Woodbridge Regatta Sunday 17th June

Woodbridge Regatta & Riverside Fair is 180 years old this year and like all those early days takes place all along the river from The Tide Mill to the Deben Yacht Club.

The Regatta throws open its doors at 12 noon with Songs of Praise led by Churches Together on the Tea Hut stage followed by the formal opening at 12:30 pm by the Town Mayor. The traditional conclusion of the Regatta is a Duck Dive at 5:15 pm in the Model Yacht Pond organised by Woodbridge & District Lions Club.

For the full schedule of events, see here.

DYC Event Listings – June

Woodbridge Regatta Racing.17 June 13.30. The regatta includes a number of open races for dinghies and yachts. Details on website: debenyachtclub.co.uk

Charity Coffee Morning in aid of Jetty Lane Youth and Arts. Tuesday June 26, 10am-12 noon. Jetty Lane CIC exists to build and run a bold, innovative and sustainable community building to support the young people and arts in Woodbridge which will be called Jetty Lane. This centre is much-needed in that it replaces the demolished Woodbridge Youth Club which left many youth, arts and community initiatives homeless. Jetty Lane intends to provide a centre for young people and creative practitioners to flourish in Woodbridge. The centre will be modern, vibrant, inclusive and welcoming to all those in our community.

River Deben Clean-up – Sunday 3rd June

On a sweltering Sunday afternoon, as we approached high tide, a group of intrepid 5th Woodbridge sea scouts together with some volunteers from the Deben Rowing Club, set sail for the opposite riverbank to clear it of rubbish. On the town side, 23 volunteers and the sea scouts’ families set about clearing along the riverbank and litter picking the surrounding areas of the Boating pond, Kingston Fields, the Community Hall and Railway Station car parks.

2 buoys, 1 200ltr drum, a large piece of polystyrene probably off a pontoon, an old link of chains, a tyre and other bits and pieces of sailing equipment were some of the rubbish the sea scouts collected!! 32 bags of rubbish were left quayside for Norse to collect!

(A bonus for one of the volunteers from the Deben Rowing Club was a possible sighting of a coypu on the Sutton Hoo side).

Thanks to everyone who helped – Volunteers from Deben Rowing Club , River Deben Association, Transition Woodbridge, Veronica from the Town Council and, of course, the 5th Woodbridge sea scouts and explorers, including their families!

Melton Hill Planning Application update

Many people will be aware that the old Suffolk Coastal Council offices have been sold to a developer, subject to satisfactory planning consent being received. The design and layout of the scheme presented in the planning application were approved in principle in October but full approval is subject to details subject to details of affordable housing and parking being approved. The approval was given despite more than 300 letters of objection being sent in to the planning department, including a letter of objection from the RDA. The objections mainly centred on the height, scale and density of the proposed new 100 residential units, and in the case of the RDA’s objection, their effect on the riverscape. Other objections included the demolition of the existing offices and the Victorian buildings fronting Melton Hill, the design of the new buildings and the lack of adequate parking. Full details of the application can be found on Suffolk Coastal’s website under reference DC/17/2840/FUL

So far, the final approval is still awaited.



Autumn talk on saltmarshes

The RDA opened its Autumn 2017 meeting to non-members, as well as members, to hear Karen Thomas from the Water Management Alliance talk about Saltmarshes.   The committee felt strongly that the wonders of the Deben’s saltmarshes (which account for 40% of all of Suffolk saltmarshes) should be more widely known and appreciated and so invited members of the local community to attend. The talk attracted at least 120 people, with more than half being non-members.

Attendees were invited to fill in the questionnaire below, and if you missed your chance to do so, it’s not too late. Please complete the form and either e-mail it to: peter.cosgrove@suffolk.gov.uk or send it to:

Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB
Dock Lane
IP12 1PE

Marine Pioneer public questionnire 8qs

Saltmarsh Restoration Report – Sep 17

The information in this report has been gathered from many sources and provides a record for the River Deben Association (RDA) and other interested parties. It considers the current state of the saltmarshes on the River Deben and gives some possible reasons for their deterioration together with other observations. Proposals are made for a possible trial to help restore badly eroded areas.