River Deben Association – Annual General Meeting

Date 24 April 2024

Time 7.00 for 7.30pm

Woodbridge Quay Church, Quay Street, IP12 1BX


  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of Last AGM (26 April 2023)
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Treasurer Report for year-ending 31 December 2023
  5. Appointment of Examiner for 2024 Accounts
  6. Election of officers and members of the Committee
    1. Standing for re-election after 4 years on the Committee: None at term limit
    2. Co-opted members standing for election
      1. Anna-Marie Sellon
      2. Tristan McConnell
    3. Re-election on to committee after 4 years:
      1. Liz Hattan
      2. Moray MacPhail
    4. Notice of standing down:
      1. Robert Simper (President)
      2. Jane Haviland (Co-Chair)
  7. Co-Chairs’ Report – see Spring Edition of ‘The Deben’

End of Business

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Welcome refreshments will be provided.

Following the Annual General Meeting, there will be a panel discussion with questions from the audience on water quality in the river.


AGM Report – Essex and Suffolk Rivers Trust – The State of our Rivers Report

The East Suffolk Rivers area of 1,364 km2 encompasses the valleys, waterbodies, tributaries and estuaries of the Rivers Gipping (Orwell), Deben, Alde and Ore, Thorpeness Hundred, Yox, Blyth and Lothingland Hundred.

This area is mostly rural with significant urban areas at Felixstowe, Ipswich, Woodbridge, Wickham Market, Stowmarket, Saxmundham, Halesworth, Southwold and Kessingland.

Agriculture is the predominant land use (root veg and pig farming in the east and arable). Other pockets of land-based industry exist, including food processing, milling, malting and the manufacture of farm machinery and fertilisers.

The attached report by the Essex and Suffolk Rivers Trust looks at the current state of these Suffolks Rivers.


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.