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Thursday 12/16/2004 8:06:36pm
Name: Dale Margery Rutherford
Email: doteaga1902(a)yahoo.co.uk
Town: Didcot, Oxfordshire
Message: I have recently found birth records for some of my ancestors in Woodbridge and thought I'd see if there was a website for the village.
Thanks for putting this here for us to browse through.
Regards, DMR

 

Saturday 11/27/2004 11:16:12am
Name: Marina
Email: -
Town: Paris France
Message: Sorry my English bad.
I love woodbridge, my family stay here for two weeks. We all love it. Sad to go home!
Great place to stay, in winter too!
Goodbye
Marina

 

Saturday 11/06/2004 4:05:02pm
Name: Doreen
Email: doreen(a)lugwardine.freeserve.co.uk
Town: Hereford
Message: I left Suffolk in 1961, I was born in Melton and lived for a time in Woodbridge, before the family moved to Ipswich. I love Woodbridge, and I must say it hasn't changed over the years. I try to visit when I come to Ipswich to see family, and I love it. Hope it never changes, the best place in Suffolk.

Wednesday 11/03/2004 6:52:17am
Name: Joanna Martin nee Shelcot/Coleman
Email: danandjoanna(a)msn.com
Town: Abilene Texas USA
Message: Wow... Its been 9 years since I moved out of Woodbridge at 28 y/o. I miss it sooo much. You have a really great site. My 16 y/o was 7 and she was delighted to see places she'd forgotten. My other kids were fascinated. Its so different. When they went to bed I snuck back in to look again and cried my eyes out I was so home sick.!!
Thanks for such are wonderful site.

Friday 10/29/2004 6:18:28pm
Name: Ron Jensen
Email: jensenr(a)mail.estripes.osd.mil
Town:
Message: Greetings: I am a reporter for Stars and Stripes, the daily newspaper for the U.S. military in Europe. I'm stationed at RAF Mildenhall. I'm looking for information on the closure of RAF Bentwaters. Specifically, I'd like to know how the closure affected the local area -- what changes did it make, both good and bad? How did the local area respond? Anyone with thoughts on this matter, please send me a message. I greatly appreciate it...
Ron Jensen,
Stars and Stripes.
RAF Mildenhall

Friday 10/29/2004 6:52:17am
Name: Samuel W.Watulatsu
Email: fdncuganda(a)yahoo.com & info(a)fdncuganda.org
Town: Mbale in Uganda
Message: Hello, I have got to your website during my search for twinning programs with Bungokho County, here in Uganda.
Your set up is good and we are looking for a town or city or county in England with which we can collaborate and enter into a twinning partnership.
If you have any ideas, please we will be greatful to hear from you.
sincerely,
Samuel W.watulatsu,
Foundation for Development of Needy Communities (FDNC)
P.O Box 2431, Mbale, Uganda.
Cellphone: +25677494285
Landline: +256 45 36011
Website at: http://www.fdncuganda.org

Wednesday 10/27/2004 7:35:20pm
Name: Jean Rose
Email: jr004g3382(a)blueyonder.co.uk
Town: DUDLEY
Message: MY HUSBAND & MYSELF LOVE WOODBRIDGE, BEEN 3 TIMES THIS YEAR. DO NOT ALLOW IT TO BE SPOILT BY REDEVELOPMENT, WE LOVE IT AS IT IS.
JEAN ROSE

Saturday 10/23/2004 3:22:12am
Name: Gordie
Email: mgordie1037(a)hotmail.com
Town: Kenosha Wi
Message: What was that small tea shop in Woodbridge called? On main street, down from the Kings Head pub I think.
Small tea room in the back. Sure miss Woodbridge, wish I remember who I use to hang with when I was in town. Used to go see the live plays at the ?? I think I only been to one live play here in the states. The river walks.

Tuesday 10/19/2004 2:04:34pm
Name: Maggie Widdop
Email: mama.62(a)btinternet.com
Town: Sutton on sea
Message: Luv your site.
Great Pictures.
Good information
Easy to navigate.

