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Give, Lend & Borrow in Akenham

JAN 08
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Jayne
I have about 20 Suffolk Magazines, does anyone know an organisation, etc who would like them, or be able to use them ?

Ipswich people

Local Conversations in Gainsborough

Ryano
Hi there, I have been living in Ipswich for three years now and yesterday a tourist asked me what Ipswich people are called. I realised I hadn't a clue... Can anyone help me please?
Madge
To save typing I have scanned and attached the first page of a book called 'The History of Ipswich, 1500 Years of triumph and Disaster' by Peter Bishop. It tells how the town was founded and possibly how it got it's name. The book goes on to give the ... [ more ]
Madge
Yes Cathy G., thank goodness there have been people around like Peter Bishop to research all this history and record it.

The Nine hour Wonder

Local Conversations in Claydon

Watchfull
Coming home from Northampton the car I was passenger  broke down called on the AA and asked for assistance at 11-15 hrs, was told that help would be with us in one and a half hours, and was told that they would keep us updated, they did call us back and ... [ more ]
Madge
What a disappointing experience Watchful. I have been with the AA for many years, and on the 'thankfully' few occasions I've had to use them found them very quick to arrive on the scene. Maybe because they give priority to women travelling on their own ... [ more ]

Christmas lights in Ipswich

Local Conversations in Westbourne

Natalie S
The controversial Ipswich Christmas tree will be switched on this Sunday - will you be there for the afternoon of festivities? http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/ipswich_will_light_up_for_christmas_at_5pm_on_sunday_following_day...
Madge
When I was a child there used to be a market inside the Corn Exchange, what we now call the town hall. I can only vaguely remember it, I think it was like a lower ground floor and the entrance was from the side, possibly Lion Street. I can remember ... [ more ]
Madge
Glad to hear it Citizen, I'm not terribly ancient either, I'm a late 1940's baby ! Great that you can remember the market, everyone else I asked couldn't, I was beginning to think I had dreamed it up. What's that part of the building used for now, do you ... [ more ]
Madge
Thanks, Citizen and OJM, I can remember the ceilings being very high, typical Victoian really, and all the fruit n veg on display. Of course, the Film Theatre, I hadn't thought about that, or the cafe.

car parking at Aldi, Meredith Road

Local Conversations in Westerfield

Sandie D
Hello everyone, This weekend I have received a Parking Charge notice for £70 for staying a few minutes over time at Aldi Store car park in Meredith Road. I believe this seems a little greedy and am curious to know if anyone else has been caught. The car ... [ more ]
Madge
Don't pay it, as above, treat it as an unsolicited invoice. And, certainly don't send them a copy of your bank statement, what a cheek ! The Aldi car park never was very big, but they reduced it to enlarge the store. Now half that shop there park in the ... [ more ]
Madge
Yes, but where it falls down Citizen is, you are clocked as you go in, but if you are unfortunate enough to have to wait in a queue for a space because it's so busy this counts as part of your time. Whereas in other car parks your time  will start after ... [ more ]

Thomas Wolsey Fair is tomorrow!

Local Conversations in Ipswich Town Centre

Thomas Wolsey School
Don't forget it's the Thomas Wolsey Christmas Fair tomorrow! At the school, on Defoe Road.   With more than 30+ market stalls spread across TW and Ormiston halls, hot and cold refreshments, music, Santa's Grotto, Mystery Present Room, and fun ... [ more ]
Madge
For a special event always post the day before the day before !  Sadly didn't see this until today (Sunday). Streetlife isn't quite as instantaneous as facebook.

Do you remember the 1960s?

Local Conversations in Westbourne

Natalie S
What were you doing in 1964? Were you still at school? Or was it the year you got married, the year your first born arrived or the year you turned 30? We want to hear your memories from this time - and the rest of the 1960s for a feature we are writing ... [ more ]
Madge
I was a bit of a 'beatnik' when I was 15. Thick black stockings, like everyone wears now, were considered quite outrageous for some reason. I went to Ipswich Art School for a while and then to William and Pretty in the design room. We used to dance on ... [ more ]
Madge
In the end I didn't pursue a career in design Val, but the skills I learned have stayed with me and I have been able to apply them to the things I enjoy doing.

