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  1. Ipswich

    Ipswi Search Terms July 2017

    by Ipswich in Offtopic ChatJul 19, 2017 with 0 replies and 170 views.

    It is always good to find out what people are searching for... By impressions(How many times the Ipswich Community Forum appeared in the results)ipswich maritime festival 2017empire cinema ipswich pricesprosecco festival ipswichipswich maritime festivalsandy martin mpipswich waterfront festival 2017sandy martin ipswichempire ipswich pricescaravan fire felixstoweipswich northern bypass route mapipswich to felixstowe run 2017...

  2. dan5

    What Does Pret A Manger Mean? Is It Upmarket?

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatAug 5, 2017 with 5 replies and 167 views.

    So, Pret maybe coming to Ipswich and might be at the Grimwades building on the corner of the Cornhill.Excuse the romanised version using only the Latin alphabet characters. What does Pret a Manger mean? Pret a Manger is french for "ready to eat". The story goes it was inspired by a clothing brand called Pret a Porter ("ready to wear"). Pret is also Romanian for "price". If we can trust Google Translate... "hosts" in Albanian, "fun" in...

    Latest reply: Well, Realise Futures has a big turnover, effectively making money out of disabled people. It is a newish organisation that is pretty bloated. A lot of money falling into a few peoples hands. Were they booted out? I was surprised how they were...

  3. dan5

    What does Tessuti mean? Is it a well-known upmarket brand?

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatSep 27, 2017 with 0 replies and 93 views.

    News following an upmarket brand moving in the old Next unit in Westgate Street, most of us don't know anything about them.What does Tessuti mean? Tessuti is Italian for textiles. Except, this brand doesn't manufacture clothes (that we know of), only sales luxury designer brands.Is it upmarket? Is it well-known?It is a little above Next and M&S.It isn't a worldwide brand. It is a small UK brand part of the JD Sports group, who are...

  4. dan5

    Suffolk's Sophie Faldo wins Great British Bake Off

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatOct 31, 2017 with 0 replies and 91 views.

    Suffolk's Sophie Faldo wins Great British Bake Off. She is also being investigated for benefit fraud says the tabloids. Something she denies.I had no idea who she is or the serious allegation of wrong doing until I googled the name.This Bake Off finalist who was in the British Army as an Officer in the Royal Artillery - but is now being investigated for benefit fraud...She lives in Surrey (I assume initially fom Suffolk) Or maybe it...

  5. dan5

    Suffolk Highways (Kier)

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatSep 23, 2017 with 6 replies and 86 views.

    No medals won for Suffolk Highways... this post will serve as documentation for their poor service whilst they milk the taxpayer. Suffolk County Council contract is currently with Kier - highly controversial to renew it.Feel free to post photos of their shoddy workmanship or to discuss it. (If they do well, feel free to give them some credit when it goes well)

    Latest reply: Up for an award according to latest SCC county council meeting...Suffolk Highways had been shortlisted for the Highway Partnership Award and the Suffolk Highways’ surface dressing delivery team were ‘highly commended’ in the Team of the Year...

  6. dan5

    How unique was Ipswich's modern bauble christmas tree?

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatNov 12, 2017 with 0 replies and 83 views.

    Ipswich's Modern Aluminium Sphere Bauble Tree has been demoted to the Ipswich Waterfront. It cost £10,000 5 years ago - the longer they keep the monstrosity the cheaper it becomes. Intend to spark up discussion across East Anglia and the UK, it was largely talked about for the wrong reasons.Paul Clement, chief executive of Ipswich Central, said he was pleased people were talking about the tree – whether they liked it or not.“This is the...

  7. dan5

    Ipswich Escape Rooms

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatAug 9, 2017 with 4 replies and 75 views.

    Has anyone tried the Ipswich Escape Rooms? There was one at Suffolk Food Hall and one at Dencora Business Centre.Ipswich Escape RoomsDencora Business Centre36 White House RoadIpswich IP1 5LTThe concept extends from mobile phone game apps: Android Escape Room Apps and Apple iOS Escape Room Apps. The offline version is £26 per person - pretty expensive for an hour - but at the same time something novel which might be worth the cost for...

    Latest reply: It would be a very interesting experience to setup one of these escape rooms, set someone a challenge... I think the anonymous door and flights of stairs would probably add to the whole experience. Probably not the same for a first floor room...

  8. dan5

    Ipswich Suffers Again As 20 Acre Tollgate Village In Colchester Gets The Go Ahead

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatAug 4, 2017 with 0 replies and 69 views.

