Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020

The private members' club in the heart of Ipswich

Important Club information

Based on the latest government advice, the Ipswich and Suffolk Club will be ceasing to provide all catering and bar facilities and as a consequence all events and functions will be cancelled for the foreseeable future from Wednesday 18th March until further notice.

In the interests of the safety of Members and of our staff, the facilities of the clubhouse will also be closed to members from Wednesday 18th March.

The car park will remain open for use of Members and will be utilising the automatic gate system.

WEEKLY UPDATE w/c 29/06/2020

Last week saw further announcements from the Government regarding the easing of lock-down measures. It is good for the hospitality industry but we must not be complacent and expect to run before we can walk!

We still have to balance the risks and make sure we are all as safe as we can be. I can confirm that we are still on target for a tentative opening of the club on Saturday 1st August. Members of the board will be in discussions with Robert, once he returns to work from being furloughed, to help finalise the details of the staffing requirements needed during the first few weeks of opening and the options available to us to enable parts of the club to be opened with the new safe distancing measure of 1m+ taken into consideration. With a healthy element of common sense and understanding we will be able to welcome you back to your club and be as near to normal as we can!

The Board are extremely grateful to members for their understanding over the last 3 months and realise that the membership element of the club has not been fully fulfilled. Please be assured this is something we are aware of and this will be addressed at the next Board meeting.

As ever, stay safe and well.

Keith Ferguson

The Ipswich and Suffolk Club is a private members club that offers a varied range of social, sporting and fine dining benefits to its members and is also available for hire to both members and non-members as a fine venue for small to medium-sized meetings, conferences, civil weddings, private parties and functions.

Tucked unobtrusively between Northgate Street, and Tower Street, in the shadow of St Mary Le Tower Church, the club has provided a haven for its members since the 19th Century and The Ipswich & Suffolk Club has long been referred to as one of Suffolk’s best-kept secrets.

Formerly the residence for the Archdeacon of Suffolk, Archdeacon's House was built on the site of the original Archdeacon's Palace and is steeped in history. The building today is mainly 18th/19th Century but does retain some of the 16th/17th Century structure. The 15th Century gatehouse fronting Northgate Street was originally commissioned by William Pykenham in 1471 and is the oldest remaining evidence of the original building. More information on the Pykenham Gatehouse can be found here.

Inside Archdeacon’s House, the club offers a comfortable and elegant venue for its many social activities and its grounds provide a convenient town-centre parking facility exclusively for its members.