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Woodbridge on Show

Woodbridge on Show II takes place on Saturday 6th April 2019 at the Woodbridge Community Hall. Forty six local organisation are taking part in the event, which aims to raise the profile of the wonderful groups, clubs and organisations within our fantastic town. 

Should you require more information about any of the organisations present on the day, please see below;

1st Woodbridge Scout Group 1st Scouts

1st Woodbridge is one of the oldest Scout Groups in the UK having been established in 1909, two years after Scouting first began. Generations of local children have enjoyed the fun and friendship of being part of a global youth organisation.

1st Woodbridge has three sections within the group.

The Beaver Colony for ages 6 – 8 years
The Cub Pack for ages 8 – 10 ½ years
The Scout Troop for ages 10 ½ – 14 years

If you would like to know more about 1st Woodbridge Scout Group or you are interested in joining us as either a young person or adult helper, please contact us using the details below.

Contact - Adam Thorpe, Group Scout Leader

Phone - 07960569738

Email - adam.scouts@outlook.com

Website - http://www.1stwoodbridgescouts.com/

Choose Woodbridge Choose Woodbridge

Choose Woodbridge is the business and tourism association for Woodbridge, Suffolk. We’re a group of local business people whose primary objective is to promote Woodbridge and the surrounding area to visitors and residents alike.

Our little town may appear to be calm and serene but there are events including live music, theatre, sports and talks nearly every day. We have more clubs and societies than you can shake a stick at for people of all ages and interests.

From parent and toddler groups to running clubs, boot camps, flower clubs, gardening clubs, sailing clubs, business networking groups, rotary and lions clubs, WI groups, choirs, drama groups, dance for all ages in all styles….

Contact - James Lightfoot, Chairman

Email - james@choosewoodbridge.co.uk

Website - http://choosewoodbridge.co.uk/


Citizens Advice Leiston, Saxmundham & District Citizens advice

Our principles are to provide confidential, free, independent and impartial advice for all members of the community.
Our aims are to provide the advice people require for the difficulties they face and equally to improve the policies and practices that affect people's lives.
We provide drop in advice at the following locations across the district: Woodbridge, Leiston, Saxmundham, Framlingham, Wickham Market and Aldeburgh.

Contact - Martin Jones

Phone - 01728 832544

Email - bureau@leistoncab.cabnet.org.uk

Website - http://oaweb.co.uk/

Coastal Accessible Transport Services CATS

Community Transport operator providing Demand Responsive Bus Service, Door to Door Services, Community Car scheme and Group hire for non-profit organisations.  All vehicles are wheelchair accessible and services are open to anyone who suffer with a disability, isolation due to mobility impairment or not being able to access public services.  All services are pre-bookable. 

Phone - 01728 830516

Email - cats.manager@cats-paws.co.uk


Deben Rotary deben rotary

Deben Rotary serves our local and international communities, by service with fun. The Club was chartered on 4th December 1989, and we currently have 27 members. We meet on Monday nights, 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm, at The Ufford Park Hotel, Yarmouth Road, Ufford, IP12 1QW.

Contact - Richard Boother

Phone - 01473 624160/ 07771877545

Email - richard@boother.co.uk

Website - http://www.debenrotary.org.uk/

Deben Yacht Club DYC

The Deben Yacht Club has been sailing on the river since 1838. We are a family friendly club and welcome all new members, whether you’ve never set foot on a boat or are an experienced sailor.

We offer a full calendar of events throughout the sailing season including a mixture of dinghy and yacht racing, flotillas and leisure sailing, all supported by our safety boat team.

We are an RYA Training Centre and offer a number of sailing and powerboat training courses for cadets and adults.

It’s easy to store and launch your boat – we have a large dinghy park and slipway and 21 moorings. Don’t have a boat? Don’t worry – we have over 20 club boats for members to use, including Toppers, RS Qubas, RS Fevas, a Laser and Wayfarers.

