This is the new venue where members and potential members of the Ipswich Outdoor Group can read about recent events, share news that is relevant to group interests but not appropriate for group emails, write about group initiatives – anything from charity fund-raising to activism aimed at keeping our footpaths open – present opinion editorials on issues close to their hearts, post classified ads, cartoons, pictures or anything else that occurs. Unlike the old Newsletter, it will be updated as and when new material comes to hand and, as this is a work in progress, it will be formatted as we go along and get an idea of what is required. Feel free to offer suggestions if any occur to you.
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Something new for the New Year: a date with the Ipswich Oap Group. And a lovely day it was. A wonderful long walk 8 miles once around the power stations at Sizewell.
I wish dearest Hilda was here to see it. All these young men needing guidance.
And more delights. My favourite Emva Cream (I’m not allowed that at the home) with our sandwiches at the Eels Foot public house.
So many people (including youngsters and pets) turned out – it was like a big family day at the beach. The leader, a fellow called Ian reminded me of my grandson’s friend “Micky the Cobra” – such a nice young man and he’ll be out soon.
Eleven members spotted Tess’s games night on the programme – well, eleven turned up. It was a great evening so watch out for the next one. Scrub that. It was a great evening and eleven (or twelve) is the perfect number. The venue: our very own private room at the Thos Wolsey. Two games took up most the evening, Articulate and Codenames. I think there was also a very quick game of chess – inadequate IQ in the room for a decent match.
Have a look at the pictures. The first (above) was Articulate. You are mainly looking at losers save for the three on the right to the front of the shot who joined late and came up from behind – an amazing victory by Kevin, Claire, Torben and me (the photographer).
And this was after Codenames. Again mostly losers save Kevin, Tess, Torben and me. I can see a theme. The usual stalwarts of such events (e.g. The Machine and Blue Thunder chairperson formerly known as samwise) were consistently on the losing sides.
Just a new year notice about our regular evening jog / run from the town centre, every Thursday evening. We aim to set off around 18:30, and I’m able to offer changing / shower facilities so that we can go out afterwards for dinner, if participants want to.
I only noticed late last year that this had somehow ended up only on the paper programme and was missing from the online version – so now seems like a good time for a wider reminder. 🙂
We’ve got a route that works quite well over the dark of winter so we don’t need head torches, and I’m currently expecting at least four of us to be in attendance. As it’s dark, bright / reflective clothing is recommended. We’re really not going to be moving crazy fast – we stick with the slowest person in the group (usually me). The full route is around 10km, but we’ll likely be splitting up and doing a shorter route a little over 5km too. It’s all easily adaptable, depending on whatever people feel like doing.
You asked for a few words on Paul’s Westerfield to Woodbridge walk, mostly following the Fynn River. It was a lovely event, more social activity than active activity – half the frigging group turned up. Reckon it was the two-for-one dinner that did it. 8.5ish miles an easy stroll – too namby-pamby for some who wouldn’t get out of bed for less than twelve miles.
So another 5 miles were added; topped and tailed by that stalwart of the group (chairman take note and remove his name from your blacklist) for the seven or so heavy-weights.
Two pubs (what is the IOG coming to?), a train journey (some of you still owe me for the fare) and an enjoyable meal at the end. Cheers Paul.
On Saturday afternoon, we met up at the Avid Indoor Climbing Centre near The Havens, Ipswich. Climbing shoes were provided, and a cafe serving cake looked inviting. We then took turns to climb. The floor underfoot was deep sponge, so falling would be cushioned.
After getting ‘stuck’ clinging on the handholds we were taught to move our centre of gravity to balance so we could release our grip on one hand or foothold to edge upwards or sideways.
It looked much easier when the experts did it!
Very enjoyable and fun session. We are now qualified to take up to 2 novices next time!
This is a marvellous collation of the best photographs taken by members in the course of 2018 – chosen from among those that were submitted to the competition. There may well have been more out there, so, for next year, pick out your favourite pic from among your own and send it to Rachael when she puts out the call.
All the discounted bulk order of calendars have now all been sold.
You can still buy them individually, however, by going to:
We arrived at Alton Water’s small car park near Tattingstone and met up with several other party-goers from the night before. Mel and Jayne, our walk leaders, arrived promptly and assured us the dark and foreboding weather would be counterbalanced by the promise of mince pies and mulled wine at our journey’s end.
We set off for Holbrook across muddy fields, with a glorious sun shining down on a chilly, damp day. Most of the walk was spent avoiding oodles of mud, but we were in good spirits – especially by the time we found a very friendly horse, who seemed very happy when we offered him some apple.
Our lunch stop was at All Saints Church in Holbrook, where we munched through our packed lunches and sent those in desperate need of refreshment on to the Compasses Inn. The return to Tattingstone brought us back to the path along the north shore of Alton Water, and not too far to the cars. After our very pleasant ten mile jaunt, Mel and Jayne invited us all back to their stunning home and served up some delightful tasty treats in front of a log fire.
A reminder that the IOG monthly social meeting will be held tonight, Monday, 10th December, from 8 pm in the upstairs rooms of the Thomas Wolsey Freehouse, 9 St Peter’s Street, Ipswich, IP1 1XF – just up the road from St Peters on the Waterfront. Parking can be found at the nearby Cromwell Square and Cardinal Park car parks and across the road from St Peters.
We will be discussing past and future events, with plenty of socialising time at the end.
On Sunday, 21 of us met at Bures Community Centre car park to walk just over 9 miles around the Stour Valley. Despite the gloomy forecast, the weather remained bright throughout, with even the odd burst of sunshine.
We set off at a steady pace but soon had to retrace our steps a little, after turning right instead of left at a junction, the first of three small wrong turns. It was not enough to cause a problem, as we were soon back on track. The route took us out along the St Edmund Way, through varied countryside with lovely views, returning to Bures via the Stour Valley Way. We stopped for lunch about halfway through the walk in Wissington churchyard, with it’s 14th century dragon wall painting . On the homeward path, as we came over the hill, we were quite surprised to see two bright yellow fields of oilseed rape in flower. Quite unusual for the time of year.
Making our way along the River Stour we reached the large picturesque mill and crossed the rushing mill race before wending our way across the playing fields back to the car park. And finally there was a welcome drink at the Three Horseshoes to finish off the day.