Wednesday, 23 July 2008


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With all the hoopla about Gordon Brown staying in Southwold this summer (aka Hampstead on Sea) it should be said that his holiday home sits amidst some of the most deprived areas in Britain.

It has been reported he will be staying at Shadingfield Hall which will set him back £4500 per week according to its website. The papers are full of hastily written features about this pile near Wangford.

What is a poacher-turned-gamekeeper irony is that this house is owned by the 'celebrity photographer' Dave Hogan. I can presume there will be no paparazzi lurking in the grounds or mysterious tip-offs to any one of the throngs of photographers sleeping in their cars down the road. No, not at all, as politicians aren't sexy.

Obviously Dave Hogan (who seems a thoroughly decent fellow from the times I have stood alongside him) has done very well out of papping Madonna and Kylie and co. Although what the public perceive as a 'paparazzi' is just a press photographer doing his job and one fortunate enough to be able to retain some of his image rights from his publishers or his employers.

Not many can. There's a rather nasty contract being offered to freelance writers and photographers by a major magazine publisher at the moment which is using language rather similar to this

Writer George Orwell's former home in Southwold.

Rural poverty fears as
numbers revealed
22 April 2008 | 06:45
A NEW report has revealed a much
higher proportion of deprived people
living in rural Suffolk than previously
thought, a charity has said.
Suffolk ACRE said the report, which
was carried out by the Oxford
Consultants for Social Inclusion
(OCSI), gives “conclusive proof” that
Suffolk people are living in deprivation
“cheek by jowl” with more affluent
The report, which has revealed the
'hidden pockets of deprivation', comes
at the same time as a
Government-appointed inspector has
warned that people in rural Suffolk are
“struggling to get by”.
Wil Gibson, chief executive of Suffolk
ACRE, which commissioned the report
working in partnership with Suffolk
County Council, said he was pleased
with the findings which would help the
group in its attempts to tackle the
issues around rural deprivation in the
“We are very surprised by the level of
some of the numbers there but to
some extent it confirms what we have
known for some time - that there are
major issues in rural areas and large
numbers of people affected and
sometimes this does not get the profile
that it needs.
“We noticed from the report that 39
per cent of adults with no
qualifications in Suffolk live in rural
areas and if they have no
qualifications it means that there
ability to improve there life through
work and new skills is hampered.
“We need to look at the numbers and
see how they are spread across the
county and begin to look at how we
address them and see what we are
currently doing and if that is the most
effective way in helping them.”
The report found that 42% of the total
Suffolk population live in rural areas
with 40% of all people with limiting
long-term illness in Suffolk living in
rural areas.
In a separate report based on visits to
Suffolk and Essex,
Government-appointed inspector Dr
Stuart Burgess found that rural
deprivation is hidden in the
countryside and there is a
misconception that life in rural areas is
“affluent and idyllic”.
Dr Burgess warned that there is not
enough affordable homes being built in
rural areas and there is a need to
protect rural services. He is now
asking the Government to set up a
special recovery fund for communities
coping with the impact of bluetongue,
foot-and-mouth and bird flu

The hidden pockets of deprivation
revealed in the OCSI report are the
following areas - to the east of
Barningham, near Stanton; in the
estate around Seaward Avenue in
Leiston; Peasenhall; three areas in
Saxmundham are highly deprived; the
area north of Upthorpe; Willingham;
Ampton and Timworth, near Bury St
Edmunds; Whitehouse in Ipswich
covering the mobile homes to the west
of the A14 and Kessingland.

1 comment:

  1. Very true-I live in Kessingland and there's nothing here for me now at the age of 41-the only thing that keeps me sane is astronomy and skywatching because there is no work here for any of us during the day-if the work is not there then you can't be expected to do it-its as simple as that-at 41 I feel i'll soon be off to the knackers yard....