Contact - David Hayhow, Honorary Secretary 

Phone - 07754217334

Email - secretary@debenyachtclub.co.uk

Website - https://www.debenyachtclub.co.uk/

East Suffolk Association for the Blind ESAB

East Suffolk Association for the Blind (ESAB) is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) providing services for the visually impaired. The organisation was established in 1914 to provide help to visually impaired people in East Suffolk, with the aims of helping them to continue to live independently in their own homes as well as continue to lead an active and full life in their chosen community. Services available include:

• Locally based socials and club activities, including summer and Christmas events.

• Our Community Workers undertake home visiting and telephone based support.

• Our Community Workers are trained in the Demonstration of low vision aids and assessment of needs for magnification.

• We can help with the facilitation or acquisition of daily living aids to enable continued independent living for visually impaired people.

• Providing information and sign-posting to services in local hospital eye clinics and other organisations.

• We publish a twice–yearly Newsletter containing many interesting and informative articles for those living with sight loss.

Contact - Karen Cade – Chairperson Woodbridge branch

Phone - 01473 611011

Email - Info@esab.org.uk

Website - http://www.esab.btck.co.uk/

Friends of St Mary's St Marys Friends

St. Mary’s Church dominates the skyline of the town of Woodbridge and is an important 15th century building.

It holds a special place in the hearts of the many thousands of people christened, confirmed, married or attending services here, but you do not need to be a regular church-goer or believer to appreciate St. Mary’s beauty or wish to help to maintain and help protect it for future generations.

The Friends of St. Mary’s Church was set up in February 2012 to help maintain and support the church as an important part of the cultural heritage of the town and local community.We raise funds to support the St Mary’s Church building and stage a wide range of events in church; eg concerts, talks and exhibitions.

Contact - Nick Cottam, Chairman

Phone - 01394 385384, 07834978139

Email - Nick@nickcottam.com

Website - http://www.friends.stmaryswoodbridge.org/

Friends of Woodbridge Library (FOWL) 

If you are interested in the library and would like to do more to help it flourish in these times of budget austerity, the Friends of Woodbridge Library (FOWL) provides the opportunity to do so.

We promote interesting events, raise funds for library programme enhancement and we co-operate with and support the hard-working and talented Woodbridge Library staff in much of what it does.

Contact - Helen Scrivener

Phone - 01394 330855

Email - friendsofwoodbridgelibrary@gmail.com

Website - https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/about/member-organisations/friends-of-woodbridge-library-fowl/

GIDEONS in the British Isles - East Suffolk Branch Gideons logo

Distribution of bibles and new testaments on behalf of local churches to hotels, schools, police, first responders, hospitals etc.  

Contact - Ted Evans, Vice Chair

Phone - 01394 388295

Email - tedevans1936@gmail.com

Website - https://gideonsuk.com/


Girlguiding Seckford District Girlguids

An exciting programme of fun-filled practical, leisure and service activities to aid the development of girls and young women and prepare them for their future roles within the community. We welcome new members as Rainbows (5-7), Brownies (7-10), Guides (10-14), Rangers (14-18) and adults of any age, as leaders/helpers.

Contact - Veronica Howe

Phone -   01394 383257/ 07761 391879

Email - vhowe22@yahoo.co.uk

Website - https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/


Inner Wheel Club of Woodbridge inner wheel

We are a caring organisation, active in our community and beyond, and each year we fund raise for a number of charities. We meet on the first Thursday evening in each month at Ufford Park Hotel to enjoy a one-course dinner, often followed by a speaker. In 2020 we will be celebrating our 70th anniversary. For more details of the objectives and activities of Inner Wheel, and membership criteria, please visit our website.

Contact - Chris Mason, Vice President

Phone -   01394 384834/ 07760110521

Email - cmason40@hotmail.co.uk

Website - www.woodbridgeinnerwheel.org.uk


Jetty Lane jetty lane

We are working towards building a new landmark, community arts and youth centre for Woodbridge to replace the old youth centre which was demolished in 2017.

Contact - Cordelia Richman / Project Manager

Phone - 01394 383128/ 07449516448

Email - cordelia@jettylane.com

Website - www.jettylane.com


Just42 j42

Just42 is the only open access youth provider in 200 square miles of rural Suffolk and last year we came into contact with about 2500 different children and young people.

