2018 Annual General Meeting – 6.30pm – 8.00pm (Refreshments available from 6pm)

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 24th April 2018

6.30 p.m.  to 8.00 p.m.
Refreshments from 6pm

Classrooms Nr The Abbey Hall, Woodbridge

(Parking off Cumberland Street IP12 4AD)
Click here for map

The AGM will be followed by a talk:

Archaeological Finds on the Deben from East Anglia ONE

By Andrew Peachey

ScottishPower Renewables are constructing a 37km underground cable to connect 102 turbines from the East Anglia ONE Offshore wind farm to a new electricity converter station at Bramford.  As part of the cable laying project, ScottishPower Renewables funded archaeological works across 60 hectares of Suffolk countryside, working closely with Suffolk County Council. Up to 400 archaeologists have been involved in the work since February 2017and so far evidence from many periods has been found. Andrew will focus his talk on new insights into life in and around the River Deben from the digs.

Andrew Peachey (Archaeological Solutions) has been an archaeologist in East Anglia for the past 15 years and is a specialist in prehistoric and Roman pottery.  He has worked on a variety of kiln sites across the region, as well as large-scale rural occupation, cereal processing and trading sites that characterise the development of settlement in river valleys.  The East Anglia ONE projects have produced a vast array of artefacts and opened a new window on life along the valley, spanning early Iron Age roundhouses, Roman barns and settlement, continuing into a Saxon hall and village.  Andy regularly delivers talks across Suffolk and looks forward to opening a new chapter in the narrative of the Deben and placing it into the context of the region.


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Long Shed Open Day – April 21st 11:00 – 15:00 ‘Wander and Wonder’


SATURDAY APRIL 21st   11:00 – 15:00

Wander and Wonder

Come and look in The Longshed on the Woodbridge Waterfront from

11.00 – 15.00 on Saturday, April 21.

If you have ever wondered what’s going on in there you are welcome to wander and wonder, at the size of this breath-taking community space that amazingly, belongs to you.

Come and talk to some of the townsfolk of the Woodbridge Riverside Trust who have actually made this happen.

 You can join them and listen to explanations about Skiff building and the Coastal Rowing Club.

You can see the splendid size of the Saxon ship that has been responsible for the awesome dimensions of this covered space.

You can hear about plans for Art, Music, Education and Exhibitions in the forthcoming Heritage Centre on the mezzanine and meet some of the people who have already brought you the film, Life on the Deben or the musical production of The King’s River.

Here’s the link for more information:- https://www.woodbridgeriversidetrust.org/welcome-to-the-longshed-open-door/

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.