Current Events

A REMINDER OF LOCAL MEETINGS WITH THE SUFFOLK POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER AND LOCAL POLICE

Following the successful format of last year, the PCC has organised a meeting in each of the 18 Safer Neighbourhood areas. The meetings are an opportunity for the public to ask questions of the Commissioner and the Constabulary, and to find out more about policing in the county.
Each meeting will involve a quick overview from Tim Passmore and the local Superintendent and then the public will have an opportunity to ask questions. The local Inspector responsible for policing in the local area, will add operational context.
There is no need to book, please just turn up. Tea and coffee will be served from 6.40pm. Local meetings will take place as follows:

Tues 17 October Ipswich West SNT Chantry Academy, Mallard Way, Ipswich , Suffolk IP2 9LR

Thursday 2 November Woodbridge SNT Woodbridge School, Burkitt Road, Woodbridge
Suffolk IP12 4JH

CAR BOOT SALES 2017

B1438 Melton Road, Melton

Temporary no parking restrictions on the western (playing fields) side of Melton Road for 50 metres either side of entrance to playing fields. NO parking or loading/unloading. Disabled passengers will be able to alight in the playing fields.

Reason for restrictions

To enable safe access and egress to the Cancer Research Car Boot Sales

Date of restrictions

06/05/2017
03/06/2017
01/07/2017
05/08/2017
19/08/2017
02/09/2017

All 05:00 to 14:00 hours

MOBILE POLICE STATION VISITS TO MELTON (WOODS LANE / HALL FARM ROAD)

The schedule of visits to Melton in 2017:

17 January

11 April

4 July

26 September

19 December

All dates are Tuesdays and the mobile police station will attend on Woods Lane, at the entrance to Hall Farm Road, from 14.00 to 15.30 hrs.

 

CATERPILLAR CHILDREN'S CENTRE, 7 CUMBERLAND STREET, WOODBRIDGE IP12 4AH

We open Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9:15 – 16:30. Wednesday 10.00 – 16.30, Friday 9.15 to 15.00 and you’ll find us here in the school holidays too. We offer FREE activities at the centre and in a few local venues, for children aged 0-5 years and their families. You could also stop by the centre, to pick up a programme and find out what’s going on or how we can help you and your family. The aim of Surestart Children’s Centres is to improve outcomes for all children aged 0-5 years and their families. We are welcoming, friendly places where children and families can drop in to find support, help and information on a wide range of subjects. Our wish as a team is to ‘Help you grow safely’ and ensure that In the area where you live every child has the chance to have the best start in life. Please call (01394) 388276 for more information Email:caterpillar@suffolk.gov.uk

 

WOODBRIDGE LIBRARY EVENTS

OCTOBER 2017

Chair-based exercise classes
Aimed at older people or those recovering from illness or injury, these weekly Thursday classes are led by Tai Chi and Qigong teacher Roy Wadland (Union of Tai Chi). The one hour sessions will focus on sitting Tai Chi, Qigong, meditation and relaxation. No booking required - just turn up. £5 per session. Please contact Woodbridge Library for dates of classes and more information.

1st – 31st October - ArtLib – Paintings by Chinwe Roy
The artist Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy painted the African landscapes of her childhood the sunsets in Suffolk. Her work included oils, etchings, monotypes and pastels. She was commissioned for a portrait of the Queen to mark her golden jubilee in 2002 and was made an MBE in 2009.

Tuesday 3rd, Monday 9th, Monday 16th, Monday 23rd, Monday 30th October, 11.15am-12.45pm - Mindfulness and Meditation
Learn to relax and unwind, to combat stress, anxiety and worry through the practices of Mindfulness and Meditation.
Sessions are run on a drop-in basis. £10.00 per session. All very welcome.
Enquiries: debrawoodbridge@gmail.com / www.harnessinghappiness.co.uk Tel: 01394 450066

Book Group (Meets the first Thursday of the month at 2pm)
On 5th October we will be discussing “The Dinner” by Herman Koch. Please come along if you have read this title and would like to join in the discussion.

From Saturday 7th October throughout October - Sale of donated fiction titles
Come and pick up a bargain! All proceeds go to the Friends of Woodbridge Library.

