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’.

Charitable Incorporated Organisation No 1154583

Floods of Memories DVD

Floods of Memories DVDThe 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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28 November 2015
AOEP Estuary Plan public consultation
Orford Drop-in on Thursday 3rd Devember

After the success of the Aldeburgh and Snape drop-ins, the final drop-in for the public consultation on the Alde and Ore Estuary Partnership’s Estuary Plan will be held in Orford Town Hall on Thursday, 3rd December, from 2pm to 7pm. This will be your last chance to meet with members of the AOEP Committee and representatives from the Environment Agency to discuss details of the Plan. Your comments are very valuable so do please come to the drop-in and register your thoughts and ideas as they will help to finalise the document. The plan documents can also be seen at http://aoep.co.uk/index.php/public-consultation/.

The consultation closes on 17th December so please ensure that you have registered any comments by then.

1 November 2015
AOEP Estuary Plan public consultation

The Alde and Ore Estuary Partnership’s Estuary Plan goes out to public consultation from 5th November until 17th December. The public drop-in dates are shown below and we hope you will be able to attend one of them. Your comments are very valuable so do please register your thoughts and ideas as they will help to finalise the document.

28 August 2015
Flood defence maintenance work

The Environment Agency has announces a programme of grass cutting on the estuary defences. The work will take place in September and October 2015, and cover an approximate length of 50km. Click here for details and maps >

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 >