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.

Monthly Social Meeting – Monday 9th July

A reminder that the IOG monthly social meeting will be held tonight, Monday, 9th July, 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.

Both members and newcomers are very welcome.

Family-Friendly Event: Sunday 24 June, 2pm – Holywells Park

We have added an extra, family-friendly event to the IOG calendar this Sunday to tie in with the Great Get Together, a national event in memory of Jo Cox MP:  https://www.greatgettogether.org/

Arrangements

Sunday 24 June from 2 pm

We will meet in Holywells Park lower section (174 m from the Myrtle Road entrance as marked on the map; on road parking available near both Myrtle Road and Cliff Lane entrances to the park if required).

We will be arranging some games, a walk around the park or, for the more energetic, a lap of the trim trail (a sort of outdoor gym). Other options include a visit to the Stables Cafe and making use of the children’s play area which is very good and includes:

  • interactive fountains which are great fun for younger children if it is a hot day (swimming costumes, towels and sunblock all advisable)
  • a large climbing net for older children

To help with the planning please let us know if you are coming and the ages of any children you will be bringing:  chair@ipswichoutdoor.org

To be clear on how this is intended to work: the person bringing the children (i.e. the parent or guardian) remains fully responsible for them at all times. Beyond that the organisers will put some activities together that are suited to the kids’ ages (and will be looking to get as many of the adults involved as possible too!).

We look forward to seeing you,

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 chair@ipswichoutdoor.org 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.

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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: https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/ https://onelifesuffolk.co.uk/our-services/health-walks/