Saturday 14th October, 10am-4pm – Waveney Authors Group Open Day
Come and meet members of the group and find out how to get published.

Monday 16th – Saturday 28th October – Display by the Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Friday 20th October, 12.45-1.30pm – Friends of Woodbridge Library Lunchtime Concert
Dave Tricker is a local singer and instrumentalist. He attended Woodbridge County Primary School (now Woodbridge Library) and Farlingaye High School.
Musically, he cut his teeth playing in the Red Lion Thursday night Folk sessions of the late 70s to early 80s. After seven years away from Woodbridge he returned in 1987 and has played in various bands and duos since and is a resident of the Everyman Folk Club.
Dave’s style has been influenced by Bluegrass, Americana and British folk music but he has come to the conclusion that “a good song is a good song” regardless of style.
As well as performing, Dave also has an interest in instrument building – particularly arch top mandolins and plays some of his own instruments.
The performance will include songs (some of his own) and tunes played on the mandolin.
Free entry but any donations for the Friends of Woodbridge Library gratefully received.

Saturday 21st October, 9am-11am - Caroline Page, County Councillor for Woodbridge, will be holding her surgery at the library.

Wednesday 25th October, 2.30pm - Blue Cross Pet Care Talk
Find out more about your pets and fireworks/Bonfire Night, how to look after them and enjoy some animal crafts.
Free.

Friday 27th October, 7.30pm – James Hornsby presents Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”
After the success of his one-man adaptations of Charles Dickens’ novels - Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations and David Copperfield - James is delighted to present his own spine-chilling adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic gothic-horror novel…Dracula.
In his fourth one-man play, James thrillingly brings to life a cast of well-known characters including: Jonathan Harker, his beautiful fiance Mina, Professor Abraham Van Helsing, the crazed bug-eating Renfield and of course, the demonic Transylvanian Count.
Dracula is not suitable for children under 12 and has a running time of approximately 100 minutes plus an interval.
Ticket price TBC. For further details please contact Woodbridge Library at woodbridge.library@suffolklibraries.co.uk or on 01394 446510.

NOVEMBER 2017

Saturday story time – every Saturday at 10.30am
Come and enjoy hearing stories being read out loud. Saturday storytime starts at 10.30am.
For 2-5 year olds. Drop-in sessions so no need to book. Free!

1st – 30th November - ArtLib – Work by Textile Art Group Suffolk (TAGS)
Textile Art Group Suffolk (TAGS) was formed in 1993. Members include embroiderers, spinners, weavers, papermakers and quilters although many of the artists have other specialities. The mixture of skills within the group provides a broad, lively environment in which to work. TAGS holds an annual exhibition at The Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings and takes up other exhibiting opportunities all over the county as they arise.

Book Group (Meets the first Thursday of the month at 2pm)
On 2nd November we will be discussing “The Green Road” by Anne Enright. Please come along if you have read this title and would like to join in the discussion.

Thursday 2nd and Thursday 9th November, 11am-12 noon – Chair Based Exercises
Aimed at older people or those recovering from illness or injury, these weekly chair based exercise classes are taken by Tai Chi and Qigong teacher Roy Wadland (Union of Tai Chi). The one hour sessions will focus on sitting Tai Chi – Qigong and meditation.
No booking required - just turn up. £5 per session.

From Saturday 4th November throughout the month – Sale of Donated Audio Visual Items
DVDs and CDs - come and pick up a bargain! All proceeds go to the Friends of Woodbridge Library.

Saturday 4th November, 10.15-11.45am – Talk by Mia Philips - A Whole New Way of Looking at Mental Health
This talk is for anyone who is interested in uncovering a totally new way of understanding our mental and emotional wellbeing and how we already have everything within us for peace of mind, ease, grace etc. Worry, anxiety and depression feel very real and we have a very real experience of them, but they are made in and of thought - and as thought changes so can our experiences of these more difficult feelings.
Come along and join us to find out more about the Three Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought, a simple insight based understanding which has no techniques and there’s nothing to do, except listen and effortlessly reconnect with your innate wellbeing.
Price for the talk is £5.00. Pay on the door. For more information see miaphilips.com.

