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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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Nosey Ron
Cannot think of a negative apart from the cost. Benefits are softer water , cleaner bath shower and sink. You use less detergent washing powder shampoo and your skin will be the better for it.
Len G
Cannot recommend them highly enough. Good trouble free softener. No electrics. Friendly helpful staff. Worth paying a bit extra. Block salt consumption depending on use. Ours (4 bedroom house) cost around £25 for 6 month supply.

Development near Tooks on Greenfield land.

Not K in Castle Hill
Yes we need NEW jobs but does moving workers and existing business from Hadleigh count. We get the extra traffic and noise and no doubt another visual eyesore but what else?

Death cafe.

Interested in Ipswich Town Centre
Does anyone fancy the idea of starting up a Death Cafe? It's where people can go and chat about all things death related and anything else too, but primarily death and dying. I feel that we don't talk about death and dying enough in this country, ... [ more ]
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Carolyn T
Oh, meant to say, I had a really positive response to a post I made on Facebook asking who's interested in a Death Cafe - so I'll let them know about this.

New Subway fast food outlet in Meredith Road

Mass R in Castle Hill
McColls are advertising for a manager for a new Subway fast food outlet for when they move into the Co-op on Meredith Road. There are already 5 eateries in Meredith Road, do we need another?
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Roz B
The coop in meredith road  no more it close two weeks ago it now called mccolls  cause i use for the coop

car break in

Bill B in Castle Hill
hi just making people aware our car was broken into and two sat navs were taken, this happened Friday night down castle road please be aware !!!
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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

NWI BLT meets Emmaus

North West Ipswich Big Local Trust in North West Ipswich Big Local Trust
Emmaus is a new initiative, set to offer homeless people a safe place to work and the chance to rebuild their lives in a supportive environment through a work related framework. By providing dignity through a dedicated place of work, they aim to ... [ more ]
Julie A
This is a lovely charity shop to visit - mostly because of the friendly welcome, but also because of the variety of goods for sale at very reasonable prices.


Brian H in Stoke Park
I know recommendations for electricians have previously been posted but I would appreciate an up to date recommendation for an electrician to install a twin power socket in the IP1 area.
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Carpenter Needed to Make 2 x Wooden Gates

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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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Having had hospital appointments last Monday I got behind on the news etc. I have now had the chance to catch up some what -- thanks to Not Ks Ipswich spy link -- and David Rs mention of the Ipswich Star report of the 17 Oct -- and have had a good ... [ more ]
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.

Thieving at Ipswich Hospital

Gruffalo in White House
Mentioning to a friend on the theft of my dying father in laws wedding ring, new slippers and various clothing items whilst he was in Ipswich Hospital and it seems so many people I've spoken with have had items stolen whilst in Ipswich Hospital. Is it ... [ more ]
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Streetlife is just the platform for alerting people to the fact that thefts are still happening at the hospital. Yes, report it, but at least now it's now in the open.


Keith H in Castle Hill
So they going  to build  a new Costa Cafe  a drive through one its going to be in the car park near Burger King  on Ransomes Europark.Do we realy need another one as there is one just up the road from this plus its going to make even more traffic ... [ more ]
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Jacqueline H
I was alerted to the possibility of having your contactless card scammed by this: 'This purse has Cardsafe™, a special lining that blocks scanners and radio waves, ensuring no payments can be taken from your contactless credit card whilst in your ... [ more ]
Peter M
If you aren't given a receipt just stand your ground at the cash till.  When the cashier wonders why you're still there ask them why they haven't yet provided a receipt.


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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.

Sweep for woodburner

Ian W in Racecourse
Hi , can any one recommend a flue sweep contractor for a woodburning stove in the Ipswich area. What kind of price do they charge. Thanks  Ian
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total confusion

Stella C in Claydon
Does anyone know how to find Claydon's SNT ?? I have just spent the last half hour trying to find it, we are supposed to be able to find out information on it (I thought) found the bit that says find your area, put in your post code, done that, it ... [ more ]
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Mass R
Police Safer Neighbourhood team. Fyi Ipswich West SNT has a drop in surgery on Meredith Rd, Ipswich tomorrow morning that is Wednesday, 21st, but I think as some have already mentioned Claydon and Bramford come under the Hadleigh based SNT.  You can ... [ more ]
Suffolk Police confirmed at a meeting last night that Claydon & Whitton (rural), Barham, Great Blakenham parishes all come under Hadleigh SNT, which covers Mid Suffolk and Babergh. Inspector Kevin Horton has responsibility both for Ipswich West ... [ more ]

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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It would be better as a care home to help the Hospital to clear the bed blocking ....
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.

B & M Ipswich Carr street ?

Neil in Castle Hill
It appears that B & M are planning to open in the recently closed Poundland in Carr Street. I saw this in the window today.
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Home bargains and Pound stretcher... loved them both in Midlands when visited friends...
Ipswich Entrepreneur
To be fair, it isn't a democracy in enterprise. Businesses will go where they think the money is. You could petition for IKEA etc. to come to Ipswich but unless they see a business case they won't.  Sad to say, looking at the area from an outsider ... [ more ]

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.

Killer Clown advice

North West Ipswich Big Local Trust in North West Ipswich Big Local Trust
Please take a moment to watch this friendly video for advice on killer Clown craze Although created by Northern Ireland Police, the message still relates to our community


North West Ipswich Big Local Trust in North West Ipswich Big Local Trust
ActivLives are one of the many organisations that we work with, particularly within our NW Ipswich Seniors sub group. They have provided invaluable advice and we constantly strive to encourage them to do more activities within NW Ipswich, but like all ... [ more ]

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 ]

Cyclists on the Pavement

Steve W in Castle Hill
Is it just me, or have all Ipswich's pavements been redesignated as cycle ways - but without the signs? There is an increasing number of cyclists, including children teenagers and adults, using the pavements in and around town even when there is a ... [ more ]
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Charles W
I'll agree with the points above, however  I want to make another strong point..where there is a division between pedestrians and cyclists for example the riverside path and Yarmouth Road can only be described as chaos.   on the riverside there is a ... [ more ]

Cake stand - 2 tier

Jo B in Westbourne
Looking to buy or borrow a 2 tier cake stand - big enough for a 12" and 10" cake. Thanks

Post Office Move

Buzz R in Castle Hill
Unbelievably (why do I bother to say that?!), the Post Office is proposing to move the Tower Ramparts unit into WH Smith. What a truly appalling idea, representing yet another example of the downgrading of the postal services along with their ... [ more ]
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Buzz R
Sandy Martin Particularly as I suspect that with the resulting loss of local knowledge when the sorting aspect goes to Chelmsford there will be a sharp increase in wrongly delivered mail/parcels.
Alan H
The Post office are so short of money that's why, what a country this is becoming.