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RSPB 70 years at Havergate Island

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Published on: September 4, 2019

The Roger David Burrows Music Fund presents the next in its talk series:

RSPB 70 years at Havergate Island
(Suffolk’s only island)

By Steve Everett,
Volunteer guide, photographer and presenter for RSPB Havergate Island and Minsmere

Monday, 14th October 2019
7:30 pm

St Michael’s Church Centre,
The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk IP5 3PL

Admission £5.00
at the door or by ticket in advance

Light refreshments and a raffle.

The venue is fully accessible and there is adjacent free parking.

Tickets, £5.00, can be obtained in advance from the Burrows family, 17 Squires Lane, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk IP5 3UG, please provide a stamped addressed envelope, and
any cheques payable to ‘The Roger David Burrows Music Fund’.

It is 70 years since the RSPB took over ownership of Havergate Island, 267 acres of nature reserve in the River Ore, just below Orford. Join Steve Everett for an illustrated talk about the history, wildlife and people that have shaped Suffolk’s only island over the years.

Steve Everett is a volunteer guide, photographer & presenter for the RSPB at their Havergate Island and Minsmere reserves. When he is not leading guided walks, photography tutorials or driving safaris, you’ll find him pointing out wildlife in hides and hotspots across the reserves together with his wife, Davene.

Further information about the above event and the Music Fund can be obtained from the
Burrows family (01473 625196)

Amazing Archaeological Discoveries

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‘Amazing Archaeological Discoveries’
Monday 24th June 2019

Thank you to all who came to the talk, there was great support for this repeat of archaeologist, Andy Peachey’s excellent talk on the amazing finds archaeologists have discovered along the East Anglia One cable route. We were taken on a voyage of discovery from prehistory to the Saxons.

At the archaeological site beside Martlesham bypass and Seckford Hall unexpectedly an amazing early Neolithic causeway enclosure of ditches was found, that had been reinforced in the late Neolithic. A collapsed wooden trackway and platform was discovered within it, preserved by the water from springs in the hillside that had kept the area waterlogged. Artefacts found within it included an auroch’s head. While a short distance away at Little Bealings a Roman farmstead has been discovered and adjacent Saxon buildings, providing evidence of how they each lived on and used the site – a tantalising snapshot into life at that time and especially interesting because the Saxon buildings were not built over the Roman ones. Thank you to Andy, who also brought along artefacts from the cable route sites and other local areas, as well as some replicas for the audience to look at and handle.

Thank you all for your support and also to all those who helped at the event to make it such a successful evening.

Look out for details of our next talk.

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