Category Archives: Announcements

This is the place to draw attention to an upcoming event likely to be of interest to IOG members, or an issue that you feel is relevant to the IOG that you would like people to hear about.

September Social Meeting – 11th September, Wolsey Pub

The IOG monthly social meeting is on Monday 1th September at 8.00 pm. As usual, it will be held in the upstairs lounge of the Thomas Wolsey pub in St Peter’s St, Ipswich – get yourself a drink downstairs and join us. See the monthly social meeting page for more details and a map.

Lou is taking over from Peter who is doing the coast to coast walk and the format will be casual. Bring some maps to we can discuss future walks – we need more for autumn!

There’ll be plenty of time to socialise after running through past and upcoming events and current issues of interest. Prospective new members are welcome to come along, ask questions and find out more about the IOG.

Hope to see you there!

New IOG logo

Hi, everyone.

You may remember that we ran a little holiday competition in December last year, asking for submissions for a new IOG logo. You’d be forgiven for thinking that we completely forgot about the results. 🙂

Not true!  We had several submissions for consideration and I’d like to make a special mention for the sterling efforts contributed by Matthew & Sophia Thomas, Bob Hannan and Marie-Louise Karttunen. It has taken a large amount of work this year to pick out a winner and get it ready for the group to use.

Creating a new logo was not at all an easy task – the group needed something that would work on the paper programme as well as on the website, Facebook and Meetup groups. It needed to look good when scaled down to the tiny icon used when storing bookmarks in a web browser, and also when scaled up to larger displays in case the group needs to produce posters or stands at recruitment events etc. Trying to get something that would fit all of these goals and also be representative of the group’s outdoor activities, was always going to be a challenge – requiring both imagination and technical skill to turn that into a vector-format image that the group can make full use of.

Without further ado, I’d like to reveal the winning entry, as chosen by the group’s committee – a design by Rachael Norris.

 

Ipswich Outdoor Group logo
Ipswich Outdoor Group logo

 

This was one of several designs Rachael drafted – she put a considerable amount of time and effort into the project, and I hope everyone can agree that it shows!

From a literal viewpoint, the new logo, which was based on a stock image, displays a signpost and a path over some rolling hills, which covers the group’s primary outdoor activities – walking, hiking, cycling. However, looking at the design a bit more figuratively, the signpost could also represent pointing in a new direction – and a path which if taken, and with a little work, could lead to a brighter hill ahead. All of which, I think, captures the positivity of being a part of our group.

The white signpost stands out well against the contrasting pastel colours of the hills meeting the sky, and the overall bright colour impression is pleasant and remains recognisable even when the logo is reduced to a small size where the writing is no longer readable. At the same time, those main themes are all still perceptible when the image is converted to grayscale for use on the printed programmes.

“Great picture … !

I think it looks attractive and sends the message of future adventures and possibilities.”
Matthew Thomas, IOG Chair 2013-16

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have already seen the logo has made it on to our Facebook page and website. It’ll be rolled out on to the group programme for the next quarter. To celebrate the launch, I’ve had a limited-release run of pin badges made up which I’ll be handing out at this month’s social meeting so do come along if you’d like one. Going on from here, the committee has lots of ideas of how we can make use of the new logo.

Many thanks for all who entered the competition and I hope you’re all as proud of the result for the group as I am!

Peter.
IOG Chair

August Social Meeting

The IOG monthly social meeting is on Monday 14th August at 8.00 pm. As usual, it will be held in the upstairs lounge of the Thomas Wolsey pub in St Peter’s St, Ipswich – get yourself a drink downstairs and join us. See the monthly social meeting page for more details and a map.

There’ll be plenty of time to socialise after running through past and upcoming events and current issues of interest. Prospective new members are welcome to come along, ask questions and find out more about the IOG.

Hope to see you there!

Hadleigh Poetry and Music Day, Saturday May 20th

Miriam writes:

It should be a great afternoon and evening at the Hadleigh Poetry and Music Day on Saturday May 20th, at the Ansell Centre, Hadleigh.

The afternoon session starts at 3pm, when you’ll be treated to Andy Jennings reading ‘The Iron Bridge’, the story of Lowestoft in poetry, followed by the funny and wry songs of Kath Tate, and finishing with Martin Newell reading his poems ‘Black Shuck’ and ‘The Green Children’ accompanied by original music from The Hosepipe Band.

The evening’s entertainment is music from The John Ward Trio, Park and Ride and Martin Newell, finishing with a headline spot from Attila the Stockbroker performing his poems, stories and a few songs accompanied by ‘thrash mandola’. You will also hear the first public performance of ‘She Lit the Fire’, a song about the Burston School Strike, written by Simon Haines and sung by Megan Wisdom.

