We moved into central Woodbridge in the Spring of 2015, which makes us relative newcomers to the town – although our son went to Woodbridge School and John had been involved with the Seckford Foundation for some years.
We were born, brought up, lived & worked in London, but eventually returned to Suffolk where both our families were rural workers in the 18th & 19th centuries. Despite busy careers we’ve spent a great deal of time & effort renovating old houses. We love history and that unique feeling of living in a building which has been home to so many generations over the centuries. Ultimately, we decided we should move from our isolated farmhouse (whilst we were still physically capable of doing it) and opt for a more relaxed lifestyle in a town centre so we could be less car dependant. As we were overcome by the appeal of historic Woodbridge we bought & renovated another listed house with endless flights of stairs, changes of floor level & awkward doorways. Our life seems no less hectic as we are drawn into the life of the town – John Chairs the Woodbridge Tide Mill Trust and Lindi is increasingly involved with the National Gardens Scheme.
But the charm of historic Woodbridge is only one side of the story. We are very much aware that the town cannot survive on past glory; it has to be a dynamic community that takes up the challenges of the future. There are some great facilities, often appealing to the older age groups. But there is still a need to make provision for young people’s activities, for families with young children and for groups, clubs & voluntary organisations who would be priced out of the market for spaces in which to meet. The Jetty Lane centre will address these needs and we are delighted to support their fundraising. In addition, we are excited by the designs for the building itself – modern, well thought out, creating a real “sense of place”. Architecturally as well as socially it will be a community asset of which the town can be very proud.