The chair of a Suffolk art club has spoken of members' 'deep sense of sadness' that they had taken part in their final sessions before leaving their home.

Woodbridge Art Club's lease on its Tide Mill Way base is set to expire on Sunday (March 31) and the town council, which owns the venue, has not offered a new lease as it seeks to make the property available for wider community use.

So the club's different sections have had to find alternative venues to meet, with the painters and lacemakers using the 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts' Tide Mill Way HQ, while the photographers have moved to Lime Kiln Quay Road and the potters to Felixstowe.

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The club's chair Jean Maxwell said: "There has been a deep feeling of sadness this last week as members took part in our final sessions at the Woodbridge Art Club in Tide Mill Way.

"With the town council not renewing our lease, we are having to disperse to three separate venues, painters, lacemakers and photographers in Woodbridge and the potters to Felixstowe.

East Anglian Daily Times: Woodbridge Art Club's home in Tide Mill WayWoodbridge Art Club's home in Tide Mill Way (Image: Submitted)"We remain hopeful that, as promised, one day we can share this space and rent some time each week, but it seems not until the roof and repair work have been achieved."

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In August, the EADT revealed that repairs were going to be carried out to the Tide Mill Way property's roof before it was made available to the wider community.

Jean added: "So, for now, dispersed and fractured we may be, but not destroyed and we continue to hope for resurrection in the place by the estuary we have loved and maintained for so long."

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