Friday 09/24/2004 0:26:53am
Name: Cathy Cadd
Email: cathycadd(a)aol.com
Town: Issaquah, Washington,
Message: I am looking for my daughter-in-law. Her father Carl Keen was born in Sheperds Grove in 1957. Would like to find anyone who knew his parents, Gene LeRoy and Phyllis Keen. Gene was in some kind of plane accident and in hospital for long time. Does anyone know how I can find info on this accident? Please email if you knew Gene or Phyllis. Thanks for you time and help.
Cathy Cadd

Saturday 09/18/2004 5:32:27pm
Name: Shirley Harvey
Email: picklepug(a)msn.com
Town: Yorktown va. USA
Message: Hello every one I am from Woodbridge, but lived in U.S. many years I still miss it very much. My husband died 7 years ago and I am disabled so I most likely will not get there again. I am scared to travel alone if any one would like to email me thats ok thank you.
Shirley

Sunday 09/12/2004 9:16:15pm
Name: Peter Gurney
Email: p.b.gurney(a)btinternet.com
Town: Bedford
Message: Have been to Woodbridge before but recently found one line of ancesters were there in the 1700`s.
William gross had children William 1780 Charles 1781 George 1782 Harry 1786 and others all chr. at St. Marys Woodbridge.
We plan to come for a few days to research the father whom we know nothing about. We have been coming to Minsmere for some time for the birds.
Regards Peter G.

Tuesday 08/24/2004 11:43:14pm
Name: Vivienne Scott
Email: eat(a)farthingsrestaurant.co.uk
Town: Southend on Sea
Message: We often visit Woodbridge it is a lovely town - just to wander for a couple of hours round the back streets and look at the lovely buildings.

Monday 08/02/2004 3:24:12am
Name: Roger L. DeMik
Email: rld.inc(a)charter.net
Town: Kingsport, Tennessee USA
Message: I received some correspondence from Dr. D.W.Bailey, 88 Pump St., Orford, nr. Woodbridge, Suffolk, requesting information from me on some American CW books. He could not contact me via E-mail and I would like to have someone either send me his e-mail address or forward this e-mail to him so that I can use the internet to communicate rather than the telephone or mail. Thank you very much. Roger DeMik

Monday 07/26/2004 2:45:00am
Name: Rose Powers (Nee McGillivray)
Email: rpfwb1(a)aol.com
Town: Eyke
Message: Spent all my teen years in Woodbridge, ran around with the Crisps Tina and Jill.
They were the good years... living in Florida now. I will be home in Sept, am going to the Farlingaye reunion, which will be something to see, hopefully I'll remember some of my school mates, I'll know "Hugone" for sure... hope to meet Linn for a pint...

Thursday 07/22/2004 7:37:58pm
Name: Brian Richman
Email: bjrichus(a)yahoo.com
Town: Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Message: I lived on Melton Hill in Woodbridge for just under a year in 2001 and loved the place. Perhaps my only regret is that it's so far away now - married a Texan and live in the USA now.

Sunday 07/18/2004 10:19:14pm
Name: Karen (White) Temme
Email: temfam2(a)comcast.net
Town: West Grove, Pennsylvania, USA
Message: My father (Wilfred Douglas White) was born and raised in Woodbridge, in a little cottage down Angel Lane. In fact, his brother John still lives there. My father was in the RAF and eventually was stationed in the Orkney Islands (north Scotland) where he met my mother. They were married in Lowestoft, England on 31 December, 1955. I have been to Woodbridge a few times, the last was in 1989 and would love to go back someday to show my children some of their ancestry. Does anyone have any info on genealogy of the Woodbridge/Suffolk area?

Wednesday 07/14/2004 4:01:17pm
Name: Art and Cynthia (Peasey) Pohlmann
Email: apohlman(a)swbell.net
Town: Altus, Oklahoma 73521
Message: My wife is formerly from Woodbridge. Her parents lived in Alpha Cottage near Nottcutts Nursery. Her father worked for that Nursery for over 60 years. I was assigned to RAF Woodbridge 52-56 and to RAF Bentwaters 66-67. We enjoy your Web Site. Thank you.

Saturday 06/19/2004 8:31:22pm
Name: John Cattermole
Email: jrcatt01(a)aol.com
Town: Crowthorne, Berkshire
Message: I was born in Woodbridge, working at the now closed St Audrys Hospital from 1975-1986 when I moved to Pheonix, Arizona, USA until 1989. Now back in UK workinng at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire. I have large collection of Woodbridge postcards (available on the Woodbridge site) and photographs. Enjoy all information related to Woodbridge.

Saturday 06/19/2004 3:54:46am
Name: Keith Pooley
Email: kippy(a)mergetel.com
Town: Welland,Ontario Canada
Message: Born in Woodbridge and proud of it. Trumpet the virtues of our lovely town to whomever will listen. I come back every chance I get as it is the true home for me.

