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Open Garden, The Barn, Westleton, 30th June, 2-5pm

In search of a garden with a difference?

On Sunday 30th June the gardens of The Barn, Westleton, IP17 3AN will be opened to the public in aid of the RNLI. The 13.5 acre garden to the rear of The Barn is the amazing creation of Amédée Turner over a period of 50 years.  It is a garden full of eccentricity including a life-size Mycenaean Palace, a replica of the original Stonehenge, the Blue Stone Circle – made from lift doors from a former ICI building, earth mounds covered in oxeye daisies, a cocktail garden and an open air chapel with a memorial cross made from girders from the Twin Towers in New York.

Want to know why?, then come and find out!  This is a garden like no other. There are no formal beds and borders but plenty of areas and ideas to explore and delight!

And there will be tea, coffee, and cake available in the garden.

Rowing the channel for the RNLI

The boys from 51 Para Engineer Squadron, Woodbridge ‘rowed the channel’ on rowing machines and raised a whopping £530 for the RNLI. They rowed the equivalent of 136.7 miles which is over 6 crossings of the channel. A brilliant amazing effort – well done guys.

Welly good results

This is the second year of the RNLI’s special Mayday appeal which featured a ‘must have’ yellow welly pin badge.  As previously blogged they were available at various locations in and around Woowellydbridge and once again proved very popular raising a total of £333.74


Many thanks to all the pubs, shops, etc who kindly agreed to have the badges on display and of course to the many people who bought them.

Give it some welly – 2016

Get your Welly Pin Badges while you can. Here are the locations in and around Woodbridge where you can get them:

  1. The Crown Hotel, Woodbridge
  2. The Greyhound, Pettistree
  3. Teapots Tea Room, Wickham Market
  4. The Maybush, Waldringfield
  5. Tidemill Yacht Harbour, Woodbridge
  6. Shepherd & Dog, Hollesley
  7. Ufford Park Hotel
  8. The Red Lion, Woodbridge
  9. Bell & Steelyard, Woodbridge
  10. Mariners, Woodbridge
  11. The Adnams Store, Woodbridge
  12. The Anchor, Woodbridge
  13. Hasnips, Woodbridge
  14. Seckford Hall
  15. Deben Yacht Club
  16. Bull Hotel, Woodbridge
  17. The Ramsholt Arms, Ramsholt

New RNLI Woodbridge Committee for 2016

Our AGM this year was held in the Bell & Steelyard, Woodbridge on 20th April.

At the AGM we bid farewell to one of our outgoing members Alan Whitfield and welcomed a new committee member to the team, Tracey King.

The new committee for 2016 is as follows:

  • Tony Wilman
  • Ray Lewis
  • Anne Wright
  • Caroline Wilman
  • Anthony Mason
  • Chris Annett
  • Tracy King

We still could do with some extra volunteers and committee members so if you are interested in helping the Branch to carry on the excellent work we do to help the RNLI save lives at sea then please contact the Chairman or any of the committee members for more information.

Your Branch Needs You.

Looking for a group to join? Have some spare time on your hands? Looking to give back to the community? All good reasons to Join Our Crew! We are looking for people to join our team of RNLI fundraisers in Woodbridge. Please see the poster below for more details and get in touch or come and see us at our AGM on 20th April. This will be held at the Bell & Steelyard at 7.30pm.  Join our crew

Budgens Collection 2016


Thank you to all those who volunteered their time and gave generously at Budgens recently. It was a jolly cold February day but we raised a whopping £478.72 for the RNLI which is £20 up on last year – thank you!

Give it some welly – Pin Badges



Get your Welly Pin Badges while you can. Here are the locations in and around Woodbridge where you can get them:

  1. The Crown Hotel, Woodbridge
  2. The Red Lion, Woodbridge
  3. Woodbridge Wine Company, Woodbridge
  4. The Bell & Steelyard, Woodbridge
  5. The Riverside Restaurant, Woodbridge
  6. The Cinema (box office), Woodbridge
  7. The Adnams Store, Woodbridge
  8. The Lounge Hair Salon, Woodbridge
  9. Tidemill Yacht Harbour, Woodbridge
  10. The Ramsholt Arms, Ramsholt
  11. EdgeRiders, Martlesham
  12. The Maybush, Waldringfield
  13. R & S Hardware, Wickham Market
  14. The Greyhound, Pettistree
  15. Teapots Tea Room, Wickham Market