Jetty Lane: bringing back youth, arts, community facilities to Woodbridge!
Our story started when Woodbridge’s Youth Centre was condemned – and many youth, arts and other community groups lost their home in the town, because there were no other facilities that were affordable and appropriate.
Youth group Just 42 are operating out of 2 shipping containers on the site and all the others: Kok Sul Wan martial arts, the Gateway club for learning disabled adults, the COmpany of 4 rehearsals, and many many more are scattered around the edge of Woodbridge.
Other groups have come forward with unmet needs – notably the 1st Woodbridge Scouts – at 110 years old, one of the oldest scout groups in the world! Young artists cant afford studio space.
The only answer was to rebuild – and where better than the land on which the old youth centre used to be
Having persuaded Suffolk County Council to give us a 125y lease at peppercorn rent, I am one of a group of volunteers who have formed Jetty Lane CiC to rebuild a centre on the same site to provide present and future youth, arts and community groups in Woodbridge the purpose-build facilities they so desperately need. The othercic directors are Cordelia Richman, Caroline Rutherford and Adam Thorpe.
Chair, Jetty Lane CiC