It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at The Longshed
The project was a collaboration between Woodbridge Riverside Trust and the staff of Just42 and the young people they support. It was aimed at building a Christmas tree using recycled materials or materials that would be thrown away. Woodbridge boatyard kindly provided an old mast destined for the bonfire and Sutton Hoo Ships Company provided offcuts from their ship build, again destined for the bonfire. Youngsters cut around 70 stars and decorations’ from thin offcuts of oak plank from the ship and these were decorated by young people at Grundisburgh, Sutton Heath, Hollesley and Alderton Youth Clubs which are run by Just42. In keeping with the eco theme, decorations were done with natural dyes and sealed with beeswax. Others were made from a cast of woollen materials and wooden curtain rings! Woodbridge Town Council kindly grant-aided the purchase of good quality professional low voltage lights used many times we hope.
The tree survived Storm Barra and as an experiment, much has been learned. Watch what we have in mind for next year!