Orford Business Association to relaunch

Posted on March 23, 2022

On Monday 21st March, with generous support from Suzanne and Ian, we had a successful Orford Business Association social in the Kings Head with an encouraging turnout where good networking and discussions were had and all agreed that we must continue the association.

With this in mind we now have committee members that are willing to take the OBA forward so I would like to welcome

Craig Ambury as Chair
Daisy Fellows as Vice Chair
Ali Watson as Secretary
Daphne Gardner as Treasurer

If you have any input or suggestions that you would like the OBA to achieve or do, then do contact us as we are happy for any feedback.


Craig Ambury
Orford Business Association Chair

Discover the Marvellous Miss Marianne North February 3rd in Orford Town Hall

Posted on January 15, 2022

Amy Fellows presents an exhibition about her Arts Council Project with drinks and nibbles and a short talk in Orford Town Hall on Thursday February 3rd at 7.30pm. Entry £5 or free to Orford & District Gardening Club members (Annual fee £15).

Amy is an illustrator and garden designer. She has a love for collage, spray paint and printmaking. Her illustrations often feature sordid circus curiosities, a fascination with Victorian plumbing and all things nautical.

Graduating in 2015 with a first class Honours degree in illustration from Norwich University of the Arts and returning in 2017 to undertake an MA in Communication Design, Amy has made Norwich her home.

Amy is a commissioned street artist for Norwich BID, Norwich City Council and Coastal Currents in her home town of Hastings. She was the first Artist in Residence at Vision Norfolk.

The project aims to raise awareness and celebrate the life and work of Victorian female botanical artist Marianne North and to recognise North as relevant and revolutionary.

The Arts Council Project draws parallels between the environmental awareness that surrounded Marianne’s work at the time with the environmental crises we are facing today.

Marianne North explored the world, painting flora and fauna, some never seen before and is responsible for the gallery that shares her name at Kew Gardens. The exhibition at Kew is the longest, solo, permanent exhibition of a female artists’ work in the world and opened in 1882. She donated over 800 paintings and built the gallery which houses the collection at her own expense.

More information on Amy’s project can be found at The Marianne North Project

The Rendering Project at Orford Castle

Posted on January 8, 2022


A  £1m conservation project is underway to help protect much-loved 12th century Suffolk landmark Orford Castle for the future.

The project will see a layer of lime render applied to the outside of the keep – following 13 years of research, trials and consultation to find the best way to protect the castle’s deteriorating external walls and delicate stonework from the elements. The castle walls were constructed almost 1,000 years ago using a delicate local mudstone, known as ‘septaria’ which has been deteriorating since the 16th Century.

The conservation project is expected to last 12 months with Historic England providing expertise and support as it moves forward.