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Continuation NBP

Watchfull in Castle Hill
Streetlife have closed our NBP debate down which is their policy to do so after six mouths-- and I think we ought to thank Streetlife for allowing us to run for that length of time-- should we keep this continuation going at least until we get the ... [ more ]
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Jo G
Well done on Radio Suffolk Watchful, you spoke well for so many of us, if there is a public meeting please let us know, I'm sure many of us will come along and support you.
Not K and John T have both made valid comments on the post -- Development near Tooks on Green field land -- about another ware house -- faithfull -- being constructed almost in front of B&Q and Comets old places -- this in addition to the ware ... [ more ]

I am contemplating buying a Patmore water softener.

Theresa H in Maidenhall
Have any of you purchased one? If so, do you like the softener? What are the pros and cons that you have experienced? Theresa.
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This is the softener we had installed by about it on this link:
Nosey Ron
Thats the softner i found when looking at Patmore. It would appear they create softened water the same as other salt using softners.


Susan P in Claydon
Please can anyone recommend a (good)carpenter to fit new skirting/architrave and hang 2 new doors in our living room? The old skirting and architrave has all been removed already as we were having the room skimmed.¬† Will be paid on the ... [ more ]
Marty A
Hi susan i could come and see you on that one I'm doing some of my own work and i live in Claydon please contact marty on 07539206480
Susan P
Thanks Marty, we're sorted for now, but I'll keep your contact details for another time. We've got quite a bit to do in our home so will need a carpenter again at some point. Thanks for taking the time to respond. Sue

Decorator wanted

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I use Gavin of Finishing Touches for Gardening & DIY. Very pleased with his work. He does decorating as well and you can see examples of his work:
Cathy W
By far the best decorator I know is Mark Sang When it comes to painting he's the most enthusiastic person I've ever met, transformed our house. Wouldn't use anyone else. 07724 977763

Carpenter Needed to Make 2 x Wooden Gates

Janet A in Common, The
Can anyone recommend a good Carpenter to make 2 Wooden Gates:- 6'2" x 4'6" 3' x 6'1" Thanks
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Hayley J
I've been following Missy on the Doglost site also,and after just checking if any news I'm relieved to say that she's been found safe and well.

Hall for Hire needed

Suffolk Tai Chi Academy Ipswich in Suffolk Tai Chi Academy Ipswich
We are in need of a new Hall for our Thursday afternoon class. It is held at the moment at Henley Community Hall. We have had to step aside for the Playgroup. So we need a new home close to Henley if possible. Your suggestions¬†would be appreciated. ... [ more ]
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Mark D
Why not try Kesgrave Scout Group Scout Hall?

Motorcycle Ride to Great Bentley in Essex on Wednesday Nights

Terry W in Castle Hill
My daughter (pillion passenger) and I have just taken up motorcycling after I last had a bike back in 1979. I am still a little rusty (so is the bike a Honda CBR1000f) but gaining experience every time I ride. To get into the swing of things, we have ... [ more ]
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Ipswich Entrepreneur
Terry W, seems that there are a growing number of motorcyclists in Ipswich. I don't know about historic comparisons but I would say there are more in the last 5 years than before. I think vlogs on youtube and filtering have made it popular; with ... [ more ]
Terry W
Sorry my delay in responding to your messages but I only sometimes dip into social networking then dip out. If it helps Jan, I am an old fogey as well, but mentally alert. I get by mostly on will power... Thanks for the feedback Ipswich Entrepreneur - ... [ more ]

Coop -- School

Watchfull in Castle Hill
Carr st old Coop to become a central school? for over 450 places Will it have a play ground? Will over 50 % of the children be brought to school by car? How will this be catered for? Ipswich bogged down already with traffic problems. A central school ... [ more ]
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Not K
Perhaps IBC should be talking to Needham Market, they have a school that has become spare! No doubt to be turned into yet more housing. Where is the joined up thinking.

Bus shelters

Beryl G in Claydon
Why are they taking down bus shelters. The latest one to go is in Bramford. What is the idea behind this pointless thinking.
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Wayne H
Things are not always bad. The Bramford bus shelter at Gables corner has been removed in order to make way for a new one. Just have a little patience.

Martlesham Ward. Ipswich Hospital

Val S in Sproughton
I have recently had¬†spine operation and was on Martlesham ward.¬†¬† Apart from the fact that I was in pain and couldn't move much, it wasn't a bad experience at all.¬† Everyone was pleasant and respectful, the food was fine (quite tasty actually) and ... [ more ]
Lindsy C
If your into Facebook the hospital has a page The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust. I'm sure they would like to hear positive feedback. Hope you make a speedy recovery.
Andy W
I have had both hips replaced and was on Martlesham ward both times the second time was over a Christmas period. I honestly believe I could not have been treated better had I gone private apart from maybe having my own room but personally I preferred ... [ more ]


