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

Stuart Weston joined the Board as Treasurer in September 2015. He is a qualified and very experienced company accountant who has also been involved with a number of charities and groups locally.


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

Lawrence Reekie

Trustees & Staff


Martyn Burnside has been Manager at Red Gables for 4 years now. His background is in local government and he has 8 years working in the charitable sector. Martyn is very approachable and always willing to help.


Robert Horn

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.

Helen Carless


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.