Editor’s com­ment

EADT Suffolk - - News - Jayne Lindill, Editor jayne.lindill@eadt.co.uk

LO­CAL . . . it’s so im­por­tant, isn’t it? I’m all for lo­cal­ness. The ben­e­fits of do­ing things lo­cally, like shop­ping, for ex­am­ple, are well proved. It keeps small busi­nesses tick­ing over, keeps peo­ple em­ployed, keeps com­mu­ni­ties vi­brant and rel­e­vant.

I’ve re­cently got in­volved in a lo­cal project and been amazed at just how sat­is­fy­ing it can be. I’ve joined a small group of friends in form­ing Felixs­towe Cre­ative Arts Trust, or F-CAT (although I’m strictly a dog per­son). As peo­ple who de­vote much of our time to theatre, art and mu­sic our aim is to es­tab­lish a hub for the vis­ual and per­fom­ing arts in the Felixs­towe area. Cur­rently Felixs­towe doesn’t have a suit­able venue for small scale drama and mu­sic per­fo­mances, or a suit­able public space for art ex­hi­bi­tions. So, we’re talking to the Dio­cese of St Ed­mund­bury and Ip­swich about us­ing the re­dun­dant St Mary’s Church in Trim­ley St Mary. We held a mini fes­ti­val at the be­gin­ning of August to show peo­ple the po­ten­tial for an arts cen­tre and

‘I meet peo­ple who serve their com­mu­ni­ties and I al­ways ad­mire their pas­sion and com­mit­ment, whether they’re or­gan­is­ing the car­ni­val or mar­shalling peo­ple to pick up lit­ter’

the re­ac­tion was over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive. There’s con­sid­er­able de­mand and en­thu­si­asm for the idea, and the dio­cese likes it too. So watch this space!

Do­ing some­thing for your lo­cal com­mu­nity can be in­cred­i­bly rewarding. I meet peo­ple who serve their com­mu­ni­ties all the time, of course, and I al­ways ad­mire their pas­sion and com­mit­ment, whether they’re or­gan­is­ing the car­ni­val, mar­shalling peo­ple to pick up lit­ter or vol­un­teer­ing in some other ca­pac­ity. It’s what keeps us go­ing. It’s what makes us feel like ‘lo­cals’ and want to care for the place where we live.

It’s im­por­tant not to con­fuse lo­cal with parochial, of course. Our em­bry­onic arts cen­tre, for ex­am­ple, will not sim­ply be a place to in­flict our own du­bi­ous tal­ents on lo­cal au­di­ences. Our aim is that it will also ap­peal to tour­ing com­pa­nies who want to bring their theatre and mu­sic to us, and to au­di­ences who want to come and see what Felixs­towe has to of­fer cul­tur­ally. Com­mu­ni­ties need new blood and fresh ideas, knowl­edge gained from far­ther afield that can help us do what we do even bet­ter.

Septem­ber is a big month for events great and small – vil­lage fetes, har­vest fes­ti­vals, pro­duce shows, oc­ca­sions like the Wood­bridge Shuck, and Alde­burgh Food and Drink Fes­ti­val. They’ll all be proudly lo­cal. En­joy!

David Of­ford’s im­age of a king­fisher eat­ing lunch at Lack­ford Lakes

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