Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 1612 Bedfords Review | Issue Four artists' work and see new things.” While Rebecca commutes between London and Suffolk, Ryan is embarking on an exciting project nearer to home. He has bought the Lindos Centre in Melton near Woodbridge and is converting it into his own studio with provision for several other multi-disciplinary residency spaces. Historically, London is quiet in July and August so Rebecca decided to put on a summer show in Woodbridge. She found an amenable space in the town Thoroughfare, siting the gallery within a living environment. “In fact,” says Rebecca, “the attendance was incredible. We had more visitors in Woodbridge than at our previous summer show in London. There's a strong cultural awareness in the area. I specialise in contemporary art, which can be a challenge, but it was very well received.” So much so that she is intending to bring her collection of eclectic art back to Woodbridge in 2017. CLARE PERKINS Mayoron a mission “I have wanted to live in Woodbridge for thirty-five years and now, at last, I do.” So says Clare Perkins, who has not only achieved this ambition, but is due to take over as the town's Mayor in May 2017. Clare is a very busy businesswoman, forever on the go and, as is so often the case with busy people, she takes on extra responsibilities at the drop of a (Mayoral) hat. Having spent over two years on the council, Clare is currently deputy to Stephen Atwell and, she says, feels privileged to have been elected. “It’s my chance to give something back to this fantastic community. In September, I’m planning an exciting ‘son et lumière’ programme on Market Hill, finishing with a full-on Anglo-Saxon feast in aid of two local charities. “It is the least I can do while I’m Mayor. It’s just wonderful to have so many talented people willing to help make Woodbridge a brilliant place to be – and not just for next summer!” DAVID WRIGHT Award-winning baker, coffee blender and businessman David Wright is at the heart of Woodbridge's food revolution. A third- generation baker, he came back to the town when his parents handed over the business to him and his sisters in 2012. They have whisked The Cake Shop Bakery into the twenty-first century, experimenting with different flours and flavours for their award-winning breads. Then there's The Fire Station, the Wrights' next-door café, which opens every Friday evening, transformed into a lively cocktail bar. David spearheads a group of young people in the food industry, The Suffolk Young Producers, who reinvigorate family businesses and work together to promote the good food of Suffolk. As David is keen to point out, “It's all part of encouraging people to come to Suffolk, to share what we have.” Below: Architects Feilden & Mawson's view of Whisstocks from Tide Mill MARKET PERSPECTIVE Michael Bedford shares his professional insight “I quite understand why Woodbridge is so popularand why it's recognised as one of the best places to live,” says Michael Bedford, of Bedfords Estate Agents. “It has all the fundamentals that keep country towns alive – not just the shops, culture and commerce. There's a big sailing community, tennis and golf, and with the coast nearby, it's perfect foroutdoorlife. Trains go to Ipswich and London, so it's easy to commute. Of course, we know the town and region inside out, but keep a widerview of the markets through our London office and links around the country.” In a sure sign of positive times ahead, two majorredevelopments are in the pipeline. Bedfords have exciting plans forthe old council buildings, proposing a development of ultra- modern apartments. The Whisstocks Project, designed by Feilden & Mawson, will be a ‘living’ museum with a complex of homes and shops. Michael welcomes the ‘new’ Woodbridge. “It's rooted in heritage but is forward-looking, galvanised by a wave of young people moving here to live and work, and they're loving it. They can spread theirwings, enjoy the space, but still keep in touch with cities and city life – the best of both worlds.” Exceptional People