The Alde & Ore Association exists to preserve and protect for the public benefit the Alde, Ore and Butley Creek rivers and their banks from Shingle Street to their tidal limits and such of the land adjoining them or upstream as may be considered to affect them, together with the features of beauty and of historic or public interest in the area.
The valley of the River Alde has long been an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the estuary is protected by a number of national and international designations. It is this beguiling spot which the Alde & Ore Association is determined to protect and preserve.
The River Ore flows from Shingle Street at the mouth past the RSPB bird reserve on Havergate Island and the historic medieval town of Orford. The River then becomes the Alde and flows past Aldeburgh and Iken reaching Snape home of Benjamin Britten’s internationally famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall. On the seaward side it is bounded by Orfordness, now owned by the National Trust, with some of the most significant coastal marshland sites for birds and flora in Europe.
We would like to encourage everyone, whether you are a resident or visitor to this area, whether you are a fisherman, sailor, birdwatcher, golfer, rider or just come to enjoy the culture at Snape, to join the Association and help us ensure that this remains ‘an exceptional slice of English landscape’.
Registered Charity No 1064789
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| Floods of Memories DVD |
27 April 2013 – The DVD of Angie Mason's film Floods of Memories, that was produced for the 1953 Flood Exhibition, is now available and can be obtained for £13 from shops in Aldeburgh, Snape and Orford, or by post from the Alde and Ore Association for £15 including post and packing. More information and how to order>
| Planning Updates |
15 April 2013 – The Iken Hall Farm application (demolition of equestrian centre) has been withdrawn and the Jumbo's Cottage application has been referred to The Secretary of State. More >
| Alde & Ore Association AGM |
13 April 2013 – The Annual General Meeting of The Alde and Ore Association was held on Saturday, 13th April 2013 at 11am in Thorpeness Country Club. There was a showing of Angie Mason's Film Floods of Memories, and the guest speaker was Andrew Hawes on Survivability of our Estuary Walls. More >
| Response to MCZ consultation |
20 March 2013 – The Alde and Ore Association will be responding to the Government consultation on designations of Marine Conservation Zones. Members are encouraged, if they so wish, to make their own views known directly to Defra. The consultation will close on 31 March 2013. More >
| SCAR AGM |
4 March 2013 – The Annual General Meeting of Suffolk Coast Against Retreat (SCAR) will be held on Saturday 23 March 2013 at 10.30 am at the Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew. Coffee from 10 am. The Guest Speaker will be Sir Bill Callaghan, Chair of the Marine Management Organisation. More >
| Iken Hall Farm |
10 February 2013 – A planning application has been submitted to Suffolk Coastal District Council to terminate the current equestrian centre at Iken Hall Farm and replace it by 6 holiday units and car parking spaces. There is another proposal which would result in an additional 2 or 3 units. If all units were built then the total number of beds at the site would be doubled to 76, which the Alde and Ore Association believes is an excessive overdevelopment at this lovely riverside site widely recognised as a beautiful landscape. This development would take place despite the site's AONB designation. More >