Wednesday 07/14/2004 2:19:07pm
Name: Ron Hastings
Email: bevronha(a)vei.net
Town: Peoria IL USA
Message: I was stationed at RAF Woodbridge from 55-58. I enjoyed the time spent there.
[And provided some pictures for this web site! - Linn Barringer]

Sunday 07/11/2004 6:39:23pm
Name: Sally Sawyer
Email: Salann99(a)msn.com
Town: Phoenix, Arizona US
Message: A man I was and will always be in Love with, Dean Robert Carpenter and his beloved sister Julie Smith are both with the Lord now... I miss them both terribly. Dean showed me this site, his favorite place was Fen Meadow. Thanks for the lovely pictures they help ease my sorrow. I hope to visit some day, especially to Fen Meadow.
I would love to chat with anyone who was fortunate like me to know Dean and Julie. Two of the sweetest people I've ever known. I truly feel blessed.
Sincerely,
Sally Sawyer

Thursday 07/08/2004 3:13:46pm
Name: Suzanne Baldock
Email: suzanne.baldock(a)ntlworld.com
Town: Milton Keynes
Message: I enjoyed looking at the site, my grandparents lived on Edwin Avenue, and also my dad, aunts and uncles grew up there.

Sunday 06/27/2004 3:36:16pm
Name: jamescarter
Email: jh.carter(a)virgin.net
Town: woodbridge
Message: [none]

Thursday 06/24/2004 10:06:19pm
Name: Rico Camacho
Email: rico(a)ricocamacho.com
Town: San Francisco Ca
Message: Checking out the home of my new mate from UK, My friend Andrew Corston is a great guy and deserving of further investigation.
People from UK are Awesome...

Wednesday 05/26/2004 9:46:38am
Name: Samuel W. watulatsu
Email: fdncuganda(a)yahoo.com
Town: Mbale, Uganda (East Africa), Africa.
Message: Enjoyed as a list member to check some bands in Europe and have seen some activities that you do with the band.
Would love to get contacts and partner and twin with Bands in the North.
Do you think this would be a welcome idea with you over there?
Please see the photos of the Band here in uganda at www.fdncuganda.8m.net
It will be wonderful to hear from you.

Saturday 05/08/2004 3:42:52pm
Name: Charlene Sisco
Email: oldmoonstones(a)aol.com
Town: Canton, Michigan, US
Message: I am from Michigan in the US, and I need your help, please. Back in the 1960's I had a pen friend from Suffolk. We wrote for many years, but as it usually happens, we lost touch. I have been searching for her since 1979 to no avail. I have even telephoned Suffolk to see if I could find her but I ended up with zero results. Could you please help me? The last information I had on her (mind you, we were about 14 years old at the time) is as follows:
Mary Spall
Pear Tree Farm
Charsfield, Woodbridge
Suffolk, England.
I would dearly love to locate her, since I am now in my 50's. Is there any way you might be able to forward this information on to someone who might be able to help me find her? Being somewhat limited in my computer expertise, this is the closest I could come to finding a sight in that area of your country. Any assistance you could give me would be greatly appreciated. I am sure that she has married and changed her name, which makes my efforts even more difficult. Please help me find my old friend, or please point me in whatever direction I need to go to find her. God bless you for anything you can do to help me.. My maiden name was Charlene Sisco from Westland, Michigan. Thank you...so very much.
Charlene (Sisco) Falardeau

Sunday 05/02/2004 11:48:29pm
Name: Cathy Bylinski
Email: ceeabee(a)verizon.net
Town: Woodbridge, New Jersey (USA)
Message: I'm a member of the Woodbridge, New Jersey (USA) Historical Association and visited your lovely town several years ago with friends from Essex. I've been interested in any connection there may be between our communities. I've established a link with Woodbridge, Connecticut - our first printer was their first printer and an associate of Benjamin Franklin. Their community was named for Reverend Woodbridge, pastor of a church in their community, but as he died in that office one can only speculate that our township is named for him. Any insight you may offer as to how to research emigres from your Woodbridge to either the community in Connecticut or New Jersey would be sincerely appreciated!

Sunday 04/25/2004 11:57:37pm
Name: Tony Andrews
Email: aja44(a)internode.on.net
Town:
Message: Like the site very much.
My wife's grandfather, William Welton, was born in Farlingaye Hall in the 19th century. He married here in Australia and eventually settled in Adelaide.

Thursday 04/22/2004 1:56:26pm
Name: Heather Stevely
Email: fraoch(a)stevely45.freeserve.co.uk
Town: Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute, Scotland
Message: Great memories of Woodbridge as a young girl in the 1950s, spending 6 weeks summer holidays there every year with grandmother and great aunts who lived there.

Wednesday 04/21/2004 10:36:51pm
Name: Rachel Jolley
Email: razzie(a)onetel.net.uk
Town: Colchester, Essex
Message: Just returned from a wonderful few days in Woodbridge, fallen in love with the place, found the people to be so nice and am now gearing up to move there!

Sunday 04/25/2004 2:49:42pm
Name: Patricia Berry (nee Barker)
Email: Sonnyspat(a)aol.com
Town: Queensbury, New York
Message: I grew up in Woodbridge. Married an American from Woodbridge Base. Moved to the US in 1962. Woodbridge is such a wonderful town and I am proud to say that I came from there.