Through our work we build relationships with children and young people over a number of years through our different projects. In this way we build confidence, self esteem, build community, reduce crime and anti social behaviour and improve employability. We also increase well being, school attendance and therefore results. A local youth and children's work charity offering children's clubs, youth clubs, youth projects & mentoring for young people in and around Woodbridge.

Contact - Cordelia Richman / Project Manager

Phone - 01394 383128/ 07449516448

Email - cordelia@jettylane.com

Website - www.jettylane.com


Maritime Woodbridge Maritime

Every other year Maritime Woodbridge celebrates Woodbridge’s maritime and riverside heritage from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day.The event is organised by and for the community.
A central feature is that it is free (and fun) for visitors, but underpinned by the heritage we all share, and which still influences the town today.

Contact - Paul Webster, Chair of working Committee

Phone - 07710 209167

Email - paulwebster@wheresoever.co.uk

Website - http://maritimewoodbridge.org/

MH100/ Martlesham Heath Aviation Society Mh100

The Martlesham Heath Aviation Society was founded in the mid 1970’s and has been staging 1st Friday of the month evening talks on an Aviation Theme ever since, gradually increasing its audience over the years. Nowadays we often fill the Main Hall at the Martlesham Heath Community Centre, Felixstowe Road, Martlesham Heath – The Society is known as a flourishing Aviation Society in the UK and abroad.
The aim of the Society has always been to tell the Story of the Martlesham Heath Airfield from its start in 1917 as a Royal Flying Corps Research Airfield to the closure of the RAF Station in 1963. It has a fascinating and diverse history – with many aspects to it.
Much is to do with the Development of Aviation in the 1920’s and 1930’s and again after World War 2 which continued to the closure of the Station. During World War II the aerodrome was an RAF Fighter Station which played a very useful role in the Battle of Britain. The Squadrons based there included “Eagle Squadrons” of American volunteer Pilots, who flew under RAF colours before the U.S.A. joined in the War. The American 356th Fighter Group arrived in 1943, with its 3 Squadrons flying their P47 Thunderbolts and P51 Mustangs – alongside RAF Typhoons.
Those that died in both conflicts and during the Aircraft Development work are remembered on Memorials on The Barrack Square.
The original Battle of Britain Flight of Hurricanes and Spitfires was stationed at Martlesham Heath, alongside an A.T.C. Gliding School, and other operational units.
The Museum opened in the World War 2 Control Tower in 2000, and is crammed full of artefacts, photo’s, and stories relating to the Airfield. This is open on Sunday afternoons in April and October, from 2-5 pm, with Free Entry (Donations appreciated). Schools and other Groups can visit by prior arrangement.
To find out more go to www.mhas.org.uk, which has a link to our facebook page, or call: 01473 274300

Contact - Howard King. Martlesham Heath Aviation Society and Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum Publicity Officer

Phone - 01473 274300/ 07713 768821

Email - howard.king1@outlook.com

Website - https://mh100.org.uk/about-us/

New Horizons Club

New Horizons, the club for older people in the area, continues to grow and thrive. After arriving at a welcoming cup (or two!!) of coffee or tea with biscuits, many of the members join in with activities such as art, scrabble, dominos or a game of cards. Some just enjoy a good chat; alternatively, they might choose to read the newspapers or a magazine. Several appreciate the opportunity to ask volunteer shoppers to purchase something they need — or maybe they just fancy a treat!

If you have a few hours free on Thursdays please consider becoming a volunteer. Drivers are especially needed to pick members up within a five-mile radius of Woodbridge and take them to St. Mary’s Hall around 9.45; then pick them up at 2pm and take them home. The transport is organised on a rota for when it suits you, and you would be paid for mileage to offset the costs.

Or you could help out during the day in the hall. You might find yourself making tea and coffee, playing scrabble or dominoes, helping serve lunch, or clearing away between activities. But the most important thing we do is chatting to the members and providing companionship. They have all lived such interesting lives and have wonderful stories to tell. You will receive far more in return than you give, and go away with a smile on your face.

