For the love of finding connections Written by Polly Rodwell, Retired Teacher

Published on September 13, 2023

Christchurch Park, Ipswich

Dear Ipswich, I hope you are having a great day.

I really love Ipswich and I’m so sad to see people putting it down. Yes, as with all towns of this size, we have problems: closed shops, potholes, and poverty to name just three. But Ipswich has so much to offer!

Our parks are amazing: a family could spend several days in Christchurch Park and still not experience all it has to offer, and all free!

And what about the free music festivals, the free activities on the Cornhill, the Pulse Festival, the eateries, the theatres and the dance school?

And, contrary to what you read on social media, people in Ipswich are friendly and helpful. Only a couple of days ago, we found a toddler running through town in a panic because he’d lost his family. A young couple took it upon themselves to scour the town. They found the father and brother and ran back to tell us he was on his way.
So many good things but my final love is our hospital. We are so lucky to have it.

Polly Rodwell
Retired Teacher

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