Homemade Marmalade Boosts
‘Save Our Suffolk Estuary’ Fundraising Appeal

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A community-led marmalade competition in Aldeburgh has boosted funds and raised over £300 for a Suffolk charity for a second year running.

Following the support received from the local community in 2018, Gerard King of Artisan butchers Salter & King in Aldeburgh  organised the 2019 Aldeburgh Marmalade Competition to fundraise for the Alde & Ore Estuary Trust’s ‘Save Our Suffolk Estuary’ fundraising campaign.

 Over 50 homemade marmalade entries rolled in for judging by Nicola Hordern, Head Chef at the acclaimed Darsham Nurseries, marmalade maker Malcolm Myers who was also the winner of the 2018 competition, Jane Maxim, Trustee of the Alde & Ore Estuary Trust and marmalade-lover Tess King, wife of Gerard.

 Judging took place on 6 March at The Red House in Aldeburgh, where composer and conductor Benjamin Britten lived and worked.  Nicola Hordern said, “The marmalade was of an excellent standard and we found it very difficult to pick our top three from all the delicious entries”. Winner of the champion’s cup, together with a whole gammon joint from Salter & King, was awarded to Tessa Sinclair.

The Alde & Ore Estuary Trust received £325 from entry fees to the competition, together with the sale of Seville oranges and the jars of the competition marmalade, which have been bought post-judging.

 The Alde & Ore Estuary Trust’s fundraising work supports the upgrade of vital flood defences of the River Alde & Ore to protect the area’s economy, homes and landscape from floods such as those of 1953 which devastated the area and the 2013 storm surge which breached the Hazelwood Marsh, west of Aldeburgh.

Jane Maxim, Chair of the Trust’s Funding Group said, “We are enormously grateful to Gerard for organising this event for a second year, all the judges and of course to everyone who entered”.

A detailed costed programme of works by the East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board shows £26.9 million is needed to upgrade the river defences throughout the Alde & Ore Estuary over the next 6 to 8 years, with £12m to be raised through voluntary donations from the local community, applications to charitable foundations and the support received from local businesses.

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