About Us and Bury St Edmunds

About Us and Bury St Edmunds, eXplore Bury St Edmunds!
Abbey Gardens Events Human Colour Wheel Places Visit Jo Sweetman Explore , eXplore Bury St Edmunds!
About Us and Bury St Edmunds, eXplore Bury St Edmunds!
About Us and Bury St Edmunds, eXplore Bury St Edmunds!
About Us and Bury St Edmunds, eXplore Bury St Edmunds!

You may have heard of a little Facebook group, that has taken the town of Bury St Edmunds by storm.

“We Love Bury St Edmunds!” was born on 18th December 2015 with just 36 people.

Through friends adding friends, and no one else, the group has become, quite literally, an overnight sensation, swelling its numbers to 9,000 members in the first 30 days (now over 21,500).

Through photos and collective memories, members have reconnected with lost friends and loved ones who have been, so far up to 60 years apart.

Staying close to the rule of “Community Collective Memory” members have uploaded over 45,000 photos showing many different aspects of the town. 

By using these photos carers looking after the elderly and those with dementia have been able to stimulate memories – not just in the elderly, but also many younger group members too.

The website is the natural progression for the group. The aim is to share all of the great memories and photos with the world. We are very proud to live in such a wonderful town and we know that Bury St Edmunds is a very special place for a lot of people not only here, but further afield too. Suffice to say we are proud to be able to showcase Bury St Edmunds, proving that it really is somewhere truly unique and special.

 

My WiSH Charity

“We Love Bury St Edmunds!” has also worked alongside the revamped West Suffolk Hospital charity My WiSH, to bring greater awareness to the group of their role, and in to inspire people in the group to support them.

With this in mind, we held 2 Christmas parties and raised money for them.

We were also entertained by Eurovision Royalty, The Brotherhood Of Man. The party was a great success, and we followed this up in 2017 with a second Night 2 Remember, and we showcased 5 amazing Acts.Oh What a Night 🙂

 

In 2018 we teamed up with another Eurovision Winner, Anne-Marie David, who helped us promote St Edmunds Day.

Anne-Marie and french film composer, Jean Musy also went on to create an oratorio, “Edmund, The Legend of a King” which has already been performed in France with great success and brought joy to all who attended.

 

More We Love Bury St Edmunds

There is a Facebook Group, from which the concept began. There is also a public Facebook Page, which we added later. 

We can also be found on Twitter as @wlbse and on Instagram as @welovebse

Oh yes, we have a YouTube channel too

 

Website Relaunch

Our original website had become tired and a revamp was definitely in order. The website also has a new name, “eXplore Bury St Edmunds”, which not only promotes the town, but also ALL of the businesses here.

A fresh look, a new approach and a great future ahead.

 

I Cannot Forget A Night To Remember

 

Photo Bomb The King with Anne-Marie David

Since “We Love Bury St Edmunds!” began in December 2015, we have been making the newspapers on a regular basis

We didn’t plan it this way, but I can tell you we are not knocking it and have always been looked after very well by the media. Thank you!

 

DECEMBER 2015

I created a Facebook Group called “We Love Bury St Edmunds!” after 30 days there were 9,000 members.. so we celebrated in January…

 

JANUARY 2016

We photo-bombed the King

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21616793.love-bury-st-edmunds/

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/they-love-bury-st-edmunds-2243026

 

APRIL 2016

We launched the “We Love Bury St Edmunds” badge

(12,200 members) and T Shirts and Polo Shirts…

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21604794.loving-bury-st-edmunds-now-badge-honour-facebook-group/

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/21670917.loving-bury-st-edmunds-now-badge-honour-facebook-group/

And in the same breath, we announced that there would be a website coming….

 

JULY 2016

Photos drawn from the Facebook Group were proudly displayed in the
West Suffolk Hospital Memory Walk

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/west-suffolk-hospital-s-25-000-dementia-walk-set-for-2275986

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/a-personal-view-of-a-project-two-years-in-the-2274964

https://www.stowmarketmercury.co.uk/news/a-personal-view-of-a-project-two-years-in-the-2274964

 

AUGUST 2016

We played with some ideas for a Human Colour Wheel…

Halfords Autocare on Eastgate street, became the first company to support discounts to people who wear the WLBSE badge.

This was followed by The Fox Inn on Eastgate Street, Mings in Abbeygate Street, The Abbeygate Cinema, Jessops and Adnams in Bury St Edmunds.

