maltings Pavilion on Pirnhow Street in Ditchingham. There were many positive comments and I suppose more pertinently no negative ones.

The drawings demonstrating the proposals will continue to be available to view at the Maltings Pavilion over the next few weeks and if anyone who could not make it to our open day but would still like to review them and comment then we are usually open most evenings and all day at the weekends.

The next stage in the process is to work up grant applications to relevant supportive organisations and start to build towards the aim of raising the £400,000 to £500,000 needed to complete the project.

The ultimate goal is to create a community hub at the Maltings Pavilion where a wide variety of activities and community events can be run simultaneously alongside outdoor sporting activity. It seems to me that it makes clear financial sense that income from the community and the sports activity combine to make the whole facility self financing.

Thank you again to all those people who came to the Pavilion last Saturday to show an interest in our future plans and as the project progresses in the coming months I will try and update everyone further.



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Old school days remembered

Just recently you publicised a photograph in the Beccles and Bungay Journal of a class of pupils at Crowfoot CP School taken in 1956.

I was most interested in this photograph as I spent six happy years teaching at this school from 1952 when it was opened, until 1958 when I left to become headmaster of Ilketshall St Lawrence school where U stayed for 28 years.

I can still give names for several children in this photograph, but as Mike Nicholls says sadly some of them are no longer with us.

Mr Nicholls says I instigated a game called Stowe Ball, actually it was called Stool Ball, but I don’t think I can claim to be the instigator of this game as it was a great favourite in primary schools in that era and suitable for both boys and girls alike.

I am glad that Mike enjoyed playing it.



Thank you for your donations

The British Heart Foundation would like to thank everyone in Beccles for kindly donating money during a street collection last week.

The money collected came to less than £20 but we appreciate any donation no matter how small.


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British Heart Foundation Beccles shop

Where do all the quay fees go?

Coming back off holiday and reading back issues of the Beccles and Bungay, I was surprised to see two Waveney District Councillors telling us how WDC was putting the first £30,000 towards getting the quay back to the condition it was in before total neglect by the district council which caused the need for £1,200,000 to be spent on it.

Perhaps we could be told where all the various fees collected from the quay went? Why are we in Beccles paying the same rates as people in Lowestoft when we get absolutely nothing for them?