It is with great sadness the Trustees and volunteers of Woodbridge Tide Mill have learned of the death of Fred Reynolds. Fred was an inspiration to Woodbridge and through his many projects, often almost single-handed, he contributed a huge amount to the well-being of the community. After his retirement from the Tide Mill Managing Committee through ill health, he became a vice-patron of the Trust.
Fred was also tireless in support of the Community Hall and the WI markets held there. The Fred Reynolds Centre was a major project for the Kyson community and as a Town Councillor for many years, his hard work and dedication to the town of Woodbridge ensured he was one of the early Freeman of Woodbridge, once introduced.
But the Trust particularly remembers him for his last two projects. It was his energy and commitment that led to the renovation of the Tide Mill Quay and he went on to kick start the Tide Mill renovation.
Nigel Barratt, Chairman of the Tide Mill Trust said, “I have always acknowledged that, without the fantastic effort that Fred put in to developing the project in the first place, it probably would never have happened”. He went on, “When Fred pulled out after not succeeding in obtaining a Heritage Lottery Grant, I was amazed at the amount of work he had already put in and we were able to build on that foundation and ultimately succeed”.
“If all Fred is remembered by is the Tide Mill Quay and the Tide Mill, then that will be a lot more than many will be”, Nigel continued, “but those of us lucky enough to have known and worked with Fred and knew his dedication to Woodbridge, know he should, and hopefully will be, remembered for a lot, lot more”.
The Trust hopes the community of Woodbridge duly honours Fred for his services to the town over many years.
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