Red Gables

Ipswich Road



IP14 3BE

01449 673947
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Red Gables, Ipswich Road, Stowmarket is owned by Mid Suffolk Voluntary Organisations Forum

Registered Charity 1073101   Company No 3666606

Trustees at Red Gables

Lawrence Reekie is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and qualified director. Having trained and operated as a Business Coach for 14 years he is now semi retired and has been Chair of the Board of Trustees since November 2018.

Brij Sharma, Treasurer 

Colin Lay developed his skills as a gardener through our Garden Project and he has also set up his own small local gardening business. As well as being a Trustee, Colin is also our ‘Head Gardener’.


Mark Coburn has been one of the Lunch Club volunteers since its launch in 2012. He had previously volunteered for the Thorntrees Lunch Club and volunteers for a number of local groups. He is also handy with an ukulele.


Sue Hollands is a retired teacher and has recently managed the Oxfam shop in Stowmarket. Thus she has a keen interest in encouraging people into volunteering.

Sue Vincent, joined the Board as a Trustee in July 2017. Trained as a Nurse and Midwife. Worked in the Health Service and in the Army at home and abroad. Has volunteered for the Alzheimer’s Society for the last 10 years. Runs the Dementia Café with Mark Coburn.

Colin Biginton

Marguerite Calver

Trustees & Staff


Robert Horn, Manager of Red Gables, has a background in construction and event management. He has been advising village halls for over 15 years and is passionate about community buildings and how they can enrich people's lives.

Jackie Claridge is our Finance & Administrative Officer and Company Secretary. She looks after our bookings, the day to day finances and ‘front of house’ reception, ensuring that our visitors, users and tenants have a welcoming friendly face.

Marian Mitchell, our cleaner, has worked at Red Gables for many years. She is not only a friendly face around but she always strives to ensure that Red Gables and Redwoods are presentable for tenants and user groups.


Keith Horrex keeps us in good shape and has been doing so for many years. He is our caretaker and maintenance expert, ensuring that security is sound and that small maintenance jobs to the buildings and property are skillfully carried



At Red Gables our volunteers play a considerable and important role in keeping us running and helping to run our various 'wellbeing projects'. We have over 35 who help us, including 15 for the Garden Group and 13 at the Lunch Club.

In the office we depend on volunteers to carry out important roles.


Helen Carless has developed this brilliant website for us and produces all of our marketing leaflets, as well as running our Facebook page and completing the booking and admin for the Lunch Club.


Betty Spencer volunteers in the office and has sorted out our filing system and archive. She undertakes a number of administrative jobs for us and runs the new ‘Friends of Red Gables’ service.


Jack Kennedy has been with us for many years and is a great help welcoming the Redwoods Lunch Club diners, calling their regular raffle and carrying out odd jobs in the office.


Sue Hollands as well as being a Trustee at Red Gables, Sue also runs our volunteering ‘drop in’, trying to match those who would like to volunteer with organisations that need extra help.