New Horizons meets weekly on Thursdays from 10am – 2pm at St. Mary’s Church Hall, 11 Market Hill, Woodbridge, IP12 4LP. The cost for the day is £8.00 with a small additional fee if you require transport. People over the age of 55 are invited to come along and join us. For more information and to make arrangements, please phone Lin on 07514 364752 and speak to one of our leaders.

Contact - James Lightfoot

Phone - 07514 364752

Email - james@choosewoodbridge.co.uk


Royal British Legion - Woodbridge Branch rbl

The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading Armed Forces charity and one of its largest membership organisations. Members get together through the network of branches and clubs all over the country and overseas to participate in social, fundraising and welfare activities.

Woodbridge Branch meets at 7.30pm on the first Monday of each month in the Queen Elizabeth Room at The Royal British Legion Club, Woodbridge. We look after the welfare of all veterans in our area. 

Contact - Steve Lockwood, Branch Secretary

Phone - 01394 548671/ 07926 099533

Email - woodbridgesecretary1.rbl@gmail.com

Website - http://branches.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/woodbridge

Seckford Foundation seck

We promote and support the education and care of the young and the elderly in and around the town of Woodbridge and the county of Suffolk. Originally founded with a gift from a prominent Elizabethan lawyer, Thomas Seckford, the Foundation is committed to

 - Enabling elderly people to lead safe, secure, independent and fulfilling lives and caring for them when in need
 - Helping younger people to achieve their potential and to lead financially independent and productive lives
 - Strengthening the communities in which those we support live, ensuring no-one suffers through rural isolation

Although proud of our history we do not live in the past; on the contrary the trustees regularly revisit our aims and aspirations to make sure they remain relevant and achieve maximum impact in the 21st century.

Phone -  01394 615100

Email - enquiries@seckford-foundation.org.uk

Website - https://www.seckford-foundation.org.uk/


Seckford Care akms

Built in the 16th Century by Queen Elizabeth’s lawyer, Thomas Seckford, the Almshouses offer:

 - Very Sheltered Flats (single and double) for those who wish to live independently, safe in the knowledge that carers are on hand 24 hours a day

 - Residential Care in Jubileee House for those who would like their own comfortable room with carers on hand 24/7 and all their meals, laundry and cleaning provided

 - A Day Club for those who live in the community and would like to meet other people, take part in activities and enjoy a good lunch

The older almshouse buildings are full of historic character and great care has been taken to ensure that the newer very sheltered flats and residential accommodation combine the best features of the past with the highest standards of the new.

Our staff are highly skilled, well trained and committed to making the lives of older people as enjoyable as possible. Forming part of the Seckford Foundation the Almshouses aim to create a homely atmosphere and encourage independence among residents and visitors while respecting their individual needs and their wishes.

Phone - 01394 386520

Email - enquiries@seckford-foundation.org.uk

Website - https://www.seckford-foundation.org.uk/seckford-care/

Seckford Foundation - Woodbridge Dementia Project

The dementia-friendly town campaign is part of the Alzheimer’s Society’s national Dementia Friends initiative - For more information about the Dementia Friends initiative, visit the Alzheimer’s Society website www.alzheimers.org.uk.

Contact -  Cathy O’Brien, Deputy Head of Care at the Seckford Almshouses

Phone - 01394 386520

Email - COBrien@seckford-foundation.org.uk

Website - https://seckfordalmshouses.org.uk/


Seckford Foundation - Springboardspringboard

Through its Springboard initiative, Seckford Foundation supports young people under 25 across rural Suffolk, to help them towards leading economically independent and productive lives. With a focus on disadvantaged young people who are either at risk of, or already not in education, employment or training, the Foundation has established an apprenticeship programme specifically to help these young people into employment. We look to local businesses to join with us to help expand this programme by creating productive partnerships so that more young people may benefit. 

