Following the highly successful Thursday afternoon openings of St Peter's Church last summer, it has been decided to extend the scheme this year to include the neighbouring churches of St Mary at the Quay and St Clement. An attractive new illustrated leaflet Ipswich Treasures to Discover invites visitors to follow the trail provided by the splendid towers which rise above each church to enjoy the wealth of architectural and historic features they have to offer. The leaflet also contains information about the famous Unitarian Meeting House, which can also be visited at the same time. There are seventeen illustrations in the leaflet of some of these fascinating details. How fortunate is Ipswich to have such riches in close proximity to the rapidly developing dockland area of the town!
To mark the beginning of the season, a guided tour of St Peter's has been arranged for Saturday, 26 April, led by Roy Tricker at 11am. Society members and friends will be most welcome. The church will remain open until 4pm. Admission is free and there is no need to book. All three churches will be open on the following Thursday, 1 May, from 2-4pm (3-5pm at St Clement's).
The regular opening of the three dockland churches, every Thursday afternoon between May and mid-October, is made possible by the efforts of a small band of volunteers, several of whom are members of the Society. More helpers would be very welcome, so if you can spare some time on Thursday afternoons, or with the pre-season 'clean up day' at St Peter's on Thursday, 24 April, please contact Roger Wolfe on 01473 726649.