Woodbridge Library – Events and News – January 2020

Please note that Woodbridge Library will close at 5pm on Tuesday 31st December 2019 and is closed all day on Wednesday 1st January 2020. 

Throughout January – Continuing our sale of donated books and DVDs
All proceeds go to the Friends of Woodbridge Library.

Thursday 2nd January – Friday 31st January – ArtLib – Photo Canvasses by Richard Mitchell
Richard is a 62 year old amateur photographer whose influences are anything relating to beaches, boats and the sea.

Book Group (Meets the first Thursday of the month at 2pm)
On 2nd January we will be discussing “The Doll Factory” written by Elizabeth Macneal. Please come along if you have read this book and would like to join in the discussion.

Wednesday 8th January, 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,,

Thursdays 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th January, 6th & 13th February, 9.30-1.30pm – Suffolk Babies – Story Adventurers, Moving Upwards, Moving Onwards, Explores Sensory Baby Yoga, Munchkins Baby Massage
Suffolk Babies is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, providing high quality, affordable education, continuity and support from pregnancy to preschool.
A 6 week term for each session costs £39.00. Book online at phone 01473 612 972 or email

Friday 10th January, Friday 17th January & Friday 31st January, 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

Saturday 11th January, 10.15am-11.45am – Talk by Mia Philips (Well-being Coach & Three Principles Practitioner)
Join our ‘Community Conversations for Emotional Health and Well-being’ at the library on the second Saturday of every month throughout the coming year. We kick off the New Year with a look at the seeking behind our New Year’s resolutions. Who is the You that you are trying to fix or change? And how is that working out!?! Come along and explore the possibility that there is an entirely different way of knowing Yourself and this ‘new You’ needs nothing, nothing at all. No fixing, goal setting, achieving or striving – nothing required to know the Peace, Love, Freedom and Happiness that is the essence of who you truly are. If you are curious to discover something like “nothing you’ve heard before” come along to this talk. Suggested donation of £7 or pay what you can afford. Please visit for more information.

Tuesday 14th January, 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

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

Saturday 18th January, 7.30pm – 9pm – Michelle Thomas, author of ‘My S*hit Therapist: & Other Mental Health Stories”
My Shit Therapist is an honest account of living with mental illness, which mimics the frank, honest and – dare we say? – funny interactions Michelle has had with her friends and followers about madness, medication, and making the most of a misbehaving brain.
Join us for an entertaining evening with Michelle as she talks openly about her book and experiences. Q & A and ticket price includes admission and refreshments.
35 early bird tickets will be available online from Dec 1st at £5 on Eventbrite  (offer ends Monday 6th January). Thereafter tickets will be £7 in advance at the library or online.
Doors open at 7pm for refreshments and arrivals.

Monday 27th January, 7.30pm – Drama for a Midwinter Evening
Robert Lloyd Parry brings a seasonal shiver to Woodbridge with Oh Whistle… – his retelling of two of the greatest tales by M R James, the master of the English ghost story.
Described by The Stage as ‘story-telling at its finest’ and by the Daily Mail as ‘wonderful, magical’, Lloyd Parry of Nunkie Theatre Company has spear-headed The M R James Project, an initiative to bring back to life the most entertaining of James’s enduringly brilliant tales. He will perform Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad and The Ash Tree. One review described his performance as ‘utterly hypnotic’.
M R James was an author, medieval scholar and Fellow of King’s College Cambridge. Many of his stories were written to be performed by candlelight to his friends in his college rooms on Christmas Eve. His Ghost Stories of an Antiquary remain the most admired supernatural tales in the English language. Oh Whistle… is a tale of nocturnal horror on the Suffolk coast and is considered by many to be James’s masterpiece. The Ash Tree is a story of witchcraft and vengeance down the generations.
Tickets are £10 (students £5) including an interval drink and are available from the Library or by phoning 01394 330855.

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.)