The Martlesham Flyer October 2023 | Flyer Magazines

The Martlesham Flyer October 2023 edition 

In the October edition of the Martlesham Flyer. We share the October update from Martlesham Parish Council with an update. Also we hear from local community groups and charities.

Martlesham Flyer October 2023

The October edition of the Martlesham Flyer is here, and it’s packed with news and events from around the parish.

Martlesham Council

Mr Frank Bright MBE 1928 -2023

The Council was sad to learn of the death of Mr Frank Bright MBE, who died aged 94 on 16th August 2023. He was a Holocaust and Auschwitz survivor who lived in Martlesham Heath.

His MBE was awarded for his work in educating young people in the history of the holocaust as a frequent visitor to schools.

He kindly allowed the community orchard to be known as Bright’s Orchard and was present at the plantings of the various stages and at the opening ceremony. He greatly enjoyed watching and speaking with the volunteers carrying out this work, many of whom were from Gorseland School and Nursery. As an horticulturalist in Prague before the war he was able to appreciate the finer points of the orchard project.

His family was from Germany who moved to Prague before the second world war, but that did not save them as the Nazis later occupied Czechoslovakia resulting in the family being sent to Auschwitz. As a fit young man he was not murdered but was set to work as an enslaved labourer helping the German war effort. He, like many others like him, took every opportunity to sabotage their factories.

Miraculously he survived this experience, returned to Prague at the end of the war and came to the UK as a refugee to live with distant relatives. He obtained professional qualifications as a civil engineer and became a valuable member of society in this country and in Canada. He married Cynthia and raised a family of two children.

While living in Martlesham he also became a member of the Aviation Society and was particularly prominent in the work to uncover and renovate the underground shelter near the control tower.

For a full obituary please see

Perhaps the best way to commemorate Mr. Bright is to cherish the orchard and use it as an opportunity to educate future generations in environmental protection and the Holocaust.

Community Speed Watch Scheme – volunteers needed

We need your help to establish a Community Speed Watch Scheme for Martlesham to help reduce speeding in a few ‘speeding hot spots’ in the parish. If speeding is one of your bugbears and you can spare some of your free time contact the Clerk for more details.

Forthcoming meetings

Parish Council – Wednesday 4th  October 2023

Development, Environment and Transport Committee – Wednesday 11th October 2023

Finance and General Purposes Committee – Wednesday 25th October 2023

Please note that Parish Council meetings will be held in the Parish Room, Felixstowe Road, Martlesham, IP12 4PB. All meetings start at 7.30pm and are open to the public, who are welcome to ask questions or make comments to the council during a public forum.


Before attending, we strongly recommend you check our website or noticeboards in case of changes.

Contacting the Council

Clerk to Martlesham Parish Council, Parish Room, Felixstowe Road, Martlesham, Woodbridge IP12 4PB

Telephone: 01473 612632 – please leave a message if no reply and we will get back to you as necessary



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