Woodbridge Library – Events and News – December

Please note that Woodbridge Library will be closed on the 24th, 25th and 26th December.

Throughout December – Continuing the sale of donated books and DVDs
Stuck for a Christmas present for someone? We have lots of lovely brand new donated books and DVDs which would make the perfect gift! All proceeds go to the Friends of Woodbridge Library.

Sunday 1st December – Tuesday 31st December – ArtLib – Work by the Blaxhall Art Group
The Blaxhall Art Group is a small friendly group of people who meet to paint/draw on a Thursday from 10.30am – 12.30pm at Blaxhall Village Hall. Occasionally a visiting artist is invited to conduct a workshop or demonstration for the group. These paintings are a sample of the group’s work.
For further information about the group contact Joyce Iszard 01728 688452.

Thursday 5th December, 10am-4pm – Meet local author Pauline Manders
This is an opportunity to chat to the author of the Suffolk-based Utterly Crime series. Her latest, “Utterly Roasted” is the eighth in the series. It stands alone but we see the return of many characters met before.

It is August 2013 and Chrissie Jax and D.I. Clive Merry return to Suffolk from a short break in Amsterdam. Within a week, two bodies are delivered to the morgue and the international spotlight in on Clive and his investigation. Tension mounts as a tangled web of car paint re-spraying, a catering outfit, pike fishing and chocolate draws in long term friends Matt and Nick. Chrissie becomes part of the investigation in a way not one could have predicted. The action moves from Alton Water to Ipswich; Bury St Edmunds to Felixstowe; Hadleigh to Woolpit and Woodbridge.

Buy a copy of this or another of Pauline’s books and get it signed. Wine or fruit juice and mince pies also available!

Book Group (Meets the first Thursday of the month at 2pm)
On 5th December we will be discussing “Lethal White” written by Robert Galbraith. Please come along if you have read this book and would like to join in the discussion.

Friday 6th December & Friday 13th December, 10.30am-12.30pm – Active Lives Singing Group
Feel your spirits lift and find a new confidence in singing. Learn some new songs and learn harmonies to songs you know. Improve your breathing, your circulation and have some fun! Take some time out to relax and make music with others. £5 per session.
For more information call Gina Silburn or Julie Stokes on 01473 345350 or visit the Active Lives website

Friday 6th December, 7.30pm – A Christmas Carol performed by James Hornsby
James Hornsby is making his third visit to Woodbridge, this time for a one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This well-known story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the Cratchit family and of course the ghosts, never fails to delight and James – dressed as Dickens – will bring to life the whole array of different characters.

Tickets cost £10 including an interval drink and mince pie and are available from Woodbridge Library or by phoning 01394 330855.

Tuesday 10th December, 10am-12 noon – Realise Futures Walk-In Advice & Guidance Session for People with a Learning Disability and/or Autism
Come along to a Realise Futures walk-in advice and guidance session. They can provide support, advice or information on housing, employment, benefits, training, money, travel, safety, health, bills/letters, social. There is no need to book an appointment. Contact Realise Futures to find out more about this service and what’s happening in your local area.
07753 447607

Wednesday 11th December, 10am-12 noon – Veterans’ Coffee Morning
Open to veterans, serving personnel and families. Come along and meet like-minded people for tea, coffee and a chat. Organised by The Matthew Project – Outside the Wire.
For more details contact: 01603 626123,,

Saturday 14th December, 10.15am-11.45am – Talk by Mia Philips (Well-being Coach & Three Principles Practitioner)
Join us for December’s Community Conversation for Emotional Health and Well-being which explores our true nature and specifically this month looks at ‘Loving Relationships’. We explore the non-dual understanding that initiates the rediscovering of ourselves as pure awareness. As this exploration unfolds we come to know that peace, happiness and freedom are not things to strive for, but the very essence of who we are and from this position we notice the ease and grace with which it is possible to know and Love ourselves and one another. Come along and see what it’s all about!
Suggested donation of £7 or pay what you can afford. Please visit for more information.

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

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

Help with Information Technology is available on Monday and Thursday mornings
Learn how to use a library computer or your own laptop, tablet or smartphone. Free one-on-one hour long tuition. Book your session at the desk or call Woodbridge Library on 01394 446510.

Every Wednesday 2-4pm – Open Space Meeting Group
The aim of Open Space is to improve the wellbeing of those attending. It consists of two hour weekly sessions within a library setting and is open to all members of the public. It is run in partnership between Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), Julian Support (which offers housing support for individuals with mental health difficulties), Suffolk Mind and Suffolk Libraries.
There is no need to sign up, you can attend as often or as little as you like and feel free to come and go during sessions. Our timetables of discussions and activities are built from suggestions from the group and there is always colouring, word searches and games available, along with a hot drink and a biscuit.
If you’re looking to meet new people and find out about local events and resources to support your wellbeing then please drop in and see us!

Every Saturday, 10.30am-2.30pm – Games Club
Drop in to play a wide selection of board games including pre-school learning, sci fi and traditional games, with a few puzzles too. Free squash and biscuits for children. Hot drinks are available at £1.00 each. The Club is free to attend but young children must be supervised by an adult.

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

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 Library Drawing Group (Meets the second Tuesday of the month from 10am – 12 noon.)
The group is a small group of mainly-retired people who meet up once a month to draw in the library’s meetings room. There is no teacher, the group just shares its successes and “experiments” – along with other topics of conversation as and when they come up. Ideas for what to draw next month are suggested randomly (and usually at the last minute), at the end of each session. Everybody brings their own materials and items to draw and/or share.
Lindsay Harris co-ordinates the group and sends out an email each month to remind people of what the group’s going to do and when. The cost is £2 each.
The group would welcome any new members who are happy with this informal arrangement; they can contact Lindsay (by email at or on 01473 735413) or just turn up on the day.

Creative Writing for All (Meets the second Tuesday of the month from 2-4pm)
Contact 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 to open doors to creative writing.

Woodbridge Book Writers (all genres) (Meet the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 10am-12pm)
Friendly, reciprocal feedback for those working towards publication. Contact: for more information

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.

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.

Woodbridge Area Gamers
Meets in the main library on the first 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, on 07740 173 091 or see details on the web (

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 (Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.)