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knitting for charity

Annie n richard B in Common, The
Am trying to find out if anyone knows if Ipswich Hospital have a charity where you can send in knitting for the baby unit? Have they done this in the past, did it work, does it still exist now? Am in a group on fb, but that's helping out hospitals up ... [ more ]
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I saw on the FB page that they are 4inches square, I took a chance and used 25 stitches and then later read they use 21. I think it's only a guide though, I noticed in a couple of photos that someone makes triangles. I've been knitting since I was a ... [ more ]
There is a charity shop called Cherry Blossoms at 199 Bramford Lane (next to the Co-op and the Post Office) that supports a free and confidential listening and support service for unplanned pregnancies, miscarriage, baby loss and termination. They ... [ more ]


Jean M in Ipswich Town Centre
Can anyone recommend a reliable person to repoint the front of our house please?
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Derek F
Been out walking the dog in Claydon and met a guy who was repointing a big wall on the main road. (always good to see a mans work!) ¬†Had a chat and was very knowledgeable - had worked for large company but now works for himself - Dave Kelly 01603 ... [ more ]

Car break in

John E
Attempted in Tuddenham Rd ( northern section) 4 weeks ago, 3am. They were disturbed by alert neighbour. Nb police came immediately on being called: commendable.

Any truth in it?

Watchfull in Castle Hill
Rumours are flying about that the Co-oP Meredith road is closing down-- although the staff know nothing about it-- these rumours are even floating down to them-- anyone know anything?
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David R
Quite right Ipswich Entrepreneur that's why I said in an earlier post 'keep an eye on that one'
As you say Ipswich Entrepreneur the TUPE  is in place so the Coop employees should be alright -- I certainly hope so -- some have got a lot of service in --

ipswich star

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Roz B
I buy the ipswich star sometime but look at few days ago it is get better now also alot of different things and more in it to find the wild pigs still going soon be gone more wild pigs

Architects slam totally illogical Ipswich bridge contest!

Jan D in Ipswich Town Centre
Suffolk County Council, what are you playing at? Not a great start, is it?
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Joanna A
I notice the Star still haven't mentioned this at all while running a story about IBC reconsidering the Cornhill plans due to feedback from the public. Meanwhile SCC ignores feedback from an expert body.

Any people out there aware of Health and Safety Act?

Theresa H in Maidenhall
Does anyone know if it is acceptable to ask a member of the public to walk onto the back of a commercial vehicle to view something?¬† I was asked to get onto the back of a vehicle of a furniture company recently to view a large oak wood display unit. ... [ more ]
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Ipswich Entrepreneur
It seems very unprofessional. I don't see it as "acceptable" however not unlawful.¬† Both parties have an equal legal argument. They must consider your health and safety, but at the same time you are legally responsible for your own H&S to a ... [ more ]
Elaine D
As with all H&S your first duty is to yourself! Did you consider this was dangerous, why did you have to get into the back of the lorry? Did you use a tailgate?

Focus Meditation: Together Searching for the Divine

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La Tour Cycle Cafe Tower House, 17, Tower Street, Ipswich, IP1 2PP
Timothy Yau in Whitton
FOCUS: Contemplative Meditation This term we'll be exploring the attributes of the Divine. DAY: Thursdays DATES: Sept. 15th, 22nd, 29th; Oct. 6th, 13th, 20th TIME: 7.30pm - 8.30pm COST: Donation towards room hire TEL: 07964 078330 EMAIL: ... [ more ]

Footway from Ashcroft Road to Dales Road

Bob F in Common, The
Why is it that a combined¬†footway and cycle way is now being used regularly by cars and a resident of Ashcroft Lane? Is there not¬†garages provided for Ashcroft Lane houses ,and also proper vehicular access to the allotments from Larchcroft Road .¬†If ... [ more ]
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Washing machine

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Heritage Weekend 10th/11th September

Linda E in Maidenhall
If you haven't got your copy of the programme yet, members of The Ipswich Society will be on the Cornhill on Wednesday 7th Sept handing them out. ¬†Lot of interesting buildings to visit e.g. Freemasons Hall in Soane Street, former Wheatsheaf pub in ... [ more ]
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Linda K
We love having visitors at the Unitarian Meeting House, especially to see¬†the looks on their faces when they come through the door! Many comment that they have lived in Ipswich all their live and didn't know such a beautiful & unusual¬†building ... [ more ]
Linda E
Kevin A if you go to the Ips Soc website you will find a link to the Heritage Weekend brochure.

New car park in Elm Street

Jean M in Ipswich Town Centre
The new car park in Elm Street is fantastic, 60p an hour and close to the town centre. Well done Ipswich Borough Council. BUT - a glaring mistake, there is no indication that the exit is the same as the entrance! You enter and exit the car park at ... [ more ]
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Karen H
Linda E,¬†Woodbridge & Bury are praised, because they are actually pleasant places to visit. Many people have abandoned Ipswich, to go to Norwich / Lakeside / even Bicester Village, & found these destinations offer not only a reasonable ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
It is sad that IBC couldn't allocate a couple of its car parks to "free" parking to encourage shoppers to the town. The only way to achieve this without leaving it open to abuse (i.e. used by workers etc) is to charge people to park but to allow it to ... [ more ]


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Theresa H
I thought that our bins were collected on Tuesdays usually but the last few weeks the collection has been on Wednesdays. I am confused really!