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Woodbridge 2014-13

tu 23 Dec

Woodbridge Town FCSunday Woodbridge Town FC were going to reenact that World War One football match.  Free entry and charity buckets for the British Legion but it's been cancelled ... what a pity, we were looking forward to the photo op.

sa 13 Dec

♫ The Suffolk Singers with music director Claire Weston will perform A Prelude to Christmas at St Mary's Church Woodbridge and 7:30pm tonight 13 December.  Tickets are £10 (to include refreshments) and can be purchased by calling 01473 635525 or on the door.

fr 14 Nov

Although admission to Sunday's Woodbridge Mind Body Spirit Festival is £3.50/£2.50/£1 there are free goody bags to the first 150 visitors.

th 13 Nov

Armed robbery at a Woodbridge jewelers yesterday.

we 5 Nov

House sales around near the coast House sales near the coast this summer ... Woodbridge looks lively.

su 2 Nov

We've picked up three new faves on Flickr; Halloween in AldeburghHippy Jo on Flickr, laptop on the line and our easily most viewed pic Hippy Jo.  You may remember Jo had a Fairtrade clothing stall on Framlingham, Saxmundham and possibly Woodbridge markets but for over two years now she's had a shop in Halesworth selling Fairtrade clothing.

mo 29 Sep

bloody Christmas ... eh?It's just not the Woodbridge Wyvale and Deben Inns that think it's Christmas already, when we were in Norwich Saturday we saw a banner advertising Festive Lunches.  Even more uncomfortable today is last day posting surface mail to Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and New Zealand for Christmas!

tu 2 Sep

On the board suffolkbornandbred expresses total disbelief it's already Christmas at the Woodbridge Wyevale and before he's even had his summer hols.

th 28 Aug

Last week a large lump of tools stolen from a Chillesford workshop and a Woodbridge house burglary, a Walberswick caravan set fire to Sunday. and over £2,000 of jewellery burgled in Aldringham yesterday .... quite a crime wave by Suffolk standards.

tu 26 Aug

Suffolk SportNext month and for what remains of this month golf clubs across near the coast are offering four week courses for £20, there's one starting today at Ufford and upcoming at Woodbridge, Stonham Barns and Southwold.

th 14 Aug

Free dog chipping Friday 15 AugustFrom October you won't get a disc when you renew your road tax and from April 2016 owners will be legally obliged to microchip their doggie chums.  In a step towards this the Dogs Trust are offering free chipping 11:00am-3:00pm tomorrow at the Woodbridge King's Head ... that's at the top of the Market Hill.

we 30 Jul

House sales around near the coastSome house sales in Framlingham, Earl Soham (including what was Thorolds the corner shop), Woodbridge, Saxmundham and Aldeburgh.

fr 4 Jul
American Independence Day

The second coming of the resurrected Woodbridge carnival will parade tomorrow from 12pm followed by events on the very excellent Kingston Field hidden away behind the swimming pool.

th 26 Jun

All things will pass ...Anthony Smith missing since 5th JuneThrowback Thursday:  Six years ago today police made their third appeal about missing 73 year old Woodbridge man Anthony Smith ... it didn't end well.

tu 10 Jun

That Woodbridge ley line is still at it and last week attempted burglaries in Leiston and Sweffling.

mo 9 Jun

Remember there's a ley line or something running through Woodbridge that makes peeps lose rings?  It's happened again.

mo 19 May

Yesterday saw a St John Ambulance ambulance with its blues going coming the other way on the A12 near Woodbridge, didn't know they had blues, presumably neither did the car in front of them not getting out of the way.

su 4 May
Star Wars Day

Women's Tour of Britain 2014Next week the inaugural women's Tour of Britain flirts with near the coast twice.  Stage 3 Felixstowe-Clacton on Friday passes just south of Woodbridge and the final and fifth stage on Sunday passes to the west of Stowmarket to finish in Bury St Edmunds.

we 23 Apr
St George's Day

Woodbridge Abbey riding team - pic contributedA bit Thelwell but also impressive that the riding team from the Woodbridge Abbey prep school qualified for the regional championships at their first attempt.

su 16 Mar

Third right Woodbridge School headmaster Stephen ColeStephen Cole is in his last year as headmaster at Woodbridge School and as part of the school's continuing and hefty commitment to music a concert of past and present pupils was held in the Snape Maltings' Britten Studio.

th 27 Feb

Fancy dress at The Abbey Woodbridge - pic contributedPupils of the Woodbridge prep school The Abbey raised over £400 from a fancy dress day and cake sale for the charity Canine PartnerCanine Partner trains dogs to help those with disabilities by picking things off the floor, working switches, pressing buttons and even emptying washing machines.

we 26 Feb

A cased tool set found in Woodbridge Monday.

mo 10 Feb

Wickham Market flower clubThe next Wickham Market flower club meeting is Thursday fortnight the 27th and here's what happened at January's.  Somewhat sooner the Woodbridge safer neighbourhood team is meeting Thursday in the Wickham village hall.

th 30 Jan

A pair of Dr Dre headphones found in Quay Street Woodbridge.

fr 17 Jan

My Spirit Sang All DayTomorrow evening the Suffolk Singers present My Spirit Sang All Day in Woodbridge Community Centre, in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust and in memory of Michael Balaam a former chairman of the choir.


th 9 Jan

Woodbridge police station is holding a watch found in Wickham Market.