Monday 04/19/2004 10:23:01am
Name: Penny Moon
E-Mail: theoffice(a)mrsjanegoodltd.co.uk
From: Woodbridge, Suffolk - www.MrsJaneGoodLtd.co.uk
Message: Proud to feature on your website, Linn.

 

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Tuesday 12/21/2004 2:04:40am
Name: Lee O'Quinn 1988-1992
Email: leeoquinn(a)cfl.rr.com
Town: Melbourne, FL
Message: Best place to live (ever). My family really loved our stay. We made really great friends... hope we might be reunited through your web site. Thanks for the wonderful pictures and memories... We hope to return for a visit someday.

Thursday 12/16/2004 3:27:50am
Name: Elizabeth Garner
Email: garne036(a)bama.ua.edu
Town:
Message: I lived in Suffolk from 89-92 while my dad was stationed at Bentwaters. I've been looking through all the beautiful pictures, mostly its just like I remembered. Can you tell me if The Cake Shop is still open? I used to love looking in their windows at the animal breads (platypus, hedgehogs, etc.) I hope to be able to come back soon!
[I replied - yes, the Cake Shop is still open - Linn Barringer]

Tuesday 12/14/2004 3:47:07am
Name: Gordie
Email: use2bayooper(a)execpc.com
Town: Kenosha Wi
Message: I look forward to reading all of Linn's and Jim's guest books.
I was station at BWaters from 1956 to 1958.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of the people of Ipswich, Woodbridge, and Cornwall.

Saturday 12/11/2004 7:43:02pm
Name: Steve Hutchinson
Email: Aetna66(a)comcast.net
Town: Woodbrige
Message: I was stationed at RAF Bentwaters from
1967 to 1970 and it has been and will always be one of the best times of
my life. I would love to hear from anyone that was there at that time. Also looking for Ed "Fast Eddie" Throckmorton.
I want to thank all of the British people who made my tour so
enjoyable. I hope to return before it's too late.
Steve

Thursday 12/09/2004 4:27:10pm
Name: Joe Wommack
Email: enfrwommack(a)aol.com
Town: Lakeland,Fl
Message: I keep coming back to Linn's sites, can't get enough of reading about the good times and people in England, looking at guest books for people I might have known, have cantacted some this way. OUTSTANDING WEB

Thursday 11/18/2004 7:48:19pm
Name: Al Thompson
Email: f15emaddawg(a)hotmail.com
Town: Toronto,Canada
Message: I Hated my years in England. Because I thought the guys in France were having more fun. So on one of the trips, we broke down in Evereaux, Fr. I spent a week there and had a helluva good time. But I went back to England with a newfound appreciation for everything "English". After all of the years since... it's still England.

Thursday 11/18/2004 2:02:07pm
Name: Kenneth Snow / Snowman
Email: wr0229(a)aol.com
Town: Bawdsey
Message: B/W 1982-1984 511th AMB crew chief.
It is great to find this web site. My oppinion is the same as all. I loved my time there. I did get to go back in 1987 as apart of my honeymoon, and hope to return again. I rented a house in Bawdsey, while stationed at B/W and paid my electric bill in Woodbridge, at the store that sold appliances. Beautiful town great to see the pics posted, brings back wonderful memories. Hello to all of you great folks of Woodbridge.

Thursday 11/18/2004 3:04:32am
Name: William G Williams
Email: grampafisher(a)yahoo.com
Town: Belleville Illinois USA
Message: Lived in Woodbridge town 1974-1976 in the US Military housing. Was a most memorable stay. A big thank you to all the wonderful people of Woodbridge and the surrounding area. My local pubs were the Crown Hotel & the Tavern just outside of town towards the twin Bases. Gibby Gibbons was a real good friend of mine, He was English. If you are out there give me a line.
Willie Williams

Wednesday 11/17/2004 7:40:58pm
Name: Scott Gilmore
Email: gilmore1011(a)yahoo.com
Town: Felixstowe
Message: I was in the 92TFS from 80-82. Used to go to the Hotel De Novo and had a flat above the Grand or Grand Bell I think? was right off the water. I miss the Ploughmans lunch. Would like to hear from anyone who I might have known.

