Woodbridge Library – Events and News – November 2019

Throughout November – Sale of donated books
All proceeds go to the Friends of Woodbridge Library.

Friday 1st November – Saturday 30th November – ArtLib – Art by Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy
Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy MBE (1952 – 2012 was best known for painting the official Golden Jubilee portrait of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and many other portraits, from famous stars on the one hand to people living on the streets of London, Maputo or New York on the other. Yet her main body of work, completed during the 25 years she lived in Suffolk, covered an exceptionally wide range of landscape, historic, spiritual, emotional and impressionistic work in oils, pastels, etchings, stone-based lithography and sculpture. This exhibition will showcase just a small portion of her work, much of which will be available for sale. 25% of all sales will be donated to an opera company which Chinwe greatly admired – the Jubilee Opera ( – a fantastic organisation based at the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh that has provided exceptional experiences to thousands of Suffolk children. Jubilee Opera offers a platform for children in the community to explore an exciting world of music, song and performance, working with professionals on productions of the highest possible quality and standard.

Friday 1st November, 8pm – In Conversation With Filmmaker Lindsay McCrae
Award-winning wildlife cameraman Lindsay McCrae has written an extraordinary account of the time he spent alongside emperor penguins in Antarctica. Filming for the BBC ‘Dynasties’ series was the fulfilment of a childhood dream but meant spending an entire year 15,000km from home. Winter lasted eight months when no one could get in or out of their station on the ice.
In this illustrated talk, Lindsay shares the highs and lows of the experience, as well as giving further insight into the lives of these extraordinary birds.
Tickets are £20 to include a copy of ‘My Penguin Year’ (RRP £20). One additional ticket may be purchased without the book for £10.
Available from Browsers Bookshop, 60 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge. Tel: 01394 388890.

Book Group (Meets the first Thursday of the month at 2pm)
On 7th November we will be discussing “The Keeper of Lost Things” written by Ruth Hogan. Please come along if you have read this book and would like to join in the discussion.

Friday 8th November & Friday 22nd November, 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 9th November, 10.15am-11.45am – Talk by Mia Philips (Well-being Coach & Three Principles Practitioner)
When we see ourselves as the Awareness of our experiences and not the Content of them, we come to know that Peace, Happiness and Freedom are not things to strive for, but the very essence of Who we Are”. Our monthly conversations at Woodbridge library pursue this investigation into our True Nature and explore how to build our lives from a place of truth instead of conditioned belief. A powerful stance, and the ONLY way to impact the health and well-being of ourselves, our loved ones and our planet… come along and see what it’s all about!
£7 on the door. Please visit for more information.

Saturday 9th November, 7.30pm – Wordplay: Poems, Parodies and Literary Laughs
A light-hearted evening of splendid entertainment devised by Sylvia Fairley and performed by her with actor Clare Hawes and fellow poet Terry Sheppey. Val Shelley will provide musical accompaniment. Sylvia is a prize-winning poet who enjoys mixing wit with wisdom. The evening will include some of her own poetry as well as writing from a range of authors.
Tickets are £7 (which includes an interval drink) and are available from Woodbridge Library (01394 330855).

Tuesday 12th November, 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 13th November, 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 16th November, 9am-11am – Caroline Page, County Councillor for Woodbridge, will be holding her surgery at the library.

Saturday 23rd November, 7.30pm – Jimmy Livingstone, spoken-word poet
Jimmy Livingstone has recently fled from Hackney to seek asylum in Suffolk. On his poetry menu you’ll find plenty of food for thought, spicy observation, some fruity sauce and a generous sprinkling of ‘funny’, particularly when he’s talking about the shock of reaching middle age.
Jimmy trained at RADA and has performed, written and directed in theatre, animation and music, in recent years getting much acclaim as a singer/songwriter having released two albums and also appeared as a support act to Lucinda Williams. Essentially, he’s a man of words and his recent re-invention as a spoken-word poet was always coming! He performed this summer at The Ink Festival in Suffolk.
Tickets £5 on the door. To reserve, email

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.)