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Barham Housing (or the politics of persuasion)

Not K in Henley
I cannot be alone in thinking that I am being manipulated, and I have two options; one to just ignore the situation and blame the system or I can have an uphill battle and try to do something about it. We have a housing development process that ... [ more ]
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Not K
If you want to see how other developers twist your comments view the "application documents" on this proposed local development, and select "community" . We need to learn from this... .
Susan H
I  attended a conference about the new planning laws a few years back, as I was on a PC at the time - they were discussing the new legally binding community planning laws, whereby a community can identify where they want development and what they want ... [ 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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Dave L
Anther +1 from me. You really can't fault the things. Being a Yorkshireman ;) I usually use pellets rather than blocks but I always keep a couple of blocks in the house as my partner finds them much easier to load when I'm away from home.
Richard D
AD Veale also provide water softening service in Ipswich and may well be worth a call. We have had excellent service from them. will find them.


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

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

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

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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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.


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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.

Ipswich Northern fringe 1100 houses

Not K in Henley
Just in case you are not aware an outline planning application has now been submitted for 1100 houses to the north of the Railway line and east of the Henley road. I understand that all the traffic from this development will use the Henley Road This ... [ more ]
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Mass R
If all you can see in this protest is spending an extra 15 minutes in bed and allowing a bit more time for car journeys, you are seriously mistaken.
Susan H --- No Comment--- I honestly was under the impression that you had completely washed your hands with us lot and this subject SOH by the way some human beings are ok thats them others

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.

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 ]


Claydon Pre-school's Christmas Fayre

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Claydon & Barham Community Centre, Church Lane, Claydon IP6 0EG
Nadine H in Whitton
Claydon Pre-school is holding it's Christmas Fayre at Claydon & Barham Community Centre this year and we aim to make it bigger and better than last year's event.  There will be Craft and Gift stalls selling handmade items and gifts for all the ... [ more ]


Gillian M in Westerfield
Can anyone recommend a good ,reliable, understanding NHS dentist for a very nervous person who has had past problems .
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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 ]


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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 ]