Community Garden at Castle Hill Gets a Double Disabled Raised Bed for Wheelchair Users


The North West Ipswich Big Local Trust has taken delivery of a Double Disabled Raised Bed for 2 wheelchair users.

“We are well impressed with the disabled raised bed that we commissioned ActivSheds to make – it is bespoke so we had exactly what we wanted made to suit our wheelchair users. The wood used is very strong with metal underneath to strengthen the top surface. The raised bed is wide enough to have 2 electric wheelchair users underneath it at once side by side. Users can now plant their own seeds & tend to them at their special station having all the hand tools available including small watering cans”

 “ActivSheds have been brilliant” say’s Community Garden Project Manager Janet Vinnicombe ” they have adhered to everything we wanted and given us a couple of extra features that we hadn’t thought of – Becca & Sam our current electric wheelchair users both have a place to put their drinks and their phones away from all the dirt & mess. The build is superb as is the workmanship – the attention to detail and thought that has gone into it from ActivSheds volunteers is fantastic they truly are a very talented bunch.  The bed was made at Maidenhall Allotments where ActivSheds is based they had to dismantle it to transport it and put it back together when they delivered it.

The NWIBLT Community Garden meets every Wednesday & Sunday from 10am – 12 Noon and is based within Castle Hill Allotments between Dales Rd & Ashcroft Rd.

We welcome any new volunteers and visitors whether they have experience or not – the main idea for the garden is to help improve health & well being for our members so they make new friends, learn new skills, enjoy the fresh air and share in the produce.  The gates are locked so volunteers need to be let in. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Janet on 07851912765 or Tracey on 07739516384.

Who’s in Charge Parenting Programme May 2019

Whitton Youth Partnership are funding another round of support programmes for local families called Who’s in Charge? Parenting Programme. This free nine week group programme is for parents and carers who have a child aged 8-18 who currently appears to be beyond parental control or who uses violent and abusive behaviour towards them.
If you feel that this is you or you would like to know more, please get in touch with Carole Barker on 07814 378325 or email: or Ali Cuckow 07710 365988

Whitehouse-Have Your Say


Whitehouse Wanderers, volunteering with Ipswich Community Media, Voist, and Azuko  want to find out what Castle Hill and Whitton Residents have to say about the Whitehouse area.

To get an idea of residents’ opinions we have designed a questionnaire which is being asked to randomly selected residents from all ages and backgrounds.

The results of this survey will be used to decide what the Whitehouse Community needs and what action should be taken.

The questionnaire takes around 30 minutes to complete. We understand your time is precious, and your input is very valuable.

We would therefore like to invite you to come along to St Thomas Church Vicarage, Cromer Road, Ipswich and complete the questionnaire over a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits of course! However, if you are unable to do this, you can fill in the questionnaire as it is*. Please send your responses to

All responses are confidential, and while there may be some demographic information on the questionnaire to help us identify any groups that need specific services, your responses are completely anonymous.

Thank you for being part and making Whitehouse a better place to live.

*Whitehouse Perception questionnaire NWI BLT

Community Garden Feb 24th 2019

We had a lovely surprise when we arrived at the Community Garden today: a gift of 3 redcurrant bushes from neighbouring plot holder Joe.

We were chuffed to be able to give Joe a few spare slabs in return.








This is what Joe said about today’s Community Garden session: “Kaiden and I had a brill 4 hours down the allotments today. He enjoyed planting and being able to take them home to his mum.. and obviously the BBQ is always a good treat while working”

While young Kaiden announced it was “the best day ever”!

Rog & Becca sowing the first seeds of the season















Working in partnership with Whitton Youth Partnership

What are we doing to support our young people we hear you ask since Open Mic, Drumming sessions and D2U stopped last year.

We have increased our work and funding with local charity Whitton Youth Partnership (WYP). This way we can ensure that we reach more young people and more varied opportunities are provided, supported by a highly experienced youth worker and his team. Many of you will know Andy Fell from his work over the years in our community through the council but when that funding ceased and youth clubs stopped as a result, Andy returned to working for the community that he knows so well via Whitton Youth Partnership.

Who are Whitton Youth Partnership and where do they operate in our community of NW Ipswich?

Whitton Youth Partnership is a registered charity (no. 1155594), which was launched in 2014 to provide much needed services for socially and economically disadvantaged children & young people living, attending school or hanging out in the Whitton, Whitehouse & the Castle Hill areas of Ipswich, Suffolk.

