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 1154583

Floods of Memories DVD

Floods of Memories DVD

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 Aldeburgh Bookshop, Baggotts & Sons Newsagents in Aldeburgh, Snape Village Shop and Orford General Store.

The DVD is also available by post from the Alde and Ore Association for £15 including post and packing. To order the DVD, please send a cheque for £15 made out to the Alde and Ore Association to Mrs Sara Hinton, Greenwood House, Saxonfields, Snape, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1QA.


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18 March 2015
Alde and Ore Association AGM

The Annual General Meeting of The Alde and Ore Association will be held on Saturday 11th April 2015 at 11:00 am at Thorpeness Country Club. Coffee and tea will be available from 10:30 am.

The guest speaker will be David Kemp, Flood Resilience Team Leader at the Environment Agency. He will speak on forecasting surges and storm surges: what warnings can be given and what they mean.

See the AGM documents here

31 October 2014
Richard Newman

Richard Newman died suddenly at home on 29 September 2014.

A service of thanksgiving was held at Aldeburgh Parish Church, St Peter and St Paul, on Friday 31 October, followed by a reception at Aldeburgh Yacht Club.

26 August 2014
Memorial Service for David Blix Andren

The Memorial Service for David Andren, who was Chairman of the Alde and Ore Association from 2007 to 2011 and a trustee for several years before, was kindly arranged by friends and held on Tuesday 26 August in Orford Church. The service was very well attended as was the reception held afterwards in Orford Town Hall.

Three tributes were given at the Service covering several aspects of his life:

  • Early life - the Revd Celia Cook
  • Sailing days - Penny Kay
  • Public work - Alison Andrews

If you would like to read the tributes please click here.

River Defence Committee

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Churches of the Alde and Ore Valley


Angela Sydenham’s delightful booklet describes twenty four churches of the Alde and Ore Valley, most of which can be visited on foot from the river.
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Butley Ferry

The Butley Ferry is operated by volunteers organised by the Alde and Ore Association.To find out when the Ferry operates or how to volunteer. Details >