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Out of this World

On the day that these cranes' paper wingtips were launched on their astonishing 36km flight to the edge of space by the Earth to Sky project at Bishop, California, Harleston's prayers for peace became undoubtedly the highest in the world that day.

The photograph shows the 1000 wingtips in their clear sphere, set inside the United Nations wreath symbol and under the black canopy of space. The second sphere contains little cut-out swifts to flutter when the research balloon popped. The payload is topped by a small origami crane. Read more >


Harleston History

In many old guide books Harleston is described as being a town of Georgian and Victorian houses. Whilst the centre of the town looks like this is the case, in reality the buildings are far older - but hidden!  What we see here is just a facade, beneath which the Harleston of the 1300's to 1600's remains!  It just has to be discovered.  There are over 160 very old buildings in the town, many with some of the original features still visible.  We will be publishing regular articles about individual buildings to create a list of some of the architectural masterpeices inside Harleston.  Keep a look out for new entries, then come to Harleston and see for youselves. Read more >


Food Festival

The flags have gone up to support the Harleston and Waveney Food and Drink Festival. This year the theme is apples. Harleston is going apple-crazy on Saturday 7 October, with Harleston celebrating all things appley. There will be a Street Market with stalls selling an array of locally-made products, from savoury pies to mouth-watering cakes and pastries, locally-reared meat to bottled preserves and fruit liqueurs, artisan bread to locally made apple juice and cider. There will also be apple games and activities.


Swifts: They’re back and we are ready

After their epic non-stop journeys to over-winter in Africa, Harleston's swifts are arriving back at their traditional nesting sites in the town.  While they have been away, Harleston’s Future Swift Action Group have been busy increasing the number of potential nesting sites on buildings in the town.  About 120 new swift nest boxes have been erected to provide plenty of extra residences for young or displaced swifts looking for a new home. 

To mark the swifts return in the first week of May,  a special welcome flag was raised in the edge of the market place in Harleston town centre, when the first birds were spotted. 

Swifts numbers have been declining sharply, in part through loss of their traditional nest sites when roofs are renewed and old buildings demolished or converted.  Their plight has caught the imagination of communities throughout Britain, and Harleston is no exception.

'It's simply staggering that they have been flying ever since they left last year and will only land again as they return to their nest sites', said Norman Hart, Chairman of Harleston's Future. They are very loyal to their exact nesting location, that's why we need to protect existing sites and to create more to help to improve their fortunes and to keep the summer skies above Harleston alive.



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