    As Ipswich's Futura Park expansion stalls - and a new retail park beside it doesn't get off the ground beyond the idea stage - Colchester's Tollgate shopping experience is about to grow as the Tollgate Partnership has won a planning appeal to develop on the old 20-acre former Sainsburys site - currently referred to as Tollgate Village. 235 236 237 238 239 Images from the official website - Tollgate Village. Copyright of images remain with...

  9. dan5

    Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Masterplan

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatJul 31, 2017 with 0 replies and 64 views.

    West Suffolk was recently undergoing their Community Governance Review where they considered abolishing parishes to become part of Bury St Edmunds. Community Governance Review Issue 1 – Vision 2031 Strategic Site 'North-West Bury St Edmunds'Community Governance Review Issue 2 and 11 - Vision 2031 Strategic Site 'West Bury St Edmunds'/136 Newmarket RoadCommunity Governance Review Issue 3 - Vision 2031 Strategic Site 'North-East Bury St...

  10. dan5


    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatOct 17, 2017 with 0 replies and 64 views.

    Ever wanted to live next to one of Suffolk's busiest roads?Tired of your quiet suburban life and want to see a lot more traffic every day?Always wanted to live within yards of a busy dual carriageway?Desperate to live somewhere that isn't quite in a village?WELL NOW YOU CAN!Longwood Fields is a modern housing estate of 180 new-build houses packed into a tiny site with just one exit.Constructed at the junction of the A12 with...

  11. dan5

    Pret A Manager coming to Buttermarket Centre

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatSep 29, 2017 with 1 replies and 62 views.

    Pret A Manger is anticipated to go on ground floor of Buttermarket Centre facing on to Butter Market street (a 2 minute walk from Costa Coffee).642 A planning application for the revamp of Ipswich Buttermarket Centre has hinted at Pret going adjacent to New Look (other side of the Butter Market entrance) - as shown in the above snippet snapshot. I don't particularly care (personally!) but am happy the new owners are willing to inject more...

    Latest reply: Apparently not. A spokeswoman from Pret A Manger said: “Our plans to open a Pret shop on the Cornhill are progressing well, but just to confirm, the Buttermarket Centre isn’t an area we’re currently are looking at.”Who cares. You have to ask...

  12. martinc


    by martinc in Offtopic ChatOct 13, 2017 with 1 replies and 58 views.

    "what is it good for, absolutely nothing, say it again!"I look at Nextdoor sometimes, I did manage to get a decent bit of discussion about the bridge overnight closures but for the most part its just so feeble.! And you can see so little of it, unlike its predecessor you are strictly confined to geographical areas, and can't add more other than those just beyond your own, so i can't see town centre stuff which would interest me, without a...

    Latest reply: This is why I didn't migrate across. If I want a private conversation with my neighbours, I would do it in person. It is the problem with American companies trying to market a new trend. I am surprised so many people migrated across (not sure if...

  13. dan5

    Pret A Manger Targets British Workers Ahead Of Brexit

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatAug 5, 2017 with 0 replies and 58 views.

    From Financial Times...Only one in 50 applicants for jobs at sandwich chain are from UKPret A Manger, the UK coffee-and-sandwiches chain beloved by office workers, is making extra efforts to recruit British staff in anticipation of a fall in EU immigration because of Brexit. Pret has previously said that only one in 50 people who applied to work at the chain was from the UK, because Brits did not consider it a “desirable place to work”....

  14. norfolksuffolk

    Norfolk Police

    by norfolksuffolk in Offtopic ChatFeb 27, 2017 with 0 replies and 57 views.

    Has anyone viewed the YouTube videos demonstrating the poor style of policing from Norfolk?I have sadly observed many instances of police abuse of power. The Norfolk & Suffolk Police merger is bad for Suffolk. filming out and about with his kid near a police station. An officer (inspector?), clearly not a constable, pounces on him. He wouldn't confirm if the man was committing a...

  15. dan5

    Suffolk Highways: Western Way, Bury St Edmunds

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatOct 11, 2017 with 0 replies and 57 views.

    Suffolk County Council (Suffolk Highways/Kier) are undertaking some S278 works (SCCDCS00000709) opposite ASDA in Western Way, Bury St Edmunds. 687 Pedestrian traffic lights out-of-order, big metal railings for roadworks and no safe method for people crossing the road here. Local councillor, Jane Storey disagrees...688 It could well be Jane telling the truth with such temporary lights having been replaced since then (however unlikely that...

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