Latest News from The Bays

Tuesday 1 December

Poppy Ferrar has been volunteering at RDA (Woodbridge and District) for the past 3 years. She knows just how much our clients enjoy their time with us and just how much we rely on our volunteers and the fundraising that they do on our behalf.

Poppy has decided that she wants to help to raise money to support our work and has chosen 18 walks around Suffolk totalling just over 100 miles accompanied by her four-legged companion Rhubarb. If you would like to support Poppy & Rhubarb please head over to their fundraising page.

Mon 23 November

This year we are taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge to raise funds for a Horse Walker. Starting at midday on 1 December until midday on 8 December we are calling on your amazing support to raise £3,780 – which will then be matched to raise an incredible £ 7,560, thanks to generous pledges from local businesses and our Big Give funding champion Candis Club. This means that there is no better time to donate than during the Christmas Challenge, when your donation has twice the impact.
To double your donations to our Horse Walker Appeal, please visit our Big Give Christmas Challenge donation page. Your donations will only be eligible for match giving if you donate via our online Big Give donation page between the above dates.

Sat 14 November

Congratulations to Glenny Stone who was presented with a BBC local radio Make a Difference Award on Friday's Mark Murphy breakfast show on Radio Suffolk, in recognition her fund raising efforts earlier this year. Glenny made and sold face coverings raising over £1,500 for us.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic BBC local radio stations have been recording stories and working alongside some fantastic people who have given to their community; people who are trying to make a difference. To celebrate this BBC local radio stations are hosting awards to say "Thank You".

Thu 12 November

For over 40 years Woodbridge 41 Club have organised a Charity Christmas Card shop in Woodbridge for over 40 years. Every year they raise funds for nearly 20 different charities including ourselves, the shop is run by volunteers and all of the proceeds go to charity. Unfortunately the current lockdown means the shop is now closed.

Undaunted however they have launched a click-and-collect service. Cards can be ordered via their website: Please do take a look. They are open, for collection only, between 11 am and noon, every day except Sunday at Unit 2, Deben Wharf, Tide Mill Way, Woodbridge IP1 1FP.

Thu 22 October

Calling all riding and driving participants. Have you been painting drawing, making collages or sculptures, textile or embroidery creations or even taking a great photograph of your time at Woodbridge and District RDA?
If you would like to enter our Arts & Crafts Competition send a photograph of your art work to by the 11th December 2020. The competition will be judged by Heather Campbell our Regional Coach and the winner’s prize will be awarded before Christmas. All the entries will be displayed on our website and social media and you will be in with the chance of winning a crocheted RDA pony of your choice or a years sponsorship of one of our horses.

Sat 10 October

We were very pleased to get our first two riders back in the saddle. Sisters Hope and Paige have been attending training along with the family who are now able to assist with leading and side walking so that they can ride safely while our coaches and volunteers can adhere to social distancing requirements.

This is part of a staged return to riding sessions and is a great start to expanding on the popular Pony Time sessions that we are running 5 mornings a week for our regular participants.

Weds 23 September

In the balmy, sunny days of early August we launched ‘Pony Time’, offering our regular participants the opportunity to visit The Bays and spend time with their favourite horse or pony.

It's been a big hit with all of those attending, including the horses and ponies who just love the attention (not to mention the carrots and apples).

We will soon be moving this activity into our fabulous indoor arena so we can continue as the autumn and winter weather arrives.