About Us and Bury St Edmunds

events-great-churchyard-photo-bomb-january-rupert-nye-1-1
abbey-gardens-events-human-colour-wheel-places-visit-jo-sweetman-explore-
events-great-churchyard-photo-bomb-january-monuments-memorials-statue-of-st-edmund-by-elizabeth-frink-places-visit-angela-lord-explore-1-1
events-photo-bomb-august-great-churchyard-monuments-memorials-statue-of-st-edmund-by-elizabeth-frink-places-visit-andy-abbott-explore-1-2
events-photo-bomb-august-great-churchyard-monuments-memorials-statue-of-st-edmund-by-elizabeth-frink-places-visit-andy-abbott-explore-

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 e 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 ūüôā

 

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.

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

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/they_love_bury_st_edmunds_1_4386397

http://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/they_love_bury_st_edmunds_1_4386397

 

APRIL 2016
We launched the “We Love Bury St Edmunds” badge

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

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/loving_bury_st_edmunds_is_now_badge_of_honour_for_facebook_group_1_4492603

http://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/loving_bury_st_edmunds_is_now_badge_of_honour_for_facebook_group_1_4492603

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

http://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/west_suffolk_hospital_s_25_000_dementia_walk_set_for_launch_1_4615355

 

AUGUST 2016
We played with some ideas for a Human Colour Wheel…

http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/we-love-bury-st-edmunds-members-form-a-human-colour-wheel-in-the-abbey-gardens-1-7538741

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

http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/eurovision-winners-to-perform-at-we-love-bury-st-edmunds-birthday-bash-1-7570930

 

OCTOBER 2016
10 months after Facebook Group launched, we launched the website….

http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/we-love-bury-st-edmunds-facebook-group-launches-website-1-7641034

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

http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/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.

http://www.wsh.nhs.uk/Charity/Events/ANight2Remember.aspx

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

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…

http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/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

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/we_love_bury_st_edmunds_facebook_group_celebrates_a_year_of_success_1_4852548

 

FEBRUARY 2017
We had a press release at The Apex on 26th February for The Limited Edition Decades Prints

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/new_artworks_depict_bury_st_edmunds_during_the_early_20th_century_1_4914598

 

MARCH 2017

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/new-artworks-depict-bury-st-edmunds-during-the-early-20th-century-1-4914598

 

MAY 2017
The St Edmund Of Suffolk Flag is seen around the World

http://www.eadt.co.uk/what-s-on/it-s-the-eurovision-song-contest-and-suffolk-superfan-james-is-super-excited-1-5006642

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/mission-accomplished-st-edmund-s-flag-gets-international-exposure-thanks-to-suffolk-eurovision-superfan-1-5019029

http://www.stowmarketmercury.co.uk/news/mission-accomplished-st-edmund-s-flag-gets-international-exposure-thanks-to-suffolk-eurovision-superfan-1-5019029

 

JULY 2017
We supported the Cancer Research Relay For Life

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

http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/relay-for-life-beats-fund-raising-target-as-hundreds-take-part-1-8050814

 

AUGUST 2017
The Abseil for My WiSH Charity

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/west-suffolk-hospital-charity-s-every-heart-matters-appeal-reaches-new-heights-with-fundraising-abseil-1-5132479

http://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/west-suffolk-hospital-charity-s-every-heart-matters-appeal-reaches-new-heights-with-fundraising-abseil-1-5132479

http://www.sudburymercury.co.uk/news/west-suffolk-hospital-charity-s-every-heart-matters-appeal-reaches-new-heights-with-fundraising-abseil-1-5132479

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

http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/an-invitation-to-photobomb-the-king-1-8083789

http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/st-edmund-to-be-celebrated-1-8103640

The Photo Bomb Event
A Night 2 Remember 2

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/countdown-begins-to-three-day-celebration-of-town-and-martyred-saint-1-5156384

 

OCTOBER 2017
Bury Free Press Business Awards Finalist

http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/video-best-in-the-business-1-8196780

A Night 2 Remember 2 was launched

http://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/charities-to-benefit-from-glittering-night-in-great-whelnetham-1-5239703

 

NOVEMBER 2017
Your Town Needs You Campaign and over 126 Businesses raise the Flag of St Edmund for the first time

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/calls-made-to-get-out-the-flags-and-bunting-to-help-celebrate-st-edmund-s-day-events-1-5259998

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/flags-are-flying-for-st-edmund-s-day-celebrations-1-5278787?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it

http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/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

http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/happy-st-edmund-s-day-1-8253396

http://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/eurovision-royalty-visit-to-town-to-help-celebrate-st-edmunds-day-1-5288824

Paul Da Vinci in the EADT

http://www.eadt.co.uk/what-s-on/paul-da-vinci-sugar-baby-love-rubettes-1-5299872

Sudbury Mercury

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

http://www.sudburymercury.co.uk/what-s-on/paul-da-vinci-sugar-baby-love-rubettes-1-5299872

 

DECEMBER 2017
East Anglian Daily Times
Charity benefits from A Night 2 Remember 2

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/charity-benefits-from-a-night-2-remember-2-held-at-great-whelnetham-1-5326150

Bury Mercury

Charity benefits from Night 2 Remember 2

http://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/charity-benefits-from-a-night-2-remember-2-held-at-great-whelnetham-1-5326150

The Legend Of St Edmund
Andy Abbott – Anne-Marie David

OikoTimes

https://oikotimes.com/in-brief-jesc-2017-hostess-bids-for-lisbon-a-blast-from-the-past-for-poland-and-more/

 

JANUARY 2018
Donation made to Gatehouse Dementia Hub
Donations to Gatehouse

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

http://mywishcharity.wsh.nhs.uk/Charity/News/2018/ExclusiveprintdonatedtotheMemoryWalkattheWestSuffolkHospital.aspx

 

MARCH 2018
We conveyed our deep concerns over the loss of Borough status

http://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/fears-over-loss-of-borough-council-status-for-bury-st-edmunds-following-merger-of-st-edmundsbury-borough-council-and-forest-heath-district-council-1-5432636

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/fears-over-loss-of-borough-council-status-for-bury-st-edmunds-following-merger-of-st-edmundsbury-borough-council-and-forest-heath-district-council-1-5432636

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/life-of-st-edmund-musical-bury-st-edmunds-suffolk-1-5442697

 

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

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/eurovision-song-contest-we-love-bury-st-edmunds-james-sheen-bury-st-edmunds-suffolk-lisbon-portugal-1-5490082

http://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/eurovision-song-contest-we-love-bury-st-edmunds-james-sheen-bury-st-edmunds-suffolk-lisbon-portugal-1-5490082

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

http://amulher.com/quem-e-o-homem-que-caiu-aos-pes-das-apresentadoras-da-eurovisao-revista-vip/

 

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”¬†

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/photo-bomb-session-bury-st-edmunds-st-edmund-s-day-suffolk-1-5653095

http://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/photo-bomb-session-bury-st-edmunds-st-edmund-s-day-suffolk-1-5653095

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/st-edmund-s-day-photo-bomb-session-bury-st-edmunds-suffolk-1-5660487

http://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/st-edmund-s-day-photo-bomb-session-bury-st-edmunds-suffolk-1-5660487

 

SEPTEMBER 2018
A reunion thanks to We Love Bury St Edmunds!
Bury Free Press

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/st-edmund-s-day-november-20-2018-bury-st-edmunds-suffolk-1-5776908

 

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/

Creator James Sheen

 

Facebook Admins  Greg Aspland  James Sheen  Lesley Norburn Michelle Richards   Terry Chittock

 

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 РThe 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)