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SPS members can access our special programme of events. We are able access to some of the finest properties in Suffolk for our events which include visits to impressive historic houses and gardens in the county, talks from eminently qualified speakers and training events.

For a taste see our Gallery of Recent Events. Details of forthcoming events below:


2019 Events:


Heritage training for Consultees

- How to champion your community's built heritage by being a well-informed consultee -

Lavenham Village Hall, High Street, Lavenham, CO10 9QT

Tuesday 12 March 2019. 10am - 1pm (coffee and registration from 9.30am)

A morning seminar designed for those responding to planning applications which impact listed buildings, conservation areas or their settings - parish and town councils and amenity societies. The seminar will focus on case studies and will provide essential advice and skills to those facing the challenge of safeguarding Suffolk's special heritage.

The training will be delivered by Bob Kindred, founding director of the Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation (IHBC). He is a casework panel member for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.


Cost: £40 for up to 2 delegates but FREE to parish councils or amenity societies which are SPS members. Contact Linda Cockburn, Office Manager on sps@suffolksociety.org or 01787 247179 to book your place.


From Castle to Cold War - reading the historic landscape

Orford Town Hall, Market Hill, IP12 2NZ

Friday 10 May 2019. 10am - 4pm

A day-school examining the topography, settlement patterns, field systems and buildings which give Suffolk its historic landscape character, and explaining how to ‘read’ the history of the land and coast scape. We will be based in the historic coastal town of Orford and the afternoon will involve a walking tour to put principles into practice.

The day will be lead by Dr. Richard Hoggett FSA MCiFA - a freelance heritage consultant, writer and lecturer specialising in heritage planning and has provided advice to individuals, landowners, local planning authorities and developers for over twenty years.

Coffe will be provided and lunch can be taken in Orford where there is a choice of pubs and cafes, or you can bring a packed lunch.

Join us for a day full of insight and interest - ALL WELCOME

Cost: £35 per person.Contact Linda Cockburn, Office Manager on sps@suffolksociety.org or 01787 247179 to book your place.


Suffolk Preservation Society CIO 2019 AGM

Lavenham Guildhall, Market Square, Lavenham, CO10 9QZ

Friday 7 June 2019. 6 for 6.30 pm for registration.

SPS and CPRE members. Light refreshments will be available and an indication of attendance would be appreciated. Please notify Linda Cockburn, Officer Manager, on sps@suffolksociety.org or 01787 247179.


Special Event: Our 90th Birthday Party

Great Bevills, Sudbury Road, Bures St Mary, CO8 5JW

Thursday 27 June 2019. 6.30pm - 8.30pm

To celebrate the Society's 90th year the new President, Geoffrey Probert, has invited us to Great Bevills, his home at Bures St. Mary. Great Bevills is a Grade II* listed timber-framed manor house built circa 1490 and described by Pevsner as a 'spectacular house'. The gardens overlook the Stour valley and are formal and Italianate in style with Irish yews and mature tree specimens.

Members and guests are all welcome to join the celebration.

Cost £10 per person. Please contact Linda Cockburn, Office Manager, on sps@suffolksociety.org or 01787 247179 to book your place.


Media Training for Parish Councils, Amenity Societies and Campaign Groups

Hadleigh, Ansell Centre, Market Place, IP7 5DL

Tuesday 2 July 2019. 10am - 1pm (coffee and registration from 9.30am)

This workshop will focus on how to make more effective use of mainsteam and social media - how to raise awareness of a cause, highlight concerns, build a campaign team, target messages to difference audiences and write the perfect media release. The training will be lead by Paul Simon who runs his own public relations consultancy and is a freelance business journalist.

Cost: £30 per delegates but FREE to parish councils or amenity societies which are SPS members. We received very positive feedback when we ran the session in the summer, spaces are limited so be sure to book your place. Please contact Linda Cockburn, Office Manager on sps@suffolksociety.org or 01787 247179.


Last updated: 11-12-2018