Crown Pools will be undergoing a £3.5m refurbishment programme this
year, improving the heating, roof, reception area and changing rooms. A
The town's graffiti squad does a great job - graffiti seen one day is
frequently gone the next. These people didn't deserve a journalist's
nasty ridicule for removing the giant footprints used by Ipswich Central
to advertise shopping and a pantomime. Communications break down
sometimes, even in newspaper offices! The footprints set a dubious
Ipswich in Bloom won a Silver Gilt award in the Anglia in Bloom
competition 2009 after 5 years of not taking part. The long-lasting
colourful displays were an adornment to the town.
Ipswich Transport Museum has been accredited by the Museums, Libraries
and Archives Council (MLA), a great achievement for the initiative and
hard work of a volunteer workforce. It's a pity their bid for £590,000
of Heritage Lottery funding was rejected.
V A Marriott Ltd of Hand ford Road, builders since 1895, are winding
down operations. Sad to see the end of a local company which has had a
happy relationship with the Society.
The university accommodation comprising 600 bedrooms in Duke Street
(photo in July Newsletter) is now named Athena Hall, after the goddess
of wisdom, reason and peace.
At long last a bust of Sir Alf Ramsey has been unveiled at Wembley - a
worthy memorial, but photos seem to indicate it's much less life-like
than Ipswich's statue in Portman Road!
lP-Art and Ipswich Music Day, held last June/July, have been given the
regional Enjoy English Awards for Excellence. Plans are afoot for this
The new Sixth Form Centre, called Suffolk One, has rapidly taken shape
on London Road opposite Holiday Inn. It opens in September and will
eventually have 2,000 students.
The centenary of the death of Felix Thornley Cobbold has been celebrated
by special events at Christchurch Mansion which he bought in 1895 and
presented to the town on condition that the Council bought the park.
The Cobbold Trail in the Mansion features many purchases made possible
by his bequest.