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Beccles More In Common Gets Going

posted by: Owen Jones | on: Monday, 21 November 2016, 13:30


On a cold but bright winter morning on the northern edge of Suffolk, just under 150 people dropped by the Beccles #MoreInCommon pop-up café to have a chat with fellow residents of the town – most of them for the first time.

Beccles is a small but pretty market town famed as the gateway to the Norfolk Broads. It's not a town that instantly springs to mind when you think of HOPE not hate’s work.

Nevertheless, as more and more towns in East Anglia get designated “London overspill” (and the large housing projects that follow), a group of dedicated and hardworking local residents are taking a proactive approach to ensure that the sense of community is not lost.

Given the café was competing with some sore heads from the beer festival the night before, it can certainly be considered a fantastic success.

A real cross-section of the community came through the doors. Different generations, some with faith backgrounds, and some from new migrant communities all chatted away over free tea and cake, where the questions on the tables invited people to think what could be done in the town to make things better.

It was lovely hearing all the ideas that people came up with and this is certainly only just to start of the #MoreInCommon campaign in Beccles. Hopefully, the café can be seen as a springboard to a wider community dialogue for the town, helping Beccles move forward together.

For more information on how to get involved with the local campaign, please contact [email protected]



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