Coronavirus (COVID-19)

[Updated 21.06.21]

Following the postponement for the last day in the Government’s Roadmap out of Lockdown, we continue in a cautious manner to resume our various activities.

Our cautious approach factors in that it’s been nearly 18 months since we wrapped up our 2019 season and the majority of our activities. The prolonged break will have undoubtedly affected our volunteers in differing ways. We need to ensure that everyone is willing and able to continue in their past roles whilst also considering everyone’s health and wellbeing.

Office

This remains closed to visitors at this time but a member of staff is working reduced hours working hard to follow up many email and telephone messages! Our response time is much slower than we would like for which we can only apologise.

Boat Trips

  • Essential refresher training is ongoing for our volunteers to enable a restricted boat trip service for our Dedham Vale and Sudbury boat trips.
    • Dedham Vale Boat Trips – sadly the closure of Fen Bridge is causing issues (click here to read more) but Kathleen is available on Sundays for short trips at Le Talbooth.
    • Sudbury Boat Trips – returning from Monday 28 June subject to restrictions based on current rules on social distancing and gatherings (click here for more information).

The Granary

  • Tea Room – this small team has not been together for 18 months and we are hoping to re-open in late July.  
  • Functions – We shall adhere to government guidelines and continue to monitor the situation.
    • We are preparing The Granary for larger gatherings with our bar facility for functions from August.
    • Weddings – We are accepting ceremony only bookings at this time adhering to guidance issued by Suffolk Registry Office (click here) with provisional dates as below subject to confirmation at each stage (attendance figures are subject to COVID secure risk assessment for the ceremony room):
      • Stages 1 & 2: The Granary falls within the Government’s road map category of venues unable to open at this time.
      • Stage 2 (from 17 May): 30 people can attend ceremony
      • Stage 4 (from 21 June): Restrictions due to be lifted meaning our maximum attendance is 100.

Visitor Education Centre (VEC)

We are delighted that the building works following the fire in Sep 2018 (click here) finally finished during the last quarter of 2020. We are looking forward to bringing the building back into use as our administrative office, archives location and as a community and educational facility

Events

We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to seeing you all soon.

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