Woodbridge Town Council presents ‘Car Free Day – Woodbridge Unclogged’

WOODBRIDGE Town Council is banning cars from the

main streets in town

(Thoroughfare, Quay Street, Church Street and the top part of Cumberland Street) on Saturday 21st September from 11am.

As one of our Climate

Emergency initiatives we want to show residents and visitors alike just what a pedestrianised Woodbridge would feel like. So, our retailers will spill out into the street and we’ll have a range of fun things for the

family to enjoy. Please come and join us! The Mayor of Woodbridge Eamonn O’Nolan said, “Roads and streets are just as much a part of the public domain as parks and open spaces. On our first Car-free Day, we want to work with community groups to fill the streets, let the kids run free, and just enjoy our wonderful town in a new way. Car-free Woodbridge is part

of the World Car-Free Day movement - who knows where this will lead?”

Saturday 31st August - Elmhurst Park, Woodbridge

Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music

Rainbows bring ‘cups of kindness’

to Winifred Fison House

ON a sunny Saturday in June, the two Woodbridge (St Mary’s) Rainbow Units potted up some planters and scattered wildflower seeds at Winifred Fison House in Melton. They were joined

and the front entrance was transformed

by residents, with lots of

colourful blooms. The girls also gave ‘thinking

cups of kindness’ – a flower with a poem, in a pot decorated with bright squares, just like Elmer, the Elephant.


Children's Centre in Woodbridge! UNDER restructuring

Help Save The Caterpillar plans

Suffolk County much-valued Council

proposes to close the Caterpillar Children's Centre in Cumberland Street. This

does vital work with young parents and their children 0-5. The Centre provides a safe and welcoming

environment and

play equipment for the children. The loss of the Centre would affect the whole Community.

15 ACTS announced for new micro festival in Suffolk. Including First line up: Justin Robertson, Bessie


Si Begg, DJ Ben Osborne, Dudley Benson (NZ), North Atlas, Exterior, Richard Haugh, Peter Hepworth, Laura Wyatt, DJ Bobby Glo, Auntie L, Smoothgroove, D Hustle, Howard Munk's Folk Idol & more.

DJ Justin Robertson, singer Bessie Turner, pioneering producer Si Begg, music and art pioneer DJ Ben Osborne (Noise of

Art), BBC Introducing's Richard Haugh, singers Peter Hepworth and Laura Wyatt and award winning acts from New Zealand and Scotland, will be amongst the performers at a new arts festival in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Local star Bessie Turner, who was raised just outside Woodbridge, and released her debut

single, Big Sleep, in

2017 will be performing. The song got picked up by BBC Introducing

in Suffolk, Huw

Stephens BBC Radio 1 show and Tom Robinson's BBC 6 Music Mixtape.

Since airplay on BBC then

Bessie's been invited to play Latitude, Reading and Leeds and further singles have all been given

Radio 1, BBC 2 and BBC 6 Music. She has also just been invited to support Ed Sheeran at Chantry Park, the week before Woodbridge Festival.

There is a focus on Scotland in this year's festival appearances North

by Glasgow's Atlas who have

supported bands such as Feeder and Reverend and The Makers, and Edinburgh-based analogue electronic act Exterior - who counts French techno wizard Laurent Garnier amongst his fanbase.

BBC Radio Introducing

Suffolk's long serving host Richard Haugh will also be appearing as well as popular local singer songwriters Peter Hepworth and Laura Wyatt. Local songwriters and performers will also be invited to apply to take part in Folk Idol. A favourite at festivals such as Bestival, Folk Idol is a cheeky, but serious, contest for folk (and other genre) acts. Compered by music industry veteran

Howard Monk, it

usually sees the whole audience twirling their beards (facial hair is supplied by the contest for the clean shaven).

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themes. There

will be Forest School a literary

zone featuring local writers, activities

children in the Eco Zone, a

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restaurant, Anchor pub, Tea Hut and Red Lion. There will be bars and a Food Zone showcasing areas excellent providers.


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of the past, present and future were shared, then cake and squash consumed.

Real community spirit was evident, not least by the sponsors and Jewsons of

contributors: Woodbridge,

Robertsons Boatyard, Flagship Housing, Notcutts,


Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, #Grow Wild, Kathy Fraser, Rita Alkins, Ros Champkin and Girlguiding District.


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Ashley Meyer, Woodbridge Resident and Nursery School Governor is organising a non party-political campaign to save the Centre

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like this to be the first of many community driven events that make use of local talent and resources and at the same time bring renowned acts and artists to the area.” To find out more please go to www.woodbridgefestival. com

THIS year’s Melton Bowls Club Invitation Tournament,

sponsored by

The Cake Shop, Woodbridge, produced one of the closest contests for several years. The winners, were Darrell Howard and Mark Baker from the host club, who finished with a great last game to go clear of the chasing pairs with 93 points. Eric Titshall and Mel Saggers took second spot with 81 points and Barry and Doreen Clamp just 2 points further behind in third place. The tournament,


attracted a full complement of 28 pairs, is played using Australian rules and a progressively



points system. This has proved so popular that the event has become a firm favourite in the tournament calendar. With all of the teams having

just one game remaining, the lead was held by the Howard and Clamp pairs, both on 55 points closely followed by 14 other pairs all within 14 points of the leaders. The result of the tournament hinged on whether the leaders would slip up in their final games. Saggers and Titshal, who were back in eleventh place, before their last game had a superb win over Ken Wright, picking up 37 points to set the field a target of 81 points. Graham Martin and Barry

Clamp both had good wins against Bill Moss and Duncan Frost respectively but not quite good enough to catch Saggers. Both finished equal on 79 points with Clamp taking third place overall on count back. Howard and Baker had an even better win over Keith Thornley, winning six of the seven ends and carding a total of 38 points to put them well ahead at the finish.

After the games were completed,

the tournament

organiser, Peter Moyes presented prizes to the first, second and third placed pairs.

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