TWO BLIGHTS IN OUR TOWN
from Dave Morgan
Fortified and encouraged by you, Mr Editor, in the submission of my first
epistle to the July edition, I venture to draw attention to two blights to
our fair town! On both I have complained over recent times to the Borough
Council with little success. Perhaps the Society could "take up the cudgels"
with better results?
My first "bleat" is about the tatty, sub-standard safety railings, most of
which remain in the original dull grey dip (where they haven't rusted or
otherwise discoloured) prominent on virtually every roundabout and
major junction across the town. Actually the ones at St Matthew's Street/
Civic Drive roundabout were recently painted -just before the Queen last
visited us! All isnot gloom, however, for I have noticed outside the Manor
Club leading into Woodbridge Road that splendid black, slightly ornate
railings have been erected as part of the improvements to this busy
junction. Perhaps this is the start of a concerted programme for improvement
across the town?
The second "bleat" is about the old trolley bus standards (tatty and
unpainted) still carrying overhead lighting and wires evident in a few
places in town. For example, have a look in Upper Orwell Street (The Wash)
or that part of St Helen's Street near to McNamara's (Marshall's) empty
garage. Surely it is time they were replaced by modern attractive standards?
There are surely sufficient monies in the Borough Council's annual agency
monies for highways from the County Council? Oh, and while I am still on my
hobby horse, when oh when will the promised development on the car parks
behind the Co-op and Woolworths commence? Everything seems to have gone to
sleep on this blight in the eastern town centre - not least at Civic Centre!
A HISTORY OF IPSWICH HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
from Rosemary Rooke
We have just received The Ipswich Society Newsletter and I notice that you
have a paragraph on John Blatchly's History of Ipswich School. I hope you
don't mind but this has prompted me to send you a complimentary copy of the
informal history of Ipswich High School for Girls which I wrote to celebrate
our 125th Birthday this year in April.
I am a fairly new member of The Ipswich Society and have an interest in
things historical" but have never done anything like this before! However, I
was fascinated by the history of the School which in many ways mirrors the
changes in the role of women in society, and as time constrictions dictated
a small scale booklet, found that the main problem was not what to put in
but what to leave out.... Although we are no longer based in Ipswich, I feel
that this might be of interest as the School was a small but quite important
part of the history of Ipswich. If anyone is interested in obtaining a copy
it is available for £3 from the School Office.
DRINKS AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
from Jennifer Stimpson
I was very surprised to read in the July Newsletter of the "situation" at
the AGM - mentioned not once but twice. Surely intellectual people such as
yourselves are aware of the fact that nonconformist churches do not allow
alcohol on their premises? Would it not (if no one was sure) have been
courteous to have enquired beforehand instead of whinging afterwards? When
in Rome ... etc.
The Society has also received a letter from .
He refers to Vera
Underwood's mention in the July Newsletter of the Lyceum Theatre which used
to exist in Carr Street. He recalls seeing Love on the Dole performed there
in about 1936, when employment was high!