We asked the public to vote for the Community Project you'd like to win the 2016 Enabling Communities Award, sponsored by Town 102 and The Beach radio stations. The finalists for this award were selected by the Enabling Communities team at Suffolk Coastal District Council. Voting is now closed and the winner was announced at the awards dinner at The Hangar, Kesgrave Hall on 15th September. Congratulations to Brook Farm Residents' Association who brought it home with a clear margin! The date for the 2017 SaxFest has now been announced - see it here.

Brook Farm Residents’ Association

Brook Farm Residents' Association for the Saxmundham Music Festival. Saxmundham Music Festival 2016 is a free community event run by volunteers for the past... two years. The intention is to expand this year’s Festival to include Friday evening before the main music event on the Saturday so it can connect more people with musical talent or wish to learn music skills. The project contributes to Suffolk’s Raising the Bar priorities, which aims to tackle levels of educational attainment and enhance social skills.  This event also engages with the newly commissioned Access Community Trust youth project.

Dunwich Reading Room and Museum

Dunwich Reading Room and Museum was founded on the legacy of the original borough, which includes the mace and seal used by the aldermen... and councillors of Dunwich.  They have improved the museum's storeroom, to have the walls dry lined and the installation of a special dehumidifying extractor fan, also to replace some shelving. The museum enhances the tourism offer to the large number of visitors to this part of Suffolk Coastal.

Huntingfield Parish Council

Huntingfield Parish Council received funding to support the building and equipping of a new village hall to serve Huntingfield, Heveningham and Ubbeston. For many... elderly people the weekly bus service was their only means of socialising. Teenagers had an especially hard time living in rural isolation so this group made sure they have a place to go. Construction was completed in March 2016 and The Hub will now be used for ‘Cooking and Sharing’ meals, as a Youth Club, craft sessions for youngsters and adults, film nights, pilates, yoga, silver surfers, business to business events and many other activities.

Station House Community Connections

Station House Community Connections is a charitable Community Benefit Society formed to take on the lease of the disused Station House in Campsea Ashe... (serving Wickham Market station). It plans to bring the house back to life by restoring the two-storey building to create a fully accessible waiting area with ticket machine and train information, hot-desk facilities with wifi, a café and meeting rooms – all set against a backdrop of historical significance through an Illustrated history of the East Suffolk Railway Line. Plus, there will be multi-user touch screen technology detailing info on local events, amenities, businesses, groups, history and culture. The Station House will focus on user experience “making its history part of its future” all while serving as a community hub for local residents.

Yoxford Bowls Club

Yoxford Bowls Club currently has 40 members and a growing junior division that attracts 15 local children and it is actively trying to purchase... its bowls green.  The Club hopes that the land purchase will enhance the sustainability and improve the resilience of the Bowls Club to enable it to grow and attract more members. The Club has 2-3 visiting teams playing on the green every week and they hold annual tournaments and host activities for other clubs. In 2015 Yoxford Bowls Green won the ‘Green of the Year’ award for the district.  There has been a Bowls Club in Yoxford for nearly 200 years. The club hosts quizzes, tournaments and jumble sales as well as holding a 12 hour bowlathon to raise funds. This activity alongside the enabling communities grant enabled them to buy the club and secure its future.

Media Partners

We're thrilled that Anglian Radio's Town102 and The Beach are our media partners for this year.

Town 102 logo webThe Beach logo web