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James in Castle Hill
I went to B&Q Saturday afternoon they are either getting ready to shut the doors or doing some refurbishment just about all the kitchen displays have been sold some of the shelves are almost bear
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Charlotte B
Madeleine C Laura Ashley are in trouble any way that's not Ipswich's fault over the last couple of years they have closed lots of stores and their profits this year were still 5% down on last year's.
Pam T
Just to answer the question about b and q they are having a brand new kitchen and bathroom range so have closed that area off so they can build the new displays

Water at the bottom of Cliff Lane

Pip in Broke Hall
All summer there has been nasty sludgey water covering the pavement at the bottom of Cliff Lane. I'm guessing it's something to do with the park and the waterways there. It's covered the pavement and has made it very slippery. This is rather annoying ... [ more ]
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Mike T
Thanks for advising me of the house rules Anthony P. I will of course raise any such topic as a separate issue in future. Please accept my profound apologies for any hurt, confusion or inconvenience caused.
Anthony P
Not a house rule Mike just advice cos if you raise something as a separate topic you will receive more response or advice from the other members my comments were not intended as a criticsm

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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So, 2pm on Thu. Oct.26th at the Cycle Cafe, Tower St. round the corner from the Body Shop,where the old Social Services used to be. Please do tell me if the time is difficult for you, but I am assuming, and I know one should never assume, that most ... [ more ]
Vera S
I'm not sure about this, but might just give it a go and see. Good luck with it, I hope you get a good turn out. Incidentally Thursday is the 27th!

Dying Towns

Buzz R in Castle Hill
People on Streetlife often denigrate Ipswich or areas of Ipswich for being run-down, with boarded-up shops, and so on. I am currently reading 'Thunderbolt Kid', a Bill Bryson account of his childhood in Iowa, and came across this passage: "...most ... [ more ]
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Ray L
Until recently,  I would have agreed that the 'town centre' (ie the shopping area) is very quiet after 6pm midweek  and I did think that this was just 'sleepy Ipswich' - though this does not quite chime with my other views of Ipswich. That was until ... [ more ]
Nick G
My view is that to get people to visit the town centre you need entertainment, cinemas, pub lunches etc to cater for children, and while they are in the town you have interesting shops for them to go with retail therapy during the same visit. You (as ... [ more ]


Lou P in Belstead
Can anyone please provide a removal service on either Monday 3 October or Wednesday 5 October to move the contents of a 3 bed house in Holland on Sea to Ipswich? Not tons of boxes, mostly a couple of sofas, beds and bikes/golf clubs but would ... [ more ]
I recommend giving these guys a call who are a really efficient and friendly team. They helped moved a friend of ours from the area who was moving long distance. Their service was terrific and the price was very good as ... [ more ]

Town centre shops

Andy A in Ipswich Town Centre
Does anyone know of any shops in the town centre that sell interesting gifts and things like vintage style stationery. There used to be a really good shop behind the bank on Cornhill that sold a large variety of really nice and unusual gifts.
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asda supermarket

Jean G in Ipswich Town Centre
hi streetlifers does anyone know what they are going to do at asda stoke park ? as today when I went down there they had blocked some of the carpark of and put loades of portacabins there . I thought that the petrol station that they wanted to build ... [ more ]
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Ipswich Entrepreneur
How can anyone claim a smell-less and fumeless fuel station?!  I am not saying strong 24/7 petrol odour and fumes to make you lightheaded, but there is always going to be some idiot spilling fuel and you cannot control other actors such as the wind. ... [ more ]
Sammi M
Ipswich Entrepreneur  Ellenbrook Green has a primary school, shopping area, pub and bus stops so it shouldn't be an issue I wouldn't think. Re: your concern on fumes of engines running.   By petrol station rules we are supposed to switch off our ... [ more ]

Staff Recruitment

Peter M in California
Would anyone be able to comment on where Suffolk (or surrounding areas) business recruit office staff from?   Are there any recommended agencies, or do they use national agencies such as reed, monster etc? I'm thinking specifically about IT/Business ... [ more ]
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As a prospective candidate late last year I found Hurren & Hope to be better than the average recruitment agency. It was clear to me that they worked very hard for their clients. They are specialist IT recruiters and Ipswich-based, check them ... [ more ]

Ipswich Waterfront

DC in Stoke
Imagine if our Council and associated organisations promoting Ipswich actually had a vision and truly believed in turning the axis of the town centre we could have ended up with something like this  Maybe then ... [ more ]
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Joanna A
People would just complain if the council bought the Odeon, just as they would if they bought town centre shop sites. Look at the ridiculous road system, SCC had a plan, it has failed spectacularly, councils don't acknowledge the problem, local print ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
The problem with Ipswich is the "elite" few are bums on seats all over the board. They take up posts in political decision making all the way down to non-profit organisations. You know, just to add to the portfolio.... A new evil that has appeared in ... [ more ]

Poorly bird

Anita in Stoke Park
I live on the edge of Bourne park, found a small bird in my garden . I've been told it an American White Bob Quail . Does any body know of anyone that keeps them nearby ?
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Wanted scrap metal or old wire/cable please

Andy P in Ipswich Town Centre
Hi I'm looking for scrap metal old wire or car or leisure batteries in the Ipswich area please? I can collect in my car, I can cut bigger items down and some times have access to a friends van, I appreciate any offers and pleased to help make some ... [ more ]
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Chair repair

Janice W in Ipswich Town Centre
My beech carver needs a new arm.  Can anyone recommend a joiner/carpenter with such experience, please?