Father Christmas.

Recommendations in Ipswich Town Centre

Kuhli
Can anyone recommend somewhere to see Father Christmas please? Every year my husband and I take our 6 grandchildren to visit one but in the last few years we have been disappointed with our various choice of venues. Two years ago our 4 year old grandson ... [ more ]
Madge
We went out to Wyvale Garden centre in Woodbridge last year, Can't remember the cost but it included tea (Sandwich, cake and drinks). Gifts were very age appropriate and good quality, we had a lovely time even though my grandson was overcome, when Santa ... [ more ]

Recycle even more in your blue bin

Local Conversations in Castle Hill

Paul R
Just seen this from IBC "You can recycle even more in your blue bin from Monday..... http://tinyurl.com/q64qyp2
Madge
Great news, saves a lot of time having to take tetra packs and aerosols etc to the dump where the staff ares not particularly helpful these days ! Thanks Paul R
Madge
James A, I would think that books placed in a recycle bin would be recycled ! I would only put books in the recycle bin if they were really fit for nothing else. So please continue to take them to charity shops. As for glass, I agree that IBC need to ... [ more ]
Madge
That's not my experience of supermaket glass bins ! Yes a lot of people still put all sorts in their black bins and they should be ashamed!
Madge
It's not the country Sophia H, it seems to vary from county to county. Yeah, and all that stuff went into landfill Reg S !!
Madge
The option to hide all from some streetlife contributors has just been activated Reg S., I can't cope with all the 'clever' responses

Kindly French Bulldog needed to help!

Give, Lend & Borrow in Braiswick

Claudine C
I know this is a long shot but I need to borrow a french bulldog! My lovely 15 month old border collie is great in every way EXCEPT he has a huge fear of french bulldogs for no apparent reason. If he sees one before I do, he will literally bolt and head ... [ more ]
Madge
Perhaps arrange to meet up for walks to begin with, your little dog might feel less anxious if the other dogs owner is with it.

Mind Body and Spirit Fayre

Clubs & Groups in Parson's Heath

NOV 08
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Colchester Spiritual Church
Ian P
This Saturday 8th November we are holding our Mind Body and Spirit Fayre at Colchester Spiritual Church Fennings Chase Priory street 10.00 until .4.00 Lots of stalls with Spiritual gifts Jewellery crystals Buddha's And Native American jewellery and ... [ more ]
Madge
Shame this was posted so late. One thing I have learned about streetlife, post a few days before to make sure it goes out in time !! It's not instant like facebook.

Petition Lords Debate on Protecting Woodland

Local Conversations in Westerfield

Shaun N
Sign if you agree.....don't if not.... https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/infrastructure-bill#petition Thanks Shaun

Fostering cats in Ipswich

Local Conversations in Gainsborough

David R
Hi, We are an Egyptian couple My wife is involved in stray cats rescue and fostering in Egypt, quite a few of them find permanent homes in UK. We are spending the next 7 months in Ipswich as I'm working with BT. We would like to foster a cat or more ... [ more ]
Madge
Suffolk Animal Rescue is another animal charity in Ipswich, they foster and re-home cats and dogs. www.suffolkanimalrescue.org/about-us

help

Local Conversations in Castle Hill

Madge
If you do end up needing professional help get in touch with Penny Lane Computers on Dales Road. Their prices are very very good even if they come out, and the boys very helpful and don't talk to you in jargon.
Madge
I'm always very wary of installing updates, they never seem to go as smoothly as we are led to believe they will!

keeping a baby occupied

Local Conversations in Sproughton

Val S
For the last few weeks I have been baby sitting my friends 9 month old little girl and I have walked around town with her.   She gets upset when she realizes that mum is not with us and is better if she can see other children. Now that the weather is ... [ more ]

