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Life in the Dykes School Competition 2020

We have received a fantastic 73 entries to our Life in the Dykes school competition we have been running during lockdown for those attending school and for those being home schooled. It was a tough judging process but you can read the full story and see the finalist’s creations here.

Somerleyton Success!

In 2018, the estate raised water levels and excavated ‘footdrains’ to bring water from the surrounding drainage dykes into the marshes. The wetter environment means the habitat is now rich with suitable invertebrate for the birds to feed their chicks.

And all this hard work has paid off, with a surge in numbers of both species on the site. The RSPB estimates there were 13 breeding pairs of lapwing and 14 of Redshank between April and June – that’s a 50 and 250 per cent increase since 2014 respectively. There were also sightings of large flocks of waders and wildfowl over the winter.

Read the full report here 


Big Sky Bulleting No.1 out now
Now Award Winning!
at the 2019 Norfolk Constructing Excellence Awards

We were nominated in the Preservation and Rejuvenation category of the 2019 Norfolk Constructing Excellence Awards alongside notable proper construction companies as Chaplin Farrant, Feilden + Mawson and MJS Projects.

To our great surprise, we WON FIRST PRIZE in Preservation and Rejuvenation. A tremendous achievement from the Water, Mills and Marshes team, City College Norwich tutors and most importantly the students.

And while in the process of basking in the glory of this award, they were shocked to also be awarded First Prize Overall!

Read our application here Constructing Excellece Awards_Preservation-and-Rejuvenation-2019


Eastern Angles Theatre Company’s 2019 Spring Tour Show…

The Tide Jetty by Tony Ramsay

All venues now on sale. 

Two brothers, Tucky and Nathan grow up on the banks of Breydon Water alongside tomboy, Eliza. The three of them are inseparable. As they grow older the inevitable happens and both the boys fall for her. But tragedy tears the trio apart and years later it is time to discover the truth of what really happened…

The Tide Jetty is a new and thought-provoking play, exploring what we treasure and how and why we preserve it. Tony Ramsay’s previous plays include The Long Life & Great Good Fortune of John Clare(“Compelling, fascinating and dramatic” The Stage)The Anatomist (“A vision of the past pregnant with the present” Time Out) and Bentwater Roads (“an engrossing drama from the numerous pasts lurking around it” The Times).

The Tide Jetty will be touring with Eastern Angles to locations in the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads plus many of Eastern Angles’ traditional spring tour venues from March 2019.

Eastern Angles are excited to be working with the Broads Authority on the Water, Mills and Marshes project, funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund. This fantastic project will run until December 2022 offering people a whole range of events and activities designed to explore and celebrate the incredible Broads National Park landscape and through drama to ask questions about its sustainability.

The BSL performance will be on Wednesday 1st May at 7.45pm at Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich. For further assistance and to book the best seats for this performance, do ring Box Office on 01473 211498 (Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm) or email us.

Most venues have wheelchair access. Please ring before booking to ensure you have the correct seats for the performance.

An induction loop for the hearing impaired is available on request – please ring 01473 211498.

Senior concession tickets are for people aged 65 and over.

Directed by Scott Hurran

Music & Sound Design by Chris Warner

Costume and Set Design by Jasmine Swan

Movement by Simon Carroll-Jones


Our latest newsletter  (no. 8) is out now.



In this issue: Drainage mill restoration, Broads Album, Education projects, Broads in a Box, Art Exhibitions, Podcasts, Medieval Boats, Community Grant funding and lots more. Click the image to view as pdf.

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With only just over two days left of @heritageopenday 2020, take the chance to watch or listen to some of the fantastic events on offer online! One of these is the 'Hidden Stories of St Benet’s Abbey' by @NorfArchTrust, the last story available for you to watch at 10am tomorrow!

Geldeston Locks is the last stop on Dean Parkin's journey along the Angles Way in the 'A Walk In The (National) Park' podcast series for @NorfolkHODs. Listen here Don't stop there why not explore further along the Angles Way for yourself. #HeritageOpenDays

Discover Stone's Mill, currently derelict and a haven for #HiddenNature, as well as the many more mills in the Halvergate Marshes in the video tour by @ashotofwildlife for @NorfolkHODs #HeritageOpenDays2020

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