Saturday 11/13/2004 11:31:47am
Name: John Dowd
Email: flashj1(a)aol.com
Town: Tampa, Fl
Message: Was assigned to the 2164th Comm Gp Woodbridge/Bentwaters 1960 thru 1963.
Hung around with John L. Montgomery (2164th from PA) (best man), Jim Abbruzi (Comm Sq from RI), Rick Lombardo (Air Police- RI) Paul Cahill (AP - from MA) Geral H. Achin (Comm Sq from MA), Lee A. Lafever (Comm Sq From WI)

Sunday 11/07/2004 12:05:30am
Name: Rebecca (Becky) Blackwell
Email: jbbj1199(a)earthlink.net
Town: Bradenton, Fl, USA
Message: I arrived in Suffolk in 1970-1974 my husband was station at RAF Bentwaters and lived near Hacheston, then Badingham. I fell in love with Suffolk and the quaint villages in the area.
We were lucky to return to Bentwaters in 1986-1989 and was thrilled to be back to spend time with our English friends. We sold all our furniture this time around, so I could could furnish my home with furniture from the 1930's-40's which I did and I still own today. I've been told by everyone that visits us "Your home is like 'A Bit of Old England'" which makes me so happy. I stumbled across the website that has all the photos of the towns and villages and was thrilled to see all the places that I loved to visit. My wish one day is to come back and visit our friends there and drive thru the countryside again. I do miss England. Cheers to all

Saturday 10/30/2004 11:35:05pm
Name: Dennis Herdina
Email: FMFDOC6(a)YAHOO.COM
Town: Silver Bay Mn
Message: Stationed there 1970 to 1972. Worked CBPO (PERSONNEL) Many memories of that area, especially Eyke and Aldeburgh especially the fish and chip shop in aldeburgh. Many friends there. Does anybody know Ray and Pauline Wagner? They were married in Ipswich in 1971. Pauline was from Ipswich. I miss the area and often wish i could go back the years are slipping by fast but the memories are still fresh
Dennis J Herdina SSgt USAF Retired

Friday 10/29/2004 9:47:51pm
Name: Jerry L. Epley
Email: Jlewildcatfan(a)aol.com
Town: St. Cloud, Florida...USA
Message: I was stationed at B/W & W/B from Feb. '63 til May '65. Had a great time and really enjoyed England and the friendly people...

Friday 10/29/2004 3:24:11pm
Name: James Panetta
Email: jamespan(a)michcom.net
Town: Lansing Michigan U.S.A.
Message: I was stationed at BW 1974-76 I wish I could have stayed longer. I was much younger then and didn't really understand the opportunities for travel.
Enjoyed the places I seen though. Thank you.

Saturday 10/23/2004 3:22:12am
Name: Gordie
Email: mgordie1037(a)hotmail.com
Town: Kenosha Wi
Message: What was that small tea shop in Woodbridge called? On main street, down from the Kings Head pub I think.
Small tea room in the back. Sure miss Woodbridge, wish I remember who I use to hang with when I was in town. Used to go see the live plays at the ?? I think I only been to one live play here in the states. The river walks.

Friday 10/22/2004 7:49:45pm
Name: Deirdre Ellington Trzcinski
Email: det(a)skylinesoutheast.com
Town: Alpharetta, Georgia USA
Message: [no message left]

Saturday 10/09/2004 2:41:42am
Name: Anne
Email:
Town: Eyke (formerly) now Belleville, IL, USA
Message: I lived in Suffolk for three years when my dad was stationed at Bentwaters from 1989-1992. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I plan to go back someday, maybe even to live again. This part of England just contrasts so much from America, but in a good way. I love coming back to this site to see photos from where I used to live and will continue to visit.

Friday 09/24/2004 0:26:53am
Name: Cathy Cadd
Email: cathycadd(a)aol.com
Town: Issaquah, Washington,
Message: I am looking for my daughter-in-law. Her father Carl Keen was born in Shepherds Grove in 1957. Would like to find anyone who knew his parents, Gene LeRoy and Phyllis Keen. Gene was in some kind of plane accident and in hospital for long time. Does anyone know how I can find info on this accident? Please email if you knew Gene or Phyllis. Thanks for you time and help.
Cathy Cadd

Sunday 09/12/2004 5:28:55pm
Name: Evert Fowle
Email: evert2004(a)adelphia.net
Town: Vassalboro, Maine USA
Message: I attended the Woodbridge School in 1973. My family lived in Woodbridge and my father was working at RAF Orfordness on a joint Anglo-American project. The Woodbridge School was a classic English Grammar School for boys at that time, and was quite a shock for a young American from a public high school in the USA. I remember hearing of plans to convert Woodbridge School into a modern co-educational school while in attendance at the school, a prospect which was greeted without enthusiasm by most of my classmates.
While I was at Woodbridge for only a relatively short time, Woodbrige did have a positive impact on my development and I look back to those days with fond memories.

