Annual Report And Financial Statement y/e 31.12.18

The Trustees have approved the audited Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 and filed them with the Charity Commission. Below is a precis of the information contained within them.

Financial Highlights

The numbers below are extracted from the audited accounts.

Abbreviated income statement and expenditure account

2018 2017


Donations and legacies £451,901 £188,440


Raising funds £43,174 £17,739

Charitable activities £242,403 £11,394

Net income for the year £166,324 £159,307

Since the 2018 year-end the Trust has raised over £600,000 of which £400,000 is from the Garfield Weston Foundation, a charitable trust. This means the Trust has raised over £1.2 million to date.                              

Raising funds

During the year the charity launched a contemporary and distinctive new branding for the Trust. This was a catalyst for more social media presence to extend the reach of the #SOSEstuary awareness campaign. Numerous activities took place across the estuary community including art exhibitions, a cricket match, the sale of local honey, a marmalade competition and a Christmas theatre production. The Trust saw an increase in donors of 50% from 2017.

The Trustees are very grateful to members of the estuary community and businesses who have generously supported the Trust with their donations and time.

Charitable activities

The Trust awarded two grants to the East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board (ESIDB). The result of the first grant was an estimated costed programme of works for the improved flood defences, which includes an estimate of potential government grant funding (FDGIA). This would be delivered over 7 to 8 years, once government funding is available.     

All amounts are estimates: 

Cost Without risk contingency FDGIA

Upper Estuary £8.4m £6.4m £6m*

Lower Estuary £18.5m £15.4m £4.5m

*now estimated at £7 million
The second grant to the ESIDB is to fund the submission of the Outline Business Case (OBC) to the Environment Agency for the Upper Estuary. This is currently being scrutinised and work is ongoing. The result of this OBC submission is unlikely to be known until Spring 2020. Once the outcome of this is known the ESIDB will begin their work on the OBC for the Lower Estuary.

(Photo credit: Andrew Hill)

(Photo credit: Andrew Hill)

Future Plans

Looking ahead, the Trust encourages donors to give for works throughout the length of the estuary for a specific reason. Work on the walls can only go ahead within a programme that ensures no buildings or areas of land are at an increased risk of flooding from completed work.

The outcome of the Upper Estuary OBC will be a critical input into the consideration of estimated cash flow requirements, an important factor when raising funds. While central and local government grants are crucial for the necessary and successful improvement of flood defences, the Trust continues to pursue a strategy of applying for grants to charitable foundations known to favour environmental issues.

The Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2018, which gives greater detail on our fundraising and charitable activities, are available to read in full HERE


If you have any questions regarding the Annual Report and Financial Statements or fundraising activities of the Alde & Ore Estuary Trust, please email us by clicking HERE.

Ahoy There! Aldeburgh To Orford Flotilla Raises Over £24,000

Enormous thanks to everyone who got involved and supported our inaugural summer flotilla on 28th July.

More than 100 people took to the water and swam or paddled the seven kilometres from Aldeburgh Yacht Club to Orford Sailing Club with the support from safety boats.


First to complete the course was paddler Edward Greenwell, with George Rudland and Gemma Cannon being the fastest male and female swimmers, respectively. BBC journalist Nick Robinson, who owns a home in Orford, was at the finish line to congratulate participants as they completed the course.

The flotilla was led by Event Director Mark Nicholls, who was absolutely delighted to have the support of so many swimmers and paddlers as well as a team of hardworking volunteers. Feedback suggests there is an overwhelming consensus to make the flotilla an annual fundraiser for the Save Our Suffolk Estuary campaign.

With the generous sponsorship from local businesses, 100% of the donations received will be used to maintain and upgrade the estuary river walls.

Our Champion Flotilla Sponsors


To view more images from Gill Moon Photography at the start of the flotilla in Aldeburgh, please click HERE.

To view photographs taken by CWH Media at Orford Sailing Club, please click HERE.