Mondays 6th, 13th, 20th November, 11.15am-12.45pm - Mindfulness and Meditation
Learn to relax and unwind, to combat stress, anxiety and worry through the practices of Mindfulness and Meditation.
Sessions are run on a drop-in basis. £10.00 per session. All very welcome.
Enquiries: debrawoodbridge@gmail.com / www.harnessinghappiness.co.uk Tel: 01394 450066

Monday 6th November, 7.30pm – Talk by author Maggie O’Farrell
Bestselling novelist Maggie O’Farrell is coming to Woodbridge Library, as a guest of Browsers Bookshop, to talk about her much reviewed memoir ‘I Am, I Am, I Am’. You will probably have seen something of the intense media attention this book has attracted. Maggie is such a popular, and award-winning, writer - recent bestsellers among her seven novels have included ‘The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox’, ‘Instructions on a Heatwave’ and ‘This Must Be The Place’.
Maggie hasn't been keen to talk about her personal life or take part in events to promote her books, until now. She chose to write this very revealing account of her life initially to support her young daughter who has a very challenging condition experiencing severe allergic reactions.
So Maggie is looking at her life through the perspective of her own ‘near death’ experiences, and asks us all to ponder what we might do if we thought our life was in danger.
The tickets are priced at £8 and will include a complimentary glass of wine on arrival and a £5 discount on a purchase of the book (RRP £18.99).They are available from Browsers Bookshop, 60 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge (01394 388890). (If you don't want to wait until the evening for your copy, buy it at Browsers at the same time as your ticket and you'll still receive the discount.)

Tuesday 7th November, 12.45-1.30pm - Friends of Woodbridge Library (FOWL) Music at Lunchtime concert
Our lunchtime concert is a string recital by music scholars from Woodbridge School.
Free entry but any donations for the Friends of Woodbridge Library gratefully received.

Friday 17th November 2017, 7-9pm – Transition Woodbridge – A Night of Plastic Reduction Action Planning
An evening of action to follow on from the highly successful showing of ‘Bag It’ - the powerful plastic reductions film shown in September.
This evening will involve discussion and planning regarding positive actions that Woodbridge can take to reduce either our own personal plastic footprint or the town’s community as a whole – let’s make this town a healthier, less reliant and more resilient place to live.
Please bring ideas!
Those working in food retail are very welcome to join us.
Refreshments will be available.
Free entry. No need to book.
For more information, please contact ttwoodbridge@gmail.com

Saturday 18th November, 9am-11am - Caroline Page, County Councillor for Woodbridge, will be holding her surgery at the library.

Tuesday 21st November, 12.45-1.30pm – Friends of Woodbridge Library (FOWL) Music at Lunchtime concert
Our bonus lunchtime concert this month is by vocalists from Woodbridge School.
Free entry but any donations for the Friends of Woodbridge Library gratefully received.

Costa Coffee book sale
Costa Coffee on The Thoroughfare now have a book shelf selling donated fiction. All titles are 50p and 100% of money raised goes to support Woodbridge Library. Drink coffee whilst supporting your local library!

Friends of Woodbridge library goodies!
Show your support for your local library by carrying a cotton shopping bag bearing the Friends logo. It's only £3. There is also a bookmark for £1. Again it has the Friends logo on it - and it is magnetic which means you can't lose it from the last page you read!

Meeting room and display boards available for hire
Community / charity / private groups - £10 per hour (minimum booking of two hours)
Commercial / statutory groups - £15 per hour (minimum booking of two hours)
Display boards - £10 per week
Staffed table display in the main library – £10 per half day

Citizens Advice Bureau
Someone from the CAB is available for help and advice every Monday between 10am and noon.

The Friends of Woodbridge Library
If you’re enthusiastic about libraries, would enjoy helping to organise library events and are willing to help with our fundraising activities, please ask a member of staff for more details.

Woodbridge Novelists (Meets fortnightly on Wednesday mornings)
This is a reciprocal critiquing group for novel-writers who are working towards publication. For more details and contact information please visit https://sites.google.com/site/woodbridgenovelists/home

Creative Writing for All (Meets the second Tuesday of the month from 2-4pm)
Contact Jeannie@butterwicks.com for more details.