Friday 09/03/2004 8:59:52pm
Name: James Panetta
Email: jamespan(a)michcom.net
Town: Lansing Michigan, USA
Message: I was at Bentwaters, Woodbridge from 1974-976. I really enjoyed traveling around England when I could. Real exciting experience for me. Now that I've been back in the States for a number of years I seen dozens of places I could have visited. Oh Well, that's the way it is.

Friday 09/03/2004 7:16:54pm
Name: William G Williams
Email: grampafisher(a)yahoo.com
Town: Belleville Illinois USA
Message: Myself and my family [Maxine wife Pamela Daughter Brian Son Scotty Son Nanette who was born there a daughter]lived in Woodbridge from 1973-1976 while stationed at RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge. Best area in the world. I was treated like a local and played on the dart team at the Tavern it was by the train crossing. If any one would care to e-mail me do so please.
Thank you for your time and effort
Bill Williams

Wednesday 08/25/2004 4:17:07am
Name: Ted Heineck
Email: tedheineck(a)comcast.net
Town: Salem, Oregon
Message: Was based at RAF Bentwaters 1969-1973, 91st TFS then 81st TFW.
Joined the Deben Players - the only American at that time in the group.
Interested in hearing from hearing from anyone who knew me back then!

Tuesday 08/24/2004 5:49:24pm
Name: William (Willie) Miller
Email: wlm35(a)webtv.net
Town: Proctorville, OH
Message: I just finished reading all ten pages in the Noticeboard. I was stationed at Shepherds Grove from 54-57 in the 78th FBS. What jumped out at me while reading the entries was the general trend of feelings in all was the same as mine. That our tours in England were for the most part (there were a few encounters with some Teddy Boys in London I would rather forget, Ha.) an enjoyable time. Not only for the lasting friendships that were formed but because the English people treated us so kindly. What a great country and people. Was back to visit in 85 and 95 and hope to go again. What fond memories to be able to have. I'm thankful that I had the good fortune to be in England at the right time for me.

Tuesday 08/24/2004 2:25:00am
Name: Barbara Hawkins (Baldry)
Email: britagt(a)msn.com
Town: Tempe, Arizona
Message: Worked in the BX at Bentwaters from 1955-60, did some days at Woodbridge, managed BX at Wattisham (1261st) radar site from 1960-64, have been contacted by a few of the guys, would like to hear from more, such fun times! Met my husband in Phoenix Arizona in 1970, go home every other year to rejuvenate myself, saw my first movie in the tin shed by the railway track in Woodbridge back about 1947.

Monday 08/23/2004 11:46:46pm
Name: Col. William C. Dickman
Email: madena(a)satx.rr.com
Town: San Antonio, Texas
Message: STATIONED AT BENTWATERS TWIN BASES FROM 1991-1993. RETIRED FROM USMC 1980 AND WORKED FOR AIRFORCE 1085-1996. LIVED AT FOXBURROW FARMS IN MELTON.
WAS ASST SERVICE CHIEF AND LATER SERVICE CHIEF. LEFT UK IN 1993.
GREAT PLACE AND WE STILL HAVE MANY FRIENDS WHO VISIT US FREQUENTLY IN USA.
CONGRATS ON YOUR BOOK.
BILL AND MARTHA DICKMAN

Monday 08/23/2004 9:29:30pm
Name: David Moore (Country)
Email: moor7887(a)bellsouth.net
Town: Palmetto GA. usa
Message: I was stationed at both bases (Bentwaters and Woodbridge) from 64-67 loved every moment of it I was in the fire dept. Went with a girl from Ipswich her name was Shirley Goring she went to school and worked at the hospital in Ipswich she also worked at the Running Buck if anyone remembers me send an email I will answer.

Monday 08/23/2004 7:57:24pm
Name: Tom Bastian
Email: tbastian02(a)aol.com
Town: Hollesley
Message: I was stationed at Bentwaters/Woodbridge from 1983-1989. I worked for 4 years at the Bentwaters fire department and then two years at the base gym on Bentwaters. Lived on both bases during my stay and then moved to Hollesley during my last year.
Absolutely loved my six years in England and wish I could have stayed. (Job prospects were much better in the U.S.)
Traveled throughout Europe while there and enjoyed Scotland, Holland, Belgium, and Germany. Was also able to visit Greece and Morocco during this time.
I plan to take my wife and three children over to England one day and we will surely visit Woodbridge, Ipswich, Felixstowe, and Hollesley.
Anyone stationed there during this time frame who remembers me from either the Fire Department, Dorms, or Base Gym please e-mail me.
Great site Linn!!!!

Monday 08/23/2004 7:47:45pm
Name: Randall Groombridge
Email: rgroombridge(a)tarrantcounty.com
Town: RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge
Message: Was stationed at RAF Bentwaters/ Woodbridge, July 1972 - July 1974 as a Security Police/Law Enforcement. Could not believe my luck getting to live in England with all my expenses paid. Ended up living in England for 8 years (on 3 different tours of duty). What a beautiful country and such "Great" people and memories.

