By the early 2000s, the area which is now Whisstock’s Place was a derelict former boatyard, having suffered from the demise of the local boat-building trade in the latter part of the 20th century. Once home to a highly successful business, the site had become a neglected eyesore.
Energised by members of the local community, including Pete Clay, John Gibbins, Mel Poole, and Town Councillors led by Cllr Charles Notcutt, work on the site began in earnest in 2016 to transform the area into a vibrant community space, offering recreational, residential and commercial opportunities.
Established in 2003, Woodbridge Riverside Trust is a charitable Trust whose key objectives are:
- Facilitating the enjoyment of the waterfront by the community through their participation in creative projects and the assimilation of new skills.
- Through visiting and learning from exhibitions and talks covering numerous wide- ranging subjects designed to suit all ages and interests.
In 2018 the Woodbridge Riverside trust took over the newly completed Longshed on the Waterfront from Woodbridge Town Council with a 35 year lease. The Longshed is the focal point of the Trust’s activities.
Through our innovative boat-building work and wide-ranging cultural programme, we have created a wonderful community hub for learning and enjoyment.
Our first floor John Gibbins gallery is available for hire by external organisations and groups. Events and activities can be booked via the website link. Should you wish to visit the Longshed to view our facilities please contact us on. firstname.lastname@example.org
The potential of the WRT project is immense and is there for every member of the community. Why not come and support us?