Our aim is to help children & young people be safe, happy, aspirational, resilient, and able to make positive changes in their own lives and in their communities

WYP have provided some activities that have been funded or part funded by NWIBLT as part of an extended youth work agreement. These were ideas formulated between the Young Persons sub group of NWIBLT based upon what the community tell us & Jim at WYP:

A) Youth Worker: it was agreed to extend our contribution to the youth worker Andy Fell, he is continuing his excellent work with our young people and his contact has been extended to 2020

B) The Who’s in Charge Parenting Programmes: NWIBLT funded the 2018 programme which had 29 families who had been put forward by various agencies, there was a drop off but they had 15 families attending the 8 weekly sessions with great progress being made by the families attending

C)  Single Gender work – work with young men and young women is underway. The Young Men’s creative session being run as part of our Youth Hub work once per week until December, looking at music and photography will now be extended to run further sessions from January. This will link into our single gender work generally and we hope to begin some young women’s work this year as this group is proving more difficult to engage with. One of the great success stories from this is a young man now becoming a trainee youth worker with WYP and he has been instrumental in the success of the Young man’s group. The young woman group is progressing more slowly but more work around this will be done in 2019
D) D2U will hopefully be back up and running soon with a session worker helping Andy Fell facilitate the sessions

E) Duke of Edinburgh award scheme: The scheme in it’s current format had it’s funding from Suffolk County Council withdrawn as a cost cutting measure.  Andy Fell is in negotiations with lead officers from the council on this. WYP have held information sessions for young people and parents looking to be involved in the scheme.

F) Christmas Craft and play session was held over the festive period with funding from NWIBLT
Other WYP work

1) Junior Youth Club. This free club runs every Tuesday from 3.30p.m. and has restarted for the spring term. It will run now for the rest of the year.

2) Our free Movie Club continues to run one Saturday per month.

3) Holiday play activity days – provided free of charge. Our Christmas activity day was held on 20th December 2018, this was craft orientated with Christmas items being made as well the usual games being played. Again a great time was held by all, with a production line set up by the young people, to provide all who sat down for a hot meal with a homemade Christmas cracker. Again it was 36 young people actively engaged in a warm and safe environment with a hot meal provided all free of charge.

4) As part of our Youth Hub work plans are proceeding our senior youth club for those over 13 later this year

6) Detached youth work has been undertaken in response to the drugs/knife issues in the town plus work around the Castle Court/Garrick Way area where considerable anti-social behaviour has occurred. 18 sessions of 3 hrs each were worked (54 hrs in total). This resulted in 102 contacts with children / young people – contact is a meaningful conversation. There were also 30 non-contact – no meaningful conversation. 132 contacts in total with 48 individual young people of which there were 16 consistent – seen more than three times. Help, advice and signposting were given and the young people listened to. Some of the work outlined above will hopefully attract some of these young people to engage further.

World War One Exhibition and “Experience Remembrance “event for schools

This event was held in November over four days plus two services over the weekend of 10/11th November. Happy to report that it was a very successful week of events with six local schools taking part along with various uniformed organisations in the “Experience Remembrance” event, attendance at a special service on the Thursday on Christchurch Park, or in Whitton Churchyard. Hundreds of local people also visited the exhibition which received very good feedback with people still commenting on it.

NWIBLT will also soon have Learning Support sessions operating by Mal Pearson and a team of specialists for children needed that little bit extra support to thrive.


Chicken Holiday

In November Castle Hill School contacted us to see if we could help them by taking in their 7 chickens over the Christmas holidays when they would be shut. The idea of having cute, feathered & mobile ‘rotavators’ at the Community Garden was exciting but sadly not practical but we posted a plea on their behalf to the community and wow did you step up!
After many Shares, Likes & Tags local resident Alison kindly took them in & gave them a well deserved holiday. Caretaker Ian Field told us “they loved it so much they even restarted laying for her and a big thank you to you and the big trust”. Always happy to help 🙂

Applications for Grants

Please note that the Grants process is currently closed for review and will reopen asap. We apologise for any inconvenience caused whilst we undergo this essential work. Thank you.

Duke of Edinburgh in NW Ipswich

We are very proud to announce that we are supporting Whitton Youth Partnership to deliver The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme to young people in Year 9 or above and aged 18 or under. This has been a long term aim for both organisations and by approving funding we are finally able to get this up and running for our young people.

The DofE is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be.