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.

New IOG WhatsApp Group

For anyone with a modern smartphone or tablet that makes use of WhatsApp, a popular internet-based instant messaging service owned by Facebook, you are invited to join a new IOG, loosely-monitored, semi-official WhatsApp group. Unlike the IOG mailing list and the IOG Facebook group, we will not be rigorously enforcing rules about IOG membership – instead, it is intended to be a general mix of current and past IOG members.

The IOG WhatsApp group is intended to facilitate real-time chat between group members – from things like last-minute invitations to asking if anyone has a particular member’s mobile phone number. It may also come in handy for events in places like the Lake District where someone on top of a mountain has a data signal and would like to send a message to someone back at a hostel in the valley. Many hostels don’t have mobile signals so an SMS might not be delivered, whilst the user could be connected to the hostel’s WiFi and, therefore, a WhatsApp message can get through.

NOTE: Many of our members do NOT use WhatsApp, so it is vitally important that no official IOG notifications, either from the committee or from event organisers are sent only to WhatsApp. This supplemental IOG WhatsApp group, like the IOG Facebook group, is NOT a substitute for the IOG mailing list, which is where all of our important information must be posted. Unlike WhatsApp and Facebook, the email mailing list is universally accessible to all of our members.

IMPORTANT: WhatsApp is based around your mobile phone number, which means that if you join any WhatsApp group, you will be effectively sharing your mobile number with everyone else who is in the same WhatsApp group. If you are not comfortable with that, then please do not join the WhatsApp group! You can, of course, mute notifications or exit the WhatsApp group at any time, through the WhatsApp app.

That all said, if you’d like to join it, please send me a direct email to with your WhatsApp number and I’ll get you added this week.

Monthly Social Meeting – Monday 14th May

A reminder that the IOG monthly social meeting will be held tonight, 14th May, from 20:00 in the upstairs rooms of The Thomas Wolsey Freehouse, located at 9 St. Peter’s Street, IPSWICH, IP1 1XF, near the Old Cattle Market Bus Station. Parking can be found at the nearby Cromwell Square and Cardinal Park car parks and across the road from St Peters.


Walking For Health

Walking for Health is run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support. The walks are short (up to 90 mins) and over easy terrain, and are open to everyone but are especially aimed at those who are least active.

In Suffolk, the health walks are organised by One Life Suffolk, and advertised as “Stepping Out in Suffolk”. Look out for the brochures in local libraries. They also have an online calendar of walks (see link below).

Although they already have a relationship with the Ramblers, the One Life Suffolk team have agreed to advertise the IOG to people who are ready to move on to longer walks.

Further Info:

Anne-Marie Fyfe Poetry Evening – Thursday 22nd February

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Come to The Voyage Out at 7pm on Thursday, 22nd February 2018 at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club, Ferry Road, Felixstowe IP11 9RZ    £6 (£5 for Suffolk Poetry Society members)

Anne-Marie Fyfe presents an evening on writers and the sea, from great novelists, travel-writers and poets of the past, to local poets who have taken part in her workshops. Having grown up by the sea,  Anne-Marie Fyfe’s five collections of poetry and her new project combining prose and poetry all feature the recurring presence of the sea.   With sea-music by Cahal Dallat (accordion/mandolin/flute).

To book/pay online:

Upcoming events of interest to IOGers

John Wright – a new IOG member – wants to draw everyone’s attention to the following events. Both sound likely to attract interest!

Firstly, the Midnight Walk for St. Elizabeth Hospice in May. Walkers can sign up for the 6 or 10 mile walk via the hospice website.

Secondly, in August there is a 2nd cycling tour of Germany, again to raise funds for the hospice.

Details here: (scroll down to bottom to express an interest. Further details in Campaigns from the menu at top right).

It’s about 250 miles over 5 days beginning 21st August. All are welcome. No prior experience needed. (Last year I started training from scratch in June and fairly easily managed 50+ miles per day on the tour in August). We can help with the training and fundraising aspects. Accommodation, travel, insurance and food all included.

It would be lovely if anyone wants to join us!

Thank you.