The Ipswich Flyer April '23 | Flyer Magazines

The Ipswich Flyer April 2023

In the Ipswich April 2023 edition has an update from Councillor John Cook, Mayor of Ipswich. And we also many local events including an update from Ipswich and District Historical Transport Society. We also have a new column from Reverend Tom Mumford Vicar St Mary le Tower.

Ipswich & District Historical Transport Society

Wednesday 26th April

The IDHTS April meeting will be holding a presentation: ‘The GER heritage of the Mid-Norfolk Railway’ By Chris Bell.

After a brief history of the GER line and opening, closing and subsequent reopening of the lines in the MNR area. The presentation embarks on a trip up the line up to County School.  At County School it will look at the 1915 accident. Also, in the history of County school, it will feature the miniature railway belonging to the North Norfolk Mechanical Engineering Club which is now relocated from the NNR at Holt. This presentation shows the stations as they were, how they declined and how they are being brought back to life.

This will include how the refurbishment of signalling and railway equipment has been brought up to modern standards.  This will be particularly of interest if you considering joining our excursion to MNR on July 1st.

The Society meets at the Ipswich Citadel, Salvation Army, 558 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich IP4 4PH at 7.30 p.m. (doors open from 7.00). Free carparking & Refreshments available. Entrance fee £2.50. (Non-members £4.00) Non-members always welcome.

East Suffolk National Trust Association

East Suffolk National Trust Association invite you to their April meeting at Ropes Hall Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich, IP5 1JF. The start time is 7.15pm.

At the meeting on the 18th April Roger Hermiston will be speaking about George Blake, The Greatest Spy of All. George, born in Holland, first rose to prominence fighting heroically for the Dutch Resistance during the Second World War. He was recruited by the British Secret Service and quickly established himself as one of their best agents. However, he was a double agent, working for the Russians. Roger will be explaining not only his early life, but also his capture, imprisonment, and subsequent escape to Russia. It will be an interesting talk on a fascinating character.

On the 16th May Peter Hesketh will be giving a talk entitled Circumnavigating the World on Container Ships, describing life on the container ships of today.

Visitors are welcome, entrance fee £3 each. The annual subscription is  £8 per year (£12 per couple at same address).   We publish three newsletters a year for members and enjoy interesting day outings and other events.

.For more information, including details of future events and outings, contact our membership secretary at or phone 01473 723761.  Alternatively visit our website,