Waldringfield

by Leigh Belcham from Newbourne in short trousers © Leigh Belcham 2014

Sheltered from the prevailing westerlies, the sandy beach at neighbouring Waldringfield was always an attraction for Newbourne children. On the banks of the River Deben, the village had been a popular sailing centre since the 1920s. The waterfront was was inaccessible to the public during the war, but once hostilities ceased, boats soon returned to the river and children to the shore. Most parents were tied to their smallholdings, but older children could roam free, with many heading to the water by bike or on foot.

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RDA Journal Update – Waldringfield

The latest River Deben Association Journal article is now available to read:

Previous articles can be found here.

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Barge Wharves on the River Deben

by Robert Simper

Part 1:  Bawdsey Ferry up to Hemley Dock

When I was young, in the early 1950s, there were still people who talked about the places where Thames barges loaded on the River Deben. Most of these were still clearly visible as loading wharves, but nearly seventy years later most of them have been reduced to just a few pieces of rotten wood sticking out of the mud. Continue reading

The other side of the mirror

By Stephen Thompson

I’ve long enjoyed the Deben estuary – my “hole in the water lined with wood or fibreglass into which you pour money” lives there (or to be strictly accurate, it lives propped up on wooden blocks in a yard beside the Deben while I fettle it). However I’d never actually seen a paper copy of “The Deben” magazine until very recently. It’s very impressive – and in particular the photographs and paintings of this gorgeous area. The beautiful scenery reflected in the mirror surface of still waters capture the peace and tranquillity.

But my own interest in such locations has always been driven by a desire to know what’s happening “on the other side of the mirror”. I think this probably started watching Jacques Cousteau on “The World About Us” on Sunday evenings (and if you can remember that, you really are dating yourself!), and poking about in streams and ponds to see what was down there. Fishing, and later on SCUBA diving, fed this ambition, and when it came time to choose I selected a Marine Biology degree. Continue reading

RDA AGM 30 April update, new acting Chair and latest Deben Magazine

The River Deben Association’s Annual General Meeting, which was to have been held on Thursday 30th April, will no longer be held in the form of a physical gathering. If we can find a satisfactory way to hold it in an alternative format we will do so, and if not, it will be postponed. I am happy to say, though, that Joeske van Walsum will be acting Chair from 30th April until he can be formally confirmed in that post.

In the meantime, I hope that the new edition of The Deben magazine gives you some happy reading in the safety of your own home. We send you our best wishes in this uncertain time, and please do contact us if you need help or support.

Sarah Zins

Chair

Riverside Trust’s forthcoming programme: Going with the Flow – Tides and the Deben Estuary

The Woodbridge Riverside Trust is putting on an ambitious programme of events called “Going with the Flow – Tides and the Deben Estuary”.

There is an evening talk on 16th October and a tide-related exhibition will be open every day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Longshed in Woodbridge from 19th to  27th October, as well as several other lectures and events focussing on the Deben.

The final event in the Community Hall on the evening of Sunday 27 October brings together coastal researchers and local experts to discuss options and challenges for managing the River Deben in the future. 

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