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

Love Letters to Ipswich

The cup-winning team with Bobby Robson as manager celebrate with the Cup

For the love of a captivated soul

Ipswich, you are the very essence of my being, a town that holds not only a cherished family connection but also the potential to rise from the ashes and reclaim your glory.

Carl Day

By Carl Day

For the love of hope and community -

For the love of hope and community

And for all the broken hearts here. There are a million mending memoirs to tell. Of hope, and joy, and Community. In Ipswich my pride does swell

For the love of hope and community -

By Rachel Charlotte Davy

For the love of Charlie’s Hat -

For the love of Charlie’s Hat

Wherever you look in our town there are things going on; things to join; things to do; things to experience, things to learn, or there are places of calm.

Samantha Sherman -

By Miranda Acres

For the love of trying the bigger jumps at the track -

For the love of trying the bigger jumps at the track

Read this love letter to Ipswich from Reggie, who's a big fan of the BMX track and the bountiful supply of "Eiffel Towers".

By Reggie Goldsmith-Gray

Recent News

Ipswich’s Rubbish

Posted on February 12, 2024 are delighted to announce our first community partnership. Hopefully many more to follow across every neighbourhood in Ipswich.

A Whistlestop Guide to Parks in Ipswich

Posted on January 29, 2024

From the serene charm of Christchurch Park to the lively happenings in Holywells Park, there’s a place for all.

Norwich and Norfolk are better at this than Ipswich and Suffolk.

Posted on January 15, 2024

Greater Ipswich needs a Greater Ipswich unitary authority voted for, and accountable to all the shared stakeholders that share our conurbation.

Otter spotted in Holywells Park

Posted on January 10, 2024

It’s been a good week for Ipswich’s animal lovers as an otter was spotted hunting amid the duckweed-covered water in Holywells Park

To top