Our Small Grants programme allows individuals and organisations to apply for financial help to achieve an improvement in their lives and we are particularly keen to support efforts to enhance opportunities for education, training and employment.
The Foundation also has its own well-being and careers mentoring programmes, through which it aims to develop the life skills, confidence and self-awareness of those young people who may be struggling to find a job or suitable training or are simply uncertain of their next steps.
Full training, a resource pack and support is available to the team of volunteer mentors so if you’d like to volunteer for this very rewarding role, please come and talk to us on our stand or contact us via www.seckfordsprinboard.org.uk

Contact - Helen Landon - Marketing & Comms Manager

Phone - 01394615185/ 07766698909

Email - hlando@seckford-foundation.org.uk

Website - https://seckfordspringboard.org.uk/


St Mary's Parish Church St Marys

We are a parish church, dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin, in the Diocese of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Our worship reflects the broad mainstream tradition of the Church of England, and, whilst emphasising the importance of liturgy within the catholic tradition, we aim to be inclusive in our understanding and approach to spirituality, theology and pastoral care. 

Contact - Veronica Howe / Churchwarden

Phone - 01394 388820

Email - parish.office@stmaryswoodbridge.org

Website - http://www.stmaryswoodbridge.org/


Suffolk Festival of Performing Arts Arts

The Suffolk Festival of Performing Arts is an annual competition offering performance opportunities to dancers, musicians and actors of all ages and abilities. It is known as the 'friendly festival' because of its relaxed and encouraging atmosphere.

Contact - Angela Chillingworth/Chair

Phone - 01359 242924/ 07710538415

Email - chair@suffolk-festival.org.uk

Website - https://suffolk-festival.org.uk/


Suffolk Wildlife Trust - Woodbridge Wildlife Group swt

Local group raising awareness of Suffolk Wildlife Trust's reserves and local work. We organise a series of events in the Woodbridge area: talks during the winter and walks during the summer, aiming to encourage interest in local wildlife and raising funds to support the Trust's work. All are welcome at our events.

Contact - Phil Smith, Chairman

Phone - 01473 625630

Email - swtwoodbridge@outlook.com

Website - www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org


The National Trust at Sutton Hoo nt

Awe-inspiring Anglo-Saxon royal burial site. This hauntingly beautiful 255 acre estate, with far-reaching views over the river Deben, is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Walk around the ancient burial mounds and discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions.

Come face to face with your ancestors and explore our award-winning exhibition, the full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber, stunning replica treasures and original finds from one of the mounds, including a prince's sword. Look inside the Edwardian house or enjoy the beautiful seasonal colours on our estate walks.

Contact - Sally Metcalf, Volunteer Programme Manager

Phone - 01394 389726/ 07771994874

Email - sally.metcalf@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website - https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-hoo


The Sutton Hoo Society SHS

THE SUTTON HOO SOCIETY, a registered charity, was formed to support the work of the Sutton Hoo Research Project (director Prof. Martin Carver, University of York). An archaeological excavation and research programme was undertaken between 1983 and 1992. Part of the Society’s early role was to guide visitors round the excavation.

Between 1992 – 2001, the SHS continued to watch over the site, offering guided tours at weekends. Then the National Trust acquired the site and began to develop it as a major historical and tourist attraction. It was opened to the public by Seamus Heaney in 2001.

Today the Sutton Hoo Society trains the Guides, who offer burial site tours and Exhibition Hall talks. We work alongside the National Trust to promote interest in this unique place, and to tell the stories of Anglo-Saxon archaeology and history here.

Contact - Mrs Pauline Moore, Vice-Chair

Phone - 01394 382617

Email - suttonhoonovels@gmail.com

Website - http://suttonhoo.org/


The Tide Mill Trust tide mill

The Tide Mill relies on the support of the surrounding community. The Tide Mill used to be the centre of industry in Woodbridge but even though that has changed it is still a large part of the local community. Without the support of the local community the Woodbridge Tide Mill would not be able to be one of only two mills still milling flour in a traditional stoneground way. Whether you can help as an active Volunteer or by donating financially as a Friend of The Tide Mill, we welcome any support!

