Top Travel Agency: Deben Travel

A high street travel agency in Woodbridge has been named as one of the best agencies in the UK & Ireland. Deben Travel has been selected as the Top Travel Agency in the East of England, as part of a power-list of the best agents in the British Isles by industry bible the Travel Trade Gazette. The TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies list was revealed in a glittering ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday night after an extensive judging process, which saw agencies be rated by tour operators and other suppliers,…

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Ipswich Ravens Volleyball

The seasonal weather and illness caused last month’s indoor six-a-side competition at Northgate School to be scaled down, there was no Division 2 competition and just six teams entered Division 1 including Ravens men. They were able to continue their policy of providing opportunities to their junior boys to compete at adult level, with two under-15s in the team, and once again they were very pleased with the outcome. They finished second in the initial pool phase with a good win and a narrow defeat against the two Ipswich teams. This…

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Tales From The 19th Hole

The HOGS will have recently enjoyed their post-Christmas Bash at Seckford Hall on Saturday 27th December and be preparing for their AGM in mid-January. More about the golf next month, but the prediction is that Paul G will have been in the winning team; not long odds as fittingly his name has been on the trophy every year it has been competed for. However, instead of the golf they had a fundraising quiz night held at the end of October 2017. Several teams were made up of ‘non-HOGS’ who read…

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Tennis A Big Hit With Little Smashers

Woodbridge Tennis Club has welcomed a new face to its growing coaching team, with Martyn Bullingham hitting the ground running by coaching a group of budding young tennis players. The new coach is currently holding Mini Red Tennis sessions every Sunday morning at the club, designed to encourage children aged four to seven to get into tennis. Martyn explains: “With smaller courts, nets and rackets, and lower bouncing balls, Mini Tennis offers the perfect introduction to the sport, with all the fun and energy of the real thing. Players can…

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Outstanding OFSTED Results In Rendlesham

Rendlesham Out-of-School Club is celebrating an ‘outstanding’ grade in its most recent Ofsted inspection. The club joins its sister nurseries, Rendlesham Day Nursery and Bridge Farm Day Nursery in Martlesham in gaining the highest grade possible. The report stated that, “Staff are highly knowledgeable about how young children learn. Children relish the interesting and exciting experiences on offer. The whole environment is stimulating and the activities capture children’s natural curiosity.” The manager of the setting, Joanne Dervish, has worked for the company for 10 years. The Ofsted report had this…

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Woodbridge Flower Club

Woodbridge Flower Club held a workshop meeting in December, so that members would all have a chance to make their own Christmas decoration. Rosemary began the meeting by welcoming everyone ,especially guests and new members. She then introduced Debbie Buckles, who was their demonstrator and teacher for the afternoon. They were all given their foliage, materials and flowers for the design and then Debbie gave theam instructions on how to fix their candle and oasis before putting in the conifer foliage. Next, they added red carnations and roses to the…

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End Of An Era At Tide Mill

A good turnout attended the Woodbridge Tide Mill end of season get together, at the Shire Hall on Friday 17th November. They enjoyed wine and canapés while John Carrington gave a summary of the season past, as well as welcoming new volunteers. The evening also saw the incoming chairman present outgoing chairman Nigel Barratt and his wife Anne with a specially commissioned, exquisite model of the Tide Mill, made by Paul Wells, as a thank you for years of dedicated hard work. John Carrington, chairman of Woodbridge Tide Mill Trust,…

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Home-Start Annual Ball

Following the huge success of the ball last year, when an excellent time was had by all, Home-Start in Suffolk will be hosting their third annual Snowflake Ball at Kesgrave Hall, Milsoms on Friday 18th May 2018. Guests will enjoy an arrival drink, a sumptuous three-course dinner and coffee, followed by an energetic evening of dancing to local band The Beavers, as well as a variety of other entertainment. During the evening there will be several chances to win some amazing prizes and to bid in the grand auction for…

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Sounds of Suffolk

The winners of a local photography competition, raising awareness about untreated hearing loss, have been rewarded with their photos being featured in 2018 charity calendar. The Sounds of Suffolk competition, created by family run hearing care specialists, The Hearing Care Centre in association with Archant Suffolk, has helped encourage those struggling with hearing loss to seek help, as well as highlighting some of the incredible sounds that can be found in and around our county. During a prize giving presentation organised at the company’s headquarters on Upper Brook Street in…

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The Longboat Has Landed

And what a place to land … the newly laid square on the Woodbridge Waterfront.  The Anglo-Saxon time-travellers arrival just happened, by good fortune, to coincide with the Shuck Festival. The earlier Maritime Woodbridge event had been set aside until next year, due to building delays, but on a sunny Saturday and a not very sunny Sunday, the Shuck went ahead as planned. Time will surely prove that one of the most useful acquisitions from the waterfront development is that the town receives back its totally refurbished square that will…

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