Touching the Tide (TtT) is helping a group of local residents mark the decommissioning of Orfordness Lighthouse after over 223 years' service with Trinity House. Although no longer needed for navigation, the lighthouse is still much loved locally.
The project started with hornpipe dancing and a street parade in September 2013, as well as educational trips to the lighthouse for local schools. In 2014 the Lighthouse Writing Competition was a great success with over 100 entries -- you can read the winners' stories below.
TtT has continued to help children from local schools visit the lighthouse and learn more about coastal change. Since 2014, this has been by kind permission of the new lighthouse owners, the Orfordness Lighthouse Trust.
In September 2015 nearly 500 people came to a three day exhibition at Orford Town Hall, and saw a wide range of lighthouse artefacts and historical documents as well as the premier of the lighthouse film. You can see the full 40 lighthouse minute film here, or watch the edited short version below.
The project finished with a special concert in Orford Church – standing room only for an impressive classical concert featuring several new, specially commissioned compositions.
Children's fiction - First place: My Dad is in Love with a Lighthouse a wonderfully humorous story by Leah Manson from Ipswich.
13-18 Fiction - First place: A Silhouette in the Darkness a gripping tale by Emily Dye from Leiston.
Adult Fiction - First place: Blinking, Not Drowning by Ben Winchester, from Saffron Walden– a thought-provoking short story inspired by the fate of Orfordness Lighthouse.