Contact - Dan Tarrant-Willis / Mill manager

Phone - 01394 389673

Email - info@woodbridgetidemill.org.uk

Website - http://woodbridgetidemill.org.uk/


Transition Woodbridge TW

A community-led group that aims to strengthen the local economy and prepare for a future with less oil and a changing climate. Local projects include scattered orchards, bee-friendly planting, and encouraging reducing single-use plastics. 

Contact - Jane Healey/Treasurer

Phone - 01394 382540/ 07790044313

Email - ttwoodbridge@gmail.com

Website - http://www.transitionwoodbridge.onesuffolk.net/

U3A in East Suffolk u3a

The University of the Third Age (U3A) in East Suffolk is a thriving cooperative offering educational, recreational and social activities for its members, who are in their ‘third age’ — the time after they have finished working full-time or raising a family and have the time and opportunity to pursue their interests or try something new. Most members are located in the south-eastern area of Suffolk including Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Saxmundham, and surrounding towns and villages.

Established over 30 years ago and with more than 2,200 members, U3A in East Suffolk offers a lively speaker programme, and more than 170 interest groups and short courses. All of this can be enjoyed for a modest annual subscription. U3A in East Suffolk is organised as a self-help cooperative, and is Registered Charity no. 1112974.

Contact - Martyn Hargraves / Secretary

Phone - 03001233913/ 07503040229

Email - secretary@u3aeastsuffolk.org.uk

Website - www.u3aeastsuffolk.org.uk

Woodbridge and District Lions Club lions

We raise money for local good causes in and around Woodbridge. Major fund raising events are Duck selling at the Woodbridge Regatta, helping at the Woodbridge Horse Show, Art Shows and Sales, Christmas Collections and Sleigh Rides. We seek to help people and have fun doing it too. If anyone is interested in finding out more of what we do they are welcome to come along to one of our monthly business meetings at the Royal British Legion Club in the Thoroughfare at 8.00pm on the first Tuesday of each month.

Contact - John Wood (Immediate Past President)

Phone - 01473 611035

Email - johnwood4548@googlemail.com

Website - https://woodbridgelions.org.uk/


Woodbridge and District Trefoil Guild tref

Trefoil Guild is an organisation for past members of girlguiding; anyone who has been been a girlguide can join us. We meet in the Deben Annexe on the 1st Tuesday of every month. n Suffolk we have Trefoil Guilds in all the Divisions. Anyone over the age of 18 can join the Trefoil Guild and you don’t have to have been a member of the movement to join. Trefoil Guild members can share their experiences and skills with other members of Girlguiding. They usually meet once a month to learn new skills and the group is responsible for organising their own programme of events. The Trefoil Guild also support events and activities for the other sections.

Contact - Mrs G Girling

Phone - 01473 735302

Email - roy.girling@ymail.com

Website - https://www.trefoilguild.co.uk//


Woodbridge Art Club  ac

Summer Exhibition Open Saturdays and Sundays and Bank Hols 10am-5pm Until end September. The art club was founded in 1968 but at that time did not have a home or permanent venue for exhibitions. In 1974 the club was offered part of the old Granary complex and after two and a half years of hard work and fund raising the present premises were officially opened in November 1976. Woodbridge is one of the few art clubs to have its own gallery and studio (plus a pottery kiln) dedicated for the use of the members. The club’s premises are always well used and members have set days in the week allocated for their own artistic pursuits. The ethos of the club is to encourage amateur artists of whatever standard, but membership is limited to 200. There are frequent exhibitions of members’ work at the club throughout the year and members share a duty rota to “staff” the exhibitions. There is also a regular weekly programme of talks, demonstrations and practical painting sessions which are always well attended. The club also arranges a number of classes for members at weekends and during the week (some on location) and all run by professional artists. These classes are extremely popular and a continuing improvement in standard reflects the members’ enthusiasm and enjoyment which we hope visitors to our exhibitions will share.

