26 March 2019 Halesworth & Southwold Community News Points of View

Bus service withdrawals in Halesworth

KONECTBUS regrets to announce a number of bus service withdrawals in South Norfolk and North Suffolk. The following routes will be affected:- Routes 87 and 88. Daytime buses on Mondays

to Saturdays between Bungay and Norwich will run for the last time on Friday 1st March. Evening and Sunday buses operated for Norfolk County Council


POINTS of View is a photography exhibition created in 2018 by enthusiastic photographers Chrissie Kitchen, Candy Blackham, Nick Eade, and Geoff Moore of Cratfield. The exhibition returns in 2019 with an exciting new collection of photographs of landscape, wildlife, street photography, and Breton Church Architecture. Chrissie remembers the fascination of her father's dark room from childhood and today loves 'pointing and clicking', capturing moments around her. Art has always fascinated Candy and in recent years photography has become increasingly


stimulated by joining a Camera Club.

Geoff records the landscape in

his travels abroad and in the UK, but he also enjoys those little quirky details which we all love to find!

As a member of the International Ranger Federation, protecting and conserving wildlife, Nick challenges himself to 'catch the moment' in a single shot. Free entry. Friday 12th April, 6pm-8pm, pay bar and nibbles, Saturday 13th April, 10.30am- 5pm, Tea and delicious cakes, Cratfield Village Hall, Manse Lane, IP19 0DJ. Donations invited

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Sunday 31st March. This


continue will

until mean

that there will be no through buses between


and Norwich. We will still be running the Southwold to Bungay via Halesworth route during March. Passengers will need to change buses to a First bus in Bungay. This will mean buying two separate


for the journey and we will be reducing the price of all tickets between Halesworth and Bungay during this period so that customers will not have to pay more money. We will also offer refunds on tickets that can no longer be used for all or part of the journey. We do not have final details of the price change yet.

Any passengers travelling between Stoke Holy Cross and Framingham Earl High School are advised to apply for school transport as soon as possible through Norfolk County Council's website to be

considered for transport

assistance. The cost of transport will be £55 until Easter, then £110 from Easter until the end of the school year. Our contracts with Norfolk County Council for evening


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and Sunday buses, and with Suffolk County Council for buses between Halesworth and Southwold finish on Sunday 31st March. We will also be withdrawing our buses between Halesworth and Bungay from the same date. We are not yet aware of the details of any new contracts that county councils will be awarding. We also intend to cease operating route 272 between Southwold and Bungay High School at the end of the spring term on April 5th and route 90 between Halesworth, Beccles and Southwold after operation on Saturday 20th April. We provide these routes for Suffolk County Council and we presume SCC will be able to find a replacement operator, as we were not the only company that bid to run these routes. The reason that we are withdrawing these

routes is

that they continue to run at a loss. We have sustained losses of several million pounds in our Beccles based operation

in the last few years. This has been because of the loss of contracts to other companies, the decline in the rural bus market and high operating costs and poor reliability which we have been unable to address at a small operation that is remote from our main business. We have also suffered from direct competition from First bus, whom most users now seem to prefer. We hope that First will have the good grace to step in and provide the extra facilities such as Sunday buses and the through route to Halesworth that we have hitherto provided, and not just focus on the profitable sections of route in Bungay and Poringland. We would like to thank our passengers who have supported these routes in the last few years.

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please contact us: 03300 539358, feedback@konectbus., Konectbus Ltd, Norwich Bus Station, Surrey Street, Norwich NR1 3NX.

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Unit 15, Halesworth Business Park, Halesworth IP19 8QJ Leiston Film Theatre

CHILDREN will be able to enjoy the antics of a host of colourful characters at Leiston Film Theatre this Easter, when the venue plays host to the smash-hit family show, Pongo’s Party. The show form's part of

Leiston Film Theatre’s exciting Easter programme, with a special one-off performance on Wednesday 17th April at 11am. Created as an ideal introduction

to live theatre and suitable for ages 2-7 years, the show is fully interactive and set in a vibrant, colourful and imaginative farmyard with loveable puppet characters, which includes Pongo the Pig, who has been patiently waiting for his birthday to arrive and has been dropping hints to his friends all year, so is looking forward to a fantastic party. Although it appears that

nobody has remembered, Molly- Moo the Cow is making a mess baking, Sheena the Sheep is rehearsing with her band, Sally the Scarecrow is in the middle of decorating and even Marty MacDonald is tied up with his

parcels - whatever can they be up to? You’re all invited to come and

help make Pongo's Party a day to remember, by joining in a show full of fun, songs and laughter - take part in the town’s biggest ever game of pass the parcel and join the largest children's band! The venue’s Easter line-up

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