The Society postcards, 25p each or £l.50 for the set of six, and the booklet
on the history of Pykenham's Gatehouse are available from Ian Chilvers or at
Pykenham's Gatehouse Open Mornings, the third Saturday of each month from
The Society welcomes and supports the Chamber of Commerce initiative to
revive Floral Ipswich and is sponsoring one hanging basket this year. If you
would like to make an individual contribution, personal or commercial,
please contact Tim Voelcker, Chairman of Floral Ipswich, tel. 215752.
Our March meeting was an appetiser for the summer visit to the Thornharn
Estate. We were addressed by the education officer at the Thornharn Field
Centre who described Lord Henniker's inspired decision to open his estate to
the public for their enjoyment. Alongside the working estate there are craft
workshops, a garden centre, the Field Centre for educational topics, a
visitors' centre for exhibitions and Thornham Walks, twelve miles of
way-marked footpaths revealing the beauty and history of the estate and the
wildlife. Visitors' basic needs are also catered for with a picnic site,
camping site and residential accommodation. I can promise a very pleasant
outing for August.
We are pleased to announce that our Minutes Secretary, Janet Wyatt, has been
co-opted on to the Committee of the Society.
BBC Radio Suffolk
We welcome this potentially valuable extension of local broadcasting with
its emphasis on speech. The start of broadcasting from the new premises in
St Matthews Street was accompanied by the BBC Radio Comes to Town travelling
exhibition on the Comhill.
Mr Ramsdale, the town's first Chief Planning Officer who was appointed in
1969, has recently retired. He has been involved in many valuable
consultations with the Society, of course, and we wish him a long and happy
Environmental Improvement Scheme
The Borough Council has set aside £20,OOO to build a scheme designed by
students from Ipswich secondary schools. The competition will be judged in
March, 1991. Winners of the previous competition were Northgate High School,
with a scheme to improve access and parking at St Christopher's Church Hall
in Renfrew Road. A splendid way to encourage interest in the efficiency and
appearance of the town.
Members who have often commented on modern street sculptures in other towns
(including continental ones) should have noted the proposal by the Ipswich
Promotions Bureau to install a bronze sculpture of some Giles cartoon
characters in the Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre by next Easter.
Norman Collinson Bequest
The Society has been able to use this welcome bequest in acquiring a
suitable cabinet for our collection of photographic slides.
Members of that Society were treated to a tour of the Ipswich dock area by
Bob Allen on 7 April, followed by tea at Pykenham's Gatehouse.
High Street Museum
The refurbished Victorian Natural History Gallery was opened on 26 April.
The Friends of the Museum have made some far-reaching proposals to
incorporate the nearby Salem Chapel and the High Street premises of the
Suffolk College Art School, soon to be redundant, into an enlarged museum