We are very grateful to both Gill and Carl for their charitable support and the fantastic photographs taken on the day.

Estuary Partnership Event - February 2019

An Alde & Ore Estuary Partnership drop-in session, held at Snape Maltings on 27th February, drew over 100 people from the local community to hear about the estuary project to repair and maintain the river walls. Please click on the link below to see the project plan presentation given during the evening, detailing the costings, flood modelling, timescales and funding.

Delivering The Plan - 27th February 2019

(L-R) David Kemp, Coastal Manager, Environment Agency, Professor Jane Maxim, Trustee and Funding Committee Chair, Giles Bloomfield, Eastern Area Manager of East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board, Sir Edward Greenwell, Chair Alde & Ore Estuary Partnership, Karen Thomas, Partnership and Strategy Manager, ESIDB.

(L-R) David Kemp, Coastal Manager, Environment Agency, Professor Jane Maxim, Trustee and Funding Committee Chair, Giles Bloomfield, Eastern Area Manager of East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board, Sir Edward Greenwell, Chair Alde & Ore Estuary Partnership, Karen Thomas, Partnership and Strategy Manager, ESIDB.

The Swans Of Slaughden Marsh Oil Painting

UPDATE - the painting was sold mid December and £375 has been generously donated to the Save Our Suffolk Estuary campaign. Enormous thanks to Helen Napper, Aldeburgh Book Shop and the new owner of The Swans Of Slaughden Marsh for their support.

Helen Napper is not only the Suffolk based artist behind one of our charity Christmas cards this year, she is also generously donating 50% of the proceeds from the sale of her oil painting The Swans of Slaughden Marsh to the Alde & Ore Estuary Trust.

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A winter visitor to Suffolk, Bewick's Swans arrive from Siberia in late autumn and two are depicted mid flight against a vibrant green background. A perfect Christmas gift, the painting comes ready framed and has been signed by Helen on the back.

The oil painting is £750 and can be viewed and purchased from The Aldeburgh Bookshop.

Four Ferries Bike Ride - 22nd September 2018

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Following it's huge popularity and success last year, our fundraising Four Ferries Bike Ride is being held again this year on Saturday 22nd September. Please click here for full details of the event and where you can also download the Registration Form, Sponsorship FormBook Online and the all important Guidance Notes.  Please book early to avoid disappointment as a maximum of 100 cyclists can take part.

Aldeburgh Summer 2018 Fundraising Campaign

Blink and it'll be gone....

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This summer the Alde and Ore Estuary Trust has designed and distributed attention grabbing posters throughout Aldeburgh, depicting the floods that happened in Aldeburgh in 1953 and Snape in 2013, together with an artist’s impression of what the High Street could look like with further floods. As part of the Save Our Suffolk Estuary fundraising campaign, the posters warn tourists and the estimated 300,000 visitors flocking to Aldeburgh, that flooding could take our ‘wonderful Suffolk playground’. Business owners throughout the town have also rallied to raise awareness and funds for the £12 million flood defence scheme. Discover more here and text AOET10 £10 to 70070 to donate £10. Thank you.

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Marmalade Competition Causes A Stir For The AOET

An inaugural charity marmalade competition fundraising for the Alde & Ore Estuary Trust was a huge success earlier this year, leading to a donation of £360 being made.

Butcher Gerard King of Salter & King in Aldeburgh came up with the idea back in January and along with judges Jules Field of Jules and Sharpie, James Barber head chef of The White Lion Hotel and his marmalade loving wife Tess King, encouraged locals to get involved and create pots of delicious and sticky, edible gold.

Over 50 people bought a bag of juicy Seville oranges, the proceeds of which were donated to the Alde & Ore Estuary Trust. 

Congratulations to the winner Malcolm Myers of Aldeburgh who won a trophy together with a whole gammon joint from Salter & King.

Photo credits Jessica Ogden