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Suffolk

We can Help

Support for the armed forces in Suffolk

We help veterans and service personnel, and their families, in the local community and we rely on public donations to continue our work. Our commitment is to provide support with experienced, non-judgemental and friendly advice, as well as a variety of practical services which cover a range of social, family and financial issues.

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Office Hours: Mondays to Thursday 0900 to 1200hrs. All other times answer phone.

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Email: Suffolk@ssafa.org.uk

Phone: 01787 377 850

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  • Welcome from our chairman

    A message from our Chairman, Tony Chibnall -We’re so pleased that you’ve found our new website, and hope that you will now explore further, to discover just how your local branch of SSAFA can help YOU.

    A VERY WARM WELCOME

    I am delighted that you’ve found our new website and very much hope that you will now explore further to discover just how your local branch of SSAFA can help YOU.

    As an ex-serviceman myself, I really do know the huge difference that SSAFA can make. So, if you are a member of the armed forces, a Reservist, a veteran, or you are the dependant of a serviceman or servicewoman past or present living in Suffolk and you require a helping hand – please do contact us as quickly as you can and talk to us.

    A member of our team of trained volunteers is only a phone call or email away and will be happy to arrange a visit to discuss how SSAFA might help meet YOUR needs.

    If you have a little spare time and want to help support our armed forces community as a key member of a friendly supportive team of volunteers, then again please do contact us. You will find more information on this site about how our volunteers get involved and what they do. You will be sure of a warm welcome and a really rewarding time assisting our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association here in Suffolk.

    We much look forward to hearing from you.
    With very best wishes,

    Tony Chibnall
    Chairman
    SSAFA Suffolk

  • Mark Mason's Donation

    A cheque for £5000 was presented to SSAFA Suffolk by The Mark Master Masons of East Anglia

    On Friday 22 June 2018 cheques for £5000 each were presented to the SSAFA Branch Chairmen of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire by the East Anglian Mark Benevolent Association (EAMBA) which is the charity of the Mark Master Masons of East Anglia.
    The Provincial Grand Master, Paul Norman said “ What a pleasure to support the distinguished work of SSAFA aiding our veterans and their families in such a professional manner, sensible and necessary support direct to the point of need. Our grants will enable SSAFA to enhance their service and continue to build on all their excellent work to our veterans and their families.”
    Here in Suffolk the most generous award and very much appreciated donation will enable our caseworkers to be provided with essential equipment that enables them to operate in the digital environment fully in accordance with the recently introduced GDPR legislation.
    The photo shows left to right: Ray Clarke Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Paul Norman Provincial Grand Master, Judith Borland SSAFA Eastern Region Representative, Tony Chibnall Chairman SSAFA Suffolk and Tim Ridley Assistant Provincial Grand Master

  • Suffolk Exhibition vehicle at Battle of Britain weekend

    Suffolk and Cambridgeshire branches attended the IWM Duxford Battle of Britain airshow weekend on 23 & 24 September

    The Suffolk and Cambridgeshire branches attended the Imperial War Museum Duxford Battle of Britain airshow weekend on 23 & 24 September. The Suffolk Exhibition vehicle was set up on the Friday; volunteers from both branches manned this very well equipped and significant asset throughout the weekend. The presence of SSAFA was certainly made very apparent to all attendees of the airshow (estimated at about 20 000 each day).
    Our volunteers spoke to many people, explaining about our charity and emphasising those whom we can help; the response was very positive and we were seldom without members of the public taking interest in our display. With so many charities and vendor stalls competing for donations and sales, unsurprisingly fundraisingwas not the main our aim of our attendance, but rather to raise awareness of our charity as widely as possible. There was much good humour in evidence, 'Dad's Army' and Winston Churchill lookalikes dropped by to say hello. A 94 year old WW2 Hurricane pilot, Eric, was a very animated visitor, A French lady of 91 years was rescued by our gallant Royal Marine (the Suffolk Chairman) as she was desperate for a programme which he soon acquired for her.
    The weather was kind to us and the magnificent aircraft ensured a lively and animated crowd throughout the day; SSAFA was prominent through the imposing presence of the Suffolk exhibition vehicle. Plans are afoot to attend next year as the 2017 event was such a great platform to show what SSAFA can do the help those who need our assistance.

