Continuing a theme of last issue's editorial, this seems to be the period of
the reborn church. In May the ongoing major renovation of St
Mary-at-the-Quay was interrupted by a visit and tour which included three
members of the Society's Executive Committee. The photographs below are a
taster for a full article in the next issue; it was a privilege to view
craftsmanship at work which will result in our finest double hammer beam
roof, not to mention the other parts of the church, in fine fettle for a new
use under the auspices of Suffolk Mind and others.
One should also mention the church of St Michael in Upper Orwell Street,
burnt down in 2011 and struggling to re-roof and revive itself as a
community centre (see our back page). There are promising signs too at the
Mariners' Church: St Clement in Star Lane with a group forming around people
from UCS and CSV with the aim of creating an Ipswich Art Centre there. I am
sure that we will be covering all these projects in future issues.
As each Newsletter print deadline approaches, there seem to be more and more
matters of importance to include. The latest is that East Anglian estate
agent John Howard (Fine & Country) and his partner have purchased Block A of
the unfinished Regatta Quay development on the northern quays. You will know
the building better as the Wine Rack and the intention is to complete the
150 flats within 18 months.
My sincere thanks to all our Newsletter contributors.