Bill Turnbull took his Suffolk home to his heart

Bill Turnbull was a relatively rare example of a celebrity who moved to Suffolk not to escape the media spotlight, but to be part of his new community.

One of the reasons he moved to a quiet village near the coast was his love of beekeeping. He admitted he was not the world’s expert on the subject – but his passion for the subject and willingness to talk about it made him a brilliant evangelist.

His love for the Suffolk coast caused deep concern about the plans for Sizewell C and its likely impact on his own village and all other communities in the area.

Bill Turnbull in Minsmere – a short distance from his home in Suffolk.
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This led him to become a committed and vocal opponent of the proposals – and he played a prominent role in local campaigns, often chairing meetings that expressed opposition.

I met him at a Sizewell protest meeting at Theberton Church where he was certainly among friends. The people present at the meeting all seemed to call each other by their first names.




Bill Turnbull chaired the meeting at Theberton Church. Photo: PAUL GEATER


Bill Turnbull was often called upon to chair meetings opposing Sizewell C such as this one at Theberton Church.
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Then we had a long chat – as a journalist he knew what I was looking for and we also discussed some personal things as if we were old friends, even though we had only met once briefly before .

It wasn’t just Sizewell though. It has already hosted the EADT Business Awards. He was once the official starter of the Heritage Coast Marathon organized by the local Rotary Club. And he hosts conferences on other community topics.




Bill Turnbull starts the Suffolk Heritage Coast Marathon. Photo: OWEN LOWER


Bill Turnbull from the Suffolk Heritage Coast Marathon.
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Everyone who’s met Bill seems to have the same impression – that he was as kind and pleasant off-screen as he was.

Former EADT Editor Terry Hunt said: “Bill was the guest speaker at the EADT Business Awards in 2017, and he sat next to me during the evening.




Bill Turnbull urges people to come forward with their views on the potential impact on the Suffolk S


Bill Turnbull hosts the EADT Business Awards.
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“He was a lovely man, completely untouched by fame, and he certainly didn’t take himself seriously at all.

“He never forgot his journalistic roots and was always very kind and helpful to local journalists when they contacted him. I have always been impressed by this – and I am very grateful to him!

“He absolutely loved Suffolk and was certainly not one of the celebrities who moved to the county to hide out. He enthusiastically threw himself into community life and was a very familiar face in the area where he lived.

And leading anti-Sizewell campaigner Alison Downes said his support for their cause was key to helping them push their case: “Bill was a great supporter, mentor and friend. He helped us in so many ways and always made time to discuss the campaign. .

“His journalistic ear didn’t miss anything in our message! We know he and his family would want us to fight Sizewell C and we will, with all our hearts, pay tribute to him.”




Bill Turnbull chaired the meeting at Theberton Church. Photo: PAUL GEATER


Bill Turnbull was often called upon to chair meetings opposing Sizewell C such as this one at Theberton Church.
– Credit: Archant

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