  • Launch of first display vehicle by SSAFA Suffolk

    The Launch of first display vehicle at SSAFA Suffolk AGM by The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk - Clare, Countess of Euston

    On Friday 17 of March 2017 SSAFA Suffolk held its 132nd Annual General Meeting at Needham Market Community Hall chaired by President SSAFA Suffolk Charles Michell. The AGM was attended by SSAFA Suffolk Patron, The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk Clare, Countess of Euston who at midday launched the exciting new display vehicle commissioned by Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Chibnall RM, Chairman of SSAFA Suffolk.
    The new display van, costing over £50,000 was made possible by the amazingly generous bequest from Captain E M Usherwood OBE DSC RN given by him especially to fund SSAFA Suffolk major projects. The van was built by Masters Exhibitions who design and build vans for large UK businesses. The van, lavishly decorated inside and out, will allow a display area and has discreet seating for interviews with members of the Armed Forces family who may seek advice or assistance from SSAFA.
    Colonel Anthony Chibnall commented “I hope that the increased prominence of SSAFA Suffolk at the events we attend will attract the attention of our supporters and, most vitally, remind those from our Armed Forces Community that we are available to be of service to them”.

  • Children’s Choir Supports Suffolk Military Charity – SSAFA

    Beautiful St Edmundsbury Cathedral rang with the lovely voices of the children of Walsham le Willows Primary School

    On night of Saturday 10th December, beautiful St Edmundsbury Cathedral rang with the lovely voices of the children of Walsham le Willows Primary School as they sang “Away in a Manger” and “Frosty the Snowman” to a delighted audience of two hundred and fifty.
    Singing for the Suffolk branch of the Soldiers Sailors Airmen’s and Families Association (SSAFA), the Armed Forces Charity, and accompanied by the hugely popular RAF Honington Voluntary Band, conducted by Captain Tom Milford, the children’s voices enchanted everyone.
    The choir led by their Head Teacher Mrs Angela Hunter were pleased to be able to support SSAFA Suffolk’s work in helping veterans and serving members of the armed forces and their families..
    The band played a series of popular and special pieces, including one incorporating a very moving rendition of the “Last Post”.
    Lt Col Tony Chibnall RM, Chairman of SSAFA Suffolk thanked the audience and the performers for a very special evening and for their contribution to the work of SSAFA and the five hundred members of the armed forces family helped by SSAFA in Suffolk in the last year.

Events

Clarion Call 25 October 2018

Over the 11 days of SPILL Festival, this large-scale outdoor sonic artwork will ring out from Ipswich Waterfront into the town’s public spaces at dusk

The voices of women and girls call to the setting sun in daily incantations, broadcast with audio technology employed for emergency and control, repurposed as a mechanism for public ritual. Devised by Melbourne based artists Byron J. Scullin, Hannah Fox and Thomas Supple, and part of 14–18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, Clarion Call stands as an ephemeral monument to the aftermath of wars past, present and future. But instead of unifying us in grief, a composition of reimagined melodies provide a moment in time for a community to come together in hope and reflection. SSAFA Suffolk are delighted to be involved with this inspiring event.

War and Peace A Remembrance Concert 10 November 2018

Bury Bach Choir are performing at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds to commemorate the end of WW1

To commemorate the end of the First World War one hundred years ago this weekend, the concert continues with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ epic cantata Dona Nobis Pacem in a new orchestration for small orchestra and organ by Jonathan Rathbone. Written in 1936 and inspired by the Great War, the work is an urgent plea for peace amidst the growing fears of a new war. The six parts, each of which includes the words “give us peace” in a variety of settings, lead us from apprehension of the coming conflict, through the violent sounds of war and the resultant misery and loss, to eventual reconciliation and optimism for future peace.

Concert of Light Classics and Music from the Shows 17 November 2018

Join us for an evening of Light Classics and music from the Shows

At St John's Church, Cauldwell Road Ipswich IP4 4QE 7.30pm Peer Gynt, A Tribute to Henry Mancini, Poet and Peasant Overture, Les Miserables Selection. Conducted by Roger Jones, Featuring Brendan Bennet Solo Violin.

The Armed Man at Snape Maltings 24 November 2018

Aldeburgh Music Club Choir performs The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins at Snape Maltings on Saturday 24 November to commemorate the armistice centenary.

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace was commissioned by the Royal Armouries for its millennium celebrations and dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. An emotive and essentially anti-war work scored for choir, soloists - including muezzin and boy treble - and large orchestra, the Mass has added relevance and poignancy in 2018 – evidenced by the number of scheduled performances worldwide. Another dimension will be added by the inclusion of The Armed Man film as part of the performance. Aldeburgh Music Club are delighted to be arranging the concert in association with the Suffolk Branch of SSAFA (The Armed Forces Charity) for whom there will be a retiring collection at the end of the concert.