 

SEPTEMBER 2016

We announced we would be having a party at Christmas to raise money for My WiSH Charity for West Suffolk Hospital and North Court Care Home

 

OCTOBER 2016

10 months after Facebook Group launched, we launched the website….

7th October Gave a talk to the Saxon Gate Community Association – Annual General Meeting 2016 at The Southgate Community Centre

 

NOVEMBER 2016

We launched the 2017 WLBSE Calendar

https://www.suffolknews.co.uk/bury-st-edmunds/news/make-a-date-with-we-love-bury-st-edmunds-group-s-calendar-1-7666652/

https://www.logicdesign.co.uk/2016/11/logic-design-launches-love-bury-st-edmunds-website/

 

DECEMBER 2016

A Night 2 Remember – that you can’t afford to forget!

We have The Brotherhood of Man coming to perform at Ashlar House in Bury St Edmunds.

https://www.suffolknews.co.uk/bury-st-edmunds/news/pop-band-take-roof-off-house-at-bury-st-edmunds-party-1-7741855/

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/eurovision-song-contest-winners-brotherhood-of-man-coming-to-bury-2302236

21st December 2016 – Bury Mercury – Review of A Night 2 Remember

22nd December 2016 – East Anglian Daily Times – Review of A Night 2 Remember

23rd December 2016 – Bury Free Press – Review of A Night 2 Remember

 

JANUARY 2017

We Photo Bombed the King Again…

https://www.suffolknews.co.uk/bury-st-edmunds/news/we-love-bury-st-edmunds-members-recreate-memorable-photo-challenge-1-7778716/

And a great article and front page of the East Anglian Daily Times.. Thanks to Andy Abbott

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21562881.we-love-bury-st-edmunds-facebook-group-celebrates-year-success/

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/we-love-bury-st-edmunds-facebook-group-celebrates-a-year-2307246

 

MARCH 2nd 2017

Press release at The Apex on 26th February for Limited Edition Decades Prints

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21552820.new-artworks-depict-bury-st-edmunds-early-20th-century/

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/21668339.new-artworks-depict-bury-st-edmunds-early-20th-century/

 

MAY 7th 2017

The St Edmund of Suffolk Flag is seen around the World

https://www.eadt.co.uk/things-to-do/21543201.eurovision-song-contest-suffolk-superfan-james-super-excited/

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/21667485.eurovision-song-contest-suffolk-superfan-james-super-excited/

 

MAY 17th 2017

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/21667650.mission-accomplished-st-edmunds-flag-gets-international-exposure-thanks-suffolk-eurovision-superfan/

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21544758.mission-accomplished-st-edmunds-flag-gets-international-exposure-thanks-suffolk-eurovision-superfan/

https://www.stowmarketmercury.co.uk/news/21506745.mission-accomplished-st-edmunds-flag-gets-international-exposure-thanks-suffolk-eurovision-superfan/

 

JULY 2017

We supported the Cancer Research Relay For Life

https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2017-07-08/hundreds-turn-out-for-24-hour-charity-relay-race

https://www.suffolknews.co.uk/bury-st-edmunds/news/relay-for-life-beats-fund-raising-target-as-hundreds-take-part-1-8050814/

 

AUGUST 2nd 2017

The Abseil for My WiSH Charity

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/21666268.west-suffolk-hospital-charitys-every-heart-matters-appeal-reaches-new-heights-fundraising-abseil/

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21533947.west-suffolk-hospital-charitys-every-heart-matters-appeal-reaches-new-heights-fundraising-abseil/

https://www.stowmarketmercury.co.uk/news/21504494.west-suffolk-hospital-charitys-every-heart-matters-appeal-reaches-new-heights-fundraising-abseil/

https://www.sudburymercury.co.uk/news/21576628.west-suffolk-hospital-charitys-every-heart-matters-appeal-reaches-new-heights-fundraising-abseil/

The Photo Bomb

We did it again to launch St Edmunds Day celebrations for November

https://www.suffolknews.co.uk/bury-st-edmunds/news/an-invitation-to-photobomb-the-king-1-8083789/

https://www.suffolknews.co.uk/bury-st-edmunds/news/st-edmund-to-be-celebrated-1-8103640/

 

The Photo Bomb Event

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21533546.countdown-begins-three-day-celebration-town-martyred-saint/

 

OCTOBER 2017

Bury Free Press Business Awards Finalist

https://www.suffolknews.co.uk/newmarket/news/video-best-in-the-business-1-8196780/

A Night 2 Remember 2 was launched

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21526316.charities-benefit-glittering-night-great-whelnetham/

