Rendlesham UFO Walks
Rendlesham Forest, located in Woodbridge, is the home to numerous UFO sightings which took place over a series of nights in December 1980 by the US Airforce. Since these sightings, the area has continued to fascinate UFO enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists alike. In fact, residents and visitors believe that these mysterious events are the most significant UFO incident to have ever occurred in the UK!
Today, you can walk the UFO trail with the help of the Forestry Commissions leaflet which can be picked up on site. This is a great excuse to get out into the Suffolk countryside and let your imaginations run wild with your friends and family!
For the second year, The Spirit of Beowulf Festival returns to Woodbridge for four days of magic, music and mystery on the banks of the beautiful River Deben with the theme of “Journeys”.
The festival celebrates the town’s links with the historical poem and is certainly an unexpected find in the county.
Last year the festival brought literary lovers, families, local residents and tourists to the town with a host of talks, walks, open mic nights and craft demonstrations to name a few! This year, Doctor Sam Newton, will be giving a fascinating talk on the hidden indications that the poem may have been composed in the Wuffing kingdom of East Anglia during the eighth century, using older verse traditions reaching back to the sixth century!
Splat Quack Go – The Black Ditch Mud Run – Saturday 15 June
This is a fun run unlike anything else in Suffolk. The infamous ‘Black Ditch’ is Suffolk’s muddiest OCR and is the location to this years filthiest obstacle course to date! Wade through boggy swamps and muddy pools across 40 obstacles. Built for all abilities, this is a great activity to try this year! Whether you walk, run, or waddle your way through, all participants will receive a goody bag!
And just to keep you on your toes, each runner will be offered a rubber duck at the start of the race. For every duck that makes it back to the finish line, 50p will be donated to the charity ‘Fresh Start New Beginnings’. Will you give it a go this year?
The legend of Bures Dragon dates back to 1405 when the first sighting of the dragon was recorded by a local monk and then by numerous people thereafter. The legend of a terrifying beast that terrorised the area is a fascinating one and has given the area its association with myth and legend ever since. Several churches in the area have depictions of dragons on their walls, including a 15th-century painting of the creature in the Wissington Church a few miles from Bures.
In honour of this legendary dragon, and in celebration of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, the Bures Dragon was etched into a hill in 2012, and whilst the etching is on private land, it can be seen from a distance. Do you think your brave enough to hunt out the Bures Dragon?
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Taxidermy at Ipswich Museum
Ipswich Museum has a vast array of Victorian Cabinets filled with exotic foreign animals and birds from across the world. Whilst Taxidermy may not be for everyone, the spectacle lying within Ipswich Museum really is something to behold.
Wonder your way through and spot the only complete mounted specimen of a rare sub-species of Giraffe, an Indian Rhinoceros alongside the first Gorillas ever seen in Britain. They even have a large diorama of African animals built in 1906.
Their vast collection of British birds is considered to be one of the most important and complete collection in the country.
No matter which weird or wonderful experience you take on this year in Suffolk, you’ll be sure to have an unique time with your friends, loved ones and family members!
Yes, Suffolk even has a Sausage festival and it’s back by popular demand for 2019! Best part? They also have an adorable Dachshundmascot called Teddie!
The Great Framlingham Sausage Festival is a celebration of the great, mouth watering sausages which are made in East Anglia. The festival takes over the whole town of Framingham and becomes a sizzling hive of sausage madness!
With plenty of Sausages to eat, stalls to peruse and family activities and entertainment, this festival is certainly worth a visit for all those foodies out there!
Police seek woman on mobility scooter after elderly customer knocked over in Marks and Spencer
Police want to speak to a woman about the incident Credit: Suffolk Police
Police want help to find a woman on a mobility scooter after a collision in Marks and Spencer caused an elderly customer to fall.
The incident happened on 1 September at some point between 11.30am and 12 noon.
A woman in her late 80s was queuing in Marks and Spencer store on London Road in Lowestoft.
She was caught by a suspect who was driving a mobility scooter causing the victim to fall to the floor and she also sustained a nasty cut to the leg in the process.
The driver of the scooter showed no remorse and also failed to apologise.
