Above: Civic Drive and the AXA offices in springtime. Photograph by Tim Leggett.

In this long, cold winter lockdown, the rapid progress of the vaccination programme offered to the whole population has been a beacon of hope. Indeed, it is one of the few things which will relieve pressure on our invaluable National Health Service workers, care workers and other key members of society who keep our lives ticking over (not to mention proper funding). It is sobering to reflect that those first two sentences have never appeared in any previous Ipswich Society Newsletter. Let’s hope that they remain a feature of 2020/21 alone, although we will have to live with the virus and its variants for a long time yet. As ever, this is a packed issue with many varied articles – so my thanks to the contributors.                

Robin Gaylard

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