In the Ipswich February 2024 edition of The Flyer Magazine has an February update from local groups and community news. And we also many local events happening in February in Ipswich and District. We also have the regular news from local community groups and charities in this free local magazine.
The Ipswich Flyer Magazine February Mayor’s Update
There are not many causes for which I would venture into the kitchen and make a batch of salted caramel chocolate brownies.
But a very important charity cake sale was brought to my attention, and so I delivered my batch of brownies to Ipswich Borough Council HQ and added it to a table groaning under the weight of home-baked cakes.
The sale was organised by the family of George Lavery, a very-well-liked and respected young computer wiz who worked at the council. Aged just 23 years George died last year from sudden cardiac death.
I met his mum, Marie Lipman, who told me she was determined to do all she could to raise awareness of this condition; one that takes young lives, leaving their families grief stricken. Marie is doing this through the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) https://www.c-r-y.org.uk/george-lavery/
I confess I had not heard of sudden cardiac death and yet, I read, at least 12 young people die every week from undiagnosed heart conditions. CRY works to prevent such deaths through awareness, screening and research, and it supports affected families.
Ipswich Mayor’s February Update
In January, I was delighted to visit the Genesis Green Bike Project, where old bikes are donated and rescued to be given a new lease of life and then sold to the public.
I would have loved to have had a go on the tandem but, sadly, my dodgy hip prevented me from being able to negotiate the cross bar.
The project now has bespoke premises for it’s really dedicated group of people. It is an utterly brilliant enterprise.
January also found me with Councillor Ruman Muhith and Ipswich Town captain Sam Morsy at the opening of new barber’s shop, Hairluzz, in St Nicholas Street.
The Saints area features a number of buzzing independent businesses, just a short distance from the vibrant waterfront. Visiting the friendly shops along the streets is a great way to while away an hour or two – and pick up some unique items… and of course, get a haircut.
As I move into the last third of my time as the Mayor of Ipswich, one of the fundraising events I am looking forward to, is the Mayor’s Quiz at the Town Hall on February 15. We welcome entries from teams of four, at £10 a head, who want to pit their knowledge against some of the top quizzing brains in Ipswich… and beyond.
As a former member of a team that won this quiz three times, I am really looking forward to setting the questions.
A year’s bragging rights and a bottle of wine each for the winning quartet.