THE Melton Tree Warden’s efforts were boosted by extra manpower when, one Tuesday

evening in June,

the Cubs of 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts Group came to Melton Recreation Ground to hold their weekly meeting and do a spot of ‘community service’. Over 100 saplings which in years to come will provide nuts and fruit and shelter for small birds had been planted

during the

winter and had sprung into leaf. Now they were being threatened by the vigorous annual

growth of nettles,

docks and thistles around them, along a narrow strip


of land between the recently- reclaimed


and the edge of Burkes Wood. Around 20 boys and girls aged 8 to 10 wielding gardening gloves, garden forks and watering cans attacked

the undergrowth

which in the space of a single month had grown taller than the saplings and taller than the Cubs themselves! A few hands were stung and arms prickled, but the little trees were given back their growing space before being

watered with water

drawn from a muddy rill, at the cost of a few wet feet. Finally, the Cubs fitted

card collars (which they had previously cut from shoe boxes and similar packaging) around the bases of the saplings, to hold back the next attack from the wilderness. Repeat

operations will

be necessary for a year or two, but once the saplings get their heads above the vegetation they should be able to fend for themselves and the area will become an impenetrable (hopefully) small nature reserve. Many thanks to those who helped!

Lindsay Dann, Melton Tree Warden 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts

increase their community engagement and have successful Regatta

THE past few months have been extremely busy for the group with five weeks on a reservoir practising sailing, kayaking, pulling and rafting with all sections taking part. We have supported another river clean with Transition Woodbridge and gone all out for the Regatta. Volunteers turned out to help take part in a river clean

organised by local group Transitions Woodbridge, a community-led

group that

aims to strengthen the local economy and prepare for a future with less oil and a changing climate. Together with the 5th

Woodbridge Sea Scouts, supporters and organisers collected over 11 bags of rubbish containing


other things; a broom head, a length of carpet, pontoon polystyrene, fishing and nylon rope and cigarette butts. Over 30 people attended and covered various areas across the town including the other side of the river bank thanks to the sea scouts rowing over to help. Organiser Jane Healey of

Transition Woodbridge said of the days result: "There were 26 bags last year so there's been an improvement. I'm really absolutely thrilled, it's different every time. Thanks to everyone


came and also to Jason of Rubbish Walks for recording the event". 5WSS were chosen as the

charity for the Regatta and were able to collect donations along the river wall.

This along with our annual

Free Hearing Care Event in Woodbridge

ONE local business is

holding a free hearing loss awareness event to encourage the residents of Woodbridge to

prioritise health. Hearing loss affects 1 in 6

people in the UK and it takes 10 years on average before those who have noticed a loss in their hearing choose to seek help. Research has also proven that other than a reduced quality and experience

of life,

hearing loss can also lead to cognitive decline resulting in conditions such as depression and dementia. The Hearing Care Centre, which is a family-run business with 26 centres across East Anglia, will hold two special Hearing Care Days at Framfield Medical Centre on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th August.

barbecue, refreshments,

cakes, raffle and boat rides raised over £2000 which will go towards the running cost of the group and our building renovations project. This was the first year we supplied general

boat rides to the public

which was

very well supported by our Explorer section (14-17 year olds). The Explorers helmed the trips and helped manage the public.

Jane Stone Explorer leader said: “The maturity and skills the Explorers have shown this weekend is amazing and makes us all so proud.” Barrie Hayter Group

their hearing Complimentary hearing

assessments will be on offer at the event, as well as professional advice from The Hearing Care Centre’s award winning team to help you hear to your full potential. Karen Finch, founder and lead audiologist at The Hearing Care Centre said “Hearing loss is a real issue in the UK. More often than not it's a gradual process, it's not always easy to tell if you're losing your hearing. Therefore it is so important to

have your hearing

assessed on a regular basis to intervene at the earliest stage possible.” To find out more information

an appointment,

or to book call

Hearing Care Centre

The on

01473 230330 or visit framfield

Scout Leader said: “The

generosity of our local businesses donating Raffle prizes allowed us to raise £550 towards our renovation project. The event is so successful due to the hard work of the leaders, parents, grandparents and children.” 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts operates from a building that was donated to us in the 1970’s that is in need of major renovations to ensure the successful running of the group into the future. The group has members from 5.5 years all the way to 18 years old.

Woodbridge Flower Club OUR well

attended meeting July began with some

retail therapy and a lucky dip, followed by a delicious lunch. We were then delighted by a wonderful afternoon's entertainment

with Julie

Knights and her assistant Kay Vettes. Whilst regaling us with tales of her many antics, Julia made wonderful arrangements in a number of base colours. These

included white -

orchids, another using gerberas and carnations, yellow - sunflowers, peach - roses and red - roses and gerberas using a lovely combination of beautiful flowers and foliage. As each arrangement


incorporated into its place, a stunning display was revealed to the sound of linked music and some fabulous moves by Julia. So much more than just a flower demonstration! Julia was heartily thanked by East of England Chairman Leslie Firman and East Suffolk Group Chairman Pat Stammers. In a word 'wow' summed it up. All Julia's arrangements (19 in all!) were taken away by the lucky raffle prize winners. At our next meeting on August 7th, members will be celebrating NAFAS 60th Anniversary with a special afternoon tea and visit to Helmingham Hall.

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