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Photo Competition 2021 (ages 11-14 and 15-18)

The theme is the River Deben and the age group categories are 11-14 and 15-18. The closing date is 14 Aug.

Judging will take place by 1 September and the winners, with their parent or guardians’ consent, may be presented in the Deben Magazine but notified in advance.Entries should be accompanied with a short explanation (say 2 sentences) of what inspired each particular shot. Judging criteria will include composition, aesthetics, exposure, with the River Deben being in the shot somewhere! 

Prizes for the two winners will include a half day course with the professional photographer – Gill Moon and the runners up will have their winning entries professionally framed. 

Entries must be accompanied by the name and age of the entrant and contact details of their parent/carer.  Entrants can post their entries to the RDA Instagram page @riverdebenassociation or the following email: chair@riverdeben.org

Summer Holiday Ideas and Contacts 2021

Prepared by the River Deben Association (July 2021)

Summer 2021 is another summer where it’s going to be hard for families to make plans. Government restrictions have been removed but Covid 19 infections are rising again and everyone has been asked to behave responsibly and with consideration for others. Many people will already have decided to enjoy their holidays in the UK rather than go abroad. Spending as much time as possible out of doors is likely to be a good choice though we’ll need to be extra-sensitive to pressure on the river environment.

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AGM – 28 April 21

Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 28th April 2021 6.30 p.m.
By Zoom


  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 18th November 2020 (see here)
  3. Matters arising
  4. Treasurer’s Report for the year ended 31st December 2020 (see here)
  5. Appointment of Examiner for the 2021 accounts
  6. Election of officers and members of the Committee:
    • Officers:
        o Honorary President – Robert Simper
        o Chair – Vacant
        o Vice-Chairs – Jane Haviland and Sarah Zins
        o Treasurer – Vacant
        o Secretary – Caroline Matthews
    • There are no committee members standing for re-election.
    • Co-opted members standing for election:
        o Sue Orme
  7. Vice Chair’s report (see Spring edition of “The Deben” magazine)


The AGM will be followed by a presentation on “Sketching the Deben” by Mary-Anne Bartlett from Art Safari and local artist Claudia Myatt.

Registration for Zoom AGM Because of the continuing Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings, the 2021 AGM will be held via Zoom.

If you wish to attend the virtual event, please send your name and the email address to which the Zoom joining meeting instructions are to be sent to: membership@riverdeben.org.

The instructions will be sent out by e-mail the day before the event. Please note that:

  • any person who wishes to participate in the voting of the AGM must have their own PC, tablet or smartphone. If joint or household members are sharing a device, only one of them will be able to vote in the meeting.
  • If you would like to ‘attend’ the meeting but do not have an email address, we hope that there will be an email address and internet point among your family and friends from where you could join the meeting.
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Protecting wildlife when canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding on the Deben

We are very fortunate that the river Deben is designated as being of international importance for wintering birds and has national protection for both breeding and wintering birds. We have brent geese, redshanks, curlews, avocets and lapwings, to name but a few.

In order to protect our wonderful estuarine environment and its wildlife, please look at the attached maps to see which are the most sensitive w ildlife areas to avoid – areas to avoid.


RDA 30th Anniversary Video

This video was made to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the River Deben Association.

In it, Robert Simper, its President, is interviewed in the Autumn sunshine at Ramsholt by ex-Chair, Joeske van Walsum, and the video includes footage of the spectacular river scenery. This video was first shown in November 2020 at the RDA Zoom AGM.

Alternatively click on the link below to view the RDA 30th Anniversary Video.





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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