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Aldi in Meredith Road

Mass R in Castle Hill
Can anyone throw any light on the rumour which is currently circulating that Aldi are planning to relocate to the.B&Q site when they close later this year ?
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Roz B
I think  time to bring back some shops in meredith road not but in takeaways cause we have do need
Ian P
When aldi took over the pub people thought that would be the end of the co-op but I was told that the co-op profits increased by 20% because people were attracted to aldi because of the reduced prices but they went across to the co-op for the items they ... [ more ]

French Conversation

Margaret P in Ipswich Town Centre
I have seen somewhere, but not sure it was on Streetlife, reference to a local French Conversation Group. Does anyone know or have any information please? Thanks
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Annie M
They have French Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced in Arlingtons Cafe in Museum Street.  You can look them  up on line

DIY stores in NW Ipswich

Charles W in Castle Hill
I do stand to be corrected on this issue, but I believe that B&Q will be finishing trading at the Anglia Park retail estate in April, and for the first time I can remember this part of Ipswich we will no longer have a DIY store in this part of the ... [ more ]
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Mass R
Just read report in the Star where NW MP Dan Poulter comments that if there is no interest for new retail businesses to take up the space at ARP it will have to be considered for housing.  No incentive for the owners to seek replacement businesses as ... [ more ]
Michael M
I was told by a member of staff last week that the B&Q store would be closing between June and Oct but they did not when!!  Maybe the Owners should tell us what's ahead!

Cuts to Fire & Rescue service in Ipswich

Mass R in Castle Hill
Listened to a presentation of proposal to cut Fire and Rescue Service by half in Ipswich at NW Area Committee Meeting.  Apparently money available to build new fire station but not enough to man fire engines.  The targets set by SCC are not being met now ... [ more ]
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Steve C
There is a petition asking SCC to reconsider the way the decision is made. With such an important county wide issue the whole council should have a say. If you sign the petition we can force a debate in Full Council. Link here ... [ more ]
Have done the survey but must agree with Interested there there are one set of questions at the end of the survey which are very intrusive and have nothing  to do with fire engines--this survey should be modified or withdrawn--

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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Some days ago Martin C contacted Mr Gummer he did receive a acknowledgement to his email that he sent him--but I dont think he has heard anything else--I also contacted councillor Hugh Whittall and have had not received a reply whatsoever,--I can not ... [ more ]
What a councillor--Hugh Whittall have not even acknowledged the email I sent him--I could not wait any longer--most upset--therefor I have emailed Dr Dan Poulter and received an acknowledgment--he have asked me to be patient but have said that he will ... [ more ]

Time to Talk Day 2016

Community Team IBC in Akenham
We are proud to be supporting the Time to Change - Time to Talk day 2016.  It's easy to get involved. Just have a chat about mental health with a friend, loved one, colleague or even your Streetlife Neighbours, in any way that suits you.  Let's get the ... [ more ]

Electronic bus timetables

Jean M in Ipswich Town Centre
How long does it take to get the powers that be to fix the electronic timetable for the busses at Norwich Road Bridge? It's been out of order since before Christmas!
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Steve C
Jean I guess the point I was trying to make is that where buses provide a regular service i.e 10min intervals the electronic timetable is pretty much redundant. Out in the countryside, where the service only runs half hourly or perhaps only hourly these ... [ more ]
An electronic timetable yes perhaps I agree, but the bus companies are supposed to be working towards fitting all buses with live tracking, this is where the screens come in handy, even for 10 minute frequency services. Having been stood at a stop many ... [ more ]

Jubilee Park Play-Space Survey

Community Team IBC in Akenham
Do you live in the Jubilee Park area? If so, we need your help!  Please take 5 minutes to complete our survey on the play-spaces in the community: Your feedback is really appreciated.
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Buzz R
The football/netball/basketball area next to the play area has high fencing which would be virtually impossible to climb. Similar fencing around the play area would pretty well ensure its security overnight.

Ipswich Waterfront Transport Study

Optimist! in Whitton
Over the last few months (years?) there have been many topics which discuss the traffic situation in Ipswich, in particular the balance between car users and public transport/pedestrians/cyclists, and the issue of the Star Lane gyratory system and Wet ... [ more ]
Roger A
"Ipswich becomes a ‘Town on the Waterfront’ rather than a ‘Town in a ring road’ This won't be achieved if the northern development goes ahead and especially if housing development sprawls out to Rushmere, swallowing up agricultural land as it does so.

counselling for men who have been in an abusive marriage.

Theresa H in Maidenhall
Hi! Please can someone offer some help? I need to find out if there is any support groups or counselling services which offer MEN support with depression linked to having been in an abusive marriage. My partner thankfully is now out of that marriage ... [ more ]
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Theresa H
If your neighbour is still about would you be able to find out more about this lady for me please?
Hi Theresa. The name is Angela Emmerson. She's in IP3. 01473 727197 I hope she can be a help to your partner.


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Anne D
I have used John T Wilding based at Martlesham for many years, to replace radiators, service boiler etc. Not necessarily cheap but they do an excellent, efficient job.