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/21665421.charities-benefit-glittering-night-great-whelnetham/

 

NOVEMBER 1st 2017

Your Town Needs You Campaign and over 126 Businesses raise the Flag of St Edmund for the first time

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21523196.calls-made-get-flags-bunting-help-celebrate-st-edmunds-day-events/

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/21665079.calls-made-get-flags-bunting-help-celebrate-st-edmunds-day-events/

 

NOVEMBER 14th 2017

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21522454.flags-flying-st-edmunds-day-celebrations/

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/21664996.flags-flying-st-edmunds-day-celebrations/

https://www.suffolknews.co.uk/bury-st-edmunds/news/celebrating-unsung-heroes-in-the-bury-st-edmunds-community-1-8250300/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/localnews/2654186-bury%20st%20edmunds/0#pinnedpost_5a12f1e7e4b09ffe5dff1a18

https://www.suffolknews.co.uk/bury-st-edmunds/news/happy-st-edmund-s-day-1-8253396/

 

NOVEMBER 21st 2017

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21522089.eurovision-royalty-visit-town-help-celebrate-st-edmunds-day/

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/21664949.eurovision-royalty-visit-town-help-celebrate-st-edmunds-day/

 

NOVEMBER 29th 2017

Paul Da Vinci in the EADT

might not know the face but we bet you know the hit song…

https://www.eadt.co.uk/things-to-do/21518034.might-not-know-face-bet-know-hit-song/

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/21664383.might-not-know-face-bet-know-hit-song/

https://www.stowmarketmercury.co.uk/news/21501520.might-not-know-face-bet-know-hit-song/

https://www.sudburymercury.co.uk/news/21575895.might-not-know-face-bet-know-hit-song/

 

DECEMBER 2017

Charity benefits from A Night 2 Remember 2

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21516931.charity-benefits-night-2-remember-2-held-great-whelnetham/

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/21664252.charity-benefits-night-2-remember-2-held-great-whelnetham/

 

JANUARY 2018

Donation made to Gatehouse Dementia Hub

https://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/dementia-hub-receives-600-from-we-love-bury-st-edmunds-party-night-1-8323757

 

FEBRUARY 2018

Donations to My WiSH Charity

Exclusive Print Donated to the Memory Walk at the West Suffolk Hospital

 

MARCH 2018

We conveyed our deep concerns over the loss of Borough status

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21504298.fears-raised-bury-st-edmunds-lose-borough-status-mayoral-title/

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21505818.plea-find-choir-orchestra-musical-life-st-edmund/

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/21663131.plea-find-choir-orchestra-musical-life-st-edmund/

 

APRIL 2018

And amidst Eurovision we still campaigned to the retain our Borough status

https://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/james-ready-to-take-on-lisbon-for-eurovision-1-8469725

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21485599.james-eye-australia-win-years-eurovision-song-contest/

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/eurovision-song-contest-we-love-bury-st-edmunds-james-sheen-2450724

https://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/group-will-look-at-borough-status-and-mayoralty-for-new-west-suffolk-council-1-8474463

 

MAY 2018

Eurovision and We Love Bury St Edmunds seemed to merge and overlap for me

https://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/news/180508-se02.cfm

https://www.rtp.pt/play/p4226/e345125/telejornal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3QvQ-l0G5I&list=PLMedIwg0kZw-6UQ7vWaoTs0OUrgqaU7CP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VsMj1uk-qM&list=PLMedIwg0kZw-6UQ7vWaoTs0OUrgqaU7CP

 

AUGUST 2018

And then of course, it was August, and 3 months to go until St Edmunds Day
Gathering by the statue of St Edmund by the Abbey West Front in Bury St Edmunds for the “We Love Bury St Edmunds” 

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21469460.photo-bomb-session-take-place-weekend-promote-st-edmunds-day/

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21466290.photo-session-launch-st-edmunds-day-campaign/

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/photo-bomb-session-bury-st-edmunds-st-edmund-s-day-2483692

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

A reunion thanks to We Love Bury St Edmunds!

https://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/texan-kaye-flies-in-for-reunion-55-years-on-9043726/

 

NOVEMBER 2018

Town getting ready to mark St Edmund’s Day

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21461352.town-getting-ready-mark-st-edmunds-day/

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/21659220.town-getting-ready-mark-st-edmunds-day/

 

MAY 2019

https://www.eadt.co.uk/things-to-do/21431379.such-crazy-days-much-fun—sitting-front-row-eurovision/

 