Monday 08/23/2004 7:16:31pm
Name: Edward J. Hundley (Ed)
Email: hundeej(a)bp.com hundleyed(a)netnitco.net
Town: Munster, Indiana
Message: Was stationed at Bentwaters from May 62 through May 65. What a beautiful country and people. Hope to return for a visit some day.

Saturday 08/21/2004 4:08:36am
Name: Norman A. Dixon
Email: alleycatsnad(a)aol.com
Town: Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Message: I came to Woodbridge from Shepherds Grove with the 78th FBS, work as a C/C on the F101F Voodoo, I was in England from 1956 to 1959, spending time at Schulthorpe, Shepherds Grove and the twin bases, some time at Bentwaters. Enjoy my time in England, I would like to hear from some of my old buddies I worked with.

Friday 08/20/2004 1:15:25am
Name: Philip Williams
Email: wily8runer(a)hotmail.com
Town: redding, california, usa
Message: I was stationed in Woodbridge near Tunstall in the US air force in the 90s. I loved it there and wish to return some day.

Wednesday 08/18/2004 2:59:24pm
Name: James Panetta
Email: jamespan(a)michcom.net
Town: Lansing Michigan, USA
Message: I finally got time to open up some of my email. I was really impressed with the photographs of the towns. I was in England at Bentwaters Woodbridge from 1974-76. I really enjoyed my tour there. There are many times when I recall my stay and the many trips to different places I took with fondness.
Maybe someday I will go back to do that again. Anyway I will being looking at the photos and enjoying area again.
Thanks very much,

Wednesday 08/18/2004 4:45:18am
Name: Roy Cantey
Email: rcantey(a)juno.com
Town: Goldsboro,N.CAR.
Message: Stationed at Woodbridge 1952-1956 with the 79th FTR. BMB. SQ. Stationed at Bentwaters 1957-1961 81st A&E Sqdn. Lived in Woodbridge town. Two of our children were born there. Many happy memories. Our friends Grady & Brenda Massey still live in Woodbridge.

Monday 08/16/2004 4:54:32pm
Name: Delton Thibodeaux
Email: delthibodeaux(a)yahoo.com
Town: Bentwaters RAF
Message: I spent 3 wonderful years at Bentwaters, 1963-1965. Looking for Toya and Morris Black, friends who lived in Leiston. Thanks

Saturday 08/14/2004 11:08:45am
Name: DONALD STAAB LTC USAF (RET)
Email: don staab(a)netscape.com
Town: Sacramento CA
Message: I was one of the original USAF cadre who served along with the RAF in 1951 to prepare for the arrival of 81TFW. The RAF officers were wonderful to us. I lived at Melton Grange and had a close friendship with the owners, George and Kay Brown, both now deceased. My regular pubs were the Bull in Woodbridge and the White Hart in Saxmundham. I have nothing but warm memories of my time at Bentwaters and the beautiful people of Woodbridge and Saxmundham as well as my RAF comrades.

Sunday 08/01/2004 3:10:47pm
Name: VALERIE KOSUDA
Email: kosudaj(at)bellsouth.net 
Town: LOWESTOFT SUFFOLK, NOW GOLDSBORO N.C,
Message: ENJOY THIS SITE SO MUCH, HOPE WE HEAR FROM SOME PEOPLE WE KNEW, WE WERE MARRIED AUGUST 4TH 1956. JOE WAS IN 81ST FIELD MAINTENANCE HYDRALICS.
BYE VAL

Sunday 08/01/2004 2:09:23am
Name: Lonnie Collins
Email: LOCOLLINS(a)PBTCOMM.NET
Town: Woodbridge RAF station
Message: With the 79th Fire Dpartment May 1952 - Oct 1953. Took a lot of Pictures, bought a few post cards, scanned them to a slide show. Hope to convert my slides this winter, though some of them haven't fared well.

Friday 07/23/2004 2:09:01pm
Name: Larry Hammer, Capt, USAF (Retired)
Email: Llarhamm2(a)aol.com
Town: Chicago, Illinois
Message: Greetings, In the future, I plan on returning to the ole aerodromes-RAF Bentwaters & RAF Woodbridge with my wife and 3 daughters. From Feb 71 to Dec 74, the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing was my first USAF assignment and I have many fond memories of Suffolk and East Anglia in general. Of course, Woodbridge will be one of my primary points of interests. The scene of my first meal of "Fish & Chips". Till then, warmest regards.
Capt Larry Hammer

Thursday 07/22/2004 7:37:58pm
Name: Brian Richman
Email: bjrichus(a)yahoo.com
Town: Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Message: I lived on Melton Hill in Woodbridge for just under a year in 2001 and loved the place. Perhaps my only regret is that it's so far away now - married a Texan and live in the USA now.

