At the Annual General Meeting of the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group held on 24 April, Diana Mann of Peasenhall was elected Chairperson, Henry Mann was elected Vice Chairman, and Pat Carter replaced Roger Baskett as Membership Secretary.

At the meeting it was decided that the Family History Research Centre in the Leiston Council offices should be open to all, free of charge, on the first and third Saturday morning of each month, and that it would now only open on Wednesdays by prior appointment. If you wish to request an appointment, please contact Maggie Strutt on 01728 602298 or

The Research Centre contains much local information which is not available online, including graveyard catalogues for Benhall, Saxmundham, Leiston, Eastbridge, Aldringham and Sutton, censuses, directories, information on local war memorials, books, and historic maps. We have recently acquired a large number of CDs and microfiches of local interest. The research centre has computers with Internet, printer, and a scanner. There is also WiFi Internet access if you wish to bring your own laptop or tablet. Experienced family history researchers are present to give assistance if required.