Officers would like to speak to the woman depicted in the CCTV still in connection with the incident.
Anyone who recognises the woman should contact PC Kevin Brooks at Lowestoft police on 101.
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Fire service called after woman, 32, becomes ‘trapped’ under horse
PUBLISHED: 20:45 03 June 2020 | UPDATED: 20:50 03 June 2020 Oliver Sullivan
A woman has been left in the care of ambulance crews after becoming 'trapped' under a horse
The fire service and an ambulance have been called after a woman became ‘trapped’ under a horse.
Firefighters were called to the scene of the incident in Brandon Road, Broadwell, by the ambulance service shortly after 7.10pm today (June 3).
Three fire engines from Bury St Edmunds attended the scene.
A fire service spokeswoman said the woman, 32, had become “trapped” under the horse – although was unable to confirm what had led to the incident.
Crews stood down at 7.48pm, when the woman was left in the care of the ambulance service.
The woman and horse’s conditions are not currently known at this time.
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Location: Oulton - Boardley's Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: A cupboard inside this farmhouse was haunted by a severed hand. The hand belonged to the sibling of a former owner who lost it to a piece of farm machinery.
The legend of The Black Shuck, the ghostly black dog that is said to roam East Anglia, is famous along the Suffolk Coast. For centuries the tale of Black Shuck has been retold, and though the details vary, every account agrees on one thing: the spectral Black Shuck is terrifying to behold!
According to legend and folklore, Black Shuck has flaming red eyes and shaggy black fur. Some say he is a huge beast, the size of a horse; others say that he is no bigger than a large dog.
The most infamous sightings of Black Shuck happened on the same day in August, 1577. On that day a great storm was raging along the Suffolk Coast, and the people of Blythburgh were congregated in the church. Suddenly, a clap of thunder broke, and the doors of the church crashed open. Black Shuck ran through the congregation, killing a man and a boy as the churchgoers watched in horror. Then the church steeple fell crashing through the roof, and Black Shuck left, leaving scorch marks on the church door that can still be seen to this day!
Since that day, the sinister black dog has become a common image along the Suffolk Coast. Though thankfully, there have been fewer sightings of the real Black Shuck, and he seems to have stopped his murderous ways. At least, that is, for now…
Where the Walberswick road meets the A12 and continues as an old path over Blythburgh Common is said to be the crossways where Black Toby was hanged, then gibbeted on the same spot for the rape and murder of a local girl named Anne Blakemore in 1750. After death, his corpse was dipped in tar and left to rot on the gibbet, and his ghost is said to roam on Toby's Walks, in Blythburgh church, and at midnight, in a large barn that used to stand until recent times by the roadside called Toby's Barn.
When seen in the open, he is more often than not driving a huge black coach or hearse, drawn by four headless horses. The barn in later years was not thatched but tiled, as tradition told that the thatch would never stay on it. When the gibbet finally collapsed about 50 years after the event, a master thatcher is said to have made a thatching comb out of the nails.
In historical fact, Tobias Gill was a negro drummer stationed with a regiment of dragoons on preventive service at Blythburgh, was allegedly drunk when he killed the girl, and was convicted on all charges.
Scooter collision results in ‘life changing’ injuries for elderly woman
A mobility scooter user who collided with a pedestrian in Suffolk has reportedly caused ‘life changing’ injuries to the elderly woman who is in her 80s.
Police are looking for the scooter driver, who failed to stop at the scene. She is described as an elderly woman wearing a cream-coloured hat and a dark-coloured coat and riding a medium-sized, blue scooter.
The injured pedestrian was knocked over and suffered a laceration to her leg.
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The incident follows a similar one last month where another elderly pedestrian nearby in Lowestoft was involved in a scooter collision. The police are treating that incident as actual bodily harm.
It was revealed in a recent study that the number of serious incidents involving mobility scooters are sharply increasing.
Speaking in the wake of the data, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) indicated that mobility scooter manufacturers, retailers and users should all be offered better access to quality guidance and training on the equipment.
The group said that the best way to prevent mobility scooter accidents is to improve the quality and availability of guidance and training.
