Creating a LANDMARK and LEGACY for future generations

Our mission is to provide a landmark centre for young people, burgeoning artists and future generations in Woodbridge and for the centre to be modern, vibrant, inclusive and welcoming to all those in our community.

On the strength of the Business Plan and the architect’s preliminary drawings that we presented in December 2017, Suffolk County Council has offered Jetty Lane CIC a 125 year lease at a peppercorn rent so that Jetty Lane – the youth & arts centre – can be built in Woodbridge with the security of long-term stability. It will be constructed on the site of the previous Woodbridge Youth Centre at IP12 4BA.


These are drawings to give a sense of what the building COULD look like. We are still at an early stage and much can change but we hope that this artwork gives a sense of the kind of thing we have in mind. With grateful thanks to Mark Julian and Scott Mortimer for the design.

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When Woodbridge’s old youth centre building was declared no longer fit for purpose and set for demolition in early 2017, it lost housing for a huge range of groups of significant youth and community value. Although best known for the excellent Just42 youth work, the centre was also used by many other groups – Gateway Disabled Club used the building for 30 years, it was rehearsal space for Company of 4; there were classes for Pilates, languages, tai chi and more. The centre also housed hot-desks for Suffolk County Council’s workers at various times.


Location – Jetty Lane is the original name of The Avenue in Woodbridge IP12 4BA. The site is ideal in a way that no other site could be because it provides direct access to Kingston Fields which can be used by young people needing outside space. It fits in with other local provision for young people as the extremely popular skate-park is nearby, also the tennis club, Kingston Field playground and football pitches and Deben Water Sports  Club are just down the road. The Pavilion Cafe and the Tea Hut are minutes away, as is the river Deben. There is ample public car parking nearby and disabled access to the riverside. The site is within easy walking distance of buses, trains and central Woodbridge.


Just42 currently operate from a temporary building on site and other previous users have found temporary accommodation elsewhere. There is nowhere in Woodbridge that has been able to provide the facilities required for the above organisations.

Since we started plans for a new community building, further needs were identified. The 1st Woodbridge Scouts are looking for new premises and many young Suffolk artists are struggling to find the space they desperately need (for studio, workshop and exhibition space). The revived and expanding New Horizons lunch club also need a suitable location for the events they regularly run to support the elderly and disabled population of Woodbridge and the surrounding area. There are also an increasing number of self employed people and small businesses looking to rent office space in an inspiring and interactive atmosphere.

On top of this, the population of Woodbridge is increasing: Suffolk County Council predicts hundreds of housing units will be built over the next 5 years within Woodbridge and district. As a result of this there is growing pressure on space and services. Jetty Lane will provide much-needed facilities for a range of needs and wants in our community.

The purpose of Jetty Lane will be to provide sought-after community facilities to a very disparate group of people whose only common interest is Jetty Lane. Out of the misfortune of losing the youth centre came the good fortune of being able to bring these various groups together so that they will be able co-exist in a way that would not otherwise have been possible. That we can bring them together has made our vision robust, real and fit for purpose.


Jetty Lane was set up in the summer of 2017 by the following 5 local people:

Caroline Page

Executive Director

‘As the County Councillor for Woodbridge I am passionate about the Jetty Lane project, not only because it will ensure sorely needed facilities for young people and the arts but because it will provide a legacy to support our youth and for future generations in Woodbridge to enjoy.’

Cordelia Richman

Executive Director

‘As a relative newcomer to Woodbridge and as someone with a background in chairing a successful Citizens Advice Bureau, I realised that there is a distinct lack of community facilities in this beautiful town. I welcome the opportunity to be involved in creating a landmark for future generations and consider it a privilege to be part of Jetty Lane CIC.’

Adam Thorpe

Non-Executive Director

‘Having been involved with 1st Woodbridge Scout Group for most of my life I know the importance of making sure there are enough suitable facilities in the town for young people. I believe Jetty Lane is an excellent opportunity for everyone to come together and I am very proud to be part of the project.’ In February 2018 Adam won ‘Suffolk Young Volunteer of the Year’ at the High Sheriff Awards.

Alice-Andrea Ewing

Non-Executive Director

‘I am a practising artist and grew up in Woodbridge. I moved back to Suffolk to learn to cast bronze and have worked here since then. I’ve been very lucky finding affordable studios myself and access to this resource has made a huge difference to my practice. Since moving back, I’ve encountered more and more artists moving to the region as a result of its affordability. Nevertheless, as the area became more popular, this is changing. I want to protect and maintain affordable studios because they have such a positive impact on a practitioner’s production and the development of their work.’ Alice has recently resigned as a Director in order to take up an opportunity in Australia.

Caroline Rutherford

Non-Executive Director

‘I am a delighted to be director of Jetty Lane representing Just42.  Just42 needs a new base for the charity to operate from so that we can continue the valuable work we’re doing – we currently work with about 2000 children and young people each year. It is exciting to be part of this project, to work collaboratively with others in the community to leave a lasting impact on not only children and young people but also the wider community of Woodbridge.’

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