Asperger East Anglia seeking Clothing Donations

Hi Everybody

Asperger East Anglia are urgently seeking good quality ladies and gents clothing for their charity shop in Beccles. All donations are gratefully received.

Please contact for more information, phone 01502 715500 or visit our Facebook Page.

Looking for that special gift? Something a bit unusual? Something vintage?

Maybe you can visit … the A-Shop!

“And if you can find us”? Easy – we’re at 1a Market Street in Beccles and open 9.30-5 every day (10-4 on Sundays), including Early Closing Day and all bank holidays except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.


Fed up with the computer having a mind of its own?
Why not treat yourself to a vintage typewriter?
How about a desk and table lamp to go with it?

Oh and we *do* sell good-quality, second-hand, computers, laptops and other tested electrical goods, should you prefer the 21st century!


We have some lovely children’s toys and books for sale.
Games for teens and young adults? Yes!
Books for adults, fiction and non-fiction? Those too.


Fancy some handmade scatter cushions? Some CDs? Even vinyl discs?

Got them right there waiting for you :)


Bric-A-Brac? We have that covered, just like our mannequin.

Cheryl (as we have named her) is not for sale, but her clothes are and we are always seeking good quality ladies clothing. Gent’s too, though we don’t think they’d look so good on her. Anybody have a male mannequin they would like to donate?


I am a shop volunteer for Asperger East Anglia. The shop and our other Suffolk premises are located in the former Social Services building at 1a Market Street, opposite the Co-Op (formerly Somerfield) “goods in” area. The Society provides other services from this address; if you urgently need help because you or somebody you know has (or is suspected to have) Asperger Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism, please contact the main office on 01603 620500 or email

A grand opening for Asperger East Anglia

Here are the Official Press Release and Invitation


Opening of Asperger East Anglia premises in Market Street, Beccles incorporating a Shop and training facilities

Asperger East Anglia is very excited to announce that their new Employment and Training Project will open at 10am on Friday 11th July in Market Street, Beccles.

Asperger East Anglia is a registered charity founded 17 years ago. We provide services across Suffolk and Norfolk. The charity aims to help improve confidence, independence and employability of people affected by Asperger syndrome.

The project is located on Market Street in the centre of Beccles. From here our service users will refurbish computers, repair and test electrical items, restore furniture and use wood and other crafts to make items to sell in our shop.

The shop will be a vantage point for the public to see what people with Asperger syndrome are capable of achieving. It will be a place to display items which have been created or fixed by our service users in the workshop training facility as well as high quality items that have been donated to us.

We encourage service users to gain a sense of ownership by directly helping to sustain and develop the project. By producing goods that can be sold and raise income to sustain the project they are able to identify that working as part of a team can generate positive outcomes.

Asperger syndrome (AS) is an autistic spectrum condition which is characterised by difficulties with social communication, interaction and a lack of emotional empathy. From extensive written and verbal consultation with those that we work with we have found that there are significant barriers for young people with AS when leaving school and moving onto further education or employment. We have developed this project to focus on employment related skills.

Autism affects around 700,000 people in the UK. That’s more than 1 in 100. If you also include their families, autism touches the lives of 2.7 million people every day (The National Autistic Society).

You can help us by:

* Donating quality items we can sell in our shop (collection of large items available)

* Letting us know about people who may benefit from our supported work experience opportunity

* Volunteering to help in our shop or workshops

* Coming to visit us and buying something in our shop!

Please contact us: 01502 715500

Changes at Waveney/GY adult Asperger group

Hello everybody

Are you over 18 and have Asperger’s Syndrome? Do you live in Waveney or Great Yarmouth? Would you like to meet more people like yourself? Then Asperger East Anglia has a social group just for you!

The adults’ group meets in Beccles on the last Wednesday of every month from 7-9 pm at Asperger East Anglia (Beccles), 1a Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ; it is £3 per session and refreshments are included in the cost.

Please note that Wednesday 25th June is the first time the group will be run from Beccles; Thecla, Laura and myself will be at Beccles Railway Station at 6.45pm to meet people coming from outside Beccles to help out people who don’t know the town.

Please contact Asperger East Anglia on 01603 620500 for more information, email, or visit the Asperger Beccles Facebook page.

( By: Martin Howe )

Selling the Leftovers

I am having a clear-out and there are various items for sale. They are all listed with further details and more images on, so please take a look!

1/5: The Times, 28 November 1990 – Offers?

2/5: Men’s Suit (Large) by Digel – £50

3/5: 23″ LCD TV/DVD/Freeview Combi – SOLD!

4/5: Sherlock Holmes Complete Collection DVD Box Set – £5

5/5: Large collection of 2000AD, Megs., Annuals, Specials & Items – Offers?
Please note that the 2000AD-related items are the same ones that are advertised directly here on this website.

(By: Martin Howe)

Shark finning: why is it not illegal everywhere?

A new friend introduced me to this issue.

I had heard of shark finning, but had always assumed it was the entire fish being used for various purposes, with the fins just being one part. Partly because it never occurred to me that anything as cruel as this was actually legal anywhere.

Shark finning is banned in the UK and EU (or ships registered therein) but enforcement is not comprehensive and many countries don’t ban it at all.

Just read this article at the Shark Trust. The practice is not only immoral because it is cruel, it is also immoral because it is wasteful: catching an animal and throwing most of it back isn’t good use of fish stocks.

I am by no means a radical campaigner and have always been wary of anybody that seeks, or seems to seek, to threaten the authority of the authorities, but it seems not all authorities are actually bothering to impose their authority on those who carry out this practice.