Christmas by Candlelight!

Carol Service by Candlelight – Saturday 18th December at 6pm. All welcome – the candelabra will be lit, the tea lights will be battery powered this year rather than naked flame (after all our restoration work!) and the atmosphere will be superb. This is a carol service with a difference – with contributions from the congregation of songs, readings (from varied sources), poems, music and more, along with the chance to sing all the traditional carols to your heart’s content. Do join us!

Another Award for the Unitarian Meeting House!

Congratulations to everyone associated with the Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House and its big restoration project. They have won another award – with Distinction – this time from The Ipswich Society.

Representatives of the Trustees, KLH Architects and builders Valiant, attended the prize-giving at The Hold, Ipswich, where they received their certificates from the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Elizabeth Hughes.

‘My Life as a Hi de Hi Yellowcoat’

Friday 10th December at 7.30pm

A fundraising evening for the Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House.

David Webb, one of the Webb Twins, had a long and successful career in show business, with his twin brother Tony. They are best remembered as the twin Yellowcoats in the long-running TV series ‘Hi De Hi’ . Before that they appeared in theatres across the country with some of our best-loved performers including Dame Vera Lynn and Bruce Forsyth.

In his illustrated talk David tells of the early days in his career and how he and Tony ended up at Maplins Holiday Camp.

Tickets cost £12 (£10 for Friends of the Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House, if prebooked)

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Visiting the Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House

Inside the Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House

On Saturday 6th November the Meeting House will be open between 11am and 2pm so do call in and see this beautiful historic Grade One Listed building and the restoration work that has gone into ensuring its future. A qualified tourist guide will be there to answer your questions.

The Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House is only regularly open to visitors from May to September, but volunteers are very happy to open for pre-booked groups. Please contact our Secretary, Tessa Forsdike on 01473 728498 if you would like to make arrangements. We can also arrange special talks for the organised visits.

The Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House

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Congratulations to the award-winning Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House

The Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House has been awarded a prestigious award from the Suffolk Preservation Society.

A Suffolk Heritage Championship Award has been given to the Trustees ‘in recognition of their significant contribution to conserving the county’s heritage’ and securing the buildings future and accessibility to all.

Some of the Trustees of the Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House

The award will be presented in May 2022.

Congratulations to all involved!

Learn about the restoration project

The Ipswich Society Winter Talks programme at the Museum Street Methodist Church is starting up again on October 20th with a talk on the restoration of the Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House by Stuart Edgar of KLH Architects – the lead consultant on the project. Our Grade I Listed Meeting House was put on the Heritage at Risk Register in 2018 and Stuart will tell us the story of its restoration, completed by May 2021, including illustrations from the original investigation report and the craftsmanship and skills involved in the completion of the project. 

The talk is free and all are welcome. Just a reminder that the Methodist Church is accessed via Blackhorse Lane and, due to covid-19 precautions there, we are requested not to arrive before 7pm for a 7.30 start. The venue has also asked for an idea of numbers in order to organise seating as safely as possible, so please could you contact the Ipswich Society Secretary ( if you wish to attend.