Heritage Open Days Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September 2020

I’ve heard it said these are difficult or unprecedented times. I prefer to think that we live in interesting times. Whilst many places are closed and we are being encouraged to keep our distance or possibly self-isolate, let’s not forget, this will end, and we will all be released back into the wild.

With that in mind, the Society is looking to the future and the annual joy that is Heritage Open Days. This year we are promoting Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 of September. Many of our regular participants such as Broomhill Pool, The Ipswich School and the Town Hall/Corn Exchange have told me they are planning to join in again this year.

Every year I try to recruit new participants and this year is no different. I’m having a few discussions, but it’s early days and I wont jinx it or spoil the surprise by naming names, but fingers crossed. If anyone has any suggestions or is sitting in a building they would like to show off, please let me know, I’d love to talk to you.

You may not be aware, but every year, the national organisers suggest a theme. Promoting the theme is always voluntary so rarely shouted about. This year’s theme is hidden nature and I know one or two participants are giving it some thought. Let’s hope the weather is kind and we get the chance to search for frogs amongst the tombstones. You might need to get the wellies ready!

I know things are strange at the moment but – deep breath – spring is in the air, summer is coming, and Heritage Open Days will take place. Put the dates in your diary. In the meantime, try not to worry too much, stay safe and look after each other.

Neil Thompson (hodipswich@gmail.com)







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