Coffee morning

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Angela C in Ipswich Town Centre
Hi all you walkers and dog walkers, we are having a coffee morning in aid if Somersham ward the cancer unit support group at Ipswich hospital. There will be cakes, jams, chutney a book sale, also a tombola. If anyone is interested in taking a plot or ... [ more ]

Former Barnes store Upper Orwell Street

DC in Stoke
I cannot find the original conversation for the life of me but I remember reading that the Barnes store which has stood empty in Upper Orwell Street is being scheduled for demolition. At the time someone raised that this was very strange that it had ... [ more ]
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Richard G
Look at ipswich vision document to see what is planned for that area.
Iain C
Richard that was the ham fisted document I was referring to. It would appear that the redeveloped buttermarket has take the leisure aspect with restaurants and bars etc. So be interesting what they do. The main issue with this area is the land ... [ more ]

Garden fence

Jenny A in Ipswich Town Centre
We are looking for a reliable and efficient fencer to replace the slatted fence at the end of our garden. Can anyone recommend please?
Joan L
Boxted fencing. 01206 272797 they fabricate panels so are more competitively priced. They use their own people. We have used them many times and have never been unhappy.

Foxhall stadium car boot

James in Castle Hill
The car boot is going to run into October (subject to the weather being ok ) now and not finish on the 25th September as originally planned

Poundland Carr Street Ipswich

DC in Stoke
The front of the store next to Argos (ex- QD store) is now festooned with posters announcing the closure of the store on Wednesday 21st September obviously 3 Poundlands was too many for the town to support. It does sadly mean that there is now a big ... [ more ]
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Tommy S
same old Ipswich story half finished buildings around the docks and now another empty building the coop ,7 screen cinema  high car park charges what will be next ?
I expected one of them to close, but thought it would be the old Woolies. The one closing is much nicer than that one!

Bus route

John W in Westbourne
With reference to the bus route 14, I’m very sad to note that the Saturday time table has been reduced to 3 buses per day. This means that should I need to go into town after 2pm for whatever reason I will have to get a cab or struggle up the hill to ... [ more ]
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Spotty Dog
@SF, yes of course his post gets "seen by others" wherever he posts it but is less likely to gain sympathisers and supporters for his cause. Perhaps I should have added that it would be better for John W to change the area in his profile to the area ... [ more ]

Foxhall Stadium boot sale

James in Castle Hill
It has been confirmed that Foxhall stadium car boot sale which runs on a sunday is to run through October (weather allowing) and will not finish next Sunday the 25th September as originally planned,thanks to that I won't be doing tasks at home on a ... [ more ]

Missing rabbit

Caroline S in Stoke
My sisters rabbit got out of its hutch on surbiton road off Bramford road last night/ this morning. Please keep your eyes peeled in that area and please let me know if you find it. It's a 7 months old female and not microchipped. Thank you.

Autumn Colours Health Walk

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Chantry Library in Chantry
Chantry Library is hosting another health walk, and this time it is to Belstead Brook Park, as advertised in the 'Stepping Out in Suffolk' brochure. This is a 90 minute walk. Appreciate the changing colours autumn will bring, and then return to the ... [ more ]

Author talk with Cara Ellison

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Chantry Library in Chantry
Computer games critic Cara Ellison spent a year living with and writing about games developers around the world. She will be discussing the experience and her book on gaming 'Embed with Games’. Tickets to attend are £6 and can be bought in the ... [ more ]

Where are our police after 6pm

Kathleen E in Rose Hill
I live just off Belstead Road in IP2 area of town. We are now having to put up with revving noisy speeding racing motorbikes & scooters in the Stoke Park area and along footpaths from Belstead Road to Downing Close, where are the police to prevent ... [ more ]
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Kathleen E
I do hope to be attending the SWAC meeting at St Peters Church this coming Tuesday evening at 6:30pm. I will be interested to see if this question regarding lack of police on our streets after 6pm is tackled!

TV/Phone/Broadband Supplier

Pauline D in Stoke
Can anyone recommend a TV/Phone/Broadband supplier.   At the moment I am with Talk Talk and I get 24/7 landline phone including line rental, Broadband, and a Talk Talk TV box for catch up and record.   I am paying £47.70  a month.   I'm not getting ... [ more ]
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Finchy, I have to disagree regarding customer service from Virgin. I'm in an ongoing battle with them just now. You call but never speak to the same person twice, agent number one tells you one thing but agents two, three and four all have different ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Virgin Media is much better than when they were NTL - their network was so over capacity, some people enjoyed brilliant speeds while others keep cutting off or were intermittent. Phoning up support was annoying when they advised about switching modem ... [ more ]

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?