Last Friday, 14 May 2021, a planting of a memorial tree for former Councillor of Gunton ward, Sue Barnard, took place in Gunton Woods, Lowestoft. The joint tribute from local community groups included, Gunton Woodland Community Project, Gunton Residents Association, Friends of Dip Farm, and Gainsborough Drive Pond Group.
(Image L-R) Kevin Pull, David Briggs, John Weaver, and David Siebert, respectively Chairs of GRA, GWCP, FODF, and GDPG.
Lowestoft Town Council had one vacancy for a Town Councillor for Gunton ward, which has now been filled after the elections held on Thursday 6 May 2021. We look forward to welcoming Wendy Brooks to the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 18 May 2021.
Today, Saturday 8 May 2021, is the 76th anniversary of VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day. While lockdown restrictions will limit celebrations, many across the country will be commemorating the day and reflecting on the sacrifice made by millions to accomplish victory in the Second World War.
Message Cascaders latest infographic on home testing for Covid-19. To book a test or to order a home test kit http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/getting-a-test/
Test kits can also be collected from pharmacies or test centres.
Suffolk Growth Partnership is working with Park City Consulting and Suffolk local authority environmental health officers to deliver four free webinars to support local businesses within the retail, hospitality & leisure sector prepare for safe reopening. The four webinars will focus on how you can be ready to re-open, protect your employees and customers, and prevent the spread of Covid-19 in your establishments. This helpful guide for re-opening businesses will include:
o 22 June 2021: 2pm – 3:30pm
The meeting agenda can be found here. Updates of this meeting will be shared on our website or contact office for confirmation.
The Town Council remains committed to serving its community and providing facilities such as our parks and open spaces, planting new trees in these spaces and casting a light on the existing trees, and engaging the community to help us protect nature in a challenging climate.
The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “Restore our Earth”, reducing our environmental footprint and fixing the damage already done. The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) has constructed a questionnaire to help you estimate your carbon footprint, offering advice, and a goal scheme for you to achieve, and reducing your carbon footprint. https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/#/
Earlier this year, a Town Hall Survey was conducted with the aim to gather the views of local people (and beyond) on the Town Hall’s future use, and to gauge their interest and participation in heritage. The consultation was part of a project commissioned by Lowestoft Town Council, working in partnership with East Suffolk Council and Historic England, and funded by a grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund. The output from the survey will be used by MossKing to develop the business plan for the Town Hall. The recent survey received 999 responses, both online and on paper, 955 online and 44 on paper. 88% of respondents completed the entire survey. In addition to responding to fixed questions, a further 1,069 free format comments were given.
The completion of the survey demonstrates the level of interest and engagement in the project. From the data gathered, there are some clear messages about the future uses of the Town Hall that residents in particular would like to see. However, there are also important differences across the population, from young to old, those who are disabled or not, those living in relatively low income, and so on that will need to be incorporated as the Town Hall and its facilities are developed, so that maximum benefit can be delivered across the community.
The Lowestoft Town Hall Project survey findings are available to view now.
The Mayors of two coastal communities have exchanged messages of empathy and commemoration to mark the 80th anniversary of wartime bombing raids, which destroyed historic churches in Plymouth and Lowestoft. The exchange of messages between Cllr Chris Mavin, Lord Mayor of Plymouth and Cllr Alan Green, Mayor of Lowestoft was encouraged by local aviation expert, Bob Collis.
The Mayor of Lowestoft, noted, “May our mutual losses never be experienced again and the people of both Lowestoft and Plymouth continue to enjoy the freedom our service men and women fought so hard to achieve for us.”
To mark this historical event, Bob Collis will be presenting his talk 'The Night the Church went up' (Pakefield) The Story of the night of 21st April 1941, on the 80th Anniversary today, 21 April 2021, at 7:30pm. This talk will be available to view on Lowestoft Archaeological and Local History Society Facebook Page.
Today, Friday 16 April, Mayor of Lowestoft, Cllr Alan Green, will be attending the Suffolk Service of Commemoration for Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. The service, taking place at 3.30pm, will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/stedscathedral/
The funeral takes place on Saturday 17 April and a national, one-minute silence will be observed at 3pm. Information about the ceremonial details of His Royal Highness’s forthcoming funeral. https://www.royal.uk/funeral-duke-edinburgh