Monday 15 January

The January meeting of the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group will be an illustrated talk by Diana Hughes to demonstrate the fascinating insight into the history of early modern Aldeburgh, gained from the Borough’s accounts.

We shall meet the Councillors and the problems they had to deal with. There were attacks on the coast and cannon on the beach; punishments could be cruel; and seven local women were tried and hanged for witches. And all in the town that we know so well today.

Since retiring from a career in teaching Diana Hughes has furthered her interest in local history, firstly with the National Trust on Dunwich Heath and then with the Aldeburgh Museum. Presently she is working to finish a transcription of the Aldeburgh Chamberlains’ Accounts (1566–1590 & 1625–1649), and at the same time helping to plan a new display for a revitalised Aldeburgh Museum.

The meeting will be held at 2.30pm on Monday 15 January at Snape Village Hall. Visitors welcome. Admission: members £1, visitors £3, incl tea/coffee.

Photos by courtesy of The Aldeburgh Museum


The Family History Research Centre in the Leiston Council offices will now be open to all, free of charge, from 10am to 12noon on the first and third Saturday morning of each month, and it will 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. 

The Research Centre is upstairs in the old Council Offices in Main Street, Leiston, IP16 4ER, in the same building as and to the right of the Library, opposite the Long Shop Museum. Please note that access is by a steep staircase. You can park outside free of charge for one hour, or there’s an “unlimited” free car park in Valley Road – go straight on past Barclay’s Bank and it’s on the right.

Contact Angela Skelcher on 01728 830949

The AVSFHG is looking for speakers for our Monday talks. If you are a historian interested in giving a talk, please contact our Secretary.

Visitors are always most welcome.