Tony Hill, former Society Executive member and editor of this Newsletter,
has let us see his collection of Ipswich Society Newsletters dating back to
the early years of the Society. I will feature selected items from this
collection in forthcoming issues with summaries of the contents. With all
the benefits of hindsight, certain ironies and parallels with today's
problems may be noted.
Issue 2*, March 1963
Forthcoming meetings. A list of meetings including a Special General Meeting
at the Lecture Hall, Ipswich Civic College to discuss future activities; two
or three talks 'on controversial subjects' illustrated by films or slides.
AGM on 4 April to feature a talk by Mr Leonard G. Vincent on 'Planned
expansion of existing towns'. 'Mr Vincent is the Planning Consultant
recently appointed by the Minister of Housing and Local Government to report
on the problems connected with expanding Ipswich to twice its present size.'
A visit to the expanding town of Thetford is planned, as is an exhibition of
the work of the Ipswich and other Civic Societies. A Symposium on Street
Improvement Projects is planned for
A report for the year 1962/3. The Streets Improvement Group (chaired by Mr
R. Westlake, Secretary: Mr B.G. Law) is still the most active of the
original 'study groups'. Reference is made to '... a scheme for the
improvement of Upper Orwell Street. After a slow start there has been an
encouraging response from a number of the property owners, and traders, in
this busy but architecturally undistinguished street, and it is to be hoped
to show what can be done to improve the appearance of the less glamorous
thoroughfares of the town [several demolished in 2014]... The Group has also
made a survey of the Cornhill, and prepared a draft scheme of improvements,
which they have submitted to the Borough Surveyor for comment. This follows
on their advising on the re-painting of the Town Hall at the invitation of
the Borough Surveyor last summer.'
'Arising out of the work of the Street Improvement Group, the Society has
started a collection of colour slides illustrating good and bad points about
the urban scene in Ipswich. It is hoped that these will provide material on
which lectures may be based, and it is intended to extend the practice of
sending members to give illustrated talks on the aims of The Ipswich Society
to clubs, groups and other societies.'
Meetings are reported on with Messrs Vine & Vine architects for the Civic
Centre, showing the latest plans and models which had been before the
Council. Similarly with Messrs Skipper & Corless, architects for the
'The Executive has been meeting regularly... has dealt with a number of
matters of amenity, including tree preservation orders, the disposal of
household rubbish, alterations to Tower Street, and the future of the
Sailors' Rest. They have also introduced the "Newsletter" and given some
consideration to other means of publicity... The Society's membership list
now has 251 names on it." (It is noted later that this is .2 per cent of the
population of Ipswich; subscription 'still only 2/6d.') "The Newsletter
heading... which appears for the first time with this issue, is the work of
David Coleman in collaboration with Mr. Bernard Reynolds, who designed the
"eye" symbol for the Ipswich Society after its founding.'
Signed by Hon. Treasurer W.G. Cook and Hon. Secretary P.E. Underwood.
The March 1963 Newsletter is Roneo'd on 10"x8" sheets, stapled; masthead
black on yellow.
*If any reader of the current Newsletter has a copy of issue no. 1, please
let the Editor know.