Sept ’19

Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group

“A Voyage Around the Coast of East Anglia”

The Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group’s next talk is by Robert Simper and is entitled “A ‘Voyage Around the Coast of East Anglia”. It is based on a trip he did with his son in his boat around the coast of East Anglia one summer.

Robert’s family have lived in East Suffolk since at least the eighteenth century. He was born at Blaxhall in 1937, but has lived most of his life in Ramsholt. Robert left school in 1953, and started work on the family farms when horses were still being worked beside the first tractors. Drawn by the lure of the sea, he went off crewing on some of the last barges trading under sail, and these two experiences gave him a great passion for the old ways of life when the countryside moved at the speed of a horse and the merchant fleet of coastal Britain were moved by wind power.


Just after World War II Robert started going out with an uncle on his fishing boat, and at the age of nineteen he bought a small boat and sailed to Holland. He has owned a large number of boats over the years; recently they have got smaller, but he is still on the water whenever he gets the opportunity.


Robert has written over forty books, and he also starred in John McCarthy’s recent film “Life on the Deben”.iWith his wife Pearl he has travelled endlessly, recording and photographing the age that has almost gone.

The talk will be at 7.30pm on Monday 16 September at Leiston Community Centre, IP16 4JX. Admission is £1 for members, £3 for non-members, including tea/coffee.

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Further programme:

Mon 21st Oct,   “Grandparents in the Great War” (audience can bring family medals), Dave Empson, 7.30pm Leiston Community Centre


Wed 20th Nov   “Rope Family Artists”, Arthur Rope, 2.30pm Knodishall Village Hall, IP17 1UD