Brown Bin empty charge

Ian P in Castle Hill
I was told some time ago that Ipswich town cleansing dept. was considering charging each householder £50 per year to empty the brown bins Has this proposed charged been removed? Ian Paterson
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Margaret D
Dear Ian, I apologise profusely.  My comment was meant to be directed at Bob.  Don't know how I got the wrong name for his comment.  I was glad you asked the question as I was interested in it too.  Big apology hug!
Margaret D
Steve, it does make you wonder.  I can't understand that either.  Perhaps SCC will see your comment and explain to us!

A helping hand for families/individuals in Ipswich.

Kiki Y in White House
Hi. We have recently set up a new group for people in Ipswich, who may be in need of a little help this time of year. Currently, anyone requiring the assistance of a food bank or similar in Ipswich need a referral from Social Services or a health care ... [ more ]

electronic bus timetable

Jean M in Ipswich Town Centre
The new electronic bus timetable at Norwich Road Bridge going into town has been out of order since before Christmas. Does anyone know how long it will be before it is up and running again?
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Confirmed by Suffolk on Board that the 8,9 & 10 users will have seats at Tower Ramparts by the end of February:

Ipswich Hospital Care Parking

Val S in Sproughton
I am so fed up with the car parking situation at Heath Road.  Sadly we are in the position of having to visit the hospital frequently to attend appointments and the time lost by driving endlessly round and around the car park looking for a space is ... [ more ]
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Jennie W
It's cheaper for me to use p & r as I don't yet (maybe never with this government) have a bus pass
Patricia D
I started a thread about trying to save the park and ride some time ago as  have found it so easy to attend the hospital. One can wait inside the spacious hall at either end so no need to be cold or wet, and the bus stop at the hospital is covered. If ... [ more ]


Janet A in Common, The
Can anyone recommend anywhere good to go to have a new will done?
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Rita P
We had a party when we made our wills and gave a copy to each of the executers so there would be no unpleasant surprises for our children.

Recommendation for cattery please.

Brian H in Stoke Park
Hi, can anybody recommend a cattery, preferably not too far from central Ipswich, for our timid rescue cat to be boarded for a few days?
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David G
Acorn cattery at Copdock is fantastic. The owners are a bit eccentric but the care the cats get is second to none. The cattery has outside runs so the cats get to sit out on their shelfs watching the wildlife. Fantastic rural position cant recommend ... [ more ]
Shaun N
We always use Woodside for our two  Lovely place and great environment and lovely people who run it.  They were more than happy for us to come and have a look around when we inquired.  Our cats seem to be very ... [ more ]

Exposure buddy.

Kiki Y in White House
I know it's a long shot, but I'm putting it out there anyway! I am 32, mum to 3 kiddies and 2 dogs, a midwife (who has had to give up work), and recently single. I suffer from panic attacks and agoraphobia. The fear of going out and about. I'm ... [ more ]
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Kiki Y
Just checked the home start website. It all seemed absolutely perfect, just the sort of thing I needed. But you need a child under 5 :-( my youngest is now 9. I will have a little look to see if there is something similar out there though.
I think their remit may have changed recently, to include families with children under 11. It's worth an enquiry, I think. Good luck.

Fundraising ball

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The manor ballroom, 4 St Margaret's green, Ipswich
Michelle D in Ipswich Town Centre
Bear for an Angel presents their first ever fundraising ball at Manor ballroom, 4 St Margarets Green, Ipswich, on February 14th, 7-11pm, our awareness bands will be on sale on the run up to and on the evening at £1.50 each Over 18's only! Their will be ... [ more ]

Fundraising ball

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The manor ballroom, 4 St Margaret's green, Ipswich
Michelle D in Ipswich Town Centre
Their will be a disco, buffet, bar, raffle, Dress code: smartly dressed (ball gowns or evening dresses, suits & ties & shoes Bear for an angel are a small non profit organisation based in Ipswich who provides no sew teddy bear packages for ... [ more ]

Bramford Village Stores

Jumble Sale

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25th Ipswich Scout group, Bramford Road, Ipswich
Lyn A in Ipswich Town Centre
On Saturday 16th January the 24th Ipswich Scout Group will be holding a Jumble Sale. Doors open at 1pm.  Bramford Road Railway Bridge 330A Bramford Road Ipswich IP1 5AX

Epson Printer

Gillian M in Westerfield
I have an Epson RX685 printer with an extra set of inks it is about 8 years old. Prints black and white but colour a bit iffy. If this would be of any use to someone they are welcome to it rather than sticking it on the dump

New year

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I will confess, it took me a while to figure out that a lot of what is said on here, was tongue in cheek, and not certain folks being utter buggers. *Looks at no one in particular* That said, learning how to write sarcasm is not quite as easy at the ... [ more ]
Margaret D
I think people just like to let off steam wherever there is a listening ear!  At least we don't have to take it personally, we just need to be patient.  At least it is helping in some way.

Where is the Town Centre?

Citizen of Ipswich in Whitton
I notice the road markings outside the Novotel Hotel have been renewed, and once again they contradict the road signs. If you are a visitor to Ipswich looking for the Town centre and coming into town via Stoke Bridge, the road signs direct you to Grey ... [ more ]
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What more do you expect from the Tory run SCC, they have bogged up the town with 21 million pounds worth of traffic lights, they are about to build bridges over the dock and Gipping area which will clog up Ipswich all the more, ask them about a Northern ... [ more ]