New RNLI Woodbridge Committee for 2015

Our AGM was held in the Bell & Steelyard, Woodbridge on 10th March and after the meeting we were entertained with an excellent video about the fantastic work of the RNLI and some heart rending stories about real life rescues.

At the AGM we bid farewell to some of our outgoing members and welcomed a new committee member to the team, Chris Annett.

The new committee for 2015 is as follows:

  • Chairman – Tony Wilman
  • Hon Secretary – Ray Lewis
  • Hon Treasurer – Anne Wright
  • Box Secretary – Alan Whitfield
  • Souvenir Secretary – Caroline Wilman
  • PRO – Caroline Wilman
  • Education/Talks Officer – Anthony Mason
  • Committee – Chris Annett

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.

HPYC Autumn Fair in aid of Harwich Lifeboat

Saturday 25th October 2014
0900 -1600 in the Harbour Room

• Buy your RNLI Christmas cards and gifts
• Tea, coffee and home-made cakes
• Hot dogs and burgers
• Grand draw with big prizes
• Tombola, treasure hunt etc.
• Local produce and other great stalls
• Yacht Grot
• Would you like to have a table to sell surplus yachting gear – or anything else?
• Much more besides…

The Autumn Fair is the same weekend as:
• HPYC Laying Up Supper
• Meet the Professionals
• Clarke and Carter Yacht Fair

Please contact or for more information or how to get involved.

We did it!


After 3 days, 48 miles, and over 20 hours rowing, we arrived at Woodbridge bang on schedule for the Maritime Festival. We rowed on 3 local rivers: the Stour, the Orwell, and the Deben with stops at Harwich, Shotley, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Ramsholt, Waldringfield and finally Woodbridge. A huge thank you to everyone who kindly gave donations to make it all worthwhile and particularly to those who came along to Woodbridge to welcome us home. If you haven’t yet made a donation and would like to do so then it’s not too late. Here is a link to our Just Giving page. And for more details and pictures you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

We have an album of photos of our adventure here

And now for the big one – The William Riley Three Rivers Row



On 12th, 13th and 14th September members of RNLI Woodbridge Branch (and friends!) will be rowing the William Riley lifeboat on the Stour, Orwell and Deben to raise money for the RNLI.

The William Riley is a 105 year old lifeboat, which famously tried to rescue passengers from the Rohilla when she ran aground off Whitby 100 years ago – it was recently featured on the BBC programme Coast.

There will be ten rowers, two linesmen, one helm and three passengers. Suffolk Yacht Harbour, Levington, have kindly offered to act as hosts so each day will begin and end there. This is the intended itinerary (weather dependent), there will be some great opportunities for photographs with the William Riley and the current Harwich lifeboats and there be fundraising along the way.

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter and give donations online at our Just Giving page.

The itinerary

Friday 12th – The Stour

  • 10:00 13:30: Harwich RNLI jetty – opportunity for photographs with current RNLI lifeboats
  • 14:00: Row past Felixstowe Viewing Point
  • 16:15 17:45: Shotley Marina

Saturday 13th – The Orwell

  • 10:00 11:15: Royal HarwichYacht Club, Woolverstone
  • 12:15 16:00: Ipswich Haven Marina

Sunday 14th – The Deben

  • 07:00: Depart Levington & proceed to the river Deben
  • 10:15 11:15: Felixstowe Ferry jetty
  • 12:00 13:00: Ramsholt Arms
  • 13:45 14:30: Maybush Inn, Waldringfield
  • 15:30 onwards: Woodbridge Maritime Festival

And here is the link to view our poster William Riley 3 Rivers Row Poster

‘3 Men in a Boat’ row down the Thames – they did it!

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Tony Wilman, Chairman of the RNLI Woodbridge branch, decided earlier in the year that to mark the 125th anniversary of Jerome K Jerome’s book 3 Men in a Boat, he would try and get a team together to follow in George, Harris, Jerome (& Montmorency’s) footsteps to recreate the route taken by “3 Men in a Boat”.  He and two friends had completed the journey five years ago and decided this time to raise sponsorship for the RNLI.  There were 5 volunteers –  Peter Haffenden and Jason Banham who have rowed with Tony for many years would be in one boat and Tony Allwood, Julian & Cathie Taylor in another, all of whom have considerable experience on the water.

They set off on Tuesday 3rd June from Woodbridge to Lechlade for a journey that would see them cover 140 miles of the River Thames in 8 days and going through 46 locks. They hired the skiffs which came with a tent cover for the boat and basic cooking facilities and took another tent for the 3rd person on each vessel.

