2010 sees the 50th anniversary of The Ipswich Society. A small sub-group
of the Executive has been set up to arrive at the best and most
appropriate ways in which we should celebrate. This article is to inform
members of our intentions and to call for further ideas for
consideration. We also wish to enrol, even at this early stage, any
member who may wish to contribute to the events which we have outlined.
The sub-group will be at the centre of planning and organising the
celebrations, co-ordinating the events, keeping members in the know and
informing interested parties who wish to draw our story to a wider
Our objective is to look back at the time during which the Society has
existed and draw attention to matters which have been notable in those
times. We would also want to reflect on the ways in which the town has
developed, with particular reference to the preservation of old
buildings and how we have helped to ensure that new buildings have been
of high quality.
Some examples of the ideas suggested;
- The AGM in April 20 1 0 will start the celebrations, which should
continue throughout the summer. The outset or the conclusion might be
accompanied by a commemorative Newsletter. It is suggested that a set of
summer lectures with a buffet of wine and cheese be organised for
members during May, June and July. These would require the participation
of some excellent speakers; suitable individuals or groups might present
some or others of the following subjects:
- At the outset - the post-war and 50s scene.
- The 60s - the 'pop' decade.
- The 70s and 80s - overview - what went wrong?
- 1990s - overview of the decade - recession and after.
- The noughties - the Waterfront decade.
- Fifty years of planning, UK and local.
- Awards Evenings over the years, linked in perhaps with hits and misses.
- What we have lost - things we have let slip - big errors/gaffes - what we should have done.
The Heritage Open Days in September would provide an opportunity for
major promotion in some of the most important and popular places. The
October lecture would be themed towards the anniversary celebration. The
November Awards Evening would go as planned. For the close of our
celebrations we should hold a formal dinner in early December at a venue
in the town. This might include an address by a worthy supporter of
civic societies or a notable national figure: this could supplant the
December lecture for 2010.
It is proposed to inform the local TV channels. The BBC programme Inside
Out (our regional interest programme) would be informed for the
production of features during the year, or perhaps a programme in our
own right. Similarly the commercial channels - ITV, Channels 4 and 5 -
might be interested in such a project. Equally important would be any
radio interest from the wide range of programmes currently broadcast
locally and nationally. Our newspapers would be presented with the
opportunity to feature the Society and articles would be placed in the
Borough's publications, Waterfront and district magazines.
A poster campaign, including a range of features/posters throughout the
year might be mounted - after the AGM commencement - posters in Grafton
House, museum, libraries (main library window display), schools, Tourist
Information Centre, St Peter's, St Lawrence - all to highlight the work
of the Society. The website, which undergoes a regular update, might be
given a make-over. Our Corporate members might become involved in some
way. Perhaps they might come up with a celebratory theme?
One final idea - and this perhaps the most important of all- is for the
Society to initiate or support some scheme which the town needs and
which would constitute a lasting legacy. The Executive Committee is
considering what would be appropriate and affordable.
This article is offered as an initial prompt for the planning during
2009. Members who wish to participate in any of the ways mentioned above
or in novel ways yet to be suggested should contact the Hon Secretary,