JANUARY 2020

Save The Businesses of the Town with Free Parking for 2 Days a week

https://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/bury-st-edmunds-parking-petition-launched-over-council-plans-to-axe-free-scheme-and-increase-charges-9096570/

https://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/parking-changes-would-be-a-kick-in-the-teeth-9096782/

https://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/fate-of-free-parking-scheme-in-bury-st-edmunds-to-be-decided-next-month-9097426/

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21406313.we-precipice—business-leader-slams-council-proposed-parking-charges/

 

FEBRUARY 2020

Car Park Plans

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/car-park-plans-for-st-benedicts-school-site-2646658

https://www.stowmarketmercury.co.uk/news/car-park-plans-for-st-benedicts-school-site-2646658

https://www.sudburymercury.co.uk/news/car-park-plans-for-st-benedicts-school-site-2646658

Anger At Council

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/anger-at-council-decision-to-hike-parking-charges-in-bury-2651324

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/anger-at-plans-to-increase-parking-charges-in-bury-st-2642364

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21342041.eurovision-2020-uk-entry-nothing-special-says-suffolk-superfan-and-will-get-maximum-24-points/

 

JUNE 2020

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/public-toilets-debate-bury-st-edmunds-2678444

https://www.stowmarketmercury.co.uk/news/public-toilets-debate-bury-st-edmunds-2678444

 

OCTOBER 2020

Website & App

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/business/new-business-directory-website-and-app-for-bury-st-edmunds-3394102

Metal Trees

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/21334373.disgusting—controversial-metal-trees-left-weeds/

 

MARCH 2022

Ukraine Vigil

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/suffolk-town-to-hold-vigil-for-wartorn-ukraine-8748064

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/ukraine-vigil-held-in-bury-st-edmunds-8753014

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/ukraine-vigil-held-in-bury-st-edmunds-8753014

Creator James Sheen

 

Facebook Admins  Greg Aspland  James Sheen  Lesley Norburn Michelle Richards 

 

Facebook Moderators
Virginnia Haslam

 

We Love Bury St Edmunds Logo Design  Krysten Newby (Krys10)

 

Web Design James Sheen & Jeremy Parsons 

 

Titles & Cataloguing Anna A Hradsky  James Sheen

 

Written Content
Many Group Members of The Facebook Group

 

Proof Readers Ally Eatly  Anna A Hradsky  James Sheen  Michelle Richards  Rosie Cook

 

Photographers
Angela Lord Anna Frankum  Andrew Nott  Greg Aspland  Jaclyn Clark Jeremy Chadwick  John Hughes  John Goffin  John Goldsmith Josephine Sweetman  Maureen Nicholls  Nick Betson  Paul Budgie Burgess Rupert Nye Sandy Jackson plus many more

 

Video Content Anna Frankum  James Sheen  Terry Chittock

 

Charities My WiSH Charity for West Suffolk Hospital, Gatehouse Hub, Cancer Research – Relay For Life

 

Gold Badge Holders 2016

1  Krysten Newby

2  Anna Frankum

3  Raymond Gordon

4  John Goldsmith

5  Sue Fendt 

6  John Williams 

7  Bernie Sexton 

8  Paul “Budgie” Burgess 

9  Patrick Chung 

10  Brian Gobey 

11  Carl Whitehouse 

12  Ernie Broom

 

Gold Badge Holders 2017
1 Terry Chittock

2 Mike McAndrews (Walked 56/57 miles for Relay For Life)

3 Matt Marvell (to be presented)

4 Ken Goodwin (voted favourite postie)

5 Greg Aspland (outstanding achievement as Admin for WLBSE)

6 Jenny Smith (organises the biggest fundraising event in Bury St Edmunds the Girls Night Out for St Nicholas Hospice awarded LIVE on Facebook)

7 Ian Smith, Manager of The Coop on Mildenhall Road, the ONLY large supermarket to support the St Edmunds Day weekend

8 Richard Crouch – outstanding support for St Edmunds Day 2017

9 Nemonee Stone – outstanding contribution to Bury St Edmunds supporting many good causes

10 – Terry Clements, Mayor of St Edmundsbury – Outstanding contribution to We Love Bury St Edmunds! promoting and upholding the high moral values to our Facebook Group.

 

Antique Bronze Holders – The Super Elite 

1 Anna Frankum (Grytics Award for An Outstanding Contribution)

2  Patrick Church (Lifetime Achievement Award)

3 Sheila Wormleighton (Lifetime Achievement)

4 Sue Griffin (Selfless Outstanding contribution to Nations overseas)