Cornfields in town
Les Bicknell's 50m x l0m picture depicts cornfields and clouds and will
cover the outside of the Corn Exchange while IBC's 1 million repairs to
the roof and walls take place for the next six months. But let's not
call it a 'shroud' as some have done. It's a celebration of work being
done on an immensely valuable building - Ipswich's 'village hall'
housing so many different events and arts organisations, in particular
our Film Theatre. But people attending those events do need a canopy
over the entrance especially in times of bad weather.
The bells of St Lawrence
Ipswich has many unique features. One of them is the world's oldest
complete and original set of five church bells (made in 1450-1480) in
the tower of St Lawrence's. (Next oldest, 50 years younger, is at St
Bartholomew the Great in London.) But while the church itself has been
magnificently refurbished, the bells must be lowered to a new platform
so as to be safely rung. 50,000 is needed for this worthy project.
Donations can be sent to Dr John Blatchly, 11 Dalton Road, Ipswich, IP1
2HS, cheques being made out to Birketts LLP, Solicitors for Ipswich
Historic Churches Trust.
The 'war' of Upper Brook Street
Replacing gas mains and some other services seemed to go on for ages.
But you've only to look in the trenches to see great corroded iron pipes
and the need to connect with modern plastic to get some idea of the
problems. However, the finished job with new paving across the whole
street should look good. But some of the pavement was be-gummed within
days. If only chewers would bin their gum! And perhaps one day it will
be fully pedestrianised.
Cuts - against the zeitgeist
The spirit of the times demands that public transport be increased and
improved to persuade more people out of their cars, but Ipswich Buses
are having to curtail the No 2 service and reduce the frequency of some
others. This is partly because SCC has awarded the Park & Ride contract
to First Eastern Counties (saving a relatively small sum) and IBC is
being financially tougher on Ipswich Buses. Short -sighted!
Saved - our first museum
Even now, many Ipswich people don't know why Museum Street is so called
when the Museum is in High Street! But the original museum is in Museum
Street opposite the Methodist Church. One of the first in the country,
it opened in 1847 'particularly for the benefit of the working class' as
Professor Henslow said at the time. After years of shameful neglect by
previous owners, it will soon become Arlington's restaurant owned and
run by Ken and Liz Ambler, members of the Society and winners of an
Award for their conversion of the electricity substation in Duke Street
to Mortimers Fish Restaurant (now Loch Fyne).
We are delighted that this historic building will be restored and put to
Ipswich on film
Members of our Society's executive attended the launch (at the TIC and
Hollywood Film Theatre) of a new DVD, 'Ipswich Past: As our Parents Knew
It'. It features many aspects of our town during the last century,
including quite a lot of footage shot by Don Chipperfield, our late
member who also organised many of our continental trips. But there is
much unfamiliar material as well. Copies are obtainable from the Tourist