Preparations underway

I went down to the Aurora for a glass of orange juice – along with my wife and mother-in-law. As I was there, I took a trip up to the Cult Cafe as there was a little bit of activity going on.


I thought that I would sneak a bit closer so that I could have a chat with the people doing the work (people never seem to mind telling me what they are doing – I think that most of them are glad that someone takes an interest instead of just walking by!).


I assumed that they were here in preparation for next weeks cycle event but they only seemed to be aware of the Maritime Weekend due on 18th and 19th of this month. Either way, there were lots of barriers being delivered in readiness.


Having finished there, I drifted back to the Aurora. It was then that I noticed that the site between 7 Anchor Street and the James Hehir building had been cleared. This site has been derelict for as long as the regeneration project has been underway. I think that it is the site of the old gasworks, but could be corrected on that. Anyway, the site was re-fenced when they used it for the groundwork associated with the proposed Orwell Crossing. It has now been thoroughly cleared in readiness, I expect, for work to start on the new Suffolk Heritage Centre. The Heritage Centre is an exciting addition to the Waterfront and should be a huge attraction.



Coming next Saturday – 11th August 2018

In a hope that I can give events on the Waterfront some better publicity, I am posting information about the cycling event taking place next weekend.

Crafted Classique 2018


(image courtesy of “Ipswich Entertains“)

Take part in a choice of routes from 55km upto 100km or 100 miles through Suffolk.

There are events being organised by Briarbank,  at Cult Café along with live performances including hip-hop dance group Just Jay Dance.

There will also be a Mini Classique event for the kids on Orwell Quay (bikes will be supplied).

Come and support this exciting event.

It’s 32c here in Ipswich

I just doesn’t get any cooler and, apart from the rain a few days ago, it is still very dry. Also, not much is happening. They are getting on with the Wine Rack and the Maritime Weekend is happening on 18th – 19th August so we are looking forward to that.


In the meantime, I am finding other things to do around Ipswich. I am a long term armchair fan of West Ham United, having lived in Romford for lots of years. It turned out that there was a pre-season friendly happening last weekend between Ipswich Town F.C. and WHU! I didn’t know that they did special disabled seats but, on checking, managed to book a place for me, a place for my nephew, Theo (in theory as my carer) and a seat for my 12 year old nephew, Dylan. Total cost £8.00. £8.00 for three people to watch WHU? Amazing. I hadn’t been to a football match for over 50 years so it was a special experience.  As I haven’t any other pictures to show for the last week, I will regale you with some football stuff!

Here is a short video as well: