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Cuppa and Chat sessions from the comfort of your own home

30 September 2022

Join our weekly online Cuppa and Chat session and enjoy a cuppa in the comfort of your own home whilst connecting with others living in East Suffolk

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Climate Ready Homes

28 September 2022

On Saturday 1 October, 10:00-12:30. Greener Waldringfield – Climate Ready Homes, at Waldringfield Village Hall

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A free online mindfulness course

16 September 2022

Would you like to learn more about mindfulness?

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Join us for Merchant Navy Day, Red Ensign Flag Raising Ceremony 2022

2 September 2022

Merchant Navy Day, Red Ensign Flag Raising Ceremony 2022

Come and join Woodbridge Town Council at our Red Ensign flag raising ceremony at 2pm on Friday 2nd September 2022 at Tide Mill Quay.
Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day, the day that the Country remembers the service of Merchant Navy seafarers, is celebrated on Saturday 3rd September this year, with commemorations continuing all week. Red Ensigns will fly across the Country including in Woodbridge to mark the service of these brave men and women.
While the Red Ensign will fly all week at the flagpole at Tide Mill Quay, there will be formal flag raising ceremony at 2pm on Friday 2nd September 2022, to which the Town Council welcomes townspeople.
As the Imperial War Museum says: In wartime, Britain depended on civilian cargo ships to import food and raw materials, as well as to transport soldiers overseas and keep them supplied. The title ‘Merchant Navy’ was granted by King George V after the First World War to recognise the contribution made by merchant sailors.
Britain’s merchant fleet was the largest in the world during both world wars. In 1939, a third of the world’s merchant ships were British, and there were some 200,000 sailors. Many merchant seamen came from parts of the British Empire, such as India, Hong Kong and West African countries. Women also sometimes served at sea in the Merchant Navy.
During both world wars, Germany operated a policy of ‘unrestricted submarine warfare’, or sinking merchant vessels on sight. By the end of the First World War, more than 3,000 British flagged merchant and fishing vessels had been sunk and nearly 15,000 merchant seamen had died. During the Second World War, 4,700 British-flagged ships were sunk and more than 29,000 merchant seamen died.
Since the Second World War, the British Merchant Navy has become steadily smaller, but has continued to help in wartime, notably during the Falklands War.

 

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