All In is finally here! We had a great day yesterday launching our new membership programme to our members and the wider community. We had a series of events in branches, with Tower Ramparts receiving an exclusive performance from the New Wolsey Theatre Mid Summer Songs cast.
It was a great way to start the day with some amazing music and my thanks go to the cast of Midsummer Songs. That wasn't all though, we also had musical performances in Saxmundham and Halesworth with a Celtic harpist and a Gaelic musician. We had informative talks from local groups such as Sensing Change and Suffolk Wildlife Trust and heard stories from Ipswich Ghost Tours and Nigel Amies, who takes the role of a First World War soldier to tell stories and poems from the Great War period. In fact there was so much going on that to make sure I don't forget my thank yous, I have listed them at the end of the blog.
At a superficial level these events may seem trivial or a marketing gimmick, and don't get me wrong, they were designed to grab attention, but they also provide an interesting experience for members and opportunity for us to talk about how Ipswich Building Society is different. All In is our way of starting a conversation with our members about the benefits of being a member. This includes setting out how our members own the Society and sharing with them how they can feedback about their experiences with us in branches, by phone and on our website. Unique member events further enhance the value we want to bring to our membership and they're fun, which bring me full circle to the start of this blog!
Our refreshed Member Lounge on the website offers lots of opportunities for members to share their opinions and views with us. Please feel free to start sharing your stories, local groups that need help or volunteers and rating our events programme.
Again, a massive thanks to all of the below for taking part in our events:
- The New Wolsey Theatre Midsummer Songs cast
- Alex Catling and Tracey Golding : sign language demo
- Charlotte Johnson : Diabetes UK
- Ed Nicholls : Ghost Tour
- Michael Strand : Suffolk Wildlife Trust
- Donna Triggs : Celtic harp
- Richard Wills-Crisp : Saxmundham Museum
- Sue Starling : Gainsborough House Museum
- Robin Drury: Sudbury Heritage Centre & Museum
- Nigel Amies : Historical educator
- Brian Holmes : Halesworth Museum
- James Knox Whittet and the Gaelic singer : Poetry and Songs