Holocaust Memorial Day is on Monday 27th January, and at Lowestoft Train Station children and adults will gather to remember the Holocaust and the role the people of the town played 75 years ago. Over 500 children arrived at Lowestoft station with the majority leaving their homes in Vienna and being separated from their families who they would never see again.
Holocaust Memorial Day is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, as well as in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. The Holocaust Memorial Trust has designated at theme of Stand Together for the 2020 and the Town Council hopes that is what people in Lowestoft will do on Monday 27th.
The commemoration will commence at 10.00 am with drama students from Ormiston Denes delivering a promenade performance of Suitcase 1938. At 10.30 am, the Mayor of Lowestoft, Councillor Alice Taylor, and Ben Parish from Lowestoft Community Church will lead a service of reflection with words and prayers being shared as well as a minute’s silence being observed. Wreaths will be laid by the Mayor and the Chair of the Waveney Youth Council. The Mayor commented that “we want to remember and reflect that even in the darkest of circumstances, there are shining examples of what is best in the human spirit”.
The event organised by Lowestoft Town Council is taking place at Greater Anglia Lowestoft Railway Station and is supported by the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership and the Lowestoft Central Project who have made the newly restored Parcels Office available. All are welcome to attend.
The Bascule Bridge will be closed the evenings of the 20th, 21st and 22nd of January 2020 between 8pm and 6am for repair works.
Why not make one of your new year’s resolutions to spend more time outside? The Town Council has recently completed the refurbishment of the play area at Nightingale Road, is now looking at options for installing adult outdoor gym equipment at Normanston Park and funding has been applied for to revamp the Whitton Green area. We want our open spaces to be enjoyed by all as places to be active, to socialise or for quiet relaxation. Whether it be the installation of new benches, play equipment or planting schemes, the Town Council is improving facilities in Lowestoft for all to enjoy. We are continuing to consider public toilets, how they can be improved and when they should be open. Your ideas on all the above are very welcome.
The Town Council has to submit its precept request to the billing authority by 24 January. The precept is the amount of money received by the Town Council from household Council Tax bills. At the Full Council meeting at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 21 January, the Council will finalise the budget for 2020/21 and agree the level of precept to request. Any views on this should be submitted to the address below before this date please and members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting.
Other dates for your 2020 diaries:
Monday 27 January – Holocaust Memorial Day service at 10.00 am at Lowestoft Train Station
Friday 8 May – VE Commemoration events in Sparrows Nest including Swing Band in the evening