Closing the Corn Exchange in January/February and July/
August/September will save money and in some ways is understandable as
bookings have dropped off. But it will leave a cultural gap in the
town centre. We shall have a delightfully clean building on the
outside but dark inside for five months of the year. The Regent and
the refurbished churches may be competing venues but they are very
different and should complement the Corn Exchange. However, it should
be emphasised that the Film Theatre will remain open all year round.
The governing body of the British ski and snow boarding teams will
sponsor SnOasis and may re-locate to Suffolk. Fourteen winter sports
will feature at SnOasis with its indoor ski slope the largest in
Europe set to open in 2012. Just as the Manchester Velodrome has
transformed British cycling, it is hoped SnOasis will do the same for
British winter sports.
Some of our ancestors
'Art in the Round' is the exhibition of Anglo-Saxon artefacts in Town
Hall Gallery 3. It's a very impressive show of loans from the
Fitzwilliam Museum, plus many objects from our own museum including
the first public display of items from the 'bed burial' at Coddenham.
Starts and stops
Asda has re-started construction of their supermarket on Stoke Park
Drive after a delay of 18 months. But at much the same time it was
announced that the start of the Custom House Square development in Key
Street has been postponed indefinitely because of the decreased demand
for flats. A start at St Peter's Port, between St Peter's and St Mary
at Quay was promised last December but nothing has happened yet.
Consequently the protective scaffolding on Wolsey's Gate has been
Stay as we are?
The Government's decision on whether to change the shape of local
government in Suffolk has been postponed again till 15 July at least.
The Society favoured the North Haven proposal (Ipswich, Felixstowe and
surrounding parishes) which, we realise, pleased some but not all
members. But it looks increasingly like 'no change'.
Brass in the park
The Society has agreed to sponsor the concert to be given by Phoenix
Brass in Christchurch Park as we did last year. That event proved to
be a pleasant occasion, we gained new members and it helped to
publicise our existence and aims as well as those of the Friends of
Christchurch Park. The date is Sunday, 19 July, 2.30-4.30 pm.
Support for the shuttle bus
Good news that SCC and IBC are to continue subsidising the shuttle
which links the town centre with Russell Road, etc. It has been well
used. One would like to say that the principle of free shuttle buses
would lead to new routes being opened. But the credit crunch has
probably put paid to any increase in such public expenditure. [Did you
notice that in addition to the American swindler, Madoff, the boss of
AIG's casino financing in their London office was called Cassano?
Dickens - whose Ipswich Society blue plaque will soon adorn the Great
White Horse - would have thought such names too obvious for a novelist