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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15 July 2014
Memorial Service for David Andren - former Chairman of the Alde and Ore Association

David Andren, who died earlier this year, did a huge amount to seek to ensure the future of the estuary through his work on the river defences of the Alde and Ore Estuary.

A memorial service to celebrate and give thanks for David Andren's life will take place in Orford Church, Orford, IP12 2NW on Tuesday 26 August at 3.30pm.

All wishing to attend will be very welcome.

Those attending the memorial service are welcome to join a reception which will held in Orford Town Hall immediately after the service.

There is no need to book. If there is no parking place available nearby there is a paying car park 10 minutes walk away near the Quay.

27 June 2014
Bentwaters Park in the EADT

The Association has recently briefed the East Anglian Daily Times, which resulted in a front page article on Friday 27 June. The article concentrated on the peace of the area and possible impact on employment but there is also the important consideration of the many wild life and habitat designations which reflect what a special and unique area the Alde and Ore Estuary is and that it needs to be protected.

Read the A&O briefing here

Read the EADT article here

26 June 2014
Bentwaters Park planning application

A planning application has been submitted for developments at Bentwaters Park including flights based at Bentwaters. The Alde and Ore Association has objected to this application.

The deadline for comments on this application has been extended to 7 July 2014.

Click here to see our response

View the planning application on the SCDC website

Visit the Bentwaters Campaign Group website

Comments on this application need to be sent to Suffolk Coastal District Council by 13 June 2014.
Either write to: Planning Dept, SCDC, Melton Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1AU
or email to: d.c.admin@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

Reference: C/10/3239
Address: Former RAF Bentwaters Park, Rendlesham

26 May 2014
New agricultural dwelling, Hill Farm Road, Iken

An application has been made for a new agricultural dwelling, including an integrated garage, on the skyline above the estuary in Iken. The Alde and Ore Association believes that this development will adversely affect the estuary environment.

See the plans and our response here

The deadline for public comments is 13 June 2014.

26 May 2014
Jumbo's Cottage, Iken

An application has been submitted for a substantial extensions to Jumbo's cottage, Iken. The public consultation for this application has now closed.

See the plans and our response here

5 April 2014
Alde and Ore Association AGM

The Annual General Meeting of The Alde and Ore Association was held on Saturday 5th April 2014 at Thorpeness Country Club.

The guest speakers were:
Teresa Fenn of Risk & Policy Analysts Ltd, on the Local Economic Study of The Alde and Ore Area
Andrew Hawes of Hawes Associates on lessons learned from the December 2013 surge

See the AGM documents here

River Defence Committee

For all the latest information and reports on the activity of the 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 >