Welcome to a valuable newcomer
The new UCS building should be not only complete but in use by the time
you read this. It certainly is a striking sight on the NE corner of the
Wet Dock with six floors overlooking the water and a gradual descent in
height towards Fore Street. It's hard to believe it contains 325 rooms
especially as two of them are large lecture theatres, but like the
Willis building it occupies a surprisingly big space. At last the
Ipswich area can be seen to have a university - nearly 50 years late!
Incidentally, if you think there's a lot of new building or conversions
for student accommodation, it is said that 2,750 will need to be housed
And a welcome new use for Wherstead Park
The East of England Co-operative Society has announced its purchase of
the former HQ of Eastern Electricity> TXU> E.ON electricity companies.
E.ON's moving out was a blow to local employment and prestige. It is
appropriate that the enlarged Co-op should locate its HQ in our area
because it is central for their purpose following the merger of Ipswich
and Norwich and then the addition of Colchester and E.Essex Societies.
The Co-op's 400-500 employees won't occupy the whole site, part of which
will be let to suitable other businesses.
St Peter's by the Waterfront
As mentioned before, our Society helped to fund the new booklet about
the church. We also made a donation towards the restoration of the
windows and are recognised for posterity in the book of sponsors kept in
the church. Those of you who will come to our Awards Evening on 12
November will appreciate the work done on the windows. The east window
especially is indeed a glorious sight - after all those years of being
Generosity in Norwich
We often learn interesting things from newsletters sent by our
neighbouring sister societies. The Norwich Society's Newsletter of July
2008 gratefully acknowledges a legacy of £40,000 from a certain
individual's estate. He left no specific instructions for its use.
Band in the park
The Society was pleased to be able to sponsor a concert given in the
Upper Arboretum of Christchurch Park by the Suffolk Phoenix Brass
Consort on 27 July. The band played well, the weather behaved itself,
lots of people came and we were also able to publicise ourselves.