A blooming year
Good news that Ipswich will again enter the Anglia in Bloom
competition. Ipswich in Bloom will include gardening competitions
and events for schools. See www.ipswichbloom.org
The former Ipswich School of Art in High Street will be used by the
Museums Service as a gallery opening soon with loans from the Saatchi
Collection, which will stimulate discussion.
A better choice of films
We congratulate Ipswich Film Theatre Trust on reviving the Film Theatre
at the Corn Exchange, Thursdays-Saturdays. Programme leaflets cover
several weeks. www.iftt.co.uk
A century older
Our winter lectures are held in the comfortable ambience of Museum
Street Methodist Church, the foundation stone of which was laid in
June 1860. We celebrate our 50th anniversary: the church can go a
hundred years better!
Azeris in Ipswich
Ipswich is well placed to host an Olympic squad. Travelling by train
to London you can't help noticing the huge scale of work at Stratford
barely an hour away. We hope the Azerbaijan teams will enjoy their
planned stay in Ipswich.
56 million years old stones from the Orwell
Our April Newsletter included a photo of the Sarsen Stones as
originally arranged by the Society near Stoke Bridge. They were
clean then as you could see. Good news that the subsequent neglect
and graffiti have been cleaned up recently.
Fame or infamy on TV?
Programmes about the Ipswich Murders on TV brought back painful
times despite, it is said, emphasising the positives. 'Ipswich Man'
on BBC2 about the analysis of a 13th century North African skeleton
found at Greyfriars could be viewed more dispassionately.
A window on the past
The second exhibition in Ipswich Maritime Trust's Museum Window on the
Waterfront near The Mill is now installed. It features shipbuilding
in Ipswich - an important occupation.
Fourth time lucky?
IBC is keen to try again for city status. Anew city should be named
in 2012 to mark the Queen's diamond jubilee. It's one issue which
unites the political parties.
A good year for Willis
Increased turnover and profits have been recorded internationally by
the Willis Group which employs 1,200 people in Ipswich. This should
be good news for the area.
Students' embarras de richesses!
The new 'sixth form college', Suffolk One, will open in September,
catering for up to 2,000 students at London Road. They will have more
than 40 A Level subjects to choose from!