Writers’ Workshop (Meets the second Tuesday of the month from 5.30-7.30pm)
If you like to write for pleasure, you love words and you have imagination, have you thought of joining Writers’ Workshop at Woodbridge Library? The group does homework” on one fortnight and structure (plot, characterisation etc) on the other. Homework/own choice of work is reviewed by the group who give positive not negative feedback and word exercises are tackled if time allows. You can attend one or both sessions but it is not a “course” – you are not taught to write. The Workshop is free.
Interested? Please email Jeannie@butterwicks.com to open doors to creative writing.

Every Friday at 2pm is the Knitting Club
For all types of knitters from expert to beginners, come and share your knowledge or pick up some tips.

Arts & Crafts Group (Meets second Wednesday of the month at 10am)
Enables older people and their carers to take part in activities such as collage, card making, printing and modelling.

Play Reading (Meets the third Thursday of the month at 2pm)
Come to listen or join in for an afternoon of light-hearted drama, comedy or mystery. All welcome!

Games Club (Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 2pm)
Now includes Dominoes! Improve your vocabulary and exercise your mind muscles with Scrabble or practice strategy or balance with Dominoes.

Woodbridge Area Gamers
Meets in the main library on the second Saturday of each month 1-5pm.
This group plays modern strategy board games (e.g. Carcassonne, Powergrid, Caylus, 7 Wonders, Hey! That’s My Fish, Blokus, and many more).
For more information contact nigel@foden.me.uk, on 07740 173 091 or see details on the web (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/1150)

Bookstart
Every Wednesday 10.30-10.50am Bookstart Baby Bounce Soothing songs and gentle nursery rhymes for babies and their grown-ups;
11.15-11.45am Bookstart Tot Rock Rhyme and rhythm: music, songs and action rhymes for toddlers with their parents and carers.
Every Friday 10.30-11.00am Bookstart Story and Rhyme Time Stories and more for young children accompanied by an adult.

Kid’s Club Craft Activities:
Every Sunday -10.30am-12 noon
5th and 19th November – colouring in sheets and puzzle sheets will be provided.
12th and 26th November – come and join our volunteer to make something to take home!


SUFFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST - AUTUMN EVENTS AT FOXBURROW FARM

Wild Tots for Toddlers to under 5’s and their carers
Wednesday 4th & 18th October 10.30am-12noon
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Melton near Woodbridge IP12 1NA
Child £4, adults free
Book online: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/
Telephone 01473 890089

Tuesday 24th October 10.30am-12.30pm
Winnie the Witch’s magic adventures – Family morning
Follow the adventures of Winnie the Witch, make magic wands and potions.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Melton near Woodbridge IP12 1NA
£2 Adult, £4 Child
Book online: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/
Telephone 01473 890089

Thursday 26th October 2-4pm
Young Wardens practical conservation and fun for 10-16 year olds
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Melton near Woodbridge IP12 1NA
Cost: £5 per child
Book online: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/
Telephone 01473 890089

Friday 27th October 5-7pm
Monsters of the Night– Family evening
Pumpkin hunt, campfire cooking & night trails
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Melton near Woodbridge IP12 1NA
£2 Adult, £4 Child
Book online: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/
Telephone 01473 890089

Wild Tots for 1 – 5 year olds and their carers.
Outdoor play led by Forest School leader.
Wednesday 1st , 15th & 29 th November 10.30am-12noon
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Melton near Woodbridge IP12 1NA
Child £4, adults free. Book Online.
Book online: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/
Telephone 01473 890089

Moomintroll Activity Day for unaccompanied Home Educated Children aged 6- 12 years
Tuesday 21st November, 10am – 2pm
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Melton near Woodbridge IP12 1NA
Child £4, adults free. Book Online.
Book online: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/
Telephone 01473 890089

 

HEALTH WALKS PROGRAMME AUTUMN 2017

For details <click here>

 

RSPB WOODBRIDGE LOCAL GROUP - SWIFT SURVEY 2017

Dr Jenny James writes:

Swifts in Woodbridge – please contribute to our 2017 survey

Join the RSPB Woodbridge Local Group for the third year of our campaign to Save Our Swifts. In 2017 we are looking for swift nest sites either in roofs or nest boxes.
From our surveys in 2015 and 2016 we have gathered information from Woodbridge and 10 of the surrounding villages. We have recorded 25 houses with nesting swifts totalling 55 nests.

