Denton Open


DENTON Open Gardens (12 in all), Sunday 16th June, 10am – 4pm.

After a break of a few years. Denton is again opening


variety of its gardens to the public. Would we be doing so, if we knew how changeable the weather was going to be? Who knows, but we do know that the dozen or so gardens of all shapes and sizes will be worth a visit. The entrance fee is £4, (children under 16 free.) Maps at the village hall, postcode: IP20 0BD. There are lunches, teas and

plant sales available in various gardens, a few scarecrows too! It is Father’s Day, bring him to Denton.

Beccles Friends of Cancer Research UK

THE Beccles Friends of

Cancer Research UK would like to invite you to join us for a Cream Tea Afternoon on July 10th at The Beccles Public Hall, 2.15pm-4pm (doors open at 2pm) and entertainment will be provided from 3pm by David Johnson, a talented local pianist with a repertoire of over 400 songs. Tickets are £6 per person and are available now from the Public hall box office or online at www. This popular event will help us to continue to raise funds for the vital work that is undertaken by Cancer Research UK and so we look forward to seeing you there.

Goosegreen Nurseries (Wholesale)

Goosegreen East, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9RL. Tel. 07771 882613 / 01502 715728

Public Open Days

• Sat. 25th & Mon. 27th May, 9am-5pm (Bank hol. Weekend, Closed Sunday)

Entrance free, donations in aid of

Friends of Clinks Care Farm near Beccles Regd. charity No. 1180847

‘A massive range of Plants to buy!’ Cash only.

Refreshments, inc home made cakes! E-mail:

Come and experience our caring, friendly service 01502 578999 903731

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IT is with a sad heart that I write to you this month. More changes are afoot in the letting industry with legislation that, once more, was not fully considered


implementation. On 1st June all landlords and agents will be banned from charging any fees to tenants. Now you may be thinking “surely that's a good thing – isn't it?”. But consider this. For almost 35 years now I have split the cost of setting up and managing tenancies so that both the landlord and tenant pay about half each, this is fair since both get the benefit of my services. But unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous agents and landlords, even locally, who have been charging prospective tenants for completing forms to be

application considered

for a tenancy and then not refunding

the money when

they accept someone different. Incidentally, if you have had this happen to you then contact the Property Ombudsman and you will get the money back. So now you may be thinking “okay – this ban is still a good thing then”. But consider this further. We agents cannot realistically afford to lose the level of income generated from one half of our businesses. I could lose a couple of members of staff to cover it but I'm not going to as I really like them all and besides, we are far too busy I could'`t cope without them. So here's what`s going to happen. Firstly, there will be redundancies in the industry and some businesses will have their cash flow affected so severely they won't continue.

But the real losers here will be the tenants. Rents will increase to offset the increased costs the landlord will have to pay to the agent. So surely the sensible approach would have been to regulate the industry more stringently or at least cap the amount of fees an agent or landlord can charge a tenant. It seems the legislation will have the exact opposite affect than was intended.

Jon Wicks is managing director of Templewicks Estate Agents in Beccles.

Realise Futures

DO you have a learning disability and/or autism and would like to get support with education and training, employment, money management, finding out what’s in your local community, travel and welfare benefits? We are running drop- in information, advice and guidance sessions in Beccles, Lowestoft and Halesworth.

Would you like to be part of a peer group where you can come along and share experiences, look at doing activities, finding out what’s in your local community and making friends? For more information


dates and times for the above, please contact Debbie Ellis on 07738 704732.

Beccles Horticultural Society Summer Show

BECCLES & District Horticultural

Society will be

holding their Summer Show on Saturday 13th July at the St Johns Ambulance Hall, Blyburgate, Beccles from 12noon. Our show has a spectacular display of entries to enjoy.

Our friendly gardening club was established in 1832. It holds

monthly meetings with a variety of speakers and four shows each year. It caters for gardeners of all levels. Come along as a guest with no obligation to see if you like the club.

For further information please contact Rebecca Bedwell, Secretary rwallers@waitrose. com

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