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University of the Third Age

Albchiv in Racecourse
I keep hearing of older people in other parts of the country getting a good experience from joining this organisation. Does anyone know whether our local U3A is very active and what is on offer?
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Sheila B
I joined in Feb e and have attended Three of the talks, these were well attended and I always sat next to someone who like myself lived on their own and we soon got chatting.  The talks were interesting although the PA system could sometimes have been ... [ more ]

Electric Radiator Heating for whole house

Kevan H in Castle Hill
Does anybody have experience of electric radiators as a sole means of heating in a house.  We are looking to moving from oil heating and would like to know if electric radiators are economical to run.
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Angus M
Electric radiators will be very expensive. A way to reduce the cost is to go onto economy 7 for your electricity supply, which gives you cheap night time electricity and install the newer type storage heaters. This works ok unless the weather is very ... [ more ]

Major's Corner and Mulberry Tree, Ipswich roadworks

OnTwoWheels in Westerfield
I've just seen via the Ipswich Star website that this work is to commence this week. When the plans were originally published on the Travel Ipswich site I raised serious safety concerns about the design of the merge into Woodbridge Road coming from St ... [ more ]
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Northern Bypass for Ipswich

Watchfull in Castle Hill
It has be suggested that we bring this subject up again--can we have your views on this and the reason why--if the Orwell bridge shut down the Valley road gets grid locked--if the big expansion comes about North of Westerfield--it will get worst--I can ... [ more ]
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Have the time come to say thanks for all that have taken part in this debate and bring it to a close--or just let it run on--We have achieved one thing--we have got them discussing the need for a NBP again--and I feel that we will have to wait a while ... [ more ]
Sorry to start winging again-- ITV News tonight Cambridge closing off roads in the rush hour--if Ipswich don't get the NBP sooner rather than later it could be us doing next--

Weekly cleaner wanted

Sara S in Westerfield
I am looking for a cleaner on a regular weekly basis. Ironing..hoovering...cupboard and fridge cleaning too.
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Amy B in Westerfield
Can someone recommend a good carpenter to make a bathroom vanity unit for a washbowl if possible.Thanks
Tina H Chris Markham comes highly recommended, lives locally & is a highly skilled carpenter

What's up with BT ?

Watchfull in Castle Hill
Beside the fact that I am on S/L Ipswich I also on belong to Northampton S/L--My daughter who lives in New Duston NN5 lost her internet/broadband--some thing that has not happened before--she phoned BT and was informed that there was a problem and it ... [ more ]
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Mike B
The internet service won Recommended Provider in this April's Which? magazine (only 1 other provider won - Zen Internet). If you get broadband, you'll get free LED bulbs for life for your whole property, also up to £200 to recompense you for any early ... [ more ]
Jean M
Change your broadband provider, we are with Utility Warehouse. Not only do we have broadband with them but phone line and utility services. Even now thinking of using them for our mobile phones. No problems with them.


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Jean G
perhaps they cleaned the pipes out as they do that overnight usually they send letters out if they do that as it may effect the water and they usually tell you to run it a bit first .

electrician Norwich road area

Steven Smith 01473 635888__mob_ 07850567000 done a few jobs for me very good can recommend .

New Regular Qigong Classes from 31 May

Qigonguk in Qigonguk
Join us for our set of friendly and relaxing Qigong classes starting 31 May 2016 in Ipswich. Discover the health improvement and self-development system from the heart of ancient traditions. Learn how to: increase your energy levels and open energy ... [ more ]

Ipswich traffic (again!)

Jan D in Ipswich Town Centre
I know the subject has been done to death, but... all last week I worked in town at my old place (I've semi-retired so it doesn't happen often). Each morning took less than 10 mins to get there around 8 - 8.30, but each evening, no matter what time, took ... [ more ]
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Jan D
I didn't realise they were sensors rather than cameras, I hadn't looked that closely. I would normally have moved forward but as the lights were on red people were crossing the road in front of me constantly. I was in a quandary! I didn't realise I ... [ more ]
Sheila O
I travel in peak time every day for one reason or another the main one to take g daughter to school as she has to go one end of town to the other also surely there is no rule to say i cant travel in rush hour we still have things to do and places to go i ... [ more ]

Brown bins

Peter P in California
Brown bins not emptied this week, still not next day  dales area. anyone know when they will ?
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Mike S
My brown and blue bins were collected as normal on Wednesday this week. I had expected them to be collected a day later.
Jean G
brown and blue bins collected togay Friday in ip2 area usually brown bin emptied first then blue bin later .

Swallows and Cuckoos

John T in Castle Hill
Out in the garden today and what a pleasure to see that the swallows have braved the journey back from Africa especially considering the recent unseasonal Northerly winds. I also heard a Cuckoo in the neighbouring wood. Thank goodness some people ... [ more ]
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Carole R
I will rephrase that last sentence in the previous comment they are  the lowest of the low and not fit to be classed the same..
Nadine H
The swifts should be back soon too. It's usually around my mum's birthday on 16th. Love these birds and they always nest in the houses by the co-op in Claydon.

