We wish all our fabulous supporters – Business partners, Members and Visitors

– a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

While it has been a  very difficult year for so many, everyone has rallied round and continued to support our work to keep the Broads special despite their own personal and business challenges.

We are so grateful.

Good news – We hope to award some small grants in the New Year so watch this space!

Take good care and keep safe – all will be well soon.

From all of us at Love the Broads and the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Charitable Trust

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It is with great sadness that we recently learnt of the death of Bryan Read.  Bryan was a founding trustee of the Broads Trust with a great love of the Broads. He was born into a Norfolk family, his mother was a Colman and his grandmother was a Boardman, so it is hardly surprising that he was closely involved in so many aspects of the Broads.

His father ran Read’s Mills at Beccles and became a Commissioner with the Gt. Yarmouth Port & Haven Commissioners due to the majority of the grain being carried by river and being imported via the Port of Gt. Yarmouth.   Read’s Mills moved to Norwich in the Thirties and in 1963 Bryan took over the running of the Mills upon the death of his father and so became a Port & Haven Commissioner in his place.   Reads also had a mill at Horstead, at the head of the navigation, which burnt down in January 1963.

The family own a bungalow at Horning and are involved with many boating activities. They owned the River Cruiser Harrier and White Boat Scarce Copper among others and Bryan raced a Star class dingy at Wroxham.

Being a River Commissioner, Bryan was involved with many organisations around the Broads and the setting up of Trusts to preserve a number of Broads’ activities and facilities.   He was also played a major role in the creation of the Broads Authority to deal with the many problems of running the waterways and navigations.

When the future of How Hill was in doubt, Bryan persuaded Norwich Union to step in and secure the future of the property to continue its valuable educational role.   Similarly, he worked hard with the EDP to help raise funds to secure the Hunter Fleet so that it was preserved as a traditional boatyard and vintage fleet of sailing craft.   In addition, Bryan was involved in the Norfolk Windmills Trust.

Bryan was passionate about the Broads and became heavily involved in the controversy of the Broads not being a full National Park. He served on the Council for National Parks and was particularly pleased when the Broads was eventually recognised as part of the Family of National Parks.

Bryan was a long serving member and President of the Broads Society and in 2005 he worked with two colleagues from the Society, Major Nick Barne and Peter Howe, to set up a new charity – The Broads Trust. The aim of the charity was to raise money to support projects around the Broads for conservation, education, enhancement of the natural environment and the improvement of the navigation. He acted as Treasurer until very recently and saw the work of the charity grow to be a force for good, which it now is, with the development of the Love the Broads project.

There is no doubt that Bryan’s contribution to so many aspects of the Broads over his long life will be sadly missed but he leaves a lasting legacy for all to see.  Bryan and Sheila, his wife who sadly died in 2018, had a large family and were so proud of  his 4 children and countless grand and great grand children.

Bryan was well respected and liked by all that knew him.

You can hear Bryan speaking of his family’s history and passion for the Broads – see link:


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(Peter Howe, Trustee of  the Broads Trust, presenting a cheque to Nicola Hems, Curator, and Robert Paul, Chairman of the Museum of the Broads Trustees on the Marsh Harrier)

We are delighted to be able to present a cheque for £1,300 to The Museum of the Broads for a new 12 volt electrical system and self-contained 12 volt charging system for their fabulous boat, Marsh Harrier.   This new equipment will enable the lift to be used without detriment to the normal running of the boat and creating access for  those passengers less able to negotiate the boarding steps.

The new 12 volt system, like the existing 48 volt system, will be charged using electricity generated by the Museum’s own solar panels.

The grant was agreed by the Broads Trust Trustees early in 2020 but was delayed due to Covid.  We wish all passengers on the Marsh Harrier a wonderful experience on the Broads.


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We are delighted to welcome Helen Williams and the Hungry Otter as one of Love the Broad’s prime business supporters.

The Hungry Otter pop-up café has opened on Salhouse Broad, and sits at the top of a hill overlooking the scenery.  On offer is barista coffee, a variety of teas, cakes, cookies, sandwiches and ice creams.

Founder Helen Williams set up the Cafe after 20 years teaching at the local Paston College.  Helen said “I am thrilled to have an opportunity to help the Broads remain special now and into the future.  My customers visit Salhouse Broad for its fantastic environment, wildlife and leisure and this gives them the opportunity too to put a little back to a place that they love.

A voluntary donation of 10p on the sale of ice creams and cookies is contributed by customers which helps to fund grants for amazing projects on the Broads.


Telephone Helen on 07789 984888


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Love the Broads would like to thank Judy Roberts and the many friends of Phil Green who have kindly set up a Just Giving donation page in his memory.  Sadly, Phil recently passed away.

We understand that Phil spent many holidays on the Norfolk Broads as a child and as an adult with his family.  More recently, he decided to start a new chapter of his life here on The Broads.  Tragically, Phil’s life was cut short not long after he’d moved into his beautiful new home on the River Ant.  Judy says “It would have been the perfect spot for him to grow old, with fishing, boating, walking, birdwatching and much more, on his doorstep”.

We can assure Judy and all of his friends that their kind donations in Phil’s memory will be used to help to ensure that the Broads remains special now and into the future.

All of the projects that Love the Broads has supported can be found on the projects page.

Thank  you very much.   As a result of your kindness, Phil’s memory will live on in the Broads.



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