The Southwold and Reydon Society is a voluntary organisation with close to 400 members from our community. Our mission is to protect the character and amenities of our area. For us, this means working with, and sometimes pressurising, others to ensure that the environment, facilities and services enjoyed by our community are maintained and improved.
We also part-fund a free dog waste bag scheme in the area and, throughout the year, give small donations of up to £200 each to local good causes, using donations given by members in addition to the annual subscription (which is a modest £2.00). In 2016/17, we also raised funds and completed a project to install "You Are Here" Maps at key locations in Southwold and contributed to the Town Council's project to install finger posts. We maintain two community notice boards in partnership with Southwold Town and Reydon Parish Councils.
Our main work is undertaken by a committee of around twelve members, either elected at our AGM or co-opted for particular expertise in a key issue.
What Do We Provide For Members? Members receive frequent email communication, including a monthly newsletter which is also published in local magazines. Members regularly raise issues with the Committee and these are always followed up and pressure applied where appropriate. The voice and number of our members is the key to the influence we have on local affairs.
We hold two annual events for members, both including guest speakers who are either national figures or people with particular expertise on a local issue. At our AGM, we also present our Excellence Awards to individuals or groups who make an outstanding contribution to the community. Our Annual Lunch is more of a sociable occasion but always a sell-out event as members enjoy networking and hearing what our speaker has to say.