Cobra Mist was part of an over the horizon radar system used to monitor Soviet (and possibly Chinese) activities during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The system had noise problems and was decommissioned in 1973. The BBC World Service now transmits from the site.
Even if we entertain the notion that no extraterrestrial spacecraft is concealed at Orford Ness, the area is still of curiosity to ufologists. During the 1970s, two men (one the son of a former worker for Cobra Mist) watched a pair of lights hovering close to the surface of the sea. As they approached to get a better look, the lights darted off at incredible speed. More recently, witnesses have seen strange lights at night swimming around under the water.
The lighthouse on Orford Ness has been named (blamed?) as responsible for the Bentwaters UFO sighting by Holt et al in December 1981, their alien craft nothing more than the lighthouse beam passing through the tree line of Rendlesham Forest that stands a few miles away.
Some have reported that electrical equipment malfunctions on Orford Ness; batteries quickly drain, computer monitors flicker before failing, and cameras refuse to work until back on the mainland. If this is the case, then we were fortunate – all our video and still camera equipment worked fine throughout our visit.
Many of the buildings on the island remain closed for visitors. Glass litters the floors, rusting metal juts out from all angles, and lead paint peels from the walls. Guard rails have gone, leaving sharp drops into yawning hollows partially filled with decaying waste from the last sixty years.
While much of the inner workings of the pagodas have been removed, the artefacts that remain hanging from the wall take on the form of Christian icons. Man-sized crucifixes stand high and rust, and although the contemporary Ark of the Covenant has been removed, the casing of an A-Bomb is still on display.
We have our UFOs and we have our cryptozoological surprises, but are there haunting entities on Orford Ness? The environmental ambience is strong enough to suggest so, but actual reports are sparse. The lack of reports could be caused by the many years of top secret activity here, and that now the area is an Site of Special Scientific Interest, visitors are few. While a few ghost stories have dribbled out recently, most of these tend to be quite vague, only hinting at strange presences felt in the derelict buildings or the lighthouse.
Before we know it, our time has run out and we return to the mainland. My morning on the remote shingle spit, albeit brief, reinforces my belief that Orford Ness stands firm as one of the true fortean places in Suffolk.
While blood spilled in Europe, another type of laissez-faire commerce was in the ascendant in Suffolk : smuggling. Groups of audacious smugglers had expanded the trade of contraband to the extent that customs authorities, even with military support, were no match for them. Lord Orford had once commented that the only man in Orford who was not a smuggler was the parson (surely not!), and the intricate tributaries of the River Blyth a little way up the coast provided ideal routes for cargo.
A detachment of the Fourth Dragoons, who had fought in the 1740-48 war, was posted to Blythburgh in Suffolk to prevent the spread of smuggling. Fresh from battle, the dragoons resented their placement on the bleak Suffolk coast, and soon became unpopular with the locals.
One summer night in 1750, a local girl, Anne Blakemore, was found dead by the marshland near Blythburgh village. The finger was pointed at Tobias Hill, who some villagers claimed had raped and strangled the girl after being kicked out of the White Hart in a drunken stupor. He pleaded his innocence, but was found guilty and hanged on 14th September 1750, his body left swinging from the chains of the gibbet as an example for others. The Ipswich Journal described Hill as “a black, one of the drummers in Sir Robert Rich’s Regiment” – and it is here that we begin to wonder if a racially-motivated miscarriage of justice occurred. Just like Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird, Hill had been charged without a shred of evidence to link him to Anne’s murder. In fact, given that there were no suspicious marks on Anne’s body, there was no evidence to suggest she had been murdered at all.
As the Foxearth and District Local History Society notes, even in death Tobias Hill was allowed little dignity:
“To cover up their activities, smugglers made the dead dragoon the subject of a number of ghost stories, including the common one of being a headless driver of a phantom black coach drawn by four headless black horses. Certainly, the thought of ghost of Black Toby kept many of the superstitious indoors at night whilst the smugglers were at work.”
The story of Toby Hill’s ghost is still popular in that part of the Suffolk coast. Some living people claim to have seen him. But the story appears to have been created to gloss over an unpalatable truth: the murder of an innocent man by a rancorous rabble.