Rob Smith, a student at Woodbridge School and a member of the School’s Combined Cadet Force, has been honoured by being appointed one of the Lord Lieutenant’s cadets for 2014. In that role he is required to accompany Lord Tollemache, Suffolk’s Lord Lieutenant, on official visits and appearances, including occasions when members of the Royal family visit the county. Rob was on duty when Prince Harry was guest of honour at the Suffolk Show at the end of May.Read More
The Annual Parade of the Suffolk Constabulary Volunteer Police Cadets took place in the Dome at Woodbridge School on 16 March. There are four units of volunteer police cadets across Suffolk, based in Martlesham at Police HQ, Ipswich, Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds, comprising a total of 100 cadets aged between 13 and 18. A further five units are expected to be opened within the next twelve months.
The stated aims of the scheme are to reduce youth vulnerability to crime and social exclusion through enhancing their ability to contribute and achieve; to promote a practical interest in policing; to encourage positive leadership within communities; and to encourage a spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.
Each cadet is provided with a development and training programme containing achievable time related tasks which contribute to his or her development as a person while assisting the police in their work within local communities.Read More
A charity which runs a rural youth bus to help young people in Woodbridge is to benefit from a £4000 grant from The Seckford Foundation.
Just42 is a charity which supports young people facing challenging times. Their mobile youth centre bus visits local communities providing a safe place for friends to meet with a range of activities on board. Just42’s qualified and experienced youth workers lead activities on the bus including cooking, crafts and games and they are also available to discuss any problems or issues which the young people may be facing.
Graham Watson, director of The Seckford Foundation, said: “We are delighted to give this grant to Just42 so they can continue to run their mobile youth bus and reach out to young people who need help and support. It is the second time we have awarded Just42 a grant of £4000 as we value the important work of this project.”
Neil Fox, Just42’s lead worker on the bus, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to the Seckford Foundation for this grant which allows us to continue to take our bus out to the local community and help young people. Around 15-20 young people from the Peterhouse Crescent area of Woodbridge use the facility each week and it has become an important meeting place for them.”Read More
The annual bike ride from Clerkenwell to Woodbridge took place on 21 June in brilliant sunshine, with a gentle breeze, clear roads, plentiful food and hardly any punctures. 2014 marked a return to glorious weather and smiley faces – apart from the hills. A record number of Woodbridge School pupils – 17 – took part, along with seven staff and various assorted parents, Old Woodbridgians, parents, friends and teachers from the Bridge School in Islington, the beneficiary of the funds raised by the cyclists’ efforts: 49 riders in all, supported by a team of drivers and caterers. Enormous thanks and congratulations to all who took part or supported the event, which raised in excess of £15,000 to help make a real difference to the lives of the children at the Bridge School, who are so worthy of support.Read More
Members of a Suffolk scout unit are able to enjoy the benefit of some new equipment for camping trips thanks to a grant from the Seckford Foundation. The Seckford Explorer Scout Unit has used the £800 grant to buy five two and three man tents and four new stoves.
Scout leader Dave Sanders said “We are delighted to have the opportunity to express our thanks to the Seckford Foundation for their generous grant. The new equipment we have been able to purchase will be extremely useful not just for our scout programme but also our Duke of Edinburgh awards training.”Read More
The Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust has announced that Miss Nikola King will be the headteacher of Ixworth Free School.Read More