mo 30 Dec
Lost Ring

We've noticed before that people are frequently losing rings in Woodbridge ... or maybe honest enough to hand found ones in, the most recent was found near the council offices on Melton Hill.

su 20 Oct

This is what we love about near the coast, a fence panel in Woodbridge damaged possibly by someone sitting on it is a recorded and reported crime ...

mo 7 Oct

At last night's Suffolk Coastal community awards the Framlingham Flyers beat out Felixstowe hockey club and Woodbridge rugby club for Club of the Year and Leiston police are appealing again about a camera found in Aldeburgh and August containing over a 1,000 family photos including a graduation.

tu 1 Oct

Missing person Kaylem ReidWoodbridge teenager Kaylem Reid has been missing since last Thursday after saying he was going to the Woodbridge skate park.  It's thought he may be in the Ipswich area, if you can help please phone Suffolk police on 101.


The part time gardener has been acquired in a village between Wickham Market and Woodbridge, kind words about the Framlingham White Horse and interesting times at the Stonham Barns heavy horse day.

we 11 Sep

Tomorrow at Woodbridge cinema it's Kenya night with African food, a pop up shop and a film ... well it is a cinema.

sa 6 Jul

Police appeal about a navy blue Pentax camera lost on the Kingston Field Woodbridge ... that's right, photos of sentimental value still on the camera.

fr 28 Jun

When we visited the Woodbridge cycling festival the weekend before lastWoodbridge cycling festival stall holders were complaining that the district council hadn't done enough to promote the festival and indeed punters were thin on the ground but a sprinkling of youngsters were enjoying themselves.  Heavy rain started and we sheltered under the police's pergola and then Radio Deben's before going home pleased to have discovered the Kingston Field which has an attractive looking cafe.

mo 17 Jun

Skateboarding in WoodbridgeWe do like from our not broad experience of skate parks how kids still in single figures mix in with young adults and Woodbridge seems no different, though choosing your moment and dodging as anywhere are desirable skills.  Impressed to see how small wheel scooters are being giving serious regard these days.

sa 15 Jun

WANTED  The East Coast Diner in Woodbridge needs an assistant chef.

fr 14 Jun

A young samba school in FramlinghamBlimey!  Tomorrow's Wickham Market Primary School Summer Extravaganza includes a samba school, belly dancing, cricket and henna tattoos!  We'll be there early snapping before moving on to do the same at the cycling festival on the Kingston Field in Woodbridge.

tu 14 May

The large police presence today at the Wyevale Garden Centre Woodbridge was newly hatched PCSOs about to be set free in Chief Constable Douglas Paxtonthe wild and an opportunity for us to meet new Suffolk Chief Constable Douglas Paxton, had no idea he's a Scot until he spoke.  The PCSOs were clearly pleased and flattered by the Chief Constable attending their event and he arrived on time ... looking good.

PS:  We completely failed to recognise Sergeant Andy Buck without his comedy moustache and red nose.

th 25 Apr

A happy ending for the Woodbridge Rotary watch but not so happy for the gold watch stolen in a Benhall burglary yesterday afternoon.

tu 23 Apr
St George's Day

Last week a Charsfield garage was broken into and petrol pinched, four chainsaws stolen in Brandeston but just one in Stratford St Andrew; two disc cutters burgled in Melton over the weekend, worryingly three shotguns, two rifles and ammo stolen in Otley yesterday but the good news is a man's Rotary watch was handed in to Woodbridge police station Saturday.

fr 19 Apr

Pagan Portals - Zen DruidryJoanna van der Hoeven was born a Canuck but moved to near the coast last century, so like us still a blowin.  Now living near Woodbridge her book Pagan Portals - Zen Druidry was published this month.  Though it could do with a little editing we like Don't go with the flow.  Be the flow itself.

tu 2 Apr

Saturday 11am-1pm local police officers will be in Woodbridge library to sell shed locks, uv pens and the like and to listen to you moan.

we 27 Mar

This must have been scary, a woman was threatened in Woodbridge late yesterday afternoon whilst still daylight.

mo 18 Mar

Found on a Melton bench a cordless drill has been handed into the Woodbridge police station.

th 21 Feb

Just £7.50 from the Woodbridge cop shop for an alarmed padlock to go on your central heating oil tank.

sa 2 Feb

Is there a ley line or something running through Woodbridge?  Another lost ring.

th 31 Jan

In the early 90s the Woodbridge Old Mariner was the Tap and Spile landlorded by Huggy and we once heard this Huggy/Rising DampWoodbridge Old Mariner dialogue:

RD: Large brandy please Huggy.

Huggy: Budgens Rising Damp, eat something.

RD: Of course Huggy, Budgens this afternoon, large brandy please.

Huggy: OK but Budgens?

RD: Yes yes Budgens this afternoon.

Though there were multiple and continual guest beers Huggy much favoured Charles Wells Bombardier ... didn't think much of Charles Wells Bombardier at the time.  The pub is now looking for a landlord.

we 23 Jan

Newly fledged PCSOsThere were two reasons for yesterday's crime reduction event in Woodbridge, to hand out advice and freemans (we were particularly taken with the handbag bells that ting-a-ling when the bag's picked up) and to let new CPSOs deal with the public for the first time.  A senior CPSO told us she'd never had a newbie get stage fright and decide they couldn't do it, a credit to the interview process.

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