We are sure that there are many more nest sites in roofs waiting to be recorded. We would like to hear from observers in Woodbridge and any of the nearby villages but, we would particularly like more information from Woodbridge, Wickham Market, Saxmundham, Bawdsey, Bredfield, Shottisham, Orford, Hasketon, Snape, Benhall, Sternfield, Great Glemham and Waldringfield.

Between early May and early August if you see swifts flying at roof level, particularly around the eaves, this could be a nest site. You may see them flying directly into a hole or through a loose tile into the nest. If it is your house you may hear them from the upstairs rooms.
Another sign of breeding swifts is ‘screaming parties’. These are the groups of birds which fly around in a tight group, at or just above roof-top height. We would like to hear about nest sites and screaming parties. So send us your observations.

Please send the information to this email address:
woodbridge.swifts@gmail.com

For more information about swifts, swift websites, leaflets to download and our meetings, visit our website:
www.rspb.org.uk/groups/woodbridge

This year we are working with Save Our Swifts, the Suffolk based group which is aiming to record all swift nest sites in Suffolk by 2020, on the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service website. All the data
which we receive will be entered onto the SBIS and also RSPB websites. In this way we will be making a major contribution to the national picture of swift numbers and distribution. It is thought that one reason for swift decline is the loss of nest sites on buildings, through modernisation. Many roofs are now deliberately designed to exclude swifts by blocking up entry points.

So we are doing all we can to raise awareness among builders, developers and home-owners about the need to allow swifts to have entry points into our roofs. They are charming visitors; those who have them feel privileged to share their roof spaces with them for the summer months. So we want to encourage as many people as possible to install swift nest boxes on their houses to compensate for this loss. We are selling nest boxes for £20.00 at our RSPB meetings.
We have several leaflets available

• Swift call instructions how to use the CD & MP3 recordings
• Swift nest boxes at your home
• Roof & gable repairs and re-roofing with swifts
• Swift nest places in soffits & eaves, walls and gables
• Swift nest bricks installation & suppliers.

You can obtain nest boxes and these leaflets from the RSPB Woodbridge Group’s monthly meetings on the first Thursday in the month from October to May at Woodbridge Community Hall.

Please go to the Links section of the Group website to access these leaflets on line through the Swift Conservation and Suffolk Wildlife Trust websites.

SUFFOLK PLANT HERITAGE - AUTUMN TALKS 2017

SEPTEMBER

Saturday 30th - 'Trees for Autumn' by Graham Proctor - 2.30pm Stowupland Village Hall IP14 4BQ

About the Speaker: Graham attended Hadlow, Merrist Wood and Capel Manor Colleges before starting work with Redbridge Parks Department. Keen to combine his practical knowledge and design skills he started a successful landscaping company that he ran until 1993 when, with his wife and sister in law, he took over what is now Crown Nursery in Ufford. He is a BBC Radio Suffolk Gardening Guru and writes a regular gardening column in the East Anglian Daily Times.

OCTOBER

Saturday 28th - 'Greece: From Forest to Phrygana. A personal experience of a diverse landscape and its flora' by Graham Kendal - 2.30pm Stowupland Village Hall IP14 4BQ

About the Speaker: Graham has worked in horticulture since 1968. Having studied at the Savill Gardens, Windsor and the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, he went on to be Head Gardener at three National Trust properties before starting his own business. A year studying in Greece in 1979 at what is now a garden owned by the Goulandris
Natural History Museum and home of the Mediterranean Garden Society, kindled his love for it's native flora. Graham has been leading plant tours to various parts of Greece for 10 years.


Talks are free to members of Plant Heritage and £5.00 to visitors. Refreshments are provided and sold by the local WI after each talk. Suffolk Plant Heritage sell plants propagated by county members at each talk. Some Speakers will bring their own plants for sale. All visitors are very welcome to our talks.