Instead of heading down river at Lechlade they headed for the round house which is the official start of the navigable Thames. They then turned down river and started their adventure which would end at Richmond Lock, the end of the non tidal Thames.

The rowers were invited to attend Beale Park which sits on a 7 acre lake, in time for the Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show where they were featured in the programme and gave a demonstration on the water with the help of a lady who was on the RNLI stand.  There was such interest in the skiffs and the cause that they managed to raise over £150 on this day alone.

From Beale Park they rowed to Henley and then onto Windsor and Chertsey and completed their row on Tuesday 10th June in Richmond. All equipment, boat hire, food and drink was paid for out of their own pocket with all monies raised going to the RNLI.  The total raised currently stands at £1288.56 and there are still donations coming in, they would like to thank all those who have contributed so far and for all their support along the way.  If you would like to donate please visit

RNLI Woodbridge Branch plan to repeat famous ‘3 men in a boat’ row down the Thames

From 2nd June – 10th June, 6 volunteers from the RNLI Woodbridge and District will be rowing from Lechlade to Richmond to mark the 125th anniversary of Jerome K Jerome’s famous book “3 Men in a Boat”. The 6 rowers (3 in each boat) are raising money for the RNLI Woodbridge and District Branch.

The boats!

We will be posting updates along the route on our Facebook page and raising money during the trip and at various stop off points along the way. For further information check out our Facebook page

A Just Giving page has also been specially set up to enable people to give on line donations

New Woodbridge Branch Committee for 2014

Our AGM was held in the Bell & Steelyard, Woodbridge on 27th March and after the meeting we were entertained with an excellent talk/presentation given by Anthony Mason, our Branch Talks Officer.
A new committee was elected and we now have a new Chairman, Tony Wilman, a new Box Secretary, Alan Whitfield, and a new PRO, Caroline Wilman. As well as Caroline, we also welcomed new committee members, Shona Hardie and Peter Haffenden.
A huge thanks to our outgoing Chairman, Len Graves, for all the hard work he has put in over the last 2 years – he has made a big difference to the Branch. Happily, Len is continuing on the committee.

The new committee is as follows:

  • Chairman – Tony Wilman
  • Hon Secretary – Ray Lewis
  • Hon Treasurer – Anne Wright
  • Box Secretary – Alan Whitfield
  • Souvenir Secretary – Peter Jones
  • PRO – Caroline Wilman
  • Education/Talks Officer – Anthony Mason
  • Recruitment/Sponsorship Officer – Len Graves
  • Committee – Shona Hardie
  • Committee – Peter Haffenden

Answers to the Christmas Quiz

The moment you’ve all been waiting for – the Christmas Quiz Answers

  1. Heath Ledger
  2. Ned Kelly
  3. M Caine
  4. The Graduate
  5. Death on the Nile
  6. GHandI
  7. Marathon Man
  8. Dr No
  9. Evita
  10. L A Confidential
  11. Luke Skywalker
  12. Gone with the wind
  13. Titanic
  14. Partridge
  15. Pear tree
  16. Genie
  17. Wenceslas
  18. Tiny Tim
  19. Mary’s Boy Child
  20. Frosties
  21. The First Noel
  22. Robin
  23. The Great Escape
  24. Golden Rings
  25. Wren
  26. Jay
  27. Cuckoo
  28. Raven
  29. Eagles
  30. Anthony Aloysius Hancock
  31. Paultons Park
  32. Marcus Dent
  33. William Shakespeare
  34. Chief Whip
  35. Larry Grayson
  36. The Animals
  37. Miley Cyrus
  38. Hamlet
  39. Bob the builder
  40. S O S
  41. R N L I
  42. Yorkshire Building Society
  43. All’s Well That Ends Well

RNLI Shield Award presented to Deben Inns

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On Friday 22nd November the RNLI Supporters Award was presented to  Steve and Louise Lomas, owners of the Deben Inn chain of pubs/restaurants in Suffolk by Tony Wilman, Vice Chairman and Box Secretary of the Woodbridge Branch of the RNLI. The award of a shield was given for raising substantial funds for the RNLI and the Aldeburgh lifeboat station through the lifeboat collection boxes held in each of their pubs.  The RNLI is a cause close to Louise’s heart; she had an uncle who spent many years on the Aldeburgh lifeboat saving lives at sea.