Wednesday 07/14/2004 4:01:17pm
Name: Art and Cynthia (Peasey) Pohlmann
Email: apohlman(a)swbell.net
Town: Altus, Oklahoma 73521
Message: My wife is formerly from Woodbridge. Her parents lived in Alpha Cottage near Nottcutts Nursery. Her father worked for that Nursery for over 60 years. I was assigned to RAF Woodbridge 52-56 and to RAF Bentwaters 66-67. We enjoy your Web Site. Thank you.

Thursday 06/17/2004 8:27:40pm
Name: Eileen (Bourgeois) Blanchard
Email:- now unavailable 25.5.06/LB
Town: Andrews AFB, Maryland
Message: Hello! I lived at RAF Bentwaters from May 1991 - May 1993. I have such wonderful memories of my time spent there. What a beautiful part of England! I had many British and American friends while stationed there. If any of you are reading this, please email me. I would love to hear from you. My husband Yancey (Blanchard), who was also stationed in the U.K., and I are stationed in Maryland and now have two little ones, Zoe and Max. We are planning to visit Woodbridge in the next few years; we cannot wait. It feels like home.

Wednesday 07/14/2004 2:19:07pm
Name: Ron Hastings
Email: bevronha(a)vei.net
Town: Peoria IL USA
Message: I was stationed at RAF Woodbridge from 55-58. I enjoyed the time spent there.
[And provided some pictures for this web site! - Linn Barringer]

Thursday 06/17/2004 6:42:04pm
Name: THOMAS R. WHITE
Email: t6006white(a)sbcglobal.net
Town: Bury St.Edmounds
Message: I want to say thanks. It has been a long time since I was stationed their at Sheperds Grove from 1955 to fall of 1957.
The last time I was their was 1n 1973 whene I was stationed in Germany.
Thanks MATES CHEERS TO ALL OF YOU
TOM WHITE

Saturday 05/08/2004 8:25:18am
Name: Bill McKeon
Email: phantomphixer85(a)hotmail.com
Town: Ipswich
Message: Stationed at RAF Woodbridge from 1970 - 1974. I was in the 67th ARRS. Still have many fond memories of my years in England.

Wednesday 05/05/2004 1:11:32am
Name: ADRIAN H. HUNT
Email: huntadrian(a)sbcglobal.net
Town: SEARCY, ARKANSAS
Message: I was stationed at MSAB from 1943 until 1945 enjoyed it very much.

Tuesday 05/04/2004 8:41:36pm
Name: JOE KOSUDA
Email: UKVALLY(a)AOL.COM
Town: GOLDSBORO NORTH CAROLINA
Message: WAS AT BENTWATERS IN THE 81ST FLD MAT
FROM NOVEMBER 1955 TO NOVEMBER 1959 WAS IN THE HYDRULIC SHOP, I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM MY BUDDIES.

Sunday 04/25/2004 2:49:42pm
Name: Patricia Berry (nee Barker)
Email: Sonnyspat(a)aol.com
Town: Queensbury, New York
Message: I grew up in Woodbridge. Married an American from Woodbridge Base. Moved to the US in 1962. Woodbridge is such a wonderful town and I am proud to say that I came from there.

Wednesday 04/21/2004 1:11:31am
Name: Jim and Vicki Sedlak
Email: tuppervik(a)buckeye-express.com
Town: Perrysburg Ohio USA
Message: My husband and I were married in Woodbridge in 1989. (I flew over to be with him at the age of 19) He was stationed at RAF Bentwaters from 89 - 92. Wonderful memories of England. Can't wait to show our kids where our married life started!

Thursday 04/15/2004 10:03:24pm
Name: harland Zell
E-Mail: hm.zell(a)sbcglobal.net
From: Hazelwood, Mo (St Louis)
Message: Greetings, I have very much interest and fond memories of that nice little village of Woodbridge and those nice people there. I was stationed at RAF Bentwaters from Sep 51 to Sep 54.
I have hopes that one day another of our reunions of that outfit (81st TFW) will be back there. Cheers, Harland

Wednesday 04/14/2004 8:35:09pm
Name: Jo Ettinger
E-Mail: djettinger(a)yahoo.com
From: New Orleans, Louisiana
Message: I spent 1970-1972 in Woodbridge, as my dad was stationed at the American Air Force Base there. My family became close to the Whittaker family, and my sister belonged to the Deben Players. Some of the best times of my childhood were in Woodbridge. I hope to return for a visit one day.


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