Details are available on www.hadleighfolk.org.uk.

Tickets are available for afternoon, evening or a special price for both.

I’ll be cycling there. Let me know if you’re going to either part and I’ll look out for you (07904198649).

 

Film Night, Ipswich Film Theatre – 19th May

 

This month’s film will be The Handmaiden on Friday 19th May at 7.30pm.

http://www.iftt.co.uk/the-handmaiden-18/

Running time is 156 mins, Korean & Japanese dialogue with subtitles.

Opulent and labyrinthine tale of love and betrayal … Inspired by Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel ‘Fingersmith’, this Korean erotic thriller follows a pickpocket who poses as a maid to swindle a reclusive heiress.

Meet in the foyer at around 7.10pm.  Hope to see some of you there.

Angela Bell

May Social Meeting – 8th May

The IOG monthly social meeting is on Monday 8th May at 8.00 pm. As usual, it will be held in the upstairs lounge of the Thomas Wolsey pub in St Peter’s St, Ipswich – get yourself a drink downstairs and join us. See the monthly social meeting page for more details and a map.

There’ll be plenty of time to socialise after running through past and upcoming events and current issues of interest. Prospective new members are welcome to come along, ask questions and find out more about the IOG.

Hope to see you there!

Rachael and Torben’s Quadrathlon Details

 

In light of the mention made of Rachael and Torben’s entry and training for the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon in the reports of the Hartington Hall trip (see below), it seems like an appropriate moment to post a reminder of what they are attempting. Please consider sponsoring them – it might be just the incentive required for that last burst of speed! (Ed. – M-L)

Rachael wrote, back in February:

Torben and I had a crazy new year moment and decided to enter as a team of two for the IOG in the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon which takes place on the 8th July, taking us through some of the most spectacular and historic areas of the Scottish Highlands. 

We will start with a cold 0.8 mile (1.35km) swim across Loch Tay, followed by a 15 mile (24km) run/walk over the Ben Lawers ridge across seven munros, then it’s back into Loch Tay for a 7 mile (11km) kayak, and ending with a 34 mile (54km) cycle around the Loch! 

The day will be finished off with one last bonus event, an evening of dancing at the celebratory ceilidh.

I have never done anything quite like this before so it is going to be a big challenge, especially the swimming. The training has started already, including the dance practice!

It is still possible for others to enter and join us either as a team of two or as relay team of four.  Alternatively if you would rather just support us by making a donation we would be very grateful.  We need to raise £450 each to be able to take part in the event. 

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Rachael-Norris

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Torben-Wood

The charities the event is supporting are:

Mercy Corps, an international development charity working in over 40 countries worldwide helping people to turn the crisis of natural disaster, poverty and conflict into opportunities for progress.

Mary’s Meals, an international movement to set up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.

Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this.

Thank you very much for your support.

Ipswich Film Theatre – Friday 28th April

Just a quick reminder that we are back at Ipswich Film Theatre this Friday for the 8.15pm showing.

The film is Another Mother’s Son and running time is  103 mins.
A costume drama set in Jersey during the German occupation of the island in World War II.  Starring Jenny Seagrove, John Hannah and Julian Kostov.

Meeting in the foyer at around 7.55pm.  We’ll be in Screen One this time, if you are running late.   Tickets are £7.50 – you can book online or in person on the night.

Free parking after 6pm in Black Horse Lane or behind Crown Pools for just £1 after 3pm.

Text me on 07747 670262 if you are coming and we will wait for you in the foyer.

Angela Bell

April Social Meeting

The IOG monthly social meeting is on Monday 10th April at 8.00 pm. As usual, it will be held in the upstairs lounge of the Thomas Wolsey pub in St Peter’s St, Ipswich – get yourself a drink downstairs and join us. See the monthly social meeting page for more details and a map.

There’ll be plenty of time to socialise after running through past and upcoming events and current issues of interest. Prospective new members are welcome to come along, ask questions and find out more about the IOG.

Hope to see you there!

Peregrine Falcons are nesting again

Contributed by Marie-Louise Karttunen

I live opposite The Mill on Ipswich waterfront where a special nest for peregrine falcons has been built 70 metres above sea level. For the last two mornings I have heard their mewing – they have been absent all winter – and this morning I checked the webcam that is in situ and hey! there are three pretty little red eggs there. It is odd and wonderful to be able to see them perched on the balcony of one of the flats (vacant since the cladding blew off three years ago; what will happen when they have to compete with a resident owner I hate to think), hear their repetitive call and then peer inside their home. Once the young hatch out I can see the parent birds bringing prey to the nest and then watch the chicks being fed. Oh, modernity’s a marvellous thing whatever they say!

Check out the webcam: http://www.ipswichhavenmarina.co.uk/Peregrine_Falcons/