Leiston cum Sizewell is a rural town with a population of 5,500. It is situated one mile from the Suffolk Coast and is included in the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with Suffolk Sandlings and RSPB Minsmere being close by. This area is a haven for walkers and cyclists wishing to explore the Suffolk coastline. It has a diverse community and owes much of its heritage to the Richard Garrett Works, established at the end of the 1700’s. It ran until the early 1970s and the town developed alongside the industry. This is apparent in the style of the town architecture which bears resemblance to the pit towns of south Yorkshire. The Long Shop museum in Leiston displays many of the engines manufactured by Garretts.
Leiston is the home of the oldest purpose built cinema in the country and celebrated its centenary in 2014.

The parade in Leiston partially followed the route of the town’s H company of the 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, on their way to Leiston station to set off for wartime service on August 5, 1914, the day after war was declared.

The parade passed through Old Post Office Square, pausing at the Old Railway Station, before continuing to the Alde Valley Sixth Form Centre Field for a Drumhead Ecumenical Service of commemoration.

The afternoon featured an open-air band concert of music of the First World War period community stalls, and children’s activities.

A new Leiston in the Great War exhibition was also officially opened at the Long Shop Museum.

November 8th 2015: The Royal Britsh Legion, Leiston Branch, lead the memorial parade through the town.

Leiston has a new Pump Track

What is a Pump Track?

A pump track is a continuous loop of round bumps and banked turns that you ride not by pedaling, but by “pumping.”

What is Pumping?

Pumping is the art of managing pressure to minimize impacts and generate propulsion. Basically, you get heavy on the backs of bumps and light on the fronts of bumps. If you’ve ever skateboarded in a bowl or skied moguls, you’ve pumped.

So now you know..!

Leiston gets fit.

New fitness equipment installed on Victory Road Recreation Ground

Moment of silence

In many parts of the world, people observe a one or more commonly a two-minute moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. local time as a sign of respect in the first minute for the roughly 20 million people who died in the war, and in the second minute dedicated to the living left behind, generally understood to be wives, children and families left behind but deeply affected by the conflict.

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Leiston Community Radio is on its way!

We need volunteers to help build the studio live presenters, and prerecord presenters, producers, community journalists,web maintenance people, promotion and marketing people and programme sponsors…Interested? Text or call Nick on 07720349222 for more information.


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Basic PC course starts in Leiston

Basic IT course due to start mid November 2015.

Contact the Library for details…


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sandlings safer cycling campaign

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Alde Valley Family

History Group

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Ready4work logo Feb 2015If you need help to find a job then check out the local vacancies page on Indeed or visit the Ready4work.org website