Beccles Society
Promoting A Better Beccles For Everyone

Beccles Society is a citizens' voice group concerned with the quality of the built environment in Beccles and its impact on people's daily lives

Beccles Society seeks to ensure that Beccles flourishes in a challenging and fast changing world, to promote and preserve the unique character of Beccles and its surrounding countryside, not only for the people who live here but also for the many visitors that come here each year.

2021 AGM

Members of The Beccles Society, including their president, Martin Bell OBE, met for their AGM on 12 May by Zoom. The meeting was followed by an interesting talk by Mike Wabe on “Foul Murders in East Anglia”. He finished with one of the most infamous, namely the murder in the red barn at Polstead in Suffolk.

Over the year, there have been several changes to the Society’s officers. The chairman thanked the members of the executive committee who have stood down after many years of service, including David Lindley, John Sayer, Paul and Jennifer Fletcher, Bob Aris and the late Richard Bellefontaine. The membership secretary, Ray Poll, who is moving away from Beccles, was also thanked.

The members’ Newsletter, available at the library, includes reports from the chairman, treasurer and membership secretary and on planning matters, as well as an article by Barry Darch on the engineering entrepreneurs, Elliott and Garrood, whose names are being commemorated in Elliott and Garrood Gardens behind Gosford Road.

The Society’s aim is to promote a better Beccles for everyone; for example, by encouraging good design, imaginative ideas and quality development through the Dr Nicholson Award. An announcement of the 2020 award, delayed by the pandemic, will be made soon. The Society would welcome nominations for 2021 ( and would also welcome new members and committee members

Thank you,
Paul Gurbutt, Chairman

Read The AGM minutes here:

So What Is Beccles Society All About

It is a Local Civic Society concerned with the quality of Beccles character, its impact on the people and on those who visit the town.

Awards are presented to schools, businesses and outstanding buildings for projects such as the refurbishment of the Kings Head. This year an award went to Brian Sabberton’s Company for their renovation of North House, (Ravensmere), together with the construction of the crinkle crankle wall.

Our aim is to preserve the architectural heritage of the Conservation Area of the town whilst monitoring the impact of proposed development proposals.

We are represented on The Neighbourhood Planning Team, Pride in Beccles, Beccles Road Safety Group, and Lowestoft Records Office Negotiations.

Comments are made on all major new development proposals, and one of our members gave evidence at the Local Plan Examination in Public regarding any adverse effects of the Garden Village Plan.

We are currently preparing booklets on all the “Blue” plaques in Beccles, and rewriting the one concerning the Pound.

Some success has been achieved in getting signs erected showing the new route of the A145, through several meetings with Peter Aldous and other groups. We have also looked at getting Sat Navs updated and arranging for hauliers to be advised of the best route avoiding the town centre.

If you are interested in our Society, please come along to one of our bimonthly meetings shown below or contact Paul Fletcher via our contacts page.
The membership fee if you subsequently decide to join is just £7.50 per annum.

  • Stimulate

    To stimulate public awareness and appreciation of the beauty, history and character of Beccles and its surroundings.

  • Conserve

    To conserve the architectural heritage of the town, its streetscape and the conservation area, and to work for an enhancement of the town environment by encouraging good development.

  • Awareness

    To stimulate awareness of the impact physical developments have on the social, cultural and commercial life of Beccles and its surroundings.

Stimulate - Conserve - Awareness

Beccles Society does this by : - scrutinising planning applications and forwarding comments to Waveney District Council or the Broads Authority, where relevant - a programme of awards to architects, builders, schools and business people. - meeting to discuss issues that affect the town and its environs.

Up & Coming Events

  • None At Present Due To The Coronavirus