Following Alister Gourlays retirement (see last issue), St Marys School has a new head teacher, James Leese (pictured), who took up the post at the beginning of this term. He was previously head teacher at St Edmunds Roman Catholic Primary in Bungay, and has had something of a peripatetic career born and raised in Glasgow, he spent the first 15 years of his working life designing IT systems in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia. The challenge of St Marys, he says, is to work with all concerned "in a new partnership to keep excellence in learning at the heart of our community."
Thousands of brightly clothed cyclists took to the roads and lanes of Suffolk on Saturday 13th September for the 27th Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Annual Bike Ride. It was a perfect day: the sun shone brightly, gentle breezes seemed to be always at the cyclists backs, and everyone enjoyed this worthwhile day. Individual riders, families and church groups made Woodbridge one of their beacons, as seven churches can be visited in 20 minutes (by the speedy) or in a couple of hours (by the more sedate). Over 120 participants visited St Marys this year and were welcomed by our team of recorders. The Woodbridge Maritime event that weekend helped to boost visitor numbers to the church; 50 or more sea-faring folk made their way up Church Street to visit us. Thank you very much to all who participated and made the Bike Ride such a success.
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