The Jetty Lane project was given an amazing boost last month by the sudden, unexpected and very generous donation of two classrooms by Eric Reynolds of Woodbridge Boatyard. These can act as temporary activity spaces to meet local need while the charity continues to raise the £3.5million required for the final building work.
“The Jetty Lane Centre has been urgently required to fulfil unmet need in the community since the previous longstanding Woodbridge Youth and Community Centre was demolished,” says Chair Caroline Page.
“The youth centre went but, of course, the need didn’t go away. In fact, as Woodbridge has become more expensive there has been less and less affordable and available accommodation for community groups. And now the social impact of coronavirus has made this need even greater. We could not have received a better gift at a more appropriate time!”
The spaces themselves were originally part of Trinity Buoy Wharf Jubilee Pier and are constructed from four 20ft shipping containers. They are expected to open as soon as possible, taking social distancing rules into consideration.
“When we were fortunate to get a phone call offering us these cabins, we jumped at it” says Cllr Page. “In my view Eric Reynolds is definitely Renaissance man: both Man of Thought and Man of Action. He thought we would find them useful, and when we said yes please, they were on our site practically before we could blink, with Eric, in his overalls, very much at the forefront of getting them installed. We cannot thank him enough.”
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