Grant Applications

for The Roger David Burrows Music Fund

aPPLiCaTiOnS for a grant are welcome from individuals and from groups. application forms should be

submitted to the address below by January 1st 2018. grants will generally be of up to £150, eg towards the cost of instruments, music, music related equipment and musical activities. Further information and grant

application forms can be obtained from the website: or from The Roger David Bur- rows Music Fund, c/o The Bur- rows family, 17 Squires Lane, Martlesham Heath, ipswich, iP5 3Ug. Telephone 01473 625196.

Annual Sponsorship of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards by Woodbridge Rotary Club

ROTaRY Youth Leadership awards (RYLa) is a leader- ship program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this pro- gram. Young people ages 13–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club’s district committee. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expens- es for the participants. The for- mat of the event varies from dis- trict to district, but commonly takes the form of a seminar,

camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event’s curriculum. We were delighted to welcome

Jake Barker who we, along with Mildenhall Rotary Club, spon- sored to attend this year’s RYLa experience. Rotarian Robin Wraight – who leads on RYLa for District 1080 – was also in attendance to present Jake with his certificates. Jake gave an extremely emotive and in-depth report on his experiences on the program. This is a very worthwhile proj-



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PaUL Whiting from Orwell Park Observatory was our speaker at the november meet- ing. We discovered Paul was an eclipse chaser having followed them all over the world. He briefly explained what eclipses were and how, when and why they happened; followed by a travelogue from the burning des- ert of Libya, required to drink a litre of water per hour on a coach with a locked toilet to –29 degrees in the north of norway artic where they witnessed a noon eclipse, an event that will not happen for another 400,000

years. Our December meeting is our

Christmas lunch to which we have invited our wives and part- ners and the first meeting of 2018 is on Monday 8th January which will be ouragM. not as boring as you might think, why not come along as a guest and see what we are about; in the lovely setting of the terrace res- taurant at the Seckford golf club? all the details and con- tacts are in our website. go to woodbridgeprobus online and click on the first link you come to.

Maritime Woodland

a MUCH overlooked subject comes to the fore at Woodbridge Community Hall on Thursday 21st December at 7.30pm when Simon Leatherdale gives a talk on Maritime Woodland. The talk has been organised

by Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Woodbridge Wildlifegroup and their chairman Phil Smith said “in the UK we have something like 12% woodland cover, but there is less than 2% along the coast. Trees grow perfectly well beside salt water and Suffolk has some fine (albeit small) exam-


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Bright Stars

YOUngSTERS of 0 to five years old are welcome to come along to Bright Stars Funactiv- ity Sessions for Pre-school aged Children for a fun start to the week with their parents, grand- parents, friends, family and/or carers on the second and fourth Mondays of each month during term times, 10.30am to 12noon, at St Michael’s Church Centre, Martlesham Heath, iP5 3PL. These mornings are free and usually involve singing, games, making crafts to take home and telling stories from the Bible for the first half hour. We then have refreshments when the adults can chat and the children can play until approximately 12noon. You are welcome to come along to any of our morn- ings, just turn up, no need to let us know in advance. We look forward to seeing you! Last date for theautumn Term

2017: Monday 11th December and the first session of the Spring Term 2018 will be Monday 8th January 2018. if you would like further

information please contact: Sonya & Maureen Burrows, Tel: 01473 625196.

ples. This talk will look in detail at this overlooked woodland type, and it promises to be a very interesting evening”. Mr Smith added “Our speaker

Simon Leatherdale retired from the Forestry Commission as a Forest Officer after 37 years. He still works his own small ancient wood and enjoys researching obscure maritime woodland sites throughout the UK.” admittance to the talk is £3

for adults, with under 16’s free. There will be a raffle and refreshments during the eve- ning. For further information please call 01473 625630 or email swtwoodbridge@out-

High-Water Mark

DO you remember those glass- topped gates on the Woodbridge Waterfront installed to keep the river water from flooding the new development? Well, they were tested recently when the high tides that always occur at this time of year, lapped over the footpath and began to rise against the gates. imagine the damage to the new buildings that could be done if the gates could not resist the water. Would they hold? nervous Woodbridge River-

side Trustees prepared to clamber aboard their anglo-Saxon long- boat ‘Sae Wylfing’, if the gates failed. This potential noah’sark has had an incredibly successful year being present at 15 events and on display at Sutton Hoo. This winter she will be taken into the Longshed for maintenance and painting. Each event has had its own particular challenges, get- ting her onto or off sites, gate- posts, launches and the danger of split planks, being but a snapshot. Re-enactor friends from Eald- faeder and Colchester have helped at many of the events. She

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side Trust gaining access to the Longshed, it is now possible to begin the fitting-out. a compre- hensive plan has been drawn up and anyone with a little time to spare who wants to help with some simple DiY skills can easily get involved. Whilst this activity is progressing a team of boat- building volunteers has been assembled to construct the first 22ft rowing skiff for use on the

river next season. People, young or old, can observe this initial project when the Longshed work- shop opens, with a view to becoming involved with subse- quent skiff builds. This has been made possible through the gener- osity of Suffolk Coastal District Council Enabling Communities Exemplar programme assisting with equipment funding. These activities are only a tast-

er of what is to come on the Woodbridge Waterfront. The community facilities of the Long- shed, the adjoining Woodbridge Museum, the Waterfront Square with its resurfaced slipway com- bine to be a wonderful Christmas present for the town. Receiving them is surely a very high water- mark in the history of Wood- bridge. Oh! … and were the glass-

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