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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13 January 2016
Slaughden defences Public drop-in  - now Thursday, 21st January, 2pm - 6pm in Aldeburgh Parish Church Hall

The drop-in, hosted by the Environment Agency, on the work on the Slaughden flood defences has been moved to Thursday, 21st January. The time and place remain the same at 2pm - 6pm in Aldeburgh Parish Church Hall

10 January 2016
Work to
strengthen Slaughden defences to be carried out in February 2016. Public drop-in with full information will be held on Wednesday, 20th January, 2pm - 6pm in Aldeburgh Parish Church Hall

The Environment Agency will be carrying out work to strengthen the Slaughden defences during February.  To see full details in the factsheet, click here; there will be a public drop-in on 20th February as shown below.

Slughden drop in poster

6 January 2016
Orfordness Lighthouse in imminent danger; £10,000 required immediately for urgent repairs

Erosion at the Orfordness Lighthouse in the recent storms has begun to affect the defences put in place in 2014 and 2015. The lighthouse is now in imminent danger of collapse and the Lighthouse Trust has launched an appeal for £10,000 for emergency repairs to the defences. The situation was reported yesterday on BBC Look East and in the EADT. (Click to see the article).
If you would like to contribute to the appeal to save this iconic building, please see details on the Lighthouse Trust's website at http://www.orfordnesslighthouse.co.uk/)

9 December 2015
AOEP Estuary Plan public consultation closes on 17th December; please register your comments before then

The three drop-ins for the public consultation on the AOEP Estuary Plan were all very well attended with much interesting discussion. It is importand that we also receive as many comments on the Plan as possible to show that it has the support of the whole community. Your comments, either critical or approving, are very valuable so do please register your thoughts and ideas as they will help to finalise the document.  The online comments form can be accessed at http://aoep.co.uk/index.php/haveyoursay/. The full Plan documents themselves can be seen at http://aoep.co.uk/index.php/public-consultation/. Comments have to be registered by 17th December when the consultation closes.
The consultation closes on 17th December so please ensure that you have registered any comments by then.

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 >