Finding job

Sue T in Castle Hill
Hi everyone, I had to give my job up last year due to having knee replacement in Jan this year. I have done really well and getting out and about. Because of my age (56yrs) I am finding it really difficult trying to find a part time job. If anybody out ... [ more ]
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Ian P
Helo SueYou may find this helpfullWhen I retired I started helpig with the MORI Poll as an interviewer.This is done on individual aspects. They just ring you up and give you the details. how much it pays, when it runs, where is is running.Not standing ... [ more ]
Mike B
I have something that may help you Sue. PM me if you're still open to another way to get an extra income stream.

Suffolk Police Lost & Found New Procedures

Albchiv in Racecourse
I read that Suffolk Police are changing their procedures concerning lost and found property. In short they will no longer deal with most items and encourage finders and losers to use the Internet to report and reunite. Would not a dedicated section in ... [ more ]
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Jeremy C
It won't deal with lost Property as not Suffolk Police policy to now collect it. Will deal with general enquiries face to face.

Another Carr St shop closure?

Alan P in Ipswich Town Centre
Sign in the 99p (& more) shop in Carr Street yesterday saying store is "not closing yet" (although half empty of stock) but rumour has it that Poundland opposite is closing down in the old Woolworths store and moving into the 99p (ex QD Stores) shop. ... [ more ]
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Gillian M
Thanks Joanna I did pay by credit card but I would like my dress it was for a wedding keep my fingers crossed

Police to be dangled from crane to view whole town

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Mark B
I'm going to recommend they start a similar campaign where they dangle someone on a noose instead.

Loss of national rock station for East Anglia

Jan D in Ipswich Town Centre
I really hope no-one minds me posting this. If no interest, please just scroll past! I listen to Planet Rock all day every day and a switch to new transmitters means many areas of the country are losing it, being expected to listen online, which just ... [ more ]
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Martin C
Well that's it then. They turned the station off for all loyal DAB radio listeners in this area yesterday it seems. Yesterday morning in the car I still got them as I was travelling around Suffolk and Norfolk. Today its just a rolling advert telling me ... [ more ]
Jan D
If looks could kill my car DAB would be dead, I gave it a proper glare when I sat in the car this morning! I've tried a few other stations, briefly, but there's nothing whatsoever that plays any music I like, or can even tolerate! Thankfully I still have ... [ more ]

Diabetes UK

Watchfull in Castle Hill
Diabetes Uk meetings held at St Augustins Church hall are trying to increase their membership--Please take note--it would help if they published the DATE & TIME of these meetings--then they might get more to come along--
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Lewis L
The 2016 Diabetes World Summit is a free online event running from the 18th of April  to the 25th.  See
the bees knees
Lewis L, thank you for this very interesting link.  I agree with the findings of the third chat that I read early am this morning. Have you read it yet? 

400 Houses for Barham

John T in Castle Hill
Where is the sense of proportion, do we need more houses or less people? Where is the strategic plan for the area, by the time one evolves it will be too late. Never mind we are told “growth brings 'short term' prosperity and jobs”, we also get a ... [ more ]
Nadine H
I also saw this quietly hidden away in the in touch magazine which is the first I have heard of it. I have to admit though, when I moved to Barham 11 years ago, I thought that it would be inevitable that the fields adjacent to Barham church lane would be ... [ more ]


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Sheila O
We used to have a toad every year in our garden but remarked the other day i haven't seen one for the last 2or three years goung off subject a bit we used to have a squirrel that used to scuttle along our fence bur he has vanished as well but the trees ... [ more ]
Susan H
Our garden is full of toads, but then we are in countryside. We also find newts. As for squirrels, don't get me started. I had 3 bird feeders destroyed by the blighters last year, despite having 2 dogs who'd love to have squirrel for dinner. I have to ... [ more ]

local gym

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quiz in aid of Barnardo's

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Tuddenham village hall
Gillian M in Westerfield
There are still places for the Barnardo's quiz. A team of 6 for £36.00 or singles to make up a team at £6.00. Numbers by Sunday please to Pat 01473 252326 or Pat 01473 240844

Parking on Grass Verges

Albchiv in Racecourse
My wife tells me she saw a person writing down the registration of vehicles parked on the grass verge in Renfrew Road. Does anyone know if he is a council official, a road tax official or a concerned local resident collecting facts to present a case to ... [ more ]
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Jeremy C
If you include employers nation insurance contribution, pension, sick pay, HR, tax, insurance for van & recruitment. Wages of 16k soon becomes 30k to council.
Exactly, and there'd be a lot of sick pay, what with all that stress & they'd need to travel in pairs anyway. I can think of a few retired coppers (well, one in particular) that would be perfect for the job.

Cats Protection Ipswich - Car Boot Sale

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Foxhall Comunity Centre (ex St Clements Sports & Social Club), Foxhall Road, Ipswich Ip3 8ls
Kitty Bank in Sproughton
Our Boot Sales are continuing into 2016  We'll be on site at Foxhall Road from 10am for those wishing to set up If you'd like to book a pitch please call Dave on 01473 680210. £5 a car, £7.50 for car and trailer/van Free entry to public to ... [ more ]