Contact - Bernie Walsh

Phone - 01394548716

Email - berniewalsh@yahoo.co.uk

Website - http://arctotis.net/woodbridgeartclub/


Woodbridge Bowls Club bwiosl

In 1935 Sir Arthur Churchman, Lord Woodbridge, gifted to the town of Woodbridge the land behind his property in the town centre for use as an ornamental park. This is the Elmhurst Park we enjoy today. In 1952, in what had been the walled garden of the original grounds, a bowls green was laid and Woodbridge Bowls Club formed, many of the first members coming from the defunct Crown Bowls Club.
These days the Club competes in 4 leagues during the Summer months and has a very active membership representing Woodbridge as the only Lawn Bowls Club in the town.

Contact - Graham Timson, Club Secretary

Phone - 01473 621660/ 07419357908

Email - woodbridgebc@gmail.com

Website - https://www.woodbridgebowlsclub.co.uk/


Woodbridge Camera Club Cam club

Our aim is to help our members learn more about the art of photography and to develop their photographic skills. The club is open to anyone with an interest in photography, whether novice, amateur, professional, or even non-photographers.

Contact - Robin Garrod, Chairman

Phone - 01394 420547/ 07788 717457

Email - woodbridgecameraclub@gmail.com

Website - https://www.woodbridgecameraclub.co.uk/


Woodbridge Cruising Club wcc

The Club was founded in 1965 to encourage local sailors to explore the numerous estuaries on the East Coast and beyond: to the Thames, the South Coast, the Netherlands, Belgium and France, but you don't have to own a boat to belong. Just be interested in sailing and be willing to participate in club activities.
Our members organise cruises in company throughout the Summer and early Autumn, including an introductory cruise of the season to check out the changing bar at the entrance to the River Deben. During the winter season we have regular talks on Sunday mornings and occasionally on Saturday evenings, covering a wide variety of nautical topics. These are very popular with members. Additionally we have a variety of social functions held in the Club, as well as fortnightly suppers and walks; these, too, are well attended.
The success of our Club is a tribute to the efforts of the many members who organise cruises, help run the bar, cook in the galley and work in the maintenance group. We publish a monthly newsletter, On Watch, which in addition to our website, keeps all members up to date with events in the Club.
Visiting yachtsmen are most welcome to come to the Club, as are those who might be interested in becoming members.

Contact - Steph Heenan, Hon Secretary

Phone - 01473 603654, 07711980160

Email - secretary@woodbridgecruisingclub.org

Website - https://www.woodbridgecruisingclub.org/

Woodbridge Excelsior Band WEB

Woodbridge Excelsior Band is a community brass band based in the town of Woodbridge, Suffolk where the band has been in residence since 1846.

We also have a developing training band with the aim of giving the opportunity for anyone to learn to play a brass instrument. No previous experience is necessary.

Available for hire all year round, we play at a wide variety of functions ranging from concerts, beer festivals, weddings, fetes and private parties. During the Christmas season we are often to be seen playing carols in Woodbridge and Ipswich area. During the summer months we can often be found performing in local parks, on seafronts and in bandstands.

We have a long tradition of providing free concerts and generally put on four such concerts a year at the Woodbridge Community Hall. These are non-ticket events and well attended by the local community.

Contact - Tom Morris / Secretary

Phone - 07519593971

Email - tomm.woodbridgeband@gmail.com

Website - https://www.woodbridgeexcelsiorband.org/


Woodbridge Horticultural Society whs

Prior to the formation of the Society in 1852, Woodbridge had been renowned for its Horse Fair which was held each year on the meadows leading down from the Crown Hotel to the river. A rural area not only produces horses and animals but garden produce, and as time went on, displays of vegetables and flowers were added to the Fair.

The horticultural feature of the show was so popular, that in 1852, a group of people headed by Mr John Loder decided to form the Woodbridge Horticultural Society and Mr Loder became its first secretary.

Early Flower shows were held in the grounds of the Abbey and attendance at the 1859 show was recorded as over three thousand! The Society celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1901 and it was reported that entries for the show came from as far afield as Rothsay in Scotland, Covent Garden and Highgate. Military bands and fireworks were regular features at the shows.

Following the two world wars, the cost of staging such spectacular shows became prohibitive, so the Society concentrated on the prime purpose for which it was formed: To promote an interest in horticulture.