Crochet Classes for Beginners and Improvers

Classifieds in Fornham All Saints

OCT 18
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Madge
Fornham St Martin - Moonmunkie Studio Beginners classes Sat 18th October and 22nd November. Wool St Wools, Stowmarket Beginners class Saturday 1st November Improvers class Saturday 15th November - Crochet Snowflakes for Christmas decorations. Only basic ... [ more ]

Colchester Farmers Market

Local Conversations in Alresford

OCT 03
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St Marys Art Centre, Colchester, Essex
mrxtian
Colchester Farmers Market When : 09:30 - 12:30 First Friday of the month (Not January) Where : St Mary's Arts Centre
Madge
Could someone please tell me, is Colchester Farmers Market a monthly or weekly event?

Street Rangers

Local Conversations in Stoke Park

Brian H
Why do the Street Rangers stand in groups chatting? Surely they would perform their role better if they split up and walked their 'patch'.
Madge
Perhaps they are actually meant to stay in pairs, does anyone know? Police officers are usually in pairs whether on foot or in cars. PCSO's are usually walking the streets in pairs too !

Ipswich town centre

Local Conversations in Westbourne

Natalie S
Two years ago Sir Stuart Rose, speaking at a conference in Ipswich, described the town as "the most depressing place" he had ever seen. He added: "Standing in the town centre with the empty shops it is a barren wasteland." Has anything changed in the ... [ more ]
Madge
It was the easy option for famous business guru to criticise the town centre, but he wasn't so free with any forthcoming advice or ideas was he. You might think that having the university would attract interest from companies or who are looking for ... [ more ]
Madge
I don't think traffic lights would be enough to put people off coming into town if there was more to see and do. Also car park charges are extortionate in this town compared to places like Felixstowe, Woodbridge, and not sure but in Hadleigh, think you ... [ more ]

shops

Local Conversations in Washbrook

Carol B
went into phone case shop opposite phones 4 u tavern st got a case paid £10 told any problems bring it back will replace.after 3 weeks back came detach.took it back was told will not change it. then started to talk in there language and laughing.asked ... [ more ]

Creatively Crafty

Classifieds in Manningtree

SEP 03
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Creatively Crafty, Manningtree Town Centre
Madge
Creatively Crafty is a beautiful little shop situated in Manningtree. As well as lovely things for sale you can learn a new skill at one of the classes taking place over the coming weeks. Beginners Crochet, Bead Making, Flower Arranging to name just ... [ more ]

Bourne Park Paddling Pool

Local Conversations in Ipswich Borough Council

Qigong

Classifieds in Westerfield

AUG 13
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Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road, IP1 6DG
Madge
If you would like to find out more about the ancient system of Qigong and it's health benefits, there are sessions available in your area.  Please read the attached for more details about a discipline that suits young and old and all levels of fitness. ... [ more ]

wheelchairs

Local Conversations in Washbrook

Carol B
been down to felixstowe with granchildren mother 85 years old came off beach walking along top this electric wheelchair came along knocked mother over cut her arm leg the man on wheelchair.said i didnt see her.then rode off on road zig zaging between ... [ more ]
Madge
I don't understand what having no tax or insurance has to do with the police not being able to do anything, surely they should still do something? I thought the scooters were not supposed to exceed walking pace in pedestrian areas ? The rider should face ... [ more ]
Madge
Diceman, there are those who use them just because they are lazy. I know of one man who regularly uses his father's to go to the shops. The father's need is genuine!

Northern by Pass

Local Conversations in Claydon

Watchfull
Thinking about the traffic problems of Ipswich and other peoples points of view on this subject, I was wondering what we streetlifers could do to help ourselves, if we could get streetlifers from the other nine areas, to help get more than 100 post's on ... [ more ]
Madge
I agree with the argument FOR a northern by-pass. You're doing well so far Watchful, the support is building, it's only been three days. I reckon by the end of the week you could have the 100 posts you're looking for!
Madge
My thoughts too thediceman. And Watchful, just keep replying to the posts to keep yourself in circulation, it seems to me that each time you do you get a couple more posts! 36 in a week, not bad, more than a third to your 100.