A new book festival is set to arrive along the Norfolk and Suffolk border later this year Two Rivers Book

Festival is organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts and will bring publishers, editors and authors to towns along the two rivers of the Waveney and Blyth as a way of connecting people and books.

It will celebrate and campaign for local book culture by promoting independent bookshops, second-hand


publishers, libraries and authors.

The focus of the festival is on books themselves with plenty of opportunities for people to participate in book- making crafts, as well as learning the process of how books get published. Brian Guthrie of Waveney & Blyth Arts said: “We decided to focus on books as much as authors. Books are what people buy or borrow; they are our connection with the

world of literature, of

imagination, and the power of words. We are celebrating that connection and we’re lucky to have

recruited some really exciting individuals to help us do that.”

Patron of the festival is Booker Prize judge and co-founder of Bloomsbury Publishing Liz Calder, who said: “I am delighted to be involved with this exciting new annual event.


festival will be celebrating books by supporting and


independent bookshops and libraries. A major theme this year is how books get made and published.”

The festival opens on Sunday 16 June with a conversation between festival patron Liz Calder, Dan Franklin (associate publisher at Jonathan Cape) and Lucy Hughes-Hallett


winning author) about how books are chosen and edited for publication.

There will also be readings from Lucy’s new collection of short stories, Fabulous. How Books Get Published will take place at the Angel Hotel in Halesworth.

Liz Calder will also chair a sister event, How Books Get

Made, at the Cut in

Halesworth on Tuesday 25 June, involving the renowned book designer Will Webb and prolific book cover illustrator Jeff Fisher (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin among very many others). Two Rivers Book Festival will also focus on how books get to us, so the book festival section of the Waveney & Blyth Arts website features details of all the bookshops in our area – new and second- hand – as well as libraries. There will be festival events at these and other locations, including a Gruffalo party, craftfulness and a Flower Fairy walk.

And libraries

will be the main location for festival workshops on letterpress poster printing, book-binding and folded book art.

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for our Beccles Lions Annual Charity Fun Run With the emphasis on Fun

THE 2nd Annual Beccles and District Lions Club Charity Fun Run will take place on the picturesque Beccles Common again this year on Sunday 1st September. Last year the event was a great


taking place in bright sunshine and allowing enthusiastic participants the opportunity to run around the common and achieve

their own personal

goals, as well as raise funds for local good causes. The

event is aimed at

those who wish to improve their health and join in with other like- minded people. The distances are not too challenging, with the emphasis on having fun and enjoyment. There are events for all ages and this year there is a Team Relay event where local businesses and organisations are being encouraged to enter as a team and the winner will receive the inaugural Beccles Lions Club

Team Challenge Trophy. Relay

there will be prizes for the best “Fancy Dress” and there will be awards for those the judges believe have made the greatest achievement on the day. This year’s Fun Run

organiser, Lion Steven Alderson said, “The day is aimed at people who are not too serious about running but would like to improve their health and have fun. We hope all those taking part


the run, it is always better to run with others, and we hope for another great turnout and amazing weather this year. Why not join them and take part or come along and support the runners on the day.” If you wish to know more about the Beccles Lions Club and the work we do, please contact

Lion Gill

the club secretary Whitehead


07738 493948 or visit our club’s website

at www. and follow us on Facebook too. Equally if

you are interested in becoming a member of Beccles Lions Club then please telephone our Membership Chair


Beccles Lions Annual Charity Fun Run

All at Community News wish to thank her for the past 16 years she has been with us and wish her every success in her new job!

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This first year of the Two Rivers Book Festival will also include a panel discussion in Southwold on Friday 28 June, as part of the town’s arts festival. A creative writing academic will join bookshop owners, and local publishers to consider issues like the decline of independent bookshops and the expansion of self-publishing.


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It is with

great sadness that we

announce that Donna Betts will be

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Pics: Dan Franklin; Festival patron, Liz Calder. Will Webb Lucy Hughes-Hallett June 2019

Suffolk Cadets in Remembrance of Normandy D-Day Landings, 75 years on 55 Army Cadets and Adult instructors from Suffolk Army Cadet Force, accompanied by serving soldiers from Woodbridge Royal Engineers acting as outlet Battlefield Tour Guide, travelled to Normandy, France to celebrate and commemorate the D-Day Beach landings 75 years after it happened. The Normandy D-Day beach invasion was the worlds largest invasion in history and help secure the victory for the allies

during the Second World War. Suffolk Cadets were contributors to the 2000 Army Cadets and Adult Instructors who have taken part in the Nationally organised trip over the last 7 days.

Amongst their presence, the cadets had guided tours in the landing beaches, the American objectives including Omaha beach and Point de Technology, Engineering, Maths) and how it was applied during the Second World War.

Commandant Suffolk Army Cadet Force, Colonel Andy Smith said:

“As Commandant of Suffolk Army Cadet Force I am very proud that Cadets from across Suffolk have been able to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day by joining Army Cadets from around the country on an informative battlefield experience and commemorative event.

The visit included a tour of six carefully selected stands accompanied by an expert guide and included curriculum coordinated themes which included STEM, media, medicine and logistics.

This was without a doubt a fantastic opportunity for all who took part and thanks must be

given to all of the Cadet Force Adult Volunteers who planned and supported this very special experience” Talks are already in place for future trips that may include, The Dunkirk Evacuation,

Victory in the Far East and other significant historical events. To find out more about the Army Cadets and what they do or becoming an Adult Instructor, please see and follow the links.








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