Phone - 07552990379

Email - admin@woodbridgehs.org.uk

Website - http://woodbridgehs.org.uk/

Woodbridge in Bloom wib

We are a voluntary organisation which fund raises and organises the hanging baskets, planters and bulbs in Woodbridge. 

Contact - Judith Wright, Chairman.

Phone - 01394 384848/ 07968382515

Email - judithmarywright@gmail.com.

Website - https://woodbridgeinbloom.wordpress.com/

Woodbridge Museum 

Woodbridge Museum is a volunteer run organisation which was established in 1982 to provide townspeople and visitors with a way of exploring the history of the town and its environs. It does this through displays at the Museum on Whisstocks Place and by an out reach programme of talks and guided walks. Woodbridge Museum has also produced a wide range of pamphlets on various aspects of the history of the town and some of the people who have lived there.

Contact - Bob Merrett

Phone - 01394 385572

Email - bob.merrett@btinternet.com

Website - https://woodbridgemuseum.com/

Woodbridge Regatta Association

Contact - Geoff Holdcroft

Phone - 01394 610548

Email - geoff.holdcroft@btinternet.com

Website - https://www.facebook.com/events/river-deben/woodbridge-regatta-2019/560203044456074/


Woodbridge Riverside Trust wrt

Woodbridge Riverside Trust was formed in 2003 with the principle objective of making the Woodbridge Waterfront an attractive and interesting place to be. To provide opportunities for people of all ages to gain understanding of the maritime significance of Woodbridge and to acquire and use relevant practical, historical, environmental, archaeological and scientific skills
To build connections between Woodbridge, Sutton Hoo, other parts of the United Kingdom and beyond based on our common heritage and maritime links.
To Facilitate within the New Longshed the construction of a full size Replica of the Sutton Hoo Burial Ship, together with other marine craft for example currently being built are a St Ayles Skiff by local crafts people and a Pirogue Canoe by young people from the Just42 organisation.
There are numerous opportunities for community projects within the Longshed and events, exhibitions and educational activities on the John Gibbins Gallery.

Why not come along and speak with us to tell us what we can do to help you with your project. 

Contact - Bryan Knibbs, Chairman

Phone - 01394 388386/ 07551726150

Email - knibbs@woodbridgeriversidetrust.org

Website - https://www.woodbridgeriversidetrust.org/


Woodbridge Rotary Rotry

We are a team of friends working for the benefit of the communities of Woodbridge and District and people around the world. 

Contact - Cliff Longman/Treasurer

Phone - 01394 450939/ 07545 236451

Email - cliff.longman@gmail.com

Website - https://www.woodbridgerotary.org.uk/

Woodbridge Shufflers Running Club Shuffler

The Woodbridge Shufflers is a small, friendly, running club formed in 1980 and currently has approximately 100 members catering for runners, joggers and even shufflers! We welcome male and female runners over the age of 18 of all standards for short or long runs and running training in a friendly club atmosphere. Our Club Runs are on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings.
The club hosts two events a year: the Woodbridge Round the Town Charity 10km road race in May and a Cross Country event (forming part of the Suffolk Cross Country Winter League) in December.

Contact - Mark Allen, Secretary 

Phone - 07949031958

Email - secretary@woodbridgeshufflers.org.uk

Website - https://woodbridgeshufflers.org.uk/


Woodbridge Society

The Woodbridge Society aims to link together all those interested in the well being of the town, safeguarding its character and to stimulate interest in the history and traditions of the town and its neighbourhood by means of talks, organised visits and other activities. 

Contact - Alan Vaughan, Chairman

Phone - 01394 386764, 07970 666848

Email - alanvaughan623@gmail.com

Woodbridge Womens Institute wi

Founded in 1979, Woodbridge WI has around 47 members. Meetings are normally held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Methodist Church, St John's Street, Woodbridge, starting at 7.30pm. Visitors and new members are always welcome

Contact - Margaret Lury, President

Phone - 01394 610594

Email - margaret.johnlury@gmail.com

Website - https://sefwi.org.uk/institutes/woodbridge