News and Events

May 28, 2015

Seckford Foundation carries forward Benefactor’s legacy as it celebrates 500th anniversary

The Seckford Foundation, has celebrated 500 years since the birth of its benefactor, Thomas Seckford, with a Founders Day event held on 24th May. The Founders Day service was held at St Mary’s Church, Woodbridge and attended by over 120 people with connections to the charity. It was followed by a Reception at The Abbey, […]

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May 8, 2015

Royal Visit to mark Quincentenary of Thomas Seckford’s birth

We are delighted to announce that HRH The Duchess of Gloucester will visit the Seckford Foundation to mark the Quincentenary of Thomas Seckford’s birth. Her visit will give us the opportunity to bring Her Royal Highness up to date with the range of activities undertaken by the Foundation.  She last visited the Foundation in September […]

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May 8, 2015

Woodbridge to celebrate Thomas Seckford 500th anniversary

The Woodbridge and wider Suffolk community are invited to celebrate the town’s most famous benefactor, Thomas Seckford, in an evening of music and entertainment at St Mary’s Church on Friday 15th May. The event will be the first in a series of celebrations this year to mark the 500th anniversary of Thomas Seckford’s birth in […]

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April 30, 2015

Seckford Foundation appoints new trustees

The Foundation has announced the appointment of two further trustees, Judi Newman and Jeston Na Nakhorn. Judi has worked across the charitable and public sectors in local, national and international organisations as a fundraiser and philanthropy advisor for the past 20 years. She was previously the Development Director for the Suffolk Community Foundation, where she […]

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January 27, 2015

Seckford Foundation Governor becomes “honorary freeman of Woodbridge”

One of the Seckford Foundation governors, the Reverend Canon Kevan McCormack has been bestowed the great honour of becoming one of only 12 “honorary freemen of Woodbridge”. Reverend McCormack started his community work in Woodbridge when he was made rector of St Mary’s Parish Church in 2001. He is also honorary chaplain to Ipswich Town […]

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December 18, 2014

New Head Appointed for The Abbey

Woodbridge School has announced the appointment of John Brett as the new Head of The Abbey, the preparatory department of the School, from September 2015. Mr Brett spent ten years as director of music at King’s Hall Prep School in Taunton and then at Thomas’s Prep School in Battersea and during that time completed a […]

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December 17, 2014

Christmas Carols at the Almshouses

On Wednesday 10 December 2014, the Chamber Choir of Woodbridge School brought the festive spirit with them to the Seckford Almshouses, when they visited for a Christmas Carol Service. The Choir, conducted by Miss Claire Weston, sung through a beautiful repertoire of songs, including a highly impressive rendition of “Still Nacht” (Silent Night) in its […]

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December 10, 2014

Apprenticeship Success for Melissa

Suffolk Student, Melissa Postma, was focused on a place at University however was not enjoying the school environment in the run up to her final exams so decided to look around to see whether she could go straight into the workplace. She realised that with few qualifications it would be difficult to gain work so […]

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December 5, 2014

Seckford Foundation appoints David Grant as new Governor

The Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment as a governor and as chairman of the Finance committee Mr David Grant, to succeed John Carrington, who stood down last month after seven years as a governor and the past two years as Finance Committee chairman. David trained as a chartered accountant, subsequently becoming a merchant […]

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November 18, 2014

Seckford Success at Great British Care Awards, Eastern Region Finals

We are delighted to announce that Cathy O’Brien, Registered Manager of Jubilee House is the winner of the Great British Care Awards “Dignity in Care Award” for the Eastern Region. She was presented with the Trophy at a gala dinner, held in Peterborough on Friday 14th November. We are also extremely pleased to have been […]

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November 14, 2014

Saxmundham Students make Human Poppy in remembrance, 100 years on

Students and staff of Saxmundham Free School spent Remembrance Day undertaking a range of commemorative activities as part of their ‘Why Do We Remember’ day, which saw students remember and reflect upon the sacrifices of all those who have fallen in conflicts around the world. Members of the Combined Cadet Force (pictured) laid a wreath […]

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October 21, 2014

Almshouse residents take up Mandy’s charity challenge

Mandy Hearle, from Woodbridge, is raising money for Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF) in her 'Mission Possible' challenge  in memory of 19-year-old Poppy Harvey, who in June 2010 suffered a fatal reaction to food. Mandy's year long challenge saw her join residents at the Seckford Almshouses in their weekly chair-based exercise class. The Almshouses team came […]

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