Forthcoming Events

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Events and Excursions.

Wednesday December 20th 7.30 pm "Fire Service history in Ipswich and Suffolk."
Museum Street Methodist Church.

A talk by John Harvey.

John Harvey was born in Fletcher Road Ipswich and spent his childhood on Priory Heath, schooled entirely at Priory Heath. His further education was at Ipswich Civic College.
He joined Suffolk and Ipswich Fire Service as a cadet in 1964, passing out and serving as a firefighter at Colchester Road and Bond Street Fire Stations until 1972. He was a Leading Firefighter in Ipswich from 1972-74, being involved in some high-profile rescues and fires in the Ipswich area.
In 1974, he was promoted to Sub-Officer training, being an instructor at the Lowestoft recruit training centre; then Breathing Apparatus head instructor and Instructor for internal courses and all training for industrial firefighters including those on North Sea oil and gas rigs. John was also heavily involved with breathing apparatus at the major ship fire on the Montevideo at Felixstowe Dock.
From 1978-1998 he was Sub-Officer operational at Colchester Road, then at Princes Street in the last four years, working most of his career at the busiest fire stations in Suffolk.
John’s illustrated talk will include the history of firefighting in Ipswich and some of the higher profile incidents attended, ending with any questions. There will also be selected items from John's fire service collection on display 

Photo - Bond Street Fire Station and Crew - David Kindred. 



*Wednesday December 20th "Fire Service history in Ipswich and Suffolk." by John Harvey.

*Wednesday January 17th "The Basque Refugee Children in Suffolk, 1937-1939" by Dr. Edward Packard (University of Suffolk).

*Wednesday February 21st "DanceEast" by Brendan Keaney, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of DanceEast.

*Wednesday March 14th - A talk by Russell Williams, Chief Executive of Ipswich Borough Council.

The talks are free and open to all and take place at 7.30pm at the Museum Street Methodist Church (entrance in Black Horse Lane) which is equipped with comfortable seating and modern Audio/Visual facilities. Free tea/coffee and biscuits are served after the talks with a chance for members and guests to socialise.


    Ipswich Society Members and Guests seated ready for a talk at the Museum Street Methodist Church.




 Provisional 2018 Outings List

More details to follow when finalised

April 21st Saturday


Cambridge, American Cemetery, King’s College Chapel






Evening walk – The Secret Signs of Ipswich



June 12th Tuesday


Bradenham Hall Gardens and Swaffham, Norfolk



July 21st Saturday


Penshurst Place, Kent






Harwich (+Grayson Perry House?)



September 19/20th
Wednesday / Thursday 


Holland Park and Leighton House, London.